Chapter 11: Rapid Improvement
“There are ten stages in the Martial Dao. Each stage can increase the strength of a cultivator by 100 jin. A casual punch of mine has a strength of 600 – 700 jin. In addition to the boost from the Level 2 Martial Arts Back Connecting Fist, I should be able to kill a Demon Beast at third level or below with one punch!” Ye Xuan said as he prepared to leave.
The Green-Haired Pig had nothing of value. The entire corpse was worth no more than ten silver taels.
However, at this time, Ye Xuan’s footsteps suddenly stopped and slowly, he muttered, “The Devouring System can devour everything… Can this Demon Beast’s corpse also be devoured?”
Ye Xuan turned back around, squatted down, and opened his mouth, ready to swallow.
Sure enough, the Green-Haired Pig’s body began to shrivel up as it was being devoured by him.
“Oh? I can devour and reap benefits from its Qi Energy. Haha! Then… wouldn’t I be able to level up if I were to kill Demon Beasts crazily?” Ye Xuan was overjoyed. This was another way for him to level up.
However, this Green-Haired Pig’s level was too low, so the Devouring System said nothing, causing Ye Xuan to be unable to calculate whether this corpse could be sold for money or he devours it directly. He did not know which one would be more cost-effective.
However, direct devourment of the Demon Beast seemed more convenient.
“Sigh… Devouring anything with my mouth is still quite shocking. If someone were to see me do this, I’m afraid that they’d treat me as a monster and kill me from the get-go. It would be for the best that I earn more Devouring Points… That way… I can use my hands to devour in the future.”
Ye Xuan shook his head and then continued on his way.
Along the way, he checked the Devouring System and found many good things.
In addition to the cultivation techniques of this world, there were also some other things such as magic available. However, these abilities required a specific bloodline like a mage’s bloodline.
Ye Xuan shook his head and forgot such thoughts. After all, this was just a fantasy world he found himself in. He had time.
He walked further inside, killing and Demon Beasts he encountered.
“Level 3 Demon Beast Black Striped Panther, receive my punch!”
“Level 2, Demon Beast Sharp Fang Wolf, receive my punch too!”
“Rank 3 Demon Beast Mighty Ox…”
Ye Xuan’s whole body began trembling. Every time he killed a Demon Beast, his strength would increase bit by bit. This was similar to killing monsters to level up in a game.
However, the Devouring System was not omnipotent.
That golden ball had become his dantian, so his Qi Energy was not unlimited. He’d still have to sit down and recover his Qi Energy.
In less than a day, Ye Xuan killed his way to the Sixth Cloud Mountain Range. There were quite a few Level 4 and 4 Demon Beasts which made his leveling speed faster.
“At this rate, I should be able to break through the fifth middle stage of the Martial Dao within three days.” Ye Xuan thought.
Previously, he estimated that it’d take him 500,000 silver taels to level up, but now, in this Eighteen Cloud Mountain Range, he only needed four days to earn around 100,000 silver taels a day.
Of course, this was comparing the Demon Beasts he killed to currency.
If it came to earning money, he’d make less than 10,000 silver taels. After all, most cultivators kept parts of a Demon Beasts and there was a limited amount they could carry.
Not many had bags with them. When the amount of Demon Beasts they killed brimmed with fullness, they’d have to go back and sell their bags. It’d take a long time. Therefore, money was still relatively hard to earn.
For Ye Xuan, however, his Devouring System was quite convenient.
At this time, Ye Xuan rested on a tree. He looked at the good stuff inside the Devouring System to satisfy his cravings, then, a slight rustle in the wind attracted his attention.
Ye Xuan immediately sat up. His right hand held onto the low-rank mortal sword while listening in carefully.
The forest at night was quite dangerous. Most people spent the night on trees, rarely moving about in the woods. Furthermore, Ye Xuan could also hear that the commotion seemed to be caused by the Demon Beast.
A voice came from not too far away.
Ye Xuan frowned and turned to look, but because it was too dark, he could not tell what Demon Beast it was.
The sound was getting closer and closer. The Demon Beast was moving towards Ye Xuan’s direction. However, the moment it appeared before Ye Xuan, it also caused the latter’s body to tremble.
“Oh my god, it’s a huge python!”
Ye Xuan saw clearly what kind of Demon Beast it was. It was a three-meter-long python, its body thicker than Ye Xuan’s thigh.
“This Demon Beast is the White Scaled Python. When it matures, it will become a Level 4 Demon Beast.”
Ye Xuan was in the fifth stage of the Martial Dao and his martial arts were at a high level. Dealing with the White Scaled Python should pose no problem.
The White Scaled Python didn’t seem to notice Ye Xuan as it directly swept past him.
“This is the first Rank 4 Demon Beast I’ve ever encountered. After killing it, devouring it would probably increase my strength by quite a bit. Time to hunt!”
Ye Xuan tightly gripped the sword’s hilt and abruptly pulled out his sword. He then directly leaped out and slashed at the White Scaled Python’s body.
Although he had not learned any sword techniques, killing the White Scaled Python under the circumstances of his low-level cultivation was not a problem.
However, what Ye Xuan did not expect was that when his treasured sword cut into the White Scaled Python’s scales, it let out a crisp sound.
Its defense was quite formidable!
Ye Xuan was shocked, could it be that he had recognized the wrong Demon Beast?
“Impossible, I can definitely break it with my full strength…” Ye Xuan did not dare believe it. However, when he looked carefully, he realized that the White Scaled Python’s scales had a kind of black luster to them. Because he was on a tree just now, he did not notice it.
After being attacked, the White Scaled Python immediately turned around and opened its bloody mouth to bite towards Ye Xuan’s neck.
“Boxing Fist Art, Rushing Bull!”
Ye Xuan’s left hand formed a fist and punched the White Scaled Python’s jaw, forcing it to retreat. At the same time, he once again slashed out with his sword at the original location.
The second sword strike still wasn’t able to break through the White Scaled Python’s defense.
“This is too strange. This is no ordinary White Scaled Python.” Ye Xuan was suspicious.
At this moment, he struck out again. This time, it was a stab.
The sword stabbed into the scales of the White Scaled Python. A crisp sound rang out; it had broken through its defense!
“As long as I can break through your defense, I can kill you!” Ye Xuan was overjoyed.
This White Scaled Python was not very strong, only that its scales were very hard. However, it was fortunate that Ye Xuan had a low ranked conventional weapon in his hand that could attack the White Scaled Python.
Otherwise, he would have to punch the python with his bare hands.
After a few exchanges, the White Scaled Python was pierced by Ye Xuan to the point that it was bleeding profusely. In the next moment, it fled in panic.
“You want to leave? It won’t be that easy!” Ye Xuan chased after the giant python, but he did not dare make too much noise. After all, some of the Demon Beast were active at night and were he to run into one, it would be quite troublesome.