The immortal king of the Star River Association laughed when he heard his proposal. Qin Wentian wanted to trade himself for Lin Xian`er's safety?
Naturally, this wouldn't be a problem. Lin Xian`er was nothing to him, merely a human of a particle world. As long as he could capture Qin Wentian, they could easily solve all the troubles that the association faced.
"Alright, I agree to the exchange. Come over here, and I will immediately release her," said the immortal king from the Star River Association as he stared at Qin Wentian.
"Young Lord Qin, you mustn't do this." The experts from the Thousand Transformations Immortal Sect all frowned. Given Qin Wentian's status, it was truly not worth it to use his life in exchange for the safety of someone from a particle world. The Star River Association's original purpose was to capture Qin Wentian, and they had even sent out immortal kings to do so. They hadn't expected Qin Wentian to have something like the ancient Driftsnow City, which could defend against the immortal king's attacks. If not, Qin Wentian would have long been captured and the immortal king would have long since left this particle world.
Right now, Qin Wentian wanted to throw himself into the net. This was an extremely dangerous thing to do.
After capturing Qin Wentian, the immortal king would immediately leave this world and head to the immortal realms. At that time, it wouldn't be easy for the others to rescue Qin Wentian.
"Listen to my orders," Qin Wentian commanded. The immortal kings from the Thousand Transformations Immortal Sect fell silent. Lin Xian`er's beautiful eyes stared at Qin Wentian, and a smile appeared on her face as she said, "Sir Qin, Xian`er's life isn't as valuable as yours. There's no need to care for Xian`er. If fortune does not permit Xian`er to live, then just avenge me if you are able to do so."
"Be quiet!" snarled the immortal foundation expert holding her. Making a slicing motion with his hand, he tore off a sleeve, revealing her smooth white arm. Lin Xian`er froze as her expression changed.
"I won't kill you, but I can leave you absolutely naked. Do you think I won't?" threatened the immortal foundation expert. Qin Wentian stared at him, "Trust me, you're already dead."
The immortal foundation expert stared at Qin Wentian as he said coldly, "It looks like you're quite concerned about her. In that case, I'd really like to see how you'd kill me."
He radiated an immortal might that enveloped Lin Xian`er. He could take her life away as long as he willed it. Even though there were immortal kings nearby, it wouldn't be so easy to save her unless they launched an ambush to kill him before he could react.
"So do you still want to exchange yourself for her or not?" continued the immortal king from the Star River Association.
"Sure. But once I walk over, she has to be released as well." Qin Wentian's face was expressionless.
"No. To immortal kings, the distance they can travel with a step is simply overwhelming. What if they whisk you both away together? If you wish for a sincere exchange, you must come here first. Only then will I guarantee to release her." That immortal king was extremely crafty. Immortal king characters were just too powerful; if Qin Wentian and Lin Xian`er walked to the center and the immortal kings on their side acted, no one would be able to stop them.
"You are using the life of an innocent to threaten me. This clearly shows that you are a despicable man. Do you think your words are trustworthy?" Qin Wentian asked as he stared at his opponent.
"It's up to you whether you want to believe me or not. She's useless to me. After capturing you, why would I still need her?" The Star River Association's immortal king maintained his calm demeanor.
"Alright, let's make the exchange." Qin Wentian stepped out, moving towards Lin Xian`er and the immortal foundation expert who guarded her.
"Come over here," said the immortal king from the Star River Association. Qin Wentian's strength was quite high, so he couldn't relax at seeing Qin Wentian walk towards the immortal foundation expert.
"Okay." Qin Wentian shifted direction, moving towards the immortal king. In this instant, the atmosphere grew extremely tense with both sides caught in a mutual state of hostility. It felt like a battle could break out at any moment.
During such a tense time, everything could erupt the moment someone made a move.
Lin Xian`er's beautiful eyes stared at Qin Wentian, feeling moved in her heart. Although she and Qin Wentian were friends, that was from a period of time of more than two decades ago. Too many years had passed, and their friendship wasn't so deep that it could easily stand the test of time.. This was especially so when considering Qin Wentian's status after his return from the immortal realms. He was someone who could effortlessly slay immortal foundation experts—someone with an existence stronger than even the Sacred Emperor all those years ago.
And not too long ago, he used the ancient city to slay over ten immortal foundation experts belonging to the Star River Association.
Now, several immortal kings and numerous immortal foundation experts from the immortal realms had been sent there, with all of them awaiting his command and addressing him as Young Lord Qin. What status and identity did he have? Yet, he was willing to put himself in danger by participating in this hostage exchange.
"Sir Qin, why are you treating Xian`er so nicely?" Lin Xian`er's voice was gentle and soft, and she sighed in her heart. She had once fantasized marrying a peak supreme genius that exuded magnificence throughout the generations in this particle world. For example, the eight era-suppressing geniuses of yesteryear. But now, the time of the era-suppressing geniuses had long since passed. Qin Wentian alone was more outstanding compared to all of them and such a character was actually willing to go through with this for her safety.
"Xian`er, you once helped me before. In addition, are we not friends? How can I possibly watch you suffer without stepping in?" Qin Wentian replied. When he was halfway there, he suddenly stopped. "I'm already at the halfway mark, so isn't it about time to release her?"
In that moment, numerous streams of immortal might enveloped Qin Wentian. The immortal kings from the Star River Association and the Thousand Transformations Immortal Sect were all ready to act at any given moment.
And so, only Qin Wentian could move. If either side were to act, a battle would erupt instantly.
The immortal foundation expert holding onto Lin Xian`er turned and glanced at his immortal king. The other party cast a glance at him as he nodded and released Lin Xian`er.
Qin Wentian continued moving forward, but now, he shifted his direction once again to walk closer to Lin Xian`er.
"What are you trying to do?" barked the immortal king from the Star River Association.
"Since we are doing this exchange, I have to see that she's alright." Qin Wentian glanced at the immortal king as he continued on his way, moving towards the immortal foundation expert holding Lin Xian`er.
The immortal foundation expert furrowed his brows tightly, while the immortal king snorted coldly, stepping out towards Qin Wentian. In that moment, everyone had fixed their attention on Qin Wentian.
"Release her!" Qin Wentian suddenly roared as his immortal foundation radiated immortal might. The immortal foundation expert similarly responded in kind.
"Courting death." The immortal king appeared behind Qin Wentian and pierced out directly with a finger attack as he aimed for Qin Wentian's body. Its destructive energy rushed into Qin Wentian to destroy his immortal foundation.
"HOW DARE YOU?!"
Roars of anger erupted at the same moment as immortal light illuminated everything. A fearsome defensive energy gushed forth from Qin Wentian as a silhouette manifested. A superior, overwhelming might swept over everything in the heavens and earth, terrifying to the extreme.
"Immortal sense." The expression of that immortal king from the Star River Association drastically changed, his heart sinking from the realization that he'd been tricked. Qin Wentian had intentionally baited him into attacking, and now, he only had time to shout out a warning to his subordinate, "CAREFUL!"
He tried to warn the immortal foundation expert holding onto Lin Xian`er. Right now, everyone's attention was on Qin Wentian as they stared at the silhouette projected by his protective strand of immortal sense. In an instant, a black ray of light shot forth, drilling into the head of the immortal holding on to Lin Xian`er. It destroyed his mind before he even had a chance to react. The moment he died, an immortal king from the Thousand Transformations Immortal Sect whisked Lin Xian`er away to safety.
Another immortal king hurried before Qin Wentian, enveloping him with his immortal might and brought him away to safety as well. Right now, Lin Xian`er was still in a daze—everything had happened too fast. When immortal kings acted, their movements were too quick for her to see clearly and everything had happened within an instant. Qin Wentian pulled her back while an expert stood in front of them and acted as a guard.
"Xian`er, everything is fine now." Qin Wentian smiled at Lin Xian`er who was still feeling dazed. Lin Xian`er's beautiful eyes flickered as she gradually snapped out of her befuddlement. She had always been very strong, but until this moment, she had never realized how fragile and weak she really was. Her fate wasn't in her hands and she had been helpless to do anything when she was kidnapped. She had only felt protected through Qin Wentian's actions.
In the battlefield, the immortal king from the Star River Association was now completely surrounded. His eyes stared at the projected immortal sense before him. His earlier attack had been enough to slaughter Qin Wentian, which had activated his protective strand of immortal sense, and thus saving his life.
"Is that Senior Thousand Transformations?" asked the immortal king.
"Since you know who I am, do you still dare to attempt and kill Qin Wentian? It looks like you lot have intended this from the beginning." The countenance of the Thousand Transformations Emperor Lord was extremely cold.
"Junior is only obeying orders. I hope Emperor Lord can show mercy to me," begged the immortal king.
"Qin Wentian, you decide." The projection of the Thousand Transformations Emperor Lord's immortal sense stared at Qin Wentian. And when his gaze landed on Lin Xian`er, who stood beside Qin Wentian, she felt a hint of nervousness.
This Emperor Lord was a character that immortal kings were respectful to. What level of existence was he? She couldn't imagine it.
"Kill him." Qin Wentian's voice was ice-cold. The Thousand Transformations Emperor Lord nodded, "Do as Wentian commands."
"Roger." His subordinates obeyed, and a wall of immortal light instantly manifested, locking the space away completely. The battle prowess of immortal kings was too terrifying. They could destroy this entire world if they chose to fight. Hence, they had to limit the boundaries of the battlefield.
"You actually wasted the protective immortal sense of an Emperor Lord for a mere female from a particle world? That's the equivalent to your own life!" the immortal king roared in anger as he stared at Qin Wentian. In that moment, a terrifying tempest swept through the space, uprooting the entire Star River Association. This tempest seemed to herald the end of the world. From afar, the spectators stared in mind-numbing shock as they watched on with trembling hearts.
—BOOM!— The tempest wrenched everything off the ground, and in the next moment, numerous beams of light shot towards the immortal king from the Star River Association, destroying him completely. The people of the Royal Sacred City were all witnessing a battle on the immortal level.
"The immortal sense of an Emperor Lord is equivalent to one life…" Lin Xian`er mumbled as she stood beside Qin Wentian. She glanced at Qin Wentian, whose features looked more outstanding than ever before. A moment later, a radiant smile appeared on her face, making her so beautiful that almost every man would be besotted if they saw her.
With this experience, it could be said that Lin Xian`er's life hadn't been a waste. There was actually someone who would stand against the powers from immortal realms for her, someone who would sacrifice something equivalent to a life. In this entire particle world, what woman wouldn't enjoy such preferential treatment?