"Di Shi." The experts from the supreme Di Clan almost coughed out blood, their faces were thoroughly red from the emotional impact.
Why had so many of them come here? Undoubtedly, they were all here because they wanted to personally witness the Heaven Chosen of their clan, Di Shi, getting a good ranking. However today, they discovered that not only did Di Shi fail to get a good ranking, he was even ousted from the top ten. Upon feeling the countless gazes riveted on them, as well as the whispers from the surroundings, the amount of despair and disappointment in their hearts could very well be imagined.
Yet they didn't know that at this very moment, Di Shi who was within the Immortal Martial Realm could clearly see the expressions on their faces, as well as their reactions. He was similarly in incomparable misery, the killing intent he had towards Qin Wentian thickened even further.
"Di Shi was actually ousted from the top ten and got ranked #11? That means other than the other seven era-suppressing geniuses, there should still be three more that got into the top ten. But who are they?"
The crowd started to run through the names in their minds. Seven were left out of the eight era-suppressing geniuses, there were three more participants.
The lips of the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness curved up in a proud smile as she stated in a low voice, "Bingyu, you truly didn't disappoint me."
Right now it was already obvious that Lou Bingyu was part of the top ten rankings.
"Oh ya, the disciple of the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness Lou Bingyu must have entered the top ten." The Sword Sovereigness's words instantly caused an uproar. Who would have thought that Lou Bingyu was so powerful.
"HAHAHA, my disciple Si Ling, you are truly your master's darling disciple." Not far away, an expert from the Violet Thunder Sect laughed uproariously, causing the spectators to start a little. This fellow was truly overly exuberant, actually using the term 'darling disciple' which caused goosebumps to appear on the skin of the spectators. However, his reaction was understandable, how much glory was this? Being able to enter within the top ten ranks of the Immortal Martial Realm.
That's right, Si Ling's name was on the ranking monument before, but still hadn't appeared yet. Evidently, he too was part of the top ten rankers.
Lou Bingyu and Si Ling, were both ranked above Di Shi.
"Si Ling, the chosen of our Si Clan." The experts from the Si Clan had also arrived. They drew in deep breaths, inclined their heads and stared at the sky. This was something the crown prince of Grand Shang, Shang Tong, hadn't achieved, yet the number one genius of their Si Clan accomplished it.
On Mo Qingcheng's face, other than nervousness, there was now also traces of excitement. The vast majority had already forgotten that Qin Wentian's name hadn't appeared yet, but how could Mo Qingcheng forget? The name of the person she was paying attention to was none other than Qin Wentian.
The Medicine Sovereign turned his gaze over to Mo Qingcheng, staring at his disciple with a smile that was not a smile. He then whispered, "What's the matter? Are you happy that your little boyfriend managed to wriggle his way into the top ten?"
Mo Qingcheng stared at her master, her clenched fists gripped even tighter as she nodded her head seriously. That appearance of hers made her appear wise and virtuous, and there was also a streak of determination mixed within. Naturally, she was happy.
Those from the Medicine Sovereign Valley were instantly thunderstruck. Oh yeah, Qin Wentian's name hadn't appeared yet.
"Next, the top ten names should appear soon." The hearts of the crowd were filled with anxiety, yet for some reason the names of the top ten rankers still hadn't appeared yet.
They didn't know that right now in the space within the ranking monument, the Realmlord Wu Mu was laughing uproariously when he stared at the agitated and excited faces of the crowd. Were they really filled with so much anticipation for names of the top ten rankers?
"Engrave the names of the top ten rankers at this time tomorrow." Wu Mu grinned craftily, as though he felt some sort of vindictive pleasure at making the crowd outside wait. He was intentionally whetting their appetite; he wanted these people to understand the weight and importance of the Immortal Martial Realm ranking, he wanted them to be filled with even more anticipation.
Those in the banquet hall were all speechless when they heard that. But since Wu Mu has already spoken, they could only smile wryly and continue with their feast. Their physiques were constantly improving, and Qin Wentian placed himself in a semi-dream state as he sensed that his perception and affinity to the constellations were growing increasingly formidable. Right now, the words on the astral stone walls in the space within the ranking monument seemed to be a little clearer than before.
"This banquet is truly a great nourishment to us," Qin Wentian silently mused. He had a feeling that even if he were to do nothing but enjoy himself with the food and wine for seven days and nights here, his cultivation base had a very high probability of breaking through to the seventh level. Unfortunately, merely half a day later he soon discovered that he could eat and drink no more. His entire person was intoxicated. Not only him, all of the others were under the same effect as well. Wu Mu's earlier words, "Eat and drink as much as you want to," caused their understanding to deepen further. They had to work hard and push themselves to eat and drink even more.
And so the participants continued stuffing themselves, eating even if they could eat no more, drinking even when they were filled to their max capacity. When they woke up on the second day, they had actually all fallen asleep strewn across the banquet tables or on the floor.
What made Qin Wentian feel awkward was that when he woke up, he discovered Lin Xian`er's sleeping face was inches away from him as she faced him directly. The fragrance from her permeated the air, causing one to be mesmerized within so deeply that they had no way to extricate themselves. She was undoubtedly the ultimate temptation. And not only that, Lou Bingyu was lying beside him with her arms cradled around his neck. Qin Wentian then carefully shifted the jade-like arms of Lou Bingyu away before drawing a deep breath, trying to stabilize his mind. After standing up, he noticed Wu Mu was currently staring at him with a smile that was not a smile.
"Senior, that wine is too intense," Qin Wentian awkwardly replied.
"Yeah, too intense. If it's me, I wouldn't choose to wake up so early." Wu Mu continued to stare at him with that strange smile, causing Qin Wentian to feel incredibly awkward to the point where his face turned red. Such a scene caused Wu Mu to involuntarily laugh uproariously.
At this moment, Qin Wentian didn't notice that on the beautiful eye-lids on the ice-cold face of Lou Bingyu fluttered a little. Her entire body was incredibly hot, she even felt her face burning. Earlier she had already awakened when Qin Wentian shifted her arms away. Right now she could only feign sleep, she felt so embarrassed that she wanted to die.
She actually used her arms and cradled a man's neck?! Lou Bingyu's heart thumped rapidly, she didn't know what she had done after she was drunk. And upon thinking of all the possibilities, her heartbeat started to beat violently as she squirmed a little. She mustn't drink any more wine from this place any longer.
"Hu…" Qin Wentian drew in a deep breath as he cast his gaze towards Mo Qingcheng's flawlessly beautiful countenance. Right now, he only saw Mo Qingcheng staring at the ranking monument with anxiety and worry apparent in her eyes. Qin Wentian silently scolded himself. Qingcheng was still waiting for him outside. Most probably ever since he entered, Mo Qingcheng had always been passing her days in a state of anxiety and worry. Upon thinking of this, a gentleness flickered in Qin Wentian's eyes as a radiant smile lit up his face.
When Lin Xian`er opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the radiant smile on Qin Wentian's face. That prideful young man who was unrivalled in the Immortal Martial Realm actually had such a gentle side to him? Lin Xian`er sat up as she too glanced in the direction Qin Wentian was looking at. Just a single glance was sufficient for her to see that exquisite young woman whose beauty wasn't a whit inferior to her own. Such a female like Mo Qingcheng would attract attention anywhere she went.
The other participants woke up one by one; they now fully understood the might of last night's banquet. After their sleep, they all felt that their cultivation bases had all advanced a little bit forward, bringing them closer to the next level. An immortal was after all, an immortal. The participants all hailed from major powers, yet how could they be able to afford such ingredients to throw a banquet like this everyday? If they could have such efficacious delicacies for food daily, the speed of their cultivation would undoubtedly skyrocket.
"Prepare to engrave the names," Wu Mu casually stated.
Those outside the Immortal Martial Realm had long been in a frenzy. Everyone was speculating on who the top ten rankers would be.
Right now, they were already clear on the ten names that had yet to appear. Even Qin Wentian's name was brought out by people, causing many to sigh. Who would have thought that Di Shi would be ranked #11, while Qin Wentian actually stepped into the top ten. How could this be not shocking?
"Qin Wentian should be #10 right?" Many were silently speculating.
At this moment, a blinding light shot out from the ranking monument, and a few characters shimmered with golden light as they appeared. This was the preferential treatment for the top ten rankers.
"Si Ling, it's Si Ling! The #10 of the Immortal Martial Realm, Si Ling." The crowd was a little taken aback, they all initially thought that Qin Wentian had a higher possibility of being ranked as number ten.
The countenances of those from the Violet Thunder Sect grew incredibly unsightly to behold. Just ranked #10? One must know that meant the Battle Sword Sect had three Chosen that were ranked within the top ten.
"The #9 ranking should be Qin Wentian, right?"
At this moment, another radiant light radiated as the second name appeared.
Lou Bingyu of the Battle Sword Sect was the ninth ranker of the Immortal Martial Realm.
"The Battle Sword Sect actually has three members that entered the top ten ranks. How strong are they? Since Lou Bingyu is #9, Qin Wentian should be #8, right? I wonder what the rank of Ji Feixue is, as he is the strongest among them."
The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness's eyes flashed with a gleam of sharpness. At the end, could Lou Bingyu ultimately still have failed to surpass Ji Feixue?
Not only that, the name of that young man who 'threatened' her back when in ancient Ye hadn't even appeared yet.
"Chi Lian, Chi Lian is #8!" The crowd exclaimed in shock. Chi Lian was a disciple of the Blood Devil Palace, as well as a descendent of the Chi Clan of the Western Domain. He was extremely powerful, yet was he only strong enough to be ranked eighth?
"Fan Miaoyu, #7." Yet another name appeared. The only female among the eight era-suppressing geniuses. Yet this outstanding character was only ranked seventh? This caused several experts from the Forgotten Immortal Tower to feel more than a little disappointed. From their perspective, Fan Miaoyu obtaining #7 wasn't a very good ranking at all.
"Ji Feixue. Ji Feixue of the Battle Sword Sect is #6"
"How can this be? Among the three of the Battle Sword Sect, Lou Bingyu and Ji Feixue had both appeared, but where was Qin Wentian? Was there a mistake somewhere? Or could it be that Qin Wentian had already been eliminated, but there was an error somewhere?"
When the #5 ranking, Dongyue Hanjiang's name appeared, these voices of suspicion grew increasingly intense. There must be an unexpected situation within the realm that caused Qin Wentian to be eliminated. If not, how could Qin Wentian enter the top four?
"Li Tian! #4 is Li Tian!" The spectators exclaimed when they stared at the ranking monument. After this, the top three rankers would soon be revealed.
"Indeed, Gu Liufeng didn't cause people to be disappointed, he is as dazzling as ever. And also to think that the mysterious Hua Taixu would be so powerful to this extent, able to be part of the top three with Gu Liufeng. But with regards to the last person, who exactly is it? Were the names of some participants accidentally omitted?"
Although Qin Wentian was slightly famous, his status was simply too insignificant when compared to the eight era-suppressing geniuses. The spectators would rather believe that there was an error than to think that he was part of the top three. It was simply too inconceivable.
The beautiful face of Mo Qingcheng was tinged red, her heart beating so fast that it felt as though it was about to leap out of her chest.
"The top three are all exceedingly outstanding individuals of our generation." Mo Qingcheng was initially worried on how to face her master. But now, upon seeing the high probability that Qin Wentian would be ranked within the top three, Mo Qingcheng was much more relaxed. Her master shouldn't have any issues with Qin Wentian now, right?
At this moment, an incomparably resplendent light emanated forth from the ranking monument. At the second row of the ranking monument, two names abruptly appeared.
Gu Liufeng, Hua Taixu.
For the battle to decide the top three, Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu were ranked side by side?
"Who exactly is the number one ranker?" The hearts of the spectators almost leapt out of their chests. Gu Liufeng actually wasn't ranked first.
The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness also furrowed her brow. She too didn't feel it was likely that Qin Wentian would be able to obtain the top ranking.
However right now as the brightest, most intense ray of light radiated out from the ranking monument. At the topmost row, three gigantic characters shimmering with golden light appeared there. This iron-clad proof created a rush of impact that violently rumbled the hearts of the spectators on an incomprehensible scale!
The number one in the Immortal Martial Realm was none other than Qin Wentian!