I swear to god, I’m going to misspell “Martial Alliance” one day and write “Marital Alliance” instead…. that’ll be quite a sight, I reckon.
On a side note, I thought about doing mass releases after Nexusflamehart (here!) told me about it on Discord… Actually, I’m still thinking…. hmm….
Chapter 79. The Result of Carelessness
“Hoh? This seems interesting.”
Cho Ryu Hyang turned his head when he heard a familiar voice behind him.
He could see a smiling Gongson Chun Gi when he did so.
Cho Ryu Hyang saw his teacher’s smile, and spoke calmly.
“Yeah. I had some time, so I decided to come over. Ugh, seriously, my subordinates work me to death, I swear.”
Cho Ryu Hyang smiled a little, and thought to himself.
‘As expected…… he didn’t notice.’
When one comprehends the Moon Edge Blade Technique, the user’s senses become heightened.
Cho Ryu Hyang could feel everything around him just by closing his eyes.
But in front of teacher, his powers could be said to be nothing.
A person who surpassed everything.
The one person who everyone in the church admired.
This was Gongson Chun Gi, the strongest man in the world, Cho Ryu Hyang’s teacher.
“So, who do you think will win?”
When his teacher, who decided to take a comfortable seat right next to Cho Ryu Hyang, asked a question, Cho Ryu Hyang made a serious face.
To Cho Ryu Hyang, who didn’t know much about martial arts so far, the martial prowess of the two seemed to be the same.
Cho Ryu Hyang thought a bit, then turned to Un Hui.
The Faultless View of The World.
He could see that Un Hui was clearly stronger than No Jin Nyung with that.
Gongson Chun Gi nodded when he followed Cho Ryu Hyang’s gaze.
“Did you see that with your Godly Eyes?”
“You saw well. That thing’s pretty useful, isn’t it?”
Gongson Chun Gi took out a fruit from his clothing, and handed it to Cho Ryu Hyang.
“But then again, Un Hui wouldn’t be able to win that easily.”
When Cho Ryu Hyang took a bite out of the fruit in his hand and nodded, Gongson Chun Gi spoke.
“With such a small power difference, the one who uses more petty tricks would be the one to lose. They should both know about that. That’d mean that both of them would have to go all out……. No Jin Nyung is more suited for doing that.”
The moment after Gongson Chun Gi finished talking, No Jin Nyung made his move.
It was an explosive movement.
After closing in instantly, No Jin Nyung stepped on the ground with great force, then kicked upwards.
The foot that was on the ground, the balancing foot.
The strength contained in that foot alone was so great, the ground cracked and broke to pieces in an instant.
It was a simple movement that did not contain any profound techniques, or tricks hidden inside.
But because of that fact, the strike contained the nonsensical power that No Jin Nyung had in his body.
Un Hui observed No Jin Nyung’s attack quietly, then dodged the strike with minimal movement and closed in on No Jin Nyung.
He had dodged No Jin Nyung’s attack with a hair’s breadth.
It was something that couldn’t be done if one did not have confidence of winning.
When No Jin Nyung saw Un Hui’s move, he smiled in glee.
No Jin Nyung specialized in close combat.
In other words, he was most skilled in unarmed combat.
Because he had no weapons, the skills he could show when he gets closer to his opponent would become more complex and versatile.
He didn’t know why Un Hui was trying to get close to him, to be honest.
No, he wasn’t even interested in what Un Hui was thinking.
He would never lose in close combat.
Knowing that much was enough, wasn’t it?
No Jin Nyung did not try to take back his kick. Instead, he used that foot as an axis, and made a large turn mid-air.
Midair spin kick.
It was the Spinning Wind Kick (旋風脚).
When Cho Ryu Hyang saw this, a small gleam of amazement appeared in his eyes.
The first attack had failed.
But the moves that followed the first attack didn’t have any awkward movements in it.
It was almost as if No Jin Nyung had expected the first move to fail.
Right then, Gongson Chun Gi, who was watching the battle with Cho Ryu Hyang, clicked his tongue.
“He’s an impatient one.”
Who was he referring to?
Before Cho Ryu Hyang could even think more, Un Hui made his move.
‘I saw that guy’s movements in the past.’
Un Hui looked at No Jin Nyung with calm eyes, then moved his body like a tree branch swaying in the face of a strong wind.
The sound of the wind in his ear was quite fierce.
But Un Hui had already gotten out of the range of No Jin Nyung’s attack with just this movement.
He had seen No Jin Nyung’s kick once, when Cho Ryu Hyang fought No Jin Nyung. That was enough.
From just that one kick he saw in the past, Un Hui was able to analyze the fighting style, and read No Jin Nyung’s movements.
He was a genius of martial arts, as well as an expert of the harmonious stage.
A small glint of light appeared from Un Hui’s sleeve, and a dagger slid out.
It was Un Hui’s most favored weapon.
The Small Crimson Sword (丹紅小劍).
A small red light appeared from the dagger that streaked through the air.
No Jin Nyung frowned, and jumped back.
No Jin Nyung ground his teeth, as he limped.
His entire foot was a bloody mess.
Un Hui had cut apart just the skin, avoiding all the muscles on No Jin Nyung’s leg.
Un Hui decided not to attack. Instead, he began to talk.
“I could’ve taken your entire foot.”
Un Hui was suggesting that they stop there.
There was no point in fighting any more than this.
No Jin Nyung ground his teeth.
He couldn’t refute Un Hui’s words.
But wasn’t it too unfair to just end a battle like this?
‘I became careless.’
He didn’t think about what weapon un Hui used.
He should’ve assumed that Un Hui used daggers when the man closed in on him.
‘But even so, he actually managed to pierce the Heavenly Demon Technique?’
The dagger seemed to be quite precious.
His leg was trained to the point of being able to crush steel with just pure strength.
The dagger was able to cut through No Jin Nyung’s leg like tofu. That dagger was definitely not normal.
No Jin Nyung bit his teeth.
“If you can take this one strike, I’ll admit defeat.”
His pride prevented him from admitting defeat.
Un Hui frowned.
“We have to move out into Sichuan tomorrow. You are aware of this, right?”
“I know, I know!”
And this was why both of them held back in the fight.
He wasn’t going to hold back this time, though.
A violent, domineering force exploded out of No Jin Nyung’s body.
He was going all out.
Un Hui’s face stiffened when he saw this.
If No Jin Nyung attacked with this much power, both of them weren’t going to get out of this battle without a minor injury, regardless of who one.
Un Hui took a glance at Cho Ryu Hyang.
Cho Ryu Hyang seemed to be concerned as well.
Normally, he’d stop the fight immediately.
It would be bad if even one of them got heavily injured, after all.
But if he stopped No Jin Nyung here, No Jin Nyung would surely have negative feelings about both Un Hui and Cho Ryu Hyang in the future.
‘What should I do?’
What was the best course of action here?
What would bring out the best results?
While Cho Ryu Hyang was thinking about such things.
Gongson Chun Gi ruffled Cho Ryu Hyang’s hair, and whispered into his ear.
“The first thing you always have to do when doing just about anything is to set a standard for yourself when making a decision. The second most important thing would be to rank the priority of your possible choices based on that standard. Third, you need to have the strength to be able to carry out your decision with confidence. If you hesitate, the people who follow you will also hesitate. Always remember that.”
Cho Ryu Hyang touched his glasses, and nodded.
His teacher was right. He needed to act with more responsibility.
In the future, countless lives will be affected by his decisions.
Cho Ryu Hyang quickly analyzed what was going on in his head.
He made his decision.
No Jin Nyung frowned.
Cho Ryu Hyang had walked between him and Un Hui.
He then looked straight at No Jin Nyung, who had a discontent look on his face.
No Jin Nyung did not avoid Cho Ryu Hyang’s gaze.
He was angered.
Cho Ryu Hyang looked straight at No Jin Nyung’s eyes filled with rage, and spoke calmly.
“Saying that you got careless won’t work here. In a real fight, you would’ve lost your leg.”
“Trying to continue battling here would mean that you are trying to use the fact that this isn’t a real fight as an excuse to cover up the fact that you lost.”
No Jin Nyung’s eyes trembled.
He was careless.
Right, he could admit that. Because he was a little rushed, he made a mistake.
But the results of the battle couldn’t be decided just because of that.
He couldn’t accept his loss based on such a nonsensically quick battle.
“Accepting your loss will definitely aid you in your growth in the future. And you’ll have many chances to compete for higher rankings in the future, anyway.”
“Right. You’ll have a lot of it as long as you stay with me.”
Cho Ryu Hyang looked at No Jin Nyung, who seemed to get a lot more calmer, and smiled.
“I’ll go through many dangers in the future. Try to prove your worth to me during those times. the ranks between you two will be decided based on that. The ranking right now is only temporary.”
No Jin Nyung’s stiffened face began to turn into a happy one.
After seeing this, Cho Ryu Hyang turned to Un Hui.
“You were lucky.”
Un Hui didn’t try to deny it.
He was lucky.
That was the best way to describe the current situation.
The fact that he saw No Jin Nyung’s moves beforehand helped him quite a bit.
He knew about No Jin Nyung’s technique, and what No Jin Nyung specialized in.
Knowing that made a huge difference.
Gongson Chun Gi, who was observing the battle between the two, stepped forward.
“You guys are playing quite nicely.”
Un Hui and No Jin Nyung bowed down to Gongosn Chun Gi.
After acknowledging their greetings lightly, Gongson Chun Gi opened his mouth.
“I didn’t know of it before, but it seems that there are quite a lot of violent children roaming Sichuan.”
When Cho Ryu Hyang made a confused face, Gongson Chun Gi opened his mouth with a smile.
“It’s the Nanman Beast Gate, and the North Sea Ice Palace.”
These were names that Cho Ryu Hyang didn’t know about.
No Jin Nyung seemed to not know much about as well, and turned to Un Hui with a curious face.
Un Hui had a very concerned look on his face when No Jin Nyung turned.
“……..Could it be that the foreign powers made their move?”
“Right. It looks like those guys are quite interested in our work. It’s pretty annoying.”
It wasn’t just annoying.
Un Hui, who knew just how much strength the foreign powers possessed, became extremely worried.
“Go prepare yourself. Unlike the martial alliance, these guys are actually dangerous, so you’ll have to be careful.”
Cho Ryu Hyang looked at Un Hui’s stiff face, and realized that his opponents might be stronger than he initially thought.
But as he didn’t know the specifics of the entire situation, he wasn’t too concerned about it.
Right then, Gongson Chun Gi pat Cho Ryu Hyang’s hair, and spoke.
“Two months. Defend yourself for two months once you arrive in Sichuan. Can you do it?”
Cho Ryu hyang smiled.
His head already felt like bursting because of the Martial Alliance and the enemies within the church.
He had to consider the foreign powers as well, now?
He could only smile when he thought about this.
‘Come to think of it, I became really expensive, didn’t I.’
When he came back to his senses, his body had become extremely expensive.
How much was he worth right now?
Cho Ryu Hyang looked down at his body when he thought this, and readjusted his glasses.
Like always, his teacher expected quite a lot from him.
“I’ll have to do it, even if I can’t.”
It was a response that had a bit of tiredness mixed into it.
But it also contained hints of confidence it in.
Gongson Chun Gi grinned when he heard this.
“Don’t die. That’s how you win.”
“I’ll live on, no matter what happens.”
“Keke, that’s the attitude.”
Gognson Chun Gi laughed as he pinched Cho Ryu Hyang’s cheeks lightly.
“The mainland you lived in in the past, and the mainland you will move into now will be completely different. Keep staying focused. As long as you do that, you won’t have many problems.”
Cho Ryu Hyang didn’t know what exactly would be different, but nodded anyway.
“I can promise you one thing, though.”
“What is it?”
“It’ll be really interesting. Sichuan, that is. Hehehe…….”
Gongson Chun Gi let out a toothy grin as he spoke.
Cho Ryu Hyang became nervous when he saw this.
Things always became really tiresome when teacher smiled like this.
‘I must be imagining things……..’
Cho Ryu Hyang really hoped that he was only imagining things.