Ye Xiwen hadn’t had such a hearty battle for a long time. Over this period of time, he had encountered opponents who were either too difficult to beat like the Soul Destruction Temple Master, or some extremely weak and flimsy people. There was no evenly matched opponent at all.
Those people who were his peers at that time and those masters who could have battled with him fell behind him gradually over time. His peers had become unable to withstand a battle.
Therefore, it was not easy for him to find an opponent who let him battle to his heart’s content, but he had found such a hearty feeling in Gongyang Yongfeng now.
The feeling of being evenly matched where Ye Xiwen was neither too weak nor too strong. He could give his all into the battle. The long sword in his hand drew glimpses of sword light like it was tearing the sky and cutting it horizontally across. Suddenly, the sword and the spear were fighting together. Golden lights crept all over Ye Xiwen’s whole body gradually. This meant that in his heart, Gongyang Yongfeng was a worthy opponent and Ye Xiwen needed to do his utmost.
After all, his realm was too low relatively speaking because he was just a Half-step Great Sage Intermediate. He was not even a Great Sage. Otherwise, he didn’t need to battle so hard at all, and could defeat Gongyang Yongfeng easily.
On the other side, Gongyang Yongfeng was more panicked as they battled on. Ye Xiwen was more powerful after each battle because Ye Xiwen had Phoenix Regeneration technique which enabled his blood essence seemed to be endless. Ye Xiwen was always at his peak condition wherever he was. In contrast, Gongyang Yongfeng’s blood essence was not endless. The more Gongyang Yongfeng used it, the less was remaining. His original plan was to burst out a powerful combat power and restore to peak instantly, so that he could kill Ye Xiwen. In that case, even if it would consume some of his little remaining blood essence, it was still within his acceptable range.
But this battle was beyond his expectation. From the original plan of quick battle to a prolonged battle. His old age and decaying body became a fatal weakness at this time.
It was not until now that he really felt old for the first time. He didn’t even have such a strong feeling during Angel Decay previously. After all, it was his destiny, and he couldn’t resist it. He really felt his aging evidently.
But because of this matter, his gaze towards Ye Xiwen was even more like a beast that was about to devour people. Ye Xiwen ruined Gongyang Yongfeng’s last hope.
The dancing spear in Gongyang Yongfeng’s hand was more terrifying, but he also felt Ye Xiwen’s more and more frenzy strength. Each slashing of Ye Xiwen’s sword was like Mount Tai  crushing down.
When the long sword was in Ye Xiwen’s hands, he could crush his opponent directly without any swordsmanship. It was like a strong unskilled man who could defeat ten skilled men. No matter what magnificent spear skills you had, how strange the angle was and how tricky it was, it didn’t matter to him. He confronted it directly. He charged towards you and tore you into shreds directly. In this case, Gongyang Yongfeng could hardly attack. Ye Xiwen could take on Gongyang Yongfeng’s spear with his bare hands without changing his expression. But Gongyang Yongfeng couldn’t do such a horrible thing. If he was cut by the sword, he would probably pass away while sitting cross legged without having to wait for Angel Decay.
Gongyang Yongfeng felt that his arm was almost numb every time they collided. It was just like the moment of being electrocuted, or a high voltage of hundreds of thousands of volts which instantly paralyzed his arm. If it wasn’t because of the wood martial technique he cultivated which had a special effect in repairing things in the body, his arm would have been shattered by Ye Xiwen by now. This was the first time he felt that a human body could actually be so powerful to such a horrifying extent.
Ye Xiwen was actually able to challenge across power realms. Gongyang Yongfeng was a Great Sage himself, so he knew that the gap between Great Sage and Sage Realm was basically a world’s difference. He had never encountered a person who could challenge across power realms, not to mention it was against an experienced Great Sage like him.
Such a person was worthy of being the world’s utmost pride.
So let me die!
There was a trace of madness in Gongyang Yongfeng’s eyes. He could feel that if he continued to fight like this, Ye Xiwen might exhaust him to death. He could feel that as the battle became more intense, Ye Xiwen was somehow acting by instinct. Ye Xiwen’s eyes were a little misty. He was in sudden enlightenment.
Suddenly, it was difficult to suppress the burning anger in Gongyang Yongfeng’s heart as it soared all over his body. He wanted to seek revenge for his beloved disciple and kill this guy who dared to abolish his disciple’s martial arts, but Gongyang Yongfeng did not expect to be treated as a stepping stone for this person to advance.
The person in front of Gongyang Yongfeng obviously battled with Gongyang Yongfeng in order to break through the current state in one shot. Compared to the anger of being used as a stepping stone, the fear of Ye Xiwen’s breakthrough made Gongyang Yongfeng tremble uncontrollably. Ye Xiwen, who was only a Half-step Great Sage Intermediate, was already so scary now. If Ye Xiwen broke into Half-step Great Sage Late, there would surely be an increase in combat power regardless whether the combat power would push him into the Great Sage Late level. At that time, it would not be a prolonged battle that was evenly matched, but a one-sided massacre.
Thinking of this, there was a trace of madness in Gongyang Yongfeng’s eyes. When he had already reached this point of entering Angel Decay, he no longer had any scruples.
“Good techniques. Such a person is unprecedented and earth-shattering. I have never seen a genius person like you, but such a person will fall into my hands today. Hahahaha. It will make this life worthwhile!” Gongyang Yongfeng laughed loudly, and his expression seemed a little fanatical. The gourd behind him boiled suddenly, getting bigger and bigger, and it soon became the size of a hill.
The gourd opening burst open in an instant, and then endless of wood qi gushed out of it uncontrollably, forming a huge wood qi river which infused into Gongyang Yongfeng’s body.
In Ye Xiwen’s eyes, Gongyang Yongfeng’s body was enriched gradually at a speed visible to the naked eye. The old spots on Gongyang Yongfeng’s face soon disappeared, and the white hair turned to fine black hair. His originally crooked and thin body figure became taller and stronger in the blink of an eye. He actually returned to the most vigorous period of his adult life.
Gongyang Yongfeng was no longer old and tattered but filled with unimaginable surging vitality. With his sharp vision, he stared coldly at Ye Xiwen while licking his lips. His face was filled with cruel gazes. He almost could see Ye Xiwen’s looks, the great genius in his eyes, when Ye Xiwen fell in his hands.
His body’s aura was also rising gradually before he suddenly broke through Great Sage Intermediate, and returned to Great Sage Late. The familiar power surged all over his body. Finally, he returned to the Great Sage Late. He yearned this level of strength.
“Ye Xiwen, be careful. This old man actually forced all blood essence in his body to recover to the highest peak with the endless wood qi. He wanted to perish with you. After this battle, he definitely will die no matter whether he won or lost! “Ye Mo shouted in shock. He was an old antique that had lived for countless years. An old monster who saw all kinds of tricks. At the moment when Gongyang Yongfeng began to transform, he already realized what Gongyang Yongfeng was up to.
Ye Xiwen’s gaze became dignified immediately. He actually reverted to the Great Sage Late. Although he knew that Gongyang Yongfeng used to be a Great Sage Late, he did not expect that Gongyang Yongfeng would dare to make such a big decision. Gongyang Yongfeng would definitely die after this battle no matter if it was a victory or loss.
Ye Mo was right in saying that Gongyang Yongfeng was planning to drag Ye Xiwen to perish together.
Probably because Gongyang Yongfeng’s last disciple was dead, and he was also close to his ultimate limit, so he was also like a desperate person who finally became crazy.
However, Ye Xiwen did not give in at all. On the contrary, between his eyes as deep as the stars, it became scorching, as if two huge suns appeared in it.
Ye Xiwen’s fighting spirit became higher. He already had the idea of using Gongyang Yongfeng as a stepping stone to make him break through. Now that Gongyang Yongfeng breaks through, he did not have any tension and fear. On the contrary, he was even more excited. In order to advance more, it was definitely better to have a higher stepping stone.
At this time, someone finally noticed that Ye Xiwen was actually using Gongyang Yongfeng to brush up himself. When they noticed this, everyone was like crazy. It was already surpassing their imagination to fight Gongyang Yongfeng without being in an inferior position, but regarding Gongyang Yongfeng as a stepping stone was simply unimaginable for them.
A Thousand Plants Sect disciple even said mockingly, “He is overconfident. He actually dares to use a Great Sage as a stepping stone. He’s really courting death. Now that Elderly Predecessor has returned to the peak, it will be a piece of cake to kill him!”
Obviously, they didn’t notice that Gongyang Yongfeng was overdrawing his final blood essence for the final battle. He wanted this battle to be his ending battle.
“Today is your doomsday!” Gongyang Yongfeng’s gaze was as sharp as a knife. His tall and sturdy body rushed to Ye Xiwen in an instant like a fierce beast. A wooden spear came out of his palm and fell in a flash with crashing sounds that were like the sound of a thunderstorm. The spear broke through the sound barrier in an attempt to stab Ye Xiwen into half.
Ye Xiwen could almost feel that the terrifying strength of the spear was close to him. It was like a green lightning that had come straight to the front door in a split second. It was really scary. It was twice as fast as before. It was just completely different now.
“Dang!” There was a sound of metals clashing. Ye Xiwen raised his hand and incarnated Rippling Mountain Seal.
“Kaboom!” There was a huge explosion sound.
The whole mountain was pierced through by the spear. The sharp spear tip pierced directly into Ye Xiwen’s palm, and blood dripped profusely from Ye Xiwen’s hand.
Everyone was silent, a deadly silence. Everyone kept quiet. This was the first time Ye Xiwen was injured in this battle.
 A Chinese popular saying as a metaphor to depict something really heavy or great in magnitude.