Chapter 1104: The Comeback
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
“This is… Elder Duan gave this to me?” Soon after, Lu Rui’s eyes shifted back to the Spatial Ring in his hands. At once, he realized the ‘he’ Feng Tian Wu mentioned was their Lu Clan’s First Interim Advisor, Duan Ling Tian.
After Lu Rui pricked his finger and dripped his blood on the Spatial Ring to establish ownership, he looked inside.
There were ten pill bottles neatly arranged in a row.
After opening up a pill bottle, he saw the pills inside were all glowing faintly. All this was familiar to him.
These were grade one Life Recovery Pills!
“As it turns out, Elder Duan was already prepared.” Lu Rui shook his head and smiled before he turned to leave.
Above the sky of the Northern Mountain Land, five figures passed by as fast as lightning.
It was five travel-weary individuals who came from afar. Three of them led the group as an azure-clad middle-aged man and a blue-clad old man followed closely from behind.
The two old men in the lead were talking.
“Cheng He, you don’t have to wait long before you become a grade one alchemist who can refine pills with more than 90% purity,” a gold-clad old man said to the silver-clad old man.
“I don’t know how that boy managed to refine grade one pills with more than 90% purity… But, I hope things will go as you said,” Cheng He said with a faint smile. There was a hint of greed in the depth of his eyes.
“Guild Master Cheng, I’ll help you this time… I hope you’ll keep your promise.” A middle-aged man walked shoulder to shoulder with the two old men. He looked ordinary, but he had really bright eyes. His hands were holding on to a sheathed long blade.
He seemed to emit a piercing aura similar to a sharp blade when he stood there.
Currently, he was also looking at Cheng He.
“Clan Leader of Ou Clan, you may rest assured that I won’t break my promise!” Cheng He said solemnly.
“Alright then.” The middle-aged man with a piercing aura nodded faintly and kept quiet.
“Cheng He… Previously, you said the target this time is the Lu Clan’s grade one alchemist who looks no older than thirty years old?” The gold-clad old man suddenly asked.
“Yes.” Cheng He nodded seriously. “He’s not only a grade one alchemist. Even his cultivation base is shocking. If I have to guess, I would say his strength is around the Second Level Martial Monarch Stage.”
Grade one alchemist!
Second Level Martial Monarch Stage!
A young man not older than thirty years old?
Apart from the azure-clad middle-aged man who had already known about the matter, the three individuals’ faces changed at once.
Even the middle-aged man with a piercing aura was not an exception. He was shocked. It sounded too unbelievable.
A human martial artist who became a grade one alchemist before the age of thirty would have been known as a monster prodigy favored by the Gods.
Moreover, that person was also a Second Level Martial Monarch Stage martial artist?
“Cheng He, are you trying to trick us?” The gold-clad old man’s face darkened slightly as he looked at Cheng He solemnly.
The middle-aged man with a piercing aura also looked at Cheng He with a sharp gaze that felt like two blades hanging over Cheng He.
“Trick?” Cheng He glanced at the gold-clad old man like he was looking at an idiot. He was rendered speechless for a moment before he said, “Why would I trick you? Do I look like I have so much free time on my hands? Why would I risk offending both of you at once?”
Both the gold-clad old man and the middle-aged man with a piercing aura withdrew their gazes when they heard Cheng He’s words.
“I know it sounds unbelievable… But it’s the truth! You can see for yourselves when we arrive at the Lu Clan’s estate tomorrow,” Cheng He said to the gold-clad old man.
“A grade one alchemist under the age of thirty… There’s never been a demon alchemist in the history of Cloud Continent!”
“That’s why he can only be human. The fact that he’s also at the Second Level Martial Monarch Stage is incredible!” The gold-clad old man mumbled to himself with narrowed eyes after he heard Cheng He’s words.
“No! He’s not necessarily human,” the middle-aged man with a piercing aura suddenly said as though he had recalled something.
“He’s not necessarily human?” After the middle-aged man had spoken, apart from the two old men beside him, even the azure-clad old man and the blue-clad old man looked at him.
Their eyes were filled with curiosity, and they were left wondering about the middle-aged man’s words.
The middle-aged man was the Northern Mountain’s Ou Clan’s Clan Leader, Ou Lie. He was also the strongest person in the Ou Clan!
The Ou Clan was as famous as the Lu Clan in the Northern Mountain Land. They were a famous family of weapons craftsmen.
However, Ou Lie was not a weapon craftsman. He became the Clan Leader of Ou Clan due to his unbeatable strength in the entire Ou Clan!
As such, Ou Lie had the highest status in the Ou Clan. The power he had in the Ou Clan was a lot more than the power Lu Rui had in the Lu Clan.
That was because even though Lu Rui was the Clan Leader of Lu Clan, the Former Clan Leader, Lu Qiu, was the true leader.
Naturally, Lu Qiu usually remained hidden, and he never interfered with Lu Rui’s management of the Lu Clan.
Lu Qiu’s status at the Lu Clan was not only because he was the Former Clan Leader, but he was also the strongest person in the Lu Clan!
On the other hand, the Former Clan Leader of Ou Clan was just an ordinary grade two weapons craftsman. Therefore, the status of the Ou Clan’s Former Clan Leader was far beneath the current Clan Leader, Ou Lie.
“Ou Lie, although you’re not a weapons craftsman, you’re from a family of weapons craftsmen… Don’t you know non-humans can’t be an alchemist or weapons craftsman?” Cheng He asked with a frown.
“Yes, if he isn’t human but a demon, it’s impossible for him to be an alchemist or a weapons craftsman. Let alone a grade one alchemist,” the gold-clad old man added.
Both the blue-clad old man and the azure-clad middle-aged man standing behind the gold-clad old man and Cheng He nodded in agreement.
No matter what, a demon could not become an alchemist or weapons craftsman. That was the law on Cloud Continent. For countless years, no one had heard any demons that had broken the law.
“I just said he’s not necessarily human… When did I say he’s a demon?” Ou Lie asked as he glanced coldly at the gold-clad old man.
“That… You mean…” The gold-clad old man was stunned after hearing Ou Lie’s words.
Under the curious eyes of the four men, Ou Lie slowly opened his mouth and said the word, “Variant!”
When Ou Lie said that, it was as though lightning had struck the four other men. All of them, including Cheng He, was stunned.
Variant. They were naturally no stranger to it. A variant was the product of a human and a demon. They were either trash or monsters. The latter had mysterious and unique innate abilities. Moreover, they also possessed shocking innate talent in Martial Dao that exceeded ordinary humans or demons.
Most importantly, Variants could become grade one alchemists or grade one weapon craftsmen because they were half human, unlike pure demons who could not condense Pill Fire or Weapon Flame!
Cheng He was first to react, and he muttered, “After listening to Ou Lie… I really think it’s possible! It’s very likely he’s a Variant.”
After that, he turned to look at the azure-clad man who followed him since the beginning. “Leng Chi, what do you think?”
“Probably,” Leng Chi said and nodded.
“A variant!” The shock was apparent on the gold-clad old man and the blue-clad old man’s faces.
Eventually, the gold-clad old man nodded. “Barring unforeseen factors, then he should be a Variant! After all, his achievement isn’t something ordinary humans can achieve at that age.”
Everyone else nodded in agreement.
“I don’t care whether he’s a Variant or not… I’ll get the method of refining pills with more than 90% purity from him,” Cheng He enunciated each word clearly as greed shone in his eyes.
“Leng Chi alone is a match for that old fellow, Lu Qiu… As long as Leng Chi distracts Lu Qiu, it’ll be easy for the rest of us to defeat the Monarch Stage martial artists in Lu clan.”
The gold-clad old man said, “It won’t be difficult to capture Duan Ling Tian.
However, Cheng He, you must be prepared. He probably won’t tell you the method of refining pills with more than 90% purity even if you capture him.”
“You don’t have to worry about that,” Cheng He said confidently.
“How? You’ve got a plan?” The gold-clad old man’s eyes brightened. “Tell us.”
“There’s a strong woman who seems to be a Demon Monarch powerhouse around Duan Ling Tian! Her strength is probably at the Second Level Demon Monarch Stage that’s equivalent to a Second Level Martial Monarch Stage martial artist,” Cheng He said slowly.
“You’ve already said that earlier… I’m asking you, how are you planning to make Duan Ling Tian tell you the method?” The gold-clad old man asked again as he knitted his brows together.
“Since I mentioned the woman, naturally it’s because it’s related to her,” Cheng He said snappily to the gold-clad old man before he continued saying casually, “If Duan Ling Tian isn’t cooperative, I’ll torture the woman in front of him… until he cooperates.” A sinister smile appeared on Cheng He’s face when he finished his sentence.
“You’re really… Despicable!” The gold-clad old man looked at Cheng He. “However, why are you so certain he will spill his secrets for that woman? That’s not an ordinary secret you know.”
“You don’t know this… but that boy is really affectionate,” Cheng He said with a smile. “Previously, he almost died for that woman.”