“Hanyan, why are you here?”
Su Xing did not think he would run into Zhao Hanyan here at all.
“It seems the White Tiger Territory has a Divine Bird, so Hanyan came to take a look.” Zhao Hanyan seemed to smile.
“It’s great that you’re here. I just happen to need your help facing the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian.” The Star Riding Boat descended, and Su Xing sighed.
“You just need its feathers, you ought to be able to do that.” Dong Junqing stroked her lips, her wickedly glancing at Su Xing’s body, a lewd expression that very much cherished a certain memory.
Zhao Hanyan’s brows twisted. She noticed that Su XIng’s expression was flustered. She had never seen him like this before, and she could not help but ask sternly: “Su Xing, what happened?”
“Xi Yue was struck by Han Bing’s power. She needs the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s soul to be cured.” Su XIng summarized the events. Zhao Hanyan was shocked, flashing into the Star Riding Boat. As expected, she saw Xi Yue laying on the bed. The girl’s body was extremely cold, a mist surrounding her. She could not be approached at all. This kind of ice-cold feeling was beyond even the Thousand Year Black Ice.
“Then let us go right now. Little Sister’s injuries cannot be delayed.” Zhao Hanyan asked Dong Junqing: “Junqing, how are your preparations?”
“No problems. This General has long wanted to test the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian.” Dong Junqing had already mostly recovered from the Star Duel with Ye Futu. The Steadfast Star twirled the Dragon Phoenix Yin Yang Spears and nodded.
Su Xing then arranged their battle formation, having Hua Wanyue keep a distance and watch for chances. Su Xing, Zhao Hanyan, and Dong Junqing would take a frontal assault. Of course, Gongsun Huang would also watch for an opportunity to use her Earth Rank. Because this concerned Xi Yue’s life and death, they were extremely urgent. There was no tolerance for mishaps, nor was there any time to waste.
Stepping onto Clinging Bird Hill, the temperature immediately skyrocketed, instantly making them drip with sweat.
These temperatures were far from normal. Even while using Star Energy, they were unable to dispel it. These flames came from the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian and the Phoenix Tree’s natural fire. It pervaded the internal organs, capable of making any cultivator feel suffering.
“This place is unexpectedly so hot.” Dong Junqing was very uncomfortable. She seemed to be on fire from head to toe, but this was not lust.
Zhao Hanyan felt smothered, loathe to even open her mouth.
Before they could even see the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian, to feel such broiling heat, this made ZHao Hanyan have a feeling of foreboding.
“Hanyan, Junqing, take these.” Su Xing handed already prepared Ice Souls to the two girls. The moment ZHao Hanyan received this Ice Soul, she immediately felt the chills coming from her hand, greatly abating the temperature.
“Lianxin forged these. Take these two Ice Heart Pills as well.” Su XIng said.
“Hee, hee. You always have so many goodies, but what about you?” Dong Junqing said.
“I have the Meditative Mind Lotus Flower for protection. This little trial means nothing to me.” Su Xing had undergone every kind of serious trial. This temperature naturally could also be endured. “I saw that your energy wasn’t too good before, was there a battle? You must have suffered, Junqing. You’d better be careful this time, don’t force yourself.” Su Xing gently warned.
To be frank, Dong Junqing’s heart had never felt this kind of sweetness. Indeed, it was somewhat gratifying. “Your words are simply insulting This General. However, seeing as you are concerned with This General, never mind.”
“Fine. In short, do not be careless, Junqing.” Zhao Hanyan also put away her heedless attitude. After all, they were facing the legendary Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian. Her heart was somewhat anxious, her palms full of sweat.
Su Xing’s Divine Intent moved.
A yellow book appeared.
An absolutely beautiful woman clad in a yellow gown suddenly appeared out of thin air. This woman’s long sleeves wafted yellow qi, dispersing like smoke, forming a barrier. She was none other than the Empress Tu Earth Book.
Seeing that Su Xing was scheming so meticulously out of fear that something would happen to them, Zhao Hanyan knowingly smiled.
“Little Huang, I’ll leave this to you.” Su Xing said.
The Gongsun Huang sitting on his shoulder nodded. She held the Pinebrand Ancient Sword and pointed it at the distant tree. Several rays of Star Magic were then released. The enormous Phoenix Tree that covered the sky rumbled. The treetop shook, and those fire-red leaves trembled, immediately burning with tumultuous flames. These flames viciously blew in every direction, and a rolling heatwave burst out.
Empress Tu raised her sleeve, raising a barrier that dispelled the heatwave. Everywhere else was washed apart. That scorching heat smothered a range of ten li.
Immediately afterwards, a clear phoenix cry reached the sky.
The Phoenix Tree seemed to come to life. A giant Divine Bird burst out from the canopy, suddenly revealing itself to everyone.
And what a beautiful Divine Bird it was.
Its figure was graceful, perfectly outlined, with feathers like jade, sparkling and translucent. Its wings were like flames, bright and burning. Seemingly right behind it was majesty that outshone everything in the world. A pair of dazzling, gem-like eyes glinted. Its body that was as streamlined as a feather hovered like a cloud. What was most breathtaking was the tail plumage of the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian. It had the markings of fire, thin as a cicada’s wing.
“What a beautiful bird.” Zhao Hanyan had a sort of reluctance to slay it.
Even the most skilled painter in the world could not do this bird’s beauty the slightest bit of justice.
Although they were awestruck by the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian, the bird itself had no such thoughts. She saw a group of cultivators, just like every other suicidally ignorant cultivator that attempted to disturb her. These cultivators were very powerful, but the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian still did not hesitate to unleash its attack.
The Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s pupils glinted, and it spat out a ray of scarlet light.
This light was like a sharp blade, easily cutting open the earth. With a bang, Empress Tu’s Earth Qi defenses were unexpectedly breached. Even the Earth Book was unable to defend against this. Su Xing did not want to experience the terror of this light. From past descriptions, the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s scarlet light could easily kill anyone in a mere instant.
“Watch our Flying Swords.”
Su Xing and Zhao Hanyan immediately acted.
The twelve Heaven Tearing and a hundred Outer Void Flying Immortals Swords appeared. In terms of numbers, Zhao Hanyan had inherited Dong Junqing’s Double Swords Innate Skill. She could control twice as many Flying Swords with this, and the Innate Skill also increased the damage her Flying Swords inflicted. Just the brilliant slashes of those hundred Flying Swords were things that an ordinary person could not withstand. Even Su Xing showed a bit of astonishment.
In comparison, his Ancient Flying Swords Heaven Tearing seemed very meek.
Although Flying Swords were powerful, the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian disdained them as beneath her. She raised her wings, and a bright flame erupted. It wrapped around all of the incoming Flying Swords, making the Flying Swords that the two of them were so proud of amount to nothin.
“As expected, you still need This General to enter close quarters.”
Dong Junqing leapt forwards, using the tree trunk as a platform. She sprung high, the Yin Yang Double Spears sweeping together at the same time, releasing a Yin Yang Cross Slash in midair.
Crescent spear-lights rained down.
But they were surprisingly unable to penetrate the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s flame defenses.
The Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian cried.
This time was even more overbearing. Several thousand rays of light as bright as scarlet flames flew out from the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s wings, just like blooming fireworks, turning into a downpour of flaming swords.
They easily tore asunder Dong Junqing’s technique as well as Gongsun Huang’s Star Magic. Dong Junqing paused in midair, somersaulted, and relied on her superb reflexes to evade the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s torrential attack.
At this moment, Su Xing also closed the distance.
But the flames over the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s whole body made people unable to draw near. Broiling flames covered its whole body as well as its internal organs, “These flames are very formidable, there is no way to cross them at all.” Dong Junqing’s double spears slashed about. She finally realized the terrifying aspect of this Divine Bird. Just approaching those high temperatures could make a martial general’s battle capabilities plummet, and the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s omnipresent powers made them completely unable to find a chance to attack.
Su Xing shouted, suddenly forming a hand seal and striking with Purple Mansion Immortal Thunder.
Divine Thunder filled the skies and clashed with the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s Divine FIre, showering the area with fierce sparks, shaking the earth. But his hard work paid off. Su Xing had finally opened a path. Dong Junqing’s senses were keen, advancing forwards through the gap. The Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian again released Divine Fire. At this moment, a burst of cold from behind her eased the burden upon Dong Junqing. Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted Su Xing using Instant Frost Flame to disperse the flames.
The corner of Dong Junqing’s lips curled, and she shouted mightily.
Finally breaking through the obstruction of flames, she did not stop at all. She directly thrust one spear into the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s body.
But Dong Junqjing was far from being able to injure this sort of Divine Bird. Her thrust had barely pierced into its body when billowing flames once again erupted. That powerful force was like the opening of floodgates, sending Dong Junqing flying backwards.
While she was in midair, the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian opened its mouth and spat a fireball to vaporize Dong Junqing.
However, Hua Wanyue shot an arrow to interrupt her attack. Then, Dong Junqing quickly adjusted herself. However, The Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s speed was extremely swift. She flapped her wings, soaring to an even higher altitude. With speed, she broke free of Dong Junqing’s entanglement. Clearly, she had recognized the power of this girl.
One bout later, Su Xing and the girls had not taken the advantage.
“She is not easy to fight.” Zhao Hanyan was drenched in sweat, her hundred Flying Swords were temporarily on standby. Continually controlling her Flying Swords to attack was extremely taxing on her energy.
“En.” Su Xing carefully stared at the Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian’s beautiful eyes, trying to find her weak point.
The Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian was high above, as if she was embedded among the Crimson Stars in the sky, glowing brightly. She slightly flapped her wings, as if she was mulling the situation over. Her long and beautiful tail feathers fluttered about in the wind like tassels.
“Shall we retrieve the tail feathers first?” Zhao Hanyan asked.
“No need to do it like this. If we can’t take her soul, then the feathers are useless to me, too.” Su Xing did not hesitate to decline. He apparently did not want to do this.
Zhao Hanyan was without a choice. This man was fine with anything, but sometimes, treating his women too good was not good at all. He had surprisingly completely disregarded his fire element Flying Sword material.
“Then good, This Princess will occupy her for now. As long as you can draw near, you can handle her.” The Ling Yan Princess said. Her Divine Intent moved, and the hundred Flying Swords manifested their Heavenly Immortal forms. This time, their sword-qi was agile, forming a beautiful sword array.
Zhao Hanyan silently chanted and raised her arms.
The Yin Yang Bracelet flew out, hurtling towards the Clinging Vermilion Jian.
Su Xing immediately used an escape technique. This time, he directly brought out the Five Star Dragon Sparrow Dew Long Saber.
“He really is impatient.” Dong Junqing took a deep breath and summoned the Void Dragon False Phoenix.
Gongsun Huang thoughtfully released her yet-to-fully-recover Di Nü Heavenly Phoenix, and Hua Wanyue did not hesitate either. The Heavenly Hero Red Luan appeared directly. The four great Vermilion Bird-like firebirds Clinging Heaven Vermilion Jian, Heavenly Hero Red Luan, Void Dragon False Phoenix, and the Di Nü Heavenly Phoenix immediately started an awe-inspiring melee.