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"Fuck, that old undying fuck actually chose a place like this. I've gone around this area so much that I'm getting dizzy. If I still had the strength from my past, it wouldn't even matter that there's no spatial node. I'd be able to tear through all the world barriers!"
Now, Old Snake was wrestling with anxiety. His disciple and Yi Yun were in the hands of the Myriad God Patriarch. Yet, he was still wandering around in the spatial turbulence and had yet to find the spatial node.
Old Snake had already determined that Yi Yun and Snake Girl were likely somewhere nearby. However, the area he was in was a gigantic natural spatial maze. Old Snake was unable to identify Yi Yun's exact location.
The only thing that was worth celebrating was that he was certain that the both of them were alive, thanks to the mental mark he put on them.
In fact, Old Snake was baffled as to how Yi Yun and Snake Girl managed to remain alive. He was also puzzled by what the undying Myriad God Patriarch was up to.
The only way Old Snake could find Yi Yun was by spending time. He would have to search for the right spatial node by process of elimination.
This was a very time-consuming process. Old Snake guessed that he would take at least half a month before he could succeed.
But by then, it would be too late. Those that were alive now would have long been dead.
"Good people die young, but disasters leave a mark for a thousand years. That punk Yi Yun doesn't seem like a good person. He shouldn't die so easily, then…" Old Snake muttered to himself.
What depressed him was that while traversing the spatial turbulence, even with the most stamina-conserving method, he still had to use the energy sealed within him. It drained him of a little of his lifespan.
Old Snake treasured his lifespan greatly. Although it was unknown how long the old fellow had lived, he did not find his time so far sufficient in any way. An additional day lived was one more chance. In his own words, he was a person that was extremely passionate about life.
"Fuck, that undying son of a turtle. When I capture him, I'll definitely dice him up!"
Old Snake cursed and grumbled. He kept using the word 'undying' but he seemed to have forgotten how long he had lived. It was several times longer than Myriad God Patriarch. If one had to say who was the oldest undying fart, Old Snake could claim first place in the Calm Sea and Myriad God Patriarch would not even dare claim second.
Just as Old Snake was spewing out invectives and searching for the spatial node—
Old Snake felt a spatial storm spew out a distance away.
"Oh? What happened?"
Old Snake's heart stirred as he radiated his perception out. He was dumbfounded when he saw what greeted him.
He saw a pale-looking red-dressed boy dragging a bronze cauldron as he tunneled out of a spatial rift. The boy was proceeding forward through the spatial turbulence.
Old Snake was stunned when he took a closer look at the red-dressed boy. Isn't that… Myriad God Patriarch!? And that huge cauldron, isn't that the Ascending Dragon Cauldron?
Upon sensing Old Snake's perception, Myriad God Patriarch was alerted and turned his head abruptly. He locked eyes with Old Snake through the vast space in between them.
They stared at each other!
Old Snake's eyes lit up. Isn't this what they fucking call wearing out an iron pair shoes in a fruitless search, only to find what you’re looking for by luck? That undying old fart actually crawled out himself?
Old Snake bellowed loudly, "Old Turtle, let's see if you can run away from grandpa!"
As Old Snake shouted, he charged toward Myriad God Patriarch.
Voice could not be transmitted in the spatial turbulence but Old Snake specially broadcast his voice through a Yuan Qi transmission, straight into Myriad God Patriarch's ears.
"Old Turtle, you are finally willing to poke your turtle head out. Watch me slaughter you to make turtle soup!"
Old Snake charged with a dominating might. Chaotic spatial flows gathered around his body. He no longer looked wretched in any way. Instead, he looked highly spirited like a god of war reborn!
"Who are you!?"
Myriad God Patriarch was alarmed. He could sense a terrifying might from the elder in front of him. The elder's strength was even higher than his!
Previously, Myriad God Patriarch had a premonition that a mighty figure had been secretly watching him. Back then, it was a fleeting feeling and was not something he could confirm. He had spent large amounts of Spirit Jade to transport the Ascending Dragon Cauldron across the void, mainly for the pocket's world's massive array and the astral fire. Preventing other experts from disrupting him was only a precautionary side effect…
However, Myriad God Patriarch never expected that there was really an old monster that had been watching him all this while!
If he had not moved to the pocket world or hidden the spatial node a long time ago, that old monster would have probably come attacking. When that time came, his alchemical ritual would have been reduced to a mere joke.
"Curse the Heavens! Why are you doing this to me!?"
Myriad God Patriarch roared inwardly. The little bastard Yi Yun had already caused so much trouble and next came some old beast. It was as though the heavens did not want him to be happy!
When he saw Old Snake charging at him, Myriad God Patriarch roared and struck out with his palm!
At the instant the palm struck out, it was as though a blood-colored ocean surged from Myriad God Patriarch's palm. Even though they were amid violent spatial turbulence, the red-colored ocean moved unobstructed. It actually became thicker and more coagulated!
Against the sudden appearance of Old Snake, Myriad God Patriarch did not dare hold back. His attack could rend the world asunder!
"Nice one there. This Old Turtle sure has some skill!"
Old Snake gave a clear cry as energy blasted outwards from him. His ragged shirt also tore apart!
"Combat Sacred Body!"
Golden light fell from the heavens and enveloped Old Snake's body. The golden light condensed and replaced his torn clothes, taking the form of dazzling golden battle armor!
The golden battle armor was not Old Snake's treasured artifact but a manifestation of Old Snake's Yuan Qi.
In fact, Old Snake's Yuan Qi could not be called Yuan Qi but Battle Qi. In what Old Snake cultivated in, there was no defense or dodging. In battles with his enemies, he relied on an overwhelming offensive that could destroy everything!
Old Snake roared as he swung his fist!
The winds that stirred from the punch alone could shatter the void. Like a battalion of calvary rushing forward with formidable might, the spatial turbulence shattered!
At that moment, Old Snake was truly the portrait of a golden-armored battle god. His back was no longer hunched and his eyes were no longer turbid. Even his once white and disheveled hair turned ink black. It flailed freely in the spatial turbulence.
The punch that matched a battalion collided with the Myriad God Patriarch's blood ocean palm!
The spatial maze shattered while the roaring blood ocean was split into two by Old Snake's punch.
The punch did not lose a bit of its momentum as it came bearing down on Myriad God Patriarch's chest!
With a loud explosion, Myriad God Patriarch's body shrank rapidly. After being struck by Old Snake's punch, he flew backward like a portrait that was pinned in the void.
The Ascending Dragon Cauldron that he was guiding also fell straight back into the pocket world, crashing heavily onto the ground.
Myriad God Patriarch felt reverberations through his heart. That offensive strength was too terrifying. It was impossible for him to directly clash with the golden stranger.
"Who are you!?"
It was unknown how long it had been since he encountered such an opponent. In the Calm Sea, there was almost no one that threatened him.
"Why do you care who I am? Just know that I'll be the one killing you."
Old Snake strode towards Myriad God Patriarch. With a wave of his hand, a golden spear appeared in his palm.
The spear was ancient and unadorned. Its tip suffused a faint blood-red color as though it had experienced countless battles in a primordial battlefield where it feasted on the blood of countless experts.
Myriad God Patriarch wiped the blood from the corner of his mouth. A gravely serious look appeared in his eyes. He understood that the old fellow in front of him could really rob him of his life.
Not only did his attempt at refining the Dragon Emperor Relic fail, he was also facing a life-and-death crisis!
With a bang, the Ascending Dragon Cauldron crashed back into the pocket world. The hard ground blasted open from the Ascending Dragon Cauldron's fall. The Ascending Dragon Cauldron was as heavy as a mountain so it went straight underground!
This spot was no longer the molten ocean caused by the nine dragon rifts. It was thousands of kilometers from the Myriad God Ridge disciples.
In the core area of the nine dragon rifts, Myriad God Sect Master immediately noticed something amiss because his soul was connected to the red-dressed boy.
In fact, he and the old woman were slaves that were taken in by the Myriad God Patriarch millions of years ago. The two of them had signed a soul contract with the Myriad God Patriarch. This was also the reason why the Myriad God Sect Master would often address the patriarch as master. Otherwise, the Myriad God Patriarch would not trust the two of them unconditionally.
The Myriad God Patriarch only trusted the dead or soul slaves.
"Master has been intercepted!"
The old woman said in a deep voice. "It's a terrifying existence with extraordinary power. He's battling Master and it's possible that Master is not his match."
"Let's go aid him," Myriad God Sect Master said through a voice transmission.
Because of the soul mark, the Myriad God Sect Master and the old woman were absolutely loyal to the Myriad God Patriarch.
"Activate the Grand Sanguine Killing Array and aid Master. It will be able to increase Master's strength severalfold!" The old woman said.
She and the Myriad God Sect Master were Divine Lords who had fused with Divine Lord Royal Seals.
In the Myriad God Ridge, although there were ten plus Elders with a Divine Lord cultivation level, few of them had fused with a Divine Lord Royal Seal.
Even in the Sinkhole, Divine Lords that possessed a Divine Lord Royal Seal were not to be underestimated.
"All Elders with Divine Lord cultivation levels, follow me!"
Myriad God Sect Master gave the order. The Grand Sanguine Killing Array required people to support it. And in the chaotic spatial turbulence, it was no longer pragmatic to get Supremacy realm experts to set up an array formation while fending off an extraordinary expert that could even threaten the Myriad God Patriarch.
To participate in the Grand Sanguine Killing Array, a Divine Lord cultivation level was the minimum requirement.
At that moment, Yi Yun was already observing the situation outside the Ascending Dragon Cauldron.
"That old fellow has finally arrived."
Yi Yun finally heaved a sigh of relief. The old fellow was still reliable at the final moment. Indeed, he should not have pinned his hopes on Old Snake finding the entrance to the pocket world or he would have long been cooked by Myriad God Patriarch.
Yi Yun had already begun digesting the Dragon Emperor Relic, and as the Dragon Emperor bloodline in him grew stronger, the connection he had with the Ascending Dragon Cauldron tightened.
"I'll attempt to see if I can drive the Ascending Dragon Cauldron."
Previously, Yi Yun had only received the Ascending Dragon Cauldron's recognition. He had yet to fully refine the Ascending Dragon Cauldron for himself.
As for trying to drive the Ascending Dragon Cauldron, it was a much more difficult task.