Chapter 217: The Concealing Magic Field
In the thorny forest, walking was not much slower than driving Hummers. Besides, the march was very smooth and they did not run into monsters such as the Hell Soul Devouring Ant. It was about noon time when they arrived at destination marked on the map.
It was at the foot of a mountain. The peak towered into the clouds, surrounded by clouds. It made people feel that the monsters described in “Journey to the West” would come.
“Here we are. Let’s have a rest.”
Hu Xiaoxian said and pulled Qin Haodong to sit down on a clean big stone. Other people also sat down to restore the bodies’ vigor.
Qin Haodong looked at the mountain in front of him. It gave him a feeling of Spiritual Qi’s fluctuation. So the destination seemed to be right here.
Lei Tianrui said to Hu Xiaoxian, “What we are doing this time is carrying out the task of our departments. Now that we have reached our destination, it is not appropriate to take an outsider with us?”
Hu Xiaoxian said, “Who is an outsider? Without Haodong, we would all be dead now. Why can’t we take him with us? Are you afraid that he would rob us?”
“This…” Seeing Hu Xiaoxian insisting, Lei Tianrui finally said, “Well, it’s ok to take him with us, but there are some things I want to tell him first.”
He turned his head to Qin Haodong and said, “I know you have some abilities, but our goal is very special. You can’t just rely on your own abilities. You have to rely on us to get in.”
Qin Haodong just smiled and said nothing more.
Lei Tianrui continued to say, “Because of this, no matter what kind of treasures we will find, you must let us select them first.”
“But you can rest assured that, according to the information we have, the treasures here are enormous, and you will be benefited a lot at that time too.”
Qin Haodong said, “I understand you. You mean we should distribute what we will find according to one’s ability and contribution. Am I right?”
“You’re right. It’s fairest to distribute treasures according to our abilities!”
Lei Tianrui nodded as he spoke. He was very satisfied with Qin Haodong’s attitude.
After a pause, he added. “In fact, you don’t have to feel aggrieved. Although your medical skills are very good, now they’re useless at all. You need the help of our special abilities.”
“In this mission in Shennongjia, all members were carefully selected. Xiaoxian and I are masters in the realm of Covert Power. Zhao Qiankun is master of formation. Wang Yuancheng is an animal tamer. Xie Zidan is proficient in machines and traps. Dong Sihai is a jungle expert.”
“For example, at present, the door of the treasure has been concealed by the formation. Ordinary people could not see where the gate is. If they want to enter the gate, they must rely on the ability of Zhao Qiankun.”
Qin Haodong looked at Zhao Qiankun and said, “So, he knows formations?”
“It’s more than understanding!” Since they were talking about the formation, Zhao Qiankun could keep his back straight. He was disgraced in front of Qin Haodong again and again along the way. Now he could be bold and elated.
“Our Zhao family is a family holding high official positions for generations in formation. I began to learn it from the age of three. At the age of 10, I had a Small Completion. When I am 20, I became a master of formation and unprecedented genius. There is no formation that I can’t crack.”
After he finished his boast, he saw that Qin Haodong did not show his reaction. He thought Qin Haodong did not understand the formation. He said, “No wonder you don’t understand it. Ordinary people can’t meet the magic field once in their lifetime. Today I’ll give you a brief introduction to the formation.
“Generally speaking, there are four kinds of formations: Concealing Magic Field, Phantom Magic Field, Trap Magic Field and killing formation. This is a Concealing Magic Field in front of us. There must be other formations behind it. The reason why this treasure has not been excavated is that it is protected by the Concealing Magic Field.”
Dong Sihai said, “Formation is really amazing. The gate is right in front of us, but we can’t see anything. It seems that we will rely on you this time, Qiankun.”
He had the best relationship with Zhao Qiankun. After that, he cast a provocative glance at Qin Haodong and said to himself, “Aren’t you skillful? You can beat the Devilish Five, you have the Huangquan Grass leaves that can restrain the Hell Soul Devouring Ant. But so what? Since you want to get in now, you need rely on my brother.”
Qin Haodong smiled and said, “In this case, I’ll wait to see the means of the talent of formation.”
“No problem. You’ll see,” Zhao Qiankun said. Then he came to the foot of the mountain with great pride and began to investigate the Concealing Magic Field in front of him. Others did not understand the formation and were curious to watch him.
After an hour, Zhao Qiankun had wandered at the foot of the mountain for more than a dozen times. His proud expression began to disappear. On the contrary, sweat appeared on his forehead.
“Papa, it’s too slow. I am so boring!”
The little fellow was very puzzled and bored by Zhao Qiankun’s walking behavior.
Qin Haodong said, “My daughter can’t wait anymore. Genius of the formation, when can we see the gate?”
Zhao Qiankun said sadly, “What do you know? This one is an Upper Level formation of Human Scale, which can’t be crack casually.”
Lei Tianrui asked, “Is this Upper Level formation of Human Scale very powerful?”
Zhao Qiankun said, “The formation also has rank, which is equivalent to the rank of the warrior. From high to low, it can be divided into the formation of the Heaven Scale, the formation of the Earth Scale and the formation of Human Scale. Each scale of the formation has upper, middle and lower levels. The lower level is the least powerful one and it’s easy to crack it, while the upper one is the most difficult.”
Lei Tianrui nodded and said, “Oh! Well, it’s so difficult. No wonder its so hard for you to crack it! ”
Qin Haodong laughed and said, “This is a formation of Human Scale. Shouldn’t it be the simplest one? You’re also a genius. How can you be so strenuous to crack it?”
“What do you know?” Zhao Qiankun seemed to be greatly insulted. He cried, “Every formation is a special magnetic field which is made according to the terrain, rivers, mountains and even stars. So that it can create the special attributes of Concealing Magic Field, Phantom Magic Field, Trap Magic Field and killing formation. Every formation is made with great wisdom. How can it be cracked so easily?”
“Oh!” Qin Haodong answered, as if he had a sudden enlightenment, and then asked, “Just tell us how long will it take?”
Zhao Qiankun said, “It requires countless efforts, many attempts, as well as the help of a compass to fix the position and to integrally observe. Sometimes even consulting ancient books is needed. If you are not careful, you will be trapped by the formation and not know what will happen…”
“Stop it.” Qin Haodong quickly raised his hand and stopped Zhao Qiankun, saying, “Just tell us how long it will take. If it takes too long, I’ll go to sleep first.”
“What’s your attitude?” Zhao Qiankun said indignantly, “the level of this formation is too high and it is very complicated. I need to use the compass to calculate carefully. It will take several hours at least.”
“Well. Go ahead with what you are doing,” Qin Haodong said. Then he sat down with Hu Xiaoxian and the little fellow on a stone.
“Papa, what are we going to do?” The little fellow said.
“That guy is too dumb. It will take a long time to find the gate. Shall we play poker together?”
Qin Haodong said. Then he got a deck of cards from his backpack.
“OK! OK! I like to play cards best.”
The little fellow cried out happily. Then they really sat down and played poker.
Zhao Qiankun was mad. Although his cultivation was not at a high level, he was always praised as a little genius of formation. It was the first time he was ignored like this. “What did he mean by saying that ‘That guy is too dumb. It will take a long time to find the gate’? This is an Upper Level formation of the Earth Scale.”
Lei Tianrui said, “Don’t care about him. He doesn’t know anything about formation. Hurry up and crack it. Let’s try to get in before dark.”
Zhao Qiankun glared at Qin Haodong indignantly, then took out a formation board from his packet and began to calculate carefully.
As the time went by, Qin Haodong took food from his magical backpack to have lunch. Dong Sihai and Wang Yuancheng also went to the neighborhood to shoot some wild animals.
After lunch, everyone rested. Zhao Qiankun continued to work alone. But as the sunset approached, the light around him grew darker and darker. He still did not find any clue.
“I’m out.” In their poker game, the loser should put a straw in his head. Qin Haodong didn’t do his best in order to make the two beautiful women happy. Now he looked like a straw man. But Zhao Qiankun still didn’t crack the formation.
He took the straws off his head and went to Zhao Qiankun and said, “Can you do it?”
The whole afternoon passed, Zhao Qiankun was weary and dejected. He said, “I doubt it’s not a formation of Human Scale of Upper Level, but a Lower Level formation of the Earth Scale.”
Qin Haodong said impatiently, “Don’t talk nonsense. Just tell us can you crack it?”
“I… I can’t!”
Zhao Qiankun did not want to show weakness in his field of expertise, but there was no way out. The level of this formation was too high, and he could not crack it with his ability.
Qin Haodong put his hand over his head and said with regret, “Well… Youve kept us waiting for the whole afternoon, and you tell us that you can’t crack it.”
“Don’t complain about him. Maybe it’s too difficult,” Hu Xiaoxian said. Then she said to Zhao Qiankun, “What can we do now?”
Zhao Qiankun said embarrassingly, “There is no other way. I can’t crack the formation of the Earth Scale. We can only invite the elder from my family.”
“How… How can this be done?”
Hu Xiaoxian also became depressed. After walking so many days, they finally arrived at their destination. Now they had no access to it.
Nowadays, there was no signal on the mobile phone. If they wanted reinforcements, they could only make phone calls by going back the death zone. Nobody knew what danger they might meet if they went back. Nobody knew if they would encounter something like the Hell Soul Devouring Ant again.
Qin Haodong said discontentedly, “Didn’t you start to learn the formation when you were three years old? Didn’t you say that when you were 10 years old, you have a Small Completion; when you were 20 years old, you became a master of formation in your family? Isn’t there an unbreakable formation as long as you’re here? How can’t you even solve this problem?”
He had already found that the Concealing Magic Field in front of them was an Upper Level formation of the Earth Scale. But it was a bit complex. He thought that Zhao Qiankun would definitely crack it, but it might take a little longer. He did not expect that this incompetent guy was beyond his imagination.
“This…” Zhao Qiankun felt embarrassed. But it had nothing to do with others. He just boasted too much. He boasted that he was a genius of formation, and now he was ashamed.
“You don’t know the formation, don’t talk nonsense. It’s not my fault at all. It’s because the level of this formation is too high. It’s far beyond our expectation.”
Dong Sihai said, “Yes. Since you can’t do it yourself, don’t blame others.”
Hu Xiaoxian said, “What are you talking about? Haodong is a doctor. Wouldn’t it be difficult for him if you let him do that?”