Late that night on North Seventh Street in the Capital, where Bai Yunfei lived.
Inside one room, a person sat on top of his own bed. Red light flowed off from his body and into the surrounding air as he tried to meditate.
It was Bai Yunfei.
The very first thing he did after killing Wu Shang was to return home at once. Not even speaking with Tang Xinyun or anyone else when he did, Bai Yunfei shut himself up in his room and began to recuperate.
It only took a single glance for Tang Xinyun to know Bai Yunfei wasn’t fine. She didn’t ask him about it either. Bai Yunfei might’ve looked fine on the surface, but she knew him. She knew that he was simply faking it. The injuries he had sustained were worrisome to her, but she didn’t want to ‘expose’ him and his lies.
It was only when Bai Yunfei was in his own room and had meditated long enough for his breathing to return to normal that Tang Xinyun was reassured and allowed herself to sigh in relief that Bai Yunfei was okay.
As it were, Bai Yunfei’s wounds weren’t all that serious.
The most egregious of the wounds he had were healed up when he made that breakthrough. He hadn’t been hurt after that, but him canceling out his Berserk Mode meant that he was in a particularly fragile state right now.
By borrowing on the powers that were the Yun’s Soul Ring and the other upgraded equipment he had, Bai Yunfei was able to replenish his soulforce. Even the debilitated state he was in for using the Berserk Mode was all but almost healed up before the night was over.
In fact, Bai Yunfei was feeling even better than before.
This was because right now, his regular state of being was now at the level of a….peak late-stage Soul Exalt!!
The extremely weakened state he was in before due to the battle in Baishan City was completely gone. He was healed well and truly, and even the damage to his soul was gone since his strengthened soulforce at the time had cleared that problem up.
There was another difference in that of his two essence fireseeds. They were back in their original positions split apart from one another. No longer were they in a half-fused state one with one another, though it seemed that the level of friendliness between the two fireseeds were a lot better than before. Bai Yunfei wasn’t even using the Dual Flame Arts to adjust the frequency between the two fireseeds, but the two fireseeds seemed to be getting along without at all looking as if they’d be trying to devour one another, much to Bai Yunfei’s delight.
The moon in the sky slowly waned in place for the sun to overtake it. By the time the first rays of the sun was starting to bear down on the world, Bai Yunfei was only just starting to wake. Exhaling slowly, he stretched his shoulders and popped the muscles in his neck with a satisfying cracking sound.
He smiled. Never had he ever felt as good as today.
“Haven’t felt like this in a very long time….I’ve basically made a complete recovery….” He thought to himself as he continued to stretch his waist.
“How’re you, Xiao Qi?”
He inclined his head to look at the roof.
Up on the rafters was a bowl-sized ‘house’. It was filled with hay and even silk to adorn the place—this was the ‘nest’ Xiao Qi made for himself.
Xiao Qi came down in a flash of light to appear in front of Bai Yunfei, “I feel great, haha! I feel stronger than before! I gained a lot of experience after killing that guy, it took me an entire night to process it. How convenient this is…..with how much I gained, I’m pretty sure I’ll just need a few more times to become a mid-stage class seven.”
“A few more times….” Bai Yunfei’s lip twitched. “Forget it, I don’t want to always be stuck in these dangerous situations. In any case, are there even enough mid-stage Soul Kings in this world for you to kill for ‘grinding experience’?
“Grinding Experience? What’s that?” Xiao Qi tilted his head.
“Ah….it’s nothing.” Bai Yunfei waved his hand, “You were injured pretty badly yesterday, are you sure you’re alright?”
“I’m completely fine, don’t worry.” Xiao Qi chirped and flew two quick loops in front of Bai Yunfei to prove it.
“That’s good then….” Bai Yunfei nodded. He sighed to himself. Compared to himself, Xiao Qi was even more ‘ridiculous’. He hadn’t even the help of any recovery equipment and was hit so many times by Wu Shang yesterday night. As much as he over-exerted himself, once Xiao Qi managed to kill Wu Shang was he enveloped by a strange glow of energy and start to heal. Practically every wound he had was healed within minutes of being in that bubble, and not only were his wounds healed, his strength grew.
“Everything is because of that +14 additional effect of the ‘egg’. Whatever special effects that egg had, it was super ‘abnormal’....”
He sighed again. It was unfortunate he’d never be able to know just what that +14 effect was. How had he longed to see the concrete details of the effect—if he had a +14 piece of equipment, just how much stronger would he be??
If he could perhaps strengthen some of these ‘high quality’ equipment to +14…..
Bai Yunfei shivered in delight at the thought.
“I’ve hit a wall in my research for the Upgrade Technique. I have to keep on going and get familiar with the ability to turn ‘failure into success’. Maybe at that time I’ll be able to up the levels of one of my equipment….”
When he thought about equipment, Bai Yunfei’s eyes lit up in remembrance of something. With a shake of his arm, a long set of chains came to view on his hand.
It was the shrunken form of the Devouring Chains.
He took out a detached segment of the chains—the tip—and studied it for a moment.
“The chains’ are really strange. Too bad it was destroyed, I wonder if I’d be able to reattach the segments with my current strength….” Bai Yunfei sighed to himself, “This is a challenge. I’ve become a lot stronger, so I should have a chance. Maybe I can try in the future.”
He stored the chains back into his ring to take out the space ring he found on Wu Shang. Peering into it, Bai Yunfei stared to look through each of the items inside.
It wasn’t until a good while later when Bai Yunfei’s eyes sparkled with delight. Shaking his right hand, he took out a crimson-red scroll from within.
A soul skill scroll!!
A little flabbergasted at the discovery, Bai Yunfei poured over the scroll to read its contents.
The sparkle in his eyes shined even brighter after he was done reading it, a pleased but astonished smile showing on his face.
“The Replicating Flames….so there was a soul skill like that. No wonder then. Wu Shang being able to ‘replicate’ my Dual Dragon Burst was because of this….” Bai Yunfei muttered, “What a strong soul skill. So he was brave enough to leave the scroll on him, hah, how convenient for me. If I can learn this skill, it’ll become one of my trump cards in the future.”
Bai Yunfei put away the scroll so he could continue to look through the space ring. Rummaging through it, Bai Yunfei found plenty of earth tier soul armaments and a considerable amount of soulgems and primal stones. There were also a few high quality medicines, but nothing out of the ordinary.
What Bai Yunfei really wanted to find was some sort of proof of identity on who Wu Shang was. But there wasn’t even anything that’d link the man together with the machinations of the Cheng.
If he thought about it, there was no way people like Wu Shang would be so stupid to leave behind some sort of undeniable proof on their identities or affiliation.
“What a shame. If I had proof that the Cheng and the Soul Refining School were working together, then I could’ve sent in that proof to have the Cheng looked after. My word alone won’t be enough to do anything, and it’d only expose me as being in the know. That wouldn’t end well for me if I want to live in peace….”
He sighed once again. If this was the case, should he simply just not interfere in this matter?