Chapter 202: Rise to Fame
Being a blacksmith for the past one month, Zhou Kui’s muscles had turned bronze in color by the heat. His sweat made him look shiny.
After making more than a thousand strikes in one breath, Zhou Kui finally took a break to regulate his breathing.
The other people in the smithy also stopped. They took this time to wipe their sweat and drink some water, or eat a beast relic.
After all, forging metal was extremely tiring.
“Damn, I finally forged a good piece of metal.”
Zhou Kui looked at the hot-red metal on the anvil with glee.
“Ha, Brother Kui, you are getting better at using the Hurricane Hammer skill!”
A member from the Xuanwu Army said with a laugh.
“I guess so.”
Zhou Kui shook his head. This Hurricane Hammer skill was a hammer skill provided by the blacksmith job for free. It did not have any attacking power, but using it on metal would allow a cultivator to have perfect control of every inch of his body, giving it the best effect for training.
Although this hammer skill was free, Zhou Kui knew that if he were to completely cultivate it, it would be extremely terrifying.
18,000 years ago, there was a man who used this Hurricane Hammer skill to break the record of the blacksmith job.
In sixty days, he had forged all sorts of steel, good metals that totaled 48,000 dragon scale runes!
What was the concept of 48,000 dragon scale runes? Zhou Kui did not know in the beginning. When he first came to the blacksmith office, he was full of ambition. He felt that even if he couldn’t break the record, he would still be outstanding. That person may have obtained 48,000, but it wouldn’t be difficult for Zhou Kui himself to make about 20,000-30,000 dragon scale runes.
The result over the next few days dumbfounded Zhou Kui!
In the first three days, Zhou Kui used all his strength, and never made more than 25 dragon scale runes a day!
From the fourth day, Zhou Kui finally managed to somewhat master the Hurricane Hammer skill, and his daily income went above 30 dragon scale runes. Following that, his income hovered around 40-50.
Zhou Kui’s best daily earnings to date was only 52 dragon scale runes.
But that person who left the record?
To obtain 48,000 dragon scale runes in two months, that was an average of 800 dragon scale runes a day!
Zhou Kui wanted to cry. He had given his all to earn dragon scale runes, but the most he ever made was less than a tenth of that person. How could this be possible?
“Brother Kui, are you thinking about that guy’s record? I’d say that the guy has some desolate beast bloodline and is not a normal person. If not, the standards 18,000 years ago were different from how it is now. It must have been easier to earnings dragon scale runes back then! To earn 48,000 dragon scale runes in sixty days, I cannot believe it!”
A Xuanwu Army member said stubbornly.
But at this time, not far away, a young blacksmith who was also resting interjected, “You are belittling the world’s heroes! Just a few days ago, someone in the Tai Ah Divine City managed to earn 10,000 dragon scale runes in a month by picking herbs. He even obtained glory points! For someone to forge metal for two months 18,000 years ago, earning 48,000 dragon scale runes isn’t impossible.”
This youth’s words stunned Zhou Kui and company, but someone laughed, “How could picking herbs make 10,000 dragon scale runes in a month. Don’t speak bullsh*t.”
Zhou Kui and company could not believe, but the youth disdainfully said, “You guys don’t know about the matter yet? I heard it from several expert friends who permanently live in the central divine tower. It’s 100% true! The cultivator could get such a high reward from picking herbs because he picked a primordial herb! He was even specifically summoned by the Divine City’s Elder!”
“Picked a primordial herb?” Zhou Kui gave a “stop teasing me” look. “Your joke is pointless! To think you even said a primordial herb. Is that something people like us can pick? To think you even said the Divine City’s Elder summoned him. The Elder is a sage, is a sage someone we can come into contact with… EH!?”
When Zhou Kui reached that point in his sentence, his voice abruptly got cut off, as he began to experience shock..
He looked at his boys, but saw his boys looking at him with odd looks.
In fact, among them, Zhou Kui was the last one who came to the conclusion.
He swallowed mouthfuls of saliva and looked at the youth who was speaking from before. Zhou Kui stammered, “You… said previously… that… that he was summoned by the Elder?”
“Yes, it happened yesterday! A friend in the central divine tower told me himself. How could it be wrong?” The youth said lightly.
Zhou Kui and company stared. Picking herbs, summoned by the Elder…
Of course, they had guessed who the person who picked the primordial herb was.
“It can’t be! Yi Yun, he… he actually picked a primordial herb!?”
“What a joke!”
Zhou Kui and his boys had intense reactions. One of the boys even jumped up as high as three feet from a stone bench.
They had previously seen the law-enforcers bring Yi Yun to see the Elder, but they had no idea what the reason was.
Today, they finally knew that it was because he had picked a primordial herb.
But.. How was that possible!?
How could a Purple Blood realm warrior manage to pick a herb of that level?
“Oh? That young guy is called Yi Yun?” At this time, another young blacksmith stood up, “You guys know him?”
“Uh?” Seeing this young man suddenly stand up, Zhou Kui stumbled. This youth had left a deep impression on him.
This person was not very tall and looked thin. But he made more than a hundred dragon scale runes a day by striking metal!
Of course, he was not a rookie. He had been in the Divine wilderness campgrounds for a year. He was in his second year of military service.
As a recruit in his first year, Zhou Kui was awed by these veteran soldiers.
This was due to their strength.
“Let me introduce myself. I’m Ah Jun. Our Hongdao Association’s President is very interested after hearing about this youth. He wants to pull him into the association.”
Zhou Kui had heard of this small association.
Many of the people in the smithy were from the Hongdao Association!
The Hongdao Association’s President was named Li Hong. His ranking on the Heaven ranking was 1030 and his Earth ranking was 1100.
This ranking may sound bad, but Li Hong had just entered the Divine wilderness camp last year.
Adding the previous month, Li Hong had been in the Divine wilderness camp for 13 months. To be ranked 1030 made him terrifying!
After all, it was extremely rare for someone to enter the top 1000 ranks in a year. This extraordinary genius was sufficient to alarm the Divine Kingdom’s various super factions.
Li Hong was just a step shy from this.
Li Hong was very ambitious. By setting up the Hongdao Association, he only took in people who had been in the Divine wilderness camp for less than a year.
The Hongdao Association was not strong yet. However, through the passage of time, by the time Li Hong had spent 3-4 years cultivating in the Tai Ah Divine City, they would become veteran cultivators. As such, this association would end up being one of the strongest associations in the Tai Ah Divine City!
Currently, many of the best first and second year recruits had been absorbed into the Hongdao Association.
It was unexpected that they had Yi Yun in their radar.
Zhou Kui did not feel happy about it. He had been forging metal with these Hongdao Association people for a month, but they had never even looked him in the eye.
And they had finally spoken to him, but it was because they were looking for Yi Yun!
Zhou Kui was pissed, but he did not dare to antagonize the Hongdao Association. If he were to offend an association that would end up being a large one in four years time, his life in the Tai Ah Divine City would become very unpleasant.
“Alright… He picks herbs in the day. He should be back home at night. I know where he stays…”
Zhou Kui grudgingly said. He felt as if he had swallowed a fly.
It was really exasperating comparing.
The youth named Ah Jun smiled. Not only was their Hongdao Association looking for Yi Yun to be a member, they had some other important matters to discuss with him.
In the evening, the Sun began setting in the west. The majestic Tai Ah Divine City reflected the sunset and was covered in a layer of red and gold.
In the Tai Ah Divine City’s low-class dining hall, cultivators were scurrying in from all directions to receive their meals.
The Tai Ah Divine City provided delicious food and it was filling because of the desolate beast meat.
The cultivators in the Tai Ah Divine City who went out on expeditions would return daily from the Divine wilderness, bringing the desolate beasts they hunted to exchange for dragon scale runes. The most precious materials and bones were taken away for processing, while the worthless meat was distributed as food.
In the Cloud Wilderness tribes, where desolate beast meat was rare, it was high grade food. In the Tai Ah Divine city however, it was the lowest grade of food.
The cook house in the Tai Ah Divine City had a very special pot for cooking their desolate beast meat. This pot was a treasure and was called the Tai He Precious Cauldron!
The head chef who operated the Tai He Precious Cauldron was a human lord who was seldom seen, but had an extreme love for delicacies.
This Tai He Precious Cauldron was the human lord’s precious treasure.
The Tai He Precious Cauldron had a world within it. It could hold a small mountain worth of food. Even if normal pork, beef or mutton were thrown in, the head chef could use the Tai He Precious Cauldron to cook an extremely tasty meal. It was imbued with Heaven Earth Yuan Qi. It could prolong the lives of ordinary people if they ate it often.
It goes without saying that the ingredients used by the Tai Ah Divine City was not pork, beef or mutton, but desolate beast meat. So even the low-class food was not at all inferior!
The first time Yi Yun came to the Tai Ah Divine City’s cook house, he had enjoyed his meal.
Although at this stage, he could just absorb bone relics to replace his meals, Yi Yun would still come to the cook house from time to time to tuck into the food.
Eating fierce beast relics daily made him crave something substantial.
Since he learned the Elephant Swallowing Technique, Yi Yun’s appetite was unusually good. He could eat a big plate of desolate beast meat, a few plates of spiritual vegetables and finishing it off with a bowl of animal bone soup. It was very pleasant.
Today, Yi Yun returned to his residence early, so he did not miss the opportunity to have a feast.
As Yi Yun was biting into a big piece of meat, he saw a group of people enter the cook house from the corner of his eyes.
This group of people were clearly not here to eat. Upon entering the cook house, they searched all over, and very quickly they found their target. They walked over to Yi Yun with a smile.
“Huh? They were looking for me?”
Yi Yun was slightly stunned as he carried on biting into the meat. He noticed that the person leading the group of people was Zhou Kui.
Zhou Kui was behind a youth that was mildly plump, as if he was afraid of this youth.
The plump youth was fair and had curly hair. In his arms, was a young lady. This young lady seemed like a cultivator of the Divine wilderness camp.
“Oh? He is Yi Yun?” The plump youth asked Zhou Kui.
Zhou Kui nodded, “Yes, that is the person you are looking for!”