Chapter 1571: Soul Slaying Needle
Qin Wentian stared at Zhong Zihua’s eyes before he laughed. After that, he retracted the vines that wound around Zhong Zihua’s arm. He didn’t sever the arm and he calmly smiled, “I will leave your arm alone. Return first and wait for my orders.”
“Many thanks, Lord Governor.” Zhong Zihua started, revealing a surprised expression as he bowed and retreated.
Qin Wentian stared at Zhong Zihua as he departed. After that, he waved his hand and set up an immortal sense isolation barrier and turned his eyes to the little lion in the corner.
“What do you think?” Qin Wentian asked.
“You are suspicious of him?” The Evil Emperor felt a little bewildered. “From what he has said, there doesn’t seem to be any problems? It’s truly a more suitable choice for him to plead guilty.”
“Indeed, but he is also lying about something.” Qin Wentian calmly spoke.
The eyes of the Evil Emperor flashed with a strange light but he didn’t ask anything more about this. Since Qin Wentian said that he was lying, he must be lying. Since Qin Wentian knew about it, he would naturally be wary when he dealt with Zhong Zihua in the future.
After several days, the last vice governor Zhao Yichuan, also arrived. He directly appeared outside the governor’s manor and was cursing Qin Wentian in rage, telling Qin Wentian to scram out to face him.
Hence, many experts gathered outside the manor, including many of Zhao Yichuan’s subordinates from the governor’s manor.
Although there were three vice governors in the governor’s manor, Zhao Yichuan was always deemed as the leader of the three. His cultivation base was the highest, his qualifications were the oldest and he was the most powerful. Right now, he stood outside the manor, in the air, while radiating violent waves of emperor might which caused the people below to feel stifling pressure.
“Qin Wentian, you bastard. Just because this seat was busy handling some matters outside and was late to return, you actually sent out the order for arrest, wanting me to come and plead guilty, severing one of my arms before expelling me from the governor’s manor. How dare you.” Zhao Yichuan’s anger rose to the sky, his aura was extremely shocking. “Just a captive of the Lifire Palace yet you dare to come here to ride roughshod over the people, even killing my brother Lu Tong. Today, I will kill you for sure.”
“Vice Governor Zhao seems to be truly enraged.” The people of the governor’s manor mused silently. Zhao Yichuan has always been an extremely decisive person but he could also be calm and intelligent. This doesn’t seem to be his style. Could it be he was truly provoked by Qin Wentian’s actions?
Clearly this was the case. As a vice governor, he was pronounced guilty and an arrest order was sent out for him. Zhao Yichuan was after all a powerful immortal emperor, how would he have the face to face others in the future?
Although immortal emperors cannot be considered lofty supreme characters in the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms, they were still powerful experts and would naturally have pride. How would they stand for such humiliation?
Qin Wentian was clad in a long robe, he walked out from the manor and when the subordinates of the manor saw him, all of them bowed low, not daring to show any disrespect. The scene of how Qin Wentian killed Lu Tong was still fresh in their minds.
“Zhong Zihua?” Zhao Yichuan saw that Zhong Zihua was standing behind Qin Wentian. He coldly continued, “Zhong Zihua, you actually wagged your dog tail to beg for mercy from him. No wonder your arm wasn’t severed. Seems like you must have knelt and begged him. Are you going to disregard the death of Brother Lu?”
“Vice Governor Zhao, stop your nonsense. If you plead guilty now, maybe Governor Qin will give you a chance.” Zhong Zihua replied.
“Wanting me to submit to this captive?” Zhao Yichuan laughed as he pointed at Qin Wentian. “A captive that needs a woman to save his life actually came here to take the governor’s position? Today, I shall prove to the Lifire Empyrean that he would also have times where his judgement isn’t good. Qin Wentian, I, Zhao Yichuan, officially issue a challenge towards you. Do you dare to accept?”
Qin Wentian glanced over, his eyes were cold to the extreme. A pair of bizarre true-phantasm eyes appeared. Zhao Yichuan only felt the world around him changing as he was directly dragged into a dimension created by Qin Wentian’s eye technique. He howled in rage as tyrannical might gushed forth from his body. With a wave of his hands, countless strands of his hair flared with a golden light, turning as sharp as swords. They also brimmed with the power of thunder as they blasted out with explosive might, wanting to shatter the dimension.
“Governor Qin, this Zhao Yichuan’s combat prowess is extraordinary. Let us act together to deal with him.” Zhong Zihua stepped forward, directly arriving behind Qin Wentian. A resplendent emperor light radiated from him as his right palm slammed out towards Zhao Yichuan. However, his left hand actually shot out a formless energy current, aiming for Qin Wentian’s back.
An extreme coldness flashed in Qin Wentian’s eyes. He turned his head and glanced at Zhong Zihua, radiance from the laws of light erupted forth, transforming into swords of light that pierced at Zhong Zihua. At the same time, an incomparably powerful law energy circulated around him, forming a defensive barrier. However, that formless energy current actually ignored the laws of light and Qin Wentian’s defensive shield of law energy. It directly pierced through the defenses and landed on Qin Wentian’s body. Despite Qin Wentian’s powerful physical defense, that formless energy current took on the shape of a needle and effortlessly pierced into his body.
“Governor, what are you doing?!” Zhong Zihua roared, backing away as his expression changed drastically when he saw that Qin Wentian had also launched an attack at him. However, as the needle pierced in, Qin Wentian felt a piercing pain from his soul. That formless energy continued making its way into the depths of his soul, causing his body to convulse involuntarily, it was like he was on the verge of losing his ability to battle.
“BOOM!” On the other side, Zhao Yichuan finally broke out from the dimension. Emperor might bore down on everything. The him now didn’t seem as infuriated as before, on the contrary, his expression looked cold and collected. He lifted his hand and a golden thunder law domain formed around him in an instant. Bolts of lightning and thunder swirled around him as they pierced towards Qin Wentian.
Clearly, Zhao Yichuan and Zhong Zihua long had a secret plot between them. They had joined forces, just for this single sure-kill strike. They wanted to take Qin Wentian’s life.
Qin Wentian’s soul was being invaded by that formless energy current. That terrifying needle wanted to destroy his soul. Right now, Qin Wentian’s entire body turned stiff, he couldn’t react as the bolts of lightning and thunder blasted into him. In an instant, many wounds appeared on his body as his blood flowed.
A gleaming golden spear capable of piercing through the heavens and earth appeared in Zhao Yichuan’s hand. He directly stabbed towards Qin Wentian’s head. Many people below felt their hearts trembling. Would the new governor, who killed Vice Governor Lu Tong in such a domineering fashion, die here today?
As expected, both Zhao Yichuan and Zhong Zihua weren’t simple characters. Although the crowd didn’t sense Zhong Zihua making a move, but since Qin Wentian suddenly acted against him, it should be evident that Zhong Zihua did something against Qin Wentian.
The Evil Emperor, who was standing behind, had also acted. His demonic gaze flashed with a fearsome jade-green light as he directly invaded Zhong Zihua’s mind. He howled in rage and reverted to his true form, that of a demonic lion king. His sharp claws then directly slashed out at Zhong Zihua, Zhong Zihua hurriedly reacted, slamming out his left hand in response as a formless energy wave fluctuated as another formless energy current materialized into a needle which pierced through the Evil Emperor’s claws, its power entering the Evil Emperor’s soul. With an explosive bang, Zhong Zihua’s body was then sent flying through the air from the impact.
In the time it took for sparks to fly off a flint, the golden spear of Zhao Yichuan had arrived before Qin Wentian, it was just a moment away from piercing into Qin Wentian’s head.
But at this moment, Qin Wentian finally was able to move. Powerful spatial energy gushed forth, his body turned into an after-image as he appeared in another location. The rumblings of the thunder and lightning intensified as Zhao Yichuan launched another attack at him.
However, with another glance, Zhao Yichuan once again fell into the eye-technique dimension. The pair of eyes were terrifying to the extreme. Right now, countless rays of light shot into Zhao Yichuan’s eyes, causing him to scream in misery. As he shut his eyes, trickles of blood flowed down, his screams of pain were so miserable that it caused many of the crowd to shudder.
Bzzz~ The powerful radiance from the laws of light shone upon Zhao Yichuan. His body slowly disintegrated under the glare of the radiance, heading towards death.
After that, Qin Wentian’s gaze then turned over, staring at Zhong Zihua.
Right now, Zhong Zihua had a look of stark terror on his pale face. How can this be, the Soul Slaying Needle in addition to Zhao Yichuan’s efforts, actually failed to kill Qin Wentian?
The Soul Slaying Needle by itself was already an extremely powerful treasure. Even for peak-stage demon emperors like the Evil Emperor, they would sink into a bitter and painful struggle for their soul. Qin Wentian was merely at the initial-stage of the immortal emperor realm and this alone by rights should already be sufficient to destroy his soul. Along with Zhao Yichuan’s attacks, there was basically no way for him to fail.
But, he did fail! Hence, he paid a terrible price for it.
When the countless swords of light shot out by Qin Wentian pierced into his body, his cultivation base and organs were crippled but he didn’t die. Zhong Zihua fell onto the ground helplessly, completely devoid of strength. Fresh blood dyed the ground around him red as he stared at Qin Wentian who slowly descended down from the air.
“Although I already knew you were up to no good, I didn’t expect that you would launch a sneak attack like that. What is that treasure you used to attack?” Qin Wentian stared at Zhong Zihua as he asked. Although Qin Wentian’s aura was still terrifying, it was clearly weaker than before. It was evident that he was injured.
His soul was injured. Earlier, he had to use the Undying Scripture to forcefully split his soul, shattering the portion of his soul that was damaged. This was the reason why he could recover his ability to battle. If not, he would surely have died.
“Could it be a Soul Slaying Needle?” The Evil Emperor spoke. his large eyes flashing with a hint of fear. “Luckily, this isn’t the highest graded Soul Slaying Needle or we would have died here today for sure. But even so, even for this grade of Soul Slaying Needle, its price is already terrifyingly high. Let alone vice governors, even a governor might have to spend their entire wealth in order to procure one.”
“Truly terrifying indeed.” Qin Wentian’s eyes flashed when he recalled that feeling earlier. He silently nodded in agreement. Even peak-stage immortal emperors would die if they encountered a sneak attack from an assassin using this treasure. This Soul Slaying Needle was truly extremely frightening, there was no need to doubt its price.
Since Zhong Zihua might not be able to buy such a treasure, this meant that it must have been someone who handed him this. Not only did they plan measures to deal with him, they even took the Evil Emperor into account. From this, one could see how meticulous the planning of their enemy was.
“I’ve already crippled him, I will hand him to you.” Qin Wentian spoke to the Evil Emperor.
“Right.” The Evil Emperor nodded his head. Luckily, he was proficient in soul energy as well or it would have been extremely difficult for him to recover.
He walked over, his eyes flared with a green light as he stared at Zhong Zihua, entering Zhong Zihua’s mind.
Qin Wentian coldly watched on. The incident today caused chills in his heart. He had just established his dominance and it was just him dealing with his subordinates but he had already almost died. From this, one could tell how dangerous things were.
The Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms were truly much more dangerous compared to the Azure Mystic Immortal Realms. There actually was such a shocking treasure – the Soul Slaying Needle, here. Not only so, there should also be a lot more powerful treasures which he had no knowledge of in this world. Even if he fought with someone weaker than him, he had to be extremely careful and wary of them.
The hearts of the people in the surroundings trembled. For this battle, the situation kept changing, causing them to feel a roller coaster ride of emotions.
This battle once again made them realize what a terrifying character their new governor is!