The ancestors gathered at a particular valley in Yang Radiance . Though this sect was a paradise with beautiful scenery everywhere, this valley was rather desolate .
The stones and pebbles varied in size; some stuck out of the ground to feast on the wind and sun . After so many years of polishment, they still looked the same . Bigger boulders scattered randomly as well among the wild foliage .
Upon closer inspection, one would think that this used to be a large mine, now abandoned .
There was a great formation of stones in a corner of the valley, erected with an ancient style .
It looked disorderly, seemingly put together in a hurry . Moreover, the rocks and stones were all taken from this valley .
Its messy appearance would indicate a lack of use . No one took the time to maintain or re-arrange it . Nevertheless, what else could last longer than stones and rocks in this world?
A lack of maintenance didn’t deter it from lasting for so long . The entire formation was still in the right shape .
Inside the formation itself were tiny pits filled with muddy water . They were cleaned nicely now with true stones pushed in, starting at the Ascender level .
Yang Radiance Sect did go all out for Li Qiye . They didn’t mind spending this extravagant amount while not demanding payment from him .
After it was filled with shiny stones, the formation came to life and also exuded its own glow .
When Li Qiye’s group made it here, the ancestors in charge of the formation nodded - signaling that it was ready to go at any moment .
“We haven’t used it in a long time so the only thing guaranteed is your passage to Imperial, not an exact location . We have lost the coordinates . ” The untethered said seriously to him .
This wasn’t out of generosity . Li Qiye did deal with some external threats for them, but they also wished to test this particular passage left behind by the wise sages . If Li Qiye could go through it, they could send more people later on as well in the future .
“Just getting there is fine . ” He didn’t mind at all .
The sage instinctively held his hand tightly without letting go .
“Start it . ” The untethered got her conformation and ordered .
The sage looked at him and he returned the favor while touching her soft hair . He coolly said: “We’ll meet again . ”
“Goodbye . ” The sage became emotional and took a deep breath before letting go of his hand .
He smiled and nodded at the untethered before walking towards the center of the formation .
Right when the formation was about to start, the sage lost her composure and jumped inside to give him a deep hug . He sighed and returned the gesture .
“A final goodbye . ” She said softly before slowly walking out of the formation . 
The sudden hug was because she knew that this might be a forever departure . Unlike her disciples, she didn’t think that they would meet again because she knew that he was only a passerby in Three Immortals and might never return after leaving . Thus, this hug was their final goodbye!
While standing in the center, Li Qiye nodded at the untethered . She, in turn, nodded at the ancestors: “Start now . ”
With that, a buzz could be heard . The carved true stones all lit up . Their light seemed to be manifesting into physical form .
When these rays illuminated the formation, dao runes and symbols appeared . They wove together to slowly form a gigantic door .
“Boom!” The door came like a tsunami and drowned Li Qiye, making him disappear .
“Pop!” After he was gone, the door popped like a bubble and the formation deactivated .
The true stones became dark in color . This transportation method clearly required a massive amount of true stones . Only a sect like Yang Radiance could afford it . Any other sect would starve for a long time after one attempt .
“This is a final goodbye . ” The untethered became slightly emotional and told the sage: “He doesn’t belong to our world . ”
She was discerning enough to read between the lines . This Li Qiye person would never return to Myriad, leaving only his legends behind .
“The grand dao is endless, not many can meet again . ” The sage replied wistfully .
The two of them left the valley together, aware that peace would come to Myriad . Alas, this peace to them would be quite boring .
Imperial was larger and more majestic than Myriad . Its exact scale remained unknown . Dao systems and different races existed in great numbers, too many to count . This prosperous world had produced many powerful beings - emperors and progenitors .
Nine Secrets System was undoubtedly one of the strongest in Imperial . People referred to it as one of the three behemoths . Another was the Mu Clan . 
The present generation was led by Lucidity King who had done a great job . The system prospered and seemed to be overpowering its two peers .
Today was another beautiful and sunny day in the system .
“Buzz . ” Li Qiye fell down from the sky . At the very last moment, the formation failed to support the connecting channel and shattered, causing Li Qiye to go flying .
“Boom!” He fell butt-first into the ground, leaving a sizable hole .
“Clank! Clank!” Swords and sabers left their sheath .
Li Qiye was still on the ground when oppressive auras surrounded him, the cold blades inched before his neck .
If he dared to move in the slightest, his head would drop to the ground .
He looked around and saw the experts sealing all potential escape paths . They treated him like a powerful enemy .
This was a plain with sentry towers in all four directions . An important person must be taking camp here, hence the numerous guards . Now, a stranger had appeared out of nowhere . These guards were justifiably alarmed .
“Who are you? Where are you from?” The captain, a sixth-level Ascender, asked seriously .
A sixth-level Ascender was only a captain guard? That’s quite shocking .
“Just got here by accident . ” Li Qiye remained sitting with a smile .
“Watch your words, this is a forbidden area . No one dares to come within a thousand-mile radius! Speak! Who sent you here?!” The captain’s eyes turned fierce .
“Is this how you treat a guest?” Li Qiye was still nonchalant .
“Looks like you won’t cry before seeing the coffin . Men, prepare the torture tools, he’ll talk!” The captain threatened with a murderous gaze .
“Torture tools?” Li Qiye’s smile only grew wider .
“Cough . ” A cough interrupted the tense atmosphere . A person appeared, completely undetected as if he was a specter .
The sound made everyone look back to see an old man . They became frightened and quickly dropped to their knees .
1 . I changed the dialogue here . In Chinese, there are two words for goodbye for now and meet again later, and goodbye for good (forever), used in death or emotional circumstances . What she actually said was, “goodbye (regular), or goodbye (forever) . ” I can’t come up with an equivalent for what she’s trying to express here so I’m just replicating the emotion and intent
2 . Nine here could be nine literally, or nine is just used an adjective for greatness, because nine is a special number in Chinese . Either way, I have to go literal here . The author usually does literal number