Chapter 144: Senior Marquis
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"You... you're arguing irrationally!" Nie Fen was flustered and exasperated when he heard Duan Ling Tian's difficult-to-refute words.
"Enough, Fen. What this little brother said isn't without its logic." The Divine Might Marquis Nie Yuan spoke before looking over to Duan Ling Tian with a focused gaze. "Little brother, do you really have a way to cure the Dark Nether Mink's poison?"
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled. "Marquis, the current me doesn't have the ability to completely cure the Dark Nether Mink's poison within the Senior Marquis yet..."
"Humph! Father, I told you, even the Alchemist Guild's main guild's Guild Master was helpless against grandfather's poison; how could a kid like him have a way?" Nie Fen's face sank when he heard what Duan Ling Tian said.
"Fen, shut up." Nie Yuan glared at Nie Fen before gazing once more at Duan Ling Tian and asking, "Little brother, what do you mean by what you said?"
Duan Ling Tian shrugged as he slowly said, "The meaning is.... I can temporarily cure a portion of the Dark Nether Mink's toxic poison for the Senior Marquis, whereas the other portion would need to wait until I've become a Grade Eight Alchemist."
Grade Eight Alchemist? The father and son pair were both dumbstruck, then they sized up the violet-clothed youth in front of them.
This kid only looks to be around the age of 18, but he actually talked nonsense about becoming a Grade Eight Alchemist? Even if he can become a Grade Eight Alchemist, when will that be?! Who could afford to wait?!
"Kid, our Divine Might Marquis Estate doesn't have the time to fool around with you. Grade Eight Alchemist... to think you would dare to utter such nonsense! Even if it's just to become a Grade Nine Alchemist, I wonder how many more years it would...." Nie Fen had a displeased expression, but he wasn't able to finish what he wanted to say before being utterly dumbstruck and standing there like a log.
Only because in the movement of lifting his hand, a Grade Nine Pill Fire ignited on Duan Ling Tian's palm...
Nie Yuan's eyes shone.
An 18-year-old Grade Nine Alchemist?
This youth is virtually a bigger monster than that Xiao Clan's genius alchemist, Xiao He!
It was unknown, however, how Nie Yuan's expression would be if he knew that not too long ago, Duan Ling Tian had made fun of Xiao He in the Alchemist Guild and even duped Xiao He of 5,000,000 silver...
"I will surely become a Grade Eight Alchemist within two years! Before that, I can cure the toxic poison within the Senior Marquis's internal organs and allow the Senior Marquis to be rid of any pains from the toxic poison's flare. .Once I've become a Grade Eight Alchemist, I can completely cure the Senior Marquis's poison, and furthermore cure his Void Prying Stage strength!" Duan Ling Tian tone was clear and firm, containing an extremely strong confidence.
Nie Yuan took a deep breath before he asking, in a low voice, "You... How did you know that my father was a Void Prying Stage martial artist?"
"The Senior Marquis couldn't have survived until now if it wasn't for him being a Void Prying martial artist. If I'm not wrong, the Senior Marquis's health is already on its last leg, and if he doesn't find a way to cure the poison within his internal organs, he probably won't last a year," Duan Ling Tian slowly said.
Nie Fen was slightly moved. He never would have thought that this youth that seemed seven or eight years younger than him would actually have such skill. The matter of his grandfather, the Senior Marquis of the Divine Might Marquis Estate, being unable to last another year was something that only a few people knew of even within the entire Divine Might Marquis Estate! But this youth was actually able to deduce it so accurately!
"Little Brother, I still don't know what your name is." Nie Yuan suppressed the excitement in his heart, as he now nearly completely believed what Duan Ling Tian said.
An 18-year-old Grade Nine Alchemist might really be able to make a miracle happen. Or maybe, an 18-year-old Grade Nine Alchemist was the miracle itself!
"Ling Tian!" Duan Ling Tian slowly said. He similarly didn't proclaim his true name in front of the Divine Might Marquis.
"Ling Tian?" Unexpectedly, however, Nie Yuan seemed to be dazed upon hearing his name, seeming to have thought of something as he sighed. Then he looked at Duan Ling Tian and asked, "Brother Ling Tian, how about I take you to see my father right now?"
Duan Ling Tian nodded.
Nie Fen's gaze flickered as he stared at Duan Ling Tian for a moment with a weird expression before lightly shaking his head.
Before long, Duan Ling Tian met the Senior Marquis in the rear courtyard of the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
The old man wore a grey robe, and due to being poisoned for many years, he seemed sickly to the point that it gave the illusion that a gust of wind would be able to blow him down. But even then, a domineering and dignified presence was emitted from the old man's brows, seeming to recount his glorious past...
"Father." Nie Yuan respectfully bowed the moment he arrived in front of the old man.
"Grandfather." Nie Fen was reverent and respectful as well.
"Senior Marquis." Duan Ling Tian followed up and smiled lightly to the old man.
"This is?" The old man's murky eyes abruptly shone when they saw Duan Ling Tian, his gaze seeming to be able to see through everything...
"Father, this is Brother Ling Tian. He's here to cure your poison," Nie Yuan said respectfully. He had always held his father in reverence. Even though his father wasn't as renowned compared to all those years ago, his father was still the towering colossal mountain within his heart.
"Oh?" The old man's eyes emitted a trace of amazement. He understood his son and thus knew that his son wasn't the type of person to shoot off at random. Since the youth was able to arrive here, then it showed that his son believed in this youth.
Duan Ling Tian casually acted like he put his hand into his pockets before withdrawing a paper and brush from his Spatial Ring. He wrote down some medicinal materials on it before passing it over to Nie Yuan. "Marquis, prepare these medicinal materials, and after it's done, I'll refine a poison-curing pill for the Senior Marquis."
Refine a medicinal pill?
The old man's gaze focused and then he asked, in a slightly surprised tone, "Kid, you're an alchemist?"
"Grandfather, despite Brother Ling Tian's young age, he's a Grade Nine Alchemist," Nie Fen said with a light smile.
"Grade Nine Alchemist? Not bad, not bad." The old man nodded continuously as he looked at Duan Ling Tian, his tone filled with a heartfelt praise. An 18-year-old Grade Nine Alchemist... even his tranquil innermost being was startled....
Nie Fen followed Nie Yuan and left the rear courtyard, as they wented to prepare the medicinal materials.
"Hey, Fen, tell me, how nice would it be if Brother Ling Tian was the son of your uncle Ru Feng..." On the way, Nie Yuan abruptly sighed.
"Father, they only just have the same name. Moreover, brother Ling Tian is surnamed Ling, and Uncle Ru Feng's son should be called Duan Ling Tian." Nie Fen shook his head. He couldn't help but think back to that unparalleled genius martial artist of the Duan Clan.
But unfortunately, the heavens were jealous of outstanding talent, so they gave them a rocky road to travel through!
"I don't know why, but when I see him, I have this kind of intimate feeling.... If it wasn't for me going out to battle that year, how would I have let sister-in-law and little Tian leave the Duan Clan! But unfortunately, I never once asked Ru Feng about sister-in-law's background, and although that Duan Clan fourth brother knows of her background, he's unwilling to say! I virtually have no way of tracking her and the child down."
"So many years have passed... I wonder how the two of them are doing." Nie Yuan had a face full of guilt and regret.
"Don't worry, Father. Aunt Rou and little Tian are be fine, as the heavens protect good people," Nie Fen consoled.
"Little Tian, that child should have grown up by now and should probably be around the same age as brother Ling Tian... Fen, do you think it's possible that they might be the same person?"
"Father, don't overthink things. Think about it, Uncle Ru Feng had an elegant and handsome appearance; even aunt Rou had a drop dead gorgeous appearance. How could their child have such an ordinary appearance? It's only just a coincidence. Moreover, Brother Ling Tian isn't surnamed Duan."
"That's true as well. The child of Ru Feng and sister-in-law would surely have an exceptional appearance."
In the rear courtyard, Duan Ling Tian and the old man sat facing each other.
"Senior Marquis, according to my knowledge, the Dark Nether Mink wouldn't attack humans on its own accord, so how did you come into conflict with it?" Duan Ling Tian asked the old man in doubt.
"Brother Ling Tian, you even know the habits of the Dark Nether Mink?" The old man was slightly surprised, and the feeling that the youth before him wasn't simple became even stronger. "You're right, the Dark Nether Mink wouldn't attack me of its own accord, but at the time I urgently needed a Spirit Fruit that the Dark Nether Mink was guarding, so I could only take a risk and force it to leave.... In the end, although it left, it also bit me. Luckily, I was able to smoothly obtain that Spirit Fruit."
"That Spirit Fruit is very important to you?" Duan Ling Tian asked.
"Yes, extremely important.... Without it, great misfortune would have befallen my wife." The old man slowly nodded.
The old man didn't give any details, and Duan Ling Tian didn't inquire any further, as everyone had their own secrets. Although, he was very curious about what Spirit Fruit the Dark Nether Mink guarded that would actually make the old man risk his life.
"Looks like Senior Marquis is not one bit regretful towards this matter," Duan Ling Tian said with a light smile.
"In life, there are things you must do and there are things you mustn't.... As far as I'm concerned, as long my family is safe and sound, it doesn't matter even if I die." The old man lightly shook his head with a carefree expression.
At this moment, even Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but be aroused with admiration... "This old man is worthy of respect!"
"Don't worry, Senior Marquis, the toxic poison within your inner organs can be cured as soon as the medicinal pill is refined, and at that time, although you still won't be able to use your Origin Energy, you can still live like an ordinary person and not be affected by the pain from the toxic poison flares," Duan Ling Tian slowly said.
"Then I'll thank Brother Ling Tian in advance." The old man nodded with a smile, and deep with his eyes, a trace of respect flashed by.
Maybe in terms of the Martial Dao he once stood at the peak of the Crimson Sky Kingdom and looked down upon everyone in his surroundings. But in terms of the Dao of Alchemy, he couldn't help but admire the youth before him.
A Grade Nine Alchemist at the age of merely 18, such natural talent was utterly astounding!
Before long, Nie Yuan and his son finished preparing the medicinal materials Duan Ling Tian requested.
Duan Ling Tian was free from concern as he directly withdrew his Cauldron in front of the three Nie family members and started refining the medicinal pill...
Although the three of them were outsiders of the Dao of Alchemy, Duan Ling Tian's practiced movements made it seem as if the gods were helping him. This became an eye-opener to them and caused respect to be aroused within their hearts.
After two hours, Duan Ling Tian focused and calmed himself before his hand struck down onto the Cauldron! Three medicinal pills that had streams of light revolving around them instantly flew out of the Cauldron before falling into his hand.
The medicinal pill he refined this time was the Spirit-Cleansing Pill. It was the Rebirth Martial Emperor's masterpiece of his lifetime and was able to cure a myriad of poisons...
Although the old man's poison was formidable, it was still inferior to the Origin Sealing Parasite Xiong Quan was infected with, and would thus only require a Grade Eight Spirit-Cleansing Pill to fully cure the poison. Whereas Xiong Quan's poison, on the other hand, would require a Grade Seven Spirit-Cleansing Pill to be cured.
"Senior Marquis, consume these three medicinal pills over the course of three months." Duan Ling Tian passed over the medicinal pills to the old man.