Chapter 372 Azure Dragon
In the Killing Techniques Palace, countless streams of thunderbolts struck Fang Xingjian's body again and again, constantly strengthening the heavenly thunders and terrestrial magnetism forces between all the particles in his body, and thus constantly strengthening Fang Xingjian's body.
The number of streams of thunderbolts continued to increase, turning into numerous thunder dragons circling around Fang Xingjian and attacking him. However, he was absorbing all of them, using them to strengthen his own body.
In no time, the two level 21 Conferred Knights could no longer continue performing the Thunderbolt Sword Technique. They retreated and pierced their swords into the ground, panting heavily.
The only one left was was Duolun, who was guarding the stage. He continued to perform the Thunderbolt Sword Technique, swinging his sword about vividly and with great loftiness, creating streams after streams of lightning and sending them toward Fang Xingjian's body.
More than an hour later, Duolun had also reached his limits and retreated, looking at Fang Xingjian who was floating in the middle of the hall as if he was a sphere of lightning. The piercing light first shone like a sun risen in the air, and then it extinguished as Fang Xingjian let out a long whistle.
The last stream of thunderbolt had been absorbed into Fang Xingjian's body. He exhale slightly, electric sparks coming out from his mouth and nose occasionally.
Clenching his fists, Fang Xingjian smiled and asked Duolun, "Would you like to try out my current body's strength?"
"The heavenly thunders and terrestrial magnetism forces that you're cultivating are so powerful. I've long been curious about them."
Duolun laughed out loud and pierced outward with his longsword. Accompanied by electric sparks, he continued to accelerate, leaving a long trail of charred marks on the ground in his path, as his longsword pierced straight toward Fang Xingjian's chest with a power of several tens of tons.
Fang Xingjian only stood there quietly, letting Duolun pierce his upper body time and time again.
As a level 22 Conferred Knight, each of Duolun's sword attacks was enough to destroy a tank. Furthermore, his sword aura ceaselessly attacked like lightning, creating a series of electric sparks on Fang Xingjian's body. Ten breaths later, Duolun stopped and retreated, revealing a look of astonishment when he saw Fang Xingjian unscathed from the attacks.
"Isn't your defence too powerful? I've encountered many seniors who had been cultivating at level 23 for many years. However, them reaching this level is something impossible."
"Mmm, my rate of cultivation is faster."
Fang Xingjian clenched his fists in satisfaction. He had the Sword Bones specialty, and each of his bones would grow stronger as his level increased. Right now, he was at level 23 and his sword bones were the equivalent of a level 23 Superior Divine Weapon.
With this, in addition to his cultivation of the heavenly thunders and terrestrial magnetism forces, and the enhancement from the second level of the mystical prints, his cultivation increase rate was tremendous. This made his body's defence comparable to a Superior Divine Weapon, far surpassing that of an ordinary level 23 Conferred Knight.
"But I'm at my limit soon. Thank you for your help all this time. I won't be coming to train my heavenly thunders and terrestrial magnetism forces anymore."
"There's no need to stand on ceremony. With a good target like you to hit, our Thunderbolt Sword Technique has also improved a lot."
Duolun's words were filled with politeness, clearly showing that he wanted to form a good relationship with Fang Xingjian. He even asked Fang Xingjian to stay and have a meal in the Killing Techniques Palace, but the latter politely refused.
When Fang Xingjian walked out of the Killing Techniques Palace, Robert was already following at his side.
Robert reported, "We've received an additional income of 280,000 gold all this while. We'll soon be able to reach the 300,000 gold that you need for the next tier."
Fang Xingjian nodded. With each additional level of the mystical prints, an additional 100,000 gold was needed. Right now, he wanted to cultivate the third level of the mystical prints and thus he needed 300,000 gold.
Judging by this pattern, for higher levels he would need 500,000 gold, 800,000 gold, or even one million gold. Even a Regional Academy would be stumped by this kind of expenditure.
Ordinary aristocrats would not be able to afford to cultivate this even at the expense of all their family's wealth.
Even with the royalties Fang Xingjian was getting from the Rebirth Sword Technique, he would still need about five years before he would be wealthy enough to cultivate level 10 of the mystical prints.
Especially when the materials required for the last few levels were no longer things which could be purchased with money alone.
Hearing Robert's report, Fang Xingjian nodded, "Then start to gather the materials. Remember to do it in secret. If you encounter any problems, look for Anderson first. He'll help to solve them."
Robert said again, "Right, the chef from that grilled meat eatery has come."
"Oh? Let her specially cook meat dishes for me then. Let her try out with some ferocious beasts' meat. If it isn't bad, then let her handle more. Hmmm.... allow her to learn from the chefs in the academy as well. I feel that she's quite talented in cooking.
"Otherwise, she wouldn't be able to come up with 12 flavors for the Vulcan Grilled Meat either."
"I understand." Robert then asked again, "Aren't you going to meet her?" He had clearly thought that Fang Xingjian had taken a liking to Diana as well.
Fang Xingjian shook his head. Suddenly, he came to a stop. Robert looked over, puzzled.
Fang Xingjian calmly said, "I have something to do and will make a move first." In the next moment, with a flash, he left behind a long trail of white steam as he flew in the direction of the Sacred Land, leaving behind an astonished Robert.
Once he entered the Sacred Land's training room, Fang Xingjian sat on the ground cross-legged. The skin all over his body was twisting furiously, seething.
Of course, it was not actually Fang Xingjian's skin that was seething, but the changes that were happening to the Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor.
Ever since the previous time the assassins from the Sand Country had come, Fang Xingjian felt that the Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor seemed to have been agitated and was going through an irregular transformation. The Domirov's will that was in it would occasionally snap back, as if it wanted to leave Fang Xingjian's body.
However, Fang Xingjian's current cultivation had already improved tremendously compared to the first time he had suppressed the armor. How could he possibly let Domirov's martial will escape so easily?
With a cold snort, the martial will in his mind turned into surging information, gushing into the Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor, smashing into its agitated martial will and then suppressing it.
'However, the outbreak is getting increasingly stronger and stronger each time. If I want to completely suppress Domirov's remnant martial will, I'll need even greater power.'
Thinking of this, Fang Xingjian broke into a vicious expression and once again dived into his cultivation.
For the next few days, he went on to temper his attributes, cultivate his Waves and mental cultivation method, as well as to improve his three sword techniques. On other occasions, he would visit the Sword Tower to get to know the latest sword theories and sword arts research, or he would eat good food, especially the Vulcan Grilled Meat Diana made from ferocious beasts. This had become his latest favorite.
Two days passed just like that and Robert came to look for Fang Xingjian again.
"What's wrong? You haven't gathered all the materials yet?"
"There's a bit of a problem." Robert threw a glance at Fang Xingjian, feeling a little guilty. It was because he kept encountering problems when he was collecting materials.
"The list that you requested includes the azure dragon's scale. However, the azure dragon has been extinct since a long time ago and its scale is extremely valuable. In the Great Western City's market, there's a demand, but no supply for it."
"What place would have it?"
"I heard that Gao Clan, a Westerner clan in Beize Continent has an azure dragon's scale in their collection?"
"Beize Continent?" Fang Xingjian frowned. The Great Western Region was located in the west of the Empire, while the Beize Continent was located in the northwest of the Empire and was too far away. It would take him a single day to go there and come back. How could Fang Xingjian possibly waste so much time on the journey?
Moreover, other than the one day required for the two-way travel, discussing the price and negotiating for the purchase of the azure dragon's scale would take even more time.
Therefore, he said, "Let Anderson make a trip there. If it's within 150,000 gold, he has the autonomy to make a decision."
"I've already told this to Lord Anderson, but he said it's too far and he won't go."
Fang Xingjian smiled, "Tell him that I was the one who said that if he can bring back the azure dragon's scale for me, I can take one month off the time he needs to run errands for me, and it'll only be five months."
Therefore, over the next few days, while waiting for the materials for the third level of the mystical prints, Fang Xingjian continued his cultivation by relying on his four major specialties, on the 100 times density Sacred Land, and the effect of the second level of the mystical prints, his cultivation increase rate thus improving by leaps and bounds.
Finally, in the latter half of October, Fang Xingjian's ether synchronization rate rose to 50% and he became a level 24 Conferred Knight.