Translator: GodBrandy Editor: Kurisu
There was a chance that Cheng Lin had given birth to a pair of twins and left Fairy Lychee behind on ‘purpose’… Still, what was she trying to achieve in the end? From the looks of it, not even her ‘master’, Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon, knew what she was up to.
However, it was certain that Fairy Lychee’s existence wasn’t as simple as ‘buy one and get one free’. Cheng Lin didn’t give birth to a pair of twins just for fun.
“Fellow Daoists, do you have any other question?” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon asked after replying to Fairy Lychee’s question.
“Me, me, me!” Ye Si drilled out of Song Shuhang’s body, and said, “Fairy Lychee is the extra twin. In that case, what about me? What am I?”
“As for you… you are… Cheng Lin’s daughter!” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon said in all seriousness.
“That’s it?” Ye Si pondered for a moment. She then assumed a serious expression, and said, “Senior, don’t split the explanation into several parts, alright? Say everything at once! Don’t worry, even if the truth is very cruel, I will handle it and won’t cry.”
“…” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon.
“Alright, your condition is a bit special… Back then, you were on the verge of death. When Cheng Lin regained consciousness, only your fragmented soul was left behind, and ordinary methods would have been unable to save your life. Thereupon, Cheng Lin used a fragment of her own, alongside her way to immortality, to give birth to you again. She used her fragment as a foundation, and merged it with your fragmented soul. Therefore, you are the same as her daughter, but also a part of her. You are you, but also a Cheng Lin with a different face,” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon said.
After saying this much, he sipped his tea, and said, “That’s all.”
Ye Si silently nodded, and returned to Song Shuhang’s body, deep in thought.
At this time, Northern River’s Loose Cultivator asked, “A fragment of her own?”
From the description of this senior, it seemed that Immortal Cheng Lin was divided into several fragments. His words were intriguing!
“Fellow Daoist, you sure pay a lot of attention to the details.” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon turned his head toward Northern River’s Loose Cultivator, and said, “Actually, Cheng Lin’s condition is somewhat special… In the past, she split into a large number of fragments for my sake, and almost vanished in the process. Afterward, I collected most of these fragments, merging them together to form the current Cheng Lin. But even up until now, I’ve been unable to find all the fragments.”
She actually split into a large number of fragments… This was already beyond the capabilities of normal ghost spirits. As expected, Cheng Lin wasn’t an ordinary ghost spirit; exactly what you would expect from the ghost spirit of the previous Wielder of the Will!
Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon asked, “Do you have any other question?”
Fairy Lychee raised her head, and asked, “In that case… where is Immortal Cheng Lin right now?”
“The contract between her and me was damaged to some extent. I can only sense that she’s currently fine, but I have no way to determine her whereabouts,” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon replied.
Fairy Lychee nodded, and turned silent once more. If there was an opportunity, she would have liked to meet Cheng Lin face-to-face.
Song Shuhang said, “Senior, what is your daoist name?”
“I’m not telling you,” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon swiftly replied.
“…” Song Shuhang.
“Senior, the fact that those monster hunters decided to suddenly destroy the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion… is it related to Cheng Lin?” Song Shuhang asked another question.
A long time ago, Song Shuhang got the impression that the structure of the ancient Heavenly City was very similar to the structure of the new world that the third Wielder of the Will—Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon—was planning to build. At that time, Song Shuhang suspected that the Heavenly Emperor or someone else in the Heavenly City might be related to the third Wielder of the Will.
After discovering that Cheng Lin was unexpectedly the ghost spirit of the third Wielder of the Will, Song Shuhang had a sudden realization, and linked the destruction of the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion to Cheng Lin.
Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon pondered for a moment, and then replied, “There is definitely some relationship, but it mostly happened by coincidence.”
“Senior, can you share the details?” Song Shuhang asked.
He found it very strange that the monster hunters had suddenly decided to destroy the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion. There was definitely some inside story.
“I don’t know too much in regards to this matter… However, the Heavenly Emperor of the ancient Heavenly City very likely had some of Cheng Lin’s fragments in his hand, and he surely obtained a lot of information from these fragments. The destruction of the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion should be related to this fact. I, too, only know this much, and I obtained this information from Cheng Lin,” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon replied.
From the looks of it, Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon didn’t have much freedom in his current state…
After saying this much, Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon asked again, “Anyone of you have another question?”
Northern River’s Loose Cultivator shook his head. Although he was curious about a few things, there wasn’t that much of a relationship between him and this ghost spirit called Cheng Lin. If he kept asking questions, he would form an unnecessary knot of karma, and he didn’t really want to.
“Whizz~” Just as Northern River’s Loose Cultivator shook his head, his body disappeared.
At the same time, Song Shuhang felt that Senior Northern River had been delivered to his Inner World!
Next, Medicine Master, Riverly Purple Mist, and Young Master Phoenix Slayer also shook their heads.
“Whizz, whizz, whizz~” The trio was also sent away.
Then, it was Fairy Lychee’s turn. For the moment, she also didn’t know which question to ask.
She pondered for a moment, and then asked, “Senior… is that monster hunter of the Immortal rank still in the ancient ruins?”
Fairy Lychee had no idea how to address this man. She was technically Cheng Lin, but at the same time, she also wasn’t Cheng Lin. She was in a very awkward position. Moreover, she wasn’t too familiar with this senior.
“Don’t worry. I temporarily locked him up. You don’t have to worry about him messing up your life,” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon said with a smile.
“Thank you, Senior. I don’t have any other question for now. Goodbye,” Fairy Lychee said.
“Whizz~” Then, she also disappeared.
Next, Venerable White sipped his tea, and stood up. “Fellow Daoist, I’ll also take my leave.”
“Eh? Fellow Daoist White, don’t you want to stay for a little longer?” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon said warmly.
“I’ve drunk to the point of bursting, I can’t sit still anymore.” Venerable White smiled.
Thereupon, after Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon had delivered him a ton of tea leaves, Venerable White likewise disappeared.
Now, only Song Shuhang and Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon were left in the room.
Song Shuhang pondered for a moment. He had a lot of questions he wanted to ask, but he didn’t know where to start.
“Senior, can my questions wait until I’ve finished reorganizing my thoughts? I’ll look for you again when I’m finished,” Song Shuhang probed.
“Sure,” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon said with a smile. “Hopefully, you’ll be able to live until the next time I wake up.”
“Senior, for how long are you going to sleep?” Song Shuhang asked.
“If I have to give an estimate, I would say around 10,000 years, possibly even longer. If you reach the Venerable Realm, you’ll be able to live long enough to see me again,” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon replied.
“…” Song Shuhang.
One couldn’t become a Venerable simply because they wished so! In addition, who knew if there would still be a guy named Song Shuhang in this world 10,000 years later.
“Are you sure you want to wait until the next time?” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon asked.
“I’ll think I’ll ponder the question right now,” Song Shuhang said. “First, I would like to congratulate you for freeing yourself.”
While dreaming, he ‘saw’ that Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon wanted to free himself from the position of ‘Wielder of the Will’. The Golden Lotus in the scholarly faction and the Sinful Black Lotus in the Netherworld Realm were just tools that Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon had created in order to free himself.
Now, it seemed that Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon had succeeded.
He was still living safely, while the Wielder of the Will in the outside world had changed several times.
“Do you really think so? Heh.” Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon revealed a bitter smile.
Then, he sighed faintly.
The smile on his face disappeared, and the aura around his body changed. That gentle and kind aura became cold and indifferent.
Was the gentle aura from before just a camouflage?
“You are Striped Dragon Two?!” Song Shuhang blurted out. This cold aura didn’t belong to Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon; it belonged to that Striped Dragon Two in the Netherworld Realm!
When he was dreaming of the life of the ‘Golden Lotus’, Song Shuhang had frequently come in contact with the cold and murderous aura of Striped Dragon Two after taking root in that unholy pond in the Netherworld Realm.
The white-robed man said, “What the hell is this Striped Dragon Two? Don’t tell me this is how you have been calling me all along? Careful that I don’t chop you to pieces!”
“…” Song Shuhang.
“Anyway, it seems you are safe and sound. In that case, what about Mister Third Wielder of the Will?” Song Shuhang asked, conveniently changing the nickname of the opposite party.
“I don’t know,” Striped Dragon Two said. “The original plan was to combine the golden and black lotus flowers, creating a brand-new world. But later, this plan was put on indefinite hiatus, while that guy started to forge a ‘primordial treasure’.”
“The Nine Virtues Phoenix Saber?” Song Shuhang said. He remembered that the result of his appraisal technique had mentioned that the Nine Virtues Phoenix Saber was a primordial treasure that the third Wielder of the Will had left behind before disappearing.
“Right, it’s precisely that godly weapon. Then, one day, I suddenly lost consciousness,” Striped Dragon Two said.
“I thought that it was time for me to disappear… but when I woke up, I found myself in this strange world. This world is seemingly the fusion between the ‘world of the black lotus’ and the ‘world of the golden lotus’, but at the same time, it’s also somewhat different. It’s quite obvious that that guy secretly fiddled with this world. After that, Cheng Lin’s original version appeared beside me,” Striped Dragon Two slowly continued. “After I regained consciousness, the original Cheng Lin used her way to immortality to give birth to my new self, breaking into various fragments immediately after.”
It was quite obvious that this world similar to the worlds of the black and golden lotuses, as well as the ghost spirit Cheng Lin, were things that Wielder of the Will Striped Dragon had specially prepared for Striped Dragon Two.
“Afterward, I collected, with much difficulty, the majority of Cheng Lin’s fragments. However, the ghost spirit contract between I and this incomplete version of Cheng Lin could have broken at any time. Therefore, I created anew the second generation Cheng Lin, and then placed her in the body of a human cultivator, making the two of them sign a contract. As for what happened afterward, you should have more or less guessed it.”
Song Shuhang nodded slightly, and then suddenly asked, “Senior, why are you telling me all this? Is it possible that I’m the reincarnation of the third Wielder of the Will?”
Striped Dragon Two stared at Song Shuhang, and said, “It’s pretty normal to hope to have a good dream while sleeping.”