Instant Kill - Volume 5 - Chapter 9
INSTANT KILL 005:09-A THE ALTAR
Marks - runes on living creatures.Reminder: These are the alternative words that I use to describe runes.
Glyphs - portable runes. runes that enables spell casting. to differentiate a physical Rune Sword to a spell conjured Sword Glyph.
Sigils - runes on structures like altars.
I still use the word 'runes' on the things described previously but I use it mainly on miscellaneous objects (ex Rune Sword).
There was a surprised look on Luo Jie's face.
He said: ’’Emerald Rune Beads!’’ Immediately look again. Definitely, there should be more than one! This thing is a valuable treasure.
12 pigeon sized eggs were dug out of the Emerald Blade Mantis' body. They found 12 small Rune Beads from the body and 1 large Rune Bead from the head. They acquired a total of 13 Rune Beads.
Guo Shi-er smiled: ’’What do you call these? What are their uses?’’
(Looks like the author had a brain fart and forgot to answer this question)
Luo Jie saw the the two cracked Mantis Blade forelimb.
Luo Jie said: ’’What a pity. Were they cracked by my Ring of Heavenly Thorns? Hahaha! Shi'er, take these to your Hidden Space, maybe you can exchange these items with people of South Rune Gate later.’’
Four translucent wings were also removed. Two of these have been damaged by the Sword Glyph.
It took three days to completely dismantle the Variant Emerald Blade Mantis. There is no waste. Because the flesh was far better than a Marked Beast, even the meat of Emerald Blade Mantis was carefully collected. It was high quality meat.
The next step is to distribute the results. Surprisingly, Ying Mo turned it down.
He said: ’’My friends and I do not use these materials;it's a waste to us.’’
Luo Jie is also very straightforward.
Said: ’’In that case, I'll repair the Rune pattern in your body after we go out of the Secret Plane. Hahaha! I guess ... there's very few Rune Smith Master that can mend the broken Mark pattern in your body.’’
Ying Mo is overjoyed. For those who roam the grasslands, the most painful and troublesome thing is the Cultivation Marks on the body. Rune Smith Masters not only asks for a high price, but the level of skill is ordinary. It is quite exasperating that they also pocket most of the hunting harvest. He cannot imagine the amount of money required to have an Artificer Grandmaster willing to mend the broken Marked Pattern and upgrade their Cultivating System. This kind of blessing is simply priceless.
With the amount of broken Marks that Ying Mo have, his appearance looks nothing like a Marked Warrior Grandmaster. A Normal Grade Rune Smith Masters will have a difficult time mending his broken Marks, after all he is a Marked Warrior Grandmaster. A Rune Smith Grandmaster will just ignore people like him. He simply is unable to find a skilled Rune Smith to repair his broken Marks.
’’Thank you... thank you pops.’’
Following Ying Mo, those Marked Warrior Masters also gave their thanks.
Luo Jie laughed: ’’This is to my advantage. Everyone, no need to thank me.’’
Luo Jie was feeling gracious, so he made everyone feel good.
After three days of rest, Luo Jie's body is no longer in any serious condition. When he returns and fill in the missing pages, it will be as good as new. What were destroyed were only some precious materials, the new collection of materials in his hidden space would more that make up for this loss.
Luo Jie said: ’’Well, we have been delayed for three days, let's start at once.’’
They safely arrived at the altar. Luckily, they didn't meet a second Rune Insect Variant.
The location covers a large area. One large altar was at the peak of the mountain, located around the mountain foot was 18 smaller altars.
Luo Jie didn't rush to the top and with a few people inspected the smaller altars first.
A small altar looks like a green square platform 3 meters from the ground with an area of around 10 square meters. In the middle stood a white pillar engraved with Sigils. They are all made out of stone.
Luo Jie cautiously stroked a bit of the Sigil.
Said: ’’What a wonderful Rune pattern.’’
Guo Shi-er stared at the Sigil for a moment and recognizes only a few basic Runes. He realized that his foundation is bad.
Asked: ’’Master, what do these Sigil describe? ’’
Luo Jie touched a Rune.
Said with emotion: ’’This is an ancient Rune. There is a big difference between the past and present Runes. You should be able to feel a desolate and ancient aura with this one. It's really full of charm.’’
Looking at the Sigil, Shi-er was reminiscent of the cold snow and icy world, an arctic world. It seems to be an Ice related altar. This altar ... is not to be used on a person, but on a Glyph.
Guo Shi-er said: ’’Uh, a Glyph manufacturing altar? We don't seem to have this kind of production tool.’’
Luo Jie bitterly smiled: ’’A Spirit Glyph is the highest level of Rune that we can produce. We can't even make an Ancient Glyph. This altar is one of the tools to make an Ancient Glyph. Pity ... Even if we figure out the use of this altar, it's impossible to guess the rest of the production process sequence.’’
This reaffirmed Guo Shi-er's belief that there would be worlds with more powerful individuals and more developed Realms of Artificers.
Luo Jie cried: ’’Xiao Feng, Xiao Feng ... Come here! ’’
Xiao Feng ran over and asked: ’’Pops, what are your orders?’’
Luo Jie said: ’’Bring a couple of people and copy the Sigils on the altar. Be thorough. Be careful in handling the altars, they are priceless treasures.’’
As an Artificer Grandmaster he was aware that this is a treasure of mankind.
Every altar on the foot of the mountain was explored one by one.
There are ice, flame, wood and metal type altars. There are even insect, beast, plants and body cultivating marking altars. There is also an altar for Hidden Space Runes.
There are six unidentifiable altars. Luo Jie felt helpless because, he has no idea what type of altar they are.
Guo Shi'er is silent like the Marked Warrior Masters. There is a look of incomprehension in his face while looking at the Sigils. Let alone the other altars, even the simplest Runes on ice and flame type altars are beyond his comprehension. His lack of knowledge is making him eager to study even more.
Xiao Feng, the four children and the rest of their team took their time rubbing the Sigils on the altar. The altar is a priceless treasure. The exquisite Runes are rarely seen even in the Secret Plane. They paid their utmost attention to copy every minute detail.
After going through the 18 altars, Luo Jie shook his head in frustration.
Luo Jie heaved a long sigh: ’’Alas, it's just a basic altar! For beginners! I didn't know it until just now.
Guo Shi-er wondered: ’’This is just basic altar?’’
Master, where did you see that it was only a Basic altar?
Luo Jie said: ’’It seems ... We're lagging behind! Alas Shi-er, the bottom of the altars has a Rune record. It tells us very clearly ... that this is a basic altar! Nevertheless, even the basic altar is very profound. I can't fathom the strength of the man who built this altar.’’
Guo Shi-er face was flushed. He simply cannot understand the ancient Sigils.
Ever since they left the North Rune Gate, he has been busy. Unable to settle down, he was not able to carefully study the books that he has acquired. His strength is rising too fast, his basic Rune knowledge if lagging far behind.
Ying Mo on the other hand faced Luo Jie with a flattering smile on his face.
He said: ’’Pops don't be sad. You're already a top expert. Hahaha!’’
Luo Jie smiled: ’’I am a little frustrated. But hey, I still have time. I'll find a way to keep improving.
He is old and stable. He will be more tenacious the older he gets.
Guo Shi-er said: ’’Master, you're great!’’
Guo Shi-er started to act young and started spewing flattery without hesitation.
The strange thing is that Luo Jie also accepts this jovially, his face is full of smiles.
Luo Jie said: ’’Shi-er, you're great too!’’
This is the first time Ying Mo seen the apprentice and master pair touting each other. Ying Mo shuddered from the undisguised flattery of the two. This apprentice and master pair is a perfect match. Ying Mo was nauseated but dared not laugh.
Ying Mo casually praised away: ’’Well, Shi-er is very powerful.’’
To praise the apprentice, is to praise the master. He was clear about that. It's just that he can't say anything more.
Luo Jie laughed.
Guo Shi-er was stirred that Ying Mo was coaxing Luo Jie to be happy.
Guo Shi-er said: ’’Master, let 's go and see the big altar!’’
Luo Jie smiled: ’’Let's see the big altar that can break the bottleneck! Da-Shan, Da-Shan .... bring someone to help us climb!’’
Nan Shan (南山) means South Mountain. Luo Jie call him Da-Shan (大山) which mean Big Mountain.
Guo Shi-er said: ’’Leave a few people to watch over the horses!’’
It would not be fun if everybody went to the altar and then all the horses run away.
Compared to the surrounding mountains which were filled with trees, the only vegetation on this mountain is grass. It is very steep without any stairway.
Qi Nan Shan carried Luo Jie.
Luo Zhan was supposed to take Guo Shi-er but Ying Mo carried the child first.
Ying Mo has clearly seen that Shi-er is Luo Jie's life blood. To curry good favor from Luo Jie, he must take care of the disciple first.
Ying Mo knows that this is a very rare opportunity. He has to take care of Guo Shi-er in order for Luo Jie to be more inclined to repair his Marks. Having an Artificer Grandmaster handle the repair and improve his Cultivation Marks would greatly enhance his strength.
A group of people swiftly climbed up the mountain. Even if they are Marked Warrior Masters, they had difficulty climbing the cliffs. Soon, everybody has climbed to the top of the mountain.
The whole top was the altar, still rectangular in shape with a much wider space. The altar was carved out from the dark brown rock. 18 pillars erected in the middle, filled with intricate Sigils.
Guo Shi-er felt a burst of tremor when he came close to the pillars. It was a very serene felling, as if back to a mother's womb. It was a joyful sensation.
Luo Jie is more surprised. When he fought with the Emerald Blade Mantis, it caused him a lot of damage when he tore off a page of his Innate Rune. He understands that he has damaged his foundation. But only a few minutes on the altar, he sensed that the injury was getting better.
Luo Jie immediately determined that the Ying Mo has said the truth. Not only can it help you advance your cultivation, but also assist you in healing.
This place is amazing. He did not hesitate to take out his Glyph Gate and record this magical place.
Guo Shi-er did the same thing and placed the coordinates on his Glyph Gate.
A Gate Glyph can record the coordinates of four Secret Plane locations. Luo Jie stored two while Guo Shier stored three. This means that both of them can return to the altar at any time.Guo Shier's extra coordinates was given by Li Ran.
After recording the coordinates, both of them were coincidentally relieved.
The altar is precious. It must be carefully excavated.
Since there is a Basic altar, then it is possible to find Intermediate or even Advanced altar. As to what role they serve, it's not clear yet.
Luo Jie said: ’’I want to sleep first, Shier you take charge. Continue to copy the Sigils on the altars.
Immediately the Marked Warrior Master build tents in order for Luo Jie rest. Luo Jie is the backbone of the crowd, if he wanted to sleep, no one's going complain.
Ying Mo realized the brat's exceptional status. He saw Guo Shier walking silently round and round the altar. Ying Mo hesitated and then finally refrained from disturbing Guo Shier.
Guo Shier was walking around and found that the sensation to his soul changes depending on the spot. He was actually looking for the most comfortable spot.
So he won't miss a spot, he kept going around the altar. Some places are strong, some places are weak.
Guo Shier suddenly stopped at one point. He closed his eyes, stood still and revel in the pleasure of his soul. The strength of his soul grows frantically. Then gradually, the intensity subsided. Instead, there is a feeling of swelling that's filling his soul. Guo Shier even felt a trace of pain.
Involuntarily he began chanting. The sound is almost imperceptible. With continuous chanting, the pleasant and comfortable feeling returned. Guo Shier slowly sat down and chanted non-stop.
Luo Jie slept very soundly. It is difficult for an old man to get a high quality sleep but this time he slept for two days.
The rest of the team yawned one by one and sank to sleep on the altar. They fell directly on the ground and slept soundly, there was even no time to build a tent.
Guo Shier fell asleep while chanting. This is his third life and the first time he experienced such a wonderful sensation. Countless rune pattern flowed like the tides that scour his soul leaving countless traces into his soul. Unconsciously, he experienced ’’Legacy Rune Transference’’ of the altar.
Two days later, everybody woke up. Guo Shier opened his eyes and was immediately aware of the immense changes. It's just not clear what kind of change it is. Before he can figure it out a rumbling sound can be heard from his belly.
He touched his belly and shouted: ’’ I'm starving!’’
Luo Jie stayed dazed unmoving in his tent. The only thing he knew was that he woke up he felt that his being changed. Before he had the time to think, he heard Guo Shier's big cry. Suddenly his stomach also grumbled. He could not help but smile. So he stood up and went out of the tent.
’’I ... I f*king advanced! Wahooo...’’
That's the scream of Luo Zhan.
Then Xiao Feng also shouted: ’’Hey, I advanced ... F*k ... What's going on?
His tone was full of excitement and wonder.
Then a few more Marked Warrior Masters shouted. Everyone including the four little guys like Huo Bao are no exception. They have advanced to Marked Warrior Adepts.
Qin Lang and two Marked Warrior Adept assistants also advanced to Marked Warrior Masters.
It seems that the whole group had a breakthrough. Although there are some people who have not advanced, nevertheless they felt that their strength went through leaps and bounds.
For a time everyone on the altar went crazy with happiness.
Luo Jie stared blankly at the sky,
Qi Nan Shan asked : ’’Old man, what happened to you?’’
Guo Shier also rushed over.
Asked: ’’Master, are you all right?
Luo Jie faintly said: ’’I advanced!’’
Luo Jie's voice suddenly got deeper. Then his body issued a crackling sound. Then his back and waist went straightened up. You can visibly see the wrinkles of his face disappearing.
The figure of Luo Jie as a middle-aged man appeared amidst the crowd.
Guo Shier surprised: ’’Master, you are so handsome when you are young!
Luo Jie joyfully laughed from that playful joke.
He has an inexplicable feeling now that he advanced. But advanced to what extent? How can he further develop in the future? What kind of path to take? There's no clear answer.
But this advancement means that hi life expectancy increased. He has the time to ponder and put his thoughts in order later.
He laughingly asked : ’’Shier, how are you feeling?
Guo Shier acquired great benefits but he doesn't know if he advanced. There's no clear sign. It doesn't feel like he advanced. He feels that the strength of his soul at least doubled.
With his usually chanting, he can only condense his soul slightly. This combined with the basic movement training;his soul would grow in strength only by a tiny glimmer. But with this incident he was able to condense his soul twice.
Luo Jie came to a sudden realization that Guo Shier is only nine years old. Do you really want him to advance to an Artificer Grandmaster? This is too exaggerated.
He asked : ’’ Da-Shan, how do you feel?
Qi Nan Shan said: ’’I feel very good. For the first time I feel hope. I'm a hairs width away from breaking through. I'm confident it will come soon.’’
Everyone could not help but be stunned, a Marked Warrior Grandmaster re-advancement? How far can we go? Luo Jie advancement let everyone at a loss.
Looks like Artificer Grandmaster is the thing of the past. You can level up higher than that. What should we call it, Artificer Ultra-master?
Guo Shier asked : ’’ Master, what happened to your Innate Rune Book?’’
Luo Jie was surprised a moment. He has not thought of his Innate Rune Book.
Heard immediately took out his Innate Rune Book and examined it.
Luo Jie wondered: ’’If something changed ... I can't figure it out.
I feel almost the same as before.
Well? Nothing is amiss. It seems I'll be able to increase the number of Glyphs in the Innate Rune. ... ... I'm looking forward to exploring it further.’’
He is dumbfounded but also satisfied. He has been standing at the top and found another peak. It was a great thrill to him.
Luo Jie put away his Innate Rune Book.
Said: ’’Well, everybody's going to continue exploring the altars. Do not miss any Rune.
Da-Shan, Take charge, Ying Mo, you also go ... ... This time after going back, you're going to be with me for a while. I will not only repair your Rune pattern but also give you cultivating Marks.
With the best Blood Mark ... a Spirit Rune level cultivating Marks!’’
Ying Mo was so happy that he almost fainted.
’’Yes!’’ he exclaimed.
He turned around and ran to help with a bunch of his friends.
Guo Shier whispered: ’’Master, we have Gate Glyph. You can come in anytime. Why are you rushing to copy the Runes?’’
Luo Jie calmly said: ’’Shier, after returning ... we cannot come back for a long time. We have to wait until ... We're back on North Rune Sect. We'll be outside soon enough ... We do not have to worry so much. You must be ready to come in again next time.’’
Guo Shier suddenly understood the teacher's intention. This altar is too precious, so he's going to block the news. This Secret Plane was opened 60 years ago. After going out, no one would realize that they could come in. This is their greatest advantage.
Guo Shier said: ’’Master, we'll stay at the altar until we get thrown out from the Secret Plane.’’
Luo Jie laughed: ’’Ah fifteen days left. How fortunate it is to be able to find such an altar. I dare not expect anything more ... Just stay here and wait for the Secret Plane to close. Hahaha!’’
Guo Shier nodded.
Said: ’’Well, the harvest of this Secret Plane is great. It's no less than the last Secret Plane trip. That's right Master, they...... Will they keep the secret?’’
He was referring to Ying Mo and others.
Luo Jie can't help laughing.
He said: ’’A Marked Warrior Master without a lord, even if he has reached Marked Warrior Grandmaster level. He is also very miserable. I can see that Ying Mo is very good. Would you like to take him?’’
Guo Shier can't believe what he heard.
Said: ’’Let him be my follower? Master, are you joking? That's a Marked Warrior Grandmaster!’’
Luo Jie laughed: ’’A Marked Warrior Grandmaster is also a person. He also has needs. Hey hey! We can accept that you'll be a Grand Master level soon, and so young to boot. The attraction to him must be great.’’
Guo Shier patronizingly looked.
Said: ’’Master, I am not young. I was young, OK.’’
Luo Jie hehehe laughed,
Said: ’’Who cares about your age, you're older than an adult. Little Demon. Hahaha!’’
In fact Guo Shier does not object to Ying Mo. A Marked Warrior Grandmaster strength is comparable to ten Marked Warrior Masters.
He said: ’’Well, if he is willing I am also willing!’’
With a Marked Warrior Grandmaster, not just a strong escort, that guy's is also eye catching. A Grandmaster level follower, how many people can have it?
Luo Jie said: ’’I intend to also let Luo Zhan follow you. Hahaha! If Ying Mo is also willing,
you'll have two Grand Master Level followers. ’’
Guo Shier was stunned for a moment.
He blurted: ’’ Master, two Grandmasters ... I'm afraid I cannot afford it!
Luo Jie almost laughed to death. He touched Guo Shier's head.
Said: ’’They're Grandmasters, are you afraid you can't afford them? Hahaha! Little brat. I really don't how you think. Hahaha! ’’
Guo Shier muttered: ’’I am afraid of being poor.’’
Actually, he was a poor man in the last world. He's afraid of being hungry.
The memory of his last reincarnation is still fresh. There is no food in the rice bowl. There's no money in his pockets. To him that's the scariest thing.
Luo Jie said: ’’Well, I'm going to go talk to with Ying Mo.
Ying Mo is abundantly Marked with Rune patterns, although he has no understanding of the Marks.
A Marked Warrior Master ran over.
Said: ’’Senior, the Old Man is looking for you.’’
Ying Mo dare not delay, he got up and left immediately.
Soon came to Luo Jie.
’’Hey Old Man, Are you looking for me?’’
Luo Jie said: ’’Sit down, let's talk.’’
Ying Mo sat down puzzled.
Asked: ’’Hey Old Man, is there a problem?
Luo Jie smiled: ’’It's nothing, I just want to talk to you. What, you don't want to talk to an old man?
Guo Shier is also very curious. He wanted to know how Master is going to talk with Ying Mo. How can you be so sure that you can make a Marked Warrior Grandmaster follow a little child.
Shier came quietly and sat beside Luo Jie. Shier smiled brightly at Ying Mo.
Ying Mo got confused by this action. He doesn't know what the master and apprentice duo is up to.
Qin Lang - Their Marked Warrior guide before they found the Secret Plane entrance.
Li Ran - The powerful individual that gave Shier his Innate Rune Sphere. The group met him on the previous Secret Plane.
Legacy Transference - Interacting with some structures would enable an individual to absorb Rune records. In today's term we can say this downloading a copy. *SPOILER* Guo Shier would discover more structures where he can download more Rune records.