Chapter 721: A Misunderstanding

“Crack!”

The Cataclysmic Seal came crashing through several tree branches, careening and burning through them with an intensive heat and barely missing the female soul cultivator as she dodged it.

Bai Yunfei waved his right hand to call the Cataclysmic Seal back to him. As he did, he swung his right hand behind to counter the gust of wind coming at him from behind!

The Devouring Chains curved backwards to fly towards the right. Sweeping around the figure, the tip of the chains turned swiftly like a snake to wrap around the incoming person’s waist!

Bai Yunfei’s expression took a turn for the better when he saw the chains connect. Tugging on it, he had the chains brighten up in a flash of red light and just a tad bit of black before soulforce began to ran through it back into Bai Yunfei!

The special effect of the Devouring Chains had activated!

Devouring Chains’ stats:

Equipment Grade: Low Heaven
Elemental Affinity: Fire, Darkness
Upgrade Level: +11
Attack: 2800
Additional Attack: 1950
Soul Compatibility: 43%
Equipment Effect: Drain up to 10 soulpoints per second of any constricted target (One at the most). 
(Amount is determinant on the difference in strength between user and target).
Amount of soulforce drained cannot exceed total soulforce reserve.
+10 Additional Effect: Add an additional target that can be drained. Increase the amount of soulpoints drained per second to 15. 
Targets lose additional soulforce equivalent to 50% of their soulforce drained when breaking free.
Upgrade Requirement: 180 Soulpoints

It was easy to see the surprise the man was feeling when the Devouring Chains started to take away his soulforce, since his speed dropped drastically. Contrary to what Bai Yunfei had thought though, the man remained calm despite his soulforce being drained and began to move with even greater power than before.

Still maintaining his direction forward, the man ignored the chains at his waist and struck out with his sword towards Bai Yunfei’s throat!

Bai Yunfei hadn’t planned on dodging since he thought the Devouring Chains would deal with his opponent well enough. But now that he was being attacked, Bai Yunfei gave up the idea to tighten the Devouring Chains and lifted his right arm up to protect himself.

“Clang!!”

Sparks flew as the sword stabbed through Bai Yunfei’s robes, revealing the Flameblade Bracer beneath it. The sword had managed to pierce his robes, but not the bracer, saving Bai Yunfei from harm.

For a moment, Bai Yunfei was relieved and nearly dropped his guard, only to be surprised yet again when he saw a black wispy hand get within three inches away from his throat!

The abruptness of the person’s hand was in part due to the longsword which was abandoned so that the owner could grab at Bai Yunfei!

The bone-chilling winds brought forth with the man’s hand brushed against Bai Yunfei, but before the hand could land, Bai Yunfei’s body burst out with a furious killing intent!

“Hmph!!”

Bai Yunfei grunted, activating the Charm Bracelet on his hand to unleash a pseudo-soul attack!

Before the hand could latch onto him, Bai Yunfei Flash Stepped away from it and countered with a heavy left punch onto the hand!

“Bang!!”

The two combatants split apart from one another, but it was the other man who was the worse off of the two! Still entangled in the Devouring Chains, he was unable to break away and was left stuck there!

“Senior!”

The female soul cultivator cried out before flying straight over to his side.

He raised his hand up to stop the girl from coming over. The aura radiating from his person was a great deal stronger now along with his stare at Bai Yunfei. Black mist flowed off from his person in droves before he spoke out to Bai Yunfei with a great deal of hatred.

“The Devouring Chains!! You really are from the Soul Refining School!!”

His angered roar startled Bai Yunfei, who was prepared for anything but that. Raising an eyebrow, he replied, “What?! Aren’t you from the Soul Refining School?!”

What the man said wasn’t something Bai Yunfei expected to hear. Not only did it mean this person wasn’t from the Soul Refining School, the Soul Refining School was actually an enemy of theirs too.

The other man was surprised by Bai Yunfei’s response as well, though the woman with him snorted, “Pah!! You wicked soul refiners, don’t even bother pretending! You’ve killed the every single commoner in a city and exterminated the lives of every soul cultivator, the Heavens will not tolerate this! We—”

Her companion held his hand up to stare quizzically at Bai Yunfei. “Where are you people from?”

The anger Bai Yunfei was feeling was wiped away almost at once. “Friends, there might be a mistake here. We believed you to be the evildoers from the Soul Refining School and attacked you….but the two of you were hiding in the bushes and looking at us, what was the meaning behind this?”

Now that he was calmed down, Bai Yunfei realized neither of the two had bothered to use their full strength to fight. It wasn’t until the final moments where the man thought Bai Yunfei was from the Soul Refining School that he was beginning to grow serious. But Bai Yunfei was given the impression they didn’t like the Soul Refining School either.

In other words, these two people were possibly not enemies and were just soul cultivators with the rare affinity for elemental darkness. But the fact that they recognized the Devouring Chains was a little surprising, and Bai Yunfei made a mental note of that for future reference.

Slightly surprised at what Bai Yunfei was saying, the man gave him a second look over and then to Zheng Kai and the others. “Friend,” he said after a long time, “we two have no ill will towards your group. By the orders of our masters were we instructed to investigate Formagua City. We sensed several people coming out from the city and decided to take a closer look. Please forgive us for any slight we might’ve caused.”

His soul armament was already sealed back into his space ring, indicating that he was trying to convince Bai Yunfei of their good will.

But the female with his didn’t look convinced. “What are you playing at, senior? Don’t believe in his words! They came out from Formagua City not too long ago, they might be the soul refiners we’re looking for! And didn’t you say that’s the Devouring Chains in his hands? Who else but the Soul Refining School would have a special soul armament like that?”

“Don’t be so rash,” the man spoke soft enough so only his companion could hear, “they might not be from the Soul Refining School. I might just be mistaken too, that weapon might or might not be the Devouring Chains, I can't be sure…..but surely you must’ve realized that we’ve no chance of success in winning if we start fighting!”

He cast his eyes towards Xiao Qi and Long Lan standing behind Bai Yunfei. “If my senses aren’t wrong, that bird is a class seven!! And that tall man over there is a Soul King!”

“What!?” She whirled around to give Long Lan and Xiao Qi a glance before immediately growing silent.

The Cataclysmic Seal and Devouring Chains were stored back into Bai Yunfei’s space ring as the two were talking. “It seems this really was a mistake. Please rest assured, friends. We aren’t from the Soul Refining School either. This one is Bai Yunfei of the Crafting School. Whom might you two be?”

“Crafting School!”

“Bai Yunfei!”

The two gasped at the same time, staring at him almost incredulously as if they didn’t believe him.

Silent for just a second, the man cupped his hands in greeting. “What a surprise to meet brother Bai from the Crafting School here today. This one is Xu Ran, and this is my junior, Han Yue. We are….”

He hesitated to speak, but in the end, he finished the rest of his sentence.

“We are….from the Underworld School.”

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