Chapter 3595: Zhou Dan
After the battle for the top six came to an end, the competitors all received some time to recover. It was not particularly long, only a month.
Apart from Jian Chen, the five others from the top six were Xia Mingtian of the Immortal Feather sect, Dun Xu from the Vanishing hall, Zhou Dan from the Immortal Sect of Vicissitude, Zi Huaiyu from the Luo clan, and Ye Qingyun from the Ye family.
Apart from Jian Chen, the other five competitors seized every moment to recover. Their ancestors all took action one after another, doing everything that they could to assist with their recovery.
Jian Chen, on the other hand, had nothing better to do. However, he did visit the gambling parlour again and discovered that the number under the name of the independent cultivator Chang Yang was actually changing among the names of the six competitors in the air.
It was not much, but it left Jian Chen with a frown.
Other people were placing bets on him, gambling that he would win the next round.
However, that was not a good sign to Jian Chen, as he had wagered two hundred thousand five-coloured immortal crystals on himself. Whether he could receive the greatest payout would completely depend on if the pool was large enough or not.
If many more people gambled on him winning, then there would obviously be more people who would receive a slice of the pie. If the pool was not large enough, then it would be quite a large opportunity cost to him.
“Looks like I need to be a little more discreet during the battle for the top three. It would be best if I achieve a miserable victory. That way, people won’t place their hopes in me.” Jian Chen smiled deeply. In order to win the two million five-coloured immortal crystals, he was forced to put on an act.
Two million five-coloured immortal crystals was a sum that even many Immortal Exalts could not produce. If he only needed to put on an act to win it with ease, why would he not?
Very soon, the month passed, and the battle for the top three formally began.
The projections of the rings above the Observance Heaven City were also reduced to three from the previous five. Countless immortals across the entire Observance Heaven City watched the fascinating battles between Immortal Emperors.
Through a round of drawing lots, Jian Chen’s next opponent was Zhou Dan of the Immortal Sect of Vicissitude!
Both Jian Chen and Zhou Dan hovered in the air in the ancient battlefield. The fierce wind buffeted them, leaving their clothes ruffling.
Zhou Dan was a middle-aged man. He was dressed in white robes and had a striking appearance. Just by standing there casually, he gave off an indomitable presence.
Zhou Dan’s strength obviously could not be underestimated since he could defeat so many opponents of the same level consecutively and make it here. Very few people at the same cultivation in the Immortals’ World could rival him.
Jian Chen had heard quite a lot about Zhou Dan during this time. It was said that not only was Zhou Dan the strongest great elder of the Immortal Sect of Vicissitude, but he also had a great fortuitous encounter, obtaining an extraordinary legacy.
The legacy had been left behind by a mid Immortal Exalt at the very least!
It was also because of this powerful legacy that Zhou Dan stood out, becoming a supreme Immortal Emperor with unmatched battle prowess.
“I didn’t expect my opponent to actually be you.” Zhou Dan smiled excitedly and said, “Chang Yang, I don’t know how you defeated Immortal Emperor Li Shan and Daoist Master Shangqing, but since you’ve encountered me, there is only one outcome—your defeat!”
“Please go easy on me then, fellow Zhou Dan!” Jian Chen smiled without any concern and clasped his fist towards Zhou Dan politely.
“Go easy on you? Apologies, I’m afraid I can’t do that. Luck did play a large part in why you made it so far, but since you can defeat Immortal Emperor Li Shan and Daoist Master Shangqing, that means you have some ability. As a result, I will use my full strength and hold back nothing.” Zhou Dan gradually became stern. As he said that, a pitch-black spear appeared in his hand, and a terrifying streak of light immediately rose up into the air, radiating with a destructive presence. It seemed as if it was trying to shatter the space and tear apart the world.
The spear was a high quality god artifact!
In the next moment, the spear in Zhou Dan’s hand suddenly jolted as a sharp whistle rang out. The black spear turned into a soaring dragon, rushing towards Jian Chen with enough force to shake up the space there.
Jian Chen wielded a medium quality god artifact sword and erupted with Chaotic Force. He unleashed a blinding streak of light to receive Zhou Dan’s attack.
With a boom, Jian Chen’s streak of light was shattered. He was engulfed by the attack from the spear and launched far away.
Right from the get-go, Jian Chen had lost the upper hand.
Countless eyes were glued to the projection of the battle between Jian Chen and Zhou Dan in the Observance Heaven City. When the immortals saw how Jian Chen could not even last a single clash, they immediately confirmed their thoughts.
“It’s like what I said. Immortal Emperor Chang Yang only managed to make it so far through luck. He drew three byes. Otherwise, when it comes to actual strength, Immortal Emperor Chang Yang would have lost a long time ago.”
“That makes no sense. Immortal Emperor Chang Yang did get very lucky, but he still defeated Li Shan and Daoist Master Shangqing after all. Logically speaking, he shouldn’t be this weak.”
“Immortal Emperor Li Shan and Daoist Master Shangqing probably lost because they underestimated him. In terms of strength, Immortal Emperor Chang Yang truly is quite a bit weaker.”
“All of the top ten Immortal Emperors possess high quality god artifacts, while Chang Yang only has a medium quality god artifact. Just from that alone, he’s destined to suffer defeat.”
At the same time, a sage-like old man hovered in the air with his legs crossed within a courtyard in the city. His gaze seemed to pierce through space, directly seeing the projection of Jian Chen and Zhou Dan.
Daoist Master Shangqing sat behind the old man politely. He would glance towards the elderly figure from time to time with undisguised respect.
“Shangqing, the strength of the Immortal Emperor called Chang Yang doesn’t seem to be particularly special. He does cultivate the Chaotic Body, but that alone doesn’t seem to be enough to defeat you,” the old man said slowly.
“Ancestor, Chang Yang is definitely nowhere near as simple as he seems.” Daoist Master Shangqing closely recalled his experiences in battle against Jian Chen. There was a hint of lingering fear in his eyes. “In the beginning I also thought that Chang Yang managed to defeat Immortal Emperor Li Shan because the latter had underestimated him. However, only when I ended up clashing with him did I truly understand just how terrifying he was.”
“Oh, terrifying? You’re actually describing him as terrifying? What’s so special about him?” the ancestor asked in surprise.
“Chang Yang is capable of two terrifying things. First, he has grasped an extremely profound sword technique. This secret technique can bypass all defences and even the body, reaching one’s interior. Chang Yang used that to instantly heavily injure me.”
“Secondly, I don’t know what secret technique Chang Yang possesses, but he heals at an alarming rate. During my battle with him, Chang Yang had clearly sustained unimaginable injuries. Even a high grade God Tier pill would not be enough to heal such severe wounds in a short amount of time, yet they all healed instantly,” Daoist Master Shangqing said sternly.
“They all healed instantly? Is that true?” A smear of surprise appeared in the eyes of Daoist Master Shangqing’s ancestor.