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IRNDGL - Chapter 87: Original Formula

When the godly battle above concluded, the fleeing Ji Zhixiu had led her remaining people into the developed drainage systems beneath.

Staying in the vicinity of such a high-level battle was tantamount to throwing away her life. Although she wouldn't necessarily be swatted away like a fly, there was no need for Ji Zhixiu to take such a risk.

Thus, she had sneaked away early on.

White Wolf was wiped out, and her revenge was complete.

The Supreme-rank dream beast that Heris called the 'god of rain' would naturally be left for Secret Rite Tower and the Truth Union to handle.

Most of the time, even a Supreme-rank wouldn't be able to cause much trouble, so Ji Zhixiu didn't need to worry.

And if even Secret Rite Tower and the Truth Union couldn't handle it, Ji Zhixiu wouldn't even have the chance to worry.

But for her, there was still something more important—Taking over everything that White Wolf had left behind.

No matter how powerful a new hunter group was, they wouldn't be able to gain the recognition of other organizations nor would they have any way to quickly establish themselves. She needed the help of White Wolf's legacy.

White Wolf was able to stand strong and grow for so many years wasn't just because of their strong members. Beyond that, they still possessed information, secrets, and connections...

Of course, there was the most important thing—The formulation of sordid blood from the Sky Wolf.

The basis for any hunter group's establishment was a sordid blood formula belonging to that organization.

Dream beast blood possesses a strong 'toxicity'. Without the aid of an appropriate formula, this blood would be like poison. 

There were two means to obtain such formulas.

The first way was countless blind self-experiments by hunters from ancient times to obtain an original formula, which then was passed down through the ages. 

This sort of formula didn't overly weaken the blood in the body and could raise one's power by a huge amount. However, because it was relatively crude, the side effects were greater and the probability of being unable to withstand the second injection was rather high.

The other means was through an experimental formula from a chemist.

Through the use of modern apparatus for precise composition, such improved formulas were safer and milder, but at the same time, sacrificed a portion of power.

Quality experimental formulas were exceedingly rare, and the majority was ordinary fare for the upper bounds of P-rank. Many hunter groups would use this sort of formula to train up large numbers of fodder members.

Therefore, every original formula was precious. At least many times more precious than most experimental formulas.

The possession of a complete formula would enable an organization to continue producing hunters.

This was the foundation of any hunter group.

The reason White Wolf was able to become one of the largest hunter groups was mostly that they possessed the Sky Wolf's sordid blood original formula. 

Spider had revolted against White Wolf, but if Ji Zhixiu controlled the Sky Wolf formula, then she would truly be the orthodox White Wolf and nobody could say otherwise.

Moreover, she required White Wolf’s intel to conceal her own source of information gathering and make it convenient for her to utilize Ruen’s soul for gaining intel.

“This is the place.”

Ji Zhixiu scrutinized the narrow passageway with surrounding walls full of cracks and viscera and pus all over the floor. There was a large, pitch-black gap, and the wind flowing through created a faint howling. 

Hunters stepped forward and speedily widened the hole and revealed the White Wolf’s true final hideout.

A strong putrid stench of decaying corpses hit their nostrils.

Ji Zhixiu frowned and simply shut off her sense of smell before heading in. 

As she entered, she realized the floor she was stepping on was moist and sticky.

She glanced down and saw the ground covered in a layer of blood mixed with bits and pieces of flesh.

All around her were heaps of corpses that were still dripping with strange fluids.

Ji Zhixiu’s eyes dimmed. Those White Wolf hunters had long descended into madness to be able to live here for so long.

She walked further in and saw the incubator high up in the center of the domed ceiling.

That huge device was completely cracked and twisted out of shape. Crystals had blossomed crazily from within, emitting a faint glow completely contrasting the blood and flesh all around.

The sleek mirror center was shattered into fragments, revealing a dark color of the abyss.

This was a whole Magic Ovum Mirror.

"Miss, I've found the formula."

Kaiyi's voice came from above as a slender silhouette leaped down from the platform above and handed a box to Ji Zhixiu.

Ji Zhixiu nodded and took a look at this box which looked ordinary except for a blood-red sigil painted on it.

She tried opening this box but wasn't able to do so. 

"It's probably a white magician's sealing sigil," said Ji Zhixiu with a frown.

Kaiyi suggested, "How about letting Mr. Haywood take a look? Perhaps he might have a way." 

The white magician Haywood that Ji Bonong hired was a private magician that catered to the rich and noble. To put it simply in words, his status was that of a guest delegate.

Ji Bonong would give a remuneration, and Haywood would work for him.

Ji Zhixiu would also frequently consult him from time to time. But when Kaiyi mentioned Haywood now, Ji Zhixiu thought about the little doubt that she had in her heart.

The 'Loyalty' brand on Ruen's body had clearly been a sigil technique that would constrain his soul to the master. However, it hadn't fully restricted his actions and he was able to work in secret to eventually become a proficient information peddler.

This meant that the white magician organization wasn't as safe and trustable, unlike the image people had of them.

Ji Zhixiu hadn't been able to use Steel Resolve to extract too much from Ruen's soul, so she wasn't too certain of the situation.

There would be unimaginable consequences if such a confidential sordid blood formula was leaked.

Shaking her head slowly, she kept away the box and said, "I will think about it after we get back. It's too dangerous here."

"I will search more then." Kaiyi nodded but didn't think too much about it. 

At this moment, another hunter ran over. "Leader, I found a map."

"A map?" Ji Zhixiu took it, and upon seeing it, understood this was a map of Norzin's underground passages and also the reason why White Wolf had been able to move so freely in this secret underground passageway system. 

"Well done," Ji Zhixiu praised. With all these, the new Spider would have even more cards in hand.

After all of White Wolf's remaining items were taken, hunters started laying explosives and prepared to completely get rid of the remainder of the Magic Ovum Mirror.

They were experts at dealing with magical objects from the dream realm.

Ji Zhixiu gazed up at the badly damaged incubator above and asked, "Everything in place?"

Upon receiving confirmation, everyone withdrew with haste.

The explosion boomed behind them, destroying the entire intersection of passageways and even making the domed ceiling crumble down as a deluge of water flowing in.

Boom! 
Rumble...

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IRNDGL Manhua translation by Zeroscans
Written by Great Calamity Of Fire (万劫火). Translated by BeetleBarker.