Yu Feiyuan started digging around ever since she first arrived to find Luo Yan and Luo Siming in each others faces. Had Ming Feizhen not distracted her, shed have butchered Luo Clan ages ago for their dubious doings.
Unlike Zi Wutong, Yu Feiyuan wasnt bloodthirsty and, as such, didnt have a mention-worthy record of people she hurt. In recent years, though, she established herself through her undefeated record and constant eradication of villains. She didnt search for evidence or care who her targets were. She just relied on her innate keenness for catching fishy people and vanquished them out of duty. Likewise, she only wanted to crush Luo Ming out of her sense of justice.
Yu Feiyuan stopped her amble for a quite a while and then discharged energy behind her, prompting the assassin hiding behind the tree to jump her. She pivoted around and extended an open hand, knowing where her assailant was. She let her assailant push her back and effortlessly caught herself. On the contrary, blood trickled from her opponents hand.
“What do you want from this great one”
On our way to catch up with River Monster and Mountain Monster, we recalibrated our intelligence. We had the sword Boss stole, dozens of blueprints, Repository Sword Theory, a Hong Jiu, an unconscious Song Ou and ten-odd chubby rodents. Well, the rodents had to stay in the cabin at the back since Boss refused to be near them. Oh, I also had the stone that could produce illusions. I dont know why, but I couldnt bring myself to throw it away.
Boss looked confused, not that I could blame her. She never studied smithing, after all. So, being as erudite as I am, I voiced, “Let me see,” and took a sheet. I can confidently assert that the diagrams and calculations on the sheet of paper are the source of evil in this world. I rolled it into a ball and then threw it at the floor. “Stupid! Idiot! Moron! Who do they expect to understand this!”
“Dont scrunch it up!” Boss clobbered my forehead. “Its important. If you ruin it, youre taking all of the blame.”
Massaging my forehead, I grumbled, “You know what it is, then”
“Im not sure myself. Ive seen this drawing from ancient books, though… Its Nine States Enervating Weapons diagram.”
Hong Jiu and I: “Say what! … What is that”
“… Im barely holding myself back from kicking you both off this boat right now,” Shen Yiren grouched through her teeth. “Well, you probably dont know as the words were never recorded in legal books. Its a story my father told me. I usually search for the original version of stories my father told me whenever I miss him, and this Nine States Enervating Weapons is one of them. Blacksmiths from famous workshops would scoff at it because its the stupidest idea any blacksmith has ever heard of. In any event, people dont believe its a true story.”
Hong Jiu questioned, “Is it some sort of divine weapon or something”
“Theres no shortage of quality weapons in the pugilistic world, is there In the last century, we have the Seven Dynasty-Founding Blades if nothing else; you could spend three days listing out premium weapons. This story is a joke since the blacksmith only produced nine weapons.”
“What is Nine States Enervating Weapons, then” I queried.
Shen Yiren set the blueprint down. “Do you think its stupid to invest an entire states resources and all of its people to forge one weapon”
“According to the legend, that was what was done, hence the nameStates Enervating.”
Hong Jiu smacked his lips: “If I had all of a nations resources, Id be an Emperor if not his father. Spending all those resources for one weapon instead of enjoying the luxuries is just being sick in the head.”
“Thats why its considered stupid. What good is a weapon that could carve out a new world if it drained the entire world in the first place Thats why its always been nothing more than a story, just like the legend of the six evil beasts…” Shen Yiren slowed down as she reached the end of her explanation and looked my way.
“Those six really exist, however.”
Shen Yiren bobbed her head. “These sheets are likely only a portion of the whole story, a conjecture Im basing on the fact that these blueprints only refer to a sword hilt. There must be hundreds of sheets to complete the design. Nine States Enervating Weapons may be a myth; however, its a fact that these blueprints exist.
“Regardless of their authenticity, the question remains: what does Luo Ming want to forge the sword for You remember he mentioned he found the method from an ancient book He claimed to study the fragments for ten days without eating.”
“Yeah, its clearly him crapping out of his mouth. He wasnt studying fragments but detailed smithing blueprints. I still cant wrap my head around what his research on the six evil beasts has to do with forging this mythical sword, though.”
All of us folded our arms to dive deep into our own minds. Unfortunately, we couldnt figure it out even by the time we arrived at our destination.”
“This sure is a secluded island. Quite the nice hiding spot,” remarked Shen Yiren.
“I selected it after factoring in the geography of Taihu Island. This is the best place to hide since outsiders wont come h-”
“Who… Who is there”
Hearing the cry of an injured individual, Shen Yiren cast her gaze my way to imply, “You were saying”
“Hey, men make mistakes; horses can stumble.”
Upon disembarking, we found Yi Wangyou lying in blood by the shore.
Shen Yiren pointed out, “Sword wounds. Whoever the assailant was is an A-grade swordsman.”
Yi Wangyou, barely aware of where he was, clutched my wrist and murmured, “Help… Help… Help His Highness… He… He is…”
Feng Jian crept out from the darkness and reported, “Shifu, mission complete.”
“Good… Its time. Lets go.” Luo Ming, from his cushion, fumed, “Time to pay that cur a visit.”-