Chapter 1212: My Most Beloved Friend
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Although the former Dragon Emperor was invincible in the Heaven, he was still at the same realm and level as them. Also, though the power of the law of domination was strong, it did not completely overwhelm the laws of the other Divine Kings. At best, the Dragon Emperor was a tad bit stronger. Yet, the Dragon Emperor who had spent dozens of eras escaping and hiding in the Land actually appeared with such a crushing power!
Only after death could one understand and gain eternal life, thereby becoming a true god. The Four Divine Kings who were scared of death were all wrong from the beginning. Although Simba was the Dragon Emperor now, he still had Simba’s old bad habits.
When the Divine Kings’ laws dissipated and all their rule manifestations and powers turned into nothingness, the Four Divine Kings became no different from ordinary people. In Simba’s eyes, they were merely four ants.
Simba looked at them indifferently. He had waited a long time for this moment. Yet, there was not much joy in him. That was because the Four Divine Kings and even all the level-9 civilizations were going to disappear no matter what. The universe was like a civilization. Once it reached its zenith, it would turn into chaos and return to its origin.
The Four Divine Kings were dumbfounded. Even Lao Wang and the others in the protective shield were also shocked.
These were the Four Divine Kings of the Heaven! In everyone’s eyes, they had always stood at the top of the universe. Yet, from Simba’s mouth, they were degraded to become worthless beings… Sorry, not only with his mouth, but also with his strength!
It was complete suppression!
Lao Wang couldn’t help but want to cheer. He was indeed the Omnipotent Simba. He had finally witnessed the truth in his mantra; he was indeed too strong!
“Now, it’s time for you to pay for what you did.” Simba’s voice became calmer, and his fingers gently pointed at the Fate Roulette again.
An eternal light shone. This light was not dazzling like the auras of the other gods and kings. It only appeared soft and mellow, but was everywhere and irresistible.
The Fate Roulette, which once took countless hours and energy to recharge, was able to be used again. With the fusion of the Fate Stone, it seemed that the energy stored in the Fate Roulette had become endless, and there was no need for any recharge at all. The black and white world shone once again. This time, it was to pronounce one’s life or death!
“Wait!” the Wilderness Divine King shouted.
To be honest, the Four Divine Kings were still stunned. As the lords of the Heaven, they had been in control of the Heaven and the Land for countless eras, but they had never seen such a level of power. It was not just stronger than them by a fair bit, it was actually countless times stronger!
There was no way to fight and no way to contend. Perhaps, the words of the Dragon Emperor back then were correct: perhaps the shortcut in which they chose to devour Gold Cores was wrong.
But so what? Was there a need to talk about right or wrong when something had already been done? It was nothing more than success or failure!
For the Wilderness Divine King, the good thing was, he had left a hidden move.
“Do you have any last words?” Simba said lightly. In fact, at this point, the ties between them could no longer be considered due to someone’s mistake or simply hatred anymore.
“Last words?” The Wilderness Divine King laughed coldly. “I just wanted you to take a look at something before you act.”
With a wave of his sturdy hand, a transparent crystal ball appeared in his hand, firmly held by him.
A graceful female soul could be seen in the crystal ball.
The Wilderness Divine King raised the crystal ball high up and said, “Look carefully at who this is!”
In the crystal ball was a naked female Primordial Spirit. She had her arms wrapped around her chest and was curled up in the crystal ball. Lotus flowers were blooming all around her body, and sounds of dragon roars could be heard in her surroundings. However, they quickly faded away and were extinguished. It was as if she was confined and controlled by the crystal. All she could do was to sit down while shivering as frost covered her entire body.
Lao Wang’s mouth was wide agape.
This was actually the woman he had seen in the Heavenly Calamity when he was crossing the Heavenly Soul Tribulation. She was the Dragon Princess atop Tianlong Mountain who was discouraging the Dragon Emperor from entering the path of reincarnation!
At that time, she looked to be a stunning beauty. However, she currently looked like a withered flower, her beauty no longer blooming.
“We didn’t wipe out your Dragon Race.” The Heavenly Wings Divine King laughed. Sometimes, there was a need to have a backup plan.
“Furthermore, your sweet wife was originally merely placed under house arrest in Tianlong Mountain. We didn’t even mistreat her. It’s a pity that when she heard the news of the Earthling next to you, she thought that he was your reincarnation and thus secretly gathered her old comrades to rebel together… Hehe, I am already very kind to have merely destroyed her body and imprisoned her spirit.”
“And this!” Several crystal balls appeared in the hands of the Violent Demon Divine King.
“Sister Lavel! Brother Yan!”
It was actually Napier, Lavel, and Yan Moyu who had just broken through the Heavenly River not long ago! They were also imprisoned like the Dragon Princess and were in a very poor state. Only their remnant soul remained, and they were close to true death.
Lao Wang, Mo Wen, and the others showed a hint of surprise on their faces. Although it was not to their advantage for the opponents to have their close ones as hostages, the sight of their former companions still being alive truly made them happy. Even if they were trapped and in a very bad state, at least they were still alive!
The attention of the Four Divine Kings was not on Wang Zhong and his friends at all. They were only staring at the Dragon Emperor who was dressed as a clown. The value of these Gold Cores was obviously not comparable to that of the Dragon Princess, but no matter what, it increased their bargaining chips and their chances of winning.
“I know you won’t hand over the Fate Roulette.” The Heavenly Wing Divine King then shouted, “Get out of the Heaven and never come back again! I will let them live and even craft a physical body for your princess. After that, I will let her go back to Tianlong Mountain and even take care of her. We will no longer ask for the tributes of the Gold Cores from the Land, and we can even establish a communication channel for you so that you can always meet your sweet wife across worlds!”
If the condition was to let the Dragon Emperor hand over the Fate Roulette, it was the same as asking the Dragon Emperor to hand over his weapon and life to the enemy. Even a fool would not agree to it. The Four Divine Kings knew this very well. They also knew the trustworthiness of the four of them in the Dragon Emperor’s eyes.
Thus, their request was very simple. They just wanted to make the Dragon Emperor leave and for him to stay away and mind his own business. From now on, the Heaven and the Land would be completely separated, but the Dragon Princess would still be put under house arrest as a safeguard for the four races.
They merely wanted to live on!
With such conditions, there was no way the Dragon Emperor would decline. At least, this was what the Four Divine Kings thought. They knew of the relationship between the Dragon Emperor and the Dragon Princess in the past, and knew that he would never sit back and watch her die.
“Get out of here!”
“From now on, the Heaven and the Land shall be completely separated, and we will not mind each other’s business.”
“You have all… made a mistake.” However, Simba’s voice became even colder than before.
The complexion of the Four Divine Kings changed. They immediately knew that the negotiation had broken down just by listening to his tone.
The Wilderness Divine King did not hesitate to start acting brutishly! To become one of the Four Divine Kings, how could he be an indecisive person? If the Dragon Emperor thought that he would not dare to kill the Dragon Princess, then he was very wrong! He wanted the Dragon Emperor to see his determination, and as long as the other party showed any hint of regret or compromise, he could stop his action and prevent the execution from happening within one ten-thousandth of a second.
However, Simba’s face did not change from beginning to end, even when the crystal was crushed!
Yet, the Wilderness Divine King’s face did not have the joy or thrill of killing his enemy’s beloved. All he had were deep shock and panic!
Simba stretched out his left hand, and the crystal ball appeared in perfect condition within his palm.
“Using Lao Wang’s words, you don’t know anything about power.” Simba’s voice echoed between the sky and the earth. “I sentence you all to death!”
The dazzling white light shone, and the colorful void instantly turned into a pure white world, making everyone unable to see anything.
The desperate and angry voices of the Four Divine Kings echoed in the white light, but they disappeared into nothingness in merely two or three seconds.
There were no more roars of anger. Only the dazzling white light remained, seemingly purifying everything in existence and letting everything return to its origin!
The expressions of Lao Wang and the others were solemn. Facing this power that could destroy the world, everyone felt shock and awe.
The energy contained in the white light permeated all levels of the Fifth Dimension in a way that they did not comprehend. Any living beings with karmic ties in the Land, especially those in civilizations that were sucked dry by the Heaven, were given a new lease of life.
At this time, the Four Divine Kings had disappeared without a trace. The void was calm again, and even Simba had disappeared, leaving only a voice in the air.
“Wang Zhong, I still have something to deal with immediately. One month later, come to Tianlong Mountain to find me…”
When the voice started, it felt like Simba was still next to his ear, but when the sentence finished, Simba seemed to already be light-years away.
The protective shield covering Wang Zhong’s group immediately dissipated, and the four of them reappeared in the void space. There was no longer the previous depressing atmosphere around them. It even felt as if the void had become exceptionally pure and clear.
But… it had ended just like that?
Everyone looked at each other. They had come to the Heaven with a “fight-till-death attitude”. They had thought it would be a protracted journey in pursuit of fate and truth. They had never expected that they would be done with their adventure here so quickly.
The Four Divine Kings had obviously been wiped out by the Dragon Emperor. They had also found out about some mind-blowing secrets of the two realms of the Heaven and the Land. The so-called ascension was merely to become food for those in the Heaven; the so-called transcendence was only a lie made up by the greedy powerhouses there.
Suddenly, Aiolos smiled. “After watching a big show, I am starting to become hungry. I thought that I was going to be the protagonist. Who would have thought that I would become the audience? But by the looks of it, I think that Earthlings are going to dominate the Land.”
Mo Wen smiled back. He could understand the Dragon Emperor best and could even feel his sorrow. The Dragon Emperor was a being in the previous era and was also unable to escape the grasp of fate.
Mu Zi spoke, “It’s nice that everyone is still here.”
“I will wait here for Simba.” Lao Wang couldn’t even guess what Simba had to deal with immediately. Perhaps it was related to the Dragon Princess, or maybe it was related to the remnants of the four races. It was impossible to be fully sure. Anyways, he wouldn’t be able to help much either.
But Tianlong Mountain… He knew that place very well. It was one of the few things that Lao Wang knew about the Heaven. It was the origin of the Dragon Clan.
“Wang Zhong, this space is not suitable for our continued survival.” Aiolos could feel the strong suffocation in the space. After countless eras of killings and burying more than twenty level-9 civilizations, this place would not be simple. It was not without reason that the four major races and even the top powerhouses chose to devour people.
“You guys can go back first.” Lao Wang nodded. He had also felt it. There was always a big gap between reality and ideals. This was not the Heaven imagined by the people in the Star Alliance. Since Simba told him to go to Tianlong Mountain a month later, he would stay here for a full month no matter what. He had too many things to ask Simba.
Lao Wang added, “Arbitrator Wikans of the Machinery Race and Chief Judge Lyune had long had doubts about ascension. You should go back and tell them what happened here. Many things in the Star Alliance will immediately change because of this. Perhaps there will be a reshuffle of the forces and a major turmoil. With you guys present, Earth would at least be safe and not be impacted by these events.
“Also, pass on a message to Scarlet for me, that she does not need to worry.”
“Brother, take care!”
Heaven. What was “heaven” to everyone in the Star Alliance was a bit too desolate in Wang Zhong’s eyes.
The time flow here was extremely slow, but there was still light and darkness, day and night. Of course, it was different from the daytime light and dark night at the Land. The shining Heavenly River above him dimmed once every thirty hours.
Time, date, etc. There wasn’t much special meaning in these here. It was just that Lao Wang had to stay here a set period of time to comply with Simba’s appointment one month later.
The seemingly endless void around actually had a limit. The area of the entire Heaven was quite small compared to the vast Fifth Dimension. It gave Lao Wang the feeling that this place was like a deformed version that had separated from the Fifth Dimension.
Lao Wang had seen many life planets, and he could still see many remaining traces of civilization on the surface of the planet, but there were barely any signs of life anymore. Occasionally, when he saw a few places with living things, he would find that they were still engaged in killing and war. It was as if the Heaven was meant to cater to the interests of those “gods”.
This Heaven, the place closest to the other side of the Heavenly River, should have been as beautiful as heaven. Yet, it looked so ruined, as if it was a world that had come to an end.
Lao Wang walked through the void slowly and unhurriedly, watching his surroundings quietly. Although he had only been here for less than a month, he already understood why the Dragon Emperor had to fight against the entire Heaven. He was determined to rectify all the wrongs here. This was not heaven, but hell… It would have eventually dragged the entire Fifth Dimension into an abyss.
Tianlong Mountain was probably the purest place that Lao Wang had seen in the Heaven this month. From a far distance, the whole place looked like a diamond, floating in the void aimlessly. The breath of life that was rare in the rest of Heaven was rich here. The entire diamond-shaped mountain was enveloped by layers of air, making it seem like a paradise, and was completely different from the surrounding space that was full of killing aura.
When he got closer, he realized that this place was exactly the same as what he had seen in the illusion when he was going through the Heavenly Calamity. The lofty mountains pierced through the sky, as if they were the base that supported this sky. From the top of a mountain, a waterfall continuously flowed down, which was similar to the Heavenly River in the Land.
In the mountains were a purple glow, waterfalls, exotic flowers and plants, and precious stones.
However, it was also terribly quiet here. Even in this lush forest, there were no sounds of birds chirping, let alone traces of other creatures.
“You’re here.” At the top of the mountain, the Dragon Emperor’s voice sounded.
“Haha, I just couldn’t find the way.” Lao Wang laughed. The mountain was too big. Although one only needed to go straight up to the top, there were many obstacles everywhere in the mountain. After all, this was the nest of the Dragon Race. It had been the strongest race for many eras. The layout of the mountain was full of traps, and thus, Lao Wang did not dare to just run up but chose to honestly find his way.
The Dragon Emperor laughed. Lao Wang felt a ray of light falling from the sky, instantly sucking him up.
When he landed on his feet again, he was already in a magnificent palace, surrounded by nothing but a man and a woman sitting in the middle of the hall. It was the Dragon Emperor and the Dragon Princess.
Different from the majestic aura once seen in the illusion, the Dragon Emperor was still wearing Simba’s costume, and even now, he had not taken off his mask.
However, the situation of the Dragon Princess looked very bad. She seemed to be asleep, with her face being very pale, and was nestled in the arms of the Dragon Emperor. Although her face was filled with a warm smile, she still looked very weak.
This surprised Lao Wang, but it also made his heart sink slightly.
At that time when Simba had rescued the Dragon Princess and Napier from the hands of the Four Divine Kings, Wang Zhong could see that they were seriously injured. Simba left without saying goodbye, then. More than likely, he was rushing back to Tianlong Mountain as soon as possible to heal them. However, it seemed that the effect was not as good as Simba had hoped. With Simba’s ability to kill the Four Divine Kings, he couldn’t even heal their injuries?
The Dragon Emperor obviously saw the worry and doubt in Lao Wang’s heart and smiled slightly. “Don’t worry. Napier, Lavel, and that Yan Moyu are fine. I have repaired their Gold Cores, and their souls are safe within them. After you bring them back to the Land, they can be cured in three to five years. You only need to remake their physical bodies.”
Reforging the flesh was not a big problem. Let alone Lao Wang, even an ordinary Gold Core of the Land could do it. In the worst-case scenario, one could still borrow a corpse for the soul. For a strong Gold Core, the most important thing was always his soul and his Gold Core. Then what had happened to the Dragon Princess?
With his telepathy with Lao Wang still intact, the Dragon Emperor smiled slightly. “The injuries she suffered are similar to those of Napier and the others, but the difference between curing a Primordial Spirit and curing a Gold Core is too big…”
“Moreover, our era is over. The eight Divine Kings were just victims and sacrifices from the desire to become a top-level civilization. They weren’t like this before.” After seeing Wang Zhong, the Dragon Emperor’s tone slowly changed to become Simba’s, with a little sadness and a little nostalgia, with the most nostalgic being his adventures with Wang Zhong.
“Does it require the power of faith to heal her?” Lao Wang asked solemnly. “I can activate those in the Land immediately…”
“Thank you, Lao Wang, but I don’t need it anymore. We are good as such.”
Lao Wang was taken aback for a moment. After all, there was still a connection between him and Simba. He could feel the indifference and the inner peace the Dragon Emperor had when he said this. Could he…?
“I have something for you.”
Simba did not continue the topic just now but instead stretched out his hand, with the Fate Roulette inlaid with the Fate Stone appearing in front of Lao Wang. It quietly hung in the air, looking simple but full of the power of control. As long as one held it, one could control even the entire universe and become the only king in this world.
“After walking around this month, you must have seen the situation in the Heaven. There is a need for it to be purified. Everyone alive deserves to die. Go and sentence them and stop the killing in this world. This world needs to be reshaped and needs a new order. The world also needs a new king. This should have been my duty, but I really have no intention of managing it,” the Dragon Emperor said.
“What about you?”
“Wang Zhong, I am very happy to have known you and to have been with you for so many years. If I didn’t manage to restore my memories of the past or managed to see her again, I would probably continue to be by your side to accompany you to experience more things,” the Dragon Emperor said with a smile. “But there are no ‘ifs’ in the world and no friendships without a parting.”
Lao Wang was silent. He knew that the “ending” in the Dragon Emperor’s mouth was merely to comfort him. He was determined to die, and there was no room for dissuasion.
“I believe that you will be an excellent ruler and that you will do better than the masters of the Heaven in the past. Remember the lessons of the Heaven, and don’t repeat the same mistakes. The ultimate pursuit of power is a mistake, or rather, everything in this world would be destroyed and returned to its origin when it reaches its extremity.
“There are so many things in this world that are more precious than power. I didn’t understand this until I lost her.” He stroked the woman’s hair affectionately. “But you are different. You still have the ability and the opportunity to make the right choices.”
“I… Can I still call you Simba?” Lao Wang reluctantly squeezed a smile on his face.
“Of course.” The Dragon Emperor laughed and seemed to have recovered a bit of Simba’s demeanor. “It’s just that you have to add the word ‘great’ at the front, the great Simba.”
“Or the most charming and handsome Simba!” Lao Wang laughed along.
— Hi, Child! I am your envoy of fortune, the handsome Simba! The peerless Simba! The powerful Simba! You are to never use the word “cute” to describe I, the great Fate Trickster! I am a powerful existence that has transcended fate!
— Fine then. Wang Zhong, you have finally received good fortune. Do you want to become a mighty hero? Or an unparalleled lord under the heavens? Or perhaps, you want to become a dictator over countless numbers of people?
— Aiyo! My nose! Are you intending to rebel?!
— Wang Zhong! I realized I have fallen in love! The powerful Simba has fallen in love! Teacher Lan Daier is simply the most beautiful woman in the world!
The scenes of the past appeared before him. Lao Wang’s smile was a bit bitter, and his eyes were involuntarily moist.
“Thank you, Lao Wang. It’s time for me to say goodbye.”
The figure of Simba holding the Dragon Princess gradually dissipated. They had been waiting for this moment for a long, long time. Slowly, the main hall of the Dragon Race gradually disappeared too and turned into a blur.
The Fate Roulette in his hand seemed to be able to control the whole world. However, Lao Wang’s heart did not have any excitement after he became the strongest powerhouse in the dimension. All he had was a sense of peace and calmness in his heart.
He still had a lot of work to do. This was a promise to an old friend. He still had the most precious thing to protect, on the far-away Earth.
“Goodbye, my most beloved friend!”
It was time for him to head home too.