After turning into the golden lotus, Song Shuhang had tried his best to find a way to break out of that endless cycle of death and rebirth, but little did he expect that the method would appear in front of him so suddenly.
In addition, the method turned out to be very simple. He just had to dance and sing to cut off the connection between the 'world of the golden lotus' and the 'world of the black lotus'!
I've finally found the key to break out of that endless cycle. Now, I just need to wait for the dream to come to an end, Song Shuhang thought to himself.
After coming out of the dreamland, he would immediately start dancing in the 'world of the golden lotus' and cut off the connection between it and the 'world of the black lotus'. With that, the owner of that metallic finger would be unable to use the 'world of the black lotus' as a springboard and attack the 'world of the golden lotus'.
At that time, he and all those there were trapped inside the 'world of the golden lotus' would be finally out of danger.
However, there was now another problem to solve... the song and the dance 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' performed were somewhat long.
Therefore, he wouldn't have too much time to carry out his plan.
The speed at which the metallic finger was killing the people inside the world of the golden lotus was getting faster and faster. Each time True Monarch Eternal Fire brought Song Shuhang and the others back to life, the metallic would unleash its wind-type magical technique and immediately put them to death again.
Shuhang was different from those main characters in movies and manga that would become invulnerable whenever they were transforming, singing, or dancing. The owner of that metallic finger had the strength to kill him tens of times during that short period of time it would take him to finish the singing and dancing session!
His liver felt very painful; just how many times had he died today?
Song Shuhang was operating his brain at full speed. How could he finish singing and dancing within such a short time frame?
Why couldn't the key to breaking out of that endless cycle of death and rebirth be a simple command, rune, or gesture?
Unfortunately, Song Shuhang didn't have to privilege to choose.
As such, he would have to try his best to find an opportunity, and if he couldn't find one... he would have to create it!
I can only hope that True Monarch Eternal Fire or some other member of the scholarly faction will buy me a little bit of time. After going back, I need to send True Monarch Eternal Fire a message and have him mobilize all the strength of the 'world of the golden lotus' to stop the attack of that metallic finger, giving me a little bit of time, Song Shuhang thought to himself.
The dream had yet to conclude.
In the sky, Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon and Striped Dragon Two were looking at each other.
Song Shuhang seized the opportunity to carefully recall the song 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' sang, as well as the human form it'd assumed to perform the dance earlier.
Although he had firmly recorded everything in his mind, he would remember it even better if he were to recall it a few more times. After coming out of the dreamland, he had to immediately start dancing and singing, and mistakes were not allowed during the process.
After a short moment...
Once he finished recalling the scene, Song Shuhang was dumbfounded. He discovered that there was something wrong with his memories. The part regarding the song was fine, and there was nothing wrong with it. However, there was a problem with the part where 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' was dancing.
He clearly remembered that 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' assumed a human form before starting with its dance...
And yet, in Song Shuhang's memories, 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' had the form of a one-legged striped dragon while dancing! In the scene, a one-legged dragon was wriggling in the sky and using its mustache to hold a folding fan.
The scene was truly blinding!
How could that be?
Song Shuhang had completely forgotten the dance! The steps, the rhythm... everything had disappeared. The only thing left was the picture of a wriggling striped dragon.
What was happening?
Song Shuhang gritted his teeth and tried to recall the scene again.
However, the scene where 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' was dancing had been entirely replaced with a one-legged dragon wriggling in the sky and using its mustache to wave a folding fan around.
"..." Song Shuhang.
Just what was happening?! If the memories related to Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon's dance had been altered, how was he supposed to break out of that endless cycle of death and rebirth?
Or perhaps... he'd just been hallucinating when he saw 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' assume a human form and dance, and what he'd really seen was 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' swaying from side to side with its main body?
Is it possible that I have to mimic the one-legged dragon form of 'Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon' and break through that endless cycle that way?
Song Shuhang couldn't help but raise his head and look at Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon.
Would he get the chance to see Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon dance again during the next part of the dream?
But right at this time, Striped Dragon Two asked, "Do you want to keep these two small worlds that the two lotus flowers generated?"
Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon smiled, and said, "Yes, let's keep them for now. I still have a lot of experiments to do. I want to improve my plan and get you out of the Netherworld Realm as well when the time comes."
Striped Dragon Two coldly snorted. "Hmph."
Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon said, "What, aren't you touched? Although you have such an awful disposition, I'm still willing to get you out of here."
Striped Dragon Two replied, "In the end, it's just you acting on a whim and creating all this trouble because you want to 'free' yourself. Why should I be touched?"
"Haha..." Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon forced a smile.
"I've always wondered about something... why do you want to 'free' yourself? You already stand at the peak of the universe. Why do you want to give up everything?" Striped Dragon Two asked in a grave tone.
"I'm unable to reply to this question of yours at the moment. Since I have yet to 'free' myself, things will get a little troublesome if I reply to this question of yours. However, I can give you a hint," Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon explained. "Think about something... why did the Wielder of the Heavens' Will change twice if it's supposed to be eternal, everlasting, and indestructible? As you should know, I'm the third Wielder of the Heavens' Will."
Striped Dragon Two furrowed its brows, and said, "Is it possible that the Wielder of the Heavens' Will is also fated to die in the end? No, that can't be... it's impossible for the Wielder of the Will to die."
"Indeed, it's impossible for the Wielder of the Will to die." Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon laughed, and didn't say anything else.
It was still the 'Wielder of the Heavens' Will' at this moment, and there were some things it couldn't say openly.
I think I've just heard another incredible piece of news! Song Shuhang thought to himself.
Anyway, it seemed that Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon wasn't going to dance again... in that case, would the method to break out of that endless cycle recorded in his mind be still effective?
Song Shuhang started to get worried.
Just as he was in deep thought, in the sky, Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon stretched out its claw, and an irresistible force covered the world of the golden lotus. In the next moment, Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon pulled up, pulling upward the whole world of the golden lotus.
Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon thought for a moment, and said, "As expected, some changes will be needed. It's not suitable for the world of the golden lotus to mature in the Netherworld Realm. Although its nourishment comes from the Netherworld Realm, it's more suitable for it to create a small world in the 'main world'."
Striped Dragon Two said, "You can just create a mini-demonic sea in the 'main world' and plant the golden lotus there. Likewise, you can create a sea of light in the Netherworld Realm and plant the black lotus there."
"What you say makes sense. After I'm done researching them, I'll destroy the two small worlds and make the two lotus flowers return to their original appearance, cultivating them from scratch. In that case, let us meet again," Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon said as it grabbed the world of the golden lotus, jumping forward and forcefully bringing the 'world of the golden lotus' to the main world.
As soon as Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon brought the 'world of the golden lotus' back to the main world, everything before eyes of Song Shuhang, who had taken possession of the golden lotus, went black.
In the next moment, he returned to the world of the golden lotus in the scholarly faction.
In the world of the golden lotus, True Monarch Eternal Fire gritted his teeth and brought everyone back to life once again!
Song Shuhang was currently lying face-down on the ground.
Above his head, the metallic finger pointed at them again, and a storm started to take shape above it, preparing to kill all the living things in the world of the golden lotus.
Song Shuhang had just gotten up that the storm was already over his head. The wind was like a blade, capable of shredding to pieces all the things in the world.
At this time, all the people in the world of the golden lotus looked devoid of life and energy.
Even the various elders of the scholarly faction had stopped resisting. It wasn't that they didn't want to resist... but they had tried everything in their power, and still failed to achieve anything. Against the power of the metallic finger, they couldn't resist for even half a second.
The difference in strength between the two parties was simply too high. It was like comparing the blazing sun to a small firefly.
The absurd gap in strength had thrown everyone into the abyss of desperation. At this point, they were just listlessly waiting to die and then came back to life.
But the one filled with the most desperation was Lady Onion, who was in Song Shuhang's size-reducing purse.
"It's coming again. I'm going to be shredded to pieces again..." Lady Onion muttered to herself. She wasn't afraid that her green onion sprout would get shredded to pieces.
After all, it wasn't the first time that someone had cut off her green onion sprout. As long as her root was intact, she would be able to regrow her sprout and keep happily living on.
However, the storm in the sky was simply too terrifying, and would directly shred her and Song Shuhang to pieces. Her root wasn't any different and also got cut to pieces.
Lady Onion found the feeling of having her root turned into minced vegetables too terrific.
What was even worse was that her root was getting minced again and again!
Lady Onion couldn't endure it anymore!
Anyway, staying close to Song Shuhang was truly scary. Although there was a lot of favorable chances, the calamities he would face from to time were also very scary. Moreover, these calamities were often apocalypse-level calamities!
After coming out of the dreamland, Song Shuhang immediately looked for True Monarch Eternal Fire. Since he had yet to die, he seized the opportunity to quickly say via secret sound transmission, "Senior Eternal Fire, for how long can you block that metallic finger if you mobilize all the strength of the world of the golden lotus?"
However, True Monarch Eternal Fire didn't reply to Song Shuhang's question. At this time, he had a dull expression on his face, and both his eyes were lifeless.
The one that bore the most pressure in the entire world of the golden lotus was surely True Monarch Eternal Fire. At this moment, even his mind had become numb, and he was bringing everyone back to life again and again based solely on his unyielding will.
Song Shuhang clenched his teeth, and said, "Dammit."
The only one that could stop the metallic finger, True Monarch Eternal Fire, had fallen into apathy. Under those circumstances, even if he had a method to break out of this endless cycle of death and rebirth, he couldn't put it to use!
How could he get out of this situation?!