Sovereign to Immortality - Chapter 11 : Patterned Arrow
Sovereign to Immortality Chapter 11: Patterned Arrow
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Comparing with his contempt for other cultivators who bargained, the cold arrogance of the cultivator in black had vanished when he was in front of Yang Tiangang. In a moment, with an expression of pleasing flattery, he chuckled, “You are right. But it took me great effort to make these elixirs. This place isn’t a grand county, and I have to take risks. So I hope you can understand my difficulties!”
Yang Junshan laughed grimly to himself, realizing that this cultivator was very cunning. He didn’t claim himself as an alchemist, but he also didn’t deny that these elixirs were made by him. Obviously, he was attempting to mislead Yang Tiangang to consider him as an alchemist, so that his father would think this cultivator didn’t boast about himself. However, today he was bound to suffer some unspeakable loss.
It was apparent that Yang Tiangang took him as an alchemist. Yang Tiangang didn’t want to put the cultivator into dilemma, so he was thinking about quitting Yang Junshan’s intention of buying elixirs.
Unexpectedly, Yang Junshan tugged at Yang Tiangang’s sleeve, pleading, “Dad, can we buy this box of elixirs?”
His son seldom implored in this way. Yang Tiangang lowered his head, only to see Yang Junshan’s eyes rolling. Obviously, Yang Junshan was hinting at him. Yang Tiangang became bewildered, wondering whether there was any deceitful trick.
Holding the wooden box in hand, Yang Tiangang checked medicinal pills one by one. He seemed to verify the quality of these elixirs. He was in a difficult situation after Yang Junshan pleaded. At last, he sighed and said, “Friend, how about four jade coins? If not, I can’t buy it because I don’t have extra coins.”
The cultivator in black snickered. He got these boxes of medicine at a low price by chance. If these elixirs were sold at four jade coins per box, he would make a good profit. He pretended to be hesitant, replying, “Well, I concede since you are a senior. But next time when I visit this town, please do help me with my business.”
“I promise!” Yang Tiangang searched in the brocade pouch which was tied to the tobacco pipe. He took out four jade coins and threw them to the cultivator. Then he left the Grass Market with his son, pulling the packhorse respectively.
“Now tell me, how do you discover three spiritual elixirs in this box of medicines?”
After all, Yang Tiangang was a Master of Warrior Realm. It was not difficult for him to discover them. In the beginning, he was just deceived because the appearances of elixirs were not distinctive. After realizing Yang Junshan’s hint, he could discover the secret of this box of spirit-awakening elixirs as long as he was more careful.
But Yang Junshan was more prepared. He grinned, “Dad, do you forget the book descended by generations, which was about spiritual herbs and alchemy? It is the instruction on that book that reminds me the difference between the spirit-awakening pills and three elixirs in this box. At first, I just wanted to have a bet on them. But it turned out that I am very lucky.”
Yang Tiangang scolded laughingly, “You stink start to have an interest in alchemy! You are very lucky this time indeed. It’s worthwhile to buy three spiritual elixirs at the price of four jade coins.”
Yang Junshan knew the detailed information of these elixirs, but he still pretended to be joyful, asking, “Dad, what do you know about these elixirs?”
Yang Tiangang took out a brocade box from the bag tied to the pipe and picked up three elixirs from it carefully. Then he replied with a hint of satisfaction, “These elixirs were similar to spirit-guiding elixirs, but actually they are called as miracle elixirs. They are very helpful to the forth and the fifth level of Mortal Realm cultivation.”
Yang Junshan said delightedly, ” So, that is to say, these three elixirs can promote Mom’s cultivation greatly?”
Yang Tiangang also couldn’t refrain his joy. He nodded and agreed, “Yes, with the help of these three elixirs, you mother’s cultivation can reach the peak of Spell Casting in half a year or so. Then she needs to coagulate spirit and thaw Qi to open her Dantian (the region in the body where a person’s Qi is concentrated ). After that, she will start the cultivation of Warrior Realm.”
“That’s great!” Definitely, Yang Junshan knew very well the influence of the emergence of another Warrior Realm cultivator in his family. By then, the situation that the whole village was supported by Yang Tiangang alone would be changed and Yang Family’s control over the Tuqiu Village would be strengthened.
Yang Tiangang handed the wooden box containing the last seven spirit-awakening elixirs to Yang Junshan and said, “Well, they belong to you now. Focus on your cultivation. I’m going to take you to Pehchao Mountain Paddock. Oh, what did you buy apart from two pots of arrows in the Market?”
Yang Junshan laughed complacently, taking out the breastplate from his bosom.
Yang Tiangang’s expression became grave suddenly the moment he saw the fist-shape imprint on the plate. He was astonished at the green and red rays beaming from the imprint and then said tentatively, “Green Red Steel?”
Yang Junshan nodded excitedly, “Yes, it is. It cost me 169 stone coins. It’s cheap, right?”
Yang Tiangang observed the breastplate closely, and said, “I am sure it is Green Red Steel. the breastplate’s magic circle was destroyed, but with the fusion of Green Red Steel it still can endure the hits charged by the cultivators under the fifth level of Mortal Realm. In this sense, it is worth four or five jade coins.”
“Apart from this,” Yang Junshan took out a fist-sized stone, the rusted raw stone, in the perplexed eyes of Yang Tiangang, saying, ” This is the freebie for the breastplate. Dad, why not dissect it? Perhaps we can find some surprises by virtue of my luck!”
Yang Tiangang took over the stone and said reproachfully, ” Stone gambling?”
Yang Junshan knew that his father was an upright man who was averse to gambling. But in order to uncover the secret of rusted raw stone, Yang Junshan smiled in embarrassment, explaining, “This is just my booty gained from the bargain with the merchant. But I would never get involved in gambling.”
Yang Tiangang snorted, “Almost every gambling is cheating. From now on you mustn’t learn this sort of things. Cultivation should be improved step by step. Taking shortcuts does you no good.”
Yang Junshan replied with obedience at once, “I know, I promise I won’t.”
After noticing the slight improvement of his expression, Yang Junshan continued cunningly, “Dad, if you dissect some good stuffs from the stone, I mean if possible, don’t forget to give me some rewards!”
Yang Tiangang glared, raising his tobacco pipe in an attacking position. On seeing this, Yang Junshan jumped away instantly. Yang Tiangang scolded laughingly, “You little jerk, dare to bargain with me?”
Then he said, “Since I’m not good at dissecting stones, it might take a long time. You’d better not be too hopeful about it. Even if there are some good stuffs in it, they may not be suitable for you.”
How could that be possible! That’s spiritual jade which is full of nimbus!
Yang Junshan could only groan to himself secretly, but the disappointment shown on his face was noticeable enough.
“Dad, what did you exchange with the cultivators of Warrior Realm at the gathering in town?
Although Yang Junshan had experienced this in his prelife, he still looked at YangTiangang expectantly.
The aim of the trip to the Grass Market was to prepare for Yang Junshan’s leaving for Pehchao Mountain. They had carried 60kg spiritual grains on the packhorse. But now they disappeared. Obviously, Yang Tiangang used them as an exchange.
Yang Tiangang was satisfied when he saw his son’s eagerness, scolding him with joy, “Brat! It cost me a lot to make preparations for you!”
Then he searched out three silver arrows that were curved with signs from his brocade pouch.
Yang Junshan’s eyes lit up, asking, “The patterned arrows?”
“Hey,” Yang Tiangang was surprised, “You brat has a greater knowledge. You must have read lots of cultivation books I collected!”
Yang Junshan felt ashamed but still replied complacently, “Why not? I should get ready before heading for Pehchao Mountain.”
Yang Tiangang held patterned arrows in his hands, saying, “The pattern curved on these arrows is low-grade magic spell. One of them is explosive arrow, which explodes the moment it hits target. It’s quite powerful. The second one is ice-poisoned arrow. Once hit, the victim will undergo a severe pathogenic cold. Even high-rank beasts will suffer a lot. The last one is elastic arrow. It’s not for attack but for escape.”
On saying this, Yang Tiangang halted. He noticed the calmness of Yang Junshan, but he wasn’t upset. Instead, he became more satisfied and continued, “After the arrow is shot, there will be a spiritual string between the arrow and the bow. Then it will draw back the shooter. It can save your life. Be careful when using it.”
Yang Junshan took over the arrows with a hint of excitement. In his prelife, Yang Tiangang had exchanged three ones for him in the same way. But at that time he was too puerile. After arriving at Pehchao Mountain, he had used them early so he hadn’t searched satisfying trophies. The real effects of these valuable arrows were wasted.
Seeing Yang Junshan observing and appreciating the arrows, Yang Tiangang warned, “The pattern on them was low-grade magic charm, but I am afraid the spiritual power in your body could just afford one arrow’s consumption. So you should be very careful when using them.”
Yang Junshan nodded after hearing these words. But what Yang Tiangang didn’t know was that the 5H-earth Spiritual Incantation Yang Junshan practiced was much different from the Spiritual Incantation on Earthshaking, which was passed by generations. The nimbus in Yang Junshan was compressed because of 5H-earth Spiritual Incantation, but the remaining nimbus in the body was more refined. So the amount of the nimbus needed to trigger the charm was much less.
However, the remaining nimbus in Yang Junshan’s body was still not sufficient for two patterned arrows. But there were two days left before the opening of Pehchao Mountain Paddock!
Yang Junshan touched seven spirit-awakening elixirs in his pocket and then remembered two medium-grade magic yellow-jade fruits at home. He could double the remaining nimbus in two days. By then it would be easier for him to trigger two patterned arrows.
But obviously, Yang Tiangang had prepared more than this. After handing over the arrows, he felt in the brocade pouch and took out two thumb-sized patterned stones.
Yang Junshan’s eyes flickered, but this time he didn’t exclaim. “Dad, are they patterned stone?”
“Yes!” Yang Tiangang glanced at him and said, “One stone was curved with stonewalling spell, which can erect a stone wall in front of you to prevent enemies as long as you cast it to the earth by exerting your spiritual power. The other one has the quicksand spell. Once cast, it can transform into quicksand to hinder enemies…”
These stones were prepared for life saving. So was the elastic arrow. Although Yang TIangang didn’t prevent Yang Junshan from going to Pehchao Mountain, he was very apprehensive for him since he had prepared every useful item for Yang Junshan’s safety.