I stretched out and left the dorm and headed to the arena with Changin Dojang.
‘It’s called death poison.’
The conversation I had with Seoyeon Dang the night before flashed through my mind.
[It’s a sound poison.]
[It’s an extreme poison comparable to the Seven Soul Poison.]
[……!] The Seven
Soul Poison, the extreme poison of Tang family’s vision.
I knew well about its power.
It was useful when dealing with a vampire demon, but more than anything, it was the item that drove me to death in my past life.
A poison comparable to that of the Seven Horned Poison.
Naturally, vigilance had no choice but to increase.
[If you are poisoned, your entire body will become paralyzed and you will have difficulty breathing, leading to death.] [
It appears to be a type of neurotoxin.]
[I am not sure. This is because I am only talking about the symptoms that are apparent on the outside. Since it is a product made by mixing several types of poison, it is not surprising if there are other symptoms.]
It reminded me of the day before when a man in black and a warrior in fancy clothes had a match.
As soon as the warrior dressed in fancy clothes kicked the ground, he stiffened as if he had been made of wood or stone and fell straight to the ground.
And before long, he stopped breathing.
‘It is highly likely that sound poison was applied to the memorization emitted by the person in black. That means the next opponent is also Dokgok’s assassin.’
Although he came from the same background as the fighter he faced in the second round of the finals, his level of achievement was clearly different.
It was never easy to see.
[I have only heard about it through records, but this is my first time seeing it in real life.]
[Then you don’t know how to detoxify it?]
[It is possible to manufacture antidote. In the past, when a war broke out between the Southern Manchurian and Central Plains Wulin, there was a record of Tang family members manufacturing various seaweeds.] [
Then, can you manufacture seaweeds right now?]
[Yes. Before leaving for South Manchuria, I researched materials in advance and copied down important information. [If only I had a few ingredients…]
I took out insurance in case of an emergency.
Even if he got poisoned during the match, he wouldn’t die.
“I’ve been meaning to ask this for a while.”
“What is your relationship with Tang Xiaoje?”
Changin Dojang, who was walking next to me, asked a question.
I suddenly looked back at him with an expression as if asking why he was asking such a question.
“I don’t think it’s an ordinary relationship.”
“We’ve known each other for quite some time.”
“I heard that he accompanied you when you headed to Gwiju to subdue the Iron Blood Demon Army and also attended the 80th birthday party held at Namgung House.”
“Before that, we even went on river trips together.”
“An old acquaintance. Is it simply that?”
“What answer do you want to hear?”
“Are you asking because you really don’t know?”
“I’m asking because I really don’t know.”
“You act like an old man who has lived the rest of the world, but somehow you become less tactful than a Taoist monk.”
“That’s it. “I have no hobby of meddling in other people’s business.”
Changin Dojang, who was staring at this with a puzzled look on his face, shook his head and quickened his pace.
I stared at the back and tilted my head.
I couldn’t understand why they were suddenly asking about my relationship with Seoyeon Tang.
It took a while to move around in an awkward atmosphere.
I played with the damro (湛盧) tied to my waist and drew a wry smile at the corner of my mouth.
It wasn’t easy to pretend to be a man with no sense.
* * *
The sound of a horn rang out.
The fourth round of the finals has begun.
The reflection aimed at the nape of the neck was blocked by the brain energy membrane and fell to the ground.
Even though the surprise attack ended in vain, the man in black was unfazed.
He calmly took a step back, widened the distance between himself and memorized various techniques.
‘This is not an opponent you can win by fighting while hiding your level.’
After taking a short breath, I immediately unfolded my ghost beam and chased my opponent.
I had no intention of launching an exploration war.
When dealing with someone who is good at poisoning and poisoning, it was better to push through with a quick decision.
There was nothing good about wasting time.
He pulled out a sword from his waist and swung it.
This was the first time a sword was used in competition.
The third herbivorous full moon.
The sword’s trajectory drew a large circle.
Memories caught in the path bounced and flew in all directions.
A dagger the size of a fist flies in with a fierce attack.
A thin layer of strong energy covering the surface was noticeable.
It was an attack with power that could not be underestimated, but because the path was straight, it was easy to avoid.
What you really had to be wary of wasn’t the dagger.
It was a small reflection flying secretly, hiding in the shadows.
The fist, engulfed in strong energy, collided with the dagger, creating a roar.
He tilted his head sharply to avoid being seen and immediately narrowed the distance to the opponent.
The cheers from the audience echoed loudly throughout the stadium.
It was a match of such a high level that it could not be compared to any matches that had been played so far.
Even an ordinary person who was not familiar with martial arts would clearly feel the difference.
‘It reminds me of the old days.’
It reminded me of the times when we danced at the party’s dance hall in the past.
The overall aspect of the fight was very different from then.
The man in black continued to keep his distance and keep me in check, and I relentlessly chased after him and swung my sword.
Did he feel threatened by the gradually decreasing distance?
The man in black released the whip tied to his belt and swung it.
A whip that moves like a living snake, striking forward, left, and right.
Add to this the occasional memorization, and my hands and feet quickly became dizzy.
Quad deud deuk!
The ground was hollowed out like tofu.
When I looked closely, I saw sharp thorns growing on the surface of the whip.
If it had been hit directly, the flesh would have been torn into pieces.
‘It’s quite tricky.’
The martial arts skills of the man in black were secret and sharp.
Above all, there were no gaps.
I knew very well how to maintain a stable advantage when dealing with experts of the same level.
‘At this level, he would be at the top level in Dokgok.’
It seemed that Dokgokju had made a decision and dispatched talented people.
However, I thought that Dokgokju couldn’t have participated in the competition himself and that he was merely a disciple who inherited his progress.
‘Well, I’ll think about that later.’
The war of attrition without an answer could not continue forever.
If it was a long game, this was the disadvantage.
Even now, the opponent will continue to poison the stadium.
The elder of the Beast Palace, who took on the role of referee, had already taken refuge in a corner of the stadium.
He kicked the ground hard and jumped.
The energy that had been swaying along the surface of the sword rose and took on a clear shape.
The white thunder energy overlaid on the sword.
For the first time, a look of embarrassment appeared on the black man’s face.
It seemed like he instinctively sensed danger.
The fourth herbivorous month (斬月).
A sword strike that cuts through the moon.
The power of the sword strike was greatly amplified due to the use of special internal power.
As it is a monotonous herbivore, the trajectory is easy to read, but depending on the situation, it can be very useful.
For example, when you push your opponent hard.
The tip of the whip was cut off with a harsh friction sound, and the blade fell on the head of the man in black.
The man in black did not dare to fight back and bit Shinhyeong.
As soon as my feet touched the ground, I chased after my opponent.
The fifth herbivorous half moon.
The sword soared in a gentle curve and fell down the moment it reached its peak.
The man in black, who had escaped the sword road with an amazing walking technique, looked down at the long cut on his chest and shed tears.
I was aiming for this moment.
I swung the sword, which I held with both hands, strongly sideways.
The released sword force swept the front lines roughly.
A cloud of dust arose along with the explosion.
My vision was blocked, but I didn’t care and fired the new model.
Even if you couldn’t see it with your eyes, you could accurately determine the opponent’s location through your senses.
The twenty-fourth herbivorous month (天月).
Following the sword’s path, the remaining remnants crumbled and turned into countless energy swords.
The price of overdoing it and wasting a lot of energy was high.
For a moment, I felt empty in my stomach.
The feeling of nausea rose up.
The problem was not whether there was more or less inner strength.
Originally, herbivory that required high output was accompanied by recoil.
‘When we capture victory, we will definitely finish.’
All of the hundreds and thousands of swords were real.
A wave of swords rushes in, filling the entire front.
As a person in black who was pushed and pushed into a corner, he would never be able to hold on.
* * *
The man in black let out a faint groan as he waved his wrist and removed the whip that covered his entire face.
Blood flowed from the corner of the mouth.
Although I only competed a few rounds, I suffered quite a few internal injuries.
‘What such ignorance.’
Until the middle, he was clearly leading the flow.
But it quickly turned upside down.
I never thought that I would be cornered by a tactic that simply involved pushing with force.
‘Didn’t you say that it was a late index that had just passed the terms and conditions?’
However true it may be, does it make sense to say that a 21-year-old young man is not only at the level of the flower world, but also a power that overwhelms him?
A hard feeling from the back.
In the midst of all the chaos, it seemed like they were cornered into the corner of the stadium.
‘This can’t be the end.’
If the previous unreasonable attacks were intended to push the opponent into a corner, there would be one last move left to catch the prey that had been cornered.
just as expected.
A terrifying wave of energy was transmitted through the skin.
Cursing words naturally flowed out.
A wave of swords surging in.
I knew the moment I saw it that it was not an illusion.
There was no place to escape.
Even if you protect your body with self-defense, you won’t be fine.
After making a split-second decision, he threw out his left hand, engulfed in strength, and struck the wall behind him.
The wall caved in with a loud noise.
* * *
I lowered my sword and laughed.
Cheonwol (天月) was an herbivorous type that was difficult to use in actual combat due to its high internal energy consumption and low effectiveness.
However, it was also an herbivore that, once properly deployed, could surely finish off the opponent.
‘I never thought they would destroy herbivorous food like that.’
A moment of crisis.
The man in black broke the wall of the stadium to create space and crumpled his body into it.
He then covered his entire face with a whip and used self-defense to protect his body.
‘No matter how you look at it, it doesn’t seem to be big enough for a person to fit in. Have you learned the axial bone technique?’
He seemed to have mastered all kinds of unusual skills, just in case someone came from Dokgok.
The man in black came out of the wall and set his feet on the ground.
Stone debris fell to the ground.
Although the damage was minimal, that didn’t mean the man in black was completely unharmed.
His blood-covered clothes were in tatters, and blood was flowing from large and small wounds all over his body.
I took a deep breath and straightened my posture.
Although it was an unexpected situation, there was no need to be scared.
Victory was still on my side.
At that time, the man in black threw the whip on the floor and opened his mouth.
“I will surrender.”