Against the Gods Chapter 959-960
Chapter 959 – Exploding Rage
Ji Hanfeng used his palm to blast Yun Che away and then quickly rushed over to catch Li Mingcheng. He shivered severely the moment his palms touched Li Mingcheng's body.
The tempo of Li Mingcheng's breathing was incredibly chaotic and it was weakening at an incredibly fast speed. His body was limp and soft as if all of the bones in his body were broken. There was no focus in this pupils and blood was spilling out from his mouth like crazy, accompanied with by unbearable weak and desperate moan. His whole body was twitching as if he was about to die.
On his chest near his heart, there was a shocking dent the size of a bowl.
Li Mingcheng charged out from next to Ji Hanfeng. Ji Hanfeng stood the closest to the two of them. Even though he did not have the time to stop Li Mingcheng from attacking Yun Che, he had enough time to stop Yun Che from counterattacking Li Mingcheng. However, he did not do so. Instead, he used this as an opportunity to attack Yun Che as Yun Che struck Li Mingcheng heavily. Because this was a "justified" action, even if he crippled Yun Che, no one could put the fault on him.
But he absolutely did not expect that Li Mingcheng would be this severely injured from Yun Che's attack.
Ji Hanfeng's brain went blank all of a sudden and he felt chills down his spine. He didn't dare to forget even for a second that Li Mingcheng was the Main Hall Master's nephew, so he had been obviously and secretly trying to curry favor with her. Just now when he took the opportunity to attack Yun Che, it was to avenge him but he didn't expect even in his dreams that Li Mingcheng would be injured to the point of almost dying.
With the Main Hall Master's protectiveness towards Li Mingcheng, if the blame fell on him… Just thinking about it, Ji Hanfeng was already shivering in fear. But it was too late for him to regret at the moment. He turned around abruptly and unleashed all his anger towards Yun Che, "Yun Che! How dare you attack with such maliciousness!!"
"What happened? What are you all doing here in a circle?"
At this moment, someone with infinite coldness and dignity suddenly fell from the sky. Following, a blue shadow walked out from the void sky. She had a face like the first snow shrouded with freezing cold and beautiful brows shaped like swords. It was precisely Mu Fengshu, the Main Hall Master of Freezing Snow Hall.
Her arrival instantly froze the chaotic scene.
Mu Fengshu looked around and saw Li Mingcheng in Ji Hanfeng's arms, covered in blood and with his life hanging by a thread. Her expression changed instantly as she shifted in a blue shadow to the front of Li Mingcheng. When her palm landed on Li Mingcheng, her aura that was originally ice cold and quiet instantly turned chaotic as it released a crazy fury.
This was the rage of the Main Hall Master of Freezing Snow Hall. It was as if the entire Freezing Snow Main Hall had fallen into a freezing purgatory. All of the elements completely stopped flowing and the faces of everyone in the Freezing Snow Main Hall turned pale, their bodies curled up from the cold. They could feel their own blood and even their soul freezing, sealed by ice.
"Who… who did this?"
Mu Fengshu turned around, her voice extremely calm, but even the person with the weakest profound strength could clearly feel an extremely freezing murderous intent.
On her territory, her own nephew was actually injured to such an extent, how could she forgive this!?
Many people slowly turned their gaze towards Yun Che. Mu Sushan's compliment and praise made them feel incredibly jealous earlier but at this moment, they only felt a deep pity for him.
They believed with all their hearts that this time, Yun Che was absolutely going to die—even if Li Mingcheng was the one who ambushed Yun Che first.
"In… In reply to Main Hall Master," Ji Hanfeng's teeth were shivering. After he had spoken the first sentence, his heart heaved as he stood up and directly pointed at Yun Che. "It's Yun Che! He deliberately injured Junior Brother Mingcheng heavily and wounded Junior Brother Mingcheng to this extent. This disciple… this disciple could not stop it in time and did not think that Yun Che would be this brutal. This disciple could not protect Junior Brother Mingcheng, it is this disciple's fault, may… may Main Hall Master punish me heavily."
"You!?" Mu Fengshu's focus fell on Yun Che. Only thirty percent was surprise, more of it was an ice cold fury and murderous intent.
"You… you're lying!" Mu Xiaolan unconsciously stood in front of Yun Che and tried to explain, "Li Mingcheng was the one who ambushed and tried to backstab Yun Che, Yun Che was only…"
Mu Fengshu shouted sharply and scared Mu Xiaolan into silence. Mu Fengshu was clearly extremely enraged, her chest heaving greatly, "Do you take this Main Hall Master for an idiot that you would say something this ridiculous? Yun Che is merely a Monarch, compared to Mingcheng's cultivation, why would he have to backstab Yun Che!?"
"Main Hall Master," Mu Sushan walked forward and said, "Even though Li Mingcheng was indeed injured by Yun Che, it wasn't this simple…"
"Enough!!" Mu Fengshu's face was darkened like still water. No one dared to breathe under the violent anger which rippled from her body. "No matter who it is, no matter what the reason or explanation is, if one dares to heavily injure the nephew of Mu Fengshu on purpose, I will definitely make him pay ten thousand times more!!"
"…" Mu Sushan opened his mouth but he could only sigh softly. Even though Li Mingcheng was the one who ambushed first, Yun Che's counterattack was indeed too heavy and it was a fact that Li Mingcheng was wounded to almost dying. Facing Mu Fengshu who was in a complete fury, he couldn't help even if he wanted to. He could only send a sound transmission in secret towards Mu Xiaolan, "Xiaolan, send a sound transmission to your master immediately. Right now, your master is probably the only one who can save Yun Che… Ah, and she might not even make it in time."
"Ji Hanfeng! Immediately take Yun Che down!" Even though Mu Fengshu was extremely furious, with her position, she would not waste time attacking a junior herself. She glanced at Mu Xiaolan. "Let's see who dares to stop this."
"Yes!" Ji Hanfeng also wanted to lash out his anger. Hearing the command, he immediately responded, placing Li Mingcheng on the ground and charged directly to grab Yun Che's throat with his hands.
Mu Xiaolan screamed and used her body to shield in front of Yun Che, but a hand suddenly grabbed her shoulder and pushed her far far away.
Surrounding him was the Main Hall Master of Freezing Snow Hall's rage and murderous intent. Both her strength and position in the entire Divine Ice Phoenix Sect was within the highest echelons. If it was someone else, they would have already been so frightened that they would lose control of their legs. However, there was no trace of fear in Yun Che's eyes; there was only a strong, terrifying atmosphere.
Whether it was in the Blue Pole Star, the Profound Sky Continent or the Illusory Demon Realm, he was an absolute king, an existence that could cover the sky with his single hand and no one dared to wrong him… How could he tolerate such treatment!
The anger and murderous intent that he had been suppressing before were all released completely in this moment. He held both of his fists tightly and his eyes targeted Ji Hanfeng who was getting closer to him like a starving eagle. He roared in a raspy voice, "If you want to take me down… we'll have to see if you have the ability to do so first!!"
"You still dare to resist? You don't know your place!" Yun Che's words made Ji Hanfeng sneer as he flew down from the air towards Yun Che to take him down. The surrounding aura was directed by his strength and transformed into a storm that was extremely dense in strength, covering Yun Che's whole body.
Even though Li Mingcheng's profound strength was already at the level of the divine way, the pressure that he gave off wasn't nearly close to the aura that Xuanyuan Wentian, who had been killed by Yun Che, exuded. That's why, even when facing Li Mingcheng, Yun Che felt no pressure at all.
However, the Ji Hanfeng who was in front of him was different. His profound strength was at the sixth level of the Divine Origin Realm. Not only was his aura stronger than Xuanyuan Wentian's, he was obviously stronger than Mu Xiaolan! He was definitely the strongest opponent that Yun Che had faced in his life.
The force that was coming from the sky was incredibly horrifying. This was a power of divine way that completely exceeded the level of strength Li Mingcheng had been capable of. Under this force, his entire body suddenly stiffened, but still reacted according to his will first and transported all of his strength to shield in front of his body.
Yun Che's whole body was vibrating violently as if he was hit by a meteorite from outer space and he was thrown off by the shock. Ji Hanfeng stopped and the sneer on his face became more brutal. He suddenly grabbed toward the direction that Yun Che had been blasted to and as his hand motion quickly changed, a blue hexagonal profound formation suddenly appeared on Yun Che's body that was flying upside down. The instant it appeared, it exploded mercilessly with Yun Che's body as the medium.
"Sss…" The faces of the profound practitioners there all lost color from the shock. Mu Fengshu's order was to "take down," so they thought Ji Hanfeng would suppress Yun Che and seal his profound energy. They didn't expect him to attack so harshly.
This way, Yun Chu could very possibly die on the spot. Even if he didn't die, he would be injured severely.
"This…" Mu Sushan stepped forward suddenly but the result was already established, so he could only deeply sigh once again.
"Yun Che!!" Mu Xiaolan turned pale from the shock. She rushed over in panic but just as she got close, she saw Yun Che holding himself up with one hand and slowly standing up.
Everyone's gaze was attracted back to Yun Che in an instant. Even though Yun Che was simply standing up, it made all of their pupils dilate, not daring to believe their eyes.
Yun Che's clothes were already torn and there were three wounds that were each half a foot long on both his chest and back but they had stopped bleeding already. Aside from that, his aura almost hadn't weakened at all and he hadn't lost any focus from his eyes at all. Instead, there was a viciousness that made one tremble with fear.
"What?!" The sneer on Ji Hanfeng's face disappeared and the expression in his eyes darkened. He was confident that the attack just now would completely cripple Yun Che. At the very least, it should have crushed over half of the bones in his body.
But he actually stood up and there were only a few wounds that were not even deep?
No! He's definitely just forcing himself, it's impossible for him not to be heavily injured.
"Yun Che, are… are you okay?" Mu Xiaolan looked at him in startlement and asked with concern.
"Get out of the way!" Yun Che's gaze was focused on Ji Hanfeng. His appearance was very terrifying at the moment and scared Mu Xiaolan into backing up, not daring to step forth another time.
It was as if a volcano exploded from Yun Che's body. His profound energy instantly increased and the color of the profound energy also turned a light scarlet color. He lifted both of his hands and the Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword fell from the air. It smashed into the ground with an exploding sound that shocked the sky as it stabbed deeply into the divine stone that was paved on the ground of the main hall.
"Oh!?" The expression in Mu Sushan's eyes changed drastically. The suppressing aura that Yun Che was releasing right now was close to the strength of the fifth level of the Divine Origin Realm!
Mu Sushan himself mentioned before that Yun Che hadn't used all of his strength when he beat Li Mingcheng but he did not expect that Yun Che's hidden power would be this horrifyingly strong.
Fifth level of the Sovereign Profound Realm… but it released a power that was equal to fifth level of the Divine Origin Realm!!
This time, even the expression in Mu Fengshu's eyes changed slightly, her raging fury was slowly replaced by a shock that was becoming deeper and deeper.
"This brat, you actually…" Facing Yun Che's force, Ji Hanfeng was already shocked in an indescribable way.
Yun Che didn't say a word. He grabbed the Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword with both of his hands, jumped high up in the sky and the vermilion body of the sword created an incredibly dreadful destruction storm as it charged towards Ji Hanfeng.
"You think you're worthy of being my opponent just like this?" Ji Hanfeng gritting his teeth slightly, roared deeply and also jumped up toward Yun Che. He actually directly grabbed at Yun Che's sword.
But just as he got close, his expression suddenly changed and a trace of fear flashed deeply in his eyes. This was because the force of the sword was much stronger than he expected, it had even made his soul feel fear!
Ji Hanfeng reacted extremely quickly. He retracted his palms with lightning speed, his whole body turned over and somersaulted backwards.
The Heaven Smiting Sword smashed onto the ground that was paved using divine stones, causing it to instantly crack. These cracks quickly spread out like a spider web until they spread out to a distance of about ninety meters. With the body of the sword as the center, a storm created by the heavy sword swept by and blurred everyone's vision for a long period of time.
But thankfully this was the God Realm. If it was the Profound Sky Continent, the surrounding three hundred meters of space would all have completely collapsed.
Chapter 960 – Fighting Ji Hanfeng
Yun Che was like heresy created by the heavens that was sent to the mortal realm. His appearance completely shattered the common knowledge of everyone present. He did that in the Profound Sky Continent, then the Illusory Demon Realm.
And now, he did the same in the God Realm.
It was as though Yun Che's sword had smashed onto the minds of everyone present, causing them to be shocked speechless for a long while.
It was already unbelievable that he had defeated Li Mingcheng but now, his profound strength had explosively increased yet again and he had used a single strike… to force Ji Hanfeng back!
Ji Hanfeng was an official disciple of Freezing Snow Hall and he had cultivated there for around twenty years already. Him being able to supervise Freezing Snow Hall's new disciple examination proved that he was powerful and experienced enough to do so.
Yet he had been forced back by the sword of an examinee who was only in the Sovereign Profound Realm!
The impact of this scene was indescribable. Almost everyone there felt dazzled, as though they could perhaps be dreaming.
Ji Hanfeng, who fled all of a sudden, continued to somersault until he was three hundred meters away. When he landed, the heart thumping sensation he felt before was still there. This shocked him greatly and at the same time, he felt even more humiliated. He had actually been forced away by the sword of someone he previously viewed as a joke… now that was the gargantuan joke!!
But no matter how unwilling and disbelieving he was, he would no longer dare to hold Yun Che in contempt. It was because the terror of that strike had been right before his eyes.
Ji Hanfeng fiercely gritted his teeth. He reached out with a grabbing motion and took out a silver longspear from his spatial ring. The longspear was nine feet long, its entire body flickered with frosty silver light. The instant the spear appeared, it was actually accompanied by a resonant dragon roar.
"Dragon Burst Spear!" Several Freezing Snow Hall disciples exclaimed in shock.
As an official disciple of Freezing Snow Hall and the supervisor of this examination, he had actually brought out the Dragon Burst Spear. It was evident that Ji Hanfeng was afraid of Yun Che!!
"Yun Che, you are proud of that strike from before, aren't you?" Ji Hanfeng's gaze darkened as his voice carried the sound of him gnashing his teeth in anger, "I'll immediately… give it back to you tenfold!"
"No matter how much trash from the lower realms struggles, they will eternally still be trash!!"
As he vented his thoughts, Ji Hanfeng raised the Dragon Burst Spear. He didn't go into the air but instead walked on the ground, straight as an arrow. With every step he took, it was as though the spear's tip had elongated. Then, amidst a loud roar, his footsteps became heavier as the Dragon Burst Spear pierced at Yun Che.
In that instant, the ground below him had immediately become shattered powder and the Dragon Burst Spear let out an incredibly resonant dragon roar. It was as though its body had transformed into a silver colored True Dragon as it lunged at Yun Che with boundless dragon might.
Beneath this dragon roar, all the profound practitioners present felt as though all the blood and profound energy in their bodies had been agitated. Their hearts had also suddenly felt like they had shrunk.
With Ji Hanfeng added to the Dragon Burst Spear, the might of this spear had actually become this frightening!!
A thought flashed in the minds of everyone present: How could Yun Che possibly receive this strike!?
Yun Che's brows sunk as the veins on both his arms bulged out. Beneath the might that shocked the entire crowd of profound practitioners, he actually did not retreat at all and had suddenly advanced. The Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword directly smashed forth, welcoming the Dragon Burst Spear.
Sword and spear met and the crackling of metal resounded through the entire Freezing Snow Main Hall. With these two people at the core, the divine stone beneath their feet had all been sent flying after being ruptured.
The feet of both parties had sunk deep into the ground, yet neither had retreated a single step. Ji Hanfeng firmly gripped the Dragon Burst Spear and a disbelief that was stronger than the one he previously had surfaced within his gaze. "You… you actually…"
This spear carried the rage and humiliation he felt for being forced back by Yun Che's previous strike. Not only had he taken out the Dragon Burst Spear, he had even attacked with full strength and didn't hold back in the slightest because he wanted to smash Yun Che into dust.
However, the spear which held his full power had actually been received by Yun Che… and this was a direct confrontation, without any superficial tricks!
As he let out a loud roar, Ji Hanfeng's spear withdrew and then suddenly shot out in reverse and Yun Che's sword also fiercely rose to meet it.
The Dragon Burst Spear and the Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword collided once more. Under a heaven shaking booming sound, the two parties had been jolted apart by an enormous force. Yun Che lost his balance while Ji Hanfeng had actually twisted his body upside down in the sky. An incomparable coldness accompanied the tip of the spear as it swept downward.
The heavy sword was naturally not as agile as a spear and Yun Che had not completely mastered this newly born Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword. Before Yun Che had time to block using his sword, the spear had already ruthlessly swept over, sending him flying. He forcibly suppressed the churning energy and blood within his body as he slammed the tip of his sword into the ground. He quickly stopped himself amidst the ear-piercing sound of the sword plowing across the ground.
At almost the exact same instant he stopped his body, Ji Hanfeng had already flown over from overhead. With the spear resembling a dragon, he directly smashed down.
Yun Che didn't lift his head. Both his arms instantly tripled in size as the bursting sound of joints popping echoed. The Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword was swung up at full power and its catastrophic rumble completely suppressed the Dragon Burst Spear's dragon cry.
Even if Yun Che was not heavily injured, the blood and energy in his body would definitely be in turmoil after being sent flying by Ji Hanfeng's previous spear strike. Since his follow up attack was as fast as lightning as well, never in his dreams would Ji Hanfeng think that Yun Che was able to stabilize his body, let alone instantly make a counterattack. This was not all, what met him was a sword might that was not the slightest bit weaker than before.
The ground beneath Yun Che's feet once again ruptured as both his legs had almost entirely sunk into the floor. Ji Hanfeng, who had the leverage from the air, was like a dead leaf swept up by a gale. He had been sent flipping backwards.
Yun Che did not pursue and make a follow up attack. Instead, the sword suddenly sunk and struck the ground. It was only after a long while the he raised it up again. His breathing however, had finally become heavy.
Ji Hanfeng heavily landed and fell back a dozen steps with his remaining energy. He looked rather wretched as the energy and blood in his body incessantly churned. However, after seeing Yun Che's state, he laughed. "So that's it. You are completely relying on that sword. Heh, that sword must be pretty heavy right? I wonder how many more times you'll be able to lift it!!"
Yun Che, "…"
Ji Hanfeng's words directly targeted Yun Che's weak point.
The disparity between Yun Che and Ji Hanfeng's profound cultivation was much too great. That was definitely not just a great realm of difference but the natural chasm of the divine way. Even with the Evil God Arts' exponential growth rate and body strength that surpassed other common folk, it was still not on par with Ji Hanfeng's cultivation at the sixth level of the Divine Origin Realm. It was only with the help of the Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword's powerful sword might that he was barely able to enter a temporary stalemate.
After Hong'er had eaten the Eternal Night Devil Sword, the might of the Heaven Smiting Devil Sword explosively increased but that also explosively increased its weight. A weight that reached almost five million kilograms was not something the current Yun Che was able to control. In his normal state, even lifting it was especially difficult. Even under the Purgatory state, waving it thirty times was almost his limit.
Let alone wielding it at full power for the death match before him.
Even though he had only attacked three times, this had already left both of his arms numb, his breathing ragged.
"Let's see how long… you're able to continue struggling for!"
Ji Hanfeng quickly stabilized the energy and blood in his body and flew up.
The ground cracked open and shattered stone flew all over the place as the entire main hall trembled slightly. The sound of sword and spear striking was like the sound of a clock in heaven unceasingly sounding its bell. Each booming sound seemed as though it was pounding on the audience's heart.
The faces of every examinee that had just recently passed was already deathly pale. They continuously retreated further and further back. They indistinctly felt that if they did not keep back further, just the sounds of explosions that seemed to contain divine might would give them internal injuries.
They could totally accept that Ji Hanfeng was that strong but Yun Che… was actually strong to such a degree too.
They believed that even if they released all the profound energy in their bodies, they wouldn't be able to create such a terrifying might. Yet Yun Che, with one strike after another… what kind of secret technique was he using or perhaps, what kind of monster was able to release such a shocking divine might with a body only at the fifth level of the Sovereign Profound Realm?
Especially those profound practitioners that were in the same group as Yun Che. Amidst their shock, they all thought back to when they treated Yun Che as a joke because they had always believed themselves to be stronger. They had even laughed at him several times before, causing them to feel somewhat ashamed.
Mu Xiaolan, who had always treated Yun Che as some lower realm weakling was stupefied and momentarily left speechless. This was because even she found it hard to receive Ji Hanfeng's full power Dragon Burst Spear. Yet Yun Che was receiving it blow after blow!
Mu Fengshu's face continuously changed as more and more shock had long since replaced the anger in her heart. At the same time, she had begun to realize that it was Li Mingcheng who had plotted against Yun Che first… perhaps it was not just a random remark.
Zhi Mo, what exactly happened earlier? Tell me in full detail!" Mu Fengshu suddenly yelled at a Freezing Snow Hall disciple to her right.
The heart of the Freezing Snow disciple named Zhi Mo trembled. He promptly replied, "Main Hall Master, before… before in the Ice Profound Realm exam, Yun Che had obtained first place. Li Mingcheng accused Yun Che of cheating and proposed an exchange of blows to verify his placement. The… the result however, was Li Mingcheng losing. Then… Then…"
Zhi Mo hesitated, slightly gritted his teeth and then continued, "Then Li Mingcheng suddenly attacked Yun Che and his target was even a vital point. He never expected that Yun Che would issue a counterattack…"
"Bastard!!" Mu Fengshu's complexion darkened as she shouted in rage.
Zhi Mo quickly lowered his head. "Main Hall Master, please calm your anger."
"No matter the reason, he must pay with his life after daring to injure Mingcheng to such a degree!" Mu Fengshu muttered in an incomparably gloomy voice.
Yet another explosion sounded as two huge currents of power blasted in the sky. The figures of two people shot out at the same time from within the eye of the storm. Yun Che landed far away. His body went soft as the Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword heavily pierced the ground.
Yun Che then held up the sword blade, warm sweat torrenting down his entire body as he breathed heavily. After having met Ji Hanfeng's blows twenty consecutive times, his entire body had gone limp under the enormous burden of the Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword. Both his arms had completely lost all feeling and that strike from before was probably the last of the power he was able to dish out. Following his descent, he almost was unable to raise the Heaven Smiting Devil Slayer Sword once more.
"Ha.. ha… ha…" Ji Hanfeng's breathing was also incredibly coarse and his chest violently heaved. However, the energy he had left far surpassed what Yun Che could muster. Seeing Yun Che's current state, his eyes widened as he burst out in wild laughter. Not giving Yun Che the slightest chance to breathe, he concentrated all of the power he had left into the Dragon Burst Spear, directly aiming for the space between Yun Che's brows.
"Oh no!!" Mu Xiaolan's hands tightened as her expression changed.
Because this spear from Ji Hanfeng was shockingly a death blow that gave no way out.
And Yun Che had obviously depleted all his strength; it was impossible for him to receive it this time.
As if he had already seen himself skewer Yun Che, intense pleasure coursed within Ji Hanfeng's heart. And it was at this moment, when the spear head pointed at him that he saw Yun Che slowly raise his head to reveal an evil grin.
An unknown chill suddenly attacked his soul, causing his entire body to stiffen, causing his movements to slow.
Yun Che's body suddenly exploded with a current of air. Just as he was about to approach Yun Che, Ji Hanfeng, who had used all his profound strength in that attack, was violently jolted. He had been directly shaken off by that airwave. After falling back, he raised his head in alarm and saw Yun Che slowly get up, both hands on the vermillion great sword's hilt. The scarlet profound energy on his body coiled wildly as a terrifying blood color emerged within both his eyes.
Beside his ear, came Yun Che's devilish sinister voice, " Since I've already crippled one… I may as well cripple another!!"