Yang Chen's words caused everyone at the scene to have odd expressions on their faces. Rather than calling it “smart,” they would say it was “ridiculous” for him to utter those words on such an occasion.
Unsurprisingly, Hera's eyes were extraordinarily cold, and she said unhappily, "Hades, if you're just here to fool around, then I advise you to go back to your island and stay there. Otherwise… We’ll have to consider whether you've betrayed the gods and joined China’s side.”
"Hey, this is our first time meeting each other. Why do you have to say such unpleasant words? Didn’t I say it earlier? There’s no need to go to such extremes since it won’t benefit both parties,” Yang Chen said with a smile.
Hera snapped, "Cut the crap! You have two choices. First, get out of the way and watch from the sidelines. Second, help us kill this group of ugly gnats together.”
In an instant, the pressure from her space law was unleashed, enveloping the entire island as if it was an invisible hand. Luo Qianqiu and the other cultivators were shocked to find that it was difficult for them to move a single finger.
That was the power of the space law the Gods could unleash through the spiritual power they possessed currently.
Hermes and Hephaestus both showed proud expressions as they were confident in Hera's strength.
It was because apart from Zeus and Athena, Poseidon and Hera were the most powerful of the Gods, and it had always been the case.
The previous Hades, too, was no match for Hera, so it was conceivable that Yang Chen's inherited divinity and spiritual power would be even less likely to compete with hers.
As for his cultivation base, they did not think Hera's space law combined with her own Tai Qing True Yuan would be inferior to Yang Chen, even if he had reached the Shang Qing stage.
A little gap would be unimaginable at a profound level and could not be easily caught up.
Yang Chen revealed a troubled expression and smacked his lips a few times. While everyone was extremely uneasy and tense, he took out a pack of cigarettes.
After pulling out a cigarette, he slowly put it in his mouth, then felt around the pockets of his clothes and trousers, only to realize that the lighter had also been placed in the space ring. Thus, he took out the lighter and lit the cigarette.
It still took several attempts to light up the cigarette due to the temperature and wind at the high altitude.
Soon, Yang Chen took a long drag, and white clouds of smoke puffed out of his nostrils.
The cultivators of the illusionary dimension were on the verge of a mental breakdown. Just how much of an addiction to nicotine does this guy have! How can he still smoke at a time like this!?
Yang Chen chuckled awkwardly and shook his head towards the crowd. "Don't get me wrong. It’s not that I have a strong addiction. It’s just that I'm nervous at times like this, so I have to light a cigarette to calm down.”
"Say, Hades, you should stop putting on airs and graces. You’ve done enough. It’s time for you to go back,” Hermes said with a smirk.
Yang Chen licked his lips, took the last two deep puffs from the cigarette, and threw it aside. After letting out a heavy sigh, he revealed a solemn expression and said, "Just as I’ve said earlier, all of you should stop."
Hera snorted, thinking it was ridiculous. "Do you truly believe I won't attack you, Hades? The Gods' revival is unstoppable, and no one is allowed to stand in its path!"
Yang Chen's face also turned gloomy, as if a deadly aura shrouded him. All of a sudden, he exuded a terrifying murderous aura.
"Old hag, I called you Hera because I was being respectful. You'd better not misunderstand. When we're acquaintances, my name is Hades, but if we're not, my name is Yang Chen! I'll say it again now—either stop and negotiate or get the hell out of here and undergo reincarnation at once! You don't seem to understand one thing. I'm not here to discuss things with you, nor am I here to beg you… My words are the law of heaven! If you refuse to listen, die then!"
The three Gods paled from fury.
Hera gritted her teeth. "Presumptuous! How dare you speak to me like that when you're mere half-man and half-God! No one can save you today! I am going to show you just how insignificant you are!"
The space around Yang Chen was quickly packed with tens of thousands of layers as soon as she made a clutching motion in mid-air. The dense and hefty space energy engulfed Yang Chen like huge machinery capable of bulldozing anything.
In the meantime, the Sunset Divine Bow in Hera's hand had formed a blazing arrow far more powerful than all the earlier ones.
The arrow aimed at Yang Chen's heart moved like a violent beam of light that tore through the entire sky.
From the beginning to the end, Yang Chen did not move much at all. With dark eyes, he watched the Sunset Divine Arrow shoot towards him.
The moment the arrow was about to penetrate him, a silver-blue lightning arc suddenly burst all around his body.
It was like the blooming of a huge silver-blue electrical spark, gorgeous and blinding!
The powerful Sunset Divine Arrow was completely shattered as soon as it came into contact with the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning, leaving nothing behind.
Even the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning was extremely lethal to the three Gods present, not to mention the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning.
One could imagine how shocking it was to Hera and the other Gods when the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning, which simply could not have appeared on Earth, was released from Yang Chen's body in such an incomparably bizarre manner.
"I-It's… Shang Qing… T-That's impossible! You have comprehended the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning!?" Hera shrieked. Her grace as a goddess was long gone.
It was as though she could not believe Yang Chen could ascend so quickly.
They still had the means to deal with Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning, but Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning was difficult to resist even if their powers were restored to their peak unless Zeus and Athena were present.
Yang Chen took a casual step forward. His demeanor was majestic, as though he ruled the world and could control every being on heaven and earth. At that instant, thunder cracked, lightning flashed, and dark clouds swept in like furious waves.
The tens of thousands of layers of parallel space energy that Hera had used to imprison Yang Chen were also completely shattered.
The silver-blue heavenly lightning began to weave between the clouds like countless electric dragons, threatening to turn the entire island into pieces at any moment.
Disgruntlement filled Hera's eyes, but she could no longer think of a way to defeat the man who seemed to reign over all beings like a heavenly god.
She suddenly looked over her shoulders and shouted at Hephaestus, "Hephaestus, don't wait any longer! Do it quickly!"
The God of Fire immediately understood what she meant. With an upward toss, the Reverse Dharmachakra rushed straight towards the critical point of the array.
Liu Shiyuan and the others knew what that thing was, so they hurriedly shouted at Yang Chen, "Stop him! He's going to destroy the array!"
Yang Chen had not been paying much attention, so he only realised then that the God of Fire had such a trick up his sleeve. Without hesitation, he waved his hand, and a bolt of Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning cut through the sky like a giant sword that pierced through the clouds, rushing towards the Reverse Dharmachakra.
If the three Gods were to protect the Reverse Dharmachakra, they would have to be struck by Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning.
Thus, Yang Chen reckoned they would never dare to move forward. Yet, it turned out he was wrong!
Hera had really moved a spot early on, blocking the path of the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning.
"Does she want to face death?!"
Yang Chen was stunned.
Could Hera actually choose death to save Zeus? If the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning strikes her, she is unlikely to reincarnate, and her divinity is likely to be destroyed directly.
However, the next scene caused him to frown.
A golden light radiated from the spot where Hera stood as if a golden figure had teleported there and took the blow from the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning.
Hera herself, on the other hand, had a terrified look on her face as she teleported behind the God of Fire again unharmed.
Yang Chen could see that the golden figure was derived from a golden blob-like object. It was identical to Hera, like a golden clone.
During his stupor, Yang Chen thought of that object's only possible identity. "Golden Apple!? You used the Golden Apple!?"
Legend had it that the mother of the earth, the titanic god, Gaia, gave Hera a Golden Apple tree as a congratulatory gift when Zeus and Hera got married.
The Golden Apple was also an important treasure in many ancient Greek myths, and it was said that only one was borne in a thousand years.
However, as far as he knew, most of those myths were made up by the ancient people, and the real Golden Apple could ward off any fatal damage and crisis for its owner.
It was Hera's "life-saving weapon," completely different from the other Gods'.
No one knew how many Golden Apples Hera had, but there was no doubt that if one wanted to kill her, one would unlikely succeed unless one killed her hundreds of times.
Just one Golden Apples allowed the Reverse Dharmachakra to enter the critical point of the array successfully.
In an instant, the array began to operate with difficulty, as though some huge object had gotten stuck in its gear.
The cultivators were apprehensive, but there was nothing they could do other than stare at the array helplessly.
Hephaestus, on the other hand, revealed a hint of joy. "Good. The operation of the array is starting to slow down. With Zeus' strength, he should be able to tear open the slit and come out soon."
"Hah, fortunately, I saved a trump card." Hera sneered. Looking at Yang Chen with a complicated gaze, she continued, "Hades, although your strength caught us off guard, you still can't stop us! Once Zeus is out, he'll surely defeat you!"
However, Yang Chen was thinking of another thing. Back in the Ten Thousand Demon Realm, Song Tianxing said that the person who hunted him down was a female expert, and when he was almost sucked into the Demon Lock Tower, there was a golden treasure that saved that female expert.