Huang Fu Mu-Yun looked at the strange rift in front of him, pondering its origin. An ominous feeling surged from his heart and had him alert. Just then, voices came from the rift...
Gnome Bonecrusher: ‘What is this?’
Glare Gnome: ‘Boss, this rift looks like a passageway of time and space.
Gnome Bonecrusher: ‘You, go and check!’
Light Gnome: ‘M...me?’
Huang Fu Mu-Yun stared at the rift, waiting for the person to come out. A short and small “person” came out and shocked him. But such shock soon faded as the “little person” looked funny.
Light Gnome: Wow! Who...who are you?
Out of curiosity, Huang Fu Mu-Yun stretched out his hand to the “little man”.
Light Gnome: Boss, help!
Gnome Bonecrusher: Who’s bullying my men?
Gnome Bonecrusher: Die! Kill him!
Gnome Bonecrusher: Wait and see. We will be back!
The Human-like monsters were terrified and hence returned through the rift. As Huang Fu Mu-Yun wondered where the passageway led, a strong force dragged him inside. Unable to steady himself, he was absorbed into the unknown...
Huang Fu Mu-Yun felt dizzy, so he cleared his head before opening his eyes. He realized he was in a different place now. Giant trees, palpably not flora from Central Plain, stood everywhere. He quickly picked himself up and walked into the depths of the forest.
Suddenly, the trees seemed to have come to life; their roots launched numerous attacks against Huang Fu Mu-Yun. He evaded the attacks while parrying some of the roots with his sword wrapped in a white cloth.
???: God, why have you entered the forest?
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: Honorable Elder, I did not mean to intrude. I just woke in here.
Emerald Combatant: Do not play dumb with me, God. I can sense your pneuma. State your purpose here!
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: I really am not one of these “Gods” that you are talking about!
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: Honorable Elder, pardon me!
The Emerald Combatant stared at Huang Fu Mu-Yun while he slowly withdrew his sword. He understood that Huang Fu was not one of the despicable Gods. This person had immense power, but he can also feel that it was gradually dispersing.
Emerald Combatant: Young man, I don’t know your identity, but you’re in danger.
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: How so, Honorable elder?
Emerald Combatant: I have no way to help. Maybe the Xian at the Heavenly Kingdom could lend you a hand.
Just as Huang Fu Mu-Yun wanted to express gratitude, his legs collapsed from under him and he could feel his power draining away into the earth. A brief moment later, exhaustion left him unconscious.
When Huang Fu Mu-Yun reopened his eyes, he was lying on a bed. He glanced around and saw an identical person on another bed.
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: Brother?
Just then, a man in yellow robe walked in.
???: How do you do, Huang Fu brothers? I am Jiang Ziya. I come to help.
In the Heavenly Kingdom, Jiang Ziya looked at Huang Fu Mu-Yun, who was on the bed; he could feel Huang Fu’s power still draining away. Suddenly, a vague form appeared above them. The form looked exactly like Huang Fu Mu-Yun, but it had a different hair color. The ethereal form then turned corporeal while Jiang Ziya was left bemused.
Two days later, Huang Fu Mu-Yun opened his eyes only to see a copy of himself lying on another bed.
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: Who are you? Where am I? What happened to my brother?
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Please calm down, Huang Fu brothers. I will explain. Now, please wear this jade; it can save your life.
Huang Fu Mu-Yun accepted the jade doubtfully. The instant he touched it, he sensed his power being absorbed. In shock, he threw the jade onto the ground and pointed his sword at Jiang Ziya.
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: Despicable rat! What did you give me?
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Huang Fu brothers. Please listen to me!
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: If so much of my power has not already been drained, I would have made you suffer.
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Huang Fu brothers, you are being assimilated into the realm. That jade can absorb and store your power, thus slowing the speed of the assimilation.
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: If you do not believe me, how about I invite your companions and have them explain this on my behalf?
Jiang Ziya signaled Sibuxiang to go get them. Not long after, it brought back a man and a woman.
Lu Cheng-Syuan: Brother Huang Fu?
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: Cheng-Syuan? Why are you here?
Huang Fu Mu-Yun explained the situation and Lu Cheng-Syuan clarified the misunderstandings within.
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: Mr. Jiang, please pardon my behavior.
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Worry not. You brother seems to be waking. Let’s go to him first.
Huang Fu Zhao-Yun opened his eyes and saw his brother.
Huang Fu Zhao-Yun: Mu-Yun? How have we become separated again?
Huang Fu Mu-Yun helped him up and explained the situation.
Huang Fu Zhao-Yun: Then Mr. Jiang, what should we do?
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Like I have said, we Xian have already set up a magical stage. You will need to stay in it and wait.
Lu Cheng-Syuan: Until when?
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: As to when...We need the power from certain Humans known as Summoners. They can provide the necessary power for the magical stage.
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: However, it remains unclear if they would provide you with their help.
Huang Fu Zhao-Yun: How can we acquire their help, then?
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Test them. Whoever capable of defeating you is the suitable candidate. Let’s not waste another moment. I will walk you to the magical stage.
Together, they left the Heavenly Kingdom. The group relied upon Jiang Ziya’s maintaining a protective magic field around him to sustain power. Suddenly, a group of gnomes appeared in their way.
Gnome Bonecrusher: Chap! Finally got you! I’ll get even with you!
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: I don’t remember doing anything to you!
Gnome Bonecrusher: Bullcrap! Get him!
Gnome Bonecrusher: Argh! I’ll never stand in your way again!
The gnomes scattered; their leader ran particularly quickly, dashed off without a single backward glance. This little episode drew no one’s attention. They went to the magical stage with Jiang Ziya and waited for the only way they can go home — the Summoner’s challenge...