|Investiture of the Gods
King Zhou and Goddess Nu Wa
|The Rebellion of Su Hu →|
|by Xu Zhonglin or Lu Xixing|
The beginning of Investiture of the Gods (chapter 1) is titled "King Zhou and Goddess Nu Wa". One day, King Da Yi—first king of the Shang Dynasty of China—was walked through the royal gardens to gaze at the great beauty all around him. Suddenly, the Flying Cloud Pavilion collapsed. As a single beam from the pavilion fell towards the king, Prince Zi Shou grabbed hold of the beam and threw it aside. Some of the royal ministers, including Shan Rong and Mei Bo, witnessed the strength that the prince possessed. They advised the king to name Zi Shou his heir apparent. Thus following the death of King Da Yi, Prince Zi Shou was crowned 'King Zhou' and became the new ruler of the Shang Dynasty within its new capital: Morning Song. After seven years of prosperity within the Shang Dynasty, etchings of evil tyranny began to evolve in the heart of King Zhou.
The first rebellion took place on the second month of the seventh year of King Zhou's reign. Grand Old Master Wen Zhong, the head of civil affairs, personally rode out upon his great dragon to subdue it in the North Sea district. The following day prime minister Shang Rong asked the king to head to the temple of Nu Wa to make an offering celebrating Nu Wa's birthday. King Zhou agreed and he departed with his entourage from the capital's gates for the temple of Nu Wa. As King Zhou enjoyed the temple's immense scenery, he gazed into the eyes of Goddess Nu Wa - who sat behind a celestial curtain. Overtaken by her unparalleled beauty, King Zhou used his ink brush to write a poem of her glory upon a pillar within the temple. Shang Rong reproached the king, saying that a love poem to a goddess could bring disaster, but King Zhou replied that it was an ode to her beauty and thus could not give offense.
After the king and his entourage had returned to the capital, Nu Wa saw the poem as a sexual overture and immediately vowed to destroy the Shang Dynasty for the king's impurity and impudence. Once she had arrived at Morning Song atop her phoenix, Nu Wa realized that King Zhou was destined to rule another twenty years; so, she left in a rage. We she arrived at her temple, she summoned her three right-hand sprites: Daji, a thousand year-old female fox; Splendor, a nine-headed female pheasant; and Jade, a female lute. Once summoned, Goddess Nu Wa told them to transform themselves into beautiful women in order to distract King Zhou from his state affairs. That way, Zhou would be overthrown by mortal means and not offend destiny. Back in Morning Song, King Zhou would sit atound pining for the incredible, unattainable beauty that Nu Wa possessed, refusing to perform any action until he could attain her as one of his lovers. One of the royal ministers, Fei Zhong, suggested to the king that one-hundred women should be taken from each of the four Grand Dukes so that he may have an opportunity to find a woman that ranked in beauty with Nu Wa. With the possibility of relief in sight, King Zhou could finally sleep and began his preparations the following day.
- Reign of the Shang Dynasty; King Da Yi's strole within his garden
- King Da Yi's passing; Prince Zi Shou becomes King Zhou
- Grand Old Master set's out to subdue rebellion at North Sea; Nu Wa's birthday
- Entering of Nu Wa's temple; King Zhou's representative poem of unattainable beauty
- Rage of Nu Wa; summoning forth of the three sacred sprites
- King Zhou's depression; Fei Zhong's Grand Duke one-hundred women suggestion