As the group went on, Li Qiye finally became interested when they made it to a stone wall . He chuckled and said: “A bit interesting . Friend, you can go now . ”
He patted the Kui before jumping down . The two girls quickly followed him .
The Kui didn’t mind and went on its own, disappearing into the mountains .
Li Qiye turned his focus towards the wall, same with the two girls .
It was located at the ridge area of this mountain . Below are a series of protruding edges, seemingly circling around the wall . The girls took their time and didn’t notice anything . This was only a regular cliff .
It had holes and crevices with rocks filling in along with bits sticking out, definitely not a flat surface . Its shade was a common gray, decorated with the random vines and weeds .
The strange part was Li Qiye’s fixation, treating it as a beautiful natural beauty . The girls didn’t get it at all .
He leaped up to the edge of the cliff and touched the rough surface . He was gentle as he would to a lover . The girls also jumped up and stood on the protruded part with him .
“Such perfection, they could be considered the origins . ” He said with emotion .
The girls failed to see the perfection in this ordinary cliff . They have seen too many like it in the outside world . They touched the surface and found it coarse enough to prick their skin .
“So why is it perfect?” Bingning asked out of curiosity, unable to see the mysteries in this place .
“Look carefully . ” Li Qiye’s finger slightly touched the wall with a strange rhythm and order .
“Pop!” The wall resembled more of a lake now with rippling waves .
What the two girls saw became different, no longer their own shadow . Bingning saw a vast expanse and an explosion signaling the start of a universe .
It came quickly but also left with haste . Everything was ephemeral and disappeared before she could see them clearly .
Ximo’s vision also only lasted for a split second . She saw a divine sword containing the secrets of heaven . Unfortunately, she didn’t get a second glance .
When they regained their wits, they looked at the stone wall again . It was still the same as before, crude and ordinary .
An illusion would be the logical assumption, but intuition told Bingning that the scene she saw earlier was real .
“What happened?” She asked in astonishment .
“You’re looking at a dao bone . ” Li Qiye was amused at their reaction .
“A, a dao bone? This wall?” Both the girls became wide-eyed .
“Indeed . ” He smiled .
Bingning was greatly affected . She had heard of stories about dao bones before . Normally, it would only be the size of a fist . A large one would be that of a water basin .
But this wall, or rather cliff, was gigantic . Could a dao bone of this size be real?
“It’s way too big . ” She murmured .
“That’s why no one can take it away . Its origin is ancient and earth-shattering, far more precious than a dao scripture . ” Li Qiye revealed .
The two girls found it hard to remain calm . Bingning copied Li Qiye and also touched the wall with one finger . However, the result wasn’t to her expectation .
“Why can’t I create the same images again?” She wondered .
“If everyone can create the origins, then it wouldn’t be considered mysterious or profound, right?” He smiled: “This required the power of a progenitor or another similar existence . You right now can’t do it, unless you are born with an immortal heart . ”
“Would this allow one to learn the dao?” Ximo had limited knowledge but she had heard stories about dao comprehension using dao bones .
“It’s possible, predicated on excellent talents, an unyielding dao heart, great vision, and impeccable intelligence . ” Li Qiye answered: “Just an ordinary dao bone can be difficult already, let alone this one . ”
With that, he sat down and began to meditate with his eyes closed . The two girls did the same, wanting to learn for this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity .
A hush fell over; only the sound of the winds and flowing water could be heard . Even their breathing became muted .
As time passed, Ximo couldn’t sense or feel anything despite an earnest effort at meditating . Perhaps this dao bone was rejecting her .
Bingning fared better, seemingly grasping on to something yet losing her grip . She tried repeatedly to no avail as if she was far from reaching the level of understanding the dao bone . Eventually, she decided to give up, aware that certain things couldn’t be forced . This learning opportunity alone was already a new peak for her .
On the contrary, Li Qiye seemed to be sleeping, staying as still as a statue . Nothing could distract him right now .
“Let’s watch carefully . ” Bingning sighed quietly . The two of them stood nearby and tried to not bother Li Qiye .
One second after another, then minutes, hours, he still didn’t move .
Rustle suddenly interrupted the silence . Bingning raised her guard instantly .
“Someone’s here . ” She darted next to Li Qiye, realizing that qi deviation could happen if he were to be interrupted during his meditation .
Ximo came closer to protect him as well in spite of her meager cultivation .
Sure enough, a group approached from the distance . All of them were strong; a few old men had the aura of a True God .
“Sword Sovereign…” Ximo recognized the young leader to her dismay: “The ancestors too…”
She took a deep breath as her expression soured after seeing the rest of the group .