A Will Eternal - chapter-1009
This was the most intense moment of deadly crisis Bai Xiaochun had ever
experienced during his entire life. There was nothing he could do to stop
what was happening. He didn’t even have the strength to struggle. With
the Celestial having physically taken matters into his own hands, it
seemed a foregone conclusion how things would end up.
Bai Xiaochun’s path of cultivation would end with Du Lingfei, the two
of them refined into a medicinal pill by this enormous spell formation,
which the Celestial would then use to transcend the bounds of the world
in which he lived.
Never could he have imagined that things would end up like this, not even
after having been told by the Frigid Matriarch that he would eventually
have a falling out with the Celestial.
Bai Xiaochun had always naively believed that because of Du Lingfei, the
Celestial wouldn’t do anything too harmful to him. Furthermore, he had
the gravekeeper and Bai Hao on his side, and a vast array of secret
weapons that had filled him with confidence.
Except… all of that had been as realistic as the reflection of the moon
on a shimmering lake….
He was losing consciousness, yet strangely, Du Lingfei’s aura also gave
him a strange sense of clarity.
“What if all of this… is part of the gravekeeper’s plan…?” he
Seemingly in concert with Bai Xiaochun’s speculation, the gravekeeper,
who sat cross-legged in the pagoda in the ruins of the third level of the
subterranean Arch-Emperor City, opened his turbid eyes.
“Bai Xiaochun,” he murmured bitterly, “I hope… that you won’t
hate me. This is my mission… and the mission of the Hell-Emperor.”
His gaze penetrated the void, passing to the ends of the Wildlands, to a
huge river that no one could see. There in the inky, endlessly flowing
darkness was the antithesis of all of the life force of the Heavenspan
Sea. This river… represented death.
Its waters were filled with infinite vengeful souls, all of them howling
and screaming as they were carried along by the river water into the
cycle of reincarnation….
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Its name: the Underworld River.
At the furthest end of the Underworld River… was a pitch-black palace,
rife with an aura of death. It was cold beyond belief, without even the
slightest hint of a flame anywhere.
It was… the Underworld Palace!
Sitting inside of the palace, clad in imperial robes, was the reigning
Hell-Emperor, Bai Hao. Radiating off of him was an intense aura of death.
He normally wore a stern expression, but now, his face was a mask of
anxiety. His mood affected the Underworld Palace and the Underworld
River, causing waves to spread out across its surface.
He had personally witnessed the Celestial’s enormous hand defeat the
gravekeeper, as well as his own attempt to interfere.
He had watched helplessly as the sinister Celestial took Bai Xiaochun
away, and although he couldn’t be sure of all the details, he was
convinced that his Master was in critical danger!
And he knew that the only person in the world who could save his
Master… was himself!
He well knew how weak the gravekeeper was, and that he could pass away
into death at any moment. Sadly, Bai Hao also knew that, despite being
the Hell-Emperor, he was currently not a match for the Celestial….
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“Master….” he murmured bitterly. Many memories floated up in his
mind, memories of the time he had spent with his Master in the Wildlands.
Bai Xiaochun was his only family, and there was no one who Bai Hao felt
more gratitude to than him. He had even sworn an oath to protect him with
his own life….
His days spent with his Master… were the happiest he had ever
The memories faded away… leaving behind a single image, an image that
would always be a part of his soul.
It was an image of Bai Xiaochun standing there with his back to him,
calmly accepting him as an apprentice….
“Master….” Bai Hao murmured, smiling. It was a smile filled with
He knew that if he wanted to go to Heavenspan Island and take his Master
away from the Celestial… then there was only one way to do it!
And that was… to concoct something that could break through the
limitations of the world itself…. Twenty-two-colored flame!
It hadn’t mattered to Bai Hao that Bai Xiaochun was already a deva. He
had continued his auguries and research into twenty-two-colored flame.
Eventually, he had come to the realization that in this world, the limit
for flame conjuring was twenty-one-colored flame.
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With the exception of some special circumstances, it would be impossible
to succeed with twenty-two-colored flame. According to the limitations of
the world, everything from twenty-one-colored flame and below was
considered mortal fire. However, everything from twenty-two-colored flame
onward was immortal fire!
There could be nothing more powerful in this world than a
twenty-two-colored flame, if it appeared. In fact, it could burn anything
Fire like that could be used to fight the Celestial, and could enable Bai
Hao to rescue Bai Xiaochun!
Unfortunately… there were no souls within this world that could be used
to concoct a twenty-two-colored flame. Even using all of the souls within
the Underworld River would yield nothing more than the limit of
“There’s only one way….” he thought, shivering with fear. After a
moment, though, the determination in his eyes grew stronger!
It was a method Bai Hao had come to understand due to two reasons. The
first was that Miao Lin’er’s clan had attempted to use him to conjure
a flame. The second was that he was now the Hell-Emperor. That method was
to use his own soul… to conjure that most consummate of flames… a
That was the only way!
And since Bai Hao was the Hell-Emperor, and had complete control of the
Underworld River, that meant that he controlled all of the souls that
were part of the cycle of reincarnation!
“Master… I can save you….”
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As he smiled, tears streamed down his cheeks, but his decision had been
The price to pay was enormous, but he could accept it… without any
Soon, Bai Hao… would cease to exist. And yet… he had no complaints!
Bai Xiaochun was his Master. In the moment that he had kowtowed to become
an apprentice, he had decided… that he would do anything to pay back
His tears were not corporeal. As they fell from his face, they became a
part of the Underworld River. Sighing, he rose to his feet, then threw
his hands wide.
“Souls, come to me!” The endless torrent of vengeful souls outside of
the Underworld Palace surged and began to head in his direction, forming
a massive vortex.
Bai Hao performed an incantation gesture with his left hand, then touched
his forehead, which caused his entire body to burst into flames!
It was a one-colored flame….
His hands began to blur with incantation gestures as the surrounding sea
of souls spun and spun. One soul after another entered Bai Hao, causing
the flames that surrounded him to flicker in astonishing fashion.
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Two-colored flame. Three-colored flame. Four-colored flame….
In only a few breaths worth of time, the sea of fire surrounding Bai Hao
reached epic proportions. It was soon featured sixteen colors!
And things kept going!
If there was anyone in the entire world who could surpass Bai Xiaochun
when it came to conjuring flames… then that person was his apprentice,
the Hell-Emperor Bai Hao!
Rumbling sounds continued to echo out as the flames burned around Bai
Hao. Countless souls dove madly into him as a seventeenth color appeared,
then an eighteenth and a nineteenth….
Things weren’t over yet!
The determination in Bai Hao’s eyes couldn’t have been more intense.
Waving both arms out in front of him, he caused the entire Underworld
River to shudder from beginning to end.
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At that point, Bai Hao looked out into the void and unleashed an
At that point… his soul began to burn. With that power, along with the
souls from the Underworld River, and with the river itself as the base,
Bai Hao’s eyes slowly lit up with twenty-one colors…. And then, another
It was… a twenty-two-colored flame!
Nothing happened out in the Wildlands when the twenty-two-colored flame
appeared. Everything seemed normal. The cultivators continued to fight,
and yet, their hearts suddenly quivered. It was as if their souls were
trembling due to the imminent arrival of some powerful, invisible force!
Nascent Soul cultivators. Devas. Even the demigods…. All of them were
so shaken that they gasped!
It wasn’t just in the Wildlands that such things happened. All living
beings in the lands of Heavenspan, from cultivators to animals, even the
vegetation and the mortals, all reacted similarly. Then, high in the sky
appeared… the world net!!
At that point, all beings in the world heard a voice. Although it was
only a murmur, the pressure weighing down on them was impossible to even
“Master… I’m coming to save you!”
Er Gen released this picture of Bai Xiaochun and Bai Hao around when this
chapter originally came out, so I thought it was good to save this one
for here. It depicts the moment recalled in this very chapter. I’ll add
this to the AWE art page after this chapter gets released publicly.
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