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On the other end, Baiju took a finger and poked the two small weasels, his expression a little bit like a rival.
Seeing him like this, Xiao Yao found it funny, and asked him with a light smile, "Bai’ge, what's the matter?"
Baiju glanced at Xiao Yao, then returned his gaze to the two weasels, pursing his lips, and seemed a little nervous, "...too weak."
After a pause, Baiju explained again, "Their foundation is very good, but they’re too weak to practice."
The two yellow godbeasts sent from the capital were of good pedigree, and were rare to see in the past. Moreover, these two little guys were twins, and seem to be complementary in strength. They really wanted to practice together and cooperate to get twice the result with half the effort. Baiju didn’t lack such a technique, it was just that the current ability of the little guys was too small, and the old white dog, who hadn't taken in a cub for a long time, felt it was a bit difficult to start.
Baiju originally thought that a situation like the red fox was already a very weak start, he didn’t expect that the little demons of this time could even ruin a good talent like this. He was afraid that they had never eaten any spiritual food since they were born, and had never been to any spiritual environments. Compared to the red fox who had been practicing in the temple since he was young, these two yellow godbeasts probably only had a few skills.
After briefly explaining the situation to Xiao Yao, Baiju put the two yellow godbeasts on the sofa and sat aside by himself, "Yao Yao, you see, the methods that we demons can actually use aren’t limited to instinct and talent. There are many ways that can be learnt by demons who are on the road of cultivation. Although they aren’t as good as human beings, it isn’t difficult for any one demon to master two or three kinds of expert Taoisms."
"Like me, my talents fall on loyalty, and the ability I developed is the vow. If you had to single it out, it belongs to the soul curse magic type," Baiju said, "The elemental laws such as water, fire, wind and thunder belong to the five element type, so I can still use them because I have collected the cultivation methods, and they are something I learned afterwards. For me, using them is no worse than my instinctual magic."
"These two little guys haven't learned anything useful." Baiju frowned. "They probably don't even know where their strengths are. They missed the stage of enlightenment and foundation. Cultivation in that direction has to start from the beginning."
The red fox was smart, and had learnt some real skills in the temple. Therefore, it wasn't difficult for him to master his instinctual talents and move on to develop special skills. These two godbeasts were young and wide-eyed, and they really didn’t know what they didn't know. The old white dog could tell as soon as he checked the traces of the spells left on them.
Xiao Yao stood on the edge of the sofa with his arms folded and listened to him. He rubbed his forehead with a headache, "...Bai'ge, maybe you have to lower your standard of weak first."
Baiju was a little surprised, "How am I wrong?"
Xiao Yao sighed, sat next to Baiju, raised his fingers and —— explained to him one by one, "First of all, since five or six hundred years ago, the only demons that can use Taoist magic have belonged to the level of the Demon Kings. The ordinary little demons in the eyes of practitioners are those with only talents."
"Second, it is undeniable that there is the deliberate influence of the Practitioners Association and our Demon Management Bureau." Xiao Yao broke the matter open in front of Baiju, lowered his eyes and explained, "whether it is the Demon Management Bureau, or even the Practitioners, they all hope that demons will be as little a threat as possible in this society. Therefore, whether it is a little demon managed by a human cultivator or a little demon who is responsible for guiding the Bureau, they will be instilled with this concept:"
"——use your talent to create wealth."
"It sounds very high-sounding, and it seems very suitable for a demon's development, but this is a measure taken for the purpose of maintaining social stability. For example, most fox demons have the ability to charm and hypnotise, and most of them will go study psychology and eventually become a psychological counselor."
"Like the red fox, with his fascinating and brainwashing talent, although he eventually decided to sing seriously, in fact, he is actually a deviation in the dossier records of the Demon Administration Bureau."
Xiao Yao shook his hands and fingers, "And all the demons that go astray are actually listed on an alert list."
Baiju looked into his eyes, stretched out his hand and patted Xiao Yao's hand comfortingly, "It's okay, I understand your concerns. It's right to be vigilant against demons... You don't have to worry about me resisting the Demon Management Bureau because of this."
Xiao Yao raised his eyes, looked into Baiju's eyes, and twitched the corners of his mouth, "Bai'ge, sometimes I really hope you can listen to hearts."
The old white dog smiled and said, "It's not good to hear too many hearts."
Xiao Yao only remembered that the old white dog had explained some great principles to him before.
In the old white dog's own theoretical system, it seemed that the ability to snoop on other people’s hearts wasn't a special power at all. Just like he could use thunder and fire spells at the same level, he would only use them when needed, but never use them at all for daily communication.
Xiao Yao didn’t know what kind of self-control he had, or why the old white dog was able to treat it as something so normal. He would rather spend ten times more energy trying to communicate with him than listen to his heart that could only tell the truth.
To some extent, he resembled those parents who guarded their external expressions, but still guided their children to express themselves.
The unfortunate part was that Xiao Yao wasn't good at it.
Seeing that Xiao Yao was no longer speaking, Baihu felt that his words were too vague and might have made his little boyfriend feel confused or overthink things, so he considered for a moment, and simply added, "Yao Yao, listening to hearts isn't my talent, nor is it for me to cultivate. The ability of the mountain god is the privilege of the mountain god. By mistake, I gained this ability when I was a mountain god, but heaven has withdrawn my chance to become a god, and only this power belonging to a god still stays with me..."
"Yao Yao, after hearing a lot of hearts, a god is a complete god."
"The simple pleasures in the world will become a burden, and the suffering of sentient beings will become a cloud of smoke. On such a day, I may take it for granted that I'm above everyone. I'm not a true god, so I cannot abuse the power of the gods, even if it belongs to me and is completely under my control."
Baiju felt this was a simple truth. He didn't revel in being strong, nor was he unwilling to use his abilities to save things, but this was a kind of awakening, a kind of self-examination.
"I'm not an ambitious person. I just want to live well. If I can take care of the little demons and humans as much as I can, I will do something good to accumulate virtue." Baiju stretched out his arms and fished Xiao Yao into his arms. "Now, I still hope to live well with my Yao Yao, and feel a new life in this new era. Peace and stability in this world."
Baiju kissed Xiao Yao's nose and asked in a low voice, "Am I boring?"
Xiao Yao was unconsciously led by the old white dog, and for a while, there was nothing left in his mind to ask him, so he shook his head reflexively and denied, "No, it's good, you won't be bored."
After a pause, Xiao Yao remembered what he was thinking about before, and suddenly was at a loss. It was only because of the conflict between humans and demons, he felt that some contradictions were difficult to express when he clarified them with the old dog. As a result, this old white dog somehow explained the reason why he was reluctant to listen to his heart in a matter-of-fact manner.
In a sense, it was also very reassuring.
The old white dog rubbed the head of his little boyfriend, and the two spoke a few words one after another before turning the topic back to the two little weasels curled up on the sofa.
"Then what should I do next?" Baiju was a little bit distressed, "Their instincts are okay, making up lessons won’t be too dissimilar...but shouldn't they learn other spells?" Was it necessary to be on the alert list after they studied? He was afraid that their subsequent normal activities would be restricted.
Xiao Yao pondered for a moment, and then said, "I think some magic tricks still have to be learned."
"The power of demons is a double-edged sword. If managed well, it can even provide a solid barrier for all of China. After all, demons are much more numerous than practitioners." Xiao Yao said, "Unmanaged, if they get out of hand, they could become a burden and threat to society."
"If, Bai’ge, you can provide a management plan other than you crushing the little demons, then the Demon Administration Bureau will fully support you in teaching the little demons basic skills."
Baiju nodded when he heard this, his fingers crossed his chin, his elbows propped on his knees, and he really thought for a while.
"Before I fell asleep...I had a few old friends." Baiju said, "Although they are basically all dead now, there are still a few still alive, I might be able to find them."
"There is a Rui Beast among them. If I find the Rui Beast, it will be fine."
Back to working in an office again, hopefully I can pick up my old release schedule! As I mentioned before my travel time to anf from work was actually my translating time; so when I worked from home I actually barely read much at all...
I think finishing this novel before the new year will probabaly be impossible but my current goal is to get to chapter 139 before 2022. The chapter names change style from there, I'm not sure if its a side-story or an omake or just a special part of the story. If I had to guess from the names it looks like the deification of Baiju but...I'm bad at Chinese~~~guess we'll find out when we get there.