SOTR Chapter 548

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Chapter 548: The Longevity Pill

Since Jiang Chen recognized this Skyheart Rebirth Pill, he didn’t need to spend too much effort on it anymore. The process of deconstruction was still needed to figure out the ingredients though, since there was the chance that substitute materials may have been used in the making of this particular pill. If he’d simply put down the original ingredients, it may be marked as incorrect. As such, he decided to unravel the pill’s true ingredients by breaking it down to its basic elements.

The analysis and distillation process went relatively smoothly, since he already knew this was the Skyheart Rebirth Pill. When he was done, he was sure that no substitute materials had been used in the making of this pill. Jiang Chen knew that he wasn’t being overly cautious, since this was a pill from the divergent pill faction. Its ever-changing style and peculiar use of ingredients made it a difficult pill to analyze. He had to remain vigilant.

After deciphering the ingredients, Jiang Chen wrote the dozen ingredients down. This segment had been surprisingly easy.

“Heh heh, who would’ve thought that I’d luck out in this section. However, it seems that many will fall in this section. The divergent pill faction’s pills are the hardest to identify. It would not be unreasonable to anticipate that many will be stopped short here.” Jiang Chen naturally wasn’t delighting in the misery of others, but was actually worrying about Mu Gaoqi and Ling Bi’er. If they recognized the style of this pill, then they would be able to forge onwards. But if they treated it as an ordinary pill, then it would be incredibly difficult to analyze. However, Mu Gaoqi and Ling Bi’er weren’t ordinary geniuses. If this stumped them, then it was highly likely that everyone would be equally stumped by this divergent pill faction’s pill.

Jiang Chen didn’t continue dwelling on his thoughts, and composed himself before advancing to the third and last section. With the lead he’d secured from the second section, Jiang Chen was fairly certain that he’d locked in the championship of the genius group.

There were a full hundred ingredients arrayed in front of him for the third section.

“This segment not only tests one’s powers in pill refinement, but also their ability to theorize logically, their observation, as well as their fundamental knowledge.”

With so many materials, there were more than just one or two pills that candidates would be able to refine. As Jiang Chen’s eyes swept over the ingredients, the names of several pills flashed through his mind, but were quickly discarded all one by one. They all came to about mid tier saint rank, so he would have to refine a supreme rank pill to gain full marks. Jiang Chen wasn’t willing to take this risk. It was a risk since he only had enough ingredients at his disposal for at most three pills. It would be a bit difficult to ensure the production of a supreme rank pill from just three pills.

He quickly came up with an upper tier saint rank pill recipe. He only needed to refine an upper rank pill to win 200 points. Jiang Chen thought about it some more and then looked at the ingredients again, still choosing to discard it. “Logically speaking, it’s not difficult to refine an upper rank Phoenix Croon Pill. It’s at eighth level saint rank, but the Fledgling Phoenix Grass here isn’t of the best quality. Some unwanted developments might happen if I were to refine it.”

Jiang Chen wanted a slow, but inexorable finish. In the end, he decided not to go with the Phoenix Croon Pill. He looked at the hundred ingredients, in no hurry to make a move. He knew that since the organizers had made a rule about a true saint rank pill, it was possible to create a pill recipe that would result in a true saint rank pill. Then, even if he refined a lower rank quality pill of that level, he would still take home full points. In other words, if he could create a pill recipe that gave him a true saint rank pill, he would gain full points no matter what level his completed product was.

In the world of pills, pills were divided into mortal, spirit, saint, true saint, earth, and heaven rank pills.

Saint rank pills corresponded to the origin realm of cultivation, and true saint to the sage realm. That meant that ordinary sage realm cultivators utilized pills of the true saint rank. In addition, each rank was further divided into lower, mid, and upper rank levels.

Jiang Chen kept combining and recombining the ingredients in his mind.

He had completed the first and second section in the record time of less than a day, so he had plenty of time to kill on this last segment. Naturally, all the sect heavyweights were keeping a close eye on him. When Palace Head Dan Chi witnessed Jiang Chen’s overbearing momentum and the speed at which he’d blasted through the first two segments, he was immensely gratified. His actions in recruiting Jiang Chen and allying with the Precious Tree Sect were being validated as incomparably wise.

With the painful lessons from the first three rounds, Wei Wuying and the others were now numb to Jiang Chen’s brilliance. They were convinced it was impossible to speculate or evaluate Jiang Chen with their logic. After all, he’d caught up and surpassed the others after starting off much later than any of them in the previous round of spirit seed cultivation! They’d never heard of anything of the sort before. Now, even as they watched him explosively sprint through the first two sections of the fourth round, they didn’t dare bring up any suspicions of cheating. All they could do was bury it deep in their hearts and try to focus on their tasks.

Of course, that didn’t mean to say that they weren’t hoping that Jiang Chen would become caught up in his arrogance, overestimate himself, and fail to perform at the level he’d demonstrated before. But their hopes seemed doomed, since his demeanor was as solid as Mt. Tai. It didn’t seem like his performance would be marred in any way.

Wei Wuying couldn’t help but complain in his heart, “That brat Dan Chi really lucked out this time. What kind of monstrous character is this Jiang Chen? I don’t believe that a mere sixteen kingdom alliance could’ve raised this kid. What a pity that Xing’er didn’t get anything from him when she went to probe him. Even her charm skills couldn’t shake him! Just what is with him?!”

Almost no male in the Myriad Domain could withstand Wei Xing’er’s charm skills. Jiang Chen was in the prime of his hot-blooded youth, how had he not been conquered, especially considering that he’d never tasted a woman before?

Wei Wuying really wanted to sit Wei Xing’er down for a chat and go over what had happened, but she was his junior after all. Although she wasn’t directly related to him, some things were still a bit awkward to speak of.

Sect Head Zhu was even more depressed. “Ai, it’s looking more and more impossible to shake the Regal Pill Palace’s position in pill dao through this time’s Pill Battles. How will I explain this to the Sky Sect when I return? Although they didn’t send their best in the form of Ding Tong, this genius is still someone who has some stature in their sect! I’d thought that he would leave the rest of the geniuses in his dust as he took the genius’ championship, but who knew that no matter how well he did, Jiang Chen would still one up him? No wonder the Regal Pill Palace went to the lengths of allying with the Precious Tree Sect for him. He’s once again thrown the Sky Sect’s plans for the Myriad Domain into disarray…”

Although the Tristar Sect was one of the fourth rank sects in the Myriad Domain, it had only accomplished their feats with the hidden help of the Sky Sect. The Tristar Sect was an important pawn of the Sky Sect in the Myriad Domain, and Ding Tong had been specially charged with helping the Tristar Sect set up the board for their next move. However, no one had anticipated that he would be met with setback after setback on his first stage in the Mt. Rippling Mirage Pill Battles. Jiang Chen’s absolutely stellar performance was actually firmly suppressing Ding Tong!

“It all comes down to the fact that the upper echelon of the Sky Sect underestimated the heights of the Myriad Doman. Even setting Jiang Chen aside, there’s still Mu Gaoqi, Wei Xing’er, and Wei Qing in the mix. Although Ding Tong is ahead of them, he doesn’t possess the absolute advantage that Jiang Chen is displaying.” Sect Head Zhu sighed inwardly. He too felt deeply helpless at the appearance of Jiang Chen, a genius rarely seen even in a hundred years.

As Wang Jianyu of the Sacred Sword Palace witnessed Jiang Chen’s rise to claim the championship, he too found it difficult to accept. His envy of such a genius had been overwritten by his desire to kill Jiang Chen and root out this competition. “Jiang Chen is a treasure that Dan Chi picked up in the sixteen kingdoms alliance, and it looks like he’s able to affect the entire fortunes of the Regal Pill Palace. The growth of such a person only forebodes ill for my Sacred Sword Palace. If a chance arises, I must eliminate this person and suppress the Regal Pill Palace’s fortunes.”

The four family heads of the Great Cathedral were equally shocked at Jiang Chen’s dominating performance. However, the Great Cathedral had always set itself up as the top sect in the Myriad Domain, so even if they had certain thoughts, they definitely wouldn’t express them. Besides, they were too busy plotting on how to headhunt Jiang Chen and lure him over to the Great Cathedral. They were well aware that their weakness lay in their lack of a heaven defying level pill master. Once this hole was plugged, the Great Cathedral was destined to make it into the ranks of the third rank sects in the next couple of decades.

Jiang Chen spent several hours putting his thoughts in order. Suddenly, inspiration struck and he slapped his leg. This is it! “A true saint rank pill!”

The name of a pill flashed through his mind, floating upwards out of his memories. “The Longevity Pill!”

If a sage realm cultivator used this pill, it would increase their lifespan from five hundred to eight hundred years. This actually wasn’t much to a cultivator of that realm, but it was an incredibly tempting thing if that much lifespan appeared at the end of one’s life, when they were decrepit and aging. Their hopes of breaking through would reignite, and if they managed to do so, the breakthrough would provide a further boost to their longevity.. When all was said and done, this wasn’t simply a matter of increasing one’s life to eight hundred years. “Eh, although the Longevity Pill is technically a true saint rank pill, it actually approaches the level of an earth rank pill. Surely the organizers hadn’t done this on purpose…”

Jiang Chen suddenly began to hesitate. He trusted that since the organizers had arranged for a true saint rank pill to be possible out of all these combinations, it wouldn’t be the pill he’d just thought of. Rather, it should’ve been a pill that was barely on the cusp of a true saint rank pill. The Longevity Pill was a pseudo earth rank pill already, which usually meant that only those in the emperor realm had the right to use it. Although it wasn’t solidly in the earth rank level, it wasn’t too far off. In addition, only those in the sage realm could take this particular pill. If anyone of a lower realm consumed the pill, its effects would immediately force them to explode. If anyone of a higher realm, such as the emperor realm, took it, then they would only receive an increase in lifespan of twenty years.

Jiang Chen sank into a mire of irresolution. He knew that once the Longevity Pill was introduced into this world, it would cause an immense uproar and unfathomable consequences. But then, another thought struck him. “I’ve continuously kept a low profile since I’ve reincarnated. It’s about time I showed off some of my skills after entering the Regal Pill Palace. Although there may be some negative fallout from bringing this pill into this world, there will no doubt be some opportunities that also arise. At the very least, it’s going to fill my coffers to bursting. I’ll never have to worry about resources no matter where I go!”

When his thoughts reached this point, Jiang Chen’s resolution hardened. No matter what, he was going to refine this Longevity Pill!


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42 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 548” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. pls im dying! even the alchemy arc in emperor’s domination had more action! sometimes i wish all mcs were like our cute little crow!! no mercy! kill these dumb mortals!

    1. Really??
      I wish that ED would do this sort of stuff and not stretch a basic pull contest for 6 chapters. But hey that’s only me and ED is already 1000+ chapters ahead of translation and the author doesn’t care either way.

    2. hmmmm, I feel like both ED and SOTR are full of shameless fillers (dedicating way too much time to the peanut gallery, endlessly recalling origins and histories, repetitiveness, etc.), but SOTR is less annoying, because in ED the MC just pulls a solution to every challenge out of his booty, and never meets someone he can’t dominate. At least the MC in SOTR isn’t that ridiculously OP.

      1. these two you mentioned are still worlds better than BTTH…

        BTTH is jut full of garbage paragraphs every chapter. In fact, every facking chapter can be summarized into 6 paragraphs… tops… and the rest of the chapter is just filler unimportant and redundant info that the author put there for the sake of money.

        still, I think SOTR is fairly balanced and is a really well-written story with a good plot and only 10% plot armor ratings.

        1. As someone that has read through all of BTTH with the raws. That author’s style is the epitome of being able to read the beginning and end of the chapter and completely ignore the middle and you would still understand what the chapter was about. Hell the chapter titles themselves for BTTH tell you enough that you can sometimes skip a chapter and be fine.

          1. Aigoooo… so true. it’s especially true when the chapter is about “refining pills” where you only have to read the title, the very first 3 paragraphs and then disregard the rest and look at the last 3 paragraphs to know if the pill succeeded or not or if there was a third party who barged in to interrupt the process…. and then there’s whenever he’s refining an item that could last 3 chapters where you only need to read the first 3 paragraphs then skip 5 paragraphs, then read the last 2 paragraphs and you’re PERFECTLY clear as to what had happened to the chapter.

            I wonder if his readers in CHina had either bashed or punched his face in the streets? Hahaha… that would have been epic.

          2. I don’t know *why* you would want to spoil yourself deliberately by reading the titles though, even more so if they summarize it that well….

      2. Well, everyone likes different stuff. A lot of people may like the stuff you call filler, and vice versa. People always hate on ATG/BTTH-like novels, but they are typically very popular all the same. Speaking of OPness, oftentimes ppl like it when a MC is more OP.

  2. Why do they keep saying Jiang Chen “has never tasted a woman”? Besides the fact that it’s outright false, how the hell would those people even know that.

    1. The elders are assuming that JC did not have any sexperiences.

      Of course they wouldn’t know about him and the foster daughter of Ye Chonglou.. I forgot her name. Hahaha.

      1. But based on what are they assuming that? It makes literally no sense. If you see a good-looking, successful guy, why the hell would you think that he was a virgin?

  3. Hell yeah, if you are going to be some otherworldly epic person in your last life then take some time in this life to enjoy yourself a bit and make yourself famous! Don’t shy away, make that Longevity pill and show this world that YOU are the future lord!

  4. Longevity pills and such things with level requirements has always bothered me. If things work like that then everyone should try to take the longevity pills for every level they pass to up their lifespan as much as possible. But I never see that happening.

    At least the mc should be able to do that.

    1. If Im not mistaken taking pills on every level would be rather wasteful. Like, lets say you take a pill in sage realm and obtain 800+ years of life. Naturally when a person ascends to emperor they would increase their longevity by a few thousand+ years. But if they took the pill before… then it would just be a few thousand years – 780 years due to having taken the pill before ascending. Meaning taking a longevity pill knowing you will ascend is a complete waste. (I said 780 because Jian cheng said it would give still give 20 years to someone beyond the rank of of pill.)

      That’s how I think the author meant it to be…

      1. Pretty sure it would be how ever many emperor years + the 800 you got from before. It’s just that anyone who needs to keep pushing for more time isn’t very talented and is scraping the barrel. The MC doesn’t need them because he’ll shoot through the ranking and eventually (I presume) gain immortality.

    1. Im not saying I want him to be the same. Im just saying that Meng Hao is great because he does not bullshit so much and gets to point quite quickly. If there is a verbal spar then there is a meaning behind it, if he kills someone or saves someone there is a meaning behind it. Every action he makes leads the story to progress.
      Jian Cheng is character with tons of potential! He is basically an old man who has lived for millions of years and posses endless knowledge and experience! To me at the very least, reading about him having a meaningless verbal spar with nobodies that are weaker than him and about 50 thousand times younger than him… is rather disappointing.
      Besides, why don’t you say that every single novel protagonist is a psychopath? Be aware that Psychological terms are restricted for the regions they were created in! This is because different cultures manifest different behaviors and trends, different norms! There is such thing as sociopathy in ISSTH.

      1. I said sociopath not psychopath. I honestly believe Meng Hao does not emote as other people (even other mc’s) do. His morality is ridiculously warped and he only makes friends when he feels he can use them to his advantage. Although once he gets past that initial point I’ll admit he is rather good to them. And his whole Dao of the con thing is nonsense, most of his ‘cons’ are just him beating up/torturing people and outright stealing. He pretends to be virtuous in situations where it’s obvious he isn’t, and at the end of the day in my opinion he gets off on having power over others and them knowing they’re inferior.
        He is singularly distasteful and his character ruined a brilliant world which is why I dropped it near the end.

        1. The moral standards of our world cant be applied in ISSTH universe. To break it down to you, your own moral standards cant be applied to some other cultures here in planet earth. Yeah Meng Hao kills a lot, but pretty much everyone has killed people in ISSTH. Here on planet earth society as a whole attempts to value each life equally. In ISSTH it is made clear that not everyones life is worth the same, to some, a life is worth less than ant’s life is worth to you. The ISSTH universe (and every other novel pretty much) has a different moral standard. What is labeled good and evil in our world is different from the good and evil from ISSTH. For example, in ISSTH a good person is that one who tries to protect his own people and his own ideals, it doesn’t matter how much they have killed. Here that concept cant be applied.

        2. Ethics are indeed subjective to the world they’re in, which is why he can’t really be judged within the ISSTH world, but I’m not inside that world even as I immerse myself in it. And in any case I don’t care that he kills, I care that he’s a sadist who literally gets off on grinding others down. His is the story of the antagonist that made it big not the protagonist. But what I can’t stand about him is his hypocrisy – I wouldn’t mind him as much if he was open and just said “I’m stronger than you so I’m going to do what I want”. No – he pretends to be virtuous as he arses people over in situations where everyone can tel he isn’t, and why? Because he is a sadist that enjoys others being put beneith him. That’s why I dislike him so much and hate reading about him. Not for what he does but for his broken mindset. He is evil (obviously by my standards not ISSTHs, but then ones own standards are the only ones that ever count)

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