Chapter 5 – A blind cat ran across a dead rat?
Translated by: Pumpkin
Edited by: Earl,Ch40s, Fumma
After pressing the liquid with the other half of the talisman mold and baking it on the fire for a short while, a vermillion colored square shaped talisman paper was formed.
Suddenly, a lump of fire exploded in the little house.
“Fucking green haired old man, what is happening? Why would this thing explode?!” Wei Suo whose face had turned black and hair scorched was screaming loudly.
“Could it be that you have never made talisman before?” The green gowned old man was startled.
“I haven’t, what about it?”
“You have never made a talisman before yet you actually dared to do such a thing directly?” The green gowned old man said happily. “Based on your appearance earlier, I had thought you to be an expert talisman maker. Who would’ve thought that you’re actually a newbie who had never once made a talisman before. The diagram drawings on the talisman were all drawn according to the World’s Spiritual Meridians. Each talisman is a small formation array. If a slight deviation was to appear on the talisman, for example, if the diagram drawing was too thick or too thin, then the talisman would not be complete. Could it be that you had thought that if you draw the diagram that was similar to the one that I’ve shown you on the talisman paper, it would magically work? Could it be that you thought it was this easy to make talismans and artifacts?”
“Are you sure you didn’t lie to me about this talisman?” At this moment, the green gowned old man burst into a loud laughter, ridiculing Wei Suo. Contrary to expectations, Wei Suo did not get angry. Instead, he displayed a slightly serious expression. Although there was the word ‘fire’ in the name of the Firetail Flower, it was only because the appearance of this flower was very similar to that of a fiery dog tail. As for the Fire Scorpion, although its scorpion tail gave off a fire energy, a Fire Scorpion, regardless of how powerful it was, it would not be able to emit a ball of fire from earlier.
“Rubbish, if I am fooling around and lying to you, then go and find me three items that do not have any fire energy in themselves and see if you can make a ball of fire after you combine them together. I have already told you that the talisman recipe that I gave you is a hundred percent real, but you actually refuse to believe me.”
“Fuck! If you were truly lying to me, then you would spend the rest of your life in the manure pit.” Wei Suo yelled to the green gowned old man. However, his heart was determined to try making this talisman according to the talisman recipe all the way without giving up.
The current Wei Suo was extremely poor. Furthermore, he had experienced the level one Fireball Talisman from that prodigal beauty. It was merely a basket-sized fireball, however, if one was to merely touch the flames of the fireball, one would already experience a great pain; much less being hit by the entire fireball.
This sort of level one Fireball Talisman was at the very least as powerful as the fireball technique of level five Divine Sea Stage cultivators. Furthermore, one does not have to use much True Elemental Energy when using this sort of level one Fireball Talisman. Currently, the True Elemental Martial Technique that Wei Suo trained in was the Purple Mystic True Technique. The only offensive technique that Wei Suo knew was the Cyan Water Blade. With his cultivation level of Purple Mystic True Technique level two Divine Sea Stage, if he were to use the Cyan Water Blade in succession, he would at the very most be able to sent forth twenty plus Cyan Water Blades. However, if he was to change it to the level one Fireball Talisman that the prodigal beauty had used, then with his cultivation level, even if he was to send forth a hundred fireballs, he would still be fine.
Thus, these sorts of technique talismans that did not require the user to provide True Elemental Energy had always been best-sellers in the market. Generally, whenever a cultivator had sufficient Spiritual Stones, they would always buy a couple of these seals to save their lives in times of crisis. However, these level one technique talismans generally cost around half a Low Quality Spiritual Stone. For Wei Suo, he had only purchased some defensive technique talisman to save himself in times of crisis. As for this sort of offensive technique talisman, Wei Suo had never bought them before. The only offensive technique talisman that he had purchased before were those that were only half as powerful as a level one Fireball Talisman. That was because while they were only half as powerful, their price was only one third the price of a level one Fireball Talisman.
If these three ordinary items were truly capable of creating a level one Fireball Talisman, then wouldn’t this talisman recipe be essentially a hen that could lay Low Quality Spiritual Stones for Wei Suo?
“Brat, don’t waste the blood of the Fire Scorpions, okay? I have already told you before that even if it was someone who was extremely proficient in making technique talismans, it would still require them ten days to half a month in order to make a new technique talisman. You had only done this for seven days, yet you already wanted to make a successful Fireball Talisman; stop dreaming. All those Fire Scorpion’s blood that you have wasted, it’s better if you give it to me to drink.”
“Enough of the rubbish. If you still don’t shut up and make me fail on making this talisman seal, then I’ll invite you to drink another round of my piss.”
Inside the little rock house, Wei Suo took a deep breath. With a serious expression, he held the blue colored talisman writing brush and placed it into the bottle that contained the Fire Scorpion’s blood, soaking it with the Fire Scorpion’s blood.
After he failed his first talisman seal, Wei Suo had been continuously practicing for seven days now.
After he carefully recalled the all the details of the Fireball Talisman’s diagram drawing, Wei Suo took out the talisman writing brush that was soaked in Fire Scorpion’s blood from the bottle. Already prepared before him was a square shaped talisman paper created from Silver Candle Grass and Firetail Flower.
Generally, all those that have never made technique talismans before must first learn how to draw the diagram drawings through training in the ‘Talisman Carving.’ The so called Talisman Carving was to first carve a talisman diagram drawing onto a flat wooden slate. After that, one would use one’s talisman writing brush and continue to trace along the carved talisman diagram drawing to practice. Like this, after one practiced enough and became familiar with the different thickness and depths of the talisman diagram, one would naturally be able to grasp the difference in strength when one started drawing the talisman diagram drawing on the talisman paper, increasing the odds of success for the talisman making.
Whatsmore, since talisman paper were generally expensive, ordinary cultivators would not practice on actual talisman paper. However, because the Silver Candle Grass and Firetail Flower were omnipresent in the Spirit Peak City, Wei Suo had been practicing with the Fire Scorpion’s useless blood and practicing on actual talisman paper.
Because he had been directly practicing with the talisman paper, Wei Suo discovered that the quality of the talisman paper was deeply related to the success of the talisman making. After all, if the talisman paper was to have some defects or some coarse places, then it might cause the talisman writing brush to not write smoothly. This would easily cause the creation of the Fireball Talisman to fail.
Thus, in these seven days, Wei Suo had also worked hard on increasing the quality of the talisman paper. The talisman papers that Wei Suo made now were much more smooth and clean when compared to the first batch of talisman papers that he made. As for this one that he had prepared, it was the best among the recent couple batches. It was smooth like a mirror and even radiating a reflective shine.
Wei Suo started drawing without the slightest hesitation. A smooth and flowing red began to spread with the tip of the writing brush at lightning speed. The Fire Scorpion’s blood that was originally dark red immediately turned fiery red when it touched the talisman paper and started to radiate a sparkling and translucent shine like that of jade stones.
Numerous thin beads of sweat began to seep out from Wei Suo’s forehead. However, his gaze was extremely concentrated. Each and every movement of his was extremely firm.
After less than half an incense stick worth of time, Wei Suo finished the final stroke on this Fireball Talisman. At the split second when this final thin stroke was drawn, the entire fiery red colored talisman diagram drawing started to suddenly shine with a red light. The talisman paper was also emitting traces of heat.
“It actually formed successfully?” In the little quiet stone house, Wei Suo was looking at this talisman with a stunned expression. As for the green gowned old man, he also had his eyes opened wide in shock.
On top of the vermillion colored talisman paper were numerous scarlet colored marks. Those marks were emitting traces of heat. Vague lights were flowing through these marks, it appeared like a thin trace of flames was flowing through this talisman.
This talisman was emitting a faint heat.
No matter how one inspected it, this level one Fireball Talisman did not appear to have any problem at all.
“You truly never have made talismans before?” After being stunned for a long time, the green gowned old man looked at Wei Suo and asked.
“I haven’t.” Wei Suo still seemed to be in a state of shock. He shook his head. “In the past, I had only frequently drawn some stripes on ordinary white martens in order to make them appear like the Black Wind Martens to sell to others.”