It didn’t take long before a burst of laughter replaced the silence after Li Qiye’s declaration .
“Kneel? Are you insane from wanting to stay the king? You’re a king in name only, why should we kneel before you?” Someone couldn’t help but laugh .
“Your Majesty, don’t tell me you want us to perform a full ceremonial kowtow to you?” Another sneered .
Li Qiye sat straight and was unmoved by the taunts . He looked quite gentle as he said: “I suppose no mercy for the foolish . Today is finally time for blood and massacre . ”
“Massacre?” Jinming snorted and coldly said: “You can’t even defend yourself, let alone talking about a massacre? Better start thinking about how to get out of here alive . ”
Li Qiye smiled in response: “So you wish to kill me?”
“You tell me . ” Jinming began walking up the steps with aggression in his eyes: “An eye for an eye . You have killed my cousin so I shall have my vengeance!”
Of course, this wasn’t only about his cousin since he had a personal feud against Li Qiye .
“Looks like Brother Ma stole my chances . ” Yang Bofan smiled and said: “I’ve been wanting to teach this fool a lesson, but I suppose I can let you do it in our stead . ”
Bofan made it sound as if Li Qiye were completely helpless before them .
“Don’t worry, Brother Yang . ” Jinming laughed: “I can give you a chance to vent some frustration too by taking off an arm or leg off him . ”
“Thank you then, Brother Ma . ” Bofan smiled and cupped his fist .
“Cease your clownish antics, come together so I can save time and send you both to hell . ” Li Qiye chuckled .
“Fool!” Jinming’s expression soured as he leaped for Li Qiye .
“Boom!” Suddenly, a huge foot stomped down with the force of a mountain .
Jinming twisted his body and propelled himself backward like a carp reaching the dragon gate, able to dodge the stomp .
The sudden attack wasn’t from Li Qiye but rather one of the stone statues . It looked gigantic with the attack, not allowing anyone to insult Li Qiye .
This shocked everyone, causing them to stagger backward .
“Clank!” A second statue raised its spear and threw it straight for Jinming’s chest with lightning speed .
“Break!” Jinming roared and summoned a vajra scepter, smashing it straight at the stone spear in order to shatter it .
“Boom!” Sparks went flying but unfortunately, the spear wasn’t broken as he would have liked .
On the contrary, the impact caused him to fall from the sky . Though his scepter had massive power, it wasn’t enough to handle the spear .
“Boom!” He slammed onto the stone steps .
Before he could get up, the first statue stomped down again .
“Go!” The aghast youth raised both hands and summoned a defensive shield .
“Boom!” The large foot stomped on the shield, sending off a vibration causing everyone’s ears to ring .
“Crack!” The stone steps below him started cracking . His arm muscles bulged as he mustered all of his strength to resist the foot .
Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough . His own shield was being pressed down on his chest .
Everyone gasped in response . The statues coming back to life and their power shocked the crowd .
“Die!” Bofan suddenly joined in and unsheathed his sword .
Its glint flashed as he rushed forward . However, he wasn’t trying to save Ma Jinming . His target was Li Qiye since he wanted to finish the guy off with one move .
“Clank!” Before the thrust could reach Li Qiye, it was intercepted by the statue closest to him with a swing of its spear .
“Buzz . ” Bofan raised his hand and summoned a sword formation with metallic hymns .
An ocean of sword emerged behind him and all flew for Li Qiye like a tsunami of steel .
“So strong!” The crowd was impressed by this awesome display . This all-piercing wave of swords could annihilate the world and kill the gods .
Even someone from the last generation murmured: “That’s Eight Formation True Emperor’s disciple for you . A few more years and no youth can match him . ”
Bofan was undoubtedly stronger than Jinming by a large margin .
“You overestimate yourself . ” Li Qiye didn’t bat an eye, continuing to sit on his throne without lifting a finger .
“Clank! Clank! Clank!” Three statues threw their spears in unison straight at the ocean of sword .
“Boom!” The spears looked like true dragons entering the ocean . They ravaged and destroyed everything, quickly piercing through the formation .
It collapsed with swords flying everywhere .
“Whoosh!” The spears didn’t stop there and crisscrossed on their path towards Bofan .
“Shift!” He raised his hand again to control the formation and the swords came together to weave into a shield .
At the same time, he swung his physical sword, creating curtains of blades around himself . These two lines of defenses were quite amazing . The youth was truly impressive .
“He’s a master at sword formations . ” Both the young and old praised after seeing this move .
“Rumble!” Alas, both the thick shield and defensive barriers couldn’t stop the three spears and were instantly penetrated .
“Damn!” The youth flew to the sky like a gust of wind, wanting to escape .
“Whoosh!” A virtually undetectable spear appeared behind him and thrust forward .
“No!” It was too late to dodge .
Before people could react, the spear pierced through him and made a twist in the air before pinning him down on the stone steps with blood gushing everywhere .
Meanwhile, Ma Jinming’s shield has crumbled so the statue directly stomped on his chest .
“Ah!” He screamed and spat out a mouthful of blood . His chest caved in completely as blood stained his robe .
Jinming and Bofan were subdued at the same time as their blood flowed down the steps .
“ . . . ” The shocked crowd stumbled backward after seeing this .
Jinming and Bofan were definitely some of the strongest geniuses around but they were instantly defeated . One was stomped down and the other pinned down .
“How boring . ” Li Qiye covered his mouth and yawned, seemingly quite bored: “Mere ants, I can’t even bring myself to fight . ”
The scene became silent . None of the pale crowd knew why these statues would suddenly spring to life on top of being so powerful .
The first to react was Tang Hexiang . He has already run out of the stone forest the moment he saw Bofan being taken down .