Heaven Duke's primordial spirit welcomed them and invited them into his celestial palace. He said leisurely, "I'm looking forward to this day. I'm looking forward to my death and getting rid of the restraints of the Heavenly Dao. Celestial Venerable Mu, you are free and at ease. You aren't an ancient god born from the Great Dao, so you don't understand the pressure of the Great Dao on me. This is my body. Look, can I still use my body now?"
"What do you mean by that?"
He said sorrowfully, "Dao gods were born with no choice. Now, the consciousness of the Heavenly Dao has completely controlled my body and even my primordial spirit. Even though I have my own consciousness, every action of mine will be controlled by the Heavenly Dao. Do you think I'm the one controlling my body now? No! It's the Heavenly Dao!"
"It's the Heavenly Dao that moves in this universe! I'm not a free body, I'm just a puppet of the Heavenly Dao! You guys are envious of Heaven Duke's power. Heaven Duke is high up and has boundless power, while I hate him. I hate that I was imprisoned in this body the moment I was born!"
He was actually a little excited, but he was suppressing his excitement in front of Qin Mu and the rest.
"I'm even envious of gods. They were born from sacrifices, and there aren't as many restrictions as Dao begets gods. I'm also envious of the thousands of living beings in the boundless universe. They are as tiny as ants, but they can be free…"
"No! You're not envious of them!"
Qin Mu stopped and looked at him coldly. "Why would Heaven Duke be envious of these ants? Heaven Duke, your goal is to jump out of the control of the Heavenly Dao. When you jump out, you don't have to become an ant. Instead, you have to maintain Heaven Duke's power and remain high above! What you want to do isn't to become all life, but to rule all life!"
The primordial spirit of Heaven Duke also stopped and turned around to look at Qin Mu and the rest. He said solemnly, "You are right to say that I don't envy ants, but the second half of your sentence is a huge mistake! I'm not trying to rule over all living things, what I want to do is to transcend! Transcend beyond the Heavenly Dao and reach a realm that is unrestrained like Dao Brother Tai Yi!"
Qin Mu pointed at him and laughed loudly. "Do you know what Celestial Venerable Hong is thinking? Do you know that Celestial Venerable Hong's so-called transcending the Heavenly Dao is to completely kill the previous Heaven Duke and become the ten Celestial Venerables, becoming the ruler of this universe? You can't do that!"
Even though he was laughing, there was no joy on his face or in his heart.
He had a deep understanding of Qin Mu. After all, Qin Mu was raised by him and the other elders of Disabled Elderly Village. Qin Mu's expression often showed that Qin Mu's concern and importance had reached a point where he would abandon his rationality!
At this moment, Qin Mu only had one method, and that was to stop at nothing!
He secretly turned the handle of Heaven Knife, and Zhe Huali, Luo Wushuang, and the rest instantly understood. Tian Shu suddenly raised his head and drank two mouthfuls of wine to boost his courage.
They were already prepared. Even if Qin Mu really fell out with Heaven Duke on the spirit platform, even if they had to face the attack of the Heavenly Dao, they wouldn't hesitate.
"Of course I know."
The primordial spirit of Heaven Duke was still as indifferent as before. He said calmly, "Celestial Venerable Hong is me, and his thoughts are my thoughts. Celestial Venerable Mu, do you think that Celestial Venerable Hong is just a soul of mine? He has been roaming the mortal world for too long and has been tainted by the mortal world, thus becoming one of the ten Celestial Venerables? Do you think that he and I aren't one and the same? Do you think that he is hiding those things from me? In that case, you are wrong, very wrong."
The white light in his eyes floated like multicolored clouds, and his voice was as loud as a heavenly bell. "Celestial Venerable Hong is me. All of his thoughts are my thoughts! All of his actions are my actions, and all of his thoughts are reflected in my heart. His pursuit of desire is also my pursuit of desire!"
Qin Mu clenched his fists and said with a hoarse voice, "His desire and pursuit are part of your desire and pursuit, right?"
Heaven Duke's primordial spirit revealed a smile. "You have finally understood this point. That's right, all of Celestial Venerable Hong's thoughts are just a part of my thoughts. He is a part of me and can't replace me. When I die, I will break free from the control of the Heavenly Dao and my thoughts will descend. All of his thoughts and desires will become a part of me."
"In that case, do you still have the heart of heaven? Will you still have the heart of heaven?"
Qin Mu asked, "At that time, will you become one of the ten Celestial Venerables, or will you still be Heaven Duke?"
Heaven Duke's primordial spirit thought about it and said, "What is heaven's heart? What The Heavenly Dao seeks is heaven's heart, which is my heart. What I seek is heaven's heart."
Just as he said that, Qin Mu immediately made his move. The first move he made was the twenty-fifth heaven of his divine arts, Nine Hells Locking Heart Dao!
Countless sharp thorns burst forth in Heaven Duke's spirit platform. The moment they landed on the ground, they expanded and transformed into slanted mountain peaks that turned into a prison!
Layers and layers of Hell Stage swirled around Heaven Duke's primordial spirit, trapping him within!
Nine prisons locking the heart, locking the Dao heart!
The Dao heart wasn't equivalent to the Dao Realm. When one's Dao heart was locked, it would affect one's performance in the Dao Realm. It would also affect one's perception of the Dao, recovery ability, and advancement in cultivation!
The moment Qin Mu executed the Nine Hells Locking Heart Technique, the Heavenly Dao runes on the ground of Heaven Duke's spirit platform hummed, and the shape of the Heavenly Dao treasure on the spirit embryo trembled. This was the fury of the Heavenly Dao!
If anyone dared to attack Heaven Duke, the Heavenly Dao would control Heaven Duke to kill them!
When Qin Mu made his move, Butcher, Zhe Huali, Tian Shu, and Luo Wushuang all pulled out their knives. Four knives rang out, and the four figures fell out from all directions. Their cultivation was still not enough, and in front of the copious power of Heaven Duke's Heavenly Dao, any intricate knife skill divine art would be easily broken!
Just as Qin Mu was about to die in the power of the Heavenly Dao, the treasures of the Heavenly Dao and the imprint of the Heavenly Dao suddenly froze.
Heaven Duke's primordial spirit trembled, and he used all his willpower to resist the will of the Heavenly Dao. His voice was hoarse as he said, "Celestial Venerable Mu, disperse your divine art. You can still live. I can't resist the will of the Heavenly Dao!"
Qin Mu looked at the primordial spirit of Heaven Duke in Nine Hells Stage and clenched his fists. "Walk out of this divine art first!"
Heaven Duke's primordial spirit walked up.
With a move of his feet, thorns grew everywhere!
Countless thorns pierced through the four walls of Nine Hells Platform, making it hard for him to move!
What was even more terrifying was the thorny forest that targeted his Dao heart. Even if he didn't move, he could still feel the intense pain coming from his Dao heart!
Suddenly, Heaven Duke's spirit platform trembled again, and the treasures of the Heavenly Dao and the imprints of the Heavenly Dao burst forth with power once again. Butcher and the rest got up and surrounded Qin Mu. They held their knives and looked at the Heavenly Dao light and the treasures of the Heavenly Dao that were spreading out in all directions!
The heavenly might here was simply too powerful. It was so powerful that a single ripple was enough to turn them into ashes and cease to exist!
"Cult Master Qin, I think you can consider Heaven Duke's opinion!"
Zhe Huali licked the blood at the corner of his mouth and suggested, "There's no need to sacrifice your life and our lives for the person in your heart that you respect but isn't worthy of respect in reality!"