A Martial Odyssey Book 3: The Stellar Sanctuary – Chapter 45

The Great Desolate Force

Yi Si turned to smile enchantingly to the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess, “Good sister, you are not going to hurt my parents am I right?” 

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess said to the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa, “You have lied to me and have hidden your true name from me. I have really regretted giving you my aid!”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa lowered her eyes as she said quietly, “Even though it is just for a brief while but I really enjoy my time with you. I really don’t want to fight you or Yi Si but let’s don’t force my hand alright? I am not afraid of anyone.”

She glanced at Yi Ping and his group as she noted the divine auras of their divine weapons and their martial auras as she thought, “This is not an ordinary group and more like an elite group. Who knows, they may even be able to injure me.”

Yi Si immediately smile to the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa with an endeavoring look, “Good sister Scarlet Endowment Fairy or should I call you the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa? They are my parents. You mustn’t hurt them!”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa smiled at her, “I have my own destiny and my own plans…”

She stared coldly at Yi Ping and his group, “I will repeat for the last time. Bow before me or else, be prepared for my wrath!”

Youxue was about to say something when she had suddenly noticed that the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa seemed to be looking at her with interest but before she could confirm her suspicious, the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa had quickly averted her glances!

Lele immediately cuddled Yi Si to her side as she gasped, “Daughter, we don’t need to be afraid of them. If they are looking for a fight then we shall give them. We mustn’t allow our honor to be tainted and…”

She paused to give Yi Si an endeavoring smile before continuing as she brandished her Divine Echo, “Protégés of the Celestial Palace only fight to win!” 

Yi Si smiled gently as she nodded with a quiet demeanor, “I am on your side mother and I am not afraid!”

She held on to Lele tightly and trembled lightly; her mother looked younger than she had thought and that her father was exactly like the righteous hero that she had always imagined!

And now he was standing in front of her and she felt comforted by his presence!

Lie Qing was already next to her to give her a quick hug, “So it seems that my little niece has already grown up and is already a Golden Celestial too?”

Yi Si cuddled Lie Qing as she whispered, “Grandpa has often told me that my mother has two close sisters and one of them is my Aunt Lie!”

Lie Qing cursed softly with a light smile as she tapped her Yi Si lightly, “Do I look like I am so old already?”

Yi Si laughed softly as she winked at Lie Qing, “Aunt Lie!…”

As Yi Ping looked at Yi Si all of a sudden, he was slightly started that she seemed to exude a sense of ease even in this dire times and that she had a jovial aura around her. He immediately thought, “Isn’t this the secret divine skill of Brother Nangong Le, the Exuberant Divine Skill? She has met him?”

He was absolutely delighted that he could see his daughter again and he simply could not believe that she had all grown up now. This was the first time that he had met his grown up daughter but he knew that she was truly his own daughter!

He had many questions to ask her but he knew that this was not the time and place to ask. It was because at this moment he had noticed that the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa was still looking at him coldly!

So he said with a soft sigh, “I only ask that the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa will not hurt the rest. Since I am the one that has injured you then this feud should only be settled between us, am I right?”

Alice, Asura, Lele and almost all the other maidens immediately said, “No! We will fight her together!”

The Universal Old Man, the Lord Supreme, Skylord Jun and the Immortal Saint of Swords had all readied a combat stance as they said together, “Brother Yi Ping! Since we are your brothers, we will naturally fight together even if we are not her match!”

Yi Ping sighed softly as he looked at everyone…

Yi Ping said firmly, “No, even if all of us join hands together we may not be her match!”

The Universal Old Man heaved a heavy sigh, “Protégé…you…Brother Yi…”

He had wanted to order Yi Ping to back off as a protégé master would to a protégé but he had suddenly remembered that they had just sworn to be equal as brothers together!

It was something that he had not regretted. It was because all along they were protégé master and protégé in all but name. Sure enough, he had taught Yi Ping his Ultrapowerful Force but that was because he had found him to be too weak then and wanted to show off his superior skills. But after they had been through so many trials together, he began to see Yi Ping as his comrade and close companion!

To the celestial practitioners, the stage of their divinities and tribulations denoted their exact ranking and not family ties. In fact family ties had no place in a celestial clan because the first rule was to cut off all blood ties!

But unlike martial clans where seniority would come first, true celestial clans often regarded advancement in celestial practice/attainment as the solo criteria to determine seniority. It was because unlike martial arts, celestial cultivation could only depend on self-cultivation and self-enlightenment! 

Skylord Jun was an Immortal and a powerful one. The Universal Old Man, the Lord Supreme and the Immortal Saint of Swords had actually seen this as an opportunity to advance their own cultivation through this Skylord Jun and to find an ally when they had transmigrated to the Immortal Realm in the future!

Naturally the Universal Old Man was not going to let this advantage went to the Lord Supreme and the Immortal Saint of Swords! 

If he could be a protégé master and brother to Yi Ping then he would have double reinforced his relations with Yi Ping. Now this was important if Yi Ping was the Great God Pangu…

He cursed softly but there was not a trace of unhappiness in his heart, “This Lord Supreme, he is trying to get ahead of me. Fine, fine! But it isn’t a bad thing now that we are brothers…haha!”

His thoughts were interrupted by Lele who had gasped to Yi Ping, “Then why did you?!”

She immediately pointed at Yi Si, “And to think that our family has just been united and now this?!”

Alice said quietly, “She is injured and her reactions will be naturally slowed!”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa smiled coldly, “You can try!”

Yi Ping immediately silenced everyone with a stern look before he bowed respectfully to the Great Goddess Desolate Nuwa, “I will be your only challenger. Win or lose, you have to let them go!”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa said immediately, “Not so easy. If I win, I want to take two persons from your group away!”

Yi Ping was startled by her demands so he asked, “If I lose then who you will take away?”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa immediately pointed at Youxue and Lingfeng, “I want her to come with me!”

Youxue, Yi Ping, Lingfeng and all the rest were startled by her requests!

Youxue and Lingfeng were both thinking, “What does she wants from us?”

Yi Ping smiled bitterly as he thought, “How can I allow this to even happen?”

All of a sudden Lingfeng said coolly, “Ping’Er then use us as a wager! I don’t mind!”

Youxue was also smiling mesmerizingly, “I really don’t mind as well. It is not like she wants to kill us or she will have already done so!”

Yi Ping looked at them melancholy as he tightened his fists; Youxue, Lingfeng and Yixian were among the first of the consorts that he had met. He had been through many difficult adventures with them and it was not easy for them to reach this point. He had already lost Yixian and he knew that if he was to lose Youxue or Lingfeng then his mental and spirit fortitude would surely falter!

When the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa saw that Yi Ping was hesitating, she immediately said. “It is not as bad as you think. Not only I want them to come with me, I want them to come willing to me. Not only will I not hurt them but I want to take them in as my protégés!”

Yi Ping, Lingfeng, Youxue and all the rest were all startled as they looked at each other with shock!

Even the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess and Yi Si were exchanging startled look!

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess quickly composed herself, “Don’t you all know that if the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa wants to take them in then their fates will be worse than death. They would be torment by the chaotic destruction energies of the Great Desolate Force for all eternity, enter into a separation between Heavens and the Earth as they lose all their humanity!”

She lifted her eyes to look sternly at the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa, “Don’t believe? You can ask her! She may look compose and appears to be the most beautiful person in the entire universe but that is actually just an illusion. She just wants the others to join her as they wrought chaos to the Three Known Realms. Only then can they become tranquil because that is their true nature and manifestation!”

Yi Ping was trembling as he muttered, “To spread chaos throughout the Three Known Realms…only then can they become tranquil…because that is their true nature and manifestation…”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa said coolly, “That is right. Since ancient times, the Righteous Universal Forces and the Chaotic Desolate Forces have always opposed each other…”

Lingfeng whispered to him, “Ping’Er, don’t hesitate anymore or it will affect your fighting spirit!”

Youxue smiled, “It is not like you will surely lose. At least I think that you have a fifty percent chance but even if you have lost, I don’t mind. At most, you can always come to look for us when you are stronger.”

She looked at the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa to say, “If you dare to kill Yi Ping then I will kill myself in front of you!”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa lifted her gaze at Youxue as she said coldly, “Is that a threat? Sadly, it won’t works on me!” 

Yi Ping looked at Lingfeng and Youxue…

They looked at each other; it seemed that time had completely stood still for them!

To the others, it seemed like just a blink of an eye had passed when Yi Ping had nodded to them but to them, in that single moment they had already recounted all their memories together and had reached a consensus! 

He will fight!

It was because only the benevolent was invincible and he was going to use this pinnacle of his state of divinity to defeat the Great Goddess Desolate Nuwa! 

Yi Ping looked at the Great Goddess Desolate Nuwa as he said firmly, “I will accept your terms!”

The Great Goddess Desolate Nuwa tapped her foot gently as she stared coldly at him, “Good! I will accept your challenge then!” 

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess had quietly moved aside as though she was not party to any side but she seemed to be looking at Yi Ping with interest as she commented coldly, “Hmph! Humph! Don’t say I never warn you, she is an Entropy Immortal that is on par with the Great God Pangu and the Great Goddess Fantian. That is why she is a Great Goddess.”

Yi Ping smiled bitterly at her, “I am grateful for your instruction…”

Yi Si immediately said to him, “Father, be careful!”

Yunzi said firmly, “She is injured now. Fight her with your advantages and exploit her disadvantages!”

Yi Ping nodded but his entire focus was quickly on the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa as he sheathed his swords!

Everyone was startled!

Lele gasped with horror, “Yi Ping, what are you doing?!”

Lie Qing, Shen Xingyue, Ye Yin, Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Han Lin, Aiel, Asura and all the other maidens had all taken a step back in shock in disbelief!

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa appeared to be startled too as she looked intently at Yi Ping, “You are courting your own death? If you don’t use your divine swords, your chance of winning will be slim!”

Yi Ping said as he tapped the Fantian Sovereign Sword, “Don’t get me wrong. I know that you are formidable and I dare not be careless but I don’t like to use my swords against an opponent that has already been injured by my sword.”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa smiled coldly as she played with her fingers, “Not too injured to kill you outright. But I have a habit. I don’t like anyone to give leeway to me. Therefore I will give you a chance. You may choose a challenge of your choosing. How about that?”

She thought wryly, “Will you choose an internal strength challenge against me? It is obviously that you know that I am injured by the Universal Force which is a nemesis to my Great Desolate Force. So what would you choose?”

So she smiled enchantingly, “So what will you choose?”

Yi Ping tightened the buckle of his swords that were on his back before saying, “How about this? If I am able to take three martial power blows from you then you will let all of them go?

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa asked, “Not one blow? Why three? You must know that my martial strength is definitely above you!”

Yi Ping said quietly, “These three blows are for the honorable acceptance of this challenge.”

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa nodded as she stretched out her palm, “Then let us be done with this!”

Yi Ping immediately mustered his entire martial force with the Martial Emperor Divine Force. Immediately he gave a great martial shout as he displayed the Asper Divinity as three bursts of martial force exploded around him, “I am ready!”

Almost immediately, Yi Ping and the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa leapt forward at the same time as they raised their palms at each other. Even before their palms had made contact, there was a thunderous explosion that rippled throughout the vicinity, shaking the ground and stirring debris to fly in all directions!

Yi Ping was sent flying with a large impact onto the ground as everyone gasped aloud!

But Yi Ping coughed out weakly as he stood up almost immediately to say, “Thank you for being merciful!”

Everyone was smiling bitterly!

It did not look as though the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa was showing any mercy at all! 

Yunzi thought silently to herself, “Ping’Er, are you trying to expend her martial strength so that even if you have lost so that she won’t be able to handle our combine strength or she would honor her pledge because of that?”

Shen Xingyue was quietly observing Yi Ping and the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa as she fingered her Blue Heavens Divine Sword while stealing a glance at Ye Yin, Yu’Er and Mei’Er who were all secretly giving each other their secret signals…

The four of them had already reached a secret consensus to take out this Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa with their Four Aggregates Sword Formation at a moment notice. For the past few days, they had seen their co-ordination improving by leaps and bounds. 

Not only had their gained a divine insight as immortal practitioners but they had all managed to put aside differences to work together and had reworked the Four Aggregates Sword Formation with the Flawless Energy Swordplay!

In the past, Ye Yin always had misgivings about Xingyue and her protégé master. But now not had their put aside their past enmities, they were even now close sisters!

The Fiery Phoenix Xingyue was not as fiery as her celestial name suggested. On the contrary, she was almost like the Celestial Fairy Yixian, was quiet in her ways and yet she was supportive to all their causes without any complaints, giving her best with no restraint! 

And of course, they were not the only ones making contingency plans. 

Youxue, Yunzi and Lingfeng were giving knowing glances to each other to coordinate their next action while Lele and Lie Qing were also nodding to each other! 

Aiel whispered to Han Lin, “Han Lin…”

Han Lin smiled, “Mistress, be careful…”

In the meantime, the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa was secretly startled by Yi Ping’s martial force. It was because her martial power alone blow could easily kill an Immortal that was in the fourth positioning and below!

Even if her opponent could handle her outright blow but they would more or less be seriously injured but this Yi Ping could still stand steadily after they had clashed with each other!

She looked at Yi Ping and said nonchalantly, “Very good. I won’t be so restraint next round.”

With that all of a sudden her forehead shimmered a golden stellar color, invoking the martial power of her Seventh Cosmos Positioning!

At the same time Yi Ping’s forehead had also turned golden as he displayed the Seventh Cosmos Positioning!

Yi Ping extended his palm forward and a rainbow fire burst out all of a sudden from his shoulders as his forehead began to glow a golden radiance; he had displayed the Seventh Cosmos Positioning and was channeling all his martial power into his palm!

In a blink of an eye, they had leapt toward each other again and a thunderous clash exploded into a large bang, exploding the very ground that they were upon and upheaval the ground beneath them into bursts of fast expanding debris!

Both Yi Ping and the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa were both knocked back seven steps by their martial forces!

Everyone was gasping breathlessly excitingly!

The Universal Old Man clapped, “Good!”

But Alice, Isa, Xiang, Skylord Jun, Asura, Aiel and the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess were furrowing; it was because as Immortals they could tell that the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa was obviously restraining. But why?

Were her injuries more serious than they had thought?

She was withholding her strength to deal with them later?

She was confident that Yi Ping would be able to handle her third blow then? 

As Yi Ping was knocked back, he inhaled quickly as he began to circulate the flow of his vital energies in his vital channels while thinking, “I can hold her off? One more blow…”

His confidence began to grow immediately! 

The Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa inhaled a vital breath as she looked at Yi Ping while thinking, “He can actually withstand my blow. Good! I am worried that he may not be able to handle my blow. I have actually only used half of my martial power…”

She said, “Now for the third blow, are you ready?”

With that she had immediately raised her Heaven Eyes to the Eighth Sovereign Positioning as a purple radiance began to shimmer from her forehead!

All of a sudden the air around her seemed to be darkened and she was enveloped by a purple shimmering aura!

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess gasped, “That is her Great Desolate Force!”

At that very moment, everyone began to turn ashen; that was because they had thought that they may stand a chance against the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa but judging by the constant flux of her the Chaotic Desolate Force that was like an inertia barrier, they had suddenly lost all their confidence! 

But just as the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa was smiling wryly to herself, she was startled by the sight of Yi Ping who was now being surrounded by six hovering golden discs and even his entire body had turned golden!

Lie Qing gasped out, “The Golden Invincible Force and the Golden Invincible Body!” 

Yi Ping said to the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa, “I am ready to accept your blow!” 

Everyone had unwittingly taken a few steps back as they were all wary of the conflicting martial energies that would soon be unleashed as they held their breath; it seemed that the heavens and earth had suddenly stood still and that the only things that now existed were a golden righteous hue and a purple chaotic hue…