A pill spirit with the same cultivation as the Ancestral Daofather Zhang Daoling! He was not a true immortal, but was still a half-immortal!
“What in the world is this creature? Where did it come from?” Pondering for ages, Xu Yangyi decided not to care. Only when he concocted pills in the future would he have to find someone for protective magiks. The only thing he was sure of was that a pill spirit’s cultivation wouldn’t surmount the alchemist’s cultivation.
As for protective magiks, what problem did they pose? He risked betting that as soon as he sounded out a few matters later on, he only had to open his mouth and many people would be willing to cast them for him!
Settling his mind, Xu Yangyi began to comprehend his gains from the pill spirit. The effect… couldn’t be considered ordinary, but it also wasn’t outrageous, either. It was to never forget with the passing of the eyes, an eidetic memory! No matter the number of times he looked at something, starting from now, he would no longer forget with a single glance. Regardless of how many times something was said, he only needed to remember and it would be totally recalled.
This was the special effect carried by the pill spirit of moments ago.
“It’s like a lottery, huh.” Xu Yangyi laughed and looked towards the medicinal pill in his hand. Black and round as a ball, the three-mark Minister pill was like a fire as it lay quietly in his hand. For Qi Condensation cultivators, the Spirit Strengthening Pill didn’t offer too great a restriction in advancement. It was Foundation Establishment that was a difficult single-log bridge that all men struggled to cross. However, even so, there were also many people before a minor boundary who couldn’t cross the opposing bodily limiter. The Spirit Strengthening Pill reinforced their spiritual sense to smash the crux of the bodily limiter.
Nonetheless, he had no use for this medicinal pill. Right now, his qi was approximately around 30% of middle Qi Condensation. The distance from his next advancement was still at least seven to eight years.
Silent for a brief moment, he called out in his spiritual sense, Li Zongyuan, Mao Ba’er, come in.
Less than ten minutes later, Mao Ba’er and Li Zongyuan walked in, mean-mugging each other. Just as he entered, Mao Ba’er shouted oddly, “My sweet ancestor!!!”
The Soundsink stone had been chaotically swept everywhere in the cultivation room. There was also a tremendous scar with a ten meter radius on the wall! As for the high-grade Spirit Focusing Formation… it had long since been interrupted on the wall it was carved on. Repairing it would be a hefty expense.
“Honey! Can’t you think about me when you’re wrecking things?! Do you want me to bend over and wear myself out for you until my dying day?!” Mao Ba’er slapped Xu Yangyi’s chest with his paw, his tone proper and his words stern, “What the hell are you doing?! You say you’re gonna do something, so you’re just gonna do it?! Were you banging on the wall for fun?! Tell me, which shameless wench was it that seduced you?! This Dao Master will go waste him straightaway!”
“Dao Master?” Li Zongyuan disdained, “Are you dreaming?”
“Even if I’m not one now, I’ll certainly be a Dao Master later on!” Mao Ba’er coldly snorted, “Who’s like you? An emotionless peon without aspiration or pursuit. Who gave you the courage to speak with This Dao Master? To stand at my side to only act as my foil is your supreme glory, yet you still don’t fall back?”
In the struggle of tongues, Li Zongyuan evidently wasn’t the vulgar dog’s opponent. After rolling his eyes, he walked in front of Xu Yangyi, but just as he was about to open his mouth, a paw obstructed him.
“You actually dare to strive for favor with This Palace… Huan Huan, you are becoming more and more unsightly in speech.” 
Who?! Who’s Huan Huan?! Li Zongyuan fumed in burning rage and clenched his pearly teeth so hard that they seemed to crack. Nonetheless… he truly had come to fight for favor…
“Okay.” Xu Yangyi’s mood was already settled, and he laughed, “Mao Ba’er, what realm are you at right now?
“Initial Qi Condensation.” Mao Ba’er rolled his eyes at Xu Yangyi. “No care for anyone else without even the tiniest considerate; where did that cute little kid from the past go?”
Xu Yangyi listened as if he hadn’t heard Mao Ba’er and nodded. He then looked at Li Zongyuan. “And you?”
“Congratulations on leaving seclusion, Master.” Li Zongyuan didn’t care for the setting and bowed. “I have already reached the bottleneck of the initial stage.”
Xu Yangyi oh’d in understanding. After Li Zongyuan had evolved, what breed he was likewise couldn’t be figured out. Only the space inside his stomach had increased by a fold.
“Take this.” Xu Yangyi stretched his hand and flicked. A black object flew out. “Eat this here, and you’ll immediately break through to the middle stage.”
“Yes.” Li Zongyuan received it customarily and brushed an eye over it. He bowed habitually and laughed, “Many thanks, Mas…” His words were left unfinished. No way, that can’t be right!
This recently gained object was a bit familiar to the eye! He seemed to have witnessed it many times in video recordings, educational films, and other assorted materials on the internet regarding ancient cultivation! The second half of the title leaving his mouth was left unsaid. Li Zongyuan seemed to have been struck by a paralysis technique. His head was cracking like a machine, and he twisted the top of his hand, only glancing, but no longer able to move his gaze away.
This shape… This spiritual force fluctuation… This medicinal aroma… Don’t tell me… Could it be…? I-Impossible… Master has to be playing a joke on me. Oh, that’s right, he said he was pill concocting. This definitely isn’t the refined pill… Is this a jelly bean? An M&M? That has to be it, hehehe… I’m really smart, there’s no way I’m wrong...
But… that’s also wrong… How could an M&M give off a medicinal aroma? If it’s not chocolate...
“M-M-M-Master…” As Li Zongyuan raised his head, his complexion was already deathly white. His hands were madly trembling, and he couldn’t even string together words. He only looked at Xu Yangyi, dumb as a wooden chicken. He wondered whether his tongue had been tied into a knot.
Unexpectedly, Mao Ba’er said nothing as well. Instead, he looked at the middle of Li Zongyuan’s hand in shock, and then at Xu Yangyi, and then at the black object again, and then at Xu Yangyi once more… An infinite loop.
“This is… T-This is, this is a p-p-pill…” Li Zongyuan’s face flushed red and white. Tremendous happiness smashed his thoughts into fine mush, like a meteor, but he didn’t risk being too excited because he was afraid once excitement went over his head, the despair would be so great he wouldn’t be able to bear it.
“I just refined it. It just happens that you can use the Spirit Strengthening Pill to break through.” Xu Yangyi laughed, paying no mind. Eat this pill. I don’t even need a week to pop out another one. What’s the big deal?
The beginning of anything was difficult. It could even be said that Xu Yangyi had restored the Eternal Alchemy Canon step by step, all by himself. All procedures and essentials were in his brain. All parts of it were damaged, so didn’t it basically have to be said that he recreated the ancient text for a second time? 
The Spirit Strengthening pill! These three words were sketched in light shades, de-emphasized, yet they were heavy!
“T-This is r-really a p-pill?” Li Zongyuan finally spoke what seemed to be a complete sentence. He just hadn’t detected that his eyes were bloodshot as he stammered these words out.
“It’s not pill-elixir?!” Mao Ba’er no longer had the mind to be crass and lowly, and immediately barked.
“Do you think…” Xu Yangyi comfortably stretched out. “You’ll need a sip of water to take it?”
“MASTER!!!” To Xu Yangyi’s surprise, in the next second Li Zongyuan planted a knee on the ground, his head touching the floor. “I-I’m ready to give my life and everything for you!”
There was no need to choose. Essentially no need for hesitation. The Dao of Pills… had appeared in the world! It had truly surfaced in the world! Moreover, it was grasped in his hand!
Li Zongyuan understood… He knew everything. Back then, Xu Yangyi had indeed been concocting pills with the medicinal ingredients he’d bought! Furthermore, it wasn’t pill elixirs, but genuine pills! The Dao of Pills!
The future days of a demon familiar living at a pill master’s side truly would be generous! In this instant, Li Zongyuan had been thoroughly converted in heart. He dared not hold an inkling of a minor, devious thought.
“Spud!” Mao Ba’er’s eyes were erupting with fire. “It really is a pill! You were really messing around with Pill Dao?!”
“Of course.” Xu Yangyi laughed, “Later on, there’ll be many places where I’ll have to use cash. You can order dessert.”
“Use your goddamn %@$#!!!” After Mao Ba’er obtained confirmation again, he shortly began to jump around and shriek. “Fuck me! Fuck me!!! This really fucking is the most fantastic story of the century!”
“The Dao of Pills! Pill Dao! The fucking Dao of Pills! Lost for almost 200 years! Two centuries! You actually did it!”
“What’s cash? Hot damn! Me order dessert?! I’ll order a damn dessert! As long as you fucking open your mouth, the cash is going to pour straight into your pocket!!!” Mao Ba’er swiftly fell into incoherent rambling, his mouth filled with crude words. However, this indicated how abnormally excited he already was! 
“Master! In this entire world, you alone possess this item! You alone!” Li Zongyuan stood up as well. Because of excessive shock and excitement, his voice was crowing. “Sir, whatever price you state is the price that’ll be! I dare to bet you’ll certainly become a real big shot! An apex cultivator!”
“Specific operations can be put off until later.” Xu Yangyi waved. “Are you still not going to take it? This is the first medicinal pill in 200 years.”
“Y-Yes! YES!!!” Li Zongyuan shakily took the medicinal pill. His gaze obsessed, even as he placed it at his mouth, he was so slow that he didn’t risk swallowing it.
“What?” Xu Yangyi furrowed his brows.
“Master...” Li Zongyuan’s chest rapidly heaved up and down. “T-This item is too precious. I-I-I can’t part with it… You! What the heck are you doing?! I’m not done with you! WIND EDGE TECHNIQUE!!!!!”
A half-meter-long wind edge—evidently, Li Zongyuan had used all of his power in an instant—wildly shot towards a swiftly fleeing husky who was standing up like a human and cupping a medicinal pill in his two paws.
“Let GO!!!” Li Zongyuan’s eyes flushed red, threatening to split wide. The toad-demon’s voice was so loud that even Xu Yangyi picked at his ear in agitation. However, the Li Zongyuan of this very moment couldn’t take it anymore and charged Mao Ba’er like he was insane. Taking advantage of his inattention just now, this lowly dog had robbed the medicinal pill and ran off without even saying a word!
Mao Ba’er kept quiet and scurried towards the entrance at lightning speed. From what could be seen of the speed of his wagging tail, his present mood was very cheerful.
But in any case, Li Zongyuan was of heart to kill Mao Ba’er! This was a medicinal pill! Not a pill elixir! The Dao of Pills that had been born into the world after two centuries once more! The first medicinal pill! It was also suited to his own boundary! A pill that his master even bestowed upon him! It had actually been robbed from under his eyelids by this stupid dog!
“Gurk!” A tongue suddenly flew out from his mouth and launched swiftly at Mao Ba’er. The husky-demon heard the sound of the wind and skipped in fright. “Are you fucking playin’ for real?!”
“No shit!” Li Zongyuan clenched his teeth so hard that they seemed to crack. “Give it back!!! Otherwise, I won’t rest until your dead!!!”
“Enough.” In the end, Xu Yangyi opened his mouth, and Mao Ba’er froze. Li Zongyuan’s expression struggled terribly, yet he also came to a halt. He was debating whether or not to truly kill this dog.
“Give it to him.” Xu Yangyi knitted his brows. “Anyways, its not like you won’t get one later. What are you in a rush for? You’re not even at a bottleneck.”
“How can you be so calm?!” As soon as Mao Ba’er heard this, his hair stood on edge. “I braved a mortal crisis here to steal this! Why does it seem like it’s none of your business?!”
“Do you know what this is? Do you know of its commemorative value?! Do you know…”
“What you stole is mine.” Xu Yangyi laughed, “I’ll give you a week. Propose a complete medicinal pill promotion project. If you don’t accomplish it, I’m going to switch managers. Besides, I need three months to refine twelve medicinal pills. I can give them to you to advertise.”
“No need!” Mao Ba’er and Li Zongyuan began to shriek almost in unison. “Media hype?! Unnecessary!”
“Auction! An auction sale! It has to be auctioned!!!” Mao Ba’er’s eyes emitted the brilliance of money. “I fucking guarantee that the entire cultivation world is going to go wild because of this!!!”
1. Huan Huan is the name of a main character from a Chinese drama called “The Empresses in the Palace”. Huan Huan is supposed to be kind of a lonesome but lovely young woman who seeks the emperor’s favor. Apparently, Mao Ba’er really likes this show.
2. I think what Xu Yangyi is referring to here is that he gained the Eternal Alchemy Canon for the first time from the Burning Heavens Revelation (which was a ruined partial off-shoot) and then the Eternal Alchemy Canon is so ancient that it doesn’t translate well into modern speech (seconds versus breaths), so it is a “second time”.
3. As ever, Mao Ba’er is one for eloquence. Few things about his speech. The word “damn” here is Chinese slang for “p*n*s”. In Chinese this is stylized as J8, since the word for p*n*s is the pinyin “ji1ba1” The 8 in chinese is ba, so this is why this slang is formed like this. In case its not obvious, when Xu Yangyi tells Mao Ba’er to order dessert, its him telling Mao Ba’er to screw himself because dogs and chocolate are a no-go. I guess I’ll add another thing here. Whenever you see me censor something as %#@^, it’s not really me censoring, but more of a “fill in the blank” of how awful something is. The most literal thing that is being said in such circumstances is “your mother’s v*g*n*”. Not exactly easy to localize and sound good. “Hot damn” in Chinese is literally “That’s a prostitute/hooker”. Has the connotation of “holy sh*t/f*cking hell”
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