1785 Ultimate Dao
There were many experts, all of them quietly sat at their chosen locations. Even for those world overlords of the older generations, they were seriously staring at the four-sided stone monument in the air. They did know of Jian Junlai's story as well as some rumors of the Time King. The Time King was an expert of the first generation in the Mystic Region and was a character that could shock the heavens and earth, ghosts and gods.
Back then, the Time King who was the ruler of the Mystic Region, caused the other rulers of the regions to feel fear.
If this Time Monument Inscription truly has something to do with the Time King, and Jian Junlai truly did dominated the world after he comprehended something from the Time Monument Inscription, one could very well imagine how great this good fortune is.
Qin Wentian silently contemplated. He could sense that the great dao was hidden within the Time Monument Inscription. There seemed to be a mysterious energy that was as tough to see through as heavenly fate. It felt extremely blurry and the inscriptions on all four-sides were the same. Naturally, Qin Wentian understood that if it was so easy to comprehend this, Old Ghost's expressions wouldn't be that heavy and even intentionally introduced to them the legend of the Sword Monarch.
More and more people gathered here. The experts on the ancient mountain were as common as clouds but the atmosphere was incredibly silent. Everyone was silently comprehending.
Luoshen Lei also came. After she saw Qin Wentian, she walked to a location not far from him and sat down as she also started to ponder over the Time Monument Inscription.
The convention was after all a peak-level grand occasion of the Mystic Region and it was extremely famous through the Supreme Ancient Immortal Realms. She crossed realms to come here and naturally wouldn't miss out on such an opportunity to try and gain some insights in this convention.
Time, slowly flowed by.
Qin Wentian was trying to contemplate them but the meaning within was still extremely blurry to him. However, it felt gradually clearer compared to the start. He could already faintly sense the energy within the Stone Monument Inscription and it felt extremely profound. In fact, he even felt that his will has entered the Time Monument Inscription and was contemplating it from within. It felt like he was now in an illusory world formed from the Great Dao. Boundless runic lights weaved together, giving off an extremely arcane feeling.
"What dao is this?" In the middle of the air of that illusory space, Qin Wentian's will roamed about. He had no way to comprehend what type of energy this was exactly. Although he had tempered himself in the World of Ten Thousand Laws before, he had never sensed something like this energy.
Could this be the illusory and ethereal energy of time?
If this energy truly belonged to the Dao of Time, how would one be able to control it?
Despite pondering over the inscription for a long time, Qin Wentian still didn't have any true gains. He could only retract his will. When he opened his eyes, he stared at the surroundings. Right now, quite a few years have already passed. Everyone was still exceptionally quiet as though they just arrived here. A few years of time was truly too short to world overlords. It would passed by in the blink of an eye.
Naturally, there were also some ordinary world overlords who had no gain at all. Hence, they completely had no mood to comprehend things and was sighing in their hearts.
Qin Wentian stared at the second-side of the stone monument. He discovered that he wasn't able to send his will into this at all. There seemed to be a formless gate that obstructed everything. He could only give up and change to another stone side.
This time, things were different from before. As he cultivated, his will managed to slowly seep into it. There seemed to be a space of void and chaos that felt extremely mysterious. However, the feeling it gave Qin Wentian was different compared to the first two sides of the stone monument. Hence, he tried to unleash his own powers in this space only to discover that there was no reaction. He still couldn't find the key.
He once again retracted his will and tried to comprehend the last side. His will entered but soon after, he discovered the space within was extremely quiet, like there was nothing there. He still couldn't gain anything.
On the ancient mountain, Qin Wentian opened his eyes, He was sighing in his heart while staring at the four-sided Time Monument Inscription that was revolving around in the air.
"Brother Qin, can you comprehend anything?" Ten Miles Springwind stared at him and asked.
"Too mysterious and profound. There seems to be a wondrous energy within but I cannot grasp it." Qin Wentian shook his head and sighed.
"Haha, how can it be so easy to comprehend. If it is so easy, everyone would become a Sword Monarch." Ten Miles Springwind laughed. "Don't rush it. Although I also didn't gain any insights yet, I understand that to become a character like the Sword Monarch, I naturally have to endure loneliness. I will continue to try and gain insights."
Qin Wentian had a face filled with black lines but he was already very used to Ten Miles Springwind's shamelessness.
"How do you all feel?" In a certain location on the ancient mountain, the people from a major power were conversing.
"Unfathomable." A person replied in a low voice.
"When my will entered the Time Monument, I can't sense the existence of any energy. Could it be the power of time?" Someone mused.
"It's very possible. Time is something formless and ethereal. In the Time Realm, the flow of time is different but who is actually able to truly sense it?"
"That's true. Time is a very ethereal concept, existing in formlessness. It's one of the most mysterious daos."
"Time, formless…" Qin Wentian mumbled. A formless dao was naturally tough to comprehend. Hence, although he felt it was extremely wondrous, but which aspect of it was wondrous exactly? It was very tough to describe it perfectly.
"Elder brother, did you gain any insights?" A voice rang out in Qin Wentian's mind. This voice belonged to Luoshen Lei. Only she would address Qin Wentian like this. Bai Qing has always addressed him as "Wentian gege'.
"My will has entered three sides of the stone monument. Within two sides, I can sense a wondrous energy flowing there. For the third one, things were extremely quiet, as though there was nothing there at all. And there's also one which I couldn't see through. My will cannot enter at all." Qin Wentian replied.
"So awesome, my will can only enter two of the sides." Luoshen Lei smiled and transmitted. "Elder brother, the first generation overlord of the Mystic Region was known as the Time Godking. The Time Realm was also something established by the Time Godking who was also known as the Time King. If this four-sided stone monument really has something to do with him, you can try considering things from the perspective of time. I once read through the ancient records of my clan. The Time King has invincible might but the most basic power of the dao of time is to affect the flow rate of time. For this, world overlords can also achieve this effect. You can consider things from this direction."
Qin Wentian contemplated and nodded his head. Luoshen Lei's words sounded logical. She who is from the Luoshen Clan of the Desolate Region, her horizons were definitely broader compared to ordinary world overlords. Her words seemed to be pointing at the essence of this matter.
"I'll try to analyse the three sides of the stone monument more thoroughly again." Qin Wentian spoke.
"Mhm." Luoshen Lei replied. In fact, she still has some words she hasn't said. She also knew what the embryonic form of the dao of time should be like but she didn't tell Qin Wentian. Because, only when he comprehended it on his own would his insights belong to him. He would then have a better chance of obtaining good fortune from this.
Qin Wentian's will entered the stone monument again. This time around, he was prepared to temporarily give up on the stone side which his will had no way to enter, and he would tackle that last. He wanted to try gaining insights from the other three sides first.
He tried again and again, sending his will into the different sides and at the end, he depended on undying energy and his soul force to enter all three sides of the stone monument simultaneously. For a period of time, that mysterious and wondrous feeling faintly became slightly clearer. He could sense traces of something in there, it wasn't completely formless or ethereal.
Qin Wentian tried to attack using his will inside the stone monument. Inside the space of the three sides, the sword light he unleashed was completely at the same level of power and speed, no differences can be felt.
"Time, is relative." Qin Wentian mumbled. Even if the flow of time changed, for example in the Time Realm, the attack he unleashed here and outside would have no difference to it. Because in this entire space, the rate of flow of time is the same.
"In that case, if I want it to be different, I would have to affect different flows of time." A thought appeared in Qin Wentian's mind. He closed his eyes and stood up. With a wave of his hand, he directly slashed out a sword attack. Many people glanced at Qin Wentian. This sword attack was extremely ordinary with nothing special. This caused many to be bewildered. Wasn't this attack too common? Why is there a need to display it?
But in truth, Qin Wentian was now verifying his conjectures. When he unleashed the sword attack, the same scene mirrored itself in the three sides of the stone monument. A strange sight appeared. Inside the space of the first stone side, the sword attack speed became faster. For the second space, the sword attack speed became slower. And as for the third space, the sword attack actually came to a complete halt.
"As expected." Qin Wentian's heart trembled. The flow of time is different, but because time is relative, those who had no reference wouldn't be able to sense this.
The space in the first stone side increased the flow of time, the second space reduced the flow of time and as for the third space, it halted time. No wonder the third space feels so quiet like there was nothing there.
"In that case, could it be that the dao of time has three states? Increase flow, reduce flow and stop flow?" Qin Wentian mused. Was this the true essence the Time Monument Inscription wanted to impart?
If that was the case, what about the fourth remaining stone side?
Although he comprehended an insight that the flow of time was different in the first three spaces, he didn't have a time-attributed astral soul. It was impossible for him to truly comprehend the power of time. With the lack of a proper attribute, it was impossible for him to truly change time.
His will then drifted towards the fourth stone side. At this moment, the fourth side actually didn't obstruct his will from entering. The light radiating from the Time Monument seemed to cascade down on Qin Wentian and at this moment, Qin Wentian felt an incomparably frightening power. This power caused him to feel fear. It was like he was shuttling through the river of time.
At this instant, time seemed to change completely, he felt a sense of disappearance, like everything around him was vanishing. This space contained countless majestic ancient palaces, like a flourishing period of prosperity in the mortal world.
"Where is this?" Qin Wentian stared at all these unfamiliar things as his heart pounded rapidly. This power was too heaven-defying, so heaven-defying that he had no way to imagine it. It felt like this power shouldn't exist in this world.
"This is the past." An ethereal voice drifted over. Qin Wentian's heart trembled even more violently.
This is, the past.
"Do you understand what 'the past' means?" The voice rang out again.
"The ultimate dao of the dao of time, can surpass the river of time, reverse its flow and return to the past?" Qin Wentian mumbled. What was the past? Only 'surpassing' time can allow one to return there.