Yao Lao is the spirit living in Xiao Yan's ring. He is a very high class Receptarier. He is the reason why Xiao Yan had lost his powers because he was taking Xiao Yan's Dou Qi to awaken himself from a deep slumber. He is now Xiao Yan's master.
Yao Lao has long white hair and wide red eyes. His skin is very pale and he has a tall, lean figure.
In the light novel he actually has a beard.
He tends to make fun of Xiao Yan however he is quite fond of Xiao Yan and will protect him even if he is in spirit form. He has a tendency to scare Xiao Yan a lot. He has quite a playful personality in the manhua.
His light novel counterpart has a different personality even though they both wish the best for their disciple the light novel counter part is more mature and more serious.
In the past Yao Lao traveled the world with his friends who were all Venerates.
He spent 8 years waiting for the Bone Chilling Flame.
Yao Lao was murdered by his first disciple Han Feng, who was assisted by the Spirit Hall, who wanted to obtain Yao Lao's soul. It was at this point he managed to escape into the storage ring that was given to Xiao Yan.
- In the past he has already been to Jia Nan Academy and felt the Essence Flame however he wasn't sure back then so he didn't do anything.
- It has been hinted that Yao Lao knows who Lu Man is.