All was calm in the Core World except for one mountain. The light around this mountain was a brilliant red as if the land beneath it was on fire. It had been like this for several hours now.
Then as if reaching some kind of equilibrium, the red light froze up. A flash of violet light cleaved through the red light and brought onto the world a clap of thunder!!
A lightning bolt larger than any before struck the mountain top. It should’ve destroyed the peak, but strangely enough it did not. It only went through the terrain as it simply didn’t even exist…
Soon, the lightning bolt and red light faded away and brought the Core World back into a state of natural peace.
“Phew…” Breathing in, Bai Yunfei sat back on his arms. Sweat was dripping from his forehead and nose in large amounts. He was tired, but his eyes reflected a gleam of excitement normally seen whenever he crafted or upgraded something. Waving his hand, Bai Yunfei summoned a gold and violet object from within the cauldron to his other hand.
They were two palm-sized ‘talons’ that shined both violet and gold. Based on appearances alone it didn’t seem like these talons were any different than to the talons of any other bird. If anything, they were slightly smaller and ‘hollow’ like gloves, but for a bird rather than a human…
Bai Yunfei inspected the stats at once.
“Haha…a set piece, just like I thought!! And the cauldron added a lightning attribute to them! What a pleasant surprise.”
An ‘unprecedented’ situation happened when he crafted this time—Bai Yunfei managed to craft two soul armaments in one go!
He could’ve spent the time crafting them separately, but Bai Yunfei managed to focus just enough to craft both at the same time!
The two talons had the same attributes and stats due to the exact same materials being used. And because of that…they became a set piece!
A type of soul armament that was quite rare!
It was with a smile that Bai Yunfei set about upgrading the soul armaments again. He simply hadn’t the patience to wait and see their additional effects.
In the end:Equipment Grade: Mid Heaven
“Not bad…” He remarked. “Xiao Qi has a much better alternative to attacking now.”
The way Xiao Qi fought emphasized the spatial edges and sometimes blasts of elemental wind and lightning due to his Wind and Lightning Feathers. Those feathers allowed him to attack his enemies with abnormally strong strength and as such generally made Xiao Qi forget about attacking with any other part of his body.
But with these talons, Xiao Qi would be able to attack with his claws as well now.
One additional thing Bai Yunfei opted to do with these talons was make them capable of size-adjustment, just like the Wind and Lightning Feathers. It was one thing to make claws powerful, it was another thing to make them constantly powerful. If Xiao Qi was fighting in a larger form, then the claws would be utterly useless unless capable of adjusting to his size. Therefore, Bai Yunfei decided to throw in a lot of transformation stones when he was crafting these talons. This way these talons would be able to keep up with Xiao Qi’s changes in size during battle.
The constant changing of shapes was the reason why most soulbeasts didn’t use soul armaments. What was the point in using a soul armament that could be the size of a toothpick at one moment and a pillar the next? It was manageable in Xiao Qi’s case—who generally preferred fighting in two specific forms—but not for Long Lan, who generally enjoy fighting in a gigantic form.
Long Lan also enjoyed being in a human form and kept most of his battle equipment in a space ring when not in use. But taking off soul armor whenever he wanted to transform was inherently troublesome and inefficient. Any soul armor would simply break apart like paper if it was weak enough, and any soul armor strong enough to withstand his transformation into a larger form would simply spell trouble for his body…
And that was the second reason why soulbeasts didn’t enjoy using soul armaments.
This time, Bai Yunfei had a greater understanding on the finer aspects of crafting. Crafting the ‘Black Phantom’ dagger took a herculean effort form him to accomplish, but crafting these talons hardly took the wind from his sails. And look where that got him—two mid-heaven tier soul armaments! And based off the stats, the two talons were also slightly stronger than the Black Phantom despite the difference in quality materials. The only reason behind this could be Bai Yunfei’s masterful hand at crafting.
A Peak Late-stage Soul King crafting a mid-heaven tier soul armament without trouble was basically par for the course. But crafting a high-heaven tier soul armament with this same ease would require him being a Soul Emperor.
“I’ll call this…the Golden Crow Talons!”
Satisfied with the name he gave, Bai Yunfei deposited the talons into his space ring. He’d give these talons to Xiao Qi later.
“I’ll end things here for today. Tomorrow, I’ll craft a soul armament with the Wind Ape King’s bones…”
Bai Yunfei didn’t want to attempt a second crafting today; the first crafting took out more from him than he’d like. Crafting required the most optimal state of mind and body, and he was at neither states right now.
Waving his hand, Bai Yunfei withdrew a two-meter-long trident from his space ring.Equipment Grade: High Heaven
This was the soul armament Bai Yunfei salvaged from the Wind Ape King’s cave. While it’s attack was praiseworthy, the soul armament hadn’t even a single effect to speak of.
There wasn’t anything else to be said about this soul armament, so Bai Yunfei decided to simply upgrade it.
“Upgrade.” He repeated. His eyes were narrowed now, and his right hand moving above the soul armament to swipe at something!
He was trying to alter the outcome of the upgrading!Upgrade FailedEquipment Destroyed
But alas, it was not meant to be. A notification of the upgrade failing appeared in Bai Yunfei’s mind before the trident crumbled into dust…
A sigh escaped from him—there was still a considerable risk when upgrading a high-heaven tier soul armament to +11. One Bai Yunfei had yet to overcome.
Not one to mope around over his failure, Bai Yunfei took out a metallic-purple piece of armor and began to upgrade it.
Bai Yunfei’s right hand snapped forward like lightning once again when the notification of the upgrade failing started to pop up!Upgrade SuccessfulEquipment Grade: High Heaven