Historians have recently unearthed the private papers of the legendary martial arts hero, Fāng Shìyù (方世玉). These documents shed new light on the life of the talented fighter, who was considered to be almost invincible. Legend tells that when he was a child, Fāng Shìyù’s mother broke every bone in his body and dipped him in dit da jow, a traditional Chinese liquid analgesic. This event left him with “copper skin and metal bone”. An excerpt from the hero’s personal journal has been printed below.
So, I’ve got this copper skin and metal bone thing going on. It’s all good for my mortality and gathering renown for my martial arts, but let me tell you, it has never helped with the ladies. Girls want guys with thick hair and good shoes, not metal skeletal systems. Not just girls – girl. Xiaoting has lived down the street from me for ten months, and for ten months she has looked right through me. Don’t ask me how you can look through someone with copper skin. Anyway, she’s having a party tomorrow and I’m not invited. I’m considering hiring someone to start assaulting people on the street outside her door so I can step in and play the hero. She’s gotta go for me then. Anyway, I’ll write you again and let you know how it goes.