Chapter 1726: Return of the Undying
Translator: Lordbluefire Editor: Lordbluefire
The heavenly deity was right. The most valuable thing in the world was time, but the thing the world was lacking least was also time. Time would never cease its flow.
In the blink of an eye, already two years plus have passed since Qin Wentian entered the ancient battlefield for the second time. During these two years, many things happened, especially so in the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms. There would be countless things occuring every day but all of that was just like a drop of water in the ocean, insignificant to the grand scheme of things. The only thing of importance was the news about the reappearance of Ancient Azure Mystic. Although the news was already out for two years, not only did the intensity of it not fade, it even grew fiercer.
Because, many powers here in the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms have already sent their forces into Ancient Azure Mystic. This led to endless circulation of the news in the upper world as everyone, even the bottom feeders of the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms knew about this. Not only did the ancient battlefield appear, even remnants of wills from ancient heavenly deities still survived. Among one of the clans of the Heavenly Deity Race, the Winged God Race, one of their ancestors appeared and borrowed the body of a Winged God descendant.
However, only the people from the Winged God Race knew that the genius Yu Feifan who lent his body to a heavenly deity, had already fallen.
This news was an absolute secret, they sent out even more experts, rushing towards Azure Mystic. No matter what, they had to take the strand of will from their ancestor back to the Winged God Race. This was a death order, they were prepared to spare no expense to achieve this.
After all, as one of the ancestors of the Winged God Race, even if he died, even if just a strand of his will survived, he would know of many memories. To the Winged God Race, it can be considered a valuable divine depository.
With the discovery of the news that there might be ancient wills from heavenly deities surviving, this time around, the major powers of the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms truly sent out formidable experts. The forces were no longer small-scaled ones, but truly an army formed from empyreans. Given how deep the foundations of the ancient Heavenly Deity Race are, the amount of time their inheritances had been passed down for, was incalculable. After developing for so many years, how large a scale were they now? For some of the heavenly deity clans, they even had billions of people and occupied vast amounts of territory and this was just the people of a single clan, including blood descendants, followers and servants.
Extremely powerful characters moved out, personally escorting the army of empyreans through the starry skies, sending them to Azure Mystic.
Hence, Azure Mystic became lively again, the news about the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms’ experts coming here in droves was no longer a secret. Many people heard the news and many also saw these experts from the other immortal realms and they were all from the upper world. When they saw how powerful these upper world’s visitors are, some ambitious people of Azure Mystic were filled with boundless yearning towards the upper world.
For the situation in the external world, Qin Wentian naturally knew about it. Di Tian was cultivating outside, guarding Heaven Empyrean City and the thoughts of both of them were linked, so was their comprehension of insights. Di Tian had no need to enter Ancient Azure Mystic, it was better for him to guard Heaven Empyrean City in secret. After all, Qin Wentian’s original body brought many immortal emperors from the various powers into the ancient battlefield. The number of experts outside was now lacking and Di Tian had to stay behind.
Luckily, these people from the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms were here just for Ancient Azure Mystic, they had completely no interest towards this weak world that was the current Azure Mystic. Although there were some minor incidents occurring, such things were inevitable. The vast majority of experts from the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms immediately rushed to the forbidden grounds of the Darknorth Immortal Dynasty the moment they arrived.
However, after the passage of two years, Qin Wentian and his group were still making their way there. Naturally, they didn’t rush there without pause, some times, they would stop to rest too.
For example, they were now at a desolate range. Qin Wentian stood on an ancient peak and was staring at a beautiful figure sitting cross-legged in the distance. This beautiful figure was none other than Beiming Youhuang. Around here, many zombies could be seen moving about, guarding this area. The eyes of these zombies were vacant but would occasionally glow with light. It was extremely bizzare.
“Hu…” After drawing in a deep breath, Beiming Youhuang opened her eyes and glanced in the direction of Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian’s figure flashed, he came to Beiming Youhuang’s side and asked softly, “Are you alright?”
“I’m fine. But using such techniques truly requires a large amount of energy consumption. Given the strength of my soul currently, although I can control the zombies casually, I can only control them to a certain extent. If I want them to listen to my instructions or to fight in combat, it would be extremely strenuous, this is especially so if I wish to control empyrean-level zombies, the burden on my soul will be exceedingly heavy.” Beiming Youhuang softly spoke.
Qin Wentian nodded. He could understand this. After all, Beiming Youhuang’s cultivation base was only at the peak-stage of the immortal emperor realm. She, who had cultivated the Death Scripture, could easily control zombies who didn’t have their will left. But if she wanted to control them to a greater degree, allowing them to unleash their combat prowess, the burden of doing so would be exceedingly great on her. Now, she could only control a few empyrean zombies. Once there were too many empyrean-level zombies under her control, her soul wouldn’t be able to bear the burden.
And also, during the process of controlling them, she couldn’t be distracted. This meant that she had no way to join the battlefield to fight at all. It was best that she could find a quiet place to reside as she controlled the zombies or she herself might be in danger. However, this can also be solved by having zombies guarding her surroundings. Despite so, it was important that it wouldn’t be so easy for others to tell that she was the one controlling the zombies.
This was also the reason why Qin Wentian and Beiming Youhuang were here alone. Even for Beiming Youhuang’s father, the Darknorth Immortal Emperor, they didn’t tell him the truth.
The inheritance of the Imperishable Heaven Lord from Ancient Azure Mystic naturally had to be kept a secret. Once news of this leaked, he and Beiming Youhuang would become the targets of countless powers in the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms, maybe also including the Heavenly Deity Race. If that was the case, they wouldn’t even know how they died.
“Try to control as many as you can, and as you slowly adapt to the burden, you would gradually be able to control more.” Qin Wentian spoke. This wasn’t his own words, it was the ancient heavenly deity’s will’s suggestion. He was merely passing on the message.
“Right.” Youhuang nodded. “Senior has already reminded many times on our journey here. I’ve been controlling the zombies ever since we started the journey.”
Qin Wentian silently laughed, “Alright, let us go back for now.”
“Mhm.” Beiming Youhuang nodded. Qin Wentian’s spatial energy enveloped her body as the two of them instantly departed. A moment later, they joined their group again and when the Darknorth Immortal Emperor saw that the two of them were together, a meaningful smile appeared on his face. Sometimes, he was thinking what was the exact relationship between Qin Wentian and his daughter, Beiming Youhuang. The two of them had already broke off from the main group several times and went elsewhere together.
Many people also smiled as they glanced at the Darknorth Immortal Emperor, if Beiming Youhuang was really an item with Qin Wentian, the status of the Darknorth Immortal Emperor would become equal to the Evergreen Immortal Emperor. However, since both the Evergreen Immortal Emperor and Evergreen Qing`er were present, nobody would be foolish enough to voice such things out.
Qin Wentian didn’t say anything. He walked towards Qing`er and held her hand. Others might not know but Qing`er understood this. Before her, he kept going out frequently together with Beiming Youhuang, if he still hid things from her, what would it count as? It would be too disrespectful towards Qing`er. There were no secrets between them.
Qing`er’s expression didn’t change. Her Master had also silently reminded her to be careful, and she was speechless, not knowing how to reply. If Qin Wentian really wished to marry more women, she wouldn’t say anything let alone the fact that she knew of the real reason. Qin Wentian had told his wives what he and Beiming Youhuang had experienced during their stay in the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms.
Their group then continued on the journey and on their way there, they encountered trouble frequently. There were some zombies whose obsessions were too strong. Even though they were already dead, they still didn’t forget their mission to protect this place. Luckily, Qin Wentian didn’t tangle with them, also, with the ancient will of the heavenly deity and the presence of Beiming Youhuang, they weren’t delayed by too much.
Finally, another half a year passed and they finally arrived at their destination – a flying city in the air.
This was the central core of Ancient Azure Mystic, the most prosperous area. One could very well imagine how majestic this city was in ancient times. But now, when Qin Wentian and his group arrived below the floating city, they only felt a bleak sense of desolation.
The floating city was true to its name, located between the sky and earth. It was at least ten thousand feet in height, and at the entrance of the city, there was a stairway leading upward. This stairway was damaged, but despite so, everyone could still imagine how glorious its appearance in the past was. But now, this stairway was broken in many parts and the city’s gate had collapsed, leaving only crumbled fences and dilapidated walls. Dead silence filled the atmosphere, under the black sun, decay was everywhere, causing everyone to truly feel the atmosphere of this apocalyptic battlefield.
As they climbed up the stairs, ruins came into their vision. There were even more zombies here in this area and all of them were filled with their obsession from back when they were alive to guard this place. Sadly, they were helpless and couldn’t do so.
Qin Wentian saw an extremely powerful zombie hugging a baby that was already dead. That zombie stood there unmoving, unwilling to place the baby down. When he was alive, he had failed to protect his child.
He saw another sturdy and muscular man wielding a terrifying divine weapon, guarding at the entrance of one of the ruins. That man was like a divinity standing there, yet his eyes were blank, completely without spirit. The thing he once protected was no longer there.
Every scene here created a rush of impact to those in Qin Wentian’s group. They involuntarily felt sorrow. This was what war is, how cruel and cold-blooded. Not only that, this was a world-ending one, to those heavenly deities who stood at the top, what were the multitude of lives here?
At this moment, a figure rushed over. It was a giant with a height of 1,000 meters. However, this giant didn’t have a head. Its head was already sliced off by someone. He exuded a terrifying aura and faced Qin Wentian’s group. His voice originated from some unknown location, “Where are you guys from?”
A fearsome looking giant axe could be seen in his hands. In an instant, a tyrannical and stifling aura gushed forth enveloping everything. If he cleaved down with his axe, he could annihilate all existences before him.
“I brought them here.” A voice from within Qin Wentian rang out.
“Who are you?” That giant asked.
“This body…it should be the body of the Futian Battle God when he was alive. Who would have thought that he was beheaded. Are you the will of Futian? Or are you the will of some other heavenly deities?” A human shadow flew out from the center of Qin Wentian’s brow.
“Daybreak Heavenly Deity.” The voice of the muscular expert contained a ripple. “To think that a strand of your will still survived and you are actually willing to leave the area where you died at. I’m none other than Futian. Where do these people come from? To think that you are actually willing to give up your obsession in protecting your own location to come here.
“Because, the Heaven Lord’s prophecy is about to come true. This is the reason why I came.” The Daybreak Heavenly Deity spoke.
Futian Battle God’s gigantic body trembled. After that, a solemn voice seemingly from the primordial era rang out in the air from the Futian Battle God, “When the return of the undying is here, Ancient Azure Mystic shall reappear and bring peace to all the thirty-three heavens.”