"Orochi, could you migrate to the Eight-tailed dragon spear for the time being."
Orochi's thought-soul completely moved over to the Eight-tailed dragon spear. Yu IlHan separated the spear from the armor and put it on one side, before summoning the Eternal Flame on his palm.
"We're now going to melt and combine the most expensive materials across the multiverses, you ready?"
Eternal Flame had experienced countless materials, absorbed even more records and evolved past its limit several times under Yu IlHan's guidance. It showed a confident movement, effectively burning away whatever doubts Yu IlHan had left.
Yu IlHan raised his head. In his two eyes were the ginormous bones that seemed like they would fill the entire barrier. As the two had different properties, he wasn't going to try alloying them to make an armor that brought out both of their advantages.
"First will be the inner armor. I'm going to make a thin layer of armor using Kelatuke's bones and the Heart of Fire."
"Yes. And the second will be the outer armor. I'm going to melt Chaos Will's gauntlets again and add Echjar's bones and heart to make a sharp and sturdy armor."
"Thanks for saying that, but a dragon's power is one that needs to be emitted outwards. Moreover, I cannot abandon either kind of potential when I become a higher existence…… and above all, fire and dragon are fundamentally not that different either."
[…… I am inexperienced and cannot comprehend anymore, so do as you wish.]
Orochi gave up on understanding Yu IlHan's dialogue. The most destructive and direct power representation was indeed fire…… but Orochi could not understand any more than this. Yu IlHan realized that Orochi had given up and spoke with a bitter smile.
"You cannot stay as a thought-soul lower existence forever. To control and operate this armor, you also need some growth."
At that time, Mystic suddenly shouted.
[I get it now! The league of the Flying fortress was raised, but I stayed the same. That's what's making me so stifled!]
[No, that's not enough. There needs to be a more fundamental solution.]
Mystic raised her voice. Her voice was passionate as if she would dance a samba with the Flying fortress.
[Master needs to grow! Only then could we follow!]
[But it's the truth! So become a higher existence or whatever it is already!]
"Fine, I get it so be quiet for a moment. I'm doing something important."
Upgrading his gear was a necessity even if it was in regards to becoming a higher existence. Yu IlHan made Mystic quieten down and started melting the Infernal dragon body and Kelatuke's bones. The Infernal dragon body was a material that would be used in both the inner and outer armor, and right now, he had to extract the fire part of it.
Of course, this wasn't so easy. Even Yu IlHan's best flames could not bring out a change in the two metals.
[Is it really possible?]
"It will still be impossible later if it's impossible now. I might as well do it now."
Until now, Yu IlHan had never spent so much time on one item while crafting and smithing, but this time was an exception. Since the materials were too good, he couldn't be half-hearted about it, and he had to transfer all the powers of fire that the Infernal dragon body had into the new armor without allowing a drop in quality.
Eternal Flame became stronger and brighter. The flame that once reached the extreme in size now started to get smaller, and it became more and more translucent, before becoming invisible to the naked eye.
[It's a curious fire no matter how many times I see it…….]
[Fu, I only wanted to watch the piece of art…… You damned violent ex-angel.]
Yu IlHan could no longer hear the others. He only focused on the flames; the flames and the material that the flames needed to melt - he could not take his eyes off the two.
"Eternal Flame, this is the armor you'll reside in."
Yu IlHan whispered to it. It was a very soft voice.
"So focus, while thinking that you're making your own house."
Eternal Flame burned up as if to reply to him. It flickered its tongue, and burned more while becoming more attached to the material. At that moment, Eternal Flame grew once again and the Heart of Fire that he had already taken out to use later started to resonate with the Eternal Flame!
The moment no one other than Yu IlHan could recognize the Eternal Flame anymore, the Infernal dragon body and Kelatuke's bones finally started melting.
'Good, there's resonance. Let's do the mana crafting here as well.'
Melting wasn't everything. He had to keep the cast of the Infernal dragon body, and had to compress the power that Kelatuke's bones contained and fill the Infernal dragon body with it.
Now that the Heart of Fire had activated, this process was no longer just blacksmithing, and it was mana crafting, and with Eternal Flame, it was simultaneously soul enchant as well. Yu IlHan thought that perhaps creation was like this, before technology developed and it started branching out.
[Fufu. Ex-angel lady, aren't you gonna spar?]
"Shut up for a sec, succubus……."
It was not easy to ignore Yu IlHan that was working so vibrantly and at the same time, nobly. It wasn't just Helièna and Liera either. The others that were sparring, training skills, eating dragon meat, or fighting against monsters, they all stopped what they were doing and gathered around him.
"It's amazing even though I don't know what's amazing about it!"
An aura of translucent flames was enveloping Yu IlHan and they could not see his figure clearly, but they could see how amazing his work was.
The ginormous bones belonging to Kelatuke decreased in size as time went on, and the sturdy Infernal dragon body glowed brightly and changed state from material to immaterial before being dismantled. Eternal Flame burned with all its power in order to mix the two that were never supposed to be combined.
A bright clear voice of a girl could be heard. Yu IlHan instinctively realized that it was Eternal Flame's will. After repeating several evolutions, she had finally become able to communicate. (T/N: Eternal Flame is 'she' from now)
[I'm going to make the hottest house!]
"Yes, that should do."
Replied Yu IlHan in satisfaction. Eternal Flame realized that her master had understood her words and burned even brighter in joy. Of course, the speed at which Kelatuke's bones melted accelerated accordingly.
The Heart of Fire was also being melted, albeit rather slowly. Every time it melted a little, the entire region of space was bathed in a tinge of red.
Eventually, the terrifying heat had formed a barrier, and no one except the Eternal Flame, and Yu IlHan, who had received the blessing of the goddess of fire, could keep their consciousness within it. Orochi was no exception and had to leave the barrier hurriedly.
[I will leave for a bit. …… Damn, you can't even hear me, can you?]
The barrier that formed around the Heart of Fire decreased in size. As the barrier deceased in size, so did Kelatuke's bones. The bones were not being destroyed, but were being compressed while retaining their original properties. It had found a cast that could contain its high league.
Yu IlHan finally picked up his hammer. Then, he put the separated half of Infernal dragon body and Kelatuke's bones into one place before hammering down on them. He imbued all his mana and flames into his strikes to temper those items.
[Can you feel it? Mana crafting and Soul enchant are being mixed with Blacksmithing. Aah, it's a mere piece of armor but it's being treated better than me. I'm so envious. If I could receive darling's sweet hands like that, it would be fine if I melted into a puddle of blood…….]
"I said shut up, succubus. You're disturbing me."
Yu IlHan eventually closed his eyes. Eyes being open had nothing to do with the work right now.
He could feel fire; the breathing fire; the will of the Eternal Flame; the space that became one with the fire to burn; the bones that colored and transformed; and the half of Infernal dragon body that sucked every one of them from the center.
[You have discovered a realm of crafting that cannot be defined with technology. The majority of advanced fusion skills, resulted from the fusion of technology, are recorded in the Akashic Record, but the techniques that possess a league that cannot be recorded cannot be given a level, and may just exist by itself.]
[You have earned the title, 'Creator'. All of your creations will be given special and unique options.]
Yu IlHan opened his eyes. Kelatuke's bones had all but disappeared. The figure of the Heart of Fire was nowhere to be seen. The Eternal Flame was still burning on Yu IlHan's palm, but this was not its whole but a mere fragment, and the main body had already moved over to her new house.
A single set of armor floated in front of him. It was an armor that was entirely red in color. It looked very similar to the Infernal dragon body, but was completely different.
It was alive. Yu IlHan could instinctively realize what this realm of 'Creation' he had reached after seeing it.
[I like it very much!]
Shouted Eternal Flame inside the armor with a voice that didn't contained even the slightest bit of negativity. It was very clear, yet passionate - a voice that was close to contradiction. It was very charming.
[I'm going to protect master!]
"Yes, I'll leave it to you."
A tired voice escaped Yu IlHan as he had poured his everything into the creation just now. However, he was very satisfied, his heart felt full. He had the thought that he had finally properly made what he really wanted to.
He now walked a path that no one had tread on.
[Soul of Fire was completed.]
[Soul of Fire.]
[Defense - 17,900]
[User restrictions - Yu IlHan]
1. 200% increase in fire attribute resistance and attack power.
3. Raises the league of all fire-related skills.]
[The purest, hottest, and sturdiest flames created by a human that had transcended humanity. A miracle that was given birth after matter, soul, and mana came together with one will.]
He turned his head around after checking the information on the armor, when he saw that the dragon part of the Infernal dragon body had formed a lump. Now, that would form the new outer armor with Echjar's bones, Chaos Will's gauntlet, as well as DRAGON HEART.
In other words, he had only done half of the work. The armor was incomplete.
"To think I'd have to do such a tiring job once again……."
[I'm happy, I'm happy!]
Eternal Flame only rejoiced while controlling the armor to jump around in midair without knowing what was going through his mind.
He could wear that immediately but…… Yu IlHan let her be for a while. When he looked at the others, they were looking back at him with absent minded gazes.
"Even your hair is red now."
After hearing Liera's words, he immediately stroked his hair to check.
It was true After he had received the blessing of the goddess of fire, Yu IlHan's eyes had turned red, and now that he had created the Soul of Fire, even his hair was dyed red now.
"What the hell? When did it grow so long?"
What's more, it even grew down to his waist! Yu IlHan was shocked and immediately tried to cut them, but Na YuNa immediately threw her body and clung to his waist.
"Long hair is cool as well so leave it! Leave iiiiit!"
"But it will be annoying in battle so I'll cut it short…… hm?"
The moment he thought that he wanted his hair to be short, the long hair shrunk back down again. Na YuNa's two eyes had question marks in them. Yu IlHan thought.
…… Just what the hell am I turning into?
Author's notesHe really quit being human like what Mystic said! What will happen to him in the future? How will the other half of the armor turn out?