Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue asked, “Have you decided yet? Is it going to be the big hammer or the small hammer?” She waved her hands around, causing the big hammer and the small hammer to impressively spin in her hands.
Song Shuhang asked, “Which one among the big hammer and the small hammer is better?”
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue replied, “Each has its own advantages. The advantage of the big hammer is that it’s heavy, making the weapon forged by it strong and durable. The small hammer is small and flexible, causing it to be better for finer parts.”
Song Shuhang said, “Then… Why not both?”
He recalled the design of his life-bound magical treasure, the ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’. The outer casing of the glove needed to be as strong as possible, while the small parts inside had to be done extremely precisely.
“Customer, you have chosen the right option.” Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue’s lips curled up. “The big hammer and the small hammer only work best when used together. Moreover, it is only by using both hammers that I am able to live up to my forging level.”
The sea turtle’s mouth twitched faintly, but this time it didn’t say anything.
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue said, “Time is vital. After I finish the treasure for you, I still have to buy all the items on the list. Where is your ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’ design? You only have to deal with the core part and you can leave the rest to me.”
Song Shuhang took out a pen and paper, quickly wrote down the forging technique of the ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’ that was in his mind, and handed it to Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue.
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue glanced at the design and the forging technique of the ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’ and nodded. “This magical treasure isn’t bad, it’s quite creative. Now it’s time to choose which material is to be used for its forging…”
She glanced at Song Shuhang’s pile of materials again, and said, “The prototype of your ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’ glove needs the bone of a whale spirit beast or a whale monster. You have six kinds of whale spirit beast and three kinds of whale monster whale bones here, all of which are at the Fifth Stage Realm. Which one among these do you want to use for the forging? ”
“Fairy, can you use this?” Song Shuhang pointed at Sage Monarch Melon Eater’s rib bones.
The corners of Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue’s mouth twitched. “Of course I’d be able to use those, but I don’t recommend that, as you would be wasting the Eighth Stage Sage Whale whale bones. You’re only having a Fourth Stage magical treasure forged for you, and Fifth Stage materials would already be good enough to do so. Actually, in my opinion, using Fifth Stage materials for this would already be quite wasteful. If you were to directly use these Sage Whale’s bones, it would truly be no different from throwing them away.”
Song Shuhang said, “It’s fine. Anyway, I still have some more whale bones in stock. Furthermore, the ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’ is going to be my life-bound magical treasure. Even if I do plan on forging the Combined Magical Treasure in the future, I will definitely use the ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’ as its core. As such, the stronger the ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’ is, the better.”
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue: “…”
The sea turtle yawned. “That which is obtained easily will often not be cherished. Whether it is feelings or treasures. Fellow Daoist Song, one must cherish what one has!”
“The bones of an Eighth Stage Whale are indeed very precious. Do you not want to give it more thought?” Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue also asked.
Song Shuhang thought about it for a moment, and asked, “Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue, about how many of these bones do you need to forge the gloves?”
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue estimated it, and replied, “This bone is huge, so one would be enough.”
“Then it’s completely fine,” Song Shuhang said. “I have more than 16 such whale bones in my hands, so using one won’t affect me much. Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue, just use this whale bone to forge the ‘Defiant Whale Warrior’ gloves.”
F*ck, sixteen? That many?
No wonder this guy doesn’t cherish the Eighth Stage whale bone at all.
“In that case, I’ll just do as you say.” Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue extended her hand and lifted the Whale Sacred Bone onto the forging table.
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue then said, “Oh, Seven Daoist Names… cough~ Fellow Daoist Tyrannical Song. Before I start hammering, I have to remind you of one thing. The Eighth Stage whale bone is extremely hard. I will have to use a secret technique of the Heavy Metal Sect to temper it… As such, you need to be mentally prepared.”
Song Shuhang subconsciously asked, “Is the price per strike going to increase?”
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue said, “The price won’t increase, but the bone of a Sage Whale is difficult to temper. Doing so will take a long time, and with that, the total price will definitely increase.”
Song Shuhang nodded. “That makes sense.”
“Then, thank you for your patronage!” Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue’s arms became coated in dark metal color, similar to when Song Shuhang used the ❮Steel Hands Technique❯.
Afterward, she took another deep breath and urged the secret technique of the Heavy Metal Sect once more. After that, the color of her hands changed and turned into a golden color, just as if they had been cast in gold.
Her eyes were fixed on the steps needed for forging the ‘Defiant Whale Warrior Gloves’; she was etching the steps into her mind.
In the next moment, the two hammers began to move.
The big hammer struck the whale bone, causing a burst of bright sparks. As the big hammer fell, flames rose from the forging table, making it so that the whale bone was encased in flame.
The fire rose along with the movements of the hammer, rising high up and dancing in the air.
Song Shuhang rubbed his eyes, and wondered if he had been seeing things—as he watched Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue’s big hammer hit, there was a flame that flowed up the hammer, and then a string of characters condensed above the sledgehammer.
I’m probably just thinking too much, how could flames possibly turn into numbers? Song Shuhang thought.
“Haah!” At this moment, Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue shouted and used the big hammer to strike the bone once more.
Another flame rose along the big hammer and turned into a ‘+100’.
The flames rose higher and higher, and eventually condensed the number 200 before disappearing.
F*ck, I wasn’t seeing things!
Song Shuhang had clearly just seen what had happened.
The flames really did turn into a number!
While he was in thought, Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue swung the hammer for the third time.
Flames rose and turned into a ‘+100’ again. The flaming text rose higher and higher before finally turning into a ‘300’ and disappearing.
Heavens, the flaming text is a counter.
Every time Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue struck down with the big hammer, a ‘+100’ would appear, and then this number would add to the total.
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue said, “Very good, it’s coming together fairly well.”
In the next moment, her arms waved around quickly.
Song Shuhang watched as the flaming text continued to appear right in front of him, just like a screen being flooded, with each line of text moving past his eyes at breakneck speed.
“Ding, ding, ding, ding~”
Every strike was another ‘+100’.
This meant that Song Shuhang had to pay another 100 spirit stones.
Song Shuhang couldn’t help but feel his heart start hurting.
Every time he saw another flaming ‘+100’ text, it was as if an arrow had penetrated his heart and liver.
This is really heart-rending.
After these few hits from the big hammer, the price had already gone up to a few thousands of First Stage spirit stones.
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue paused before saying in a pleasant voice, “Great, the Whale Sacred Bone has responded. Come on, resonate with me! Obey me, I will make you into the most perfect magic weapon.”
While she spoke, her other arm also began moving.
The small hammer had begun swinging.
Using the two hammers together was the kingly path!
As there were now two hammers being waved around, the speed at which the text moved on the screen had more than doubled. The degree of the heart-rending feeling similarly increased by several times.
The flaming text in front of Song Shuhang became a combination of ‘+100’s and ‘+50’s.
The screen’s flooding speed had become even faster.
With every glance, one’s sight would be filled with rows of ‘+100’s and ‘+50’s.
With every blink of an eye, another wave of flaming text would rise.
This screen of flaming text represented the number of spirit stones! This was a screen filled with spirit stones.
Fairy, could you turn off this counting function?
At this time, the sea turtle patted Song Shuhang with its forelimb.
Song Shuhang turned his head while a pained expression could be seen on his face. “Senior Turtle, is something wrong?”
Senior Turtle asked, “Is your heart in pain?”
Song Shuhang replied, “It’s not really in pain, but this screen filled with ‘+100’s and ‘+50’s makes my heart feel quite stifled.”
“Your heart feeling stifled is normal. This is the style of the Heavy Metal Sect. It’s clear that a trip to the blacksmith would actually only cost you about a Sixth Stage or Seventh Stage spirit stone, but regardless of who it is, when they see this screen of flaming text, they would always end up feeling their heart become stifled.” Senior Turtle chuckled, and said, “I can teach you a way to adapt to the flaming text.”
Song Shuhang asked, “What is it?”
The sea turtle said, “Use a Seventh or Eighth Stage spirit stone as the reference point. Then, simply think of +100 as +0.0001 or an even smaller number, that way you won’t feel as stifled.”
Song Shuhang replied, “That makes sense!”
After that, he turned his head and continued to look at the screen of ‘+100’s and ‘+50’s.
After a moment, he sighed.
Song Shuhang said, “I can’t do it.”
The sea turtle said, “What?”
“I tried to change the numbers while having a Seventh Stage spirit stone in mind, but then when I saw the ‘+100’, I felt that it was adding 100 Seventh Stage spirit stones.”
The sea turtle: “…”
“Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding~”
The sound of the two hammers striking down was like a poignant symphony.
It was impressive but also caused one to shed tears.
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue’s level as a blacksmith was really high, and it could even be said to be at the level of a sect master.
Song Shuhang did not understand the art of forging. Nevertheless, the sea turtle at the side was full of praise for Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue.
While the two hammer were unceasingly swung around, Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue would also occasionally throw in some refining materials into the flames.
“This flame is no longer the forging fire stored in the Palace of Winter,” the sea turtle said in a deep voice.
At the beginning, Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue had still used the Palace of Winter’s forging fire on the whale sage bone. However, halfway through, she had changed the fire.
At this time, the flames around Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue were really lifelike, and from time to time there would even be something with the appearance of a Phoenix that would come forth.
Every time she swung the hammer, the clear cry of a Phoenix would accompany the strike.
Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue suddenly said, “It’s the Nine Virtues Phoenix Fire. My current realm is limited to the Sixth Stage Realm. If I were to rely on my own strength to temper the Eighth Stage Profound Sage bone, it would be extremely difficult to do so. As such, I’m borrowing some strength from this special flame.”
At this time, she had beads of sweat streaming down her face. Some beads of sweat would flow down along her cheek to her neck before continuing on to slide along her beautiful clavicle.
Some beads of sweat would be stopped by her long eyelashes, but when she blinked, they would drip down. However, the beads of sweat that ended up dripping from her eyelashes would evaporate in mid-air due to the Phoenix Flame.
Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue smiled bitterly, and said, “The only problem is that the temperature of the flame is quite high.”
The sea turtle asked, “Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue Daoist, do you need little friend Song to wipe your sweat?”
During the refining process, if sweat droplets were to fall onto the weapon being refined, it could be very troublesome.
Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue replied, “No, it’s fine.”
The temperature of the Phoenix Fire was too high, and with Song Shuhang’s strength, he would immediately get burnt if he were to get too close.