Chapter 17 – The First Dragon Mark
“We could only find one Tiger Demon’s soul within our trading inventory, but it was only at the Early Qi Hai level. I was afraid it would influence the effectiveness of your pill… So I sent a guy to Red City and bought a Tiger Demon’s soul at the Peak Qi Hai level. It was placed it in the pill workshop.”
Jiang Zhen Hai said.
“Thank you, dad!”
Jiang Chen’s eyes brightened.
“There’s no need for you to thank me.”
Jiang Zhen Hai said with a smile on his face.
Beside the furnace there was an assortment of herbs. Jiang Chen examined them and saw Thousand Leaves Grass, Hundred Soul Wood, Sprouting Blue Grass, etc… These were all ingredients needed to concoct a Tiger Restoration Pill, and there was a red box there as well. Inside the box there was a demon soul the size of a fist. It looked like a crystal and was emitting a weak glow. Jiang Chen could feel the energy inside with just a single glance.
“It’s the demon soul of a Fiery Tiger, and the fire core inside is pure and undamaged… this is an unexpected bonus!”
Jiang Chen was both happy and surprised. He could tell the origin of this demon soul with just a single look.
The Fiery Tiger was just a normal demon beast, but it was still a rare tiger species. It doesn’t have a special bloodline, but it possessed a very special fire.
The fire of a Fiery Tiger wasn’t very strong, but it was much stronger than the fire normally used to concoct pills.
Furthermore, once you absorb this fire you can then adjust its temperature by using your Soul Power. It was very difficult and risky for a normal alchemist to absorb external fire without a specific method, but for Jiang Chen absorbing the Fiery Tiger’s fire was just too easy and simple.
Jiang Chen waved his hand at the demon soul, and it immediately flew into the air before falling onto his palm. Jiang Chen then folded his hands in a complicated pattern. Under the effect of the complicated pattern, a red fire core was extracted from the demon soul.
Jiang Chen opened up his mouth and swallowed the fire core.
Once the fire core was absorbed, it will merge with the soul’s core and the Yuan power within the body, allowing the person to produce as much fire as their Soul Power and Yuan power allowed.
Jiang Chen could feel a burning sensation in him when the fire core entered his body, so he immediately sent his Soul Power in a huge wave and suppressed the fire core.
The fire core was merging with incredible speed thanks to the Dragon Transformation skill and the Mighty Soul Derivation skill. Jiang Chen abandoned the original method used to absorb the fire core and instead relied solely on the Dragon Transformation and the Mighty Soul Derivation skills.
The Dragon Transformation skill could absorb any special bloodline in the world, a normal fire core was nothing difficult for it. In addition, there was help from the Mighty Soul Derivation skill as well.
Jiang Chen flipped his hand and after waiting a few minutes, a fiery red flame appeared within his palm. Jiang Chen sent out more and more Yuan power, and the flame kept growing larger in response.
“My first Dragon Mark is even more condensed and vivid than before If I absorb all the energy in this fire soul, I can reach the Early Qi Hai level… But, building a foundation is more important than that. I should first focus on laying down my foundation.”
Jiang Chen’s cultivation experience couldn’t be compared with anyone, he clearly understood that building a foundation before breaking into the next level was much more important.
When using a demon soul to concoct the Tiger Restoration Pill, a majority of its essence would be wasted, but Jiang Chen didn’t feel bad about that. Instead of using the essence to increase his Qi level, he would rather use it to build a greater foundation and purify his body. Reaching the Qi Hai level wasn’t a big priority for him at the moment.
“I will be able to concoct pills much faster with this fire.”
Jiang Chen’s eyes lit up, with the Mighty Soul Derivation skill and the Fiery Tiger Fire, he wouldn’t even need to use a furnace. The Mighty Soul Derivation skill wouldn’t only train one’s soul, it was also a method to concoct pills.
A huge wave of Soul Power was unleashed from his body. Jiang Chen then shook his hand, sending fire out of his palm and forming a flame sea. The Soul Power and the flame sea started merging, making crackling sounds. Jiang Chen casually waved his hands, throwing the ingredients into the flame sea one by one.
Discarding the furnace and using such a miraculous method of concocting pills, if Zhou Bei Zhen and the others saw this then they would kneel down in respect.
Remove the impurities, melt the pill, and form the pill!
Jiang Chen was very familiar with the entire process of concocting pills, thus his technique was brilliant.
The Fiery Tiger flame made the temperature in the room 2 times higher than before. Along with that, it only took Jiang Chen an hour to produce the Tiger Restoration pill because of the Mighty Soul Derivation skill.
Jiang Chen then withdrew all of his Qi, Soul Power, and fire, only leaving the freshly formed pill that laid in his palm.
The Tiger Restoration pill radiated warmth, it felt as if there was a small fire in his hand. The pill was transparent and was glowing brightly. This was because it was a 100% effectiveness pill, a perfect pill!
“This Tiger Restoration pill has reached the Mortal level, it is perfect for me to consume under my current situation.”
Jiang Chen was very satisfied with the Tiger Restoration pill he concocted, a Mortal pill could only be concocted by an alchemist who had reached the Mortal Core level, and even then it was very difficult to reach 100% effectiveness.
Jiang Chen could concoct a Mortal Tiger Restoration pill while he was only a 9th level Qi Jing cultivator, if anyone knew about this their jaws would immediately drop to the ground.
The Mortal Restoration Pill was a basic Yuan power pill that was different from other pills. In the Martial Sky continent there were Mortal Restoration Pills, Earth Restoration Pills, Heaven Restoration Pills and Saint Restoration Pills. The ingredients for these pills were simple, but what made them different from one another was the rich and pure Yuan power inside. Therefore in theory, only a Saint was able to make a Saint Restoration Pill; this was mainly because a Saint had greater and purer Yuan energy than others.
These kinds of pills are important for all cultivators who wanted to become stronger.
These 4 types of pills can be classified into 4 simple levels, Mortal, Earth, Heaven and Saint. Unlike battle skills that can again be categorized into Low, Middle and High, these types of Restoration Pills have no tiers within. It’s also incredibly easy to concoct these types of pills, any alchemist can do it as long as they have enough Soul Power and Yuan power.
“This Tiger Restoration Pill will strengthen my foundation and improve my roots!”
Jiang Chen opened his mouth and swallowed the Tiger Restoration Pill. The huge amount of power within the pill started spreading, making his body shiver.
“Dragon Transformation Skill, help me absorb this.”
Jiang Chen sat down cross legged and immediately started cultivating his Dragon Transformation skill. This mighty skill was very powerful because not only could it absorb the surrounding Yuan power with incredible speed, it could also absorb energies within pills and elixirs with great speed.
With help from the Dragon Transformation skill, the energy within the Tiger Restoration Pill started being absorbed by his body, bit by bit. The ingredients that helped strengthen his foundation entered Jiang Chen’s whole body, penetrating into the deepest parts of his body. The energy within the pill was also still being absorbed by the Dragon Mark within in the dantian.
A humming sound could be heard from Jiang Chen’s body, as if there was a strong vibration reverberating inside of his body. Jiang Chen shut off his six senses and completely focused all of his energy on cultivating the Dragon Transformation skill and absorbing the pill.
After an hour, Jiang Chen opened his eyes. Two bright lights were unleashed from his eyes, making the air in front of him ripple.
The Tiger Restoration Pill had been completely absorbed, and Jiang Chen had changed completely. What was missing in the Yuan source of his body was now there, and his weak body had become almost perfect with the help of the Dragon Transformation skill and the Tiger Restoration pill.
Also, because of the Tiger Restoration Pill’s energy, the red Dragon Mark within his Dantian had fully condensed, making it look pure red.
“The first Dragon Mark has formed completely! With 10,000 pounds of force from the Dragon Mark alone, I am able to punch with a force of 10,000 pounds despite being only a level 9 Qi Jing cultivator, and even more if we count the strength I get from being at the 9th Qi Jing level… This Dragon Transformation skill is truly powerful, my potential is much better now than it was in my past life!”
Jiang Chen started laughing out loud. He then raised his arm and struck the air, a roaring dragon like sound echoed through the room… a punch with a force of 10,000 pounds was truly incredible. And he didn’t even use his full strength, he only used the strength of the Dragon Mark alone.
A normal Early Qi Hai level couldn’t strike a punch with a force of 10,000 pounds, only those who are at the Middle Qi Hai level could exceed this . With Jiang Chen’s current strength, he could fight a normal person at the Middle Qi Hai level!
Jiang Chen stored all his Yuan power within the Dragon Mark and then shook it slightly, making the Yuan power disperse like smoke before it began spreading around in his body.
“More potential makes leveling up even more difficult… I will need to gather more energy, and then I will finally break into the Qi Hai realm. By then I should be able to form another Dragon Mark.”
Jiang Chen thought to himself. He had kept quite a number of Mortal Restoration pills for himself, there were even a few dozen with 100% effectiveness – enough for him to break through to the Qi Hai level.
The first Dragon Mark was fully condensed, Jiang Chen’s Qi and blood were very strong while his body was sturdy like a human shaped beast.
After stretching his body, he left the furnace room. The whole pill shop was quiet, Zhou Bei Zhen and the rest were concocting pills in their own rooms.
The 3 old men had been cultivating like crazy after receiving the Soul Training skill from Jiang Chen, they even forgot to eat at times.
Jiang Chen then went back to his home and sat down. Afterwards Jiang Cheng came running over with a face filled with panic.
“Jiang Cheng, what’s wrong? What happened?”
Jiang Chen picked up a tea cup from his table and took a sip.
“Young master, there are two men outside who wish to see the grand master of our pill shop!”
Jiang Cheng said.
“Grand master? What grand master?”
Jiang Chen said with an annoyed expression on his face.
“The grand master who can concoct Restoration Pills with 100% effectiveness.”
Jiang Cheng replied. Only Jiang Zhen Hai and the three old men knew that Jiang Chen wasthat alchemist. Everyone else thought that there was some other experienced great master of alchemy in the Jiang family, even Jiang Cheng thought so.
“Who are those people?”
Jiang Chen asked.
“A young man and an old man, the young man was extremely arrogant. He said he came from Red city.”
Jiang Cheng replied.
“From Red city? Lead them to the main hall and tell them that the Grandmaster will be there in a moment.”
Jiang Chen said. Red city was a big city, and it was not something that the small Heavenly Fragrant city can compare to. Obviously he was curious to see who came from Red city.
A short while after Jiang Chen changed his clothes, he put on a big black robe and a bamboo hat on his head.
Jiang Chen walked into the main hall, and through the bamboo hat he could see Jiang Cheng leading the two men into the main hall. There was one young man in white clothing, about 20 years old with an arrogant expression on his face, accompanied by another man who looked about 50 years old.
What made Jiang Chen surprised was the skill level of these two men. The young man was at the Early Qi Hai level. He truly lived up to the reputation of someone from Red city.
As for the old man, he could feel a weak Soul Power from him. He should be an alchemist. His skill wasn’t mediocre either, he had reached the Middle Qi Hai level.
“Leave us alone.”
Jiang Chen said to Jiang Cheng. His voice was hoarse, so Jiang Cheng couldn’t recognize him. Jiang Cheng looked at the grandmaster with a curious expression for a moment before he respectfully left.
“Why didn’t young master come together with grandmaster?”
Jiang Cheng stood guard and scratched his head with a puzzled expression on his face.