Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-558
The moment Xiao Yan reported his number, Bai Cheng’s expression
immediately stiffened. On top of it stiffening, there was even an
Bai Cheng had bore a grudge for Xiao Yan ever since he had been defeated
by his hands, and he had been blaming his defeat on the matter of Xiao
Yan swallowing the ‘Dragon Strength Pill’; perhaps this was because
he did not want to admit to the true reason for losing. However, at this
instant, an extremely faint fear rose in his heart. It appeared that
although he was unwilling to admit it with his mouth, but in a deep
region of his heart he did indeed feel a fear toward Xiao Yan.
Bai Cheng tightened his grip on the bamboo stick in his hand and eyed the
playful smile that hung on the corner of Xiao Yan’s mouth. His face
twitched a little as he lowered his eyes. That gaze was like he had
grabbed a ravenous wolf with his hand. Dammit, even if I have to go all
out this time around, I won’t give you the opportunity to place in a
top ten position on the ‘Strong Ranking’.
Xiao Yan calmly eyed Bai Cheng who had lowered his head. He played with
the bamboo stick in his hand, but was not too worried in his heart. Back
then, when he was only a one star Dou Ling, he had been able to defeat
Bai Cheng. Now that his strength had advanced quite a little, he no
longer needed to do something like tire himself out from expending too
much effort which he did the last time.
After Xiao Yan, there were some people who continued to pick the bamboo
sticks. Among them, Wu Hao’s opponent was a one star Dou Ling that was
ranked 43rd on the ‘Strong Ranking’. This kind of strength could only
be considered to be at the back of the ‘Strong Ranking’. Although Wu
Hao’s strength was merely at the peak of the Da Dou Shi class, his
chances of victory were quite great if he went all out. From the looks of
his smiling appearance, it was clear that he was rejoicing at his luck.
After the final competitor picked his lot under everyone’s gaze, the
order of the matches in the arena had mostly been settled. The number of
dispirited people with helpless looks on their faces was not lacking.
This was because their opponents were those experts who were ranked at
the top of the ‘Strong Ranking’. Among them, a fellow who had reached
the strength of a four star Dou Ling had coincidentally picked a number
that was the same as Liu Qing. The instant the number had been read out,
this fellow’s expression immediately turned ashen. Although his
strength could be considered to be at the middle level on the ‘Strong
Ranking’, his chances of victory undoubtedly fell to an insignificant
value in the face of a top expert like Liu Qing.
What was interesting was the opponent of Zi Yan. This fellow was a dark
horse that had recently stolen the limelight and entered the ‘Strong
Ranking’. Moreover, from the looks of his manner, he seemed to be a
person who only knew how to undertake a retreat and train. This resulted
in him not having much knowledge about Zi Yan. Therefore, when he saw
that his opponent was actually a little girl, he began to part his mouth
and laugh disdainfully under some gazes from around him were reserved for
looking at an idiot. Seeing this scene, Xiao Yan and the others
controlled their laughter. Perhaps this fellow would immediately cry
until dusk once the competition began.
Su Qian’s gaze slowly swept across the entire place. When he saw that
all the competitors had figured out their opponents, he nodded slightly.
A faint old voice reverberated throughout the stadium, “Since the
drawing of lots is over, all of you should return to your seats first.
The order of the matches will be drawn in succession.”
Once his words sounded, Su Qian’s hand drew a bamboo stick from a
cylinder in front of him. He glanced at it and said faintly, “Number
The bodies of two people among the competitors in the arena suddenly
sprang straight up upon hearing the number that Su Qian called.
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“Those people who have the blue and red bamboo stick bottom with the
number seven should stay. The others should leave.” Su Qian ordered as
he waved his hand.
Everyone immediately rushed out upon hearing Su Qian’s order. Only two
people were left.
The two people in the arena also knew the rules. In the next moment, they
swiftly focused their attention. Their faces were tight as faint Dou Qi
overflowed from their bodies. Each of them took out their weapons as
their gazes sharply gauged their opponent.
The viewing gallery which had become much quieter eyed the gradually
permeating fiery fighting intent in the arena, and private conversations
once again broke out. Some of the gazes had also become boiling hot at
this moment. The ‘Strong Ranking’ Grand Competition which they had
anticipated for a long time finally had its curtain drawn.
Xiao Yan and Wu Hao returned to the tall platform. The former gaze met
with Lin Xuya not far away, exchanging a smile and a nod of their heads.
“These two fellows are ranked 35th and 38th. Their strength is not too
far apart from one another. There will be some anxiety when they
fight.” Wu Hao eyed the two people in the arena and laughed.
Xiao Yan randomly nodded. His body leaned on the guardrail as his gaze
lazily stayed in the arena.
“It is unexpected that Xiao Yan ge-ge’s opponent is actually Bai
Cheng again.” Xun Er covered her mouth and laughed softly.
“He is just someone who was defeated by me.” Xiao Yan smiled and
replied. His gaze had some unknown feeling to it. Although there were a
couple people who would say that his victory over Bai Cheng was because
he relied on the help of a medicinal pill, even after he had put up a
stage and accepted challenges back then, it did not remove the root of
the issue. Now that they were going to meet again, he could
coincidentally clearly display his strength for everyone to see in
public. If he could defeat Bai Cheng once, then he would be able to
defeat him a second time and even a third time!
“But that fellow appears to hold a grudge against you. Your meeting
this time around might really end up in an all out match. Although you
are not afraid of him, you should also be careful. In the event that he
injures you after going all out, you would be disadvantaged in the
matches that follow.” Wu Hao frowned and reminded.
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. His character was originally very cautious.
Naturally, he would take precaution against such matters. Whether he was
able to enter the top ten of the ‘Strong Ranking’ affected the
important matter of whether the ‘Fallen Heart Flame’ would end up in
his hands. Therefore, he adopted an extremely cautious attitude to this
competition, afraid that a simple mistake would occur that would result
in a deviation from his plans.
As the few of them conversed, the two people below had already abruptly
collided under the waves of fiery noises from the viewing gallery.
Powerful Dou Qi interacted with one another, erupting with waves of low,
deep explosive sounds. As the human figures flashed, a clear metal sound
repeatedly appeared and sparks flashed out. From the start of the fight,
the warmup was omitted and they entered into a true all out fight.
One of the two people in the arena was of the fire affinity Dou Qi while
the other was of the wood affinity. Although the strength of the latter
was a little stronger, he appeared a little strenuous in his defense of
the other party’s attack due to his Dou Qi being suppressed by the
other party. The fire affinity Dou Qi competitor was also quite smart. He
understood the essence of going all out in one go. As his attacks were
unleashed, fiery, hot wind appeared continuously. The pale-red Dou Qi
were like clusters of substance-like flames that rose up, drawing
numerous arcs through the air and violently hacking toward his opponent.
However, under this ferocious and vicious attack from him, that wood
affinity Dou Qi student did not show the slightest panic or change in
expression. The latter’s face was calm as he received all the attacks
from the opponent. Although he appeared to have fallen into a
disadvantage, he did not receive any serious injuries.
The fight in the arena could barely be considered a high level fight even
within the Inner Academy. Hence, the audience in the surrounding viewing
gallery was focused on it. Their eyes did not blink as they stared at the
two human figures in the arena. Rousing shouts and unified cries were
emitted and reverberated unceasingly in the arena.
Although the fight in the arena was extremely exciting to the students in
the viewing gallery, it could only cause Xiao Yan and the others to nod
their heads slightly. After all, with their strength being different, it
was natural they would view things differently. No matter what they saw,
they would look at things from a different point of view.
“That fire affinity Dou Qi student is about to lose.” Xiao Yan lazily
glanced at the fight in the arena before suddenly opening his mouth to
“Huh?” Wu Hao and Wu Jia by the side were a little stunned when they
heard this. Currently, that fire affinity Dou Qi fellow basically held
the complete advantage in the fight.
“Although the fire affinity Dou Qi has powerful and vicious attacks, it
cannot last very long. It is clear that his opponent’s fighting
experience is even richer than him and knows how to dodge and drag things
out. Wood affinity Dou Qi may have a weaker attack strength than fire
affinity Dou Qi, but it is superior in its endurance. Moreover, it can
also automatically heal injuries. If you were to carefully sense things,
you would be able to discover that the fire affinity Dou Qi student’s
attacks are already becoming slower. His opponent, on the other hand, is
turning the situation around. From the looks of things, it is likely that
the victor will be determined within ten minutes.” Xun Er by the side
smiled and explained the situation in a soft voice. Her insight was not
the least bit weaker than Xiao Yan. From a certain point of view, she was
even able to see more accurately than Xiao Yan.
Wu Hao and Hu Jia also became more attentive when they heard Xun Er’s
analysis. A moment later, they nodded their heads in surprise.
Xiao Yan glanced at the smiling face of Xun Er beside him. This little
girl looked at things more accurately than him. At the very least he was
unable to determine that the victor of these two people would be
determined within ten minutes.
Things were exactly as Xun Er had predicted. At the eighth minute, a
sudden change occurred in the anxiety filled battle. The wood affinity
Dou Qi student, who had been passively defending, suddenly unleashed an
extremely sharp attack. The pale-green Dou Qi in his hand was like a beam
of light as it shot out. Finally, it passed through the defense of the
opponent in a lightning fast manner and heavily smashed into his chest.
Immediately, that fire affinity Dou Qi student’s face turned
pale-white. A mouthful of fresh blood spilled down from the corner of his
mouth. His body violently fell out of the arena. By the time he climbed
up, he could only hear the roaring thunderclap-like applause throughout
the stadium. That face of his was downcast and dissatisfied.
“The first match is won by He Bu!”
Su Qian indifferently announced the result of the match from the high
platform. This match could not be considered as very intense. It was like
child’s play to him. There was not much for him to praise.
As the applause sounded throughout the stadium, Su Qian leaned gently on
the back of his chair. He once again picked up a bamboo stick from the
bamboo cylinder. After being slightly startled, he immediately shed out
an involuntarily smile as he spoke toward the few Elders by his side,
“Looks like we will see a more interesting match than the last one.”
“The second match, number twenty-eight.”
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As Su Qian’s voice fell, a human figure suddenly flashed up the stage.
The person was a man whose face was haughty and arrogant. As the dark
horse whose recent limelight had even exceeded that of Xiao Yan’s, he
charged into the 33rd position in the ‘Strong Ranking’ from outside
of it. Moreover, this fellow appeared to have let out some arrogant words
saying that if he was given five days, he would definitely also triumph
over Xiao Yan. This caused quite a number of people to admire his pride.
However, Xiao Yan did not give a reply to this. The latter was busy with
his retreat, and did not have the time to be bothered by some fellows who
had just become successful.
Not long after the man got onto the stage, a little body appeared under
everyone’s gaze. The little girl wearing white clothes slowly climbed
onto the stage under the snickering laughter in the eyes of Xiao Yan and
“Ha ha, little girl, relax. I will definitely hold back!” The man
could not help but laugh as he eyed the white-clothed little girl. He
appeared to already be able to see the beautiful scene of him advancing.
Xiao Yan, Lin Xiu Ya, Liu Qing, and the others on the tall platform wiped
the cold sweat off their foreheads in the face of the arrogant laughter
of that man.
“This pitiful fellow…”