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“Do you think that if you approve of me, I would approve of this inheritance?”
“Before this, you said that I was unworthy and thus wanted to kill me. Treading on the fine line between life and death, only to become a ‘worthy successor’ now?”
The Qin Wentian at this moment, wasn’t the successor. He chose to be a plunderer instead.
Since the golden guardians wanted to filter out an eligible successor, he would choose to plunder the inheritance away instead.
They saw him obliterating Zhu Sha, then following it up by smashing the golden guardian into pieces.
Everyone in the great hall watched, their faces shifting through a myriad of emotions. All of their attention was fixated onto Qin Wentian.
Only to see Qin Wentian abruptly sweep his gaze onto Zhan Chen, as an intimidating killing intent gushed forth from him.
As Zhan Chen felt Qin Wentian’s pitiless stare riveted on him, his countenance drastically changed. He knew that Qin Wentian wanted to kill him.
“Buzz!” A raging wind gusted as Qin Wentian’s palm moved. Momentarily, that gargantuan constellation arm mirrored his actions, directly grabbing at Zhan Chen. Within the great hall, Qin Wentian was its controller.
Zhan Chen’s Astral Souls immediately erupted forth as he bathed in a radiance illuminated by a boundless sword glow. At this moment, it was as though his whole consciousness had integrated into the sword.
“LACERATE!” Zhan Chen roared. A drop of blood flew from his finger, landing onto the sword glow. An instant later, a gigantic blood-colored sword manifested as it exploded towards the constellation arm. The blood-colored sword blocked the movements of the gargantuan arm, causing thunderous, vociferous sounds to echo out unceasingly. Zhan Chen then pointed his finger at Qin Wentian, his countenance as heavy as a mountain.
“KILL HIM!” Zhan Chen hollered, as Yang Fan instantly moved. His palms shimmered with the boundless energy of the stars and moon as he dashed towards Qin Wentian.
But simultaneously, Bailu Jing appeared next to Qin Wentian, and responded with his Great Sun Nine Beheading Technique. Golden threads appeared in mid-air, slicing apart the manifestation created by Yang Fan’s Star-Seizing palms.
“Hmph.” Qin Wentian coldly snorted. Rumbling sounds echoed in the air as the runic outlines on the ground started to ‘hiss’ once again. This time, their fused power targeted Yang Fan, while several manifested long lances flew towards Zhan Chen.
Zhan Chen turned pale, then with a clap of his hands, a sphere of light appeared in mid-air. Zhan Chen immediately slashed apart the spear with a chop of his palms, causing the light rays from the sphere to envelop his body. An instant later, the crowd all discovered that Zhan Chen had already disappeared, reappearing again outside of the great hall. His speed was so fast, it was as though he had teleported. However, as he appeared again, he involuntarily spat out continuous mouthfuls of fresh blood.
Qin Wentian’s gaze followed Zhan Chen. Their gazes locked, with eyes filled with killing intent so thick it even distorted the air.
Both of them wanted nothing more than to destroy the other.
As expected of the chosen from the Pill Emperor Hall, Zhan Chen was extremely tough to deal with. Qin Wentian couldn’t kill him even with the aid of a fourth-ranked formation.
If one were to compare their individual strength, Zhan Chen could easily kill him. After all, Qin Wentian had only cultivated for a short period of time, his cultivation base was still shallow and lacking.
Qin Wentian turned his gaze onto Yang Fan, and the gargantuan arm moved with a speed as quick as lightning towards him. Yang Fan’s countenance grew incredibly unsightly as he hastily sent out continuous palm strikes, trying to buy himself time. Borrowing force from the gargantuan arm’s attack, Yang Fan used it to augment his movement technique as he too retreated out of the great hall. He knew that if he continued staying in a place under Qin Wentian’s control, the only result would be his death.
Qin Wentian then nonchalantly turned his gaze onto Hua Feng and those from the Hua Clan. Their countenances sank, appearing extremely ugly to behold. But they retreated as well, leaving the great hall of their own volition. They stood at the threshold, an intense glacial light erupting in their eyes when they stared at Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian was invincible within those walls, none of them could be his match.
Hence, they chose to bide their time outside of the great hall. Even if Qin Wentian obtained the inheritance, he would have to leave eventually. And when he did… they’d make sure of his utter demise, not allowing even a corpse to be left behind.
The rest of the golden guardians all stared at Qin Wentian. They understood that they were all sitting ducks here, and to stick around would mean getting killed by Qin Wentian.
“Swoosh.” The constellation arm swept towards them. One of the golden guardians howled, “This successor is rebelling, I’ll delay him. The rest of you join forces to summon the Golden Armored King.”
As the sound of his voice faded, the long spear in his hands erupted forth like a dragon snaking through the clouds, directly clashing against the constellation arm. His entire body was on the verge of shattering from the impact while the long spears from the other golden guardians penetrated through space, all of them stabbing into the Ascendant Sculpture.
Sounds of cracking rang out as the exterior of the sculpture broke into pieces. Gradually, an intense beam of golden light shot out. Qin Wentian discovered that within the sculpture, there was actually a golden body similar to that of the golden guardians. The only difference was that this golden body appeared several times larger.
“Puppet.” Qin Wentian could tell with a single glance the difference between this golden body compared to the other golden guardians. The other golden guardians all had cultivation bases, they weren’t true Puppets.
While the huge, golden-armored frame in front of him, was that of a true Puppet.
“Chi, chi, chi!” The bodies of the golden guardians all exploded, voluntarily choosing self-destruction as they transformed into golden beams of light drilling into the golden-armored Puppet.
“Since you refuse to become the successor, you can succeed us all in hell then.”
Before exploding, the golden guardian blocking Qin Wentian roared out his last words of defiance. As the beam of golden light from his body entered the golden-armored Puppet, that Puppet’s eyes opened and then stood up. The two ancient scrolls in its hands were placed on the ground, and the eyes it regarded Qin Wentian with, was filled with a baleful aura so strong, that even the very air distorted around it.
“Boom!” The golden-armored Puppet stepped out, the power of his steps causing the entire ground to shake.
Qin Wentian’s eyes narrowed, his conjecture was correct. The nine golden guardians weren’t Puppets, but were humans instead.
And as for that sculpture, the others thought that it was the corpse of an Ascendant, remaining here to pass down his inheritance. But that ‘corpse’ was actually merely a Puppet.
Such a scenario couldn’t help but make people ponder over this further.
Qin Wentian stared at the golden-armored giant, his gaze so clear it was as though he could see through it. In this secret realm where only Yuanfu-level cultivators could enter, a fourth-ranked Puppet was indeed an invincible existence.
“Bzzzz!” The golden-armored Puppet flicked out a finger in Qin Wentian’s direction. With that single flick, space contorted as the terrifying energy of Heaven and Earth gathered and condensed into the shape of a golden arrow, able to pierce through all matter.
Qin Wentian’s countenance changed, that gargantuan constellation arm instantly appeared before him as he blasted forth with it.
The two attacks collided, as the great hall was racked with tremors. The support from the countless runic outlines engraved on the floor fused their power together, working in conjunction with the constellation arm against the golden-armored Puppet.
Yet, the golden Puppet showed no fear at all. It continued advancing forwards, disregarding the attacks.
“BOOM!” The constellation arm flexed, closing its fingers around the golden-armored Puppet, while Qin Wentian’s silhouette flickered and he dashed towards the golden Puppet with explosive speed.
The eyes of the golden Puppet were like lightning bolts shooting right into Qin Wentian’s mind.
Qin Wentian could only feel stabs of searing pain in the centre of his brows, and then an instant later, a concentrated beam of light also erupted forth from it, fighting back against the lightning from the golden Puppet’s eyes.
Very quickly, he approached the front of the golden Puppet. Qin Wentian then placed his palms onto it, a cold smile appearing on his face.
Did the fourth-ranked Puppet truly think of itself as invincible?
Qin Wentian slammed forth with his palms, only to see that the golden-armored giant Puppet had a look akin to amusement flickering in its eyes. A mere third-level Yuanfu cultivator wanted to breach the defences of a fourth-ranked Puppet?
Was he dreaming?
“Fractured Void!” Qin Wentian’s palm zoomed out, directly landing onto the head of the Puppet. In an instant, a surge of energy rumbled as it directly bypassed the exterior, destroying the Divine Inscription within that was powering the Puppet.
What sorcery was this?
Could Qin Wentian see through the position and intricacies of the fourth-ranked Inscription?
The location of the Divine Inscription embedded within any Puppet were secrets only known to their creators. How could it have been located so easily?
Even if the location was discovered, how could it be so easy to destroy it?
Yet with a mere palm strike from Qin Wentian, it discovered that the runic outlines of the Divine Inscription embedded within its head, was in the midst of being eradicated at this very moment.
Negation. Qin Wentian’s attainment in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions had already reached the level of Reverse Inscription, and now that his perception had evolved another level, he could clearly sense the location of, and comprehend the complicated runic outlines of the fourth-ranked Inscription with ease. How difficult would it be for him to neutralise it?
Qin Wentian repeatedly sent out palm strikes, each and every one of his attacks aimed at the head of that golden-armored Puppet.
The reverberation of its unwilling roars shook the space but very swiftly, gradually lowered in volume, corresponding the loss of energy with the rate of destruction for the Divine Inscription embedded within it.
A few moments later, the Puppet was powerless, to the point where it could no longer stand, and so it adopted a kneeling position instead.
“YOU WILL DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH!” Qin Wentian ignored the last words of the Puppet. Mere words couldn’t hurt him. He upped the tempo of his attacks, until the last wisps of consciousness were wiped away from the golden guardians, reducing it to an ownerless object. Only then did Qin Wentian transfer it into his interspatial ring.
From now onwards, this fourth-ranked Puppet belonged to Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian leisurely stepped out, arriving at the place where the two ancient scrolls lay. After picking them up, Qin Wentian opened one of the scrolls as his consciousness sank into it.
“These ancient scrolls contain this esteemed lord’s understanding of the Dao of Divine Inscriptions, as well as the many formations and Divine Inscriptions that I had personally created. From now on, it shall be imparted to you.” An archaic voice entered his mind, as several extremely powerful Inscriptions and formations appeared within his consciousness.
Qin Wentian smiled as his consciousness sank into the second ancient scroll. “The title of this esteemed lord is the Gold-Element Ascendant. From a young age, I have stumbled over many obstacles on my path for cultivation. It is fortunate that the Heavens do not abandon those who strive for their goals, any by a stroke of luck, I eventually obtained a heaven-defying cultivation art. This Gold-Element Ancient Scroll contains within it a cultivation art that would enable the practitioners to have an indestructible golden body. Once one succeeds in cultivating it, one’s body would be akin to a Divine Weapon, able to sweep across the Grand Xia unhindered, becoming an existence at its peak.”
“This esteemed lord was besieged and harmed by enemies, resulting in my final resting here. With my last breath, I chose to leave my inheritance to the future generations. If the fated successor passes all my tests and receives my inheritance, one must put in their utmost effort to cultivate my legacy. There are three important points that one must note: First, the cultivation of this heaven-defying art must not ever be divulged to another, including one’s elders or ancestors of one’s sect or clan. Back then, this esteemed lord was harmed by none other than those I called family. Second, this cultivation art is extremely tyrannical in nature, and one may be subjected to abnormal changes during the course of cultivating it. Only those that possess an undying will, the strongest of the strong, are able to successfully cultivate it. Third, let me reiterate once more, never let anyone else know that you are cultivating this secret art. If my enemies were to find out, you would die without a doubt. Naturally, if you were to one day succeed in your cultivation and step into the Celestial Phenomenon Realm, only then could you investigate the identity of my enemy. If you possess the heart to undertake this, be the sword of revenge for this esteemed lord!”
The voice gradually faded, as Qin Wentian’s eyes gleamed with an intense light.
Gold-Element Ancient Scroll, heavenly-defying art?
One can cultivate it, but must definitely keep it an absolute secret from others?
A cold light radiated from Qin Wentian’s eyes. Once again, he thought of those nine golden guardians from before. They weren’t true Puppets, but had the base of a living human instead.
“Little Brother Qin, congratulations on obtaining the Ascendant’s inheritance.” Old First laughed uproariously. Old First, Bailu Jing, Bailu Yi, still remained inside of the great hall.
Qin Wentian smiled at Old First. After which, he walked to the entrance of the great hall, turning his gaze onto the rest of the cultivators. “The disputes we had within this secret realm, were only for the sake of this inheritance. Now that this inheritance is in my hands, I know for sure that all of you would want to kill me to plunder it. I, Qin, am not so arrogant to think I can still survive with the entire Moon Continent at my back. My fellow cultivators, I am willing to give up this inheritance to all of you.”
After speaking, Qin Wentian flung the ancient scroll outside, causing everyone to be stunned by his actions.
The inheritance of the Ascendant?
Qin Wentian had voluntarily relinquished it!
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