Instant Kill - Chapter 5
Chen Chunzai’s face became serious and said, “This is the most basic and conservative estimate. If you want to advance, if you want to become even more powerful, it’s not unusual to spend seventy or eighty thousand great magic coins. Shi’er, you need to think about how to earn money. Don’t wait until the end of your apprenticeship or you will be in a rush.”
This reminder was very important, but Guo Shi’er was a little puzzled. Would those eight-year-old children understand Chen Chunzai’s words if they had the same potential as him? Asking an eight-year-old child to make enough money for ten adults was shocking.
Guo Shi’er of course was an exception. Children did not understand, but he knew very well that money has everything. Without money to even eat, one should not even mention advancing or studying.
Chen Chunzai looked at the silent Guo Shi’er and wondered in his heart, does this child doesn’t even care at all? After thinking about it, he still said, “Actually, you don’t have to worry too much…”
Guo Shi’er said, “I’m not worried!”
“… If you become a disciple of a powerful Runemaster, you’ll have many opportunities to earn money.”
Guo Shi’er asked, “Where do you go to learn as a Runemaster apprentice?”
Chen Chunzai said, “If you acknowledged a master, you will learn from him, but if you don’t, you will have to go to the Hall of Runes to learn. There are many Mages and Runemasters there where disciples can ask for advice. The hall also has books you can rent or buy.”
“Is it self-study?”
Chen Chunzai said, “Self-study? Yes, that term describes it quite well. The disciples here, apart from having a master to teach them, are all self-taught.” He looked at Guo Shi’er and saw the little guy was thinking about something. He couldn’t help but ask, “Thinking about something?”
With an innocent smile, Guo Shi’er asked, “Grandpa Chen, those grandpas yesterday… who is the highest among them? I mean… which one is the richest?”
Chen Chunzai was stunned. If he didn’t understand the meaning, he would have lived more than eighty years in vain. He said, “Shi’er, what do you mean…?” He wanted to make sure. When he was eight years old, he didn’t know what he was doing, but this kid was already so good at figuring things out.
Guo Shi’er said bashfully, “Grandpa Chen, you know… I’m so far away from home and my family can’t help me, so… Looking for a powerful master will help me a lot, right?”
Chen Chunzai subconsciously replied, “Yes, of course, you need to find a strong master…”
Guo Shi’er immediately continued, “Who’s the best among them?”
Chen Chunzai said, “The most powerful in terms of overall strength is Chang Ye Ren and he’s also the richest! Wild Uncle……. er, Shi’er, you can’t think like that. We Runemasters need to have a self-reliant heart, we can’t think about taking advantage of others and making a profit!”
Guo Shi’er looked very aggrieved and said, “I didn’t. I just want to find a powerful master, nothing more, hehehe. Grandpa Chen, thank you.” He had already decided on a master in his heart. In this world, it didn’t matter who the master was as long as they treated their disciple well and was healthy.
Chen Chunzai shook his head, he felt that he was overthinking. A child who was only eight years old wouldn’t think that much. He said, “Shi’er, remember, don’t be in a hurry to acknowledge a master, wait a bit.”
Guo Shi’er was puzzled, “Why?”
Chen Chunzai smiled, “Oh, it is a rule here. Every time a child with excellent potential is found, the elders will want to take them in as a disciple, but children with excellent potential are very rare. Every time one appears, it will start a big argument, so in the end, a rule had to be made. The master could pick the disciple and the disciple could pick the master! No one is allowed to pressure the child.”
“So… when many elders are interested in a particular child, that child’s choice becomes the sole deciding factor. Before then, the elders can communicate with him, make promises, give gifts, but just can’t request the child to acknowledge them as master. The child will choose for themself in time!”
Guo Shi’er’s eyes lit up at the sound of it. This rule was simply fantastic. He smiled, “Yes, yes… I like this rule!”
Chen Chunzai sighed in his heart, “Who wouldn’t like it? This rule is specifically made for those excellent children.” If he didn’t want to give his grandson to Guo Shi’er, he wouldn’t have explained it in such detail.
Guo Shi’er played with the identity card in his hand and asked, “Do I wear this card? Or just put it in my pocket?”
Chen Chunzai said, “It must be worn on the left chest. You are a disciple, so you have to wear the disciple uniform and after the four-year apprenticeship period is over, the disciple uniform can no longer be worn. This uniform is the best protection for the Inner Sect. No one will be rude to you and no one will dare to bully you.”
A cold wind blew into the house.
An old man furtively lifted the curtain and came in, he seemed to have accidentally seen the two and said loudly, “Little Chen, what are you doing here… Isn’t that Shi’er?” Master Chang Ye Ren appeared smilingly.
Chen Chunzai revealed a meaningful smile and said, “Oh my, what a coincidence, huh. I brought Shi’er to do the formalities and get his identity card!”
Guo Shi’er bowed, “Greetings, Grandpa Chang!”
Chang Ye Ren stretched out his hand to pat Guo Shi’er’s head and smiled, “Hey, this kid is very polite. Shi’er, grandpa’s house will be hosting a banquet in two days, you should come over too. I don’t think the little guy has ever eaten Fu food. Come to my house and have a good taste, haha, it’s decided then… I have things to do, so I’ll send someone to pick you up then.”
Without waiting for Guo Shi’er’s reply, he turned around and walked away, disappearing in the blink of an eye.
Guo Shi’er was stunned. Chen Chunzai cursed in his heart, “This old fox…” He said, “Shi’er, don’t be surprised, there will be many more strange things to see in the future.”
“Is this just the start of it?”
Guo Shi’er was surprised.
Chen Chunzai smiled, “Yes, it has just started!”
Guo Shi’er smiled with a good feeling and said, “We should still go to the Hall of Runes to get books, right?”
The group quickly arrived at the Hall of Runes, it only about five minutes away, and received a large pile of basic books. Chen Chunzai said, “Shi’er, don’t be in a hurry to read the books yet, wait until you settle down and tidy up your own home first, then you can start reading them. If there is something you don’t understand, just come to my house… I can help you temporarily. I am on vacation after this mission is completed.”
Guo Shi’er lived in a very small courtyard. It was a house specially arranged for disciples, and it could house thirty or so people. At the moment, only ten people were living there, so it seemed very empty.
The most important thing about this courtyard wasn’t the buildings on the ground, but a large laboratory underground. It was a necessary place for learning runes. The floor, walls and ceiling were reinforced with runes, there were special inlets and outlets, and he could even make a fire. This level of sophistication made Guo Shi’er feel surprised.
Guo Shi’er was not interested in science in his previous life. Although he had a university degree, it was in a military academy, not a science one! He wasn’t against learning new skills as he understood that it was the only way to survive. Being able to learn a little bit about something was great.
Four years, that was the time given to Guo Shi’er to grow up and it was very intense. In these past few days, Guo Shi’er had read some local history books, and some rune journals, etc., and had a general understanding of this world. This world was completely different from his previous world as there was no concept or idea of countries.
The living environment of humans here was harsher than he could imagine. If humans could not unite, they were extremely likely to be exterminated, which was why a powerful sect like the Northern Talisman Sect had emerged.
The North was dominated by the Northern Talisman Sect. In the East, there was the Eastern Talisman Sect, also known as the Sea Talisman Sect. To the West was the Great Grassland and the Western Talisman Sect, which was mostly known as the Beast Talisman Sect. In the south, there was the Southern Talisman Gate, which was made up of two sects, the Insect Talisman Sect and the Plant Talisman Sect.
These four major sect organizations gathered the vast majority of power to get a place in this harsh environment. The power of the various clans in this world was also enormous.
In order to live out this life safely, Guo Shi’er had to learn local means of survival. Perhaps he would return home again in his next reincarnation, but he didn’t want to die. Although he had never experienced death itself, he guessed that if he died here, he would most likely lose his chance to reincarnate and then he would disappear forever!
Living his third life, Guo Shi’er didn’t feel that he had lived enough at all, it was best if he could live a few more lifetimes. With this reincarnation in another world, wanting to see new worlds was now one of his greatest desires.
Guo Shi’er carefully cleaned the underground laboratory. It had a material storage room, a material processing room, an underground fire room, a cleaning room and a hall for experiments, also known as the rune-making hall! He didn’t let anyone help and cleaned it by himself. Although he was only eight years old, he had the physical strength of an adult from his previous life, so he quickly cleaned up.
Guo Shi’er then returned to the room upstairs, which was his master bedroom.
The master bedrooms were built small in this world because the winters were extremely cold. A wooden table took up most of its space.
The room also had the same runes engrave on its floor, walls and ceiling not only to keep the cold outside but to also release some heat. There was a coat hanger placed by the wooden table, but besides that, there was no other furniture. The entrance to the basement was by the hanger.
Right outside the master bedroom was the study, where Guo Shi’er went to study. It had already been cleaned by Aunt Lan and Aunt Xin.
The bookshelves were neatly lined up with books bought from the Hall of Runes, as well as books previously purchased outside. There were also pens, paper and inkstones by the desk. He was no stranger to using brushes since he had used them a lot in his previous life. He was able to write quite nicely with a brush.
He leisurely read during the day, chanted at night and only slept for four hours. That was enough for him. Because his soul was strengthened, the quality of his sleep was extremely good and four hours of sleep was enough to feel refreshed mentally and physically.
Three days passed by quickly. This particular afternoon, Huo Bao came to the study and said, “Shi’er, there’s a carriage outside and two Fu warriors saying that they invite you to Grandpa Chang Ye Ren’s house.”
Guo Shi’er smiled, “Okay, let’s go together.” He was curious to know how Chang Ye Ren planned to tempt him.
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