Chapter 1253: Spring of Life
Jian Chen immediately became stunned when he saw how violently the sword spirits reacted. He had been with them for so long, and it was extremely rare for them to behave like this. However, Jian Chen knew that the sword spirits were extremely experienced and had seen countless wondrous treasures. Ordinary items nevered pique their interest, but anything that could was an extremely rare treasure without a doubt.
“A Xuanhuang Microcosm?” Jian Che murmured softly before looking at the world around him. He started to feel like the world was far more complicated than he had expected since the sword spirits reacted like that.
“Jian Chen, who’re they?” Tie Ta discovered the sword spirits when they appeared above Jian Chen, so he asked a question while full of doubt. The gaze he directed at the two of them was filled with a deep curiosity. The appearances of the sword spirits were the same as before. They appeared as a young man and a woman around the age of twenty. The man was handsome while the woman was pretty. They seemed like a match made in heaven, and the only flaw was that they were illusory and not tangible.
Jian Chen gave a simple explanation to Tie Ta before asking the sword spirits, “Zi Ying, Qing Suo, what’s this Xuanhuang Microcosm about?”
The sword spirits were extremely excited as they constantly looked around. Their excitement became even more intense instead of dissipating,as if they had found a huge treasure stash.
“It’s actually an untouched Xuanhuang Microcosm. This is fantastic, far too fantastic. Master, we never thought that you’d have such great fortune that you’d come across an untouched Xuanhuang Microcosm,” Qing Suo said in delight as her excitement surged.
Zi Ying understood that Jian Chen had no idea what a Xuanhuang Microcosm was, so he explained what it was in detail, “Master, the Xuanhuang Microcosm is a microcosm formed from Xuanghuang Qi. Xuanhuang Qi is an energy that arises from Chaotic Force and is only second to Chaotic Force. It is even greater than the Yin Qi and Yang Qi that arises from chaos. However, Xuanhuang Qi is also known as Creation Force because it can create everything. This microcosm before you is created from Xuanhuang Qi, so we call it a Xuanhuang Microcosm.”
“Many heavenly resources and heavenly treasures appear in Xuanhuang Microcosms, treasures that can even move experts at the level of our former master. Because the Xuanhuang Microcosm is filled with Xuanhuang Qi, everything that appears here is extraordinary. Even the most common heavenly resources in the outside world will drastically increase in value after they are tainted with Xuanhuang Qi. An ordinary thousand-year-old heavenly resource from the Xuanhuang Microcosm will be worth a two-thousand-year-old or even three-thousand-year-old heavenly resource outside.
“Other than that, the Xuanhuang Microcosm will give birth to many wondrous items that can’t possibly appear in the outside world, and the spring water filled with the presence of life master has just ingested is one of them. The origin of this spring water is known as the Spring of Life. Not only can this water be used to create immortal pills, it can greatly increase their grade. At the same time, ingesting the water can heal any hidden wounds, so it possesses regenerative properties. However, the most valuable part is still the essence that has been nurtured for countless years within the water. The essence can extend lives, nourish the life source of people, and refine their souls. It can also heal wounds on the soul which makes it extremely valuable.”
Jian Chen could not help but marvel at Zi Ying’s explanation. He had never thought that he had unknowingly come to a such treasury. From what Zi Ying said, every single item within this microcosm was a treasure. Not only did this include the useless-looking vegetation, it probably included an ordinary blade of grass and possibly even the soil.
At this moment, Jian Chen’s gaze landed on the thumb-sized ball of liquid at the bottom of the pool. He asked, “Zi Ying is this the essence that’s been nurtured by the spring water?”
Zi Ying only glanced at the liquid at the bottom of the pool before continuing to observe his surroundings. He said, “Correct, that’s the essence, but most heavenly resources are split into different grades. The Spring of Life here is only the first grade of the Immortal Tier, which will produce spring water of the the lowest grade among all of the spring waters. It’s useless to some stronger people. If master reaches the sixth layer of the Chaotic Body, the spring water and essence here would be completely useless.”
Jian Chen immediately became disappointed when he heard that the spring water was useless to stronger people, but it was immediately replaced by delight when he heard the last part. He understood now. It was only the first grade of the Immortal Tier, but it was useful to experts below Saint Emperor. It was probably useless to those of the Origin realm.
Jian Chen immediately pulled out a container and eagerly began to collect the water after gaining an understanding of its value. Jian Chen then carefully stored away the thumb-sized essence at the bottom of the pool.
“Master, this Spring of Life is what this forest relies on, so you can’t drain the whole thing,” Qing Suo warned.
Jian Chen nodded. In the end, he only took half of all the water, which was over fifty liters in total. If it were not for the fact that his gourd was similar to a Space Ring and contained another space inside, he would probably have needed several of them to store all the water.
“Master, the closer you get to the center of the microcosm, the more heavenly resources you’ll come across, and their quality will be even greater. We’re only on the very outskirts right now. Let’s travel further in. There’ll definitely be even more good things inside, and even the Springs of Life will be of higher grades,” said Zi Ying excitedly. Although there were very few items useful to him in the Xuanhuang Microcosm, that was not necessarily the same for Jian Chen.
“Zi Ying, will there be even more Springs of Life inside,” Jian Chen suddenly asked as his face became rather blank.
“Correct. Although there are no Springs of Life in the outside world, they’re equivalent to ordinary water sources here. They are not rare. The Springs of Life near the center of the microcosm can even form small lakes.”
Jian Chen glanced at the palm-sized gourd in his hand. He had not purchased it himself but found it in a space ring owned by one of the experts that had died to his hands. Every single gourd contained around half a cubic meter of space, so they could store roughly five hundred liters. However, he only had around ten of gourds in total. Although he had a few more containers that could store liquids, the amount of space was limited. Even if he combined all the containers, he could only store around ten thousand liters at most.
The Xuanhuang Microcosm contained many Springs of Life and the water in it was so precious that it was non-existent outside. Jian Chen obviously wanted to store enough of it in one stroke, and ten thousand liters was clearly not enough for him. After all, the worldly ebb in the sea realm only occurred once every ten thousand years.
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