Bai Xiaochun stared at the stones covering the sky with his heart racing, and immediately bolted back to his immortal cave. The immortal cave’s formation array shook under the barrage of stones while Bai Xiaochun scowled sullenly; he knew he had enraged the crowd, but he still felt wronged. After all, he hadn’t done it intentionally.
“I promise! This is the last time! I’m certain of it!” Bai Xiaochun hastily sent out a sound transmission.
After the crowd outside vented some of their anger, Bai Xiaochun continued to sweet talk from inside the immortal cave until everyone left with what was left of their anger.
Bai Xiaochun sighed deeply and went to clear the rubble outside his immortal cave, before going back to the Medicine Refining Room where he sank in thought, recalling his recent discovery. He clenched his teeth as he carefully took out his last pill furnace and carefully began refining spirit medicine in accord with the new information.
The main problem was the allelopathy of the various herbs. A few days later, a herbal aroma wafted out from the furnace. Bai Xiaochun’s eyes teared up as he yelled excitedly. He had finally overcome the major problem of his pill furnace exploding. Furthermore, he had also gained a basic understanding of the changes brought by allelopathy!
“The day when I can skillfully refine Grade 3 spirit medicine is just around the corner!” Bursting with delight, Bai Xiaochun submerged himself in concoction once again, putting everything else aside.
As the Scented Cloud Mountain disciples could no longer hear the deafening pill furnace explosions, they gradually calmed down and the Scented Cloud Mountain seemed to have returned to its usual tranquility.
However… Bai Xiaochun soon realised that although the problem with the furnace had been taken care of, his success rate in refining Grade 3 medicine pills still wasn’t high, and it frequently resulted in oddly-shaped pills.
Regarding those oddly-shaped pills, Bai Xiaochun didn’t proceed to ignore them as he did before. Instead, he felt that they contained great secrets within them, and perhaps he could even refine a heaven-defying pill like the Aphrodisiac Pill.
“I need to test what these pills can do…”Bai Xiaochun mumbled to himself solemnly, immediately walking out from the immortal cave and toward the market square at the foot of the mountain. He bought a large number of small beasts and even used some Contribution Points to get some from the sect itself.
Bai Xiaochun kept those animals inside his immortal cave, where he began his second experiment with the little beasts. Filled with excitement, Bai Xiaochun pulled out a white jade slip, preparing to record every single detail.
With everything prepared, Bai Xiaochun took a deep breath. Taking out a rabbit, he picked an odd black pill from the many pills and tossed it at the rabbit.
The rabbit took a few sniffs before swallowing it in one go. Suddenly, the rabbit shivered as its legs went limp and it plopped on the ground, motionless.
“Is it dead?” Bai Xiaochun stared with wide eyes as he quickly approached to inspect it before sighing in relief. The rabbit wasn’t dead, it had only fainted from the impact of the pill; It had unleashed too much energy for the rabbit to handle, causing it to fall unconscious.
Not until two hours later did the rabbit regain its consciousness. It straightened its two legs and stood up like a human would, staring straight at Bai Xiaochun.
Bai Xiaochun made a soft “eh…” sound, which was immediately followed by another “eh…” that came from the rabbit. Bai Xiaochun jumped in fright.
“You know how to speak?”
“You know how to speak?” The rabbit jumped also in fright, imitating him.
Bai Xiaochun immediately grew excited as he circled the rabbit a couple times. The rabbit similarly grew excited as it too circled around Bai Xiaochun. Man and rabbit, the two formed an odd scene inside the immortal cave.
Bai Xiaochun laughed loudly.
“Haha, this pill’s not bad. I, Bai Xiaochun, really am a genius! Now even a rabbit knows how to speak!”
The rabbit similarly laughed loudly, repeating the same words. Bai Xiaochun found it a little odd, so he quickly opened the door to one of the stone rooms and threw the rabbit inside.
“Oh well, since you have gained human-like intelligence now, remember to come show me your gratitude if you succeed cultivating. Stay in there for the moment, I’ll release you all outside and into the sect in the future.”
After tossing the rabbit aside, Bai Xiaochun stopped paying attention to it and began moving onto the next experiment. This time, he chose a monkey and picked a yellow pill which he tossed towards it. The monkey pretended not to notice at first, but after a closer inspection, it grabbed it and nibbled it at the corner of its mouth. Many crumbs fell, but ultimately, the majority of the pill was eaten by the monkey.
Not much changed after that. A weak wind appeared, but that too disappeared quickly. Curious, Bai Xiaochun grabbed the monkey, inspecting it all around. The monkey seemed in a trance as it just stared blankly. After confirming that there weren’t any other changes, Bai Xiaochun sighed and tossed the monkey into the stone room.
For the next couple days, Bai Xiaochun continued with these experiments. A few rabbits, upon eating the pills, had their eyes become red and even growled before jumping up to bite Bai Xiaochun.
Surprised, Bai Xiaochun took notes and threw the bunnies into the stone room while watching them bite at each other, albeit not drawing any blood.
Bai Xiaochun also used some ducks he bought and fed them the pills. The ducks all trembled before their wings grew significantly larger and they actually flew out of the immortal cave, all of them flying near the ceiling of the immortal cave gracefully. Bai Xiaochun stared with eyes and mouth both wide-open, his interest in these pills only growing as he observed the ducks.
Time flowed quickly and soon, half a month had passed. In this half a month, Bai Xiaochun’s experiments was recording his experiments. Occasionally, maniacal laughter traveled outside of his immortal cave.
A few days later, some ordinary chickens ate his pills, causing their bodies to quickly expand nearly to the size of an elephant’s. By this point, Bai Xiaochun had deepened his understanding regarding the Dao of Medicine. Feeling motivated, Bai Xiaochun continued testing out the odd pills.
Soon, inside the stone room with the locked small beasts, there was a new addition. A group of toads with countless eyes all over their bodies, quacking endlessly. And each time they quacked, their eyes would blink.
There was even a tiger inside which Bai Xiaochun had bought with Spirit Stones. After eating one of his pills, it grew eight heads in addition to its original one, becoming a nine-headed tiger. Roaring with all of its nine heads simultaneously was quite an impressive sight!
There were even some ordinary birds, but they didn’t undergo any extraordinary changes. Only an endless diarrhea…
Time slowly passed, yet Bai Xiaochun’s experiments didn’t stop. He seemed determined to discover the effects of every last one of his odd pills. There was even a group of monkeys shaking on the floor, constantly convulsing after having eaten his pills.
Another example would be a group of cats, hiccuping every day as though thunder echoed out, shocking Bai Xiaochun. He had no idea what the results of the odd pills he had refined might be. The craziest of all these beasts were the swans whose eyes had turned white after consuming the pills. They were extremely horrifying, but for some reason, they were very loyal, just like dogs, and took the initiative to guard inside Bai Xiaochun’s immortal cave.
In the end, Bai Xiaochun even tested the pills on the small fish in his immortal cave’s hot spring. They went insane, pushing against each other and trying to jump out as they even grew legs with which they walked around in Bai Xiaochun’s immortal cave.
Bai Xiaochun stared dumbfounded at the walking fish before throwing them all into the stone room. The stone room, as of that moment, had transformed into an extremely bizarre world.
Inside the stone room, a monkey in a high place leaned its chin on its palm, pondering deeply. Below it were a couple monkeys who were constantly convulsing while red-eyed rabbits were fighting elephant-sized chickens...
Beside them were the toads, watching the scene with their countless eyes while a rabbit was imitating the many surrounding scenes, making gestures and occasionally throwing out three sentences “eh…”, “You know how to speak?”, and “Haha, this pill’s not bad. I, Bai Xiaochun, really am a genius, now even a rabbit knows how to speak!”
In the air, some ducks were soaring around gracefully, dancing in the sky like birds and constantly dropping turds which splattered on the ground. On the floor, a nine-headed tiger was covered in bird excrement and roaring angrily over and over again. That tiger was surrounded by the two-legged fish who were running about, tirelessly chased by hiccupping cats...
There were also some swans near the door, coldly observing all of this, as though they were guards.
Bai Xiaochun stared blankly inside the room. He had tested out only a part of his odd pills, many more remained inside his storage bag, so he naturally wanted to continue testing, but he was out of fresh test subjects.
“The Dao of Medicine is amazing…” Bai Xiaochun mumbled to himself and looked away, filled with a determination to try out the rest of his odd pills. Leaving the immortal cave, he went down the mountain to procure even more beasts from the market square.
But as soon as Bai Xiaochun walked outside his immortal cave, one of Bai Xiaochun’s test subjects that hadn’t shown any change before, the monkey staring blankly in the air, suddenly rolled its eyes. Lowering its head towards the stone room’s door, human-like intelligence flashed within its eyes before it lunged forth and before long… the stone room’s door opened!
Not long after, under the monkey’s fiddling, the immortal cave’s door actually… similarly opened!
Sunlight shone from outside, and the blankly-staring monkey charged out, leaving the chickens, ducks, fish, and cats stunned. In a blink of an eye, all the animals Bai Xiaochun had locked up… charged out from their prison!
Zhou Xinqi was just exiting her immortal cave when she suddenly noticed ducks quacking in the sky while flying gracefully. Stunned, she took a closer look. She had memorised all five volumes of spirit beasts long ago, but had no idea what the flying ducks before her eyes were.
“What the hell are those?!” Zhou Xinqi mumbled to herself surprised, only to see a couple elephant-sized chickens rush past her. And beside them was a growling rabbit.
“You know how to speak?”
“Haha, this pill’s not bad. I, Bai Xiaochun, really am a genius, now even a rabbit knows how to speak!”
Zhou Xinqi stared with wide eyes for a long time, not knowing how to react. Her mouth gaped open as she thought she must be hallucinating.
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Editors: Crimsonguard, Arch, MantouInv