"That's because you were always my master to begin with." A wry smile appeared on his face as he spoke.
Tang Wulin faltered slightly upon hearing this. "I still don't really understand."
"I don't understand, either," Sima Jinchi shook his head, and sighed, "I had always thought that I had been blessed by the heavens to have attained such a powerful martial soul as the Dragonslaying Saber, and that's allowed me to embark on a meteoric rise in the Soul Master world. However, I have a secret: I've never actually fused with a single soul spirit before, and every single one of my soul rings automatically appeared after I made my breakthroughs. I had always been perplexed about this, but now, I've finally figured out why."
Complex emotions appeared in his eyes as he spoke. "It's because I'm not a human at all."
"Hah?" Tang Wulin appraised him in a stunned manner, and exclaimed, "You're not a human?"
Sima Jinchi closed his eyes in an anguished manner. He had been stuck at the pinnacle of the Soul Douluo level for far too long, so making this breakthrough should've had him riding on cloud nine, but after making this breakthrough, he regretted everything. If he had a choice, he would rather continue to be the ignorant Soul Douluo that he once was. At the very least, he would be oblivious to some things, such as the fact that he wasn't a human.
However, it was already too late. He had already made a breakthrough, and he had naturally been made aware of everything as a result.
In reality, if it weren't for Titled Douluo, perhaps he would have remained a Soul Douluo for the rest of his life. He had only made this breakthrough through a vast stroke of fortune, and this fortune had been brought to him by Tang Wulin.
"I am the Dragonslaying Saber," Sima Jinchi said in a bitter voice.
Tang Wulin was no less befuddled than before. "What do you mean? You're the Dragonslaying Saber?"
Sima Jinchi explained, "That's right, I'm not a human. I am the Dragonslaying Saber, or in other words, I'm the saber soul of the Dragonslaying Saber. You saw everything just now; the Dragonslaying Saber is a divine weapon that was crafted from the Dragon's God's horn. It's the law-enforcing blade of the dragon clan, and all dragons who have committed heinous crimes must face the wrath of the Dragonslaying Saber. As soon as I fused with the Dragonslaying Saber just now, I received a massive influx of information. This is information left behind on the Dragonslaying Saber by the will of the Dragon God, and it's made me aware of many things, things that I'm going to tell you about now."
Tang Wulin's heart was filled with curiosity. "What did the Dragon God tell you?"
Sima Jinchi replied in a grim voice, "Massive unrest erupted in the Divine Realm, and the Dragon God led all of the beast gods on a war against the human gods, a war which resulted in a crushing defeat. Only in his final moments did the Dragon God realize that he had been swindled and taken advantage of by snide beings who were plotting against him. The Dragon God was once the king of all beast gods, and he was the most powerful being in the entire Divine Realm. In a one-on-one battle, even the godly monarchs of the Divine Realm Committee wouldn't be able to match him. However, it was exactly due to his astonishing power that he also developed a strong sense of pride, to the point of arrogance.
"Those who were plotting against him took advantage of that pride to sow dissension between the beast and human gods, thereby resulting in the tragic war of the Divine Realm. In the end, the human gods had greater numbers and overall power, so the Dragon God was felled. Only in the instant before his demise did he realize the mistakes he'd made. However, the Dragon God is the most powerful deity, after all, so even following his demise, he didn't completely die. Instead, his power split into two parts to form the Golden Dragon King and the Silver Dragon King.
"At that time, he had already developed remorse over his own actions. His overly inflated ego had resulted in a war that should've never taken place, and it also led to the demise of all beast gods, as well as the fall of the dragon clan. Prior to his death, he injected his final memories into the law-enforcing saber of the dragon clan and hurled it onto the Douluo Continent, where it hibernated for many years. The power of the saber then began to awaken when the aura of the Dragon God appeared on this continent, and it took on the form of an orphan, which was me."
Many thoughts appeared in Tang Wulin's mind upon hearing this. Could it be that he was the source of the Dragon God's aura in this world?
Sima Jinchi continued, "I was adopted by my foster parents and awakened my Dragonslaying Saber martial soul at six years of age. I had innate full soul power, so I quickly received a lot of attention, and my cultivation journey progressed extremely smoothly. With my powerful Dragonslaying Saber martial soul, I was able to brush aside all obstacles. Everyone else required soul spirits to attain soul skill, but I didn't need that. As soon as I made a breakthrough, my soul skill would automatically manifest itself, and that has always been my greatest advantage. However, after reaching rank 89 in soul power, I wasn't able to continue to progress no matter what I did.
"At that time, I had already joined the Southern Legion, and I was constantly looking for sparring partners to try and improve myself through battle. As a result, my practical combat abilities did indeed improve, but my cultivation rank remained stagnant, all the way until I met you."
Even though Sima Jinchi's story was extremely far-fetched, Tang Wulin still believed him. He possessed the Golden Dragon King bloodline, so why wouldn't it be possible for Sima Jinchi to be a manifestation of the Dragonslaying Saber?
"I finally made a breakthrough today, but I truly regret it. Only after making this breakthrough did I realize that I'm nothing more than the saber soul of the dragon clan's law-enforcing saber. It was your Dragon God aura that allowed me to make this breakthrough and attain all of this dormant knowledge, so you are my master, and I am your law-enforcing blade."
Sima Jinchi heaved a long sigh at the conclusion of his story, and he was feeling very dejected.
He was nothing more than a dragon horn, just like how Tang Wulin's Golden Dragon Spear was a rib of the Golden Dragon King. They were both divine weapons, but he had attained intelligence and taken on a human form. He had already grown accustomed to his identity as a human, and he wanted nothing more than to continue to be a human!
However, he knew that this was no longer possible. He wasn't a human anymore; he was only a saber soul, and he was a saber soul with a master.
"I don't know what to say, Brother Sima, but what I have to tell you is that I also have many unresolved mysteries. Seeing as you've been so honest and forthright with me, there's nothing for me to hide," Tang Wulin said in a genuine manner.
From the lessons taught to him by the old demons on the demonic island, he was well aware of how he should treat different types of people.
Sima Jinchi had just made a long-awaited breakthrough, but the shocking revelation that he was merely the saber soul of the Dragonslaying Saber had completely floored him, and if he were allowed to wallow in his despair, it was very likely that he would fall into depression.
Tang Wulin was able to empathize with Sima Jinchi's current emotional state. Just as Sima Jinchi's fate had been entirely dictated by the Dragonslaying Saber, his fate had also been extremely closely connected to his Golden Dragon King bloodline.
Without his Golden Dragon King bloodline, he wouldn't be where he was today, and he wouldn't have his current level of power. However, at the same time, his Golden Dragon King bloodline had also given him far too many responsibilities and placed him in many perilous situations.
Sima Jinchi raised his head to appraise Tang Wulin with a perplexed expression. He was also quite curious toward Tang Wulin. Could it be that this guy really was the reincarnation of the Dragon God?
Tang Wulin seemed to have gleaned his thoughts, and he shook his head as he said, "Firstly, I'm not the Dragon God, nor am I the Dragon God incarnate. The Dragon God most likely really is already dead, and I've even seen his remains in the past."
Tang Wulin couldn't help but recall everything he had witnessed within the Dragon Valley at the mention of this topic. The Dragon God's body had vanished in the end, but he was sure that the dragon tomb was the Dragon God's final resting place.
"I was only an ordinary human, but in contrast with your situation, I had parents, so I wasn't an orphan. When I was a child, I was very mundane. I awakened my martial soul at six years old, but it was only the trash martial soul, Bluesilver Grass. At the time, I really thought that I wouldn't be able to become the Soul Master and mecha pilot that I had dreamed of becoming. The only silver lining on that dark cloud was that as my martial soul was awakened, I also attained soul power. At the time, even my parents thought that it would be impossible for me to pursue the path of becoming a Soul Master, but I was still determined to give it a try. I began to learn forging at six, and the only reason for that was because I wanted to earn some money to buy a cheap soul spirit for myself when my soul power reached the 10th rank."
Sima Jinchi's expression changed slightly upon hearing this. All he saw was the almighty Golden Dragon King that had won both disciplines of the Star Battle Net Inter-federation Competition, and he didn't think that Tang Wulin would've had such a troubled past. It seemed that Tang Wulin's cultivation path had been far more arduous than his own.
"I worked myself into the ground every single day in order to save up enough money, so can you imagine my despair when I ended up purchasing a defective soul spirit?"Previous Chapter Next Chapter