Chapter 508: Failure
“Except for within this Great Hall, there’s not a single living thing in the entire Ghost Wind Valley.”
“As for you all, once you take a single step outside the Great Hall, you will become exactly like him.”
It is indeed the Poison Smog!
Muyan’s complexion becomes increasingly heavy, she could hear her pounding heartbeat.
She knows perfectly well that Di Ming Jue and his group shouldn’t have any issues, but she still couldn’t stop worrying.
She has already given the three of them the Elixirs to counter the Poison Smog, so they shouldn’t be impaired by it, right?
At this time, Liu Se is condescendingly looking around, sneering: “Now then, anyone else wants to leave?”
Everyone is as silent as a grave.
“Haha, wouldn’t it better if you were all this obedient earlier!”
Liu Se claps her hands, “Since there’s no further objections, let’s start the match now!”
That said, she casually points with a finger, “Starting from you!”
She’s actually pointing at Dr. Chen, who had just successfully concocted a Pill just a moment ago.
What he had just refined is a level one, low-ranked [Qi Nurturing Pill].
Shi Lanling takes the Pill that he refined. Disdain on her face, “If you want to compete against me, you have to at least refine a level two Pill. Otherwise, this wouldn’t be worth my undertaking.”
“Hear that?” Liu Se looks at Dr. Chen, “Concoct a Pill that’s at the second level or higher.”
“No! No… this is my first time performing alchemy… it’s simply impossible for me to refine a level two Elixir…”
Before he could finish speaking, a Ghost Envoy lifts him up by the neck.
“If you don’t want to concoct Pills, then just get thrown out of the Great Hall.”
What’s outside the Great Hall?
It’s the Poison Smog that can instantly turn a person into a corpse.
“I’ll do alchemy! I’ll perform alchemy right now!” Dr. Chen has tears and mucus flowing profusely as he weeps, he scrambles frantically to go before the Dan Furnace and start concocting Pills.
An hour later, Dr. Chen has almost exhausted all the Internal Force of his body.
Muyan also sees that the Chi Gu has sucked a his heart’s blood little by little.
The whole person is losing mass at a rate that is clearly observable with the naked eye.
But after an hour, there’s a loud bang.
The Dan Furnace explodes, and the alchemy is a failure.
This is just as expected!
Even with the assistance of the Chi Gu, Dr. Chen is a first-timer in alchemy after all, there’s no way he could just easily refine a level two Elixir.
Dr. Chen vacantly looks at the exploded Dan Furnace.
Then he turns to stare at Liu Se in horror, shaking like a sieve from head to foot.
The corners of Liu Se’s mouth slowly go up, revealing a row of ghastly white teeth. Her smile is really indescribably cheerful, “Dr. Chen has failed to concoct a Pill, that is just a useless waste. As a result, you will now turn into food for my adorable Chi Gu!”
“Spare… spare me… ah–!!”
A sad, shrill scream comes out of Dr. Chen’s mouth for a little while, then it abruptly stops.
The whole person is straight and stiff as he falls down to the floor.
The wizened body shrivels up at a speed visible to the naked eye.
His eye socket has become sunken, only a layer of skin wraps around his skeleton, overall resembling a dried corpse.
Then, at the location of his heart, the little black bug has grown several times larger. It eats its way out of his flesh and clothes.
It opens its wings and flies to Liu Se’s hand, then it burrows into her body.
The place where Dr. Chen’s heart should be is already hollow and empty.
Everyone present once again falls into a deathly silence.
Looking at this scene, even the Ghost Envoys of Ghost City, as well as Magistrate Liu, all of them have unsightly complexions, their faces betray their unease.
All the invited doctors are even more fearful, their faces an unnatural color as they tremble harder.
“Well, this is one is already useless. Next, who’s turn shall it be?”
Liu Se’s cold and gloomy eyes sweep through, all the doctors fearfully retreat, avoiding her gaze.
Chapter 507: To die
It was only at this moment that everyone wakes up from their burning desire towards the secret skill of alchemy.
They remember just what a terrible thing a Gu bug is.
In an instant, all of them recoil their hands, keeping away from that small goblet like one would avoid snakes and scorpions.
The happy expression on Dr. Chen’s face drains away, returning back to terror.
Shi Lanling grinds her teeth and ferociously glares at Muyan, “Slut, you’re meddling in other people’s business!”
But Muyan feels disinclined to care about Shi Lanling, so she merely fixes her attention towards Liu Se.
Liu Se doesn’t show the slightest inclination to refute it, openly laughing. The way she looks at all of them is like one who’s looking at insects that she could trample and kill at any time.
“If you fail, of course it would only be a dead end.”
“These Chi Gu, I’ve spent a lot of time preparing them for you all, I’ve only finished the preparation this evening. How could it be put to waste?”
“Anyone who loses to Shi-xianzi will have their meat and blood turn into food for the Chi Gu. It is your honor that you can help Ben Wang with the advancement of these adorable Chi Gu.”
Liu Se’s malicious gaze turns to Muyan, and with her rough and cackling voice: “I wonder if the Enchantress is satisfied with this explanation? Looking at the appearance of your soft skin and tender flesh, my Chi Gu would surely love it.”
“No… I don’t want to take the Gu bug, I don’t want to be eaten by it!” someone finally couldn’t help but let out a screech of alarm, “Let me go, I don’t want to treat the Ghost Lord, nor do I want the secret skill of alchemy, hurry and let me leave!”
Saying that, he rushes like mad to go outside the hall.
As soon as he gets to the doorway however, he’s blocked by a Ghost Envoy.
“What do you people think you’re doing? Do you want to force me into taking the Gu? I’m telling you, I’m a senior doctor, there are many Practitioners out there who would throw their lives for me, if you people dare to lay a hand on me, I swear I’ll raze your Ghost City to the ground!”
Liu Se lets out a low sigh, “You would really go against us?”
“Of… of course I would!”
A strange smiling expression appears on Liu Se’s ugly face, “Well then, let him leave. Our Ghost City will not force anyone.”
Hearing Liu Se’s words, the Ghost Envoy guarding the door immediately withdraws to the side.
After the initial panic, that doctor thinks that Liu Se is scared of him. He immediately shows a smug expression, and struts out.
As he departs, he still leaves behind some haughty words, “Liu Se, Shi Lanling, just you wait! I will absolutely not let this matter slide!”
Everyone watches as he leaves the hall, and that he’s really safe and unharmed.
The desire to follow his example floats and drifts in the minds of quite a few doctors.
It’s at this moment that there’s a sudden and abrupt change.
They watch, just as that doctor has taken ten steps away from the hall, he suddenly clutches his own throat.
His body sways unsteadily.
And from within his throat, bursts of disjointed gurgling sounds come out.
Immediately after that, he turns around while wobbling and teetering.
In the night, the lights outside the hall dimly shine upon his face.
Just then, the crowd screams in terror.
They see on his face, black-colored pits appear.
It looks as something is rotting and spoiling it.
Not only that, a thick and smelly dark-brown liquid keeps on flowing out of his gaping mouth.
In but the short span of an instant, the senior doctor who was refined and spry just now, has become even more terrifying than Liu Se.
Breathing his last!
The entire Great Hall descends into deathly stillness.
The next moment, someone shakily asks: “What… what is the meaning of this?”
With her twig-like finger, Liu Se gently tidies her own hair, unhurriedly saying: “Oh, I forgot to tell you. The Poison Smog of the Ghost Wind Valley is completely released. The inner and outer halls are already brimming with it.”
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