Is That A Wisp? Chapter 5
Chapter 5: First Kill
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Knowing that he had no time to waste Krune immediately took action, his cultivation is lower but he has his intelligence backing him up, when the demon crow was around 50 meters of distance Krune let out two wind blades, at the same time he started to retreat, he knows that wind blades shot at such distance can at most leave very small wounds that are hardly able to change anything, but that was his plan, to be able to defeat the crow he will need to first make it lower its guard.
Also he needs to save his spirit energy since he can't shoot to many blades due to the low amount of available for him at his level, so he need to finish it fast and to guarantee his victory the blades will need to be used at ten meters or less, ideally under five meters, also if he does too much of a ruckus he might attract even more demon beasts.
The problem was, if he used his blades at five meters or less he won't have time to dodge the attack even if he hits the beast, so Krune was trying to buy as much time as possible while thinking about a plan, once he uses his real killing move he must succeed, if not the demon crow will put up it's guard and he will probably be finished.
Sure enough the crow felt the wind blades hitting its body but completely disregarded it, the closer it got the more nervous Krune was, but he kept up to his plan, he shoots another three blades but this time purposely lowering its attack power so that the beast won't few any difference, when the blades hit this time the same thing happened, but that was exact when Krune noticed something, although the blades didn't threat the demon crow it still slightly made it change its route which was immediately corrected by the later.
'I never thought about using the wind power this way and I don't know if it will work, but it will have to make do'
Although it took a lot of time to explain in fact all happened in just a few seconds.
Krune finally stopped and readied five wind blades, that is the biggest number he can shoot at once while keeping enough spirit energy for one last maneuver, at the same time by his side the power of wind started to compress, if one didn't pay attention they would think that Krune was preparing a sixth wind blade to attack, the demon bird didn't think anything about it, due to its higher level of cultivation it indeed had a higher intelligence compared with normal beasts but it really was not a match for an adult wisp, after feeling the amount of damage inflicted by the first five blades of wind it totally threw caution to the back of its mind.
'Keep calm, keep calm, I only have one chance, if I screw this up I'm finished, keep waiting, five meters, it must be five meters otherwise I can't guarantee success'
Krune kept reminding himself, one can't blame him for his nervousness, until today he would flee at the first sight of danger, but today he had to fight and he must win!
In fact Krune had no other choice, his opponent has a higher cultivation and is a demon bird, obviously capable of flying, not to mention there is very few trees or other objects around which he could use at his favor, also, Krune wanted to prove to himself that all that he had said that day in front of Su Feng and Wang Feifei wasn't just talk.
The demon crow quickly approached, in its eyes the wisp is already in its belly having its energy being absorbed and raising its own strength.
Immediately five wind blades made with 90% of all his remaining spirit energy shoot forward, at the same time the sixth ball of compressed air by his side exploded, its wasn't a wind blade but the principle was the same as one, it generated a strong shock wave that blasted Krune out of the way of the demon crow, that was the only way he could think to get away of an almost point blank attack while using his killing move under five meters, doesn't matter how fast he could be, the difference of cultivation levels was too big for his speed to up to pair with the necessary time frame.
The four winged demon crow was alarmed, a sensation of immense danger passed through its body, it wanted to dodge the wind blades but it was impossible, the blades were already right in front of it, immediately its eyes went red and a savage look appeared on its face, since it can't dodge it might as well take the brunt and bring the wisp down with it, but it never expected that that wind blade beside that wisp wasn't a wind blade at all, as soon as it made its mind that air compressed ball explode right after the wind blades had been shot blasting the wisp away.
Blood splattered on the air, feathers flew up in the sky, three blades hit the right wings while another one hit the left ones, together with the shock wave that blasted Krune to the right made it possible to completely avoid being hit by the demon crow, the last wind blade was shot a little after the first four blades but before the shock wave, Krune had made up his mind to hit a sure kill blow and for that he had to guarantee that the last wind blade hit the right place at the right time, the last blade successfully hit the neck and a head was separated from its body, the head and the body of the four winged demon crow stumbled ahead for twenty some meters before finally stop.
Krune saw this sight and felt relief that it worked out, he used everything he had, he was feeling dizzy, his energy core was in absolute turmoil and almost empty, even his energy form was a lot smaller and fable, it would take some time until it stabilized again. But he cant wait here, the smell of blood is sure to attract the nearby demon beasts, he must leave straight away otherwise he won't have the chance later.
Krune gave one last glance at the corpse of the four winged demon crow and was just about to leave when he noticed something, the demon crow is dead but different from before, he now can feel a high concentration of spiritual energy coming from it, the problem is, with the four winged demon crow's higher level of cultivation it should be very hard for Krune to feel this energy, but he just had to think for a second to understand, the demon crow is now dead so it can't control the energy in its body anymore, which means that now he can easily feel it.
Krune looked back again and noticed that close to the place where the neck was severed there was a small bead, turns out that when he used his last wind blade to cut the crow's neck it partially cut its head too revealing that small bead, the amount of spiritual energy that Krune could feel from that bead was several times his own, Krune quick made up his mind, every second counts, he used his control over energy to grab the demon core and swiftly left, not long after he could hear several roars, it was obviously that the demon beasts nearby started to fight over the free food, but Krune couldn't care less, he isn't in shape to battle anymore and he pressed forward quickly leaving this place.
Krune was quite luck, with that demon bird corpse attracting the other beasts it was easier for him to leave the place without alarming any of them, a few hours later Krune found a small crevice by the side of a mountain wall, he swiftly entered and noticed that this was the entrance of a cave, he took his time to check around and made sure everything was safe, because the crevice was too small there was only a few insects and some small animals that presented no threat to Krune, because the entrance size and usually the higher the beasts cultivation the bigger they were, there was no demon beast inside this cave.
After ascertain that there was no danger Krune started to look around more carefully, the spider webs on the roof and the small sound of water dropping from the stalactites proved that no one had come in here in a very long time, salve for the very small animals on the ground of course.
Krune went to the bottom of the cave and rested there, he activated his Myriad Energies technique and in just a minute all his seven pseudo energy meridians were formed and started to greedily absorb the spirit energy around, he was finally in the inner parts of the Katiu Forest and the concentration of spiritual energy was much higher than his hiding place back there behind the waterfall, after restoring himself to his peak, he decided to take the next days to form the last two energy pseudo meridians, it was already the night of the fourth day when he finally formed the last meridian, now he had all nine meridians which the Myriad Energies technique allowed to be created.
Krune finally decided spend his time to check the crow's demon core, the amount of spiritual energy inside was really amazing, even at his peak his own core paled compared to this demon core, since that's the case he might as well try to absorb it.
Krune has never been a hasty wisp, he could feel that the energy in this core sure was great but its properties were far from compared with his own, if he tried to absorb it the way it is his own core energy will go in disarray and it might even explode if he didn't control it properly, he took out a sliver of the demon core's spiritual energy and started to convert it to be compatible with his own and only then absorb it.
'If I want to absorb it I will need to convert the energy into one that is compatible with mine first and I can only do it a little each time, considering the speed of the conversion there isn't much of a difference between absorb the spiritual energy around me and the converted energy from the demon core'
Krune started to ponder how to hasten the conversion when an idea came in mind.
'The Myriad Energies technique absorbs the spiritual energy as it is and the conversion is only made inside the dantian or core, but the spiritual energy of heaven and earth is gentle and causes no harm to them during the conversion, because of this I cant use it to absorb the demon core energy which can be considered anything but gentle, but why is that? Doesn't matter how I see it the pseudo energy meridians should be capable to do the conversion while the energy is passing through them just like any other meridian, it was obviously created with the intention to imitate the other races meridians for the use of cultivation, so why is it that I have to wait for the energy to reach my core for only then be able to convert it into my own?'
Once this idea sprouted in his mind it started to take root, it quickly grew until it occupied all his thoughts.
'Wrong, wrong! It shouldn't be like this, its definitely wrong!'
Krune kept thinking about the matter and tried a few things like using only one meridian to very slowly absorb a sliver of spiritual energy or make all nine meridians to work like a single tube but nothing seemed to work, it still gave him the same result, no conversion had been made.
Suddenly Krune's mind lit up!
'Right! Its not that the way to cultivate with this technique is wrong, its just incomplete!
What if the nine meridians are not the final results but only the initial state? First of all it doesn't make any sense for it to have only nine spiritual energy pseudo meridians, doesn't matter how proficient I get with it in the future it will reach a limit, it simply cant compete with the blood and flesh body meridians, the disparity in numbers is way too great, it shouldn't be like this at all!'
Krune's mind was working like it had been injected with chicken blood, after getting to this point is his thoughts it only took a moment for him to reach a conclusion.
'If my conjecture is right, since the nine meridians are not their final form and it doesn't make sense for there to be only nine in the first place, then it means that creating the nine meridians is just the first stage, what probably comes now can only be...