A flash of solemnity crossed Jared’s face when he witnessed that scene.
He did not see the burly man use any magecraft or chant any spells, but the two women seemed to be
bewitched, obeying his every word. Admittedly, Jared was well aware that he himself did not possess
He knew he did not have the slightest chance at winning if the man decided to assault him. In fact, he
might not even manage a counterattack.
“Why are you following me?” Jared asked finally.
The corners of the burly man’s lips curled into a sneer at his question. “I was surprised that you found
out I was following you. I didn’t expect you to reach the Transcendence Phase. You must be an
invincible existence in the eyes of those so-called martial artists now.”
Instead of replying to Jared’s question, he pointed out his cultivation rank.
His words had fortified Jared’s assumption—the man before him was an energy cultivator like him.
However, he could feel the other party’s animosity toward him.
“Who are you? You must have at least reached the Transcendence Phase to be able to use spiritual
sense to probe around. However, you made those women leave with a single sentence. This shows
that your abilities are superior to that of the Transcendence Phase. Could it be you’ve already reached
the Golden Core or Nascent Soul?” Jared asked gravely.
The burly man regarded him disdainfully and said, “You don’t have to guess anymore. No matter what,
you can never attain my rank. Follow me obediently now, and I won’t hurt you.”
“Where are we going?” Jared asked.
“You don’t need to know that. You’ll find out when you get there.”
The man refused to divulge any information.
“I won’t follow a stranger if you don’t tell me.”
Jared refused to follow the man. Even if he knew he would lose to the latter, he would not blindly walk
into a death trap. Going down without a fight was not in keeping with his character.
“Do you think you’re in a position to choose?”
The man emanated his aura and engulfed Jared with it.
Feeling the aura envelop him, Jared swiftly unleashed the massive spiritual energy accumulated in his
body to resist the man’s aura.
Alas, Jared’s resistance was like a soft rock standing in the middle of the powerful streams of the
rapids. It was frail and caved within minutes. Unable to withstand the pressure any longer, he dropped
to one knee and coughed out a mouthful of blood.
“The scion of the Deragons is nothing but a mere skirt-chaser.” The man laughed tauntingly at Jared’s
Gusts of blade-like wind blew with the man’s laugh, slashing across Jared’s body, drawing blood from
each wound. However, all the injuries were minor and not fatal.
It was apparent that the man had no intention to kill Jared, or else the latter would have been dead long
“Deragons? You know about my identity?” Jared frowned. He could not care much about his injuries
but was curious about the man’s utterance.
This man might have a clue about my background. I have always wanted to know my identity and who
my biological mother is. The young man had never given up on that thought ever since he found out
that he was adopted.
“If you want to know about your background, then follow me obediently, else you’ll have more wounds
on your body.”
The man retracted his aura. Almost instantly, Jared could feel the crushing pressure around him eased
away. Unable to adapt to the sudden change, he spurted out yet another mouthful of blood.
Seeing that Jared kept spitting out blood, the man shook his head. “You’re too weak. I thought you
could resist my aura since you reached the Transcendence Phase. However, your physical body is too
frail. You haven’t even strengthen your body. It’s fortunate that I only used a third of my strength, or
you’ll be dead. If that happens, I wouldn’t be able to claim the reward.”
Disdain filled the man’s eyes. Jared’s abilities were nothing to him.