The creator of the universe had awakened, but it seemed as though nothing had changed. She kept herself within the wizardry barrier that she created and refused to see anyone. No one knew what she was planning to do, so none of the kings or leaders dared to act recklessly.
Instead, they tried to collect as much information as they could about her, so they knew what they were dealing with. However, there was nothing much they could study about her. Everything about her was long forgotten over time.
The Emperor Immortal was the only one who knew a little bit about the divine being, but he never shared anything with anyone. All of his followers were strictly told to stay away. Eventually, the kings or leaders from other kingdoms took the Emperor Immortal as an example and became worried. The only being that was able to intimidate the Emperor Immortal to stay quiet must be truly exceptional. They assumed that the divine being must be so exceptionally powerful that she could simply change the world with a snap of her fingers.
Meanwhile, Gu Xijiu had interrupted a few battles when she first woke up from her long sleep. So, the survivors of the battles gave enormous publicity on how great and powerful she was when she saved them. The survivors trumpeted their victory to warn anyone against any potential invasions.
As for the losers, they needed to publicize her power and use her interference as an excuse to cover up the fact that they were incompetent to win the battle.
Within months, her name was well spread to every corner of the world with slightly different versions of the same story; all this happened even though she had barely done anything.
The only thing they knew about her was the fact that the creator of the universe disliked having disputes. Hence, they did not want to make any moves before finding out more about her. The hostilities ceased, and normal life was finally resumed.
Within the wizardry barrier, Gu Xijiu finally stopped meditating and walked away from the tranquil little cottage. All the shrubs had blossomed beautifully. Her servants, Qianshi and Wu Qianyan, were busy collecting the herbs.
Qianshi was a very smart boy. Even though Gu Xijiu only taught him a little about medicine and the characteristics of different herbal plants, he immediately mastered the skills of cultivating the plants and managed to grow the herbs in perfect condition. Wu Qianyan, on the other hand, lacked such talent. Her section of the herbs in the garden did not grow well under her care.
As soon as they saw Gu Xijiu, both children approached and greeted her with a bow. "My Divine Lord."
Gu Xijiu nodded at them, and her eyes then lingered on the herb garden suggestively. She took a look at Qianshi and saw the solid confidence on his face. He was looking at her, patiently waiting for her compliment. However, Gu Xijiu did not say anything to him. She then turned to look at Wu Qianyan and said, "As I said, any failure in the herb plantation would result in punishment."
Wu Qianyan knelt before her. "I am ready to be punished."
"You are required to water every herbal plant in this valley for a month. If the herb garden remains dull, you will have to suffer the pain of being poked with a thousand needles."
Wu Qianyan's face went pale. "Yes," she firmly acknowledged.
At least a thousand pails of water were needed to water the plants in the entire valley. Given that the stream was quite far away from the herb plantation, Wu Qianyan would have to work all day and night to fulfill her mission.
It was not easy, and if she failed, the punishment of being poked by needles was nothing less than the pain of having her flesh slashed apart, piece by piece.
Qianyan and Qianshi both witnessed the cruelty of such punishment before. Death was a better and easier way out than the savage torment. Those who suffered screeched with pain throughout the entire sentence.
"I will be away for a month. I expect to see a good result a month from now," Gu Xijiu left a message before vanishing into thin air.
Qianshi could not hide his disappointment. He pouted his lips in discontentment but did not speak.
Meanwhile, Wu Qianyan walked towards him with a desperate call for help. "Qianshi, could you… Could you please help me? I tried to keep these plants alive, but I don't know how."
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