Seal Cultivation for Self-Improvement Chapter 15.2: Against the Man in Black

Last updated on November 13, 2020

When the spiritual qi was broken, the spiritual power covering the magic weapon dissipated, and the divine sense was severely damaged.

The man in black couldn’t help but stagger and be frightened.

However, Yu Qiu’s counterattack was not yet over.

The magic weapon that had lost qi stagnated in the air. Yu Qiu quickly caught it with his hand, then tightly wrapped the talisman that had been in his right hand around it.

The man in black clearly saw the talisman, and his face changed in an instant. “Stop!”

It was too late.

Yu Qiu had already activated the talisman–a Spirit Devouring talisman.

The so-called Spirit Devouring talisman was more common among ordinary cultivators than the Spirit Disrupting talisman. Although it was called “Spirit Devouring,” its function was not only to gobble up spiritual qi, but also to forcibly devour the soul mark placed by the cultivator on the weapon. It was truly an essential commodity for raiding homes, killing people, and seizing their properties. After all, even if the former owner was killed, the soul mark would only naturally disappear for more than half a month to half a year after the owner’s death.

Now as soon as this Spirit Devouring talisman was activated, the soul mark that the man in black had originally attached to the flying sword suddenly turned into smoke.

The divine sense was inflicted again, and the man in black directly vomited a mouthful of blood.

“You…” The man in black looked very fierce. How he wished he could swallow Yu Qiu alive. “How dare you…”

Yu Qiu held the sword in his hand. “How about using this weapon to exchange for the lives of the three of us?”

The man in black laughed angrily. “Just three ants, you think I can’t kill you without that thing!”

“Of course not,” said Yu Qiu as he took out another talisman, holding it up for the man in black. “But think about it. Does this kind of uneconomical thing have to be done?”

This talisman was dark blue all around. At first glance, it looked like mold and even seemed to be surrounded by a layer of mist. Only after looking carefully would one notice the fine lines on it.

The man in black’s face changed again.

Blue Mist talisman, one of the most notorious talismans in the cultivation world, was more detestable than the Spirit Devouring talisman. The Spirit Devouring talisman would only devour the soul mark. One could still reapply it as long as the weapon was retrieved. However, this Blue Mist talisman could corrode the weapon itself.

When a Blue Mist talisman was used, no matter if the weapon was worth several low-grade, middle-grade or high-grade spirit stones, it would directly turn into a pile of scrap iron.

“Although this is only a small flying sword, its craftsmanship is by Bailiantang1百炼堂 – literally, Hundred Refining Room. The whole body of the sword is forged with fine iron. Even more, the edge of the blade is plated with the golden essence of the Golden Crow2 金乌精金 – The Golden Crow (金乌) or the three-legged crow (三足乌) is the Sun spirit in Chinese mythology. It lives in the Fusang tree (扶桑), which is a giant mulberry tree in the Eastern Seas, and travels the sky in a carriage every day, and it has two seals engraved on it. The price should be at least several middle-grade stones.” Yu Qiu carefully observed the weapon, then he looked up again and smiled. For the lives of these three ants, are you really willing?”

The face of the man in black changed again and again. After a while, he sneered. “I hate being threatened.”

Yu Qiu couldn’t help but smile.

Why couldn’t he see that the person before him was such a proud and arrogant master? If he had known, then was there no need to act weak right from the start? He didn’t want to be so hard on this guy, but how he dealt with people made no sense. There was no other way.

“So you’ll entangle with us forever?” said Yu Qiu. “There’s no need, ne. An exchange of blows may lead to friendship. We might as well be friends.”

As he said so, he took out another stack of stuff from his sleeves. “Otherwise, it would be too uneconomical for the both of us.”

It was a pile of talismans, and at a glance there were at least dozens of them. 

Yu Qiu said with a smile, “Do you really want to see how many talismans I have?”

“You…” The man in black was stupefied.

The difference in cultivation was a big factor in deciding the outcome of a match, but some external things, such as magic tools, arrays, and talismans, can close the gap to a certain extent. When there were too many external things, it was very likely that someone with lower cultivation could stand a good chance against someone with a higher cultivation.

Yu Qiu now took out a lot of talismans, and these were obviously too many.

For these talismans, the man in black, who was still arrogant despite suffering a great loss, finally put down his arrogant stand. At last, he was willing to look straight at Yu Qiu. Although some people think that external things were not indicative of a cultivator’s own strength, the man in black obviously did not support this belief… What a joke, how could financial resources not be a sign of strength?

But after carefully scrutinizing Yu Qiu for a few times, the man in black didn’t think that Yu Qiu was such a rich man.

However, what he didn’t know was that under such a well-thought out exterior, Yu Qiu was actually so nervous that he was sweating.

For only a shichen, how could he have drawn such a large number of talismans with only a pile of extremely cheap materials? No, to be exact, if he had continuously drawn talismans correctly, then it may have been possible to obtain such a result.

Without selecting and using the required materials for each talisman, one could not be 100% successful. This sentence, actually, was only “theoretical.”

The reason why the materials cultivators used in drawing talismans were fixed was because each talisman had a fixed veined pattern, and the materials play a role in how these patterns would manifest. On the contrary, if one wanted to change the pattern, then naturally, they’d have to change the material used in making the talisman. This was a subject Yu Qiu studied in his previous life. However, because his skills were too good, the chance of success was always raised to a certain extent. There was almost no probability of failure in his hands. Whether the new pattern could reach a 100% success rate was too difficult to verify in the past.

Now, because of his tragic beyond compare kind of luck, Yu Qiu had been given the opportunity to verify and improve.

Crazily drawing talismans in the previous shichen, he had improved the success rate of several talismans’ drawing methods using new materials to 100%.

Now the problem was, at that time, his main purpose was to feed the system; second, it was to improve the new method. The talismans he finished were merely by-products. After succeeding in one kind of talisman, he will immediately move on to another one. He had drawn a few of them, but now he was about to use them all up.

Only the one in his hand and the two at his side were unadulterated. The remaining dozens of talismans were useless, a complete bluff.

With the man in black sizing him up again and again, Yu Qiu’s heart was rising to his throat.


Translator's Corner
Lizonka: And also guys, time to choose your player male lead! Who do you prefer? The white-but-actually-black lotus, Xiao Chunmian… or the black-eyed, black-haired, black-clothed guy (whose name we’ll learn in the next chapter 😉)
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Getting into Creative Writing for my college course was a pure accident, but thanks to that, I can excuse my excessive reading of danmei novels as "studying" ( •̀ ω •́ )✧

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Dessa Matuguinas

I quite like Xiao Chunchunmaru. But maybe because we’re not yet fully acquainted with Angry Black guy that’s why I’m still biased towards Chunchunmaru. Maybe Angry Black guy is the main lead.

Kleep

Ohhhh good gamble. I wonder if he’ll feed the system with this play. Also, why do I feel like our (fake) white lotus won’t be okay with this guy.

Thanks for the great translation ♥️

arwah98

Wait, we can choose? Σ( ° △ °|||)︴

So many twist in this novel, I’ll observe more! Thank you for updating!

Benomora

Thanks for the chapter (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤

AnonymousWildAster

I’m placing my bets on the clad in black guy.

Thanks for the chapter. 💖

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