'Managing to keep his life is already extreme luck.
'That fool is really hopeless, he can't blame others for seeking out his own death.
'Does that old fox, Deloy, really think I don't know his plan? If you were able to harvest the Ancient Poison Dragon's corpse, then it wouldn't matter, since it would be your ability.'
Noticing Lin Yun's sneer, Deloy's thick-skinned face couldn't help reddening. He had naturally noticed Kempes' actions, but he hadn't stopped him, tacitly approving, but he hadn't thought that such a serious matter would happen.
Looking at the Ancient Poison Dragon in the large hole and the half-dead Kempes lying in front of him, Deloy's face became complicated.
Based on their previous agreement, whoever found something would own it. Mafa Merlin discovered this Ancient Poison Dragon, so it was naturally his harvest.
But this was the corpse of an Ancient Poison Dragon!
Ancient Poison Dragons became extinct in the God Era. They were far older existences than Chromatic Dragons. And now, Chromatic Dragons were already legends... No one could ignore the corpse of an Ancient Poison Dragon and let it slip before their eyes.
In theory, if they helped with the harvest and completed some later tasks, Mafa Merlin would share a part with them, so they would at least obtain some leftover scales. And there shouldn't be an issue even if he wanted to monopolize it.
But this was the corpse of an Ancient Poison Dragon, so how could they give up on it?
This was something that would bring huge benefits to the Gaugass Battlemages. Just a few scales would greatly increase the power of the Gaugass Battlemages as a whole. If used for top-notch battle assets, 9th Rank Arch-Battlemages would have no opponents below the Heaven Rank.
No shield would be able to stop their lightning spears. Spears made completely from sharp claws or scales might even break through the defenses of some Heaven Rank powerhouses.
If they got some flesh and blood, it could greatly improve the physique of their entire clan. They wouldn't need poison resistance potions to travel through the Poison Mist Valley anymore.
If they were lucky, they might even obtain a wisp of the Ancient Poison Dragon's bloodline, which would give the Gaugass Battlemages an extra trump card from that point on.
This was something the Gaugass Battlemages couldn't pass up. Even if they couldn't monopolize it, they had to get a share.
At worst, they would let Mafa Merlin get a bigger share. As long as he helped with the detoxification, the Gaugass Battlemages would be willing to do everything else. All the processing materials and supplementary materials would be supplied by them.
'When the time comes, I'll let Sir Merlin choose first, and it'll be fine even if he chooses the best part.
'This would already be a great show of sincerity. Without doing anything, he would obtain a lot, so Sir Mafa Merlin shouldn't refuse.
'After all, this is an Ancient Poison Dragon's corpse. We already know about it, so he can't just take it all himself. He has to take out a part to seal our mouths.
'Most of Okland's forces are already gathered in the Storm Fort. If those greedy Okland mages learnt about it, they would desperately try to get a piece of it. At that time, Sir Merlin would be offending all of Okland's forces if he tried to keep everything...
'He must know this. To keep that information from being leaked, he'll have to share with the Gaugass Battlemages. Those are large concessions, he only needs to leave us some part of the harvest. An intelligent person would definitely know what to pick.
'There are too many benefits here... For the sake of our Clan, I can only let down Sir Mafa a bit...'
A trace of guilt flashed in Deloy's eyes. The benefits of that Ancient Poison Dragon's corpse were just that great. For the Gaugasses, he could only mask his conscience to get a share of the profits.
Facing Lin Yun's sneer, Deloy could only thicken his face and act as if he hadn't seen it. He didn't even take care of the seriously injured Kempes and instead stepped up to the edge of the hole. He stood still as if he wouldn't move in.
How could Lin Yun not know what Deloy was thinking?
'Hmpf, damned old fox, you made a mistake. Since you want to be here, then have fun...'
Lin Yun sneered and turned to say, "Prophet Deloy, you guys keep at it. I still have something to deal with, so I will go back first."
After saying that, Lin Yun led his people and left.
Deloy was stunned and foolishly looked at Lin Yun's back, not knowing how to react to those circumstances.
'What's going on? Why's he going back first?
'This is an Ancient Poison Dragon's corpse. When faced with something so precious that it couldn't even be found during the Nesser Dynasty, you are going back? What the hell are you thinking?
'It's fine if you want to go, but settle the matter of the Ancient Poison Dragon's poison before you do...
'That's an Ancient Poison Dragon! Even if it's just a corpse, its body is filled with terrifying poison. Let alone us Gaugass Battlemages, in all of Okland, no, in all of Noscent, no one can detoxify the poison of the Ancient Poison Dragon.
'You are the only hope, yet you fucking want to go back? What the hell?
'The Poison Mist Valley has taken shape because of the Ancient Poison Dragon's corpse. You can make potions to resist the poisonmist... Shouldn't you be able to make a potion that can resist the Ancient Poison Dragon's poison?
'You are the only hope, no one else can do this! Only you can compound this potion, yet you want to go back...
'Will go back first...'
Hearing this sentence, Deloy felt as if something was exploding in his mind, and only those words echoed within.
'Ancient Poison Dragons went gone extinct during the God Era, who could detoxify their poison?
'At the start of the Nesser Dynasty, there might have been some Pureblood Elves and Chromatic Dragons that were able to, but now?
'So many years have passed... Even if a method was passed down, it would have already been thrown to a corner.
'Inferior alchemists simply wouldn't be able to access this kind of thing, and the time of advanced alchemists is very valuable. No advanced alchemist would have used their valuable time on something that had no use since countless millennia ago.
'Otherwise, the Poison Mist Valley wouldn't have remained unexplored for so many years.
'Okland's mages had researched the poisonmist for so many years but are at a loss against it. Even two Artisans came in person but were helpless...
'Yet he wants to leave now... Is he out of his mind?
'He should solve the problem first!'
Deloy's eyes suddenly shone.
'Does Mafa Merlin not know that this is the corpse of an Ancient Poison Dragon?
'If you don't know, you should just ask, I'd be happy to explain it to you!
'Don't walk away without asking, I'll explain the characteristics of Ancient Poison Dragon, I'll let you know all the precious areas, I'll tell you everything!
'Okland's stupid mages don't have this kind of information, but our Gaugass Battlemages do!
'This Ancient Poison Dragon's scales, claws, and flesh are valuable goods, its entire body is a treasured object. If you don't understand, I'll tell you!'
Deloy stomped his foot. Lin Yun had already led his group away at a rapid pace. They quickly disappeared, and by the time Deloy reacted, they were already nowhere to be seen.
Deloy couldn't wait to catch up with Lin Yun and drag him back to tell him how precious this Dragon's corpse was, how it was something that hadn't appeared in millennia. He wanted to let him know how crazy it was to just leave.
But Deloy had been too shocked, and by the time he finally reacted, there was nothing he could do.
As for Lin Yun, after getting some distance away from the hole, he looked back and sneered.
'These greedy guys... How could I not know that that old fox is thinking?'
But from the start, Lin Yun hadn't planned on sharing that Ancient Poison Dragon's corpse with those Battlemages.
'Since you want to share, you can just go ahead. I'll go away, just harvest what you can. It'll be your skill and my loss if you can take everything away.
'Hmpf, if a Gaugass Battlemage could detoxify the Ancient Poison Dragon, I'd just have to admit my loss.
'But a person that can detoxify the poison of the Ancient Poison Dragon in this era has yet to be born...'
Three millennia later, someone would find the first corpse of an Ancient Poison Dragon in this era... Well, it was a decaying body.
But most of the toxins had already dissipated. All that was left was what the remaining part of the decaying body could make. But just this bit of it could make the people of that era wait anxiously for a millennium to harvest it.
They could only wait for the poison to almost completely disappear before they could harvest it, but once the poison disappeared, that corpse's value steeply fell.
Because of that corpse, more than a dozen large forces of mages went to war and had countless casualties. In the end, the Black Tower won... and discovered that the flesh was poisonous and couldn't be used.
They were made fun of for millennia as they waited for the poison to disappear on its own.
After another eight millennia, the world of Noscent would reach its apex, and at that time, they found the corpse of an Ancient Poison Dragon in a highly toxic plane. A Peak Saint Alchemist spent a dozen years before finding a method that worked against the poison.
Although the corpse in the Poison Mist Valley couldn't compare with that one, it was a lot more troublesome than the previous partial corpse that had been found.
Apart from him, no one in this era could deal with the poison of an Ancient Poison Dragon.
'If you want to go, then go ahead. Do as you please, but don't blame others if you die...'