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Chapter 240: The Goddess Lessica

The bed chamber was not exactly big but spacious enough. It had a bath tub behind a wall screen, a small carpet hall and of course a bed.

Yi Ping took a quick look as he asked, “There is no table or chairs?”

The Goddess Lessica was puzzled as she asked, “Huh? Table or chairs?”

Yi Ping said awkwardly, “Never mind that…”

He had realized that the more he had asked, the more he was giving himself away even though he was able to pick up languages rapidly with his innate enlightenment.

Like the Celestials, they were likely to sit on the floor rather than the chairs…

The Goddess Lessica whispered, “The others are under instructions to spy on us. You have specific request for me so that is why I am here. But afterward, I will have to report everything that you have said and enquired to the Great Lord Xuan Yuan. You know, the Great Lord Xuan Yuan is really curious about you and I have never seen him like this for ages.”

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh, “Thank you for telling me so much.”

The Goddess Lessica lowered her head shyly, “You can ask me anything you want. This is…a repayment of your kindness to me. What does my lord want to ask of me first?”

Yi Ping pondered for a while before he asked, “This Alluring Goddess Theresa, who is she?”

The Goddess Lessica laughed softly, “You say you are not interested in her but the first thing that you have enquired is her.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “I just found her intriguing.”

The Goddess Lessica smiled shyly, “I am just teasing my lord. I hope that my lord won’t mind and pardon my impudence.”

Yi Pig quickly said, “Of course not!”

The Goddess Lessica whispered, “The Alluring Goddess Theresa is from the Oracle Clan. She resides in her Oracle Citadel to the north of the Ancient Fortress. Trust me on this, she isn’t someone that you want to mess with or want to acquaint with.”

Yi Ping glanced at his Fantian Sovereign as he murmured, “She seems to have recognized my divine sword…”

The Goddess Lessica said, “That is because she is the younger sister to the Great Goddess Fantian. Of course she knows it.”

Yi Ping was stunned as he muttered, “She is the younger sister to the Great Goddess Fantian?!”

Yi Ping was not as dense as he appeared. He stared at the Goddess Lessica and asked solemnly, “Just who are you? You recognize my divine sword too?”

The Goddess Lessica said quietly, “I do recognize the Fantian Sovereign. I am what you know.”

Yi Ping thought, “Obviously she is hiding something. There is a subtle shift in her eyes…”

But that was her personal secret and he did not want to want to force her as he thought, “I don’t have the right to force her to reveal her secrets. It doesn’t matter. I am just a stranger here.”

The Goddess Lessica lowered her voice even softer, “There is something that I want to say to you that I can’t say earlier. You may be interested to know about it.”

Yi Ping asked curiously, “Yes?”

The Goddess Lessica said quietly, “But before I can tell you this, can you tell me where you are really from?”

Yi Ping was startled as he thought, “Should I trust her? Maybe she is a spy from the Great Lord Xuan Yuan after all…”

But he quickly cursed to himself, “So what? She has not harmed me yet, right? Moreover I am not exactly in the best of situations. I don’t even know if I can return to the Stellar Sanctuary now. I shouldn’t have doubted her. What if she really meant well then I would have wronged her…”

Yi Ping prided his personal honor above his better common sense. There were many instances where the other maidens nearly fainted at his stupidity and had felt he should exercise caution against a stranger. But that was Yi Ping and in the end, the other maidens had to admit that what Yi Ping had done was actually the smart thing to do and that he had the ‘foresight’.

But of course he did not have any foresight at all. It was just a matter of trusting this Goddess Lessica or not. What would he choose then? What decision would he make? This was a matter of life and death!

Yi Ping sighed softly, “My name is really Yi Ping. As from where I am from, I am not from the desolate borderlands as the Goddess Aeris has said. She didn’t know either. I am from the Celestial Realm.”

The Goddess Lessica looked at him curiously, “You are not from the Immortal Realm and is from a lower realm?”

Yi Ping shook his head, “If you want to know where I come from, that is it. But how did I come to be here, I do not know either!”

The Goddess Lessica looked at him intently as she murmured, “Impossible. The distances between the realms are simply too vast. Moreover, the Celestial Realm is a lower realm…”

She looked at Yi Ping before saying, “But I don’t think you are lying or I will surely know.”

Yi Ping was startled as he thought, “She can discern if I am lying?”

The Goddess Lessica said quietly, “My lord, your attainment must be exceeding in order to traverse across the realms or maybe it is because that is the desire of your divine sword.”

Yi Ping was startled as he asked, “My divine sword? My Fantian Sovereign?”

The Goddess Lessica nodded, “All divine weapons have a will of their own so that is not surprising. Moreover the Fantian Sovereign hailed from the Ancient Fortress.”

Yi Ping asked, “The Fantian Sovereign hailed from the Ancient Fortress?”

The Goddess Lessica nodded, “It hailed from the Oracle Clan in fact. The first mistress to the Fantian Sovereign is none other than the Great Goddess Fantian!”

All of a sudden she drawn close to Yi Ping as she sniffed, “And you have the scent of the Great Goddess Fantian on you…”

Yi Ping was startled as he thought, “She can really tell?”

She quickly smiled shyly, “Maybe you know, maybe you do not know. The Great Goddess Fantian is the number one exponent among the Desolate Immortals.”

Yi Ping blinked his eyes, “She is? What about the World Ruler Fu Xi and the Great Lord Xuan Yuan?”

She heaved a soft sigh, “So it seems that you really do not know. Indeed, she is ranked as such. But now she is no longer here so that honor goes to her sister, the Alluring Goddess Theresa now. They are actually one of the most ancient Desolate Immortals around and moreover, they are able to discover their limits in battle and are able to surpass it, far more than any Desolate Immortals. That is why the Alluring Goddess Theresa is currently ranked at number one. Maybe even on par with the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and the World Ruler Fu Xi!”

Yi Ping thought excitingly to himself, “If the Alluring Goddess Theresa is the sister to Xian’Er, then she may be the only one that I can trust…”

The Goddess Lessica said quietly, “I know what you are thinking. Are you planning of allying with the Alluring Goddess Theresa?”

Yi Ping smiled faintly, “You…you can read my thoughts?”

The Goddess Lessica chuckled softly, “No, I can’t. It is just that you are so easy to read. I just did a lucky guess.”

Yi Ping was slightly relieved as he muttered, “So I see…”

The Goddess Lessica whispered gravely, “Great Lord Yi Ping, please listen to me. The Alluring Goddess Theresa has a personal vendetta with the Great Goddess Fantian for forsaking clan honor and for betraying the Desolate Immortals. You must always remember that. And it is obvious that she has taken notice of you and your divine sword. She will surely claim the Fantian Sovereign as her own.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly at that but he was also perplexed at the same time. It was because he had suddenly realized that this Goddess Lessica was not as simple as she seemed!

The Goddess Lessica said shyly, “The Great Lord Xuan Yuan will surely request for you to pick a maiden as your desirables. That is because he wants you to join his camp but that does not mean that he trusts you. It is better than you joining his rivals. So he will entice you to choose the Great Goddess Aeris but you must never choose her. When the time comes for you to pick a goddess for yourself, you must choose me.”

All of a sudden she had clung onto Yi Ping as she whispered almost incoherently, “You have to choose me, don’t forget…”

Yi Ping was stunned at her sudden closeness. Just as he was about to push her away, she moaned softly. “Don’t. They can sense our movements in this chamber. Don’t give the game away…”

The Goddess Lessica added softly, “You must give them an impression that you have formed an attachment to me. Only then can you have the excuse to justify your request. Am I right?”

Yi Ping nodded slowly as he sensed two strangers that were standing outside the room. These two strangers were experts in concealing themselves but Yi Ping had received plenty of training from Yixian and Youxue in sensing the invisible opponents. Moreover, his state of divinity was really much higher than the watchers as well.

As the Goddess Lessica cuddled on him, she said gently. “In just a few hours, you will have to see the Great Lord Xuan Yuan so it is better for you to have as much rest as possible, alright?”

He nodded slowly but at the same time he was already pondering his current situation, “So this is the Desolate Realm and I am now in the company of the Desolate Immortals? Except for the Eighth and Ninth Positioning Desolate Immortals, why does it seem that they are generally weaker than the Celestial Immortals? I think that even Alice, Xiang’Er, Lele, Xingyue and even Yu’Er are all on par with the Eighth Positioning Immortals. No, Alice is superior to the Goddess Aeris in many ways. I saw her withstanding the tremendous impact of the Abominating White King Ape (See Chapter 184)…”

He paused as he thought excitedly, “If my guess is correct, they are indeed stronger than most of the Desolate Immortals here! That is because they carried with them the blood lineage of the Great Goddess Fantian! Moreover the spiritual levels of the Three Known Realms are much higher than here, allowing them to further develop their own techniques.”

“So that means that the Heavenly Kings of the Immortals may not be weaker than most of Eighth Positioning Desolate Immortals here. The Western Paradise Heavenly King is currently at the Seventh Immortal Positioning so he should be on par with the initial or intermediate Ninth Positioning Desolate Immortals here? But compare to the late stage Ninth Positioning Desolate Immortals like the World Ruler Fu Xi and the Great Lord Xuan Yuan, it is impossible to surpass them yet. Even I, do not have the confident to do so…”

“No wait. The Ancient Desolate Immortals should be spiritually enriched in the Immortal Realm already and they won’t be weaker than the Celestial Immortals. Alas! No matter what I think about this, this conflict will be a total disaster for the Immortal Realm!”

“Great Lord Yi Ping?…” It was the voice of the Goddess Lessica calling out for him, “Are you alright?”

Yi Ping snapped out of his thoughts immediately as he replied quickly, “I am alright.”

He hesitated briefly before he asked, “Can I know something? Who exactly are you? I have already told you my background.”

It was because he had already determined that the Goddess Lessica seemed to be hiding something from him…

That was because he had seen too much of the intrigues of the Martial Fraternity and the Celestial Realm. Over the years, he had grown wiser as well.

But some things shall not change, will not change!

He will not force anyone to bend their will to him!

The Goddess Lessica lowered her glances, “I…I will tell you after I have regained my freedom…”

She added quickly as she looked melancholy at Yi Ping, “Please believe me. I have no intention to deceive you or to make use of you. I…I have my own difficulties. I hope that you are able to understand it. I really have no other choice.”

Yi Ping smiled gently, “Don’t worry about it. I understand.”

The Goddess Lessica sighed softly, “You are a good man. I know that I cannot force you to choose between the Goddess Aeris or myself. And you make no promise either.”

Yi Ping was startled as he quickly sought to explain, “I…don’t know…I need to think. I am sorry…”

The Goddess Lessica smiled gently, “That is alright. I understand as well.”

Yi Ping was startled by her reply but before he could say anything, she said gently. “Great Lord Yi Ping, I must tell you two things.”

Yi Ping asked curiously, “Yes?”

The Goddess Lessica whispered gently, “The first thing is that you must watch out for the left side of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan carefully. That is because his stronger hand is exactly his left. That is his greatest secret!”

Yi Ping was startled. That was because he really could not tell. Lele was left-hander but she had a tell-tale sign. When he had fought with the Great Lord Xuan Yuan, he really could not tell!

He quickly said sincerely, “Thank you! I didn’t know!”

The Goddess Lessica smiled gently, “Secondly, there is little spiritual nourishment in the Desolate Realm unlike the Material Realms. If you want to recover quickly, you ought to know the rules of this realm quickly. For example…”

She lowered her eyes shyly before saying, “You can only replenish your vitality by engaging in unison with another…”

Yi Ping flustered quickly because the Goddess Lessica was cuddling him even tighter now and that she had left her robe slip!

The Goddess Lessica whispered, “There are watchers outside. A mere act will not be able to convince them, am I right?”

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Chapter 239: The Warrior-Gods

Yi Ping was ushered to the palace gate of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan without further incident by the Great Lord Shenmu.

Along the way, they did not talk.

Or rather, it was inconvenience for him to ask the Goddess Aeris anything at all for the Great Lord Shenmu would be able to hear them.

Yi Ping was forced to sigh with resignation as he had too many questions to ask.

He would rather the Great Lord Shenmu to ask him something but he did not.

The Great Lord Shenmu smiled as the divine gate of the palace slowly opened and a dozen other Desolate Immortals could be seen, “We have reached.”

At the sight of the Great Lord Shenmu, the guards began to shout. “Great Lord Shenmu is back!”

The Great Lord Shenmu looked at him and said, “Come on in. Aren’t you curious about what the palace of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan is going to look like?”

Yi Ping nodded as he entered through the gate before saying, “Indeed!”

The Great Lord Shenmu laughed aloud, “Good! You are honest. Do you know that even the Goddess Aeris has never been here before?”

Yi Ping was startled as he looked at the Goddess Aeris who replied, “Indeed that is so. The Great Lord Xuan Yuan doesn’t like visitors.”

As they talked, the Great Lord Shenmu had already taken them up the spiraling stairs. As soon as they stepped on the top of the walls, they were greeted by strong furious winds as they overlooked the layout of the Ancient City!

The view was so beautiful and Yi Ping could see beautiful citadels of all sizes chaining to the Ancient Fortress. And above the Ancient Fortress were many winged beasts of all sizes!

The Great Lord Shenmu said, “We are at the main part of the Ancient Fortress where we can see almost the entire layout.”

Yi Ping murmured, “It is so beautiful! How many citadels are chained to the Ancient Fortress? How did they stay afloat?”

The Great Lord Shenmu looked at him with a wry smile, “Surely you know that there are twelve citadels that are chained to the Ancient Fortress. Throughout the years, only two citadels remain untouched by the other Great Lords. They are the Verdant Palace of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and the Firmament Citadel of the World Ruler Fu Xi.”

He did not answer Yi Ping why the Ancient Fortress and the twelve citadels were able to stay afloat because the logic was as simple as breathing.

Even Yi Ping felt a little foolish when he had asked that. It was because he had suddenly remembered that the first time he had seen the Heavenly Relic, it was suspending itself in mid-air and yet it was heavier than it looked!

The Stellar Sanctuary, the floating islands of the Celestial Realm and many other things that he had seen were all the same, defying the laws of gravity!

But when the Great Lord Shenmu saw Yi Ping’s expressions, he laughed aloud. “You sure are a curious one. Few immortals bother to ask that. We are immortals and live outside the material plane. The material plane is bounded by the laws of gravity while we the immortals are bounded by the laws of inverse gravity. Do you get me?”

Yi Ping was stumped as he muttered, “The laws of inverse gravity?…”

Seeing his perplexed look, the Great Lord Shenmu laughed jovially. “Never mind! That is just a term that I have coined. Let’s talk about other matters!”

Yi Ping quickly said, “No, it is alright. I am curious to know more…”

The Great Lord Shenmu laughed jovially, “Maybe we shall talk about that when we are free. So what do you think of the Heaven Goddess Zero? Did she say anything to you?”

Yi Ping was startled as he murmured, “What about her?”

The Goddess Aeris hummed coldly, “Don’t say I didn’t warn you. She is nothing but trouble. You have better not get too involved with her.”

The Great Lord Shenmu ignored her and asked Yi Ping, “Well, it is true that she is trouble and that includes her sister as well.”

Yi Ping did have a question so he asked, “They are really sisters?”

The Great Lord Shenmu laughed, “They are really sisters. They are birthed from the same mountain essences. You can’t tell?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he said, “Oh. I really can’t tell.”

The Great Lord Shenmu laughed jovially, “She has four other sisters in case you do not know!”

Yi Ping was startled, “She has four other sisters?!”

The Great Lord Shenmu laughed, “Are you thinking that the two sisters are already so hard to deal with and there are four others more?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he nodded, “If they are also Ninth Immortal Positioning then I may not be able to handle them.”

The Great Lord Shenmu smiled wryly, “You don’t have to worry about it. The other four sisters have long perished.”

Yi Ping was startled as he asked, “They are dead?”

The Great Lord Shenmu nodded solemnly, “Aye! They have perished in the war with the Great God Pangu ten thousand years ago. But don’t worry. Even if they were here now, you have nothing to be afraid of them. They are only Eighth Positioning Immortals. Haha! Ten thousand years ago even I have to be afraid of them but no longer!”

Yi Ping trembled a little when he had heard that. But for some reasons, he had experienced a tingling sensation when he had heard about the four sisters. He thought, “Why is that I have such a strange feeling that I have actually known them?…”

The Great Lord Shenmu asked, “I say, what do you think when the World Ruler Fu Xi says he will give anyone you desire? What if he were to give you the Heaven Goddess Zero?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “I will not.”

The Great Lord Shenmu asked, “Why not?”

Yi Ping rubbed his nose as he replied coolly, “No one has the right to give anyone away. Moreover, she is his woman, ain’t it?”

The Great Lord Shenmu stared at Yi Ping for a while before he burst out laughing loud!

Yi Ping was startled. He looked at the Goddess Aeris as well for an answer but she could only smile weakly so he turned to ask the Great Lord Shenmu, “Why are you laughing?”

The Great Lord Shenmu stared at him blankly, “You didn’t know that the World Ruler Fu Xi and the Heaven Goddess Zero are brother and sister?”

This time Yi Ping was even more startled!

He stammered, “They are?…”

The Great Lord Shenmu said, “Of course they are! Everyone knows about it. Don’t tell me that you have been in the desolate borderlands for so long that you have forgotten?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he answered, “Yes, it slipped my mind…”

The Great Lord Shenmu asked, “So you desire the Heaven Goddess Zero or not?”

Yi Ping felt a little giddy. This Great Lord Shenmu kept asking him such embarrassing questions as though the Goddess Aeris was not around!

The Goddess Aeris seemed to be playing dumb or maybe because she knew her place only too well and did not dare to interrupt the Great Lord Shenmu!

Yi Ping answered weakly, “Of course not!”

All of a sudden the Great Lord Shenmu became very solemn, “You desire the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien?”

The Goddess Aeris raised her eyebrows as she stared at Yi Ping…

Yi Ping was startled as he stammered, “Of course not!…”

The Great Lord Shenmu straightened himself as he looked at Yi Ping, “Well, you have better not! Or I will surely be your foe!”

Yi Ping was startled but he quickly caught on and asked, “You…fancy her?”

The Great Lord Shenmu was suddenly stammering, “Of…course…not!…nonsense! Rubbish! That is not true!”

Yi Ping was stunned by the reaction of the Great Lord Shenmu. It was all too obvious that the Great Lord Shenmu really liked the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien!

He asked all of a sudden, “Why don’t you talk to her?”

The Great Lord Shenmu was startled by Yi Ping’s question. But he quickly regained his composure to reply, “We are from different factions. We can only be foes…”

Yi Ping smiled, “No one says foes can’t be friends as well. Why don’t you look for her and give her a little trouble to get her attention?”

The Great Lord Shenmu murmured with a sudden realization, “That is right! Who says foes can’t be friends as well? Haha, I am going to kick her citadel’s gates later!…”

The Goddess Aeris said coldly, “My lord, the domain of the World Ruler Fu Xi is forbidden to us and we need to bear the consequences of our actions.”

The Great Lord Shenmu heaved a heavy sigh, “I have almost forgotten…”

Yi Ping said, “Don’t be too sad. Your destiny is in your own hands so don’t be cornered by circumstances.”

The Great Lord Shenmu looked at Yi Ping with a weird look, “What are you? Why is that I find that everything you say makes sense?”

Yi Ping replied almost melancholy, “I have been through a lot and almost lost everything that I have cherished…if I cannot control destiny then I am going to fight it…therefore I believe that destiny is in my hands. Xian’Er is the one that has taught me this…”

The Great Lord Shenmu and the Goddess Aeris looked at each other before appraising Yi Ping with a new look…

The Great Lord Shenmu said slowly, “Say. I have heard from the Great Lord Xuan Yuan that you have fought with him. What do you think of your chances if you are to fight him again?”

Yi Ping was surprised that the Great Lord Shenmu would suddenly ask him this question out of the blue. But this big guy did not seem to hide any malice so he replied honestly, “I am not his match!”

The Goddess Aeris smiled, “But I can see you holding your ground against him and even wounding him!”

Yi Ping looked at the starry heavens, “That is only because I got lucky and I am able to surprise him. He is right. I may not be his match if the duel were to continue further. Moreover, he had not even utilized the sanctorum power of his divine sword yet.”

The Great Lord Shenmu said, “What about me then? If you fight me then who will win?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “I may not be your match too!”

The Great Lord Shenmu laughed aloud, “You are too blunt! But I like it! Haha!”

The Goddess Aeris said quietly, “Then you are really not their match. If even you think that you are not able to defeat them then your lack of confident will be your downfall…”

But the Great Lord Shenmu was looking straight at Yi Ping. They were both locking eyes and the Great Lord Shenmu whispered in secret to Yi Ping, “But you don’t seem to be afraid of us.”

Yi Ping whispered in secret, “That is because I have not fought to my best yet!”

The Great Lord Shenmu whispered, “There is a small group of fighters, the most enlightened fighters of all. They will readily admit to their shortcoming yet at the same time, they are also immune to psychology pressure. It is because they will only grow stronger if their opponents are stronger, their fighting will can only increase and not decrease. And I think that you are one of them. You are a Warrior-God, the mightiest of all the warriors, a true born fighter!”

Yi Ping whispered with a soft sigh, “But I think that you are the True Warrior-God. I can sense your strength.”

The Great Lord Shenmu whispered, “I can sense your strength too but for some unknown reasons that I can’t really explain, I find that you are restraining your strength.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly but did not reply him. It was because he had only two-third of his strength in his current form. He was astonished secretly that he was still able to hold his ground against the Ninth Positioning Immortals but knew that he was not in his best condition to fight a prolong battle with them.

The Great Lord Shenmu suddenly laughed aloud as he looked at the Goddess Aeris and Yi Ping, “We have a good view here and I hope that you will be wise to choose your sides well. Hopefully we can watch this speculator view once again. Let’s us be on our way.”

Yi Ping nodded as he took one last look at the citadels which the Great God Pangu once called home. For some reasons, he felt at home here for the very first time…

As soon as they descended to the palace ground, two groups consisting of seven scantily dressed maidens each could be seen walking toward them, lowering their glances humbly as they were near before greeting, “Great Lord Shenmu, Great Goddess Aeris and Great Lord Yi Ping! We have been expecting you.”

Yi Ping observed that they were all Fifth Positioning Desolate Immortals except for the leading maidens and they were of the Sixth Positioning.

The Great Lord Shenmu commanded, “Take the Great Goddess Aeris to her resting place and the Great Lord Yi Ping to his.”

The leading maiden of the first group said to the Goddess Aeris, “Great Goddess Aeris, follow me.”

The leading maiden of the second group said to Yi Ping, “Great Lord Yi Ping, please follow my lead.”

Yi Ping was startled as he looked at the Goddess Aeris, “We are not going together?”

The Great Lord Shenmu laughed aloud, “Of course not. You can’t go to her bed chamber, especially when she is going to be the Great Lord Xuan Yuan’s new consort tomorrow!”

Yi Ping sighed softly for he still had some questions to ask of the Goddess Aeris.

The Great Lord Shenmu smiled, “Take a little rest. After which the Great Lord Xuan Yuan will like to see you.”

The leading maiden said to Yi Ping, “Great Lord Yi Ping, please follow me.”

Yi Ping nodded slowly as he began to follow her to a hallway, watched behind by the smiling Great Lord Shenmu.

The imposing hallway was large and as majesty as the Stellar Sanctuary.

For a while Yi Ping was being escorted by the seven maidens. They did not talk to them and he was a little discomfort by them, especially when their sweet fragrances were so overwhelming.

Finally they took him down a passage and he could hear flowing waters as they entered a large room.

In this room was a large bath in the middle and there were fountains everywhere.

Yi Ping was perplexed as he asked, “We are not going to a resting room?”

The leading maiden asked curiously, “Resting room?”

Yi Ping explained quickly, “A place for me to sleep.”

The leading maiden lowered her glance to nod shyly, “The bed chamber, yes. After we have bathed our lord, we will accompany you.”

Yi Ping was so startled by the subtle expressions of these maidens that he had wished he had never asked her in the first place!

Before he could regain his composure, he was further startled when all seven maidens had removed their robes and were also removing his robe for him!

He was so startled that he panicky said, “What are you all trying to do?”

Immediately all seven maidens began to fall onto their knees panicky as they cried out at the same time, “My lord, please be merciful to us!”

Yi Ping said quickly, “Please get up. It is not that. I…err…I just don’t want to leave my swords behind even when I am bathing. Also, I prefer to bath alone.”

The leading maiden was frightened as she pleaded tearfully, “My lord, please don’t drive us out or the Great Lord Xuan Yuan will punish us severely…”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he looked at their naked bodies, not knowing what to do. He cursed himself, “I may not be a gentleman but this is too much…”

So he quickly said to the leading maiden, “What is your name?”

The leading maiden was even more startled as she stammered tearfully, “I…I…”

Yi Ping quickly said, “I…er…am not going to punish you. I just want to know your name.”

The leading maiden quickly answered almost incoherently, “I…I am…the Goddess Lessica. My…name, my title is not…worth mentioning…”

Yi Ping quickly said, “Goddess Lessica, can you stay here while you dismiss the rest?”

The Goddess Lessica was startled but she quickly lowered her glances, “I…understand and obey your will. I will…accompany my lord.”

As soon as she had said that, the six other maidens had grabbed their robes and had quietly left the bath chamber!

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh as the sight of seven naked maidens were really too much yet he found himself unable to pull away from their sights.

It was not because he was lecherous. But he was in a hostile place and he was wary. Secondly, he was too startled to react!

As soon they had left, Yi Ping had quickly grabbed her robe and put it on her as he said. “Don’t be afraid. I just want to talk to you.”

The Goddess Lessica was startled as she stammered fearfully, “Talk…to…me? Anything…”

Yi Ping paused for a while as he thought, “It is too easy. What should I ask her first?”

Actually he was at a loss on what to ask her. He did not want her to be punished but he did not want her to be naked either…

The Goddess Lessica seemed to muster her courage as she said shyly, “Does…my lord not desire to take me?”

Yi Ping asked curiously, “Take you?”

The Goddess Lessica was flushing as she trembled lightly, “To take me into your unison…and to…enjoy me…”

Yi Ping was startled as he received a culture shock. He quickly said, “Huh, no!”

The Goddess Lessica collapsed tearfully, “Does my lord…detests me?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “Oh no, of course not. That is not what I mean!…”

As he paused to find words, the Goddess Lessica lowered her glances shyly, “I am willing to be taken by my lord as long as it pleases my lord.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he said quickly, “It is not that. I can’t harm your golden body. It is best for you this way…”

The Goddess Lessica was suddenly tearful again as she cried softly as she shivered uncontrollably, “My golden body has long been shattered by the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and the other Great Lords…it doesn’t matter anymore!…”

Yi Ping was shocked as he stared blankly at her, “This, this is too cruel…”

The Goddess Lessica sobbed softly, “This is just my fate.”

Yi Ping gritted his teeth as he asked teething with rage, “Why did the Great Lord Xuan Yuan do that? This is so outrageous!”

The Goddess Lessica asked softly as she eyed Yi Ping fearfully, “My lord, you are a guest of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan. You shouldn’t have said that…”

Yi Ping clenched his fists as he trembled with rage, “I am an unwilling guest. I don’t have to be polite to him!”

All of a sudden the Goddess Lessica touched him and leaned onto his back, startling him even as she said softly, looking at him with melancholy eyes. “Maybe you are playing sports with me. Maybe you are sent by the Great Lord Xuan Yuan to test me. But please, don’t shatter my dreams just like this. Let me disappear in this beautiful dream…”

Yi Ping interrupted, “I am really not here to test you…”

All of a sudden he began to search his body as he murmured, “If my divine swords can materialize along with us then so can my possessions…”

Suddenly he yelled aloud, startling the Goddess Lessica as he said excitedly, taking out a golden pill. “This is the Divine Dragon Pill. Luckily I still have one! With this Divine Dragon Pill, surely you can recover your golden body!”

The Goddess Lessica was startled as she stammered, “This is…all too precious…” as she looked at the Divine Dragon Pill with beholden!

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he thought, “Compared to the other precious pills that are in the Stellar Sanctuary, this is actually just the most common…”

Unlike the Material Realms of the Three Known Realms, the Desolate Realm was not spiritually enriched and it was difficult to concoct even a divine pill. Therefore, the Divine Dragon Pill was indeed extremely precious!

The Goddess Lessica looked at Yi Ping pitifully, “This…this is really for me?”

Yi Ping smiled, “Really. So hurry and take it. I am waiting!”

The Goddess Lessica took it hesitatingly, almost afraid that Yi Ping was just playing a prank on her. It took her almost like an eternity before she finally swallowed the Divine Dragon Pill as she took it with trembling fingers!

The Goddess Lessica seemed to have almost regretted taking it as she took a forlorn look at Yi Ping, “My lord, you are too kind to me. I don’t know how to repay you.”

Yi Ping smiled, “No need to worry about that. Now that you are no longer crying, I am content.”

The Goddess Lessica leaned against him and said shyly, “Thank you. Your humble servant will serve you forever and…forever ever…if Great Lord Yi Ping so desires my unison anytime, your humble servant will surely comply…”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he looked at this enthralling maiden that was leaning softly on him and he could feel her bosoms against him, “No need…”

He wanted to push her away but he did not have the heart to do so…

Therefore he could only sigh as he thought, “I shouldn’t be in this realm in the first place. I am already getting into a mess…”

The Goddess Lessica asked softly, “My lord, something is troubling you?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “I am just thinking about something.”

The Goddess Lessica asked, “Maybe you want to share it then you will feel better?”

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh, “Actually I am thinking about this. I have heard that the Ancient Fortress will be able to approach the Immortal Realm soon. But I am really curious how that is going to be accomplished?”

The Goddess Lessica lowered her glances as she said quietly, “My lord, if I am not wrong, you must be from the Material Realm.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “You know?”

The Goddess Lessica answered softly, “I have guessed that to be so. The Fantian Sovereign, divine sword of the Great God Pangu and also named after the Great Goddess Fantian. You are a Desolate Immortal from the Material Realm I guess. You are just like him.”

Yi Ping lit a weak smile and asked, “Like him?”

The Goddess Lessica said quietly, “Like the Great God Pangu. Long ago, he once tried to fight for our just cause and also fight against the other Great Gods. He who banished us to the Desolate Realm where we are now ever since.”

Yi Ping could only smile weakly for he did not know why the Goddess Lessica had suddenly mentioned the Great God Pangu.

The Goddess Lessica looked at him intently, “I have met him only once. You don’t look like him yet you share the same divine aura. I have also known the Great Goddess Fantian and the Great Goddess Nuwa. Yet how strange, why is that I can sense their presences on you?”

Yi Ping’s heart skipped a heart as he continued to listen. Somehow he sensed that she had actually known the Great Goddess Fantian and the Great Goddess Nuwa quite well…

She continued with soften sighs, “If the Great Prophetess is with you then you must not be a bad person.”

Yi Ping was perplexed as he asked, “The Great Prophetess?”

The Goddess Lessica looked at him blankly, “Don’t you know that the Great Goddess Fantian is the Great Prophetess herself? She is gifted with an extraordinary divine sight and she is the Oracle of our race.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “I really do not know!”

The Goddess Lessica shook her head and said gently, “Maybe I should answer your question first.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he said, “Yes, I am curious on how the Ancient Fortress is able to approach the Immortal Realm?”

The Goddess Lessica said quietly, “All the realms intersect one another at a point of time. The Desolate Realm will intersect the Immortal Realm every ten thousand years. A golden opportunity will arrive in a hundred year time and then the Desolate Immortals will be able to return to the Immortal Realm, our true home.”

Yi Ping asked anxiously, “In one hundred year time? The timeline here is the same as the Immortal Realm?”

The Goddess Lessica replied, “It is exactly the same as the Immortal Realm.”

Yi Ping quickly counted in his mind, “Then it will be a grace of a thousand years for the Celestial Realm and ten thousand years more for the Mortal Realm…”

The Goddess Lessica asked all of a sudden, “Do you think that the Great God Pangu will be reincarnated again?”

Yi Ping was startled as he smiled weakly, “Maybe.”

The Goddess Lessica asked intently, “Maybe?”

Yi Ping sighed softly, “Even if he is reincarnated, he won’t have memories of the past. Why stir up the past? Will it be any good?”

The Goddess Lessica lowered her glances, “Maybe yes. Maybe no. What do you think?”

Yi Ping dared not reply her. It was because he had suddenly realized that this Goddess Lessica was not just merely asking him any questions but she was also dropping enigmatic hints to him. If he was not careful, he may just fall into her carefully worded ruse!

He thought, “Should I trust her?”

She began to sing softly, “Under the heavens, only the Great God Pangu can hold the Universal Sword, what is the name of that celestial sword? What is its name?…”

Yi Ping entered into a trance as he listened attentively to her singing. It was both enthralling and beautiful…

All of a sudden the Goddess Lessica grabbed his arm tightly as she said anxiously, “My lord! You have a good heart but can I say something whether you like it or not?”

Yi Ping replied gently, “It is alright.”

Mustering her courage, the Goddess Lessica whispered hesitatingly, “My lord, you ought to be careful of the Goddess Aeris.”

Yi Ping was startled as he asked, “Why?”

The Goddess Lessica looked away as she said firmly, “Just be careful.”

Yi Ping nodded slowly as he said, “Don’t worry.”

The Goddess Lessica murmured, “My lord…”

Yi Ping smiled at her as he interrupted her, “Can you watch over me while I meditate for a while?”

The Goddess Lessica answered immediately, “Your humble servant will do as my lord commands.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “I am not commanding you…”

The Goddess Lessica quickly said, “As my lord wills it…”

He could only smile weakly at her response before he closed his eyes to meditate upon his situation!

He cleared his thoughts as he entered the void…

He asked himself, “Where am I?”

All of a sudden he found himself standing in the great void!

He thought, “Have I left the Desolate Realm? Or am I still in my own thoughts?”

Suddenly a black hole began to form in the middle as it created rotating stars of galaxies around it!

That was the Great Attractor and that was the Great Beyond!

Yi Ping was in awe as he witnessed the pull of the Great Beyond on the other stars!

As he looked further into the Great Beyond, he began to see the planets, the suns and the galaxies.

He gasped aloud to himself as he saw a clear pattern, “Everything is just a circle?!”

If he were to travel from the start point to any direction, sooner or later, he would return to the starting point!

All of a sudden Yi Ping had an insight, a sudden realization that he had somewhat experienced the same thing before a long time ago. That was when he was the Great God Pangu!

He had temporary gained the immortal rank of the Tenth Positioning, the very pinnacle of immortality and he could be one with the universe!

But that positioning was only temporary for reaching an extremity would only cause it to swing to another extremity, from life to self-destruction!

Realizing that too late, the Great God Pangu could only use that extremity to partition the Material Realms into the current Three Known Realms. He would later cast the Ancient Fortress and most of the Desolate Immortals to the Desolate Realm!

Now Yi Ping knew why the Great God Pangu had lost his life; he did not have a choice!

But the Great God Pangu had the ultimate insight from the Great Beyond. He knew that he would one day be reincarnated again because his soul is an immortal soul. So he prepared the Stellar Sanctuary for his own coming.

The Stellar Sanctuary had killed one of the reincarnations of the Great God Pangu because he would be making the same mistake as the Great God Pangu.

The Universal Creation Force was so absolute overwhelming that it was just a thin line away from the Chaotic Desolate Force itself.

The Great God Pangu himself could not contain it.

But Yi Ping was different.

How different was he?

The power of self-sacrificing love that was in his heart was the force that could contain the Universal Creation Force because Yi Ping had chosen to reject this great power!

Or rather the true source of the Universal Creation Force was the Universal Love!

Just as he was about to ponder further, he was startled by a familiar maiden that shimmered in front of his vision!

And even more startled when he heard his name being called out!

“Yi Ping! Can you hear us?”

All of a sudden he saw the smiling image of the Goddess of Mercy Xiang!

The Goddess of Mercy gasped delightfully, “Yi Ping! It is really you?! Where are you?”

Yi Ping was overjoyed as he asked excitedly, “Xiang’Er! You can see me?”

The Goddess of Mercy asked, “What do you mean by I can see you?”

Yi Ping asked excitedly, “I mean, how did you appear…inside of me? Are you well?”

The Goddess of Mercy laughed softly as she rebuked him gently, “One question at a time please! “We are all well but you are not! We try to wake you up but somehow you seem to be in a deep trance. I have used my Heavens Sundering Mirror to locate you. It is all thanks to Yu’Er and Mei’Er that I am able to do so!”

Yi Ping was surprised as he asked, “Yu’Er and Mei’Er?”

The Goddess of Mercy laughed softly, “Thanks to the divine pills that you have given to them, they are able to project my search through my Heavens Sundering Mirror across the realms. We have suspected that your soul is somewhat disconnected from your body.”

Yi Ping said excitedly, “That is good. I am so glad to see you! Why can’t I see the rest?”

The Goddess of Mercy laughed softly, “You can’t see them but they are all around me and pestering me to ask you how you are now. That is because only I can use the Heavens Sundering Mirror to do so! Don’t worry, we are all alright but the Stellar Sanctuary is collapsing soon. We are more anxious about you. What happens and where are you now?”

Yi Ping heaved a soft sign of relief, “That is good to hear. It is a long story but somehow I have experienced an out of body experience and now I’m in the Desolate Realm.”

The Goddess of Mercy was startled as she cried out with shock, “In the Desolate Realm?”

But she quickly composed herself and said, “Ping’Er, listen up! It is not real. You must hurry up and get back to your own body before you get too disconnect. The longer you are away from your physical body, the more likihood is the risk that you can’t return!”

Yi Ping thought to himself, “Xiang’Er is so anxious for me…they are all anxious for me….if I tell them that I have accidentally gained a new physical form here then they would surely be even more anxious for me…”

So he asked instead, “How can I return?”

The Goddess of Mercy faded in and out for a while. Yi Ping guessed that she may be discussing the situation with the rest of the group.

Finally she appeared again and said solemnly, “I have discussed with the rest. You must leave this realm immediately before it is too late…”

She hesitated for a while and was looking to her left and right as though as she was talking to some others before she said, “Yi Ping, focus all your thoughts now. Then will to yourself to return to your body.”

Yi Ping muttered, “I can’t.”

The Goddess of Mercy Xiang was startled, “What do you mean by you can’t?”

Yi Ping smiled bitterly, “I have already tried. But something happens now. It is a long story. I think that I will be here for a time. Don’t worry about me. I will find a way…”

The Goddess of Mercy was startled, “What do you really mean? Ping, something happens? Don’t lie to me!”

Yi Ping sighed, “I…I can’t explain it but I will think of a way, alright?”

All of a sudden the Goddess of Mercy gasped aloud as she looked to the side.

Yi Ping was so startled by her expression that he panicky asked, “Xiang’Er, what is wrong?”

The Goddess of Mercy gasped as her image went fuzzy, “Yu’Er…she has and …Mei’Er … have …. Collapsed …from …exhaustion …wait …the Great Goddess Fantian and the ….Desolate Goddess Nuwa … they…”

Yi Ping broke into a sweat as he woke up all of a sudden, only to be greeted by the soothing voice of the Goddess Lessica, “Great Lord Yi Ping, are you well?”

Yi Ping stared blankly in the air for a while before he smiled weakly to the Goddess Lessica, “You are still here?”

The Goddess Lessica lowered her glances before she said gently, “I dare not leave unless I am dismissed by my lord.”

Yi Ping smiled as he said, “Don’t worry, you can leave now.”

The Goddess Lessica turned ashen all of a sudden, “I will be punished if I am dismissed by my lord.”

Yi Ping had suddenly remembered what she had told him earlier so he smiled weakly, “You can stay then. Sorry, I have let that matter slipped.”

All of a sudden Yi Ping could pick up footsteps approaching!

The Goddess Lessica quickly whispered, “My lord, they are here to check on us. You mustn’t trust any of them. You must bring me to your bed chamber so that we can discuss more…”

Yi Ping was startled as he stammered, “Bring you to the bed chamber?…”

The Goddess Lessica whispered quickly, “Trust no one at all please except for me. Not the Great Lord Shenmu, not the Great Goddess Aeris or the Great God Xuan Yuan. I beg of you. Please accede to my request. It is important…”

All of a sudden the door swung open and a leading maiden with a dozen panicky maidens had followed behind her!

This leading maiden was elegant, with silver flowing hair and Yi Ping was immediately startled by her imposing aura!

On her forehead was a curved red sigil that imposed a suffocating presence on Yi Ping and everyone else.

Yi Ping was alert immediately because he knew that she was no ordinary Desolate Immortal!

And she did not mask her imposing presence as that of the Ninth Positioning Immortal!

But that was not the most startling to Yi Ping but the fact that she seemed to resemble Xian’Er in many ways startled him!

The Goddess Lessica was also startled because it seemed that she had not been expecting her as she quickly greeted her panicky, “Lady Alluring Goddess Theresa! Your humble servant bows before you… ”

The Alluring Goddess Theresa chuckled softly, “Disperse with that. I am just a visitor. I have heard that we have an interesting guest here that dares to fight with two Great Goddesses from the World Ruler Fu Xi’s camp? I like to have a little look at him!”

She immediately paused as she chanced upon Yi Ping as she heaved a soft sigh, “You are the one? What an impressive air you got there.”

She looked genuinely impressed as she appraised Yi Ping quietly, “So you are the one that beat up those two irritating bitches?”

Yi Ping could almost see her through her scantily dressed robe as he looked away.

The Alluring Goddess Theresa laughed softly as she looked at the Goddess Lessica, “I am slightly disappointed that he didn’t take you yet or I am interrupting? Oh excellent!”

As Yi Ping turned his sight away from her, he was secretly thought. “She got baleful eyes but why is that when I look at her, I saw the reflection of Xian’Er that is in her?”

The Alluring Goddess Theresa laughed softly as she raised her fingers, “I am the Alluring Goddess Theresa of the Oracle Clan. You may also address me as the Mystery Goddess Theresa or the Mystery Goddess. So he is the Great Lord Yi Ping that everyone is talking about? But why is that this great lord is not looking at me? How rude!”

Immediately Yi Ping was ashamed as he quickly bowed, “You can just call me Yi Ping. Can I know what you want?”

The Alluring Goddess Theresa laughed softly, “Good! Now you are talking properly. What do I want? I want to take you to my Oracle Citadel now.”

Immediately all the other maidens began to turn ashen as they all fell down on their feet as they all cried out together, “This won’t do! Have mercy on us! The Great Lord Xuan Yuan will punish us severely!”

Yi Ping was startled as he thought, “Why are these maidens so afraid of her? Why does she want me for? Why is she defying the Great Lord Xuan Yuan?”

All of a sudden a frightening malevolent air had appeared at the entrance and all the other maidens were ashen at the voice, “This is my domain. You shouldn’t be here at all. Now leave or else I won’t be polite and don’t forget about our agreement!”

Yi Ping had clearly recognized the voice of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and he could sense his presence but he did not appear.

The Alluring Goddess Theresa smiled at Yi Ping before she walked to the entrance as she said aloud, “I am just curious who you have brought to your palace. I am just taking a look and will leave anyway. Say, you don’t want to come in or something? That is so unlike you. I have brought a gift for you for your great day tomorrow.”

The voice of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan answered, “No thanks.”

All of a sudden the Alluring Goddess Theresa had turned back and there was a sudden flash of her eyes that stunned everyone motion in place, including Yi Ping!

Yi Ping was startled as he looked at her. But even without her saying a word, somehow he knew that she was looking at his divine swords!

She simply muttered almost incoherently but Yi Ping was the only one who could hear her before she left the bath chamber, “Fantian, so you are here. So it won’t be long before the great battle starts.”

When the Alluring Goddess Theresa exited the room, all the other maidens heaved sigh of reliefs!

Quite a number of them had broken into cold sweats, including the Goddess Lessica!

Yi Ping asked the frightful Goddess Lessica and looked at the other maidens as well, “Just who really is she?”

The Goddess Lessica whispered quietly as she shivered with fear, “You may not know this but she is currently the number one expert exponent in the Ancient Fortress.”

Yi Ping was stunned as he blinked blankly, “She is the number one expert exponent? Then what about the World Ruler Fu Xi and the Great Lord Xuan Yuan?”

The Goddess Lessica whispered, “They are the two most ancient great lords of the Ancient Fortress and therefore are not ranked. Moreover, they are already late stage Ninth Positioning Immortals. She is a Ninth Positioning initial Immortal.”

Yi Ping was startled as he asked, “I have thought that she is a late stage Ninth Positioning Immortal. So even the Great Lord Shenmu is at a higher positioning than her so how can she be ranked at number one?”

The Goddess Lessica smiled faintly, “When she was at the Seventh Positioning, she was already capable of bring down a Ninth Positioning Immortal, the Great God Aloma. No one knows how she did that. Those that went to her Oracle Citadel never come back except for the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and the Great Lord Shenmu. No one knows exactly what happens back then because none mention a single word. We only know that since then, the Alluring Goddess Theresa is free to come and go here.”

Yi Ping thought as he looked perplexed, “Then she is a consort to the Great Lord Xuan Yuan?”

The Goddess Lessica laughed softly as she looked at Yi Ping’s expressions, “You sure don’t know how to hide your thoughts? Are you thinking that she is a consort to the Great Lord Xuan Yuan?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he rubbed his nose, “I…I am just wondering…”

The Goddess Lessica replied shyly, “You seem to be really interested in her?”

Yi Ping quickly said, “Oh no, I am just curious…”

She said quickly, “In any case, why don’t we talk more in the pleasures of the bed chamber?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as the subtle hint in her eyes warned him that it was unwise to discuss it here so he said, “Yes, yes. Let’s go now…”

He hesitated for a while before saying loud, “Let’s go now to the bed chamber then. Lead the way then.”

Immediately all the other maidens hastily got up and gather around Yi Ping to tidy his clothing before they escorted him out of the room.

Yi Ping was thinking to himself, “The Goddess Aeris and the Goddess Lessica, who do I trust? The Alluring Goddess Theresa, the Heaven Goddess Zero, the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien, the Great Lord Shenmu, the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and the World Ruler Fu Xi, they are all formidable opponents…it will be disastrous for the Immortal Realm when they returned…”

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Chapter 238: The World Ruler Fu Xi

The Ancient Fortress was a colossus city with tall towers everywhere, the likes of which Yi Ping had never seen before and it was crowded with people, the Desolate Immortals!

There were little light because all the denizens here were Desolate Immortals who were capable of darksee and the lights from the starry heavens above were sufficient enough.

But now everyone was looking at the long procession that was led by Lord Asatru and his thousand companions!

All the other Desolate Immortals of the Ancient Fortress were all looking curiously at the street procession and wondered what was going on for they had never seen so many Desolate Immortals that were from the plains below that had left their posts to form such an orderly procession!

It was obvious that they were escorting the Goddess Aeris and Yi Ping for they were in the middle of the procession!

Most of them had recognized the Goddess Aeris and not Yi Ping. But Yi Ping’s aura was all too noticing and there was something about him that attracted the attention of everyone!

They began to wonder, “Who is this Great Lord that carries with him two divine swords? Who is the man that is with Lord Asatru the Captain of the Outreach Immortals?”

Yi Ping on the hand was a little awe by the city as he said to the Goddess Aeris, “So this is the Ancient Fortress, the City of the Gods! There are so many imposing towers and citadel buildings here…” This had reminded him of the citadel city that he had seen floating in the skies above when he was in Level X of the Stellar City!

The Goddess Aeris smiled and said, “It seems that you have forgotten what the Ancient Fortress has looked like. I say, how long have you been out in the desolate Borderlands?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly and said, “Very long…”

The Goddess Aeris looked at him and whispered, “You don’t know how to lie? Just where are you from?”

Because she was an Eighth Positioning Immortal, she knew that it would be impossible for Lord Asatru or the others to eavesdrop on them.

Yi Ping sighed softly as he whispered in secretly back, “I am from the Three Known Realms.”

The Goddess Aeris was startled as she stared blankly at him, “Really? Do you know that everyone is now hunting for the sign of the strange celestial manifestation that is seen earlier? No one exactly knows about it except that it is an outer celestial phenomenon. How did you manage to traverse across the realms? And the Great Lord Xuan Yuan seems so particular interested in your divine sword. Just who are you?”

Yi Ping whispered quickly, “I will tell you in due time. But first, we have dangerous visitors!”

The Goddess Aeris was startled as she looked at her crowded vicinity.

All of a sudden the streets became muted silent before it burst out excitedly as three imposing Desolate Immortals were seen at the front of the citadel!

Yi Ping was looking at their direction and he had become tense as he gently touched the hilt of the Celestial Alice…

He thought, “What a frightening malevolent!”

The Desolate Immortal that was in the middle wore an armor that had four wings and a half ring on top, while the female Desolate Immortal in white that was on the left had a white silver rune sword and the female Desolate Immortal in black that was on the right had a pair of black short swords!

Lord Asatru turned ashen immediately and the entire procession stopped in their tracks!

It was because the Desolate Immortal that was in the middle was none other than the World Ruler Fu Xi, one of the two of the most powerful rulers of the Ancient Fortress!

The other two ladies were not just stunning and beholden but they were equally deadly. For the lady in white was the Heaven Goddess Zero of the Guarding Heavens, a Ninth Positioning Immortal and the one in black was the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien of the Twin Eternal Darkness!

The three of them were all Ninth Positioning Immortals and were extremely powerful!

Naturally the World Ruler Fu Xi was the most powerful out of the three for he had already reached the late stage of the Ninth Immortal Positioning while the Heaven Goddess Zero and the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien were at the initial stage.

In all the Immortal Stages, there were always the initial, the intermediate and the late stages.

Yi Ping could feel their terrifying presence staring at him!

The World Ruler Fu Xi hummed coldly, “Why do you leave your post and have to bring so many up here?”

The Lord Asatru immediately said, “My honorable respects to the World Ruler. I have orders from the Great Lord Xuan Yuan to bring a guest to his palace.”

The World Ruler Fu Xi said coldly, “But what if I want to bring this guest to my palace instead?”

The Lord Asatru turned ashen immediately but he said firmly, “My lord, the Great Lord Xuan Yuan wants him…”

The World Ruler Fu Xi interrupted coldly, “So you chose to obey the commands of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and not me?”

The Lord Asatru answered with a trembling voice, “No, of course not. Everyone knows that we have to heed the commands of the two great lords. This is really a most difficult thing to do. We can’t defy the Great Lord Xuan Yuan…”

The World Ruler Fu Xi smirked coldly, “Why don’t you ask your guest over there? Maybe he wants to come with me instead before going to the palace of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan. After all, I am really curious on the connection of the celestial omen that had happened tonight and the appearance of a long lost divine sword.”

He had stopped short of mentioning the Fantian Sovereign Sword but Yi Ping had understood his intentions immediately!

The Goddess Aeris had turned ashen as she murmured softly to Yi Ping, “Please be careful on what to say. You don’t know what you are going into.”

All of a sudden a Desolate Immortal carrying a big ring weapon on both hands had walked calmly into the streets as he laughed aloud, “I am afraid that the guest of our Great Lord Xuan Yuan isn’t going anywhere.”

Lord Asatru was startled as he quickly bowed, “Great Lord Shenmu!”

Many of the onlookers were startled as they muttered, “The Great Lord Shenmu is also here?!”

The Great Lord Shenmu of the Blighted Shields was the right hand man of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and he was a Desolate Immortal of the intermediate Ninth Positioning!

The Heaven Goddess Zero lifted her petite eyes and said coldly, “You dare to defy the will of the World Ruler Fu Xi?”

The Great Lord Shenmu laughed, “I really dare not but I am sure that the World Ruler Fu Xi isn’t someone who is so unreasonable as to set his eyes on a guest of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan, am I right?”

The World Ruler Fu Xi smiled coldly, “I am just interested in what type of a guest that the Great Lord Xuan Yuan is interested to bring to his palace. That is all. I won’t want to break the peaceful accord that we have laid down over the thousands of years. After all, it is soon time for us to invade the Material Realm.”

He added a mocking smile as he emphasized slowly, “But if I do want him then no one will be able to stop me. Not even the Great Lord Xuan Yuan.”

All of a sudden the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien had flashed forward with mocking laughter, “Our lord may think this way but we who are his servants are honor bounded to protect his prestige! What if your guest is dead before he could reach his destination?”

She was raining the sword energies of her dark swords and was aiming at Yi Ping!

The Great Lord Shenmu had interrupted the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien with his huge platinum rings as he shouted, “So if you want a fight then don’t blame me!”

The Heaven Goddess Zero had appeared over the Great Lord Shenmu at the same time in a white blinding light as she hacked her silver sword thunderous over him, causing the vicinity to resonate loudly by their clashes!

At the same time, bursting dark outbursts from the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien were flashing explosively!

The Great Lord Shenmu raised his two large rings and in the next instant, his two rings had grown twice as large as he shouted, “Giga Rings! The sanctorum power of my Celestial Striking Spheres! Zero, Xia Hsien! If you want a fight, so be it!”

The Dark Goddess Xia Hsien said coldly, “We are just sparring. Do you need to utilize the sanctorum power of your divine weapon and be so serious? If so then I will need to be serious too!”

As she said that, her twin black swords became elongated dark forms and were slashing like whipping black dragons, exploding upon contact!

The Heaven Goddess Zero lit a smile as she tumbled back, “So it is finally time. I have always wondered how strong the Great Lord Shenmu really is!”

As she said that, she had burst into a white flare, revealing the true extend of her divine power.

“Aura Flare! That is the sanctorum power of my Crescent Heaven Blade!”

Immediately everyone knew that a battle between the most high immortals had started and quickly scurried to the sides!

The Goddess Aeris quickly said to Yi Ping, “Obviously they are here for you. We should retreat first. Don’t worry. With the Great Lord Shenmu around here, they can’t get you in short notice unless the World Ruler Fu Xi chooses to interfere.”

But Yi Ping quickly said, “If they are here for me then it is my own battle. I can’t let the others fight or lose their lives for me.”

In a flash, he had already raised both his divine swords and had joined the battle!

The Goddess Aeris was startled but not entirely surprised. It was because it was the combative nature of the Desolate Immortals that compelled them to fight. But somehow she had a weird feeling as she looked at Yi Ping’s back and was actually afraid for him!

Yi Ping shouted as he swept aside the sweeping dark sword energies of the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien, “Two against one is not fair. How about two and two?”

And at the same time that he had interrupted the hacking slashes of the Heaven Goddess Zero, he had also knocked her back with an upward sword arc from the Celestial Alice!

The Dark Goddess Xia Hsien and the Heaven Goddess Zero were slightly startled by the explosive power that Yi Ping had just exercised!

Even the Great Lord Shenmu was startled for Yi Ping had just intercepted two Ninth Positioning Immortals at the same time!

At the same time, the World Ruler Fu Xi moved slightly and his scarlet eyes became a ring of crimson and violet!

The Heaven Goddess said aloud, “Sister, he seems to be a capable fighter. We mustn’t be careless!”

The Dark Goddess Xia Hsien nodded as she deflected the attacks that were from the Great Lord Shenmu. All of a sudden, she had taken off her cloak and robe, revealing a tight fitting black wear but almost covered nothing except for her privacy!

The Heaven Goddess Zero did the same, only that her tight fitting wear was white.

Yi Ping was shocked as he felt a little dizzy as he thought, “They are fighting in their undergarments?!”

The onlookers were not surprised for they knew that the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien and the Heaven Goddess Zero had stripped only because they were trying to utilize their best combat mobility. Moreover their flimsy wears were the indestructible celestium silk!

Yi Ping was only startled because he was from a conservative culture and he was not accustomed to such an open display.

The Heaven Goddess Zero had blinked on top of Yi Ping as she raised her Crescent Heaven Blade and with a quick swing, she had sent Yi Ping to fly thunderously to the back with an explosive impact!

She immediately danced her blade forward to seize the initiative but Yi Ping had raised the Fantian Sovereign Sword and had deflected her flaring white sword aside!

He was soon upon his feet as he raised both the Celestial Alice and the Fantian Sovereign as he exchanged dozens of strokes with the Heaven Goddess Zero!

The Heaven Goddess Zero was startled as she thought, “What? He has been struck by my Crescent Heaven Blade and yet he was able to react almost immediately and seemingly unaffected?”

Actually Yi Ping’s martial strength was above her but because he was startled by her revealing appearance, this had caused his resolute to weaken and he was momentarily careless.

The Heaven Goddess Zero blinked and appeared in three different positions in front of Yi Ping as she flurried her sword thrusts at Yi Ping, “This is my Mirage Swords! I don’t believe that I can’t hit you!”

Indeed Yi Ping was in awe as the Heaven Goddess Zero had displayed a dozen strokes quickly on him before she blinked out and blinked in again to attack his unprotected flank!

He gasped out as he tried to follow her attacks, “What astonishing speed attacks!”

He invoked the speed sanctorum power of the Celestial Alice as it burst into a golden flare as he blocked all her attacks, literally dozens of them in several blinks of an eye!

The onlookers were awestruck as they tried to follow their attack strokes!

The Goddess Aeris was gasping, “He can actually keep pace with Zero. She is the well known as the Goddess of Speed!…”

The Heaven Goddess Zero turned her blade as she split into seven images, “Seven Stars Mirage!”

The onlookers were more startled because the Heaven Goddess Zero had actually used her most powerful speed technique!

When the Seven Stars Mirage was used, that meant that she could enhance her speed by seven folds!

She had totally vanished and everyone could only see blurs of her attacks as her speed attacks had evolved to hyper speed!

But Yi Ping was still composed as he swung his swords around him, deflecting dozens of attacks in a blink of an eye, startling everyone!

Yi Ping was solely deflecting the attacks based on the slightest movements and with his acute seventh sense!

He had dueled on numerous times with Shen Xingyue the Fiery Phoenix. She had taught him, “Eyes that can see cannot be seen, senses that cannot see can see. It takes a lot of strength to maintain the speed. If you able to wait it out, you will be able to have victory at the end of the ebb!”

Yi Ping knew that his opponent was taxing herself physically to execute this move. If she could not defeat him when she had used this move of hers then she would be exposing her physical weakness.

After seven blinks, he could sense the speed attacks of his opponent weakening so he gave a great shout as three outbursts of martial force erupted around him, followed by seven hovering golden discs and at the same time he was struck by the Crescent Heaven Blade through his chest!

This was followed by a brilliant golden white flare as the form of the Heaven Goddess Zero appeared into view. She was gasping breathlessly, “When my speed is enhanced by seven folds, the strength of my sword will also be enhanced by seven folds. Even if you have the same golden body as Shenmu, it will still be a fatal blow…”

The Heaven Goddess Zero gasped as she found the Celestial Alice on her chest and the Fantian Sovereign on her throat…

Her sword had not gone through Yi Ping as she had thought. It was only her sword energies that had gone through his chest but the damage seemed to have quickly dissipated into nothingness!

Yi Ping found himself looking at her heaving bosoms as he said weakly, “Lady, if you move then I will be nasty! Your aura has weakened considerably. Trust me, it won’t be a problem for me to cut you down or cause harm to your golden body if you were to move!”

The Heaven Goddess Zero stared blankly at Yi Ping as she trembled breathlessly, “You…you…my…Seven Stars…Mirage…fails me…it’s…just…not possible…”

Up close to Yi Ping, she could feel his imposing aura overwhelming her!

For the first time, she did not know what to do, what to expect and how to handle him!

Even the Dark Goddess Xia Hsien and the Great Lord Shenmu had stopped fighting and were looking at them!

The Goddess Aeris had a hint of jealousy as she looked at Yi Ping and the Heaven Goddess Zero!

The World Ruler Fu Xi said all of a sudden, “Zero and Xia Hsien, we have already known his strength. So let’s go!”

The Dark Goddess Xia Hsien was startled as she asked, “We are going just like this?!”

But the World Ruler Fu Xi had already left and only left behind his lingering words, “If ever you find the abode of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan unwelcoming then you are welcome to my place. If you ever desire anyone then I will surely fulfill your desires…”

The Dark Goddess Xia Hsien shot a glance at Yi Ping and the Great Lord Shenmu, “You have heard the World Ruler Fu Xi? We are just playing with you. So don’t feel offend. The Great Lord Shenmu is indeed strong. Surely you won’t take offend at someone who is lower in positioning than you?”

The Great Lord Shenmu hummed coldly, “Usually I will execute those who dare to offend me. But for you, Lady Xia Hsien, I will let the slight go!”

The Dark Goddess Xia Hsien smiled, “That is so good to hear.”

The Heaven Goddess Zero lowered her glances as she whispered almost incoherent to anyone but Yi Ping, “I am the Heaven Goddess Zero of the Guarding Heavens. And what is your name?”

Yi Ping was startled but he quickly said, “Yi Ping…”

She whispered humbly, “Great Lord Yi Ping…my humble respects to you…”

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Chapter 237: The Ancient Fortress

The Ancient Fortress was actually a gigantic floating city that was suspending in mid-air.

It was massive, extending for miles, almost like the mountain ranges!

Yi Ping wondered how this big city could stay afloat just like this. It seemed to be familiar to the Stellar Sanctuary in many ways. Could this Ancient Fortress be a mystery artefect from the Great Beyond too?

Just as Yi Ping wondered how they were going to go up, the Great Lord Xuan Yuan said, “Do you have your own stead? Why don’t we fly up to the City of the Gods?”

He took a mocking glance at the Goddess Aeris at the same time. That was because he had killed her stead and could see the painful expressions that were on her.

Yi Ping thought, “The City of the Gods? He must be referring to the Ancient Fortress. So that must be its other name.”

At the same time, he answered. “No, I don’t have a stead. I have come alone.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan looked at Yi Ping sternly but Yi Ping returned a steadfast look at him. He laughed aloud, “I am just astonished that you do not have your own stead even though I can sniff the scent of a Divine Kirin on you.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he thought, “That must be Xiao Ping’s scent.”

But he said firmly, “I do not have one with me now.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said, “Doesn’t matter. Follow me on foot then.”

And with a flash, he had leapt on top of the ridge, “I hope that the two of you can keep up with my pace or I will be none the pleased.”

The Goddess Aeris lowered her eyes and said, “Yes, my lord.”

Yi Ping had no other choice but to follow him.

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan had actually taken them to the plains below.

The haste that was displayed by the Great Lord Xuan Yuan was astonishing and it had only taken them just a while to go down the plains!

Yi Ping was startled but he did not give it away. He thought, “We are supposed to go up to the Ancient Fortress but why are we going further and further away?”

Very soon Yi Ping was on the plains below but what he had seen was disturbing to him. Thousands of forced laborers were dragging heavy blocks of stones around steep stone monument pyramids!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said haughtily, “What do you think of my city? Isn’t it beautiful?”

Yi Ping said unhappily, “Your city may be beautiful but your people are suffering!”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan gave a mocking smile, “Those are our slaves. Mortals and Immortals simply don’t mix. Aren’t you a little sentimental for an Immortal?

Just as Yi Ping was about to argue further, the Goddess Aeris said. “He is from the Borderlands, remember? No mortals can survive the scorching heat of the other side. Maybe he has been away for too long and has never seen so many mortals before.”

Yi Ping was jolted as he thought, “There are mortals here?”

His thoughts quickly translated into curiosity as he asked, “There are mortals here?”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan smiled wryly, “It seems that you are really been away for too long. The mortals here are a result of a freak unison between the Desolate Immortals. Normally, it is impossible for us to have any offspring. Or maybe we are actually capable of it but it rarely happens. Or it is because of this realm that we are in.”

He raised his fist, “They are mortals and their lives have little consequences to us.”

The Goddess Aeris stole a sly glance at Yi Ping as she said to the Great Lord Xuan Yuan, “Some of the mortals have actually succeeded to be the golden eyes half-immortals.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan hummed coldly, “And we have almost eliminated most of them by now. They are nothing else but trouble makers. We have actually given them a special position among us and yet they dare to incite the mortals to rebel against us. Since they want to be on the same level as the mortals then so shall it be. Only the true immortals like us, shall rule over all things.”

Yi Ping hummed coldly, “You should not be so callous…”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan stared coldly at him, “You do not tell me what to do or you will find it to be a terrible mistake…”

Just as Yi Ping was about to say something, the Goddess Aeris had pointed to a direction and hurriedly said. “Look!”

A group of eleven men were coming toward them at a startling speed and they all had scarlet eyes!

Yi Ping immediately knew that they were Desolate Immortals!

They were all Sixth Positioning Immortals except for the one leading them, who was the Seventh Positioning.

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan did not seem to be startled as he turned to look at them coolly.

The leader of the group began to bow respectfully as he said hurriedly, “Our honorable respect to the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and Great Goddess Aeris, we didn’t know that you are here. Your humble servant Asatru pays my respects to you.”

The leader of the group looked at Yi Ping, not knowing what to address him. But anyone that was in the company of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan had to be someone of great important.

Yi Ping saw his subtle expression and said indifferently, “You can call me Yi Ping.”

The leader of the group immediately said, “My respects to the Lord Yi Ping…”

All eleven of them still carried startled expressions and a lingering fear.

That was because the Great Lord Xuan Yuan had rarely descended from the Ancient Fortress except on official business and the reasons were often not good. Also, they could see that the Great Lord Xuan Yuan, the Great Goddess Aeris and this Lord Ping had just been through a terrible fight; they wondered what exactly had happened…

The Goddess Aeris smiled, “It seems that I am not used to being called a Great Goddess.”

The leader of the group shifted uncomfortably, not knowing if this smile was a sharp dagger or a beautiful compliment.

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan smiled wryly, “There is no need for anyone of you to worry unduly. I just have a duel with this Lord Yi Ping. In the process, some of our steads are lost. So I want you to take them to the Great Pyramid of Cheops and bring them up to my palace in the City of the Gods.”

The leader of the group stammered, “Yes, we will do as your sire commands…”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan interrupted coolly, “You and your men will bring them to me without any delay.”

He paused briefly to give a sly smile, “I don’t want anything to happen to my honorable guests, is that understood?”

The leader of the group immediately understood the subtle intentions so he quickly said, “I will escort them personally without any delay.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan smiled, “What if Lord Yi Ping wants to go to other places?”

The leader of the group immediately said, “That will not happen. We have a hundred desolate immortals to watch over him!”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan nodded and smiled, “After all, he is my honorable guest and I don’t want anything to happen to him. Do not let him off from your sight and I don’t want the other immortals to talk to him. When that is done, I will give you a divine sword as a reward.”

He smiled coldly, “But if you fail, I will execute all the escorts personally.”

The leader of the group turned ashen and he quickly replied firmly, “I will not let your sire down!”

Yi Ping smiled bitterly as he thought, “Isn’t it obvious that he is asking them to watch over me warily?”

As though the Great Lord Xuan Yuan understood what he was thinking about, he gave Yi Ping a smile. “They can’t stop you if you really want to go. But you should at least talk to my consort-to-be for a little while first. After all, you won’t have a lot of chances in the future.”

He gave Yi Ping a blank stare as though he was saying to Yi Ping, “So your weakness is her, am I right? Then you will surely come quietly to my palace.”

Yi Ping shrugged his shoulders as he sighed softly, thinking to himself. “Why did I have to get into this mess?

The Goddess Aeris lowered her glances to say softly, “Do I have to go too? Don’t I have to prepare for the day of my honor tomorrow?”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said matter of fact, “I will send a message to your clan for you. You will stay at my palace tonight.”

When he had finished saying, he gave a mighty howling shout to the heavens!

So terrifying was his martial shout that Yi Ping and the rest were repulsed several steps from him!

And immediately, a gigantic crimson four winged dragon burst from the dark clouds at a startling speed!

Yi Ping was startled at the sight of this dragon for it was ten times bigger than the divine blue dragon that he had seen earlier!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan laughed, “My divine stead has come. See you in a little while. If my stead can tolerate strangers, I will surely bring you up on her.”

The gigantic crimson four winged dragon slide down with thunderous explosive windforce but it never touched down for the Great Lord Xuan Yuan had already leapt onto her and in a blink of an eye, they had disappeared within the shadows of the massively Ancient Fortress!

The leader of the group said to Yi Ping with a cold smile, “Shall we go now?”

Yi Ping nodded slowly while the Goddess Aeris looked at Yi Ping discreetly before she said aloud, “So what are we waiting for? Let us move on hastily then.”

She took a look at Yi Ping before saying coolly to him, “You are really brave to fight with the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and you live to tell about it. I don’t know who you are but you are wiser to stay where you are…”

All of a sudden she gasped because Yi Ping took great stride forward as he said jovially, “What are we waiting for? I have never seen the great palace of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan before and I am all too curious about it.”

The Goddess Aeris leapt next to him and rebuked him gently, “You are too impossible. Don’t say I didn’t warn you or anything!”

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh, “Don’t worry. This is the fate that I have chosen for myself. My destiny is in my own hands. I am the one that choose this path so I am to be responsible for it. Don’t worry for me. I will be alright.”

The Goddess Aeris was startled as she stammered, “I am not at all worry for you!…”

But she quickly muttered, “Your fate? My destiny is in my own hands…is this possible? This is a new notion…”

The leader of the group said as he pointed to a gigantic golden pyramid, “We are going there. It won’t take us long.”

Indeed in a while time they were already on its golden steps.

Along the way, Yi Ping heaved a heavy sigh as he saw groups of hundreds pulling the mega stones that must have weighed at least a hundred tons. He shivered at the forced labor yet he knew that he was helpless to help them for his intervention would result in their deaths.

So he turned to Asatru and said, “If you are able then you should not be harsh to them and treat them humanely. This will be good for your future attainment.”

Asatru was startled as he looked into Yi Ping’s eyes. All of a sudden, he felt lost and confused. This Lord Yi Ping seemed to possess an enthralling aura that compels him to listen to him!

And he was shaken by it. It was because he had indeed struck at the Seventh Immortal Positioning for too long!

Yi Ping added, “The strength that we have is used to fight the strong and not to harass the weak. Only then can our level of attainment be improved.”

Asatru trembled a little. Somehow what this Lord Yi Ping had said to me, sounded irresistible!

The Desolate Immortals had split into two main groups. One group had chosen to stay under the twilight zone while the other group had chosen to venture into the Borderlands, a scorching desert under the eternal sun that only the strong could survive.

He began to question himself, “Have I become so weak willed because I have chosen to stay in this place? Here, I fear the strong and harass the weak. This is not our old ways…”

He found himself liking this Lord Yi Ping so he lit a smile, “Lord Yi Ping, did you really fight with the Great Lord Xuan Yuan? How was it? You are really too daring and lucky to escape unscathed.”

The Goddess Aeris said excitedly, “He! He…what do you guys know? He can even battle the Great Lord Xuan Yuan Thirty-Three Degree Technique on equal ground. So what do you think? You should have seen their epic fight!”

Asatru the leader of the group and the rest of the Desolate Immortals had suddenly turned ashen as they looked at Yi Ping blankly!

Asatru asked, “Great Goddess Aeris, you are serious?”

The Goddess Aeris lifted her eyes to look at them as she replied coolly, “I don’t look serious?”

Asatru and the rest of the immortals looked at Yi Ping slowly as they appraised him and the two divine swords that he had on his back. They were a little afraid. That was because if this Lord Yi Ping was able to fight the Great Lord Xuan Yuan then he must also be on the Ninth Immortal Positioning. If so then there was no way they would be able to stop him from leaving if he so pleased!

Yi Ping had already walked to the entrance of the gigantic pyramid and was looking curiously at the two gigantic monument dragons that were arranged elegantly near it. He turned around to say, “Your worries are unfounded. I will surely pay the Great Lord Xuan Yuan a visit!”

All of a sudden Asatru had raised his palm as he flew to Yi Ping with a startling force!

But Yi Ping had simply raised his palm and there was a thunderous bang and Asatru was sent crashing with a thunderous impact into a mega obelisk, cracking it!

Everyone was startled, including the Goddess Aeris who called out, “What are you trying to do?”

One of the immortals shouted, “Lord Asatru!”

Asatru was trembling as he rose slowly from the cloud of debris, “I am alright…I am only testing him…”

He quickly said, “Lord Yi Ping, pardon me.”

Yi Ping rubbed his nose and heaved a soft sigh, “So that is a test?”

He looked at the rest of the Desolate Immortals before he said slowly, “It is a lucky thing that Lord Yi Ping has chosen to restrain his strength or I won’t be standing here. None of us is able to stop him unless we have the Practitioners of the Eighth Positioning here.”

The Goddess Aeris hummed coldly, “I am glad that you have realized that.”

Asatru smiled weakly, “Follow me. Lord Yi Ping, please forgive my rudeness. I am curious to know your strength.”

Yi Ping nodded slowly as he observed that his escorts were all looking at him with weird expressions. He wondered why…

The Goddess Aeris smiled shyly at him and said, “You didn’t know what you have just done, didn’t you?”

Yi Ping did not know what to answer so he simply smiled weakly. It was better not to say a thing in this unfamiliar situation lest he would get into more trouble!

So he simply followed after him!

Very soon he was escorted into the deep recesses of the pyramid. There were many winding passages inside and they had come into a grand hall.

In the hall, there were many more immortals and they were all looking at Yi Ping curiously, wondering who he was.

Yi Ping could see a blue radiance pool in the middle and he could see people appearing and vanishing from it!

The Goddess Aeris said with a lingering sadness, “This gate will lead us to the City of the Gods that is above.”

Asatru said loudly to the guards that were in the hall, “We are going through the gate, make way!”

A Desolate Immortal asked, “My respects to the Great Goddess Aeris. You shouldn’t be here at all…”

The Goddess Aeris said coldly, “You are out of your place. I am free to go wherever I please. Moreover I am summoned by the Great Lord Xuan Yuan to his palace. How dare you question me!”

The Desolate Immortal immediately stammered, “This is not what I mean. Please forgive me, your Great Goddess…”

Asatru quickly said, “Be gone! I am personally escorting the Great Goddess Aeris and Lord Yi Ping to the Ancient Fortress.”

The Desolate Immortal immediately said humbly, “Yes, yes.”

Asatru said aloud to the thirty or so other immortals that were in the hall, “Quickly summon a hundred others and follow me through the gate quickly!”

One Desolate Immortal was startled, “A hundred?!”

Asatru said firmly, “Gather all the sixth to the seventh ranking immortals immediately!”

Another Desolate Immortal was equally startled as he said, “If we all go through the gate, won’t the Great Lords of the Ancient Fortress think that we are creating an uprising? Why do you need us to go with you?”

Asatru hummed coldly as he looked at Yi Ping and the Goddess Aeris, “Firstly, we have to ensure the safety of the Great Goddess Aeris…”

Quite a few Desolate Immortals were already muttering even before he had finished, “Who would trifle with the consort of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan? Even the World Ruler Fu Xi respects the domain of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan! Is the Great Lord Xuan Yuan really going to accord upon the Great Goddess Aeris such great honor?”

Asatru hummed coldly, “Secondly, I am under instructions from the Great Lord Xuan Yuan to escort this Lord Yi Ping to his presence. Under no circumstances must we allow him out of our sight. Gather a hundred men now. But be warned; if we fail, all one hundred of us will be executed by the Great Lord Xuan Yuan personally!”

The entire great hall was suddenly silent as all the other Desolate Immortals froze in their tracks upon hearing the message of the Lord Asatru!

But almost immediately, seven high level Desolate Immortals had reacted as they attacked Yi Ping from all sides!

To the astonishment of all the onlookers, Yi Ping had immediately intercepted them and had floored every single one of them with a thunderous impact in all directions!

No sooner had the first seven fighters been floored, seven more additional fighters that had joined in the fray were also floored in less time than the first seven!

It was because they were not as capable fighters as the first wave.

Everyone was gasping in shock!

It was because even if it was an Eighth Positioning Immortal, it was nearly impossible to do what Yi Ping had done!

Yi Ping had reacted instinctively and out of self-defense. He was almost surprised at the ease that he had thrown off their attacks!

He thought, “Compare to the Celestial Immortals, aren’t they a little too weak? Or is it because my strength is now empowered by the Creation Universal Force?”

He knew that they were testing him and had not deployed their best fighting techniques yet. So he said, “If you want to fight then you got to be serious.”

The Goddess Aeris stared blankly at Yi Ping before she said bitterly, “So you are really not serious when you are fighting me…”

Yi Ping could only smile weakly to her as he said, “Lady, this is not what I mean…”

The Goddess Aeris interrupted him with an alluring smile as she looked at everyone, “This Lord Yi Ping has fought the Great Lord Xuan Yuan to a standstill. Do you think that anyone of you here will be able to stop him? Better get a thousand instead to watch over him!”

Everyone was startled as they stared at Yi Ping keenly!

They really could not tell his state of divinity or attainment!

Yi Ping was startled by the Goddess Aeris as he said hurriedly, “Lady, aren’t you trying to get me into a fix? After all, I am only here because of you…”

The Goddess Aeris looked at him coldly, “Who knows what you are really trying to do? Maybe you have an ulterior motive?”

Yi Ping protested immediately, “That is not true at all…”

She immediately smiled shyly and said, “Or maybe you are just trying to get my attention?”

Yi Ping was so dumbfounded by her latest remark that he could only blink his eyes and not knowing what to answer!

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Chapter 236: The Creation Universe Force

Yi Ping and the Great Lord Xuan Yuan were slashing furiously at each other, swinging dozens of displays rapidly, their furious thunderous clashes in their red, white and golden hues were flashing dazzling in all directions!

But what was the most astonishing thing was that they had not moved three steps from their fighting positions as they evaded at dazzling speed!

They were fighting with dazzling lethal strokes and with grim determination, refusing to back off from each other’s powerful techniques as they took direct damage from it!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was stunned at the sight of their duel!

She could barely even comprehend their fighting speed as she gasped in disbelief, “This is really a duel of the expert of the experts, a fight between the geniuses. Who is this Yi Ping? What is his title? Why did he have the sword of the Great God Pangu who is our mortal foe…”

As Yi Ping blocked with his swords and Golden Invincible Force to catch up with the pace of his opponent’s killing strokes, he had an inspiration. “Why don’t I channel my Golden Invincible Force as an offensive force? Can it be done?”

Without a moment to lose, he had channeled two hovering golden discs to each of the tip of his divine swords with the sheer will of his Divine Revelation and he had mustered the martial force of the Martial Emperor Unifying Force, causing his air to be surrounded with shimmering sparks!

The Golden Invincible Force was an inertia protective force that would offer protection and enhance his martial strength but to channel it to his divine swords, its powers could quickly dissipate or weakened. Therefore Yi Ping had thought of using the Martial Emperor Unifying Force to reunify the martial forces of the Golden Invincible Force and the Martial Emperor Unifying Force together!

No sooner had Yi Ping done that, the tips of his divine swords exploded into a thunderously golden light that suddenly increased the martial power of his strokes by an extraordinary three folds!

And the might of this new technique was even more powerful if he was to use the Ultimate Heavens Encompassing Stroke and Asper Divinity combined but at a much lesser drain rate!

He had lost no time to muster new golden discs to replace the dissipated ones to the tips of his golden swords once more!

The Celestial Alice seemed to be exuberated by this new technique that it began to reverberate soundly as golden rainbow halo hues surrounded it, imploding the Annihilating Force like a shield around Yi Ping and causing the Great Lord Xuan Yuan to be startled!

It was because the imploding strength of the Celestial Alice had suddenly increased so much that it had even exceeded that of the Fantian Sovereign!

The sanctorum powers of the Celestial Alice had further enhanced the power of this new technique that was just invented by Yi Ping!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan regained his composure quickly as the intensive of his Annihilating Force was doubled as he pushed his Annihilating Force from the sixth level to the ninth level in the next instant. He shouted through the deafening martial implosions, “You didn’t think that you are able to defeat me just like this? I am expecting you to do better than this!”

Yi Ping could feel an overwhelming force had suddenly appeared as the ground beneath kept collapsing. He shouted back as another dozen of strokes were exchanged in a blink of an eye, “I don’t think it is easy but you don’t intimidate me at all!”

But he was secretly alarmed!

It was because the pain that he had been receiving had suddenly increased several folds and his body did not seem to be responding as well as before!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was stunned this time because the Great Lord Xuan Yuan had actually his Annihilating Force to the ninth level. Now the ninth level was said to be the most destructive force in the universe, able to annihilate all living things and immortals that were injured by it, would even cease to regen for a time!

She instinctively moved away from them as the tiny vegetation in the vicinity disintegrated into nothingness in a matter of seconds!

Even her divine dragon was howling anxiously!

For some reasons, she was fearful for this Yi Ping…

She shook her head, “Why should I be anxious for him? The Great Lord Xuan Yuan is where my destiny lies. We will take back the three known heavens back and be freed from this accursed desolate realm. And the Great Lord Xuan Yuan will be one of the Great Gods that will lead us to victory.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan smirked coldly, “Even Ninth Immortal Immortals like the Great God Pangu and the Great World Ruler Fu Xi have to stand aside when I use my Annihilating Force to its zenith. Surrender to my might and bow before me. I can spare you on account that you are a worthy warrior but only if you make a blood contract to serve me as your lord!”

Yi Ping growled, “Don’t be absurd. I will never do it!”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan hummed coldly, “Then you have to face my wrath!”

As soon he had said that he had swung his crimson blade and dozens of zapping red sword energies flew out like lightning bolts!

Such was the furies of this display that the blue dragon behind the scantily dressed heavenly maiden was sliced to pieces while the scantily dressed heavenly maiden had managed to block only the first zapping sword energies before she was tossed up the air as she screamed!

Yi Ping was startled as he flew to intercept the second zapping sword energies and he was struck in the back by another zapping crimson sword energies that caused him to scream aloud in pain!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden dropped to the ground in shock, more shocked because Yi Ping had just leapt to save her life!

She stared at him in disbelief as she thought with great bewilderment, “Why did he save me? Doesn’t he know that we are on opposing side? Doesn’t he know that he is in the middle of a life and death duel? Why did he…”

Yi Ping clutched his swords tightly as he turned around, only to be greeted by crimson flames that were burning throughout the vicinity!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan walked through the incinerating flames as he said coldly, “These flames are even fierier than the Divine Trinity Fire. Your body should be burnt by now…”

All of a sudden he stopped in his tracks as he stared at Yi Ping!

It was because Yi Ping was being surrounded by a white aura that was extinguishing the flames to nothingness.

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was clinging to Yi Ping’s leg and her eyes were bleary as she looked at him in astonishment. The white aura was soothing and she was not affected by the burning flames. She stared at him in disbelief as she thought, “He can survive the Ninth Level Annihilating Force of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan?…”

Yi Ping was also astonished by the faint white aura that was around him. He knew that this was the outburst of the Creation Universal Force that was within him and it was being brought alive by the opposing power of the Annihilating Force.

This time, it was his Fantian Sovereign that was reverberating with a melody humming and a white stellar light could be seen radiating from its middle!

Even Yi Ping was awed by it!

But he knew that this was the faint animus of the Creation Universal Force that was enveloping him!

It was so soothing, refreshing and revitalizing, having the combination of Xingyue’s Divine Rejuvenation Force and the Heaveness’ Divine Invigoration Force!

When Yi Ping was being imparted the Creation Universal Force, the truth was that he could only gain only a tenth of the original Creation Universal Force. That was the law of the universe, the law of diminishing return. Powers gained was always full of risks and every new heights of attainment were only too difficult and only increase a little of the practitioner’s strength. Only if they could reach the end of their attainment level then they could be stronger than the rest and they could still be killed by the rest or by the Divine Calamity.

But in this universe, the Creation Universal Force was a lawful force that directly opposes the Chaotic Desolate Force and the Annihilating Force was actually a branch of the Chaotic Desolate Force!

Before the life force energies of the Creation Universal Force could be dissipated, Yi Ping had the timely fortune to encounter an opponent of the Chaotic Desolate Force. This immediately revives the shattered Creation Universal Force that was within him to surge to 70% of the absorbed. At the same time, his Absolute Equilibrium Force that was suppressing the desolate strength of the kirin blood that was in his vein had also lost control, allowing the desolate strength that was within him to surge but this time he did not go berserk; the Creation Universal Force was in total control now as the conflicting Desolate Energies were now tamed by the Righteous Essential Energies of the Creation Universal Force!

That was not the end. Because the Fantian Sovereign Sword was actually from the Great Beyond and was bathed with the Righteous Essential Energies of the Creation Universal Force, it began to release its own Creation Universal Force with its own sanctorum power, enabling Yi Ping to double whatever energies of the Creation Universal Force that he could muster to 140%!

At 100%, that was the peak of what the Great God Pangu could achieve when he had reached the Tenth Immortal Positioning!

At 120%, he could be able to develop the Creation Universal Force into a visible animus!

At 140% exactly like what he had now, he was able to project his divine force into a field of radius that could be capable of protecting the others!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden had never seen this phenomenon before. She was amazed, terrified and most important of all, she wanted to ask a question and she did ask with trembling voice, “Why did you save me? I have tried to kill you earlier…”

Yi Ping answered without turning around, “I am sorry that I cannot save your dragon in time. I am sorry that I have allowed you to come to harm. This is our battle. I am sorry for dragging you into it.”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was startled by Yi Ping’s reply for she had never seen anyone with such a big heart as him. She did not know if he was pretending but her instinct told her that he was really sincere about it. This righteous air that was around him was unique and it gave strength to her…

She lowered her head to say quietly, “I am the Goddess Aeris of the Bahamut Clan…”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan had suddenly interrupted coldly, “I am impressed that you have survived my Annihilating Thirty-Three Degree Technique. This is just the foreplay and I have not fully displayed all my techniques yet.”

All of a sudden he was raising his arm and blazing martial force exploded into hellish flames all around him!

Yi Ping said quickly to the scantily dressed heavenly maiden as he raised both his divine swords, “Goddess Aeris, please stay behind me!”

His mind quickly paced to think of a counterattack as he thought, “The Golden Invincible Force may be powerful but I think it may be insufficient against him. He is truly the most dangerous foe that I have ever fought. Now that I have the Universal Force to protect me, I can finally use my Thousand Memories Swords. Alas, if only I can use both the Golden Invincible Force and the Thousand Memories Sword at the same time…”

He silently made a resolution to research how to do so one day. But first…

He raised his divine swords with a whirlwind force as six white shimmering phantasm swords began to form around him!

As he summoned the six shimmering phantasm swords, he was a little startled to find that these six shimmering swords seemed to have a life on its own. His Creation Universal Force seemed to be materializing these swords into real swords. Instinctively he knew that if he could find six more divine swords as hosts then this Thousand Memories Swords Technique could even be more powerful than the current!

But he had no time to ponder over all these now because the Great God Xuan Yuan was flying to him at a startling speed and the air behind him had the manifestation of a gigantic crimson firebird!

The Great God Xuan Yuan grinned, “This is my another technique, the Soaring Fire Phoenix. You will be incinerated into ashes at the moment of impact. You can’t block this!”

That was not a boast. The impact of this technique could incinerate any immortals that were of the Seventh Immortal Ranking and below, mortally wounding any immortals that were of the Eighth Immortal Positioning, however given Yi Ping’s present strength he could still block this technique and survived.

But Yi Ping was not prepared to fight this battle on an equal ground with his opponent as he was still conscious of the fact that he had only two-third of his strength. So any battle had to be swift!

An attack for an attack. That was what Yi Ping had been taught by the Celestial Fairy in the past!

Yi Ping immediately readied sent all his Thousand Memories Swords to fly in a straight line toward the Great Lord Xuan Yuan!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan laughed as he continued his charge, parrying and blocking the six attacking swords aside, “Your sword energies lack the strength…”

All of a sudden a white beam of light struck his chest as he stumbled backward in disbelief!

He touched his chest and looked at the crimson blood that was in his hand as he stared blankly, “It has been ages since my golden body had last been wounded…not since the last battle with the Great God Pangu…“

He looked up to see that Yi Ping had merged his two divine swords into one long white gold divine sword!

Yi Ping had channeled the deadly sword energies of his Thousand Memories Swords through his Heaven Defying Sword. The sword energies were so intensified that it was like a beam of white light that directly penetrated through the sword energies aura of his opponent divine sword and his Annihilating Force!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan halted in his track but the crimson flames that were around him did not die down. This could only mean that he was not mortally wounded. It was not easy to kill a Great Desolate Immortal after all.

He looked coldly at Yi Ping, who did not continue to make a move, before smiling coldly. “What a good technique. Unfortunately you did not manage to kill me. That is because I would not fall for the same technique twice. Why didn’t you make a move after you have an advantage?”

Yi Ping gave an honest reply, “That is because I have no confident of overcoming you. Moreover I don’t want to take an advantage out of you.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said, “But if the duel persisted, it may be hard to know who will be the eventually victor, do you agree with me?”

Yi Ping nodded and said, “Or there may be no victors.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan smiled coldly, “Very good reply. You are a strong opponent. Perhaps that is not something that I want to find out today.”

He paused to look at Yi Ping, “Your two swords are actually a single divine sword. I don’t know how you do that. Let me ask you this. How did you get your hands on the Fantian Sovereign?”

Yi Ping replied, “I have found it just a few weeks ago.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan was perplexed but this Yi Ping did not look like he was lying. He said, “It seems that times have changed. Ever since the World Ruler Fu Xi and I had reached the Ninth Immortal Positioning, it seems that there are several others that have reached the same immortal ranking as us. The borderland immortals have been fighting the desolate monsters for thousands of years so I am not surprise at their advancement. However it is weird, isn’t it? It is obvious that your strength is that of the Ninth Immortal Positioning but why is that I can only sense that you are only of the Seventh Immortal Ranking?”

Yi Ping gave a weak smile before answering, “That is a long story.”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said as he glanced at the Goddess Aeris, “Since we have no real feuds and tomorrow is also a day of honor for me, why don’t you come with me to the Ancient Fortress? I am curious about the vast borderlands. You can surely tell me all about it.”

Yi Ping secretly thought, “A Great God such as him will surely know more about the Borderlands than even the immortals that are there. The problem is, I don’t know a thing about any Borderlands except what I have heard from the Goddess Aeris that it is a scorching place. If I go with him then I am surely done for…”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan smiled wryly, “Or are you afraid of coming with me?”

Yi Ping was perplexed as he paused to ponder, “I can’t stay in this place for too long. I need to find a way to return to my companions…”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan looked at the Goddess Aeris and said, “Come over here.”

The Goddess Aeris turned pale immediately and Yi Ping automatically moved defensively in front of her.

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan sheathed his divine sword as he said coolly, “What are you afraid of? I won’t eat you up. After all, you will be my consort tomorrow. You are defying me?”

The Goddess Aeris followed her head as she walked toward him, “My lord, your humble goddess has just got a fright and is just disorientated.”

Yi Ping was speechless as he watched her walked past him. He sighed softly to himself and asked himself, “What right do I have to stop her?”

All of a sudden the Great Lord Xuan Yuan grabbed the Goddess Aeris, groping her and kissing her forcefully while saying, “You are mine. Weird, why is that I seem to have taken a great interest in you all of a sudden?”

Yi Ping suddenly said, “Wait! I will go with you!”

No sooner had he shout it loud, he had regretted it immediately!

The Goddess Aeris gasped softly as she shook her head lightly…

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan looked at Yi Ping and lit a wry smile, “Very good. I shall show you a grand welcome to my palace in the Ancient Fortress. It seems that I didn’t find an answer to the celestial omen that is seen earlier but I have found a friend in you.”

Yi Ping could only smile weakly…

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Chapter 235: The Martial Unifying Level

All of a sudden, the scantily dressed heavenly maiden flipped her long whip and lashed at Yi Ping!

Yi Ping was startled as he quickly skipped backward, “Maiden, why did you attack me?”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden hummed coldly as she rippled the air with explosive lashes before lashing her whip at Yi Ping, “That is because you are a liar!”

Yi Ping flipped backward while blocking her attack with the Celestial Alice at the same time. Judging by the martial force that had struck his sword, he estimated that she was at least of the Seventh Immortal Positioning but she was nowhere near to the combat finesse of Alice and Isa.

All of a sudden he caught the reflection of his face on the Celestial Alice and he was startled. He thought, “My eyes are golden? I have thought that after I have attained to the Eighth Positioning, it have already turned scarlet?”

Immediately, he realized what was going on. His physical body was still in the Stellar Sanctuary and that his soul had flown out to explore the realms. He had heard that the soul body had only a third of the strength of the real self. So it was no wonder that he could only exercise a third of his strength.

Therefore no wonder his scarlet eyes had reverted to gold. Does it mean that he was actually weaker than her?

Yi Ping was still trying to cope with what was going on as he thought, “When I have awakened to the Tenth Positioning, my mind is also trying to fathom the realities of the Six Realms at the same time. So this isn’t the reality and I should quickly return to my body but why am I experiencing pain? Is it because it is related to the ability of the Tenth Positioning to fathom the surreal space?”

All of a sudden the scantily dressed maiden changed her strokes and whipped him hard, sending him to smash against the cliff with a thunderous impact!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden hummed coldly, “What a tough body. You didn’t get slice into halve by my whip!”

Yi Ping rubbed his face as he coughed out weakly, “You are not so tough after all…”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden displayed three looping lashes at Yi Ping in a blink of an eye as she cried out, “I will like to see if you are able to be so arrogant after this!”

Yi Ping naturally was not prepared to be killed by her so he acted on his instinct as he flashed past her three lashes in a blink of an eye, “Then forgive me for being rude…”

He had dodged past her attacks and was upon her in the next instant, startling her with his speed!

But before he could swing his swords at her, the blue dragon at her back had suddenly slammed him flat on the ground with a thunderous explosive outburst!

Yi Ping had clearly seen the incoming attack but his reaction was a little slow and hence he was struck fatally!

If he was back in his physical body then he would surely have avoided the attack!

Just as he was groaning in misery under the giant claw of the blue dragon, the scantily dressed heavenly maiden had stepped on his face as she said coldly, “Really, this is too easy. I am expecting you to do much better than this!”

Yi Ping’s face was reddened, not from embarrassment of his failure but because he was looking at her revealing underneath!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden saw his redden face and she smirked, “So you are angry now? You should be because I am now thrashing you under my foot! Beg me for mercy, will you?”

He struggled to get up with all his strength but the weight of the dragon claw was too firm and heavy!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden said, “So you are a rare human that has managed to awaken as Gold Eyes. Not the first or the last but your resistance is futile against us. A slave is just a slave. In our eyes, you are just like filthy animals. I will gorge your eyes out. After your sight is healed, I will gorge your eyes again and again…”

Yi Ping was moved to anger by her words. He felt his strength doubled as his rage boiled and with a shout, he had grabbed her foot and had pulled her down before giving her a tight slap!

He shouted angrily at her, “Your heart is too vicious!”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was outrage as she found herself under Yi Ping’s arm as she cursed venomously, “You animal! Let go of me, now!”

All of a sudden she was startled, “Your eyes…”

Yi Ping loosened his grip on her a little when he had noticed that she was not struggling anymore. He asked coldly, “What about my eyes? I have already known that you look down on golden eyes…”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden quickly said, “Your eyes have turned scarlet…”

Yi Ping could not see his own eyes so he answered coldly, “So?”

He had not realized that his eyes had indeed turned scarlet again when he was moved to anger. In that very instant, he had regained another third of his strength, doubling his current strength!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden said quietly, “How about you let me go and I ask my divine beast to let you go?”

Yi Ping looked at her coldly but he was soon guilty because he could sense that her animosity seemed to have vanished all of a sudden. So he said, “Only if you agree to let go of me first.”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden nodded as she called out, “My Divine Asper, let go of him.”

The blue dragon roared thunderously before it reluctantly lifted his claw that was upon Yi Ping.

Yi Ping quickly got on his foot and at the same time, he had let go of the scantily dressed heavenly maiden.

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden smiled wryly as she raised her whip, “Courageous indeed. Now we are even but you are now outnumbered two to one. Do you think that you still have a chance now?”

When Yi Ping saw her smiles and her glance that were upon him, he trembled a little. That was because he was most afraid when a maiden were to give him such a lingering look. He said quickly, “You can try but this time I won’t be careless again.”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden smiled mysteriously, “Do you dare to come to my abode?”

Yi Ping thought, “Maybe she knows that she is not able to overcome me and is setting me up for an ambush? If I were to flee now, she may not be able to catch up with me.”

There was a hint of hesitation in his eyes. It was because he was very good in accepting challenges. Even though he knew that he was now in the company of dangerous foes, he was not afraid. Sometimes he wondered himself if he knew the meaning of fear.

But for a person that had been wounded grievously quite a number of times and was still unafraid of death, he was actually standing on a higher level of pinnacle than most of his opponents. It was not to say he was foolish but he was overcome by his great appetite for martial knowledge!

Now that he had expanded his dimension of thoughts to the fourth dimension, he was able to see through his own strength and weakness, just like an observer that was viewing himself. He was exceptional good in fighting since he was young. He may be inexperienced when he had first made contact with the real Martial Fraternity but his indomitable will to learn was all too overwhelming. He had the guts to fight stronger foes. In reality, he had already attained the Martial Unifying Level (See Chapter 7), enabling him to remember all his opponents and moves.

His only problem was that sometimes his own body would not catch up with his mind!

That was also why the same moves would not work twice against him!

That was also why all his other consorts were all secretly alarmed that Yi Ping seemed to be picking up their skills rapidly and learning their own tricks. Therefore, they were unwilling to spar with him and had secretly stayed a hand or two!

That was why if the scantily dressed heavenly maiden and the blue dragon were to attack him at the same time, he would already have readied a counterattack. Moreover, he had already regained another third of his strength!

After Yi Ping had further attained the Martial Unifying Theorem (See Chapter 186), his martial achievements had become more and more outrageous; he was inventing and evolving new extraordinary martial strokes on the spot to combat his opponents!

The Creation Universal Force that he had just absorbed had pushed his immortal positioning from the ninth to the mystical tenth level.

He was only the second person to have reached the Tenth Immortal Positioning after the Great God Pangu. Or rather, he was simply chasing after his own shadow; this was the actually the second time that he had reached the Tenth Immortal Positioning!

Because of this, when the scantily dressed heavenly maiden had interrupted his ascension to peek into the Great Beyond, he had also reached a new level of martial visualization. He was able to see himself on the move just like an observer. Naturally, he was also able to observe his opponent too!

Now that was something very difficult to imagine but that was exactly his level of martial attainment now!

That was why he was not afraid of this scantily dressed heavenly maiden and the blue dragon. He had already nailed their movements down and had formed one conclusion; he was still able to overcome them even though he had just two-third of his strength left!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden asked again, “Are you afraid?”

Yi Ping did not reply to her. It was because a perplexing thought had just crossed into his mind; a hidden sense of a great danger that was within!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden smiled wryly, “So you are really afraid…”

All of a sudden, her eyes flashed emotionally as she raised her voice, “Hey! Are you even listening?”

Yi Ping was startled by her and promptly replied, “Why should I be afraid?”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden smiled as she finally got his attention, “Naturally you shouldn’t be at all. I won’t eat you up even though I am curious about you. Why did you have gold eyes earlier and now you have scarlet eyes?”

Yi Ping looked at the reflection of his swords and saw that his eyes were indeed scarlet again. He could only smile weakly, “I don’t know either!”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was looking at him curiously, “Are you from the borderlands? I have never seen you around before.”

She paused for a while, “How silly I am. You must be or else you won’t be able to get your hands on not one divine sword but two. It must have taken you ages to collect them. But are you sure you are able to wield two divine swords well? Why not give one of your divine swords to me?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “Why should I give you my divine sword?”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden muttered softly, “That is because tomorrow, I am going to be consort to the Great Rift God Xuan Yuan!”

She smiled as her eyes beamed with happiness, “Do you know him?”

Yi Ping was alarmed. How could he not know? The Great Rift God Xuan Yuan was an ninth immortal positioning Great Desolate Immortal!

He nodded, “Yes, I do…”

She laughed softly, “Naturally you do. Everyone does. He is one of the most powerful lords here. It is every goddess’ desire to be his consort!”

Yi Ping quickly bowed with his hands, “Then congratulations!”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was startled as she flew her whip at him almost immediately!

Yi Ping was startled and he dodged just in the nick of time as he shouted, “Why did you attack all of a sudden!”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden flushed with anger and said, “Then why did you show me that rude gesture?”

Yi Ping was perplexed as he thought, “What rude gesture? I was merely congratulating her…”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden said coldly, “How dare you try to take liberties with me! You are lucky that I am in a good mood today or else I will tear you to pieces now. Tomorrow, I will be the goddess of goddesses and will be the consort to the Lord God Xuan Yuan…”

Yi Ping quickly protested, “I know, you will be…”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden said icily, “You know? Then how dare you suggesting that I will be joined to you?”

Yi Ping was a little perplexed, “What do you mean by joined to you?”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was blushing as she mocked bitterly, “If you want me to join you in the bed chambers, it is already too late. I will be joined to the Lord God Xuan Yuan tomorrow. You look like a decent person but you are too full of indecency. If you have such a need, I can give you a few pleasure slaves from my holdings tonight.”

Yi Ping was flustering as he thought awkwardly, “Does it mean that when I join my hands together, it actually mean just a thing? Alas, I can’t cleanse myself now that I have plunged into the Yellow River…”

All of a sudden the scantily dressed heavenly maiden said melancholy as she lowered her eyes, “The Great Prophetess once said to me that I am destined to be the consort to the Lord of Lords. To this end, I have been trying very hard to reach the Eighth Immortal Positioning. It is only because only an Eighth Immortal Positioning Goddess is fit to be a consort to the Lord of Lords and can be joined to him. But now…”

She paused for a while but did not seem like she was willing to continue…

Yi Ping could sense a great sorrow in her and he was curious. So he asked, “But now what?”

But he quickly felt he was being too rude so he hurriedly said, “You don’t have to tell me…”

But the scantily dressed heavenly maiden said quietly, “But now I have met him…”

She lingered for some time before saying melancholy, “The Great Prophetess had divined that I will meet him in a most unexpected circumstance and that he will have both gold and scarlet eyes…”

She looked up suddenly and stared at Yi Ping!

Yi Ping was startled as he thought, “Why is she looking at me like this? Surely she is not referring to me?”

She said slowly as she emphasized, “Tomorrow is the day of my ascension as a Great Goddess. I will be the consort to the Great Lord Xuan Yuan. My destiny is to the Lord of Lords and not to a nobody like you. That is my predestined fate. Do you understand?”

Yi Ping observed her carefully and did not know what to reply. It was as though she was emphasizing to herself and not to him…

He sighed softly to himself as he looked at the strange heavens that were above him as he thought, “So this is the Desolate Realm. I have heard from the Lady Nuwa that it always the same heavens. One half of the Desolate Realm is always under the eternal night while the another half is always under the scorching sun…”

“What do we have here? Two lovers basking under the stars?” A cold voice said suddenly from the top of the mountain ledge.

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden immediately turned ashen while Yi Ping was startled by the stranger that could approach near him without alarming him!

He quickly looked up and saw a refine man in a finery garb standing loftily above them, his malevolent had suddenly flared into a terrifying presence!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden stumbled for words, “Great Lord…Xuan Yuan, I…no…it isn’t what it seems…”

Yi Ping was even more startled as he thought, “So that is the Great Lord Xuan Yuan? What fearsome aura that he has got there!”

He had been forewarned of two Great Desolate Immortals. They were the Great Rift God Xuan Yuan who had elevated his Desolate Force to the Annihilate Force and the World Ruler Fu Xi who possessed the Great Desolate Force!

He took a glance at the scantily dressed heavenly maiden before he said quickly, “Don’t misunderstood. I am new to this place and we have only just met!”

All of a sudden this Great Lord Xuan Yuan had flashed on top of him as he brandished a long blade!

There was a mighty thunderous impact as bright red hues flashed between them as Yi Ping raised his Celestial Alice to block the attack with one hand!

At the same time Yi Ping had raised the Fantian Sovereign Sword to return a counterattack, with a flurry of upward slashes!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan turned his blade immediately and knocked the upward slashes with his palm that imploded the air with another series of explosive forces!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden moved back several steps as she gasped, “This is the Annihilating Force of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan! It is so mighty!…”

She had expected that Yi Ping would crumble under the mighty divine force that had just been unleashed by the Great Lord Xuan Yuan but to her startled astonishment, Yi Ping had not only tank the sudden attack unscathed but he was actually retaliating against the Great Lord Xuan Yuan as a dozen other strokes were exchanged and their immediately radius were exploding continuously by their martial strokes!

She stared in disbelief at Yi Ping as she murmured, “Who is he? Good heavens! I have never seen anyone that can hold up to Great Lord Xuan Yuan. He is not for real when we have fought earlier?”

She gasped all of a sudden because the Great Lord Xuan Yuan were now surrounded by a red animus, an indication that he was releasing the true strength of his Annihilating Force!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said coldly as he unleashed three more rolling impact explosive waves, each of his waves was like a titanic hammer that exploded thunderous, “This is my divine blade, Unregrettable. Rest in peace.”

Yi Ping moved back three steps as he mustered six shimmering hovering discs before he jumped forward with his divine swords, imploding the first two rolling exploding waves with a piercing thrust of the Celestial Alice and slashing the third rolling exploding wave with the Fantian Sovereign!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan lifted his eyes to stare coldly at Yi Ping, “You can dissipate my Annihilating Force?”

Yi Ping had used all his martial strength to muster the Golden Invincible Force. At his current strength, this was the maximum golden discs that he could muster!

He gasped to himself, “What a frightening force that this guy possesses. To say that this is his true strength is really an underestimation. He has barely even got serious yet!”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said haughtily, “I have only utilized my Annihilating Force to the third level. There are altogether ninth level to my Annihilating Force. Usually, this level is good enough for most except for you.”

Yi Ping raised his two divine swords in a combative stance as he replied coolly, “Indeed, indeed. Why don’t you try harder?”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said coldly, “Do you know why you must die today?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly, “This is because you have seen something you shouldn’t have. But I can tell you this, you are mistaken. We have only just met!”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan replied coldly, “Indeed I have seen something that I shouldn’t have but you are also mistaken.”

He looked at the scantily dressed heavenly maiden to say coldly, “To me, she is just a plaything, just like the mortals. I can even give her away if I so desire. The reason why you must die is because you have the Fantian Sovereign Sword.”

Yi Ping glanced at his shimmering white sword, “You know my sword? Just because of my sword, I must die?”

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan answered coldly, “Indeed. The Fantian Sovereign Sword belongs to our sworn enemy, the Great God Pangu. This sword shouldn’t be here at all!”

He stared at Yi Ping before answering, “Anyone that is possession of that sword is naturally to be utterly eradicated from existence. It doesn’t matter who you are.”

Yi Ping tapped the Celestial Alice gently to the ground and lifted the Fantian Sovereign lightly as he exclaimed coolly, “I am Yi Ping. This golden sword is the Celestial Alice while this white sword is the Fantian Sovereign. I don’t intend to be killed by you though. But if you are to be killed by me, then you should very well know who I am and the names of my swords!”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden stared in disbelief at Yi Ping, scarcely believing what she had just heard!

Because she was at the Eighth Immortal Positioning, she was able to tell that Yi Ping was only a Seventh Immortal Positioning Immortal and he was now challenging a Ninth Immortal Positioning Immortal!

But somehow she was unsure if she was right about Yi Ping’s immortal positioning. It was because if he was really a Seventh Positioning Immortal, he would have already been killed by now!

The Great Lord Xuan Yuan answered coldly as he raised his divine blade, “You didn’t understand the disparity between the two of us, didn’t you? Then very well, you can go meet your maker soon!”

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Chapter 234: The Divine Stellar Light

Yi Ping was alarmed as he asked, “Just what are you?”

The blue stellar light blinked and resonated with a soft hymn, “Do you really want to know? There is a price to pay for knowledge.”

The Goddess Isa hummed coldly, “Shut the crap and reveal yourself.”

The blue stellar light blinked and echoed, “I am here.”

The Goddess Isa was startled, “Huh? What do you mean?”

Yi Ping said quietly, “Indeed. It is there. This is its energy manifestation and this energy manifestation is the Universal Creation Force!”

The blue stellar light glowed brilliantly, “You have finally recognized me.”

Alice and Asura were looking at each other as they gasped at the same time, “This is the Universal Creation Force? It is a living entity?”

Like everyone else, Nuwa was also startled. She looked into the blinking light as she said. “How is it possible?”

Lele said quietly, “I sense an immeasurably sadness in there…”

Xian’Er nodded, “And a deep sense of regret…”

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh as he sheathed his swords…

Ye Yin, Yu’Er and Mei’Er who had acute senses were perplexed. Their seventh senses were supernaturally sharp but why did they not sense anything?

What they did not know was that Yi Ping, Yixian and Lele were judging by the blinking of the stellar light. Somehow, they felt an attunement to it and could read its emotional state through the blinking!

Yi Ping said, “If your solo purpose is only me alone then let it end now. I will be the only person that will climb this stair.”

The stellar light answered, “If you have the courage and if your group is willing, you may try then.”

Yi Ping turned to his group and heaved heavily, “Let me go up alone.”

Yu’Er said panicky, “Master Yi, you are really going up? It is so dangerous!”

Mei’Er nodded as she grabbed his sleeve, “We don’t know what to expect from there!”

She turned to Yixian the Celestial Fairy, “Mistress! You are really letting him go up there?”

Xian’Er answered gently, “It is for Yi Ping alone to decide.”

Yi Ping turned to the group and said gently, “Everyone, I think that I have finally discovered the true reality of the Stellar Sanctuary but in order to prove it, I must go up on my own.”

Everyone was gasping softly as they looked at each other…

The Celestial Liege laughed, “Let’s go up together. I am not afraid!”

Yi Ping smiled and said gently, “That won’t do. That is because anyone that goes up that stair will surely die. It doesn’t matter how powerful you are.”

The Ancient Heavenly Sage King looked at the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess before he asked, “We will all die except for you?”

Yi Ping nodded as he trembled lightly, “Everyone with no exception. Maybe even for me. I am not sure. I am actually gambling.”

Lele flashed Yi Ping a dangerous look, “Then let’s us leave now!”

Yi Ping shook his head as he looked at the Goddess Celestial Alice, “Then I won’t know why the Dark Chaos Lord died at the very end. I need to know.”

Alice looked at him as she pursed her lips, “Don’t do it at the cost of your life…”

Yi Ping rubbed his nose as he smiled at her, “Ziyan, Alice…it is not just for you…”

He also stole a secret glance at Isa, who lowered her head shyly. “It is for everyone.”

He looked at the Western Paradise Heavenly King, the Jade Emperor, the Ancient Heavenly Sage King, the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess, the Celestial Liege and the Lord Supreme, “Thank you for accompanying me in this journey. You must know that I desire not to be the Great God Pangu when I request for everyone to let me climb the stair alone. It is because the entity in front of us, is trying to tempt everyone to climb the stairs. If you go up, you will surely perish!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King looked at Yixian and Yi Ping, “Great Goddess Fantian and Great God Pangu, I do not desire to take the mantle of the Great God Pangu but can I know why? I am a little dense to figure out why.”

In his heart, the Western Paradise Heavenly King had already acknowledged Yi Ping as the Great God Pangu and what he had said was the truth.

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess smiled, “Same here!”

Yi Ping said, “Because all along, it is waiting for me. Only the one with the Essential Righteous Energy can approach the stairs or else the Creation Universal Force will surely overwhelm the practitioner. Its solo purpose is to tempt all of you into your own demise.”

Everyone was startled…

Yi Ping added, “The trials won’t end unless everyone else is dead!”

Nuwa murmured, “This…lucky I did not fly up the stairs!”

Everyone was nodding!

Actually, everyone that was left now had no desire to compete with Yi Ping or thought that they would be the chosen one. Precisely no one, that was why they would allow Yi Ping to ascend the stairs!

They were simply being worried for his safety!

Yi Ping smiled as he made his first step on the stair, looking back at everyone. “Don’t worry for me. I will surely return!”

All the maidens that loved him rushed to his back immediately as they prayed for him!

“Ping’Er…”

“Yi Ping!…”

“Master Yi Ping…”

Before long, Yi Ping had reached the 100th steps and he had struck a barrier of impassable windforce that was hindering him!

But still he persisted and every step that he had taken, he felt a mounting pressure that seemed to crush him!

By the time he had reached the 500th step, his legs were already shaking!

And there were 9500 more steps more!

Every step that he had taken, the mounting pressure would only increase!

By the time he had taken the 1000th step, he was already perspiring and he felt as though his chest would burst at any time!

He was shaking and thought, “If I give up now, then I will surely perish as well! I must not give up!”

At the bottom, he could still hear everyone urging him on and calling his name!

Lingfeng, Alice, Lele, Xian’Er, Nuwa and Lie Qing were whispering to him and urging him on!

Their voices had become withdrawn because of the distance and all his focuses were only on taking the next one step, moving from one golden step to the other!

By the time he had climbed to the 3000th step, he could no longer hear from any of his group and after a while he was too tired to count anymore!

He had only one goal in his mind; to reach to the very top where the blinking light was!

The powerful windforce was pressing onto him like a pressuring wall that threatened to sweep him down the stairs despite the fact that he was already mustering all his strength, even drawing on the sanctorum strength of his divine swords!

When he had reached to the middle of the stairs, very step that he had taken was so heavy that it was like he was fighting against his very own Thousand Weight Fall!

He did not know the passage of time but it seemed like an eternal time had passed before his thoughts were interrupted by the familiar voice of the blue stellar light, “You have reached the very top.”

When Yi Ping had lifted his eyes, he was looking straight at the blue stellar light and straight at the glowing animus of the Divine Pangu Armor.

Only sheer force of will had prevented him from collapsing on the platform!

He mustered all his wobbly strength to gasp out, “Who are you?…”

The blue stellar light reverberated, “Who am I? You have come all the way to ask me this? You should be concerned about the ultimate prize first.”

Everyone below could hear the reverberating voice of the blue stellar light but they were not able to hear Yi Ping so naturally they did not know what Yi Ping had said to provoke the blue stellar light to answer in this manner!

Yi Ping answered breathlessly as he struggled to stay on his feet, “Who are…you?”

The blue stellar light blinked, “You will have your answers very soon. Reach out to receive the Creation Universal Force, receive the mantle of the Great God Pangu and you will be transmigrated to the Great Beyond. Or alternatively you can leave with your group. Either way, the trials of the Stellar Sanctuary will end.”

Yi Ping murmured, “Transmigrate to the Great Beyond? But the conflicts between the Immortal Realm and the Desolate Immortals have not ended…”

The blinking stellar blue light resonated, “This conflict is of no consequence to you. You will be the Great God Pangu, future Lord of the Six Realms.”

Yi Ping stared at the blinking stellar light before he laughed aloud. His laughter was so loud that even those who were below were able to hear him!

He asked firmly, “What exactly are you?”

The blinking stellar blue light flared before resonating, “This matters not. You now have a rare chance that not everyone will have. Make a choice now.”

Yi Ping stared blankly at the blue stellar light before he muttered, “Such sorrow in you…”

But all of a sudden, he shook his robe as he turned back. He had taken a step down the stair before the blinking stellar light resonated, “You are leaving? After all the effort that you have put to overcome the trials of the Stellar Sanctuary and to reach this very point?”

The group that was below was all gasping and was startled as well, even though they could not hear Yi Ping!

They had heard the blue stellar light said, “You are leaving…” and that Yi Ping had indeed turned around!

Disbelief greeted everyone below as incessant murmuring broke out immediately!

Yi Ping sighed softly, “I know I am stupid, am I right? But I cannot leave my companions. Even though I know that I may not have this chance again. Even though I know that no matter how hard I cultivate, I can never ascend to the Great Beyond. Even though I know that the Practitioners of the Way have to be emotionless in their seven sentiments and six desires in order to cultivate oneself with the Heavens, in order to be an immortal being but I can’t do that…”

He paused briefly but there was none the sadness in him, “All I know is that I cannot abandon my companions. I cannot abandon the love that is in my heart. I would rather face the severe consequences of the divine calamities and the six cycles of afflictions than leaving them. I have no regrets at all.”

With a wryly smile, he took another step down the stair as he said, “I have sworn to protect them always.

This time round, his heart felt extremely light and he was exuberated!

All of a sudden his surroundings turned dark and Yi Ping was startled to find himself sucked into a whirling black hole!

The gravity that was being exhibited by this whirling black hole was extremely intense and was tearing him apart!

Yi Ping only thought was, “Where am I?!”

As he was being sucked into the black hole, the crushing pressure was so intense that he could feel his entire bones were cracking and breaking!

But Yi Ping being himself, he was not one to give up without a single fight!

The Ninth Immortal Positioning on his forehead intensified as he struggled with all his faltering strength!

He yelled aloud, “I am not afraid of death but I am not going to die here!…I still have important persons to protect…they are going to need me…I cannot allow them to grief for me!…”

All of a sudden a blue sun rose from the horizon of the whirling black hole, accompanied by thousands of stars…

Instead of feeling the intense pressure that he had felt earlier, now he was serene and was like a feather that was floating on the whirling black hole!

As he looked around him, he was startled to see the apparition of the Divine Pangu Armor that was on him!

He gasped out as the Divine Pangu Armor slowly vanished, “Why is going on?”

The familiar voice of the blue stellar light was heard, “You have now inherited the mantle of the Great God Pangu and the Divine Pangu Armor is now part of you. In time to come, you will awaken to the Tenth Immortal Positioning.”

Yi Ping was startled, “But I didn’t say anything about inheriting the mantle of the Great God Pangu?”

The blinking blue stellar light appeared over him and said, “Should you choose to inherit the Great God Pangu’s mantle, we won’t be talking now, just like that someone from long ago.”

Yi Ping was jolted!

He immediately shouted, “The Dark Chaos Lord! What had happened to him?…”

The blinking stellar light responded by showing an illusion…

A handsome man in black was seen stepping triumphantly on the top of the platform where the Divine Pangu Armor was and on his back was the Celestial Alice Divine Sword!

He was heard saying, “As destiny wills, I know that I am the destined one. Hereof, I will take the mantle of the Great God Pangu and be the next Great God Pangu!”

As he touched the divine blue light of the Divine Pangu Armor, he was first turned to a golden animus before he was dissipated into bits of golden dust!

Yi Ping was shocked as he muttered, “The Dark Chaos Lord, he had perished just like this…”

The blinking stellar light resonated, “That was your first reincarnation. He had made it all the way but he had failed in the end.”

Yi Ping was trembling and his voice was hoarse. It was because the shock of watching the Dark Chaos Lord turned into nothingness was as though he was watching his own death!

The blinking stellar light said, “You do not need to grieve for yourself. You have finally made it.”

Yi Ping was silent for a while before he asked, “You are the Stellar Sanctuary?”

The blinking stellar light glowed brilliantly, “I am the Stellar Sanctuary. Now that you have inherited the true mantle of the Great God Pangu, I am not surprise that you know now.”

Yi Ping said with trembling voice, “I don’t want to go to the Great Beyond. I want to protect my companions. Didn’t you say that I am free to go? Why is it possible that I have passed the trial while the Dark Chaos Lord had failed?”

The blinking stellar blue light responded, “Your great love for the others enable that.”

Yi Ping murmured, “My great love?”

The stellar blue light resonated, “Indeed. You have no desires for power but only seek to end the trial because you desire to protect all your loves. Only great love can arouse the Creation Universal Force or else it will only lead to self-destruction. Your first reincarnation receives the Creation Universal Force but he was not able to contain it, therefore he was consumed by it.”

Yi Ping was startled, “He was consumed by the Creation Universal Force?…”

The stellar blue light resonated, “Consumed entirely. Even the Great God Pangu was not able to contain the Creation Universal Force and he was consumed by it.”

Yi Ping was stunned, “Even the Great God Pangu?”

The stellar blue light reverberated, “Only you are able to contain the Universal Creation Force and only you are able to attain to the true Tenth Immortal Positioning!”

Yi Ping had a sudden revelation as he panicky said, “I am absorbing you?! You are the source of the Creation Universal Force? No, wait! You will put an end to yourself in this manner!”

It was because he had suddenly remembered that the Great God Pangu had discovered the Creation Universal Force after he had laid hands on an ancient desolate artefect, the Stellar Sanctuary!

The stellar blue light responded, “It is exactly as you have said. Do not feel sad. A spark of me will be revived in my chosen successor. She will be your Alma and she will be your Mirror of Transmigration to the Great Beyond in my stead.”

Immediately memories of the Unchained Melody and the Flower of Life flashed into Yi Ping, invoking the image of Lele in him!

It was not a coincident of her good luck; Lele was the chosen successor of the Stellar Sanctuary!

Her pureness was the chosen vessel of the Stellar Sanctuary!

And Lele was his conduit!

As Yi Ping received the Creation Universal Force, he could sense a powerful awakening of his mind!

He had glimpsed into the Great Attractor, a black core with the gravitational force equivalent to a million billion suns in which all the cosmos rotated around it!

And he saw the Three Known Realms of the Mortal Mundane Realm, the Celestial Realm and the Ninth Heavens Immortal Realm!

Hanging on the inverted plane of the Three Known Realms were the Three Invisible Realms of the Desolate Realm, the Spatial Realm and the Great Beyond!

He was now flying through the vast plains of the Desolate Realm and was astonished to see hundreds of floating citadels. On the vast plains were vast movements of beasts and men, tens of thousands of them. They were moving gigantic blocks of stones below and were building dozens of fortifications!

As he passed through two lofty peaks, he saw a floating citadel that was of immerse gigantic size and it was even larger than the dome of the Stellar Sanctuary!

He knew instinctively that this was the Ancient Fortress of the Desolate Immortals that was cast to the Desolate Realm!

He knew that soon he would be flying out of the Desolate Realm, into the Spatial Realm and finally to the Great Beyond!

All of a sudden a bright light greeted him and time seemed to have slowed down!

It became so slow that he had some trouble adjusting to it but he knew that this was the correct norm instead. That was only because he had been flying so rapidly!

“Who is that? Who are you?”

Yi Ping felt a throbbing headache and when he looked up, he saw a scantily dressed heavenly maiden, with long flowing green hair and scarlet eyes that was greeting him. Behind her was a gigantic blue dragon!

He was startled at the sight of the gigantic blue dragon as he took several steps backward!

Instinctively, he had unsheathed his two beaming divine swords!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden flashed her whip, lashing it with a frightening thunderous explosive force as she said coldly, “I repeat myself again for the last time. Who are you? Why is that I have never seen you before? I have thought that it is a shooting star but it seems that it is actually a person!”

She smiled coldly, “You are an escaped slave? An escaped slave that have dared to steal two divine swords! How audacious are you!”

Yi Ping was stupefied!

It was because he had thought that he was ascending to the Great Beyond, only to be interrupted by someone!

He smiled weakly, “I don’t know exactly what is going on but maybe I should be grateful to you.”

He did not want to ascend to the Great Beyond and was glad that he was interrupted. But that was something that he did not want to say aloud!

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was enraged as she lashed her whip at Yi Ping, which immediately caused whipping explosions to burst out!

And to her astonished surprise, Yi Ping had emerged harmlessly even though she had lashed a dozen strokes in a blink of an eye!

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh, “Can we talk first?”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden was blinking her eyes in astonishment before she asked, “You are one of us?”

Yi Ping forced himself to tell a white lie, “I have scarlet eyes and so have you. So what do you think? So we can talk?”

The scantily dressed heavenly maiden lowered her whip cautiously as she nodded lightly…

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Chapter 233: The Stairway of Heavens

A hundred blinks of an eye had since passed since the white golem knights had spawned and descended into their midst. This was not actually a long while but if time could be measured, that would be less than two minutes time.

Yi Ping was slashing furiously at the white golem knights as golden lights flashed to and fro brilliantly around him. He had taken down two of the white golem knights but he was still being surrounded tightly by many of the white golem knights. There were simply too many of them!

He was not worried for himself but for the rest of his delegates who were with him!

But despite his best efforts to rein in the unstoppable wave of the white golem knights, he had failed to prevent them from overcoming his line of defense!

In just a quick instant, the entire vicinity was filled with brilliant lights and thunderous explosions, as everyone was attacking furiously with all their best martial skills and weapons!

Even though Yi Ping was anxious and panicky for his group but at the same time he was surprising serene within him. How could he have such an extraordinary feeling?

The real question was; how could he feel anxious and serene at the same time? This was such a weird feeling that had surfaced to his mind!

With just a look, he was able to analyze the entire battle field coolly. Even though these white golem knights were extremely formidable but he was still able to see and predict their moves. That was why he was able to get two of them down. Even though he was still being outnumbered but it would be a matter of time if he could get all of them, provided of course that his morale and spirit would not be dealt a blow by the demise of his companions. Every grief, every emotion and every distraction would sap his strength, lengthened the battle and contributed to his injury, his loss of strength and his focus and would cause him to lose the fight, even causing his own demise.

This type of emotionless analysis was not Yi Ping’s true nature of course. But after the three in one merging, he had also awakened the consciousness of the White Sage, the Dark Chaos Lord and the Great God Pangu that were within him.

This cold and hard analysis were the analysis of his three other consciousness!

While he was fighting, he had also taken note of the current state of battle that was raging all around him.

One, the White Divine Tiger and the Golden Kirin Beast were not making a move against the White Golem Knights; it was as though the White Golem Knights were invisible to them!

Two, while the White Golem Knights were extremely formidable and appeared to be highly aggressive, it was weird that Han Lin and Aiel were still holding up against them, even though they were not exactly faring very good, with multiple injuries.

But his observations had hinted to him that while these White Golem Knights were not giving away leeway, their very moves were subtly, even calculated to give a small enough opening for the defenders to prolong the battle until they were no longer be able to put up any resistance!

The question was why!

All of a sudden Yi Ping noticed an opening between the White Golem Knights and this small opening would perhaps allowed him to speed past them and ascend to the top of the stairs where the Divine Armor of the Great God Pangu was!

Xian’Er and Lingfeng had whispered to Yi Ping at almost the same time, “Yi Ping, Ping’Er, there is something amiss here.”

Xian’Er fenced off several of the attacks of the surrounding White Golem Knights, taking quick steps back and countering with her Heavenly Tear, before she whispered to Yi Ping. “Lingfeng is right. I feel that something seems amiss here but I can’t place a finger to it! Ping’Er, if you can see an opening, quickly dash up the stairs. That may be our only way out of this.”

Yi Ping could no longer see Lingfeng as she had disappeared under a mushroom burst of explosive force but he could hear her whispering haltingly to him, “That is…exactly my sentiments…too…alas!…”

Alice interrupted them, “Lingfeng, watch out! Don’t fight and talk at the same time. I will watch your back for you!”

Lie Qing was overheard whispering, “These creatures are simply too bothersome.”

Lingfeng was heard, “Thanks my Goddess Alice! Yi Ping, ascend up the stairs if you are able to. These White Golem Knights, something is wrong with them but I cannot place my fingers yet. But it seems that at certain interval timing, these golems will reform their formation to attack us aggressively. But at the same time, there will be an opening in-between them that can allow someone with a quick swiftness movement to bypass them and to climb up the stairs.”

Yi Ping whispered, “Actually I can see that too.”

Lingfeng whispered with a soft laugh, “Then what are you waiting for? Hurry and save us all or else, experts like Sister Xingyue and Sister Ye Yin will surely fly up to the very top in a hurry.”

Nuwa laughed, “Don’t forget about me too. Hurry up and try to exploit the opening when it appears once again and be our savior. Or else, I am going to be the next savior!”

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh as he whispered, “If the lot of you has noticed this thing, then it won’t escape the notice of the other Heavenly Kings too.”

Lie Qing whispered solemnly, “Ping’Er, you must exercise caution. Something is not right here. I have a weird feeling about this. It is like we are walking into some kind of a trap here.”

Xian’Er said, “I am afraid that this trap is so obvious that we are all blind to it. But what it is then?”

All of a sudden Lele whispered solemnly, “Yi Ping. No matter what you do, don’t move up the stairs. Wait and observe a little longer. Wait for me to give you the signal.”

Her tone was extremely solemn and was worded forcefully!

Everyone was slightly startled for they had never seen Lele this serious before and used such a solemn expression before, not even when they were in the direst situation!

Lie Qing smiled weakly as she whispered, “My goodness, the Joyful Goddess is so serious all of a sudden. I am a little unused to it! Is this the Lele that I know?”

Lingfeng heaved a soft sigh as she thought, “I may think that I am the most intelligent in the group. But in terms of intelligent, Lele is not beneath me. In term of cold calculations, she is also not beneath Yunzi. In terms of cunning, she is also not beneath Lie Qing. Until today, I still can’t fathom her. We have underestimated her…”

It was because she was now observing how Lele fought under the cover of the thick debris as she brought two of the White Golem Knights down. Lele had swung her long scythe, her Divine Echo ambidextrously and her movements were ghostly as she evaded the White Golem Knights!

Lingfeng had suddenly remembered that Lele had spent most of her time sleeping in the coffin while they were in the mortal realm and that her movements improved quicker and her attacks were even more precise after every fight.

She was the only one that could catch up with Yi Ping in terms of such startling improvements…

All of a sudden, Lingfeng had a sudden thought. “Don’t tell me that she is actually a super genius…”

Yi Ping had heard Lele’s warning via their Dual Secret Whisperer but before he could reply Lele, all of a sudden the formation of the White Golem Knights had shifted subtly again and his quick eyes had spotted the opening again!

But instead of exploiting the opening, he shifted his swordplay backward in time to give Yunzi and Han Lin an extra hand as he shouted, “Yunzi, Han Lin, back immediately!”

They were spirited when they had heard his shouts and escaped with light wounds!

At the same time, Yi Ping had displayed the Thousand Memories Swordplay as he sent six flying swords across the entire hall to aid the rest, as his brilliant hovering swords whirled resounding with tremendous impact!

Nuwa was a little upset, “Yi Ping, why didn’t you go up the stairs when you have the chance? Don’t you want to be the savior?!”

It was not that Yi Ping did not want to be the savior or he did not want to save the group. He was totally rooted to where he was for two main reasons!

One, the only person that could stop these White Golem Knights from overwhelming his group was him. If he were to leave where he was then he could not imagine the consequences that would happen. What if these opening had only appeared because he was here as the tank?

Two, his sixth sense was warning him that something was amiss and a heavy heart seemed to be rooting him to the ground.

But he had to make a decision when the opportunity arose and he had decided to aid the others!

Once he did that, his heart became light and his reflexes were even quicker and he had hacked two more White Golem Knights to pieces with the Celestial Alice and the Fantian Sovereign!

Xian’Er could have taken the initiative to speed up to the stairs if she wanted to. Her swiftness movement was actually even swifter than Yi Ping. But she did not want to. Yi Ping was the one that she was following and she had trusted him. There were too many times when she had thought that her decisions were the right one but she was wrong. Yi Ping seemingly had the knack to pick the correct decision despite the overwhelming odds. And this time, she was placing all her trust in his hands!

Nuwa had the opportunity to speed up to the stairs when Yi Ping was on rampage with his flying swords. Despite what she had just said that she would speed up to the stairs, she did not. It was because she was just trying to goal Yi Ping up the stairs. But when he did not, she just sighed softly and continued her own fight against the White Golem Knights. She thought, “My heart is with you. I will follow you whenever you go and if you want to oppose the heavens, I will follow you as well!”

Lingfeng had the opportunity as well while Alice and Lie Qing were tanking for her. But she did not want to. The hero of her heart was Yi Ping so naturally she was going to let him be the hero!

As for Alice, she was highly skilled enough to fight and executed her swiftness skill at the same time. But she did not seize the opportunity too. It was because for the very first time she had a purpose, to protect her friends and companions. Aiel, Han Lin, the Goddess of Mercy Xiang, Asura, the Goddess Isa and even the Jade Emperor, some of them were her ex-opponents but they were now united as one, fighting on the same side. Her eyes beamed brightly as she thought, “This is real friendship? I have never experienced such emotions…”

As for the rest of the maidens, like the Goddess Asura, the Goddess Isa, the Goddess of Mercy Xiang, the Goddess Aiel, Han Lin, Yunzi, Lie Qing, Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Youxue, Ye Yin the Ascension Goddess and Xingyue the Fiery Phoenix did not even consider it. They were all living for Yi Ping and fighting for each other now!

Some of them were temporary allies and some of them had only met in the Stellar Sanctuary but in their eyes, nothing was nobler than fighting alongside each other. After all, they had been through much together and without each other, they really would not made it through this far!

Unfortunately, not everyone see it this way.

The Great Khan Heavenly King had spotted the opening and he had speed for it under the cover of the cloud of debris and thunderous confusion!

He thought, “This is my chance! This Yi Ping may be strong but he is just a fool! The first one to reach the very top will inherit the mantle of the Great God Pangu. I will be a Supreme God that rules the Three Known Realms! I will make slaves out of them all and erase my humiliation!”

The Martial Sage suffered exceedingly at the hands of these White Golem Knights but he still had enough strength to speed past the White Golem Knights to ascend up the stairs as he thought, “Didn’t the Jade Emperor says that I have the potential? That is why he has brought me here. Xian’Er, when I have become the Great God Pangu then you will see the good in me…”

The Formosa Heavenly King, the Nirvana Heavenly Queen, the Heavenly Pagoda King saw the same opening as well and they were thinking, “This is a good opportunity to help everyone. This is a trial and therefore, the first one to reach the top should rightfully be the next Great God Pangu. This is all part of destiny and is not a god given thing!”

The Immortal Saint of Swords was also moved as he thought, “I have been pursuing the highest form of sword art for untold years. Even though I am going to be an immortal soon but that is just the beginning. Right in front of me is the shortcut to the highest attainment. If I can reach it, I can also help the group…”

The Skylord Jun was also thinking, “If I don’t do something fast enough then we would all perish! I need to do something for my brothers!”

Among the Immortals, only the Jade Emperor, the Ancient Heavenly Sage King, the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess, the Avant-garde Heavenly King and the Western Paradise Heavenly King were not tempted. They had already seen the opening but they were more interested in fighting their own battles!

The Jade Emperor was fighting to protect Yi Si, the Celestial Liege and Ye Ling. He had no mood to pursue power or else why would he have given up his seat of authority to Lele?

The Celestial Liege was Yi Ping’s rival. Even though he may not be his match now but he still had his pride and would only fight Yi Ping on his terms. Moreover, they were now friendly rivals since Yi Ping was also his brother-in-law.

Was the Universal Old Man tempted at all?

The answer was not at all or rather he did not have any chance to do so. When the battle had erupted, he was momentarily distracted by the beautiful forms of the Goddess Celestial Alice and the Goddess Aiel. In his carelessness, he was knocked unconscious at the very first instant. He was lucky that he had his golden body to protect him against the brutal swords of the White Golem Knights or he would have been killed instantly!

The Lord Supreme, Yu’Er and Mei’Er had formed a protective circle around him as they fought back against the White Golem Knights.

The Lord Supreme was cursing, “Given his poor attainment and concentration, how did he even reach the 100th floor of the Stellar Sanctuary in the first place? Brother, my foot!”

The Lord Supreme, like many others, did not notice that there was an opening as they were fighting for their own lives. These White Golem Knights were after all formidable Eighth Immortal Rank fighters!

All of a sudden there were bursts of light that were centered on the White Golem Knights that caused every single of them to disintegrate!

The group was startled!

Barely had the fight started, it had ended!

Yi Ping looked at his group with a startled expression as the thick debris from the fighting slowly died down. He muttered, “Is everyone alright?”

His keen sense had quickly found the Universal Old Man on the ground but there were a few that were missing!

The Great Khan Heavenly King, the Nirvana Heavenly Queen, the Heavenly Pagoda King, the Formosa Heavenly King, the Martial Sage, Skylord Jun and the Immortal Saint of Swords, the seven of them were missing!

Xian’Er swept a glance at her surroundings, “What is going on?”

Lele pointed up to the stellar blue light on top, “They are there but they are not there.”

Suddenly the voice of the Great God Pangu roared thunderously, “You must be wondering where some of you have gone to. You can’t see them now. They have climbed the stairs and I have turned them to star dust. Look no further!”

Everyone was stunned!

The Avant-garde Heavenly King was trembling, “My brother, the Formosa Heavenly King…you are gone just like this…”

Yunzi had weeping as she grieved for the Immortal Saint of Swords, “Protégé master…”

Han Lin stuttered with shock, “I didn’t see any of them going to the stairs at all…”

Aiel covered her mouth, “It is impossible. It is all a lie…they must be alive…”

Ye Yin the Ascension Goddess said, “They did. I can sense them. But for some reasons, we are not able to see them approaching the stairs. But as soon as they ascended up the stairs, they are all gone at vary height of the stairs. The Great Khan Heavenly King perishes at the bottom while Skylord Jun perishes in the middle.”

Yi Ping clenched his fists as he shouted angrily, “Why do you have to do that?!”

The blue stellar light thundered and filled the entire hallway with vibrations, “Because this is a trial of courage and will. Anyone that tries to climb the stairs while the trial is on-going will perish and that includes you.”

Nuwa said coldly, “Does that include me as well, Great God Pangu?”

She pointed at Xian’Er, “And the Great Goddess Fantian as well?”

The blue stellar light glowed before thundering, “Even the Great Goddess Nuwa and the Great Goddess Fantian are no exception. Once the trial has started, the impure will be eradicated. The good news is, you have passed the trial and will be able to approach my presence now. I am waiting now for my true successor.”

Yi Ping was trembling lightly as he clenched his swords, “They are all dead now…”

And two of them were his sworn brothers…

The voice thundered, “So what are you waiting for now? I am waiting.”

Everyone was looking now at the long flight of stairs fearfully and with cause!

They had all realized how treacherous this place was!

Lingfeng whispered fearfully, “The Great God Pangu says the first one to reach the top will take his mantle but only if we can reach the very top…”

Lie Qing whispered melancholy, “That is if we can reach the very top and he is challenging us to go up to the very top again…”

Youxue turned to ask Yunzi, “I wonder how many steps are there to the top? Sister Yunzi, can you make a guess?”

Yunzi shook her head, “There are thousands of steps for sure. Maybe it is infinity. I really do not know.”

Lele said quietly, “There are nine thousands, nine hundred and ninety-nine steps before the top. The final step is the tenth thousands step.”

Everyone was astonished!

Yi Ping turned to look at her, “Lele, you can really count the steps?”

Lele nodded slowly, “Indeed!”

The blue stellar light glowed even brighter, “Indeed! There actually exists someone who can count the Stairway of Heavens?!”

Lele looked at the reflection of her Divine Echo as she hummed softly, “What is so difficult about that at all? Everyone can do it.”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he looked at Lele, thinking. “Only you are able to do that…”

Lele looked up to the blue stellar light as she hummed softly, “So beautiful…”

She narrowed her eyes as she suddenly turned hostile, “I am the Great Joyful Empress Goddess of the Three Known Realms, the Alma of the Great God Pangu. I know that you are not the manifestation of the Great God Pangu. So what are you? Why are you making a game out of us? Who and what exactly are you?”

She pointed at Yi Ping to say, “The real Great God Pangu is already here. So what are you?”

Everyone was startled.

The Goddess Isa was perplexed as she looked at Aiel, Alice, Asura and the rest, “Surely that is the Great God Pangu?”

Xian’Er and Nuwa both said at the same time, “That is not the Great God Pangu.”

Nuwa added, “Because the real Great God Pangu will not hurt the Great Goddess Fantian or me. I should have guessed earlier!”

The blue stellar light blinked brilliantly. A melody voice resonated, “Isn’t it a little too late now?”

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Chapter 232: Divine Armor of the Great God Pangu

As soon as Yi Ping had stepped into the shimmering portal, he found himself in a new magnificent hall but he had no time to appreciate the grandeur; the Great Khan Heavenly King was fighting against a gigantic white tiger and from the look of it, he was in a critical situation!

The Great Khan Heavenly King was worn-down and he was fighting for his life!

Yi Ping was startled for he had recognized the scars that were on this gigantic white tiger. He thought, “Isn’t this the White Tiger Divine Beast?”

Xian’Er who had just stepped forth from the shimmering portal was also startled as she said, “Isn’t this the Divine White Tiger?”

Nuwa was also startled as she whispered in secret, “Huh? Isn’t this the divine stead of the Great God Pangu?”

All of a sudden there was a great thunderous shout from the Western Paradise Heavenly King as he charged straight for the White Tiger Divine Beast!

Yi Ping was startled as he called out, “Wait!…”

But the Western Paradise Heavenly King struck the Divine White Tiger on its back with the full unleashing of his martial power. But instead of a thunderous strike that everyone was expecting, the blow was soft and was immediately neutralized!

The Western Paradise Heavenly King was startled but before he could react, the White Divine Tiger raised its paw and with a swipe, had caused him to crash thunderously against the wall!

At the same time, Xiao Ping the Golden Kirin had also rushed for the Divine White Tiger but was swept aside by the explosive shockwave roar of the Divine White Tiger!

Yi Ping was also startled because the Divine White Tiger appeared to be so much stronger than the last time.

Lingfeng seemed to understand what he was thinking. She gave a smile as she whispered secretly to him, “These Divine Beasts can freely appear in all the levels of the Stellar Sanctuary. When they appear at the lower levels, their true divine might are suppressed or else none of us will have a chance against the divine beasts.”

Alice whispered back in secret, “These divine beasts are not supposed to be defeated even in the lower levels. You are supposed to be able to make good your escape if you are capable. If you are incapable then you can only blame your ill-fate.”

Lingfeng raised her eyebrows as she whispered back with a soft, “You make it sound so easy…”

At this time, Xian’Er had flashed next to the Divine White Tiger to say, “I know you. You are the guardian of this floor?”

Yi Ping had also flashed next to Xian’Er. He lowered his swords to say, “You are here too?”

At the same time, he said to the group that was behind him, “Hold. I know this divine beast…”

The Divine White Tiger roared thunderous again but did not attack further even though it was surrounded by a large group.

The Great Khan Heavenly King who was lying flattened under the paw of the Divine White Tiger was mourning, “Help me…”

Yi Ping said quietly to the Divine White Tiger, “Let him go.”

The Divine White Tiger roared mightily again before lifting its paw.

The Western Paradise Heavenly King was already on his feet and he was next to the Great Khan Heavenly King in the next instant as he lifted him up angrily, “You traitorous fellow! You dare to walk out of us just like this? Do you think that you owe us an explanation?”

The Great Khan Heavenly King was extremely pale and he was coughing feebly, “I am wrong, I am wrong…”

Lele spat coldly, “Why do we have to save him? Just let him die!”

Lie Qing snapped her fingers to say coldly, “He is wrong but he didn’t even apologize for his actions. Therefore he isn’t in the least sorry at all. What a man, what a man!”

Yi Ping waved her down as he said to the White Divine Tiger, “You want to come with us? Fine, fine. Then come.”

Then he turned to the Great Khan Heavenly King with a soft sigh, “You are lucky that this divine beast is a friend of mine. Let bygones be bygones.”

The Great Khan Heavenly King muttered, “Indeed, indeed.”

Xiao Ping the Golden Kirin howled miserably as it stomped the ground as it looked at the Divine White Tiger.

Alice laughed as she calmed Xiao Ping down with her divine voice, “Don’t be a sore loser. I know you may not lose if you persist but I rather the two of you to be the best of friends in the future.”

Yi Ping pulled the two divine beasts close to each other as he laughed aloud, “That is what I am wishing for as well!”

Youxue smiled at the two towering divine beasts as she turned to Yi Ping to say, “Alas! Stop paying too much attention to these beasts and more on us!”

Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Yunzi, Han Lin, Aiel and all the other maidens began to chuckle among themselves as they exchanged glancing looks with each other!

Just as Yi Ping had wanted to protest to them, the entire floor began to shake violently!

Han Lin panicked cried out, “What is going on here?”

Aiel smiled, “Silly! The Stellar Sanctuary is arranging itself. That is why!”

Indeed the entire floor of the Stellar Sanctuary seemed to be shifting itself until the entire hall reshaped into an infinity stair that sprang right in front of them!

When the rumblings stopped, they were still in the same hall except that there was a flight of stair that stretched from no end in sight with only a blue light that could be seen at the very top of the stairs!

The Universal Old Man rubbed his hands as he looked at everyone, “What is this?”

Yi Ping was also looking at the stairs and was perplexed. Finally he muttered with a soft sigh, “It seems that we have arrived at our destination?”

Everyone was stealing glances at each other as they thought at the same time, “We have reached the epicenter of the 100th floor of the Stellar Sanctuary?”

Everyone was feeling excited!

It did not take long for them to know the answer to this. All of a sudden the blue light at the very top of the stellar stairs began to glow even brightly and it was like a stellar star that was descending!

Only Yi Ping and Xian’Er remained unmoved at the sight of this blue light as they took a quick look at each other at the same time.

Yi Ping thought, “Xian’Er, are you thinking of the same thing as I am? That, it is only the beginning and we are not out of danger yet?”

Xian’Er fingers were upon the hilt of her sword as she thought, “Ping’Er, I hope I am wrong in this but I have an uneasy feeling about this.”

She was not going to share her worries to the others lest it would unduly raise an alarm to the rest. She could only pray that she had been wrong!

But her slight movements were noticed by Yu’Er and Mei’Er who were secretly startled. That was because their mistress had a habit; she would never touch her sword unless she had no other choice!

Otherwise, the attention of the rest of the group was focused on the blue stellar light and what was in view, was now beginning to startle everyone, including Yi Ping and Xian’Er!

That was because beyond the blue stellar light was a shining blue full plate armor and the blue stellar light was actually its aura!

This shining blue plate armor had a reflective white orb in the middle and there were another two white orbs on the sides of its pauldron!

The Divine White Tiger was already moving and turning around excitedly!

Nuwa was the first to gasp, “It is the divine armor of the Great God Pangu!”

She paused before she looked excitingly at Yi Ping, “Yi Ping, that is actually the skeleton remains of the Great God Pangu. If you are able to get it then you will also have the golden body of the Great God Pangu!”

All the others were startled when they had heard the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa mentioned that the shining divine armor that was in front of them was actually the remains of the Great God Pangu!

All of a sudden a deep voice that seemed to be resonant from within the blue shining divine armor thundered, “I am Pangu. Welcome to the 100th level of the Stellar Sanctuary…”

Yi Ping and the rest of the group were startled. Indeed, this was the familiar voice of the Great God Pangu which everyone would witness the first time when they had stepped on the 11th floor of the Stellar Sanctuary!

The voice echoed with a rumbling laughter, “So, you have managed to arrive at this final destination. Good, good! I have been waiting for you. But first you have to reach the top of the stairs to receive my mantle. Can you or can you not? But I must warn you first, it is not going to be easy and even will be impossible! You can try or turn back now. The trial starts at your very first step on the stairs! The one that reaches the top will be the next Great God Pangu!”

Everyone was now looking at Yi Ping and they seemed to be hinting to him now, “There is no turning back now.”

Alice smiled serenely, “What are you waiting for now?”

Yi Ping was also excited when he had heard the voice of the Great God Pangu once again. But he was also anxious for he had an uneasy feeling. He asked himself, “Is this what I am waiting for all this while?”

He heaved a soft sigh as he felt the presence of the Dark Chaos Lord that was within him, “The Dark Chaos Lord has reached the 100th level but he had failed. Is there a reason, a cause? I need more time to ponder but I am already here…”

The Goddess Isa, the Goddess of Mercy, Aiel and Han Lin noticed that Yi Ping was in a daze and they asked, “Yi Ping?”

Youxue, Yunzi, Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Asura and the rest were all looking at Yi Ping too and judging from their moods, they were all trying to contain their excitement!

He nodded to everyone as he smiled, “I just thought of something and is thinking about it.”

He mustered his strides, just when he was about to take his first step when Lie Qing and Xian’Er secretly dual whispered at almost the same time to him, “Ping’Er,wait!”

Yi Ping asked secretly, “Yes?”

Alice, Nuwa and Lingfeng who could hear Lie Qing and Xian’Er were now looking at the three of them curiously.

The rest of the group could not hear them but they could see that Yi Ping’s lips were moving and knew that he was talking to someone.

Xian’Er immediately whispered, “Qing’Er, you want to say something?”

Lie Qing lit a smile as she whispered in secret to Yi Ping, Xian’Er, Alice, Lingfeng and Nuwa, “I think that Sister Xian’Er and I are probably thinking along the same line. Ping’Er, when you step on the stair, be careful of the others, especially that Great Khan Heavenly King. Remember that the first one to reach the very top will claim the mantle of the Great God Pangu and become the next Great God Pangu.”

She winked at Xian’Er as she whispered again, “Sister Xian’Er, is that right? Are you thinking the same as I am?”

Xian’Er smiled as she whispered back, “Qing’Er, you are right.”

She paused for a while to look at Yi Ping intently before she whispered in secret, “Ping’Er, you must be wary of the others.”

Yi Ping looked at the Great Khan Heavenly King, the Celestial Liege, the Martial Sage and the others before he whispered sadly, “I hope it is not the case.”

Xian’Er and Lie Qing had survived for decades in the treacherous martial fraternity and they had seen much, heard much and experienced much. Therefore they were more wary and cautious of the others, even from those that they had known well. In a fraternity that was filled with mistrusts and betrayals, it never pays to trust anyone with blind faith alone.

Yi Ping said aloud as he took the first step on the stairs, “Everyone, be on your guard! We don’t know what would be going to happen next!”

No sooner had he taken the first step, the entire stairs exploded into blue flares as the voice of the Great God Pangu resounded with hearty laughter, “Great, you have decided to challenge your destiny. Can you inherit my Essential Righteous Energy and inherit my mantle to be the next Great God Pangu?”

When Yi Ping heard the mention of the Essential Righteous Energy, there was a twitch on his face. It was because he knew all along that he had already inherited the Essential Righteous Energy from the Great God Pangu. He had wanted to ask on numerous occasions, “If it is about receiving the Essential Righteous Energy from the 100th level, then what is the purpose of reaching the 100th level since I am already received it right from the very start? If I am able to receive it, does it mean that the Dark Chaos Lord had also received it right from the very start? Like me, he had reached the very top but he had perished. Why is that so?”

But he had no time to ponder over this now as the dozens of white golem knights that bore the appearance of the divine armor of the Great God Pangu had suddenly appeared and were now rushing down the stairs!

Ye Yin immediately cried out panicky, “There are thirty-three of them!”

Indeed, they had appeared in a formation of three and were descending in eleven waves!

Yi Ping was startled as he immediately raised his sword to defend himself against three of the white golem knights that had suddenly rushed at him!

These white golem knights were agile and were upon him in a blink of an eye!

There was a thunderous brilliant clash as Yi Ping was forced backward by the white golem knights!

He was startled because his strength now was of the ninth immortal positioning. Moreover these white golem knights were only a head taller than him and they did not appear to be much stronger than him!

He quickly raised his Celestial Alice to strike at the white golem knight that was nearest to him. But no sooner had he aimed at him, the white golem knight had moved its seemingly clumsy large shield at the precise time and position and deflected his strike!

Yi Ping was stunned for this very swift strike of his was with the sanctorum power of the swiftness of the Celestial Alice; he had already estimated the speed and movement of these white golem knights and had attacked through an obvious opening. This was an impossible deflecting reaction. Moreover, the moment the white golem knight had deflected his strike with its shield, Yi Ping could feel a rebounding force much like the Divine Emerald Force that neutralized his strike and forced him back!

Yi Ping turned ashen as he unleashed dozens of sword strokes around him with his two divine swords, “These creatures are able to use the Absolute Defense Force?!”

Nuwa had also turned ashen as her punches were neutralized as she muttered weakly, “Not only that, they are all of the Eighth Immortal Positioning as well!”

Indeed, the foreheads of these white golem knights were now glowing with an eight pointer circle!

The Goddess Aiel was extremely pale as she mustered all her strength only to say out, “This…this is the impossible!…”

Xian’Er slashed with a brilliant slash at the three white golem knights that were nearest to her but to no futile as the three white golem knights as they raised their shields at the same time!

From her ashen expression, everyone could tell that the Celestial Fairy aka the Great Goddess Fantian was anxious as well!

Yi Ping immediately shouted, “Everyone behind me! The stronger ones defend the front while the weaker one support from behind and don’t let them break through our lines of defenses!”

But no sooner had Xian’Er, Nuwa, the Jade Emperor, the Western Paradise Heavenly King, Alice, Isa and Asura formed a defensive line, the agile white golem knights had scattered their last ditch defense formation with hundreds of strikes, leaving everyone to fight for their own survival!

Instead of climbing up the stairs to battle the trial, they were back to the square one again and were forced to fight for their own survival in the hallway!

Yi Ping was panicky as he was now the only one that was fighting in front, as the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa and Xian’Er were forced to retreat several steps away from him, leaving him to face with at least nine white golem knights who were all highly skilled swordsmen that could hold their own against him!

He was extremely pale now. He was not worried for himself but for everyone. He now blamed himself for bring them here. These white golem knights were all eighth positioning fighting automations and he knew that it would not take long for the battle to end; their entire group would perish and even for him, it was impossible for him to handle them alone!

As he fought these white golem knights furiously with his dazzling swordplay, he was also cursing himself, “I am to blame! I am the one that have taken the first step!…”

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Chapter 231: Three as One

The Western Paradise Heavenly King was shaking with rage as he raised his golden rod as he shouted, “That traitor! I am going to get him!…”

With a flash, he had already leapt to the next hallway but he was startled to find that Shen Xingyue the Fiery Phoenix was already standing at the end of the hallway as she greeted him with an alluring smile.

He shouted angrily, “Why are you blocking me? You are in cahoots with him?”

But Xingyue was undeterred as she maintained her angelic smile and even the Western Paradise Heavenly King was secretly startled as he thought, “This maiden, she is so mesmerizing and her speed is so startling. She can actually intercept me at my full throttle…”

Xingyue smiled as she looked at her finger tips and played with her Blue Heavens, “I say, you needn’t go after him. Why not stay where you are instead?”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King lessened his furies to say, “I am not going to let him off just like this. Lass, move out of the way or I won’t be polite with you anymore.”

Ye Yin had also flashed next to Xingyue as she said to him, “Hey, cool it!”

Xingyue laughed softly as she pointed to Yi Ping and the rest of the group, “If even Yi Ping isn’t bothered with it, so why do you bother?”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King was speechless as he turned to look at Yi Ping, “You are really letting him off just like this?”

Even the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa was asking, “Really Yi Ping?”

Yi Ping said solemnly, “Xingyue really knows my heart.”

Xingyue was delighted as she answered hastily, “Of course!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King murmured, “I don’t understand…”

Yi Ping replied, “If he is destined to be the Great God Pangu, then there is nothing we can do. But before we venture further, there is one more thing that I need to do first.”

The Jade Emperor was also anxious as he did not want the honor of becoming the next Great God Pangu to fall to the Great Khan Heavenly King, “We should hurry…”

But Yi Ping closed his eyes as he muttered, “It will only be for a little while. There is something that I haven’t been able to figure out yet.”

Lingfeng asked, “Which is?”

But Yi Ping did not reply to her for he was in deep meditation.

Lingfeng turned to Xingyue, “You know?”

Xingyue smiled as she shrugged her shoulders, “I do not know anything. I only know that if Yi Ping wants to stop him, he won’t be able to sneak past us. Yi Ping is different now and we are underestimating him.”

Alice nodded, “You are right. He is a Ninth Positioning Immortal now. The instant that the Great Khan Heavenly King makes his move, Yi Ping will be able to intercept him if he wants to. But he isn’t doing that and he seems preoccupy with something. I wonder what it is.”

Lingfeng hummed softly, “Who cares about what goes in his imbalance mind?”

Youxue, Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Xingyue, Yunzi, Lele, Ye Yin and even Lie Qing all broke into small chuckles as they began to whisper among themselves, “Wonder what is up with Yi Ping?”

Yi Ping had closed his eyes to meditate quietly. He had just awakened his Ninth Immortal Heaven Eyes and when he had arrived at this floor, he had a sudden familiar feeling and this familiar feeling was awakening his inner self!

It was as though he was gaining the knowledge of the White Sage, the Dark Chaos Lord and the Great God Pangu at the same time!

Unlike Yu’Er, Mei’Er and Lingfeng, who could remember their past lives due to their profound attainment in the past and because of their entanglements with the White Sage, Yi Ping was not able to. Also, as the White Sage in the past, he had sacrificed all his divinity to try to undo his mistakes to them.

But now, he felt a weird sense of déjà vu as he awakened the wisdom of the White Sage, the combat finesse of the Dark Chaos Lord and the profound aptitude of the Great God Pangu!

Yi Ping opened his eyes and looked at the group with a smile as he said, “Let’s go!”

The group was startled for Yi Ping had only closed his eyes for a minute or so!

Lele asked, “So fast? So what are you thinking of?”

Yi Ping patted her as he smiled, “Nothing really but let’s us be on our way now!”

Lingfeng snapped her fingers, “Hah! You are only daydreaming. So let’s go now!”

Youxue hummed coldly, “Good! I am going to hunt him down.”

The Nirvana Heavenly Queen smiled, “He is one of the Prime Heavenly Kings. It won’t be easy for you to defeat him even if you are armed with an ancient desolate sword. Don’t get caught with him alone or you will surely regret it.”

Youxue hummed softly as she walked behind Yi Ping, “Well, I am not afraid of him. We shall see who is afraid of whom then!”

Lie Qing said quietly to Yunzi, “But no matter what, that Great Khan Heavenly King has got ahead of us now.”

Yunzi nodded as she said, “Even if that is the case, the Stellar Sanctuary is like a maze so he may not necessary gain an advantage over us.”

Mei’Er chuckled, “Maybe the death gate is just in front of us and he is just scouting for us!…”

Yu’Er sighed softly as she whispered to them, “If it is the death gate, then we are in trouble as well…”

All of a sudden, there was a terrifying scream that rocked the entire hallway!

It was the terrifying scream of the Great Khan Heavenly King!

Yi Ping was startled as he hurried his steps in alarm, “It is him! He is in trouble!…”

Lingfeng flashed next to Yi Ping, “You are going to help him?”

Yi Ping grinned, “No harm taking a look right?”

Lingfeng stepped on his foot on purpose as she hummed coldly, “You are so sly. I know you are going to help him!”

All of a sudden Yi Ping stopped in his tracks. It was because there were three passages in front of them and all the passages had a shimmering portal at the entrance!

Yi Ping stared at the three passages as he murmured, “So which way…”

Even Nuwa and Xian’Er had paused in their tracks to ponder!

Lele laughed softly, “Now, if only he can shout loudly again.”

By this time, Ye Yin the Ascension Goddess had caught up with them. Giving an alluring smile, she winked at Yi Ping. “No need. He has gone into the middle. Let’s go in!”

Yi Ping gestured after the group as he said quickly, “We can trust Ye Yin. Her acute sense is pretty accurate…”

Ye Yin chuckled softly without flushing as she cut in, “I know right! I am so good, am I right!”

Xingyue laughed, “We all know!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King and the other Heavenly Kings were all looking at each other, not knowing if the Great Khan Heavenly King was really in the middle.

The Formosa Heavenly King warned, “If the Great Khan Heavenly King is in one of the three passages, then the question is, how is it possible for us to hear him?”

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess smiled, “Everything is possible here. It could be that the Great Khan Heavenly King had met with something really dangerous that forced him to exercise all his vital strength when he was being struck, hence that is why we are able to hear his scream through the portal.”

The Jade Emperor stroked his long beard, “Maybe yes, maybe no. We have to be sure. If it is a trap then we are all done for.”

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess replied with a smile, “Your Jade Emperor, this Maiden Ye Yin is something. Her sixth sense is seriously uncanny.”

Alice nodded, “I believe in the Ascension Goddess as well.”

Nuwa turned to ask Yi Ping, “What do you think?”

Yi Ping in the meantime was focusing on the passage ways; he had stretched his hand forward as he moved his fingers in the direction of the three passages one by one.

Suddenly he shouted, “In the middle. Let’s go!” And he had dashed into the passage that was in the middle, accompanied happily by the gigantic golden Kirin that was behind him!

Youxue panicky called out after him, “Wait, how do you know? That is too reckless…”

Yunzi pulled Youxue’s along with her, laughing softly. “Dear sister, this is not the time to ask. Let’s follow him!”

Lingfeng sighed softly, “Men…”

The Universal Old Man was also shaking his head, “I have got a bad feeling about this…”

The Lord Supreme looked at the Universal Old Man, the Immortal Saint of Swords and the Skylord Jun. “Let’s go!”

Lie Qing watched as Yi Ping, Ye Yin, the Celestial Fairy, the Desolate Goddess Nuwa and Lele disappeared into the shimmering portal in the portal, smiling weakly to herself. “Lele, Yi Ping, Sister Xian’Er, and Ye Yin are so…reckless…” But she had also sped into the shimmering portal and she was quickly followed behind by Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Xingyue, Alice, Isa, Aiel and Han Lin.

The Jade Emperor looked at the other Heavenly Kings with a grin, “So what are we waiting for?”

The Ancient Heavenly Sage King laughed, “Since the Great Goddess Fantian has already entered the portal, so naturally we must follow as well.”

The Formosa Heavenly King and the Avant-garde Heavenly King said at the same time, “Right! Go!”

And the whole group soon dashed into the shimmering portal in the middle at almost the same time!

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