After Ji Chang declared himself a king, he was going to defeat the Shang Dynasty. Consequently, he invited many vassals to suppress the Shang Dynasty together, but they all declined out of fear for the atrocity of King Zhou and the mighty power of Shang Dynasty. They chose to watch from a distance and help the side which was about to win. This was just a way to secure their safety.
Although Ji Chang did not obtain the support of other vassals, suppressing the Shang Dynasty was unavoidable. In the court, he discussed with his officials which person was most qualified to be a general to lead the attack against the Shang Dynasty. Both Bo Yikao and Ji Fa were willing to be the general, which gave Ji Chang a headache. Either of them would gain significant benefits if they made contributions on the battlefields. How could they give up?
Bo Yikao and Ji Fa had a good relationship, but this matter was not as straightforward. It related to the missionary work of the Western Religious Sect and the Clan of Enlightenment. Even if they wanted to give up, they had no route for retreat now. Besides, their thirst for the throne did not allow them to withdraw, they could only move forward, and finally take the throne.
San Yisheng understood the difficulty of Ji Chang. Hence, he suggested Ji Chang take the fight against the Shang Dynasty as a trial. Bo Yikao and Ji Fa could both lead a group of soldiers respectively to suppress the Shang Dynasty. The one who entered Zhaoge first would be the successor. This could not only convince the two masters but also made the Western Religious Sect, and the Clan of Enlightenment have nothing to say.
Ji Chang thought highly of San Yisheng's idea. In the battle to suppress the Shang Dynasty, the most important part should be the means of the Western Religious Sect and the Clan of Enlightenment, rather than the army of Xiqi. The Shang Dynasty revered the Tribe of Severity, and many disciples of the Tribe of Severity were officials. If Xiqi wanted to fight against the Shang Dynasty, it should rely on the power of the Western Religious Sect and the Clan of Enlightenment. Ji Chang could solve the problem of succession, and at the same time, make them spare all their efforts in battles.
He declared this matter in the court. All the officials were shocked. Little did they expect that the battle involved the succession of the throne, especially Shen Gongbao and Jiang Ziya. They frowned tightly. They were more concerned about the succession of the throne than fighting against the Shang Dynasty separately. Though splitting the army into two parts would impair Xiqi's power, it would be the same for the Shang Dynasty.
If Bo Yikao became the successor, the Western Religious Sect would boom in Western Zhou in the following days. Then, the Western Religious Sect could move toward the east. Jieyin and Zhunti would rest assured. However, if Ji Fa became the successor, the Clan of Enlightenment would flourish. The Western Religious Sect would suffer from the pressure and even be forced to come back to the west. This caused them all to feel pressured and lose their breath.
But they had no other choices now. They had to return to their sects and find their masters. Both Zhunti and the Honored Lord of the Origin were greatly surprised. Apparently, Ji Chang had deliberately involved the Western Religious Sect and the Clan of Enlightenment into this matter. He meant to force the two sects to assist Bo Yikao and Ji Fa with all their efforts. The two Sages were unhappy because they did not expect that mortals should trap them.
However, there was no turning back. Even though they knew it was a provocation, they had to ask their disciples to assist Bo Yikao and Ji Fa. After all, it related to the preaching and the struggle of Luck of the Human Tribe. They definitely would not give up. After obtaining the support of these two Sages, Shen Gongbao and Jiang Ziya returned to Xiqi.
Within several days, the two armies led by Bo Yikao and Ji Fa respectively to attack the Shang Dynasty marched off. There were many disciples of the Western Religious Sect and the Clan of Enlightenment in the armies. Though most of them were third generation disciples, they had their own Magic Skills. When there were powerful enemies, second-generation disciples would lend them a helping hand.
The Shang Dynasty definitely knew the big movement occurred in Western Zhou. Grand Preceptor Wen took his army to fight against Ji Fa, and Deng Jiugong fought against Bo Yikao. They were busy fighting against each other. Veridical Souls that had entered the Void could be seen almost every day. Obviously, they had been listed on the Investiture of the Gods. Though both sides had victories and defeats, in general, the Shang Dynasty suffered more losses.
The Shang Dynasty and Western Zhou fought against each other on the border. Disciples of the Tribe of Severity, the Clan of Enlightenment, the Western Religious Sect and even the Tribe of Humanity were engaged in the battle continuously. The leaders of these sects were furious when their disciples were killed and listed on the Investiture of the Gods. However, the Tribe of Severity was not weak now. Since three religions joined hands to attack the Tribe of Severity, Tongtian Sect Leader would not let his disciples show any mercy to them. If there was an opportunity, they would kill disciples of these three religions directly.
The tribe of Severity had a lot of disciples, and they possessed various of magic arts. Though three religions joined hands, they hadn't gained any advantages. They had destroyed the Extermination Formation displayed by the ten Grand Masters of the Tribe of Severity and killed these ten Grand Masters as well. However, their second or third generation disciples suffered greatly. Some were dead, and the others were severely injured. This caused deeper enmity among the four religions.
The tribe of Severity was known for its quantity of immortals. As its disciples came to the battlefield, two groups of armies led by Xiqi to suppress Shang undergone numerous hardships. In an outpost, Bo Yikao and Ji Fa met each other for the first time. As long as they crossed this place, they could truly enter the heartland of the Shang Dynasty. But this place was not as easy to pass as they had thought.
The mountain was called the Golden Chicken Mountain. Below it was a pass named Impregnable Pass. There was no disciple of the Tribe of Severity, and it was guarded by only 60,000 soldiers. There were a total of over a million soldiers in Xiqi's two groups of armies. But when facing this pass, no matter if it were Shen Gongbao, Jiang Ziya, or the immortals of the Tribe of Humanity, the Clan of Enlightenment and the Western Religious Sect, they were quite prudent. The pass was ordinary, but it was extremely difficult to pass.
Outside the pass of the Golden Chicken Mountain, a million soldiers of Western Zhou had set up their camps here. In the camp, Bo Yikao and Ji Fa sat in the left and right general seat respectively. Shen Gongbao and Jiang Ziya were in the camp too, but they sat at the bottom. With a careful observation, one could notice that the people who sat in front of them were extraordinary. They were Xuandu Taoist of the Tribe of Humanity, Dipamkara Taoist of the Clan of Enlightenment, Twelve Golden Immortals, Medicine Buddha of the Western Religious Sect, Maitreya and so on. Even the weaker people possessed at least the cultivation of a Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal.
Bo Yikao and Ji Fa felt surprised when they saw so many experts from the three religions come here. When they gathered at the Golden Chicken Mountain, self-imparting disciples of these three religions came one after another. It was their first time to see so many experts from the three religions. Though the pass below the Golden Chicken Mountain was insurmountable, it would be quite easy to pass with the help of the immortals from the three religions together with a million soldiers of Xiqi. There was no need for so many experts to come to the battlefield.
Glancing at the immortals from the three religions who sat below him, Bo Yikao said confusedly, "I'm wondering why so many immortals came here suddenly? Could it be that you're here for the Impregnable Pass of the Golden Chicken Mountain? The pass is surmountable, but with the help of a million soldiers as well as the State Preceptor and the Chancellor, it'll be much easier. Why take the trouble to come here in person?"
Seeing the confusion of Bo Yikao and Ji Fa, Xuandu explained, "I'm Xuandu. I come from the Tribe of Humanity. I'm here to pay my respects to the two masters. Indeed, we came here for the Impregnable Pass. Though there are no disciples of the Tribe of Severity, and there are few soldiers in the pass. The person who defends the pass isn't ordinary. He's thousands of times more powerful than the disciples of the Tribe of Severity that you've met earlier."
Bo Yikao and Ji Fa were stunned. On the way heading eastward, they had met countless immortals of the Tribe of Severity. Although most of them were killed by immortals of the three religions, the latter suffered greatly too. Little did they expect that there would be a person who was much more powerful than the immortals of the Tribe of Severity existing in the Impregnable Pass of Golden Chicken Mountain. They felt it was hard to figure out how powerful the person was.
But given the expressions of immortals of the three religions, they were serious. Apparently, they were afraid of this person too. Ji Fa said, "Everybody, who knows the background of this person? Could it be that he's an immortal of the Tribe of Severity? I believe it won't be that hard for all of you to capture him."
Dipamkara responded, "Second Master. In the Untainted Land, except the Tribe of Humanity, the Clan of Enlightenment, the Tribe of Severity and the Western Religious Sect, there is another religion named the Religion of Asura. Ancestor Minghe of the Blood Sea established it. Though the person defends this place doesn't belong to the Religion of Asura, he is the disciple of Ancestor Minghe. His cultivation is profound. No one can match him in the Untainted Land."