Chapter 511: So this is a Chi Gu
Liu Se also reveals a cryptic smile, and with her rough, crackling voice: “Since you lost the alchemy competition, Dr. Song, you can only turn into food for my Chi Gu.”
Dr. Song’s pupils slightly contract, obvious dread and horror in his eyes.
Anyone who saw the corpses’ devastation with their own eyes, how the Chi Gu fed on meat and blood, and hollowed out their hearts – there’s no way he wouldn’t be frightened.
Soon, he feels an acute pain at the location of his heart.
There’s also the cold despair from his vitality draining out little by little.
Just as he closes his eyes, intending to give up on his life-
A hand suddenly grasps his wrist, pressing on a vein.
Astounded, Dr. Song snaps his eyes open, only to see a peerlessly beautiful face very close to him.
Then, before he could react-
The girl’s steady voice enters his ears, “Dr. Song, excuse me!”
A pair of slender white hands suddenly tears his clothes open.
His now-emaciated chest is exposed.
One after another, silver needles pierces into his body.
With the increasing number of needles piercing him, pure Mysterious Energy flows through the silver needles, into his acupuncture points, muscles, and veins.
Dr. Song unexpectedly feels the pain in his heart, as well as the chill on his body, subside little by little.
Following that, he feels a sharp twinge from the skin of his chest.
The girl in front of him is holding a blade in her hand, and with an extremely efficient movement, she cuts his chest open.
Soon after, a hand rises and a needle falls.
When everyone comes to their senses to react, Dr. Song could no longer support himself, weakly falling to the floor.
On Muyan’s hand, she’s already stabbing a black bug the size of an adult fingernail, using a needle.
The black bug that was stabbed through by a silver needle is struggling violently, letting out a strange, ear-piercing sound.
But as Muyan operates her Internal Force, the needle lights up with a scorching flame.
That Chi Gu immediately burns to ashes.
The whole audience goes quiet once again, one would hear it if a pin drops.
Then Muyan goes on to discard the silver needle, pats off the ashes on her hands, and shows a charming but provocative smile towards Liu Se, “So this is a Chi Gu!”
Her tone is brimming with disdain.
That instant, Liu Se’s eyes turn incredibly cold, her whole body exudes a powerful pressure and murderousness.
That pressure and killing intent is almost suffocating, making the recently ecstatic doctors once again sink into panic.
Muyan’s expression also becomes serious.
This time, it’s not just an illusion.
She could clearly feel that this Liu Se has a cultivation higher than her.
Even the breath coming out of her body is far, far greater than what belongs to the Yanwu Continent.
Similar to the pressure that could sometimes leak from Di Ming Jue and his group.
Just then, Liu Se slowly speaks with her hoarse, unpleasant voice: “To extract a Gu unaided, Miss Jun’s medical skills really made me gasp in amazement. Since the Enchantress has this kind of skill, I think that the next person to compete should be you! What do you think, Shi-xianzi?”
Shi Lanling suddenly bursts out laughing, “Good, very good! Jun Muyan, I’ve been waiting for this moment to compete against you, I’ve been waiting for quite a long time indeed!”
At the side, the Magistrate Liu who hasn’t spoken until now, finally couldn’t help but come forward.
In a trembling voice: “Respected Ghost King, even though Miss Jun couldn’t do alchemy, she could still refine godly draughts, their effects are even better than Elixirs. In addition, her medical skills are truly superb, few could match her.”
“Since it’s for the sake of treating the Ghost Lord’s illness, why don’t we let Miss Jun go in and try it now, no need to do alchemy. This subordinate dares to guarantee, the draughts refined by Miss Jun are absolutely better than the Elixirs refined by Shi-xianzi!”
Chapter 510: Hope
“At such an age, you could actually have such fantastic and consummate skills in medicine, you could even refine such miraculous draughts. This goes to show that you have boundless potential.”
“No matter how these weary old bodies of ours are unfit for anything, they’re not useless to the extent that it would make a young girl like you step up in sacrifice before us.”
“Yanwu Continent’s Practitioners, as well as the common folk, what they need the most is for a doctor like you to exist, and to continue to exist!”
After saying that, he doesn’t wait for Muyan to stop him, and he straight up takes the Chi Gu in the small goblet and swallows it into his belly.
Muyan’s pupils suddenly contract.
An indefinable emotion jumps up from her insides to her brain.
Dr. Song strides forward, coldly staring at Liu Se and Shi Lanling, “Elegant, pure, and holy Shi-xianzi: I spit on that! Turns out to be no more than a black-hearted venomous woman, with the face of a human but the heart of a beast! For an animal like you to also be named as a doctor, that’s simply an insult to the doctors who help the dying and heal the injured!!”
“Old bastard! Well, good! Since you yourself don’t want to live, then don’t blame me for being impolite!!”
In anger, Shi Lanling’s entire face warps malevolently.
She waves a hand, quickly making a Ghost Envoy move up her special Dan furnace.
Dr. Song doesn’t spare her another glance, walking straight to his own Dan furnace.
Along with the herbs being dissolved by the fire,
Dr. Song operates his formidable Internal Force, directing the medicinal essence to start its fusion.
And just like the other doctors who preceded him,
Muyan could clearly observe the Chi Gu feeding at his heart, right as it is nibbling away at his flesh and blood a little at a time.
As time passes, Dr. Song’s originally ruddy complexion becomes a little pale.
His eye sockets also begin to gradually get sunken.
Since he wants to refine a second level Elixir, it needs to consume more Internal Force.
The more Internal Force he mobilizes, the more it stimulates the Chi Gu to take even more of his flesh.
But if he doesn’t use a large amount of Internal Force, it would simply be impossible to condense an Elixir which is second level or higher.
This is an infinite loop that pushes people into the road of death.
After two hours, a medicinal fragrance wafts out of the Dan furnace in front of Dr. Song.
This fragrance makes each and every one of the doctors within the Great Hall to stir restlessly.
“This is the level two [Restoration Dan]. Moreover, this rich and concentrated fragrance, this should at least be a second level, first-ranked Elixir!”
“Great, truly worthy of being Dr. Song. He really refined a level two Pill in spite of everything!”
Almost at the same time, at her side, Shi Lanling has also finished concocting a Pill.
In contrast to Dr. Song’s wan, sallow, and consumptive appearance after performing alchemy-
Shi Lanling only has a thin layer of sweat on her forehead, her skin appears lighter and all the more translucent instead, radiant.
She sends a scornful glance towards Dr. Song, her face is filled with disdain.
At this time, a Ghost Envoy has already walked over to Dr. Song, opening the Pill furnace.
There are three Pills inside, the color is pure and limpid, with a mellow and full scent.
The Ghost Envoy picks one up and appraises it. In a clear voice: “Level two, first-ranked [Restoration Dan]!”
“Great, it’s really a second level Pill!”
“If this wins, we have hope!”
However, the Ghost Envoy quickly goes to Shi Lanling, picks up the Pill in front of her, sniffing and tasting it.
Soon after, he declares: “Level three, mid-ranked [Restoration Dan].”
In an instant, the commotion in the Great Hall turns into a deathly quiet.
The doctors who were wild with joy just a moment ago, every one of them becomes deathly pale, despair painted across their faces.
Dr. Song himself is swaying from side to side, he could barely support himself to keep standing.
“Hahahaha…” Shi Lanling couldn’t help her unbridled laughter, “Old bastard, compete in alchemy against me in the next life! This is what you brought upon yourself, you’ll die without an intact corpse now, but you can’t blame me!”
Chapter 509: This old man will take your place
But when she turns to Muyan, she suddenly comes into contact with a pair of deep, bottomless peach blossom eyes.
Neither shifting nor averting, yet they give her a certain bone-piercing chill.
Liu Se’s slightly narrows her eyes, the muscles on her crinkly, pockmarked face trembles a little.
This is the woman who killed her Xuan Ji.
Haha, Liu Se will not grant her a quick death!
She must make her suffer and be tormented with fear and despair, little by little, torture her to death.
A dark gleam flashes through Liu Se’s eyes, however.
She has this feeling, that there’s a familiar yet frightening power in this woman’s body.
What exactly is it?
Her gaze sweeps past Muyan, finally landing on a random person, “Next, you!”
“No… don’t! I don’t want to take that Gu bug, spare me! Spare me!”
Two hours later, there are already three more corpses in the spacious Great Hall.
Each of them had their flesh and blood sucked dry by the Chi Gu, their hearts eaten up, their deaths incomparably miserable.
Of these three doctors, not one of them was able to successfully refine a second level Elixir.
The entire hall is deathly quiet, only Shi Lanling’s insolent laughter echoes through the place.
“Hahaha… you call yourselves acclaimed doctors, but you can’t even refine a second level Elixir. What else are you, if not trash?”
She looks at everyone with her eyes brimming with bitterness and resentment.
The noble fairy that previously placed herself above the common populace, at this moment, she has completely vanished.
Three days ago, when Di Ming Jue had kicked out her naked figure from his room, she was seen by a lot of people in the Ghost Wind Valley.
Since then, Shi Lanling places her hate not only on Jun Muyan, but she also hates everyone in this Valley.
If she lets someone leave here alive, her reputation will truly be ruined.
Furthermore, she completely lost face in front of everyone here, mocked and humiliated.
These people, why should they be allowed to stand tall and exist as respected doctors?
She will see these people become more wretched than her, even worse than a dog or a pig.
Especially this slut, Jun Muyan!
Shi Lanling looks at Muyan, and sees that there’s no longer a leisurely expression on her face, but she looks focused and serious.
Her heart really feels indescribably light.
Seeing so many people die tragically, this slut is finally afraid!
But fear is also useless!
Today, I will have you die without a burial site!!
“Tsk, tsk. So many have died already. Who should be next?”
Shi Lanling laughs lowly, and she suddenly shifts her line of sight towards Muyan, “Jun Muyan, as my Ghost City’s Shenshu, as well as the Enchantress of Medicine with such grand reputation, don’t you want to do your best for our Ghost Lord?”
Standing beside Muyan, Dr. Wang’s complexion transforms, and he uncontrollably trembles all over.
Yet he still couldn’t help but shakily speak: “Dr. Jun- Dr. Jun is the best in refining draughts, and she’s still so young, she still… doesn’t have to…”
“Hah, if you don’t want to make her come up and perform alchemy, are you volunteering?”
Hearing Shi Lanling’s retort, Dr. Wang immediately goes deathly pale, no longer daring to say anything more.
Muyan snorts, and is about to step forward.
Suddenly, a loud and clear voice rises, “This old man will compete against you!”
Muyan stares blankly, and sees Dr. Song stride forward.
He holds in his hand that small cup that contains the Chi Gu.
Seeing that he wants to swallow that Chi Gu, Muyan quickly stops him, “Dr. Song, you don’t have to take my place…”
“What nonsense are you saying!” with a grave look, Dr. Song glares at Muyan, loudly saying, “The Enchantress of Medicine Jun Muyan, I have heard your name, I’ve also heard people say that you refine godly draughts.”
Chapter 508: Failure
“Except for within this Great Hall, there’s not a single living thing in the entire Ghost Wind Valley.”
“As for you all, once you take a single step outside the Great Hall, you will become exactly like him.”
It is indeed the Poison Smog!
Muyan’s complexion becomes increasingly heavy, she could hear her pounding heartbeat.
She knows perfectly well that Di Ming Jue and his group shouldn’t have any issues, but she still couldn’t stop worrying.
She has already given the three of them the Elixirs to counter the Poison Smog, so they shouldn’t be impaired by it, right?
At this time, Liu Se is condescendingly looking around, sneering: “Now then, anyone else wants to leave?”
Everyone is as silent as a grave.
“Haha, wouldn’t it better if you were all this obedient earlier!”
Liu Se claps her hands, “Since there’s no further objections, let’s start the match now!”
That said, she casually points with a finger, “Starting from you!”
She’s actually pointing at Dr. Chen, who had just successfully concocted a Pill just a moment ago.
What he had just refined is a level one, low-ranked [Qi Nurturing Pill].
Shi Lanling takes the Pill that he refined. Disdain on her face, “If you want to compete against me, you have to at least refine a level two Pill. Otherwise, this wouldn’t be worth my undertaking.”
“Hear that?” Liu Se looks at Dr. Chen, “Concoct a Pill that’s at the second level or higher.”
“No! No… this is my first time performing alchemy… it’s simply impossible for me to refine a level two Elixir…”
Before he could finish speaking, a Ghost Envoy lifts him up by the neck.
“If you don’t want to concoct Pills, then just get thrown out of the Great Hall.”
What’s outside the Great Hall?
It’s the Poison Smog that can instantly turn a person into a corpse.
“I’ll do alchemy! I’ll perform alchemy right now!” Dr. Chen has tears and mucus flowing profusely as he weeps, he scrambles frantically to go before the Dan Furnace and start concocting Pills.
An hour later, Dr. Chen has almost exhausted all the Internal Force of his body.
Muyan also sees that the Chi Gu has sucked a his heart’s blood little by little.
The whole person is losing mass at a rate that is clearly observable with the naked eye.
But after an hour, there’s a loud bang.
The Dan Furnace explodes, and the alchemy is a failure.
This is just as expected!
Even with the assistance of the Chi Gu, Dr. Chen is a first-timer in alchemy after all, there’s no way he could just easily refine a level two Elixir.
Dr. Chen vacantly looks at the exploded Dan Furnace.
Then he turns to stare at Liu Se in horror, shaking like a sieve from head to foot.
The corners of Liu Se’s mouth slowly go up, revealing a row of ghastly white teeth. Her smile is really indescribably cheerful, “Dr. Chen has failed to concoct a Pill, that is just a useless waste. As a result, you will now turn into food for my adorable Chi Gu!”
“Spare… spare me… ah–!!”
A sad, shrill scream comes out of Dr. Chen’s mouth for a little while, then it abruptly stops.
The whole person is straight and stiff as he falls down to the floor.
The wizened body shrivels up at a speed visible to the naked eye.
His eye socket has become sunken, only a layer of skin wraps around his skeleton, overall resembling a dried corpse.
Then, at the location of his heart, the little black bug has grown several times larger. It eats its way out of his flesh and clothes.
It opens its wings and flies to Liu Se’s hand, then it burrows into her body.
The place where Dr. Chen’s heart should be is already hollow and empty.
Everyone present once again falls into a deathly silence.
Looking at this scene, even the Ghost Envoys of Ghost City, as well as Magistrate Liu, all of them have unsightly complexions, their faces betray their unease.
All the invited doctors are even more fearful, their faces an unnatural color as they tremble harder.
“Well, this is one is already useless. Next, who’s turn shall it be?”
Liu Se’s cold and gloomy eyes sweep through, all the doctors fearfully retreat, avoiding her gaze.
Chapter 507: To die
It was only at this moment that everyone wakes up from their burning desire towards the secret skill of alchemy.
They remember just what a terrible thing a Gu bug is.
In an instant, all of them recoil their hands, keeping away from that small goblet like one would avoid snakes and scorpions.
The happy expression on Dr. Chen’s face drains away, returning back to terror.
Shi Lanling grinds her teeth and ferociously glares at Muyan, “Slut, you’re meddling in other people’s business!”
But Muyan feels disinclined to care about Shi Lanling, so she merely fixes her attention towards Liu Se.
Liu Se doesn’t show the slightest inclination to refute it, openly laughing. The way she looks at all of them is like one who’s looking at insects that she could trample and kill at any time.
“If you fail, of course it would only be a dead end.”
“These Chi Gu, I’ve spent a lot of time preparing them for you all, I’ve only finished the preparation this evening. How could it be put to waste?”
“Anyone who loses to Shi-xianzi will have their meat and blood turn into food for the Chi Gu. It is your honor that you can help Ben Wang with the advancement of these adorable Chi Gu.”
Liu Se’s malicious gaze turns to Muyan, and with her rough and cackling voice: “I wonder if the Enchantress is satisfied with this explanation? Looking at the appearance of your soft skin and tender flesh, my Chi Gu would surely love it.”
“No… I don’t want to take the Gu bug, I don’t want to be eaten by it!” someone finally couldn’t help but let out a screech of alarm, “Let me go, I don’t want to treat the Ghost Lord, nor do I want the secret skill of alchemy, hurry and let me leave!”
Saying that, he rushes like mad to go outside the hall.
As soon as he gets to the doorway however, he’s blocked by a Ghost Envoy.
“What do you people think you’re doing? Do you want to force me into taking the Gu? I’m telling you, I’m a senior doctor, there are many Practitioners out there who would throw their lives for me, if you people dare to lay a hand on me, I swear I’ll raze your Ghost City to the ground!”
Liu Se lets out a low sigh, “You would really go against us?”
“Of… of course I would!”
A strange smiling expression appears on Liu Se’s ugly face, “Well then, let him leave. Our Ghost City will not force anyone.”
Hearing Liu Se’s words, the Ghost Envoy guarding the door immediately withdraws to the side.
After the initial panic, that doctor thinks that Liu Se is scared of him. He immediately shows a smug expression, and struts out.
As he departs, he still leaves behind some haughty words, “Liu Se, Shi Lanling, just you wait! I will absolutely not let this matter slide!”
Everyone watches as he leaves the hall, and that he’s really safe and unharmed.
The desire to follow his example floats and drifts in the minds of quite a few doctors.
It’s at this moment that there’s a sudden and abrupt change.
They watch, just as that doctor has taken ten steps away from the hall, he suddenly clutches his own throat.
His body sways unsteadily.
And from within his throat, bursts of disjointed gurgling sounds come out.
Immediately after that, he turns around while wobbling and teetering.
In the night, the lights outside the hall dimly shine upon his face.
Just then, the crowd screams in terror.
They see on his face, black-colored pits appear.
It looks as something is rotting and spoiling it.
Not only that, a thick and smelly dark-brown liquid keeps on flowing out of his gaping mouth.
In but the short span of an instant, the senior doctor who was refined and spry just now, has become even more terrifying than Liu Se.
Breathing his last!
The entire Great Hall descends into deathly stillness.
The next moment, someone shakily asks: “What… what is the meaning of this?”
With her twig-like finger, Liu Se gently tidies her own hair, unhurriedly saying: “Oh, I forgot to tell you. The Poison Smog of the Ghost Wind Valley is completely released. The inner and outer halls are already brimming with it.”
Chapter 506: Refining Elixirs
That doctor eventually calms down, but there’s fear and alarm across his whole face, his entire body is trembling.
Liu Se: “Dr. Chen, if you don’t believe it, you could try doing alchemy right here, right now.”
As soon as her words fall, someone immediately comes up, carrying a very large furnace tripod.
A variety of herbs are laid out next to the tripod, and a specially designated medicine boy helps to light up the fire on the furnace.
Dr. Chen is half believing, half doubting. But he nevertheless walks forward to start concocting Pills.
As the drug ingredients slowly dissolve within the Dan Furnace, that doctor hesitates for a moment, urging his Internal Force to to make the Pills inside condense and take shape.
Right then, Muyan’s pupils slightly contract.
Ever since the reconstruction of her Spiritual Root, she obtained Spiritual Power.
Thus, she could see a lot of things that were originally invisible to the naked eye.
Right now for instance, after Dr. Chen uses his Internal Force, the Chi Gu within his body stirs restlessly.
The extremely small, invisible bug is nibbling at Dr. Chen’s heart little by little, consuming his flesh.
Accordingly, it gives back. What is originally the Internal Force that Dr. Chen releases from his palms, turns into an energy that is similar to Spiritual Power.
As this ‘pseudo Spiritual Power’ is incessantly poured into the Dan Furnace, sure enough, the Elixir within starts to slowly condense.
Nobody knows that during this process, that minuscule black bug that has attached itself to Dr. Chen’s heart has made a large den.
This is offering the human body as a sacrifice to feed the Gu bug.
Although it would make someone have the ability to condense Pills for a short period of time, there will come a day when the person will receive a backlash from the Gu bug, the heart will be completely eaten through, meat sucked up, then die.
Muyan’s brows furrow tightly, her gaze deep and heavy as she looks at Liu Se.
Such a method is really too insidious.
Just then, green smoke rises up in spirals from within that furnace, a medicinal fragrance wafts through the air.
Dr. Chen impatiently goes forward to open the furnace. Seeing that there’s a Pill inside, he stares blankly at first.
Then he says in rapt disbelief: “I did it, I succeeded! I actually refined an Elixir!”
This time, in this drawing room, it’s really a stone that has set off a thousand waves!
All the doctors come up to see that Elixir.
After determining that what had been refined really is the first grade [Nurturing Pill], they immediately become as dumb as wooden chickens.
“This… this Gu bug could really make a person possess the skill of alchemy!”
For a moment, everyone’s burning gazes simultaneously turn towards the small goblet.
That Chi Gu which had frightened and disgusted them just a moment ago, is now brimming with an alluring magic.
“As long as I take this Gu bug, I could become an alchemist!”
There’s already some people who couldn’t help but stretch their hands towards that small cup.
Dr. Wang, who is standing beside Muyan, also has a fervent look on his face. He couldn’t wait to be like that Dr. Chen and swallow that Gu bug, and also be able to do alchemy right away.
Just as he stretches out his hand however, it is caught by a fine, slender, white-as-jade hand.
The girl’s soft and sweet-sounding voice is neither light nor heavy as it slowly speaks up, yet it’s like a morning bell that rings inside everyone’s mind.
“The so-called Gu bug must be fed with flesh, blood, and poison for it to survive.”
“I would like to ask Ghost King Liu, what is this Chi Gu feeding on?”
Without notice, Muyan has already gotten up from her seat, looking at Liu Se’s direction, “Just now, Ghost King Liu said that as long as we win, we would forever have the ability to do alchemy. Then I wonder, what will happen to the people who fail? Afterwards, can they still take out the the Chi Gu that they took?”
As soon as these words are spoken out, it as if a basin of cold water is poured down their heads.
Especially Dr. Wang who had been stopped by Muyan, his complexion has become deathly pale.
Chapter 505: At the top of the world’s countless poisons–Gu
“Haha!” Shi Lanling sneers and stands at the head table, towering above as she looks down on them, “Dr. Song, Dr. Du, you probably didn’t hear it clearly. The Ghost King said that you’ll measure your hand against mine, that would be you competing against me in alchemy.”
As she’s talking, her bitter and egotistical gaze sweeps over to Muyan, “Everyone, we forgot to mention – the Ghost Lord’s illness couldn’t be cured by ordinary draughts and medical techniques. Only Elixirs are able to alleviate and genuinely cure it. If you want to go in and diagnose the Ghost Lord, you must first beat me in the field of alchemy!”
“Alchemy?!!” Dr. Song incredulously says, “What game are you playing? If we can perform alchemy, why would possibly come running from far away, to the Ghost Wind Valley?!”
Among these people that have arrived at the Ghost Wind Valley, which of them didn’t come rushing for the Secret Method of Pill Condensation?
If they can do alchemy, why would they possibly brave this kind of danger?
What’s more, what about competing in alchemy against Shi Lanling, who already made a name for herself a decade prior?
“Liu Se, Shi Lanling! Are you two making fools of us all?!”
Liu Se curls up the corners of her mouth, the flesh on her ugly, hole-filled face bunches up together, appearing all the more frightening.
They only hear her snicker darkly and say: “Respected doctors, rest assured. Since you’ll be made to compete against Shi-xianzi, we’d naturally let you have the ability to do alchemy.”
“Let us have the ability to do alchemy? Are you… are you going to release the Secret Method of Pill Condensation now?”
Thinking off this possibility, the doctors beneath have each and every one of their hearts burn hot.
Instead of responding to them, Liu Se claps her hands.
In a moment, a group of black-clothed Ghost Envoys comes up while holding trays.
A small, black goblet is placed on each tray.
There’s also one in front of Muyan.
She looks inside and discovers that within the cup, there’s a small black bug that’s only the size of an infant’s fingernail.
An unpleasant fishy stink is coming out from that small black bug.
Just a tiny sniff, and Muyan immediately feels her stomach churn violently inside.
She promptly holds her breath.
But as she stares at that black bug, her gaze becomes incredibly deep.
That’s because she already recognizes what it is.
It’s at the top of the world’s countless poisons– Gu!
“Smells so bad! Blergh… this… just what is this thing? Why is it so disgusting?”
Someone also carries up a small goblet before Liu Se.
She doesn’t have any problem with picking up that black bug from inside the goblet, and letting it crawl on her dry, cracked skin.
Her face reveals a fascinated expression, “This is Chi* Gu. Once you take it, you will automatically possess the ability to Condense Pills. In this way, you would naturally be able to compete against Shi-xianzi.”
a dragon that has yet to grow its horns
At that time, someone is still holding that small goblet to examine it.
Hearing what Liu Se said, he immediately looks alarmed, and his hand trembles.
The goblet falls down to the floor, crashing and breaking.
The black bug, which was originally calm and quiet inside the cup, as soon as it falls to the ground, it immediately shoots towards that man’s body and burrows in.
After climbing up the man’s skin, that seemingly fragile and vulnerable little bug unexpectedly drills fast into his flesh.
All the way through the epidermis, it flees to the location of his heart at lightning speed.
“Aaargh… get lost! Go away! Don’t go inside my body, aaah… help me!”
Liu Se places the Chi Gu in her hand back into the small goblet, chuckling: “What are you scared of! You can take the Chi Gu orally, but it can also enter the human body through the skin. Don’t worry, you’re not in mortal danger at the moment, but on the contrary, you have this enormous gift that is the Secret Skill of Alchemy. How come you’re wailing and howling?”
Seeing her features, a lot of people show expressions of alarm and disgust.
Even Muyan stares blankly, she herself didn’t expect that Liu Se is in fact a woman, and her true face would actually be such.
Liu Se leisurely and contentedly enjoys their horrified reactions.
She then walks towards Dr. Song and Dr. Du until she’s in front of them, “Want to leave so soon? What’s the hurry? Don’t you guys want to treat the Ghost Lord’s illness? Don’t you want the secret method of Pill Condensation?”
Dr. Song speaks through gritted teeth, “You mustn’t go too far, Liu Se! In reality, you people don’t even have the secret method, do you? You just used this ruse to scam us into coming over. What exactly do you want to do?”
“My Ghost City naturally possesses the secret method of Pill Condensation!”
That said, Liu Se looks at Shi Lanling, “Shi-xianzi is the finest proof of it.”
Everyone’s gaze all together turn towards Shi Lanling.
That’s right! Shi Lanling can perform alchemy, everyone knows this.
However, is Shi Lanling really willing to hand over the secret method?
Shi Lanling stands up, a flamboyant smile appearing on her heavily-painted face, “Of course, as long as the assembly cures the Ghost Lord, Lanling is willing to hand over the Secret Skill of Pill Condensation. I believe that everyone who came here surely wants this Secret Method very much!”
Saying that, her eyes sweep over to Muyan.
Seeing that Muyan appears to remain as unmoved as before, she snorts: Slut, keep pretending! You’re probably going crazy about wanting to learn alchemy! Why else would you rush over to the Ghost Wind Valley! But you will never have the chance!
“Since the Ghost City is really willing to award the Secret Method of Pill Condensation for the task, what are we still tarrying for, bring us to the Ghost Lord at once, so we could treat him!”
At this time, it’s as if Dr. Song and Dr. Du themselves have forgotten the unpleasantness from earlier, as their eyes are burning hot.
That’s the Secret Method of Pill Condensation!
The Yanwu Continent is huge, there are countless martial practitioners, doctors and apothecaries.
However, there’s just a very small number of alchemists.
Anyone who could grasp the art of alchemy could stand at the peak in the company of doctors, become an entity above the rest.
Even pry into a shortcut in passing the Tribulations and Ascension.
This is also the reason why Dr. Song and the others, fully aware of the dangers in the Ghost Wind Valley, would still come running to treat the Ghost Lord.
Liu Se snorts, unhurriedly saying: “No hurry. Before I let you people treat the Ghost Lord, I still want to see whether you truly have the ability to do so.”
“After all, the Ghost Lord currently occupies the highest of the high seats in our Ghost City, any random doctor can’t just be entitled to treat him.”
Dr. Song quickly says: “If you won’t let use treat the Ghost Lord, how will you determine whether or not we have the qualifications?”
“It’s very simple!” Liu Se looks around until her gaze settles on Muyan.
Muyan only feels a strong killing intent passing through her body.
She hears Liu Se continue to speak: “As long as you could beat Shi-xianzi, Shi Lanling, in the field of medicine, you would be qualified to go and treat the Ghost Lord. This way, I would naturally let you go in, examine and heal the Ghost Lord’s illness.”
“Win against Shi-xianzi.”
Hearing this condition, many doctors furrow their brows.
But there are a few among them, such as Dr. Song and Dr. Du, who are showing unyielding expressions.
Even though Shi Lanling has a very big reputation, they believe themselves to be much better than this little girl when it comes to the field of medicine.
“Well, if we’re having a competition, let’s have a competition! I wonder how we’re going to compete against against Shi-xianzi? Would it be an oral cross-examination, question and answer, or on the spot treatment of a patient?”
Chapter 503: Scam
At the Head Table, Liu Se’s face is hidden under a mask, no expression could be seen.
There’s only a pair of eyes, devoid of any warmth, that coldly runs through everyone below.
Sitting next to her, Shi Lanling is tenaciously glaring at Muyan.
In her pair of evil-looking eyes, heavily-lined with makeup, strong rancor and excitement flares out.
By herself, Muyan is just about the only relaxed and unaffected face among everyone present.
While everyone is making a ruckus, she pointedly looks for a place to sit down, pours a cup of tea for herself, and slowly takes a sip.
Looking at Muyan’s carefree appearance, Shi Lanling remembers her own disgrace three days ago.
The evil fire in her heart burns wildly, almost making her lose her self-control, pounce over, and tear Muyan’s face apart.
But as she thinks of what’s about to happen, Shi Lanling calms down again, and reveals a malevolent smile.
“Alright, for now, don’t talk rubbish first!” Dr. Song puts up a hand moves it down, gesturing for everyone to calm down.
He then directs a stern look towards Liu Se, “Where is the Ghost Lord? Are we not here to treat him?”
“Right, if we cure the Ghost Lord, you guys must hand over the secret method of Pill Condensation, in accordance with the promise. If you are to defraud us, don’t blame this old man for being impolite!” Dr. Du coldly says, “When it comes to that, we will unite all our territories and renounce the Ghost City, and make you people completely disappear from the Yanwu Continent!”
“Hahaha… renounce the Ghost City! Just by yourselves, you trash?”
Liu Se finally couldn’t stop herself from bursting out in laughter.
Surrounding the doctors, all of the Ghost Envoys reveal ridicule and disdain on their faces.
Dr. Du and Dr. Song have their complexions turn green and white, “Good, good. You people actually dare to play us this way, then let’s all just wait and see! Everyone, since the Ghost City doesn’t have any sincerity, what are we still doing here! Let’s leave!”
Dr. Du waves a hand, and the other doctors immediately echo their agreement. With everyone’s hackles raised, they move to leave.
But just as they reach the doorway, two Ghost Envoys bar their path forward.
“Get lost! Don’t block this old man’s way!”
Dr. Song launches a palm strike, powerful Internal Force containing a strong killing intent that fills the atmosphere.
Dr. Song, who outwardly appears to be nothing more than a mere scholar, unexpectedly possesses a high Heaven Stage cultivation.
That’s the reason why there isn’t the smallest hint of fear on his face.
He doesn’t think that just a pair of Ghost Envoys would be able to block his way out.
But the two Ghost Envoys blocking the doorway, in the face of such an attack-
There’s not the slightest hint of cowering or fear on their faces, revealing cynical smiling expressions instead.
All of a sudden, a huge palm-leaf fan appears in the hands of one of the Ghost Envoys.
He ruthlessly fans towards Dr. Song.
An ominous, bone-chilling cold wind assaults him.
Dr. Song only feels that his Internal Force, which was released with his palm strike, is thoroughly swallowed up by this Yin wind within a split second.
It’s soon followed by several, loud crashing sounds.
Each and every one of the doctors who are rushing to the doorway is kicked by a Ghost Envoy, and sent flying through the air.
They heavily fall back to the hall.
For a moment, groans of pain echo in turns throughout the Hall.
Dr. Song gets up from the floor and straightens himself, wisps of blood spilling out from the corners of his mouth.
He ferociously glares at Liu Se: “Poison Smog!! You actually dare to use Poison Smog on us!”
“You barbaric, crazed beast, what exactly do you want? You dare to raise your hand against so many doctors in the Ghost Wind Valley, aren’t you worried about getting killed by all the martial Practitioners?”
Liu Se unhurriedly rises up from her seat, and tugs with a hand.
The mask and robe on her body all disappear without a trace, exposing a frighteningly ugly face – like a cracked, old tree bark.
Chapter 502: True Colors
A bit of suspicion appears on the Ghost Envoy’s face, then it’s immediately followed by a snort. He waves a hand, gesturing to bring the two people along.
The moment they go outside the room, Muyan hears various indignant and panic-stricken voices throughout the Inner chambers.
“Impudent, I’m a doctor that has been invited by your Ghost Lord, and I’ve come to treat the Ghost Lord’s illness – you people actually to dare to be so rude and impudent!”
“Don’t you people know who I am? How dare you raise a hand against me!”
“Ah! Let go, unhand me, where are you taking me!”
With the chaotic scene, and angry derisions and screams, the feelings of fear and alarm s spreads within the entire Ghost Wind Valley.
However, the doctors’ resistance is completely futile.
The Ghost Envoys’ actions are very boorish and brutal, there’s completely none of the past few days’ diligence and eager attentiveness in their treatment of these doctors.
This makes a phrase flash through Muyan’s mind–
The map unrolls and the knife is revealed!*
For those three days, Liu Se and Shi Lanling were probably preparing something, so they’ve been biding their time.
Now that their preparations are complete, there’s no need to keep up the pretense any longer, and they reveal their true colors.
Soon, all the doctors are escorted by the Ghost Envoys to arrive in a spacious hall.
There’s no sick Ghost Lord there.
There’s only the fully wrapped and covered Ghost King Liu Se, as well as the gaudily-dressed and heavily painted in makeup Shi Lanling, sitting at the Head Table.
The hall is surrounded by Ghost Envoys in similar uniforms.
Compared with the Ghost Envoys in the Ghost City, their cultivation is higher by a whole major stratum.
Near them, you’d be able to smell the heavy scent of blood oozing out of their bodies.
A testament to the excessive amount of human lives that have moistened their hands.
The dozen or so doctors, who are prestigious and reputable people outside, are herded into the hall like lambs for slaughter.
All of their faces are filled with unease, but they keep quiet out of fear, not daring to speak.
At this moment, a lot of them are starting to regret it.
For the secret skill of Pill Condensation, they shouldn’t have run to the Ghost Wind Valley to take risks.
“Ghost King, what is the meaning of this?!” suddenly, a resonant voice rises, breaking the consuming silence, “We are doctors that you’ve personally invited to come and treat the Ghost Lord, not prisoners. Is this how the Ghost City shows its hospitality?”
Everyone simultaneously turns to the source of the voice.
Seeing the identity of the person who’s speaking fervently, a lot of people show expressions like they’re relieved from a burden.
“So Dr. Song is here, that’s great!”
“Yes, yes! Dr. Song is highly respected, there’s no one in the entire Yanwu Continent who is without some degree of consideration for him. He’s a person that even the Royal Family of Jing Cheng gives esteem and gratification.”
The person who spoke up is Dr. Song of Jing Cheng’s Longevity Hall, illustrious and celebrated in the Yanwu Continent, one can say that he is an existence that is second only to the Godly Doctor Qian Qing.
In a moment, another grizzly-haired, droopy-eyed elderly man opens his mouth: “Simply making trouble, what about the Ghost Lord? Where is he? This time, the Ghost Lord must give us a reasonable explanation. Otherwise, we would absolutely not be willing to take things lying down. This old man will report to the Emperor, and let His Majesty personally exact justice for me!”
Looking at the old man who spoke up, someone cries out in surprise: “Ah! That is Huang Yao’s Dr. Du!”
“Hah, Ghost City is in trouble this time, Dr. Du is the Imperial Physician of the Emperor of Huang Yao, he refines many of the draughts in Huang Yao’s Ghost City! More than that, Dr. Du has a violent temper. By pissing him off, the Ghost City will face consequences this time!”
Soon after, the respected doctors rise up one after another, criticizing Liu Se and Shi Lanling.
In the wake of these doctors rising up, the originally anxious and worried group immediately has their minds stabilize, becoming arrogant.
*based from a story at the end of the Warring States period. From what I understand, someone presents a map to the king, with the excuse of ceding the area to the king, but actually smuggling in a knife in the innermost part of the roll. The character for ‘Map’ could also mean ‘scheme’ or ‘plot’. So it’s ‘the plot unravels’.