Library of Heaven's Path - chapter-1409
The assessment on the second floor wasn’t regarding beast tamer,
formation master, or the other supporting occupations he was more skilled
in but blacksmith.
As soon as he entered the room, he immediately saw a young man standing
before a cauldron. Holding a fiery red hammer in his hand, he struck a
metal ingot relentlessly. Gradually, the metal ingot took shape, and a
cold glint reflected off of it.
The Tower of Master Teachers required him to choose eight different
supporting occupations, and just so to save him from putting in
additional effort in the future, the supporting occupations that he chose
were all those which he hadn’t obtained the 8-star emblem yet.
Ever since he had cleared the 6-star blacksmith examination in Hongyuan
Master Teacher Academy, he hadn’t really touched it much anymore. This
would be a good opportunity for him to raise his blacksmith rank up to
Noting Zhang Xuan’s presence, the young man halted his hammering and
introduced himself, “I am the Inceptive Sage of the Blacksmith Guild, Wu
Youdao. The test I have for you is extremely simple. I have an ore over
there, and as long as you can forge it into a Saint high-tier artifact
within a single day, I’ll deem you to have cleared my test!”
As the young man spoke, he gestured toward a weapon cauldron. In the
weapon cauldron, Zhang Xuan found an ore floating amidst a fearsome
inferno. The flames were so intense that heat waves rippled relentlessly
from it, but even so, the ore still showed no signs of melting whatsoever.
“Is that the Violet Firmament Blazestone?” Zhang Xuan frowned.
The Violet Firmament Blazestone was known to be the hardest grade-8 ore
to process. Even 8-star pinnacle blacksmiths would struggle to melt it
down and refine it properly. Yet, the young man before him actually
wanted him to refine such an ore!
the Tower of Master Teachers was truly not going to be easy.
Nevertheless, there was still an upside to this. While the Violet
Firmament Blazestone was extremely difficult to process, it was an
incredibly valuable material that could be easily forged into a Saint
intermediate-tier weapon once refined and forged. Just by using a
slightly more refined forging technique, it wouldn’t be too difficult to
forge a Saint high-tier artifact out of it.
In other words, the hardest aspect of the assessment lay not in the
forging of a Saint high-tier artifact but the melting and smithing of the
ore into a suitable weapon.
“Indeed. This serves to assess your understanding of processing ores and
smithing. If you are unable to melt the Violet Firmament Blazestone
within a day, I’ll have no choice but to fail you.” Wu Youdao replied
with a wave of his hand before turning his attention back to forging his
weapon, not bothering to pay any heed to Zhang Xuan anymore.
“Alright.” Knowing that this was was a part of the assessment, Zhang Xuan
immediately dived straight to work.
He activated his Eye of Insight and began examining the Violet Firmament
There was no problem with the heat conductivity of the weapon cauldron or
the coal fueling the flames; it was just that the melting point of the
Violet Firmament Blazestone was way too high. It would require the
hottest of the earth flames in order to melt it, and that was a
temperature that would be nigh impossible to reach even if a blacksmith
were to pump his zhenqi into the flames as quickly as he could.
However, the young man hadn’t given him a formation to retrieve earth
flames to work with, so that would probably mean that he would have to
find some way to cope with the current materials he had at hand.
This will be really troublesome…
It must be said that this assessment was far more difficult than what
Zhang Xuan had expected.
no way I could let something like this impede my footsteps!
Were it to be any other 8-star blacksmith, they might have really felt
utter helplessness at the situation. However, to Zhang Xuan, this
actually wasn’t too much of a problem at all.
He had gone through all of the books in the Blacksmith Guild, so his
understanding of smithing had already reached a level comparable to
8-star pinnacle blacksmiths, perhaps on par with some 9-star primary
blacksmiths even. Even without using the Library of Heaven’s Path, there
were at least several dozen methods he had at the top of his head to melt
the Violet Firmament Blazestone.
With a leisurely chuckle, Zhang Xuan walked up to the cauldron and tapped
his finger forward. Several dozen surges of zhenqi immediately shot forth
from his finger and shrouded the flames.
Surrounded by Zhang Xuan’s zhenqi, the flames suddenly surged in
intensity, as if someone had breathed life into it. The crimson flames
began taking on a blue tint, and the astounding heat that it emanated
caused even the surrounding air to warp slightly.
That is… a grade-8 Spirit Gathering Formation? Upon seeing the sight,
Wu Youdao halted his forging and exclaimed in astonishment.
Most formidable weapons would have unique formations carved onto them in
order to reinforce their durability and bolster their fighting prowess.
For this reason, most expert blacksmiths were highly skilled in
But to be honest, while he had expected the other party to attempt to
toss in some kind of flame catalyst in order to bolster the intensity of
the flames, he hadn’t thought that the other party would actually dive
straight into constructing up a mini Spirit Gathering Formation!
Furthermore, the other party actually managed to construct such a
small-scale Spirit Gathering Formation with just his zhenqi… And more
importantly, he did it within such a short period of time as well!
With the massive influx of spiritual energy, the temperature of the coal
swiftly rose. However, it was still some way off from reaching the level
of heat required to melt the Violet Firmament Blazestone. Even though the
violet ore reflected a brilliant blue-tinted light, there didn’t seem to
be too much change to its physical state under the searing flames.
It’s not a bad idea to intensify the flames in the weapon cauldron by
concentrating spiritual energy into it, but it’s still insufficient to
melt down an ore of the tier of the Violet Firmament Blazestone…
Shaking his head, Wu Youdao was just about to turn his attention back to
his weapon when the leg of the young man opposite of him suddenly sprung
forth, kicking the weapon cauldron straight.
A resounding metallic clang reverberated through the weapon cauldron. In
the next moment, the flames within weapon cauldron began swiftly
converging together at a single point, as if there was some kind of
compelling force attracting them together. It took just an instant for
the massive outburst of flames to be compressed down to a size
reminiscent of the tip of a sword, and it began slicing the Violet
Firmament Blazestone up into innumerable pieces.
That is… a fire concentration technique? But such a technique would
require the cauldron’s unconditional assistance! How in the world did he
manage to pull it off?
Once again, Wu Youdao found himself dumbstruck.
Just as the name suggested, fire concentration technique was a skill that
allowed one to focus the flames at a single point, thus driving the
temperature up to an unbelievable degree. Indubitably, it was an
extremely useful and effective technique, but unfortunately, it was a
highly demanding exploit for both the cauldron and the blacksmith; the
two would require a relationship of mutual trust and impeccable
coordination in order to pull off a fire concentration technique.
Considering that it had only been several dozen breaths since the young
man opposite of him had only met the cauldron, how in the world did they
manage to accomplish a fire concentration technique?
Just as Wu Youdao was completely flabbergasted by the situation, the
weapon cauldron suddenly wobbled its massive body over to him and opened
up its lid. A voice so deep that it was reminiscent of the rumbling of
thunder echoed loudly in the room, “Lend me your Blue Incandescence Stone
for a use!”
“Ah…” Not expecting his own weapon cauldron to speak to him in such a
manner, Wu Youdao froze on the spot in shock. Before he could even
answer, the weapon cauldron had already replied, “Thanks.”
even bothering to seek Wu Youdao’s agreement, it lifted up one of its
tripod foot and stomped on the ground lightly.
An ore immediately flew into its cauldron.
Xiong xiong xiong!
As soon as the flame came into contact with the Blue Incandescence Stone,
the flames immediately burst forth, and the temperature began surging at
an insane pace once more.
“You are going to snatch my ore for that guy’s sake?” Wu Youdao’s face
It had been many years since that weapon cauldron had acknowledged him as
its master, and they had been constantly together ever since then. He was
only lending it out for the other party’s temporary use, and yet…
Not only did the cauldron coordinate perfectly with the other party to
execute the fire concentration technique, it even helped him steal his
Do you still know who your true owner is?
While he was leaping with rage, the cauldron suddenly turned to look at
Wu Youdao once more and said, “I’ll need your blood now.”
cauldron suddenly leaped into the air and descended onto the young man
Struck squarely on his chest, a pool of blood spurted forth from Wu
Youdao’s mouth and landed right within the weapon cauldron, and the
flames intensified for the third time.
With the multiple surges in the temperature, the Violet Firmament
Blazestonewas finally unable to retain its state any longer, and cracks
began appearing on its surface. Following which, its tough exterior began
to soften, showing signs of liquefying.
Seeing that it was a success, Zhang Xuan’s eyes lit up. He swiftly shot
forth a burst of zhenqi with a tap of his finger.
The ore in the cauldron immediately flew out, and with the hammer in
hand, Zhang Xuan swiftly hammered on the ore with incredible deftness.
Three breaths later, the forged weapon was plunged into a
specially-concocted cold fluid.
A stream of white smoke rose amidst a resounding sizzle. Soon, Zhang Xuan
fished out the completed product and remarked with a satisfied smile,
“I’m done smithing!”
turned his head over to the completed product, and just a single look was
more than enough to send his cheeks into endless spasms, “Is that… even
What that was placed on the table wasn’t a sword or anything that he
would consider as a weapon. It was a perfectly square brick.