Chapter 134 – Refining A Pill
Translator: Mr Voltaire
Editor: Master Shadow
Hearing this, the descendants of smaller families were incredibly happy, and cast aside their worries. Some of them had great talent, but did not have enough resources, so they were only at the early stage of the Innate realm. If they had to compete with the descendants of larger families, they would be at risk of easily being eliminated. They would have no way of showing themselves off, and would have regrets for the rest of their lives.
The Heaven Origin Sect only looked at talent when choosing disciples, which made everyone feel at ease. If their requirements were too strict, some true geniuses would be eliminated.
“However, before this, we’ll be going through another examination first,” Manager Qin said.
“Another examination?” Everyone felt quite confused.
“That’s right,” Manager Qin said as he looked at Xiao Yun. “I’m sure that everyone recognises this youth, yes?”
“We do,” many people replied. After that gathering, the vast majority of the youths present knew Xiao Yun, and knew that he was a true genius.
“Xiao Yun has previously killed our Heaven Origin Sect’s disciples in the past,” Manager Qin said in a low voice.
“Could it be that the Heaven Origin Sect wants to look into this matter?” Those listening started to discuss amongst themselves, and the atmosphere became heavy.
“Wasn’t it said that Xiao Yun only killed Qiu Yu Chen out of self-defence?” some people asked, their expressions and emotions becoming serious. This was especially so for the descendants of smaller families, who felt a strange sense of indignance and worry. If this was the case, if a youth from a larger family wanted to bully them in the future, they would have to accept it, and would not be able to fight back. This was an incredibly chilling thought.
After some discussion, the youths looked back up at the platform. From this, they would be able to see the Heaven Origin Sect’s attitude, which was related to their futures.
Seeing how serious everyone looked, Manager Qin did not react at all, as if he had expected all of this. After all, this matter was quite sensitive.
“This old man has already investigated this matter. Because Xiao Yun only retaliated in self-defence, he shouldn’t be punished. However, the Heaven Origin Sect has rules that disciples are not to kill each other, so if he is not punished, we will not be able to satisfy the masses.” Manager Qin’s voice sounded out around the entire military drill grounds so that everyone could hear it clearly.
“Indeed, disciples of the same sect should not kill each other,” some people agreed. However, more people were concerned about Xiao Yun’s punishment.
“We have discussed about this matter, and wish to raise the standards for Xiao Yun’s examination. If he is unable to meet the standards, he will be punished by having his cultivation crippled as a warning to the world. However, if he passes the examination, he’ll be greatly valued by the sect,” Manager Qin said. “After all, he was not a fault, and the Heaven Origin Sect wishes to give true geniuses an opportunity.” Hearing this, everyone let out a sigh of relief.
“How does Manager Qin want to raise the standards for Xiao Yun’s examination?” someone asked, wanting to know if the Heaven Origin Sect would make things difficult for this youth on purpose. Many of the descendants of smaller families believed that this was the Qiu family taking revenge, so they started to feel worried about what would happen if they entered the Heaven Origin Sect.
“Refine a Grade 1 Innate Pill in public, as well as obtain first place in the examination,” Manager Qin announced.
“What? Refine an Innate Pill?” someone cried out. “He’s only 16 years old; how could he possibly refine a Grade 1 medicinal pill?!”
“Obtain first place in the examination? Do you mean just within the hunting grounds for the descendants of smaller families or overall?” another asked. To most people, both of these requirements were incredibly difficult. How could a 16-year-old youth refine a Grade 1 medicinal pill?
Xiao Yun was not a descendant of a large family, and there were no Pill Refiners in his family, so how could he be able to refine a Grade 1 Pill?
Moreover, if he had to compete against the youths from the larger families, wouldn’t it be simply too unfair? After all, the Qiu family had quite a few True Essence realm cultivators! Who could guarantee that they could come first?
In that instant, everyone present felt a suffocating feeling, and their hearts became incredibly heavy. It seemed that this Heaven Origin Sect was still leaning towards the Qiu family!
“This is the price he has to pay. How can anyone challenge a sect’s rules without enough strength?” Manager Qin said, then continued with a cold expression, “And this is only because Xiao Yun has not yet entered the Heaven Origin Sect. If he was already a disciple, the punishment for killing 2 people would be even more severe. As such, for those of you who enter, remember to follow the sect’s rules strictly.” Hearing this, many people breathed in a breath of cold air, committing this to memory.
Manager Qin nodded. He had wanted to use this to intimidate these youths, so as to prevent them from breaking any of the rules if they entered the sect.
“Xiao Yun, do you accept this examination?” Manager Qin asked.
“Xiao Yun is willing to follow the sect’s arrangements,” Xiao Yun said with a smile. In actuality, Xiao Yun did not think that Manager Qin was making things difficult for him. After all that had happened, anyone with half a brain could guess that Xiao Yun was quite extraordinary. Otherwise, why would the Yuan family protect him? And why would Emperor Feng beat back 2 of the Qiu family’s Essence Core realm experts for him? And putting all of that aside, if Xiao Yun did not have some ability, how could he kill Qiu Yu Chen? He was a True Essence realm cultivator!
As such, the 2 requirements were not very difficult for Xiao Yun, and were instead to show everyone his talent. That way, the Heaven Origin Sect could justifiably forgive Xiao Yun’s crimes for killing Qiu Yu Chen and Fang Hao.
Hearing that Xiao Yun had accepted these conditions, the youths below the platform were completely shocked. However, some of them revealed expressions of expectation as they silently waited.
A few days ago, they had seen Xiao Yun use his True Fire, and had felt quite curious about that. Now, they wanted to see if it was as powerful as the legends said it was.
“Alright, you can begin now then,” Manager Qin said as he nodded. “Do you have any questions?”
“None,” Xiao Yun replied.
Manager Qin nodded, and a youth walked over with a table and medicinal ingredients.
“Please inspect these,” the youth said as he placed the medicinal ingredients on the table.
Xiao Yun picked up each of the medicinal ingredients, inspecting them carefully before replying, “They’re all fine.”
“You may begin,” Manager Qin said. All of the Heaven Origin Sect elders watched carefully.
This was especially so for Yuan Rong, who had a look of anticipation in his eyes. He was from the Medicine Peak, and represented the Heaven Origin Sect’s pill refining faculty.
There was also a small bronze cauldron on the table with profound inscriptions carved into it. This was the cauldron that was to be used for this examination.
Xiao Yun opened the cauldron’s lid and sent his spirit energy into it, familiarising himself with its characteristics.
Following this, he calmed himself down and focused his mind into the bronze cauldron.
Xiao Yun’s hands moved as a violet light flashed, and a searing heatwave erupted from his hands. There was a violet flame dancing around in his hand like a fairy, causing the air around it to twist and turn.
“What powerful True Fire!” Seeing this, the Heaven Origin Sect’s elders were all quite shocked.
“Was he born with this True Fire or did he obtain it somehow?” some people wondered, feeling even more admiration towards Xiao Yun.
“No wonder why he could defeat Ming Hao.” Qiu Xuan Rong and the other Qiu family’s cultivators frowned.
Xiao Yun guided the dazzling flame in his hand into the cauldron and began to warm it up. After a while, Xiao Yun picked up a medicinal ingredient and threw it in. The violet flames leapt up and surrounded the ingredients, and began to refine them into a medicinal paste under Xiao Yun’s control.
Xiao Yun’s motions flowed like clouds and water, and seemed incredibly practised. His calm demeanour gave him the airs of a master, as if he had left everything behind and was immersed in his own world.
“The realm of forgetting oneself? He’s reached such a state? This child is not bad!” some of the elders nodded. Even though there were very few Pill Refiners among them, most of them had some knowledge about pill refining. Seeing this 16-year-old youth in such a state, they felt incredibly surprised.
Even though everyone felt quite shocked, no one made a sound, because everyone knew that the pill refining process could not be disrupted at all. If a Pill Refiner was disturbed, they could destroy the medicinal ingredients, or their minds could even be damaged. The most severe cases resulted in the pill being destroyed and the Pill Refiner dying.
A few moments later, the first medicinal ingredient became medicinal paste, and Xiao Yun moved it to the side. Following this, he picked up another medicinal ingredient and threw it in, splitting off a small portion of the flame to refine it.
“He’s multitasking?” Seeing this Yuan Rong’s gaze became passionate, and light started to flicker within his eyes. The look of hope within them became stronger, and he became more and more interested in this youth. The other elders also looked quite surprised.
The Heaven Origin Sect’s elders had all seen other people refine pills before. However, beginners would always take out the medicinal paste before refining another medicinal ingredient, then fuse them all at the end. Anyone who could multitask like this most certainly had quite some skill in pill refining.
Even though most of the youths below had never seen someone refine a pill before, from the elders’ reactions and Xiao Yun’s state, they could tell that this youth really did have some skill.
“Xiao Yun looks so dreamy when he’s refining pills!”
“I love him to death!” Some of the young women blinked, cupping their faces with their hands as they looked at the youth refining on the platform.
Xiao Yun was already quite handsome, and was more calm and steady than most. He had a certain atmosphere around him as he refined pills, making those young women who were already quite interested in him fall for him more and more.
The medicinal ingredients were refined into medicinal paste one by one, and a medicinal aroma filled Xiao Yun’s surroundings.
In the blink of an eye, the 7 medicinal ingredients for refining an Innate Pill had been refined into medicinal paste, and not a single one of them had been destroyed.
What’s more, he had controlled his True Fire to refine all 7 medicinal pastes at the same time.
“He’s that skilled?” People looked at each other with looks of incredulity on their faces.
“He didn’t destroy a single medicinal ingredient?”
“What powerful spirit energy control!” The Heaven Origin Sect’s Peak Managers were completely dumbfounded as they stared at the youth.