By using a +12 Guaranteed Upgrade Stone, Bai Yunfei was able to bring the upgrade level of this regalia to +12.
Like his previous upgrading success, Bai Yunfei didn't open his eyes straight away this time. Instead, he sat there, eyes shut and calm as he concentrated. It wasn't until another minute passed when he opened his eyes, a new look of understanding in them.
A new crucial aspect of the Upgrade Technique had been made known to him, and he was all the more closer to yet another breakthrough in his understanding.
With this new understanding in place, Bai Yunfei's eyes landed upon the equipment in his right hand.
Like before, the equipment shrunk in size again so that it was as wide as two fingers almost, and half a meter in length to form a scarf.
Author Note: I wanted to say a head belt, but that doesn't sound pleasant at all, so it is called scarf, please understand, readers.
"Just as I thought, the seal is completely gone!!" Waves of excitement rushed through Bai Yunfei's body, his mouth was unable to stop itself from twitching upwards in glee.
"Eleven thousand points of defense, and ten thousand points of additional defense…." He was pleased as punch with this. If not for the stats being right there in front of him to see, Bai Yunfei wouldn't thought that there was one zero extra.
Twenty-one thousand total points of defense….
If he thought back to Na Lanyin's mid-heaven tier tortoiseshell and its four thousand points of defense, this piece of cloth in front of him made that tortoiseshell seem like a piece of crap….
Was there even a soul armament that could break through this??
Unfortunately for Bai Yunfei, this was just a scarf. If it were his soul armor or bracer, he'd be completely unstoppable. A mere two-finger sized scarf was only big enough to wrap around his forehead.
But now if someone wanted to try and stab him through the forehead with a spear, Bai Yunfei didn't have to worry about that anymore.
The seal was completely gone, the three equipment effects free to use, and the new +12 additional effect was….extremely strong!
A flat increase of two hundred percent in spirit-based attacks would make Bai Yunfei unstoppable to anyone at the same level of strength. Unfortunately for him, there wasn't really a way for him to test out the effects of the spirit related attacks unless another Soul King attacked him with one.
After looking at the cloth for a little longer, Bai Yunfei noticed that it didn't look very special. In fact, it looked exactly like an ordinary gray strip of cloth. Bai Yunfei knew better than that. He didn't even have to use the Upgrade Technique to know it was special when he held it.
When Bai Yunfei tried to put his soulforce into it, the scarf started to glow a faint blue light.
"Eh? I see words!"
To Bai Yunfei's surprise, a series of stroke lights were emerging from the scarf, revealing two words on it in blue!
"Soul sentinel?" Bai Yunfei said, "Is this the name of it?"
Soul Sentinel. Sentinel not as in the meaning to watch and control another's soul, but to protect it!
All three effects of the scarf had to do with the soul, and each of them had to do with protecting the soul. So that was clearly the meaning behind 'Soul Sentinel'.
"In that case, why don't I call you the 'Soul Sentinel Scarf'?" Bai smiled as he named the scarf in his hand.
All of a sudden, the scarf started to buzz noisily with sound when it was named!
Perhaps it was because it was unsealed, or perhaps it was because it was 'summoned', but there was something within the scarf that was being awakened!!
"Wha—" Bai Yunfei gasped. Not sure what was going on, he sent a sliver of his soul into the scarf.
In the next moment, his eyes flew wide open as his soulsense came rebounding back as if zapped by electricity. This was completely unprecedented for him!
Within this scarf, Bai Yunfei could sense a 'soul'!
A 'soul' was living within this scarf!
The scarf shined continuously with a blue light, but Bai Yunfei was too afraid to make a second attempt to send his soulsense in. This blue light, Bai Yunfei thought, surely had to be from the presence within the scarf.
If Bai Yunfei wasn't wrong, the blue light coming from the scarf was pulsating slightly, like a heart beat of one's soul or something….
If not for fear of doing the possible danger, Bai Yunfei probably would've dropped the scarf already.
The pulsations came to a slow calm eventually as the soul finally finished waking. Bai Yunfei couldn't tell if anything else was changing.
Still unsure of what to do, Bai Yunfei gritted his teeth. Carefully sending another probe of soulsense, he had it go into the scarf once again.
This time, the strange sensation he felt the first time happened again, and then he felt himself get sucked into a 'mindspace'!
With that, Bai Yunfei was absolutely sure that the scarf housed a 'soul' in it! But this soul was extremely chaotic and had no 'sentience' to it.
That was still very shocking to Bai Yunfei. He had never seen this before….and yet something new and strange was coming to life in front of him!
The soul within the scarf seemed to notice Bai Yunfei the moment it entered the mindspace. Then, a soft feeling energy from the soul came up all around him!
Scaring Bai Yunfei, he was about to pull his soulsense back when he realized that this energy didn't have any hostile feel to it at all. In fact, it looked 'happy' and 'clingy' even, when it saw him.
Surprised yet again, Bai Yunfei allowed for the energy to wrap over his soulsense.
Even if this was dangerous, the sliver of soulsense Bai Yunfei put in wouldn't be enough to harm his soul.
The moment when the energy wrapped around Bai Yunfei's soulsense, it started to twist and coil faster and faster. And before Bai Yunfei could even understand what was going on, Bai Yunfei's face paled at the next sensation that hit him!
A sliver of his soul had been taken from him!
It wasn't his soulsense that was taken. It was a part of his soul, the very core of his being!!
This sliver of his soul followed the soulsense Bai Yunfei had into the scarf, and then joined with that 'soul' living within it!
Light shone brighter than before as soon as the two entities combined. A series of complicated runes and script flew across the surface of the scarf as if Bai Yunfei's soul had been the key to its activation. After the entirety of the scarf had its runes lit up, the markings then faded away and returned back to normal.
From a sliver of his soul being taken to the runes disappearing, everything took place within a matter of a second before finishing.
Bai Yunfei came to realize after that that losing a sliver of his soul didn't really hurt. It was a strange sensation, like if a part of him was now placed in the scarf.
And just faintly, Bai Yunfei could feel that one sliver of his soul transforming into a pattern of some sort in the scarf….
Another strange sensation popped up into Bai Yunfei's mind next as he stood there. All of a sudden, Bai Yunfei had the feeling that there was an extremely close bond between him and the scarf….
By now, the things he could sense from the scarf was extremely clear to Bai Yunfei. Within the scarf was a 'soul', but it wasn't capable of thinking or having awareness like any other living being. It was just a 'spirit' with instinct.
A regalia that had a….spirit!!