BTTH Chapter 290

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Chapter 290: Hidden Opponent

Within the quiet room, Xiao Yan, who was seated cross-legged on the bed. slowly opened his eyes. A glint flashed across his dark eyes. Turbid air moved along his throat as he exhaled. Xiao Yan’s face faintly emitted a weak glow. Clearly, the Dou Qi in his body had greatly increased after this training session.

“The energy contained within this ‘Searing Poison’ is indeed very large. Even though I have refined it a number of times, it still possesses such substantial energy.” As he sensed his Dou Qi that was becoming more thicker and more powerful, Xiao Yan could not help but mutter softly.

“The energy may be substantial, but… it also has a price.” Xiao Yan laughed bitterly. He shook his right hand and a cluster of green colored flame rose. On the outer surface of the flame, vague black colored marks were writhing slightly. Finally, it was completely suppressed to Xiao Yan’s middle finger. Immediately, his long finger turned as black as ink, appearing extremely strange.

“Ah, the ‘Searing Poison’ is increasingly dense…” Eyeing the color of his finger, which had turned darker, Xiao Yan shook his head. He pressed his finger on the bed pillar by the side. The tough wooden pillar was instantly corroded and an empty hole was formed.

“Forget it. As long as I get hold of the ‘Seven Magical Green Spirit Saliva’, I will be able to wake Teacher. When that time comes, there should be a solution that solves these problems.” Xiao Yan stared at his finger for a long while as he muttered, “Although this thing is very dangerous, I have absorbed quite a lot of energy from this ‘Searing Poison’ during the last two days. According to the energy level, it will likely be sufficient for me to advance from a six star Dou Shi to a seven star Dou Shi by the time I completely absorb all the ‘Searing Poison’ in Nalan Jie’s body.”

Xiao Yan shook his head and curled his finger slightly. The dark black color on it was withdrawn and a moment later, returned to its normal color.


As Xiao Yan was withdrawing his hand, the tightly shut door was gently pushed opened. Hai Bo Dong walked in lazily. He glanced at Xiao Yan in the room saw his slightly ugly expression and could not help but ask with a smile. “What? Have you suffered some wrong at the Nalan clan? Do you want me to accompany you next time?”

Xiao Yan helplessly shook his head. He leaped down from the bed and said “It is still the matter of the ‘Searing Poison’. My ‘Heavenly Flame’ seems to be unable to do anything to it. Each time I help Nalan Jie remove the poison, the ‘Searing Poison’ in my body becomes increasingly dense.”

“Increasingly dense?” Hai Bo Dong was startled upon hearing this. He immediately frowned and said, “Since it is like this, then why are you still helping him remove the poison? I don’t believe you are one of those good people who try to help everyone. Moreover, you seem to have some grudges with Nalan Yanran of the Nalan clan.”

“I want that ‘Seven Magical Green Spirit Saliva’. Don’t tell me we should go and steal it?” Xiao Yan shrugged his shoulders and replied faintly.

“That won’t do. Due to Nalan Yanran, the Nalan clan and the Misty Cloud Sect have an extremely good relationship. Moreover, the clan also possesses some weight in the empire’s government. I think that old demon from the royalty would also act. Do you think that our ability would be able to contend with these two large strengths?” Hai Bo Dong smiled awkwardly as he replied to Xiao Yan.

“Then what is there to say? For now, if I want to obtain the ‘Seven Magical Green Spirit Saliva’, I can only help cure Nalan Jie. Although this ‘Searing Poison’ is extremely dangerous, at the very least it currently does not appear to hurt me in any way.” Xiao Yan helplessly shook his head. After this analysis by Hai Bo Dong, his heart became a little more serious. This Nalan clan indeed lived up to its reputation as one of the three large clans of the empire. There were far too many strengths behind them that would be dragged into the matter.

“Do what you want as long as you don’t end up causing yourself to sink into it. I am still waiting for you to help me refine the ‘Spiritual Recovery Purple Pill.” Hai Bo Dong waved his hand and said.

“Relax. As soon as you can gather all the medicinal ingredients, I will help you refine it. Although my Spiritual Strength was slightly damaged because of the ‘Angry Buddha Lotus Flame’, refining the ‘Spiritual Recovery Purple Pill’ should not be something too difficult.” Xiao Yan slowly walked toward the side of the table. He removed all the clutter of things on it, took out a medicinal cauldron from within the storage ring and randomly said superficially,

“Ke ke, I naturally have confidence in you.” Hai Bo Dong smiled and nodded. He eyed Xiao Yan’s action and inquired in a stunned manner, “What are you doing?”

“I think that you should continue to wander around outside. I am about to train my refining skills.” Xiao Yan removed numerous medicinal ingredients from the storage ring and said with as smile to Hai Bo Dong.

“Uh… I haven’t been back that long.” Hearing Xiao Yan’s words, Hai Bo Dong smiled bitterly and shook his head. A moment later, he noticed Xiao Yan staring at him with a tilted head and could only helplessly smack his lips. He said, “Forget it. You can train. I will go out for a stroll…”

As he spoke, Hai Bo Dong turned around and opened the door unsteadily before reluctantly walking out. He knew that an alchemist did not like their surroundings to be disturbed by anyone while they were refining medicinal pills

Xiao Yan eyed the door which slowly closed before turning his gaze to the medicinal cauldron in front of him. His palm slowly caressed some of the medicinal ingredients on the table as he knit his eyebrows together and thought deeply. After around a year of tough training in the desert and especially after having consumed the Fire Lotus Seed recently which resulted in his compatibility with the ‘Green Lotus Core Flame’ to soar, Xiao Yan was extremely confident that it would not be something overly difficult to pass the test for a tier three alchemist. This was because the most important thing for a tier three alchemist was the flame controlling ability. On this aspect, Xiao Yan even had the confidence to compare with a tier four alchemist.

“Ugh but even if it is like this, it would not be an easy thing for me to successfully obtain the champion spot in the Alchemist Grand Meeting. Those opponents aren’t ordinary people…” Xiao Yan sighed and shook his head. He recalled Gu He’s disciple, Liu Ling, whom he had met today. Although he had not personally seen the other party refining, it was only natural that with Pill King Gu He’s ability, the disciple that he taught would not be someone useless. Moreover when they were facing each other, Xiao Yan had also sensed the confidence contained within the other person’s action and voice. This confidence was not a forceful act. This was something that a person was only able to have when he really possessed some ability.

Xiao Yan’s palm rubbed the icy cold medicinal cauldron. He suddenly shrugged his shoulders and laughed softly, “Of course, I am not an ordinary person either. If I were to lose to Liu Ling in the Alchemist Grand Meeting, won’t it mean that Teacher cannot be compared to Gu He?”

“That won’t do…” Xiao Yan slowly exhaled a breath of air. He pursed up his lips slightly. A long while later, he faintly smiled. His finger gently flicked at the flame outlet of the medicinal cauldron and a wisp of green colored flame was swiftly inserted in. Following a soft muffled sound, a green colored flame immediately rose and burned within the medicinal cauldron.

“I will first try to refine a tier three medicinal pill…” Xiao Yan’s palm slowly moved over the medicinal ingredients on the table.After which, it stopped at a few medicinal plants. His palm curled slightly and a subtle absorption force pulled them into his palm and randomly threw them into the medicinal cauldron.

Watching those medicinal ingredients that were separated and wrapped by the green colored flame, Xiao Yan nodded slightly. A medicinal formula for a tier three medicinal pill automatically surfaced in his mind. During his training, Yao Lao would occasionally use his Spiritual Strength to pour all these medicinal formulas into Xiao Yan. It was naturally extremely easy for him to be able to use them now.

“‘Refreshing Pill’, tier three medicinal pill. It is able to let the senses of person who consumes it to be even more sensitive to the exterior natural energy in the outside world while in one’s training mode, increasing the speed at which one absorbs energy. The quantity of it would also increase significantly. The ingredients needed to refine it are: a thirty year old ‘Pure Heart Three Leaves Grass’, a ripe ‘Buddha Heart Fruit’, a ten year old ‘Spirit Absorption Tree’… a rank three monster core.”

Xiao Yan’s mind slowly recalled the medicinal ingredients recorded in the medicinal formula. A long while later, his ten long fingers gently flicked. Immediately, the flame in the medicinal cauldron burned turbulently.

As Xiao Yan began to refine the medicine, the temperature in the room also gradually increased. A faint smoke seeped out from the cauldron. After which, it lingered within the room, causing the place to be shrouded by fog.

Due to this being his first time refining such a medicinal pill, Xiao Yan expectedly incinerated the medicinal ingredients during his first two tries. However, this did not cause him to feel any disappointment. After all, failures when refining medicinal pills were difficult to avoid even if it was Yao Lao who personally performing the refining.

Therefore, after ceasing the flame and summarizing the failure experiences, Xiao Yan swiftly grasped the necessary flame temperature, etc. During his third refinement, a round, shiny ‘Refreshing Pill’ was finally freshly created after two hours of refining…

Eyeing the ‘Refreshing Pill’ that was quietly lying in the jade bottle, Xiao Yan wiped the perspiration on his forehead. He smiled with satisfaction. After which, he once again raise the flame and continued to refine…

By consuming the entire afternoon, the success rate for Xiao Yan refining the ‘Refreshing Pill’ had increased at a joyfully swift pace. When the medicinal ingredients on the table were about to be exhausted, three ‘Refreshing Pills’ had already appeared in the jade bottle.

Xiao Yan stored the jade bottle containing the three ‘Refreshing Pills’ carefully into his storage ring. The tired expression on his face was difficult to hide. Once he cleaned up the table, he took a few weak footsteps and planted his head onto the bed.


By the time Xiao Yan woke up from his deep sleep, he realized that it was already the morning of the next day. He shook his somewhat drowsy head as he climbed out of his bed. He watched the empty room and shook his head with a bitter smile. Refining medicinal pills was indeed very tiring work. The loss experienced by his spirit strength was really too large.

Xiao Yan climbed out of his bed and cleaned himself up in a simple fashion. Once he was wide awake, he walked out of the room and headed toward the Nalan clan to begin today’s poison removing session for Nalan Jie.

Although he had not seen Hai Bo Dong for a day, Xiao Yan was not very concerned. With the old man’s strength, other than those old fellows and the leader of the Misty Cloud Sect, it was likely that no one in this Jia Ma Empire could pose any big trouble to him.


The poison removing session today was about the same as the last time. During the session, there was nothing special that happened. Once Xiao Yan had helped Nalan Jie removed the poison, he was also invited to sit in the Nalan clan for a while. For some unknown reason, Nalan Yanran had come forward with great interest during the time that they were seated and inquired about some things related to Xiao Yan. However, these questions were all vaguely withstood and dealt with using Xiao Yan’s indifferent expression and tone. Although the current her appeared to have changed a lot compared to back then, it was really difficult for Xiao Yan to form any good opinions of this woman.

Anywhere that Nalan Yanran was present, that Liu Ling would naturally also follow closely behind. Xiao Yan could sense the peripheral vision of that fellow repeatedly drifting over during the times when he was conversing with Nalan Yanran. Although Liu Ling’s face still maintained a smile without speaking, Xiao Yan was able to sense that the former was in some sort of a bad mood and had also formed a faint enmity against him. However, Xiao Yan merely shrugged his shoulders in response to this. “It is not my concern if you are unhappy… I even dared to snatch the ‘Heavenly Flame’ that Gu He had his eyes on. In what way can you, as a disciple that has not graduated, frighten me?”

Under Liu Ling’s slightly cold gaze, Xiao Yan sat in the living room for nearly half an hour. Only then did he stand up and bid them goodbye. After which, he was sent off by Nalan Jie and the others as he walked out of the Nalan clan and slowly disappeared from their sight.

Looking at Xiao Yan, who had disappeared, with narrow eyes, Liu Ling turned his head around and suddenly laughed, “Grandfather, do you know the background of this alchemist called Yan Xiao?”

“Why?” Hearing the question, Nalan Jie was distracted and he immediately said with a frown, “Mister Yan Xiao is a distinguished guest of our Nalan clan. I only care about whether he can help me expel the ‘Searing Poison’. I am not concerned about his exact identity.”

“Young people should have wider hearts. Don’t feel enmity over some little things. You may be Gu He’s disciple, but I dare to say that the Teacher behind Yan Xiao would likely not be any weaker than Gu He. Becoming an enemy with such a person is not going to be a good thing…” Nalan Jie glanced at the smiling Liu Ling and spoke meaningfully with a soft voice. With his old and sharp gaze, he could naturally sense the thoughts Liu Ling had about Xiao Yan.

“Ha ha, Grandfather must be joking. Mister Yan Xiao and I have never met. Why would I have any enmity toward him?” Liu Ling’s expression changed slightly. However, he was not an ordinary person. He swiftly withdrew his expression, drifted his gaze toward the slightly frowning Nalan Yanran and laughed.

“It would naturally be best if it is like this. That Yan Xiao may not be able to compare with you now, but his potential is extremely great. If I have the chance, I really want to pull him into our Nalan clan.” Nalan Jie faintly smiled. Without looking at the stiffened expression of Liu Ling, he turned around and walked through the main door.

Nalan Yanran glance at Liu Ling who was helplessly shrugging his shoulders and said softly, “You better not try anything stupid. My grandfather has already said that he is a distinguished guest of the Nalan clan.” Once she said those words, her hand pulled aside the black hair in front of her forehead and slowly followed Nalan Jie in front of her.

“Yanran, after so many years, you should know how I…”

Watching the enchantingly graceful back, Liu Ling could not help but say those words. However, before he managed to say all that he wanted to, Nalan Yanran, who had her back facing him, randomly waved her delicate, white jade-like smooth hand under the sunlight. She sighed, “You should know that I don’t wish to discuss about these matters now. You are one of the few men who was able to become my friend during all these years. Perhaps you might be able to move me in the future, but at least for now, I merely treat you as an ordinary friend. I do not deny that you are outstanding. However, you have not met my requirements. My man will definitely not be a mediocre person.” Once she said these words, she did not linger any longer. She moved with successive footsteps and walked through the main door.

“I know that you have high expectations. This time around I will take the throne at the Grand Meeting to prove that I, Liu Ling, am a good match for you.” As he watched that enchanting back, a fanatical emotion flashed across Liu Ling’s eyes. Being the future leader of the Misty Cloud Sect, Nalan Yanran’s status in the Jia Ma Empire was nearly even more distinguished than the empire’s princess. With the haughtiness in Liu Ling’s heart, he would naturally need to subdue such a woman in order to prove how outstanding he was.

“Wait until you become the champion before discussing it.” A faint moving voice moved through the door and slowly transmitted over.

“Just wait…” Liu Ling shrugged his shoulders, turned around and stared at the spot where Xiao Yan had been seated earlier. He gave a shady soft laughter as he softly muttered, “I will let him be ashamed of his foul appearance in the Grand Meeting. The disciple of Pill-King Gu He is without a doubt, the most outstanding person in the Jia Ma Empire.”

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66 thoughts on “BTTH Chapter 290” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. I honestly like it. While it is more light hearted and tries to gloss over some of the darker matters, it doesn’t flat out change to story too much. Reading the novel still has a lot in here that the manga adaptation didn’t like months he spent with the poison girl in the valley and the more in depth interactions with people.

      1. That tends to happen a LOT to Xianxia novels. Maybe the Chinese in general aren’t that good at drawing manga(or whatever their word for it is). In terms of manga/manhwa, I’d say Korea is the best, with Japan a close second. Anime is definitely Japan #1. novels, I would say it REALLY matters what you like. I’m personally ranking it Chinas slight > Korea >>Japan.

        1. It can’t be helped. When these Xianxia novels are adapted into comics, they are adapted for kids usually.

          Xianxia comics are for children and aren’t meant for readers of the novel.

          And when comparing Japan and Korea in that regard… I think it depends on the story really…

          I mean, some authors are better than others (though I think it’s more often what fits our taste and what not too).

  1. Thanks for the chapter.

    He removed all the clutter of things on it, took out a medicinal cauldron from within the storage ring and randomly said superficially,
    ? what did he say?
    *Have faith in Lord Fifth?; I like big butts and I can not lie ?

    table.After which,
    -table. After which,

      1. The structure of the sentence, as it currently is, looks like it is missing a piece. With the “randomly said superficially,” (with the comma at the end) it seems to lead into him saying something. Hence, my ‘what did he say?’. If there was no text missing, the end of the line should be; and randomly spoke superficially.

    1. Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt.
      It is so big.
      She looks like one of those rap guys’ girlfriends.
      But, you know, who understands those rap guys?
      They only talk to her, because, she looks like a total prostitute, ‘kay?
      I mean, her butt, is just so big.
      I can’t believe it’s just so round, it’s like, out there, I mean— gross. Look!
      She’s just so… black!

      I like big butts and I can not lie
      You other brothers can’t deny
      That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
      And a round thing in your face
      You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
      ‘Cause you notice that butt was stuffed
      Deep in the jeans she’s wearing
      I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring
      Oh baby, I wanna get with you
      And take your picture
      My homeboys tried to warn me
      But that butt you got makes me so horny
      Ooh, Rump-o’-smooth-skin
      You say you wanna get in my Benz?
      Well, use me, use me
      ‘Cause you ain’t that average groupie
      I’ve seen them dancin’
      To hell with romancin’
      She’s sweat, wet,
      Got it goin’ like a turbo ‘Vette
      I’m tired of magazines
      Sayin’ flat butts are the thing
      Take the average black man and ask him that
      She gotta pack much back
      So, fellas! (Yeah!) Fellas! (Yeah!)
      Has your girlfriend got the butt? (Hell yeah!)
      Tell ’em to shake it! (Shake it!) Shake it! (Shake it!)
      Shake that healthy butt!
      Baby got back!

      Baby got back!

      I like ’em round, and big
      And when I’m throwin’ a gig
      I just can’t help myself, I’m actin’ like an animal
      Now here’s my scandal
      I wanna get you home
      And ugh, double-up, ugh, ugh
      I ain’t talkin’ bout Playboy
      ‘Cause silicone parts are made for toys
      I want ’em real thick and juicy
      So find that juicy double
      Mix-a-Lot’s in trouble
      Beggin’ for a piece of that bubble
      So I’m lookin’ at rock videos
      Knock-kneeded bimbos walkin’ like hoes
      You can have them bimbos
      I’ll keep my women like Flo Jo
      A word to the thick soul sisters, I wanna get with ya
      I won’t cuss or hit ya
      But I gotta be straight when I say I wanna f*ck
      Till the break of dawn
      Baby got it goin’ on
      A lot of simps won’t like this song
      ‘Cause them punks like to hit it and quit it
      And I’d rather stay and play
      ‘Cause I’m long, and I’m strong
      And I’m down to get the friction on
      So, ladies! (Yeah!) Ladies! (Yeah)
      If you wanna roll in my Mercedes (Yeah!)
      Then turn around! Stick it out!
      Even white boys got to shout
      Baby got back!

      Baby got back!
      Yeah, baby… when it comes to females, Cosmo ain’t got nothin’ to do with my selection.
      36-24-36? Ha ha, only if she’s 5’3″.

      So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin’ workout tapes by Fonda
      But Fonda ain’t got a motor in the back of her Honda
      My anaconda don’t want none
      Unless you’ve got buns, hun
      You can do side bends or sit-ups,
      But please don’t lose that butt
      Some brothers wanna play that “hard” role
      And tell you that the butt ain’t gold
      So they toss it and leave it
      And I pull up quick to retrieve it
      So Cosmo says you’re fat
      Well I ain’t down with that!
      ‘Cause your waist is small and your curves are kickin’
      And I’m thinkin’ bout stickin’
      To the beanpole dames in the magazines:
      You ain’t it, Miss Thing!
      Give me a sister, I can’t resist her
      Red beans and rice didn’t miss her
      Some knucklehead tried to diss
      ‘Cause his girls are on my list
      He had game but he chose to hit ’em
      And I pull up quick to get wit ’em
      So ladies, if the butt is round,
      And you want a triple X throw down,
      Dial 1-900-MIXALOT
      And kick them nasty thoughts
      Baby got back!
      Baby got back!

      Little in the middle but she got much back

      Almost did Fat Bottomed Girls instead XD

  2. Thanks for the chapter XD

    And honestly, I think this chapter just reminded me about how unfair the engagement was to Nalan Yanran.

    She is basically the entire empire’s highest ranked young woman, a talented fighter, and a great beauty. Just each of those individual points alone would have made her too high of a rank for Xiao Yan to marry, and she could have married at a much higher rank with each individual point alone.

    But she had all of those points and was connected to 2 great powers, and yet was going to be forced to marry someone of too low of a status and at the time was cripple to boot -_-

    And Grandpa expected her to just be happy with it? That’s just BS >.<

    Xiao Yan should just get over it already. Her refusing an arranged marriage with him back when he was way too under qualified is kinda fair to be honest…

    1. You are forgetting he was originally at a higher tier then even her. When he lost that she just went ahead and said, well he I require someone much higher then me, so even if you ‘had’ my standards before now you don’t. Good bye.

      That’s just a dough move on her part, she could have waited and seen instead she diliberatly went to his family to ridicule him by her actions. Intentionally or not she still did it so him being angry that if I had my old talent I would be worth you but now I’m not because of some incident?

    2. Agreed, he was not worthy at all during that time. But even he accepted that. It was not the cancellation, but the way she did it, that made Xiao Yan angry. She did it in full court, thus humiliating his father and clan. All the other elders were snickering and mocking his father. She could have done it in private, but she didn’t. That was what drove him to this.

      1. Some one else who gets it…. it’s not hard….

        +1 for you.

        Edit: For all those who don’t get it. It’s not “How dare you cancel the engagement” it’s “How dare you cancel the engagement like THAT”.

        It’s not the doing, it’s how she did it…. She humiliated both him and his father, when there was no need. Simple.

        It was the final straw for Xiao Yan who had to face 3 years of humiliation from his peers. If you already feel like the bottom of the pecking order, imagine someone coming from miles away to rub your face and your father’s face in the dirt some more… Geez sounds infuriating right?

      1. You are forgetting that hers require no form of control resulting in a stable form at the end. If xiao yan used pills to reach that stage he could explode. The difference is she was given it while she still required the effort to stabilize his. He also needed to experience fighta and danger to increase his prowess, while she probably was given arts to compensate for that.

        The difference is quite clear but she still wishes for someone stronger then her who can slack off or its a ‘your no good, good bye.’

  3. Thanks for the Chapter!

    I know its like the bread and butter of these types of novels but just once i wish the ‘other guy’ didn’t have to be bad in some way just to make it more justifiable when he loses (the girl, the fight etc)

  4. Wow till chapter 360 you say, another 70 chapters so what six months of this shit gahhh. I love this story so much that the pacing makes me writhe.
    Thanks for the chapter

  5. “Perhaps you might be able to move me in the future, but at least for now, I merely treat you as an ordinary friend. I do not deny that you are outstanding. However, you have not met my requirements”

    Way to lose half my interest, Yanran.

  6. ohhh my…she is still a bitch even now…she didn´t learn her lesson in this three years, they said that she has matured and whatever…but she still hurt that poor Liu Ling, so tactless, I was just starting to shipp Xiao Yan and her…but she really doesn´t deserves him…

  7. There are two big problems the first is me not knowing ancient china and the way way harder problem trying to understand a womans thoughts, but I would believe for woman like that (fighter) the men should be stronger or at least equal to them and not only a fire trickster with some cultivation to sustain qi during the concoction?

    Does that make any sense? Or is only status important and not strength?

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