Chapter 3078: A Grand Exalt’s Fruit of Ways
The Anata Grand Exalt and the Grand Exalt of Ancient Paths both vanished from the Tower of Radiance. They had already covered a vast distance and returned to the Heavenly Palace of Bisheng located on the Prosper Plane in a single instant.
At this moment, in the depths of the Heavenly Palace of Bisheng, the Anatta Grand Exalt sat in the middle of the air as an invisible bearing permeated his surroundings. The hazy glow was intense, and he was wrapped in the sounds of the ways as if he could overwhelm all the laws.
Before him, the Grand Exalt of Ancient Paths stood calmly, except his sombre eyes stared straight at the obscured Anatta Grand Exalt. His eyes were filled with mixed feelings.
A good while later, the Grand Exalt of Ancient Paths let out a lengthy sigh and said, "Anatta, our friendship has lasted for over a hundred million years, so I understand your habits and quirks extremely well. However, during our trip to the Tower of Radiance, I actually felt like I no longer knew who you were with how you behaved."
"You did not show any emotions at all, but as an old friend of many years, you can't hide your abnormal behaviour from me. The reason why you killed the true artifact spirit of the Tower of Radiance so resolutely was not because it had offended you. The true reason was you wanted the foreign artifact spirit to take over the Tower of Radiance."
"As a result, you know all about the foreign artifact spirit's identity and origins."
The Anatta Grand Exalt hovered in the space there without budging at all, wrapped in the resplendent glow of the ways. He was like an old monk in meditation, giving no response.
The Grand Exalt of Ancient Paths continued, "During the years when my soul was in fragments, one of them became Chanlong. My soul has been reassembled now, but I can recall everything that Chanlong has been through with ease. As a result, even if you keep it a secret, even if you erase all traces, I can still find an answer regarding certain things."
"The foreign artifact spirit actually belongs to Jian Chen, right?" The Grand Exalt of Ancient Paths stared at the Abstract Grand Exalt with interest.
The Anatta Grand Exalt gave no reply.
The Grand Exalt of Ancient Paths let out a lengthy sigh again. His emotions became rather mixed as he said, “Ever since my soul was reassembled, the many mysteries I’ve encountered have all been resolved today. There are very few things in the world that can still be hidden away from me.”
“Back then, the girl who accompanied Jian Chen called Kai Ya was actually your reincarnation. Afterwards, your memories returned, but you did not take your reincarnation away. Only your soul left. You intentionally left your reincarnation by Jian Chen’s side.”
“The reincarnation was actually also a sliver of the power of your soul. You sealed up all the memories in that sliver of your soul, only retaining the memories of the reincarnation, such that your reincarnation was unaware of your true identity. But in reality, everything that your reincarnation went through can be viewed as your experience.”
“Sigh, Anatta, you’ve already been affected by your reincarnation. Your actions this time really have been rather rash.”
“This is my fruit of ways!” This time, the Anatta Grand Exalt finally spoke up. His voice was just as cold and merciless as before.
“I’m aware that he’s your fruit of ways. You’re using the fruit of ways to enter the Way of Love, and then you’ll use the fruit of ways again to comprehend the Way of Heartlessness. However, there are many people who oppose this fruit of ways. It’s fine if you remain in the Saints’ World, but once you go to the chaotic space, the fruit of ways can be destroyed at any moment by someone else.”
“Once the fruit of ways is destroyed, you’ll be in far too much danger,” said the Grand Exalt of Ancient Paths.
“No one can destroy my fruit of ways! Bloodtear? He dares not. As for the Myriad Bone Guild, they’re just two clowns. They aren’t even capable of something like this.” The Anatta Grand Exalt’s tone became even colder.
“Even if everything is in your control and you’ve eliminated the possibility of it being destroyed by anyone, you’ve already entered the Way of Love. You have already been affected. When you need to comprehend the Way of Heartlessness through the fruit of ways, can you really bring yourself to do it?” the Grand Exalt of Ancient Paths continued to ask.
On the Desolate Plane, within the Tower of Radiance, the artifact spirit finally straightened himself out. Previously, he had stood with his head lowered and had been holding his breath the entire time before the two sovereigns. Now, he shut his eyes and sensed his surroundings closely. Every single region throughout the entire Tower of Radiance immediately fell under his control.
“My current control over the Tower of Radiance has already far exceeded back then. On top of that, I’ve even absorbed all the imprints and memories left behind by the previous artifact spirit. This time, there is not even the slightest chance that the previous artifact spirit will awaken again.”
“That’s because I’ve completely replaced him already. I’ve become the one and only artifact spirit of the Tower of Radiance.” The middle-aged man in white could not help but smile.
“I can sense that it’s all due to master that the Saint from earlier saved me, as the Origin of Ways the Saint gave me was actually identical to the Origin of Ways master gave me in the past.”
“Master, it has been many years since then. I wonder where you are right now. I’m already capable of assisting you now,” the artifact spirit said softly. At the same time, he rapidly absorbed some of the memory fragments from the old artifact spirit. Very soon, he learned about everything that had happened during the years when the old artifact spirit was in control of the Tower of Radiance. His face gradually became ugly.
In the next moment, he established a connection with Godslayer’s sword through the special ability of the Tower of Radiance. An order rang out from Godslayer’s sword. “Gongsun Zhi, come here immediately!”
At this very moment, the hall master of the Radiant Saint Hall, Gongsun Zhi, sat back on the hall master’s throne in high spirits with one leg crossed over the other. The greatest protector sword, Godslayer’s sword, currently hovered by his side, giving off a heart-stirringly tremendous pressure and energy.
Below, Donglin Yanxue, Han Xin, Bai Yu, and the father and son duo stood there silently.
Apart from the five protectors, all the vice hall masters and elders were present.
At that moment, all the members of the upper echelon had already gathered there.
Apart from the upper echelon of the Radiant Saint Hall, there were two other outsiders that did not belong to the Radiant Saint Hall, but everyone present knew exactly who they were.
As a matter of fact, many of the elders and vice hall masters looked at the two outsiders with undisguised respect and reverence.
The two consisted of the ancestor of the Xu family, Xu Zhiping, and Huangfu Guiyi of the Midheaven clan, two terrifying figures that could stir up a mess on the Desolate Plane with a mere stomp of their feet.
“Your Xu family and Midheaven clan have actually taken so many years before finally locating the Martial Soul Mountain accurately. Aren’t you just a little too incapable? You even call yourself peak organisations of the Desolate Plane?” Gongsun Zhi looked at Xu Zhiping and Huangfu Guiyi in great disappointment.
Ever since the five other protectors of the Radiant Saint Hall fell under his command, he had truly become prominent in the Radiant Saint Hall. The authority he possessed reached an unprecedented peak.
With that came utter haughtiness. By now, he no longer took the Xu family and Midheaven clan seriously at all.