After Jiang Ziya’s departure, Daji sat mired in boredom as he looked at the two’s meditation. Suddenly, she seemed to have remembered something.
Aesthetic Vixen Su Daji: Lady and gentleman, how about I take you for a walk?
The two walked out the palace with Daji. She guided the two through the Heavenly Kingdom, introducing the sights and scenes to them. It was until a fireball came out of nowhere and shot at Daji. A Xian yelled to Daji while holding a fireball in his hand:
Xian: Brazen Daji! Who allowed you to set foot on forbidden ground?
Aesthetic Vixen Su Daji: Darned ascetic. I don’t need anyone’s permission to go anywhere!
Xian: You’re a mere elf. Allowing you to stay in the Kingdom is already a blessing!
Xian: These two people are the new victims of your elvish power, aren’t they?
Xian: Who do you think you are, Daji? I shall eliminate you today!
Aesthetic Vixen Su Daji: Hmph! You think you have the ability to do that?!
Lu Cheng-Syuan: Mister, you are being impolite!
Daji knocked the Xian unconscious with a palm strike. He then collapsed, showing no signs of movement thereafter. Daji took the two’s hands and dragged them in, a plan having already been formed in her mind.
Daji dragged the two into the forbidden ground.
Jia Rou: Miss Su, please wait! Let’s turn back. That is forbidden ground. It is improper to trespass.
Aesthetic Vixen Su Daji: Relax. It’s OK.
With no way to change Daji’s mind, Jia Rou and Lu Cheng-Syuan nodded at each other. When the three stood at the entrance, the runes on the ground shone with a red light. A few peculiar statues arose from the magic circle. Their eyes lit up in blue; the biggest one opened its mouth and said:
Guardian of Forbidden Ground: Intruders. Kill!
They successfully defeated every guardian and the doors finally opened.
Aesthetic Vixen Su Daji: The ancient classics say that the doors of forbidden ground opens only for Xian or ones of another world. I never thought it was true.
Potions stood on storeys of the shelves. Daji seemed to be searching for something and finally found her target. She happily put it into her sleeves. Just then, a man in official clothings entered the forbidden ground with other Xian.
Xian: Honorable Lord Wen Zhong, Daji assaulted me and intruded into forbidden ground. My lord, please give me justice.
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: I will. This fox elf dies in my hands today.
Wen Zhong brought a few Xian with him and confronted Daji and Lu Cheng-Syuan outside the forbidden ground.
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: Daji, you trespassed into forbidden ground. Do you know of the punishment that awaits?
Daji and Wen Zhong were both exhausted. Just then, a long figure floated to their side. It was Jiang Ziya’ s mount — Sibuxiang. Upon seeing its arrival, Daji had her face filled with joy. She took out the previously hidden potion and poured it down Sibuxiang’ s mouth. Its face immediately twisted.
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: Fox elf, Jiang Ziya treated you well. And you...?
As Wen Zhong was about to attack Daji again, Sibuxiang had already returned to its normal state, appearing to be overflowing with power. Without hesitation, it picked up Lu Cheng Syuan and Jia Rou, placing them onto its back before soaring away. It was obvious that its speed was much faster than before. However, the faraway Lu Cheng-Syuan was worried.
Lu Cheng-Syuan: If we leave like this, will they be alright?
Jia Rou: There is no need to worry. They have used up their power in the fight. They cannot start another one soon.
Lu Cheng Syuan showed his admiration towards Jia Rou: only an attentive person like her could have realized such details. Back in the forbidden ground, Daji laughed in content.
Aesthetic Vixen Su Daji: The ancient classics stated that the potion could raise Sibuxiang’s flying speed. Looks like it worked! Ziya can travel anywhere faster from now on!
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: You came here for Jiang Ziya...?
Aesthetic Vixen Su Daji: Hmph! Does it seem like I would poison Sibuxiang?
Jia Rou had guessed correctly. Wen Zhong and Daji were too tired to fight; they can only continue their conflict through bickering.
Lu Cheng-Syuan and Jia Rou rode on Sibuxiang and had reached a house. They pushed the door only to see a man confronting Jiang Ziya.
Lu Cheng-Syuan: Brother Huang Fu?
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: Cheng-Syuan? Why are you here? Just now, this Jiang Ziya said he can save my life with a jade. But it just absorbs my power.
Lu Cheng-Syuan: Brother Huang Fu, please be reassured. Mr. Jiang is not going to harm us. This jade can really protect us.
With Lu Cheng-Syuan’s explanation, the misunderstanding between Huang Fu Mu-Yun and Jiang Ziya was resolved. Jiang then started to explain the situation and brought them on their way 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. They pondered over Jiang’s words on the way when suddenly, a group of gnomes appeared in their way.
Jiang Ziya the Celestial General: Gnomes, why do you stand in our way?
Gnome Bonecrusher: Jiang...Jiang Ziya. I...I am not afraid of you. I come for him.
The leading gnome pointed at Huang Fu Mu-Yun, shocking him.
Gnome Bonecrusher: Chap! Finally got you! I’ll get even with you!
With their leader defeated, the gnomes scattered and ran for their lives.
Jia Rou: Brother Huang Fu, did you do something bad to them?
Huang Fu Mu-Yun: They are the first creatures I met when I arrived here. Maybe they thought I was bullying them.
They went to the magic field with Jiang Ziya and waited for the only way they can go home — the Summoner’s challenge...