Inside the hall, Yang Kai and Hua Qing Si sat facing each other, listening to her report, nodding from time to time.
Over at High Heaven Territory, everything was arranged in an orderly manner. The various Cave Heaven Paradise all entered the Star Boundary, and High Heaven Territory Star City was also flourishing.
Although the development of the new Great Domain was still slow, it was not something that could be solved in a short time.
Only one thing surprised Yang Kai.
“So many High Rank Open Heaven and many of them remain in the Star Boundary?”
Hua Qing Si nodded, “Less than thirty percent of them have left, the rest are still in the Star Boundary, and most of them are meditating on the World Tree. I don’t know if there are any unexpected benefits to cultivating there.”
Yang Kai raised his brow slightly.
Although it had only been a few years, since High Heaven Territory had settled down, most of the High Rank Open Heaven cultivators from the various Cave Heaven Paradise were still here, which was quite surprising.
One had to know that every High Rank Open Heaven was an Inner Sect Elder of their respective Sects. Their status was noble and their cultivation was profound. Coupled with their status as foreign envoys, there were many things they needed to handle.
Yang Kai had thought that most of them had already left, but who would have thought that most of them had actually stayed behind to meditate on the World Tree! What were they doing?
Hua Qing Si hesitated for a moment before Yang Kai said, “Speak!”
Hua Qing Si frowned and whispered, “I don’t know if it’s just my imagination, but after all these years of observation, I have always felt that these High Rank Open Heaven are guarding against something.”
Yang Kai was surprised, “On guard against what?”
Hua Qing Si shook her head, “I don’t know, perhaps we underestimated how much importance those High Rank Open Heaven placed on the World Tree.”
Yang Kai remained silent.
Hua Qing Si continued, “In addition, Elder Xu has ordered that if Palace Master comes out of seclusion, go to the World Tree to find him. Elder Xu seems to have something to discuss with you.”
Yang Kai nodded and stood up, “I’ll go over now. After meeting Elder Xu, I’ll be heading out for a while.”
Hua Qing Si quickly asked, “Do we need to inform Lady Yue He and the others?”
Yang Kai waved his hand, “There’s no need, just let them take care of the High Heaven Territory and Void Territory. If nothing goes wrong, I’ll be back within a hundred years.”
“Yes!” Hua Qing Si replied respectfully. When she looked up again, Yang Kai had already disappeared.
Yang Kai didn’t need to worry about High Heaven Territory anymore, and he didn’t need to worry about the Void Territory either. Yang Kai had been in secluded cultivation for several years now, so he wanted to go out for a walk, and there were indeed a few things he needed to take care of.
In a flash, he arrived under the World Tree and looked up at the towering tree. The canopy of the tree covered the sky and the earth, creating a magnificent sight.
He could clearly sense a powerful aura circulating around the World Tree’s trunk, all of which were High Rank Open Heaven cultivators meditating inside.
Not only that, Yang Kai also discovered that there seemed to be traces of a profound Great Array set up around the World Tree. This Great Array was extremely well arranged and was quite well hidden. If he wasn’t the Star Boundary Great Emperor, he wouldn’t have been able to discover anything about the entire Star Boundary.
Yang Kai frowned slightly.
Hua Qing Si had said that these High Rank Open Heaven seemed to be guarding against something, but Yang Kai hadn’t paid them any mind. Now it seemed that they were really guarding against something?
But what was there that could make so many High Rank Open Heaven worth paying attention to, to the point of setting up a great array around the World Tree?
In a flash, Yang Kai arrived on a thick and uninhabited tree branch, sat down cross-legged, closed his eyes, and began circulating his Secret Art.
A moment later, he opened his eyes speechlessly. He had thought that cultivating on the World Tree would bring him some unexpected benefits, which was why so many High Rank Open Heaven masters had come here. However, after trying it out personally, he discovered that this was not the case.
It was true that the World Tree was constantly replenishing the Star Boundary, but cultivators were unable to refine this energy for their own use. Cultivating here had no additional effects.
Looking up, he saw Xu Linggong waving at him from a higher position, Qing Kui and Su Yingxue standing behind him.
Yang Kai flew over and landed in front of Xu Linggong, cupping his fists, “Elder Xu!”
“You’ve come out?” Xu Linggong looked him up and down.
Yang Kai nodded and asked curiously, “Why are you all here?”
“Everyone in the world comes for profit,” Xu Linggong smiled mysteriously.
Yang Kai frowned slightly, “What do you mean?”
Xu Linggong pointed his finger and made a big circle, “Everyone wants to take this World Tree into their own Small Universe.”
Yang Kai immediately felt his hair stand on end. The reason why the Star Boundary had not collapsed was because he had planted the World Tree’s roots in the past. Now that the Star Boundary was so prosperous, and the World Tree had brought about such a magnificent scene, if someone really take the World Tree into their Small Universe, wouldn’t that be akin to taking advantage of him?
At that time, not to mention whether the Star Boundary would still have its current golden age, whether it could be preserved or not was another story.
Yang Kai couldn’t help feeling like he had been stabbed in the back by a hundred people.
The World Tree had feed the Star Boundary back, allowing the talents of the Star Boundary to emerge. Although he was forced to do so, he was still willing to share benefits with the various Cave Heaven Paradise. Who would have thought that after being in seclusion for so many years, the other party would actually try to poach him?
How could Yang Kai not be angry? Raising his hand, he summoned his Azure Dragon Spear and roared, “Don’t you dare go too far!”
The Great Emperor’s anger caused the entire Star Boundary to tremble, and even the World Tree began to sway. The High Rank Open Heaven masters sitting on its branches all opened their eyes and looked towards Yang Kai from all directions.
Yang Kai couldn’t help but worry. Although the World Tree was huge, if the High Rank Open Heaven here insisted on taking it into their Small Universe, it wasn’t impossible.
Even Yang Kai himself could accomplish such a feat, let alone those High Rank Open Heaven masters.
Xu Linggong raised his hand to comfort him, “Don’t be so agitated, it’s not as bad as you think!”
Yang Kai said angrily, “Isn’t that bad? Do I have to wait for them to dig down my corner?”
Xu Linggong couldn’t help laughing, “The World Tree is now one with the Star Boundary. As the Great Emperor of this world, you should be aware of this fact. The World Tree’s roots have already penetrated the Star Boundary’s interior, and even your so-called Demon Territory has been spread by its roots. If you want to collect the World Tree, you must collect both the Star Boundary and the Demon Territory together. Do you think any of them here can do this?”
Hearing this, Yang Kai’s mood became much calmer.
Xu Linggong was right. As the Star Boundary Great Emperor, Yang Kai naturally understood the situation of the Star Boundary better than anyone else. In the depths of the underground, where the naked eye could not see, the World Tree’s roots continued to flow back and forth, filling the entire Universe World's interior. It was indeed connected to the Star Boundary and Demon Territory.
If he wanted to collect the World Tree, he would have to collect both the Star Realm and the Demon Territory. This was truly not something a human could accomplish.
Xu Linggong continued, “What’s more, even if there really is someone capable of doing so, the gains won’t make up for the losses. The Star Boundary has the World Force of the Star Boundary, the Demon Territory has the World Force of the Demon Territory, and if it is absorbed into the Small Universe World, it will not be compatible with one’s own strength. It will be equivalent to collecting countless impurities, and it is highly likely to cause the small universe to become unstable and their realm to fall.”
Yang Kai held the Azure Dragon Spear by his side and asked, “Didn't Elder Xu say they were trying to collect the World Tree?”
Since he knew so much about these hidden dangers, why did they try it?
Xu Linggong explained, “What I said about collecting is not what you think. Let’s put it this way, we are sitting here cultivating because we want to obtain the approval of this World Tree and transplant a root into our bodies. If we can do this, it will be extremely beneficial.”
What kind of scenery was the Star Boundary in the past? What kind of scenery was it now? And all of this was thanks to the World Tree. If a High Rank Small Universe really could obtain a piece of the World Tree’s root and grow, the benefits it could obtain were self-evident.
“Unfortunately, this tree is only the sub tree of the World Tree. Ordinary transplant methods cannot guarantee the survival of its roots. If it was the Master Tree, it wouldn’t have been so troublesome,” Xu Linggong sighed and looked up at Yang Kai, “If you had been able to transplant that root into your small universe instead of placing it in the Star Boundary, there wouldn’t have been any bottlenecks when you broke through to the Ninth Order Open Heaven Stage.”
Yang Kai was stunned.
“Do you regret it?” Xu Linggong looked at him mischievously.
Yang Kai grinned, “I will reach the Ninth Order Open Heaven Stage sooner or later, but if the Star Boundary didn’t have the World Tree’s root, I’m afraid it would have been reduced to ashes long ago. With my personal gains and losses in exchange for the peace of this world, now that there is such a flourishing world, no matter how you look at it, it’s a profit, so how could I regret it?”
Xu Linggong stared at him calmly, as if he wanted to see into the depths of Yang Kai’s heart. Yang Kai’s eyes were clear, without the slightest ripple.
“What I told you last time has come with a result,” Xu Linggong suddenly changed the subject.
Yang Kai was confused, “What is it?”
“Universe Temple, have you forgotten?”
Yang Kai raised his brow, “Did the higher-ups agree?”
Xu Linggong smiled lightly, “Just giving you a chance. As for whether or not you can obtain recognition, you’ll need to undergo a test.”
Yang Kai frowned, “Didn’t you say last time that there were a few places that had been neglected for many years? If I could see through the mysteries of these places, I might be able to repair them. Since you want me to help, why do you need to test me?”
Xu Linggong shook his head, “You don’t need to feel wronged, it’s just that the matter of Universe Temple is of great importance and cannot be taken lightly. It’s not convenient for me to explain it to you now, you just need to know that this old master won’t harm you.”
“I naturally trust Senior,” Yang Kai nodded.
“Since that’s the case, follow me.” Xu Linggong stepped forward, Qing Kui and Su Yingxue following closely behind.
Yang Kai put away his Azure Dragon Spear and also rushed forward.
However, after walking a short distance, he suddenly felt something and turned around, his eyes narrowing.
In front of the World Tree, a number of figures who had been quietly meditating suddenly appeared from their hiding places. These were all High Rank Open Heaven master, each of them Inner Sect Elder from the various Cave Heaven Paradise, and all of them had solemn expressions on their faces.
When Yang Kai turned around to look, dozens of people suddenly cupped their fists and bowed towards him! Even Zhuo Buqun and Yu Huan, who had always been at odds with Xu Linggong, did the same.
The cold wind blew, the river ran cold, and the hero never returned!
Yang Kai felt an inexplicable sadness.
TO BE CONTINUED...