Chapter 70 – First Victory
Lu Xiaoyu’s voice made Zhao Feng’s brow furrow, was the bastard trying to steal people from right under his eyes?
Obviously, Zhao Feng had to admit that the strength of Ziaoyu's team was indeed strong. There were three members of the fourth rank and the rest were all peak fifth ranks.
Lu Xiaoyu’s face was full of smiles as he eyed Zhao Yufei, there was no one who didn’t know her in the Sky Guards Battalion.
“Thanks for your offer, but I already have my own team,” Zhao Yufei expressionlessly rejected Lu Xiaoyu’s offer.
Rejected? Didn’t this girl like the strong?
Lu Xiaoyu was slightly surprised. He was handsome enough, and adding the fact that he was extremely talented, what girl would reject him?
“With the strength of you three, you’d be hard pressed to even fend for yourselves.” Lu Xiaoyu glanced at Zhao Feng and Huang Qi with disdain.
“Thanks for your care, but my team has our own ways to survive, we’ll speak with our battle points later,” Zhao Feng said calmly.
“Battle points? Hahaha…you think a group like yours can be compared to ours?” A youth of the peak sixth rank had tears of laughter in his eyes.
He was Li Ziwen, ranked seventh within the Ten Sky Guards.
Zhao Feng didn’t bother with their team and he lead Zhao Yufei and Huang Qi into the danger zone. Soon, they met a few other teams led by the Ten Sky Guards.
Lei Cong’s team was even stronger, with tens of people and two of the Ten Sky Guards. Facing such a setup, Huang Qi became a little uneasy.
“Brother Zhao, are you sure we’ll be able to get some battle points?” Huang Qi couldn’t help but ask. In terms of numbers, they had only three people, if they were unlucky and met a group of ten bandits, they’d face the danger of being eliminated.
“Relax, your battle points won’t be low.” Zhao Feng was fully confident. “If you don’t believe me, you can go join another team.”
Looking at the confident expression on Zhao Feng’s face, Huang Qi’s suspicions fell a bit.
Half an hour later...
The three entered the danger zone.
The landscape was complex, but Zhao Feng didn’t even look around as he passed through. Zhao Yufei and Huang Qi had to take out the map time after time to see if they were on the right track, but Zhao Feng didn’t need to as the map had already been photocopied into his mind and with the magnifier of his left eye, he could see the 'real view'.
“Brother Zhao, where are we going?” Huang Qi felt dizzy as he looked at the map.
“There’s a stream up there, next to the canyon. Water and food is a must for these bandits...," Zhao Feng said without hesitation.
Soon, a river appeared and not far away there was indeed a canyon. Huang Qi couldn’t help but click his tongue, he had not expected that Zhao Feng’s memory was so good and that he had perfectly matched the map to the real landscape.
“We’ll ambush here. Huang Qi, you go hide in the river; Yufei you go hide between the rocks near the entrance of the canyon,” Zhao Feng soon gave them orders.
Zhao Yufei didn’t have any suspicions and she went to hide between the rocks. Huang Qi hesitated for a bit, but he still jumped into the river.
Zhao Feng jumped onto a tree and took his Golden Stairs Bow out, aiming it in the direction of the canyon. In reality, he had already seen suspicious people coming from the canyon with his left eye.
A while later...
From the direction of the canyon came the sound of footsteps, and a few men dressed as commoners appeared. There were a total of three people, with the leader reaching the peak fifth rank, and on his left and right were two others at the fourth and fifth rank respectively.
The three came next to the river and began to drink.
Zhao Feng pulled the string and let an arrow loose. The bow trembled as a golden arrow pierced through the sky and made a perfect arc.
The arrow lodged itself in the skinny man’s shoulder and he fell down with a plop.
“Ambush!” the leader yelled as he surveyed his surroundings.
At this moment, a youth appeared from the stream.
Cloud Defying Palm!
Huang Qi attacked from the side and collided with the leader’s attack head on.
Because it was unexpected, the leader received some light injuries.
Thirteen Legs of the Willow!
Huang Qi attacked while he had the advantage with his peak level high ranked martial art.
“Ma San, I’ll come help you!” The last man attacked from the side.
But just at this moment, another arrow pierced through the air and scraped past the fat person’s clothes.
So close! The fat man did a flip to the side and just managed to dodge the arrow.
“Watch out for the archer in the dark!” The skinny man moaned in pain, the first arrow had hit one of his nerve points, so he couldn’t use any chi.
“You guys retreat and report the situation," the leading man spoke to the fat one as he blocked one of Huang Qi’s moves.
“You be careful, Ma San!” The fat person immediately turned around and ran back the way he came from.
Where did he think he was running? From the rocks came out a beautiful girl and blocked the fat man’s path.
Zhao Yufei and Huang Qi both engaged the enemies. Huang Qi’s opponent had reached the peak fifth rank and he was very experienced with many hidden moves. Zhao Yufei’s opponent had trained some sort of body strengthening technique, which gave him extreme strength.
Zhao Feng stood in the trees, one hand on his bow, but he didn’t attack because he had considered the fact that the other two had no experience in life and death battles.
These two bandits were full of tricks and although their cultivation was lower, they didn’t lose immediately.
Around ten moves later-
Spiritual Wind Slice!
Zhao Yufei used her peak ranked martial art and managed to knock the fat man out. The enemy that Huang Qi faced was slightly harder and he was only defeated after twenty moves.
Only at this time did Zhao Feng come out from the trees.
“Why didn’t you attack?” Huang Qi was slightly irritated.
Zhao Feng had only shot out the first two arrows, then he didn’t support them at all.
“You two need to think about how you fight, you spent way too much time defeating others with lower cultivation than you,” Zhao Feng said calmly.
Huang Qi wanted to rebuke him, but he couldn’t think of anything to say. His opponent had too many tricks up his sleeve and he would’ve lost if it wasn’t because he had the advantage in martial arts and cultivation.
“Brother Feng’s right, we lack combat experience,” Zhao Yufei nodded her head in agreement.
The three scavenged the items off the bodies of the bandits and found various items such as poisonous medicine, hidden blades etc.
“Forgive me!” The one that had been shot first bowed down repeatedly.
Zhao Feng stabbed his throat with one finger.
“Take care of one each.” Zhao Feng glanced towards Zhao Yufei and Huang Qi.
These two were geniuses and they were protected by their families ever since they were young, so they had virtually no experience in combat or killing.
Huang Qi hesitated for a while, but clenched his teeth and finished off the leader. If he didn’t kill the leader, he couldn’t get any battle points.
But Zhao Yufei was after all a girl, so unwillingness appeared on her face.
“Please don’t kill me, beautiful Lady,” the fat bandit screamed sadly, which made her unable to kill him.
Zhao Feng only laughed coldly, but he didn’t say anything.
Metal Eagle Claw!
Light shone in the bandit's eyes as he suddenly pounced towards Zhao Yufei with his hand heading straight towards her throat. The sudden change drained the color from Zhao Yufei’s face.
Spiritual Wind Slice!
Her jade-like hands waved and the head of the bandit fell off.
Both Zhao Yufei and Huang Qi felt like vomiting after their first kill, only Zhao Feng’s face was the same as usual. He was slightly shocked as he remembered that he didn’t have such reactions when he first killed someone. Back at the Sky Cloud Forest, Zhao Feng was extremely calm during the assassination attempt where he had killed two men. After he thought about it, Zhao Feng had to give the credit to his left eye.
Their first battle was a victory, and both Zhao Yufei and Huang Qi learned much. For the rest of they day, the three continued to stay around the same area, but they would change positions.
When afternoon arrived, the team of three had defeated a total of seven people, four of the fifth rank and three of the fourth rank.
After the battles, both Huang Qi and Zhao Yufei made major improvements and the teamwork between them was much better. Zhao Feng secretly nodded his head, their mentalities finally seemed better.
“Tonight, we’ll go to the interior of the canyon. According to my analysis, there a high possibility of a bandit headquarters there, which may still have some people left.” Zhao Feng once again gave each of them a task.
The first task was gathering news, which Zhao Feng decided to do himself. With his powerful left eye, he wasn’t only a born archer, he was also a born scout. In the time it takes to boil a pot of water, Zhao Feng had gone and come back.
“Come.” This was all Zhao Feng said as he led Zhao Yufei and Huang Qi to the interior of the canyon.
On the way, Zhao Feng kept going through paths where the bandits wouldn’t see them. This made Huang Qi wonder if all the bandits had already died?
Zhao Feng, Zhao Yufei, and Huang Qi hid behind a massive rock.
“There are bandits inside the wooden room and the cave over there,” Zhao Feng said to the two.
“Haha, we’re ambushing again? How many of them are there and how strong are they?”
Huang Qi rubbed his hands together, they had ambushed so many people today that he was fully confident they would win.
“One person of the peak sixth rank, two normal sixth rank, three fifth ranks, five fourth ranks…a total of eleven,” Zhao Feng reported.
Huang Qi’s eyes bulged as his cheek twitched. “Are you crazy? That is a nest of bandits, run!”