On the eleventh month of investigation.
Inside the Mirage, Xue Ying looked in the distance towards a warship hidden in the depths of a volcano. The warship contained a group of demons, the most eye-catching of them being a small demon with purple armor. In the past, this demon had personally sent his Avatar to kill Xue Ying. At that time, Xue Ying had not been willing to make a move, as he wanted to conceal his true strength. Instead, the green-armored protector had been the one to make a move.
His combat power is very high. Based on the intelligence report of the Xia Clan, his power is comparable to Mountain Lord He’s! Xue Ying pondered. He is equivalent to a first-rank Demigod, but just going by his appearance…
The purple-armored demon sat cross-legged, dark demonic energy surging up on his whole body. His small face was cold and detached; he seemed to be in the middle of practice. No change in his aura. He should also be unaware of me. Xue Ying was relieved.
There were five Demon Generals.
According to the intelligence, the most powerful one was this purple-armored demon, while the most overbearing one was the large, ice-blue demon.
Xiu! Xue Ying continued to investigate while flying. His speed was so great that in the blink of an eye, he could cover a distance of 50 kilometers. Although the Xia Clan World was so enormous, he could still fly several times around it in a single day.
After one year and three months of investigation.
My god! Inside the Mirage, Xue Ying stared at the huge figure of the Demon General sleeping inside the warship. So big! His height might actually reach a thousand meters!
A thousand meters tall, that was as high as a mountain.
He deserves his nickname of ‘Mountain Demon’. Xue Ying shook his head. This Demon General possessed extraordinary strength, but based on the intelligence of the Xia Clan, it was only comparable with a third-rank Demigod. Although he had a tyrannical body, his comprehension of the realms was very weak.
With his weak comprehension of the realms, he is the easiest to deal with. Xue Ying smiled. This Mountain Demon was still sleeping, unaware of the spy inside the Mirage.
In the blink of an eye, two years and one month had passed since Xue Ying started his investigation. In an area facing the sea, in the south and on a desolate uninhabited beach, a black-clothed Xue Ying lay down on the snow-white sand while relaxedly drinking fruit wine.
“Jing Qiu,” Xue Ying used his communication wristband to converse with Jing Qiu. He would contact Jing Qiu and Palace Head Chen to talk and deliver reports every day. After all, there was no way to make any contact with the outside while he was in the Mirage.
“Haha, I’m in a good mood.”
“It’s still early. I’m afraid it will take a few more years. How are things are home?” Xue Ying transmitted. On that day, he had finished checking all of the areas with land in the Xia Clan World. He had discovered three of the Demon Generals, while he estimated that the two he had not yet found were hiding deep within the sea.
After talking with Jing Qiu for a while, Xue Ying delivered a simple report to Palace Head Chen, “I have finished checking all the areas with land and found three Demon Generals! I have checked again, and the three of them retained their original positions, unaware of my investigation. That is all. I will now begin investigating the ocean.” Xue Ying got up and put away his fruit wine.
With a move, Xue Ying’s figure distorted and vanished. Inside the Mirage, his body became a light streak as it entered the depths of the vast ocean. Chapter 209: Feng Laisan
209: Feng Laisan
In a distant place at the Grand Southern Prefecture, the Evil Woman stood on a high peak with her cold eyes blinking towards the horizon. She reached out with her finger, and a beam of light appeared like a shooting star soaring across the sky.
On this day, many cultivators in the Grand Southern Prefecture saw this spectacle in the sky. A beam containing a world-destroying power shot through the horizon towards the northern region.
This beam of light was accompanied by rolling thunder. It soared all the way through the Trinity County for 170,000 miles before falling on the Wanxiang Pagoda.
A vast murderous sensation descended from the sky, causing the experts from the previous generation of the pagoda to be greatly alarmed. This white beam of light caused even the sky to change its shade as it attacked the pagoda. This killing aura caused the clouds to roar and brought along cold and sharp winds.
“Where might Fellow Expert hail from?” The four old protectors of the Spirit Treasure Tower all pointed their fingers at the sky. Four spirit lights combined together to form an ancient formation like the shell of a Black Tortoise.
The ancient formation was immediately pierced by the white light, and the four powerful old men were all injured at the same time as their bodies shook, spurting out blood.
They were all experts close to the Ju Qing level, experts with comparable power to a Tower Lord, but their joint effort could not stop this white light.
“Hmph! This Evil Woman is indeed arrogant. Wanting to destroy the Spirit Treasure Tower from thousands of miles away, she really does not put us in her eyes.” The Spirit Treasure Tower Lord was a real Ju Qing. Moreover, she was also a ninth rank Treasure Seeking Master with a vision countless times that of an ordinary man. Just a single glance could surpass 100,000 miles. She could faintly see the Evil Woman’s supreme figure standing on top of the Heavenly Cloud Peak like an evil god in a painting.
Right when her eyes met the Evil Woman, the Evil Woman also coldly glared at her.
“Pluff!” The Tower Lord’s eyes felt a sharp pain. She withdrew her gaze from thousands of miles away like a receding tide. Two drops of blood suddenly spilled from the corners of her eyes. She was actually wounded by the Evil Woman’s glare!
The Tower Lord was extremely shaken. This Evil Woman was too terrifying. Fortunately, she had reached the Ju Qing level. Otherwise, she would have died for sure under that glare.
A first level Heaven’s Mandate cultivator could control a sword to kill someone from a thousand miles away, but the Evil Woman almost blinded the Tower Lord from 170,000 miles away.
However, the Wanxiang Pagoda was still the number one learning sacred ground in the world, and the Spirit Treasure Tower was the number one forbidden ground of the pagoda, so there were many experts hiding in the darkness to protect it. After their combined efforts, they finally managed to repel the single finger beam from the Evil Woman. Nevertheless, many old men were also gravely injured since they paid a great price.
No one knew why the Evil Woman suddenly decided to attack the Spirit Treasure Tower. Many became alarmed since the Evil Woman had dared to attack this tower. Maybe sooner or later, she will rush into the pagoda.
Feng Feiyun opened his eyes and his divine intent went back into his brain. He clearly knew that the Evil Woman had taken action earlier. Could this have something to do with him entering the Corpse Palace?
Even if everything was just an illusion, the Corpse Palace was still hiding a huge secret about the Evil Woman.
‘It is best that the Evil Woman doesn’t rush into the Wanxiang Pagoda.’ He had such a thought in his mind.
On this day, many great characters from the pagoda all entered the Spirit Treasure Tower and had a secret meeting. Groups came and went; clearly, they were all startled by the Evil Woman.
Just one attack from 170,000 miles away was already that frightening; if she personally came, then even if the pagoda had experts as numerous as the clouds, it still wouldn’t necessarily be able to stop her.
Feng Feiyun and Murong Ta were nothing before these experts, so as they walked down the stone steps, no one even bothered giving them a glance.
“Have you seen the Evil Woman before?” Murong Ta curiously asked while walking next to Feng Feiyun.
“Of course I’ve met her!” Feng Feiyun slightly looked at him with a strange glimmer in his eyes before staring at him more intensely. Then, he stroked his chin with an even more meticulous glance.
Murong Ta punched him in the chest and pretended to be angry: “I’m not a girl, so why are you staring at me like this?”
“Nothing, I’m just curious… Your eyebrows are a bit asymmetrical right now, why are you so nervous?” His lips curled into a smile as he suddenly put his arm around Murong Ta’s thin shoulder and dragged him over before whispering into his ear: “I’ll tell you a secret. Back in my Spirit State City, everyone used to say this: a person with asymmetrical eyebrows might appear to be stoic on the outside, but they are very warm on the inside… Ow! You actually hit my chest. It hurts a lot, stop, I’m only speaking the truth!” 1
“How could your place have such a saying?” Murong Ta pushed Feng Feiyun’s arm away and kept on going down the stairs. He didn’t bother looking back at him as if he was angry.
“Hey, why are you so petty as a man! I’m only joking around. How about this, two days later, I’ll make it up to you with a flower drinking session, yeah?” Feng Feiyun chased after him and once again grabbed his shoulder without any reservation, revealing quite a free spirit. 2
“I don’t want to go to such a dirty place.” Murong Ta once again pushed Feng Feiyun’s arm away, but Feng Feiyun hugged him too tightly so he couldn’t break apart.
It was very normal for good brothers to act so close together!
“Brother Murong, your words are quite mistaken. Without prostitutes, how could we have so many wonderful and romantic tales? A young person should enjoy his life, you are way too obstinate.” Feng Feiyun pulled on Murong Ta’s neck and sighed deeply.
“Hmph, unfortunately, these romantic tales all end with men betraying the hearts of women. A brothel might be a paradise for men like us, but it is hell for the spirit of women.” Murong Ta’s eyes became cold with a glimmer of ruthlessness.
“A dog’s butcher has more affection than the unloyal scholars. We are the butchers, with friendship and loyalty, so those heartless bastards are not the same as us.” 3
“Friendship and loyalty!” Murong Ta laughed in a sarcastic manner.
Feng Feiyun looked at him and asked: “Why is Brother Murong laughing in such an exaggerated manner?”
“Nothing, I am only remembering a bad person.” Murong Ta said.
“Bad in what way?” Feng Feiyun asked.
“When I was a kid, my mother told me about this sinful man named Feng Laisan. At three years of age, he was a beggar; at five, he was competing for food with pigs and dogs; at nine, he became a thief. After fourteen years of age, he did even more evil deeds. On a cold winter day with three feet of snow, Feng Laisan met a girl from the same village as him. She was wearing very thin and tattered clothing, and even her shoes had holes in it. She was running in the cold snow, wanting to go to town to get her sick mother some medicine. Meanwhile, Feng Laisan was rolling in the snow. He had been hungry for three days and three nights. This girl took pity on him and gave him the last of her bun so that he didn’t die from starvation.” Murong Ta was telling the story while going down the Spirit Treasure Tower. 4
Feng Feiyun was still hugging his shoulder while listening very carefully before suddenly interjecting: “The snow covered even the mountain, yet this girl still weathered the cold to go get medicine for her mother. This filial piety is quite commendable.”
“Of course it is quite commendable, but she met a sinful man like Feng Laisan.” Murong Ta said as he gritted his teeth.
“Surely this Feng Laisan’s sexual urge was incited after meeting this girl?” Feng Feiyun asked.
“Not just that. After eating the bun, this bastard raped the girl in the snow. Afterward, he slashed the extremely ill mother of the girl to death and took the girl in as his wife. A fellow righteous villager came to demand justice. Make a guess, what did this sinful Feng Laisan say?” Murong Ta looked straight at Feng Feiyun and asked.
“What did he say?” Feng Feiyun inquired.
“He said he was a humane person with loyalty!” Murong Ta wryly sneered and replied. 5
“Haha!” Feng Feiyun burst out in laughter and said: “Such a scum still considers himself a humane and loyal person. That is the funniest thing in this world.” After laughing, Feng Feiyun became serious and said: “Is Feng really his last name?”
“Definitely!” Murong Ta asserted.
“And he is called Feng Laisan?” Feng Feiyun asked again.
“That is not for certain.” Murong Ta paused for a bit and then said: “In the end, it is already not easy to remember the last name of such scum like this, let alone his full name.” Murong Ta then grunted and quickly stepped outside. 6
Feng Feiyun stood in the same spot while staring at Murong Ta’s back as he stroked his chin. His eyes narrowed with a smirk, carrying a deep meaning.
“Hey, wait for me!” Feng Feiyun once again rushed forward and hugged Murong Ta’s shoulder again. Because he was taller than Murong Ta, he almost pulled Murong Ta’s face into his chest.
1. The term used in this passage is ; I couldn’t come up with a good equivalence in English, but it almost has the meaning of a tsundere, except it is a lot more broad and even has a positive connotation. It could be an introverted person who is full of passion and hope. “A person with asymmetrical eyebrows is a tsundere.” ↩
Flower drinking session means going to a brothel.
2. Flower drinking session means going to a brothel.
3. The first sentence has a very interesting background story. Back in the Ming Dynasty, the royal family was conceited and arrogant, including their servants. One of their favourite hobbies was to take their dogs on a stroll and have them bite/kill people for fun. One day, they met a scholar, but right before the scholar was about to be killed, a butcher showed up and killed the dog. Later, the servants brought this case to court; the servants blackmailed the scholar into betraying the butcher, and the scholar ultimately decided to betray his benefactor. However, the judge was wise and ruled against both the servants and scholar. The judge then spoke the phrase: A dog’s butcher has more affection than the unloyal scholars.
4. Ergou = second dog; Laisan = regene third. Feng Ergou was one of Feng Feiyun’s previous aliases, and obviously this Feng Laisan is also meant to be him.
5. For this part, I believe the sinful man is saying he is loyal because he is marrying the girl, and is humane by killing the extremely sick mother to spare her from suffering further since the girl couldn’t get medicine? This part was vague for me too, but this conjecture makes sense.
6. The strokes for these names are similar with each other. This is San , and this is Yun . Chapter 774 – Half-bloomed Udumbara (2)
Yun Che turned around in a flash. To his surprise, he found that Zi Ji, Xia Yuanba and Feng Xue’er all stood there with slack expressions on their face. Their eyes were completely blank and their pupils dilated and contracted intermittently. It was as if their souls had left their bodies.
Yun Che’s heart was filled with alarm as he rushed over and swiftly grabbed Feng Xue’er with his right hand, hugging her close. At the same time, his left hand shot out, releasing an energy wave that shoved Xia Yuanba and Zi Ji far away. He roared loudly and frantically, “Retreat! Don’t look at the purple light!!”
The three of them shuddered simultaneously, as if they were waking up from a dream. Feng Xue’er immediately hugged Yun Che tightly as she curled into his chest, not daring to raise her head again. Yun Che could clearly feel that her heart was racing. Zi Ji and Xia Yuanba practically fell over themselves as they scrambled backwards, and their expressions were ones of stark terror.
“This Netherworld Udumbara Flower indeed lives up to its reputation… No! It is far more terrifying than the legends describe it!” Zi Ji said as his heart hammered in his chest. His face was green and he was unable to compose himself at the moment. That purple light radiated at least one hundred meters outwards and despite that distance, it had so easily drawn him into this nightmare.
“To think that such a terrifying thing… actually exists in this world!” Xia Yuanba said in a rather traumatized voice, “Is it truly just a flower?”
“What did all of you experience just now? What exactly happened?” Yun Che asked as his brows furrowed. When Yun Che had stared at the purple light, he had only felt dazzled for a moment. He had not experienced any abnormality.
“Let’s not talk about these things right now!” Zi Ji said somberly. He leaned on a wall, not daring to look at the Netherworld Udumbara Flower again. Even then, he still had a vague feeling that a pair of demonic eyes were staring at him from some place and his heart was beating so fast that it felt like it would explode at any moment, “Yun Che! We only have a short hundred breaths! Right now, more than half of that time has passed! Your luck is extremely good. To think that you were actually able to find this dreadful Netherworld Udumbara Flower. Moreover, it is in half-bloom as well… Quickly seize this opportunity and retrieve it with the fastest possible speed! If we are not able to leave within the designated time limit, we will all be trapped here and die! There will be no chance of survival!”
“I understand!” Yun Che nodded his head, and once he had deposited Feng Xue’er beside the wall, he yelled out a warning, “Xue’er, Yuanba, lean against the wall! You definitely mustn’t turn back. I will harvest the Netherworld Udumbara Flower shortly!”
“Big Brother Yun… you must definitely be careful!” Feng Xue’er said in an extremely worried voice. Yun Che had told her about many of the legends associated with the Netherworld Udumbara Flower. But in that brief, horrible instant, she now knew that the dreadfulness of the Netherworld Udumbara Flower had far exceeded her wildest imagination.
“Don’t worry! Since I dared to come here, I definitely have a foolproof plan as well!”
Yun Che said this as he rounded the corner, taking more than ten steps towards the Netherworld Udumbara Flower. After that, he stopped and just as he was about to call Jasmine to go harvest the Netherworld Udumbara Flower, he heard Jasmine yell sternly, “Were you not listening to what I just said? Immediately leave this place! Don’t bother with the Netherworld Udumbara Flower anymore!”
Yun Che was taken aback, “But…”
“No buts from you!” Jasmine said in an extremely somber tone, “Haven’t you noticed that even though this Netherworld Udumbara Flower has already started to bloom, it is only in half-bloom!”
Yun Che was stunned by those words and he raised his head to stare that at that gently swaying purple light.
Within the deep darkness, the Netherworld Udumbara Flower’s appearance was still clear for all to see, as if it was right in front of Yun Che. It was slightly taller than three meters in height, its stem and leaves were greenish-black in color. In the middle of that fantastical bright, purple light, a bewitching flower could be seen. Every petal seemed to be made of radiant purple jade, but the flower bud was still faintly curled up and the petals had not fully unfurled. Even though it had an extremely bewitching and enchanting appearance, it had not fully bloomed yet.
The Moon Slaughter Devil Nest was a desolate place, and the air was stale and stagnant. Yet the half-bloomed Netherworld Udumbara Flower gently swayed as it released a light purple mist that seemed to come from the underworld itself. And from time to time, it emitted that nightmarish sound that seemed to be a mix of both wailing and laughter. It was so sinister that it caused the souls of those who heard it to tremble.
And just as Jasmine had said, it had not fully bloomed yet!
Given Yun Che’s knowledge regarding plants and herbs, even though this Netherworld Udumbara Flower had not fully bloomed, it looked like it would not be long before it reached full bloom. Perhaps it would take a few more days, or even a few more hours, for it to bloom!
At this moment, the purple light suddenly flashed, and the scene in front of Yun Che blurred before becoming awash in a sea of purple.
On the eleventh month of investigation.