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⸢Ruyi Jingu Bang that destroys the heavens.⸥
⸢Body Outside Body spell that allows him to fight against a Nebula all by himself.⸥
⸢Thunderclouds capable of bringing down stars of the world.⸥
One of the strongest Constellations in the 'Ways of Survival', that was the Great Sage Heaven's Equal, Sun Wukong.
[Great Fable, 'Journey to the West', is continuing on with its storytelling!]
And right now, I had become that very Sun Wukong.
Every time the Great Sage's fist pointed at a spot in the sky, the stars of fell in droves. I ended up holding my breath after witnessing that overwhelming power from a first-person perspective.
I already knew that he was powerful, but never did I guess that it'd be by this much.
'Hey, maknae-yah. What are you busy yapping on about?'
I heard Meihouw.a.n.g's voice in my head.
It seemed that including myself, all five versions of Sun Wukong were watching the Great Sage's rampage in real-time as well.
'Are you shocked by your hyung-nims' power level?'
'….To be honest, I'm really impressed.'
A giant that got sent flying away just now was a Fable-grade Constellation.
Come on now, how could blowing away a Fable-grade with a single lightning bolt even make sense?
Meihouw.a.n.g spoke as if to mock our opponents. 'Hng, was that the Giant G.o.d? That measly little Fable-grade made a mistake by trying to fight us.'
'But, wasn't the Prisoner of the Golden Headband' a Fable-grade as well...?'
The one who answered back this time was Bimawen. 'If we were on our own, sure. But you now understand what kind of an existence we are, don't you?'
He was right. This was really hitting home for me.
The main protagonist of the 'Journey to the West', Sun Wukong, was created by four different Sun Wukongs.
The king of all monkeys that ruled the Water Curtain Cave, 'Meihouw.a.n.g'.
Acknowledged by the Jade Emperor for his magical prowess and awarded the post of 'Bimawen'.
The 'Great Sage Heaven's Equal', who fought against the heavenly worlds that looked down on him.
And finally.... 'Douzhanshengfo' who gained enlightenment through the events of the 'Journey to the West'.
Only after the Fables of these 'Sun Wukongs' gather in one place would his true power be unleashed.
Bimawen muttered out. 'That Great Sage dude, he's really having fun, isn't he? Well, I guess it's been a long time since he got to cut loose like this.'
Indeed, the Great Sage's true voice sounded as if he was really enjoying himself. [The heavenly worlds have become a lot weaker, haven't you! Is this all you've got?]
Fable-grade Constellations couldn't even endure ten-or-so exchanges of blows and all came cras.h.i.+ng down into the Tongtian River's waters.
Despite that, 's forces still remained powerful. After all, it was the Nebula that boasted the highest number of stars in the .
The thing was, though, the Great Sage's Fable was only getting started, too.
Outer G.o.ds roared out all at the same time, and a lightning bolt landed on Sun Wukong's Ruyi Bang. Ripples of golden light exploded then, and he powerfully threw his weapon into the sky.
Ruyi Bang's torpedo-like attack burned the heavens and flew forward with ferocious momentum. Incredible gusts of gale winds whipped around.
Finally, the dispersing spray of water died down. One of the Constellations, soaked to the bone like a mouse that fell inside a well, muttered out in disbelief.
[W-what is the meaning of.....?!]
A portion of the skies was now empty.
That single attack managed to annihilate thousands of divine immortals rus.h.i.+ng in.
[T-this, is this the real Great Sage, Heaven's Equal....]
Even then, even when facing this overwhelming spectacle, 's spirit didn't diminish one bit.
[There's no need to fear! His Fable is bound to hit its limit soon!]
[Do not let up and attack! He's all alone in the end!]
The number of divine immortals swelled back up again and refilled the empty void in an instant.
This was how fought.
I got gooseb.u.mps. No matter how strong our side was, that side had no end to their supply. At this rate, the one to lose would be....
'Hng, no need to cower already. That fool hasn't used his power yet, after all.'
'I meant Douzhanshengfo.'
Ah, Douzhanshengfo, the Victorious Fighting Buddha. He was the one who dealt with the Outer G.o.d transformation penalty earlier in my stead.
'Is he alright?'
'The fourth is fine. He's enlightened in the ways of the Four n.o.ble Truths (苦集滅道), so the memories of the material world are meaningless to him. Everything would return to 'nothingness', that's why.'
Bimawen quickly tackled Meihouw.a.n.g down. 'Since when did Douzhanshengfo become the fourth?'
'Since he was the fourth one to make the appearance, that's why. Isn't it normal to count chronologically?'
'With that thought process, then.....'
'Obviously, I am the first since Sun Wukong started off with me. And congratulations, even though you're the least famous one, you get to be the second.'
'Acting exactly like a dumba.s.s monkey that you are, busy spitting in your own face. You think anyone would actually remember a king of monkeys stuck in a cave?'
'Well, it's a lot better than you fool who had to clean horse s.h.i.+t out of a stable.'
Was it because of the two Sun Wukongs' bickering? The construction of the Great Sage's Fable became unstable for a moment there, and he ended up getting struck abruptly by an enemy attack.
As the main body began shaking, the Great Sage finally exploded in irritation. [Shut the h.e.l.l up! I can't concentrate!]
Of course, he didn't forget to add one more thing triumphantly, as well. [I'm the most famous one, so obviously I'm the first!]
Meihouw.a.n.g and Bimawen exploded in a fit of dissatisfaction at the same time.
For the first time since the battle commenced, the Great Sage had to be on the defensive against the incoming vast wave of the stars.
If he got pushed back here, then he'd not be able to win this war. Maybe both Meihouw.a.n.g and Bimawen understood that point as well, as they stopped bickering and concentrated, as well.
Boom!! Bang!! Kboom!!
It was at that moment that a corner of the battlefield collapsed and a huge battles.h.i.+p made its entrance.
"Ahjussi! I'm here-!!"
It was Yi Ji-Hye, advancing forward while destroying 's vessels. The members of had made their move in order to support Sun Wukong fighting alone. That wasn't all, though.
[Constellation, 'Golden-bodied Arhat', is incarnating into the scenario!]
The Great Sage's real comrades began entering the scenario one by one. The Golden-bodied Arhat, Sha Wujing, appeared in the sky in his Incarnation Body and smiled contently as he looked at Yi Ji-Hye down below.
[So, you are the one who played me?]
".....Who the heck is that monster??"
[Constellation, 'Cleanser of Altars', is incarnating into the scenario!]
The next one to appear was the owner of the Nine-tooth Spike Rake. Zhu Bajie kitted out in a piece of loincloth so flimsy and small that it might not as well be there flapping below his jiggling belly fat, shouted out loudly. [Where are you, the Conquering King Pigsy, Yu Jung-Hyeok? Hahaha! I was thoroughly impressed by you, the one who played me!]
It seemed that the 'Cleanser of Altars' was fixated on Yu Jung-Hyeok at this point.
The Great Sage looked at both Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing, and nodded his head. [You came, fellow disciples. A bit late, weren't you.]
[I didn't really come to help you out, senior brother. No, I was just curious about the actor playing me, so don't be mistaken.]
Zhu Bajie muttered out some excuses that sounded oddly coy for some reason, and along with Sha Wujing who looked somewhat shocked and hurt, stood next to Sun Wukong.
When the Demon-Slaying Staff and the Nine-tooth Spike Rake unleashed their Statuses right next to the Ruyi Bang, it finally dawned on me that all of the 'three musketeers' from the 'Journey to the West' had gathered in one place.
[Great Fable, 'Journey to the West', is regaining its original Status!]
Soon, the nervous Constellations of loudly yelled out.
[Judges! Are you saying that you'll be siding with the Great Sage?]
[It's not just them.]
Six more humanoids were standing tall behind the three Journey to the West's main characters. One of them resembled a monkey, while others resembled a shark, a lion, and even a roc.
I immediately recognised who they were.
The Great Sage Who Covers the Seas, Saurian Demon King.
The Great Sage Who Brings Chaos to the Heavens, Roc Demon King.
The Great Sage Who Moves Mountains, Lion Spirit King.
The Great Sage Who Pierces Through the Winds, Macaque Spirit King.
The Great Sage Who Chased Away the Immortals, Snub-nosed Monkey Spirit King.
The last person wasn't a Yogoe, but Jeong Hui-Won.
".....This just got rather interesting."
Thanks to the blessing from the 'Great Sage who Pacifies Heaven' Bull Demon King, the Status of the actress playing that role, Jeong Hui-Won, was rising up at a break-neck pace.
[We will fight alongside you, Great Sage, Heaven's Equal.]
The Seven Great Sages that waged the 'Great War against the Heavenly Worlds' alongside Sun Wukong had finally gathered in one place once more.
These Yogoes didn't get much page-time during the original ⸢Journey to the West⸥ and as a result, their presence had always remained behind the veil of obscurity. They appeared today to undo the knot of resentment in their hearts.
[I always felt wronged because my nickname also happens to be 'Meihouw.a.n.g'. Today, I shall resolve my deep-seated grudge!]
After the Seven Great Sages jumped into the fray, the flow of the battlefield changed greatly in an instant.
Those Outer G.o.ds hesitantly studying the Plotter's moods until then joined the battle as well.
Meihouw.a.n.g (Handsome Monkey King) watching the battle unfold muttered to himself. 'Where did that Conquering King Pigsy disappear to, anyway?'
Now that I took a look, I couldn't see Yu Jung-Hyeok anywhere.
He should've been battling the 28 Mansions Constellations just now, so.....
Suddenly, I had this ominous foreboding.
I looked up at the Wenny King and the Great Dokkaebis watching the climax of this scenario from high up in the sky.
[Advance! Do not retreat and continue fighting! The victory shall be 's in the end!]
's Constellations roared out energetically and continued to push forward.
The ones taking the lead up front were the Heavenly Palace's Four Heavenly Kings.
Dhrtarastra of the East.
Virudhaka of the South.
Virupaksa of the West.
Vaisravana of the North.
Not only that, there were the PaG.o.dbearing Heavenly King Li Jing as well as Prince Nezha. It seemed that they were getting desperate as well.
And then, even the Queen Mother of the West, and the owner of the Jingangzhuo, Daode Tianzun, too.... Constellations that you might recognise by their names alone had descended to this place and unleashed their Fables.
There was little doubt that the 'Great War against the Heavenly Worlds' was being recreated right now.
[Nebula, , is releasing its Great Fables!]
This was the might of a 'Great Nebula'.
Even then, the Great Sage didn't back off.
[Many in the audience can't close their slack jaws while watching this abrupt spectacle.]
[Constellation, 'Abyssal Black Flame Dragon', declares that if the 'Prisoner of the Golden Headband' loses today, they will no longer be considered rivals.]
[Constellation, 'Demon-like Judge of Fire', is cheering on the 'Prisoner of the Golden Headband'!]
[Constellation, 'Goryeo's First Sword', is expressing his respect towards the 'Prisoner of the Golden Headband's' martial prowess.]
The first one to kneel was Dhrtarastra, followed by Virudhaka. Everywhere the Ruyi Bang flew past, the Heavenly Worlds army crumbled.
The divine level of martial arts, the might of the greatest Constellation, Sun Wukong was in full display.
But then, a Buddhist chant coming from somewhere caused the Great Sage to come to a stop for the first time.
Even I ended up gasping out in pain.
It seemed that I wasn't the only one suffering here. Both Meihouw.a.n.g and Bimawen spoke in annoyed voices.
'….It's that baldy monk.'
The constrictive headband was tightening around the Great Sage's head. He ma.s.saged his temples with one hand while issuing a warning. [Guanyin. Do not interfere!]
Those words prompted a Buddhist lotus pedestal to appear among the clouds. Guanyin was sitting in the middle of the pedestal in the lotus sitting position.
[Wukong, have you forgotten about what happened in the past?]
[What are you talking about!?]
[Please stop this. This is not the righteous path.]
[What if I don't want to?]
[Have you not received my aid until this moment? Can you not concede in consideration of that, at least?]
[….Your aid?] The Great Sage's brows shot up higher. [All thanks to your oh-so-wonderful aid, I got to enjoy untold hards.h.i.+p.]
As if he was venting out all of his built-up resentment, the Great Sage began shouting out loudly. [All those trials and tribulations we had to go through came to be because of your voyeuristic tendencies....!]
The Great Sage's memories related to Guanyin, the one who perceived the sounds of the world, began telling their tale.
⸢"The law stipulates that one has to fulfil all nine by nine, eighty-one tribulations in order to return to their 'self'. However, they have only experienced the eightieth calamity, and thus lacks one. Five Gates, I now task you to go after them and create the final calamity!"⸥
The 'Journey to the West' final calamity – the one behind it was none other than Guanyin.
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[The ones responsible for the world's calamity by raising up the army of demons and inciting the Yogoes, were you and !!]
[….They were all necessary tribulations. You must cool your ire now.]
As the Great Sage grew even more agitated, Guanyin began reciting the Constrictive Sutra once more.
[You think you can stop me with such a pathetic sutra?]
The Status emitted by the Great Sage, Heaven's Equal disrupted the Constrictive Sutra's effect.
Guanyin was taken greatly aback by this development and while retreating along with her lotus pedestal, she raised her voice.
[….Your powers have grown too strong. I alone can't handle him.]
The PaG.o.dbearing Heavenly King bit his lower lip. [We'd be able to win if we drag out the fight, but....]
Less than 30 minutes remained until the conclusion of the scenario. They knew that, even if they emerged victorious through a protracted battle, there would be no meaning if they were defeated in the scenario.
[Sakyamuni! Where is Sakyamuni?!]
In the end, had to make the obvious choice as their final move.
[We only need the ⸢Five Pillars⸥! As long as we have that Fable, defeating that d.a.m.n monkey b.a.s.t.a.r.d will not pose any problems!]
The ⸢Five Pillars⸥ referred to the Buddha's five fingers.
Even if it was the heaven-defying Sun Wukong, as long as there existed the Fable of him being subdued by the Buddha's palm, he'd not be able to escape from the ⸢Stage Transformation⸥'s influence.
And one of the split bodies of the Buddha, Sakyamuni, existed in this world.
Prince Nezha whispered to the PaG.o.dbearing Heavenly King next to him.
[Have you forgotten? Sakyamuni's whereabouts are unknown since the 'Great War of Saints and Demons'. Most likely.... I fear that he had perished during the process of sealing away the Isle of Reincarnators.]
[Sakyamuni has died? Doesn't that mean, there is no method to suppress him....?!]
[Please, do not worry. We do have his successor with us.]
At the end of those words, the army of split open.
[Come, 'Sakyamuni's Successor'!]
The highest-ranked Constellations of were walking out from the s.p.a.ce created by the army. Each and every one of them were powerful beings that rivalled the likes of 's 12 G.o.ds.
But when I saw the person wearing the airy Buddhist robe walking in the middle of them, I quietly grew agitated.
⸢Yu Sang-Ah was there.⸥
Yu Sang-Ah, reincarnating through the promise with Sakyamuni. And by the eternal chain of Samsara, she was reborn as the 'Sakyamuni's Successor'.
The Great Sage's body had stiffened up immediately. I could sense a great deal of emotional turmoil within him.
I also heard Meihouw.a.n.g's and Bimawen's voices just then.
'So, that was why, when he saw her for the first time....'
'Who'd have thunk that it was 'that' Incarnation Body?'
At that moment, a certain part of the Great Sage's memories rushed in. That lengthy storyline of the 'Journey to the West' was abridged in an instant.
And I realised it then. Yu Sang-Ah hadn't simply reincarnated as the 'Sakyamuni's Successor'. No, her current Incarnation Body used to belong to someone very special.
⸢"Oh, dear Sanzang."⸥
Tang Sanzang (三藏法師).
The one whose mastery of the Constrictive Sutra had surpa.s.sed everyone else's in the whole world, and also the only one capable of coercing Sun Wukong with just one sentence.
's Constellations loudly shouted out.
[Hurry and suppress that b.a.s.t.a.r.d, oh 'Sakyamuni's Successor'!]
Even as he saw Yu Sang-Ah walk towards him, the Great Sage Heaven's Equal showed no sign of budging – as if he had fallen deeply into the reminiscence of the ancient past.
'Great Sage! Get a move on! What are you doing?!'
'We're going to get done in at this rate!'
Hearing those words made me a bit anxious as well.
Was the 'Yu Sang-Ah' before my eyes the 'Yu Sang-Ah' that I used to know? What if she lost her memories, like how the reincarnated s.h.i.+n Yu-Seung lost hers?
What if she became a completely different person to whom I used to know?
Yu Sang-Ah's hand gently reached out and touched Sun Wukong's headband.
[You seem to be in great pain. It must've been difficult for you.]
But the moment I heard her clear voice, I realised something.
This person… was definitely someone that I knew.
She was neither 'Tang Sanzang' nor 'Sakyamuni's Successor'. No, she was the one comrade that I could trust the most – Yu Sang-Ah.
[I believe that this item will look better on someone else now.]
Her hand slowly moved and took Sun Wukong's Constrictive Headband off.
The headband that had been tightening around the Great Sage's head fell to the ground with absolutely no resistance whatsoever.
Meihouw.a.n.g, Bimawen, and even the Great Sage – all of them stared at her in pure disbelief.
's Constellations freaked out grandly and tried to rush in, but by then, it was all too late.
As the roars from the Constellations rained down, the prisoner of the oldest prison was finally being freed.
[Awakening condition for the Constellation, 'Prisoner of the Golden Headband' has been satisfied.]
[Douzhanshengfo's Fable is being unsealed.]
[Modifier for the Constellation, 'Prisoner of the Golden Headband', is evolving!]
As the glorious rays of light exploded forth, the 'Prisoner of the Golden Headband' slowly opened his eyes.
[Constellation, 'The Most Ancient Liberator', has been freed from his seal.]