Chapter 4: Cultivation
“My name is Ye Shang. It’s okay, Sis Lin.” Hearing Lin Qiao’s words, Ye Shang was a bit relieved since they sounded reliable.
“Let’s drink.” Seeing this, Yang Sen said with a smile.
When the four were drinking the wine, Zhang Xuanzong coughed. “What kind of wine is this. It tastes good, but it is too strong.”
Yang Sen and others also blushed.
“An uncle in our village brewed this.” Ye Shang drank a large bowl of wine as if drinking water.
“Ye Shang, you didn’t eat anything. Let’s eat elsewhere and set off.” Yang Sen said.
“No, it seems that it’s more urgent for you to find that black dragon, so let’s find the black dragon first.” Ye Shang said.
“Well, thank you.” Yang Sen nodded.
Outside the teahouse, Yang Sen and others got on their mounts, but Ye Shang’s cheetah had been eaten up.
“Brother Ye, do you want to ride with me?” Lin Qiao asked with a smile.
Ye Shang blushed. He had never touched any woman, let alone ride with her.
“Fourth Sis, don’t tease Brother Ye. Come, ride with me.” Du Chong waved at Ye Shang.
Ye Shang jumped onto the Du Chong’s lion.
Ye Shang pointed the way and they moved fast.
As they chatted, Ye Shang knew that the four were from Chiyang City. They were guards of the deputy city owner of Chiyang City. This time they came for the black dragon.
“Brother Ye, after you arrive in Chiyang City, go to the deputy city government to find us if you need anything, we can help you.” Du Chong, who had a good impression of Ye Shang, said.
“Thank you Brother Du.” Ye Shang didn’t refuse.
The lions ran very fast. One and a half day later, they reached where Ye Shang got attacked by the black dragon.
“Third Bro, lead the way in the front. Ye Shang, you should stay here.” Yang Sen told Zhang Xuanzong, who had already searched for the traces of the black dragon.
Ye Shang nodded since he knew he couldn’t and shouldn’t participate in.
After drinking some wine, Ye Shang waited under the old tree.
After a while, the sound of fighting came over in the distance. Ye Shang knew that the battle had already started. The size of the black dragon was so large that it was impossible to run too far, hence its nest might have been nearby.
The sound lasted for about a quarter.
After the battle was over, Lin Qiao came over. “We just killed it. I can’t believe that the beast was a 2-rank demon.”
“Are you injured?” Ye Shang asked, when he saw Lin Qiao was stained with a lot of blood.
“At the entrance when Second Bro was responsible for blocking its way, I was swept by its tail. Let’s go there and take a break.” Lin Qiao said.
Following Lin Qiao, he came to a cliff. Under the cliff, the body of the black dragon was still squirming, but half of its head had been cut off, now it was struggling unconsciously.
Du Chong fell to the side, his right arm was wrapped with his clothes, seemingly he was injured.
Ye Shang poured a bowl of wine for Du Chong.
“Ha-ha, nice.” Du Chong laughed.
When Ye Shang and Du Chong were talking, Yang Sen began to cut off its belly. After a while, he got the dragon gallbladder and then took out the fangs and the scales on the neck, as these were the most valuable materials.
“Clean up, take a break and let’s go back.” Yang Sen said.
“It’s a pity that we can’t take its meat.” Ye Shang really wanted to ask some villagers to get the black dragon back. But it was hundreds of miles away and it was inappropriate to delay their time.
“Just cut a few pieces down.” Lin Qiao took a long sword and cut a few pieces on its body.
After taking a break, they set off. This time, Ye Shang and Yang Sen rode together since Du Chong’s arm was injured.
The mounts were tall and mighty lions. As they ran very fast, they returned to Gunan Town soon.
In the inn, Yang Sen got a room for Ye Shang and everyone went to rest.
Ye Shang slept very well, as he knew that it was a lot easier to go to Medicine Valley since Chiyang City was just half way through the journey to Medicine Valley. As for the four, Ye Shang believed that though he barely knew the world outside, he could still feel their goodwill or malice since he often went hunting and got a lot of exposure of the preys, which had become his instinct.
Ye Shang got up early and started practicing boxing in the inn in his room for a while since it was prohibited in the yard.
After freshening up, Ye Shang saw that Yang Sen and others had packed up.
“Let’s go after having some food.” Yang Sen was very energetic since their mission was completed after retrieving the gallbladder of the black dragon.
“Sure.” Ye Shang nodded.
After having some food, they set off and Ye Shang was still riding with Yang Sen.
It wasn’t very easy to obtain the mounts. They were either trained from a young age or surrendered to their owner. Many demons would rather die but never surrendered. The lions they rode were trained by a animal trainer from a young age and they were bought by them from him.
The lion was very fast and stable, as they chatted freely while advancing.
During the conversation, Ye Shang came to know something more about the world outside. Chiyang City was the city fort of Medicine Valley. The city owner and the deputy city owner were disciples of elders from Medicine Valley and they took charge of Chiyan City.
Ye Shang didn’t conceal his purpose, saying that his destination was Danding Mountain of Medicine Valley.
According Yang Sen, Ye Shang also understood that he he was unlikely to be accepted as he had no good foundation. Yang Sen also stated that if it didn’t go well, Ye Shang should return to Chiyang City and find them.
As for the foundation, Ye Shang felt somewhat helpless. Daddy Gu had always wanted to raise Ye Shang as an ordinary person, so he didn’t teach Ye Shang cultivation method, which was qi. He only taught Ye Shang how to strengthen his body.
Hearing that Ye Shang never practiced any cultivation method, Yang Sen taught him the qi condensation technique.
During the daytime, they put on with their journey. At night, Ye Shang meditated and practice qi condensation in accordance with the method taught by Yang Sen. What surprised Yang Sen was that it only took him one day to feel the qi and that he could condense the qi to his dantian the next day.
“You really have the capacity for cultivation. Although you are a little late than the normal cultivators, but still it is okay.” During the break, Du Chong encouraged Ye Shang.
Their journey was boring, but Yang Sen had informed Ye Shang lots of things about the wider world, so now Ye Shang had a wider vision.
Along the way, they encountered lots of beasts and demons, but they easily solved them. Lin Qiao’s attitude towards Ye Shang was much better.
It took nearly 20 days to arrive in Chiyan City. At this moment, Ye Shang, who had no foundation before, now had reached Qi-refining stage 2.
The cultivators were divided into many levels according to the level of cultivation. There were seven levels, which were Qi-refining, Soul-condensation, Core-condensation, Distraction, Emptiness, Heaven, and Sacred. They four all reached the high-level cultivation of gathering soul.
Like the human beings, demons were also divided into 7 ranks according to the different cultivations. The black dragon was the second-rank demon that was close to the third-rank. If Yang Sen or others encountered it alone, they could only run since demons were stronger than humans of the same rank.
“Brother Yang, Brother Du, Brother Zhang and Sister Lin, thank you for taking care of me all the way.” After entering the city, Ye Shang didn’t intend to continue to bother them.
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