A month later, in a mountain range that was at the northwest of the Middle Sky Continent. There was a building complex covered in black yin qi. The area was about dozens of acres. There were towers, pavilions and palaces. A layer of oval-shaped spiritual power barrier covered all buildings in it.
The black yin qi floated gently above the buildings, isolating everything here from the outside world.
Inside the spiritual power barrier, people in gray costumes could be seen from time to time, which seemed quite lively.
In a secret room at the top of a black tower with more than 10 stories, a sallow-faced old man in a purple robe was sitting cross-legged.
The old man’s face was thin, and his 2 eye sockets were deeply sunken. He looked as thin as a skeleton.
The sallow-faced old man was meditating, holding a black crystal stone in both hands. From time to time, a faint gray qi was absorbed by the old man from the crystal stones.
Suddenly, a figure appeared in front of the sallow-faced old man..
“Are you Old Man Wu of the Jackdaw Faction?” The figure was covered with a faint layer of black gas that concealed his face, but the voice seemed to belong to a young man.
The sallow-faced old man was terrified. As he was about to make a move, a sharp object was pointed at his forehead, giving him a slight tingling sensation.
The sallow-faced old man froze immediately. If he moved recklessly, his head would be penetrated immediately.
His secret room was completely closed, and there were countless enchantments on the tower, but this person could sneak in without alarming him. This had obviously shown the true strength of the person.
“Is it a cultivator of the Real Pellet State?”
The sallow-faced old man did not dare to release Divine Thought to sense the black figure, so he could only answer honestly,
“Yes. Junior is Wu Shen. What questions does senior have?”
“5years ago, in the Copper Sun Mountains in the southeast of the continent, have you ever been in contact with the middle-aged cultivator in white with scars all over his face?” The black figure said with a gentle tone, but there was a hint of murderousness.
The sallow-faced old man suddenly felt a chill in his heart. He tried his best to recall. Finally, he remembered the long trip a few years ago, and he said in a hurry,
“Senior is right. Junior has just entered the Crystallization Period later stage at that time. I joined a hunting group when I went to the Copper Sun Mountain to look for a herb. There was indeed such a person in the hunting group.”
“Very well, how much do you know about this person?” The black figure raised his voice a little.
“The man claimed his surname as Fan. He was a casual cultivator of the Real Pellet State. He was also 1 of the leaders of the hunting group. He was very powerful in both cultivation techniques and spiritual weapons. However, he rarely communicated with people. Junior only stayed in the hunting group for half a year because I had found what I wanted, so I only know so much about him.”
The sallow-faced old man didn’t know what the black figure wanted to know, but he only knew that he could survive only by fully cooperating with the other party. He was trying his best to recall it.
“Is there anything else beside that? Think about it, don’t let go of any details.” The black figure commanded in an unquestionable tone.
“Right, senior, I remembered… That person should be an alchemist, and his alchemy technique is quite skillful.” The sallow-faced old man seemed to suddenly remember something, and he said with a loud voice.
“Go on.” The black gas around the black figure rolled slightly.
“During that hunt, the hunting group chased a golden-eyed poisonous ape. When we came to a valley filled with poisonous miasma, the cultivator surnamed Fan collected a few spiritual materials in the hunting group and refined a few detoxification pills. He let us put it on to protect ourselves from the poisonous miasma in the valley.” The sallow-faced old man said so.
“Oh? Is that detoxification pill still with you?” The voice of the black figure sounded slightly excited.
“No. After killing the golden-eyed poisonous ape, that person took back the detoxification pill.” The sallow-faced old man said hurriedly.
The black figure was silent for a while, then he said,
“Give me the list of people in that hunting group as well as the locations where you fought in the Copper Sun Mountain. Mark them out on the map in detail.”
“Yes, senior.” The sallow-faced old man was stunned, then he quickly agreed with joy. He took out a yellow map and marked a few places on it.
Afterward, he took out a blank jade slip, stuck it on his forehead, released mental power with 1 hand gesture and carefully copied the map into it.
A quarter of an hour later, the black figure silently flew out of the tower of the Jackdaw Faction and landed on a cliff not far away.
The black gas on the figure slowly dissipated, revealing the figure of Liu Ming. However, he looked somehow depressed now.
In the past month, according to the information recorded on the jade slip, he had been looking for the whereabouts of Thousand Illusion Demon everywhere, but the results were minimal.
The man seemed to be extremely cautious. Every place he stayed or every person he contacted with, he would erase his existence without a trace.
Liu Ming finally found someone who finally met him in person, but he still couldn’t pinpoint his exact whereabouts.
“However, knowing that Thousand Illusion Demon is good at alchemy is a small gain. If I can get the elixir refined by him, it will be even better.” Liu Ming sighed and muttered to himself .
Hell Soul Search could sense the approximate location through some sporadic aura. Even the residual spiritual power in the elixir was enough for the search.
He was able to kill multiple evil cultivators in a row in just 2 years because of this amazing tracking skill.
After thinking for a moment, Liu Ming took out the jade slip given by the sallow-faced old man.
Speaking of which, this sallow-faced old man was quite smart. He not only listed the people in the hunting groups, but he also described the general identities of these people.
However, most of them had vague names and could only be called by their surnames.
For this kind of hunting group formed by casual cultivators, they usually met by chance. Because of the same purpose, they formed a long-term or short-term team. Generally, they entered some dangerous areas to hunt some beastkins, explore the ruins and collect spiritual herbs.
Because it was very free to go and stay, the members were quite complicated. They usually wouldn’t reveal their names to each other.
According to Liu Ming’s judgment, most of the people on the list were untraceable people, but the leader of the hunting group, in addition to the cultivator surnamed Fan, there was also a Real Pellet State cultivator surnamed Zuo.
Regarding this person, the sallow-faced old man explained in detail,
“Zuo Gongquan, around the Copper Sun Mountain, the sect master of a small sect. The main recruiter of the hunting group…”
“It’s good to have a name and a surname. Since this person is the leader of the hunting group with Thousand Illusion Demon, he should know more than the sallow-faced old man.” After releasing the Daiyue Jade Boat and boarded it, the flying boat turned into a red shadow and flew away.
The Copper Sun Mountain was a medium-sized mountain range close to the southeast of the Middle Sky Continent. It spanned for tens of thousands of miles from west to east. The mountains were full of copper and iron mineral, hence it was named after this.
Natural aura was rich in this mountain range. Beastkin appeared frequently, and there were also many spiritual grasses. Many cultivators often come to hunt here. Some were in the Crystallization Period and some were even Real Pellet State cultivators. Beside that addition, there were also some small sects that were based on this mountain range.
On the east side of the mountain range was a flat mountain, where more than a hundred buildings of varying heights and heights were built here. They formed a medium-sized market.
It was noon at the moment, and the market was full of people. It was noisy and lively.
In a prominent position in the central square of the market, there was a 3 stories wooden pavilion. On the door was a huge black and shiny plaque with the 3 golden lacquer characters of ‘Treasure Gather Pavilion’. It looked particularly eye-catching under the sunlight.
The space in the pavilion was also quite open. Rows of cabinets were neatly displayed in it. The cabinets were full of elixirs, talismans, spiritual herbs, beastkin materials, etc.
The business was hot. The shopkeepers and the guys in the shop were serving the customers diligently.
The middle-aged shopkeeper chatted with a customer casually, then he fixed his gaze at the 2nd floor.
In this market, the slightly larger shops were all backed by forces.
Just now, the real owner of Treasure Gather Pavilion, Zuo Gongquan who was also the sect master of the Green Flame Sect brought a middle-aged cultivator in green clothes to the 2nd floor.
When the owner visited the store, the people below were naturally more diligent. They strived to leave a good impression.
At the same time, in the private room on the 2nd floor. An old man in a leather robe was sitting on the main seat. His shoulders were broad and he was tall. Even when he was sitting, he exuded a hint of majesty.
Sitting across from him was a middle-aged man in a green shirt. He had a sallow complexion and a sickly appearance. Only the pair of bright eyes gave people a feeling that he should not be underestimated.
“Mr. Ye turns out to be the cultivator of the Sky Shadow Demon Sect. Really sorry for being disrespectful.” Zuo Gongquan looked at a black token in his hand. There were 3 characters engraved on the token. He passed back the token solemnly and cupped his fist.
Although the Green Flame Sect was somewhat famous in the area of the Copper Sun Mountain, it was only a small sect at best; it could be compared with the Sky Shadow Demon Sect that had thousands of years of history.
In the eyes of the old man, the man in a green shirt on the opposite side had a chaotic and hazy aura. With his Real Pellet State intermediate stage Divine Thought, he couldn’t see through his cultivation. So, he showed more respect to him.
TL: Alchemist? Maybe he can snatch some recipe after killing him?
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