Chapter 294: Increasing the Stake
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
As the audience outside the Hidden Dragon Gorge observed Dao Yuting dashing straight towards Wang Lin without any hesitation, they all creased their brows.
From the previous competitions, Wang Lin had already fully displayed the dominant prowess of his Destructive Powers of the River of Styx. Its destructive abilities were shocking, while the mantras of the Finger of Styx and the Road to River Styx were equally mysterious and powerful.
To others, Dao Yuting seemed reckless for dashing towards Wang Lin.
Only the members of the Celestial Sect of Wonders became extremely serious when they witnessed this scene.
Xiao Budian slightly tilted his head, “Can she tell, or is it the advice from her seniors and elders?”
Zhu Yi looked at the expressions of the cultivators from the Heaven Lake Sect, before saying, “It seems like she thought of it herself.”
Yue Hongyan and Yang Qing were silent, but they looked markedly more serious as they looked at Dao Yuting.
This was because Dao Yuting’s current attack method was seemingly reckless, but in fact, it was targeting Wang Lin’s weakest point.
His mantra was powerful, but his flesh was weak.
Among Lin Feng’s six Immediate Disciples, Xiao Budian had the toughest flesh. He was the most adept at close-quarters combat.
Whereas Wang Lin did not even practice any physical martial arts. Even Yang Qing was better than him in this area.
Wang Lin and Yang Qing were not adept at physical martial arts. They specialized in mantras. However, erecting the Spiritual Altar and promoting to the Middle stage of the Foundation Establishment Stage and using the Grand Moon Primordial Water had nourished his flesh and soul.
Whereas for Wang Lin, besides his weakness in physical martial arts, his flesh was also corroded by the River Styx Primordial Water and the Destructive Stage of the River of Styx. Strictly speaking, Wang Lin’s body strength was slightly weaker than an average cultivator in the Foundation Establishment Stage.
It was just that Wang Lin’s mantras were powerful and it had always been him terrorizing his opponents. Not many of the cultivators in the same stage could handle his attacks. Before they could even retaliate, they would have lost already.
To find a cultivator like Huo Chen that could handle the Lone Death Thumb was already very rare.
That was why very few cultivators in the same level dared to get close to Wang Lin and engaged in close quarters combat.
It was obvious that Dao Yuting was harboring such an idea.
What made Xiao Budian and the rest more worried was that her plan might be pulled off successfully.
The Icy Blaze spread and resisted Wang Lin’s Destructive Powers. In terms of quality and strength, Wang Lin’s Destructive Powers was slightly more powerful. However, he did not promote to the intermediate stage of the Foundation Establishment Stage and erect a Spiritual altar, hence his cultivation was still inferior to Dao Yuting.
Under such a circumstance, Dao Yuting did not attack. She focused her Icy Blaze for defensive purposes. The Destructive Powers were unable to be overcame in a short period of time.
The distance between both parties was close. Given Dao Yuting’s speed, she could reach him in a blink of an eye.
Given her speed at closing in, it seemed as if she was not that skilled in physical martial arts either.
Compared to the men in the Northern Tribes, she would be on the losing end. But it was enough to fight Wang Lin. If she could get close to Wang Lin, Wang Lin would be trounced.
Even Xiao Budian and the rest could tell the problem. As the protagonist, how could Wang Lin not tell?
He knew Dao Yuting’s intentions right from the start. After all, it was his own weakness and he was the clearest about it. Wang Lin’s development of his style of asserting high pressure on his opponents was, in fact, a way of covering his flaw.
As Dao Yuting attacked ferociously, Wang Lin was calm. He conjured a spell from both his hands and unleashed the Destructive Powers of the River of Styx.
Suddenly, a black-yellow path appeared in space and stretched very far across. It was the Road to River Styx.
As the Road to River Styx surfaced, Dao Yuting landed on the top of it. The powers of Samsara attacked her soul repeatedly.
To a cultivator in the Foundation Establishment Stage, this was a move that was difficult to resist. This was because the soul of a cultivator in either the Foundation Establishment Stage or the Qi Cultivation Stage was unstable. Under the attack of the powers of Samsara, it was very easy to be drowned in one’s own broken memories.
Lin Feng saw this scene and raised his brows suddenly.
He could feel that Dao Yuting was influenced minimally by the powers of Samsara.
There were two explanations. First was that her soul was extremely stable and had already surpassed the level of a Foundation Establishment Stage cultivator. The other explanation was that her body had some sort of secret.
With Lin Feng’s current cultivation, he could tell that the soul of Dao Yuting was still at the level of a Foundation Establishment Stage. There was nothing special about it.
Then it must be the second explanation, that her body was something special.
Wang Lin’s expression also changed. From his expression, Lin Feng could tell what was happening.
He realized that Dao Yuting’s broken memories were very little.
Wang Lin’s low level of cultivation caused his abhijna to be of a rather low level. But he was still able to know how much of broken memories his opponent had, be it in the present or past lifetime, as he exhibited the spell.
Right now, in front of Wang Lin, the effects on Dao Yuting’s soul was far lesser than that compared to a normal person.
Huo Chen had broken memories that were seven to eight times more than Dao Yuting.
Dao Yuting had very little broken memories not because she experienced very little things, but it was because her memories were already incomplete.
Especially her memories of the past lifetime, which was very little and they were only bits and pieces.
“Weird person.” Wang Lin muttered in his heart, but he knew that he was in a precarious situation.
As the broken memories were little, the attack on her soul by the powers of Samsara would be quickly relieved and she would be less confused.
The effect of the Road to River Styx on Dao Yuting was very minimal.
As expected, Dao Yuting quickly regained her awareness. But it was just that her gaze contained something different, but it was unclear.
But this did not affect her judgment. As she faced the white claws trying to pull her into the black-yellow soil, Dao Yuting muttered a spell under her breath and white icy fog started to surround her body.
The secret mantra of the Heaven Lake Sect, the Burning Ice.
The white fog came into contact with the claws and soil and it was converted to a big fire instantaneously, which burned vigorously. It was threatening to destroy Wang Lin’s Road to River Styx.
As the cultivators outside the Hidden Dragon Gorge saw this, they held their breath.
The Burning Ice could convert an opponent’s mantra to its own fuel and continually increase its firepower. As the opponent’s power get increasingly stronger, the fire would get increasingly stronger too.
As the opponent increased his own power to resist the Burning Ice, it would be the same as adding firewood to the fire and increased the strength of the Burning Ice. It was like aiding the opponent as more powers were invested.
For a cultivator in the Foundation Establishment Stage to learn such a move was too much already.
But Wang Lin was still fearless. He watched as Dao Yuting displayed her Burning Ice expressionlessly. His only reaction was to maximize the power of the Destructive Powers of the River of Styx. Dark and concentrated destructive gas continued to flood the Road to River Styx.
“Is he an idiot? He clearly knows that would increase the strength of the Burning Ice.” Fang Zhong commented outside the Hidden Dragon Gorge.
Within the Great Qin Empire camp, Shi Shaogan looked at Dao Yuting. He looked curiously and muttered some words under his breath.
Shi Xingyun warned him while asking Jiao Junchen, “What do you see?”
Jiao Junchen blinked, “The Celestial Sect of Wonders is about to win again.”
Shi Xingyun nodded her head, “Dao Yuting’s jinx could be Wang Lin.”
The rest of the audience realized that Wang Lin continuous increment of power on the Road to River Styx was not to fuel Dao Yuting’s Burning Ice.
On the other hand, Dao Yuting’s creation of the fire was gradually being repressed by the Road to River Styx. Initially, it could convert the opponent’s power into its fuel. However, the fire had lost its desired effect.
The Immortal Soul Stage Elders were all quiet. The Blue Pavilion Holy Man slightly nodded, “His cultivation is only in the Foundation Establishment Stage, but he is able to understand the power concept of the Destructive Powers. This is rare.”
Prince Xian of the Left laughed loudly and looked at Cao Wei, “Destructive Powers is of course used to destroy matter. Now that your Heaven Lake Sect’s Burning Ice has encountered it, it is a miracle that it is not destroyed. How dare it try to engulf it instead? What a joke.”
Cao Wei replied, “The result is uncertain. It may be too early to say anything.”
Lin Feng looked him in the eye and said suddenly, “Since this is the case, I shall add another stake to this. I wonder if Master Cao is able to accept it?”
Cao Wei was a little disturbed and looked at Lin Feng, “What do you want to add?”
Lin Feng said, “I have always heard that the Snow Fields bloom with Nine-Circled Ice Orchids. If my disciple wins this round, will Master Cao add on the Nine-Circled Ice Orchid?”
Cao Wei slightly creased his brows. The Nine-Circled Ice Orchid was not some special flower. Its value was limited, but it was very rare.
With his Immortal Soul Stage cultivation, it was an easy feat for him to pick the orchid. The key laid in the tedious process of finding it. But sending his disciples to do the job would be considered very cowardly.
Cao Wei stared at Lin Feng for a moment and replied, “Can, but since this is the case, I will like to increase the stake also.”
“If my disciple wins, besides the mountain rock, I want to add on a branch from the Black Heavenly Treasure Tree on Mount Yujing.
Lin Feng looked at him and smiled, “It is a deal.”
With this new wager, the bet between both leaders became even more intense. Inside the Hidden Dragon Gorge, Wang Lin and Dao Yuting’s battle experienced a new change and the intensity rose.
After the Burning Ice was kept under control by Wang Lin, Dao Yuting shouted softly and the crucible in her body roared. Her entire mana was activated.
All the mana in her body started to gather together.