Domon followed the girl through the small trail between the boulders. The two were swift as deers, leaping from rock to rock.
Young Domon: Do you think we can keep my father out of the loop?
Female Apprentice: Yes, if you come home in time.
The girl jumped from a boulder onto the cliff, and Domon followed closely. They soon found they surfaced somewhere near the village after travelling through the secret passageway.
Female Apprentice: Go, don’t keep a girl waiting.
Female Apprentice: But remember, you’ve promised me—
Young Domon: Don’t worry, cousin. I’ll never leave the tribe!
Female Apprentice: Domon, just don’t say “never” that easily, especially to a girl.
Young Domon: She’s waiting for me up front!
Even Domon himself could not remember how many times he had sparred with Carrie in private. Arriving at the place hurriedly, Domon saw Carrie sitting on a rock, awaiting silently with her head on her chin. Before Domon spoke, she said:
Carrie: I’ve lost.
Young Domon: What are you talking about? We haven’t even started yet!
Carrie: You’ve won! You are stronger than me! That’s all you want, isn’t it?
Young Domon: Carrie, I don’t have much time—
Carrie: Do you think I really wanna leave? You jerk!
Seeing Carrie agitated, Domon dared not to speak anything. Carrie slowly calmed down in silence.
Carrie: After I’ve left, you will always remember me, right?
Young Domon: ...
Seeing Domon lost in thought, Carried yelled in discontent:
Carrie: I am leaving, but you won’t even make a promise to me!
Young Domon: No, Carrie! I don’t mean it! I just can’t say I will “never” forget you that easily...
Young Domon: But, if you become stronger than me, I will overtake you again!
Carrie: You will always catch up with me?
Young Domon : Of course!
Hearing the words, Carrie took up her fighting stance. Domon’s excitement immediately roared back to life.
Carrie: Then you must promise me! You can’t lose to anyone else except me!
Young Domon: I promise you! Both of us had wins and losses, but this time, I won’t lose!
Domon did not discover what Carrie really meant. They battled each other for one last time. During the fight, Domon was stunned by the tears on his opponent’s face and knocked unconscious by a strike on his head—
In Domon’s mind, there was always a fog shrouding his childhood memories. ^ Practicing martial arts since he was small, Domon was once injured severely. His family obtained a panacea from a Taoist to cure the wound on Domon’s head. However, there were side effects that caused horns to grow out of Domon's head and removed part of his memory...
Having grown up, Domon became representative of his tribe with his agility of a mystical goat. However, as he had lost his memories, he could no longer treat the tribe as his home. Therefore, he wandered around in the name of spreading the tribe’s fame. Domon challenged strong fighters one after another. He could feel that there was an unknown voice in his mind telling him to get stronger. As he battled the fighters, he was also looking for the “strong fighter” who defeated him when he was small...
Maiden Fighter: Here I come!
Maiden Fighter: ...I’ve lost.
Domon: You’ve fought well.
The two saluted each other. After that, the maiden fighter, who exerted overwhelming effort simply to remain standing, fell onto the floor of the fighting hall. Domon could not help but hold her with his unwounded arm. The fighter looked away and whispered her thanks. Domon suddenly realized he actions might have seem arrogant, but the fighter had already fallen into his arms. He could only say:
Domon: Please forgive my rudeness...
Maiden Fighter: No, I’m really hap...
Face blushed, the fighter glanced at him and looked down again. Seeing her reddened face, Domon thought she had not recovered from the battle, so, without a word, he sent the fighter back to her father.
Old Master: Domon. With your skills, I believe you can set up your own martial school.
Old Master: Why do you drift?
Domon: I am looking for the legendary Hall of Astralists.
Old Master: You mean the Hall of Stone Blades?
Old Master: It’s good to go for your dreams while you are young.
Domon: Do you know about the hall? Master, please tell me!
Noticing his daughter's adoration of Domon in her eyes, the old master smiled and suggested to Domon:
Old Master: Well, you’ve just fought my daughter.
Old Master: How about taking a rest first? Let me tell you about the details tomorrow.
Domon could only say yes as he needed the master’s help.
???: ‘Hehe, idiot! There’s no way you are more powerful than me?’
???: ‘Don’t jump that high! That’s not fair!’
???: ‘I don’t wanna go...
???: ...but my dad insisted on sending me to the Hall of Astralists...’
???: ‘You will always remember me, right?’
Young Domon: ‘Of course!’
Waking up from his dream, Domon tried very hard to remember what had happened. He could remembered how he answered, the Hall of Astralists, the promise that he once made...but Domon could remember neither the appearance nor the name of that person.
Domon: Darn! Why—
‘How would I remember something happened such a long time ago?’
???: Domon, are you fine?
In the bed, his wife asked in a soft voice. her warm body pressed against Domon’s. The fragrance of her calmed him down.
Domon: I’ve... had a dream... that person...
???: Forget that person! I’m with you and that’s enough.
She kissed Domon. The heat coming from her lips brought him to heaven. All his dreams, promises, old friends...Everything was no longer important—
Domon: ‘Can I really sleep in peace like this?’
Young Domon: ‘Of course not!’
Domon: Who is speaking in my mind?
Celestial Supremacy - Taishang Laojun: It seems that it’s not your fate to die here. Let me help you!
Soul Hunter: Who are you! How come you can disengage him from my spells?
Celestial Supremacy - Taishang Laojun: You demonic creature! Not all souls are edible!
Domon: Spells? What...
Soul Hunter: Domon! You’re satisfied with the life I gave you, aren’t you?
Domon: No...I can no longer forget my past!
Soul: Thank you, Supremacy.
Domon saw the fighting hall turned into a ruined house, and the lady who had been accompanying him became a white light.
Soul: Domon, although I have been under an enchantment, I do love you.
Domon: I’m sorry, but I——
Soul: Continue on your journey, Domon.
Soul: Promise me! You must find her, okay?
Domon: Of course.
When the light disappeared, Domon thanked the Xian next to him.
Celestial Supremacy - Taishang Laojun: Using a soul that he had been controlling as bait...
In order to find the fighter concealed by fog, Domon stubbornly challenged different people all over the realms.
Domon: The fighter approved by the stars is on the top of the mountain.
Domon climbed up to the peak of the tall mountain, where ascetics were already standing in a circle, ensuring a field of battle for Domon and his opponent. A blue-haired girl was staring at Domon. After bowing, she picked up her stone blade but she did not take any stances. She opened her mouth and took a deep breath, protecting herself with her long scythe. Domon immediately seized the chance to leap forward and strike her with a powerful tornado kick.
She evaded the kick with a light-footed sidestep. Domon knew his opponent was waiting for his next attack. Excited, he launched waves of attack on the girl, but all were parried by the girl’s stone blade. As he prepared a decisive blow, his opponent hooked his leg with her blade, leaving him stuck as if mired. Domon’s body was stuck, as if he had fell into a mire. The girl took the advantage and continued to attack, chopping hard with one of her scythes. Domon just managed to evade the blow, but the situation did not allow him to fall back anymore—
Female Fighter: —
The girl’s stone blades were like a wall of water. Domon felt as if he was trapped inside a vase, but he was still confident about breaking through. However, when the two were face to face, the tears of the girl stunned Domon, resulting in his inability to evade his opponent’s blow apart from tilting his head. The stone blade hit one of Domon’s horns hard and knocked Domon into the air.
It seemed that a piece of memory was about to flash back in his mind, but the pain made Domon to ignore it. Domon decided not to be entangled with his opponent. It drove the power of the horned goat within him and leapt off to the stars, delivering the final kick. The girl also swung her scythes at full strength. A great explosion broke out as the kick clashed with the stone blades.—
Domon: I haven’t lost! I must—
—He must keep that promise.
???: ‘You can’t lose to anyone else except me!’
Domon suddenly realized the girl was the fighter that he had been seeking. Domon fell to the bottom of the cliff and landed on the ground of mud and sad. Under the light of the stars and the moon, Domon could see numerous stone tablets scattering around, on which thousands of words were written.
???: ‘I know I should not think about him anymore.’
???: ‘But if I forget Domon, our promise will become invalid.’
???: ‘I can only blame Domon when he have finally reached me.’
Domon: Humph, not that easy!
As Domon read the diary written on the stone tablets, he slowly remembered what happened between Carrie and him.
Young Domon: ‘If you become stronger than me, I will overtake you again!’
Carrie: ‘You will always catch up with me?’
Young Domon: ‘Of course!’
Carrie: ‘Then you must promise me! You can’t lose to anyone else except me!’
Young Domon: ‘I promise you!’
Domon raised his head immediately, but there was no sign of the girl in the starry sky.
Domon: Carrie! I have kept my promise!
Domon shouted at the sky. The fog in his head had disappeared. Fully recovered, he was feeling the power within his body and finally sensed the guidance of the Astralists from Capricorn Court. Led by the Astralists, Domon could see a road lit up by the starlight on the cliff. He followed the way and leapt from stones to stones, finally entered the starry sky under Court of Capricorn’s blessings—