Chapter 843: Final Battle
Translator: Lordbluefire Editor: Lordbluefire
Although the losses were grievous, the number of disciples in the Sage Devil Gorge were much more compared to the number of participants. In addition, the disciples already possessed the advantage right at the start, they were to hunt down participants or force them to leave. It wasn't until later when the participants started to group together before their advantage was overturned.
But no matter what, at this moment within the gorge, the number of disciples far outnumbered the participants.
This overwhelming tempest had swept up everyone within the Sage Devil Gorge. The disciples of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect naturally needn't say anything more. They gathered together for the sake of revenge, for the sake of fighting for their sect's prestige.
Those participants grouping together formed a terrifying force and they naturally wouldn't exit using the mini spatial formations. Before this, they were the ones being hunted but now that the situation had reversed, they definitely would go all out in this bloodbath, until none of the disciples from the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect remains.
At this moment, Qin Wentian's group of fifth-level ascendants have already reached over fifty in number. It was a terrifying formation with many tyrannically powerful geniuses within. They were all top rankers of the thirteen prefectures, lofty and arrogant beyond comparison, exuding an aura so powerful that none in the surroundings dared to get near them.
Other than Su Feng, there were other three top rankers of the thirteen prefectures. They were all outstanding and the others maintained a distance from them, standing around with them in the center. It was as though these four characters were the moon and the others were the clusters of stars around them.
However if one were to monitor closely, they would realize that at the back of the group, there were over 10 to 20 participants around a single silhouette. This young man soared through the air and was extremely young and handsome. His countenance was calm, his eyes were extremely deep. And although he appeared inconspicuous, those around him had personally witnessed how tyrannical he was when in combat.
They knew that this scenario in the Sage Devil Gorge occurred - the gathering of geniuses in a group - was all started by Qin Wentian. He was the earliest to band people together and his combat strength is so overwhelming to the extent he would cause fear in people's hearts. It was only because he gradually faded behind the scenes when the group grew larger, retracting his aura as though this group of participants wasn't formed by him. In fact, many of the experts who joined this group later had no idea that the founder of this group was Qin Wentian, someone ranked #27 of the Cloud Prefecture.
"Qin Wentian, it's seems to be extremely tough to find any disciples now. Something must be wrong." Zi Qingxuan walked beside Qin Wentian as they soared through the air. She stared ahead as a heaviness could be seen between her brows, as though sensing something unusual.
"Mhm." Qin Wentian agreed with a nod. Something abnormal was going on, something extremely unusual.
Through these few days, he already confirmed the fact that if the disciples of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect were at the same level of cultivation as them, they could track their movements completely. Hence, it was still possible for disciples to dodge them if they wanted to. But, this only held true for disciples with the same cultivation level as them, for those with different cultivation levels, they wouldn't be able to track this group of fifth-level ascendants. And it's strange that they didn't even encounter a single one in recent days.
Such an abnormal situation should be linked to the summon rays they saw a few days ago. Maybe, right now the Eastern Immortal Sage Sect's disciples have all abandoned their roles as hunters. They were doing the same thing as them, gathering into groups, preparing for a final battle of slaughter.
Although right now, they were quite powerful in a group, Qin Wentian wasn't too optimistic. He would absolutely never underestimate the strength of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect. Firstly, they were in the light while their enemies were in the shadows. From this point, they already had no way to initiate any battles and now, could only wait passively for their opponents to start the battle.
"I think we should stop here." At this moment, Qin Wentian spoke and several people behind him halted their steps. Those in front of him also stopped as they turned and regarded Qin Wentian.
The gazes of the various geniuses landed on Qin Wentian only to hear him calmly continuing, "Things are getting fishy, I'm afraid right now the disciples of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect are already waiting for us. If we continue ahead blindly, we might very well be walking into a trap."
"We have over fifty geniuses in our group, why would we fear them? Even if we are to go to war, there's no worries at all." The expressions of some of the geniuses turned sharp as their battle intent intensified.
"We've already hunted quite a lot of disciples. Now, it's even tough for us to encounter one while roaming about. They must all be gathering into groups as well. I wonder how strong the remaining forces of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect would be." An expert calmly analysed, knowing that the current situation is abnormal.
In fact, many of the experts here already had some faint inklings of it.
It was impossible that the disciples of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect didn't take any action, allowing the participants to hunt them down as they pleased.
"What's your opinion on this?" An expert stared at Qin Wentian and asked. This person was a top three ranker from the Jing Prefecture, ranked #2, and goes by the name of Lu Longcloud.
"It's time for us to disband. We've killed so many disciples and they would surely take revenge against us. They might overwhelm us with numbers and begin slaughtering, not even giving us the chance to leave using the spatial formations. Only by disbanding and scattering in all directions would be the best idea in this situation. Those who are weaker can hide in locations near the mini spatial formations and the moment they are surrounded, they can use that to escape this place." Qin Wentian replied.
"If you are afraid, just get lost then." Lu Longcloud coldly spoke, his tone extremely unfriendly. Qin Wentian furrowed his brows only to hear someone beside Lu Longcloud saying, "We have over fifty geniuses in this location. There's the top ranker of Thunder Prefecture, second ranker of the Jing Prefecture, etc. Even if we really encountered disciples, we still have the strength to fight them. Contrary if we disband now, we would be routed mercilessly, dying the instant we encounter them. What hidden motives do you have by suggesting what you did earlier?"
"That's right the moment we disband, the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect's disciples would do what we did, individually hunting each of us down. If you are truly fearful, you can go on your own. In any case, your combat prowess isn't that outstanding." Someone else laughed in a mocking manner.
"Your words are too presumptuous. Brother Qin is merely thinking about us. When Brother Qin fought against so many disciples single-handedly, all of you haven't even appeared yet. What qualifications do you have to say his combat prowess isn't outstanding?" There were also experts who supported Qin Wentian.
"Yes, I feel that Brother Qin's words are logical." Those on Qin Wentian's side started speaking up for him. The two groups of opposing views started arguing because of a difference in viewpoints.
"Let's listen to Su Feng, Brother Su Feng is the top ranker of the Thunder Prefecture, he naturally has the most authority to speak." Someone recommended. A moment later, the gazes of everyone turned to Su Feng. Su Feng glanced at Qin Wentian, Qin Wentian couldn't tell what Su Feng was thinking when they matched gazes.
"Since we are already gathered here, let's continue on as one group. If the opposing enemy force is truly too overwhelming, we will disband then." Su Feng spoke. Instantly, many experts called out their agreements. And eventually, they still decided to proceed together as one.
Qin Wentian didn't bother to argue. In reality, even if they encountered being surrounded or not, regardless of him or the top ranker of the Thunder Prefecture Su Feng, it was impossible for them to die. They would be able to flee the instant the battles began. Those who were unlucky would always be the ones who were weaker among them.
At this moment, a ray of red suddenly appeared in the skies far from them. The clouds were all painted red as the skies were dyed red as well. The people of the Sage Devil Gorge all turned their attention over there, witnessing this phenomenon.
"GO!" Su Feng led the participants and directly sped off towards that direction. Qin Wentian's brows were tightly furrowed, but upon seeing everyone rushing after Su Feng, he had no choice but to follow as well.
"Brother Qin, this scenario is somewhat fishy." Beside him, someone spoke to Qin Wentian.
"Mhm, Su Feng and the others should understand this as well. But in the end he still chose to rush ahead. Even if there are some hesitant ones in the group, they too would rush forward upon seeing Su Feng taking the initiative." Qin Wentian spoke. The other experts around him nodded their head. Not long after, they arrived at the location where the phenomenon manifested. This was a place surrounded by mountain peaks, and in all directions, the sky and clouds here were all dyed red but nobody had any idea what was causing this.
Other than them, the other groups of participants arrived too. It seems that everyone in the Sage Devil Gorge were all heading towards this place.
"Senior brother Qin, Senior sister Qingxuan!" From afar, a voice drifted over. It was actually Jun Mengchen who was currently in a group of fourth-level ascendants. He stood there, waving his hands to Qin Wentian and Gu Liufeng was also among that group of participants.
"A total of nine groups, everyone from the first-level of Celestial Phenomenon to the ninth have all arrived in this area." Qin Wentian mused. Seems like, the location of the final battle would be none other than this place.
These participants have all slaughtered many disciples before this. The remaining disciples definitely have a strong sense of vengeance and wanted to seek revenge. For this final battle, it was unknown how many experts would fall here. Evidently, this was a premeditated plot, luring the participants of the nine cultivation levels to this place.
"Everyone best prepare yourselves well for the last battle." Someone advised. No one here was foolish. Upon seeing this scene, how could they not know this location was a place prepared by the disciples in advance, luring them over to fight a final battle.
A total of 300 to 400 participants stood in this place surrounded by mountain peaks. And right now on a mountain peak far away, a number of silhouettes appeared one after another, all wearing similarly styled robes, with their countenances as cold as ice.
More and more disciples appeared in the surrounding peaks, completely encircling the participants.
As time flowed by, the participants realized that the disciples of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect, regardless of the cultivation level, all had double their numbers.
Xia Hou stood on a tall mountain peak, his eyes raking past the hundreds of participants, while an intense killing intent flickered within. He coldly spoke, "This was originally a tempering exercise for you participants, and those who passed it could become core disciples. If you all obeyed the rules, even if you are weaker than the external and core disciples sent out to hunt you guys, you would still have a chance to escape via the mini spatial formations. But sadly, all of you didn't know what was good for yourselves."
"Even without becoming official disciples of our Eastern Sage Immortal Sect, all of you were actually audacious enough to choose the path of becoming the hunters. Since that's the case, accept your punishment. At this moment, the overwhelming majority of you won't even have the chance to escape." Xia Hou voice rang out, as his killing intent gushed forth. The disciples of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect stepped out together, moving towards participants of the same cultivation level as them. Even elite disciples were joining the fray.
For a moment, the entire space was rumbling from the killing intent permeating the air. Chaos was everywhere.
Qin Wentian and the other fifth-level ascendants stared at the other fifth-level disciples. There were almost a hundred disciples coming for the fifty plus participants in their group, their opponents were overwhelming in strength and impetus!