AGM 174 – Fatal Strike
Those from the Royal Academy separated into three major formations, advancing towards the students from the Emperor Star Academy in order to encircle them within.
Behind them, the archers from the Royal Academy had already retrieved the bows slung behind their backs and had their arrows nocked and ready, able to fire to kill at any moment.
“Are they from the military?” A cold light flickered in Ren Qianxing’s eyes, as he shifted his gaze to Chu Tianjiao, coldly stating, “Does Your Highness intend to use the forces from the military?”
The Elders of the Emperor Star Academy all had icy cold expressions in their eyes. Did Chu Tianjiao really want to force this war into the ‘end game’ state? If Chu Tianjiao borrowed the power of the military, regardless of how powerful their students might be, the military would just overrun them with pure numbers regardless of cost, obtaining a pyrrhic victory.
Luckily, the powers of the rebels were strong as well, making the Royal Academy unable to mobilize a large amount of soldiers to aid them in this endeavor. If not, the students from the Emperor Star Academy would definitely be done for.
“Elder should already know that those who enrolled in the Godly Military Martial Palace are the reserves of the military. Why do you find this so shocking?” Chu Tianjiao laughed, Ren Qianxing wasn’t able to see through him
“Archers.” Qin Wentian coldly shouted. A line of archers appeared behind the formations of the Emperor Star Academy. The skies was colored by Astral Light as arrows fired from both camps filled the skies, resulting in a rain of arrows.
Fan Le glanced at that rain of arrows and sighed. What a pity that his control over psyche force was still limited. If not, he could use the arrows their opponents fired against them. Despite this, the power of the fired arrows wouldn’t be too great; at most, they could only disrupt the formations.
The Arterial Circulation Realm ‘armies’ of both parties advanced towards each other. Abruptly, a blinding radiance filled the air. Those at the Yuanfu level discovered that all students from the Emperor Star Academy were equipped with various kinds of Divine Weapons!
Qin Wentian had forged spears, swords ,axe, shields, and all kinds of Divine Weapons, allowing the students of the Emperor Star Academy to choose what fit them best.
In the next instant, both ‘armies’ contacted and engaged each other. Rays after rays of cold light flashed. There was sword light, spear light, axe light, all tyrannical beyond comparison. In the blink of an eye, victory went to those belonging to the Emperor Star Academy. They slaughtered several of those from the Royal Academy effortlessly, while sustaining no casualties on their side.
“All of them are wielding Divine Weapons. Not only that, the Divine Weapons are at least of the 2nd-grade and above.” The Yuanfu-level silhouettes belonging to the Royal Academy all had extremely ugly expressions on their faces. Even with the support from the Royal Clan, equipping everyone with 2nd-grade Divine Weapons wasn’t a feat that they could duplicate.
“Seems like these weapons were all provided by the Divine Weapon Pavilion.” Chu Tianjiao’s eyes flickered. He had been tracking Qin Wentian’s movements and knew that he had been to the Divine Weapon Pavilion.
“We need to bring forward the plan.” Chu Tianjiao mumbled softly, as he laughed. “ For this war of students, we can no longer remain on the fence. I have to apologise to the Elders from the Emperor Star Academy.”
The sound of Chu Tianjiao’s voice permeated the air. The countenances of those surrounding him turned solemn. Stepping forwards, the air was filled with a cacophony of cries from demonic beasts.
“What? He wants to force the endgame?” Those from the Emperor Star Academy couldn’t understand. Following the words of Chu Tianjiao, the Yuanfu cultivators who had hidden themselves away all began to show themselves, surrounding the Yuanfu cultivators from the Emperor Star Academy.
“Prepare for war.” Ren Qianxing calmly stated. The Yuanfu cultivators nodded and spread apart. Battles on the Yuanfu-level naturally required more space.
Very quickly, the entire air space was completely filled with Yuanfu experts. The impact of seeing such a scene was extremely great, causing those spectators viewing the war from afar to involuntarily tremble. The ultimate clash was beginning.
AWOOOOOOO… The roars of the demonic mounts tremble the air as both sides started to clash. Even Chu Tianjiao and Xiao Lan also joined the battle, seeking out their own opponents.
Dazzling Astral Souls were released simultaneously, engulfing the entire air space. The power of Yuanfu cultivators were extremely terrifying.
Qin Wentian’s ancient halberd pierced into the heart of an opponent, finishing him off as he gazed up in the air. For some reason, his heart pounded with unease. He didn’t expect that Chu Tianjiao would choose to force the endgame this fast.
This time round, Chu Tianjiao’s determination was truly great indeed.
Abruptly, Qin Wentian felt his entire body go cold. In front of him, he could see a silhouette dashing in his direction. This person had hidden his identity and was mixed in within the Arterial Circulation cultivators from the Royal Academy. The sense of danger Qin Wentian could feel from him was exceedingly great.
Qin Wentian pulled out his ancient halberd as he retreated with explosive speed. However, the movement speed of the other person was extremely quick. The assailant transformed into after-images as a gigantic palm was blasted in the direction of Qin Wentian. It was as though the assailant wanted to kill Qin Wentian in a single strike.
However, at that exact moment, a black shadow appeared. The black sword in his hands struck out, piercing into the gigantic palm, as a thunderous sound echoed. Remnants of the terrifying aura saturated the area. Evidently, fearing for the safety of Qin Wentian, the Emperor Star Academy had arranged for his protection.
One has to say, Chu Tianjiao’s plan to move against Qin Wentian after initiating the battle of Yuanfu cultivators was extremely brilliant. Once the Yuanfu experts engaged in their battles, how would they have the time to concern themselves with other matters?
“They want to make a move against Wentian.” Ren Qianxing coldly exclaimed. Momentarily, several Elders descended from the air. Their opponents immediately seized the chance to attack, barring their paths to Qin Wentian.
Ye Wuque descended from the air, his tri-colored sword slashed out in the direction of Qin Wentian. Qin Wentian gazed in the direction of that attack. The ancient halberd in his hands weaved about in a dance of frenzy, impenetrable by wind or rain.
Zzzzizzzz.. A great sword slashed downwards. Qin Wentian was forced to retreat. Beside him, the aura of the previous Yuanfu cultivator exploded forth, his palms aiming to grab hold of Qin Wentian. Success seemed already within his grasp.
“Son of a bitch.” Fan Le raged. He rapidly fired his arrows, controlling them to fly towards the assailant, but each and every one of his arrows were effortlessly deflected by the other party.
The current Qin Wentian naturally didn’t hold a chance facing off against Ye Wuque. With the threat of an additional Yuanfu cultivator, his footwork began to get flustered.
“GET LOST.” A roar rumbled the air as Ren Qianxing tread the air with a golden sword equipped in his hands. Abruptly, he swung his sword in a horizontal arc, and a terrifying golden light lacerated the void apart, severing the necks of a few enemy Yuanfu experts as their heads rolled to the ground.
Ren Qianxing flickered as he disappeared from sight, moving in Qin Wentian’s direction.
Ye Wuque delivered yet another strike from the air. No matter how powerful one was at the Arterial Circulation Realm, the overwhelming disparity between that and Yuanfu was something that could never be mitigated.
Howling in rage, Qin Wentian’s long hair fluttered behind him. His arm travelled in a wild arc as he launched his ancient halberd explosively into the air. However at that moment, Qin Wentian’s countenance turned pale. He felt a terrifying sense of impending doom approaching him from behind his back.
He at this moment didn’t have time to turn and defend any more. He could only frenziedly dredge up the Divine Energy in his body, circulating it to protect his back.
Puchi! A crisp sound rang out as an excruciating pain wrenched his gut. A dagger pierced inside his body, stabbing his heart. Did they really want Qin Wentian to die?
“WENTIAN!” Their countenances turning pale. Luo Huan and Fan Le stood motionlessly, not daring to believe their eyes. Luo Huan’s beautiful eyes lost all hints of their allure as she grasp at the empty air in front of her.
Why? WHY? Why, after Mountain’s death? Qin Wentian still had to die?
Fan Le’s felt a biting pain in his heart. At this moment, he was completely filled with anguish. That carefree young man who was kind to his friends and family and merciless to his enemies…Qin Wentian was his best friend, his brother. Was he going to die today?
Chu Tianjiao gazed downwards, shock apparent in his eyes. Obviously, killing Qin Wentian wasn’t part of his plans.
Then if that was the case, was it the Ye Clan or the Ou Clan that took methods into their own hands?
At this moment, however, confusion appeared on the faces of both the Ye and Ou Clan members. Who exactly was that man who pierced the short sword into Qin Wentian’s heart?
“DIE!” Ren Qianxing howled in madness. He had finally caught up and directly slammed his palms into the head of the attacker, exploding his head. The attacker should have already known his fate the moment he decided to kill Qin Wentian. There was no way the Emperor Star Academy would allow Qin Wentian’s killer to escape alive.
Ye Wuque had already retreated. He knew that he would be in danger if he continued staying, only to see Ren Qianxing emanating a monstrous killing intent, sending palm strikes in all directions as students from the Royal Academy suffered an absolute massacre.
Ren Qianxing had truly gone mad with anger.
He looked up in the air, staring at Chu Tianjiao. Chu Tianjiao’s heart involuntarily shuddered; this had been an accident, not part of the plan. What he feared most had came true, and this ending would undoubtedly drive the Emperor Star Academy into a frenzy.
“I didn’t have any intentions to kill Qin Wentian.” Chu Tianjiao spoke, but he knew it was useless when he saw the expression in Ren Qianxing’s eyes. He could only laugh bitterly in response. At this point of time, explanations were already useless.
Ren Qianxing carried the body of Qin Wentian as he flew up the air, simultaneously using an immense amount of Astral Energy to close Qin Wentian’s wounds. He roared out a command, “Return.”
The eyes of those from the Emperor Star Academy were all red, their killing intents soaring to the skies. But after hearing the command given by Ren Qianxing, all of them still obeyed.
Chu Tianjiao waved his hands, signalling that no one should pursue. The death of Qin Wentian had completely ignited the madness of the Emperor Star Academy. He was afraid that they would really go all out, choosing to sacrifice everything.
Landing on the ground, he stopped beside the corpse of the killer whom Ren Qianxing had beheaded. It wasn’t going to be so easy to determine the identity of this man.
“Things are getting troublesome.” Chu Tianjiao murmured. He didn’t know if that dagger truly claimed Qin Wentian’s life.
However, Chu Tianjiao recovered quickly. Since the deed was already done, it was useless to keep thinking about it. What he needed to do now was to plan how he should handle the retaliations from the now crazed Emperor Star Academy.
“What do you plan to do?” Xiao Lan landed beside him, his countenance calm. He wasn’t too bothered; since things already came to this stage, it might be a blessing instead.
“Attacking is the best defense.” Chu Tianjiao replied, his gaze flickering. Now, what they should do was to press on with the attack, suppress the Emperor Star Academy, and completely annihilate their roots of trouble.
Xiao Lan cast a glance at Chu Tianjiao, silently remarking in his heart that this person was a genius. This was undoubtedly the most excellent method.
“Since that’s the case, prepare everyone for the slaughter of the Emperor Star Academy.” Xiao Lan commanded, causing the hearts of those around him to tremble. From now onwards, for both the academies, there was no stopping until death came.
This incident was quickly spread across the entire Royal Capital. Many people were commenting on the madness of Chu Tianjiao’s decision. He actually dared to arrange for the assassination of Qin Wentian.
However, they didn’t know that Qin Wentian’s death was never part of Chu Tianjiao’s plans.
Both the Ye Clan and Ou Clan naturally wouldn’t admit that the deed had been committed by them. The identity of the killer had become a riddle.
However, the citizens of the Royal Academy were also extremely concerned about the life and death of Qin Wentian. Such a dazzling genius, it would truly be a pity if he really died at such a young age.