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Throughout the way, Duan Ling Tian could see hope and anticipation from the faces of Relentless Thriving City’s residents.
This was their faith towards the Crimson Wyrm Army!
Their faith towards the Divine Might Marquis!
"Uncle Nie is really worthy of being the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s God of War…In this border that’s frequented with war, his prestige probably even surpasses the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s Emperor!" Duan Ling Tian silently thought in his heart.
Before long, Duan Ling Tian and the group of Paladin Academy students followed the Crimson Wyrm Army’s 10,000 officers and entered the vast campsite on the northern side of Relentless Thriving City.
Including Duan Ling Tian and the others, everyone was placed within various tents throughout the campsite.
Duan Ling Tian’s group of three were placed in the same small tent. Although it was a small tent, it was still 100 times better than the tent they casually constructed on the way here.
Xiao Xun’s face flushed as he excitedly said, "I’ll soon be able to see that brutal battlefield with my very own eyes. Just thinking about it makes me slightly excited…"
Even though Xiao Yu didn’t say anything, his eyes that contained flowing lights revolving within already explained everything.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head with a smile, and a thought passed his mind before a cauldron abruptly appeared in his hand.
Two days ago, he had smoothly broken through to the eighth level of the Core Formation Stage. What he needed to do now was refine a Dragon Blood Pill and consume it to complete the tempering of his fleshly body for the eighth level of the Core Formation Stage.
In this way, he would be able to continue charging towards the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage!
The Blood Dragon Pill was different from an ordinary pill, as once it was refined, it must be consumed within 10 hours. Otherwise, the medicinal strength of the pill would be lost. Thus, Duan Ling Tian didn’t have any reserves.
Duan Ling Tian casually withdrawing a cauldron wasn’t anything worth noting; however, when Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun saw Duan Ling Tian withdraw a cauldron, they were dumbstruck.
"This…Duan Ling Tian, don’t tell me that you’ve become an alchemist…" Xiao Xun couldn’t help but stare wide-eyed, and even his breathing became hurried. This Duan Ling Tian couldn’t be thinking of trying to shock him, right?
Xiao Yu looked at Duan Ling Tian with a suspicious expression as well.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head with a smile before raising his hand and turning his palm upwards.
Instantly, a wisp of white flames were lit ablaze at the center of Duan Ling Tian’s palm.
"Grade 9 pill fire!" Xiao Xun’s pupils constricted, and he couldn’t help but exclaim in shock.
His brother, Xiao He, was a grade 9 alchemist, so a grade 9 pill fire wasn’t unfamiliar to him.
The corners of Xiao Yu’s mouth twitched.
When did this Duan Ling Tian become an alchemist?
Ordinarily speaking, a genius in the Martial Dao like Duan Ling Tian would normally use all their mental and physical effort on the advancement of their cultivation, and it would be impossible for them to study the Dao of alchemy, the Dao of weapons crafting, and the Dao of inscription intensively…As once one were to start studying them intensively, it would waste a great deal of one’s mental and physical strength, ultimately causing one to end up being mediocre in all aspects.
In the past, in his opinion, Duan Ling Tian having such a heaven-defying cultivation was surely because he focused on his cultivation and didn’t study the Daos of alchemy, weapons crafting, and inscription. But now, the grade 9 pill fire within Duan Ling Tian’s hand gave him a tremendous shock!
This Duan Ling Tian who had such a heaven-defying cultivation actually spent time to study alchemy and become a grade 9 alchemist?
For a moment, Xiao Yu only felt his scalp go numb.
"If Duan Ling Tian didn’t spend time studying alchemy, wouldn’t it mean that his current strength would be even more formidable? Even to the extent that it is very likely for him to have broken through to the Origin Core Stage at the age of 17?" Xiao Yu noticed that the more he thought about it, the more shocked he would be.
Xiao Xun currently was stupefied, as he had the same thoughts as Xiao Yu.
After all, one who studied alchemy would experience a much slower advancement in their cultivation in the Martial Dao as compared to an ordinary person. This is because once one places half of one’s mental and physical effort on alchemy, one wouldn’t be able to fully focus on one’s cultivation!
Just like his brother, Xiao He. Even though their natural talent in the Martial Dao were comparable, even though he was older than him by a year, Xiao He’s cultivation was still inferior to his. All this was because his brother focused on the Dao of alchemy and put his cultivation aside, thus causing his cultivation to advance slowly.
"What’re you two doing? It that really necessary?" Duan Ling Tian shook his head and laughed before taking out the medicinal materials required for the Dragon Blood Pill and placing them into the cauldron one by one.
"Is this really necessary?" The corners of Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun’s mouths twitched, as they both felt that this Duan Ling Tian was doing it on purpose.
"Abnormal!" The two of them spoke at the exact same moment, having extreme tacit understanding.
Duan Ling Tian was speechless.
Of course, it was also because Duan Ling Tian didn’t know Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun’s current thoughts; otherwise, he would surely shake his head with a laugh…
Since the moment he’d merged with the memories of Rebirth Martial Emperor, he’d inherited everything that belonged to the Rebirth Martial Emperor.
At the peak of his life, Rebirth Martial Emperor was a Royal Grade Alchemist and a Royal Grade Weapons Craftsmen! Even in the Dao of inscriptions, he’d studied inscriptions to the peak and was inferior to no one within that age where the art of inscription was prevalent.
Inheriting everything that belonged to the Rebirth Martial Emperor also meant that Duan Ling Tian possessed the entire ability of the Rebirth Martial Emperor.
Of course, if he wanted to utilize more of the Rebirth Martial Emperor’s ability, then he would need to advance his cultivation and Spiritual Force to a certain stage…
For example, pill fire and weapon flame.
A grade 8 flame would require stepping into the first level of the Origin Core Stage to be condensed into form.
A grade 7 flame would require stepping into the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage to be condensed into form.
A grade 6 flame would require stepping into the first level of the Nascent Soul Stage to be condensed into form.
A grade 5 flame would require stepping into the seventh level of the Nascent Soul Stage to be condensed into form.
The later stages could be deduced from this.
As long as his cultivation reached the requirement, Duan Ling Tian, who’d inherited Rebirth Martial Emperor’s lifetimes worth of alchemy and weapon crafting skills and experiences, would be able to condense the pill fire and weapon flame of a grade relevant to his cultivation.
And it would utterly not require him to study it himself!
It was the same for his Spiritual Force. As long as his Spiritual Force was sufficiently strong, he would be able to inscribe even higher level inscriptions.
Just like now, Duan Ling Tian’s Spiritual Force was comparable to a Nascent Soul martial artist’s, so he was able to inscribe inscriptions like the Bone Corrosion Inscription, which was sufficient to annihilate a Nascent Soul martial artist.
If he was able to obtain those valuable core materials, he would even be capable of inscribing an inscription that could annihilate a Half-step Void Stage powerhouse!
So as long as Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation was sufficient and his Spiritual Force was sufficient, he would not need to waste his own time to study the Dao of alchemy, weapons crafting, and inscriptions. As within his mind was the memories of the Dao of alchemy, weapons crafting, and inscriptions that had been studied to the peak!
By way of an analogy, if it was said that the Dao of alchemy, weapons crafting, and inscriptions were software, then Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation and Spiritual Force were the hardware.
The software was at the highest standard; however, the hardware was only at the development stage, so as long as the hardware continued to advance, it would be able to better utilize the functions of the software.
Duan Ling Tian’s hands dropped down, and the pill fire that was condensed form his Origin Energy was pressed into the cauldron by him before he started refining.
Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun took deep breaths as they suppressed the shock within their hearts, and they watched him with utmost concentration.
After an hour, Duan Ling Tian placed the gold blood of the little black python into the cauldron, completing the final step in the refinement.
A medicinal pill with golden lights flowing on it shot out from the cauldron and dropped into Duan Ling Tian’s hand.
It was precisely the Dragon Blood Pill!
Duan Ling Tian consumed it.
Instantly, a tremendous change occurred within his fleshly body, and the tempering of his fleshly body for the eighth level of the Core Formation Stage was instantly completed!
The current Duan Ling Tian was capable of directly charging forward to the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage…Once he stepped into the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage and consumed another Dragon Blood Pill, he would be able to complete the final tempering of his fleshly body for the Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique’s Raging Python Form.
At that time, he could continue to charge towards the Origin Core Stage and become a true Origin Core martial artist! And not the current fake Origin Core martial artist he was now.
In the moment that Duan Ling Tian put away his cauldron, Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun finally returned to their senses, and Xiao Xun said in surprise, "Duan Ling Tian, what medicinal pill did you refine earlier? That medicinal pill seemed to flicker with a golden light and seemed to be remarkable."
"That isn’t any ordinary medicinal pill, but a medicinal pill that’s matched to the cultivation method I’m cultivating. An ordinary martial artist would directly explode from the pent up energy!" Duan Ling Tian glanced deeply at Xiao Xun. "How about it? Xiao Xun, are you interested in trying one?"
"Forget it, I don’t want to die yet!" Xiao Xun naturally believed what Duan Ling Tian said to be true, and he hurriedly wave his hand in refusal.
"Duan Ling Tian, when did you become a grade 9 alchemist?" Meanwhile, Xiao Yu looked at Duan Ling Tian with a burning gaze.
Xiao Xun looked at Duan Ling Tian as well.
"It’s been quite some time." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled but didn’t speak of the exact time.
Could it be that he could say he’d already become a grade 9 alchemist two years ago?
"Duan Ling Tian, you’re absolutely the most abnormal among the abnormal people I’ve seen!" Xiao Xun stared wide-eyed. "That time when my brother became a grade 9 alchemist at the age of 20, I felt he was abnormal enough…But I never imagined that you would become a grade 9 alchemist at the age of 18! Not only that, your cultivation has even stepped into the Origin Core Stage! You’re practically a super abnormal person!"
Super abnormal? The corners of Duan Ling Tian’s mouth twitched.
Xiao Yu nodded as well, as he obviously agreed with what Xiao Xun said.
Suddenly, Xiao Xun seemed to have thought of something, because his gaze abruptly shone. "A few months ago, the 18-year-old genius alchemist that appeared within the Alchemist Guild’s Main Guild for a brief while and took the edge of my brother’s spirit…"
Duan Ling Tian’s heart jerked when he noticed Xiao Xun looking over.
Could it be that Xiao Xun’s guessed it?
"…I wonder, between the two of you, who is more abnormal in the Dao of alchemy." Xiao Xun finished within single breath.
Duan Ling Tian came to a sudden understanding. It looked like Xiao Xun didn’t connect the genius alchemist from that day to him.
"That genius alchemist couldn’t be Duan Ling Tian, right?" Xiao Yu looked at Duan Ling Tian, and a single sentence from him caused Duan Ling Tian’s heart to rise to his throat.
Xiao Yu was born with a type of keen intuition, and his intuition told him that the other 18-year-old genius alchemist Xiao Xun mentioned was highly likely to be Duan Ling Tian.
"I’m sure it isn’t." Xiao Xun shook his head.
"So sure? You haven’t even seen him before," Xiao Yu asked, as he wasn’t convinced.
"I haven’t seen him before, but don’t forget that my brother has…I’ve asked my brother, and he said that youth’s appearance was ordinary, without any extraordinary points. Do you think that the person my brother described would be Duan Ling Tian?" As Xiao Xun spoke, he looked over at Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian was soon going to transform from a youth to a young man…
In terms of appearance, he could absolutely be considered as handsome and extraordinary, and he wasn’t even close to the word ‘ordinary’.
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