Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
A warrior walked out from the level 3 energy stone area with his energy sword in his hand, he had already obtained a satisfactory harvest today. At this time, not far behind him, there was a loud bang, which startled him. The warrior immediately turned back to look, but he found nothing. He shook his head, his heart was palpitating, and muttered in a low voice, “What- a daytime ghost.”
Turning around, he found a gray-clothed man silently standing in front of him. The soldier was stunned, then raised his voice and asked, “What’s the matter with you people?”
The gray man turned around, the warrior’s angry expression shifted again to stunned. After the man remained frozen for a moment, the gray man taunted, “Beauty, you have stopped the master, but what is the matter? If you’re new here, consider following me.”
The man in grey slowly took out a piece of paper and gently asked, “Do you recognize these two men?”
The warrior was shocked. He didn’t know what the paper was made of but the two people on it actually looked like they were alive. He examined them carefully and then shook his head, “No, I’m sure I’ve never seen them in the energy stone area near me.”
The grey-clothed man snorted, and his left hand which wasn’t holding anything was raised.
At this moment, someone behind the two men called out, “Yo, Old Liu, no wonder you came out in such a hurry. There’s someone waiting!”
The grey-clothed man’s brow furrowed, and the left hand that had reached the warrior’s heart was silently withdrawn again.
The warrior turned back and looked at the group of his buddies and laughed twice. Maybe he had actually picked up a treasure this time by coming out early. The warrior turned around again, stunned to see where there was still a grey-clad beauty in front of him.
Most of the top twenty that remained had taken advantage of the day to go explore the streets. Yuan Xi had planned to take Luo XiaoLou to the trading area for a tour, but Luo XiaoLou didn’t want to go out because he had blackmailed the second prince into high-grade materials, and he was eager to convert Yuan Xi’s black soft sword into an energy sword.
Yuan Xi didn’t care, he had just wanted to take Luo XiaoLou shopping. Instead, it was 125 who was in a hurry to go out and kept protesting.
Luo XiaoLou gave all the Level 5 energy stones to Yuan Xi, Luo XiaoLou was reluctant to use them when practicing, and thought of keeping them as energy for the start-up of the ship, so he put them in his pocket.
“If you want to go, you can go with Li Jay and the others.” Yuan Xi said. 125 grumbled, not daring to complain aloud. It didn’t go to Li Jay, instead it moved quickly to put away the small pocket of energy stones. Yuan Xi, as the head of the family, should have given it pocket money.
Although this wasn’t their own place, Yuan Xi guarded the door, so no one dared to come in, and Luo XiaoLou started making the energy sword with ease.
Luo XiaoLou had designed the soft sword for Yuan Xi a few days ago when his heart was itching. In the past few days, when he had nothing else to do, he revised it several times and now felt that every part had been perfected.
Now that the materials were all together, it was straightforward to make it. Luo XiaoLou moved some instruments out of 125’s storage, and Yuan Xi couldn’t help but mock him as he looked at it, “You really can fool them. You are actually using the instruments that make mecha parts?”
Luo XiaoLou blushed, “What do you mean by fool? They’re smooth and easy to use anyway.”
The truth was that Luo XiaoLou didn’t know the basics of weapon manufacturing, and no one had taught him what instruments to use, so he simply brought out the instruments that 125 had with him. But it was quite a bluff with this big pile on display.
Yuan Xi sneered and sat at the door, casually flipping through the martial arts book Ino had given him. There was only one copy of this thing in the entire Yi family. Kept by Ino, it was what the ancient martial arts family valued most.
Ino gave it some thought, deciding to let Yuan Xi read it once before he took it back. Yuan Xi had helped a great deal this time, or else the Yi family wouldn’t have this good opportunity to enter District A. He stated, “I’m not going to be able to do that. Of course, it would be even better if Yuan Xi could join the Yi family if he became more fond of them later.”
Luo XiaoLou first put away the auxiliary materials before bringing the black soft sword over, at this time he couldn’t help but glance at Yuan Xi who was reading a book at the door.
Yuan Xi didn’t even look up and said, “You don’t have to have any worries, really. As long as the materials are there, just take it back and get someone to recast it.”
Luo XiaoLou was relieved, and put the black soft sword inside the apparatus as well, refining it, then Luo XiaoLou no longer looked at Yuan Xi and 125 at the door. Next, was the most crucial part.
Constructing the skeleton, shaping it, and filling the auxiliary materials, Luo XiaoLou concentrated on his movements, while dividing the Source of Consciousness force to comb through it over and over again.
When Luo XiaoLou made something for someone else, he mostly used Source of Consciousness to comb through it once or twice. But when it would belong to Yuan Xi, he was afraid of wasting it, and almost the whole process was supported by Source of Consciousness and Spiritual Power.
Moreover, according to his customers, weapons combed with Source of Consciousness Power and Spiritual Power at the same time clearly performed better than energy swords combed with a single Source of Consciousness Power or Spiritual Power.
And, recently, Luo XiaoLou’s Source of Consciousness Power and Spiritual Power had increased greatly as he continued the Energy Stone Absorption Exercise.
At two o’clock in the afternoon, Luo XiaoLou finally took a breath and slowly withdrew his Source of Consciousness and Spiritual Power, he looked at the black long sword in his hand. It was still soft, but the black had light blue in it, and at the bottom of the sword, there was a red and blue energy stone inlaid in the middle of the sword, it was the Level 7 stone, Scorching Shallow.
Once his Source of Consciousness Power and Spiritual Power combed the energy stone, the red inside actually slowly turned white. Luo XiaoLou didn’t understand why it changed color, but he could feel that the current Level 7 Scorching Shallow was even greater than the previous energy fluctuation.
“Finished?” Yuan Xi suddenly asked.
The voice was actually right next to Luo XiaoLou’s ear, he could even feel the heat, causing Luo XiaoLou to tremble. The sword in his hand was taken over by Yuan Xi.
“Mn, it’s done.” Luo XiaoLou looked at the way Yuan Xi was holding the energy sword, and his eyes couldn’t help but curve in a smile. For some reason, he was now proudly pleased and satisfied. In the past when he made weapons for others, there was more of a sense of accomplishment.
“Aren’t you guys going to test the level?” 125 reminded the two people who were clearly still in the honeymoon atmosphere – the honeymoon was a little too long.
Yuan Xi handed Luo XiaoLou the Energy Sword and Luo XiaoLou activated the Energy Flame with the Source of Consciousness power, then took out the tester that Dees gave him.
Putting the energy sword on the tester, Luo XiaoLou just clicked on the test, and the black soft sword suddenly glowed brightly. Nothing could hide in the room, as a huge white circle of light pulsed and spread around silently and quickly.
In that instant, Luo XiaoLou was pulled away to stand behind Yuan Xi, while 125 ran to the side of the energy sword in a few steps.
Soon, the mechanical voice of a tester sounded in the room, “Congratulations, your weapon has been identified as reaching Super, Level 16. Do you wish to register your proprietary weapon immediately?”
Luo XiaoLou stared dumbly at the black soft sword and tester, while Yuan Xi hugged him and walked over to the tester, quickly choosing no and putting the black soft sword away.
Meanwhile, in a tall white house in District A Imperial Capital, several people suddenly looked up and stared at each other in awe, and it took a long while before a middle-aged man said, “What was that just now?”
An old man with white hair trembled and said, “An energy wave from an advanced weapon test!”
The room was silent for another half a day before another person finally said, “Could it be a mistake? An energy wave only appears with weapons of rank fifteen and above, but no one has even been able to create an energy sword of rank thirteen or above.”
“Yeah, Zhu, that’s impossible. Besides, where is anyone more powerful than our group-” another person echoed.
The old man with white hair snorted, “What do you mean it’s impossible? Just because we can’t make it, doesn’t mean someone else can’t. Immediately, have them check the location of the energy fluctuation just now, we must quickly determine if a high-grade weapon is out.”
Soon, someone came up to report, “Old Man Zhu, the energy tracing was intercepted just now, but we can find out the general area. It belongs to District A directly east, that area all belongs to the palace’s boundary coverage area.”
The old man was stunned, then after a moment of silence, he said, “…I’ll go over there this afternoon.”
Yuan Xi looked at his black soft sword with great interest and couldn’t help but lower his head and kiss Luo XiaoLou hard, saying, “…It’s okay.”
Luo XiaoLou instantly converted that to, ‘I like it too much’ when he heard it in his own ears. In fact, Yuan Xi meant it too. He never complimented Luo XiaoLou too much, and anything that wasn’t sarcastic was all good.
125 enviously looked at the energy sword, and muttered a couple of words, “Scorching Shallow can be all it brought back.”
That afternoon, after the two of them had lunch, Yuan Xi didn’t say anything, but dragged Luo XiaoLou to find a deserted training ground to practice with the black soft sword for half a day, and came back with a joyful, unrestrained joy in the corners of his eyebrows.
In the evening, the royal family drew ten or so people from the top twenty and summoned them to the palace.
Li Jay and Xiao Qiao were not selected, but Ino was. However, he was temporarily recruited back by the parents of the Yi family due to an emergency, and eventually did not come.
Except for Luo XiaoLou, anyone could tell they were all experts. Seeing Luo XiaoLou leave, Li Jay stared at him with an incredulous expression.
Ten people walked into the glorious white palace, except for Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou, the other eight were a bit excited and reverent. But Luo XiaoLou was a bit excited and looked around for half a day, and only after being scowled at by Yuan Xi did he start to restrain himself.
The one who received them was not the second prince, but a blond young man who looked a little more mature than the second prince, and whose noble and graceful air was also more prevalent. That person’s eyes rested on Luo XiaoLou’s face for a second, before turning his gaze away and said with a smile, “Welcome, you District A warriors. “
Luo XiaoLou realized in wonder that he was one of the black-clothed people who came with the second prince last time. It seemed that he had unintentionally come into contact with quite a few royals.
Several people greeted the great prince, and the great prince opened the door and said, “I’ve asked a few of you to come here for an important mission. However, this mission is too important. Therefore, before announcing the mission, I have a few requirements for you.”
The expression on the Great Prince’s face became serious, “Firstly, if you agree to accept this mission, you can’t quit, you can’t reveal it, and during this period, you will stay in the palace until the mission is completed. Secondly, you will make every effort to complete it. Finally, we will pay you guys first.”
Saying that, the great prince clapped his hands and ten maids came over with trays in their hands, all with a thin piece of paper on them.
Each person picked it up and took a look, and there was a sound of inhaling. Luo XiaoLou took a glance and his eyes lit up, 5,000 fifth-grade energy stones! The palace really was wealthy.
“In addition to this, if you come back, the palace will promise you one condition. As long as you don’t endanger the palace or the people, it’ll be granted.” The great prince continued.
The energy stones alone were astounding, but the condition the royal family promised could be even more tempting.
As expected, everyone looked at each other and quickly promised that they would never quit.
The Great Prince nodded and said, “These rewards will be delivered to your rooms immediately. If you feel that they are not safe, you can choose to give them to your loved ones for safekeeping. However, tonight, for the sake of secrecy, you will stay in the palace. The location of the mission is not far away, and I will send guards to take you there in the morning.”
Of course these people would not object, they were more than eager to receive that generous reward.
In the end, the great prince left with Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou alone.
Bringing the two of them inside a small hall to the side, the great prince opened the door, looked at Luo XiaoLou, and declared, “I wish you to stay, there is no use for you to see.”
Luo XiaoLou laughed, “Your Highness, you can’t conclude whether or not it’s useful without going over there. Besides, I’m already determined to go on this mission.”
The eldest prince shared a few more words of advice before at last sighing, “Second Brother really wasn’t wrong.”
Then the great prince looked at Yuan Xi and said, “I heard from Second Brother that you were the greatest warrior this time.”
Yuan Xi said with an unchanged face, “Perhaps.”
The great prince hesitated for a moment before confessing, “Because you asked to go in, not because of money or energy stones, that’s why I called you here. It’s like this, Second Brother wants to go in with you, but-“
“You disagree?” Luo XiaoLou asked curiously.
“Mn, so to speak.” The Great Prince’s eyes were a bit shifty, “We had more things we needed him for, so I locked him up.”
Yuan Xi quickly reassured, “It wouldn’t have mattered if he came with us or not.”
The great prince, seeing that Yuan Xi meant what he said, was relieved and said, “There is an important mission item that needs to be carried in. I don’t feel comfortable handing it over to those people and want to entrust it to you.”
Saying that, the great prince opened the huge chest that was in front of him.
Luo XiaoLou’s face changed when he saw what was inside the box.
Inside the box was a huge cross-shaped gemstone that glowed with a captivating light. Luo XiaoLou could see it clearly, a huge crystallized energy stone, much larger than any he had ever seen.
“This thing is the energy body that we use to support the boundary. And this piece is the one that contains the most energy that the scientific researchers could find.” The great prince’s face was pious and serious, “It can be said that this mission is extremely confidential. The place where you will be carrying out your mission is the place of the temple’s miracle.”
“There, very few people have actually been inside.” The great prince lamented, “Especially in recent decades, no one even dares to go in there, even from the temple.”
Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi looked at each other, and Yuan Xi asked, “Why? What’s there?”
The great prince closed his eyes, “The radiation there is too strong and it is increasing. We suspect that there is a hole in the universe there, and if we don’t find a way to fix it, the hole there could grow larger and eventually lead to the destruction of the entire District A or even the Grey Hole. The researchers have identified the most powerful junctional energy body they’ve ever found, so if we send it there, we have a chance of survival.”
“This task is too huge and heavy, that’s why Second Brother wanted to go himself.” The great prince said, “Father had already agreed that it was a sacrifice that had to be made, but Mother ended up knocking Second Brother unconscious and locked up without telling Father.”
Yuan Xi was silent for a moment and said, “I understand. I will bring the energy body in.”
The great prince breathed a deep sigh of relief, “Thank you. I thank you on behalf of all the people.”
After talking to the Grand Prince, Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi were somewhat relieved. If it was simply the radiation and rays, then there was nothing to worry about. Luo XiaoLou wasn’t afraid, and Yuan Xi had already taken his medication and was largely unaffected.
The next morning, a team of red-clothed guards escorted the ten ancient martial arts experts to the mission execution office.
They were going underground from the palace, a long passageway that led directly below the temple.
Finally, they arrived at a huge stone door.
Looking at the gate with the carved statue of the god, someone let out an exclamation of surprise, “This- this is the Gate of Miracles?”
The captain of the guard glanced at the man and said, “Yes, this is where you will be performing your duties. Please, I wish you a safe return.” Saying that, he handed the large box in his hand to Yuan Xi, “Just put this on the counter there.”
Some people were clearly not too convinced about the palace’s decision to entrust mission items with Yuan Xi, but no one stood up against it since the rewards wouldn’t be greater anyway.
The captain of the guards looked sternly at the crowd, then with a wave of his hand, someone carefully opened the door to a gap that could only allow one person to pass through. Ten people entered the door in succession, and as the last person entered, the Gate of Miracles was immediately closed from the outside.
Almost as soon as it was closed, the guard captain’s communicator rang, and he picked it up, “Your Highness…Oh Prince, they’ve all gone in…Luo XiaoLou? He also went in…”
The guard captain could still be heard as the prince closed the communicator, and across the street came an exasperated shout, “Your Highness, that’s a level 15 weapon maker!”
At the same time, a grey-clothed figure also appeared at the border of District A.
The moment Luo XiaoLou entered, the only thing he felt was cold, too cold, much colder than the last place. It wasn’t dark behind the door, instead there was a faint fluorescent white light, as if they were standing in the snow.
They were currently at the top of the huge steps leading down, and the steps near them were actually filled with stone statues.
At the bottom of the steps was a huge white stone platform floating in the air, with the same four stone statues placed at the corners of the platform. In the middle, was a huge transparent crystal with something black inside.
“Wait, that’s- it’s a person, by golly.” Luo XiaoLou shouted.
Yuan Xi, who was walking in front of him, stared at the huge crystal without blinking, “That’s…Yuan Che.”
With that, Yuan Xi walked down without looking back.
Luo XiaoLou sucked in his breath and was about to follow, when he suddenly felt something wrong and looked back. He was stunned, the people behind them were no longer moving, because all of them had a layer of crystals like slags of ice on their bodies.
Those people were all frozen there, as if they had turned into stone statues.