As Dugu Qiubai demonstrated, he was really capable of using all sorts of techniques and had high proficiency in each of them. That was why he was known as the Martial Fanatic, Martial Demon, and Martial Addict. He lived for the sake of martial cultivation, and he cared for nothing else. He was someone with a singular focus.
Not only did he have the ultimate physique, he also worked hard. He was more than a genius and had not gotten his strength from nowhere. The True Martial Academy had long evaluated that he would be one of the strongest existences alive in the future.
While Dugu Qiubai was growing, the True Martial Academy had their strongest elder protect him in the dark, not allowing any mishaps to happen to him.
Dugu Qiubai had terrifying expertise with a spear. He used the human spear unity, releasing a powerful flame attack with flame origin energy, which could burn even lightning.
With his spear, Dugu Qiubai blocked Xiang Shaoyun’s advance, and an intense battle commenced. Dugu Qiubai displayed a wide variety of battle techniques, using several rare spear techniques in a row. Even so, he still couldn’t fully exhaust Xiang Shaoyun’s lightning power. After all, Xiang Shaoyun was currently fighting in his strongest form.
Xiang Shaoyun was akin to a lightning G.o.d, and each swing of his saber was powered with lightning. The lightning obeyed his command, and struck wherever he pointed, granting him the might to kill his way through everything.
This was a restoration of his battle intent from his previous life, and it displayed his full mastery over the second stage of the saber intent. At this point, he was already using the fifth stance of the Nine Overlord Skyslaying Saber Technique, Severing Mountains and Rivers.
Although he was only using the first five stances repeatedly, his proficiency over the five was reaching perfection. His might when using these stances was higher than ever, reaching a level where he could break through everything with force.
Additionally, he had been constantly absorbing the rain of lightning. Not only could he attack his opponents with lightning bolts, but he could also endlessly replenish his lightning energy.
More and more of his bones were converted into lightning bones. In fact, about one-third of his bones had turned purple in color. The moment all his bones turned purple, he would possess a perfect lightning bone and form the Xiang Clan’s true peerless lightning physique.
For now, Xiang Shaoyun didn’t really care about his changing bones. His focus was on the sudden sensation he was having. Some sort of unique lightning power seemed to be calling out to him from high in the sky. He had a natural sense of closeness with that power, giving him the urge to forget Dugu Qiubai and instead charge into the sky.
Ultimately, he suppressed the urge and decided to deal with the sensation after the fight was over.
Dugu Qiubai kept the spear away and took out a sword. He then unleashed sword techniques that were as powerful as his spear techniques.
The two continued fighting, and before anyone knew it, three days and nights had pa.s.sed. The two seemed to have endless energy. The longer they battled, the scarier they seemed. At this point, the two were practically dyed red in blood, with injuries all over their bodies.
Xiang Shaoyun was still using the Overlord Skyslaying Saber, and he had been repeating the Nine Overlord Skyslaying Saber Technique over and over again. As for Dugu Qiubai, he had used seven different weapons, but none of them had been able to suppress Xiang Shaoyun.
Finally, Dugu Qiubai decisively said, “You win the weapons round.”
Xiang Shaoyun heaved a breath of relief and said, “Ok.”
If it wasn’t for the combination of his master’s teachings, his ability to reduce the complicated to simplicity—which allowed him to maximize his strength in the simplest manner possible—and his constant calmness that allowed him to enter the human heaven unity mode, he wouldn’t have been able to force Dugu Qiubai to surrender.
Xiang Shaoyun also reaped great harvests from their battle, and he was grateful for having Dugu Qiubai as his opponent.
The surrounding disciples were completely speechless, not knowing what to say anymore. Xiang Shaoyun’s saber technique was powerful, but Dugu Qiubai’s mastery over the various weapons was terrifying as well. Ultimately, Dugu Qiubai had actually surrendered.
Each of them had now won a round. The next round would be the decisive battle.
“Since the warmup is over, let’s not waste any time. Time to decide the final victor,” said Dugu Qiubai as he started rapidly healing using his secret technique.
“I’ll naturally be the victor,” said Xiang Shaoyun confidently as he used the Secret Reversal Technique and some spring water in his astral cosmos sea to try and heal faster than Dugu Qiubai.
“Haha, defeat has always been what I seek,” said Dugu Qiubai as he roared with laughter. He kept his weapon away, and his body started s.h.i.+ning with a five-colored radiance. This was the true primal chaos energy. Using it, he enhanced his wood energy to heal at an insane speed. His wounds started closing up at a speed visible to the naked eye.
When Xiang Shaoyun saw that, he exclaimed inwardly, This is truly a freakish physique. I might only be able to do that after I fill all nine of my stars with primal inception energy.
His resolution to forge himself the strongest physique became firmer, and he was confident he would succeed. The two stood still and stared at each other for about an hour. The time for the final battle had finally arrived.
Dugu Qiubai was not wielding any weapon, and primal chaos energy was swirling around him. Numerous scenes started manifesting around him, as though a world was being created and numerous living beings were coming into existence. The scenes were mysterious and mystical, sowing confusion in all who looked straight at them.
Xiang Shaoyun was unable to create such mysterious phenomena, as his primal inception energy only existed within his astral cosmos sea. He had to extract it out if he wanted to use the energy, so he could only unleash his peerlessly remarkable presence to face all that was unfolding before him.
Dugu Qiubai started revolving his energy in his two eyes, and his eyes started s.h.i.+ning brightly. The beams shot forward and instantly reached Xiang Shaoyun, threatening to reduce him to ashes.
Xiang Shaoyun was already in his strongest battle-ready state and was constantly on alert. The moment Dugu Qiubai’s eye attack came, he reacted and moved away using Phantom s.h.i.+ft.
Next, he used the Overlord’s Nine Nether Steps, trying to suppress his opponent in terms of presence before doing anything else. His ever-successful soul suppression failed to affect Dugu Qiubai.
Xiang Shaoyun managed to take three steps forward, but Dugu Qiubai appeared unaffected and was still able to make his move.
Sealing Water Burning Flame Fist!
The moment Dugu Qiubai made his move, he utilized two stars and fused two opposing powers together, instantly pus.h.i.+ng his combat strength to an entirely new height. Red and blue interweaved as the two energies spun toward Xiang Shaoyun.
Wind and Lightning!
Xiang Shaoyun did not hesitate and used two stars as well to face Dugu Qiubai’s punch. This was the true start of their final battle, and the surrounding disciples started watching with their eyes wide, not wis.h.i.+ng to miss even a second.
Who would emerge victorious? They would know soon.