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Now that the Celestial Constellation Tree had been totally plucked dry of Constellation Fruits, the invisible pressure dissipated, no longer affecting the cultivators.
Currently, only massive boughs, intertwined branches and a countless number of leaves could be seen. The Constellation Fruits had all disappeared. Qin Wentian alone had obtained six of those fruits, and even his demonic pet also acquired one. This meant that right now, Qin Wentian actually possessed a total of seven Constellation Fruits.
As for this ancient tree, naturally no one sought to damage it. Who knows, it might be able to bear fruits once more, although it was unknown how long that would be in the future. But when it happened, the major powers in Xuan King City would definitely contest for the rights to claim it.
“Plop, plop…” Several figures slammed onto the ground. These were the weaker cultivators whose hearts had ruptured under Qin Wentian’s Heartbreak Echo.
Earlier, their heartbeats were already erratic under the pressure field from the Constellation Fruits, taut like a bow string ready to be fired. The slightest external stimulus could effortlessly collapse that fragile line of balance.
Disregarding them, even Shang Qi with his bloodline limit was pressured to the point where he couldn't hold on. The moment he landed on the ground, he stumbled back several steps and immediately popped a medical pill into his mouth to stabilize his thumping heart. The killing intent flashing in his eyes was incomparably terrifying.
Lifting his head and staring at the Celestial Constellation Tree, he only saw Qin Wentian’s silhouette flashing by, akin to a great roc as he soared through the air, flying away.
Having sole possession of over six Constellation Fruits? How could he not depart right away? Normally, if one was lucky enough just to obtain two or three, they would have already left without another thought.
The voices of Shang Qi and Jian Jingtian rang out at the same instant. Immediately, those experts who were still uninjured all soared up into the air, flying after Qin Wentian.
The one nearest to Qin Wentian was actually Xie Yu now. Previously, he had kept himself as the furthest away from the Constellation, and so he had felt the least amount of pressure. Now, seeing that Qin Wentian was trying to escape, he immediately shot out the arrows he prepared.
Qin Wentian could sense the deadly arrows behind him. Executing Roc Flash, his silhouette blinked as the fired arrows soared harmlessly above his head.
Little Rascal was right by his side. One man, one beast, they madly rushed towards the mountain range. At this moment, there was no longer a need for them to remain here.
“Where can you go?” A ear-piercing sound rang out. A raging wind gusted, Qin Wentian felt the presence of someone appearing above him. This newcomer was none other than the chosen of the Wind Roc Aristocrat Clan, Feng Yunhe. Roc wings could be seen behind his back—his speed was the swiftest out of all the experts present.
Feng Yunhe dashed downwards, stretching out his golden talons and smashed them towards Qin Wentian. The sound of sharp blades slicing through the air loudly echoed out.
“What a powerful attack.” The Divine Energy in Qin Wentian’s body bubbled as his blood surged, blasting out the bloodcurse imprint in response to Feng Yunhe’s attack.
“BOOM!” An intense, thunderous sound of collision rang out. Feng Yunhe could also sense how fearsome Qin Wentian’s attack was. With a flash, he disappeared from sight and reappeared some distance ahead of Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian stared at Feng Yunhe who was blocking his path. Feng Yunhe’s eyes appeared slightly demonic, and the wings on his back seemed to be an aspect of his unique bloodline, and not manifested from any innate techniques.
Wind Roc Aristocrat Clan, the roc flying in the wind—he had the blood of the Wind Roc in his veins. In the Xuan King City, if one were to talk about speed, then not one of the major powers, including experts of the Royal Clan in Xuan King City, would be able to compete against them in speed.
And as a chosen of the Wind Roc Aristocrat Clan, Feng Yunhe naturally couldn't be compared to ordinary fifth-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns. Qin Wentian could kill fifth-level sovereigns, but who said that Feng Yunhe couldn't do so?
And not only was he swift, he was powerful as well. If not, how could he become a chosen of the Wind Roc Aristocrat Clan?
“Cough out the fruits,” Feng Yunhe stated imperiously. Within moments, those pursuing from the back were already on the verge of catching up. Qin Wentian naturally wouldn't choose to battle against so many. He immediately jumped onto the transformed Little Rascal and flew off to the side.
“Hmph.” Feng Yunhe coldly snorted. He moved smoothly in the wind like a fish in water. A moment later, golden lances could be seen hovering around him.
A raging wind gusted, many of the golden lances erupted forth, sealing Qin Wentian’s path ahead. At the same time, the remaining lances shot towards his body.
Little Rascal immediately dipped downwards and landed on the ground, evading the fired lances. Feng Yunhe flickered as he appeared in front of Qin Wentian once again, blocking his path. If Qin Wentian didn't hand over the fruits today, there was no need for him to even think about living past another day.
The sounds of silhouettes whistling through the air could be heard as the other experts from the Wind Roc Aristocrat Clan arrived. Golden lances could all be seen in their hands as they stared coldly at Qin Wentian on the ground below them.
Behind them, the experts from the other major powers, including Shang Qi and Jian Jingtian also arrived. The coldness of their killing intent enveloped the entire region, locking onto Qin Wentian.
Ji Xue immediately wanted to dash over, however, Xu Feng held her back. Turning her head, she glanced at Xu Feng. He wasn't looking at her but was instead focusing his gaze at the experts rushing ahead. He shook his head. “I'm the same as you, we both owe him our lives. However, if we fought together with him now, it would only end with our deaths. There would be no meaning to it.”
Xu Feng was logical. From the viewpoint of their relations, they should aid Qin Wentian. But from a rational basis, by doing so, this would only lead them to a useless loss of their lives.
Although his words were harsh, it was the truth. Ji Xue’s mouth parted slightly, helplessness clear in her eyes. Although she wasn’t lacking in strength, it was impossible for her to fight against so many experts.
“That crimson-eyed demonic spirit has vanished, and there's a possibility that it died in his hands. In that case, since he dared to snatch so many of the Constellation Fruits, he must have a method to preserve his life.” Xu Feng spoke in a low voice. Although he wasn't so confident, under such circumstances, his words caused Ji Xue’s eyes to glow. Maybe Qin Wentian truly had a way to survive.
Shang Yue’s silhouette flickered as she followed the end of the crowd. The experts ahead of her were like ravenous wolves lunging at their prey. How could that white-robed young man survive this perilous situation?
At this moment, Qin Wentian calmly stood on the ground as he stared at the silhouettes bearing down on him, as well as the strings of other slower experts flying behind them. If these people launched a collective attack, joining their strength together, he would surely be turned into dust.
“Hand over the Constellation Fruits and I won't kill you. Maybe then you would still have a chance to live,” Feng Yunhe promised.
Qin Wentian swept a glance over. His blood was thrumming with power as his eyes turned incomparably demonic. Taking a step forward, an overwhelming sword qi engulfed the Heavens and Earth.
“BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!”
Qin Wentian continued stepping out and each of his steps served to strengthen the sword qi that was permeating the air. As his fourth step landed, the amount of sword qi permeating the air was so much that it seemed endless.
“Courting death!” Feng Yunhe hollered in rage. The golden lances in the air shot out, and at the instant of his attack, the other experts from the Wind Roc Aristocrat Clan similarly launched their attack, causing countless golden lances to pierce towards Qin Wentian.
However, it seemed as though Qin Wentian wasn't even aware of this. He took a fifth step forwards and the instant his step landed, the figures in the surrounding felt their entire body trembling, as if the endless sword qi had penetrated their bodies. Above Qin Wentian, a resplendent Astral Nova in the form of a king’s sword appeared. That Astral Nova was vibrating furiously, and the entire space around it seemed to transform into a forest of swords.
However, the golden lances had all already erupted his way.
“Bang!” His silhouette disappeared as a bout of astral light flooded the area. In an instant, he safely passed through the gap of the long lances and continued his sixth step.
A humming sword melody enveloped the entire space, as the faces of everyone underwent a drastic change. Retreating explosively, while simultaneously launching an attack, the Astral Novas within their bodies seemed to be trembling as they began to bleed. Somehow, a terrifying sword-might had entered their bodies and was currently ravaging it from within.
Even Feng Yunhe was affected, however the killing intent in his eyes didn't diminished in the slightest.
Qin Wentian’s entire body felt tense. The final sword-step was extremely difficult to achieve.
The Seven Annihilations Swordplay consisted of the principle of a step matching with a sword. Each successive step would build upon the sword-might generated from the previous one. Now at his sixth step, he formed an innate connection with Heaven and Earth and borrowed its force to augment his attacks. This was already his limit, and as for the seventh step, it wasn't easy to achieve it.
Shang Qi and the others eventually caught up, and upon feeling that terrifying sword-might permeating the air, their bodies immediately erupted with terrifying auras.
Was this Qin Wentian’s trump card? They truly wanted to see how Qin Wentian would die after this.
Jian Jingtian stepped out, and a fearsome sword-might similarly emanated forth from him. His sword Astral Nova manifested, vibrating intently, and with a wave of his hands, that single sword split into two, then into four and so on and so forth… until a row of swords appeared in front of him, with each sword emitting an extremely terrifying sharpness.
“DIE!” Jian Jingtian howled as the row of swords in front of him penetrated through the void and instantly appeared in front of Qin Wentian.
However, at that exact moment, Qin Wentian’s body emitted an absolute force of attraction towards swords. As the swords zoomed towards him, about to penetrate him right through, yet they were all blocked by a mysterious force circulating around him.
“DIE!!” Jian Jingtian howled again, using his astral energy to push the swords with all his might, intending to slay Qin Wentian.
“Peng!” A storm of sword qi ballooned up, as the sharpness in the air became palpable.
Lifting his foot, and with great difficulty, Qin Wentian took the final step. He borrowed the power from Jian Jingtian’s attacking swords to accomplish it. As the seventh step landed, the row of sharp swords belonging to Jian Jingtian all shattered, adding to the might of the sword qi storm. Instantly, as the sword qi exploded, a rain of blood dyed the surroundings red. It was unknown how many experts had fallen, all lacerated into nothingness under the sharpness of that explosion.
This time, there were no more injuries. It was an all-out, complete, utter decimation.
Feng Yunhe and Shang Qi retreated with explosive speed, the Astral Novas in their bodies were all shaking underneath this pervading sword-might. In fact, the pressure was so intense that their Astral Novas felt as if they would shatter at any moment.
Right now, an unspeakable terror seized their hearts. Earlier, Qin Wentian used this attack as an area of effect attack, targeting everyone in his surroundings. However, if he were to use this technique on a lone target, how much more devastating would it be?
This final attack consumed the entirety of Qin Wentian’s energy in his sword-aligned Yuanfu. The exhaustion rate of the Seven Annihilations Swordplay was too terrifying. However, its effect was just as terrifying—more than half of his earlier pursuers were all either dead or grievously injured.
“Death to those who try to block me,” Qin Wentian coldly spoke. Astral light flashed as his silhouette disappeared once more. Disregarding his expenditure of astral energy, he appeared in front of a cultivator and slammed down with his crimson-colored palm. That cultivator responded with a palm strike and instantly withered due to the bloodcurse imprint. His arms turned to bones as the corrosion effect soon spread to his entire body, causing him to fall from the skies.
“BOOM!” After Qin Wentian killed that cultivator, he disappeared and reappeared in front of another cultivator once again. This time, he blasted out with his Heartbreak Echo, causing that person to clutch his chest as he coughed out fresh blood. It was already too late for him despite his attempts to retreat. After this poor victim’s heart had ruptured, Qin Wentian executed Stellar Transposition once more as his sword sealed the throat of yet another cultivator.
Killing people, plundering lives. The area around Qin Wentian became an absolute zone of death!
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