SOTR Chapter 635

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Chapter 635: Return to Regal Pill Palace

In reality, what Elder Yin Nie said made a lot of sense. Forget Shen Qinghong, even if he were to use an earth rank spirit herb himself, he wouldn’t be able to fully absorb its effects either. After all, earth rank spirit herbs were made for emperor realm cultivators. It was considered a lavish expenditure beyond one’s rank if even a sage realm expert used it. While the effects would be splendid, wasn’t it a waste if one could only absorb ten percent of such a good spirit herb? Right now, Shen Qinghong was only at the first level sage realm. If he were to use an earth rank spirit herb, he would at best absorb ten percent of it and raise his cultivation by one level. What was the meaning in that?

One could certainly use earth rank spirit herbs, but not in such a wasteful way. After all, there was a finite amount of earth rank spirit herbs. What was the difference between using it this way and just completely wasting it?

However, in Elder Lian Cheng’s eyes, Palace Head Dan Chi and Elder Yun Nie were purposefully limiting and suppressing Shen Qinghong. The elder had only obtained two earth rank spirit herbs himself. He was naturally unwilling to give one to Shen Qinghong. Therefore, Elder Lian Cheng’s goal was earth rank spirit herbs that’d been labelled for public use. The reason he was making such a fuss was because he was targeting the pool of public spirit herbs. He wasn’t just aiming for the earth rank spirit herbs. He was also aiming for the sky rank ones as well.

Jiang Chen had left behind three sky rank spirit herbs for the sect. Earlier, Palace Head Dan Chi and Elder Yun Nie had split up the two that the sect had obtained amongst themselves. The reason for this distribution was because one of them was a palace head, and the other person was the Herbal Hall Hallmaster, who’d accomplished a great merit in the ancient herb garden. Therefore, they deserved their share, whether one looked at it from the standpoint of reason or sentiment. However, a further three sky rank spirit herbs had been provided by Jiang Chen. If it was a contribution by Jiang Chen to the sect, then why couldn’t it be shared amongst the rest?

“Forefather Qi, Elder Hu, both of you are people of great virtue and prestige in the sect. I, Lian Cheng, feel that this is quite unfair to the two of you. Are the two forefathers of the sect not qualified to obtain even one sky rank spirit herb?” Elder Lian Cheng adopted a flattering tone as he turned to them.

He was obviously voicing words they wished to hear while plotting for himself too. Forefather Qi and Elder Hu held incredible status in Regal Pill Palace. After the two elders had gotten their share, then would come Elder Lian Cheng’s turn. Coincidentally, there were only three sky rank spirit herbs in the public domain. After the two elders had taken one spirit herb each, only one would be left. No matter how one looked at it, it should go to Elder Lian Cheng.

Elder Lian Cheng had previously been injured by Cao Jin, and he’d fixated on the feeling that he’d been wounded for the sect’s sake. He believed that he had toiled hard and performed a valuable service for the sect, so there was no reason he should fail to obtain a sky rank spirit herb! If Elder Yun Nie could receive a sky rank spirit herb, then Elder Lian Cheng should also have one too! He would feel quite put out otherwise.

Forefather Qi and Elder Hu exchanged glances with each other. They would be lying to themselves if they said they weren’t tempted.

“Dan Chi, since this is for public use, then us old fellows should have first priority to use them no matter what. A sky rank spirit herb is something that one only encounters serendipitously, so in my opinion, why don’t we…” As the former palace head’s junior brother, Forefather Qi was someone who even Dan Chi had to call senior uncle. He was a person of great virtue and prestige, and his words were weighty in their own right.

“Senior uncle, the agreement regarding the public spirit herbs is a matter of public accord. There are two reasons why I haven’t distributed them. One is because Jiang Chen’s location remains a mystery. It would be doing him a disservice if we give away his spoils of war without careful consideration. Two, the method of distribution isn’t an easy choice to make. If we distributed all three sky rank spirit herbs beforehand, then the youngsters below us wouldn’t any hope at all. It is a bit unfair to them.”

In reality, Forefather Qi knew that Dan Chi was a man who lacked selfish motives. That was why Forefather Qi had no intention of targeting the palace head and didn’t shame him after these words. “Dan Chi, you are now the palace head. As the head, your word is law. I am old, and while I do have great use for a sky rank spirit herb, I am happy to leave it for the young geniuses as well.”

On the other hand, Elder Hu said, “That is not the case, ole brother. The situation in the Myriad Domain is currently quite complex, so I believe that us old fellows should continue to increase our strength. An increase in our strength will affect the sect’s fate more in critical moments than our young disciples’.”

“Elder Hu’s words make sense. After the previous incident, I too believe that our young disciples are still incapable of standing on their own for now,” Elder Lian Cheng latched onto the elder’s words. He’d seemed to unintentionally bring up the previous incident, obviously wanting to emphasize the fact that he had gotten hurt for the sect’s sake, and had rendered a valuable service for the sect.

Elder Yun Nie suddenly smiled, “Since everyone wants a share of the sky rank spirit herbs, I happen to have the perfect method that will be the best compromise.”

“What method is it?” Elder Hu’s eyes lit up.

“There are three sky rank spirit herbs left. Forefather Qi is a person of great virtue and prestige, and the eldest senior of the sect. Naturally, he deserves a sky rank spirit herb. There are no objections to this. As for the remaining two sky rank spirit herb, we can distribute one to the most influential elder based on status and prestige. The final one shall be offered as a reward to the genius with the most talented performance during the Myriad Grand Ceremony. This way, both the elder and younger generation are not neglected. This is the perfect method to satisfy both worlds.”

Elder Hu laughed heartily when Elder Yun Nie finished, “This method is wonderful. I agree!”

Palace Head Dan Chi was also laughing on the inside. Elder Yun Nie’s plan had a clear purpose. It perfectly cut off Elder Lian Cheng’s attempt to obtain a sky rank spirit herb. The elder had kicked up such a fuss for a sky rank spirit herb, but it just so happened that he wouldn’t get one through this distribution method. Since two of the sky rank spirit herbs were to be split amongst influential elders, Forefather Qi would acquire one without a doubt. As for the last remaining sky rank spirit herb, Elder Hu was even more qualified than Elder Lian Cheng. This meant that Elder Lian Cheng wouldn’t get a single sky rank spirit herb despite having argued until he was blue in the face.

If you think you’re capable, then go compete with Elder Hu for the spirit herb!

Forefather Qi cast a meaningful glance at Yun Nie and was inwardly impressed with the latter’s quick wittedness. This method might appear fair, but in reality it had split apart the tacit understanding between Elder Hu and Elder Lian Cheng. Originally, the two elders had joined forces to obtain a sky rank spirit herb each for themselves. However, this suggestion had put Elder Hu and Elder Lian Cheng in direct conflict for one sky rank spirit herb instead.

This way, the unspoken alliance between the duo had naturally fallen apart.

Most importantly, Elder Yun Nie’s suggestion appeared to be the epitome of objectivity and selflessness. It was a suggestion that took care of his old comrades and encouraged the youngsters as well. It was a perfect method that satisfied both sides. No one could criticize it.

Elder Lian Cheng pondered for a moment and immediately deduced Elder Yun Nie’s intentions. His expression instantly sank. “Elder Yun Nie, what do you mean by this? Are you targeting me on purpose?” Elder Lian Cheng couldn’t quite maintain his facade as his expression turned dark.

Elder Yun Nie was absolutely innocent, “What do you mean, Elder Lian Cheng?”

Forefather Qi smiled and interjected before Elder Lian Cheng could respond, “In my opinion, this suggestion is worth considering. The seniors should take precedence, and the youngsters shouldn’t be neglected either.”

Elder Lian Cheng didn’t dare refute Forefather Qi’s words.

Palace Head Dan Chi nodded, “If there are no objections, then the decision is made. Forefather Qi and Elder Hu are the two most qualified forefathers of the sect. They will both obtain a sky rank spirit herb each. The last sky rank spirit herb will be put up as the reward for the Myriad Grand Ceremony. Any Regal Pill Palace disciple who obtains the best result shall obtain this sky rank spirit herb.”

Forefather Qi smoothed things over while laughing, “Don’t be dejected, Lian Cheng. Your Shen Qinghong is the top talent among the younger generation. In my opinion, this sky rank spirit herb would most likely fall into your faction.”

Elder Lian Cheng opened his mouth, but wasn’t sure what to say. If he argued any further, then it would mean that he planned to fight for the sky rank spirit herb against his own direct disciple Shen Qinghong.

“Alright, let us end things here today.” Palace Head Dan Chi adjourned the meeting with a wave of his hand.

Elder Hu was all smiles as he chatted with Forefather Qi. He was naturally happy since he’d obtained the sky rank spirit herb he wanted, and thought that both Palace Head Dan Chi and Elder Yun Nie had given him much face. As for Elder Lian Cheng, Elder Hu naturally wouldn’t care what the former was thinking.

Just as Palace Head Dan Chi was about to return to his residence, a ray of light suddenly flashed into his hand and landed on his palm. It was a message glyph.

Palace Head Dan Chi opened it for a look. At first he was unconcerned, but a rapt expression instantly appeared on his face after he read its contents. The message glyph was actually from Jiang Chen! Jiang Chen! He’s emerged from Mt. Rippling Mirage?

Palace Head Dan Chi exited a side door of the sect’s formation at a certain corner of the Regal Pill Palace and was greeted by a sight for sore eyes, Jiang Chen, the boy he had not seen for two years.

“Well met, Palace Head.”

“Haha, Jiang Chen! I knew it! You were no average person, and a mere Mt. Rippling Mirage wasn’t enough to hold you. It would appear that my predictions are very much accurate!” Palace Head Dan Chi was absolutely overjoyed. Today was the happiest day of his life in the past two years.

“Palace Head, has news of the Tristar Sect’s betrayal and surrender to the Ninesuns Sky Sect already been exposed?”

“Have they truly flocked to Ninesuns Sky Sect’s banner?” Dan Chi had deduced this earlier, but had had no evidence in the end to prove his theory.

“It’s absolutely true. I learned of it just a few days after I entered Mt. Rippling Mirage. I’d simply refrained from saying so because it is a matter of the utmost importance. Tristar Sect’s Ding Tong pursued and attempted to kill me the day I entered Mt. Rippling Mirage. That kid was in fact a disciple sent by the Ninesuns Sky Sect into the Myriad Domain to set up their plans. Not only have Ninesuns Sky Sect set their eyes on the Myriad Domain, this wasn’t a plan that’d only sprung up a couple of years ago. They’ve likely prepared for this for a very long time.” Jiang Chen knew how important this matter was, so he had to report it in full to the palace head.

“Let’s head inside first before discussing anything further.” Dan Chi came to solemn attention inwardly, but didn’t panic.

He carefully asked about the relevant details once they’d returned to his residence. Jiang Chen told Dan Chi everything he’d learned from Ding Tong and some of the evidence he had discovered. Now that things had reached this point, Jiang Chen didn’t even conceal the matter of Cao Jin.

“You’re speaking of Cao Jin, that blue browed youngster?” Dan Chi’s expression changed considerably upon hearing this. “Did… did he entered the forbidden area of Mt. Rippling Mirage?”

“You know about him, Palace Head?” Jiang Chen remembered Cao Jin claiming that he had came by Regal Pill Palace before. Was that actually the truth?

“Not only do I know him, I’ve even fought against him once. This kid’s strength is unfathomable, and I barely managed to take a blow from him. If I wasn’t aided by a benefactor, I do not know if I could even block three moves from him.” Dan Chi had bowed to no one in his life, but to this day he couldn’t help but feel less capable than he would’ve liked when thinking of Cao Jin, even though the palace head was currently at seventh level sage realm.

Dan Chi immediately reiterated the story of the disturbance that Cao Jin had caused.

A mysterious cloaked person? A beautiful figure abruptly flashed across Jiang Chen’s mind. He couldn’t help but think, could that have been her? Jiang Chen might not have witnessed it with his own eyes, but the first thought that crossed his mind had to do with that mysterious Miss Huang’er.

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37 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 635” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thanks for the chapter!
    Wait, isn’t JC now the strongest cultivator within the Regal Pill Palace? Being able to stand his own against sky sage realm cultivators and all.

    1. His trump cards aren’t things that can easily be revealed, but yeah he’s basically the strongest – he doesn’t need his trump cards to trash the Myriad Domain geniuses.

          1. Huang’er (did I get the name right), the girl with the curse that he’s been treating. She’s been implied to be at least in the emperor realm.

    2. Dan Chi, who was given some instruction by that senior and still has a level advantage, not to mention good talent of his own, is still probably stronger for now assuming JC doesn’t rely on outside forces ie. the dragon and rats. Other than him, yeah he’s probably the strongest.

  2. Now I am not normally one to say that someone clearly said to be the villain and about to be facesmacked has a point, but I think partially he does. Jiang Chen gave these herbs to the sect to use, so why would they need his opinion for how to use them? Especially now that it seems dangerous times are coming with the Tristar Sect having revealed the secret and them not even knowing if Jiang Chen is alive (and even if he is they’d have to wait 30 years at the earliest to find out according to what they can know).

    Now I’m not agreeing that Shen Qinghong should be given earth rank spirit herbs to enjoy if he can’t even make proper use of them, but this makes me question something else, didn’t they find a truckload of herbs under the earth rank in that spirit garden?

    If the earth rank spirit herbs are so much overkill and are meant for emperor level cultivators, go for the next best rank which should probably be very effective for sage rank cultivators (which Shen Qinghong is only at the first step so they should be effective for quite a while) and you have an abundance of. If you decide you want to invest earth rank spirit herbs on him as well, save them for when he starts developing a resistance to lower quality ones.

      1. So you think Jiang Chen wouldn’t be able to defeat the other sect disciples if they had received the earth rank herbs? This is only one of the many arguments against your claim of a “plot hole.”

    1. I’m sure it’s more of the political power play. If he gives herbs to Qinghong, he’s letting Lian Cheng dominate that round. And the others would start asking for more herbs (the elders) and soon, the herbs would be exhausted completely. Of course, that’s just my guess.

    2. “Jiang Chen gave these herbs to the sect to use, so why would they need his opinion for how to use them?”
      The herbs are already in “public domain” and “belong to the sect.” I am guessing this means anyone can earn them if they make enough contributions to the sect. Additionally this is such a large gift, if Jiang Chen wants to divide these herbs differently, Dan Chi will not object. This happens in the real world too with large donations.

      “but this makes me question something else, didn’t they find a truckload of herbs under the earth rank in that spirit garden?”
      Presumably Shen Qinghong has been using herbs below earth rank, which is why the earth rank herbs are currently being targeted. At any rate, Lian Cheng is just using this as pretense to target the Sky rank herbs.

      As a side note, part of the reason Dan Chi believes that Jiang Chen will emerge, is not only because of his individual ability, but also his strong “backing” than no one else knows about. I also wonder if he has thought of the possibility that Jiang Chen and the mysterious person who saved the sect are connected. Dan Chi is someone with strong moral character, so he will not change his attitude simply because people think Jiang Chen is dead.

  3. There’s always been biases when comes to humans. Clearly Sect head Dan Chi and Elder Yun Nie values Jiang Chen a lot more than the Shen fellow. So they wanted to wait for his return and have his opinion on how to arrange the herbs. Even though Jiang Chen still had yet to emerge from the mountain, what they carried in their heart is “hope” right now. Hoping he will someday miraculously come back, hoping that he didn’t meet with any misfortunes inside the mount mirage.
    Well that said, it’s still just my personal opinion on this. Let’s just enjoy the story.
    Btw the story recently had gone to verbal spar too much in my opinion, wish there are more actions soon. Even though I loved civilized and intelligent MC, some actions here and there would light up the story alot more.

    Anyway thanks for the chapter

    1. Totally agree about the action. It baffles me how some authors seem to expect a reader to care about every inane thing they write. In this chapter for instance, I utterly hate having to read about Liang Chen. Honestly, I’d rather have more stuff repeated than read about him. If you want a reader to like reading about a character, make them care about that character first.

  4. Man I didn’t mind that elder. He was smart when Shen boy was being a dope. But now that he got hurt and his pride tarnished it’s made him bitter. Fix up bro. JC will make it all better. I think….

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