Chapter 822: Entering the City
Anyone who possessed knowledge about the wall's material would be able to discover that the surface of this city wall was actually covered by a layer of extremely rare 'Black Mirror Rock'. A city wall that was molded from such a material had the unique ability to reflect some attacks. It was quite a good choice to be used as a city wall even though this thing was quite rare. Yet, this Black Emperor Sect was actually able to use it to cover the walls of the city. Such rich foundation caused not only Xiao Yan but also the Little Fairy Doctor by his side to sigh in amazement.
"It is indeed expensive…"
Xiao Yan turned his gaze to the human crowd where fierce auras repeatedly passed. He let out a sigh from his mouth. He could not help but feel somewhat curious. He had met quite a number of people with great strength during his journey to this place. Moreover, by the looks of their route, it was obvious that they were heading to 'Black Emperor City'. With so many strong people, who possessed fiery, odd tempers, being gathered in such a city, it was likely that the subsequent days in this city would not be calm.
Chaos was a peculiar atmosphere that this 'Black-Corner Region' possessed in great quantities. No matter how strong a faction was, it was impossible to completely stop the formation of this kind of chaos. The people within the 'Black-Corner Region' ignored any order or rules. The size of one's fist was the most important truth!
Xiao Yan laughed out loud as these thoughts flashed in his heart. He did not discriminate against chaos. He knew that as long as one possessed sufficient strength in the 'Black-Corner Region', that person would be an exalted individual.
Xiao Yan let out a soft cry from his mouth before grabbing Zi Yan, who was looking all over the place, and pulling her to his side. He softly said, "You better be obedient after entering the city. There might be plenty treasures in it, but if you randomly act like you did in the past, you will definitely invite an endless amount of trouble. Do you understand?"
Zi Yan could only depressingly acknowledge with an 'yes' when she saw Xiao Yan's solemn expression.
Xiao Yan waved his hand. He pulled Zi Yan, smiled at the Little Fairy Doctor by his side, and took the lead to walk toward the city's entrance.
The Little Fairy Doctor nodded slightly when she heard this. Her grayish-purple eyes carelessly swept over the passersby around who were repeatedly throwing their gazes over. A wintry expression suddenly appeared in her pupils, causing a feeling of danger to be raised in the hearts of these people. All of them hurriedly withdrew their presumptuous eyes.
The Little Fairy Doctor only let out a cold snort as she sensed the gazes swiftly withdraw. Her exuberance was slowly being withdrawn into her hand. As long as she moved her five fingers, this path would immediately become one void of life except for those individuals who were strong.
The Little Fairy Doctor only quickened her soft steps and followed Xiao Yan after withdrawing her hand. Although she was no longer cold, indifferent after following beside Xiao Yan during this period of time, that was only on the precondition that she was facing Xiao Yan and his friends. If it was an ordinary passerby, the Little Fairy Doctor would have total disregard for their lives. It was fine for her to take them. If one killed too many, one would naturally feel numb to the loss of human lives. The numbers who had died in the Little Fairy Doctor's hands during these years had likely reached a figure that was difficult to count. It was already extremely difficult for her to suppress that cold and indifferent feeling in front of Xiao Yan…
The coldness on the road quietly scattered after the Little Fairy Doctor turned around and left. Numerous gazes were filled with alarmed as they looked at the graceful figure far in front. They immediately wiped off some cold sweat. It was unexpected that this woman was not an ordinary person. Fortunately, they did not boldly step forward earlier. Otherwise…
A chill surged out of the hearts of these passersby as they recalled her emotionless eyes that stared over them. They felt as though they had been stared at by a poisonous snake.
This woman was someone that they could not offend.
Xiao Yan's group walked down the slope and traveled for some distance before the enormous city gates appeared in front of Xiao Yan's eyes. A long human queue was formed outside of the city gates. A nosiness spread from this place, causing one's ear to feel a slight pain.
The Little Fairy Doctor's eyebrows bunched together as she looked at the many men gathered together. They had naked upper bodies that revealed their scars all over. Being in possession of a slight obsession for cleanliness, she did not like such a situation.
Xiao Yan narrowed his eyes and swept over the entrance of the city almost like he was aware of the Little Fairy Doctor's concern.
"Hei, this woman is really juicy. It has been a long time since I have seen such excellent stuff."
"He-he, that little girl is not bad too. That small face is really likable…"
"Hai Zi, you have such a body yet you like little girls. The young lady from the last time died because of you. How unlucky."
A lewd ear-piercing laughter was suddenly transmitted over as Xiao Yan's eyes swept over the situation at the city's entrance.
Xiao Yan slowly withdrew his gaze from the city's entrance. His eyes were calm as he followed the voice and glanced over, only to see ten plus burly-looking men gathered together. Those lewd gazes repeatedly swept over the Little Fairy Doctor and Zi Yan. The surrounding queuing people involuntarily emitted laughs riddled with deeper meaning when they heard the lewd laughs of this group. Being able to see such beautiful women, who were pleasant to the eyes, having their liberties taken during this harsh wait would be considered a good way to pass their time.
The Little Fairy Doctor's expression did not change because of this. Her delicate hand grabbed Zi Yan, who displayed a furious expression on her small face as her eyes looked toward Xiao Yan.
The corner of Xiao Yan's mouth was lifted into a strange smile. However, he did not go and fight with these burly-looking men as everyone had expected. Instead, he turned his head and smiled to the Little Fairy Doctor before pulling Zi Yan to walk to the city's entrance.
This action of Xiao Yan immediately aroused some disdainful booing from the surroundings. The 'Black-Corner Region' looked up to the strong. A person who acted like nothing had happened after his women were being humiliated was something that others saw as extremely shameful.
The ten plus large men were initially startled when they saw Xiao Yan's actions. They began to wildly laugh. However, the bodies of these ten plus people strangely solidified just as their laughter sounded. Immediately…
A low, deep explosion sound suddenly appeared. Immediately the nosiness in this place ceased. Everyone's eyes were stunned as they took in the sight of where the large men used to be. Clusters of black soot appeared with no explanation. A moment later, the surrounding circle immediately pulled back as though they had seen a ghost. Quite a number of people recovered soon after and their shocked gazes swept toward the back of Xiao Yan's group while they walked toward the city's gate. Waves of chills rose within their hearts as they recalled the strange scene from earlier. They no longer dared to emit even the slightest sound, afraid that the unusual scene from earlier would happen to their bodies.
This strange situation swiftly spread along this human chain. Numerous gazes of astonishment quickly glanced at Xiao Yan, who was slowly walking toward the city gate. Everyone hurriedly took a couple of steps back wherever he passed.
Xiao Yan's group ignored the surrounding shocked gazes as they walked toward the city gate. He immediately headed for a purple door at the entrance. There were over a dozen large men in a pale-yellow armor standing extremely straight there. The powerful auras that were emitted from their bodies caused the people queuing by the side to be afraid to approach. They could only depressingly wait for the human flow by the side to slowly advance.
The direction in which Xiao Yan's three man group was headed was clearly this purple door. Seeing this action of his, the surrounding gazes immediately revealed surprise. That large door was something that the Black Emperor Sect had reserved for the experts from the 'Black-Corner Region' to use. One could forget about entering from this door without the strength of a Dou Huang. Could this young man who appeared around twenty odd years old be such an expert?
Xiao Yan's three man group stopped in front of the purple door while being observed by the surrounding gazes. The ten plus fully armed men suddenly shot their sharp eyes over. The laugh of an old man was immediately transmitted from behind.
"Ke ke, these friends, this entrance is specially arranged for an expert Dou Huang to enter. Please turn around if you has not reached this mark." A yellow-robed, old man, who was holding a tobacco stem in his hand, slowly walked out. His narrowed eyes weighed Xiao Yan's three man group before he laughed out loud.
"How can you identify whether the person who arrives is an expert Dou Huang given your strength that has not even reached a five star Dou Wang?" Xiao Yan glanced at the old man before speaking with a smile.
The eyes of the yellow-robed old man coagulated slightly. A messenger hurriedly ran over before softly saying something in his hear. Upon hearing the report of this messenger, the former's eyes swept over Xiao Yan's body with a stunned expression. A moment later, he waved his hand and dismissed the messenger. He politely said with a smile, "This mister. May I know your name? Which faction are you related to?"
"Yan Xiao, a free person." Xiao Yan faintly replied.
"Ke ke, mister Yan Xiao, I think that you have also come to the Black Emperor City because of the auction right?" The eyes of the yellow-robed, old man flickered slightly as he laughed after hearing Xiao Yan mention his name.
"Yes." Xiao Yan randomly nodded. He immediately frowned and asked, "May I enter?"
"Ke ke, naturally, you may…" The yellow-robed, old man hurriedly nodded his head. He took out a green-colored waist plate and handed it to Xiao Yan before speaking with a grin, "Mister Yan Xiao, the Black Emperor City is currently suffering from the trouble of being too full. It is quite difficult to find a place to stay. However, our Black Emperor Sect has specially prepared a place for the experts from the 'Black-Corner Region' to stay. As long as mister takes this plate to the 'Black Emperor Pavilion' at the center of the city, there will be someone who will arrange a place for you to rest. Most of the people who can stay there are experts with some reputation in the 'Black-Corner Region'…"
Xiao Yan's eyes moved when he heard this. He received the tablet in passing before smiling at the old man. After saying 'thanks', he led the Little Fairy Doctor and Zi Yan at a slow walk through the purple door…
"That's right, mister Yan Xiao, those people whom you killed earlier might be some dregs, but they belong to the Kui Wolf Gang. You should be a little careful." The yellow-robed, old man suddenly spoke when Xiao Yan's group was about to enter the purple door.
"Thank you for your reminder…" A faint voice was transmitted from the distance before Xiao Yan's group completely disappeared in the shadows of the city's tunnel.
The yellow-robed, old man narrowed his eyes as he observed the disappearing backs of Xiao Yan's group. He immediately waved his hand and beckoned a messenger over. In a soft voice, he said, "Head to the sect and inform the Elder about these people. With such strength, it is impossible for them to be completely unknown. The situation in the Black Emperor City is currently complicated. Nothing must go wrong…"
"Yes sir!' That messenger respectfully replied before quickly turning around to leave.
That yellow-robed, old man's tobacco stem gently patted his arm as he narrowed his eyes. His mouth muttered to himself.
"Yan Xiao? The interior of the 'Black-Corner Region' does not seem to possess a young expert Dou Huang of this name… hei, this fellow is quite mysterious. I'll let the Kui Wolf Gang test the waters first…"
Chapter 823: Thousand Medicinal House
Xiao Yan walked out of the somewhat dark tunnel. The glaring sunlight shone down from the sky. The sound of bustling noise was a demon tune as it poured into his ears, causing Xiao Yan to frown.
Xiao Yan narrowed his eyes as he slowly lifted his head. He looked at the enormous inner part of the city and the crowded human traffic that moved along the spacious roads in front of him. He could not help but let out a prasing sigh. The size of this Black Emperor City was not smaller than the capital of the Jia Ma Empire. From a certain point of view, even the Jia Ma Empire's capital could not compare with it. After all, the things that this place had were things that the capital did not.
"Where should we go next?" The Little Fairy Doctor's eyes shifted around as she softly asked.
Xiao Yan mused slightly before he immediately said, "We will first go to the larger medicinal shops in the city and take a look around. The interior of the 'Black-Corner Region' possesses quite a number of rare medicinal ingredients the outside world lacks. If we are lucky enough, we might be able to obtain some of the medicinal ingredients that we need. Moreover, we have to inquire about information related to the Bodhisattva Body Transformation Saliva. That thing… even I don't have sufficient knowledge of that thing. Therefore, we can only go and inquire."
"Yes." The Little Fairy Doctor nodded slightly and did not voice an objection.
"That's right, you can just attack the next time we meet that kind of person. This kind of situation is extremely common in the 'Black-Corner Region'. No one will fault you…" Xiao Yan slowly walked toward a spacious street as randomly explained.
The Little Fairy Doctor was slightly startled. A moving smile immediately surfaced on the Little Fairy Doctor's face. She nodded her head, pulled Zi Yan's hand and immediately followed him.
The three of them slowly walked through the interior of this enormous Black Emperor City. After this personal appearance, they finally clearly understood just how many people had come to the Black Emperor City for this large-scale auction…
Curses and screams were repeatedly transmitted into their ears from the street. Numerous large shops stood orderly by the two sides of the street. Without exception, these shops were all filled with the people coming and going. This great auction had brought the Black Emperor City an enormous amount of human traffic and profits.
Xiao Yan's three man group slowly walked down the street. Their gaze repeatedly swept over those shops on both sides of the street. They had seen quite a number of medicinal shops along the way and had entered them to look and inquire. However, the sizes of these medicinal shops were not very big. Therefore, they did not find any of the medicinal ingredients that Xiao Yan needed.
Although Xiao Yan did not gain anything, he did not become anxious. The medicinal ingredients he needed were all very rare items. Even though this 'Black-Corner Region' had a rich collection, it was naturally impossible for him to gather all of them within a short while.
Xiao Yan's group passed by two streets along the way before their footsteps finally came to a stop in front of an extremely large penthouse-like medicinal shop.
The medicinal shop was called 'Thousand Medicinal House'. Its size was extremely big and could be considered the largest shop that Xiao Yan's group had seen ever since they had entered the city. Moreover, this shop appeared to have quite a great reputation within the Black Emperor City. Hence, the human traffic coming to and from the big entrance seemed to be squeezed together. Noisy curses were repeatedly transmitted over.
Xiao Yan stood outside of the 'Thousand Medicinal House'. He hesitated for a moment before leading the Little Fairy Doctor and Zi Yan to squeeze into the human flow. The powerful Dou Qi within his body emitted a force that seemed to quietly push aside those people blocking his way gently as though he was splitting the flow of a river. After which, the three of them swaggered into this 'Thousand Medicinal Shop'.
The noisy curses were greatly reduced after they entered the 'Thousand Medicinal House'. A rich medicinal fragrance that was mixed from a countless number of medicinal ingredients pounced over. The richness of the medicinal fragrance nearly caused Xiao Yan to violently sneeze.
Xiao Yan rubbed his nose as he allowed his gaze to roam. He could see that this incomparably large hall was filled with many transparent counters. Various medicinal ingredients were neatly placed within those counters. Moreover, quite a number of people were currently gathered around these counters.
The large hall was divided into a medicinal ingredient section and a medicinal pill section. If one were to compare them, the medicinal pill section would undoubtedly possess more people. After all, the people of the 'Black-Corner Region,' who spent all day licking blood from their blades, would rather own a medicinal pill that could save their lives or unleash great strength in a dangerous situation. This desire was undoubtedly much more precious compared to swallowing just medicinal ingredients.
However, an alchemist like Xiao Yan placed a greater value on medicinal ingredients. After all, as long as the medicinal ingredients were in his hand, he would naturally be able to refine the medicinal ingredients…
Xiao Yan pulled Zi Yan along while she was deeply inhaling through her little nose. The three of them slowly walked toward a crystal counter. His gaze immediately swept over it.
"Green Wind Grass… Wind Fire Scale Fruit…"
Xiao Yan's gaze swept over the medicinal ingredients displayed on the counter and identified them immediately. He immediately shook his head. The things here might not be ordinary things but it was far from the tier of the medicinal ingredients he needed.
"There is indeed a reason why 'Black-Corner Region' is able to attract quite a number of people from the outside over. If it was outside, just these medicinal ingredients alone would definitely be treated as a great treasure of the shop. How could they be randomly displayed and sold in a similar place…" The Little Fairy Doctor softly sighed. Being a poison master, she was naturally quite familiar with these medicinal ingredients.
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He was about to speak when a laugh was transmitted from the other side of the counter, "Guests, may I know what kind of medicinal ingredients you need? Our Thousand Medicinal House is a large medicinal shop that is ranked among the top within the 'Black-Corner Region'. I think that this place should possess the things that you want to buy."
Xiao Yan raised his head and glanced at an old man who had appeared behind the counter. From the looks of the other party's clothes, it was obvious that he should be someone from the medicinal shop. Xiao Yan did not say any nonsense. He took out a white sheet of paper from his Storage Ring. The couple of important medicinal ingredients to refine the 'Heaven Soul Blood Bone Pill' were written on it.
The old man received the white paper with both hands. Initially, his gaze randomly swept over it but he immediately became startled. His eyes once again weighed Xiao Yan. A glint appeared in his eyes as he inquired, "Is mister an alchemist?"
"Why? Don't tell me that an alchemist cannot come and buy the medicinal ingredients in this medicinal shop?" Xiao Yan replied with a faint voice.
"Ke ke, mister, please do not take offence. The old me is a tier 2 alchemist. It is just that I feel familiar with the way these medicinal ingredients are arranged." The old man laughed.
Xiao Yan only came to a sudden understanding after hearing this. The medicinal effects and attributes of the medicinal ingredients were all different. An outsider would have difficulty differentiating them. However, with Xiao Yan's current alchemist skill, he naturally placed the medicinal ingredients with similar medicinal effects together like second nature when he wrote this list of ingredients. It was unexpected that this old man had actually meticulously discovered it…
"I can be considered to be one… do you have these medicinal ingredients?"
"Ke ke, there are a total of eight medicinal ingredients on this. Our 'Thousand Medicinal House' does indeed have the first five. However, they are a little expensive. It is likely that they will require a total of two million gold coins or so… however, the last three, Thousand Spiritual Ginseng, Demon Spiritual Valley Grass, and Jade Bone Fruit… are far too difficult to find." The old man laughed.
Xiao Yan slightly sighed in relief when he heard him, but he was also a little disappointed. The first five medicinal ingredients might be rare, but they were really not too difficult to find. The hardest were the last three. It was unexpected that even this place did not have them.
"In that case, help me bring the first five medicinal ingredients over. I will think of other methods to look for the last three." Xiao Yan shook his head. He counted the gold coins stored within the crystal card in his Storage Ring. After using most of the money that had been obtained from the medicinal pill auction that 'Xiao Gate' had held back then, Xiao Yan had around four million gold coins. Currently, it was enough to purchase the medicinal ingredients.
"Ke ke, mister, do you really need these three medicinal ingredients?" The old man nodded with a smile as he ordered a female servant to get the medicinal ingredients. After which, he turned to Xiao Yan and asked a question.
"You have a solution?" Xiao Yan raised his brows when he heard this. His voice was somewhat surprised.
"Ke ke, I only said that these three medicinal ingredients are very rare, but I did not say that our Thousand Medicinal House does not have them. However, a rare medicinal ingredient of such a tier will usually not be taken out to be sold…" The old man laughed.
"Since you have already opened your mouth, I don't think it is merely to tell me this, no?" Xiao Yan gently rubbed his Storage Ring as he replied in a calm voice.
"Mister is really a forthright person. I shall tell you this directly. If you want to obtain these three medicinal ingredients, you must go to the second story of this Thousand Medicinal House. The value of the medicinal ingredients there is more expensive than the ones on the first floor. However, you cannot use gold coins to purchase the medicinal ingredients at that place. Instead, you must refine a medicinal pill that is of similar value to these medicinal ingredients as per the requirement. Only then can you take the ingredient away…" The old man softly laughed, "In other words, only an alchemist has the qualification to enter."
"Oh?" Xiao Yan felt somewhat surprised upon hearing such a strange rule. However, he immediately came to a sudden understanding. When an items value hit a certain degree, it was difficult to use gold coins to measure its worth. At such a time, one must take out something that was of similar worth in order to exchange for it.
"What do you say? May I know if mister is interested in heading up to the second story to take a look? The rarity of the medicinal ingredients on the second storey is far from what here can compare with. I think that the three medicinal ingredients that you need can be found above." The old man laughed.
Xiao Yan mused for a moment before nodding. The last three medicinal ingredients were very rare. If he were to go and search for them, he would not know just when he would be able to find them. It would naturally be best if he was able to obtain them here. Moreover, from what this old man had said, the second storey had even more rare items. He might even be able to obtain some information that was related to the Bodhisattva Body Transformation Saliva from there…
"In that case, please lead the way."
"Ke ke, this old man shall give mister a reminder here. Given the value of the medicinal ingredients that you need, it is likely that you will be required to use a tier 4 or even tier 5 medicinal pill to exchange for them. If you are unable to refine a medicinal pill of this tier, then…" The smile on that old man's face initially became even more vivid when he saw Xiao Yan nodding his head in agreement. However, he hesitated for a moment before voicing his reminder.
Xiao Yan's eyelids did not even move when he heard this. He faintly said, "Lead the way."
An unusual glint flashed across the eyes of the old man when he saw Xiao Yan's manner. A respectful expression immediately surged onto his face before he lead the way in front while bending his body humbly.
"Let's go. Let's take a look at the second story to see if there is anything you require…"
Xiao Yan turned his head and smiled to the Little Fairy Doctor and Zi Yan. After which, he lifted his feet and followed the old man. Xiao Yan actually possessed a lot of curiosity toward the unusual and rare medicinal ingredients that the old man had mentioned. After all, medicinal ingredients possessed a greater attraction to alchemists than medicinal pills did.