Chapter 683: Blood as the Medium

Bai Yunfei’s head flew up. Raising both hands above the cauldron, his left hand extended out his index and middle finger together. Elemental energy formed around his fingers like a sharp blade, and with a careful cut, he sliced across the palm of his right hand!

“Pcht!!”

The blade of energy sliced apart the skin easily, creating a wound deep enough to see bone almost! And from the wound….blood came flowing outwards!

Was….was Bai Yunfei so disappointed in his failure to repair the chains that he was starting to cut himself?!

Of course not.

Just the look of concentration on Bai Yunfei’s face was enough to tell anyone otherwise. As exaggerated the blood coming out from his palm was, it was simply just a result of Bai Yunfei’s own actions.

A ‘ball’ of blood soon came to be on top of Bai Yunfei’s palm. Enveloped in a bubble of elemental fire to sustain that shape, Bai Yunfei flicked his hand and had it enter the cauldron when he deemed the quantity to be enough.

“Hisss…..”

As soon as the blood touched upon the chains, there was a violent hissing sound of liquid evaporating and then a brilliant burst of crimson red light!

Rather than the usual color of fire, the colors of the light right now was as dark as blood!

“It really works!!!”

The light in Bai Yunfei’s own eyes increased several times over in delight. When his blood entered the cauldron, Bai Yunfei felt movement from within the chains he hadn’t seen before. It looked almost ‘delighted’ in having a source of blood and absorbed the blood into its links!!

The blood submerged one of the links of the chain within its bubble for a moment. Shining darkly with its bloody light, the link began to shine an even darker color a moment afterwards!

In no time at all, the blood had been fully absorbed into the link. But that link in the chain had only light one-tenth as bright as the other links in the chain!

“Not enough?!” Bai Yunfei raised an eyebrow in surprise. “Then have at it then!!”

“Pcht….”

Pressing down on his hand, Bai Yunfei forced the wound on his hand to burst open again. As if a major artery was cut, a great volume of blood started to pour out!

This time, Bai Yunfei held his right hand over the cauldron and let the blood pour out from it like a ‘faucet’ over the cauldron!

“Bzzzz……”

Rather than have its flames be extinguished with all the blood coming down onto it, the cauldron began to burn even more vibrantly than before! There was a faint humming sound coming from within the cauldron, but it was the chains that was doing the humming rather than the cauldron!

The reasons behind this strange occurrence wasn’t something Bai Yunfei wanted to look into in this current moment. Right now, he had only one thought he was excited about—the repairs was about to be completed!

    ……

Nothing out of the ordinary happened this time. Everything went as Bai Yunfei expected, and the light within the cauldron grew more and more condensed with time.

The more Bai Yunfei’s face paled, the more sweat gathered on it. He was looking a little fatigued, but it didn’t seem like he himself had noticed it with all the excitement he had in his eyes. Staring intently at the contents of the cauldron, Bai Yunfei was using up most of his soulforce to keep the repairing process going and control the flames.

“Bang!!!”

There was a small explosion before a ring of light shot straight out of the cauldron and into the roof above. Disseminating through the cave, a wave of elemental fire started to bring about a scorching heat. Strangely enough, there was also a damp sensation in the cave as if there was a faint red mist of some kind.

Two seconds later, the red light within the cave started to churn in on itself. Several seconds later, it was ‘sucked’ back into the cauldron!

“Success!!”

Bai Yunfei cried out in joy. The fires in the cauldron were dispelled with a wave of his right hand, and the object within the cauldron flew out to be grabbed by Bai Yunfei’s hand.

The temperature in the cauldron was starting to settle again, and the light fading away to return the cave back to its normal state.

“It actually worked. I actually did it…..” Bai Yunfei breathed out. He grasped at the chains in his hand with a great deal of excitement.

It wasn’t because he was too weak that it nearly failed, it was because this object was just beyond strange!

But he had done it—he had repaired a heaven-tier soul armament!!

“Whew….” Bai Yunfei exhaled slowly to get rid of his nerves. Letting the chains slip away from his fingers for a moment, Bai Yunfei called out the second fireseed in the cauldron and activated the Dual Flame Arts to have his two fireseeds help him replenish his soulforce as fast as possible.

There was probably only a few people in the world that could match Bai Yunfei’s soulforce regeneration rate. It didn’t take long for Bai Yunfei to completely replenish his soulforce, though his face still looked a little weak. He might’ve regenerated his soulforce, but his body would still take some time to replenish the blood it had lost.

The amount of time Bai Yunfei allowed himself to bleed wasn’t very long, but there was a dreadful amount of blood that he lost. Any regular person would’ve died of blood loss a long time ago, but for soul cultivators, it wasn’t too much of an issue. He’d need a few days to recover, but that was it.

He finished up his recuperation after several more deep breaths. Taking the chains back into his hand, he gave it a closer look.

“So in the end, the special liquid inside the chains was blood….how unusual. There exists a soul armament like that….?” Bai Yunfei touched at the chains with a finger. He sighed. A soul armament like this was a very unusual one. It was a first for him to see blood being used to repair a soul armament.

“With the owner’s blood as the medium, the soul armament is imbued with the ‘sensation’ of being ‘alive’. This is a really strange and different method than to leave a soul imprint, but it’ll deepen the soul compatibility between the chain and the owner nonetheless.”

Basking in the sensation of ‘kinship’ he had with the chains, Bai Yunfei decided to turn his thoughts elsewhere and looked to the chains stats next.

Equipment Grade: Low Heaven
Elemental Affinity: Fire, Darkness
Attack: 2800
Soul Compatibility: 5%
Equipment Effect: Drain up to 10 soulpoints per second of any constricted target (One at the most). 
(Amount is determinant on the difference in strength between user and target).
Amount of soulforce drained cannot exceed total soulforce reserve.
Upgrade Requirement: 180 Soulpoints

Everything was the exact same except for one line: a 5% soul compatibility.

“This must be because I infused my own blood into it, did I gain five percent soul compatibility with it then?” Bai Yunfei guessed to himself.

Now that he was done repairing the soul armament, Bai Yunfei had now one more special heaven-tier soul armament. But the most important part had yet to come….

Eyes shining with expectation, Bai Yunfei looked at the chains.

“Upgrade!!”

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