Tales of Demons and Gods
Chapter 273 – Poisoned?
Chapter 273 - Poisoned?
After bidding farewell to Gu Bei, Nie Li and Lu Piao strolled through the Skysoul Institute and arrived at the Cultivation Hall.
was the place where missions were assigned. After students completed
their missions, they would return here to receive their spiritual
stones, artifacts, and various other rewards.
With their monthly
allowance, they would never have enough spiritual stones. Therefore, Nie
Li and Lu Piao were forced to find other methods of acquiring them.
Draconic Ruins Realm is an extremely cruel place where countless
experts compete for the scarce resources. Regardless of how high one’s
talent was, it would be difficult to raise one’s cultivation without
spiritual stones. One of the best ways of obtaining them was to join a
faction; after swearing loyalty, a faction would provide its talented
underlings with large quantities of spiritual stones. However, this was
definitely not an option for Nie Li and Lu Piao.
Aside from joining a faction, obtaining spiritual stones through the Cultivation Hall’s missions was also a valid idea.
Cultivation Hall was filled with students from various districts of the
Skysoul Institute. The hall was also filled with poster walls, each
crammed thick with job listings.
Nie Li quickly checked the open
missions. Many of them were hunting jobs that asked for the demon
spirits of various kinds of demon beasts. Those demon spirits had to
have at least an Extraordinary growth rate in order to be exchangeable
for spiritual stones; therefore, the mission difficulties were rather
high. Aside from these, there were also missions for forging weapons,
collecting materials, etc. However, none of them could be called easy.
Piao scanned over the missions and sighed when he found none of his
level. “It seems like it’s pretty hard to obtain spiritual stones.”
for sure. The Divine Feathers Sect only controls a limited number of
Deity's Lakes. Each lake produces a several tens of thousands stones for
the disciples of the Inner Division of the Divine Feathers Sect. That
means that once they get divvied up, there won’t be much left for us,”
Nie Li explained.
“Obtaining spiritual stones is really hard! So what do we do now?” asked Lu Piao.
Nie Li pointed at a mission on the wall and said, “We can give this mission a try!”
“What mission?” Lu Piao turned to look at the listing that Nie Li was pointing to.
Gu Clan’s young miss Gu Lan encountered a problem during cultivation,
which made her bedridden. If there’s anyone who’s well-versed in
medicine who can cure the young miss’s illness, the reward will be one
thousand spiritual stones.” Lu Piao muttered as he re-read the notice,
“A thousand spiritual stones. The Gu Clan must be really rich. Gu Bei
also seems to be from the Gu Clan. But Nie Li, are you really taking
this job just to cure her illness and not to pick up girls? The notice
says that they’ve already tried many well-known doctors, but young miss
Gu Lan still hasn’t been cured!”
Nie Li rolled his eyes at Lu
Piao, “Of course I’m going to cure her illness. Saving someone’s life is
better than building a seven floored pagoda[1. Chinese idiom. Saving
someone’s life earns you more respect and is more useful than when kings
build great structures to display their power and fame.]. Do you
Nie Li was rather confident in his Daoyin Technique.
you really can cure her illness and earn spiritual stones at the same
time, then it’s not a bad idea.” Lu Piao stroked his chin with his right
hand and said, “That Gu Bei also seems like a pretty nice guy. He even
offered to treat us to a meal!”
In his previous life, Nie Li had
been somewhat aware of Gu Lan. She was Master Bei’s elder sister and a
mysterious girl. Rumor was that when she was young, she’d been injured
in a cultivating accident and left in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the
waist down. She also couldn’t cultivate anymore due to her handicap.
However, she still managed to live for two hundred years. Rumors also
say that Gu Lan was the one who guided Master Bei in swordplay and that
was the reason why he’d been able to reach the pinnacle of the sword.
his previous life, Nie Li had heard many legends about Gu Lan that
circulated throughout the Draconic Ruins Realm. Now, coincidentally,
there’s a notice about it here, so it’s not likely a trap. Therefore,
there’s no harm in giving it a try.
Lu Piao pointed to several
notices that were stuck on another wall and said, “Nie Li, if you’re so
confident in your medical techniques, then look over here. There’re at
least a few hundred other postings about people who got into accidents
during cultivation. If you managed to cure them all, then doesn’t that
mean that we’ll have at least several tens of thousands of spiritual
Upon hearing Lu Piao’s words, Nie Li bitterly smiled and
said, “Are you trying to work me to death? Not to mention that the
Divine Feathers Sect’s political situation is extremely complicated. We
have to be cautious with each step! If Gu Bei didn’t seem like such an
honest guy, I wouldn’t even want to show my skills and risk attracting
“Then we’ll talk about it after you’ve cured the Gu Clan’s Miss,” Lu Piao said as he smiled.
Together, Nie Li and Lu Piao left for the address written on the notice.
the way there, Nie Li carefully recalled all the information related to
the Divine Feathers Sect that he’d gathered in his previous life.
Within the Divine Feathers Sect, there were three major factions: the
Dragonseal Family, the Gu Clan, and the Ashen Flames Family, which is
the Jin Clan that Jin Yan belongs to. Yan Hao’s Yan Clan was too low to
be compared to those three major factions.
Nie Li intended to try
and cure Gu Lan. Aside from the reward of one thousand spiritual stones,
it’d also help pave the future for himself and Lu Piao. If they cured
the Gu Clan’s young miss, then they’d be able to form a good
relationship with the clan, or at least with Gu Bei.
Nie Li followed the address given on the notice and arrived at a vast courtyard in the southern area of the Skysoul Institute.
was where Gu Bei and Gu Lan stayed, but was just one of the Gu Clan’s
many properties. The large gate was shut tight, leaving only the side
door open for entry[2. In ancient Chinese architecture, there are always
two front doors: a large one and a small small one right next to each
other.]. There were also two servants standing guard at the smaller
“May I ask who you’re looking for?” one of the servants asked.
like this. We saw the job notice in the Cultivation Hall and came here
to try and cure your young miss’s illness,” said Nie Li.
The servant gave Nie Li a once-over, then he waved his hand and said, “It’s better if you leave quickly.”
“Could it be that your young miss’s illness has already been cured?” Nie Li asked curiously.
young miss has already been examined by many doctors who’re
exceptionally versed in medicine, but even they could not cure her
illness. Do you really think you can cure my young miss’s illness? Just
leave quickly!” one of the servants said. Recently, the number of
physicians who’d come to examine the young miss had already hit a few
thousand, or at least several hundred. None of them could help her. Just
how old was Nie Li? How could he possibly have much medical knowledge?
Li furrowed his brows. “Your young miss is seeking medical assistance.
How would you know if I’m capable or not, if you don’t even let me see
the situation? Will you take responsibility for preventing her
The servant never expected Nie Li to be so overbearing and hesitated for a moment, unsure whether he should bring Nie Li in.
Suddenly, a person walked out from the residence. It was Gu Bei.
wrong?” Gu Bei asked in solemn tone. He raised his head and saw Nie Li
and Lu Piao and was stunned for a brief moment. “What are you guys doing
here? Are you looking for me?”
Lu Piao chuckled from Nie Li’s
side as he answered, “We’re not here for you. We heard that the Gu
Clan’s Miss Gu Lan is ill. We came to take a look and see if we could
Gu Bei’s brows twitched as he looked at Nie Li and Lu Piao in astonishment as he asked, “You guys know medicine?”
Nie Li nodded. “Somewhat.”
Gu Bei went silent for a moment. Although he was a little skeptical, he still nodded his head and said, “Then come in.”
by Gu Bei, the two of them entered an extremely vast courtyard. Upon
entering, the courtyard opened up into a large garden dotted with
pavilions. There was even a small bridge with water flowing below. It
was like a scene of paradise. Even the air carried the fragrance of
“My sister and I are direct descendents of the
Gu Clan. My sister was once considered the most outstanding among our
younger generation. However, she encountered trouble during cultivation,
which paralysed her entire lower body. No one knows how or why it
happened.” Finishing his words, Gu Bei’s eyes flashed with chilling
Nie Li vaguely sensed an undertone to Gu Bei’s words. Gu Lan was probably the victim of the family’s internal conflicts.
Piao pondered inwardly. So Gu Bei and his sister were only two out of
many direct descendents. It seems like this Gu Clan was quite a large
Nie Li and Lu Piao followed Gu Bei along the small path
and reached a smaller courtyard. Inside, there was a girl clothed in
white who sat quietly on a chair. Her clear pupils were like autumn
water and were embedded into her beautiful and delicate face like gems.
With a calm and peaceful expression, she quietly stared at a purple
flower on a small artificial mound. She had a light-coloured lips that
were as pale as water. Beneath the white clothes was her jade-bright
skin. Traces of ill-coloured ash showed on her face, like a flower that
might wither at any time.
“Beauty that lasts through the spring,
the flower withers and people die unknowingly,” the white clothed girl
muttered, with a trace of sadness between her brows.
sister.” A gleam of tears flashed through Gu Bei’s eyes. As he watched
Gu Lan, his once high-spirited sister who had been rendered into such a
state, Gu Bei felt as though his heart was being torn apart.
Bei, you’re back?” The girl in white revealed a faint smile. Her eyes
then fell onto the two behind Gu Bei as she asked, “These two are...?”
of them are my friends.” Gu Bei didn’t dare say that Nie Li was here to
examine her illness. Every time a physician visited, she would always
smile and reject them.
“Oh,” Gu Lan calmly smiled and nodded her head at Nie Li and Lu Piao.
Piao couldn’t help wondering just what kind of illness this beautiful
lady suffered from. For such a beauty in her prime to be forced to sit
in a chair for the rest of her life, it’d simply be a cruel prank of the
Nie Li looked at Gu Lan with a thoughtful expression.
Lan noticed that Nie Li had been staring at her and she knitted her
brows. But because they were Gu Bei’s friends, she didn’t say anything.
“Nie Li, did you find anything?” Lu Piao asked in a soft voice.
not ill, nor had she run amok during cultivations. She was poisoned,”
said Nie Li. His voice was neither too soft nor loud, just enough that
it could be heard by Gu Bei and Gu Lan.
After Gu Bei heard this,
his emotions were immediately stirred up as he looked at Nie Li and
asked, “Poisoned? You’re saying that my sister was poisoned?”
Nie Li nodded. “That’s correct.”
Bei was puzzled. “But that’s impossible! There have been so many
physicians who’ve examined my sister before. If she’s been poisoned, why
didn’t any of them notice it?”
Gu Lan, who sat to the side, also
couldn’t help staring at Nie Li. This boy appeared even younger than Gu
Bei, but could he actually be a physician? If she’d been poisoned, she
would’ve definitely noticed it. So why couldn’t she sense it?