Against the Gods Chapter 938-939
Chapter 938 – God Realm Opportunity
Yun Che calmed his mind and focused, circulating the Rage God's power with a bit of the Sky Poison Pearl's purification power. His palms slowly moved down from Mu Bingyun's chest all the way down to her lower abdomen before moving back up. During the course of this process, his brows pinched even tighter.
Even though the poison in Mu Bingyun's body was strong, it was far inferior to the poison Jasmine had been inflicted with and also not as toxic as the devil poison Hong'er had previously possessed either. However, there had only been a small trace of devil poison in Hong'er's body back then; it had probably just recently invaded her at that time, right before she had been sealed inside the Coffin of Eternity. As a result, he had easily been able to completely cleanse her poison.
Mu Bingyun's poison however… according to Mu Xialan, she had been infected by this poison a thousand years ago and could not cure it during that entire time. Being able to persevere for a thousand years surely meant that she relied on a massive amount of treasures to forcible preserve her life. It was easy to imagine how far the poison could've spread over an entire millennium.
It was hardly surprising that this poison had completely invaded her soul body and had even taken form to become a poison spirit.
Moreover, it was a high level poison spirit which he had never seen before.
Poison spirits were things he had seen many times before. Only high level toxins were able to birth poison spirits. Back when he had accompanied Yun Gu in the Azure Cloud Continent to practice medicine, he had seen tens of poison spirits. Back when he had expelled the poison from Chu Yuechan's body, the cold poison in her body had also given birth to a poison spirit… but those were all low level poison spirits with low level consciousness.
However, the poison spirit birthed from Mu Bingyun's poison clearly already possessed a high level consciousness, even so much that it had its own independent life force. That lifeforce was born from Mu Bingyun's lifeline and they were completely linked. If the poison spirit died, there was no question that she would die too. On the other hand, if Mu Bingyun died, not only would the poison spirit not disappear, it would truly become its own independent entity.
As such, if he wanted to disperse the poison in her body, he had to eliminate the poison spirit. And if he wanted to eliminate the poison spirit, he had to sever the connection between Mu Bingyun's lifeline and the poison spirit.
"Phew… how troublesome," muttered Yun Che.
Phoenix flames ignited in his palm when he lifted his right hand. It suspended in the air above Mu Bingyun's chest and then slowly descended. Wrapped in the Rage God's power, it directly sank into Mu Bingyun's body.
Yun Che went completely silent as his entire body completely stilled, aside from the beads of sweat that slowly slid down his forehead.
This posture was kept in place for one full hour. Then, Yun Che's eyes suddenly flew open as he raised both hands.
Followed by the sound of an obscure shrill cry, a streak of fire suddenly fled from Mu Bingyun's body and quickly warped into a sinister looking flame image.
The poison spirit!!
The poison spirit struggled with all its might while hissing, as though it wanted to get away from Mu Bingyin's body. However, the poison spirit was still poison. Even a higher level poison spirit could be purified into residue in front of the Sky Poison Pearl's purifying ability. Yun Che's left hand shot out like lightning and immediately grabbed the poison spirit… The poison spirit was immediately covered by a green light before completely disappearing right after.
However, Yun Che did not let out a sigh of relief. His expression changed slightly.
Those were… Golden Crow flames!?
That poison spirit, as well as the medium that contained it… were obviously Golden Crow flames.
What was going on?
The person who had heavily injured and poisoned Mu Bingyun a thousand years ago… was someone who possessed the Golden Crow God's power!
Yun Che already knew that there were people in the Realm of the Gods who possessed the Golden Crow flames. Jasmine had previously told him about a "Flame God Realm" which contained people who inherited the powers of the Three Supreme Fire Attribute Beasts; the Vermillion Bird, Phoenix and the Golden Crow
Could it be that the Flame God Realm and the Snow Song Realm… were enemies?
Once this thought flashed by in Yun Che's mind, he immediately concentrated. Starting from Mu Bingyun's life vein, he transferred the energy of heaven and earth while slowly purifying the flame poison inside.
Outside the Snow Congealing Hall, the sky had unwittingly darkened. For a full six hours, not the least bit of sound could be heard from within the Snow Congealing Hall. It was not known how many times Mu Xialan had paced back and forth outside; as time continued to pass, the greater she burned with anxiety. She had perhaps not even relaxed for a single instant. She was worried about whether or not Yun Che could truly save Mu Bingyun… and was even more worried about whether or not this lowly, despicable and especially loathsome person would seize this opportunity to do devious things to her master.
Murong Qianxue and the others also waited outside the hall. Not a single person went elsewhere and all of them were filled with apprehension. If all of this was true, then the person who lay within the Snow Congealing Hall… was their ancestor!
How could this be a small matter?
Within the Snow Congealing Hall, Yun Che finally moved away from Mu Bingyun's body. With a forehead marred with steaming sweat, he exhaled heavily. His entire body was filled with ice crystals formed by his very own perspiration.
It was absolutely impossible to disperse all the poison in her body in just six hours. However, more than half of the poison in her life vein had been cleansed and the poison would no longer spread for the time being. Moreover, under the dense, pure energy of heaven and earth, her entire body was now able to recover its own vitality.
Yun Che scattered the ice crystals on his body, then sat on the ice chair behind him. He had not used much of his physical energy in those six hours but the mental burden was still quite heavy. After he took several large gasps, he suddenly started talking to himself, "So even fairies from the God Realm are this lazy, to not ever bother to get up after having already woken up."
"…" As soon as his voice fell, the white clothed female on the ice bed slowly opened her eyes. Two rays of light that were even more colder and purer than snow jade instantly emerged within the hall created by congealed ice.
She sat up and raised her jade arms to inspect the back of her hand. Then, her eyes landed on Yun Che. She said softly, "Who exactly are you?"
Her voice was as soft as floating snow, yet it was also as mild as a clear spring. There was no surprise, no joy and no excitement. Even though it was a question, it was so flat that it sounded like a statement.
"I should be asking you that first." Yun Che was especially amazed at Mu Bingyun's reaction. Someone who bore a flame poison for a thousand years, a person who had hovered between the borders of life and death, should be pleasantly surprised after waking up to find out that the flame poison on their body had weakened and their vitality recovered. However, she was actually this calm and indifferent, as though her emotions had been sealed in ice.
Her type of indifference was also several miles beyond the cold detachment Chu Yuechan used to ward off others. Even though her eyes were not warm, they were not cold; though her voice was emotionless, it was as gentle as the clean spring wind yet still unapproachable, lest one sully it when closing in.
"Are you really Mu Bingyun, the person who founded Frozen Cloud Asgard a thousand years ago?" Yun Che asked straightforwardly.
Mu Bingyun rose from the ice bed. The instant her white clothes drooped down, a streak of light flitted past her snowy face. She turned her gaze to the outside of the hall and said softly, "It seems like Xiaolan has already told you many things."
This answer of hers was undoubtedly a silent affirmation.
"When I left a thousand years ago, I was already determined to cut off all ties with this world. I never expected that I actually couldn't let go of it and returned here. As a result, I have even gained the hope of surviving. Or perhaps this is also fate destined by the heavens."
"You…" Yun Che had never seen such an apathetic person before… and it was even an extreme beauty. He asked probingly, "You were about to die earlier but I saved you just now, why do you not seem to feel happy or excited?"
Mu Bingyun shifted her gaze and calmly looked at him. "During these past years, I have always been awaiting death. I have already grown indifferent to whether or not I live or die. Now that there is hope of me surviving, I am actually somewhat at a loss."
Yun Che. "…"
"Though it is true that being able to live is a good thing," Mu Bingyun said mildly as the light in her eyes finally exhibited some slight movement.
"I have already answered your question but you have yet to tell me who you are." Mu Bingyun inquiring eyes looked straight at Yun Che. "Because I had been grievously injured back then, I had lost all my profound strength and was unable to disperse the toxin in my body. This lead to it invading my life vein and soul, dooming me. It was simply impossible to cure even in my Snow Song Realm."
"But you, someone who is obviously from a lower realm, was able to heal me to such a degree in a few hours. If this did not happen to my own body, I would never believe it. Yun Che, you are truly an extraordinary person."
Yun Che leaned forward and said in shock, "How do you know my name?"
"In the past couple of years, because I knew that I did not have long to live, this place was always on my mind. I have already visited Frozen Cloud Asgard three times. The first time was when Frozen Cloud Asgard just happened to encounter its calamity. The second time we came, you had already been appointed the new Asgard Master. At that time, I sensed that you had actually successfully learned the Frozen End Divine Arts by force and even combined it with its contrary attribute's Golden Crow flames. That was when I felt that you were extraordinary. Today was our third visit and you amazed me yet again because your profound strength had risen from the Emperor Profound Realm to the Sovereign Profound Realm in a mere two years."
"…" Yun Che was slightly dumbstruck. Mu Bingyun had actually came here twice already and had even noticed him!
"In Snow Song Realm, this kind of growth is nothing out of the ordinary but in this Blue Pole Star which possesses low level laws and thin turbid energy, it could be said to be beyond remarkable. Moreover…" Mu Bingyun's eyes flashed with the luster of ice crystals. "You are even the master of the Sky Poison Pearl, an ancient divine treasure."
Yun Che slowly got up from the ice chair. However, he immediately understood in his mind, yet it was already too late to cover up or find an excuse. He could only speak helplessly. "Alright… You win."
The hell! Just from looking at her eyes, he was actually thrown off-guard a little!
This woman, why did she have to possess such beautiful eyes!? Infuriating! This is too infuriating!
"It seems, that is truly the Sky Poison Pearl." Within Mu Bingyun's snowy eyes that could even have the stars in the sky lose their colour, a hint of true shock finally flashed.
"Do not worry, I will not tell anyone about this matter. Since you saved my life, how could I possibly do something that could harm you?" Without needing Yun Che's warning or request, Mu Bingyun had already taken the initiative to bring up this issue. Closing her eyes, in an instant, it felt as if the entire Snow Congealing Hall had dimmed a little. "Since it's the Sky Poison Pearl, it seems my lifespan can indeed be extended from this moment on."
Though he long had prepared himself mentally, when Mu Bingyun instantly discerned… or to be more exact, when he was "tricked" into exposing the Sky Poison Pearl, he still felt a little dejected. He could not help but ask. "Fair… Fairy Mu, you shouldn't have seen the Sky Poison Pearl before, right? Furthermore, according to my knowledge, even in your God Realm, the Sky Poison Pearl is merely a rumour and it has never been seen by anyone. How were you so sure that I am using the Sky Poison Pearl to expel the poison in your body?"
Mu Bingyun gently said, "It was just a guess that suddenly flashed past my mind. The poison in my body has already existed for a thousand years and I am more aware than anyone of its terrifying strength. Even my elder sister can do nothing about it. But, you were actually able to achieve such progress in a short hour. It was impossible for me not to think of the legend that originated from the Primordial Era."
"…" The corners of Yun Che's lips twitched. It seemed like it was best to be more cautious when tending to the injuries of others in the future. He had to slow down the pace as much as possible. Poison that could be purified in ten breaths, had to be dragged from ten days to half a month! However, the poison in Mu Bingyun's body was too intense and her life was in peril, so he could not possibly spare any effort at all.
Facing only her back view, Yun Che's emotions could finally ease a little. The colors in his eyes slightly changed and he finally could not hold it back any longer. "Fairy Mu, I am absolutely confident that I will be able to purify all of the poison in your body in one month. After that, your damaged essence and profound energy should be able to recover rapidly as well. However, I did not save you without a cost… I have a condition."
"Please speak." Mu Bingyun's voice was still really light and gentle, as if it was snow fluttering in the wind.
Yun Che raised his head and spoke while suppressing his excitement, "I want you… to take me to the God Realm!"
Chapter 939 – Farewell
"…" Mu Bingyun turned around, her pure eyes looked at him once more. "That's it?"
Those two soft words instantly cleared all the nervousness in Yun Che's heart and replaced it with endless joy. He hurried replied, "Yes! That's it! I only have that one request! At my current strength, I am not able to go to your world and I don't know how long I need to wait before I possess enough strength but I have a reason to absolutely must go there within a short period of time. So… if you are willing to bring me to the God Realm, I will definitely spare no effort during this month!"
Yun Che's excitement was clearly visible to Mu Bingyun. She was shocked inwardly and slowly nodded, "Xiaolan's dimensional stone is able to bring an additional person back to the Snow Song Realm. This compared to you saving my life is rather easy."
"Can I really? But shouldn't there… ought there to be some kind of special restriction or prohibition?" Yun Che could hardly believe that it was true for a moment… The Realm of the Gods, the higher plane realm in which Jasmine resided in was also at the highest level of the current Primal Chaos Dimension. Even though he was the strongest person in the Profound Sky Continent, the Realm of the Gods was still an existence similar to myths.
"There is no restriction or prohibition." Mu Bingyun slightly shook her head. "Instead, we have countless numbers of profound practitioners from lower realms who have reached the divine way come every year. Upon reaching the divine realm, they are able to travel through the void and reach the Realm of the Gods. In the God Realm, this process is called 'ascension.' My Snow Song Realm would receive a great amount of lower realm ascended profound practitioners. Though they are from the lower realms, none are not personages of excellence and a few among them are even qualified to join Ice Phoenix Palace."
"As for bringing those from another realm to the Snow Song Realm, that isn't a big deal. It's just that with your profound level, you may be able to defy the world here but in the Snow Song Realm, it would be difficult to say the least. Moreover, from what I have seen, you are not one so foolish as to wholeheartedly pursue the peak of the profound way… are you certain that you want to accompany me back to the Snow Song Realm?"
"Yes, incomparably certain! Though I am indeed not someone who wants to go to a higher level plane because I want to use all means to pursue the profound way, I do have another reason to have to go there!" Yun Che said heavily, both hands already silently tightened.
Jasmine… wait for me. I'll be there soon. No matter what… I have to see you again! Even if all I get is a complete farewell.
"…If that is the case, then it's best if you make preparations as soon as possible." Mu Bingyun stared at him deeply and continued softly, "In the month Xiaolan and I are staying here, I will be disclosing matters about the God Realm to you. You should also prepare your farewells to those by your side."
The doors of the Snow Congealing Hall finally opened and Yun Che came out from within. By his side was a woman who seemed to have walked out from a painting. She had an otherworldly proudness and was as brilliant as an immortal.
Mu Xiaolan's shout was filled with boundless joy. She quickly ran over and saw that her master's complexion had now obviously held some color. Then, she noticed her aura, which was several times stronger than before and was so moved that tears instantly tumbled down. "Uuu… Master, are you alright? Are you really alright now?"
Mu Bingyun reached out and gently stroked Mu Xiaolan's head. "Xiaolan, I've worried you again. But from now on, it seems like our master and disciple relationship will still have a long future ahead of us."
"Uuu… waah!" Mu Bingyun's words made the soft cries of Mu Xiaolan turn into a loud wail. She tightly hugged Mu Bingyun and cried loudly, not caring about how she looked.
"Hey, hey. Little miss." Only after waiting until she had cried long enough did Yun Che finally speak out in a gloomy voice, "Aren't you forgetting to thank this great savior who saved your Master's life?"
Mu Xiaolan wiped the tears hanging from her face and looked at Yun Che… but her eyes were distinctively on guard. "You… You didn't take advantage of the situation to do anything untoward to my Master, did you?"
Mu Bingyun. "…"
"~！#￥…" The corner of Yun Che's mouth twitched, then he sighed lightly and slowly replied, "Little miss, you'd better clearly remember what you said today. I'll be sure to not let you say that in vain."
Mu Xiaolan, "???"
"Senior." Murong Qianxue and the others came before Mu Bingyun, her serious face carrying a slight trace of fear. "Are… you really the Frozen Cloud Ancestor who founded Frozen Cloud Asgard a thousand years ago?"
Before Mu Bingyun had time to reply, Yun Che had already nodded deeply. "Fairy Mu is indeed the Frozen Cloud Ancestor. The reason why she has appeared here is because she wanted to see Frozen Cloud Asgard one more time before she met her end."
"Ah…" Murong Qianxue and the others gasped in shock. Then, they all paid respects at the same time. "Frozen Cloud disciple… greets Senior Ancestor Bingyun!"
"You don't have to do that. Everyone, rise." Mu Bingyun's snowy hand gently lifted. They were all instantly supported up by a gentle force and couldn't help but all rise.
"When I left Frozen Cloud Asgard a thousand years ago, I was supposed to be resolute in cutting off all ties and should not have worried about it anymore. But in the end, I was still unable to have a detached heart of ice." Mu Bingyun explained unhurriedly. Particularly during the few years where her life was approaching its end, she was never able to stop thinking about Frozen Cloud Asgard… and worry about its "Thousand Year Calamity."
That was after all, what she was worried about the most. Those years were the most unforgettable years of her life. Every disciple of Frozen Cloud Asgard's first generation that she had taken in carried a strand of her lifeblood… It was as if they were her children.
"Master, this has nothing to do with the Detached Heart of Ice Realm. It's just that you are too kind hearted," Mu Xiaolan replied with sparkling eyes. "Besides, it's because you established Frozen Cloud Asgard and also because you always thought about it that you received such a compensation for your kindness… This is great. The Great Realm King will definitely be happy after receiving this news."
Yun Che raised his brows… Great Realm King?
"…" Mu Bingyun did not respond but what Mu Xiaolan had said softened her gaze. The corners of her mouth had also hooked slightly, forming a light smile that was beautiful to the point of being illusory.
"I never expected that you had always been alive, Senior Ancestor. If the previous generations were to hear of this news, they would definitely… definitely…" Murong Qianxue was so moved that she didn't even know how to describe her feelings.
"Then we'll gather all of the Asgard's disciples. Senior Ancestor's descent is the happiest occasion in our Frozen Cloud Asgard's thousand year history," stated Jun Lianqie.
"No need." Mu Bingyun had actually declined the proposal. "I am not someone from this world. If not for this unexpected accident, I would've never appeared before you all again. It's best to not disclose this matter to the public, otherwise, it is possible that this may bring about unknown troubles."
"Senior Masters, Junior Masters, I agree that we should keep this matter to only the few of us," Yun Che stated. His gaze also swept past the bodies of the group of Frozen Cloud members before he said seriously, "I also have something to announce…"
"More than two years have already passed since the former Asgard Mistress entrusted me with the Asgard Master position. Even though this period of time has been incessantly turbulent, I have at long last not let down the former Asgard Mistress."
Yun Che rarely showed such a serious expression on his face so Murong Qianxue and the rest all silently listened, confused as to why he had said those words.
"Now that Frozen Cloud Asgard has been gloriously reborn and the former calamity will no longer happen, I can finally be at ease." Yun Che stretched out a hand. Following a flash of blue light, the Frozen Cloud Celestial Soul floated in the air. "Senior Master Murong, starting from today, I formally give the position of Frozen Cloud Asgard's Asgard Mistress to you."
Murong Qianxue was completely dumbfounded as Jun Lianqie and the rest cried out in alarm, "Asgard Master, why.. why are you suddenly passing on your position?"
"Asgard Master, you… you don't want us anymore?" Feng Hanyue and Feng Hanxue nearly cried.
"No, no, no." Yun Che hurriedly explained, "I'm definitely not abandoning you guys, just abandoning the Asgard Master name. On the contrary, what I feel for Frozen Cloud Asgard is not inferior to anyone here. When I was protecting you all these years, I have always enjoyed it. I liked it so much that I would be willing to protect Frozen Cloud Asgard if you guys were not opposed to it. It's just that…"
"I have already decided to follow Fairy Mu to the Realm of the Gods in a month's time."
This time, Feng Xue'er shouted out in surprise.
Illusory Demon Realm, Demon Imperial Palace.
"What did you say? God Realm?
Hearing Yun Che's words, the Little Demon Empress' reaction was as violent as expected. Even her aura had become somewhat disorderly.
"Little Demon Empress Sis, hurry up and convince Big Brother Yun." Feng Xue'er's lovely eyes were somewhat teary.
She had already heard stories about the God Realm. There were many experts there, stronger than what they could possibly imagine and numerous unknown dangers present. Even getting there and coming back was something they could not possibly imagine.
Yun Che was the absolute supreme existence of the Profound Sky Continent. None were his match, nor would they dare to provoke him. In order to reach this level where he now possessed everything, it was unknown just how many times he had tottered between life and death.
And now, he was actually abandoning it all to head for the Realm of the Gods that no one had actually reached before!?
An unfathomable distance and plane existed between the Blue Pole Star and the Realm of the Gods. If he were to really go to the God Realm, it wasn't known how long until they could meet again. Furthermore, they were the ones who knew Yun Che best. No matter where he was, no matter what situation he was in, he could never be the type of person who would swallow their cries and endure humiliation. Forget about a huge humiliation, he wasn't even able to take a small slight… If he were to go to a place where "gods" roamed everywhere, each step he took would be extremely dangerous, so how could they possible be at ease?
"Caiyi, Xue'er. I know that my decision is really selfish," Yun Che said guiltily. "Xuanyuan Wentian died just half a year ago. The Profound Sky Continent and the Illusory Demon Realm have finally become peaceful with great difficulty and now I suddenly come out with this kind of decision. However, I really do have a reason why I must go."
"Reason? What reason?" The Little Demon Empress slightly bit her lip as her chest heaved. To her, Yun Che's decision simply came out of the blue.
"Big Brother Yun, you want to find your Master, right?" Su Ling'er came over and said gently.
"Yes," Yun Che nodded. "The reason why I never brought up matters about my Master Jasmine is because there is simply too much to say. Even if I were to say it out loud, it would be hard for you all to understand. We met eight years ago. That was when I was at my lowest, most helpless period of time. At that time, I helplessly looked on as Grandfather and Lingxi were being bullied, then was kicked out like some dog. Even pouncing and taking a bite out of them was impossible. However, when she appeared, she changed my entire life. If not for her, the current me would not exist. I probably wouldn't even be fortunate enough to have you all."
"You might not understand this but since the time we met, we never left each other. She changed my entire life and is also the person who knows and understands me the most in this world. Since the very start, I sensed that I was dependent on her. But after we separated, that was when I realized that the dependence I felt for her far surpassed my expectations. Furthermore, our separation was so sudden and hurried that I still have not left the day of her sudden departure."
Yun Che sighed deeply, his eyes still filled with the image of Jasmine. "Since she left, I miss her terribly every day. The more time passed since her departure, the stronger this feeling got. It got to the point where I would even dream of her almost nightly. After a while, everytime I thought about her, an indescribable unease would surface in my heart… one that made me feel like I would never see her again."
"This kind of feeling terrified me. Afterwards, the Golden Crow Soul suddenly said something weird to me. It said that if I don't see her within five years… I may never get to see her again in my entire life."
The Little Demon Empress, "…"
Feng Xue'er, "Big Brother Yun…"
Yun Che closed his eyes, not daring to meet their eyes, because he was well aware that this selfishness of his would give them an incredibly heavy unease and worry… and it would also cause them to be separated for a long time. However, if he did not meet Jasmine, his soul would probably never be complete for his entire life.
The Demon Imperial Palace quieted. The Little Demon Empress' eyes stared fixedly at Yun Che. But after seeing the instant of pain that flashed past in his expression, her heart instantly softened.
The Little Demon Empress turned around and her voice suddenly changed to become incomparably tranquil. "Alright then! Xue'er and I will accompany you."
Yun Che knew she would say those words because when they were returning here, Feng Xue'er said the same exact words. But he could only shake his head. "The teleportation formation they use to return to the God Realm can only bring more one person back."
"…" The Little Demon Empress' entire body stiffened and she didn't say anything for a long time.
"Little Demon Empress Sis, just let Big Brother Yun go." Su Ling'er stood by Yun Che's side. Both her arms hugged him as she said gently. "Because he… is just that type of person and what I like is exactly this kind of Big Brother Yun."
"…" The Little Demon Empress' petite body slightly trembled. After a long while, she slowly lifted her head and said faintly, "Yes… he has always been this kind of person… otherwise… how could I… fall in love with him…"