When he thought back to that moment, Jing Yi couldn’t help but ponder it for a moment longer. “Tian … Why didn’t he appear again?” Clearly, he had the ability to do so since he could casually open portals. With how he was still honored among all the immortal races, his reappearance would also be met with gratitude, wouldn’t it? So why did he stay away from the races that he himself had created?
Qiu Ling looked at him, his gaze complicated. “Jing He was also always interested in Tian. It’s quite curious that you would ask about this of all things.” Back in the mortal realm, he had sometimes considered that Jing Yi shared a few similarities with Jing He even if it weren’t many. Could this be one of them? Was some remnant of Jing He’s memories that hadn’t been washed away by the water from the River of Forgetfulness for the time being somehow interacted with Jing Yi? He didn’t know but it seemed quite likely.
Jing Yi’s smile turned wry but he really couldn’t complain after he had just told Qiu Ling that he did want him to tell him everything, no matter what it was. “I guess it might be precisely because of this that I’m interested. Tian was mentioned in my memories. And then I saw his name again inside this book today. So I was a little curious about it.”
Qiu Ling nodded slowly and didn’t dwell on it any further, instead answering Jing Yi’s actual question. “Well, I would say that Tian’s interest in his creations is quite low. He probably wasn’t very involved with them to begin with. He only descended to the Nine Heavens when he fell in love with Xing. And after that failed … he probably returned to where he came from and treating his creations as if they didn’t have anything to do with him at all.”
He still remembered how Jing He had told him that there were rumors that Tian had gone to search for his lover. But there was no saying whether he had found him or what had happened then. Maybe he was still out there, looking for Xing and trying to get him back. In any case, Qiu Ling felt that that would be what he would do if it was him and Jing He. No matter what happened, he would never give up on being with the one he loved.
He lightly cleared his throat when he thought of that, trying not to lose focus again. “In any case, even if he had been more involved earlier, I don’t think he would’ve wanted to do so after losing his lover. The curse he put on the immortal races was a punishment for us. Because we were not able to live up to his expectations.
“I don’t know if he really cares about us or not. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t. If it was the latter, why would he want to see us? And even if he did, it might not be good to get involved. After all, even his own lover …” He shook his head. “I mean, considering the curse placed on my race, I think I can somewhat understand. The dragons are often unable to go on living if their lovers are taken from them.
“The curse was shaped after what the races did wrong in regard to Tian’s lover but I think maybe they were also crafted after what he himself felt. And his love for Xing is legendary. Naturally, he wouldn’t just give up. So maybe that was why he placed such a curse on us. Maybe he wants us to first experience all of this ourselves. Maybe he is also busy with other things. Who knows? I wouldn’t dare to presume what exactly the supreme ruler is thinking or not.”
Jing Yi nodded, his brows furrowed tightly. This Tian was indeed quite the mysterious person. He was a little curious about what exactly was going on but he also realized that Qiu Ling wouldn’t be able to tell him anything more. Thus, he could only leave it at that. “Well, since he isn’t here anymore, he probably isn’t as important to understand the situation of the Nine Heavens.”
Qiu Ling nodded. “Probably not.” While this had to do with their history and beliefs, it was something from the far past. Just knowing the general situation from back then should be enough to understand the current situation. The details … they might be able to help one shed more light on certain things but it wasn’t necessary. Especially not in Jing Yi’s case since he only wanted to get a general understanding.
“Then what else? From what I read, the conflict that the demons have with the other immortal races was especially between the dragons and the demons, not exactly between the gods and the demons. So why are things like this now? Apparently, the gods seem to treat the alliance between your races as quite a big deal. Why is that?”
Qiu Ling smiled faintly at that. This was a question that was quite a bit closer to his own experiences so it was probably easier to answer. On the other hand, this kind of political question was also something that was tied to many things. Answering it was probably not something that could be done in just a few words. Still, since Jing Yi wanted to know and since he had decided that he would treat him better from now on, there was no way for him to not tell him. Even if it was a bit difficult, he could only find the best way to tell him.