Translator: Henyee Translations Editor: Henyee Translations
City of Humans.
The yellow power of providence of humankind gradually gathered into Ji Ye. When he opened Dragon City’s city room, what he saw was not the familiar decorations inside the Three Thousand Restaurant, but a vast lake where ripples were spreading out. Birds were flying on the shore, and the fragrance of lotuses could be smelled
There was a pavilion at the center of the lake, and a middle-aged man in a yellow robe was reading a book there!
“Honorable guest, the boss invites you.”
Yu Long, the female manager in purple clothes, stood nearby. She bowed at Ji Ye and then made an inviting gesture.
“May I know your name, boss?”
Ji Ye didn’t cringe. He simply walked forward and spoke to the middle-aged man.
“Well, we don’t have given names. We only have a surname.
“My clan’s surname is Youxiong, and we live next to Lake Ji.”
The middle-aged man put down his book and smiled gently.
“It’s an honor to meet you, Yellow Emperor!” Ji Ye solemnly paid his respects.
Earlier, Ji Ye could remain calm even when he faced Legendary heroes such as the founders of the Tang Dynasty or the Song Dynasty.
However, even though he had received a Quasi Mythological rating, he couldn’t show any disrespect for this man, not just because the Yellow Emperor was a Mythological player in the last round, but also because the Yellow Emperor, as one of the ancestors of the Chidragon civilization, deserved the respect of every native of Chidragon!
It had always been a tradition for the Chidragon people to worship their ancestors rather than gods.
Furthermore, Ji Ye’s own surname had derived from Lake Ji where the Yellow Emperor lived. Therefore, this man was truly his ancestor in a way.
“No need to thank me.”
“You’ve become Mythological so quickly. You’re truly a promising young man. Have a seat!”
The Yellow Emperor was quite gentle and didn’t have the gravitas of an emperor.
“You seem to have a lot of questions, don’t you?”
“Yes, I do. I wonder if you can answer them, senior!”
“With your Quasi Mythological rating, you’re qualified to learn everything. What do you want to know?”
The Yellow Emperor nodded.
“I want to know what the super civilization that founded the Land of Inheritance is, and why they did it. Also, what’s the usage of the power of providence?” Ji Ye asked consecutively.
He already had answers to these questions, but he was also somehow unsure of the answers.
“That’s a lot of questions. Let me answer them one by one.
“Well, about this super civilization, you can probably imagine it as a Restarter Civilization!”
The Yellow Emperor thought for a moment and then pointed at the book on the table in front of him. On the cover of the book were the universe, a spaceship, and stars, along with the words “The Three-Body Problem”.
“I didn’t know that you read The Three-Body Problem too…”
Ji Ye was quite surprised.
“You have to keep up with the trend. This is a great book.”
The Yellow Emperor smiled.
“The Restarter Civilization!”
Ji Ye understood something but not everything.
“As for the power of providence and the settlement core… You can understand them as ‘energy’ or ‘fire’…”
“Without energy or fire, a settlement will fall into darkness even on the Land of Inheritance, and the length that it can endure depends on the quantity of its power of providence… So, when the Great Darkness does arrive at the Land of Inheritance, the settlements of lower levels will perish earlier than those of higher levels…” the Yellow Emperor explained again.
“The power of providence was distributed evenly at the beginning according to the number of settlements and their level of development.
“However, such a way of distribution is clearly not enough for everybody to survive the Great Darkness. More than likely, all species will be wiped out. Therefore, the Restarter Civilization allows all species and civilizations to loot others’ power of providence through competitions so that the power of providence will be redistributed like a pyramid. In such a way, some civilizations will survive in the end.
“By my speculation, after the Great Darkness, the new world will probably be founded on the rules of the Land of Inheritance!” the Yellow Emperor explained.
Ji Ye understood everything.
It meant that the Land of Inheritance was not just an “Ark” but also the origin of a new world. It was also one of the reasons why so many civilizations were fighting and competing.
Power of providence, power of providence!
In retrospect, it was a fitting phrase.
The civilizations and species; it was both a chance of survival and an opportunity for development after the Great Darkness.
“By my speculation, only the settlements above the Mythological level can likely survive the Great Darkness,” the Yellow Emperor said again.
“Speaking of the Mythological level, I overheard that the Mythological people have special permissions. Is it true?”
Ji Ye was slightly puzzled.
According to the information he acquired from the green Flood Dragon’s memories, those who were Legendary and Mythological seemed to have special invitations that allowed them to send someone to certain “special planes” without taking the test.
But that was the last round. What was the usage of the Mythological level in this round?
“Normal permissions are actually pointless. After you become Mythological, the greatest advantage is that you may join the Restarter Civilization and ‘ascend’ with them…”
The Yellow Emperor opened the Three-Body Problem and turned to the chapter of “Restarters”. Ji Ye saw a paragraph.
“They’re also known as Restarters. They may be a group of intelligent individuals, a civilization, or multiple civilizations. We don’t know. However, we’ve confirmed their existence. The Restarters intend to restart the universe and return to the pastoral times.”
“Join that ‘super civilization’? Does this civilization accept other species?”
Ji Ye was quite surprised.
“In fact, for the super civilizations, the concept of species doesn’t mean much.
“For this civilization, whoever has become Mythological is definitely the most distinguished member of their species, so they’re definitely qualified to join the civilization.
“After all, this civilization seeks ascension, and they need a lot of excellent geniuses for that…” the Yellow Emperor said.
“Geniuses? Isn’t the Land of Inheritance capable of manufacturing heroes?”
Ji Ye thought of something and was slightly confused.
“The heroes that are created don’t meet the requirements for ascension.”
The Yellow Emperor shook his head.
“Speaking of which, the Land of Inheritance is able to represent the heroes from the past only because a Mythological human being resolved a critical problem. You must know his name very well.”
“Is it not just a tale that human beings are created from mud?”
Ji Ye was deep in thought.
The countries with long histories all had myths about the origin of humans.
The gods that created human beings were different. In Chidragon, it was Nuwa; In Greece, it’s Prometheus; in the Bible, it’s God; in South America, it’s Viracocha…
But all the myths had one thing in common: human beings were originally created with mud!
Perhaps that was how the Land of Inheritance was named?
“If this super civilization is capable of establishing the Land of Inheritance, concentrating the creatures in the entire universe, and even creating new lives, are they not able to prevent the Great Darkness?”
Speaking of the Land of Inheritance, Ji Ye suddenly thought of a question that he had been considering for a long time.
He suddenly rose and asked the Yellow Emperor.
After a two-second silence, the Yellow Emperor asked back with the same expression, but his eyes didn’t smile any longer. “Have you really not figured out the answer yet?”
“Are you saying…”
Ji Ye’s heart suddenly became heavy.
He lost control of his facial expression too.
Yes, he had guessed the answer. When the Yellow Emperor mentioned “Restarter”, a vague idea popped up in his head.
The idea became clearer and was confirmed by the question that the Yellow Emperor asked.
Several seconds later, Ji Ye sat down again and became calm.
“If so, Your Majesty, what will you choose? Will you ‘ascend’ with them, or will you stay?”
Ji Ye looked at the Yellow Emperor in the eyes.
“I have descendants. Also, to be honest, I’m not very interested in ascension…”
The Yellow Emperor glanced at Yu Long, who had just prepared tea with the morning dews and was walking close to him with the tea.
“I didn’t know that Manager Yu Long is your…
“Is she Nuba1?”
“No, she’s another daughter of mine!”
Ji Ye understood.
It made sense. It was said that the Yellow Emperor had three thousand bed partners. It was only natural that he had a bunch of children.
Ji Ye suddenly remembered the option of The Emperor’s Inner Canon when he picked Mythological items in the City of Humans last time. Back then, it had an interesting note. That must’ve been a joke of a certain Mythological human being.
It seemed that the Mythological players weren’t as serious and arrogant as they were expected to be.
That was probably the reason why they were unwilling to abandon their families and friends and join the Restarters!
The purple-dressed manager returned with tea and asked curiously, “What are you talking about?”
“I was saying that many natives of Chidragon consider themselves the Yellow Emperor’s grandchildren!”
“Ah, doesn’t it mean that you need to call me aunt?”
“Yu Long, no disrespect for the honorable guest!”
Laughter came from the pavilion.
After talking to the Yellow Emperor, a Mythological player in the past, for a while and learning what he intended to find out, Ji Ye didn’t choose to return to Dragon City. Instead, he entered the Battlefield of Providence alone.
This time, he found himself in a weakened version of Journey to the West, and his identity was the Sutra Seeker…
Ji Ye put on a smile.
On the first day, at the border of Tang, the mountain that Gautama Buddha transformed his hand into was shattered by a golden dragon claw.
The fearless Monkey King, facing this master who was better at his skills than he was, was beaten up and almost killed!
Then, the 81 ordeals happened in this world that was set in Journey to the West. Even though the aliens in the way were at least Legendary and had a lot of advantages, they were all blown up and yielded a great number of Civilization Coins and food ingredients for barbecue.
Three years later (in the Battlefield of Providence),
On the top of the Spiritual Mountain, the Gautama Buddha, whose face was bruised and swollen, gave away all the sutras in his library angrily yet helplessly.
Dragon City was able to acquire thousands of Buddhist skills, divine techniques, and a hundred keepsakes for the wondrous celestials in Journey to the West. Its power of providence was doubled too.
When Ji Ye entered the City of Humans, many heroes also joined the Battlefield of Providence with friends or companions from the same dynasty to compete with the aliens.
On the first anniversary of the Land of Inheritance’s opening, Dragon City officially advanced to Transcendent Rank-8 and was among the top thousand settlements from all civilizations. It was rated as Quasi Mythological…
Two years later, Dragon City’s settlement core reached Transcendent Rank-9.
The Battle of Investiture began.
A million soldiers of Dragon City entered a Battlefield of Providence that was set in the Investiture of the Gods. Representing the Zhou Dynasty, they fought eight hundred Legendary alien groups and competed for the only qualification to become Mythological.
Finally, after a hundred years (in the Battlefield of Providence) of operating and fighting, the Zhou Dynasty that human beings represented defeated other competitors and conquered the royal palace.
It became the first and only Mythological settlement of human beings. It was among the top hundred settlements of all species!
At the same time, Ji Ye officially became Mythological.
After that, same as the Yellow Emperor, he abandoned the opportunity of joining the Restarter Civilization and retained his identity as a human being.
In the ninth year after the Land of Inheritance was opened, Dragon City became one of the top ten settlements.
At this moment, the Restarter Civilization officially activated the Ascension Plan and absorbed the energy in the entire universe. As a result, the entire universe, including the special planes, was caught in the Great Darkness that had no energy or lives.
However, the settlement cores on the Land of Inheritance emitted light like lamps in the darkness and produced energy that sustained lives.
Then, the entire Land of Inheritance endured the half-darkness for thousands of years!
Many settlements finally died out because of the insufficiency of the power of providence and also fell into the infinite, cold darkness.
In the 4,701st year of the Great Darkness, the core of the Mechanical Clan’s settlement, which ranked 11th, lost its brilliance.
More than ten billion mechanical creatures lost their power and self-awareness, and more than 90% of the power of providence in the human settlement was exhausted too.
In the 5,130th year of the Great Darkness, the human settlement only had one-twentieth of the total power of providence left.
There was the sign of chaos, exactly like that caused by the people who weren’t qualified to come to the Land of Invariance on Earth before the Great Darkness.
Inside the altar of Dragon City, which had been renamed Dragon Capital, Ji Ye suddenly opened his eyes. There were two vague, dying Dragons of Providence in his arms.
He raised his head, and his eyes turned into golden vertical eyes that saw through the darkness.
He saw that the sun and the stars were radiating again. The mountains far away turned from illusionary into real. The rivers that had been frozen for a long time flowed again.
All lives on the continent were thrilled to survive the disaster.
Then, golden spots of light were falling from the sky like a storm, which indicated the failure of the Restarter Civilization’s ascension operation. The remaining energy was returning!
A new universe was being constructed on the basis of the Land of Inheritance.
It was different from the Earth universe in the past.
A cloud appeared underneath Ji Ye’s feet and lifted him high into the sky. This happened to many people in Dragon City.
Elder Meng, Elder Jiao, Guo Wei, Su Nongying, Li Qing, Chu Yin, Mister Bug, An Quan, Qin Yueyu, Wu Qiao…
Nie Xiaoqian, Lu Zhishen, Wu Song, Nie Xiaoqian, Zhao Yun, Zhou Yu, Dian Wei, Li Chunfeng, Cao Cao, Yan Chixia…
The players and heroes overflowed with strength, and there was infinite earnestness in their eyes.
This new universe would contain Transcendent power.
Human beings and the other nine species, as well as the vassal species that had surrendered to them, would create new civilizations and legends in this new world.