After arriving at the realm of Humans, Li Yi-Ru met her long-dead mother, Zhao Ling-Er. Since the time when memories began to form in Yi-Ru, her parents had been telling her about the story of how Zhao Ling-Er sacrificed herself for the Miaos.
Now she looked at her legendary mother with excitement. The young Yi-Ru did not understand the complex expression on Zhao Ling-Er’s face; she could only feel joy when Ling-Er hugged her in tears. She did not have a single clue about Zhao Ling-Er’s emotional turmoil.
Zhao Ling-Er: It’s so great...
Li Yi-Ru: Can I call you mother?
Zhao Ling-Er: Of course, Yi-Ru...
Li Yi-Ru: Mother, dad said you disappeared around the Miao country. Where have you been these years?
Zhao Ling-Er: I am sorry, Yi-Ru. I had to do that...
Although she did not understand Zhao Ling-Er’s answer, Li Yi-Ru did not probe further. She understood that the adults always had their own reasons, like dad was always out to investigate upon the devils; mom had to visit the Goddess guardian once a while; and granddad had to socialize with his friends in the martial world...
Li Yi-Ru: Mother, are you coming home with me?
Zhao Ling-Er shook her head sadly.
Zhao Ling-Er: Yi-Ru, I was only summoned here by the Three Almighty Artifacts. When all is over, I will probably have to...
Li Yi-Ru: But we have finally met each other...
Zhao Ling-Er: Aren’t we together now? Tell me more about your life before we run out of time!
Li Yi-Ru: Mother, I’ve had quite an adventure with brother Hsiao-Hu, and subdued a lot of yaoguais...
With the Xian’s help, the Evil-Sealing Pagoda was finally returned to Shushan. Li Hsiao-Yao and the others then started to search for a way to return home. According to the ancient scroll, a Runestone with enormous elemental power can bring everyone back to their times. Therefore, Li Yi-Ru and her family set out in search of the Runestone. However, instead of returning, she would rather stay here in the realm with her mother.
Li Yi-Ru: Dad! Now that we have taken care of the Evil-Sealing Pagoda. How about the four of us travel around this strange world and enjoy the views —
Li Hsiao-Yao: Yi-Ru, be good. Merely the missing of the Evil-Sealing Pagoda must have already caused a commotion back in Shushan.
Li Hsiao-Yao: Though we have retrieved the Evil-Sealing Pagoda, I have to return and ease the others...
Li Yi-Ru: But mom said...
Li Hsiao-Yao: Yi-Ru, do you still remember the incident when we were trapped in the Scroll of Illusion?
Li Yi-Ru: That’s different! This mother is real!
Li Yi-Ru dragged her mother and rushed into the forest.
Zhao Ling-Er: Yi-Ru!
Li Yi-Ru: Don’t worry! Mother, I will protect you!
They ran to the depths of the forest, and inadvertently arrived at werewolves’ turf...
Demigoddess of Mana - Li Yi-Ru: Mother, look! Are my Techniques powerful?
Zhao Ling-Er: You are just like your dad, always doing dangerous things and worries others!
Li Yi-Ru: I am not like dad! Dad is the reliable chief of Shushan. Everyone is being harsh on me because of that...
The two walked along a river. Li Yi-Ru listened to her mother’s adventures while holding her mother’ s hand. Zhao Ling-Er’s voice was like warm water embracing her body; Li Yi-Ru thus felt relaxed and leaned against Zhao Ling-Er.
Zhao Ling-Er: Yi-Ru, would you blame me for leaving you so early?
Li Yi-Ru: Not at all. You sacrificed yourself to protect the Miaos. We should be the ones owing you, not the other way around...
Li Yi-Ru: ‘But... if only mother could live and stay with us...’
Zhao Ling-Er lowered her body and embraced Yi-Ru. If it was not because of the wolves’ howls, Li Yi-Ru would have fallen asleep in her mother’s arms...
Li Yi-Ru: I am not letting you hurt my mother!
Zhao Ling-Er: Yi-Ru, don’t charge!
Li Yi-Ru: Don’t worry, mother. Leave it to me!
Zhao Ling-Er: Yi-Ru! Come here!
Yi-Ru pulled back upon hearing Zhao Ling-Er’s words. They were at the rim of a river as the wolves surrounded the two.
Li Yi-Ru: Curse these wolves...
Zhao Ling-Er: No, Yi-Ru. It was we who have barged into their turf. It’s not their fault.
Zhao Ling-Er: Come, I will teach you some new Techniques.
Zhao Ling-Er held Yi-Ru’s hand, asking her to shadow herself in uttering a spell. Yi-Ru stepped on the water with her mother; it was like walking on a mattress of cotton. Yet, the werewolves did not retreat. They stayed by the river’s edge and stared at them with hungry eyes.
Zhao Ling-Er: It seems like we have no other options. Yi-Ru, hold tight onto me.
Zhao Ling-Er raised her Cane of Heaven Snake; the power of Nü Wa stirred inside them. Water in the river suddenly outburst, and turned into a soaring stream, flushing Yi-Ru and Zhao Ling-Er to a faraway place...
Li Yi-Ru: I am sorry, mother. I have put you into danger...
Zhao Ling-Er: I am happy that you want us to be together more.
Zhao Ling-Er embraced Yi-Ru softly, and healed the girl with her Techniques. Her mind yet to recover from the power outburst, Li Yi-Ru hugged her mother; the aroma on Ling-Er went through her nose, prompting a special feeling in her body.
Zhao Ling-Er: Yi-Ru, I will now moderate the godly power inside you, so that you will be ready to face the fate of the Nü Wa clan.
Zhao Ling-Er: Promise me that you’ll uphold your usual passion when the time comes, alright?
Zhao Ling-Er: Yi-Ru, I cannot stay with you forever, so I can only take this chance to help you train in getting familiarized with your own power...
In this dream-like adventure in the strange land, Li Yi-Ru had adventures with her mother; her whole family reunited in the realm of Humans. This feeling of satisfaction had always stayed within her, which later supported her when she was about to accept her tragic fate of the Nü Wa clan...