Swordmaster’s Youngest Son novel - Volume 8 Chapter 281
Volume 8 Chapter 281 Temar’s First Tomb (2)
“There is an area called Vaollai in the Great Plains of Anz, in the central zone of the plains. Go there and infuse the Shadow Energy into this key. Then his first tomb will be revealed to you.”
“Is there anything I should keep in mind?”
“No matter what happens there, do not panic. This is what Solderet wanted me to tell you.”
“Is there anything else?”
“Nothing. I wish you luck in your battles, Jin Runcandel.”
The key that Picon handed over while uttering those words was a small black rod the size of a finger. It didn’t look special at all. If one weren’t aware that it was actually a key, they would easily mistake it for a missing piece of a device or something of the sort.
“He told you to infuse your Shadow Energy into it? Give it to me.” Murakan took the key and started infusing Shadow Energy into it.
Nothing happened. At least, it seemed so.
“I can see what this object is about. These objects won’t activate unless a sufficient amount of Shadow Energy is infused into them. Solderet used to make these things and call them toys.”
“So, when are you going to head to the Great Plains of Anz?” Murakan asked.
“I’d like to go immediately, but first I have to see Uncle Jed and also get the dates for the assassination of the Black Knight spy since my mother said that would be my first mission.”
“She said she would assign another flagbearer who is an expert in that, alongside you. I suppose it will be Joshua, right? Since it’s a crucial mission, he’ll try to use you while giving all the credit to Joshua.”
“Hmm, I don’t think Mother would use such superficial tricks. What do you think, Gilly?”
“I agree with you, young master. I don’t think it would be Joshua, that cunning bastard. Oops, sorry. Instead, I believe it would be young Lady Luntia or young Master Dyfus.”
Luntia and Dyfus.
These two were always mentioned when people discussed the strongest flagbearer of Runcandel besides Luna, who was above the rest.
“Luntia and Dyfus, huh? Well, that’s true. Since we have to eliminate a Black Knight, we’ll need someone with a proven track record as well.”
“But if they’re certain this Black Knight is a spy, why not simply capture and kill him? Why go through the trouble of planning a mission and all that? They could easily execute him as a target for elimination in the Garden of Swords, couldn’t they?”
“We need enough justification and a backstory to kill someone as prominent as a Black Knight. We can’t reveal to all clan members that the Black Knight had been a spy, so a simple elimination would undermine discipline within the clan while revealing the truth. Holding a trial for espionage would undermine the clan’s reputation as this particular spy happens to be a Black Knight.”
“Goodness, you humans. You barely live a century, and yet you hold your reputation in higher esteem than us dragons. So, we can’t go to Temar’s tomb before you’re assigned a date for the assassination of the Black Knight, right?”
“Things are going to get slow around here. Tsk.”
“They’ll probably give plenty of time to prepare for the mission. Killing a Black Knight spy is not a simple assassination, and the clan will also need to prepare well in advance. Once we know the date, let’s head to Temar’s tomb before the mission begins.”
Jin went to see Jed the next day.
He no longer taught the intermediate class cadets. He was now an instructor for the advanced class cadets.
“I sent the entire group of advanced-level cadets on external missions so that I can pass on the final movements to you.” His voice echoed strongly as he spoke in the center of the empty training field.
Jed was still in the advanced stages of his eight-star level, but that was merely an indication of his aura. It didn’t speak of the actual skill he could display in combat.
There weren’t many nine-star swordsmen who could defeat Jed in combat.
“Thank you, Uncle.”
“There are three final movements that I can teach you without council approval. But one of them is suitable for chain swords, and another is suitable for giant swords. Therefore, I will teach you the final movement suitable for longswords.”
Jin had witnessed and faced two finishing movements since his revival.
The third final movement, Meteor Shower, and the seventh final movement, Volcano. Both techniques were extremely powerful.
In particular, the captivating scene that unfolded before his eyes when Luna executed Meteor Shower to kill Andrei still inspired Jin from time to time.
That’s why he wanted to learn Meteor Shower first, but I guess that will have to wait until I can defeat all the elders.
Jed slowly unsheathed his sword. “The fourth final movement, Petal Cascade. I will demonstrate it slowly at first, so try to follow the flow of the sword and the aura.”
Jed’s sword began to emanate light as it was bathed in aura. For now, it was no different from the energy of an ordinary sword.
But soon, he could see the aura around the sword splitting. The concentrated aura started forming small fractures.
It meant that the aura around the sword was weakening. An aura that wasn’t concentrated around the sword could break off like debris at the slightest impact, so knights always had to maintain their aura concentrated around the sword during battle.
The aura around Jed’s sword continued to open around the fractures. It looked like it would detach from the sword at the slightest touch.
“As you know, such fractures in the aura would hinder its use. Any inexperienced swordsman wielding their swords in this state would drop their aura.”
Jed then took a slight step forward. The sword naturally rose in the air, and then Jed brought down the sword with a very smooth but swift motion.
It was like any ordinary vertical slash.
The fragments of aura remained intact on Jed’s sword after the slash.
His aura didn’t detach, not even as the sword cut through the air. It was as if someone was moving a sandcastle without it crumbling.
“First, you have to be able to wield the sword in a way that the hanging aura fragments remain intact on the sword.”
The hanging aura fragments were released. It was like petals being released into the air, just like the name of the movement: Petal Cascade.
But each of these aura petals had devastating power. They could easily cut through steel and even the flesh and bones of eight-star martial artists or higher.
Such petals splattered in the air in unpredictable trajectories. If a person had been standing amidst them, they would have been torn into unrecognizable pieces within seconds.
“Could you feel it well?” Jed asked.
“The technique, Petal Cascade, is more difficult to master than it seems. Not only do you need to refine the aura, but also master willpower and the spirit of the word. And most importantly, maintaining the aura intact until the required moment is impossible without the blessed body of the Runcandels.”
If someone were to forcefully maintain the falling aura intact without the blessed body, even ten-star knights would end up in recoil.
“I’m sure I don’t need to explain the aura movement. First, practice fracturing and maintaining the aura intact. Once you’ve done that, transform each aura fragment into concentrated blade waves.”
Jin calmly listened to Jed’s continued explanation. But, in reality, he felt a strange déjà vu when Jed fractured his aura.
I’m sure of it. Petal Cascade, the fourth final movement, is based on Cascade, the Legendary Sword Combat Technique.
There were many similarities between Cascade, the Legendary Sword Combat Technique, and Petal Cascade, the final movement. Both required intentional aura fracturing, keeping it intact on the sword, and then releasing it at the desired moment to create waves on the blade.
Of course, the original of the two had to be Cascade, the Legendary Sword Combat Technique.
Jin could even tell which of these similar techniques was superior.
Cascade is certainly superior, apart from the fact that humans without a Light Heart could never use it.
Suddenly, he felt worried.
What if most of the long-awaited final movements were nothing more than inferior copies of the Legendary Sword?
At least Meteor Shower and Volcano are original to the Runcandels, so I guess that won’t be the case.
Jed’s explanation continued for another twenty minutes.
“That’s all. If you have any questions, now is the time.”
“What is it?”
“I’m sure you know that I also wield lightning energy, in addition to being Solderet’s contractor.”
“Yes, it was widely talked about that you were Peitel’s contractor when you went by the name Bamel.”
Jin took off his shirt. He revealed the Light Heart in the center of his chest. Jed’s eyes sparkled with intrigue.
“I had a fortuitous encounter in my days as a Provisional Flagbearer. As a result, I gained this Light Heart and began wielding lightning energy.”
“A fortuitous encounter, you say?”
“I would like to tell you the whole story in detail if you swear to keep my secret, of course.”
“What kind of fortuitous encounter would require such secrecy?”
“I can definitely tell you that my story will also benefit you, Uncle.”
“Now that you mention it, I’m intrigued. Hmm, very well. I, Jed Runcandel, swear on my honor that I will never speak of it to anyone.”
Now it was Jin’s turn to explain to Jed the kind of training he had received from the Legends in Lafrarosa.
Surprisingly, Jed listened with great interest, like a child listening to stories of days past. Jin told him everything, except for the fact that the seventy-seven Legends had been prepared by Solderet for Temar’s and Jin’s own good.
“So our ancestor also knew the semi-orcs that were said to have gone extinct. It seems like a secret story that hasn’t been written in any of the clan’s documents. So, are you saying that the technique called Cascade, which you learned from them, is similar to Petal Cascade?”
“I’ll show you.”
Lightning energy enveloped Jin’s body, and Jed couldn’t hide his surprise.
The lightning energy gathered in Sigmund, and everything unfolded exactly like Petal Cascade. The energy intentionally split and forcefully remained intact.
“Oh, look at that!” Jed clenched his fists tightly and exclaimed as Sigmund fell to the ground.
The lightning energy followed Sigmund’s trajectory and flowed down like a cascade. Anyone could tell it was similar to a cascade of petals.
“Just like you, Uncle, I used the minimum amount of lightning energy.”
“Of course, you did. Even Petal Cascade would have destroyed the training field if it had a large amount of aura. But this technique you performed called Cascade, clearly, it is something superior. Well, then I would have nothing to teach you.”
But that wasn’t all.
In fact, Jin’s demonstration made Jed see the limitations of the Petal Cascade final movement. And fully understanding a limitation was no different from saying that one was given the possibility to further improve oneself.
But in Jed’s case, he soared even higher.
“Since I cannot reach the Light Heart on my own, I won’t be able to mimic Cascade even if I start mastering Petal Cascade again with the inspiration I’ve gained today. However, I feel like I might be able to enhance the power of Petal Cascade on my own.”
“What? You’re talking about enhancing the technique, Uncle?”
Just by looking at Jin’s cascade, Jed knew he could go beyond mastering Petal Cascade and further enhance it.
“I like it, Jin. I’ll consider it a great gift you’ve given me today. Once I finish enhancing it and gain the approval of those boneheaded council elders, the council won’t have any reasons to deny it anymore.”
“In that case, it will be your achievement, Uncle, not mine. Enhancing a finishing move is a tremendous achievement, and it will earn you many elders who will respect your opinion of me. But that doesn’t mean they’ll take away all the reasons to reject me, right?”
Jed smiled at those words. “No, the council won’t be able to deny or reject you anymore. You see, this old uncle of yours is going to add your name to the enhanced Petal Cascade.”