Because the yellowvein layered stones were located within the yellowvein leopard territory, the leopards naturally knew where the stones could be found. With Little White's suppression, the yellowvein leopards revealed all the spots where they could find the stones.
Xiang Shaoyun's group further inspected the area and found it was rich in yellowvein layered stones. In fact, numerous yellowvein layered stones could be found in the ground beneath the few mountains in their vicinity. This place actually had a decently sized vein of yellowvein layered stones.
After confirming that fact, all the misgivings Xiang Shaoyun had vanished. If he could start mining the yellowvein layered stones, the sect's lack of wealth would be temporarily solved.
Yellowvein layered stones were materials required for not only weapon forging but also laying out formations. Additionally, they were greatly useful for earth cultivators. The mining operation would bring the sect great wealth.
However, the yellowvein leopards were not happy with the mining operation. This vein belonged to them. Although they didn't need much, this place still had a thick accumulation of earth energy. If the yellowvein layered stones were dug away, how could they continue living here?
"Prince, please leave us a path of survival. Do not dig out all of these yellowvein layered stones," pleaded the yellowvein leopard patriarch.
"What can you do with these stupid stones? You can't even eat them. Just wait until this prince settles here. You won't have to worry about your survival anymore," said Little White overbearingly.
Xiang Shaoyun sank into thought before saying, "We will only occupy half this place. They can keep the other half. Also, we will share some of our profits from the mine with them."
"Boss, what's the point of being so generous?" said Little White in a displeased manner.
Xiang Shaoyun waved his hand and said, "It's fine. Everyone is trying to survive. It will be better to coexist."
These days, Xiang Shaoyun’s mental state had calmed significantly. Since Little White was going to settle down in the Buried Monarch Mountain Range, he did not want to do something that was the same as killing the chicken that laid eggs. If he fully harvested all the yellowvein layered stones, it would be hard for more stones to appear. Even the yellowvein leopards would probably stop being loyal to Little White.
When the yellowvein leopards heard his suggestion, their displeasure vanished. They voiced their agreement to Xiang Shaoyun's proposal. Little White also shut his mouth when he saw Xiang Shaoyun insisting.
However, Little White still decided to scare the yellowvein leopards and threaten them to take out any good stuff in their possession and offer them to his boss or he would make their life difficult. The yellowvein leopards were naturally frightened and hurriedly offered all the treasures in the area. It turned out that yellowvein mushrooms, emperor herbs of considerable value, were also growing in their territory.
When Xiang Shaoyun followed them to the place where the yellowvein mushrooms were growing, he discovered that the mushrooms were all growing in decent number halfway up the mountain. However, some were still sprouts, some were king herbs, and even fewer had grown to the emperor herb level.
When Xiang Shaoyun used the profundity of earth to spread his senses into the soil, he found that this location had much thicker earth energy than other places. It was obvious that there were not only yellowvein layered stones but also spirit crystals.
Of course, he didn't intend to dig out all the spirit crystals. Rather, he was considering the option of cultivating more yellowvein mushroom emperors. If he could, this would be another source of long-term profit for the sect.
Unfortunately, this was the yellowvein leopard territory. He wouldn't be able to easily implement his plan. However, he also thought of giving Old Yao some help to cultivate better herbs at his herb farm.
For one to establish a good herb farm, good soil was required. He decided to bring some of the soil here back to the sect. If one buried some yellowvein layered stones and spirit crystals underground and laid down a supporting formation, a great farm that could produce unending high-level herbs might come into existence.
But before doing all that, Xiang Shaoyun decided to first get some soil into his astral cosmos sea. He had learned that his astral cosmos sea was the best location for a herb to grow. The primal inception energy was too incredible, possessing the ability to stimulate life and accelerate the growth of plants. This was a great advantage over the outside world.
But since Xiang Shaoyun still wasn't clear on how his astral cosmos sea worked, he did not dare to stuff too many things into it in case he suffered some backlash.
Xiang Shaoyun did not spend too much time in the area. After stationing some people, he returned to the sect and sent over more people to start the operation.
When he returned to the sect with the news, the sect's higher-ups all erupted in excitement. Pang Tongyuan immediately sent more people over, aiming to start the operation as soon as possible and find more mines.
As for Xiang Shaoyun, after sending Little White and the others off, he found he had some free time. He still had a feeling that there was a lot to be done, but at the same time, he did not know what to focus on.
After spending some time in thought, he finally recalled that he had a precious disciple. He wondered if Guo Po had reached the Astral Realm. When he reached the training field, he saw that Guo Po had grown considerably. Guo Po still had the same lame leg, but he continued working hard in practicing the numerous body refining techniques to improve his physical strength.
Xiang Shaoyun was in no rush to approach, and he instead stayed at the side in observation. He found that Guo Po was now a second-stage Astral Realm cultivator. He also had much stronger arms than regular second-stage Astral Realm cultivators. It was clear that he had been cultivating really hard.
Xiang Shaoyun waited until Guo Po was done with his training session before taking him away.
When Guo Po saw Xiang Shaoyun, he greeted in joy, "Master!"
They stopped at a certain residence not far from the abyss Xiang Shaoyun used as his personal cultivation spot. This was the residence he had built for Guo Po.
"Looks like you have been cultivating hard during the past year. Your master is pleased," praised Xiang Shaoyun.
"Thank you, master," said Guo Po happily.
After working hard for so long, this was what he had been waiting to hear.
"Alright. Now that you have broken through into the Astral Realm, you should know the basics of energy circulation. I'll give you the lifebone pill and cure your leg. This will be a painful process. Remember to endure the pain, or curing your leg will be much harder," Xiang Shaoyun went straight to the point.
Guo Po nodded resolutely and said, "Don't worry, master. I will be able to endure it!"
He had suffered numerous pains growing up, and he was tired of his lame leg. He wanted a new life, and he was already prepared to embrace all the pain he needed to.
"Good. First, adjust yourself to your peak condition," said Xiang Shaoyun.
Guo Po then sat down and entered meditation. But since he knew that his leg would be cured, he was too excited and couldn't calm himself. Xiang Shaoyun recited some calming chants, helping him to slowly calm down.
"Alright. Now swallow this lifebone pill," said Xiang Shaoyun as he handed over a pill.Previous Chapter Next Chapter