Translated by: xiannie
Edited by: adeadaxe
Chapter 17 – Mercenary Mission
Seeing how unbothered Xia Fukun looked, the trio was speechless.
“Since you said that you have refined the beast that’s living at the bottom of the spring, you should be aware of what beast it is, right?”
The regent was curious about the beast’s identity. What could it be other than a ninth-grade beast if it was something that the Onyx Dragon could not do anything about?
The number of ninth-grade beasts in the entire Nine Spiritual Mainland was as rare as a hen’s teeth, and now here was one in the Yaslan Empire! The regent was unsure if Xia Fukun was speaking the truth, but he hoped he was, as Xia Fukun would have gotten rid of a hidden danger for the Yaslan Empire. But if Xia Fukun wasn’t… the consequences would be dreadful.
“I have no idea.” Xia Fukun shook his head calmly.
“I entered the spring to find out the identity of the beast, but as soon as I did, that bastard tried to snatch my body before I could figure out what it was. Luckily, the beast was seriously injured so it did not manage to succeed, instead paying with its life. I was blessed by the misfortune too; my cultivation improved by a large extent,” Xia Fukun said, putting his fist in the air and giving it a wave.
Xia Fukun’s words were partly true. Even though his words were dubious, nobody could find any problem with his nice words. Since there was nothing they could do, the trio had to let the matter go.
“However, Teacher Qingwan, I’m afraid that we might not be able to use this spring for cultivation in the future.” Xia Fukun smiled at Ye Qingwan, looking at the spirit spring that was now like a dead pond.
In fact, Ye Qingwan only stumbled across the spring by coincidence, thus it did not really matter if they had the spirit spring for cultivation or not. However, upon hearing Xia Fukun casually mention the experience of how he refined the beast that even the Onyx Dragon could not handle, Ye Qingwan viewed Xia Fukun differently.
The regent did not ask any further as he knew that everyone had their own secrets. Since Xia Fukun was unwilling to talk about it, the regent was not going to force him. Either way, the result was good at least.
“Since the spirit spring can’t be used anymore and the beast has been taken care of by you, we shall return to the capital now. There’s no need to make a trip here anymore.”
“Oh,” Xia Fukun answered half-heartedly.
The Monster Refining System has taken care of the beast, so the spirit spring has lost its value.
However, how will I and Qingmu Xuan cultivate from now on? What will Ye Qingwan have in store for us?
But Xia Fukun was worrying too much.
After they returned to the capital, the regent and Shadow left immediately.
Looking at their posture, they were probably going off to hunt for the beasts that Xia Fukun asked for.
“The spirit spring might not be useful anymore, but it should not affect you much. That was just my first lesson for Xuan’er, but since her control over her pet now is okay, and you’re already a fourth-grade beast trainer immediately after enlightenment, then we can skip that lesson.”
Hearing Ye Qingwan’s words, Xia Fukun nodded.
I would think that Odin Academy is a gimmick if she only had the first lesson.
“For the next session, we’ll have to leave the capital. I’ll look for a mission that lasts for about a month at the mercenary guild, and we will finish the mission together. Practical training is always better than theory.”
“Mercenary mission….” Xia Fukun squinted his eyes. He had read about mercenary missions from the novels on Earth, so he had his own idea of how it would go.
“Today will be a rest day for you two. I’ll be going over to the mercenary guild at the capital. We shall start the mission tomorrow.”
Hearing Ye Qingwan, Xia Fukun stretched his hand slightly.
“Yes?” Ye Qingwan furrowed her brows slightly, turning to Xia Fukun.
“Nothing, I just want to go with you. I have spent my entire life in Summer City, so I have never seen a mercenary guild.”
Hearing Xia Fukun, Ye Qingwan was speechless. But he makes sense. Summer City is a small city, so there wouldn’t be a mercenary guild there. Mercenary guilds are only located in the capital of every nation. Just as Ye Qingwan was about to agree to Xia Fukun’s request, Qingmu Xuan revealed that she was unhappy with the arrangement.
“Both of you are going out and leaving me alone in the palace? Xuan’er does not want that! Teacher Ah Wan, Xuan’er wants to go along too!”
Ye Qingwan: “…”
She took a breath and smiled bitterly.
“Fine, then we shall go to the mercenary guild together.”
Ye Qingwan summoned her Flame Sparrow. She leaped onto the Flame Sparrow with Qingmu Xuan in her arms. Just as Xia Fukun was about to get onto the Flame Sparrow, it flew off.
“Hey! Teacher Qingwan! You forgot me!”
“You’re a Profound Realm martial artist, you can fly. There’s no need for you to take the Flame Sparrow,” Ye Qingwan’s voice came from the Flame Sparrow’s back slowly.
Xia Fukun raised his middle finger at the sky.
Finally at the mercenary guild, Xia Fukun, Ye Qingwan, and Qingmu Xuan stood in the crowded space. Xia Fukun couldn’t help but sigh. This is like the moment before a concert on Earth, except that the people present here are mercenaries.
“There are two types of people who come here. One is to pick up missions, and the other is to put up missions. However, not everyone can be a mercenary. Only martial artists of the Elementary Realm have that privilege. I’ll bring Xuan’er along to register as a mercenary, you go to a counter and do it yourself. We’ll meet here afterward,” Ye Qingwan said and put on conical hats for herself and Qingmu Xuan before disappearing into the crowd.
“Damn it! Why don’t you give me one too?” Xia Fukun pouted as he watched Ye Qingwan leave. Seeing that the mercenaries next to him were covering their faces with silk, he tore off a piece of cloth from his clothes and covered his face.
Whatever, I’ll just make do with what I have now. Xia Fukun comforted himself.
Then, he strode into the mercenary guild. It was similar to a service center on Earth; there were many different counters and help desks. Xia Fukun walked toward a help desk.
“Hi, I’d like to know the procedures for becoming a mercenary.”
Unlike what Xia Fukun had imagined, instead of gorgeous girls sitting at the help desk, there only sat a skinny old man with a smoking pipe in his mouth. He was currently reading a comic. Hearing Xia Fukun’s question, he twirled the smoking pipe in his hand and knocked on the counter in front of Xia Fukun.
“It’s written right here, are you blind?”