Book 9 – The Dark Reverie
Chapter 867 Dao Struggle
Not long after Liang Bing and Teng Lan left, the Grand Deduction Tower that stood towering within the Imperial City of Four Emperors for countless years closed once more amidst a wave of rumbling.
At the same time, all the cultivators within the tower were forcefully teleported out of the tower by a shapeless force.
This caused everyone to be astounded.
Isn’t this too fast!? Only so little time has passed!
“Could it be that the mysterious cultivation technique in the 10
level has already been obtained?” Someone spoke with bewilderment.
“Probably… It isn’t like such a thing hasn’t occurred in history. But the period of time the Grand Deduction Tower was left open this time was indeed a bit too short.”
“Do all of you think that it was the experts of the four great clans that obtained that mysterious cultivation technique?”
“But where are they? Why has no one come out up until now?”
The crowd discussed animatedly while they stayed around the surroundings of the tower. They wanted to confirm exactly which lucky person had obtained the mysterious cultivation technique at the 10
level this time.
Unfortunately, they didn’t obtain the slightest bit of information about it even until the veil of night descended, and under their helplessness, they could only disperse successively with wonder in their hearts.
Just like this, the curtains to the trip into the Grand Deduction Tower that happened every 3,000 years had been drawn.
Even though most of the cultivators weren’t able to achieve their wishes of ascending the 10
level. But they’d obtained the precious treasures they wanted from the Myriad Balls, so this trip wasn’t in vain.
That night, at a quiet and elegant small courtyard in the Imperial City of Four Emperors.
Looking up into the sky in the Talisman Dimension would allow one to see a scene of a myriad of fist sized stars flickering while flowing with a clear radiance, and they twinkled while seeming to be profound and deep.
Li Yang sat on a rattan chair made of ancient wood while her hands held up her jade white chin, and she grinned as she looked at Chen Xi who was busy cooking delicacies in the distance while her beautiful face was covered in satisfaction.
At this moment, she was like a free and lively young woman, and the scene of her bathing beneath the veil of night that had starlight drifting down from it was extremely beautiful, beautiful to the point others couldn’t bear to continue looking.
In next to no time, strands of tempting fragrance suffused the air, and it caused one’s appetite to be aroused.
Chen Xi excitedly placed numerous plates of dished that he’d prepared painstakingly onto the table, and then he sat cross-legged before Li Yang and helped her pour a cup of immortal wine. After that, he passed over a pair of chopsticks and asked with a voice that carried a trace of anticipation. “Senior Sister, give it a try.”
Li Yang smiled and revealed snow white teeth that were like pearls, and she was beautiful and extraordinary as she nodded and said, “Yes, yes. Little Junior Brother prepared a feast for me with all his heart, I’m truly overwhelmed by the unexpected favor.”
Chen Xi poured a cup of wine for himself before he raised his cup and said, “I’ve always not known how to repay Senior Sister, so I can only dedicate some small intentions of me. I’ll drink this cup first as a show of respect.”
As soon as he finished speaking, he finished the wine in his cup.
Li Yang’s cherry lips puckered before he finished the wine in her cup as well, and then she successively tasted all the dishes on the table that were appealing to the eye, fragrant, and delicious before she sighed emotionally with satisfaction. “If I’m able to be so relaxed every single day, then I would even be willing to not return to Oracle Mountain.”
Chen Xi was stunned, and then he said seriously, “Senior Sister, if you’re too tired, then allow yourself to rest for some time. Don’t push yourself too hard.”
Li Yang put down the chopsticks and rubbed her brows before she said, “Little Junior Brother, you don’t understand. No matter if it’s the gods, buddhas, or Daolords, everyone in the numerous worlds in the universe desire to seize the opportunity when the three dimensions undergoes an upheaval to seek a trace of opportunity. A battle at this level doesn’t allow for the slightest carelessness. Unfortunately, Master still hasn’t returned. Otherwise…”
As she spoke, she fell into silence, and she seemed to be in deep contemplation, yet seemed to be planning her next step as well.
Chen Xi didn’t disturb her and just sat there silently. He didn’t know anything about Li Yang, and it could be said to be a blank slate to him. Moreover, because of the enormous gap in their cultivations, it was utterly impossible for him to join in.
Of course, he was curious, but he still forcefully refrained himself from asking. As far as he was concerned, he had enough problems, so if he paid attention to these things that he was far from being able to come into contact with, he would obviously be looking for unnecessary worries.
After a short moment, Li Yang returned to her senses, and she smiled apologetically and said, “I’m sorry, Little Junior Brother.”
Chen Xi smiled before raising his hand to pour a cup of wine for her, and then he said, “Senior Sister, even though my cultivation is shallow, I understand a single thing; cultivation is all about moving forward boldly and killing resolutely. Moreover, during this process, I must comprehend the Heaven’s Dao and stay true to my heart. That is all that’s needed.”
Li Yang’s eyes curved into arcs as she revealed a sly and charming smile and said, “Exactly. Just as those old baldies from the Buddhist Sect repeat over and over, if the heart is empty, then how can it be tainted? Haha, let’s not mention all this. It’s rare for me to be so free, so the two of us should toast each other and drink to our hearts content.”
Chen Xi roared with laughter. “Since Senior Sister is in the mood, then Junior Brother will surely accompany you until the end.”
The night breeze blew gently while starlight flowed down. Within the quiet courtyard, the pair of junior brother and senior sister had a rare meeting, and they drank wine while overflowing with happiness.
Both of them tacitly refrained from mentioning those matters from before.
Li Yang guided Chen Xi in many things. For example, how to avoid the detection of the Heaven Dao with the Immeasurable Virtue technique and smoothly advance to the Earthly Immortal Realm, how to utilize the Eastern Myrtle Divine Talisman, the Darklightning Divine Talisman, the Phoenixwind Divine Talisman, the Demonspirit Divine Talisman, and Oracle Point.
Chen Xi listened to the point his mind shook while his thoughts stretched endlessly. He frequently sought advice in a low voice, and he would usually become suddenly enlightened after Li Yang explained it.
During this entire process, he finally understood that these four new Divine Talismans that he’d learned were actually part of the inheritance of Oracle Mountain, and it was the sect’s Founding Ancestor Fuxi that passed it down to the four great figures that created the Talisman Dimension.
It was precisely because of this that these four Divine Talismans had become the inheritance of the Liang, Gu, Yin, and Luo Clans.
According to what Li Yang said, the Eastern Emperor Tai Zhen, the Dark Emperor Yuan Xun, the Phoenix Queen Yin Ge, and the Demon Forefather Luo Shang weren’t disciples of Oracle Mountain, and they could only be considered as Dao Attendants by Fuxi’s side.
Dao Attendant was an extremely ancient word that was extremely prevalent in the primeval times. At that time, sects stood like trees in a forest while there were numerous great figures in the world, and besides their personal disciples, there were numerous admirers that pursued them.
These people didn’t have the status of disciple, yet they willingly followed by the side of the great figure, and they possessed the qualifications to stand at the side and listen while the great figure preached about the Dao. But they were unable to obtain the personal guidance of the great figure in relation to the profound parts of what the great figure had spoken about.
These people were Dao Attendants.
Besides causing Chen Xi to be astounded, he couldn’t help but sigh even emotionally about how formidable his sect was. Great figures like the Eastern Emperor Tai Zhen that created the Talisman Dimension was actually a mere Dao Attendant by Fuxi’s side when he just started cultivating. How could this not be shocking?
This caused Chen Xi to finally understand while Li Yang’s bearing and words would actually be so composed and disdainful when facing Luo Zixuan and the others. It was because their status was miles apart.
One side was a personal disciple of Oracle Mountain, whereas the other side was the descendants of the Dao Attendants by the side of the founder of Oracle Mountain, Fuxi. Both of them couldn’t be mentioned in the same breath at all.
Of course, very few people knew of this, and even an inheritor of her clan like Liang Bing was utterly unable to know of such secrets.
If it wasn’t for this, then no matter how bold he was, Luo Zixuan wouldn’t dare be presumptuous before Li Yang in the slightest.
After he drank to his heart’s content, Chen Xi suddenly thought of something and asked. “Senior Sister, could it be that there’s something particular to pay attention to between Xeno-race and Outerealm rebels?”
Li Yang said casually, “The existences perceived as Outerealm Xeno-race by the people of the three dimensions now are only rebels that were exiled from the three dimensions all those years ago. For example, Saint Emperor Xuan Chen that you saw in the Dark Parasol’s Abyss and Saint Emperor Chi Yan that was sealed in the Ninth Hell were actually from the three dimensions in the past.”
Chen Xi instantly sobered up partially when he heard this, and he said with astonishment. “Why is it like this?”
Li Yang thought for a moment, and her words were simply, yet it was shocking. “None other than a struggle of the Dao. The losers are always in the wrong, and they were taken to be rebels by the Heaven Dao of the three dimensions in the end.”
A struggle of the Dao?
Chen Xi faintly understood something. But when he thought about it carefully, such a match had implications that were too great, and he was utterly incapable of figuring it out with his current knowledge.
He was only able to very simply think that it was like how the immortal sects and devil sects were like fire and water, and they wouldn’t stop fighting until one side perished. Since the ancient time, they were in a hostile state.
But a Dao struggle like the one Li Yang mentioned was a conflict that implicated the entire three dimensions, and a conflict of that scale was absolutely not as simple as the struggle between the immortal sects and devil sects that he thought of.
“As for true Xeno-race, they are living beings that wandered the realms outside the three dimensions when the three dimensions were just born. These living beings are like the Cosmos Beasts you’ve seen, but they possess intelligence.” Li Yang seemed to be unwilling to speak more about the Xeno-race, and she just mentioned it before changing the topic and said, “Little Junior Brother, I’ll be leaving at dawn tomorrow, whereas Liang Bing will personally send you back to the Dark Reverie. At that time, you just have to pass down the Immeasurable Virtue technique to her.”
Chen Xi was stunned. “Are these a condition of exchange?”
Li Yang chuckled as she shook her head. “No. The Talisman Dimension was created at the frontline of the battlefield of the three dimensions, and if it wants to continue existing, then it requires extremely formidable strength to preserve it. Liang Bing is undoubtedly the most suitable to do this, whereas so long as she grasps the Immeasurable Virtue technique, she would be able to utilize the might of the Grand Deduction Tower and carry out the most perfect control of the Talisman Dimension.”
Chen Xi came to a sudden understanding. He finally understood why Luo Zixuan and the others attached such importance to the Immeasurable Virtue technique. It turned out that it was related to the struggle to control the Talisman Dimension.
Up until this point into the conversation, twilight had already arrived while dawn was arriving, and it just happened to be the moment before daybreak.
Li Yang stood up while her clear eyes stared at Chen Xi, and then she said, “Little Junior Brother, since the moment you obtained the River Diagram fragments, your fate was concealed by the workings of the heavens. Originally, I shouldn’t interfere in these things related to you. But the three dimensions are about to undergo an upheaval, so I could only make this unwise decision and send you to the Talisman Dimension. In the future, you have to take care of yourself properly, and don’t place your hopes on another because only then would you be able to become a true expert.”
Chen Xi stood up right after her and nodded solemnly. “Don’t worry Senior Sister. When I just started cultivating all those years ago, Senior Ji Yu had once warned me about this, and I’ve always remembered it in my heart.”
“Martial Uncle Ji Yu…” Li Yang was stunned, and then she said with a smile, “That’s for the best.”
As she spoke, she turned around to glance towards the depths of the courtyard and said indifferently, “Liang Bing, there’s no time to lose. Take my Little Junior Brother along with you, and I hope you remember what I’ve said.”
Chen Xi turned around and saw Liang Bing had already teleported over with an icy cold expression as usual. But when she faced Li Yang, she couldn’t refrain from revealed a wisp of reverence from between her brows.
She didn’t say anything and just nodded.
Li Yang suddenly moved over to the side of Chen Xi’s ears, and she spoke with a sweet voice and fragrant breath while she chuckled. “Do you still remember what I told you when you just arrived at the Talisman Dimension? I’ll give you anything you want if you’re able to capture her.”