The Martial Path
Chapter 1: The Light of Dawn!
A seemingly endless dark plain filled with the miserable corpses of both, humans and fey alike.
The scene around Di Feng could exactly be described with those few words.
He, a fifteen year old boy, stood upright while holding with his right hand a black spear of about nine feet in lenght that currently pointed straight at the eyebrows of the shadowy figure of a tall man.
With an indifferent expression on his handsome face and with his body tattered and semi covered in blood, Di Feng's azure eyes looked coldly at the opponent in front of him, one that he was about to fight for what he thought would be the one hundred thousandth time.
This current scenario had already made him numb and he no longer felt scared, nor did he feel any fear, panic or anxiousness in the presence of such gore.
Even that long forgotten awe he had for the man in front was something of the past.
But even then, he kept on coming here because he needed to defeat this man, he needed to win! If he didn't win, he would remain a useless trash forever!
The figure of the man in front of him was obscured and because of that he seemed just like a shadow. Only two azure lights that glowed brightly on his head that seemed his eyes could be clearly seen. Those eyes watched him with a fixed stare that seemed to regard him as prey.
In his left hand, the man held a ten foot long crimson lance which currently pointed straight at the ground.
A desolate atmosphere filled the battlefield while Di Feng abruptly released a rolling killing intent as he stared at the man in front of him, ready to attack at any time.
Di Feng's eyes flashed and he moved, thrusting his spear forwards! He seemed to become one with the spear as his figure rushed at the man.
Dark energy shrouded the tip of the spear, rotating in a spiral. As it passed thorought the void, that dark energy appeared to consume all light.
The man clearly saw what Di Feng was doing but he clearly did not paid it much attention, his attitude calm and unhurried.
It was only when Di Feng got a bit closer that the man moved. He stepped forwards and moved his lance to meet Di Feng's. All the while, his azure eyes never looking away from Di Feng.
Di Feng coldly snorted. His spear strike suddenly accelerated. Flashing after images were left in its wake while space distorted in front!
This strike resembled the dive of a black dragon as a tyrannical aura was released from the dark spear.
Meanwhile, all time seemed to slow down around the duo while killing intent raged wantonly about!
Their clash gave the impresion that it could crack the earth and divide the skies!
Di Feng's heart started beating erraticaly at this point. He couldn't help it, victory was too important for him and he thought that he could finally have it today.
In Di Feng's eyes, the only thing that remained was that crimson lance, which didn't emit any kind of special aura, nor did it even seem to release energy.
Their clash was inminent!
The man's azure eyes lit up and a pitch black glow seemed to flash from them.
"You, have not grasped yet the true meaning of darkness..."
A grim and almost mechanic voice resounded in Di Feng's ears, causing him to almost falter from surprise and his eyes to widen in disbelief at what happened next...
The man's crimson lance turned completely black and all light around it dissapeared. The crimson lance itself resembled a black hole as even sound was consumed in its wake. Even the shadows and spatial distortions produced by Di Feng's spear strike were devoured!
The difference was just too great... This was a much more advanced boundary of the power of darkness than Di Feng's.
The tremendous amounts of dark energy and strength accumulated on his spear strike were cleanly devoured in a split second before even colliding with the dark lance who continued on in its trajectory towards him.
As it got near, his right arm started to disintegrate till it completely dissapeared.
Di Feng's azure eyes were wide, complete disbelief showing on them as he experienced this. He could feel no pain, just absolute emptiness start to consume him, while his entire body started crumbling...
The man's voice seemed to come from the abyss of hell as it reached his ear. A cold and indifferent feeling was transmitted over. Amidst that coldness, a strange kind of appreciation could barely be felt.
"You passed, do not dissapoint me..."
And in the next instant, his sense of self completely dissapeared with his mind turning black.
The full moon hung high in the sky while the stars shone brightly, bathing the world with their astral light.
Near an expansive forest filled with vegetation but almost no animal life, an ordinary wooden house was built. Currently, black mist was coming out of this wooden house, spreading towards the surroundings in a slow fashion.
An aura of gloom was carried out by the black mist wherever it went.
Going inside the house, one could see that it only had a living room, two dorms and only one bathroom. And inside the house, the black mist was even thicker while a faint aura of tyranny could be felt from it. If one looked at the dorm to the right, one would notice that the black mist was seeping out of it.
On that room, a young man lay on the bed, with his body drenched in sweat and his clothes stuck tightly onto his flesh. His brows furrowed and his mouth clenched. From time to time, he would tremble and his body would glow with a faint red before releasing some black mist.
Abruptly, the enchanting figure of a woman wearing white clothes stepped thorought the void and appeared in front of the young man.
Quietly, she stood there and stared with mixed emotions at the young man.
"It seems that you finally succeeded..."
She sighed quietly as memories flashed thorough her soul and made her feel melancholic as well as somewhat sad and lonely. But when she looked at the young man, a smile filled with gentleness washed away her complicated mood.
As time passed, the black mist only became thicker while the crimson glow being emitted by the young man became more frequent.
Minutes passed, hours went by and dawn finally arrived...
Now, all black mist had retreated back into the young man's body which was currently enveloped by a crimson cocoon. This crimson cocoon emitted an aura of vibrant vitality and gave others a feeling of strength and tyranny.
And at this moment, the cocoon cracked. Red light overflowed as the cocoon crumbled apart and revealed the figure of a naked young man. A loud thumping sound could be heard from within his body, resembling the beating of a heart.
Red light surrounded his body, condensing over and over till finally forming the phantom of a dragon. The dragon flew around his body for some time before it roared and merged with the young man's body.
Cracking sounds resounded as true qi condensed inside his body and opened his first three meridians...
At this moment, the door, that had been forcefully blocking him outside all this while, finally opened...
Faintly, the light of dawn shone from the window and crawled up from the ground all the way towards the sleeping young man, illuminating his body and giving him some degree of warmth....
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