Archean Eon Art - Chapter 40
Chapter 40: Slaying Blood Cloud Bandits
Meng Chuan walked into the private room calmly, his gaze landing on the two bandits.
The fat man and the bearded man stood up. They were somewhat wary, but they still welcomed him with a smile on their faces. They didn’t wish to cause any trouble in Eastcalm Prefecture. The bearded man cupped his hands and said with a smile, “Greetings, Young Master Meng. For you to come to our room, I wonder if you have any instructions for these brothers?”
“I’m here to kill!” When the calm voice rang out, a saber beam lit up.
This strike was too fast!
Now that he was already at the late-stage of the Mortal Shedding realm and had a robust Godfiend foundation, his Godfiend Body was no weaker than an ordinary Seamless realm cultivator. Furthermore, having already figured out Saber Force, even if he didn’t use it, the fusion of body, mind, and technique was enough for him to unleash even greater amounts of his body’s potential. Being most adept at speed, that single slash caused the two bandits in the room to instantly feel their hearts chill.
Not good. Both of them knew that something was amiss, but the slightly weaker fat man failed to react in time as the saber beam sliced through his throat.
Gasp! Gasp! Gasp! The fat man clasped his throat, but the blood kept spewing out. His face became awash with terror and despair as he felt his life slipping away rapidly.
“What?” The bearded man was a Seamless realm expert. His reaction was much faster, having leaped out of the window the moment Meng Chuan struck out with his saber. He knew very well that exchanging blows with Meng Chuan was meaningless. He needed to flee as fast as he could once his identity was exposed in Eastcalm Prefecture.
The more time passed, the more powerful experts would arrive. His chances of survival would become slim.
Meng Chuan killed the fat man with a single slash. His figure phased away as he dashed out of the window in pursuit of Blood Hand Zhao Can. These two bandits could forget about escaping today!
Many guests and women in Azure Cloud Brothel’s main hall watched as a figure flew out from a private room on the second floor. A faster figure soon followed the first. A saber beam streaked across the air, heading towards the first figure..
Before he landed, Blood Hand Zhao Can had worn a black glove. His hands suddenly grew in size as though they were fans. With palms that were twice the size of a normal person’s, he struck out with a mystical move and blocked the strike.
Zhao Can felt a powerful force pass through his arm into his body. His body involuntarily slammed onto the floor of Azure Cloud Brothel, causing a huge crater to form on the wooden floor. He sent splinters flying into the air.
The other guests had already quickly retreated. Cultivation was a very common thing. It was very common for people to engage in brawls in places like brothels. Battles normally happened because of jealousy, meaning physical injuries the worst outcome. However, it seemed like this battle was different.
“It’s Young Master Meng.” The guests and courtesans watched from afar as they saw the scion land on the ground.
The usually modest young scion was now filled with killing intent. The killing intent in his eyes caused everybody to tremble in fear.
“Young Master Meng, don’t go too far. If you push me into a corner, I’ll make sure you die with me,” said Zhao Can with a ferocious expression as he stood up.
“You want me to die with you?” Meng Chuan walked over. “Do you think you have what it takes?”
“Humph.” Zhao Can charged towards the crowd to capture hostages.
Meng Chuan turned into a phantom the moment his Lightning Divine Body erupted. He became much faster than Zhao Can. Before the latter could hold someone hostage, another slash came cleaving right at him.
Pfft. Zhao Can blocked with both fan-like hands. A perfect defense that continued for Meng Chuan’s next two strikes.
But following that was the third strike.
He seems to be a bit stronger than me? I can’t be held back by him. I have to think of a way to escape. It’s night time now… as long as I can escape from him in the darkness, I’ll have a chance to escape from Eastcalm Prefecture.
The third strike remained as fast as before.
Just as Zhao Can was about to block the attack, he realized that the saber beam had turned faint. His combat instincts honed over the years made him instinctively retreat, but the faint saber beam slashed him horizontally! It almost sliced across his neck.
One of his arms flew up.
My arm. Zhao Can’s eyes turned red. Although he had managed to dodge the terrifying saber strike, Meng Chuan had still managed to slice off his arm.
Escape! Escape! Escape! Zhao Can suppressed his hatred. At this moment, he didn’t hesitate to unleash a forbidden Godfiend technique. Instantly, his skin reddened, and he began to release his Quintessential Energy to his limits. Instantly, his speed and strength increased by a great deal, but the longer this state persisted, the more danger he would be in. The damage ranged from injuries to his meridians that would take a year or so to recover to heavily damaging his organs and dantian. Such injuries might cripple him.
However, if he didn’t use a forbidden Godfiend technique, certain death awaited him.
Boom! He completely unleashed the forbidden technique. Zhao Can frantically slammed into the nearest wall. Tables and chairs along the path shattered, and a huge hole opened up in the thick wooden wall. He immediately charged outside.
In order to survive, he didn’t even have time to go through the door or the windows. Instead, he charged into the wall.
“Humph!” Unstained by any blood, the saber-wielding Meng Chuan moved, transforming into a blur as he pursued Zhao Can through the gaping hole.
Many of the customers in Azure Cloud Brothel heaved sighs of relief and looked outside through the windows. Many of them stared at the gloved arm on the ground in amazement.
“The person who was being pursued earlier on seems to have the strength at the Seamless realm.”
“Yet, his strength is still inferior to Young Master Meng Chuan.”
“Young Master Meng is from a Godfiend family clan. His Godfiend foundation is naturally much stronger. Furthermore, from the looks of it, Young Master Meng’s saber arts are exquisite.”
“Indeed… Young Master Meng’s saber arts have probably reached the peak of the Unity realm. In another year or two, there’s a chance he will comprehend Force. How can an ordinary Seamless realm compare with him?” As the guests discussed, some people boldly came to the severed arm and carefully took off the black glove. They saw the blood-red palm that was twice as large as an ordinary person’s.
“Blood Fiend Hand?”
“There are still people who cultivate such evil martial arts? Could it be Blood Hand Zhao Can?”
“Blood Hand Zhao Can, he’s the second-in-command of the Blood Cloud Bandits. He’s an expert at the Seamless realm. Yet, he’s being pursued by Young Master Meng Chuan. Young Master Meng’s saber arts are truly formidable. He might really be able to comprehend Saber Force in another year or two.”
“How can such an ordinary Seamless realm expert compare with geniuses like Young Master Meng?”
There was a flurry of discussion in the brothel. There were quite a few daring people who went out to chase after the duo, but clearly, they were not as fast as Meng Chuan or Zhao Can—who had cast a forbidden technique.
How did I expose myself? Eleventh Sister’s disguising techniques are already superb. No one can see through me. Could it be a slip of the tongue by that idiot or those courtesans? Zhao Can was filled with hatred and anxiety as he ran as fast as he could.
Meng Chuan chased after him.
After chasing for half a kilometer, the surroundings became quiet.
Swoosh! Meng Chuan’s speed suddenly increased dramatically.
What a joke.
Having cultivated the Lightning Divine Body and comprehending Force, the speed he could unleash far exceeded Zhao Can’s. Zhao Can remained inferior despite using the forbidden Godfiend technique. Many people had been watching in Azure Cloud Brothel, so Meng Chuan had only used 30% of his strength, making him appear slightly stronger than Zhao Can. He had used 50% of his strength when cleaving off Zhao Can’s arm. His grandaunt had instructed him to wait until next year to reveal that he had comprehended Force.
In front of others, he naturally had to keep a low profile.
What? Realizing that Meng Chuan’s speed had suddenly increased, Zhao Can was driven to the brink of insanity. How can this be?
The rapidly approaching Meng Chuan was a blur. Even the Seamless realm Zhao Can couldn’t make his figure out. He suddenly realized that a saber beam was coming towards him, so he raised his left hand to block it.
The saber beam changed direction. It was extremely ghostly.
The beam passed through one of his legs, and a leg flew up.
Without using Saber Force, Meng Chuan could only use 50% of his strength. This strike contained 50% of his strength, but he had also imbued Power of the Soul into it, causing the saber beam to speed up by 30% as it approached Zhao Can. This caused Zhao Can to lose a leg despite casting the forbidden Godfiend technique.
Zhao Can fell to the ground. He had already lost an arm and leg. He revealed a look of despair. His control over his body as a Seamless realm expert allowed him to reduce the bleeding from his leg and arm stumps.
“Young Master Meng, I don’t have any enmity with you. There’s no need for you to kill me,” said Zhao Can immediately. There was no way for him to dodge with one leg missing. He had also lost an arm. Killing him was too easy. However, Zhao Can still wanted to live!
He was an expert at the Seamless realm. Even if he lost an arm and leg, he could still live comfortably.
“Oh? Didn’t you also take the lives of over three hundred people when you had no enmity with them?” Meng Chuan walked towards Zhao Can.
“I have silver and treasures.” Zhao Can immediately took out a thick stack of silver notes with his left hand. “There’s nearly 40,000 silvers worth of banknotes here. Also, this is a Godfiend treasure.”
Zhao Can took out the black metal piece wrapped in cloth. “This Godfiend treasure is worth 100,000 taels.”
He didn’t say that the Blood Cloud Bandits had wanted to sell it for 100,000 taels but had failed to obtain a buyer.
“These are yours. All yours, Young Master Meng,” said Zhao Can immediately. “As long as you spare my wretched life.”
“Using something on you to beg for mercy?” Meng Chuan continued walking over.
“I’m the second-in-command of the Blood Cloud Bandits. I know the location of one of its treasure troves,” said Zhao Can immediately. “As long as you spare me and let me go, I’ll tell you.”
A saber beam flashed.
When Meng Chuan came close, he imbued his saber with the Power of the Soul and easily cut Zhao Can’s neck.
“You, you…” Zhao Can’s eyes widened. Why didn’t he give him a chance to live?
“I don’t care about the treasures of you bandits,” said Meng Chuan calmly as he watched Zhao Can die.
The Blood Cloud Bandits were powerful, with eight Seamless realm bandits, and a leader who grasped Force among them. However, that leader’s strength was barely on par with Meng Chuan’s. How could a bandit’s wealth be worth anything compared to the Meng family’s? Meng Chuan thought nothing of it. The valuable treasures he had used to build his Godfiend foundation was worth countless times more than the Blood Cloud Bandits’ entire wealth.
Meng Chuan reached out to pick up the stack of banknotes and looked at the black metal piece that had been exposed. A Godfiend item? It seems to be very damaged. He did not think much of it and temporarily put it away.