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In fact, Yi Yun was not happy at all. After all, his interspatial ring had been taken away by Myriad God Patriarch.
But on careful thought, he realized that his most precious item was the Purple Crystal. Next was the Azure Wood Divine Tree, God Advent Tower, the Heretical God Fire Seed, the pure Yang broken sword, and the Mirage Snow sword.
The Azure Wood Divine Tree, God Advent Tower, and Heretical God Fire Seed were still with Yi Yun, and he had left the pure Yang broken sword with Huan Chenxue for safe keeping. Although the Myriad God Patriarch currently possessed Mirage Snow, he could not do a thing with the sword.
Of the remaining items in his interspatial ring, the most precious were the remnant pages of the 'Ten Thousand Fey Divine Canon' that Felicitous Rain Lord had left him. But their importance was more due to being a memento. As for the rest of the items, Yi Yun did not care if Myriad God Patriarch did anything to them. How could the pills and elixirs he had stored away be comparable to the divine treasures he had in front of him?
"There is no hurry with these divine treasures. Old Snake mentioned before, that inside the Ascending Dragon Cauldron, there is a manual known as the 'Dragon Emperor Technique.' It is a supreme cultivation technique at the level of the Dao Ancestors."
In fact, from the very beginning, Old Snake's interest in the Ascending Dragon Cauldron stemmed from the 'Dragon Emperor Technique.'
And Yi Yun just happened to be in desperate need of a cultivation technique right now.
Other than the 10000 Demon Wheel of Existence, the techniques Yi Yun cultivated in were sourced from Felicitous Rain Lord or Azure Yang Lord. It wasn't that these cultivation techniques were bad, but they were only at the level of a Divine Lord. At Yi Yun's present level of nomological insight, they were rather pedestrian.
Yi Yun possessed four nine-leaf Dao fruits, and he had formed a supreme Nine-treasured Dao Palace. Without the right cultivation technique, the might of his laws could hardly be expressed. Yi Yun knew that his current combat style was simple and crude. All he did was inject the power of his laws into a sword. He could not fully express his strength.
Now, Yi Yun had a faint spiritual connection with the Ascending Dragon Cauldron. He knew that he had yet to completely refine the Ascending Dragon Cauldron for himself, but gaining its approval was sufficient enough.
With a sweep of his perception, Yi Yun discovered that treasures were floating in a corner of the vast space that was the Ascending Dragon Cauldron's interior.
Back when Yi Yun took the recruitment test, he had heard the Myriad God Ridge personal disciples mention that the Myriad God Ridge was in search of people with 'wisdom roots.' One of the indicators was the ability to pull out treasures sealed within the Ascending Dragon Cauldron. It was said that the Myriad God Patriarch placed great emphasis on these treasures.
But in fact, be it Myriad God Patriarch or Old Snake, Yi Yun had observed that their ultimate goal was not the treasures. All Old Snake wanted was the 'Dragon Emperor Technique.' As for the Myriad God Patriarch, he was more ambitious. He wanted to refine the Ascending Dragon Cauldron and claim it as his own.
Yi Yun began inspecting the treasures that were scattered in the Ascending Dragon Cauldron's interior. There was only a total of five items.
There weren't many treasures in the Ascending Dragon Cauldron, to begin with. Compounded by the fact that those with wisdom roots had taken away some of them over the years, five was all that was left. If Yi Yun had not joined the fray, all of the treasures within the Ascending Dragon Cauldron would have been doled out in a few more centuries.
"Oh? The auras of these treasures are very different from the Ascending Dragon Cauldron itself."
Yi Yun beckoned with his hand as the five treasures flew towards him.
They were a spear, a soft armor, a talisman charm, a disk array, and a set of seven flying sabers.
Not only did these five items have a different aura from the Ascending Dragon Cauldron, all of them were completely different from one another. They did not stem from the same source.
"These treasures probably have no relationship with the Ascending Dragon Cauldron at all. They only entered the Ascending Dragon Cauldron for some unrelated, unknown reason."
Perhaps, in ancient times, someone wielded the Ascending Dragon Cauldron as a weapon. If they did that, the cauldron would probably operate by sucking enemies into the cauldron and refining them directly.
As a result, the people who were sucked into the cauldron would have their artifacts remain in the Ascending Dragon Cauldron.
That peerless mighty figure, having the ability to wield the Ascending Dragon Cauldron, must’ve not thought much of these items and so left them inside the Ascending Dragon Cauldron as spoils of their victory.
Later on, that peerless figure might have perished or passed away. The Ascending Dragon Cauldron became ownerless once again and appeared in the Myriad God Ridge. Myriad God Patriarch sought people with wisdom roots by getting them to stimulate the Ascending Dragon Cauldron, hoping that the dragon soul within would be awakened, causing energy to spew out of the cauldron. It wasn’t too shocking, then, that the treasures that were once inside would be thrown out with the energy fluxes.
Upon figuring this out, Yi Yun inspected the five treasures. The spear and armor had some battle damage, and all of the treasures were worn by the ravages of time. Yi Yun believed that these were the first steps to confirming his guess.
As such, he finally understood the puzzle of the Ascending Dragon Cauldron.
"This set of seven flying sabers isn't bad. I can use it. Since there are seven sabers, I'll call them Seven Kills."
When Yi Yun first began his martial career, he started with sabers. Yi Yun had a deep understanding of the saber Dao as well.
Yi Yun put the five treasures into his God Advent Tower but he did not find the remnant pages of the 'Dragon Emperor Technique.' It left him frowning slightly.
He spread his perception into the space within the Ascending Dragon Cauldron but failed to find it.
Could Old Snake's information be wrong?
Yi Yun felt disappointed. If he could not find the legendary cultivation technique, his strength would be stuck in its current awkward position. His laws might be powerful, but he could not effectively convert them into offensive strength.
Yi Yun searched bit by bit, constantly combing the Ascending Dragon Cauldron but to no avail.
Just as Yi Yun guessed that Old Snake might have made a mistake, a corner of the Ascending Dragon Cauldron caught Yi Yun's eye.
His figure flashed as he traversed the wide void in the cauldron and came to the side of the cauldron. In front of him was the same thick bronze cauldron wall but above it, Yi Yun saw blurry engravings.
Yi Yun fell into a ruminative state as he looked at the engravings. He scanned it with his perception and moments later, he stretched out his arm to touch it gently. Following that, a scene that left Yi Yun surprised happened.
Layers of gold dust fell from the engravings as though it had been weathered. As the gold dust trickled down, there were more and more engravings that become clearer and clearer.
A few seconds later, the gold dust stopped falling. The many engravings connected as one, allowing Yi Yun to see the complete picture.
The engravings depicted a group of five-clawed golden dragons on the bronze cauldron's walls.
There were a total of nine five-clawed golden dragons of different shape and sizes. They were twirling in midair as though they were alive.
These golden dragon carvings were completely different from the black dragon outside. The black dragon's aura was ample and majestic, making one envisage the terrifying power it possessed.
As for the nine five-clawed golden dragons, they appeared propitious and mild. Celestial bodies seemed to circle the golden dragons with infinite light augmenting them.
Yi Yun looked at the golden dragons. Their eyes appeared lifelike and every scale was extremely clear. The patterns of their scales were of different shapes and sizes that somehow kept him mesmerized even when he only took a cursory look at them.
"The patterns these scales form… are words!?"
Yi Yun took a careful look and was astounded. The scales of the five-clawed golden dragons were formed out of countless small text.