Only three people were in combat, but all the participants inside the Immortal Martial Realm were crowding around, jostling each other and hoping to get a better view. Right now they could only see the three stone monuments unceasingly radiating light, as though painting a picture of a heaven-shocking chaotic battle between Gu Liufeng, Hua Taixu, and Qin Wentian.
Beads of perspiration fell from the foreheads of many. Even the breathing of the other absolute era-suppressing geniuses had became labored. They had all been eliminated, leaving behind only Hua Taixu and Gu Liufeng. Would these two be able to uphold the honor of the era-suppressing geniuses? Or would today be a day for the rise of another era-suppressing genius?
Before this battle was concluded, nobody knew the answer. Although Qin Wentian was very powerful, Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu were people who had advanced to the seventh row as well. How could any of them be weak?
However, the spectators were all far from happy. Unhappy because there was no clear image projection for them to spectate this final deciding battle fully even as they swelled with admiration.
However, there were people who were even unhappier than them. Although they weren't able to see the battle clearly, they could at least still see blurry silhouettes in combat. For those that were outside the realm, they couldn't see a single thing. Not one of those outside knew anything about what occurred on the inside. They only knew that there were around seventy-plus people strong enough to be ranked, and these people were all undergoing more tests and trials to determine their ultimate ranking.
Above the sky and on the ground, there was a countless number of people. Outside the Immortal Martial Realm, the characters at the forefront were no longer Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns. They were all replaced by Celestial Phenomenon Ascendants from the various major powers instead.
For example, the experts from the Nangong Aristocrat Clan had all arrived. They were all clad in long robes, appearing extremely carefree. But their eyes were blazing with fire as they stared at a particular floating name on the ranking monument.
"Nangong Shuang, will you be able to rank within the top ten?" those from the Nangong Aristocrat Clan murmured.
"Lunatic ravings," a cold voice drifted over. Those from the Nangong Aristocrat Clan turned their gazes over to the person who spoke. It was none other than a cultivator sitting atop a gigantic Abyss Demonic Wolf. The cultivators around him all exuded an intense demonic aura, filled with tyranny and balefulness. These were none other than experts from the Supreme Demon Sect.
"The name of the Saint Child of your Supreme Demon Sect didn't even appear on the ranking monument, yet all of you actually dared to talk big in front of us?" An expert from the Nangong Aristocrat Clan pointed at the ranking monument as he coldly laughed.
Those from the Supreme Demon Sect all felt their sore spots being poked as their countenances turned ashen. One among them icily stated, "When he is out, we will definitely question him as to why."
"Maybe, he will never come out again," the expert from the Nangong Aristocrat Clan mockingly replied. Causing the countenance of those from the Supreme Demon Sect to turn even more unsightly.
"Hantian, Hanyou, both of you has truly let our Li Clan down." The experts from the Li Clan had also arrived. They stared at the stone monument and sighed, both Li Hantian and Li Hanyou's names failed to make it up the ranking monument.
"Hanyou is still young, the timing wasn't right for her. If she hasn't ascended to Celestial Phenomenon ten years from now, maybe she can try again. Regarding this failure, there's nothing for us to be concerned about right now," a cold voice drifted over. The other experts of the Li Clan nodded their heads in agreement as they turned to a woman standing on a stone pillar. This person was none other than Li Hanyou's master, the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness. She naturally had the qualifications to say such words.
"The name of the beloved disciple of the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness is on the ranking monument. What do you think her ranking will be?" an expert from the Li Clan asked.
"Top ten," the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness answered in a faint voice that contained an intense self-confidence. She had personally arrived here to wait because she wanted to see the name of her disciple Lou Bingyu dazzle the crowd.
'The performance of our Battle Sword Sect isn't bad this time around, there are a total of four names on the ranking monument: Ji Feixue, Duan Han, Lou Bingyu, and Qin Wentian," a middle-aged man who stood beside the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness stated. He was clad in a fiery robe and exuded an extraordinary aura. This was none other than the Flame Mountain Sword Sovereign of the Nine Sword Sovereigns of the Battle Sword Sect. He had coincidentally passed by here and so decided to head towards the Immortal Martial Realm to take a look out of curiosity.
The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness cast a glance at the three words 'Qin Wentian' on the ranking monument as her brow creased. She involuntarily recalled the words that young man spoke to her when back in ancient Ye. She then coldly snorted, "Qin Wentian could enter the rankings maybe because of the help people like Ji Feixue and Duan Han provided. He's merely a character at the absolute bottom, there to make up the numbers."
"Hehe," the Flame Mountain Sword Sovereign laughed, but didn't say anything in reply. He knew that the personality of this woman was extremely stubborn. In any case with regards to this character, Qin Wentian. He wasn't that familiar with him.
As the sound of the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness' voice faded, she suddenly frowned. She could feel an intense sense of coldness directed at her. When she glanced back, she saw several silhouettes walking over, with two old men in the lead. One among them was slovenly in dress and manner, his disheveled beard fluttering in the wind, yet he exuded a sense of immortality. Earlier, the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness could clearly feel the sharp gaze of this old man directed at her. But now when she turned back, she saw that they were just casually glancing over.
"Who are you both?" The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness' gaze turned sharp. She couldn't see through these two old men at all, and she could swear that she had never met them before in her entire life.
Several people turned their gazes over. This group of newcomers all possessed extraordinary demeanor. Although they seemed casual and relaxed, they possessed the bearing of great masters.
The countenances of the two old men were as calm as water. They turned their gazes aside, no longer glancing at the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness. They landed atop a stone pillar and stared at the ranking monument ahead. Their eyes flickered with smiles, appearing as carefree as the wind and clouds.
Mo Qingcheng and the other maidens from the Medicine Sovereign Valley instantly rushed over. Her eyes flashed with a brilliant grow as expressions of dumbfounded amazement appeared on the faces of the other maidens, because they saw that the people following behind these two men were actually the doyens and elders of the Medicine Sovereign Valley.
In that case, what were the identities of the two old men leading them?
Mo Qingcheng walked to the slovenly old man on the left. Her eyes stared at the ground, not daring to look up as her dainty fist was clenched in nervousness.
The old man glanced at Mo Qingcheng as a deep smile appeared on his face. After which, he laughed and spoke, "I heard that you've fallen in love? Which genius of the Royal Sacred Region has caught your eye?"
As the sound of his voice faded, the hearts of the maidens from the Medicine Sovereign Valley all violently pounded. In the entire Medicine Sovereign Valley, the only one who could talk to Mo Qingcheng in this manner and cause her to be so cautious... other than that elusive existence, who else could it be?
Their hearts thumped wildly, their silhouettes flickered as they arrived below the stone pillar and knelt down while respectfully greeting, "Your disciples greets the Medicine Sovereign, and the elders and doyens."
"The Medicine Sovereign!"
The instant this two words rang out in the air, a huge wave rocked the hearts of people. Countless gazes instantly shifted onto the two men who stood at the forefront on that stone pillar.
The Medicine Sovereign Valley has always stood aloof from worldly affairs. Although the Medicine Sovereign never bothered about events happening in the external world, as someone at the very peak of medicine in the entire Royal Sacred Region there was no need to doubt the fact that his status was transcendent.
The Medicine Sovereign actually personally came to this place? When had the man who stood at the peak in the world of medicine ever been interested in a martial-tempering ground like the Immortal Martial Realm?
"His visit here should be because of Holy Maiden Mo Qingcheng. It's rumored that the Medicine Sovereign doted on her absolutely, and now that the Holy Maiden has fallen in love, how could he still remain silent? That fellow Qin Wentian is in for it now, he actually 'abducted' the Medicine Sovereign's most favored disciple without first seeking his approval," several among the crowd was speculating. No wonder Mo Qingcheng seemed so nervous. She must have been worried about the Medicine Sovereign's attitude.
A sharp glow flashed in the eyes of the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness. She was already extremely unhappy when the Medicine Sovereign ignored her, to the extent that she exuded anger. In the entire Royal Sacred Region, there weren't many who dared to snub her, but just so coincidently, the Medicine Sovereign was one of the rare few.
Thinking of this, a trace of depression couldn't help but bloom in the Sword Sovereigness' heart. This undying old fart was rumored to have lived already for an unknown number of years. Occasionally there would be rumors circulated that he had died. The last time such a rumor had circulated was twenty-plus years ago. Rumors were spread that the Medicine Sovereign was already on the brink of death, but right now, it seemed that the rumors were completely bull. The Medicine Sovereign looked to be in excellent shape, as well as he ever was.
It was also rumored that the Medicine Sovereign's pride was exceedingly high. There were many experts from ancient countries and large reclusive sects that begged for a meeting with him only to be turned away. The Human Emperor of Ye wanted to beg the Medicine Sovereign for help when he was on the verge of death, sending many treasures over, only to receive the help of the Holy Maiden in return. From this one could see how difficult it was for one to ask the Medicine Sovereign for his help.
Upon thinking of that, the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness turned her gaze onto Qin Wentian's name. Since the Medicine Sovereign was here because of Mo Qingcheng, he would definitely teach the brat a lesson, showing him how tall the heavens were and how vast the world was.
The fact that the Medicine Sovereign would come to the Immortal Martial Realm personally instantly set off huge waves. Although characters of the upper echelons in many top-tier powers, including the Sword Sovereigns of the Battle Sword Sect, and Supremacies of the Violet Thunder Sect, none of them had a status that could hold a candle to the Medicine Sovereign.
Qin Wentian's name immediately became the focal point of the vast majority simply because of his love with Holy Maiden Mo Qingcheng. The Medicine Sovereign must have come here because of this matter.
"Master." Mo Qingcheng inclined her head after hearing the Medicine Sovereign's question. Her clear eyes flashed with traces of unyieldingness. Mo Qingcheng was very clear that since the Medicine Sovereign had already arrived here, how could he not know who Qin Wentian was? The Medicine Sovereign's words caused her to feel a sense of pressure.
"What? You've only been in love for such a short while and you are already staring at your master like that? Can't I even say a word? Ahhh...how heartless can you be?" the Medicine Sovereign sighed, causing Mo Qingcheng to hurriedly add, "Master's gratitude to me is as heavy as a mountain, you know I don't mean it in such a way."
"Haha. I know, I know." The Medicine Sovereign gently tousled Mo Qingcheng's hair, causing the hearts of many to be taken aback. Seemed like the rumors were true, everyone knew the Medicine Sovereign doted a lot on Mo Qingcheng. What they hadn't known was that he doted on her to such an extent.
"I truly want to see what sort of person this guy who 'abducted' my beloved disciple is. Would he be ranked first or second in this batch of participants who ventured into the Immortal Martial Realm?" The Medicine Sovereign stared at the ranking monument, giving off a sense of imposingness without being angry. His words made Mo Qingcheng even more nervous as her heart thumped rapidly unceasingly.
The sounds of discussion among the crowd instantly spread out. Ranked first or second? Was the Medicine Sovereign joking? Although Qin Wentian's talent was outstanding, it could already be counted as his great fortune if he managed to wriggle his way into the top twenty. One must know that an existence like the Saint Child of the Supreme Demon Sect didn't even make it onto the ranking monument! If those from the Supreme Demon Sect truly wished to question the Saint Child on the events that transpired within the Immortal Martial Realm, it was highly probable that they would be so angered that they would leave immediately once they learned of what transpired.