The voice of Mother Earth came from the leaves of the vine. "In the past, you had the favor of the ancient gods because everyone thought you had the ability to resurrect them. But now, Celestial Venerable Huo has made you lose this ability. Without it, you are just an ordinary human!"
The branches of the vine gently wrapped around Qin Mu's neck. There were spikes all over it.
With a flick of Qin Mu's fingers, the vines lit up in flames, turning into ashes.
The voice of Mother Earth was now further away and came from the crown of a large tree. "Celestial Venerable Mu, you have a glib tongue, and your mouth is full of lies, trying to win some time on your deathbed. You run and hide from place to place just to keep yourself alive. The reason you are late is that you know you are nothing but a rat who angles for fame! Today, I'll let you die here quietly and become nutrients for the plants."
She laughed coldly. "No one will know that you died here at the hands of this already dead ancient god! My child, attack!"
The High Emperor's corpse roared and pounced towards Qin Mu. Before he could reach him, the Glassy Sky Pagoda slammed in front of Qin Mu.
Qin Mu bowed.
The Glassy Sky Pagoda trembled as thousands of light rays fell on the High Emperor's corpse, suppressing this former celestial emperor of the High Emperor Era!
The emperor's corpse was trapped and roared repeatedly.
Qin Mu couldn't help but exclaim in admiration. The reputation of the world's top treasure was well-deserved!
He stretched out a finger and gently touched the heart of the corpse's brows.
"The dead should return back to Earth Count."
The emperor's corpse suddenly had a dazed expression. Behind it, a Heavenly Door of Heaven and Earth appeared, bursting open. The High Emperor's corpse let out a mournful scream as its soul flew out from its back, flying straight into that door.
The Heavenly Door of Heaven and Earth sank into the ground and vanished.
Qin Mu gently touched the Glassy Sky Pagoda, and the layers of its canopy closed up together. He then said leisurely, "I'm still the Invincible Great Wizard who controls life and death. Mother Earth, it appears that you don't take me seriously by using the emperor's corpse against me. I have sent your child to Youdu to let Earth Count help you discipline them."
"Is this treasure the Glassy Sky Pagoda?"
The sound of Mother Earth's exclamation traveled over. Suddenly, the earth shook violently. An extremely thick root of the Primordial Tree burrowed out of the ground, and a large flower speedily sprouted from it. That flower bloomed as it emitted the voice of Mother Earth. "This treasure was stolen and disappeared 600,000 years ago. How did it end up in your hands?"
Qin Mu knocked on the Glassy Sky Pagoda, and its canopy fanned out again. It could form the 28 heavens within an instant, in case Mother Earth made a sneak attack.
"It's none of your business."
Qin Mu laughed. "Mother Earth, I'll keep my promise and resurrect you. However, you don't have your corporeal body now. Even if I bring you back to life, it isn't of much use to you. If you aren't in a hurry, why not wait for a few more years…"
"I'm unable to wait!"
The thick root of Mother Earth revolved around the Glassy Sky Pagoda like a poisonous dragon. It seemed to be looking for a flaw in the treasure in order to seize it. "You will summon my soul today. I want to be reborn today!"
Qin Mu shook his head and said, "With just your soul, without your corporeal body, your combat power won't be greatly improved. How will you be able to seek revenge? Do you want to go over to Celestial Venerable Xiao to take back the Primordial Tree?"
He chuckled. "The Primordial Tree is in Celestial Venerable Xiao's hands and is guarded by the divine weapon Celestial Venerable Yu. Trying to take back the Primordial Tree with just your Primordial Tree root and three souls… I'm afraid you'll die again!"
"As for your corporeal body, I have my own ways. Don't you worry."
Mother Earth continued to probe the exterior of the Glassy Sky Pagoda, searching for its flaw. She said coldly, "You only need to resurrect the three souls for me!"
Qin Mu's heart trembled slightly, and the corner of his left eye twitched slightly. He couldn't help but think of the other little Primordial Tree, Gongsun Yan.
Suddenly, he knew the reason behind Mother Earth's eagerness for resurrection.
Qin Mu's eyes flickered as he said solemnly, "Fine! I'll summon the three souls for you. However, I need ten days to prepare!"
"Fine, I'll give you ten days!"
The root Mother Earth quickly retracted, disappearing into the depths of the earth. Suddenly, the lush forests around them withered, instantly turning into black dead wood. Even the fallen leaves quickly withered. Everything around them had become destitute.
The dragon qilin was about to open his mouth to ask a question when Qin Mu raised his hand. He quickly closed his mouth and looked forward observantly.
In front of them, the ancient High Emperor's corpse was motionless.
Yan'er and the six heavenly dragons originally planned to ask questions. Upon seeing what happened between Qin Mu and the dragon qilin, they all stared at the emperor's corpse.
They became vigilant as well. Although the emperor soul in the High Emperor's corpse was sent to Youdu by Qin Mu, he was, after all, Mother Earth's son. Earth Count would still show some respect for Mother Earth, and she would definitely be able to get back the soul.
Mother Earth left the emperor's body and the stone coffin there, indicating that she hadn't given up on the Glassy Sky Pagoda, this strange treasure!
Suddenly, a delicate little root burrowed out of the ground and picked up the High Emperor's corpse, placing him back into the stone coffin.
The root then wrapped around the coffin and slowly sank into the ground.
Qin Mu grabbed the Glassy Sky Pagoda and said with a smile, "It seems that Mother Earth is gone…"
The dragon qilin opened his mouth but didn't speak. At this moment, countless roots burrowed beneath the ground. The earth seemed like it was boiling as numerous thick roots charged towards the Glassy Sky Pagoda with a whoosh!
The dragon qilin, Yan'er, and the rest shook unsteadily before getting lifted and thrown by the surging earth. The moment that Mother Earth made her move, Qin Mu bowed, opening up the 28 heavens of the Glassy Sky Pagoda. Cracking sounds were heard as those thick roots were broken by the continuously transforming heavens.
The roots of Mother Earth were so hard that only a practitioner at the Emperor's Throne Realm could break them. However, Qin Mu personally controlled the Glassy Sky Pagoda, making the 28 heavens go through repeated iterations of changing their order. Therefore, breaking those roots was as easy as cutting melons and cabbages!
There was a low roar from under the ground. The broken roots were like giant snakes squirming on the 28 heavens, trying to escape the control of the Glassy Sky Pagoda and return to the main body.
Except, why would Qin Mu allow her to collect the roots?
The roots were sent to the depths of the Glassy Sky Pagoda, one after another, making it impossible for Mother Earth to collect them back.
"Celestial Venerable Mu!"
The earth shook violently again. Beneath the ground, a dark behemoth was about to surface!
That was the root of the Primordial Tree, which was extremely humongous. Countless roots were entangled together, forming a gigantic ball of roots!
Qin Mu had seen this ball of roots before when he helped Mother Earth fight against Celestial Venerable Hao back then!
Qin Mu raised his hand to grab the Glassy Sky Pagoda and stabbed this treasure forcefully into the ground, laughing coldly. "Mother Earth, your horizons are too shallow! Do you really want to provoke me for this treasure and lose your chance at rebirth?"
The tremors from the depths of the earth stopped, and the tentacle-like roots slowly retracted into the ground.
Qin Mu pulled up the Glassy Sky Pagoda and said coldly, "Forgetting what is right and wrong because of a small benefit. Mother Earth, you disappoint me. Your failure isn't accidental! I would like to give you a word of advice. If you want to die, feel free to make a move on Gongsun Yan! Don't forget, I can make you invincible, and I can also doom you to eternal damnation!"