Wu Zhijun was aware of how formidable Xiang Shaoyun was. She agreed unhesitatingly and followed him. The other female disciples had no other options. They did not wish to be eliminated from the compet.i.tion, so they braced themselves and also entered. They hoped that the guy before them could really bring them some nice surprises.
Xiang Shaoyun showed no fear against the evil spirits. His face was a sheet of calmness, his eyes never straying from the deep hole. The wailing evil spirits threw themselves at Xiang Shaoyun and his group. The female disciples started trembling from fear. They were all Dragon Ascension Realm experts, but they still had the gentle disposition many women had. Thus, they couldn’t avoid feeling fear when facing these ghostly beings.
Some of the disciples were still waiting around without doing anything. Their eyes landed on Xiang Shaoyun with interest. They were aware that he was both an abandoned disciple and someone with a status others could only look up to. They wanted to see just how he was going to enter the deep hole.
What they saw was him striding ahead without doing anything noticeable. Suddenly, an enchanting flame blazed around him. Like a brilliant firework, its radiance spread and sent one evil spirit after another fleeing from him.
The disciples’ pupils shrank, and one of them exclaimed in astonishment, “He actually cultivates the power of flame? No wonder he doesn’t fear these evil spirits.”
“Wait, he was able to fight the True Martial Academy freak to a standstill with only the power of water. Does he have a nine-star physique? Even with a nine-star physique, when using half his stars to cultivate the power of water, it is rather unbelievable that he can actually display such strength,” said someone else.
That was right. Someone cultivating multiple powers would not be able to fully unleash the might of a single power with all his stars. The focus of cultivation would be scattered, and that person’s offensive power would undoubtedly weaken. However, the combat prowess Xiang Shaoyun demonstrated had completely toppled this concept and filled them with incomprehension.
At this time, a Dragon Phoenix Academy disciple offered, “You’re surprised? Wait until you hear this. He indeed has a nine-star physique, but he does not cultivate the powers of flame and water. Instead, he cultivates nine different powers.”
The information filled the surrounding disciples with astonishment. One ought to know that it was common knowledge that cultivating nine powers was a dead end. In other words, Xiang Shaoyun was fighting the True Martial Academy freak, Song Fan, into a standstill utilizing only a single star?
“That is not possible!” Several disciples rejected it with disbelief.
The previous speaker added, “I agree—that’s not possible because his nine powers had fully fused, capable of unleas.h.i.+ng an unimaginable prowess.”
The surrounding disciples felt like a bomb had exploded in their heads. They couldn’t even begin to imagine how they were feeling currently.
Since ancient times, many powerful organizations had searched for the strongest physique by allowing talented nine-star physique geniuses to cultivate nine powers. However, n.o.body had succeeded as of yet, and everyone had stopped searching because it was now considered absolute madness. Many young geniuses had even had their futures ruined due to their attempts.
Today, someone was claiming that nine different powers had been fused, allowing someone cultivating nine powers to unleash the might of all nine stars. Was this the birth of the strongest physique?
It was most definitely the most shocking news they had heard this year. If this news spread, the organizations all over the dominion would probably try capturing Xiang Shaoyun to question him about it.
Suddenly, a shameless voice broke the silence, “Boss, wait for me! Without my protection, things will be unsafe for you!”
The voice belonged to none other than Xia Liuhui. Rus.h.i.+ng over, he cut quite the sorry figure. One could only imagine how thick his face was to utter such words. Xiang Shaoyun created an opening in the curtain of flame around him and let Xia Liuhui join them. Many disciples were filled with envy. Obtaining the protection of a top-tier genius like that was the same as gaining free entry into the secret s.p.a.ce.
“How are you doing, senior sisters?” greeted Xia Liuhui with a shameless look on his face. His gaze constantly scanned their bodies, causing them great discomfort.
“Why would Shaoyun know someone like this?” grumbled one of the women with a pout.
Xia Liuhui had decent combat strength, but he was known for being shameless in the Sacred Deer Academy. Thus, he wasn’t very well liked in the academy.
“Senior sister, I’m afraid those aren’t appropriate words. I grew up sharing the same pair of pants with my boss. We are brothers. How can we not know each other? Also, don’t you think that I’m handsome and heroic, senior sister?” said Xia Liuhui as he flung his hair about. His gaze then landed on Wu Zhijun with a look of infatuation, and he said, “Senior Sister Wu, how are you? I have long admired you.”
A look of disgust covered Wu Zhijun’s face as she said, “You honor me too much with those words.”
She was uncomfortable with flipping out on Xia Liuhui out of respect for Xiang Shaoyun. She would have dug Xia Liuhui’s eyes out otherwise.
Xia Liuhui was about to say something when Xiang Shaoyun snapped, “Liuhui, she is our sister-in-law. Don’t be rude.”
Xia Liuhui’s face collapsed as he hurriedly said, “Boss! Th-This is a misunderstanding! I did not mean anything bad. I was unaware that she’s our sister-in-law. I’m sorry, sister-in-law. I, Xia Liuhui, am like any other man. I adore everything beautiful. I did not mean to insult.”
Xia Liuhui was also known to be fearless in the Sacred Deer Academy. He was gutsy enough to tease even Jiang Qi. But when Xiang Shaoyun snapped at him, he immediately cowered like a mouse encountering a cat. The women around them were astonished.
In truth, Xia Liuhui was speaking the truth. When he looked at women, he was merely admiring their beauty. He did not actually have the courage to actually court a woman.
“Don’t worry. Just keep it in mind. Get ready. We’re going in,” said Xiang Shaoyun.
The others grew nervous. The evil spirits around them were becoming more powerful. Even Sovereign Realm spirits had appeared. If one wasn’t strong enough, one wouldn’t be able to face them.
Fortunately, Yun Flame had recently been upgraded. It was powerful enough to burn any Sovereigns, much less these evil spirits. Xiang Shaoyun and company advanced, and the evil spirits could only move out of their way. Before long, the path to the deep hole was clear for them.
The deep hole was akin to a terrifying black hole. Horrifying decaying aura was billowing out of it, and wailing sounds were rising from it. Giving off an eerie sensation, the hole was akin to the entrance to h.e.l.l. A timid person would probably be too scared to take a step further at this point.
“Get ready, everyone. We’re going in, ” Xiang Shaoyun warned the people behind them before taking the lead. He jumped into the deep hole.