Chapter 404: Black Magic
Translator: Yukidaruma Translations Editor: Yukidaruma Translations
"Don't be anxious." The opened eye on the bangle, which the little snake had transformed into, appeared to have a hint of panic. "Your physique is special, and therefore it's harder for you to learn black magic. But I'll try to think of something else."
After Fang Xingjian brought the little snake back with him, the latter had continuously tried to bewitch Fang Xingjian into learning black magic. However, it was just like the result of the aptitude test Fang Xingjian had taken in the past; he was incapable of picking up any black magic.
According to the little snake, black magic allowed one to borrow the powers of gods, using divine energy to change the objective world. Depending on the god the powers were borrowed from, there were a total of 12 different types of Mages, including the Black Robed, Gray Robed, Silver Robed, and Red Robed.
However, Fang Xingjian was unable to even form the slightest connection with the gods, thus resulting in him being incapable of performing black magic.
"If it can't be done, then forget it. Coming back to you, shouldn't you have recuperated enough by now? Are you able to perform black magic now?"
A hint of displeasure flashed in the little snake's eyes. "What do you mean recuperated enough? You didn't even allow me to recuperate. I want to eat meat, meat, meat! You must let me engulf blood and flesh for me to be able to recover my powers. What's the use of resting everyday?"
"If black magic is as profound as you say, then engulfing flesh and blood can't possibly be the only way for you to recover your powers, right? There must also be a way for you to increase in strength as well as take in and release energy. " Fang Xingjian said, "Try it. Try performing black magic on me."
Fang Xingjian urged, "Perform one which can have a direct effect on me. Don't use those summoning ones."
"But as Grey Robed Mages, our black magic is primarily on summoning life and powers from other worlds."
"There must be some sort of black magic which can be used on the target directly." Fang Xingjian's eyes were like sharp blades brushing against the little snake's body. The little snake felt piercing pain all over his body like his body had been split opened.
However, the little snake was extremely infuriated. Aside from engulfing flesh and blood, it was true that he could also borrow a god's powers bit by bit to store in his body for using later. However, in comparison to offering flesh and blood or pain as a sacrifice in exchange for the diabolic energy, this method was far too slow. It was like the difference between a small water pipe and a great river.
Therefore, after half a month had passed, the amount of divine energy stored in his body remained pathetically low.
However, when he saw Fang Xingjian's expression, he knew that he could not push this off anymore. The little snake could only moved his body helplessly and say, "Then I'm really going to do it. Don't resist it, alright?"
"Come on," Fang Xingjian said nonchalantly, wanting to verify if his guess was right.
A hint of maliciousness flashed in the little snake's eyes, 'Hmhmph, you're not going to resist at all? You're the one who's asking for it.' At the next moment, a layer of gray light shot out from his body. That glow was from the terrifying powers which the Mages called divine energy, while others referred to as the diabolic energy.
Accompanied by the gradual lighting up of the gray glow, many spikes appeared on the surface of the little snake's body, piercing toward Fang Xingjian's body.
With a soft clank, the spike was blocked by the Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor directly. The little snake shouted, "I can't pierce it in like this!"
Fang Xingjian nodded, and a layer of skin came off on his arm. That was the Heavenly Abyss Annihilation Armor withdrawing and revealing his skin. Small streams of electricity flashed past the surface of his skin as he removed majority of his heavenly thunders and terrestrial magnetism forces, lowering his defense.
'Is this guy for real?' Looking at this scene, the little snake's heart skipped a beat. Although he did not understand why Fang Xingjian was suddenly so foolish, he felt that this was an excellent chance.
'To think that he actually removed his guard... Knights really are all brawn and no brains.' A cold smile appeared on the little snake's lips as it sent its spike piercing into Fang Xingjian's arm. At the next moment, streams of gray light gushed out toward Fang Xingjian.
This was the level 1 black magic-God's Resonance.
It was one of the simplest black magic spells, offering what was before him to the god. Since it was an offering, the target must have no resistance at all and use no items with defense. Otherwise, not only would there be no effects but the caster of the spell would also suffer from the backlash of the diabolic energy.
One would be able to gain different degrees of divine energy subject to the different offerings.
For instance, the god the Gray Robed Mages revered liked powerful flesh and blood the most, as well as life forms filled with agony and desperation.
'Hahahaha. Fang Xingjian, to think that you've really given up on resisting. You asked for this yourself!'
Extreme excitement flashed in the little snake's eyes. However, soon after the gray light gushed into Fang Xingjian's body, all of it disappeared completely, as if nothing had ever happened.
'Hmmm?' The little snake looked at this scene in a daze. 'What's wrong?'
Fang Xingjian threw him a glance and asked, "Is it over?"
"I haven't started!" A hint of anxiety flashed in the little snake's eyes, and gray light once again exuded from his body. He performed God's Resonance once again, and the result this time still produced no reaction from Fang Xingjian.
"What's wrong? Why is it like this? This doesn't make sense!" The little snake looked at Fang Xingjian's body in a daze like the entire world had collapsed.
"Something like this doesn't make sense at all!"
The black magic of the Gray Robed Mages primarily offered flesh and blood to the god. The god would then bless them with divine energy, which would allow them to perform various powerful black magic spells.
The stronger the black magic, the stronger the godly powers required, and the greater the offerings needed.
Watching this scene before him, the little snake suddenly broke his own tail. Then he pierced the spike into his tail before performing God's Resonance.
In almost an instant, his tail started to shrivel up, turning into tiny remnants and disappearing into the air. This was a successful offer.
A hint of excitement flashed in the little snake's eyes as he once again attempted to use Fang Xingjian as an offering.
However, it still continued to be ineffective... ineffective... ineffective... ineffective...
This was not a backlash effect due to the failure of the black magic. It was just purely ineffective, like he had not performed any black magic at all.
Fang Xingjian looked at the exasperated appearance of the little snake as he continued to perform black magic time and time again, and the corners of his lips curled up slightly. Electric sparks flashed on Fang Xingjian's arms, and the toughness of his physical body resumed its previous state. With a shake, he shook off the spike.
Fang Xingjian thought to himself, 'As expected, this isn't an illusion. My deduction is true. Black magic... is ineffective against me... Then the powers from magic prints...'
Thinking of this, his mind started to boil over. The feelings of fury, desperation, and vengeance filled up his mind in an instant.
Thinking of how the diabolic energy and black magic were useless against him, Fang Xingjian had the urge to immediately rush back to the Demonic City and fight it out with the magic prints warriors whom he had been thinking about day in and out.
However, his rationale told him that this was not the best time. Regardless, if the magic prints' powers were useless against him, then...
'Hang on, I still need to wait for a bit more. I'm still in the phase of rapid progression. I have to wait at least until I've reached level 29 before I go back. I'll also need to do a good test on the range of effects which black magic has on me.
'I can't rush. It's soon, it'll be very soon.
'Li Shuanghua... Caroline... Wait for me. I'll be coming back soon.'
Beside him, the little snake stared at Fang Xingjian with an anxious and doubtful gaze. Amidst Fang Xingjian's flickering gaze, the little snake had no idea about what Fang Xingjian was thinking about.
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