The sudden turn of events almost gave Xing Mou whiplash. Shed thought she, along with the irreverent heretics who dared challenge the Monster God, would be torn apart in an agonizing death. But now, theyd been cordially invited to his palace!
Tidewatcher City sat by the ocean and was one of the biggest cities on the outskirts of Levitating Island. Spanning a hundred kilometers, it rivaled Dusk City in size. Miaos palace happened to be located in this city.
Being a golden immortal made her a formidable player on the fringes of the island, and her mastery of illusions only amplified her authority. The other overlords in the area were reluctant to make an enemy out of someone who could ensnare their senses.
By now, Miao was back in the form of the beautiful man Lu Yun had met in the burial mound. Silver eyes were framed by silver locks, and both carried by unrivaled grace—this was the Monster God that locals were familiar with.
“Big sister Mo Yi brought me here,” Miao said with resignation. “She said the island is special, that it used to be a sacred land of the monster spirits, so it will help with my recovery.”
“Is that why youre able to transform now” Lu Yun and Qing Han couldnt believe their eyes.
Aoxue, Beigong Yu, and Xing Mou had been taken somewhere else in the palace to rest, leaving only Miao with the two of them.
“Its not that magical.” Given her current form, Miao had opted for a deeply resonant, androgynous voice. If Lu Yun and Qing Han hadnt seen her true form before, they never wouldve believed that the beautiful man before them was actually a little girl around nine years old.
“Three months ago, big sister came and gave me her dao fruit and its cultivation. That brought my cultivation to the golden immortal realm, and thats why I can transform into human form.”
Mo Yi had been a dao immortal before shed severed her own cultivation and fallen back to the august immortal realm. Despite crippling her strength, she still possessed her dao fruit. With the path of cultivation restored, shed made up her mind to retrace the journey of immortality. She thus severed her own cultivation again and gave the little fox her dao fruit and the cultivation embodied within.
Lu Yun and Qing Han were struck speechless by the recounting. Mo Yi… sure was unforgiving on herself. Thus far, shed severed her own cultivation a couple times, and had now even given away her own dao fruit. That took courage that many other immortals didnt possess. It was extremely perilous to destroy ones cultivation, and Beigong Yu had almost died when hed done so.
“Big sister Mo Yi said that theres a great secret hidden on this island. The tomb of the ancient ancestor of the monster spirits If I can find it, I may be able to recover my full power and be myself again!”
Miao reverted into her true form of a furry, nine-tailed fox cub, and clung to Lu Yuns neck like a koala, nagging in a soft voice. Shed already died once, leaving her with no memory or cultivation. The tomb of the monster spirits ancestor might help her recover her true self.
“Help me help me help me! You have to help me! I know youre strong. A little tomb wont be a problem for you!”
Lu Yun scratched his nose while Qing Han turned away. The imposing and serious-looking monster spirit god from moments ago had suddenly turned into a coquettish fox and was acting cute.
“Alright, Ill help you.” Lu Yun laughed wryly. “But I have other things to attend to first. I have to go to the capital city of the North Sea court.”
“Oh” The fox clambered to the top of Lu Yuns head. “Thats easy! Im a marquis of the court. I can take you to the capital! Eh Wait, thats not right!” Miao leapt off his head. “What are you doing in the North Sea The Dao Flowers bloom attracted a great deal of attention and enhanced Dusk Provinces prestige. You shouldve stayed there to further develop your territory....” She batted round, baby-blue eyes. “Did you come here to raid a tomb”
“Good guess,” Lu Yun admitted with some surprise.
The fox shook her furry head. “The legendary ancient skydragon tomb is about to open, which is located in the seas around the capital. You cant be going there for anything else.”
“What” Lu Yun turned to Qing Han with a grave expression. “The tomb is opening”
“Hehehe, youve only just arrived, havent you The news has reached all parts of the North Sea. Immortals from all around the world have gathered here to search for the tomb. They say youre coming here in search of the tomb as well, so the North Sea monster spirits have set up many traps in preparation,” she continued proudly, “Youll need me if you want to enter the capital!”
Her ears suddenly twitched. With a flash of bewitching sparkles, she morphed back into the inhumanly handsome and urbane gentleman.
“Your Holiness, Marquis Kun requests an audience!” A cultivator in black armor rushed in.
“Marquis Kun Whats he doing here” Miaos faint silver eyebrows furrowed as she waved a dismissive hand. “I see, you may go.”
“Understood!” The cultivator hurriedly took his leave.
“Marquis Kun” Lu Yun asked. “Are there other kunpengs in the North Sea”
Beigong Yu had been the only one in the world of immortals, and he was now Lu Yuns Infernum. It quite surprised Lu Yun to hear about a Marquis Kun.
“Hes just a shark who luckily stumbled upon some kunpeng energy and absorbed it.” Miao was so masterful in illusions that her expression was vividly reflected on her manifested self.
“Ive got it!” The fox jumped in realization. “The shark is in cahoots with House Donglin. The little girl you brought here is a pet the house has been shepherding. Thats why hes here.”
“Xing Mou” Qing Han asked in bafflement. “Shepherded by... House Donglin”
“Her cosmic constitution is awakening!” said Miao. “It was dormant back when House Donglin found her on this island. They killed her master and set her loose so her constitution would gradually awaken.
“Their Donglin Taihuang cultivates the cosmic method. He needs to copulate with a woman that has a cosmic constitution. However, the Qing patriarch keeps failing to produce a daughter, so Xing Mou is an easy solution.”
Miao had only been here for a year, but shed collected a lot of critical information about the players on the island. It was how she was able to avoid trouble and establish herself as the Monster God with her own forces.
“No wonder....” Now Qing Han understood why she was so fond of Xing Mou. They shared the same constitution.
Although Xing Mou knew a unique disguising method, it wasnt enough to fool high-level immortals. Shed only managed to survive on this island because of House Donglin, who killed everyone that dared think about laying a finger on her. They couldnt stay put after the girl was brought to Miaos palace, and therefore sent Marquis Kun to bring her back.
The awakening of the cosmic constitution was a unique process that no one could force. The constitution must be allowed to come into fruition on its own, and employing outside force might destroy it.
House Donglin had studied the subject for thousands of years, and knew how to identify someone with the cosmic constitution and guide its awakening. They considered the process not unlike keeping an animal free range. Thus, they called it star-shepherding.
“Monster God, this marquis has paid you a visit. Id appreciate a meeting in person!” a brusque voice rasped through the palace and shook the architecture.
“Why dont we return Xing Mou to House Donglin” Miao shrank inward. “Marquis Kun is more influential and powerful than I am, and I cant make an enemy out of him. Moreover, if House Donglin makes a move and discovers your identities...”
“No!” Qing Han shot her down before Lu Yun could speak. “I wont let them have Xing Mou no matter what!”
There was no one who hated House Donglin more than Qing Han; she hated them down to the very core of her being. They were why shed never been able to be herself since birth. Even now, she didnt dare tell Lu Yun the truth. Though she knew that shed be free once Xing Mous cosmic constitution awakened, she still didnt want House Donglin to get what they wanted.
“Ugly thing, youre still ugly even though youve become prettier!” Miao gave him a sideways glance. “You havent fallen in love with the little girl, have you Listen, shes a bad omen wholl bring misfortune to everyone around her.”
“Bad omen” Qing Hans lips twitched. “What a coincidence, Im a bad omen as well.”
Miao paused and lowered her head. “Your damn accursed spirit root.”
The entire palace creaked and groaned.
“Monster God, you flamboyant sissy! Get your ass out here!” Running out of patience, Marquis Kun rained some blows down on the palace.
“Damned shark, do you think this holy one is a pushover!” Miao was growing anxious. Shed only been here for a year, and her foundation was far inferior to that of the shark marquis. Besides, Marquis Kun was an arcane immortal. Her illusions could fool golden immortals, but not an arcane immortal.
“You dare call yourself Marquis Kun just because youve absorbed some kunpeng energy, you little shark!” roared a furious voice. In the next moment, an enormous avian claw descended from the sky and closed around the shark, interrupting his taunting.
“A peerless immortal!” Despair flashed through Marquis Kuns face as he stared at the giant claw. Peerless immortals were at the top of the pecking order here and should be found only at the heart of the island. Why would one come to Tidewatcher City Moreover, there was a familiar power in the peerless immortals claw, which tore apart the strand of kunpeng energy in his body.-