After absorbing the Spirit Turtle’s core, the eighth-rank grandmasters must have begun ascending the Skyward Stairway.
As James had never fought against grandmasters at such a level, he could not be sure of their strength. He only knew that their existence alone was terrifying. Even for Callan Maverick, James would feel a shiver down his spine whenever he was reminded of the strength Callan demonstrated as a grandmaster who had ascended the second stair of the Skyward Stairway.
During the Mount Thunder Conference, Callan was first ambushed by Lucjan Owen, an eighth-rank grandmaster. After being ambushed, he was struck by eight other powerful martial artists. However, despite being gravely injured, he was still able to fight to a standstill against Lucjan. He even participated in the battle against the Spirit Turtle and seized its core.
Only after a series of battles did he finally exhaust himself. Such power was truly unparalleled.
After absorbing the Spirit Turtle’s core, James crossed into the eighth rank from the early-stage seventh rank. Meanwhile, the eighth-rank grandmasters must have already begun ascending the Skyward Stairway after absorbing the core.
James prayed that he would not come across any ancient martial artists from Sol at the International Martial Arts Conference. However, he knew that this was impossible. Lucjan, for one, would certainly be present.
That was because the victor of this conference would obtain Excalibur, a sword that commanded the knights. With how ambitious and power-hungry Lucjan was, he would never let this opportunity slip through his grasp.
Wearing a solemn expression, James left the hotel. After leaving the hotel, he called for a taxi and headed toward Mount Olympus. Sitting in the passenger’s seat, he shut his eyes and rested.
“We’ve arrived…” A voice interrupted James’ meditation.
“Are we there yet?”
The taxi driver glanced at James, saying, “Mount Olympus is right in front of us. Hey, are you from Sol? Are you here on an adventure? I have to say that Mount Olympus is no ordinary place. The mountains are steep, and it’ll be difficult to make your way up…”
“Thanks for the reminder.”
James smiled slightly and handed over the wad of cash he had prepared in advance to the taxi driver.
After getting off the car, he stood on an empty plot of land and gazed at the snow-capped mountain before him. From afar, the mountain seemed to be enveloped in a thin mist. This was the world-renowned Mount Olympus, an international tourist attraction where countless people would flock over for a vacation. There were many hotels, food streets, and shopping malls around it.
Though James was in a place full of buildings, the place was desolated at the moment. Only a few fully- armed knights could be seen passing by.
“What are you doing here?” Just as James was scanning his surroundings, a few knights rode over to him.
“No one is allowed to approach Mount Olympus for now!” The knights glanced at James.
Holding the Blade of Justice in his hand, James said coldly, “Can’t you see that I’m here to participate in the International Martial Arts Conference? It’s on that mountain, isn’t it?”
“Yes, the conference will be held on Mount Olympus.”
“Got it…” James said coldly.
Then, catalyzing True Energy, he disappeared without a trace.
The knights were stunned.
“I-Is he an ancient martial artist from Sol? Quick, inform the higher-ups!”
James paid no heed to the stunned knights and simply left. Traveling at great speed, he soon appeared at the foot of Mount Olympus.
When he arrived, there were many people gathered there. They were all dressed in bizarre attires.