Chapter 437: Knockout Battles
Translator: _Dark_Angel_ Editor: Kurisu
Breaking through to the Flower Blossom Tier meant one would surpass one's mortal limitations.
This was the dream of every martial artist, but how many would actually achieve the feat of breaking through to the Flower Blossom Tier in this world?
At night, Gu Feng Hua, Chi Hua Lan, Lin Xiang Qin and the others all came over. They had all successfully advanced into the actual tournament, which was naturally something to be happy about. They would of course have a nice celebration in honor of it, and when they came to the topic of Ling Han and Hu Niu's daytime performance, they all inhaled sharply.
"If I fight with Hu Niu in future, I definitely cannot allow her to bite me!" Gu Feng Hua declared with much distress.
"En, en, en!" All of them nodded their agreement. The ferocity and violence of the little girl was enrooted deep in their hearts.
"Niu doesn't want to bite you all, smelly!" Hu Niu was eating with much fervor, yet the fact that she could still speak clearly could not help but impress all of them.
"Grandmaster Ling, when did you become an Array Master?" Lin Xiang Qin gazed at Ling Han seductively, which made Liu Yu Tong and Li Si Chan feel an uncontrollable despise for her.
"That's right, that's right. Are you planning to let anyone live? You're already an alchemist, you have a terrifyingly high talent in martial arts, and now you're an Array Master too." Gu Feng Hua shared the same feelings and sighed. "Compared with you, I'm close to losing my my name as the biggest pervert."
"Fine, I have absolutely zero interest in snatching this name from you, so please rest assured." Ling Han laughed.
All of them were feasting on dishes made from the ingredients grown in the Black Tower, wolfing the food down voraciously. Even Chi Hua Lan and Lin Xiang Qin, two beauties that have been praised as deities, were no exception—they were fighting over the food extraordinarily fiercely, making everyone dumbstruck.
After a good night's rest, the knockout battles finally began.
They all drew lots, and adhering to the principle that no one that is already on the Roll should encounter each other, formed a hundred battle pairs. And these hundred pairs were further divided into ten batches, with every battle having a time limit of an hour. If the victor was still undecided at the end of that hour, there would be an additional battle conducted after the battles for all ten batches were finished.
This was a knockout battle, so there was naturally no such thing as a tie.
Ling Han, Li Si Chan, and Guang Yuan were all seated on the spectator stands, which they had paid the entrance fee of one Origin Crystal for. This was really very expensive. Even an elite cultivator of the Spiritual Ocean Tier would have to spend a whole month to successfully refine one.
Even so, there was no empty seat in this Great Arena. Merely from the entrance fees alone, the Spirit Treasures Pavilion would be able to earn about 200,000 Origin Crystals. This ability of earning money was really enough to make one exclaim in shock.
Who allowed that this Prodigy Roll was organized by them? And it was also the neutrality and the powerful background of the Spirit Treasures Pavilion that ensured that the results of the tournament would be universally recognized by all martial artists. Otherwise, no matter which sect organized it, it would be inevitable that there would be doubts whether the tournament was more partial towards their own disciples.
Liu Yu Tong, Can Ye and Zhu Wu Jiu all drew good lots and successfully avoided those on the Prodigy Roll. They also managed to dodge the few recognized powerful characters among the rookies. Hu Niu, on the other hand, drew Ao Xing Lai as her opponent.
He was originally seventy-eighth on the Prodigy Roll, and now had also broken through to the Spiritual Pedestal Tier. His battle prowess was at least five Stars.
Ordinarily, if a rookie was matched with an elite cultivator on the Roll, they would definitely sigh at their own misfortune. The latter managed to be ranked on the Roll three years ago, and now that three years had passed, his skill would have definitely improved much. But now, everyone was filled with sympathy for Ao Xing Lai.
Looks like this character from the last tournament's Roll would continue to wear the label of the "last Roll". Who did not know about Hu Niu's monstrosity now? One punch from her had twenty Stars of the Spiritual Ocean Tier, a claw had the might of two Stars of the Spiritual Pedestal Tier, and a single bite was strong enough to reach the level of twenty Stars of the Flower Blossom Tier.
She was an absolute little monster!
Ao Xing Lai was indeed very strong, and also the strongest of the Seven Sons of the AO Clan, but now, no one was very optimistic about him.
His and Hu Niu's battle was in the seventh batch and would only begin in the afternoon, but Ao Xing Lai's expression did not look very pleasant. It was not that there was no previous example when an elite cultivator on the Roll was defeated by a rookie, but it was a very, very rare case. If this kind of thing happened to him, that would really be too humiliating.
"Please choose your weapon," the host announced.
The battles for the first batch immediately began. After the twenty competitors chose their respective weapons, they began to fight at the signal.
Can Ye was in the first batch; his opponent was a skilled wielder of the spear. The latter was similarly in the ninth layer of the Spiritual Ocean Tier and his tested battle prowess was fifteen Stars, which was at the same level as Can Ye. But the test for battle prowess was only a display of the strongest destructive pwer, and not actual battle prowess. The actual ability of a martial artist still needed to be shown through an actual battle.
The two immediately engaged in a fierce battle. Can Ye was absolutely merciless. Seven flashes of Saber Qi danced forth, one ferocious slash after another, and repeatedly attacked forcefully. In a single go, he shot out eighty-one slashes, and his opponent had not even managed to hold up his spear properly to parry when the area between his thumb and forefinger was ripped. He was left with no choice by to admit defeat.
Ling Han nodded. Can Ye had also found his own path of martial arts and possessed his own powerful style, which was to advance bravely, and would rather be broken than veer off his path. It was either his saber would slash his foes apart, or he would shatter himself; there was no third possibility.
It could be called the Dominating Saber.
An hour later, the battles for the first batch were all finished, and there were no unexpected results. All the elite cultivators on the Roll emerged victorious.
The second round began, and there were a considerable number of well-known challengers in this batch.
Lu Yang, ninth on the Prodigy Roll, and also the one with the highest ranking on the Roll presently. The top eight were naturally disqualified due to their age. Qu Xiu Zhu, whose battle prowess reached as high as twenty Stars of Spiritual Ocean Tier. Hua Ying Han, Yu Kun Lun's junior sister disciple, a new entry into the Spiritual Pedestal Tier.
Ling Han was primarily focused on Lu Yang. He was an excellent disciple of the Beast Emperor Sect and had a pet beast, a Frost Clouded Leopard. Due the the special nature ot this Sect, he was allowed to battle with his pet beast. He was similar to the Thousand Corpse Sect—without the pet, his battle prowess would at least drop drastically by about ninety percent.
However, Lu Yang's opponent was really too weak. He was only in the ninth layer of the Spiritual Ocean Tier, and because Lu Yang managed to win with a casual strike, he did not make use of his pet at all.
"Sixth layer of the Spiritual Pedestal Tier," Ling Han said quietly. This was possibly the highest cultivation level in this Prodigy Tournament.
Qu Xiu Zhu and Hua Ying Han successfully advanced too, and were ranked as new members on the Prodigy Roll.
The battles continued. Finally, an unexpected result emerged. Lo Da, ranked forty-two on the Prodigy Roll, actually lost to a mysterious character. That person only revealed the battle prowess of a Star of Spiritual Pedestal Tier during the test, yet easily defeated Lo Da.
"He concealed his ability."
"Indeed, that person is in the Spiritual Pedestal Tier in the first place, and as long as he displayed the battle prowess of a single Battle Star, it would be enough for him to make it to the actual tournament."
"He struck so calmly just now, so that obviously is not his true ability, either."
"This could be another dark horse that can charge into the top ten."
This person's name was Yang Jun Hao, and there was pitifully little information on him. It was only known that he is twenty-three years old; the test of age also confirmed that. But when Ling Han's eyes swept over him, he was astonished because this guy was shockingly in the ninth layer of the Spiritual Pedestal Tier.
In the north region, with that kind of young age to stand at such a high cultivation level, he could be claimed a genius among geniuses.
The third and fourth batch finished, and in the fifth batch, Zhu Wu Jiu appeared. After a hard battle for an hour, he finally defeated his opponent and became another member of the Prodigy Roll. This meant that he had close to a hundred percent chance of breaking through to the Flower Blossom Tier in the future, which made him extremely overjoyed. If he ever returned to Rain County, that would be the undeniably strongest level of battle prowess.
In the sixth round, Ling Han saw Yue Kai Yu, his cousin. After this guy obtained the Return Spirit Pill, he strengthened his foundations and had already broken through to the Spiritual Pedestal Tier, possessing exceptional battle prowess. He very easily defeated an elite cultivator from the Prodigy Roll.
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