"What's going on Merlin?"
"There is no time to explain, hurry up, stop wasting time. We won't have a chance once Fran recovers to his senses..."
After saying that, he didn't wait for Solomon's reaction and roused his speed to the limit as he rushed through the cobweb-like assembly line, relying on the cover of the manufacturing workshop to quickly circumvent the elated Fran and rush towards the northern part of the alchemy workshop.
A few minutes later, Lin Yun was inside a huge warehouse.
This ought to had been the warehouse handling rejected products. All kinds of damaged components were scattered around. Dozens of discarded puppets were laying in the corners, even more magic materials haphazardly dispersed on the ground. It felt as if the two walked into a garbage dump.
Dust, rust, trash, the warehouse air even felt stuffy. Solomon pinched his nose as he coughed heavily.
"Shit, this filthy place was what you were looking for?"
"High Mage Solomon, don't make a conclusion so quickly..." Lin Yun answered while looking through a pile of trash.
Lin Yun looked patient and focused as he moved from one pile of trash to another in high spirits. It felt as if he couldn't get tired of this.
"Merlin, I greatly admire you..."
"Yeah, yeah..." Lin Yun smirked, thinking, 'If you experienced that era you would also happily dig through the trash...'
"Found it!" Just as Lin Yun was about to start inwardly cursing, a glimmer within the trash pile elicited a smile on Lin Yun's face. He rushed over to grab that thing before wiping off the dust with his sleeve, revealing a few thumb sized metal balls.
These metal balls were actually soft to the touch and regardless what shape he squeezed them to, they would regain their original appearance once he let go, a perfect round ball. They were still emitting some glimmers in this pitch black trash warehouse.
"Merlin, what did you find?" Solomon came over to Lin Yun's side, but after studying one of the balls for a long time, he couldn't understand what these metal balls were used for.
"Don't look down on these metal balls..." Lin Yun cleaned the metal balls clear while answering Solomon, "They are Vaughn's greatest invention."
"Ah?" Solomon was startled and almost let go of that metal ball, "Vaughn's greatest invention isn't the Hexagram Star?"
"What Hexagram Star..." Lin Yun snorted, "You aren't an alchemist, the Hexagram Star has no worth to you, but these metal balls can increase your fighting strength..."
"What... What are these things?"
"This thing is an Alchemic Mana Whirlpool." Lin Yun held one metal ball in his hand, "That's no ordinary magic metal, this is Mithril. It is only produced in the 40th and lower layers of the Abyss. It is the material able to contain the most mana in Noscent. Vaughn spent decades to forge it into six Alchemic Mana Whirlpools..."
"Alchemic Mana Whirlpool?"
"To put it simply, they are alchemy items used to act as a Mana Whirlpool. If you can merge with the six Alchemic Mana Whirlpools, it would be like having six extra Mana Whirlpools. Think about it, what kind of concept is six Mana Whirlpools?"
"..." Cold sweat trickled down Solomon's back.
What kind of concept was six Mana Whirlpools...
Let alone six, just one extra Mana Whirlpool would be heaven defying!
An ordinary 9th Rank High Mage like Solomon would have his power doubled! There would be no need to fight others, he could just scare them to death.
"How amazing..." With the six Alchemic Mana Whirlpools, Lin Yun's face displayed a rare sincere smile. To him, these six metal balls were the most precious things in the tower. In contrast, everything he got before was just worthless. Even the Crystal Scales were far too inferior compared to these metal balls...
The set of Crystal Scales indeed had the might of a True Spirit Magic Tool while also strengthening magic and alchemy. As a result Fran had the power of an Archmage and Artisan now... But that power didn't belong to Fran.
Lin Yun knew about the Crystal Scales tools set.
Even if Fran was currently elated, it wouldn't be long before his only feeling would be despair.
But these six Alchemic Mana Whirlpools were completely different. Once merged, they would be considered one's own power and each of them could double the power of a mage!
Thus, saying that these metal balls were Vaughn's greatest invention wasn't an exaggeration.
Unfortunately, Vaughn himself hadn't realized that during his life. After being crafted, these metals balls were unable to be merged with and so these six Alchemic Mana Whirlpools were no longer a priority, even ending up in the warehouse for failures.
But when Vaughn became older, the research on the six Alchemic Mana Whirlpool was restarted. He spent a few dozen years on it before solving the merging issue. By then Vaughn was already too old and could no longer leave Crystal Island. In the end, he could only put the result of his research into notes and put them inside what would later be known as his tomb.
Years later, the Ivory Tower seized Vaughn's treasury and found numerous notes within. Among which were the notes about the Alchemic Mana Whirlpool. But strangely, the Ivory Tower still came out empty-handed even after sending four teams to the Four Seasons Canyon, thus, the Alchemic Mana Whirlpools became an unsolved mystery.
When reading those notes, Lin Yun never expected that one day he would be able to enter the Four Seasons Canyon and find those six Alchemic Mana Whirlpools in the failure warehouse.
"So fortunate..." Lin Yun sighed while handing two metal balls to Solomon, "Here, according to our previous agreement, I'll take four and you can get two. But I suggest you to only merge with one and keep the remaining one for Solon. That thing is very taxing and has very heavy requirements. One should be your limit."
"Okay, I understand." Solomon was very self-aware. One Alchemic Mana Whirlpool could double his mana, that kind of mana increase wasn't something an ordinary person could bear.
"Find a place to do the merging. This stone tower is dangerous, having more mana would be safer..." After saying that, Lin Yun put away one Alchemic Mana Whirlpool, keeping three in his hand.
Lin Yun estimated that three should be his limit.
As for the remaining one, he would keep it for William.
Lin Yun had thought about this. He currently had three trusted subordinates: Faleau, William and Xiuban. Faleau would focus on the Gilded Rose and wouldn't spend too much energy on the field of magic, and there was no need to mention Xiuban... As a Draconic Beastman, the source of his casting ability came from his bloodline, he hadn't formed any Mana Whirlpool. Giving him the Alchemic Mana Whirlpool would be wasting it. William was the only one left and the most worthy of merging with the metal ball.
William currently had the strength of a 9th Rank Great Mage and could become a High Mage anytime. Once he fused with the Alchemic Mana Whirlpool, his strength would double and with the power of the Crimson Heart, he wouldn't fall behind a 5th Rank High Mage.
The two found a deserted corner of the warehouse, and just as they were about to proceed with the merging, Lin Yun heard a light sound.
"Ah?" Lin Yun was suddenly startled and cast a Light, suddenly illuminating most of the warehouse.
The light was followed by a magic ray flying towards Lin Yun.
"Fuck..." Lin Yun quickly reacted and erected an Ice Fire Shield, just in time to block the attack, allowing him to see what attacked him. A broken puppet...
That broken puppet was now laying in a corner of the warehouse, its arms already dismantled and most of its arrays damaged. Only the Frost Ray array on its forehead was still intact.
And precisely that intact array was the origin of the sudden attack!
This was outrageous!
In such a state, it still looked for trouble!
Lin Yun's hand quickly moved and a few Wind Blades were sent over. Only a few whistling sounds could be heard echoing as the few Wind Blades suddenly flew towards the puppet's forehead. The only intact array was instantly destroyed by the wave of Lin Yun's hand.
After doing this, Lin Yun still had some annoyance to vent and cast a Flame Spear towards the puppet's mana source.
But after casting, he was surprised to discover that after being pierced by the Flame Spear, the mana source didn't show any signs of exploding. Even the weakest mana source would have mana flow within, how could there not be a single spark after being skewered by a Flame Spear?
'How could it be like this?'
That Flame Spear was just stuck on the corpse, there was no reaction...