Chapter 321: Liu Er's Passing Tribulation
Minghe really laughed out loud. "Haha... I've been waiting for this moment for so long. Save Untainted Land? It's not necessary to do that. The Way of Heaven will tackle it, which seems to have confronted some trouble now but will take action later. Before that, I'm going to get through my own matter. Liu Er, your opportunity has arrived. You can start now."
Trouble? What kind of trouble could bother the Way of Heaven? Given that Untainted Land was breaking and the Way of Heaven was in disorder, all the Sages could use only limited power from the Way of Heaven. Furthermore, as most of the Sages were injured, they could not stabilize Untainted Land. Nevertheless, being the Rakshasa, Minghe was able to recognize the secrets of Heaven no matter how severe the disorder that the Way of Heaven was in. He naturally knew something that the Sages did not know.
"Did they make any movement?" Minghe beamed while looking at the secrets of Heaven. "I'm not going to fall behind them," he thought. Liu Er showed up in front of him instantly and Minghe nodded to him. Upon observing that, Liu Er flew to a cloud. Three Flowers showed up on his head, while the Good Separation, Evil Separation, and Selfcentric Separation appeared one after another. Liu Er smiled at the Three Separations and shouted gently, "Unify the Three Separations!"
The Three Separations transformed into flowing light and melted into Liu Er's body. Then his Origin showed up. Once the Wise Monkey's, Red-Bottomed Horse Monkey's, and Long- Armed Ape Monkey's Origins joined Liu Er's Origin, his vigor started to grow wildly, which gradually overcame the limitation of a Sage-to-be, surging toward the supreme Way of the Origin.
Moreover, with the increase of his vigor, Liu Er howled toward Heaven and his body grew outrageously, turning into a giant ape dozens of feet high that continued to grow. Besides that, with the change of his vigor, his vital force changed as well, which was similar to that of a Rakshasa, the same as Minghe.
A tuft of black cloud began to gather on Liu Er's head when the Rakshasa's vital force appeared. That was a sign for the Divine Punishment, the third one in Untained Land. How could the Divine Punishment appear again in such a short period? And for the Rakshasa once again? Yet this time, the punishment was quite weak.
Staring at the gathering Divine Punishment, Minghe smiled. As expected, the Way of Heaven was impaired due to the breaking Untainted Land and was consumed even more as the Sages borrowed part of its power to stabilize Untainted Land. Nevertheless, what was out of his expectation was that it would confront even more trouble, which offered Liu Er the greatest opportunity.
Minghe felt totally relieved when the Divine Punishment finished gathering. The punishment was too weak to be even called one. It only boasted a little vigor of a Divine Punishment, thus, it was even weaker than the one that Zhunti bore. Therefore, for Liu Er, who was turning into the Real Body of Rakshasa, it meant nothing.
The fact that Liu Er passed through the Divine Punishment and became the Real Body of Rakshasa shocked all the Sages immensely. It never occurred to them that Minghe would let Liu Er pass the Divine Punishment at this time. What a wise plot! It seemed that Minghe had predicted this. It was indeed the best time for passing a punishment—with Minghe's protection, none of the Sages were able to interrupt.
Sect Leader Tongtian showed a bit of doubt while looking at Liu Er being showered in the thunder of the Divine Punishment. Minghe had made the deal with him in the Jadeite Palace to let him block all the Sages for him when necessary. However, now the Sages were not able to bother Liu Er even if they would have loved to. Moreover, Minghe was here as well. Could it be that Minghe had other plans?
Houtu turned a sophisticated face while watching Liu Er passing tribulation and Minghe guarding him. She seemed to be planning for something. However, she took a deep breath when she saw Minghe. It seemed that she gave up on some plans, as she knew too well that she only had one chance. Once she missed it, she might never have another one. Thus, she had to be prudent.
All the living beings of Untainted Land were greatly stunned by Liu Er even though Untainted Land was confronting such a desperate situation. Aside from Ancestor Hongjun, there were seven Sages among the living beings of Untainted Land, while Minghe was the only one who could match the seven. Minghe deterred all of the Sages by himself alone. How fierce that was! Now, even his disciple had surpassed numerous people and, as Minghe had done, actualized the Way of Divine Beings. It was expected that he could become someone as eminent as Minghe in the years to come.
... In the Heavenly Court, Haotian and Yaochi, who were managing the Cosmic Stars Formation, were deeply shocked after seeing Liu Er passing tribulation. Liu Er had grown so quickly that even those who were at the same age as the Sages and Minghe could not catch up. They had thought that Zhenyuanzi or Cangjie might actualize the Mix Nascent Core. However, Liu Er had done it unexpectedly.
Looking at Liu Er, who showed no fear toward the Divine Punishment, Haotian was touched. He had felt proud of serving Ancestor Hongjun as he could never become who he was without Ancestor Hongjun. Nevertheless, compared with Liu Er, he no longer felt any pride. Hongjun offered him the position of Heavenly Emperor, which did not suit him, while Minghe presented Liu Er the opportunity of actualization, and that was a huge difference.
Observing Haotian's expression, Yaochi comforted him. "Haotian, we'll find our own Fated Chances in the endless years to come. Don't let the present scenery confuse your mind of Taoism. What belongs to others are others'. We have our own Tao." Hearing that, Haotian beamed at Yaochi. They had figured that out long before.
... In the Wuzhuang Taoist Temple, Zhenyuanzi also smiled while watching Liu Er passing tribulation. Liu Er had surpassed him after all. However, he would not fall behind. Thinking of that, he felt confident and said, "The practice of endless years all depends on this current time. What about you, Hongyun?"
In the Holy Land of the Human Tribe, several Formations that linked Heaven and Earth had been set. All the humans strived for their survival. Cangjie, who managed the Characters Formation of the Origin alone, had an unstable vital force that suddenly turned vague and illusory. It seemed that he was in enlightenment. With the enhancement of his enlightenment, the power of his Formation increasingly ascended as well.
In the sea of the Northern Underworld, Kunpeng led the Demon Tribe to set an incomplete Cosmic Stars Formation to suppress the Northern Underworld with the help of his Demon Palace. When Liu Er's vital force of passing tribulation spread through the entire Untainted Land, Kunpeng showed only jealousy. He had been so close to the Hong Meng Immortal Qi, while the mandate of Heaven did not belong to him. Now that even a junior had surpassed him, how could he not feel jealous?
Kunpeng also did not forget to shoot a glance at the Red Lotus of Fire under Liu Er's feet. His expression changed. Except for the vein of the Blood Sea, he was the only one who boasted a Red Lotus of Fire. He had always feared the Blood Sea out of a sort of instinct. He feared the extremely powerful Minghe, thus, he missed the chance of joining the Blood Sea—a chance of making his dream come true.
In the Divine Punishment, numerous thunder dropped down, but Liu Er did not resist it. As Minghe had done before, he bore that with his human body. What was different was that Minghe's human body started the transformation in the Divine Punishment, while his started before the Punishment and transformed much faster. Thus, a Divine Punishment with such strength could cause no real harm to him.
Looking at the sky and the Divine Punishment, Liu Er suddenly smiled, opened his huge bloody mouth, and roared, creating endless suction power in his mouth. Much to everyone's terror, the Divine Punishment was sucked down by this power and rushed into his mouth. Suddenly, Liu Er seemingly turned into a giant ape of thunder, shining with thunder strength. Once the thunder strength had dissipated, the true vital force of the Rakshasa shot into the sky. Liu Er had succeeded.
Chapter 322: Minghe's Action
Minghe was speechless regarding Liu Er's behavior. Liu Er had always been impatient. And due to his reckless action, he became a Rakshasa earlier. But that was fine. Minghe nodded his head in satisfaction because although Liu Er's behavior was a little bit opportunistic, he had still achieved his goal, which saved him many years of cultivation.
Although Liu Er's aptitude was good, it somehow fell short of Minghe's expectation. Therefore, Minghe had arranged this shortcut for him, or Liu Er would have had to spend 129,600 years to accumulate enough power to cross over the Divine Punishment to become the Rakshasa. In this way, Liu Er did not have to experience that, but his Real Body of the Rakshasa naturally could not compare to Minghe's.
Minghe's Real Body of the Mazinger was unstoppable and even could defeat Laozi, while Liu Er's could only compare with that of Zhunti and Goddess Nvywa. It meant that the gap between those two in terms of cultivation was really large. Though this shortcoming was obvious, Minghe still had his own considerations. Liu Er was his disciple, so he would not joke around with Liu Er's future. Nowadays, the Spiritual Air of Heaven and Earth was less abundant than it had been before in Untainted Land, and it suffered an additional loss after the crisis of the breaking of Untainted Land. If Liu Er did not actualize during these days, due to the thinner and thinner Spiritual Air, it would take him many more years to accumulate enough power to build his body as strong as Minghe's while he was passing tribulation. And nobody knew whether Liu Er could possess enough power before his Cultivation Tribulation arrived.
It would be different if he actualized his Tao first. A Rakshasa was different from a Primordial Mazinger and a Postcelestial Creature in that it could completely absorb the Air of Chaos to enhance his human body and turn it into the Origin of Chaos. Though the Spiritual Air was thin in Untainted Land, the Air of Chaos in the Chaos was inexhaustible. Though Liu Er needed to spend quite a lot of time to enhance his foundation after he actualized his Tao, it was much better than the former plan.
Everybody was shocked when they witnessed Liu Er actualizing his Tao. Was it really that easy to become a Rakshasa? They had not expected that two Rakshasas would show up in Untainted Land successively. Besides, those two had a master-disciple relationship. This definitely made all the cultivators who had tried their best to actualize the supreme Tao speechless and shocked. Comparisons were odious. Nothing could be better than having a good teacher.
After actualizing his Tao, Liu Er reverted back to his original appearance. Walking over to Minghe, he grinned and said, "Master, I made it." Looking at Liu Er, Minghe found that Liu Er's three thoughts of good, evil, and obsession had returned back into his body. He was similar to how he looked when he had taken him as an apprentice, but his realm was different now.
Minghe flicked Liu Er's head with his finger and said with a smile on his face, "Don't be too complacent. Your Real Body of the Mazinger is too weak. Go back now. It's time for me to do something." Liu Er felt pained, but he was still grinning. He stepped back and looked at the other Sages.
"The time for Minghe to do something?" These words made all the Sages and living beings of Untainted Land totally shocked. At that urgent moment during the crisis of the breaking of Untainted Land, they were really shocked when Minghe had helped Liu Er actualize his Tao, but they had not expected that it was just the start. Minghe still had something to show them. As powerful and mad as Minghe was, what would he do for his next step? Without caring about what the others were thinking, Minghe took action. Three rays of flowing light rushed out of Minghe's body, turning into his Three Separations. Then, Minghe and his Three Separations started moving. Minghe stepped toward the broken location of Untainted Land alone, while the Three Separations went there together. It seemed that Red Lotus Taoist and Musen were protecting Heaven and Earth Taoist.
Upon arriving, Heaven and Earth Taoist looked at the broken pieces of Untainted Land and excitement flashed through his eyes. Maybe it was nothing for the others, but it was a supreme tonic for Heaven and Earth Taoist. Suddenly, he turned into a shadow like a black hole, shouting, "Heaven and Earth are supreme, consuming the heaven and earth."
A supreme power of suction emerged from the black-hole incarnation of Heaven and Earth Taoist, sucking all the broken pieces of Untainted Land, living beings, and even the stars around, and then he swallowed all of it. At the same time, the World of Heaven and Earth grew at a rapid rate after consuming all of the broken pieces.
All the Sages were totally shocked. They had not expected that a small chiliocosm existed inside of Heaven and Earth Taoist. They thought that Heaven and Earth Taoist was just proficient in the Law of Space, but what he was doing now obviously accelerated the growth of his small chiliocosm. After all, those broken pieces of Untainted Land contained abundant powers of the Origin.
Heaven and Earth Taoist's small chiliocosm was at the lowest level, while Untainted Land was different. Although Minghe did not clearly know the level of Untainted Land, he thought that at least it should match the great trichiliocosm. Thus, every piece of the chiliocosm's Origin was a great supplement to the World of Heaven and Earth. Therefore, the World of Heaven and Earth grew at a very rapid rate.
Seeing this, Honored Lord of the Origin shouted, "Minghe, are you crazy? How dare you let your separation swallow the Origin of Untainted Land!" Honored Lord of the Origin had no time to stabilize Untainted Land, so he waved his Pangu Banner to start an attack at Heaven and Earth Taoist. Right at the same time, Laozi, Jieyin, and Zhunti also took action. As for Houtu, she planned to take action but stopped for a second.
Heaven and Earth Taoist was protected by Red Lotus Taoist and Musen, so Honored Lord of the Origin alone could not hurt him any. Therefore, Laozi, Jieyin, and Zhunti joined hands. The Way of Heaven would be weakened once Heaven and Earth Taoist swallowed Untainted Land's Origin, which would greatly influence the power of the Sages. They had to stop him.
However, what the four Sages had not expected was that the one who tried to stop them was not Minghe, Red Lotus Taoist, Musen, or Liu Er, but Sect Leader Tongtian. The four Sages' attacks were all swallowed by Tongtian's God-killing Sword Formation. Tongtian suddenly realized the real purpose that Minghe had chosen to trade with him.
Now, Tongtian understood the situation clearly. Though Heaven and Earth Taoist was protected by Red Lotus Taoist and Musen, the real purpose of the latter two was not to guard against the Sages but to protect him from Hongjun and the Way of Heaven. Therefore, Minghe chose to deal with him, and the trading terms were too tempting for him to refuse.
Facing Tongtian's inexplicable interception, Laozi shouted, "Tongtian, what the hell are you doing? Don't you know the result of swallowing the Origin of Untainted Land? Don't forget that you are a Sage, too. The only one who can get benefits is Minghe, not you. Get out of our way right now!"
Hearing Laozi's question, Sect Leader Tongtian answered coldly, "It's none of your business. I have my reasons to do this. I think you should focus on the places that haven't broken yet. Just look!" Just then, for a short moment when Laozi and the other three Sages were attacking Heaven and Earth Taoist, Untainted Land broke even more, and the places that remained became even weaker.
Discovering this change, the four Sages had to consume their power to firm up Untainted Land. The breaking of the entire Untainted Land might do more harm to them than the Origin of Chaos swallowed by Heaven and Earth Taoist. Facing the resistance of Sect Leader Tongtian, the four Sages could not spare any all of their efforts to fight with him. Therefore, they could only give up.
Upon seeing this situation, Minghe smiled. It seemed that the Way of Heaven could not find a chance to stop Heaven and Earth Taoist's behavior temporarily. This was a good chance for them. However, Red Lotus Taoist and Musen also needed to be alert. It would be awkward if they were to fail. And although what Minghe planned to do was really insane, he had made the perfect preparation to guarantee every step.
Chapter 323: A Sumptuous Feast
In contemplation, Minghe looked at Untainted Land, which was gradually breaking. Untainted Land was so large that seven Sages alone could not repair it. Moreover, the power of the Way of Heaven that they utilized seemed to be limited. In particular, Hongjun, combining his body with the Tao, had not appeared. It was obviously abnormal that there was not any movement in the Way of Heaven.
Minghe did not know much about Hongjun, but he had made some judgments from Hongjun's actions. Hongjun, the incarnation of the Rakshasa, was anything but a benevolent person. Therefore, he had to have some intentions in combining his body with the Tao. But Minghe was not sure if Hongjun would swallow the Way of Heaven to replace it. It seemed that Hongjun had moved, otherwise, there would have been some response from the Way of Heaven.
"Swallow the Way of Heaven?" At the thought of this, Minghe frowned. If it were real, that would be a great threat to him. However, given that Hongjun could not forcibly leave the Way of Heaven for a long time, perhaps the Way of Heaven was so strong that Hongjun could not rival it. Even if the Way of Heaven had suffered damages, he could not swallow it. Hence, what on earth did he want to do? "Break Untainted Land entirely?" It was possible. The greater the degree of fragmentation of Untainted Land, the more the Way of Heaven suffered, which would give a heaven-sent opportunity to Hongjun. Yet, if Hongjun replaced the Way of Heaven, a fragmented Untainted Land would be useless. Moreover, it would give Minghe great benefits for free.
Heaven and Earth Taoist could not consume the entire Untainted Land. What he had swallowed was only pieces of Untainted Land. Some of the pieces were big while others were small; some of them had a lot of Origin while others had only a little. For Heaven and Earth Taoist, all of it was beneficial. Suppose that there were lots of pieces of Untainted Land, then Heaven and Earth Taoist would swallow much more Origin of Untainted Land. By that time, Minghe's strength would be greatly increased, which perhaps was not what Hongjun wanted to see.
Since it was hard to be made clear, Minghe did not want to think about it at the moment, but he would be cautious. Watching Heaven and Earth Taoist enjoying the abundant feast, Minghe certainly would not lag behind. He waved his body, and then the Real Body of the Mazinger that was thousands of feet high appeared, standing upright between Heaven and Earth. All the living beings of Untainted Land were startled to see that. Liu Er's Real Body of the Mazinger was nothing compared to Minghe's. All were amazed by the terrifying vital force of the Rakshasa, even the Sages. With his Real Body of the Mazinger, Minghe would not be inferior to any other Sages. The moment that his Real Body of the Mazinger appeared, what did Minghe want to do?
While looking at it, Laozi suddenly said, "Minghe, what on earth do you want to do? Are you taking advantage of this opportunity to break Untainted Land completely? So your Good Separation could swallow more Origin of Untainted Land?" Considering Minghe's unexpected insanity, it was natural for Laozi to have such questions. Minghe would not even care a bit even if Untainted Land were to be broken entirely.
Minghe did not pay attention to Laozi. "Destroy Untainted Land?" He did not have any interests in that. Although the Way of Heaven had not appeared, it and Hongjun had to appear if Minghe were to do that. There would be no benefits for Minghe as well if the two sides suffered. Therefore, he would rather seek some real interests.
Untainted Land broke with the Air of Chaos pervading as the endless Air of Destruction appeared. The Air of Chaos, which much of could be seen in Untainted Land, did not matter, but the Air of Destruction was different. Minghe had only seen it five times. It was produced when Treasures World and Beasts World were destroyed in the Chaos the first and second time. At that time, he had not yet become the Rakshasa, so he could not absorb it, but he collected it. He was only able to absorb it when he changed into the Rakshasa.
The last three times, the Air of Destruction was seen in the Divine Punishment in Untainted Land but it was weaker each time, especially the Divine Punishment of Liu Er, in which it almost did not exist at all. However, at the moment, the Air of Destruction produced by the fragmentary Untainted Land seemed to be a sumptuous feast, which greatly attracted Minghe. Moreover, the Air of Destruction caused by it should be very strong.
Given that, the Air of Destruction was classified into four ranks: Highest Grade, Top Grade, Mid Grade, and Lowest Grade. The Air of Destruction in the Divine Punishment of Zhunti and Liu Er was only the Lowest Grade, while it was the Mid Grade in the destruction of Beasts World and Treasures World. The Air of Destruction caused by the breaking of Untainted Land was the Highest Grade. For a Rakshasa, such a kind of Air of Destruction was rare. "Oh!" With this soft voice, Minghe's body seemed to be a bottomless pit, absorbing the Air of Destruction in the Heaven and Earth to his heart's content. From near to far, it seemed that the Air of Destruction that overwhelmed Untainted Land began to center around Minghe, who absorbed all of it into his body and then converted it to strengthen his human body and Origin.
Looking at Minghe, who was enjoying the Air of Destruction in Untainted Land, Liu Er displayed an expression of admiration. Just now, he had absorbed a great deal of Air of Destruction in the Divine Punishment, which was weaker compared to that in Untainted Land. However, Liu Er licked his lips upon seeing so much Air of Destruction.
As it is said: "Curiosity kills the cat". Liu Er, like a curious cat who tried to steal some fish, stealthily absorbed some of the Air of Destruction. Nevertheless, once the Air of Destruction got into his body, Liu Er changed his expression greatly. The Air of Destruction in Untainted Land was more violent than that in the Divine Punishment. Even if he spared no effort, he could not quickly absorb such violent Air of Destruction.
Helplessly, what he could do was to gradually destroy the Air of Destruction, which raged inside his body. Though it could not threaten Liu Er and would be good for strengthening his Real Body of the Mazinger, it was painful to consume all of the Air of Destruction in his body with such tremendous strength.
"Hu!" Liu Er breathed out heavily. That was the last thing that he would want to try again. Up until this moment, he had not realized how wide the gap was between his strength and Minghe's. Minghe was engaged in swallowing the Air of Destruction, while he could not even consume just a small part of the Air of Destruction. The difference was obvious.
Liu Er changed his expression when he looked at Minghe, who was high up in the air. With his body swinging, his Real Body of the Mazinger also appeared. Compared to Minghe's Mazinger, which was thousands of feet high, his Mazinger was only hundreds of feet. One was big while the other was small; one was the teacher while the other was the disciple. Liu Er gritted his teeth and began to swallow the Air of Destruction and Air of Chaos again. However, he was thousands of times slower than Minghe.
It was somewhat unbearable for Liu Er to feel that kind of soreness and numbness. But he gritted his teeth and insisted on it. At the moment, the only belief in his heart was to insist on it. Minghe was a beacon on his path of actualization. Since he had made it, could he rely on Minghe in the future? And if so, would he really deserve to be a Rakshasa?
"Give up because of its difficulty?" Liu Er thought of Minghe's unremitting efforts and that Minghe never feared anything. Although the Air of Destruction produced by the breaking of Untainted Land was raging, it was more than he could bear. Therefore, why not seize the opportunity to refine his Real Body of the Mazinger that just appeared?
Minghe, who was swallowing the Air of Destruction, was relieved to see that Liu Er had insisted on it. Liu Er had really grown stronger. The Air of Destruction of the Highest Grade was more than he could bear, but he still gritted his teeth and persisted in it, which did not let Minghe down. In the ensuing days without him, Liu Er needed to learn to raise and help all of the tribesmen in the Blood Sea.
All the Sages were relieved when they saw Minghe and Liu Er swallowing the Air of Destruction and the Air of Chaos raging in Untainted Land. Even though they feared that Minghe's strength would increase once again, they were grateful that Minghe did not aggravate the situation. Moreover, without the raging Air of Destruction and Air of Chaos, Untainted Land would break slower. At this time, they just needed to wait for the appearance of the Way of Heaven and their teacher, Ancestor Hongjun.
It was strange that there was not yet any response from the Way of Heaven and Ancestor Hongjun. Was there anything that could be more severe than the breaking of Untainted Land? All the Sages were confused by this, as were all the living beings of Untainted Land. However, Minghe noticed it. Raising his huge head, Minghe looked above Heaven. His view was already beyond the limitless Chaos and fell on a simple and unsophisticated palace.
Chapter 324: The Appearance of Hongjun
The Zixiao Palace was once a holy land for all Tao pursuers in Untainted Land. Ancestor Hongjun taught and preached there three times, which were the foundations for the prosperous Way of Celestial Immortality in Untainted Land. Furthermore, since Hongjun combined his body with the Tao, the Zixiao Palace disappeared in Untainted Land. If there were no big event, he would not appear. At the moment, the Zixiao Palace appeared in the Chaos with supernatural power fluctuating inside it, in which there seemed to be some people fighting in magic arts.
After many years, Minghe saw the Zixiao Palace again, but suddenly, he made an extremely surprising discovery. It was not only a palace, but a Primordial Supreme Treasure of the Highest Grade. Before, he had not discovered it. However, there now seemed to be some dramatic changes in the Zixiao Palace. Hence, the vital force of the Zixiao Palace was exposed to Minghe as well.
Looking at the Zixiao Palace, Minghe's face turned somewhat grave. Although Primordial Supreme Treasures of the Highest Grade were rare and their power was strong, Minghe did not fear them. The problem was that the Zixiao Palace of Hongjun was not just a powerful Primordial Supreme Treasure, but Minghe could also feel the vital force of the 3,000 Great Ways above it that were similar to the Wheel of Law caused by the combination of Hongjun's body with the Tao.
Minghe curled up the corners of his mouth and showed a weird smile. He was not the only one who had realized that. This Primordial Supreme Treasure, refined for Heaven and Earth Taoist in Treasures World, was Mid Grade in the beginning. But it had been upgraded to Top Grade. That Primordial Supreme Treasure, modeled on the Wheel of Law in the Way of Heaven when Minghe combined his body with the Tao, represented the Wheel of Law in the Way of Heaven in the World of Heaven and Earth.
When the Wheel of Law in the Way of Heaven had been refined, Minghe gave it to Heaven and Earth Taoist, who used the Power of the Divine Law from the World of Heaven and Earth to cultivate it to integrate it with the Way of Heaven in the World of Heaven and Earth. Later, the Wheel of Law in the Way of Heaven succeeded in being upgraded to Top Grade. With the growth of the World of Heaven and Earth, the strength of the Wheel of Law in the Way of Heaven also grew.
Seeing what Hongjun had done, Minghe felt that he was evenly matched with him. Minghe used the World of Heaven and Earth to shape the Wheel of Law in the Way of Heaven while Hongjun combined his body with the Way of Heaven to replicate it in his Zixiao Palace. However, from the vital force of the Zixiao Palace, the replication seemed to be have not been successful. Otherwise, the vital force of the Zixiao Palace would have been more terrifying with the strong Way of Heaven in Untainted Land.
At the moment, Hongjun displayed an extremely grave complexion in the Zixiao Palace. He held the Jade Butterfly of Fate, with all the supernatural power in his body surging up. It seemed that he was resisting something. A strong power fell on his head from the sky that seemed to suppress Hongjun. Confronting such suppression, Hongjun shed a few drops of cold sweat.
Confronted with this strong suppression, Hongjun naturally knew where the strength was from—the Way of Heaven. With his body being combined with the Way of Heaven for many years, Hongjun naturally knew how strong the Way of Heaven was. It was because of this that Hongjun was reduced to being suppressed. All of this was certainly rooted in Minghe. And upon thinking of him, Hongjun displayed a hint of hatred.
Hongjun had fought with Luohou before. Others thought that he had defeated Luohou, but what they did not know was that Hongjun had injured his Foundation and owed immense Karma after winning the battle. Due to that, he had to choose to become a Sage. Otherwise, he would be on the Way of Origin or a Rakshasa, just like Minghe.
After becoming a Sage, Hongjun had a new plan. Since there was no way out, what he could do was go ahead. He planned to combine his body with the Tao. It would cause him to lose freedom temporarily, however, if he planned it well, gradually weakened the power of the Way of Heaven, and then swallowed the Way of Heaven all at once, he could finally step into the realm of the Way of Heaven, which was the Golden Immortal of Fate of the Origin.
Unfortunately, one's predictions sometimes did not accord with the final results. Hongjun's plan was completely destroyed by Minghe. First, Minghe and Evil Separation Red Lotus Taoist had actualized the Realm of the Origin, then Houtu became a Sage, which was followed by the mighty rise of the Human Tribe. Finally, the Good Separation and Selfcentric Separation of Minghe had actualized one after another. In this case, the Way of Heaven was stronger and it heavily suppressed Hongjun. Given that there were no malicious thoughts on the Wu-killing Sword, there was no opportunity at all for Hongjun to be separated from the Way of Heaven. It took some effort to acquire the heaven-sent opportunity of the damage of the Way of Heaven and the breaking of Untainted Land. But Hongjun suddenly found that even if the Way of Heaven was damaged, its power was unmatched. Now, Hongjun certainly had his own decision, which was to break away from the Way of Heaven. Once he missed that chance, perhaps he could only be a puppet of the Way of Heaven for the rest of his life.
Although the Way of Heaven was a collection of rules, it was clear about what was beneficial for itself. It could get rid of one latent danger if Hongjun was away from the Way of Heaven. Meanwhile, it would also bring great damage to him, which was not what the Way of Heaven was willing to see. Hence, the Way of Heaven directly chose to suppress Hongjun without paying attention to repairing Untainted Land.
Confronted with the strong Way of Heaven, Hongjun displayed a sort of determination. Biting his teeth, he made a quick decision. He threw the Jade Butterfly of Fate into the sky, saying with hatred, "Explode!" The Jade Butterfly of Fate instantly exploded, radiating out boundless light to integrate into the Zixiao Palace. With the strong power from the explosion of the Jade Butterfly of Fate, Hongjun immediately got rid of the great suppression from the Way of Heaven. ...
In the meantime in Untainted Land, all the Sages, who were trying to repair the broken Untainted Land, turned pale. The power of the Way of Heaven that they were utilizing had suddenly disappeared, certainly making it hard for all the Sages to stabilize Untainted Land using their own supernatural powers alone. The breaking of Untainted Land accelerated in the blink of an eye.
As all the Sages were confused, a palace came down from Heaven. All the Sages and all the living beings of Untainted Land were startled to see it. Was not it Hongjun's Zixiao Palace? Why would it suddenly appear in Untainted Land? When they were still confused, the door of the palace opened and one person came out of it. It was Hongjun as they had expected to see, but his appearance was somewhat strange.
Similar to all the Sages, Hongjun seemed to be injured and had a pale countenance. After going out of the Zixiao Palace, Hongjun reached out his hands and the Zixiao Palace shrank at once and then finally dropped into his hands. Putting the Zixiao Palace away, he looked at all the Sages, who were gazing at him. But he ignored all of them and just looked at Minghe, who was swallowing the Air of Destruction. Meanwhile, he displayed a sort of hatred.
Hongjun was looking at Minghe and Minghe was looking at Hongjun as well. After feeling the vital force of Hongjun, Minghe suddenly understood why the Way of Heaven and Hongjun had not appeared before. The reason was that the Way of Heaven had been impeded by Hongjun. He was no longer just the one combining with the Tao, or even no longer a Sage, but a Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal of the Origin.
Minghe emphasized internal and external cultivation. His body was on the Way of Divine Beings while his Original Spirit was on the Way of the Origin. His Original Spirit was already at the Secondary Stage of the Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal of the Origin, not far away from the Late Stage. As for the Real Body of the Rakshasa, it could equal the Late Stage of the Origin after absorbing the Hong Meng Immortal Qi from the breaking of Untainted Land. And when it was integrated into one, it could fight against the Peak of the Origin.
Minghe's face turned somewhat grave when he felt the vital force of the Origin from the body of Hongjun. It was a kind of vital force at the Peak of the Origin. Although Hongjun was injured, he was at the Peak of the Origin so Minghe had to be cautious of him. Moreover, perhaps he was not just at the Peak of the Origin after such a long time in combination with the Tao.
Minghe had noticed the changes of Hongjun, so did all the Sages. Laozi went forward to salute him and said, "Teacher, you... What's up?" The Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal of the Origin? Hongjun had combined his body with the Tao, but he suddenly appeared before them differently. They certainly were very startled to see that. Could it be that some accidents had happened in the Way of Heaven?
Without saying a word, Hongjun saw a strong power befall between Heaven and Earth. It was the Way of the Tao, which began to repair Untainted Land in the end, making all the Sages relax. All were amazed to feel the strong Way of Heaven, which should stabilize the broken Untainted Land immediately. Untainted Land no longer had any signs of expansion or breaking.
All the Sages felt strange confronting such a strong power. Before this, they all had thought that those who were inferior to Sages were nonentities. However, in front of the Way of Heaven, even the Sages thought that they were insignificant. All those who were inferior to Sages were nonentities. However, few knew that all the Sages were nonentities under the Way of Heaven.
At that time, all the Sages sighed with all sorts of feelings. Those who had strong powers had their own tragedies as well. Faced with such a situation, all the Sages had their own thoughts. When they only had ideas, someone had already taken action. Besides, there was another person that had taken measures. Nevertheless, that target was somewhat beyond the expectations of everyone.
Chapter 325: A Striking Change
Just when all the Sages were lamenting, Tongtian suddenly decided to make a move. He suddenly moved all of his supernatural power around his body and, when it had come to a point, he shouted, "Separate!" Not long after that, the Way of Heaven trembled, which was busy rescuing Untainted Land, while Tongtian spat out blood with a pale face.
Middle Stage of the Origin Hongjun and all the Sages were taken aback by this act of Tongtian's. They apparently had not foreseen it coming that Tongtian would destroy his own Original Spirit and separate his connection with the Way of Heaven. He had transformed himself from a Sage into a Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal of the Origin. It looked like his cultivation had degraded a little, but it remained in the Middle Stage of the Origin, which was comparable to the Secondary Stage of a Sage. And Tongtian's current state of cultivation came a little closer to Jieyin's.
But even so, Tongtian did not seem to regret it at all, but rather, he looked relieved. This must have had to do with his constraints being removed. There was a silver light blinking around him, and the vital forces in his body had been greatly restored and his face turned rosy once again. It had to be that Tongtian had absorbed the Origin of Chaos, which he had gotten from Minghe, and now his wounds had been healed.
Hongjun noticed the silver light that blinked around Tongtian, which the other Sages might not have noticed. But Hongjun did. After all, he was the one who had incarnated from the Rakshasa, so he could not be more familiar with the vital force of the Origin of Chaos. Tongtian had never been to the Chaos, but this Origin of Chaos that he got from Minghe looked as if Minghe had found something in the Chaos.
Hongjun did not know much about the Chaos, even though he had incarnated from the Rakshasa. But the memories that remained were limited, and the Chaos that he knew was before Pangu's Creation of Heaven. And as for today's Chaos and how it had changed, Hongjun was not sure. But Minghe had gained this much after only one visit there, so Hongjun began to show interest in the secrets of the Chaos.
When Laozi and Honored Lord of the Origin saw that Tongtian had given up the Way of Heaven and abandoned his status as a Sage, they were truly shocked. But judging by Tongtian's expression, it did not seem that he had improvised this, so it must have been a decision that was made long before. Even though they were sure that what he had absorbed was to heal himself, it was not hard to guess that it had something to do with Minghe. There must have been some dirty business going on between those two.
However, it was useless knowing this because now that Tongtian had given up his noble status as a Sage, he would be free to go anywhere between Heaven and Earth without any limitations. And that was some decision. Both Laozi and Honored Lord of the Origin had similar thoughts before and were not able to make up their minds. It was not child's play to quit the Way of Heaven, one needed to have made full preparations.
Having witnessed Tongtian abandon the Way of Heaven just like that, Minghe respected Tongtian's decisiveness from the bottom of his heart. Only Tongtian himself knew what it must have been like to be able to make such a huge decision in such a short period of time. From the look on all the Sages' faces, they had to have thought about this before, but it was not so easy to pull it off.
Just when Minghe was lamenting, all of a sudden, his facial expression changed. He turned his head toward the Blood Sea with a murderous look in his eyes. But when he stared at Houtu in front of him, he said with a cold voice, "Houtu, you mastermind, how dare you plot against me to get my Origin of the Blood Sea. Are you trying to bring the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery back to life?"
At that very moment, in the middle of the Blood Sea, the Twelve Stick Divine Beings Banner flew in the wind. Ancestor of Sorcery Xuan Ming controlled the Hall of Pangu and set up the Twelve Divine Beings Killing Formation. Once the formation was set, the Twelve Stick Divine Beings Banner began drastically absorbing the core area of the Blood Sea and the area of the Wu Tribe. It was devouring the Origin of the Blood Sea, and the sign of the Twelve Divine Beings began to show up on the banners.
Actually, to be precise, the Twelve Divine Beings that had been formed on the banners were only on Houtu's and Xuan Ming's banners, all the other 10 were the bodies of the deceased 10 Ancestors of Sorcery. Houtu was trying to use the core area of the Blood Sea and the blood of the Wu Tribe as well as the Origin of the Blood Sea to rebuild their bodies.
Minghe remembered that when the war between the Sorcerer and Demon tribes had ended, the Evil Separation of Houtu, Pingxin, was on the battlefield and took away the wreckage of the banners. Minghe felt it strange but he could not tell why. Now come to think of it, it must have been the strange disappearance of the dead bodies of the Ancestors of Sorcery, but at that time he did not think much of it. The bodies of the Ancestors of Sorcery must have been blended into the Twelve Divine Beings banners, otherwise, even if you were to gather the bodies of the Twelve Divine Mazinger, it would be impossible to revive the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery.
Noticing the angry look in Minghe's eyes, Houtu said calmly, "Minghe, when you exchanged the Twelve Divine Beings Killing Formation and the Blood of Essence of our Twelve Ancestors of Sorcery for your Hong Meng Immortal Qi, you used the power of the Blood Sea to form the 12 Mazingers. Even though we didn't know your intentions, you kept a way open for our brothers. And for that, we ought to thank you."
All the Sages felt a sense of pleasure rise from their hearts because each time they had fought against Minghe, he never seemed to suffer any loss. But now that he was having such a big loss, they could not help themselves from feeling great. It was Minghe who had ripped them all off so many times.
In the middle of the Blood Sea, Kong Xuan and Black Tortoise were leading their Asura Tribe to try to stop Xuan Ming's act of reviving. However, Houtu had come fully prepared. Her Good Separation and Evil Separation led Xing Tian and Chi You and all the other Wu tribesmen to fight against them. Even though Kong Xuan had the Cosmic Stars Formation and the Blood Sea Formation, it did not stop the 12 Mazingers from absorbing the blood and Origin from the Blood Sea.
Seeing this deadlocked situation, Zhunti teased Minghe with his words. "Minghe, man proposes, God disposes. When you were plotting against others, you did not see this day coming! Haha! Your den's gone! Haha!" Zhunti was more than happy to see Minghe suffer. In Zhunti's point of view, it would be great if the entire Blood Sea was soaked up.
Minghe peeked at Zhunti as a response and the look in his eyes was deadly. Zhunti felt threatened even by just one look into Minghe's eyes. Seeing Minghe's enormous Real Body of the Mazinger, Zhunti could not help feeling scared, so he stepped back beside Jieyin and felt some sense of safety.
As Minghe snorted, he turned his face to Houtu instead of staring at Zhunti, and there was a sense of self-mockery in his eyes. He blamed himself for not being cruel enough. Houtu had set him up multiple times for the sake of the Nether World, and due to her being a woman, Minghe never made his move but planned to settle accounts afterward. He never thought that Houtu would go even further. Houtu looked so chill that he could see through the current situation. Now, Heaven and Earth Taoist had swallowed the Origin of Untainted Land, meanwhile, Red Lotus Taoist and Musen were guarding him by his side and Houtu did not know what they were trying to prevent. Even if something were to happen to the Blood Sea, those two would never make any move, so they obviously did not plan to go back to the Blood Sea. And Minghe was trying his best to devour the Air of Destruction, so he also did not plan on going back to the Blood Sea.
Liu Er had the intention of going back to the Blood Sea, but Houtu had blocked his way. And Minghe had no intention of dragging away Houtu for him. What was Minghe thinking? Besides, as the Sages saw it, even though Tongtian had the intention to help Minghe, he probably could not do that right now. With Hongjun there, Minghe could not get away from such a complex situation.
Minghe saw what was on Houtu's face. It was the ray of light of bringing her brothers back to life. Minghe said coldly, "Everything in this world has to do with Karma. The seed that you plant today will surely lead to some fruit tomorrow. The things you do today, you'll have to pay back with something else later on. So Houtu, don't be happy just yet. Even though I lost to you this round, I will be back soon. Hopefully, you will be able to feel delighted then."
Chapter 326: The Changes in Untainted Land
Houtu could not stay calm after hearing Minghe's words. She glanced at the Three Separations of Minghe and the Blood Sea, thinking about the possible measures that Minghe could have taken. She noticed that the Puppet of the Origin had never turned up again. Could it be in the Blood Sea? But that did not make sense because if it were in the Blood Sea, Xuan Ming could not have succeeded.
The more she thought about it, the more anxious she felt. Unlike the other Sages, Minghe was a sophisticated one whose thoughts could hardly be comprehended. Yet Houtu was curious about how Minghe could move so quickly against her in such a short time, as she had only decided to attack the Blood Sea after Hongjun had shown up. She saw that Minghe was on guard against Hongjun and asked Xuan Ming to take action. But Minghe should not have known about the attack beforehand. Could it be possible that he had figured out the solution in such a short time?
Minghe paid no attention to the Sages who were speculating about his intentions. He was now busy swallowing the Air of Destruction and the Origin of Untainted Land, which could greatly promote his advancement, with his Good Separation. Now that the Way of Heaven had begun to mend Untainted Land, time was tight for Minghe. Swallowing more Air of Destruction and the Origin of Untainted Land was certainly beneficial to his strength.
However, it was out of his expectation that the Way of Heaven could mend Untainted Land at such a rapid rate and that it should be so powerful. The Way of Heaven in the World of Heaven and Earth could not match this one even a bit. Not long after the Way of Heaven appeared, a new Untainted Land showed up in front of all the living beings of Untainted Land, and a unique world turned up as well.
Minghe then returned to his former appearance from the Real Body of the Mazinger, as did Heaven and Earth Taoist. The Three Separations landed beside Minghe together. Feeling the change in his Real Body of the Mazinger and that in the body of Heaven and Earth Taoist, Minghe knew that his previous efforts had paid off, which even exceeded his expectations. He smiled with satisfaction.
However, the Way of Heaven did not disappear after all that had ended. Instead, it dropped upon everyone's heads, directed at Minghe, Hongjun, and Tongtian. The fact that Minghe had absorbed the Air of Destruction did not matter very much, but what Hongjun and Tongtian had done forcibly broke away from the Way of Heaven and impaired it.
Confronting such powerful prestige of Heaven, Minghe showed no fear. At present, he no longer needed any cautiousness. His formidable strength offered him the confidence to face the Way of Heaven. The same went for Hongjun, who even dared to swallow the Way of Heaven and might be fearless now since he had left the Way of Heaven. As for Tongtian, he had always been the one who never yielded. Given that he had done that, he would never show any awe.
The power of Heaven, which frightened all the living beings of Untainted Land, remained this way for a long time, while Minghe, Hongjun, and Tongtian remained the same as well. The two sides were at a stalemate. Time passed so slowly that it tortured everyone. They dared to relax only when the Way of Heaven finally receded.
Maybe due to it being damaged, and that Minghe, Hongjun, and Tongtian were not so easy to deal with, the Way of Heaven did not take action against them. Perhaps it would be far from a satisfying consequence if the newly restored Untainted Land was broken again because of their fight. Though the Way of Heaven had disappeared, everyone received the messages that it left behind. The first was the changes in Untainted Land. Though it had been successfully restored, it had changed somehow due to its breaking. Purvavideha, Aparagodaniya, Jambudvipa, and Uttarakuru, which existed in mythology, appeared.
They were called Dvipas, yet the acreage of Purvavideha alone was more than the combination of the other three. It thus became the major habitat of the Human Tribe. Aparagodaniya was located in the former western land, while the millions of mountains, the origin of the Wu Tribe, lay in Jambudvipa, and the Demon Tribe in Uttarakuru. The Dvipas then had their hosts.
Second, a small chiliocosm, transformed from Untainted Land's fragments, was born outside Untainted Land. Though Heaven and Earth Taoist had tried his best to swallow all the fragments of Untainted Land, there were some leftovers, which were converted into a unique small chiliocosm, the so-called secular world, by the Way of Heaven. In this world, all immortals could enter Untainted Land, while the living beings of Untainted Land could not enter it except for their reincarnations and incarnations. However, it would be more than difficult to cultivate as an immortal and come back to Untainted Land in the world. Few would like to take that risk. Staring at the small chiliocosm, Minghe was somewhat excited. He saw a plant in that world, where some members of the Human Tribe existed. Could it be the Earth that he knew? He was not sure. After all, its history differed greatly from the one that he knew about. Perhaps he could come back thousands of years later to see if this was the place that he had been longing for.
While those two pieces of news were not so attractive, the last one alarmed them all. All the Sages were stunned after viewing that, yet Tongtian smiled. Unlike the Sages, most of the living beings of Untainted Land showed expressions of ecstasy like Tongtian did, especially in the Heavenly Court.
The Sages and Zenith Heaven Golden Immortals of the Origin could not take actions in Untainted Land, or there would be a Divine Punishment dropped on them. This was a warning for the Sages from the Way of Heaven. Since it was the overly powerful strength of the Sages that contributed to the breaking of Untainted Land, the Way of Heaven restricted the Sages and experts of the Origin. They could fight in the Chaos, but Untainted Land could not bear any more turbulence.
All the Sages changed their expressions. Now it was the Sages- to-be who led Untainted Land, and the Sage sect was no longer so lofty. Besides, after the war of the God Deification Ceremony, all four religions had suffered, with abundant elite disciples listed on the Investiture of the Gods. Thus, the Heavenly Court immediately became the superior one among all the living beings of Untainted Land, which was the reason why Haotian and Yaochi were so joyful.
Untainted Land would be in great turbulence as varying forces might turn up without the presence of the Sages and Zenith Heaven Golden Immortals of the Origin. Haotian would be quite busy then, while he could fulfill his potential without those Sages. Thus, he would be more than willing to be busy.
After all of that, all the Sages began to count the dead and injured ones in the final battle. Honored Lord of the Origin was the most depressed one, as five of his Twelve Golden Immortals were dead. However, ironically, Laozi was the calmest one. Given that Xuandu, his real disciple, was fine, Laozi did not have any other things to care about.
As for Jieyin and Zhunti, the two of them were so sad that others might have wondered whether their fathers had died. And that was understandable, as the Western Religious Sect might have been the one that had suffered the greatest loss among the three sects. After all, most of its disciples were introduced to it by Zhunti from the east, without the good talents and abundant Magic Weapons that other disciples of three religions had, so it was natural that most of them had been injured or died.
Compared with the Tribe of Humanity, Clan of Enlightenment, and Western Religious Sect, the Tribe of Severity also suffered a similar loss, with many of its elites having survived with their Essential Qi uninjured. Therefore, it was very likely that they could stage a comeback. Since the Sages could not take action on the living beings of Untainted Land, Tongtian was apt to let Abundant Treasures lead the Tribe of Severity and disciples such as Zhao Gongming help him rule. The Tribe of Severity certainly boasted a chance to stage a comeback.
As for the war between the Shang Dynasty and Western Zhou, which had been interrupted by the breaking of Untainted Land, its outcome was revealed as well. It seemed that the mandate of Heaven stood by Zhou. A fissure caused by the breaking force cost the Shang army more than half of its main force, and even Grand Preceptor Wen Zhong had been listed on the Investiture of the Gods due to his infection of the Air of Destruction. Since then, Untainted Land had belonged to Western Zhou, and the Battle of Gods Investiture ended. Minghe did not care about the situation one bit. King Zhou, Emperor Xin, had successfully transformed his human body into the Real Body of Asura with the Killing Air in this war and had elevated his cultivation to the realm of the Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal. Now, he was a real member of the Asura tribe. Yet this did not mean too much to Minghe either.
Minghe suddenly looked at the Blood Sea and said, "It's time to..." Suddenly, several powerful forces exploded in the Blood Sea. Houtu smiled upon noticing that. A burst of laughter echoed between Heaven and Earth. "Hahaha... We're back again." However, Houtu did not maintain her happiness for long after hearing Minghe say, "Terminate it."
Chapter 327: The Hall of Pangu
Houtu was more than pleased to see the rebirth of her brother, and the rebirth of the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery brought the Wu Tribe hope to stage a comeback. Though the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery including Emperor Jiang had just been newly reborn, all of them were Sages-to-be, which could be a decisive force as the Sages and the Origin were forbidden to take any actions.
Among all the living beings of Untainted Land, except for in the Holy Land of the Human Tribe, no force could boast such numbers as the Sages-to-be. But considering that the Wu Tribe was much weaker than the Human Tribe, Houtu temporarily was not concerned about scrambling for the position of the ruler of Heaven and Earth. People in the Holy Land of the Human Tribe were still fearless even though all 10 Ancestors of Sorcery had been reborn because the experts and mid-level forces among them were all superior to the Wu Tribe.
However, the Wu Tribe had the Twelve Divine Beings Killing Formation, but Houtu could not take any actions in Untainted Land and the Real Entity of Pangu could not be called without her. And the Human Tribe had the Veridical Martial Origin Formation and the Characters Formation of the Origin, which meant that they were invincible if the Twelve Ancestors of Sorcery could not set the Twelve Divine Beings Killing Formation.
Moreover, even if the Wu Tribe were able to match the Human Tribe, the Way of Heaven and all the Sages would not allow it to rise again and become the most powerful tribe. Houtu fully understood that. Thus, she was more than satisfied that the Wu Tribe could somehow recover its Essential Qi. However, she could not relax at this moment because she had to face Minghe's revenge.
Minghe stared at Houtu and said coolly, "Do you know the reason why I won't die if the Blood Sea still exists? Because I was born in the Blood Sea, it's like another body of mine. It's not a bad move to revive the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery with the Blood Sea, but it also means that I have another 12 Puppets of the Blood God."
Houtu glanced at the Blood Sea after hearing that. Several blood stains began to appear on the bodies of the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery and the other two Mazingers, which were exactly the same ones as on Wu Tian's body when Minghe had forcibly refined him into a Puppet of the Blood God. Yet Houtu was so calm and relaxed that all the people were somewhat surprised. Houtu stared at Minghe and smiled coldly, "Minghe, how could I take any action without being fully prepared? I studied the Blood Sea for a long time when I was living in the Nether World. I surely know about what you said. So, don't you dare to refine my brothers into Puppets of the Blood God!"
After Houtu's words, the Hall of Pangu in Xuan Ming's hand gradually rose up in the Blood Sea. A mysterious strength suddenly dropped from it and melted into the bodies of the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery and two Mazingers. The blood stains of the Puppet of the Blood God stopped expanding immediately and began to slowly vanish. It did not take long for the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery, as well as the two Mazingers, Xuan Ming, and Houtu, to recover.
Upon seeing that, all the people were stunned at Houtu's measures and were immensely interested in the Wu Tribe's Hall of Pangu, especially Laozi, Honored Lord of the Origin, and Sect Leader Tongtian. Those three had sensed something familiar in the Hall of Pangu, so there had to be something left by Pangu inside it.
Hongjun, who had been curing his wounds, suddenly opened his eyes when the Hall of Pangu showed its power. Hatred appeared on his face, but Hongjun did not move immediately. Though he boasted the strongest cultivation in Untainted Land at present, he did not dare to take actions easily because he had sensed danger in the Hall of Pangu. Given that he had already been seriously injured, he should not cause complications or others might get the advantage.
Minghe's failure surprised everyone, as Minghe had never made such a huge mistake before. He had even plotted for a Sage of the Way of Demons to be refined as a Puppet of the Blood Law. However, now he suffered a loss from Houtu, which was somewhat unexpected. Even more surprising was that he did not even seem to care about it.
Minghe looked at the Hall of Pangu located above the Blood Sea and mused. He did not care a bit about the Puppets of the Blood God refined from the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery, as Puppets of the Blood God in the realm of the Origin might be the only ones that could impress him a little. What he did care about was the Hall of Pangu, or more specifically, the thing inside it.
Minghe had been inside the Hall of Pangu once, but he could not explore any secrets because of his low cultivation. Now that he had gotten the opportunity, he naturally would not miss it. When the Hall of Pangu eliminated the Puppet of the Blood God's stains, Minghe successfully saw the secret of the hall— there was a huge heart beating powerfully deep inside it.
Minghe was totally stunned after viewing Pangu's heart. Pangu had transformed his body into all living things. Even his blood linkages and Original Spirit were transformed into the Twelve Ancestors of Sorcery and the Three Pure Ones respectively, but no one knew what his heart had transformed into. It now turned out that he had left it to the Wu Tribe. No wonder the Hall of Pangu had always been the Holy Hall of the Wu Tribe and was guarded by experts all the time.
But Minghe was confused about how the heart could still beat so powerfully, as Pangu had created Heaven thousands of years ago. Even Mount Buzhou, which was once the pillar supporting the Sky, had lost its coercion and broke after a collision as time went by.
After the Cultivation Tribulation of the God Deification Ceremony, Minghe had planned to leave Untainted Land and go to the Chaos to pursue the ancient Mazinger. Besides, given that the Way of Heaven had forbidden the Sages to take actions in Untainted Land, he was even more relieved. But he worried about two issues now. First was Hongjun, who had separated from the Way of Heaven, and the other was the mysterious heart of Pangu. Pangu, known as the "son of the Great Way", had been one of the 3,000 Mazingers of the Chaos. He had boasted three supreme treasures of the Chaos—the 36-grade Green Lotus of Fate, Pangu Axe, and Jade Butterfly of Fate. He had been able to kill all the other Rakshasas alone. Moreover, he had created Untainted Land, such a powerful world. Thus, his strength was hard to imagine.
Besides, it was indeed terrifying that a heart of a Rakshasa like Pangu could maintain its vitality after hundreds of thousands of years. Though the remaining Rakshasa vital force of Pangu was thin, seeing a clue and knowing the entire picture, Minghe already had a rough guess of Pangu's strength.
He should at least be at a level equal to the Way of Heaven. As the saying goes, destruction is far easier than creation. The Sages might be able to destroy Untainted Land, but they could never create a world like it. It was overly complex. Besides, one could tell from the ability of Untainted Land giving birth to the Way of Heaven that Pangu's power should not be weaker than that of the Way of Heaven.
Minghe was a bit far from reaching the level of the Way of Heaven. To realize his supreme Great Way, he first needed to become a Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal of the Origin. Then he had to become a Fate Golden Immortal of the Origin, which was equal to the Way of Heaven. Finally, he needed to become the Supreme Golden Immoral Origin Formation, the same as the Great Way. As for whether there were other realms, Minghe did not know either.
Considering the present situation, Pangu was in the second stage. Minghe was impressed while he was observing Pangu's heart. He hoped to understand more about Rakshasas through the heart. But a strong will dropped and obliterated the Spiritual Thoughts that Minghe had left in the Blood Sea.
Minghe frowned a bit. That was... Pangu's will. Mount Buzhou had collapsed due to Pangu's fading thought. But there was still such a strong will in this heart, which was quite terrifying. Such a will might not be inferior to a Sage's will. So, was this the last trump card that Pangu had left to the Wu Tribe?
Both the Three Pure Ones and the Twelve Ancestors of Sorcery were from Pangu. The Three Pure Ones had actualized and become Sages due to the Cultivation Will left by Pangu, while it seemed that Pangu had not left the Wu Tribe anything. Even Houtu's Fated Chance of actualization had been offered by Minghe. Yet everything made sense now. Pangu had not preferred the Three Pure Ones, but the Twelve Ancestors of Sorcery might be the only ones who knew about the secrets.
Minghe felt some regret. He should have refined the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery into Puppets of the Blood God, so he might figure out the secrets. Now it was too late. However, Minghe would not dwell on that. What was missed was missed, there was no need to wrangle with it. Instead, he would look forward.
Now that he had already figured out some secrets of the Hall of Pangu, Minghe had no intention to waste time here. It was time to end the farce. He smiled, which scared Houtu a bit, then all the people of the Wu Tribe were knocked out of the Blood Sea. In the Blood Sea, a giant ape roared toward Heaven and the sound echoed between Heaven and Earth.
Chapter 328: A Drastic Measure
Puppet of the Blood God? The giant ape puppet used by Minghe to confront Zhunti? Its attack had the power of the Origin. If it were not for the Twelve Divine Beings Killing Formation, all the present people of the Wu Tribe would have been killed. Even though the formation had blocked its attack, they were still expelled from the Blood Sea.
The appearance of the giant ape puppet was shocking. They never thought that Minghe had held back a trick in the Blood Sea. However, to their surprise, Minghe did not use the Puppet of the Blood God to prevent the Good Separation and Evil Separation of Houtu and Xuan Ming from leading the Wu Tribe to attack the Blood Sea. Instead, he had taken this measure after examining the 10 great Ancestors of Sorcery. Did he only want to refine the 10 great Ancestors of Sorcery into Puppets of the Blood God?
This confused both Houtu as well as other people. Even though her 10 brothers were reborn, they would only be Sages- to-be, which could not catch Minghe's eye. And even though it was successful, it could not make up for the loss of the Blood Sea. It was not Minghe's style of behavior. Did he do it on purpose? At the thought of this, Houtu could not remain calm. Upon seeing Houtu turn pale, Minghe did not act in haste. He said calmly, "Houtu, I said before that the Way of Heaven is a cycle of Karma. As a man sows, so shall he reap. I did not expect that you would revive the 10 great Ancestors of Sorcery in this way. But I gave you a chance to sow. Now, it's time to reap."
He ignored Houtu and launched attacks together with Heaven and Earth Taoist. All of a sudden, dozens of figures appeared in front of the people. After clearly seeing the people that had been summoned by Minghe and Heaven and Earth Taoist, everyone was astonished and Houtu turned even paler because they were from the Demon Tribe.
Luya, Emperor Jun's last son, was a prince of the Demon Tribe and the first heir to the throne of the Demon Tribe. Although he was talented, he had unfortunately not reached the Peak of the Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal Realm. He had a long way to go to subjugate many Sacred Demons and succeed to the throne. Even now, he was supported by Goddess Nvywa but he still could not achieve this.
In the Demon Tribe, strength was revered. In the past, Emperor Jun held hundreds of millions of demons in awe based on his powerful strength and his strong brother. Even though Goddess Nvywa supported Luya and forced the Demon tribesmen to submit to Luya, Luya's strength was insufficient, so he could not bring the Demon tribesmen to their knees. The good result of this was that Luya enjoyed a good reputation, but each of the Demon tribesmen was fiercely independent. And the bad result of this was that the Demon tribesmen were gripped by civil strife.
Apart from Luya, most of the remaining people were Sacred Demons in the Realm of the Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal. Among them, two people were special. One was Demon Master Kunpeng, and the other was Bai Ze, one of the 10 great Demon Generals. Minghe had caught all the powerhouses of the Demon Tribe and brought them here. Thus, it could be seen that he was ambitious. No wonder Houtu's facial expression greatly changed.
All the Sages also frowned after seeing this. Goddess Nvywa looked even more anxious. They were the mainstays of the Demon Tribe, and Luya was even the hope for the revival of the Demon Tribe. Seeing that they had been caught by Minghe, Goddess Nvywa said hurriedly, "Fellow Taoist Minghe, what's your motivation to capture my tribesmen?"
Minghe looked at Goddess Nvywa and said coldly, "Fellow Taoist Goddess Nvywa, please rest assured. I disdained raising my hands against them. I brought them here to grant you a Fated Chance." Then, he ignored Goddess Nvywa and said to Kunpeng, Bai Ze, and many Sacred Demons, "Come and meet your new Demon Emperor Luya."
Although the words were plain, there was no room for Kunpeng and the others to refuse. As his eyes turned colder, Minghe was even more horrifying. After casting his eyes on Minghe, Kunpeng clenched his teeth and summoned up his courage. Then he moved forward and he saluted, saying, "Kunpeng from the Demon Tribe paying respects to my Demon Emperor."
Luya felt relieved when he saw that. He was very happy because his year-long dream had finally come true. Although Goddess Nvywa could also coerce Kunpeng and the others to yield, she was not as effective as Minghe had been. In Untainted Land, no Demon tribesman dared to rebel against Minghe. The same went for Kunpeng. Goddess Nvywa did not have the heart to exterminate the Demon Tribe, while Minghe was famous for killing people without batting an eye.
Minghe looked at Luya and said coldly, "Luya, look at me carefully later and do as I do. Do you understand?" Luya was astonished and doubted if there would be a follow-up. However, he could only obey rather than resist even though he was so ambitious. Goddess Nvywa was nearby and felt confused. She had an instinct that it was a great Fated Chance for Luya.
Minghe looked at Heaven and Earth Taoist as well as Musen. Then, they walked out side by side. Red Lotus Taoist moved slightly forward and stood in front of Houtu. Obviously, he did not allow Houtu to disturb Minghe and the others. It seemed to be a big movement. However, Houtu was no longer calm and unhurried. And then, there was Minghe's real counterattack. What would it be?
Minghe said, "With the Way of Heaven as our witness, I, Minghe, created the Asura Tribe and established the Religion of Asura, so I should be the master of the Asuras and control the reincarnation of the Asuras." Then, a silver light emitted from his eyebrows. It was Minghe's Division of Spirit. The silver light tore through the sky and fell to the Asuras in the Six Paths of Reincarnation.
All the living beings of Untainted Land were astonished by this scene. They never thought that Minghe would directly strike the Six Paths of Reincarnation. However, Houtu looked worse. Although the Six Paths of Reincarnation was her previous human body, the Wu Tribe had no path of reincarnation in the Six Paths of Reincarnation. Therefore, Houtu was a nominal master of the Six Paths of Reincarnation. As a matter of fact, each path had its own master.
Minghe created the Asura tribe and established the Religion of Asura, so he deserved to be the master of the Asuras. Before, Houtu was grounded in the Nether World and Minghe could not drive her away. Moreover, Minghe was not willing to bring about enmity with Houtu. Thus, he had not done so. Afterward, Houtu suddenly turned hostile. Then, Minghe plotted to seize the Six Paths of Reincarnation. However, he had not taken effective actions because the opportunity had not yet arrived. Today, he would drive Houtu from the Nether World with one act. As the old saying goes, how can an outsider be allowed to sleep beside my bed?
As Minghe finished his words, Merit fell from Heaven. Obviously, it gave its tacit consent to Minghe's words. After seeing that, Houtu turned severely pale. Certainly, it was only the beginning. Subsequently, Heaven and Earth Taoist said, "With the Way of Heaven as our witness, I, Heaven and Earth, established the Nether World and built a hell of 18 floors. So I should be the Great Deity of Feng Capital, the master of the Nether World, and the master of the Starvation Realm, as well as the master of the Hell Realm to manage the reincarnation of the Starvation Realm and the Hell Realm." Then, two Divisions of Spirit emitted from his eyebrows and fell on to the Six Paths of Reincarnation. Meanwhile, Merit fell from Heaven again. Then, Houtu turned extremely pale. All of a sudden, half of the Six Paths of Reincarnation were taken by Minghe. Originally, all the Luck of the Six Paths of Reincarnation belonged to her. Now, a small part of it was taken by Minghe all at once.
However, it was not over yet. Musen continued to say, "With the Way of Heaven as our witness, I, Musen, the Martial Ancestor of the Human Tribe, set up Martial Arts and encouraged the Human Tribe, so I should be the master of the Human Realm to govern the reincarnation of the Human Realm." It was no different from Minghe's and Heaven and Earth Taoist's words. After he finished his words, a Division of Spirit shot from his eyebrows and fell on to the Six Paths of Reincarnation. Merit fell from the sky once more.
Luya had earlier been taken by surprise. At this moment, he finally understood the reasons why Minghe caught him and all the leaders of the Demon Tribe and forced him to become enthroned. Unexpectedly, he wanted to usurp the master of the Beast Realm in the Six Paths of Reincarnation. It was absolutely a good Fated Chance. Perhaps he could become a Sage-to-be after separation by virtue of Merit. When everyone was shocked and Luya was excited, someone acted faster than Luya. A voice came from the Heavenly Court. "With the Way of Heaven as our witness, I, Haotian, am mandated by Heaven to be the master of the Heavenly Court. I'm in charge of Untainted Land and enforce the law on behalf of Heaven. Anyone who achieved immortality in the Way of Heaven should be under the administration of the Heavenly Court. I, Haotian, should be the master of the reincarnation of the Heaven Realm and control the reincarnation of the Heaven Realm." (The Heaven Realm is not the Way of Heaven. It is the Way of Celestial Immortality in the Six Paths of Reincarnation.)
Luya immediately reacted and said, "With the Way of Heaven as our witness, I, Luya, am the Emperor of the Demon Tribe, in charge of thousands of Demon tribesmen, so I should be the master of the Beast Realm to manage the reincarnation of the Beast Realm." In this way, each of the Six Paths of Reincarnation had its own master. Although they could not completely take away Houtu's Luck in the Six Paths of Reincarnation, she also suffered great losses. Minghe's action was a drastic measure.
Chapter 329: God Deification Ceremony
Another two Merits fell from Heaven. One went to the Heavenly Court, while the other fell on Luya's head. As the Merit entered his body, Luya's breath floated. He said loudly, "Chop!" Then, a figure came out from the Three Flowers. It was his Good Separation. After the Three Separations were divided, Luya was so excited. He immediately expressed his thanks to Minghe. He knew that he could not catch Minghe's eye, but he had to express his thanks.
Houtu became terribly pale after seeing the change. Her joy in revitalizing the 10 Ancestors of Sorcery had already gone. Now, each of the Six Paths of Reincarnation had its own master. Each master took 10% of the Luck. All of a sudden, Houtu lost 60% of her Luck in the Six Paths of Reincarnation. Such great losses could be made up by the revival of the 10 great Ancestors of Sorcery.
Originally, Houtu set up the Six Paths of Reincarnation to extend the Luck of the Wu Tribe. Now, more than half of the Luck had been damaged. For the Wu Tribe, it was a big blow. Beyond all doubt, Luck was essential to a tribe. Since their Luck had been damaged, the Wu Tribe would spend many years to return to power. Although the Luck had been damaged, the 10 great Ancestors of Sorcery had been revived. That made Houtu feel some relief. Minghe was still calm after he had successfully taken away 40% of Luck in the Six Paths of Reincarnation. She looked at him and became resentful. But if she was given another chance, she would still do the same. For her, the 10 great Ancestors of Sorcery were more important than the Luck.
Houtu looked at Minghe one last time, and then she turned away. It was useless to stay there because the damage had been done. However, she had to return to Millions of Mountains of Jambudvipa this time. Minghe had taken away the Six Paths of Reincarnation, so there was no room for her in the Nether World. Certainly, she needed to go back to her birthplace. She had family and relatives there.
Since Houtu had gone, Goddess Nvywa would not stay long. She led the Demon Tribe to Wahuang Heaven. Luya became emperor and was then promoted to a Sage-to-be. In this way, he was qualified to put down the Demon tribesmen. However, Bai Ze and Kunpeng were far stronger than Luya. Thus, Goddess Nvywa would have a talk with them. Since the Twelve Ancestors of Sorcery had gathered together, the Demon tribesmen could not act independently. At the sight of this, Minghe withdrew his Three Separations. Taking a glance at Hongjun, he took Liu Er and Emperor Xin to return to the Blood Sea. Minghe had gained an overwhelming victory this time. Not only did Liu Er become the Rakshasa, but Minghe also achieved a lot. Although the Blood Sea suffered great losses, it had 40% of the Luck of the Six Paths of Reincarnation to make up for it, so it still made a fortune.
When Minghe departed, Sect Leader Tongtian also took the surviving disciples of the Tribe of Severity back to Golden Turtle Island. Now the Shang Dynasty was doomed to fail, and the Cultivation Tribulation was also over, so it was meaningless to fight on. Moreover, Sect Leader Tongtian had become a Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal of the Origin, so he had nothing to talk about with Laozi and the other Sages because the fight had been lost. However, today's failure also gave the hope to the Tribe of Severity to stage a comeback.
Sect Leader Tongtian left without saying anything. It seemed to be somewhat desolate for Laozi and Honored Lord of the Origin. Because of the fight for the Luck, the three brothers were already unaffectionate. They had no idea if it was really deserved. Since they had done so, they would have no occasion for regret. At least they won in the Battle of the Gods Investiture. It was a foregone conclusion that Shang would perish but Zhou would prosper. Hongjun took a look at Laozi and the other three Sages, but he scarcely talked to them. Since he separated himself from the Way of Heaven, they were already no longer master and apprentice. By riding a cloud, Hongjun left for Purvavideha, in which there was Mount Yujing, his previous Ashram. Although he successfully escaped from the Way of Heaven, he was still seriously wounded, so he needed a place to heal the wound.
Watching the people leave, Laozi, Honored Lord of the Origin, Jieyin, and Zhunti said nothing. After all, they were victorious this time, except that the price of the victory was huge. The Tribe of Severity had big causalities, but the Tribe of Humanity, Clan of Enlightenment and Western Religious Sect also suffered heavy causalities. And Honored Lord of the Origin was distressed when he thought that five of the Twelve Golden Immortals under him were listed on the Investiture of the Gods.
However, he felt a little relief when he saw the Investiture of the Gods and the Gods-hitting Whip fall into Jiang Ziya'a hands. Now the Shang Dynasty was completely defenseless, and even Emperor Xin, King Zhou, had already become an Asura. The army of Western Zhou was overwhelming. In a few days, it took down Zhaoge, the capital of the Shang Dynasty. Since then, the overbearing Shang Dynasty had collapsed. After the fall of the Shang Dynasty, Ji Chang, King Wen of Zhou, officially became Sovereign of the World. He was hesitant about choosing Bo Yikao or Ji Fa as the successor. Originally, he intended to separate the wheat from the chaff through their battle achievements. Unexpectedly, they invaded Zhaoge together. Thus, it was more difficult for him to make a choice. However, God made the choice for him.
When Zhaoge was seized, Jiang Ziya began to supervise the building of the platform of the God Deification Ceremony and prepare for the relevant matters. This was the most important thing. Among the 365 Gods on the Board, many were disciples of the Clan of Enlightenment. Jiang Ziya certainly wanted to create a promising future for them. This was why Honored Lord of the Origin and Zhunti wanted to take the deific people as apprentices.
It was hard for the people on the Investiture of the Gods due to Veridical Souls to enhance their cultivations. They could only depend on enshrining and worshiping by burning joss sticks on earth. Besides Veridical Souls, some people were listed on the Investiture of the Gods due to their human body—Yang Jian, for example. Not only they could practice the Way of the Deity, but they would also not be limited to the Investiture of the Gods. Only a few people were like this. To everyone's surprise, Bo Yikao was such a person. He was deified as the Great Emperor of the Middle Heaven North Star, One of the Six Regions of the Heavenly Court. Moreover, it was deemed by the Way of Heaven. Even if Jiang Ziya wanted to change, he would not be capable to do so. Bo Yikao virtually had a sudden rise in life. Zi Wei Emperor was specialized in managing earthly emperors. It was much better than the king of Western Zhou.
After the God Deification Ceremony, the Heavenly Court was full of talents, which made Haotian so delighted.
Some trouble also made him agonize. First, with the presence of Zi Wei Emperor, Haotian's power was weakened. Second, Laozi's Good Separation, Highest Elder Lord, also entered the Heavenly Court. Although he was under Haotian's command, he was only the nominal one.
Besides, some disciples on the Investiture of the Gods from the four religions were proud and arrogant. Haotian could not merely use the Investiture of the Gods and the Gods-hitting Whip to constrain them. If that were the case, even if they were seemingly obedient, they would just be acting in a perfunctory way. If Haotian wanted to situate the Heavenly Court at the supreme position of Untainted Land, he still needed to subdue all the Gods in his own way. It was not an overnight thing, so he had to do it slowly.
Haotian was happy and also agonizing. The Tribe of Humanity, the Clan of Enlightenment, and the Tribe of Severity all withdrew to their own Ashrams. Throughout this battle, all the three religions had suffered heavy casualties. The Western Religious Sect, in particular, spared no effort, but many of its disciples had been killed or wounded. In the end, Ji Fa became the successor of the king, and Jiang Ziya became the man in charge of the God Deification Ceremony. Thus, the Clan of Enlightenment was sure to be thriving in the Human Tribe. Again, how could an outsider be allowed to sleep beside my bed? It was nearly impossible for the Western Religious Sect to preach in Purvavideha.
So, Jieyin and Zhunti took disciples of the Western Religious Sect back to Aparagodaniya. They intended to manage their own territory with all their strength. Meanwhile, they also needed time to recover their impaired Essential Qi. Shen Gongbao certainly returned to Aparagodaniya. He felt somewhat upset. People could have the same manner but totally different lives. This was still the case up till now.
Originally, Shen Gongbao left Square Mountain with very high ambitions. He preceded Jiang Ziya in everything. Unfortunately, Jiang Ziya had become the man in charge of the God Deification Ceremony. So naturally, Shen Gongbao felt upset, not only for himself, but also for his brothers of the same master who died in the battle. They gave Bo Yikao convenience in the Heavenly Court, thus Shen Gongbao felt a little gratified.
Compared with the Western Religious Sect's withdrawal from the Human Tribe, Honored Lord of the Origin was high-spirited and vigorous. Although many of his apprentices had been killed or wounded, even five of the Twelve Golden Immortals also died. However, it saved precious time for the Clan of Enlightenment at least. Now, he was estranged from Laozi, so he would not care about the Tribe of Humanity. He only cared about the thriving of the Clan of Enlightenment.
Chapter 330: From Taoism to Buddhism
Unfortunately, it was a bit early for Honored Lord of the Origin to be happy. Undoubtedly, the Clan of Enlightenment would probably thrive. However, Honored Lord of the Origin had handled affairs unfairly as he delegated the affairs to his favorite disciples. This caused other disciples to be strongly discontented. In the Battle of the Gods Investiture, they had also tried their best. But in the end, they would not be able to share the benefits. Naturally, they refused to accept this.
In the Clan of Enlightenment, there were a total of 14 inner disciples. Aside from Dipamkara and Jiang Ziya, those remaining were the Twelve Golden Immortals. But in the battle of the God Deification Ceremony, among the Twelve Golden Immortals, five people were listed on the Investiture of the Gods, including Ju Liusun, Perfected Person Yellow Dragon, Ture Taoist of Pure Morality, Great Master Spiritual Treasure, and Chi Jingzi. Among the remaining seven people, Guang Chengzi, Immortal Tai Yi, and Immortal Yu Ding were favorited by Honored Lord of the Origin. Thus, he entrusted them to handle the internal affairs.
Honored Lord of the Origin had earlier had a Closed Door Meditation. In this battle, he also sustained severe injuries. After Hongjun and Sect Leader Tongtian separated themselves from the Way of Heaven in succession, Honored Lord of the Origin was also ready to do so. Though it was good to be a Sage, they were under the thumb of the Way of Heaven. In contrast, a Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal of the Origin was more carefree and unrestrained.
In Untainted Land, the Way of Heaven prohibited the Sages from fighting with the experts of the Origin. However, that would only work for the Sages. For people like Minghe or Hongjun, if they really launched attacks in Untainted Land, it would not work. Otherwise, it would end with its destruction together with them. Obviously, that was impossible. However, the Sages had entrusted their Original Spirits to the Way of Heaven, so they were controlled by the Way of Heaven.
Honored Lord of the Origin was proud and arrogant, so he was not willing to be intimidated by others, including the Way of Heaven. Moreover, Hongjun, who had combined his body with the Tao, had separated himself from the Way of Heaven. This showed that there had to be some secrets. Though he had no idea of the secrets, he thought that it would be a good choice to cut himself off from the Way of Heaven. However, it also needed to be fully prepared. Favorable climatic, geographical, and human conditions were essential. Honored Lord of the Origin did not meddle in the internal affairs. Guang Chengzi resolutely chose to retreat after seeing the vast distance between Heaven and Earth. He was deeply stimulated by Liu Er's actualization. Originally, he had thought he could close the gap to Liu Er after becoming a Sage-to-be. However, their gap was larger now, so he was not reconciled at all.
When Guang Chengzi retreated into Closed Door Meditation, the sect was taken command of by Immortal Yu Ding and Immortal Tai Yi. Thus, the several surviving Golden Immortals were unsatisfied. Meanwhile, Honored Lord of the Origin's inner disciples also put forth their strength in the Battle of the Gods Investiture. They did not have a chance to take part in preaching, so they were not reconciled at all.
Although preaching was tedious, they could transmit their own teachings to the Human Tribe and accumulate Luck for themselves. Obviously, Luck was more important than preaching. Luck concerned cultivation. The reason for the Battle of the Gods Investiture was to contest for the Luck of the Human Tribe. Even the Sages cared about Luck, not to mention the disciples.
Celestial Lord of Profound Power Manjushri, Samantabhadra, and Goddess of Mercy were the most dissatisfied ones. Since the Winding Yellow River Formation, their forces were far worse than before, although they had recovered their cultivations to the Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal. Now, they were in urgent need of Luck to assist them in practice. However, Honored Lord of the Origin had kept them from preaching, so they naturally nursed a grievance.
Besides them, Dipamkara Taoist, as the Deputy Sect Leader of the Clan of Enlightenment, was also discontented. His dissatisfaction might not be irrational. In those years, he greatly abashed himself to apprentice to Honored Lord of the Origin. Although he was appointed the Deputy Sect Leader of the Clan of Enlightenment, he did not have any real power. Moreover, when Honored Lord of the Origin handed out Spiritual Treasures, Dipamkara had gotten nothing. He completely depended on himself to become a Sage-to-be.
Since he joined the Clan of Enlightenment, Dipamkara tried his best in assisting Xuanyuan and in the just-finished Battle of the Gods Investiture. He felt that he had spared no effort for the Clan of Enlightenment. However, Honored Lord of the Origin only gave him a few perfunctory words of praise. After thinking it over, he discovered that Honored Lord of the Origin had never granted him any special favors. He did not deserve to be called a master. One day, Celestial Lord of Profound Power Manjushri, Samantabhadra, and Goddess of Mercy got together. While they talking about the Tao, they revealed their angst to each other. At that time, a figure suddenly appeared before them and said with a laugh, "You're my predestined friends. I advise you to shake off your shackles and resume practicing a Great Way that suits you."
Meanwhile, Dipamkara was very surprised to see that person in front of him. This person ignored his astonishment and said dryly, "Dipamkara, although you're Deputy Sect Leader of the Clan of Enlightenment, everyone knows that you have no real power. It's just an empty title. You practice the Way of Nirvana, which is totally incompatible with the Clan of Enlightenment. In that case, you can join us, won't you?"
In the Yuxu Palace, Honored Lord of the Origin was meditating on the Way of Heaven. Though he was heavily injured, his core was not hurt. With his strong power of a Sage, it would not be long before recovery. Now, he was making preparations for getting rid of the Way of Heaven. If he was not well-prepared, his vitality would be greatly undermined in the future. Once the Sages became Sages, they would make progress every day. Being different from Minghe, they obtained a Holy Seat with the help of the Hong Meng Immortal Qi and Merit of Heaven. They reached the Sage Realm without painstaking practice. Therefore, if they wanted to increase their strength, they had to make up for the shortfall.
It was like building a house. For example, after building 10 floors, only the framing for the 11th floor could be made, and then the 12th floor could be built directly after. But although they could get to the 12th floor, if they wanted to continue building upward, they would naturally need time to completely finish the 11th floor first. Otherwise, it would only lead to the collapse of the building.
Therefore, all the Sages made painstaking efforts to meditate on the Way of Heaven after becoming Sages to make up for their previous deficiencies. For example, after Sect Leader Tongtian had separated himself from the Way of Heaven, he was no longer a Sage but his cultivation was at the Middle Stage of the Origin, which was the Secondary Stage of the Sage Realm. Although it was a little weaker than before, his cultivation had not changed a lot.
Honored Lord of the Origin had decided to get rid of the Way of Heaven, so he would not take any hasty actions. Now, when he was still a Sage, it would be easier for him to perceive the Way of Heaven through meditation. Thus, he had to take this opportunity to improve his Realm of the Origin. Honored Lord of the Origin would be very embarrassed if he downgraded from the Secondary Stage of the Sage Realm to the Early Stage of the Origin after breaking away from the Way of Heaven, being inferior to Sect Leader Tongtian.
After being in Closed Door Meditation for a long time, he was enlightened by the Way of Heaven to some extent. Suddenly, he felt ill at ease, as if something was about to happen. He counted on his fingers, but he could not manage it. He frowned and felt a little uneasy. He wondered if the Clan of Enlightenment was in trouble during his Closed Door Meditation.
After leaving the Closed Door Meditation, he went to the main hall of the Yuxu Palace. As he stretched out a hand to point, the golden bell rang to convene disciples. A moment later, the disciples on Mount Kunlun arrived one after another. Honored Lord of the Origin took a look and knitted his brows. Not to mention any other disciples, but only three among the remaining seven of the Twelve Golden Immortals had come, and Dipamkara was absent. In such a situation, he was skeptical. Guang Chengzi, Celestial Lord of Profound Power Manjushri, Samantabhadra, Goddess of Mercy, and Dipamkara were all absent. He knew about Guang Chengzi's situation at this time. But were Dipamkara and the other three also in Closed Door Meditation? Or did they leave and go back to their own Ashrams?
The Secrets of Heaven were blurred when he calculated the four people's traces. Did somebody cover up their Secrets of Heaven? With his Spiritual Thoughts, he looked at the four people's Ashrams first. But, he discovered that they were not there. Then, he searched for them in Untainted Land with his Spiritual Thoughts.
Finally, on the border between Purvavideha and Aparagodaniya, he saw Manjushri, Samantabhadra, and Goddess of Mercy. But when he saw the person with them, he burned with anger and his facial expression greatly changed. Without taking notice of the puzzled disciples, he snorted and disappeared from the main hall.
Zhunti led Manjushri, Samantabhadra, and Goddess of Mercy there. Jieyin had been there for a while. When they saw that Jieyin greeted them personally, they felt extremely flattered. However, they did not know Jieyin was there to solve a major event, rather than for them.
At this time, Honored Lord of the Origin suddenly appeared. The three of them turned extremely pale because they never thought that Honored Lord of the Origin would arrive so quickly. As they saw his resentful look, they felt ashamed and lowered their heads. After all, they had been making preparations to disengage for many years. And now they had done such a thing, they really felt guilty.
Honored Lord of the Origin had not yet said a word. Zhunti began to speak first. "Fellow Taoist Origin, you did things unfairly so your disciples felt resentment. Now, Manjushri, Samantabhadra, and Goddess of Mercy have come to join our Western Religious Sect. Thus, from now on, they are no longer disciples of the Clan of Enlightenment."
When Honored Lord of the Origin was about to flare up, Jieyin continued to say, "Since you are here, you can be a witness. Although our Western Religious Sect worships Taoism, you've always regarded it as heterodoxy. Today, my junior brother and I have decided that the Western Religious Sect is henceforth divorced from Taoism and renamed Buddhism. I, Taoist Jieyin, am Amitabha of Buddhism." Zhunti also said, "From now on, I, Taoist Zhunti, am Mother of Ten Thousand Buddhas of Buddhism and Buddha Mother Zhunti. With the Way of Heaven as a witness, Samantabhadra is Taihang Samantabhadra Bodhisattva; Manjushri is Manjushri Bodhisattva; Goddess of Mercy is Bodhisattva of Compassion." Up in the Ninth Heaven, thunder rolled. It was the method by which the Way of Heaven confirmed their words.