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The light from the stone tablet completely enveloped Qin Wentian, and caused an enigmatic scene to appear. There were actually countless illusory battle drums that sprang up around him with him in their center.
BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!
The reverberations thundered out unceasingly as a powerful force suddenly shot towards Qin Wentian from the stone tablet, so fast that he had no time to react. This terrifying force blasted into him, spreading to all parts of his body and causing him to groan in misery, before coughing out fresh blood as his entire person was lifted up and flung backwards.
Ye Lingshuang, Qin Zheng and the others who stood with Qin Wentian were fine. The glow from the stone tablet targeted only Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian’s long hair fluttered in the wind. He silently cursed that ox demon in his heart. Wasn't he supposed to get an awesome reward for being the sole survivor? Why was he getting roughed up instead?
“Damn ox.” Qin Wentian roared in rage when he saw the stone tablet accumulating power as though preparing to fire another beam of light at him. He then summoned the entirety of his strength and blast out at his battle drum in front of him.
A gargantuan palm imprint manifested and shot towards the stone tablet.
As the gargantuan palm imprint slammed into the stone tablet, the force behind it was actually fully devoured by the tablet. The glow radiating from it continued to envelope Qin Wentian, causing his countenance to become incredibly unsightly to behold.
A devastating destructive energy permeated the air as a Grand Nihility Palm Imprint shot back towards him. This caused Qin Wentian’s eyes to widen in shock, what the hell was this stone tablet? It could even reflect attacks?
Qin Wentian was speechless, he could only erupt forth with another attack, but the rebounded attack disintegrated his attempts and shot into his body once more, shaking him so badly that he coughed out even more blood. Qin Wentian was suddenly seized with the impulse to let go with some vulgarities.
“I’LL DESTROY YOU!” Qin Wentian roared. Executing Stellar Transposition, he dashed towards the stone tablet. A blood-red halberd appeared in his hand as it smashed onto the stone tablet with indomitable might.
BOOM BOOM BOOM!
The light radiating from the stone tablet intensified as the booming from the illusory drums rocked the space unceasingly. Streams of energy gushed into his body frenziedly, ravaging it. It was unknown how many mouthfuls of blood Qin Wentian coughed out, as his face turned pale white. Yet the loftiness in his eyes remained, and he madly unleashed a storm of attacks onto the stone tablet, enduring the injuries until a certain point of time where the only sound was the echo and rebound reverberations of the countless drums. The glow from the stone tablet abruptly disappeared because every iota of light had finally entered Qin Wentian!
The gigantic stone tablet vibrated intensely before transforming into a streak of multicolored light and shooting up through the air. Qin Wentian stared at it dumbfoundedly as an incredulous expression arose on his face.
Had it finally ended?
“No, something is wrong, what's this?” Qin Wentian’s perception turned inwards. Within his body, there was actually a miniature battle drum sitting there, merged together with his body.
“This…” Qin Wentian was speechless. Was this the awesome reward the ox demon was talking about?
Meticulously examining himself, although he was weaker because of the injuries sustained, he realized that after the ‘beating’ by the light from the stone tablet, the circulation of astral energy and his blood seemed to be smoother many times compared to before. Not only that, the comprehension of his mandates seemed to have also deepened further.
This battle drum should be the same type of treasure as that miniature axe in his foster father’s body, able to fuse together with someone, Qin Wentian silently speculated. After that, with a mere intention, streams of light from illusory battle drums enveloped his body. It was as though he himself was the battle drum!
“Wentian, try to attack, see if there’s any augmentation effect.” Ye Lingshuang was also dumbstruck when she saw this scene. She knew that the miniature axe of her father was able to augment his attacks. Qin Wentian’s miniature battle drum should be able to do so as well.
“Mhm,” Qin Wentian nodded his head. After the battle drum entered his body, the suppression and boost was completely gone, he had returned to his original cultivation base at the fifth level of Heavenly Dipper. But what was strange was that for Ye Lingshuang and the others, the suppression effects on their cultivation bases hadn’t been lifted yet. Maybe it was because he was the sole contender remaining from the battle field, or because he passed some of the tests in the Immortal Martial Realm which resulted in such a happening.
Qin Wentian lifted his palms and attacked, echoes of drum reverberations resounded through the air as terrifying palm imprints broke the space as they blasted out. Qin Wentian’s heart trembled slightly as he glanced at Ye Lingshuang, nodding his head. “There’s indeed an augmentation effect to my attacks, but I can sense that this battle drum was also able to weaken the attacks of others. This is a divine artifact that combines both attack and defense.”
“Your cultivation base has already been restored?” Ye Lingshuang’s eyes flashed with surprise.
“Yeah, the suppression is lifted. However, a cultivation base at the fifth level is still insufficient in here. I have a feeling that I’m about to break through soon though.” Qin Wentian spoke. Earlier after the baptism from the light of the stone tablet, he felt he was already infinitesimally close to breaking through to the sixth level of Heavenly Dipper.
“In that case, just focus on cultivation first. We will guard you.” Chu Mang replied. Qin Wentian nodded slightly, he turned his gaze ahead and saw a path leading forward to the next area. However, Qin Wentian wished to level up his cultivation base before advancing. If not, and he met with the other eighty selected individuals who also had the Immortal Martial Medallion, it would be extremely tough to deal with them.
Among the selected eighty-one individuals, his cultivation base at the fifth level could be considered the weakest tier. The others are all either at the eighth or ninth level of Heavenly Dipper. He simply had no way to fight against them right now.
Just like one of the eight absolute era-suppressing geniuses, Gu Liufeng: he was exceedingly tyrannical with a cultivation base at the eighth level of Heavenly Dipper.
Thus, Qin Wentian wished to raise his own strength before meeting with the other selected individuals. Only then would he have more confidence.
“Right,” Qin Wentian nodded in agreement. He found a place and sat down, and with a wave of his hands, an astronomical number of Yuan Meteor Stones appeared before he started his cultivation. The others didn’t forget to clean the battle field, acquiring the interspatial rings of those deceased. There were some of them who were Heaven Chosen of their respective factions, the wealth in their interspatial rings could well be imagined. Not only that, they might have some powerful innate techniques stored within as well.
The moment Qin Wentian started cultivating, he entered into a mental state where he forgot about everything else, nothing could disturb him. The Yuanfu in his body thrummed as rumbling sounds echoed akin to the roar of oceanic waves. Chu Mang and the others exchanged glances as expressions of surprise appeared on their faces. Even in cultivation, this fellow also caused such a ruckus.
“Breaking through to Celestial Phenomenon is a dividing range of strength. The manifested constellation of some absolute geniuses were extremely frightening, lengthening the distance between them compared to an ordinary Celestial Phenomenon Ascendants the instant they broke through. I wonder what constellation he will manifest when he eventually steps into that realm.” Ye Lingshuang silently sighed in her heart, she was filled with anticipation for Qin Wentian’s growth. After spending such a long time with this brother of hers, she could feel that Qin Wentian was a demon-level talent that would definitely surpass the Human Emperor in the future.
In that special state, Qin Wentian even forgot about time. In the blink of an eye, three days passed. Through this period of time, there were many participants who came to the battlefield, but after they took the pathway to the next area, they all returned shortly thereafter. Nobody knew the reason why.
Even Fan Le and Ouyang Kuangsheng appeared. Evidently, these people who only appeared now were either trapped in the Cavern of Life and Death or some other secret areas in the Immortal Martial Realm, undertaking the tests and trials there. There was even a young man clad in silver robes that emanated an extremely terrifying aura. His cultivation base was actually at the seventh level of Heavenly Dipper.
This made Ye Lingshuang and the others alarmed. They knew that this floating bridge was exceedingly vast. There were some strange places that you could barge into if you wished. However, for the minority who chose to do so, only a limited few returned. One of the rewards was that the suppression limit would be lifted, restoring cultivation bases back to their original level. It seems that only by undergoing extraordinary trials would one be able to achieve that effect.
This person merely glanced at Qin Wentian before continuing his way ahead. The rumbling sounds echoing from Qin Wentian’s body grew even more terrifying, and finally two days later, he broke through to the next level.
The instant he opened his eyes, Qin Wentian immediately saw Fan Le and Ouyang Kuangsheng. A smile flashed on his face. Luckily nothing had happened to them.
“You monster, you are actually already at the sixth level of Heavenly Dipper. In the Cavern of Life and Death, there’s only a 10% chance of survival and I barely made it out after breaking through to the fifth level of Heavenly Dipper.” Ouyang Kuangsheng punched out at Qin Wentian in a depressed manner. Not only that, Qin Wentian’s suppression had already been lifted, and he and Fan Le had already learned of what they experienced in the past few days.
“This fatty me also felt the pressure was a little too great,” Fan Le mumbled in a serious manner, causing Qin Wentian to laugh. He also didn’t question about what they experienced in the Cavern of Life and Death, but rather said, “Let’s move on, we will see what other tests await us in this realm.”
“Mhm.” The others nodded, and advanced on the pathway leading to the next area. After a short period of time, they came before a gate.
“Let me enter first.” Fan Le stepped out,but there was an invisible force that blocked him, and he was unable to enter.
“What is this sorcery?” Fan Le depressingly asked.
“Let me attempt it.” Chu Mang walked up. Unfortunately, he ended up like Fan Le; there was an invisible energy force field that blocked them, and they had no way to step into the gate.
Ye Lingshuang’s eyes flickered with a strange glow as she looked at Qin Wentian. “No wonder those earlier were all forced to return. It seems like only people with their cultivation bases restored would be able to enter!”
Qin Wentian furrowed his brow before stepping out. And indeed, he encountered no resistance and smoothly stepped through the gate. In fact, he could even clearly sense spatial energy bringing him to another separate space.
“Damn!” Fatty widened his eyes. “Seems like we have to return and find some other way of advancing to the next area. Evidently, we don’t even possess the qualifications to enter and spectate.”
“Seems like we have no choice but to head back,” Qin Zheng spoke in a low voice. It was clear that they had to find a method to lift the suppression before they could enter.
Yun Mengyi didn’t say anything, she was still as cold as ever. She instantly turned and dashed away, as the others followed behind her.
And as for Qin Wentian, after he stepped through the gate he was transported into another area. This was a gigantic large square-shaped field. There were also several other silhouettes that were already currently here. With just a single glance, Qin Wentian saw eleven cultivators and there were even a few familiar faces within.
These people were all crowding around a pagoda situated in the center of the field. Above the pagoda, there was a radiance that shimmered constantly, exuding a marvelous energy. The very top of the pagoda was actually pointed in shape, and when Qin Wentian stared straight at that point of illumination, it was so blinding that he had no choice but to use his hand to shield his eyes.
“Sir Qin.” A weak and gentle voice drifted over, Qin Wentian shifted the hand shielding his eyes away and turned towards the direction of the voice. Once again, he saw that soul-stirring countenance smiling at him as though just a single look at her was sufficient to cause one to fall so deeply into the river of love that one would be unable to extricate themselves.
“Xian`er.” Qin Wentian inclined his head slightly. This person was none other than Lin Xian`er. Qin Wentian understood when he saw the people here, most probably the ending point for the other bridges led to here as well. The eleven other cultivators were all part of the eighty-one selected individuals who had been bestowed the Immortal Martial Medallions.
A cold gaze landed on him, Qin Wentian turned in that direction to see Lou Bingyu icily staring in his direction before shifting her gaze away. There was no other changes to her expression.
“Hehe, there’s a path open to heaven but you didn’t want to take it; there are no doors to hell, but you insist on barging in,” a voice brimming with arrogance drifted over. This time Qin Wentian discovered a silhouette exuding a tremendous amount of demonic qi looking at him. The Saint Child of the Supreme Demon Sect was here, as well! Those who managed to arrive here, were all top-tiered Heaven Chosen!
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