Therefore, Song Shuhang could only choose to go with another option.
Song Shuhang shouted, “Come out, Divine Lobster’s Chariot!”
From his Combined Magic Treasure—the Impregnable Holy City, the divine chariot rushed out and descended in front of Song Shuhang.
Two lifelike lobsters were pulling the cart… No, it was actually a shrimp and a dragon.
Song Shuhang gently placed Sixteen and Soft Feather on the chariot.
Then, he pulled the chariot while walking and continued treading on the road of the trial.
On the chariot, the Virtuous White Dragon shrank in size and went to guard Su Clan’s Sixteen. At the same time, she also sized up Song Shuhang, as well as Soft Feather.
The first stage of the road of the trial was the ‘road of the thorns’, after which there was a series of trials such as the road of storms, the poisonous jungle, the road of lightning, and the mountain of flames…
One step after the other, Song Shuhang pulled the divine chariot forward while facing challenging circumstances.
The effects of the road of the trial were truly amazing. It was really a pity that Soft Feather and Su Clan’s Sixteen were missing such an opportunity.
And like that, time flew by.
Two days later.
Friday, October 4th, China’s weather: unknown.
Song Shuhang finally cleared the trial road and arrived at the exit.
When he stepped out, he only felt a sensation of lightness take over his entire body. It was as if he had finally rid himself of a heavy burden.
After this single trip to the road of the trial, his physique had been strengthened greatly.
Behind him, another Ancient Holy Ape Projection had appeared.
There were now 11 Ancient Holy Ape Projections lined up in a row, with the especially large ape given to him by Senior White Two right in the middle. To each side of the large Holy Ape were five smaller Holy Apes, neatly lined up.
This arrangement was simply a great treat to the eyes for those with OCD.
Song Shuhang softly said, “It’s finally over.”
He looked into the distance and saw a vast grassland beyond the exit of the trial. This grassland seemed to be in the sky, with clouds and mist visible in all directions.
Song Shuhang frowned, and said, “Where is this place?”
He could feel a sense of familiarity coming from this place.
While he was talking, the virtuous lamia silently appeared and spread her arms around him to protect him.
Song Shuhang asked, “Is there danger?”
“I’m getting a bad feeling. I feel like there’s something targeting and peeping at us,” Scarlet Heaven Sword replied in place of the virtuous lamia.
Song Shuhang turned his head and looked at Su Clan’s Sixteen and Soft Feather. At this time, the Virtuous White Dragon similarly went to protect Sixteen.
Song Shuhang couldn’t help but rub his eyebrows. “Sixteen is asleep, and I guess it’s understandable if she still hasn’t woken up. However, why is Soft Feather still unconscious? It’s already been two days.”
The electric charge that Sixteen had released wasn’t even that powerful, yet Soft Feather has been unconscious for two days now. Was she really that weak?
The White Dragon gently said, [I’m also getting the feeling that we’re getting peeped on.]
“Inner World.” Song Shuhang stretched out his hand and pushed at the air.
Now that they’d left the road of the trial, could he finally access the Inner World? If he could, then he could use his clone’s spatial coordinates and directly teleport to the main world.
In order to keep his clone as a moving teleport checkpoint, he had not cancelled the technique.
However, the Inner World still did not respond, and was still blocked.
He was still unable to use his life-saving trump card.
Song Shuhang sighed, and asked, “Which direction are you getting that feeling from?”
While he was talking, the virtuous lamia and the White Dragon nearly simultaneously turned their heads, focusing their gazes on Soft Feather, who was out cold.
In the next moment, the White Dragon rolled up Su Clan’s Sixteen and rose into the sky.
The virtuous lamia also picked Song Shuhang up and retreated a fair distance away.
The two of them seemed to have sensed something extremely dangerous.
That peeping feeling was coming from Soft Feather?
On the Divine Lobster’s Chariot, Soft Feather, who was originally unconscious, slowly opened her eyes.
Her pupils were completely black, without any white to be seen… The entirety of her eyes was black.
These weren’t Soft Feather’s eyes.
“Who are you?!” At the same time, Song Shuhang pulled out the Tyrant Cuttlefish’s Twin Blades.
The Impregnable Holy City was looming right behind him. The seals on it were currently active, and it was in its ‘Fifth Stage’ state.
Nevertheless, Song Shuhang was ready to go.
Soft Feather chuckled, and said, “Aiyaya, Senior Song~ I am Soft Feather~”
As she said this, strange colors filled her black pupils.
[Return to the trial area!] Song Shuhang ordered the Divine Lobster Chariot in his mind.
Since this strange Soft Feather emerged only after they left the road of the trial, perhaps the goal of whatever had possessed her was to leave that area.
If it was so, then they had to send her back to the road of the trial!
Without wasting any time, the Divine Lobster Chariot headed back to the road of the trial at its top speed.
“That’s a smart choice, but it’s too late.” [Soft Feather] chuckled. Then, she stretched out her hand and pressed on the chariot.
It was as if her thin hand weighed thousands of tons. The divine chariot was instantly forced down, with its four wheels sinking deep into the ground.
If it weren’t for it having been made of Eighth Stage materials, it might have already collapsed.
Song Shuhang retrieved the divine chariot with a mental command.
“It wasn’t easy for me to free myself from the road of the trial, do you think I’m going to just let you force me back into there all willy-nilly?” [Soft Feather] stretched herself, with her hair fluttering in the air.
Song Shuhang gravely said, “Who are you? Where is Soft Feather?”
When exactly was it that Soft Feather had been substituted by someone else? Or perhaps she was possessed?
“That is a great question.” [Soft Feather] flung her hair backward.
Then, she domineeringly said, “I am the Heavenly_Emperor!”
Following her words, a kind of dignified energy exuded from her body, making it impossible for people to directly look at her. This pressure seemed to be material, causing others to have difficulty breathing.
Scarlet Heaven Sword couldn’t help but ask, “What kind of messy self-introduction is that?”
Song Shuhang smiled bitterly. “The way she delivered her introduction isn’t important here… She said she’s the Heavenly Emperor.”
While holding Song Shuhang, the virtuous lamia’s hands were slightly trembling, and while protecting Su Clan’s Sixteen, the White Dragon could be seen to be in an unnatural state.
The virtuous lamia, Fairy ＠#％×, was the number one beauty of the Ancient Heavenly City; meanwhile, the Ancestral Golden Dragon was an Immortal of the Ancient Heavenly City, with a status equal to that of the Great Northern Emperor.
Judging from their reactions, the [Soft Feather] in front of them was really the Heavenly Emperor, the ruler of the Ancient Heavenly City.
But… why was the Heavenly Emperor in the road of the trial?
After the destruction of Ancient Heavenly City, why had she never shown herself?
Could it be that she was sealed inside the road of the trial?
The White Dragon was silent for a moment before saying, [So that’s the case. Was the sense of familiarity I was getting from that little girl’s body all because of you?]
“Slow-Witted Song’s aura is your weakness. As long as you sense his aura, even if that aura is greatly covered up, it will make you subconsciously let down your guard, paralyzing your senses. What has happened is the greatest proof of this as it was by using this method that I was able to successfully hide right under your nose.” The corners of Soft Feather (Heavenly Emperor Version) mouth rose.
The White Dragon’s voice deepened. [That’s my reverse scale.]
Soft Feather (Heavenly Emperor Edition) put her hands behind her back, and calmly said, “The reverse scale, while the hardest part of a dragon, is also its most fragile part, so… it’s still a weakness.”
The White Dragon stopped speaking, and simply went to guard Su Clan’s Sixteen closely.
“When did you possess Soft Feather?” Song Shuhang gripped his twin blades tightly.
The Ancient Heavenly City had fallen, and the Heavenly Emperor’s path to immortality had been destroyed. As soon as the Imperial Pearl encountered him, it would shatter, so there was something wrong with the state of the Heavenly Emperor.
If he gave his all, he might have a chance.
Soft Feather (Heavenly Emperor Edition) softly said, “Hehehehe, ever since you stepped into the trial grounds.”
“…” Song Shuhang.
Soft Feather (Heavenly Emperor Edition) stared at Song Shuhang. “You are an existence with great fortune. The reason why I was able to get out of the road of the trial was all because of you. Over the years, countless practitioners have entered, but no one has ever been successful in bringing me out… It was only you and your special chariot that was successful in doing so.”
Sure enough, the reason the Heavenly Emperor had only appeared now was that she was stuck in the road of the trial, without a way to get out.
“Then Senior, when will you get out of Soft Feather’s body?” Song Shuhang said. “Since you have successfully gotten out of the trial grounds, you no longer need to continue possessing her body, right?”
“Well, let me think about it. I’m afraid that it might take a while.” Soft Feather (Heavenly Emperor Version) had her index finger touch her chin and blinked.
Song Shuhang asked, “How long is it going to take?”
Using a sweet voice, Soft Feather (Heavenly Emperor Version) replied, “If you really want to know, then I’ll tell you… I require an entire… lifetime~”
“…” Song Shuhang.
It appeared that it really was no accident that the Ancient Heavenly City had fallen that year. With the Heavenly Emperor having such a character, the city was bound to fall sooner or later. Even if the ruler of the Netherworld had not taken action, there would definitely have been other forces that would have destroyed the Heavenly City.
At this time, Scarlet Heaven Sword said, “Senior Heavenly Emperor, is it really all that fun for a big man like you to possess a little girl’s body?”
“Eh? Who told you that I was a big man?” Soft Feather (Heavenly Emperor version) smiled and pointed to herself. “Ever since the beginning, I was the Heavenly Emperor, and if I were to go by the humans’ way of dividing gender, I would be female. Do you not believe me? Or do you feel that the Heavenly Emperor has to be male? Such a misogynist way of thinking is very dangerous… I would even go so far as to call it deadly!”
“…” Scarlet Heaven Sword.
Soft Feather [Heavenly Emperor Version] said to Song Shuhang, “Don’t worry, young Tyrannical Song. After I rebuild the Heavenly City, I will let you be a member of my harem. I will not let you down. This is my promise to you.”
At this moment, a voice in Song Shuhang’s mind urgently said, “She is buying time.”
It was Fairy Cheng Lin’s voice.
Her saying that she could disappear at any time was truly a lie. She was in a mysterious state and accompanying Ye Si.
Fairy Cheng Lin continued, “Send her back to the trial grounds.”