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An hour later, at Sunken Moon Tower.
Ever since Yi Yun met his so-called master, he had been plagued by a sense of unease. That old man gave off an extreme sense of danger to Yi Yun.
Yi Yun was not accustomed to placing himself in a land of peril but due to the 'Dragon Emperor Technique,’ and with Old Snake around, he could only choose to continue staying in Myriad God Ridge.
"Young Master, the desserts are ready. Shall I serve them to you?" Duanmu Qingwen bowed and said gently.
"There's no need. I'll be entering seclusion in the cultivation chamber. Do not disturb me."
As Yi Yun spoke, he walked straight into Sunken Moon Tower's cultivation chamber.
Duanmu Qingwen could only nod. Having been in Sunken Moon Tower for a few days, she came to learn that she had no chance of serving Yi Yun in his day-to-day life. Ignoring her serving Yi Yun, even meeting him was rare. Every time she managed to catch a glimpse of him, he would be rushing into the cultivation chamber.
"Young Master sure is hard-working…"
Duanmu Qingwen had such a thought. However, she did not know that Yi Yun had an ugly expression in the cultivation chamber.
The Sunken Moon Tower's cultivation chamber was problematic!
Logically speaking, once the cultivation chamber's array formations were activated, the interior would be isolated from the outside world. No one should have been able to know the situation inside the cultivation chamber. However, the Myriad God Ridge sect master knew of his whereabouts. There was likely some form of backdoor within the cultivation chamber's array formation that allowed the old man to easily monitor him.
Thankfully, upon reflection, Yi Yun knew that he had not done anything that would expose his secrets during his past few days of cultivation. If he had, the outcome would be disastrous.
"This Myriad God Ridge doesn't even have a private space for me. I really can't stay here much longer."
Who would wish to be monitored daily? Yi Yun did not know if the other personal disciples dealt with such conditions, but perhaps due to his special status of having the ability to trigger the Ascending Dragon Cauldron, he had been given unique treatment.
As Yi Yun pondered over the matter, he caught a shadow in his peripheral vision standing in the room's corner.
The shadow had appeared silently, as though it had always been there and Yi Yun had only just now noticed it. This gave Yi Yun a fright. When he focused on it, he realized that it was in the shape of an old man with a small figure. His face was wrinkled and there was a somewhat familiar grotesque smile hanging from it.
Yi Yun was rendered speechless. The old fellow had suddenly appeared without even notifying him of his existence. He was like a ghost. If Yi Yun wasn't mentally prepared, he would truly have been given a great fright.
"It appears that you’re being monitored."
The elder stroked his beard as he looked around Yi Yun's cultivation chamber.
"You still came here despite knowing that?" Yi Yun said with exasperation. However, he also knew that for Old Snake to dare do it, he must have had confidence in avoiding detection.
Although Old Snake did not appear proper in any way, his strength was not to be doubted.
"Hehe, it's because I knew it that I appeared here. I have already taken care of the monitoring array formation for you. There's no need to thank me. After all, you don’t want someone peeping in when you’re doing naughty things with that maidservant of yours!"
As he spoke, Old Snake clapped his hands and gave a 'you know' look.
Yi Yun was at a loss for words when he heard that. The old fellow was already so advanced in years, yet he spoke in such a licentious manner.
"How did you take care it? Since that old fellow went through the trouble of setting up an array formation, he clearly meant to monitor me. If he discovers that the array formation has been altered, wouldn't that make me look suspicious?"
"Haha! How could I make such a careless mistake? That Myriad God Ridge sect master thinks highly of his skill in array formations and had set up a hidden monitoring array formation, but his array is only trivial in my hands. I installed a new array formation to override it. When the time comes that you do not want to be monitored by the old fellow, just activate my array formation. All he will see is you meditating in cultivation. You can then do whatever you want to do. That old fellow wants to compete with me? He's way too inexperienced for that,"
Old Snake said ostentatiously, thinking absolutely nothing of the Myriad God Ridge's sect master. Although Old Snake came off like a shameless braggart, Yi Yun knew that the old man was still someone to rely on during critical moments.
As such, Yi Yun could finally rest knowing that he was not constantly monitored. Thankfully too, as he was getting to the point where he could not stay a day longer in Sunken Moon Tower.
Yi Yun asked, "Didn't you say we would take action soon? This Myriad God Ridge's sect master has malicious intentions. I don't want to continue risking my life by staying here."
"That's what I hoped but… Myriad God Ridge's patriarch is returning soon. As for taking action, we will probably have to postpone it."
"Myriad God Ridge's patriarch?"
Yi Yun's breathing faltered. The Myriad God Ridge sect master was enough to make him feel in danger and that he couldn’t handle the situation. As for Myriad God Ridge's patriarch, he was even more mysterious and powerful than the sect master.
He could not help but look Old Snake suspiciously in the eye. This old fellow should be able to deal with the Myriad God Ridge's patriarch, right?
Old Snake could tell what was on Yi Yun's mind. He scowled disdainfully. "Why, kid? Are you doubting me? It's only a Myriad God Ridge patriarch. With me here, you can feel at ease."
As Old Snake spoke, he patted Yi Yun on the shoulder with a chuckle. "For that lass Chenxue to hand you over to me, I must be trustworthy, right?"
Yi Yun had a look of disbelief. His attempt to trigger the Ascending Dragon Cauldron was going to be a highly risky endeavor. He had to be wary or he might end up as cannon fodder for the old man.
As Yi Yun was pondering over the matter, his personal disciple token suddenly flashed. There was a voice transmission coming from the token.
A call to gather!
Two hours from now, all personal disciples and Elders had to head for Myriad God Ridge's Jade Emperor Palace to await the return of Myriad God Ridge's patriarch!
The patriarch was truly returning. Yi Yun gave Old Snake an odd glance. He called it. However, how did he know of the patriarch's whereabouts?
Old Snake stroked his beard and said smugly, "If I put my mind to probing anyone in Myriad God Ridge, no one can hide from my eyes."
Yi Yun was impressed by Old Snake. With such an ally, he could feel even more assured.
However, he was somewhat curious. The gathering notice did not seem reminiscent of the patriarch's past actions.
Although he had just entered Myriad God Ridge, he had heard about the patriarch's character from many people. The patriarch was an extremely mysterious person with his whereabouts often unknown. Many Elders and personal disciples had never even seen the patriarch before. In fact, not only had they never met him, they had heard little news concerning him.
In Myriad God Ridge, the sect master was already a lofty existence, while the patriarch was equivalent to a legend.
But today, the Myriad God Patriarch was returning. He was even gathering all personal disciples and Elders to receive him. This matter alone was abnormal. Was there a reason why he was gathering all of them?
In fact, as Yi Yun was puzzling over the issue, many other personal disciples and Elders were similarly puzzled by the news.
Of course, more of them were pleasantly surprised!
Myriad God Patriarch was a godlike existence in Myriad God Ridge. Having a chance to meet him was definitely an opportunity. If they could gain a tiny bit of favor from the Myriad God Patriarch, they would have a meteoric rise and obtain countless more opportunities.
This made many people begin to greatly anticipate the Myriad God Patriarch's return.