Ludwig couldn’t help but wonder, “If so many people in Mystic Harmony Sect don’t know how to use this medicinal cauldron, why is it considered the treasure of the sect?”
Pondering this question, he turned to Master Vail and asked, “What distinguishes your medicine cauldron from the ordinary pots that people use to cook medicine? I mean, sure, it looks impressive and all, being made of bronze and all that. But does it hold any cultural value or significance? There aren’t even any engravings on it. Even if it’s old, it wouldn’t fetch a high price. So why do you still treat it as a treasure? Is there some secret about it that outsiders don’t know?”
Master Vail hesitated for a moment before speaking.
Edgar knew he shouldn’t reveal the secret that wasn’t passed on by his teacher, but then he thought to himself, “What’s the harm in telling this guy? The cauldron is already gone, and I might even get some benefits from him.”
With that thought, he blurted out, “Master Wade, the magic of this medicine cauldron isn’t in its appearance or in the way it’s used to cook medicine. It’s in the fact that if you boil the same medicinal ingredients in the same amount of water in this cauldron, the resulting elixir will have a stronger medicinal effect compared to if you use any other vessel!”
Ludwig was intrigued by Master Vail’s revelation.
“So, slow-cooking medicine in this cauldron makes it more potent?” he asked.
Master Vail nodded eagerly. “Indeed, it is quite miraculous. Whether you’re making a decoction or an elixir, this cauldron will amplify the medicinal properties of the ingredients.”
Edgar continued, “Imagine I prescribe a remedy that nourishes both yin and yang, and restores a man’s vitality. If cooked in an ordinary cauldron, it might take three days and nine doses for the effects to show. But in this cauldron, only six doses in two days will yield the same results.”
As Master Vail spoke with enthusiasm, Ludwig could see the excitement in his eyes.
Edgar explained, “This is not the most important thing, the most important thing is that the nature of this medicine will also undergo a qualitative change.”
Master Vail then gave an example, “Let’s take those rich men in their seventies and eighties as an example. If the same prescription is not brewed with this medicinal cauldron, even if he drinks it for a month, he can at most be able to sing every night, but the quality of it is not good…”
“That is to say, the speed of regaining his glory, he can only reach 60 points, which is barely a pass, however, if he drinks the medicine brewed from this medicine cauldron, he will not only be able to sing every night, but he will regain his glory. At that level, it can reach 70 points or even 75 points! This is very powerful! It not only concentrates the effect of the medicine but also sublimates it.”
Xyla couldn’t help but listen to Master Vail’s enthusiastic explanation.
Despite feeling embarrassed, she couldn’t help but speak her mind, “Bah! You are an obscene monk! How dare you speak so disrespectfully!”
Her face turned red with anger and embarrassment.
Master Vail was taken aback by Xyla’s outburst and quickly tried to clarify. “No, no, Xyla, I didn’t mean it that way. I was just making an analogy.”
Ludwig couldn’t help but think deeply as he listened to Master Vail’s explanation.
Edgar knew that people like Vail were only interested in using their skills to cater to the rich and powerful. They would do anything to make a quick buck, just like the preachers who were eager to please the wealthy.
This Master Vail, being a Taoist disciple, must have been in contact with wealthy nobles who sought to regain their youth, health, and strength. And he was an expert who could meet their needs to a certain extent.
Ludwig knew that Vail must have some means in this regard, but he didn’t care about that.
What he was interested in was the medicine cauldron’s ability to improve the medicinal properties of the herbs cooked in it using a slow fire. It was not only due to its internal formation, but also its special material.
Ludwig realized that if he used his reiki to refine medicine in the cauldron, he could potentially obtain a double blessing of materials and formations. This would be a huge breakthrough for his cultivation and could bring him one step closer to his ultimate goal of reaching the pinnacle of the martial world.
Ludwig’s curiosity was piqued even further. Edgar couldn’t help but wonder what kind of clients Master Vail catered to and what kind of services he provided.
“What sort of things do you do for these powerful people?” he asked, intrigued.
Master Vail’s response was straightforward. “I offer a range of services, Master Wade,” he said. “I provide healing for the sick and injured, strength and vitality for the weak, guidance for those seeking self-cultivation, knowledge of feng shui secrets, fortune-telling, and dream interpretation…”
“And, of course, with the help of this medicinal cauldron and the prescriptions left by the Masters of Mystic Harmony Sect, I can provide medicines that are renowned in the circles of the wealthy and influential. Over time, my reputation has grown, and some even call me a Celestial Master.”
Ludwig’s curiosity was piqued. Edgar leaned forward and asked, “Master Vail, I heard that you have connections with the Evans Family in the United States?”
Without a moment’s hesitation, Master Vail responded, “Yes, I do. The Lady of the Evans Family began her conversion to Taoism about 20 years ago, thanks to a referral from one of my clients. Over time, she became a devout Buddhist of the Mystic Harmony Sect. She frequently preaches for her deceased daughter and son-in-law, and often seeks my help with divination. It seems as though she is hoping to find her missing grandson.”
Ludwig was taken aback by Master Vail’s response, feeling a twinge of emotion stirring within him.
Edgar couldn’t resist asking, “What about the divination you did for her?”
Master Vail shifted uncomfortably, his tone awkward. “I have some proficiency in divination, but for some reason, when I tried to divine the whereabouts of her grandson using his name and birth date, I couldn’t make sense of it…”
Upon hearing Master Vail’s confession, Ludwig couldn’t help but shake his head in disbelief. Even Orion Exeor, who had devoted his life to studying Feng Shui secrets, couldn’t crack this code.
How could Master Vail, a Taoist with only limited knowledge of divination, possibly succeed where others had failed?
But from Ludwig’s objective point of view, Master Vail was undoubtedly a true Master.
Edgar had spent years learning Taoism, managing it, and honing his martial arts skills. And yet, despite these numerous pursuits, he had also managed to master various medical techniques and divination skills. It was a testament to his incredible intelligence and natural talent.
Ludwig realized that if Master Vail had pursued any other martial art, he might never have reached the lofty heights of an eight-star martial artist, no matter how hard he tried.
Master Vail was quick to respond to Ludwig’s question about the Evans Family. Edgar thought that Ludwig might be interested in making friends with them, given that Stefanie had taken the elixir he had given her to save one of their family members.
With a courteous tone, he said, “Master Wade, Mrs. Evans contacted me a few days ago and mentioned that she will be visiting Aurous Hill soon. If you’re interested in getting to know the Evans Family, I can help you get started.”
Ludwig’s eyebrows furrowed as he asked, “So, you’re saying Mrs. Evans is coming to Aurous Hill?”
Master Vail nodded, “That’s right. And not just her, but the rest of the Evans family as well. She mentioned it in our phone conversation, and even asked if I had found anything of interest here since I arrived before her.”
Master Vail suddenly had a realization and exclaimed, “Oh, I see! Master Wade, if you want to connect with the Evans Family, I might be able to help you. It’s very likely that they’re coming to Aurous Hill to seek your favor because you saved the old man’s life with your elixir!”
Ludwig’s heart knotted at Master Vail’s words.
Edgar knew his grandparents were coming to Aurous Hill, but he didn’t expect that their purpose might be to seek him out. Master Vail wasn’t aware of the details and didn’t know that Ludwig had three different identities with the Evans Family.
The first was his natural identity as their grandson, the second was as the lifesaver of the Evans Family at Stefanie’s concert, and the third was as the true owner of the Life Saving Pill.
Master Vail assumed that the Evans Family came to Aurous Hill to find Ludwig’s third identity, but Ludwig knew deep down that they were looking for him as their grandson. They were most likely trying to track him down and start from Aurous Hill.
The thought of his family finding him filled Ludwig with apprehension. Edgar wasn’t sure if he was ready to face them just yet.
Ludwig was in a difficult situation. Edgar had just started exploring the outer reaches of the Warrior’s Den and hadn’t even followed the copper mines in Cyprus or the smelters in Turkey to track their origins. Edgar couldn’t afford any unnecessary trouble at this point, especially when he knew that the enemy was already ahead of him.
All he wanted to do now was to develop his influence in Aurous Hill quietly and discreetly while working on improving his strength.
If the Evans Family came looking for him now, it could attract unwanted attention from the Warrior’s Den and jeopardize his plans