As the sole descendants of the Primordial Dragons, the dragons of the sea reside harmoniously within the depths of the ocean. The battles on land rarely impacted them, and this remained so until the Demons dived into the depths in search of the elements emerging from under the sea floor.
Dragon of the Sea: There is a surge of Demons out there!
Dragon King: Darn! They must be here for elemental power!
Dragon of the Sea: Your Majesty, what should we do?
Dragon King: Cunning Demons...
Dragon King: They are finally reaching in the seas with their demonic talons, huh...
Dragon King: ‘This proves that it is within our dragon clan’s destiny to be embroiled in war.’
Dragon King: ‘If the Demons get the elemental power, they may destroy the world.’
Dragon of the Sea: Your Majesty?
Dragon King: ‘The world was created by our ancestors.’
Dragon King: ‘It should not be destroyed while we remain.’
Dragon of the Sea: Your Majesty!
The dragons of the sea called the Dragon King from his thoughts. Seeing the flustered and panicked expression of his subject, the Dragon King took a deep breath, and resolutely gave a series of orders to the dragons of the sea...
Dragon King: You! You shall guard at the rupture of the world to halt the Demons’ invasion.
Dragon King: The rest of you, join me in fighting the enemy.
Dragon King: You demonic creatures shall not contaminate the seas!
Dragon King: Since we are unable to expel these demonic creatures,
Dragon King: we can only allow them to coexist with us in the seas.
Dragon of the Sea: But...
Dragon King: No need to worry. That demonic creature is not a cause for concern.
Dragon King: It looks like it just wants to find a place to sleep undisturbed.
Dragon King: We will deal with it when it awakens to commit evil.
To protect the elemental power, the Dragon King led the dragons of the sea in war against the Demons in the depths of the ocean. With the mighty power of the Primordial Dragons, the dragons of the sea defeated wave after wave of invading Demons. The Demons recognized that they could not hope to outmatch the dragons of the sea, and thus, they decided to temporarily forfeit their endeavor for the elemental power.
However, the Dragon King knew that the Demons were not the only ones seeking the elemental power; the annoying Gods were also interested. To ensure the status of its dragon clan, the Dragon King reached an agreement with Gods thanks to Yuanshi Tianzun’ s help.
Dragon King: The lands shall be controlled by Gods, but the blue seas are my domain!
Dragon of the East Sea: Please...avenge me...Your Majesty...!
The dragon of the sea had been ordered to investigate who had been disturbing the flow of the rivers. Yet, the brat responsible not only did not feel guilty, he actually killed the dragon recklessly. The dragon of the sea, unable to reconcile himself to this fate, had passed over his remaining pneuma to the Ocean Troopers alongside it. Through them, it was able to inform the Dragon King of everything that had happened and the miserable fate it had faced.
Through the pneuma brought back by the Ocean Troopers, the Dragon King could see everything that had happened to the dragon of the sea as if he experienced it himself — its fury, its discomfort, its fear — everything the dragon of the sea had felt was passed onto the Dragon King. The rage built within the Dragon King, and despite normally being calm, it could no longer suppress the rage. He stood and bellowed in fury...
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: Darn brat!
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: Just because he was born with godly powers, he acts as if beyond reproach!
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: I will teach him a lesson for Yuanshi Tianzun!
The Dragon King led an army of dragons of the sea as well as Ocean Troopers to the riverside. There, he saw the red-clothed boy consuming elements; this dried the river, leaving the lives of the river creatures in misery. The Dragon King approached to stop the boy, but not only did the boy not listen, he raised his spear to attack the Dragon King...
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: You have already taken a life, but you still feel no remorse?
Nezha: Hmh! It died because it was weak! How is that any of my business?
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: Unrepentant scum!
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: I am your master’s sworn brother.
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: You would behave this recklessly, and kill someone of my clan?!
Nezha: I was born with my godly powers; I have no master!
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: Then, I will act on behalf of Tianzun and destroy you scum. Come on!
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: Dragon King! There is no need to flood the earth just for one little brat.
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: You do realize that this would kill, right?
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: Kill? And do you know the suffering of my clan?
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: That brat killed a member of my clan and remains unrepentant.
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: You teach me how I can ignore this grievance!
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: A life lost cannot be returned...
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: Even if you kill Nezha, nothing can be returned to as it was!
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: Then who would seek justice for my clan?
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: That brat was born immoral and reckless.
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: Left alone, he would be a scourge of mankind.
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: How can one’s personality be peered at so easily?
As Dragon King and Yuanshi Tianzun debated, a boy was flying over from not far away on a pair of fiery wheels...
Nezha: I will take responsibility for my actions. It has nothing to do with the others!
Nezha: I took its life! My life as repayment for the life I took.
With that said, Nezha killed himself in front of the Dragon King and Yuanshi Tianzun. The Dragon King was astounded; he did not anticipate Nezha would have given his life in payment of the life he took. Nezha’s actions changed Dragon King’s perception of him.
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: Nezha had repaid his debt with his life.
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: Dragon King, you anger should have been assuaged.
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: If he has already given his life in return and my anger remains unassuaged,
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: I would rather be petty.
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: Dragons of the sea! Ocean Troopers! Let’s return!
The Dragon King was about to return to the depths with his allies and troops, when he suddenly stopped and turned around; he said to Yuanshi Tianzun...
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: You are not mistaken.
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: But that boy...
Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Sea: No, actually, never mind.
With a smile, the Dragon King turned and left for his palace in the sea’s depths. Yuanshi Tianzun could not but smile...
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: It’s fate and destiny....
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: Hopefully, Nezha will learn something from this.
After the situation with Nezha, the Dragon King found that the mystical power of mortals have enhanced greatly. To seek the reason behind this, the Dragon King would often take on a human form to walk upon the earth and personally see the wellbeing of the people. What he had seen and heard abounds: from calamities caused by Xian or elves to wars between various states — he sighed at the chaos that had been born in the world.
The Dragon King ruled the dragons of the sea. In his absence, the dragons lack leadership... Hence, often, he can only send his subordinates to investigate on his behalf. Through contact with the Ocean Troopers’ pneuma, the Dragon King could see their experiences on land. The news they brought back was of incessant war and constant death.
The Dragon King grew annoyed with all this, and in his heart, he could not help but consider giving up. He continued to send his men to investigate, but no longer sought news of what happened on land with the same fervor.
Armored Soldiers: Your Majesty. We have returned with news. We have discovered...
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: Yes...Just wait on the side!
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: I need to take care of these affairs in front of me first...
The Dragon King stole a cold glance at them before continuing his own work. The Ocean Troopers looked at one another, having been shocked by the coldness of the Dragon King. While the Dragon King’s orders were everything to Ocean Troopers, this expedition had proven very informative. They wanted to report to the Dragon King as soon as possible.
Armored Soldiers: Your Majesty! I understand that we should not disturb Your Majesty’s work,
Armored Soldiers: but we really have urgent matters to report.
It was not until he heard that did the Dragon King cease his work on hand and looked upon the Ocean Troopers. The innocence in their eyes showed the Dragon King that they were not lying. He signaled at them to approach, and laid his hand onto their heads, who closed their eyes. Communicating through pneuma, the Dragon King was shocked by what his Ocean Troopers had seen.
Ocean Troopers: The broken tower...seems to radiate with a familiar sensation.
Armored Soldiers: What kind of power is contained within the tower?
Ocean Troopers: Why are there more demonic creatures the closer we get to the broken tower?
Armored Soldiers: We cannot give up! We must complete the mission assigned by His Majesty!
Armored Soldiers: ‘How could this broken tower...’
Armored Soldiers: ‘be imbued with the power of the elements...?’
Armored Soldiers: ‘How did mortals accomplish this?’
Armored Soldiers: We should return to give a report!
The Dragon King unhurriedly re-opened his hands; his expression was one of astonishment and joy.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: ‘This tower will be the salvation of the world and mortals.’
The Dragon King waved his hand in command, sending the Ocean Troopers to gather more information on the broken tower.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: I want to know everything about the tower...
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: You! Go and collect information!
Armored Soldiers: Your wish is our command, Your Majesty!
The Dragon King sent increasing numbers of his warriors to investigate the broken tower. He had considered stepping upon the earth to witness the tower for himself. Unfortunately, he never did leave his palace for the visit as to avoid unbalancing the world order. To investigate whether the broken tower truly contains elemental power, the Dragon King decided to send his men to assist mortals ascend the tower, and investigate the ongoings.
The origin of the flood was unknown. It rushed from every direction. Death rampaged swiftly to those who could not avoid it...Sun Wukong watched all of this happen and he raged...
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: The Dragon King is flooding the earth, killing countless.
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: How could one so cruel serve as the leader of a race?
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: And be glorified as the Dragon King?
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: All Tianzun and the likes have to say about this is that this is predestined...
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: That is bull-crap! I, Sun Wukong, would not believe this nonsense!
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: I will take this case to the Dragon King!
Sun Wukong leapt off the clouds into the sea, journeying to the Dragon King’s palace,
The Dragon King had myriad responsibilities to carry out in his palace. Every document reported something he had not wished to see — wars abounded in the world, and even the dragons of the sea who resided in the depths were affected. The earliest generations of the dragons of the sea perished in war after war. Now, the Dragon King was left alone. The Dragon King sighed; despite his melancholy, he was powerless in areas of life and death despite his godly powers...
As the Dragon King concentrated on the report in front of him, a wounded Ocean Troopers suddenly rushed into the throne room...
Ocean Troopers: Your Majesty... Help!
The Dragon King rushed to their side, shocked by the injuries they had incurred.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: What happened? How did these injuries happen? Who attacked you?
Ocean Troopers: The...The Great Sage is attacking!
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: The Great Sage? What is he doing here?
Ocean Troopers: It seems like he is after Your Majesty. We tried to stop him, but failed...
Ocean Troopers: Run, Your Majesty!
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: What must be, shall be.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: If it must come, it will come. It cannot be avoided.
Armored Soldiers: Fellow warriors, defend the Dragon Palace by my side!
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: You flood without thought, killing countless.
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: You deserve punishment by death!
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: You have no right to govern the sea!
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: I, the Great Sage, shall take over the seas from this day forth.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: Outrageous! You are just a demonic monkey! You dare cause a scene here!
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: Demonic monkey...
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: The way you think shows that your ascetic cultivation remains lackluster.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: You know nothing and are aware of nothing.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: But ready, you are here admonishing me...
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: Do you know all weather is predestined, and is not done by my will?
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: You still do not have to flood!
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: You still do not understand, huh? This is fate. We can only obey it.
Sun Wukong the Great Sage: Hmh! Then I will find those who can control this!
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: Wait...
Sun Wukong was in a rush to leave and did not wait for the Dragon King to finish. The Dragon King had wanted to keep him there, but could not do so in time. All he could do was watch as Sun Wukong left.
Armored Soldiers: Your Majesty, are you okay?
Dragon Warrior: Your Majesty, please forgive us for being unable to help.
The Dragon King turned to his warriors, and felt that the dragon must remain united if they were to survive. He reached out and helped the dragon warrior up, saying with a smile...
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: Your power is what I need,
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: As you and I co-exist.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: If not for all of you, I would not have survived.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: The survival of our clan rest in the claws of our clan.
Ao Guang the Lord of Dragons: Let us revitalize the dragons of the sea clan!
Dragon Warrior: Your Majesty, as long as you feel that way,
Dragon Warrior: we, as your generals, shall follow you to death.
Armored Soldiers: Hail His Majesty the Dragon King!
It was only with that the dragon clan truly reunited against the Demons. While the future was unpredictable, they would be able to succeed against any struggles as long as they fight together. This is what the Dragon King resolutely believed as he looked at his warriors standing before him.