January 5, 2021 - BY

At that moment, Tao’er was in full concentration. Her tiny face was glowing red, and her forehead was covered in beads of sweat.

Beside Tao’er, there was a tiny red cauldron that was spinning.

In the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven, the relic-refining tools used were slightly different to the Tian Yuan world. In the Tian Yuan world, they used disk arrays, but here, the main tool was a relic cauldron.

On the surface of the tiny cauldron, there were runic engravings that looked simple as they glowed with different intensities. All the materials were placed inside the cauldron, and by surrounding it with Heaven Earth Yuan Qi, the materials were repeatedly refined.

Yi Yun could not help but open his Purple Crystal’s energy vision.

Be it the Tian Yuan world or the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven’s Desolate Heaven technique, as a Desolate Heaven Master, the most important thing was energy control.

And in his energy vision, Yi Yun could clearly see every detail in Tao’er’s control of energy.

However, Tao’er was only a Desolate Heaven apprentice, and she was only a beginner. She learned the most superficial Desolate Heaven techniques, So be it her hand seals or energy control, she was only very average.

The Fey bones and herbs in the cauldron were also the most common of materials. All of this could be seen just from the energy flow they emitted.

But even so, Tao’er was extremely careful with her every move. It could even be said that she was trembling with fear. More beads of sweat oozed out of the pores on her face, but despite being extremely meticulous, the Yuan Qi blob in the cauldron was beginning to spin out of control.

Yi Yun could see everything clearly through his energy vision; hence, despite him not knowing the hand seals of the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven, he could tell through the Purple Crystal that Tao’er had made many mistakes with her hand seals.

Indeed, moments later, with a ‘Peng’ explosion, all the materials in Tao’er’s cauldron went up in smoke. The Fey bones were shattered and the bone ash flew out.

Thankfully, they were all low-level materials, so the explosion was not very powerful. It just blackened Tao’er’s little face and disheveled her hair.

“I failed the refinement again. I failed the refinement again.” Tao’er did not care about her disheveled hair as she looked completely frustrated and depressed. “Tao’er, can you be any dumber!? How many times have you failed?”

Looking at the material dreg in front of her and the toppled cauldron, tears could not help but well up in her eyes.

As a human, she was easily marginalized and despised in the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven.

Most resources were controlled by the Fey race in the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven. If a human wanted to gain success in the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven, they had to put in greater amounts of effort.

However, Tao’er’s talent was not good enough to gain special attention from the major factions for nurturing. She was just a maidservant, but because of her kind heart, she had been taken in by Luo Fengling. However, she could not rely on Luo Fengling all the time, since she was meant to serve Luo Fengling.

She knew that Luo Fengling’s goal was to enter the Luo Divine Hall. It was located in the Luo clan’s royal capital, a place where top geniuses in the Luo clan gathered. If Luo Fengling were to enter the Luo Divine Hall, she would also accompany her. The geniuses there would also bring their attendants. These attendants also had many things to do, so if she was too useless, she would be causing trouble for her Missus in everything she did. It would be better for her not to accompany Luo Fengling then.

With this thought in mind, Tao’er could not help but clench her tiny fist. “Tao’er come on, you can do it. You can’t hinder Missus. You can definitely do it.”

Unknowingly, she said out the words in her heart verbally.

After saying that, she suddenly came to realize that someone was standing behind her. Turning back, her face blushed.

“Brother… Brother Yi… “

Tao’er stuck out her tongue and she was somewhat perplexed. She had failed in her relic refinement and she had been muttering to herself. All of that was quite disgraceful, so having all of that seen by Yi Yun naturally made her feel distressed. “Brother Yi, have you been here for long?” Tao’er asked with a blushed face.

“Uh… I just came.” Yi Yun lied as he noticed Tao’er’s awkwardness.

“Okay, okay.” Tao’er easily believed Yi Yun’s words as she obviously heaved a sigh of relief. “Brother Yi, it seems as though you look much better now?”

Tao’er was not able to sense Yi Yun’s energy flow, but she had guessed from the color on Yi Yun’s face.

Yi Yun had been heavily injured prior to this. All his were organs ruptured, so if it were any ordinary person, they would have been dead. Tao’er did not expect Yi Yun to look so much better so quickly. His recovery speed was truly impressive.

“Yeah, Senior Luo gave me a recovery relic which was quite useful.” Yi Yun answered her casually.

Upon hearing this, Tao’er smiled, as though she was happy because of Yi Yun’s words. “The Fey pills or relics refined by the Luo clan are extremely famous, especially in the Luo clan’s royal capital. The best Desolate Heaven Masters in the Luo clan are there. They seldom provide their services, but if they were to refine an impressive relic, even the mighty Supremacy figures in the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven would travel personally to obtain one from them!”

Tao’er mentioned this pridefully. Although she was human, she was still a member of the Luo clan and she felt pride about the Luo clan’s might.

However, there were few humans in the Luo clan. Furthermore, amongst the humans, one was weaker than the other, making them completely incomparable to the Fey race in the Luo clan. Although the upper echelons of the Luo clan had announced that members of the Human and Fey race were equal, it was still extremely difficult to implement it in practice.

There were many places in the Luo clan where the humans were ostracized and bullied. It was understandable because in a warrior’s world, the weak were naturally bullied.

And it was because of this reason that Tao’er felt such a natural affinity with Yi Yun, who was also human.

Since everyone was human, they were all in the same boat.

“Oh? The Luo clan has impressive attainments in the Desolate Heaven technique?”

When Yi Yun heard what Tao’er said, he recalled how Luo Huo’er focused on the Desolate Heaven technique back in the Tai Ah Divine City.

Back then, Luo Huo’er’s Desolate Heaven technique was extremely good, but… when she competed against Yi Yun in energy control, she had lost to the Purple Crystal-possessing Yi Yun. It caused Luo Huo’er to go into a fit of rage.

Now that he thought about it, the Desolate Heaven technique Luo Huo’er used in the Tai Ah Divine City was most likely to be different from the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven.

The quality of the desolate bones materials was bad, while the hand seals and Desolate Heaven technique heritage was different.

With these differences, Luo Huo’er had to nearly start from scratch. But even so, she had managed to master the local Desolate Heaven technique quickly.

And it could be said that the Tai Ah Divine City’s Desolate Heaven technique was something Luo Huo’er learned when she had nothing better to do while hiding in the lower realm as a fugitive. She could not use the Luo clan’s Desolate Heaven technique that she was proficient in as she would not be able to explain its origins. It could also risk exposing her identity.

Her Desolate Heaven technique, which she had learned in her free time, had complied with the lower realm’s rules. Yet she was able to defeat and dominate the Tai Ah Divine City’s elites in the Desolate Heaven technique. She only failed to match the energy control extraordinaire, Yi Yun.

“No wonder she was so unhappy back when I beat her.” Yi Yun muttered and smiled to himself.

Luo Huo’er came from the 12 Empyrean Heavens, and she was a direct descendant of the Luo clan. She was like a proud little cat, feeling superior over the lower realm’s Tai Ah Divine City warriors. She believed that the lower realm Desolate Heaven technique that she learned in her spare time was enough to dominate everyone else.

In Luo Huo’er’s heart, the people in the lower realm should have surrounded her, praising her for her beauty and peerless talent. Unfortunately, amongst this bunch of bumpkins, Yi Yun, who did not share the same thoughts as her, had appeared. His control of energy had defeated Luo Huo’er, something completely unacceptable for her. It resulted in her flaring up.

Yi Yun could not help but recall how Luo Huo’er had tried to entrap him after she had lost to him in energy control. Just thinking of how she ended up falling for her own trap could not stop the corner of Yi Yun’s lips from curling up.

He reflected on how time had truly flown. Who knew that more than ten years later, they would both appear in the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven?

“Brother Yi, since your body isn’t well yet, drink some medicinal porridge. It’s made from spirit grain that I grow myself.” Tao’er took out a pot of porridge from her room and said with pride.

In Mt. Fengling, she had a lot of miscellaneous chores to do, so there was no time for her to cultivate. One of her chores included preparing spirit food for Luo Fengling, who was very particular about her daily three meals. Most of the dishes were cooked by Tao’er, so despite having a low cultivation level, she was quite good when it came to cooking.

Tao’er scooped a bowl of medicinal porridge for Yi Yun. Just the fragrance alone was enough to make one drool.

Not only did this bowl of porridge use spirit rice, but it also used a lot of herbs. It was very beneficial to the body when consumed.

After thanking her, Yi Yun drank a mouthful of the porridge. Indeed, it tasted excellent, and the moment the medicinal porridge entered his stomach, it transformed into a warm energy that made Yi Yun feel extremely comfortable.

However, Tao’er did not join him in eating the porridge. She faced her small cauldron and began working on her Desolate Heaven technique.

The originally red hot cauldron had cooled down by now, returning to its original black color. It did not look like a particularly good relic cauldron and it was probably very cheap. As for the materials, she tried to ration whatever she had.

Nurturing a high level Desolate Heaven Master required large amounts of valuable materials for practice. It was a huge expense. Hence, if one didn’t come from a famous institute of learning, it was very difficult to succeed as a Desolate Heaven Master.

Tao’er came from a poor background and not only her, even Luo Fengling was not considered to have come from a good background in the Luo clan before she showed her talent. She had relied on her hard work to come so far. An example of Luo Fengling’s diligence was how eager she was to enter reclusive training the moment she returned.

Tao’er understood her own situation very well. She knew that it was impossible for her to be a top Desolate Heaven Master, nor did she have such ambitions. She only wanted to keep up with her Missus. She wanted to be able to help whenever her Missus was refining relics. She would be satisfied if she did not cause trouble for her.

As Yi Yun watched Tao’er refine the relic, he noticed that there were a collection of books nearby. A few books were even flipped open. Taking a look at them, they recorded Desolate Heaven technique hand seals in them.

It was Desolate Heaven technique heritage from the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven.

Of course, the Desolate Heaven technique heritage that Tao’er got to come into contact with were the most basic of techniques, so there was no need to keep them confidential. Hence, the books were just casually placed there, allowing Yi Yun to take a cursory look.

Yi Yun could not help but pick up a book and began flipping through it.

His body had yet to recover, so it was impossible to cultivate. Since he had the free time, he felt that taking a look at the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven’s Desolate Heaven technique was quite a good choice.

Since the Luo clan’s attainment in the Desolate Heaven technique was impressive, then in the Luo clan’s royal capital, there would definitely be top Desolate Heaven technique heritage. If he had the chance to learn them, with the Purple Crystal’s help, Yi Yun would easily be an excellent Desolate Heaven Master.

As Yi Yun continued to read, he opened up his energy vision on a whim. As he read the book, he would match the information in it to Tao’er’s Desolate Heaven technique. The Desolate Heaven technique that Tao’er studied was extremely superficial and easy to understand.

However, understanding it did not mean being able to perform it. It was like a perfect circle drawn in a book. It may look simple, but replicating it with one’s bare hands was difficult. It was a problem resulting in the poor control of one’s hand.

Likewise, the difficult part of the Desolate Heaven technique was precisely the control of energy. Although the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven’s Desolate Heaven technique’s heritage was far better than the Tian Yuan world’s, the basic steps needed for the Desolate Heaven technique were the same.

Like the Tian Yuan world’s Desolate Heaven technique, there were three steps, namely-

The first step, energy extraction. The second step, controlling the energy seal. The third step, forming the relic itself.

The first step was the basics in which the energy from within the Fey bones was extracted bit by bit. Many Fey bones contained great amounts of energy, making them more difficult to control. As a result, it was not easy to handle them as one pleased. If one was not thorough with extracting the energy, not only would it be a waste of materials, but the Fey bone relic would also not be refined properly.

As for the second step’s creating and controlling the seals, it was even more complex as there were too many hand seal techniques. There was already no lack of hand seals in the Tian Yuan world, so in the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven, the number of the Desolate Heaven technique hand seals were as many as the stars in the sky. Different elemental Fey bone energy had corresponding hand seals that best suited the energy in question. If one failed to do it well, one could easily end up dissipating the energy that they had worked hard extracting, resulting in an explosion.

As for the final step, forming the relic. It was relatively easier, but on the condition that the first two steps were done perfectly.

Furthermore, this ease was relative. There were also many techniques when it came to forming the relic, and each technique had different effects.

Since the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven’s Desolate Heaven technique had its similarities with the Tian Yuan world’s Desolate Heaven technique, and how Yi Yun’s perception was pretty good, Yi Yun was able to quickly understand the techniques described in the book. As he compared the book’s information with Tao’er’s performance, Yi Yun quickly realized that Tao’er was barely able to complete each step..

Tao’er’s cultivation level was limited, so it was very difficult for her to control the energy flow in the Fey bones. This caused flaws to appear during her relic refinement.

And the more careful she was with the seals, the more Tao’er was unwilling to abandon them. Noticing that the cauldron of materials were about to be refined into a mess, Yi Yun estimated that an explosion was just a matter of time.

“Tao’er, abandon the three seals you formed, now!”

Yi Yun suddenly spoke out, giving Tao’er a fright. The three seals on her hand had been painstakingly formed by her. Although she did not manage to control it perfectly, it was already a pretty impressive feat for Tao’er. She was about to diligently refine the three seals into the relic, but Yi Yun had told her to abandon them.

How could she be willing to?

Furthermore… in Tao’er’s impression, Yi Yun had just come to the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven from a lower realm. How could he know anything about the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven’s Desolate Heaven techniques? That should be impossible…

Realizing that Tao’er was momentarily dumbfounded, Yi Yun repeated, “Follow my instructions and abandon them.” Yi Yun’s words were very decisive. “The three seals you condensed have a total of seventeen structural defects. If you mix them into the relic, not only will it not increase the efficacy, but it will also cause the energy to turn chaotic!”

Seventeen energy defects?

Tao’er was surprised. Even she did not know how many energy flaws there were in the seals that she had condensed, but Yi Yun had managed to instantly count all of them? This…

Tao’er found it a bit unbelievable, but she knew that the seals she condensed were very poor in quality. As such, the chances of her refining a successful relic was extremely low. And with Yi Yun informing her of that, Tao’er decided to harden her heart and believe Yi Yun. She might as well follow his instructions as a last resort.

With her hand relaxing, the three energy seals that had just been condensed were abandoned by Tao’er.

“Heaven Eminence seal, abandon!”

“Fire Willow seal, abandon!”

“Sun Moon seal, abandon!”

“Earth Howl seal, abandon!”

“Disperse all the mentioned seals and refine them again!”

At that moment, there were colorful seals flying above Tao’er’s cauldron. The marks Yi Yun mentioned had all been painstakingly condensed by Tao’er. But with a single instruction from Yi Yun, she had to disperse them and refine them again from scratch.

“But… “

Tao’er was beginning to hesitate as she felt that her remaining Yuan Qi was likely insufficient for her to condense those seals again.

However, the resoluteness in Yi Yun’s instructions made her subconsciously listen to him.

Tao’er gritted her teeth and she destroyed all the seals Yi Yun mentioned.

“Pa! Pa! Pa!”

The energy seals exploded into a beautiful rain of light. Although it was very pretty, Tao’er’s tiny face was like a prune as she felt her heart ache for them.

“Form the Heaven Eminence seal again. Extract twice the energy from before!”

Yi Yun began to guide Tao’er, but this time, she had to extract twice the energy from before, right from the onset.

Tao’er swallowed a mouthful of saliva. Twice the energy? She could barely control the normal amount of energy, wouldn’t twice the energy end up exploding?

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