AGM 493 - One Attack, Overwhelming
Qin Wentian's body soared upwards and stared at the two remaining dark red fruits at the uppermost layer.
Not long ago, Qin Wentian had just personally witnessed an expert plunging to his death in an attempt to pluck these fruits. The victim had no evident external injuries, but it was highly possible these two fruits had the highest degree of difficulty to acquire.
As he neared the them, Qin Wentian felt his heartbeat increasing in intensity. He felt every cell in his body pulsating, to the point where it felt his heart would rupture. Only then did he halt his steps. He glanced up at the dark red fruits and took a deep breath.
Right now on the branch where Qin Wentian was standing on, Jian Jingtian and Shang Qi both landed on the left and right of him. Below him, several other experts were all coldly staring at him.
Other than two Earth Mandate Fruits, Qin Wentian had acquired another two Space Mandate Fruits. Right now in the eyes of others, he was undoubtedly a treasure trove whose value was higher compared to the two dark red fruits at the uppermost layer. After all, Qin Wentian had four fruits, and it would be easier to plunder the fruits directly from him.
"You won't be able to retain the Constellation Fruits. Do you want the fruits or do you want your life?" Shang Qi wielded the fearsome Frenzied Demon Halberd in his hands as he activated the power of his blood. His halberd glimmered with a resplendent light, radiating sharpness. His whole body also shone with a blood-colored light, projecting a terrifying sight to others.
"Hand the fruits to me, I can guarantee your safe passage out of here," stated Jian Jingtian, who was on his other side.
At this moment on the branch below, both Xie Yu and Jin Yan also arrived. The killing intent emanating from them was just as stifling, as the four of them encircled Qin Wentian, trapping him where he stood.
"Mad man." Ji Xue's face flashed with worry upon seeing Qin Wentian standing alone against so many experts. This fellow disregarded everything in his quest to snatch the Constellation Fruits. Earlier, he'd almost been stabbed by Shang Qi's halberd, and now he was surrounded by four experts. Didn't he value his life?
"If you want the Constellation Fruits, come after me." Qin Wentian stepped out in the air, as his heart lurched violently. It was as though every cell in his body was about to explode. This pulsing energy resonated together with the thumping of his heart; it was too terrifying.
Shang Qi stepped out, but then sent out a palm attack towards Qin Wentian. A gigantic blood-colored palm made a grab for Qin Wentian, its blood-colored glow causing Qin Wentian's blood to surge wildly, almost to the point of bursting out of his body.
Qin Wentian coldly snorted. Droplets of his blood sank into his palms, and with a wave, he blasted out a bloodcurse imprint, colliding together with the blood-colored palm of Shang Qi, causing a thunderous boom to echo out as a torrent of blood-might permeated the air.
At the same instant, Jian Jingtian, as well as the two below started to move, all of them lunging towards Qin Wentian. Right then, the pressure Qin Wentian felt was too overwhelming; it was as though he had fallen right into a pack of wolves and might be killed at any time.
"Since you guys want these fruits so much, come up and get it." Qin Wentian continued ascending upwards, bringing him another step closer to the dark red fruits. The pulsing energy magnified, even the sounds of his heart thumping was audible to all.
"No matter what, you shall die here today." Shang Qi's voice was ice-cold as he soared upwards as well. Jian Jingtian's body was protectively enveloped by halos formed from sword light as he too, stepped after Qin Wentian.
Those below weren't willing to stay passive, and they too tried to challenge the pressure field emitted by these last two Mandate Fruits. And moments later, over ten of the fifth level Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns stepped out and flew towards the Mandate Fruits. Or more accurately, they flew towards Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian was just one man, but his actions stirred up all the experts presently at the Celestial Constellation Tree.
"Thump, thump..." Qin Wentian's heart pounded unceasingly. He closed his eyes and immersed himself in the sensation of the pulsing energy as though he wanted to acclimatize himself to it. Even the power of his bloodline started pulsing, like the tides of an ocean.
Lifting his foot, Qin Wentian advanced once more. The hearts of the crowd pounded rapidly, and before they could react, Qin Wentian, who wanted to make use of the pressure field generated by the Mandate Fruits to avoid his attackers, was now only two steps away.
Could it be that he also wanted these two remaining fruits that were the hardest the acquire?
The countenances of Shang Qi, Jian Jingtian, and the other geniuses turned heavy, marveling at the guts of this man. In front of all the demon-level characters, Qin Wentian even dared to entertain the notion of solely acquiring over half of the Mandate Fruits for himself?
Ji Xue and Xu Feng were also among the crowd. They found it ridiculous when they stared at the young man who was nearest to the dark red fruits. This person was a mad man- even if Shang Qi himself wanted to solely acquire over half of the Mandate Fruits, he wouldn't be able to resist the pressure of others turning on him despite his status.
Yet, this young man in white seemed to have no worries at all. Perhaps, he had no idea how the word 'fear', was written.
Right now, Qin Wentian was enduring an unprecedented sense of pressure. However, that was not because of the others ganging up on him but rather, it was the pressure field coming from the Mandate Fruits. These fruits were really capable of killing people; his current heartbeat had already intensified to a terrifying rate.
Drawing in deep breaths, Qin Wentian stabilized his heartbeat, causing it to form a resonance to the pulsing force as he took another step upwards. And he wasn't the only one; the other geniuses behind him could all achieve that. In addition, they could even continue issuing attacks without disorder.
"Pu!" Qin Wentian coughed out a mouthful of blood, yet he forcibly continued standing at his spot, staring at the fruits ahead.
"What kind of Mandate is this?" Qin Wentian mused, he had never seen or felt anything like it.
"One more step remaining." Shang Yue stared at the white-robed young man standing on the branch, feeling thunderstruck in her heart. This person was a mad man.
Qin Wentian wanted to stabilize his breathing, as well as find his balance. But below him, Xie Yue's nine hands each held a bow, seven of which were pointed right at Qin Wentian, while the other two were locked on towards Shang Qi and Jian Jingtian.
At this moment, if Qin Wentian were to be disrupted by any external forces his heart would definitely rupture. And if he truly died, his interspatial ring would definitely be taken away.
"Be careful!" Ji Xue called out as she stared at the scene above. Qin Wentian's perception was so powerful, naturally he'd already sensed that there was an intense killing intent locking onto him from the back. And not just him, Shang Qi and Jian Jingtian both sensed it as well. Their auras erupted forth as they made preparations to strike out with one last attack in this tense situation.
They and Xie Yu shared the same thoughts: if Qin Wentian died, his interspatial ring must definitely go to them.
"Thud, thud, thud!" The sounds of footsteps echoed in the air as the experts moved towards Qin Wentian. Even in the face of mounting pressure, they also wanted to fight for a chance to obtain his interspatial ring.
Qin Wentian didn't move. From the perspective of others, right now, Qin Wentian's entire body was tensed up-upon facing that pulsing pressure, as well as enduring the intense pounding of his heart, Qin Wentian couldn't move at all. Xie Yu's plan was truly sinister-it was no wonder that among all the demon-level geniuses, he was the one furthest away from the Constellation Fruits. He'd apparently planned this out right from the start, and was preparing to fire his arrows at the most crucial moment.
"That white-robed young man is truly seeking his own death; he actually dared to get so close to the Constellation Fruits. The nearer one gets to the pressure field, the lesser one's resistance becomes." Some of the weaker experts below mused in their hearts.
This young man had acquired so many Constellation Fruits, but sadly, it seemed that his efforts would only benefit the others in the end.
There was no doubt about it; Qin Wentian would definitely die. If Xie Yu fired his arrows, Qin Wentian had no way to block them, he could only wait for death.
However right at this moment, the crowd only saw Qin Wentian's palms moving, blastng downwards with an almighty force.
The sounds of bells ringing echoed in the air, however now, the bell chimes were akin to the sound of death. Ancient bells manifested around the air-this was none other than the Heartbreak Echo.
Instantly, Shang Qi and the rest of the geniuses paled. They were the one nearest to the Space Mandate Fruits, and under the pressure field, their heartbeats were already barely under control. Yet right now, with this innate technique unleashed by Qin Wentian, was he actually targeting to rupture their hearts as well?!
"Pu...." Shang Qi felt his heart was already close to the exploding point, he coughed out blood and retreated with explosive speed, channeling his entire strength to protect his heart from rupturing.
"Pu, pu, pu!" By then, it wasn't just Shang Qi-everyone, including those experts below, were all coughing out blood. The reverberations of those ancient bells somehow borrowed power from the pressure field and were boring down directly onto their hearts. Some of the weaker ones were instantly killed, and as they fell from the skies, they blocked the trajectories of Xie Yu's arrow. Unless Xie Yu was like Fan Le and could control the direction of his fired arrows, he had no way to hit Qin Wentian amidst the blockage of falling bodies.
However, Xie Yu evidently had no strength to attack. His countenance had also turned pale and he was coughing out blood as well.
That one attack by Qin Wentian caused those who were waiting for his death to be dumbstruck, staring in disbelief at the scene.
No matter if they were geniuses or chosen, they were all affected by that attack. Even demon-level characters like Jian Jingtian and Shang Qi had no way to evade it. That one attack forced everyone to descend back to the ground, not daring to go back up. It was as though these people were here for no other reason than to witness the magnificent scene of that white-robed young man succeeding.
He didn't hide away from the threat of death, but persisted all the way till the last step. And right at that instant, with a single move, he decimated all his opponents.
He was only one man and made an enemy out of all the geniuses from the major powers. But so what of it?
He alone had already snatched away more than half of the existing Constellation Fruits, was there anything he still didn't dare to do?
Shang Yue's beautiful eyes froze at the scene; she felt a deep rush of impact in her heart. She didn't dare to believe what she saw was real, everything felt like a dream. Utter shock was the only expression that remained on her face.
Ji Xue and Xu Feng also felt their hearts pounding with disbelief as they stared at the young man in white.
"This..." Ji Xue's mouth was slightly agape. He dared to do this because right from the start he'd already had a counter measure planned. He waited for everyone to soar up, advancing towards the Constellation Fruits before unleashing the decisive strike.
Right now, nobody was capable of posing a threat to him.
The young man in white didn't even glance back at the others. Earlier, the instant he felt the pressure field emanated by the Space Mandate Fruits, he already knew that his Heartbreak Echo could be amplified by it, sweeping away all opponents with domineering might.
That white-robed young man took the final step and stowed the two dark-red fruits away into his interspatial ring. Instantly, the pressure field vanished completely, yet the shocking scene that happened earlier was still freshly etched into everyone's minds. Even for Shang Yue, many years later in the future after that young man in white had already become a legend, she would still recall this exact moment right now of him standing dominantly, tall and proud in the air.