Isn this fine iron? ”

Walking over to take a look, he turned his head to look at Tang San,

”You want to become a blacksmith? ”

Tang San nodded slightly. Becoming blacksmith was undoubtedly the most suitable profession for him to make hidden weapons,

”Dad, you
e growing older. For a few years, until I grow up a little, please teach me how to forge kitchen implements and let me take over your work. ”

Previously he all he made were the most precise hidden weapons, and on the contrary he had never learned the simplest forging.

Tang Hao slightly absentminded, murmured:

”Blacksmith doesn seem bad, either. ”

Pulling across a single worn-out chair, sitting down directly by that pile of pig iron, he sluggishly spoke:

”Little San, tell me, what kind of blacksmith, is the best blacksmith. ”

Tang San thought about it, then said:

”The best blacksmith should be capable of divine tools. ”

By what the villagers said, divine tools existed in this world, even though he did not know precisely what divine tools were. But being called divine, presumably they should be pretty good.

In Tang Haos eyes flashed a glint of humour,

”Divine tools? Little San also knows about divine tools. Then tell me, what should be used to create divine tools? ”

Tang San thought this was unexpected, and immediately said:

”The best materials, of course. ”

Tang Hao extended his index finger, wagging it at Tang Sans face,

”If you want to become a master blacksmith, remember my words: someone using top class materials to make divine tools, thats not the best blacksmith; at most it is only a synthesizer. The best blacksmith will create divine tools using common materials. ”

”Using common iron to forge divine tools? ”

Tang San, somewhat startled, looked at Tang Hao. Ordinarily, Tang Hao very rarely spoke to him; this day already counted as the most at any one time.

Standing up, Tang Hao pointed to a fifty square centimeter big block of iron on the other side of the room,

”If you
e thinking about becoming a blacksmith and learning forging from me, then you must first hammer this ten thousand times. Not until then will you be qualified. ”

That was a block of ordinary iron, containing numerous impurities. Compared to the lump of iron source, he couldn even tell how much worse it was.

”Right now, you can still change your mind. ”

Tang Hao spoke indifferently, already preparing to go back to the inner room to sleep.

”Dad, I want to give it a try. ”

Tang Sans voice was clear and calm, yet resolute.

Tang Hao, somewhat taken aback, looked at him,

”Alright. ”

With a single word, he walked past, taking up that large lump of iron in his arms, and directly placed it by the bellows on the forge. As long as the coal fire was ignited, it could be used for forging.

After finishing this, Tang Hao returned to the inner room to sleep.

Tang San was a person with staunch resolution. Otherwise, he couldn have relied on a single dilapidated drawing to produce Buddha Fury Tang Lotus, the top Tang Sect mechanical hidden weapon. That consumed as much as ten years of his life.

Lighting the charcoal fire, pumping the bellows, he began to work by himself.

Shushu shushu. Sounds rose from the bellows, flame emitted within the coal furnace, scorching that big lump of iron. Though Tang San didn know any forging, he had watched Tang Hao forge farm tools every day, and he knew the correct process.

Just as the iron lump had gradually become red hot, he dragged across Tang Haos usual hammer, letting it fall to the ground. This long handled iron hammer was even taller than him, and an ordinary five or six year old child couldn have moved it at all, let alone wielding it for forging.

But Tang San was still holding it up. With Mysterious Heaven Skill strengthening the whole body, even though it had not yet broken through the first tier, he already possessed physical strength comparable to an adult.

When the iron hammer collided with the iron lump again and again, it rung with a clear and melodious sound. This was Tang Sans first hammer strike, and the prelude to forging.

In the inner room, lying on the bed, Tang Hao turned over. Even though his eyes were closed, his facial expression was somewhat astonished, murmuring in his sleep,

”He can actually lift the hammer, was he born with superhuman strength? ”

Dong dong dong dong dong. Pounding sounds started to rise from the blacksmith shop. Tang Hao and Tang San, father and son, continued their prosaic life, but with a difference: starting from this day, Tang Hao let Tang San play with another furnace in the room, pounding that lump of iron on his own forge. He didn instruct Tang San with a single sentence, but also from this day onward, Tang Haos drinking lessened a little, and the familys food also increased a little.

Forging was an absolutely dull and tiring process, but Tang San still regarded this as the correct way to temper his body. When eleven days had passed, he had already forged numerous times, it felt like by swinging the iron hammer, he was unable to only rely on his bodys physical strength, and had to use the help of Mysterious Heaven Skill.

His entire strength was enough to swing the hammer a hundred times or so. Every time his strength was nearly exhausted, he sat cross legged on the ground to recover, and once his inner strength had recovered he immediately returned to hammering.

This wasn only tempering his body. Repeatedly depleting and recovering, was also a good way of tempering his Mysterious Heaven Skill and willpower. Unfortunately, Mysterious Heaven Skills first tier bottleneck still looked like it was an impregnable barrier. Tang Sans practice couldn be said not to be painstaking, but with his ample natural talent, he was still unable to break through and enter the second tier.

But his training still definitely wasn a waste. Despite Mysterious Heaven skill being unable to break through, his internal strength still toughened in pace with his iron lumps forging, and his recovery speed seemed a bit faster than before.

As eleven days went by, Tang San had already swung the hammer more than 8000 times, the iron lump constantly becoming smaller. It was already less than one third of the original volume. As his training and food quantity increased, his body became rather solid and his physical strength seemed to gradually evolve. As a result, during the unceasing forging process, the consumption of inner strength gradually decreased. With increased inner strength duration, his physical strength also increased a great deal.

When he smashed down the hammer one thousand times, that iron lump had certainly changed; it was a small circle, and even though the center of the blazing fire burned red hot, he could still faintly perceive that the interior impurities appeared to have decreased a great deal.

Tempering into steel, this word appeared in Tang San mind. This also made him even more firmly determined to accomplish ten thousand hammer strikes. And the distance to this objective was very close.

Tang Sans persistence astounded Tang Hao greatly. To him it seemed that even if this son of his was born with superhuman strength, it should be impossible to persist beyond three days. The handle of the iron hammer was roughened to prevent slipping, and would inevitably cause extreme injuries to the palm of the hand. But he discovered that although Tang San was forging honestly, both his young and tender small hands did not seem to change. Not even blisters appeared.

Part 4

Since Tang San didn want to lose this father, and he furthermore didn want his past identity known, naturally he wouldn tell Tang Hao that this was because of practicing Tang Sects Mysterious Jade Hand.

In order to make good hidden weapons, the most basic requirements were a combination of eyesight, hand strength, and effort. Thats what is called heart to eye, eye to hand. Therefore, in Tang Sect inner sects practice regimen, the requirements regarding eyesight and hand strength were extremely high.

Purple Demon Eye, had its maximum heightening effect on eyesight from practicing in the brief moment when the sun rises in the east.

Mysterious Jade Hand could cause the palm of the hand to become extremely tough and durable, moreover it could block any poison.

These two abilities were the required course for inner Tang sect disciples. Even though Tang Sans Mysterious Jade Hand was still far from attaining a sufficient level, it could still protect his palm from being covered with blisters from abrasion.

”In addition, grasping strength can be called complete by now. ”

Tang San spared no strength swinging the iron hammer in his hand. In this dull process, his heart still wasn calm at all. His understanding concerning this world was still tentative, this place was only a small village, nothing more.

In this world called Douluo Dalu, this continent held two great empires, which could perhaps also be spoken of as coalitions. Because within the two empires, a great deal of territory was conferred on feudal vassals, and the number of nobles with armed forces couldn be counted.

Of these two empires, the one Tang San was in was Heaven Dou Empire, the other was the southern Star Luo Empire[14].

Fasinuo province was located near the border between both countries, and Holy Spirit village by Nuoding city was no more than two hundred li[15] away.

Tang San knew from talk among the villagers that within the Douluo continent, his worlds martial arts didn exist, but there was a kind of thing called Spirits[16]. It was said that everyone had their own spirit, and among them, very few peoples spirit could undergo cultivation, taking up an occupation called becoming Spirit Master. And Spirit Master was the noblest vocation on the whole continent. It seemed that according to legend, a hundred years ago Holy Spirit village produced a spirit sage, in other words a famous spirit master; Spirit Sage was a title for a Spirit Master rank.

Spirits were subdivided into two main categories, one category was tool spirits, and the other was beast spirits. As the names suggest, when a spirit was a utensil it was called a tool spirit, and with an animal as spirit it was called a beast spirit. Comparatively speaking, tool spirits included a wider range, and the vast majority of people all had tool spirits, and the ratio of tool spirits unable to cultivate was much bigger than for beast spirits.

Tang San once met the villages only person whose spirit was pickaxe, clearly a type of spirit unable to cultivate. But in spite of this, his work on farmland was still a little faster compared to ordinary villagers.

Tang San also fully understood that because everyone he met had their own spirit, Tang San also wanted to know what his martial spirit was. After all, whether tool spirit or beast spirit, both were sufficient if they could cultivate, right?

Among Douluo continents people, the spirit was awakened at the age of six. In a few days Tang San would turn 6. For some reason he faintly felt that the reason his Mysterious Heaven Skill was unable to break through, was somehow related to his spirit.

Regarding becoming a Spirit Master, Tang San wasn particularly interested, but he resolved to become an inner Tang sect rank hidden weapon expert, no matter how little internal strength he had, right?

”Tang Hao, are you busy? ”

In the course of Tang San making great effort towards forging ten thousand times, he heard the sound of an old mans voice outside.

It was currently afternoon, Tang Hao was in the process working, creating farm tools, and hearing what was said made only an
g sound.

Tang San, rather curious, came out from his room, only to see an old man, looking far over 60 years old, with a lanky figure, but spirit hale and hearty, clothing perfectly neat and tidy, hair meticulously combed out. The comparison with Tang Hao was simply too extreme.

This person, Tang San knew, was Holy Spirit villages village elder, old Jack.

”Little San, come, let grandpa have a look at you. ”

Old Jack turned to Tang San and waved his hand.

This places village elder was a kindly person, greatly respected by all the villagers, he had often brought over something to eat.

”Grandpa Jack, hello. ”

Tang San walked over in front of Old Jack, respectfully bow to him. When a person treated him well, Tang San would always remember it in his heart.

Tang Hao indifferently said:

”Im busy, village elder. ”

Old Jack was actually no less than ten years older than him, but to actually be compared to him as the same generation, always worsened Tang Haos mood.

Old Jack was seemingly already accustomed to Tang Haos manners,

”Tang Hao, ah, little San has quickly become six years old. He ought to join this years awakening ceremony. ”

Tang Hao gave Tang San a glance, indifferently saying:

”Then go participate. Which day is it? ”

Old Jack said:

”In three days, when the time comes Ill come bring him, alright. ”

By his appearance when looking at Tang Hao, he very obviously wanted to say, if you accompanied him, it would probably cause delays.

Tang Hao slightly lowered his head, no longer paying attention to the village elder.

Tang San, who was nevertheless rather curious, asked:

”Grandpa Jack, what is the awakening ceremony? ”

Old Jack sternly said:

”We all have our own spirit, which is finally awakened around the age of six with the awakening ceremony. Having a spirit, we can enhance our ability in a certain field. Even an ordinary spirit can still help. If by any chance you gain a remarkable spirit, we can speak about conducting cultivation, even to the extent that you could possibly become a Spirit Master. The awakening ceremony is held only once every year, I cannot let you miss it. Its a lord attendant from Nuoding Citys Spirit Sub-Hall who personally comes to help our villages children awaken. However that lord attendant is considered a Spirit Grandmaster[17] ranked Spirit Master. ”

When saying the words ”Spirit Grandmaster ”, there was obvious admiration in Old Jacks eyes.

Tang San had only heard a few vague things about Spirit Masters, so right now he naturally couldn let the opportunity slip by, questioning closely he said:

”What does Spirit Grandmaster mean? ”

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