ive, then even if one took a ten low-quality Astral Sea Pill and then a ten peak-quality Astral Sea Pills, those peak-quality products would still be 50% less effective, for the secondary and tertiary effects. The concept of diminishing impact made the quality of repeatable products important.
Ma Ru sighed, shaking her head. ”I can ’t, Miss Yifei. ” Her job was to aid Xue Yifei, ensuring no discomfort in her stay, but she couldn ’t do anything else. She didn ’t even know why Xue Yifei was being kept here, besides knowing she came from the recently destroyed Everlore Starfield.
Xue Yifei clenched her teeth, but later released the tension with a sigh. There was nothing she could do. It ’s not like she didn ’t try to escape, but there were a dozen female guards hidden in the surroundings. They were all Realmlords, with the leader being a Timelord. She couldn ’t fight against that.
Xue Yifei took the spatial ring, inspected it, and frowned. ”Where ’s the Astral Ocean Pills? Why are these High-Blood Refinement Elixirs low-quality? Some of them barely reach that. What is this? ”
The Astral Ocean Pill was an high-tier, eighth-grade pill that was exceedingly precious in strengthening one ’s Astral Core, expanding one ’s World Sea, and refining the meridians to better handle the circulation of powerful, copious amounts of astral force. As for the High-Blood Refinement Elixirs, they were suitable for refining one ’s physical energies. It was crucial for beastmen or beasts, but it was also a high-tier, eighth-grade elixir.
Shortly after entering the Valkyrie, she was given five peak-quality Astral Ocean Pills to refine and five High-Blood Refinement Elixirs. She had never leapt so fast in strength or increased in cultivation foundation before.
Ma Ru pouted her lips slightly, ”We ran out. Those Astral Ocean Pills are hot commodities, bought and sent out almost immediately upon being concocted. You refined our last reserves a little too quickly, we need more time. ”
Xue Yifei ’s frown deepened. She understood the value of the Astral Ocean Pill, but it couldn ’t have run out? She had only refined three in six months. ”Aren ’t you guys the Golden Life Pavilion? Some great merchant force? ”
When Ma Ru heard this, she felt both ashamed and angered. °You ’re refining products so recklessly, yet you ask this?! Do you think these things can be produced with a snap of our fingers?! It takes months just for one. You aren ’t our only responsibility!° But she remained calm despite her thoughts, patiently answering: ”Our Alchemic Emperors are among the best, but we have other contracts to fulfill. Moreover, these pills might take a few days to refine, but they take months, sometimes years, to concoct. ”
Xue Yifei ’s frown deepened. They had never fallen short before. ”Can ’t you just buy more? ”
”… ” Ma Ru was fiercely taken aback. What type of spoiled life did this Xue Yifei live? Of course, Xue Yifei wasn ’t at fault. She was always given resources by Wei Wuyin, and she had plenty to refine as she wished for five years. There was never a day she wasn ’t leaping in strength or cultivation. She lacked neither quality, quantity, or variety.
Prior to that, she wasn ’t really given much resources or regarded with any importance. She was only protected thanks to Yuan Longshi ’s reputation and ruthlessness, not nurtured and cultivated by her family ’s resources. Her lopsided view was based on the fact that this starfield boasted millions of Alchemic Emperors and dozens of Mortal Sovereign Alchemists, and compared them to Wei Wuyin ’s standard.
Ma Ru remained patient, ”The cost of an Astral Ocean Pill is affordable, but you ’ve asked for peak-quality. They ’re quite difficult to procure from other sources. When available, they ’re swiftly bought out. So we ’ll be delayed in obtaining them. ”
Xue Yifei found this interesting and slightly contradictory, ”Then why did you give me low-quality High-Blood Refinement Elixirs? ”
”We won ’t be able to obtain peak-quality ones for quite a while, because there ’s no Alchemic Emperor in our branch that is familiar with concocting them. This was the best we could do in short notice. I apologize, ” Ma Ru sincerely said. The High-Blood Refinement Elixirs were meant for beasts and beastmen, yet that wasn ’t needed in the Aeternal Sky Starfield.
With the advancements of technology, voidships and other modes of transportation allowed for an easier, cheaper, more reliable alternative. Beast mounts were mostly obsolete, only being useful for certain low-level cultivators who can ’t afford it or specialized beasts meant for battle. The Liu Clan, one of the Eight Noble Clans, ruled that niche market, selling beasts to those cultivators.
Xue Yifei sighed. The other materials were just things she could casually refine, their quality not mattering much, but not nearly as important or quick-resulted as alchemical products.
She missed Wei Wuyin.
They only briefly met in the Four Extreme Continent, but they were separated once again. Just like the time the Void Gate of the Bloodforge Continent was destroyed. Still, she knew that having her own life goal was important, and she didn ’t want to exist as the foil of another, like she was with Yuan Longshi. Yet that didn ’t mean she wanted to be separated from a man that she accepted in her heart.
”Can I visit the others? ” Xue Yifei asked Ma Ru.
”Of course. Follow me, ” Ma Ru nodded, a faint smile on her face. It was much easier to do this than explain the concept of alchemic scarcity alongside supply and demand to someone.
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