Chapter 318: Taking A Walk
After several long minutes of deliberation on some choice words, and speaking them in full blowout against Master Rains' actions I decided it was time to calm down, there was no point in cursing at him when he isn't here though it's good to release some pent up pressure.
I looked at the jumble of c.r.a.p in front of me and decided that I might as well finish this up, otherwise, I might actually die in one week. That b.a.s.t.a.r.d, though I'm thankful I'm still alive, I really hate being under the mercy of another person.
It's much better than the poison cave, but I doubt I'll be saying the same after a week.
I must get this done with so first let's see what this cl.u.s.terf.u.c.k of an inscription is.
First things first, I need to identify all the none unique inscriptions.
So, I began by jotting down all the inscriptions that I found to be written at least twice in the exact same shape. With this done I gave each of them an arbitrary number starting from one and two and onwards.
Once all the none unique symbols were written, I began by writing on another side the unique-looking ones, the ones that didn't repeat in the schematic.
The purpose of separating them is to discover the eroded inscriptions.
After finis.h.i.+ng up with that task and giving all the unique symbols their own arbitrary numerical value, I began by doing a comparison to each and every letter.
Soon, I managed to discover that some of the unique-looking symbols looked pretty much like the none unique ones with the exception of a line or two that has been removed.
Once I made sure that all the symbols I have jotted down were all unique and none of them looked similar to each other, I began my testing.
First things first, I needed to understand the relations.h.i.+p between these symbols and how they could affect each other, so I pulled my brush and began inscribing these strange symbols on talismans.
I wrote the first symbol that I gave the numerical value of 'One' and then began to cross examining it with the rest of the symbols, I added other symbols next to it, within it, outside it, and even surrounded it with them, since the 'Imperial Inscription Method' wasn't really letters but more like a symbolic language I tried everything.
And of all the symbols, only one managed to give me a reaction, which was a d.a.m.n good result.
Now I could say that these two symbols are actually correct.
And then I continued testing out the symbols each of them crossing it with the other symbols and whenever I receive a reaction I note down which type of reaction happened and with which symbol it happened.
The reaction in question wasn't something great since I can't for example create fire by making only two symbols, the reaction that happens was the clear Qi being able to move freely from one symbol to the other.
And once I judge that the symbols are harmonic with each other I move on to the next one.
After several hours I managed to cross off almost all of the symbols in the parchment that are now considered to be working.
However, I was still left with a few symbols that didn't seem to have any reaction to one another or the rest. So I began by doing even further research on these vagrant symbols.
Since I couldn't judge if they are correctly written or not, I needed to do something drastic like try and replicate or even modify them.
However, after many hours of testing, I couldn't seem to make them so I had to give up for now.
Using my Mind's eye for such a long time caused my head to hurt so I decided to stop and leave this for tomorrow, I needed to rest up first.
I only have seven days but trying to bust my head against a problem I can't figure out right now will only drag me down instead of helping me. I needed to rest and start fresh later.
I sat down away from all of those annoying letters I jotted and entered meditation, but soon I felt I was unable to calmly relax.
I hate being enclosed like a d.a.m.n prisoner and also I need to check up on Liang Yu, I don't know what she is up to, if she is well housed or if she is being bothered by others.
Then it hit me, why am I thinking about her at this moment? I mean I'm literally someone who is going to die if I were not to solve the s.h.i.+t I have in front of me. This is frankly unfair since even Master Rain himself couldn't solve it. And here I am worried about another woman who I'm barely acquainted with.
s.h.i.+t… am I really crus.h.i.+ng on her?
No, no, no Shen Bao, you're an old man, having crushes or liking someone isn't something an old guy like you should be doing nor do you have the time to think about romantic things. Get your head together and figure this s.h.i.+t out now.
I slapped my cheeks with both palms twice to wake myself up from thinking stupid things, but that didn't seem to be working.
"G.o.d d.a.m.n it," I cursed, "I don't think I'm gonna be able to focus up with these thoughts running rampant in my head."
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I stood up and went to the door.
"I'm going to visit a friend," I said.
The man turned to look at the ma.s.sive hole in the tower and his face paled, "Why in G.o.d's name did you destroy Master Rain's tower?" he asked.
"Oh, about that… I was slightly claustrophobic… so I needed a breather…"
"How did you even get in there?" the man in Black Robes asked.
"Master Rain himself took me there then forgot to leave the door open, he had something to take care of…"
"Is that so," he asked.
"Cross my heart and hope to die!" I said which was a lie.
"Either way, when Master Rain comes back he'll be angry at what happened to his tower…"
"I'll take responsibility," I said.
"Can you really do that? Do you think you can suffer the wrath of Master Rain?"
"His wrath? Definitely not, but he needs me for something so I'll probably be fine, also that's just stone, it can be fixed, so can I please go visit a friend?"
The man wearing back seemed at a loss of words, probably because I really don't care much for what Master Rain does, since I probably might be able to solve this d.a.m.n thing if I were to work somewhere I didn't feel trapped inside.
"I'll be keeping an eye on you, and if Master Rain were to come back and causes trouble, you'll be the first one I'll come for."
"I can agree to that," I said. "So can I leave?" I asked.
He didn't reply and in fact just disappeared from sight, which was probably the okay I needed.
So, I continued s.p.a.ce walking down towards the housing area for newcomers.
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