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Lei Yan’s remains laid on the combat stage as the blood from his body dyed the entire stage red.
An axe, a single ordinary axe strike with no fanfare caused the hearts of those who saw the aftermath to shiver.
Lei Yan, a fifth level Heavenly Dipper Sovereign had been chopped down just like that.
Qin Wentian was currently too powerful. After the tempering of the Gravity Mountain, his fleshly body was nearing perfection. The force contained within every one of his axe strikes could be freely regulated by him. Not to mention the fact that his astral souls and divine energy was an entire level higher, it wasn’t strange for him to prevail. Although that axe strike appeared to be ordinary, it contained many profound secrets within which one would never understand unless they fought directly against Qin Wentian.
The hearts of those from the Violet Thunder Sect were all pounding madly as they stared at the corpse on the hundred-victories combat stage. The word ‘ashen’ was no longer sufficient to describe their countenances, their faces were all devoid of blood.
Earlier, Lei Yan had arrogantly proclaimed to the public that he wanted to see if Qin Wentian’s strength would be able to match up to his skill of talking, he also wanted to show the crowd what a joke the rumor that said the members of the Battle Sword Sect had the highest individual combat prowess was. However now, the reality couldn’t even be described as face-smacking. If it was a face smacking, the faces of everyone in the Violet Thunder Sect would have all already swelled up.
Those from the Battle Sword Sect were also shocked by the results. However, they took it in stride. Qin Wentian was someone their Senior Brother Lin Shuai as well as an elder-level character had personally went to the Xuan King City to pick up, he was naturally extraordinary. Also, linking this back to the mysteriousness of Qin Wentian, they already knew Qin Wentian would be stronger than he seemed. But even so, they too were greatly surprised by the power of that single axe.
Although they believed Qin Wentian would be able to win earlier, they didn’t expect his victory to be so overwhelming and dominating. With just a single chop, a fifth-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereign genius from the Violet Thunder Sect had fallen to him.
Those from the Medicine Sovereign Valley were visibly awed as well. It seemed like the man whom their Holy Maiden loved was extraordinary indeed. Sadly, his cultivation base was a little on the low side. After all, their Holy Maiden was already a fifth-ranked alchemist and was heavily doted upon by the Medicine Sovereign.
As for the crowd, that battle only served to prove one point. The individual combat prowess of the Battle Sword Sect members was truly the highest. In fact, only the word perverse would be sufficient to describe it.
No wonder there was this saying that if you managed to enter the Battle Sword Sect, you are virtually already half-a-foot into the Royal Sacred Sect.
However to Qin Wentian, killing Lei Yan was only an extremely simple thing. Throughout all these years, how many times had he been looked down upon? How many self-proclaimed demon-level geniuses had fallen to his hands? He had already lost count. How could Qin Wentian take Lei Yan seriously? If it wasn’t for the fact that Lei Yan pointed him out to issue a challenge to him, he would have never bothered. But now he had to keep in mind that he was a member of the Battle Sword Sect, he wouldn’t allow the reputation of the Battle Sword Sect to be sullied by his decision not to act.
Shifting his gaze, Qin Wentian starred in the direction of those from the Violet Thunder Sect as he calmly spoke, “The skill of their mouths truly far exceeded their individual combat strength for members of the Violet Thunder Sect.”
Words like this were undoubtedly sprinkling salt on the wounds of the Violet Thunder Sect. But if one thought about it carefully, before the battle, Lei Yan arrogantly said so much crap, Qin Wentian had only softly asked, “What happens if the loser dies?” On hindsight, this revealed how much confidence he had in himself.
“I, Qin’s cultivation base is only at the fourth level of Heavenly Dipper. Since those from the Violet Thunder Sect love to battle so much, I shall oblige. I hereby accept all challenges as long as their cultivation bases are at the sixth level or below.” Qin Wentian continued speaking, and the instant the sound of his voice faded away, it caused another round of tumult, shaking the hearts of the crowd.
“Junior apprentice brother has gone crazy.” Ye Lingshuang’s countenance faltered slightly. Although Qin Wentian’s combat prowess was incredible, the Violet Thunder Sect was part of the nine great sects after all. Other than Ye Kongfan, there were other extremely powerful geniuses whose cultivation levels were at the sixth level of Heavenly Dipper.
They themselves were also extremely well known and their combat prowess terrifying. Yet Qin Wentian had actually dared to jump two levels to fight them? From Ye Lingshuang’s point of view, Qin Wentian’s decision was too foolhardy.
“How impudent.” The members of the Violet Thunder Sect all had incredibly ugly expressions. Evidently, they were angered by Qin Wentian’s provocation.
A burst of cold light gushed forth from Ye Kongfan’s eyes, after which he coldly stated, “I respect Brother Qin’s incredible combat prowess, but since we are all members of the nine great sects, how can you kill my junior brother Lei Yan despite us treating you as a guest? Even if your strength exceeded his, how could you not show any mercy and slay him? Your actions are truly too sinister, if I Ye Kongfan don’t do something about it, I won’t be able to escape the blame of responsibility.”
“Laughable. The members of your Violet Thunder Sect wanted nothing more than to kill my junior brother Qin Wentian. His arrogance was publicly seen and yet you want to use his death as an excuse to deal with my junior apprentice brother? Ye Kongfan, you are really a treacherous man.” Liu Yun refused to give face and instantly exposed Ye Kongfan. “Why don’t I complete the rest of your sentence for you? Here goes, ‘Although it would be deemed inglorious for members of my Violet Thunder Sect with cultivation bases at the sixth level to fight against you. To avenge the death of my junior brother Lei Yan, even if the world were to call us inglorious. We will just have to grit our teeth and endure it no matter how bad the damage would be to our reputation.”
Ye Kongfan’s expression darkened, this was indeed what he wanted to say. Who would have thought that Liu Yun of the Battle Sword Sect had already seized the initiative.
From that single axe strike executed by Qin Wentian, Ye Kongfan knew that fifth-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns had no way to kill Qin Wentian. They didn’t even know how strong Qin Wentian was exactly, this was why they had no choice but to mobilize sixth-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns.
Ye Kongfan glanced at a man beside him, “Junior Brother Tan, I’m afraid we would need you to fight for the honor of our sect.”
“Ye Kongfan, aren’t you a little too despicable?” Ye Lingshuang’s countenance changed. “Tan Feng from the Violet Thunder Sect, not only does he have a cultivation base at the sixth level of Heavenly Dipper, he even has the Spark Fire bloodline. That, when used in conjunction with the Mandate of Lightning, his destructive power is off the charts. He is also proficient in the Mandate of Flames, Mandate of Blood and Mandate of Gold, ordinary seventh-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns wouldn’t even be his match. Yet you want someone like him to deal with my junior apprentice brother who’s only at the fourth-level of Heavenly Dipper? Don’t you find this disgraceful?”
Qin Wentian’s understood Ye Lingshuang’s outburst was to warn him of Tan Feng’s strength as well as the various Mandates he excelled in. If Qin Wentian felt stressed, even if he rejected the match, nobody would say anything. After all, there was a gap of two levels between them.
“If it isn’t for him stating that he would accept all challenges, I wouldn’t do this.” Ye Kongfan replied. “Both the Battle Sword Sect and Violet Thunder Sect belong to the family of the nine great sect. Since my junior Lei Yan was killed because he wasn’t the match of someone else, all of us have no complaints. But since Brother Qin dared to state such words he had better fulfil them. Do you think he can take back his words so easily? If that’s the case, if I can take back the words of arrogance my junior apprentice brother said, can you give him back his life?”
“But of course we won’t make things to difficult on account of the fact that he is after all a guest of my Ye Country. If he kneels before the corpse of Lei Yan in apology, I, Ye Kongfan, am willing to accept the responsibility for Lei Yan’s death.”
Ye Kongfan’s voice was as calm as ever, although his words were twisted and forced logic, nobody could refute him. After all, Qin Wentian was the one who said that he would accept all challenges.
Now, the crowd was all shaking their heads, Qin Wentian was in a position where he could neither retreat nor advance.
“Hypocrite.” Qin Wentian stared at Ye Kongfan. This man didn’t even feel sadness at the death of his junior brother. In Ye Kongfan’s eyes, Lei Yan was nothing but a chess piece for him to manipulate. And now, after his death, the chess piece became Tan Feng. Tan Feng was to be the instrument of Qin Wentian’s death.
How could Qin Wentian not understand the designs Ye Kongfan had towards Mo Qingcheng? Earlier he didn’t shred apart all pretense of cordiality, doing his utmost to pretend he was unaffected. Now with such a glaring opportunity on his face, Ye Kongfan naturally couldn’t wait to remove himself. He knew that Qin Wentian would never kneel before Lei Yan hence, this battle with Tan Feng was inevitable.
“Since you want to fight, just get up here.” Qin Wentian’s blood was rumbling in his body. The Violet Thunder Sect was part of the nine great sects and the geniuses from any of the nine great sects couldn’t be underestimated. Although he was confident in his own abilities, he wasn’t so blind as to believe none stood above him. Hence, he was already prepared to activate the power of his blood. If Tan Feng was beyond his capabilities, he would then call upon the power of his demonic blood with no hesitation.
“He actually agreed to the battle?” The crowd was shocked. His opponent was a sixth-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereign genius from the Violet Thunder Sect. Even those from the Battle Sword Sect had heard of Tan Feng’s name before.
Tan Feng stood up, his gaze exceptionally cold. When staring at him, everyone could feel a dangerous aura radiating from him.
As his silhouette flickered, Tan Feng was like an apparition, his speed was incomparably fast, appearing right in front of Qin Wentian. He didn’t say anything as the violent power of his bloodline erupted forth. Cracking sounds echoed out in the air around him as his eyes alternated between shades of red and black. Just matching his gaze was sufficient to feel a heat burning oneself.
“His Mandates are all at the Transformation Boundary as well.” Qin Wentian could tell how powerful Tan Feng’s Mandates are just from the effect of matching his gaze. This person was definitely not any weaker compared to him.
Tan Feng pressed forward silently, when he lifted his hands, a dangerous force field enveloped the space. He then blasted out with his palms, sending a blackish fiery palm imprint towards Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian’s attack was the exact same one he used on Lei Yan, he chopped out with that ordinary axe, slamming it onto the palm imprint. Instantly, a thunderous sound rang out as the destructive shockwaves birthed from the impact madly rocked the entire space. That palm imprint didn’t shatter. Instead, it continuously grew larger transforming into a blood-red color with lightning circulating around it, blasting forward…
Qin Wentian lifted his axe, his bloodline thrummed with power as a huge force imbued his arms. Abruptly, the axe chopped out with frightening speed, cleaving the palm imprint apart with indomitable might. However despite this, the destructive power of the palm strike didn’t dissipate in the slightest. It continued on its way, gushing towards Qin Wentian.
“Peng!” Stellar Transposition. Qin Wentian directly vanished from sight, appearing above Tan Feng. That swarth of destructive energies continued on its way, missing him completely.
Tan Feng was only stunned for a moment by Qin Wentian’s instantaneous movement technique. He recovered soon after and soared up the skies. Waving his hands, a gigantic palm print that glowed with the redness of blood covered the entire sky.
“Great Destruction Palm Imprint, Senior Tan Feng’s is more powerful than I’ve imagined.” The eyes of an expert from the Violet Thunder Sect gleamed with sharpness. Tan Feng could even slay ordinary seventh-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns, let alone a fourth-level Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian coldly snorted as his Heavenly Hammer Astral Nova manifested in the air. With the heavenly hammer in his hands, Qin Wentian wielded it in intricate arcs, summoning the entirety of his strength and smashing it against the Great Destruction Palm Imprint.
“BOOOM!” A torrential surge of destructive energy overflowed. Despite his all-out attacks, the Great Destruction Imprint actually wasn’t completely shattered, this was a testament to how strong the Great Destruction Imprint was Upon seeing the torrential destructive qi that was soon to envelop him, Qin Wentian executed Stellar Transposition. He dodged through one of the gaps, when he reappeared he was standing at a place even higher than where he was before.
“Indeed, one can never underestimate the geniuses of any of the nine great sects. The innate techniques of the Violet Thunder Sect are truly powerful, just that palm imprint alone contained enough destructive power that my defences would be unable to match.” Qin Wentian mused. He speculated that Tan Feng was, without a doubt, one of the more outstanding disciples in the Violet Thunder Sect among his peers.
The cold laughter in Ye Kongfan’s eyes continued unabated. He was naturally extremely clear on Tan Feng’s strength. If he were to suppress his cultivation by one level, dropping from the seventh to the sixth, he would at most be stronger by Tan Feng by a very miniscule amount. Tan Feng had already achieved the realm of being able to completely infuse one of his Mandates into his innate technique, capable of erupting forth with extraordinary power!
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