On the Sacred Battle Platform, Qin Wentian's halberd shifted as he pointed the tip of his weapon straight at Liu Lan.
Upon seeing how Di Shi died, Liu Lan's heart couldn't help but tremble. And when he realized Qin Wentian was pointing his weapon at him, his countenance involuntarily turned incredibly unsightly.
Defeating someone and killing someone were two entirely different concepts. The people here all had trump cards of their own and unless the disparity in strength was quite large, it wouldn't be possible for one of the combatants to kill the other. When Liu Lan fought Qin Wentian yesterday, although he had the advantage, he couldn't kill his opponent. But right now, Qin Wentian who was originally in the weaker position had actually managed to comprehend a true intent and slain Di Shi in an overwhelming manner.
This indicated that right now Qin Wentian was already a character strong enough to pose a threat to his life.
The spectators from the Violet Thunder Sect all had ugly expressions on their faces. It was they who had arranged for Liu Lan to participate in this grand battle. Originally they wanted to kill Qin Wentian before he rose up. Liu Lan, who had a cultivation base at the peak of Heavenly Dipper and had even comprehended a true intent of a Mandate, would definitely have no problem when fighting against Qin Wentian. But reality turned out differently, Qin Wentian's godly perception allowed him to comprehend a true intent in the midst of the grand battle, and he who was originally one of the weakest combatants instantly leveled up to the extent where his combat prowess was higher compared to Liu Lan.
"Come out," Qin Wentian pointed at Liu Lan as he spoke. Liu Lan was the same as Di Shi, they had an agreement with Qin Wentian. Only one among them would be able to walk out alive. Initially, this rule was set to prevent Qin Wentian from fleeing with his life, but right now, it became nothing but a noose around his own neck. It was useless to concede. It was either he died or Qin Wentian died.
"We have both comprehended a true intent, what's there to fear?" Liu Lan encouraged himself, trying his best to suppress the terror that had bloomed earlier when Di Shi died. A character at his level, how could he bear to die? But one of the eight era-suppressing geniuses, Di Shi, had died right in front of his very eyes. This made him understand that this was a true life-and-death battle, and how could Qin Wentian ever spare someone that wanted his life?
Liu Lan who was shrouded in lightning finally stepped out. However, his presence seemed to weaken, no longer as imposing and tyrannical as their first fight. He was no longer as confident in his own abilities.
The two of them stood facing each other. A destructive lightning energy and an overwhelming pressure permeated the air. The lightning was targeting Qin Wentian while the pressure bore down on Liu Lan. This pressure seemed to be present everywhere in the air, weighing down on him and causing him to feel extremely uncomfortable.
Right now, Liu Lan didn't dare to hold back any longer. He released his astral souls, causing the might of his lightning to kick up another notch. A lightning sword manifested in his hand as he slashed it outwards, causing a bolt of lightning to streak through the skies, slicing its path towards Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian moved the instant the lightning sword in Liu Lan's hands slashed out. He could feel every iota of force in the air clearly. Hence, he sensed the instant Liu Lan moved. He reacted by sending out his ancient halberd. This strike of his was incomparably precise, and the terrifying might packed within this strike caused the hearts of spectators to shiver.
The tip of the ancient halberd smashed right through the lightning bolt, splitting it apart.
"What a terrifying perception, Qin Wentian's proficiency with his true intent has already exceeded Liu Lan's." Many felt as though thunderbolts were going off in their minds. Qin Wentian had just comprehended his true intent, yet he was now already stronger than Liu Lan. Other than explaining it with the virtue of his talent, there was no other possible explanation.
A pair of golden wings took form behind Qin Wentian as golden-colored armor enveloped his body. He transformed into a beam of light and shot forwards, causing this entire space to be filled with after-images.
The ancient halberd in his hands smashed out, directly speeding towards Liu Lan's head. Even before the halberd arrived, that surge of terrifying force had already landed, causing Liu Lan to sense an extremely strange feeling. It was as though force was boundless, every iota of force in this world was gathered onto the tip of the ancient halberd. As long as that strike landed, he would die without a doubt. Regardless of which part of his body was hit, as long as he failed to evade that strike, the strength would ravage through his entire body, reaping away his life.
A raging wind billowed, Liu Lan explosively retreated as the lightning forcefield around him concentrated with frantic speed. An immense ball of lightning was formed and he blasted it with all his might towards Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian's silhouette instantly flickered as he leaned to the side, his beautiful golden wings sliced through the air in a graceful arc, dodging the attack. At the same time, another immense amount of pressure bore down upon Liu Lan, affecting his speed.
"DIE!" Liu Lan roared as the lightning sword in his hands slashed out once again.
Lightning-based attacks were naturally the fastest. Not only that, the might packed within was tyrannical and terrifying. Qin Wentian slammed out with his Star-Seizing Palm, this time around powered by divine energy from his Yuanfu instead as he shattered the entire space in front of him.
A shadow flashed before Liu Lan's eyes. Liu Lan didn't halt his attacks, yet Qin Wentian didn't seem to mind colliding directly with him. The monumental pressure he felt was getting increasingly intense, Qin Wentian chased him around the platform moving at such speeds that the air space above was covered by golden silhouettes.
"Liu Lan is definitely in a disadvantageous position, just look at how is he defending. His manner of blasting out that ball of lightning in defense undoubtedly consumed a large amount of astral energy while Qin Wentian is using only his true intent during his attacks. His energy consumption is by far a lot lower compared to Liu Lan."
"Not only that, Liu Lan's heart is already shaken. If this continues, he will die for sure," the spectators all mumbled. At this moment, Liu Lan once again blasted out another destructive attack towards Qin Wentian, and just as he thought Qin Wentian would evade as usual, numerous Qin Wentian's incarnations suddenly surrounded him, blasting out with their palms and shattering the void. At the same time, an ancient halberd grew larger and larger in his field of vision as Qin Wentian's true body rushed him.
Liu Lan's heart violently pounded as he hurriedly slammed his palms together, hoping to stop Qin Wentian's attack. And just as his palms closed around the ancient halberd, halting Qin Wentian's momentum, terrifying lightning crackled around him. After being imbued by lightning, his palms were even sharper than the edges of a blade. Arcs of electricity directly slashed against the halberd, actually severing it into two.
"Courting death," Qin Wentian spat out. He directly relinquished the halberd and slammed forth with both his palms. Instantly, a sword qi engulfed this entire space, sweeping across everything as numerous streams of sword inscriptions containing a startling energy of annihilation shot towards Liu Lan.
At such a close distance, how could Liu Lan dodge? He could only depend on the destructive power of his true intent of Lightning to clash head-on with Qin Wentian.
And just when he was about to counter-attack, at this same instant, the countless number of sword inscriptions erupted forth earlier from Qin Wentian's palms superimposed on each other, combining their power together. Each of these sword inscriptions contained an inconceivably formidable destructive energy packed within, intent on slaughtering everything.
The crowd only saw beams of sword light flashing pass, blasting towards Liu Lan, manifesting tens of thousands of swords that penetrated through his heart. Liu Lan's body that was floating in the air trembled violently, as he stared at Qin Wentian with a venomous light in his eyes.
He was somebody at the supreme-tier of Heavenly Dipper, with a foot in the Celestial Phenomenon Realm. Yet today, he died on the Sacred Battle Platform.
"Where did all that sword inscriptions suddenly came from?" Many of the spectators felt their hearts shaking. From that number of terrifying sword inscriptions bursting out at the last moment, one could well imagine how dangerous it was to fight Qin Wentian in close combat.
"Impossible!" In the direction of the Divine Weapon Academy, Wang Yunfei's countenance turned pale white. Even the elders from the academy were all taken aback. Each and every sword inscription was akin to what Qin Wentian had unleashed before once in their Divine Weapon Academy. Birthing powerful fourth-rank inscriptions with every step he took. Not only that, the inscriptions birthed today were all sword-type inscriptions, containing an overwhelming killing power.
This indicated that in that attack of Qin Wentian's earlier, over thousands of fourth-ranked inscriptions exploded forth at that moment. How terrifying was that? And at such a close distance, how could his opponent still avoid death?
"That's the second one." The spectators were all still numb from shock. The first to die was Di Shi of the eight era-suppressing geniuses. The second to die was Liu Lan, someone who had comprehended a true intent. At this instant, the faces of all those from the Violet Thunder Sect were flushed red with shame. When they saw the gazes of the crowd shifting towards them, they felt as though they were sitting on pins and needles.
This time around, not only did they lose a genius like Liu Lan, they had even completely throw away their face. Why did Liu Lan want a life-and-death battle with Qin Wentian? This was undoubtedly because behind the scenes, the Violet Thunder Sect wanted it! But right now, reality was such, Liu Lan died at the hands of the person he was supposed to kill. This resounding smack to their faces made many mock the Violet Sacred Sect. Ye Kongfan of their sect died in Ye, so did a number of their Celestial Phenomenon Ascendants. And today, they sought humiliation of their own accord once more. It was highly likely that from now on, the reputation of the Violet Thunder Sect would be ranked the last out of the nine great sects.
After Qin Wentian killed Liu Lan, he calmly returned to his stone platform and sat down. Out of the nine original participants, there were two of the eight era-suppressing geniuses that had already been eliminated. Di Shi had fallen, while one of Dongyue Hanjiang's arms was severed.
Adding Liu Lan, there were already three combatants who were ousted, leaving behind six.
In fact, at this moment everyone already understood that although Li Tian and Chi Lian were era-suppressing geniuses, since they hadn't comprehended a true intent it was impossible for them to fight against Qin Wentian or Wu Teng. They were even weaker compared to the crown prince from Radiant Gold. As for Fan Miaoyu, nobody even knew her level of power yet.
However very quickly, the spectators soon saw that when Chi Lian challenged Fan Miaoyu, and he was effortlessly defeated. Fan Miaoyu revealed that she had comprehended a true intent, the true intent of the Mandate of Sound. Right from the start of the battle, Chi Lian had no way to even defend. Fan Miaoyu's cultivation base was higher than his and she had even comprehended a true intent. Both of them were era-suppressing geniuses, hence Chi Lian had no way to battle her at all.
This battle made everybody realize that Fan Miaoyu was truly the strongest among the eight era-suppressing geniuses.
Li Tian stared at the four participants, feeling extremely depressed in his heart. He then spoke, "There's no more meaning even if I refuse to concede. I shall fight against all of you after I comprehended my true intent. I admit my defeat here today."
The screen of light opened, allowing Chi Lian and Li Tian to leave.
Although the two of them were defeated, nobody doubted their strength. As era-suppressing geniuses, their combat prowess would immediately skyrocket the instant they comprehended a true intent.
In the blink of an eye, only four remained on the Sacred Battle Platform.
Qin Wentian, Wu Teng, Fan Miaoyu, and the crown prince of Radiant Gold.
"Among these four, the strongest should be Fan Miaoyu and the weakest...maybe the crown prince of Radiant Gold? As for Qin Wentian and Wu Teng, it's hard to say who was stronger between them." These were the perspectives from the vast majority of the spectators. Fan Miaoyu and Wu Teng had the same level of cultivation and both of them comprehended a true intent. But as an era-suppressing genius, she should be the strongest out of the four.
"How about sparring a little?" Wu Teng stared at Qin Wentian as he spoke. He was very impressed by Qin Wentian. At the start of the Immortal Martial Realm, Qin Wentian was merely an unknown, yet in the short span of a few months, his name resounded through the Royal Sacred Region and had even climbed up to such a height. Such a character was truly worthy of respect. This was why he wanted to spar with Qin Wentian, and he had no malicious intentions.
"Sure, after my condition is restored to the peak, I will spar with you then," Qin Wentian smiled, he could sense the respect Wu Teng had for him.
"Mhm, right. After all, your cultivation base is slightly lower than mine. Let's wait till you are fully recovered before we spar against each other," Wu Teng laughed, he didn't insist as he too, didn't want an unfair fight. Qin Wentian smiled as he closed his eyes, focusing on restoring his condition.