Tales of Herding Gods
Tales Of Herding Gods | Chapter 956 - Three Types of Heavenly Aeons
'The Grand Emperor's seal was given to me by Celestial Venerable Yun. Apart from the seal and the sacrificial altar, Dao Ancestor mentioned that Celestial Venerable Yun also left Founding Emperor a scroll containing a geographical map of the Great Void.'
Qin Mu raised his head to take a look at the seal that was growing more and more powerful, frowning slightly.
Based on the items left behind by Celestial Venerable Yun, it seemed that Celestial Venerable Yun had known a great deal about the Great Void since the early Dragon Han Era. His knowledge of the Great Void was even greater than the ten Celestial Venerables of the present day.
There were rumors that Founding Emperor built Carefree Village within the Great Void, which was why it was so difficult to locate it. Many times, the ten Celestial Venerables had sent men to explore the Great Void with the intention of finding Carefree Village and getting rid of the hidden danger that was Founding Emperor.
If Carefree Village was indeed in the Great Void, then the geographical map left behind by Celestial Venerable Yun would be of great use to Founding Emperor!
'In that case, why would the corporeal body of Celestial Venerable Yun appear in the heart of the Grand Emperor's brows?'
Qin Mu was bewildered. Luo Wushuang and Yue Tingge were also inexplicably shaken as they raised their heads to look at the square seal.
This seal could actually break through the suppression of the supreme consciousness realm, allowing them to break free from the rules of this strange land. It was unimaginable.
However, Qin Mu and Shu Jun knew what was happening. Since this seal was the Grand Emperor's seal, it could mobilize his power here, and from it, create a relatively safe realm.
It wasn't the seal that broke through the supreme consciousness realm, it was the Grand Emperor.
Suddenly, Qin Mu suggested, "Heavenly Master Yue, Divine Knife Luo, since we have the seal, why don't we make a trip to check out the marvels of the supreme consciousness realm?"
Luo Wushuang hesitated before nodding. "Great, at the very least, we can rescue Celestial Venerable Huo."
Qin Mu looked towards Yue Tingge. He saw that he wasn't acting crazy anymore, and his ferocious expression was gone. Instead, he had an air of intelligence around him, as though he was a commander planning a strategy. He nodded his head. "Since Celestial Venerable Mu has such a treasure, it's possible that we could decipher the secrets of this land. You'll need a protector for this trip, and I'm willing to be that."
Qin Mu blinked his eyes. Yue Tingge had unexpectedly become so serious, and he had trouble getting used to this sudden change.
This Daoist acted crazy sometimes, while, at other times, he was ferocious. Now, however, his mind was clear and sober. This was very confusing, and one could only wonder when he would act up again.
Yue Tingge clasped his hands and bowed to the ground, giving off the air of an expert who had attained the Dao. He then smiled. "Yue Tingge of the Dao Sect pays his respects to Celestial Venerable Mu. Since I stepped into the Great Void, I have been muddle-headed. Today is a rare day where I'm clear-headed. Celestial Venerable, I'm sorry to have embarrassed myself during this journey."
Luo Wushuang whispered, "Overlord Body Qin, we can't trust this person."
Qin Mu smiled. "Now that we are all in the same boat, we should trust each other. Heavenly Master Yue, you're a sage of the celestial heavens. How do you think we should explore this supreme consciousness realm?"
Yue Tingge was silent in thought. His vital qi formed countless stars as it organized into a giant circle with a radius of 1000 feet, slowly rotating. He said, "The core area of the supreme consciousness realm lies ahead. Even Celestial Venerable Huo was trapped inside, unable to escape. I will use this ring of stars as a clock. The stars will rotate around the center of the ring, with one completed rotation being the equivalent of one day. We will then use this seal to guard us as we enter the supreme consciousness realm. If we see that the rotation speed of the stars has become faster, this means that we have been trapped by the supreme consciousness realm and that the seal is unable to break through the realm. When that happens, we need to retreat and return here immediately."
Qin Mu praised, "This idea is marvelous."
They instantly got to work. Qin Mu used his consciousness to control the Grand Emperor's seal, which hung high above their heads. The three men and the dragon carefully traversed across this abyss of the void, moving closer to the lotus landmass.
Qin Mu turned and looked back. He saw the huge ring of stars of a radius of 1000 feet standing upright against the wall of the cliff, its stars rotating around the center of the ring.
It wasn't that the speed of the flow of time was different in the supreme consciousness realm, but rather the speed of the change in substance. The consciousness here was so strong that it stopped substances from circulating. Even an existence like Celestial Venerable Huo was trapped here.
Luckily, they had the protection of the Grand Emperor's seal and could traverse through this static space-time.
They stepped onto the lotus landmass and saw gigantic roots penetrating out from the Grand Emperor's two feet. It was a frightening sight. The corporeal body of the Grand Emperor was comparable to the Primordial Tree, just as colossal. Those roots were entrenched in the lotus landmass, and the portion that rose from the ground formed mountain ranges.
The length and breadth of the blood river that was on the surface were astonishing. Within it, there were many strange and terrifying creatures. They were likely born from the Grand Emperor's divine blood.
Luckily, in the supreme consciousness realm, these creatures were static and unable to move.
Qin Mu and the rest flew past the peak of the mountains and looked down. The divine arts of the masters of creation created a great deal of beautiful scenery, which was dazzling and colorful. As they flew around, they felt like they were touring a land of the giants. Everything seemed incomparably huge.
"Don't touch anything here."
Qin Mu solemnly said, "Many of the things here were created by consciousness. Be careful of getting invaded by the consciousness of the masters of creation. When that happens, you may not be yourself anymore."
Shu Jun gave a cold humph. Qin Mu was speaking from the experience that he had given him. Previously, he almost invaded Qin Mu's corporeal body, but he was thwarted by that strange eye of his.
Although these masters of creation were dead, their consciousnesses remained. The divine arts of these masters of creation were peculiar. Who knew whether they could use consciousness to return to life.
They gradually ventured into the lotus landmass, closing in on the Grand Emperor. Qin Mu, Yue Tingge, and the rest were checking the ring of stars on the cliff periodically, calculating the speed of its rotation.
There wasn't much change to the speed, giving everyone peace of mind.
They were approaching Celestial Venerable Huo. Suddenly, Qin Mu felt his heart tighten, and he saw that the ring of stars was rotating much quicker!
Earlier, the ring took one day to complete one rotation. Now, it had done so within a short span of time!
They didn't feel anything strange, and their walking speed seemed normal. However, if one was to look at them from the rotating ring of stars, they would see that their walking speed had become extremely slow!
"The supreme consciousness realm here is extremely strong and has exceeded the tolerance of the Grand Emperor's seal."
Yue Tingge also noticed that the rotation speed of the ring of stars had increased. He hurriedly said, "We should immediately turn back and leave while we still can!"
Within the short time he spent talking, the ring of stars had already completed two rotations, meaning two days had passed outside the supreme consciousness realm!
Luo Wushuang looked at Qin Mu, who had a wavering expression. He was looking at the heart of the Grand Emperor's brows. Within it was Celestial Venerable Yun's corporeal body. Clearly, Celestial Venerable Huo was aware of this, which was why he was persistent in heading there, no matter what.
Qin Mu had no intention of saving Celestial Venerable Huo. In the past, Celestial Venerable Huo was simple, reckless, and straightforward. However, who could guarantee that the current Celestial Venerable Huo was the same as he was in the past?
His objective was to close in on Celestial Venerable Yun's corporeal body!
He planned to summon the soul of Celestial Venerable Yun so that he could question him on some past matters.
However, the Grand Emperor's seal wouldn't be able to handle it if they were to advance. Most likely, they would be trapped here as well.
Right at this moment, Shu Jun's voice resonated in his head. "Little fellow, you can't handle the supreme consciousness realm using the Grand Emperor's seal alone. You'll need the sacrificial altar."
Qin Mu's heart fluttered, and he immediately took out the sacrificial altar.
However, the ring of stars had rotated over 10 times while he was taking out the altar. To them, a short while had passed, but to the outside world, it was half a month long!
The corners of Qin Mu's eyes twitched as he took out the altar. His consciousness trembled a little as he asked, "Shu Jun, what's next?"
"Hang the seal on the altar, execute the Three Enclosures Higher Knowledge, and mobilize the Grand Emperor's supreme consciousness!"
Shu Jun's tone was serious as he solemnly said, "However, you need to be careful."
Qin Mu was slightly stunned. "Be careful of what?"
Shu Jun hesitated a while. During this time, the ring of stars rotated another 10 or so rounds. From the time they stepped into this place until now, more than a month had passed!
"Be careful of what?" Qin Mu hurried him.
"Be careful of the Grand Emperor."
Shu Jun hesitated no more and said, "Do you think the Grand Emperor is really dead? I don't think so. If I can survive, the Grand Emperor would have his own means of surviving too. Although I don't know why the masters of creation of the Great Void wanted to go against the Grand Emperor, the Grand Emperor was responsible for the destruction of the Great Void. Even though he seems to be dead, he's actually waiting for a chance to be revived. When you mobilize the Grand Emperor's supreme consciousness, he'll make use of this opportunity to steal your corporeal body, using your body to be reborn!"
Qin Mu glanced behind, another 10 days had passed.
The information revealed by Shu Jun was indeed shocking. He used to suspect it was the Grand Emperor who destroyed the Great Void and killed countless masters of creation. However, he hadn't seen the face of the man who destroyed the Great Void, but Shu Jun did.
Although Shu Jun had now admitted that the man was the Grand Emperor, he was still shocked.
"Let me teach you a technique called the Three Types of Heavenly Aeons. However, I'm not sure whether it can stop the Grand Emperor's consciousness from destroying your consciousness."
Shu Jun's consciousness gushed, swiftly transferring the consciousness technique into Qin Mu's head. He said, "I have cultivated the Three Enclosures Higher Knowledge. In the ancient primordial era, this was considered a top tier consciousness technique. However, the strongest technique was the Grand Emperor's Great Overarching Supreme Consciousness! Whether the Three Types of Heavenly Aeons can prevent his consciousness from invading you, I'm not sure. You'll need to make some modifications to my technique, preferably blending in your knowledge. I believe you should be quite proficient in this."
Qin Mu quickly arranged the Three Types of Heavenly Aeons technique that he had been given. He used his knowledge to modify and perfect the Three Type of Heavenly Aeons, blending in the Three Primordial Spirit Undying God Consciousness and the celestial heavens' runes of the ancient gods' Great Dao.
During the time he was perfecting the Three Types of Heavenly Aeons, the stars on the cliff had rotated 170 times as half a year went past.
Cold sweat appeared on Qin Mu's forehead. He composed himself and immediately executed the modified Three Types of Heavenly Aeons, forming three Heavenly Aeon seals within his third eye. The first Aeon seal transformed into the form of Heaven Duke, with his white brows and beard, his hands clasped together. The seal looked like a funnel. The second Heavenly Aeon seal transformed into the form of Earth Count, with his cow head and human body. It was a funnel-shaped seal as well.
The third Heavenly Aeon seal was the form of Celestial Emperor. It was also a funnel-shaped seal.
Once the three seals had been formed, Qin Mu decisively executed the Three Enclosures Higher Knowledge. Consciousness surged into the sacrificial altar that was left behind by Celestial Venerable Yun.
On the sacrificial altar, a bright radiance suddenly burst forth from the Grand Emperor's seal. Inside the body of the Grand Emperor that was in front of them, consciousness roared like blazing flames. The magnificent-looking radiance was like the colorful wings of a phoenix, and light rays surged towards the altar.
In the center of the sacrificial altar, a pillar of light shot up into the sky, right into the Grand Emperor's seal.
The Grand Emperor's seal shook violently, and light rays as white as snow formed into a circle before bursting forth in all directions. Following this was the second set of light rays, then the third…
The light circles fanned out, one after another, suppressing the supreme consciousness realm.
Yue Tingge, Luo Wushuang, and the rest hurriedly looked at the stars on the cliff and were delighted. "The rotation of the stars has returned to normal. Celestial Venerable Mu, this idea of yours is effective! Celestial Venerable Mu?"
Yue Tingge turned towards Qin Mu and saw him frozen on the spot, his three eyes wide open. He wasn't moving. Veins popped out of his forehead, and sweat as big as beans rolled down like rain.
Yue Tingge and Luo Wushuang got a shock. They knew that something was wrong with Qin Mu.
"There's something trying to invade the heart of his brows!"
Yue Tingge was, after all, an existence on the Emperor's Throne Grand Completion Realm, so he immediately saw what was wrong. He solemnly said, "One-armed one, let's help him out!"
Luo Wushuang snorted, unhappy with being called "One-armed one".
The two executed their vital qi and mobilized their cultivation, trying to charge into the heart of Qin Mu's brows.
Their magic power and consciousness gushed into the heart of Qin Mu's brows. All of a sudden, they were greeted by a magnificent sight. A majestic-looking great emperor stood erect in the midst of the vast space-time as he killed the Heaven Duke, smashing him until his stars exploded and crumbled. He was about to charge towards the human-figure with a cow head, Earth Count!
In the next instant, the head of Earth Count fell as the great emperor ripped him in two!
Yue Tingge looked in front and saw an image of the ancient Celestial Emperor with his gigantic corporeal body. This was the third seal. Behind this were Qin Mu's Spirit Embryo Divine Treasure and his spirit embryo.
"This is bad!"
Yue Tingge and Luo Wushuang immediately rushed towards Qin Mu's Spirit Embryo Divine Treasure, their vital qi and consciousness surging with unmatched strength. As they came to the side of Qin Mu's spirit embryo, one stood on the left of the taiji diagram, the other on the right. They raised their heads and saw that the Celestial Emperor seal was in a precarious situation under the great emperor's attacks!