Chapter 17: Shifting Flurry
Gu Qing Shan opens his eyes, pulling out 2 arrows from the quiver, set them both on the arrow, slightly pulled and let go.
As the 2 arrows quickly flew out, they drew a twisting curved pattern on the air, both pinning a single leaf to its tree.
Gu Qing Shan’s heart slightly jumps, the Skill was just as he thought.
This way, the trajectory of his attacks becomes unpredictable.
“Using spirit energy to guide the path…”
Gu Qing Shan mumbled, then got ready to use “Swallows Fly Twice” again.
The 2 arrows shot out at different directions, each drawing a large curve, avoiding trees in their way, both hitting a fleeing rabbit around 100 meters away within the dense forest.
Even Gu Qing Shan, as a person who returned from more than 10 years in the future, was highly fascinated by this Skill.
So this is humanity’s General-class archery Skill.
Gu Qing Shan paced back and forth, thought a bit to himself and raised the bow.
Swallows Fly Twice!
As the bowstring kept being pulled back again and again, the arrows it shot all curved in weird ways, not hitting their targets.
Gu Qing Shan frowned, again fell into thought.
“Swallows Fly Twice” is a very good skill, but why can’t he do a rapid fire with it, could it be that powerful skills like this have a cooldown?
No, that can’t be right.
He experimented again and again, still not able to succeed.
Swallows Fly Twice is a high-level Archery skill, so if it’s used consecutively you can’t guarantee the precision anymore.
No, that’s also not correct.
Gu Qing Shan in a frenzy-like state, kept experimenting again and again, halfway through he even unconsciously combined “Solid” in as well.
After an hour.
Two arrows shot turned into grey shadows, almost seeming like real live snakes, drawing a twisting curving trajectory, both hitting a leaf at the same time.
The arrows flying trajectory cannot be predicted at all, combined with a rapid fire speed, anyone that faces Gu Qing Shan’s arrows will completely be overwhelmed, not knowing how or where to dodge at all.
Gu Qing Shan lightly nodded, lowering his bow.
Sure enough, you can actually do it, the only problem being whether or not you can spend the effort to think, to practice the skills.
The sudden System sound made Gu Qing Shan’s heart jumped.
Glancing up, he saw on the War God UI, the round button representing “War God Skills” was flashing a notice.
“User Gu Qing Shan combined three Archery skills into one, creating a new skill: Shifting Flurry”
“Shifting Flurry (primary), fire 5 consecutive arrows with unpredictable trajectory to attack enemies in a very short time period” (TN: as in elementary, the very first level)
This is possible!?
Gu Qing Shan opened his mouth in surprise, staring speechlessly at the “(primary)” next to the skill name.
The word “primary” means that there will be a higher grade.
Who would’ve thought he could create a Growth Skill just like that.
As he was still surprised, a shining small line of text appeared on War God UI.
“Growth Skills are exceptionally rare; user is advised to train it more in order to raise its level as soon as possible”
That’s right, a regular skill’s strength is dependent only on how much spirit energy is put into it, its output changes depending on how much spirit energy is used.
But Growth Skills are different.
A unique aspect of all Growth Skills is that, as a player train his Skill works more and more, its own power will also rise, all the way until heaven.
These types of skills are so rare you can only pray and hope to get one.
At later stages of the game, when Growth Skills have already reached a certain peak, some of them even started to be praised as “Semi-Divine Skills”.
Anyone with a Growth Skill becomes a person for people to look up to in envy.
Gu Qing Shan breaths in and solemnly raises his bow.
Pew pew pew pew pew, five consecutive sounds, five shadows quickly flew, just like a chaotic dance of snakes and dragons!
Every arrow seems to be alive, drawing different arcs across the air, dodging every obstacle, finally hitting the same branch more than 200 meters away.
Gu Qing Shan is completely stunned, stunned by his own Skill.
After a while, he suddenly remembered something and asked: “System, can I keep combining regular skills to make Growth Skills?”
The War God UI is silent for a bit, then suddenly a line of text:
“Comprehending others’ skills is just an initial function, helping the user to constantly create more Growth Skills, that is the true purpose of War God Skills”
Gu Qing Shan sighs, mumbling to himself: “So I was wrong this whole time, so this is the true value of War God Skills”
Looking at the row of buttons at the bottom of his War God UI, only “War God Skills” is active right now.
But this one function has already given him so much to be surprised about.
If one day, all of my skills are Growth Skills…
Gu Qing Shan tightly grips the military bow, suddenly gaining greater a sense of confidence.
Growth Skills and Soul Points, both of these are very unique things.
Using Soul Points to increase his level and skills is already much more cost effective compared to using Experience points.
At least in the short run, through the use of “military qi training method”, the amount of Soul Points required for every level is still trivial.
Gu Qing Shan can just use Soul Points to level up instead of being like the players in his past life, having to struggle and collect each and every bit of Experience point possible.
At later stages of the game, every level requires a terrifying amount of Experience Points, greatly slowing down how quickly a player can increase their own fighting strength.
Aside from that, there’s also the War God UI, letting him create Growth Skills by himself.
Gu Qing Shan suddenly had a feeling, he can definitely go much further now compared to his past life.
Since his unexpected return to the past, Gu Qing Shan’s heart was always under a constant pressure and a sense of urgency.
This is a lost age, a part of history where players didn’t exist.
Since his return, he could see strange things that was different from his past life everywhere, many things that he didn’t know about before are now quietly happening.
Even the near-invincible chaotic species Faceless Giant already appeared.
Gu Qing Shan could almost feel the grip of death inching closer and closer.
This type of intuition is instinctive, having saved his life in the past numerous times.
For the sake of the present, he has to desperately get stronger, so that in a future not far from now, at the time that death comes, he’ll be able to find that one chance of survival.
Gu Qing Shan sighs again, glancing at the War God UI to look at his skill column.
Right now, on the skill column there are 3 skills “Solid”, “Rapid Fire”, “Shifting Flurry (primary)”.
Swallows Fly Twice is already gone, completely replaced by Shifting Flurry.
Unlike the first 3 Skills he got, “Shifting Flurry” requires more spirit energy to control the arrows’ flight, as well as having a “primary” ranking.
This is nothing surprising, stronger Skills naturally require more spirit energy.
After this, I’ll have to spend quite a bit of time to train this Skill, quickly raising “Shifting Flurry” skill rank.
Gu Qing Shan quickly packed up and prepared to leave.
Not far from here, demon beasts seem to have already caught the bloody smell of the serpent’s corpse, their roaring getting closer.
Without any warning, he suddenly coughed up black blood.
Gu Qing Shan was shocked, but couldn’t help himself and coughed up blood two more times.
Wiping the blood off his mouth, Gu Qing Shan tried smelling it.
A faint foul smell.
This is poison.
Why was there suddenly poison in his body? And why did it get forced out?
Gu Qing Shan immediately became cautious, circulating spirit energy around his body to carefully examine himself.
There was nothing wrong with his body, in fact, thanks to the snake liver’s nutrition, you could say it’s been rejuvenated.
Even the spirit energy inside his Dantian became more fluid, more natural.
This is thanks to the rare snake demon liver.
He was fortunate.
It seems that he unknowingly got poisoned by the serpent demon during the fight from before.
Gu Qing Shan couldn’t help but sigh.
The serpent really wasn’t as simple as he thought, being able to poison him without him knowing.
If the fight had dragged on any longer, it’s hard to say who would be killed first.
Luckily I didn’t want the fight to drag on so I finished it off as quickly as possible.
If he didn’t kill it so quickly, if he didn’t eat its liver right away, if the poison hadn’t been revealed so quickly, who knows what would’ve happened
Evidently, these kinds of rare demon beasts all have one or two aces hidden.
Gu Qing Shan felt a little bit of fear.