Ji Ning reverently accepted the black jade bottle, the white jade bottle, and the calabash gourd!
“You can go now.” Daofather Crimsonbright smiled and nodded.
Ning left the main hall, now in an absolutely wonderful mood. He returned to the Darknorth army camp, going back to his own residence.
“Back so soon?” Yu Wei was there to welcome Ning back.
“Haha…” Ning just couldn’t stop chortling. “Bring me some wine.”
Yu Wei immediately produced a bottle of Immortal nectar. Even as she was just beginning to bring out the winecups and other drinking implements, Ning immediately grabbed the bottle, raised his head up high, then began to guzzle it down happily. He felt a smooth feeling fill his entire body, surging straight to his head. He couldn’t help but exclaim, “How wonderful!”
“It seems you are in quite a good mood, junior apprentice-brother.” Yu Wei sat down next to him.
“How can I not be?” Ning laughed. “I’ll have you by my side on the battlefield, senior apprentice-sister, and we now have a daughter. In addition, we are going to achieve a grand victory in this Realmwar. Everything will be just perfect. The heavens are truly kind to me.”
Yu Wei smiled as well. She reached out with her left hand to take Ning’s hand as well.
Ning laughed again.
“Let me mix up the medicine first.” Ning waved his hand, producing the white jade bottle and a gourd. He pulled the stoppers out from the gourd and the jade bottle. The gourd was a magic treasure meant for the express purpose of holding wine. It wasn’t that precious, merely an Immortal-ranked magic treasure; Daofathers were capable of casually manufacturing such items. A suctioning power appeared within the mouth of the gourd, pulling all of the medicine within the jade bottle into it.
“Mix up the medicine?” Yu Wei was puzzled.
“Right. Later, we’ll give this antidote to our three thousand Celestial Immortals and three hundred thousand Loose Immortals to ingest,” Ning said with a laugh. “You need to ingest it as well.”
“Ingest this antidote? Why?” Yu Wei asked.
Ning said, “Can’t you guess? Senior apprentice-sister, Human Emperor Shennong is a master of medicine. In terms of creating Immortal medicines, no one in the entire Three Realms can compare to him. Once this medicine is released, all Immortals within ten thousand kilometers will have their energy completely frozen and unusable. They’ll be like ordinary mortals. Tell me…if this is suddenly used on the battlefield, what will happen to the Seamless Gate?”
“It’s that amazing?” Yu Wei nodded slowly in amazement. “If that happens, the Seamless Gate will lose disastrously. But junior apprentice-brother…the Seamless Gate supposedly has formidable intelligence networks at their fingers. Can it be that they don’t know and aren’t prepared?”
“Given their intelligence networks, they probably already know.” Ning shook his head. “But this is an open scheme, not a hidden one. If they assault me en masse, I’ll release the Immortal medicine and wipe them all out. If they don’t…given the power of my Darknorth army, I can break then down one at a time.”
Yu Wei nodded gently. “This truly is an open scheme. They know you have the Immortal poison, but without the antidote, there’s nothing the Seamless Gate can do.”
“The Human Emperor truly is incredible.” Ning let out a sigh. “He’s actually able to manufacturing such an incredible Immortal medicine as this.”
Ning picked up the wine-gourd and gave it a good shake, listening to the sound of the wine sloshing around within it.
“The medicine’s been mixed in.” Ning smiled as he looked at Yu Wei. “Want to be the first one to use it?”
“No rush.” Yu Wei said with curiosity, “What does this Immortal medicine look like?”
Ning chuckled. “The antidote? It was in this white jade bottle, while the poison is in this black jade bottle.” Waving his hand, Ning produced the black jade bottle as well.
“Oh?” Yu Wei reached out for it. “Let me take a look.”
Ning was startled. For a brief moment, he wanted to refuse…but it was just a brief moment and a brief thought. He didn’t actually refuse or stop her.
“Careful with it, senior apprentice-sister,” Ning instructed.
“Of course.” Yu Wei held the black jade bottle in her hands.
Within the world of the Violetdawn Pearl.
Yu Wei’s incarnation was here, alongside Brightmoon.
“Mother.” Her daughter, Brightmoon, continued to kneel there. She stared wide-eyed at Yu Wei. “I know I was wrong. Can you plead with Father on my behalf? Ask him not to be angry with me. I really know I was wrong.”
Yu Wei’s incarnation walked over to her daughter’s side, kneeling down next to her and gently embracing her.
Brightmoon was startled…and then she happily inhaled deeply, smelling of her mother’s scent. “Mother, you smell so nice. Brightmoon loves it!”
“You need to be a good girl. In the future, don’t make your father angry, understood?”
“Oh. I really know that I made a mistake this time!”
“Mm. I know you are a good girl, Brightmoon. The best girl.”
Yu Wei’s incarnation held Brightmoon in her arms. Suddenly…her tears began to fall.
“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” Yu Wei’s incarnation held Brightmoon in her arms, while the confused Brightmoon raised her head to look at her mother puzzledly. Yu Wei just looked back at her, as though wanting to firmly engrave the memory of her daughter into her heart.
She dissipated like a mist.
“Mother?” Brightmoon hurriedly called out.
The world of the Grand Xia. Whitepole Commandery. Within the Eight Dragons Cloudcity, hovering in midair. Ning’s residence.
Yu Wei’s slender, pale fingers held the black jade bottle as she looked towards Ning.
She still remembered the first time she had met this junior apprentice-brother of hers…it was back when Ning had first entered the Black-White College. During the Dao Debates at the Black-White College, Ning had repeatedly overcome all challengers in an absolutely dazzling fashion, causing Yu Wei to become intrigued. She thus personally challenged Ning to a duel. Perhaps…even as far as back then, she had subconsciously wanted to leave Ning with an impression of her.
That trip to the Witchriver Immortal Estate…she had watched as Ning and Ninelotus had parted ways, watched as Ning had left all by himself…
In the Brightmoon Diagram of the Mountains and Rivers…she had experienced life and death by his side. She had protected him, and he had protected her. Their hearts had grown closer, and when she suddenly was faced with life-threatening danger, he had finally charged forward and taken her into his arms. Faced with his embrace, she could no longer hold back. Even though she was a member of the Seamless Alliance, she swore an oath to herself to never, ever hurt him.
Later on, she had returned from her tutelage under Patriarch Lu, and Ning had come back as well.
Finally, they were together.
Be it her past life or her present life…these days were the happiest days she had ever experienced. They had viewed flowers together, watched the moon together, and their two hearts were like one…
She would stroke her belly, watching as her junior apprentice-brother practiced with the sword…
She would prepare delicacies as she waited for her junior apprentice-brother to return…
And finally…finally! Their daughter was safely born into the world. Although the Godking had issued the order soon afterwards, at least the two of them had been given some time together, and at least they now had a child together…
It was enough. These happy days had been the most blissful, joyful days she had ever experienced, in this life or the previous one.
Only…she truly felt sorry towards her junior apprentice-brother, towards their daughter…
Thousands of thoughts, countless emotions…they all flashed through her mind.
Right at this moment, within the Violetdawn Pearl’s world, Yu Wei’s incarnation was tightly holding her daughter in her arms as tears began to cascade from her eyes.
The slender, white, dainty fingers…shattered the black jade bottle.
Ning had been in a superb mood. The sound of the shattering jade bottle was like an explosion that rang out against his very soul. He stared at the already-shattered black jade bottle in disbelief. How…how could…
Silently and soundlessly, Shennong’s medicine that had been contained within the black jade bottle began to immediately spread outwards in every direction.
Ning and Yu Wei were the first to be affected by it. The Immortal energy within their bodies was instantly congealed, giving them no way to activate it at all.
“What just happened?”
Almost instantly, all of the Loose Immortals and Celestial Immortals within the Darknorth army camp felt their bodies turn soft. Their Immortal energy became completely unusable, and the light, airy feeling of grace they usually felt was gone as well. They were like completely ordinary mortals.
Shennong’s medicine quickly began to spread out in every direction.
It spread out to cover an area of ten thousand kilometers…and in truth, the entire Eight Dragons Cloudcity was only ten thousand kilometers in size.
A furious roar rang out, echoing throughout the entire Eight Dragons Cloudcity.
This was Daofather Crimsonbright’s voice.
Instantly, a surge of powerful energy swept out and encompassed the city, immediately curtailing the spread of Shennong’s medicine and causing it to remain where it was. However…although Daofather Crimsonbright had reacted quite quickly, a terrifying number of Celestial Immortals and Loose Immortals had been afflicted. The poison had spread far, far beyond the confines of the Darknorth army camp.
Ning just stared disbelievingly at his senior apprentice-sister.
His soul was shaking.
His heart was trembling.
His Dao-heart was strong…but no matter how strong it was, Ning was still thrust into a state of terror and absolute disbelief.
Not even the most terrifying of demonheart tribulations would have been capable of throwing Ning into a state of despair like he currently felt. When the black jade bottle had been shattered, Ning had instantly realized, but…his realization only caused him utter terror.
Yu Wei looked at Ji Ning.
Ji Ning looked at Yu Wei.
Their gazes met in midair.
It became a moment eternal, a memory eternal.
Ning could sense the endless love and affection contained within his senior apprentice-sister’s eyes, could sense how absolutely unwilling she was to part from him. He could sense that her love for him in this moment was so deep, it was etched into her very bones, into her very soul. He could also sense something else in her gaze…
“I’m sorry.” Yu Wei said these words softly. She just looked at Ning, as though she wanted to completely memorize his appearance and imprint it into the deepest parts of her soul.
The wind blows…the sand flies…
Yu Wei’s immediately body began to break apart and collapse, as though it was being transformed into tiny granules of sand. It was like a tiny flame being extinguished. In the instant that she had shattered the black jade bottle, she had unhesitatingly chosen to end her life as well. Her Celestial Immortal Jindan had already completely collapsed.
It was like a wind blew past…and she was like smoke being blown away by the wind, completely vanishing from the world.
Ning reached out with his hands, wanting to catch something…but there was nothing to catch.
He stood there stupidly, arms stretched out.
His inability to use his Immortal energy?
The fact that the destruction of Shennong’s medicine would influence the entire Realmwar?
The fact that they might lose this Realmwar?
None of these thoughts entered Ning’s mind at all…
He just stared blankly at the spot where his senior apprentice-sister had been sitting. Just now, a moment ago, she had been sitting there. She had prepared Immortal wine for him, had smiled merrily at him, just as she had always done whenever he had returned from those many battles.
It was all gone now!
There was no one seated on that chair. It was empty…as though Yu Wei had never been there, had never existed.
“Her soul’s gone?”
“It’s all gone…”
Ning mumbled to himself, “Gone…she’s gone…gone forever…”
“Why is it…”
“Why did it have to be like this…”
“Father and Mother are gone. Now, she’s gone as well.” Ning just sat there woodenly. It was though he had lost his soul. He just stared blankly at the place where she had sat. Just moments ago, she had sat there. She had smiled at him, a smile that had made Ning feel so warm, so blissful.
A figure appeared out of nowhere. It was the utterly enraged Daofather Crimsonbright.
Ning, however, just continued to sit there, staring at the place where she had sat. Staring at the place where she had been…