Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-292
“Hey, Old Ao, have you also brought someone over?” During the time
that the atmosphere in the hall was very quiet, an old laugh rang out.
Xiao Yan followed the voice and shifted his gaze. He realized that there
were some old people wearing alchemist robes standing with smiles on a
high platform positioned on the left side of the hall. The voice from
before came from one of the snow white haired old men.
“That is the deputy chairman of the association, Qie Mi Er. He is also
the Little Princess’s teacher.” Ao Tuo smiled and waved to the old
man before tilting his head and speaking to Xiao Yan.
“Ah.” Xiao Yan nodded slightly.
“Just ignore these arrogant people’s eyes. Being able to become a
tier three alchemist at such an age, their talents are naturally all very
outstanding. It is expected that they would all be a little proud. They
would not pay attention to those who have not reached their level. Most
of the young people these days who have some ability are like this.” Ao
Tuo glanced at those young people in the hall, patted Xiao Yan’s back
and comforted him.
Xiao Yan smiled, but did not speak.
“Follow me to meet those old fellows. They are people who possess great
capability within the Jia Ma Empire.” As Ao Tuo spoke, he led the way
toward the towering platform at the side. Xiao Yan hesitated for a moment
but could only follow.
Ao Tuo swiftly walked up the tall platform. He smiled and conversed with
those old people around his age for some time. Xiao Yan quietly stood
behind him and did not take any initiative to step forward and greet them.
“Old Ao. Is this the competitor representing your Black Rock City this
time around?” After conversing with a smile for a while, The old man
with snow white colored hair smiled as he looked at Xiao Yan standing to
the side and asked.
Xiao Yan lifted his gaze slightly. He looked at this old man who clearly
had quite a high position in the Alchemist Association. He wore an
exquisitely made alchemist robe while his wrinkle filled face contained a
smile and his slightly squinting turbid eyes were calm and gentle. At one
glance, he appeared like an ordinary old man without any overly special
aura, with the exception of the long robe that represented his status and
the four silver colored ripples that were flashing a strange glow on his
chest. However, this ordinary old man was in control of nearly half of
the Alchemist Association’s strength.
As Xiao Yan was sizing up Qie Mi Er, the latter was also doing the same
to him. Xiao Yan’s ordinary appearance also did not have any
outstanding points. The only thing that caused Qie Mi Er to feel a little
strange was the calm expression of the other party. Being able to
maintain this unmoved manner when being watched by a tier four alchemist
needed a mental strength that was quite rarely seen among young people.
“Ah. He is called Yan Xiao. His potential is quite great.” Ao Tuo
smiled and nodded his head. After which, he turned to Xiao Yan and once
again made the introduction, “This is the deputy chairman of the
association, Grandmaster Qie Mi Er.”
“It’s nice to meet you, Deputy Chairman Qie Mi Er.” Xiao Yan smiled
and bowed courteously at Qie Mi Er.
“Ke ke, Little Fellow, I hope that you won’t cause Ao Tuo’s
recommendation to become invalid. Otherwise, it would really cause him to
lose all of his old face.” Seeing the tier two badge on Xiao Yan’s
chest, Qie Mi Er helplessly shook his head at Ao Tuo by the side. In a
competition at this level, a tier two alchemist would have difficulty
even entering the top twenty.
“I believe that I will at least be able to pass this test.” Xiao Yan
shrugged his shoulders and said.
“It is good that you have confidence. However, as all of the people
recommended by the head of each branch have slightly stronger abilities,
therefore, this internal test will also have some difficulty.” Qie Mi
Er nodded his head and said with a smile.
“I will do my best.”
“Ke ke. It is about time to start. We should not say any more nonsense.
You should go down first. The test is beginning soon.” Qie Mi Er smiled
Xiao Yan nodded his head, turned around and walked down the platform.
After which, in front of all the gazes of the young people in the hall,
he walked toward a corner and stood with his hands dangled down.
“Ah, Old Ao. Your Black Rock City is also considered a large city,
right? There’s no way that you cannot find a young tier three
alchemist.” Eyeing Xiao Yan’s back, Qie Mi Er spoke helplessly toward
Ao Tuo by the side.
“I believe in him.” With both his hands inserted into his spacious
sleeves, Ao Tuo said with a mysterious smile.
“Ah, you old fellow… if no one from your side has an outstanding
performance at the Grand Meeting, do not blame us for having a reduction
in your funds next year. These things must be done according to the
books. Having good relationships does not help.” Qie Mi Er shook his
head and said.
Ao Tuo smiled and nodded. He did not continue to worry about this topic
and said, “It is time. Let’s start the test.”
Hearing this, Qie Mi Er did not say anything more. He turned his gaze
toward everyone below. His finger pointed at the front of the hall. There
were many black colored curtains hanging on the wall there. “Behind
each of the curtains, there is a small personal room. That is your
“As everyone knows, refining the medicinal ingredients is an extremely
important step in refining a medicinal pill. Our test this time around is
to test your refinement of the medicinal ingredients…”
“On a platform in each of the small rooms, the medicinal ingredients
needed for the test have already been prepared. What all of you need to
do is to use the shortest time to refine the medicinal ingredients into
the highest purity that you can achieve.”
“When the sand in the hourglass has completely fallen, those who have
not completed the refinement will be considered to have failed this test.
Moreover, even if you successfully refine the ingredients, we, these old
fellows, will be the judges. If the medicinal ingredients that you have
refined do not meet our standards you will also be considered to have
failed this test. The result of failing is to lose the qualification to
participate in the main competition.” Qie Mi Er pointed to an hourglass
on the table. He glanced at the young people below and smiled faintly.
Hearing such a severe penalty for failing, the young people below faced
each other. Other than a small number of people, their expressions each
had a slight change.
Sweeping his gaze slowly below him, Qie Mi Er suddenly paused at Xiao Yan
who was standing in a corner with his hands dangling. He looked at the
calm face and could not help but be stunned as he quietly muttered in his
heart, “Does this fellow actually have some real ability?”
“Alright, begin. Pay attention to the hourglass’ time.” After
moving his gaze away from Xiao Yan Qie Mi Er clapped his hands as he
smiled and said.
Hearing this, everyone in the hall began to move in small groups as they
headed toward their left side. After which, each of them pulled aside a
black curtain and walked in.
Xiao Yan also chose a remote black curtain and was about to walk in when
laughter was transmitted from behind him. It caused him to stop his
footsteps and turned his calm face over.
“Ke ke, I did not expect that brother Yan Xiao would also be able to
participate in this kind of internal test. We seem to have some fate
tying us together.” Liu Ling walked closer to Xiao Yan as he smiled and
said. However, his feminine smile caused Xiao Yan to frown slightly.
Xiao Yan faintly glanced at him and said, “I was simply pulled over by
someone to make up the numbers.”
“Brother Yan Xiao really knows how to joke. Although your tier cannot
make it, you have a strange object like the ‘Heavenly Flame’. I think
that your results would not be too low.” Liu Ling roamed his gaze over
Xiao Yan’s face. Honestly speaking, he still maintained a great doubt
as to whether Xiao Yan possessed a ‘Heavenly Flame’. After all, this
was only his guess. Although he had privately asked Nalan Yanran, she did
not give him a precise reply on such a secret matter.
Xiao Yan was non-committal as he shrugged his shoulders before pulling
aside the black curtain and walking in. This left Liu Ling standing on
the same spot with his eyebrows slightly knit together.
“Big Brother Liu, aren’t you going in?” A clear voice sounded
behind Liu Ling. The pretty Little Princess walked over, eyed Xiao Yan
who had disappeared behind the curtain and smiled sweetly.
“I just met someone I know. If Little Princess has an interest, I can
introduce him to you.” Liu Ling said softly as he gave a warm smile to
the Little Princess.
“Forget it, a tier two alchemist… I don’t have a mood as good as
yours.” The Little Princess lazily shook her head. Clearly, her
interest toward Xiao Yan was not as rich as Liu Ling’s. After all,
regardless of identity, strength, appearance etc, Liu Ling far exceeded
“Haha, it’s up to you.” Liu Ling smiled. The Little Princess’
manner of ignoring Xiao Yan caused him to have some joy in his heart. In
the Nalan clan, Grandfather Nalan valued Xiao Yan greatly, causing Liu
Ling, who had always been given great respect as a genius, to feel
displeased in his heart.
“I will go in first. Big Brother Liu Ling better not lose to me.”
Little Princess saucily blinked at Liu Ling before entering a black
curtained room in a light and agile manner.
Liu Ling smiled and nodded his head. He eyed the hall that had become
empty and did not delay any longer. With a comfortable pace, he entered
behind a black curtain. His leisurely manner caused Qie Mi Er and the
others on the high platform to nod their heads.
“The test question this time around is quite good. Refining medicinal
ingredients is not only an essential step in refining medicine but it
also tests one’s ability to control the flame. This very small thing
should be able to roughly test out some of the abilities of these little
fellows.” Eyeing the empty large hall, Ao Tuo turned around and said
with a smile toward Qie Mi Er.
Qie Mi Er smiled and nodded. He sat down on a chair by the side, lifted
his teacup and took a sip. With a smile, he said, “Next, let us see
just who will be able to bring out the refined medicinal ingredients with
the highest purity.”
Passing through the black curtain, a small room appeared in Xiao Yan’s
sight. The room was not spacious, but it was quite elegant and tidy. Near
the wall of the small room, there was a square green stone platform. An
hourglass was placed on the rock platform along with a couple of neatly
placed medicinal ingredients.
Walking to the side of the stone platform, Xiao Yan’s gaze drifted
across a few pieces of black charcoal-like medicinal ingredients.
Surprise clearly flash across his eyes. He muttered softly, “It is
actually the ‘Black Iron Spiritual Leaf’ which is one of the most
resistant ingredients to heat. This thing really exhausts one’s energy
during the refinement. These old fellows really don’t allow others to
have peace of mind.”
Xiao Yan shook his head and his finger rubbed gently over his storage
ring. A dark red colored medicinal cauldron appeared on the table. Xiao
Yan picked up a ‘Black Iron Spiritual Leaf’’, placed it on his hand
and kneaded it. After which, his eyebrows were pressed tightly together.
He was troubled as to whether he should use the ‘Green Lotus Core
After musing for a moment, Xiao Yan shook his head. He did not want to
use his hidden card during a test at such an early stage. If he used the
‘Green Lotus Core Flame’ at such an easy test, it was undoubtedly
like using a sledgehammer to slaughter a chicken.
With a gentle flick of his finger, a purple colored pill appeared between
his fingers. Xiao Yan threw it into his mouth and chewed slightly. After
which, he blew out. A cluster of purple colored flame immediately surged
out and was held in Xiao Yan’s palm.
Holding this cluster of purple flame, Xiao Yan smiled gently. Since he
had swallowed the ‘Purple Flame’ back then, he was still able to
control the flame with greater familiarity now. Although it could not be
compared with the high degree of control he had for the green flame, it
should not be too big of a problem to refine the ‘Black Iron Spiritual
Xiao Yan’s Spiritual Strength was slowly extended out of his body and
controlled this cluster of purple colored flame as it was slowly poured
into the cauldron. Immediately, the icy cold cauldron’s temperature
began to rise. The purple colored flame soared and writhed within it.
Xiao Yan eyed the bright purple colored flame indifferently. He waved his
hand and the ‘Black Iron Spiritual Leaf’ left his hand and was thrown
into the medicinal cauldron. The purple flame leaped onto it turbulently,
wrapping it and began an intense calcining.
Xiao Yan’s ten fingers flexibly danced in front of him. A moment later,
Xiao Yan. who had become even more smooth in his control, actually
gradually closed his eyes. He completely relied on his feeling to control
the burning of the flame.
During the time of refinement, the sand in the hourglass on the table was