The Man Behind It All
Translator:EndlessFantasy TranslationEditor:EndlessFantasy Translation
Gu Xijiu grabbed his hand tightly as another realization struck. “Your soul is here as a whole! You did not even leave one small fragment behind to guard your body!” She felt an abrupt surge of anxiety in her body.
Deities were free to leave their bodies behind and travel using their souls. However, a small fragment of their soul must be left behind to ensure the survival of their physical bodies, or they would be as good as dead. Any delays would cause the body to disintegrate while all systems fail and die away.
Although Di Fuyi was a powerful man, his body was still a physical matter that would decay when without a soul to sustain its survival. All he had was a day to return to his body.
Unfortunately, the heat would certainly accelerate the rate of decay.
Panicked, Gu Xijiu expressed her utter disapproval at his actions, “You have always been a careful man. Why did you make such blunder this time?” She paused to take a deep breath before continuing, “We have to get out as soon as we can.”
She knocked on the wizardry barrier and said, “You should start working on a way out. I will look for other clues.”
However, Di Fuyi stopped her. “You are still injured. Stay and rest. I will do the work,” he instructed. Without further ado, he dived into the dark water and seemed to exit the wizardry barrier.
Certainly, Gu Xijiu could not stay calm about the fact that he was diving deeper into the dark water. It was also when she saw another layer of wizardry barrier around him that she could ease her mind.
About two hours later, Di Fuyi finally returned.
Gu Xijiu examined his body to make sure he was unharmed. His skin was a little reddened, but he generally looked fine. She was relieved. “Did you manage to find anything?”
The paleness of Di Fuyi’s face indicated something was wrong. He reached out to Gu Xijiu and pulled her into a tight embrace. “Xijiu, I am sorry,” he said with guilt.
“I am afraid that we cannot make it out. The dark water cell is built with a foundation of countless resentful spirits. Unless we can purify their grudge all at once, we will never make it out.”
Gu Xijiu was speechless.
“When I first arrived, the desert was already swallowing the cities nearby. Many lives were taken away, all filled with resentment. I believe the calamity is still ongoing. This means that the strength of this prison will only grow stronger over time. It will be very difficult to purify.”
Di Fuyi closed his eyes and hugged her tightly. “Xijiu, I am so sorry to let you down.”
Gu Xijiu remained quiet.
She was not ready to give up and scanned her mind for any possible solutions. An abrupt thought reminded her of a series of spells that could be useful. In searching for a solution, she managed to find a way to create a strong wizardry barrier, but even then, it would only prolong their survival a little longer, so she did not bother to create it.
They leaned against each other within the wizardry barrier that Di Fuyi first created. The barrier was already losing its rigidity and might collapse at any moment.
In the very end, Gu Xijiu finally gave up.
She buried herself in Di Fuyi’s arms as she watched the black water grow deeper and darker. “Fuyi, I am sorry for bringing you into this trouble. Who do you think is the person behind it all? It will be my regret if I do not find out.”
“Fan Qianshi,” Di Fuyi calmly said.
“How do you know?”
“Firstly, only Fan Qianshi knows the Soul Kneading Spell. Secondly, building the dark water prison using resentful spirits is a special skill that not many people know about. From my research, Fan Qianshi used to have a close link to one of the people who knew this technique many years ago. He must have taught Fan Qianshi the method, which he then passed on to the demon. Thirdly, and most importantly, Fan Qianshi wants me dead for good or at least to trap me for life. Now, his goal is achieved.”
“Haha! It seems you are the real Di Fuyi! What a smart man! You are smart enough to have guessed it all, but it is too late!” A sudden voice emerged. Fan Qianshi then made a graceful appearance on the outside of the water prison.