Qin Mu held the lantern and followed the current up the celestial river. He created a dragon through visualization, which carried him as it galloped on the water surface, his clothes fluttering in the wind.
He was wearing the robes of Wei Suifeng. Wei Suifeng was the Emperor of Endless Clouds, after all, so the robe was a treasure. As it fluttered in the wind, it made him feel weightless and carefree.
There were many thoughts in Qin Mu's head.
It was now 400,000 years into the Dragon Han Era, and there was still another 100,000 years to go before the end of the era. By then, Celestial Venerable Yun would die, and Celestial Venerable Yue would end up living quietly in seclusion, leaving only Celestial Venerable Ling to support everything.
The ten Celestial Venerables would rise, and the brutal history would continue into the Crimson Light Era and High Emperor Era until Celestial Venerable Ling was killed in the celestial river.
He had too many things he wanted to change.
However, after this transmigration, he was only left with two more chances.
In this era, there were still plenty of regrettable things happening and many more secrets for him to discover.
However, he couldn't possibly use his two remaining chances entirely on the Dragon Han Era!
As Wei Suifeng said, he could leave behind two opportunities to do something more meaningful!
This would be the last time he returned to the Dragon Han Era.
He really wanted to meet Celestial Venerable Yun before he returned to the ghost ship. To have a long chat with him, to acknowledge him as a Dao friend, and to talk about each other's aspirations.
He wanted to talk merrily with him over wine and drink to their hearts' content.
He also wanted to listen to Celestial Venerable Yun's views of the future and his opinions of the past.
It was rare to have a bosom friend in life, except that his bosom friend lived in the past, while he lived in the future.
'In the future, Celestial Venerable Hao, Lang Xuan, Xu, the Grand Emperor, Ancestral God King, Celestial Venerable Huo, Yuanmu, Celestial Empress, and even the reincarnated ancient Celestial Emperor will gradually gain power and colluded to plot against Celestial Venerable Yun. He'll die in the Heaven Han Celestial Heavens.'
He quietly thought in his heart, 'His bloodline will be cursed by the Grand Emperor and won't live until they become gods. His soul will be sealed by the Grand Emperor as well, forever trapped in the Ultimate Void of the Great Overarching Consciousness Heaven.'
'His corpse will be sent to the Great Void by the Grand Emperor, being sealed within his corporeal body as his spoils of war.'
'Dao Friend, the pain and suffering waiting for you are simply too much.'
'And what awaits the human race will be the same as well!'
'You have carried the burden for the distant ancient era. And in the future, I'll take that over from you.'
Qin Mu cast away the thoughts in his head. The celestial heavens were still far away and would require another 10 days of walking.
Qin Mu let go of the lantern in his hand. Under the control of his vital qi, it floated beside him as he continued with his journey.
He took out the egg of Tai Shi. It was emitting a deep humming Dao voice, making it seem as if an ancient god was whispering. Qin Mu listened to the sound, trying to determine its marvels.
The yin and yang hadn't been split yet for the Dao of Tai Shi, and neither did it have any substance. In order to save Celestial Venerable Ling, he needed to figure out the Dao of Tai Shi.
The egg of Tai Shi continued to emit that sound, and it was as though an unborn ancient god was talking to him. However, Qin Mu was unable to understand those obscure words.
'Solving the Dao of Tai Shi is no more difficult than creating the unchanging divine art from scratch! If Celestial Venerable Ling can create such an earthshaking divine art, I can also solve the mysteries and marvels of the Dao of Tai Shi!'
He stood on the head of the dragon he had visualized and closed his eyes. He then entered his dream.
In his dream, millions of dainty Qin Mus surrounded the egg of Tai Shi, listening to the Dao voice coming from it, trying to record down the mysteries and marvels of the Dao voice in the way of the runes of Great Dao.
"Ma ha…" A dainty Qin Mu supported his chin as he licked his brush. His face was covered with patches of ink.
"Ji gu!" The small Qin Mu on the other side was so excited that he moved his brush quickly, recording down the Great Dao and the shape of the runes that he just comprehended.
Unknowingly, 10 days had passed. Qin Mu woke up from the dream and could see the celestial heavens in front of him, so he put away the egg of Tai Shi. The egg of Tai Shi was a significant matter, and he couldn't let anyone know that this ancient god egg was in his hands.
In the past few days, he used entering the path through dreams to sort out five runes of Tai Shi. However, as the Dao of Tai Shi was opaque and unclear, he was unable to verify whether the five runes were right or wrong.
'I need to find Celestial Venerable Ling's notes that were hidden by Big Senior Brother and try to comprehend her divine arts. Afterward, I'll compare that to the five runes I comprehended to verify if they are correct.'
Qin Mu had a big headache. 'Big Senior Brother isn't a squirrel, why does he like to hide things so much?'
Verifying the five runes of Tai Shi was extremely important. If one of them turned out to be correct, he could use it to slowly deduce more runes.
The first step was always the hardest.
From nothing, as long as he could establish "one", it would be the most important part of the solution!
Once there was one, there would be the second, third, fourth, fifth, and so on!
The celestial heavens were near, so Qin Mu changed his appearance to that of a half-god and infiltrated the celestial heavens. Now, the celestial heavens had completely lost the bustle of the early Dragon Han Era. The 36 celestial palaces had already left the celestial heavens, flying to all parts of the universe. Many of the 72 throne halls had left as well.
The 36 celestial palaces and 72 throne halls formed the celestial heavens. Together with the Jade Capital City, Celestial Street, and Heavenly Market, they constituted the main body of the celestial heavens. Today, the absence of so many celestial palaces and throne halls made the celestial heavens seem like it had fallen into a disastrous state.
Moreover, the departure of these celestial palaces and throne halls also took away a good portion of the great army of the celestial heavens. When the celestial heavens sent troops to stop them, a great battle of gods and devils erupted, causing panic to the people in the celestial heavens.
When Qin Mu passed by the Jade Capital City, he saw Great Sun Sovereign in the distance, looking like a dazed bird and crouching on the tower of the Jade Capital City. He looked stiff and dispirited. After a long time, he patted his wings, but he didn't know where to go.
'I'm afraid it's not too far away from the day that Great Sun Sovereign got struck with the arrow in his back,' Qin Mu thought.
He searched everywhere in the celestial heavens but still couldn't find the dragon qilin and Yan'er. He didn't know where they and the six heavenly dragons hid after they stole the Glassy Sky Pagoda.
'Most likely, they put out the lantern and returned to the ghost ship.'
Qin Mu walked out of the Southern Heavenly Gate. There was probably a fierce battle there, considering the gate was broken. Many Heavenly Workers were in the midst of repairing it.
He descended along the celestial river and looked back. The celestial heavens had already risen high up in the sky of the Primordial Realm, and it was only a matter of time before it left.
At this time, a violent tremor traveled from the Primordial Realm. Qin Mu followed the shockwave and saw many half-gods with their arms raised high, holding a humongous celestial palace as they flew towards the celestial heavens.
Those half-gods were full of joy, looking very excited.
The celestial palace was God Emperor Lang Xuan's celestial palace, and those half-gods were his subordinates. They were in high spirits as they moved the Lang Xuan Divine Palace into the celestial heavens.
There was a power vacuum after the departure of so many ancient gods, making now a good time to seize power.
'No wonder Great Sun Sovereign was looking so desolate. The era of ancient gods has ended, while the era of half-gods has arrived.'
Qin Mu watched this celestial palace rise higher and higher. He then turned back and continued towards the Heaven Han Celestial Heavens. He thought, 'In this world, the conflict between the ancient gods and the Postcelestials isn't the main thing anymore. Instead, it's now replaced by the conflict between the half-gods and the Postcelestials. This is precisely the reason behind the rise of the Crimson Light Era!'
On his way to the Heaven Han Celestial Heavens, he saw several celestial palaces held up by excited half-gods, flying towards the celestial heavens. He couldn't help but shake his head.
Although the ancient Celestial Emperor was dead and the era of ancient gods was over, the half-gods had become the new ancient gods.
Back then, the half-gods were also the leaders of the Dragon Han Revolution and were even more radical than the Celestial Venerables of the human race. Now, they had replaced the ancient gods, becoming the new rulers.
Qin Mu lowered his head and looked at the calm surface of the celestial river, seeing his own reflection.
He gazed at his reflection in the celestial river, and it gazed back at him.
The cheerful laughter of the half-gods traveled over. The brave warriors that slew the evil dragons had finally grown sharp claws and teeth, becoming the evil dragons themselves.