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"Alright, I'll inform the sect master…"
A white beam of divine light flew down from the main peak the moment Cang Wu spoke. The person that came from it was a man that looked somewhat seductive.
He had long brows and a beauty that was akin to a woman's. He was floating high in the air as he looked at Yi Yun and said, "My master, the sect master, is in seclusion. He just instructed me through a voice transmission to settle you in for now. If you encounter any cultivation problems, you can ask me too!"
My master, the sect master?
Such a salutation clearly meant that the seductive man in front of him was a personal disciple of the Myriad God Ridge's sect master.
Most personal disciples did not address the Myriad God Ridge's sect master in such a manner. By referring to him in such an endearing manner, it was enough to prove that his status was probably no less than that of Mo Shanqing.
With that said, the man led Yi Yun to a quiet residence. It was a three-storied tower that appeared to be absolutely exquisite. Behind the tiny tower was a simple herb garden and connected to the tower was a cultivation chamber.
In Myriad God Ridge, many buildings were made of jade but the tower Yi Yun was allocated was made of wood.
Despite it being made of wood, Yi Yun knew that the construction material was nothing even mortal jade could compare with.
He was well-versed in the divine alchemist's notes. He immediately identified the valuable wood—Sunken Moon Wood. Such wood grew in spirit springs and was nourished by absorbing the lunar essence. It grew a foot every millennium and could not be artificially grown.
A tower built from Sunken Moon Wood could be used to nourish the soul, bringing great benefits to cultivation.
Yi Yun sighed. The tiny tower was only the residence of a personal disciple. If it were the sect master or an elder, it would probably be even more lavish.
"Stay here for the next few days. My master will probably take another week to come out of seclusion. He will naturally come to meet you when the time comes."
"Everything in this tower is at your disposal as long as there are no restrictions protecting it. You won't be able to bypass the restrictions anyway. You can go in now."
The charming man gave a brief introduction before leaving. He left behind a few sets of personal disciple clothes, a token, and a jade slip that served as a manual to the Myriad God Ridge.
The clothes worn by Myriad God Ridge personal disciples were all purple in color and on the chest were embroidered the words: Myriad God. The outfit itself was an excellent enchanted artifact.
Yi Yun flipped through the jade slip that contained the rules, and with his powerful perception, he finished reading it in seconds.
The Myriad God Ridge had many rules, but most of them were targeted towards ordinary disciples. At the level of personal disciple, all rules lacked weight. Strength was what really mattered. As long as one was strong, violating a few rules did not mean much. And correspondingly, personal disciples were given all sorts of perks and advantages. Naturally, the ordinary disciples lacked such things.
As for the personal disciple token, just producing it in the Myriad God Ridge's territory could summon and order a king. If the king disobeyed, it would be considered an act of transgression against the Myriad God Ridge. The king could be killed instantly and a new one put in his place.
Upon reading this, Yi Yun felt mixed emotions. He began to appreciate the reason why so many people wanted to enter the Myriad God Ridge. This was the awe that power brought. An ordinary dynasty without the support of a major sect was like a mortal in front of the Myriad God Ridge. It had no means to resist.
Initially, Yi Yun joined the Myriad God Ridge because of Old Snake. However, after seeing the situation with the Myriad God Ridge, he began to feel that it wouldn’t be too bad to stay in the area for a period of time. After all, this was his first foray into the Sinkhole and he had nowhere else to go. And he did have a need of a conducive cultivation environment.
Yi Yun stored the token and jade slip before donning the purple outfit. He headed for the cultivation ground that was connected to the tower.
There, Yi Yun could sense the subtle nourishment effect that the Sunken Moon Wood had on his soul. It made his mind especially calm, and he could feel his pores breathing the surrounding Yuan Qi in and out constantly. Cultivating in such a place would make for double the results with half the effort.
When Yi Yun used his personal disciple token to open the cultivation chamber’s door, what greeted him was a simply adorned room. There were a long bookshelf and a cultivation array formation. More than a hundred Spirit Jade were placed around the cultivation array.
Yi Yun noticed that the Spirit Jade was of a much higher quality than the ones Snake Girl had produced. However, he did not know what grades they had.
As for the bookshelf, it was lined with jade slips.
Yi Yun took out a few to read. Not only did they describe cultivation techniques, but they also introduced the Sinkhole's major factions, natural treasures, and the customs of the land. It was comprehensive!
Yi Yun slowly lost himself in reading.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
There was knocking at the door.
Yi Yun got up and opened the door. He saw a girl that looked about fifteen standing gracefully erect by the door. She had a round face that exuded a healthy glow, resembling a flower waiting to bloom.
"You are?" Yi Yun asked curiously.
The girl blushed and said slowly, "I'm Zuoyan Xiaoyu. I passed the test a few days ago and entered the Myriad God Ridge. I'm currently an outer-sect disciple…"
"An outer-sect disciple?" Yi Yun was surprised. He knew that the Myriad God Ridge had three kinds of entry tests.
Other than the first test of stirring the cauldron, one could pass the second nomological test and the third cultivation test to enter into the Myriad God Ridge. However, those who did would typically only be outer-sect disciples. To become an inner-sect or core disciple was just too difficult.
But what puzzled Yi Yun most was that his tower was located in an area where personal disciples lived. How did an outer-sect disciple enter the area?
"Why are you here?" asked Yi Yun.
"Uh…" Zuoyan Xiaoyu's voice turned a lot softer. She said in embarrassment, "All outer-sect disciples have to do miscellaneous chores after entering the Myriad God Ridge. I have been designated as a maidservant of Sunken Moon Tower, which is the name of this residence, Young Master."
"Eh?" Yi Yun was left in a daze as he turned to take a look. On the top of the tower he lived in was a plaque that had the words 'Sunken Moon Tower'.
From the looks of it, the towers in the core region of the Myriad God Ridge were made of different materials and were named after the materials used to construct the tower.
Sunken Moon Tower wasn't a bad name. As for a maidservant…
Yi Yun rubbed his nose awkwardly. Perhaps the people of Myriad God Ridge were accustomed to their high standings, a status that often had others serving them; therefore, they did not think much of it. However, Yi Yun truly was never one to be served, especially by such a delicate and sweet young lady. He found it awkward.
"About that… Don't you feel resentment being turned into a servant despite entering the Myriad God Ridge as a disciple?" Yi Yun could not help but ask.
"Resentment?" Zuoyan Xiaoyu shook her head. "How can that be? Young Master, personal disciples like you are a lot higher in stature than outer-sect disciples like me. Besides… being a maidservant of a personal disciple's residence is something people vie for."
"It's much better than tending to the spirit beasts, patrolling the mountain entrance, or supervising the mining grounds. Giving the example of the Sunken Moon Tower that you live in, one can cultivate a lot faster in here. Young Master, it's all thanks to you that I can even come here. If no one lives in Sunken Moon Tower, I would never have even come close to this place."
As Zuoyan Xiaoyu spoke, Yi Yun noticed that the look she gave him was one of idolation.
This made him realize that he had thought too lightly of his status as a personal disciple. As this was his first time in Calm Sea, he had not interacted with the customs of the land before becoming a Myriad God Ridge personal disciple. And since he had become one so easily, he had not fully realized how much honor there was in his status.
Although there were many experts in the Sinkhole, there were even more mortals. The worship of strength here exceeded that of the 12 Empyrean Heavens.
Under such circumstances, no one believed that serving a personal disciple was a loss of status. On the contrary, they did it with pride. Besides, they could also enjoy some of the benefits of a personal disciple, so it was naturally a job one yearned for.
"Then, how did you get this job?" Yi Yun asked curiously. He noticed that other than the disciple attire Zuoyan Xiaoyu was wearing, nothing else on her was valuable. Clearly, she came from a humble background.
"I received this opportunity because my results were slightly better at the entrance test. Back then, numerous peers that entered with me were quite envious of me. Apparently, even the genius daughter of the Duanmu family, Duanmu Qingwen, had mustered all the powers of her family clan but failed to get this job."
"The Duanmu family?" Yi Yun asked casually.
"Oh… It's a big family clan in the country I come from. As their patriarch is at the seventh-floor Dao Palace realm, his status is even higher than that of an emperor."
"I see…" Yi Yun nodded. To the Myriad God Ridge, a family clan with a patriarch at the seventh-floor Dao Palace realm naturally did not amount to much.
However, such family clans probably enjoyed a supernatural existence in the countries they resided in. They would probably have endless riches, and the heiress of the family clan must have led a luxurious life. To have such a rich heiress become a servant would probably be uncomfortable. It was better off having someone like Zuoyan Xiaoyu who came from a humble background.
Upon deducing the situation, Yi Yun felt mixed emotions. The martial path was truly fraught with difficulties. If one wanted wealth, it was easily attainable. However, to become an unparalleled Godly Monarch, to live for tens to hundreds of millions of years, sharing the same age as the heavens and earth, that was just too difficult.
"By the way, Miss Zuoyan, why did you come to me?"
Zuoyan Xiaoyu hurriedly answered when she heard Yi Yun's question. "Young Master, do not call me that. I can't accept it. Young Master, just call me Xiaoyu. I came here to tell you that it's time to eat."
"Eat?" Yi Yun was taken aback. Why was there a need to inform him about eating? Warriors could abstain from eating even at a very low cultivation level. Apart from satisfying their taste buds, there was no need to eat. Just absorbing the spiritual energy from the heaven and earth would do.
Zuoyan Xiaoyu said, "That's right. The food given to Myriad God Ridge personal disciples is unlike any other. And this food is only provided once a month. You happen to be just in time."
Zuoyan Xiaoyu gave an embarrassed smile after saying that. "That's what I've heard. I've never seen it before."