Chapter 971 Occupying the stone statue
Gold fragments were scattered all over the vast plaza-shaped top of the stone statue's head.
Countless onlookers looked at the mess above the stone statue's head in shock. In the end, their gazes converged on the slender figure in silver armor as he stepped out of the specks of light that filled the air. There was a hint of gravity in the eyes of even the pinnacle of heaven that prides itself on the other eight regions.
They had no choice but to be wary of the astonishing power that Zhou Yuan had displayed. No one had expected Zhou Yuan to tear apart Xu Ming's twelve golden beasts so easily.
“How can this be?…” Xu Ming looked at this scene with a deformed expression. The reason why he had repeatedly provoked Zhou Yuan was because he was envious of Zhou Yuan's ability. At the Eight Heavens Divine Dwelling stage, Zhou Yuan could already compete with proud heaven veterans like Xu Ming.
Once Zhou Yuan unlocked his ninth Divine Dwelling, his Genesis Qi would rise to even greater levels. At that time, Zhou Yuan would far surpass Xu Ming.
However, Xu Ming had never imagined that Zhou Yuan would already be able to defeat his proud twelve golden beast puppets before unlocking the ninth Divine Dwelling.
It was undoubtedly a huge blow to the proud Xu Ming.
“Toys…” Xu Ming’s face twisted further as he abruptly shook his head and laughed angrily. “Who the hell do you think you are! How dare you destroy the treasures of my Yaogui Region!"
His hands quickly formed a seal.
The golden fragments on the ground suddenly shot towards Xu Ming and pierced his body, causing blood to flow.
Within a few breaths, Xu Ming's body began to swell, golden fragments gathering into what looked like a giant puppet. A frantic and wild aura exploded from the giant puppet's body, and several cracks appeared on the ground beneath its feet.
"Monster Puppet Art!"
A piercing screech echoed through the area as the part where the head should begin to deform and take the shape of a beast.
Xu Ming roared as he slammed his foot onto the ground, sending his huge body into the air. He mercilessly threw a punch at Zhou Yuan.
A piercing sonic boom sounded before the blow landed. The faint imprint of a fist even appeared on the ground below.
"Zhou Yuan, die!" A rage-filled roar quickly followed.
Zhou Yuan, still dressed in silver armor, raised his head. The terrifying force in the sky caused his expression to change slightly. The Monster Puppet Art seemed to be a fusion between the puppet and the power itself. In some ways, he was similar to Silver Shadow.
However, it was clear that Xu Ming still had to perfect the technique and the fusion seemed too forced.
In Zhou Yuan's eyes, Xu Ming was simply a cornered beast.
Zhou Yuan slowly clenched his fingers into a fist. Snow-white hairs emerged from the armor and covered his fist like a glove.
“Genesis Breaker” A low voice sounded from the silver armor.
The snow-white hair was dyed black as the night.
Zhou Yuan stood up from the ground, cracking it as his body turned into a flash of silver that rose into the sky like a raging Silver Dragon brimming with torrential power.
Gold and silver scattered over the huge head of the stone statue like two meteors, and finally collided above the center of the head with a loud bang.
Gold and silver fireworks exploded, and a shockwave that could be seen with the naked eye unfolded in the sky, hitting the Genesis Qi barrier around the statue, shaking it violently.
Everyone focused their gaze on the area above the stone statue's head. They knew that the fight between Zhou Yuan and Xu Ming would be decided right then and there.
Two figures fell from the gold and silver fireworks, leaving long grooves as they collided and slid across the ground.
Two figures, one gold and one silver, faced each other tremblingly.
The black hairs on Zhou Yuan's silver fist had completely receded. The light flickered rapidly on the silver armor as if it was neutralizing the terrifying power of the shock.
He raised his head and looked at the huge golden figure. “You eliminated a team from my Tianyuan Region earlier, so now, I will eliminate you in return.”
As his voice rang out, the huge golden figure's knees slowly fell to the ground. Golden fragments fell from his body, finally revealing Xu Ming's figure.
Countless people looked at the bloody hole in Xu Ming's chest in shock.
His chest had been pierced and even his throbbing organs could be seen. His complexion was deathly pale, his eyes were filled with an unbreakable spirit. He couldn't believe that he had lost to Zhou Yuan! Furthermore, Zhou Yuan was only at the Eight Heavens Divine Dwelling stage!
"How can this be...?"
"How is this possible?!"
“How could I have lost?!”
Xu Ming trembled as he muttered. The space around him had begun to distort because his injuries were too heavy and the seal on his body was beginning to send him out of the Fallen Abyss.
Once it was submitted, it would mean that it was deleted!
If that happened, the Yaogui Region would undoubtedly place last in the nine regions tournament!
However, there was nothing that could be done at this point. Xu Ming could only grit his teeth as he stared cruelly at Zhou Yuan. He shouted: “Zhou Yuan, don't be too happy. You will soon be eliminated!”
“Zhao Mushen won't let you escape! "I'll be waiting for you outside!"
As his rage-filled voice echoed, a vortex formed behind him and swallowed his entire body.
Countless people gasped in the starry sky, their expressions full of surprise. No one had expected that the battle between Zhou Yuan and Xu Ming would end with Xu Ming being eliminated!
The members of the Yaogui Region were deathly pale, as if they were at a funeral.
With Xu Ming eliminated, who among them would have the ability to compete for the nine ancient statues?
In contrast, the Tianyuan Region side erupted into earth-shaking cheers after overcoming their initial shock and disbelief.
Ye Bingling and Yi Qiushui held each other's hands tightly, their eyes filled with excitement.
Lu Xiao and Mu Liu exchanged a glance as they breathed a deep sigh of relief. With Zhou Yuan having eliminated Xu Ming, the Tianyuan Region would not be ranked last this time!
Amidst the countless shocked and astonished gazes, the silver armor on Zhou Yuan's body receded like a liquid. There wasn't much joy on his face, just an exceptional calm.
He raised his head and looked at the countless individuals in the starry space. His indifferent voice sounded, “This stone statue is mine for now. Anyone who wants to can go ahead and take a step forward."
His booming voice was met with silence.
The battle prowess he displayed had made everyone scared. Yuan Kun and Jiu Gong had no interest in challenging him because they had other options available.
Li Tongshen and Wang Xi would not settle for the statue in third place from last. Therefore, they saw no reason to compete with Zhou Yuan at this time.
Zhao Mushen's eyes flickered slightly as he looked at Zhou Yuan. However, before he could do anything, Su Youwei suddenly darted forward, heading straight towards the largest and most ancient stone statue.
Wu Yao's eyes narrowed slightly. Without saying a word, she also turned into a ray of light and followed Su Youwei.
His target was clearly the oldest stone statue!
Zhao Mushen smiled helplessly when he saw the two girls' actions and had no choice but to look away from Zhou Yuan. He couldn't let them occupy the oldest stone statue.
Compared to Wu Yao and Su Youwei, Zhou Yuan was much less of a threat.
"It doesn't matter, I'll let it go for now." With his decision made, Zhao Mushen no longer hesitated. His figure seemed to flicker in the air, chasing after Wu Yao and Su Youwei.
The trio's actions immediately ignited everyone present.
Wang Xi and Li Tongshen also flew towards the first stone statues.
Yuan Kun and Jiu Gong paused for a moment before quickly continuing.
They all wanted to occupy a larger and older stone statue because larger stone statues represented a greater opportunity and more Alpha Spiritium.
His move marked the beginning of the climax of the tournament.
Zhou Yuan stood on the head of the stone statue. No one came to visit him because of the awkward position of the statue. It ranked seventh among the nine statues, which was neither tall nor short. Their previous battle had also intimidated everyone, making their location seem the most peaceful for a while.
Zhou Yuan sat down. He cast a glance towards the depths of the starry sky where ripples of Genesis Qi power were erupting. He then closed his eyes slowly and gently touched the head of the stone statue. He could clearly feel the boundless Alpha Spiritium and undulations of pure Genesis Qi deep within the statue.
He took a deep breath as a determined look emerged from his eyes.
He would take this opportunity to unlock his ninth Divine Dwelling! Only after unlocking the ninth Divine Dwelling would he obtain the power that rivals Zhao Mushen!
A rank seven statue did not satisfy him either!
Their goal was first place in the nine regions tournament!