132 A Dragon and a Snake
"There he is!"
When the chanting of the sword dissipated, people saw an airship flying over from the Redcloud Peak at a high speed.
A black-haired youngster in a white robe was standing on the bow of the ship, good-looking and elegant.
His eyes were catching. At first, they were as calm and still as a lake, but when he was about to arrive at the Peak of Drifting Clouds, they gleamed brightly.
"Is that Jiang Chen? He looks great. He has the appearance of a swordsman."
"He inherited the doctrine of sword. It's only natural he looks like this!"
"He's young. I bet he's no older than twenty."
Jiang Chen's arrival created an uproar in the crowd, but he didn't pay any attention to it. He kept staring at Li Qin, who was at the Peak of Drifting Clouds. His air shiplanded.
Li Qin had a fierce expression when she saw him. Holding her streamer tightly in hand, she swore, "You coward from the mountains, you finally have the nerve to show up here?"
"We saw each other twice before today, and on both occasions, you almost died. If others hadn't saved you, you would have been a corpse," Jiang Chen said coldly.
The first time they met was in the tactical formation deployed at the Redcloud Peak.
The second was when Jiang Chen came to attack and Ning Haotian rescued her.
Li Qin said, "It's because you resorted to external forces! Now, without your tactical formation or treasured weapons, why do you think you're a match for me? Because you've mastered the doctrine of sword? That's ridiculous. How much can you master in a half day's time?"
As the one who had inherited the doctrine of sword, he would need more than just one or two days to master it.
The doctrine of sword was a brand new method to practice; Jiang Chen had only just started.
In each great doctrine of martial arts technique, there were five phases: initial success, great achievement, completeness, mastery, and transcendency.
Jiang Chen had just inherited the doctrine of sword. It was difficult to even call him entry level.
That was why Li Qin was so confident. After being shocked by the news that Jiang Chen had inherited the doctrine of sword, she felt lucky when she thought it through.
"Now, let me show you what real strength is. You only know how to show off with the outside help, but you're worth nothing by yourself, a complete waste," Li Qin swore at him harshly. She had been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.
"Before your brother died, he was as arrogant as you, but he ended up a pile of mud," Jiang Chen said.
"You're courting death!"
Li Qin was irritated. She stared at Jiang Chen. Her look was as vicious as a viper.
However, she was restraining herself, not moving.
She didn't want to act on impulse and give Jiang Chen the chance to win.
A fight with stakes this high had to be overseen by an elder.
The new leader of the Hall of Penal Law was a middle-aged man who looked serious and impartial. His face was square and chiseled, making him look fearsome even when he wasn't angry.
He had been around the Peak of Drifting Clouds, but no one had noticed. Not until Jiang Chen showed up did he make himself visible.
"This is going to be a fight to the death. The fight won't end until one of you dies. Do either of you have any problem with this?" Without any superfluous words, he asked the two directly.
"No problem!" Li Qin answered immediately.
"Good. I now announce the official start of the fight."
As soon as the start was announced, the Peak of Drifting Clouds was filled with intent to kill.
Jiang Chen took out his Redcloud Sword.
"A fool is a fool. Except for the treasures you found out of luck, you don't have anything. Even your sword is only a class-three!" Li Qin snorted.
She could belittle the class-three spiritual weapon because her streamer was no average thing.
"You're wrong." Jiang Chen said to her seriously, "Your brother was a little better than you. At least he wasn't bad-tempered."
"Keep talking now, but don't cry later!"
Then the streamer in Li Qin's hand extended itself automatically. A fierce wind started at the peak. If it were a sea, even waves would start.
Many light objects flew off into the sky and were destroyed.
The people around were startled.
The minor doctrine of wind seemed no worse than the doctrine of sword.
Although she had just started to use it, Jiang Chen had just inherited the doctrine of sword as well. Surely, his mastery of it wasn't good enough yet.
"Looks like even if he has inherited the doctrine of sword, he won't be able to avoid death."
"Yep. Look at that wind. Even the trees will be uprooted. It's almost as fierce as a storm."
"The wind is strong enough to be mistaken for a storm!"
There were many levels of wind according to power.
A near gale would make it inconvenient for people to walk.
A fresh gale could break off twigs.
A strong gale could damage houses.
A whole gale could uproot trees.
A storm could destroy palaces.
A hurricane could devastate everything.
This wind power didn't contribute toward the destructive power of the attack. They were only descriptions of normal wind.
When Li Qin started to attack using her holy yuan and spiritual weapon, it would be impossible for Jiang Chen to resist the great power it generated.
"Even though he has inherited the doctrine of sword, he might be unable to draw his sword out."
Tang Ke was shocked by Li Qin's progress. He didn't feel as confident anymore and prepared for his rank on the Talent List to fall.
Naturally, he didn't think Jiang Chen could win against Li Qin, since that would mean he could also be defeated by Jiang Chen, who had just achieved the Mental Wander State.
It was unacceptable to him.
"Demon Killer's Holy Wind!"
Li Qin started her attack while others were still in a state of shock.
With a wave of her streamer, the whole gale became even fiercer. It formed eight wind dragons that flew over to Jiang Chen.
The wind dragons were sharp all over, with the power of strangulation. Even hard steel could be smashed by them.
Jiang Chen was only made of flesh and blood. How would he be able to resist them?
"I'll take good care of your family after you die, just the way you treated my brother."
Li Qin had a cruel smile on her face, as if Jiang Chen was already dead.
"I really don't understand where your confidence comes from. Why are you nagging me all the time?"
Jiang Chen drew out his sword. An astounding radiance soared into the sky.
The radiance should have been shapeless, but due to the great power it had, it became an air column.
The eight wind dragons hit against it and disappeared in the same way water disappeared on paper, without leaving a trace.
"Eternal life to the Immortal Doctrine of Sword!"
This was only his beginning movement, followed by the real power of the attack.
The person and the sword became one and dashed over. He cut open the overwhelming whole gale easily.
Li Qin lost her calm. She hurried to call over the whole gale and formed it into a shield, blowing at a high speed in front of her.
When Jiang Chen's sword pierced it, it was broken like a balloon pierced by a needle.
A ferocious shock wave rang out and left numerous craters at the Peak of Drifting Clouds. Stones kept rolling down.
Li Qin also flew off the ground.
"You couldn't even take one attack from me. How dare you be so arrogant before me? Today, I'll send you to meet your brother. You got along great, didn't you?" Jiang Chen sneered while pushing forward.
Li Qin gnashed her teeth and flew into the sky, waving her streamer. She didn't stop until she was already 3,000 feet above the ground.
"Jiang Chen, don't get too proud of yourself! I was just being careless. The gap between us is exactly as it is now; one is in the sky and the other is on the ground!" Li Qin swore.
"Is it so special to fly? Do you think you're the only one who's able to do it?" Jiang Chen said sarcastically, while at the same time, his feet were leaving the ground.
"What?!" Li Qin stared at him. She couldn't believe what she was seeing.
"You and I are indeed like a dragon and a snake. But it's a pity that you think you're the dragon."