seemed to make a mistake in Burapha’s psychic points being full.
T/N: These are the
lyrics of an old Thai song.
T/N: I have provided Sila's Skill List in the post below this post. Please check it out if you're interested (or just forgot about their ability and want to be reminded lol).
T/N: Some qi skills are semi-active skills. That means they are passive skills but can also be used/circulated to make the effect stronger.
For the Racial Skills I suggest putting which energy goes with the skill.
Thanks for the chapter! I wonder if they are going to go over the new Greed Skill next chapter. I also hope that he remembers to feed all the cards to his bird.
TN: The word [gold coins/silver coins] are changed to [gold/silver] from now on.
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Chapter 63: Sila’s Answer
Rashane’s brown car left the house. Sila went to the second floor as directed. There was a door with a sign stating ‘Vata’s Room.’ Sila opened it and entered into the room.
Sila had never entered a girl’s room before, but he didn’t expect it to be like this. In the room, there were tons of posters of Bruce Lee, the actor of many action movies in the previous era. The room was quite messy. The only thing indicating that this place was a girl’s room would be the bedsheet with a kitten pattern. On the table next to the bed, there was a brain scanner and a single picture frame.
Sila took a peek at the picture. It was a picture of Uncle Rashane and his family. The woman standing next to Rashane must be his deceased wife. In front of the couple, there were two girls standing. One of them was Varee, so the other one must be Vata. Even though it was an old picture, their appearances had not changed much. Looking closely at Vata’s face, Sila finally recognized her. She was the person that Varee introduced as her senior at her campus.
Sila couldn’t understand. Despite Rashane being in such a sorrowful state, why did Varee, who seemed to be in contact with Vata, not mention Vata to her father? Sila normally wasn’t someone who minded other’s business, but as this was a matter related to Uncle Rashane, he would like to return his benefactor a favor. He decided that he needed to have a conversation with Varee about this.
Sila poured several strawberry-flavored nutrient pills into his hand and swallowed all of them. He then wore the brain scanner and connected into the game.
The morning rays shone through the window inside the cheap hotel room that Sila was in. Now that Sila had gotten his answer, he got up from the bed and went to open the window to breathe in the fresh air.
Sila planned to go to the Mansion of Secret first before going to give his answer to his teacher. He wanted to know how much progress Bow had made after one day of training.
Sila’s body instantly disappeared when he activated the black card. Opening his eyes, he noticed that he was back in front of the Mansion of Secret.
“Welcome home, Master.” Julia’s voice came from behind.
Sila was starting to get used to Julia’s behavior of appearing and disappearing. He turned around to talk to her. “Hello, Julia. How are those two?”
“Does Master mean Miss Bow, Lookhin, or your friend?”
“My friend? Who is that?”
“Mister Blue, Master. He is currently playing inside the pool that way.” Julia gestured her hand.
Sila nodded, said his thanks and went the way Julia mentioned. The pool was behind a row of small bushes. Sila couldn’t find the entrance so he walked over the bush, only to see Bluebird laying on a rubber raft. He was wearing a pair of sunglasses, chilling on the center of the pool.
“Oh? Sila? Why are you here?” Bluebird greeted Sila.
Sila frowned. Shouldn’t that be his question? This place was his own mansion. “I’m here normally. By the way, do you have any business with me?”
“Business? No, I don’t. I just wanted to rest. How about it? Want to enjoy the pool with me?”
Sila hurriedly declined, “I don’t think that’s a good idea. I have many tasks to do. Please enjoy your stay.” Sila began to walk away.
Sila turned back. “What?”
“About spreading the rumor, I have already finished it. But it should take some more time for the rumor to effectively show its result. As for your missing teacher, I have already asked my acquaintances to investigate it. I’ll let you know if I learn anything.”
Sila nodded. Despite Bluebird having a childish personality, he seemed to be reliable to some extent.
The sound of a battle echoed from the dojo. Sila walked inside and found Lookhin and Bow sparring against each other while Julia watched.
Sila went to Julia’s side to witness the fight.
Lookhin was flying and spinning in the air. Sila could tell that this wasn’t Lookhin’s top speed, but it should be fast enough for Bow. With a level gap of more than 1000, it was a hard battle for Bow even with Lookhin holding back its ability. Bow was hopping around inside the dojo. During the initial phase of any slime skill, the skill must be used in close range so she was having a hard time coping with Lookhin.
Lookhin charged toward Bow. Its body was reinforced with qi. Meanwhile, Bow jumped and charged back at Lookhin. Her body was as hard as an iron ball and also as hot as a small fire. Seeing this, Sila could tell that Bow had changed her element to fire.
Without stopping, magic power surged out of Lookhin’s body. Three water balls appeared in front of it and flew toward Bow in straight line.
Sila thought that Bow would lose here. However, once the water collided with Bow, they bounced off left and right. The last one was even reflected back at Lookhin.
Lookhin was hit by the reflected water ball and became soaked. Bow immediately changed her element into lightning. Unfortunately for her, Lookhin stopped its body in mid-air. A stone pillar also pierced through the floor to block Bow. She slammed into it, causing the pillar to shatter, before bouncing back to her original position.
The two of them were staring at each other. Sila watched all of this with surprise. He previously thought that Bow wouldn’t be able to keep up with Lookhin at all. Even with Lookhin holding back, she shouldn’t be able to resist this well. More importantly, Bow could even simultaneously activate Moon Reflecting Mirror together with other skills. Her changing of elements was also quicker than him. Sila couldn’t help but be amazed.
Little did Sila know that, Bow had practiced all these skills for five years in-game. There were only three skills and she was compelled by the Slime King. She lacked fighting experience and had a low level, resulting in less power that she could bring forth. Nevertheless, her expertise in these skills were even higher than Sila’s.
Lookhin sensed Sila. It stopped using qi and flew to take a break on Sila’s shoulder. Meanwhile, Bow just noticed Sila. She rushed at him.
“Big Brother Sila… Lookhin is too strong. I can’t win even once.”
“You can fight very well, though. I can’t perform some of your moves myself.”
“It’s my papa’s fault. He always forced me to train. I even had to train with Mister Poluk, Miss Viola, and Mister Divine too.”
“Then, why did you not pass Way of Slime’s ordeal?”
“Because, the three of them said ‘for His Majesty’s daughter, doing this well is only natural. I won’t give you a passing grade yet’,” Bow said while mimicking the deep voice of Poluk.
Sila smiled mildly. He had thought that his trials were hard enough, but they seemed to be even harder for Bow.
“Keep it up. You will pass them soon. I’m here just to look how well you are. I’ll be away for several days.”
“Where will Big Brother Sila go?”
Sila went down to his knee, stoking Bow’s slimy head. “I’ll go out to train too. Like Bow, my training is still not enough. You have to do your best too. We’ll become stronger together. I’ll buy you a lot of ribbons when I’m back.”
“Really? Then I’ll try my best to train.”
“Good. I’m going now. Lookhin and Julia, I’m leaving Bow in your care.”
Lookhin nodded, while Julia bowed her head.
As his business here was done, Sila then teleported to the bamboo hut.
Sila appeared at the bamboo hut. He followed the narrow path between rows of bamboo trees. The wind was flowing gently. Sila breathed in the air filled with the aroma of bamboo leaves into his lungs.
He approached the bamboo hut in a good mood. However, he stiffened once he reached there.
In the area that his teacher usually sat weaving a basket, there was a woman sitting there instead.
The woman was very beautiful. Her eyes were big, and they were looking at the basket. Her light-brown hair was long and reached the center of her back. She was wearing a short soft-yellow-colored cheongsam together with Chinese pants and sandals. There was a Chinese sword placed next to her.
Upon sensing him, she stopped looking at the basket and shifted her gaze toward Sila. Her light brown eyes seemed to be asking a question. The silence reigned the place for more than ten seconds before she opened her mouth.
“Are you Sila?”
“Hm? Me? Yes. I’m here to meet with my teacher. Is he here?”
“Teacher?” She slightly furrowed her lovely brows, thinking for a short while. “Umm… he is right here.”
“He is here?” Sila wondered. Looking left and right, he couldn’t see anybody.
He had already witnessed Divine’s transformation. Is this woman his teacher in another form? Although he was astonished by the fact that his teacher could transformed into such elegant woman, he wasn’t too surprised. This was just a game, after all.
Sila hurried to put his palms together as he said, “Hello, Teacher.”
The woman was somehow surprised. She clasped her palms in response.
The sound of an old man could be heard from behind her. “What are you doing?”
“I’m greeting teache- … teacher!? Why are you here? Hm? Wait, how can there be two teachers?” Sila wondered.
“How am I here? This is my place so it’s natural that I’m here. What’s up with you today? Are you feeling sick?” The old man put his palm on Sila’s forehead.
Sila kept his eyes at the woman. She smiled and giggled in a reserved manner.
Sila’s face turned red. He was tricked by this woman.
“Hm? Dao, are you still here? You should go now. Don’t forget what I told you.”
She put her palms to say her goodbye. “Yes, Teacher. I’ll contact you if I get the news.”
The old man nodded while the woman left. She was mildly smiling when she walked pass Sila, causing him to bend his head in embarrassment.
“Who’s she? I always thought that you lived alone, Teacher.”
“Sangdao. She is my daughter.”
“Your daughter? Didn’t she just call you teacher?”
“She is also my disciple. She calls me father when we are alone. I taught her to call me teacher when there are other people around.”
Sila opened his system window. One of the title statuses of his was Nameless Elder’s Main Disciple. “I thought that I’m your only disciple though?”
“Dao is under my guidance in real life since she was young. She rarely visits me in game. This time, I have work to assign to her so I called her here.”
Sila nodded in understanding. He knew from Bluebird that there were many real-life martial experts in this game. It seemed his teacher, too, was one of the independent NPCs who were martial artists in real life.
“With you being here, I assume that you have come up with the answer,” said the old man.
Sila dismissed Sangdao’s face in his head and refocused on the matter that brought him to this place today.
“Yes, Teacher. I have gotten an answer.”
The old man smiled. He went to the area that Sangdao was sitting a minute ago and picked a basket to continue weaving. “Go on.”
“Yes, Teacher. Nobody is perfect. Despise Montra seeming to be fully equipped with wisdom, abilities, powers and undefeated feat, he is also a human. Every human is sure to have some weaknesses. I have to find them by myself, look at them by myself, think about them by myself and act toward them by myself.”
“What about you? What are you going to do?”
Sila continued, “I’m still too weak, but being weak means I can still grow further. I might not be fully equipped with various good traits like Montra, but I don’t need to be like Montra. People have their own different aptitudes. I don’t need to possess several skills. I don’t need to train hundreds of martial arts. I just have to be proficient at what I have; to be able to compete against Montra. Though, I still don’t know how can I reach such level. My journey ahead is a long one. What I can do now is walk step by step. At this time, I guess I have to start with the first one.”
“Fufu. My last question, how many arts you think you should be proficient at until you can compete against Montra?”
Sila replied without having to think, “Just one is enough.”
“Wrong,” The old man refuted. However, Sila’s expression didn’t change. He firmly believed in his own answer.
“I personally think that just one art is enough. Although teacher thinks differently, I still trust in my own thought.”
“Fufu. Such stubbornness. I’m not declining your idea though. Your answer is right. Only, you’re wrong when you said that you will have to learn only one martial art.”
“What do you mean, Teacher?”
“What I mean is, you must at least practice three martial arts. I will teach you one of them. The rest depends on whether you can find them or not.”
“Three martial arts? Find them by myself?
“Correct. I would like to teach you all three martial arts myself if I can. However, I mastered only one of them. You need to find the two people who mastered the remaining ones. They’re also living in this game.”
Sila frowned. “Will they want to teach me?”
“I’m certain that they would be willing to teach you,” said the old man.
“Why? Why would they be willing to teach me?” Sila knew that each personal martial art was developed with effort, experience, and time. With the hardship of martial art creation, there would be no one who is willing to teach one’s art to others for free without a proper reason.
“You’ll know once you meet them,” The old man mysteriously said.
“About these martial arts, what are their names?” Sila asked.
“Nine Sun-Melting-Fists, Six Moon-Grabbing-Claws, and Twelve Celestial-Traveling-Steps.”
Chapter 65: Teacher’s Warning
The hardcore training continued for a week. Given how tough it was, even Sila, who was a training addict, now finally wanted a break.
Moreover, within these past two days, after the levels of his Qi Concealment and Soundless skills reached the maximum, his training schedule intensified. Currently, he had to train stepping for sixteen hours, hidden weapons art for six hours, and spar with his teacher for two hours.
During the sparring, his teacher would use only Twelve Celestial-Traveling-Steps and hidden weapons against him. This was to make Sila study them more.
Now, Sila could understand why his teacher motivated him to train Qi Concealment and Soundless first. At its maximum level, Qi Concealment allowed him to conceal qi in the hidden weapon, making it even harder to be detected. Similarly, Soundless at the maximum level allowed Sila to soundlessly use all qi-type skills. Even the sound of friction when firing a hidden weapon was gone.
Teacher said that only by being able to do that, could he start calling himself a hidden weapon user with great confidence.
As for Twelve Celestial-Traveling-Steps, the more he trained, the more fun it got. In a single step, he could freely decide any of the twelve steps to be his next step. There really was an unlimited number of ways for him to step. His teacher wasn’t exaggerating at all when he told that it would take a lifetime to master this art.
After Sila had familiarized himself with the twelve steps, he was able to notice that sometimes his teacher only moved half a step forward. In addition, his teacher could also change the step in a split-second. Teacher told Sila to keep accumulating basics and one day he would also be able to do the same.
“Stop,” said the old man. Sila was surprised. This was the first time within a week that he heard this word.
Sila realized in the next moment afterward that there was a visitor. Thanks to his increased proficiency in Primary Qi, his ability to detect had also gone up. Sila wondered what the extent of his teacher’s ability was.
“Varee…” Sila muttered.
Varee jumped out from the row of bamboo trees with a surprised expression. She was using high-tier Psychic Concealment that she was proficient at. Sila’s teacher was one thing, but to think that even Sila could detect her presence before he was within her attack range. This made her astonished at the growth speed of Sila. She inwardly decided that she, too, needed secret training.
“What business do you have with me? I’m busy training.”
“Have you been training all the time? Did you get some rest? Didn’t you just get out of the hospital?” Varee asked with great care.
Sila was biased toward Varee since she had lied to him. She didn’t even reveal Vata’s identity to her own dad. So, he replied, “If you don’t have any business, then go. I’d like to continue my training. I have a task to do.”
The caring expression instantly vanished from Varee’s face. Her eyes were cold and expressionless. “A task to do? Is it related to the 1,500,000 gold debt?”
Sila was shocked that Varee knew about this, but he didn’t let it show on his face.
Varee couldn’t tell what Sila was thinking anymore with her Emotion Reading. Sila hadn’t known yet that the highest level of Qi Concealment also allowed him to conceal even his own emotion.
However, as Varee had acquainted herself with Sila for some time, she could guess what he was thinking.
“If you’re wondering how I know, don’t bother trying to guess. The Couple Ring of Commitment that we’re wearing allows me to see your financial status. Today, I’m here to ask you what your plan is.”
“I have my own solution. You don’t need to bother,” Sila evaded the question.
“There’s no way I cannot be bothered!” Varee said in a loud voice. Sila was surprised as he had never seen Varee shouting before.
“Why?” asked Sila.
Varee’s face was reddened for a while before quickly turned back to normal. “T-That’s because if you can’t clear them, my dad would be the one responsible for it.”
“Don’t worry. I’ll surely clear them,” Sila replied, trying to be confident although he himself wasn’t sure whether he could obtain the money.
“I think I have the right to know anyway.”
Sila also thought that Varee really had the right to know. Hence, he began telling her about Burapha’s plan. His teacher, who also listened to it, nodded after hearing the plan.
“That’s all. If I can win this tournament, I’ll be able to clear the debts.”
“I see. However, this plan still has a flaw.”
Sila frowned. He was very confident in Burapha’s plan. Sila admitted that Burapha’s battle prowess might be lacking, but Burapha’s planning ability was superior than anyone he had met.
Well, he had never met with someone who was really skilled in planning ahead before.
“How?” Sila asked.
“No need for this young lady to answer. I can tell you. Your plan is decent but the one in charge of planning is still lacking experience. You guys can come up with this plan, but don’t you think that others can also come up with the same plan? The owner of the casino has surely come up with a way to prevent such a plan,” His teacher answered in Varee’s stead.
“Correct. Although it’s an independent tournament, there are always two or three Royal Armament guild members participating every time. Everyone knows this. Otherwise, there would be many rich players out there. Not to mention, there are likely to be dark horses that want to gauge their own abilities. Last time, there were none, but who knows how many of them will come this time?”
Sila suddenly felt like his plan was a little too shallow. Burapha was a merchant so it was possible that he was unaware of this fact. However, why didn’t Bluebird say anything despite being a member of the top information guild? Well, if he asked, Bluebird would say something along the line of ‘It’s not in my field of interest.’
“That means there will be tons of skilled players, right?” Sila smiled. He wanted to know how much stronger he had become.
“That’s correct. But you should be wary of being cheated rather than thinking about that.”
“I can be cheated?”
“Yes. Although it’s a free-style tournament, if the contestants are the Royal Armament Guild members that are hostile against you, they are likely to gang up on you.”
“No problem. They all can come at me at the same time.”
“Fufu. Too arrogant, young lad. There’s one thing I haven’t told you yet. I planned to tell you when two weeks have passed, but the situation has changed.”
“Tell me what, Teacher?”
“You’re still not trained to fight against multiple enemies. With your current skills, it’s true that you might have a close match against a skilled opponent. However, the more your enemies, the less space for you to use your stepping technique. Your experience in actual combat is also lacking.”
“Actual combat? I have fought against multiple enemies before though, Teacher?”
“Fought against or massacred them? The further you venture into the Main Continent, the more skilled your opponents become. It’s good to be confident, but do not let it become arrogance.”
“Is there that much of a difference? Using the skills learned from Teacher, I should be able to keep up with them.”
“Fufu. I guess all kids are like this. Shedding no tears until seeing the coffin. I better show it to you directly. Young lady, step back.”
Varee could guess what the old man intended to do. She obediently jumped backward.
The old man walked closer to Sila. “I hoped you would be more proficient than this before I told you, but looking at your high confidence, I guess I need to shatter it for your own good. In the sparring lessons you have with me, they aren’t real fights as there was always something missing. I will show you now.”
Sila was about to ask what was missing when the old man declared, “Prepare yourself.”
The eyes of the old man glared at Sila intensely. The elder’s qi filled the space and put a heavy pressure on Sila. Sila’s body became heavy. His feet were struck on the ground as if he was chained by it. The sweat came out from his face. Fear had overtaken his mind.
It was a feeling like he could die anytime.
There was a slight movement in the old man’s sleeves, causing Sila to frighten at the possibility of a hidden weapon being fired. The old man stepped forward. It was a movement to cut the distance short of Twelve Celestial-Traveling-Steps. Seeing that, Sila decided to step sideway to evade. However, he couldn’t move his feet.
‘Move. Damn it. What’s happening? I’ve already done this hundreds of times. Teacher is just stepping forward,’ Sila ordered his body, but it didn’t move according to his will.
Sila barely moved from the spot. Meanwhile, the old man only used two more steps to be able to stand behind Sila.
The old man’s palm was reinforced with qi. It lightly touched on Sila’s back.
He suddenly activated the full power of Primary Qi into his back to increase his defense. Realizing that he couldn’t take this palm head on, Shapeless Qi automatically acted up by itself to further increase his defense.
Sila’s body flew away from the impact to hit several bamboo trees, breaking them. Varee rushed at him to help Sila back on his feet, which Sila declined her help by brushing away her hand and standing by himself. He went to confront his teacher again while circulating Immortal Qi at the meantime.
“Your stepping just now was too slow. What’s wrong? Why didn’t you use the stepping technique that you’re very proud of?”
Sila fell silent without replying. He had realized what was missing from the sparring lesson. It was a flow of the battle. Both the feeling and the pressure he got were entirely different.
“Just now wasn’t my full power. However, if you face many decent opponents at the same time, that feeling just now is what you would feel.”
“I thank you for your guidance, Teacher.”
“Getting back to the topic, I can help reduce the flaws of the plan, but the rest will depend on you, Sila.” Varee took out her handkerchief to wipe the blood at the corner of Sila’s mouth. However, as Sila saw this action of Varee, he took a handkerchief to himself and wiped the blood on his own.
“How can I know that you won’t lie to me?”
Varee’s expression changed. “Sila doesn’t trust me? This is the first time I’ve heard of you not trusting someone.”
“That’s because you always lie to me. About your Orichalcum sword. About inviting me to join the event for couples. How can I be certain that you won’t lie to me again?”
Varee looked straight into Sila’s eyes. “Sila, you have spent some of your time in this game. You must already know what kind of game Monster Soul is. When I told you about my katana, that was the first time I’ve met you. Although you might be a good person in real life like my dad suggested, people always show their true personality in this game. I didn’t know what kind of person you are. How did you expect me to tell you my secret?”
Varee’s reasoning made sense. In this game, there were only a handful of sincere people like him and Lone Wolf. However, as he was still biased, Sila continued, “What about Vata? Why didn’t you tell your dad about her? Don’t you know how worried Uncle is?”
Varee’s expression changed again. “Sila, you know this already? Does my dad know this? Have you already told this to my dad?”
“I haven’t had a chance to tell him yet.”
“Good. Don’t tell my dad.”
“Why do I need to listen to your request?”
“Sila, you still remember the bet we had at the restaurant, right? You have agreed to obey three of my requests. I would like to state my second request now. Don’t tell about Big Sister Vata to my dad. I hope a man like you won’t break our promise.”
Sila was speechless. He had already forgotten such promise. However, realizing that this request of Varee had a loophole, he was glad. Varee just prevented him to tell Rashane about Vata. What he needed to do was the other way around; go to Vata and encourage her to come back home. It seemed another task was added to Sila’s to-do-list.
“Since you two have finished coming to an agreement, go so that I can take a rest. I’ve been training this young lad for a week without any break,” said the old man.
Sila was about to refute that except for the two-hour sparring sessions per day, he always saw his teacher taking a nap. However, he didn’t dare to.
“Please excuse my rudeness. I’ll leave.” Varee turned her head back. “I’ll go fix the flaw of the plan.”
“Wait. How are you going to do that?”
“Do what I’m proficient at… player killing,” Varee plainly replied. The atmosphere turned colder.
“Who will you kill? And why do you need to kill?”
“The possible dark horses. Many of them. As for the reason, there is none in particular. I just have the urge to kill someone, especially someone nearby.”
It wasn’t strange that Varee was in a bad mood. At first, she just came to visit Sila out of her concern. However, Sila not only tried to chase her out but also picked a fight with her, let alone stepping into her family matters.
“Before I go, let me tell you something, Sila. Everyone has their own problems. You are not the only one in the world who has a problem to take care of. You only need to solve your own problems. As for my family’s problem, I’ll solve it myself.” Then, she left.
Sila sighed and softly muttered, “What’s with her? Why is she so angry? I don’t understand women at all.”
The old man put his hand on Sila’s shoulder. “You don’t understand? Have you not had a girlfriend before?”
“No, Teacher. I used to have one,” Sila murmured.
“Just one? Anyway, the number isn’t helpful here. Women are indeed very hard to understand. Given my experience, let me warn you of something so that you don’t need to experience it yourself.”
“What is it, Teacher?”
“Don’t make her angry. An angry woman is several times scarier than an angry man.”
Sila was acquainted with only a few people. He didn’t quite understand this warning of his teacher.
He didn’t know that he was the reason behind the upcoming deaths of many members of the Royal Armament Guild. It was a result of Varee’s anger.