Afterward, Liu Ming did not continue to adjust his breath to restore spiritual power. Instead, he patted his waist; he couldn’t wait to check the two storage talisman that he took from the Yin Yang Strong Demon and the tall and muscular man.
He first released Divine Thought into the golden storage talisman, and his expression gradually turned surprised.
In the storage talisman of the young man in green robe, there were more than 300 upper grade spiritual stones and several upper grade spiritual weapons.
Although these spiritual weapons were of good quality, they obviously needed evil cultivation to maximize their power. For the current Liu Ming, the value was not high. Except for finding a remote market to exchange for spirit stones, it was also a good choice to try to enhance their enchantments.
In addition to these, there is a black bottle, a broken ancient book and an ancient mirror fragment in the storage talisman.
In the small black bottle, there was some pitch-black liquid. Liu Ming didn’t know what it was. He just vaguely felt a faint demonic qi, but it was a little different from the true demonic aura. It must be a necessary item to cultivate evil techniques.
As for the ancient mirror fragment, it was only the size of an egg. It was engraved with some strange white runes, and it occasionally reflected a misty crystal light which didn’t seem like a normal item.
But Liu Ming couldn’t see anything except for a faintly mysterious aura on it. After putting it away, he picked up the dilapidated ancient book.
This ancient book looked really old; its cover was slightly yellowed. It was missing a corner that was an inch size, and it was torn apart from the middle; it seemed like there was only half left.
Liu Ming turned a page gently. A black light appeared on the surface of the inner page, and some dark and purple texts were floating endlessly. It seemed that someone cast some kind of enchantment on it.
Liu Ming took a closer look, and he was surprised to find these weird and cumbersome words in the ancient book. It was very similar to the text that appeared on the scales of the troll giant foot that he saw in Yuanmo Sect’s monster holding tower that year. He could understand it at a glance.
As a result, when he showed a trace of joy and wanted to take a closer look at it, a black light suddenly came to his face. Then, there was a buzzing sound in his ears. The next moment, he felt so dizzy that he almost fainted on the ground.
In a shock, he immediately closed the ancient book. After he made a gesture to rest for a while, he looked somewhat relieved.
His thoughts were turning quickly. Obviously, the enchantment in this weird book was not simple, so he put it aside. He then checked the storage talisman of the tall and muscular man.
As a result, what the muscular man of the Crystallization Period had stunned Liu Ming. Except for more than 20 upper grade spirit stones, there was only one intermediate grade spiritual weapon and one upper grade spiritual weapon. This was different from the identity of a Crystallization Period cultivator.
In addition, there was also a black ancient book. At first glance, it was an evil technique, but it was very common. It could be cultivated from the Spirit Apostle Stage to the early stage of the Crystallization Period.
After shaking his head slightly, he put this ancient book aside too…
After a dozen minutes, when Liu Ming roughly counted all the trophies. After that, he turned his attention to the ancient book with the troll text again. He obviously wanted to try to breach the enchantment on it.
There were many ways to breach such enchantment. However, if he couldn’t find a specific way or he tried to breach it forcefully, it would more or less damage the item with the enchantment.
Take this old ancient book for example. If Liu Ming forcibly channeled a large amount of spiritual power into the ancient book regardless of the consequences, the enchantment would most likely burst open and the ancient book would also be ruined together.
After thinking about it for a while, he planned to use some relatively safe unconventional method to try to crack the enchantment of the ancient book.
Liu Ming first carefully placed the ancient book on a green stone in front of him and opened it. Then, he made a gesture, and a black gas emitted from his fingers. The black gas swirled around the air, then it flew toward the ancient book.
However, as soon as the black gas touched the enchantment on the surface of the ancient book, it was sucked into it by the black light and disappeared.
Liu Ming sighed slightly. He changed his gesture, and a spiral sword qi blasted out from his finger. It slowly approached the ancient book under Liu Ming’s control. He wanted to slash open the black light directly.
The next moment, a strange scene appeared.
Before the spiral sword qi had touched the enchantment on the surface, the black light flashed and reflected the sword qi to the other side of the secret room.
With a “boom“, a finger-size appeared on the wall.
After more than half an hour, Liu Ming frowned slightly and started to ponder.
It seems that this book was something important. It was not what he could open now, so he immediately kept it in the Sumeru Ring. He wanted to try reading this book again after he advanced to the Crystallization Period in the future.
At the same time, in a lofty mountain range thousands of miles away from the Changyang Market.
The mountain range was pitch black and stretched for thousands of miles. From time to time, there were waves of yin wind in the valley, sweeping up dust and sand in the sky.
This was where the Demon Mystic Sect, one of the four ancient sects, was located.
In a cave on the top of a towering black mountain, a one-armed middle-aged man in a gray robe was tremblingly facing a closed room.
“Reporting to Grand Elder Wu Guang… In the study room, the evil ancient book that Grand Elder brought back three hundred years ago suddenly disappeared.” The man said with a trembling voice.
“Since it’s gone, why don’t you check it out now.” A cold voice came from all directions from the one-armed man.
“I have found out that Young Master Zhe, whom Grand Elder favors, once entered the study room not long ago.” After a short pause, the one-armed man said truthfully in fear.
As a result, after a roar of anger came out of the secret room, a wisp of inaudible yin wind floated out through the crack of the secret room door and went into the head of the middle-aged man.
“Grand Elder… spar…”
Before the one-armed man could finish speaking, his head suddenly popped. Red and white substances were scattered all over the ground.
Then, a man’s low voice came from the secret room.
“Zhe’er is really nonsense. That half ancient book was written by the ancient demon clan, and it is sealed with a powerful enchantment. Even if he can use mystic arts to break the enchantment forcibly, all of the texts are written in true demonic text. Only the demon clan can read it. Nevermind, I will retrieve it myself when he is back.’
At noon on the second day, in an inconspicuous shop selling puppets on the west corner of the market.
A middle-aged man in a green robe was talking with another middle-aged taoist.
“Mr. Xin, this is the puppet. Can you repair it?” The middle-aged man said as he took out a yellow bead with some cracks on the surface from the storage bag around his waist.
“Mr. Ye’s puppet seems to have serious damage.” The middle-aged taoist glanced roughly at the bead in the man’s hand, and he said with a frown.
“Sir is right. I have encountered a strong enemy previously which caused this puppet to be damaged and lose its spirituality. I heard that Mr. Xin is proficient in puppetry, so I specially visit you for this.” The middle-aged man sighed and handed the bead to the middle-aged taoist’s hand.
After receiving the yellow bead, the middle-aged taoist carefully observed it.
After a while, he gently tossed the bead up and launched a symbol at it in the air. The round bead flashed in yellow in the air, instantly turning into a tall golden armor puppet.
It was just that the golden armor on the puppet’s body was a bit broken. There was also an inch-size hole on the left chest and the forehead.
“To repair this puppet… it’s not difficult. As long as you spend some materials to refine it again, then just replace a few crystal stones on it will do. We have stocks for these material in our shop, but I’m afraid the price won’t be cheap.” The middle-aged taoist pondered for a moment and he said so.
“As long as sir can help me to repair this puppet, I will pay any amount of spirit stones.” The middle-aged man said with a hint of joy on his face while cupping his fist.
“The repair cost is about 300,000 spirit stones. In fact, if Mr. Ye adds another 100,000 spirit stones, you can buy a new normal Condensation Period later stage puppet.” After thinking about it, the middle-aged taoist quoted a price.
“I’m used to this puppet, so please repair it..” After that, the middle-aged man took out thirty upper grade spirit stones from his waist and handed them to the middle-aged taoist.
The middle-aged man was disguised by Liu Ming. In the previous half day, he had visited three puppet shops and spent more than 100,000 spirit stones to repair the three slightly damaged puppets. But the last one was badly damaged, he didn’t want to take the risk, so he asked the famous puppet master in the market to repair it.
“In that case, please wait here and drink some spirit tea. I can repair the puppet and return it to you in about two hours.” The middle-aged taoist took the spirit stones and smiled sofly.
Immediately afterward, a maid came over with a cup of tea, while the middle-aged taoist turned and walked toward the back of the shop.
Liu Ming immediately sat down on the wooden chair on the side of the tea table, took a faint sip of spirit tea, and closed his eyes to rest.
After more than an hour, the middle-aged taoist returned to the shop lobby as promised. He was holding a yellow bead that was faintly flickering in his hand.
“Mr. Ye, this puppet has been repaired. Please check it.” The middle-aged taoist said while throwing the bead lightly.
After a golden light flashed, a golden puppet warrior appeared in front of them.
At this time, there was no trace of damage on the puppet warrior. Its eyes were glittering, and its aura seemed to have recovered to the level of Condensation Period later stage.
“Mr. Xin is really highly skilled. I would like to thank you for this time.” Liu Ming immediately cupped his fist and thanked him.
As soon as he raised his hand, he patted the golden armor puppet a few times and made a gesture, turning it back into a round bead.
After Liu Ming and the middle-aged taoist chatted a little longer, he walked out of the puppet shop with satisfaction.
Now that the four puppet warriors had been repaired, Liu Ming changed back his face at a secluded corner. He continued in studying forging in the secret room of the Bai Lian Pavilion.
However, what he didn’t know was that not long afterward, news about Yin Yang Strong Demon being beheaded by an outer disciple who was newly stationed by the Taiqing Sect soon spread around Changyang Market. This had caused quite some commotions in the market.
Note: I will change the term troll into giant demon from now on. It turns out the the author was referring 巨魔 as a gigantic demon.
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