Chapter 22: Superior Class Level One
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It was not the first time for Yuxi, the Ninth Commandery Princess, to participate in the hunt in King Mount. Therefore, she knew where those savage beasts would be.
"The Roar Slope is ahead of us. I used to hear a Red Smilodon Tiger roaring over there. You know, Red Smilodon Tigers are medium-class level-one savage beasts, which are even stronger than an Iron Bulls. Because I couldn't kill it, I didn't even get closer to it," she said.
Zhang Ruochen and the Ninth Commandery Princess got off the antelope-horse and sneaked into the Roar Slope. They planned to find traces of Red Smilodon Tigers.
Zhang Ruochen found traces of some dust-ups on the ground.
A thick tree trunk had crashed down and its leaves had been burnt to ashes. There was a giant rock nearby and they saw some blood stains near the rock.
"So someone else has killed the Red Smilodon Tiger?" asked the Ninth Commandery Princess.
Zhang Ruochen shook his head and said, "Those blood stains are not from a Red Smilodon Tiger, but from humans. We should be careful because Red Smilodon Tigers can be nearby!"
All of a sudden, they saw a crimson tiger come hurtling down a steep slope, whose sharp claws were very close to Zhang Ruochen's neck now.
Zhang Ruochen had reached the Completion of Heaven Realm in his last life. Although he was now reborn, his soul and Spiritual Power remained at their previous levels. Thus, he was quite sensitive to any potential risks.
He took one step to the right to avoid the attack from the Red Smilodon Tiger. Due to his quick reaction, he made it.
After that, he pulled out a Thunder Arrow from the quiver on his back. He quickly injected Genuine Qi into the arrowhead and thrust the arrow into the abdomen of the Red Smilodon Tiger backhanded.
Then he immediately jumped from the ground and moved backward.
All this happened in just a few seconds. Before the Ninth Commandery Princess knew it, the Red Smilodon Tiger had been attacked and had an arrow in its abdomen.
The arrowhead of the Thunder Arrow exploded, which left a palm-sized wound on the tiger's abdomen. Now the Red Smilodon Tiger was bleeding.
However, because Zhang Ruochen had thrust the Thunder Arrow with his bare hand, the impact force was not as strong as that of a Wire Bow.
Because of this, the Thunder Arrow did not go deep enough to cause lethal damage to the tiger. The arrowhead was only three inches below the skin.
Red Smilodon Tigers were three times larger than normal tigers. They had two rows of sharp teeth, which were half a foot long. Each single claw could be used as a blade.
Their power could be as strong as that of a warrior in the Final State of the Yellow Realm, while their speed was as fast as a Final State warrior as well. If an average warrior met a Red Smilodon Tiger, unfortunately, his life would end there.
Now the Red Smilodon Tiger was just 10 meters away and the Ninth Commandery Princess's face became even paler.
That was a powerful savage beast. At such a close distance, even a Thunder Arrow could not be used well.
Bows and arrows were long-distance weapons.
She immediately took out a Thunder Arrow, placed it on a bowstring, and pulled the Wire Bow into the shape of a full moon.
The Thunder Arrow flew out like a bolt of lightning.
The Red Smilodon Tiger jumped up at an amazing speed. Without a doubt, the arrow missed the target.
One second later, it was in front of the Ninth Commandery Princess. The Wire Bow in her hand was snatched and thrown away by this giant savage beast. It opened its huge mouth and tried to bite her.
The Ninth Commandery Princess did a backflip, during which she used one of her fingers to hit the ground in order to do another backflip. Now she was seven or eight meters away from the Red Smilodon Tiger and had managed to avoid the attack.
However, the tiger was even faster. It reached out one of its paws and hit the Ninth Commandery Princess's head.
The Ninth Commandery Princess had just reached the level of the Medium State, therefore, her power was weaker than a Red Smilodon Tiger, while her speed was slower.
If the distance was longer, she probably could have used a Thunder Arrow to pose a threat to the Red Smilodon Tiger.
However, it was a short-distance battle, she could not use any Genuine Martial Arms as a Medium State warrior. She could not win against a Red Smilodon Tiger.
The movement of tiger claws caused a gale which hurt the Ninth Commandery Princess's face. What was even worse, the claws were very close to her now.
She thought she would die for sure, however, all of a sudden, she saw a man rushing over out of the corner of her eye. It was Zhang Ruochen! He was running toward the Red Smilodon Tiger!
Zhang Ruochen hit the back of the tiger with his palm. It seemed that his palm made a huge sound, like the roar of a brute elephant. The power of the hit was equivalent to the Strength of Sixteen Bulls, and the tiger was thrown outward in one second.
The Red Smilodon Tiger crashed into a tree nearby and fell to the ground.
Zhang Ruochen rushed over there and utilized all of his Genuine Qi, making his palm as strong as a blade.
His palm hit on the Red Smilodon Tiger's neck, crushing its trachea.
The tiger was shaking because of its broken trachea. It tried to get up and rush toward the jungle, however, it just died very quickly.
The Ninth Commandery Princess stared at Zhang Ruochen in shock. She was amazed that he had killed the Red Smilodon Tiger with his bare hands.
"Ninth brother, are you really a Dawn State warrior? You obtained your Sacred Mark just three months ago, right?" she asked.
Zhang Ruochen said with a calm voice, "Like I said before, both savage beasts and warriors have weaknesses. As long as you can spot their weaknesses, you can easily kill a warrior or a savage beast. The trachea is the weakness of a Red Smilodon Tiger."
"But I saw the hit, its power was at least as strong as the Strength of Ten Bulls."
The Ninth Commandery Princess said, "I am a Medium State warrior and I can't unleash such strong power. You just reached the Dawn State, however. How did you do that?"
Zhang Ruochen said, "With a good physique, even a Dawn State warrior can unleash the Strength of Ten Bulls. It's not strange."
The Ninth Commandery Princess stopped asking him. Zhang Ruochen's strong power had left a deep impression on her. This half-brother, who was just one day younger than her, was becoming harder to read.
They saw the dead body of that Red Smilodon Tiger in the jungle not far away.
A Thunder Arrow was thrust into the abdomen of the Red Smilodon Tiger. Yes, the arrow that was thrust by Zhang Ruochen earlier.
"Damn it. If I had my Blue Water Sword with me, I'm sure I could have had a chance to beat it, or even kill it," the Ninth Commandery Princess said, unreconciled.
She was one of the top two beauties in Yunwu City. As a beauty with great intelligence, she had been chased by two savage beasts and saved twice by Zhang Ruochen.
All that ruined her self-esteem. This proud princess told herself if she met savage beasts next time, she would hunt and kill them directly, utilizing her great skills.
"Ninth brother, let's go and hunt some other savage beasts..."
Zhang Ruochen tapped the Ninth Commandery Princess on the shoulder with an intense stare. He said in a low voice, "Don't move!"
She was confused right now. Before she could ask him why, she saw a deer with blue flames walking toward them slowly.
It was a Green-Fire Deer. The Ninth Commandery Princess could not stop trembling now and could feel that she was not breathing.
That Green-Fire Deer had a pair of eyes that looked like rubies. It was about two meters tall, and its deer antlers were like two coral jade sticks. The deer's hair seemed to be on fire.
Once the deer walked by, the topsoil was burnt by the fire from the deer.
As a superior-class level-one savage beast, a Green-Fire Deer could be as strong and as fast as a Final State of the Yellow Realm warrior.
The only weakness of a Green-Fire Deer was that it was not good at defending itself. Its defensive techniques were even weaker than those of a Red Smilodon Tiger.
Although this deer might not be good at defending itself, it was so fast that not many warriors could even get close to it, let alone attack it.
Many warriors could be killed by a Green-Fire deer without having the chance to attack it.
"What should we do now?" The Ninth Commandery Princess dared not to breathe now, feeling that her body was frozen.
With their current cultivation, they could not compete against a superior-class level-one savage beast. In other words, they would probably die here.
In previous years' mountain hunting on King Mount, it had happened that some warriors had lost their lives.
The Ninth Commandery Princess did not want to die here, which was obvious. She thought hard in order to save her life, however, given that a Green-Fire Deer was so fast, she probably would not even be given the chance to escape.
Right now, unlike her, Zhang Ruochen was still calm, with conviction in his eyes.
He took off the quiver and handed it to her and said, "I have two Thunder Arrows left and you have one, so altogether there are three. You may not be able to kill it with the arrows, but with your techniques, you can at least pose some threat to it, right?"
"What are you doing?"
She watched Zhang Ruochen walking toward the Green-Fire Deer, with her eyes wide open. She was confused. "Is he going to hunt and kill that deer?
"That is a superior-class level-one savage beast!"
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