There was a problem with the publishing order yesterday, and although I released a new chapter it didn't show up as the latest one. Now, I've swapped the content of a few chapters to fix things but this chapter was also published in the wrong order and made everything useless...
NOTE 2: The order of this chapters is wrong as well, it should be 797 and not 796. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about it, sorry.
NOTE 3: If you see repeated chapters, open the app and go to your profile page. Then go to settings (top right corner) and press on 'Clear Cache'. It should solve the problem.
The 'secret appraisal technique' was a rather troublesome skill, and Song Shuhang had to pay a heavy price every time he wanted to use it. In addition, once in a while, it would even activate on its own...
However, he had ultimately managed to grasp the secret appraisal technique a little, and along with his comprehension of the technique getting better and better, there was bound to be a day when he would completely master it.
As such, Song Shuhang was willing to keep this 'secret appraisal technique' with him even if it was somewhat troublesome.
On the other hand, this 'nucleus' that had suddenly appeared in his Heart Aperture was completely not under his control, and it was very similar to a parasitic organism. Therefore, Song Shuhang felt that it was better to get rid of it as soon as possible. One day, if he found a way to control this 'nucleus', he would then put it back inside his body. Of course, the prerequisite was that Senior Medicine Master could dig it out first.
If he couldn't even take the nucleus out of his Heart Aperture, everything written above was just empty talk.
At this time, Venerable White was holding the sealed golden lotus in his hand. The sealing formation had the shape of a circular barrier, and the golden lotus was sealed within.
Just as Senior White wondered how to research this thing, the sealed golden lotus quickly started to solidify.
This golden lotus was something that was directly projected out of Song Shuhang's Heart Aperture, and it was thus an illusory object. But now, in just a few seconds, it had turned into a crystalized lotus flower. Its volume also quickly decreased until it reached the size of a palm.
"Eh? Interesting... this thing can actually assume a solid form?" Venerable White said curiously.
"Perhaps it's because it absorbed too many spirit stones earlier? Is it possible that the quantity of energy was too high and that it became solid after the connection between it and the nucleus in my Heart Aperture was cut off?" Song Shuhang guessed.
"It's possible. It absorbed a whole 48,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage earlier, and even if most of the spiritual energy was delivered to the nucleus in your Heart Aperture, part of it should have remained inside the golden lotus," Venerable White said.
After saying this much, he stretched out his hand into the seal and touched the crystalized lotus flower.
After its connection with Song Shuhang's Heart Aperture was cut off, the lotus flower had seemingly turned into an inanimate object. When Venerable White stretched out his hand and touched it, he felt as if he was touching a spirit stone.
It wasn't all... when Venerable White's finger touched the crystalized lotus flowers, a burst of very pure spiritual energy was transmitted from the lotus flower back to his body. This burst of spiritual energy quickly replenished the strength that Venerable White had consumed earlier to display the sealing technique and the flying technique to bring them away from the treasure house.
In the blink of an eye, all of Venerable White's strength had been restored. The speed at which he'd recovered his energy was much faster than when consuming medicinal pills specifically designed to restore spiritual energy.
This spiritual energy was different from the spiritual energy found inside spirit stones, which cultivators still had to refine. Only after it had been thoroughly refined could cultivators make the spiritual energy inside spirit stones their own.
"This crystalized lotus flower is very interesting!" Venerable White said.
"?" Song Shuhang and Su Clan's Sixteen both looked at Senior White in puzzlement.
"How can I explain it... hmm, the effects of this thing are similar to a type of 'pay-to-win item' inside the game I was playing recently—the 'ManRestoring Godly Stone'. As long as the player has this piece of equipment with them, they will continuously recover their mana," Venerable White explained. "When I touched this thing just now, I instantly recovered all the spiritual energy I consumed earlier to use the flying and sealing techniques."
"..." Song Shuhang.
There was no problem with Senior White's explanation. It was rather easy to understand, and the description was very detailed. The only problem was that this crystalized golden lotus was a 'pay-to-win item' that he had bought in real life for 48,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage!
However, he felt somewhat strange after hearing Venerable White's explanation.
"Is the restoration speed of the spiritual energy really so fast? Even quicker than medicinal pills?" The eyes of the nearby Su Clan's Sixteen lit up. "Such being the case... Senior White, are there any negative effects? How compatible is this spiritual energy with the body of the cultivator?"
If this thing really had the same effect as that pay-to-win item in the video game... it was really no different than carrying a low-quality ghost spirit around!
No matter if one was fighting, adventuring, or transcending the heavenly tribulation, as long as they had this thing with them, they would always be able to keep the level of their spiritual energy high.
"I didn't discover any negative effect for now. The spiritual energy that was transmitted back was 100% compatible with my body, and there was no need for me to refine it. It was the same as the spiritual energy I produce while practicing. The feeling was pretty good," Venerable White replied.
"In that case... Senior White, how much spiritual energy is stored inside this golden lotus?" Song Shuhang asked the important question. After all, how much he owed Senior White was at stake here!
Perhaps there was a chance for him to decrease that debt of 48,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage that the nucleus had just absorbed.
"Wait a moment. I'll check immediately." Venerable White stretched out his hand inside the seal again.
After a short moment, he replied, "If we also add the spiritual energy I absorbed just now, the amount of spiritual energy stored inside is comparable to 20,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage. However, the spiritual energy inside this thing is very pure, and is thus equivalent to at least 25,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage."
"In other words, almost half of the spiritual energy is still inside the lotus flower?" Song Shuhang heaved a huge sigh of relief.
At first, he'd thought that the spiritual energy inside the spirit stones that the lotus flower had absorbed would be immediately transferred to the nucleus in his Heart Aperture. But now, it seemed that only half of the spiritual energy that the golden lotus had absorbed was transferred to the nucleus.
Now that he'd discovered that his debt was halved, Song Shuhang was much more at ease.
"Hmm... this crystalized lotus flower can allow cultivators to quickly restore their spiritual energy, getting rid of the time previously needed to refine the said energy. In addition, as you can see, 20,000+ spirit stones of the Fifth Stage were compressed into this palm-sized lotus flower. Let's not talk about the quality of the spiritual energy stored inside, just the 'volume' of spiritual energy that can be stored inside this thing far surpasses the one that is possible to store inside a spirit stone of the Ninth Stage rank. Therefore, if I had to properly estimate its value, it would be around 30,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage."
At this time, Su Clan's Sixteen added, "However, this is under the prerequisite that there are no negative effects, right? If it's like medicinal pills, and it can't be used repeatedly within a short period of time, it's value would surely drop."
"What Little Sixteen said makes sense. In that case, shall we give it a try?" Venerable White said.
"How are supposed to 'give it a try'?" Song Shuhang asked in puzzlement.
"Do you still remember the Limitless Demon Sect?" Venerable White faintly smiled.
"Ah! I have a deep impression of them," Song Shuhang said. There was a deep relationship between him and the Limitless Demon Sect.
That Young Master Hai was a madman that had dared to provoke even Su Clan's Seven. He and his companions—Demon Monarch Anzhi and Zheng Neng—were all powerhouses ready to break through to the Fifth Stage Realm.
In addition, another guy called Branch Leader Jing Mo had chased after Song Shuhang for thousands of miles in order to kill him. If not for the fact that he'd timely activated Venerable White's 'Ten Thousand Mile Flying Escape Technique' back then, he would have been done for.
Then, after suffering defeat in the 'hand-guided tractor competition' and getting sent to space for one month by Senior White as a punishment, Song Shuhang had once again got into a fight with the disciples of the Limitless Demon Sect. Then, accompanying Senior Sister Ye Si outside for a stroll, he'd conveniently led to the right path the dying souls of a bunch of experts of the Limitless Demon Sect, which allowed Song Shuhang to sharply increase the level of his virtue and condense his current 'light of virtue'.
"Senior White, do you also have a grudge against the Limitless Demon Sect?" Song Shuhang asked out of curiosity. Speaking of which, the month before last, hadn't Venerable White proposed to the seniors of the Nine Provinces Number One Group to form a team and raid the general headquarters of the Limitless Demon Sect if there was an opportunity?
"A long, long time ago, the people of the Limitless Demon Sect offended me... as for the what they did to offend me, I don't remember too clearly, but I'm sure that they offended me. Thereupon, I don't mind giving them a little bit of trouble. It would only make me happy," Venerable White explained. "We have been looking for the general headquarters of the Limitless Demon Sect all along. We've got some clues lately, but we were still unable to find it. On the other hand, Su Clan's Seven managed to find an interesting location that belongs to the Limitless Demon Sect. This place is rumored to be one of the 'Four Great Ancestral Lands' of the Limitless Demon Sect. Its defenses are incredibly strong, and there is apparently a Seventh Stage Venerable guarding it. According to Su Clan's Seven's calculations, even the Spirit River Su Clan would suffer great losses if they tried to take down this place. Therefore, he gave this news related to the ancestral land of the Limitless Demon Sect to me.... and as luck would have it, this ancestral land isn't that far from our current location."
"Senior White, are you saying that we should go to destroy the ancestral land of the Limitless Demon Sect?" Song Shuhang asked.
"We can't destroy it. There is a Seventh Stage Venerable guarding the place, as well as several layers of defenses. However, we can make a surprise attack and see if we can borrow a few good things from them," Venerable White said.
"In that case... should we head there together with the seniors of the Nine Provinces Number One Group?" Song Shuhang asked.
"There is no need. I'll bring you two over there, and after finding the ancestral land, I'll launch an all-out attack to see if I can open a hole in their defenses. If I succeed, let's see which good things we can find. You two carry along those 'disposable flying swords' I've manufactured... be smart and prepare to flee at any time," Venerable White said with a smile.
Song Shuhang and Su Clan's Sixteen nodded.
Being smart meant: if there is an opportunity, try to get your hands on something good. If you don't find any, hide somewhere and keep watch on the surrounding area. If you get bored, consider using the phone to make a video.
[Venerable White single-handedly raiding one of the Four Great Ancestral Lands of the Limitless Demon Sect]... such a video would definitely attract a lot of viewers.
Actually, the distance between this ancestral land of the Limitless Demon Sect and the current location of Song Shuhang and the others wasn't that small.
At first, Venerable White had been planning to bring Song Shuhang and Sixteen to some place at the bottom of the sea or somewhere else with no signs of human presence and launch several powerful attacks and consume his spiritual energy. Then, he would take advantage of the mana restoration ability of the crystalized lotus flower and see if there were any negative effects.
But then, for some unknown reason, he'd suddenly thought about the Limitless Demon Sect... since he'd had this idea, he could as well make his move. As such, Venerable White made up his mind and decided to bring Song Shuhang and Su Clan's Sixteen toward this ancestral land of the Limitless Demon Sect.
Meteor Sword quickly dashed through the sky.
After flying for a while...
"Senior White, why do I feel that we have already flown for a distance comparable to that of a city? Didn't you say that this ancestral land of the Limitless Demon Sect was close by?" Song Shuhang asked in puzzlement.
"Haha..." Venerable White made a hollow laugh. Then, he replied, "It's just your misconception. It's must be because I'm flying really slowly. Therefore, you got the impression that we have been flying for a long, long time. Meteor Sword, increase your speed!"