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Rigel sighed in relief as the small built man finally decided to fall back. Rudra, who was floating in mid air, smiled lightly and praised in a calm voice, “Well done, Rigel.”
Rigel looked at Rudra and said with a sigh, “Rudra, you know that this isn’t going to end like this, don’t you?”
Rudra nodded his head and spoke, “It won’t but that doesn’t mean that you have lost this round. Rigel, you would have died for sure had this turned into an all out battle.
Currently, we have no strategic advantage but that may change in future so routing the enemy had its merits. It improves your chances of survival by a large margin.”
Rigel nodded his head slightly as he heard Rudra. He too knew that he wouldn’t be able to fight against six late stage Qi condensation experts. The only reason he was able to defeat Wyle so easily was because he had been underestimated and thus caught Wyle off guard.
Even if Rigel trained in the profound art of Paragon Body, the only benefit to him at his current level was a more strengthened physical body. Had Wyle been careful, he would have fully used his divine sense and the treasures he had upon him to fight against Rigel.
Rigel sighed as he thought back to the fight and looked at Wyle’s corpse lying a few feet away from him. He searched it and collected the bag of holding. The bag of holding didn’t contain anything of great value except for two more flying swords.
Rigel now had a total of five flying swords including his original chipped sword. Rigel put them all away and decided to leave the cave. Since the enemies knew about his location, it was no longer safe for him.
Rigel extended his spiritual sense to its limit and kept vigilant as he entered the forbidden tunnels.
More than three kilometres away from Rigel’s position, the small built man was sitting on some pavement while sipping some water. He looked at the five men beside him and narrowed his eyes. After the time that it takes for an incense stick to burn, he got up and looked at them bringing their attention to him.
“Do you know why I let that kid go?” The small built man asked in a cold voice, looking at the group of five experts.
The five experts looked at each other and remained calm. They all knew the reason deep inside but they wouldn’t admit their own failure. Their pride as cultivators was stopping them.
The small built man twisted his neck in dissatisfaction and said, “It’s because you were engulfed in fear. A cultivator should never fear death, the moment he starts to fear it will be the moment he loses his way in path of cultivation.
Today I, Asano, had to run away from a kid in fourth level Qi condensation because I didn’t want to see you cowards dying in that kid’s hands.
We could have killed the kid for sure but with the way you are, at least one of you would have died. I don’t consider you as mercenaries. You are all my friends and disciples of the same sect. I value your life above everything. However, failure isn’t an option. We are going to kill the kid and complete our mission.”
The five experts looked at Asano with bright eyes. Asano was the person charged with leading the group and even though he was only in sixth level of Qi condensation just like Wyle, the difference between them was like heaven and earth.
The techniques he cultivated in were all top notch. Being a chosen of the sect, the sect had used a lot of resources in developing Asano.
Asano smiled lightly as he looked at the five disciples. He then put his hand on the shoulder of a disciple named Kira. Kira was a fifth level Qi condensation expert, one of the four fifth level Qi condensation experts in the group of seven.
Kira looked at Asano in confusion. Asano smiled and said, “OK, now that we have decided to kill this kid Rigel at any cost, we have to do it even if we need to make some sacrifices.
Kira, you are a model disciple of our sect but…” Asano’s eyes turned cold as he said in a low voice, “You are too weak…. To accomplish this task, I need you to die Kira. This is all for the sect. You wouldn’t resist, would you?”
Kira’s body shook as he heard Asano. He stood up but the hand touching Kira tightened and the next instant, a tremor ran through Kira’s body as he fell on his knees, unable to control his muscles.
The faces of the remaining four changed as they watched Asano. ‘Lightning profound arts.’ Those three words reverberated in their minds as they gazed at Kira. Lightning profound arts were extremely rare and were tough to comprehend even among the five elements.
Kira looked at Asano with fearful eyes and said in a pleading voice, “Asano, what are you doing? You… You just said that we are all important to you besides, I am a disciple of our sect. You can’t kill a fellow disciple. Don’t do it Asano.”
Asano smiled lightly as he heard Kira, he bent over slightly and whispered in his ears, “Well, that rule doesn’t apply to a chosen like me. Kira, failure is not an option. Since I can’t tolerate failure, naturally I have to do whatever I can to attain success.”
Kira’s face became pale as he struggled to get to his feet. However, his body wasn’t listening to his orders as Asano constantly shocked his muscles. Asano smiled lightly and tapped his bag of holding.
A flying sword rose into air and hovered above him. Kira’s eyes were terrified as he saw the flying sword. Asano rose to his feet and said in a calm voice, “Don’t worry, I won’t kill you. You are going to kill yourself Kira. You will kill Rigel by self detonating your dantian. Understood?”
Kira and the others stared in shock at Asano. Why would anyone self detonate? What confidence did Asano have that Kira will listen to his orders?
Asano smiled lightly and licked his lips as he said, “Kira, you had a sister who is still fifteen, right? I don’t think you want her to end up in a brothel. Your little clan in that tribal area, I really don’t think you wouldn’t want them to encounter a tragedy and die like moths.
What would you do Kira? Believe me, if you don’t follow my orders, this won’t be the first time I wiped out an entire clan.”
Kira face was drained of all blood while the four behind Asano were finally beginning to realise the dreadfulness of his methods. Asano was cruel, he wouldn’t mind sacrificing his fellow disciples nor would he think twice about killing mortals to achieve his goal.
Asano smiled broadly and said, “I think I know your answer Kira. However, just so that you won’t change your mind at the last moment, I will take your legs as insurance.”
As Asano uttered those words. The flying sword hovering above him flashed and the next moment a blood curling scream rang out in the cave which resounded all the way to Rigel’s location as Kira’s legs were cleanly cleaved off by the flying sword.
Looking at Kira, Asano smiled warmly and said, “Don’t disappoint me Kira. I am sure your family wouldn’t like me when I visit them.”
Asano then grabbed his flying sword and walked away without even glancing back at Kira who was screaming in pain as blood flowed continuously out of his mutilated legs.
The four people stood there for a moment too terrified by Asano’s methods. Then they took one last look at Kira before slowly following Asano. That moment, they all had come to a single conclusion. Never disobey Asano.
Asano didn’t just walk a little distance. He walked away a whole three kilometres before stopping. The encounter with Rigel earlier had made him confused and suspicious. Rigel looked calm, almost as if he knew that they were going to come. So he didn’t want to take a chance.
If Kira does explode, then the sound of the explosion would reach for tens of kilometres echoing throughout the tunnels. So Asano had nothing to worry. He decided to head over once he hears the explosion. If the explosion doesn’t happen, then he had an alternative plan to play.
Back at Rigel’s location, Rudra frowned as he heard the scream. Rigel looked at Rudra and then began to run in the direction of the scream. That scream meant that there were humans out there and humans meant information. What Rigel needed more than anything at this point was information regarding the Forbidden tunnels.
The Forbidden tunnels stretched for tens of kilometres with numerous turns and levels. Although, it was difficult, it wasn’t Impossible to draw a map of the Forbidden tunnels. Rigel ideally wanted a map so he can quickly figure out a way out of the tunnels.
A short five minutes later, Rigel was at the gap where Kira was lying down moaning in pain. Rigel looked at Kira from far away and furrowed his eyebrows. He recognised Kira as a member of the seven experts sent to kill him.
He then maintained his vigilance for more than ten minutes but neither he nor Rudra found a soul in any direction. Finally, Rigel sighed and walked out of his hiding place. Since they didn’t sense anyone, he thought that he might as well ask Kira.
Kira’s face was now pale from the blood loss. Any mortal would have died from that much blood loss but he was a fifth stage Qi condensation stage cultivator. His life force was much stronger.
As he saw Rigel walking towards him, his face had a bitter smile. Originally he didn’t want to obey Asano’s orders but now, he knew that he was going to die either way. Since he was going to die, he decided that he would die protecting his family.
No matter what, Kira didn’t want to put his family in danger and certainly not in the hands of the madman known as Asano.
Rigel stood at a distance of six feet away from Kira and asked in a cold voice, “What happened to you?”
Kira looked at Rigel and smiled peacefully. The Qi in his dantian ignited like a flame. Rudra who was watching everything suddenly trembled as he sensed the flame in Kira’s dantian.
“RUN AWAY RIGEL!”
Rudra screamed at the top of his voice. Rigel’s mind shook as he involuntarily took a step back. Kira smiled lightly and said in a sorrowful voice, “I am sorry.”
The next instant, a violent explosion shook the Forbidden tunnels. It was heard all the way to the north end of the tunnels where a group of twenty people were following the tracks of a person.
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