Originally, Han Li hadn’t planned on relying on medicine to cultivate, but after thinking about it, he decided that, no matter what, he was still a martial artist! Who knew if one day he would be struck by a natural disaster or caught in the rampage of a martial artist and killed? It would be for the best to prepare in advance some medicines for wounds and poisons, because if he were to be injured or poisoned without having any medicine nearby, that would be too unjust!
With this mindset, Han Li had decided to make more of the last two types of medicines, Pure Spirit Powder and Rising Vitality Pill, to prepare himself for any accidents. One person could only live one life after all, and Han Li didn’t want to die an untimely death.
Because he was constantly making those medicines, his cultivation with the chant had slowed down by a lot. But this was unavoidable, since there were many things in the world to be perfected, and there would surely always be something that one had to give up on.
After compounding the medicine for half the day, he began to consume them, starting with the Yellow Dragon Pellet and the Gold Essence Pill. These two medicines each truly deserved to be considered the panacea of legends that could shock everyone with its power. After eating them, he had effortlessly broken through the bottleneck and reached the fourth layer of the chant.
Once he reached the fourth layer, Han Li had immediately felt the difference between the him from the present and the him from the past. His five senses had exploded into a whole new realm as everything had suddenly turned brighter and much more distinct. Previously he wasn’t able to make out minute features in the distance, but now he was able to see them on an enlarged scale clearer than ever. With his eyes, he could even easily see the small insects that were crawling about the edges of his room. His sense of hearing had changed completely as well. Sounds he had never heard before could be heard to a noticeable degree, like the rustling sounds of an earthworm crawling through the ground or the buzzing sounds of an insect flying through the air. These sounds were so loud, it was almost as if they were taking place next to his ear. Everything could be heard so clearly, but aside from that, Han Li could even make out some new scents as per his improved sense of smell.
Han Li was overjoyed, because this was the very first time Han Li had thought that his efforts in practicing this chant had finally paid off. This was the one achievement that stood out amongst the others when comparing the various results of his training with the chant, which he had initially thought was completely useless.
Though his senses did indeed improve each time he had broken through to a new layer, none of those changes were as drastic as when he had reached the fourth layer. It was almost as if he had become a completely different person.
Aside from this, he also felt that his body was a lot quicker than before. Even his mind had grown stronger. If Han Li didn’t sleep for 3 or 5 days, he would still feel as awake as always.
With so many changes occurring, Han Li sat there and took note of each and every single change to his body. These changes opened a new world of sensation to him, and so he was reluctant to do anything other than relish in these feelings.
Suddenly, he realized that all this change had appeared only at the fourth layer of the chant.
He couldn’t help but think that this fourth layer had brought about such an unforgettable sensation! If the fourth layer was like that, then surely breaking through to the fifth or even sixth layer would be even more magnificent!
Soon after Han Li finally broke through and understood the subtle cultivation method of the chant, his master—Elder Mo—had finally returned to the valley. However, he wasn’t alone, as he had brought back a mysterious person.
The moment Elder Mo returned to the valley, Han Li heard his all too familiar cough. He had been in his cultivation room striving to advance one more layer, but the moment he had heard Elder Mo’s voice, he left the room to head down to the valley and greet him. It had been a year since he had last met his master, so it was time to meet Elder Mo once again.
The moment Han Li saw Elder Mo, he was extremely shocked. Elder Mo was still the same in figure, but there was an ashen complexion on his face with the smallest hint of anger. Although he had originally been yellow with illness, he had never looked so ruined in such an extreme manner as he did now.
But what surprised Han Li the most was the mysterious person behind Elder Mo. The person was wrapped in a black mantle that completely covered every single part of the body so that not a single inch of skin could be seen. The figure was rather large and was taller than Han Li by at least two heads. Because of the mantle that covered the entirety of the person’s body, Han Li wasn’t able to determine the person’s facial appearance. At the very least, he could tell that the person’s expression was especially fierce with an ugly look to it.
Han Li suppressed the questions on his mind as he hurriedly greeted Elder Mo with a respectful posture and waited for Elder Mo to say something.
He knew that while the master did not need to show deference towards the disciple, the disciple was expected to greet the master respectfully. This was something that could not be discarded as a useless tradition, as it flattered the master, making the master more likely to treat the disciple well.
Han Li had also understood Elder Mo’s thoughts. Since Elder Mo had always pushed him to practice the chants to cultivate and had not seen Han Li in a very long time, he would undoubtedly ask about how far he had gotten with the chant.
As expected, the moment Elder Mo saw Han Li approach him, he stared blankly for a moment before coughing twice and speaking up.
“How far have you gotten with the chant? Have you made a breakthrough?” There was an anxious look of hope on his face.
Han Li long since expected that this question would come and had prepared an answer beforehand.”
“I’m still the same, without experiencing any significant change.” Han Li didn’t want to tell the truth of his progress because there would be no way for him to explain his sudden massive increase in training speed. It would have been impossible for Han Li to break through from the third layer to the fourth layer relying only on his own talent in such a short amount of time.
“Extend your arm.” Elder Mo’s expression sank and his voice became stiff.
Han Li carefully paid attention to Elder Mo’s expression. His heart shook for a moment before becoming calm once more.
He wasn’t afraid of having his pulse taken to measure the inner Qi in his body. This was because, after reaching the fourth layer, Han Li had discovered that he could freely manipulate the inner workings of his body, such as the intensity of his inner Qi. He could easily control his inner Qi so that it would resemble that of the third layer. With this underhanded trick, he had no fear of Elder Mo’s inspection.