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Library Of Heaven’s Path - Chapter 117

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117: Apothecary Bai Ming's Breakdown (Second Half)

Translator: StarveCleric Editor: Frappe

He felt stifled within, but Bai Ming also knew that he was unable to refute Zhang Xuan's words.

It was the basics to check the cauldron and flames of the cauldron before forging pills. Even

apprentices were aware of it. His action of going straight to forging was clearly a huge mistake.

Using the words in Zhang Xuan's previous world, if a person didn't buckle their seat belt, check

the tires, and scan the surroundings before starting to drive, they couldn't refute anything if an

accident occurred.

Right now, that was the emotion Bai Ming was experiencing. Lectured by an apprentice

apothecary in public, yet unable to refute anything at all. It was clear just by thinking of how

stifled he was at this moment.

’’Alright, now that I have touched on the cauldron and the flames, I shall talk about the fusing of

the medicinal herbs!’’

Knowing that the other party would be unable to reply to his words, Zhang Xuan could not be

bothered to continue interrogating him over those mistakes of his. Instead, he walked over to

the medicinal racks. ’’Acupoint Soothing Pill requires a total of 47 types of herbs. Given the

number of herbs that are involved in the forging process, there are herbs that complement one

another, as well as herbs that clash with one another. As such, if you don't control the process

properly, it is very easy for the medicinal herb to clash with one another and the pill will be

ruined!

’’Let me first talk about Apothecary Bai Ming's forging sequence!

’’The first herb he put in was Heart Grass! Heart Grass has calming properties and is resilient to

high temperature. As such, it requires strong flames to extract its essence. It is correct to place

it into the cauldron first so that it can come into contact with the flames earlier to incite its

medicinal properties. However... seven breaths after placing Heart Grass in, he placed in the

second herb, Split Palm Flower!

’’If I'm not wrong, that Heart Grass he took was only half a year old. As such, its medicinal

properties are not strong enough and most of it was concentrated on the leaves instead of the

meridians. For such a herb, the medicinal effects will be swiftly released upon meeting strong

flames. Under normal situations, he should have placed Split Palm Flower in after four breaths.

Yet, he delayed it three entire breaths, causing a loss in the medicinal effect by thirteen percent.

Fail!

’’On the other hand, Split Palm Flower has a maturity of five years and the medicinal effects of it

is relatively stronger. He should have slowly released the Split Palm Flowers by the left wall of

the cauldron, and the duration of its descent should be roughly half a breath. During this time,

the heart of the cauldron would unleash the medicinal effects of it, allowing it to better mix

with Heart Grass. However, Apothecary Bai Ming threw the medicinal herb straight it, depriving

it of the opportunity to be heated by the cauldron in advance. As such, its medicinal effect

wasn't fully unleashed and fourteen percent of the medicinal effect was lost. Fail!

’’The medicinal effects of these two herbs clash with one another, so he should have quickly

placed in Scattered Floral Grass, which has a pacifying effect for the two. Yet he threw in the

violent Lone-eyed Dragon Grass, worsening the clash between the two herbs. As such, eleven

percent of the medicinal effect was lost! Fail!

’’The Lone-eyed Dragon Grass is a herb with yang properties. After placing it into the scorching

cauldron, he should have added Cooling Grass to counteract its effects. Yet Apothecary Bai Ming

added Wisdom Mother Grass instead. Wisdom Mother Grass is able to neutralize all medicinal

herbs, and as such, it is the best choice to serve as a medium between herbs. However, it is

precisely because of that that it completely neutralized the yang properties of the Lone-eyed

Dragon Grass, greatly reducing the medicinal effect of the Acupoint Smoothing Pill. Fail!’’

’’... Fail!

’’... Fail!

’’... Fail!’’

......

Zhang Xuan spoke faster and faster, akin to a machine gun. His every word was logical with

evidence to back them up. Every single failure struck like a hammer on Apothecary Bai Ming's

face. His face grew paler and paler and his body trembled uncontrollably.

Pill forging was by no means simple. Even with the same herbs, if the maturity was different, it

could have different medicinal properties. Not to mention, an apothecary needed to pair them

together in a way that complemented them to mix them together and such. Even for a single

Acupoint Soothing Pill, three days wouldn't be enough if Zhang Xuan were to go in depth.

This was also the reason why apothecaries were one of the front-runners in the Upper Nine

Paths.

’’Everything he said is true!’’

’’To recall the sequence in which Apothecary Bai Ming added the forty-seven medicinal herbs

with a single look? What kind of memorization ability does he possess?’’

’’The most shocking thing isn't him remembering the sequence in which the medicinal herbs

were placed in.... It is that he was able to tell the maturity of every single medicinal herb and

come up with a method to complement them so as to best unleash its medicinal effects.... Is he

really human?’’

’’Now that I've heard his words, an apothecary really has to take a lot of factors into account. It

is no wonder that my pills are unable to reach Perfection or Inscribed Pill. So this is the

reason....’’

......

...

Upon hearing Zhang Xuan's words, everyone became mute. It was as though their heads had

been smashed with a bat, their mouths agape and their eyes wide.

The heck!

This is what you call pill forging!

What we were doing before was simply wasting herbs and insulting this occupation!

Most probably, if they were to use the method he spoke of to forge this pill, the pill would be

able to reach higher heights. Perfection and even Inscribed Pill wouldn't be problems!

This was no longer a theory that a 1-star apothecary could come into contact with. Only the

more advanced apothecaries would pay attention to such minute details!

Everyone was dumbfounded. At this moment, the thought of suicide even ran through

Apothecary Bai Ming's head.

Listening to the words of the other party, his entire pill forging sequence was a failure. How

could this be considered pill forging? He must be forging feces instead!

Furthermore... at least when one forges feces, they don't waste any materials. Yet, when he

forged a pill, he wasted all of the medicinal herbs used in it....

Pu!

The stifling sensation in his chest grew heavier and heavier, and he puked a mouthful of blood.

All along, he thought of himself as talented in pill forging, and that he was truly a highlyskilled

apothecary. Yet, upon hearing the words of the other party, he realized that his

standards couldn't even match up to that of a child's!

All of the confidence he held in the past was completely shattered. The current him feared to

even approach a cauldron now.

His body trembled violently. Just a moment ago, he stood up proudly and determinedly to

punish Zhang Xuan for his humiliation. Yet, at this moment, his complexion was turning more

and more awful, as though he were going berserk.

A moment later, he gritted his teeth.

’’That's right. Given my standards, what kind of pills can I possibly forge? All I'm doing is

wasting medicinal herbs! From today onward, I, Bai Ming, will not forge a single pill anymore.

If I break this vow, let the Heavens tear me apart!’’

A vow resounded in the hall.

’’What?’’

’’He vowed not to forge a single pill anymore?’’

’’Apothecary Bai Ming...’’

......

Upon hearing the vow he made, everyone was flabbergasted. They couldn't help but shudder,

upset at the thought of the loss of a comrade.

For an apothecary to vow to never forge a single pill anymore was equivalent to bidding the

world of pill forging farewell. The effort he had put in for his entire life had all gone to waste.

And the reason for that was a mere apprentice apothecary pointing out the flaws in his pill

forging process!

’’Isn't he being too rash....’’ An apothecary couldn't help but comment.

’’If you were criticized like that, what would you do?’’ another apothecary responded.

’’I...’’ The former paused halfway through, unable to find a word to say.

What the other party said was true. If he were in the place of Apothecary Bai Ming, upon

realizing that his forging technique was nothing but flaws and the hard work he had devoted

into it was nothing but rubbish, the confidence he had held for countless years would probably

collapse in an instant!

The moment he lost all his confidence, the trauma he received from it would cause him to be

unable to forge a single pill for the rest of his life. Rather than suffer in anguish over it, he

might as well simply make a vow to never forge a single pill anymore!

Pill forging wasn't a joke. Mental state, skill, confidence... all of these factors were absolutely

required. Without confidence, how could one be called an apothecary?

’’To make an experienced apothecary lose all of his confidence and fear forging just by pointing

out his mistakes...’’

Such a thought flashed across their minds in an instant. Taking another glance at Zhang Xuan,

their hearts skipped a beat.

It was no wonder that he was reluctant to speak of their flaws in pill forging. It was not that he

was unable to discern anything from it and resorted to other methods to make up for his

weakness. Only now did they know... the other party wasn't in the least as ignorant as they

thought. Rather, it was because he knew too much that he feared he would shatter the last bit of

confidence they had!

Brother, we would like to ask you: Are you the apprentice apothecary or are we?



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