The time vortex had brought the people from ancient China to this realm. The power of another realm collided with the elements here, triggering an uncontrollable turbulence. In order to avoid the realm from collapsing, as well as to prevent the people of another realm from being engulfed by the power here. Jiang Ziya temporarily confined them in a magic field, and studied the way to return to ancient China with them.
Yu Wun Tuo and Du Gu Ning-ke were pulled into the realm by the power. They stayed in the field with the others. After sealing the Crimson Meteor, Yu Wun Tuo carried Ning-ke’s soul and journeyed to the west to self-exile himself...However, when they arrived at the realm. Yu Wun Tuo regained his lost arm, and Du Gu Ning-ke was able to live outside the Qin of Fuxi, the musical instrument which contained and purified her soul.
In order to enable everyone to return home, Yu Wun Tuo decided to aid Jiang Ziya in setting up a magical stage. However, accidents had always been unpredictable. A man assaulted Jiang Ziya from behind; Jaing Ziya reacted to it swiftly and dodged, a sigh on his face.
Shen Gongbao the Roaring Tenacity: I have mastered a new move! Today, I will defeat you! Here I come!
As Shen Gongbao lashed out his thunder whip, a few flashes of lightning hit the surroundings of the magic stage. In order to safeguard the stage, Yu Wun Tuo had no choice but to parry Gongbao’s attack.
Shen Gongbao the Roaring Tenacity: What? You wanna join too?
Yu Wun Tuo: Master Shen, sorry for my rudeness!
Shen Gongbao the Roaring Tenacity: Darn, it’s really difficult to fight two enemies at the same time.
With Yu Wun Tuo’s help, Jiang Ziya quickly subdued Shen Gungbao’s and stopped his attack. After confirming that the magic stage was still intact, Yu Wun Tuo intended to continue setting up the stage with Jiang Ziya. However, another accident happened; a girl was hurriedly running over to them...
Tuo Ba Yu-Er: Master Shen! Before Jing-Ciou went missing, he asked you something about the Taoist Techniques. Please tell me where he has gone!
Shen Gongbao the Roaring Tenacity: ...I did tell him how the field is built...and I’ve warned him not to go outside!
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Sigh... Why is it you again, brother?!
Shen Gungbao tried to pretend he was unrelated to the incident before hastily fled fleeing from Yu-Er and Ziya’s questioning.
Yu Wun Tuo: It seems probably that Brother Chan has gone out of the field.
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Please stay calm, Ms Tuo Ba. I will now go out and find Mr Chan.
Since Chen Jing-Ciou returned to the magic field, he had been helping Yu Wun Tuo with setting up the stage. The two was laughing and chatting, almost seeming like real brothers; this led Yu Wun Tuo to recall what had happened at the beginning of their friendship.
Back then, Yu Wun Tuo was gathering five of the Ten Legendary Artifacts and the Blood Pearls of Souls to set up the Stage of Loss. The Stage was intended to seal the Crimson Meteor, a comet which would slice through the barrier between the worlds.
Uninformed about Yu Wun Tuo’s plan, Chen Jing-Ciou and the others misunderstood him, thinking that Yu Wun Tuo possessed imperial ambitions. Therefore, Chen Jing-Ciou obstructed and fought him, again and again.
Yu Wun Tuo: Since you are younger than me, I will fight the three of you with only one hand. If I use my other hand, I would admit defeat!
Yu Wun Tuo: Well, not bad!
Yu Wun Tuo: It’s rare to see someone at your age fighting as good as you are.
Chen Jing-Ciou: Darn! He’s really strong! How come he can defeat us with just one hand!
Yu Wun Tuo defeated Chen Jing-Ciou and his companions easily, and he used Chen Fu as a hostage to force Jing-Ciou hand over his Artefacts, worsening the relationship between them.^ Only when the barrier between the worlds was sliced through and the devil legion invaded the earth did Jing-Ciou finally learnt of Yu Wun Tuo’s intention.
The two gradually developed a bond like those of brothers. Sometimes, the always serious Yu Wun Tuo would even tease Chun Jing-Ciou.
Yu Wun Tuo: If building the stage had not been so laborious, I would have enjoyed watching the two ladies teach you a lesson.
Chen Jing-Ciou: Brother, please stop mocking at me.
Yu Wun Tuo: Well, I think this part is almost done, I am going to check the rest of the stage. Get some rest when you’ve finished.
Even as Yu Wun Tuo finished his words, he had already sense that someone was hiding in the dark...
Yu Wun Tuo: Miss Du Gu, when are you going to come out?
During the chat, Yu Wun Tuo could feel there was someone hiding, but he did not think it was a good idea to tell Jing-Ciou, because—
Du Gu Ning-Ke: I am just afraid that Mr. Chen was still angry with me, so I hid—
Back then, she had served as a demonic general under the Devil King in the West, and battled Yu Wun Tuo and his companions.
Du Gu Ning-Ke: You’re all dying here!
Du Gu Ning-Ke: Lord Preceptor Yu Wun, kill me if you wish...
Back then, Yu Wun Tuo did not kill her. Instead, he had sealed Ning-Ke’s soul inside Fuxi Qin and carried it to the west. However, due to the time vortex, Ning-Ke could live outside of the Qin again.
Yu Wun Tuo: I’ve never thought we could sit down, have a cup of tea to chat about the past.
Yu Wun Tuo: I’ve promised you to take you back to your home in the West. I’ll definitely keep my promise!
Du Gu Ning-Ke: If we return to our world, will we return to what we used to be?
Du Gu Ning-Ke: ‘So I can only live inside the instrument, and you will lose your arm again...’
Yu Wun Tuo did not reply. He silently took the final sip of his tea and continued his work, while melancholy was growing within Ning-Ke’s heart...
Du Gu Ning-Ke was struggling before the magic stage.^ There was a time when she had chosen to betray her own desires out of loyalty to the Devil King, obstructing Yu Wun Tuo with all she could do. There was also a time when she had chosen to give up the idea of becoming a devil when she neared success; instead, she hoped to reincarnate and become a human.
At this moment in time, there was another choice in front of her...Could she really do what she want this time?
Yu Wun Tuo: Miss Du Gu! Do you really know what you are doing? Why are you destroying the stage?
Du Gu Ning-Ke: It’s just that...I don’t...I no longer want to be sealed in Fuxi Qin...
Yu Wun Tuo: Have you forgotten what you said? You said you wanted to become a normal girl.
Yu Wun Tuo: So Luna Xian sealed your soul into the Qin to gradually remove the devil within you.
Yu Wun Tuo: This way, when you reincarnate you can.
Du Gu Ning-Ke: But... Here, I can brew you some tea, and chat with you...
Du Gu Ning-Ke: I don’t wanna go back.
With that said, it seemed as if Du gu Ning-Ke lost control to the devil within her, destroying the magic stage, leaving Yu Wun Tuo with no choice but to fight her.
Yu Wun Tuo: Ms Du Gu!
Du Gu Ning-Ke: Shut up! I don’t wanna listen!
After the battle, Du Gu Ning-Ke sat on the ground exhaustedly. She involuntarily stretched out a pair of bat wings to envelop herself. Yu Wun Tuo walked to her front carefully—
Yu Wun Tuo: Miss Du Gu, I believe you would lose control to the devil because you have left Fuxi Qin for too long.
Yu Wun Tuo: Someone smart like you must know the consequences of us staying here.
Dugu Ning-Ke: ...I...I know...
Yu Wun Tuo: I will bring you back to your hometown. But before we are there, I have to apologize for having you stay by my side. Okay?