Sovereign Of The Three Realms - Chapter 1138
The Nine Sparks Petalstorm Formation cost two to three billion saint spirit stones to construct altogether . It was a shockingly intensive project . Only first rank sects could spend a sum like that with ease . The average third rank sect simply couldn’t provide that much, period . A second rank sect had the ability, but would feel severe strain if they did so .
First rank sects had the budget for this kind of blatant consumption, but spending that much on a single formation seemed overly extravagant . Formations represented continued consumption over time . Without additional investment, its power would wane . Therefore, the two or three billion could only be considered starting capital . Thankfully, any stone outflows at a later date would be much less than this .
At completion, the formation had enough energy to run for a few decades . If there were gaps in the spirit stones within the formation after that, then considerations for later-stage reinforcement could be made . The exact amount required wouldn’t be too far-fetched .
The cost in spirit stones was one thing, but the process of setting the formation up was something else altogether . It was much like cooking . Having quality materials available was only one of the prerequisites . Exactly how good the completed meal would be depended on the cook’s skill . The Nine Sparks Petalstorm Formation would certainly test Jiang Chen’s skill to its limit .
Jiang Chen had studied formations in his previous life and was now backed up with the Ancient Crimson Heavens Sect’s heritage in this one . There were no problems with his foundations .
The entire difficulty here lay in the etching of the formation .
The Nine Sparks Petalstorm Formation was one of the Ancient Crimson Heavens Sect’s ten great formations . It occupied a place of prominence within the sect . Sky rank was what a rudimentary projection of the formation looked like . It had a more advanced form called the Hundred Sparks Petalstorm Formation . The latter was one of the keystone formations of the Ancient Crimson Heavens Sect, a true empyrean rank formation .
Jiang Chen did not even dare think about setting that up . At minimum, it would cost three to five times more in spirit stones… as a conservative estimate . A more likely ballpark figure was as many as twenty billion . Even someone as wealthy as Jiang Chen couldn’t shoulder that cost . Therefore, the most he could wish for was to perfect the rudimentary form of the formation .
As long as he did, the formation could handle two or three great emperors without trouble . However, if a gang of great emperors attacked in tandem without pause, then the formation would need a continuous supply of spirit stones as fuel . Ultimately, it would end up a war of attrition . Of course, Jiang Chen would never let that happen .
He had trump cards in his possession that were able to kill great emperors . It was better to not have to use them in the first place, but they were available . Their exceptional value prevented their indiscriminate usage . After all, they were virtually impossible to replace .
It took half a month to construct a basic framework for the formation . Having a framework made the next step simpler . Filling up the formation with spirit energy was phase two . Jiang Chen had no desire to involve anyone else in this process . He could not and would not be replaced . He had to ensure that the formation was absolutely flawless .
The formation was finally finished a month after that . A radius of several dozen miles around the young lord’s abode signified the core defense area . Its outer rings were spread out over a hundred . In a sense, the formation had coverage over half of Sacred Peafowl Mountain .
Jiang Chen did not broadcast the fact that he was setting up a formation to a wider audience . Aside from a few select individuals within his abode, the outside world knew nothing of his activities .
Only after constructing the formation did he invite Emperor Peerless and his wife over . He had some idea of how to deal with Madame Yun’s condition now . The first step was baptism within the waters of his wood spirit spring . Its purifying power was irreplaceable . The wood spirit spring had the dual abilities of purification and recovery . Sharing the same attribute as its namesake, it radiated vitality and vigor .
Madame Yun had never enjoyed waters as pure as these before and found the experience quite delightful . A seven-day soak was sufficient to remove the majority of her old injuries . Of course, the spring could not weed out the root of her problems . Jiang Chen needed another method to accomplish that .
After plenty of consideration, he finally arrived at at a conclusion that he felt was most appropriate for his friend’s wife . There were two vectors of attack to this plan . One of them involved ingesting a pill, and the other utilized potent inner energy in a cleansing effort .
Emperor Peerless was necessary to this end . Jiang Chen’s own inner energy was not yet sufficient to carry out a project as large as what he had in mind . There was no reason for the emperor to decline a request where his partner was the main beneficiary . Under Jiang Chen’s guidance, he took every precaution to protect her from potential harm .
The plan took gradual effect as soon as its execution began . After only half a month of therapy, Madame Yun was largely healed . Even the patient found it incredible . For a long time now, she’d expected her wounds to remain for the rest of her life . She had been prepared for extended suffering . So, her restoration to good health once more in Veluriyam Capital was wholly amazing .
Emperor Peerless’s eyes reddened . “Little brother, my promise holds then as now . If you need me, give me a call any time . My life is yours . ”
Madame Yun’s anguish these past few years had affected him even more adversely than it had her . Blessedly, his cultivation partner had been cured almost overnight . How could he not be excited at that?
After resolving his affairs one by one, Jiang Chen finally had time to refine pills once more . He had so many specimens of Celestial Grass on hand, but there wasn’t a single cauldron of Sage Smile Pills to his name . A strand of grass was good for a dozen or more pills . If he was lucky, he could instead extract several times that amount . This much Celestial Grass was sufficient for more than a thousand . It was an overwhelmingly attractive prospect even for him .
Jiang Chen did not need the pills himself . He couldn’t use them at all . But many close to him could use them very well . The best thing about these pills wasn’t that a sage realm cultivator could gain a free level from one;it was that they had no side effects on their users’ future cultivation whatsoever . That was the most attractive thing about them .
Refinement of the Sage Smile Pills was a piece of cake for Jiang Chen . Chen . The most difficult thing about it, if it could be called that, was getting one’s hands on Celestial Grass in the first place . With that out of the way, the refinement process itself was trivial .
Jiang Chen did not leave a single strand unused . There was no point to doing so . The sole purpose of Celestial Grass was to refine Sage Smile Pills . It had no other meaning for its existence . Keeping it only delayed its moment of destiny . What difference did it make?
One by one, the pills exited the cauldron . At first, Jiang Chen’s methodology was a little imperfect . He was mildly wasteful with the details . Of his initial cauldrons, none produced more than twenty pills . But the more he refined, the better he performed . On the final cauldron, he received a whole three dozen of them .
Summing all the pills up resulted in six to seven hundred . This harvest filled Jiang Chen with confidence . He gave one pill to every member below sage realm of Taiyuan Tower and his young lord’s residence . The slaves bought from the markets who’d demonstrated good performance were included in the mass gifting . Jiang Chen intended for his handout to them as a token of encouragement .
It was completely unheard of for a slave to receive a top rank pill like the Sage Smile Pill as a gift . If the outside world knew about it, countless would curse him for a wasteful dandy . Something like the Sage Smile Pill could easily fetch ten or twenty million saint spirit stones in the open market and often traded for more . Yet, he was such a treasured pill as a reward to his slaves!
Everyone knew that it was an act done to purchase popularity, but people were emotional creatures . Who wouldn’t jump at such a gift? Responding with wholehearted adoration was the least they could do .
Liu Zhen received two Sage Smile Pills . The original agreement had been only one, but Jiang Chen gave him an additional because he deserved it . As the provider of the Celestial Grass in the first place, Liu Zhen had the lion’s share of credit . But Jiang Feng had a part in it too, of course .
Giving away Sage Smile Pills to everyone relevant was the same as leveling up all the sage realm cultivators by one . This essentially improved the young lord’s the young lord’s residence and Taiyuan Tower’s overall strengths by the same amount .
Jiang Chen also delegated to Lin Yanyu the task of delivering three Sage Smile Pills to Emperor Void and Coiling Dragon . Both these great emperors were close friends of Sacred Peafowl Mountain . It was natural to provide one’s friends with some complimentary benefits from time to time .
The cost of Jiang Chen’s present surprised Emperor Void, who reciprocated with a present of his own . Emperor Coiling Dragon knew how able Jiang Chen really was, and accepted without much ceremony .
One day, as Jiang Chen sat in closed door meditation, a stray recollection suddenly popped into his head . With a slap of his leg, he swore silently . He opened his eyes, face full of shame . He’d suddenly recalled a matter that involved a woman .
The former disciple of the Walkabout Sect back in Myriad Domain, present young mistress of the Resplendent Emerald Veranda in the Great Scarlet Mid Region . Wei Xing’er .
At first, Jiang Chen had thought that Wei Xing’er was perfectly happy with her new position . He found out later that she actually had as much authority as a lamp post . The Veranda master had made her the young mistress because he wanted her to become a pure yin human cultivation cauldron . She would be a useful tool for the master’s breakthrough to seventh level emperor realm .
He had discovered this during his expedition into the desolate wildlands to retrieve some Requiem Wood . It had been over three years since then . In the heat of the moment, Jiang Chen felt a bit of embarrassment . He hadn’t promised Wei Xing’er anything, but his ultimate decision had been to return and rescue her . If he did so now, would he make it in time?
Huang’er had been privy to the matter as well, but it had been a long while since then . The removal of her Generation Binding Curse and the subsequent convalescence had led to it being forgotten .
He had been fine in his forgetfulness, but remembrance caused a small shadow to edge into Jiang Chen’s heart . It was best to make a trip to the Great Scarlet Mid Region and take a look for himself . Regal Pill Palace’s reconstruction had taken great strides forward already . A jaunt to the Great Scarlet Mid Region could very possibly result in some news relating to them?