|“||Everything's got an upside, and finding that is time well spent.||”|
Food, fortune or fame-- as long as it's within his grasp, he wants it. That's why he always seems in a hurry. In reality, he's very generous to his friends, even though he seems like he doesn't care for Master Attendant.
There are many legends around the birth of Buddha's Temptation but the crux of them all is this: when it's being cooked, a lot of ingredients are gathered into one pot, and their flavors fuse together in a pinnacle of deliciousness, which is why people like it more than anything. In the 60s-80s in the 20th century, Buddha's Temptation started catching on, and this exquisite dish was spread all over the world, becoming beloved by even more people.
How to Acquire
- Spring Feast
- Bells Resound (Step)
- Bells Resound (Super)
- Golden Pig Arch
- Lantern Parade
- Poetic Memory
- Preserved Fragrance
- Soaring Future
- Infinite Change
- Firework Flicker
blue = lvl 1red = max lvl
|Contract||Out of my way... what? You're my Master Attendant? Then follow me.|
|Log In||You've arrived. Brought my cigar?|
|Ice Arena||This is a waste of time.|
|Ascend||Use this power to secure more profits.|
|Fatigue||I must rest. See that no one disturbs me.|
|Recovering||Don't be in a rush. What's the hurry.|
|Team Formation||Hmph! We're sure to win.|
|Knockout||Im... Impossible... How could I....|
|Notice||Take it away. This food will be a big hit.|
|Idle 1||The relationship between Food Souls and Attendants-- to be frank-- is a business one.|
|Idle 2||Desire is not disgraceful. What's disgraceful is being controlled by desire and choosing a wrong approach.|
|Idle 3||I don't really need fame and fortune; I just like the feeling of having it all. Normal people wouldn't understand.|
|Interaction 1||This is your account book? How shabby... Better let me manage the business.|
|Interaction 2||Maritime business is difficult these days. It requires ample manpower... Are you putting yourself up for the job?|
|Interaction 3||That fellow Lion's Head is never around when you need him most. Don't you start taking his example.|
|Pledge||Well, if you want me to manage everything, then you'll have to do as I say. Even if you are the Master... Alright, I'll talk it over with you first, but I still make the final decisions.|
|Intimacy 1||Give me a photograph of yourself. I'll place it in my pocket watch.|
|Intimacy 2||I picked out these fine supplements just for you. And don't save any of them. You must eat them all up.|
|Intimacy 3||Don't be frightened. They wouldn't dare start something on our docks.|
|Victory||It was a matter of course.|
|Defeat||In the world of business, there are always winners and losers. I will win it all back and then some.|
|Feeding||So thoughtful of you. Thanks.|
This Story has been fan-translatedby ff-translations.. Official translations will be added when they become available.
- This was edited by BelgianElbow.
I. Mysterious Invitation
"Do you wish to accept this invitation?"
The gold-foiled letter has enormous value to it, but the sender remains unknown.
Master carefully held it in his hand, greedily reading the contents of it multiple times before making a decision.
"Of course I’ll go. If even this invitation letter is this valuable, then there must be something profitable from this."
Looking at Master Attendant’s expression of excitement, I am unable to make a comment, so I decided to judge whether or not to trust the sender after I attend the meeting with him.
My Master is a successful businessman; just like any other businessman on this earth, he loves money as much as his life, and can do anything for money and riches.
Compared to Master’s profit seeking ideologies, I admire much more how he studies how to take on the family business: laying down foundations with trust, being kind to others, and never going back on your word.
Nighttime, I followed Master to the arranged location.
It is an abandoned house; in the garden there is a eucalyptus tree and a dried up well. The sounds of the wind are like the cries of ghosts. Master uncomfortably looked around his surroundings.
Two men wearing black robes and masks of wild beasts suddenly appeared, and they were dressed exactly like the one who delivered the invitation. Once they came close, they requested for our eyes to be covered, and only then will they bring us to the actual meet-up place.
Master uneasily muttered "Since we’re here, might as well do as we’re told", then let the black robed men cover his eyes.
I am not opposed to this entire situation. Instead, I feel even more curious about this entire mysterious meeting.
Covering my eyes and getting on a sedan chair that seemed to appear from nowhere, I felt the bumps of the road, up and down, up and down. We sat for a long time. But aside from the footsteps of the chair carriers, there’s no other sound.
Once we heard the sound of the wind again, we had already arrived at our destination. Taking off our blindfolds, Master and I found ourselves in front of a high court which we’ve never seen before in the city. There wasn’t even enough time to look around our surroundings before we were led into a building by the black robed men.
The decorations in the court were intricately beautiful, the space was huge, and there were many black-robed men wearing the same masks sitting in two rows; only Master and I had our faces bare for all to see.
Even though I couldn’t see where their sights were focused on, I could feel as if they were looking at me while whispering amongst themselves, making me feel very discomfited.
Facing this situation, Master felt a bit uncomfortable, so much so that he ended up hiding behind me.
"Welcome to Chengtian Association."
The black-robed man sitting in the front opened both his arms, as if welcoming our arrival. Master Attendant and I sat in the seats that weren’t filled, listening to why we were invited.
Chengtian Association, a secret institution that maintains the regular operations of this country; they’re the ones who control the finances of the country in the dark, even the changing of the throne could be affected by them.
They are always searching for talented people to join them so that the country can become stronger.
Master’s power in fortune, that would be the biggest helping hand to them. In their case, they would give Master the best form of repayment– elevating him from a commoner to a noble.
Fame and fortune, those are things everyone pursues, I like them too.
This sort of proposition really moved me, but the exaggerated descriptions of the black-robed man made me furrow my eyebrows.
What I like is using my own power to get everything, not relying on their favors, and getting what I want without lifting a finger.
The country I’m in has been controlled by a “Family” since its birth, and even the emperor who built this country owed it to them to make peace from the chaos of war.
Of the gentrymen serving in the court’s central positions, very few are officials who rose from commoner status, and commoners would have a very hard time changing their status. I am deeply familiar with this fact, and all I want is for Master to be able to make it big in a short amount of time, and consider how he’d be able to overcome this high threshold.
Even though I don’t know the faces under those masks, judging from what they’re saying, this association must have ties with the “Family.”
The thing is, why would they choose Master, who built himself up from nothing? Maybe it’s just as they said, it’s because of the wealth that he has now has opened these doors to this world of the upper class. But……
I looked back at the crazed expression on Master’s face.
He actually believed what that person said.
I let out a silent sigh in my heart.
Sure enough……greedy people are the easiest to be deluded.
II. Dangerous Secrets
Master said yes to the proposal incessantly, and I didn’t even have time to advise him against it, so I had to swallow my warnings back down.
Chengtian Association let Master do his first task, which is to give up the shops under his name. Not a lot, just a few would be enough.
I’m not the least bit surprised by their request, because this is just a test anyways. I’m just a little bit shocked; they actually requested for Master to give up the things that he built himself up with. If they’re requesting for something like this now, then what would the requests in the future be like and how far would they go?
If this is only a test, then what is it that they really want?
Master hesitated for a few days before deciding to give the few shops that don’t have great business to the Chengtian Association. The Young Master of the family, who would inherit the business, quickly found out about this, and came to Master with his account books, asking for an explanation.
I stopped the Young Master’s hurried footsteps, but Master let me step aside. I gave Master a glance, obeyed his order to close the study’s doors, and listened to him explain everything to the Young Master about the Chengtian Association.
I have never seen the Young Master with such a surprised expression, until Master voiced that he only made this sacrifice for the sake of his future status. All the Young Master did was quiver his lips, unable to steady his mental state.
"Buddha’s Temptation, is this all real?"
"Just as you’ve heard."
The Young Master tried to verify this unthinkable situation with me, and I affirmed, but it didn’t seem to alleviate his worries.
I observed the Young Master, slowly calming down; he looked like he already accepted Master’s actions, but the tightly clenched fists gave away his internal thoughts.
Based on my understanding of him, I’m afraid he’ll do something neither of us can expect.
As expected, the Young Master really took action.
A few days after this "father-son talk", I unintentionally noticed the Young Master’s Food Soul suspiciously exiting from the mansion’s back door, so I started to pay more attention to this situation, and followed him silently the next time he left.
The place where he went to was very secluded, and he was very careful as to not be followed while on the roads, but he couldn’t do anything to a stalker who was already prepared. Even though I wasn’t able to hear what was being said between him and his contact, seeing the envelope that he passed over, I’m afraid Chengtian Association is no longer a secret.
"Steamed Wuchang Fish, what are you and the Young Master planning?"
Once the contact left, Wuchang Fish traced his footsteps to go back. I stopped him halfway through and asked straightforwardly.
It seemed as if Wuchang Fish was shocked by my presence, but he remained calm even in danger. Like me, he didn’t waste any time to fabricate a reason.
"The Young Master and I want to save this country being manipulated——Don’t tell anyone, Buddha’s Temptation, that would be best for everyone."
This may be the best way to describe it, I couldn’t agree more.
If even the passing of power was controlled by someone else, then isn’t the fate of this country being controlled by someone else too?
Master and I now are also chess pieces that will be used unpredictably.
How extremely sad.
"What you’re doing is very dangerous."
"Young Master and I have realized we’re ready to sacrifice our lives for this. "
"Ah, know this too, that if anything happens, it’s not just going to be you two, but Master’s entire family will be dragged into this. Do you two realise that this is the risk that you’re taking on?"
"If I can notice you doing this, then obviously the organisation with 『Hands and Eyes in the Sky』will notice. Stop while you can, or else do it with even more caution and be more thorough. This time I won’t tell anyone, but I won’t go into the grave one day because of you two. "
"I understand. We will be careful."
After my advice, Wuchang Fish really did act more secretively.
It’s just that none of us realised that before I even figured out what they were doing, Chengtian Association had already found out about their motives, and every single one of us have already become chess pieces not within our control.
III. This is Your Favor
"Move away Buddha’s Temptation! I want to take Master away! "
"Calm down first!"
"Calm down?! Master is about to be given to Chengtian Association, how can I calm down!"
"If you don’t calm down, neither you nor the Young Master can leave!"
Wuchang Fish, trying to rush into the Young Master’s room, had a face full of rage. I blocked him from the garden, striking his vital points.
I can understand his anger, and I’m also shocked that Chengtian Association would request for Master to give up the Young Master to them. Then Master actually locked the Young Master up, ordering me to guard over him until the people from Chengtian Association came.
"Don’t let your emotions get to your brain! Think about this, if the situation has developed the way it is now, that means that your men have been exposed long ago, what will you do next then?"
Under my strong words, Wuchang Fish, who seemed like he lost all thinking abilities from impulse, finally calmed down.
"……Our work will not stop, other people will automatically turn around to us, all I need to do now is to bring Master away, then we will have a chance to take back everything in the days to come. "
"Hehe…..work? Let me guess, the so called plan of yours to save the country should involve the Emperor. You both have never even heard of the existence of Chengtian Association before, and what you’re doing is only based on the assumption that the “Family” are forcing things along with the Emperor, so you don’t really have any plans that could really profit the people and the country, am I right?"
"Both of you must have guessed that Chengtian Association is tied to the “Family”, but during the process of transferring information, somewhere along the line, the fact that both of you knew about this organization was leaked. Maybe it was me, maybe it was the people around the emperor, or more likely……it was someone from the inside. "
"Hehe, it seems that I was right. But why didn’t they take action before, and wait until now to go against the Young Master?"
"……I don’t know."
I let out a sigh, patting his arm.
"I’m really curious about this too, I even suspect they especially solicited Master just for the Young Master…You can go back first, come back after midnight. Don’t just stand there anymore, go, when the time comes, things will go as you wish. "
Sending off Wuchang Fish, I took out my pocket watch to check the time, then waved my finger at a direction after I kept time.
Before they leave, I’ll help them just one more time……
After midnight, Wuchang Fish came as agreed.
The small courtyard I was guarding does not have a second guard; I led Wuchang Fish to Young Master, who had already packed up his bags. Seeing his Young Master, he dashed over to give him a hug, and I hastened their departure.
"The money for the journey is all in the bundle, I have also given the map to get out of the country to Young Master. The few hiding places on the road are also very well concealed, they are friends I made from when I was helping Master take care of business, they’re very willing to provide help. I have already solved the problem of Chengtian Association monitoring the Food Souls here, rest assured, you can leave……wait until you have enough power to change this country, then come back. "
Young Master and Wuchang Fish both revealed a shocked expression, Wuchang Fish grabbed my arm and faced me.
"Why are you helping us? We don’t even know how great their power is. If you do this, not only will the Master, even you will– "
"If this person can sell out his own family just for personal gain, then what is there that he won’t do. Maybe one day, I’ll be the one paying the price for his greed!" I cut off Wuchang Fish and waved him off.
"What we know of Chengtian Association is really little, I may be able to help you for now, but I can’t keep helping you. In the end, you need to rely on your own strength to change this country. But……anyways, the thing I seek, it will not happen in this country. If you can really change this country, then that’s not bad too."
"The thing you seek?"
"Hehe, that’s not something you need to know. Don’t stall any longer, hurry up and go."
"……Thank you, we owe you a favor."
"No need to thank me, someday I will ask for this favor back. "
IV. The Third Requirement
The Young Master and Wuchang Fish have both left. Master went into a fit of rage, but there was nothing he could do, except to hide this matter for now.
But a secret can’t be kept forever,Chengtian Association quickly found out about the Young Master and Wuchang Fish’s escape. What they did was bring Master news of the Young Master’s death, and then told him their third request was for him to dissolve his contract with me and hand me over, or else he wouldn’t be able to own any property, bringing disaster upon himself.
Looking at Master, gazing at me with teary eyes, I controlled my emotions and didn’t ridicule him. Instead, I calmly asked him.
"Where’s Wuchang FIsh? Seeing as Young Master has been killed, has Wuchang Fish died with him as well?"
"Wu-Wuchang Fish? I don’t know, they never said anything, perhaps he ran off on his own!"
Wuchang Fish is someone who would never run away on his own, unless he got into some sort of accident too.
A thought suddenly floated into my head.
Is it possible that…..eradicating the Young Master, participating in conspiracy, was just something they did in passing, and their final goal was actually to obtain Steamed Wuchang Fish and I, both Food Souls?
This gutsy thought troubled me, what’s the use of obtaining Food Souls unwilling to submit their lives to them?
"Buddha’s Temptation, you must save me, if I didn’t summon you, you wouldn’t have even appeared on the face of this earth……"
"Okay, I will go."
I no longer wished to listen to Master using past deeds to plead with me, so I cut his words off, agreeing to his request.
Master’s treachery has locked his dismal future into place, so I might as well take this chance to dissolve our contract, and after I obtain the answer in the confusion, I’ll save Wuchang Fish and leave this place.
While leaving the mansion, I felt no nostalgia, and showed no signs of resisting. I was very cooperative from start to finish.
The people at Chengtian Association probably didn’t expect me to come so willingly, so they even sent a Food Soul responsible for detaining me while escorting me. At first, the Food Soul had their guard up, worried that I would cause a ruckus at any time, only slowly letting their guard down when we were on the grounds of the Chengtian Association.
I heard that this place was called “Drink Water Stage”, and it seems like it is primarily used to perform experiments.
Entering “Drink Water Stage” and going deeper, the transaction was about to take place at the checkpoint.
I used this opportunity to cause a scene and launched a surprise attack on the Food Soul, who’d relaxed their vigilance. The Food Soul meant to receive us was stunned, but then immediately after, threw down every other human in the tunnel!
"You……who are you?"
"I am Jinhua Ham, and I would like you to come rescue Steamed Wuchang Fish."
"Wuchang Fish is here?"
"Yes, follow me."
At a critical time like this, I can only choose to trust this Food Soul that helped me.
Jinhua Ham and Chengtian Association must have some deep connection. He was very familiar with the layout of “Drink Ice Stage”, and no one suspected anything as he brought me through the tunnels. Extremely convenient for our surprise attack on a guard on our way.
Very soon, he led me to Wuchang Fish’s room. The unconscious Wuchang Fish was locked to a table, surrounded by tools made of crystal and unidentifiable metals.
"These are the tools used to perform experiments……they’re always looking for methods to force Food Souls into contracts with them."
"Having more Food Souls would mean having greater power. At that time, not only will they be able to control this country, other countries……even the entirety of Light Kingdom would be in their hands. "
"……So this is their motive."
"Wuchang Fish helped me before, so I am returning this favor to him. Please take him away."
Loosening Wuchang Fish’s shackles, I carried him on my back and followed Jinhua Ham towards the most concealed passageway, and tried to ask him about his life.
Jinhua Ham did not let on about his story, and only said that he doesn’t wish to see Chengtian Association harming any more people.
"Won’t you leave with us?"
"No……My issues can only be resolved here. I have already prepared your safehouse, if you trust me, then bring Wuchang Fish there and let him properly tend to his wounds, then come back and fight with his original strength. If I’m still here at that time, then I can be his greatest help."
"……Take care. "
Seeing as Jinhua Ham has already made up his mind, I didn’t think to advise him further and brought Wuchang Fish away from this place.
Everyone has things that they want to pursue, and thus, will receive the rewards or pay the price from their choices.
There’s nothing in this country that causes me to be nostalgic, so I will leave here and start anew somewhere else.
But the people I know, they are all here.
In the future, no matter what they choose, I will always be somewhere in the corner, watching them make their final decision.
V. Buddha's Temptation
Once Buddha’s Temptation left the country, his Master was punished for assisting wanted criminals. Even before Buddha’s Temptation chose to leave, he had already predicted this ending for his Master. To Buddha’s Temptation, this was a well deserved ending for someone who discarded his friends.
When Buddha’s Temptation found out that Master was going to give his only son to Chengtian Association, he’d already begun planning ahead for his future. Rather than travelling through land, where he could be easily followed, Buddha’s Temptation chose to go through the dangerous but hard to track ocean.
Through the savings he earned when he was helping Master with his business, he requested help from some of his reliable acquaintances to obtain a merchant ship, so he could leave and set sail whenever.
Just like this, Buddha’s Temptation brought Steamed Wuchang Fish to the safehouse that Jinhua Ham had prepared, and Steamed Wuchang Fish received careful treatment from Cloud Tea.
Buddha’s Temptation told Steamed Wuchang Fish about the fact that Jinhua Ham helped them escape but didn’t leave with them.
Steamed Wuchang Fish was quiet for a moment, then let out a soft sigh, not saying anything else. Buddha’s Temptation didn’t ask further questions, he just took out his pocket watch to look at the time, then went to the back kitchen to get the medicine being boiled for Steamed Wuchang Fish.
Buddha’s Temptation didn’t wait for Steamed Wuchang Fish’s injuries to completely heal and left; he knew Wuchang Fish would return to their home country, to exact revenge on that organization that controlled the nation and killed his Master.
Buddha’s Temptation has no interest in Chengtian Association, and his intentions do not belong here. Early on, he already knew that outside of this country, there are broader skies, enough power for him to expend at his whims, letting more people know of his name, allowing for more wealth to accumulate under his name. All he needs to do is think, and he’ll be able to obtain all that he wanted.
Buddha’s Temptation chose to leave the land of nowhere on his own, with a single boat. He went through many troubles doing simple tasks like transporting and escorting, up until he returned to land to build his own business.
On this journey, he got to know many brothers he could trust, found a dependable partner, formed a tough team and grew his business.
While Buddha’s Temptation was focused on managing his business, he never once forgot about the friend who returned to their motherland for revenge, and was always paying close attention to the news, even lending a bit of help when it was most needed.
For example, when Steamed Wuchang Fish had his identity exposed and was chased down by the enemy, Buddha’s Temptation brought him on to the boat, allowing him to temporarily hide.
Every time, Buddha’s Temptation would remind Steamed Wuchang Fish that he owed him an extra favour and that he would want to ask for it back one day, telling him that Steamed Wuchang Fish should just do his best, he shouldn’t lose his life for revenge.
The thing is, Buddha’s Temptation never asked for these favors back from Steamed Wuchang Fish, he would just joke like this to Steamed Wuchang Fish every time.
- Original text said “paper cannot keep fire at bay,” which is a way of saying that means a secret cannot be kept forever.
|Togi Node I - Attack Spd|
|After attacking, boosts energy |
13 (16,19,23,27,31,36,42,50,60)pts. 30s CD.
|After attacking, attacks all enemies again, dealing ATK |
20 (31,43,55,68,82,99,121,147,180)% dmg. 8s CD.
|After attacking, boosts basic atk dmg of all allies |
7 (9,11,14,17,19,23,27,33,40)%, lasting 4s. 8s CD.
|Togi Node II - Attack|
|Casts 1 special basic skill every 15s: attacks nearest enemy, dealing ATK |
44 (55,68,81,95,110,129,152,180,216)% as dmg and making target unable to receive healing, lasting 4s.
|Casts 1 special basic skill every 15s: attacks nearest enemy, dealing ATK |
44 (55,68,81,95,110,129,152,180,216)% as dmg and boosting skill dmg received by target
7 (9,11,14,17,19,23,27,33,40)%, lasting 4s.
|Casts 1 special basic skill every 15s: attacks nearest enemy, dealing ATK |
44 (55,68,81,95,110,129,152,180,216)% as dmg and boosting all dmg received by target
2 (3,4,5,6,7,8,10,12,15)%, lasting 4s.
|Togi Node III - HP|
|Casting a combo skill makes all allies next 3 basic atks guaranteed to crit, also boosting basic atk dmg of all allies |
13 (16,19,23,27,31,36,42,50,60)%, lasting 4s.
|Casting a combo skill dispels debuffs from all allies, also increasing allied ATK |
29 (37,45,53,62,72,84,99,117,140)%, lasting 6s.
|Casting a combo skill gives allies (not self) |
14 (18,23,28,34,39,47,55,66,80)HP, also increasing their skill dmg
7 (10,12,15,18,22,26,31,37,45)%, lasting 4s. No energy regen for self for 5s after. 30s CD.
|Togi Node IV - Crit Rate|
|In battle, boosts one's skill dmg |
1 (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)%, also making nearest two allies immune from continuous dmg.
|In battle, boost one's basic atk dmg |
2.8 (3.6,4.5,5.4,6.4,7.5,8.8,10.5,12.5,15)%, also making nearest two allies immune from continuous dmg.
|In battle, boosts all of one's dmg |
0.8 (1.6,2.4,3.2,4,4.8,5.6,6.4,7.2,8)%, also making nearest two allies immune from continuous dmg.
|Togi Node V - Attack|
|For 6s after basic skill, one is immune to silences & charms. Basic skill deals extra dmg to all enemies equal to ATK |
7 (9,11,14,17,19,23,27,33,40)% as DPS, lasting 4s.
|For 6s after casting basic skill, one is immune to silences & charms. Basic skill also boosts skill dmg received by all enemies |
6 (8,9,11,13,15,18,21,25,30)%, lasting 4s.
|For 6s after casting basic skill, one is immune to silences & charms. Basic skill also attacks all enemies, dealing ATK |
26 (32,39,46,54,62,72,85,100,120)% dmg.