“Master Yang, if I may be so bold as to ask, does my daughter still have any chances of being cured?” Xu Rushan rubbed his palms together as he asked nervously.
“I’m sorry. I can only say that with my current pill refinement skills, I can’t save your beloved daughter. The main reason for your daughter’s illness is the lack of gold element inside her life force. As for the reason why she would be lacking that element, I believe Fellow Daoist Xu should be able to surmise that answer. It’s because of your ‘Primordial Magnetic Force Cultivation Method’ which is too powerful that had completely drawn out the gold qi from your daughter’s body when she was still a fetus… Yin and Yang and the five elements are the principles of nature. None of them can be missing. Supposedly, your daughter should have been dead long ago because of the lack of gold element in her. However, her gold qi was temporarily replenished because of a remnant piece of an ancient sword that had been implanted inside her body. Unfortunately, that is just a temporary solution to treat her condition but not something that can solve the root of the problem…”
Yang Gu sighed helplessly and his face was filled with shame.
“I suppose even a Fifth Revolution Pill Master would also be unable to cure your daughter. There would only be a trace of hope if only the Revered Pill of my island can lend a hand. Revered Pill is a Sixth Revolution pill master! Other than him, I’m afraid there is no one else in this Endless Sea who can save your daughter. Sadly, Revered Pill has already gone out to travel around the world for a long time and has yet to return… while your daughter’s lifespan is now less than ten years…”
Yang Gu’s words were like a bolt from the blue that struck heavily at Xu Rushan’s heart.
If it were the other pill masters who claimed that Xu Qiuling’s illness was incurable, perhaps Xu Rushan will still be doubtful about it. However, it was now personally said by Yang Gu himself. How could Xu Rushan refuse to believe it…
Even Old Ancestor Dong Xu could only sigh and remained silent.
There were only two people who could save Xu Qiuling inside Old Ancestor Dong Xu’s mind. Just like what Yang Gu said, one of them was Revered Pill. Unfortunately, this person had gone for a tour around the world for hundreds of years without returning. Otherwise, Dong Xu would have already requested Revered Pill to save Xu Qiuling.
The other person who could cure Xu Qiuling was Ning Fan. However, Ning Fan had also gone missing…
As for Xu Qiuling, she seemed like she didn’t hear Yang Gu’s words as she was still immersing herself inside the melody of her qin.
She had already let go of the matter of her life and death and accepted her fate. Besides, she had already prepared her own Grave of Flowers so that her body could be buried underneath flowers after she died.
If she had never met Ning Fan before, perhaps Xu Qiuling would not have any regrets before her death. Now, however, she was worried that she might not be able to see Ning Fan for the last time before she died.
Yang Gu's words were too influential. It was as if he had just made a formal declaration of death for Xu Qiuling and no one dared to make a diagnosis for her anymore.
Each of the pill masters shook their heads in silence. They also had no means to cure Xu Qiuling. If any one of them still dares to thicken their faces and casually make a prescription, it was tantamount to giving themselves a slap right at their own faces.
“Ling Er! Don’t worry! If no one at the Endless Sea can heal you, your master, I, will take you to travel through all the eight hundred cultivation countries to find a Sixth Revolution Pill Master at the Rain Palace to heal you even if I have to go against the rules!”
Dong Xu suddenly rose up from his seat, as if he had just made up his mind to do something.
No one knew Dong Xu’s cultivation base. The pill masters there only knew that this dirty old man was Xu Qiuling’s master by now and understood why a Nascent Soul Realm cultivator like him could attend such an important occasion.
Dong Xu nodded to Xu Rushan. The latter seemed to understand his implied meaning and let out a sigh of despair. In such a situation, the only method was to let Old Ancestor Dong Xu take Xu Qiuling to the eight hundred cultivation countries and try his luck to see whether he could find a Sixth Revolution pill master to save his daughter…
After he made a decision, Xu Rushan stood up, cupped his fists to the pill masters and issued an order for them to leave.
“I think I have to accept the fact that my daughter is untreatable for now. Every pill master, thank you for your efforts. Since most of you came from afar, you can all take a break at Pleasure Devil Island. There are some things I need to deal with, so I am unavailable to personally give a warm hospitality to all of you.”
“Wait a second! Your daughter is not necessarily incurable! As long as she marries me, I have a way to save her!”
At the moment all the pill masters were about to leave, a sharp voice suddenly resounded.
The person who made this sound was actually a wretched-looking skinny man with a short body and yellowish teeth. His presence emanated a Peak Nascent Soul Realm aura. His eyes were glued to Xiu Qiuling’s body as his lips curved into a lecherous smile.
“This pill master, there’s a saying that goes, ‘One can put whatever he wants into his mouth, but one should be mindful of what comes out of it!’!” Xu Rushan was feeling annoyed and he had already issued an order for the guests to leave. But now, a man had just suddenly appeared making impertinent remarks despite his order.
What did he mean by saying that marrying him could save someone’s life? Who the hell does this person think that he can cure someone that even the pill masters from the Pill Island can’t? The Heavenly Healer?
“Little brother, the Dao of Medicine is never a child’s game!” Yang Gu was displeased. He hated to see someone trying to swindle others and rendered the patient’s death in the name of the Dao of Medicine the most.
"That's right! Well said, Master Yang Gu! The Dao of Medicine might not be able to save Mistress Qiuling, but… what about the Dao of Worm?”
The wretched-looking skinny man threw a question back at them, immediately leaving Yang Gu speechless. In ancient times, the techniques involving poisonous worms and pill refinement techniques were equally profound as the both of them can be used to heal injuries and cure illnesses. However, when the techniques were passed down, the legitimate Poisonous Worm Techniques had branched into the Art of Worm’s Poison, the Art of Worm’s Curse, The Art of Deworming and a few others, turning into evil dao.
Yang Gu didn't know much about the Dao of Worm and thus, he could not assert that the Poisonous Worm Techniques could not cure Xu Qiuling.
“Sir, who are you actually? Are you a master of Poisonous Worm Techniques?” Xu Rushan’s expression became slightly lower.
“I am a rogue cultivator from the Alliance of Ming Assassins… Huang Yazi! My master is one of the Divine Transformation Realm experts in the Internal Endless Sea. He obtained some kind of poisonous worm by chance in the past and its name was - Dual Cultivation Worm! After this worm was refined by me for almost one thousand years, only I can control it. Your daughter only needs to consume this worm and perform dual cultivation with me to let me completely pluck her cultivation base, then all her injuries or illnesses can be cured!”
“What?! You have the Dual Cultivation Worm!?”
When they heard the name of Dual Cultivation Worm, all of them were shocked including Xu Rushan, Yan Zhongze, Dong Xu, and even Yang Gu who didn’t know much about the Poisonous Worm Techniques.
The Dual Cultivation Worm was one of the poisonous worms that only ancient cultivators knew how to raise. Aside from that, the power of the worm which could be activated through the dual cultivation between a man and a woman could cure almost all kinds of terminal illnesses.
However, there was a special feature about this worm. If it was refined by someone else, the ownership over it could not be changed…
If this Huang Ziya really has the Dual Cultivation Worm, maybe he could really cure Xu Qiuling by letting her perform dual cultivation with him...
But when he thought of his beloved daughter being ruined by this wretched-looking man, Xu Rushan was internally conflicted. The same feeling also surfaced on Yan Zhongze and Dong Xu’s faces.
But perhaps this is the only way to save Xu Qiuling… How should I decide…
“If I use the Dual Cultivation Worm to save your daughter, I still have one more condition other than plucking all of your daughter’s primordial yin! I have heard that Island Lord Xu has quite a good relationship with the fierce devil Zhou Ming. Therefore, my master has a request for you. Before I save your daughter, you must swear the Great Oath of Heart’s Devil that if Zhou Ming returns to the Endless Sea in the future, you must not interfere when we, the Alliance of Ming Assassins, are hunting him down. You can only sit back and watch without taking any actions! If you agree with my terms, then I will take action now and save your daughter’s life!”
Huang Yazi sneered coldly. He came here for two reasons. Firstly, to marry a beauty and bring her home. Secondly, to execute his master’s order by destroying the relationship between the Pleasure Devil Island and Ning Fan as a preparation for killing Ning Fan in the future.
This time, Huang Yazi came here as a representative of the Alliance of Ming Assassins!
His tone was not courteous and he immediately caused Xu Rushan’s brows to be tightly knitted together.
"Your conditions seem to be a little too much! Besides, what does the relationship between my Pleasure Devil Island and Zhou Ming have to do with your alliance!”
“If you don’t agree with these conditions, then don’t hope that I will save your daughter. You will have to watch your own beloved daughter die a certain death without being able to help her!” Huang Yazi sneered.
Huang Yazi’s demands really put Xu Rushan in a difficult position.
Befriending Zhou Ming was an order from the patriarch of the Giant Devil Sect. There was no way he could disobey it.
However, if he doesn’t agree with the demands from Huang Yazi, then he would not be able to save his daughter…
What should I do!?
Yan Zhongze was very unhappy. He was particularly reluctant to let his cute and attractive niece marry such a nasty man. But now, he was an outsider for this matter and he could not help Xu Rushan make any decision.
Surprisingly, at the moment Xu Rushan was at his wit’s end, a seemingly unimportant man who had been staying silent by their side for a long time finally spoke.
“Alliance of Ming Assassins?! Dual Cultivation Worm?! All of these are small potatoes! If my master, Zhou Ming, returns, he can save Mistress Qiuling with ease!”
Yu Long was enraged! This voice, without a doubt, belonged to him!
Even though he had just become Ning Fan’s follower for a short period of time, he idolized him so much that the feeling of admiration he had for him was running in his veins. Deep inside his heart, he always firmly believed that Ning Fan would be able to save Xu Qiuling.
Moreover, he had even considered Xu Qiuling as Ning Fan’s woman!
Since Ning Fan was his master, then Xu Qiuling would be his master’s mistress!
This loathsome skinny Huang Yazi is really bold. How dare he demand to have my master’s mistress be his woman!? Who does he think he is!?
“Who the hell are you!?” Huang Yazi’s eyes turned frigid cold as his gaze shifted to Yu Long. He glanced sideways at him and immediately revealed a look of contempt.
Huang Yazi was a Peak Nascent Soul Realm expert while Yu Long was merely a Mid Nascent Soul Realm cultivator. With Yu Long’s cultivation base, he was not an opponent that could withstand a single attack from Huang Yazi at all!
“I am Revered Ming’s follower and my name is Yu Long! Aren’t you a member of the Alliance of Ming Assassins? How could you not even know me?!”
“You’re Zhou Ming’s follower!? Hmph!” A hint of ferocity flickered in Huang Yazi’s eyes. Then he said to Xu Rushan with an arrogant tone.
“I have a new decision. If you want me to save your beloved daughter, you need to agree to one more condition from me! I want this Yu Long’s head!”
Translated by Tommy, edited by Roel
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