Chapter 990: Collision of Geniuses

The Barbaric Bull's Rush was a common battle technique, and its tier was rather low as well. In fact, this was just a regular technique one would learn at the Transformation Realm. Thus, everyone was astonished to see Dugu Qiubai using the technique.

Even more shocking was the fact that the technique actually displayed an incredibly powerful might. It was as though a barbaric bull had appeared, a bull that was going to smash through mountains.

Dugu Qiubai's swift shifting of techniques caught Xiang Shaoyun by complete surprise. He hurriedly used a different technique, and he activated the Dragonscale Arm and swung both his arms at the charging bull. An intense battle erupted between the two, and shockwaves spread out in all directions.

One of the fighters was proficient in all sorts of battle techniques and could utilize each technique with full mastery to unleash attacks of numerous variations that couldn't be guarded against. The other had an extremely fast reaction time. Like a natural war god, the combatant countered every move coming his way despite the numerous tricky techniques his opponent unleashed.

Xiang Shaoyun was an extraordinary combatant. With numerous different energies swirling around him, he looked like a child of heavens who could lay waste to everything with his divine might.

Dugu Qiubai had been seeking defeat his entire life. He had the Primal Chaos Physique, and he lived for the sake of battling. In his eyes, all obstacles existed only to be smashed apart, including Xiang Shaoyun.

With the Sky Severing Finger, he pierced a bloody hole into Xiang Shaoyun's arm. If Xiang Shaoyun hadn't reacted fast enough, his arm would have been crippled then and there. Xiang Shaoyun shifted to the Major Slab Palm and slammed Dugu Qiubai's shoulder with a palm, causing blood to flow.

The two exchanged one move after another, and the battle grew more and more intense. The surrounding disciples could no longer keep up, and they couldn't help but gasp in admiration at the pair's might.

"The variety of their offensive techniques is terrifyingly great. Only people like them can fight so intensely in a melee. Any of us would have been defeated long ago."

"One cultivator of the forbidden path of nine powers, and one Primal Chaos Physique. Both of them are possibly the strongest of the geniuses in the entire dominion. It is not surprising that they can demonstrate such might."

"Dugu Qiubai has been addicted to cultivation since young. After going through innumerable books, he is capable of utilizing a countless number of battle techniques. This Xiang Shaoyun isn't weak either. His battle instincts are extremely good. We won't know who's stronger until the very end."

"If Xiang Shaoyun has really fused the nine powers, he might have a higher chance of winning. If not, Dugu Qiubai will be more likely to win."

"This is a collision of geniuses. Just witnessing this battle is eye-opening."

The two spent half a day fighting in close distance before they finally separated from each other. Both of them looked incredibly sorry, with injuries all over their bodies. Even so, they did not seem to mind. Rather, their auras seemed to be growing, making them look even scarier.

"Take my Dark Sky Engulfing Imprint," Xiang Shaoyun roared as he transformed into a curtain of darkness that completely covered the sky.

He used the dark origin energy and covered the area in endless darkness. Nobody was able to see through the darkness. In such an environment, he could easily defeat any opponent.

However, Dugu Qiubai, who was trapped amid the darkness, did not seem flustered. Five-colored radiance swirled in his eyes, and he instantly saw through the darkness before sending an attack in Xiang Shaoyun's direction.

Flame Severing Sacred Fist!

His fist sent a powerful flame surging out. Like a volcanic eruption, the flame soared to the sky as though it was going to smash through the entire world. He was using a terrifying flame-elemental fist technique that even a sixth-stage Sovereign would fear.

Like Xiang Shaoyun, Dugu Qiubai was using only a single star. And surprisingly, his one star's might was as strong as Xiang Shaoyun's one star. In fact, his star seemed to be slightly stronger. That was the prowess of the Primal Chaos Physique.

Xiang Shaoyun had not expected that the attack he was so confident with would be so easily broken through. His palm clashed with the fist, and with the power of flame countering his power of darkness, he was sent soaring high into the sky. A massive shockwave rippled through his entire arm, giving him intense discomfort.

"In terms of fighting bare-handed, you're not my match," said Dugu Qiubai nonchalantly instead of giving chase.

Xiang Shaoyun nodded and agreed, "You win this round."

Dugu Qiubai had too many battle techniques at his disposal. Although Xiang Shaoyun had the Light of Wisdom and had gone through many battle techniques in the first three floors of Dragon Phoenix Academy's library, he did not know many battle techniques he could actually use in a battle. This was a defeat he accepted wholeheartedly.

With the numerous high-tier battle techniques he knew, Dugu Qiubai completely overwhelmed Xiang Shaoyun. If it wasn't for the gift of instincts, Havoc Dance, and Enemy Sealing, Xiang Shaoyun would have probably suffered an even worse defeat.

"Let's start the weapons round," said Dugu Qiubai. He was quite surprised to see Xiang Shaoyun accepting the defeat so easily, and he viewed Xiang Shaoyun in a new light as a result.

"I'll be using my saber," said Xiang Shaoyun as he took out the Overlord Skyslaying Saber.

The Overlord Skyslaying Saber was still at the emperor grade, and it still looked shabby. Even so, it was tough enough to withstand top-tier sovereign weapons. The Overlord Skyslaying Saber was the same weapon Xiang Shaoyun had used in his previous life. In this life, after nourishing it in his astral cosmos sea, his affinity with the saber had reached 100 percent. With the Overlord Skyslaying Saber, he was able to fully unleash his might.

Of course, he had saint weapons he could use, but he did not feel like using them to bully his current opponent. After all, those weapons could help him easily kill even Sovereigns. He wouldn't be able to display his actual strength with them.

Dugu Qiubai replied, "I am proficient with all sorts of techniques. Since you are using a saber, I shall do the same."

One ought to admit that Dugu Qiubai was truly arrogant, acting as though he could fully unleash his strength regardless of the weapon he used. When Baili Yixiao heard those words, he had complicated emotions. In the secret space, he had once witnessed Dugu Qiubai use sword techniques. At the time, Dugu Qiubai was displaying an amazing might, and he had imagined that Dugu Qiubai was actually a swordsman. Now that he looked at it, he couldn't be more wrong.

"Sure," said Xiang Shaoyun indifferently.

An ordinary saber appeared in Dugu Qiubai's hand. The saber had a golden blade, but apart from that, it did not look like anything special.

"I'll allow you to make the first move," said Dugu Qiubai.

"Sure. Watch out," said Xiang Shaoyun with a smile as he swung the saber.

He did not apply any energies to the saber, but it still instantly reached Dugu Qiubai's waist. This skill was the application of saber intent. Wherever the intent reached, blood would flow. The slash contained the might of his soul power, which he was using to suppress Dugu Qiubai. He hoped to distract Dugu Qiubai with the suppression and gain the initiative with one strike.

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