Those words really provoked the young man. Rage surged into his head, and his face looked so red that it seemed as if it would explode at any moment.

He felt as if he would die of anger if he said a word more to the other party,

To those of their cultivation realm, putting aside an entire second, even a tenth of a second was enough for them to claim a person's life in the midst of an intense battle. To give a second to him to do whatever he pleased without retaliating… that was really showing him utter contempt!

"I don't need it! I dare you to use whatever you have at your disposal and let me see the full extent of your strength!" The young man gritted his teeth and howled.

"Are you certain?" Zhang Xuan frowned doubtfully.

"Why not? I'm not like Nangong Mo, who can only rely on movement techniques. Don't worry, I'll use my strongest move as well and show you that those from the Hundred Schools of Philosophers aren't to be humiliated!"

Hong long!

With a roar, the young man's aura surged. Even though his cultivation was suppressed at Saint 9-dan pinnacle as well, his aura felt almost on par with that of a Great Sage expert, powerful and inviolable.

"Since that's the case, I'll be making my move then!" Hearing the young man's response, Zhang Xuan nodded in satisfaction.

"Feel free! I'll make my…"

The young man raised his palm, intending to make a move, but before he could do anything, a blur flashed before him. Following which, he felt an intense pain assaulting his chest.

Kacha! Kacha!

With several bones of his ribcage shattered, he was immediately sent flying into the distance. He crashed heavily onto the ground, and just like Mo-er, he ended up blacking out. Even so, his body continued twitching uncontrollably as if he was suffering from a stroke.

"You were the one who told me to use my full strength and not hold back at all," Zhang Xuan remarked as he gazed down on the young man lying on the ground with an innocent look on his face. "All of you should have heard how I offered him a second's advantage earlier, but he turned me down… I guess the Hundred Schools of Philosophers does value its reputation a lot. However, that might not necessarily be a good thing as it could very well be tarnished very soon!"

"You are courting death!" Hearing how the middle-aged man was shooting his mouth so smugly after knocking out one of their peers, the remaining two young men roared furiously.

They stepped out with gritted teeth, fully revealing their intention to tear the young man before them to pieces.

Never has there been anyone on the Master Teacher Continent who dared offend our Hundred Schools of Philosophers!

The two young men took their positions on either side of Zhang Xuan, and the young man on the left growled, "You are Luo Tianya, right? Do you care to duel with us?"

If looks could kill, Zhang Xuan would have burst into flames under their fiery gaze.


"Yes, the two of you should just come at me together. We'll save some time this way. I don't know how it is for the two of you, but honestly, I'm getting tired of this already!" Zhang Xuan said with a disdainful wave of his hand.

"Tired?"

"Tired your head! All you have done is execute a slap and a kick, and you are already tired after that?"

The lips of the two young men twitched.

You sent Mo-er flying with a punch and our other junior with a kick… yet you still dare to complain about getting tired?

Can you at least be any more perfunctory than that?

"This annoying vibe… Why does it feel so familiar to me?" Luo Xuanqing was startled for a moment before he swiftly shook away that feeling and turned his gaze back to the confrontation.

These two young men were clearly stronger than the previous two, and they would form a formidable foe if they coordinated with one another. Even though he had some confidence in Luo Tianya, he still could not help but worry.

In this crucial moment, just as it seemed like a battle would break out at any moment, a deep voice suddenly echoed across the air. "Both of you, stand down!"

The two young men quickly turned their heads around, only to see that their teacher had stood up and was looking at them.

"Teacher…"

"Our friend over there has not only comprehended the fourth level of spatial sealing, his cultivation is equally exceptional as well. It would be no exaggeration to say that he's invincible in his class… Even if the two of you collaborate with one another to fight against him, it's highly unlikely that you'll be able to match him!" Nangong Yuanfeng said grimly.

While the fellow who had popped out of the Luo Clan all of a sudden had an unseemly appearance, his true strength had really struck fear into their hearts.

Those students that he had brought with him had been carefully selected among the student populace, the elites of the Great Phrontistery of Confucianism. Of course, they were still lacking compared to those high rankers on the Heaven Board and Earth Board, but they could definitely match up to most talented master teachers and combat masters!

Yet, for two of them to be defeated so easily… the prowess of the middle-aged man could only be described with a single word⁠—horrifying!

Even though his remaining two students were the stronger ones of the group, it was unlikely that they would be able to win against him.

"But he insulted the Hundred Schools of Philosophers!" Hearing their teacher proclaiming their likely loss, the two young men clashed their fists tightly in frustration.

"The reputation of the Hundred Schools of Philosophers is built through our might. It's not so fragile as to be torn down by just a couple words of insults!" Nangong Yuanfeng harrumphed.

Following which, he turned a grim look toward Zhang Xuan and said, "I know it's inappropriate for an old man like me to be challenging you, but that item is something that the Hundred Schools of Philosophers is determined to obtain regardless of the cost. I can't afford to return empty-handed, so allow me to apologize in advance…"

Boom!

An overwhelming aura burst into the clouds as distortions appeared in the surrounding space. It felt as if even the heavens would collapse down from the immense amount of energy pouring into it.

The very pinnacle of Great Sage, Sempiternal realm!

He was an expert on par with the four Otherworldly Demons from before!

"Like I said earlier, the five of you should have come at me together! Look, isn't the outcome still the same at the very end?" Zhang Xuan glanced at Nangong Yuanfeng indifferently.

When it came to a duel of equal cultivation realm, not even the Dragonbone Divine Spear was a match for him. Those four young men were not weaklings, but they were still a long way off from catching up to Zhang Xuan. Perhaps, this Nangong Yuanfeng might still be able to entertain him for a bit.

"Very well!" Taking a deep breath, Nangong Yuanfeng quickly suppressed the energy in his body, and in the blink of an eye, his cultivation was lowered to Zhang Xuan's level.

Given his standing and seniority, it was indeed inappropriate for him to be challenging a Saint 9-dan cultivator.

However, the Celestial Amulet of Legacy was of the utmost importance to the Hundred Schools of Philosophers. This was a mission from the upper echelons, and if he returned empty-handed, even if he was the descendant of an Ancient Sage, he still would not be able to bear the consequences.

"Please!" Nangong Yuanfeng beckoned with his hand, gesturing for Zhang Xuan to make the first move.

He could tell from the two earlier battles that once he suppressed his cultivation, it would be hard for him to match the middle-aged man. If he really wanted to win, he would have to give it his all.

Of course, the prerequisite to that was that the middle-aged man had really used his full prowess in the fight against his other two students earlier.

With such a thought in mind, Nangong Yuanfeng clasped his fist and said, "Brother Tianya, I have a request for make of you. I hope that you'll fight me with your full prowess!"

"With my full prowess?" Zhang Xuan frowned. "Are you sure?"

He did not even use his full strength when he fought with the Dragonbone Divine Spear, so would the other party really be able to withstand his full might?

"Of course! I am a descendant of Ancient Sage Zi Rong, so even if my strength is lacking, I still have my dignity to uphold… I hope that you can accede to my request!" Nangong Yuanfeng clasped his fist.

If it was found out that a teacher of the Great Phrontistery of Confucianism, a descendant of an Ancient Sage, had won only by having his opponent giving him some leeway, he would never be able to raise his head even if he returned to the Hundred Schools of Philosophers.

"This… Fine, I accept your request!" Seeing the earnest look on Nangong Yuanfeng's face, Zhang Xuan nodded. "I'll be exerting my full force from now on then…"

"Let me see how formidable an expert who has reached the fourth level of spatial laws is!" With a grand wave of his hand, Nangong Yuanfeng bellowed as he drove his zhenqi through his body.

But barely after he had said those words, one of his students behind him exclaimed, "Teacher, be careful!"

Sou!

Before he could even react, Nangong Yuanfeng felt a stabbing pain assaulting his chest, and the next instant, the scenery around him retreated swiftly. The buildings of the massive Ethereal Shrouding City swiftly minimized into nothing more than a little black dot before completely vanishing from sight.

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