Chapter 207: A hundred ghosts in a frenzied dance
The ability to set up a formation that could seize the wonders of the heaven and earth using the mystical rules of nature and a few special ingredients, was a secret skill that all magical cultivators could grasp.
Han Shuo was no longer content staying passive after digesting all of Chu Cang Lan’s memories. Even if his current cultivation level wasn’t up to par, he’d be able to take a more active role by using some magical formations.
Using a strategy of acting first and reporting later, Han Shuo took over the shop with the place of extreme water. He used Florida as an excuse to fob off Harris when he came by later.
The Cairo mercenary band was in charge of everything in the Valley of Sunshine, so they weren’t afraid of Han Shuo getting up to any tricks. The shop would unconditionally be returned over to Han Shuo anyways, once Florida was dead. Han Shuo was just taking possession of his property earlier.
A storefront wasn’t the same as other items, capable of being taken away and easily stored. If that had been the case, Harris probably wouldn’t have been willing to hand over the store that early, since he would’ve been concerned that Han Shuo would’ve taken the items away. But since the store was immobile, this concern didn’t exist for Harris. Not to mention, the deed was still in his hands. Thus, Harris didn’t say anything after listening to Han Shuo’s explanations, tacitly approving of what Han Shuo had done.
The storefront rumored to be cursed was larger than Han Shuo had imagined. It was roughly four hundred square meters and had an eighty square meters courtyard. There were many small and large rooms, including various tables, chairs, beds, lamps, and assorted furniture. It was because this was an ill omened place that all of the items inside had become unlucky after the owner had died. No one would take anything from this store and potentially bring trouble down on their heads. Apart from lacking blankets and other daily necessities, as well as a thick layer of dust due to lack of occupants for a long time, there wasn’t much that the storefront was missing.
Han Shuo had already explained the peculiarities of this storefront earlier when talking about forming the mercenary band. Although Emily and Phoebe didn’t quite understand his explanation, they understood that Han Shuo had already cleaned out the unclean thing within this store. Out of their trust for Han Shuo, although the two girls were a bit uncomfortable with this place, they didn’t protest and allowed Han Shuo to take up residence within.
Since he’d decided to set up a formation, he had to make the necessary preparations. Han Shuo made a list and put Emily and Phoebe in charge of collecting some necessary items of cold to form the foundational materials.
Due to consideration of their safety. Han Shuo had Gilbert follow behind them. With such a strong and extraordinary dark dragon following behind, and the two girls being an archmage and a swordmaster respectively, they likely wouldn’t come off worse for the wear if they ran into Edwin.
Once everyone had been sent on their way, Han Shuo chanted a necromancy magic spell and summoned ten skeletal warriors. He gave an order, and they all picked up brooms and dustbins and started sweeping from room to room.
The “Shura Soul Formation” was a formation that trapped victims in a realm of illusions. This formation needed the death auras from a hundred ghosts to support it, as well as the bones from lands of cold to form six Shura pillars, and the blood of virgins as ink. Once magical glyphs were written onto the pillars, a piece of floating rock infused with five drops of blood essence from the caster would form the eye of the formation and complete it.
Once the formation was formed, any enemies who didn’t understand formations would be attacked by the death auras of a hundred ghosts as soon as they walked in. They would become disoriented and see illusions, discovering a spectral clone of themselves that wanted to kill them at all costs. Fear would cause him to sink into madness in an instant. Furthermore, no matter how strong their heart was, it was a very difficult thing to triumph over one’s heart.
The well in the middle of the place of extreme water had been slightly modified by Han Shuo so that he could make full use of it. He was using the well as the eye of the formation and had added some of the materials he’d picked up these days to form a small scale “Kelpie Possession Formation”. Each wraith had been planted with a jellyfish and had been transformed into a kelpie in the well through use of secret arts. Anyone who neared it would be possessed by the kelpies and dragged into the well.
After setting up the two formations, Han Shuo suddenly reflected that he’d been wise alright, to combine the use of Chu Cang Lan’s magical cultivation and the necromancy magic of this world. It seemed that they did indeed give rise to unforeseen effects when combined.
The “Shura Soul Formation” ghosts could be replaced by wraiths, and the bones of cold could be replaced by ordinary skeletal warriors. The “Kelpie Possession Formation” also made use of wraiths. If Han Shuo hadn’t known necromancy magic, he’d have to collect all the materials himself from cemeteries.
However, with the identity of a necromancer, he merely needed a few chants to collect all the materials. It’d saved him no end of effort.
After busying about for a day, Emily, Phoebe, and Gilbert were quite surprised by what they saw in front of them when they returned to the shop late at night.
Six stark white bone pillars were stuck in six different corners of the courtyard. Cold aura wafted from the center of the courtyard. There were clouds of foggy wraiths in the air, posturing and making faces as they danced through the air. A sinister feeling filled the surroundings.
Several white, foggy clouds were floating intangibly around the well in the center, forming leering and grimacing faces. A blood red stone was placed within an indentation next to the well. Some of the wraiths floating through the air were circling around the stone, with their bodies dyed red as a result.
Han Shuo was sitting down cross legged in front of the stone, with beams of black splendor emitting from the palms of his hands. His hands had turned into an inky black as hazy light circulated around his body, making his entire being appear quite evil.
The doors to all the rooms around the courtyard had been opened, and all the dusty rooms had been thoroughly cleaned. The light within them was cozy and inviting, with none of the cold air in the courtyard drifting into the rooms. “Oh, my gosh, what did you do?!” Emily exclaimed in surprise as she turned on the spot. Curiosity filled her eyes and she reached out a hand to touch one of the Shura pillars.
“Don’t move!” Han Shuo suddenly opened his eyes and called out softly to Emily.
Emily’s jade hand had been about to touch the pillar when she hastily yanked it back, as if she’d been frightened. Phoebe and Gilbert were still a bit flabbergasted at the moment. They’d never have thought that this place would’ve been transformed so utterly within the span of a day.
A strange presence suffused the courtyard, making them instinctively uncomfortable. They’d never seen this setup of straight things, and had no idea what they were for. Their minds were full of questions at the moment.
Smiling faintly, Han Shuo stood up from his cross legged position and dripped a drop of bright red blood into the stone. The breezy courtyard whipped up even stronger winds as the wraiths danced and howled with the addition of the blood. Bouts of cold air of death made everyone feel incredibly frightened.
“Did you get everything I wanted you to purchase?” Han Shuo smiled faintly.
“Ask him, he was the one who collected the most important thing!” Phoebe pointed at Gilbert with a reddened face.
“Gracious master, why are you collecting the blood of virgins? You are too shameless and dirty!” Gilbert griped and looked at Han Shuo with a disdainful expression, yet he appeared quite excited.
“Oh shut up, did you get it?” Han Shuo glared angrily at Gilbert.
“Heh heh, I did I did. There’s nothing that can’t be settled without gold coins! I spent only fifty gold coins and took a spin around the small alleyways of the valley to get what you needed.” Gilbert took out a bottle the size of a palm as he spoke.
Emily and Phoebe both snorted coldly when he took out that bottle, splitting off into two directions and heading for the rooms.
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