Including Li Yao himself, many Nascent Soul Stage Cultivators stood up in excitement.
Li Yao remembered awakening the ancestral memories hidden at the end of the gene strands while he was exploring the mysteries of the cells in the Hundred Desolation Mountain in the Blood Demon Sector.
In the primeval memories, there was the Pangu Clan, which created the universe and all living souls, and their enormous warship named ‘Kunlun’!
He also remembered seeing a vintage, splendid throne of the Pangu Clan as well as a bright, golden skeleton, more than ten meters tall with the upper body of a human being but the lower body in the shape of a dragon, in the Mausoleum of Chaos.
Ba Yanzhi had once been to ‘Kunlun’. He had excavated the relics of the Pangu civilization and brought back a corpse of the Pangu Clan, which was the foundation of his amazing research!
Li Yao could not wait to go to explore Kunlun to search for the origins of mankind, reveal the secrets of how the Pangu Clan created the universe, and even receive the enormous strength from the primeval era!
For a moment, he completely forgot his own ‘Black Hole Plan’. There was nothing but ‘Pangu’ and ‘Kunlun’ in his head. His heart was pounding, his mouth was dry, and his eyes were spurting out fire. He clenched his fists so hard that noises were bursting out!
Li Yao and Mo Xuan looked at each other, equally puzzled.
How had it been discovered so fast?
Half a year ago, after everything was settled, Li Yao had submitted Ba Yanzhi’s Star Map of Kunlun, which had then been parsed by the most advanced super crystal processors of the three Sectors.
However, Ba Yanzhi’s Star Map of Kunlun had been drawn in the ancient style forty thousand years ago. It lacked details and only had the basic forms of the galaxy.
However, the universe was too vast a place. Even the Blood Demon Sector’s nearby had tremendous galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters.
With the Star Map of Kunlun, it was like that they had learned the color and shape of a grain of sand but had to find it from an overwhelming desert that spanned ten square kilometers, which was certainly no simple task!
Despite the computational ability of the most advanced crystal processors and biochemical brains, Li Yao had thought that it would take several years, or even more than a decade, to locate the grain of sand in the desert. It had never occurred to him that the task would be accomplished so quickly.
However, when he looked at Jiang Hailiu’s face, he noticed that the Speaker was rather uneasy and more anxious than delighted, as if locating Kunlun was not a blessing but a disaster!
Li Yao thought of something and asked, “Speaker Jiang, why has Kunlun been discovered so quickly? Was there an unexpected change?”
Now that the Meeting of the Nascent Soul Stage had been adjourned, all the participants resumed their daily identities. Therefore, Li Yao addressed him as ‘Speaker’.
Jiang Hailiu’s face was even more solemn. He nodded rather slowly and said, “Yes. At our original speed, it would have impossible to have discovered Kunlun in such a short period of time. In fact, we didn’t discover it; the ‘minor apocalypse’ of the Imperium of True Human Beings led us to it!”
“The minor apocalypse!”
Everybody was shocked by his words. The Nascent Soul Stage Cultivators and the demon emperors’ faces were twisted for a moment, only to be replaced by excitement!
The boot that they had been waiting for so long was finally stepping on the ground. The minor apocalypse was here!
It was going to be the first head-on clash between the Imperium and the federation. Only by smothering the minor apocalypse brutally could all the plans that they had discussed just now be put into practice in good time!
Four mystic rays shot out of the ceiling of the meeting hall and gradually condensed into four shadows. They were the astronomers and cosmologists that were working in the Star Prier’s House in the Flying Star Sector.
They had connected to the meeting hall through the space communication system.
Shua! Shua! Shua! Shua!
The 3D light beam behind Jiang Hailiu suddenly changed into the boundless universe, with the Heaven’s Origin Sector, the Flying Star Sector, and the Blood Demon Sector highlighted in a corner.
The picture was enlarged and enlarged. The space around the three Sectors immediately became clearer than before.
It could be seen that, at a distance very close to the three Sectors, a light spot had been flying straight toward the Heaven’s Origin Sector and the Blood Demon Sector, only to glitter all of a suddenly when it almost entered the border of the two Sectors and slightly change its direction to nearby the Blood Demon Sector.
Judging from the trajectory, it would brush past the Blood Demon Sector before long.
The light spot was, of course, the minor apocalypse.
“The Star Prier’s House is a special observatory whose great purpose is to monitor the abnormal astronomical phenomena that are likely to be caused by intelligent creatures,” Jiang Hailiu explained. “In our case, it has been in service to monitor the anomalies from the Imperium of True Human Beings!
“The minor apocalypse from the Imperium of True Human Beings, after a super long-distance space jump, already landed to somewhere near the Heaven’s Origin Sector and the Blood Demon Sector. After releasing tremendous spiritual energy and receiving enough acceleration, it turned off most of the impetus system and flew toward us with its momentum!
“Therefore, for quite a long time, it was not on the radar of the Star Prier’s House. After all, it was no different from a meteoroid and barely emitted any spiritual waves.
“We could only estimate its arrival to the two Sectors from the spiritual waves that it unleashed during its acceleration. Therefore, we were never aware of the specific date of its arrival but only knew that it would come in three to five years’ time.
“However, one day ago, it suddenly reappeared on the surveillance light beam in the Star Prier’s House. This time, it released tremendous spiritual waves at the cost of bountiful fuel, changing its direction and speed!
“All the astronomers in the Star Prier’s House were greatly baffled.
“In a super long-distance space voyage, fuel is always the most precious resource. Every change of speed and direction will waste a lot of fuel. The decisions must be made cautiously!
“We had initially concluded that the ‘minor apocalypse’ should be some sort of small spacecraft that certainly could not carry much fuel. It had locked onto us before and was flying to us with inertia. Slow as it might’ve been, it would definitely arrive in three years!
“Why did it suddenly change its direction to brush past the Blood Demon Sector? It must be noted that such a change would likely drain whatever was left of its fuel, making it unable to shift to the Heaven’s Origin Sector and the Blood Demon Sector again!
“Even if it boasted the ability of transforming the spiritual energy in the universe into fuel, such a process could still take several years if not decades before it could attack us again!
“Something was clearly wrong. Therefore, the astronomers in the Star Prier’s House searched forward according to its latest trajectory and discovered a space zone with distinctive features. After careful comparison, it was deduced that the space zone is the place that Ba Yanzhi’s Star Map of Kunlun refers to!”
The picture behind Jiang Hailiu was enlarged nonstop. A very chaotic space zone showed up. It was covered by an overwhelming super nebula, which was twisting, swirling, and releasing broken streams of energy, like an enormous crab that was raging unstoppably in the universe!
“The space zone is completely covered by the crab nebula. Inside the nebula, cosmic storms, stone belts, and pulse stars are everywhere. It is an extremely dangerous and chaotic place!
“Its appearance is vastly different from the description in Ba Yanzhi’s Star Map of Kunlun. Some kind of catastrophe in the recent forty thousand years must’ve deformed it!
“Therefore, although it was very close to the Blood Demon Sector, and we scanned it more than once before, we’d always neglected it!
“It was not until the minor apocalypse flew toward it directly that we finally noticed its anomaly. After comparing the space zones around it with the edge of the Star Map of Kunlun, we finally discovered that it was the Kunlun that we’d been looking for all this time!”
Everybody began sweating upon hearing what Jiang Hailiu had said.
“Speaker Jiang,” Professor Mo Xuan said solemnly, “are you suggesting that the Imperium of True Human Beings’ minor apocalypse discovered Kunlun first and therefore exposed itself and changed its course to Kunlun, even at the cost of its remaining fuel?”
“Yes.” Jiang Hailiu nodded. “According to the speculation of Li Yao and the fellow Cultivators from the Flying Star Sector, the ‘minor apocalypse’ is some sort of ‘scout’ of the Imperium of True Human Beings. Since it is a scout, its destination is definitely not fixed because its purpose is to find and lock onto the most valuable prey.
“In the riot of the Immortal Cultivators a few years ago, the star child only had time to send the incomplete coordinates to the Imperium of True Human Beings. The Imperium does not know the truth about the Flying Star Sector or the fact that a rather large force exists in the Heaven’s Origin Sector and the Blood Demon Sector, which are merging!
“Even if it does, it will probably consider us uncivilized bumpkins or even primitive barbarians.
“The Imperium’s greatest enemy is the Covenant Alliance, which believes in Pangu’s Covenant. Therefore, in the eyes of the Imperium, a relic of the Pangu civilization is definitely much more valuable than us bumpkins!
“Bumpkins can be killed whenever they want, but a relic of the Pangu civilization is not so easy to come by.
“It was probably the reason the minor apocalypse changed its direction!”
Professor Mo Xuan pondered for a moment and asked, “How does the Imperium know that it is a relic of the Pangu civilization?”
“The pulse stars at the center of the crab nebula are sending out intense pulses to the outside world every second,” Jiang Hailiu replied. “They are like signals of a certain frequency. Perhaps, the Imperium has seen similar signals before in the war against the Covenant Alliance. That must be how they figured it out.
“It is also possible that the spacecraft from the Imperium boasts certain probe methods that we don’t know yet, which would allow them to perceive the immense spiritual energy hidden inside Kunlun. They do not know that it is a relic of the Pangu civilization, but they do know that their materials and fuel can be refilled there. Therefore, before they launch attack toward us, they can take a rest there.
“The second possibility is the more plausible one, but the results are the same. After they arrive in Kunlun, they will certainly discover its worth and excavate the relic of the Pangu civilization before we can!”