Volume 19, Chapter 174.1: Snow Empress

Huo Yuhao was like a bystander now. He sensed the three of them talking in his Spiritual Sea and found it very weird.

The Illustrious Virtue Hall’s underground base was a mess. Besides the Illustrious Virtue Hall members who chased after the Body Sect, those with lesser cultivations remained to help those who had been injured.

Huo Yuhao was among those who needed help. He was brought to a safer place after he was verified to be alive. He also acted like he was unconscious, and was thus temporarily safe.

“Snow Lady, let me help you to gather your origin power first. Maybe you’ll have a chance at recovery.” The Ice Empress wanted to use Huo Yuhao’s soul power to help the Snow Empress shrink the transparent fluid that was the manifestation of the Snow Empress’ origin power.

However, the Ice Empress soon realized that something was amiss. That was because she couldn’t control Huo Yuhao’s internal strength like she could before.

“Yuhao, do something. Come and help.” The Ice Empress snapped.

Huo Yuhao laughed bitterly. “Ice Empress, I’m not doing nothing! I’m just scared that the Snow Empress will misunderstand if I just suddenly appear.”

The Snow Empress did misunderstand. She sensed Huo Yuhao’s aura and asked in shock, “Ice, you’re residing in a human’s body? How did your dignity fall to this stage? What happened? It’s you. You’re the one who smashed the Godsealing Altar and released me?”

Huo Yuhao was annoyed. “But you took advantage of my kindness and froze me too. Without the Ice Empress’ strength, I would’ve become a real ice sculpture.”

The Snow Empress was furious, “You humans are all evil. I don’t need your help.”

The Ice Empress sighed. She knew that no one could change the Snow Empress’ mind when she got angry. The only way was to clarify things first.

She tried her best to explain how she had met Huo Yuhao and the Skydream Iceworm, as well as how the Skydream Iceworm had convinced her to become Huo Yuhao’s second martial soul.

The Snow Lady’s emotions were evidently surging. Huo Yuhao also took this opportunity to gather the Snow Empress’ remaining origin power into a small, transparent pearl using his Ultimate Ice soul power under the Ice Empress’ guidance. He stabilized this pearl below his navel.

It seemed like the Ice Empress was similar to Electrolux then. She was only left with this origin sense. She had fared better than Electrolux in the sense that her origin sense was complete and wasn’t in pieces. However, the Snow Empress couldn’t compare to Electrolux in terms of her divine sense. Without the protection of Huo Yuhao’s Ultimate Ice, her origin power would’ve dissipated.

“Ice, I didn’t expect that you’d choose such a path.” The Snow Empress sighed after hearing the Ice Empress out. She had also calmed down significantly.

The Ice Empress laughed bitterly. “I had no choice! If not because I was desperate, I wouldn’t have entrusted my fate to someone else. Right now, I can only do my best to help Yuhao. I hope that he can reach that stage one day.”

The Snow Empress said, “Skydream.”

“Yes, I’m here. I’m here.” The Skydream Iceworm appeared eagerly once again.

The Snow Empress said, “I never thought you’d be so loyal. You found a path to success, but you never forgot Ice. Solely based on this, Ice is fortunate to follow you. You must take good care of her in the future.”

“Alright, alright.” The Skydream Iceworm didn’t rush to answer.

“Snow Lady, what do you mean?” The Ice Empress asked, “Snow Lady, are you unwilling to walk the same path as me?”

The Snow Empress laughed bitterly, “It’s not that I don’t want to. I can’t. Your situation is different from mine. I’ve already decided to be reborn as a human. My own strength is suppressed within my origin power. If my rebirth is successful, this strength will slowly be released from my human body and turn into my human strength. Now that a part of this strength is still present, do you think this human can accept this shrunken origin power of mine?”

“Furthermore, Skydream was the one who reserved a spot for you and allowed you to undergo fusion. But do I have a place here? If I stay, I’ll only be a time bomb. Once I detonate, the two of you will also die, along with this human.”

“Without my original body, my origin power is in an unstable state. It can blow apart at any time.”

After the Snow Empress listened to the Ice Empress, she was actually tempted. She had to admit that Skydream’s path was a good opportunity for soul beasts like them who had no choice. Once Huo Yuhao became a god, they might be released. However, she was in a different situation from the Ice Empress. There was no place for her here. If she underwent fusion, everyone would die.

The Ice Empress was speechless. Yes! She had guided the Snow Empress here, but how could she help her? She could also sense that the Snow Empress’ origin power was very unstable. The Snow Empress had lost the ability to control her own origin power. If something went wrong, disaster might ensue!

“Skydream, what do we do? Think of a way.” The Ice Empress couldn’t help but ask the Skydream Iceworm.

“Me…?” The Skydream Iceworm laughed bitterly. “What idea could I possibly have? Although my cultivation seems to better than yours, my capabilities are extremely inferior to the two of you. The two of you can also clearly sense the condition of Yuhao’s body. His potential is slowly being developed, but it’s impossible for him to bear the Snow Empress’ origin power.”

“Is there not even a single solution?” The Ice Empress asked anxiously.

Skydream said, “If the Snow Empress could control her own power and follow us in sealing the parts that Yuhao can’t absorb, she could become your martial soul’s second soul ring, and there’s a possibility of retaining her intelligence. However, the Snow Empress is above your level. If she fuses into a martial soul that you form, there’ll be a conflict. That’ll be a very serious matter. Furthermore, the Snow Empress can’t control her own origin power now.”

“If I retract my power and let the Snow Lady replace me, is it possible?” The Ice Empress asked flatly.

Skydream became annoyed. “Do you think this is a game? Do you think giving up your position is so easy? Your strength has already fused with my ice martial soul. Without Yuhao’s agreement, you can’t retract your power. Even if you could, it would only cause the ice martial soul to be crushed. Everyone will perish together.”

The Snow Empress’ voice became much gentler, “Ice, don’t be like that. We’ve lived in this world for hundred thousands of years. I’ve lived even longer than you. When I was first born, there weren’t even humans around yet. Is death really that scary? I don’t think so. Maybe it’s just a new beginning. If there’s a next life, I hope we can be of different genders. I’ll marry you then. It’s time to say goodbye, Ice.”

As she spoke, the Snow Lady’s origin power struggled slightly beneath Huo Yuhao’s navel. It started to swim like a fish. Huo Yuhao’s soul power couldn’t restrict it as it tried to escape his body.

The Skydream Iceworm was stunned. “What’s going on? Ice Empress, you and the Snow Empress…”

“Shut up!” The Ice Empress screamed, and her voice already sounded like she was sobbing. “Snow Empress, don’t go. We’ll think of another way.”

The Snow Empress sighed. “I have to go. I don’t know how long I can suppress this origin power anymore. After I leave, all of you should leave this place quickly. Once my origin power blows apart, it’ll be even more terrifying than what happened earlier. Ice, Skydream is a nice chap. Be nicer to him.”

“You don’t have to go.” Elder Yi’s voice sounded at this moment. He finally spoke.

“Elder Yi.” The Ice Empress seemed to have found her savior, “Elder Yi, help the Snow Lady. If you can help her survive, I’ll do anything.”

Electrolux smiled as he said, “Even if it means giving up your spirit?”

The Ice Empress was in a momentary daze. After that, she said determinedly, “Yes.”

Electrolux was silent for a moment before he replied, “I seem to have seen something. Reveal yourselves in the Spiritual Sea. Yuhao still needs to make a decision. After all, we’re in his body.”

Amidst an intense undulation of spiritual power, Huo Yuhao peered into his own mind. A boundless, golden ocean drifted into his vision – he had arrived beside his Spiritual Sea.

The Ice Empress turned into an Ice Jade Empress Scorpion, while the Skydream Iceworm was still the huge worm that had ten, flashing golden soul rings on it.

Huo Yuhao was shocked by the Snow Empress’ appearance.

She looked like a seventeen or eighteen-year-old teenage girl. Her long, white hair flowed freely to her legs, and her sky-blue eyes were very clear. It was as if she could see through everything in the world. Her slender figure was flawless, and her long white dress wasn’t adorned with any accessories. However, she still looked very elegant and ravishing.

Even though she was only left with a shred of her origin power, the Snow Empress paid very meticulous attention to her appearance. She stood out above the common crowd and had a proud demeanor.

Huo Yuhao had revealed his original appearance in his Spiritual Sea, but his body had a layer of dim gold that wasn’t found on the Ice Empress or the others.

Electrolux’s figure slowly surfaced. He wore a long, golden robe that had rose patterns on it. His white hair and beard revealed the vicissitudes of life that he had been through, and he carried a sense of simplicity and profundity.

When the Snow Empress saw him for the first time, her body jerked. Huo Yuhao could sense an agitation in her origin power.

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