Chapter 40: Fire Dragon Blood Jade
Meng Bo originally came to find fault but now he was ashamed in his heart. He was grateful about Chen Xiang’s previous conduct, thus, Meng Bo decided even if he won, he would not accept the Metal Spirit Fruit.
In an ordinary situation, three Aura Qi Dans could be refined at once with one set of herbs. As for more formidable alchemists, they were able to refine four dans at once. After Meng Bo opened the lid of his Profound Yang alchemical furnace, one could see four transparent dans with a trace of light yellow colour gradually levitating.
"Four Aura Qi Dan, worthy of the Dan King!" One nearby alchemist could not help but praise, "From the looks of the colour and herbal fragrance, the dan quality should be excellent!"
Now, it was Chen Xiang's turn. After Chen Xiang opened his alchemical furnace, he gently blew the mist away. This time, everyone was shocked. Astonishment was clearly visible on everyone’s faces.
Five exquisitely carved, flawless dans were visible inside the furnace. There was a trace of white glossiness with no visible impurities in the Aura Qi Dan. As the herbal aroma entered into their nose, no one could believe it.
Not only five dans, but every single one was excellent quality. This level was far above that of Meng Bo!
Meng Bo heaved a sigh. His eyes were full of respect when he looked at Chen Xiang. Before, Meng Bo thought Chen Xiang was the same as Yao Tianhua. Although somewhat talented, still overly proud and arrogant. Now that Chen Xiang showed clearly he could refine Aura Qi Dans with quality far superior to Meng Bo’s own, he couldn’t help but be sincerely convinced of his defeat!
"I lost!" Meng Bo sighed and said. He was no longer a Dan King full of arrogance. Now, he looked much older, after all, this defeat was a big blow for him.
"Lao Meng, I know that you usually don't refine the Aura Qi Dan yet you still refined dans with such high quality in an unfamiliar situation. As a junior, I'm impressed, so let us consider it a tie. I did not win, and you did not lose." Chen Xiang showed a gentle smile. Since Meng Bo was the most powerful alchemist in the entire Southern Martial Empire, it was better to be friends with him.
[TLN: Lao means old, it is used when speak to someone who are close to them and much older than them.]
Meng Bo shook his head and then took out the red shining Profound Yang alchemical furnace and handed it to Chen Xiang, "A defeat is a defeat. This alchemical furnace is yours. For many years, I have been relying on this alchemical furnace and neglected basic things, it should have a better master than me."
Meng Bo's and Chen Xiang's actions made those alchemists present filled with admiration and gave them a new understanding of the two people in front of them.
Chen Xiang spread his hand, "Meng Lao, you should join our Dan King Hall and become the chief alchemist of our store! The Profound Yang furnace is still yours while you can also obtain the Metal Spirit Fruit!"
Everyone was surprised. Chen Xiang actually wanted to reel Meng Bo into Dan King Hall!
Chen Luzhong eyes lit up, smiled apologetically and quickly said, "This Dan King Hall needs Meng Lao to take charge, only then can it be undoubtedly called Dan King Hall!"
Meng Bo pondered for a moment and said, "Good, but you must accept this alchemical furnace. You have a very solid foundation, and with the help of this furnace, you will get twice the results with half the effort!"
Surprisingly, Meng Bo complied. However, the alchemists present were very unhappy with the presence of someone as powerful as Dan King. Now they would not be able to fish in troubled waters after entering Dan King Hall.
At this time, an old man said, "Manager Chen, this old man does not seek to be an alchemist here. I only hope to be a janitor and you also do not need to pay me."
Seeing the actions of this old man, others followed the suit, they all expressed their willingness to stay here without pay because they could together learn a lot of things from the Dan King.
"Well...Meng Lao, you take responsibility!" Chen Xiang scratched his head and laughed.
Meng Bo frowned while looking at the dozens of old men, then nodded his head and said, "You can stay behind."
Next, Chen Luzhong and Meng Bo picked two good alchemists from the tens of old-men and gave them the Metal Spirit Fruits as remuneration.
After Meng Bo joined, Chen Xiang felt relieved. At least now, he didn’t need to refine dans by himself, which was very tedious for him.
"Granduncle, you should be the manager. You’ve been managing the Spirit Dan Hall for many years and you’re quite experienced regarding this. With this, Meng Lao and the other seniors can be responsible for alchemy."
Although Meng Bo was a Dan King, he continuously went into seclusion for alchemy, so regarding management, he had zero experience.
Meng Bo and the others also had no clue what to do, so Chen Luzhong could only agree. Now, inside the Dan King Hall, there were four relatively good alchemists and a dozen or so ordinary level alchemists. In comparison to the Yao Family and the Danxiang Herbal Manor, they had many more alchemists compared to other forces.
At night, Chen Xiang and a group of shining white haired old men were sitting together discussing alchemy techniques. Chen Xiang was taught by Su Meiyao, and he gave some pointers to the congregation. With these brilliant alchemy techniques, combined with Chen Xiang’s own experience, the congregation of alchemists benefited greatly. Everyone admired Chen Xiang. At such a young age, he had comprehended such things which made them exclaim with surprise.
"Chen Xiang, about this morning’s outage, please forgive me! The Yao Family once gave me some rare herbs, so I owed them a favour. But from now on, between me and them, it's written off." Meng Bo said with a look of shame.
Chen Xiang smiled and said, "The past is the past. The Yao Family’s hate for me is deeply rooted, after all, I made them lose face." He had obtained a good alchemical furnace and an excellent alchemist, and this was all thanks to the Yao Family. In his heart, he was secretly grateful to the Yao Family.
"Then we have to work hard because the King City Martial Art Tournament is about to begin. I have to prepare myself. I have to get first place and get that True Elemental Dan."
Chen Xiang’s eyes glittered with a confident aura. This time, everyone was once again startled because they admired Chen Xiang for his alchemy talent but they had completely forgotten about Chen Xiang’s strength. Now that they thought about it, Chen Xiang was also one of the strongest martial artists among the younger generation!
With Chen Xiang’s current strength, he remained unscathed against the 7th level of Mortal Martial Realm Yao Family Elder and even defeated him. This type of talent was simply monstrous!
"I will go out and practice, everybody rest early!" Chen Xiang dropped this sentence and walked away.
Inside the forest, at the outskirts of King City, Chen Xiang looked at the Profound Yang alchemical furnace that glittered in a fiery red aura. Chen Xiang somewhat excited in his heart. When he touched the furnace, he knew this furnace was extraordinary.
Su Meiyao and Bai Youyou, these two peerless beauties, also came out of the ring looking at the Profound Yang furnace that had just been won by Chen Xiang.
"Fire Dragon Blood Jade!" Bai Youyou could not help but retreat a few steps. On ordinary days, this elegant beauty was always cold but now, she actually feared this Profound Yang furnace.
Su Meiyao's eyes were shining while looking at the alchemical furnace. She then bent down and with her delicate hands, caressed it gently as similar to as caressing a baby.
Bai Youyou slowly came over while stubbornly staring at the Profound Yang furnace on the ground. Her tender body wrapped in a purple dress was actually slightly trembling. It looked as if she was facing an enemy.
"Yes, it is indeed Fire Dragon Blood Jade. I did not think that you brat would obtain such an extreme treasure! If that half-baked Dan King came to know, he would probably die from grief." Su Meiyao smiled. Her face was full of joy. It was truly enchanting and moving, making people feel as though they could not wait to take her in their arms with love and affection.
Chen Xiang hastily put away the furnace, although he did not know what was Fire Dragon Blood Jade, he could see that Bai Youyou was very afraid of this alchemical furnace. With some guilt, he said, "Sister Youyou, I'm sorry. I didn't know you were afraid of this thing."
Bai Youyou complexion eased a lot and whispered, "It's ok, it's not your fault!" Her voice was actually so gentle and enchanting that Chen Xiang could not help but be stunned for a moment. An unspeakable tenderness suddenly surged in his heart and he felt an inexplicable comfort.
Bai Youyou saw Chen Xiang's complexion and somewhat strangely and coldly said, "I practice devil exercises and my extreme yin body conflicts with this extreme yang Fire Dragon Blood Jade."