Now, let’s start the negotiations.


Now, this is unexpected.

‘Didn’t you just say you wanted to pass down your master’s vision to the future generations?’

-That is my master’s wish.

Then you have your own wishes? This sounds like something a teenage boy would say!

-I have been lonely all this time.
haha… I want it.
a new master of mine, a touch of a swordsman, to stroke my blade each day…


At the creepy request, I release my grip around it.
I made a mistake.
I misunderstood this bastard for something nice.

And thinking the same, short sword asks me.

-Should we just give up getting the technique?

In the end, after a bit of talk, the negotiations end.
The condition is that I become its new owner.

I, too, put in my conditions.

I say that if he makes perverted breathing sounds or requests me to touch him, I would throw him away right then.

And the sword accepts it.

‘To sweat like this when negotiating with a sword.’

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Short sword agrees.
Anyway, the negotiations end safely, and I begin to concentrate on feeling the innate qi within me.

-The innate qi should be felt from within the chest.
My former master called the position in the center of the chest the correct spot.

This is my first time hearing this.

I only knew about the place which collects the qi under the navel called the dantian.
However, the South Heavenly Iron Sword calls the middle of the chest the dantian.

‘If there is a lower and a middle spot, then there is also an upper-level dantian?’

-My former master told me the center of the forehead is the upper level.

‘What kind of qi gathers in the upper level?’

-I don’t know

‘It wasn’t mentioned? Did you watch him closely?’

-He called it the top dantian and is where you find enlightenment.


It is an abstract concept that I can’t understand.
The important thing right now is to solve something else.

I need to be able to feel the innate internal qi.
But I can’t grasp it even after 2 hours have passed.

-No need to think too hard.
It is just the innate qi of life.

‘I know that.’

But I don’t know how to feel it.
It is difficult because this differs from the dantian you first form.

And as I continue to struggle, the South Heavenly Iron Sword says.

-If it is difficult to feel with thoughts, then maybe experience it with the five senses.

‘Five senses?’

-The qi of life is most notable when facing an extreme crisis.
If you can feel the power, you cannot usually feel now, or if you feel a weird heat rising within the chest, that is the innate internal qi.

This is surprising.

If it is easy to feel it in crisis, I should force that crazy old man to harass me.

‘Can the innate internal qi be felt from the start?’

-You think I know that?

I close my eyes without answering.
I remember the time of my regression and revival, the sensation I felt then.

The heat I felt when I was stumbling down the cliff and almost died, and when I was hung on a cliff or when the blood parasite…

Thud! Thud

My heart begins to beat loudly.
I can feel the blood circulating within.
And with that comes a warm feeling in my chest.


I knew it right away.
This hot qi that is rising in my chest is the innate qi.

South Heavenly Iron Sword notices what I feel and says.

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This is the innate internal qi.
You are more talented than I thought.

I feel better at his compliment.

-My former master also worked hard for several months to feel it, but you did it within 4 hours.

‘Several months?’

I didn’t know it would take this long.
But I understand that this is hard to grasp in just a couple of hours.

This was bound to happen because I struggled for two months on this cliff and faced many crises.

-Concentrate on the innate internal qi.

Following his instruction, I concentrate my focus on the hot qi rising in my chest.
This feels different from how it feels from when I still had my dantian.

This is purer.

-You will probably be able to feel the innate internal qi at the size of a fingernail.


I ask with a mental grunt.

-You cannot feel it? If that is the case, it is a pity that yours is much smaller than ordinary people.
But it is okay.
If you learn it, you can develop it….

‘Not that.’

-Hm? Then what?

It is the opposite.

As this brat said, it isn’t the size of a fingernail.

Instead, it is the size of 2 fingers together.

-… That can’t be possible.

Even he can’t believe it.
He keeps mumbling as if something unusual is about to happen.

-Use the qi within the body and activate it there.

‘Like this?’

I move my innate internal qi along the path he tells me to, and I can feel the warmth spreading through my shoulders, arms, and wrists.

This is a different feeling but something I have missed for so long.

-Hit the cave with your fist.

Well, I am curious too.
How much power does innate qi have?


I clear my breath and punch the wall.


At that moment, a creaking sound echoes through the cave, and I can see the wall dented by my fist.


Even I, who threw the punch, can’t understand how I can be this strong.
Then the South Heavenly Iron Sword mumbles.

-… I guess it was true.

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