Chapter 98: The Fall of the Duan Family
Gu Tailai, Duan Xilai, Duan Hongxue, and the others were all struck by the feeling that a massive mountain had crashed down upon them. The two massive Battle Spirits shrank slightly in stature, and the weapon-type Battle Spirits wielded by Family Leaders Sun and Wang also dimmed significantly.
Everyone’s expressions changed drastically.
There was no one who possessed such immense power in the surrounding counties!
‘Just who was the true owner of the Colosseum?’
‘Could it be… that they were unfortunate enough to have actually stumbled upon a spy from an enemy kingdom?’
All of them were rooted to the spot as chills ran down their spines.
Finally, an extremely thin and slightly hunched-over figure appeared before everyone.
Everyone’s eyes widened in disbelief!
Gu Tailai shuddered as he exclaimed, “Master Nine?!”
The man who had just appeared was none other than one of the important figures, that they had seen at the Mist Willow Mountain Villa the day prior; he was Yan Nine from the Yan family of Yun Xiao City!
Duan Xilai, Duan Hongxue, and the other two family leaders were also astonished.
‘What’s going on?’
‘Why is Master Yan Nine here? How is he related to the Colosseum? And how is he related to Yan Thirteen? Wait… Yan NINE? Yan THIRTEEN?’
The similarities in the names finally led them to an abrupt realization!
Yan Nine and Yan Thirteen were definitely closely related to one another!
Yan Nine strode slowly over to where everyone was. He appeared to be quite thin and frail, but his mountainous aura struck them with a sense of asphyxiation.
“Hehe, my little brother here may not have done many great things in his lifetime, but I can assure you that he is no foreign spy.”
Yan Nine wore a smile on his face, but that smile somehow only made him even more menacing!
Even if they weren’t blood brothers, for him to refer to Yan Thirteen as his little brother was telling everyone all they needed to know… Gu Tailai and the others were on the verge of tears. They had completely and utterly screwed up!
Gu Tailai trembled uncontrollably as he said in a panicked voice, “Master Nine… I wasn’t aware of your relationship with Master Thirteen… This is all just a misunderstanding!”
Duan Xilai and the others hurriedly chimed in, “That’s right, it was a misunderstanding!”
A red scimitar fell to the ground.
Yan Thirteen chuckled coldly, “So that assassin you sent yesterday was also a misunderstanding?”
Cold sweat began to pour down Duan Xilai’s face. That was Xue Yuesha’s scimitar… There was no mistaking it; he had most definitely been killed by Yan Thirteen the night before!
Just as he was scrambling for an explanation.
Two more people scaled the steps and arrived at the second floor.
They were the two Spirit Martial Stage warriors that Duan Xilai had invited from a neighboring county.
“Family Leader Duan!”
“Has the battle already begun?”
“Die, Yan Thirteen!”
The two people were greeted by the sight of everyone with their Battle Spirits summoned, and they immediately entered the fray, blasting powerful battle techniques at Yan Thirteen.
Yan Nine suddenly raised a hand.
All of a sudden, an invisible wall of energy appeared in mid-air. A vast burst of power kept both of the Spirit Martial Stage warriors’ attacks at bay, before sending them flying!
The two of them made two deep human-shaped indentations in the wall.
Yan Thirteen glared intently at Duan Xilai as a cold smile appeared on his face. “Family Leader Duan, you sure are keen to kill me!”
“No, it’s not like that! Let me explain…”
Duan Xilai wanted to invent an excuse, but Yan Thirteen cut him off, “What is there to explain, after the events that unfolded at the Celestial River Academy a few days ago?”
Duan Xilai’s expression darkened.
He knew that there was no way he could talk himself out of that hole!
At that moment, Yan Thirteen suddenly said, “Brother Nine, I want to kill someone.”
Yan Nine replied indifferently, “Go ahead.”
“Don’t you dare!”
Duan Xilai let loose an explosive roar. He wasn’t just going to sit around and allow himself to be killed! He activated his Black Winged Tiger Battle Spirit with all his might, and yelled in a loud voice as he charged toward Yan Nine, “Everyone, attack! Those two won’t be able to take on all of us!”
However, before anyone had time to react, Yan Nine had raised his hand, and what seemed to be a length of rope appeared from thin air. The Black Winged Tiger was then instantly bound, and completely immobilized.
The other end of the rope also tied up Duan Xilai! No matter how much he struggled, he couldn’t break free.
“Save your energy. My Brother Nine’s God Binding Rope Battle Spirit has managed to immobilize even Earth Martial Stage powerful beings…” Yan Thirteen sighed as he strode over to Duan Xilai, “Your Duan family has been far too arrogant for far too long. You’re always trying to stomp everyone beneath your feet, and now, you reap what you sow; you’ve finally stepped onto a nail…”
Duan Xilai finally began to beg for mercy, “Master Thirteen, I was blinded by my greed! You can have any treasure you like from our Duan family!”
“Treasures? I’m not interested in those… However, I really do need something from you to give to my friend.”
“What is it?”
Before Duan Xilai even had a chance to react, his head had already been detached from his body and was rolling around on the ground. Throughout the entire process, he didn’t even know how he had been decapitated.
Duan Hongxue’s head also fell to the ground.
Family Leader Sun drew a sharp breath. At the same time, he noticed that there was a barely noticeable object sitting on Yan Thirteen’s palm. It was a blade as thin as a cicada wing, and it most definitely wasn’t a weapon; it was a Battle Spirit!
He came to a sudden realization. “God Binding Rope? Life Harvesting Blade? I remember now; you two were the prince’s…”
“Keep it to yourself!”
Yan Thirteen cut him off.
Family Leader Sun immediately shut his mouth.
“As for the rest of you…” Yan Thirteen appraised Gu Tailai and the two family leaders as if they were his playthings, “If you don’t want to end up like them, then you’ll have to do something for me.”
“What is it?”
“Destroy the Duan family!”
Sun Changyu’s eyes widened with shock upon hearing his father’s recount of events. “That’s way too cruel! So the Duan family was destroyed just like that? And the mayor was involved as well?”
In his eyes, the Duan family was an almighty colossus!
How could they have been destroyed that easily?
Furthermore, the Duan family had several hundred members; killing all of them was a heinous crime!
Family Leader Sun heaved a faint sigh, “In their eyes, our supposed major families are no different to underprivileged warriors… How do you think the seven major families were able to dominate the capital for over a millennium? They’ve done it through being decisive and heartless. Anyone who offends them will suffer devastating consequences… Their reputation is one that is forged upon countless dead bodies!”