Accompanying this loud sound, the ground surrounding the throne actually started to crack!
With the throne as the center, the cracks expanded in all directions. Then, something seemed to be flowing out of the cracks.
Chu Liuyue focused on it and realized that it was actuallyâŠ golden sand!
Countless particles of sparkling gold sand kept flowing out like fountain water, but the sand didnât flow outward in all directions. Instead, the sand gradually accumulated upward!
Chu Liuyue then realized that it wasnât actual sand but crushed crystal pieces!
Those tiny crushed crystals gradually gathered together and presented a strange, heptagon-shaped, and thin, nail-sized crystal.
Those thin heptagonal crystals connected to each other and formed layers in an upward manner.
The thin crystals on top werenât all tightly connected. On the other hand, most of them had gaps in between, like they were arranged together by some sort of magical mechanism.
Very quickly, a crystal wallâshaped like a golden fenceâappeared in front of Chu Liuyue.
Not only one! The same thing was happening for the surrounding cracks.
Chu Liuyue knew that she couldnât just sit and watch. If she did so, it would be impossible for her to get out once the walls of golden crystals were built.
She immediately stood up and planned to leave the throne, but the moment she stood up, everything suddenly stopped.
It was as if someone pressed the âpauseâ button and stopped everything here.
Chu Liuyue paused, and she looked serious. Then, she carefully took one step forward.
A soft buzzing noise was heard.
Ripples suddenly swirled in the empty space in front of her.
The golden lines gently expanded like water embroidery before disappearing into thin air.
But Chu Liuyue was stunned.Â Thereâs actually an extra barrier here?! Moreover, with my previous attempt, this barrier is definitely not something I can currently solve!
She looked at the side and tried twice.
As expected, the entire throne was covered by a locked barrier.
Chu Liuyue sat back down on the throne.
Everything in her surroundings immediately returned to normal.
The soft moving noise could be heard, and the bright, golden lights illuminated the entire space. However, Chu Liuyueâs heart gradually sank to the bottom.
The walls made from golden crystals were the height of a person. Looking at it as a whole, it almost turned into a contorted maze!
And Chu Liuyue was stuck right in the middle of the maze!
Tuan Zi suddenly jumped out and rushed straight for the barrier.
Following a low sound, Tuan Zi bounced back.
Chu Liuyue agilely caught it.
Tuan Zi rubbed its head.Â It hurts!
âTuan Zi, are you okay?â Chu Liuyue asked worriedly.
Tuan Zi stood up. It refused to give up and flew toward the barrier again. At the same time, it opened its mouth and bit down harshly.
Chu Liuyueâs eyelids twitched.Â WhyâŠ does this sound amiss?
Seeing that Tuan Zi seemed to be glued to the barrier motionless, Chu Liuyue couldnât help but yell, âTuan Zi?â
Tuan Zi didnât react much, but Chu Liuyue saw that its tail had moved slightly.
She became increasingly worried as she directly reached out and grabbed Tuan Zi.
Tuan Zi immediately used its claws to cover its face.
Chu Liuyue pried its claws apart.
âWhat happened toâŠâ Her voice trailed off.
The human and the fiend stared at each other.
To alleviate the awkwardness, Tuan Zi bared its teeth.
Chu Liuyue momentarily stayed silent when she saw Tuan Ziâs white teeth that were stained red. âYou cracked your teeth?â
Tuan Zi hurriedly covered its mouth and shook its head with all its might.Â No! No! I just bit with too much strength, and my teeth are slightly loose, so it started bleeding.
Chu Liuyue was speechless. She sighed helplessly and lightly patted Tuan Ziâs forehead before looking at the glowing barrier.
She knew how incredible Tuan Ziâs teeth were, but even Tuan Zi couldnât do anything about the barrierâŠ
With my current abilities, how am I supposed to go out?Â Chu Liuyue knitted her brows and thought for quite some time as she subconsciously leaned backward.
There was something poking her from behind.
Oh, yes. I almost forgot about the words on the backâHang on!Â Chu Liuyueâs eyes brightened up.Â What did it write?
âEast of the drowning water, gold also.â
GoldâŠ When heaven and earth mixed, they gave birth to the five elementsâgold, wood, water, fire, and earth! Could this âgoldâ be referring to the five elements?
The five elements counteracted each other. Amongst them, fire could counteract gold!
Chu Liuyue placed Tuan Zi on her shoulders before she took out the Heavenly Square Cauldron again.
The transparent karmic fire burnt silently within.
After taking it out, Chu Liuyue gathered all her focus and injected all her strength into the Heavenly Square Cauldron.
The fire moved according to what her heart desired.
The transparent karmic fire immediately rose up and lunged for the barrier!
The two met with each other and let out a screeching sound.
The golden barrier actually started to burn!
Just when Chu Liuyue was facing all sorts of situations in the imperial mausoleum, it was perfectly quiet outside Golden Inheritance Peak.
Zhong Qi and the rest stood at the mountain peak, and they stared at the slowly moving circular plate with grave faces.
Ever since the duo disappeared, there were no more sounds.
They couldnât enter the imperial mausoleum through this circular plate, so they could only watch it move from the side. They couldnât do anything else.
Nobody knew what the imperial mausoleum was like now.
The calmer it was, the more uneasy they became.
Suddenly, a sound broke through the air.
Zhong Qi immediately looked up and enthusiastically went forward when he saw the incoming person. âElder Ye.â
The incoming person was Ye Zhiting. He was originally repairing Jiuyou Tower in the academy when he suddenly saw the warning fireworks. He then knew that the imperial mausoleum was in trouble, so he rushed over.
Ye Zhiting was about to speak when he saw the circular plate slowly moving at the mountain peak. He couldnât help but be shocked. âThe imperial mausoleum has been activated?â
Zhong Qiâs lips moved, and he hung his head low. âElder Ye, forgive us for our incompetence, which allowed the two of them to take advantage of us!â
Ye Zhitingâs expression was solemn. âTwo of them? Did you confirm their identities?â
Zhong Qi looked ashamed. ââŠWe couldnât; they were too fast. When we discovered them, they had already reached the mountain peak. They then directly activated the imperial mausoleum, so we couldnâtâŠâ
Ye Zhiting was increasingly confused. âHow can that be? One canât open Golden Inheritance Peakâs barrier without the key, so how did they go in silently?â
Zhong Qi and the rest became silent.
Ye Zhiting suddenly paused.Â Could it be thatâŠ those two people had the key to Golden Inheritance Peakâs barrier? But there is only one such key, and itâs with His Majesty!
âSomeone stole His Majestyâs key!â