Chapter 51 – Furnace Pellet Concocting
Translated by: Pumpkin
Edited by: Earl
The several square mu Spirit Field was separated into many different smaller fields. All kinds of light were emitting from the field. It was evident that there were many different kinds of formation arrays placed on the Spirit Field.
[TL: 1 mu is 1/15 hectare, 666.6m sq.]
Walking in the Spirit Field, Wei Suo discovered that some locations of the Spirit Field was extremely hot like the height of summer. However, for some other locations, they were extremely cold and a layer of thick ice formed on the ground. For some other places, they were extremely dark like night time and moist like a swamp. The environment was like that of a mountain cave.
The reason why the Spirit Field was separated into this many different sorts of areas was because the Spiritual Herbs grows in different sorts of environments and could only survive in special environments. As this Spirit Field was composed of over a dozen different types of environments, it could also be considered as being a pretty decent Spirit Field.
After passing through this Spirit Field, Wei Suo entered into a courtyard house that had a small garden in the center.
Other than the main hall, there was a study room, a side room used as a bedroom and an extremely soundproof private room used especially for training. In the private room was a silver thread woven mat.
This private room was constructed alongside the mountain wall. On the mountain wall was a stone door.
After passing through this extremely heavy stone door, after walking over a dozen steps into the tunnel in the wall, Wei Suo felt a burst of fiery heat hitting his face. Inside the mountain wall were two rooms. The first room was two hundred to three hundred square feet. It was completely empty. However, on the four walls of this room that were composed of mountain rocks were full of bumps and holes from the result of martial techniques. It was evident that this room was meant for a cultivator to test his martial technique or artifact. As for the second room, it was the most important thing that Wei Suo needed, the Earth Fire Furnace room.
The entire Earth Fire Furnace room was square shaped. Its size was about seventy to eighty square feet. Other than a stone table located beside the entrance in the left side of the room, only a half man tall bronze colored Earth Fire Furnace was located in the middle of the room.
On the four feet of this cauldron-shaped furnace were scale-like carvings. Looking from afar, it appeared like four qilian claws. Above the round furnace were flaming heat that continued to ascend upwards incessantly. Above the top of the furnace were eighteen cyan colored fire toads with open mouths. They were directly facing the mouth of the furnace and appeared extremely life-like.
[TL: I imagine this is how the fire toads looks like. http://img.zisha.com/attachment/product/thumbnails/2016-01/big-293a35164a20c927b0fd61942fbc1cf2_2016_01_11_14_36_44.jpg ]
“As expected of a place worthy of eighty Low Quality Spiritual Stones a month! I truly wondered how the highest Heaven quality residences would be.”
Inside this Earth Fire Furnace Room, Wei Suo gasped in admiration.
There was a Spirit Field and a Earth Fire Furnace. If the barrier of this place was a bit stronger, then it would be more or less sufficient enough to be considered as a cave mansion.
Training in such a location was many times more comfortable than training in the western city district’s little stone house. However, Wei Suo had not come here for leisure. To the current him, eighty Low Quality Spiritual Stones a month was pretty painful.
As it was still morning time, the green gowned old man was still recuperating inside the Ghost Raising Jar. However, Wei Suo did not let himself be idle. After his gasp, he immediately returned to the private room, took out a mild-yellow colored Mid Quality Spiritual Stone, closed his eyes and began training.
Currently, all of the things from the little stone house at the western city district, including those four portraits of Shui Ling’er, have all been placed into the Treasure Receiving Pocket and brought over by Wei Suo. For the entire morning, Wei Suo had only trained in the Purple Mystic True Technique and had not taken out the Golden Thread Talisman Brush or the other materials to make technique talismans. That was because he learned from the green gowned old man that concocting pellets required as much mental strength as making technique talismans.
After the white sky turned completely dark, Wei Suo held the Ghost Raising Jar with the green gowned old man and entered into the Earth Fire Furnace room.
“Cyan Toad Earth Fire Furnace, it could be considered as barely passable.” The green gowned old man took a look at the bronze furnace cauldron located in the center of the room. He curled his lips and then said, “Go and familiarize yourself with the fire temperature of this furnace cauldron.”
Wei Suo nodded. He followed what the two snobbish Heaven’s First Sect’s disciples had told him and instilled his True Elemental Energy into one of the fire toad sculptures at the mouth of the furnace cauldron.
“Holy fuck!” A dark red colored pillar of fire was instantly shot out from the fire toad’s mouth, shocking Wei Suo. A pungent smell of noxious fire instantly filled the air.
“This is the Earth Fire coming from the fire veins located in the center of the Earth?”
Wei Suo was able to sense the heat of the oil-like pillar of flame. It was many times more frightening than the fireballs from his Fireball Talismans. Fortunately, the fire pillar shot out from the fire toad’s mouth was very stable. They merely condensed together into a lump of flame and whirled around in the center of the furnace.
After Wei Suo instilled another stream of True Elemental Energy into this fire toad that was shooting out flame from its mouth, the brilliance of the fire toad was put out and the fire that it was shooting out also disappeared instantly.
As there were eighteen fire toads, it meant that eighteen pillars of flames could be shot out. In other words, eighteen different temperature of flames could be controlled.
Seeing that Wei Suo had familiarized himself with the Cyan Toad Earth Fire Furnace, the green gowned old man said with a deep voice, “You merely need to activate five fire toads for now. After that, you are to put the Pellet Furnace above the furnace cauldron opening.”
Wei Suo nodded. He instilled five streams of True Elemental Energy into the fire toads in succession. Five dark red colored dense flames were shot out from three fire toads’ mouths. They converged together and turned into a flower-like flame.
Wei Suo took out an ordinary Black Gold Pellet Furnace that he had brought from a little store and carefully placed it at the furnace cauldron opening.
[TL: this is confusing. It seemed that the Earth Fire Furnace was merely the fire source connected to the center of the earth whereas the Black Gold Pellet Furnace was the cookware in which the Pellet is concocted in.]
The Heaven Mending Pellet did not require the Pellet Furnace to be special at all. It would be sufficient as long as the Pellet Furnace was capable of withstanding the heat from the flames.
“Good, place two Cold Dew Roots into it!”
Hearing the command of the green gowned old man, two pieces of cyan-white potato like items that have evidently been prepared beforehand were placed into the Black Gold Pellet Furnace.
Once they were thrown into the Pellet Furnace, the water within the two Cold Dew Roots immediately started to boil. In merely half an incense stick worth of time, the two Cold Dew Roots were completely split apart, they were cooked into two lumps of cyan-white colored powder.
“Three Silver Moon Grass. Five Seven Leaves Orchards. Prepare them first! Good! Quickly, add all of them in together!”
Wei Suo released his hand. Three peculiar plants that were silver all over and five plants that bloomed with little purple flowers and had seven leaves were simultaneously added into the Pellet Furnace.
The three Silver Moon Grass and the five Seven leaves Orchids were immediately turned into silver and purple powder by the high temperature flames.
“Prepare ten Purple Void Grass and a single Cyan Beetle’s Demon Pellet. After I tell you to put them in later, you are to immediately cover the Pellet Furnace.” Said the green gowned old man in an exceptionally serious manner.
“Got it.” Wei Suo heaved a breath of air. He rubbed his hands. He was extremely nervous too. That was because while the other items were not expensive, a Cyan Beetle’s Demon Pellet cost sixty Low Quality Spiritual Stones. If he was to not be careful and mess up, then it would be no different than burning away his money.
“Still not yet?” Wei Suo whose focus was at its peak, waited for a moment. He saw that the purple colored dust that the Seven Leaves Orchids had turned into were almost charred by the fire and had turned into specks of black granules. Wei Suo had become unable to resist himself and immediately asked.
“Don’t bother spouting rubbish.” The green gowned old man berated him. After close to another incense stick worth of time, when the silver powder that the Silver Moon Grass had turned into were now in a slightly snow-white state, the green gowned old man suddenly shouted, “Quickly, put them in!”
As if it was a conditioned reflex, Wei Suo immediately placed the Purple Void Grass and the Cyan Beetle’s Demon Pellet into the Pellet Furnace. After that, he rapidly placed the cover on the Pellet Furnace. At the moment when he was covering the Pellet Furnace, he saw that the Purple Void Grass and the Cyan Beetle’s Demon Pellet had instantly turned into lumps of purple colored and cyan-yellow colored mist.
As time slowly passed, herbal aroma began to seep out from the small cauldron.
“Open two more fire toads!” At the time when Wei Suo had thought that the Pellet Medicine was about to form, the green gowned old man suddenly shouted again.
Wei Suo did not dare to hesitate at all. He immediately started two more fire toads.
Under the roasting of even stronger flames, the small Black Gold Pellet Furnace seemed to be completely covered by flames.
“Zzzzz.” Suddenly, a sound that sounded like boiling hot oil sounded from the Pellet Furnace.
“What is happening?” Wei Suo was surprised.
“This meant that all of the Spiritual Herbs had been turned into Medicinal Liquid. The following step would be congealing into a pellet.” The green gowned old man immediately said these words as he continued to attentively watch the Pellet Furnace within the flames.
“Quickly, extinguish three fire toads!” Suddenly, the green gowned old man shouted.
“What?!” Wei Suo immediately pour his True Elemental Energy into the three fire toads. However, right after he extinguished the second fire toad, an explosion was heard from the Pellet Furnace.
“You can extinguish all of them.” Once the green gowned old man heard the explosion, his expression became a bit ugly. “This Heaven Mending Pellet was a failure.”
“Failure?” With extreme heartache, Wei Suo began to extinguish all of the flames from the fire toads. After he uncovered the scalding cover, he looked into the Pellet Furnace. What he saw was numerous cyan-yellow colored sparkling and translucent crystal-like fragments.
“As I am unable to concoct pellets myself, I could only call to your attention when at the crucial moment. This was originally harder than normal pellet concocting. On top of that, I have not concocted pellets in a very long time. My grasp of the fire temperature is still a bit lacking.” The green gowned old man did not blame Wei Suo this time around. That was because it was the first time he teamed up with Wei Suo. Yet, Wei Suo did not make any mistake. It was only at the final moment when the pellet was about to form that they failed. This had already surpassed the green gowned old man’s expectations.
“Again!” After calmly taking a glance at Wei Suo, the green gowned old man immediately said to him.
Inside the quiet Earth Fire Furnace room, after a long time, the green gowned old man’s calm voice sounded once more.
“Had it finally succeeded?”
With the same materials and the same procedures, the green gowned old man had shouted ‘again’ three times in succession. By this time, Wei Suo’s body was drenched with sweat. At the step when Wei Suo extinguished the three fire toads in succession, no explosion was heard from the Pellet Furnace. Instead, the dense medicinal aroma began to seep out from the Pellet Furnace.
A trace of rejoice also flashed through the green gowned old man’s calm eyes. Suddenly, he heaved a breath of relief and then said. “You can extinguish all of the fire toads one by one!”
The dark red colored fire pillars were all extinguished.
After opening the cover, a mellow and rich aroma flow out from the Pellet Furnace and flooded the entire Earth Fire Furnace room.
Wei Suo looked to the opened Pellet Furnace before him and was about to have his cheeks streaming with tears.
At the top part of the Black Gold Pellet Furnace was a cyan-yellow colored plump, sparkling, translucent, pure and limpid Pellet Medicine. The surface of the Pellet Medicine was also covered with silver veined patterns as it emitted a faint shine.