Chapter 528: At The Same Level, I Would Bully You!
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Shi Tianhao stood beside Lin Feng in silence. He was already growing taller by the day, and his features were becoming much more defined and sharp as he shed his adolescence gradually.
This youth was not even thirteen years old, yet he already had an extraordinary aura that nobody could ignore.
Shi Zongyue and the others looked over and could tell right away that he was in the aurous core advanced stage, same as Xiao Yan. However, while the immense mana that was rippling around his body was not as violent and brutal as Xiao Yan, the vastness was still extraordinary. One could not measure his ability with the standards of normal aurous core stage cultivators.
This phenomenon was amplified by the colorful clouds rolling around him various heteromorphs that enveloped him in a layer of mysterious mist; he became something of an enigma.
The white parts of his eyes were clearly separated from the black parts as spiritual energy permeated everywhere. There were even obscure flickers of divine light.
Xiao Yan brought the Flaming Dragon Celestial Armor and arrived next to Lin Feng. Shi Tianhao turned to look at the newcomer as they both shared a warm smile.
“Shi Tianhao is the born with natural supremacy. After his calamitous encounters, he has been reborn and remade – perhaps he has exceeded his original predicted strength?” Even Shi Zongyue, the Prince Xian of the Right and the other immortal soul stage elders were all looking straight at Shi Tianhao.
When he was still in the aurous core intermediate stage, Shi Tianhao defeated and killed an adversary in the nascent soul intermediate stage. Now that he was in the aurous core advanced stage, would he be like Xiao Yan – who held the cosmic forms of normal nascent soul advanced stage cultivators in extreme disregard?
What sent chills down everyone’s spines was the gradual realization that, while the disciples of the Celestial Sect of Wonders were far superior to other cultivators of the same level of mastery, the higher their level of mastery then the greater the gap between them and the other cultivators.
When Xiao Yan and Shi Tianhao were in the aurous core beginner stage, they simply used nascent soul stage magic items and held nascent soul beginner stage cultivators to a draw.
However, once they were in the nascent soul intermediate stage, Shi Tianhao overcame and eliminated a nascent soul intermediate stage opponent at the cost of sustaining heavy injuries during the battle of Shazhou City.
And, as they ascended to the nascent soul advanced stage, Xiao Yan could already take on and decisively defeat a great many nascent soul advanced stage grandmasters. There was hardly anybody below the immortal soul stage that could take him one-on-one.
When normal cultivators ascended to the next stage of mastery, their standards would increase as well. However, whenever the disciples of the Celestial Sect of Wonders ascended to the next level, their standards would skyrocket. The vastness of the gap was truly extraordinary.
They were equally impressed when they discovered that Shi Tianyi had reached the nascent soul stage before the age of seventeen.
It was not just because Shi Tianyi was still very young. It was also because, according to his past experiences, he was an unprecedented super-prodigy just like Xiao Yan and Shi Tianhao; his battle prowess was unrivaled by others of the same level of mastery.
His successful formation of the nascent soul meant that there were not many nascent soul stage cultivators that could take him on. Even when normal nascent soul advanced stage elders unleashed his or her cosmic form, Shi Tianyi would probably ultimately emerge victorious.
A talent such as this truly lived up to his reputation. One could even say it was the descent of God upon the earth, and he was destined to become a historic legend.
However, when Shi Tianhao stood beside Xiao Yan shoulder-to-shoulder and they both stood next to Lin Feng in silence, a thought appeared in everyone’s minds.
“Even if that’s the case, can the ‘Big Shi’ overcome the ‘Little Shi’?”
“If the ‘Little Shi’ is as powerful as Xiao Yan, I wonder if ‘Big Shi’ can defeat him?”
Shi Tianhao’s expression was calm and composed. His clear voice echoed between heaven and earth. “I am Shi Tianhao, disciple of the Celestial Sect of Wonders, and I request to battle Shi Tianyi of the Great Void Sect.”
“My brother, do you dare to fight against me?”
“…Dare to fight against me?”
“…Fight against me?”
Lin Feng smiled faintly as he channeled the purple energy before him and, using his mana, he sent Shi Tianhao’s voice exploding in all directions. His voice surged across the vast expanses of land – whether it was cultivators with varying degrees of mastery or non-cultivators, everybody could hear his voice.
This was no different from challenging Shi Tianyi with everyone under the sky as witnesses.
Tianhao’s voice, under Lin Feng’s control, pierced across the void and reached the Shi Family’s ancestral ground, reached Xiling City of the Great Qin Empire, and reached the tiny village that Shi Tianhao grew up in…
Inside the royal palace of Xiling City, the Qin Emperor Shi Yu and the Prime Minister Wu Qingrou sat facing each other. After a moment of contemplation, Shi Yu released the mana defense mechanism of Xiling City and let Shi Tianhao’s voice travel across the entire city.
Wu Qingrou’s expression was plain and apathetic, but his eyes sparkled here and there, as if he was calculating something.
Shi Tianhao’s voice finally travelled to the mountain entrance of the Great Void Sect – Mount Baiyun.
Mount Baiyun was perennially covered in thick white mist, and outsiders could never obtain any information about what was going on inside. Shi Tianhao’s voice crackled outside Mount Baiyun a couple of times before the thick white mist suddenly cleared a path for Lin Feng’s purple energy to carry Tianhao’s voice into the mountain.
Under the guidance of the white cloudy mist, the streak of purple energy finally reached a cave somewhere within the mountain.
The Xuanlin Holy Man watched on as his brows curled a little. “Yan Nanlai…” He said nothing more as divine light leaked out of his eyes and ripped open the void into the same place inside Mount Baiyun.
Everybody trembled a little. It was clear that the Xuanlin Holy Man’s action was equivalent to accepting Lin Feng and Shi Tianhao’s challenge.
Divine light drifted about as the white cloudy mist inside the cave began to rise. The shadow of a youth at the age of sixteen or seventeen appeared. His legs were crossed and he was meditating in silence.
He was decently tall and long black hair fell upon his shoulders. His characteristics were handsome and defined but both his eyes were closed.
Rolling white cloudy mist circled beside his body. Within the white clouds, uncountable runes and hieroglyphs appeared and formed a golden light shadow that bobbed up and down.
The cultivators from the Royal House of the Northern Tribes behind the Prince Xian of the Right grew solemn. “So this is the Man With Polycoria, Shi Tianyi?”
The purple energy brought Shi Tianhao’s voice into the abode.
“My brother, do you dare to fight against me?”
Once he heard these words, the youth sitting inside the white clouds tilted his head slightly towards the side and, with his eyes still closed, replied, “My little brother. It’s been a long time – has your physical body recovered?”
This youth that resembled the descent of God upon the earth was the Man With Polycoria, Shi Tianyi. Ever since he started plying the craft, he was recognized publicly as the most outstanding prodigy of his generation that shook the Grand Celestial World. He was destined to leave his name in the history books, and would become a being of legends.
Shi Tianhao watched Shi Tianyi’s figure in silence. His gaze became ever so calm and cool.
Even though Shi Tianyi’s tone felt warm and even carried traces of amicability, everybody could hear the casualness in his voice, along with immense self-confidence and an air of indifference. There was even a tinge of mockery as well.
Even though he stole Shi Tianhao’s Natural Supreme Spiritual Alter to make himself into the unprecedented prodigy of today, Shi Tianyi did not seem to feel any guilt or regret – all he had was self-confidence and composure.
Shi Tianhao stared at the youth in the light shadow. It was this person that saw the Natural Supreme tao Foundation within Tianhao and subsequently plotted with his mother to cast a spell to steal Tianhao’s Tao Foundation, and subsequently bestowing it upon himself. This was the reason why he had to go through all those calamitous experiences.
“My brother, so, you wish to hide on Mount Baiyun?”
Shi Tianyi answered casually, “It’s been so long since our last meeting. I wonder if we finally have the chance to meet again?”
The meaning of his words seemed to suggest that, ever since Shi Tianhao lost the Natural Supreme Spiritual Altar all those years ago, he lost his worth in Tianyi’s eyes.
Shi Tianhao was still watching Shi Tianyi, whose eyes were still closed. His voice was as pain as ever. “If you were in front of me now, then you will never open those eyes again.”
All you could do was hide on Mount Baiyun and make big talk. If we were face to face, I would defeat you for sure so that you would close your eyes forever.
“If that’s the case, then we shall meet after all.” Shi Tianyi finally opened his eyes. Divine light shot out everywhere as there were two pupils within each eye, much like the simultaneous appearance of the Sun and the Moon in the sky.
The pupils in his eyes were flashing with divine light and held unspeakable power.
Even people like the Prince Xian of the Right and the Stellar Holy Man, as well as the Gambling Holy Man and the others present, turned a lot more serious and solemn as they perceived the Polycorian Man. “And this is when he’s just entered the nascent soul stage. If he continued to rise…”
Shi Zongyue’s expression was a lot more complicated. “I have finally seen him again. There is a truly unimaginable difference between then and now.”
“It’s not just the change in his polycorian eyes – there are other anomalies.” Shi Zongyue could feel sharply that, within Shi Tianyi’s pupils, there was a sinister flicker of divine light besides the fact that they resembled the radiance of the Sun and the Moon.
After the formation of the nascent soul, the power of the Polycoria increased another level.
However, besides that, there were many other transformations.
He obtained the Natural Supreme Tao Foundation, which originally belonged to Shi Tianhao. He attained the aurous core stage on this foundation and subsequently ascended to the nascent soul the same way. He could also obtain world-changing abhijnas by continuing down this path.
This was a power that was unique to the person that possessed the Natural Supreme Spiritual Altar, and after this person had consolidated the Natural Supreme Crucible. It would only be physically visible after forming the nascent soul.
Destined to be a legend and carrying the ferocity of the world upon his shoulders – taking the myriad of abhijnas of the world and assimilating them into his own body.
Blessed! He was truly blessed!
Shi Tianyi channeled the power of the light shadow and turned towards the Xuanlin Holy Man and the female cultivator. “MY two senior elders, greetings.”
And then his gaze paused on Lin Feng’s for a moment. The four pupils began to flicker in his eyes, but all he could feel a thick layer of mysterious mist enveloping Lin Feng’s body. The divine vision that he possessed was actually obscured.
Lin Feng glanced at him indifferently and Shi Tianyi drew a cold breath as he retracted his own gaze. His eyes finally landed upon Shi Tianhao’s body.
His eyes returned to its original radiance as he watched Shi Tianhao calmly. “My little brother. Not bad, you have made me really glad.”
Shi Tianhao and Shi Tianyi stood there and stared into each other’s eyes. The more he looked at Tianyi, the calmer Tianhao’s gaze became. His whole spiritual and physical being seemed to be in transformation, as if he was shedding a mold or cocoon of some sort.
“My brother, between you and me, let’s not waste any more words. When shall we fight?”
Shi Tianyi replied casually, “You’re not bad, but not nearly good enough. Do continue to train hard.”
“Do let me see if you’ve actually been reborn? If not, did you know that the person with the Natural Supreme Tao Foundation will only show true and glorious power after the formation of the nascent soul stage?”
“I have formed the nascent soul, and you are still in the aurous core stage. If we are to battle now, it’s not going to be interesting at all. I will wait for you in the nascent soul stage.”
Shi Tianhao’s tone also turned casual and indifferent. “Nascent soul stage? If we battle when I am in the nascent soul stage, then our battle will truly be uninteresting.”
“At the same level of mastery, besides the other disciples within the Celestial Sect of Wonders, I am unrivaled.”
He did not raise his voice and his tone was extremely plain. However, it betrayed an intense degree of self-confidence and overbearingness – to a degree even greater than that of the Man of Polycoria, Shi Tianyi.
So what if you were in the nascent soul stage? So what if you were the Man of Polycoria? So what if you began to show true and glorious power with the Natural Supreme Tao Foundation?
It was only because I am in the aurous core stage and you were in the nascent soul stage that I chose to battle with you.
If I were also in the nascent soul stage, you would become nothing to me. At the same level, I would bully you!
Shi Tianyi’s expression finally began to change as he turned to look at Shi Tianhao with a serious look. “My little brother, you and your seniors and juniors are too domineering and overbearing.”
Shi Tianhao shook his head and interrupted him immediately. “Enough nonsense. I only have one question for you.”
“Do you dare to fight with me?”