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3d3h0 – Objective: One-word Battle Armor!

Tang Wulin’s martial soul was the weakest bluesilver grass, and since it first awakened, he had resolved himself to persevere until he found his path. Now that a path to greatness presented itself, he couldn’t possibly not take the risk.

“Alright. Let’s give it a shot.” Luo Guixing’s eyes bright with determination like the rest of them. Naturally, he understood what sort of advantage it would be if they started making their battle armors in the first grade. While this plan was a challenge, it was also an opportunity.

Tang Wulin turned to Gu Yue. “Since we’ve decided on this, we should begin as soon as possible. We’ll need a place to make battle armor first. Furthermore, we’ll need to keep what we’re doing a secret. We can’t even tell the teachers. First, I’ll need you all to pick out metals most suitable for your battle armor. We can’t use a complete set of battle armor as we are now, so I suggest that we all choose only one metal for now. That way, there will be fewer possible complications when it’s made.”

Gu Yue, Luo Guixing, and Wu Siduo nodded in agreement. Attempting to make battle armor was already beyond the scope of their abilities and was an additional weight on their shoulders. If the settled for making mechas, then they wouldn’t be challenged at all. Ordinary mecha didn’t need to be made of rare metals, and the metals only needed to be hundred refined. They all understood that without challenge, their improvement would be limited.

However, they had to exercise caution in how they executed their plan. Battle armor was not to be underestimated.

“So, figure out what metal suits you as soon as possible,” Tang Wulin continued. “After you’ve decided, buy it then bring it to me. I’ll thousand refine it for you. I’m very confident in my thousand refining skills. Gu Yue, begin drafting the designs now. We don’t have any time to waste. But I don’t you should design a whole set at once. If you did, it would take too long to design a good set for everyone. We should do this one part at a time. For example, we should start with a right forearm piece for everyone. You’ll design, then Luo Guixing and Wu Siduo will begin making it. Then once we all have a piece for our right forearms, we can move onto the next one. That way, we’ll complete an entire step slowly. This should be the most efficient method.”

Tang Wulin had carefully deliberated over Gu Yue’s proposal while everyone else voiced their thoughts. He understood that they had just met each other and were forced to cooperate. There was limited trust between them. If they just made one person’s battle armor first, it wouldn’t be deemed fair and their motivation would drop.

All four of their professions were needed to create battle armor. For example, as a mechanic, Wu Siduo had the crucial job of improving and fine tuning mechas. Be it a mecha or battle armor, both needed to be fine tuned by a mechanic.

Luo Guixing smiled. “Class president is really insightful. I think that way would be best as well. Let’s quickly begin then. I’m sure we all have several metals in mind that might be most suitable for ourselves. Tang Wulin, I’ll tell you what metal I choose tomorrow.”

Wu Siduo hesitated for a moment. “I’ll tell you tomorrow too.”

Gu Yue nodded at Tang Wulin. As for Tang Wulin, this wasn’t an issue for him. With his years of forging experience, he already knew what sort of metals suited him.

Tang Wulin swept his gaze through all of them. “Remember, when you’re choosing the metal you want to use, take into consideration the extent of your abilities. Five rings is the requirement to use one-word battle armor, and we all fall very short of that. Wu Siduo, your cultivation base is the highest though, so you have some more leeway. However, the other three of us can’t choose a metal that’s too strong. If we do, we might not be able to use the finished product.”

The other three nodded, their spirit’s blazing with eagerness.

Making one-word battle armor might be a towering challenge to face, but even if they didn’t succeed, they would learn far more than they would have making mechas.

Compared to them, other groups were bustling with discussion. There were far more people in the other groups, so naturally, there was much more they needed to discuss.

Tang Wulin’s group was the first to wrap up. As he observed the other groups in their heated discussions, he couldn’t imagine them finishing before night came. Perhaps this was what the Academy wanted to see.

As for what metal suited Tang Wulin the best, he already knew the answer!

Often times, one had to believe in fate. Heavy silver was the first metal he thousand refined, the first he first-grade thousand refined, and the first he spirit refined.

It could be said that heavy silver was his lucky charm. Even his prized hammers were made of spirit refined heavy silver.

Heavy silver could only be considered a lower mid-tier metal. It had decent ductility and soul power amplification. The one-word battle armor he would make was a crucial stepping stone on his path to becoming a full-fledged battle armor master. However, what he needed to aim for now wasn’t a powerful one-word battle armor, but to actually succeed in this daring plan. He had to succeed and find the path most suitable for him. After all, only two-word battle armor could fuse with its users body, and only then was it truly considered battle armor. When that time came, he would need higher quality metals to upgrade his battle armor. He would walk this path for the rest of his life.

I’ll use heavy silver. Tang Wulin didn’t bother overthinking things.

“Gu Yue, do you know what metal you want to use?” Tang Wulin asked.

Gu Yue met his expectations and readily answered, “Magic silver.”

“Magic silver?” Tang Wulin stared at her in astonishment for a moment giving an approving nod. “Good choice. It’s very fitting for you. Magic silver isn’t as ductile or hard as heavy silver, but unlike heavy silver, it possesses the property of element connection. It’s a very suitable to be used as for the circuit core of long-ranged soul devices. It’s also only a mid-grade metal. Relatively speaking, it’s more precious than heavy silver. However, it’s not too expensive. It’s used extensively for the circuit cores in the equipment of high-ranking army officers. Your martial soul is Elementalist, so the elemental connection property is crucial for you. Your choice is great.”

“How about you?” Gu Yue asked.

“I’m choosing heavy silver,” Tang Wulin answered. “We’re already aiming for something beyond our abilities, so maximizing the chances of success is our number one priority.”

“You don’t want to try to spirit refine? We could try making two-word battle armor immediately?” Gu Yue asked.

Tang Wulin shook his head. “I don’t want to aim too high. I only have two soul rings right now, and it’ll take me about two months to reach three rings. Even then, three rings is nowhere near the six ring requirement for two-word battle armor. I don’t think I could spirit refine anything good enough for two-word armor either. Once it’s at the two-word level, the armor will likely follow us for life. We’ll have to connect our hearts with it and treat is as an extension of our bodies. So, I want the metal I forge to be perfect for it. I had actually thought about going for two-word armor once I have four rings and become a sixth-rank blacksmith. Unfortunately, that’ll take at least three years. But I think your idea is really good! With some experience making one-word armor, it’ll be far easier to make two-word armor in the future.

“So, I’m thinking this. We’ll complete a full set of battle armor within two years and then master using it. Afterward, we can probably start on two-word armor when we enter the fourth grade. If we can finish a two-word set before the graduation exam, then it’ll be easy to enter the inner court.”

Gu Yue nodded in agreement. “That makes sense. We shouldn’t bite off more than we can chew. What about Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan? They’re weaker in their professions. I don’t think things will go too well in their groups.”

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