Chapter 217 – Universal Stick
Bi Fan, Jing Feng, Mo Nan, Ji Ying Lan, Wang Zhong and Blue Dragon – all six of them went in different directions looking for any traces of the treasure.
The Chimera roamed in the surroundings in order to safeguard Bi Fan and all his companions.
Zi Wei and Hong Yan also searched the vicinity to check whether any other martial artists were hiding there.
Although Bi Fan didn’t find the treasure, he observed that several people were trying to enter a large cave deep inside the valley while fighting each other.
“It seems that the treasure is inside that cave.” Bi Fan thought to himself and started looking around for a safe passage to the cave.
Soon afterwards, Bi Fan and his companions reunited at one place where each one of them informed the others about whatever they had observed.
“There are three groups of martial artists hiding around the valley. They must be waiting for the right time to attack and seize the treasure themselves.” Zi Wei and Hong Yan told Bi Fan and the others.
Bi Fan, Blue Dragon and the others told the girls about the possibility of the treasure being hidden inside the cave and the secret passage that they had found to reach there.
“Brother Bi Fan, should we enter the cave and then ambush the people from a secret hideout?” Hong Yan asked.
“No, we will wait here till the other martial artists who are hiding in the valley lose their patience and jump in to fight.” Bi Fan smiled.
“Yes, Bi Fan is right. We should wait till the treasure appears and these people engage in a more fierce fight and injure each other. We can step in later and then, taking the advantage of the situation we can get rid of them and seize the treasure” Jing Feng grinned.
Zi Wei remarked: “You are so vicious! But all this is really amusing.”
“Yes, yes. It is very amusing.” Hong Yan said hastily in order to impress Zi Wei.
Blue Dragon frowned: “I don’t know what treasure is there, but at least a hundred martial artists have gathered here to fight each other!”
“I don’t think it’s going to be a Spirit Weapon.” Ji Ying Lan guessed.
“It’s not totally impossible; there are possibilities, and if there is a Spirit grade weapon in the treasure, then we should grab it by any way possible. Spirit grade weapons are far more precious than the high quality weapons.” Jing Feng clenched his fists to control his anxiety.
In the valley, the fight was getting more and more intense and loud screams could be heard every now and then.
From the intensity of the fight, it could easily be assessed by Bi Fan and his team that there will be many more casualties soon and once there are only few powerful martial artists left, the people who were hiding in the valley would show up and kill the remaining people.
Since they had no intention of stepping in the fight right now, Bi Fan focussed himself on watching the manslaughter with devotion in order to memorize the martial skills of these people.
Since these people were now engaged in a fatal fight, they were using their best martial skills, all of which were being secretly memorized by Bi Fan.
Bi Fan was enjoying the fight so much that he wished the fight would go on forever.
However, this was impossible as lesser and lesser people were fighting now; the rest were either critically injured or already dead.
Four ‘Emerging from the Womb’ layer martial artists and one ‘Developing marrow’ layer martial artist had teamed up together and were on a killing spree, slaughtering a lot of people.
Seeing more and more people dying, Blue Dragon was growing extremely restless since he wanted to enter the fight as soon as possible.
However, since Bi Fan had decided to wait a little longer, Blue Dragon had to keep his patience.
It was Bi Fan who decided the course of action. The rest of them, including Blue Dragon, followed him.
Suddenly, a strange light beamed from the cave. It seemed that the treasure had appeared.
“The treasure has finally appeared! God knows what’s inside.” Jing Feng said as he stared at the cave without blinking his eyes even once.
The appearance of the treasure had made everyone even more ferocious, and the battle was started becoming more and more intense.
“The treasure is ours! Step aside or you’ll be courting your death!”
All the people who had been fighting each other till now started rushing towards the cave to seize the treasure.
Since most people were now running towards the cave while exchanging blows with their enemies, the number of casualties increased in a matter of moments, and soon the total number of nearly hundred youngsters had reduced to about fifty.
Bi Fan was indulged in watching the fight and memorizing the martial skills and had no intentions of stepping into the fight at such a time.
Zi Wei and Hong Yan were getting more and more anxious. The two girls were clearly excited and wanted to join the fight.
Both the girls were eagerly looking at Bi Fan, waiting for him to permit everyone to fight.
“Everybody, please wait a little longer. Let the people who are hiding show themselves first. Joining the fight later would benefit us more.” Bi Fan said.
Bi Fan was afraid that the two girls might rush untimely into the fight, owing to their excitement. Therefore he had to keep reminding them that they had to wait for some more time.
“Alright…” Although Zi Wei and Hong Yan were somewhat unhappy about it, but still they complied with whatever Bi Fan said and didn’t act rashly as a result.
The two girls again looked at Bi Fan eagerly a while later and Bi Fan shook his head again; Jing Feng and the other boys burst into laughter.
As the light that was beaming from the cave grew brighter and brighter, more and more people rushed towards it, killing anyone who came in their way.
Suddenly, an explosion occurred inside the cave.
“The treasure has appeared. Seize it quickly!”
“The treasure is mine. Keep your hands off of it!” A ‘developing marrow’ layer man shouted arrogantly.
However, no one paid any attention to him and he soon was injured by another man who, unlike this man, had chosen to let his sword shout.
Since everyone had their eyes for the treasure, no one cared about the ‘developing marrow’ layer man.
The ‘developing marrow’ layer martial artist was indeed very powerful, however there were too many people present on the scene, who put together could kill him off easily.
Realizing this, he didn’t dare to shout again as he was clearly afraid that the he might get severely injured before reaching the treasure.
A huge amount of dust had risen into the sky following the explosion. It was only after the dust settled that everyone was able to catch a glimpse of the treasure.
A long stick was sticking out from a large boulder. There was a baguette at the end of the stick with engravings of nine vivid, almost life-like dragons entangled ferociously with each other at its base.
“Wow! If I get this weapon, then things will get really good for me. Ah!” Blue Dragon exclaimed loudly.
“Brother Blue Dragon, you are not even accustomed to using a sword…. how will you use this long stick as a weapon?” Bi Fan asked.
“Brother Bi Fan, you didn’t know this earlier. Actually, I had learnt a martial skill named as ‘Universal Stick’. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a suitable weapon to practice this skill with, and that’s why you’ve never seen me use it even once.” Blue Dragon sighed: “If I seize this long stick, then I will get a chance to practice the ‘Universal Stick’ martial skill.”
“Since Blue Dragon needs this stick, we all should help him seize it.” Wang Zhong said with a smile.
Blue Dragon placed his palm on his chest and said: “Thank you so much for your kindness, fellow brothers, but I don’t want any one of you to risk your lives to fulfil my wishes.”
“Brother Blue Dragon, we all risked our lives the moment we entered this secret storehouse. If we don’t take risks, how would we possibly enhance our strength?” Bi Fan said.
Zi Wei said: “Let’s go immediately and seize that stick before anyone else reaches it.”
“Relax! These people can’t reach the stick so easily.” Bi Fan said with a smile.
Although a majority of the people inside the valley belonged to the ‘Emerging from the womb’ layer, they were still facing great difficulties in getting hold of the treasure.
As soon as a single person tried to step towards the boulder, several people would encircle him and fight him till the person died, as a result, everyone was stuck in their position, waiting for their opponents to die first.
Within a few minutes, there were less than forty people contending for the treasure.
Finally, one group among the three groups that were hiding lost their patience and attacked the remaining people.
This group was soon followed by the other two groups, who feared that the others groups might seize the treasure before them.
These three groups consisted of around thirty people who were quite powerful themselves. More importantly, they had been waiting and hiding all this time and as a result of their patience, they were now facing an exhausted group of enemies.
As these people joined the fight, it became as intense as it was earlier.
Bi Fan was not interested in remembering the martial skills now so he had sent his Chimera to stop anyone from approaching them from behind.
Bi Fan was both careful and fierce in the battlefield. He knew that there would certainly be exposed to many unseen dangers once they join the battle, and could sense that in case he had to focus his attention on any prospective ambush attacks, then he may not be able to focus his entire attention on his enemies.
Those thirty people had killed several men by now and were nearing the treasure.
The men who had already been fighting were exhausted and injured, and the sudden ambush made them incapable of finding any ways to save their lives.
Therefore, soon enough only the three groups of people who ambushed the others were left alive.
These people were now suspicious of each other and could not work together to seize the treasure.
“Everybody, be prepared to attack now. Remember that our goal is only to seize the treasure. Try not to get deviated from it.” Bi Fan said.
“So now we can’t even fight? This is really disappointing!” Zi Wei whispered to herself.
“Relax! Fighting is inevitable. I hope that you are not scared.” Jing Feng smiled.
“Jing Feng, these people are not powerful enough to scare us off!” Hong Yan snapped back.
Obviously, Hong Yan was greatly angered, but she didn’t want to lose her calm especially in Zi Wei’s presence.
Bi Fan had not ordered anyone to enter the fight yet. He was waiting for the most opportune moment.
In the valley, more and more people were getting killed with every passing moment.
Several of the ‘Emerging from the womb’ layer fighters had already sustained severe injuries by now, and didn’t seem to have much of their strength left to continue.
“Attack!” Finally the opportunity arrived, and Bi Fan waved his hand forward.