At this moment, there were only 4 other contestants ranked in front of Qin Wentian – Luo Qianqiu, Sikong Mingyue, Chu Chen and Orchon.
These four people were undoubtedly the strongest four as perceived by the spectators. However, a variable now appeared – Qin Wentian.
“Based on Qin Wentian’s strength, he should still be able to deal with Orchon. However if he wanted to contend for one of the top three rankings, it’s almost impossible. After all, everyone witnessed the level of power Chu Chen exploded forth with earlier,” the spectators speculated. At this moment, the aged figure beside Chu Tianjiao announced that Qin Wentian would face off against Orchon.
There was a reason behind the grudge between Orchon and Qin Wentian. That day, when Qin Wentian just entered the Royal Capital and participated in the Martial Academies’ Selection Examination, Orchon b sat on the world like a ruler, disdaining everything. Qin Wentian was merely an ant-like existence that didn’t even have the qualifications to be regarded in his eyes.
However, in the short span of a year’s time, Qin Wentian appeared on the grand stage of the Jun Lin Banquet directly in front of him.
Such a scenario couldn’t help but to cause people to sigh, most of all Orchon himself.
Orchon didn’t say anything. He directly stabbed his spear towards Qin Wentian. The two of them had no need to exchange words since it was obvious that they wanted each other’s lives.
The long spear broke apart the void, akin to the blooming of a lotus. That resplendent spear light appeared on the stage once again, as dazzling as before.
Orchon exploded forth with all his strength in his first attack.
“This…” Many were speechless. To their surprise, Qin Wentian thought the same as Orchon, executing Mountain Splitter right off the bat. This halberd strike of his was comparable to a peerless expert. As it collided with the spear light, a terrifying gale was born.
Orchon’s spear shook again, as spear light once again exploded out. The blooming lotuses were born and extinguished, over and over. The spear light seemed to be eternal.
Qin Wentian’s Mountain Splitter similarly blasted out once again, and both of their attacks clashed in a terrifying frenzy. Qin Wentian’s Mountain Splitter attack was powered by the Mountain-type Divine Yuan Energy, which went to show how powerful Orchon’s attack had to be in order to match it.
The two of them refused to even retreat half a step. For the third time, their attacks collided with each other once again.
This time around, Qin Wentian slightly spun the ancient halberd in his hands. The moon blades attached at the sides of the tip of the halberd actually directly locked down Orchon’s spear. After which, Qin Wentian flung the ancient halberd away from him, choosing to deprive both of them of their weapons as he executed the Garuda Movement Technique, dashing straight at Orchon.
“KILL.” Qin Wentian roared, as he spat out a ray of sword light. Orchon’s countenance froze, and he hurriedly sent out both his palms in a response, disintegrating that ray of sword light.
Rumble! The terrifying mountain-type Divine Energy surged as Qin Wentian retaliated with his Falling Mountain Palms. Orchon stiffened; his close combat proficiency was unable to be compared to Qin Wentian, but since he had been deprived of his weapon, he had no choice but to meet Qin Wentian palm for palm.
Boom! Orchon only felt his arms shuddering from the impact. Qin Wentian continuously spat out rays of sword light, while Orchon retreated unceasingly, wanting to increase the distance between them. But, how could Qin Wentian give him the chance? Qin Wentian stabbed forth with his finger. A mysterious energy was seemingly contained within that finger attack of his, and it actually caused Orchon to enter a trance-like state.
That finger attack was like the combination strike of both an exceedingly sharp sword and an ancient halberd, wanting to break apart everything.
“Orchon, retreat.” A throaty voice called out. Orchon froze before he explosively retreated. But despite of this, Qin Wentian’s finger attack still landed on his palms, penetrating through, causing fresh blood to leak unceasingly out of the wound.
Boom! Qin Wentian’s left palm smashed forward as a hopeless expression appeared on Orchon’s face. His palm strike landed on Orchon’s body, causing his internal organs to vibrate immensely from the impact that catapulted him through the air.
Qin Wentian had no intentions to spare him. With his body rising in the air, he soared in Orchon’s direction.
“I CONCEDE.” Orchon howled in anger. Qin Wentian was too late; he didn’t managed to finish Orchon before the admission of defeat. He landed gracefully on the platform while Orchon smashed into the ground.
For this round, Qin Wentian was the victor.
Orchon picked himself up as he spat out a mouthful of fresh blood, his countenance extremely ugly to behold. He actually lost to Qin Wentian.
Raising his head, he watched as Qin Wentian moved to the boundary of the platform, gazing downwards at him. This scenario caused Orchon to turn pale white, as he only felt boundless humiliation washing all over him.
Qin Wentian, this ant-like existence, was actually looking at him with such disdain in his eyes.
“A year ago, you sat atop your war horse and pointed your long spear directly at me, someone undertaking the Emperor Star Academy’s selection examination. At that time, the disparity between you and me was akin to a gulf the size of an entire Astral River.” Qin Wentian calmly continued, “And now after a year has passed, I, a cultivator at the Body Refinement Realm, actually defeated the current you. Orchon, tell me, do you feel shame when people call you a genius?”
It was as though Orchon’s countenance was painted red by blood. With a ‘wa’ sound, he spat out another mouthful of fresh blood.
Obviously, Qin Wentian was intentionally provoking and humiliating Orchon.
“If I were you, I wouldn’t have the face to talk about cultivation anymore. Qin Wentian turned and departed.
In the Chu Emperor District, the swamps of spectators all felt their hearts trembling from personally witnessing variables after variables.
Initially, they thought that Chu Chen was already the biggest variable, slaughtering his way up into the ranks of the top three. But who would have thought that Qin Wentian would appear? After defeating Orchon, he gained the rights to contend for the top three positions.
From being absent to starting at the last place, all the way until now, where he was contending for the top three.
Even so, Qin Wentian’s path should have already reached its end, right?
Currently, the three contestants in front of Qin Wentian, were akin to three insurmountable mountains.
Luo Qianqiu, Sikong Mingyue and Chu Chen.
The three of them, similar to Qin Wentian, had already proven their strength.
“I can give you two hours for you to rest.” The aged figure spoke to Qin Wentian.
“Senior, who will I battle against next?” Qin Wentian inquired.
“Chu Chen defeated Orchon before you, advancing to the top three. If you want to enter the top three, you will fight against him first.” The aged figure replied.
The spectators all nodded their heads in agreement. This arrangement made sense. Although Luo Qianqiu and the other two had not undergone their final ranking battle, Chu Chen did indeed advance by defeating Orchon. It was only logical to find out who would the victor be between Qin Wentian and Chu Chen before proceeding on with the final ranking battles.
“Then there’s no need to rest.” Qin Wentian serenely replied, causing the gazes directed towards him to be filled with fascination.
How arrogant, he actually said that he didn’t need to take a break?
His next battle would be against the double augmentation effect of the Amethyst Astral Soul together with the Emperor Bloodline limit.
“Since this is the case, Chu Chen, you will fight against Qin Wentian.”
As Chu Chen came face to face with Qin Wentian, the hearts of many spectators were palpitating wildly.
If Qin Wentian won this battle, it would mean that he would be ranked among the top three.
One had to remember that previously, the payout rate for Qin Wentian for entering the top three was 1:100, which was changed to 1:80 earlier. Although only a small amount of people would bet on him, there would still be some who wanted to test their luck. Fan Le was a very good example. If Qin Wentian really won the match against Chu Chen, the amount of riches that group of minority would win was easily imaginable.
“BOSS, DO YOUR BEST!!” Fatty shouted with gusto as his face was filled with the redness of excitement. Many in the crowd shot him weird looks.
Fan Le calmed down. Only now did he realised that his actions had been too high-profile.
However, Fatty was extremely agitated. If Qin Wentian really won, he would have over thousands and thousands of 2nd-layer Yuan Meteor Stones. He was already dreaming of the beautiful future.
“Come on, let’s start.” There were still a few others who bet on Qin Wentian just to test their luck, but they didn’t really expect that Qin Wentian would actually reach this point. At this moment, they were all filled with boundless anticipation.
Their blood had already started to boil. It seems that they were even more agitated than Qin Wentian himself.
Mo Qingcheng had a nervous expression on her face. Qin Wentian was going to start contending for the positions of the top three rankers.
“It’s not so easy.” The Mo Clansmen sighed. Someone with a cultivation base at the 7th level of Arterial Circulation actually reached this point.
But it was still too difficult if he wanted to surpass Chu Chen.
In the direction of the Divine Weapon Pavilion, a beautiful glow could been seen flickering in the eyes of An Liu Yan. She spoke to Yang Chen, “This little fellow is full of unexpected surprises.”
“Indeed, his talent in cultivation doesn’t seem to be any weaker when compared to his talent in inscriptions. He’s really a genius that’s even hard to come by in a hundred years.” Yang Chen nodded in agreement.
And over at the area of the Emperor Star Academy, Mustang, Ren Qianxing, and old man Gu was also extremely agitated.
In the direction of Star River Association, Zuo Yin had a heavy expression on his countenance, as he exclaimed unhappily. “Murin ah.. Murin, you are really a ‘genius’.”
Murin’s countenance was extremely ugly to behold. He had never expected that Qin Wentian would undergo such a transformation. This was undoubtedly smacking his face.
The representatives from the Ye Clan and the Ou Clan were also showing expressions of dissatisfaction on their faces. The ant-like existence that they had never placed in high regards before has already become so outstanding.
Chu Chen stood opposite to Qin Wentian, as he calmly stated, “It’s indeed difficult for you to be able to reach such a step today. You should quit now and bask yourself in the glories of your current achievement.”
Obviously, Chu Chen didn’t think that Qin Wentian could be his opponent.
“You are the same as Orchon, unable to block my path.” Qin Wentian serenely stated as he stared at Chu Chen. His determination, would never be wavered.
Not only that, the current him no longer possessed solely determination.
“Is that so? I hope your strength is comparable to the force of your words.” Chu Chen unleashed both his Astral Souls as a terrifying presence gushed forth. His Bloodline Limit, was also seething relentlessly.
Since he had already obtained one of the top three rankings, how could he still lose it?
He still wanted to measure himself against Luo Qianqiu and Sikong Mingyue.
As the terrifying presence manifested a storm of pressure, Qin Wentian seemed as though he wasn’t affected by it. He clutched the ancient halberd in his hands and stared calmly at Chu Chen.
“Make your move.” Chu Chen stated.
Qin Wentian nodded. He then transformed into a blur of shadows, executing the first stance of the Great Dream Halbard Art, Mountain Splitter. Breaking the void apart in an instant, he appeared in front of Chu Chen.
Chu Chen roared in anger, as tens of millions of palm shadows were born. The millions of palm shadows integrated into one terrifying gigantic palm, smashing towards the ancient halberd.
Boom, boom, boom! A tremendous tremor was created as Qin Wentian was forced backwards by the impact. Despite this, he once again walked forwards, unleashing yet another attack with his halberd.
This strike of his didn’t seemed as ferocious as before, but in the instant that he attacked, it was as though star light appeared. Not only that, visible runic lines interweaved in the air, forming a revolving pathway that transformed into a spiralling black hole, capable of devouring everything.
“Scram!” Chu Chen roared. The terrifying, gigantic palm covered the Heavens and Earth, smashing towards Qin Wentian.
Meanwhile, the second stance of Qin Wentian’s Great Dream Halberd Art, Fallen Star, exploded forth.
Boom! A thunderous sound blasted into the eardrums of the spectators as the gigantic palm and the halberd strike collided. After which, a crack could be seen on the surface of the palm before it completely disintegrated into nothingness.
“Ho..how is this possible?” An expression of immense shock was apparent on Chu Chen’s face. Then, he saw Qin Wentian’s ancient halberd smashing his way again. The first stance, Mountain Splitter, moved with a speed as fast as lightning, eradicating everything in it’s path and directly landing right before Chu Chen’s throat.
“I’ve said it before: you are unable to block my path.” Qin Wentian retracted the ancient halberd as he blasted Chu Chen down the platform using a palm strike powered by the Mountain-type Divine Energy, sparing his life.
The serene arrogance of Qin Wentian’s words resounded in the air.
Chu Chen had also been unable to block his path.
After this battle, Qin Wentian finally stepped into top three rankings!