Birth of the Demonic Sword

"So, that's how my life ends, what a waste of time it was...". These were the last thoughts of a young man, shot by accident in a fight between local gangs. Little did he know that he would soon wake up in another world, a world of cultivation! This is the story of the whoreson of a wealthy family, of a transmigrator that had no purpose in his previous life, of a demon that will make power his reason to keep on living. Noah Balvan, after he transmigrated, will have to fight against his social status and the many difficulties of the world he was reborn in to obtain the power to stand free in the sky above anyone! Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/EoCNovels Instagram: eocnovels Discord link: https://discord.gg/CNh28NP Cover artist: https://digitalrowye.com/ Fandom: https://botds.fandom.com/wiki/Birth_of_the_Demonic_Sword_Wiki

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08. Helplessness

Noah chose to first sort out the pile of sheets on the left, then he examined the martial arts.

'Five sheets:

Balvan sword style, a two-handed sword style created by the Balvan family, balanced in both attack and defense, perfect for soldiers. "Breath" will empower the thrust attack, able to shatter rocks. Rank 1;

Phantom saber style, a one-handed saber style featuring peculiar moves hard to defend against, good offense, and weak defense. "Breath" can make any of the willing body parts disappear to catch your enemy unprepared. Rank 2;

Flow of the sword, a two-handed sword style focused on deflecting your opponent's attack and counterattacking at the right time, excellent defense. "Breath" can create a shield of air for some time. Rank 2;

Twin saber style, a one-handed saber style wielding two sabers, focused on speed, can defend and attack at the same time. "Breath" will enhance the perforation ability of the sabers allowing the wielder to cut through without the need for the blade to touch. Rank 2;

Iron palm style, a weaponless style that uses hands as a weapon, excellent offense, and maneuverability to strike. "Breath" will harden the hands of the user, making them able to stop blades or release a shockwave to hurt the internal organs of the opponent. The hardening of the hands can be permanent with training. Rank 2.'

Noah started brainstorming on what he had just read.

"Master, why is there a rank on the side of the arts?"

As if expecting the question, William seriously explained:

"The rank represents the potential of the technique while using the "Breath", it basically defines how strong their effect and destructiveness can be. There are several ranks for different types of magic, techniques, and cultivators, but I will explain more about the last topic once your dantian has formed."

Noah started to think again, looking at the sheets in his hands.

'I guess I can already reject the Balvan sword style since it's rank 1. The iron palm style seems cool, especially for the permanent hardening part, but I became quite familiar with the saber in these years, so I should stick with it.'

After he thought that, only two sheets were left in his hands.

'The Phantom saber style should be the original version that inspired the creation of the snake-wrist form, so I'm actually advantaged in learning this one, but it looks designed to kill men, I bet it's a useless trick when fighting against huge creatures like dragons.'

Like this, only one sheet remained in Noah's hands.

"I choose the twin saber style as a martial art."

William happily smiled and kept on nodding.

"Good choice, since you need to wield two sabers, it will be a bit harder at the beginning, but you will soon acknowledge the versatility of this style on any battlefield."

Noah shifted his attention to the group of body-nourishing methods.

He didn't notice that the smile on William's face had disappeared, replaced by a worried expression.

'Mh, maybe I expected too much from a group of methods that don't require a dantian. Every technique seems similar to the Ice-Fire revolving one, they just add some peculiarity like more strength or more speed. At least they are all rank 2, so they should be better than my current one.'

He was almost ready to choose a nourishing method that would enhance his speed when he reached the last sheet.

'Rank 3'

The worry on William's face grew as he stared with pleading eyes at the kid in front of him.

'Please don't choose that one. That is not a technique but pure torture.'

He didn't want to put that method in the block from which Noah had to choose, but his captain thought differently, so he had no choice.

"William, we have to respect his desires. If he gets in the guards and then finds out that we kept that method hidden from him, he might lose trust in us and revolt."

Such were the words his captain said to him the day before.

'Still, I don't think that a kid can understand the kind of pain we are talking about here.'

While William was lost in worry and thoughts, Noah was reading the rank 3 method in his hands.

'Forging of the Seven Hells, the peak body-nourishment among those that do not require a dantian. It equals the methods that involve a dantian in terms of power, so, if the user survives the treatment, he will obtain a rank 3 body capable of blocking rank 1 martial arts and rank 0 magic spells almost without harm. Also, since it's a body shaped by the "Breath", it will have a better attunement with it, speeding its recovery and its manipulation. The treatment consists of breaking a fixed number of acupoints in a specific place to create an absorption vortex that will force the Breath of Heaven and Earth to enter the body and reconstruct the acupoints. Then the man must rest and let the new acupoints shape and nourish the body for some time. He must repeat the treatment six times. Warning: extremely dangerous, the user must not lose consciousness during the manipulation of the "Breath", or else there might be an error during the reconstruction process, causing permanent paralysis or death. Warning: extremely painful.'

Raising his head, Noah finally noticed the worried expression of his Master.

"Master, I think that to choose properly, I have to fully understand the difference in ranks between all the arts."

William tried to hide his worry with a slight smile and said:

"Sure. Try to look at it in this way, the more variables you add into one attack, the more powerful its results. The weakest of all is the body, which only grants strength to the strike, like manpower reinforcing a wall. Then comes the martial art, which is a mixture of body and "Breath", so accordingly its power will result one and a half times higher if compared to the sole use of the body. In the end, there is magic, which uses a specific element of the "Breath" you store in your dantian mixed with mental energy to cast spells. They produce the most powerful and destructive outcome. Generally speaking, a cultivator's highest rank is the body, while the level of his cultivation and mental energy is pretty similar. For now, just consider the dantian level as a form of fuel: the higher it is, the stronger its effects will be once used for martial arts and spells."

Noah shifted his gaze back to the sheet in his hand.

'The advantages of this technique are pretty awesome, I just don't know if they're worth the risk.'

"How much does it take for a man with a dantian to obtain a rank 3 body with the orthodox way?"

William hesitated a bit before answering, and then he simply chose to tell the truth.

"If from the beginning, a man trains a method for a rank 3 body, skipping the rank 1 and 2, it will take between five and fifteen years."

"What's my body level right now? How much will it take with the orthodox methods once I get a dantian and while training a rank 2 method in the meantime? How much with this technique?"

A storm of questions came out of Noah's mouth.

If he had to risk his life, he wanted to make sure that the benefits were way higher than the dangers.

"Right now, your body is below half rank 1, since your body is still growing and you trained in a method without the need of a dantian, the results will be poorer if compared with the benefits provided by the techniques of the same rank which instead need a dantian. The same applies to the rank 2 methods below you. If you start training in one now, by the time you get your dantian, you will have a body of rank 1 and a half, and you will probably reach the third rank in five to nine years. If you use that torture instead, it might take you between three and five years to complete the process."

Noah was a bit stupefied.

The orthodox method didn't seem too slow at all.

He was confident that with his rigid schedule, he would have achieved the rank 3 body in the shortest time possible, wasting about four to five additional years, but also avoiding such an extreme risk for his life.

He was about to reject the idea of going through the Seven Hells technique when he looked at his Master's eyes that seemed filled with shame.

Then, he thought of something and asked with a bitter smile:

"How hard is it to get a proper rank 3 body-nourishing method?"

This time, shame ran through William for being found out.

He lowered his head a bit to recover his composure and then said with a soft voice:

"You must enter the inner circle to request it."

Still smiling bitterly, Noah handed the sheet to his Master.

"Then, I choose the Forging of the Seven Hells method."


Edited by: Alessandro Sica

Sorry for the long explanation about cultivation and other stuff, but I want to explain things properly in order to not confuse anyone. Plus, I'll try to review more often my chapters since I found many errors in the previous ones. Hope you enjoy

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