The Inverted Dragon's Scale Chapter 205-207
Chapter 205: Winning and losing comes second!
A real man draws his sword, helps the weak for the sake of justice and kills whoever provokes them, how can you give up your own love, hate and views because of other people's likes and dislikes, which would make you unhappy and uncomfortable——
Li Muyang was disappointed in Tie Muxin.
"Hahaha, no need to thank me." Seeing Li Muyang stared wide-eyed at him, Tie Muxin thought he was touched by his kindness. Clapping his hand loudly upon Li Muyang's shoulder, he said with loud laugh: "Friends are about caring. We should make sacrifices for our friends. What big deal is that? We are men of the desert nation, 'loyalty' is very important to us. Climbing a mountain of swords or plunging into a sea of flames for a friend is like eating rice and drinking water——"
Because Tie Muxin slapped Li Muyang on the shoulder too hard, Li Muyang nearly could not bear the pain and almost drew out his sword and stabbed him.
"Actually you can fight." Li Muyang looked at Tie Muxin as he said seriously.
"Look, I told you to not be moved by me. How can I beat up the man you chose first? That's disloyal." Tie Muxin shook his head and then shot a vicious glance at Chu Xun, hissing: "I hate that kind of sissy small, white face, I will always have a chance to beat him up later——"
After a pause, he looked embarrassed at Li Muyang, saying: "Sorry, I was not talking about you. Your face is white, but——but your face is not as small as his."
"——" For the sake of his white face, Li Muyang did not think he could be friends with this person.
Tie Muxin was unwilling to fight, and Li Muyang also could not force him. Fighting and love are the same, in that feelings should be mutual.
However, Li Muyang seriously thought about it, did he want to fight with Chu Xun? There was no 'mutual' feeling.
Yang Xiaohu came over carrying many books, his triangular-shaped eyes scanning the audience, like a farmer looking at his own crops full of love. The fact that these students choose Dragon Slayer, was a sign of recognition and respect for Yang Xiaohu. In the same way, as a professional teacher of Dragon Slayer, he also has to love and respect his students in every way possible.
"Everyone came early today." Yang Xiaohu said, grinning from ear to ear.
"Teacher is also very early." Lin Canghai responded with a smile. This boy was not only cute, but has a very good personality. Approachable, good-looking but not arrogant and much more likeable than Chu Xun and Lu Qiji.
"Haha, Canghai classmate grew a little taller." Yang Xiaohu was very pleased with Lin Canghai's 'interaction'. His line of sight then shifted to Li Muyang, asking: "Muyang classmate, you alright?"
"I'm alright." Li Muyang smiled. "What's the matter with me?"
"I heard you came into some danger when you went out to play, so I went over to ask about you. But you were not home and I couldn't find you anywhere——I'm glad to see you're okay now." Yang Xiaohu said with a smile.
He gaze panned across the crowd, gravely reminding all the students present: "Broken mountain is high and large, and the paths are steep and dangerous. Because of some special origins, ancient prohibition spells have been set up in a lot of places and many dangerous places have not even been discovered. So when you go out to play, try to walk in places with many people, don't search for remote and mysterious places."
"Teacher Yang, we are students of Starry Sky Academy. If we're not allowed to go to remote places, how can we find rare treasures, strange animals and unique flowers and fruits? Besides, if we don't go to those places, where can we find dragons to slaughter? It is said that the dragons like to live in dark and deep caves; we have to dive into such a dragon cave to be able to find dragons to slaughter. Otherwise, we wasted our study?" Tie Muxin did not agree with Yang Xiaohu's point of view. "The strongest man should go drink the strongest wine, chase the most beautiful girl and kill the most ferocious dragon——Don't you guys think so?"
After Tie Muxin finished talking, he threw back his head and laughed heartily, while everyone stared at him weirdly.
"Hahaha——" The more he laughed the more guilty he looked, until he finally timidly looked to the crowd, asking: "Why are you looking at me?"
"Idiot." Cai Pa coldly swept a glance at him and said aloud.
Given Tie Muxin's fiery temper, when he heard Cai Pa's insult, he surprisingly did not immediately slam the table, instead embarrassingly rubbed the back of his head, while everyone looked at him even more suspiciously.
Yang Xiaohu walked over to in front of Tie Muxin and said: "Starry Sky Academy encourage students to go out to explore. The old saying goes: reading thousand scrolls can't be compared to walking a thousand mile road. However, at least do what you can do. Broken Mountain is a strange place that is surrounded by dangerous areas. When you guys become a strong person of Starry Sky, then you can freely roam the big world. But before then, you need to be cautious and careful. Throwing away your life for nothing, is something that nobody wants to see."
The crowd also agreed.
Especially Li Muyang, Lu Qiji, Chu Xun and others who had experienced the crisis of the cold pond. At that time, the slightest carelessness would have cost their life. And they only encountered a thousand-year-old toad. If they had encountered a more ferocious, dangerous and evil beast, or the most savage beast, would they still have the chance of escaping?
Yang Xiaohu was quite satisfied with everyone's attitude, flipped open the textbook and said: "Come, we will review the several dragon language pronunciations I taught in the last lesson——Li Muyang, please show us."
"Teacher Yang, I have not learnt it yet this time——"
"Li Muyang, you shouldn't be so modest. These pronunciations are very simple, everyone knows, how would you not know? At Starry Sky Academy, if you have talent to show, don't hide it."
Li Muyang stood up unwillingly and said aloud: "If I'm not good, please don't laugh at me."
Then, he read out the words in a more awkward tone.
Yang Xiaohu nodded, stating: "The mastery is pretty good, but the tone of 'anger' is not right, the sound should be lower and the tone sharper——"
"Thank you, teacher Yang." Li Muyang bowed thanks.
Yang Xiaohu waved his hand dismissively, saying: "Sit down. Today we will continue to learn 'Language of Dragons', it is only when you master the language of the dragon clan, so that you can really understand them. Know your own strength and your enemy's, then you can be victorious."
Everyone opened the textbook and began to follow the pace of Yang Xiaohu to learn.
At the end of the lesson, just as Yang Xiaohu was preparing to leave, Chu Xun stood up and said with a smile: "Teacher Yang, wait a moment."
Yang Xiaohu turned to Chu Xun, asking: "Chu Xun classmate, what is the matter?"
"Teacher Yang, the last time Li Muyang and I agreed to a date for our battle, we asked you to be our judge. "Do you remember?"
"Oh? That did happen." Yang Xiaohu nodded, carefully counting the days with his fingers, before he continued: "That matter is not in the past? What? You still want to duel?"
Chu Xun smiled as he nodded. "Teacher Yang, a promise is worth a thousand ounces of gold. How can things be changed so easily? There isn't any other intention, just a normal contest between students. It's not against the school rules, is it?"
"A normal contest between students is normal, not only does it not violate the rules, but the school also vigorously encourage it. Thus, the school specifically built a Starry Sky Stage for students——However, you must not get angry because of the battle, that it would affect the feelings between classmates. In that case, it would be inconsistent with the original intention and outweighs the gains." Yang Xiaohu said with a smile.
Chu Xun nodded, replying: "Teacher Yang is right, I obviously don't have such an idea. Winning or losing is not important, the most important is to improve and grow during the competition. As for whether other people have such thoughts, I cannot decide."
Yang Xiaohu's gaze shifted to Li Muyang. Li Muyang simply smiled and said: "I don't mind. Whether we fight or not, I don't mind, how we fight, I also don't mind."
"Good. I believe that you two are both open-minded people, a duel between you guys will not hurt each other’s friendship." Yang Xiaohu smiled. "This is also the first time that Dragon Slayer students compete in a formal contest. Let's moved the venue to the Starry Sky Martial Arts practice grounds. I'll go and judge for you guys."
"Thank you, Teacher Yang." Chu Xun bowed to express his thanks, before turning around to face the crowd: "Classmates are also invited to be witness."
"Students let's go together." Yang Xiaohu said smiling happily.
The Starry Sky Martial Arts Practice Grounds, located in the northeast corner of Broken Mountain, was a martial arts building built entirely of huge granite. The building was divided into four areas, north, east, south and west, with many separate rooms within each where students could compete and practice with each other. This gives privacy and won't affect other duelists.
Of course, if you want to be famous and were not afraid of your skills being leaked, the duel can be held in the public area of the martial arts building, where spectators can watch at the side. The strength and the winner and loser will be obvious at one glance.
The corners of the stones or the crevices between the stones could not be seen, which was something difficult to achieve even for the most skillful craftsmen.
The martial arts practice building has no roof and the scorching sun and clouds rolling across could be seen overhead.
However, inside the building, it did not feel exposed and not affected by the rain or wind. Because a protective shielding spell has been placed on the dome top by countless people of Starry Sky, that the wind or the rain could not penetrate.
Yang Xiaohu led Li Muyang and Chu Xun to the entrance of the Martial Arts Practice Building for registration, and after they signed their name, they were each allocated a wooden plate.
Then, Yang Xiaohu came with Li Muyang and Chu Xun to a relatively quiet stone building of the West side.
Yang Xiaohu looked at Li Muyang then at Chu Xun, and asked again: "Li Muyang, Chu Xun, you two are determined to fight today?"
"Yes." Chu Xun said.
Li Muyang nodded and said: "Yes."
"Well, friendship comes first, the competition comes second——"
The crowd looked helplessness; they did not know how many times they've heard these lines before. Every time their school held a literary contest or a sporting event, the teachers have said such lines over and over again.
In the end? Didn't everybody fought fiercely as though it was a battle of life and death?
Chapter 206: Studded with stars!
Everybody would do their best. Everyone wanted to win a competition.
Just who likes the feeling of losing?
So, Li Muyang thought that frequently repeating the mantra 'friendship first, competition second' was really stupid and pointless.
After receiving confirmation by Li Muyang and Chu Xun once again, the duel officially begun.
"Other students please retreat to the safe area." Yang Xiaohu stood on the referee's seat and motioned them away from the battlefield.
As Lin Canghai walked passed Li Muyang, he patted him on the shoulder and said with a smile: "Li Muyang, I support you."
"Thank you." Li Muyang beamed.
Lin Canghai patted Li Muyang again on the shoulder, before he strode away in large steps.
Tie Muxin walked directly over to Li Muyang and gave him a big hug, almost squeezing Li Muyang so hard that it was impossible to breathe, then clapped him on the back, saying: "Brother, I hope you win. If you can't win against him, I'll beat him up later."
"I'll do my best——you let go." Li Muyang tried to pull himself free.
"My good brother, you must win." Realising Li Muyang's discomfort, Tie Muxin finally let go.
As Qiandu walked away, she smiled at Li Muyang, clenched her fist and said: "Do well."
There were seven students in the class, and three of them had already publicly expressed their support for Li Muyang.
Not on the side of anyone, Cai Pa was the first to stand in the spectators' stand at the safe area.
Chu Xun complexion did not look too good; it was completely different to what he was used to in Tiandu. Back then, everyone revolved around him and everyone was genuinely fond of him. He was also tolerant, confident and relaxed. Why did he feel that people disliked and ignored him at Starry Sky academy?
No, this was not a feeling, but a fact.
Chu Xun could tell that, although Li Muyang was not outstandingly good-looking, but has already became the core of the class.
Chu Xun could not accept this.
Just what was so good about him?
Chu Xun firmly fixed his gaze on Lu Qiji, the only one who could give him supporting strength.
Lu Qiji simply swept a glance over Li Muyang, before heading straight to the safety area.
"——" Chu Xun felt as if a basin of ice water was poured right over him in the winter. Where were his fans?
Standing between Li Muyang and Chu Xun, Yang Xiaohu asked: "You two have chosen your weapons?"
"I use a sword." Chu Xun spoke with clenched teeth, looking at Li Muyang with fierce, piercing eyes. Only the guy in front of him could help vent the anger in his heart. No matter what, he had to knock him down to the ground.
Then, those idiots who supported Li Muyang would definitely be upset, right?
Li Muyang thought for a moment before he replied: "I don't use weapons."
The Understand Heaven sword was sitting in his room, but he dared not to show it to others. To avoid it being recognised, which would only bring trouble to himself.
He also did not know any sword techniques. The only thing he studied seriously was 'The Art of the Breaking Body'.
Li Muyang could not help but panic inside.
He has nothing, how can he fight Chu Xun?
He began to think deeply, whether he should first scream 'Ahh' and then drop to the ground to pretend his belly suddenly hurted, or to lie on the ground first and then scream' Ahh' to pretend his belly hurts——
He did not escape before, so if he escaped now it would be embarrassing.
"Seeking death." Chu Xun sneered. He thought that the reason Li Muyang did not choose a weapon was to deliberately pretend to be strong, in order to express contempt for him. His anger rose again, as he decided to make the arrogant egomaniac receive a proper punishment later.
"If the duel was a contention of mouth and tongue, you would have won already." Li Muyang retorted.
"Well said." Tie Muxin applauded vigorously. "Muyang classmate, you definitely will win."
Chu Xun drew the sword hanging at his waist, uttering: "Then let's begin."
"Wait." Yang Xiaohu hurriedly interrupted. He looked at both Li Muyang and Chu Xun as he continued: "You have to wait for the referee's command——Begin."
As soon as his voice faded away, others had already moved to the safe area.
Chu Xun vanished from his original place, the sword in his hand transforming into thousands of images of sword.
Because of the countless images, even the shadow of the swords could not be seen clearly.
But in front of each shadow were flickering lights, shrouding Li Muyang with tens of thousand of starlight, while overhead was studded with stars, like a spectacular display.
There was neither sound of wind, nor the twisting and struggling of the images of sword cutting through space.
The sword did not reveal any sword qi, nor exhibited any intent to kill.
How do you kill someone without sword qi or intent to kill?
It was extremely quiet, but a beautiful scene emerged.
From the tip of the blade to the top of the handle, it was extremely bizarre.
"Starlight Sword." A smile of delight lit up Lin Canghai's face. He was a sword enthusiast, who treats all kinds of rare swords as treasures. Although his heart and body was standing on Li Muyang's side, but seeing that Li Muyang's opponent Chu Xun's first attack was Starlight Sword's 'studded with stars', he felt an inexplicable excitement.
He already knew that this trip was worthwhile. The fight should be exciting.
"Bullshit studded with stars, is just some fancy but useless stuff——" Tie Muxin was a hardcore 'Muyang supporter'. Before he finished speaking, he already began to shout to Li Muyang: "Kill him with one punch."
Yang Xiaohu vanished from his seat, and then instantly reappeared at Tie Muxin's side, whispering: "Tie Muxin classmate, quietly watch, don't make so much noise."
Tie Muxin angrily glared at Yang Xiaohu. Seeing Yang Xiaohu's meaningful glance at him, he chuckled: "Teacher Yang is right."
Qiandu remained calm, her long eyelashes fluttering and her beautiful big eyes unblinkingly staring at Li Muyang.
Although she was attracted by the brilliance of Starlight Sword, but her attention was still on Li Muyang.
She was waiting for Li Muyang's counterattack.
Lu Qiji's response was similar to that of Qiandu, but more extreme.
She did not watch Chu Xun's sword skill. She has seen much more exquisite sword moves of 'Starlight Sword'. Back when she practiced with Chu Xun, 'studded with stars' was one of the moves she had experienced countless times before. The ninety-one kinds of changes contained in it, she also thoroughly understood.
She more looked forward to Li Muyang's counterattack; she wanted to know, the guy that had merged with the Tear of the Dragon King and inherited the mantle of the Dragon King, just how powerful was he.
Li Muyang slammed his eyes shut.
He stood with his breath quietly held and his fists clenched.
"He's about to use a big move." That was what everyone was thinking.
Everyone's eyes were gathered on Li Muyang, as they anxiously anticipated for his attack.
As stars completely enveloped Li Muyang and his surrounding areas, only the shining starlight could be seen, while Li Muyang's body disappeared from sight.
Once the starlight gathered together, there was a sudden explosion.
Chapter 207: One sword defeats the enemy!
At the very moment he looked up at the striking starlight, the starry sky suddenly exploded before his eyes.
Li Muyang, as if situated in the Milky Way, stretched out his hand and surprisingly touched every star in front of him.
He could not see the martial arts tournament ground, or the referee and spectators, only a city of stars——
"The more beautiful things are, the greater the lethality."
This was what Li Muyang came to realise from Li Shinian. He thought that the lethality of Li Shinian's attacks was tremendous.
However, he simply felt numb and unable to make his move.
He could not see the target or where Chu Xun was.
Adding to this, he could not determine which was the real sword blade that Chu Xun flashed out.
Could it be his target of attack is the starlight?
Even if he punched out, what is the significance for him and his opponent?
A move that can't hurt people is not a good move.
Li Muyang had too little fighting experience, which could be counted with one's fingers——and was also the times the old dragon manipulated his body to kill his opponents.
When he was small he also didn't fight with his schoolmates, rather his schoolmates beat him up.
Whether it was combat experience or the cards in his hand, Li Muyang was far below that of Chu Xun.
Li Muyang felt a little nervous.
Despite the Qi in his dantian flowing rapidly, he did not know how to exert this strength.
Both his hands were balled into fists, but he did not know where to strike.
Of course, Li Muyang's movement and action seemed like he was preparing a huge move——
He wanted to surrender.
He felt that he was currently no match for Chu Xun, and wanted to drag the date of battle to a point when he can beat him.
After all, for a nobleman to take revenge, ten years is not too late.
Just when Li Muyang still could not understand how to defeat this sword, each speck of stars suddenly exploded.
Countless stars exploded, bursting into a dense thick trail of sparks.
Each spark, like an arrow or sharp sword, shot toward Li Muyang's body.
It wasn't until this moment that the sword exhibited a killing intent, a strong murderous aura that engulfed everything.
"The essence of this sword is to hide the killing intent and the sword qi in the stars——" Lin Canghai said excitedly. "Once all the stars explode, the killing intent and the sword qi would release instantaneously. As the killing intent and sword qi fiercely collide, it will destroy the opponent inside into minced flesh or even a cloud of air——"
Lin Canghai clenched his fist tight, stating: "This move is extremely difficult to solve, afraid it does not bode well for Li Muyang at all."
Qiandu lightly bit her lip, saying: "Li Muyang will be fine."
"Exactly." Tie Muxin's heart nearly jumped out of his throat, his eyes bulged wide open, his face contorted by nervous tension. He could not help but think, if it were him, how would he avoid or counterattack this move?
He really couldn't think of a better way.
"Starlight Sword is one of the special sword techniques of the Chu Clan of West Wind Kingdom, and only the royalty can practice this sword. It's hard for ordinary people to pry into the mysteriousness of this sword." Yang Xiaohu is knowledgeable and multi-talented, even at this moment he did not forgot to teach his students some basic sword knowledge. "The royal family possesses countless treasures and the rare books they have are enough to fill carts. However, all royal children learn 'Starlight Sword' as an introduction to the sword, which clearly shows how much the Chu Clan values this sword technique. And to let everyone know that 'Starlight Sword' has some exceptional points that we do not know about."
"Chu Xun is proud, he naturally has reasons for his pride. This is the foundation of his pride.." Cai Pa said aloud.
Tie Muxin glanced over his shoulder and stared at Cai Pa: "How can you help that guy?"
"I just stated a fact." Cai Pa said indifferently. The big girl seldom spoke and was always serious in speech and manner. Because of her ordinary appearance, she did not stand out——everyone's eyes were always on Lu Qiji and Qiandu, who has time to pay attention to whether she smiles or not?
When the outer skin of the beautiful display was torn, exposing the real ferocious face, Li Muyang felt the tremendous pressure.
The earth-shattering pressure that pressed down like mountains toppling over and seas overturning made Li Muyang felt he was about to crumble.
Moreover, he felt his body began to expand, face began to change shape, and every one of his pore gushing out blood.
"Go to hell." Li Muyang could not wait any longer.
He punched out.
To the exploding starlight, the flames and sparks covering the sky.
Breaking fist, can break the sun, moon, mountains and rivers.
Of course, it was the time of 'The Art of the Breaking Body'.
After Li Muyang threw out his explosive fist, the starlight in front of him dissipated vastly, like someone wiped off a part of the sky.
But the coming storm was even more dangerous.
Because the starlight and sparks around grew more furious and irritable, like a bull enraged by the waving of a cloth.
"Bad." Lin Canghai cried out. "To break this sword technique, one must use skill, look for its eye and not use force to break its virtual body. Li Muyang's strength and qi have infiltrated into the stars, and would only become an unstable factor inside the empty space, attracting them towards him, engulfing him and counterattacking——"
Before Lin Canghai's voice died away, the expanding sparks of starlight above Li Muyang's head began to gather like a block of magnet was pulling them together.
They expanded in an instant, like countless stars forming into a scorching sun.
A blazing ball of light shone brightly, unleashing dazzling rays of light.
The ball of light exploded.
As the golden light erupted, the whole arena was crammed with brightness, everyone's eyes were dazzled and blinded the moment they saw the light.
Li Muyang's body was propelled into the air, hurtling uncontrollably through the air.
Finally, Chu Xun appeared.
The sword that he swung down finally appeared.
His body surfaced in the midst of the light, fusing with the golden light. He became the brightest star among the countless stars, the most overbearing sword among the innumerable swords.
"Li Muyang, you idiot——" The corners of Chu Xun's mouth twisted into mocking smile, as he said coldly: "I know you're stupid, but I did not think you are this stupid. Today, let me give you a ride——"
His body swiftly soared, the long sword in his hand with a bluish aura lunged at Li Muyang's chest.
As the sword in his hand streaked across the sky, all the stars that had come to self destruct evaded the sword by quickly stepping to either side, like they were fearful of a demon inside the sword.
"Li Muyang, hurry and escape——" Qiandu anxiously screamed. She did not expect Li Muyang to be so vulnerable, to the point that he can't even take Chu Xun's first sword attack.
"Chu Xun, show mercy——" Lin Canghai yelled. As he spoke, his sword flashed out, as though he may launch a fatal blow towards Chu Xun.
"No killing——" Yang Xiaohu shouted with a scowl on his face——
"One sword destroys the city." Chu Xun, like the god of death arriving in the world, bellowed.