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The flames coalesced so tightly that they could even burn through Yuan Qi. Snake Girl shuddered but beside her, Yi Yun was feeling comfortable. It was truly as though he was relaxing in a hot spring.
"Xie'er, have some of these flames. Don't let them go to waste."
Although Yi Yun had the Purple Crystal, he had no use for such a large amount of energy. The main difference between astral flames and divine treasures like the Dragon Blood Fruit was that the flames were only energy and the fruit actually contained vitality. Although the Purple Crystal could absorb the flames’ energy, they did little for Yi Yun's dantian.
In that case, it was better to let Ling Xie'er absorb them. As the corporeal body of the Heretical God Fire Seed, which was the source of all fires, the astral fire was great nourishment for her.
"Alright, Brother Yi Yun!"
Ling Xie'er said crisply and felt overjoyed when she saw all the astral fire. She was like a greedy kitten seeing a table of delicacies in front of her.
She immediately flew to the middle of the space within the Ascending Dragon Cauldron. She extended her fair hands as two black fire plumes gradually expanded from her palms. They absorbed the surrounding astral fire voraciously and soon, two vortices were formed.
The vortices expanded and became more violent. From afar, Ling Xie'er's body looked like she was being enveloped by two black tornadoes!
Upon seeing this scene, and how the astral fire that blotted out the sky was being constantly devoured, the corner of Snake Girl's mouth twitched. The young fair-skinned girl may have looked dainty and adorable, but whenever she acted it was astounding and breathtaking. She was no different from a monster.
Snake Girl knew that if not for the fire plume that the girl had left in her body, she would probably have turned to ash long ago.
"Xie'er, split off some of the Fire Seed and send it over here. I'll refine the herbs in this Ascending Dragon Cauldron!" Yi Yun instructed.
At that moment, he was feeling exceedingly gratified. The refinement method of the Dragon Emperor Relic was recorded in the 'Dragon Emperor Technique.' It was a lot more brilliant than the Myriad God Patriarch's method.
Although he was lacking the Dragon Blood Fruit, it did not matter. Since he had eaten the Dragon Blood Fruit, he could extract a few drops of his blood essence and get away with using them as a replacement of the Dragon Blood Fruit.
As such, Yi Yun happily took over the work of refining the Dragon Emperor Relic that the Myriad God Patriarch had failed to refine.
Furthermore, Yi Yun would refine one that was even better.
The difficulty of refining the Dragon Emperor Relic was actually not that high. And in terms of alchemical skill, Yi Yun was better than the Myriad God Patriarch. Besides, the vessel Yi Yun was using to refine the relic was the legendary Ascending Dragon Cauldron!
Ling Xie'er waved her tiny hand as the Heretical God Fire Seed surged toward Yi Yun.
Ever since Ling Xie'er had awoken, the Heretical God Fire Seed became easier to control. Controlling it was now as easy as lifting a finger.
Yi Yun lifted the Heaven Devouring Wyrm Horn, the Crimson Blood Heavenly Silkworm Silk, the Dragonbone Whale Oil, and the other divine items and threw them into the black flame!
The Heretical God Fire Seed was not something the astral fire could compare with. With Yi Yun's alchemical skills, the Dragon Blood essence in those divine treasures was rapidly extracted.
If Myriad God Patriarch saw this scene, he would probably vomit out blood. His life’s work he had spent a million years on was not only benefiting Yi Yun, it was also being completed in a way that completely surpassed what he could accomplish.
In a blink of an eye, three days and three nights had passed.
In three days, the world outside the Ascending Dragon Cauldron had been burnt into a molten ocean.
However, the nine fire dragon rifts were preserved. One could clearly see that the nine rifts were redder amid the molten ocean. The dragon rifts that were of higher temperature converged around the Ascending Dragon Cauldron.
At that moment, all the Myriad God Ridge disciples were drained. They only managed to maintain the constant expenditure of energy through the consumption of pills and Spirit Jade. At the same time, they had to face the billowing heat waves that baked them.
Those with weaker cultivation levels could not even bear the temperatures from the molten ocean. They found it hard to imagine what the situation was like in the Ascending Dragon Cauldron.
"What terrifying temperatures. The Ascending Dragon Cauldron's interior must be a hellish inferno. Even I would probably be reduced to ash after staying in it for so long," A Myriad God Ridge elder said.
"That's right. I have some understanding of alchemy, you know. Usually, the refinement of pills needs one to carefully control the flames. Who would dare let it burn in such an unbridled fashion!? I believe that even if that little bastard Yi Yun is as extremely resistant to fire as Patriarch mentioned, he wouldn't be able to last this long. The amount of Spirit Jade expended by this grand array every second is tremendous. But Patriarch does not seem to have any intentions of stopping. I wonder how long this will go on. It feels like using a sledgehammer on a gnat."
The Myriad God Ridge Elders and disciples discussed in private. They were truly suffering in the heat.
Finally, Cang Wu spoke up four hours later. He could not help but say, "Patriarch, at such temperatures, that little bastard has probably been burnt to ashes, right?"
Myriad God Patriarch remained silent, but he was aware of the terrifying intensity the astral fires had reached. Even Divine Lords could not withstand it, much less a Dao Palace realm junior.
However, Myriad God Patriarch had a nagging feeling that Yi Yun had not been burnt to death.
He was still pinning his hopes on the Dragon Bone Milk.
"I wonder if the little bastard has drunk that tiny jug of Dragon Bone Milk or not. Given his greed, he will definitely not waste one of the main ingredients. If he has consumed it, all I need to do is wait for the poison to take effect."
"Perhaps I am being overly careful. There is no way the little bastard knows of the Dragon Bone Milk's toxicity or the methods to handle it. Under these flames that can even consume a Divine Lord, he should already be dead."
Myriad God Patriarch muttered to himself and weakened the intensity of the Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array.
After all, he was also beginning to feel the pinch of the constant burning of so much Spirit Jade.
Hu! Hu! Hu!
The flames halved in strength, as the oppressive heat turned milder. Although the molten ocean beneath their feet remained, many of the Myriad God Ridge disciples felt a lot better.
"As expected, Senior Brother Cang Wu's words hold some weight."
"Only he can do it. No one else dares to strike up a conversation with Patriarch."
The personal disciples discussed privately. They were somewhat envious of him. As Cang Wu had taken the lead to pledge allegiance to the Myriad God Patriarch, he was thought highly of by the Myriad God Patriarch.
This made many personal disciples envious and jealous. Why didn't they think to be the first to kneel down and pledge allegiance? Now with Feng Yunyang doomed, wouldn't the successor to the sect master be Cang Wu?
The Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array constantly weakened and finally gave the Myriad God Ridge disciples a breather.
And at that moment, within the Ascending Dragon Cauldron, Yi Yun was in the final stages of refining the Dragon Emperor Relic!
The Myriad God Patriarch would have taken at least eighty-one days to refine it, and with no guarantee of success.
However, Yi Yun's refinement was done with the Heretical God Fire Seed and the Ascending Dragon Cauldron. Aided by the Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array, he was more than half-done after three days.
"Oh? The array has weakened?"
Yi Yun sensed that the Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array had weakened tremendously.
Although Ling Xie'er looked adorable, she had a voracious appetite. The moment the Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array weakened, the temperature within the Ascending Dragon Cauldron dropped by a lot. A lot of the astral fire was already absorbed by Ling Xie'er.
"Brother Yi Yun, the fire has weakened," Ling Xie'er said.
In truth, even without the Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array, Yi Yun could successfully refine the Dragon Emperor Relic with just Ling Xie'er alone. However, it would take him at least half a month.
Now that he was almost finished, with the end very much in sight, Yi Yun was naturally dissatisfied that the process would be prolonged.
He sent his perception out of the Ascending Dragon Cauldron and saw that the Myriad God Ridge disciples were wiping off their sweat and resting. As for the Myriad God Patriarch, he had taken out a compass. While chanting, he held the compass in one hand and produced runic seals with the other. He appeared to be divining something.
Oh? This old fellow also knows divination techniques?
Yi Yun guessed the purpose of the compass. It was similar to the mother-child Heaven Secrets Compass he had seen in the Sun Burial Sandsea, but clearly, the quality was a lot better.
The martial path had side branches such as Feng Shui or divination. Legends said that if one mastered divination to the limit, one could predict the future. But of course, that was only a legend.
It was unknown how advanced the Myriad God Patriarch was in divination. He was likely divining Yi Yun's situation inside the Ascending Dragon Cauldron.
Upon realizing this, Yi Yun laughed.
"Hey! Old bastard, why are you chanting that garbled stuff!? I was having a nice bath when the heated water disappeared. I was wondering why the water turned cold. And it's all because you are chanting. Old bastard, continue burning!"
"Do you need to chant if you are concerned about me? Wouldn't verbally asking me do the trick? I'm telling you now, the water is too cold. I'm very dissatisfied with your service!"
Yi Yun imbued his Yuan Qi into his voice. His voice thundered throughout the pocket world.
The Myriad God Patriarch had been divining the situation with his eyes closed and, just as he reached a critical point, he suddenly heard Yi Yun's shout. He nearly spewed a mouthful of blood.
The perfectly-good compass was crushed to pieces by the Myriad God Patriarch.
He opened his eyes abruptly and stared at the Ascending Dragon Cauldron. His face turned dark purple. Why was this happening?
Was the punk still human? Despite spending hundreds of thousands of kilograms of Spirit Jade, the Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array failed to do anything to him?
Also, what about that jug of Dragon Bone Milk? Didn't he consume it? Why was he still alive?
Myriad God Patriarch felt his intestines twisting. He felt his liver, gall and even stomach ache. He wished he could bite off Yi Yun's flesh piece by piece, but he could not even see Yi Yun's face.
As for the Myriad God Ridge Elders and personal disciples, they were pushed to the brink of a complete meltdown.
Yi Yun was like an unmovable force. After using so much manpower and wasting so much Spirit Jade, to the point of them, the fire bearers, being baked dry, the person being consumed by the flames was still fine. Who could accept that?
"Refine! Continue refining! Refine the little bastard! It's only an act!"
Standing beside the Myriad God Sect Master, an old woman jumped forward and shouted. She was the one that had led Snake Girl around previously.
The other Myriad God Ridge disciples were out of options. They hurriedly took their respective positions and continued the activation of the Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array.
Boom! Boom! Boom!
The Nine Cosmic Grand Astral Incinerating Array stirred once again as the astral fire continued spewing.
"Why is the fire weaker than before? Have you guys eaten? Use more strength!"