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Ouyang Kuangsheng inclined his head, an expression of arrogant disdain could be seen in his eyes when he looked at Wang Xiao, who was standing in the air.
“Wang Xiao, how many elders of the Unmatched Realm came out when you took the entrance test?” Ouyang Kuangsheng coldly asked. He naturally already knew the answer. He purposely asked, despite already knowing Wang Xiao’s response.
“Three,” Wang Xiao replied, his voice filled with pride. The old eccentrics of the Unmatched Realm were all extremely lazy people. Some of them couldn't even be bothered to accept any disciples. To them, allowing the cultivators of the younger generation to cultivate with them was already an act of kindness. There were many who had the qualifications to enter the Unmatched Realm, yet their level of talent was insufficient for them to be taken as disciples by the old eccentrics here.
The old eccentrics of the Unmatched Realm were all undoubtedly formidable powerhouses. This was also the reason why so many talented geniuses tended to gather here in the Azure Continent.
Back then when Wang Xiao took the test, three elders of the Unmatched Realm appeared, wanting to accept him as their disciple.
Yet Wang Xiao rejected them all. In the end, he chose to study with another extremely famous elder of the Unmatched Realm, hoping to enter the sect as a disciple of that elder.
“At the very least, the number won't be lesser than yours.” Ouyang Kuangsheng coldly laughed. Wang Xiao stiffened as he stared at Ouyang Kuangsheng, “Oh? I’m breathless with anticipation.”
In the ancient mountains far away, celestial qi permeated the cave dwellings where the elders of the Unmatched Realm resided. This place was somewhere so well hidden that it was tough to discover, even by the experienced cultivators who had already entered the Unmatched Realm previously. At this moment, several old-looking figures inside the dwellings opened their eyes, turning their attention to the young man who was causing such a huge commotion.
“He passed it, the ninth checkpoint.”
These people were all thunderstruck, they personally witnessed Qin Wentian barging into the tenth checkpoint. The other two were slower in comparison, they were respectively at the fifth and sixth checkpoint.
“This…” A sharp glint of light flashed past the eyes of the crowd. The tenth checkpoint consisted of eighteen demonic beasts, and all of the beasts had a cultivation base at the peak of the seventh level of Yuanfu. Not only that, each and everyone of them, were Astral Warbeasts! In spite of this, their ferocious attacks couldn’t even land a scratch on that young man’s body. Bursts of Astral Light would explode occasionally as the young man channeled his Astral Energy and unleashed his innate techniques.
What made the crowd even more thunderstruck was that this young man, the movements of his feet… he was inscribing Divine Inscriptions in the midst of combat. All of the Inscriptions were peak-tier, third-ranked defensive-type Inscriptions—he wanted to stabilise the situation by defending first.
“Damn his granny, he actually managed to defend against them all!” the burly man roared, his bellows echoed throughout the entire cave dwelling. “This young man should be mine, mine, MINE!!! But now, damn it, damn it, DAMN IT, there’s definitely no chance now.”
He could naturally see the level of Qin Wentian’s strength, but now, what Qin Wentian was exhibiting wasn’t merely just strength. The speed in which he inscribed third-ranked Inscriptions was unbelievable, that damnable old man would most definitely assert his claim on Qin Wentian now. There was no way for him to contest.
In another cave dwelling, a lazy-looking old man suddenly trembled when he witnessed Qin Wentian’s prowess. His eyes then narrowed as a bright light flashed past them.
“A single step capable of inscribing basic third-ranked Inscriptions. And that speed… he’s even stronger compared to me back then when I was his age,” that old man murmured. An instant later, the runic outlines of the basic third-ranked defensive Inscriptions shifted and re-merged, forming into a peak-tier, third-ranked attack-type Inscription. The level of Qin Wentian’s expertise, left the old man speechless.
“This brat belongs to me for sure, ALL OF YOU ARE NOT TO CONTEST FOR HIM!” the old man howled, his voice resounded throughout the ancient mountain. Someone cursed, “That shameless undying sheet, using such a forceful method. Shameless, he’s too shameless…”
“Who are you referring to?” A voice suddenly boomed in the cave dwelling of the man who cursed earlier. That person trembled as he stuttered, “Br…brother, I was just joking. He’s yours, all yours.”
“He passed it, he actually passed the tenth checkpoint!” The eyes of the crowd widened in surprise when they noticed the peak-tier, third-ranked Inscriptions abruptly shift once again and was now emanating the might of a fourth-ranked Inscription.
“Why isn’t he out yet? What’s that guardian doing?”
However, their gazes all froze when they noticed another silhouette appearing beside Qin Wentian.
“She actually went into the illusory city as well?” After they recovered, the gazes of the crowd all turned to a far-off misty peak. Even the lord of that place was paying close attention to this young man?
Qin Wentian was also dumbfounded. He stared blankly at the silhouette standing in front of him, clad in snow-white robes.
The robes covering her body complemented the fairness of her skin. Her pearly-white complexion appeared temptingly soft, as if a slight touch could melt it away like snow.
She was emanating traces of coldness, and her demeanor resembled Qing`er somewhat, yet different at the same time. Qing`er had the aloofness of a quiet and innocent heart, but this maiden in front of Qin Wentian, had the aloofness of a snow lotus blooming on a harsh, icy mountain.
Yet, the level of her beauty was beyond description, although Qin Wentian still felt that Qing`er was slightly more appealing in looks, the difference was truly slight. After all, a female that he could unconsciously compare to Qing`er, that already showed how outstanding her looks were.
From all the females Qin Wentian had met before, only the beauty of Qingcheng could be compared to that of Qing`er, albeit they were both at extreme ends of the spectrum. The beauty in front of his eyes, could at most be considered a higher level when compared to Ouyang Ting, unable to exceed Mo Qingcheng nor Qing`er.
And as for her cultivation base, it was actually at the eighth level of Yuanfu.
“Don’t depend on the strength of your Inscriptions, fight me just as you are.” The maiden’s voice was as cold as her demeanor.
Qin Wentian lightly nodded. The pressure this maiden gave him, was many times stronger than Yang Fan’s fiancee, Shu Ruanyu.
Qin Wentian’s aura erupted skyward; his demonic qi, bloodline, will of Mandates, they all erupted forth at the same time. At this moment, he was like an unstoppable force, akin to a fearsome primordial beast.
As boundless amounts of demonic qi filled the air, Qin Wentian approached his opponent. Two terrifying dragon imprints exploded forth from his palms and as his gaze met the maiden’s, the will of his Mandate was unleashed from his eyes. Yet, Qin Wentian realized the more he stared into the depths of her eyes, the more his entire body was gradually turning numb.
Just a single glance from that maiden caused him to feel that his spine was embedded in ice.
“How powerful, her Mandate should already be at the Perfection Boundary.”
Qin Wentian felt a bone-chilling sensation gnawing at his entire body. Having a Mandate at the Perfection Boundary was the prerequisite for prepping one’s foundation to break through to Heavenly Dipper. However, the cultivation base of that maiden was only at the peak of the eighth-level.
Regardless of how strong the opponent he faced was, Qin Wentian’s battle intent didn’t weaken in the slightest. Stepping forth, he unleashed another dragon imprint towards his opponent, powered with torrents of Astral Energy exploding forth from within him.
A deafening sound echoed as their attacks collided with each other. An incomparable feeling of coldness travelled from his arms right into his bones, as a layer of frost and ice condensed around him. Despite her cultivation base only at the peak of the eighth level, just unleashing the will of a single Mandate that had reached the Perfection Boundary would already be sufficient for her to slay peak-level Yuanfu experts whose Mandates were only at the Transformation Boundary.
Not only that, seeing how young she was proved that her level of comprehension was frightening, maybe even reaching the level of monstrous. Who knew what boundaries her other Mandates had reached.
Although Qin Wentian wasn’t her match, the power behind his attack was sufficient to cause the maiden to look slight apprehensive. This pressure, not even an expert at the seventh level of Yuanfu would be able to make her feel this way.
“BOOM!” Qin Wentian blasted out with his left palm, imbuing it with all the strength he could muster.
The countenance of the maiden sank further. She rotated her palms, bringing an arctic chill to the already cool air, causing Qin Wentian to feel as though he had frozen solid. After which, her palms wavered and materialized a shield of ice in front of her. Qin Wentian’s attack blasted forcefully through her shield but the maiden reacted by stabbing her finger forwards, and a terrifying snow storm howled ferociously towards him.
Cold, freezing cold. Qin Wentian’s entire body was shivering, it felt as though the frigidness in the air was capable of freezing even his Yuanfu.
Qin Wentian knew that he couldn’t defeat his opponent, yet he still stabbed forth with his finger in response to her attack. Terrifying amounts of demonic qi interweaved with the frost in the air, breaking apart the dome of Heavens with a single stab.
The overwhelming forces crackled in the air, Qin Wentian was forced backwards several steps, while the maiden also stopped her attacks. An expression of surprise could be seen in her eyes as she stared at Qin Wentian. “Your combat prowess far exceeds my expectations.”
After speaking, she turned and left, quickly vanishing before Qin Wentian.
The old eccentrics were all stunned into silence in their cave dwellings, this fellow could actually defend against an attack of that scale, and was somehow still standing. This no doubt indicated that his overall combat prowess was beyond extraordinary, it was astounding.
With a brilliant flash of light, Qin Wentian appeared outside the illusory city. He floated alone in the air, Fan Le and Chu Mang weren’t out yet.
“Hu… the coldness truly pervades the bone,” Qin Wentian murmured. Even now, the frost on his body had not melted yet. Inclining his head, he discovered several cultivators eyeing him in the air space above, and he couldn’t help but feel somewhat surprised at their attention.
“So fast?” Wang Xiao laughed mockingly. The period of time whereby Qin Wentian had entered and exited the illusory city was truly too brief. Not only that, his body was covered with frost and snow as well, so cold that he was trembling. Had something interesting happened?
Wang Xiao’s gaze was staring at the ancient mountain far off in the distance. Not even a single silhouette had appeared.
Not even one.
Such a happening caused Ouyang Kuangsheng to furrow his brows, something must be wrong. How was this possible?
As for Wang Xiao, his face was plastered with a smile filled with contempt.
“Forget getting three, not even one elder turned up. After our last encounter, your strength sure has degenerated to such a sad state. And to think that Ouyang Kuangsheng was naive enough to boast on your behalf.” Wang Xiao sneered. Qin Wentian tilted his head to stare at Wang Xiao, evidently he’d already recognized who he was. But what was he even talking about, why would any elders show their faces here?
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