“Junior, have it your way!” The five merchants made up their mind and started floating higher .
They made a circle, seemingly creating a large confinement around Li Qiye . They had no choice but to go all out just once, leaving it all to fate .
Accepting defeat didn’t work . Negotiating didn’t either . What more could they do? Getting on their knees and prostrating was too much for them to handle .
People of their level required face and prestige . Even if complete subservience could save them, they would still choose against it .
Plus, they have experienced enough things in their lives . Dying here wouldn’t leave them with many regrets .
“Buzz . ” This circular formation from them seemed to be cutting the nearby spatial zone apart into a separate dimension .
The area continuously rippled like water as they become ethereal, seemingly melting with space .
“Creak . ” A great gate began to open in this separate dimension . There seemed to be a hidden world in the sky .
The ancient gate slowly opened to reveal an entirely new kingdom before the crowd .
“Rumble!” Loud blasts resounded as a majestic power rushed out, akin to an endless primordial flood .
Everyone’s eyes brightened due to a gradually rising sun . It was more blinding than anything and made people close their eyes . The kingdom behind the gate was full of divinity and brilliance, making observing quite difficult .
“What is that?” Someone barely saw the kingdom in the sky through the blinding light .
Multiple great figures emerged in this kingdom . They were as big as mountains so others had no choice but to look up at them .
They resembled stone statues yet not due to their divinity and gave everyone the feeling of possessing actual flesh .
“Look, aren’t those five figures at the front the five merchants?” Someone observed carefully and shouted .
These figures lined up in a triangular formation - fewer in the front and more in the back .
The person at the very front was an old man with gray hair holding a walking stick made from deer antlers . Behind him were five figures - the five merchants . 
Further to the back were numerous experts lining up; all at the Eternal level . In other words, anyone below this realm wasn’t qualified to be standing here .
“It’s the entire Trade Federation! Look, that’s Venerable Deer Merchant at the front!” Another yelled after getting a good look .
“They’re all here in person? That’s unreal, a dozen of Eternals or so, who will be able to stop them?” A young cultivator didn’t fully grasp the situation .
The federation consisted of many reclusive ancestors . Their appearance together could even cause the three behemoths to feel dread .
Of course, it wasn’t easy for all of them to gather in the same place since these Eternals were all over Imperial Lineage .
“No, the real bodies of the five Eternals are still over there, I believe those are just dao images . ” Another youth disagreed, thinking that the figures in the kingdom weren’t real .
“The rumor is true . ” One ancestor said .
“What rumor?” An expert became curious .
“The kingdom of the gods . ” This ancestor elaborated: “After starting the federation, Venerable Deer Merchant summoned all the Eternals of the federation and created a dimension emulating an immortal realm . These Eternals left behind their arts and avatars, forever co-existing with this dimension . ”
“An immortal realm? Is this true?” The crowd became startled .
“It’s one possibility . ” This ancestor said: “Venerable Deer Merchant might have visited Immortal Lineage before on top of reaching the Everlasting World there . Of course, this is all hearsay, but apparently, this gave him enough insight to create this kingdom . ”
“The Everlasting World? No one has been there before, it simply doesn’t exist . ” Skepticism arose .
“This is only a speculation, who knows if it is true or not?” The ancestor replied: “Same with the deer merchant’s trip to Immortal Lineage . ”
“No way because why would he come back, not to mention the difficulties in returning . The stronger the person, the harder it is . ” Another expert added .
“However, he is indeed qualified to go there, given his powers . He just chose against doing so . ” One more joined in .
The five merchants flew into the kingdom and fused with their figures .
“Boom!” The kingdom quaked from the fusion and became even more resplendent .
The aura of Eternals poured out in a boundless manner and drowned the area . A more frightening matter occurred . All of the Eternals inside this kingdom, whether it be Venerable Deer Merchant or anyone else, opened their eyes in this split second .
The entire kingdom has awakened . A while ago, it resembled a slumbering giant but no more . This explosive eruption could crush the firmaments .
“This is the real might of the federation . This kingdom can be opened anywhere by its members . Once fused with their own figures, it’ll wake up the kingdom . The more fusions, the more power . ” This ancestor said .
“Since these Eternals have left behind various powers here, all of them being summoned together will result in something devastating . It’s definitely on the same level as the foundation of a system . ” Another expert became startled .
“This is what makes the federation formidable . ” The ancestor nodded .
“Junior, do you dare to come in here?” Green-robed Heavenly Merchant challenged . The five merchants have regained a sliver of confidence after waking up their kingdom .
The crowd glanced at Li Qiye . He would be walking into the tiger’s den by doing so .
“Why not?” Li Qiye smiled and flew straight into the kingdom .
1 . Not sure on this walking stick, it is “deer” + “stick” . The Lu in Lu Keweng means deer