Chapter 139: A Valiant Scabbard
"There is a balance between the strength and aesthetics of the saber. It is about two meters long. This is a piece of work that could not be made without a certain level of skill. This should be the work of a famous blacksmith. It seems reminiscent of the Clear Sky Sect's style."
Xiao Chen was surprised. He did not expect this old man to be able to discern so much information by looking at the saber. However, the Clear Sky Sect was already a taboo topic. If this old man wanted to dig deeper, Xiao Chen could be in trouble.
"Senior must be joking. The Clear Sky Sect has already been destroyed for a long time. How could my saber be made in the style of the Clear Sky Sect?" Xiao Chen tried to deny the matter.
The old man handed the Lunar Shadow Saber back to Xiao Chen and smiled faintly, "Young Man, don't be so eager to deny things. I have not verified anything yet. You must learn to hold yourself back. Only by doing so will you be able to hide better.
"When you rush to deny things, you only end up exposing yourself. Although the Clear Sky Sect has already been destroyed, many of their weapons have been passed on. You don't have to worry about this. This old man does not care about these matters."
Xiao Chen was stunned as he received the Lunar Shadow Saber. He looked at the old man's genial face and felt a certain fear; the old man seemed unfathomable. Xiao Chen smiled in an embarrassed manner, saying, "Many thanks for senior's lesson. How long would it take to complete the scabbard?"
"I'm just an old man; I just happened to live longer. I am not worthy of giving out any lessons. As for your saber, I already have a ready-made scabbard." After the old man spoke, he took out a dusty scabbard from the cupboard before gently wiping it.
The old man had an extremely grave expression on his face; it was obvious it was not just an ordinary scabbard but also an object of sentimental value to him. After a while, he presented an ancient scabbard to Xiao Chen.
Xiao Chen received the scabbard and gave it a try. The Lunar Shadow Saber fit perfectly.
The instant the Lunar Shadow Saber was placed in the scabbard, it lost all its aura. If Xiao Chen was not holding it in his hand; he would not be able to feel its existence.
The old man revealed a smiled on his face while Xiao Chen's revealed shock. This was so coincidental; this scabbard seemed like it was made exactly to the Lunar Shadow Saber's specifications.
It was exact, down to the millimeter; there was no misfit at all. It was like it had been sitting there quietly for countless years, waiting for the Lunar Shadow Saber to show up.
Xiao Chen recovered from his shock. Although he felt it was strange, he was very satisfied with this scabbard. He asked, "How much is this scabbard?"
"Ten Inferior Grade Spirit Stones!"
Xiao Chen was stunned for a while before he laughed, "Senior, you must have said the wrong amount, or I have heard the wrong amount. Ten Inferior Grade Spirit Stones is sufficient to purchase a Superior Grade Profound Ranked Spirit Weapon. How can a scabbard be so expensive?"
"Do you feel it is not worth it? Young man, this price is really not high. Feel it carefully, do you notice anything different?" The old man's expression did not change at all, he only smiled and spoke indifferently.
This fellow is truly devilish; it seems like he is determined to make this deal. Xiao Chen thought hatefully to himself. Although ten Inferior Grade Spirit Stones was not much to him, he could not just casually take them out for use.
Xiao Chen only managed to obtain 20 Inferior Grade Spirit Stones from Yan Qianyun. Finally, Xiao Chen reluctantly handed over ten Inferior Grade Spirit Stones. He liked this scabbard a lot and did not want to miss out on it.
"Young man, now that you've sheathed the saber don't casually pull it out. If anyone in the Heavenly Saber Pavilion knows about the inheritance of the Thunder Emperor, you will die a tragic death!"
When Xiao Chen, who had already walked to the door, heard this, he suddenly stopped. His back was filled with cold sweat as he slowly turned around.
There was a trace of killing intent in his eyes as he stared at the old man, who was still smiling. He grasped the handle of his saber as prepared to make a move.
"Old man, you seem to know too much!" Xiao Chen watched the old man with rapt attention. He was filled with shock; the Thunder Emperor's inheritance was one of his biggest secrets. This secret was even more important than the Azure Dragon Martial Spirit.
The Thunder Emperor had many enemies while he was alive. He went missing in his later years, and finally, he died a strange death. There was a maze of doubts regarding him. This old man had only taken a look at the Lunar Shadow Saber, and he discovered its identity. How shocking!
If the secret of him possessing the Thunder Emperor's inheritance were revealed, given his insufficient strength and backing, this would not just be the extent of not having a place in the Great Qin Nation. This would be to the extent of the entire world. The experts of the senior generation would not be able to resist the temptation to make a move.
In front of Xiao Chen's unconcealed killing intent, the old man's expression did not change at all. He smiled faintly, "My young friend, it seemed like you are a little disrespectfully to your elders. This is not good!"
Right after the old man spoke, the shop's door suddenly closed. The instant the door closed, the shop became dark.
Xiao Chen observed his surroundings and was shocked to discover all the shelves around him seemed to have disappeared. All he could see was a boundless darkness; he could not see the end of it.
Xiao Chen drew the Luna Shadow Saver from its scabbard; a cold light gleamed on its blade as he executed Drawing the Saber. Xiao Chen leaped into the air; he decided to make the first move and attack the old man.
That old man still stood there without changing his expression. However, Xiao Chen felt as if the distance between them was 90,000 kilometers (180,000 li) away.
His body hung in midair as he maintained the same stance as when he drew his saber. It seemed like he had moved a great distance, but his distance to the old man had not changed at all.
He was clearly in front of him. However, it seemed like he was further away than the horizon; a distance he would never be able to reach.
A small realm actually appeared here. Furthermore, this small realm could be controlled. Xiao Chen looked at the old man's calm face, Could this old man be a Sage?
"Go out and calm yourself down! Learn to respect your elders in future!"
The old man waved his hand, and an irresistible force came flying out. Xiao Chen was pushed back at an extreme speed. The sound of wind howled in his ears.
Xiao Chen seemed like he passed through several dimensional planes, and landed on the ground with a bang. He looked up to discover he was lying in the big street. The people who passed by looked at him in a strange manner.
He was being looked upon as a fool. Xiao Chen quickly got up and checked his body. He discovered he was not injured at all; it was clear this old man showed mercy.
Creating a small realm and controlling the laws of space, this was something only Sages could do. Was that man really a Sage?
Xiao Chen felt this was impossible. The feeling this man gave him was only slightly stronger than Ying Yue. He was at best a Martial Monarch; he was definitely not a Martial Sage.
Extending his Spiritual Sense, Xiao Chen closed his eyes and controlled it to enter the old man's shop. A strong aura appeared in his mind. After a while, Xiao Chen discovered the origin of the strong aura.
There was a rectangular box in the shop. When his Spiritual Sense tried to enter the box, he found a formless barrier blocking his Spiritual Sense.
Xiao Chen was not resigned and tried several times, each time failing. Finally, he focused his Spiritual Sense on the old man. He then frowned; he discovered a shocking scene.
Withdrawing his Spiritual Sense, Xiao Chen muttered to himself, "This man has no Martial Spirit in his body. However, his aura clearly says he is an expert of the Martial King realm.
"If so, then there can only be one explanation. He was once an expert, but his Martial Spirit had been destroyed by someone, crippling him."
Even so, Xiao Chen still felt fear towards the old man. If it was not a complete Holy Weapon in the wooden box, then it was a King Grade Secret Treasure. Within the shop, the old man would be unrivaled.
Xiao Chen shook his head since the old man did not express any malicious intent; there was no need for him to waste time on this. He turned around to leave this place. Xiao Chen was still unable to stay calm. There were so many of such shops in Saber City; did they all have experts hidden in them?
Carrying such a thought, Xiao Chen unknowingly walked into another shop. The owner of this shop was a middle-aged man. Xiao Chen stared at him, trying to figure out if there was anything different about him.
"Little Brother, is there... anything you want to buy?" that middle-aged man asked in a quivering voice; he felt goosebumps when Xiao Chen stared at him.
When he heard this, Xiao Chen recovered his wits. He felt it was unfortunate; this person was just an ordinary shopkeeper, and there was nothing special about him.
However, he did not know how to answer the owner's question. After all, he already knew that they did not sell Spirit Weapons to outsiders here.
Xiao Chen thought for a while and decided to ask about Leng Tianyue. After all, by attempting to assassinate Leng Liusu, he had committed a huge offense. He first tested the ground by asking, "Just asking around; did anything major happened in Saber City recently?"
The middle-aged man looked deeply at Xiao Chen. He said, "Well, there are major matters happening in Saber City every day. There is nothing strange about that. However, there was a very shocking event just a few days ago."
After the owner said that, he stopped. Xiao Chen understood and handed him a banknote. The owner took it and gave it a casual glance; he discovered it was a banknote for ten thousand silver taels.
He could not help but feel joyful. He was smiling widely as he said, "A few days ago, the eldest son of Lingyun Mountain Range's Tianyue Peak's Peak Master, Leng Tianyue, returned from his journey; he immediately barged into the Heavenly Saber Mourning Soul Formation."
It was indeed about Leng Tianyue. Xiao Chen could not help his curiosity, and he asked, "What is he doing at Heavenly Saber Mourning Soul Formation?"
The owner chuckled, he said, "What is he doing? Of course, he was trying drawing the saber. The Heavenly Saber Pavilion has a legend that has been passed down for thousands of years. As long as one can make it into the center of the Heavenly Saber Mourning Soul Formation and pull out the Sub-Divine Weapon there, one will be able to become the Heavenly Saber Pavilion's Pavilion Master."
"Did he managed to pull it out?" Xiao Chen asked, interested. He did not expect the Heavenly Saber Pavilion to have such a legend; it was a surprise to Xiao Chen.
If a Misty Sword Sect disciple managed to draw the saber, would he become the Heavenly Saber Pavilion's Pavilion Master? Just the idea of it was interesting.
The middle-aged man sighed, "That is a Sub-Divine Weapon; a weapon only inferior to Divine Weapons. It can split mountains and shake the heavens. Even a Sage would have to avoid its blade. How could it be so easy to draw?
"Furthermore, the Heavenly Saber Mourning Soul Formation consists of 81 smaller formations interconnected to each other, forming a large formation. It has existed since the Ancient Era. In order to get to the center, one can't rely only on their cultivation realm, but also their comprehension of saber techniques."