Qin Yanzhi had no choice but to take the initiative and ask, “Can you take on a human form already?”
The blue phoenix glanced at Qin Yanzhi. Now that he was an adult, not only was he no longer bald, but he was no longer an eunuch either. He was no longer afraid that Jing-jing would ascend without him, and no longer cared for innate pure energy. it thought it had no other shortcomings, so it looked at Qin Yanzhi unfavorably again.
Hmph! Even if Hooligan dared to tattle to Jing-jing about him, he was not afraid at all. He was stronger than Hooligan!
The blue phoenix, “Jing-jing! Hooligan is so stupid. Ji-ji is right here but he can still ask this question.”
Qin Yanzhi, “…”
Well, he could confirm that ‘Hooligan’ was referring to him. Even though he had seen Jing Yue's memories, those fleeting images didn’t give him these details. He also naively thought that Ji-ji only called him ‘mother’ in private. Although it was strange, it sounded better than Hooligan, right?
He was about to argue with the blue phoenix when Jing Yue said, “Ji-ji, have you received the complete inheritance of the blue phoenix clan now?”
The blue phoenix nodded and told Jing Yue about his experience after he went into the black sea the other day.
It turned out that he was summoned by the Soul Tree that day and flew into the Black Sea in a daze. The more he flew, the more powerful he felt. Not long after, he saw a giant tree in the middle of the sea.
“The tree was pitch-black, but as soon as Ji-ji appeared, it suddenly glowed very brightly,” the blue phoenix said proudly. “Ji-ji flew over, landed on a branch, and soon fell asleep,”
He seemed to have had a very long dream, in which knowledge as vast as the ocean merged into his sea of consciousness.
In the end, he saw the Phoenix Ancestor leading the rest of the phoenix clan in a sacrifice, turning the remaining pure energy into source energy, leaving only one phoenix egg.
The phoenix egg originally hung on the Soul Tree, but after hundreds of thousands of years, the Soul Tree died.
After ages, the phoenix egg rolled somewhere. Suddenly, one day, a soul-mind entered the phoenix egg, awakening the consciousness in the phoenix egg.
“Then, Ji-ji woke up!” the youth jerked his face up. “Ji-ji sensed that Jing-jing was in danger, so I rushed over in haste.”
Jing Yue, “Ji-ji is awesome.”
The blue phoenix couldn't be happier. He spun around in a circle and the cloak twirled with him, creating a breathtaking picture.
Qin Yanzhi didn't want to look at his smug face, and said, “Since you have obtained the inheritance, do you have any useful information for us?”
The blue phoenix, “Of course! Jing-jing, let Ji-ji tell you…”
When Jing Yue heard the opening remarks, he subconsciously wanted to shut the blue phoenix up, but the blue phoenix was very reliable this time. “The stone in front of you is originally a fallen star, but it has been next to the Tianyan Water all year round, absorbing the essence of the sun, moon, and water. It also contains the first set of mantras since the world was born, so Heavenly Dao bestowed great merit upon it. That's why it has survived millions of years without weathering, and still left behind a small piece of itself, and it has its memory too.”
“To put it simply, it’s a star that was nurtured by the heavens and then revived after being nourished by merit. It has a deep causal relationship with Jing-jing, so Jing-jing found it. But other than the mantra Jing-jing received, it has a more important role.”
The blue phoenix suddenly stopped and looked at Jing Yue expectantly.
Jing Yue understood immediately, and cooperated exaggeratedly, “Ji-ji is really amazing, so knowledgeable.”
Seeing Jing-jing was especially obliging, Ji-ji nodded in satisfaction. “The way to deal with the demon spawn actually lies with it.”
“Are you serious?” Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi asked in unison. They didn't place any hope on this, but after hearing the blue phoenix's tone, he actually knew how to deal with the demon spawn?
“Of course I’m serious!” The blue phoenix put his hands behind his back, swayed his head, and said, “The demon spawn was conceived by Heavenly Dao. Rather than dealing with the demon spawn, it’s in fact dealing with Heavenly Dao. But nothing is impossible with Heavenly Dao, and every cloud has a silver lining. I deduce that we can arrange the Multiworld Star Formation by using star positions, which is one of the four ancient formations. If it succeeds, we have a short window of time to deceive Heavenly Dao or even turn the tables against it. As long as you seize this opportunity to kill the demon spawn, we can change the game.”
Jing Yue was confused when he heard it but thought it sounded magnificent. “How should we arrange this formation?”
The blue phoenix, “The formation must correspond to 44,444 star positions, so we need 40,000 Golden Core cultivators, 4,000 Amethyst Abodes, 400 Heavenly Grottoes, 40 Return to Voids, and 4 Tribulation Passage to stand guard in the four directions, and finally use the merit stone to trigger the formation.”
When Jing Yue saw the blue phoenix talking about the eye of the formation, his eyes fell on the gray stone. He asked, “That’s the eye of the formation?”
The blue phoenix, “That’s right, it’s the merit stone. After the great catalyst, the human race prospered. This stone is of extraordinary significance and of course, has great merit.”
Jing Yue, “My Shizun, he…”
The blue phoenix, “He has already evolved into one of the 3,000 great Dao, everlasting and indestructible.”
Hearing this, Jing Yue didn't know whether to be happy or sad. He was happy that Shizun had achieved the ultimate destination for a human, but sad that Shizun could no longer be a human being.
He was silent for a moment, and said to the blue phoenix, “So the turning point we have been looking for actually lies with you.”
When the blue phoenix heard it, it was even prouder.
Qin Yanzhi glanced at the blue phoenix and said, “With the current strength of the human race, we should be able to complete the Multiworld Star Formation you mentioned.”
The blue phoenix snorted. “But the outer layer of this stone is useless. Only the heart of the stone is considered a complete merit stone. You have to find a way to take out the heart of the stone.”
Qin Yanzhi, “The heart of the stone? How to get it?”
The blue phoenix, “The answer lies in Three Realm Temple.”
Jing Yue, “Okay, after I go back to the sect to make some arrangements, I’ll go to Three Realm Temple.”
But Qin Yanzhi said quietly, “Did you forget something?”
Jing Yue was taken aback and smiled. “Of course not. We agreed to hold our Dao Partner Ceremony once we return.”
Qin Yanzhi laughed and felt a sense of satisfaction as if he had achieved his purpose.
The blue phoenix was not willing to give Qin Yanzhi his wish, and said jealously, “Hmph, how much longer can you put it off? It has been a thousand years since you entered the Middle Ages secret realm.”
Jing Yue was startled. “Really?”
The blue phoenix, “You have stayed there for three years. The secret realm is affected by the Star Destruction Formation and the torrent of time, so one day there is equivalent to one year in this world.”
Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi looked at each other. When they entered the secret realm, the demon spawn was only two or three thousand years from being born. After a thousand years have passed, the demonic Dao must have tried their best to spawn the demon spawn. Time was probably running out for them.
After being reminded by the blue phoenix, Jing Yue also remembered the other people who were trapped in the secret realm back then, and asked, “Where are Liu Yun and the others? Have they returned too?”
The blue phoenix, “As soon as the Torrential Realm shattered, the torrent of time got disrupted, and they left the secret realm.”
“That’s good.” Jing Yue breathed a sigh of relief. “Huanhua Village is relatively peaceful now, so it shows that there’s no conflict between the righteous and demonic Dao. Moreover, after a thousand years, the righteous Dao must be stronger now. I wonder what happened to Yi Ye and the others.”
The blue phoenix, “Lil Ye-zi ate the pill you gave him and extended his lifespan for thousands of years. He’s a living dead now.”
Jing Yue, “…”
Jing Yue silently lit a candle for Yi Ye, and said, “The matter of setting up the formation is too extensive. We can make use of I and Yanzhi's Dao Partner Ceremony to gather every one of the righteous Dao to discuss this matter.”
Qin Yanzhi nodded. “That sounds good.”
The blue phoenix choked, feeling that he was being bullied by Jing-jing and Hooligan, and said indignantly, “Hmph! The toad finally got to eat the swan’s meat!”
Qin Yanzhi didn't refute the blue phoenix, and said indifferently, “Thanks for your wishes.”
The blue phoenix jumped immediately. “E-Even if you get the position, don’t even think of shaking Ji-ji’s position. Don’t you dare to whisper nonsense in Jing-jing’s ears either, you wicked stepmother!”
Jing Yue, “…”
Qin Yanzhi, “…”
As for how the ‘stepmother’ mentioned by the blue phoenix came about, both Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi wisely ignored it. The two agreed on the date to meet, bade each other farewell, and returned to their own sects.
Far away in Frostcloud Sect in the Evernorth Lu region, several Foundation Establishment disciples were going to the Alchemy Hall when they saw two people approaching in a hurry.
The disciples greeted them, “Zheng-zhenjun, Gu-zhenjun.”
They were none other than Zheng Bai and Gu Xia who reached Amethyst Abode not long ago. They rushed to Bluecloud Summit just after receiving a message from the sect leader.
After Zheng and Gu left, a disciple said, “Why are they in such a hurry? Has something happened?”
Another person said, “I heard that the sect leader just issued an order for all the elders in the sect to gather at the main peak. I wonder if the demonic Dao has made a move.”
Another disciple suddenly raised his voice, “Could it be news from the Middle Ages secret realm?”
As soon as he spoke, everyone fell silent.
A thousand years had passed, and no one received any news about the mighty beings who went to the Middle Ages back then. Even the Dragon Palace hinted that they might be in danger.
This matter hung over the heads of every righteous cultivator like a dark cloud, shrouded in gloom whenever this topic was mentioned.
On the other side, Zheng Bai and Gu Xia arrived at Bluecloud Summit. As soon as they entered, they saw that most of the elders in the sect had already gathered.
The former sect leader of Frostcloud Sect, Wei Tianli had been promoted to Grand Elder. The current sect leader was Jing Yue's disciple Cheng Nian, also known as Xiao Hei. Due to the natural fit between his mantra technique and spiritual root, his cultivation improved very fast, catching up with many senior brothers and sisters, and he took over the position of sect leader 200 years ago.
Of course, Cheng Nian's special status and the support of Yi Ye-laozu made it smooth for him to get the position.
Not only Cheng Nian but many positions in the sect had been replaced, painting a new scene from a thousand years ago.
When Zheng and Gu saw the sect leader's complicated expression, happy and worried at the same time, their hearts skipped a beat. They were afraid of hearing some bad news.
When all the elders arrived, Cheng Nian said solemnly, “I have received a message from Liu Yun-laozu that they have come out of the Middle Ages secret realm and will return to the sect soon.”
Hearing that, everyone in the hall was shocked. Unexpectedly, it was good news. Most of the people who went to the Middle Ages secret realm back then were Return to Void mighty beings. Their return would extend a great helping hand to the righteous path.
However, the sect leader’s expression told them there was more to come.
Sure enough, Cheng Nian added, “But they didn't find a way to deal with the demon spawn. What's worse, my Shizun and Qin-laozu disappeared again.”
Cheng Nian shared the specific contents of the messenger talisman. Everyone found out that some people had sacrificed in the secret realm, and ever since Jing and Qin were swept away by the strange wind in the mountain trough, there was no news of them.
Zheng Bai glanced at Gu Xia, and both of them were depressed. Jing Yue was not as distanced to them as other Laozu. They were more like classmates and companions.
At this time, a person suddenly said, “I’m sure Jing-laozu is fine!”
The two followed the sound and found that the speaker was Mu Feng.
Many years ago, Mu Feng was involved in the internal strife of the sect. His dantian was unfortunately destroyed when he was competing with Jing-laozu who was disguised as Jing Shan. Later, with the help of Jing-laozu, he embarked on the road of cultivation again.
Mu Feng, “Laozu and Qin-laozu have disappeared many times, but they always returned safely and received blessings in disguise every time. It must be the same this time.”
He said it confidently, but everyone knew that this was self-assurance.
But at this time, they could only believe in such self-assurance.
Cheng Nian, “You're right, Shizun will be fine, but we have to make preparations in advance…”
Halfway through his sentence, a paper crane suddenly flew into the hall, and it turned out to be another messenger talisman.
Cheng Nian grabbed it with one hand and unfolded the paper crane. The next moment, his eyes widened suddenly and flushed red instantly.
Everyone looked at each other, feeling more and more uneasy. Suddenly, Cheng Nian looked up to the sky and laughed, and tears dripped from the corners of his eyes. After a while, he said tremblingly, “S-Shizun is back. My Shizun is back!”
The hall immediately fell silent, so quiet that a falling needle could be heard. Everyone was stunned by this shocking happy event.
Cheng Nian stood up abruptly and paced back and forth. “I have to find Yi Ye-laozu and send a message to Liu Yun-laozu immediately!”
He walked quickly to the door and smacked his forehead again, his panic-stricken expression nowhere near his usual calmness. “One more thing, Shizun has found a way to deal with the demon spawn!”
This made everyone so happy that they didn't know what to do. Just as they were about to ask about it, they saw another paper crane flying toward them.
“Huh?” Cheng Nian grabbed the paper crane in his hands, curious, and everyone else in the hall stared at him.
Unexpectedly, Cheng Nian's expression became very strange after reading the messenger talisman. Zheng Bai was anxious, and asked urgently, “Sect leader, who sent the message?”
Cheng Nian was silent for a while and seemed a little awkward. “Uh, my Shizun’s wife?”
Jing-jing: What’s that about a stepmother? Did you have a mother before?
Ji-ji: Of course, a phoenix gave birth to Ji-ji!
Jing-jing: Am I your stepfather then?
Ji-ji anxiously said: No, no, Ji-ji was hatched by Jing-jing!
Jing-jing: But I’m not of the phoenix clan…
Ji-ji: But Jing-jing has been my father and mother during my early years, while Hooligan airdropped out of nowhere, so he’s a stepmother!
Rouge: Hehe… Even if I’m a stepmother, I’ll definitely shower you with the greatness of maternal love.