In the Office 4 of the assessment center, the Great Demon Master Turia with a red nose suspiciously looked at the Great Demon apprentice in front of him who handed in a newly made magic leather wristband.
The technique used by this apprentice could be described as a mess; it seriously violated the conventions, but he had produced a high grade wristband abruptly, reaching the mechanic qualification threshold.
It was like playing basketball. Some people’s shooting posture or hands were so strange as though it was out of the world. They could be as awkward as they were, but they could still get points.
Seeing Chen Rui sweating profusely, Master Turia took a sip of the purple berry wine offered by the apprentice. He finally nodded and stamped his own seal on the certification, “Although your production process is messy, the technique is very proficient. You can make this high-grade magic wristband successfully in the end, so I’ll give you a mechanic qualification.”
“Thank you, master.” Chen Rui nodded hastily. He knew his ability well. The sweating was definitely not fake. Chen Rui was obviously at a master level. He had to make an apprentice-level item under the eyes of a master, it was not an easy task indeed.
He also deliberately chose this wine-lover Master Turia due to his own considerations. After all, Horford had contested against him in the Dark Shadow Empire’s mechanic contest. Even if he used this method to cover up, there was no guarantee that the flaws would not be revealed. According to the previous “enthusiastic” registrant, Master Turia was not a harsh person, and he was the most friendly one. As expected, he indeed successfully passed the assessment this time.
“If you don’t correct your technique and some basics, I’m afraid that you will stop at mechanic in this life.” Master Turia rubbed his nose, “If you really want to make progress on the path of mechanic, you must correct many things.”
“Understood, thank you, master. I will try my best to read the study materials during this time. I hope master will give me some advices at that time.” Chen Rui bowed respectfully. This master’s standard is good. Even though he drinks, he is not confused. Judging from this advice, he is more responsible than I imagined.
“En, you can go to the Book Collection Hall to read more basic books. As for advice… if I am free, I can consider it.” Master Turia shook the bottle in his hand, meaning that whether he was free depended on its appearance. Chen Rui smiled knowingly and left.
After obtaining the mechanic certification, Chen Rui came to the previous assessment registration office again. The registrant was called Anracca. When he saw Chen Rui got the certificate that passed Master Turia’s assessment, he quickly and enthusiastically took him to the warehouse to receive the mechanic badge and robe. Chen Rui couldn’t help but to give him some benefits. This made Anracca smile as he took Chen Rui to the Book Collection Hall.
The Book Collection Hall was a very large building. Since the capital was currently bustling with the trade fair, there were not many people, but the management was still strict. Each floor had a separate administrator and a complicated magic circle.
Chen Rui could enter the first floor. As long as you were a mechanic, you could read it freely, but there was a certain time limit. The maximum was 5 hours a day, and the books couldn’t be borrowed. Each book had a corresponding magic logo. If one took it away without permission, the book could be detected even if it was in space equipment. There was also all-round monitoring which was considered a very “modern” facility.
Anracca was very familiar with the first-level administrator. Under his relationship, Chen Rui could read twice as long each time. It was also very convenient.
Chen Rui entered the first floor. It felt like a library from his previous life. There were many rooms for different categories, but they were actually a large space upon walking in. In addition to books on basic knowledge, there were also various mechanics’ experiences and information. This includes a large number of recognized formulas and all kinds of things which seemed to be mixed.
Chen Rui opened [Deep Analysis] and started browsing at an astonishing speed. He only speedily browsed each of the books with a glance. Before long, he had browsed nearly half of the book collection in this room.
Chen Rui felt someone’s gaze fixed on him. When he looked back, he saw a girl wearing glasses and also a mechanic robe looking at him in surprise. This girl was somewhat pretty. The wide robe she wore vaguely showed her curvy figure. She was not tall, but very plump.
When the girl came back to her senses, her face blushed, “My name is Beluan, are you reading a book?”
This girl was a mutated Great Demon, and her strength was an Intermediate Demon which was very ordinary.
“As you can see, I’m not reading a book, but flipping a book.” Chen Rui knew that he might be too eye-catching, then he made an excuse jokingly, “My name is Richard, I just went to participate in the mechanic certification, but Master Turia said he will only officially let me pass if I go through all the books here.”
“Are you sure it is Master Turia? Why is he making life difficult for you?” The girl seemed even more surprised.
Chen Rui showed a pitiful appearance, “It may be because the master was drunk, but I can only do it, otherwise the robe I just got will be taken back. Ms. Beluan, please don’t tell others, otherwise I will be doomed!”
Beluan’s face blushed again, but it was because of anger this time, “How can my father do this! I will go to him and seek justice for you now!”
Father? This is the daughter of Master Turia? Chen Rui didn’t expect to mess this up, and he quickly changed his words, “It turns out that Master Turia is your father. I was joking just now! Master is really lenient when dealing with people. The entire Mechanic Association knows this. It’s just that when I was certifying, the master said that my foundation was not very strong and he gave me some suggestions, so I came here to find some information so as to improve my skills.”
“It turns out to be a joke, you are really…” Beluan heaved a sigh of relief, “You still passed the test with my father despite your weak foundation. You must have spent a lot of money on alcohol, but although my father loves alcohol, he doesn’t talk nonsense. Why not I recommend a few basic books to you?”
Sure enough, the daughter knew her father well, but Chen Rui’s real mechanic level was not lower than that of Master Turia. Of course, he would not really look for any information. It was the enthusiasm of Ms. Beluan that gave him a good impression. With a shift of thought, he said, “Thank you, miss. I have found those basic learning materials. To tell you the truth, in fact, my biggest purpose in coming to the Book Collection Hall is… my teacher. Before his death, he seems to have never forgotten some information that seems to be related to Mountain Seckred and Fertile Yuan Soil, so I want to find them. It can be regarded as fulfilling my teacher’s last wish… This is a little secret of mine. Please don’t tell others.”
“Mountain Seckred? Fertile Yuan Soil?” Beluan seemed thoughtful, “I have never heard of them. No wonder you flip through the book like that. Sorry, I didn’t intend to learn your secret, but you flipped it too fast, it is inevitable that you will miss it. Let me help you.”
Beluan came to a book, but she did not open the book. She just put her hand on it, and released it after a moment, then she touched another book. She was faster than the [Deep Analysis] reading. It was Chen Rui’s turn to be surprised this time, “Ms. Beluan, this is…”
Beluan smiled slightly, “It’s just some mutated talent; it’s quite useless.”
Chen Rui didn’t think this was a useless talent. She can sense the contents of the book by just touching the cover of the book. It also has a function similar to a quick search engine, which “filters” related information at a very fast speed. It is actually a very practical talent.
Just like that, one person flipped while another sensed and several hours passed before they knew it. With both of their extraordinary speed and method, they almost went through all the rooms on the first floor, but unfortunately there was no desired result.
At first, Beluan was a little worried about Chen Rui’s quick flipping. However, when Chen Rui casually said a certain word on a certain page and line, Beluan was shocked and finally realized that this “Richard” had a similar mutated talent like herself. She could not help being a little more friendly.
“Beluan, what are you looking for?” A man’s voice sounded.
Beluan frowned, “It’s nothing. I’m just helping this newly promoted mechanic, Richard, to find some basic things.”
The man was a Higher Demon of the Mammon Royal Family. He looked decent, but his hideous gaze made people feel uncomfortable, “I booked a seat at Purple Grass Restaurant. Shall we go there to eat at noon? They launched a new hot pot recently.”
Beluan immediately refused, “Sorry, Aebew, I have promised my father to accompany him to eat.”
“What about at night?”
“I’m not free either.”
“What about tomorrow?”
“I have appointments tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.”
Obviously, Beluan didn’t like this Aebew. Aebew had to give up angrily. When he set his gaze on Chen Rui, he suddenly became cold and stern, “Newcomer, if you want to stay here, be smart. Rubbish like you can’t just find an excuse to approach Beluan!”
“Please remain polite! If there is nothing else, I will continue to help Richard to find information. This is my father’s order!” Beluan’s expression of disgust was obvious as she pulled Chen Rui toward the other room. Aebew’s gaze turned to Beluan’s hand that was holding Chen Rui, and his gaze became even sinister.
Of course, Chen Rui would not take this kind of ant to heart, but Aebew was really lousy. He even threatened me in front of Beluan. No wonder Beluan hates this person so much.
“I’m sorry,” Beluan loosened Chen Rui’s arm. “Aebew is Master Nate’s nephew. He is calculative and sinister. This incident… may cause you to be affected by some bad effects. I’m really sorry.”
“You used Master Turia as an excuse just now because you wanted to protect me.” Chen Rui smiled slightly, “Don’t worry, I won’t stay here for long. I’m here mainly to fulfill my teacher’s last wish. I will leave when the time comes. He has no threat to me.”
Beluan nodded, “It’s just that we have searched all the way, but we haven’t found the information you want…”
Chen Rui thought of the registrant Anracca’s introduction of the Book Collection Hall level. A new idea came to mind and said, “Ms. Beluan, I don’t know if I can ask a favor from you…”
After listening to Chen Rui’s request, Beluan looked surprised, “Do you want to become an apprentice of my father ?”
“It’s just a registered apprentice. I hope I can follow Master Turia to the second and third floors to check the information. After I find the information here, I will leave the Bloody Empire and go to my teacher’s grave to fulfill his wish. Miss, you must do me this favor. I’m willing to pay whatever reward or price.”
The excuse of “teacher’s last wish” made Beluan a little more sympathetic and admired Chen Rui, but she still seemed troubled, “Although my father likes to drink, you can’t become his student without real talents. He has only accepted 2 apprentices so far, and you just barely passed the mechanic test, I’m afraid…”
Chen Rui was trying to make an impossible request so that Beluan would help him to search the upper levels, but Beluan said, “Unless you have a very special skill. Otherwise, even if you have my help, my father will not agree.”
“Special skill?” Chen Rui thought, “I seem to have it which is this.”
Beluan saw Chen Rui pointing his eyes. She was slightly surprised, then she shook her head again, “Although your memory talent is a bit special, but…”
“This is not only a memory talent.” Chen Rui laughed, “Although my poor mechanic is not worth mentioning in the eyes of miss or even a high status person like the master, the mutated talent of this pair of magic eyes can be said to be unique in the Demon Realm. For example, the bracelet on the left wrist of the lady can increase the movement speed by 20% and increase the magic casting speed by 22%. It should be… Uh, legendary grade equipment, right?”
“Excellent grade.” Beluan corrected Chen Rui’s “mistake”, but she looked surprised. Apart from the common sense grade judgment error, the specific attributes of the equipment are actually very accurate!
Chen Rui smiled with ridicule, “Yes, it’s an excellent grade. I remembered it wrongly… Oh, in terms of the material… I can recognize very few things except star sand, mystic magic sand, and red shell jade. There are 7 more which I don’t recognize.”
This was naturally Chen Rui’s deliberate deception. If he wanted to, he could easily say all the materials. This was the powerful power of [Analytical Eyes]’s [Appraisal].
If Beluan was surprised just now, she was shocked now. I made this magic bracelet myself, so I know all the materials in it. I used exactly 10 kinds of materials. I didn’t think that Richard could actually identify them. The star sand, mystic magic sand, and red shell jade are accurate. If he isn’t limited by vision, he can definitely identify the other materials. What kind of mutated talent is that pair of magic eyes? They are actually so powerful!
When Beluan heard Chen Rui’s claim that his talent “is unique in the Demon Realm” previously, she frowned at the impetuousness of this newbie whom she had a good impression of. It seemed that this “unique” was well-deserved now!
If he can master more knowledge, then this kind of talent must be able to unleash a stronger effect! This alone is enough to make him an official apprentice of my father!
Seeing Chen Rui shaking his hand in front of her, Beluan recovered from the daze. She was blushing as she nodded, “I didn’t expect your talent to be so great! I will take you to find my father now!”
Nonono, not another girl…
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