The God Deification Ceremony War had lasted several years ever since its explosion. It was getting extremely tricky nowadays, which ignited the hatred between the Tribe of Severity and the three religions. With both having disciples sustaining deaths and being listed on the Investiture of the Gods, the two sides' hostility was increasingly amassed. The climax came when Immortal Tai Yi of the Clan of Enlightenment killed disciple Shi Ji of the Tribe of Severity.
During the Investiture of the Gods, Nezha killed Shi Ji's maidservant, and Shi Ji was killed by Immortal Tai Yi when she came to condemn it. Whereas at present, though Nezha had become Liu Er's disciple, Shi Ji's fate of being killed by Immortal Tai Yi's Nine Dragon Fire Cage had not changed. It seemed that there was a destiny. Though Minghe, the most variable one, turned up, something was still unavoidable.
Shi Ji, being an outer disciple of the Tribe of Severity, boasted a profound cultivation and was a rare Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal among the outer disciples. Furthermore, the Tribe of Severity, with a large number of disciples, did not have many female disciples. Thus, its female disciples all maintained close relationships. Shi Ji got along well with the Ladies of the Three Stars. Therefore, the Ladies of the Three Stars were furious after knowing that Shi Ji was dead and listed on the Investiture of the Gods.
Then, in the main hall of Jadeite Palace, Yun Xiao took her sisters, Qiong Xiao and Jade Heaven, to find their master, Sect Leader Tongtian, and she said, "Master, the number of our disciples who were killed by the Tribe of Humanity, Clan of Enlightenment, and Western Religious Sect has even amounted to hundreds. And now Shi Ji was burned to death by the Clan of Enlightenment's Immortal Tai Yi's Nine Dragon Fire Cage. Since we and Shi Ji were sisters, we'd like to leave the mountain and get revenge for her."
Tongtian was a little bit shocked since he did not yet know that he had already lost so many disciples. Though the Tribe of Severity boasted a fame of having thousands of immortals come to worship, Tongtian only had hundreds of self-imparting and outer disciples in total. Most others were just nominal disciples, or third or fourth generation disciples.
The dead disciples that Yun Xiao mentioned were the real ones, while there were 300 to 400 nominal disciples who had also died, most of which filled the vacancy of the 2,000 Demigods in the Investiture of the Gods. That was a huge loss for the Tribe of Severity. Though the three religions also suffered a great loss, Tongtian would not care about the death of his enemy anyway.
Noticing that Tongtian was lost in thought, Yun Xiao continued to say, "Master, now that the three religions boast a good momentum, we must hit them hard. I and my two sisters comprehend the tactical formation named the Winding Yellow River Formation, which will generate gigantic power with the combination of the Golden Cup of the Origin and bank of the Yellow River. Let's wait and see how the disciples of the three religions break it."
Tongtian showed a bit of interest while listening to that. Among the Three Pure Ones, Laozi liked refining elixir, Honored Lord of the Origin preferred refining weapons, while he himself favored tactical formations. Thus, many of his disciples were masters of tactical formations. Tongtian was quite interested in the Winding Yellow River Formation that Yun Xiao had mentioned. Therefore, he said, "Well, explain its details to me."
Yun Xiao waved her hands, then a treasure appeared in her hand. It was the Primordial Spiritual Treasure, Golden Cup of the Origin, which boasted huge power. It included the three elements and rules of Heaven and Earth, while hiding Karma, Predestined Fate, and Magic Skills. The Ladies of the Three Stars comprehended the Winding Yellow River Formation through the enlightenment of this treasure. Yun Xiao threw it into the sky, then a mini-sized Winding Yellow River Formation appeared in the main hall.
Observing that, Yun Xiao began to introduce it. "The Winding Yellow River Formation was comprehended by us three through our enlightenment of the Golden Cup of the Origin. It includes the three elements and essences of Heaven and Earth. The Perplexing Magic Elixir and Immortal-sealing Formula in it could deprive immortals' spirits, souls, figures, auras, and origins and hurt their bodies. Once entering it, an immortal will become mortal, while a mortal will die. There is no straight road in the Winding Formation. This formation presents all the greatness of Fate and singles out all the secrets of the immortals."
After hearing Yun Xiao's introduction, all the disciples of the Tribe of Severity in the main hall could not help sucking in a breath of cold air. Compared with the Winding Yellow River Formation, the Extermination Formation set by the 10 Grand Masters was not formidable at all. Sect Leader Tongtian said with a laugh, "Great! Comprehending such a formation, you indeed deserve to be my disciples. Sure, you can go to deal with the three religions. Since we are already incompatible, you don't need to show any mercy. If anything happens, I will back you up."
The Ladies of the Three Stars rejoiced after hearing that. They were about to leave when their brother Zhao Gongming suddenly said, "Master, though my sisters' tactical formation is powerful, I fear that Xuandu may fight against them. I'd like to go with them so that we can take care of each other. Please allow me to do so." As the elder brother, how could Zhao Gongming feel relieved by letting his sisters deal with the disciples of the three religions?
Sect Leader Tongtian nodded his head as he listened to that. Given that Zhao Gongming was a Sage-to-be with a profound supernatural power and the Spiritual Treasures that he had given to him, he had to greatly enhance the tactical formation if he were to set the Winding Yellow River Formation with the Ladies of the Three Stars. Besides that, he could guard against Xuandu, Guang Chengzi, Dipamkara, and Medicine Buddha as well. Tongtian would certainly feel more relieved if Zhao Gongming went with the Ladies of the Three Stars.
After Zhao Gongming and the Ladies of the Three Stars left Golden Turtle Island, they rode on clouds to the unavoidable passageway of the Western Zhou army, which was off to one side of Untainted Land. Then they started to set the tactical formation. Zhao Gongming happened to have time to familiarize himself with it before the arrival of the Western Zhou army. He discovered that the Winding Yellow River Formation could borrow the power of the Yellow River vein. Suddenly, a thought came into his mind.
Though he had lost the Seprotection Pearl, he got another two Spiritual Treasures from Sect Leader Tongtian, the Top Grade Primordial Spiritual Treasures—the Chart of Mountains and Seas and the Bead of the Sun and Moon. There was a self-formed space existing in the Chart of Mountains and Seas. With this chart, Zhao Gongming was able to apply the power of mountains and seas. Besides that, with the combination of the Bead of the Sun and Moon, it would not be inferior to the unexplored Seprotection Pearl in DevLoka.
Given that the power of the Yellow River vein included morbid air, which was something that the formation needed, it could be used to enhance the power of the tactical formation. Furthermore, the Chart of Mountains and Seas could expand the power of the Yellow River vein, thus the power of the tactical formation could be elevated 20 to 30 percent. The disciples of the three religions would certainly receive a huge "surprise" at that time.
Half a month later, when the Western Zhou army came to the Yellow River bank and recognized the immense Winding Yellow River Formation, they were totally stunned. Yun Xiao came out of the formation and shouted toward the Western Zhou camp, "You Tribe of Humanity, Clan of Enlightenment, and Western Religious Sect, listen to my words carefully. I'm Yun Xiao from the Tribe of Severity. We brother and sisters four will make you pay for killing our disciples. This formation behind me is the Winding Yellow River Formation. Come and break it. If you don't dare to, then back off as quickly as possible." Yun Xiao backed up to the formation after finishing those words.
The disciples of the three religions were troubled by looking at the powerful Winding Yellow River Formation. The disciples of the Tribe of Severity not only were a large group but also were heretical. On the top of that, many of them were proficient in tactical formations. Whereas the disciples of the three religions had always suffered greatly from tactical formations.
Since Yun Xiao had just mentioned four people, the disciples of the three religions realized that Zhao Gongming came along with the Ladies of the Three Stars. The Ladies of the Three Stars were just Zenith Heaven Golden Immortals, while Zhao Gongming was a Sage-to-be. Even though he had just reached that level, he should not be underestimated. The formation set by them might even be more powerful than all the formations that they had confronted before.
Even Xuandu, Guang Chengzi, Dipamkara, and Medicine Buddha frowned after viewing it. Ordinary formations usually showed no powers outwardly, while this one was totally the opposite. It might be outwardly strong and inwardly weak. However, the four of them felt even more worried after observing it. This formation was so weird that they might not figure out its mysteries without entering it, let alone breaking it.
Nevertheless, because that formation was so powerful, ordinary people might seek their doom if they went in. Though the three religions boasted quite a lot of people, no one would like to die easily. It would be even more impossible to let a mortal explore the formation. Without considering whether Bo Yikao and Ji Fa would agree or not, they could not bear the consequences at first. The three religions might not have a foothold in the Human Tribe if this were to spread out.