If one was to claim that Xiang Shaoyun’s victory over Zhou Haoyu was luck, one definitely had to accept that he possessed true strength after his victory over Ling Zhiyan. All the people that were jeering at him earlier shut their mouths.
They were all geniuses. Anyone capable of partic.i.p.ating in this compet.i.tion in the first place would be a future pillar of the dominion. They were no idiots, and they were all coming to a realization that it wouldn’t be smart to offend a freak like Xiang Shaoyun.
He stood on the stage, and he did not care to challenge anyone. He only waited silently for challengers. Today, he would fulfill his promise to his master and become the number one disciple.
This t.i.tle might not be important to him, but this would still be him strongly making his existence known to the Ziling Sect. Many people were awed by his display of strength, but many were also unhappy with him. Song Fan still wanted to determine a victor between him and Xiang Shaoyun, so he decided to step onto the stage.
But before he could, Xiang Chenxi stopped him and said, “He has changed. I’m afraid you won’t be his opponent anymore.”
Even prior to this, when Xiang Shaoyun was still a seventh-stage Dragon Ascension Realm cultivator, he could already give Song Fan a hard fight. Now that he was a peak Emperor, would Song Fan still be his match?
“No, I must fight him. Even if he has advanced, he might not have consolidated his strength. And even if he did manage to consolidate his strength already, I can still defeat him,” said Song Fan confidently.
He then leaped onto the stage and pointed his spear at Xiang Shaoyun as he roared, “We did not manage to end our fight previously. Let’s end it once and for all here!”
“You won’t cut it. Get your so-called Little Overlord up here instead,” said Xiang Shaoyun with a shake of his head.
Xiang Shaoyun was slightly interested in the Little Overlord, and he wanted to see if he was actually related to him. Or, to be precise, he wanted to see if that person was related to Xiang Zixuan.
“You can say that after defeating me,” said Song Fan as he stabbed his snake-shaped spear forward repeatedly.
Numerous snakes were sent toward Xiang Shaoyun. They surrounded him with an overbearing might, presenting a fearsome sight to behold. Song Fan’s attacks looked ordinary, but their might definitely wasn’t.
Xiang Shaoyun did not bother using a weapon, nor did he bother dodging. He faced the attacks head on with the Unrivaled Sky Crus.h.i.+ng Punch. These energy snakes weren’t able to do anything to him.
After undergoing the baptism of a real battlefield, Xiang Shaoyun’s battle instincts had grown considerably. No matter what technique his opponent used, he could use the simplest and most straightforward method to defeat the opponent in the shortest time frame possible.
There was no mercy on a battlefield, and he similarly wouldn’t show any mercy on the stage. After shattering the energy snakes sent by Song Fan, he forged ahead toward Song Fan, intending to end the fight in one fell swoop.
Song Fan seemed to have expected that Xiang Shaoyun would be able to smash through his attacks. His face remained calm as a burst of power erupted from within his body. Tearing through his clothes, scales started growing on his skin. They were even on his face, and they made him look incredibly ferocious.
His transformation gave everyone a shock. One of them was particularly knowledgeable and exclaimed, “Is this the Beast Transformation Technique?”
“The Beast Transformation Technique is an extremely hard to cultivate ancient technique, and it was supposedly lost many years ago. It actually reappeared here. He is indeed worthy of being a True Martial Academy disciple.
“The Beast Transformation Technique can increase his combat strength, but it can only stay active for a limited amount of time. He might not necessarily be able to defeat his opponent before he runs out of time.
“Just watch. I have a feeling this will be an interesting match.”
Xiang Shaoyun initially planned to defeat Song Fan as quickly as possible, but when he saw the beast transformation, he was no longer in any rush. He wanted to see just what else his opponent was capable of.
“Bring it on. This is where your streak of victories ends,” declared Song Fan confidently.
“So now you’re neither a human nor a monster. Are you happy this way?” sneered Xiang Shaoyun.
“You shall die for your insolence!” Song Fan roared and charged forward like an arrow.
After the beast transformation, Song Fan had naturally become extremely powerful. Even his speed had reached a shocking level. He instantly reached Xiang Shaoyun and stabbed his spear forward.
“I managed to hit him!” Song Fan cried out in excitement.
Alas, what he saw next was Xiang Shaoyun gradually fading into nothingness. He had struck nothing but an afterimage, and he instantly had an ominous feeling. He cursed, “s.h.i.+t!”
By the time he reacted, Xiang Shaoyun’s attack had already arrived beside him.
Major Slab Palm!
Xiang Shaoyun slammed both his palms forward repeatedly, aiming for a single spot. He unleashed 18 consecutive palms instantaneously, sending Song Fan flying and coughing blood. Fortunately for Song Fan, he was able to forcefully twist his body midair and charge Xiang Shaoyun once again as if completely fine.
Snake Swallowing the Elephant!
A ma.s.sive snake appeared and bit down at Xiang Shaoyun. The snake displayed the bearing of a being capable of consuming everything in existence. Anyone would feel tiny in the presence of this great serpent, and a sense of helplessness would rise within one’s heart.
This was an ultimate technique Song Fan had obtained after great hards.h.i.+ps, and it granted him a strength matching a fifth-stage Soul Foundation Realm cultivator. It even gave one the urge to just surrender and not fight.
Facing the ma.s.sive snake, the Shark Devourer Saber appeared in Xiang Shaoyun’s hand. His presence changed in its entirety as waves of blue radiance started rippling out of it. A vast ocean and a ma.s.sive shark appeared. Rus.h.i.+ng forward with a torrential sea wave, the shark charged the snake.
The snake seemed to have the upper hand as it attacked ferociously, forcing the shark into a defensive position as it protected itself with the layers of waves. Before long, the situation turned around. The waves became more and more furious, and after rippling forward seven times, the ma.s.sive shark jumped out of the water and bit at the snake’s head.
The blue saber radiance occupied the absolute upper hand now as the snake crumbled apart. Song Fan hurriedly started retreating, not wanting to give Xiang Shaoyun a chance to follow up with attacks. Xiang Shaoyun naturally wouldn’t give up on this opening, and he swiftly gave chase.
“You might be slightly stronger than me, but don’t you dream of dealing me any real injuries,” said Song Fan as he entered a fully defensive stance. His strengthened body, armor, and layers of thick defensive barrier worked together to form an ultimate defense protecting him.
Xiang Shaoyun remained silent and continued attacking with the Seven Overlapping Waves Slash. Song Fan wasn’t even able to defend himself in time, as Xiang Shaoyun’s attack was too fast. Furthermore, the attacks came unendingly, with all of them aimed at a singular point.
Song Fan’s defenses collapsed completely, including his scales and armor. He was nearly cut in two from his waist, and when it seemed like he was about to die, he was kicked off the stage.