That day at Jade Pool, among the three Celestial Venerables that had saved his life, Qin Mu had always thought Mistress Yuanmu was one of them. However, since Mistress Yuanmu had transformed into the Patriarch Creation Palace Master Shi Qiluo, it couldn't have been her.
Shi Qiluo's position in Celestial Heavens wasn't high enough. Furthermore, he had only started during the High Emperor Era, so his foundation couldn't be compared to the ten Celestial Venerables.
She definitely wouldn't take this risk.
Even though she controlled a Divine Artifact Celestial Venerable Yu, she still had to be careful as if she was treading on thin ice, trying her best not to give herself away.
Otherwise, if eleven Celestial Venerables appeared above Jade Pool, the ten Celestial Venerables would definitely investigate. Therefore, she could only wait. In that case, the first person to save Qin Mu wouldn't be her.
When the ten Celestial Venerables made their moves, there was even less of a reason for her to make a move, because by then, Qin Mu safety was already guaranteed.
On the contrary, she could even watch the infighting between the ten Celestial Venerables,Heaven Duke, Earth Count, Celestial Venerable Yue, and the rest. She could even make Qin Mu owe her a favour.
“As expected, none of these old fellows that survived Dragon Han Era are simple.”
Qin Mu had a huge headache. These old monsters weren't easy to deal with, and if he relaxed just a little bit, he might be eaten up by them.
He got rid of Yun Chuxiu and walked side by side with Ling Yuxiu. As he talked about his experiences in Ancestral Court, Ling Yuxiu hesitated for a moment before saying, “Eternal Peace is too weak; it is unlikely for us to gain a foothold in Ancestral Court. I already feel like we don't have enough manpower, and if we still have to deploy a group to Ancestral Court… Can we really contend with the ten Celestial Venerables in Ancestral Court.”
She thought about it and said, “It's difficult to establish ourselves in Ancestral Court. If we do it too badly, we will suffer huge casualties. If we do it too well, we will be suppressed by the ten Celestial Venerables, and it will be hard to please them.”
“Ancestral Court concerns the future of Eternal Peace, we must fight for it.”
Qin Mu said solemnly, “Eternal Peace can't work under Celestial Heavens forever. If Celestial Heavens flattens the ancient gods and the Great Void, it will be Eternal Peace's turn next. Ancestral Court is very likely to be the key to the rise of Eternal Peace. It will also be good for the younger generations of Eternal Peace to go to Ancestral Court to train. The younger generations now have too few opportunities.”
Ling Yuxiu said with a smile, “That's only because you aren't in Eternal Peace. Now that your realm is stronger, your standings higher, your vision further, you rarely pay attention to mortal affairs. The number of opportunities in Eternal Peace now is unimaginable to us in the past. The younger generation can explore the Primordial Realm, compete with the half-gods, and interact with the peers of the various heavens; the Primordial Realm is very lively. There are also quite a number of young talents that aren't inferior to us back then.”
Qin Mu's spirit was roused, and he said with a smile, “That's good. I'm always worried that they are too sheltered and haven't experienced difficulties.”
“Young people these days are more promising than us back then, and they have seen more of the world.”
Ling Yuxiu said, “Even though there might not be another Celestial Venerable Mu, there will be a batch of Emperor's Throne Realm existences in the future.”
Qin Mu was at ease. The development of Eternal Peace was extremely important. If they fought laboriously but no one is left to take over, wouldn't it be a pity?
“However, Ancestral Court must be established. In that case, I'll first send the past human emperors of Human Emperor Hall. My territory needs a large number of experts so First Ancestor Human Emperor will be in charge.”
Qin Mu thought about it and said, “Grandpa Blind and Grandpa Mute also have to go there. Other than needing them to differentiate between the precious gems and ores, I also need them to reforge the Glassy Sky Pagoda. The current Glassy Sky Pagoda is too simple and crude. There's also an ancient god egg inside, and I cannot trust that ancient god egg.”
Ling Yuxiu said with a smile, “You are our Imperial Preceptor; you shall decide on the national policy. I shall listen to you.”
Qin Mu laughed loudly and asked her if she had the whereabouts of Fengdu. Ling Yuxiu shook her head and said, “Fengdu is still missing. However, Saint Woodcutter appeared in Eternal Peace some time ago, but I didn't see him personally. He ordered someone to send a letter over.”
Ling Yuxiu took out a letter and handed it to him. “Saint Woodcutter explained the reasons why Fengdu didn't make a move during the Eternal Peace Calamity. He's blaming himself. Take a look for yourself.”
Qin Mu opened the letter, and it was written by Saint Woodcutter.
The letter said that Founding Emperor had given his orders, and as a subject, he had no choice but to obey. Fengdu didn't help much during the Eternal Peace Calamity, so he felt very guilty. When he heard that Emperor Yanfeng and former Imperial Preceptor Jiang Baigui had gone to the Great Void to help Carefree Village fight Celestial Heavens, he felt even more guilty.
In the letter, Saint Woodcutter also spoke up for Founding Emperor and explained Founding Emperor's difficulties, asking for Emperor Yanxiu's understanding.
Qin Mu closed the letter and muttered to himself for a moment before saying, “I'll meet him.”
Ling Yuxiu asked in astonishment, “How are you going to meet him?”
“With this letter, I can use it as a medium for my soul summoning divine art to sense the location of Fengdu. Only then can I find Fengdu.”
Qin Mu said with a smile, “The fact that Fengdu didn't help Eternal Peace no longer weigh upon my heart anymore, so there's no need for Your Majesty to hake it to heart either. Just as he said, Founding Emperor does have his difficulties.”
Ling Yuxiu wanted to raise her hand to smooth her beautiful hair, but when she thought of her status, she suppressed it and said, “I understand. You have returned to Eternal Peace time and time again, and I know you are worried that Eternal Peace will become another Carefree Village and that the people of Eternal Peace will forget about the reform. I have seen everything.”
Qin Mu laughed and said, “When they are done unloading the goods, I will accompany you back to Eternal Peace.”
Ling Yuxiu nodded her head gently.
Ancestral Court, hundred thousand black mountain ranges.
In the palace hall, the dragon qilin was trembling, and so was Yan'er. In the middle, Tiny Earth Count was shivering, and the three of them looked outside in fear.
“It's almost dawn, don't be afraid!”
The dragon qilin mustered his courage and walked out, saying, “We have the Glassy Sky Pagoda, and this treasure will grant any request!”
He came to the outside of the hall and saw that the sky was already dark. In the darkness, the corpses of the void beasts that Qin Mu had killed were actually flickering with pale ghost flames as they floated around.
This wasn't strange. What was strange was that after Qin Mu left, the corpses of these void beasts shrivelled up at a speed visible to the naked eye!
In just thirty five days, the void beast turned into piles of bones, without any flesh or blood!
The dragon qilin, Yan'er, and Tiny Earth Count had all seen the strangeness of this place before. They gathered their courage and went to check on the corpses of the void beasts to see what had sucked away the flesh and blood of these huge beasts. However, they didn't find anything!
The unknown was the most terrifying.
Ten days later, they saw the void beast's bones starting to rot. They were suffused with ghost flames as if they had experienced countless years.
On the eleventh day, they saw another terrifying sight.
Huge mushrooms actually grew out from the bones of the void beasts. Numerous huge mushrooms grew out from the mouths of the void beasts, and they were very huge. There were human faces on the mushrooms, and their faces were distorted as they roared.
The dragon qilin was timid to begin with and was most afraid of this. He was scared out of his wits.
Luckily, these mushrooms quickly withered, and when the sun came out in the day, they turned into black lumps.
Now, the sound of bones collapsing could be heard from all over the black wood mountain ranges. It was the sound of the void beast bones rotting and collapsing.
The dragon qilin and Yan'er thought they could rest for a few days, but weird things happened again that night.
An unprecedented earthquake erupted in Ancestral Court. The intensity of the earthquake was something the dragon qilin and Yan'er had never encountered before. The earthquake caused countless divine mountains to collapse in Ancestral Court. The land split open, and the mountains became canyons. The dried-up sea revealed the seabed.
The area around the big black tree was unexpectedly quiet. They could only hear the howling of the wind outside. When they walked out of the palace hall, they saw the thunderstorm outside the big black tree. Meteors were running amok, and the sky above the ground was collapsing into pieces. It was simply the end of the world!
When everything calmed down, the next morning, Ancestral Court was still Ancestral Court. Nothing had changed.
Yet when night came again, the earth quaked and the mountains shook. All kinds of strange things happened frequently, and the Heavens split and the Earth cracked. It was as if the world was being destroyed again.
Yet during the day, Ancestral Court was still the same.
The dragon qilin stood outside the hall and saw the east being flooded with light. The strange phenomenon from last night had vanished again, and the skeleton of the void beast had completely vanished.
He looked into the distance and was suddenly stunned. He saw that the top of one of the black mountains in the black wood mountain ranges had cracked.
Yan'er and Tiny Earth Count also braved themselves to walk out. Clouds formed under the dragon qilin's feet as he flew towards the mountain peak. There were actually five deep marks on the mountain peak, as though an incomparably thick palm had reached out from the inside of the mountain and grabbed onto the black mountain. He was then dragged back into the mountain, leaving five scratch marks on his fingernails.
Yan'er brought Tiny Earth Count and followed after him. She examined the five scratches that could be considered canyons and couldn't help shuddering. “What caused this?”
The dragon qilin shook his head. “I don't know. However, tonight, we will know what it is if we stay here and take a look.”
At this moment, an elderly voice rang out. “If you actually did wait until tonight, your family of three will be eaten by the thing that crawled out.”