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“Help! There’s a Profound Stage fiend beast here!”
Miserable screams echoed throughout the Black Forest, creating an atmosphere of intense fear.
“Are you kidding me? How can there be a Profound Stage fiend beast?!”
In the distance, another one of the new disciples exclaimed.
“I’m dead meat!”
In a short two minutes, more than a dozen Profound Stage fiend beasts suddenly appeared in this area. Furthermore, they were all aiming for these new disciples, as if they were deliberately targeting them.
Fortunately, the new disciples who were able to last until now were not too bad. Almost at the instant the Profound Stage fiend beast appeared, they activated their jade tablets and summoned their mentors.
Even so, there were still quite a number of new disciples that were affected and suffered heavy injuries.
“Dammit! Where did so many Profound Stage fiend beasts come from?!”
After a mentor saved the new disciple who was nearly torn apart by the fiend beast, he could not help but curse.
In the past, it was not that there were no high-level fiend beasts that entered by mistake, but there had never been so many of them at once.
Although their mentors were all Profound Stage cultivators with great strength, it was simply impossible to kill a single Profound Stage fiend beast under such circumstances, let alone more than ten of them.
“Quick, inform the Branch Hall cultivators and Hall Master Zhang!”
At this point, they had to first ensure the safety of the new disciples. As for why so many Profound Stage fiend beasts suddenly appeared, they could only investigate later.
As soon as he finished speaking, a shrill sound of air being torn apart suddenly came from the distance. Immediately after, this mentor saw that the fiend beast was hit by a beam of golden light. Then, its entire body exploded and turned into ashes. Not even a fiend crystal was left behind.
In just one strike, the Profound Stage fiend beast had been instantly killed!
Both the mentors and the new disciples were dumbfounded.
“Could it be… Uncle-Grandmaster?”
The mentor’s jaw dropped and looked up, only to discover that the source of the shrill sound had long since disappeared.
At the same time, Qin Jue curled his lips and simply stopped in the air, waving a dozen golden lights. These golden lights fell in different directions, descending from the sky and instantly killing all the Profound Stage fiend beasts.
Compared to those protagonists who liked to deliberately hide their cultivation, Qin Jue didn’t care about exposing his strength. It was just that he had always stayed in the Xuanyi Mountain Sect and didn’t have the chance to reveal his strength.
Clapping his hands, Qin Jue took out the wine pot and turned to leave.
As for the mentors and new disciples who witnessed this scene, they gaped in shock. It took them a long time to finally react.
Because of this sudden change of events, the training was ended.
Although Qin Jue made a move in time and killed more than a dozen Profound Stage fiend beasts, there were still many disciples who were injured. Especially now, they didn’t know if more Profound Stage fiend beasts would jump out, so they had to be careful.
Before long, all the new disciples were safely evacuated from the Black Forest under the protection of their mentors, including Luo Weiwei. The injured disciples were sent for treatment, while the remaining disciples gathered on the square.
“What’s going on?!” Zhang Yue asked.
With so many Profound Stage fiend beasts suddenly appearing, as the branch hall master, it would be hard for Zhang Yue to escape responsibility. Therefore, his current mood was extremely terrible.
If Qin Jue hadn’t detected it in advance, the consequences would have been unthinkable!
“I don’t know. We just checked a few days ago. There were no fiend beasts above the Yellow Stage in the vicinity…”
The cultivator from the branch hall was sweating profusely as he spoke fearfully.
“It has nothing to do with them.” Qin Jue took a sip of wine and said, “Those fiend beasts were deliberately driven here.”
“Deliberately driven here?” Zhang Yue was stunned for a moment before his expression changed drastically. “Could it be that someone is secretly targeting the Xuanyi Mountain Sect?”
One had to know that the Sect would organize new disciples to come to the Black Forest every year to train. To a Martial Dao sect, fresh blood was undoubtedly the most important. If someone were to attack these new disciples, then it would cause an extremely heavy blow to the sect and might even cause a generational gap in the sect.
It was precisely because of this that every year, the leader in charge of the new disciples’ training was an Earth Stage elder to prevent any accidents from happening.
“So far, it appears to be so.” Qin Jue nodded slightly.
“Then what should we do next?” one of the mentors couldn’t help but ask.
This was only a branch hall, not the Xuanyi Mountain Sect base. If they were attacked by other factions, it would be difficult for them to defend themselves.
“Haha, let’s wait for those fellows who are secretly making a move to come out. Since they did not succeed, they will definitely not let the matter rest so easily,” Qin Jue calmly said.
Although Qin Jue’s soul came from Earth, he had already lived in this world for 10 years. In addition to the state of mind brought by his invincible strength, he normally reacted very calmly to everything he encountered. This time was no exception.
After all, it was always like this in the novels.
“Should we inform the sect?” Zhang Yue said cautiously.
“No need,” Qin Jue said indifferently. “As long as I’m here, it’ll be fine”
Zhang Yue still wanted to say something, but when he recalled the scene of Qin Jue easily killing a dozen Profound Stage fiend beasts, he tactfully shut his mouth.
When the rest of the hall cultivators heard this, they all assumed a combat-ready posture, preparing to welcome the “enemy” Qin Jue spoke of.
Just as Qin Jue expected, not long after, more than a dozen Profound Stage fiend beasts appeared again in this Black Forest, and all of them had already reached the middle-phase Profound Stage!
This lineup was a force that couldn’t be underestimated even in a Martial Dao sect. If they left the Black Forest, it would be enough to cause a calamity.
Accompanied by a deafening beast roar, a fiend beast covered in scales was the first to rush out of the Black Forest. As though it had a clear goal, it headed straight for the branch hall, scaring many of the new disciples so much that they trembled and nearly turned to flee.
“Do you have a death wish?!”
A few cultivators guarding the branch hall immediately went up to welcome the beast. They were all Profound Stage cultivators and often fought together, so their coordination was extremely tacit. It would not be difficult for them to kill a middle-phase Profound Stage fiend beast.
However, right at this moment, another dozen or so middle-phase Profound Stage fiend beasts rushed out from the forest. All of them were fiendish and incomparably sinister.
“All branch hall cultivators, listen up! Follow me and exterminate these fiend beasts!” Zhang Yue yelled with an unquestionable tone.
For a moment, regardless of whether it was the mentors or the cultivators guarding the branch hall, they all fought with the fiend beasts, erupting with layers of terrifying spirit energy ripples.
After advancing to the Profound Stage, regardless of whether it was cultivator or fiend beast, they could release their spirit energy and kill people without touching them. Therefore, Yellow Stage cultivators could not interfere in the battle between Profound Stage ones, let alone these new disciples who lacked actual combat experience. They could only watch from afar.
Zhang Yue was indeed worthy of being a peak Profound Stage cultivator. He held a big saber in his hand and took on three fiend beasts by himself. Moreover, he seemed to be at ease, steadily gaining the upper hand.
In the end, fiend beasts that had yet to reach the Earth Stage only had their strength to rely on. Compared to humans who had mastered various secret martial techniques, no matter how strong their defense might be, they were still far inferior.
Moreover, as the branch hall master who was stationed here, Zhang Yue often dealt with fiend beasts, so he was well aware of their weaknesses and how to kill them.
The battle only lasted for about thirty minutes. Being weaker in numbers and strength, more than a dozen Profound Stage fiend beasts were quickly killed. Only a few of the branch cultivators suffered minor injuries although most of the defending cultivators had used a lot of their energy and were somewhat weak.
“Hahaha, Hall Master Zhang is indeed formidable!”
Suddenly, strange laughter sounded.
Everyone turned toward the source of the voice in shock. They saw a black-robed man who had appeared out of nowhere and was looking over with a smile.