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When Yi Yun entered the Herb Nurturing Array, he felt like he had stepped into an abyss. There was a dark, twinkling red light that made him feel strangely suffocated. The Herb Nurturing Array's interior had gathered Heaven Earth Yuan Qi for hundreds of millions of years. Warriors with weaker cultivations would be unable to withstand such an environment at all.
Aged Blackrock raised a thin barrier, enveloping Nine Li Magus Maiden within.
As for Yi Yun, he did not enter the barrier. He didn't even circulate his own Yuan Qi. Instead, he stood right in the turbulent Yuan Qi flux, fully experiencing the baptism of its energies.
"My young friend, Yi Yun. This is the array that Senior Divine Alchemist left behind. It has experienced hundreds of millions of years of constant activation. It's hard to tell if any danger will present itself," warned Aged Blackrock.
"It's alright." Yi Yun took a deep breath, inhaling the rich Heaven Earth Yuan Qi. He saw dark red lava flowing not far from him. Everything here was very familiar to him. The Herb Nurturing Array was nearly identical to the massive array in the Sun Burial Sandsea.
The only difference was that the array in the Sun Burial Sandsea had been buried underground for a long period of time. It nearly went into an hibernative state.
As for the massive array he was in now, the Nine Li Magus Empire had maintained its operations year after year. It retained its active state.
The surging heat waves inundated Yi Yun. The temperature of the flames was not far from that of the astral fire Yi Yun experienced back in the Ascending Dragon Cauldron.
However, it was naturally nothing for Yi Yun. With the Heretical God Fire Seed, the heat waves could not affect Yi Yun at all.
Aged Blackrock was somewhat surprised seeing Yi Yun walk through the flames in such a composed manner. He never expected Yi Yun's attainment in fire-elemental laws to be that high. He could not help but raise his evaluation of Yi Yun by several notches. The hope he placed on Yi Yun also increased.
"This fire-elemental Yuan Qi is too strong."
Nine Li Magus Maiden peered at the stirring heat waves outside the barrier. She felt as though she was walking through Earth fire lava.
"If I didn't guess wrong, there will be a special fire seed in the middle of this array."
Back when Yi Yun entered the Sun Burial Sandsea, he found the Heretical God Fire Seed. It was also the core of the worldly array.
As for the Herb Nurturing Array he was in, its array formation was mostly identical to the one from before. Therefore, according to this reasoning, its core should also have a fire seed.
The only question was the level of the fire seed.
He sensed the direction in which the fire-elemental Yuan Qi was richest before heading towards it.
Aged Blackrock and Nine Li Magus Maiden followed behind. Following that, the flames turned stronger. But it was naturally nothing to Aged Blackrock. His Yuan Qi barrier easily withstood any heat wave.
Soon, Yi Yun arrived in front of a dark-red ocean.
The lava churned into tidal waves, as surging gases distorted space itself. To those watching from afar, it formed a picturesque but strange scene.
Yi Yun flew up and slowly floated across the lava ocean, preparing to fly into the deepest depths of it.
However, just as he came above the lava ocean, Yi Yun frowned slightly. This was an active array after all. Furthermore, he was already in the array's interior. Trying to traverse it would not be easy. If he got lost within, trying to leave would be problematic.
Yi Yun recalled the worldly array in the Sun Burial Sandsea. Although he had entered the array himself, there were many setups within it Yi Yun needed time to ruminate over.
"Brother Yi Yun, go here."
At that moment, Ling Xie'er's Yuan Qi voice transmission sounded in Yi Yun's mind. She was using her mental strength to directly point out a path for Yi Yun.
Yi Yun was delighted. "Xie'er, you know the path?"
"Yea… the core of this massive array is identical to the array I was in."
Ling Xie'er had spent hundreds of millions of years in the massive array in the Sun Burial Sandsea. It could even be said that Ling Xie'er was a portion of the Sun Burial Sandsea's array itself. Her knowledge of the array formation far exceeded Yi Yun's.
However, walking into the array and fixing the array, thereby completing the Fate Changing Pill, were two very different processes.
With Ling Xie'er guiding the way, Yi Yun was saved a lot of effort. Otherwise, seeking a path would have been quite a problem for Yi Yun.
"Senior Blackrock, follow me closely. Walk wherever I step."
Every step Yi Yun took, he would leave a Yuan Qi mark behind to lead the way for Aged Blackrock.
Although Ling Xie'er was leading the way, Yi Yun still took hours to fully traverse the fiery sea.
Finally, Yi Yun felt an enshrouding mist inundate him. The heat wave suddenly vanished, and through the mist Yi Yun could see an island.
This was a fascinating island located in the middle of the lava ocean.
It spanned about a thousand feet wide and its soil was dark red. Right in the middle was an emerald green lake.
Yi Yun took a deep breath. He knew that be it the island or the lake, they were manifestations of nomological array runes. They were a part of the Herb Nurturing Array that the divine alchemist left behind.
Yi Yun came in front of the lake. It was filled with clean and pure water essence.
"It's actually the fusion of water and fire refinement methods…" Yi Yun muttered to himself.
The refinement of pills was mainly done through fire refinement, but there were also water refinement methods. Mortals brewed their medicine with water, eventually creating a herbal concoction. Alchemists would also use such methods but they were more unorthodox. Few people used them.
The divine alchemist had actually chosen to combined the two methods to refine the Fate Changing Pill…
Yi Yun walked to the lake's side and looked into the water.
In the emerald-green lake, Yi Yun saw the shadow of a cauldron. The cauldron had eight chains wrapped around it. It was sitting silently at the bottom of the lake.
A Herb Nurturing Array needed a cauldron as a vessel. It was the same with the worldly array back in the Sun Burial Sandsea. Furthermore, the array used back then was the divine alchemist's Divine Alchemy Cauldron. In terms of quality, it was much better than this cauldron.
When Yi Yun shifted his gaze onto the cauldron and focused on it, he was stunned. Unbelievably, he saw a blurry figure slowly condensing above the cauldron.
The figure was affected by the water waves, constantly phasing as a result. Her facial features were beautiful and her eyes were shut. She was lying in the middle of the water, with her hands by her chest. Her legs were slightly bent.
She had a long and slim body, with fair and silky-smooth skin. Her black hair flailed behind her. She was stark naked inside the lake, as though she was a beautiful jade immersed in water.
And her skin seemed to envelop a layer of sunglow. It truly resembled the first light of dawn, like a silent jade immersed in waters.
The instant he saw the girl, Yi Yun was agape. He was momentarily embarrassed.
He never expected to see such a scene.
With his acute senses as an alchemist, he could tell at a glance that the girl was a manifestation of the Fate Changing Pill. And the girl's figure and eyes were identical to Nine Li Magus Maiden’s. Furthermore, she looked completely like Huan Chenxue.
He was stunned for a moment before he slowly turned back and blushed, when he saw Nine Li Magus Maiden behind him.
She noticed Yi Yun's gaze and furrowed her brows slightly. "What's the matter?"
"I might have seen the pill. It's a little unexpected. It's in the form of a girl but… it's a little inconvenient…"
Upon hearing Yi Yun's words, Nine Li Magus Maiden seemed to realize something.
"Elder Blackrock, stay behind," said Nine Li Magus Maiden to Aged Blackrock.
Aged Blackrock nodded and stayed in his spot. Nine Li Magus Maiden walked forward and came to Yi Yun’s side.
She looked into the lake as her eyes flashed with a look of astonishment.
"This…" Nine Li Magus Maiden stared intently at the figure for a while. She never expected that the pill Yi Yun mentioned was actually herself.