Yan'er flew for thousands of miles before finding Qin Mu in a word-shaped cave in a large mountain. Qin Mu was stuck in its walls with his legs split open and his arms outstretched. He was heavily injured and immobilized.
When Yan'er arrived, the mountain god guarding the place, which was a mandrill, was peeking inside the hole.
Yan'er chased it away before quickly extracting Qin Mu.
Qin Mu coughed out blood before laughing. He coughed out blood while laughing as if he was a geyser spraying out blood.
Yan'er quickly said, “Stop laughing, Master, or else your blood will be gone!”
Qin Mu utilized the Overlord Body Three Elixir Technique to steady himself. He could barely sit up as he smiled and said, “I'm fine. I just lost half my life, not my entire life. I cracked open the first rune!”
Yan'er was shocked as she said, “Master, it's been two years! You only cracked the first rune? How long will it take for you to fully crack open Celestial Venerable Ling's divine art?”
“It's been two years?”
Qin Mu was stunned. He believed that at most, a year had passed. Surprisingly, two years had passed.
That was why he disliked shutting himself in like other divine arts practitioners and gods.
While it sounded powerful, one would always leave the real world and shut themself in for dozens or even hundreds of years. Thus, one would miss a lot of things and people, like the development of paths, skills, and divine arts. Thus, one would become obsolete coming out.
Shutting himself in for two years was intolerable to him. The good thing was that with a clear comprehension of Celestial Venerable Ling's divine art and the retaliation of the Tai Shi egg, he finally comprehended the first Great Dao rune of Tai Shi!
Yan'er became secretly happy as she thought, 'If Master took two years to comprehend the first rune of Celestial Venerable Ling's divine art, doesn't that mean he'll need to stay here for a long time? If so, I can stay here with my darling for a long time…'
Qin Mu stood up, stretched himself, and said, “Yan'er, let's go back. We'll leave Southern Heavens now.”
Yan'er disappointingly asked, “Why can't you stay here to comprehend divine arts, Master?”
“I have comprehended Celestial Venerable Ling's divine art. There are no benefits to staying here.”
They returned back to the dragon qilin's place. Qin Mu retrieved the Tai Shi egg and said, “It's time to leave. I want to learn about the attack on the Great Void by the celestial heavens. Also, we're getting closer and closer to the day in which I break the ghost ship's divine art.”
He hadn't recovered yet, so all he could do was sit on the dragon qilin's back while he rushed towards Southern Heaven's Spirit Energy Mutual Shift Bridge. When they were beside it, Qin Mu looked back at the vast land.
It was peaceful and devoid of war and conflicts.
'The people here don't know, but they actually have another choice. However, they have been educated to live in servitude, and thus they can no longer rebel.'
Qin Mu patted the dragon qilin, who brought him and Yan'er into a Spirit Energy Mutual Shift Bridge. Qin Mu's face sank as he thought quietly, 'They are just livestock raised by half-gods. At best, they'll politely ask how you are when they eat you. Death isn't terrifying. What's terrifying, however, is not attaining a better future for their descendants. Perhaps they'll mock Eternal Peace for overestimating its own capabilities just like Celestial Venerable Huo mocked me…'
He couldn't help but laugh.
The Great Void.
Multiple divine weapon four deities suppressed the crumbling void as the army of the celestial heavens entered to attack the Great Void.
The masters of creation tried to ambush them like guerillas in the void. They used the divine weapon four deities stolen by Jiang Baigui and Emperor Yanfeng to try and cause chaos in an attempt to interrupt the advance of the army of the celestial heavens.
Yet, it was the four great heavenly teachers and the four deities of the poles who led the army this time. The four great heavenly teachers were highly intelligent, while Black Deity, White Deity, Green Deity, and Red Deity were strong. Although the masters of creation succeeded somewhat, they also suffered heavy casualties and had to withdraw.
Divine King Lang Wo brought void beasts with her and personally led the army, inflicting heavy casualties to the army of the celestial heavens. However, Celestial Venerable Huo and Celestial Venerable Hong arrived quickly and heavily injured Lang Wo, forcing the army of void beasts to withdraw.
The masters of creation were out of ideas. All they could do was guard the Great Void and wait for the grand battle's arrival.
Yet, everyone knew that the battle would be brutal and bloody. There were few masters of creation in the Great Void to begin with, and even fewer among them would survive.
“The first heavenly master of Eternal Peace, how do you think we should block the army of the celestial heavens and reduce their power?” Yan Yunxi asked.
Jiang Baigui said, “Simple, we'll base our defense on treachery. The most treacherous place is the crumbling void.”
Yan Yunxi's eyes flashed as she said, “Divine King Lang Wo led the void beast army to fight and returned with heavy casualties. The strong practitioners of the masters of creation can do nothing either. How will you do that, Heavenly Master of Eternal Peace Empire?”
Jiang Baigui peculiarly asked, “Are you testing me? You should know it yourself. Are you probing my intelligence?”
Yan Yunxi deployed her fan with a woosh sound and said, “You're the first heavenly master of Eternal Peace, here to reinforce us. State your solution. I want to see your worth.”
Jiang Baigui plainly said, “How much I'm worth? When the Eternal Peace Calamity happened, I was worth nothing.”
The smile on Yan Yunxi's face froze.
During the Eternal Peace Calamity, Founding Emperor ordered that Fengdu be shrunk, and thus, the gods of Eternal Peace didn't help Eternal Peace save people. Jiang Baigui bringing this up caused her to feel guilty.
“However, I'm not you lot, so I'm here to help.”
Jiang Baigui said, “If I were you, I would pick 3000 human trash and send them to the crumbling void. Their Dao hearts must be corrupt and filled with fear. The devils in their hearts will be born endlessly to form a terrifying army that can block the army of the celestial heavens.”
Yan Yunxi's eyes lit up as she smiled and said, “I agree with that.”
“Then, Heavenly Teacher Zi Xi, how much am I worth?” Jiang Baigui asked.
“Even the Celestial River Navy, with a million-strong force, is no match for you.”
Yan Yunxi violently slapped her fan to summon the junior protector of the crown prince, Fang Youji. She ordered, “Old Fang, get me 3000 people from Carefree Village that are bootlickers, stagnant, and indulgent. Send them to the crumbling void to block the army of the celestial heavens.”
Fang Youji was the old god who cleaned his coffin until it was shiny with oil. He was happy when he heard that and said, “How can 3000 be enough? How about 30,000 instead?”
Yan Yunxi replied, “The more, the better, but not too many. Just in case their families make a ruckus.”
Fang Youji left hastily.
Yan Yunxi glanced at Jiang Baigui and asked, “Do you think you can block the army of the celestial heavens, Heavenly Master Jiang?”
Jiang Baigui shook his head and said, “No. Although this plan can inflict casualties on the celestial heavens, it can't block them. The celestial heavens will send more Celestial Venerables to suppress the void. By then, the army of the celestial heavens will attack and engage in combat with us. They will have ten Celestial Venerables, and we will lose.”
Yan Yunxi asked, “How do we break this?”
“Get Founding Emperor and Lang Wo to attack the celestial heavens by surprise via the Void Bridge!”
Jiang Baigui said, “If the celestial heavens are disturbed, the Celestial Venerables won't dare to commit fully to the attack on the Great Void. A stalemate can be caused this way.”
Yan Yunxi shuddered, bowed, and said, “I'm won over. Mister, please wait.”
She left quickly.
Emperor Yanfeng came to Jiang Baigui's side and whispered, “She's interested in you since you won against her. I heard that this Heavenly Teacher Zi Xi swore to wear feminine clothes when she meets someone she likes and to marry no one else but him. Imperial Preceptor, I think she went to change into feminine clothes. Her name is Yun Xi, not Zi Xi. It's the name of a female.”
Jiang Baigui glanced at him, shook his head, and said, “You're talking nonsense again, Emperor. I'm forever loyal to my cheap wife until my death.”
As they were talking, Yan Yunxi came out in feminine clothes. She was elegant and attractive, a rare beauty.
She went to Jiang Baigui's side and was about to speak when Jiang Baigui bowed and said, “Senior Uncle Yan.”
Yan Yunxi's face became completely pale.
“You really are ruthless, Imperial Preceptor!” Emperor Yanfeng sneakily gave him a thumbs up.