Chapter 1375: Everyone Becomes a Saint King (One)
You Yue smiled apologetically, "Sister Bi Lian, grandfather, please forgive me for keeping this a secret, because this matter is just far too shocking. Even when I personally learned this from my master, I felt like it was all just a tale. It was difficult for me to accept, which was why I didn't tell you all as soon as I learned of Xiao Jin's identity."
Jian Chen could not help but think of the metallic spirit origin energy hidden in the depths of the tungsten alloy mine with You Yue's explanation. The sword spirits had discovered its existence long ago, but it had not matured back then, so he left it hidden deep within the tough tungsten alloy. Even the grand elder of Mercenary City back then, Tian Jian, was unable to penetrate that deep, so he could only leave it be in the end.
He had never thought that the metallic spirit would have fully matured before he returned to the city and would have been able to endure the heavenly tribulations to take on a human form. It was extremely powerful.
Jian Chen's gaze toward Xiao Jin became rather odd after learning Xiao Jin's identity. He could obviously tell that Xiao Jin's naivety was like a newly-born infant. He was a harmless-looking boy but an Origin realm expert at the same time, which Jian Chen found rather difficult to accept.
He had learned from the sword spirits just how impressive the metallic spirit was and its unlimited future potential. However, he was just taken by disbelief to think that it would be an Origin realm expert as soon as it came into existence.
After all, there were only five experts of the Origin realm even in ancient times. Ignoring the one from the Ice Goddess Hall, there were the four champions of the humans, magical beasts, Sea race, and Hundred Races. This was more than enough to see just how rare they were.
Even right now, there were only two Origin realm experts on the Tian Yuan Continent at most.
However, what made Jian Chen even more confused was why Xiao Jin would appear in Flame City after assuming a human form and why he felt that Xiao Jin's gaze toward him was filled with reliance. He did not shrug off Bi Lian and the others either, which he could not understand no matter how he thought about it.
"The Tian Yuan Continent is currently facing a disaster. The World of Forsaken Saints is about to invade our world. We're in desperate need of a powerful force in this crucial period of time. Xiao Jin's sudden appearance just holds far too great of a significance. However, he seems to be lacking knowledge in many areas. We need to teach him a lot over the next few days, especially techniques regarding battle," said Jian Chen.
The topic of conversation soon shifted away from Xiao Jin.
"Brother Ming Dong is currently cultivating in a secret room we've specially prepared for him in Flame City. He's already become a Saint Ruler, and we don't know what level he's reached now. However, brother Ming Dong's talent is much greater than grandfather's talent. His rate of cultivation has even made grandfather speechless."
Jian Chen expanded his soul and swept the surroundings. Indeed, he found Ming Dong in seclusion a thousand meters underground. He really did improve at an extremely great rate, having reached the Eighth Heavenly Layer of Saint Ruler already.
Jian Chen then looked toward the silent Dugu Feng at the table. Dugu Feng was among his earliest group of followers. He had met him with Ming Dong when they had competed in the gathering of mercenaries in Mercenary City.
Dugu Feng was not as powerful as Ming Dong back then in the competition, but the difference between the two had not been particularly great. Yet now, Ming Dong had already become an Eighth Heavenly Layer Saint Ruler while Dugu Feng remained a Heaven Saint Master."
"Dugu Feng's not band. He's remained as the disciplinary elder of Flame City for a very long time, committing meritorious services for the Flame Mercenaries. He's even pushed back his own cultivation. It would've been impossible for the mercenaries to be as stable as it is right now without Dugu Feng," Bi Hai said from one side. The gaze he used on Dugu Feng was filled with kindness.
"Yeah, I don't want Dugu Feng to busy himself because of the Flame Mercenaries and end up not cultivating at all. I've been trying to convince Dugu Feng to return back to the clan over the past few days, but he will return again soon," Bi Lian added as well. Dugu Feng had indeed made drastic contributions to the expansion of the Flame Mercenaries.
"My talent is nowhere near as great as Ming Dong's talent, so it's impossible for me to catch up to him no matter how I cultivate. Since that's the case, I did some things that were more meaningful," Dugu Feng nonchalantly replied. He seemed to never smile with his steadfast face.
"Dugu Feng, you don't need to worry about talent. I have my methods of completely altering your talent and allowing you to become a Saint King in the shortest amount of time possible, even insuring that you'll become a Saint Emperor in the future," Jian Chen solemnly said to Dugu Feng. He did not have many friends he truly trusted and Dugu Feng happened to be one of them.
Afterward, Jian Chen asked the others about Little Fatty and the others.
"Little Fatty, Senior An, Yun Zheng, and Wang Yifeng have not returned since they set off to train themselves on the continent. We only receive some news from them from time to time, but it seems that they've been well over the past few years," said Bi Lian.
"Lian'er, command the Flame Mercenaries to search the continent for them and get them to return to Flame City as soon as possible," ordered Jian Chen. The disaster was imminent. He needed to use the resources on hand to increase their strength.
Three days later, Bi Lian, You Yue, Dugu Feng, Bi Hai, Huang Luan, and Ming Dong were all brought to the mountain range where the tungsten alloy mine used to be by Jian Chen. However, the vast mountain range had become ordinary. It was no longer as famous as before. Ever since the metallic spirit had absorbed all the metallic essence, the tough tungsten alloy had all been reduced to simple rock.
"Jian Chen, why have your brought us here?" Ming Dong asked in confusion as he looked around. He had just emerged from seclusion.
"This place is open enough. It's a good place. I plan on making you all break through here," said Jian Chen.
"Get us all to break through? Jian Chen, have you obtained some extremely impressive heavenly resources?" Ming Dong's eyes lit up and his interest was immediately piqued.
Jian Chen nodded slightly, "Yes, I've indeed obtained some heavenly resources. They are enough to make your strength skyrocket. Ming Dong, you're already an Eighth Heavenly Layer Saint Ruler and your talent is impressive. It's possible for you to break through to Saint King with this opportunity or directly become a Saint Emperor."
"What!" Ming Dong was greatly shocked. He stared at Jian Chen in disbelief. Even You Yue, Huan Luan, Bi Hai, and the others were the same.
Jian Chen no longer wasted any time. He first used the blood of the hall master from the Serpent God Hall to strengthen their bodies before using the holy water of the spirit sea to alter their constitution and talent. In the end, he removed some Heaven-connecting Flowers, enough Violent Cloud Peaches, and a few Comprehension Tea Leaves from the artifact space to increase their strength.
Jian Chen did not behave stingily at all. The immortal peaches could only be consumed once in a hundred years, so in order to maximize their increases in strength, he could no longer bother with wasting anything. He brought out fifth grade Violet Cloud Peaches and Comprehension Tea Leaves and used the best spring water he had on hand to make tea.