Yi Ping was ushered to the palace gate of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan without further incident by the Great Lord Shenmu.
Along the way, they did not talk.
Or rather, it was inconvenience for him to ask the Goddess Aeris anything at all for the Great Lord Shenmu would be able to hear them.
Yi Ping was forced to sigh with resignation as he had too many questions to ask.
He would rather the Great Lord Shenmu to ask him something but he did not.
The Great Lord Shenmu smiled as the divine gate of the palace slowly opened and a dozen other Desolate Immortals could be seen, “We have reached.”
At the sight of the Great Lord Shenmu, the guards began to shout. “Great Lord Shenmu is back!”
The Great Lord Shenmu looked at him and said, “Come on in. Aren’t you curious about what the palace of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan is going to look like?”
Yi Ping nodded as he entered through the gate before saying, “Indeed!”
The Great Lord Shenmu laughed aloud, “Good! You are honest. Do you know that even the Goddess Aeris has never been here before?”
Yi Ping was startled as he looked at the Goddess Aeris who replied, “Indeed that is so. The Great Lord Xuan Yuan doesn’t like visitors.”
As they talked, the Great Lord Shenmu had already taken them up the spiraling stairs. As soon as they stepped on the top of the walls, they were greeted by strong furious winds as they overlooked the layout of the Ancient City!
The view was so beautiful and Yi Ping could see beautiful citadels of all sizes chaining to the Ancient Fortress. And above the Ancient Fortress were many winged beasts of all sizes!
The Great Lord Shenmu said, “We are at the main part of the Ancient Fortress where we can see almost the entire layout.”
Yi Ping murmured, “It is so beautiful! How many citadels are chained to the Ancient Fortress? How did they stay afloat?”
The Great Lord Shenmu looked at him with a wry smile, “Surely you know that there are twelve citadels that are chained to the Ancient Fortress. Throughout the years, only two citadels remain untouched by the other Great Lords. They are the Verdant Palace of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan and the Firmament Citadel of the World Ruler Fu Xi.”
He did not answer Yi Ping why the Ancient Fortress and the twelve citadels were able to stay afloat because the logic was as simple as breathing.
Even Yi Ping felt a little foolish when he had asked that. It was because he had suddenly remembered that the first time he had seen the Heavenly Relic, it was suspending itself in mid-air and yet it was heavier than it looked!
The Stellar Sanctuary, the floating islands of the Celestial Realm and many other things that he had seen were all the same, defying the laws of gravity!
But when the Great Lord Shenmu saw Yi Ping’s expressions, he laughed aloud. “You sure are a curious one. Few immortals bother to ask that. We are immortals and live outside the material plane. The material plane is bounded by the laws of gravity while we the immortals are bounded by the laws of inverse gravity. Do you get me?”
Yi Ping was stumped as he muttered, “The laws of inverse gravity?…”
Seeing his perplexed look, the Great Lord Shenmu laughed jovially. “Never mind! That is just a term that I have coined. Let’s talk about other matters!”
Yi Ping quickly said, “No, it is alright. I am curious to know more…”