Chapter 729: Poison Sect
Xiao Yan's eyes flicked around when he saw Hai Bodong's smiling manner. A moment later, he narrowed his eyes and nodded slightly. He spoke in a deep voice, "In that case, I would need to trouble Old Hai to help me contact chairman Fa Ma and the heads of the few other large clans once I completely recover from my injuries. It is also time for the sky of the Jia Ma Empire to change!"
Hai Bodong grinned and nodded upon hearing this. He ultimately believed that Xiao Yan's footsteps should not stop in the Jia Ma Empire. The enormous Dou Qi Continent would be the place for him to play in.
Xiao Yan did not go out during the period after he and Hai Bodong had finished their discussion. Instead, he quietly remained in the Xiao Mansion and focused on recuperating from his injuries. If he wanted to build a faction that was even stronger than the Misty Cloud Sect in this Jia Ma Empire, he would need to have a sufficient strength to deter all the factions and experts within the empire. Otherwise, it would merely just be a joke in the end.
During the time that Xiao Yan was calmly recuperating, the Misty Cloud Mountain had finally been completely emptied. After many Misty Cloud Sect's disciples left, some people within the Jia Ma Empire, who thought that the news was a rumor, finally began to believe that the enormous sect, that had dominated the Jia Ma Empire for a few hundred years, was truly about to disappear from this empire.
Following the dismissal of the Misty Cloud Sect's disciples, the situation within the empire also became somewhat strange. In the past, the overlord of the Jia Ma Empire was undoubtedly the Misty Cloud Sect. Now that the Misty Cloud Sect had toppled, that position naturally caused many factions to have red eyes as they coveted after it. Of course, they might have red eyes but there was not a single person who was foolish enough to step forward and announce that they would replace the Misty Cloud Sect. This was because everyone knew that the only person within the Jia Ma Empire who had the qualification and ability to do so was the third young master of the Xiao clan. The person who had defeated Yun Shan, Xiao Yan!
Everyone was waiting for the next course of action from that young man who chose silence.
Jia Xing Tian and Princess Yao Ye were seated in a quiet hall within the Jia Ma Imperial City. They would occasionally frown a little as they conversed softly.
"Yun Yun has already dismissed all of the disciples from the Misty Cloud Sect. This Misty Cloud Sect will become history within the Jia Ma Empire in the future." Yao Ye rubbed her forehead. She had been observing each and every single action of the Misty Cloud Sect during these few days. Only after seeing that Yun Yun had really acted according to the agreement did she sigh in relief. The imperial family had been worried and afraid of this enormous being, that had been close to the imperial city for an unknown number of years. They were naturally not going to give it any chance to make a comeback now that they had the opportunity to topple it.
Jia Xing Tian nodded slightly. However, there was no much smiles on his face. His gaze passed through the window and swept in a certain direction in the capital before muttering, "Although we have gotten rid of this ferocious tiger known as the Misty Cloud Sect, another even stronger and younger mighty lion has arrived. I wonder if this is a blessing or a curse to the Jia Ma imperial family."
Yao Ye was silent. She immediately let out a soft sigh and said, "This is something that we have no choice in. It was impossible for us to overthrow the Misty Cloud Sect with just our strength. Everyone was aware of the Misty Cloud Sect's wild ambition. If we were to allow them to continue developing, they would definitely have acted against our imperial family. At that time, I'm afraid that Yun Shan alone would be able to easily wipe out everyone within our imperial family."
Jia Xing Tian's expression was solemn as he slowly said, "I have received news. I'm afraid that Xiao Yan has the intention to establish a faction within the empire. At that time, there might be another 'Misty Cloud Sect'. Tell me, what should we do about this?"
Yao Ye's expression also became much more grave as she heard this. She mused for a long time before shaking her head and laughing bitterly once again. She said, "Xiao Yan's current strength is already not any weaker than the Misty Cloud Sect. Even without mentioning his existence, which was one that could contend against an elite Dou Zong, there was still a genuine elite Dou Zong by his side. That Queen Medusa caused us to suffer great losses back then. If we were to reveal even a little enmity to him, it is likely that we would end up courting disaster instead."
"Don't tell me that we must just open our eyes and watch Xiao Yan establish his faction?" Jia Xing Tian frowned and said.
"Xiao Yan's character is not as vicious as Yun Shan. He is also someone who values relationships. One would only end up suffering if one takes the hard approach against such a person. Hence, it is likely that we can only go about in a roundabout gentle manner." Yao Ye thought for a moment before slowly speaking.
"Xiao Yan is a person who will return more respect if someone respects him. If you quietly possess ill will to him and he were to discover it, he would immediately turn against you. He would also be merciless in his attack." Yao Ye voiced her thoughts, "Since our current strength is unable to pose much of a hindrance to him, why don't we help move things along. If our imperial family were to follow, we might gain some benefits."
"You mean that we should not only not stop him from establish a faction but should also lend him a hand?" Jia Xing Tian was stunned as he asked in an incredulous manner.
"There is no other method than this." Yao Ye helplessly nodded. There were many experts around Xiao Yan. If they were to anger him, he could dispatch Medusa over. How many experts in this imperial city could contend with her? Since they could not use force, what other method could they use other than the soft approach?
Jia Xing Tian knit his brows tightly. His hand gently tapped on the surface of the table before sighing a moment later. He said, "Alright, we will do as you say and give it a try first. Hopefully, this fellow will not be like Yun Shan in wanting to replace our imperial family. Otherwise, I will not let him off easily even if I have to fight until the both of us are seriously injured."
Yao Ye smiled slightly when she saw Jia Xing Tian nodded. She mused for a moment before suddenly speaking, "Actually, our Jia Ma Empire also suffers quite a lot of drawbacks with the disappearance of the Misty Cloud Sect. Having lost them, our Jia Ma Empire would not even have the qualification to participate in the future northwestern Great Meeting of Fractions. In this way, it is likely that we would be ridiculed by our neighboring countries. That's right… I heard that there is quite a lot of activity in the Chu Yun Empire recently. Originally, the country had many large and small factions. However, they were repeatedly destroyed during these few years. Currently, the country possesses an enormous faction.
"Aye, I have also heard of it. That faction seems to be called the 'Poison Sect'. Not only is it mysterious and unpredictable, but according to our information, the mysterious Sect Leader of the 'Poison Sect' might well have a frightening strength that could contend against an elite Dou Zong. They might well leap and become a powerful faction that could contend with the 'Sky Serpent Mansion' and the 'Thunderbolt Sect' in the next 'Great Meeting of Factions'. At that time, the Chu Yun Empire might become even more arrogant…" Jia Xing Tian's expression sank slightly at the mention of this. The Chu Yun Empire and the Jia Ma Empire were like water and fire. Almost every year, some conflict would erupt at their borders. Both parties could not see eye to eye with each other.
"Therefore, if our Jia Ma Empire is unable to produce a powerful faction and experts that are not an embarrassment, it is likely that our position in this northwestern region would sink even lower." Yao Ye sighed as she spoke.
Jia Xing Tian nodded his head. His gaze flickered for a moment before he spoke in a deep voice, "Looks like we must still rely on Xiao Yan. Alright. I shall trust this little fellow once again!"
"Great-grandfather will not be disappointed." Yao Ye smiled. She was usually good at judging people. Xiao Yan was a person who valued relationships greatly. He would definitely be unable to do something like repaying a favor with malice.
"You are so confident in him?" Jia Xing Tian's face immediately revealed a strange expression. He swept over Yao Ye's pretty face before suddenly speaking with a smile, "Yao Ye, don't tell me that you have a crush on that little fellow?"
"Great-grandfather, what nonsense are you talking!" Yao Ye's face immediately turned flushed red upon hearing Jia Xing Tian's words as she spoke in a pampered manner.
"That fellow's talent is the most frightening one that I have seen in so many years. His appearance is also quite good. His character is cold and stern but he greatly values relationships. He is quite a good catch. If you really like him, great-grandfather can help you mention it to him. I would also be able to completely be at ease if our two families can be related by marriage." Jia Xing Tian just continued speaking as though he did not see the flushed redness on Yao Ye's face.
"You can forget about it. There is even someone like Medusa whose beauty could bring disaster to a country or city beside that fellow. Even if you wish to marry Yao Ye away, he might not even be willing to accept me." Yao Ye rolled her eyes at Jia Xing Tian and helplessly shook her head as she replied. Although she did admire Xiao Yan greatly, being a princess of an imperial family and the future Queen, who would control the Jia Ma Empire, her haughty self would naturally be unwilling to share her husband with other women regardless of how outstanding he was.
Jia Xing Tian knit his brows when he heard this. He also nodded helplessly. It seemed that the fellow really had a little too many women beside him. Moreover, the most important thing was that he seemed to have no other thoughts toward Yao Ye. This caused him to feel extremely helpless. All he could do was abandon the thought in his heart.
"Forget it. I will represent the imperial family to express our concerns once that fellow has recuperated from his injuries, and let slip some of the imperial family's thoughts to him. The Jia Ma Empire does indeed need a powerful faction and experts that it can take out. From the looks of it now, only this fellow is most suitable." Jia Xing Tian waved his hand, stood up, and slowly walked out while he spoke.
Yao Ye nodded slightly as she looked at Jia Xing Tian's back.
"That's right, you should try your best to send more spies to investigate the 'Poison Sect' from the Chu Yun Empire. There would be no negative impact on us by gaining more information." Jia Xing Tian seemed to have remembered something after he reached the door. He paused his footsteps as he spoke.
"Hence, you should pay a little more attention on this matter. I keep having the feeling that there is something not quite right with this 'Poison Sect'. Being able to destroy all the large and small factions within the Chu Yun Empire is not something that an ordinary person could do. However, within the Chu Yun Empire… there does not seem to be such an expert right?" Jia Xing Tian's face was filled with doubt. He could only sigh and shake his head a moment later. He spoke, "Ugh, looks like the Chu Yun Empire is quite chaotic during these few years. Just what is the origin of that 'Poison Sect'?"
Jia Xing Tian could only give up his futile thoughts. He sighed and walked out of the hall.
Yao Ye also laughed bitterly as she looked at Jia Xing Tian's disappearing back. She had long since dispatch a large number of spies. However, that 'Poison Sect' acted extremely strange. It was extremely difficult to inquire about news within the sect. Moreover, their interior was also tightly-guarded. Even if a spy could sneak in, it was still extremely difficult to make contact with their core within a short period of time. The most recent information she had received from the Chu Yun Empire only contained two short words.
"Poison Woman?" Yao Ye softly muttered the words in the hall. Her voice was filled with doubt and ignorance.
Chapter 730: The Things Yao Lao Left Behind
Xiao Yan stayed within a chamber while the outsider world was in an uproar over the matter regarding the Misty Cloud Sect. He put in all his effort to heal his body's injuries as soon as possible without receiving any sequelae.
The injuries that Xiao Yan received this time around were more serious compared to any other time. Hence, even with his strong physical body and his knowledge in alchemy, attempting to fully recover still required him to spend quite a long period of time. Xiao Yan did not appear frustrated because of this. Nothing wrong could happen during something like recuperation. Otherwise, his situation would be even worse if he added injuries on top of injuries within his body. For someone with Xiao Yan's strength, it was not frightening to receive some injuries. What was frightening was when injuries left behind a sequela that posed an enormous hindrance toward him when he attempted to charge to a higher level.
However, this kind of worry was not considered a big matter for Xiao Yan. Being an alchemist, he knew just how he could use the safest method to allow himself to gradually recover. All he needed was some time…
A black-robed, young man was seated on a rock bed in a quiet chamber within the Xiao clan. Both of his hands formed a seal and his breathing was slow and long. The surrounding air would ripple each time he inhaled and exhaled. Immediately, an energy that was visible to the naked eye followed his breathing and swiftly entered his body…
The inhalation and exhalation of energy continued for nearly an hour. Only then did Xiao Yan slowly open his eyes. A faint fire glow slowly rushed through his dark-black eyes before it immediately disappeared. His black pupils gradually became as calm as a rippless old well.
Xiao Yan's finger rubbed his 'Serene Sea Storage Ring' as he gently exhaled a breath of air. A sleek, round dark-green medicinal pill appeared in his hand. A medicinal fragrance that caused one to be intoxicated spread out the moment the medicinal pill appeared. One's spirit would be braced slightly if one were to inhale it into their body.
This medicinal pill was named 'Yuan Recovery Pill'. It was a kind of healing medicine. However, its tier was quite high with it being a tier five pill. This medicinal pill was specially used to treat some serious injuries. Moreover, due to the gentle medicinal effect, it would not create even the slightest damage within one's body. It could really be called the ultimate medicinal pill to treat serious injuries. However, due to the medicinal pill being of quite a high-tier, it was quite troublesome to refine it. An ordinary expert would have difficulty receiving such a treatment even if he were to be seriously injured. It was fortunate that Xiao Yan was an alchemist, a tier six alchemist at that. One who could refine a tier six medicinal pill. Otherwise, one would have to spend quite a bit of effort to beg for this kind of medicinal pill.
Xiao Yan carelessly flicked the medicinal pill into his mouth. It melted when it entered his mouth and transformed into a warm energy that slowly seeped into one's body. Finally, it moved along his four limbs and hundreds of bones as it swiftly spread, causing Xiao Yan's entire body to be filled with a warm feeling. The throbbing pain that had been transmitted from his Qi Paths, which were originally injured, had weakened.
Xiao Yan flipped his hand once again after swallowing the 'Yuan Recovery Pill'. A jade bottle that contained a bright-red medicinal liquid appeared in his hand.
Xiao Yan opened the sleeves on his right hand and revealed it. Originally, this hand had been cracked opened. However, during this period of time where Xiao Yan was carefully recuperating, the torn bone had slowly healed. However, just relying on the Dou Qi to keep it warm was not possible to completely heal it to its previous condition. One would also need other rare medicines that could replenish the bones in order to do so.
The jade bottle tilted slightly and the bright-red medicinal liquid flowed out. Finally, it poured over Xiao Yan's right hand. The moment the medicinal liquid made contact with his hand, an unusual 'Chi Chi' sound was emitted. The corner of Xiao Yan's mouth also twitched, and the heat caused his entire hand to appear as though it had been placed in a furnace.
Although waves of searing pain were transmitted from Xiao Yan's hand, Xiao Yan did not panic. He knew that this was a normal condition. With a flick of his finger, a jade piece appeared in his hand before he carefully spread the bright-red medicinal liquid. Finally, his entire right wrist was covered with the bright-red medicinal liquid.
Within a short couple of breaths after the medicinal liquid was parted, it moved along his pores and entered his body. The bones in Xiao Yan's hand also transmitted waves of numb-feeling at this moment.
"This 'Nine Ganoderma Bone Mending Cream' does indeed have quite a good effect…" Joy flashed across Xiao Yan's face as he sensed the numb feeling transmitted from his bones. He could clearly sense the bones in his hand swiftly healing. The weak-feeling that he felt when he clenched his fist in the past also quietly withdrew. Replacing it was a feeling of strength!
Xiao Yan only ceased the actions of his hand after waiting for the medicinal liquid's effects to be completely unleashed. He stored the jade bottle into his storage ring, looked at his red right hand and smiled. According to this speed, it was likely that the broken bones in his arm would completely recover after applying it a couple more times.
"I have recovered around fifty-percent to sixty-percent of the Dou Qi in my body. However, this amount of Dou Qi is comparable to seventy-percent to eighty-percent of my Dou Qi in the past. It seems that I really did obtain wonderful benefits from this big battle. It is just that I am uncertain whether or not I will come into contact with the barrier of the Dou Huang class once all of my Dou Qi is recovered." Xiao Yan softly muttered as he sensed the powerful Dou Qi that was flowing within the Qi Paths in his body.
Xiao Yan mused for a moment while speaking to himself. He suddenly clenched his hand and a cluster of jade-green flames appeared on his hand.
Xiao Yan's other hand flicked as his gaze stared intently at the cluster of 'Glazed Lotus Core Flame'. The dense white fire seal on his forehead emitted a slight hot flow. Immediately, a white flame emitted a 'chi' sound and rose from within Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan was startled as he looked at this cluster of dense white flames. His hand gently rubbed the white fire seal on his forehead and sensed the temperature within before sighing in relief. Yao Lao had mentioned that as long as the fire seal still existed, it meant that he was still alive. From the looks of it, the situation that Xiao Yan dreaded the most did not appear.
"Teacher, rest assured that I will raise my strength as quickly as possible and rescue both father and you!" Xiao Yan clenched his fist tightly. A fierce glint flashed in his eyes as he spoke within his heart.
The 'Heavenly Flame' on both of his hands swiftly disappeared as his mind moved. His gaze once again landed on that dark-black ring. The ring was connected with Yao Lao's spirit and was where he rested in the past; therefore, Xiao Yan was unable to enter it. However, now that he had the essence body of the 'Bone Chilling Flame', Xiao Yan was also able to control this ancient black ring as he wished.
A layer of faint dense white flames surfaced on his finger. He gently his rubbed over the dark-black ring, and his Spiritual Strength entered into the space within the ring without any obstruction.
The space within this dark-black ring was something that even the high grade 'Sea Serene Storage Ring' on Xiao Yan's hand had difficulty comparing to. Of course, the most valuable thing was not this ring but the many things that were stored within the ring.
Xiao Yan's Spiritual Strength swiftly swept over the interior of the storage ring. His expression was somewhat dull. Within the storage ring was all that Yao Lao had accumulated in his lifetime. Medicinal Formulas, Qi Methods, Dou Techniques, and some other strange things were piled inside it. A wide range of things were piled together, causing his eyes to be dazzled.
Xiao Yan randomly flipped some of the Qi Methods and Dou Techniques. He was once again speechless to discover that it was extremely difficult to find any low class items within them. The lowest class of Qi Methods and Dou Techniques were all at the Xuan Class Low Level. Xiao Yan actually even saw some Di class Qi Methods and Dou Techniques upon detailed observation. However, it was obvious that there were very few items of this class. After counting, the combined number of them did not exceeded twenty.
Despite this, the things that were hidden here already caused Xiao Yan to be astounded. This was really a treasure repository that was sufficient enough to cause a countless number of people to flock over in doves. Fortunately, only he alone was aware of these things. Otherwise, anyone who possessed so many high class Qi Methods and Dou Techniques would definitely invite the envy of a countless number of people.
Xiao Yan withdrew his Spiritual Strength after roughly flipping through the space. A reel that was completely jade-like was taken out while he withdrew.
His hand played with the jade-green scroll in his hand. After observing it with his spiritual strength earlier, he was already aware that this was the method to resolve the 'Life Devouring Pill' that was within Xiao Li's body that Yao Lao had left behind.
If one counted the time, time was almost up for Xiao Li since the moment that he swallowed the 'Life Devouring Pill' until now. Therefore, Xiao Yan had to maximize his time to resolve this matter. Otherwise, it was likely that Xiao Li would instantly die. At that time, forget about Xiao Yan's own pain, he did not even know how to account to his big brother. Until now, the two of them had not brought up this matter to Xiao Ding. This was because they knew that given Xiao Ding's temper, it was likely that he would end up viciously reprimanding the two of them if he were aware of these matters.
Xiao Yan slowly pulled opened the scroll. The bold and vigorous words, that caused Xiao Yan to feel somewhat familiar, appeared in his eyes, causing him to sigh softly.
"Little fellow, the 'Life Devouring Pill' has a medicinal effect that is too overbearing. Even I have difficulty completely eliminating it. However, there is no need to feel disappointed. It is not that there is no solution. The 'Life Devouring Pill' uses a person's life force to obtain strength. Since we cannot undo it, we should raise the life force of the person consuming the medicinal pill. In this way, it would enable the person who consumed the medicinal pill to extend his life for a period of time. Of course, this is merely a temporary expedient. If you want to completely eliminate it, it would require the consumer to breakthrough to the Dou Huang class during his remaining life. Breaking through to the Dou Huang class would truly enable one to resolve the 'Life Devouring Pill'!"
Xiao Yan's gaze looked over the words on the scroll once over completely. A moment later, joy surged over Xiao Yan's face. Teacher's method was not too complicated. Since the 'Life Devouring Pill' is supported by lifeforce, it is possible to use medicinal pills that could raise one's life force to extend second brother's life. Whether Xiao Li would be able to breakthrough to the Dou Huang class could only be seen in the future.
Although this method was simple, it included a big problem. It was that the medicinal pills that could raise one's life force were very rare. It was difficult to find. However, this was not some overly difficult thing for Yao zhu-zhe, who was renowned throughout the continent.
TL: zun-zhe – a respectful form of address for a Dou Zun.
Xiao Yan's gaze shifted down slowly. Finally, it paused on the last portion and his heart heaved a long sigh of relief.
"Deep Green Longevity Pill, a tier six medicinal pill that is able to raise one's lifespan by nearly ten years. One individual can only consume one pill in their lifetime. The refining ingredients, Deep Green Fruit, King Longevity Starch, Ten Thousand Years Vine…"