This time around, Qin Wentian stayed in front of his chosen monument for a total of eighteen days before he advanced towards the seventh row of monuments.
Over at the seventh row, there were only three stone monuments and not only that, there weren't any powerful fluctuations from any of the three. Qin Wentian actually couldn't use his perception to sense what power each monument contained, and right now Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu both had already chosen a monument, leaving behind only one for him. He could either defeat one of them and seize their monument for himself, or he could simply choose the unchosen monument.
In the end, Qin Wentian chose the last remaining monument. He stood there stunned the moment his perception entered it. Within the space of the stone monument, Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu were actually already there with their backs facing him. It turned out that these three were inter-connected.
In front of Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu was a statue of a male. However just casting a single glance at that statue caused the hearts of people to be inspired to worship, making them wanting nothing more than to grovel on the ground and pay respect to it.
"This is…" Qin Wentian felt somewhat taken aback. He stepped forwards, and walked to the side of Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu as he stared at that statue, feeling the stunning impact that statue generated.
"All of you have finally arrived…" At this moment, a voice sprang from the void, entering their minds and causing their hearts to involuntarily shudder as they stared with amazement at the statue ahead.
"Is that senior speaking?" Gu Liufeng stared at the statue as he asked, only to see that the statue light up all of a sudden.
"Yes." Another voice rang out. The hearts of Qin Wentian and the others trembled once more. Could it be that the will of a supreme super-expert actually resided in this statue?
"Don't need to feel bewildered, this seat is the master of the Immortal Martial Realm. Back then I originated from the Royal Sacred Region, and since I've karmic ties here, I wished to do something for the Royal Sacred Region." The voice issuing from the statue was calm and serene. "Those who could arrive at this point from the previous batches all knew of my existence. Although I'm willing to bestow good fortune upon people from the Royal Sacred Region, I still need to see if these people have the qualifications. Hence, I set up the Immortal Martial Martial Realm with all the tests and trials in it."
Although the hearts of Qin Wentian and the others were still unable to calm down, they still quietly and seriously listened to the words spoken. The statue before them was a true legendary immortal existence on the same level as the sect leader of the Royal Sacred Sect. Only characters of this level would be able to govern an entire region, their each and every action affecting a multitude of lives. One could imagine how great and terrifying the power they wielded was.
Right now in front of them was precisely such a character.
"Those who could advance to the seventh row of monuments will all be able to obtain some items I left behind, and you are all protected against further deaths even if you lost in combat. Since you could stand here before me, all of you can be considered the most supreme characters in the Royal Sacred Region of this generation." The voice of the statue was as serene as ever, as calm as water, causing comfort to those who heard it, like a gust of spring wind.
"To you, the Royal Sacred Region is incomparably vast. Maybe you feel that it's so vast that it represents the entire world. However, the real world is far from what you can imagine, only after walking out of here would you know truly what the word 'vast' means. The Immortal Martial Realm is something I created, and the envoys here are all from my sect. If in the future you wish to leave the Royal Sacred Region, just come to the Immortal Martial Realm. The envoys here will lead you, they will arrange everything, and bring you out of the Royal Sacred Region.
The tone of the statue remained the same. After which, it laughed as it continued, "I won't speak too much, I believe that all of you have your own ideas. Just come whenever you are ready to leave, the Immortal Martial Realm will welcome you anytime."
After speaking, that statue dimmed and no other sounds issued forth from it.
However, Qin Wentian, Hua Taixu, and Gu Liufeng found it exceedingly tough to remain calm.
There was no need to doubt that this Immortal Martial Realm was left behind by an immortal. The immortal had already hinted a great deal earlier, all three of them were extremely intelligent and soon, everything became clear to them.
In the Royal Sacred Region, the Royal Sacred Sect was a supreme existence. The monstrous geniuses and strongest of the strong would all gather in the Royal Sacred Sect, thus leading to their current unrivalled position. However in this world, there wasn't just the Royal Sacred Region. There were many other powers that had no affiliation with it. An example was the sect which the master of the Immortal Martial Realm belonged to.
The Master of the Immortal Martial Realm created the realm in the Royal Sacred Region to repay any karmic ties he had left to this place. But naturally, there was another unspoken reason. His other purpose was undoubtedly to recruit talents for his sect.
If a power wanted to be strong, they had to unceasingly attract top talents from the later generations. People who could walk to the very end in the Immortal Martial Realm were undoubtedly the most outstanding characters in their generation. Perhaps only one or two would appear in ten years. But what about a hundred years? Or ten thousand years?
When one reached the level of immortals, it was unknown how long their lifespans would be, maybe numbering in the span of over tens of thousands of years. If characters at that level were to open a sect, and used such a method to filter out the most elite of the younger generations to join, it would naturally yield excellent results. At the same time, there would be some absolute geniuses of the Royal Sacred Region that could use the Immortal Martial Realm to exit this region. But if they chose to receive the aid of the realm, they would undoubtedly end up disciples under the sect of the master of this Immortal Martial Realm. If not, there was no way the Immortal Martial Realm would be willing to expend such great effort to open up a path for people to exit the Royal Sacred Realm freely.
Since the Immortal Martial Realm could exist for so long in the Royal Sacred Region with no interference from the Royal Sacred Sect, one could see how powerful the master of the Immortal Martial Realm was. In addition, participants who could walk to the end of the path inside the realm would definitely be able to acquire immortal arts. Since the Master of the realm was able to so casually impart them these immortal arts, how strong was he exactly? He might even be an existence that surpassed the sect leader of the Royal Sacred Sect. Such an invitation was undoubtedly tempting and without a doubt, for the past batches of top participants. There were surely many who chose to leave with the aid from the Immortal Martial Realm.
For example,the Human Emperor of Ye, Ye Qingyun! If it wasn't for the fact that he still was attached to ancient Ye, he would have long left. If he could find a suitable successor, why wouldn't he leave?
The master of the Immortal Martial Realm was extremely intelligent, setting the Immortal Martial Realm in the Royal Sacred Region and using such gentle methods to entice them. Such a strategy wasn't something an ordinary man would be able to think of.
"Everything will soon come to an end." Gu Liufeng turned and faced Qin Wentian and Hua Taixu. The three of them exchanged glances. After this, would be the battle between the three of them to determine the final top three rankings of this batch of participants.
"Your courage is impressive. Although everyone understood that choosing to solidify one's foundation right at the first row of the stone monuments would be beneficial at the end, the only one who dared do this was you. This was a risk you took which paid off." Gu Liufeng smiled at Qin Wentian, he didn't seem to project an air of an opponent. The three of them had cultivated the power of six stone monuments but the one whose foundation was the most stable was undoubtedly Qin Wentian.
"If the first to attack me wasn't Di Shi, but you instead, maybe the ending would have been different," Qin Wentian smiled as he replied. Gu Liufeng was the person who advanced the fastest, and was proficient in the use of the bow and arrow. If he had taken the opportunity to get rid of Qin Wentian, who had chosen to remain behind on the first row earlier, that was a high possibility that Qin Wentian might have really been ousted.
But clearly Gu Liufeng had disdained doing that.
Qin Wentian then turned his gaze onto Hua Taixu. Right now, Hua Taixu's aura was even more extraordinary than before, actually giving off an odd kind of sensation to others, reverting from complexity back into simplicity.
"Back in Grand Xia, the vast majority of people all believed that I would die by your hands. Now that we actually encountered each other in here, it seems that the battle between us is inevitable," Qin Wentian slowly spoke.
Hua Taixu locked gazes with Qin Wentian, no emotions could be seen in his eyes. It was unknown what he was thinking about.
"In truth, I don't hate you as much as people think I do," Hua Taixu replied. "There's no need to doubt how outstanding you are. The first time I met you was back then when we were both still in Chu. At that time, I didn't even think about killing you because simply, you weren't qualified to be my enemy. Even after you killed Xiaoyun, you still weren't qualified to be. Things didn't change until the moment when you ranked first in Heavenly Fate Rankings.
"There's no wrong in you killing Xiaoyun. Based on what he had attempted to do to Mo Qingcheng, it's perfectly justifiable that you wanted his death. However, no matter what, he is still my younger brother. No matter how much of a bastard he is, I will still take revenge for him. Even though I admire you, if there's a chance for me to kill you, I wouldn't show any mercy. If we met on the outside, you must definitely have the determination to kill me because if you do not, I would think of ideas to take your life. There's only one point I want to make things clear with you. I don't wish for the grudge between us both to implicate others such as our close friends and family. Let this be considered as me leaving a path of survival for the Hua Clan. After all, facing against an opponent such as you, if I failed to kill you, it would undoubtedly be a disaster for my Hua Clan. And I will promise you this; even if I kill you, I will never touch those close to you."
Hua Taixu's voice was exceedingly calm. Qin Wentian stared into that pair of clear and slightly illusory eyes as he nodded and reply, "You who were the number one in the Heavenly Fate Rankings have always been levels above Chen Wang. The distance between the two of you is something he will never be able to overcome."
"How should we battle?" Hua Taixu asked, as he cast a glance at Gu Liufeng.
Gu Liufeng merely smiled as his silhouette flickered. Swiftly after, the three of them separated and stood in a triangular formation. Each of them exuded a terrifying aura, as raging winds kicked up around them. They seemed to have come to a mutual tacit understanding, able to understand the intentions of each other through their eyes.
"Bzzz!" A resplendent light inundated the area as a bow appeared in Gu Liufeng's hand. Astral light flashed as arrows broke the void, shooting straight towards Hua Taixu and Qin Wentian.
Instantly, in the eyes of the spectators, a beam of radiant light shot through the seventh row where the three stone monuments were at.
"The battle commenced. Why is there no image projection for this final deciding battle?" Those spectators all glanced at each other in bewilderment. When they saw light radiating from the three stone monuments earlier, they instantly understood that the final battle has commenced.
Gu Liufeng's arrows were blindingly fast, at the extreme limits of speed, and contained a terrifying penetrating strength within. Hua Taixu's body didn't seem to exist in this reality, fading in and out of the void whenever the arrows slammed into him. And as for Qin Wentian, his entire body turned into a gleaming golden as he blasted out with Star-Seizing palm strikes, shattering the arrows through pure might.
Gu Liufeng calmly stood at his original spot. He aimed his bow upwards - he didn't aim his arrows towards them, but up at the sky instead. After which, a storm of arrows rained down from the heavens, resembling streams of shooting stars that blasted down upon Qin Wentian and Hua Taixu with unbelievable speed and force.
Bang, Bang, Bang!
Everything in the dimensional space was buried by that rain of arrows. Hua Taixu was repeatedly hit, but every time the arrows sunk into him, his true body would fade out of existence and appear in another location. Qin Wentian transformed into a giant, exuding such a forceful presence that none of the arrows were able to injure him despite landing on him.
The three stone monuments unceasingly flashed with resplendent light, causing the hearts of the spectators to thump even harder. What an intense astral light, although there wasn't any image projection, they could still see some things in the blurry outlines from the light that radiated from the monument. Right now, it was as though they saw a rain of shooting stars ravaging everything in that space. At this moment, the spectators wanted nothing more than to rush upwards and sink their perceptions within the stone monument so as to have a closer look at the final battle.
Hua Taixu transformed into a blurry shadow that lengthened unceasingly, advancing towards both Qin Wentian and Gu Liufeng. This shadow would sometimes separate before merging back together. This process continued for an endless amount of time before a million shadows appeared as they simultaneously unleashed an attack towards Qin Wentian and Gu Liufeng.
The bow in Gu Liufeng's hand vanished, replaced by a saber. When the saber light flashed through the air, the calm lake severed the moon, tearing the entire world asunder.
Qin Wentian stepped out. His foot stomped upon the ground with a might that was capable of suppressing everything. The fiendgod which he transformed into moved at the speed of lightning as a pair of golden wings took form behind him, rushing towards Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu.
A bellow of rage with such power thundered out, shaking the heavens and earth so much that they were about to crumble apart. In the air, a countless number of fiendgod incarnations appeared as they blasted forth with torrential might, manifesting millions upon millions of Star-Seizing palm imprints that engulfed this entire space, sweeping across everything.
"In front of true strength, everything else is nothing. UNIFIED FORCE BREAKING THROUGH THE VOID (Taixu)!" Qin Wentian howled in rage as his fiendgod incarnations descended downwards, stomping upon the ground. He unleashed another barrage of overwhelming destruction, causing everything in this space to turn topsy-turvy.
Two groans of misery rang out. Hua Taixu was forced out of the void by the barrage of Qin Wentian's attacks. He reappeared in this reality as blood leaked from the corner of his lips. Gu Liufeng was similarly injured as well. The two of them turned their gazes onto the millions of fiendgod incarnations as a hint of admiration appeared in their eyes.
After which, both Hua Taixu and Gu Liufeng both dashed out towards Qin Wentian at the same time, acting together. The spectators all felt their palms growing wet with perspiration. Although they could only see blurry outlines of what was happening, with no way to distinguish who was who, all of them were so seized with nervousness that even their breathing became labored!