“Hmm?” Fang Qiu immediately turned at the noise.
He saw a silhouette move swiftly across the sky under the moonlight like a night elf, stop in front of the marshland, and face off against him.
“Are you a martial arts practitioner?” Fang Qiu asked as he arched his brow.
He hadn’t expected to see a martial arts practitioner here.
However, this martial arts practitioner was dressed in the traditional outfit of the nomadic tribes and his hair was tied up in many small braids. He looked like a local Mongolian.
The martial arts practitioner suddenly said after he studied Fang Qiu for a while.
He spoke Mongolian and Fang Qiu couldn’t understand him at all.
This didn’t mean that Zu Liancheng and Guisha were unable to understand him, so Fang Qiu turned to both of them and asked, “What is he saying?”
“He said that the Earth Bead belongs to him,” Zu Liancheng said. “He also asked what were we doing here.”
Fang Qiu paused for a moment.
He didn’t expect this Earth Bead to have an owner.
“Tell him that I wasn’t aware that he owned the Earth Bead. If the Earth Bead belongs to him, we’ll leave right now,” Fang Qiu said as he saluted the Mongolian.
Zu Liancheng didn’t even have the chance to interpret Fang Qiu’s words before the Mongolian suddenly glared at Fang Qiu when he heard Fang Qiu speaking Chinese, pulled out the leather whip that he hung at his hip with his right hand and roared at Fang Qiu as he waved his whip.
“Hmm?” Fang Qiu turned to look at Zu Liancheng in confusion as he noticed that something was amiss.
“He said not to even think about leaving now that you’re here,” Zu Liancheng said. “He also said that you probably intend to spread the news of this Earth Treasure after you’ve left and will return with reinforcements to steal this Earth Treasure. Thus, he can’t afford to let you go. He’s killed many people from Huaxia, so you won’t be the first!”
Fang Qiu looked at Guisha as realization dawned.
Guisha had obviously led him to the Earth Treasure because he wanted to use someone else’s knife to kill him!
This was why he dared to venture boldly up ahead even though he had been stripped of his kung fu skills and didn’t seem afraid that a guardian beast would appear. He must have known that this Earth Treasure had an owner.
Nonetheless, Fang Qiu thought that Guisha’s plot seemed a little dumb.
Fang Qiu assessed that Mongolian and saw that he only seemed like a fourth-class Martial Superior.
He wouldn’t even be a match for Guisha, let alone Fang Qiu.
Meanwhile, Guisha who felt some of his strength returning after his kung fu skills had been stripped from him looked at the Mongolian speechlessly.
He clearly remembered that there wasn’t only one person guarding the Earth Bead, but it had been an entire group of people.
This was why he hadn’t managed to get his hands on the Earth Bead the previous time.
He had led Fang Qiu over because he hoped that these people would show up and get rid of Fang Qiu on his behalf.
He didn’t expect that just one person showed up.
To make things worse, this was only a fourth-class martial arts practitioner that even he would be able to defeat.
This punk was much weaker than he had expected.
How was he going to leverage on this punk to get rid of Fang Qiu?
“Did he claim that he had killed many Huaxia people?” Fang Qiu said darkly after he heard Zu Liancheng’s interpretation.
He was a principled man, so his first reaction had been to leave when he heard that the Earth Bead had an owner, and not think about stealing the Earth Bead.
Undoubtedly, Fang Qiu wouldn’t go against his principles if he was talking to a good person.
However, the moment the person he was talking to turned out to be a bad guy, so he wouldn’t hesitate to attack, especially since that man had claimed to kill many Huaxia people.
He was completely unable to withstand it!
He stared angrily at the Mongolian man.
Then, the Mongolian martial arts practitioner charged at Fang Qiu as he waved his whip.
Fang Qiu noticed upon taking a closer look at the Mongolian’s whip that it was covered in a layer of something that resembled fish scales. The moment the Mongolian flung his whip, those scales immediately leaped upright like a blossoming flower.
The whip immediately turned into a cane that was covered in sharp spikes!
It looked like a terrifying sight.
“Humph,” Fang Qiu scoffed coldly.
How could this Mongolian man even think of attacking before he did?
He was clearly courting death!
He didn’t hesitate and immediately exerted his internal Qi. After his internal Qi had spread across his palm, he shot his hand out and grabbed the whip that was heading in his direction.
“Hmm?” the Mongolian exclaimed in surprise.
He immediately tried to tug at his whip to pull it out from Fang Qiu’s hands.
Unfortunately, he failed to pull the whip away no matter how hard he tried.
The Mongolian turned pale in surprise.
“Since your hands are stained with the blood of Huaxia people, then I shall strip you of your kungfu skills!” Fang Qiu said with a cold scoff.
He pulled at the whip with his right hand and unleashed a huge amount of energy.
The Mongolian didn’t even have time to react before he was dragged to Fang Qiu by the whip!
He released a panicked scream.
Fang Qiu curled his right hand into a fist and leveled a hard punch at the Mongolian’s lower abdomen after the Mongolian had been dragged toward him.
The next moment, there was a loud sound and the young man who had been dragged toward Fang Qiu was sent flying.
Fang Qiu had destroyed the Mongolian’s Dantian, crushed all his meridians earlier, and stripped him of all his kungfu skills earlier when he had punched that young man.
Blood spurted out of the young man’s mouth before he even crashed to the ground.
After he fell to the ground, he looked at Fang Qiu as though he had seen a ghost and ran away in a state of utter panic.
“Humph,” Fang Qiu scoffed coldly but didn’t chase after that man.
This young man had suffered a fate worse than death after his kungfu skills had been stripped from him, so Fang Qiu didn’t think it was necessary to kill him.
Moreover, they were in outer Mongolia and there was an Earth Bead that was about to ripen anytime soon.
What would happen if Zu Liancheng and Guisha ate the Earth Bead if he pursued the Mongolian?
Thus, he decided not to pursue the Mongolian.
Instead, he sat crossed-legged on the ground.
“Based on my observation, the Earth Bead would need three more days to ripen,” he nodded to himself after he examined the Earth Bead.
In other words, he would have to station himself here for the next three days.
Meanwhile, a shrewd look crossed Guisha’s eyes when he saw that Fang Qiu had spared the Mongolian after stripping him of his kungfu skills.
He started crafting his next plot because he knew that it wasn’t just one person guarding the Earth Bead but an entire group of people.
There were several highly-skilled experts within the group.
If the Mongolian who had been stripped of his kungfu skills ran back and notified the rest of the group of how harshly Fang Qiu had treated him, Guisha was sure that it was only a matter of time before the rest of the group would charge over and attack Fang Qiu!
He felt much better at that thought.
He didn’t even worry about whether they’d attack him after they’ve killed Fang Qiu. It no longer mattered since his kungfu skills had been stripped from him.
He didn’t think that these Mongolians would kill him and even if they had the intention to do so, he could always plead for mercy.
If his plea for mercy failed, he would face death bravely.
He just couldn’t stand Fang Qiu doing well, so even if he had to die, he vowed to bring Fang Qiu down with him!
As expected, there was a shrill sound of something ripping through the air later that night just as Guisha and Zu Liancheng were about to nod off while sitting with their backs against each other.
Fang Qiu immediately opened his eyes and looked in the direction of the noise.
He saw several figures hurtling toward him under the cover of the night.
He took a closer look and saw that it was a group of four. There were three fifth-class Martial Superiors along with the Mongolian who he had stripped of his kungfu skills earlier. They rushed over to Fang Qiu and formed a triangular shape as they surrounded him.
Someone in the group immediately yelled a string of words as he pointed at Fang Qiu.
“Interpret that,” Fang Qiu said as he rose to his feet.
“He asked if you had stripped their friend of his kungfu skills. They would only spare you if you were willing to do the same to yourself. Otherwise, they would make sure you die a terrible death,” Guisha said.
He stopped Zu Liancheng before he could even start to interpret.
“Tell them that I did it. I’ll spare them if they leave right now,” Fang Qiu said.
Guisha immediately said in Mongolian, “He said that he would spare your lives if you leave right now. You should believe his words. He is very strong and he isn’t someone you’d be able to defeat right now. If you want to kill him, you should bring along martial arts practitioners who are more powerful. Bring the most powerful people in your group over.”
The three Mongolians looked at each other and let out another angry yell.
“What did they say?” Fang Qiu asked.
“They said that you’re incredibly boastful and that they’d attack if you don’t strip yourself of your own kungfu skills within a minute,” Guisha interpreted.
“Ask them if their hands are stained with the blood of Huaxia people,” Fang Qiu said.
“There’s no need to ask that,” Guisha said without even interpreting his words. He immediately said provocatively, “Obviously, all the martial arts practitioners here have killed Huaxia people. This is a poor country and they’ve had personal dealings with Huaxia people, so many Mongolians have robbed and killed Huaxia people. Several dozen Huaxia people would perish in Outer Mongolia every year.”
Fang Qiu frowned and said, “Just ask him the question.”
“Tsk,” Guisha pursed his lips in annoyance but reluctantly conveyed the question.
The fifth-class Martial Superior who had been yelling at Fang Qiu suddenly burst out laughing and said, “What’s so great about Huaxia? Do you think the three of us will not be able to defeat a puny martial arts practitioner such as yourself? I’ve killed countless Huaxia people and I enjoy drinking their blood. You’re bound to perish at my hands today!”
Guisha’s face darkened in anger.
His kungfu skills might have been stripped from him but he still had his pride.
He absolutely couldn’t stand these Mongolians boasting.
Naturally, this wasn’t because he felt very patriotic but it was because these were the words he hated to hear.
“Interpret,” Fang Qiu said softly as though he had noticed something amiss.
Guisha scoffed coldly and interpreted every word of what the Mongolian had said earlier.
Fang Qiu’s expression completely changed.
His expression was no longer dark but it became very cold!
Did the Mongolian kill many Huaxia people?
Did he brag about how he enjoyed drinking the blood of Huaxia people?
He was clearly courting death!
Fang Qiu swiftly moved forward and immediately grabbed hold of the throat of the Mongolian who laughed loudly.
The Mongolian’s teammates reacted quickly and surrounded him.
The next moment, there was a deafening noise.