Chapter 77: Alchemist Guild
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
He followed Li Fei to her house.
After a month's time, Duan Ling Tian once again met the old man.
"I really didn't expect you would complete your break through so quickly."
Although he had heard from Li Fei about how Duan Ling Tian broke through yesterday, when he saw Duan Ling Tian, he still couldn't help himself from being surprised.
A sixteen-year-old at the first level of the Core Formation Stage...
Such natural talent.
Even in the entire Crimson Sky Kingdom, he was still an existence that was like phoenix feathers and qilin horns.
If he knew that there was another sixteen-year-old Core Formation martial artist in Duan Ling Tian's home, god knows how he would feel then.
"Grandfather, I can refine the medicinal pill for you and uproot your hidden injuries today... but I need a Cauldron. As a weapons craftsman, you should have one, right?"
Duan Ling Tian blinked his eyes as a trace of cunning flashed within.
"Kid, you're actually having ideas about my things. I do indeed have a Cauldron, and it's even a Grade Eight Spirit Weapon. Are you really capable of refining medicinal pills?"
The old man's eye emitted a sense of doubt.
Duan Ling Tian continued with no nonsense; he directly lifted his hand, with his palm facing upwards, circulating his Origin Energy.
In the next moment, as if he was possessed by the Rebirth Martial Emperor...
Duan Ling Tian skillfully transformed his Origin Energy into a milky white flame.
It was precisely a Grade Nine Pill Fire.
The grade of an alchemist was judged based on the grade of the Pill Fire.
"This...This is a Grade Nine Pill Fire! You really are a little freak that nobody can see through."
The old man gave Duan Ling Tian a deep glance. "If you can really refine a medicinal pill, than can uproot my hidden injuries. I might as well gift that Cauldron to you!"
"Grandfather, isn't that Cauldron something that your teacher left behind for you?"
Li Fei's beautiful eyebrows frowned. She knew the meaning of that Cauldron to her grandfather.
"Grandfather, since that Cauldron has a special meaning to you, then it's fine. I'll just casually refine a Cauldron myself to play with."
Duan Ling Tian smiled at the old man, unwilling to take away his prized possession.
"Forget about that. That Cauldron is my master's peak creation. Leaving it in my hands will only be wasting such a valuable item. It would be better off giving off its splendor in your hands...But kid, you said that you would casually refine a Cauldron to play with? Don't tell me you can condense a Weapon Flame as well."
The old man had a strange expression.
The Pill Fire on Duan Ling Tian's palm distorted and become more destructive. Instantly, the air in the seemed to become hotter.
"Grade Nine Weapon Flame!"
As a weapons craftsman, the old man naturally was able to differentiate between the Pill Fire and Weapon Flame.
The Pill Fire was more restrained.
The Weapon Flame was more destructive and unrestrained.
The old man's breathing became hurried, slightly unable to catch his breath.
Condensing Pill Fire or Weapon Flame out of Origin Energy was something that even someone with a high natural talent would require years of painstaking cultivation to achieve.
But the violet-clothed youth in front of him completely overturned what he knew about alchemists and weapons craftsmen.
Years ago, he spent a whole five years before he was able to successfully condense his Weapon Flame.
But even then, his teacher said that he had outstanding natural talent.
"Grandfather, don't get agitated."
Duan Ling Tian withdrew his Weapon Flame and smiled.
Li Fei had long since been struck dumb. Although she wasn't an alchemist or weapons craftsman, as she followed by her grandfather's side since a young age, she was imbued with the knowledge she saw and heard.
She knew how difficult it was to become a graded alchemist or weapons craftsman.
But now, what happened before her very eyes utterly overturned everything her grandfather had once said.
"I have really wasted my life all these years."
The old man finally caught his breath and had a bitter smile.
Duan Ling Tian quickly diverted the topic. "Grandfather, the medicinal pill I want to refine for you includes some medicinal materials that are fairly rare, so ordinary medicine stores wouldn't sell them... Is there a Alchemist Guild in Aurora City?"
As he spoke, his gaze descended upon the other crest beside the Li Clan's crest on the old man's chest.
He recognized it.
That was the Grade Nine Weapons Craftsman Crest of the Weapons Craftsmen Guild.
Relying on this crest, no matter where one goes in the entire Cloud Continent, they would still be able to receive treatment that was extremely good.
He still remembered that the Fresh Breeze Town's Branch Family's Grand Elder, Li Huo, had the Alchemist Guild's crest on his chest at all times to indicate his status as a Grade Nine Alchemist.
"You want to buy medicinal materials from the Alchemist Guild?"
The old man frowned slightly. "According to what I know, the medicinal materials in the Alchemist Guild can't be exchanged for money and must be exchanged for with the Alchemist Guild's points.
"I know of this."
Duan Ling Tian nodded.
What a joke.
Years ago, Rebirth Martial Emperor was the only Royal Grade Alchemist in the entire Cloud Continent.
And he even was the Honorary Guild Master of the Alchemist Guild's Headquarters.
He was extremely clear about the workings of the Alchemist Guild.
If one wanted to obtain the Alchemist Guild's points, then one must provide a contribution to the Alchemist Guild, such as completing the assignments posted by the Alchemist Guild.
Contributing some sort of rare medicinal material would also result in generous points.
The old man gave Duan Ling Tian an address.
Duan Ling Tian left the Li Clan Estate.
Li Fei curiously followed along.
"This run-down place is the Alchemist Guild?"
After arriving at the end of a small alley and looking at the condemned building that looked like it would fall at any moment, the corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth twitched.
But in the next moment, what Li Fei said cause Duan Ling Tian to be completely speechless.
"Not bad, it's slightly better than the Weapons Craftsmen Guild."
Li Fei looked at the condemned building and judged.
Duan Ling Tian could only imagine how Aurora City's Weapons Craftsmen Guild would undoubtedly be in an even more terrible state...
When he walked in the Alchemist Guild, it was completely different to what he expected.
Although the hall was old and worn out, it was very simple and clean.
When they entered, besides the young girl behind the counter, there wasn't anybody else.
The two of them walked to the counter.
"Customers, may I ask if you want to post an assignment or collect the medicinal pills that you entrusted to our Alchemist Guild to refine?"
The young girl had an ordinary appearance but was very animated. She had a pair of big eyes that were brimming with vigor.
Ordinary people were able to post assignments in the Alchemist Guild by means of monetary payments and entrust the Alchemist Guild to refine the medicinal pill required.
These assignments would be put up by the Alchemist Guild and offered to the alchemists of the Alchemist Guild to take on. The rewards of these assignments would be then converted to the Alchemist Guild points.
These points were useless to ordinary people, but to an alchemist, they were extremely valuable.
Sometimes, some alchemists would even spend large sums of money to post assignments which they would then complete themselves as a way to earn points.
This was equivalent to using money in exchange for points.
In the Alchemists Guild, according to the rules, money was restricted from being directly converted into points.
But the proverbs were indeed correct.
While the priest climbs a post, the devil climbs ten!
"I've come to register as a Grade Nine Alchemist."
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled as he proclaimed the reason of his arrival.
"Register as a Grade Nine Alchemist?"
The young girl was stunned. She thought that she had heard wrong.
This youth that looked even younger than her wanted to register as a Grade Nine Alchemist?
Let alone that fact that a Grade Nine Alchemist must be a Core Formation Stage martial artist, even if this youth's natural talent in the Martial Dao and Alchemy was any better, it would still at least require spending a few years of bitter cultivation to condense the Origin Energy into Pill Fire after breaking through to the Core Formation Stage.
This was the iron law of the Cloud Continent!
Duan Ling Tian frowned as he asked, "What, you're not in charge?"
"Customer, wait a moment. I'll go get the Guild Master."
Although the young girl felt it to be inconceivable, he was a customer after all, and she wasn't able to differentiate the truth of the matter, so she could only get Aurora City's Alchemist Guild's Guild Master.
The young girl returned with an old man after a short moment.
The old man wan brimming with energy and vigor and his eyes shone with a shrewd light.
"Who wants to register as a Grade Nine Alchemist?"
The old man's gaze descended upon Duan Ling Tian and Li Fei and his brows slightly furrowed.
Duan Ling Tian looked at the old man.
The old man frowned as he shouted in a low voice, "You? Where did this little kid come from? Hurry up and go home, this isn't the place to joke around!"
"Geezer, how could you not have any manners?"
Li Fei couldn't stand by and watch anymore.
"Humph! What manners does a little girl like you know about? The two of you coming here to joke around, this is called manners? For a moment there I even thought that Aurora City had a new Alchemist, but I never imagined that it would turn out to be two kids who came to make a ruckus."
As he finished speaking, the old man was slightly ashamed and irritated.
"Geezer, nothing is absolute. Don't always look at the surface of things."
Duan Ling Tian swept the old man with his indifferent gaze.
As he finished speaking, he turned his palm upwards and a milky white Pill Fire jumped about on it.
The old man and young girl were both dumbstruck.
A Grade Nine Pill Fire, it wasn't something they hadn't seen before...
But it appearing in a sixteen-year-old youths hand was something they saw for the first time.
"Kid, do you have a master?"
The old man's eyes shone. His attitude took a 360 degree turn as he looked at Duan Ling Tian as if looking at a treasure.
"What nonsense! If I didn't have a master, would I be able to become a Grade Nine Alchemist at such an age?"
Duan Ling Tian gave the old man a disdainful glance.
He naturally was aware of the old man getting ideas of wanting to take him as a disciple.
But as far as he was concerned, a mere Grade Eight Alchemist didn't have the qualifications to be his teacher at all.
The old man's expression froze for a moment and briefly had embarrassment on it.
The old man quickly helped Duan Ling Tian register and passed a Grade Nine Alchemist Crest and a Crystal Card to Duan Ling Tian.
The Crystal Card was the Alchemist Guild's exclusive point card.
Duan Ling Tian could see that the remaining points inside were zero when he circulated his Origin Energy into the Crystal Card.
The old man looked at Duan Ling Tian and could not regain his senses for an extremely long time.
A sixteen-year-old Grade Nine Alchemist...
He suddenly felt that for all these years, the hidden bitterness he had accumulated for being sent to this desolate place had suddenly slightly dissipated.
"Right, geezer, I need some materials," Duan Ling Tian said.
"Kid, I'm not some geezer, I'm Aurora City's Alchemist Guild's Guild Master, Su Mo... As for the materials you need, sure, as long as you can complete an assignment or contribute a medicinal formula, you can exchange them for some points and buy what you want with those points."
Su Mo glared at Duan Ling Tian.
"Hmph! Then I'll post some assignments now."
Duan Ling Tian withdrew a stack of silver bills.
"Kid, I have to warn you. When it comes to the assignments that are posted by customers in the Alchemist Guild, I as the Alchemist Guild's Guild Master have the authority to take priority when accepting these assignments, so if you want to exchange for points with money, you better forget it."
The corners of Su Mo's mouth curled into a ridiculing smile as if he had Duan Ling Tian in the palm of his hand.
"Geezer, you're really shameless!"
Hearing what Su Mo said, Li Fei couldn't take it anymore and said this on Duan Ling Tian's behalf.