SOTR Chapter 268

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Chapter 268: The Sect Disciples Ankle Deep in Mud

“What are you guys doing standing around over there?!”

Iron Dazhi saw that Zhou Yi and the sixteen law enforcement disciples were all looking nervously at the battle occurring between him and Jiang Chen, and not taking any action.

Zhou Yi wanted Iron Dazhi to kill Jiang Chen cleanly and then act swiftly and ruthlessly to take down Jiang manor.

He didn’t think that his senior brother Dazhi of the fifth level spirit realm couldn’t take down Jiang Chen after a few rounds. He was actually slowly being backed into a corner.

When he saw Iron Dazhi roar with some hints of anger, Zhou Yi didn’t dare to move sluggishly. He waved his hand and commanded the disciples, “Come on, look sharp! Go after him!”

Zhou Yi’s nickname was the Sword of Cloud and Wind and he was known for his fast and bizarre sword techniques.

His figure flashed, leaving being ghost shadows in the air, the three foot sword in his hand transforming into a marvelous blur and aiming for Tian Shao standing in the doorframe.

Tian Shao only had the level of training of a first level spirit realm and Zhou Yi greatly outclassed him, being an earth spirit realm genius.

The difference in their strength was incredibly astonishing.

Zhou Yi’s strike was like the clouds and fresh breeze. Its trail was quite bizarre as it traveled in front of Tian Shao in a flash.

Zhou Yi’s objective wasn’t to kill Tian Shao, but just to capture him.

Just as Zhou Yi started rejoicing in his heart, a feeling of alarm suddenly rippled through his heart.

As an earth spirit realm genius, Zhou Yi had weathered hundreds of battles. This kind of forewarning wasn’t an illusion, it was a strong perception honed from the battle lines of life and death.

This perception had saved his life countless numbers of times.

Zhou Yi was already faced with two decisions before the light of the sword had traveled to Tian Shao.

The first was to continue his attack and take down Tian Shao.

The second was to halt his attack and return his sword to protect himself.

He had no time to consider carefully in those crucial moments. His first thought was to save himself due to an instinct that practitioners honed from multiple moments between life and death.

The sword spiraled backwards as layers of spirit power rippled out from it, protecting his vital parts as his feet pushed off, attempting to draw close to Tian Shao as he defended himself.

Clang clang clang clang.

Knife like feathers from the Goldwing Swordbirds buffeted the protective field around him and bounced off.

Each feather was like a life reaping flying dagger as the force behind some thirty feathers completely broke through his protective barrier.

It was a good thing that Zhou Yi’s training was quite extraordinary as he also broke free of the radius of the attack in the instant that his barrier fell.

This harrowing scene made Zhou Yi afraid to take things lightly again.

With his sword protecting his chest, Zhou Yi looked warily at the Goldwing Swordbirds in the air. His heart palpitated as he also felt that he had been extremely lucky.

If he’d gone with his first option just now and continued his attack on Tian Shao, then he’d be shot full of feathers and look like a porcupine by now, dead without a doubt.

Tian Shao’s gaze was ruthless as he smiled faintly and backed into the manor.

Even though Zhou Yi possessed a lot of guts, he didn’t dare to continue his attack. He knew that if he did so, he’d be exposing his back to the Swordbirds.

Once the Swordbirds continued attacking, he’d be in a situation that was even more perilous than the one just now!

The 16 law enforcement disciples were in an even more dire situation than Zhou Yi at the moment. The 24 Swordbirds had surrounded them with the formation, and it was like a shapeless metal wall had caged them no matter how they tried to break out of it.

The Eight Trigram Assimilation Formation had directions to it that coordinated with each other and leveraged each other’s strengths. It looked like there were only three guarding each direction, but it was actually a formation that shared power and strength with every person or beast in the formation.

The 16 disciples were all of the spirit realm. In terms of individual fighting strength, none of those newly ascended spirit rank Swordbirds were their opponents.

But now that the formation had been set up and the mysteries of the formation were fully deployed, the power of those 24 Swordbirds had risen by more than ten times.

In this regard, there was no such thing as individual combat at all.

The most critical thing was that these law enforcement disciples didn’t think that these spirit creatures would actually set up a formation. Who had heard of such a thing before?

They had underestimated their opponents before and thus, they had been caught in the formation almost as soon as battle had engaged, becoming turtles in a jar.

It was a good thing that the Swordbirds weren’t striking fatal blows since Jiang Chen hadn’t given the order to do so.

Otherwise, with the Goldwing Swordbirds’ fierce natures, it wouldn’t be a hard thing to rip the 16 disciples to pieces at all after the formation had been set up.

Zhou Yi became increasingly horrified as he watched. Bystanders observed with the most objective eyes, and how would he not see that although the 16 disciples looked quite ferocious, weren’t able to break free of the spirit creatures’ defense at all.

It was obvious that the Swordbirds weren’t fully exerting themselves. Otherwise, how would they have the spare time to attack him and protect Tian Shao?

“This won’t do. Senior brother Dazhi brought these law enforcement disciples privately. He’ll be unable to explain himself back at the sect if anything happens to them!”

Zhou Yi was a bit panicked. He knew that spirit creatures were violent. Once their bloodthirsty natures were brought out, they wouldn’t be as gentle as they currently were.

Zhou Yi was quite familiar with the strength of the 16 law enforcement disciples.

He knew that they were fighting with all their strength, and that these spirit creatures were just toying with them.

Yes, they were like hunters playing with their food.

There was only one possibility under the circumstances, and that was that the spirit creatures hadn’t displayed their fighting capabilities at all!

Zhou Yi then lifted his head to look at Iron Dazhi and Jiang Chen’s battle. The two were matched giving it all and matched evenly.

Although it looked like Jiang Chen’s level of training was far inferior to Iron Dazhi’s, the latter’s Black Dragon Halberd techniques were being deployed to the utmost as they fought, but he was still unable to harm Jiang Chen.

Jiang Chen had fully become one with the blade and he assimilated into that marvelous state of mind with the blade.

This kind of mindset allowed Jiang Chen to seemingly grasp the true essence of the nameless saber, making the “Vast Ocean Current Splitter” method come alive in his hands.

Each stroke was stronger and faster than the previous one.

Zhou Yi’s jaw dropped when he saw this scene.

He didn’t think l that Jiang Chen of the small spirit realm could actually trade blows with his earth spirit realm senior brother. And judging from his posture, he was both attacking and defending, and he wasn’t just spending all his time evading attacks!

This kind of battle strategy indicated that Jiang Chen’s strength was such that he didn’t fear senior brother Dazhi.

Zhou Yi felt that the laws of the world were unraveling between his eyes.

He even started wondering if their little trick to ambush Jiang Chen when Ye Chonglou wasn’t present at the capital was a smart move, or a fool’s decision.

He had to admit at least that they’d underestimated Jiang Chen.

They’d originally thought that the combination of a fifth level spirit realm Iron Dazhi and fourth spirit realm Zhou Yi was enough to make a clean sweep of the Jiang manor given that the old tutor wasn’t present.

Zhou Yi had tragically discovered that as pretty as these thoughts were, they were completely idiotic.

Jiang Chen himself possessed such ferocious fighting abilities that his normally dominating senior brother couldn’t take him down immediately, not to mention those bizarre spirit creatures.

“Is this Jiang Chen truly Ye Chonglou’s true disciple? Can it be that they’d be hiding his strength all along and he’s someone who Ye Chonglou has raised to set against the true disciples of the Precious Tree Sect?” Zhou Yi’s thoughts started wandering along these lines in these moments.

He had also heard of the relationship between Ye Chonglou and the Precious Tree Sect. He knew that the old tutor had once been part of the sect and he had left it.

Although he wasn’t part of it now, the old man still had a certain emotional attachment to the sect.

However, although love was an expression of this attachment, so was a competitive spirit.

It was possible that under these circumstances, Ye Chonglou wanted to raise a genius disciple and compete with the Precious Tree Sect’s geniuses.

Now that the great selection was at hand, Jiang Chen’s gradual reveal and competition for glory also seemed to validate Zhou Yi’s speculations.

“We need to make this quick. That old man may be getting ready to leave the sect now and return to the capital. We’re in for it if he returns!”

As a sect disciple, Zhou Yi could do whatever he wanted in the Skylaurel Kingdom. However, all sect disciples had a fear in their hearts, and that was Ye Chonglou.

The spirit king protector was simply too strong. Apart from the legendary origin realm forefather in the sect, there was no one who could best him.

If that kind of personage grew irate, no one would dare take him to task if he slapped a few disciples to death.

Besides, Ye Chonglou had said very clearly that Jiang Chen was someone under his protection, and someone he was treating as a novel.

Someone at Ye Chonglou’s level didn’t easily express his stance. When he did, each bit of spittle was like a nail, something to not be overlooked.

Zhou Yi had come with Iron Dazhi this time precisely because of the latter.

Iron Dazhi was the direct grandson of the esteemed elder Iron Long, the nephew of Iron Can, and a direct descendent of the Iron family. Add to that his superb potential, that made for a high standing in the Iron family.

He was here to fight against Jiang Chen because he had the Iron family propping him up.

Zhou Yi had wanted to make use of this opportunity to express how utterly loyal he was to the Iron family. This was why he’d come with Iron Dazhi.

However, he hadn’t thought that this time’s operation would be far less successful than he’d anticipated.

It could even be said that they were ankle deep in mud and unable to break free.

If this stalemate continued, they would be in grave trouble once Ye Chonglou returned.

Perhaps, Ye Chonglou would refrain from killing Iron Dazhi out of considerations of face for the Iron family, but what the hell was he, Zhou Yi? Ye Chonglou wouldn’t hesitate in making an example of him with one slap to death.

Besides, those law enforcement disciples were acting with the authority of the law enforcement hall without a warrant. Once this matter blew up, Ye Chonglou would have even more of an excuse to find fault.

If this made it to the sect head, then he would surely make use of this opportunity to suppress the Iron family.

After all, it was only the Xie and Iron family struggling for power in the sect now.

With no warrant and using the law enforcement disciples to use his position to satisfy a personal grudge, even Iron Dazhi would be in for a world of hurt once this crime was handed out.

Zhou Yi felt his scalp tingle with numbness the more he thought about it. He couldn’t continue on like this. They had to either overcome the Jiang manor immediately and slaughter everyone in it so there were no witnesses, or they had to leave as soon as possible before Ye Chonglou returned.

The consequences would be beyond imagining otherwise.

When his thoughts traveled down this path, Zhou Yi didn’t have the inclination to capture Gouyu and Tian Shao at all. The battle outside was raging like a rampaging fire, Iron Dazhi wouldn’t be looking to him for help.

However, none of the 16 disciples could be lost. The ensuing troubles would be great if they lost even a single one!

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35 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 268” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. If one or two of them are fire or ice they’d make a snack for the lotus too.
        Chances are he sees no need to kill them, they are just following orders and can be used as witnesses later when the tutor chimes in and causes a ruckus for their actions too.

        1. i wouldnt let them off … they pool with the enemy, if you let them off they would come back later and stab u in the back like a certain WW2 movie i watch… cant remember!!!

    1. Because right now the birds are being used to keep all the rest of them there. JC doesn’t care about them, he cares about the people behind them. By keeping them there he’s forcing the people behind them to act.

    2. Those law enforcement disciples do make a good training opportunity for the sword birds to help perfect the formation. So better to allow them to live longer than to outright kill them

  1. I have to say, what a royal waste of a chapter this is. Just some useless monologue by this random monkey saying things we already know.

    Thanks for chapter tl anyway.

    1. I agree. Complete waste of a chapter. The plot or the battle didn’t move at all. It explained things readers could have figured out themselves. One or two paragraph is fine but no, it went on and on for an entire chapter.

  2. With the same advantages in knowledge and experiences, Jiang Chen is not even worth a speck of dust under dog crap compared to Li Qiye. Except he can exaggerate one simple movement into ridiculous number of chapters like Yun Che.

    1. Jian Chen was never able to cultivate. He was only able to tutor, unlike Li Qiye who was by no means weak as the Dark Crow. Also Jian Chen is in a minor world with no way to access his possessions or friends from his life as the celestial prince. Different circumstances.

      1. As a dark crow he only schemed and taught. Whenever the story mention his past, he almost always rely on his knowledge and his disciples to fight and did various missions. But he can do everything far better than Jiang Chen even back then when he was just a crow because of his intellect not his cultivation or body.
        When he got his body back, all his reliable friends are long gone too. In fact, his advantage in knowledge is also less then Jiang Chen’s because his memories got erased. Those possessions are his only advantage over Jiang Chen and it is because of his long term plannings and not luck.

        1. And Li Qiye is far more arrogant and annoying than Jiang Chen.

          As InfernalJayed said, JC was not a warrior emperor type in his last life.
          It is just my opinion but JC has a better use of his intellect than LQ.
          LQ is just a very old grandpa who like to bully the young. :p

          I prefer to follow the adventures of Jiang Chen (He has pokemons and can make some wonderful pills/Elixirs) or Feng Feiyun. 😉

          1. I’m guessing you are a girl.

            Li Qiye seems arrogant but he has the ability to back it up. This is confidence stem from being skilled not self overestimation. It is his privilege. Everyone do this. It’s just that in the case of everyone else, their skills are more obvious to other people so they are not being seen as arrogant.

            He also did not bully. He retaliate those who offended him first. They are not just any random passerby.
            Jiang Chen might choose to do nothing after being offended saying it’s below him. Isn’t this arrogance?
            Say, if some mosquitoes are trying to bite you, what will you do?
            IMO, Li Qiye still spared a little too many people.

            Another point is Jiang Chen’s intellect
            As a genius alchemist master he failed in refining low level pills many times before realizing a beginner’s mistake.
            As a martial dao textbook master he still didn’t know too many things in his training. He cannot even see weak points of low level enemies and make use of them.
            But as a pokemon master he is better than Satoshi.

        2. As the dark crow, Li Qiyue definitely had powers and could fight for himself. How else could he have personally retreived 4 explosively powerful statues from some ancient burial land? ED consistently makes it clear that Li Qiyue worked together with his disciples, spending no little amount of effort.

          Also lol no Li Qiyue knows waaaay more than Jiang Chen does. And has better situation. LQ was able to tap into resources and trump cards he’d left behind from before (Zither Pavilion, Statues, knowledge personally relevant). Jiang Chen has nowhere near the amount of transferred influence. JC would be similar to the reincarnated son of an Immortal Emperor who couldn’t cultivate, while LQ would be the teacher who brought up the Immortal Emperor and helped him achieve many things. That’s very very very VERY different.

          1. Ugh…this… You should at least use logic
            1. As a dark crow he was immortal
            2. To get something doesn’t mean he must get it by force. Wisdom is his main methods
            3. Coming up with incredible strategies also count as working together and spending no little amount of effort
            4. Why do you think everyone worship immortal emperors instead of a living immortal emperor generator? Min Ren wouldn’t be called invincible by the world if beside him stood an even more invincible dark crow.
            5. Jiang Chen also taught many peak existences too.

            I agree that he knows way more than Jiang Chen which is why I said Jiang Chen is nothing because they study mainly the same things, Alchemy and Martial Dao.
            He got majority of those resources and trump cards because he knows where they are, how to use and some more efforts. Why Jiang Chen doesn’t?
            The real difference between them is that why both living for so long Jiang Chen knows nothing of the world but Li Qiye knows everything.

          2. * “As a genius alchemist master he failed in refining low level pills many times before realizing a beginner’s mistake.”

            JC failed because he didn’t have the good furnace & conditions to make the pills.
            I think the way of SOTR author write is a little more realistic.
            JC made some good pills that people can not do too…

            * “As a martial dao textbook master he still didn’t know too many things in his training. He cannot even see weak points of low level enemies and make use of them.”

            If you read the last chapters, one of this chapters said some of his memories have been sealed.
            So, yes, JC is not OP but he is more human.

            The 2 MC have different background.
            Ok. I am agreed with you. LQ is more powerful than JC.
            He is powerful, awesome and toys his enemies (Girls, boys, women or men) like ants but i have not sympathy with LQ. (Peharps i should reach chapter 100 but i can not… :p)

            I respect you like to read ED. No problem. Just enjoy to read it. 😉
            I will continue to enjoy to read SOTR. ^^

            PS: By the way, i am a guy. :p
            I don’t know why but LQ pissed me off when i read his adventures. I don’t have same issues with other arrogant MCs.
            Have fun guys. 😉

          3. “JC failed because he didn’t have the good furnace & conditions to make the pills”
            Conditions at the time weren’t the best but good enough to refine the pills nonetheless. He also said this himself. His first consecutive mistakes are caused by his skills which should not happen given his incredible background.

            “If you read the last chapters, one of this chapters said some of his memories have been sealed.”
            This one I admit I didn’t read it. After I realized he left Incomparably exaggerated Che in the dust in how long-winded he can be, I did skip this and that in the last chapters so I don’t know how much has been sealed. But this is still the same case as Li Qiye though.

            Maybe I didn’t make myself clear
            I wasn’t trying to say ED is better than SOTR because of MC’s awesomeness
            There’re many things I don’t exactly like so I am not a fan of ED either

            I only said from a logical point of view
            They didn’t have the same background. Of course, they’re not even in the same world
            I just said they have almost the same basic advantages. millions of years of experience, alchemy master, martial dao supreme teacher and get a chance to start from young age but Jiang Chen’s skills are too low given all these

  3. Thanks for the chapter Etvolare, Chengue Y. of CA, USA, Napoleon B. of GA, USA, and Count Grey! Zhou Yi’s reasoning is so bad. Why come make trouble like that if you can’t even lose a single person. Jiang Chen obviously won’t stick his neck out to get chopped and in a fight you’re going to lose people when the match up isn’t that different in combat power.

  4. You don’t need to explain every fart from 5 different angles.

    Seriously author, I read 3-5 sentences with the same meaning after 1 fart. This is just dragging on and on and on. I think this is the most slow paced story I’ve ever read.

    For example:

    “It was a good thing that the Swordbirds weren’t striking fatal blows since Jiang Chen hadn’t given the order to do so.”

    Okay, I get it.

    “It was obvious that the Swordbirds weren’t fully exerting themselves. ”

    Yeah, it was obious, so why are you telling me this? Besides you wrote it a few sentences ago.

    “He knew that they were fighting with all their strength, and that these spirit creatures were just toying with them.”

    I know they are toying with them. You wrote it 2 times already. I’m not a goldfish with a 3 second memory, okay?

    “Yes, they were like hunters playing with their food.”

    Oh, really? Thank you for the reminder. I’m dumb as sh*t, so you need to tell me this over and over again.

    “There was only one possibility under the circumstances, and that was that the spirit creatures hadn’t displayed their fighting capabilities at all!”

    No sh*t 😀

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