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Dyon's master sighed. "The third event that broke the fragile landscape and cast a shadow over our alliance was the war of the phoenixes…

"Amethyst wanted nothing more than to wipe out the ice and fire phoenixes as revenge for her parents. But, the threat of the dark phoenixes couldn't be ignored either…

"She was truly the most powerful being to ever exist under transcendence. Her ability to fight was unparalleled and her recovery abilities were nothing short of godly… Many speculate on the kind of power the combined dao of life and reincarnation could have… Theories ranged from true immortality to having more than nine nirvanas.

"However, because Amethyst was so overwhelmingly powerful, no one ever saw her nirvana. Nor was she ever truly close to death. Whether she truly had more than nine rebirths available to her was something maybe only she, herself, knew.

"With her rage fueling her, Amethyst battled the already depleting phoenix population alone, through the universes. Because the number of universes was continually shrinking, the number of life and reincarnation phoenixes had likewise decreased.

"That said, dark phoenixes were obviously different. However, because their reproductive rate was far inferior even compared to other supreme level beasts, they could only grow more powerful while their population remained stagnant.

"But, even then, they were nothing in the face of Amethyst."

Dyon had heard much of this story before. However, when Elwing had told it, he distinctly remember Little Lyla tugging on his arm, letting him know that Elwing was lying about something.

When he had later asked Little Lyla about it, she had simply said that the details of the story were murkier than Elwing was letting on. Which simply meant that he had embellished the details he had no clue about…

"There was a problem with Amethyst's revenge, though…

"Beasts are different from humanoids. We have a connection to the universe that's deeper than any humanoid can match. And, although we lack comprehension abilities, we make up for that in leaps and bounds by the legacies engrained into us.

"However, the true purpose for the existence of beasts was as a counter-balancing act by the universe. Because humanoids were constantly sapping more and more energy away, it became necessary to establish representations of laws to keep them firmly rooted in reality… This was how we beasts evolved from our savage natures to become intelligent creatures as well…

"So… With the representations for life… reincarnation… and death gone from the world, one can imagine the sheer chaos caused…

"Amethyst is a bad person. But, she wasn't stupid either. She knew fully well the consequences of her actions, but she did it anyway… And no one could stop her… In the end, power is all that matters in the martial world, and she had almost too much of it – even to the point where she could forcefully resist the universe's will to push her to transcendence until she was satisfied with the end of the phoenix clans…

"That said, the phoenixes were mere representations – fail safes, if you will. Just because they were gone, didn't mean life collapsed as we know it… But, that didn't meant there was no effect either…

"With the barriers between life, death and reincarnation blurred by their extinction, the plane between this world and transcendence suddenly became fragile. And it was because of that very thing that the entity you saw chained in our Earth was able to come here!"

The 25th White Mother released a long breath.

Three seemingly unrelated events, and yet they resulted in endless pain… She couldn't help but think this was all orchestrated…

"Because the entity isn't meant to be hear, he was constantly met with heavenly tribulations he had to forcefully fight against, which severely weakened his power. Because of that, he knew he wouldn't be able to execute things as he pleased alone. And clearly, he didn't want to reveal the group he used to wipe out the Elves so soon, so he began to enlist others… Namely the Daiyu…

"Do not be fooled by the current appearance of the Daiyu… At the time of this war, they were nearly unmatched through the universes. They had countless dao formation experts and a staggering amount of half-transcendents. That was not even including their ancestors, waiting in the wing. Couple that with the entity and his pet… And we were backed into a corner that was nearly impossible to get out of…

"In our moment of absolute despair, we turned to our celestial deer sect's holy treasure. A treasure among the 33 most powerful not just in this plane, but also the transcendent plane. You may not understand the full meaning of a 33 heavens weapon – especially since you've inexplicably stumbled upon 3 – but these are weapons that even your grand teacher would salivate over. The requirements for their use are harsh, but their utility is unmatched…

"It was because The Seal that we were able to survive… We used it to shatter the daos of the Daiyu and many of their beast forms… We used it to seal the pet of the entity within the gate's spatial realm… However, when it came to the entity, we were simply not powerful to do anything to him alone… If it wasn't for the constant heavenly tribulations he was enduring, we would have been wiped out long before we could do anything…

"The war continued for decades. Each day was another filled with despair…

"However, what we didn't know was the purpose tis entity came for. Why would a transcendent come back? What was there in this plane that he could possibly want?...

"The answer was something horrifying…

"Using the universes as a sacrifice, the entity wanted to artificially boost his talent to unprecedented levels… The reason he chose to start with your universe was obvious… It had the most potential and would return the most for his investment…

"As I said before, the souls of the people birthed in a universe are forever tied to it. This is why when a universe is destroyed, reincarnation is no longer an option for those who were birthed there. However, this logic works in other ways too…

"Because your universe had the highest accumulation of energy ever seen in one, by logic it would also birth the most powerful cultivators ever seen… You would be blessed with talent never before seen through the cosmos… All you needed was time to grow… Time you were never given due to the selfishness of others…

"However, with your talent came an opportunity…" Dyon's master grit her teeth, trying to make it through the toughest part of the story for her… because she knew that what they had done was despicable and unfair… But it was a choice they had to make…

"In the martial world, the concept of give and take has always been prevalent. When you reach a new height in cultivation, there's a punishment given for it. When you are birthed with extraordinary talent, your punishment is adjusted for it. And the more you sacrifice… The more you gain…

"By sacrificing your talent and sealing it all away… We were able to accumulate enough power to chain the entity in this prison…

"However, the entity was too much for us, and his comprehension of array alchemy and seals far surpassed our own… In fact, I would dare to say that he is the number one expert in all of existence… He knew what we wanted to do before we even put it into action… and he inexplicably… Let it happen…

"In all likelihood, he's only waiting for the right time to break free of his prison on his own… Taking your talent with him…"

"This was our second betrayal…"

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