Chapter 768: Departure
Yi Yun originally was of the impression that when Jiang Xiaorou's father left the Tian Yuan world, he would leave behind a complex and powerful teleportation array. He planned on using the teleportation array to find spatial nodes. Using the spatial nodes, he could cross the void to arrive in the 12 Empyrean Heavens.
But when he arrived at the spot where Jiang Xiaorou's father left the Tian Yuan world, there was nothing there.
It was a hidden valley and in the valley, there was a lingering thin layer of mist. The Heaven Earth Yuan Qi around the area was not rich, and the only difference was that there was a bit of disorder in the spatial dimensional forces in the vicinity.
Spatial dimension disorder...meant that there could be a spatial dimensional channel around here that had been sealed. With Yi Yun's present understanding of spatial dimension laws, he felt like he could easily tear apart the void to enter the turbulence of space, and following that, find the spatial node.
However, having read a portion of the Black-armored Demon God's memories, Yi Yun knew that traveling through spatial nodes was extremely difficult.
He had to make the adequate preparations so that he would not be lost in the spatial turbulence.
Space travel was easier said than done. As for the Sovereign of the Eventide, Yi Yun did not believe the Sovereign of the Eventide had the ability to reach the 12 Empyrean Heavens.
The Tian Yuan world's warriors did not understand a thing about the 12 Empyrean Heavens' spatial turbulence. The Sovereign of the Eventide's best outcome was probably reaching a smaller world, relatively closer to the Tian Yuan world, but was beneath the 12 Empyrean Heavens. If he was unlucky, he might end up lost in the spatial turbulence, unable to find a way out forever.
Yi Yun was in no hurry. He entered reclusive training in the valley, and as he meditated over the spatial dimensional laws, Lin Xintong joined him in meditation. They began making their final preparations for their trip to the 12 Empyrean Heavens.
Now, Yi Yun's nomological insights were solid enough, the only thing lacking was his cultivation level. However, with solid laws, the improvement of cultivation level was just a matter of time.
Seasons passed as Yi Yun spent a long time in the valley.
Not far from the valley, on the boundary of the Divine Wilderness, a magnificent Divine City was erected.
The walls of this Divine City were already 300–400 kilometers long.
The various major factions of the Tian Yuan world established divisions in the Divine City, while the former Desolate Queen used Yi Yun's name to name the city "Cloud (Yun) City"!
The heritage provided by Yi Yun, was all sealed within Cloud City's treasury. Other than that, the resources provided by the major human factions, as well as the Desolate race, were also placed in Cloud City's treasury.
This place became a holy land every human and Desolate race genius longed for.
Many young elites would compete intensely just to receive the qualification to enter Cloud City; however, entering Cloud City was too difficult. Even geniuses from major factions, who gained the qualification to take Cloud City's entrance exams, were eliminated in large numbers later. The remaining could only become Cloud City's normal cultivators.
Above normal cultivators, there were core cultivators, and the number of people, who could become core cultivators, numbered not more than ten annually. These ten people could enjoy the best resources and able to learn top heritage.
The intensity of the competition when only ten people were chosen from the entire Desolate race and Human race was imaginable.
At this moment, in the vast Desolate Lands, a simply-clad girl and a youth, dressed in beast hide, was heading towards Cloud City.
There was a no fly-zone with radius of 500 kilometers around Cloud City. Everyone, regardless of them being Empyreal Kings or royalty, had to walk.
The beast hide-clad boy and girl were in a crowd and looked inconspicuous.
However, if Yi Yun was here, he would have been able to recognize the duo. They were the brother-sister duo Yi Yun first encountered in Heaven Martial City after coming out of reclusion from the God Advent Tower.
The elder sister's name was Ah Yu, and the younger brother's name was Ah Niu.
Back then, they brought an invaluable World Stone to the Li Fire Sect, hoping to sell it. They were nearly scammed by the Li Fire Sect, before Yi Yun bought the World Stone from them. Hence, a conflict broke out with the Li Fire Sect.
After Yi Yun leveled a Li Fire Sect store, the conflict escalated, but it also allowed Yi Yun to join the Heavenly Dao Union.
The World Stone was used when Yi Yun broke through to the perfect Dao Seed realm.
As for the siblings, they went to the Lin family to cultivate under Yi Yun's recommendation.
Now, they were headed for Cloud City to participate in the city entrance exams!
They also knew that the Jiang Yidao, who recommended them to the Lin family, was actually Yi Yun, the one who subdued the Black-armored Demon God and killed the Sovereign of the Eventide!
They had met a figure that far surpassed the confines of this world, and he had even given them an opportunity. In retrospect, it all seemed like a dream.
Although they knew Yi Yun, Ah Niu naturally could not use their ties to enter the Divine City, so he could only attempt the entrance exams.
Cloud City had been recruiting cultivators for the past few days. As such, it was packed outside Cloud City. The people, who dared to come, were elites from all corners of the world, and the chances of passing amongst these elites was one in ten thousand. Against these people, Ah Niu felt the pressure, but it also made the fighting spirit in him burn.
He wanted to use his own strength to enter Cloud City!
The Cloud City entrance exams had five rounds. Most people would be eliminated in the first round. People, who reached the second round, were already pretty impressive. Only those who passed the third round could enter Cloud City, becoming ordinary disciples. Those who passed the fourth round were made elite disciples. As for the fifth round, in the three years of Cloud City's establishment, not a single person had managed to pass it.
"Passing the fourth round allows you to study laws with Empyreal Kings and enjoy all sorts of resources. I wonder what is it like to pass the fifth round. Is there a possibility of becoming Young master Yi and Fairy Lin's disciple?"
At the city gates, Ah Niu heard a youth beside him speaking. His expression looked like he was in reverie, as though he was fantasizing a beauty scene. If one could become Yi Yun's disciple, it would be no trifling matter.
However, at this moment, someone dampened his enthusiasm by saying, "Stop dreaming. Let's not even mention the fifth round, you can already count your blessings if you were to pass the second round. Furthermore, Young master Yi has been meditating over laws in recent years, apparently to make the final preparations before heading to the 12 Empyrean Heavens. The 12 Empyrean Heavens is something even Fairy Jiang is temporarily unable to go. You expect Young master Yi to take us in as disciples? Do you think he will bring us to the 12 Empyrean Heavens? How is it possible!?"
Many people scoffed. Becoming Yi Yun's disciple was impossible. However, it was rumored that passing the fifth round would give them the chance at learning top techniques left behind by Yi Yun, including a Dao map that Yi Yun wrote himself, as well as his insights. That was already extremely impressive.
Hearing the conversations of these people, Ah Niu took a deep breath as he clenched his elder sister, Ah Yu's hand tightly. "Sis, I must enter Cloud City!"
He was also considered a person Yi Yun had given pointers to. If he could not enter Cloud City even with that, then he would be too useless.
Just as Ah Niu was having such thoughts—
In the distant horizon, they suddenly saw a golden divine beam of light shoot up into the sky!
This divine beam of light was extremely thick, like a pillar that reached into the heavens!
In the beam of light, there were phantom images of a faint golden bird and a purple nine-headed hydra. They were dancing around with blue lightning bolts flashing around them. Every lightning was like a god's whip, producing an overpowering scene!
The young disciples, who were waiting to take the entrance exams around Cloud City, were all amazed. This divine beam came from the valley where Yi Yun was in reclusion. It was only several hundred miles away from Cloud City.
"It's Young master Yi! Young master Yi is..."
Ah Yu and Ah Niu looked each other in the eyes before they saw the sky torn apart by this beam of light. A black, gigantic swirling vortex opened up in the sky, and looked like it had devoured the sun.
The vortex swirled slowly as the beam shot deep into the vortex. It was as though it led to another word, extremely deep and terrifying!
Was this the opening of a passage to the 12 Empyrean Heavens?
Everyone stared intently as they saw a faint tiny pagoda slowly spinning, and along with the golden beam of light, it flew into the vortex.
In less than a moment, the tiny pagoda was devoured by the vortex.
Lightning flashed as spatial storms churned. The clouds in the sky had been swept away, and the terrifying energy turbulence shook the hearts of people. Despite them being so far, they still found it hard to breath as their hearts stagnated.
This was the pressure that came from the power of Heaven and Earth, as well as the immense energy consumed when Yi Yun opened the spatial node.
This situation lasted for nearly a minute before the divine beam gradually weakened, turning thinner and thinner.
Following that, the vortex also slowly disappeared. The blue bolts of lightning sank into the vortex and soon subsided.
Finally, only a thin beam of light was left, blurred in between the Heavens and Earth. It lasted for fifteen minutes before it slowly disappeared. Following that, calm was restored, as if nothing had ever happened.
"Young master Yi...Has Young master Yi left...?"
Someone asked in a daze. They had all heard that Yi Yun was apparently heading to the 12 Empyrean Heavens, but as to when, none of them knew.
And today, the sudden tearing of space and Yi Yun's traveling to the 12 Empyrean Heavens happened all too suddenly. Yi Yun, having subdued the Black-armored Demon God, and being equal to the ancient Great Empress, had left this world, headed for a world even more vast.
People thought about Yi Yun's legendary life. It was truly like a fantastic dream.
At this moment, hundreds of miles away, a girl in a red long dress stood on a tall mountain, holding a bone staff in hand. She remained silent after seeing the spatial vortex disappear in the sky.
Beside the girl, the former Desolate Queen, dressed in white, sighed as she said softly, "It's time go back Rou'er. Now is not the time. In time, you can also head there..."
Jiang Xiaorou nodded her head gently, as she looked away...