I stayed up late again :'D
I don't actually have any relevant text for this illustration this time since I'm still fleshing out story things but I suppose I should at least introduce Caiyan and Xueqing~
Caiyan is a celestial maiden who was born of a barn swallow's egg after it was blessed -- she classifies as a divine beast called huoniao (firebird). Her specialty is music, especially the guqin. Despite her humble species, she possess a high grade of fire. She ran away from the divine realms once to pursue a master swordsman after becoming moved by his swordsmanship. She studied with him for six years in the mortal realms and would have studied longer, but a cursed sword forced her to end the life of the swordsman by her own hands.
Xueqing ( Darkavey
's OC ) is a smith who was born with heavenly eyes, able to see more than others and understand what he sees. Due to crossing paths with one of the Dragon Kings and showing how to repair their trident, Xueqing was given the Dragon King's blessing in the form of scales on his arms, which allowed him to become strong enough to take over his father's work and become a craftsman. He accidentally created the cursed blade Azure Spring as a result of being unable to control both of his blessings at the same time.
As for how they ended up working together here... I'll share that story maybe another time~