Yang Chen did not have the time to think too much. Knowing that he could not fight those golden crows by himself, he tried to condense a huge Kui Water ice shield.

When the blue-colored thick ice shield came into contact with the golden crows, it easily shattered. Although it was able to halt one or two of them, it was unable to avert the immediate crisis.

Shocked, he dashed to avoid the golden crowns, but they moved so quickly. He couldn't last long by moving through the gaps between them because he was outnumbered. Instead, he would eventually be confined to an ever-shrinking space.

Underneath the Chaos Cauldron, Xiao Zhiqing was so frightened that her face turned pale, and she kept shouting as hard as she could. "Hubby, take the Chaos Cauldron away! You don't need to protect me!"

She knew that if Yang Chen had the Chaos Cauldron in his hand at that moment, his stress level in fighting Luo Qianqiu would be reduced by at least thirty percent, because the Chaos Cauldron could withstand a large number of attacks.

However, Yang Chen had never retrieved the Chaos Cauldron just in case she would be in danger. 

He refused to swallow his pride despite knowing that he would have a good chance of turning the situation around if he had the Chaos Cauldron in his hand. 

It was because Luo Qianqiu had not used any artifact up to this moment, only using his cultivation and technique to fight against himself.

If I relied on the Chaos Cauldron to fight him, wouldn't I be inferior to him? 

With other cultivators, he could use the Chaos Cauldron to fight them, and it was because he knew they were not his match, so his pride would not be harmed in any way.

However, Luo Qianqiu was definitely an expert on par with him. Hence, this fuelled Yang Chen's desire to win without relying on a tool.

If Yang Chen kept relying on the Chaos Cauldron to fight against elites, he would not be able to make a significant breakthrough in his realm.

What he yearned for was to step into the Shang Qing Realm one day. To do so from the Full Cycle of Tai Qing Realm, he need an opportunity, and battles with experts were valuable experiences.

The three-legged golden crows swept past Yang Chen's body. Occasionally, a few of them would collide with each other, creating violent explosions that caused him to tumble around uncontrollably.

Every now and then, a part of his body would be burned by the Golden Crow True Fire, bringing him excruciating pain. 

Yet, he did not give up and kept releasing the purple and blue fire to fight against those Golden Crow True Fire.

Since Luo Qianqiu was not yet able to kill him, Yang Chen felt that there was still room to fight.

After all, the golden crows could not surpass the Heavenly Fire in terms of power, so they would still be defeated by Yang Chen, constantly turning into countless golden fireworks.

However, it frustrated him that he could not untangle himself from the hundreds of golden crows. If he could not attack Luo Qianqiu's body, it would be futile to struggle anymore.

Even if he shattered one golden crow, he would still be attacked by the others. Moreover, Luo Qianqiu's Golden Crow True Fire seemed to be endless, which showed how unpredictable his cultivation level was.

"This brat is too cocky for being reluctant to use his artifact. Our patriarch will surely be able to win!"

"As expected of being the first person in our Luo clan to master the ‘Three-legged Golden Crow Secrets' in these thousands of years! So that's how powerful it is! It's just a pity that we won't be able to comprehend it…"

"Haha, this bastard killed so many of our family's elites. He should suffer a horrible death!"

The people of the Luo clan already saw Yang Chen as a dead man. Every resistance he put up was futile, and he was nothing but a caged beast. 

As for Luo Xiaoxiao, she had put one hand by her mouth, subconsciously biting her fingers tightly. She felt tense as ever. This bad guy has hurt me multiple times, so why am I so worried? 

Meanwhile, in the face of such a perilous situation, Yang Chen was surprisingly calm as he thought of countermeasures.

I don't have a choice but to try out that move. Although it is still unstable, maybe it will work…

Having made up his mind, Yang Chen stretched out his arms, and a ball of blood-red Ye Fire and grey Ruo Water formed in his palms. Then, he slapped them together violently!

The fusion of water and fire instantly emitted powerful corrosive power from the inside out, as if two vicious beasts were biting and fighting each other, both refusing to yield. 

Yang Chen's face was contorted. He had tried to fuse Ruo Water with Ye Fire before but found that the fusion of the two would produce extremely strong repercussions. 

The corrosive power would be relayed to his soul, causing him to suffer excruciating pain as if his soul was going to be split open.  

However, it did not mean that these two types of Heavenly Fire and Xuanshui could not be fused. It was just that he did not feel the technique was mature enough.

At this critical moment, seeing that neither the blue nor people Fire could do any substantial damage to the golden crows and that the Ruo Water could only erode a small area, he had to make a desperate move to try and turn the tables around. 

Everything happened in a flash and an ear-splitting roar filling the air as he fused the two balls of energy. 

A greyish fire rose in front of Yang Chen as if it was going to pierce through heaven and earth like a pillar of fire.

Standing in the sun-like ball of flame, Luo Qianqiu felt an overwhelming sense of death through his soul as a look of shock flashed across his eyes.

The hundreds of golden crows continued to chase Yang Chen unceremoniously, leaving one fiery red wound after another on his body. Yang Chen's blood kept dripping down and evaporating, which was an unbearable sight.

It was at this moment of pain for both his body and his soul that Yang Chen suddenly developed strange enlightenment—a state of mind similar to that of a man who had set himself up for death— allowing him to survive the torture caused by this Dark Fire.

Finally, under his control, a cloud of grey fire formed into several Dark Fire dragons, which began to whistle around him.

The golden crows clashed with these smoldering fires, still unruly and seemingly unhindered, but that was not the case. 

On the far side, Luo Qianqiu, who was controlling these golden crows, slowly began to show a pained expression. 

"How-how can this be?"

His fists were tightly clenched, and his face expressed frustration. 

Luo Qianqiu's eyes became increasingly bloodshot when he realized that every time the golden crows he controlled collided with those Dark Fire, a huge corrosive force would be relayed to him, causing his soul to suffer. 

If this went on, he was afraid that he would be corroded by that power before he even killed Yang Chen. 

Yang Chen, who was being bombarded by the golden crows, noticed that they were getting slower and slower and deliberately avoiding the Dark Fire dragons, and so he began to laugh out loud.

Despite the strength of the three-legged golden crows, the Dark Fire appeared to be a strengthened version of the Ruo Water and Ye Fire. Because the golden crows were all fused with Luo Qianqiu's divine sense and controlled by him, the effect of the fire would be relayed to Luo Qianqiu and thus injure his soul as soon as it touched the golden crows.

If Luo Qianqiu wished to keep using the golden crows to fight him, then he would have to not control them and use them purely as if they were the purple-red lightning from before.

However, if that was the case, it would be impossible for the rampaging three-legged golden crows to catch him off guard or besiege him like they did at the beginning.

Sure enough, the number of golden crows dwindled and gradually dissipated in the air, turning into specks of golden light.

That lessened Yang Chen's burden by a lot. When he looked at Luo Qianqiu, he saw that the Golden Crow True Fire around the latter was being extinguished and was no longer shining so brightly.

The thousands of cultivators in the Luo clan were all surprised and horrified at that sight. That strange Dark Fire defeated the Golden Crow True Fire!?

Seeing that the tables had turned in the blink of an eye, they did not dare to come forward to assist. In a battle of this level, they would die if they came up, so they could only watch on helplessly. 

Meanwhile, Yang Chen used the Endless Resolve Restoration Scripture to quickly repair his body tissues. His mood improved when he held the Dark Fire in his hands. Indeed, I am able to break through bottlenecks in battles that I am unable to do in everyday life.

After confirming that Xiao Zhiqing was safe and sound, Yang Chen's murderous aura intensified and he was ready to use Dark Fire to kill Luo Qianqiu and then go after Luo Hang.

However, when he was about to do so, he found that Luo Qianqiu's situation was a bit strange. 

Luo Qianqiu was holding his head, twisted his body in the air with a hunched back. His meridians were bulging, and he was letting out a hysterical and hoarse scream as if he was in pain. 

From within his body, streams of black-red aura, a substance full of malice, were seeping out from all his limbs and even from the top of his head.

"Dad!?" Luo Xiaoxiao saw it from afar and exclaimed in worry.

The other elders of the Luo clan were also filled with surprise and worry as they murmured among themselves. 

Even Yang Chen was a little confused by the reaction. He had not dealt any heavy blows to Luo Qianqiu yet, and he had taken the initiative to stop attacking too. Why did he suddenly show such an expression? And those black-red malicious aura emanating from his body… It feels like I've felt them somewhere…