Chapter 10: Super drug refinement array
Tian Nan city, Herbal Refining Market.
Chu Tian walked in together with Meng Ying Ying.
An attractive young saleswoman came up to greet them, saying: “Welcome to the Herbal Refining Market. What kind of medicinal herbs would you like to buy?”
“Wujin Ginseng, Six-colored Sunflower, Decan Chrysalis, Decan Scorpion, Zijin Bone, and most importantly, Sansheng Demon Worm!” Chu Tian quickly gave an extensive list of medicinal herbs without hesitation, “Bring me two of each kind, and please be quick about it.”
The young saleswoman swallowed her saliva and said: “Sansheng demon worms are a very rare ingredient and are very limited in quantity. Every month Tian Nan market would have at most a dozen of them available to sell. But today your luck is good, we have exactly two of these in stock, each priced at 50 gold coins, so totalling together with other items, the price would be 291 gold coins.”
Chu Tian looked at the glowering Meng Ying Ying who stood dumbstruck beside him and said: “A set of these herbs is for you, don’t ask why right now, but you will not regret it. ”
Such expensive herbs, before even at the point of death Meng Ying Ying wouldn’t dare to buy it. However, now it was different, as Meng Ying Ying felt that because she could now make money, she had some confidence in herself and has become more generous with money. She quickly drew forth her purse, reluctantly counted out 291 gold coins and handed them over to the saleswoman. Soon, they received the medicinal herbs and were just getting ready to leave.
Suddenly, a huge, fat body walked over.
“These two portions of San Sheng demon worms, I will take them.”
The young saleswoman’s face revealed an expression of dread: “Ye Clan housekeeper?!”
“If you know that it’s me, then why are you still wasting time talking?” The Ye Clan’s housekeeper was a middle-aged man with a stout body; he impatiently beckoned to her: “Young master is refining a pill and is nearing a critical moment, if young master’s pill refining is delayed at a critical time, can you bear the responsibility?”
The young saleswoman gave an awkward glance at Chu Tian: “But the guests have already paid the money, according to the rules, I have no right to reclaim the sold goods…..”
“Fuck!” The Ye family housekeeper gave a hard slap across the face of the saleswoman, and said “Go to hell with your rules; pack up and leave! Never come back again in the future! Hurry up and get out!”
Covering her swollen face, the young saleswoman fell down onto her knees, and cried out: “I am really sorry, I am really sorry, please forgive me! I cannot live without this job, I’m begging master to spare me!”
“Get the hell outta here immediately!” The Ye family housekeeper directly disregarded the saleswoman and fixed his gaze upon Chu Tian. When he saw Chu Tian dressed in shabby clothes, which were filthy and covered in greasy dirt, a hint of disdain flashed in his eyes, “Boy, are you a piece of wood, or are you deaf? Didn’t you hear that I need the Sansheng demon worms? I’ll give you 80 gold coins, quickly give me those two portions of Sansheng demon worms.”
Meng Ying Ying was already upset upon the sight of the rude fatty, and at this time her anger soared to new heights: “Do you take us as fools, we just spent 100 gold coins to buy these herbs, yet you wish to take it away for 80 gold coins, how can you still prattle such shameless words?”
“These herbs aren’t worth a single cent in your hands; but whereas in our young master’s hands, they can become pills worth multiple times as much, don’t be unable to distinguish between good and bad!”
“Bah! This is blatant robbery! Even if I was feeding this to dogs I wouldn’t give it to you!”
Ye clan housekeeper’s fat face shook, pointing his finger at Meng Ying Ying and cursing angrily at her: “The young master is the successor of the president of the Pharmacist Association, don’t even mention needing your medicine, even if he wants you to sleep with him, that would be considered him thinking highly of you, and you would have to obediently wash yourself clean and get on the bed to wait for him! If you dare say the word ‘no’, you wouldn’t have to think of living in Tian Nan City anymore!”
When the Ye clan housekeeper spoke up to this point, his tone suddenly changed: “You have already missed the chance, now I can give you only 50 gold coins. I’ll say this one last time, take out those medicinal herbs!”
Damn! It’s really strange!
How did they meet so many outstanding people in a single night?
Chu Tian didn’t speak any further. With steps as quick as an arrow he strode forward, fiercely swinging out a fist that heavily landed on the fatty’s face.
Even if all of the fat on his face could dampen the damage, Chu Tian’s punch was still mostly effective!
The Ye family housekeeper’s nose-bridge was broken, and several teeth were cracked right on the spot. He let out desperate screams like a pig getting slaughtered, lying on the ground with blood smeared all over his face: “How dare you hit me! Don’t you know who I am?”
Chu Tian heavily stomped on him: “Hitting you is already considered thinking highly of you! Why do I have to know who you are?”
Housekeeper Ye angrily shouted: “Provoking the young master, Tian Nan City has no place for you to hide! You are dead for sure!”
Chu Tian stomped his foot down, Housekeeper Ye’s barely remaining front teeth were all broken, and directly swallowed into his stomach; his face was flushed a deep red and both hands kept on struggling with no avail to get away from Chu Tian’s feet.
“Miss, what are you looking at? Let’s go!”
“En, let’s go!”
Meng Ying Yin really felt her blood boiling, ah!
Chu Tian was really domineering, striking out with one fist and destroying the fatty’s nose and teeth, what could be more entertaining than that?
Really a good way to vent!
Meng Ying Ying spat on the fatty lying on the ground, swaggering along with Chu Tian as he left. However, the crowd around them all had changed facial expressions, facing the two people was like facing the plague; immediately they all backed away to let them through.
Chu Tian rented a room for refining pills.
Meng Ying Ying retrospectively thought about what happened, and her heart started to have a bit of fear: “Hey, Chu Tian, if you hit a dog you still have to look at the dog’s owner, that dead fatty was a Ye clan housekeeper, the Ye clan is a mercenary clan and have influence in a number of cities; their power is very great. They’re someone we can’t afford to provoke. If they were to look for us, what do we do?”
“Don’t tell me these useless things.” Chu Tian said, seemingly unperturbed: “When I, Chu Tian, beat up someone, I never ask who they are. Let alone, this fellow is nothing more than a dog of Ye. When even the dog is so arrogant, it deserves to be stepped on.”
Mercenaries are private military organizations, and a very popular occupation in the land.
Mercenaries are only restrained by their Mercenary Laws, not the local laws, thus allowing them to have a considerable amount of freedom, as well as significant influence.
60 years ago, the Ye clan began its first entry into Mercenary Industry. Over the past decades, driven by steady development, the Ye clan has amassed in total three mercenary regiments of over thirty thousand mercenaries each, and five groups of mercenary regiments of over five thousand each. If their support staff is included, then their total number of people would easily exceed one hundred thousand. It is a huge mercenary group!
Ye clan has a sphere of influence covering around ten cities and towns; Tian Nan City being included in this influence. This housekeeper was from the Ye clan, because he had a powerful backing behind him, it’s no wonder he was so arrogant.
Meng Ying Ying’s eyes revealed a glint of hatred as she spoke: “JieJie said that father and mother were probably killed by Ye clan, but the Ye clan’s influence is simply too large, I’m afraid even the city lord would be afraid of them; we do not have the means to deal with them!”
“Really!” Said Chu Tian deliberately pretending to be afraid: “They’re that powerful?”
Meng Ying Ying said self-righteously to Chu Tian: “Bah!… Look at your good-for-nothing manner, what is there to be afraid of? If there is any trouble, I shall protect you, rest assured!”
This stupid girl, protect me?
Chu Tian could not hold back and burst out laughing.
Meng Ying Ying snorted her discontent: “What are you laughing at?”
Chu Tian hurriedly said: “You hate Ye clan so much, do you want to find them to relieve some anger?”
“Isn’t it obvious?!”
“Ok, I’ll help you.”
“How can you help me?”
“Don’t worry, when the time is ripe, you will eventually know.”
Judging from the Housekeepers’ conduct, it is not hard to recognize the young master’s character.
These type of people, Chu Tian had seen too many, the amount he killed was not small. Their specialty was to have an arrogant and a self-righteous character; if their lackeys lost face, they wouldn’t let this slide. If he really dared to come, it would be a chance for Meng Ying Ying, a chance to let her severely dampen the Ye Clan’s arrogance!
The Pill Refining Room, an area of around forty or fifty square meters, within it were a pill furnace, fire pit, refining tools, and extracting tools, as well as all of the disposable and consumable materials.
Chu Tian nodded his head: “It’s okay, a little better than I thought, let’s start refining the medicine then.”
Meng Ying Ying asked: “Refining potions, or refining pills?”
Potions and pills are not the same.
Potions, were mostly medicinal products with quick and transient effects, for example Injury Recovery Potions, Magic Recovery Potions, Detoxification Potions, Strength Boost Potions, Magic Boost Potions, and many more were all repeatedly used consumables.
Pills were mostly medicinal products with permanent or long-lasting effects, for example increasing one’s cultivation, physique, or longevity; repeatedly using a pill would decrease its effectiveness, so they didn’t count as a reusable consumables, but instead were products with only one use.
“Refining pills!” Chu Tian paused for a moment and then continued speaking: “I’ll prepare the Magical Array, you are responsible for the refining.”
Meng Ying Ying was shocked stupid: “Don’t mess around, these materials are really expensive, I don’t know anything about refining medicine!”
Chu Tian explained, saying: “The study of refining pills has four main requirements; the first is a magical array, the second is the materials, the third is the tools, the fourth is technique. Of these, the magical array is the most important; having a top-tier magical array would save a lot of matters, and would even be able to make up for the lacking in technique. I don’t even have the cultivation of the first level of Realm of the Body Refinement, thus my magical power is not enough to personally refine them, hence this job will have to be done by you..”
Meng Ying Yin almost fainted: “I don’t even know the most basic skills. What magic frequency? What heat control? What techniques for condensing pills?…Too complicated!”
“Don’t worry, I have a type of generic Drug Refinement Array that anyone can use, one only needs to dump the materials inside, and as long as the ratio of the formula is right, even fools* can make the pills.”
*Note: LOL… Meng Ying Ying xD
Meng Ying Yin felt like her brain was wrapped in thick fog: “I did not study that much, so you, don’t you dare try to trick me!”
Even with the same materials and the same formula, if they were refined using two different Refinement Arrays, it was possible to create two distinct pills.
The countless formulas for precious pills and medicine throughout the land were all open to the public. Simply knowing the formula was of no use; the most important part was getting the corresponding Refinement Array. Only by having complete understanding of the Refinement Arrays could you make the corresponding drug.
The current studies of the art of pharmacy widely believed that Refinement Arrays for mixing drugs had high specificity, which meant that for every pill or potion, only one corresponding Refining Array existed, and there was no way to use one kind of array to make two kinds of medicine; this was almost an iron law!
Could this iron law really be broken?
Meng Ying Ying had a little bit of expectations, so she started to patiently wait.
The speed at which Chu Tian drew arrays was extremely fast, this point Meng Ying Ying had already experienced; this time however, more than a full hour had passed but he still hadn’t finished.
Meng Ying Ying sat while hugging her knees. She couldn’t withstand the drowsiness, her two eyelids were like lead, becoming more and more heavy, her vision becoming more and more blurred, she really fell asleep. A glistening trace of saliva dripped from the corner of her mouth, her snow-white cheeks slightly flushed, in contrast, she looked very lovable, cute, and naive.
After a few minutes, Meng Ying Ying was shaken awake from her drowsiness; she wiped the drool away from the corner of her mouth, and stood up blushing: “Huh? How did I fall asleep?”
Chu Tian spread out a sheet of the refining array diagram: “Have a look.”
Of all the things that Meng Ying Ying had seen in her life, this was the most complex, the most profound; it had hundreds upon tens of thousands of runes, which densely populated the map, all kinds of different array patterns piled together, weaving a vast array map that seemed as deep and profound as the Milky Way Galaxy.
What kind of an array was this?
One row after another of runes the size of ants, they were difficult to see even with a magnifying glass, so she had no idea how they were carved on. The whole Drug Refining Array was so large and complex, simply looking at it would incite a feeling of terror, let alone memorizing it in your head. Creating it also required there to be no error, not a single bit could be missing.
The more sophisticated a Drug Refining Array was, the easier it was to make an error.
Because if a symbol was drawn wrongly, or there was a little deviation, the whole array wouldn’t work!
Meng Ying Ying sincerely started to lament: “The inventor of this formation is simply not human, and by memorizing the whole thing and drawing it out, you are also a monster!”
She said one thing right, this formation really wasn’t invented by a human being.
In the time period where Chu Tian lived, civilization was highly developed and prosperous. Of all the great inventions, the greatest invention was without a doubt the supercomputer made from magic array!
These supercomputers had the processing power billions of times that of the human brain. It’s appearance had no doubt become a powerful engine for the accelerated growth of civilization!
At the time the pharmacist of the land used a couple decades of time to collect and refine a massive amount of data about drug refinement and magic arrays and stored it in the supercomputer. Using the processing power of the supercomputer, it took years to come up with 36 super drug refinement array
As soon as the super Drug Refinement Arrays were made available, they instantly shook the entire continent!
Almost in a single night, over 80% of Drug Refining Arrays, over ten million classic refining arrays, that originally considered by all the powers to be secret treasures, were from then on completely thrown into the garbage pile, becoming a pile of abandoned academic trash.
The magic supercomputer, where its calculation and deduction power is hundreds of million times more powerful than the human brain, along with the vast knowledge database accumulated over thousands of years, gave birth to the super drug refinement array.
In the eyes of the people from this time period, this was simply knowledge of the gods.
Translators: Conan143, Face McBashy, essencexn
Translation Checker: Face McBashy
Editors: VindiFan#1 JK, Gem, translators and tlc
Translated by Novelsground team