Huicong chuckled. “Birdy, you have a rather irritable temper. Come with me.” She turned around and walked into the thatched cottage.
Chen Xi and the others immediately followed her in.
Within the thatched cottage, flowers and plants grew neatly while fragrant plants hung down in clusters from above. There were numerous courtyards scattered throughout, and there was a winding little path between them.
It seemed no different from an ordinary thatched cottage in the outside world. However, its aura was tranquil and ancient. It was suffused with strands of the ancient aura of the Dao, and it seemed to be completely different because of this.
“Be careful. Everything within this place seems to be extremely ordinary, yet it forms a world of its own. It’s a type of supreme ability that includes a vast expanse of landscape and places it within a tiny speck of dust or sand. Once one trespasses arbitrarily into it, one will definitely suffer calamity!” Senior White’s solemn reminder sounded out by Chen Xi’s ears, and this caused him to be unable to help but be shocked and he didn’t dare underestimate this place at all.
After a short while, Huicong led Chen Xi’s group into a courtyard.
The courtyard was extremely simple, and there was a pond at the center of it. The pond water was clear blue and lotus leaves floated on it while a group of white turtles swam within it. They frequently stretched out their heads in a curious manner and sized up Chen Xi’s group.
“Eh! Horned Auspicious Whitejade Turtles. These are variants of the heavens and the earth, and they’d gone extinct a long time ago. They can be considered as peerless treasures when utilized to refine medicine. Especially when utilized to break through in cultivation, they’re even able to provide unbelievable benefits.” Senior White cried out while his mouth seemed to be on the verge of watering.
The group of white turtles were directly terrified to the point of diving deep into the pond, and they didn’t dare show themselves again.
Huicong chuckled as she watched this. Her laughter was melodious, clear, and pleasant to the ear, and it made her seem innocent and naïve. She said, “Everyone, please sit down and rest yourselves for a while.”
All of them sat down before a table at the front of the courtyard, and then a golden monkey immediately come over while holding fine wine and rare fruits. It placed them before Chen Xi and Empress Yu Che, and then vanished with a swish.
“A Gold-eyed Rhesus Monkey! Oh my, that monkey is unique in the entire world. It possesses all sorts of Divine Abilities, and it’s capable of hearing the profundities of the heavens and the earth and observing the Karmic Luck of the surroundings with its eyes.” Senior White cried out and clicked its tongue endlessly with surprise.
This old bird had lived for countless years, yet it was being constantly surprised now, and the sight of this caused Chen Xi to be unable to help but feel speechless.
However, this obviously showed how extraordinary Arambha Temple was. It wasn’t just every single thing within it that could hold a world, even the beasts it raised were peerlessly rare variants.
“Eh, this birdy of yours knows quite a lot.” Huicong sat at the size and sized Senior White up with curiosity.
“What do you mean birdy? Call my Ancestor!” Senior White corrected her in a serious manner.
Huicong rolled her eyes. “Hmph! I won’t! I’ll capture you and make you into soup if you dare continue being so fierce towards me.”
As she spoke, she swung her little fists with force.
Senior White’s face froze, and then it grunted coldly. “Forget it. Your Ancestor, I, can’t be bothered to make a fuss about it with a little girl like you.”
It wasn’t afraid of Huicong, and it just felt that it would be a problem for them if the master of Arambha Temple was drawn out because of this.
Huicong smiled complacently when she saw Senior White admit defeat, and then she turned around to looked at Chen Xi. “Young Brother, why have you come here this time?”
Chen Xi didn’t conceal anything and told her about his objective in coming here.
Huicong seemed to be lost in thought when she finished listening. “Divine Black Lich Venom? It’s the first time I’m hearing of such a thing. However, I presume that the Goddess definitely knows it.”
Chen Xi couldn’t restrain himself from asking. “Miss Huicong, that senior… is the master of this place, right?”
Huicong chuckled. “Yes, who else?”
Chen Xi sighed with emotion. “I never imagined that I would actually encounter you here, so I naturally never imagined that senior would be the master of Arambha Temple.”
Huicong tilted her head to the side and thought for a moment before she said, “All of you wait here for now. I’ll go report this to the Goddess, and I’ll come back later.”
As she spoke, she’d already stood up. However, she seemed to have thought of something and warned Senior White. “You’re not allowed to target the Horned Auspicious Whitejade Turtles. If Goddess finds out about it, then even I won’t be able to save you.”
Senior White’s face froze, and then it exploded with anger. “Does your Ancestor, I, seem like such a person?”
“You aren’t a person, you’re a bird.” Huicong chuckled as she turned around and strode off at a quick pace, and her entire body was brimming with a lively aura.
“How did you get to know that Young Miss?” When she saw no outsiders were left within the courtyard, Empress Yu Che couldn’t help but ask this question.
Chen Xi immediately described everything that occurred in the Last Days Domain, and then he sighed with emotion after he finished. “Now that I speak of it, I still owe them a favor.”
“You’re from the three dimensions?” Senior White glanced at Chen Xi while a wisp of a strange expression flashed within its eyes.
“What about it?” asked Chen Xi.
“It’s nothing. I just recalled some matters of the past.” Senior White shook his head.
Chen Xi stared at Senior White for a long time because he kept having the feeling that this old bird was keeping something from him, but he didn’t ask about it in the end.
Time flowed without them realizing, and the sky was covered in a wisp of darkness. Numerous violet stars emanated a tranquil glow that was extremely pure, and it sprayed down into the courtyard.
“12 hours have passed already. Why hasn’t that Young Miss returned?” Empress Yu Che frowned.
Chen Xi was extremely bewildered as well, and he said, “Perhaps she was delayed by something?”
At this moment, Senior White was already laying on the side of the pond and snoring after it drank a jug of fine wine, and the drool on the corner of its mouth was on the verge of dripping into the pond. The way it slept was truly intolerable to the eye.
“This old fellow is really carefree.” Chen Xi couldn’t help but shake his head, and then he pondered deeply and said, “Nevermind, this place, Arambha Temple, is covered with mysteriousness. Every single thing within it is filled with variables, so it’s better for us to wait here calmly.”
Empress Yu Che nodded. She withdrew a jade slip and started to comprehend it.
This jade slip was the jade slip Senior White had handed over, and some techniques related to cultivating were recorded on it. It was precisely what Empress Yu Che lacked.
Chen Xi took a deep breath when he saw this, and then he discarded the distracting thoughts in his mind and started to meditate.
Up until this point on his path of cultivation, his cultivation had already arrived at an unprecedented extreme of the Domain Enlightened Spirit God Realm. Now, he even possessed an Imperial Sovereign Dao Root, and it was sufficient for him to charge into the Universe Enlightened Ancestral God Realm at any moment.
In terms of Dao comprehension, he’d already attained the initial-stage, and he was only a step away from attaining the advanced-stage.
Moreover, his cultivation in Heart Energy had already attained perfection in the first forging of the True Heart Sutra, and he was on the verge of breaking through into the second forging.
It could be said that Chen Xi had already arrived at a fully ready state in his cultivation, and he only lacked that last step.
However, in the end, he didn’t choose to charge into the Universe Enlightened Ancestral God Realm immediately. This was Arambha Temple after all, and he’d come here to seek the method to deal with the Divine Black Lich Venom. So, it would be too late for him to look for a safe and secluded spot to advance after he returned from Arambha Temple.
Arambha Temple, within a simple and clean thatched cottage.
Huicong sat cross-legged on a meditation cushion while her hands were holding up her jaw, and she was waiting while feeling bored and slightly drowsy.
Right at this moment, a voice that was calm like water, solemn, and tranquil resounded. “Huicong, why have you come here to slack off instead of refining medicine?”
Along with this voice, a might and sacred figure that was covered in strands of white divine radiance appeared. She clearly didn’t conceal her appearance, yet she caused others to be unable to see her appearance clearly.
Huicong’s spirits were refreshed, and she stood up and said, “Goddess, do you know who I met today?”
The goddess seemed to have fallen into silence. After a short moment, she suddenly said, “So it’s that young man. How did he find this place?”
Huicong chuckled. “I knew it would be impossible to conceal it from Goddess. I’m curious about how he found this place as well. Right, look at this thing.”
As she spoke, she flipped her palm, and a piece of crystalline and glistening violet bamboo floated up into appearance.
“A Divine Violet Bamboo Core?” The Goddess stretched out her hand to take it, and then she observed it in detail for a moment. After that, she seemed to have thought of something, and she suddenly sighed lightly before she said, “I understand now. They really are from the same sect.”
Huicong was puzzled. “Who’re they?”
“Oracle Mountain’s Grand Lord, Wu Xuechan.” The Goddess didn’t conceal it, and her voice carried a tranquil energy that struck directly at the heart. “That young man is probably his junior brother.”
“Oh, so it’s Oracle Mountain.” Huicong nodded while seeming to be lost in thought.
“What did he come here for?” asked the Goddess.
Huicong immediately described everything related to the Divine Black Lich Venom.
After the Goddess heard all of this, she felt once more into silence, and then she said flatly after a long time. “Based on principle, since he produced a Divine Violet Bamboo Core and made a request, then I can agree to it so long as I’m able to accomplish it.”
She paused for a moment and continued. “However, we’ve already helped him deal with calamity once at the Last Days Domain all those years ago, so we don’t owe each other anything.”
Huicong said with shock, “Goddess, you mean?”
The Goddess said, “We’ll talk about it in the future.”
Huicong was puzzled. “Then… how should I answer that Young Brother?”
The Goddess glanced at Huicong before she said, “Remember what I said in the Last Days Domain all those years ago? That young man’s fate is unfathomable, and his path towards the Dao is filled with upheaval. Even I’m unable to deduce it at all. Once you form ties with such a person, then it’ll definitely affect your path towards the Dao, and it’s impossible to tell if it’ll be bad or good.”
Her voice was tranquil, yet it carried a warning tone.
Huicong said with surprise, “You mean that I can’t meet that Young Brother anymore in the future?”
The Goddess suddenly sighed. “Avoid him for now. Stay here for the next few days, and you’re not allowed to leave without my permission.”
As soon as she finished speaking, her figure faded, and she’d already left the thatched cottage.
“Goddess!” Huicong was anxious. She was just about to chase after the Goddess, yet she noticed the door was tightly closed and suffused by a layer of restrictions. It was impossible to open any longer.
This caused her to be unable to help but feel irritated. “How incomprehensible! I wonder what Goddess is thinking in her heart! How infuriating!”
Under the night sky, a graceful figure stood all alone like an ethereal glow, and it gazed towards a courtyard in the distance.
Chen Xi and Empress Yu Che were both meditating in the courtyard, whereas, Senior White was snoring.
“He has actually come here looking for me. Looks like he’s impossible to avoid even if I want to…. Hmm?” The Goddess sighed in her heart. However, a wisp of a strange expression suffused her eyes in the next moment because she’d noticed Senior White.
For a time, she seemed to have recalled something, causing strands of light that were deep like an abyss to flow within her eyes, and she only turned around and left after a long time.
At practically the exact same moment, the figure of Senior White who was snoring by the pond had trembled, and then it suddenly opened its eyes and muttered with surprised and bewilderment. “Dammit! Could it be that someone was peeking on me as I slept?”
However, it shook its head right after that, and then it laid down lazily and continued snoring.