Zhanxian - Chapter 279
In the past life, Yang Chen only knew the day of the incident when there was a phenomenon in the heavens and the earth. He was unclear of where in the Greatest Heaven Sect the array was being arranged. He couldn’t say it, he could only find it in the entire Greatest Heaven Sect.
However, this was not a simple activity, at least Yang Chen had not yet touched the Greatest Heaven Sect Mountain Protecting Great Formation. Once he touched the ground, it would definitely cause a response from the Mountain Protecting Great Formation. Letting them raise their vigilance, it would not be worth the loss.
Carefully avoiding the great formation of the Greatest Heaven Sect, Yang Chen walked around the outer perimeter of the inner sect, but still did not find out exactly where the welcoming array was.
If he wanted to enter the gates of the Greatest Heaven Sect, he would trigger the formation in any case. Yang Chen was not proficient in all formations. At least he was not good with this kind.
It was obviously impossible to enter silently. Even more impossible to break through the Mountain Protecting Great Formation. It would definitely trigger an alarm signifying an attack on the formation. Simply announcing his presence and location to the Greatest Heaven Sect. It was not easy to hide for such a long time, he did not want to fall short at the end.
Yang Chen must let the Greatest Heaven Sect eat a squandering loss. Even while suffering they must not know of the villain or find any clues. This required him to be more careful than ever, without revealing any flaws.
After he carefully wrapped around the boundary, Yang Chen had found almost no clue. If he went in through the ground, it would trigger a large defence array of the Mountain Protecting Great Formation, which was very distressing for him.
Suddenly, Yang Chen’s mind flashed and then his face showed a smile. He was so obsessed with the flaws that he had gotten into the corners of the horns.
From the beginning, Yang Chen thought that he would not allow anyone to see him entering the Greatest Heaven Sect. He had been so focused on thinking from this point of view that he had forgotten the Monster Race Beast Controlling Secret Art that he had practiced.
The Monster Race Beast Controlling Secret Art could let Yang Chen communicate with the monsters with spiritual wisdom, but it was limited to that due to his past low cultivation base. Now he had already reached Solidifying Core stage. According to the description of the Beast Controlling Secret Art, he could completely control the actions of a common animal, while also being able to share vision with it.
The Mountain Protecting Great Formation would respond to all spiritual creatures unless they were recognized by a sacred token. The sect token must be squandered with blood, and others could not simply pretend having it. However, this did not include ordinary animals with no spiritual power, who would not be affected by the Mountain Protecting Great Formation.
This was the design consideration of the Mountain Protecting Great Formation. If there were animals without any spiritual power, naturally they would not have the ability to destroy the formation itself. Therefore, from the beginning of the design phase, the defence arrays within had never been aimed at ordinary animals.
Suitable animals were very easy to find, and Yang Chen grabbed few flying sparrows with ease. To deal with this kind of sparrow without any spiritual awareness, he used the Beast Controlling Secret Art once and successfully controlled one.
Subsequently, Yang Chen controlled the sparrows to flying into the sky and sway into the Greatest Heaven Sect Mountain Protecting Great Formation. The Three Purities Secret Art cultivation’s formidable Spiritual Awareness only left a trace of the sparrows in the distance. The great formation didn’t show any reaction to it.
Yang Chem looked in the core area of the inner sect. The buildings there were densely packed, and the places where the underground Spiritual Pulse were concentrated were all good places to cultivate. Even if it was the Greatest Heaven Sect, they didn’t have the richness and wealth to separate a piece of the underground spiritual pulse to specifically arrange the welcoming array.
Yang Chen payed attention to areas that the welcoming array could be placed under. Controlling the sparrows, he scanned several spacious places in the Greatest Heaven Sect.
What made Yang Chen strange was that even with so many such areas, he could not find any trace of the welcome array’s arrangement. This made him distressed.
Was the welcoming array of the Greatest Heaven Sect already completed? Available to be used at a moment’s notice, whenever they wanted?
The unwilling Yang Chen once again controlled the sparrows to fly. It took a full two months to carefully examine each place.
The welcoming array required a huge flat land. In the Greatest Heaven Sect, there was almost no place to meet such requirements. The only place with some resemblance was in a valley but the area was a little less. It would have been impossible to completely carry out the welcoming array there.
Could it be, that the Greatest Heaven Sect’s Welcoming Formation arrangement was placed underground?
This was quite possible but soon Yang Chen vetoed the idea. As the welcoming array started, apart from the consciousness carrier, everything above would be wiped out. It was not the first time for the Greatest Heaven Sect to do such a thing. How could they choose to summon the consciousness clone to the lower realm underground?
There must be something left! I must have had missed something.
Yang Chen once again controlled the sparrow, starting exploration from the intersection of the Greatest Heaven Sect and entering the mountain gate.
A large road walked in, facing the huge mountain gate archway, and then went to the square where the disciples were tested. It was also the gate of the sect mountain that received guests from all walks of life. Yang Chen was thrown here in the past life.
Then there were the hills where the outer sect disciples were located. Several roads were connected, surrounded by mountains. Going in, was the inner sect area of the Greatest Heaven Sect.
Suddenly, Yang Chen’s heart moved, and he went to the square where the disciples were tested. Wouldn’t it be enough to get rid of the houses that hosted the guests?
The array was arranged there! Usually a strong spiritual power fluctuation was always found here, only to be misunderstood for it being from the Mountain Protecting Great Formation. The disciples would never doubt about the trick under their own eyes.
If the sect closed the area in advance and removed these houses, this place could assume its real purpose as a huge welcoming array, usable at any time. Not far from the guest room, a master of the Dacheng realm sat all year round, supposedly to protect the safety of the guests and to prevent people from messing up.
Within the few major sects, only the Greatest Heaven Sect had such a large arrangement. It seemed to serve as a respectful gesture for the guests, but a master of the Dacheng realm sitting here all the year round was overkill and too suspicious.
Isn’t he guarding the welcoming array?
The layout of the Greatest Heaven Sect was truly unique.
After discovering this, Yang Chen finally showed a smile. If he knew where the formation was, the rest of the matter was much simpler. There were only a few types of welcoming arrays. Yang Chen knew that with a simple technique, it was easy to judge which one was used by the Greatest Heaven Sect.
What made Yang Chen happy the most, was that until now, no one had noticed a common sparrow flying in the sky. This also meant that everything that he had done had still gone unnoticed.
Many of the cultivators have Spirit pets which were birds, could too share their vision. However, no one could share the vision with animals without the slightest spiritual power.
A spiritual pet, unless with the appearance of its master, could absolutely not escape the exploration of a Dacheng realm master.
It was estimated that the sitting Dacheng realm master wouldn’t think to even dream that an ordinary sparrow would spell demise for the Greatest Heaven Sect!
According to the calculation of bearing of the welcoming array, Yang Chen easily controlled the sparrow to fly to a known key point. If it was not for the virtue of it being an ordinary sparrow, it wouldn’t have been safe and sound. Otherwise, it must have been attacked by spiritual power here by the formations.
The first type of formation wasn’t the one, the second type also. When Yang Chen tried the key point of the third array method, the sparrow just flew past and caused the ground to stir, when it landed, with a spiritual power. It hit the body of the sparrow, instantly turning the sparrow into ash, disappearing without a trace.
It seems that it was the third type of welcoming array.
To be on the safe side, Yang Chen took control of another sparrow and flew to another key point. The same result reappeared. Afterwards, he sent a third one to the third key point, resulting in the same conclusion.
At this point, Yang Chen had been able to completely determine that the Greatest Heaven Sect used the third method of welcoming array construction that he knew. After confirming, he did not alarm anyone, quietly bypassing the Mountain Protecting Great Formation here, to a faraway area from the Greatest Heaven Sect.
After determining the formation method, Yang Chen had a solution. When the consciousness clone descended into the lower realm, it was impossible to accurately locate the appropriate carrier. Because the consciousness clone had to cross three realms; the Immortal, Spirit and finally the Mortal World. The method of the welcoming array was used to tell the consciousness clone of the position of the carrier.
For the consciousness clone to possess a body, there were three different conditions which needed to be met. One was the exact time, the other was the accuracy of the welcoming array, and the other was the appropriate carrier. This time, Yang Chen knew that the location of the carrier was determined by the method of the array itself.
The simplest method of destroying the formation was to attack violently when the welcoming array started, resulting in the formation not working smoothly. If it happened to be at the key moment of the body possession, the formation would collapse completely.
However, this method was not so simple, he needed to face all the masters present at that time. Since Yang Chen wanted to be unknown as the perpetrator to the Greatest Heaven Sect, he would not use this blatant method.
Yang Chen planned to use another relatively gentle method. Usually, there was only one method to run the welcoming array, which also allowed the consciousness clone to find the carrier accurately. However, if another method was introduced in the welcoming array, when the consciousness clone descended, what kind of situation would that be?
Either the consciousness would not be able to possess a body due to not being able to judge the correct carrier or mistakenly possess some other body.
The carrier must be able to withstand the consciousness of the Great Principle Golden Immortal who was weakened by many thousand times. Generally speaking, the carrier was a cultivator, at least in the Jiedan realm. Otherwise it would not be able to bear such a terrifying consciousness, exploding and dying immediately.
The carrier was destined to be sacrificed. To allow the consciousness to possess the body smoothly, the usual method was to use medicine to let the cultivator acting as the carrier fall into a sleep, and then subject consciousness could successfully possess without any resistance.
Generally speaking, if the carrier was not cultivated with great enthusiasm, and conditioned from birth that his fate was to sacrifice himself for the consciousness from the Immortal World, few cultivators would contribute so generously with their own life.
Even if he was brainwashed by religion, he was a creature; his instinct would have a sense of survival. He must be handled accordingly and not be eliminated. That was the decisive factor in the descent of the consciousness.
For Yang Chen, it was not difficulty to arrange a similar array. The most troublesome was the carrier, the cultivator of the Jiedan realm, who was willing to be a sacrifice for the consciousness clone from the Immortal World. He had five Jiedan realm masters in his medicine garden.
Each of Wan Qian’s five apprentices was a living puppet that had lost its active consciousness. This also meant that their situation was alike the carrier who had chosen to sacrifice himself for the consciousness clone. Thus, any of them could be successfully possessed.
In this way, if Yang Chen chooses another suitable location, he could arrange an identical welcoming array. There would be five bodies, ready to be possessed in the array. It would spell disaster, if started simultaneously with the array of the Greatest Heaven Sect and the consciousness clone deciding to enter his array.
The welcoming array method was not so simple. Even if it was Yang Chen, it took him time for the arrangement. When he calculated, there was less than five years left for the consciousness of the Profound Heaven Sect to start its descent. This much time was enough for him to successfully arrange another welcoming array to trap it.
There were a lot of materials needed for it, but a pity that Yang Chen didn’t have that many. Some required things were special, a bit scarce. Once Yang Chen bought them, it would inevitably invite Greatest Heaven Sect’s suspicion afterwards.
However, even if no one helped, the Pure Yang Palace had mastered Hundred Thousand Mountains region with other sects. The materials for this array are all produced there.
As the behind-the-scenes owner, a lot of these materials were naturally hoarded. After Yang Chen drove in a big circle, he quickly rushed back to the Pure Yang Palace. The Palace Master even did not even ask Yang Chen what these things were needed for, and immediately let Elder Zheng Feng, who oversaw the resources of the sect to provide him the materials.
Elder Zheng Feng did a more thorough job, bringing Yang Chen to the sect warehouse, opening the door, and then throwing him into it. Regardless of what he took, people would not care, they have long had a consensus on this matter. Yang Chen was to be cultivated as a future Palace Master. Strictly speaking, he was now a Young Palace Master.
As for what Yang Chen wanted to take, no one would care or keep an account. In these years, his contributions to the sect had surpassed the sum of the sect’s would be income of a thousand years. What else could the elders care about?
Everything seemed to be in Yang Chen’s calculations. The hoarded materials from the Hundred Thousand Mountains were enough for his endeavour.
What Yang Chen was going to do now was to find another suitable place and arrange the same welcoming array. Waiting for the moment of the consciousness’ descent and then launching the formation.
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