There was a noticeable lack of excitement from Dean but when he indeed realized that there was something interesting at the Zikel Clan he felt a little bit alive.
Feeling that he was getting a little too rusty with cultivation and having an arrogant or scheming behavior was thrown out the window in those 2 years.
His progress in researching the manuals was still at a 0 in 2 years but he now had so much more time.
It was about time he started to revise his knowledge on the [Battle Intent Manual]
Looking around the mountains, Dean was able too soon find a cave that would be able to fit him in.
There were no traces of any living beast living here, let alone a human.
In an attempt to make sure no one would intervene with his cultivation, Dean tied a few strings in weird angles to attack any strangers.
Taking out the book once more, Dean fell intrigued by two main tactics of training the Battle Intent that was listed out.
One had already been mentioned which was to imbue the Battle Intent into your body until it eventually becomes trained to become sturdier or much easier to absorb the Battle Intent.
This was the first one he would train in as the benefits given would resonate with the next training plan for Battle Intent.
The outcome of the second one was that the user would focus Battle Intent into certain limbs and become adept at the new power with he focused Battle intent.
It was less of a nurturing method but more of an adapting one.
If you imbue all of your Battle Intent into your fists, expect your attack to become undoubtedly strong however don't forget about your arm that could blow off if that part is not covered.
This would cause hurdles for the user as the blow may be weakened if they don;t reinforce the right places and could even cause self hurt to the user.
The training focused on slowly tweaking the amount of Battle Intent into a certain body part to allow you to not die but have a good control in mind.
Dean made sure to set the time limit within 1 year and hoped to see some results within that time
He would rely on his set of rations to count 365 days and he could gather water by a nearby river if necessary.
With this, all the preparation was done and Dean now began to study the absolute necessities to begin the first training.
Dean frankly found the first training to be quite boring.
It caused an intense pain at wherever the Battle Intent was nurturing the body part and Dean had to constantly make sure he wasn't harming himself in the process.
There was a difference between outright harming yourself compared to strengthening your body by refining it or breaking and healing it.
He attempted to try it with his finger nails as a good way of testing out the method.
As expected, it hurt like hell.
Clenching his teeth, Dean managed to refine his nails and teeth but it was more of a test to understand how painful it could be and how long the nurturing would take.
They were more superficial compared to other parts of his body and took roughly less than a week to fully strengthen with the Battle Intent.
The next attempt was on the skin but it unexpectedly took 2 months in order to make sure Dean wouldn't die.
If done wrongly, it could completely cover up a pore or destroy it in the process of applying the Battle Intent as a way to nurture it.
It was much more painful than Dean thought and the first few days were to try and attempt to get used to the intensity while keeping a sane mind in the process.
There was nothing wrong that happened and was a smooth sailing trip.
His skin became much more smoother and were able to heal a cut at a much quicker pace.
He could even feel the skin tighten as if it had a mind of its own to try and close the wound while pushing out blood to cover the cut.
Grabbing a knife with poor quality, it was unable to cut his skin.
This proved that it was overall efficient but the pain was too scarring to Dean.
The next body part that would have to take the fall for Dean was his flesh, the tendons, bones and nerves were a completely separate matter.
But just that alone had already taken Dean roughly 3 months to make sure there was no internal bleeding and he didn't actually leak the Battle Intent into a different part.
An odd note that he found by a senior who used this manual was giving a tip to beginners if they were to attempt to nurture their nerves.
It was an overall dangerous procedure but if one still had the courage to do so they should first attempt their private parts.
Dean questioned the sanity of this senior as he had no idea how you would be able to utilize it as a weapon but when reading the reason he understood the suggestion.
The private part that humans had was basically a bundle of sensitive nerves that can transmit pleasure when doing certain gestures.
You were able to get a good grasp on understanding how to apply Battle Intent onto the nerves if you first attempted this.
There was a wordless agreement from Dean who now understood there was no practical battle use in your private part but there was some usefulness in training.
When applying Battle Intent to the flesh it was like little blades continuously shredding it and then healing it before cutting it up once more.
But the pain soon became boring and he was not exactly enthusiastic about resting his body so that it could later torture itself meaning he chose the next training.
There's roughly 12 chapters left in the arc. Don't mind the sarcasm and exaggeration in the new title.
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