As he described his experiences throughout the years, Chen Xi had been constantly trying to be concise, succinct, and avoid mixing any emotions in it.
After all, he’d truly experienced too many events since he’d left Pine Mist City. If he were to describe them in detail, then it would be impossible to finish even in three days and three nights.
But even then, he’d used a few hours of time before he’d finally told them everything.
As soon as he finished speaking, Chen Xi even felt that his mouth and tongue were slightly dry, and he picked up his teacup and took a light sip from it.
Zuoqiu Xue stared blankly at him after she finished hearing all of this, and the expression on her beautiful face changed incessantly for a long time. In the end, she actually couldn’t help but cry again.
She’d truly never imagined that her son had actually suffered so much tribulation and danger throughout the years. When she thought about how all of this was related to her departure, she couldn’t help but feel guilty and shed tears.
Chen Xi hurriedly wrapped his hand around her shoulder and consoled her in a light voice, and only then we he able to make her slightly recover a state of calm.
On the other hand, Chen Lingjun had fallen into a long period of silence upon hearing all of this. His heart ached as well from everything Chen Xi had encountered throughout these years. However, he paid even more attention to the karma that resided behind all of Chen Xi’s experiences.
For example, the Manor, the River Diagram fragments, the Third Netherworld Emperor, the Sovereign Sect, the Divine Dark Parasol Tree, the Chaotic Divine Lotus, and so on and so forth.
After a long time passed, Chen Lingjun finally raised his head to glance at Chen Xi, and he seemed to want to say something yet hesitated in the end.
“What is it?” Zuoqiu Xue had noticed his unusual actions.
Chen Lingjun was stunned, and then he fell silent for a short while again before he actually roared with extremely happy laughter that shook the snow and wind in the surroundings.
“I was just so very happy. I never expected that we wouldn’t just have grandsons and granddaughters, we even have great grandsons and great granddaughters!” Chen Lingjun beamed with joy and had almost started dancing with joy. Even Zuoqiu Xue couldn’t help but be affected by the heartfelt delight he revealed, and her beautiful face was covered by a smile.
Chen Xi was instantly speechless. Earlier, he’d spoke briefly about his son Chen An, his daughter Chen Nuo, his nephew Chen Yu, grandnephew Chen Baojing, and grandniece Chen Yunzhi.
However, he’d never imagined that finding out about this would actually make his father feel so happy to the point of beaming with joy and being unable to maintain his composure.
However, in next to no time, Chen Xi felt extremely gratified. His only regret was that he couldn’t reunite them with Chen Hao and the others.
The atmosphere here became much more harmonious, and it wasn’t, unfamiliar and distant any longer.
“Xi’er, since you’ve come to the Chen Clan now. I presume you know some things about me.” After they chattered for a long time, Chen Lingjun’s expression suddenly became solemn.
“I know a little.” Chen Xi nodded. He’d suppressed this matter in his heart for a very long time, and he urgently desired to know the answer.
“Actually, everything is related to my past lifetime.” Chen Lingjun pondered deeply for a moment before he said, “I was a descendant of the Chen Clan in my past life. I was able to participate in the Battle of Dao Protectors by chance, and it was at then that I obtained a precious treasure on Godrank Mountain. It was exactly that precious treasure that completely changed the path of my life….
“After the Battle of Dao Protectors came to an end, I attained the Daolord Realm in one go, and I relied on the might of that precious treasure to lead the entire Chen Clan in battle. After many years of bloody battle, I finally won this Nine Spirit World for the Chen Clan and allowed the entire Chen Clan to finally become an intermediate level clan.
“At that time, I was full of high spirits and was enormously proud of my success, and I received the love, reverence, and esteem of the entire Chen Clan. Even Ancestor Chen Taichong listened to my every word, and it could be said that I attained boundless glory.”
As Chen Lingjun described the incidents of the past, and a wisp of a haughty and proud expression couldn’t help but appear in the space between his brows. Such experiences that were branded into one’s memories were impossible to rub away.
However, he suddenly frowned when he spoke up to this point, and then he suddenly sighed while his expression transformed into one of slight coldness and pain.
“At that time, the entire Chen Clan supported me fully, and they hoped I could continue leading them in battle and continue rising up in the world so that the Chen Clan could become a high level clan in the Primal Chaos Origin.
“However, I suffered a mishap at that time. It was unavoidable that the precious treasure I possessed aroused the covetous intentions of others, and it was even to the extent that the energy of the Godrank Chart was alarmed. It made the Eye of Heavenly Tribulation descend with the intention of seizing the precious treasure in my possession.
“Hmph! How could I have possibly allowed it to succeed?”
Chen Lingjun’s expression carried a wisp of a proud, mighty, and cold expression. “In the end, even though I succeeded at protecting it after risking my life, I was forced to choose to reincarnate.
“But never had I imagined that the Godrank Chart would still refuse to let me go after I’d reincarnated, and it started relying on the Sovereign Sect to deal with me.
“I reincarnated into a disciple of the Sovereign Sect, Chen Tailing, and I intended to rely on this identity to avoid such danger. But never had I imagined that the Sovereign Sect’s Master would see through me, and I failed in the end.
“After that, I reincarnated into Oracle Mountain’s Daoist Sheng Ji, and I intended to rely on Oracle Mountain to protect myself. But never had I imagined that I would still suffer from the Sovereign Sect’s Master’s schemes once Founding Ancestor Fuxi left.
“Next, I reincarnated as Yun Fusheng of Dao Emperor Academy…. Unfortunately, I still failed short of success.
“This string of failures allowed me to realize a problem, and it was that if I didn’t give the precious treasure away, then I would suffer persecution no matter how many times I reincarnated.”
When he spoke up to here, a smile that carried deep meaning appeared on the corners of his mouth. “My experiences in this lifetime prove that my actions were correct.”
Chen Xi couldn’t help but ask. “You gave that precious treasure away?”
“Yes.” Chen Lingjun gazed at Chen Xi with a thought provoking smile on his face. ‘However, I didn’t give it to the Sovereign Sect or an outsider.”
Chen Xi was stunned. “Then who exactly did you give it to?”
“You.” Zuoqiu Xue chuckled as she spoke these words.
Chen Xi was instantly shocked. “Me?”
He was truly unable to figure out when he had such a precious treasure.
Chen Xi guessed. “Is it the Manor?”
“No. Even though the Manor is formidable, it belongs to Fuxi, and it wasn’t from Godrank Mountain.” Zuoqiu Xue shook her head.
Chen Xi asked again. “Then is it the Netherworld Register and Condemn Evil brush?”
“They aren’t as well. They belong to the Third Netherworld Emperor.” Zuoqiu Xue shook her head again.
Chen Xi frowned deeply and pondered for a long time before he spoke doubtfully. “Then could it be a River Diagram fragment?”
Zuoqiu Xue smiled and seemed to tacitly confirm it.
Chen Xi was stunned. “It really is that treasure?”
Chen Lingjun stopped beating around the bush and smiled. “It is. But it’s unlike any other River Diagram fragment.”
He paused for a moment and continued. “Xi’er, you should be aware that there are nine River Diagram fragments in the world, but do you know how it was shattered?”
This was a question that had troubled Chen Xi for a very long time. Because he was very clearly aware that the River Diagram had always been whole during the last 8 eras, and it had only been shattered into nine during this era!
So, how was it shattered?
Chen Lingjun’s gaze burned brilliantly as he spoke frankly. “It’s impossible to shatter it with the strength of a cultivator. It was shattered by the… Heaven Dao!”
The Heaven Dao!
Chen Xi was shocked, and he couldn’t help but gasp. He’d never imagined that the River Diagram would have actually been shattered by the supreme and ethereal Heaven Dao!
This truth was truly too shocking and unimaginable.
Who would dare to imagine that the Heaven Dao would actually act against a treasure?
“It’s impossible to determine if this treasure’s name original was the River Diagram. But it’s certain that it was born from within the quintessence of the Chaos of the three dimensions, and its origins are more ancient than anything in the world. It has experienced and survived 8 eras with the three dimensions. According to rumor, it’s possibly to find the true Ultimate Path towards the Dao by relying on it.” Chen Lingjun had a solemn expression as he said, “But after so many years, not a single person has really found the secrets to that Ultimate Path towards the Dao.
“You’ve been to the Land of Catastrophe, so you should be aware that the Saviors of the last 8 era possessed the River Diagram, yet none of them succeeded in the end.
“However, this era is unlike the eras of the past, and the River Diagram has become different as well. It was shattered into nine pieces that were scattered throughout the world, and all of this was naturally done by the Heaven Dao.
“The Heaven Dao is ethereal, supreme, and boundless. Its order covers the world and maintains the existence of this entire era. But even I don’t know exactly why it shattered the River Diagram.”
Chen Lingjun took a deep breath and said, “But I suspect that the Heaven Dao might have noticed something, and that was the reason it had acted in this way.
“Because when I obtained that precious treasure on Godrank Mountain all those years ago, even I didn’t know that it was actually a River Diagram fragment!” Chen Lingjun’s voice carried a wisp of surprise and bewilderment, and he seemed to have recalled the scenes of the past.
“What exactly was it?” Chen Xi’s heart was slightly incapable of remaining calm.
“It was a single word.” Chen Lingjun remained silent for a moment, and then he spoke a single word in a light, obscure, and forceful voice. “Dao!”
Chen Xi instantly fell into a feeling of indescribably shock. A piece of the River Diagram that was hidden on Godrank Mountain had transformed into a precious treasure, and the precious treasure had actually taken the form of the character ‘道’!
This is simply… inconceivable!
After that, Chen Xi suddenly thought of something and cried out involuntarily. “Could that have been the 9th River Diagram fragment?”
Chen Lingjun nodded.
Chen Xi felt like he’d been struck by lightning. He’d been constantly thinking about exactly where the 9th River Diagram fragment was hidden, and he wondered why he hadn’t heard any news about it until now.
He’d asked Wu Xuechan, Tang Xian, Di Shun, and Wen Daozhen, but all of them expressed that they didn’t know.
All of this made Chen Xi have the feeling that he had a very slim hope of finding the 9th River Diagram fragment, and it had become a knot in his heart.
But at this moment, when he heard that the precious treasure his father obtained on Godrank Mountain all those years ago was actually the 9th River Diagram fragment, it made Chen Xi feel dazed from disbelief.
Most importantly, his father had spoken with certainty that the precious treasure had been given to him since he was young….
That was the true source of Chen Xi’s shock!