Tang Xiu was taken aback since his full power strike turned out to be unable to kill the four vampires directly, only causing them to suffer heavy losses. He had learned the vampire ranks from Shanjenna and therefore guessed that these four vampires were at least at the Count rank.
Count! Shanjenna said to him that in the entire Western vampire race those who had reached the rank of Count numbered less than 20. But today, there were four of them at once, which forced Tang Xiu to be careful.
"They should be from the Stygian Club, Boss. We've wrecked that Werewolf already, but then he was saved by these four vampires," said Jin Shi bitterly.
"Those four vampires are very powerful indeed," Tang Xiu slowly nodded. "Wanting to inflict heavy losses or killing them would be very difficult unless I use some of the cards up my sleeves. Now that the real enemy has appeared, we have to be extra cautious in our next move, else we are likely to die on this Mist Source Island."
"Understood!" Everyone replied with solemnity.
Immediately after, Tang Xiu returned to the hotel with his men. Yu Shuqing, who led the members of the Phantom Special Combat Squad, had found the person in charge of the hotel at present, a middle-aged man whose complexion was pale.
"We've already opened the room, Mr. Tang. You can use it at any time. This is the door card of the room." Yu Shuqing respectfully handed over a stack of room cards.
Tang Xiu ignored the administrator of the hotel, received the room cards, and then directly found the room and went inside.
In the forest outside the city, about tens of kilometers away from the hotel, four vampires, with one having their wings cut off, were fleeing into the bushes with fear, while the seriously wounded Werewolf was struggling and begging in front of them. And yet, all the blood essence inside his body was sucked by the four vampires in just half a minute, directly killing him.
"What a loathsome shit!"
A vampire wiped the blood from the corner of his mouth and kicked the withered body of the Werewolf. He angrily growled, "That fucking bastard is too strong, even the four of us collaborating are not his match at all. The way I see it, we have zero chance of catching him."
Another vampire with bloodshot eyes commented, "Legend has it the Chinese cultivators are descendants of the legendary Oriental celestial immortals. They have been veiled in mystery and similarly have mysterious abilities. Those who were levied in the Crusades in the past ended up miserable when facing these Oriental cultivators. Little did I think we would bump into these Orientals cultivators. We have to notify the leader about this."
"I already saw everything."
A hazy shadow appeared, revealing a pale young man donned in black attire. His two fangs were especially long and sharp, while a chilling and sinister aura emanated from him. While holding a black spherical metal ball in his hand, his scarlet eyes swept over the Werewolf's corpse tens of meters away, but not the slight fluctuation could be seen on his cold face.
"Chief." The four vampires saluted him.
Basil. It was the name of this young-looking vampire, a trusted subordinate of Keith Moore, one of the eight highest-ranked bigwigs of the Stygian Club.
"We must proceed with the command of Lord Keith Moore, there's no turning back—even if we have to offer our lives to our primogenitor, Cain. This Oriental cultivator, Tang Xiu, is no doubt very strong, and the might of his sword is very powerful. I myself am highly likely to be gravely injured if I fight him. Hence, there's only one way to capture him now, to make use of the Blood Poison."
Basil flipped his hand and took out a porcelain bottle. Handing it to one of the vampires, he said, "Use your stealth mode and strike from the dark. Find a chance when he is distracted and put this Blood Poison in his meal. Even if he is an Oriental ascetic, his power will be constrained by the Blood Poison for a short period of time. He will turn into a reptile that has no power to kill a chicken at all."
The four vampires stared at the porcelain bottle with fear in their eyes. They were Bloodkin, and they knew the potent might of this Blood Poison. They may be Count-ranked vampires, but they too would have their power greatly weakened once struck with this Blood Poison, whereas the other divergent races would completely lose their strength, and would undoubtedly die even if they could last for several days.
"We'll definitely finish the task, Chief!" Replied the vampire with a solemn face while holding the porcelain bottle.
"From the intel I received, one of the Pyramids' ten War Elders, the War Intelligence Elder Wu Jie, has recently sent people to study the antidote of the Darkening Virus. Our plan will be greatly affected once his people successfully study it. According to Lord Keith, the War Intelligence Elder Wu Jie will definitely send his men to obstruct us in capturing Tang Xiu, so do pay extra attention to the Pyramid's people when you carry your mission. Kill them on sight!"
"Understood!" The four vampires had their complexions slightly changed and their killing aura surged.
Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Tang Xiu sat cross-legged on the bed while silently cultivating his Heavenly Art of Cosmic Genesis. With the changes of his Dantian space, he had more Primal Chaos Force to use. Previously, he could only use his Primal Chaos Force for two hours in unceasing consumption, but now, he could use it for ten hours.
Nonetheless, he also found a problem he had quite a headache about after the transformation. That was, the difficulty he would face later to increase his body's strength as he would need to absorb more stars' energy. He couldn't even see its end point. After all, the world inside his dantian was very big. If he had to grow every one of the hundreds of millions of planets into the size the true planet was, not even 10,000 years were enough for him to achieve it with his current cultivation speed.
"I first thought I would be invincible once I reached the Peak of the Viscera Transformation Stage of the Heavenly Art of Cosmic Genesis. Never did I expect that Earth not only has other cultivators but also has Vampires and other Demi-humans. The Count-ranked vampires have slightly inferior strength to mine, while the strength of Marquis-ranked should be comparable to mine. In the case I were to encounter a Duke-ranked or even a higher-ranked one, King of Vampires, I don't think I have another choice but to run away."
Tang Xiu opened his eyes, left the bed and went to the window. There, he looked at the faint light appearing on the horizon outside, absorbed into his thoughts. He had many combat techniques, escaping methods, and a lot of life preservation means. And yet, he would still be injured if he had to face a genuine powerhouse even if he could escape to see another day.
Not to mention that he also brought Mo Awu and the others to Mist Source Island this time. He would never abandon them and run away even if he was really in danger.
"I need to manufacture array disks!"
Tang Xu pulled the curtains and brought out a massive number of jades from his interspatial ring to refine array disks. His current strength was rather low, thus he couldn't set up a big array with a mighty power in a very short time. Only by using this array disks could he instantly form a powerful array to trap the enemies and kill them.
Whole two days were spent with Tang Xiu not eating, drinking, nor sleeping, as he fully devoted himself to refine array disks. He had refined 50 array disks in total within these two days, including one set of the most powerful Scintillating Stars Array. He was confident of killing even Duke-ranked vampires with the aid of this array.
As Tang Xiu closed the door and stepped out in the corridor, he saw Mo Awu, Jin Shi, and the others were all cross-legged. After they got up in succession, he asked, "Have those guys of the Phantom squad left yet?"
"No. They haven't left yet," said Mo Awu. "They said they will be waiting for us to leave before going back."
"Alright. Let's go, then! We'll go straight through this Mixed Summit City and head to the mountain to have a look," said Tang Xiu. "If there are people trailing us, we'll let them follow us as long as they do not attack."
"We won't directly kill them?" asked Mo Awu, confused.
"Don't you think that killing the enemies in the deep-forested mountain is more fun than killing them in the city?" asked Tang Xiu.
Mo Awu looked dull for a moment before he understood Tang Xiu's intention. Then, he said, "You don't want to expose our identity in front of ordinary people? Understood. We know what to do."
Shortly after, everyone came to the lobby on the first floor. When Tang Xiu saw Yu Shuqing and the others waiting there, he immediately said, "Don't forget what we've discussed before. Also, I'll treat the Phantom squad to a drink when we go back later."
"We'll prepare the banquet and await your triumphal return," said Yu Shuqing quickly.
Tang Xiu smiled lightly and strode out of the hotel. At this moment, the feeling that he was being monitored appeared again, but he ignored it and did not even release his spiritual sense. After boarding the car, the four cars then hit the road quickly.
After two hours of travel, the four cars had bypassed the Mixed Summit City and were now only a dozen kilometers away from the mountain in the center of Mist Source Island. From here, they could faintly see the mist-shrouded mountain about more than a dozen kilometers ahead. However, the top of the mountain was fully covered by fog and they were unable to see the majestic palace.
"Two groups of people are tracking us on the left and right of our rear, Boss."
Mo Awu, who was driving, could not bear it anymore and reported after having observed for a long time.
"Let them continue following us," Tang Xiu sneered. "I want to see what their ultimate goals are."
Mo Awu nodded, and then accelerated. As time went by, they soon came to a spot a few kilometers away from the mountain foot.
"How high is this mountain, exactly?"
After getting off the car, Tang Xiu looked up at the big mountain and asked.
"We tried measuring it with our eyes previously, but to no avail," Zidan interjected. "We have no way to measure its exact height with vision, but from estimation, it should be at least a kilometer."
Tang Xiu then observed the scenery from the halfway up to the foot of the mountain that was covered with mist, while the mountainside to the summit was clearly visible. A smile appeared on the corner of his mouth as he could determine that this mountain was indeed covered in a huge array. This array, however, was quite mysterious. Even though he had yet to try venturing inside, he had no means to completely see through the mystery of this array.
"Let's leave the cars here. You will all go with me and we'll try to get inside."
"Boss, I'm afraid we can't get in for a while."
Mo Awu stared at the left rear. There was a murderous glint in his eyes as he instantly released his flying sword to hover around him.
Chapter 758: Killing Enemies Under Sword Formation
Tang Xiu glanced at the distance, his murderous intention soaring in an instant. Five lightning-like forms flashed from the edge of the woods some kilometers away as though they were sharp arrows unleashed from a bow. In just a few breaths, they had dashed in front of them.
Basil's cold eyes fell on Tang Xiu. He was currently vexed and annoyed inside as the Darksoul squad members under him had been in surveillance for two days, and also snuck into the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Yet, they still couldn't put the Blood Poison into Tang Xiu's meal, since Tang Xiu neither ate nor drank anything during these two days.
Tang Xiu glanced at the four vampires behind Basil and was instantly able to identify them. They were the ones who chased Jin Shi and the others two days ago, and then were forced to retreat by his sword. It seemed their injuries were better already.
"You're also a member of the Stygian Club?"
With the graceful bearing and elegance of a noble, Basil used his slender white fingers to fiddle with the metal ball as he nodded and said, "We are Sir Keith Moore's subordinates from the Stygian Club indeed. Those assassination agents from before were very rude towards you, Mr. Tang, and thus we've already executed the escaped werewolf. Our Lord has been wishing to see you, Mr. Tang, so I hope you can give us face and follow us."
"He wants me to see him and yet you ask me to go?" Tang Xiu sneered. "This is Chinese territory, yet he's still this arrogant? This is really more than enough to kick his ass. SCRAM… and tell that guy that he had better move his ass if he wants to see me. I might go to see him if I'm in a good mood."
Basil stopped fiddling with the metal ball instantly, a murderous glint flashing in his chilling-cold eyes. Then, he said coldly, "I know all of you are all Oriental cultivators, Mr. Tang. But I've seen the strength of your men and they can never beat my Darksoul squad. You yourself indeed have some skills to be proud of, but I'm afraid it won't be enough to show them off before me. Hence, please follow us if you don't want us to fully suck all the blood of you and your men."
"Are you threatening me?" Tang Xiu sneered and ordered, "Awu, replace Zidan and form the Decagon Sword Formation. I'll personally fix this brat if he dares to move."
Mo Awu, Jin Shi, and the others stood up and instantly released their flying swords to hover around them. Basil only looked at them with contempt and instantly retreated 100 meters. The four vampires grinned and licked their lips, pulling cane knives from the sheaths on their backs. It was their Bloodkin's outstanding spirit weapon, the Stygian Demon Blade that blossomed dark lights.
"Defeat his men and capture him!"
A vampire Count grinned hideously. As he spread his wings, he dashed toward Mo Awu in a flash, as he raised the cane blade and hacked down to divide Mo Awu into two halves.
In the face of death, Mo Awu did not panic but shouted loudly. His flying sword instantly grouped with the other nine flying swords as his figure disappeared in a flash to catch up with Jin Shi and the others, who were already floating mid air. While they trod on the void, their figures turned imaginary and erratically, drifting from spot to spot.
"KILL THEM AND DRINK THEIR BLOOD!"
The four vampires also streaked to the sky. Their individual strength was a level stronger than Jin Shi and the others, so they slashed their four Stygian Demon Blades, attempting to kill the ten men.
While Basil, who stood 100 meters away, wore a smile. Two days ago his four Darksoul members were able to chase after Tang Xiu's men and got them beaten. And now, in his eyes, they would finally kill them. Their ending was already fixed even if they changed another man.
He really could not understand as to why Tang Xiu would be this stupid. Did he not see how distressed and miserable his men were as a result of the battle two days ago?
More than a kilometer away from them.
Several men and women hiding on the other side of the forest could clearly see the scene of the battle, whereas Siou, one among them, tightly gripped a stiletto and looked enthusiastic.
"Big Bro Siou, it seems like we don't need to move right now. Basil is now having his Darksoul members getting into action, so we'll be able to benefit as the third party," A cute girl donned in a black leather coat spoke in a whisper with a smile on her face.
"Yeah. You're right," Siou nodded and smilingly said. "No matter who wins and loses, they both will end up losing and we'll be able to remove all of them the moment we appear. Hehehe… War Intelligence Elder will definitely reward us handsomely."
"I really can't wait to see them end up suffering mutually," The girl giggled. "Anyways, who do you think will win between them, Brother Siou?"
"It should be Basil, of course," said Siou. "Don't tell me you haven't noticed it yet! Basil's Blood Brother, Alody, has yet to appear, and you too know he's much stronger than him."
The smile on the girl's face receded like a tide, hatred now suffused in her eyes, She then said with thick resentment, "Alody, huh? This damned vampire bastard! He's the one who caught me in the past and imprisoned me in the Blood Pool for 14 years. He ruined my mental ability and also my killed my big sis. I must kill him myself today, and let his soul burn in Hellfire…"
Siou grabbed her hand and scolded her, "Contain your aura! Else they will notice you."
"Alright!" The girl suppressed her hatred and firmly nodded.
Near the mist-shrouded mountain, ten blurred figures constantly flashed as the ten flying swords were transformed into thousands of sword images that formed layers of blooming lotus made of overlapping sword lights. As the shadows of the four Stygian Demon Blades came hacking at them, one of the sword light lotuses instantly detached and collided with the blade lights.
Two auras clashed and burst into a thunderous deafening explosion. As the sword light lotus was torn into pieces, the four Demon Blades turned similarly fragile, but its blade lights were still sweeping upwards. The first clash between them showed that the four vampires were much stronger. However, in just a flash moment, the situation was reversed 360 degrees, as another wave of the separated sword light lotus directly countered the blade lights.
The four vampires had a change in expressions. They quickly swayed their bodies in uncanny ways, floating upward for several meters to escape the sword light lotus that kept crashing down at them.
Mo Awu roared. The Decagon Sword Formation that had been completely formed instantly crashed down, covering the four vampires. The Lotus flower sword lights emerged out of the blue and stormed over toward the four Count-ranked vampires.
"DAMN! WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS THING?"
A vampire Count smashed two sword lights, but his body was contaminated by more and more sword light lotuses. Immediately, his body was battered with a terrifying wound as his blood splashed. The other three vampires were also facing similar predicaments. Along with the increase of sword light lotuses, more and more wounds were carved on their bodies, and even their flapping wings were also wounded in just a few seconds, slowing down their speed a lot.
A vampire roared and instantly caught up to gather with the other three vampires. They frantically slashed their Stygian Demon Blades and smashed hundreds of sword light lotuses in one go.
"YOU ARE COURTING DEATH!"
Mo Awu snorted and flung toward the vampire's front. His flying sword pierced the vampire's chest and kicked him flying backward. In the next moment, Jin Shi's form appeared in an instant and stabbed the vampire's throat with his flying sword. Nearly in a flash, after he stabbed him, his palm also clapped the vampire's head, while Xue Sha then followed suit…
Puff! Puff! Puff…
The three-dimensional sword formation consisting of sword light lotuses, and amid the flashing forms of ten figures, inflicted great damage to the four vampires, and the several wounds were absolutely fatal to them.
Mo Awu's group of ten finally stopped attacking and instantly seized their respective flying swords. At the moment, they surrounded the four vampires and hacked them lightning fast!
Shrill screams sounded from the four vampires' mouths. Two vampire Counts had their bodies disintegrated by the sword lights as pieces of their flesh fell one by one, raining down blood. The other two vampire Counts, one of which was crushed and smashed to the ground, completely lost his aura, while the last vampire Count was heavily smashed to the ground, dying accompanied by splattering layers of dust.
"How is this possible?"
The tragic situation left Basil stupefied. The massacre shocked him too much. He was full of confidence that his four subordinates would be able to decimate Tang Xiu's men. Who would have thought that the result turned out the other way around…
Vexed… distressed! His heart was simply bleeding!!
It had to be noted that his four subordinates were Count-ranked vampires and also his most powerful underlings, from which he was able to have a higher status in the Stygian Club. Else, by relying on only the strength of his and his Blood Brother, it was impossible for them to be taken seriously in the club.
Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!
Mo Awu's group of ten descended from the sky and stood in a neat order in front of Tang Xiu. Other than having their bodies stained with the four vampires' blood, they did not suffer any injuries at all.
"Great job!!!" Tang Xiu applauded. "Count-ranked vampire are just mediocre."
Basil flashed to the side of the battered and only living subordinate he had now. When he checked his injury, he felt a bit better inside since his Core Nucleus was not crushed despite having grave injuries. Hence, there was still hope for him to survive.
At this moment, Tang Xiu appeared in front of Mo Awu's group of ten in a flash. As he unleashed the long swords, a sudden burst of power that could tear the sky and devastate the earth asunder was instantly swept out and inundated Basil and the wounded vampire Count. The might of a hundred meters' sword image greatly increased after absorbing the Heaven Earth energy as it struck Basil. It was just one strike, but the blow made Basil instantly turn frantic. His figure instantly vanished and flashed backwards 100 meters. He had not the time to rescue his subordinate at all, leaving him to be cleaved into two halves.
Despite escaping, Basil had already been hit by the sword qi, and his bleeding wound looked especially terrible.
An obscure shadow suddenly swept away from Tang Xiu's side.
Tang Xiu's pupils shrunk, and the invisible crisis made all his hair become erect in an instant. He had no time to release his spiritual sense, relying only on his superhuman perception and instincts to brandish his long sword to the left.