The Pangu Clan
Yi Ping was now in a private hall with the Lord Supreme, Old Venerable Vanquisher Sage, Yu’Er, Mei’Er, the Ascension Goddess and Shen Xingyue.
Compared to the Golden Ascension Hall that could seat thousands, this hall was much smaller and could at most only fit twenty comfortably.
Yi Ping was now standing uncomfortably in front of the Lord Supreme. It was because he had never expected the Lord Supreme to be the father of Yu’Er and Mei’Er. Not only that, he was also the current protégé leader of the powerful Holy Ascension Sect!
The Lord Supreme stroked his long beard as he asked, “What is the matter? Now that we are alone, you are still shy to address me as your father-in-law?”
Mei’Er gave Yi Ping a quick kick to remind him and Yi Ping recovered his composure as he quickly said, “My respects to my father-in-law…”
Yi Ping looked at Yu’Er and Mei’Er in bewilderment as he stammered for words. He looked at the Ascension Goddess and Shen Xingyue for answers but they were surprisingly docile in the presence of the Lord Supreme…
The Lord Supreme looked at Yi Ping, the Ascension Goddess and the Fiery Phoenix before he laughed. “The three of you must be thinking of the same thing. How is it possible for the Eclipse and Axis Heaven Goddess to be my daughters, am I right?”
The Ascension Goddess and the Fiery Phoenix exchanged awkward looks. Indeed, that was what they had been pondering about!
Yi Ping bowed with his hands again, “Pardon my stupidity. That is indeed what I am thinking. I have thought that the ancient celestial practitioners are unable to have any offspring?”
The Lord Supreme answered, “Though it is very rare, it does happen for the second generation celestial practitioners. However for the first generation celestial practitioners, indeed it has never happened before except for my case!”
Yi Ping was startled as he looked at Yu’Er and Mei’Er who were looking at him dreamily…
The Lord Supreme stroked his long beard as he sighed deeply, “That is a long time ago when I am still in the lower realm. In those days, monstrous beasts walked the earth as they terrorized the mortals and the weaker creatures. As a celestial practitioner from the Pangu Clan, it is my calling to pacify the heavens below for the mortals and to bring tranquility for the mortals…”
The Ascension Goddess was startled. It was because she had never heard anything like this before. So she gasped out, “Pangu Clan? Our Ascendant Supreme Leader has a clan before the Ascension Sect?”
Shen Xingyue said quietly, “I have looked through the records of the Ascension Sect but there are no records of the Pangu Clan or the monstrous beasts. Are these monstrous beasts the mythical dragons?”
The Lord Supreme nodded, “They are indeed the Dragons. We call them the Dragon Race. As for the Pangu Clan, it is just a term that describes the Ancient Celestials in the past. Pangu means Ancient Origin. When used as a context for the Pangu Clan, it just means the First Race from the origin of time. The Dragon Race and the Pangu Clan have been at war for a long time.”
The Ascension Goddess was startled, “What happens to the Dragon Race now?”
The Lord Supreme said, “They are no longer in the lower realm…”
Shen Xingyue was startled, “The Pangu Clan exterminates the Dragon Race?”
She quickly kept quiet as she realized that she had been interrupting the Lord Supreme once too many times.
But the Lord Supreme did not seem to mind as he shook his head, “Only the Ancient Dragons and the Ancient Serpents from the lower realm. The Dragon Race still thrives in the other heavens of the Celestial Realm, regions that even the celestial practitioners dare not visit.”
Yi Ping said quietly, “No one has the right to destroy each other. I don’t believe that Heavens will condone such an act.”
The Lord Supreme patted Yi Ping, much to his surprise. “You are wrong. It is the will of the Heavens for the Dragon Race to be destroyed to pave the way for the mortals. It is because the Dragon Race that remains in the lower realm has turned to wickedness and no longer seeks enlightenment. As a matter of fact, we have received a secret edict from the Heavens to destroy them. In return for successfully accomplishing this monument task, the Pangu Clan will be allowed to enter the Celestial Realm! Therefore the Ancient Celestials organized themselves into martial clans and guided the mortals to aid them into accomplishing this monument task. That was how the first martial and celestial clans had started.”
Yi Ping was startled as he muttered, “An edict from the Heavens?”
The Ascension Goddess gasped, “This is the forgotten ancient history of the Ancient Celestials?”
The Lord Supreme laughed, “Don’t forget. You didn’t come to ask me about the Pangu Clan or the origin of the Ancient Celestials.”
Yi Ping smiled weakly, “That is right…”
The Lord Supreme said, “One day during a battle with an ancient dragon, I had sustained a grievous injury. I thought I was a goner till she appeared…”
Yu’Er lowered her head shyly, “That is our mother. She is a mortal.”
Yi Ping was struck by this revelation as he thought, “So it is still true that it is impossible for Ancient Celestials to have any offspring…but is it really possible for an Ancient Celestial and a mortal to have any offspring at all…”
The Lord Supreme began to gulp a flask of wine as he continued, “That’s right. When I have recovered, I have found out that I cannot leave her alone anymore. Even though, our time together is short, it is blissful and to my surprise I have two daughters with her eventually…”
He looked at Yu’Er and Mei’Er…
He continued, “At first I don’t believe it myself but it is the truth. The lower realm is vast and there are many secrets that are unknown even to the celestial practitioners; secrets that can change the heavens and the earth if it is known. Because I know that the Ancient Celestials are winning the battle and will transmigrate to the Celestial Realm eventually, I traveled across the fraternity to find an alternate means of divine practice for my daughters. Eventually I have found it but it requires the divine harmony of the divine swords. So I sought out the fraternity for two divine swords.”
He paused for a while before continuing, “So that is how the divine sword practice of Ascension Sect comes to be and how the special order of the Supreme Celestials come into place. After I have ascended, I pass the leadership to Old Venerable Vanquisher Sage. Only he knows about the true origin of the Eclipse and Axis Heaven Goddess.”
Old Venerable Vanquisher Sage sighed, “I have never expected that I will be so useless and they have to sacrifice their divine swords and divine practice so that I will be able to ascend…”
The Ascension Goddess smiled weakly, “There are many Ascendants that are in the Celestial Realm that owed it to them or else they won’t be here today…”
Shen Xingyue nodded slowly, “And in the lower realm, even the dark natures of our divine swords are suppressed by the divine practice of the two Heaven Goddesses. While I have only seen them just a few times but I am always grateful and appreciative towards them. I have always dream of the day when I can be as highly enlightened as them…”
Yu’Er smiled gently, “You are now. I am sorry for that time when we pushed you down the bottomless ravine…”
Shen Xingyue smiled, “I have forgotten about it and have already put it aside.”
Mei’Er laughed softly as she clapped happily, “My good Sister Xingyue!”
The Lord Supreme laughed aloud but he soon turned solemn as he looked at Yi Ping, “Do you know what I want to tell you?”
Yi Ping smiled bitterly as he asked humbly, “Pardon my stupidity again. Can senior explain to me?”
The Lord Supreme pretended to be displeased as he patted Yi Ping hard on his shoulder, “My son-in-law! You should address me as your father-in-law now!”
Yi Ping smiled bitterly as he quickly corrected himself, “Yes, yes father-in-law…”
The Lord Supreme said, “I believe that it is our love has moved the heavens and the earth, creating a miracle. The highest state of divinity is love. Do you get me?”
Yi Ping was startled, “The highest sate of divinity is love?”
The Lord Supreme said solemnly, “I am entrusting my two daughters to you now. They have told me of the many times that you have rescued them from dangers. However, I am a little worry for my two daughters.”
Yi Ping was touched in the heart when he had heard that the Lord Supreme had actually given his blessings to them so he bowed respectfully and said, “I will surely take good care of Yu’Er and Mei’Er. Is there anything that I can help?”
Yu’Er and Mei’Er both muttered, “Yi Ping…” as they embraced his arms on both sides.
The Lord Supreme replied, “You can help me by staying here a little longer so that I can talk to my daughters and understand what they had gone through these few years that we have been apart…”
The Lord Supreme sighed softly as he looked at the Ascension Goddess and the Fiery Phoenix, “However, you have one too many consorts. How can I ensure that you will be fair to my precious daughters?”
Yi Ping was speechless. Indeed, he could not ensure that and this was something that he had always been guilty about!
He could never be able to create the love that can move the heavens and the earth like the Lord Supreme. His meaning was now very clear to him!
The Lord Supreme saw the expressions in his eyes as he comforted him, “Take heart. I am however, extremely grateful that you have brought them to the Celestial Realm so that I can have a last look at them…”
Yu’Er was startled, “Father? Last look? What do you mean?”
Mei’Er was equally startled as she looked at the Lord Supreme with a stunned expression!
The Lord Supreme laughed, “Not to worry. The Pinnacle Star is dimming and that mean something will happen to the Ascension Sect. Even if I am able to survive the trip to the Stellar Sanctuary, I am afraid that I will have a difficult time overcoming my Heavenly Wrath Tribulation that is forthcoming soon…”
He gave a pat to Yu’Er and Mei’Er, “Tonight is not the time to discuss clan affairs or my personal affairs. Yu’Er, Mei’Er…so this is your current name. I have feared the worst when the Divine Descendant had befall the lower realm and all my divine calculations tell me to prepare for the worst…I am really happy today. And to think that my two precious daughters have not only survived, you have also transmigrated to the Celestial Realm now.”
Yu’Er said quietly, “We have indeed died once. But because of our state of divinities, somehow we have been reincarnated again and even regained our memories…”
Mei’Er said excitedly, “It is because of Yi Ping! He is the White Sage! He has brought us all back…”
Yi Ping smiled bitterly, “I don’t know…”
He looked at Shen Xingyue with a soft sigh, “I have only scant memories of the White Sage. I don’t know if I am really the White Sage. I am not the White Sage. He is an enlightened celestial practitioner that impressed everyone but I…”
Shen Xingyue held his hands gently as she said softly, “No, you are the White Sage. I know you are him in my heart. It is because the White Sage is too enlightened that he blamed himself for causing the deaths of the two Ascendant Heaven Goddesses and the three sisters of the Melody Palace.”
Mei’Er was tearful, “Yes, you are him. There is no doubt about it! You share his kind soul and heart. The White Sage has thought that if he was stupid, then the many unfortunate things would never happen…”
Yu’Er nodded, “But we have all met again!”
All of a sudden, Yu’Er said excitedly. “Don’t tell me it is because of the love in Yi Ping’s heart that we have all met again!?”
The Ascension Goddess shifted uncomfortably and was envious that they had such a heartbreaking story in the past…
The Lord Supreme and the Old Venerable Vanquisher Sage were startled as they looked at Yi Ping…
Yi Ping shifted awkwardly as he tried to change the topic, “I am really curious. What is this secret edict of heavens that you have mentioned? I mean, who is the messenger that can compel all the celestial practitioners to accept the edict of heavens?”
Now that Yi Ping had mentioned it, the Ascension Goddess, Shen Xingyue, Yu’Er and Mei’Er were also curious! Somehow, Yi Ping had an uncanny ability to ask the crux of any questions that they had missed!
This time round, the Lord Supreme was silent for a while before he said quietly, “The Goddess Celestial Alice, wielder of the Sacred Sword of the Seven Stars…”
He had grown suddenly very solemn, “That Maiden Ziyan that was here today, she bears a strong resemblance to the Goddess Celestial Alice. Even though it had been thousands of years and I have never seen her face before but her standing posture is exactly like the Goddess Celestial Alice. The strongest evidence is the mark that is on her forehead…”
He had only seen her statues from the ancient ruins that he had found. The secret edict was in fact conveyed by the elders of the Pangu Clan and spread through word of mouth.
Yi Ping muttered, “She is the Goddess Celestial Alice? Isn’t she the Dark Lord of the Chaos Cosmos?”
Yu’Er said quietly, “She is surely not an ordinary celestial practitioner. Have you ever seen anyone with that many Negative Core Divine Pills, giving out like the way she does?”
The Lord Supreme was startled, “You have the Negative Core Divine Pills?”
Yu’Er replied quietly, “We no longer have it now. We are forced to consume it when we are undergoing the divine tribulations to preserve ourselves…”
Mei’Er asked, “She is really the Goddess Celestial Alice?”
The Lord Supreme was solemn as he looked at Mei’Er and Yi Ping, “I can’t be sure too. But if she is really the Goddess Celestial Alice, then the heavens and the earth will surely be in an upheaval. So, can you tell me from the start to the finish, how did you know her?”
Mei’Er smiled weakly, “I think it is better to let Yi Ping starts. We don’t even know if the Immortal Divine Practice that we have seen is really real…”
The Lord Supreme and Old Venerable Vanquisher Sage received a powerful jolt as they gasped out at the same time, “The Immortal Divine Practice!!!”
The Lord Supreme seemed to have lost his composure as he asked Yi Ping, “Quick, tell me about it!”
Yi Ping bowed respectfully as he said, “Then I shall start from the Astronomic Stellar Formation…”