Chapter 758: Yi Yun Returns
In the world that the Tian Yuan world resided, no one from the Human race or the Desolate race had a chance of surviving the Black-armored Demon God's slaughter.
The so called escape route was none other than the 12 Empyrean Heavens!
The legendary human figures of the Tian Yuan world had vaguely read records regarding the 12 Empyrean Heavens, but it appeared as a legend to them. Only when the Black-armored Demon God appeared did they learn new things, confirming the legend.
The legends said of the 12 Empyrean Heavens was a place with more resources, richer Heaven Earth Yuan Qi and a more brilliant world of martial arts. This was extremely alluring for the Tian Yuan world warriors!
The Sovereign of the Eventide claimed that whoever followed him could open up a passage to the 12 Empyrean Heavens with him. When the time came, he would use a mobile immortal residence to take these people away with him from the Tian Yuan world to the 12 Empyrean Heavens!
The moment this news came out, all the warriors in the Tian Yuan world were stunned.
A few felt hope appear in the midst of despair as they seemed to be unexpectedly rescued from a dreary situation. They thought about following the Sovereign of the Eventide to the 12 Empyrean Heavens.
However, there were people who did not believe the Sovereign of the Eventide at all.
Opening a passage to the 12 Empyrean Heavens? Was that so easy?
Even though the Sovereign of the Eventide was the strongest person in the Tian Yuan world, with his strength and his handful of followers, he was still a great distance away from opening a passage to the 12 Empyrean Heavens!
As for his mobile enchanted treasure, it was a question if it could really take people to the 12 Empyrean Heavens.
Even if they followed the Sovereign of the Eventide in order to head to the 12 Empyrean Heavens, it might all end up as a ruse.
Many Tian Yuan world warriors had lived for hundreds, if not thousands of years. They would not easily trust others, even if the person who said this was Sovereign of the Eventide, the person who had the highest authority in the Tian Yuan world.
However, there were a lot of warriors who chose to believe the Sovereign of the Eventide. They might have had their doubts, but they believed that no one would be a match for the Black-armored Demon God in twenty years time. So at least, there would be hope by seeking refuge with the Sovereign of the Eventide and opening a path to the 12 Empyrean Heavens with him.
These people also knew that opening a path to the 12 Empyrean Heavens was extremely difficult. They might even turn into cannon fodder, but people could not just live on as sitting ducks. At least, it seemed that opening a passage was easier than killing the Black-armored Demon God.
Hence, as time went by, the number of Sovereign of the Eventide’s followers increased. There were even a minority of legendary human figures who wavered.
The 12 Empyrean Heavens was too mysterious to the Tian Yuan world warriors.
At this moment, in the remote mountains. Desolate race palace.
The meditating Sanctuary Island Lord had also recently received news regarding the Sovereign of the Eventide.
This news made him frown slightly.
To protect the Desolate race, the Sanctuary Island couple, as well as a couple of legendary human figures, who shared the same values as the couple, had decided to live permanently with the Desolate race. As such, the Sovereign of the Eventide would not be able to wreak havoc in the Desolate race, but for the Tian Yuan world...
Without the Sanctuary Island couple and the legendary human figures, the Sovereign of the Eventide had no match in the Tian Yuan world. As the strongest person in the Tian Yuan world, it was easy for him to expand his power.
With the apocalypse approaching, people inevitably had a slavish mentality. Many of them would tend to seek refuge with the strongest person in the Tian Yuan world, the Sovereign of the Eventide. Besides, the Sovereign of the Eventide had indeed given a lot of people hope.
"Opening up the passage to the 12 Empyrean Heavens… What naivety. If it was that simple to open a path, it would have be opened up long ago!" The Sanctuary Island Lord said as he crushed a news jade slip.
The Sovereign of the Eventide had claimed to have found a secret spatial node, making it a hundred times easier to open up a passage, but the Sanctuary Island Lord refused to believe him.
Even if the Sovereign of the Eventide had really found a spatial node, his strength was likely insufficient to survive the long spatial storms before he arrived at the 12 Empyrean Heavens.
Maybe it was for this reason that the Sovereign of the Eventide needed the God Advent Tower to protect him!
From the world where the Tian Yuan world resided in to the 12 Empyrean Heavens, nearly no human had traversed it. So no one knew how dangerous it was!
It was a question whether the Sovereign of the Eventide could mind himself, as for taking his followers? How could it be possible?
"Eventide is expanding his power. I suspect he is trying to stir up a war between the Humans and Desolate race… "
Behind the Sanctuary Island Lord, the former Desolate Queen walked over slowly. She had a heavy expression as she did not have an easy time recently.
With the Dark energy entering Jiang Xiaorou's body, it made her bloodline's energy extremely unstable. She did not know if Jiang Xiaorou would be able to hold on, and if so, how long.
As for the storm stirring the Tian Yuan world, the Sovereign of the Eventide had gathered a large number of minions, making the former Desolate Queen suspect that he was preparing for war.
If the Sovereign of the Eventide really was able to open up a passage from the Tian Yuan world to the 12 Empyrean Heavens, he did not need to consider the consequences of the Black-armored Demon God appearing again. He could let the Human race and Desolate race go to war for his goal, and none of this would affect him negatively.
"Eventide is no match for us." The Sanctuary Island Lord said indifferently. Even though he and the legendary Desolate race figures were injured and suffered a drop in cultivation realms, they had many experts!
The Sovereign of the Eventide had amassed a large following, but his followers were of average strength. There were very few legendary human figures who sought refuge with the Sovereign of the Eventide.
"Even if the mighty figures of the Human race believe that Eventide has the ability to open a path to the 12 Empyrean Heavens, they would not blindly follow him. If war breaks out, many legendary human figures would stand on the Desolate race's side."
Right and wrong could be inferred and reason existed. The legendary human figures could at least be able to understand reason, the only problem was whether they would act in accordance with reason.
However, the former Desolate Queen shook her head at the Sanctuary Island Lord's words. "Eventide does not want to wipe us out, he only wants the Sacred Spirit's remains. For your esteemed race's legendary figures to stand on my Desolate race's side, I am extremely grateful, but… the legendary human figures would only protect my Desolate race only in times of danger. But for them to risk injury or even consume their lifespans to protect a Sacred Spirit's corpse doesn't make sense… "
The Sacred Spirit was the Desolate race's totem. The Desolate race could give up their lives to protect a corpse because of their faith and as a form of reciprocation to the Sacred Spirit. But to the Human race, the Sacred Spirit was just a powerful desolate beast. Getting them to protect a desolate beast's corpse did not make sense. Furthermore, just years ago, the Sacred Spirit, who had protected the Desolate race, was a arch enemy of the Human race.
"I do not know what Eventide is planning on doing, but if Eventide attacks, it is because he has the absolute confidence. This is because he knows very clearly how much combat strength we have. It is impossible for him to wipe us out, but to take the Sacred Spirit's remains, he might still have the means to do so… "
The former Desolate Queen sighed while shaking her head.
As the former Desolate Queen and the Sanctuary Island Lord were discussing the situation in the Tian Yuan world, in the land towards the far north.
With a crisp sound, space began ripping apart as a black-clothed youth and a white-dressed fairy slowly walked out of the spatial rift.
Seeing this cold and desolate land, Yi Yun exhaled. He was finally back!
Destroying the Black-armored Demon God and breaking through the confines of space, they had walked out of the jaws of Death. Now, everything had finally passed.
Translator’s Notes: This chapter goes into greater depth of the psyche of people when a messiah appears, professing a path to a literal ‘Heaven’. As with most false prophets or scammers, many promises are made, such as better martial heritage, better Heaven Earth Yuan Qi and better resources. In real life, this happens with ‘get-rich-quickly’ schemes employed by scammers, and even if one remains doubtful about it, it is easy for these scammers to prey on the weak or when people are approached in their times of need.
In contrast, we have the former Desolate Queen and the Sanctuary Island Lord being the voices of reason. If it was so easy to accomplish those promises, wouldn’t that have been done earlier? The chapter also seems to question how much would you fight for someone’s religion? Would dying for the Sacred Spirit’s corpse—a more powerful desolate beast’s corpse—be worth it? It shows how the former Desolate Queen is cognizant of this point, giving some dimension to the two races too.
It is the classic conundrum between reason and faith. Which is more ‘right’? Reason says that the Sacred Spirit’s corpse is useless lying underground, and it should be used to improve the powers of a human, saving them all. Faith says that the Sacred Spirit’s corpse should be sanctified. But there is a twist added to this. Is it reasonable to go to war against the Desolate race to obtain the Sacred Spirit just for a slim chance at salvation? Whose side would you stand on if you did not know all the facts and situation?
As you ponder over the deeper questions in life, Yi Yun is back by the way!