Chapter 78: Su Mo's Shock
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"Little girl, this isn't called shameless. I'm just abiding by the rules of the Alchemist Guild."
The corners of Su Mo's curled into a complacent simile.
Li Fei was flustered.
"Little Fei, you don't have to get angry with an old man... The old man's heart isn't well; if you accidently anger him until he faints, we will have to compensate a lot of money."
Duan Ling Tian extended his hand and held on to Li Fei's jade-like hand. He rubbed her palm to make her feel at ease.
Li Fei took a deep breath and looked at Duan Ling Tian with a puzzled expression.
Duan Ling Tian looked at Su Mo, whose expression froze for a moment. The corners of his mouth had a slight smile.
Wanting to steal his business?
"Help me register. I want to post an assignment."
Duan Ling Tian looked at the young girl beside Su Mo.
The young girl was slightly hesitant and looked to the old man.
"He's currently a customer of our Alchemist Guild. Pass the assignment over to me once you've registered it."
Su Mo nodded to the young girl.
But in a short moment, when he heard the assignment Duan Ling Tian posted, the smile on his face completely froze.
"10,000 silver, refine three Phosphorus Flame Pills."
Phosphorus Flame Pill?
What medicinal pill was that?
He had never heard of such a medicinal pill.
"Geezer, according to the Alchemist Guild's rules, if a alchemist can refine the medicinal pill required by an assignment, he can get an advance on the points required to buy the medicinal materials. They can then deduct the points from the assignment's reward once it is completed... I'm not wrong, am I?"
Duan Ling Tian gave Su Mo a deep glance.
Su Mo felt slightly depressed.
There indeed was such a rule.
Su Mo unwillingly took out the medicinal materials Duan Ling Tian required, also arranging a quiet room for Duan Ling Tian.
"Geezer, you won't mind lending your Cauldron to me for a while, right?"
Duan Ling Tian blinked his eyes, causing the corners of Su Mo's mouth to twitch.
"Lending is not a problem, but I have to ask for 10 points from you."
Su Mo took a deep breath.
This kid, as an alchemist, he actually had to borrow a Cauldron from another...
Duan Ling Tian frowned. "This 10,000 silver assignment seems to be only worth 100 points, right? And the materials you gave me, how many points do they require?"
"Not much, 30 points."
When Su Mo noticed the frown on Duan Ling Tian's face, his tense face finally had a slight smile on it.
"You're really shady...But you better not regret it."
Duan Ling Tian received the Cauldron from Su Mo and gave Su Mo a deep glance. Only then did he take Li Fei and enter the silent room and closed the door behind him.
"Regret? What do I have to regret?"
Su Mo paid no attention to it.
In the quiet room.
Duan Ling Tian shook the Cauldron in his hand and nodded. "That geezer is crafty, but his Cauldron is indeed not bad and can be considered top quality among Grade Eight Spirit Weapons."
Alchemists had many requirements of their Cauldrons when they refined medicinal pills.
For example, a Grade Nine Alchemist required the use of a Grade Nine Spirit Weapon or above Cauldron to guarantee the Cauldron wouldn't be melted by the Pill Fire.
A Grade Eight Alchemist would require a Grade Eight Spirit Weapon or above Cauldron.
So on and so forth.
The higher the alchemist's grade, the higher their requirement towards their Cauldron.
"You said you wanted to make that geezer be regretful?"
Li Fei looked at Duan Ling Tian curiously.
"You'll know soon enough."
Duan Ling Tian smiled mysteriously.
After putting the Cauldron on the stone platform in the quiet room, Duan Ling Tian's palm burned with a milky white Pill Fire, then he opened the Cauldron cover and placed the Pill fire within.
At the same time, Duan Ling Tian started putting the materials in one by one.
Refining medicinal pills was particular about the order in which medicinal materials were added in, as well as the amount.
A small discrepancy could lead to a great error!
After that was the control of the Pill Fire.
When Duan Ling Tian finished putting all of the materials into the Cauldron, he covered the Cauldron.
His Origin Energy jumped about in his palms and condensed into Pill Fire, he then put his hands on the two air vents of the Cauldron and sent the Pill Fire in, starting to refine the medicinal pill with a Pill Fire of high strength.
The string of moments were completed like flowing water as if it was a performance by an alchemist with abundant experience.
Li Fei, who was standing at the side, was completely stupefied as she watched.
"Is he really only sixteen?"
LI Fei's heart shook. Everything this youth in front of her was completely not something a sixteen-year-old youth should be capable of.
She felt the youth to be even more mysterious.
She had an unfathomable feeling.
One hour later.
Duan Ling Tian's hands jerked as his Pill Fire increased explosively, rushing into the Cauldron.
Instantly, three medicinal pills that flickered with a crimson brilliance flew out from the opening in the side of the Cauldron, falling into Duan Ling Tian's hand.
"My first time refining medicinal pills seems to be not bad... The purity is over 90%."
Looking at the medicinal pills, Duan Ling Tian laughed in satisfaction.
Even if they were refining the same medicinal pill, every alchemist's completed product would have a difference.
A difference in purity!
The lesser the impurities within the medicinal pill, the better the medicinal effect of the medicinal pill would be.
If it was a Phosphorous Flame Pill refined by an ordinary Grade Nine Alchemist, the purity would not exceed 60%.
For example, Fresh Breeze Town's Li Branch Family's Grand Elder, the Thunder Flame Pill he refined only had a purity of a little over 50%, so the medicinal effect was reduced significantly.
The Phosphorous Flame Pill was precisely the medicinal pill he refined for Li Fei's grandfather.
Based on Li Fei's grandfather's current circumstances, only a Phosphorous Flame Pill with a purity of over 80% would be able to completely uproot his hidden injuries.
Therefore, Duan Ling Tian could only refine a high purity medicinal pill by himself.
Purity of above 90%!
Any alchemist would be aware of how rare this level of purity was.
Therefore, when Duan Ling Tian took the Phosphorous Flame Pill to collect the assignment's points, Su Mo's expression was abnormally marvelous.
Picking up the Phosphorous Flame Pill, Su Mo's gaze trembled.
Although he had never heard of the Phosphorous Flame Pill, nor did he know its use, at this moment he could use the perception of a Grade Eight Alchemist to notice how extraordinary this medicinal pill was.
Based on his rough estimate, this Phosphorous Flame Pill had a purity of at least 90%.
What sort of concept was this?
As an alchemist, he naturally understood.
Even a Grade One Alchemist of Cloud Continent would not necessarily be able to increase the purity to such a level when refining a Grade Nine Medicinal Pill.
After all, on a similar medicinal pill, a purity of 60% and 90% was absolutely like the difference between heaven and earth.
The medicinal effect was completely not on the same level.
"Kid, how did you do it?"
Su Mo looked at Duan Ling Tian in a slightly agitated manner.
"I casually refined it and it just happened... How about it? It's not bad, right? This is the first time I'm refining a medicinal pill since breaking through to the Core Formation Stage yesterday."
Duan Ling Tian glanced at Su Mo before grinning, revealing a set of white teeth.
Broke through to the Core Formation Stage yesterday?
First time refining a medicinal pill?
Hearing this, the corners of Su Mo's mouth twitched.
"Don't joke around."
Su Mo frowned.
"I'm not kidding."
Duan Ling Tian spread out his hands with an innocent expression.
"I can bear witness."
Noticing how Su Mo looked right now, Li Fei's mood was exceptional and her beautiful face had a trace of a smile. "Yesterday, in the youth gathering hosted in the Xiao Clan Estate, numerous youth geniuses of Aurora City saw him break through with their own two eyes... Also, on this year's new Hidden Dragon List, he's ranked at the top."
Ranked first in the Hidden Dragon List?
Su Mo's pupils constricted.
He has been in Aurora City for a few years, so he had naturally heard of how the Aurora City young geniuses had a ranking called Hidden Dragon List.
The young geniuses who could be ranked on the Hidden Dragon List were all extremely outstanding figures.
"I remember that the Xiao Clan's Xiao Yu obtained the second rank in the Hidden Dragon List last year when he was seventeen... This year, could it be that he still lost to this kid?"
Su Mo glanced at Li Fei before looking at Duan Ling Tian with a shocked expression.
Li Fei's beautiful eyes slightly moved as she slowly said, "Yes, this time Xiao Yu is still the second."
Su Mo exhaled out a breath of cold air.
A sixteen-year-old Core Formation martial artist was more than enough to shock him.
A sixteen-year-old Grade Nine Alchemist was even more shocking to him.
But even all this wasn't the end...
First it was the over 90% purity medicinal pill.
Then it was the first in the Hidden Dragon List.
This violet-clothed youth, what kind of freak was he?
Even in the entire Crimson Sky Kingdom, he had never once heard of such a freak.
Duan Ling Tian!
Su Mo deeply remembered in his heart the name which the youth revealed during his registration.
The young girl behind the counter returned the Crystal Card to Duan Ling Tian.
Balance, 60 points.
"Let's go home."
Duan Ling Tian snatched the Phosphorous Flame Pill back from Su Mo's hands and called Li Fei.
Seeing Duan Ling Tian and Li Fei about to walk out the door, Su Mo couldn't help but call out, "Wait!"
"Is there something else?"
Duan Ling Tian turned around and looked at him with a spurious smile.
"You said earlier that you hoped I wouldn't regret it... I want to know, what did you mean?" Su Mo inquired.
If it was before, he would pay no attention to what Duan Ling Tian had said.
But once he experienced how miraculous Duan Ling Tian was, he had to treat him seriously.
"Actually it's not a big deal. I just noticed that you've been trying to break through to become a Grade Seven Alchemist, but you seem to have diverted off the right path. Originally, with your current foundation, you could perfectly break through to become a Grade Seven Alchemist. Such a pity."
Duan Ling Tian's eyebrows furrowed as he smiled.
Su Mo's face instantly turned black.
Even this was considered to be not a big deal?
At this moment, he even felt that Duan Ling Tian had done it on purpose.
"OK, Geezer, I still have things to do, so I'll be leaving now."
Duan Ling Tian waved his hand and was about to leave.
Su Mo once again stopped Duan Ling Tian.
"There's still something else?"
Duan Ling Tian frowned and was slightly impatient.
But if one looked at closely, it could be noticed that deep within his eyes was a hidden smiling expression.
"You have a way?" Su Mo asked. His breathing had become slightly hurried.
Duan Ling Tian gave a straightforward answer.
"What are your conditions?"
Su Mo didn't mince his words as he asked with a pained expression. He knew that based on Duan Ling Tian's earlier attitude, he probably would have to bleed for it.
"I won't be greedy, I only want half the points in your Crystal Card."
Duan Ling Tian grinned.
Even that wasn't considered greedy?
That was the points he had accumulated for half his lifetime...
The corners of Su Mo's mouth twitched and he secretly thought, "Little fox."
But Su Mo still decisively agreed upon his conditions and his gaze descended unto Duan Ling Tian. "But I want to examine the goods first before I give you the points."
"What, you're scared I'll cheat you? Then forget it; we don't owe each other anything."
Duan Ling Tian extended his hand and grabbed Li Fei's hand before walking away with quick steps.
Instantly, Su Mo blocked their passage.
On top of being a Grade Eight Alchemist, Su Mo was also a ninth level Origin Core martial artist.