AGM 422 - Fatal Blow
Luo He's eyes flashed with a sharp gleam as she stared at the young man in front of her.
Stellar Transposition, although this technique was said to belong to the Venerate Heavens Sect, after the ranking battle in the ancient kingdom, the nine ultimate arts of Grand Xia had been divulged to some of the top rankers - Chen Wang, Shi Potian. Both had obtained the Stellar Transformation, hence it only made sense that those from their clans would learn it as well. Now in order to win the selection, it wasn't surprising that they unleashed this technique.
What truly astonished Luo He was that the ancient halberd in this young man's hand always struck out using the simplest and the most effectives of all movements to defeat his opponent. This wasn't the result of an innate technique or will of Mandate; it was just a strike showcasing his understanding of the ancient halberd. In that case, it was impossible to tell what the identity of this young man truly was.
But his good luck streak should have came to an end. For the next battle, his opponent would definitely take him seriously.
For him who knows the Stellar Transposition, if there was someone like Xiao Yu, suffering death from a surprise attack all because of a moment of carelessness, it would truly be too late for regrets. Xiao Yu didn't even have the opportunity to showcase his true strength.
Although those from the Star-Seizing Manor were infuriated, they couldn't do anything. However, they resolved that they would definitely find out the identity of this guy after this marriage selection.
This person showed no mercy, completely not giving any face, by directly slaughtering someone of their Star-Seizing Manor.
As of now, there were only six remaining participants. And after the next round, only three would remain.
Currently, the six participants are: Chen Lie, Wang Yifei, Hua Cheng, Shi Kuang, Yan Long and Qin Wentian.
Chen Lie, someone from the Great Solar Chen Clan, the elder brother of Chen Wang.
Wang Yifei, Wang Clan.
Hua Cheng, Hua Clan.
Shi Kuang, Shi Clan.
Yan Long, Beastking Hall.
The only one the spectators couldn't see through, was the young man wielding the ancient halberd. No one knew his identity.
"All six of you fight together, free for all. Only three will remain." Luo He's eyes flashed with coldness. As the sound of her voice faded, the focus of the crowd landed on all six of the participants.
Luo He actually wanted them to fight in a free-for-all battle.
Chen Lie's eyes gleamed with a blazing flame. As the Great Solar energy circulated his body, a scorching heat exuded from him. Nobody dared to go near him.
Although Chen Wang obtained a secret art, he used it in exchange for one of the nine ultimate arts - Stellar Transposition. Hence, Chen Lie might have also mastered this. In addition to his cultivation base at the third level of Heavenly Dipper, he should be one of the strongest among the current participants.
Nobody dared to make a move against Chen Lie.
Chen Wang was sitting in the area belonging to those from the Chen Clan. His eyes were flickering with an unknown emotion as he waited. If Chen Lie won, Mo Qingcheng would become his.
Today, he wanted to see if Qin Wentian would appear or not.
His eyes glimmered with a cold light when he stared at the demon sword erected outside the Pill Emperor Hall. Let's hope that Qin Wentian wouldn't disappoint them today.
Chen Lie didn't move, neither did Wang Yifei. As for Hua Cheng and Shi Kuang, their gazes collided with each other, and a great battle soon erupted between them.
Hua Cheng and Shi Kuang were both extremely powerful, all their attacks were brutal and ferocious. The other four spectated their battle and didn't make a move yet.
"Hey you, go and sneak attack one of them." A voice transmitted into Qin Wentian's ears, the words causing his eyes to narrow slightly. This voice belonged to Chen Lie. Seems like, these others have been secretly transmitting messages all this time.
Qin Wentian didn't move. He remained standing where he was and continued spectating the battle between Hua Cheng and Shi Kuang.
Chen Lie's eyebrows twitched dangerously as he coldly continued, "I'll give you one last chance."
Qin Wentian continued ignoring Chen Lie. However, soon after, he noticed Yan Long walking towards him, while Wang Yifei was advancing towards Hua Cheng and Shi Kuang.
Yan Long's arm transformed into the arm of a demon beast, as terrifying demonic qi gushed forth from his eyes.
Yan Long was a beastman from the Beast King Hall. He had the bloodline of the flame dragon and possessed overwhelming strength, in addition to his lewd and greedy temperament.
"That woman is definitely mine." Yan Long icily spoke. As he ended his sentence, he lunged towards Qin Wentian with a speed as quick as lightning.
The demon arm blasted forth towards Qin Wentian as a terrifying flame dragon claw manifested in the middle of the air. Within the draconic palm, a fearsome flame current could be seen revolving around it, and the heat was so intense that it could melt a human's body into liquid.
Yan Long had a cultivation base at the third level of Heavenly Dipper. However, the strength of his strike was naturally beyond ordinary third level Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns given the augmentation of his bloodline.
Qin Wentian's ancient halberd gushed forth with a formless and peculiar energy. His eyes were locked onto Yan Long's as his silhouette erupted forth with explosive speed. This halberd strike of his was akin to an illusion, yet it arrived in front of Yan Long instantly.
Yan Long coldly snorted as he prepared to use his palms to brush the halberd aside. He wanted to have a direct showdown of strength with the might of that ancient halberd.
Yet right at that moment before the collision, a booming, thunderous sound echoed out. Qin Wentian vanished completely from sight, and at the moment he vanished, a flood of undaunted astral light drowned the area as Chen Lie appeared there, with both his palms blasted outwards. The terrifying Great Solar energy in his meridians gushed forth, unabated by anything. Initially, one of his palms were aimed for Qin Wentian while the other headed for Yan Long. Who knew that Qin Wentian would disappear right before his appearance.
Wang Yifei ended up allying with Hua Cheng, as they joined hands to fight against Shi Kuang.
Qin Wentian abruptly appeared over that area. His halberd strike that was originally aimed for Yan Long, now stabbed towards Hua Cheng without hesitation.
Yet how could experts on this level be caught unaware so easily? Although Hua Chen was shocked, his Great Sabre Astral Nova instantly cleaved outwards, intending to block Qin Wentian's attack.
However, Shi Kuang's Astral Nova smashed over. Shi Kuang's nova was a gigantic stone golem, and that stone golem's powerful palms immediately blasted forwards through the air, colliding with Hua Cheng's Sabre Astral Nova. At the same time, his silhouette vanished from sight before appearing above Hua Cheng, as he punched downwards with thunderous force. The strength of his attacks had power enough to topple mountains, terrifying to the extreme.
Hua Cheng roared. And at the same instant, Wang Yifei's spear-type Astral Nova also penetrated through the void. Yet to the surprise of the crowd, his spear-type Astral Nova wasn't targeted at Qin Wentian nor Shi Kuang. But rather, he was aiming to kill Hua Cheng!
In a single instant, Hua Cheng turned pale. His ally a few seconds earlier instantly became his enemy. With three sovereigns joining forces, his only possible outcome was death.
"BANG!" Shi Kuang's brutal attack rained from above, and Hua Cheng felt the entire blood and qi in his body circulating in chaos after receiving that strike. Wang Yifei's spear sealed of all paths of his escape, while Qin Wentian's domineering ancient halberd stabbed forth. Hua Cheng had no more ways left to neutralise or defend against this attack.
"I CONCEDE." Hua Cheng howled. Wang Yifei's spear Astral Nova whooshed and stabbed Hua Cheng in the back, while Qin Wentian's ancient halberd pierced right into the centre of his forehead. This result caused those from the Hua Clan to boil with impotent anger.
Yet the battle hadn't concluded. After Qin Wentian killed Hua Cheng, Wang Yifei immediately switched his target. His three long spears containing towering killing intent manifested in the air, penetrated through the void, and headed straight at Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian stomped on the ground, choosing to use Stellar Transposition with no hesitation. A burst of astral light flooded the area, and when he appeared again, he was standing high in the air.
At this moment, Chen Lie had already defeated Yan Long. As he noted the scene of Hua Cheng dying, a glacial light flickered in his eyes. There were only four participants remaining. In that case, things were simple.
"Do you want to scram of your own volition, or do you want us to aid you forcibly?" Wang Yifei's cold gaze swept onto Qin Wentian who was standing in the air.
Qin Wentian stared around and noticed the eyes of all the three remaining participants were fixated on him.
Even for him, it was almost impossible to deal with three characters of their level. The might of twelve Astral Novas could flatten almost anything he could throw out in response. There was completely no way to fight against that, unless... he had a method that could slay one of those three instantly before the other two could react.
"Although Luo He said only three will remain. The remaining three would obviously be ranked as well. If you kill me, I don't think you would find the other two to be easy opponents." Qin Wentian's transmitted his voice to the three of them. The eyes of all three flashed with sharpness, yet no one replied. They only stared at him; it was unknown what they were planning in their hearts.
All four of them harboured ill intent.
"My strength is the weakest. Even if I enter the top three, I wouldn't amount to much of a threat to you. Is there really a need to eliminate me now?" Qin Wentian transmitted again, but of course to Chen Lie and the other two, they didn't know if Qin Wentian was only talking to them alone or to all three of them.
"Die." Wang Yifei stepped out towards Qin Wentian. Three Astral Novas hovered in front of him, as an incredible sharpness radiated from him.
Chen Lie and Shi Kuang also slowly advanced towards them both. Qin Wentian's countenance turned ice cold, but he continued transmitting words to each of them in private. Naturally, the content of each of his speeches was different.
Finally, as Wang Yifei's Astral Novas blasted out, Qin Wentian also aimed his attack at Wang Yifei. Shi Kuang's gaze hardened with resolution as he abruptly dashed towards Wang Yifei, slamming out a palm.
Chen Lie still remained motionless, but right now, since the remaining three participants appeared to have already been decided. Naturally, he wouldn't mind adding frost onto snow. His silhouette vanished, and the pincer attack by Qin Wentian and Shi Kuang instantly became a triangle formation, with Wang Yifei in the centre.
Just like what Qin Wentian had secretly transmitted to the other two. Wang Yifei was the only one among them that didn't know the Stellar Transposition. He was the easiest to eliminate.
"I ADMIT DEFEAT."
Seeing Shi Kuang's and Chen Lie's Astral Novas blasting towards his way, with astral light shimmering around their feet, Wang Yifei turned pale with fright. He knew that all three of his opponents were skilled in Stellar Transposition. If they timed their attacks to land at the same instant, he would die without a doubt. However, he was filled with extreme reluctance because he knew that the plot of that halberd wielding young man had succeeded.
When Wang Yifei conceded, the situation changed. Chen Lie's Astral Novas no longer targeted him. Instead, it turned full circle and zoomed towards Shi Kuang. At the same time, Chen Lie's silhouette disappeared in a brilliant flash of astral light as he used Stellar Transposition.
Qin Wentian's silhouette similarly vanished as he shifted the trajectory of his attacks towards Shi Kuang as well. It seems that the coordination between Qin Wentian and Chen Lie was pre-planned.
This was the plan Qin Wentian proposed to Chen Lie. Naturally, Qin Wentian's cooperation was done to perfection. Chen Lie was extremely satisfied. He had no objections because after Shi Kuang is eliminated, Qin Wentian was basically a dead man. At that time, was there still a need to select any participants? He would only be the one remaining.
Golden Draconic Armor enveloped Shi Kuang, augmenting his defence, but Chen Wang's and Qin Wentian's strikes were just too powerful. Both of them ignored the consumption rate of Stellar Transposition and directly used the speed it provided to boost the power of their attacks. Spectating that grand battle, the hearts of the spectators were all filled with a hair-raising chill. And finally, underneath the pressure of Chen Wang, Shi Kuang was struck with a full-powered halberd attack by Qin Wentian. That impact caused all of his inner organs to violently shudder. Seizing the opportunity, Qin Wentian struck out another time with his ancient halberd and directly used the force to toss Shi Kuang off the steps.
At long last, Chen Lie and Qin Wentian were the two participants left.
With no hesitation, a malevolent expression glimmered in Chen Lie's eyes as a Great Solar Palm imprint directly blasted out. His left palm clutched onto Qin Wentian's ancient halberd while a terrifying fire dragon manifested from his right, wanting to devour everything in sight.
"BOOOM!" A terrifying sword intent suddenly exploded out. In a single instant, the manifestation of a kingly sword, imbued with killing intent, penetrated into the body of the fire dragon. The remaining momentum carried over as the sword continued piercing towards Chen Lie.
Chen Lie's countenance stiffened, as a gigantic figure made of flames soared towards Qin Wentian. But right at that moment, Qin Wentian's silhouette vanished. The entire space was suddenly filled with the terrifying sounds of a sword melody. Chen Lie only felt a boundless sword intent locking down onto him; he instantly reacted and vanished using Stellar Transposition.
"BOOM, BOOM, BOOOOM!" In the middle of the air, floods of astral light constantly erupted. The two of them executed Stellar Transposition continuously. Their speed was so fast that not even the spectators could see their movements clearly.
"Their rate of energy expenditure...how long can they sustain it?" The hearts of the crowd were trembling at how intense the clashes were. Luckily, this was already the last battle.
The sound of sword keening intensified. A crisp sound rang out, and after which, the spectators only saw Chen Lie appearing, with his hands clutching around his throat. Fresh blood unceasingly seeped out, while Qin Wentian stood right at the side of him with a sword in his hands.
This sword focused on agility and didn't really have much attack power. But when in coordination with Stellar Transposition, the speed of its attack was extremely formidable. Qin Wentian seized an opportunity and sliced Chen Lie's throat with a quick attack. The speed of his sword strike was as such that nobody saw it clearly. The spectators only saw a flash of cold light. Everything was just too swift for their eyes to follow.
Chen Lie, dead. Shi Kuang, seriously injured. Of all three remaining participants, Qin Wentian was the only one in perfect condition.
Was this the ultimate objective of this young man? He planned step by step, before unleashing his true strength and killing Chen Lie. This young man was too terrifying.
Those from the Chen Clan stood up, their eyes glimmering with cold fury as they stared at Qin Wentian. Waves of killing intent gushed forth and enveloped him.
Even Luo He stood up, as she also stared intently at Qin Wentian.
"Senior Luo He, is there really still a need to continue on with the selection?" Qin Wentian inquired. Right now, there were no more opponents that could put up a fight. He was the only one remaining.
Although the spectators couldn't understand how someone at the first level of Heavenly Dipper achieved this, they could clearly see with their own eyes that the last battle with Chen Lie required true strength to win. His terrifying sword attacks had gotten him the victory. Although Chen Lie's overall strength might be higher, he wasn't faster than Qin Wentian's sword.
As for Luo He, could she still select a dead participant or an injured one to be her son-in-law? Qin Wentian was the only choice remaining!