Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-317
Fa Ma pressed his hands together as his gaze slowly swept across the
entire open ground. The deafening noise was gradually reduced as he did
so. A vigor-filled loud voice echoed throughout the entire open ground
for a long time.
“The association will no longer give any help to the participants
during the third round of the competition. You will each have to rely on
yourself for everything including the medicinal formula, medicinal
ingredients, etc. In other words, you must successfully refine a type of
medicinal pill within your ability during the time that has been
allocated. The final victor will naturally be the one whose medical pill
is the highest tier along with being the most useful.”
When the competitors in the open ground heard the clear voice that
sounded by their ears, most of them were stunned by the unexpected
examination prompt. A long while later, there were some competitors whose
faces were among the first to become pale. Clearly, these people did not
prepare any suitable medicinal formulas or sufficient medicinal
ingredients. For such an examination prompt, the result of failing to
meet these two requirements was very obvious. Their chances of failure
would increase greatly.
Although Xiao Yan had already known the examination problem beforehand,
he still put on an act and changed his expression slightly. After all,
one would inevitable be doubted if one maintained a clam express when
faced with such an unexpected question.
As Xiao Yan controlled the change in his expression, his gaze also swept
all around him. He discovered that although the Little Princess and Liu
Ling were initially somewhat stunned when they they heard the examination
question, they managed to swiftly recover. The expressions on their faces
did not appear too ugly.
“They really do have rich foundations. Seeing their expressions, the
examination question simply caused them to be a little surprised and does
not appear to hinder their performance.”
While Xiao Yan muttered in his heart, he once again shifted his gaze
toward Yan Li a short distance away.
Currently, the latter was also tightly knitting his eyebrows together. A
while later, he coldly laughed and spoke in a soft voice, “No matter
what kind of strange and unique question that you come up with, the
champion position will be mine!”
“Since everyone is already familiar with the examination rules,
the…” On the high platform, Fa Ma slowly raised his hand and abruptly
waved it down. A faint sound reverberated throughout the entire place,
“The third round of the examination will now begin!”
Once Fa Ma’s voice fell, the open ground, which had many private
conversations, instantly quieted down. From the audience seats, countless
gazes stared intently at the over one hundred competitors on the huge
open ground below, waiting for their splendid performance today.
After Fa Ma’s voice fell, all the competitors on the open ground did
not do anything. Instead, they coincidentally remained silent and mused
with a frown, thinking of a method to handle the examination this time
The silence persisted for nearly ten minutes before Little Princess and
Liu Ling chose to break it. The two of them slowly walked closer to their
rock table and beckoned with their hands. Two somewhat ancient looking
green and red cauldrons containing a faint, deep aura appeared on the
Hearing the sound of the cauldon landing on the rock table. Xiao Yan
tilted his head and frowned slightly. The cauldrons that the two of them
pulled out were clearly not the same ones they used yesterday. Seeing the
deep auras that were emitted from the cauldrons, it was clear that the
tier of the cauldrons clearly surpassed the red cauldron that Xiao Yan
“Tsk tsk, Old Man Jia your Imperial family is indeed generous. You
actually took out the ‘Green-Flame Cauldron’. That is a tier five
cauldron. I recalled that there were quite a number of tier four
alchemists had gotten into a big fight over it back then. It really is
unexpected that it finally ended up in your hands.” Fa Ma smiled and
said in surprise as he eyed the green colored cauldron that the Little
Princess had summoned.
“Ke ke, I am also not too certain about that. It is most likely that
the little girl had pestered her father repeatedly with all kinds of
tactics in order to get it.” Fa Ma shook his head and smiled faintly,
“Gu He also acted extraordinarily. That red colored medicinal cauldron
of Liu Ling’s seems to be the treasure that Gu He relied on to become
famous back then, the ‘Fire-Mountain Flame Cauldron’. That is also a
tier five medicinal cauldron.”
In the alchemist world, a medicinal cauldron was extremely helpful to an
alchemist. When refining a medicinal pill, the best cauldron has the
notable ability to increase the chances of success. Moreover, some of the
low tier medicinal cauldrons didn’t have a very great ability to
withstand heat. This would result in the cauldron suddenly bursting apart
when refining medicinal pills. Therefore, the medicinal cauldrons also
had quite a detailed difference in their grade. The cauldrons increased
in quality from tier one to eight. Above tier eight, there was the
‘Heavenly Cauldron Ranking’. There seemed to be only thirteen
medicinal cauldrons belonging to this grade. From this, it could be seen
just how valuable they were. Xiao Yan’s dark red cauldron, on the other
hand, was merely one that had just reached a shabby tier two regardless
of how one tried to stretch its ability. Basically, it had no additional
effect on the refining process and might not be able to withstand a
complete refining of a high tier pill.
Of course, no matter how much help a medicinal cauldron provided, it was
merely an external assistance. The most important thing was one’s
personal ability. This was the reason why Yao Lao had only roughly
mentioned the ‘Heavenly Cauldron Ranking’, but did not tell Xiao Yan
in detail about the grades between the medicinal cauldrons.
A true alchemist grandmaster could use his palm as a cauldron and refine
pills as he desired, without any limitation. Only that elegant demeanor
could show the true style of a grandmaster.
“Yes, it is indeed that ‘Fire-Mountain Flame Cauldron.” Fa Ma
nodded his head and smiled as he continued speaking, “Back then, Gu He
used it to take the champion spot during that year’s Grand Meeting.
Since he is willing to give this medicinal cauldron to Liu Ling to
participate in the Grand Meeting, it appears that he really has quite the
expectation for the latter.”
“Unfortunately, if this year didn’t have that fellow or Yan Xiao, it
would not be impossible for Liu Ling to become the champion. However, it
is quite difficult now.” Hai Bo Dong shook his head and gloatingly
Fa Ma merely smiled, but did not speak. He threw his gaze toward the open
Within the open grounds, Xiao Yan may have been somewhat astonished by
the high tier medicinal cauldrons that Liu Ling and Little Princess had,
but having received Yao Lao’s philosophy, he still thought that the
medicinal cauldron was merely a foreign object. Therefore, he immediately
withdrew his gaze and waved his hand. His dark red cauldron which
appeared somewhat shabby looking when compared to Liu Ling and the Little
Princess was carelessly called out by him.
Once the dark red cauldron appeared, it attracted somewhat stunned gazes
from around him. Many people thought that Xiao Yan was similar to Little
Princess and the others, keeping the best things until the last moment.
However, it was unexpected that he still took out this lousy thing at
Xiao Yan was not too concerned about the gazes around him. He closed his
eyes and thought for a moment. Then, he flicked his finger gently and a
set of the ingredients needed to refine the ‘Three Line Green Spirit
Pill’ appeared on the stone table. Looking at it, there was at least
twenty different ingredients. This was the first time since Xiao Yan
began learning how to refine medicine that he had to refine a medicinal
pill made up of so many ingredients.
“Yes, the difficulty for a tier four medicinal pill is indeed quite
great.” Xiao Yan sighed softly. He lifted his head and glanced around
him, only to realize that there were quite a number of competitors who
had already began raising their flame and preparing to refine medicinal
“Although this ‘Three Lines Green Spirit Pill’ is a tier four
medicinal ingredient in name, I think that it would need to have at least
two Pill-Lines if I want to surpass everyone. If it is only an ordinary
‘One Line Green Spirit Pill’, it should still be quite difficult to
become the champion.” Xiao Yan frowned gently and muttered softly in
“Wow, it’s actually a blue color flame?” Just as Xiao Yan was about
to raise his flame, a surprised noise suddenly rose from the audience
Xiao Yan raised his head, feeling somewhat puzzled. He was immediately
surprised as he saw that an azure flame was rising from the Little
Princess’ delicate hand by the side. Waves of ripples like water waves
were strangely forming around the rising flame.
“What kind of flame is that?” Xiao Yan was somewhat at a loss as he
eyed that azure flame with surprise.
“But is appears to look quite familiar?” Xiao Yan knit his eyebrows
slightly together and thought deeply for some time. His eyebrow suddenly
twitched. Finally, he had recalled it. “This azure flame seems to have
appeared on the Imperial family crest on the horse carriage that she had
ridden on back then.”
The crest of the Imperial family was a huge unique beast that had its
head raised as it let out a long roar. The body of the unique beast was
shrouded by this kind of strange flame which had such ripples.
According to legend, in the early years of the founding of the Jia Ma
Empire, the Jia Ma Empire Imperial family possessed a divine beast which
was extremely strong. It had saved the Jia Ma Empire’s Imperial family
a number of times before. However, the little rumors among the people
were mostly baseless assertions that were repeated and could not be
treated as the truth. Therefore, there were not many people who believed
them. Of course, this was other than those who had insider information.
“Eh? Don’t tell me that this flame is that ‘Shock-Wave
Dragon’s’ ‘Dry Blue Water Flame’?” On the high platform, Fa Ma
and Hai Bo Dong were momentarily surprised when they saw the blue colored
flame that the Little Princess had summoned. A while later, it appeared
that they had recalled something and they turned their heads around to
ask in astonishment.
“Haha.” Jia Lao smiled but did not open his mouth to reveal any
information regarding the ‘Shock-Wave Dragon’ that the two of them
“What a lucky girl. It is really unexpected that the fellow which was
in a deep slumber for god knows how long is actually still alive.” As
they watched Jia Lao’s manner, Fa Ma and Hai Bo Dong helplessly shook
their heads. They exchanged glances and saw the meaning contained within
each other’s eyes. Although the ‘Dry Blue Water Flame’ could not be
compared with the unique natural object like the ‘Heavenly Flame’, it
was considered to be among the top when it came to the so called ‘Beast
Flames’. Moreover, this kind of flame was tilted toward being dark and
gentle. If a female were to use it to refine medicinal pill, the extent
of the flame formability would be significantly raised.
Not long after the Little Princess summoned the dry blue flame, the
audience seat once again emitted two other shocked noises. At this
moment, Liu Ling had unexpectedly summoned a hazel colored flame. The
other exclamations were emitted because of Yan Li. The flame that he had
summoned was not of the normal yellow color, but a black colored flame.
As they eyed the multi-colored flames on the open ground, the emotions of
everyone in the audience seat became somewhat excited. From the looks of
this, it was clear that many people had held something back in the
examination yesterday. This undoubtedly caused the examination today to
become even more worthwhile to watch.
“Everyone indeed held something back.” As he eyed the many different
colored flame, Xiao Yan suddenly laughed softly. He slowly raised his
hand and flicked his finger gently. An elegant green colored flame
suddenly rose from it. Instantly, the temperature of the open ground rose
abruptly. At this moment, the originally happily dancing flames summoned
by the Little Princess and the others had quietly become much more
sluggish for some unknown reason.
In the open ground, a gentle breeze suddenly blew past. Those different
colored strange and unique flames suddenly slanted slightly. The thing
that caused people to be amazed at was that the direction that these
flames tilted was actually toward Xiao Yan at the middle of the open
ground. Accurately putting it, it should be the elegant and otherworldly
green colored flame on his palm.
This kind of strange phenomenon was like the subjects deferring to a king.
“When the ‘Heavenly Flame’ appears, all flames submit. This remark
is indeed true.” As he eyed the strange phenomenon in the open ground,
Fa Ma, who was on the high platform, sighed gently. He had seen such a
spectacular scene once when he was young. He did not expect that he would
actually be able to witness it again, at this moment.