Chapter 429: The Prefecture Capital Battle Begins!
Translator: Radiant Translations Editor: Radiant Translations
Back in the courtyard, the Deities of Xia Clan were sitting in groups of twos or threes, chatting with one another while eating and drinking their fill.
“This Prefecture Capital Battle might have three stages in total, yet the first one, the ranking battle, will see more than thirty thousand of the participants already eliminated.” The Purple Thunder Emperor sighed. “Just a thousand out of all thirty-two thousand participants get to move on to the second stage! At the same time, the Starfield Selection already eliminated everyone but a dozen participants. If we extrapolate that, we’ll find that it’s quite possible for every single Deity from a starfield to be eliminated from the first stage.”
“From what I’ve heard, not one Deity from the Celestial Star Field, where I used to live, managed to pass the ranking trial portion of the Myriad Flower Feast.” Yun Hai laughed. “Still, I believe in Dong Bo’s combat power. I’m quite certain he’ll be get a spot in the top thousand.”
“He defeated the Fierce Shaman Warrior in just one move. It won’t be any big deal for him to get a spot in the top thousand,” the Dragon Mountain Emperor added.
This group of Deities continued chatting at their leisure.
Xue Ying laughed. “Gentlemen, there’s no sense in over-praising me. It seems to me that your confidence in my chances is greater than my own.”
“I’m with them; you’ll definitely succeed,” Jing Qiu stepped in from Xue Ying’s side. “It’s a pity that the ranking trials aren’t shown to the public, so we have no way of watching you.”
“They’re actually keeping the battles private.”
“Such a pity…”
Many of the Deities were shaking their heads or sighing.
The first stage of the Prefecture Capital Battle, the ranking trial, was not shown to the public! Only the other two, the arena battle and the survival battle, would made public for anyone to watch.
After the ranking battle, the Calm Sea Prefecture would announce the top thousand Deities, and those whose names were on the list could move on to the next stage. As for those who weren’t? It simply spelled the end of the road for them! Naturally, there would even be Deities who pushed themselves past their limits and end up dead during the ranking trial.
With how long the lifespan of Deities was, the passage of three days was nothing more than a flash in their eyes.
“Dong Bo, the Patrol Master has invited you to go over. The Prefecture Capital Battle will begin soon,” one of the soldiers came over to inform him.
“Please, lead the way.” Xue Ying left the room, followed closely behind by Jing Qiu and the group of Xia Clan Deities. Very soon, they all arrived at the abode of the Patrol Master. A large amount of people had already gathered there, and the whole area was bustling with activity!.
After all, most Deities who were participating in the Prefecture Capital Battle had brought along most of their good friends.
“The sixteen Deity participants, follow me. As for everyone else, I must ask you to remain behind,” Patrol Master Guan ordained in a loud voice. “The ranking trial section will not be made public, and nobody is allowed to watch them! Please wait until the trial itself is finished and the rankings are announced. Everything will be cleared up at that point.”
“Second Brother, you must be careful. If you can’t hold on any longer, just admit defeat. Don’t waste your life.”
“Commander, it’s up to you now.”
Various well-wishes could be heard.
Xue Ying bade his farewell to Jing Qiu, Yun Hai, Purple Thunder, and the others before following Patrol Master Guan alongside Seventh Mei Yu and the other fourteen Deities. They all left the area together.
A large amount of groups could be seen as they made their way through the sky in the form of streams of light before finally descending.
Upon landing, Xue Ying’s group looked around them, only to see a ridiculous amount of people. Most of them were Deity experts, while some were, naturally, the other starfield Patrol Masters!
“Right before us but much higher above is where the Prefecture Master himself is seated,” Patrol Master Guan suddenly said.
Xue Ying and the others all looked upward.
As the Patrol Master mentioned, eight figures were situated high up before them. Amongst them, an amiable old man was located right in the middle, and to his side was a thick-gowned old man with a snowy-white beard. Below the two sat six other figures, all of them exuding extraordinary auras.
“Eh?” From a glance, Xue Ying could recognize one of the figures. “The White Sand City Lord?”
At the same time, the plump White Sand City Lord swept his gaze along the dense group of figures, and before long, his eyes landed landed right on Xue Ying. His expression turned into a grin, as he transmitting straight into the ears of Xue Ying, “Dong Bo, I have said to the prefecture master and the others, telling them that you will certainly enter the top hundred, participating in the final God Palace Battle. So you better not disappoint me.”
Xue Ying was at a loss. The White Sand City Lord had more confidence in him than he himself did.
It was at that moment—
That the old man with a snowy-white beard also looked over in his direction, with his vision landing right in that area.
Every member of the group from the Mountain Wu Star Field, be it the Deities or Patrol Master Guan himself, felt their heart tighten.
What’s going on? Why would he look this way? Xue Ying and the others were bewildered. Only Seventh Mei Yu ignored it and looked in some other direction. Seeing that, the old man laughed and then returned to his chat with the Prefecture Master.
“Your Highness, Seventh Mei Yu,” Patrol Master Guan began asking with a laugh, “are you perhaps acquainted with that senior?”
“I am not,” the handsome teenager in white robes, Seventh Mei Yu, coldly replied.
Patrol Master Guan was stunned. He could not help but chortle.
Any ordinary Deity would never dare speak so coldly to him, yet this person had a stage two World Deity as a subordinate. It was very clear to him that he could not afford to offend this person.
“This old man…” Xue Ying sent a glance at that old man, his mind focused on contemplating the issue. Many figures and a large amount of information filled his mind. As the master of the Crimson Rock Mountain, he had knowledge of most big characters of the Deity World. He is sitting right next to the Prefecture Master, so he must be at least a stage four World Deity. There are only so many stage four World Deities throughout the entire Deity World! With that appearance…perhaps he is the one called Monarch Mo Xue?
He’s an impressive one, Xue Ying muttered inwardly. Monarch Mo Xue is ranked at the very top even amongst stage four World Deities. He’s been alive for an incredible amount of time, and his combat power is comparable to my teacher’s, the Sacred Master Crimson Dust.
High up on the platform, the emissary from the Bloodshed God Palace stood up and bowed in the direction of the Calm Sea Prefecture Master. “Prefecture Master, these fellow ladies and gentlemen from the many starfields were quite prompt in their arrival. Shall I begin hosting the battle then?”
“Carry on.” The Calm Sea Prefecture Master nodded.
The emissary immediately walked toward the frontmost portion of the high platform to look toward the many figures beneath. He then said in a raised voice, “As per His Majesty’s orders, the Prefecture Capital Battle will be hosted by me, with the Calm Sea Prefecture Master acting as supervisor.”
His mighty voice reverberated throughout the entire area.
In response to it, Xue Ying and all the others looked upward and listened carefully.
“The Starfield Selections you’ve previously passed were merely meant to set down a basic threshold, so as to set apart the Deities that have an acceptable combat power,” the emissary expounded. “This time, the Prefecture Capital Battle will be a bloody event that will serve to filter out the most outstanding hundred Deities amongst you all, so they may proceed on to the Bloodshed God Palace! There, they will face each other in a final competition right before the eyes of His Majesty and many other powerful existences.”
“The Prefecture Capital Battle is split into three separate stages, and of the three, only the first trial will take place today.”
As those last words left his mouth, the emissary immediately waved his hand. A scroll materialized before him which he grabbed and then threw out. It immediately grew an enormous size. Once it finished growing, it was a full hundred million kilometers long, floating high up in the sky like a net seeking to capture the heavens.
The scroll then slowly began unraveling, and images of the heaven and earth, of the mountains and rivers, were vaguely visible within. Together, they formed a complete inner world.
“I will be sending 1,000 Deity experts within at a time,” the emissary’s voice once more sounded out, as if coming from right beside everyone’s ears. “Batch after batch will go in, and only after all 31,865 Deity experts are finished will the ranking trial reach its conclusion. You will be ranked according to your ability to deal with your enemies, and in the end, the top 1,000 of you will be announced to the public. As for the others—they will all be eliminated.
“As for the rules, I’m sure you are all already aware of them.
“You are forbidden from bring any of the following items inside: World Deity treasures, blood-refined Deity warriors, or any unique or ordinary treasures. Should it be discovered that someone brought an item of that sort inside, they will be summarily sentenced to death,” the emissary of the Bloodshed God Palace coldly explained. “Once you realize that you can no longer hold on, you may simply shout out that you admit defeat, and I will teleport you outside.”
The Bloodshed God Palace emissary cited out the rules one after another.
As the one responsible for carrying out the orders of His Majesty, the Bloodshed God Emperor himself, there was no reason for him to be afraid of any repercussions! Not even powerful existences would dare stir up trouble! After all, anyone who dared disrupt the Bloodshed God Palace Myriad Flower Feast would be directly offending His Majesty!
“The Prefecture Capital Battle begins now!” the emissary coldly voiced. “It is time for the first batch to enter the world.”
As soon as he finished speaking, an unseen power enveloped the area beneath him. As a stage three World Deity, he was easily able to move around just a thousand Deities. Sou sou sou… Those thousand figures were grabbed against their will and shoved into the enormous scroll floating in mid-air. As soon as they came into contact with it, they were immediately taken inside.
Xue Ying, in a similar fashion to all other thirty thousand Deity experts left behind, was looking up toward the enormous scroll in the sky.