“What about the others” Hope rose in Lu Yuns heart when he looked at the alliance of prodigals. If Changxi had become the third princess of the Unsullied Sea, Jing Dichen, and Deaf Prince Xiangliu Hongzhen was the reincarnated fragment of Goumangs soul… then what about the others Were Bai Qi, Beicang Qiong, Lin Yan, and Feng Ruyu also reincarnated demon gods of the great wilderness
Of those in front of him, the Deaf Prince was the only one who still looked the same. Lu Yun tested the rest by gently waving each strand of soul force in front of them.
Two more disengaged from his fingers and melded into Beicang Qiong and Feng Ruyus bodies. Those strands belonged to Zhurong and Gonggong.
Though they hadnt been connate demon gods, they were peak chaos realm experts of the great wilderness. They, too, had perished in the cataclysm that struck the human dao. But since Lu Yun had obtained a strand of their soul force before his departure, they would be able to regain their strength after they absorbed the tendril back into them—despite having gone through the wheel of reincarnation.
“What about Lin Yin and Bai Qi” Lu Yun looked hopefully at the two of them. They couldnt be ordinary individuals if the treasures of human dao had chosen them. Surely theyd once been awe-inspiring connate great gods as well.
“One of them must be Rushou!” Inspiration struck him. Rushou had died to Dijiang, right in front of Lu Yuns eyes. He hadnt been able to call upon his death arts then and could only watch Dijiang pass away.
Lu Yun scanned the Deaf Prince, Beicang Qiong, and Feng Ruyu. If the three of them were the reincarnated first generation rulers of the four great nations, then Jin nation ruler Rushou must be among them. Lu Yun didnt believe that Rushou would just scatter away on the wind like this.
“But whos the other person” He sank into deep thought.
Not that many strands of soul force had come back with him because their owners had mostly been connate demon gods—chaos realm entities born of nature. He wouldve elicited backlash from the great dao of that era if hed left with too many souvenirs.
There was nothing he couldve done about it. If not for that restriction, he wouldve journeyed through the great wilderness and collected some from all of the connate great gods to plant into the sea of Hell Flowers.
“Jing Dichen is the reincarnated Changxi, which means that out of Bai Qi and Lin Yan, one of them has something to do with the moon or sun,” Lu Yun muttered to himself.
The little fox jumped on top of his head and peered intently at the Deaf Prince and the others, then looked at Jing Huaci.
“I know who she is!” she suddenly shrieked. “Queen Mother of the West! Shes the reincarnated Queen Mother!
“I always thought she seemed very familiar, like the Queen Mother…. But Id always thought the Queen Mother was still alive somewhere in this realm…” A despondent tone crept into her voice.
The Queen Mother of the West was the mistress of Kunlun Mountain, once home to the celestial court. Since the little fox had been the courts celestial master, she shared an uncommon bond with the Queen Mother. The little fox wouldve recognized the goddess even in reincarnated form.
It was just, in the little foxs heart, the Queen Mother couldnt possibly die. She had to be alive somewhere in the world. But when she and Lu Yun traveled to Kunlun Mountain and learned from Kaiming the reason behind the goddess death, that was when shed accepted her hunch that Jing Huaci was the Queen Mother.
The river of time in this realm had formed after the little fox and others traveled to the future. Its core essence was the core essence of the Queen Mother of the West, which was also why the treasure of human dao had chosen Jing Huaci.
As for the treasure of time, Goumang, Rushou, Gonggong, and Zhurong represented metal, wood, water, and fire. Changxi and another demon god that Lu Yun was unfamiliar with represented yin and yang. The combination of all of these elements formed the power of space.
Earth was absent from this line up, and rightly so. If all five elements were present, then the treasure would produce a real world instead of the power of space.
Lu Yun had never met the Queen Mother of the West, so he nodded gently at the identification. “Lets leave them be so they can cultivate.”
Not too far off in the distance, Ge Long and Fuying  silently watched Lu Yuns return. Carmine Eternal and Arbiter were in their usual haunts in the City of the Dead, immensely enjoying themselves with the citys residents.
Rueful smiles wreathed Ge Longs face at the moment. “So that lord is him No wonder he seemed very familiar with me the first time we met.”
“Who” Fuying asked with surprise.
“Cant say, I cant say.” Ge Long shook his head rapidly.
Lu Yun arrived by the sea of Hell Flowers and gently scattered soul force over the flowers. A dozen of them found a flower and attached to it, becoming one with their new home and emanating subtle ripples of soul force.
From this, he could tell that Bai Zhaoju, Zhi Guangji, Chi Biaonu, and the Yellow Emperor had all perished. Now safeguarding their soul force, Hell Flowers borrowed the power of reincarnation in hell to rebuild their souls.
“Huaxu and Leize died in the end… Hongjun, Xuanyuans master, and Hongjuns third disciple whom Ive never met also died.” Lu Yun shook slightly. “Wahuang and Ah Zhi also died… Shaodian, Jiang Ti, Ah Niu and the others didnt survive either.”
Dejection crept across his face. To him, theyd only parted for a short decade. But for them, the farewell had been eternal. Death in his eyes wasnt the process of turning from a living being to a yin soul, then a ghost, and finally a dead spirit… but to be completely scattered and true spirit extinguished.
Baize, Xiangliu, and Kuafu that Lu Yun had stolen a bit of soul force from, as well as sun goddess Xihe whod tried to use him as a shield had all dissipated upon the wind. Hed forgiven the sun goddess in the end, but they were never to meet again.
“Yellow Emperor Han Shuniu was the main protagonist of that era and ushered in the glory age of human dao by himself. But he also died at some point.” Melancholy wrapped around Lu Yun as he gazed upon Han Shunius sleeping soul force in one of the flowers.
Hed also made a few trips to search out connate great gods whod once protected the human race, including poor Kaiming whod fallen into the great wilderness along with Kunlun Mountain. Lu Yun had soundlessly stolen some soul force from them, but here they slumbered, dead in this current era.
“Wait, Ah Baos alive!” Lu Yuns eyes lit up at the sight of a tendril still drifting over a flower. Hed never forgotten the young girl whod sacrificed her own core essence to pull him back from the brink of death with the most primitive strength possible.
“Ah Baos alive, shes still alive! Wheres her reincarnated body” He waved a hand and called upon the six paths of his nascent spirit, utilizing the mountain ghosts soul force to determine where she was now.
“Shes… Wanfeng!” A smile curved Lu Yuns lips. “No wonder, no wonder Fuxi took her as a disciple in this era!”
It was an enormous comfort to him that Ah Bao was still alive. As for the others, he could only make use of Hell Flowers to slowly reform their souls. He couldnt bring them back to life immediately and restore their sense of self, but he believed that day wasnt too far off.
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