"What is that?" King Zhenyuan exclaimed in surprise.
The Emperor qi from the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites] was getting more powerful with each attack. The yellow divine splendor from before was a sign that he had thrown all his might behind that attack in an effort to completely wipe Zhang Longcheng from the face of this world. He had not held anything back at all.
He was sure that Zhang Longcheng would definitely die now that he had lost his blood-colored long sword.
However, now it seemed like...
What is happening?
Ye Qingyu's laughter rang out heartily.
"Hahaha, this is great. I've finally managed to do it. Just as I suspected, the stones on other hills may serve to polish jade; thus, the Emperor weapon's qualities can be used to make my own. I've succeeded... I've actually succeeded! The heavens must be on my side. Hahaha, Your Highness, I must really thank you for lending a hand and enabling me to craft my own life weapon. Hahaha..." Ye Qingyu laughed heartily.
The faint red glow in his palm suddenly turned bright and dazzling.
A mysterious aura started to circulate around the Azure Cloud Platform.
This force caused the heavens and earth to change in color and the mountains and rivers to lose their glow. It was an awe-inspiring power that could shake one's soul. The Azure Cloud Platform started to trembled as well and the green bricks that were imbued with Emperor qi resonated with Dao sounds, as though they were responding to some phenomenon or exclaiming in awe...
Outside the boundary of the Azure Cloud Platform’s light shield, the Nine Heavens shook, and thunder and lightning rumbled like thousands of explosive silver snakes that wildly charged down toward the ground, but they were all held at bay by the light shield.
The wisp of red splendor in Ye Qingyu's palm grew even brighter and more mysterious.
An even more terrifying power started to spread and circulate around the surroundings.
It was the Emperor's qi.
It was clearly the emperor's qi.
A pure force that was a sign of a Martial Emperor's power started to circulate from the faint red light.
"How could this happen?" King Zhenyuan was astonished and instinctively sensed that something was wrong.
He had already noticed this sword earlier, and when he had attacked with his [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites], he had sensed the aura emitting from the sword and determined that it was merely a fake Emperor weapon. Even though it was a fake Emperor weapon of the highest quality, it was still a fake Emperor weapon.
However, this Emperor qi...
This power was only something that an authentic Emperor weapon could emit.
What is happening?
Had Zhang Longcheng been putting on an act earlier?
"Hahaha, the rivers are so clear that it is as though the clouds had dissolved into water, and this reflects how I'm feeling right now. The lush skies guided the sword's appearance while earth spirits imbued my sword with a soul, my personal Dao was its heart, and now the Emperor qi has helped me forge the sword. I used my blood as a blazing flame, the clouds have soared above the Azure Cloud Platform, and now, my [Blood Drinker Sword] has formed an Emperor will... My very own Emperor life weapon has been formed today. Hahaha!" Ye Qingyu laughed heartily.
He had forged this sword when he was cultivating in the Immortal Domain and the [Blood Drinker Sword] was almost complete, but it was still some ways from becoming a genuine Emperor weapon. He had yet to become an Emperor and was thus naturally unable to forge an Emperor weapon. Normally, a Martial Emperor would only work at forging his own life weapon after becoming an Emperor, and that would take an enormous amount of time and effort.
However, Ye Qingyu was a master weaponsmith of his time, and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that although there might be others who could be more outstanding than him, they were definitely not much more superior than he was.
The [Blood Drinker Sword] was initially the result of serendipity, but it had been refined dozens of times, so it had already become one with Ye Qingyu's Dao technique. There was only one thing holding it back from becoming an Emperor weapon.
The ancient and wise Emperors chose to craft their own martial weapons after becoming Emperors because an Emperor's qi was needed to craft an Emperor weapon. Ye Qingyu had employed such dangerous tactics today to leverage the strength of others. He had secretly exerted a refining technique as he made use of the Emperor qi contained within the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites] to further refine his [Blood Drinker Sword]. After he bore the brunt of the eight attacks from the Samsara Disc, he finally managed to have a breakthrough and create a miracle. He had created his very own life Emperor weapon before he became an Emperor himself.
This was something that no one else had achieved before him and it was a feat that his descendants would never be able to equal.
His time, luck, and opportunities had all come together perfectly.
If it had been anyone else at another time and place, Ye Qingyu might not have been so confident.
Unfortunately, the sovereign of the Sky Fox clan was going all out to kill him and even lent the Emperor weapon of his race to King Zhenyuan in his efforts to kill him. This was why Ye Qingyu managed to seize this opportunity to forge his own life weapon. After all, King Zhenyuan was not a true Martial Emperor himself, and although he still managed to unleash terrifying power from the Samsara Disc, he would not be able to help Ye Qingyu. If the sovereign of the Sky Fox clan had been the one wielding this weapon, Ye Qingyu might not even have been able to survive three rounds of attacks from the Samsara Disc.
The Sky Fox clan had tried to use this Emperor weapon to their advantage only to end up worse off.
The Emperor qi circulated around the Azure Cloud Platform.
Ye Qingyu stretched out his hand as he continued to chuckle on the platform.
The moment he opened his palm, there was a bright flash of red radiance, as though a red planet had appeared in his palm. Soon afterward, this red radiance started to flicker strangely and continually changed colors. It turned from red to orange, to yellow, green, blue, and purple, and finally transformed into a dazzling silver color, as clear as an autumn river current. Then, it turned into a long sword and landed in his palm.
The [Blood Drinker Sword] had become an Emperor weapon.
It was no longer red, but silver in color.
This was because Ye Qingyu's cultivation was closely linked to the ice element—he liked to wear white clothing and silver was his favorite color. Thus, the [Blood Drinker Sword] turned into a silver sword, and now that it was an Emperor weapon, it could transform into any color and shape at will.
"I'll be able to conquer everything with this sword in my hands."
Ye Qingyu suddenly felt invincible as he held this sword.
Frankly, he was secretly a little disappointed since he had hoped that King Zhenyuan could activate the vitality contained within his own body through this battle and cause him to become an Emperor, but it was clear that this force alone was not enough for him to become an Emperor. It was only enough for him to forge his own Emperor weapon.
After he held the sword, his figure became ethereal and Dao essence swirled around him as though he were an Immortal. He exuded such a noble and authoritative force that no one could look directly at him—he looked like a completely different person.
"No way, you..." Something flashed through his mind and King Zhenyuan vaguely had an inkling of what had just happened, but he found this idea absolutely ridiculous and he refused to believe it.
He yelled fiercely and his expression turned savage.
Then, he suddenly acted as if realization had dawned.
"Hahaha, I can't believe I almost fell for it. The sovereign of the Sun clan had probably given you some kind of Emperor weapon but this weapon must have been sealed earlier, so you needed to leverage my attacks to forge this weapon. How could it be? Who do you think you are... Haha, this is the final attack before I send you to hell... This shall be the ninth attack of the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites]... The destructive power of Samsara!"
The power of the final attack of the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites] circulated and a ray of pitch-black light that contained the power of the Nine Heavens hurtled toward Ye Qingyu. It moved so powerfully that it caused the Azure Cloud Platform to tremble.
Ye Qingyu smiled.
"Now that I've forged my own Emperor weapon, you're no longer my match."
He slashed out casually with his [Blood Drinker Sword].
The sword will of the Life Sword swirled all around.
Now that it had the reinforcement of an Emperor weapon and since it was also a weapon personally forged by himself, this attack was many times more powerful than before, and its strength was simply off the charts. A visible, silver sword splendor ripped through the air, split the void apart, and also tore apart the final terrifying attack from the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites]. It moved as powerfully as a blazing flame licking at paper, completely swallowing the black light from the ninth opposite.
The sword light's power did not diminish at all as it hurtled toward King Zhenyuan.
"Oh no..." King Zhenyuan was terrified.
He hastily exerted the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites] to block this attack.
The sky was filled with broken formation shards.
A white jade disc that was a big as a human palm was knocked away from King Zhenyuan. This jade disc was extremely crystalline and it had the luster of goat fat. Although it was not transparent, it was extremely thick and heavy. It was shaped like a bagua and its handiwork was extremely exquisite. But upon closer observation, one could see that the bagua formation was in the opposite direction, and in particular, the yin-yang symbol in the middle was also in the opposite direction. The wrong direction in which the yin-yang symbol and the eight symbols of the bagua formation faced made up a total of nine opposites.
This jade disc was the Emperor weapon of the sovereign of the Sky Fox clan, the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites].
The jade disc helped King Zhenyuan ward of this deadly blow at the critical moment.
However, King Zhenyuan had also lost control of the jade disc at the same time.
Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
The jade disc vibrated and turned into a white ray of flowing light that shot out of the Azure Cloud Platform. It slammed against the protective shield of the platform so hard that it was as though a huge stone had crashed against a river, then countless green ripples spread out all across the shield. It struggled a few times but it was still unable to penetrate through the shield of the platform.
Ye Qingyu's expression changed slightly as he watched this scene.
However, he soon turned away from the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites] to look at King Zhenyuan.
Cold sweat immediately ran down King Zhenyuan's body.
Ye Qingyu's sword attack earlier had seemed like he had simply waved his sword on a whim, but it had been imbued with terrifying energy. He had sensed an authentic Emperor qi from his attack and this force was far more superior than the Emperor qi he could manage to exert from the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites]. This clearly meant that the sword in Ye Qingyu's hands was a genuine Emperor weapon.
It was an authentic Emperor weapon.
The fact that Zhang Longcheng had managed to shatter the most powerful attack of the [Samsara Disc of Nine Opposites] so effortlessly meant that Zhang Longcheng was a lot more powerful than he was. This left him feeling enraged and resentful, but at the same time, he was also filled with overwhelming terror.
That was because he was at an absolute disadvantage.
No, this was no longer about him being in a disadvantageous position, his situation looked absolutely hopeless.
King Zhenyuan could not believe that he had lost even though he had revealed his trump card. And at the same time, this was the first time he was so consumed with terror because he could see his own demise—he saw his own death written all over Ye Qingyu's eyes.
"I..." King Zhenyuan tried to plead for mercy, but he suddenly realized that everything that happened here could be seen by everyone at the Azure Cloud Platform. Everything he said and did here could be seen and heard by everyone else, so he immediately couldn't bring himself to beg for mercy.
After all, he was nobility and had been in such a lofty position for so long that he valued his pride above everything else.
"Once you step onto the Azure Cloud Platform, your bones will be buried within the green clouds... Whose bones do you think will be buried within the clouds this time?" Ye Qingyu looked at him as though he was an ant that could be crushed at any moment, rather than a formidable opponent.
King Zhenyuan trembled uncontrollably and tried to speak a few times but nothing came out of his mouth.
He might be extremely haughty and arrogant but he was no fool. He knew that Zhang Longcheng would determine whether he lived or died. Thousands of ideas flashed across his mind but he could not think of any way to turn this situation around.
"I shall accord you the respect of an expert who is merely nine steps below a true Martial Emperor. And since you're also the ruler of the camp, I shall permit you to commit suicide. I will spare the Yuan clan," Ye Qingyu said. He felt a little sorry to see the end of King Zhenyuan, but he would not spare him.
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