The girl's straightforward question pretty much confirmed Yi Yun's suspicions.
"You are the Heretical God Fire Seed?" Yi Yun decided to ask directly.
The girl blinked and nodded.
In the divine alchemist's scrolls, there was no mention of the Heretical God Fire Seed having the ability to take form. Therefore, it was likely that it only succeeded in taking the girl's form after his death.
The Heretical God Fire Seed had turned sentient over a long period of time before taking the form of Ling Xiaoxiao.
Ling Xiaoxiao was the only human form it had seen in this underground world. However, there was presently no trace of Ling Xiaoxiao. Her body had likely been reduced to nothing after hundreds of millions of years.
Only when the array began losing its powers, producing the phenomenon, could the girl and this underground stone temple see the light of day again.
But why did the Heretical God Fire Seed lead him here?
"You have been a lone soul in this underground world for hundreds of millions of years. If you could leave this place, you would have done so a long time ago. However, you have stayed here all this time and even led me here. Why is that so?" asked Yi Yun.
"I want to leave this place but I can't…" the girl said.
She sat down on the disk array, swaying her legs that were as slender as lotus rhizome. "Years ago, Master used the formations of the world to establish an array. He was sure it would succeed, but even until his death, Miss Xiaoxiao never managed to be resurrected. The array continued to run and, over an immense period of time, I gradually took form. I, too, wanted to save Miss Xiaoxiao but…even after exhausting all of my strength, all I can see is the gradual weakening of the array."
"Because of the complete enervation of my strength, I fell into a deep slumber. I have no idea how long I slept, but when I woke up, hundreds of millions of years had passed without me knowing. The formation here had become a natural worldly array, merging with the array left behind by Master."
"I was a part of Master's array. So with it now merged to the worldly array, I found that I can no longer leave."
The girl hung her head down when she came to that. "Several times in the past, people have come and tried to take me away. But whenever they attempt to crack the array, they only end up being killed by it."
People had previously been killed here?
Yi Yun hesitated for a moment. Before the birth of the Sun Burial Sandsea phenomenon, the number of people who could enter this land was exceedingly small. On top of that, the terrifying monsters and deadly array within would probably lay waste to any mighty figures that might come.
As for the people from the Divine Secrets Trading Company, they needed to use the Heaven Secrets Compass to locate the area, and trickery with the jade burial suits to be able to even get this far. They were even more powerless in the current environment.
Too many warriors had died or were seriously injured while seeking opportunities. As Yi Yun thought about it, he sighed.
Upon seeing Yi Yun's expression, the girl seemed to feel guilt-ridden.
She only wanted to leave this place. She had been alone for too long and had been trapped for hundreds of millions of years.
"There's no need to reproach yourself. The people who come here seek treasures. Since there's a treasure, there is naturally danger." Yi Yun read the girl's thoughts, never expecting that she would seem rather kind.
Wasn't her name the Heretical God Fire Seed?
Yi Yun's impression of a Heretical God Fire Seed was something that stood aloof above all, even if it were not completely evil, and was unreservedly forthright.
However, this young lady did not seem to match that image.
"Why are you called the Heretical God Fire Seed?" Yi Yun could not help but ask.
The girl shook her head and said, "I do not know either. I was born with some fragmented memories. However, after an unknown period of time, these fragmented memories seem to have been sealed. Later, I left the Sinkhole and followed Master, slowly maturing and becoming stronger. After Master's death, I took probably tens of millions of years to slowly take form…"
Although it was said that top-grade natural and spiritual treasures could take human form, it was also harder for truly extraordinary treasures to take form.
The Heretical God Fire Seed had absorbed pure Yang energy in the array for an extraordinarily long period of time before it succeeded.
Yi Yun was unsure if the girl could be considered as having a spiritual form. He sensed within her a lifeblood no different from that of ordinary people. He could even sense the soul in her body.
It was because of these things that Yi Yun's first impression of the girl was that she was Ling Xiaoxiao. She was a living human so he had never imagined that she would be the Heretical God Fire Seed.
"Do you have a name?" asked Yi Yun.
The girl shook her head.
"Then I'll give you a name…You are in this massive array to save Ling Xiaoxiao. Although you have yet to succeed, you have taken this form because of that. Your birth is also because of Ling Xiaoxiao so why don't you go by Ling Xie'er in the future?"
The girl faltered for a moment before quickly nodding. She cocked her head as she pondered, as though she liked the name a lot.
Ling Xie'er smiled. Immediately, the cold atmosphere in the array alleviated, gaining an additional sense of warmth.
Yi Yun found it fascinating. As the Heretical God's fire, she had experienced hundreds of millions of years and gave birth to a life no different from humans, yet she remained as untainted as a blank sheet of paper.
She said she had fragmented memories at her birth. What were those memories? Could they be from her previous life?
Yi Yun felt that perhaps Ling Xie'er wasn't so simple.
Shaking his head, Yi Yun looked at the array that had developed naturally from the worldly formation. Ling Xie'er had said that she was part of the array, and had already fused with it. Then, the lake and the array were likely bound to one another.
At the moment, it was calm, but once he attempted to break the balance of the array, extreme danger would likely befall him.
Ling Xie'er looked up and said, "Are you going to crack the worldly formation?"
"Yes, there's no harm trying," said Yi Yun.
Ling Xie'er shook her head. "But…you are too weak. The people from before were much stronger than you but they still failed."
Upon saying that, she came to a slight pause before continuing, "I brought you here into the divine alchemist's cauldron because I have been alone for too long and wanted to chat with someone. I actually have no hopes of you bringing me out."
To have a young girl suddenly say how weak he was, Yi Yun rubbed his nose in embarrassment. Actually, Ling Xie'er was right. He was quite weak.
However, he had his advantages. Although his cultivation level was low, he had four nine-leaf Dao fruits condensed in his body. When it came to the worldly formation and insights into pure Yang laws, Yi Yun could be said to be at the crest of perfection.
Cracking the worldly formation was not a question of cultivation level, but one of nomological insight.
Upon thinking of this, Yi Yun flew out of the divine alchemist's cauldron and went to the black scrolls left behind by the alchemist. These black scrolls held the final records of the array.
Yi Yun was, after all, a Desolate Heaven Master. He had a great deal of understanding in the art of alchemical refinement. Another one of his advantages.
"Wait and see. Perhaps I am able to accomplish what others before me have failed…"