“Did you craft this?” Annan turned around and asked.
It seems I can give these to the players as mission rewards.
Isn’t it too op to replenish to full health?
“This is Elixir. It’s useful but troublesome to make.”
Salvatore took a look and explained casually, “It can be used to treat trauma and internal injuries. It is mainly used to treat injuries of unknown origin. Look over there. There are also medicines to relieve burns, torn wounds, fractures, snake venoms, negative energy, etc. Those are generally prescribed after determining the cause.”
Annan soon understood the value.
It seemed that elixir should be used to treat injuries like “I don’t know what happened, but I lost my health points.”
“Elixir has a short shelf life. I made these a few days ago.”
Salvatore added, “It must be stored statically and cannot be shaken. Once it shakes, or in other words, taken out, it will lose its healing effects after three days. It must be stored in the ‘early spring’ temperature with appropriate light exposure to maintain its reactivity. At most, the elixir can be stored for a month.
“Actually, at the very start, I thought to myself. I should prepare more elixirs since I have the materials. As I spent one day only on elixir, I could only produce three brews. Then, I quickly realized the situation.
“If we encounter a situation that needs a lot of elixirs to resolve, then my effort is of no use.”
Salvatore sighed. He walked over, gently raised a tube of Elixir, slowly flattened it, and aimed it at the burning torch on the four walls.
“Look, Don Juan. Elixir is still within its validity period. If you point the item to the light, you may see hair-like transparent lines. If the item loses its effect, these transparent lines will become turbid. The more turbid the elixirs, the shorter the validity period.”
“I see.” Annan nodded, indicating that he had understood it.
He immediately asked, “But, you have been busy for several days. What have you been working on?”
“This.” Salvatore pointed with his chin to the barrier radiating the heat.
A ruby the size of a pigeon egg was tied with a brass chain and floated in the air. The four chains were all stretched tensely. The place in contact with the tabletop was four crimson jade plates. There were also electric circuits carved on the table.
Right in the middle were eight brass walls that looked like a mahjong arena. The inner four walls were connected, and the outer four walls were all disconnected. The red liquid didn’t overflow but kept rotating counterclockwise around the center.
“What is this?” Annan asked.
Salvatore replied, “Sage’s Stone.”
What? Annan was taken aback.
Upon seeing this, Salvatore quickly added, “It’s a semi-finished product. I can only achieve this level, but luckily the item can already be used normally.”
Annan blinked his eyes. He looked at the red liquid carefully.
“What is it for?” Annan asked.
Although the name “Sage’s Stone” seemed bombastic, Annan wanted to confirm whether this was the same item he had in his mind.
“Four rotating wheels, the creation, supreme crown, prototype of truth, and perfected element essence. I think the teacher should have told you the five major components of the ascendancy ritual. There are things which every Transcended has pursued.”
Salvatore said slowly, “Sage’s Stone, it is the supreme treasure in nature. It can serve as the perfect essence of all elements. Therefore, it can also be said that it is the true deity’s blood, the key to the shortcut of becoming a deity.
“For this reason, Sage’s Stone can turn imperfect things into their perfect form. For example, turning sand into gems, making copper into gold, and ascending people into deities. If you’re not a Transcended, you wouldn’t be able to see it or touch it at all. Even the deities can’t destroy it.
“In other words, the power of any element can’t destroy it. It will not be burned, frozen, cut, or broken. This is one of the very few substances in the world that can completely resist the deity’s power.
“Before the ‘Wizard War,’ that is before the ‘Great Unification War,’ the Alteration Wizard is regarded as an alchemist. Our main goal is to create Sage’s Stone artificially. So far, the Alteration Wizards who could forge the Sage’s Stone have become a deity. But strangely, none of them left a clear way of making the Sage’s Stone.”
Looking at the endless stream of red liquid, Salvatore looked complicated, “I didn’t anticipate myself succeeding.”
“Then, what gives you the courage to do it?”
“It was when I was sleeping—I mean, when I was dreaming.”
Salvatore replied subconsciously, but before he could say it, he reacted and changed his words, “I dreamt of a part of the refining method. Although it is incomplete, I think it’s worth a try.”
Annan glanced at Salvatore in suspicion. He could sense keenly that this wasn’t the truth.
But Annan was tactful.
Since Salvatore tried hard to hide the fact, he naturally wouldn’t expose him.
Annan just changed the subject, “So, how should it be used? What are the specific effects?”
Salvatore breathed a sigh of relief and quickly answered, “What I made is only a semi-finished product of the Sage’s Stone, which can only be effective when it is dissolved in the blood.
“Sage’s Stone is a living thing, and it will automatically move towards the sun. So I made a powerful heat regulatory barrier with this ‘vermillion blood’ gemstone. The concept of this alteration is the ‘sun.’ I use gilded brass to replace the concept of “the land that accepts sunlight” to adhere it in place. Otherwise, I can’t control it.
“As for the effect…” The corners of Salvatore’s mouth rose naturally, revealing a confident and happy look.
He pretended to be nonchalant, tried his best to suppress happy and contented emotions, and calmly replied, “For us, it can be used as a powerful soul fuel.
“After reaching the Gold Rank, the soul will burn, developing its elements. While your life span is considerably shortened, it immediately offers all kinds of mysterious methods to approach deity hood.
“But in our Swamp’s Black Tower, there is a theory. For transcended souls in Gold Rank, their elemental power only comes from the ‘burnable ascended soul’ part, rather than having to burn the entire soul into ash to get it. That is to say…
“After using the Sage’s Stone, we can temporarily raise our soul rank to Gold Rank. Therefore, it is possible to awaken a complete elemental power. Though, I’m not 100% sure about this.”
Salvatore looked at the liquefied Sage’s Stone that was constantly flowing on the table and said slowly, “In short, with the strength of our soul, we can only do this three times. Each time is about three minutes.
“It should be enough.”
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