Chapter 40: The Final 32. Huang Ying spent the entire resting day in the library, ignoring the hustle and bustle of the capital in favor of tearing through the books. While reading, Huang Ying was also chatting a bit with Li Jun. Reading the books was one thing, but since he had someone next to him that had cultivated for a long time, to not use his information and experiences would just be silly. “Shouldn't you head towards The Waning Moon, Yang Xinyi should have already been taken care of.” As the night rolled around, Li Jun's voice rang out in Huang Ying's mind. “No, I will wait until the people from Willows Hope leave Cloud's End. I don't know what sort of machinations that Xu Yin has put in play, but until I am certain that he is gone, I won't take the risk of approaching Yang Xinyi, for all I know, he is constantly keeping track of me.” Huang Ying spoke in a dismissive tone. He had accepted Xu Yin's deal because it would benefit him, but there was no way he would put too much trust in him. People who had cultivated for as long as Xu Yin had were bound to be sly foxes, trusting them would always bring with it risks. “Hehe, really, the more I see you now a days, the more pleased I get, I should have tried to destroy Azure Springs much earlier.” Li Jun's laughing voice rang out in Huang Ying's head. Thinking about Azure Springs would still give Huang Ying a headache, but it was no longer as bad as it used to be. Li Jun had spent some time ever since they left Yellow Winds Town trying to find out where he could draw the line, what he could talk about. He knew that Huang Ying had repressed some of his memories about Azure Springs Town, and since he didn't want to ruin the fun by making him remember it immediately he started experimenting with what he could say. What he had found out was that as long as it was about the attack on the town, it would touch slightly upon the repressed memories, resulting in headaches, but as long as he didn't talk about exactly what had happened, it seemed like it would work out. “Really Li Jun, one day I have to find out your backstory, I truly don't know how you ended up as twisted as you did.” Huang Ying spoke with a sigh before putting away the book and sitting down in the lotus position, the last part of the tournament would start in a few hours, so it would be best to spend the rest of the time adjusting his condition so that he could participate at full strength. If it were a life and death fight, he would not be scared of any of the contestants, but since it was a tournament presided over by several strong people, he could not use his Devouring element. He could only use his Ice Qi and his Bloodline Limit if it really came down to it. But while he himself had some trump cards, he was certain that the people from the academies, especially the people from the older generation, would have some of their own trump cards. Like they say, caution will sail a ship for ten thousand years. Huang Ying opened his eyes as the light from the sun shone in through the window. He glanced out the window, he should still have almost an hour until the tournament started. Standing up from the floor, Huang Ying stretched his body. Hearing the sound of his joints popping, Huang Ying put on a satisfied smile, it was truly a pleasant feeling. Huang Ying left the library and headed for the inn, he felt like freshening up quickly and changing robe, the one he was currently wearing had gotten sweaty. Entering the inn and heading to the floor they had reserved, Huang Ying came upon a panicky Xu Yin. “Oh? What happened old man Xu?” Huang Ying put on a surprised face as he asked. “Tch, you little bastard actually came to the inn for once? I thought you started living in the library ever since we came here. Little Yang isn't here, have you seen him?” Xu Yin clicked his tongue at Huang Ying. Ever since they came to Cloud's End this bastard had been staying in the library instead of returning to the inn. “Little Yang? Is that teacher Yang? In that case no, haven't seen him.” Huang Ying put on a slightly pondering expression before answering. After answering, he shrugged his shoulders, indicating that he too was at a loss, and moved past Xu Yin and into the room that was reserved for the youngest participants. A quick shower and change later, Huang Ying felt refreshed and comfortable, heading towards the arena. The arena was filled with even more people this time around than it was during the earlier parts of the tournament, but on the stage stood only 32 people. These 32 people were the people who won their fights and moved on to the final parts. Willows Hope had six participants, one student from the oldest age group, Huang Ying found out that he was called Luo Bao. Yang Ning, Ma Wu and another girl called Kang Wei from the 17 year old group. No one from the 16 year old age group. Huang Ying and the kid with the shallow foundation called Meng Jing from the youngest age group. Yellow Springs also had six participants, Winter's Grasp had nine participants, and finally, Empyrean Phoenix had 11 participants. These 32 people would proceed to randomly fight against one another until they lost. Once they lost they would be removed from the tournament, all the way until there was only one left. Willows Hope could be said to have been lucky once more, both Yang Ling and Luo Bao managed to draw enemies from the youngest age group, giving them an easy victory. Luo Bao used the element of Stone, giving him a tough body and high attack strength, but he was rather weak in speed, so the way he fought made him seem like a mountain. He pushed his legs into the arena, covered himself in a defensive layer of Qi, making him look like a rock, and started conjuring and throwing rocks at his opponents. Since he was at the 9th heaven, he had a large advantage over the young contestant and won quickly. Yang Ning was only at the 7th heaven, but his Qi was of the Wood element, which was famous for it's regenerative property. This gave Yang Ning a large amount of stamina, allowing him to drag out fights that seemed disadvantageous. His opponent was unable to persist long enough and thus lost. After a few more fights, it was Huang Ying's turn. At this point, most of the younger generation were out, leaving only him and Meng Jing from Willows Hope. The opponent Huang Ying drew was a 17 year old from Empyrean Phoenix who had reached the later stages of the 8th heaven, much like Huang Ying. Entering the arena, Huang Ying immediately knew that he would have to end this fight quickly. He didn't think this because he thought it would be a tough fight, he thought this because his opponent had an insufferably arrogant face. “Ho, so you are their trump card right? The one who is going to take the champion's spot?” The youth spoke with a laugh as he looked at Huang Ying. “Unfortunately Mr. Champion, you came up against me.” As he spoke, fire started to burn around him, covering his arms in bright red flames. “I am from Empyrean Phoenix, in our veins run the blood of the phoenix, we are it's descendant and our flames are the flames of the undying phoenix!” The youth spoke with a proud face as he raised his arms and dashed towards Huang Ying. Huang Ying looked at the flames for a second before turning his eyes towards the youth and sneering. “Flames of the phoenix? This weak shit? At best you have a few drops of vermilion bird blood implanted into your veins, yet you proudly proclaim yourself a descendant of the phoenix? Arrogance!” Huang Ying had seen the true flames of the phoenix in the memories of the white tiger. The phoenix was also the brother of the white tiger and Baku, so Huang Ying could be said to have some relations with it, hearing someone like this youth speak as if he was born from the phoenix truly irked Huang Ying. “Let me show you just how weak your 'phoenix flames' really are.” Huang Ying spoke with a sneer. As Huang Ying's voice faded, the youth from Empyrean Phoenix was only 50 meters away from Huang Ying, having dashed almost 100 meters in only a few seconds. Huang Ying raised his right arm, the cold aura around him immediately expanding to cover everything within 100 meters around Huang Ying. The Youth that was dashing at him didn't even have time to think anything, he only noticed that he completely lost control of the Natural Energy around him. The phoenix flames around him instantly turned to ice and fell to the ground, even the flames on his arms had turned to ice. Next thing he noticed, the ground beneath his feet froze over and he fell over and started sliding towards Huang Ying. With a shocked exclamation, he saw Huang Ying kick out at full strength. Huang Ying's kick landed on the youth's chest, instantly smashing his chest and stopping his momentum. Huang Ying glanced downwards at the youth who was now spewing blood beneath his feet. He then proceeded to shift his eyes towards the Empyrean Phoenix seating area. “Phoenix flames? You disgrace the phoenix.” As his words dropped, he kicked out once more hitting the youth in the stomach and sending him sliding towards the Empyrean Phoenix seating area, only stopping once he slid off of the arena. After the youth slid off, Huang Ying no longer spared the Empyrean Phoenix people a glance, simply stepping off the arena and heading to his seating area under the shocked gazes of everyone present.