AGM 0119 - When the sword is birthed, blood appears.
Qin Wentian stood there, his head raised to look at the empty sky. The youth's elegant face was calm and indifferent, with the slightest hint of a sunny smile. It seemed like he carried with him a strong sense of self-confidence.
The sun's brilliant rays reflected off of his handsome face, strengthening his looks. At the moment, this youth seemed to possess an extraordinary charm.
"Such a handsome fellow." Currently, from the direction of the Mo Clan, Mo Qingcheng's father couldn't help but smile as he saw the youth's glowing face. "The Qin Clan had such a son, it's rather rare to encounter a youth who managed to walk through trials and hardships with his own strength and hard work, to finally stand here on Chu Country's largest stage. I hope that he can bring about a miracle."
The Mo Clan gave their blessings to Qin Wentian.
"He will." Mo Qingcheng gently smiled. Right now, Qin Wentian was really quite good-looking.
When the crowd saw Qin Wentian still smiling as before, they couldn't help but show strange expressions. Could it be that he really didn't care about being blasted off from the first battle and completely disappearing from the Jun Lin Banquet's stage?
Or could it be said that since he was ignorantly self-confident, he believed that he could defeat Jiang Xiu, one of the 10 prodigies in the Royal Capital?
Just then, a burst of sound rang out from the first platform. Luo Qianqiu had defeated his opponent with a single punch, but because the opponent hadn't taken the initiative to concede, he was sent flying straight backwards with the sound of thunder. All the bones in his body broke, and his meridians were destroyed. It was an extremely miserable situation.
This was the fastest battle. Luo Qianqiu had only allowed the opposite party to keep his life. His hegemonic attitude seemed to be making a declaration to everyone watching.
This year's Jun Lin Banquet was his stage.
While at the same time, on the 9th platform, the aura around Jiang Xiu's body exploded forth as fierce Sword Qi gave frenzied roars as a sword condensed from Astral Energy appeared in his hand.
On the stage of the Jun Lin Banquet, one was naturally not allowed to use Divine Weapons for the sake of fairness.
The raging wind of the sword shook the void as the Sword-type Astral Soul of Jiang Xiu was released. At the same moment, the sword intent emanated by him soared and surged crazily, becoming many times more violent.
An ear-piercing sound echoed out as the aura of Jiang Xiu rose to the peak.
"This......" Even from so far away, the crowd could still feel the relentlessly surging Sword Qi and aura of Jiang Xiu as their hearts lightly trembled.
Jiang Xiu had not started to battle yet, but he had already released the strongest aura he could, not bothering to save his strength to fight a protracted battle. His actions showed his self-confidence, and at the same time, he was making a statement to Qin Wentian. In front of him, Jiang Xiu, Qin Wentian's talent was nothing but rubbish.
He wanted to use the strongest, most tyrannical strength he could muster, to directly smash Qin Wentian apart. He was Jiang Xiu, one of the 10 prodigies of the Royal Capital. That day, the humiliation he suffered back at the Emperor Star Academy - he would return all of it today.
"You can now make a choice. Either you screw off from this stage that does not belong to you yourself, or I will do it for you."
Jiang Xiu calmly spoke, as though he had the intention to humiliate Qin Wentian.
Within Qin Wentian's body, all seven of his circular arterial pathways were seething and surging with Astral Energy. His aura similarly soared upwards explosively.
"After today, the name Jiang Xiu will no longer exist within the 10 prodigies." Qin Wentian's voice slowly rolled out, containing a calmness and an absolute confidence.
This kind of self-confidence was something the crowd didn't expected. No one would have thought that Qin Wentian would still be able to so indifferently make a proud claim when facing off against one of the 10 prodigies. After today, the name Jiang Xiu will no longer exist within the 10 prodigies.
"The 7th level of Arterial Circulation."
In the area where the Emperor Star Academy was sitting, Mustang displayed a smile on his face as he felt the intensity of the aura emanating from Qin Wentian's body. Truthfully speaking, he was slightly ashamed; this student was such an outstanding talent, but he had never directly guided Qin Wentian on anything. Qin Wentian already possessed his own cultivation arts, and as for innate techniques, he had also mastered them on his own, without any need of his guidance.
This made Mustang feel rather depressed. He understood that this implied that his strength was nowhere near enough to guide this disciple. It was because he couldn't manage a talent like Qin Wentian that this kind of situation had occured.
Of course, Mustang was proud of Qin Wentian. This was the disciple he'd scouted from the Sky Harmony City.
Was Qin Wentian planning to announce that he existed to the entire Chu Country today?
Mustang looked forward to it, but he was also somewhat nervous. Could Qin Wentian defeat Jiang Xiu?
The spectators could all sense that Qin Wentian's aura was rather abnormal. It was said that when he'd first entered Emperor Star Academy, he'd only been in the Body Refinement Realm. To think that within a short period of a year, he'd already entered the 7th level of Arterial Circulation. In addition to his achievements in Divine Inscriptions, even if he didn't perform very well in the Jun Lin Banquet, nobody would question his abilities much. That was for certain.
He was already outstanding enough.
The fact that Qin Wentian had already broken through to the 7th level of Arterial Circulation also affected Ye Zhan, Liu Yan, Bai Qingsong and Autumn Snow.
Ye Zhan had sought to kill Qin Wentian before. But at the moment, they were no longer at the same level. Bai Qingsong and Autumn Snow also knew for a fact that one year ago, Qin Wentian wasn't even at the Body Refinement Realm.
In reality, Qin Wentian had only just started his cultivation.
The other battles quickly came to their conclusions. However, many didn't notice that there wasn't a platform that could attract attention on the level of the battle at the 9th towering platform.
Not only because both of the contestants were famous, Jiang Xiu's pride and Qin Wentian's confidence also had something to do with it.
Under the attention of all, Jiang Xiu's body erupted into motion. In that instant, his sword was as cold as ice, and in a moment, he already appeared in front of Qin Wentian. With a slight wave of his sword, his sword transformed into waves of a meteor shower, brightening up the whole sky, resplendent and magnificent.
"Meteor Shower, Jiang Xiu's Starpoint swordplay has already reached such a level. With a single sword, he sealed the escape routes of Qin Wentian, and caged him within that area. No wonder he is one of the 10 prodigies." The spectators observed the points of Astral Light that emitted from Jiang Xiu's swordplay as expressions of admiration appeared on their faces.
The 10 prodigies were all fully deserving of their reputations. Since they could enter the ranks of the '10 prodigies', they had all proven their abilities before.
Qin Wentian didn't move. He simply stood there undisturbed, as if what had appeared before him wasn't a life-threatening sword light.
His expression was as calm as it was before, and unexpectedly, no weapon coalesced from Astral Light appeared in his hand. This scene surprised many people. Was this self-confidence or arrogance?
A hint of murderous intent flashed in Jiang Xiu's eyes, Since Qin Wentian wanted to bring upon his own destruction, he'd wholeheartedly grant this wish.
Even if Emperor Star Academy wanted to protect Qin Wentian, they wouldn't be able to say anything if he died on the stage of the Jun Lin Banquet.
The sword light that filled the air carried with it a terrifying murderous aura. Rays of sword light pierced forwards at Qin Wentian. Qin Wentian obviously sensed that Jiang Xiu had begun to act with the intent to kill.
At the moment, Qin Wentian's sensory abilities raised to their peak. A stunning energy pervaded the air; this was Dream Presence.
Sword-type Astral Souls would enable one's Astral Energy to be as sharp as swords; Lightning-type Astral Souls would allow one's Astral Energy to contain the explosiveness of thunder and lightning, while Dream-type Astral Souls would naturally contained dream wills within them.
In that instant, Jiang Xiu felt as though he wasn't real. It was like his sword's attacks were somewhat similar to illusions.
But Qin Wentian was different. This was his energy. With his Dream Presence released, he was in his own domain, and could sense everything. At the same time, he could also sense clearly the attacks of that meteor shower covering the sky.
Every sword attack in that meteor shower was so cold to the point that it could pierce the bones, easily able to take lives.
However, Qin Wentian's sensory abilities were so great that it was as though he had already seen through the trajectory and secrets of each and every sword contained within. Qin Wentian finally began to move.
Qin Wentian's entire body transformed into a blur of shadows, becoming an indiscernible mist.
Not only that, every steps of his was small and precise, easily and somewhat miraculously making his way through the area inundated by the meteor shower of Jiang Xiu.
It was as though no sword could come into contact with his body.
As the spirit moves, the body moves along with it.
"The Nine Heavenly Garuda Movement Technique, skill level: Divine." An elder from the Emperor Star Academy, froze. This skill level had already exceeded the 'Perfect' stage.
"It seems like the level of comprehension this person has towards innate techniques has been masked by his talent in other aspects." The hearts of the crowd silently speculated. This technique was one that almost no one would choose to cultivate in, but to think that Qin Wentian had actually mastered the Arterial Circulation level manual of the Garuda Movement Technique to its utmost limit.
The meteor shower that sealed the entire area was actually of no effect, and was unable to touch the slightest bit of Qin Wentian's body.
After stepping into the 'Divine Level', his movements were too perfect. One could even say without exaggeration that in the whole of the Jun Lin Banquet, the movement technique of Qin Wentian was unparalleled, and no one could be mentioned in the same breath as him.
Jiang Xiu's expression changed, and with a flash of understanding, he changed his move. His sword intent continued to soar explosively.
However, during the instant his move changed, Qin Wentian's body erupted into motion once again. He stamped down on the ground, and Astral Energy circulated through his meridians and infused into his legs. In that moment, his body instantly appeared in front of Jiang Xiu, the speed of it so frightening that Jiang Xiu felt that it was surreal.
In that moment, Jiang Xiu decisively made a determined and wise decision; he threw his sword away.
His sword was directly transformed into starlight and disappeared. At the same time, his right palm slashed out, its sharpness comparable to that of a real sword. If it landed on Qin Wentian's body, it would undoubtedly slice him in half.
"Slashing Sword Technique, although this isn't any amazing ability, the timing of its use was impeccable. Jiang Xiu's ability to adapt to changes in battle in an instant is really powerful." Many people couldn't help but sigh in praise. The onlookers were all people that had witnessed many things, and thus, they recognised and had even come into contact with many of these ordinary innate techniques.
Buzz! The Falling Mountain Palms which Qin Wentian had been storing exploded out. The sword emphasized sharpness, and was only suitable for fighting at a certain distance. And when in such close proximity combat, the explosiveness of the Falling Mountain Palms was definitely extremely terrifying.
In an instant, it was as though a mountain peak smashed downwards towards Jiang Xiu, easily destroying the sharp sword intent of his sword palms.
The strength of Qin Wentian's Falling Mountain Palms was so powerful that the intensity of the pressure even caused Jiang Xiu to feel suffocated. How could someone at the 7th level of Arterial Circulation execute such a powerful Falling Mountain Palm?
Pressuring everything, eradicating all that stood in its path. This caused Jiang Xiu to feel as though he was in a dream.
Jiang Xiu retreated decisively while he gathered his terrifying strength. In the next instant, boundless sword lights gathered together, transforming into the manifestation of a gigantic sword, stabbing forwards in the direction of the Mountain Peak created by the Falling Mountain Palms.
A great sound rang out as the greatsword's chop landed on the descending Falling Mountain Palm. The manifestation of that greatsword was embedded within, but yet, Jiang Xiu had no way to fully break it apart. This caused Jiang Xiu's movement to instantly slow, and just that instant was already sufficient to determine victory and defeat.
Qin Wentian's brandished his palms. In an instant, it was as though a beam of sword light flashed past. And together with the sword light, a bloody glow appeared.
"The sword contained a killing intent, I will break the arm that you wielded the sword with."
As soon as Qin Wentian said this, Jiang Xiu cried out miserably. His body continued to stagger backwards as his left hand clutched his right arm. Fresh blood endless flowed and dripped onto the stage. That single arm fell to the ground.
Silence was everywhere.
"The sword contained a killing intent, I will break the arm that you wielded the sword with!"
After today, the name Jiang Xiu disappeared totally from within the ranks of the 10 prodigies.
However, Qin Wentian wasn't even proficient in swordplay, how had he managed to manifest that swordlight?