Within the Immortal Martial Realm, the battles on the floating bridges had all but stopped. Several people proceeded downwards, wanting to watch the soon-to-arrive final battle at a closer distance.
Only a few grand battles remained for this journey inside the Immortal Martial Realm before the final ranking would be revealed.
Very swiftly a vast number of the spectators descended the bridges and moved near the path of the stone monuments. Of those who entered the Immortal Martial Realm at the start, only 20% remained. The other 80% had all fallen through the various tests. How terrifying was this?
This Immortal Martial Realm was once again the burial grounds for so many elite talents of the Royal Sacred Region. All who fell in the Immortal Martial Realm became nothing more than stepping stones. Stones that those whose names were currently floating on the ranking monument used to ascend to greater heights. Right now, those names exuded an aura of bloodiness that was formed from the millions of dried up skeletons of all those who had died within the realm.
Di s.h.i.+ felt many people staring at him as his countenance grew heavy and sinister. The people who were on the floating bridges couldn't feel it because of the distance earlier, but right now the killing intent permeating the air was incredibly overwhelming. After all, Di s.h.i.+ was the only one out of the eight era-suppressing geniuses who wasn't ranked in the top ten. If one were to speak of partic.i.p.ants who felt the most embarra.s.sed, he ranked top among them. Naturally, the number of gazes he attracted was higher than the others.
If it was any normal day, Di s.h.i.+ wouldn't care about how many people were staring at him. In fact, no matter where he went, the attention of everyone was always focused upon him. But today, under such circ.u.mstances, he felt that these stares were extremely eye-piercing, causing a baleful aura to emanate from his body. Many people instantly averted their eyes when they felt that aura, this baleful aura was like dark clouds above the heads of everyone, feeling as if a thunderstorm might descend at any moment.
Di s.h.i.+ turned his head, looking over the other spectators. The first ones he saw were the other members of the supreme Di Clan. Their eyes all held faint traces of disappointment, causing Di s.h.i.+'s heart to be filled with a piercing pain. It was at this time that Di s.h.i.+ remembered something important. The elders of the Supreme Di Clan mentioned that many of them would personally pay a visit to the Immortal Martial City. They wanted to see for themselves his name s.h.i.+ning dazzlingly on the ranking monument outside the entrance of the Immortal Martial Realm.
He simply didn't dare to consider how disappointed the elders of his clan would be when they saw that he, Di s.h.i.+, wasn't even ranked within the top ten. And in addition, not long ago he had witnessed his younger brother Di Yu being killed in front of him. Di Yu was someone the supreme Di Clan had nurtured as one of their future leaders. After Di s.h.i.+ stepped into Celestial Phenomenon, Di Yu would have replaced him as one of the eight era-suppressing geniuses.
But now, everything had been destroyed by Qin Wentian.
"Mhm?" At that moment, Di s.h.i.+ noticed Fan Le and the rest as his the killing intent in his eyes erupted forth in an incomparably intense manner. It was precisely because this group of people had a conflict with Di Yu which ultimately led to his brother Di Yu being killed. These people actually still dared to appear before him? They simply didn't want their lives any longer.
Fan Le and the others stood at the forefront, they weren't expecting Di s.h.i.+ to shoot them such a venomous look. Ye Lingshuang's brows were also furrowed, but she wasn't too worried. Her relations.h.i.+p with her senior brother Duan Han was pretty good, hence the instant their group descended the bridge, she instantly led the way over to Duan Han's side precisely in case such a scenario occurred.
But, Ye Lingshuang's gaze swiftly stiffened. Because she saw that Di s.h.i.+ directly lunged towards them. As resplendent light radiated from him, a terrible baleful aura gus.h.i.+ng forth. His body was akin to a ferocious primordial bird of prey, transforming into a hurricane that swept through s.p.a.ce. Those who were in his way hurriedly dodged and threw themselves out from the path. Those who couldn't escape fast enough were forcibly knocked away as they coughed out blood from the impact.
In the blink of an eye, Di s.h.i.+ tore through s.p.a.ce and instantly landed before Fan Le and his group. Duan Han naturally saw him, and swept out with his sword, the skies dimmed. Within this darkness, the light radiating from Di s.h.i.+ got even more resplendent, s.h.i.+ning defiantly. His palms explosively blasted out as terrifying ferocious birds of prey manifested, intending on ripping Duan Han's sword attack into nothingness.
"Not good." Ye Lingshuang's countenance abruptly changed. Eighth-level of Heavenly Dipper, she had forgotten the fact that Di s.h.i.+'s cultivation base leveled up within the Immortal Martial Realm.
The sword of darkness slashed out in rage, as though wanting to split the night itself apart. However only to see Di s.h.i.+'s body manifesting numerous incarnations that exploded forth at the same moment, destroying everything. This was none other than a power he cultivated from one of the stone monuments, he could use it directly in combat.
Duan Han was directly sent flying, causing the hearts of others to shake with terror. Di s.h.i.+ was about to obtain his revenge.
"DIE!" Di s.h.i.+ coldly shouted. At the same time, several of his incarnations lunged towards Fan Le and his group, causing their countenances to be filled with despair. They would undoubtedly die to this attack! In front of Di s.h.i.+, they had no way to resist in the slightest.
Di s.h.i.+ was ultimately still Di s.h.i.+, an era-suppressing genius. Although he was defeated on the path of the monuments, there was no need to doubt how powerful he was. Considering that his cultivation base had already broken through to the eighth level, there would scarcely be any opponents for him in the Heavenly Dipper Realm throughout the entire Royal Sacred Region.
On the other side, Ji Feixue and Lou Bingyu had noticed when Di s.h.i.+ unleashed his attack, and they rushed over with their greatest speed. Although it seemed that they would soon arrive, they were obviously unable to make it in time. They were behind Di s.h.i.+, so they had no way to intercept his attack that was currently blasting towards Ye Lingshuang and the rest.
"DI s.h.i.+!" Ji Feixue howled in anger as a sword beam slashed out towards him. A single sword slashes horizontally across the sky, lacerating the void.
Di s.h.i.+'s attack landed, but the impact wasn't as overwhelming as one would imagine. A beautiful silhouette had appeared there, negating the power of his strike. That silhouette who was as beautiful as a celestial maiden caused the hearts of people to thump rapidly. It was actually Lin Xian`er who had blocked Di s.h.i.+'s attack.
Di s.h.i.+'s attack was filled with the entirety of his strength and powered by his anger, Lin Xian`er was directly knocked flying as a result of her hurried defense, the impact causing her to cough out blood that stained her dress red. The sight of that caused pain to fill the hearts of those spectating.
Di s.h.i.+ who has broken through to the eighth-level of Heavenly Dipper was simply too domineering. Although Lin Xian`er was a Heaven Chosen, her cultivation base was lower than Di s.h.i.+, and was injured after just one exchange. She was knocked through the air by the blow and slammed into Ye Lingshuang, the impact also causing Ye Lingshuang to be seriously injured. After all, Ye Lingshuang's cultivation base was still under the suppression effect.
But fortunately, her interception bought enough time for Ji Feixue and Lou Bingyu to arrive. Their attacks lashed out mercilessly, forcing Di s.h.i.+ to turn and defend against them.
A grand battle instantly erupted among the three of them. Although Ji Feixue's cultivation base had improved, he still hadn't broken through to the eighth-level. And similarly as an era-suppressing genius, the difference in their cultivation bases could quickly be seen in the gap in power of their attacks. Di s.h.i.+'s attacks were violent and filled with a baleful aura, blasting until Ji Feixue and Lou Bingyu could only defend. Duan Han rushed up and joined the melee, but despite the three of them cooperating, they didn't seem to be able to hold back Di s.h.i.+.
"Hold your hand." A cold voice sounded out into the ear drums of Di s.h.i.+ and the others. After which they saw a white-robed envoy soaring up the skies coldly regarding them, "Whoever dares to fight here and disturb the comprehension of the partic.i.p.ants still on the path of the monuments, I shall kill without mercy."
Upon hearing that, Di s.h.i.+ had no choice but to stop. His cold eyes glanced from Ji Feixue to Fan Le and the others as he icily spoke, "The Royal Sacred Region is very vast, but there will never be a place for any of you."
"Arrogant." Ji Feixue's voice was iron-sharp, as sword qi from him permeated the air.
"Right now in this generation of members from the Battle Sword Sect, I'm afraid that there's no one who can stop me killing those I want to kill. Ji Feixue, if you stand in my way, I shall kill you along with Qin Wentian." Di s.h.i.+ pointed his finger at Ji Feixue, acting in an incomparably arrogant manner.
This caused the members of the Battle Sword Sect to pale, yet soon after, they heard Ye Lingshuang's reply, "Don't forget how you were defeated earlier. Since Wentian can defeat you in here, he can similarly defeat you out there in the future."
"Is that so? I shall wait for him to deliver himself to death." Di s.h.i.+ stared at Qin Wentian who was still on the path of the monuments as his killing intent grew sharper. The person Di s.h.i.+ wished to kill the most was undoubtedly Qin Wentian.
Right now, Qin Wentian was in a quiet state of self-immersion as he tried to comprehend the power within the stone monument had had chosen. He had no idea of what just happened. Earlier, he'd chose a stone monument that radiated dreamforce. Such a stone monument was exceedingly rare, and he only managed to find one after arriving at the fifth row. Naturally, he couldn't miss such an opportunity.
Even before coming in here, Qin Wentian had already cultivated the Great Dream Immortal Art, and was proficient in the Mandate of Dreamsleep. The power within this stone monument was to unleash the will of one's Mandate through one's eyes, creating a dreamscape that caused others to unknowingly fall into it. This was an extremely terrifying art, Qin Wentian could faintly sense that if one completely mastered this, they would be able to create a dreamscape on the level of the dream he had experienced in the Royal Tomb of Grand Xia, sinking his opponents into a nightmare so real that they would have no idea it was merely a dream and would be unable to awaken from it.
Time flowed by, it was unknown how long it had been since the partic.i.p.ants had entered the Immortal Martial Realm. Among the remaining four, other than Qin Wentian who was still on the fifth row, the other three were all already on the sixth row. At this moment when the final battle would soon commence, the partic.i.p.ants wished to comprehend the power within the stone monuments they had chosen even more thoroughly because the instant their perception retracted from one, their comprehension rate would slow down greatly.
Battle finally erupted as Li Tian challenged Hua Taixu. If he didn't defeat one more person, he would be unable to advance towards the seventh row of stone monuments. Hence, all the other three had a choice, but Li Tian didn't.
The defeat of Li Tian determined the top three rankings, allowing the spectators to have a clearer understanding of the mysterious Hua Taixu. The earlier low-profiled Qin Wentian, the mysterious Hua Taixu; both of them were the same as Gu Liufeng, becoming the biggest winners of this batch of partic.i.p.ants. Once the rankings were shown to the public, it would undoubtedly create terrifying tidal waves that would rock the hearts of everyone in the Royal Sacred Region.
Finally, Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu advanced towards the seventh row of stone monuments while Qin Wentian advanced to the sixth. It seemed like they had a tacit agreement of not acting against each other at this time.
Since Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu had already arrived at the seventh row, they naturally had to use their utmost efforts to gain comprehension from the power of the stone monuments they had chosen. As for the fight to determine their rankings, none of them were in a hurry at all.
This time on the sixth row, Qin Wentian chose a stone monument that radiated a sword intent. Qin Wentian chose this without hesitation because this could complement his martial Mandate perfectly.
In the s.p.a.ce of the stone monument, Qin Wentian lifted his head and stared at the skies. There weren't any resplendent runic words that imparted to him the formulae of any magnificent sword technique, nor was there a domineering sword art that could tear heaven and earth asunder. The only thing present was a faint sense of sword qi exuding from a lone silhouette standing in the middle of the air. The feeling this silhouette projected was that humans were in fact the masters of the sword. The sword might in the air didn't originate from his sword, but from his person instead. And also, this sword might wasn't generated from any variation of the Mandate of Sword, but rather was simply a pure and unadulterated sword sense.
"To reach this realm, one's Mandate of Sword most definitely must have already reached the great perfection boundary of the second level. Not only that, a single thought from that person could manifest a sword," Qin Wentian silently speculated as he sank into a state of comprehension.
The last battle would soon arrive, yet there was only silence on the path of the monuments. This bout of silence persisted, yet none of the spectators showed any signs of impatience. They were all quietly waiting, waiting for the soon to come decisive final battle!