Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-304
The next day, there were no clouds in the blue sky for tens of thousands
of kilometers. The sunlight was warm, yet not overbearing. The occasional
breeze that brushed past carried away the noise within the city, causing
one to feel very refreshed.
Today there was a great event within the Jia Ma Empire. The Alchemist
Grand Meeting would begin today.
The moment the first rays of sunlight broke through the boundary of the
land and shone upon the city that had a rich history, groups of human
figures in long alchemist robes began to appear on the quiet streets.
These people who had an occupation that was highly regarded were usually
seldomly seen en masse. Due to their great strength and their
incomparable importance, alchemists appeared to be somewhat mysterious
and revered in ordinary people’s hearts. Today, these alchemists of
high status were like ants leaving their nest, repeatedly swarming out
from the various resting places in the capital. Although the paths they
took differed, their final destination was that ancient looking alchemist
association that stood in the center of the city.
Today, all the shops within the Jia Ma Sacred City were opened much
earlier than usual. Countless people climbed out of their warm beds,
stood at the door and eyed the large group of alchemists bustling through
the streets. Their gazes were filled with heat and respect.
The Alchemist Grand Meeting during these few days would be the Jia Ma
Sacred City’s most lively and fiery period of the entire year…
The alchemists that were usually rarely seen, came out from all
directions today and appeared at a scale similar to a military unit. This
kind of majestic scene was something that people only had the luck to see
during the Alchemist Grand Meeting…
On this special day, Xiao Yan had also woken up very early. He sat cross
legged on the bed and quietly readjusted his condition for an hour. When
his body had achieved its peak condition, he finally slowly opened his
Xiao Yan lazily twisted his body. He heard some crackling sounds within
his body. With a slight smile, he came down from the bed and walked out
of the inner hall. At one glance, he saw Hai Bo Dong who was by the
“You’re awake? Today the number of alchemists appearing in the Jia Ma
Sacred City will likely reach a frightening number. It is indeed worthy
of being the Alchemist Grand Meeting. Only this kind of great event can
summon all of the alchemists within the empire.” Hai Bo Dong’s gaze
eyed the street where alchemists were repeatedly flashing past. He could
not help but click his tongue and praise.
“Alchemists are also people. They also need the honor and approval…
this Alchemist Grand Meeting will be their best stage.” Xiao Yan poured
a cup of tea for himself, sipped a little and said with a faint smile.
Hai Bo Dong turned his body around, stared at Xiao Yan, with a smile he
asked, “Actually, I am very curious. With your ability, you would
actually be thinking of participating in the Alchemist Grand Meeting.
Although this kind of Grand Meeting is rarely seen, it does not quite
suit your ability, does it?”
Xiao Yan smiled, lifted his teacup with both hands and said softly, “I
don’t have a choice. Who asked this Grand Meeting’s Champion prize to
be something that interests me. That ‘Thawing Spirit Pill’ medicinal
formula will be very useful to me…”
“Although you are not an alchemist, I think you should also know what
kind of alluring ability a medicinal formula has toward an alchemist.
That tier six medicinal formula has an attractiveness that would not be
lower than a Di Class Dou Technique…”
Hai Bo Dong helplessly shook his head, smacked his lips and said, “With
your ability, participating in this Grand Meeting is just like a Dou
Huang charging into the competition ground of a group of Dou Zhe.”
“You really overestimate me…” Xiao Yan shook his head slightly and
said with a smile, “If it was before I have displayed the ‘Angry
Buddha Lotus Flame’, becoming the champion of the Grand Meeting would
be as easy as flipping one’s hand. Although, now… my spirit is
damaged and my strength is much weaker than before. And the most
important thing when refining medicinal pill is Spiritual Strength.
Therefore, I don’t have absolute confidence in winning the Grand
Meeting that I am participating in this time around.”
“Uh… it can’t be that serious right? If an alchemist grandmaster
who can refine a tier six medicinal pill was to really lose in this kind
of competition to the younger generation, then…” Hai Bo Dong’s
expression was strange as he eyed Xiao Yan and said.
“That would really be embarrassing, right?”
Xiao Yan smiled and continued. He stood up and said, “If I don’t even
possess this little bit of mental fortitude, then how would I go and
pursue the long alchemist road?”
“Alright, it is nearly about time. Let’s go…” Xiao Yan placed the
teacup down. He smiled, turned around and walked out of the door. Behind
him, Hai Bo Dong helplessly shook his head and could only follow.
They walked out of the room and climbed down the stairs of the inn. The
tier two alchemist robe on Xiao Yan’s body attracted many eyes, but
Xiao Yan was not very concerned about these things. His gaze randomly
swept past a couple of alchemists who were passing by the door. After
which, he slowly walked out.
As he walked on the street, those curious respectful gazes that were
repeatedly shot at him caused Xiao Yan to purse up his lips. The corner
of his mouth contained a slight smile.
On the two sides of the spacious street, young ladies with curvaceous and
slim figures softly laughed melodiously. They threw their shy and
worshipful gazes towards those alchemists walking on the street. For
these young ladies who belonged to the age where they were filled with
tricks and delusions, the mysterious and deep alchemists were like
magnets that tightly attracted their gazes.
In this era, alchemists had an easier time letting these young ladies
fall in love than with those princes in fairy tales. From this, one could
tell just what kind of prestigious status an alchemist had in the
continent where Dou Qi was most respected.
The city permeated with liveliness and enthusiasm, washing away the
rigorous and solemn aura until nothing was left. Feeling the passion
within the city, Xiao Yan’s calm heart had also begun to secretly beat
faster. No matter how outstanding his mental strength was, he was after
all still a young person. As long as one was a young person, one’s
heart would be frivolous and wild. The thing about young people that
others were envious of, was them striving forth energetically,
persevering untiringly until they succeeded.
Xiao Yan walked slowly toward the alchemist association. His gaze would
occasionally sweep past those alchemists that had passed by him. In his
heart, he muttered in surprise, “Looks like the people that the Grand
Meeting attracted are not weak. Not only have the peak alchemists in the
empire swarmed over, many from other countries have come. I wonder if
there will be a dark horse from another country that might suddenly
appear during the Grand Meeting… if that is the case, then this will be
a little fun.”
Although Xiao Yan’s heart thought such malice thoughts, his face did
not reveal any of it on the surface. He slowly passed through a few
streets, lifted his head and eyed the ancient association that stood at
the edge of his sight. He sighed gently, turned around and glanced at Hai
Bo Dong who was leisurely following behind him. After which, he lifted
his leg and walked toward the association.
After entering the association, Xiao Yan could not help but shake his
head helplessly when he saw the association’s entrance that appeared to
have been completely blocked. He pushed his way into the human crowd. His
body was like a fish entering the sea, passing through the crowds in a
After undergoing Yao Lao’s dodge ability training in the Magical Beast
Mountain Range, Xiao Yan managed to save quite a lot of trouble in such a
As his body swayed slightly, Xiao Yan arrived at the front of the crowd
and released a long sigh of relief as he finally entered the front gate
of the Alchemist Association. His pupils constricted as he turned his
head to look around and saw Hai Bo Dong, who looked as if he was
sleepwalking, closely following him.
“Truly worthy of being a Dou Huang, accompanying me so closely yet I was
still unable to detect him even slightly…” Xiao Yan secretly admired
him in his heart as he entered the Alchemist Association and strolled
around the hall. He was just about to enter the east zone when he
actually ran into Ao Tuo and his group, who were surprised to see him.
They immediately started to laugh.
“Come with me little guy, the venue of the Grand Meeting is not inside
the Alchemist Association…” Ao Tuo said with a smile as he patted Xiao
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded as he greeted Frank as well as both of the Xue
and Mei girls.
“Little guy, this time our Black Rock City’s Association has come to see
you. Be sure not to lose to that Liu Ling.” Frank smiled and said. He had
a lot of confidence in Xiao Yan since the previous internal tests.
“Hehe, I’ll try.”
Xiao Yan smiled. He suddenly saw Ao Tuo staring with surprise at Hai Bo
Dong, and introduced, “Master Ao Tuo, This is a friend of mine, Hai Bo
“Oh… ke ke, how are you? Black Rock City’s Ao Tuo, Frank…” Ao
Tuo and Frank smiled and nodded. Due to Hai Bo Dong having lived in
isolation for a few decades, the both of them were not too familiar with
the name Hai Bo Dong. They only vaguely felt that the name was a little
familiar to the ear. Ao Tuo and Frank were of the Dou Ling class and as
alchemists, their Spiritual Strength was much higher than those of the
same class. Therefore, despite being ignorant of the background of the
other party, they could faintly sense with their Spiritual Perception
that the old man in front of them had something profound and they did not
dare to slight him.
“Yes.” Hai Bo Dong merely nodded faintly at the polite etiquette of
the two of them. His calm manner caused the two of them to be at a loss.
Ling Fei, who could not have the slightest imperfection in her eyes,
widened her eyes and stared. Just as she was about to shout, she was
quickly grabbed by Ao Tuo.
“I’m sorry two grandmasters, Old Hai’s character is like that. He
has no intention of going against the two of you.” Xiao Yan shook his
head helplessly. He could only smile slightly and smooth things over.
Fortunately, Ao Tuo and Frank were not really concerned. They smiled
carelessly and changed the conversation topic. The group conversed and
laughed as they walked out of the hall. With Ao Tuo leading the way, they
walked out from the back door of the association and headed toward a spot
south of the city.
“The location for the Grand Meeting this time around is the Imperial
Family’s plaza. The size of that place can hold tens of thousands of
people, and it completely meets the size needed for this Grand
Meeting.” As they walked on the street, Ao Tuo smiled and explained,
“After an initial estimation, there should be around more than two
thousand people participating in this Grand Meeting. This is the greater
number of participants compared to the previous few Grand Meetings.”
“Over two thousand people…” This number caused Xiao Yan to suck his
tongue involuntarily. It should be known that the requirements to become
an alchemist were very harsh. Saying that only one in a thousand or even
one in ten thousand could become an alchemist was not an exaggeration.
The two thousand people currently here may be the gathering of over half
the alchemists in the Jia Ma Empire.
“The Grand Meeting is divided into a few examination rounds. Each
examination will eliminate quite a number of people. In the later rounds,
the examination difficulty becomes much greater. The last person who
finally remains will be the final champion…”
“Ah,” Xiao Yan nodded his head slightly. Thinking about having over
two thousand people simultaneously raising their flames and refining
pills in the same open field, Xiao Yan felt a little excited. That
spectacular manner was likely to be extremely thrilling.
While he spoke, the imperial family plaza, that Ao Tuo had mentioned
early, had gradually appeared in their sight. Xiao Yan raised his eyes
and watched. The edge of his sight could actually only see a small
portion of the huge plaza.
Currently, there were fully armed soldiers who were stationed outside the
plaza to maintain order. This kind of Grand Meeting had gathered strong
people from everywhere. If a riot were to occur, the capital would
receive a huge blow. Therefore, the imperial family was extremely
cautious regarding maintaining order.
There were inspectors from the Alchemist Association stationed at the
entrance of the plaza. Only the people from the association and the
participants were allowed to enter from this entrance. The entrance to
the audience seats was located in another place.
Under Ao Tuo’s lead, Xiao Yan and the others did not face the slightest
hindrance as they entered the plaza. After walking up a high slope to
enter the plaza, that enormous open area was finally completely displayed
in Xiao Yan’s sight.
Standing at the top of the slope, Xiao Yan eyed that green rock plaza
that was large to the point of being ridiculous. He could not help but
shake his head and praise.
The plaza was round in shape, with countless seats located on two sides
of it. It seemed that those were seats for the audience. Opposite the
audience seats, there were VIP seats which were decorated in a much more
luxurious manner. These were specially catered for the upper echelons of
the association and the heads of those large strengths.
As his gaze swept over the incomparably large open ground, Xiao Yan
discovered that thousands of green rock square tables were actually
placed openly and neatly in it. These square tables were orderly
scattered and were placed extremely precisely. At a glance, they were
like a green rock military unit standing still.
Currently, there were already quite a number of alchemists participating
in the competition quietly seated cross legged on a rock chair behind the
green rock tables within the open ground. As time flowed, moving closer
to the time beginning of the competition, more and more alchemists
swarmed out from the path and searched for their seats according to the
number tag that they had received.
Ao Tuo glanced at the sky as he smiled and said, “Let’s go to the VIP
seats first. There is still some time until the start of the Grand
Meeting. There, you can meet some important people who have significant
power. This may be useful to you.”
“Ah.” Last night, Xiao Yan had already seen even the guardian of the
imperial family, the mysterious Jia Lao. Therefore, he did not express an
opinion in regards to the people of significant power that Ao Tuo had
mentioned. However, it was currently still quite early so he randomly
nodded his head.
Seeing that there were no objections, Ao Tuo and Frank took the lead and
brought the few of them toward the VIP seats. When they were about to
enter the VIP section, Ao Tuo suddenly pointed at the front row. There
was already a row of people seated. Among them, there was the deputy
chairman of the Alchemist Association, Qie Mi Er. Beside him sat an old
man wearing a purple colored alchemist robe.
“That is the chairman of the Jia Ma Empire Alchemist Association, Lord
Fa Ma. I have heard that the current him is about to step into the tier
six alchemist level. In the alchemist world within the Jia Ma Empire,
Lord Fa Ma’s reputation would be about the same when compared to
Pill-King Gu He. Even when Gu He meets Lord Fa Ma, he must be a little
more courteous. Back then, before Gu He gained fame, Lord Fa Ma had given
him quite a lot of care. It would not be overboard to say that he was a
patron of Lord Fa Ma…” Ao Tuo softly said.
Note: The lord here is used as a respectful term
“Hei, I didn’t expect that old fellow to still be alive. These old
things are more undying than I thought…” Hai Bo Dong narrowed his
eyes as he stood beside Xiao Yan. When he heard Ao Tuo making the
introductions, he abruptly raised his head. He glanced at the old man and
Xiao Yan’s eyebrows twitched slightly. He eyed that dried tree bark
like face of the old man that appeared to be dying. His gaze was somewhat
strange. From what he had heard, this old man should be the leader of the
Jia Ma Empire’s alchemist world.
The old man with bleary eyes appeared to have sensed the gazes focused on
him and suddenly turned his head around. He turned his seemingly
perplexed gaze toward Xiao Yan’s side. A friendly smile appeared on the
dried skin on his face.
Seeing that old man had turned his head over, Ao Tuo and Frank hurriedly
bowed and greeted. after which, they moved along the corridor and
carefully walked to the front row. They spoke respectfully to the old
man, “Lord Fa Ma, it has been a few years since we last met. You are
still filled with the same vigor.”
“Ke ke, it’s Ao Tuo and Frank from the Black Rock City, right? The
both of you are quite good. You’ve actually become tier four alchemists
in these years. Your progress is quite fast…” The old man who was
addressed as Fa Ma swept his turbid gaze at the two of them and laughed
“It’s all because of Lord Fa Ma’s lectures the last time around.”
Ao Tuo respectively smiled and said.
“All that I can speak about is some of my personal experience. The most
important thing is depending on yourselves…” Fa Ma smiled and shook
his head. He suddenly turned his gaze toward Xiao Yan behind Ao Tuo. With
a friendly smile, he said, “This little friend must be the one who
obtained the best result during the association’s test this time
around, right? His name… seemed to be called Yan Xiao.”
“Chairman Fa Ma, This little one is Yan Xiao.” Xiao Yan did not dare
to slight this person whose reputation in the Jia Ma Empire Alchemy world
was greater that Gu He. He bowed and smiled as he replied.
“Haha, most heroes are from the young. At such an age, you can refine
the ‘Black Iron Spiritual Leaf’ so many times. I remember that back
then, Gu He, that boy did not have this kind of ability…” Fa Ma’s
voice was neither hurried nor slow. Although it was a little hoarse, it
had a certain magical-like property that did not allow others to
interrupt his words.
Xiao Yan calmly smiled, but did not continue to say anything on this
Fa Ma smiled and stared at Xiao Yan, his gaze seemed to have a deeper
meaning as he paused on that calm face for a while. Sensing his gaze,
Xiao Yan abruptly felt alarmed. “He… don’t tell me that he has seen
through this disguised appearance?”
Just as Xiao Yan was imagining things in his heart, Fa Ma appeared to
have sensed his uneasiness. The latter immediately said softly with a
smile, “Little friend, as long as you are not targeting the
association, the old me won’t be nosy…”
Although Fa Ma’s laugher caused the surrounding association elders to
feel baffled, Xiao Yan secretly sighed in relief. He threw a thankful
gaze at Fa Ma.
“Che, old fellow who won’t die. It seems that the longer you live,
the more you like talking…” The sudden appearance of a cold laughter,
caused the expressions of all those on the VIP seats to changed
drastically. The expression of Qie Mi Er, who was seated by Fa Ma’s
side, sank as he cried in a low voice, “Who is it?”
When this cold laughter rang, Xiao Yan helplessly sighed in his heart.
Other than Hai Bo Dong who was behind him, who else would be this rude
when he spoke?
The cold laugher also cased Fa Ma to be at a loss. Quickly following
which, however, he turned his gaze behind Xiao Yan and muttered, “This
Qi… it’s icy like a cold ice… don’t tell me… Old Man Ice?”
When he said up to this point, more shock clearly appeared on his face.
“Hee hee, Old Man Fa, I didn’t think that you would still remember me.
It isn’t easy…” The human figure behind Xiao Yan flashed. Hai Bo
Dong slowly walked forward under the stunned gazes of Ao Tuo, Xue Mei and
the others. He proceeded to directly sit by Fa Ma’s side and opened his
mouth to laugh.
“You actually haven’t died? Didn’t Queen Medusa end up… doing
that to you?” Fa Ma was shocked as he stared at Hai Bo Dong by his side
and could not help but question.
“I have luckily survived…” Hai Bo Dong smacked his lips. There was
some remaining fear in his eyes as he sighed, “That woman… is really
“You are really a fellow with a tough life… but it is good that you
are still alive. At least an old fellow like me will not be too lonely,
ha ha…” Fa Ma’s withering tree like face moved as he laughed out
Hearing the conversation between the two of them, those elders of the
association who were originally displeased with Hai Bo Dong’s
impertinent words immediately shrunk back. According to what Fa Ma had
said, this unknown old man was actually a great character who had a
Standing behind Ao Tuo, Ling Fei and Xue Mei were completely stunned as
they eyed Hai Bo Dong who was carelessly chatting with Fa Ma to kill
time. At this moment, they finally understood that this old man who
appeared extremely ordinary was actually a strong person who hid his
“This fellow, why is it that all those he befriends are people of such
a level?” The two girls exchanged glances before turning their strange
gazes toward the Xiao Yan by the side, who was shaking his head
The familiarity between Hai Bo Dong and Fa Ma clearly caused Ao Tuo and
Frank to be startled. Some time later, Ao Tuo, who had recovered,
suddenly had his expression change slightly. He softly muttered, “Hai
Bo Dong? Hai Bo Dong? The Ice Emperor of the Ten Strong back then…
seemed to be called by this name right?”
As he thought this in his heart, Ao Tuo tilted his head and exchanged
glances with Frank. They could see the shock within each other’s eyes.
They did not expect that this kind of antique level person would still be
alive. Moreover, his relationship with Xiao Yan did not appear to be a
“This little fellow hides really deeply…” Just like Xue Mei and
Ling Fei, Ao Tuo and Frank also stared at Xiao Yan with strange eyes. In
their hearts, they were uncertain why a young man who had stepped into
the alchemist world not long ago was actually able to get to know such a
Xiao Yan stood on the same spot and could only helplessly endure the
numerous strange gazes. He suddenly realized that Hai Bo Dong had said
something to Fa Ma who had once again turned toward him. The current Fa
Ma was frowning slightly as he swept his gaze over Xiao Yan, seemingly
searching for something.
“Why?” Seeing Fa Ma’s manner, Hai Bo Dong could not help but ask in
surprise. He had simply mentioned that Xiao Yan’s training talent was
not bad, but he did not expect the other party to react like this.
“Haha, for some unknown reason, I seem to sense a Qi of someone I have
met before on young friend Yan Xiao…” Fa Ma coughed gently and said
“Have met before?” Xiao Yan blinked his eyes. There was a change in
his heart as he muttered, “Don’t tell me that he sensed Queen
“Ke ke, perhaps I have sensed wrongly. When one is old, one tends to
hallucinate more…” When Fa Ma sensed again, he did not have the same
feeling as before. Fa Ma shook his head with some disappointment. He
leaned against the chair, appearing a little absent minded as he entered
a trance while his memory played…
Back then, when Fa Ma was still young, he had coincidentally met an old
man, whose ability was unfathomable, while he was roaming the continent.
Due to some reason, the old man and Fa Ma lived together for three days.
During those three days, the old man casually imparted some things to
him. However, Fa Ma benefitted greatly from those things. By borrowing
what the old man had taught, the originally unknown Fa Ma returned to the
Jia Ma Empire and advanced step by step until this stage today. It was
also because he had reached this step that Fa Ma increasingly realized
just how terrifying the ability of that mysterious old man back then
The vague Qi that he sensed on Xiao Yan a moment ago was quite similar to
the one that the old man back then had… it was the reason that Fa Ma
had abruptly lost himself.
Since Xiao Yan had guilty conscious, he did not dare to pursue this
topic. However, when he was about to change topic, an old laughter was
emitted from a passageway in the middle of the seats, “Ke ke, old man
Hai, Young friend Yan Xiao, you have arrived quite early.”
Hearing the laughter, everyone turned their heads around to take a look.
When they saw a white haired old man wearing a simple linen garment,
everyone was so shocked that they paled. In their hearts, they asked just
what wind had blown over today. Even this old demon had come running
The person who came was naturally Jia Lao, whom Xiao Yan had met last
night. The Little Princess also followed closely behind. Today, she was
wearing a pale-green alchemist robe that was clearly specially tailored.
Her spacious sleeves, had bright silk pulled around them to form a lotus
shape. This gave her an elegance that came from nowhere. However, Xiao
Yan who clearly knew her character, understood that this young lady, who
appeared quiet on the surface, was actually a quirky person.
As his gaze swept past the Little Princess, Xiao Yan discovered that
beside her, there was a tall lady wearing a luxurious and brilliant
dress. This lady’s face was similar to the Little Princess but it had
an iciness that was not much different from Xue Mei. Moreover, under this
iciness, there was actually a majestic and imposing manner that was an
edification of the imperial family.
Compared to the cute looking and small sized Little Princess, there was
an iciness and matured aura seeping out from all over this lady. As her
pretty eyes moved, a temptation naturally appeared.
Xiao Yan’s gaze swept passed the two ladies and finally landed on Jia
Lao. He bowed and greeted with a smile, “Jia Lao is early too.”
Jia Lao smiled and stepped forward. He eyed Hai Bo Dong and Fa Ma before
laughing loudly, “I didn’t expect that the three of us still had the
chance to gather. It really is fate.”
“We do indeed have some affinity…” Fa Ma softly smiled and said,
“Old Demon, I didn’t think that you would actually come to watch the
Grand Meeting. I recall that you don’t really like this kind of
“I have stayed back for so many decades. It is also good to
occasionally come out and take a look… “ Jia Lao smiled and turned
his head toward Xiao Yan. After which, he pointed at the matured and icy
lady behind him and said, “Little Fellow, I think that you already know
Yue-er. This is Yue-er’s elder sister, Yao Ye. The security and order
of the Grand Meeting as well as the fifty thousand soldiers around the
Meeting are all under her control.”
Hearing this, Xiao Yan felt a shock in his heart. He did not expect that
this icy lady in front of him would actually possess such ability. Fifty
thousand soldiers. If it was left to him, he would likely make a mess of
the situation. However, the orderly and disciplined manner of the
soldiers at the front gate just now clearly showed that this woman could
easily command them.
“Yao Ye, this is young friend Yan Xiao whom I have mentioned to you.
His ability is extraordinary. He is likely the competitor with the most
ability to snatch the champion position this time around.” Jia Lao
pointed at Xiao Yan and smiled as he said to the cold woman behind.
Hearing Jia Lao’s evaluation, the Little Princess by the side tooted,
secretly muttering something. It was likely that she was not satisfied by
these words of Jia Lao.
“Nice to meet you, Mister Yan Xiao.”
The pretty eyes of the icy woman stared at Xiao Yan. She gracefully and
naturally extended her hand and smiled. The instant she smiled caused
some of the descendants of the noble clans around the VIP seats to become
absent minded. It was usually very difficult for them to see the usually
cold Elder Princess treating people in such a manner.
“Nice to meet you, Princess Yao Ye…” The attitude of the other
party was such that Xiao Yan could find no fault with. He smiled and
extended his hand and gently held that soft and seemingly boneless hand.
He secretly admired in his heart, but on the surface, he simply let go
the moment he made contact. He did not let the other party feel any
“Hopefully, Mister Yan Xiao is able to obtained a satisfactory result
during the competition. When that time comes, Yao Ye will personally hold
a banquet to celebrate the accomplishments, I hope that Mister Yan Xiao
will not refuse.” Yao Ye withdrew her hand and smiled as she said.
“This woman… her methods of roping people over are really quite
acute… she will likely be someone extremely great in the future…”
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded as his heart felt a little astonished. Even
someone of his mental strength, his guard against her had diminished
greatly with just a few sentences from Yao Ye during the time that they
had made their initial contact.
Seeing that Xiao Yan had nodded, Yao Ye stepped back behind Jia Lao with
satisfaction. With her character, she would not have lowered herself and
befriended Xiao Yan in such a manner had her great-grandfather not given
this young man such a high evaluation.
“Although, if he really possesses the potential that great-grandfather
described, then it is worthwhile for me to lower myself to befriend
him…” The pretty eyes swept across Xiao Yan’s face, which had not
displayed much fluster since the beginning. Yao Ye was quite satisfied
with his mental strength. It was extremely rare to be able to maintain
such calm in front of the upper echelons of the empire and strong people
at the peak level. At the very least, those descendants of the noble
clans behind her had shrunk back and dared not approach her because of
After conversing a little with Xiao Yan, Yao Ye bowed and greeted Fa Ma,
Hai Bo Dong, and a few others. Her perfect etiquette was difficult for
someone to find fault with; even someone like Hai Bo Dong had adopted a
less cold expression.
Once the group had greeted each other, they sat down in the front row of
the VIP seat. Whether it was intentional or otherwise, Princess Yao Ye
ended up sitting beside Xiao Yan. The faint female body fragrance drifted
from the side, causing him to become a little distracted.
As the sun in the sky moved, the number of people in the VIP seats also
increased. These people were mostly people who possessed some strength in
the capital or their families. The audience seats opposite them had long
been overly packed. The shouting aggregated into a torrent that shot to
Xiao Yan sat quietly in a seat with his eyes closed. A long while later,
he suddenly sensed some movement in the seats around him. Only then, did
he frown and turn his head around to see the source of the commotion.
The line-up that was entering the VIP section was quite large. The
empire’s three large clans arrived together. This kind of line-up was
likely something that no strength within the Jia Ma Empire dared to look
down on. A greater reason for causing such a commotion, however, was
Nalan Yanran and Ya Fei who were walking in the middle. The two women had
different dispositions, but they were similarly extremely beautiful. When
the two of them walked together, it naturally attracted many eyes. No
wonder the children of the noble clans behind were so excited…
The group of people moved along the walkway until they came to the
position right at the front before greeting people they were familiar
Borrowing the time that they were greeting each other, Xiao Yan’s gaze
swept across an unknown old man who was walking with Nalan Jie and Primer
Tengshan. Closely following behind this old man was Mu Zhan. Hearing the
manner the two addressed each other, Xiao Yan had also figure out this
old man’s identity. Mu Chen from the Mu clan, another Dou Wang…
After greeting the elders, Ya Fei quietly slipped to Xiao Yan’s side
and sat down. With a smile as pretty as a flower, she said, “Yan Xiao
di-di. You must get a good result this time around. There are countless
“With Mister Yan Xiao’s ability, his result this time around would
naturally not be poor. Obtaining the top three should be something that
is easily done.” Nalan Yanran came over to this side without anyone
knowing when and smiled as she said.
Yao Ye, who was seated beside Xiao Yan, saw Ya Fei and Nalan Yanran,
these two beauties whose appearance did not lose to her, gathered around
Xiao Yan. She was naturally extremely clear of the identities of these
two ladies. An astonishment flashed in her pretty eyes as she quietly
said in her heart, “This Yan Xiao may have an ordinary appearance, but
it is really unexpected that he is so attractive to ladies… looks like
great-grandfather was telling the truth. This Yan Xiao is definitely an
attractive person with great potential. Otherwise with Ya Fei’s
intelligence and Nalan Yanran’s aloofness, they would definitely not
converse with him in such a manner.
The three great beauties were all crowded around Xiao Yan’s side. This
undoubtedly caused some of the gazes on the VIP seats to become heated.
Some of the young people who possessed some imagination regarding the
three ladies were clenching their teeth and staring intently at Xiao Yan.
That manner of theirs was as though Xiao Yan was their enemy who had
murdered their father.
Xiao Yan sighed and rubbed his head. The waves of fragrances shrouding
the tip of his nose caused Xiao Yan to have an intention to laugh
bitterly. The numerous heated gazes behind him resulted in his back
feeling pricked. Even he himself did not understand why these three women
would crowd around him. Was it that silly comparison mentality of women?
Xiao Yan laughed bitterly in his heart. He was like an old monk in
meditation as he sat in an extremely straight manner, waiting for the
time for the Grand Meeting to begin. In an instant, he suddenly frowned
and turned his head around, only to coincidentally see Liu Ling, who was
seated in the row behind, staring at him icily. His manner was like a
poisonous snake ready to bite.
Seeing that Xiao Yan had discovered his gaze, or perhaps it was because
the Grand Meeting was about to begin, Liu Ling did not bother to disguise
his thoughts. The corner of his mouth lifted into a cold smile. His hand
was held horizantally and his middle finger pointed to the sky. His mouth
squirmed, “I want to let you suffer a crushing defeat in front of Nalan
Xiao Yan smiled gently. He moved his lips a little and immediately turned
his head around.
Liu Ling watched Xiao Yan’s back in a dark and cold manner. He slowly
let out a breath. A moment ago, he had clearly understood Xiao Yan’s
As time gradually flowed, the time for the start of the Grand Meeting
slowly arrived under tens of thousands gazes…
When a clear bell rang out on the plaza, the noisiness that had shot to
the sky suddenly became quiet…
Hearing the bell ringing by his ears, Fa Ma quivered slightly and stood
up. After which, he slowly walked to the very front of the VIP seats. His
gaze watched the thousands of alchemists seated behind the green tables
below. At this moment, over two thousand alchemists also lifted their
heads and threw respectful gazes toward this old man who possessed an
extremely great reputation within the Jia Ma Empire’s alchemist scene.
“As the chairman of the Jia Ma Empire’s Alchemist Association, I
pronounce that the seventh Alchemist Grand Meeting has begun!”
The entire ground boiled. Their happy cries stirred the skies.