Chapter 202: Relics of Cultivation Artist
To find the origin of the Jiulong Tripod, Qin Haodong told Fatty Wang that he must call him as soon as the burglar named Dilong appeared.
Now Fatty Wang called, was it Dilong that appeared? He was stuck in the bottleneck of the foundation period and could not be improved at all, which made him very depressed. He was quite excited that Fatty Wang finally called. He pressed the answer button immediately.
As expected, Wang’s eager voice came over the phone, “Doctor Qin, Dilong just called me to trade with me.”
“Great!” Qin Haodong said, “Tell me the time and place of your appointment.”
“At 9 o’clock this morning, in a small valley on the western outskirts of Jiangnan City.”
Qin Haodong said in surprise, “9 a.m.? Doesn’t such a deal usually take place in the evening?
“Dilong is very cunning and always likes to be different. Most of the time he trades with me is in the daytime, seldom in the evening.”
Qin Haodong said, “Well, I’ll come to you now, let’s go there together.”
Soon he drove to Fatty Wang’s house. He parked his car in Fatty Wang’s yard and then got into his pickup truck.
They went out of the downtown area of Jiangnan to a mountainous area outside the city. After several circles, Fatty Wang finally parked his car in a small valley.
It had to be admitted that it was a good place for underground trading. It was not only very concealed, but also had exits everywhere. Once the police came, it was also convenient to escape.
By the time they arrived, an SUV was already parked there. A very thin middle-aged man, only 1.6 meters tall, was standing in front of the SUV smoking. His eyes glanced around from time to time. He looked very alert.
Fatty Wang told Qin Haodong, “He is Dilong, a master of grave robbery, and the Jiulong Tripod was bought from him. This man has always been very careful. He only makes one-to-one deals. He will run when he sees you later.”
Qin Haodong said, “You just need to park your car. He can’t run.”
He parked the pickup truck in front of SUV. When Qin Haodong got off with Fatty Wang, a little vigilance flashed on the face of Dilong. Then he turned his head and ran to the SUV. He jumped into the driver’s seat with lightning speed.
But Qin Haodong’s speed was faster. He came behind him like lightning. He reached out and grabbed his arm and pulled him off the car.
Dilong was not weak either. His right hand drew a shining dagger from his back and pierced Qin Haodong’s neck in a cold light. His attack was fierce and fast. It was clear that this man was absolutely a cruel character.
Qin Haodong raised his hand and knocked off his dagger. Then he grabbed him by the neck, lifted his thin body and pressed him on the SUV. He said in a cold voice, “Don’t move, or I’ll kill you.”
Dilong knew that he met a tough opponent today and dared not move anymore. He turned his head and cried, “Fatty Wang, how dare you not obey the rules and sold me to the police?”
Fatty Wang said, “You misunderstood, Dilong. This is my benefactor. He is not a policeman. He just wants to inquire about something with you.”
Hearing that Qin Haodong was not a policeman, Dilong eased a lot, but he still said, “We have our own rules in the grave robbery circle. We can’t talk to outsiders about anything casually. It’s futile for you to inquire about anything.”
Qin Haodong said, “I only ask you one thing. Where did the Jiulong Tripod come from? Just tell me the place.”
Dilong said stubbornly, “No, it’s not in line with our rules in the grave robbery circle. I can’t tell you.”
Seeing this fellow so stubborn, Qin Haodong was too lazy to ask him again. His eyes twinkled with cold, and he used Mind-bewitching directly.
Then he loosened the dragon’s neck and asked, “Say, where did the Jiulong Tripod come from?”
Bewitched, Dilong became obedient immediately. He honestly said, “It was found in a palace in Shennongjia.”
Fatty Wang was very surprised. He couldn’t understand why Dilong, who had just been very angry, suddenly became obedient, but he didn’t care. He turned to urinate.
Qin Haodong asked, “Tell me in detail.”
Dilong said, “Over the years, the business has become more and more difficult. Large tombs have been officially protected, and unprotected ones have been stolen countless times. There is nothing at all.
“So I went to Shennongjia. In ancient times, some wealthy people set their graveyards in deep mountains to prevent grave theft. I want to take a chance and see if I can find an ancient tomb that has not been stolen.
“But I was unlucky. After entering Shennongjia, I caught up in the fog. Soon I lost my way. Then I fell off the cliff and sank into a coma.
“When I regained consciousness, I was already in an underground building. I observed carefully and found that it was not an ancient tomb, but an underground palace.”
Qin Haodong was very happy. This should be the relic of the cultivation artists he was looking for.
Dilong continued, “My left arm and right leg were broken and it was very difficult to move. Later, I found a stone house, with the Jiulong Tripod and some bottles and cans in it. I was very hungry at that time. In order to survive, I climbed into the room and wanted to find something to eat.
“But there was nothing to eat in the stone house. There were all kinds of small pills. At first, I was afraid that the pills were poisonous and I dared not eat them. Afterwards, I suffered too much pain and hunger. I thought I was going to die sooner or later. I chose a black pill with a fragrance and took it.
“Unexpectedly, after a pill had been taken, not only my arm and leg healed, but also I no longer felt hungry. At that time, I was sure that I had just eaten an elixir, but I didn’t know which one was elixir and which one was poisonous, so I dared not eat the pills again.
“After recovering from the injury, I wandered around the palace and found nothing precious. Later, I moved the Jiulong Tripod and felt that it was not too heavy. So I took him out of the palace and sold it to Fatty Wang.”
Qin Haodong asked, “Where is the palace? Can you still find it?”
Dilong answered, “After I came out of the palace, I found some other companions and wanted to go back and bring out some good things, at least those bottles and cans were antiques, which could also be sold for a lot of money.”
“But when we went back, we couldn’t find the entrance to the underground palace anyhow. Last time, I made a lot of special marks. We should have found the entrance to the underground palace according to the marks. In fact, there was only one stone. We couldn’t find the entrance at all. We had to return with an empty hand.”
At this time, Qin Haodong had determined that the palace was the relic of the cultivation artists. Dilong fell into the palace by mistake. But every palace of the cultivation artists had protective tactics. The tactics would change every time. Although Dilong had made marks, it was impossible to find the gate of the palace again. If they wanted to re-enter the palace, the protective tactics must be broken.
He said, “Where is the palace in Shennongjia? Can you draw me a map?”
Dilong promised directly.
Those who were proficient in the grave robbery, like them, dabble in Geomantic Omen and public art and drawing. Dilong took out the paper and pen from the car and quickly drew a detailed map for Qin Haodong.
Dilong pointed to a small red dot in the center of the map and said, “This is where I made the last mark, but I couldn’t find the gate of the underground palace at all.”
“It’s none of your business.” Qin Haodong wiped out the memory of Dilong directly, and then went away with Fatty Wang. When Dilong woke up, he would only feel that he had just slept and had no memory.
After leaving Fatty Wang’s home, Qin Haodong had firmly determined to go to Shennongjia to explore the relics of the cultivation artist.
After the last incident of Dao Tong, he realized that his ability could not completely guard the safety of the little fellow. He had to make himself stronger. Perhaps this palace was his chance to break through the bottleneck of the foundation period. But before he went there, he had to be well prepared.
First, he went to the supermarket to buy a lot of things and put them in the storage ring. After all, the trip to the underground palace was full of uncertainties. It was good to prepare more food and other necessities. Besides, his ring was big enough to put down the whole supermarket.
Later, he bought a lot of cinnabar yellow paper and other objects. When he got home, he began to make various kinds of Taoist Talisman, such as Speed Up Talisman, Invisibility Talisman and Waterproof Talisman, which were the talismans of the lowest level but sometimes they played a key role.
He hadn’t broken through the foundation period yet. Many martial arts couldn’t be applied directly. The Taoist Talisman could help a lot.
After all this, the sun had set. When he came to Lin’s Villa, Lin Momo had taken the little fellow home.
“Papa, why didn’t you pick me up?” the little fellow asked, holding Qin Haodong’s neck.
“Because I’m going to take you on a trip, I have to do some preparations ahead of time.”
“Great! Wow! I’m going out with Papa!” The little fellow jumped up happily.
Qin Haodong let her play with Damao and Ermao, and then he said to Lin Momo, “I have something to discuss with you.”
“You really want to take Tang Tang to travel, do you?” Lin Momo thought for a moment and said, “Let’s go together after these busy days, shall we?”
“No!” Qin Haodong thought for a moment and said, “You must have found that I am not an ordinary person.”
Lin Momo nodded. Since the young man appeared in her life, she did see many things she had never seen before, such as martial arts practitioners, such as the self-ignite flames on the little fellow.
“I said I would protect you and Tang Tang for a lifetime, but now my cultivation reaches a bottleneck. I must find some opportunities to improve…”
Qin Haodong briefly talked about the Shennongjia Underground Palace and said, “So I want to go to Shennongjia to see if there is anything good in the Underground Palace that can help me to upgrade my cultivation.”
“Oh!” Lin Momo nodded, but she still asked, “I understand, but you can go. Why do you take Tang Tang with you?”
Qin Haodong said, “You can see the special constitution of Tang Tang. She has a very rare Suzaku Sacred Body. She is destined to be an extraordinary person.”
“There are two main reasons why I took Tang Tang with me. First, I was afraid of what would happen to her Suzaku Sacred Body. She couldn’t be controlled by others when I wasn’t around. The second is that as the owner of the Suzaku Sacred Body, she cannot stay at home to be a mediocre person. Maybe this trip to Shennongjia will bring her great opportunities.”