After the Ox demon exited the cavern, Qin Wentian went in again. And just a hour later, Qin Wentian exited it, staring at the ox demon with a smile that was not a smile.
After he comprehended the Grand Nihility Thousand Imprint, he already sensed that his Mandate of Force was on the verge of a breakthrough because of the comprehensions he gained regarding the palm technique. As long as he summoned the entirety of his force, he would be able to break through from the transformation boundary to perfection boundary, yet he didn't do so. He forcibly suppressed it and intentionally pranked the ox demon hoping to fish for more benefits.
Hence for the third trial, it could be said that Qin Wentian breezed through it almost effortlessly. Qin Wentian's Mandate of Force had reached the perfection boundary of the second-level insight.
"Senior ox, where are my rewards?" Qin Wentian laughed as he stared at the ox demon.
"Relax, there's no hurry, didn't I say that there would be a challenge? If you want the rewards you naturally have to pass through this new test." Another grin appeared on the ox demon's face, causing Qin Wentian to feel a trace of uneasiness. He knew from experience that this ox was extremely crafty and every time when it smiled, it would mean something bad was going to happen to him. Most probably, this ox had some weird designs on Qin Wentian again.
Qin Wentian felt extremely depressed. It seemed as though the master of the Immortal Martial Realm gave a very large degree of freedom to the guardians, allowing them to do what they wanted. The Black Jiao Python was like this, and this Ox demon had an even greater authority, evident by the fact that it was assigned to take charge of the trials of the Cavern of Life and Death.
Not only that, he still didn't know what nefarious methods this damn ox would think up to deal with him.
"Don't worry, this test is absolutely fair. I will allow you to gather with the others who are currently in the Cavern of Life and Death and undergo an absolutely fair combat process. If you end up the only one remaining, you will be considered to have passed my test." The ox demon lowered its head adorably and grinned at Qin Wentian. Seeing the ox demon acting this way, Qin Wentian was seized with the impulse to rush up and punch its head.
Become the only one remaining? Regardless of the test, how could it be so simple to be the only one remaining?
Although the eighty-one selected individuals were sent to different floating bridges, each and every bridge contained Heaven Chosen from the major powers in the Royal Sacred Region. There are too many demon-level genius characters in there, and although the eighty-one selected individuals were the cream of the crop, it didn't mean that the others were useless.
His senior brother Duan Han was a very good example, Duan Han was a personal disciple under Sword Sovereign Ling Tian. Other than that, among the disciples of the nine mountains in the Battle Sword Sect, there were a total of three members who obtained the Immortal Martial Medallion. The other terrifying characters of the Battle Sword Sect were thus mingled among the crowd.
Become the only one remaining? The difficulty was already destined to be far more intense than he imagined.
But what could Qin Wentian say? He said nothing and with a wave of its hand, the ox demon directly teleported him away.
When Qin Wentian appeared again, he was on the floating bridge once more. However right now, the bridge he was on started to stretch out in all eight directions, and the scenery appearing before him, such the floating cities, was all absolutely immense.
The other participants were all over the place seeking their own lucky chances. Qin Wentian didn't know what happened to the other participants when he was taking the trials of the Cavern of Life and Death. Most probably, it wouldn't be simple.
"I hope the others are fine," Qin Wentian silently sighed. His silhouette flickered as he rushed ahead, and far away in the distance, there was actually a region completely filled with fog.
"The test the Ox demon spoke of, would it be there?" Qin Wentian dashed forth and after a short moment of time, he came to the boundary of the floating bridge as he turned his gaze down.
At the edge of his vision, the fog gradually dissipated and everything became clear. There was actually an ancient looking battlefield filled with several platforms constructed from stone.
On each and every one of the stone platforms, there was an ancient looking battle drum set up. These battle drums quietly sat there, and every one of them exuded a unique aura that seemed able to connect the heavens and earth.
"These drums are so marvelous, they are definitely not any ordinary battle drums." Just a single glance told him that there were hundreds of stone platforms and battle drums, as though this place was prepared for the participants who chose this particular floating bridge.
An intense grinding sound thundered out in this ancient space. From above the heavens, an incomparably huge stone tablet descended downwards, radiating a terrifying battle intent.
The stone tablet landed on the ground, embedded itself within. There was a terrifying glow circulating around the stone table, which shot towards each and every set of battle drums present. After which, reverberations rang out as each of the drums vibrated with incredible battle intent, as though they were summoning the warriors that they wanted to control them.
Every one of the participants clearly saw what happened, and they could also feel the power radiating out from the stone tablet. That surge of power was ancient and mighty, able to break even the heavens and earth, as though there was an unfathomably fearsome battle spirit within it that possessed supreme conviction that it would always be victorious.
The booming sounds from the drums madly gushed towards a certain direction, akin to a summoning hymn. An instant later, many people appeared at the boundary of this strange place, and after staring at the words engraved on that ancient battle stone tablet, they soon understood the usage of these battle drums.
"Wentian." A voice drifted over. Qin Wentian turned only to see Ye Lingshuang, Qin Zheng, Yun Mengyi, Chu Mang and Mu Feng.
Upon seeing their expression, Qin Wentian laughed, "The ox demon didn't trample me to death, he sent me to another space to undergo the trials of the Cavern of Life and Death instead."
"It's good that you are fine. This means that Fan Le and Ouyang didn't die as well." Chu Mang had a weight off his mind, Ye Lingshuang's eyes turned slightly red, Qin Zheng had a smile on his face, Mu Feng was as detached as before while Yun Mengyi turned her head to another direction, not allowing them to see the emotions flashing through her eyes.
"Ouyang was also trampled by that ox demon?" Only now did Qin Wentian know who the additional person the ox demon said taking the trials was.
"Yeah, after seeing you being trampled to 'death', Ouyang instantly flew into a rage and rushed straight at it. After which he suffered the same fate as you and was trampled to 'death' by a barrage of stomps. The madness of the ox demon caused many to flee, and many also died after it went on a rampage. Seems like it didn't kill you guys, but sent you to the cavern instead. Didn't I question how the test could be that perverse?" Qin Zheng added.
"It isn't so easy to pass the trials set in the Cavern of Life and Death." An expression of worry appeared on Qin Wentian's face. Although the old ox promised that he would take care of them, and Fan Le and Ouyang Kuangsheng hadn't appeared yet, Qin Wentian couldn't help but feel anxious.
As for the others who 'died' after it went on a rampage, most probably the ox demon also brought the stronger ones to the cavern. But the probability of them dying was much higher in comparison.
"We did encounter the Cavern of Life and Death you are talking about, but because we didn't know how dangerous was it, we didn't dare to attempt it. What's exactly inside it?" Ye Lingshuang questioned.
Qin Wentian explained everything to them and after that, similar expressions of worry could be seen on their faces for Ouyang Kuangsheng and Fan Le.
"You actually didn't die?" A cold voice drifted over. Qin Wentian stared to the left only to see a row of silhouettes standing there. They were none other than the experts from the Violet Thunder Sect.
"These people are from the Violet Thunder Sect and the one who spoke is none other than Que Cheng, it was he who woke up that ox demon which caused all of us to think that Fan Le had died." Chu Mang glowered with rage as he stared at Que Cheng.
"In the situation back then, who were the ones that wanted to act against all of you?" Qin Wentian coldly asked.
"The Violet Thunder Sect, the Heaven Crippling Sect, and the Great Earth Sect," Qin Zheng calmly replied.
"Great Earth Sect?" Qin Wentian's voice was filled with killing intent.
"Yes, Ouyang recognised a disciple from the Great Earth Sect. He said that this person had also once participated in the Heavenly Fate Rankings of Grand Xia in a batch far earlier than you and Ouyang Kuangsheng. Not only that, his name was Chen Yin." Qin Zheng remembered, and instantly Qin Wentian recalled the Great Solar Chen Clan.
"Over there," Yun Mengyi spoke in a soft voice, her eyes were icy cold as she stared in a certain direction. Qin Wentian turned his gaze over to where Yun Mengyi was looking and saw a young man around thirty years old with solar flames flickering in his eyes.
"Great Solar Universe Art." Qin Wentian instantly understood that there was no mistake, this man was from the Great Solar Chen Clan. Also, it appeared that he had once met this man before. Back then in the Xuan King City, it was precisely this person that whispered something to the elder of the Great Earth Sect. Qin Wentian suddenly reassessed the scenario back then; so it turned out that there was a motive for the Great Earth Sect to invite him over. Luckily, he chose the Battle Sword Sect instead.
Yet another indistinct killing intent drifted over. Qin Wentian looked in another direction and saw Shi Kuang from the Heaven Crippling Sect.
Qin Wentian stared straight at him, his eyes as cold as ice, shimmering with a grim light.
This time around, Shi Kuang didn't avoid his gaze. He wasn't like the first time they met, and had no intentions of retreating from a confrontation.
"I heard that you wish to kill us all?" Qin Wentian stared at Shi Kuang as he asked.
"Your gaze truly makes me feel an intense sensation of loathing. Although you are still alive now, your lives would eventually be claimed sooner or later." Shi Kuang pointed at the ancient battlefield while his eyes bore into Qin Wentian's. "In this place, with the aid of the battle drums, we can recover our original cultivation base. Not only that, we can even burst forth with a strength above the limits of our current cultivation base. I've already felt the summoning of the battle spirit. This ancient battlefield where the corpses of ancient times are buried is truly an exceedingly suitable place for you."
After Shi Kuang spoke, he turned and walked forward together with the other members from the Heaven Crippling Sect and entered the battlefield.
"You are right. I, Shi Kuang, want to kill all of you. If you have the slightest bit of courage, accept my challenge." Shi Kuang stood atop a stone platform behind a set of battle drums as an overwhelming killing intent radiated out from him.
Qin Wentian then turned his gaze onto Chen Yin and the other experts from the Great Earth Sect. His gaze landed on the person beside Chen Yin, this person seemed to be the leader of these members.
"What do you all mean by that?" Qin Wentian spoke.
The leading young man turned to Qin Wentian as he laughed with interest. He looked at Qin Wentian as though Qin Wentian was a clown and he radiated a faint loftiness as well.
His name was Shen Ting, a Heaven Chosen from the Great Earth Sect and he was extremely strong. In the Great Earth Sect among Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns of this generation, he was ranked either around the third or fourth.
His relationship with Chen Yin wasn't bad, and Chen Yin seemed to have some sort of grudge with Qin Wentian and his group. Although Qin Wentian slew Ye Kongfan and had an outstanding battle record, in Shen Ting's eyes someone at the fifth-level of Heavenly Dipper daring to use such a tone to speak to him simply didn't know how tall the Heavens were.
"Nothing. Chen Yin wants to kill you all, I would naturally help him. The answer is just so simple, and if you wish to battle, I will teach you how to conduct yourself properly when speaking to someone superior." Shen Ting walked towards the battlefield, and didn't bother to mask the lofty arrogance in his eyes.
And as for Que Cheng, he didn't say anything. The reason he wanted Qin Wentian dead was simple, it was because the Violet Thunder Sect had an unreconcilable grudge with Qin Wentian. As for Shen Ting's words, they were what he wanted to say as well! Without further ado, Que Cheng and the experts from the Violet Thunder Sect walked towards the ancient battlefield too!