Chapter 861: Top Twenty
Translator: Lordbluefire Editor: Lordbluefire
The battles on the platform continued on. In the immortal banquet, the various immortal kings smiled and chatted, occasionally discussing about the participants.
The grand beauty, the Myriad Incarnations Immortal King, was exceptionally quiet. She then turned and spoke to Hua Taixu who was sitting beside her, "In the battle yesterday, Qin Wentian exhibited his brilliance. You should be the most familiar with him. After so many years, although your improvements are extremely fast, his cultivation speed doesn't seem to be inferior to yours. If you are to fight against him, how confident would you be?"
Hua Taixu's current cultivation was the same as Qin Wentian, at the fifth-level of Celestial Phenomenon. The Myriad Incarnations Immortal King naturally knew the price he paid to have some fast improvements in his cultivation. He had to undergo various agonizing training, in addition to the guidance provided by her.
When she first saw the medallion that ranked Qin Wentian at #27, the Myriad Incarnations Immortal King had initially thought that her disciple Hua Taixu had already left Qin Wentian in the dust. Yet, never did she expect that the lofty and arrogant young man from before had also already matured now. No matter where he went, Qin Wentian seemed to exude a magnificence that lasted throughout the generations.
"No idea." Hua Taixu glanced towards Qin Wentian as he shook his head.
The him right now, the state of his heart had already changed. As he matured, many things from the past no longer would shake his heart. However, there was still a single obsession that he can never let go of and that is having a true battle against Qin Wentian!
He was once the top ranker of the Heavenly Fate Rankings in Grand Xia. But Qin Wentian also achieved the same glory he did a batch later.
As for the trials of the Immortal Martial World, Qin Wentian exceeded him and took the place of the top ranker.
During the disciple recruitment event in the Royal Sacred Region, once again, Qin Wentian's performance was extremely outstanding.
"You've undergone training in the samsara world, and already experienced a total of nine reincarnations and lifetimes, becoming one of the extremely few to survive that world. Although you have cultivated for a mere forty-plus years, the state of your heart already far surpassed your true age. Other than this, given how gruelling the tempering sessions you have experienced, are you even not confident of winning against him now?" The Myriad Incarnations Immortal King smiled at Hua Taixu as she asked.
Hua Taixu's countenance was calm with no fluctuations. He had indeed experienced a total of nine reincarnations in that samsara world. Right now, his heart was incomparably solid, nothing could shake it.
"I've undergone so many tempering experiences, but who's to say that he has not? Many times, we can only see the hard work we put in but neglected the efforts of others." Hua Taixu spoke in a low voice. "Comparing our innate talents, I'm inferior to him. Based on the advantages of astral souls and bloodline power, no amount of efforts can mitigate them."
"Indeed, but you don't need to sell yourself short. Given your comprehension and speed of cultivation, they are both extraordinary. So what if a talent matures later? You can still surpass him at the end if you believe in yourself. There are many ordinary characters who believed in that, and when they reached the immortal king level, their combat prowess is even more fearsome than those so-called heaven-defying geniuses back then in their past." The Myriad Incarnations Immortal King stated.
The two of them continued chatting, they didn't seem to have the relationship of a disciple and a master but were like a pair of siblings instead.
Finally, the battles on the platform ended. Every one of the participants had experienced ten battles or more. In fact, for some of those performances who were more lackluster, they participated in even more battles to search for the possibility of breaking through their limits.
Dongsheng Ting sat down on the host seat, his gaze roaming past the participants as he spoke, "Is there anyone else who still wishes to do battle?"
The participants remained silent, no one stepped upon the battle platform.
"Good." Upon seeing that there was no one else, Dongsheng Ting smiled and turned his gaze towards the immortal kings of the banquet. "The battles for this round have concluded, many participants indeed had outstanding performances. I, Dongsheng Ting, hereby beseech the seniors present to choose twenty participants that will proceed to the next round. There's no need to consider people who have three defeats or more. For those that would be ranked within the top twenty, they at most can only have two defeats. What do all of the seniors think?"
"Your highness' words are logical." A few supreme immortal kings of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect nodded. Indeed, there was no need to consider those who lost three battles or more.
"In that case, I shall invite Princess Glaze to nominate those she feels should pass. As for the various immortal king seniors, you all will decide based on the performance of those individuals she nominated, and see if the individual nominated has the qualifications to become part of the top twenty. Would Princess be agreeable to this?" Dongsheng Ting smiled as he spoke. There were many supreme characters present here, the performance of the participants were naturally already judged by them in their hearts.
As for the twenty individuals who would become the top twenty, although there were a few who might have to struggle to enter it, there were over ten participants whose names were already locked in the list. There would definitely be no problems for them to be part of the top twenty.
Under this solemn atmosphere, no one would joke around.
"Sure." Princess Glaze wasn't modest at all and directly accepted Dongsheng Ting's request with a nod of her head. The participants below all became extremely nervous but many more among them were filled with disappointment. They knew that with their performances, they most likely, wouldn't have a chance at all.
"I will nominate the individuals for the various immortal king seniors to judge then." Princess Glaze swept over the participants, landing on Gusu Tianqi as she added, "Top ranker of Eastern Prefecture, Gusu Tianqi. Obtaining a victory against a higher-level opponent, and remained undefeated for his other battles. Regardless of who he fought, the number of moves exchanged wouldn't exceed three. I think he should have no problem passing this round and becoming part of the top twenty."
"Gusu Tianqi will surely pass this round."
"Yes, there's no suspense with regards to him."
"Definitely." The various immortal kings all had no objections. Gusu Tianqi smoothly passed this round and became part of the top twenty.
Princess Glaze's gaze roamed about, the hearts of the participants seemingly also roamed around with her gaze.
"Top ranker of the Western Desert Prefecture, Feather King of the Winged Devil Race." Princess Glaze's gaze landed on Feather King as she spoke, "He can pass."
The various immortal kings nodded, and there was also no suspense for this. Feather King passed easily, becoming the second among the participants to enter the ranks of the top twenty.
Princess Glaze's beautiful eyes continued to sweep over the crowd. After which, the spectators only saw her gaze directed at the location of the Cloud Prefecture. The Idlecloud Immortal King was extremely agitated, he knew that the performance of his prefecture this time around was extremely outstanding, unprecedented throughout history.
"Second ranker of the Cloud Prefecture Jun Mengchen has no defeats. After being badly poisoned, he still endured it and turned the tables by killing the disciple of the Absolute Poison Immortal King." Princess Glaze's voice was incomparably calm but her words caused everyone to be astonished as they turned their gazes to her before turning to the Absolute Poison Immortal King. This Princess Glaze truly couldn't be bothered with anything. The third person she nominated was none other than Jun Mengchen, and she even mentioned about his killing of the Absolute Poison Immortal King's personal disciple.
"Agreed." A supreme immortal king from the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect took the initiative and gave his approval.
"He should pass." Another one added, not bothering to consider the feelings of the Absolute Poison Immortal King. After all, they have to be responsible for the Eastern Sage Immortal Emperor. This event was purely to recruit talented disciples. And given how outstanding Jun Mengchen was, if he at the end could become part of the top three, he would be a Sage Child character. So, even if his actions have offended the Absolute Poison Immortal King before, what could the Absolute Poison Immortal King do to him?
Other than those immortal kings who have a good relationship with Absolute Poison Immortal King, who didn't say anything, the others all agreed. Dongsheng Ting then announced, "Since there are no objections, Jun Mengchen passed."
Princess Glaze then shifted her eyes onto Qin Wentian who was beside Jun Mengchen. "Qin Wentian, undefeated battle record."
The atmosphere turned silent once more. But a short while later, a supreme immortal king from the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect said, "Agreed!"
The various immortal kings then expressed their agreement and there were also no objections. The Deepflame Immortal King maintained his silence and Qin Wentian, also became part of the top twenty as well.
"Zi Qingxuan has a perfect battle record as well and she won all of her battles." Princess Glaze spoke again.
And just like before, no one else objected. Zi Qingxuan also passed this round.
Staring at the three standing together, they even seemed like real blood siblings. This made many have a hint of suspicions in their minds. These three outstanding individuals, which power had nurtured them? Why was it that no one had any idea at all? Also, their sect didn't seem to be present here at the immortal banquet today.
Other than the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect itself, what other sects or clans would be so powerful, able to produce these three demon-level characters?
Could it be they are not from any sects or clans but were nurtured by a powerful hidden expert? That might be somewhat possible.
"Top ranker of the Cloud Prefecture Gu Zhantian also won all his battles." Princess Glaze continued and with no objections Gu Zhantian also became part of the top twenty.
"Top ranker of the Qian Prefecture, Ye Qianchen."
"Top ranker of the Li Prefecture, Cang Ao."
"Top ranker of the Blazing Sun Prefecture, Dugu Xishan."
"Top ranker of the Supreme Moon Prefecture, Mo Wen."
"Top ranker of the Underworld Prefecture, Blackpeak."
Princess Glaze nominated the participants one by one, and there were no objections raised. Everyone she nominated passed.
In the blink of an eye, already eleven people have passed. Only nine spots for the top twenty remained.
Naturally, those earlier eleven nominated by Princess Glaze were the more outstanding ones. For the positions of the top ten rankers, there was a very high possibility for them to be among these eleven individuals.
"Second ranker of the Eastern Prefecture, Xia Jiufeng." Princess Glaze called out another name. The various immortal kings glanced at each other before nodding to express their approval. Given Xia Jiufeng's talent among the remaining participants, a position within the top twenty was without a doubt.
"Second ranker of the Western Desert Prefecture, Qin Ta. A genius from the Heavenly God Race." Princess Glaze continued.
The immortal kings gave their approval as well, the second ranker of Western Desert Qin Ta entered the ranks of the top twenty.
"Third ranker of the Western Desert Prefecture, Sorrowless." Princess Glaze called out again, the gazes of many turned to the monk who was clad in tattered clothing. Once again, those immortal kings nodded to show their approval.
"The Western Prefecture is so powerful. But so is the Cloud Prefecture. This batch of participants truly exceeded expectations." Everyone only realized this when they heard Princess Glaze nominate the names. The Cloud Prefecture who had always been ranked among the last in terms of strength actually was so outstanding, producing a total of four geniuses that ranked within the top twenty this batch. As for the Western Prefecture, there was also a total of three individuals who ranked within the top twenty.
"Top ranker of the Mo Prefecture, Yan Zimo."
"Top ranker of the Rock Prefecture, Ba Shan."
"Top ranker of the Yue Prefecture, Gu Hong." Princess Glaze called out a total of three names once more. There was no suspense as well, although these three top rankers of the prefectures didn't have a performance as outstanding as the first eleven, there was no problems for them to pass this round.
"A total of seventeen names have been called. Top rankers of ten out of the thirteen prefectures have already been called. As for the other three, their performances must have been lackluster hence Princess Glaze hasn't called their names out yet. There would surely be a dispute among the immortal kings to see which among them can become part of the top twenty." The hearts of the spectators mused.
"Top ranker of Thunder Prefecture, Su Feng." Princess Glaze called out Su Feng's name, her words causing Su Feng to stiffen for an instant. How laughable. He, Qin Wentian and Zi Qingcheng were of the same cultivation level, but as he encountered two defeats, his name was only called out now.
"Su Feng lost two battles, he shouldn't be too suitable." An immortal king spoke. As expected, there would be controversy and dispute for the last three spots.
"Although Su Feng lost two battles, both his opponents were extraordinary strong. But that's all I have to say, I will still leave the judgement of his level of talent to you seniors." Princess Glaze calmly replied. The various immortal kings discussed, glancing at the other participants and considered their talents. After a period of time, they agreed to allow Su Feng to pass this round, becoming part of the top twenty.
"There are still two remaining spots. Except, I'm now in a dilemma." Princess Glaze smiled. The level of controversy and dispute would be greater, and none of her nominated individuals would have the absolute guarantee to be able to pass this round and become part of the top twenty.
"Since Princess is in a dilemma, I have a suggestion. Earlier, we said we will include the personal disciples of immortal kings to act as a test for these participants. Since the personal disciple of the Deepflame Immortal King has already passed. I suggest adding Hua Taixu, the personal disciple of the Myriad Incarnations Immortal King; as well as Ruthless, the disciple of the Undefeated Devil King to be part of the top twenty as well, becoming part of the test for the participants. At the same time, they can also compete for higher rankings as well in the next round. There should be no further controversy or dispute if we add the two of them in. How do you all find my suggestion?"
Dongsheng Ting's eyes gleamed with a dazzling light as he spoke. Upon hearing the names of the individuals he nominated, everyone started in shock. These two were extremely outstanding demon-level characters. Indeed, given their fame, there would be no controversy or dispute if they were part of the top twenty.