AGM 318 - Situ Po
After Zai Mu, no one else dared to bother Qin Wentian anymore.
On the edge of the precipice, the boundary where the mountain and ocean meet, the figure sitting cross-legged would stand up from time to time, soaring above the oceans while testing out various techniques. The other spectators from afar couldn't help but feel a chill in their hearts when they saw how intensely Qin Wentian was cultivating.
Very swiftly, rumors of Qin Wentian being a beastman, the same as Shiki, circulated about. He had the blood of demonic beasts flowing in his veins as well, which made him extremely compatible to cultivate the techniques which the demon powerhouse left behind. His comprehension speed was akin to traveling a thousand miles in a single day, he made rapid improvements at unbelievable speeds.
The rumors grew more and more embellished, and the majority of those in the Unmatched Realm soon believed that Qin Wentian was a half-beast.
In any case, there were too many unverified rumors regarding Qin Wentian circulating throughout the Unmatched Realm. There were some who said he was a fourth-ranked Grandmaster, while others said he was a beastman. There were even people who said that he was a hidden chosen from the Ouyang Aristocrat Clan, an illegitimate son born out of wedlock. The ludicrousness of these rumors tickled Ouyang Kuangsheng so hard that he didn't know whether he should laugh or cry.
Within the Unmatched Realm, in an ancient pavilion, a male and a female sat down facing each other.
The male had a kingly demeanor, yet no aura could be felt exuding out from him. Each and every one of his movements contained a strangeness to it, thrumming with a rhythm from the harmonization between Heaven and Earth.
The female was exceptionally beautiful, her looks even exceeded Liu Xi, whom Qin Wentian defeated in the past. Liu Xi had many pursuers, but in comparison this female had none. She had already chosen a companion. Not only that, even among the countless geniuses in the Unmatched Realm, her companion was someone who was exceedingly famous.
Situ Po, a chosen from the Sword Extinction Sect.
Similarly, he was also striving to become a Heaven's Chosen in the Azure Continent-for those that ranked in the top thirty-six rankings of the Heavenly Fate Rankings, they were all known as Heaven's Chosen to everyone in the entire Grand Xia. This, he knew, was his destiny.
There were also rumors saying that he would head towards the ruins of the Ancient Kingdom in a year's time. By that time, he would definitely be capable of stepping into the top thirty-six rankings of Heavenly Fate Rankings, without a doubt.
He was Situ Po. Before Qin Wentian, there were three others who gained the approval of all thirty-six Dao-Cultivation Halls. Situ Po was one of the three.
As of now, Situ Po had a cultivation base at the peak of the eighth level of Yuanfu. With his current combat prowess, he could already insta-kill ordinary opponents at the ninth level of Yuanfu. After a year's worth of time, how strong would he become? Nobody knew. But one thing was for sure, there was no need to doubt the level of his power.
Once, he was the same as Qin Wentian, creating commotions of such waves that it rocked the entire Unmatched Realm, and similarly, he had also defeated countless challengers. Up till now, people no longer dared to issue a challenge to him.
As for that beauty, her name was Yue Bingying, someone from the direct line of descent of the Azure Emperor Palace. Not long ago, she had broken through to the seventh level of Yuanfu-her talent could be considered pretty outstanding as well.
"I heard that this guy named Qin Wentian, he's even more famous compared to you," Yue Bingying exclaimed to Situ Po, her smile as beautiful as a flower's bloom.
Situ Po only had a slight smile on his face, his aura didn't waver in the slightest, neither with anger nor pride. Upon hearing this familiar name that had been circulating throughout the Unmatched Realm, there were no fluctuations in his countenance.
To others, they might wish to challenge Qin Wentian to personally witness his strength. But Situ Po didn't have such thoughts because after all, he was also one of the four that gained the approval of all thirty-six halls. Such a person was the same as Qin Wentian, the pride and confidence they had in themselves were carved into their bones, yet they appeared extremely ordinary with no hints of haughtiness nor arrogance on the surface.
He knew that Qin Wentian's talent didn't lose out to him. After all, since Qin Wentian had also gained the approval of all thirty-six halls, it must have meant that he too, passed the final checkpoint.
But so what of it? Qin Wentian only had a cultivation base at the fifth level of Yuanfu and wasn't in the same league as him. Towards Qin Wentian, Situ Po only felt a hint of curiosity, and nothing more.
"This fellow is ruthless enough. Liu Xi, a character of such beauty was actually beaten up by him so badly that she couldn't crawl out of bed for several days. I wonder how many of her suitor's hearts broke when they found out? Don't you have any feelings regarding this?" Yue Bingying teased.
"As long as he doesn't antagonize you, he can do whatever he wants." Situ Po quietly replied, his response causing a sweet smile to appear on Yue Bingying's face.
"Oh yeah, I heard there are some disturbances in matters regarding the Azure Emperor Palace. Are those of the Azure Emperor's bloodline starting something again?" Situ Po curiously questioned.
"Yeah, there were traces of the Di Clan behind them. Those foolish people, it has already been so many years. It's totally impossible for them to rise again and return to their former glory." Yue Bingying's eyes flashed with a murderous glint of coldness. "All these years, our Yue bloodline has been investigating the truth behind the inheritance of the Azure Emperor, we suspect that the Azure Emperor might have hidden it among one of his descendants. We sent people and had searched many places, even to those small remote countries far away, yet discovered nothing at all. In any case, even if they want to try something funny, it might not be a bad thing for us."
"Take care of yourself," Situ Po stated with concern. "Although this matter won't implicate you for the time being, it's always better to be more cautious."
"What do I have to fear, don't I have you to protect me? I can't wait for the day when you finish maturing. By then, my Azure Emperor Palace will aid you in controlling the Sword Extinction Sect, and after you become the leader, we can use the Sword Extinction Sect to check and balance the other factions of powers in my Azure Emperor Palace. If the two powers can combine into one, wouldn't that be perfect?" Yue Bingying laughed out loud, it didn't matter if the other cultivators from the Sword Extinction Sect heard her.
The Sword Extinction Sect was still a sect, it didn't care about blood purity. Talented geniuses were eliminated at every step, and only with sufficient ambition would one survive the journey all the way to the top.
"This day will definitely come." Situ Po smiled. At this moment, a voice drifted over from afar. The owner of this voice was none other than Lin Haotian, he was another disciple of the Sword Extinction Sect that would be groomed into a chosen. A complicated light could be seen in his eyes as he stared at Situ Po.
He was already very outstanding, but because there was Situ Po who was in the same generation with him, he was destined never to reach the peak.
"Lin Haotian, I heard you went to ascertain Qin Wentian's strength. How was it?" Yue Bingying smiled as she looked towards Lin Haotian.
"He's currently cultivating," Lin Haotian replied.
"After what happened with Zai Mu, did no one else dare to get close to him?" Yue Bingying shook her head in disappointment as she continued, "Lin Haotian, do something for me. Help me to arrange a meeting with Qin Wentian and Situ Po, I'm really curious as to the difference between the two of them."
Situ Po shook his head in amusement. This girl must have been seized by curiosity. Seeing Qin Wentian also obtaining the approval of all thirty-six halls like him, she wanted to compare the distance between them with her own eyes.
Lin Haotian was dumbfounded a moment as he glanced to Situ Po for confirmation. Situ Po gave a light nod of his head as Lin Haotian replied, "Fine."
After which, he turned and departed from this area.
And the news that Yue Bingying, who wanted to meet with Qin Wentian to 'try out' his strength, soon caused the entire Unmatched Realm to be in an uproar.
Yue Bingying had already broken through to the seventh level of Yuanfu, Qin Wentian should have no way to defeat her. As for the man standing behind Yue Bingying, everyone was extremely clear of his identity.
Regarding the news and rumors circulating about in the Unmatched Realm, Qin Wentian was completely ignorant of the content. In the blink of an eye, he had already cultivated for over a month's time in front of this rampart. At this moment, the amount of demonic qi he was unconsciously exuding grew stronger and stronger.
Right now, Qin Wentian was sitting cross-legged while immersed in his dream. All of the eighty-one stances of demonic arts were extremely profound and tyrannical. Due to prolonged usage, whenever the Astral Energy within his demon-attributed Yuanfu dried up, he would use the Astral Energy of his two other Yuanfu. This, caused all his three Yuanfu to individually grow as they expanded in size.
"Qin Wentian." From afar, standing atop a gigantic rock, Lin Haotian and a few others stood there calling out to him. However, at this moment, right when Qin Wentian was about to breakthrough, he naturally wouldn't be bothered about them.
"Hmph, this fellow. If it weren't for the fact that he inscribed Divine Inscriptions there, we would have already dashed over and put him down." A member of the Sword Extinction Sect mumbled in unhappiness. Lin Haotian nodded in agreement only to see a snowy puppy standing at the side of Qin Wentian barking while glaring at them. Its actions caused a cold smile to curl Lin Haotian's lips. Even a lowly beast also dared to glare at him?
"QIN WENTIAN, WAKE THE F*** UP!" Lin Haotian roared as a terrifying sword intent penetrated through space and slashed out at Qin Wentian. That sword intent pierced right into Qin Wentian's sea of consciousness, catching him unawares by this unexpected attack, forcibly waking him up from a state of deep comprehension.
Qin Wentian swallowed the mouthful of blood he spat out in his mouth. His eyes opened, and a terrifying light could be seen flickering in them. As he turned his gaze onto Lin Haotian, the sharpness of his stare was akin to an unsheathed sword, piercing towards Lin Haotian.
Lin Haotian laughed in disdain, although Qin Wentian's talent was exceptional, he wanted to compete with him using sword attacks?
"Qin Wentian, there's someone that wants to meet with you," Lin Haotian indifferently spoke.
Qin Wentian stayed silent for a moment before his lips moved as he coldly spat out, "Scram."
Lin Haotian stiffened, the sword intent emanating from him got even colder as he laughed, "You can't afford to hide away from this. You'd best come with me."
"So arrogant despite acting as a lackey? I thought I told you to scram?" Qin Wentian's tone was ice-cold. Getting interrupted at the most crucial moment of his breakthrough? Right now, Qin Wentian only wanted to quickly find back the state he was in earlier, and break through to the sixth level of Yuanfu as soon as possible. All other matters could wait.
"After winning a few battles, did you really think yourself as invincible? In the Unmatched Realm, you still don't have the qualifications to be so impudent," Lin Haotian growled, as killing intent gushed forth from him. Qin Wentian turned around, and sat cross-legged, completely disregarding Lin Haotian. It was too troublesome now to deal with these people, he will endure this until he made a breakthrough.
"You'd best stay in there forever then." Eventually, when he realized that Qin Wentian would continue to ignore him, he was left with no other choice but to walk away, all the while yelling out threats.