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Ye Nuo curled his lips and was just about to make a retort when he was interrupted by the old man. 

"Damned b*stard, you better learn from the Gu girl. Once you reach the rank of a Martial Emperor like her, I will not restrict your freedom. Otherwise, you're not allowed to leave the protection of the Ye family home!"

Ye Nuo immediately raised his lowered head when heard this. His wide, glassy eyes stared in astonishment at his grandfather, "Grandfather, what did you just say? Bodyguard Gu is at the rank of a Martial Emperor?"

A Martial Emperor!

Even though being at this rank doesn't really count as a peak cultivator in the Banished Lands, she already had a right to assume personal responsibility!

Especially since Gu Ruoyun was only nineteen years old!

A nineteen-year-old Martial Emperor... What kind of a concept is this?

Murong Yan and Lu Shaochen were equally stunned. 

From the beginning, they had both considered Gu Ruoyun to be a high-level Martial King and that already shocked them completely! Yet they never imagined that this girl would turn out to be such a young Martial Emperor!

Lu Shaochen laughed bitterly, "Before I met these two, I've always considered myself to have outstanding talent and that no one in Black Rock City would be a match for me. Now I understand what it means to be a frog at the bottom of the well. My master was right, the number of geniuses in the world is too many to count. It's only that we haven't met them yet."

How funny, I never gave much thought to it, thinking that my own talents were strong enough. 

Now I finally understand that things may appear to be perfect but there better ones will always come along!

"Ladies and gentlemen, the next item on auction is the heavyweight item of our auction this round — a fragmented pill formula which had been handed down from ancient times! Even though a part of this pill formula is missing, I'm sure all of you know that in this current age, pill formulas have been completely eradicated. Hence, I'm sure that everyone knows the value of this fragmented pill formula!"

It was nearing the end of the auction when the booming voice of the auctioneer rang aloud from outside the box, "The auction price begins at a million gold pieces, every bid cannot be less than a hundred thousand gold pieces. Now, let the auction begin!"


Once he had finished speaking, the crowd immediately went into a sensation. 

"A fragmented pill formula?" A glint flashed across Gu Ruoyun's eyes as she laughed wordlessly. 

"Oh?" Ye Lan looked at Gu Ruoyun with surprise, "Miss Gu, are you interested in this pill formula?"

"That's right," Gu Ruoyun nodded, "I am indeed interested."

Even though she had not managed to discover any news of the Hell's Lotus in the auction, she did manage to uncover substantial benefits! 

This pill formula, I must have it no matter what!

"Hehe," Ye Lan laughed quietly, "I didn't think that you would be interested in these things as well, Miss Gu. But based on my observation, even if you did manage to obtain this pill formula, it would be useless. Pill refinement is a lost art and no one can refine pills in this day and age. Since that's the case, what's the point in obtaining this pill formula?" 

Hearing this, Gu Ruoyun merely smiled and replied calmly, "I am simply interested in collecting thee kinds of things. As long as one fancies an item, it doesn't matter if it's useful or not. Don't you agree, Senior Ye Lan?"

"Haha!" Ye Lan stroked his white beard as he laughed candidly, "That's right, that's right. As long as it is what your heart desires, so what if it's useless? Little girl, you're getting more and more up to my standards."

Of course, Ye Lan, who didn't know Gu Ruoyun very well, couldn't possibly know that if she ever takes an interest in anything, it was because it will bring her great benefits.

Such as this pill formula, for example!

To anyone else, perhaps this pill formula would be nothing but a piece of waste paper. However, in the hands of Gu Ruoyun, who was getting more and more matured in her pill refinement skills, this will be a priceless treasure!

"Pill formulas, finally. I've been waiting for this!"

In a separate box, Bai Xin took a deep breath and clenched his fist, "Father had sent me here today for the sake of obtaining this pill formula. No matter what, I must have it!"

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