Chapter 1192: The Closure of the Pill Gathering
Xuan Kong Zi on the tall stage smiled at the entire stadium. Immediately, he took a step forward. His eyes slowly swept over the sky before pausing on a skinny figure.
"The old me shall not say any unnecessary words at this moment. The Pill Lightning has scattered. All the competitors, please take out the medicinal pills that you have refined.
The ten plus people still remaining on the stone platform hesitated for a moment upon hearing Xuan Kong Zi's voice. Numerous round and shiny medicinal pills slowly flew from their hands. They floated in front of them.
The medicinal fragrances lingering in the plaza had become much denser when these medicinal pills appeared.
Innumerable gazes looked over. Nine night-pearl existences were present amid the floating medicinal pills. Although they were of good quality and were sought after tier 7 high grade medicinal pills, they were not eye-catching. This was because above these nine tier 7 medicinal pills were five medicinal pills with faint spiritual fogs encircling them.
Although the outer appearance of a tier 7 pill and a tier 8 pill were similar, even someone who knew nothing about pill refinement would be able to tell the difference between the two. This difference was the difference in spirituality.
The energy of a tier 7 medicinal pill was extremely dense. However, it was a dead pill. On the other hand, a tier 8 medicinal pill possessed its own spirituality. Only this kind of medicinal pill could be called a living pill, or a spiritual pill…
The five tier 8 medicinal pills had just appeared when tried to increase the distance between each other. Cao Ying's and Dan Chen's medicinal pills were the ones with the weakest spirituality among these five medicinal pills. A faint spiritual fog lingered around their medicinal pills, and the fog vaguely agglomerated into a fox and rabbit image.
A tier 8 medicinal pill already possessed some spirituality. This statement was true from the looks of it since the pill was able to form a shape.
Countless numbers of curious gazes looked at the five tier 8 medicinal pills in the air. This strange scene was witnessed by quite a number of people for the first time. Tier 8 medicinal pills were indeed extraordinary.
Not far beside the medicinal pills of Cao Ying and Dan Chen were three comparatively larger medicinal pills. Among them, the medicinal pill of old demon Qing Hua had formed a bear shape. However, it did not possess any fighting thoughts. It merely guarded its territory because it knew it would not be able to deal with those other two fierce existences.
While being surrounded by the four other tier 8 medicinal pills, the medicinal pill of Old Mu Gu, which had stirred a four-colored Pill Lightning, was filled with spiritual aura. It had formed a ferocious tiger shape that was repeatedly roaring at Xiao Yan's Bone Growing Blood Fusing Pill. It appeared to be extremely dissatisfied that the other party had snatched the prestige that ought to belong to it.
Before the tiger roar could sound, a dense spiritual aura swiftly appeared around the Bone Growing Blood Fusing Pill. Immediately, it transformed into a small half-a-meter dragon. It swung its tail and violently slammed it against the tiger-formed medicinal pill of Old Mu Gu. Old Mu Gu's pill was beaten until it let out a miserable whimper. After which, it dejectedly flew some distance away. After having undergone the baptism of the five-colored Pill Lightning, the Bone Growing Blood Fusing Pill was not something this grade 4 medicinal pill could deal with.
Following the forms of these medicinal pills, numerous light suddenly surged out of them. They were ranked like a golden pagoda. At the top of the golden pagoda was a small dragon that was filled with spirituality. It let out a long roar at the sky. Its bright light was just like a sun had exploded…
At this moment, everyone could clearly sense just what kind of pure, terrifying energy was contained in the interior of this small medicinal pill.
From the tall stage, Xuan Kong Zi looked at the unresisting medicinal pills that had been suppressed by the Bone Growing Blood Fusing Pill. He involuntarily smiled. Immediately, he cried out in a loud voice, "Spirituality is honored in medicinal pills. Currently, the most honored medicinal pill of this Pill Gathering has been born. Its owner… is the final champion of this Pill Gathering… the champion is—Xiao Yan!"
Upon hearing Xuan Kong Zi's short and powerful words, countless numbers of gazes immediately turned to the stone stage in a uniform manner. A moment later, a deafening cheer reverberated across the sky in an earth-shaking manner.
They had witnessed the occurrence of a miracle as well as the great pride in turning things around with one's own strength!
This pride caused the hearts of a countless number of people turned chaotic. Their blood boiled as a result.
Xiao Yan overlooked the boiling stadium from the stone platform above. He involuntarily smiled. Immediately, his eyes looked to the sky while he softly muttered in his heart, "Teacher, this disciple did not cause you to lose face…"
Cao Ying and the rest revealed envious expressions in their eyes as they looked at Xiao Yan, who eas the center of attention for tens of thousands of people. At this moment, he was undoubtedly the most dazzling person on stage.
The champion of the Pill Gathering. This qualification was the representation of a peak expert because all Pill Gathering champions from previous generations eventually became top existences. This point was enough to cause the people around to understand just what kind of shocking potential this skinny, young man possessed.
Song Qing's expression was complicated as he stared at Xiao Yan. His eyes were jealous, but still displayed a great amount of helplessness. Xiao Yan's performance this time around had caused a defeated feeling to appear in his heart. He was didn't even possess the thought of catching up to Xiao Yan.
The most furious person was naturally Old Mu Gu. The champion position that he was about to obtain had suddenly disappeared. Moreover, he had been ridiculed by Xiao Yan. How could this not cause this alchemist guru, who possessed quite a great reputation in the Central Plains, to be furious?
Although he was furious, he was unable to do anything at this moment. He could only watch as the ultimate glory of being the champion steadily landed on Xiao Yan's shoulders.
"Brat, you should not be happy. The old me swears that I will deal with you personally!"
Old Mu Gu's eyes were a little red. His words were accurately transmitted to Xiao Yan's ears through the use of Dou Qi.
Xiao Yan faintly smiled upon hearing his threat. He glanced at the Sky Demon Puppet beside him and a dense chill flashed across his eyes. His heart was already filled with a killing intent for Old Mu Gu that was difficult to resolve. Once the matter of the Three Thousand Burning Flame was over, he would definitely let this old fellow know just who would deal with who!
Currently, the Earth Demon Puppet had evolved into the Sky Demon Puppet. Adding this to the Little Fairy Doctor and Tian Huo zun-zhe, there were three elite Dou Zuns beside him. It would not be difficult to finish Old Mu Gu off with this kind of frightening lineup!
This soul-stirring, boiling applause continued for nearly a dozen minutes before it slowly faded away.
"Xiao Yan, you have already become the champion of the Pill Gathering. In the future, you will also become a potential candidate for the three great heads of the Pill Tower…" Xuan Kong Zi smiled and looked at Xiao Yan on the stone platform as he slowly spoke.
Countless numbers of envious and jealous eyes shot toward Xiao Yan when these words from Xuan Kong Zi sounded. A potential successor for the future three great heads of the Pill Tower. This title meant that Xiao Yan had the potential to become a great head of the Pill Tower in the future. This position really stood at the peak of the Dou Qi continent…
Everyone present was clearly aware of just what kind of authority the great heads of the Pill Tower had. They were the spiritual leaders in the hearts of a countless number of alchemists around the continent!
The Pill Tower had never really gone to war with anyone. However, no one on the continent doubted the terrifying strength that this ancient faction possessed.
Xiao Yan slightly nodded in front of those envious gazes. Regardless of whether or not he would truly become a great head of the Pill Tower in the future, there was, at the very least, no need to reject the title.
"Like I said earlier, you will obtain a scroll containing a soul training method from ancient times as the champion." Xuan Kong Zi waved his hand. An ancient, goatskin scroll appeared in it. After which, his palm was pushed forward. This ancient scroll rushed to Xiao Yan at a lightning-like speed under a mixture of light.
A joyous expression flashed across Xiao Yan's face upon hearing his words. He had advanced to the eighth tier. If he wanted to climb higher, he would need a soul training method. The word formula that he had obtained from the Spirit Nourishment Powder was too short even though it would occasionally be useful. However, it was impossible for it to help him advance again.
Therefore, this so-called soul training method from ancient times was too important to him.
Xiao Yan curled his hand and accurately grabbed the cluster of light. The glow disappeared and revealed an ancient, goatskin scroll. There was a unique feeling surging within his heart when his hand made contact with the goatskin.
"It is indeed a good thing."
Xiao Yan quietly praised in his heart when he sensed this strange feeling. He immediately laughed. With this thing, he would be able to swiftly stabilize his soul.
Although Xiao Yan was quite curious about this soul training method, this moment was not the time to look at it. He flipped his hand and stored it into his Storage Ring in front of the many fiery hot eyes. After which, he turned to Xuan Kong Zi and cupped his hands together in thanks.
Xuan Kong Zi smiled as he looked at the satisfied expression on Xiao Yan's face. Only when the applause that resounded over the sky slowly reduce did he say, "The champion has appeared. The star realm will open in two days. At that time, the top ten of this Pill Gathering will have the opportunity to enter it and subdue the Three Thousand Burning Flame!"
Xuan Kong Zi's words had just sounded when Xiao Yan, who had calmed down a little, felt an uncontrollable surge of excitement. The reason he had put in so much effort was for the Three Thousand Burning Flames!
Soon, this legendary, undying flame could finally be captured.
Of course, not only Xiao Yan was excited at this moment, the eyes of the others, including Old Mu Gi, also became hot almost instantly. Clearly, the Three Thousand Burning Flame was an attractive thing to them.
Upon seeing the excited expressions on the faces of these people, everyone knew that the grand Pill Gathering had reached its end. However, the competitions had yet to end. The target of this struggle this time around was not to be the champion of the Pill Gathering. Instead, it was for the legendary, undying flame, the Three Thousand Burning Flame!
Just who would be able get their hands on such a unique object?
This question caused the hearts of those present to fill with anticipation and curiosity…
Chapter 1193: Xuan Yi, Tian Lei Zi
After a month of an seething atmosphere, the vast and endless sea of people around the stadium gradually scattered along with the end of the Pill Gathering. Even though the people scattered, an excited atmosphere still hung around the city. The intensity of this Pill Gathering had far exceeded everyone's expectations. That act of turning the tide caused one's blood to boil with heat by just thinking about it.
Night quietly encompassed this unusually lively city amid this noisiness. The well-lit city stood sentinel to the endless flow of people in the streets. The topic on everyone's mouth was related to the Pill Gathering. Most of the conversations were naturally about the young man called Xiao Yan, the champion of this Pill Gathering and the one who had created a miracle.
This name, which appeared unfamiliar in the past, had been imprinted in the minds of everyone. Moreover, all of them also understood that this name would echo over the entire Central Plains very soon.
At that time, he would become the most dazzling young man across the entire Central Plains region.
While the entire city maintained its lively state, the many competitors appeared about to collapse after the one month of pill refinement, so they miserable fled to their own residences. After which, they slept like dead dogs…
Xiao Yan was included among these people. A tier 8 medicinal pill was not as easy to refine as he had imagined. Moreover, due to him having forcefully raised the spirituality of the medicinal pill, Xiao Yan had basically exhausted all of his Spiritual Strength. His exhaustion was quite terrifying, Hence, he immediately returned to his room after the Pill Gathering was over. He shut his eyes and the night covered everything.
The Little Fairy Doctor and the rest clearly understood how tired Xiao Yan was. Hence, no one disturbed him. They allowed him to quietly sleep as much as he needed.
By the time Xiao Yan woke up from his sleep, the sky had been covered by night. He could even vaguely hear conversations filled with laughter and excitement outside.
For safety's sake, the residence of Xiao Yan's group had been shifted from the Ye manor to the Pill Tower. Thus, they could prevent the people from the Hall of Souls from secretly performing any schemes.
Xiao Yan sat up from his bed. He washed up a little before quickly walking out of the room. Before he had rested, he had received Xuan Kong Zi's reminder to head over after having rested.
Xiao Yan pushed the door of his room opened, only to see quite a number of people seated in the large hall outside. The Little Fairy Doctor, Tian Huo zun-zhe, Ye Zhong, and the others were present.
"You have finally woken up. The people from the Pill Tower have come to hurry us quite a number of times, but I stopped all of them." The Little Fairy Doctor involuntarily smiled and informed Xiao Yan in a gentle manner after seeing him come out.
"Yes." Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He said, "I will make a trip over first. All of you should be careful."
Xiao Yan did not stay for long after saying this. He chatted a little before he hurriedly left the room. After which, he rushed to the top of the Pill Tower.
Xiao Yan met quite a number of alchemists along the way. These people hurriedly gave way when they saw Xiao Yan. There was even some respect in their eyes when they looked at Xiao Yan. Xiao Yan had turned the tide during the Pill Gathering and preserved the dignity of the Pill Tower. This was equivalent to protecting their pride.
Additionally, the alchemist level that Xiao Yan had displayed during the Pill Gathering was worthy of their respectful treatment.
Although Xiao Yan was worthy of their treatment, Xiao Yan felt a little ill at ease when he receiving numerous respectful gazes no matter where he went. When other people treated one with respect, one needed to, at the very least, return a smile. Hence, the journey had resulted in Xiao Yan's face smiling to the point of nearly having cramps. In the end, Xiao Yan, who was finally unable to endure smiling any longer, increased his speed as he rushed to the top of the Pill Tower in front of everyone's stunned eyes.
Xiao Yan finally arrived outside a large hall at the top level ten minutes later. He rubbed his face before gently knocking on the door.
Xiao Yan's finger had just landed on the door when Xuan Kong Zi's faint laughter was emitted from behind it.
Upon hearing this, Xiao Yan pushed open the door and entered. His gaze swept around, only to see quite a number of figures standing within the large hall. Cao Ying, Dan Chen, and Song Qing were all present. Moreover, there were three figures in the leaders' seats. The one in the middle was Xuan Kong Zi. On one side of him was that pretty woman and on the other was the dark-skinned elder Xiao Yan had seen on the tall stage.
All the gazes in the hall gathered on Xiao Yan the moment he entered the hall. From a certain point of view, Xiao Yan, who had become the champion of the Pill Gathering, could be considered someone from the Pill Tower. Moreover, the position of a potential successor was not a low one. Even an ordinary Elder would have to politely greet him should they meet him.
"Ke ke, our champion has arrived." Xuan Kong Zi involuntarily smiled and teased upon seeing Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan let out a bitter laugh. He took a couple of steps forward and stood side-by-side with Cao Ying and the others. After which, he cupped his hands respectfully to Xuan Kong Zi trio and greeted them.
"I will make the introductions." Xuan Kong Zi smiled. He pointed at the pretty woman by his side, who was using a gentle gaze to look at Xiao Yan. He said, "This is association head Xuan Yi. Ke ke, she has quite a deep relationship with your teacher. You can call her aunt Xuan."
Xiao Yan was startled upon hearing Xuan Kong Zi's words. He looked at the teasing smile on Xuan Kong Zi's face, and the corner of his mouth involuntarily twitched. However, his eyes were stunned as he looked at the pretty woman. A deep relationship with teacher? Could this be that legendary teacher's wife?
"You old fellow. What nonsense are you spouting?"
That pretty woman, called Xuan Yi, a faint redness involuntarily flew over her face under Xiao Yan's stunned eyes. She furiously glared at Xuan Kong Zi before turning her eyes to Xiao Yan. Her voice was gentle as she said, "You are called Xiao Yan right? That old fellow Yao Chen has really accepted a good disciple this time around."
Upon seeing the way Xuan Yi acted, Xiao Yan understood in his heart that she definitely had a relationship with teacher that most people were unaware of. He did not dare slight her. If it was really as he thought, he would need to kowtow and serve her tea.
TL: kowtow and serve tea is a form of respect from a disciple to a teacher. The teacher's wife generally also enjoys such a privilege
"Xiao Yan greets Xuan… aunt Xuan."
Xiao Yan hesitated for a moment before he suddenly saw the expression Xuan Kong Zi was giving him. His words hurriedly changed, and he altered the form of address.
Association head Xuan Yi was startled upon hearing Xiao Yan's manner of address. A faint redness quickly surfaced on her face. The gaze she used to look at Xiao Yan had become even gentler. It was as though she was looking at her own younger generation.
Xiao Yan quietly muttered 'lucky' in his heart when he saw her eyes. Although he was unaware if teacher really did have any relationship with her, it was obvious that the other party had some feelings for Yao Lao. It appeared that teacher had left behind quite a number of emotional ties back then.
"This is association head Tian Lei Zi…"
Xuan Kong Zi's eyes turned to the dark-skinned elder with an unusually cold and stern face. Xuan Kong Zi introduced him with a smile.
"Xiao Yan from the younger generation greets association head Tian Lei Zi."
Xiao Yan hurriedly gave a greeting once again upon hearing him be introduced. These three were peak existences on the continent. It was always right to be a little more respectful.
"Yes, we really have to thank you for this Pill Gathering…" The cold and stern face of Tian Lei Zi also became slightly gentle upon facing Xiao Yan. However, his voice still appeared low and deep, giving one an unusual feeling pressure.
"Ha ha, there is no need to be afraid. This old fellow has been like this all his life." Xuan Kong Zi by his side laughed.
Xiao Yan nodded. A master should have the demeanor of a master.
"Since everyone has gathered, I shall come back to the main topic." Xuan Kong Zi's expression had become much more serious upon bringing up the topic of an important matter. He slowly said, "The star region will be opened the day after tomorrow. You will all enter it and try to subdue the Three Thousand Burning Flame."
"The star region is a space that the three of us joined hands to create. Moreover, we added some powerful seals and hid it within the stars. The Three Thousand Burning Flame is also sealed within it."
Xiao Yan braced his attention when he heard about the information related to the Three Thousand Burning Flame. He hurriedly listened.
"Due to the prolonged seal, the Three Thousand Burning Flame has formed a great grudge against the Pill Tower, especially against the three of us. Should it escape the seal, it would definitely end up attempting to take revenge." Xuan Kong Zi explained in a deep voice.
"This time around, it would be fine if there is someone who can subdue the Three Thousand Burning Flame. However, we are worried about someone not being able to subdue it and will instead want to release it to destroy Holy Pill City."
"The people association head is mentioning… are the members from the Hall of Souls?" Xiao Yan's eyes flickered as he softly inquired.
Xuan Kong Zi slowly nodded. A dense, cold expression flashed across his eyes as he said, "The traces of that Old Mu Gu have disappeared after the Pill Gathering ended. Even the three of us are unable to find him. Clearly, he is afraid of us secretly attacking and finding trouble with him. Therefore, he has purposefully hid himself.
"The relationship of the Hall of Souls and our Pill Tower has always been poor. If they have the opportunity to give us a blow, they will definitely not give it up. Moreover, Old Mu Gu has come this time around. Therefore, they definitely have some sort of plan…"
"The Three Thousand Burning Flame must also not land in the hands of the Hall of Souls. We are worried that they intend to quietly undo the seal of the Three Thousand Burning Flame." Xuan Yi also knit her eyebrows and softly added.
"The three of us must definitely maintain the seal of the star region when it is opened. Therefore, we will not be able to enter it. The reason why we have summoned all of you here is to get all of you to try your best to stop Old Mu Gu after you have entered the star region. If he does anything not right, you should immediately shatter this bead. The experts from the Pill Tower will swiftly arrive to lend a hand."
Four jade beads rushed out after Xuan Kong Zi's words sounded. After which, they remained suspended in front of Xiao Yan's group.
Xiao Yan's group gently nodded after receiving the jade bead. From the looks of it, the fight for the Three Thousand Burning Flame this time around would be quite fierce…
"Not very many people are able to enter the star region at any one time. Otherwise, they will wake the slumbering Three Thousand Burning Flame. Therefore, all of you will have to be relied upon as the frontlines this time around!"
Xuan Kong Zi's expression was solemn as he looked at Xiao Yan's group while speaking in a deep voice.
Xiao Yan slowly nodded. He needed to obtain the Three Thousand Burning Flame at any cost. If Old Mu Gu wanted to stop him, he could only give him a ruthlessly fight back…
Chapter 1194: Two Opposing Woman
After discussing some matters regarding the opening of the star region with everyone gathered, Xiao Yan's group left the large hall.
Xiao Yan did not remain for long after having left the large hall. He turned around and walked toward a path. However, his feet had just stepped forward when a graceful figure appeared in front of him accompanied by a fragrance. Xiao Yan was startled before he immediately laughed, "Why? Does Miss Cao Ying have some matters?"
"Nothing. I am incidentally using the same path. Let's leave together." Cao Ying sweetly smiled. Her exquisite face revealed an alluring enchantment. This woman was just like a fox demon that could bring calamity to a country and its people. Her smiles and frowns were enough to cause a man to go crazy over her.
Xiao Yan was stunned when he heard her invitation. Since when did this witch treat him so well? In the past, she earnestly wished for him to come into conflict with others while she stood by the side and watched the show.
While Xiao Yan was pondering what was happening in his heart, the expression of Song Qing slightly worsened. Cao Ying's change had caused him to feel uneasy. He hurriedly came forward and laughed, "Ying-er, brother Xiao Yan always has many things to deal with. Coincidentally, the star region will be opened in two days. At that time, that old bastard Old Mu Gu might launch a sneak attack again. If we train now, we might be able to guard against him when the time comes."
"Yes, brother Song words are quite…" Xiao Yan hurriedly nodded upon hearing them. He kind of feared this witch Cao Ying. He did not wish to be toyed with by her Since Song Qing had stepped forward, he would hurriedly push her to him.
However, before Xiao Yan's words had finished, the enchanting smile on Cao Ying's face was withdrawn. She faintly declared, "There is no need. I do not wish to be left behind as a sacrifice again."
Song Qing was somber when he heard Cao Ying's words. His expression had become unusually embarrassed.
Cao Ying's pretty eyes turned to Xiao Yan. She violently looked at him. From her looks, it seemed that this witch would go crazy if Xiao Yan were to utter any more excuses.
Xiao Yan helplessly shook his head. He threw a pitiful gaze to Song Qing. Although Song Qing's actions of leaving his companion behind at a critical moment were indeed shameless, the treatment that he had currently received was also quite pitiful.
Xiao Yan quietly sighed in his heart. He could only turn around and walk to the stairs that led to the bottom of the Pill Tower. Only then did Cao Ying smile. After which, she closely followed behind him. Her crisp and soft laughter caused one to feel one's bones softening.
Song Qing's expression was volatile as he watched the backs of these two people disappear into the distance. He violently clenched his teeth a moment later. His face was dark, solemn as he swung his sleeves and left.
Xiao Yan and Cao Ying walked all the way down. She continued to softly inquire about unimportant matter. Her alluring manners of occasionally covering her mouth and laughing softly would cause some young alchemists to involuntarily halt their footsteps. Their eyes contained some envy when they looked at Xiao Yan.
These envious gazes cause Xiao Yan to feel as though he was sitting on needles. This witch was unpredictable. No one knew just what she was thinking. Even Xiao Yan himself wasn't sure why she had suddenly become so gentle to him. Could it be because he had saved her life back in the Pill Realm?
This short journey appeared just like a long march to Xiao Yan. He only let out a long sigh of relief when he was about to arrive at his residence after much difficulty.
Xiao Yan stood in the corridor outside of the room. He was planning to open his mouth and say his goodbye when the door to the room suddenly opened with a creaking sound. Immediately, a white figure slowly stepped out. Surprise expression flashed across her ethereal eyes when she saw that Xiao Yan was together with Cao Ying.
"Little Fairy Doctor."
Xiao Yan's heart felt a slight joy when he saw who had appeared. He hurriedly called out to her before swiftly walking forward.
Cao Ying's eyes also paused on the Little Fairy Doctor after she had appeared. Her picture-like eyebrows were gently lifted.
Although the Little Fairy Doctor's appearance was not as enchanting as Cao Ying's, it contained a gentleness that warmed one's heart, especially now that her Woeful Poison Body was completely under control. The faint chillness that had existed between her brows in the past had quietly faded away. The current Little Fairy Doctor was just like the girl Xiao Yan had seen in Qingshan Town, possessing a graceful elegance like a fairy.
If Cao Ying was described as a bewitching and alluring witch, the Little Fairy Doctor was just like a fairy that had fallen into the mortal realm…
The two women possessed two completely different demeanors. However, they were both enticing.
The Little Fairy Doctor's pretty eyes gently blinked when she saw Xiao Yan swiftly walking over. After seeing the expression in his eyes, the intelligent her understood everything within her heart. The corner of her mouth involuntarily revealed a warm smile.
"Hello… Cao Ying. May I know how to address you?" An alluring smile hung on Cao Ying's face as she extended her long, narrow hand while introducing herself.
"Little Fairy Doctor…" The Little Fairy Doctor gently held Cao Ying's hand. Her gentle tone was neither hurried nor impatient.
"I have followed Xiao Yan back. You don't mind, do you?" Cao Ying smiled and withdrew her hand. Her pretty eyes glanced at Xiao Yan, but she spoke as though nothing had happened.
"A mere idle chat between friends. What is there to mind?" The Little Fairy Doctor softly laughed. The corner of her eyes involuntarily revealed a faint smile when she heard Cao Ying treating her as someone with a relationship with Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan by the side involuntarily rolled his eyes when he heard their responses. These two woman might appear polite on the surface, but their words did not appear to be that calm.
"There are still people waiting for him in the room. We shall not continue chatting here. If Miss Cao has time in the future, you can come more often to play." The Little Fairy Doctor replied with a faint smile. However, her tone contained the intention of sending this guest off.
Cao Ying's expression did not change upon hearing her words. She sweetly smiled and said, "Definitely."
The Little Fairy Doctor slightly smiled upon hearing her reply. She extended her hand and wrapped it around Xiao Yan's arm. After which, she pulled his somewhat stiff body along as they entered the room.
The smile on Cao Ying's face was slowly withdrawn as she stared at the tightly shut door. A soft snort was emitted from her nostrils a moment later. She gently clenched her hand and a bewitching arc once again appeared on her face.
"Xiao Yan, you will not be able to escape the hands of mine!"
Before Xiao Yan could say anything, the Little Fairy Doctor swiftly withdrew her hand after entering the room. Xiao Yan could vaguely see a pair of bright-red ear lobes. He involuntarily laughed.
"You actually dare to laugh? All you do is attract woman…"
The Little Fairy Doctor involuntarily chastised him because of embarrassed anger when she heard Xiao Yan laugh.
"You want to manage the woman I attract?" Xiao Yan smiled as he playfully teased.
The Little Fairy Doctor's pretty face became slightly red upon hearing his teasing. She hurriedly found an excuse and replied, "Xun Er asked me to watch over you before she left…"
Xiao Yan ignored the excuse she had thrown out of her mouth. The smile on his face became more playful.
"Hee hee, Xiao Yan, you dare to take liberties with Little Fairy Doctor jie-jie (elder sister). I will definitely report this to Cai Lin jie-jie. When we left back then, she instructed me to kill you if I saw you being hooked by other woman." A lovely laughter suddenly chimed across the room while Xiao Yan was secretly smiling. This caused Xiao Yan to leap from shock. He hurriedly turned around and saw the purple-clothed Zi Yan sitting at the window. Her legs were swinging back and forth.
Xiao Yan widened his mouth and felt somewhat speechless. This kind of thing was something Cai Lin specialized in.
"You girl, now you have also become so elusive…" Xiao Yan helplessly shook his head. He sat in a chair and immediately asked, "That's right, where is Xiong Zhan? Is he not with you?"
"He has been settled outside of the Pill Tower. This is not a place he can enter…" Zi Yan swung her pale-purple ponytail. Her small hand was extended and appeared in front of Xiao Yan. After which, she snatched the teacup from Xiao Yan's hand and gulped it down. Only then did she say in an elderly manner, "I have come here to lend you a hand."
Xiao Yan and the Little Fairy Doctor involuntarily laughed when they heard her words. This girl was really cute.
"What is this attitude of yours…" Zi Yan was a little dissatisfied upon hearing their laughter. She softly snorted, "Without my help, I guarantee that you will have no chance of getting the Three Thousand Burning Flame."
The teacup Xiao Yan had just delivered to the corner of his mouth suddenly paused. His eyes swiftly turned to Zi Yan. His expression was a lot more serious as he asked, "What do you mean?"
"Hmph, do you really it will be so easy to subdue the Three Thousand Burning Flame? Even the three great heads of the Pill Tower did not have the ability to. Do you intend to forcefully subdue it?" Zi Yan curled her small mouth and said. "I know that the Pill Tower wants all of you to go and try your luck. Unfortunately, however, the Three Thousand Burning Flame already possesses its own intelligence. It is not as easy to subdue as the Fallen Heart Flame in the Inner Academy."
"What do you have in mind?" Xiao Yan had become a lot more grave. He was naturally aware that the Three Thousand Burning Flame was far from what the Fallen Heart Flame could compare with. However, things should be indeed the case when he thought about it. How lousy could the thing that caused even Xuan Kong Zi's trio to treat seriously be?
A proudness surged over Zi Yan's small face when she saw that Xiao Yan had put down his pride to inquire. She patted her small chest and said, "I can tell you this. However, you must promise to refine a medicinal ingredient that you have obtained from Xiong Zhan everyday."
Xiao Yan rolled his eyes upon hearing this. This greedy little fellow…
"Alright, alright. We will do as you say…"
Zi Yan laughed. Only then did she stand up with satisfaction. She gently clenched her small hand and a purple-colored glow appeared. Immediately it wiggled and transformed into a half-a-foot-long purple dragon in front of Xiao Yan's and the Little Fairy Doctor's eyes.
This purple dragon's eyes were tightly shut. Her body lingered. Although it was only illusionary, it vaguely possessed an unusually terrifying dragon might that pervaded the room.
"I heard Little Fairy Doctor jie-jie mention that you entered the star region once. The Three Thousand Burning Flame that you have seen should look like this, right?"
Xiao Yan slowly nodded. This purple dragon was a complete miniature of the Three Thousand Burning Flame, but why would Zi Yan know what it looks like? Could it be…
Xiao Yan's expression quickly changed when he thought of a certain possibility.
Chapter 1195: Dragon Seal
Xiao Yan had made many guesses about Zi Yan's actual body during these years, and he had gradually become aware of what she was. A Magical Beast that viewed Heavenly Demon Phoenix as food. What other beast could it be other than the mysterious Ancient Void Dragons of the Magical Beast world?
Moreover, the Ancient Void Dragons specialized in penetrating space itself. The supernatural powers that Zi Yan would occasionally display were related to space. From the way she had suddenly entered the Pill Realm and randomly left it, it was possible to vaguely tell the identity of this girl. She should be an Ancient Void Dragon.
Xiao Yan had only heard a little about the mysterious existence called Ancient Void Dragon. However, he had never personally seen one. Hence, he was not quite sure what their actual form looked like. However, Zi Yan was currently hinting that the shape of the Three Thousand Burning Flame was that of a dragon. Could it be… the Three Thousand Burning Flame was related to the Ancient Void Dragon?
Zi Yan randomly scattered the purple dragon in her hand when she saw Xiao Yan's expression of contemplation. She said, "This Three Thousand Burning Dragon is extremely wild and uncontrollable. Forget about you. Even the three great heads of the Pill Tower do not possess the ability to forcefully tame it. Additionally, it already possesses high intelligence. Do you think that it is willing to be subdued by others?"
Xiao Yan was silent. As long as the Three Thousand Burning Flame really possessed an intelligence, it would definitely not allow others to randomly absorb it or control it at will. However, if it was unwilling, the only path left was force. However… this Three Thousand Burning Flame was called an undying flame. It was impossible to completely destroy it. If they were to really get into an all out fight, it was likely that even Xuan Kong Zi's group could only withdraw.
"If one puts it this way, would not subduing the Three Thousand Burning Flame be a joke?" Xiao Yan asked with a frown.
"Hee hee, you can also put it this way. The three great heads of the Pill Tower have thought about the Three Thousand Burning Flame in an overly simple manner. All they do is hope that someone is blessed enough to meet the eyes of the Three Thousand Burning Flames. Chi, the other party possesses intelligence. Only a fool would follow you. Would you be willing to allow others to absorb you?" Zi Yan curled her small mouth and questioned.
Xiao Yan slightly nodded. Zi Yan's words might not be pleasing to the ears, but they were the truth. It seemed that subduing the Three Thousand Burning Flame was not going to be as simple as he had imagined.
After musing for a moment, Xiao Yan suddenly turned his eyes to Zi Yan and inquired, "Since you have involved yourself in this matter, I think that you should have come up with some sort of solution, right?"
"Hee hee…" Zi Yan proudly revealed her two cute little eyes. After which, she shook her head and said, "Do you know why this Three Thousand Burning Flame has taken the form of my clan?"
"No." Xiao Yan honestly shook his head. He was surprised and didn't know why the Three Thousand Burning Flame would choose this form.
"This is because the Three Thousand Burning Flame was reared by my clan." Zi Yan soft voice shocked Xiao Yan until his teacup emitted a 'clang' sound as it landed on the ground before shattering into pieces.
"What did you say?" Xiao Yan suddenly turned to Zi Yan and asked in disbelief.
"This is some information that I learned after having returned to my clan this time around. I was am aware that had come to the Central Plains for this thing. That is why I paid some attention to it and obtained this information…" Zi Yan spread her hands and said, "A very long time ago when the Three Thousand Burning Flame was likely in its infant form, there was an ancestor in my clan that discovered it. However, the Three Thousand Burning Flame at that time was too weak. Therefore, that ancestor left behind a dragon seal within the body of the Three Thousand Burning Flame. This is why the Three Thousand Burning Flame grew into a form similar to that of my clan."
Xiao Yan's face was filled with shock. It was a long while later before he slowly sat back down in his chair. He swallowed a mouthful of saliva. After all this meddling, this Three Thousand Burning Flame was something with an owner?
"If that ancestor is still alive, you can say that this Three Thousand Burning Flame has an owner. Fortunately, based on the records of the clan, that ancestor completely lost contact during a spatial tour. After so many years, I don't even think his corpse still exists…" Zi Yan appeared to have understood what Xiao Yan was thinking when she saw his expression. She immediately laughed.
Xiao Yan's somewhat pale face gradually recovered its sleek redness when he heard her words. He wiped the cold sweat off his forehead. If someone were to tell him that the Three Thousand Burning Flame had an owner at this point in time, after he had spent a great amount of effort, it was likely that Xiao Yan would become quite demented even with his calmness.
"Hee hee, you should be glad that the ancestor of mine left a dragon seal within the Three Thousand Burning Flame back then. Otherwise, it is likely that you would not have any chance…" Zi Yan laughed. She clenched her small hand and a small jade bottle appeared in it. A deep-golden blood was flowing within the jade bottle. There was an unusually powerful dragon's might vaguely spreading out of it.
"This is?" Xiao Yan's eyes revealed a surprise as he softly asked.
"The blood of an Ancient Dragon… come, extend your hand out." Zi Yan instructed.
"What?" Xiao Yan asked doubtfully. However, he extended his hand just like he had been told.
"I will plant this dragon seal on your hand…" Zi Yan carefully dripped a dark-golden drop of blood from the jade bottle onto Xiao Yan's hand. It landed on his palm. After which, his hand suddenly changed. One could see a dark-golden drop of blood spreading and forming a strange symbol that adhered to Xiao Yan's palm.
"I can subdue the Three Thousand Burning Flame with this?" Xiao Yan looked at the strange symbol in his hand and curiously inquired.
"Dream on… well, take this. Once you enter the star region, try to place that drop of blood on the forehead of the Three Thousand Burning Flame. After which, the dragon seal that is hidden within its body will be activated…" Zi Yan swung her purple ponytail and added, "However, I advise you to wait until the Three Thousand Burning Flame has been exhausted by those fellows before you do this. At that time, your chances of success will be much greater.
"What if I fail?" Xiao Yan's sharp senses discovered something was not quite right.
"Ugh… if you fail…" Zi Yan suddenly extended her small tongue before saying, "This dragon seal works both ways. If you succeed, you will control it. If you fail, it will control you…"
Xiao Yan appeared to have been struck by lightning when he heard her words. The face of the Little Fairy Doctor also changed slightly as she said in a deep voice, "Girl, what joke are you playing? You dare to take something that has such a serious consequence?"
"You will never be able to subdue the Three Thousand Burning Flame if you do not do this. That thing is called an undying flame. It isn't afraid of death. Don't tell me that you are going to compete with it in terms of lifespan?" Zi Yan muttered.
Xiao Yan involuntarily let out a bitter laugh when he saw Zu Yan's wronged expression. He mused for a moment before receiving the small jade bottle and saying, "This is also a method. However, it cannot be easily used."
"You can rest assured that the dragon seal of yours is one that I secretly stole from a slumbering Elder. It is extremely precious. In terms of dragon seal grades, it is definitely better than the one that ancestor had placed back then. Therefore, your chances of success are far higher than the Three Thousand Burning Flame's chances as long as you grasp a good opportunity. The best is to use it when it has been seriously injured. You will definitely subdue it then!" Zi Yan's small face spoke in an incomparably serious manner.
Xiao Yan involuntarily let out a bitter smile when he heard her words. This girl's boldness was greater than even the Heavens. It was likely that the members of her clan had suffered from her torture during this period of time.
"Alright, I will trust you this time…" Xiao Yan raised his head to look at the Little Fairy Doctor's worried expression after having stored away the jade bottle. He involuntarily smiled and comforted, "Rest assured, nothing will go wrong. If anything really goes wrong, I will not use this thing. I know my limits…"
The Little Fairy Doctor could only gently nod when she heard Xiao Yan put it this way. After which, her pretty eyes glared at Zi Yan. An awkward smile surfaced on Zi Yan's small face.
Xiao Yan involuntarily smiled as well when he saw Zi Yan's awkward smile. His finger gently rubbed his Storage Ring. However, his eyes were flowing through the endless starry sky through the window. Xiao Yan had traveled a great distance from the Black Corner Region to the Central Plains for the Three Thousand Burning Flame. After having worked hard for so many years, Xiao Yan needed to obtain it this time around!
Two days passed with the blink of an eye while a countless number of people waited.
When the morning sunlight had just scattered down from the sky on the second day, Holy Pill City, having been somewhat quiet for two days, once again became lively. Countless numbers of people hurried to the location of the Pill Tower. Today, the top ten of the Pill Gathering would enter the Star Region and subdue the Three Thousand Burning Flame. The hearts of these people were extremely curious about whether or not this Three Thousand Burning Flame, that had been sealed by the Pill Tower for many years, could be subdued.
The outside of the Pill Tower had been extremely noisy since early morning. Black masses of humans filled every single street.
The sun in the sky gradually rose to its peak. Only then did three figures finally fly from the top of the Pill Tower. After which, they floated high in the sky.
"Those who are entering the Star Region should prepare themselves!"
Xuan Kong Zi remained suspended in the sky. He overlooked the area below from high above. A low and deep voice resounded over the city.
Swoosh swoosh swoosh!
Xuan Kong Zi's words had just sounded when numerous figures rushed over from all directions. They immediately paused in the sky. Looking at them, it was the people had entered the top ten.
The eyes of Xuan Kong Zi and the other association heads slowly swept over these ten people. Finally, their eyes were cold as they paused on the cold smile of Old Mu Gu.
Old Mu Gu's face twitched in the face of the frosty focus of Xuan Kong Zi's trio. However, he was not overly afraid. He knew that Xuan Kong Zi did not dare do anything to him in public.
Xuan Kong Zi's trio exchanged looks with each other after having slowly withdrawn their eyes. Their hand seals began to change in a lightning-like manner. Vast and mighty spiritual ripples spread out from the bodies of the three of them. Immediately, everyone saw the empty sky suddenly fluctuate. After which, a faint-silver spatial door appeared in front of everyone's eyes.
"The First Elder will accompany all of you into the star region during this trip. He will also explain to you the rules in detail…"
Xuan Kong Zi glanced at the silver spatial door. His eyes suddenly became sharp and stern.