Chapter 29: "Spirit Beast Egg Selection"
Whenever Sima You Yue wasn’t in a good mood, she liked to eat..and eat. Hence tonight, the table was full of various dishes.
Fatty Qu didn’t need anyone to call him over, he had followed the waft of fragrant food trail and ran over himself. Very soon, Wei Zi Qi had also ran over on his own.
"Have a look and see if Bei Gong Tang and Ouyang Fei are in. If they are, ask them to join us." Sima You Yue who was still cooking at the side shouted over to Fatty Qu.
"Alright!" Fatty Qu stole a mouthful of food before he headed off.
Wei Zi Qi originally thought that even if Bei Gong Tang and Ouyang Fei were in, they wouldn’t come. To his surprise, both of them had appeared in front of the table.
"Both of you actually turned up. What a miracle!"
Bei Gong Tang shot a glance at Wei Zi Qi, before washing her hands and sitting down by the table. She didn’t utter a single word as she sat quietly and waited for everyone.
Ouyang Fei looked at Wei Zi Qi and said, "Fatty Qu said that the food here was more delicious than the school's canteen."
Sima You Yue started plating the other dishes up and placed them on the table. By this time, Little Roar had already finished eating and had went outside for a walk.
"Since we all live in the same courtyard, we should interact more with each other. See? Having a meal together is very nice as well." Fatty Qu said.
"Can you cook?" Bei Gong Tang asked coldly.
"No." Fatty Au answered very seriously, but he turned and laughed out loud. "Don’t we have You Yue with us?"
Sima You Yue looked at him coldly but didn’t object.
"Tomorrow is day of the Spirit Beast Egg Selection." Ouyang Fei interjected.
"Spirit Beast Egg Selection? Hmm? What’s that?" Hearing this for the time, Sima You Yue asked.
"Spirit Masters can contract their own Spirit Beasts, you should know this as well?" Fatty Qu said.
"In general, Spirit Masters and Spirit Beasts contracts have their limitations. The stronger the Spirit Master, the more Spirit Beasts they can contract with. Students like us who have just initially stepped into the world of Spirit Masters are only able to establish a contract with one Spirit Beast. However, with a Spirit Beast Egg, it’s a totally different story. Some students don’t have distinguished family backgrounds and have never contracted any Spirit Beasts prior to this. So upon selecting a Spirit Beast Egg during this selection, they are able to choose their own Spirit Beast to establish a contract with. However for those students who already have a Spirit Beast contract, with a Spirit Beast Egg, it doesn’t take too much Spiritual Energy and they can also establish another contract." Wei Zi Qi patiently explained.
Sima You Yue nodded yet again with an enlightened expression. "So it’s a gift from the Academy to the students…"
"You can put it that way too, but you still have to pay attention to certain aspects of this Spirit Beast Egg Selection."
"Pay attention to certain aspects?"
"The Spirit Beast Eggs are also have their own grades, they have high and Low level grades. Although the odds are relatively Low, but if you are able to select a high level grade egg, in the future, when it's out,you'll be contracted to a stronger and more powerful Spirit Beast."
Sima You Yue bit on her chopsticks and asked: "why are they all in eggs? What about those mammals?"
"Those mammals are also kept in the Spirit Beast Eggs, it’s just that the eggs are illusionary." Wei Zi Qi added. "I’ve heard that these Spirit Eggs are from a very mystical place. No matter what animal it is, you can only see an egg. Furthermore, all the eggs have exactly the same appearance. If the egg you chose has a mammal in it, the egg will disappear."
"That has got to be some trick behind it. Or else why do all the eggs look exactly the same? What is the reason behind it?" Sima You Yue asked as she began Analysing.
When Beigong Tang heard this, she looked up at her.
"Anyway, tomorrow is a day worth looking forward to." Fatty Qu said.
"You should already have one Spirit Beast contracted before this, what are you still looking forward to?" Sima You Yue chided.
"That is not the same, I heard that there are some Spirit Beast Eggs with Divine Ranked Spirit Beast lineage mixed in! If I were to select one, next time wouldn’t I be very powerful? Hahahaha!" Fatty Qu puffed his chest up as he said in anticipation.
"Stop daydreaming." Sima You Yue retorted.
"Even if you did not choose one from a Divine Spirit Beast lineage, no matter what, as long as its chosen by the Academy, there’s a chance that’s it’s more rare and powerful.
"Really so? Now I’m really excited for tomorrow! Hahaha!"
The next day, Bei Gong Tang and Ouyang Fei also joined in for breakfast. Fortunately, all the food preparation had been done by Little Spirit so all she needed to do was to cook.
After breakfast, they headed to the classroom.
Once she stepped in, Sima You Yue could feel that everyone’s gazed were fixed on her. There were various emotions mixed in, those of disdain, surprise, curiosity and anger. It seems that winning the challenge yesterday’s had set off a small storm.
Meng Ting was still seething in anger but she had no choice and could only leave her alone and throw her dagger stares at best.
Sima You Yue and Bei Gong Tang both walked to their seats and sat down, totally ignoring the people around. Bei Gong Tang was just distant and cold. As for Sima You Yue, she was simply too lazy to bother about these matters.
Soon, Feng Zhi Xing came into the classroom and saw that everyone was in class. "You all know what day it is today, before we head off, just want to brief you on some things to note."
"The place where the Spirit Beast Eggs are stored at one of the mountains behind the Academy. There are a total of four doors and you can go into three of them. When you enter them, there will be an illusion and you will see many Spirit Beast Eggs. Each of them look exactly the same so you can only use your own instinct and sense to choose that one egg for yourself. Select the one that you want most and once you've chosen it, you will be sent out. Now, follow me and we'll head over for the Spirit Beast Egg Selection."
The students started chattering excitedly and followed him out. When Sima You Yue walked past He Qiu Zhi, he stared at her with a gaze full of menace. When she turned her head, he swiftly retracted the gaze and acted as if nothing happened.
Feng Zhi Xing led them towards the mountain and when they arrived, the other classes had already gathered and the other teachers were chatting away leisurely together.
Sima You Yue noticed that the gazes from those teachers were filled with respect when they looked over at Feng Zhi Xing.
"Is everyone here?" Feng Zhi Xing walked over to the group of teachers and asked.
"Yes, everyone had assembled earlier, your class is the last to arrive." One teacher answered.
"Let's go in then." Feng Zhi Xing simply ignored that teacher's snide remarks.
This year, the number of Spirit Masters that were enrolled were not that many, there were only about a thousand students. Other than the special class, there was also the unique class of the Beast Tamers and Alchemists. The ordinary class had around nine hundred students. The entrances to the caves were relatively narrow hence, the students were split into three groups and entered in batches.
The students felt that if they entered at the end, it wouldn't be fair to them as the better eggs would have already been chosen. A teacher raised his hands up and the incessant clamouring hushed up at once and he spoke out: "The Spirit Beast Eggs placed inside are all randomly placed, so the rate for success is also split up. It doesn't matter which order you enter in, come, first batch to enter now."
In accordance with the order of arrival, the students all went into their assigned batch. As Feng Zhi Xing's group was the last to arrive, they went in as the last batch.
As soon as Sima You Yue arrived at this mountain, she had a faint feeling that something was calling her. She felt drawn to a gentle voice that said: "Come…come here…"
She looked around and did not find anything unusual and she tried to listen out for that voice again but she heard nothing.
"That's strange…" She muttered in her heart. It was finally her team's turn and she pushed it to the back of her mind as she followed her team to enter the cave.
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