When the sky darkened, a heavy downpour came. The sounds of rain hitting the roof could be heard loud and clear. Silver light pierced the night, and deafening thunder blasted the entire sky.
In the bright room, several old men stared nervously at the young man on the bed.
“Wasn’t he alright this morning? What happened to him?”
Measuring his pulse, an elder furrowed his brows. After shaking his head, he sighed helplessly.
“The toxin has entered his nervous system. It is almost impossible to cure him.”
Stefan was already trying to express it euphemistically. If Zayn wasn’t his good friend’s disciple, the old man would have directly said that there was no way to save Zayn.
Hearing those words, the other elders in the room trembled with anger.
“Master Baltazar, he was alright this morning. What happened?” Looking at Zayn lying unconsciously on the bed, the gray-haired man asked in a displeased tone.
Stefan was not only the most skilled in the group but also the most senior person. Facing the questioning, Baltazar explained the whole process of Zayn’s competition with Barne in medical skills. However, he deliberately omitted the fights in between, which were vital information.
Stefan merely said that Barne was evil and schemed to harm Zayn.
The gray-haired man was furious. “You couldn’t even protect your disciple as a master. You have committed a big sin, Baltazar Dupont!”
As a nation that prioritized courtesy, they were required to call each other with honorific titles even when they were peers.
Now that the gray-haired man was calling him by his full name, it was obvious that his anger was immeasurable!
“Master Baltazar, Zayn is the hope of our nation’s medical community, but his medical skills have been abolished under your supervision. There shall be no pardon for your crime. Behead yourself, Master Baltazar!” another old man reprimanded him.
Although all the doctors who were present were miracle doctors and known nationally, they were merely the most skillful ones in Emsgate. In comparison to Cathay and several neighboring countries, they were not the most top-notched doctors.
Since their age had limited their talent, they had no hope to go further in the medical field.
However, it was different for Zayn. Stefan was only in his early twenties, yet his medical skills were on par with first-tier miracle doctors. Even in the aspect of drug-making, he could be said to be on the same level as them.
As the top young genius in Emsgate, he carried the expectations of countless people. Unfortunately, as the toxins of the seven-step vine had seeped into his meridians, it was nearly hopeless for them to revive him using acupuncture.
How could they not be enraged?
As their argument heated up, it woke Zayn, who was lying in bed.
Following the slight tremble of his eyelashes, he slowly opened his eyes. Despair quickly filled his eyes when he felt the abnormality in his body. His eyes instantly turned bloodshot, and resentment quickly washed over his mind.
At this moment, he desperately wanted to kill Barne to avenge himself. Fortunately, he did not allow his emotions to take over his mind.
Hearing the reprimands from the elders, he struggled to sit up. His movement naturally attracted the gaze of the elders.
“How are you feeling, Zayn?” Walking to the bed, the gray-haired man asked with concern.
Zayn shook his head sadly and forced a smile. “Masters, this matter has nothing to do with Master Baltazar. It was Barne who cunningly hid the toxin of the seven-step vine in other drugs. Master Baltazar tried to save me, but it was too late.”
Stefan used to be a genius. Thus, he had the guts to be brazen. Now that his body was useless and he lost all his medical skills, the concern coming from the elders was just a kind gesture out of their previous adoration for him.
Once they accepted and understood the fact that he was now a waste, they would start mocking and ridiculing him. Hence, he didn’t expect the elders to seek revenge for him.
His master, on the contrary, was different. On one hand, they had a close master-disciple relationship. On the other hand, he had leverage on Baltazar.
If the rest discovered that Baltazar was tricked by Barne’s resurrection drug and used his disciple’s body to test the drug and thus ruined the youngest genius in Emsgate, his reputation would suffer.
Even when he returned to Emsgate, he would be criticized and condemned by the public. Eventually, he might even resort to beheading himself as punishment.
Due to the leverage Zayn had, Baltazar would try his best to avenge him. It was also because of these reasons that he decided to speak up and defend his master.