Right now, Di Shi was brimming with immense confidence, as though Qin Wentian was already prey in his eyes, and would undoubtedly die to him.
"Wentian, be cautious. This time the person you wanted to fight against is merely Di Shi alone. Don't accept the group battle." Duan Han transmitted his voice over to Qin Wentian. Such a round-robin battle was simply too dangerous. Of the nine, other than five of the era-suppressing geniuses, there were three others who had comprehended the true intent of their Mandates, belonging to the supreme-tier of Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns. Qin Wentian's talent was redoubtable, but after all, he had cultivated for too short a period of time.
The gazes of everyone landed onto Qin Wentian. They were all very clear on how great the pressure this number one ranker of the Immortal Martial Realm was currently facing. He just needed to endure for one or two more years, breaking through to the eighth or even maybe the ninth level of Heavenly Dipper and at that time, it would be much easier for him when facing such a situation. After all, his cultivation base was simply too shallow. If it was Gu Liufeng that was here instead, Gu Liufeng would stand a better chance.
"Wentian." From the side of the Human Emperor, Ye Lingshuang worriedly transmitted her voice too.
Mo Qingcheng's hands were tightly clenched as perspiration could be seen on her palms. Her beautiful face was tinged with worry, yet she didn't say anything. She didn't wish to add to the pressure Qin Wentian was feeling.
Moon was staring over at him as well. She didn't expect Di Shi would be so brazen. Despite Qin Wentian's magnificence being unmatched through the generations, if he accepted the battle, he would face a situation where he might very well die. What would Qin Wentian choose?
Qin Wentian's long hair danced about in the wind, his fiendishly handsome eyes stared straight at Di Shi. His sharp gaze was even sharper compared to the edge of blades. He was the one that challenged Di Shi; if his strength failed to match up to Di Shi, he would die. If his strength was stronger than Di Shi, Di Shi wouldn't be able to retreat as well in front of all these people. This battle was also a battle of their courage and conviction.
"The first time we met, your arrogance knew no bounds. I killed your brother in front of you. The second time we met, was inside the Immortal Martial Realm on the path of monuments. You were still as arrogant as before, yet when we fought, you were ousted by me and was kicked out of the top ten rankers. This is the third time we meet, yet you are still so arrogant and just as foolish as ever. In that case, let today be the date of your death." Qin Wentian stared at Di Shi as he icily replied, "I will accept your proposition."
Qin Wentian's words instantly caused an uproar among the spectators. He actually accepted it!
And not only that, from the words he had spoken, Di Shi was truly pathetic. No wonder he hated Qin Wentian so much. Him being ranked outside of the top ten was actually because of Qin Wentian and in that case, his vaunted arrogance didn't have any substance to it. After all, in their earlier two meetings, Di Shi was the one that suffered - Qin Wentian had taught him a bloody lesson.
"The two times earlier weren't true combat. Today, I shall make you regret everything you have done in the past," Di Shi icily retorted. After which, he turned his gaze onto the other seven, "If any of you don't dare to battle, you can retreat now. If no one retreats, it means that all of you agreed to rules of this battle."
The seven other experts were at the side of the Sacred Battle Platform. Since they already stepped out, how could they retreat now?
"Since no one wants to retreat, other than my battle with Qin Wentian which is a life and death battle, the others can voluntarily concede if they want to. We will refrain from using divine weapons. How about it?" Di Shi asked again.
"I have no problems. But between myself and Qin Wentian, we will have another agreement. Let our rules be the same as what you set earlier, a life-and-death battle." Liu Lan faintly spoke, causing everyone to be startled. Was Liu Lan here because he wanted to kill Qin Wentian? Back then in ancient Ye, it was rumored that Qin Wentian and Ye Qingyun had formed an irreconcilable grudge with the Violet Thunder Sect. It seemed Liu Lan was arranged by them to be here to kill Qin Wentian.
"Liu Lan, how despicable. You are someone of the same generation as me, yet your face is thick enough to request of a life-and-death battle with my junior brother?" Lin Shuai sarcastically commented.
"If he doesn't dare to, he can very well reject it." Liu Lan uncaringly replied.
"I accept." Qin Wentian's voice was low, yet the words he had spoken caused the hearts of the spectators to pound violently. The pressure of this group battle was almost at an unimaginable high for Qin Wentian.
"Since everyone has no disagreements, please get on the Sacred Battle Platform," Di Shi emotionlessly spoke. In the depths of his eyes, one could see a cold light flickering within as he stared at the rest.
There were a total of nine participants.
Five era-suppressing geniuses: Di Shi, Li Tian, Chi Lian, Fan Miaoyu, and Dongyue Hanjiang.
Three supreme-tier Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns: Liu Lan of the Violet Thunder Sect, crown prince of Radiant Gold ancient country, as well as the Heaven Chosen of the War Country who was also a disciple of the Heaven Cleaving Manor, Wu Teng.
Such a terrifying group of people stood atop the Sacred Battle Platform at the same time. The hearts of the crowd trembled with anticipation. Although the Sacred Battle Platform was the most illustrious battle arena in the Royal Sacred Region, it was very rare for such a terrifying group of people to be seen on it. Right now, this group of combatants could all be said to already be considered the highest tier in the Heavenly Dipper Realm. One would be hard-pressed to find a group to surpass them.
In the Sacred Battle Platform, a total of nine stone platforms manifested below the nine participants, linking the space within them. From afar, the spectators noticed that the circumference of the platform widened and it was also powerful enough to withstand attacks from Celestial Phenomenon Ascendants.
"Who should fight first?" A voice rang out. The nine stone platforms all shimmered with a brilliant light, enveloping all nine participants in a screen of light.
"Me. I want to fight Qin Wentian," Di Shi's eyes contained an incomparable loftiness. His terrifying aura at the eighth level of Heavenly Dipper gushed out, filled with a fearsome balefulness as a scary phantom of a primordial azure roc manifested behind him. His entire being was radiating a demonic azure light, the sharpness of his eyes was so intense that it seemed he could kill with a single stare.
The nine stone platforms started spinning. The other seven platforms were moved away from the center, leaving only the stone platforms of Di Shi and Qin Wentian behind.
"Is the top ranker of the Immortal Martial Realm finally facing off against one of the eight era-suppressing geniuses?" The gazes of the spectators landed on the two of them.
Di Shi stepped out, lunging forth like a primordial bird of prey.
Qin Wentian's eyes turned incomparably fiend-like. The power of his bloodline erupted out as he activated the Fiend Art Transformation. The phantom of a resplendent golden roc manifested behind his back, the two of them confronting each other as their tyrannical auras collided in mid air unceasingly, causing thunderous booming sounds to ring out.
The raging wind seemed as though it wanted to tear apart this space. Di Shi rushed towards Qin Wentian, blasting out with his palms. Instantly, a gigantic bird manifestation shot out, ripping its way towards Qin Wentian. This casual strike by Di Shi already contained the strength exhibited by an ordinary ninth-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereign.
Upon seeing that baleful manifestation shooting straight for him, Qin Wentian similarly pushed forth with his palm. The entire space trembled violently, yet Di Shi took this chance to further close in the distance, appearing before him. The terrifying azure roc behind him let out an incomparably sharp screeching sound as several ferocious-looking bird of prey erupted into being, wanting to tear the void apart.
Qin Wentian stepped out, his star-seizing palm imprint sweeping over everything as a resplendent light enveloped his body.
Di Shi's speed was blindingly fast, circling around Qin Wentian at extreme speeds. However, the golden light radiating from Qin Wentian blasted outwards, illuminating the sky. With a roar of rage, he dashed out, breaking through the encirclement with a speed not a whit inferior to Di Shi's.
The manifestations of Di Shi slammed relentlessly into the palm imprints unleashed by Qin Wentian as thunderous sounds rocked the entire arena, causing reverberations throughout the area. Such a battle deeply shocked all the spectators, especially those who weren't at the supreme-tier of Heavenly Dipper. They realized that if they were the one facing attacks of such magnitude, they couldn't even block a single strike. Even the attacks of ordinary ninth-level Heavenly Dipper Sovereign would be easily shredded apart.
The grand battle between them shook even the heavens. After which, the crowd discovered there were numerous incarnations appearing on the battle platform. Regardless of Di Shi or Qin Wentian, it seemed that both of them cultivated a similar technique, enabling them to manifest incarnations of themselves to aid in their attack. For those who were more meticulous, they discovered that the number of Qin Wentian's incarnations exceeded that of Di Shi. Although this was simply a small detail, it was sufficient to cause the hearts of many to shiver. This indicated that Qin Wentian's talent was stronger compared to Di Shi.
Another violent collision resounded, the two of them lengthened the distance between each other as the arena returned to its original calm. The incarnations merged back into one - their true bodies.
Di Shi floated in the air, staring at Qin Wentian as he icily commented, "I was merely testing you with that attack. If your strength is only at this level, just die then."
After speaking, a terrifying glow circulated around Di Shi's body as streams of blood-colored light towered up into the sky. His astral soul and astral nova in the form of an azure roc rumbled the void, appearing behind him. The light of that faint image seemed to contain life in them, akin to a true ancient primordial azure great roc.
A super strong destructive energy erupted forth from Di Shi. In this instant, Di Shi became even more dangerous compared to before.
"Mandate of Demon at the Perfection Boundary, Mandate of Corrosion at the Perfection Boundary. There also seemed to be a kind of strengthening effect Mandate," Qin Wentian surveyed Di Shi. In the midst of that azure light, he could sense a terrifying corrosion energy. Was this Di Shi's strongest state? He should still be hiding one more of his Mandate.
After that strengthening, Di Shi truly resembled an ancient primordial bird of prey. His entire body transformed into a stream of light and rushed out, with even quicker speed than before. Both his arms trembled, and instantly, the great wings of the azure roc behind him shone with an intense light.
BOOM! BOOM ! BOOM!
Multiple beams of azure light zoomed towards Qin Wentian. Qin Wentian retreated backwards yet somehow, he discovered that his movements were restricted, he couldn't move at all. There was a formless energy locking him down.
This, should be a type of restrictive Mandate.
Or maybe, this was the Mandate Di Shi was keeping hidden. In the Immortal Martial Realm, Di Shi's capabilities were restricted, he couldn't explode forth with his true strength. But now, he could finally unleash all of his abilities.
"Wentian!" The countenances of those who were concerned about Qin Wentian all drastically changed. They watched as the terrifying ferocious manifestations of birds that were akin to beams of light shot right towards him while his movements were being locked.
"Each and every one of the eight era-suppressing geniuses all had their own unique abilities. Di Shi naturally was no exception. Seems like in terms of combat prowess, Di Shi has an advantage. Could this recent character that rose up live to walk away today?" Many were silently speculating. If Qin Wentian were to survive, it meant that Di Shi must die.
Right now, resplendent astral light circulated around Qin Wentian as his physique gradually grew larger. The light emanating from him caused the hearts of the spectators to shiver. His long hair turned a completely inky black, even the clothes he wore seemed to be dyed by that inky blackness. Right now, he completely resembled a descendent from one of those ancient primordial demons that ruled unchallenged in their era.
A multitude of incarnations burst into the being, superimposed together as they erupted forth with an attack at the same time. The sky shook, the earth trembled. Qin Wentian moved forward instead of retreating, his strength causing the void to rumble.
"I really want to see how would you take my life." Qin Wentian's physique was now several times larger than Di Shi. He rushed forwards, slamming forth violently with his palms, aiming at that ferocious ancient primordial azure roc!