Chapter 907 - The Mysterious Rare Artifact
The Magical Thunder City stood before Qin Nan's crew in an imposing manner, covering a wide area that was significantly larger than Shadow City. That being said, the protection of the city in terms of defensive formations was a lot weaker than Shadow City.
The defensive mechanisms of the city could at most resist a tenth-layer Martial Progenitor Realm expert, and would only last a brief moment against a Law-Defying Martial Progenitor.
Qin Nan had taken a glimpse at the city with his left eye.
Under the Magical Thunder City was a dojo with a size larger than the city itself. The dojo was constructed with a special kind of mineral, which was emitting a magical glow. It was filled with hundreds of formations that further improved its strength and sturdiness. The dojo was surrounded by rows of huge palaces.
This was known as the city within a city.
"The dojo is where the battles between cultivators' Tribulations takes place. The surrounding palaces are where the spectators place their bets. However, the artifact of this Magical Thunder City is quite unique."
Qin Nan murmured.
While he was observing with his left eye, he took a glimpse at the rare artifact that was capable of suppressing the force of the Heavens and Earth out of curiosity to see what exactly it was. To his surprise, his left eye of the Divine God of Battle was hindered by a strange force.
Anything that was able to do so in the Canglan Continent was nothing ordinary.
Judging from the situation, it was highly possible that the Magical Thunder City had purposely concealed it with some method to prevent cultivators with outstanding eye-techniques from taking a peek.
"Forget it, I'll check it out later."
Qin Nan shook his head as he proceeded to the Magical Thunder City with Sima Kong and the rest.
The Magical Thunder City was not as strict as Shadow City. They easily entered the city by paying a certain amount of Monarch Crystals.
"This Magical Thunder City is so deserted!"
Sima Kong's eyes flickered with astonishment as he glanced at the empty street.
Only several cultivators could be seen walking on the street. The stalls on the side of the street had no customers.
Qin Nan was not surprised at all.
The battle of the Tribulations normally took place at the enormous dojo under the city. Therefore, apart from the cultivators residing in the Magical Thunder City, most cultivators from other places were only interested in the bets.
Since the battle had yet to happen, the cultivators would not show up in the city.
Besides, the grand bet only took place once every month, inviting two extremely talented geniuses to battle against each other with their Tribulations, thus it would normally attract a huge crowd.
Qin Nan was startled all of a sudden.
The strange paper in his storage bag emitted a magical glow, which visualized a few ancient characters in his mind.
The paper had been left inside the mysterious crystal case by the Heaven-Shattering Martial Monarch, which would direct him to the second piece of the treasure.
"This indicates the second piece of treasure is right here in the Magical Thunder City! Could it be that the rare artifact actually belonged to the Heaven-Shattering Martial Monarch?"
Qin Nan's eyes glistened.
It was very likely that he had made the right assumption.
"Qin Nan, what happened? Why are you acting so strange lately?" Sima Kong was dumbfounded seeing Qin Nan's reaction.
The two hounds barked in agreement.
"We've made the right decision to come here. The benefits I'll get have entirely exceeded my expectations…"
Qin Nan's eyes were filled with excitement. He calmed his thoughts as something crossed his mind, prompting him to transmit his voice, "Sima Kong, we're about to do something crazy and dangerous. I need your help!"
Previously, he had discovered the presence of over twenty-three Martial Progenitor Realm experts in the city.
Eighteen of them were first-layer and second-layer Martial Progenitors. There were also two fourth-layer Martial Progenitors, one fifth-layer, and one sixth-layer Martial Progenitors, and the strongest among them had reached the eighth-layer Martial Progenitor Realm.
It was possible that some of them were rogue cultivators.
Despite that, the number of Martial Progenitors was terrifying, not to mention the remaining Martial Sacred Realm experts and disciples.
If the rare artifact turned out to be the second piece of treasure left by the Heaven-Shattering Martial Monarch, Qin Nan would take it without a doubt, thus he would need Sima Kong's assistance.
"Treat me like an outsider again, and I'll show you no mercy!"
Sima Kong intentionally straightened his face, before he chuckled, "Are you trying to rob the Magical Thunder City just like how we robbed the Trading Alliance?"
"Time will tell later. Mm, the bet has not started yet. Let's find our way to the dojo first."
Qin Nan shook his head and said.
Now that he had calmed his thoughts, he realized that he should deal with it cautiously.
Most importantly, he had to make sure he could collect the force of the Heavens and Earth from the duels between Tribulations there at the Magical Thunder City.
After asking the patrolling disciples for the direction, Qin Nan and his crew headed to the center of the city.
They soon arrived at their destination.
In front of them stood a magnificent palace consisting of five floors. Its outer surface was colored blue, with the moving glows of formations, which felt like sparkles of lightning.
The atmosphere there was more lively than before. Some rogue cultivators were making their way there from all directions. With a rough glance, there were more than a hundred of them.
"The bet will be open soon!"
"HAHA, I was told that the two cultivators have both achieved the Undefeatable Martial Sacred Realm. They came from the same Three-Starred Faction."
"Hmm, that's not too bad, but we can only wait until the Magical Thunder City announces the next grand bet."
"Yeah, those are the exciting ones…"
Qin Nan listened to the discussion as he entered the hall.
As soon as they entered the place, a disciple of the Magical Thunder City approached them with a smile, "Welcome, are you here to participate in the bet?"
Seeing Qin Nan nodding his head, the smile on the disciple's face blossomed as he said, "The VIP hall will cost four hundred Monarch Crystals per entry, two hundred Monarch Crystals for the guest hall, and one hundred Monarch Crystals for the normal hall. Which one are you looking for today?"
The disciple glimpsed at the two hounds and one mouse in the midst of his speech.
It appeared that each of the beasts was required to pay the entrance fee too.
"That expensive?" Qin Nan wore a troubled expression on his face. The entrance fee was more expensive than he had thought.
It appeared that this Magical Thunder City was smart in doing business by holding a bet every day, as each of the bets would have hundreds of people taking part in it. Furthermore, there would be more people attending the grand bet, thus the entrance fee alone was enough for them to earn a fortune.
"Hehe, if you could impress us with your identities, there will be a discount on the fees. For example, if you were an inner disciple of a Two-Starred Faction, not only would you be able to enter the halls for free, the City Lord would welcome you in person too…" The disciple said with a smile, but his eyes were filled with disdain.
If they thought the entrance fee alone was expensive, it was most likely they wouldn't bring any impressive profit to the Magical Thunder City.
Little did the disciple know that despite Qin Nan's talents, he had always been stingy when it came to his Monarch Crystals.
"Oh? Are you serious? Please take a look at my badge."
Qin Nan's eyes flickered as he handed the disciple his badge of the Human Peak.
The disciple calmly received it and took a rough glance of it. However, his eyes widened when he saw the words engraved on it.
"Peak…Peak Leader of the Dragon Emperor Clan's Human Peak?"
An astounded voice could be heard, causing the lively hall to fall into a dead silence.