Master of the Stars - Chapter 119.2

Published at 27th of March 2018 12:50:25 PM
Chapter 119.2

Chapter 119: Three Dark Clouds (Part 2/2)

Translator: Strivon

To know the whole, one must first see . One must simply see .

His old methods of clairvoyance were unable to break free from the stereotypes of the old interpretations of the world . He had followed the old conventions obediently as he expanded his domain . He had taken into account the endurance and processing power of his body when it came to receiving large quantities of information .

However, after switching to new interpretations, all he had to do was draw! These drawings were casual whole impressions reproduced from his senses and memory . All he needed was to grasp one or two characteristics of living movement so it was fine to synthesize them through concise strokes .

This was the difference between sketching and speed-sketching . This was the difference between meticulous brushwork and freehand brushwork .

Luo Nan generalized his Life Sketches into two components, speed-sketching, and configuration . Speed-sketching should be done first and foremost . This was the core where the whole of his ideas resided . This was the true direction of application .

Before the whole composition could be confirmed, carved details, no matter how true, would likely be warped and absurd when looked at with the whole . Just like with the out-of-place disorder with his star atlas .  

"The whole! The whole!"

Luo Nan emphasized to himself in a hypnotic manner . He closed his eyes then reopened them . Then he closed them again . By doing this, he was able to forget his old observational methods . His thoughts and consciousness were able to expand outward and reach new heights . He was able to go further beyond and to broaden magnificently .  

Right now, the range of his clairvoyance was like the contraction and expansion of a heart, like the rise and fall of a tide . It contracted . It expanded . It swelled . It receded . The changing frequency was growing faster and faster . The changing spectrum was growing larger and larger . It was truly like a great river bursting through a dam; it flooded all around, flowing freely . It was like the shattering of an iron mold; stereotypes and conventions no longer existed .

There was an instant when Luo Nan felt his body and soul about to be scattered into the void . It lasted until his dark chains trembled . The power of his 'My heart's a prison' format appeared and only then was he able to draw himself in .

At the same time, the range of Luo Nan's mental senses was restored to the apex value of when he was in his out-of-body state . It reached eight hundred meters and after a few breaths of time, the radius exceeded one kilometer . It was expanding endlessly . The entirety of Frost River Reality, including the three buildings supporting this indoor amusement center, and even the surrounding area was within the range of his mental clairvoyance .

Fuzzy constellations appeared one after another . They represented everyone in Frost River Reality . It was not just the few who were near Luo Nan . It included Frost River Reality, Baze, seven Oblatum Knights, nearly a hundred trapped civilians . They represented people outside of Frost River Reality . It included the police officers above the three buildings supporting Frost River Reality . It included the thousands of civilians crowded around and watching . They were all totally integrated into Luo Nan's star atlas .

Stars bright like diamonds formed this constellation system . There were also shadows that were hard to see with the naked eye and there were also hazy and turbid dark clouds .

The shadows were the building construction, furniture, equipment, decorations, and other useless dead ends . The dark clouds were living outlines of people who were hard to analyze within a short period of time .  

Though Luo Nan lacked the ability to depict them, the contrast between motion and static, inanimate objects and living beings, awareness and unawareness evoked a marvelous and exquisitely consistent relationship .

Brightness and shadows interweaved . Light and darkness matched together . Emptiness and substance alternated . . . Under each other's influences, each and every constellation, shadow, and dark cloud had their boundaries with each other be gradually blurred . They weaved amongst each other, strewn at random . However, their trajectories were clear with rules and laws behind them . In the end, they formed an endlessly snaking star river of splendor . The river unfurled itself .  

It was without a doubt that this was the most profound and magnificent scene Luo Nan had ever drawn in his life . It possessed a nearly inexhaustible amount of layers and marvels .

If he had the chance, Luo Nan really wanted to mesmerize himself within these layers to ponder and savor over every detail . But today, he would not immerse himself within . He just used an independent, separated, detached, and wonderful point of view to capture and draw the compositional outline of this star river scene .

As a whole, it was quite appropriate to describe what he perceived as a 'star river' .

It was as if Luo Nan was standing at the dead center of an enormous galaxy . The starlight was sparse in the area he occupied but surrounding him were three enormous and bright spiral arms unfolding out . They accurately represented the number of living beings in Frost River Reality and the three buildings it was connected to .

However, there was also a hazy dark cloud entrenched at the end of each of the three spiral arms . The three dark clouds obstructed the starlight . They even interlinked channels between the dark clouds . The channels drew out a region of turbid darkness that pressed heavily atop the star river . The darkness even permeated within . It was hard to see their true identities .

It was without a doubt that the three dark clouds represented the positions of the First Oblatums of the secular side in the Order of Justice . Looking at the current situation, it seemed that his previous judgment was true .

Three First Oblatums . They were all here .

Well, he had found the most important targets of this night .

The expansion of Luo Nan's mental senses was still continuing . This lasted until the limit of its distance broke through two kilometers . Only then did the expansion rate begin to attenuate .

The enormous star river scene had already covered three bustling blocks of the city . The highest elevation it reached was to the high altitude traffic layers . The lowest it penetrated was to the enormous underground sewage system of the city . The Life Sketches that represented living beings were in the tens of thousands . The number of stars was nearly impossible to count .

Of course, from Luo Nan's perspective, the pure void or inanimate objects were the meaningless regions of shadows . They were meaningless unless he chose to expend a lot of his energy, change his observation methods, and meticulously use his clairvoyance .

Luo Nan felt pressure once again at this time . There was a mutual influence between the stars; they were affecting each other . An enormous tension was ultimately formed within the depths of the star river and far too much redundant information was formed as well .

The gigantic dimensions of the river had naturally increased the amount of information he received and the planar area he could access . Though he did not actively sense them, the enormous plane of life confined to Xia City was like the myriad of galaxies of deep space . Their lights radiated over .  

After a moment of consideration, Luo Nan actively reduced the radius of his sensing to be 1500 meters . He continued to shrink the range until it reached approximately a kilometer . This was to precisely have the whole building complex of Frost River Reality and its connected buildings incorporated within . Things were going steady so far and there was enough tolerance for error .

The dazzling star river flowed silently, light splintered, and shadows shifted . A fuzzy and subtle relationship was maintained with the faint starlight projection from further away .

Upon fixing his clairvoyance range, his spreading power was retracted and his sense of detail grew even sharper . They affected each other and began to fine tune one another . Inharmonious nuances were spontaneously influenced, allowing Luo Nan to tear through the chaotic masses without the need for direct observation .

However, the dark clouds located on top of the three buildings remained thick and solid . It was hard to observe through them . . . Well, at least two of the clouds were like this .

The last cloud had accumulated quite the surplus of mass . Thick could not even describe it, yet why did Luo Nan get a sense of familiarity from it?

Luo Nan had a plan in mind . He withdrew his mind for now and he tried to put his hands in his pockets due to habit . He was completely focused and had forgotten that his arms were being gripped by Xue Lei and Cat Eyes . When his hands did not move as he expected, his forearms swung down and were flung a bit too far . His hand smacked into a place that was quite buxom and elastic . There was a faint sound .

Cat Eyes instantly turned to look at him at this very moment . Though they were in the darkness and the brim of Cat Eyes' hat covered her eyes with dark shadows, her gaze flashed with an aura as cold as ever before . The sting from her gaze forced Luo Nan to squint .

However, the most important thing was to fish out the object from his pockets . It was true that his hand was touching the cloth of some pants but its pockets did not belong to him . Luo Nan tried to move his hand away, rubbing the surface a few times but he was unable to move his arms where he wanted to . He could only face Cat Eyes and say,

"Let go for a moment . I need to get something from my pockets . "

At this moment, Luo Nan seemed to feel Cat Eyes' grip on his arm grow a bit stronger but in the end, she let go without saying much .

Luo Nan was finally able to put his hands into his pockets and take out the metal box with the downloaded Human-Faced Arachnid Exoskeleton Armor . He weighed it in his hands .

Cat Eyes' hand noiselessly stuck back to his upper arm at this very moment . She maintained her hold over him and spoke with a barely audible whisper, "Do you need help?"

Luo Nan looked at Cat Eyes again . Her gaze was still clear and cold but the vague silhouette of her mouth was in an unreadable curve within this dusky darkness . Her lips hooked slightly into a very contradicting smile but there was a sense of a never seen before novelty to it . He had the impulse to take up a pen and draw just by looking at her .

Luo Nan blinked his eyes but he nodded after a short while . "Okay . Can you help me break open this box?"


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Chapter Synopsis:

Luo Nan no longer goes into great detail in his clairvoyance and his sketches . Instead, he looks at the whole and speed-sketches . He first makes a general outline and will fill in the details later . Luo Nan's range of clairvoyance increases greatly as he makes this break-through; all of Frost River Reality and the surrounding three blocks are under his observation . A star river appears to be unfurling on his star atlas . It is a galaxy with Luo Nan acting as the core . Luo Nan percieves three spiral arms unfolding out from the center with dark clouds linked at the end of each arm . The Three First Oblatums are located within the dark clouds . Luo Nan feels a sense of familiarity from the dark cloud with the most mass . Luo Nan thinks of a plan and he retrieves the metal box containing the Human-Faced Arachnid configuration . He intends to break open the box and asks Cat Eyes for assistance .