Divine Doctor: Daughter Of The First Wife - Chapter 373
Xu Tian Cave
In front of them was a stone mountain that was completely bare without a single weed growing from it . Not only was this mountain tall, it was extremely large . Even more importantly, there was practically no slope . It was completely vertical .
Feng Yu Heng leaned her head back to look . Only when she felt a pain in her neck could she see the peak of the mountain . She could not help but sigh: ’’Towering in the sky, this must be the type of mountain they are talking about . ’’
Xuan Tian Ming explained to her: ’’This mountain is named Xu Tian, and it is the tallest mountain in the Ping Xu mountain range, and it is also the most dangerous . The mountain is completely vertical, and its peak is in the clouds . The four sides are completely rocky, so there is no possibility of it being climbed .
She curiously asked: ’’Then what about you? Can you fly over it with qinggong?’’
Xuan Tian Ming shook his head, ’’We are not gods . Even if we use qinggong to soar over mountain, we still need many places to leap from . Moreover, although the mountain we soared over was tall, it is not even a third of the height of Xu Tian Mountain . Not even the most amazing expert in qinggong could soar over a mountain with its peak in the clouds . ’’
’’So it was like that . ’’ Feng Yu Heng continued to look up, as she began to wonder, ’’Say, the military camp is not too far from the capital . Normally, such a tall mountain should be visible from the capital . Why have I never noticed it before?’’
Xuan Tian Ming pointed forward and told her: ’’The capital is to the North of the mountain . In that direction, there is a large river . The air there is moist all year round, so the water vapor that rises and directly becomes clouds . This also happens to completely hide the mountain . ’’
Feng Yu Heng heard this and felt that it was mystical . Now that she stood at the foot of the mountain, she was quite shocked . However, even more shocking was what followed, as she saw Qian Li pointed at the large rock mountain and tell her: ’’County princess, Xu Tian Cave is inside this large mountain . ’’
’’Hm?’’ Feng Yu Heng completely froze . Inside the mountain? Could it be... ’’Is this mountain hollow?’’
Xuan Tian Ming looked at her idiotic expression and could not help but laugh, gently saying: ’’If you are really curious, you can pick up the mountain from the foundation and stuff it into your sleeve . That way, you can bring it back to slowly investigate . ’’
She repeatedly shook her head, ’’No way, no way . My sleeves are not that large . This is a mountain!’’
While they spoke, Qian Li had already taken a few steps forward . Ahead, there were some soldiers that were standing guard . She looked carefully and noticed that there was something that seemed a little bit different about the mountain;however, she could not tell what exactly was different . She could only push Xuan Tian Ming and follow Qian Li forward .
Finally, when the mountain was within reach, the soldiers standing guard saw them come over and kneeled to salute . Xuan Tian Ming told them to stand and quietly ordered: ’’Open up the mountain . ’’ They then saw tens of soldiers move forward and begin to push the mountain .
Feng Yu Heng facepalmed . She had heard the fable of Yu Gong, who had moved mountains . 1 Now, she was witnessing a scene soldiers push a mountain . Thinking about it, she was a little excited!
At this time, she heard a ’’thunk’’ sound, as a crack appeared in the mountain around where the soldiers were pushing . The soldiers continued, and the crack became wider and wider, eventually forming a large stone door .
The door that was opened in the mountain was extremely large . Seeing it personally gave her a pretty large shock . In this sort of era without any mechanical production tools, being able to create such a door in a mountain was not easy .
But the truly difficult part still lay ahead . With the door in the mountain being opened up, the soldiers immediately returned to their positions . Qian Li gestured for everyone to enter then entered the mountain with large strides .
Xuan Tian Ming pinched Feng Yu Heng's small hand and said: ’’Go, let's go inside . Take a look at the rumored Xu Tian Cave . ’’
She was exceedingly curious as she began to move while pushing the wheelchair . Following behind Qian Li, she entered the mountain .
A cold wind blew into her face, causing her to shiver on the spot . She suddenly recalled the natural limestone caves in the South from her previous life . She had once gone to visit one with a tourist group . It was the middle of Summer, but the inside was freezing cold like Winter;however, it was like a beautiful paradise .
Looking here, the towering Xu Tian Mountain had a hollow area the size of a seven-story building from the 21st century . In the middle of this hollowed-out mountain, there were many odd constructs . She noticed that there was a spiral staircase along the inside wall of the mountain, and there were soldiers endlessly walking back and forth . There was even a guard tower that was extremely tall . The soldier that stood at at the top should have been able to see everything inside this Xu Tian Cave .
This was just what she could see in front of her . All around, there were still many paths that led to who knew where .
Someone inside came to receive them . After saluting, the said: ’’16 blacksmiths and their apprentices have already been brought to the forge and are waiting . Will general go there to meet them, or should we bring them here?’’
Xuan Tian Ming said: ’’We will go to the forge . ’’
The person nodded then took the initiative to guide them .
Feng Yu Heng had never recovered from her initial shock . Xuan Tian Ming had already begun to explain the origin of Xu Tian Cave to her, ’’This was constructed by the founding emperor of Da Shun . By using 30 percent of Da Shun's workforce, this mountain was renovated to this degree . Following that, with every ruler following him, they were all more interested in building in this mountain than the building of their own mausoleums . Only with my great-grandfather's generation could this Xu Tian Cave be considered truly completed and able to be put to use . ’’
Feng Yu Heng could imagine the perseverance of the ancient people when it came to these enormous constructs, but she could not understand . Why exactly did they hollow out a mountain?
Xuan Tian Ming knew what she was wondering and said: ’’In truth, at the time of Da Shun's founding, this place was made to avoid disasters . At that time, Da Shun's territories were not as vast as they are now . The battles were long, and there were many things to do, while the four surrounding countries glared at us like tigers watching its prey . If there was even the slightest misstep, the country would have been destroyed . That's why the ruler had to pick a place that was hard to attack as a place to protect their life . The matter of excavating Xu Tian Cave was something brought up at that sort of time . The first few rulers of Da Shun did not live for long, so the matter of the throne was not something that was stable . That was why Xu Tian Cave continued to be worked on . It wasn't until the fourth ruler was enthroned that the country stabilized, but matter of working on this place had become a habit and a conviction . ’’
Feng Yu Heng understood, ’’Xu Tian Cave had become a symbol . As long as this place was fine, the ruler would be able to feel at ease . It also represented the state of Da Shun . Now, Da Shun is the largest and strongest country . Now, there are large armies standing guard at the four borders . . Even if there really is a battle with swords and spears being swung around, the ruler naturally will not think to visit Xu Tian Cave . Thus this place became yours, right?’’
Xuan Tian Ming corrected her: ’’It became ours . I chose to handle the production of steel here . I fear that in the coming days, this is where you will spend most of your time . ’’
Feng Yu Heng laughed, ’’Not bad, I like this place . ’’
While they spoke, they had arrived at what the soldier had called the forge . It was an individually constructed space with a small path connecting it to the main cave . Following the small path, there was a smaller cave .
It was a smaller cave but only in comparison to the larger cave outside . In truth, this cave was not small at all . Based on Feng Yu Heng's calculations, this place was at least 200 square meters . There were countless holes in the walls, and someone had already installed an iron-making furnace .
Qian Li clapped to the people in the forge then loudly said: ’’Everyone come over here . Come greet our general and county princess . !’’
Everyone knew that the general of the Northwest Army was the current Emperor's most favored ninth prince . Everyone also knew that county princess Ji An was the ninth prince's future princess . Apparently, she was an even better divine doctor than her maternal grandfather, Yao Xian . Something that even more people knew was that county princess Ji An was the only person in Da Shun capable of producing steel .
Thus the 16 blacksmiths and the apprentices that they had brought along all came forward upon hearing that they had arrived . They all kneeled to greet them, saying: ’’Long live your Highness and county princess!’’
This was the first time that Feng Yu Heng had heard people add her to the list of people being wished a long life . For a while, she was not very accustomed to it . Xuan Tian Ming naturally could not be more accustomed to this scene . Raising his hand, he said: ’’Everyone may rise!’’
Everyone stood up with trepidation . Feng Yu Heng looked at these blacksmiths . The majority of them were advanced in their age, while the youngest looked to be at least 45 years old . As for their apprentices, they were all very young and only looked to be in their teens .
She then examined her surroundings . There were a large number of tools next to the furnace . There were large bellows, and there were piles of wood charcoal and iron charcoal . They were blacksmiths, after all . Everything prepared was to produce iron, but the tools that they had brought were very thorough and very professional and very professional .
She took the initiative to speak, asking them: ’’Do you know why you have been brought here?’’
The blacksmiths all nodded, replying: ’’We do . We have come to produce something called steel . ’’
A slightly more bold one asked: ’’I heard that the thing called steel is extremely hard and can cut through iron as though it was mud . Is that true?’’
He asked, and everyone had expectant expressions, waiting for Feng Yu Heng to reply .
However, she deliberately did not respond immediately . Instead, she used this opportunity to inspect their gazes . Looking at all 16, she nodded in satisfaction . They were indeed the best blacksmiths . Although she had not seen their work, this sort of pure enthusiasm for a new thing was not something that could be faked . Only someone with a sufficient degree of love for their profession could express this sort of attitude when told that there was an improvement that could be made . These blacksmiths were all this sort of person .
She slightly calmed herself . When it came to producing steel, what she feared were people with skill but no enthusiasm . In this era, nobody had ever experienced real steel . When starting out, it was very possible that the first 10, 20 or even 100 attempts would be failures . It was possible that without conviction and perseverance, it was impossible to develop this personality and could not handle this sort of suffering . These were the types of people that she wanted . Even if they were a little lacking in talent, she could slowly teach them a little at a time . As long as enthusiasm still existed, anything was possible .
She told them all: ’’To say that it can cut through iron as though it was mud is an exaggeration, but there are indeed many differences between steel and iron . Steel is a metal that is harder than iron . From a theoretical standpoint, steel is considered an alloy, while iron is an individual element . The main difference between the two is the carbon content . Put plainly, steel is just metal that has a certain amount of carbon content with iron as its base . If I say it like this, it is possible that you may not understand very clearly . ’’ She said this while handing her steel dagger to Bai Ze, ’’Bai Ze, allow everyone to try it out . Let them understand where the difference is between steel and iron . ’’
Bai Ze very happily received the dagger and stepped forward;however, he heard an older blacksmith suddenly call out from the group: ’’Wait a moment!’’
1: Yu Gong is a man that is said to have moved mountains through hard work and perseverance . https://en . wikipedia . org/wiki/The_Foolish_Old_Man_Removes_the_Mountains