Chapter 521: Furnace Explosion
The Pill Furnace seems to be unable to withstand some powerful energy, as it’s shaking nonstop.
Then before anyone could react, they hear a loud boom.
The whole furnace tripod bursts open with an explosion, sparks flying about in all directions.
The people in the Great Hall are somewhat blinded for an instant.
Shi Lanling’s incredulous voice comes to grinding halt, going silent for a brief moment, then she suddenly erupts with absolutely unrestrained laughter, “Hahaha… a furnace explosion, it’s actually a furnace explosion. Jun Muyan, you’ve lost!!”
Didn’t she say, without the secret method of Pill Condensation, and only relying on Internal Force, how could Jun Muyan possibly be successful?
Just now, ‘using zither sound to perform alchemy’, it was just this slut bluffing.
The doctors look at the Dan Furnace that has already turned into broken pieces of copper and iron. All their faces are filled with hopelessness.
It’s over. This time, it’s really over.
Just a moment ago, they really thought that Muyan would be successful.
The greater the hope, the bigger the disappointment.
Among everyone there, only Muyan’s expression hasn’t changed in the slightest. Her fingers are still moving gently on the Tian Mo Qin.
Dense Internal Force coils around her fingertips, pouring into the Tian Mo Qin.
During that period of time, there’s also another unseen energy mixed in.
Along with the Internal Force seeping into the Tian Mo Qin,
Indeed… it’s Spiritual Power!
“Haha, Ghost Slave, why are you still just staring blankly? From now on, Jun Muyan is definitely yours!”
Shi Lanling reveals a sadistic smile, darkly saying, “Wait until her meridians are destroyed, and however you want to play with her or abuse her, it would all be at your liberty!”
Hearing what she said, the Ghost Slave has his pair of turbid yellow eyes burn brightly.
He licks his lips, zit-covered cheeks slightly shaking from excitement. He makes his way towards Muyan, “Madam Enchantress, a moment of Spring Night is worth a thousand gold. Since you and I are already husband and wife, I think there’s no need to wait, follow me into the bridal room now!”
“Fuck off! You disgusting beast!” Dr. Song immediately steps forward, his body is still on the verge of collapse, but it suddenly releases pressure all over, “As long as I’m still alive, I won’t let your filthy hands touch Jun Muyan!!”
More doctors up the ante with their lives, wanting to guard in front of Muyan.
But Han Ye’s movements are faster than theirs.
The long sword strikes out, firmly pressing against that Ghost Slave’s chest. With a grim laugh: “If you have the ability, move another step forward.”
To actually dare to covet the future Mistress of their Polar Domain, haha, he’s truly tired of living!
Liu Se sneers: “Han Ye-daren, what are you doing – if you agree to bet, you must accept to lose. Even if you are the Dark Lord’s subordinate, you still have to be reasonable.”
“If the Dark Lord, as well as Han Ye-daren, really want to force people, I’m afraid that the Dark Lord’s prestige in the Ghost City would be completely obliterated from now.”
Shi Lanling immediately goes along, “The gamble is Jun Muyan’s to deal with. Don’t tell me that you’re going to back out now that you’ve lost?”
The atmosphere is on a state of mutual hostility, tensed for action.
“Ah–!” from the direction where Muyan is playing, they suddenly hear Dr. Wang cry out in surprise, “Pill Condensation, it’s still at Pill Condensation! The process of Alchemy is still not over!”
“What joke is that?! The Dan Furnace has exploded, how could it possibly still be at Pill Condensation?!”
With this shout, everyone’s attention is immediately drawn towards it.
No one believes that a Pill Furnace that as already blown up might still continue refining Pills.
But the scene that enters their eyes next-
It overturns everyone’s imagination.
Each and every one of them are made to widen their eyes in shock, simply unable to believe what they’re seeing.
Chapter 520: Playing the Qin for the Dan Furnace
With fingers on the Tian Mo Qin, Muyan gently strums.
Then there’s a flash of light, and that Chi Gu is already in two pieces, falling midair.
Disregarding Liu Se’s unsightly complexion, Muyan waves a hand, and those burning halves of the Chi Gu flies straight into the Dan Furnace.
Joining the fire.
She smoothly sits down in front of it, calmly and unhurriedly placing one herb after another into the Dan furnace.
Neither fast nor slow, she says: “Whether I’ll lose or not, how could we know without trying?”
Liu Se glares fiercely at Jun Muyan, the expression showing in her eyes is unspeakably bitter.
But Shi Lanling suddenly bursts out laughing: “I thought you had some sort of ability, but as it turns out, you were really studying my alchemy from scratch! Hah, in a little while, I’d like to see how you’re going to Condense a Pill!”
With those words, everyone notices it-
The drug ingredients that Muyan has selected, as well as their quantities, they really are exactly the same as Shi Lanling’s.
With that move, all the surrounding doctors show looks of anxiety.
On the contrary, the people on the Ghost City’s side are all jeering and scoffing, overflowing with disdain.
“So she really couldn’t refine Pills! Still, she actually dares to compete against Shi-xianzi in alchemy, simply too ignorant about the immensity of heaven and earth.”
“Ghost Slave-daren really has great fortune! After this, such a lovely woman will certainly be yours!”
The Ghost Slave creepily laughs, making the doctors at the side all turn deathly pale.
At last, the handling and placement of the herbs are finally done.
With the burning flame, the drug ingredients begin to dissolve.
Next, Internal Force would be introduced, and Pill Condensation will begin.
At least half of the entire Great Hall is waiting to see Muyan make a fool of herself.
But beyond everyone’s expectations-
Muyan doesn’t place a hand over the furnace to pour her Internal Force.
Instead, she picks up the Tian Mo Qin next to her, and starts to gently pluck the strings.
Everyone is immediately struck dumb, not understanding what she means by doing this.
Shi Lanling stares blankly, then she suddenly laughs heartily: “I’ve never witnessed someone play music to a cow*, and I’ve never even heard of playing the Qin to a furnace. Jun Muyan, you don’t honestly think that after those herbs listen to the sound of your zither, they will just gain sentience and move by themselves to condense? Hahahaha…”
idiom: doing good to an unappreciative/deaf audience
All the people around Shi Lanling laugh.
Almost everyone believes that Muyan is in a death-struggle.
They’ve never before heard of someone being able to concoct Pills by playing the Qin.
But along with the sound of the zither reverberating through the area,
The flames within the Dan furnace roars higher and higher.
And it faintly emits a clear and pure silver glow.
Unexpectedly, those now-dissolved herbs are slowly starting to show signs of condensing.
“How… how could this be? Just by playing the Qin, how could it possibly prompt the Dan Fire to condense the herbs?!”
“Can’t you guys feel it? The sound of Dr. Jun’s zither contains Internal Force.”
“Could… could one truly be able to condense Pills through the sound of the Qin?!”
In a split second, the insolent smile on Shi Lanling’s face freezes.
Seeing this scene, each and every one of the doctors show expressions pleasant surprise.
“I’ve heard that Dr. Jun is also called the Music Healer. That’s because whenever she treats a patient, she can get rid of the ailment through music. I didn’t expect that she could also use the zither sound to refine medicine.”
“This is really brilliant, a godly skill!”
Shi Lanling stiffly stares at the slowly condensing Elixir inside the Dan Furnace, willing it to crack under her glare, “Impossible! How could this happen?! How could this slut possibly condense a Pill by just playing the Qin…”
She has yet to finish what she’s saying,
When that bronze furnace tripod suddenly starts to shudder violently, producing a creaking sound.
Chapter 519: Fighting Chance
For if it is at third level, Muyan might have had a fighting chance.
But if it’s a fourth level Pill…
That’s fourth level ah!!
Even Master Jian Feng of the Heavenly Road Sect, the best Elixir that he could refine so far is only at fourth level as well.
Furthermore, the success rate isn’t high at all, and normally, in one furnace, he could only refine a single one.
But Shi Lanling has refined two level-four Elixirs in one go.
How could this not make the crowd of doctors feel despair for Muyan?
Perhaps it’s because of that bet:
This time, the one who steps up to check the level of the Elixir isn’t the usual Ghost Envoy.
Instead, it’s that ugly Ghost Slave beside Liu Se.
He strides forward, takes a Pill, sniffing and carefully examining it.
Then his splits his mouth open, revealing yellow teeth in his widening smile: “Fourth level, Vein Shield Dan. Taking this Pill, one can withstand a full strength attack from a primary Precelestial Stage practitioner.”
As soon as he says that, the whole audience goes silent.
Then an uproar erupts through the Ghost Envoys.
“It’s actually a fourth level Vein Shield Dan, able to withstand a full-strength attack of a primary Precelestial practitioner, that is truly a life-saving Elixir indeed!”
“Shi-xianzi really proves herself to be the most talented alchemist of the Yanwu Continent. Only at her early thirties, but an alchemist that has already reached the standard to refine fourth-level Pills. She’s truly someone that would leave others in the dust.”
Words of high praise wash over Shi Lanling like a tide.
Even those doctors who had just disparaged her, each and every one of them turns pale, hopelessness across their faces. They couldn’t say another word.
Shi Lanling just feels that the resentment she has accumulated for the past three days, it now loosens up, dispersing as it is vented clean.
She stares darkly at Muyan, saying in ridicule: “Jun Muyan, you’ve been watching for so long, have you learned my secret method of Pill Condensation? Haha, could it be that you didn’t? Would you like me to give you another demonstration?”
Muyan gives her a profound look, a trace of comprehension in her eyes, but also slivers of astonishment and pity.
It seems like Shi Lanling is infuriated by that hint of pity in her eyes.
Her face suddenly transforms, sneering: “What are you staring at? Jun Muyan, even if the draughts you refine really are of the best quality, this is alchemy. Do you think you can do it after just watching?”
“If it’s really so easy, the number of people who can perform alchemy in the entire Yanwu Continent wouldn’t be as rare as a phoenix feather or a unicorn horn.”
“My advise, it’s best that you just step down now, admit defeat and don’t waste our time. I reckon that sky is already bright outside, that’s just great, I think we could have Ghost King Liu officiate the wedding for the two of you.”
At the side, that Ghost Slave promptly grins once again, the way he looks at Muyan is filled with depravity.
It could be because his mouth is split wider this time, that he not only reveals two rows of dark yellow teeth, but also red mincemeat stuck between the teeth.
“Madam Enchantress, this slave very much looks forward to having the wedding festivities with you, to tie the knot!”
Han Ye couldn’t help but unsheathe the long sword in his hand.
A grim and sinister chill spreads throughout the entire Great Hall, “Could you say that one more time?!”
The dense aura of death changes the look on that slave’s face, and with a mocking laugh, he retreats all the way back.
It’s at this time that Liu Se steps forward, and with a smile that isn’t a smile: “There is no need for Han Ye-daren to get angry, Miss Jun herself has agreed to the terms of the wager. It can’t be that when things come to a head, you’d want to back out?”
Saying that, she turns to Muyan, her gaze deep, “Miss Jun, if you really want to win, I suggest you behave and take the Chi Gu. This way, you might still have a fighting chance.”
Proceeding with what she said, she waves of a hand. That disgusting bug that had just crawled out of her mouth flies towards Muyan.
Chapter 518: Stealing the method?
The rules of the match are very simple.
The Ghost Wind Valley will provide two identical sets of drug ingredients.
These sets contain as many types of herbs as possible, and most of them are rare ingredients of considerable value.
Using these herbs, Muyan and Shi Lanling could make almost any Elixir they want to refine.
Shi Lanling disdainfully glances at Muyan, and takes the initiative to stand before her Dan furnace.
Her hands are slim and good-looking, but her nails are currently painted the gaudy red of balsam extract.
As she takes the herbs beside her and places them into the Dan Furnace, her fingernails shine and gleam, like scooping up a handful of blood, exceptionally ominous.
Following the first two drug ingredients entering the Dan Furnace, Shi Lanling’s movements get faster and faster.
In selecting the herbs and throwing in the right quantity, she barely hesitates or pauses.
Even those doctors who extremely loathe her at this moment, they also cannot help but exclaim in admiration at her proficient movements in alchemy.
Just then, Shi Lanling turns her head to look at Muyan, and sees that the other still hasn’t started yet, just looking at Shi Lanling with intent eyes instead. She could only scoff and smirk.
“Jun Muyan, I thought you had some ability, for you to think that you could beat me?”
“So it turns out that you plan to observe and steal the secret method of Pill Condensation while I refine Pills!”
“Hahaha… put that thought to rest. If the method of Pill Condensation was so easy to learn, it wouldn’t be called a Secret Method.”
“Slut, you’re bound to lose today!!”
Shi Lanling continues with the task on hand while unrestrainedly taunting Muyan.
But Muyan’s expression doesn’t change in the slightest, looking quite inquisitive as she watches Shi Lanling attentively.
She really is quite curious.
By conjecture, Alchemy requires Spiritual Power in order to condense the Pills.
That’s the secret key that she only figured out after reconstructing her Spiritual Root.
And there’s no Spiritual Power in the Yanwu Continent.
She really wants to know what method Shi Lanling is going to employ in order to condense a Pill.
After taunting Muyan, Shi Lanling haughtily snorts and no longer pays attention to her.
She goes on with performing alchemy instead.
As she urges the flame, the drug ingredients begin to blend.
At last, it’s finally the last step, the most important step.
“This… why is the flame blue-green?” everyone around suddenly cries out in surprise.
That’s because they discover, after injecting Internal Force into Shi Lanling’s Dan Furnace,
The flames actually begin to change color.
Along with the change in color of the Dan Fire, Shi Lanling’s skin also becomes clearer and more lustrous.
Seeing this scene, Muyan slightly narrows her eyes, looking indescribably dark and gloomy.
A brief quarter of an hour later, a faint medicinal fragrance wafts out of the Dan Furnace and spreads throughout the entire Great Hall.
The doctors that are already worried for Muyan, they become even more uneasy at this moment.
“This… this scent? Could it be a third level, first-ranked Elixir? But it doesn’t seem like that either!”
“I once happened upon a third level Elixir in the Ghost City, but this scent is richer and more enticing than that third level Pill.”
“Im… impossible, if it’s richer than a third level Elixir, don’t tell that it’s at fo… fourth level?!”
Shi Lanling raises her chin, standing up proudly.
Soon after, a Ghost Slave comes forward and opens the Dan Furnace, taking out two shining, white-as-jade Pills from inside.
Examining the appearance of these two Pills, as well as the medicinal fragrance that they emit-
The crowd of doctors immediately go ashen, their eyes filling up with despair.
“Two… in one breath, she has actually refined two.”
“That… that is just a third level, first-ranked Elixir, right? There’s no way it could be at fourth level, yes?”
Some are unresigned as they ask, hoping to get an answer that they want.
Chapter 517: The Price of Losing
“What nonsense are you saying?!” Han Ye immediately bellows, preparing to charge towards that slave and Shi Lanling.
But Muyan pulls him to stay.
From what they’ve discussed, Muyan knows that Han Ye and the others couldn’t interfere too much with the affairs of the Yanwu Continent.
More than that, they cannot just casually harm a person of the Yanwu Continent, or they will suffer Heavenly Retribution.
The doctors at the side are also talking all at once, raining curses on Shi Lanling.
“Shi Lanling, don’t push too far. If you’re going to have an alchemy competition then do that. To actually come up with such a sinister scheme against a little girl, you’ve no sense of shame!”
“Humph, I remember that man from a few nights ago, the one Shi Lanling tried to seduce with her naked body – he was probably Dr. Jun’s man. This woman must be jealous of Dr. Jun, so she came up with such a method!”
“Little girl, you must never agree to her!”
Just then, Liu Se’s terrible, gloomy face finally reveals a smile, “What? Miss Jun, you don’t have that much confidence in your own standard in alchemy? Now, you wouldn’t dare to make a wager?”
“Since Miss Jun herself thinks that she’ll lose, and doesn’t have the guts to gamble, then I’ll just forget about it. I just didn’t expect that the so-called future wife of the Dark Lord would actually be such a gutless weakling, unexpectedly throwing away even the Dark Lord’s face!”
Shi Lanling grinds her teeth and sneers: “Jun Muyan, what do you amount to, how are you worthy of that man! Since you wouldn’t dare to make a bet against me, I think it’s better for you to obediently leave the Dark Lord’s side. How could trash like you be worthy of the Dark Lord?”
Before Shi Lanling could finish what she’s saying, the young woman’s low, sweet-sounding laughter suddenly echoes within the Great Hall.
This laughter makes Liu Se and Shi Lanling stare blankly, when the pair have just been spurred into responding to the negative remarks.
Soon after, they see Muyan raise her head, beautiful peach blossom eyes curved with overflowing ridicule, “You two could really go on and on with so much nonsense. But after talking for quite a while, haven’t you only spoken of what would happen should I lose?”
“What if you lose, Shi Lanling? What price do you intend to pay?”
Shi Lanling is stumped at first, then she soon huffs a laugh, “Me, lose? You think I could lose? Jun Muyan, where did you get that self-confidence, to think that I could be outdone by a waste like you, who has never concocted a Pill before?!”
But Muyan looks calm beyond words, “How would you know that I couldn’t do alchemy?”
“Haha, if you could really do alchemy, you needn’t look for me to refine that Nine-Holed Golden Dan from back then. Jun Muyan, did you think that bluffing would scare me? Are you an idiot?”
At the side, Han Ye couldn’t help but roll his eyes: If you’re not the idiot, who else could it be?
Muyan is as calm and unruffled as before, speaking neither fast nor slow: “Since Shi-xianzi is that confident, let’s do it like this,”
“If Shi-xianzi loses, I won’t demand to have your flesh and blood consumed by the Chi Gu, such an ugly death. But proper behavior is based on reciprocity, I’ll only want your meridians destroyed, and never be able to practice medicine or do alchemy. What do you think?”
A change comes over Shi Lanling’s complexion.
That’s because Muyan really looks too calm, too confident.
Could this woman really perform alchemy?
No! Absolutely impossible!
That Dark Clouds Spirit Flower was so precious, and this woman desperately wants to draw Di Jun’s attentions. If she could really concoct Pills, why would she possibly let Shi Lanling refine the Nine-Holed Golden Dan?
Moreover, at the Ghost City back then, Jun Muyan had a very unhappy expression when the topic of alchemy was mentioned.
It’s obvious that she couldn’t concoct Pills!
Thinking of this, Shi Lanling speaks through gritted teeth: “Fine, it’s decided!”
Chapter 516: Wager
“How is this possible?! Hasn’t Dark Lord’s token disappeared for more than a thousand years?”
Han Ye says: “Now, do you still have any further doubts about the Dark Lord’s existence?”
Liu Se’s complexion bursts into green and white, her eyes fill up with restraining fear, and she couldn’t come up with a single word to say.
Han Ye puts the token away, instantly restoring the freedom of movement to those kneeling Ghost Envoys and Shi Lanling.
Then Shi Lanling’s eyes suddenly light up, her face is filled with adoration and infatuation, “So it turns out that Di Jun is the founder of Ghost City, the Dark Lord!”
It’s no wonder the man is that handsome and powerful.
Making her so deeply infatuated at practically the first sight.
But unfortunately, such a great man has actually taken a fancy to Jun Muyan, this slut who had already lost her innocence.
On the contrary, he spurned and humiliated Shi Lanling in every possible way!
No! No! The Dark Lord didn’t reject her, it was merely because there’s Jun Muyan creating an obstruction from within, that’s why the Dark Lord had misunderstood her.
That’s right, it’s precisely so!
As long as… as long as she eliminates Jun Muyan, as long as she lets the Dark Lord see Jun Muyan as a fickle woman, her ugly and filthy nature-
She believes that the Dark Lord will surely come around and be fond of her.
Shi Lanling stifles her excitement and stands up, she suddenly speaks in a loud voice: “Even if you’ve proven the existence of the Dark Lord, you still cannot certify that this woman is the Dark Lord’s intended!”
“Furthermore, Jun Muyan, you yourself had just agreed to have an alchemy competition against me. Could it be that you want to back out now?”
At first, Muyan was still steeping on the issue that Di Ming Jue is actually the Ghost City’s “Dark Lord”, so she’s not paying attention.
Now hearing Shi Lanling’s words, she couldn’t help but quirk her lips up, “Yes, I’ve agreed to have an alchemy competition against you. If I win, I’ll be allowed to treat the Ghost Lord’s illness, isn’t that right!”
She is answering Shi Lanling’s words, but she’s looking at Ghost King Liu Se.
Liu Se nods, “Yes, as long as you beat Shi-xianzi in alchemy, it would prove that you have the ability to treat the Ghost Lord. I’ll naturally let you go in and minister to the Ghost Lord.”
“If Miss Jun couldn’t refine a Pill, or couldn’t win against Shi-xianzi in alchemy, then it proves that you simply cannot cure the Ghost Lord. Even if you’re the Dark Lord’s wife, haha… that still wouldn’t qualify you to go in and treat the Ghost Lord’s illness.”
Muyan nods, “Good, then let’s start right away.”
Shi Lanling glares at her, lightly asking, “You really refuse to take the Chi Gu, yet you’re going to compete against me in alchemy?”
“But this way, wouldn’t it be too dull? Why don’t we make a bet! I wonder if you’d dare, Jun Muyan!”
Muyan raises her brows, “Oh? What kind of bet?”
Shi Lanling laughs lowly.
But this smiling expression is without the slightest bit of elegance and purity. On the contrary, it’s brimming with cold bitterness and savagery, “If you lose, then your cultivation will be abolished, you will be married to that slave next to Ghost King Liu, and you will serve the Ghost City forever. What say you?”
Saying that, she points a finger to someone behind Liu Se.
She’s referring to a man standing behind the Ghost King.
He also has the Ghost City’s symbol embroidered on his clothes, but he’s different from the other Ghost Envoys.
He’s not a Ghost Envoy, but a mere Ghost Slave deployed by Liu Se.
And so, almost everyone in the room pays more attention to him.
That’s because the appearance of this slave is extremely ugly, he could even be compared to Liu Se.
Hearing what Shi Lanling said, that Ghost Slave immediately splits his lips open, revealing a mouthful of yellow teeth. His smile is very wretched and depraved, “Many thanks to Shi-xianzi, if this slave could really marry Enchantress of Medicine, I’ll surely make her properly serve the Ghost City and the Ghost King!”
Chapter 515: Subordinate offending the Superior
In a blink, the Ghost Envoys who were still rushing over like fiends, each and every one of them clutches their burnt and injured hand, crying out in pain.
A short period of time later, the Chi Gu that made everyone panic earlier, all of them are turned into fine powder.
The whole audience falls in a deathly stillness, all of their gazes gathering on Muyan.
The doctors are shocked, then ecstatic.
The Ghost Envoys are fearful, dumbstruck.
And Shi Lanling and Liu Se, they are thoroughly and totally incredulous.
Especially Liu Se.
At this time, her terrible face is entirely warped and scrunched.
Her pair of turbid eyes appear like they’re going to fall out of their sockets.
“My Chi Gu… Jun Muyan, you slut, you killed my Xuan Ji, now you even killed off my Chi Gu…”
“Good, good! Since they cannot make you take the Chi Gu, then I have to personally feed you!!”
As soon as her voice falls, Liu Se opens her mouth.
The next moment, an ugly dark red bug, several times bigger than the other Chi Gu, crawls out of her mouth.
Liu Se snatches that bug, her figure suddenly turning into an afterimage as she goes towards Muyan.
This time, the color of Muyan’s face becomes extremely heavy.
Holding up the the Tian Mo Qin in her hand, five fingers immediately play on the strings.
The notes of zither abruptly build up, like a hurricane, an engulfing sea wave, surging up to the skies.
Liu Se is about to reach Muyan, but her body unexpectedly collides against an invisible wall.
The whole person is pushed away.
The new Shen Musician level two skill–[Divine Hands that Weave the Heavens].
The zither sound manipulates the Field Energy in the atmosphere, forming a protective barrier in a short amount of time.
Using up all the Internal Force and Spiritual Power in her body, it has a duration of three breaths.
That sound barrier pushes Liu Se backwards by three steps, and only then could she steady her stance.
She snaps her eyes to Muyan, her gaze filled with bewilderment.
Jun Muyan is a musician? Would a Yanwu Continent musician really be capable of making such a powerful sound barrier?
Liu Se’s eyes keeps on flickering with an ominous light.
She prepares to attack again, when a voice suddenly comes through, from outside the door of the Great Hall.
“Ghost King Liu Se, what do you think you’re doing to the Dark Lord’s intended?”
Before the voice could subside, Han Ye’s figure emerges from the dense black fog.
The Poison Smog coils around his body, but it looks like it doesn’t affect him in the slightest.
Han Ye goes straight to Muyan’s side. Humbly bowing towards her, “Miss Jun, Di Jun said that he has some business that he must attend to. In the meantime, this subordinate has been assigned to protect you.”
Muyan sees that Han Ye is unharmed and in good condition. Hearing his words, her heart immediately relaxes.
Sure enough, Di Ming Jue’s group is safe and sound.
Han Ye turns towards Liu Se, his eyes harsh and cold, “Ghost King Liu Se, you’re a subordinate offending her superior, what punishment do you think you deserve?”
Liu Se narrows her eyes, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Shi Lanling immediately sneers and says: “The Ghost City only had a Dark Lord when it was founded a thousand years ago, and the Dark Lord hasn’t appeared since then. You go as far as to say that this woman is the Dark Lord’s intended, that could make a person’s teeth fall off from laughing!”
“Hah–!” Han Ye snorts.
He suddenly takes out a black token from his chest pocket.
The token appears very ordinary, there’s no blinding rays of light, neither does it have Internal Force around it.
But the moment that token appears, the surrounding Ghost Envoys seem to fall under a spell.
Simultaneously kneeling down without their own volition, they shout out, “All hail the Dark Lord!”
Even Shi Lanling and Liu Se seem to completely lose control as well, sinking down to their knees.
But before Liu Se’s knees could touch the ground, she suddenly comes to her senses.
Her eyes rigidly stare at that token, looking ominous yet astonished, “The Dark Lord’s token, it really is the Dark Lord’s token!”
Chapter 514: No need to eat it
Shi Lanling sneers as she says: “Not going to take the Chi Gu? Without the assistance of the Chi Gu, can a mere waste like you refine an Elixir? Stop dreaming. Or are you thinking that even if you lose, as long as you don’t take the Chi Gu, you could still escape a tragedy?”
“Haha, Jun Muyan, you’re really too naive. My advice is that you better eat the Gu bug right away, and maybe you could also have the qualifications to measure your hand against mine. If not, your death would only be more unsightly!”
Saying that, she waves a hand.
A Ghost Envoy immediately carries a small black cup, handing it before Muyan.
Muyan has a smile that isn’t a smile, not moving, “I said I don’t need it, so I don’t need it. Ghost King Liu only asked us to do alchemy, but she didn’t say that we must take the Chi Gu in order concoct Pills.”
“That isn’t up to you!” Shi Lanling speaks through gritted teeth, “I don’t care about whatever the hell you’re planning, but today, you’re going to eat this Gu bug whether you want to or not!”
“Someone come, stuff the Chi Gu into her mouth, I’ll see how she could still be arrogant.”
Hearing the order, the Ghost Envoy who’s holding that small goblet deftly picks up the small black bug inside.
His hand must’ve undergone some unknown special treatment.
The Gu bug makes contact with his skin, but it surprisingly didn’t directly burrow inside, remaining quiet and calm instead, like it’s sleeping.
That Ghost Envoy picks up the Gu bug and slowly approaches Muyan.
Just when the bug gets closer and closer to Muyan, it seems to come alive all of a sudden, as it forcefully shoots out from the Ghost Envoy’s hand.
It’s as if Muyan’s flesh and blood strongly attracts it.
Liu Se’s eyes light up, and in the way she looks at Muyan, apart from hatred, there’s a bit more suspicion.
This is the first time she feels that her Gu bug is so excited and worked up.
Even the mother Gu within her body seems to have been affected, as it begins to get restless within her.
There must be something special in this woman’s flesh that attracts them!
In a moment, that terrifying pitch-black Gu bug is about to make contact with the snow-white surface of Muyan’s bright and translucent skin.
Muyan snorts, her fingertips faintly drumming in the air in a wave-like pattern.
In an instant, along with a silvery flash of light, there’s an almost imperceptible hum of a zither.
Soon after, there’s only a slashing sound, and in a flash, the Chi Gu that was still mid-jump just a moment ago is split into two.
At almost the same instant the the Chi Gu is chopped in half, the bug is caught by a blue flame.
It burns that Gu into ashes.
Even the Ghost Envoy has his fingers burnt black. He takes quite a while to come to himself and react, producing a miserable shriek.
Shi Lanling has been waiting for the frightened and panicked look on Muyan after she swallows the Chi Gu.
Who knew that it would so easily and skillfully be neutralized by this woman.
Her features instantly distort. Snarling in a harsh voice: “Trash, what are you all still dawdling about for! With so many Chi Gu, I don’t believe that she could escape them all! Hurry and do it!”
Hearing the order, the Ghost Envoys immediately rush over like a swarm of bees.
All of them holds a Gu bug in their hands.
Muyan chuckles, flipping her wrist. In a split second, a sleek and simple zither appears with a splendor in her hands.
Slender, unadorned fingers gently strum on the strings.
The melody of Shining Spears and Armored Horses resounds through the entire Great Hall.
With it, sound blades shoot out at a speed that the eyes cannot follow.
Muyan knows better than anyone, that if she lets these Gu bugs fall to the ground, they will burrow everywhere an indiscriminately.
Even if she’s not worried for herself, the other doctors would certainly suffer a disaster.
The zither sounds turn into blades, flying out to all directions.
But each one accurately strikes the bugs in the Ghost Envoys’ hands.
Chapter 513: I will win
If they’re all going to die here today, the study of medicine in the Yanwu Continent will fall back by at least thirty years.
And the cause of all this, is merely their covetous thoughts towards the secret method of Pill Condensation!
But at this very moment, Muyan, who extracted a Gu unaided, has made them see hope.
This young girl, not yet twenty years old, yet she has such medical skills that are fantastic to the extreme.
She could even refine draughts capable of regrowing dead flesh and bones.
(Dr. Song’s chest wound, downing just a single bottle of draught, and he heals completely in a wink of an eye.)
Such a good seedling, rarely seen in ten thousand years, a spark of fire that can improve the art of healing in the Yanwu Continent by a whole realm – how could they allow her to be snuffed out?
And so, right now, all the doctors who were previously greedy for life and afraid of death – they rise up.
They stand in front of Muyan.
Even Dr. Wang, who had once ridiculed and laughed at Muyan, both his legs are shaking as he also stands in front of her.
They spread out arms that are emphatically not strong, like an eagle guarding a chick, they hide Muyan behind them.
Muyan dazedly looks at this scene, and she couldn’t help but raise a hand and press it against her own chest.
In that space of her heart, which should be icebound and firmly clutched by hatred-
She doesn’t know why, but right now, a warm current wells up.
This warmth washes through every cell of her entire body, making her taste bitterness, feel ashamed, and yet moved beyond words.
Muyan takes a deep shuddering breath, and she parts the crowd of doctors blocking in front of her.
She directs a faint smile towards Liu Se and Shi Lanling, “All right, I will compete against you in Alchemy!”
“Little girl, don’t be impetuous!”
“Right, that Shi Lanling, even old Song couldn’t compete against her, how could you be her match?”
“Dr. Jun, you’re an expert in drugs and medical techniques, there’s simply no need to have a trial in alchemy against that contemptible woman. She’s already been immersing herself in alchemy for nearly ten years, and you’re not even two decades old right now. How could you possibly rival her?”
The doctors around Muyan are all anxious. One after another, earnest an well-meaning, they try to persuade her.
“Little girl, stop acting brave this instance. We’re just a bunch of old farts braving death, but that’s overall better than having a little girl like you drop dead. You better run away at once!”
Muyan looks at the various anxious faces scolding her. Even though they speak with harsh words, they are filled with concern towards her.
Her brows and eyes bend frivolously, and she reveals a respectful smiling expression. Slowly stooping down to bow, “Elders, thank you for your care. But this match is between me and Shi Lanling. Still I ask all the Elders to believe in me. I will win.”
In a short while, everyone’s a bit stunned.
When the girl before their eyes smiles, it’s as brilliant as the blazing sun, outstripping all the flowers that bloom, nothing more beautiful can be imagined. But it’s not because of that-
But it’s because her smile is filled with self-confidence and intractability, as if saying ‘what Liu Se, what Chi Gu, what Shi Lanling – they are but mere insects in her eyes.’
She Lanling doesn’t see that expression on Muyan, but she hears the other’s words. She immediately shows contempt, “Jun Muyan, why are you still wasting words, hurry up and take the Chi Gu so you can challenge me!”
“I simply couldn’t wait to see, after you lose to me, that appearance of a dried corpse consumed by the Chi Gu. Hahaha…”
Muyan brushes her clothes, unhurriedly turning around.
Peach blossom eyes sparkle like the gleaming reflection of waves in sunlight, deep and bottomless, but with neither a thread nor a hair of panic.
She merely sweeps her gaze over Liu Se and Shi Lanling, only then does she heedlessly say: “There’s no need to take the Chi Gu. If you want to have a trial in Alchemy, then let’s begin right away.”
As soon as she says this, Shi Lanling and Liu Se are both stumped for words.
Then, Liu Se quickly wrinkles her brows, her ice-cold gaze falling on Muyan like a blade.
Chapter 512: Stand in front of Muyan
To hear Magistrate Liu show no quarter in saying that she’s inferior to Muyan, Shi Lanling’s face fills up with malevolent ire.
Liu Se looks as indifferent as before, but there’s a chill within her gaze as she stares at Magistrate Liu. The corners of her mouth lift up, revealing a terrifying smile, “Is that so? The draughts refined by the Enchantress of Medicine are really better than Elixirs?”
“Yes, yes! This subordinate dares to use his life as guarantee!” hearing Liu Se speak like that, Magistrate Liu thought that he could persuade her, so he quickly says, “In the Ghost City, the draughts refined by Miss Jun sell much higher than Shi-xianzi’s Elixirs. Her skill in medicine is also widely recognized as one of the best, if it’s her, she would definitely be able to save the Ghost Lord!”
Magistrate Liu barely finished his speech, when someone suddenly and unexpectedly clutches his neck.
Then a black foggy mass assails his face, shrouding his entire head.
A keen wail comes out of Magistrate Liu’s mouth, and at a speed visible to the naked eye, his face turns green then becomes purple.
Indented spots appear on his skin.
Liu Se swings her arms, throwing the now-unconscious Magistrate Liu to the ground.
Sneering: “Ben Wang said that the Ghost Lord could only be treated with an Elixir, so he can only be treated with an Elixir. Who do you think you are, that you dare to make thoughtless remarks in front of Ben Wang.”
“Since you so very much want to use your life to vouch for it, then Ben Wang shall help you fulfill it immediately!”
Shi Lanling was originally worried that Liu Se would truly be convinced that Jun Muyan is better than her, but as she witnesses this scene, she immediately bursts into uninhibited laughter: “Jun Muyan, did you hear that? You can only use alchemy if you want to save the Ghost Lord.”
“So what if you can refine godly draughts? In the end, they’re just draughts. How could they compare to Elixirs?”
Her heavily-painted face is filled with unbridled arrogance and hatred.
It’s as if she’s already seeing how, in a moment, the Chi Gu will suck Muyan’s flesh dry, her miserable appearance of dying without an intact corpse.
Dr. Song shrugs himself out from the desperation of imminent death, and he’s right in the middle of being overjoyed from unexpectedly surviving that awful Chi Gu.
But Liu Se and Shi Lanling’s shamelessness is like a stick hitting him in the head, making him shake from head to foot out of anger.
These scum, they… they’re absolutely not looking for a doctor to come and check up on the Ghost Lord.
They just want to all these doctors be eaten up by the Chi Gu.
“I… I will compete against you! I’ll have another round with you!”
Dr. Song couldn’t attend to his weakness from excessive blood loss. He’s shouting loudly while tugging at Muyan’s sleeve. Then he lowers his voice and says: “Little girl, hurry and leave, hurry and leave this place!”
“I noticed it earlier, you’re not afraid of the Poison Smog. I’ll help stall them for you, you… quick, run!”
Shi Lanling snorts, disdainfully looking at Dr. Song, “You look half-dead already, why would you challenge me? There’s no Chi Gu inside your body, you can’t even condense a Pill, again, how can you compete against me!”
“In that case, let this old man face you!”
“No, I challenge you!”
“Shi Lanling, Liu Se, you’re really taking us as pushovers! So what if the Chi Gu eats me until there’s practically nothing left? This old man will fight you!”
Dr. Du, Dr. Jiang, Dr. Li… each one of them a person of prestige and great renown, they all rise up to stand in front of Muyan.
Just a moment ago, every one of them had still been filled with fear towards death and the Chi Gu.
But at this instant, all of them have their chests overflowing with righteous indignation, brimming with self-possessed tenacity in facing death.
It’s not that they’re fearless of death, it’s not that they don’t want to live.
But they know that on this day, the Ghost Wind Valley will not let a single one of them get away.
And if old guys like them are going to die, then they’re going to die.
However, they cannot allow the medical heritage of the Yanwu Continent to be severed.