The grey fog of Fengdu filled the air. In front of him was a sea of fog and the littered mountains of skeletons. The mountains of skeletons were blended within the sea of fog, and some skeletons were still crawling around
Qin Mu took out a Fengdu gold coin and planned to summon Daoist Ling Jing to cross the sea of fog. However, he was suddenly stunned.
During the Eternal Peace Calamity, Daoist Ling Jing's soul had already dispersed.
This Daoist was a strong practitioner from Village Chief's era and had a very stubborn temper. He had once challenged Village Chief to seize the title of Sword God.
Later on, when High Heavens invaded, he and the young patriarch, Wen Yuan, intercepted the gods of High Heavens to buy time for Village Chief and the rest. As a result, their bodies and Dao vanished, and they became ghosts in Fengdu.
King Yama gave him the identity of a ferryman, allowing him to control a ferry and guide the ghosts or those who are still living.
At that time, he was still worrying about buying a house in Fengdu. He felt that if he worked for another thousand or so years, he would be able to afford a house.
When the Eternal Peace Calamity erupted, Daoist Ling Jin was the first to jump out once more to save the people with the past cult masters of the Heavenly Saint Cult. However, he only had his primordial spirit left and his soul had dispersed during that great calamity.
He didn't leave anything behind, so even if Qin Mu wanted to summon his soul and reconstruct his soul, he couldn't do it.
In the fog ahead, the ferryman came. The clothes of the ferryman on the boat were tattered, and he looked very tall standing in the small boat. His tattered cape fluttered in the fog.
The boat leaned against the ferry, and Qin Mu boarded the small boat. The ferryman rowed the boat and headed towards Fengdu.
Standing on the ship, Qin Mu couldn't help but recall the conversation he had with Daoist Ling Jing during the Eternal Peace Calamity.
He said, “Daoist Ling Jin, you and Patriarch will put your lives on the line for Eternal Peace and obstruct High Heavens. However, no one among the people of Eternal Peace will know that you were the heroes that guarded them.”
At that time, Daoist Ling Jing swerved his boat through the mountains of skeletons and said to him with a smile, “But I know, I'm a hero. I want to follow my heart and do things.”
Daoist Ling Jing even said that the next time he came, the person on the ferry might not be me.
Qin Mu looked at the ferryman. He wasn't Ling Jing, but another god of Fengdu.
When the small boat reached the shore, Qin Mu paid the fare and jumped onto the shore. He walked past the boundary stone of the living realm of the dead, crossed the mountain ridge, and walked towards Fengdu.
There were all kinds of people in this world, all kinds of ways of living, all kinds of life. Some were joyful, some were plain, some were difficult, and some were painful.
However, no matter how good life was or how bad it was, there would always be a few people who would carry the heaviest burden and even sacrifice their lives for them.
For these people, we should not laugh at their choices, but give them the respect they deserve.
Fengdu's Great Dao rules tried to change Qin Mu's corporeal body, turning him into a skeleton. However, Qin Mu's understanding of the Great Dao of Youdu was extremely profound, and his cultivation was incomparably dense. The Great Dao rules of Fengdu couldn't change him at all.
He continued forward and looked around. Fengdu was much wider now, and it wasn't inferior to Son of Heavenly Yin's Mingdu. It was vast and boundless. It was obvious that numerous heavenly teachers and heavenly kings of Founding Emperor Era were gathered here, and Fengdu was constructed quite well.
Qin Mu crossed over the mountain ridge and saw the god cities of Fengdu in front of him.
There were too many of his memories in this place, but the layout had changed drastically. It made him feel like he had entered a foreign land.
He walked into King Qin City, and there were many gods and devils walking along the streets. When they saw him, they were all stunned and looked at him in a daze.
Qin Mu smiled and nodded at the gods of Founding Emperor on both sides.
Everyone returned his smile.
Soon, news of Qin Mu coming to Fengdu spread out, and the bird-headed God Chi Xiu was the first to rush over. He landed in front of Qin Mu and greeted, “Should I greet you as Human Emperor Qin or as Celestial Venerable Mu?”
Qin Mu smiled. “As Celestial Venerable Mu.”
God Chi Xiu bowed and led the way, “Please come in, Celestial Venerable Mu. For a Celestial Venerable to personally visit, are you here to visit an old friend?”
“Chi Xiu, you are also an old friend of mine.”
Qin Mu said with a smile, “I'm here to visit you all.”
God Chi Xiu tilted his head and said, “However, your old friends don't want to see you. When Mingdu Heavenly King Tian Shu heard news of your arrival, he hid in his wine shop, not daring to come out. When Heavenly King Di Yiyue heard that you had arrived, her face became pale and she hid at the lowest layer of Fengdu. Sakra Buddha proclaimed that he was going to enter closed seclusion to comprehend the Boundless Calamity Sutra, and Martial Arts Heavenly Teacher's door remains closed.”
He looked at Qin Mu and said, “Even King Yama isn't in King Qin Hall. He went to the lowest level of Fengdu. Does Celestial Venerable know the reason?”
Qin Mu didn't reply.
God Chi Xiu said, Because during the Eternal Peace Calamity, we didn't help. We feel guilty towards you. Celestial Venerable Mu of the human race, saving Heavenly King Tian Shu from the Imperial Gate Divine Knife, he is indebted to you. Celestial Venerable Mu of the human race, reviving Heavenly King Di Yiyue, she is indebted to you.”
“Celestial Venerable Mu had eradicated the power of Celestial Heavens in the Buddha Heavens, doing Sakra Buddha a favour. Celestial Venerable Mu of the human race, you had created the Celestial River Divine Treasure and opened the path for martial arts practitioners of the Bullfighting World to attain godhood with this, you have done Martial Arts Heavenly Teacher a favour. Celestial Venerable Mu had also saved the people of Supreme Emperor Heaven; Saint Woodcutter also feels that you have done him a favour.”
“Even King Yama was only able to stabilize Fengdu because of you. It was because of you that Celestial Venerable You and Earth Count didn't destroy Fengdu. They feel ashamed to face you.”
God Chi Xiu said, “You have helped them, so they don't dare to come and see you.”
Qin Mu smiled and said, “What about the Fisherman and Qing Huang? Heavenly Teacher Fisherman and Heavenly King Qing Huang are my benefactors, so they wouldn't be ashamed to greet me.”
God Chi Xiu led him forward and said, “Qing Huang sent the divine dragons of Dragon Village to help you, but it was actually to help Supreme Emperor Heaven. Supreme Emperor Heaven is the remaining survivors of Founding Emperor, so it can't be considered helping you. However, you helped Supreme Emperor Heaven, so he owes you. It's the same for Heavenly Teacher Fisherman. Heavenly Teacher Fisherman helped you fish the sun and moon from the Sun Well and Moon Well, and he was also helping the Sun Herder and Moon Herders under Founding Emperor. He wasn't helping you, but was helping Founding Emperor. They all felt guilty towards you, so they didn't dare to meet you.”
He continued, “Among the subordinates of Founding Emperor, only First Ancestor Human Emperor, Prince Qin Wu, dared to help you during the Eternal Peace Calamity. However, he no longer thinks of himself as a prince and grandson of Founding Emperor Era.”
Qin Mu said, “He is the human emperor of Eternal Peace, and the founder of Eternal Peace Era. The current Hall of Human Emperors is flourishing. He opened a hall to teach disciples and the past human emperors. His contributions to Eternal Peace are huge.”
God Chi Xiu nodded his head. “That's why he is the symbol of Eternal Peace. However, these people in Fengdu aren't.”
Qin Mu was silent for a moment.
God Chi Xiu brought him to a wine tavern in Fengdu and said, “Mingdu Heavenly King Tian Shu is inside.”
Qin Mu walked in, and when Tian Shu saw him, he immediately hid under the table, not daring to show his head.
Qin Mu sat down beside the table and poured a cup of wine. He raised his cup and said, “Mingdu Heavenly King, let me toast you.”
Tian Shu was helpless and could only crawl out from under the table. He raised his wine cup, and the two of them sat down and drank it in one gulp.
Qin Mu smiled, “I've already been to Carefree Village and met with Founding Emperor.”
Tian Shu was silent for a moment before asking in a hoarse voice, “How is he?”
“He walked out of Carefree Village and tried to find you, but he couldn't. Later, he went to Celestial Heavens and fought Celestial Venerable Hao, Celestial Venerable Xiao, Heavenly Lady Qiang, and Heavenly Lady Yan. He almost split Celestial Heavens apart with one sword.”
When Heavenly King Tian Shu heard this, the hot blood in his heart surged, and the Liquor worm seemed to have tunnelled into his brain. He couldn't help lifting the lid of the wine jar and drinking it down. With a radiant smile, he asked, “He killed his way up to Celestial Heavens?”
Qin Mu nodded his head gently and signalled the ghost bartender to bring over a few jars of wine and place them on the table, “He killed his way into Celestial Heavens and pierced Celestial Venerable Hao's palm with his sword.”
Heavenly King Tian Shu slapped away the wine jar and laughed loudly, “I knew he would do that! After drinking, he was cautious, but when he wasn't drinking, he was extremely daring! He always looked down on Celestial Venerable Hao!”
The two of them clinked their wine jars and raised their heads to drink.
Heavenly King Tian Shu's tears flowed down as he choked, “Was he always very calm? Have you seen him panicking?”
Qin Mu put down the wine jar and said, “He always has an idea, as though he had a plan all along and didn't have any changes in his emotions. However, when you interact with him, you can feel the wild fire in his heart: the raging flames.”
Heavenly King Tian Shu couldn't resist picking up the wine jar again and chugging it down. He chuckled and said, “He is such a person. He can easily subdue others like this, so I feel especially at ease following him!”