Qin Yu was in a mist-shrouded paradise—where the old man Pill
Cauldron lived—yet was still oblivious of his identity. He was absolutely certain
that—in the Ancient Immortal Valley—his status was extremely high. How could it
be ordinary when he was capable of facing against a Demonic Faction's Sacred
This kind of person was actually asking to take him as his Master—as he discovered him—when he should be trialed or punished instead? No
matter how he saw it, it was definitely strange. His mind blank, without an
ounce of seriousness. Qin Yu tried several times, but his heart couldn’t calm
down, still continuing its erratic beating. He drank fine and exquisite wine —yet
tasteless— while his eyes swept his surroundings.
Daoist Pill Cauldron’s previous unrestrained and unruly character—when
he was up against the Demon Lord — has vanished, as if his backbone was pulled
out, stretching on a soft couch. His eye landed on Qin Yu, "Kid, don’t say
I didn’t warn you. The Great Elements Sword Formation beneath you is completely
activated, and if you leave this place carelessly, 'hiccup', the result
should be clear to you..."
Qin Yu lowered his head and forced himself to drink, no longer
looking at the beautiful misty landscape. What about the basic trust among men?
This is just too much, pretending to this extent. Qin Yu was unable to
see any iota of it! If he were to take advantage of his drunken state
and flee, would it be any different from committing suicide? Truly too much!
Daoist Pill Cauldron smiled pleased, then he patted Qin Yu,
"Don't be down on the dumps kid, you're still alive, a marvelous feat in and
of itself. Hurry up and pay respects to your Master, and the previous matter
will be wiped clean. Or not, and I will hand you over. Oh, the Ancient Immortal
Valley is upright to be sure, but it doesn’t lack people with strange and dark
hobbies. Let's take the crazy old man from the Scarlet Furnace for example. He
likes to throw people in it and crank up the heat. Of course, we can’t have you
die, just baking you for eight-nine days, burning away the fat from your flesh,
organs, and marrow, to the point of making you jump in ‘joy’ from the pain.
That kind of pain you will definitely not like, so you better be quick with your
Qin Yu's mouth twitched. ‘What a feeble attempt at threatening
people, so flimsy. It only lowers the admiration I had for you!’
Daoist Pill Cauldron grinned, "Don't admire this old man. If you
admire me too much, I will keep you here and leave an imbecile; completely different from the current you."
Qin Yu's eyes went wide.
Pill Cauldron laughed loudly, "Scared? Just so you know, I
cultivate a mind-reading art. No matter what schemes you cook up, there is nothing
you can hide from me!"
Qin Yu recollected himself, "If senior really has a mind-reading
art, when the Demon Lord wanted to grab me, there was no need for the sacred
tree to come to my rescue."
Pill Cauldron choked on wine, and after a coughing fit and a red
face, he said, "Why are children thinking so much? Don’t you know it’s rude
to point out an old man's mistakes?"
Qin Yu puts down the wine cup and saluted, "Qin Yu will first
thank senior for the kindness of saving my life. But I will like to ask senior,
why would you want junior as a disciple? Junior is ungrateful—with many vicious
and hidden dangers in this world—I am superficial and afraid that one day I will
meet my end."
Pill Cauldron shot him a glance, "Just where does it shows you
don't know? You think that this old man will just let you meet your doom?"
"If senior wanted, junior would have died long ago countless of
Pill Cauldron cursed while laughing, "You little brat, isn't it
because you’re sure of your backing?" He creased his brows, sinking in
contemplation, "Actually, this old man is also not sure why he wants to
take you as a disciple. Just that—from the moment I laid my eyes on you—this
thought occurred to me and can’t shake it."
"Through the Inferring Art—in the Southern Nation and Northern
Dynasty—I haven't found a second person as fitting as the first. We are fated to
be master and disciple."
Qin Yu hesitated, "These words are a bit mysterious, it's as
"As if it's a street fortune teller's trick, right?"
Daoist Pill Cauldron grins, "You have good eyes to actually tell that this
old man came from a family of fortune tellers. Not bad at all. Alright,
everything that should be said was said, now make your decision."
Qin Yu bent his leg and kneeled, disregarding any loss of dignity,
'What's the harm in kneeling for your life?' Despite the one receiving it was someone
so respected, he felt no admiration when looking at him. Perhaps this kneeling was
At this moment, Pill Cauldron let out a strange shout, his eyes rolled
as if he was struck by lightning.
He brushed his sleeve and pulled Qin Yu closer, eyeing him from top
to bottom, "Kid, just who are you? Why are you making my identity jade
Qin Yu's mind stirred, hardly believing. After some thinking, he took
out a storage bag and from it, a jade slip. Pill Cauldron seized it before he
could even speak, and searched it. Using a technique, the jade slip let out blue
light and took the shape of a pill cauldron.
Pill Cauldron's face was blank.
Qin Yu blinked repeatedly, and a thought occurred to him. This jade
slip was something he took from the Pill Disposal Facility’s underground area
in Sacred Mountain Sect; from the remains of Cang Mang.
Did it have a connection with the Ancient Immortal Valley?
"Heavens! Mother earth! Unfair, why is it so unfair!" Pill
Cauldron suddenly burst out, as if he had epilepsy, "So many years have I
searched, and when I kid finally caught my eye, when I was about to bestow my
legacy, someone was faster! If someone else were to have done this, then I
would have made sure they wouldn have no way to live. Just why did it have to
be him, the departed Master I never got to meet!"
"Ah, why is my life so miserable?" These words ended
with a drawn-out high tone, just like at the opera.
Qin Yu's face paled. At Pill Cauldron’s display of extreme fury and
bitterness, he was afraid he would go berserk and take his poor little life.
Several figures with fierce auras arrived, looking everywhere for
Pill Cauldron was raving mad and rained curses, "Why have you
all come? I am hiding, who would dare come kill me? Get lost, beat it, just get
the hell out, all of you!"
The experts were frozen stiff. They spotted a silent Qin Yu, then shrank
and truly beat it, disappearing inside the roaming mist.
Qin Yu: ...
Cursing at people appeased his anger a bit, but his face was still
ashen, releasing a hint of aura, but it was taken back soon after. He returned
the jade slip to Qin Yu, his mouth finding it painfully difficult to squeeze a smile,
"Little junior brother, elder brother’s manners were lacking the first
Qin Yu was choking on his words, giving him a supercilious look. He
was somewhat prepared, but how come he felt that this was even more preposterous.
Pill Cauldron coughed and took out another jade slip, "Little
martial brother, there’s no need for doubt. Many years ago, this identity jade
was, *cough*, senior's final teaching before his passing. It holds an
inheritance, that helped me reach today's position. Little junior brother and
I, are all Master's disciples. It's only natural for us brothers to match each
Qin Yu cupped his hands in haste, "Junior doesn't dare!"
Pill Cauldron waved his hand, "What not daring?! You are my
little martial brother, and this will never change, starting now! Alright, rest
here while I’ll handle things. Tomorrow, we will hold the ceremony for your new
title. After which you will become Ancient Immortal Valley's Little Martial
Pill Cauldron flew out of the garden and—sure enough—his lazy and
relaxed manner disappeared in a single step, replaced by an extremely dignified
Qin Yu was slack-jawed, only to give a strained laughter in the end,
'Just what is going on exactly?!'
The second day.
The Ancient Immortal Valley's central area was under a state of
emergency, with all of Zhao clan's young generation along with official
disciples from the center of the valley were under order to gather in the Pill
Palace's Grand Square. This area spread more than ten li, made entirely of
white jade, emphasizing the greatness of the Ancient Immortal Valley. It was used
only in matters of great importance.
Something major must have happened today!
Yesterday, Demonic Faction's Sacred Lord attacked the Ancient
Immortal Valley, only to be repelled by Patriarch. Such an arrogant display
definitely won't end so easily.
"The Demonic Faction is too arrogant. Do they think that the
Ancient Immortal Valley is a common sect they can attack whenever? This isn't
over, not by a long shot!"
"Right, this time we shall make the Demonic Faction understand,
that the Ancient Immortal Valley isn't to be offended!"
"Today's display must be because of the Patriarch's fury, and
he will definitely give us an inspiring speech! "
"Hahahaha! This granny's saber is so thirsty I can hardly
Many spirited disciples glanced at a certain saber holding, laughing
maniacally, thick, short and ugly female. But quickly looked elsewhere, trying
to keep as far away as they can.
Very soon, the Grand Square gathering was underway.
The Pill Palace's main gate opened and the eight Grand Elders walked
out in a line, each face tense and ashen. The Grand Square went silent, with
many disciples and juniors shivering inside. ‘The Grand Elders are indeed
furious! Good, good, good, you villains from Demonic Faction will no longer
have any more peaceful days!’
Thoughts stirred and auras were released, as everyone was boiling
with murderous intent, when the atmosphere in the Grand Square suddenly became
The clouds suddenly moved!
The Ancient Immortal Valley's grand formation sensed the disciples'
burning spirits and began to silently activate, gathering the spiritual energy
of heaven and earth accompanied by thunderous booms.
The eight Elders frowned at this, and the one in the lead, the Azure
Sky Furnace’s Head, shouted coldly, "Settle down, do you want to send us,
old men, to our graves?"
Everyone was stunned by the shock.
Something was not right.
The head of the Disciplinary Furnace, Fan Jianhai coughed,
"Senior brother Xu, Patriarch is still here, so how about you let me
Xu Aoleng snorted and lowered his head.
Fan Jianhai took a deep breath, and spoke gravely, "Here is the
The entire Grand Square kneeled.
"Yesterday, we were attacked by Demonic Faction, but we made an
unexpected gain from it. Patriarch and his long-separated junior brother are
reunited, becoming the Ancient Immortal Valley's Little Martial Uncle, with the
same seniority as the Patriarch. The Ancient Immortal Valley won't forgive
any who offend him!"
Eyes went wide while jaws fell.
Patriarch's junior brother? Little Martial Uncle?
Just where did this come from?!
Minds began churning and soon recalled why the eight Grand Elders had
such gloomy expressions. Just how difficult must have been for a head of a
department to reach this point? Just shy from the peak and only below the Patriarch.
Who wouldn't be depressed when a Little Martial Uncle inexplicably appeared
over their heads?
Not to mention that this Little Martial Uncle was unknown to all of
them. ‘If he's a teenager, still wet behind the ears, then the joke will be complete!
At this, the one-two hundred years old cultivators from the center of the
valley also began to show unpleasant expressions.
Everyone left as quick as they
came, immediately disbanding once the announcement was made. The
eight Grand Elders returned just as glum to their departments. From start to
finish, Qin Yu never showed his face. He won this through strong pleading—along
with the added help of the eight Grand Elders' opposition in this matter—thus, forcing
Pill Cauldron to agree. Nonetheless, the title Little Martial Uncle—within the
hour—spread around the entire Ancient Immortal Valley!
He casually became a Little Martial Uncle of one of the greatest
sects from Southern Nation and Northern Dynasty, the Ancient Immortal Valley.
It gave him enough seniority to scare everyone, to look down on martial nephews and other
disciples. This was one ridiculous story. But after a night of sleep, and after
repeated blinking, he still sighed, since this wasn’t a dream.
"Little Martial Uncle." A lovely voice sounded from
outside the door, "Did your distinguished self woke
Qin Yu opened the door and glanced at six charming female
cultivators. They were divided on each side, holding inner garments, outer
garments, footwear, ornaments, face towel, and so on. Their heads lowered as
they made a curtsy, "Disciples pays respect to Little Martial
"Disciples are following the order of attending Little Martial
Uncle's bath." The Female cultivator on the left blushed red, "The
water is warm and ready. Please follow us."
Qin Yu was scared out of his wits, 'Just what is this old geezer
doing!?' He waved his hand, "No need, no need. I can bathe myself. Withdraw!"
The female cultivator felt awkward, "This..."
"I will handle it, there is no need for you to worry."
The female cultivator's face showed delight, "Many thanks to
Little Martial Uncle! Disciple Cai Yue along with Ming Xia and the
rest will be attending to all your needs. Please ask if you have any requests."
Qin Yu frowned, not saying anything. He needed to find Pill
Cauldron to handle this matter, then dismissed them once they left the
items. He came out later—after finishing
his bath and changing into new clothes —meeting the shining eyes
of Cai Yue, Ming Xia and the rest.
Qin Yu wasn’t handsome at all, but after being tempered by the Demon
Body’s evolution, his muscles were more defined. And with the Little Blue Lamp boosting
his confidence, each gesture became more imposing. This effect was —of course—closely
related to the Ancient Immortal Valley clothes. The black robe with silver
linings, handcrafted and with impressive decorations, was a perfect match to Qin
Yu's aura, further emphasizing it. It was true what they say, clothes made the
Furthermore, the white jade crest on his head, the dragon waistband—topped
with the roc engraved boots—were magnificent and worthy of respect.
With this set of clothes, even standing still they could resist two-three
attacks from a Golden Core cultivator. While the dragon waistband could even
defend against a Nascent Soul’s strike.
"Where is senior brother?"
Cai Yue respectfully replied, "Reporting to Little Martial
Uncle. Patriarch is already waiting for a long time, please follow
disciple." They stepped out of the residence, walked through a long and
winding corridor, and entered a magnificent and elegant garden, the roaming
mist making it more secluded.
Pill Cauldron sat in the leader's seat in the Main Hall, drinking
fragrant tea with a tranquil expression. Hearing footsteps, he laughed faintly,
"Little junior brother, did you have a good sleep last night?"
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Greetings senior brother, I rested
well. Furthermore, I also want to express my thanks for all the treasures you
After a few words, Cai Yue retreated with a bow.
Pill Cauldron immediately shed his appearance, relaxing and leaning
backward, "Little junior brother, that girl still has her Yin Essence. Don’t
tell me you have a problem? Don't be afraid, go ahead and tell your senior
brother and I will make you a batch of pills, to renew your vigor and hold
nightly... 'cough, cough'. It is no bother!"
Seeing the old fellow winking, Qin Yu's eyes twitched faintly. He
took a deep breath, "My body is very healthy, need not trouble senior
brother. Cai Yue, Ming Xia, and the others are all core disciples. It
would be better to let them leave and cultivate diligently."
Pill Cauldron was struck with grief, an attitude that said ‘Admit it, junior brother, I won't laugh at you. But what are you trying to say by having
that wretched expression?'
Seeing Qin Yu's dark look, he coughed, then, "Fine, fine, since
your body is alright, let's proceed. Cai Yue and the rest are attending
you out of their own volition. You can also stop worrying about seniority. Our
cultivation is all about doing things with a clear conscience, disregarding
complicated matters." And winked, "They say that if you find a flower
you can pick and wait, then you will miss the chance to pick it(1). Junior
brother, don't fail to measure up to this period of great happiness!"
Qin Yu resigned himself and cupped his hands, "I will sincerely
follow senior brother's teachings."
Pill Cauldron, with a 'child instructing' face, stood up and walked
outside, "Come, I will take you to the Hidden Treasure Pavilion, where you
can choose an item. Consider it a gift for our meeting."
Qin Yu's eyes shone.
Ancient Immortal Valley's Hidden Treasure Pavilion definitely wasn’t
Pill Cauldron brushed his sleeve as they left the Main Hall. He only
heard the wind’s whistling. When his vision recovered, he was standing before a
crude wooden house.
The stairs were repaired and intact, but under the harsh wind and
rain, there were changes along the many years. Pill Cauldron stood with hands
behind his back, speaking in earnest, "Qin Yu, even if you are my junior
brother, there will only be one choice. Who knows when you’ll enter next time? So
you have two hours to see as many items as you can before making your choice.
Imprint your Divine Sense on your choice and come out."
Qin Yu's heart felt slightly warm. This indescribably convenient
encounter with senior brother was incredibly beneficial to him. But even so, he
was still not completely convinced. The world's ways were many and deeply hidden.
A married loving couple could separate in one night, so he must express extreme
caution above all else.
With a respectful bow, Qin Yu walked towards the wooden house. The
stairs creaked, yet what was heard weren't sharp and annoying noises, but ones
that soothed the heart. He was not at all worried about Pill Cauldron’s intentions.
There was no need to waste so much effort with his cultivation.
The door was unlocked. When Qin Yu reached to open it, he was sucked
in. His vision brightened and he was already standing inside the wooden house.
The door behind him closed without locking, but for him, it represented an
If an unauthorized person touched the door, he would never again
The interior of the wooden house wasn’t beautiful, holding a
restricting formation. Several wooden supports were strewn everywhere. The spiritual
energy was wrapped around each item—bubbling—while the items themselves were
restrained on the wooden supports, with each of them having a jade slip next to
Qin Yu looked at the first item in front of him, an ax-shaped treasure.
He took the jade slip next to it and inspected it, confirming that it contained
brief information regarding it.
"Heaven Breaking Axe (Imitation). Although far inferior
to the original, its attacks are still incredible. It is suitable for open and
combatant disciples. Warning: This treasure requires a powerful
Yet the most impressive thing was the image engraved at the end of
this information. The dark-faced man hacked with the Heaven
Breaking Axe and the river was torn asunder!
This imitation of the Heaven Breaking Axe was considered top quality
among the Golden Core ranked treasures—based on its might—. Qin Yu sighed
inside when he gazed around the long wooden supports, and on the bubbling
spiritual energy. The Ancient Immortal Valley was so rich it leaked gold!
He put the jade slip back and looked further, seeing organized items
on the wooden supports. He saw only weapons—several containing impressive power—yet
Qin Yu only glanced at them. His was strong enough already, and if he didn't
provoke a Nascent Soul, he could move unhindered throughout Southern Nation and
Northern Dynasty; making these weapons mere decorations.
He arrives—with quickened steps—at the second support, one that
held many defensive treasures. They were—of course—of very good quality, but
Pill Cauldron had already given him some means of protection. Regardless of
whether there were or weren’t any outstanding ones, Qin Yu only glanced at some
of them then moved onwards.
The following treasures were all strange and wondrous items, filling
his eyes with an impressive sight and melodious sounds. Just because they weren't
heard, didn't mean they didn't exist. This was proof of the Ancient Immortal
Eight Treasure Horn Lamp. By inserting a trace of your soul and igniting
the life fire—then consecrating it—the user had a faint chance of
survival. For a cultivator, he wouldn’t be truly dead until his soul perished.
He could seek a puppet body to reside in, while the worst cases could turn into
soul cultivators and continue living. Who wouldn't want to have many
life-saving treasures? But this treasure was a very precious one.
Scarlet Refining Nine Layered Pagoda. Each layer had the soul of a
beast sealed inside. If a cultivator could refine the first layer—by filling it
with his energy—he could then summon the first beast soul. If he refined the
second layer, he could summon the second layer's beast soul. And once
the ninth layer was refined, he could summon all nine beasts to fight alongside
him. It was the same for Foundation Establishment cultivators and so was
for Golden Core cultivators! Once refined, the beast souls were fairly good
when done by a Foundation Establishment. But if it was done by Golden Core
cultivator, the beasts would turn formidable. If he could summon all nine beast
souls at his side, the outcome would be uncertain when he would encounter an
early Nascent Soul.
Buddhist Light Pagoda was an item refined in secret by a Buddhist
sect. It allows one to reach tranquility when cultivating and not receive
outside interferences, greatly increasing cultivation speed. But the most
important fact was that it could be used constantly, and once the connection was
formed, it then enters one's body and protected the user from demons!
Scarlet Fire Pearl, a treasure made in the heart of a
thousand li volcano.
Thousand Unbreakable Seed, after binding with it an agreement is
formed, living and dying together.
Withered Nine Serene Lotus, able to greatly increase one’s soul
Wooden house's treasures were items the Ancient Immortal Valley gathered
along countless years. Each item was of top quality and incredibly precious.
The fact that Pill Cauldron let him choose one, was already extremely
But what to pick?
Qin Yu looked left then right, feeling awkward.
Outside, Pill Cauldron was fuming with rage, yet the
sixteen-seventeen old young girl before him was uncaring, as her cold tone never
"Pill Cauldron, even if you are the Sect Leader of the Ancient
Immortal Valley, it doesn’t give you the right to bestow items from the
treasury on a whim. You have the highest power, you also know it is wrong, but you
still do it. How can the disciples accept this? "
Pill Cauldron gnashed his teeth, “You found me while I was actually
here. Just who’s not accepting here?"
The young girl shot him a look, "With your status and
cultivation, it is extremely muddleheaded to suppress the valley’s different
Pill Cauldron disdained, "I am so muddleheaded I don't even care!
The young girl said, " I will make this matter known at the next
" Who would believe you without any proof?"
"I already took a recording."
Pill Cauldron's face froze and abruptly changed his approach,
"Xiao Ling, can’t you see how I only have one junior brother? As a grand
Sect Leader of this valley, if I don’t give a decent gift, I will lose all
respect. Just this time, I guarantee you it’s just this once. Can you be more
The young girl looked at him from a different angle, extended her
arm and opened her palm. Pill Cauldron's face was dejected, kneading his nose,
"Fine, I’ll give you spirit stones."
Then she left, leaving —with each step—countless specks of light in
There was a complicated look in the depths of Pill Cauldron's eyes.
He shook his head and it vanished. Then he looked on at the wooden house's
door, curious of Qin Yu’s choice.
Qin Yu stopped right then and there. He lowered his head—bewildered—and
looked at the fluttering mushroom-shaped item on the wooden support.
Qin Yu's eyes went wide and sniffed the mushroom’s scent, and as he carefully
touched the patterns on the wooden support, his eyes brightened. A light
flashed and the jade slip with The Art of Medicine appeared. He skimmed through it
and soon found what he needed.
These are verses from o poem from
Some ancient spirit trees had the rare opportunity to grow a soul. The
soul didn't perish even if the tree died, as it was still lingering inside the
wood. After hundreds of years, a Soul Fungus grew from it, then the wood withered
in seven days. If luck would have it and the Soul Fungus passes a hundred
years, it would become a natural treasure. When consumed—thanks to the wooden
soul inside—the user's soul wouldn't dissipate or perish. And if its age
surpassed the thousand years mark, it became a worldly treasure.
Refining it, then ingesting it—according to its illustrious reputation since
antiquity—it could become a Twin Soul!
Rumor had it that there was a ferocious beast in ancient times known
as Ji. It had a ruthless temper, slaughtering millions, and forced humanity to
send their strongest to suppress it. This battle lasted a day and a night,
shaking the heavens and collapsing the earth. This ferocious beast Ji's power
was so tyrannical it exceeded imagination, as seventy-two of humanity's experts
had to perish to use their blood essence and trigger a secret technique to
behead the beast.
Ji's might come from this Twin Soul. After the battle, the
world boiled when the information
regarding the Twin Soul was revealed for the first time!
Twin Soul was considered as another soul, nearly identical to the
original. It could automatically absorb spiritual energy of heaven and earth,
endlessly transforming it at nurturing the main soul. A true soul cultivating
accelerator. Yet this is not by far its only effect. Twin Soul could
be overlayed with the original soul, empowering the cultivator's soul to
be twice as strong. In matters of life and death, it could even take the main
soul's place of being destroyed, avoiding total annihilation. For example, at a
Nascent Soul's Heavenly Tribulation. When the Soul Annihilation Thunder struck,
with the Twin Soul, even if he were to be powerless to resist it, he could survive
at a hair's breadth.
Furthermore, this was the only known information, as even now there was an uncertainty of all of its amazing abilities. Since after the ferocious beast
Ji, there were hardly any records regarding the Twin Soul in the ancient texts.
The passing of this information and even the users of this treasure were few
and far in between!
There was a mention of the Soul Fungus in the Art of Medicine, which
was also connected to the information regarding the Twin Soul. When he was
cultivating below the Radiant Scarlet Tree, Qin Yu did some extensive reading, for
this particular situation.
Soul Patterns, Soul Fungus, and Twin Soul. If it were any other
person, even if he knew of the Twin Soul, he would still have to give up on it.
But Qin Yu was different, he had the Little Blue Lamp to speed up spiritual
plant growth. Soul Fungus was a spiritual plant after all, and the Little
Blue Lamp has never let him down.
He took a jade hoe from his storage bag. He carefully removed the
Soul Fungus from the wooden support and placed it in a jade bottle that
he prepared earlier.
Qin Yu left after sticking a sealing talisman to preserve its vitality.
Although it was written in The Art of Medicine that the Soul Fungus could
survive for a day after it was taken from the wood, he didn't want to take
chances. Yet a few steps later, something occurred to him. It was still quite
early before the night descended, and even if he was worried, he could
only wait patiently.
It seems my heart is still soft, to panic at such a crucial moment!
Qin Yu arrived at the wooden house entrance while holding the jade
bottle and took a deep breath. He pushed it and his eyes sank into
darkness, only to be soon replaced with the outside view.
Pill Cauldron's eyes brighten while laughing, "Junior brother,
let me see. What treasure did you bring? I told you earlier to choose
carefully. If you were hasty and chose one of the first items, your heart will
be filled will regret!"
Old geezer winked, but when his eyes landed, his look immediately
turned strange, "W-what is this thing? Why haven't I seen it
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Senior brother, this item is the one
I took from the last wooden support. If I’m not wrong, it should be the rumored
Soul Fungus." He swept the area out of the corner of his eyes while speaking.
Pill Cauldron was slack-jawed, then muttered, "Yes, yes,
regarding the time, this should be the period in which the Soul Fungus should
appear." He suddenly face-palmed, "Why did you take it out? It's
Qin Yu smiled, "Soul Fungus is incredibly mystical, something
that I found out by chance, but I haven't lost my reasoning when I saw it
today. Senior brother, since you wanted me to go inside the wooden house and
choose a treasure, the Soul Fungus shouldn't be against the rules. I hope
senior brother will approve of it."
Pill Cauldron repeatedly waved his hand, "How can that be! I
wanted to give you a powerful treasure, not this completely useless thing! Quickly
return and choose another."
The young lady's figure suddenly appeared, calmly stating,
"Pill Cauldron, learn when to quit."
Qin Yu lifted an eyebrow. Someone actually dared to be so informal
with senior brother while inside the Ancient Immortal Valley.
Pill Cauldron coughed, "Xiao Ling, you also know that this
foolish kid took out a completely useless Soul Fungus. Just let him go and take
another pick. An hour, no, a half an hour, and I promise I will no longer come
to bother you."
The young lady shook her head, "No."
Pill Cauldron gnashed his teeth, "Thirty percent more spirit
"Double!" Pill Cauldron's face twitched, "Xiao Ling, he
is the only junior brother I have. If it were to be known I gave this Soul Fungus
as a first meeting gift, I won’t have any face left!"
The young lady was indifferent, "Even ten times I still won't
agree. The rules were already broken when he entered the wooden house and there
won’t be a second time." After a pause, her eyes swept over,
"Furthermore, the Soul Fungus—in a sense—is more precious than all of the
treasures inside the wooden house. This choice showed his insight."
Pill Cauldron's old face collapsed in defeat, becoming increasingly
Qin Yu was curious. Although he didn't spend a long time with his convenient
senior brother, he knew he has a good, solemn expression when facing other
people. In front of this girl, he put no pretense and he was apparently even
more relaxed. His mind stewed and cupped his hands, "Senior brother, what
this young miss said is correct. Soul Fungus is my choice and I am satisfied
with it. "
So far, the young lady stared fixedly at Qin Yu, but her indifferent
and dead expression was the same as if she looked at a rock or tree.
Pill Cauldron wanted to continue when the young lady intervened,
"He can’t enter the wooden house again, but if you want compensation,
there is still an ownerless treasure outside. If he can refine it, then the
benefit it will bring will have no bounds."
Pill Cauldron's face was unsightly, "The Eight Furnace?"
"Correct." The young lady took out a circular token,
"Take this token if you agree and it will make this an exception for him,
giving him the opportunity to refine The Eight Furnace."
Qin Yu said, "Senior brother, there’s no need to say anything
Pill Cauldron sighed, "Just don't regret it later!" He took
the command token and—with a wide wave of his sleeve—both of them vanished.
The young lady saw them leaving and frowned at some point, "The
Then she scattered into specks of light.
"Junior brother, why didn't you let me do the talking?"
Pill Cauldron showed helplessness, "You wasted such a good
Qin Yu smiled, "Finding the Soul Fungus—and even obtaining it—is
already hard to come by chance. How can it be a waste? Let it go senior
Pill Cauldron snorted, "And what if I don’t? even I can’t do
anything about it at this point. Forget it, follow me." He then mutters,
"The chance might be pitifully small, but we still have the command token.
Might as well try it."
Two figures appeared in a towering pavilion. In the air, there was
fiery energy lingering with medicinal fragrance. This scene wasn't unfamiliar
to Qin Yu, as it was a step in creating pills. The guards immediately saluted,
"Greetings Patriarch." Their eyes landed on Qin Yu and after a moment
of faked ignorance, said, "Greetings Little Martial Uncle."
Pill Cauldron was uncaring, having a lofty air about him.
Zhao Yan quickly came, giving a greeting to the two of them. Regardless
of his opinion, he should have at least keep appearances, "Patriarch and
Little Martial Uncle, come. What instructions you might have?"
Pill Cauldron realized, 'not good'. He was too depressed just now and
forgot about this opportunist Zhao Yan. After a thought, he placed the command
token in Qin Yu's hand, "I suddenly remembered there is something in need
of my attention. I will let Zhao Yan handle the rest so I shall leave
He said he would leave and he left, gone like the wind.
Qin Yu looked at the command token in his hand, sensing Zhao Yan
gloomy and dark look. It was pretty clear why this convenient senior brother
ran away faster than a rabbit. He shook his head inwardly, then, "Never
mind, I have no intention of refining The Eight Furnace. Have someone
guide me out."
Zhao Yan straightened his body with an indifferent expression,
"Little Martial Uncle exaggerates. Patriarch bringing you here means he
has high hopes for you, and The Eight Furnace has been without an owner for
many years. How would I dare prevent this? Please follow me Little Martial
He turned and with his body so did his face turn into a sneer.
‘Who is the Patriarch to not know the gravity of things? It’s definitely
because this lowly person used his status to force this situation and make the Patriarch
give his consent. The fact that Patriarch made an excuse to leave is the best
proof. You still want to fake interest only to gain everything? How ridiculous!’
Everyone knew that Zhao Yan—for nearly a hundred years of bitter
attempts—has tried to advance but never succeded. Perhaps his sincerity has
reached the heavens, finally revealing the opportunity to advance. Close to half
of The Eight Furnace has been refined so far. He hid this information intending
to shock the others. And when he completed it, he would be known to everyone.
It just so happened that Qin Yu came right now to refine The Eight
Furnace. ‘I will give you this chance! Based on The Eight Furnace's power and
the fact that it already recognized an owner, Qin Yu will absolutely suffer a
backlash once he starts refining it. A mere Foundation Establishment
cultivation will then have to take at least seven layers of skin off!’ (1)
Zhao Yan was already impatient of this so-called Little Martial
Uncle, to say nothing of the impertinence he now had of trying to control The
Eight Furnace. He was destroying the upstanding foundation of the Ancient
Immortal Valley. Who would miss on the chance to humiliate him and bring him
down to earth?
They swiftly moved along the way.
The arrival of Little Martial Uncle and his intention of seizing
control of The Eight Furnace swiftly spread inside The Eight Furnace through
the mouths of a few guards and disciples; and even faster outside.
Many eyes stared with ridicule and contempt at Qin Yu. ‘The Eight
Furnace is a great treasure that not even Master/Clan Uncle—with his late
Golden Core cultivation—could refine it in a hundred years. And in this hundred
of years, dozens of outstanding and talented people have tried it but still
failed in the end.’
How laughable was for a Foundation Establishment cultivator to have
Zhao Yan already took into account the Eight Furnace disciples'
attempts when he started his refining. His cold smile grew and could no longer
be restrained. He waited for the moment when Little Martial Uncle made a fool
Zhao Yan stopped and spoke coldly, "Little Martial Uncle, we've
A thousand zhang mountain laid in front of him. Barren, completely red and releasing searing
heat, as waves after waves of heat constantly raged in the air. It was obvious
how terrifying the temperature was without even approaching it. There was
a zhang round sealed stone gate at the base of the mountain. The
temperature here was even more astonishing, warping the air.
"The Eight Furnace is called The Ninth Area, residing
underground in magma. Little Martial Uncle can walk through the gate and will
see it." Zhao Yan's mouth grew into a grin, "I will wait here for
Little Martial Uncle return."
Qin Yu was very clear on the hostility exhibited by Zhao Yan and The
Eight Furnace disciples, giving him a feeling helplessness. The matter went out
of control ever since he became the Ancient Immortal Valley's Little Martial
Uncle. He saw this scarlet mountain and went towards it.
The Ancient Immortal Valley has—for many years—never found a new Head
for The Eight Furnace. He was aware that even with his shallow knowledge and even
with the Little Blue Lamp in the mix, he could barely qualify as an
Alchemist. So how could he subdue this important treasure?
Since it started might as well just finish it!
Means he will definitely suffer
Pushing the stone gate open, a heatwave struck him. He squinted his
eyes and walked inside the scarlet mountain, under everyone’s mocking gazes.
The temperature was even more terrifying, attested by the stone walls shining a
fiery red from the boiling heat. Without protection, his body would have been burnt
to a crisp.
The tunnel went underground, but it soon reached an end. A round well was before him, in a cave dozens of zhang big. The well was
unfathomably deep and released a scarlet radiance. He could sense the
horrifying temperature inside even from his location.
This conspicuous well was precisely a test.
‘If you are not bold enough to even jump, then forget about ever
refining The Eighth Furnace.’
Qin Yu hesitated, then left.
He wasn’t afraid of this deep well, but he didn't want to waste time.
His focus was mainly on the Soul Fungus in his storage bag.
"Little Martial Uncle, why are you leaving?" Zhao Yan's
calm voice was heard inside the room, "Just jump and you will see The
Eight Furnace. If your distinguished self leaves now, the disciples
will mock you."
Qin Yu's step paused a bit, eyes cold, "What staying or
leaving? I have my own propriety."
Zhao Yan laughed coldly, "Little Martial Uncle has a revered
status and I don’t dare stop you. But this matter was by the order of the
Patriarch. Zhao Yan does not dare disobey and I request for Little Martial
Uncle to go in."
Qin Yu was silent for a while, then suddenly smiled, "Fine, in
that case I'll just try it."
He walked back to the well and jumped!
Outside, Zhao Yan's face darkened but laughed coldly soon after. ‘There’s
not an ounce of shrewdness in him.’ He dared to have intentions towards The
Eight Furnace when he’s pushed so easily, simply naive.
A Zhao clan disciple said in a low voice, "He still has a lofty
status, Clan Uncle, and he is also Patriarch's Junior brother. It will be
hard to explain if something happens."
Zhao Yan waved his hand, "Don't mind it. Since Patriarch left
him here, it shows he wants to discipline him. Even if something happens it
won't matter. I will save him when he has suffered enough. This time he’ll be thoroughly
humiliated and make him never return in our Eighth Furnace division!"
The Zhao clan disciple buttered him up, "Clan Uncle is brilliant!"
The heatwave hit him squarely in the face, making him a lot calmer than
when he was outside, as he narrowed his eyes. Not only was he unaffected—thanks
to his mighty Demon Body—but it had an even greater resistance towards extreme
environments. The heat here might reach a high level, but for Qin Yu, it was only
slightly hot. And with a bit of his energy, the faint sweat on his brow vanished.
He looked around—after landing with a bang—taking in the surroundings.
A black stone made from cooled lava was under his feet. This stone showed clear
signs of being refined with one’s power, with even a formation set up, so that
this lava lake didn't show any signs of erupting.
Apart from this big stone, there was no sight of the Ninth Area's
sealed Eight Furnace no matter where he looked.
Qin Yu frowned slightly, his eyes carefully scouting the
surroundings and quickly found something in the huge lava lake. The lava was
always flowing, but several hundred zhang from here there was
a strangely calm area. Furthermore, the lava there was much dimmer than the one
around it as if a breath sucked out most of the heat!
Suddenly, like a colossus’ awakening, terrifying waves of lava rolled
toward the big stone, wanting to swallow it whole.
An enormous furnace burst out of the lava, flames twisting around it
and releasing a glaring light, stabbing the eyes, obscuring his vision.
This was indeed The Eighth Furnace, no doubt about it. The change in
the huge lava lake triggered its appearance!
Qin Yu instantly understood. The Eighth Furnace and the black sword were
identical—they both had consciousness—and showed itself when it sensed his arrival.
No wonder Zhao Yan thought he would be humiliated when he tried refining The
Eighth Furnace. Who was willing to let go of such an important treasure? With just
a look, even he was unwilling to give it up.
The lava surged violently—flooding the black stone —and was close to
touch Qin Yu, its intense heat quickly increasing the temperature!
Qin Yu was ever calm as his body was overflowing with sweat and soaked
his robes. The Eighth Furnace realized it couldn’t scare him and calmed itself,
but didn’t withdraw its power and just floated in mid-air.
No matter how he looked at it, its manner was so coy! As if to say,
'Come, come, come!'
Qin Yu's expression was peculiar. A pill furnace was actually showing
emotions. The world was indeed vast and wide, filled with so many oddities. It’s
just that, he has no way of subduing it. With this furnace, his path in Alchemy
would improve greatly! In response to Qin Yu's thoughts, an indignant shaking
sound came from his storage bag, and the Mythical Fire Cauldron came out on its
Straight to The Eighth Furnace!
Qin Yu was alarmed, but the next scene made his eyes almost fly out
of their sockets, incredulous, and making his jaw drop.
The enormous, incomparably arrogant, unbridled, and coy Eighth
Furnace 'looked' at the Mythical Fire Cauldron. It immediately began to shake
violently—just like epilepsy—and suddenly threw itself at the incoming Mythical
Fire Cauldron, wanting to stick together.
A fireball flew and exploded on The Eighth Furnace with a bang.
The Mythical Fire Cauldron attacked again and again, but The Eighth
Furnace was like an addict. Not only was it not angry and didn’t retaliate,
but felt excited instead. Why was it that that sound was very close to one from
a beast in heat, unable to hide the excitement in its heart!
Qin Yu blinked, feeling that his world was way too enigmatic and
impossible to unravel. Could the pill cauldrons be also split between males and
females? How else then could The Eight Furnace’s actions be explained? Mutual
gender attraction? A strong and cold shiver ran through him. He felt as if his
view of life was too dark, too filthy!
Then the Mythical Fire Cauldron turned its body coyly and looked
down on Qin Yu, with an 'Open your eyes and gaze upon greatness!' manner. The
Eighth Furnace shrunk to half the size of Mythical Fire Cauldron, fawning
and flattering, doing its best to win its favor. It squirted an occasional
flame at Qin Yu, making the lava boil as if to say 'You're dead, kid. You
dared to offend my goddess!'.
It was totally unexpected for the Mythical Fire Cauldron to not show
its appreciation at this. It slapped The Eighth Furnace flying, only to turn
right back for more in a blink, showing its masochistic tendencies, along with its
Qin Yu's eyes shone, as a smile crept stealthily on his face. This
made the love-struck Eighth Furnace shiver from sudden coldness, feeling that
something was wrong.
Outside the mountain, Zhao Yan had an ashen face. He sensed The Eight
Furnace's changes, but he couldn’t sense its intense mood swings. Abominable,
just what did Qin Yu do to entice The Eight Furnace? Thank god he made some
progress in refining it, or Qin Yu might have easily seized The Eight
While his mind was somewhat appeased, Zhao Yan's face became more
and more contorted. Even with the pride he had from giving his all over this
hundred years, it was incomparable with the shame that struck him when another
person did the same in a single day. From his core, he felt increasingly displeased
of Qin Yu.
‘Hmph! Go on, refine! You will soon know The Eight Furnace has an
owner already. Its power will give you a particularly enjoyable feeling!’
The mountain shook lightly and then the ground quaked.
Zhao Yan's face changed greatly. His eyes only held disbelief, as
they bugged-out. He constantly roared in his mind, 'Such a good Qin Yu, you
began refining and clearly attracted The Eight Furnace's approval, making
such a ruckus. Damn it! Just where did you get the luck to refine The Eight
Furnace on the first try?'
The Zhao clan disciple babbled, "C-Clan Uncle, w-what's going
Zhao Yan was ashen, "Relax, he can't overturn the
The shaking of the mountain grew and along with it, the temperature
of the scarlet mountain rocks, slowly releasing a red aura.
The Zhao clan disciple swallowed, "Clan Uncle, the mountain is
Zhao Yan fumed with rage as he spat, "He can't
Great seals appeared on the mountain and then fused with it, becoming
a part of it.
The Zhao clan disciple's face was void of life, "Clan Uncle, the
mountain seals appeared."
Zhao Yan roared, "He cannot overturn..."
He puked blood and was evaporated then and there, from the ground’s searing
Zhao Yan's face paled—thunderstruck—intertwined with an ashen
complexion. His eyes were soon bloodshot, akin to a ferocious beast eager
to devour its enemy!
His connection with The Eight Furnace snapped...
It wasn’t severed and it was actually The Eight Furnace who removed
it on its own!
‘No way, this is absolutely impossible! It's Qin Yu, it must be Qin
Yu. He had to have used an insidious method to cheat The Eight Furnace, to lure
him into cutting their connection. Then how else would The Eighth Furnace voluntarily
betray him, when he was already acknowledged as its owner?’
This has never happened in Ancient Immortal Valley’s entire history!
Because of Qin Yu!
Zhao Yan’s breath was rough, his aura out of control. The incredible
cultivation— that of an 8th layer of Golden Core—turned into a terrifying
pressure on the disciples, each going whichever in panic.
Zhao Yan launch crumbled the earth, fully intent on entering the
mountain and expose Qin Yu for what he was. He wanted to let The Eight Furnace
know who was the real master here.
Zhao Yan flight caused thunder to be heard, his charged with all his
might, messing his hair and tearing his robe. He became battered, bloodied and
very wretched. He was stupefied. His grief and rage were like a hundred thousand
zhang volcano, impossible to quench even when all of the world's water was used.
The Eighth Furnace, his Eighth Furnace, the one he toiled in guarding for a
hundred years, had completely abandoned him moments from finishing the refinement!
Several figures appeared with a loud sound.
The Third Furnace's Head Zhao Xin, The Fourth Furnace's Head Zhao
Yu, The Fifth Furnace's Head Zhao Xuezhi, The Sixth Furnace's Head Zhao Wu, and
The Seventh Furnace's Head Zhao Ming. There were five furnaces in the Ancient
Immortal Valley whose leaders belonged to the Zhao clan and all of them gathered
here. Shock struck them at the sight of Zhao Yan standing dazed and bleeding.
They were all furnace heads, so how can they not know what this means? All the
effort Zhao Yan put in this hundred years was completely ruined today.
Zhao Xuezhi looked at his miserable elder brother and said in a high
voice, "Eldest brother, what happened exactly? Why did The Eight Furnace sever
its connection with you?"
Zhao Yan muttered lowly, "Qin Yu, it's Qin Yu..." His eyes
quickly became bloodshot, filled with resentment and brutality, "He is
using an evil method to deceive The Eighth Furnace!"
Zhao Xuezhi seethed with anger, "Be at ease elder brother, I
will surely bring you justice!"
Zhao Xin frowned, and spoke heavily, "The matter isn't yet
clear and it involves Little Martial Uncle. Speak with caution."
Zhao Yan roared, "I already finished the initial refining of
The Eighth Furnace. Another month and the entire refining would have been
completed. Tell me, Zhao Xin, since the connection between The Eight Furnace and
me severed, isn't it because Qin Yu used an evil method?"
The five furnace head's faces changed at the same time.
Completing the initial refining meant that The Eight Furnace
approved of Zhao Yan. This approval—regarding The Eight Great Furnaces' top treasure—broke
only when its master was dead, with no exceptions whatsoever.
The Eight Furnaces of the Ancient Immortal Valley were all Zhao
clan's ancestral treasures. The first and second furnaces—the strongest—were
already taken by outsiders, while the Zhao clan younger generation had nothing
to retort since their skills were unequal. But there was no way they would permit
it when someone, through an evil method and a devious plan, seized a treasure
"Zhao Yan, we will investigate this matter thoroughly
and give you an explanation!"
"Zhao clan disciples complies with Elder's teachings, but
don't blame us for being ruthless when someone is having an evil plot!"
"The Eighth Furnace's matter must be cleared!"
Zhao Xuezhi's expression was frosty, "Elder brother, quell your
anger. With younger sister and elder brothers here, we won't let you suffer
from the schemes of such a vile person! So what if he has a revered status? I
will never give up even if I have to make a scene before the Patriarch!"
Zhao Xin was gloomy. He wanted to speak, but the mountain quieted
down and the fiery light dissipated.
The stone gate at the base of the mountain opened quietly and Qin Yu
Zhao Yan roared, "Give me back The Eighth Furnace!"
His 8th layer of Golden Core cultivation erupted as if Mt Tai was
A dazzling light burst out—containing countless sealing patterns—and
Zhao Yan felt he collided with a great mountain. It threw him backward while
spraying blood and broke his ribs with a crack.
Zhao Xuezhi cried out, "Elder brother!" She waved his
sleeve and caught Zhao Yan. She shook in anger at his miserable appearance,
"Qin Yu, you actually used such a vicious move against my elder brother. I
will kill you!"
Zhao Xin stopped her, "Calm down, we need to be certain
Zhao Xuezhi shrieked, " How can I calm down when my elder
brother is badly hurt? Move aside, Zhao Xin!"
Zhao Yu, Zhao Wu, and Zhao Ming's faces were also unpleasant.
Qin Yu's thoughts spun and guessed what was going on. He then spoke
on a colder tone, "Are you saying that when Zhao Yan strikes, I should quietly
wait for death?"
Zhao Yu and the three of them hesitated.
Zhao Xuezhi's eyes were resentful, "My elder brother lost
himself in rage. You could have defended, but why did you have to go so far as
to use such a vicious move? Stop being quibble, Qin Yu!"
Qin Yu's remained impassive, "I have no way of controlling it. The
Eighth Furnace is protecting its owner. Zhao Yan's wounds are all from his attack’s
backlash. Are you trying to use this to make him attack me harder?"
Zhao Xuezhi sneered, "You just refined The Eighth Furnace and
it’s already connected to you to the point of voluntarily defending you? We are
all heads of the great furnaces, so how can we believe you?"
Qin Yu lifted his hand and a flame appeared in his palm, turning
into a palm-sized image of a furnace and making others' hearts throb when
sensing its aura.
Zhao Xin's expression changed, The Eight Furnace auras were all the
same. He was certain, that this was The Eighth Furnace's spirit! He was The
Third Furnace Head, wielding its power for more than a hundred years, so he had
no choice but to accept this. Not too far, Qin Yu was as calm as ever.
With the appearance of The Eighth Furnace's spirit, it cleared all
doubts regarding his words. But Zhao Xuezhi's sight turned sharper and
"Not even two hours passed and The Eighth Furnace was
astonishingly refined, and even the furnace's spirit is so close to you. Qin
Yu, how could you have possibly accomplished it if not through an evil technique?"
Qin Yu threw her a glance, "How I've done it, it's my business.
Now step aside."
Zhao Xuezhi gnashed her teeth, "Leave The Eighth Furnace
behind, or you won't take one step!"
Qin Yu's eyes grew colder, "If I'm not wrong, I am now The
Eighth Furnace's Head, and this is The Eighth Furnace's area. You dare threaten
Zhao Xuezhi sneered and pointed at the sky.
Far away, at The Fifth Furnace area, a blaze rose to the heavens,
taking the shape of a snake. It rushed over, spiraling around The Eighth
There was yelling when they gazed in those terrifying eyes.
"We are all furnace owners. Its power isn't unique to
you!" Zhao Xuezhi turned around and shrieked, "My Zhao clan younger
generation was already deceived, what are you waiting for?"
Zhao Yu, Zhao Wu, and Zhao Ming exchanged a look and acted together.
The Fourth Furnace, The Sixth Furnace, and The Seventh areas all had
flames bursting, taking the form of a wolf, a panther, and a tiger, roaring at
With four great furnaces erupting, the temperature spiked. In the
Ancient Immortal Valley, many cultivators watched with bulging eyes.
Qin Yu narrowed his eyes. Without any prompt from him, The
Eighth Furnace’s spirit was provoked and let out a shaking cry akin to a
The sky above The Eighth Furnace area turned into a sea of fire. Waves
of fire surged as an alligator head with a mouthful of fangs came out roaring.
Even when faced against the other four—being in his own domain—his overbearing
aura was not the least bit inferior to them!
"Stay your hand!"
Among all the shouting, three figures came over like lightning.
Xu Ao's face was very dark, " Are you trying to rebel?"
He took a deep breath, then saluted, "Greetings Little Martial
Fan Jianhai sighed, eyes flashing with helplessness.
Daoist Wang face-palmed, thinking 'Xu Ao, have you come to pacify
or to incite?'
Zhao Xuezhi and the others had ugly expressions.
Zhao Yu was indifferent, "Senior brother Xu, are you reprimanding while
disregarding reason? "
Daoist Wang hastily said, "Old Xu is the senior and your words,
Zhao Yu, holds no meaning. After all, Qin Yu is Patriarch’s junior brother.
Did you have fun making a ruckus?” His status wasn't the same. He had a strange
connection with the Ancient Immortal Valley, so his words were casual.
Zhao Yu's face changed and just snorted.
Zhao Xuezhi looked on with hate, wanting to speak, but Daoist Wang rained
critics, "Zhao Xuezhi, you have such a fierce temper at your age,
why haven't you matured at all? Zhao Xin, your rash actions here have been
witnessed by many cultivators, turning into such a joke! "
Zhao Xin frowned, then cupped his hands, "Senior brother Xu,
you're just in time." And he immediately began to roughly explain the
Xu Ao and Fan Jianhai were a bit startled inside, looking at Qin Yu
with respec. If it was as Zhao Xuezhi said, then it was a problem.
"Hmph! Senior brother Xu is very honorable, following the rules.
Then I will let senior brother to resolve this matter and bring justice to my
elder brother!" Zhao Xuezhi sneered.
Xu Ao frowned, but his old face promptly recovered,
"Be at ease junior sister. It’s an important matter each time a great
furnace chooses an owner. I will personally investigate it." He turned and
bowed, "Little Martial Uncle, this matter—with regards to Zhao Yan—it
affects his life and even his future. Please give me an explanation."
The words were sincere—neither humble or overbearing—making the Zhao
clan disciples' faces ease up a bit.
Qin Yu spoke, "I had no intention of refining The Eighth
Furnace. I even wanted to withdraw midway, but Zhao Yan used senior brother's
order as an excuse to prevent me from backing down. It can be assumed that
he wanted to make me suffer from the huge lava lake's endless might."
The resentful face of Zhao Yan stiffened.
Everyone sighed simultaneously.
So he brought it all on himself!
"Weren’t you curious why I could subdue The Eight Furnace? Even
I am still amazed by it. See for yourselves." Qin Yu waved his sleeve and
the Mythical Fire Cauldron flew out, enveloped by flames. The fire alligator's
tailed wagged inside the sea of flames, and disregarded the other four fire
spirits, rushing at the Mythical Fire Cauldron.
With a bang—and the astonishment of everyone—the fire alligator was
sent flying. But this thing’s overbearing and ruthless mood made a
complete reversal. Not only was it not angry, but turned around and it came
over, tail wagging. This behavior made everyone think of two words—in heat!
The experts of the Zhao clan gazed on stupefied.
The serious and firm Xu Ao and Zhao Xin looked as if they've seen a
The self-proclaimed wise and knowledgeable Daoist Wang was unaware
when he pulled some of his beard off.
W-was this... flirting?!
The Eight Great Furnaces were seen as the Zhao clan's
legacy. They were always revered and many Zhao clan disciples vowed to themselves to one day bring them all back.
Their admiration crumbled at this. How could the Ancestor's treasure have such a
Qin Yu took back the Mythical Fire Cauldron and the fire alligator
roared rather violently.
No one doubted, that this thing, because of a wom-, no, a
female cauldron, rebelled!
It held no respect whatsoever for Qin Yu.
Qin Yu spoke in a dull voice, "Roar at me again and you won’t see
it ever again."
The fire alligator obeyed, immediately lowering its head while shaking
his head and tail, acting cute.
Zhao Yan stared unwaveringly at this scene, reminded of all the labor
he put in this hundred years in refining it, as well as the endless admiration.
He spurted blood, falling unconscious.
Zhao Xuezhi was on him in seconds, "Elder brother!"
Qin Yu was calm, "This is the reason. I can do it again to show
Everyone’s mouths twitched. They looked as if a fly entered their mouths
while vigorously—and repeatedly—waving their hands. Seeing this heartbreaking
scene once was enough!
Xu Ao breathed deeply and cupped his hands, "Many thanks to
Senior Uncle." And after turning around, "Fellow junior brothers and
sisters, are there any more objections?"
Daoist Wang mumbled, "Even with proof in front of us he talks
Zhao Xin gave him a fierce glare, "Senior brother Xu,
we understood perfectly." He hesitated slightly, then cupped his hands,
"Little Martial Uncle, we have made a great offense and I ask you to be
Zhao Xuezhi snorted and flew away while carrying the unconscious
Zhao Yu, Zhao Wu, and Zhao Ming were close behind her.
Daoist Want blurted, "It’s finally over." And looked at
Qin Yu in discontent, "The matter could have been handled with more
finesse, so why on earth were you acting so flamboyant? Youngsters should
restrain themselves a bit. No good comes of being in the limelight!"
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Many thanks for Senior Wang's
Daoist Wang dodged, "Don't be so polite. You are that old freak
Pill Cauldron's junior brother, I should be the one to pay my respects, to
avoid being chased around by him! Hmph, dignified on the outside while
despicable, wretched and stingy on the inside. I don't know such a person! If
you want, you can call me older brother Wang. There’s no need for formalities
Zhao Xin roared incensed, "Don't speak nonsense, who are you to
slander Patriarch's status?" He gazed at Xu Ao and Fan Jianhai. When their
eyes met, each of them sensed the other's helplessness.
The contradictions between Zhao clansmen and clan outsiders were
suppressed by the Patriarch. Thanks to the careful manner in which they handled
matters, the past years have been a lot more peaceful. But today, Qin Yu
snatched The Eighth Furnace and would definitely break the balance. The storm
has finally come to the Ancient Immortal Valley!
Xu Ao cupped his hands, "Little Martial Uncle, we
take our leave."
Qin Yu spoke, "I will be troubling you regarding today's matter."
Xu Ao straightened and said, "To be honest, I'm not
particularly fond of Little Martial Uncle, so would you kindly settle your own
matters and not drag us into them?"
He then flew away.
Fan Jianhai laughed in embarrassment, following right behind him.
Very soon, they left The Eighth Furnace area.
Fan Jianhai frowned, "Senior brother Xu, you showed your dissatisfaction
with Little Martial Uncle in public. You think that he acted like that to
purposely involve us?"
"I'm not at all sure. But what Little Martial Uncle did today
already affected the balance of the valley. Everything I said was all in the hope
of reducing this crisis as much as possible."
Ignoring the Zhao clan disciples’ consideration, and paired with the
disapproval of the outsider disciples’ leaders—Xu Ao and Fan Jianhai—the
result was obvious: Qin Yu’s peaceful days were numbered. Yet showed no interest—without care—or maybe the events shocked him so much that his face froze.
Whether because of his confidence or shrewdness, Daoist Wang saw him
in a better light. Yet his admiration was soon replaced by sadness, and sighed,
"No wonder you weren’t keen on taking me as your Master. It seems the old
Master held an even bigger influence. Although I am very confident in my
Alchemy, I have to admit that Pill Cauldron's old Master was much more skilled
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Junior happened upon the inheritance
and did not receive any guidance from the old Master. Senior Wang is very good when
it comes to teaching me true Alchemy skills. "
Daoist Wang's eyes shone, while his face lit up. He suddenly clapped
his hands, "I definitely can’t compare with that old geezer Pill
Cauldron's old Master, but I am not afraid of him when it comes to anything but
cultivation!" Followed by a soft mutter, "After so much hard work, I
finally found someone worthy. Yet he was snatched before I could reach him. If
I don’t do anything, then all my reputation will be ruined!"
Qin Yu frowned, "Senior Wang?"
Daoist Wang coughed and flipped his hand—smoothly and inconspicuously—letting
go of a jade slip. He then followed with a panic face, "Where has all of my
life's work on Alchemy gone to? That is something I prepared for my future
disciple! That jade slip is equal to my careful teaching. This precious item
must not be lost! Goodbye, I need to find my jade slip right away!"
Daoist Wang flew straight away.
Qin Yu was flabbergasted. ‘That works!?’
He rubbed his stiff face, supposing he should at least pick the jade
slip and search it.
Once done, Qin Yu was hyperventilating, face full of gratitude.
The records inside the jade slip were very precise, summing up to a
lifetime of experiences. When he finished understanding all of the jade slip
contents, his Alchemy would experience incredible progress. In today's cultivation
world, it was very important to catch the attention of a Master. This was not
something you could learn just by yourself. Daoist Wang obviously couldn’t take
him as a disciple, yet still gave him all of his life knowledge. Just how heavy
was this favor?
Receiving the jade slip, Qin Yu fixed his clothes and made a solemn
bow towards his direction.
Night descended and a foot-wide blue sea inside the storage bag
enveloped the Soul Fungus.
It never disappointed him. With the assimilation of the blue sea's
energy, the Soul Fungus's previous withered appearance was now brimming with life.
Qin Yu smiled.
He found an appropriate place for the Soul Fungus—in a new storage
bag—alongside the Radiant Scarlet Tree's reproductive root. Although he couldn't
plant it in the ground, the Little Blue Lamp protected it, so that he could
grow it when he left the Ancient Immortal Valley.
Pill Cauldron was very good towards him, but the Little Blue Lamp
was a secret no other person could ever know.
Being granted the furnace's spirit approval—even if Zhao Yan was a
Great Elders—it gave Qin Yu complete control over the entire Eighth Furnace
Area. The majority of Zhao clan disciples followed in Zhao Yan's
footsteps and also left. The rest of clan outsiders were at a loss of what
to do. Qin Yu simply sent them away and entered once again in the bowels of the
As he went towards the lava lake—because of The Eighth Furnace's
approval—he had no fear of the scorching heat. Qin Yu explored the jade
slip Daoist Wang lost with his Divine Sense and immediately felt as if he was
surrounded by a sea of stars, permeated by his entire consciousness.
He put all his focus on studying, ignoring trifle matters.
Qin Yu finally opened his eyes after ten days. He was exhausted from
straining his mind. But the light in his eyes grew endlessly.
‘Senior Wang is indeed an expert Alchemist. This jade slip made up
for my lack of knowledge and experience. It expanded my horizon, broadened my
future path in Alchemy. In these ten days, retaining these records allowed me
to further my understandings in wider areas, helping me master it, but I still
need to tread the path of Alchemy carefully.’
After crushing the jade slip to dust, he thought of what Daoist Wang
said before leaving. He realized they weren’t just empty words, holding a
deeper meaning. If Qin Yu couldn’t understand even this, then how would he be
worthy of Daoist Wang's entire life’s work.
Shutting his eyes, Qin Yu calmed his breathing and restored his mental
state. A full day later, he opened his eyes and gazed upon The Eighth Furnace
with incomparable bright eyes.
The Eight Great Furnaces were passed down in the Ancient Immortal Valley
and weren't limited to being used as powerful refining furnaces. The most
precious thing was The Eighth Furnace's inheritance. After refining, through
the mixing of one’s soul thread with Eighth Furnace one would have the chance
of receiving the life experiences of its previous owners.
This was The Eight Great Furnaces' greatest fortune!
But starting the Cycle of Inheritance would be a great burden on The
Eight Great Furnaces, not to mention—with how sharp furnace spirit was—it wasn’t
going to give in so easily. But the Nine Earth Furnace—The Eighth Furnace's
name—this lecherous thing who had a brain a tad bigger than a bug, was
infatuated with the Mythical Fire Cauldron, to the point of idiocy. Qin Yu’s
scheme was to threaten him with this and the Nine Earth Furnace knelt on the
spot. It shouted and yelled to not look down on it, that it would start the
Cycle of Inheritance and! It also had to do with its energy reserves accumulated
from being without an owner for a hundred years.
Qin Yu took a deep breath, then spoke gravely, "Nine Earth,
The Nine Earth Furnace absorbed the Earthen Fire and suddenly split
the lava apart, all the while rumbling as it went through incredible changes. The
furnace’s patterns shown with a blinding light and submerged Qin Yu.
This light posed no harm and instead felt warm to the touch, like
being bathed in a hot spring. As his consciousness slowly relaxed and fell asleep,
Qin Yu sank into an endless dream.
He was dreaming of being a pill furnace child. He took care to start
the fire, picked ingredients, prepared the furnace room and even assisted at
pill refining. Later on, he became the master of the furnace. He took one step
at a time until he finally became an expert Alchemist.
Another time, he was a guard at a medicine garden, taking care of the
germinated spiritual plants than growing them. By chance, he walked the path of
Alchemy and then discovering that this was his true calling, and started
This time he was a young wood chopper, that—through sheer coincidence—found
a worn-out tome made out of beast hide. In ten years, he was walking
the path of Alchemy, and in a hundred years his name spread far and wide, then passed
away at the age at nine hundred years.
Through the Cycle of Inheritance, a thread of one’s souls was
sent into the reincarnation cycle, merging with the
previous generations’ life experiences for an extended period of time.
This was reincarnation and also a dream, but even more so, an unimaginable stroke
Qin Yu walked through many lives in his dreams, from weak to strong,
from humble to honored, in the seniors’ path of Alchemy, their life road. This
back and forth journey elevated his consciousness, nurturing it, transforming it.
Seals appeared all over the mountain—bursting into thousands of lights—and
turning the sky crimson. The Ancient Immortal Valley's formation activated by
itself, confining this boundless might, or everything in a thousand li radius would
Even so, this unusual phenomenon still remained continued, drawing
many complicated gazes from the Ancient Immortal Valley. Admiration, envy,
reverence, confusion, dejection and many other intertwined.
But none of them felt regret and resentment, except one!
Zhao Yan was leaning on a soft chair—hauled by several disciples—with
his eyes fixed on The Eighth Furnace Area. He wasn’t a furnace master, but since
he accomplished the initial refining of The Eighth Furnace, he was aware of
this event’s significance. The Eighth Furnace began the Cycle of Inheritance. It
was all… for Qin Yu.
His heart was beating like a wild horse, while his head throbbed from
pain. Zhao Yan's entire mind was taken over by one thought only: ‘It should
have been me! Qin Yu snatched everything from me. He became The Eighth Furnace's
master and received the Cycle of Inheritance.’ The scorching heat in his chest
spread to his throat and chocked him. Zhao Yan's chest showed fierce movements, gasping
"Clan Uncle, what happened?" A panicked Zhao clan disciple
cried, "Don't scare me!"
‘Pff’, Zhao Yan threw his head back and blood spurted like a
fountain, then collapsed as his final breath left him.
Zhao clan's cultivator—at the
8th layer of Golden Core—had his heart struck by rage and died!
Following a brief period of eerie silence, all Zhao clan disciples
shrieked in panic, "Clan Uncle is dead! Clan Uncle is dead!"
On this day, the entire Ancient Immortal Valley dissolved into chaos.
Zhao Yan's death was the final straw, making the Zhao clan
disciples' resentment reach new heights. Zhao Xuezhi bawled her eyes out, all
the while insisting that Qin Yu was the behind it. The Zhao clan disciples were
enraged and flocked towards The Eighth Furnace Area! As Pill Cauldron was in
seclusion, Xu Ao and Fan Jianhai were forced to act and suppress the Zhao clan
disciples. But this tore the last shred of reconciliation the two side had for the
The conflict between the Zhao clan disciples and outsider disciples was
inevitable. Many fights broke out over a number of days. There were no
casualties but a Zhao clan disciple and two outsider disciples' cultivation had
been crippled, adding fuel to the fire.
A violent wave swept the Ancient Immortal Valley!
Xu Ao and Fan Jianhai were silent. They never imagined that the
situation would degenerate to such degree in such a brief period. This headache
only caused them further anguish, knowing that a certain someone was relaxing—hidden
away—and to top it all of he was even receiving the Cycle of Inheritance, something
they greatly admired.
Fan Jianhai sighed, "Little Martial Uncle hid from the world,
and we are breaking our legs running all over. Just why!?"
Xu Ao shook his head, "Not showing himself is his best move.
The Zhao clan's rage overflows the heavens and—once they catch a glimpse of him—there
will be hell to pay. After waiting for a while, when their resentment subsides,
we will think of a way to settle this."
"I know that, but I'm still not comfortable with it. Even if he
is the Little Martial Uncle, it doesn't mean he can use us as scapegoats."
Xu Ao muttered for a while, then, "This was all an
accident, since no one expected for Zhao Yan’s mind to be so feeble."
Fan Jianhai forced a smile, "I can actually empathize with Zhao
Yan. He was on the verge of finishing refining, then gaze upon the Cycle of
Inheritance. Anyone would find this unbearable."
Xu Ao kneaded his forehead, "You don’t need to say it.
Send the order immediately to restrain the outsider disciples. Don't let them fight
with the Zhao clan disciples, and maybe everything will be settled when
Patriarch comes out."
, "Senior brother Xu,” said Fan Jianhai after a moment of silence,
“Why do you think Patriarch secluded himself?"
Xu Ao's expression was grave while speaking gravely, "Junior
brother Fan, it’s not something we need to concern about!"
Fan Jianhai frowned, then shook his head helplessly, "Alright,
I’ll go make arrangements."
He left in a hurry.
Xu Ao was alone and couldn’t bear it anymore and leaned on his
chair, as many expressions flashed on his face. If even Fan Jianhai sensed it, how
couldn’t he? What Patriarch was trying to convey him—through his seclusion—was to
take him down a peg, to dampen Xu Ao’s lofty ambitions?’
Xu Ao pondered and pondered, then made a resolution.
He once received Patriarch's kindness, and although he had some
hope for rising higher, he would be willing to step down if the Patriarch was
The most important was to settle the valley.
That concludes my journey with Refining the World. I hope you enjoyed it because I sure did. I am sad to let it go but, as matters stand, all of my motivation left me. The only solace is that it will be followed through to the end.On the upside, I have learned greatly along the way, which will do great, to me and you, in the future.On another note, I will soon be starting my next project. So look forward to it
That concludes my journey with Refining the World. I hope you enjoyed it because I sure did. I am sad to let it go but, as matters stand, all of my motivation left me. The only solace is that it will be followed through to the end.On the upside, I have learned greatly along the way, which will do great, to me and you, in the future.On another note, I will soon be starting my next project. So look forward to it
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