Everyone in Jiuyou City raised their heads and looked at the sky.
Darkness enveloped the city. The Gate of the Hell became visible in the sky. It cast a shadow over all of Jiuyou City and completely blotted out the sky.
The sky changed.
Everybody in Jiuyou city understood that something big was about to happen.
Ye Futian also looked above. He heard in the past that the Gate of the Hell was related to the Hell and showed the way to the real Hell. But it was only a rumor. The real Gate of the Hell couldn't possibly be leading to the so-called Hell in the folk tales. It didn't look like a grand matrix of space either.
Then, what was the Gate of the Hell?
"Does Lord Taixuan know what this is?" Ye Futian asked.
"Coordinates," Lord Taixuan replied. Ye Futian's eyes narrowed in concentration.
Lord Taixuan said the Gate of the Hell was a set of coordinates.
"The 3,000 Realms of the Great Path in the present day were different before the Twin Great Emperors unified the world. So were the forces that occupied the realms. The current 3,000 Realms of the Great Path, especially the Nine Supreme Imperial Realms, were formed after the unification. Some forces that were active in the past were destroyed just like the Hell, many more simply disappeared," Lord Taixuan spoke slowly.
Ye Futian felt unsettled. What did Lord Tianxuan's words mean?
It meant that the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path were not the only world. There were other realms as well.
If that was the case, where were the other realms?
If the Gate of the Hell was a set of coordinates, was it guiding the way for cultivators in other realms to come to the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path?
What did the real world look like?
"Luoxue should know more than I do," Lord Taixuan looked at Shen Luoxue and said.
Shen Luoxue was from the Shen clan, one of the most powerful forces in the Nine Supreme Imperial Realms. She usually had much better information than ordinary folks. As a daughter of the clan lord of the Shen Clan, she must have knowledge of some secrets.
"There are many different theories about what happened. But I indeed know a little bit more than other people." Shen Luoxue gazed at the stretch of the sky and replied.
She was feeling quite emotional too. She never thought that she would witness this.
To come back to the Nine Realms was the true plan the Hell had been plotting.
At this time, no one was fussing about the dead and missing cultivators in the Nine Realms anymore as if they were already forgotten.
It seemed to be such a trivial matter, comparing with what was happening in front of their eyes right now.
"Do you want to know?" Shen Luoxue looked at Ye Futian.
"Yes," Ye Futian nodded and said.
"I heard that the Empty Imperial Palace already made contact with you. I guess you will know about this sooner or later. The Empty Imperial Palace has been preparing for this for a long time, and you're the one they chose. Even so, this storm apparently moved everything up. You should be aware of some things ahead of their time. I will tell you everything I know."
Shen Luoxue looked at Ye Futian and said.
Ye Futian nodded silently. He was increasingly intrigued by this world.
Step by step, he grew up and became stronger. He thought he was getting on the center of the stage, yet only discovered that he still didn't know the truth about this world.
It was like he only saw a small fraction of the world.
Even the entire 3,000 Realms of the Great Path were not a full picture.
The Heavenly Path crumbled, and the Great Path was incomplete.
Countless people standing elsewhere also raised their heads and exchanged their views about what was happening. Many of them were powerful cultivators from various forces in the Nine Realms.
Ye Futian spotted Shen Ji, for instance, who came here in person from the Shen clan.
Master cultivators from around the world all arrived at this city of barbarity.
The devilish young man who served as a guide for Hierophant Jiuyou before stood high up in the air. His chin lifted, and his eyes sparkled over a wicked smile. He stared at the dark sky as though he was expecting something.
He had waited here for hundreds of years.
He hid in the dark for centuries and did all the work in secret. He bore patiently for several hundred years for this day to arrive.
The day was finally here.
A number of big wheels in the Hidden Land Realm were present as well. They raised their heads and looked at the space with an exceptionally solemn expression.
Was what happened right now a blessing or a curse?
No one really knew.
Nonetheless, they had to face the situation first.
A scary storm turned up in the sky above with a terrifying dark whirlwind. The waves of the Space Will of the Way rolled and surged as layers of space twisted and distorted.
A line of people suddenly came into view before the storm started. With a surprised look, they scanned the field below them. However, they soon started to smile.
"The Void Realm." A cultivator grinned and said, "The Void Realm is open again after hundreds of years. How exciting."
"The Void Realm?"
Numerous people in Jiuyou City were bewildered by his words. What did it mean?
The Void Realm?
They were in Jiuyou City. How was it the Void Realm?
Ye Futian obviously heard what the man said as well. These people who came out of nowhere carried intimidating energy with them.
Certainly, he was more unsettled by the name "Void Realm." It brought another place to his mind.
The Empty Imperial Palace!
The Sacred Hall in the Central Emperor Realm, left by Donghuang the Great Emperor, was called the Empty Imperial Palace.
Why was it called the Empty Imperial Palace rather than the Imperial Palace?
He never fully understood the reason and reckoned that it was because the Empty Imperial Palace was not the real Imperial Palace, but only a temporary lodging for the Great Emperor.
Yet now, he suddenly realized something as he heard the name "Void Realm."
Did the Empty Imperial Palace correspond to the Void Realm?
The 3,000 Realms of the Great Path constituted a vast world that contained innumerable living things and countless cultivators. It was a complete world, yet they named it the Void Realm.
"Are they waiting there to greet us?" Someone glanced at the field below and the crowd in Jiuyou City. An arrogant look flashed across his face.
"Welcome to the Void Realm."
The devilish young man took in a deep breath. His eyes were filled with eagerness and desire.
He made it. Were they finally coming?
They're coming so fast, some people thought to themselves.
Ye Futian's eyes firmly fixed on the people appeared in the air. Much to his surprise, these people used the coordinates to get here right after the Gate of the Hell emerged.
Based on their words, these people came from someplace outside of the Void Realm, also known as the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path.
He always understood that the universe was boundless, and the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path weren't necessarily the end.
However, he had no idea what kind of place it was outside of the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path.
These newcomers didn't do anything. They stepped forward and downward, descending straight to Jiuyou City right after their arrival. The crowd in the city hadn't figured out the situation yet.
"Let's go back," Lord Taixuan said at the moment. Jiuyou City was about to become the center of all the troubles. They needed to go back and prepare for the possible turbulence in the future.
"Yes, let's go." Ye Futian nodded and glanced at Ye Qingyao, who was standing next to him.
Qingyao seemed to have sensed something. She raised her face slightly to look at him and called in a low voice, "Brother."
"Let's go," Ye Futian held her hand and said. They left at once.
The cultivators from the Shen clan watched Ye Futian and the others from a distance. Shen Luochuan gazed at Shen Luoxue and Ye Futian while Shen Hao was standing farther away with an indifferent look.
Several other formidable cultivators came through the sky. The leader of the group was especially intimidating. Jiuyou City flinched at his presence.
More cultivators arrived at Jiuyou City in succession.
However, Ye Futian and the others already left. So did the cultivators from other forces. They all planned to go back to make preparations for the upcoming changes.
Of course, Jiuyou City would be most severely impacted by the changes. Even the social order might be reshuffled altogether.
Ye Futian and the others returned to the Heavenly Mandate Realm straight away.
Inside of a palace in the Heavenly Mandate Academy, Ye Futian felt somewhat disheartened. They went on the trip with the initial intention to find out who attacked the disciples of the Heavenly Mandate Academy. And now they knew the assailants were the remaining evildoers of the Hell, a group that disappeared a long time ago.
However, it didn't seem like they were able to do anything even after they discovered the truth through an investigation.
They didn't accomplish anything on this trip.
Shen Luoxue, Lord Taixuan, Ye Futian, and Feixue were all here.
Ye Futian looked at Shen Luoxue. He waited quietly and restrained from asking her anything on their way back until they returned to the Heavenly Mandate Academy.
Shen Luoxuesaid to him that she would tell him everything she knew.
"What do you want to know the most?" Shen Luoxue looked at Ye Futian and asked.
"Granny, is this real?" Ye Futian asked. Those people who appeared in the sky called it the Void Realm.
Could the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path be a fake and empty world?
"Of course, it's real. It can't be more tangible than this. Countless creatures are living in the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path. How can it be fake and empty?" Shen Luoxue replied.
"Then, why do they make up names like the Void Realm and the Empty Imperial Palace?" Ye Futian asked, "When the Lord was breaking through, he said that the Heavenly Path was incomplete. What is missing?
"Also, granny, the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path are vast and boundless. Even Lord Tianxuan couldn't reach the end of the world. Maybe there is no end at all. So how did those get here? Where do they come from? Why did they arrive so quickly?"
Ye Futian fired a series of questions. There were so many things he didn't understand.
"It is because of the relativity. From the perspective of another space and time, their world is real, while ours may be the Void Realm. But the contrary is true for us, people who live in this place," Shen Luoxue looked intently at Ye Futian and said. "I read some historical documents of the Shen clan in the past. The story goes that the 3,000 Realms of the Great Path are in a separate Space World and may be overlapping with another Space World. They didn't travel through space to get here since there is no distance between us."
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