The first day of the week came by again, meaning it was yet again time for classes.
Since Bai Yunfei would be teaching that day, Tang Xinyun and the others decided not to bother him, though neither did they take a tour in the Capital either. They woke up rather early today, and the sun wasn’t yet out, so they chose to head to the outskirts to the south to watch the sunrise from the mountains.
So Bai Yunfei headed for the academy by himself. Not even Xiao Qi was there with him. He chose to stay by Tang Xinyun’s side.
As per usual though, the students of the crafting class were all gathered and waiting for him by the foot of the mountain. As soon as Bai Yunfei appeared, Bai Yunfei was a little surprised to see the meaningful looks he was being given.
“What are you all doing?” Bai Yunfei looked down at his own body in confusion. “Why are you all looking at me like that?”
Mo Chen laughed mischievously at him, “You look pretty well today, instructor Bai! You must’ve had a lot of fun the past week and a half! A healthy face full of vigo—actually, a refreshed face beaming with happiness suits you better!”
“Oh? Does it?” Bai Yunfei touched at his face, “Ah, well, I have been sleeping well as of late. Much better than before.”
“That’s probably not the only reason, is it? There must’ve been one more person by your side that’d make you feel like this I’m sure!” Mo Chen gazed down the academy. “Eh?” He cried out in ‘surprise’, “is instructor’s wife not here with you today?”
“Wha—away with you! Stop making fun of your instructor! Return to your crafting caves so we can start class!”
The students were learning the art of crafting at an extremely fast rate now. Crafting a mid-human tier soul armament wasn’t a problem for them anymore, and now most of them were embarking on the attempt to craft high-human tier soul armaments. Ye Ming, for example, was already capable of crafting high-human tier soul armaments and was nearly at the crux of being able to craft earth-tier soul armaments.
The lesson today wasn’t anything hard, it was just explaining the process of crafting a earth-tier soul armament and the more important parts to look after. This way, the students would have a better chance of crafting one.
It was a dry and dull lesson that skipped over the unimportant details. So time slowly went by before Bai Yunfei dismissed the class at sunset.
He bade the students a few words of farewell before each of them took off. Only Ye Ming stayed behind, asking to speak with Bai Yunfei before he left.
“Instructor Bai, if I could have a moment, please.” Ye Ming walked apologetically up to him, “I’ve a few questions I hope you can answer, instructor Bai.”
“Oh?” Bai Yunfei turned his head back, “What kind of questions? Was there something you didn’t understand today?”
“It’s not about crafting,” Ye Ming shook his head, “It’s about a companion lightningseed.”
“The companion lightningseed?” Bai Yunfei arched an eyebrow at the question. “Let’s go in there to talk.” He motioned to one of the crafting caves.
Upon entering the cave, Bai Yunfei took out two stone stools for the student and teacher to sit on. “I’ve almost forgot to ask you about it after all this time, how goes your development of a companion lightningseed?”
“If you could please take a look, instructor Bai.” Ye Ming smiled as his right hand rose up to have his palm facing the ceiling. Concentrating on his palm, Ye Ming had a flash of red light appear first on it, distributing a wave of heat through the room.
Left there on his palm was a chicken-egg sized ball of fire.
Ye Ming had taken out his essence fireseed!! And in the perimeter of his essence fireseed, there was an even smaller sized ‘flame’ the color of violet as it floated around the fireseed like a satellite.
This was….a companion lightningseed!
“You’ve succeeded already?!” Bai Yunfei’s eyes lit up, “You formed a companion lightnignseed already?!”
Ye Ming nodded. “I only managed to do so three days ago. I was really close to giving up since I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I decided to do something a little differently than you described it and it worked. I...I never thought it’d actually work.”
“Changed?” Bai Yunfei repeated, his eyes narrowing a bit when he picked up on that bit of the sentence. “Eh? Your companion lightningseed, why is it…?”
He realized then that the companion lightnignseed was like….a fire!
‘Lightning’ in the shape of fire!
Bai Yunfei’s companion lightningseed was a small spark of lightning in the shape of a bolt.
Aside from the difference in shape, Bai Yunfei could feel something else was different. Ye Ming’s companion lightningseed seemed a little more ‘lively’.
It wasn’t just that though. It felt as if the companion lightningseed and essence fireseed had some sort of ‘agreement’ between the two to have one another be more ‘spirited’. The companion lightningseed rotated around the essence fireseed with a rhythm identical to that of the fireseed. Bai Yunfei could even feel Ye Ming’s companion lightningseed was incomparably close to the fireseed and flickered at the same time the fireseed did. If he didn’t know any better, Bai Yunfei would’ve thought this companion lightningseed was just a miniature part of the fireseed!
He didn’t have the time to make a careful conclusion of his findings, but Bai Yunfei could at the very least confirm that Ye Ming’s companion lightningseed was ‘superior’ to his own companion lightningseed!!
A moment after his shock subsided, Bai Yunfei looked back to Ye Ming with a questioning look, “Ye Ming….how did you manage to do this?”
“Instructor Bai, is there a problem with my companion lightningseed? I feel like it’s different to yours, and I’m not very sure how to describe this since it’s still new to me. I’m afraid of something going wrong, so please lend me your advice on this matter, instructor Bai.”
He drew back his fireseed into his body as he spoke. For regular soul cultivators, one’s essence seed shouldn’t be left out in the open for an extended period of time.
Bai Yunfei shook his head, “Don’t worry, though your lightningseed is a little different from mine, it’s definitely not a bad thing. I just wish for you to tell me, how in the world did you manage this?”
Ye Ming thought for a moment before he spoke. “I tried so many times and failed whenever I tried doing it the way you taught me, instructor Bai. It was three days ago when I was training when….”
He explained the state of mind he was in along with several of the thoughts he was having at the time. All of his thoughts were very thought-provoking, and Bai Yunfei couldn’t help but feel slightly enlightened by them. In the end, Bai Yunfei could only sigh in admiration of the explanation.
What Ye Ming did to form his companion lightningseed wasn’t inherently difficult to put into words. For the sake of over-simplifying the feat, what Ye Ming did was…..treat ‘lightning’ like fire!
The ways of manipulating each of the different elements in the world were different, some of them being almost opposing in nature. It was only those soul cultivators with dual affinities that wouldn’t have trouble in this aspect. For Ye Ming’s lightning companionseed, he treated the energy coming from it like how he would treat his essence fireseed so that while any elemental lightning would lose some of its ‘nature’ as lightning, it would become more like fire. And by doing this, it made the companion lightningseed a lot easier to control and have his fireseed accept the companion lightningseed.
This was a method Bai Yunfei had never even heard of before.
His companion lightningseed had been formed almost completely accidentally! Furthermore, he had tried to learn how to control elemental lightning so that he could control his companion lightningseed, so trying to control it via that method had his essence fireseed carry some of the nature of the elemental lightning had. With nature taking its course like that, Bai Yunfei’s lightning was never able to become like fire.
Though Bai Yunfei had ‘seen the light now’, Bai Yunfei was still at a loss for how he had never even thought about this method before.
Ye Ming’s methodology had given Bai Yunfei a whole new path to walk on!
So this was the true way the companion lightningseed was meant to be used!