But every palm strike was forced away by the sword radiance at Ding Hao’s fingertips.
The two of them kept changing moves as if they were dancing. Each move was extremely powerful, enough to instantly kill a master in the Martial Sage Realm. But they didn’t touch each other in the entire process.
After a while, the strong wind suddenly stopped.
The man who had launched sneak attacks stopped attacking.
Ding Hao also stopped making moves and stood still. He looked up at the man and was shocked. When he saw the man’s face clearly, Ding Hao’s heart beat much faster, and his eyes burst out a strange light.
The man who had attacked him was a bronze grimace mask man. The expression of the mask was neither crying nor laughing. It was exactly the same as the one he had. There was no difference between the two. Even the material was exactly the same.
The bronze grimace mask Ding Hao had was a spoil of war. Four years ago, he finished his training in the Snow Dragon Mountain. On his way back to the Swordsmanship-seeking Sect, an assassin kept trying to assassinate him. After the battle with the assassin, he got the mask.
The assassin with the bronze grimace mask had powerful strength and an extremely mysterious background. However, after he was defeated by Ding Hao, the bronze grimace mask was left there and he never appeared again.
Later on, Ding Hao’s strength soared several times, so he no longer took this man seriously.
The bronze grimace mask he picked up was made of a kind of special material and it looked mysterious, so Ding Hao simply used it himself. He had appeared before other people as a bronze grimace mask man many times.
He didn’t expect to meet another bronze grimace mask man under the circumstance.
Ding Hao was sure in an instant that the mask was exactly the same as the one he had picked up, whether in terms of material or shape.
But the problem was that his mask was obtained from the Land of Infinity. Could it be that the man in front of him was also from the Land of Infinity?
"Who are you?" asked Ding Hao word by word.
However, the man looked as if he hadn’t heard Ding Hao. Under the mask, his pupils looked murderous. He sized Ding Hao up from head to toe. That was a kind of look of joy of seeing prey, just like a lion seeing a game it was interested in. Obviously, he had already regarded Ding Hao as prey.
With a stir in his mind, Ding Hao slowly took out the bronze grimace mask he had and put it on.
At this moment, the mysterious man on the opposite side shook his body, and his eyes shone with a sharp light.
Obviously, he was also shocked.
"You… It’s you!" His voice was hoarse and he sounded greatly shocked.
In the next moment, he seemed to have understood something and suddenly burst into laughter. "Hahaha, good, very good. It’s really fancy finding by sheer luck what I have searched for far and wide. I thought I would never see you again, but I didn’t expect that you had also come to this world. Ahahaha, is God sending you to me?"
Ding Hao raised his eyebrows and asked, "You know me?"
"Haha, of course I know you. I’m your old acquaintance, but this old acquaintance of yours wants to take your life. Die in my hands, Ding Hao!" The mysterious man leaned back and laughed. He suddenly attacked Ding Hao.
This time, his palms were bent like dragon claws, and there were black flames around his fingers. He roared as if a ferocious ghost were howling. It was breathtaking and his aggressivity increased several times in an instant.
Ding Hao didn’t show the white feather. He had also launched a palm strike.
There was silver Sword Light between his fingers, and the sound of the sword echoed in the passageway. It seemed as if his entire palm had become a metal one.
The two palms hit each other.
The bodies of the two were shaken and they both took a step back.
"It seems that you still can’t kill me today." Ding Hao sneered.
At this time, he could be sure that the mysterious man in front of him was the one hunting him down in the Land of Infinity at that time. But he didn’t know why this man had also come to the Land of Divine Grace and had appeared here.
"Killing you is as easy as slaughtering a cock!" The mysterious man shouted in a sharp voice. The black flames spread along his fingertips and turned into sharp black nails in a flash. Each nail was more than one meter long and was as thin as a blade. When he waved his hand gently in a backhand manner, there seemed to be the sound of cloth being cut. The void was immediately cut to pieces.
It was an extremely terrifying magical power.
"His strength doesn’t seem to be confined by the suppressive power between heaven and earth." Ding Hao’s heart skipped a beat, and he held the divine sword Sky Attack, the appearance of which had been changed, in a backhand manner. When he put it in front of his chest in a horizontal manner, the Sword Intent of the Beginning of Spring burst out in an instant.
The hazy Sword Intent was released.
East wind was instantly whistling in this space.
"Haha, Sword Intent? You have mastered it to such an extent. You deserve to be the former No. 1 genius of the Eastern Academy of Green Shirts… But in front of me, you are destined to die." The mysterious man laughed loudly and waved his palms. His black nails began to spread out like wildly growing vines. They were cutting the void from all sides, trying to trap Ding Hao in them.
"You were defeated by me, but you still dare to talk big."
Ding Hao sneered. The divine sword Sky Attack trembled slightly, and wisps of sword radiance spread out in a misty way.
In the next moment, the east wind all over the sky turned into sharp Sword Intent.
The ferocious sharp black fingernails were cut into powder in an instant, and the invincible Sword Intent burst out like a flood.
"Interesting… Hades Ghost Shadow!" The mysterious man shouted, and his body split into two, two into four, four into eight, eight into sixteen, and the splitting continued. In the end, there were more and more figures, crowding the entire passageway.
These black shadows stretched their palms, and there were long and thin black nails growing wildly, spreading out like vines. They had blocked every inch of space around them. They moved toward Ding Hao ferociously to kill him. They had covered everything, leaving almost no gaps.
"Humph, evil spirits dare to show off in front of me. All the ghosts in hell are under my control… Break!" Ding Hao shouted.
He put his sword in front of his chest in a horizontal manner, and the three illusions of the Sword Intent of the Beginning of Spring formed in his mind. Suddenly, the east wind whistled; beetles flapped their wings; invisible ice cubes collided; running water flowed; fish wagged their tails. Sounds were heard and the above illusions appeared.
These illusions formed a strange domain of Sword Intent within ten meters of Ding Hao.
No matter how ferocious the black terrifying nails were, they were unable to squeeze into the domain of Sword Intent.
"Sky Flipping Rat" Qu Feng stood behind Ding Hao, trembling with fear.
Watching such a battle, he looked frightened.
"Hahaha, let’s see how long you can hold on… Spectre Attack!" The arrogant and gruesome laughter of the mysterious man kept sounding.
From the outside, countless black sharp nails, like dense long hair, entangled the space where Ding Hao and the others were into a black ball. With the mysterious man’s sinister laughter, the roars of countless ferocious ghosts burst out from the black nails.
Clusters of corrosive black mist spread into the domain of Sword Intent.
"The power is so strange…" Ding Hao was shocked. The black mist could break through his domain of Sword Intent. With a stir of his mind, he immediately performed the second style of Sword Intent, which was the Sword Intent of Rain Water.
The solar term of the Beginning of Spring and that of Rain Water were combined. Six kinds of strange meteorological phenomena kept shifting.
Subtle power of the cycle burst out from the space.
It was the power of the cycle of the solar terms.
Among the 24 solar terms, Ding Hao had only comprehended the first two solar terms. Therefore, the power of the cycle was extremely weak.
"Explode!" Ding Hao detonated the Sword Intent.
Rumble! Rumble! Rumble!
Endless sharp Sword Light shot out in all directions and the surrounding black nails, which were entangled into a ball, suddenly exploded. They turned into fragments and flew away. There were shimmers of light penetrating in.
Several streaks of Sword Intent and Sword Light combined into one and pierced through the mysterious man’s shoulder in a split second.
At the same time, some black mist finally seeped in, and Ding Hao inhaled a little bit of it into his mouth and nose.
"Poof… Ah…" With a scream, the mysterious man’s shoulder was smashed. He was sent flying backward by the force of this blow and hit the crystal stone wall hard. Blood gushed out of his mouth.
Ding Hao also groaned and was swaying.
Both of them were injured.
But the mysterious man’s injury was obviously more serious.
"Hahaha, you’re lucky this time. I haven’t fully digested what I ate last time. The next time I see you, I’ll definitely swallow you… You’ll see, Ding Hao!"
The mysterious man laughed gruesomely.
He decisively turned into a stream of light as soon as possible and disappeared into the endless Immortal Qi in the passageway, withdrawing all his aura.
"He has escaped…" Ding Hao tried to sense him for a moment and confirmed that the mysterious man had really left.
The wisp of black mist accidentally breathed in by Ding Hao had terrible corroding power on the mind. It moved toward Ding Hao’s sea of consciousness like a poisonous insect. Like a pollutant, it was about to contaminate Ding Hao’s entire sea of consciousness.
Ding Hao was about to run the Mind Essential to try to expel the strange power, but at that time, the Heavenly Samsara Disc, which had been quiet in his sea of consciousness, suddenly shook and emitted a kind of strange power. It instantly absorbed all the black mist.
Ding Hao was a bit stunned because of this change.
For a long time, the Heavenly Samsara Disc was like a child who was unwilling to obey his parents. Ding Hao’s control over it was extremely limited. Only when it found something it was interested in would the Heavenly Samsara Disc activate of its own accord.
The last time something like this happened was when the God’s Palace was hunting down Ding Shengtan. In the courtyard where the city-protection tactical deployment was broken, a kind of strange energy was absorbed by the Heavenly Samsara Disc. Ding Hao could not figure out what that energy was.
This time, it took the initiative to absorb the black mist…
"Could it be that the black mist is related to the Six Paths of Reincarnation?" Ding Hao guessed in his heart. When he continued to observe it, he found that there was no other change in the Heavenly Samsara Disc. It returned to its previous lazy state and fell silent in his sea of consciousness.
Ding Hao stopped thinking about such issues. He sat cross-legged in the same place and ran his magic skills to remove the discomfort in his body.
Moments later, the damage caused by the black mist was completely healed.
"It’s really dangerous here. Danger is everywhere. I’ve only walked a short distance, but I’ve been injured successively. First, I was attacked by the master of the Ceroman Clan. Then, I encountered this man…" Ding Hao was also secretly shocked.
He had guessed that the mysterious man was from the Hades Ghost Sect.
In the jade plate sold by the Heaven Sound Pavilion, there was some information about the cultivation methods and moves of the Hades Ghost Sect, which were very consistent with the power displayed by this mysterious man. It could be confirmed that this man was likely to be the successor of the Hades Ghost Sect, one of the rising top masters of the younger generation.