James did not expect Tapio to surrender.
He thought that they would duel to the death today, with only one victor leaving Mt. Thunder Pass alive.
James sat in a lotus position, performed the healing cultivation method from the medical book, and began tending to his wounds.
His True Energy is chilling me to my bones…
James shivered uncontrollably. Even though he had expelled the True Frost Energy, he still felt a chill in his body.
From a great distance away, Thea was relieved to see that the battle had ended and quietly left.
While James was treating his wounds, Delainey returned.
Delainey looked at James, who was healing himself, and tried not to disturb him.
While treating his wounds, James looked at Delainey who had returned, and asked in concern, “They didn’t make things difficult for you, did they?”
Delainey wordlessly shook her head.
James asked again, “What’s going on? Who was that man, and why did you call him brother? Is he also a disciple of Mount Thunder Sect?”
Delainey nodded gently as she looked to the ground with a despondent expression. “Yeah… He’s my eldest brother. He left Mount Thunder Sect about ten years ago. It happened when I was still in my teens. I couldn’t comprehend what had happened back then. I only learned of the situation after my father explained it to me a few years later.”
“Tell me all you know…” James looked at Delainey with serious eyes.
Although it was actually Mount Thunder Sect’s affairs, Tapio sent him a letter of challenge, so James was considered to be someone who was involved in the situation.
Delainey thought for a while and said, “Everything started because of a martial art manual.”
“What kind of martial art manual?”
“What?” James stood up in astonishment.
He looked at Delainey incredulously and asked, “What did you say?! Spiritual Art?”
“Yeah…” Delainey nodded as she explained the details.
James learned that Spiritual Art was stored in Mount Thunder Sect, but outsiders had no idea what that term even eas.
He finally had an idea of where his grandfather learned Spiritual Art from. It must have been from Mount Thunder Sect.
Delainey asked, “By the way, did my brother tell you who he served?”
After James had stabilized his injuries, he stood up again.
He shook his head and replied, “He left before I could ask him. I chased after him, but he was too fast to catch. Your brother is an incredibly powerful man. I’m an eighth-ranked grandmaster, yet I could decisively beat him. Even when I used the Thirteen Heavenly Sword. If I hadn’t learned the Invincible Body Siddhi, I would have lost this time.”
Delainey heaved a deep sigh.
“By the way, Spiritual Art…” James suddenly remembered something.
He recalled the palm attack Tapio used against him last.
The palm attack was powerful and abnormal. However, he was unsure if Tapio had used Spiritual Art.
James had to ask Thea about it after returning.
Delainey asked, “What’s wrong with Spiritual Art?”
“N-Nothing…” James gently shook his head and said, “Your eldest brother said the person I’m looking for is outside Mount Thunder Sect. Let’s go have a look first.”
“Okay…” Delainey nodded.
James and Delainey quickly left.
After they descended the mountain, they headed to the car they had parked a few days ago.
James walked over and opened the car door.
A woman was lying in the back seat of the car. The woman was unconscious.
James took a look and identified her as Delilah.
He quickly woke her up.
Delilah opened her eyes in a daze. A slightly familiar face entered her sight.
After a while, she came to her and asked, “J-James? Is that you, James?”
“It’s me…” James nodded and said, “You don’t have to say anything right now. We’ll head back to the Southern Plains and get you settled first.”
He immediately got into the driver’s seat and drove the car away.
Meanwhile, inside a cavern deep in the forest on Mount Thunder Pass…
A person sat on a higher platform in an empty area within the cavern. There was a curtain covering the man, and it was hard to see discern his identity.
Tapio knelt on the ground.
His pale face looked forlorn as he said, “I was defeated…”