Instant Kill - Chapter 6
Guo Shi’er felt a bit strange. Only Chang Ye Ren had extended an invitation in the past three days, but none of the other elders had shown up. Did something happen between them? An agreement? Maybe they reached some sort of tacit understanding?
For the time being, he decided to not think about it, he had nothing to lose anyway and depending on how the situation developed, he would have enough patience to wait.
The carriage soon arrived in front of a manor’s gate. It was located in the northern corner of the town, covering a very large area, and it had ten Fu Warriors standing at the entrance.
A middle-aged man soon came out and from his identity talisman, he was a Spellcaster. The man greeted him with a smile on his face and said, “Is it Junior Brother Guo Shi’er? I am Chang Haoran, my father is waiting inside.”
Guo Shi’er smiled, “Hello, Uncle Chang, I’m Guo Shi’er and this is Huo Bao, my brother.” Huo Bao stepped forward and offered his greetings. The two followed Chang Haoran into the manor.
Guo Shi’er suddenly noticed that there weren’t any other guests. He asked, “Didn’t you say it was a banquet?”
Chang Haoran smiled, “Yes, Junior Brother, you’re father’s only guest.”
Guo Shi’er couldn’t help but laugh, who would hold a banquet like this? It was a poor excuse. Following Chang Haoran, he found that this manor was a hundred times bigger than the small courtyard he lived in. If he was walking by himself, he would get lost if he wasn’t careful.
Ten minutes later, they arrived in front of an exquisite little living room.
Standing in the doorway, Chang Ye Ren said with a smile, “Shi’er is here, huh, come in! It’s cold outside, come inside and sit down.”
The wooden floor was covered with thick furs. Chang Ye Ren called for the servants and they brought four low tables. He sat down cross-legged and said, “Come, everyone, sit down. Haoran, go and ask for the food to be served.”
Guo Shi’er smiled, “Grandpa Chang, is it Fu food?”
Chang Ye Ren nodded, “That’s right, I don’t think you have ever eaten it before, right? Fu food is the food that Runemasters should be eating.”
The servant brought a few wooden plates. Guo Shi’er was surprised to see that they were freshly stir-fried vegetables, which he didn’t recognize, sliced meat with sautéed mushrooms, a steamed fish and a soup that, by the smell, he could tell was carrots and rib soup.
Guo Shi’er had tears in his eyes. This Fu food was like the home-style meals from his previous world. He was really happy to be able to eat such dishes.
A large bowl of rice was served to him.
Guo Shi’er was left speechless. He thought that there was no rice in this world, but he found it here, so it was worth coming.
He was a glutton in his past life and liked to cook the food himself, but in this life, he was still too young and trying to adapt to the environment, so he hadn’t considered enjoying good food.
Chang Ye Ren smiled, “These are ingredients that I have personally cultivated using runes, how about you try them?”
Guo Shi’er found that the rice was slightly different from his last life. It was very fragrant, even more than the one he knew, and the grains were slightly larger, crystal clear and extremely pale green. He took a mouthful and it was soft, smooth and very tasty, he couldn’t help but praise it, “This rice is delicious!”
Not only was the rice delicious, but the rest of the food was also very good. Guo Shi’er could tell that the food didn’t have any condiments except for a little salt.
Guo Shi’er refrained from eating it fast. He ate slowly to savor the flavors.
Huo Bao, however, ate at an astonishing speed, even finishing the soup within three minutes. “It was delicious… but it’s just too little to fill the stomach.”
Although Chang Haoren didn’t eat as fast as Huo Bao, he wasn’t slow either. He quickly finished it as well. Only Chang Ye Ren and Guo Ren ate slowly.
Chan Ye Ren graciously ate the Fu food, while Guo Shi’er felt nostalgic. Chand Ye Ren misunderstood Guo Shi’er and thought that the little guy’s mind was mature from the way he ate calmly and resisted the temptation, that he was a good Runemaster seedling.
Chand Haoran and Huo Bao both ate it all in less than ten minutes, while Chang Ye Ren and Guo Shi’er took forty minutes, and they all ate until the bowls were left clean, not even left a drop of soup. In this world, no one would waste any food, even if they were wealthy.
“Thank you, Grandpa Chang, for the hospitality.”
Guo Shi’er thanked him sincerely. He was very grateful to be able to taste such delicious food that reminded him of his previous life.
Chang Ye Ren was also satisfied in his heart, especially with Guo Shi’er’s attitude. He smiled, “It’s nothing much, Shi’er, you can come whenever you are free in the future. Although Fu food is rare, it’s no problem to treat you to a few meals.”
“Shi’er, how do you plan to live during your four years of apprenticeship?”
Guo Shi’er exclaimed in his mind, “Here it comes!” He had gotten a hint from Chen Chunzai beforehand, so he didn’t panic. “I am still thinking about it, Grandpa Chang. I have just started learning and I don’t know many things, so it will take me a while to get used to it.”
His words were perfect.
Chang Ye Ren stroked his beard and pondered for a moment, wondering in his heart, “How does this child speak so cleanly? There are no loopholes.” He said, “Oh, if there’s anything unfamiliar or inconvenient, just let me know and grandpa will help you out!”
Guo Shi’er neither agreed nor objected, and said respectfully, “Thank you, grandpa.”
With such wording, Chang Ye Ren was left speechless as he screamed in his heart, “Damn it, is he still a child? He is more cunning than an adult.”
Actually, Guo Shi’er wasn’t against acknowledging Chang Ye Ren as his master, but he still wanted to understand a little bit more and his master’s quality was related to his future growth. He couldn’t be rash.
Chang Ye Ren couldn’t do anything about it, so he had no choice but to use the most common method, getting close and friendly. However, it needed time and patience, and he couldn’t use coercion. He said, “Shi’er, with your potential, you can practice both paths at the same time, however, I suggest that you start with making runes first and then consider casting spells.”
When it came to becoming a Runemaster, Guo Shi’er’s interest increased greatly. He had many questions in his heart and although he had also read many books, he had little contact with them after all. It was great to receive advice from Chang Ye Ren. He asked, “What is… the fastest way to advance to a Runemaster?”
“As far as I can tell, four years! You will successfully advance at the age of twelve!”
Guo Shi’er was silent for a moment and then said, “For someone with average potential… how long would it take?”
Chang Ye Ren said, “Between eight and thirty years.”
Guo XII was surprised, “That long?”
Chang Ye Ren said, “Runes are a very profound discipline and the time one has to comprehend their true meanings is too short. One has to put in long hours of study, persistent effort and a high understanding… It is very difficult to become a Runemaster.”
“But there is no need to rush, hehe. You’ve only started learning and are relatively young, there’s plenty of time for you to practice.”
Guo Shi’er knew that ordinary people here didn’t have long life spans, similar to those in his previous life, usually reaching the end of their lives at around sixty years old. Those who reached the age of seventy or eighty were people with better health, and few could live up to that age.
The environment here was harsh and people were often attacked by wild animals and savages. It was a blessing to live until old, many died young.
However, people who practiced runes were different. Once they advanced successfully, their lifespan would almost double.
Most Mages, Spellcasters and Runemaster could have a lifespan of about one hundred and twenty years. A Fu warriors’ lifespan was a little lower of around a hundred years. If one was able to advance again and reach the level of a Rune Grandmaster, Master Mage or Master Spellcaster, their lifespan would increase to two hundred years. A Fu Master Warrior’s lifespan would then increase to one hundred and sixty years. Of course, if one died in battle, it would be a different story.
If one advanced to Grandmaster Mage, Grandmaster Spellcaster or Great Rune Grandmaster, their lifespans could reach three hundred years, while advancing to a Grandmaster Fu Warrior could reach two hundred and fifty years. However, it was very difficult to advance to the master level. Even in a super sect like the Northern Talisman Sect, there were no more than forty people who had reached it! These people were the powerhouses of the sect and would easily not appear.
Guo Shi’er didn’t care too much about lifespan, he possessed the secret technique of soul reincarnation, which was just another type of longevity skill. What he wanted was to keep his soul from dissipating and to be able to reincarnate safely.
“This is a tool book commonly used by Mages, a gift from me.”
Chang Ye Ren took out a match-sized Fu box and handed it to Guo Shi’er, smiling, “Unlike ordinary books, this is a Fu box, and inside are some of my experiences and insights that will be very helpful for you to start learning.”
Guo Shi’er took it and fiddled with it for a moment, asking, “How do you use this?”
Chang Ye Ren had someone fetch a pen and paper and quickly drew a pattern on the paper, saying, “This is the Fu Lock.” Then he drew another pattern and smiled, “And this is a Fu Key. All Fu Locks are similar, but every Fu Key is different. Try to memorize this Fu Key diagram and use it to unlock the Fu Lock!”
Guo Shi’er had read some books on runes in the last three days and slightly understood the use of runes, but had never tried using them before. With great interest, he picked up the Fu book, and in his mind, he saw the Fu Lock that Change Ye Ren had drawn on the paper.
After carefully observing the Fu keys, he tried to draw it on the Fu Lock. After about five minutes, Guo Shi’er let out a sigh of relief and the Fu book in his hand suddenly grew bigger and became a wooden bookcase. He said joyfully, “It worked!”
Chang Ye Ren’s expression changed slightly, this kind of aptitude was simply too terrifying. He handed the Fu Lock and Fu Key to Guo Shi’er, not expecting him to succeed, and was originally planning to take the opportunity to tempt when he couldn’t open it. He wanted to take the opportunity to get closer, but who knew that he would only take five minutes to open the Fu Lock and open the Fu book?
Chang Haoran looked at Guo Shi’er with incredulous eyes and couldn’t help but ask, “Shi’er, you’ve learned them before?”
Guo Shi’er said, “No, it’s my first time using a rune! It’s really fun! It’s amazing!”
Inside the Fu book box, there were eight books. A four book set called “The Making of Basic Runes,” a two book set called “The Special Rune Book,” and the other two books called “The Bone Rune Explanation” and “How to Make Dark Magic Money.”
When Guo Shi’er saw the name of the last book, his eyes opened and said excitedly, “How to make Dark Magic Money? Dark Magic Money can be made?”
This translation belongs to Centinni.
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