Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-499
Under the countless gazes in the audience, the two human figures in the
arena stood and raised their heads proudly. They straightened their
bodies as they set off different auras. It was clear that they both had
an imposing presence. The eyes of quite a number of females of the Inner
Academy in the audience flickered slightly.
Elder Hao was wearing plain clothes as he stood between Xiao Yan and Han
Xian. Although his hair was white, his other aspects had a sturdiness
that did not lose to a young person. He may possess a smile on his face
due to the atmosphere today, on a face with some wrinkles, but from the
looks of the faint sharpness in his eyes, this Elder Hao really did give
off the impartial feeling that Lin Yan had mentioned.
As Elder Hao coughed softly once again, his voice which contained
powerful Dou Qi suppressed the voices in the entire stadium. His gaze
looked over the entire stadium before he took out a slightly yellowed
ancient scroll from his storage ring in a slow but orderly manner. He
smiled faintly and said, “The old me has always had great interest in
the refining of pills. However, due to the harsh conditions of an
alchemist, I could only quietly give it up. Today, I am extremely happy
to come and be the judge of this extremely rare pill refining competition
that has appeared in this Inner Academy. However, everyone also knows
about the usual reputation of this old me. Therefore, you can throw away
those doubts about the fairness of this competition.”
Everyone in the stadium immediately emitted waves of responding voices
upon hearing Elder Hao’s voice. Clearly, the impartial reputation that
he possessed in the Inner Academy was something that everyone knew about.
“The topic for today’s competition is personally chosen by this old
me. Until this moment, Xiao Yan and Han Xian are still unclear what they
need to refine.” The response from the stadium caused the smile on
Elder Hao’s face to increase a little. His hand gently patted the
scroll. After which, he turned his head and smiled as he said to Xiao Yan
and Han Xian, “I will say this beforehand. This test question is a
little difficult… I wonder if the both of you dare to accept it?”
Xiao Yan and Han Xian were slightly startled when they heard this. They
exchanged glances with one another before Han Xian took the lead in
cupping his heads. He smiled and said, “I will definitely do my best no
matter what kind of test question Elder Hao has chosen.” He believed
that he, as a tier four alchemist, could barely and forcefully refine a
tier five medicinal pill when he was at peak condition. Of course, his
chances of success were a little too low. Moreover, even if the test
question that Elder Hao had chosen belonged to the kind of extremely
difficult level, he believed that even if he lost, he would definitely be
better than Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan to the side smiled slightly. He similarly nodded without any
“Good. The both of you have quite a strong pride. As the manager of the
Inner Academy’s medicinal formula storage, I also have the right to
take out the medicinal formula. Today, in order to thank the both of you
in displaying refining skills that will be an eye-opener for all of us,
this medicinal formula will be given to the both of you as a gift.”
Elder Hao stroked his beard and smiled. He waved the scroll at the two of
them and smiled as he asked, “Who will be the first to read?”
“I will allow Senior Han Xian to be first.” Xiao Yan smiled and said.
“Since that is the case, thank you very much, Junior Xiao Yan.” Han
Xian smiled faintly and did not reject the offer. He received the scroll
from Elder Hao and slowly opened it. His eyes were gradually shut as his
Spiritual Strength broke out of his body and invaded the scroll,
obtaining the extremely complicated medicine refining information.
Under the gazes of everyone, the smile on Han Xian’s face was gradually
withdrawn as the information on the medicinal formula was imprinted into
his mind. At the end, there was even an ugly look within it.
Waves of private whispers immediately sounded within the stadium upon
seeing the change in Han Xian’s expression. The many gazes were filled
with doubts. Clearly, they were unclear just what had happened.
“It appears that there is something wrong…” Hu Jia, who was in the
stadium, frowned as she spoke to Xun Er and the others by her side.
“Let’s watch first…” Some uncertainty also flashed in Xun Er’s
heart. However, she still forcefully remained calm as she replied and
In the arena, Xiao Yan also knit his eyebrows together at the sight of
Han Xian’s expression. Looking at the situation, it appeared that there
was some problem with the medicinal formula… was the medicinal formula
really extremely difficult as Elder Hao had said? Moreover, it was so
difficult to the point that even Han Xian, this tier four alchemist,
would reach the point where his expression became extremely ugly?
Under the countless numbers of doubtful gazes in the open ground, Han
Xian finally withdrew his Spiritual Strength from the medicinal formula
after a while. He returned the medicinal formula to Elder Hao as he
forcefully smiled and said, “The test question that Elder has chosen is
indeed difficult. Han Xian can only do his best.”
“Young people always need to challenge their limits.” Elder Hao
smiled. There was a faint craftiness in his smile. He held the medicinal
formula before turning around and handing it to Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan received the medicinal formula. He did not hesitate as he opened
it. His Spiritual Strength swiftly encroached upon it.
Seeing Xiao Yan take the medicinal formula, an involuntary cold smile
flashed across the eyes of Han Xian at the side. This medicinal formula
was something that he could only helplessly smile at, much less just you,
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Han Xian eyed Xiao Yan somewhat gloatingly. He anticipated the scene of
his expression becoming ugly. However, after two minutes had passed, the
ugly expression similar to his earlier did not appear on Xiao Yan’s
face. There was merely an additional solemness and surprise.
“This fellow is extremely shrewd. He is actually able to hide so
ingeniously under this kind of shocking situation. Humph. However, this
kind of illusionary action will naturally break without any need for an
attack when it comes to refining the pill.” The calmness that Xiao Yan
displayed caused Han Xian to frown a little. He could only mock with a
cold smile in his heart.
“Looks like the situation isn’t very terrible…” At the bottom of
the stadium, Xun Er sighed in relief within her heart as she smiled and
spoke when she saw the solemness that surfaced on Xiao Yan’s face.
To her side, Hu Jia, Wu Hao, and Lin Yan spread their hands. It was
pointless to say anything more, since the pill refinement had yet to
reach the end.
Under the focus of all the gazes in the stadium, Xiao Yan also withdrew
his Spiritual Strength from the medicinal formula after a couple of
minutes. He rubbed his somewhat swollen head from being stuffed with such
a large amount of information before returning the medicinal formula to
Elder Hao. He smiled and softly spoke, “Elder Hao really makes things
difficult for us. This tier five medicinal pill is something that even an
ordinary tier five alchemist would not have a high success rate with.”
“Tier five medicinal pill?”
All the audience in the stadium involuntarily let out a surprised
‘wow’ when they heard the words from Xiao Yan’s mouth. Only at this
moment did they understand why Han Xian’s expression turned so ugly
earlier. A tier five medicinal pill. It was a tier that only a tier five
alchemist could encroach on. Although he was a tier four alchemist, he
would undoubtedly have a failure rate of over seventy-to-eighty-percent
when refining this kind of medicinal pill.
“Ke ke, since you are going to compete, it is natural that you want to
compete with something bigger… This tier five medicinal pill is indeed
a little difficult to refine. However, if it is really not possible, you
would at the very most fail in your refinement.” Elder Hao smiled and
Xiao Yan was speechless. The medicinal pill that was recorded in the
medicinal formula was a tier five medicinal pill named ‘Dragon Strength
Pill.’ This kind of medicinal pill could allow the person consuming it
to possess an extremely great strength for a short period of time. This
kind of strength had nothing to do with the increase in Dou Qi. Instead,
it was an extremely pure physical strength. Therefore, this ‘Dragon
Strength Pill’ belonged to the type of medicinal pill that could be
used to increase one’s strength. Thus, it was a little more difficult
to refine compared to an ordinary tier five medicinal pill. Forget about
Hao Xian, even Xiao Yan felt that it was a little troublesome to refine
this kind of medicinal pill. He did not expect that this Elder Hao would
actually choose such a difficult test question. It was likely that the
people who could refine a medicinal pill of this tier were as rare as a
phoenix feather and unicorn horn even in the entire Alchemist Department.
Elder Hao smiled faintly. He ignored the expression of the two people and
pulled open the scroll. After which, he read out some of the introduction
on the tier of the ‘Dragon Strength Pill’ as well as some brief
information on it.
The eyes of everyone in the stadium involuntarily glowed when they heard
that this medicinal pill actually possessed the ability to increase
one’s strength. They quietly spoke in their hearts. This was indeed
worthy of being a tier five medicinal pill. It actually had such a unique
“This old fellow, is he actually here to ensure fairness or here to
create trouble? He is actually asking two people of the younger
generation to refine a tier five medicinal pill…” Some of the Elders
in the stadium, who had come to watch the competition, involuntarily
muttered quietly when they heard the test question for the competition.
“Since the both of you already know of the test question for the
competition, please go ahead.” Elder Hao stored the scroll properly and
waved his hand. A wild wind swept past two black cloths within the arena,
which were sent flying. They revealed two stone tables under them as well
as various medicinal ingredients placed on them.
“Three sets of medicinal ingredients have been prepared for each of
you. Hence, each of you has three chances. Within these three chances,
whoever manages to successfully refine the pill first will be the
victor.” Elder Hao slowly spoke. He pointed at the stone platform and
“What if the both of us fail? Don’t tell me we will end up in a
draw?” Han Xian knit his brows slightly when he heard this. He also did
not have much confidence in this so called ‘Dragon Strength Pill.’
However, if he failed in the refinement, would it not be the case where
he and Xiao Yan would be at the same level? This was undoubtedly a little
unfair toward him. Although that was merely his own assumption…
“If the both of you fails to successfully refine it, there would at
least be the failed product right? From that, we can also discern some
clues about both parties skills.” Elder Hao said. As he had great
interest in refining skills, he was also extremely clear about the steps
of refining medicine.
Han Xian only sighed in relief when he heard Elder Hao saying this. He
believed that even if he was unable to refine a true pill, his failed
product would definitely be more outstanding than that of Xiao Yan’s.
“Xiao Yan, do you have any objections?” Elder Hao asked Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan smiled and shook his head. He turned his head and glanced at Han
Xian. He could see a faint cold smile from the latter’s eyes.
Immediately, he lifted his eyebrows slightly, turned his body toward the
stone table in the arena and walked over.
Behind him, Han Xian bowed slightly and handsomely toward the entire
stadium before he turned around and walked to the other stone table. When
he passed by Xiao Yan, he paused his footsteps and softly spoke with a
smile, “Brat who is pretending to be calm. I await your failure.”
“Likewise.” Xiao Yan smiled and stepped behind a stone table.
Xiao Yan’s calmness caused the cold smile on Han Xian’s face to
become a little denser. He curled his mouth and did not continue
speaking. His body flashed behind a stone table.
Seeing that both parties were prepared, the smile on Elder Hao’s face
also became much richer. He turned his body around, faced the black
masses in the stadium as his clear voice reverberated throughout the
“The match will now begin!”