Chapter 835: Scolded by a Youth
Translator: Henyee Translations Editor: Henyee Translations
“Hang on, you guys want to enter the competition?”
Dongfang Zhuangshi’s eyes widened in shock.
An Lin blinked. “What? Is there a problem?”
“Didn’t we agree to keep a low profile? What’s with you guys wanting to openly participate in a competition?” Dongfang Zhuangshi couldn’t understand what An Lin and Xu Xiaolan were thinking.
So be it if An Lin wanted to participate. He had a strange way of thinking, and he always did bizarre things. But why did the mature and rational Xu Xiaolan also want to enter the competition?
“Uncle Dongfang, it’s like this,” Xu Xiaolan explained. “Didn’t you mention that we’d be unable to escape if the Divine Bat Emperor came over and released the full power of its divine sense to search for us? Since that’s the case, what difference does it make whether we keep a low profile or not?
“Apart from the supreme beings of the Sinister Spirit Beast Cesspool, no one else knows who we are.
“Even if there are members of the Sinister Spirit Beast Cesspool here, they don’t know of our identities. Since that’s the case, what’s there to be afraid of?”
“Uncle, you also mentioned that the Pill Tower is supremely powerful,” An Lin chimed. “Moreover, it’s a neutral power that will only act in its own interests. The Pill Sage even refused to help Ghost Emperor Po Jun! Thus, we don’t need to worry about the Pill Tower selling us out.”
Dongfang Zhuangshi had no reply.
He pinched his brows and asked, “So… you two want to obtain the Nine Spirit Cauldron?”
“Yes!” An Lin and Xu Xiaolan answered in unison.
There were flames of eagerness burning in Xu Xiaolan’s beautiful eyes.
The current her clearly had an inflated ego!
“Fine… I’ll cast a spell technique to alter your auras.” Dongfang Zhuangshi started forming seals with his hands. “In any case, the supreme beings of the Sinister Spirit Beast Cesspool rely on detecting auras to recognize people. None of them have seen your appearances.”
An Lin and Xu Xiaolan were overjoyed at receiving Dongfang Zhuangshi’s approval. They excitedly ran over to sign up for the competition.
A pitch-black, oval-shaped creature looked at the two unfamiliar beings before it. “Humans?”
“Yes. I’m An Lin. I’m here to sign up for the competition!”
“I’m Xu Xiaolan. I’m also here to sign up for the competition!”
They each took out one thousand spirit stones. This was the entrance fee for this competition.
An Lin knew that he had no hope of winning any prizes. He was merely here to accompany Xu Xiaolan and have some fun. Anyway, one thousand spirit stones was nothing to him.
He glanced at the competitors. This dao plaza was extremely spacious, and there were currently tens of thousands of beings standing before their pill refinement cauldrons.
With so many competitors, the entrance fees alone would earn the Pill Tower tens of millions of spirit stones.
The surrounding spectators also numbered upward three hundred thousand. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement.
The hovering oval-shaped creature accepted their entrance fee wordlessly. After all, the Pill Tower was a renowned sacred ground. All beings were treated equally here. It was only normal that beings of all tribes came to attend this competition.
It took out a mirror and pointed it toward An Lin and Xu Xiaolan.
A streak of white flashed across the mirror, and both their ages were displayed on its surface. They were both twenty-one years of age, and they both had pill refinement ranks at or above the Flame Mastery Stage.
The hovering creature nodded and handed them competition cards. “Find an empty space to stand. The competition will begin in an hour.”
The two of them cheerfully left to find an empty spot.
Although there were tens of thousands of competitors here, the space available was massive!
They found a relatively large patch of empty space in no time. Once they settled down, they took out their pill refinement cauldrons.
Xu Xiaolan’s pill refinement cauldron had beautiful decorations, and there was a phoenix carved onto its surface. The quality of this cauldron was actually quite high already. It was an intermediate-rank spirit tool.
An Lin also found a pill refinement cauldron amid his pile of spirit tools, and it was even higher in rank than Xu Xiaolan’s cauldron. It was a high-rank spirit tool. However, it looked much uglier than Xu Xiaolan’s cauldron. The air outlet of his cauldron was in the form of two pigs who were gazing at each other lovingly. Their mouths were open, and it looked as if they were about to exchange a kiss…
“Hahaha… An Lin, your pill refinement cauldron is so peculiar!” Xu Xiaolan pointed at the two pigs and burst into laughter. She was laughing so hard that she could barely stand up straight.
An Lin’s face flushed red. “What do you understand?!” he retorted. “What’s important is its internal quality! Humph! What’s wrong with pig heads? Are you looking down on pigs?”
Xu Xiaolan blinked her beautiful eyes. “I never said that,” she teased in a pleasant voice. “Why are you mentioning pig heads?”
An Lin pondered for a moment. Indeed, Xu Xiaolan had never mentioned pig heads. He had no retort.
“Heh… Foolish human. What the f*ck do you understand? The external appearance of a pill refinement cauldron isn’t important? Who gave you the courage to say this?” a powerful voice suddenly sounded.
An Lin looked beside him. A gigantic figure, which was almost one hundred feet in height, blocked his vision.
This was a western lizard-dragon. Its wings were smooth, and the edges of them were razor-sharp. A dangerous glint flashed in its yellow eyes.
“Foolish human?” An Lin shot a glance at the lizard-dragon.
There had always been animosity between humans and the Western Dragon Tribe. If they met elsewhere, An Lin would’ve cast a Mountain Quaking Fist without hesitation. He would prove that humans weren’t foolish.
This dragon was merely a cultivator of the Spirit Nurturing Final Stage. How could it block his Mountain Quaking Fist?
“That’s right! You’re a foolish human! You’re clueless about pill refinement!”
The dragon started speaking with an air of unflappable authority.
“A pill refiner must perfect their appearance before nurturing their spirit. Only then can they develop a charm! The external appearance of a pill refinement cauldron can affect a refiner’s visual sense. As such, it can further affect a pill’s shape and spirit. A pill refinement cauldron is the foundation of pill refinement. Thus, it is extremely important!
“For example, consider if you’re given a mouthful of repulsive-looking food, or if you’re given a mouthful of pleasant-looking food. To the chef, the skills and state of mind required for creating them are different. As such, the resulting food is also different.
“Do you… understand?”
The western dragon regarded An Lin with contempt.
An Lin was stunned. He had been scolded by a weak sh*t? And it appeared like he had no retort?
He involuntarily turned his gaze toward the dragon’s pill refinement cauldron. “So, this is why you carved yourself onto your pill refinement cauldron?” He grimaced.
That’s right, the dragon had carved his own figure onto his pill refinement cauldron! And it looked even more handsome than his true self!
“Heh, I instantly feel more confident when I see my mightily handsome self. The shape, spirit, and soul of my pill refinement will also receive a boost. Foolish human, do you understand now?” A smug grin appeared on the dragon’s face.
An Lin: “…”
He looked toward the two pigs on his pill refinement cauldron. His feeling right now was indescribable.
“Grey, stop causing trouble! Otherwise, I’ll kill you!”
At this moment, a slightly vixenish voice traveled over.
The black dragon shuddered and nodded his head emphatically. “Julia, please calm down! I promise I won’t cause any more trouble!”
“Humph! If you say one more word, I’ll cut your tongue off first!”
The black dragon immediately shut his mouth. It didn’t dare speak anymore.
An Lin shifted his gaze sideways. There was another western dragon next to the black dragon.
Its body was an icy-blue color, and its wings appeared especially smooth and streamlined. It looked like an aloof dragon beauty. Who would’ve thought that her temper would be so fiery?
Julia’s rank wasn’t low either. She was of the Soul Formation Initial Stage, and such rank could already be considered as outstanding among the competitors. Considering that she was under thirty years of age, she was indeed an exceptional talent!
Not long later, a voluptuous beauty of the True Demon Tribe flew into the sky. She was wearing a red dress, and she started speaking in a silvery voice.
“Attention, competitors who have arrived from all over the continent. The pill refinement competition that occurs once every ten years will begin now!”