Chapter 11: A Gamble
TN: We have decided to change the naming convention of the term “medicine refinement” and it’s different variations to “alchemy” because it would be more appropriate for how it would be used later in the novel.
Five Element Eighty-Thousand Alchemy Array!”
This seemingly strange name could actually be explained very easily.
Five elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth; eighty-thousand: the eight thousand kinds of commonly seen materials.
Five elements and eighty-thousand meant: the eighty thousand common level 1 materials within the five elemental properties could all be easily taken care of. This was a powerful and broad alchemy array.
Meng Ying Ying, after hearing Chu Tian’s explanation, immediately refuted, saying: “But, this array completely violates common sense and the prevailing iron law of alchemy!”
“An iron law doesn’t always represent the truth, so it’s able to be broken.” Chu Tian set the alchemy array first into the furnace, then made a gesture of invitation: “Come and try it out, this is not much harder than frying the steak and making the soup like before, I believe you can do it.”
Since Chu Tian had already said it like that, Meng Ying Ying had no choice but to try it out.
Rumble rumble rumble!
The instant that magic power was imbued, the pill furnace exploded with rumbles and roars, signifying that the pill-making reaction had already been started.
Under the normal operation of the Super Alchemy Array, one could only see countless glowing runes appearing on the surface of the pill furnace, like a seal that stabilized the pill furnace. No matter how much the furnace roared, it remained perfectly still.
After around ten or so minutes, the sound gradually died down.
“Okay, open the furnace now.”
“No way, it’s over just like that? I hadn’t even figured out what was happening!”
Chu Tian nodded his head; as long as the formula was correct, it was stable, efficient and the failure rate was almost zero. The Super Alchemy Array was just this magical!
Being stabilized by the wisdom of many tens of thousands of years, with the magic supercomputer as the driving force, gave birth to this great knowledge. Of course, the Super Alchemy Array could only mix drugs for the common five elements materials. There was currently no unified way to use a single alchemy array to encapsulate some of the more rarer or more specific materials.
Chu Tian took out the pale golden pill: “You see, this is called a Lianqi pill, and it is one of the best medicinal pills for the realm of Body Refinement. It greatly improves a cultivator in the Body Refinement realm’s elemental energy.”
Meng Ying YIng hurriedly asked: “How strong is the pill’s effect?”
“Let’s just say it like this: with only one Lianqi pill, no matter how bad your natural constitution is, you can still become a cultivator at level one or two of Body Refinement. For cultivators already in the Body Refinement realm, this can also massively increase the strength of their elemental energy. The most important thing is that this pill has no side effects.”
Throughout the land, there were many pills that could increase cultivation levels, however, most of them came with side effects. Just as trying to help a shoot grow by pulling it up harms it, those pills harmed the user. The pills that could actually help boost cultivation without side effects were expensive to make, not to mention that there was no supply for them at all. They were held by a only a few powers and were kept extremely secret, and would never be spread around.
Meng Ying Ying did not know that it was possible for her to make such a precious pill!
She became energetic and immediately made a second pill.
“We’ll each take one!”
Both of them swallowed the pill at the same time.
Chu Tian sat cross-legged as he felt an intense heat in his abdomen. A surge of pure magic energy expanded to all four limbs and then slowly seeped into various veins and arteries. Body Refinement Realm is the first realm a cultivator reaches. When magic power fills each vein and artery of the cultivator, that is the the point where they cross into the realm of Body Refinement.
From there on, every time their magic power gets stronger, their body, their power and speed are also enhanced, thus causing them to become stronger and stronger.
After the blood vessels had been cleared, it immediately produced a sense of being reborn!
Chu Tian finally became a rank 1 Body Refinement cultivator!
Chu Tian did not stop there as there was still a lot of effects left from the pill. He skillfully guided energy to continue to nourish his blood vessels, further increasing his magic power and cultivation. Starting from 1st rank, he went past 2nd rank, barely making it to the 3rd rank before his breakthrough stopped.
Only two hours!
He started out from less than Body Refinement and directly jumped to the 3rd rank of Body Refinement!
His whole body became three times stronger. The effect was not bad and was very satisfactory. When Chu Tian opened his eyes, Meng Ying YIng had also happened to finish absorbing the effect of the pill. She jumped up and gave Chu Tian a big hug!
Chu Tian felt two soft and elastic peak bearing down on him with the weight of Mount Tai*. He felt his blood boiling and could not help but to lean forward to cop a feel. Wonder what this missy ate as she grew up to grow something this big. Her size at this young of age was enough to make countless mature woman feel inferior.
*EN: I want to see this Mount Tai, here’s hoping I have eyes
“Wow! Am I dreaming now?”
“Peak of 4th rank, my cultivation is at the peak of the 4th rank!”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! ”
“If JieJie knows, she would be truly happy for me!”
One small pill was equal to Meng Ying Ying cultivating for three or four years!
Meng Ying Ying had dreamed of reaching the 3rd rank of Body Refinement, because once she became at the 3rd rank of Body Refinement, she could become an official disciple. However, no matter how hard she tried, she was stuck at the peak of the 2nd rank, and could only unwillingly become just an in-name disciple.
How could she not be happy?!
She has now made it to peak of the 4th rank in a single jump!
Her cultivation was no longer any lower than Han Shao Long!
Chu Tian really did not lie. The Lianqi pill was certainly very useful. Not only was the effect immediate, there were no side effects. This was ten times better than the best pill she knew of!
The value of this pill was even more shocking, as the value of the pill far surpassed the cost of production. Even if you were to auction it off for a few thousand gold, there would still be plenty of people competing for it. If this furnace was controlled by a major force or clan, not only would their overall strength be improved, they would also become very wealthy.
“Don’t make such a big fuss over little things, lets go.”
“This must be brought back.” Meng Ying Ying hurried to pick up the furnace and carefully embraced it: “We can’t let others get stuff for free!”
Chu Tian nodded. The furnace itself was worthless, but the array inside it was a whole other story. It was enough to shake the world and lead to bloody conflicts that would drag Chu Tian into the ordeal as well. The array simply couldn’t end up in other people’s hands!
The eastern sky was already bright.
The two had stayed at the alchemy room for more than four hours.
When they stepped outside, it was already morning.
“Ah!” Meng Ying Ying suddenly became dumbfounded: “We are done for!”
Chu Tian wondered: “What’s with the big reaction?”
Meng Ying YIng said restlessly: “If JieJie finds out that I stayed out all night, she is going to beat my butt!”
Meng Qing Wu had strict discipline. Her biggest taboo was staying out all night. Right now, I don’t know if JieJie had found out. No matter what, I should go back and apologize and then explain to her. For all the benefits last night, I hope JieJie will be understanding.
You must know that even though Meng Qing Wu appears gentle, dignified and placid, in reality however she becomes like a bolt of thunder when angry. Just thinking about it was scary!
Meng Ying Ying felt a bit guilty: “Let’s hurry and go!”
Suddenly, a sharp roar assaulted her from afar!
Meng Ying Ying’s reflexes were greatly enhanced after becoming peak forth rank Body Refinement. A sharp wolf-tooth arrow shot straight towards Chu Tian —— Not good, someone wanted to kill Chu Tian!
Chu Tian’s strength was greatly improved, and with hyperfocus, he calmly stepped away and dodged the arrow. The arrow mercilessly embed itself into a store’s wooden door, leaving the arrow’s fletching still shaking.
If he was half a second late, then the arrow would have pierced his heart!
Protected by two sturdy mercenary guards, a youth in white clothes holding a bow walked forward. The youth was around fifteen or sixteen years old, dressed very flamboyantly and carrying an arrogant face. A fatty with a face full of bandages followed closely behind him. If this wasn’t the Ye Clan housekeeper, who else could it be?
Meng Ying Ying furiously said: “Shooting someone in the middle of the market, this behavior is too villainous, are you not afraid of public anger?”
“In this place, who does not know of I, this young master, and would dare to speak up? You have to be aware of the owner of the dog you beat up. Since you beat up my person, then you must prepare to bear this young master’s anger!”
The youth in glossy white clothes slowly walked over. When he saw Meng Ying Ying, he was slightly startled, but soon his glance soon turned into disdain.
“I wondered who had such a big voice, it turns out to be Meng clan’s Mrs. Trash! Whoever this young master wants to kill, an empty vase like yourself has no right to interfere. Unless this is a lover that you bought?”
Meng Ying YIng’s face became bright red: “Nonsense, I am not useless!”
Every word Ye Feng said was malicious, and he continued to provoke: “I feel sorry for Meng Qing Wu. To try and get Zhang Li Qing as a backing, she put you under his tutelage. After four years, your cultivation is low, you’re not educated, you have bad grades, and no achievements. Oh, also news spread that you been expelled? If I were you, I would just kill myself. Who would still have face to come out and continue to embarrass themselves?”
Ye Feng was only fifteen or sixteen years old but had already reached the peak of the 3rd rank of Body Refinement cultivation. He was one of the successors for the alchemist association and a widely admitted prodigy in Tian Nan city!
Meng Ying Ying was like a ugly duckling in comparison.
Of course, that was the Meng Ying Ying from before. Meng Ying Ying now has cultivation of the 4th rank of Body Refinement!
Even though those words hit her where it hurt and her mood was low, she continued to defend Chu Tian: “Say whatever you want, I don’t care. Chu Tian is a friend of our family, if you dare to hurt him, my sister will not let you off. If you have what it takes, come and try!”
Ye Feng burst out in laughter: “Ha ha ha, similar people really do group up together. A big man requires a woman to save himself, calling you trash is too flattering, simply less than trash. If that is how it is, I don’t even have do this myself”
The housekeeper was not able to reconcile: “Young master, are we letting them go just like that?”
Ye Feng showed a contemptuous expression: “To personally make a move against such a useless pair, would that not degrade us?”
The two mercenaries surrounding Ye Feng were both elites, with the cultivation of about the sixth rank of the Realm of Body Refinement. A wise man knows when to retreat, finding another day to take back losses was not late.
Meng Ying Ying pulled Chu Tian: “Hmph, don’t listen to them, let’s go!”
At that time, the two mercenaries blocked them.
When Meng Ying Ying saw the big and tall mercenaries, she revealed a slightly scared expression, both scared and furious: “What do you mean by this?”
“Though I said that I won’t kill you, I did not say I would just let this go.” Ye Feng said in a bantering tone: “You guys did something wrong so you need pay the price. Now, kneel three times and bow nine times and sincerely apologize to our housekeeper, then this young master will be generous and let it slide!”
“Thank you young master!” The housekeeper revealed a joyful expression and stood tall: “Go kneel, I will accept your apology!”
“Us apologizing to your lackey!?” Meng Ying Ying was both sad and angry from being bullied, bitterly said: “Don’t you feel you are going too far?”
“Going too far? No no no! Trash should have the awareness of being a trash!” Ye Feng lightly patted his snow white robe, “In this land, the strong are respected, whoever has the hardest fist is justice. I already took a very kind approach by not killing you, you should be grateful, because those that do not know how to distinguish between good and bad will often find it hard to acquire a peaceful end.”
Chu Tian burst out in laughter, as if he had just heard the world’s funniest joke.
Ye Feng’s face became gloomy: “Did I say anything funny?”
Chu Tian said: “You opened your mouth with trash, closed your mouth with trash, so I’m really very curious, where does your feeling of superiority come from?”
The housekeeper stood out and said: “Our young master is the greatest genius alchemist in the whole Tian Nan city! His teacher is the head of Tian Nan city’s Alchemist Association, master Li Chang Yun! How can you country bumpkin even dare to question?”
Chu Tian bursts out into laughter again: “Your skill is less than a child playing with mud balls. And that whatever Master Li Chang Yun? Everyone calls themselves a master these days, I don’t think he is good enough to even be my handyman!”
His remark shocked everyone!
What kind of figure was Li Chang Yun?
He was the head of Tian Nan city’s Alchemist Association!
He was Tian Nan city’s authority on the medicine realm!
Did the reckless Chu Tian want to anger both the master and disciple?
“Slow down and don’t bite.” Chu Tian saw that Ye Feng was about to explode, immediately interrupts by saying something just as shocking: “If you guys don’t agree, then let’s have a match fair and square. Let’s compete in your field of expertise of alchemy, then we will see who is the real trash!”
Ye Feng has been immersed in a genius’s aura since little. With such high self esteem and ego, how could he bear such provocations?
“You are bringing disgrace upon yourself!”
“Just answer, do you accept?”
Ye Feng cynically said: “I understand, this young master is Tian Nan city’s most dazzling genius alchemist. You challenge this young master, young master winning is only natural, and even though you can’t win, but because you challenged me, you will receive fame. I have seen plenty of these small tricks.”
God Damn it!
This guy is just too disgusting!
Meng Ying Ying felt as if she was about to throw up last night’s dinner.
“If you guys want to disgrace yourself, then I will be happy to help you with that, but…” Ye Feng’s tone became eerie, “There are too many Tom, Dick and Harrys like you in the city that wants to challenge me. How would I find time if everyone wants to challenge me?”
Chu Tian laughed happily: “How do you want to play? I will happily receive!”
Ye Feng took out a crystal card: “This card could be used to withdraw 5000 gold from any bank, I will use 5000 gold as a bet. I know you guys don’t have so much money, so if I win, I want Meng Ying Ying to become my sex slave and you will become my minion!”
“Don’t you dare look down on people!” Meng Ying Ying immediately flew into a rage at the humiliation and decided to fight it out,”I as the second young miss of the Meng family will agree to sign your contract, if you can win, take this promissory note and go to Nan Yun Chamber of Commerce to get the money! ”
Ye Feng didn’t expect Meng Ying Ying to have this kind of boldness: “Good good good, since you guys wholeheartedly brought five thousand gold coins to pay learning fees, this young master will generously teach you well…!”
5000 gold coins were enough to plunge the already sinking Nan Yun Commerce deeper in the quagmire.
This was truly a shocking gamble!