As dragon blood was the only thing that could save Thea’s life, James had no other choice. He did not wish to lose her. For her, he would go to the ends of the earth.
“And your strength?” Thomas asked and added, “I’m simply worried that you might be in danger when slaying the dragon.”
James smiled and said, “Worry not, my strength isn’t beneath yours.”
“True, you’ve obtained the Novenary Golden Pill, after all. You must have consumed the pill now that a year has passed. So, have you crossed into the ninth rank?”
James smiled bitterly and said, “How could that be? History would be full of ninth-ranked grandmasters if it were that easy.”
The two conversed in whispers.
Ten minutes passed. However, no one dared step forward James furrowed his eyebrows.
This could not go on.
He said goodbye to Thomas and walked over to Sky, asking. “Ten minutes have passed. Yet, no one is stepping forward. Are you really not going?”
“Nope…” Sky said, “I don’t have a death wish.”
James said, “I’ll go, then.”
Sky said smilingly. “Sure!”
James was eager to enter the arena. After reaching the peak of the Ninth Stair, his True Energy had reached a stage where it could no longer increase. Besides, his sword technique had increased by leaps and bounds. He wanted to use this opportunity to flaunt his strength and show the world what the Fourteen Heavenly Swords were capable of.
He leaped into the air and landed in the arena.
“James has entered the arena!”
“He obtained the Novenary Golden Pill a year ago. Legend has it that it allows one to cross into the ninth rank. He must have consumed it now that a year has passed. I wonder what his current strength is…”
“Is James at the ninth rank now?”
“If that’s the case, the outcome of this tournament is decided.”
James’ appearance stunned the crowd.
Below, Jackson Cabral was here alongside Delainey Cabral.
“Look, it’s James!” Upon seeing James, Delainey could not help but exclaim, “A year has passed. I wonder what his current strength is.”
Jackson said with a smile. “We’ll know soon.”
Everyone’s gaze was fixed on the arena. They were waiting for a challenger to emerge.
“Hahaha! I’d like to challenge you to a battle, James!” A burst of laughter boomed.
Then, an elderly man entered the arena.
It was Zekiel Polaris, also known as Archbishop Polaris of the Polaris Sect.
Zekiel entered the arena and said with a smile, “James, I’m not here to claim the title of the most powerful individual in the world. Over the past year, I’ve gained further insight into the Polaris Sword Art Since you’ve mastered the sword technique, I’m curious to see your mastery of the Polaris Sword Art. We will only have a sparring match. Is that fine with you?”
“Sure!” James looked at Zekiel and said smilingly, “Although this is a sparring match, I advise you to be on your guard. After all, even I am afraid of my own strength. I’m worried that I might accidentally harm you.”
“Hahaha!” Zekiel burst into a peal of laughter
Then, he brandished his sword. At that moment, the temperature inside the castle began to increase at a rapid pace. Meanwhile, Zekiel exuded an extremely powerful aura.
“What a weapon…”
“That’s the Hellfire Sword!”
As Zekiel brandished his sword, many exclaimed.
Meanwhile, Zekiel had a smug look on his face. “Watch out, James. This is the Hellfire Sword!”