The First Immortals
Tall pine like trees lined the mountain slopes below the lofty white heavens. The scenic views as Yi Ping and his group made their first ascend were breathtaking beautiful!
The drifting lofty white heavens, evergreen landscape below and the endless mountains ascending in front of them one after the other were beautiful to behold!
But no one was in a mood to admire the breathtaking sceneries!
It was because at this moment they had all been captivated by the Goddess of Mercy as she explained the brief history of the immortals and why they were here.
The Goddess of Mercy said gently, “That is how the conflicts between the Zen and Arhat Practitioners had escalated into a full blown conflict.”
She sighed softly, “The Great Lord Ahoha had led us against the Goddess Theocracy Sect and her allies. At the start of the campaign, we managed to gain grounds from the Second to the Sixth Heavens. At first, it may seem that we are winning but in the end, the tide slowly turned against us and Great Lord Ahoha met his demise. We have not only lost, we have lost really badly and in order to broker for a truce, we are forbidden to intervene in the Immortal Realm for ten millennium years. Ten long millennium years…”
Han Lin asked curiously, “Huh? Why is that so? Since you have gained grounds in five of the Heavens?”
The Goddess Isa smiled demurely as she explained, “While they have gained grounds in five of the Heavens, it doesn’t mean that these five Heavens are wholly in their control. But of course, the most important battleground is still in the First Heavens and that is the domain that the Goddess Theocracy Sect exerted its strongest influence.”
Han Lin asked again, “Why is that the First Heavens is the most important battleground?”
The Goddess Aiel laughed softly, “Han Lin, you really have a lot of questions.”
Han Lin laughed softly as she blinked her eyes at the rest of the group, “You know, I am asking on behalf of the rest. I am sure that they are curious as well.”
The Universal Old Man laughed aloud as he touched his chin; he had forgotten that he had shaved his beard. He quickly said, “That is right. We are really curious to know everything that we can learn about the Immortal Realm.”
Yi Ping rubbed his nose as he added too, “That is right…”
The Goddess Aiel laughed softly, “But it seems that Yi Ping is not really that interested.”
Yi Ping sighed softly as he replied melancholy, “I am just saddened that so many have perished in this needless war.”
Everyone began to look at Yi Ping quietly as one by one, they nodded quietly…
Yixian smiled gently as she said to him, “Ping’Er, don’t be sad. It is all in the past. There is nothing we can do.”
Yi Ping sighed again as he nodded.
Lie Qing smiled mesmerizing, “It seems that the Immortal Realm is not any different from the Martial Fraternity. No matter. If that is the rule then we must play by the rules!”
Youxue stole a look at Yi Ping as she smiled enthralling, “We must not be discouraged and should look forward. It is really not easy for us to reach this point at all. After all that we have been through, we are giving it all up? Life and death may be predestined but if our resolve is not strong, we will not have any fighting chance at all against these powerful immortal practitioners!”
Lingfeng knew that Yi Ping was secretly worried for them. As she looked at him, her eyes began to water.
As Yi Ping looked at Youxue, he was reminded that Youxue had suffered more than any of the maidens that he had known. The burdens and the fugitive life that she had led was not something that anyone, not even himself would be able to endure.
Yi Ping had noticed her enthralling eyes immediately and he quickly looked away. But as he looked away, he noticed that Lingfeng’s alluring eyes were looking at him!