Chapter 491: Thin Pieces of Time
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
The coin on the table seemed to be made of silver. One side had a silhouette while the other side was a rose. The edges were very finely made. It was clear that Skinorse had specially cleaned it; it looked as good as new.
Link studied it. He still felt that it was a regular coin. He felt for it and vaguely sensed a strange aura. It was a bit familiar, but he couldn't remember where he'd felt it before.
He was too lazy to think more. "What's it for?" he asked straightforwardly.
"Hehe." Skinorse was proud to stump Link. He took the coin and asked, "Do you think it'll be heads or tails if I toss it?"
How could one guess something that was based on chance?
Link guessed randomly. "Heads."
"Haha, wrong." Skinorse tossed the coin. He didn't try any tricks. Under Link's scrutiny, he couldn't do any tricks even if he wanted to.
Clack. The coin landed on the table. It spun and then showed tails.
"It's luck, right?" Link laughed.
Skinorse grinned. "Hehe, you'll see if it's luck after a few tries. Guess again."
Skinorse tossed the coin again. The result was still tails. Link couldn't believe it. He guessed again but was wrong again.
"I'll toss it myself." He suspected Skinorse's method was a trick. Assassins and thieves had quick hands. He must have practiced some cheating method and came to show off to Link.
Skinorse handed the coin to Link with a grin. "Then toss it, but you have to guess beforehand and say it out loud."
Link nodded. "This time, I'm guessing tails."
He tossed the coin without any manipulation-it was just a casual toss.
Clack. The coin landed. It was heads.
Link was intrigued. This was a bit strange. He tried a few dozen times but was wrong each time.
"Interesting, right? I found this on accident. In the tavern, I used it to win everything off a drunkard, haha." Skinorse's smile was devilish.
Link started thinking. He set up many prerequisites and started experimenting, tossing more than 100 times. He discovered that he would definitely be wrong if he didn't try to manipulate anything.
But if he used the Magician's Hand to disturb it slightly in the air, not even specifically controlling it, the coin would become ineffective. Link's accuracy returned to 50%.
"Interesting, interesting." This piqued Link's curiosity. "This coin is mine now," he said. "What do you want?"
"Aha." Skinorse looked accomplished. Chuckling, he said, "I want a ring. A really pretty ring that girls will like. Of course, the magic can't be weak either. It's best if it's at least a Level-10 Legendary spell."
Link didn't comment. He stared at Skinorse until the man started feeling uncomfortable before saying, "You... are a bit greedy."
"Then it doesn't need to be Legendary. Level-9 is okay too," Skinorse said weakly, shrinking back.
Link couldn't hold it in anymore and laughed out loud. "Which girl do you have your eyes on? Tell me the name, and I'll fulfill your request."
Skinorse scratched his head, feeling a bit embarrassed. "Hehe, you scared me. I'll tell you the truth. That female priest I've been telling you about, you know, I like her."
"Alright, I see. Come back in a week. I'll have it done."
Skinorse walked away, satisfied. Link started studying the coin. It was honestly strange. He flipped it around but couldn't figure anything out. After a while, he activated the Higgs Force Field.
The silver on the surface of the coin instantly started flowing like water. Finally, it melted away like wax. A thin piece the size of a watermelon seed remained in Link's hand.
The color was strange. It was pure black but not a regular black. This kind of black practically absorbed all light. Link placed it beside the ink on the table. Compared to the thin piece, the black ink somehow looked faded.
Link scanned his table. Nothing in his room was darker than this tiny piece, not even the hole in the corner of the shadowy wall.
He then lit a small light spell beside the piece. Under the silver-white light, the piece was still black as ever. Not illuminated at all, it absorbed all light that shone on it.
This was strange.
Technically, if it was this black and absorbed this much light, the surface should be hot. But when Link touched it, he only felt room temperature.
Link tried a Modifications spell, but it was ineffective. The Higgs Force Field couldn't find anything solid.
Strange... I definitely felt this aura before... Let me think... Link furrowed his brows and pondered. Suddenly, a lightbulb went off. He knew why it was familiar.
He took out a Jogu. The two objects had a similar feel.
The Jogu was white like a Go piece. It was plain; Link never felt anything special about it. However, when placed beside the black piece, the white stone actually started glowing.
The glow was especially strange. It looked like an illusory object constructed by a ball of white light. Then it turned into a white ribbon. There was no Mana aura at all; it was just a regular object. The white ribbon floated towards the black piece and disappeared bit by bit.
Around three minutes later, the Jogu disappeared just like that. The black piece grew a bit. It was around eight millimeters long before. Now, it was around 8.5 millimeters.
Link touched it to feel its temperature, but it was still the same.
These two things were too strange.
Thinking some more, Link got another idea. He wrapped the black piece with the silver coin, with the rose on one side and the silhouette on the other. He started tossing again.
Link still guessed incorrectly every time. That wasn't what he wanted to test though. He wanted to test the piece's ability to fight disturbances.
After tossing the piece, Link used the Magician's Hand to disturb the fall. He was still wrong each time. He continued, gradually lowering the strength of the Magician's Hand.
By the 300th try, the intensity of the Magician's Hand reached a limit. The black piece could resist the disturbance. Link's next ten predictions were all wrong.
This means that the black piece can resist outside influences. It's just too weak, so it can't resist that much. If I let it absorb another Jogu, will it get stronger?
He did it without hesitation.
After feeding it another Jogu, Link started testing again. Fifty tries later, he confirmed his guess. The black piece had strengthened and was more resistant to outside influences.
This... Link was impressed. If the piece becomes strong enough, would it be able to resist everything, including Legendary disturbances... Wouldn't it become impossible to change it? How does it do this?
Link was sure that this small thing was a product of time laws. However, he didn't understand it at all. Because of that and the powerful potential, Link was extremely intrigued.
Aisenis collects Jogu. I thought they were just regular pebbles. I never expected it to have such special power. The Spear of Victory from the God of Destruction, the spell that helped the Naga priestess to escape, Elin's prediction spell, and Celine's short-term predictions all involve the power of time.
Link realized that even though the power of time was uncommon, it was not rare. He'd been interacting with it all this time. He'd just never thought deeply about it or put in the effort to study it.
Now, as Link's power grew, not understanding the laws of time became his disadvantage. He felt that he had to learn now.
He had an item to experiment with and a magic book. His learning materials were quite rich.
Link first created the ring for Skinorse. With his current level, the ring was a simple matter. Three hours later, a beautiful Legendary ring was complete.
Then Link flipped open the book again. He studied it for a long while, but he ended up with a huge headache. He wanted to slam his head against the wall!
This stuff was too hard.
After half a day, he'd only read half a page. The entire book was 200 pages. He would really have to work his brain.
Phew, this is a difficult task. I won't be able to understand it quickly. I can't rush it. I guess I'll pretend it's my spatial thesis. Slow and steady.
After that, Link started battling with this book. When he honestly couldn't figure something out, he would change his mind set and do something else, like writing enchantments, practicing swordsmanship, or helping Celine.
Half a month passed in a blink. Link finally understood... one and a half pages. The book became more difficult. Now, whenever he saw the book, he would get a headache.
Finally, Kanorse's titling ceremony arrived, and Link had a reasonable excuse to take a break. He felt like if he kept going, he might want to burn the book.
- Against the Gods
- Ancient Godly Monarch
- Ancient Strengthening Technique
- A Second Chance
- A Will Eternal
- Ancient One
- Atelier Tanaka
- A step into the past
- Ancient Cultivator in Modern World
- Absolute Choice
- A Helping Hand
- A Frog in the Well
- Always You
- A Record of a Mortals Journey to Immortality
- A Naive Short-tempered Girl
- A Thought Through Eternity
- Age of Adepts
- Ascendance of a Bookworm
- A Chance
- A Match Made in Heaven
- Asuka of the Scarlet Sky
- Assassin Farmer
- A Slight Smile is Very Charming
- A Slice of Life: an Online Romance from Aiden's point of View
- Ace of Ace
- Akuyaku Tensei Dakedo Doushite Kou Natta
- A New Me
- Battle Through the Heavens
- Bungaku Shoujo
- Botsuraku Youtei Nanode Kajishokunin wo Mezasu
- Blue Phoenix
- Bringing The Farm To Live In Another World
- Battle Frenzy
- Beseech The Devil
- Blade Online
- Beloved Empress
- B Group no Shounen
- Beauty and the Bodyguard
- Ballad of the Desert
- Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
- Bringing the BNations Husband Home
- Douluo Dalu
- Desolate Era
- Dragon-Marked War God
- Dungeon Defense
- Devouring The Heavens
- Descent of the Phoenix – 13 Years Old Princess Consort
- Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku
- Dragon Martial Emperor
- Dragon Blooded War God
- Divine Throne of Primordial Blood
- Dungeon Hunter
- Doomed to Be Cannon Fodder
- Dragon Maken War
- Dominating Sword Immortal
- Descent of The Phoenix
- God of Thunder
- Everyone Else is a Returnee
- Genius Doctor Black Belly Miss
- God and Devil World
- God of Slaughter
- Great Demon King
- God of Cooking
- Emperor of Solo Play
- Goblin Kingdom
- Emperor's Eye
- Experimental Log of The Crazy Lich
- Forty Millenniums of Cultivation
- Friends Without Benefits
- Godly Model Creator
- Epoch of Twilight
- Empress Running Away with the Ball
- Galactic Dark Net
- Gate of Revelation
- Gourmet Food Supplier
- God of Crime
- Games Universe
- Emperor of The Cosmos
- Global Evolution
- Genius Sword Immortal
- Hail the King
- King of Gods
- Kumo Desu ga Nani ka
- I Shall Seal the Heavens
- Killers 7
- Hidden Marriage
- Heavenly Jewel Change
- I am the Monarch
- I was a sword when i reincarnated
- In a Different World with a Smartphone
- Konjiki no Moji Tsukai
- Kuro no Maou
- Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
- History is Strongest Senior Brother
- Heavenly Star
- Kujibiki Tokushou Musou Hāremu ken
- King Shura
- Infinite Competitive Dungeon Society
- Immortal and Martial Dual Cultivation
- Immortal God Emperor
- Kamigoroshi no Eiyuu to Nanatsu no Seiyaku
- Heroes Shed No Tears
- Invincible Conqueror
- Imperial God Emperor
- Inma No Hado
- I'm Really A Superstar
- Martial World
- Monster Factory
- Martial God Asura
- Long Live Summons
- Lord Xue Ying
- Lazy Dungeon Master
- Limitless Sword God
- My Wife is a Beautiful CEO
- Magi Craft Meister
- Maken no Daydreamer
- My Wife is a Beautiful CEO
- Miracle Throne
- Martial God Space
- Law of the Devil
- Legend of the Dragon King
- MMORPG Rebirth of the Legendary Guardian
- Martial Peak
- Mesmerizing Ghost Doctor
- My Beautiful Teacher
- Martial God
- Monarch of Evernight
- Martial Arts Master
- Monster Paradise
- Mr CEO Spoil me 100 Percent
- My Disciple Died Yet Again
- My Cold and Elegant CEO Wife
- Mystical Journey
- My Father in Law is Lu Bu
- Martial God Conqueror
- MMORPG: Martial Gamer
- Life Mission
- Lord of All Realms
- Mai Kitsune Waifu
- Murdering Heaven Edge
- Master Hunter K
- Masked Knight
- Release that Witch
- Release That Witch
- Peerless Martial God
- Nidome no Yuusha
- Otherworldly Evil Monarch
- Poison Genius Consort
- Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed the World
- reincarnation of the strongest sword god
- Princess Medical Doctor
- Renegade Immortal
- Peerless Battle Spirit
- Pure Love X Insult Complex
- Praise the Orc
- Red Packet Server
- Otherworld Nation Founding Chronicles
- Perfect World
- Pet King
- Painting of the Nine Immortals
- Reign of the Hunters
- NEET Receives a Dating Sim Game Leveling System
- Pursuit of the Truth
- Returning from the Immortal World
- Paradise of Demons and Gods
- Spirit Realm
- Shen Yin Wang Zuo
- Swallowed Star
- Stellar Transformations
- Shadow Hack
- Sovereign of the Three Realms
- Strongest Abandoned Son
- Spirit Vessel
- Stunning Edge
- Skyfire Avenue
- Starting from Zero
- Summoned Slaughterer
- Slave Harem in the Labyrinth of the Other World
- Shadow Rogue
- Sendai Yuusha wa Inkyou Shitai
- Stealing The Heavens
- Super Soldier King
- Superstars of Tomorrow
- Shrouding the Heavens
- Tales of Demons and Gods
- The New Gate
- Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
- True Martial World
- Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
- Transcending the Nine Heavens
- The Great Ruler
- The Unrivaled Tang Sect (Douluo Dalu 2)
- Transmigrator Meets Reincarnator
- The Daily Grind
- The Book Eating Magician
- The Strongest System
- Tales of the Reincarnated Lord
- The Good Student
- The World Online
- To Deprive a Deprived Person
- The Magus Era
- Terror Infinity
- The Wizard World
- Talisman Emperor
- The Black Card
- The Nine Cauldrons
- The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady
- The Great Conqueror
- The Strongest Dan God
- The Man Picked up by the Gods
- The Charm of Soul Pets
- The Great Thief
- The Divine Elements
- The Avalon Of Five Elements
- The King of the Battlefield
- The Strongest Gene
- The Ultimate Evolution
- The VIP
- Trial Marriage Husband: Need to Work Hard
- The Gate Of Good Fortune
- The Alchemist God
- The Invincible Dragon Emperor
- The Portal of Wonderland
- The Silly Alchemist
- The Amber Sword
- Wu Dong Qian Kun
- Warlock of the Magus World
- Zhan Long
- War Sovereign Soaring The Heavens
- Ze Tian Ji
- World of Cultivation
- World Defying Dan God
- Upgrade Specialist in Another World
- Undefeated God of War
- Zhu Xian
- World of Warcraft Foreign Realm Domination
- Very Pure and Ambiguous The Prequel
- Womanizing Mage
- World of Immortals
- Virtual World Peerless White Emperor
- Sci fi