e first try.
”Long Chen has to run on the function of revenge? Neglect? Just centered around regret? No, none of those seem right. Think Wuyin, think! There must be something you ’re missing. ” As Wei Wuyin pondered, the sinking feeling grew.
Back in the world of endless darkness, Wei Wuyin ’s body was being surrounded by the cleansing mist of Endless Regret. It crawled around him like slithering snakes, but slowly and at a much easier pace. It continued to erode his outer shell.
While Wei Wuyin wasn ’t feeling regret, he had immersed himself in the World of Regret, and the cleansing mist seemed to be ready to pounce. There were several gushing waves of cleansing mist all around him, be it above, below, surrounding. The slithering serpents of mist was only a very small portion of what seemed ready to crush against Wei Wuyin with merciless rage.
Three Astral Souls communicated in ferocious alarm.
”What ’s happening?! What happened to King? ” Ori couldn ’t help but seek answers from Eden and Kratos, her uneasiness grew even greater. Without warning, Wei Wuyin had gone completely silent and a rushing wave of cleansing mist surrounded them, with some encroaching around Wei Wuyin. While they couldn ’t perceive anything, they felt the slow erosion of Wei Wuyin ’s outer shell, of their slow and approaching death.
”Eden! ” Kratos demanded.
”I…I don ’t know! I can ’t connect with either of them. It ’s like he ’s in an entirely different world. ” Eden was helpless and anxious. For the first time, it was disconnected from Wei Wuyin. This had never happened since it was born.
King had vanished without warning, but they had lost connection with him also. As Astral Souls, they were always, ALWAYS, connected. They communicated and kept in contact religiously, only weakening that connection when they externalized. However, this severing caused them to panic like never before. It was as if they just lost their father and brother at sea, unable to reach them or learn of their status.
”But I trust him. If there ’s anyone that can overcome this, it ’s him. ” Despite the cleansing mist slowly corroding the outer shell, already down to seventy percent, Eden remained optimistic. This optimism calmed Kratos and Ori, especially the latter who trusted Wei Wuyin the most out of the four. As the original Spirit of Cultivation, the oldest, it had been with Wei Wuyin the longest and seen the most.
Back in the strange world, Wei Wuyin was still thinking of how to overcome this Calamity. He started to experiment. He first tried to cultivate, yet he found that his cultivation base was stagnate. Next, he tried to escape the room but found it in a strange displacement loop.
When he tried to leave, he would just reappear within the room somewhere at random. This room was the entirety of this world, and there was no outside even if his spiritual sense could inspect the spacious halls outside or the guards. This made him realize that his cultivation base was false and so was his senses, spiritual or otherwise.
He tried to conjure Long Chen, yet this didn ’t work. Which meant Long Chen was an existence that was outside of his ability to manifest, likely due to him being the core factor of his regret inducement.
”I ’m thinking about this wrong. If there was an alternative solution to this Calamity and it originates from this world, then it must be seeded not in the eventual outcome but my own belief. Long Chen ’s arrival is predestined. I won ’t be able to stop him without being able to change myself, so his arrival means my absolute failure. That ’s a solid assumption, and I have to consider it as fact.
”I can ’t claim victory over Long Chen and I can ’t escape. With these two foundations settled within this problem, then there must be a way to overcome this world and its purpose, finding a solution. Regret…regret…regret…What can I do to avoid regretting the eventual outcome of an enemy killing me? ”
He thought for what seemed like several weeks. After a long while, his eyes glowed with silver brilliance.
”I can ’t! ”
That was his conclusion.
He couldn ’t avoid dying to Long Chen, humiliated and tortured. It would still induce regret out of his negligence, even if its only an involuntary reaction. While he could convince himself that he didn ’t mind dying to Long Chen, even an illusion of him, the truth would still leak through his heart.
Wei Wuyin didn ’t want to die to someone he bested.
And he especially didn ’t want to meet death by Long Chen ’s hands. From the beginning, he had never considered Long Chen a threat or worthy of his attention. Besides being protected by the Founding Monarch ’s Spirit, he had never viewed Long Chen with any relevance. That ’s why this room and its inherent design was utterly genius.
Wei Wuyin didn ’t fear dying, especially if it meant dying a worthy death. Whether it involved living a complete life after his cultivation stagnated and his lifespan ending or at the hands of a powerful enemy, he wouldn ’t regret such things. But he was a warrior at heart and cultivator in spirit, so this made sense.
”If I can ’t avoid dying by Long Chen ’s hands, forced to feel regret in the end, then I ’ll have to meet my end without an ounce of reason to regret; to die by my own terms. ” Wei Wuyin didn ’t hesitate after this thought, flipping King to bring its edge to his neck. The saber kept howling and seemed desirous of carnage and death. The blade ’s tip pointed towards Wei Wuyin ’s throat, not his heart or head.
He would regret purposefully bringing harm or pain to his Astral Souls, even if this wasn ’t his actual body, but just the thought would produce a sliver of hesitation and regret.
The blade dragged across his throat, sliced and penetrated through it mercilessly. The edge was so sharp that there was a clean cut from neck to neck. The silver radiance within Wei Wuyin left his eyes as his head slowly tilted to the side. With a soft breeze, his head slid off his shoulders and smacked into the ground.
Several decades later, Long Chen ’s figure burst through the door with a triumphant and villainous sneer, yet he was met with numerous corpses and Wei Wuyin ’s headless corpse.
For a long moment, Long Chen was frozen. There was an indescribable emotion within his eyes as it instantly became twisted and savage!
”NO! NO! RESET! AGAIN!!! ” With a vicious snarl, Long Chen screamed to the ceiling. Yet the scenario did not reset, it did not play again. An encroaching darkness started to consume the designed reality, from the walls to the bed to the beauties that laid strewn across the floor carelessly.
”NO!! THIS IS MY HEAVEN, MY HEAVEN! YOU CAN ’T TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME!!! ” Long Chen ’s figure went wild as he rushed towards Wei Wuyin ’s headless body, using his sword to stab into the corpse ’s flesh that spurted out grey-colored blood. As the darkness was about to reach him, he swung his sword one last time at Wei Wuyin ’s decapitated head, splitting it in two before it vanished with the darkness.
”No… ” A despondent sound echoed out before all went dark.
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