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Qin Wentian had already been extremely respectful to Ghaus. Earlier, upon seeing him muttering irresolutely to himself, he warned Ghaus out of the kindness of his heart, but who would have thought that Ghaus would snub his good intentions.
The current Qin Wentian was extremely decisive when dealing with things. He understood the loss of face that Ghaus had suffered from when he warned him, but for matters such as face or prestige, all these illusory things were won by one’s true capabilities. Hence, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Even though this would offend Ghaus further, he couldn’t care less.
In any case, respect was earned, not given. Since Ghaus wanted to act in such a manner, Qin Wentian was more than happy to comply.
Numerous gazes were all riveted on Qin Wentian. Naturally, there would be some malicious intent mixed within some of the stares. For the first test, it examined the participants’ perceptive abilities, as well as familiarity with Divine Inscriptions. Although this wasn’t sufficient to determine whether Qin Wentian’s attainment was higher compared to the other elders here, at the very least it proved that his perception was at a level much higher compared to the others.
Bailu Yi also looked towards Qin Wentian. This fellow was the same as before, appearing extremely casual and nonchalant, yet such an attitude would definitely cause anyone who wasn’t familiar with him to mistake this for arrogance.
Standing in mid-air, Grandmaster Fenrir smiled as he glanced at Qin Wentian. This young man could sense what the other third-ranked Divine Inscriptionists could not, he was worthy of his attention.
Yan Tie’s countenance stiffened, as malevolence painted his face. He would never have imagined that Qin Wentian would be this skillful. But so what of it, Qin Wentian had to die, HE HAD TO DIE. A sinister look sparkled in Yan Tie’s eyes, he was already envisioning Qin Wentian’s death and refining him into a Puppet afterwards.
In the direction of the Leng Clan, many of them trembled in disbelief. Especially Leng Jian and the rest, their countenances were all extremely ugly to behold. This must be a fluke, an accident, that was how he managed to sense the last hidden Inscription.
“Oops, so there was still one more.” Old Third laughed.
“Yeah, we overlooked that,” Ghaus added, his frown had already smoothed over, regaining his earlier composure. He then continued in a low voice, “Brat, what luck, to think that the last Divine Inscription was discovered by you.”
Fenrir, who was in the air, had a light smile on his face. He calmly regarded Qin Wentian, only to see that Qin Wentian didn’t bother replying to their comments. With another wave of his hands, the created landscape trembled, causing rumbling sounds to resonate in the air. After which, the faint shadow of a demonic dragon appeared, its roars filled with such power that even mountains would crumble before it. A second later, the runic outlines of this demonic dragon shimmered, as it disintegrated into beautiful motes of star light.
In the next instant, all sounds of discussion were halted. Qin Wentian’s actions effectively caused a bout of silence to permeate the region. Ghaus stood there unblinkingly, frozen in position.
What did he say earlier? Firstly, he overlooked the ‘last’ Inscription because he was careless, and in addition, saying Qin Wentian only discovered it due to good luck. But now, what was this scenario? Was he himself, careless? Or was his own ability insufficient? Weren’t his earlier words simply smacking his own face?
“My ‘luck’ is pretty good indeed. Thank you.” Qin Wentian mockingly laughed. His laughter caused Ghaus to feel extremely awkward. Qin Wentian, luck?
In the direction where the White Deer Institute’s members were standing, the large-eyed Elder was speechless when he witnessed this scene.
Qin Wentian’s ability was beyond what he expected. But if Qin Wentian continued acting this way, he would involuntarily offend Grandmaster Ghaus.
“This fellow is too prideful.” The large-eyed Elder shook his head.
“Ghaus was the arrogant one first, things are getting interesting.” Bailu Jing who was standing beside the Elder, couldn’t help but laugh. The large-eyed Elder glanced at him before asking, “Jing`er, how do you feel about Qin Wentian?”
Bailu Jing replied, “I don’t have any requirements, as long as Little Yi likes him, all is fine with me.”
“You’ve always doted on Little Yi too much.” The large-eyed Elder shook his head in resignation.
“Is there anymore?” Fenrir stared at Qin Wentian.
“Junior has no idea,” Qin Wentian replied. He couldn’t find anymore, but that didn’t mean there was no other hidden Divine Inscriptions. Fenrir was a fourth-ranked Divine Inscriptionist, it wasn’t impossible that there would be some exceptionally well hidden Inscriptions that even peak-level third-ranked Divine Inscriptionists would have trouble identifying.
“Mhm.” Fenrir nodded his head, before waving his hands. “All of you can step away first.”
After the last of the participants stepped down the training platform, Fenrir waved his arms, collecting the mysterious portrait back.
As for the results of the first test, they were already very clear in his heart.
All three brothers of the Li Clan were extremely powerful. Ghaus, Yan Tie, Qin Wentian and that youth from the Demon Cult, were the strongest Inscriptionists among all the participants today.
If one were to consider the strength of the teams as a whole, the strongest among the participants would undoubtedly be the Li Clan’s three brothers, as well as the White Deer Institute’s team.
The three brothers of the Watermoon Mountain Villa were all experts in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions. As for the team from the White Deer Institute, there was no need to say anything more about Ghaus and Qin Wentian’s ability. Even Bailu Yi was extremely strong. The only unknown point at this moment was that other than sensory abilities, how strong was Qin Wentian in other aspects of Divine Inscriptions?
Fenrir stood in the air, nodding with satisfaction at the remaining participants. “The secret realm consists of countless traps and several formations. Hence, the second test will be testing your abilities and the time taken to break apart formations. In the formation I have created, I’ve filled it with many traps, and deadly Puppets. It is extremely dangerous, so I will not be held responsible if any of you suffers an injury or death in there. You can withdraw now if you want to. Remember, you only have to safely exit the formation to pass the test.”
When the sound of Fenrir’s voice faded, a sharp glint of coldness flickered in Yan Tie’s eyes. Since it would be exceedingly dangerous inside the formation, he would have to make good use of this chance to finish off Qin Wentian.
This was an opportunity for him.
So what if Qin Wentian’s perception was high? Yan Tie’s attainment in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions wasn’t something he would be able to compare to.
Having a stronger perception at this age merely meant that Qin Wentian had potential. But what use does one’s ‘potential’ have if one is dead?
No one chose to retreat, Fenrir smiled, it was as he had expected. Drawing a flag from within his sleeves, he tossed it towards the ground. The flag rapidly expanded, causing a terribly powerful wind to gust about their surroundings.
“Enter then.” The menacing aura of the formation flag erupted forth, engulfing Qin Wentian and the others within. Momentarily, the participants felt that the space around them had somehow changed. Over here, greyish fog permeated the region, obscuring their vision. Even their perceptions were severely limited.
“Bailu Yi,” Qin Wentian called out.
“I’m here,” Bailu Yi’s voice sounded out. Following the source of the voice, Qin Wentian took a few steps forward, before stopping before Bailu Yi. “Be careful, this formation is extraordinary powerful.”
Abruptly, a ring of flames shot towards their direction. Qin Wentian turned and sent a palm strike over it, the force of his attack extinguishing the flames. He wasn’t the slightest bit complacent. Qin Wentian knew that this was only the beginning.
The ring of flames after being extinguished, turned into wisps of smoke drifting skywards. Abruptly, the runic outlines of the smoke rearranged themselves, causing a rain of fire to descend upon them.
“The boundless variations of Divine Inscriptions, how marvellous.” Qin Wentian spent a moment lost in admiration. The level of this Formation may have exceeded the third rank.
“This formation is known as the Nine Levels of Dragon Trapping, Thunderfire Formation. Although it is a fourth-ranked formation, I’ve suppressed its power to be at the peak of the third rank. You can use any method, your only task is to break the formation and safely exit it.” Fenrir’s voice drifted over from afar, into the ears of all the participants.
As the sound of his voice faded, terrifying thunderous explosions echoed within the formations as huge balls of thunderfire, akin to meteors descending from the skies; the scene resembled the arrival of Judgement Day.
Bailu Yi immediately released her Puppet, controlling it to soar upwards, blocking the space above them. Seeing the balls of thunderfire raining upon her Puppet, Bailu Yi spoke, “Although we are able to use Puppets to temporarily block the thunderfire, we must think of a method to break the formation before the Puppet’s origin energy runs out.”
“Grandmaster Ghaus!” Bailu Yi shouted, she knew that Ghaus had an extremely high level of attainment in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions. Surely, his Puppets would be many times stronger compared to hers. They should work together and quickly derive a solution.
However, there was no reply… Even though they had Bailu Yi’s Puppet soaking up the damage, they didn’t dare move about recklessly.
“Grandmaster Ghaus, if you can hear me, please reply. Let us work together!” Bailu Yi shouted out once more.
“Bailu Yi, don’t disturb me, I have to think of a method to break the formation. Take care of yourself.” Ghaus’s voice travelled over, causing Bailu Yi’s expression to falter. Was Ghaus intentionally doing this?
“Watch out.” Abruptly, Qin Wentian pulled Bailu Yi aside as a sword-wielding silhouette zoomed past, slashing at the space Bailu Yi was standing at just a moment ago. Turning his gaze over, Qin Wentian discovered that it was a human-shaped Divine Puppet.
Wasting no time, his aura radiating coldness, Qin Wentian immediately retaliated with his Thousand-Hand Imprint, blasting it far away.
“Don’t randomly move about, there are many hidden traps on the ground,” Qin Wentian warned when he saw Bailu Yi wanting to move.
Bailu Yi took out another Puppet, as the only safe method to travel in the formation was to use Puppets to test for danger.
“Go look for Ghaus,” Qin Wentian spoke to Bailu Yi.
“No way, Yan Tie is exceedingly tough to deal with. He has many Puppets under his control and his methods are sinister and ruthless. It would be hard to handle him alone,” Bailu Yi frantically replied.
“I would only be more distracted with you here. Don’t worry, I’m beyond his power,” Qin Wentian stated.
Bailu Yi was still unwilling to give up, and she called out in a loud voice, “Grandmaster Ghaus where are you? The two of us will head to your position.”
There was no response, but the sound of her shout attracted a Puppet’s attention. The Puppet swivelled around, locking onto Bailu Yi as it dashed over, slashing with a huge sabre.
Bailu Yi’s silhouette flickered, dodging the attack. At this exact moment, a feeling of impending doom assailed her senses.
“Be careful!” Qin Wentian could sense that Bailu Yi had triggered a trap. Looking downwards, a ball of flame shot up as a black-colored palm strike was blasted at her by the Puppet.
Distracted, Bailu Yi could only hastily defend. The impact caused her to groan in misery as her body was flung to the side, colliding into Qin Wentian. Behind her, yet another Puppet was rushing over.
“Yan Tie, no matter how dangerous this place is, I will kill you today,” Qin Wentian silently vowed. He carried Bailu Yi up, causing her body to tremble shyly. This was the first time a male was so close to her. After which, she heard only the shrill keening of the wind. Qin Wentian was actually using his movement techniques to rapidly move around the formation. This was an extremely dangerous action, each step within the formation might be filled with perilous traps, and they would be exceedingly difficult to deal with if one was slightly inattentive.
Qin Wentian was also feeling depressed. Fighting against the Puppets wasn’t that difficult, and he could neutralise them with ease. However, the traps they were facing within this formation were extremely insidious. Because of their treacherous nature, he was unable to utilize his full strength, forcing him to split at least 70% of his attention just watching out for any potential dangers.
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