Chapter 658: Origin Energy of the Metal Spirit
Huang Tianba walked up to Jian Chen with a curious look on his face, “Brother Jian Chen, what’s wrong? Is there some history between you and that Bi Hai? If he has some grievances with you, then rest assured, I’ll help you fight him. Although we’re of equal strengths, he has no Ruler Armament. There’s no way he would be a match for me, and against the two of us, there should be no concern.”
Jian Chen shook his head, but no words came from his mouth. The very thought of Bi Hai’s identity had caused his mind to be temporarily knocked for a loop. He was excited, but also nervous.
Just then, a calm voice suddenly pulled Jian Chen out of his deep thoughts.
Following the source of the voice, Jian Chen looked to Tian Jian’s twinkling eyes. Discarding his thoughts, he cupped his hands, “Thank you senior for your assistance today. If not for you, I, Jian Chen, surely would’ve lost the tungsten alloy.”
“Jian Chen, tungsten alloy deposits are extremely rare on the Tian Yuan Continent. The fact that you found one is thanks to your good fortune. From a cursory glance, I found that there is Origin Essence—a strange miracle of the world—at the very center of the vein. It’s something that could help a Saint Ruler at the Ninth Heavenly Layer breakthrough to become a Saint King.” Tian Jian remarked.
“What? This Origin Essence could help a Saint Ruler breakthrough to become a Saint King?” Huang Tianba asked in disbelief.
He wasn’t the only one surprised. Jian Chen, Nubis, and Jiede Tai were all surprised as well. Normally, the three of them would be stoic beyond all else, but this information was more than enough to shock them.
The Origin Essence hidden within the tungsten alloy was enough to help a Saint Ruler make the breakthrough to become a Saint King. A godly item like that is so desirable some Saint Ruler’s would start to froth at the mouth for it. Absolutely no one would be able to remain their usual calm when hearing this news, a Saint King would not be an exception.
“If that’s the case, then wouldn’t even more people start to pay attention to the tungsten alloy? If these ancient families were so willing to come forward and take it, then I’m sure they’ll stoop to having someone act in the darkness.” Jiede Tai asked in concern.
This was a thought that didn’t quite occur to Jian Chen. Straight away, his relaxed demeanor tensed up once again.
Tian Jian only laughed at the change. “Jian Chen, there’s no need for you to worry. Tungsten alloy is already a very hard material to begin with, and this Origin Essence has bolstered the tungsten alloy to the highest quality. Compared to regular grade of tungsten alloy, this stuff is a hundred times stronger, and with the tungsten alloy’s peculiar ability to dissipate energy, breaking it open would be a very hard task. I’d be unable to break open the tungsten alloy that protects the Origin Essence with my meager abilities. With that, you should not be concerned about anyone trying to do so under your nose.”
The three men and beast let out a sigh in relief having heard that. Even the greed in their hearts was diminished; if the grand elder of Mercenary City was unable to break through the tungsten alloy to get to the Origin Essence, then who else in the continent would be able to?
In their minds, the Origin Essence was already a treasure that absolutely nobody could claim.
After sighing in relief, Jian Chen’s eyebrows suddenly knit together, “If senior is unable to break open the tungsten alloy, wouldn’t that mean I’m guarding a treasure I can only look at, but not use?”
“Jian Chen, with your talents, becoming a Saint King won’t be a challenge. It’s best not to dwell on such matters and focus on your cultivation.” Tian Jian spoke.
“Yes, senior!” Jian Chen replied obediently like a student replying dutifully to their teacher’s teachings. Now that this matter was done and settled with, the Origin Essence, or whatever, was nothing more than an item that would be hard to get.
“Master… master! This is the Origin Force from the Metal Spirit of the five elements! Excellent! I never thought that we’d find the Origin Force of one the five elemental spirits here. This is a spirit of the world, an unbelievably rare encounter!” The voice of Ziying suddenly made itself known.
“Aiyah, it really is the Origin Energy of the Metal Spirit. And here Qingsuo thought that this world wouldn’t have the presence of Metal or Wood Spirits, but here it is now.” The singsong voice of Qingsuo made itself known as well.
Jian Chen’s expression went askew at the two spirits voices, but he recollected himself quickly to ask, “Ziying, Qingsuo, are you saying that the Origin Essence that is hidden within the tungsten alloy is the Origin Energy of the Metal Spirit?”
“Yes, master. It really is the energy of the Metal Spirit. We are sure it’s the presence of one of the five elementals.” Ziying replied excitedly.
“Master, the energy down below might be quite weak, but it still holds a considerable amount of power. If master can absorb it, the Chaotic Body will increase in strength again.” Ziying spoke.
Jian Chen was moved by this suggestion, but the very thought of the extremely strong tungsten alloy that was protecting the Origin Essence left him with a headache. “Ziying, Qingsuo, the tungsten alloy is guarding the Origin Essence. How would I take it?”
Ziying and Qingsuo quietened down as to think. Before long, Ziying replied first in vexation, “Because of the influence of the Metal Spirit’s Origin Energy, the surrounding rock has become extremely metallic in nature. With master’s current strength, breaking through this layer to get to the Origin Energy is all but impossible.”
“Master, you just need to wait for the Azulet swords to be forged to retrieve the Metal Spirit’s Origin Energy.” Qingsuo spoke.
“Again the Azulet swords!” Even just the mention of the swords caused a sharp headache for Jian Chen. It was an ardent wish for him to hurry up and forge the Azulet swords, but forging the swords was beyond his reach because of how difficult the materials were to get and because he lacked the power to do so.
“Forget it, it’s not as if the Origin energy will be running away from here in any case, and no other person should be able to take it. I’ll let this matter be.” Jian Chen thought to himself.
“Jian Chen, since the matters here have been taken care of, I’ll be taking my leave.” Tian Jian’s calm voice broke through Jian Chen’s thoughts.
“Senior, since you came all the way here, why not come in and have a drink of tea? It’d be an honor for this junior to act as host.” Jian Chen asked. Inviting the grand elder of Mercenary City in for a drink would make the Flame Mercenaries’ standing skyrocket.
Tian Jian smiled, “There’s no need. I’ve done what I promised today. I may not have helped you with your enemies, but with your strength, you’ve more than enough power to deal with them. Whatever’s left for you to do will be up to you.”
“Then thank you senior for your assistance. With this, the ones helping the Saint Ruler from the Sect of Dragon and Tiger will think twice now. Presumably, the Hongfu clan will find their bonds with the Yan family broken, leaving the Sect of Dragon and Tiger alone with the Honfu clan. That should be a small enough power for us to deal with.” Huang Tianba spoke.