I just opened my mouth earlier... why did the Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill activate on its own? I had no intention of using this skill!
Is it possible that the saber intent within that blade of grass I swallowed down earlier stimulated my Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill, making the skill undergo a mutation?
In that case, is my Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill about to evolve and turn into the 'Lotus Blossoming Saber Tongue' or some other similar skill? After opening my mouth, will I shoot out sword attacks... no, saber attacks, and kill monsters and vanquish demons?
The scene was rather cool.
Song Shuhang was really looking forward to seeing what would happen. Although excruciating pain was transmitting from his throat and stomach just as though someone was cutting him open with a blade, it would be completely worth it if his 'Lotus Blossoming Tongue' skill could evolve.
Just as Song Shuhang was in deep thoughts, the white lotus bloomed.
Soon after, a strong aroma scattered in the surrounding area. It was the aroma of countless table delicacies fused together.
All those that smelled this aroma would have their appetite stimulated, and drool would start to flow from their mouths. Even cultivators were affected by this aroma unless they used something like the Turtle Breathing Technique to hold their breath.
Su Clan's Sixteen couldn't help but swallow down a mouthful of saliva. The fellow daoists of the Nine Provinces Number One Group also turned their heads and looked at Song Shuhang.
Song Shuhang stared at the lotus flower with rapt attention.
However... the evolution of the Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill he was waiting for didn't take place.
Since it isn't going to evolve, why did this thing appear in the first place! Song Shuhang sighed.
Thereupon, he stretched out his hand, preparing to poke at the white lotus flower hovering in the air.
The white lotus flower was going to stimulate the appetite of the nearby people, and Song Shuhang didn't want the seniors of the Nine Provinces Number One Group to surround him and sit in front of the white lotus while smelling its aroma and eating rice.
That scene was simply too embarrassing.
As soon as Song Shuhang's finger touched the white lotus flower, preparing to relieve the effects of the Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill, the lotus flower slightly shook. Soon after, its petals started to fall, and even its seedpod quickly withered. In the end, only the lotus seed was left.
"Eh?" Song Shuhang was somewhat surprised. The last time he relieved the effects of the Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill, the lotus flower directly disappeared without leaving any trace behind.
But this time, a seed was left behind?
Is it possible that my Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill evolved for real? Song Shuhang's eyes immediately lit up as he stretched out his hand and grabbed the lotus seed.
What kind of special power would this lotus seed have?
The nearby Su Clan's Sixteen also sized up the lotus seed, and said, "I can feel 'saber intent' coming from this lotus seed. The feeling it's giving me is the same as the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass. However, the 'saber intent' inside the lotus seed seems more restrained... and gentler?"
"In other words, it has the same ability as the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass, and can allow whomever eats it to absorb and comprehend the 'saber intent' within?" Song Shuhang's eyes immediately lit up. If his 'Lotus Blossoming Tongue' skill had evolved into the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' skill, he wouldn't have suffered a loss!
"I think so. After it's consumed, this seed should also allow the person that eats it to comprehend 'saber intent'." Su Clan's Sixteen wasn't too sure, either.
"Heh. In that case, let's try again." Song Shuhang took a deep breath and gently exhaled, with his tongue slightly shaking during the process.
In the next moment, the spiritual energy in the air fluctuated.
An invisible hand pulled together and condensed all the spiritual energy in the surrounding area. Finally, it condensed into a white lotus flower in front of Song Shuhang. The lotus flower was white, just like snow, and carried with it an icy feeling as it calmly floated midair.
Song Shuhang stretched out his hand, and poked at the lotus flower. "Show yourself, 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed'!"
The white lotus flower in the air started to disperse, but this time, there was nothing left behind.
"..." Song Shuhang.
Well, that was rather embarrassing.
What happened to the lotus seed? Why hadn't the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' appeared?!
Is it really alright for you to fail to live up to my expectations like this?
In a distant place, Venerable White stopped manufacturing disposable flying swords and gently floated to Song Shuhang's side.
"Shuhang, can you let me take a look at that lotus seed?" Venerable White asked.
"Sure." Song Shuhang stretched out his hand and gave the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' to Senior White.
After taking the lotus seed, Venerable White fully concentrated on it and closely examined it.
Soon after, he said, "What Sixteen said just now was correct. There is very pure saber intent inside this lotus seed. It's purer and gentler than the saber intent within the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass, and it should be easier for others to absorb it."
"But why was my Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill able to produce only one lotus seed?" Song Shuhang asked. It was rather obvious why this lotus seed had appeared; his skill had mutated under the effects of the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass.
But why didn't he produce a lotus seed the second time he used the Lotus Blossoming Tongue skill?
"The reason is very simple. This lotus seed is precisely the refined version of the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass you ate earlier. Try to slowly inspect your body, and you'll notice that the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass you swallowed down has already lost effectiveness and you didn't comprehend or absorb any 'saber intent' from it," Venerable White said with a laugh.
Song Shuhang closed his eyes and tried to inspect his body. Aside from some slight pain transmitting from his throat and stomach, he didn't feel any other effect from the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass.
In other words, did he just play the role of a 'purifier'? He got rid of the impurities in the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass and obtained the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' from that?
He was going to flip the table! (╯‵□′)╯︵┻━┻
Just now—as he was swallowing that 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass—he spent so much effort to endure the pain of having his throat and stomach slashed open by a blade. But as a result, he'd only obtained this lotus seed, and wasn't even able to comprehend saber intent!
"Shuhang, don't panic. Now, we have to make sure of something very important," Venerable White said with a serious expression on his face.
"What important thing?" Su Clan's Sixteen and Song Shuhang said in puzzlement.
"This seed... hmm, we might as well call it 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' for now. Anyway, we need to determine if the effects of this seed are better than the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass's and if it can be absorbed with fewer problems. Will one feel pain after eating it? Because the saber intent inside the lotus seed seems purer and gentler than the one inside the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass... As for the 'quantity' of saber intent within the two, there is not much difference. Therefore, in this case where both have the same amount of saber intent inside, how much of the saber intent inside the lotus seed can be absorbed and used?" Venerable White said with a serious expression on his face.
Whenever one ate the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass, they could absorb and make use of around 30-40% of the saber intent inside.
As such, would the saber intent inside the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' yield better results?
Song Shuhang nodded his head.
If the effects of the 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' turned out to be better than the blades of grass, it would have been worth it to have gone through that pain.
"Therefore, Shuhang... how about allowing this Venerable to be your test subject, and have him test the effects of the lotus seed on his body?!" Venerable White said with a solemn expression on his face. Actually, he felt that the lotus seed looked very delicious.
"Eh? Fellow Daoist White, didn't you condense sword intent?" True Monarch Eternal Fire asked in puzzlement.
"Don't worry!" Venerable White turned his head around, and said smugly, "Even if I condensed 'sword intent', I ate a few blades of 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass in the past since I was curious. Therefore, I'm perfectly qualified to be the test subject and compare the two!"
After he had said this much, Senior White looked at Shuhang. "What do you think, little friend Shuhang?"
"In that case, I'll trouble you, Senior White," Song Shuhang said.
Senior White laughed, and held the lotus seed between his fingers, ready to eat it.
But right at this time, True Monarch White Crane said, "Senior White, wait a moment please. At the very least... shouldn't you sterilize that lotus in boiling water for 24 hours?"
However, it still had to finish its words that Venerable White had already gobbled up the lotus seed.
The raw aroma exploded in his mouth... this feeling was similar to the one given by the dishes at the 'Immortal Feast'. Countless wonderful flavors attacked Venerable White's taste buds.
The flavor was very good, and it was approaching the level of the Immortal Feast.
Full of expectations, Song Shuhang asked, "Senior White, how are the effects of the lotus seed?"
Venerable White gave the thumbs up, and said, "Not bad! It's incredibly delicious, almost at the level of the dishes of Fellow Daoist Bie Xue's Immortal Feast."
"..." Song Shuhang.
So that was how it was...
Actually, when Venerable White offered himself as the 'test subject', Song Shuhang wondered if Senior White found the 'lotus seed' particularly appetizing and had thus decided to step in and 'test' the effects for that reason.
"Cough, cough!" Venerable White coughed.
A moment ago, he got sidetracked due to the deliciousness of the seed, and couldn't help but cry out in admiration.
Since he had tasted the lotus seed, he would now have to take responsibility for its evaluation as well.
Venerable White inspected the effects the lotus seed had had on his body, and checked the rate of the saber intent that could be used.
Even if he couldn't condense saber intent, Venerable White would have no problem ascertaining how much of the saber intent in the lotus seed could be absorbed and used.
After a short moment...
"Eh? Not bad!" Venerable White said. "The saber intent inside this 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' is very pure and gentle, and it won't cause problems when the cultivator is trying to absorb it, preventing meaningless consumption. The rate of absorption and utilization of the saber intent is over 80%. As such, the effects of this of 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent Lotus Seed' are comparable to two or three blades of 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass. If we take into account how delicious it is, it wouldn't be a loss to exchange this lotus seed for four blades of grass."
Venerable White was an expert, and his words could be trusted.
"The effects of this lotus seed are comparable to two or three blades of 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass?" Song Shuhang's eyes immediately lit up.
As expected, there were no trash skills in this world, only trash users!
The Lotus Blossoming Tongue was an excellent skill!
"Little friend Shuhang, if you want to condense your saber intent within a short period of time, I suggest you to keep producing these lotus seeds and exchange them for blades of 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass, making a profit from the difference in price. As long as you have enough blades of 'Profound Principles of Saber Intent' grass, you won't have problems comprehending saber intent," Venerable White pointed out.