Iron Tree Spark House.
After some time, at least none of the mountain hobbits was going to calculate the time because their minds were all immersed in the figure waving the hammer, including the mountain hobbit’s most heroic king.
After all, the first lesson of the mountain hobbit was forging.
Until a blade was laid quietly on the forging platform.
There was no bright color of the main material; there was no special shape or pattern. It looked like a broad blade with a dark color which did not have a fancy appearance. Let alone the hobbits, any random human from the blacksmith shop could make it.
By the way, the size was also a little problematic as it seemed to be a bit shorter. Of course, this ‘short’ was according to the humans’ standard.
There was a trace of fatigue on Chen Rui’s face. The energy spent casting this blade was far beyond his imagination and far more than ordinary equipment, but his mood at the moment had an unprecedented excitement.
As a trio-specialized mechanical master, after experiencing various learning training (including the Super System refinery linked by the time rule) and the teaching of Tetenis, his mechanical skills had reached a bottleneck stage. He didn’t expect to actually get a certain breakthrough insight in the world of underground forge of the mountain hobbit today.
Although this blade was simple and unadorned, it faintly revealed a kind of spirituality that was not found in Chen Rui’s previous works. This unique spirituality contained the unique perception and mood of the maker in a specific environment and moment.
This also determined the uniqueness of this blade. Even if Chen Rui succeeded in reforging a blade that looked exactly the same, there would not be exactly the same attributes.
Most importantly, the high-quality weapon was no longer an ordinary legendary grade!
“Royal Highness Ovge, the wise master of the mountain hobbit, can this ‘Soul Slayer’ prove what I want to prove?” Chen Rui walked off the forging platform with the blade. Elder Askari stepped forward and carefully took it with both hands. He bowed and lowered his head to Chen Rui, expressing a special respect.
Even without looking at the specific attributes of this blade, as a senior forging master, Elder Askari’s etiquette had already explained everything. The hobbit craftsmen also bowed their heads to Chen Rui. They stared straight at the blade in Askari’s hand with great enthusiasm.
“Your Highness.” Askari held the ‘Soul Slayer’ in front of the hobbit king with both hands, “As the mountain hobbit, as a forger, I’m honored to witness the creation of an epic grade equipment with my own eyes.”
Soul Slayer- Particularly sturdy, increases the power of wielding, doubles the bleeding, and has a chance to trigger double damage.
Additional attribute ‘faith’: The stronger the will of the holder, the greater the power. It can cause additional damage to the enemy’s soul.
Obviously, the quality of this Soul Slayer had surpassed the legendary grade and could be classified as epic grade which was the level of quasi-artifact and artifact. This also indicated that its maker had surpassed the realm of the master level!
Perhaps this blade was not comparable to the quasi-artifacts produced by the Super System such as Northsea and Thunderous Sound, but it was the first epic grade equipment completely forged by Chen Rui himself without the refinery, time rule and other conditions of the Super System from start to finish. This was of great significance.
“Epic grade…This is also my honor.” The hobbit king looked at the seemingly ordinary broad blade with a solemn expression. He bowed his head slightly to Chen Rui, “From the actual value point of view, those equipment plus the blueprint were less valuable than this epic grade weapon. More importantly. I shouldn’t question a forging master who was already at least a quasi-grand master. Please accept my apologies and rudeness, sir.”
Chen Rui smiled slightly, “It’s okay, this matter is a misunderstanding. My real name is Chen Rui. I’m not a quasi-grand master yet. I just felt the inspiration of ‘Iron Tree Spark House’ to make this equipment just now. Speaking of it, I only found a subtle feeling that could break through the master level. I hope… Your Highness Ovge can accept this gift of friendliness from me.”
Chen Rui’s real name was unknown in the human world, so he did not conceal it. His tone was even more frank this way.
Ovge’s eyes lit up as he caressed the ‘Soul Slayer’ fondly and said happily, “I accept your kindness and gifts. At the same time, I will have a banquet in the palace for 3 days to entertain the mountain hobbits’ human friends.”
Chen Rui shook his head, “I appreciate Your Highness’ kindness, but this time I have a very urgent matter and need to rush to Garden City, so I chose the Black Rock Mountain as a shortcut. I only hope to get Your Highness’ permission to get through to the destination as soon as possible. When my business is finished, I will come with the best wine, and have a good time with my mountain hobbit friends!”
The hobbit king gave a hearty smile. Just as he was about to agree, Elder Askari stepped forward and whispered a few words.
Ovge frowned and seemed to hesitate, but he finally spoke up, “Human friend of the mountain hobbits, there is a favor I want to ask from you regarding this theft. In fact, the stolen equipment is nothing, but that blueprint is not trivial. It is the relic of Grand Master Sir Rick of the mountain hobbits who had passed away. It is of great significance to the hobbits. I would like to ask sir to help pay attention to relevant clues in the human world.”
Chen Rui slightly pondered and agreed, “Okay, tell me the characteristics of the blueprint. I will try my best to track down this matter, and strive to return the property to the original owner as soon as possible.”
Ovge nodded. He took out a badge and gave it to Chen Rui, “The blueprint is actually the result of a joint research between Grand Master Rick and Jade Forest Sea’s Elf Grand Master Finoia. It seems to be part of a certain design. When the first king was on the throne, the elf envoy mentioned this in particular and wanted to get this blueprint. Our previous king did not agree at the time due to various considerations. This caused the relationship between the mountain hobbit and the elf clan to become ill. If you can retrieve the blueprint, you don’t have to return it to the mountain hobbit. You can take this green badge into the Jade Forest Sea, give the blueprint to Grand Master Finoia, and pass on the friendliness of the mountain hobbits for me. I believe you will also get extra rewards from Grand Master Finoia.”
In addition to recovering the blueprint, I have to be a part-time diplomatic envoy? The hobbit king is not courteous at all. However, Chen Rui was a little interested in the mechanics grand master of the elf because his Teacher Tetenis would have a life-and-death battle with a grand master-level opponent in less than a year. If Chen Rui could get the guidance of the grand master and convey it to Tetenis, it might greatly increase the teacher’s hope of survival. So if conditions permit, he might as well go to Jade Forest Sea. Of course, he needed to find the blueprint first.
“Okay, I’ll keep that in mind.” Chen Rui took the leaf-shaped badge with a faint natural breath, “By the way, the mercenaries outside don’t know my real name and skills. Your Highness, please keep it secret.”
Ovge nodded without thinking, “Don’t worry, I can promise you that the mountain hobbits will not reveal any secrets related to our human friend Chen Rui. I will personally send you away from the Black Rock Mountain. At the same time, I look forward to the day I will meet my friend again for drinking.”
The disturbance of the mountain hobbit finally subsided. In order to prevent the fatty and others from suspicion, Chen Rui declined Ovge’s personal escort. After a short break, he continued the journey with everyone. Due to the time of forging, it was noon the next day when they left the Thick Soil Castle.
Although the hobbit king did not personally send him off, he still sent an army of large shield warriors to escort them in the name of surveillance. After a day and night, they were sent out of the Black Rock Mountain area.
Looking down from the hillside through the misty haze of the morning sun, they could already see the avenue leading to Garden City. There were some vague views of people and horses. Everyone’s faces were full of joy, including Chen Rui.
Not only did he pass the Black Rock Mountain safely this time, but his mechanics realm also got a new breakthrough by chance. It could be regarded as an unexpected gain.
If the strength of the mountain hobbits were only at the level that they currently see on the surface, it was possible for Chen Rui to break through the Thick Soil Castle with power. However, his purpose of going to Garden City this time was to use Mana’s plan to steal faith power and mix into the White Cliff of Holy Church to obtain the Snow Dallet Flower. If I can’t hold back in small matters, it will spoil the greater plan. In order to save Isabella, I must not simply expose my power.
The green badge presented by Ovge also reminded Chen Rui that if he collected the ‘travel expenses’ of 1 million faith crystal in time, he could consider using Samuel method of going to the Demon Realm – to find an elf master and spend a high price to open the space; randomly appear somewhere in the Demon Realm, and then return to Isabella through the [Star Gate].
It’s just that this method is quite risky. Once I fall into the space turbulence, I will be shattered. This is my last resort. More importantly, the Dark Elemental King is trapped in the Tower of Destruction under the sea. In terms of time, it is too late to find Hegel to rescue Isabella. Therefore, even if I open the space and take the risk to return to the Demon Realm, I still have to go to Holy Light Mountain first to get the Snow Dallet Flower.
“We have finally escaped the surveillance of the hobbit army. I dare not say much all day and night because of those fierce hobbits. Now I can finally breathe out. My dearest friend Richard, how did you actually persuade those stubborn hobbits?” The fatty’s voice interrupted Chen Rui’s thoughts. Everyone was already on the main road now. According to Ina, it would take about 2 hours to reach Garden City.
Chen Rui looked at the mercenaries who also looked at him with curiosity. He smiled slightly, “This is what happened. I used my hidden strength, cast an epic grade weapon, and convinced the hobbit king. Therefore, he let us go and even sent someone to escort us here.”
As soon as these words were said, there were contemptuous glances around him. Even his sworn follower Samuel showed an unbelieving look. Chen Rui sighed. Why is the truth always so unrecognized?
“Well, the method is actually very simple. Let me ask you, will a person who is richer than the owner who lost valuable items be a bandit?” Chen Rui smiled bitterly, “I just brought out some items that can prove my identity and wealth, then I paid the price to satisfy the hobbits, so we can leave the Black Rock Mountain safely. But just in case, the hobbit king sent the army to monitor us all the way…”
“Prove your identity and wealth?” Ina looked suspiciously, “Are you sure you have nothing to do with this theft? Who are you?”
Chen Rui’s tone changed as he said coldly, “Woman’s suspicion should not be placed on this aspect! What’s more, taking the Black Rock Mountain route is your suggestion. Didn’t the black-bearded hobbit say that your father is a bandit?! I haven’t doubted you weak and incompetent guys yet!”
This sentence immediately aroused the indignation of the mercenaries, especially Samuel. He was full of a murderous aura, “You say it again? Who is the weak and incompetent guy? Apologize to Ina immediately!”
“Am I wrong?” Chen Rui sneered contemptuously and looked directly at Samuel without evading. “As a hirer, I have no obligation to explain to you, let alone apologize! I want to question the Iron Shield Mercenary Squad now, I saved you for the second time including the viper. Are you protecting me or am I protecting you? I don’t think my friend Mana needs to pay you the extra salary and compensation!”
Samuel’s eyes looked even more fierce. As he was about the burst into rage, Ina stopped him. The female commander obviously suppressed her anger and said to Chen Rui, “As a reputable mercenary squad, we did not give up protection in the most dangerous situation, and we even had some casualties. As for the salary, it was Sir Mana himself who promised us. Now that we are going to reach Garden City safely, how can you eat your words at the last minute?”
The fatty was eager to save more money, so he immediately jumped out and said, “I did promise 10 times the salary and compensation for casualties, but Richard was right. We manage to get out of danger this time at the Black Rock Mountain because of him. I don’t know how much financial loss he has suffered. As a mercenary who protects the hirer, how could you still ask for 10 times the salary and compensation? Even if this matter escalates to the mercenary union, I can justify it!”
The mercenaries all showed rage, and they were about to turn hostile. In the end, the quick-witted fatty thought that the Dagger Brotherhood would probably have another assassination, so he promised to pay Ina a double commission and a certain amount of compensation which eventually calmed things down.
Seeing Chen Rui’s back who was walking in front, Samuel’s clenched fists trembled slightly. Ina gave a few words of comfort. She stopped after seeing that his tension had eased.
In fact, the female commander didn’t know the real reason for Samuel’s anger and tension.
The conflict just now was a scene in which he colluded with ‘His Highness’.
Although ‘His Highness’ didn’t clearly explain it and just let him execute it in a commanding tone, Samuel could guess that ‘His Highness’ was going to accomplish something very dangerous alone. Therefore, he needed to be clear of his relationship so as not to get him involved.
As a minister and a sworn follower, he could only watch. The only thing he could do was to stay out of the situation and avoid becoming a burden.
I must become stronger as soon as possible! For Joanna! Also for the back figure walking lonely in the dawn!
The Silver Knight took a deep breath as his gaze became more resolute.
TL: Chen Rui now has more backup plans in returning to the Demon Realm. Will he gather enough faith crystal first or he will find the blueprint and pass it to the elf?
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