Chapter 43 – Jade Cloud Mushroom
Translated by: Pumpkin
Edited by: Earl, Fumma
Through the fog of the night, Wei Suo, who had walked out from the conveying array, looked to the mountain range in the distance. In the mountain range, there were ruins of buildings and flickering lights.
The ruins left behind in the mountain range were all remnants of the ancient past. They were all extremely old. Many of them were already weathered, eroded and had become impossible to determine their original appearance. Numerous ruins exist in the five to six mountain ranges of the Sheep Bone Mountain. In the ancient times, this place was likely a big city or a strategic town. As for the flickering lights within the mountain range, they ought to be the light from the Heaven’s First Sect’s Smelting Crystals Mine.
Smelting Crystal was a special kind of crystal stone. They would immediately melt when encountering fire. However, after the melted Smelting Crystal solidify once again, not only would it be able to withstand a bigger amount of heat, it would also become much more firmer than many essence metals. It was precisely because of its property of being malleable and extremely firm, that the Smelting Crystal ended up being used in crafting artifacts quite frequently. This was especially true for defensive artifacts.
Surrounding the Spirit Peak City, there was only a single Smelting Crystal Mine. The mine was located in the Sheep Bone Mountain and controlled by the Heaven’s First Sect. Furthermore, the Heaven’s First Sect would only dispatch experts at Heavenly Circuit Stage or above to protect this mine. There were many low level cultivators and ordinary mortals assisting the Heaven’s First Sect in mining the Smelting Crystals day and night.
Although Wei Suo felt that it was shameless for the Heaven’s First Sect to occupy the entire mine like a tyrant, there was nothing he could do even if the entire mine was given to him. That was because the translucent white colored Smelting Crystals that turned black colored after smelting were extremely small and mixed with lumps of various rocks. Only through a large amount of manpower would they be capable of acquiring the necessary amount of Smelting Crystals. Furthermore, the flickering lights gave comfort to Wei Suo in this pitch-black mountain range.
After walking for over an hour in the pitch-black forest, Wei Suo finally arrived at the Rock Maggot Karst Cave’s entrance.
The entrance to the Rock Maggot Karst Cave was several tens of square feet big. It appeared like an enormous opened mouth on the process of swallowing people into it.
Seeing that there was no trace of Nangong Yuqing in the surrounding area of the cave, Wei Suo did not become flustered and directly took out one of the three Transmission Jade Talismans. After he instilled some True Elemental Energy into it, all three Transmission Jade Talismans he carried with him began to shine brightly. In merely a short moment, Nangong Yuqing who wore a red skintight soft leather armor rapidly walked out from the cave.
“You’re pretty smart. To think that you know such a method to inform me that you’re here.” Once Nangong Yuqing saw Wei Suo at the entrance of the cave, she immediately said to him. “I had already called for you with the Transmission Jade Talisman several times already. It was because I really could not wait any longer that I rushed over here first. What took you so long to come?”
“Do you have something urgent? Why did you search for me at such a time?” Wei Suo looked at the soft leather armor that Nangong Yuqing wore with a slight disappointment. That was because he discovered that the cuts on her soft armor have all been mended. Not even a trace of them could be seen. Thus, he was unable to see anything at all. Seeing Nangong Yuqing’s slightly anxious expression, he immediately offered words of explanation. “I have gone to the Cyan Deep Mountain today. I reckon that my Transmission Jade Talismans were unable to see your call because I was too far away.”
“How many Fireball Talismans do you have on you?” Nangong Yuqing directly asked.
Wei Suo was confused. He took a glance at Nangong Yuqing. “I still have about eighty or so?”
“Eighty or so?” Nangong Yuqing seemed to be surprised by the amount of Fireball Talismans Wei Suo had on him. She was slightly startled. “Time is of essence, I’ll let you know what’s going on while we walk.” However, she immediately turned around and began to lead the road. For some unknown reason, although Wei Suo had made her wait for a long time and she had also called for other members of the Iron Policy in fear that Wei Suo would not be able to get here on time, she did not think that Wei Suo would deliberately not come.
“What? Jade Cloud Mushroom?” Wei Suo followed behind Nangong Yuqing and walked into the Rock Maggot Karst Cave. The Karst Cave was filled with stalactites and was extremely humid. After hearing just two sentences from Nangong Yuqing, Wei Suo was immediately shocked.
It turned out that the reason why Nangong Yuqing was in such a rush to find Wei Suo was because she had chased after a level three Five Colored Centipede all the way into the Rock Maggot Karst Cave. While in the Rock Maggot Karst Cave, she discovered in a side passage of the cave a soon to be mature Jade Cloud Mushroom.
For many treasures born from the heavens, they must be plucked at a certain time so as to not lose their Spiritual Energy. If one was to miss the timing to pluck them after they grow mature, their Spiritual Energy would be completely lost in a short period of time. The Jade Cloud Mushroom was one such item. The Jade Cloud Mushroom was a white colored lingzhi mushroom. They were sparking, translucent and pure. At night, they would emit a jade-like brilliance. The most important usage of this sort of Spiritual Herb was that it was capable of making level five or lower demonic beast advance to the next level!
In other words, if a level five or lower demonic beast was to eat a matured Jade Cloud Mushroom, it would receive the same effect as a cultivator below the Thought Division Stage that ate a United Void Pellet concocted by Ji Ya and immediately level up.
To cultivators, this sort of Spiritual Herb was extremely meaningful. That was because nowadays, many sects like the Golden Eagle Sect that Li Honglin belonged to, were capable of taming demonic beasts. If one was to feed a tamed level four high-level demonic beast a Jade Cloud Mushroom, that demonic beast would level up to level five demonic beast. That would also be equivalent to the cultivator’s own strength increasing. After all, a level four mid-level Single Horned Thunder Viper had already almost caused Wei Suo to meet his maker.
To these sects and cultivators, this sort of Spiritual Herb was a priceless treasure. Furthermore, due to the fact that the Jade Cloud Mushrooms were rare to begin with, their time of maturity was only a single day and night and would immediately wither and lose all Spiritual Energy afterwards. The Jade Cloud Mushrooms were things with no fixed price. However, one thing was for certain. The Jade Cloud Mushrooms were definitely something that could be given to the Golden Jade Pavilion to auction off.
“There’s two mushrooms.” As if sensing Wei Suo was insufficiently shocked, Nangong Yuqing who was hurriedly leading the way added.
“Holy shit!” Wei Suo was truly shocked. Two Jade Cloud Mushrooms. In that case, wouldn’t that mean that if one was to feed a level four mid-level demonic beast the two Jade Cloud Mushrooms in succession, it would instantly become a level five demonic beast? However, Wei Suo also knew very well that this sort of demonic beast’s United Void Pellet treasure would definitely have a powerful demonic beast surrounding it, waiting for it to mature. Due to the fact that the demonic beast’s operation range was much bigger than that of cultivators, would go to any filthy place, possessed better sense of smell and better perfection of Spiritual Herbs than cultivators, Wei Suo immediately asked right away. “What level demonic beast is guarding those Jade Cloud Mushrooms?”
“It’s a level four high-level Wind Spirit Eagle.” Nangong Yuqing rapidly answered.
“Are you kidding, another level four demonic beast?!” Wei Suo screamed. The Wind Spirit Eagles were a kind of large demonic beast with an external appearance like that of a large eagle. However, it had four claws and a long monkey-tail like tail. Not only could they send forth powerful and extremely sharp Wind Blades, they were also capable of shooting out their feathers like arrows. The most important aspect was that as it was a level four high-level demonic beast, it was also capable of spraying out its Demon Pellet like the Single Horned Thunder Viper.
Nangong Yuqing seemed to be confused by what Wei Suo said. She slightly turned her head around and looked at Wei Suo. “Don’t worry, leave the matter of handling this Wind Spirit Eagle to me.”
“Mn mn.” The extremely confident expression that Nangong Yuqing displayed caused Wei Suo to remember her Magical Treasure Fragment that was capable of directly and easily killing a level three demonic beast. He immediately nodded in understanding. However, after a moment, he asked, “Since you can handle that Wind Spirit Eagle, then why do you need me? Could it be that you felt it would be too lonely for you to be by yourself in the endless night?”
“Lonely your ass! You’re actually in a mood to joke around in such a time?” Nangong Yuqing stared at Wei Suo. “Other than us, there are about thirty or so Ice Snow Mantises that were interested in these two Jade Cloud Mushrooms. They only didn’t dare to enter because they fear that Wind Spirit Eagle. They were all located outside in a cave and at a deadlock with that Wind Spirit Eagle.”
“Holy fuck! Big sis, you’re joking, right? Thirty plus Ice Snow Mantises? Exactly how many pieces do you wish for me to be cut into?” Upon hearing what Nangong Yuqing said, Wei Suo nearly turned around to run away.
Being with the green gowned old man for a long time, Wei Suo also came to know now that there were not this many demonic beast several tens of thousands of years ago. It was due to the battle between two almighties in the past where one of the almighty deliberately attracted stars and shattered a lot of spatial tunnels did there become this many various demonic beasts. Later on, all of these demonic beasts were given names by the cultivators. For example, this ice elemental demonic beast Ice Snow Mantis looked like a half man-sized mantis. That was the reason why it ended up having such a name. However, the Ice Snow Mantises were, without a doubt, level three high-level demonic beast. Not only were they capable of spraying out Ice Cold Energy, its two forelimbs that looked like machetes were extremely sharp weapons capable of dismembering others easily. If Wei Suo was to handle one or two of them, then it would definitely not be an issue for him. However, if thirty plus of them were to charge at him together, then Wei Suo could only stand there and obediently be cut apart by the blades.
“What are you scared for? Did you think I called you here just so that you could throw your life away?” Nangong Yuqing gave Wei Suo a side-eye. “I have already checked them multiple times now. Those thirty plus Ice Snow Mantises were constantly located in a cave outside of the location where the two Jade Cloud Mushrooms were growing and at a constant stalemate with the Wind Spirit Eagle. Although the cave where they’re at was pretty big, the tunnel connecting that cave with the cave where the Jade Cloud Mushrooms are at and the tunnel connecting that cave with here, are not spacious at all. With the two of us, we should be able to block the tunnel. Furthermore, for ice elemental demonic beast like the Ice Snow Mantises, their resistance against fire elemental skill techniques are going to be weaker. As long as we block the exit and you continue to cast Fireball Talismans nonstop, they would likely only have two options to choose from. They would either be burned to death by you by staying in the cave or they would rush to the other tunnel toward the cave where the Wind Spirit Eagle was and fight it.”
“In that case, you should’ve told me that earlier. You’ve made my heart so scared that it was jumping and pounding.” Wei Suo ‘he he’’ laughed. “Casting Fireball Talismans, they’re what I’m most proficient in.”
Right when Wei Suo was saying this to Nangong Yuqing, the conveying array of the Sheep Bone Mountain shined. Two cultivators walked out from the conveying array. One of the cultivator, a young male who wore a red colored gown, had a helpless expression on his face. Beside him was an extremely charming young woman. As for her, she had an excited expression on her face. As for this excited young woman, she wore a silver colored robe. It was the girl who had been snatched two Rock Tailed Wall Lizards by Wei Suo, Han Weiwei.