“Senior Brother Gao left?” Yang Kai was stunned.
He had indeed heard from Gao Xinpeng yesterday that he would be going out for a few days, but he hadn’t expected him to leave today.
“This incident happened too suddenly and the Sect’s orders were issued so Sir had no choice but to leave,” The medicine boy replied respectfully.
“I understand,” Yang Kai nodded. After thinking about it for a moment, he asked the medicine boy about the location of the Holy Fire Hall and went down the mountain.
Originally, the medicine boy had thoughtfully asked Yang Kai if he want him to accompany him there, but collecting the Pill Fire shouldn’t be a problem, not to mention that Gao Xinpeng had already tell the Holy Fire Hall about him, so Yang Kai didn’t let him follow.
The Holy Fire Hall was located in a mountain valley surrounded by many guards. Along the way, Yang Kai had been interrogated several times, but after showing his identity token, the guards of the Holy Fire Hall respectfully withdrew.
Soon, Yang Kai arrived at a palace and entered the main hall. At a glance, he saw two people conversing with each other. One of them was wearing the robes of a Profound Pill Sect’s Heaven Pill Master, and behind him were two guards. Like him, he should be a Profound Pill Sect’s Heaven Pill Master.
As for the other one, he wore a set of black robes and his aura was restrained, making it impossible to see his exact cultivation. However, Yang Kai had a faint feeling that he was a Spirit Rank master.
The black-robed Spirit Rank master said, “Since Pill Master Wei has made all the necessary preparations, I hope you succeed.”
Pill Master Wei smiled and cupped his fists, “With Vice Hall Master’s blessings, I’ll definitely succeed this time. I’ve prepared for this for two whole years.”
“Pill Master Wei, go ahead. Someone will lead you to the Holy Fire Cave,” The black-robed Spirit Rank cultivator nodded slightly.
Pill Master Wei nodded and led his Blood Servant towards the door. Before leaving, he glanced over at Yang Kai, his eyes filled with curiosity and doubt. Presumably thinking that Yang Kai looked unfamiliar, but he didn’t say anything.
After Pill Master Wei left, the black-robed Spirit Rank cultivator turned to look at Yang Kai and asked, “This should be Pill Master Yang, right?”
“Do you know me?” Yang Kai asked curiously.
The black-robed Spirit Rank master smiled, “I’ve met all the Heaven Pill Master in the Sect, but the only one I haven’t met is Pill Master Yang who has just entered the Sect. Pill Master Gao has already tell me about you yesterday.”
Yang Kai suddenly understood, “So that’s how it is, how should I address you?”
“I am the Vice Hall Master of Holy Fire Hall, Wu Zhengqi!”
“So it’s Vice Hall Master Wu!” Yang Kai cupped his fists and saluted, thinking that it was no wonder this person was a Spirit Rank master. Since he is the Vice Hall Master of Holy Fire Hall, it wasn’t strange for him to have such a cultivation.
“Did Pill Master Yang come here to collect Pill Fire?” Wu Zhengqi asked.
“That’s right,” Yang Kai nodded, “Senior Brother Gao said that since I’ve already entered the Sect, collecting the Pill Fire is my first priority.”
Although Wu Zhengqi wasn’t an Alchemist, he had spent most of his time in an Alchemy Sect like Profound Pill Sect, so he naturally had some understanding of things. Hearing this, he said, “Since Pill Master Gao is offering such guidance, it’s naturally correct.”
“It’s just that this is the first time I’ve come to the Holy Fire Hall, may I know what I need to prepare?” Yang Kai asked humbly.
Wu Zhengqi smiled, “There’s no need to make any preparations. The Holy Fire Cave is a very special place. It contains all kinds of Pill Fire that the Sect has collected over the years. Pill Master Yang only needs to enter it to sense the surroundings. When the time comes, you will find a suitable Pill Fire for yourself, and those Pill Fire will also find a suitable master.”
Hearing this, Yang Kai was confused, “These Pill Fires have sentient?”
Wu Zhengqi couldn’t help laughing, “Pill Fire is an inanimate object after all, how could it have sentience? It’s just that… this Holy Fire Cave is special. It was built by my Profound Pill Sect’s ancestors with great effort and is also one of the founding materials of my Profound Pill Sect. I’m not an Alchemist, so I’m not too clear about its mysteries, but every Alchemist who collects Pill Fire is the same. Pill Master Yang doesn’t need to worry, it’s said that the more talented one is, the better the Pill Fire they can collect.”
“Those Pill Fires are also divided into different grades?” Yang Kai heard the underlying meaning.
“Naturally,” Wu Zhengqi looked at him strangely, as if wondering how a Heaven Pill Master didn’t know about such common knowledge, “Pill Fires are the same as us cultivators. They are also divided into the four great realms of Mortal, Earth, Heaven, and Spirit. Although there are levels, Pill Fires can devour other Pill Fires to advance, so even if one obtains a Mortal Rank Pill Fire, as long as one has enough opportunities and sacrifices, they can be promoted to a Spirit Rank Pill Fire sooner or later. Moreover, Pill Fire of the same grade also have different strengths and weaknesses. En, if Pill Master Yang wants to understand this, you may as well go to the Sect’s Ancient Book Pavilion to take a look. There are detailed records of all kinds of Pill Fires there.”
“Many thanks for Vice Hall Master Wu’s guidance,” Yang Kai sincerely expressed his gratitude. He had never heard of such things before, “According to Vice Hall Master’s words, there is a Spirit Rank Pill Fire inside the Holy Fire Cave?”
“Yes!” Wu Zhengqi nodded, “The Pill Fires that the previous Elders possessed were all Spirit Rank Fire. Before they reached the end of their lifespans, they would try to separate the Spirit Rank Fire from their bodies and then place them into the Holy Fire Cave. Although this process would cause the Spirit Rank Fire to be damaged or even cause them to fall to the Heaven Rank, after so many years, there are still some Spirit Rank Fires that have been preserved. However, I don’t suggest Pill Master Yang collect them. After all, the power of the Spirit Fires is too great, and if Pill Master Yang’s strength is insufficient, it is very likely he will suffer some damage.”
“I know, but won’t there be any problems if we put all the Pill Fires together? Vice Hall Master also said that Pill Fires can devour other Pill Fires to advance…”
Wu Zhengqi shook his head, “The Pill Fires that return to the Holy Fire Cave are all sealed and cannot swallow other Pill Fires, otherwise this Holy Fire Cave would have long since ceased to exist.”
“So that’s how it is!” Yang Kai suddenly understood and asked worriedly, “Is there really no need to prepare anything? I just saw that Pill Master Wei say he had been preparing for this for two years.”
“Him…” Wu Zhengqi couldn’t help laughing, “Pill Master Wei’s situation is different. He went to the Holy Fire Cave to collect a specific type of Pill Fire, so he spent two years preparing some bait to lure that Pill Fire into his trap. If Pill Master Yang has his own goal, he naturally needs to make some preparations, but if it’s up to fate, there’s no need to do so.”
Only now did Yang Kai realize that he was thinking too much and immediately said, “Up to fate!”
“Do you have any other questions? If not, let’s go to the Holy Fire Cave now,” Wu Zhengqi said.
Yang Kai shook his head.
“Then Pill Master Yang, follow me,” Wu Zhengqi said before leading the way.
It was unknown whether it was because of Gao Xinpeng’s face or because Yang Kai was unfamiliar with the Holy Fire Cave, but when Pill Master Wei went to the Holy Fire Cave just now, Wu Zhengqi didn’t personally lead him, but instead, Yang Kai received this honor.
Yang Kai naturally thanked him again.
The Holy Fire Cave was located here, and the entrance was a cave. When Wu Zhengqi led Yang Kai here, the two Blood Servant who had accompanied Pill Master Wei were standing guard outside, but Pill Master Wei was nowhere to be seen, so he must have entered the Holy Fire Cave.
Wu Zhengqi pointed to the entrance and said, “This is the entrance to the Holy Fire Cave. The Sect has a rule that only Alchemists are allowed to enter. This Vice Hall Master can only send you here, Pill Master Yang can go by himself.”
“Thank you!” Yang Kai cupped his fists before turning around and walking towards the cave entrance.
The Holy Fire Cave was located deep underground, so Yang Kai followed the entrance down. After walking for an incense stick of time, he suddenly fell into darkness.
This kind of black was not only pitch-black, it was also extremely pure and indescribable.
Yang Kai had originally wanted to find Pill Master Wei and observe how he collected his Pill Fire, but now, in this environment, he didn’t even know where Pill Master Wei was.
Looking back, he saw that there was a little light at the entrance that was guiding them back, but that light was suppressed within a dozen meter radius, making it look extremely strange.
This Holy Fire Cave seemed to be quite grand, no wonder it can become one of the foundations of Profound Pill Sect.
Shaking his head, Yang Kai walked forward. In this kind of darkness, he didn’t know how long he had been walking for, so he could only look back at the light at the entrance to determine that he had walked quite a distance.
After estimating that it was about time, Yang Kai sat down cross-legged.
Wu Zhengqi had said that the Holy Fire Cave was a magical place, and one only needed to sense their surroundings to find a suitable Pill Fire.
Yang Kai didn’t understand what was going on, so he could only comply.
Immersing his consciousness, Yang Kai quietly sensed his surroundings. At first, there was nothing out of the ordinary, but when Yang Kai gradually released his perception, he suddenly saw a faint light appear around him.
This strange situation caused him to be slightly startled, almost breaking free from this strange state, even causing the light to waver.
However, he quickly stabilized his state of mind and the many lights also stabilized.
This was a very strange sensation. Although his eyes were closed and he was only sensing his surroundings, it was as if he could really see the light. The intensity of the light varied, like candles being lit in the darkness.
Not only that, but the number of lights also continued to increase, quickly increasing from a few points to a dozen, a few dozens, a hundred…
Even further away, more light appeared out of thin air.
Is this the Pill Fire of the Holy Fire Cave? Yang Kai thought to himself as he examined the candle-like light, trying to determine its grade from its intensity.
It was just as Wu Zhengqi had said, the Pill Fire here had everything from the Mortal Rank to the Spirit Rank.
The few points of light that were the brightest and rarest should be from the Spirit Fire. The slightly weaker ones were the Heaven Fire, followed by the Earth Fire, and then the weakest Mortal Fire…
What surprised Yang Kai even more was that these Pill Fires were also emitting a colorful light. The originally dark Holy Fire Cave was now filled with brilliant colors.
Before Yang Kai could react, something unexpected happened.
The colorful light around him seemed to be attracted by something as it rushed towards Yang Kai from all directions. In the blink of an eye, he was surrounded by countless Pill Fires.
“This…” Yang Kai was stunned, not knowing what was happening.
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