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Chapter Two Hundred and Sixty Four – The Rudimentary Form
Taking advantage of the fact that the Old Forefather was in seclusion, He Xiang concealed the matter. The other people also knew this matter had created too much of a mess. If it was revealed to the top, everyone would die so they all kept their silence. Their greatest losses this time were the five slave transporting boats. The value of the one thousand xiu slaves was very limited.
They were still able to afford the compensation for five slave transporting boats.
Yet, the loss that made them want to spit blood was that many of the bosses that they had finished negotiating with had died in this ambush. The agreements that they had made had become a waste of effort. These factions would enter a period of chaos, reform, and choose a new leader. This meant that their work would drag on for a longer period of time.
This damned group of hooligans!
If he caught them, he would definitely tear their bodies to pieces!
He Xiang gritted his teeth. Thinking of the factions that were in chaos, he felt his head ache. He suddenly found that from the time he had become the Chief Elder of the Outer Hall, an unfortunate sequence of bad luck had followed him. Nothing had gone smoothly.
What he needed to consider now was whether he should intervene in the internal conflict of these factions. There was not much time left for him. If he could not complete this matter before the Old Forefather came out of seclusion, he would lose all of his chances.
All of the formation battle watchtowers lit up. The warm silver lights were very beautiful in the night.
Seven Sonic Lightning Walnuts were floating at the top level of each formation battle watchtower They were bobbing like they were in water. They occasionally flew around the interior of the watchtowers. The ceiling and walls of the towers continued to release silver dots of light. These mist like silver dots of light would then be absorbed by the Sonic Lightning Walnuts.
Zuo Mo carefully inspected every Sonic Lightning Walnut that was being nurtured in the top level of the watchtowers. The formation battle watchtowers were carved with the [Yin Fiend Hard Lightning] formation. These dots of silver mist that looked harmless contained minuscule amounts of hard lightning. After being nurtured like this, the power of the Sonic Lightning Walnut would be even greater.
The construction of the city was only half completed. The remaining half was the most difficult part.
In the watchtower at the very center of the Golden Crow City, Zuo Mo started to dig down into the soil. He incinerated the evacuated soil using Golden Crow Fire. His body had entered the second maturation. The noise of this maturation process was much less noisy than compared to the first time.
The improvement of second maturation was not as evident as first maturation, but he could still clearly feel the improvement of his body.
[Sky Glass Wave] had improved to nineteen revolutions from eighteen revolutions. The power had increased, but there was no qualitative change.
But what interested Zuo Mo was the mo matrix on his body.
Jade Metal Head was a mo physique. After the second maturation, a faint mo matrix started to appear. The mo matrix started first on his chest and it was very faint. If Zuo Mo didn’t carefully inspect his body, it was likely he would have missed such a subtle change.
His skin had become black and glowing. The mo matrix patterns were also black, and very faint, so they were hard to detect.
Zuo Mo carefully studied them for a while and found the mo matrix that had floated out was not complete. Many places were far too faint and hard to decipher. He concluded that they must only completely appear after third maturation.
He noted it down before going back to building the city.
In the span of a few short days, Golden Crow City was completely revamped.
The streets were abnormally clean. New buildings neatly spread out like a forest on both sides of streets. The style of these buildings were varied. There were green brick yards, brightly colored sharp pointed towers. The xiuzhe of Golden Crow City came from many different places. The only buildings that could not been seen here were the residences frequently seen in other cities to be floating in the air out of consideration for safety.
The fruit trees on both sides of the street were tenderly green and heavy with fruit that gave off a tantalizing fragrance. All of the empty spaces like under the trees, and the corners of buildings were planted with flowers and grasses to make them attractive to the eyes. For these trees and grasses, all of the xiuzhe that had knowledge of ling farming had joined in. Many kinds of birds had been enticed over. Vitality flowed in every corner.
Nian Lu, who dragged a group of xiuzhe back through hurrying day and night gaped at the beautiful scene in front of him and lost the ability of speech.
Bao Yi bowed to Lil’ Pagoda that was floating in front of him, his expression slightly wary, “Pagoda ye, are you hungry again?”
The chubby Lil’ Pagoda tried its best to produce a proud stance, but one could not bear to look at it. Behind it, Silly Bird raised her head and pushed out her chest, her stomach tightly stretched and fat. The half-lidded eyes didn’t show any intentions of properly looking at a person. On top of Silly Bird’s head, the antenna of Lil’ Black restlessly waved as it looked around.
Bao Yi didn’t dare to laugh. He didn’t dare to offend the three little ancestors in front of him.
He really didn’t understand. These days, could talismans, steeds, and worms become so intelligent? The three formed a troop and would come at intervals to sweep the stores. The weirdest one was Lil’ Pagoda. It would swallow anything. Talismans, materials, all of it would go to its stomach.
But Boss was very lenient with them, and had told him to give the talismans that could not be used to Lil’ Pagoda.
To a miser like Bao Yi, this was akin to carving the flesh out of his heart. Even though he knew that there wasn’t much value in those talismans, but the smallest grain of rice was still food. Watching as they all landed in Lil’ Pagoda’s stomach, and not having the smallest piece of jingshi come out, his heart bled blood.
Wastrel! Such a wastrel!
Unconsciously, Lil’ Pagoda had become Bao Yi’s greatest enemy!
Of course, he didn’t dare to show the enmity that was in his heart. Lil’ Pagoda was deeply favored by Boss. If working under Zuo Mo previously had been a decision made out of helplessness, then his heart was truly loyal now. He had never heard of a person so strong they could build a city like this by themselves, much less seen one. Right now, he seemed to understand why an expert like Xie Shan would willingly serve Boss.
Look at the strong offensive abilities under Boss’ command! Oh, the God of Wealth Up High, he, Bao Yi, had never thought he could personally see such a strong and vicious troop!
He didn’t believe there was anyone that had the power to pose a risk to them in Little Mountain Jie unless Clear Sky Old Forefather personally came. He admired Boss very much for this point. Boss had opened up his provisions of jingshi for his subordinates. The troop of seven hundred people used three thousand and five hundred third-grade jingshi a day. If it was converted, it would be seven pieces of fourth-grade jingshi.
Seven piece of fourth-grade jingshi daily! Whoa! He had almost fainted when he had first learned this. Even in Little Mountain Jie where jingshi was not worth much at present, it still was not a low number.
He felt a compelling pressure. The talismans that they had gained were not able to be sold. Now that the city was constructed, he needed to think of ways for Boss to start doing business. Otherwise, if they just fed off of their savings then in the long term, they couldn’t sustain it in the future.
Just as he was wandering in his thoughts, he saw Lil’ Pagoda waving in front of him. He hurriedly refocused and suddenly found that a line of puppets had formed behind the three.
As an experienced merchant, Bao Yi had worked with all kinds of talismans, and naturally seen puppets before. Truthfully, from his angle, the construction of these copper puppets were very rough.
Copper puppets were just one step above paper puppets, but still were very common mainstream items. He twisted his mouth. This kind of copper puppets couldn’t sell for a good price, even if he was the one doing it.
However, it was possible to see that the person who had designed these puppets had put in a great deal of thought. These puppets were designed for mining. The bottom half of their bodies were jointed in sections like a snake. That would allow them to adjust to all kinds of uneven terrain. The top half was shaped traditionally like a person, but there were four arms instead of two.
The puppets lined up neatly, each puppet carrying on its back a cloth bag that was larger than their bodies.
Bao Yi lost some of his disdain. These puppets may look ugly, but they were very strong and were pretty good puppets.
He watched as these puppets came in, and put down the cloth bags on their backs. Bao Yi quickly found a little mountain pile up in front of him.
“This … … Pagoda ye, what is all this?” Bao Yi carefully asked.
Lil’ Pagoda bent its chubby body and acted as it was talking.
Bao Yi swallowed and wiped the sweat on his forehead. He asked uncertainly, “Is it to let me see?” Every time he faced Lil’ Pagoda and the other two, it was as though he was facing an enemy. He regretted not learning how to play charades when he was young.
Lil’ Pagoda nodded.
Bao Yi released a breath. He hadn’t guessed incorrectly. He hurriedly ran over and opened the cloth bags.
The blinding light of jingshi reflected on his dumbstruck face and filled the room with light.
Lil’ Pagoda ran in front of Silly Bird to ask for praise. Silly Bird used her wings to brush Lil’ Pagoda. Lil’ Pagoda instantly became happy, and hurried flying to the front to led the way. This guy was very clever. They had become familiar after coming here a few times. With Lil’ Black on top, Silly Bird walked its proud stride and floated off as she brushed past the stunned Bao Yi.
Shu Long was the highest ranked supervisor of the Guard Camp. He was an old xiu slave. Differing from the many people who had just been captured, he had already passed through five owners. This caused him to hold great authority among this group of xiu slaves.
He scanned the camp. Everyone was furiously cultivating. He couldn’t help but give a satisfied expression. He was full of gratitude towards his present owner. Only xiu slaves that had passed through many owners would deeply appreciate how much the present situation was like paradise.
He had actually received favor from Master to command the Guard Camp. He was full of excitement and terror. He was happy that he could help Master, but terrified that he would ruin the matter.
What he hadn’t expected was that Boss didn’t get them to go work, but had them cultivate. Cultivation was very good. Even though he didn’t know much, but he knew that cultivation was value. However, he couldn’t help but worry. Master’s action was benevolent, but in the eyes of other people, he was a wastrel. Who would let xiu slaves cultivate?
He had never heard of something so absurd.
But since Master had ordered it, he could only do his best to help Master. Sometimes, he couldn’t help but fantasize that some experts would be produced out of the Guard Camp and serve Master. It would be worth it even if he died.
Master had kept them, and allowed them to cultivate. All of Guard Camp were holding their breath. What Shu Long was most afraid of were the new slaves. New xiu slaves only had hatred in their minds. In their eyes, all xiuzhe were enemies.
He had also once walked that road.
“Shu Long, get them to come one by one. I need to inspect their progress.” A thought came from the necklace on his neck. His mind became alert. Cultivating was so strange. This necklace of his should probably be a talisman.
“Yes!” he hurriedly responded, and rang the large drum.
In the sea of consciousness, Pu Yao interestedly played with the necklace. The little toys that Zuo Mo forged had some usefulness.
Making a troop that cultivated mo, how interesting would something like that be!
Translation Ramblings: Xiu slaves are worth less than their transportation boats which isn’t so strange if you think back to how much a free lianqi xiuzhe‘s wages are and how expensive talismans are. Clear Sky Sect probably just had to pay the merchant/business for the boats, not the slaves.
Lil’ Pagoda is growing fat … … Bao Yi treats Lil’ Pagoda like it is a calamity. On another note,if Zuo Mo had to have a patron god, it would probably also be the god of wealth a.k.a the god of jingshi. The puppets are pretty good in design though I’m curious if it would be better in therms of stability for them to have multiple legs like an insect or to be like a snake like their present form.
49 thoughts on “修真世界 World of Cultivation Chaper Two Hundred and Sixty Four “The Rudimentary Form””
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I suspect that the lower center of mass would allow them slightly better leverage, and be slightly easier to forge that multiple articulated legs,
God of Jingshi sounds more like an enemy. I mean, if you’re required to donate Jingshi to earn its favor…
Zuo Mo should pray to the God of Life/Luck/Death.
Don’t gods usually give? Like praying to the one of war for victory, the one of reproduction for children, and to the harvest god for a good harvest?
Proper procedures usually requires a tribute of some sort. It’s a weird process that somehow makes the gods look like temp workers who work by contract.
People sacrificed their livestock. Donated immense amounts of cash. Sacrificed beautiful virgins (a waste if you ask me). Sacrificed thousands of enemies every day.
What else do you tribute to the God of Jingshi?
Shu Long makes a differentiation between “Master” and “Boss”. Obviously Zuo Mo is Boss. Is Pu Yao Master? Doesn’t that mean that Pu Yao can speak directly to him then? If that’s true, I wonder why Pu Yao never tried speaking to Gongsun Cha before.
I think you might be overthinking what is just a misuse in wording. He is referring to Zuo Mo both times, when he uses Master and the ONE time he used Boss. Either the translator or the author just broke the consistency.
In this chapter, he uses “zhu ren” which is “Master”. I can’t remember where he used Boss before, but I usually translate Boss from “lao ban.”
Well earlier when Pu Yao was playing battle chess with little miss he at first did it through Zuo Mo. Later on there was an “automatic” chess game where Zuo Mo didn’t have to be present. So I think that Pu Yao is mostly communicating by impersonating Zuo Mo. In other words when he talks, they can only hear Zuo Mo however if they talk to much with him and get to know Zuo Mo there is a chance that it is discovered that there is a separate entity in Zuo Mo if they think about it like little miss did.
Stability? Probably the snake. When it comes to climbing though, legs win it every time. … Luckily, with 4 arms, the dolls would keep a lot of the functionality that legs would give them.
It says ‘jointed in sections’ but i’m not sure if that means the legs have more sections, or if they’re actually lamias / nagas with snake tails for ‘legs’.
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Yeah, Pu Yao might indeed be best character, though Pagoda is pretty fun too… It’s so nice to read a novel that’s so different from standards, and yet still quite intelligent.
U know i just realized that Gongsun Cha is finally gonna have some troops from the game he plays with Pu Yao once the xiu slaves become stronger
I also is thinking about this. The pieces of the battle chess will now be complete. Gongsun Cha will probably take these pseudo-mo and practice with them later
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If the tail is thick enough, with a lot of surface in contact with the floor, it should be pretty good unless in really jagged terrain. Much less complex to create than several legs algo.
Btw, what was all that jinghi for? Were they using it in exchange for talismans, was it a reward?
Well they are using up Jingshi everyday for their cultivation and stuff. It is also their currency so it can be used to trade for stuff. My guess might be that it might even be so that Lil pagoda wanting to show of to Bao Yi that it doesn’t just eat “jingshi” but also produces a ton of jingshi through it’s mining.
Thanks for the new chapter! I think the snake lower body would be more stable. It could just slide over large rocks and stuff. Multiple legs still would have problems if the rocks shift under the puppet’s weight.
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I think you should get something to split the chines from the english automatically
Right now, he seemed to understand why an expert like Xie Shan would willing serve.
would willing serve -> would be willing to subordinate? would be willing to serve boss?
Otherwise, if they just fed of their savings then in the long term, they couldn’t sustain it in the future.
fed of -> fed off of
> Shu Long, get them to come one by one. I need to inspect their process.
Maybe “progress” instead of “process”?
Done. Thank you!
This is the easiest way to translate and track back when I need to change something. I’m not sure what could split the Chinese from the English.
I’m suggesting getting one to separate it AFTER you finish translating it. You should be able to see my email so shoot me an email will ya
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thanks for the chapter!
I’d vote for spider or centipede over snake. I think either one would have better stability. Though, of the two, I’d go spider since it would take up less space and they’d be less likely to get in each others’ ways.
I wonder if Bao Yi will embezzle any of it 😉
Also wondering how much more sincere his greetings of those three will be in the future 😉
All three of them really need to exercise though. They’re getting fat and that will make running away hard when it becomes necessary.
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Thank you for the chapter! It’s been a while since zuo mo is looking for jingshi. Maybe if peace come.
Honestly I believe that the snake body would probably be one of the best ways to move since it can move across anything as long as the surface is not completly smooth. In theory a snake body if strong enough could move straight up a sheer cliff as long as it is not completly smooth.
I also believe that it is probably the most effective lower body to make since it is proably easier to make one part then several. However making the scales could be a chore.
I don’t get it. Why is a troop of mo so interesting to Pu Yao? The wargame has troops of mo in it, doesn’t it? It doesn’t seem like an unusual thing for a Sky Yao.
It’s not a troop of mo. It is a group of low-level cheap slaves who do not have much potential cultivating in a way that is not for their species. It is an experiment, one that probably has not been done before.
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I’m the one who asked, in last chapter’s comments, what the heck was happening in Clear Sky sect. How was it possible, I asked, that, after ten weeks, He Xiang still hadn’t retaliated and the jindan leader still hadn’t reacted!?
Well, I’m glad there *is* an explanation. 🙂
Zuo Mo & company sure are lucky that Old Forefather has conveniently gone into seclusion. That gives them some preciously needed time.
And that Bao Yi… could it be that he didn’t know that the mines of jingshi were back in activity? Somebody should have warned him… the head storekeeper had no clue that there were puppets mining jingshi, what an oversight.
Thanks for the chaper… You should fix the title.
Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)
Chubby lil pagoda got a rival.. hmm.. i want to see more..
Thanks for the chapter WYHCWE, WanderingGummiOfDoom, and warlord212!
Lil Pagoda and company are so cute 😛
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Thank you so much!! 😘😘😘
hmm…. all I think about now is the efficiency of four legged puppets. Not sure if would provide more mobility in the caves.
Disregarding the stability or mobility concerns, if the puppets are trying by whatever means (pickaxes, their bare hands) to mine stuff out of rock, legs would be better, unless the tails are long enough to provide sufficient traction. Imagine if you will, trying to use a pickaxe to mine, whilst wearing rollerblades. Good feet, capable of gripping the ground, are whats needed there, although it also would depend on the specifics of the mining they are doing.
thank you for the chapter! xiexie ni ^^
When did Zuo Mo Turn greenish-black??? and Maturation?
The snake design would be better than a centipede as those little legs would probably be a bigger pain to make, I’d one opt for the centipede if i need to have the puppet go up a wall or on the ceiling
I feel like I’m finally content now.
Before, I may have sighed at some of Zuo Mo’s choice. Like why did he cultivated yao/mo arts, stop practice the sword, not making lingdan again, etc etc.
Maybe I got influenced by Wu Kong Sword sect too much, haha.
Now tho, I feel I can accept it. I really like this story. And of course, this rascal main character too. This novel is certainly different than other Chinese novel who focused so much on MC’s alone, others are like cabbage :’)
(Well, sometimes I have a mood to read something like that tho.)
But this? This story is a MASTERPIECE!!!
It feels like another genre, another world (lol).
The unexpected action mc and the others made feels so..humane. Eventhough they’re probably not human lmao.
I think I’m gonna be sad after I finish reading this :”<
Anyway, thank you all for translating this wonderful piece of art! ^^