Chapter 38 – Illusion Light Talisman
Translated by: Pumpkin
Edited by: Fumma, Earl
Late at night. A Night Glowing Pearl was hung from the ceiling above the table in Wei Suo’s little rock house with a small lump of Icethread Spider’s thread, illuminating the small stone house.
With a luster like that of a sleek crystal, the Golden Thread Talisman Brush appeared like a roaming fish as it slid through the talisman paper. In a short amount of time, the outline of the talisman drawing was finished. The vermillion talisman paper shined with a red light. It appeared as if the talisman drawing on the talisman paper was moving. A Fireball Talisman was successfully completed.
“This Golden Thread Talisman Brush is truly good.”
Wei Suo picked up this newly completed Fireball Talisman and started to compare it with the Fireball Talismans that he made before. He discovered that the talisman diagram of the Fireball Talisman he used the Golden Thread Talisman Brush to make, appeared to be even more smooth and soft. Even the fire aura emitted by the Fireball Talisman appeared to be even more dense.
The better the quality the Fireball Talisman was, the more powerful the Fireball that it cast would be.
At this moment, seven Fireball Talismans created with the Golden Thread Talisman Brush was already placed on the stone table to Wei Suo’s side. Adding on the one that Wei Suo just finished making, he had managed to achieve an eighty percent success rate among the ten Fireball Talismans he tried to make this time around. Furthermore, even for the two unsuccessful talismans, they were only a little bit off and did not start burning.
Inside the stone house, a new metal shelf was placed beside the wall. On the shelf were many sealed bottles and jars. What the jars contained were all of the useful Fire Scorpion’s blood.
After Wei Suo complacently took a glance at the Fireball Talisman that he just finished making and the Golden Thread Talisman Brush, Wei Suo took out the yellow colored Treasure Receiving Pocket embroidered with flower designs. After his purple True Elemental Energy was poured into the Treasure Receiving Pocket, the pocket opened up by itself. A burst of yellow light was emitted from it. Spiritual Stones, Fireball Talismans and other items were placed in the Treasure Receiving Pocket. All of them were magically floating in that yellow light.
Wei Suo extended his hand and grabbed into the yellow light before him. He took out a Mid Quality Spiritual Stone. After that, he lightly pulled on the golden ribbon around the opening of the Treasure Receiving Pocket. The Spiritual Stones and other items that were floating in the yellow light followed the yellow light and returned back into the Treasure Receiving Pocket.
Holding this Mid Quality Spiritual Stone, Wei Suo had planned to start training right away. However, right at this moment, Wei Suo heard the green gowned old man’s ‘mn.’ It appeared as if he had seen something good.
“Did you discover something good?!” Wei Suo who was originally a bit tired, immediately became focused.
Receiving enlightening from the cyan jade technique talismans from last time, in the past couple days when Wei Suo left his house to receive the Fire Scorpions, he would purchase a pile of jade slips on his way back. These jade slips that did not have any restrictions on them contained records of the sceneries and things in the Heavenly Profound Continent. For example, there were introductions of demonic beasts, Spiritual Herbs and so on. There were names of locations, their history and so on. They were essentially encyclopedias. They were not worth a lot of Spiritual Stones. However, Wei Suo remembered that these items might be useful to himself and the green gowned old man. After all, what the green gowned old man knew of was the world from ten to twenty thousand years ago. Many of the things and locations from back then have changed now. This was so that he could prevent the situation in which the green gowned old man tells him that a location would have many low level demonic beasts but when he arrived at said location, it had been overrun with high level demonic beasts in the past ten to twenty thousand years. If such a thing was to happen, then even if Wei Suo wanted to cry in that sort of situation, he would not be able to find a place to cry. Furthermore, the most important aspect was that the green gowned old man knew all those talisman making recipes and pill concocting recipes. Although Wei Suo had told the green gowned old man of all the commonly seen Spiritual Herbs and Demon Pellets last time, the amount of stuff that Wei Suo knew was, after all, limited. He felt that these encyclopedias contained a more complete amount of information. There were also information on all kinds of Medicinal Herbs, ores and various other stuff used as raw materials to craft artifacts with.
For the green gowned old man who had been sealed away for ten to twenty thousand years, reading these information was like relearning for him. He read them with great interest. Sometimes, he would even spend an entire night reading them. In these past few days, the green gowned old man had made much progress. For example, he had learned some of the popular slangs; he learned slangs like “You big headed ghost!” When speaking with Wei Suo, he would unconsciously start using those slangs.
“You damned big head ghost!” Sure enough, when Wei Suo asked the green gowned old man this time around, this was the first thing he replied back with. After that, he gave Wei Suo a side eye. “I have a lot of good things. If you’re able to break through to level four Divine Sea Stage sooner, you’ll naturally be able to obtain a lot of good things.”
“Aren’t I giving my all and training all day and night? It’s not like there’s anything I can do about how slow it is to open a new Divine Sea.” Once he heard what the green gowned old man said, Wei Suo immediately grew depressed.
“However, I did manage to discover that the materials for a certain type of talisman is extremely abundant now. Merely, I do not know if you’re interested in making this sort of talisman.” To Wei Suo’s surprise, what the green gowned old man said afterwards was that.
Wei Suo immediately grew excited. “What sort of talisman? As long as it’s useful, I would definitely want to learn how to make it.”
“It’s the Illusion Light Talisman.” The green gowned old man took a glance at Wei Suo. “It does not have any attack power. It is truly useless offensively. Thus, this sort of talisman had gone extinct ten thousand years ago. That was the reason why the materials for this sort of talisman is so abundant now.”
“There’s no attack power? In that case, what kind of talisman is that?”
“It is a kind of talisman that is capable of emitting a special kind of light. This light is capable of completely imitating the appearance of a certain kind of skill technique or demonic beast. However, this sort of talisman is, at the very most, only capable of scaring one’s opponent. By itself, it has no attack power at all. If your opponent was to use some sort of skill technique or magical treasure to block the skill technique or demonic beast created by this talisman, they would immediately discover that it is a phony.” The green gowned old man explained. “Through the different types of talisman diagram design, you are able of making your talisman capable of creating a phantom of a Fireball all the way to a phantom of a high level demonic beast. The Illusion Light Talismans were all things that rely on the materials the talismans are composed of. There is little energy movement and you’d practically be using no True Elemental Energy to activate it. When using them, you are able to do it in secret.”
“Interesting!” Wei Suo immediately he he laughed. He immediately said to the green gowned old man. “Quickly, tell me how to make that talisman right away.” Wei Suo thought in his heart that since this sort of technique talisman had gone extinct for a long time, there would not be many people that knew of it now. If he was to fight against someone, even if his opponent was to be able to discover that the technique or demonic beast created was fake, they would still be shocked for an instant. It would be capable of distracting one’s opponent. As majority of the demonic beasts below level three do not have the intelligence comparable to humans, this sort of talisman ought to be very useful in dealing with them too.
Wei Suo subconsciously repeated the name of this material. The materials used to make Illusion Light Talisman that the green gowned old man stated were indeed extremely common. The talisman paper was created through using Yellowthread Grass and Bitter Golden Chrysanthemum. As for the talisman ink, it created through mixing Measureless Crystal, Cyan Cinnabar Stone and Cuttlefish Ink.
“What’s wrong? Could it be that there’s not a lot of Measureless Crystals in this era?” The green gowned old man was confused by Wei Suo’s repetition of the Measureless Crystal’s name. “I clearly read from the jade slips that you brought back that there are many of this sort of crystal stones nowadays. Furthermore, their price is not high either.”
“That’s not it. Merely, I just so happened to have one with me here.” Wei Suo ‘he he’ laughed. However, he felt a bit speechless in his heart. It turned out that the Measureless Crystal was also called the Image Developing Crystal. If the Measureless Crystal was to face someone under the sun, then it would be able to leave behind the image of that person for a short period of time. It was said that if one was to combine it with a kind of colored glass crystal and place a specialized formation array on it, the image could be left behind in the Measureless Crystal for as long as an entire month.
Back then, Wei Suo had some very vulgar thoughts. He thought that if he was to happen to see a beauty taking a bath or the like and then place the image of that into a Measureless Crystal Sphere, then wouldn’t he be able to look at the image with pleasure over and over again after he returned home? Thus, when Wei Suo saw that someone was selling Measureless Glass at the free market outside of the city, he specially went to the person and bought one. Merely, he did not manage to find that sort of colored glass crystal later on. Thus, after time passed, Wei Suo had forgotten about the Measureless Crystal. To his surprise, this Measureless Crystal that he purchased was useful now.
“Holy hell, this sort of Illusion Light Talisman is even more complicated to make than the Fireball Talisman. It actually requires two overlapping talisman diagrams?”
After Wei Suo remembered the materials the green gowned old man mentioned to him, he immediately started to energetically set forth to make the talisman. As for these materials, they were indeed not hard to find nowadays. Other than the Measureless Crystal, Wei Suo purchased a bunch of other materials using only two Low Quality Spiritual Stones. However, Wei Suo was shocked when he saw the method of making the talisman as well as the talisman diagram drawn by the green gowned old man with green light.
This sort of Illusion Light Talisman actually required one to draw talisman diagrams twice. After making the talisman paper, one must first grind the Measureless Crystal into powder. After that, one was to boil it and dissolve it into the Cuttlefish Ink. The first talisman diagram was to be drawn using this talisman ink. After the unfinished talisman was successfully made, one would then use an unfinished talisman to develop the image. After lightening up the unfinished talisman, one would have to draw another talisman diagram using the talisman ink created from Cyan Cinnabar Stone and Cuttlefish Ink within two incense sticks worth of time. Only then would the Illusion Light Talisman be considered as finished. If the second talisman drawing was finished after two incense sticks worth of time, then the completed talisman would have no effect.
Both of the talisman drawings were as complicated as the Fireball Talisman’s talisman drawing. Furthermore, to draw a talisman drawing again was equivalent to adding another round of chance to make a mistake. From this, the success rate of the Illusion Light Talisman would be half as much as that of the Fireball Talisman.
After hesitating for a moment, Wei Suo bit down on his teeth and made his decision. After all, the more methods he had to confront his enemies with, the higher the chance he would have in killing his enemies. Furthermore, from the green gowned old man’s tone of speech, Wei Suo determined that he most definitely knew a couple more powerful talisman recipes. As for those talismans, their material would definitely not be as cheap as those of the Fireball Talisman. Thus, Wei Suo determined that making this Illusion Light Talisman could be considered as a type of tempering one’s skill.
Seeing that Wei Suo was mashing the Yellowthread Grass and Bitter Golden Chrysanthemum according to their proportions in order to make the Illusion Light Talisman’s talisman paper, a trace of undetectable appreciation flashed through the green gowned old man’s eyes. ‘This vulgar guy have quite a lot of merit to him. For example, his head was pretty intelligent. For example, he do not try to bite off more than he could chew and so on.’
Right when Wei Suo was wholeheartedly starting to make the Illusion Light Talisman, a Golden Jade Pavilion’s flowery uniformed youngster, while being extremely excited in his heart, respectfully entered Ji Ya’s room in the Precious Treasure Pavilion.
The astonishing beauty, Ji Ya, was wearing an ordinary purple colored palace dress. She sat before a table. On her face was an expression of uncoverable tiredness. Although her expression appeared to be extremely ordinary, she, however, emitted an ice-coldness from head to toe. It was an ice-coldness that repelled others to thousand miles away. On top of her table laid all kinds of medicinal herbs from all seasons. The entire room was filled with all kinds of peculiar smell of medicine.
Although it was not the first time this Golden Jade Pavilion’s uniformed youngster saw Ji Ya, his heart still trembled from Ji Ya’s astonishing beauty and coldness.
‘Oh what kind of talent would be able to obtain the favor of such a woman, letting her face display a trace of smile?’
After deep sighing in his heart, this uniformed youngster stepped forward in an extremely courteous manner. He placed the Spiritual Stone Pocket in his hand to the empty space on the table before Ji Ya. “Shopkeeper Ji Ya, due to the fact that you’ve been preoccupied with concocting pellets, I did not dare to disturb you and waited all the way till now before delivering the Spiritual Stones over. The United Void Pellet that you had left with our Shopkeeper Tian ended up selling for four thousand Low Quality Spiritual Stones. Taking away the thousand Low Quality Spiritual Stones we have already paid you alongside the fees that we took, there remains two thousand seven hundred Low Quality Spiritual Stones. In this pocket here is two hundred and sixty Mid Quality Spiritual Stones. Please check for the amount.”
Ji Ya lightly shook her head. “There’s no need. Liu Xiang, I trust both you and Boss Tian. Many thanks on waiting and bringing this to me.”
The uniformed youngster from the Golden Jade Pavilion called Liu Xiang said respectfully. “Shopkeeper Ji Ya, our Shopkeeper Tian had entrusted me to deliver a message from him. He said that the Pellet Medicines that you’ve concocted were all in extremely high demand. If you are to be able to provide a Pellet Medicine like the United Void Pellet to the Golden Jade Pavilion to auction off every month, we would be able to remit half of the fees for the other remaining transactions between our Golden Jade Pavilion and your Precious Treasure Pavilion.”
“I understand. You can return.” Ji Ya nodded. After the uniformed youngster respectfully left her pellet concocting room, she displayed a bitter smile on her face. She also knew the reason behind Shopkeeper Tian’s proposal. If the Golden Jade Pavilion was to auction Pellet Medicine like the United Void Pellet at regular intervals, then it would definitely greatly grow in popularity, attracting the arrival of many cultivators. This would also allow for the business of the Golden Jade Pavilion to be even more flourishing. As for the condition that the Golden Jade Pavilion gave to her, it was naturally extremely favorable to the Golden Jade Pavilion. The most important thing was that in the entire Precious Treasure Pavilion, Ji Ya was the only one who was capable of creating this level of Pellet Medicines. Furthermore, the production cost for this sort of Pellet Medicine was not cheap either.
Furthermore, there were many other things that Ji Ya had to handle in the year. To concoct a United Void Pellet every month, it was not something that Ji Ya had the certainty of being able to accomplish.
In a tired manner, Ji Ya rubbed her temples. She then took a white colored Pellet Medicine. “Dugu Yuyun.” Following Ji Ya’s voice, a black gowned cultivator with concealed face appeared at her doorway.
“Little Miss has already achieve a breakthrough and reached level five Divine Sea Stage. As for the Ice Dragon True Technique that you’ve given her, she has learned the third stage so far.” As if he knew what Ji Ya was about to ask, this black gowned man directly responded.
“She has reached level five DIvine Sea Stage?” Ji Ya was startled.
“That’s correct.” The black gowned man said indifferently. “Her talent in learning and cultivating martial techniques and skill techniques are extremely high.”
“I understand. Continue to have the people from the Iron Policy assist in the protection of the Miss.” Ji Ya nodded. After she saw the black gowned man leaving silently, a gratified expression filled Ji Ya’s eyes.