A figure in fiery red robes flew onto the top of the mountain, the red fabric on her shining like the sun and her black hair swaying softly. It was Mo Wanxia.
"Wanxia, hold on! I can't catch up with you!!"
Another more exasperated voice called out to her from behind, sounding tired as if exhausted trying to catch up with her.
The voice sounded...familiar.
A flash of white from the man's robes were seen before he came to a stop on top of the mountain, startling everyone when they saw who it was.
The fourth prince, Wu Yang!!
With complete disregard for him, Mo Wanxia nodded in greeting to Bai Yunfei. Giving a strange glance at Ye Ming, she walked to stand besides Fang Tianmeng and Fang Yong and started to ask them what was going on.
Now that he was here, Wu Yang didn't chase after Mo Wanxia again. Instead, he glanced to Bai Yunfei with a rather embarrassed grin on his face instead of anger like before. "Er….well….hehe, hello instructor Bai…"
"Fourth Prince?" Bai Yunfei replied, "What are you doing here, actually—what did you did you just call me?"
"Instructor Bai….I'll be a student of this class from now on, hehe. I hope you'll look after me, instructor Bai. The things I did before was wrong of me, please forgive this student for that…."
Bai Yunfei's eyes flew open, as if feeling as though he was dreaming—hadn't this fourth prince gone through an extremely turnabout personality change?!
"Hold on, what did you say?! You're joining the class?!" Bai Yunfei cried out.
Wu Yang nodded. "Yes, hehe….Chairman Mo Huangkong has already cleared it. I'll be in this class starting today."
"I…." Bai Yunfei didn't know what to say. From Wu Yang, he looked to Mo Wanxia next, "What's the meaning of this?"
Mo Wanxia casted a glance at Wu Yang with bitter disdain, "He kept begging my grandfather to join, and it worked after enough times."
"It was that simple?"
Looking back to the still smiling Wu Yang, Bai Yunfei asked, "Is it okay for a prince to be studying here?"
"What's wrong with it? My older brother was a student here too you know!! My older brother agreed to this idea too."
"Older brother? The First Prince?"
Wu Yang nodded, "Yes. You talked with him before."
Bai Yunfei realized then—this was what Wu Ren meant to him the other day!
The fourth prince, Wu Yang, was going to join the crafting class. And with the permission of the first prince AND the chairman….this was utterly unbelievable!!
But unbelievable or not, this was the reality in front of him. He didn't want to teach him, but if the chairman had agreed to it, Bai Yunfei wouldn't fight the decision.
Bai Yunfei nodded his head in the end, helpless to the situation in front of him, "Alright then. You'll be a student under my tutelage. I hope you'll get along with the other students."
Please don't be a 'problem student'!
Was what Bai Yunfei was sighing to himself.
"Hehe, I will. Don't worry, instructor Bai, I'll get along with everyone for sure!" Bai Yunfei nodded his head, his eyes already looking to Mo Wanxia. The absolute adoration in them was completely genuine and made Bai Yunfei wonder—what was it about her that he liked so much?
"Alright then! Everyone, I'd like to make a few announcements then."
Bai Yunfei clapped his hands to get the attention of the other.
"We have two new students among us today for our crafting class. I hope that we'll all get along with each other and help each other in the future." He turned to Ye Ming and Wu Yang, "You two just joined, so I'll teach you two the basics of the art of crafting. You might be behind by a day, but I'm sure with your talents, you two will be able to catch up very quickly."
He pointed to the mountain side next, "Furthermore, you'll need to dig a cave in the cliff, that'll be where you'll be crafting."
Wu Yang and Ye Ming stared at the strange caves in the cliff; was that really the 'classroom' they'd be learning from?!
Unable to hold himself silent any longer, Mo Chen finally asked, "Instructor Bai….are you going to talk about the assignment from last time? Who won?"
Everyone's eyes brightened when Mo Chen spoke. Like him, they were all excited to hear the results, though Wu Yang and Ye Ming both looked confused.
Bai Yunfei smiled. "Very well, I'll announce the results of that now. In general….not bad. Your talents for crafting isn't bad, I look forward to seeing what you can all do in the future."
He shook his hand to take out a golden longsword. The very same longsword he offered as a prize before. "As for this prize….Ye Ming wins it, haha."
He tossed the blade at the said person, prompting Ye Ming to catch it into his hands.
Mo Chen cried out in dismay, the other students all voicing similar lines of surprise while Ye Ming and Wu Yang still standing there in confusion.
"Instructor Bai, this…"
"Do you remember that book you gave me the last time? That was the book I wanted from my students as their first assignment. And this soul armament is a reward for having the best book written."
He turned back to Mo Chen, "Ye Ming gave me a book that I felt was very insightful compared to the rest of the novels. I evaluated all of the books given to me, and they were all individually good, so don't feel discouraged. I believe that in time, you'll all be able to craft any soul armament you'd want. You won't need to care about such a small prize like this one…"
A small prize?? It was a heaven-tier soul armament!! Everyone wanted to scream out. They all looked to Ye Ming with looks of jealousy.
To the side, Wu Yang was slowly starting to get the current situation and smiled. Bai Yunfei was a special person indeed, gifting a heaven-tier soul armament as if it was nothing? Then he remembered the heaven-tier soul armaments he had lost to Bai Yunfei and felt a sharp pain in his heart from the sadness.
After that, Bai Yunfei took a look at the progress the students had over what they learned from the Art of Firebending. Most of what he saw was very satisfactory to him, in some cases, they were surprising even. They deserved to be called geniuses.
He had originally planned on teaching them the actual crafting process today, but because of the inclusion of Wu Yang and Ye Ming, he had to change his plans. First, he had the students explain to him what they learned from the Art of Firebending to the two new students before having them doing some more self-study in their caves.
Bai Yunfei took the time to head to the 'warehouse' to restock on supplies and cauldrons for Wu Yang and Ye Ming. The cauldrons the academy had given the students had all been high-earth tier, much to Bai Yunfei's surprise.
Now having the cauldrons for the two, Bai Yunfei headed back to the mountain just in time to see the students still giving 'pointers' of the Art of Firebending to the two. Waiting for them to be done, Bai Yunfei leapt to the top of the cliff and looked over to the other side of the mountain.
Looking beyond to the other side, Bai Yunfei was surprised at what he saw.
An endless ocean of trees with no end in sight!!
In this part of the forest, Baai Yunfei felt more auras of soulbeasts than there were stars in the sky. If not for the sight of the academy behind him, Bai Yunfei would've thought he was back in the Soulbeast Forest.
"They say there's even a few class seven soulbeasts here, wonder if that's true…." Bai Yunfei muttered to himself.
In the moment he was looking over the mountain, Bai Yunfei felt a few weak sources of soulforce down below.
"Eh? A battle?"