Forty Millenniums of Cultivation - Chapter 2596
While talking, Lei Chenghu displayed dozens of holograms, which were the battle pictures captured by dozens of crystal suits and crystal tanks from different perspectives.
It could be seen that Li Yao was flying freely in the midst of fire like a cockroach that had grown wings on the picture. Very soon, he found a gap and unleashed thousands of rays. The Colossus “Arsonist” arrived magnificently!
In the next moment, all the holograms shook hard, and the picture was disrupted by the waves released by the Arsonist.
Very soon, smoke and fire covered all the cameras, and the whole garage fell into chaos. As it turned out, the Arsonist had blown a hole in the airtight door of the garage. All the materials inside were absorbed into the vacuum, including most of the crystal suits and the crystal tanks.
The three Colossi, on the other hand, were rather restrained in the battle because they were fighting on “Iron Torrent”, the Astounding Thunder Fleet’s flagship.
Li Yao took the opportunity to flee. Turning into a glittering ray of light, he ran into space.
“Not only was the combat ability of this ‘Vulture Li Yao’ astonishingly high, but he was also using a very advanced Colossus. It was more advanced than any Colossus in the Astounding Thunder Fleet.”
Lei Chenghu gnashed his teeth. “I deployed seven Colossi and thousands of crystal suits and armed shuttles to surround him. However, the space was too vast and it was too unexpected. We were unable to block a Divinity Transformation Stage expert equipped with a state-of-the-art Colossus. Please forgive us, Your Majesty!”
“That was not your fault.”
Wuying Qi said leniently, “This Li Yao is like an unbeatable and uncatchable cockroach. He is unbelievably shameless and cunning. Even I failed to catch him on the capital planet when I employed abundant troops. It is understandable that the scoundrel escaped from Marquis Liaohai’s hands when you were in a fierce battle against Yun Xuefeng and Song Yushi’s fleets.
“Thankfully, just like a cockroach, the man is upsetting but cannot affect the big picture. Marquis Liaohai, if such trivia are all that you want to say, you could’ve reported it to me via boats. There was no need for you to use the precious ‘Heaven’-level communication line to ask for my forgiveness.
“I’m afraid that you misunderstood, Your Majesty. While it was regretful that Li Yao ran loose, asking for forgiveness is not my main purpose.”
Emotionlessly and solemnly, Lei Chenghu went on, “In order to convince me, Li Yao told me a lot of things in his space shuttle, including plenty of slanders about Your Majesty…”
Amused, Lei Chenghu interrupted him, “Marquis Liaohai, You did not buy into his words, did you? Think about the destruction of ‘Manjusaka, the City in the Sky’ or the so-called ‘arrival of the Black Wind King’. Li Yao is best known for his mouthfuls of lies and his psychological tricks. Even dead people may come to life again under his persuasion.
“It is in fact very easy to deal with such silver tongues. As long as you turn a deaf ear to him and do not believe anything he says, there will be nothing he can do.
“Marquis Liaohai, you have been the most loyal and determined Immortal Cultivator for two hundred years. You are not changing your beliefs just because of a few words spoken by a Cultivator, are you?”
“That’s absolutely right, Your Majesty. Naturally, I would never believe this Vulture Li Yao’s bulls*it.”
Lei Chenghu said, “However, something he said was indeed what had been worrying me. Even though I attacked him decisively at that time, the concerns have been haunting me and corrupting my beliefs since he escaped. I was almost mentally deranged.
“As Your Majesty knows, I am burning my soul to the maximum every second for the battle of Seven Seas. My body and my brain are already seriously exhausted and may collapse easily in the first place. If I’m mentally deranged at this moment, the outcome of the battle of Seven Seas may be unpredictable.
“Therefore, I boldly asked Your Majesty to activate the most precious secret line, hoping that Your Majesty could answer the questions for me and stabilize my mind to ensure the victory of the battle of Seven Seas!”
Wuying Qi squinted. Gloomily, he opened his mouth slowly and asked, “What are your concerns, Marquis Liaohai?”
“It’s Your Majesty’s plan of victory in the capital.”
Lei Chenghu went on, “Li Yao claimed that Your Majesty had dug a gigantic trap in the capital and prepared an enormous scheme that would affect the future of the Imperium and even mankind.
“I absolutely did not believe a word he said. However, when the Astounding Thunder Fleet left the heartland of the four families, we were both very clear that the unshackled ace fleets of the four families would attack the capital immediately.
“At that time, you asked me to fight the battle of Seven Seas in full confidence and said that you were definitely capable of resisting the four families’ ace fleets until I won the battle in the Seven Seas Space Zone and united all the forces of the Business Alliance of Ten Thousand Sectors as well as the warlords at the edge of the Imperium.
“However, I have calculated the combat ability of the Imperial Guards and the Deep Sea Fleet. Even though their combat abilities were multiplied, it would still be impossible for them to defeat the four families’ ace fleets. Besides, the four families had not just the few ace fleets but also the fleets from a hundred Sectors, which could all jump to the Empyreal Terminus Sector during emergencies. How are you going to address them, Your Majesty?
“I asked Your Majesty the question at that time, but Your Majesty told me that you had a secret weapon that you could not reveal yet for confidentiality purposes. You asked me to focus on the battle in the Seven Seas Space Zone, assuring me that you would tell me everything when the timing was ripe.
“I believe that the timing is already very ripe right now. I have collapsed Yun Xuefeng’s main forces in the Seven Seas Space Zone. Even though Song Yushi is resisting, he cannot hold on for long. In the capital, the four families’ ace fleets have occupied the planets and the stone belts near the capital planet, and they are about to launch a final attack when the two planets are closest to each other on their orbits. It seems that no miracles could stop the capital from falling again.
“Your Majesty, whatever trump cards you have, you can tell them to me now, can’t you? I still remember my ecstasy when you revealed your identity to me. I’m ready to die for you any second, Your Majesty. Can’t you even trust me, Your Majesty?”
As he approached the end, Lei Chenghu was blushing and shouting hoarsely, as if he truly felt that he was terribly wronged.
His hands on his back, Wuying Qi pondered for a long time. “Marquis Liaohai, you’ve misunderstood me. Ever since I was reborn, everybody who got attached to me did so for certain interests. Li Linghai was so, Yue Wushuang was so, and Dongfang Sheng was so too! Everybody is fighting for themself, but Marquis Liaohai, you are the only one who is fighting for the Imperium, for the true path of immortality, and for the civilization of mankind!
“If I can’t trust you, who else can I trust? It was only because my plan was too dangerous and could only work with absolute confidentiality. Should anything be leaked out, we might be doomed forever!”
Lei Chenghu said, “That’s the reason why I asked Your Majesty to activate the ‘Heaven’-level communication line. Only in this line that will never be hacked can Your Majesty reveal the whole plan without concerns.”
Wuying Qi asked, “Marquis Liaohai, do you really want to know it?”
Lei Chenghu replied, “Your Majesty, I have to know it. If it is kept a secret from me, my beliefs may collapse any moment, which will result in the failure of the battle of Seven Seas.”
Taking a deep breath, Wuying Qi stared at Lei Chenghu in the eyes and said most sincerely, “Like I said, there are no secrets between Marquis Liaohai and I. What can’t I tell Marquis Liaohai when I have already told you the secret that I hid in the Supreme Emperor’s mausoleum for a thousand years and returned to the Imperium in Li Linghai’s body? Now, I will inform you of the ‘Sun Shooting Plan’ exactly as it is.”
“The Sun Shooting Plan?”
Lei Chenghu was slightly stunned. “… Houyi shooting the suns?”
“Exactly. The tale of Houyi shooting the suns is a legend that has passed on among human beings for hundreds of thousands of years. Eliminating the ridiculous, mysterious parts, we now know that there was indeed a ‘Houyi Clan’ in the thirteen carbon-based lives that made up the Pangu civilizations’ alliance. As natural born ‘star specialists’, they were adept at the studies on most types of stars in the universe. They were also good at absorbing energy from all kinds of stars, or even… altering the statuses of the stars!”
Wuying Qi opened his hands. The Grand Illusionary Land behind him immediately turned into a vast cosmos where ten stars of different types showed up. Some were exploding intensely like supernovas, some were as huge as red giants, and some were unleashing colorful, dazzling brilliance while waving tentacles that looked like fiery rains. It almost seemed that ten suns were in the sky at the same time.
Right under the radiations of the ten suns, Wuying Qi explained slowly, “Stars are the sources of life and the most important celestial bodies in the universe that entail infinite energy. All the civilizations in the past and in the future need the illumination and nurturing of stars in order to live and prosper.
“Stars seem to have a stable structure and may have a longevity of hundreds of billions of years, living a life almost as long as the universe itself. Most of the time, they live in the prime years where they are extremely steady as they unleash light, heat, and all kinds of radiations to the entire system. Even if they do decay into white dwarfs or even black holes, it will take so much time that the brief civilizations originating from planets like ours can never feel.
“However, from another point of view, it is rather… easy, or at least theoretically possible, to slightly alter the status of a star so that it can unleash the furious energy that will sweep across the whole system.
“Because stars are too enormous and powerful, even if only one billionth of its force is triggered, it will be enough for the insignificant creatures like us to sense the destructive tide.
“It’s almost like a sneeze from the sun is enough to blow away all the warships scattered in space.”