AGM 528 - Sacred Battle Platform
Qin Wentian's eyes glimmered with coldness the moment Ye Kongfan extended the invitation. He then replied, "As the princess of the Ye Country, shouldn't Princess Lingshuang be the first to sit on one of the master seats?"
As the sound of his voice faded, the surrounding atmosphere grew increasingly intense.
Today, Ye Kongfan was simply supplanting the true host of this event, Ye Lingshuang. As the princess of the main bloodline, her status was clearly higher compared to his. He was intentionally trying to place his status above hers, a clear indication of the Qi King's attempt to rebel.
Both Ye Kongfan's eyes shone with a dangerous light. Just when he was about to reply, Mo Qingcheng cut in, "Princess, please."
The armored guards at the side all radiated faint hints of murderous intent. They were all extremely powerful in strength, and all of them were loyal to Ye Kongfan.
However, since Mo Qingcheng had personally spoken, Ye Kongfan instantly found himself in a difficult position.
"Since the Holy Maiden is so courteous, would Your Highness please proceed to one of the seats to prevent the Holy Maiden from waiting too long?" The members of the royal clan who supported Ye Lingshuang quickly reacted. How could they show that they were weaker in terms of royal authority compared to Ye Kongfan? Since they now had the support of both Qin Wentian and the Holy Maiden from the Medicine Sovereign Valley, it was naturally for the best. If Ye Kongfan really took the master seats together with Mo Qingcheng, wouldn't that mean that there was no need for Ye Lingshuang to even be here?
Ye Lingshuang glanced at Ye Kongfan as she stepped out and moved towards one of the master seat. At this moment, she clearly felt the waves of pressure emanating from the guards who were attempting to intimidate her. However as the princess of Ye Country, she had to endure this. No matter what, she couldn't let the Qi King succeed in his plot.
A cold wind gusted as the atmosphere in this area got increasingly tense to the point where everyone in the crowd could feel it. Ye Lingshuang continued walking forward step by step while Ye Kongfan's eyes flickered with a malicious light. Finally, he laughed, "Princess, please."
As the sound of his voice rang out, the mounting pressure in the air completely dissipated. However, this made Ye Lingshuang even more alarmed compared to earlier. Ye Kongfan's control of the situation had far exceeded Ye Lingshuang's expectations.
After sitting on the master seat, Ye Lingshuang turned and smiled at Mo Qingcheng, "Holy Maiden, please be seated."
"Sit beside me later okay." Mo Qingcheng smiled at Qin Wentian before heading up to the master seat. Qin Wentian sat beside her while Ye Kongfan sat a seat below Ye Lingshuang. Seeing him being seated, only then did the tense atmosphere palpably ease up.
"Holy Maiden, the twelve combat stages of my Ye Country's battle arena are always fully utilised around the clock. People can either choose to challenge each other or challenge the brave warriors of my Ye Country. The winners would naturally be recruited by various powers and there would even be some among them who would eventually become the pillars of the Ye Country."
Yan Kongfan laughed as he introduced some facts to Mo Qingcheng. Mo Qingcheng simply nodded with an air of detachment, turning her gaze onto the twelve combat stages on the battle arena below. The combat on the stages was all extremely intense and there were truly several illustrious members of the younger generations. Not only that, the three central stages seemed to be catered for even more powerful combatants.
"The three combat stages in the center are the ten-victories stage, fifty-victories stage and the hundred-victories stage respectively. Only those who had won the required number of victories would be allowed to enter the three stages in the center. Hence, the combatants on these three stages usually attracted the most attention." Ye Kongfan noticed Mo Qingcheng's gaze as he continued explaining. Although Ye Lingshuang was the one seated on the master seat, his behaviour made it seem as though he was the true host of this area.
"Those combatants on the hundred-victories stage are all exceedingly powerful. Occasionally, there would be demon-level geniuses appearing as well. Not only do those combatants earn the honor of being up on the hundred-victories stage, they also had to fight against the other hundred-victories combatants. Our royal clan would usually recruit the winners from here." Ye Lingshuang also introduced the facts to Mo Qingcheng.
"For the Ye Country to be able to last for ten thousand years, such enthusiasm for the martial path is really worthy of admiration." Mo Qingcheng replied, her words caused a look of surprise to flash past Ye Lingshuang's eyes. Earlier she had heard that the Holy Maiden's personality was cool and indifferent, even when kings or queens were speaking to her, she wouldn't be bothered to reply at all. Yet nobody dared to say anything. After all her status was special as well as her beauty extraordinary.
But right now, Mo Qingcheng was actually willing to chat with her? Ye Lingshuang knew that her status as a princess didn't warrant her such weight. The only possibility was that she had a martial relationship with her junior apprentice brother Qin Wentian.
It seemed like the depth of feelings this Holy Maiden had towards Qin Wentian wasn't of an ordinary level. From Ye Lingshuang's current point of view, the life and death of her father, was in the hands of Qin Wentian.
"Junior Brother Qin, before you met Senior Brother Lin Shuai and joined our Battle Sword Sect, where did you come from? Could you tell us more about your past? I know Senior Brother Lin Shuai holds you in extremely high regard." Ye Lingshuang suddenly asked, turning her gaze onto Qin Wentian. Mo Qingcheng similarly looked at Qin Wentian, there were many questions in her heart she wanted to ask but right now it wasn't too appropriate for her to start asking those questions in front of so many people.
Qin Wentian naturally understood Ye Lingshuang's and Mo Qingcheng's thoughts. He laughed, "Back then after the battle at the Pill Emperor Hall, I was seriously injured. It was Qing`er who helped me, allowing me to eventually regain my human form. After that, Grand Xia was in chaos. I reorganised the factions of power under me and destroyed the Great Solar Chen Clan in the process, and established my faction as one of the transcendent powers in Grand Xia. It was regretful that I was unable to exterminate the Pill Emperor Hall at that time. After that, I went to roam the vast world outside Grand Xia and eventually arrived at the Xuan King City. It was there which I met Senior Brother Lin Shuai which eventually led to me joining the Battle Sword Sect."
The others nodded in politeness, only Mo Qingcheng understood how many things he had gone through since then. She only sighed, feeling regret because she was not by his side.
"So that person who killed the geniuses from the other eight great sects in the Xuan King City was you?!" An expert from the Violet Thunder Sect suddenly shouted, radiating coldness as he stared at Qin Wentian.
"Earlier, the Battle Sword Sect caused a great commotion in the Xuan King City, escorting a criminal whom everybody wanted to kill in a forceful show of dominance. That person killed many members of our Violet Thunder Sect, I didn't expect that we would meet him here today."
Right from the start, the people from the Violet Thunder Sword Sect were already unhappy about Qin Wentian's presence. Now, this news was like adding oil on fire. Their gazes all gleamed with sharpness, as faint waves of pressure gushed towards Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian's eyes flickered, and upon noting the killing intent in the eyes of the Violet Sword Sect members, he stated in a frigid tone, "On the battle arena, life and death are predestined. Since the members of the Violet Thunder Sect wanted to kill I, Qin for the sake of a reward, them dying by my hands only proved one thing. They were all trash."
As the sound of his voice faded away, a terrifying battle intent gushed forth in the air. Qin Wentian had actually said that the members from the Violet Thunder Sect were useless trash who deserved their deaths. Wasn't this him slapping their faces?
"Overestimating yourself." A young man from the Violet Thunder Sect snorted coldly. "There are various combatants with different levels of cultivation on the hundred-victories combat stage. If you are so powerful, why don't you show us with your actions by challenging them instead of barking here?"
"Who the fuck do you think you are? Do the members of my Battle Sword Sect need to prove their worth by using a battle arena in the Ye Kingdom? Don't forget that back then on the Sacred Battle Platform of the Royal Sacred Region, when the nine great sects contended against each other, your Violet Thunder Sect slinkered away like a loser dog with its tail in between its legs." Someone from the Battle Sword Sect stated sarcastically.
In this cultivation-oriented world, the emphasis placed on the martial path wasn't just exhibited by the Ye Country alone. In fact, each and every power in the Royal Sacred Region was of one mind. And, the highest level battle arena in this region was none other than the Sacred Battle Platform.
There would often be members of the supreme powers from the Royal Sacred Region fighting against one another atop the Sacred Battle Platform, this would naturally include the disciples of the nine great sects. Once in the past, the Battle Sword Sect won the honors of being the strongest when they fought against the other supreme powers on the Sacred Battle Platform. This was also the event which led to people in the entire region proclaiming that the individual combat strength of individuals from the Battle Sword Sect was insanely high, completely off the charts.
For those extremely exceptional individuals whose names would shake the entire Royal Sacred Region, many of them gained their fame because they were invincible in their cultivation level and could even remain unrivalled despite jumping levels and fighting against people with much stronger cultivation bases compared to them in the Sacred Battle Platform. These people were known as absolute geniuses, capable of sweeping away all opponents in front of them.
When the topic of the Sacred Battle Platform was brought up, many of the Medicine Sovereign Valley's maidens were reminded of those absolute geniuses. Ye Kongfan from the Violet Thunder Sect, and Shang Tong from the Royal Shang Clan of Grand Shang weren't considered an absolute genius. At best, they were only second-tiered. From the perspective of the maidens, only a character like those absolute geniuses would be worthy of their Holy Maiden.
By bringing this matter up, this was undoubtedly a provocation to the Violet Thunder Sect. And indeed upon hearing it, the battle intent radiated from them grew many times more intense compared to earlier. Right now, the air was choked with tension, the member from the Violet Thunder Sect then coldly spoke, "If you have the guts, why don't we play around for a bit on one of the combat stage?"
Qin Wentian swept his gaze over the Violet Thunder Sect members, his patience had already reached its limits. The members from the Violet Thunder Sect had provoked him time after time, Ye Kongfan even dared to have designs on Mo Qingcheng. Even a person made of mud would be angered, let alone Qin Wentian. His eyes bored into the person from the Violet Thunder Sect who spoke, a cultivator with a cultivation base at the fifth level of Heavenly Dipper. An expression of disdain flashed past his face as he spoke, "You, are not qualified to fight against I, Qin."
"You..." That person trembled with rage. No matter what, he was still a genius from one of the nine great sects. Naturally, he had an inordinately proud character. Yet Qin Wentian had actually showed disdain for him and completely disregarded him. However, his heart-state was extraordinary and he was soon able to bring his rage under control. That person sneered with a mocking laugh, "Who would have thought that the members of the Battle Sword Sect are all cowards, fully undeserving of their reputation. However, I have to say that skill with their mouths are indeed unrivalled."
"Does my Battle Sword Sect need to prove ourselves to a loser sect like the Violet Thunder Sect?" Liu Yun gulped down a mouthful of wine, a similar expression of disdain also appeared on his face.
"Hey hey, the members from the Battle Sword Sect are my guests, don't be rude to them." Ye Kongfan reminded everyone as his eyes flickered with a dark light. That person who spoke earlier laughed, "Oh yes, I shouldn't be too rude to the guests, let alone in front of the Holy Maiden. However, shouldn't the Holy Maiden have a higher standard than that? I thought the companion that the Holy Maiden had chosen would at the very least be someone extraordinary. Who would have thought that..."
After speaking, that person shook his head as he sighed in an exaggerated manner. "What a pity."
Qin Wentian's eyes flashed with an intense killing intent when he heard that. However, at this moment, he felt someone pulling his hand lightly. As he turned his head back, he noticed Mo Qingcheng looking at him with a warmth and gentle smile on her face. Evidently, she couldn't be bothered with what the rest of the world wanted to think. In her heart, nobody could compare to Qin Wentian. Back then in Grand Xia, he was already unrivalled. Now the stage had merely shifted to the Royal Sacred Region. Sooner or later, Qin Wentian's name would shake the world.
In addition, if Qin Wentian truly was someone of mediocre talents, how could he become the person she loved most?
Shifting her gaze over, Mo Qingcheng stared at the young man from the Violet Thunder Sect as a glint of coldness flashed in her eyes. This person wanted to sully the relationship between her and Qin Wentian but he didn't know that he had already committed the greatest taboo to her. She had truly been angered although none of her emotions showed on her face.
"Princess, before the Human Emperor recovers, I will remain here. Not only that, I will send my people to inform the reclusive elders of my sect as well. I can only trouble the Princess with my lodgings until then." Mo Qingcheng softly spoke to Ye Lingshuang who sat beside her.
As the sound of her voice faded, Ye Lingshuang's countenance beamed with a radiant joy. "Holy Maiden, I'll be eternally grateful if the reclusive experts from your sect can be invited."
At this moment, Ye Lingshuang's heart trembled a little. It seemed like she had underestimated how important Qin Wentian was in Mo Qingcheng's heart.
Ye Kongfan's countenance grew incredibly ugly to behold. He shot a glare at the person who had spoken earlier, a glare so cold that the person involuntarily trembled. Because of a sentence of provocation from him, it caused Mo Qingcheng to be even more determined to aid the Human Emperor.
How could Ye Kongfan fail to understand? His wish of pursuing the Holy Maiden had become a hopeless cause. His dream had been completely crushed.