“The hell! The royal court is actually that domineering” remarked Zu An.
He didnt have any notions of the royal courts power thus far, but Divine Physician Jis words gave him some gauge of just how powerful the Great Zhou Dynasty was.
Just from the sound of it, dungeons were likely to be places filled with fortuitous encounters and treasures.
Cultivators who went in probably had a good chance of significantly raising their prowess.
Yet, the royal court actually monopolized these invaluable resources.
This tyranny would probably be met with great objections from sects and unaffiliated cultivators, and there would likely be many fights over it.
Nevertheless, the royal court still managed to hold control of it, and everyone else was forced to acknowledge it.
Either you submit to the royal court and join the academy, or else dont even dream of coveting the treasures in the dungeons.
“Why do you think most of the experts in the world decided to take on roles in the royal court” Ji Dengtu chuckled in response.
“Wait a moment, that isnt right.” Zu An suddenly noticed a gap in logic.
“Based on what youve said, the dungeons have already existed for a long time now.
If cultivators have been visiting dungeons since the inception of time, surely all of the resources should have been emptied out by now”
Ji Dengtu shook his head and explained, “Youre underestimating the scale of the dungeons.
These dungeons are independent worlds with rules of their own, and many of them are of a size comparable to our world.
“They have their own complete ecosystems, so many of the items in dungeons would regrow over time.
Its similar to how an apple tree doesnt stop bearing fruit just because you pluck off an apple from it.”
“But if cultivators abuse the resources, they would still eventually run out,” said Zu An.
If the dungeons were under his control, he would have made sure to scrape out all of their resources to benefit himself.
He didnt believe that there was no other cultivator before him who harbored such thoughts.
“As I have told you, these dungeons are complete worlds of their own.
There are even dungeons with different maps appearing randomly at times, such that only a very small part of them had been explored to date.
Its simply not possible to empty out their resources.” Ji Dengtu rolled his eyes.
“Besides, dungeons dont just remain constantly open.
Most of them only open once in several years, and the duration they remain open can range from several days to several months.”
Zu An nodded in realization.
“So, you want me to enter the Ursus Dungeon to find the Evancescent Lotus Based on what youve said, the Evanescent Lotus should be an incredibly valuable resource coveted by many experts.
How could someone like me possibly snatch it under the eyelids of those experts”
Ji Dengtu waved your hands.
“You really are ignorant.
In dungeons, its not the strongest person who stumbles upon fortuitous encounters; its the one who is blessed with luck.
As long as youre lucky enough, the item will naturally appear right before you.
“There are strong people who are born with bad luck, resulting in them missing by many fortuitous encounters.
That being said, most experts do have good luck, or else they wouldnt have been able to attain the strong power they boast.”
A bitter look surfaced on Zu Ans face.
Had he known that this would be the case, he would have never wasted his Fortune Pill on the casino.
He was really feeling deeply regretful.
Noticing the look on Zu Ans face, Ji Dengtu thought that he was worried about this matter, so he consoled, “Dont worry, I can tell that youre a person with great luck.
After all, despite being an utter good-for-nothing, you were still chosen by Chu First Chu as her husband.
As long as you can earn the rights to enter the dungeon, you might just be able to get something good out of it.”
One thing that Ji Dengtu had neglected to mention was that something as valuable as the Evanescent Lotus was bound to be extremely rare.
The chances of finding it were equivalent to trying to find a single needle in the vast ocean.
In fact, he didnt think that it was possible for Zu An to obtain it at all.
The only reason why he was saying all of this was so as to not tarnish his reputation.
I have already given you the treatment method.
Theres nothing I can do if you cant find the last ingredient required, so dont point your fingers at me.
Ji Dengtu thought about the booklet he had just received, and he suddenly felt a bit conscience-stricken.
So, he took out a blue pill from his robe and passed it to Zu An.
“This is the Spirit Root Unsealing Pill that I forged using the other 80 medicinal herbs.
All thats lacking is just the Evanescent Lotus.
Itd be hard for you to bring the Evanescent Lotus to me before it withers, so you should bring this blue pill around with you instead.
All you have to do is to swallow the blue pill and the Evanescent Lotus simultaneously, and youll be able to release your seal.”
Zu An carefully received the blue pill before looking at Ji Dengtu warily.
“I dont know much about medicine, but are you sure you arent toying with me Arent you supposed to forge the ingredients together in a cauldron together for it to work properly Will it really work if I just eat the two of them simultaneously”
“Are you casting doubt over my professionalism as a physician” Ji Dengtu glared at Zu An imposingly.
“Who do you think I am Dont put me on the same level as those inept physicians out there! Medicinal herbs like the Evanescent Lotus shouldnt be refined.
Trying to do so would only cause it to lose its medicinal properties for nothing!”
Zu An was still a little skeptical about this all.
“Is it possible that the Evanescent Lotus is all it takes to release my seal, and your so-called Sealing Pill is just for show”
Ji Dengtu was deeply offended by Zu Ans words.
His hand swiped forward to snatch the blue pill back.
“If you dont want it, give it back to me!”
“Im just joking~” Zu An quickly stowed the blue pill away in his robe before smiling back at Ji Dengtu.
Ji Dengtu harrumphed impatiently.
“If not for the booklet you have offered me earlier on, I wouldnt have even given you the pill! Speaking of which, do you have more of such stories Why dont you give them to me as a sign of respect for your elders”
You old pervert, Zu An thought.
Of course, he didnt allow his true thoughts to show on his face.
“Why dont you finish this story first, and Ill think of more later on”
Naturally, he shouldnt give out everything in one shot.
There could be occasions where he would require Ji Dengtus help in the future, so it would be better to drop the bait slowly.
Upon learning that Zu An had more of such stories in his arsenal, Ji Dengtus face immediately blossomed into a smile.
“Wonderful! Even though you might be inept in certain aspects, your weaknesses are made up by your talent in this field.
I see a brilliant future ahead of you, lad!”
Zu Ans face darkened.
Are you sure you arent insulting me here
“Ah, I nearly forgot.” Ji Dengtu suddenly recalled something.
“Rather than worrying about whether youre able to find the Evanescent Lotus inside the Ursus Dungeon, I believe that what you should be worrying about is whether you can even enter the dungeon at all.”
“Ah” Zu An was taken aback.
“But Im a student of Brightmoon Academy though.
There are still restrictions despite that”
“Of course!” Ji Dengtu stared at Zu An as if he was an idiot.
“Even though dungeons tend to be fraught with dangers, its filled with fortuitous encounters, so its a place where almost all cultivators look forward to.
There are simply far too many people coveting a limited resource here, so naturally, some restrictions have to be put in place.
“A prefectural dungeon is usually controlled by the academy nearest to it, but as you say, a prefecture has many academies.
These academies would usually send their students over prior to the opening of the dungeon, and out of fairness, they would hold a selection tournament to decide on the slots.”
Zu An immediately raged upon hearing those words.
“Arent you making a fool of me here A selection tournament How can I possibly have the ability to win something like that”
He had managed to secretly raise his cultivation to the third rank thus far, but he was well aware that there was plenty of fifth rank and fourth rank cultivators in Brightmoon Academy.
Furthermore, the students from the other academies in the prefecture would be participating in the selection tournament as well.
Unless he were to reveal all of his trump cards, he stood no chance at all.
However, it wasnt his way of life to reveal all of the trump cards he had.
Doing so would only expose his means to his enemies.
On top of that, Ji Dengtu wasnt aware that Zu An was able to cultivate.
In other words, the other party had told him about the Evanescent Lotus knowing that it was hopeless for him.
“Calm down, calm down!” said Ji Dengtu sheepishly.
“Even though its not too possible for you, you do have a capable wife.
Chu First Miss can be said to be one of the most outstanding cultivators amongst the younger generation.
Theres no doubt that she would be able to get into the dungeon.
So, you can just get her to find the Evanescent Lotus for you.”
Black streaks crossed Zu Ans face.
“As you said, the Evanescent Lotus is an incredible treasure which even a single petal could raise ones cultivation by a step.
Even if she manages to find it, she would just eat it for herself.”
“Arent you her husband If her husband is ailing, its her duty to help you.
Does she really intend to live her life as an old maid”
Zu An glared at Ji Dengtu sharply.
If he was strong enough, he might have just slit the latters throat there and then.
This bastard was really stabbing at all of his sore spots.
“But again, it probably isnt a wise decision to count on your wife.
Couples tend to split up in the face of adversary after all.” Ji Dengtu suddenly changed his tune.
“However, you do have other means.
Take for example, big-breasted Pei from Brightmoon Academy… Ah, I mean Pei Mianman, isnt she interested in you too If you cant count on your wife, you should turn to your lover instead then.
Shell surely be willing to help you.”
Ji Xiaoxi had told Ji Dengtu about the events that had transpired in the academy, and to be honest, he was quite impressed with Zu An.
“I must say, you are quite a wild guy.
Despite being inept down there, you were still able to win the affection of so many beauties.
If you dont mind, why dont you share your secret with me”
Zu Ans veins began popping out of his temple.
You just have to keep mocking me, huh Just you wait! Ill remember this! Once I recover from my affliction, Ill make sure to dig up all of your old wounds and slather salt over them!
Of course, he dared not to say these words right in front of him.
Ji Dengtu realized that Zu An wasnt responding well to his teasing, so he gradually grew bored of it.
“Oh right, I nearly forgot.
The Chu clan invited me here to treat your injuries.”
As he spoke, he began to inspect Zu Ans body while clicking his tongue in wonderment.
“Theres really something weird about your body.
Ordinary humans would have already died by now if they were to suffer such severe injuries, but youre still alive and kicking.
On top of that, the speed of your natural recovery seems to be much faster than average too.”
Zu An was a little surprised to hear that.
This should be the effects of the Phoenix Nirvana Sutra, I guess.
This is a skill that relies on getting hurt to grow stronger, so its bound to have some effects relating to recovery too.
Otherwise, practitioners of this skill would never live to the day they become strong.
Ji Dengtu prescribed some medicine before leaving with an excited look on his face.
He was in a rush to enjoy the little booklet he had just obtained.
After Ji Dengtus departure, Zu An fell into deep thoughts.
How can I earn the right to enter the dungeon and find the Evanescent Lotus
A while later, his lips gradually curled into a smile…
The following morning, Zu An struggled up from his bed, insisting on heading to the academy.
Chu Zhongtian and Qin Wanru were very pleased to see his proactive attitude toward learning, and for once, they felt that there was hope for him.
However, they were still quite worried about Zu Ans injuries, so they called the estates physician over to take a look at him.
Astonishingly, they found that Zu An had already mostly recovered from his injuries.
It looks like Ji Dengtus reputation wasnt just hearsay.” There was no way Chu Zhongtian could have imagined that this was the result of Zu Ans cultivation technique, so he attributed the credit to Ji Dengtu.
Qin Wanru chuckled softly and said, “But you werent willing to let him enter the estate back then.”
“That fellow keeps eyeing you with a licentious gaze.
How can I possibly allow him to enter the estate” Chu Zhongtian harrumphed coldly.
“Aiyo~ Are you getting jealous over here” Qin Wanru gently nudged Chu Zhongtian as her cheeks burned up slightly.