JCG & SW Chapter 38

Every person and beast at the scene was frozen in place at the roar. The group of snakes immediately began to cause a disturbance. That huge long snake also curled up.

Atop Gemini Peaks, an enormous silhouette jumped down using the mountain cliffs, as if the precipitous mountain cliffs were flat ground. When it landed on the ground the whole snow capped mountain quaked violently.

It was a white tiger about the size of a small mountain! Dark brown stripes were evenly distributed around its snowy white fur. The white mane around its neck was thicker than a lions, in a direct line from its back to its tail. That mane moved majestically in the wind. The pair of crystal round tiger eyes was a bright and limpid grey, pure and noble as if it cast light upon the whole world. The stripes on its forehead converged into a upright, imperious ‘Wang/王’! His fur was thick, body full of power and grandeur. Walking through the snow, he looked as if he had the strength to govern a country, an appearance one should bow down to. All living things became discoloured before him, the heavens brightened up.

This was ancient divine beast from the legends—— The White Tiger!

After Zhi Xuan’s moment of surprise passed, his face became extremely ugly. He subconsciously shrunk back into the snow, wishing that no one could see him.

Following the White Tiger’s every step forward, the group long snakes fearfully retreated back a step. Up until the White Tiger turned his huge head towards them, baring his teeth slightly. The huge long snake gave a hiss, turning and running as swiftly as the ebb of the tide.

Very quickly, only Jiang Chao Ge’s group of people were left in the snow, looking at the White Tiger, so fearful their legs trembled. In any case, Jiang Chao Ge and Yu Ren Shu had seen Zhi Xuan’s true form before, yet their hearts still constricted at the imposing manner of the White Tiger, not daring to take even a full breath. Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu were completely stupefied. Tian Rong, Zui You and Zheng Cheng’s whole bodies trembled slightly, heads hanging low, filled with veneration in front of the king of all creatures.

The White Tiger took a step forward, a deep and low male voice emitting a sound of disbelief, “Zhi Xuan?”

Zhi Xuan’s dignity as a Qi Lin took a severe blow. He glared at the White Tiger resentfully, so angry he couldn’t even speak a word.

The White Tiger, Ren Wang, suddenly began to laugh heartily in a clear voice. That laughter shook the entire Gemini Peaks, “How did you become like that, hahahahahaha——“

Zhi Xuan roared angrily: “Shut up!”

Jiang Chao Ge’s legs went weak, collapsing to his knees, still shocked and not daring to speak. That White Tiger was as big as a mountain, crushing them to death was child’s play.

Suddenly, atop Ren Wang’s head a person appeared. It was a male youth about twenty or so years old with an elegant appearance and pale skin. There was an air of unconventional gracefulness about him, except that there were only whites to his eyes, as if he had eyes that couldn’t see. The pair of eyes that only had whites, looked down at them from above, whispering: “Ren Wang, are they your friends?”

Ren Wang thought for a moment, “I guess so.”

“Who the hell is your friend!” Zhi Xuan said loudly: “How come you’re here? Don’t tell me you awakened earlier than me?”

Ren Wang chuckled, “Looking at your appearance, I should be earlier than you.”

Zhi Xuan flew into a rage out of shame, “Get lost, I don’t want to look at you right now! Wait till I reveal my true form, I’ll definitely battle you. Get lost quickly, you’re even blocking the sun!”

Ren Wang shook his neck, body slowly shrinking in size, finally transforming into human form. A tall, handsome and godlike man appeared before them. Highlights of black weaved through his head of white hair, pure ash coloured pupils bright and sharp. Those eyes were really too beautiful, too clear. It had the kind of strength to pull people in. His temperament was calm and serious, much more so that Zhi Xuan at a glance. That youth with white eyes stood beside him, whole person seemingly about to melt into the wind and snow.

No wonder Yu Ren Shu had seen many situations, being the first to regain the ability to speak, “You…. You’re the White Tiger.”

Ren Wang glanced at him, “What are humans doing here?”

“To find you….. and other Divine grade spirit weapons.”

A flash of surprise flitted across Ren Wang’s eyes. “Why?”

Yu Ren Shu said righteously, “In order to prevent the human world from sinking into hell again.”

Speaking up to here, Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu both understood. They didn’t come to find some specific Heaven grade spirit weapon. They clearly came to find Divine grade spirit weapons made from the twelve ancient rare beasts of legend said to have the power to destroy the heavens! And Zhi Xuan was one of them!

After the biggest secret withheld from them on the road was revealed to the world, only endless shock was left behind. The Divine beasts of legend was right in front of them. That meant all the myths were true. Their world was really about to face a great catastrophe!

“With you? Really overestimating your capabilities. Our revival is inevitable, it’s not something that can be stopped with human power. If you want to save mankind, find the Origin of the Heaven and Earth as soon as possible. If the Origin of Heaven and Earth falls into the hands of a rare beast with compassion for mankind, then we can possible escape death by sheer luck.”

“If not?”

“If not, mankind will become their plaything.” Ren Wang’s gaze rested on Zhi Xuan, “You still haven’t formed a contract with this human?”

Zhi Xuan humphed: “None of your business.”

Ren Wang smiled lightly, “You’re the first….familiar person I’ve met since I awakened. Although this appearance is quite ridiculous, it really makes one reminisce those times.”

“You’re ridiculous!” Zhi Xuan had no way of venting his anger, ferociously stamping Jiang Chao Ge’s feet, “All your fault!”

Jiang Chao Ge swallowed, the current situation before his eyes making him uncomfortable to the pit of his stomach. At least right now, sir White Tiger didn’t plan on eating them. This was good news. He asked: “Sir Ren Wang, you mean that other than Zhi Xuan, you haven’t seen any other ancient rare beasts?”

Ren Wang nodded.

“Then we still have hope of finding them and preventing them from being summoned by human spirit weapon users.”

Ren Wang shook his head, “Everything is destined. You won’t be able to prevent it.”

Zhi Xuan said: “Do you know where Yin Chuan is?”

“I also want to find him. He possesses the most wisdom and can perhaps take the lead in finding the Origin of Heaven and Earth.”

“Then why haven’t you gone to the Kun Lun fairylands?”

“After I’ve searched the north, I will naturally go to the next place.” Ren Wang swept an eye over them, “If it wasn’t for me today, you would’ve long since been in the snake’s stomach. You all are so weak, yet hope to find ancient rare beasts in vain.”

Zhi Xuan snorted coldly, “I’ll definitely find Yin Chuan.”

“Perhaps in a nameless place on this continent, Yin Chuan has already awakened. I have a premonition that us two definitely aren’t the only ancient rare beasts that’ve awakened.”

Yu Ren Shu asked: “Do you have any clues about the Origin of Heaven and Earth?”

Ren Wang shook his head, “But if it appears, I will be able to feel it.”

Zhi Xuan pointed at Ren Wang’s spirit weapon user curiously, “Is your human blind?”

Ren Wang looked at him, “He can see the world through my eyes.”

The youth smiled slightly.

Ren Wang said: “Zhi Xuan, our meeting was predestined. I won’t fight with you in your current form. If you find other people, remember to greet them for me.”

Zhi Xuan glared scornfully at him.

“A piece of advice, form a contract as soon as possible. This human’s spiritual power is so weak. The speed of cultivation will increase a little after forming a contract.”

Zhi Xuan looked at Jiang Chao Ge, face full of resentment.

Ren Wang once again transformed into the form of a huge white tiger, helping the youth onto his back, leaping towards the Gemini Peaks with a soft howl. Very quickly they disappeared into the expanse of boundless white.

After he left, everyone was silent for a long time.

Long Xiang whispered: “This is your secret, Divine grade spirit weapons.”

Ruan Qian Xiu took a deep breath, “The legends are actually true…..”

Yu Ren Shu said gravely, “That’s right, the legends are true. When the twelve ancient rare beasts awaken, is the day Tian Ling continent will be destroyed. The White Tiger is still searching for the Origin of Heaven and Earth. This battle has spread from the ancient times till now. It definitely won’t stop unless we prevent them from being summoned.”

Jiang Chao Ge ruffled his hair, saying tiredly: “Let’s go down the mountain first. You are all injured and must receive treatment immediately.”

Yu Ren Shu looked at the large and small wounds on his body, only now feeling waves of pain. He used his remaining spiritual power to heal Tian Rong. After putting themselves in order, they began walking down the mountain.

Jiang Chao Ge helped Yu Ren Shu and Long Xiang wrap their wounds. Ruan Qian Xiu used a cloth to carefully clean her crescent blades, thinking about the battle not long ago, heart still fluttering with lingering fears.

Ever since meeting Ren Wang, Zhi Xuan had been sulky, not speaking either and continuously ramming his back into Jiang Chao Ge. After Jiang Chao Ge finished, he sat by his side, using his finger to poke his back: “Little Zuzong, still angry?”

Zhi Xuan shook his shoulders and said coldly: “Don’t touch me.”

“I know you think it’s a little humiliating, but…..”

Zhi Xuan suddenly turned his head, staring at him ferociously: “A. Little. Humiliating?”

Jiang Chao Ge helplessly placed his hand in front of Zhi Xuan’s mouth. Zhi Xuan opened his mouth and bit onto it unrestrainedly, while glaring at him scornfully. Jiang Chao Ge said: “Exert your strength, bite to your heart’s content.”

Zhi Xuan yelled: “Scoundrel, wait till the day I return to my true form. Let’s see if you still dare to be so presumptuous in front of me!”

“Of course not. I don’t dare to even now. I see, hear and obey you.” Jiang Chao Ge said, blinking.

Long Xiang looked at them: “In the end, what is Zhi Xuan?”

Jiang Chao Ge hesitated for a moment, “Qi Lin.”

Surprise flashed across the faces of everyone. They were probably unable to connect the arrogant, fierce and tyrannical brat in front of them to that powerful and prestigious Qi Lin.

Zhi Xuan pointed at their noses and rained curses: “What kind of gaze is that? You don’t believe it?! I will bite you all to death——“

Jiang Chao Ge hurriedly carried him to the side, “All right all right, don’t be angry. I’ll buy you lots of alcohol when we get back to the city, give you a comfortable bath. You can do anything you want, alright?”

It seemed that this time, Zhi Xuan was really quite angry. Normally it would soon be fine after some coaxing, yet today it wasn’t. He didn’t give Jiang Chao Ge a good expression and was angry throughout the entire journey. It seemed that the blow this time was quite big.

They ran for a day and night without stopping for a second. Just when their spiritual power was just about exhausted, they finally returned to Shao Xian City.

Shao Xian City didn’t have spirit priests and only had normal human doctors. They arrived at a doctors house in the night and quietly settled down. Yu Ren Shu’s condition was quite serious, unable to be healed until after about ten days to a month. Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu only had minor injuries. They temporarily stayed here.

At this moment, Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu could already leave but they didn’t. Right now, everyone’s spiritual power was at its lowest. If they encountered assassins from Blood Temple, it was too dangerous to be destroyed separately. It would be better to unite as one.

The four had many things to think about. In the long days, they practically didn’t speak a few words to each other. After all, seeing the Divine beasts of legends, knowing a shocking secret wasn’t something everyone could digest.

Zhi Xuan shut himself in the house for several days without coming out. Jiang Chao Ge saw that fawning on him was useless and could only let him repair his shattered self respect by himself. Other than sleeping and eating everyday, Jiang Chao Ge put basically all his time into cultivating and practising swordsmanship. The journey to the Gemini Peaks this time was not only a blow to Zhi Xuan, he also received a huge wake up call. His thirst for strength was already so intense it was unable to be controlled.

When Zhi Xuan’s mood was a bit better, he must quickly think of a way to make Zhi Xuan agree to forming a contract with him!


Wang/王- btw forgot to mention that this character means king or emperor XD. I included the actual Chinese so you guys could get an actual picture of what it looked like. 

Ren Wang/壬王- The ‘ren’ part can mean many things but in simple terms it’s a complex way of saying nine. It can also describe the ninth of the ten Heavenly Stems. I won’t delve into the meaning of the name too much cuz that’s some real complex stuff.


Translator’s Corner

Omg ahhhhh the White Tiger is sho hawt omg 😍

They oh so very nearly formed a contract. I know y’all were somewhat hoping they’d form a contract through mating 🌚.

JCG & SW Chapter 37

Jiang Chao Ge was so moved by the heroic and calm phrase of ‘let’s face the enemy’ that tears streamed down his face. He deserved to be called the heroic Prince Shu. An expert in facing beasts, one could tell he was a leader from a glance.

“Hurry! Retreat towards the entrance!” Yu Ren Shu jumped atop Tian Rong’s head in a few steps, the long Jian in his hand, spiritual power flowing throughout his whole body. His sleeves fluttered without wind, silver hair reflecting a luscious light in the gloomy cave. He shot towards the group of snakes like an arrow.

At the same time, Tian Rong also opened his ferocious mouth, throwing himself forward and biting a long snake’s face. That long snake was at least a dozen metres long and about as thick as an adults thigh. Tian Rong and the long snake both rolled around on the ground. The long snake hissed and wanted to constrict Tian Rong. Tian Rong didn’t care and allowed the long snakes spine covered snake body constrict him, his own jaws continuing to bite ferociously. His astonishing bite strength actually ripped off half the head of that long snake!

Yu Ren Shu gave a violent yell, waving Tian Rong Jian ferociously in midair. Combined with powerful spiritual power, it sent an invisible blast force towards the group of snakes. The vertebra of the three long snakes at the front became dislocated and twisted in many places as if it’d been snapped by a huge pair of hands. The long snake bodies laid limply on the ground as if they’d pulled a muscle. Not even a single drop of blood could be seen yet they were already completely disabled!

Everyone present was shocked by the impressive strength of Yu Ren Shu’s attack. Originally when they were fighting Shan Quan Hui, Yu Ren Shu wasn’t seriously fighting at all. This was the true strength of Yu Ren Shu, the famed level five spirit weapon user known across the Tian Ling continent.

After Yu Ren Shu landed on the ground, he charged back into the group of snakes immediately. Tian Rong also stood up and shook himself fiercely. A portion of the steel spikes embedded within his thick fur were shaken off, but there was still many piercing his body which seemed quite terrifying.

At this moment, Jiang Chao Ge and the rest were only a few steps away from the cave entrance. However upon seeing that Yu Ren Shu and Tian Rong couldn’t stop a whole den of long snakes at all, they simply turned back and returned.

Ruan Qian Xiu said: “We have to lure the long snakes out of the cave, otherwise our rare beasts can’t fight here properly. With just a few of us humans, we’ll be eaten sooner or later.”

Long Xiang said: “Zui You, you take them out first. I’ll go lure the snakes.”

Zui You sighed: “Little idiot, can you run faster than me?” He shook his huge magnificent tails and dashed towards the group of snakes.

Ruan Qian Xiu said to Jiang Chao Ge: “You go out first.”

Jiang Chao Ge shook his head, “The cave is probably somewhat safer.”

Ruan Qian Xiu froze and turned her head to look. Unbeknownst to them, many rare beasts had gathered at the cave entrance, peering at them, all producing strange movements. They might be waiting. Waiting for the long snakes to finish eating them and leave them some leftovers. They really were stupid brutes, ignorant of the fact that snakes ate things whole.

Long Xiang and Zui You had already dashed into the group of snakes. Zui You’s body of pure pale fur really made people feel unable to taint it. Unfortunately long snakes didn’t show such pity and protective feelings, leaping at him wanting to bite. Zui You’s figure was dexterous but within the cave it couldn’t be put to good use and he was attacked by biting long snakes.

Long Xiang faced a long snake whilst waving Zui You Halberd. That long snake was more than ten times his size. The size difference itself was alarming to people, making ones heart leap into their throat. When the head of that long snake threw itself at Long Xiang, purple tongue flickering, Long Xiang dodged to the side in a flash with extreme speed. Then he jumped powerfully, jumping onto the lowered head of the long snake! The head of the long snake was the only place on its entire body unprotected by steel spiny skin. After Long Xiang jumped onto it, the long snakes reaction was also very fast, shaking its head wanting to throw him off. Long Xiang sat on its head, holding onto its neck with his two legs, raising the Halberd up high about to stab down.

The long snake realised what he was about to do and ferociously threw its head towards the rock wall. Long Xiang hurriedly leapt up, simultaneously slashing ferociously with Zui You Halberd, slicing a long gash on the long snake’s neck. Long Xiang rolled on the ground, jumping up with a flip of his body and running behind the long snake. That long snake didn’t even have time to turn its body and Long Xiang had already begun running up along its back. He ran as if he was walking on ice, each step light so that the spiny steel skin didn’t injure him. Leaping up with borrowed strength, in the instant that long snake turned its head, the sharp Zui You Halberd pierced its neck in one slice!

The long snake that was attacking Zui You had been controlled by Zui You’s bewitchment. It’s movements had slowed considerably, continuously fighting with Zui You willpower, smashing its head ferociously into the rock wall. Zui You took advantage of the opportunity to attack, biting onto its neck, stopping its breath in a few moments.

Ruan Qian Xiu’s Zheng Cheng Crescent blades also flew out. Those two crescent blades seemed to have eyes. Even if it was one of their own mixed within the group of snakes, it could still accurately not injure them. It travelled back and forth within the group of snakes, spraying blood everywhere. When Zheng Cheng Crescent Blades returned to Ruan Qian Xiu’s hands, she had already rushed into the group of snakes. Her body was as light as a swallow, using the snakes and cave as footholds to leap and vault. Sometimes, the pair of crescent blades were like swords attached to her arms, repelling the long snakes that got close to her. Sometimes it transformed into bloodthirsty hidden weapons, dancing through the group of snakes, yet each time it would accurately return to her hands. She was just like the female war gods in mythology, nimble, fierce, courageous and beautiful.

Watching his companions battling so brilliantly, Jiang Chao Ge blushed with shame somewhat. Luckily he was someone that understood his capabilities and knew it was more important to remain alive not act as a hero. He used the light from the cave entrance to observe his surroundings, immediately finding hollowed corner in the rock wall. He decided to press his back against the hollow. Perhaps this way he could guard against the snakes most powerful move—— constricting him.

A long snake had already fled in front of Jiang Chao Ge. Zhi Xuan glared and bared his teeth, a dangerous growl emitting from his throat. Only the voice was too young and didn’t seem to be very intimidating. But that long snake still felt something and wandered about in the distance uneasily, wanting to approach over and over yet hesitating.

Jiang Chao Ge tightly gripped the sword, staring fixedly at the snake, waiting to slice it in half although he himself didn’t hold much certainty.

That long snake encircled Jiang Chao Ge and Zhi Xuan and screeched a few times. In the end, extreme hunger triumphed over its uneasiness and it still rushed towards Jiang Chao Ge.

Zhi Xuan said urgently: “Don’t move! Wait until it’s closer to use the sword!”

F*ck how can this wait?!

Because Jiang Chao Ge’s back was against the wall, the long snake could only attack from the front. He watched helplessly as that huge snake’s long body suddenly shot towards him, enormous mouth opening, sticky saliva dripping off of sharp hooked fangs. It’s scarlet gums seemed extremely ferocious.

Jiang Chao Ge forcefully calmed his mind, waiting for the head to come closer and closer. Close enough that it’s purplish red tongue could practically touch his face! Only then did he give a violent yell, gathering his spiritual power and stabbing. This stab hit the artery on the snake’s lower jaw. Blood gushed forth, covering Jiang Chao Ge’s face and body. Jiang Chao Ge closed his eyes, forcefully slicing downwards with a yell. Because he couldn’t open his eyes, he could only feel that solid thick skin and firm flesh being sliced open inch by inch. The sword tip even scrapped past the spine. That friction caused fear. He frantically sliced through till the end. The tip of the sword sliced into the rocky ground, emitting a heavy sound. The collision directly broke him through the jaws of death. Zhi Xuan sword dropped to the ground, triggering the entire cave to once again quake. Only then did he stop.

“Ha……. Ha……” the stench of blood filled Jiang Chao Ge’s nose and mouth. He felt almost short of breath. This one attack had practically consumed half of his spiritual power, making him momentarily sluggish. Only he knew that this wasn’t the time to rest at all and hurriedly used his sleeve to wipe off the blood on his face, forcefully opening his eyes. His bloodstained eyelashes made him see the whole world in red.

In front of him, a huge long snake over twenty metres long with a body covered in steel spiny skin laid limply on the ground, head close to his feet. That huge snake had been cleaved from its lower jaw all the way to its stomach from one strike. It’s blood and internal organs spilled all over the ground. The shape of its spine could clearly be seen. It’s corpse was huge, making one unable to know where to step to leave.

Zhi Xuan walked over and tugged at Jiang Chao Ge’s sleeve.

Still badly shaken, Jiang Chao Ge lowered his head to look at him.

“You did pretty well.” Zhi Xuan said: “No wonder you’re my servant, you have some skill.”

Jiang Chao Ge forced a smile: “ I really can’t defend against another one. Let’s hurry and run.”

There was no knowing how many snakes were actually in this den. In any case the numbers didn’t seem to be dropping after killing so much. Jiang Chao Ge followed the others, killing whilst retreating and at last left the swaying cave.

It was an expanse of brilliant white snow outside. Their eyes were assaulted with this sudden brightness, becoming almost unable to open them. Those rare beasts that originally encircled the cave entrance had already escaped without a trace upon seeing the long snakes come out. Only those that could fly like the Xiao, circled the skies screeching.

That black cave was like a spout, the long snakes continuously rushed out of it. How to describe this scene…. It was like pouring worms out of a glass jar. A group of huge snakes slithered out of the cave attempting to outdo one another, bodies entangled together, practically in a knot. Countless snake heads writhed in the wind and snow. It was as frightening as a tentacle monster. Obviously they were really extremely hungry. There were several pressed together, blocking off the cave altogether.

They certainly didn’t have time admire a group of snakes coming out of the cave, each jumping on rare beasts and escaping the way they’d come. But before they’d run even a few steps, a huge sound travelled from behind, shaking the entire Gemini Peaks!

They looked back and saw that cave shake violently. The long snakes blocking the entrance immediately spurted out. There seemed be a tremendous power within the cave, continuously throwing long snakes out. Suddenly, dozens of snakes were ejected from the cave, landing heavily on the snowy ground.

F*ck it’s raining snakes now! Jiang Chao Ge cursed inwardly.

However he thought the worst case scenario was no worse than this. But what happened in the next second proved that his understanding of this world was too shallow.

He saw the layer of snow collapse, the earth split open, the cave destroyed before their eyes. Then the earth in front of them bulged at a speed perceptible to the human eye. Everyone followed the bulge on the ground, collectively looking up. They watched helplessly as a snake head as big as a carriage emerged from the depths……

Jiang Chao Ge trembled, almost biting off his tongue, “Run…. Hurry RUN!”

At this moment, the Gemini Peaks couldn’t bear the quaking, the accumulated snow at the top beginning to slide. Half of the body of the huge long snake emerged from the ground. As if greeting an emperor, the smaller long snakes bent, prostrating themselves, automatically leaving a path for it.

“Run! An avalanche is coming!” Ruan Qian Xiu yelled.

Everyone turned around and immediately ran.

That huge snake lifted its head and looked at the pouring snow. Even if it had an impenetrable defence, if it was caught in it, it would also definitely be pounded into mince meat. Thus it also lead the long snakes forward to escape.

Thus in the valley between the towering Gemini Peaks, pure white snow piled high across the earth, concealing this scene—— Three rare beasts carrying five humans running wildly for their lives. Following close behind them was a huge long snake over fifty metres long with a diameter of over a metre, bringing dozens of smaller long snakes. Chunks of snow atop the Gemini Peaks fell like huge rocks, shaking the whole mountain. The more it quaked, the more powerful the avalanche on the mountain peak. It completely turned into a vicious cycle. The chunks of snow originally raining behind them began to randomly fall in front and around them. Many smaller long snakes were hit by a chunk of snow, spurting blood and dying on the spot.

The sensitivity of the three rare beasts displayed the largest effect. They dodged chunks of snow, running wildly all the way at their fastest speeds.

Jiang Chao Ge looked up to see chunks of snow continuously raining down. Even someone like him, an atheist that didn’t mix water with oil, began to pray to ancestors, no, to gods, please don’t let it land on his head. At this moment, the huge snake behind them didn’t seem so scary anymore. This process of fleeing was definitely many times more stimulating than anything he’d experienced in his life. Even American blockbuster films couldn’t capture this moment of shock and desperation, because they were truly racing against death.

They ran like this, gambling with their lives for more than ten minutes, finally running out of the range of Gemini Peaks. The speed of the three rare beasts all began to slow, because the spirit weapon users supporting their extreme running speed with spiritual power were already tired and unable to bear it.

Yet behind them, the huge snake began to catch up along with a group of followers.

Jiang Chao Ge said with lingering fear: “Why is this thing so big? This is definitely a Heaven grade rare beast right?”

Zui You said whilst running: “This long snake has at least three thousand years of cultivation. Heaven grade rare beasts are just generalisation of millennium old rare beasts. But this long snake’s cultivation is way higher than mine and it’s also leading a den of snakes. We aren’t it’s match.”

Only until now could Yu Ren Shu take a full breath. He’d killed many long snakes and was wounded in many places, spiritual power half depleted. He said through gritted teeth: “If we can’t outrun them, we can only fight for our lives.”

The slithering speed of long snakes on snow was not at all inferior to four legged beasts. So much so that because their drag was small in addition to the fact they had enormous upper body strength, they were gradually about to overtake them.

Long Xiang said ruthlessly: “Can’t avoid them anymore, lets fight.”

With a wave of both arms, Ruan Qian Xiu’s Zheng Cheng crescent blades flew out at full speed, launching an attack toward the group of snakes. This time, it didn’t go as smoothly as she’d imagined. With a wave of of its huge tail, because it’s size was large, the enormous long snake directly swatted one of the Zheng Cheng crescent blades awry!

Ruan Qian Xiu looked at the lone crescent blade that returned to her hand, expression becoming extremely grave.

Yu Ren Shu pulled Tian Rong’s neck fur, yelling loudly: “Tian Rong, follow me into battle!”

Tian Rong carved a giant arc in the ground as he turned around without hesitation, leaping towards the huge snake.

Long Xiang jumped down from Zui You’s body, the knee height snow almost submerging half of his lower body. The youth’s red hair was like a flame within this world of ice and snow, the red attracting ones eye. He stood, facing the draught between the two mountain peaks, sleeves rustling in the wind. He lifted the Zui You halberd that was practically as tall as him towards the sky. Then slowly, slowly he aimed it at the huge snake.

Jiang Chao Ge knew, life or death depended on just a moment. It was very possible that today all of them would be buried on this snow capped mountain. As it entered spring the next year and the snow melted, who would recognise a pile of white bones?

Jiang Chao Ge placed Zhi Xuan on the snowy ground, standing with the sword raised, already prepared for death.

Zhi Xuan’s small body was almost submerged by the accumulated snow. He looked at the group of snakes through gritted teeth and then looked at Jiang Chao Ge. This was repeated several times, his eyes filled with conflict.

Jiang Chao Ge said heavily: “Little Zuzong, this time it might really be the end of me. I hope you can find a more powerful spirit weapon user, not a good for nothing like me.”

Zhi Xuan said angrily: “Shut up.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled wryly: “There’s not much more I can say, let’s at least bid farewell. Although you are quite hard to serve, you are sometimes quite cute.”

Zhi Xuan glared at him, “There’s still another way.”

“Hm? What way?”

“Form a contract.” Zhi Xuan clenched his small fist, “When we form a contract, you can temporarily summon my true form.”

Jiang Chao Ge said in surprise: “Really?!” That could be their only opportunity to save their lives.

“However…..” Zhi Xuan began to hesitate.

Jiang Chao Ge thought that he was unwilling to form a contract with him and hurriedly urged: “Zuzong, do you have the heart to watch so many people die. I promised I’ll cultivate properly, and I guarantee to let you….”

“With your current spiritual power, you can only summon my true form, you can’t battle. Once you battle, it’s very possible you’ll drain your spiritual power, exploding your body.” Zhi Xuan said speedily.

Jiang Chao Ge froze.

“Because it originally isn’t summoned using your own spiritual power, but rather the moment the contract is formed, the spiritual power within me and yours will connect, thus giving you the spiritual power to temporarily summon my true form. But you have no way of controlling my spiritual power.” Zhi Xuan looked at him, “If you summon me but can’t scare away the group of snakes, you’ll meet your end anyway.”

Jiang Chao Ge gulped, momentarily frozen.

Nearby, Yu Ren Shu, Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu brought their respective rare beasts to join the battleground.

That huge snake had the strength to match a thousand men. Never mind everyone attacking it, they couldn’t even get close to it. Zui You wanted to jump onto its head several times and was always swatted away with its tail, sending him flying dozens of metres away. Blood streamed, staining his pale fur immediately. He laid on the snowy ground for a while unmoving.

Long Xiang’s eyes became bloodshot, yelling: “Zui You——“

Zui You forcefully propped himself up and said weakly: “Don’t worry about me. I can’t die anyway.”

Although he said that, seeing the companion that fought by your side dripping with blood, who could remain calm?

Yu Ren Shu used that strange footwork to wander about in midair. Because his body was somewhat smaller, the huge snake temporarily found it very difficult to catch him. However, the smaller snakes wouldn’t let him go so easily. Several snake heads chased him biting and tearing. He obviously couldn’t match the snakes in speed and very quickly, a bloody mouth was about to bite his neck.

Tian Rong suddenly leapt up, knocking Yu Ren Shu out of the way in midair. That long snake bit onto Tian Rong’s arm, simultaneously tightening its tail, constricting Tian Rong’s entire body at a terrifying speed. Tian Rong finally gave a pained yell.

Yu Ren Shu was thrown onto the snow and although he wasn’t injured, he was still disorientated. The first thing he did upon regain his senses was to return Tian Rong to the Jian. A long snake made a surprise attack. He forcefully crawled up, running towards the side while yelling: “No! You can’t come out!”

Ruan Qian Xiu’s situation was slightly better. She rode Zheng Cheng and flew in the air, only she kept wanting to retrieve the other crescent blade. However after that crescent blade fell in the snow, it had long since disappeared within the jostling snakes. Attacking with a lone crescent blade was much less effective. In addition, she had consumed much of her spiritual power and was unable to allow Zheng Cheng to take everyone and run. Although she could escape by herself, seeing Yu Ren Shu and Long Xiang fighting a bloody battle below as well as Jiang Chao Ge prepared for battle, in the end she didn’t leave.

Jiang Chao Ge looked at Zhi Xuan with completely red eyes and said with incomparable resolution, “Zhi Xuan, form a contract with me.”

“I already said, if we can’t….”

“We have to try at least. It’d be great if we could scare the snakes into retreating. If not…..” Jiang Chao Ge looked at Yu Ren Shu and Long Xiang, “At least you guys might live.”

Zhi Xuan frowned: “You’re not allowed to die.”

“If we don’t form a contract, I’ll die anyway!”

Zhi Xuan bit his small teeth and unwilling to agree.

Jiang Chao Ge squeezed his shoulder and shouted: “Zhi Xuan, help me, just like last time!” He pulled out a dagger, resolutely slicing across his forearm. Fresh blood suddenly oozed out, dripping onto the snow, incomparably attracting to the eyes.

He, Jiang Chao Ge had always been a selfish individualistic person from childhood to adulthood. But in this world, this world that he detested, feared and felt lonely in, he’d gained what he couldn’t gain in his own world. Like, Zhi Xuan’s reliance on him and need of him. Like the boldness to fight at the side of the ones who helped him and whom he admired in his heart. The incomparably heroic Yu Ren Shu, the one with tremendous courage and foresight Long Xiang, the woman who could match any man Ruan Qian Xiu or their rare beasts Tian Rong, Zui You and Zheng Cheng. They all helped him see the moment of brilliance of fearless and dauntless fighters. He felt that even if they died here, they would still fulfil a man’s heroic dream of dying in battle.

If it was possible, of course he’d like it if everyone could survive. But if not, and if by sacrificing himself these people could live, he was also willing. After all, he didn’t belong to this world in the first place.

Zhi Xuan looked at his bleeding forearm, bit his teeth and lifted his small forearm towards the edge of the dagger.

Just at this moment of imminent peril, a resounding roar suddenly reverberated from atop the Gemini Peaks. The sound pierced the skies and sunk into the the depths of the underworld, jolting in all directions, directly attacking ones heart. It made one feel like trembling and at the same time feel a sense of deep veneration, only wanting to kneel down and prostrate oneself in worship.

Jiang Chao Ge’s heart pounded. He remembered this feeling. It was the same as when Zhi Xuan first appeared in the world. Could it be——!

Zhi Xuan raised his small head and exclaimed in surprise: “Ren Wang!”

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pray to ancestors/求爷爷告姥姥-  ok this is one of those idioms that’s kinda hard to translate and understand in English. Basically it directly translates to begging grandfathers and informing grandmothers. Metaphorically, it means begging for something when you’re pretty desperate. An example would be if you were broke and begging your friends and relatives to lend you some money. Trust me it makes more sense in Chinese.  

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Translator’s Corner

Damn what a cliffhanger. They almost formed a contract ahhhhhhhhhhhh

Quite a battle filled chapter this time. Hope you enjoyed the action!

JCG & SW Chapter 36

The closer they came to the Gemini Peaks, the more the surrounding temperature dropped. That chill that seemed to pierce one to the bone was hard to bear even for Yu Ren Shu.

In order to keep warm, they drank all the alcohol that’d been prepared for Zhi Xuan and was cursed at for a while. Jiang Chao Ge promised that when they arrived at a bigger city, he would definitely buy a Na Wu Pouch with more space.

On the way, they saw many random rare beasts. There were ones that flew and ones that walked, all limited in number so they also didn’t dare approach them. Only that annoying Xian reappeared once again, causing them to feel a foreboding premonition.

The Gemini Peaks were already in front of their eyes. The two huge peaks pierced the clouds. The top was concealed behind a curtain of snow making it impossible for them to judge how tall it really was. The haze gave rise to an invisible sense of oppression. The valley between the two peaks was like the entryway to hell. The fog made it hard to make out anything clearly yet it emitted a sense of horror like a dark cave.

“I can sense many things even from this distance.” Zhi Xuan whispered.

“Is that so….” Jiang Chao Ge gulped, uncertain of what he’ll see once they walk in.

Ruan Qian Xiu asked: “The area of the valley between the two peaks isn’t small. How will we find a weapon?”

Yu Ren Shu said: “Usually the landform of the place in which a Heaven grade spirit weapon resides will always be a bit strange. Because Heaven grade spirit weapons are extremely heavy, it will often make a pit. The ground will sink, destroying the form of the mountain. So as long as we find the general location it’s not hard to find.”

Long Xiang said with a frown: “Then what if it’s buried underground? With the few people we have, how are we going to excavate it?”

Yu Ren Shu and Jiang Chao Ge’s eyes met, “If we don’t find the right one, we won’t excavate it. We’ll tell Qi Ling Feng the news and let him send people to excavate it.”

Zui You shook his fur, “I always feel you’re hiding some big secret.”

Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu also thought so, only they obediently didn’t ask. They only temporarily joined up for the own benefits after all. They will go their seperate ways after coming down the mountain.

After the entering the valley, it truly was like the guide said. There was hardly any sunlight with the mountain peak blocking it and was very dark. But in any case it still blocked the wind and snow. Their line of vision immediately become much clearer, no long unable to open their eyes because of the wind.

They saw several Ling Hu, Ju Ji and many Xiao. Those Ju Ji were about the size of a dog and looked like a hedgehog with the face of a mouse. It had a body full of thick spines. They rolled around playfully in the snow and when they saw them, they moved to the side, staring fixedly at them.

Jiang Chao Ge was seriously concerned that they’d attack. The spines on their back looked very painful. But how good would it be if those spines were made into daggers and drilled into something. Unfortunately, he couldn’t bring anything away.

Because they had two Heaven grade spirit beasts escorting them, they never came across another surprise attack. After searching the valley for almost a whole day they still had no results. It was only when the sun began to set did they find a cave within the depths of the valley. The entrance of this cave was less that three metres tall. Even Zheng Cheng had to crawl in, let alone Tian Rong’s beast form. This was the only peculiarity they’d found after searching for so long. The cave entrance was very circular, unlike a naturally formed cave. But the walls of the cave were too rough with no sign of it being chiseled by a tool. It didn’t seem like the work of human craftsman. One cannot help but become curious of how this cave was formed.

Yu Ren Shu sat on Tian Rong’s back and circled around the perimeter. With a few leaps, Tian Rong leapt on the side of the Gemini Peaks and looked down from above. After a while, he came down and said somewhat excitedly: “It’s quite possibly right here. You can’t tell from the ground, but from a high place you can tell that this entire surface is lower than other places.”

Jiang Chao Ge rubbed his hands, “Let’s go inside and look. The spirit weapon could very possibly be in this cave.”

Everyone looked at that dark cave and were all inevitably somewhat anxious. But they’d already walked to here, there definitely wasn’t a way back. Tian Rong and Zui You both transformed into the form of humans. Ruan Qian Xiu also recalled Zheng Cheng. They walked towards the cave by foot.

They hadn’t even walked a few metres in when a piercing scream came from behind. They turned around abruptly and saw seven or eight Xiao flying inside, blocking the road in front of them, screeching uncontrollably. Although these Xiao kept following them before, they always kept a distance, never letting them near. Now they were so close to them, essentially asking for death.

Ruan Qian Xiu hand stroked Zheng Cheng Crescent Blades.

“Wait……” Jiang Chao Ge frowned: “They seem to want to prevent us from going inside.”

Those Xiao were really blocking the road ahead of them, yet didn’t dare come too close, only screeching with a ferocious expression. Their ugly bat like appearance looked particularly like a little demon in the pitch black cave.

“Could the cave have something frightening?”

Yu Ren Shu said: “So what if there is.”

That’s right. So what if there was. They no longer had a road back anyway.

Their footsteps didn’t stop, walking into the depths of the cave without hesitation. The Xiao followed them for more than a hundred metres. The interior of the cave became more and more spacious, yet it also became darker and darker. They ignited a book. Those Xiao seemed afraid of going any further and flew away with a few anguished wails.

Zhi Xuan rubbed his ears, “A group of unsightly brutes. So noisy.”

“Do you feel anything yet?” Jiang Chao Ge asked.

“Nothing special.”

“This cave is really quiet. Doesn’t seem like there’d be anything in it.” Ruan Qian Xiu gulped. Even though she appeared fearless on the surface, she obviously wasn’t so calm in her heart.

They moved into the depths of the cave with the greatest care. It felt more and more like they were walking downhill. This cave was way bigger than they’d imagined. It was simply as if a insect within these mountain peaks had burrowed such a long snaking cave.

Suddenly Zhi Xuan moved within Jiang Chao Ge’s embrace, “Felt it. There really is a spirit weapon.”

“Oh? Then can you feel what kind of rare beast it is?”

Zhi Xuan shook his head, “In order to know what rare beast it is, I can either smell it with my nose or see it with my eyes. Right now I can only sense a thread of spiritual energy from the spirit weapon. It shouldn’t be far from here.”

“Very good.” Yu Ren Shu tightened his grip on his weapon, expectation heavy in his eyes.

Among everyone here, the one with the strongest desire to find the Divine grade spirit weapons was this exiled prince. Because this was a mission he must complete even at the sacrifice of his honour and dignity. Only by completing the mission can he prove that his choice was right, worthy.

They continued forward. A massive pit appeared before their eyes. Sweeping over it with a weak flame, they could barely make out any boundaries. It was impossible to confirm how big, how wide the pit was.

Yu Ren Shu had once helped the imperial family find three Heaven grade spirit weapons with the help of the State Preceptor. Almost every time, the weapon would press out a large pit in the ground. As soon as he saw the pit, he knew that they’d found it. Only they didn’t know if it was a Divine grade spirit weapon or not.

Jiang Chao Ge said: “Going down?” Yet his voice was determined.

Yu Ren Shu nodded, “Going down.”

Right now the cave was wide. Tian Rong transformed into his beast form and carefully jumped into the pit with Yu Ren Shu, Jiang Chao Ge and Zhi Xuan. The others followed in succession.

That pit wasn’t steep at all but it’s area didn’t seem small either. After they descended more than twenty metres, they found something strange by their feet. It’s colour was like withered rice straw yet it was as straight as a ramrod. It was more than a fingers length, about as thick as a toothpick and scattered all over the floor.

“Why is this thing somewhat familiar.” Zui You poked at it with a claw, “Eh? It’s hard.”

Long Xiang jumped down from his back, picked up a ‘rice straw’, let out a soft ‘ah’ and opened his palm. His finger had been pricked.

“It’s sharp?”

Long Xiang nodded, “It’s very sharp, unlike a plant. More like an animal’s spikes.”

“What could have such small concentrated spikes?”

Zhi Xuan frowned: “But I can’t sense any rare beasts at all.” He froze, “There’s only one possibility; that rare beast is hibernating. When breathing is at its lowest, spiritual power can barely be felt.”

Tian Rong said: “There really is somewhat of a smell but it’s very strange. Since it’s hibernating we don’t need to worry about it. Let’s hurry and find the spirit weapon. It’s just up ahead.”

They continued into that big pit. On the way, they continuously stepped on those small sharp spikes. After they walked for more than two hundred metres, something round appeared before their eyes. It was bigger than ones head, indistinct and precisely in the centre of the pit.

“That should be it.” Yu Ren Shu jumped off Tian Rong and walked towards it on foot. Shining the fire over it, they could finally make out it’s outer appearance. it was a big meteor hammer, it’s chain and round body covered in rust. It looked just like Zhi Xuan Sword, like junk.

Yu Ren Shu grabbed the chain and forcefully pulled. It didn’t move an inch as if the meteor hammer was fixed to the ground. Yu Ren Shu said: “Yes it’s a Heaven grade spirit weapon.”

Jiang Chao Ge put Zhi Xuan down. Zhi Xuan walked to the meteor hammer, sniffed it carefully and shook his head: “Not this one.”

Yu Ren Shu stiffened, eyes drooping, unable to hide the disappointment in his eyes.

They made the long and arduous journey here yet they only found a Heaven grade spirit weapon. It really was very disappointing.

Jiang Chao Ge walked over and patted him, “Shu don’t take it to heart too much. Our mission wasn’t that easy to accomplish to begin with. Tian Ling continent is only this large, how hard could it be to find them. Let’s go search again.”

Yu Ren Shu nodded, stood up and sighed heavily.

Long Xiang finally couldn’t bear it any longer, “What are you even trying to find? I’ve travelled everywhere for years. If you tell me, maybe I can help you.”

Yu Ren Shu shook his head, “Can’t say.” Long Xiang said coldly: “Then there’s nothing that can be done. Since this isn’t what you want, let’s descend the mountain.”

Unwilling to give up, Yu Ren Shu went behind the meteor hammer, “Ruan Qian Xiu, do you want to try if you are compatible?”

Ruan Qian Xiu shook her head, “I’m very satisfied with Zheng Cheng and even if I was compatible, I can’t use a meteor hammer.”

Jiang Chao Ge said: “If its compatible, at least it’ll be easier for us to transport it down the mountain.” He thought for a moment, “What about using it to plead for leniency with Qi Ling Feng?”

Ruan Qian Xiu’s expression went cold, “Impossible. Qi Ling Feng wouldn’t let me off.”

“Why? You could vow a poisonous oath to him, that you won’t speak a word of Qi Clan’s techniques.” Ruan Qian Xiu shook her head, “Its not that simple.”

Jiang Chao Ge’s heart moved. He somehow felt that he’d caught something. Perhaps Ruan Qian Xiu hadn’t just stolen a simple Qi Clan cultivation technique. Qi Ling Feng didn’t seem to be as venomous as a snake, otherwise he might’ve killed Ruan Qian Xiu from the start. Now he didn’t hesitate to commission Blood Temple to take the life of Ruan Qian Xiu. If it was only to protect the Clan’s cultivation techniques from being leaked, it seemed a bit excessive. Firstly, it would inevitably create a divide between him and his valued second son. Secondly, he should understand that Ruan Qian Xiu wasn’t that stupid, why would she dare leak Qi Clan cultivations techniques. Unless, Qi Ling Feng had another reason he must kill her. Of course, this was all Jiang Chao Ge’s conjuncture. The true circumstances only the fallen out father and daughter knew.

Under the expectant gaze of everyone, Ruan Qian Xiu still walked over to try it. As expected, it wouldn’t move at all. She let go, “Can’t do it.”

Yu Ren Shu said: “Nothing can be done, let’s go.”

Zhi Xuan suddenly shouted: “There’s something!”

He had barely spoken when the floor beneath everyone’s feet began to tremble. Some of them were already unsteady standing on the slope and almost fell over.

Tian Rong shouted: “Quick withdraw!”

Everyone climbed up rare beasts in succession.

With a push of toes, Yu Ren Shu leapt upwards and seemed about to get on Tian Rong’s back in one move. Suddenly, something flung forwards in the dark. It was very fast and seemed to land on Yu Ren Shu’s body in a blink of an eye. That thing was like a whip, winding around Yu Ren Shu’s leg, binding his leg in an instant!

Yu Ren Shu gave a loud shout, whipped out Tian Rong Jian on his back and ferociously stabbing down. The strong spiritual power contained within the Jian directly made the thing wrapped his leg fall into pieces!

He hadn’t fallen to the floor yet and was already caught by Tian Rong and thrown onto his own back. Tian Rong said urgently: “Are you alright?”

“Leg…..” Yu Ren Shu said through gritted teeth: “I know what that is, it’s a long snake. We’ve entered a snake lair!”

Long snake. It’s body could be tens of metres long and full of bristle like steel skin. The older it was the bigger it was and the harder the steel skin. It was incomparably fierce by nature. This was what Jiang Chao Ge saw in <<The Records of Rare Beasts>> . So the thin spikes all over the floor from before was the shod steel skin of the long snakes!

The floor continued to tremble. In the dim light of the flame, the long shapes of snakes moved continuously, all of different sizes. A lower estimate of numbers would be tens of them. Yu Ren Shu was right, they’d entered a snake lair. Jiang Chao Ge shouted: “Are long snakes Heaven grade rare beasts or Dark grade rare beasts?”

“Snakes have a long lifespan and can easily cultivate. If they cultivate for over a thousand years, it’ll naturally be Heaven grade.”

Zui You said: “I hope there isn’t a Heaven grade huge snake here.”

They’d scarcely finished talking when a huge snake head broke through the earth. The whole cave quaked and seemed as if it’d collapse at any time. They jumped on the backs of rare beasts and ran wildly towards the cave entrance. Even if they really had to fight, they couldn’t fight here. They couldn’t get buried alive.

After being awakened from hibernation, the snake was very very hungry. It would eat anything it saw. Right now it naturally pursued them relentlessly. The long snake slithered extremely quickly. Zui You fell to the rear and seemed about to be caught up to.

Jiang Chao Ge used his thighs to hold onto Tian Rong’s back, freeing his hands to check Yu Ren Shu’s wound.

Luckily, the thick quilted pants acted as a shield, the long snake’s steel skin didn’t pierce too deeply. The wound wasn’t serious, only that row of small bloody holes was really a ghastly sight.

They didn’t have time to dress the wound. Yu Ren Shu said: “Its alright. Doesn’t effect movement.” He looked back at the long snake in relentless pursuit behind them and knew there would undoubtedly be a fierce fight.

Jiang Chao Ge said to Zhi Xuan: “Do you want to return to the sword?”

Zhi Xuan said: “No need. They won’t dare come near me.”

“How do you know?”

“They just won’t dare to. If I’m by your side, it’ll be a little safer.”

Tian Rong said: “He’s right. Normally rare beasts will all avoid him. Humans can’t sense it, but rare beasts can sense it.”

They could already see light ahead. They would soon be able to escape the cave. The whole cave seemed about to collapse, continuously raining broken rock. The three rare beasts ran for their lives. But very quickly they became aware of a serious problem and that was the closer they got to the cave entrance the narrower the surrounding walls became. It wouldn’t fit them at all.

Yu Ren Shu said calmly: “Let’s face the enemy.”


Ling Hu/领胡

Ju Ji/居暨

meteor hammer/流星锤- basically a giant spiked metal ball attached to a stick with a chain.

Long snake/长蛇- very literal translation.


Translator’s Corner

Damn I think Zui You jinxed it a little when he said he hoped there wasn’t a Heaven grade one. Learn the rules of the novel Zui You! Never voice what you hope wouldn’t happen because in all likelihood it probably will.

I also have a job interview tomorrow guys…. Pray for me…

Oh and to everyone and anyone affected by the coronavirus, stay strong y’all. Remember to stay alert and not to panic. Take any news you read with a grain of salt because they sometimes like to over exaggerate for the views.

JCG & SW Chapter 35

The spirit weapon the State Preceptor foresaw was in the immediate area of the Gemini Peaks on Shao Xian Mountain. According to the guide, because it was covered by two mountain peaks, that place doesn’t see sunlight throughout the year and was dark and cold. Many strange plants and animals grew there. No one ever dared go there to hunt. Even if people went, there was never anyone who returned alive.

This was actually an ideal place to bury Divine grade spirit weapons.

After walking towards the Gemini Peaks for a day, the temperature dropped increasingly. Jiang Chao Ge grew up in the south and had never stayed in such a frigid place. His whole body was so frozen his blood felt about to freeze up, hugging Zhi Xuan and trembling. In contrast, because Yu Ren Shu and Long Xiang had spiritual power to protect their bodies, wearing a thick Ao was already enough to keep out the cold. Even Ruan Qian Xiu was much more at ease than him. This made him a bit dispirited. Zhi Xuan demanded to transform into adult form several times for him to warm himself. He never agreed. As they ascended the mountain, something dangerous could happen at anytime. His spiritual power must be conserved.

Zhi Xuan said angrily: “Your lifespan will shorten like this.”

Jiang Chao Ge forced a smile: “If I can’t defeat a rare beast, than that is truly being short lived.”

Zhi You blinked his eyes, “Do you want me to help you keep warm? I’m also very warm.”

Zhi Xuan turned his head abruptly, “Annoying fox, get lost!”

Zui You also wasn’t angry, only talking aloud to himself: “What are you? Are you that curious about death?”

Long Xiang said: “Come sit over here. Zui You’s tails really are very warm.”

At this moment, Jiang Chao Ge was sitting with Yu Ren Shu on Tian Rong’s back. He looked at Zui You’s nine big soft fluffy tails, and was actually a bit interested.

Zhi Xuan glared at him without a word.

Jiang Chao Ge was very familiar with Zhi Xuan’s sense of ownership and could only say: “Nevermind then.”

Zhi Xuan was silent for a moment, “Go, lest your lifespan shortens.”

“Really?”

“No kidding.”

Jiang Chao Ge hurriedly jumped over onto Zui You’s back with Zhi Xuan. Then he hugged one of Zui You’s tails and wrapped it around himself. The insulation and wind guarding abilities of that thick fur was top notch. Almost as if in an instant, it allowed Jiang Chao Ge to feel as if he was alive again.

Zhi Xuan turned away disagreeably, obviously angry.

Jiang Chao Ge was wrapped in a fox tail, hugging a little heater, his frozen body gradually recovering. His mood also improved a bit. With his chin propped on Zhi Xuan’s shoulder, he began to softly hum a song.

Zhi Xuan twisted his head to look at him and said softly, “What are you singing?”

“I also don’t know.”

Zhi Xuan looked at Jiang Chao Ge’s pale cracked lips from the cold, occasionally trembling and pressing together. His slender eyelashes were moistened with snow and dew, a bit of tiredness dying his eyes. A strange feeling surfaced in Zhi Xuan’s heart. He didn’t like seeing Jiang Chao Ge’s uncomfortable appearance, because that will definitely shorten one’s lifespan.

Zui You waved his tails, “Little Xiang, I still have eight tails. All for you.”

Long Xiang said evenly: “No need.”

Accumulated snow became thicker and thicker. Their progress also slowed considerably. After Jiang Chao Ge’s body warmed up, he began to cultivate. When he was young on a reckless path, he was always holding machetes and daggers and dashing ahead at the very front. Otherwise how could younger brothers look up to him. But the him now could only try his best not to drag on someone’s leg. What he had hated all his life was weakness and powerlessness. Unfortunately, right now he was precisely in such a state.

Rare beasts relied on their innately acute sense of direction as well as looking at the stars and moon to find the Gemini Peaks of Shao Xian Mountain. At this moment, snow was beginning to decrease. Behind the veil of snow, two towering mountain peaks stood shoulder to shoulder like a giant’s shadow. Right now there was still approximately a day’s worth of travel between them and the Gemini Peaks.

They found a rock that was out of the wind to camp under. Because they didn’t dare light a fire, they could only continue to gnaw on dried meat and steamed buns. They weren’t certain how many days they’d spend on the mountain, so the first foods they ate were packed on the outside. The food inside Na Wu Pouch must be conserved for emergencies. After being exposed to the frozen weather for a day, those things were as hard as rocks. Jiang Chao Ge felt like his teeth were about to chip off.

Zhi Xuan felt seriously uncomfortable watching him eat. A ball of fire emerged in his small palm, roasting that porcupine meat, “Eat after its defrosted a bit. Humans teeth can’t even gnaw on bone.”

Zui You was startled, “What kind of rare beast are you really?” He thought for a while and momentarily still couldn’t think of a Heaven grade spirit beast that could control fire.

Not only was Zui You surprised, Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu also cast gazes full of suspicion towards them. Throughout the journey, Zhi Xuan’s identity aroused heavy conjuncture. Obviously Yu Ren Shu and Tian Rong knew, but the people who knew kept their mouths shut. As if it was some big secret. In contrast, this made them even more curious.

Zhi Xuan didn’t pay attention to them, caring only for roasting that jerky. Very quickly , the defrosted jerky began to emit a fragrance. Jiang Chao Ge took several ravenous bites, bringing ice shards into his stomach along with it.

In the distance, a burst of strange howls came through. That sound was like a human’s laughter but also like a ghost’s cries, entering everyone’s ears along with the frigid wind and snow, causing hairs to stand on end.

Ruan Qian Xiu leapt up, “Extinguish the fire!”

Zhi Xuan extinguished the fire. Coincidentally, dark clouds covered the moon at that moment, suddenly sending everything into pitch black.

“What is it?”

Tian Rong sensed, “It’s not only one, it’s a group.”

Long Xiang said: “This sound, it should be Shan Quan Hui. A rare beast with a human face and dog body. Often they will appear in a pack. Let’s hurry and go.”

Yu Ren Shu said firmly: “No. Black clouds are covering the moon right now. It’d be hard to find our bearings. If we become seperate then that’d be troublesome.”

Ruan Qian Xiu shook her head, “That’s right, no need to run. Shan Quan Hui are very smart. They will definitely find a way to seperate us. If we run, it’ll be very easy for them to scatter and destroy us one by one. We have to persevere until the moon comes out to withdraw.”

The accumulated snow underfoot trembled. There were obviously many things running towards them from different directions. Yu Ren Shu and Long Xiang were both veterans of hundreds of battles. Right now their eyes were blazing like torches, not even a bit nervous. Although Ruan Qian Xiu had never left Yu Fa Mountain, she hunted and practised martial arts from childhood and also wasn’t afraid of rare beasts. Only Jiang Chao Ge’s heart beat faster, holding Zhi Xuan Sword in his palm, breaking out in a cold sweat even in the frigid cold. After all, he was a modern person. Thinking about large numbers of rare beasts leaping at him with bloody mouths open like sacrificial bowls, he could only tremble with fear.

Pairs of green eyes gradually appeared within the veil of snow. The numbers were many, possibly nearing a hundred, encircling them at the rock. A crude human face and a huge muscular dog body made them seem extremely ferocious. That howl similar to a laugh yet a cry rang incessantly, making ones flesh creep in the night.

Tian Rong howled once towards the heavens. A bit of disturbance appeared within the Shan Quan Hui, but they very quickly gathered back together again. They were obviously starved to the extreme. Extreme hunger had already triumphed over fear.

Yu Ren Shu pulled out Tian Rong Jian and shouted loudly: “Kill!” He sat on Tian Rong’s body and rushed forward. Shan Quan Hui leapt towards them. With a wave of his Jian, a Shan Quan Hui fractured its ribs, spitting out a spray of blood, flying out and not moving again. Yu Ren Shu and Tian Rong were like a tiger and wolf that’d rushed into a group of rabbits, slaughtering them in all directions.

Long Xiang and Zui You also dashed amidst the group of Shan Quan Hui. Zui You bit one, fangs piercing through the neck and then ferociously threw it away. Long Xiang’s halberd seemed about his height. For long weapons, there was the so called an inch of length equals an inch of power. The wide attack range were the biggest advantages of long weapons. However it’s weakness was also obvious and that was its difficulty to control. Especially with Long Xiang’s height, it was simply as if a child was playing tricks. Contrastingly, Zui You Halberd paired naturally with his hands. Stabbing, poking, cutting and slicing, giving birth to incredible power. Very quickly it became stained with blood. Although he was only a level three spirit weapon user, at such a young age, his strength was shocking.

Ruan Qian Xiu rode on Zheng Chen’s body, both hands holding Zheng Chen Crescent Blades. With a press of both legs into the body of the horse, she leapt forward. Those crescent blades could be a close range weapon but could also act as a thrown hidden weapon. With a fling of Ruan Qian Xiu’s right hand, a crescent blade turned into a flying iron disc, flying out in an arc. After recklessly killing in a huge circle within the group of Shan Quan Hui, it once again flew toward Ruan Qian Xiu’s head. Ruan Qian Xiu stretched out a slender arm and caught it firmly. She once again threw out the crescent blades with both hands, simultaneously urging Zheng Chen to ram into the group of Shan Quan Hui. Wherever the Zheng Chen Crescent Blades went, there would definitely be a cacophony of blood curdling screeches, as if it were a hunter with eyes, slaughtering within these snowy mountains and then obediently flying back to Ruan Qian Xiu’s side.

Jiang Chao Ge looked at the three who were dauntlessly engaging in battle while he himself hid in the back, his face burned.

A Shan Quan Hui took notice of him and wound around the back.

Jiang Chao Ge’s eyes revealed a cold light. In the instant the Shan Quan Hui rushed forward, he grasped the good opportunity, raised the sword and sliced. The spiritual power attached to Zhi Xuan Sword produced strong destructive power. That Shan Quan Hui hadn’t even gotten close to him before it’s abdomen was sliced open by the sword glare. Jiang Chao Ge was delighted that things were better than expected. That one slice didn’t consume too much of his spiritual power at all. This gave him confidence to defend himself. He looked down at Zhi Xuan, “You should go back and hide.”

“Why? It’s not like I’ll die. I’m going to observe the result of your cultivation in this period of time.”

Jiang Chao Ge’s power in that slice just now made him feel relatively satisfied.

Jiang Chao Ge grinned, “Alright, then you go ahead and observe.”

More than half of the Shan Quan Hui were dead or injured, but there were still many unwilling to withdraw. They cunningly discovered that Jiang Chao Ge was the weakest and began to repeatedly attack him.

Jiang Chao Ge waved the huge sword and met them head on without taking even half a step back. Before, he absolutely couldn’t believe he could cut down such a fast monster, but the spiritual power within his body was circulating. He felt his own vision, strength, stamina, speed and agility improve significantly from before. No wonder they weren’t afraid of the cold. No wonder Yu Ren Shu could ‘fly’ in midair. Perhaps the higher the level of spirit weapon user, the closer their physiques become to superman.

At this moment, the dark clouds that covered the moon began to disperse. Moonlight spilled over the snow and was reflected back by the surface of the snow. Yu Ren Shu shouted: “Let’s go! Their numbers are too great. Don’t tangled with them.”

Tian Rong passed by Jiang Chao Ge. Jiang Chao Ge hugged Zhi Xuan with one hand, caught Yu Ren Shu’s hand with the other and jumped onto Tian Rong’s back. Borrowing the moonlight, they broke through the tight encirclement and leapt towards the distance. Jiang Chao Ge looked back at the ground full of the bodies of Shan Quan Hui and heaved a sigh, “This ground full of Earth grade spirit weapons, how much money could it be sold for….”

Yu Ren Shu said helplessly: “You really are a money lover.”

“Your Highness, don’t forget that right now you’re relying on this money lover to live.” Originally when he went back to the imperial capital with Yu Ren Shu, he wanted to hug a gold leg, fishing a little money. In the end, it became him who had to cough up money to support so many people and beasts. Thinking about it, it really made people aggrieved.

Yu Ren Shu gave a snort.

They left the Shan Quan Hui far behind, travelling for many hours through the night, making a huge step towards the Gemini Peaks.

In the middle of the night, they really couldn’t bear with the fatigue anymore but also couldn’t put up a tent or dare light a fire. So each of them covered themselves with one of Zui You’s tails and slept with the sky as ones tent and the ground as ones mat.

Before daybreak, the smell of blood on their bodies once again attracted some rare beasts. It was a beast with the face of a dog, the body of a monkey and a pair of bat wings. It was called Xiao and it’s body was somewhat bigger than that of a human. Two or three of them circled above them but didn’t come down, seeming to be observing.

Yu Ren Shu said: “ Qian Xiu, kill them.”

Ruan Qian Xiu shook her head, “They are very fast, Zheng Chen can’t catch up.” Although Zheng Chen could fly, the body of a horse was too big, the burden on the wings were very heavy. While it’s stamina was pretty good, it’s flying speed wasn’t very fast.

Jiang Chao Ge said to himself: “If only there was a gun.”

“Gun? At this distance, it may be hard to hit the target.”

“Oh the gun I’m talking about isn’t the gun you understand.”

Everyone asked curiously: “Then what is it?”

“It’s a type of….” Jiang Chao Ge tried to think of how to explain it to them: “Machine. You all know machines right?”

“Yes.”

“It’s a type of machine that can be held in your hands. It will shoot a small piece of copper at the pull of a trigger, the speed of which is faster than anything you’ve ever seen. Both humans and beasts are unable to evade it. It will explode upon entering the body and is extremely destructive to internal organs. It can be fatal if it hits a vital point. It’s a very powerful kind of weapon.”

Long Xiang frowned: “Can a machine really be considered a weapon?”

“In our world, a lot of machines are made into weapons. It’s very powerful. Some weapons can blow up a mountain, can make an island sink into the sea.”

Yu Ren Shu roared with laughter: “Absurd, simply absurd.”

Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu also didn’t believe it. For them it was truly like The Arabian Nights.

Jiang Chao Ge smiled and shook his head. He also didn’t hold hope that they’d believe it. Only, he really wanted to find someone to talk about things from his own world. Ever since Old Meng died, he didn’t have someone to pour his heart out to anymore. But these people didn’t understand, and it made him feel somewhat sad.

Zhi Xuan blinked his eyes and looked at him, “Interesting, why didn’t you tell be about it earlier?”

Jiang Chao Ge said in surprise: “Do you want to hear?”

“Yes.” Zhi Xuan nodded earnestly, “Weren’t you going to bring me to your world one day? I want to know a little about it first. Even if we can’t go, next time we see Yin Chuan, I can also talk to him about things I know and he doesn’t know.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled happily: “No problem. If we have time in the future I’ll tell you about it. That is an entire world though. We can talk about it for a lifetime.”

After Yu Ren Shu had laughed enough, he said: “However, the machine weapon you speak of also exists on Tian Ling continent. Have you heard of the Fan Clan of the West? The four big clans of Tian Ling continent each have their own strengths. Qi Clan of the North are skilled in battle and possess five Heaven grade spirit weapons and hundreds of Dark grade spirit weapons. Their military strength is unmatched; Que Clan of the East are good at manufacturing. They have the most first class spirit weapon masters. Many Heaven grade spirit weapons all originate from the hands of Que Clan. They are reputable and virtuous; Su Clan of the South are good at commerce with wealth equivalent to that of an entire nation, merchant groups making expeditions overseas. Almost everyone owes them money; Fan Clan of the West are good at medicine. Their spirit priests have the most medical expertise in the entire Tian Ling continent. However Fan Clan also always produces prodigies. They have many high level spirit masters and first class spirit priests, contributing many new eccentric spirit weapons and spirit pills to Tian Ling Continent. But what differentiates them from Que Clan is that they rarely study orthodox spirit weapons and spirit pills and instead like making machines, concealed weapons, poisons, illusory pills and practising witchcraft, always taking an unorthodox path. The handheld mechanical weapon you spoke of could be made by Que Clan if it was really that powerful.”

Jiang Chao Ge became interested, “Listening to you explain, it really might be possible. When we travel in the four directions in the future, we could go meet Fan Clan people.”

“The personality of Fan Clan people are insidious and odd. They aren’t that easy to meet.” Ruan Qian Xiu said: “Someone from Qi Clan married a woman as lovely as a flower from Fan Clan. But later, that person became addicted to sensual pleasures and wanted to bring a prostitute home. They were ultimately poisoned by Gu poison, body like a puppet, neither dead nor alive. Since then, no one from Qi Clan dared marry a women from Fan Clan.” She spoke to this point and laughed coldly, “The man had a wife and concubines and yet still wants to tease prostitutes. It really serves him right.”

Everyone remembered her past experiences and kept their silence.

Upon seeing daybreak, those Xiao all flew away. They ate a little something and continued on their way.

On their journey towards the Gemini Peaks, Xiao would spiral above their heads every now and then. Halfway, Ruan Qian Xiu flew into the air with Zheng Chen and drove them away once. But a few hours later they reappeared, annoying to no end.

By sunset, they were already very close to the Gemini Peaks. The shape of the mountain ranges were dimly visible. The valley between the two peaks was precisely their destination. They decided to rest well for a night. Tomorrow they will enter that dark place rumoured to never have anyone come out.

At night when it was time to sleep, Zhi Xuan annoyed Jiang Chao Ge to tell him stories about that world. For a while Jiang Chao Ge really wasn’t sure where to begin. Therefore he began from the alcohol Zhi Xuan was interested in. Listening to it Zhi Xuan’s eyes lit up, appearing like he really wanted to try it.

After talking and talking, Jiang Chao Ge began to yawn and feel sleepy.

Zhi Xuan nestled in his lap and called: “Tell one more, tell one more.”

“Ah……..mn…..” Jiang Chao Ge muttered a few words and was about to fall asleep.

Zhi Xuan looked at Jiang Chao Ge’s eyelashes. Those eyelashes were like two small fans, trembling. He felt his heart itch, unable to describe the taste. He stretched out his hand and touched the eyelashes gently. In a half awake state, Jiang Chao Ge unconsciously blinked his eyes. The eyelashes trembled even more. Zhi Xuan licked his lips and unable to restrain it, moved closer, using his lips to hold the eyelashes in his mouth. A part of the lips touched Jiang Chao Ge’s soft eyelid. That tactile touch was something Zhi Xuan had never experienced before. It was indescribable, only it made him feel….. very comfortable.

Jiang Chao Ge felt there was something damp pressed against his eyelid, but he was really too sleepy. After telling stories to the Little Zuzong for a long time, he was really too lazy to open his eyes, only wanting to sleep till dawn.

Zhi Xuan sucked on the eyelashes for a while and felt there wasn’t really much of a taste and stretched out his tongue again to give it a lick. There still wasn’t much of a taste. He move his lips down and latched onto Jiang Chao Ge’s nose and it was still tasteless. He looked at Jiang Chao Ge’s lips. What….. would it taste like?

Jiang Chao Ge wrinkled his nose, finally unable to bear it, opening his eyes and saying in a hoarse voice: “What are you doing? Still not sleeping?”

Zhi Xuan closed his eyes, “Sleep.”

Jiang Chao Ge yawned, turned over and fell asleep again.

Zhi Xuan’s small hand rested against his head, staring at Jiang Chao Ge, golden pupils glistening in the darkness. He stared for a very long time.


Ao/袄- a lined Chinese style coat or jacket

Shan Quan Hui/山犭军- (yeah ugly thing isn’t it. I think this would be man’s worst enemy)

hug a gold leg/抱金大腿- basically means sucking up to someone with money

The Arabian Nights/天方夜谭- also known as One Thousand and One Nights, it’s a collection of middle eastern folktales in Arabic grok the Islamic golden age. The frame story through all the different versions of the tale within the book is the story of a ruler and his wife. You can find a more complete summary on Wikipedia but basically the wife continuously tells the ruler stories so that he has to postpone her execution the next day in order to hear the ending. It’s said that she does this for one thousand and one nights.


Translator’s Corner

Damn I wish I had Jiang Chao Ge’s level of unbotheredness while someone is biting his eyelashes and nose.

Hey guys I’m back from vacation ~\(≧▽≦)/~ sorry for the wait

JCG & SW Chapter 34

Everyone in the room was looking at Ruan Qian Xiu.

Ruan Qian Xiu revealed a mocking smile: “Finally decided to kill me huh.”

“Who?”

“Apparently people of my father.”

“Qi Ling Feng?” Jiang Chao Ge thought from beginning to end, suddenly realising something: “He’s afraid you’ll reveal the spiritual power cultivation techniques of Qi Clan?”

Ruan Qian Xiu nodded.

Jiang Chao Ge’s heart beat, “Don’t tell me you still have the techniques on you?” Although the State Preceptor once gave him the primary cultivation techniques when he was still alive, he was still extremely curious of other cultivation techniques.

“It’s in my head.” Ruan Qian Xiu kicked away the body with a foot, hanging Zheng Chen Crescent Blades at her hipbone, eyes becoming fierce and tough, “Almost no one that was targeted by Cha Xue has been able to successfully escape…… however, once we cross Bei Yue Mountain, we’ll be out of the north. The influence of Cha Xue will be weaker.”

“Bei Yue Mountain is less that two hundred Li from Shao Xian Mountain.” Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “It seems that you are destined to travel with us.”

Ruan Qian Xiu looked at Jiang Chao Ge, “Thank you for saving me. I will definitely return this favour.”

“Alright, then I will gladly remember it.” Jiang Chao Ge had just finished speaking, when he felt someone tugging his clothes. He lowered his head and looked, Zhi Xuan was currently stretching his neck upwards and looking at him, “What is it?”

“Your face, is it bleeding?” Zhi Xuan stood on tiptoes, yet it seemed it was still difficult for him to see clearly.

Only then did Jiang Chao Ge remember that he was scratched by the hidden weapon of the Cha Xue assassin. He lifted his hand to feel it. There was a trail of blood on his face. He squatted down, two hands pinching Zhi Xuan’s rounded waist, “It’s just a little scratch alright?”

Zhi Xuan frowned severely, “Your lifespan will shorten again like this!”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “How can a little scratch shorten my lifespan?”

Zhi Xuan cupped his face and leaned closer, sticking out a soft pink tongue to lick his wound. Jiang Chao Ge froze, immediately wanting to move his face away. Zhi Xuan slapped his face with a palm, “Dont move, my saliva can speed up the healing of a wound.”

“Really?”

“No kidding.” Zhi Xuan licked his wound seriously, saliva covering half his face.

Although Jiang Chao Ge was unwilling, he still couldn’t refuse. But under the gaze of everyone he was somewhat embarrassed. He hurriedly picked up Zhi Xuan and returned to his own room.

After Zhi Xuan concentratedly licked the entire wound once, he licked the corners of his mouth, “Your blood is sweet. Your flesh should also be quite tasty.”

Jiang Chao Ge shivered, “I heard that the sweeter the blood, the sourer the meat. It’s not tasty at all.”

“You’ve eaten human flesh before?”

“Uh…..”

Zhi Xuan snorted lightly, “Fen Nian has eaten all kinds of human flesh. I believe what he says.”

Jiang Chao Ge frowned: “Who’s Fen Nian?”

“You humans call him Tao Tie.” Zhi Xuan stroked his chin, “That guy is quite interesting. At least alcohol and delicious food can be gathered together.”

“The Twelve Ancient Rare Beasts, you’re familiar with all of them?”

“I’ve lived for thousands of years, I’m familiar with those I should be familiar with.”

“Then are there any that hold a grudge against you?” Just in case they accidentally came across one that held a grudge against Zhi Xuan and summoned it. Wouldn’t that be bringing about their own destruction?

“Forgot…..” Zhi Xuan thought with his head tilted to the side, “If there’s an opportunity, I would really like to bite them all to death. The strongest rare beast, only one is enough.”

Jiang Chao Ge shivered, “Do the other ancient rare beasts also think this way?”

“Of course. Even if there isn’t The Origin of Heaven and Earth, we will still fight to no end. Don’t you humans say that a mountain can’t retain two tigers? How could this world accommodate twelve ancient rare beasts?” Zhi Xuan tightened his little fists, bright golden pupils flashing. “I’ll have to eat them all sooner or later.”

It wasn’t the first time Jiang Chao Ge had realised Zhi Xuan belligerence, only he was often deceived by Zhi Xuan’s current appearance. Right now, he could only pray that the spirit weapon users of other Divine grade spirit weapons were weaker than him. Otherwise no matter how he thought, he’d be digging his own grave.

After experiencing this kind of more scared than hurt assassination attempt, they naturally couldn’t stay in the inn any longer. Zui You hypnotised the innkeeper and a few guests. They packed their luggage and hurriedly left.

On the road, Ruan Qian Xiu and Long Xiang briefed them once again on Blood Temple. This assassination organisation didn’t accept any and all types of jobs. They were extremely cautious with jobs that could cause the dispute of big clans, or those that brought calamity to the north. They also rarely accepted jobs that crossed the border, often operating only in the north. However, once Blood Temple accepted a job, they would even chase the target to the ends of the world. They’d nurtured many types of assassins. There were beautiful insidious female assassins, smooth and slick, able to dance beautifully. There were usually male assassins with respectable status’. There was also a type called ‘Lonely Souls’, neither male nor female assassins. This type of assassin needed to undergo tongue extraction and castration from childhood. Then they’d accept cruel training and long term brainwashing. They’d become qualified assassins, when they’d completely abandoned their own sense of self and thought and only knew how to follow the orders of the organisation. ‘Lonely souls’ had no feelings, no desires, no fears, upon failure they would immediately commit suicide. They were the best killing tools.

Blood Temple used unfathomable ways to an outsider to control these assassins, hidden in every city on the Tian Ling continent, helping them gather information, carrying out missions. Being targeted by this kind of cold blooded organisation that struck terror in people was almost equal to being on death row.

It seemed that Qi Ling Feng’s determination to kill Ruan Qian Xiu was strong. It was unclear whether or not he knew about this matter.

Yu Ren Shu said with a sigh: “Blood Temple’s cruelty and ruthlessness has grown infamous on Tian Ling continent. Thankfully they haven’t caused trouble in the imperial capital yet. However…. The imperial capital definitely has their people.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “Since you aren’t a prince anymore, don’t be so concerned about this continent.”

“Although I’m not a prince, I’m still a resident of Tian Ling continent in the end.” Yu Ren Shu said resolutely: “As long as I have the power, I will definitely protect this continent.”

The normally silent Long Xiang suddenly gave a snort: “People of Tian Ling continent find amusement in overseas races like monkeys. What is there to protect about this place?”

Yu Ren Shu said with a frown: “Tian Ling nation doesn’t permit the buying and selling of slaves, but Tian Ling continent is vast. Many places lack control. There’s nothing we can do.” He looked at Long Xiang’s childish profile, originally still wanting to dispute a few sentences yet was suddenly somewhat rueful. This child was sold into an alien land. He must’ve experienced hardships unimaginable to ordinary people. He said: “Where is your hometown? Perhaps we can help you go back.”

Long Xiang’s azure blue eyes stared unblinkingly at the pure white snow ahead of them. Only after a while did he speak in an extremely low voice: “I don’t know.”

Zui You rubbed his hair.

“I was still very small then. I already can’t remember where I came from. That’s why I want to collect a lot of money and buy a huge boat to set out to sea and search for my hometown.”

Jiang Chao Ge empathised with him, also gaining a more favourable impression of this mature youth.

Their whereabouts have already been exposed, so they don’t use horses to travel anymore. Instead they used rare beasts as saddle horses, rapidly heading towards Shao Xian Mountain.

Tian Rong and Zui You’s speed went without saying. Zhen Chen’s running speed actually didn’t fall behind at all, and it could fly. This made Jiang Chao Ge extremely envious. He rode a few times with Ruan Qian Xiu on this ‘flying horse’, feeling quite cool.

On the road, in order to hide their tracks, they didn’t dare enter cities again. They camped outside without exception, eating the rations in Jiang Chao Ge’s Na Wu Pouch. Only the space in that Na Wu Pouch was also limited. Their food decreased with each passing day.

Yu Ren Shu lived in luxury from childhood with brocade garments and jade meals. Now he followed them, eating in the wind and sleeping in the dew, living like a savage. In a short month’s time, his whole person thinned down a layer, head of silvery hair losing its lustre somewhat. At this moment, he was gnawing on a steamed bun as if it tasted like waxed.

Tian Rong really couldn’t bear to look any longer, “Shu, I’ll go hunt some things for you.”

Yu Ren Shu hesitated, “Oh no need. I’m fine…… eating this.” After speaking, he forced himself to take a bite of the steamed bun. In the end, his honourable esophagus didn’t accept such a dry hard thing. He suddenly began to cough, face flushed red.

Tian Rong looked at him with crossed arms and a frown, like he didn’t know what to do.

Zui You just happened to be at the side, stroking Yu Ren Shu’s back a few times. He shot a accusatory glare at Tian Rong, “Do you not know how to look after humans?”

Tian Rong wasn’t very happy, “Why must I know?”

“You can only have spiritual power when they are alive and well.” Zui You twisted his head and teased Long Xiang’s chin, “So I’m very good towards Little Xiang. Isn’t that right Little Xiang?”

Long Xiang moved his face away, “Eat, don’t play around.”

Tian Rong stiffened for a while, then slapped Yu Ren Shu’s back. Yu Ren Shu was currently coughing uncomfortably and was almost forced to cough up blood with that slap. This time his face became even redder. Tian Rong was startled and suddenly stood up, “I’ll go find food for you.” Instantly transforming into his beast form after speaking, he very quickly vanished into the boundless screen of snow.

Zui You also passed a bowl of warm water to Yu Ren Shu, “Come, drink a little. Catch your breath.” That tone was extremely soft and tender. Even Ruan Qian Xiu, a woman, would consider herself incomparable.

Long Xiang gave Zui You a warning glance. Zui You said all smiles: “You humans are really strange. There’s not one that is considerate of others.”

Zhi Xuan twisted his head to look at Jiang Chao Ge, “Will you be considerate of me?”

Jiang Chao Ge said smoothly: “Yes.”

Zhi Xuan nodded his head in satisfaction and continued to drink alcohol.

Long Xiang said heavily: “We met by chance halfway in the first place and are each using each other. What need is there for consideration?”

Zui You pouted, “But I like people who look good. I like them all.”

Long Xiang said in slight anger: “Why does a fox like you like to judge people purely on appearance?”

Zui You smiled bewitchingly, “I’m naturally full of affection. If it were not for the fact that you’re so cute, I wouldn’t want to mate with you at all.”

Ruan Qian Xiu looked at them with her chin propped up, suddenly slipping in a sentence craftily: “How did you form a contract?”

Long Xiang was startled, suddenly flying into a rage out of humiliation, saying loudly: “Of course it’s through blood. What where you thinking?!”

Jiang Chao Ge and Yu Ren Shu both burst into loud laughter. Zhi Xuan shifted his eyes, small hand tightening on Juan Chao Ge’s clothes. It was unknown what he was thinking.

Zui You held back his laughter, “I actually wanted to use the second method. But Little Xiang was unwilling. Such a pity.”

Long Xiang’s face was flushed a bright red, seemingly like he was practically about to drip blood the next second. He said angrily: “You say that again! You say that again and you’ll return to the weapon!”

“Not returning. It’s so fun it is outside. As if I’d want to be stuffed up inside.” Zui You stroked Long Xiang’s head with a grin: “Your angry appearance is the cutest. I like it.”

Long Xiang was practically about to explode from his teasing. He also really seamed somewhat pitiful. However, the adults only wanted to watch the fun.

Ruan Qian Xiu said: “Seriously though. I head that the second method to form a contract can increase the spirit weapon user’s spiritual power exponentially. You really don’t want to try it?”

On Tian Ling continent, males and females were generally lax. It was as natural as marrying a close relative. So no one thought it was unusual. It completely depended on willingness.

Yu Ren Shu smiled sadly, “If Tian Rong was a delicate and pretty youth, perhaps I would’ve tried it. But his appearance truly doesn’t match my aesthetic.”

Zhi Xuan snorted coldly, “Tian Rong also makes little of you. You are only a lowly human after all.”

Yu Ren Shu also didn’t get annoyed. They’ve interacted for so long after all. He also knew if Zhi Xuan’s true form. He was already long since accustomed to his arrogance.

Ruan Qian Xiu saw Long Xiang’s blushing appearance, thought it was interesting and asked unforgivingly: “Little brother, what about you? Why are you unwilling?”

Long Xiang said through gritted teeth: “Unwilling is unwilling.”

Zui You had a face written full of disappointment, “Truly stubborn.”

Ruan Qian Xiu’s gaze came to a rest on Jiang Chao Ge and Zhi Xuan, asking engrossed: “What about you? You guys haven’t formed a contract yet right?”

Jiang Chao Ge immediately wanted to change the subject, “Tian Rong should be able to hunt down some food very quickly. Let’s stoke the fire.”

Zhi Xuan glared at Ruan Qian Xiu, “Female humans really like to meddle in other people’s affairs.”

Ruan Qian Xiu couldn’t help but smile, “What you say is very reasonable.”

Zui You said also curious: “That’s right. You guys have formed a contract yet. Don’t be shy if you need me impart some experience.” He winked, crimson eyes bewitching people.

Zhi Xuan said curiously: “What experience?”

“Experience in mating.”

Jiang Chao Ge was deeply afraid of Zhi Xuan thinking in that direction. This loathsome fox actually spoke about it nonstop. He really wanted to plug that mouth with a steamed bun.

Yet Zhi Xuan’s curiosity had already been sparked, “You actually need experience in mating? Why?”

Zui You’s slim finger rested lightly on a side of his lips, eyes limpid, saying with charm: “If you do it well, then it will be the most joyous thing in this world.”

Zhi Xuan’s bright golden pupils gleamed, obviously somewhat interested.

Long Xiang shouted: “Zui You, enough!”

Zui You curled his lip, face full of disinterest, “I am a fox. But ever since I followed you, I could never enjoy the bliss of the human world.”

Long Xiang leapt up, “I’ve never prevented you. Whoever you want to mat…. I can’t be bothered to care about you. Go find whoever you want!” Storming into the tent in a great rage after speaking.

Zui You shrugged his shoulders, shifting beside Yu Ren Shu, delicate fingers hooking Yu Ren Shu’s chin, thin lips breathing: “I like your silver hair. Truly beautiful.”

Zui You’s enchantment was only effective on weak minded humans and beasts. In front of a high level spirit weapon user, the effect would be significantly impaired. So Yu Ren Shu only hesitated momentarily before his gaze regained clarity. He pulled away Zui You’s hand.

Zui You said with a smile: “Since you don’t like Tian Rong’s sort, don’t tell me my sort is also unacceptable?”

Ruan Qian Xiu enjoyed this full of interest. Jiang Chao Ge couldn’t help but sigh ruefully. Although this Zui You had the outward appearance of a male, he was even more flirtatious and charming than a female. No wonder he was a fox, and was also the ancestor of foxes, the Nine Tailed Fox.

Yu Ren Shu said with a smile: “I’m not in the mood for this at the moment.”

Long Xiang suddenly rushed out of the tent, “Zui You!”

Zui You said helplessly, “Didn’t you say you couldn’t be bothered to care about me?”

“I will return you to…..”

“Ok ok. I won’t play around anymore alright.” Zui You said imploringly: “I won’t return to the weapon. I like being outside. I won’t play around anymore.” This delicate and pitiful appearance really made people feel unbearable.

Long Xiang took several deep breathes, unable to express his flames of anger, almost retraining himself to death.

Jiang Chao Ge sympathised with this youth even more.

Zhi Xuan secretly observed Zui You’s thing, both eyes gleaming.

At this moment, Tian Rong returned. A porcupine hung from his mouth, leaving a long trail of blood in the snow.

Zui You acclaimed: “There’s meat to eat.”

Everybody cooperated to skin and clean the bones of the porcupine before putting it on the fire to roast. They finally got their first taste of fresh meat in several days.

After eating and drinking their fill, Jiang Chao Ge carried Zhi Xuan into the tent to sleep.

Zhi Xuan laid down yet he didn’t close his eyes, using a small thin finger to hook Jiang Chao Ge’s chin, looking directly into his eyes.

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “What is it?”

“That loathsome fox is really annoying.”

“Mn.”

“What kind of experience do you need in mating anyway?”

“He is talking nonsense. He’s a fox, how can there be truth in his words?

“But he seems to be very experienced, and he also said it’s very enjoyable.”

Jiang Chao Ge said mockingly: “He’s lying to people.”

“I’m not a human.”

“What he likes you won’t necessarily like. You are a Qi Lin after all. He is only a fox.”

Zhi Xuan shook his head, “For good and bad I’ve still lived for thousands of years. Don’t try to deceive me. I’ve heard that it is very enjoyable.”

“Then how come you haven’t tried it before?”

“I don’t have another of the same species and I also hate humans.”

Jiang Chao Ge said vigilantly: “Could it be you’ve gained interest now?”

“No!” Zhi Xuan said loudly: “I’m only curious of that flirtatious fox’s words.”

Jiang Chao Ge stroked his head, “There’s nothing to be curious about. Let’s sleep earlier.”

Zhi Xuan used his elbows to shuffle forward, cheeks pressing closer to Jiang Chao Ge’s face, asking softly: “Then…… have you mated before?”

Jiang Chao Ge almost coughed up blood.

Zhi Xuan saw that he wasn’t answering and said urgently, “Answer.”

Jiang Chao Ge gulped, “I’ve said before, this word isn’t good. It’s too crude.”

“Then how you say it?”

“We say it as- love.”

“Then have you done- love before?”

Jiang Chao Ge said 囧: “Why are you curious about this today?”

Zhi Xuan said angrily: “Just answer! You are a servant, where do all these questions come from!”

Jiang Chao Ge could only give an “mn”.

“With a male or female?”

Jiang Chao Ge had the pressed feeling a confession was being forced out of him by a girlfriend. He said helplessly: “Female.”

Zhi Xuan stared at him blankly for a moment. He suddenly pushed his face away fiercely, turning his body around and lying down.

Jiang Chao Ge said with a sigh: “What are you angry for?”

“Don’t know.” Zhi Xuan said unhappily.

Jiang Chao Ge had been tired the whole day, halfheartedly coaxing a few sentences, “Little Zuzong, don’t be angry anymore. Rest earlier we still have to hasten in our journey tomorrow.”

Zhi Xuan narrowed his eyes, strange thoughts flickering within his golden pupils.

Through several long days of travelling, they finally arrived at the foot of Shao Xian Mountain going against chilling wind and snow. Shao Xian City at the bottom of the mountain was relatively prosperous. At the very least, the goods and materials were plentiful, allowing them to replenish many things. When Jiang Chao Ge went to make purchases, he fished out silver while feeling pained. Right now, practically everyone relied on him to support them. Although he had been arranged many gold coins from Yu Ren Shu’s private quarters, but upon entering his pocket, he quietly saw it as his own. Now it was being drawn out like flowing water. It was simply too sad, and thinking that he still had to pay Long Xiang a high monetary reward, he felt even more pained.

Shao Xian Mountain was more than three thousand metres above sea level, the mountain ranges continuous and unending. There was no telling when they’d be able to come down after going up this time, and it was also uncertain if they’ll even come down. That was why food and things to protect against the cold must be fully prepared. That bighead carp Na Wu Pouch exhibited the most use but unfortunately its capacity also had a limit. In order to clear space, Jiang Chao Ge emptied a lot of the beast materials inside, selling it at a low price, stuffing food inside with all his might. He thought, if they could still come down from this trek, upon arriving at Da Liang City, he would definitely buy a Na Wu Pouch with a larger capacity regardless of the price.

After making the purchases, Jiang Chao Ge returned to the inn they’d reserved. At the same time he was making purchases, Yu Ren Shu and Tian Rong went into the city to look for clues, seeing if there was anyone familiar with the road that could take them up the mountain.

As soon as his foot stepped through the door, Yu Ren Shu and Tian Rong also returned, saying they found a local that was familiar with the road.

Long Xiang asked: “Shao Xian Mountain is so big, how are you going to find one weapon?”

Yu Ren Shu said: “The State Preceptor foresaw the general location. You can sense spiritual energy where there is Divine grade spirit weapons. The geology will also be very different from other places. It is extremely heavy after all. If we get even closer, perhaps the spirit beasts would be able to sniff it out.”

Ruan Qian Xiu said: “So you guys don’t have a specific goal, just going to cover the mountains and plains.”

Tian Rong snorted coldly: “You can choose not to come up the mountain with us.”

Ruan Qian Xiu smiled: “I’m currently being chased by Blood Temple. I’d rather go up the mountain to face rare beasts with you.”

With a move of her delicate hands, the crescents blade at her hip moved seamlessly to her hands. That crescent blade spun once in her hand and was then ruthlessly stuck into the table. She laughed lightly: “Its also been a long time since Zheng Chen has smelled the scent of blood.”

Jiang Chao Ge looked around at everyone, “With you guys here, I’m not afraid of any rare beasts up the mountain.”

At night, they rested at an inn. Tian Rong stood guard outside Ruan Qian Xiu’s door, Zui You stood guard inside. Tomorrow they would set foot on Shao Xian Mountain. If Blood Temple’s people don’t make a move now, it’ll be even more difficult to make a move once they’re up the mountain. So tonight, everyone was extra vigilant.

Jiang Chao Ge felt somewhat nervous about the journey tomorrow. After all, other than the one time he ran into a Fei Yi outside Hu An City, he had never been faced with a battle with rare beasts. He heard that there were large numbers of rare beasts on Shao Xian Mountain. He didn’t know if it was like walking into a den of Tigers and wolves. Would he come back alive?

Jiang Chao Ge looked at Zhi Xuan who was lying down back facing him, remembering that this ferocious kid hadn’t annoyed him all day and poked his spine, “Zuzong, are you asleep?”

It was like he had stirred up Zhi Xuan’s mechanisms. His shoulders trembled and he didn’t speak.

Jiang Chao Ge held back his laughter, “You’re not asleep right? You don’t need sleep anyway.”

“Shut up.”

“Why are you angry? We’re going up the mountain tomorrow. If I die on the mountain, will you still be angry at me?”

Zhi Xuan turned over suddenly, “You’re not allowed to die.”

“I will try my best….”

Zhi Xuan stared fixedly at him for a while and whispered: “Definitely not allowed to die.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “I’ll, try my best.”

Bringing adequate equipment, food, a total of four people four beasts majestically climbed up Shao Xian Mountain.

On the mountain, snow accumulated up to knee level. Only those big spirit beasts where able to walk as if flying. The guide took them up the mountain peak the State Preceptor foresaw, coincidentally being the same one Qi Ling Feng investigated as a potential lead to a Heaven grade spirit weapon.

They walked for half a day, and arrived halfway up the mountain. The guide said: “Sirs, I can only accompany you to here. Over this mountain peak, there are many ferocious man eating spirit beasts. Please be extremely careful.”

Jiang Chao Ge tipped the guide a few extra silver coins, “Thank you. You can return.”

The guide bowed while riding a horse down the mountain.

Jiang Chao Ge took a deep breath, “Let’s go.”


Blood Temple/刹血- previously translated as Cha Xue. I thought this would sound better and it is essentially a direct translation of it.

Empathised with him/同病相怜- more specifically fellow sufferers empathise with each other. Simplified it to keep fluidity.


Translator’s Corner

Hey guys! My exams are finally over! Yayyyyy freedommmmmm. Dunno what to do with all this time tbh.

I’m back with a new chapter! I will be going overseas soon tho but I thought y’all needed something to chew on after this long period of hiatus. Sorry for the wait but I’m finally back! XD

Translator’s Announcement

Hey guys. Sorry for the long period of inactivity and a lot of you will probably disappointed to know that this update isn’t bringing a new chapter but instead news of my hiatus. Over this past month, I’ve found that it is getting increasingly difficult to find the time or motivation to do translations amongst schoolwork, exams and the conflict of course selection (not exactly the easiest thing to do when what you want to do is different from what your parents had in mind). It’s been an emotional rollercoaster and I don’t think I can continue to balance these translations amongst all the other stressors I’m currently experiencing. Even if I try, I worry that the quality will drop as a consequence. Thus I am going on hiatus a few months early. It’s hard to say when exactly I’ll be back, but once everything is settled down, I hope to return with translations once again. But for now, Jiang Chao Ge and The Spirit Weapon will be on hold. Thank you for all your continued support and I hope to see you all again soon.

JCG & SW Chapter 33

After they left Yu Fa City, they didn’t dare rest and ran for a day and night in one go.

Qi Ling Feng will realise that it was overdoing it sooner or later. They have to guarantee that they are already a thousand miles apart when he finds out that he had worked hard for someone else and wasted his efforts.

At night the same day, they camped out in the wilderness.

Jiang Chao Ge’s Na Wu Pouch proved extremely useful. The several thick wind proof tents stuffed inside was the only guarantee that they wouldn’t freeze to death while sleeping. After they put up the tent, they started a fire within the tent, roasting dried meat and stewing thick soup.

Zhi Xuan had already transformed into the form of a child. After drinking from a pot of alcohol in his grasp for a while, he pointed the mouth of the bottle towards Jiang Chao Ge’s lips, “Drink.”

Jiang Chao Ge was currently thinking about things, absentmindedly saying, “No need.”

Zhi Xuan rudely pressed the mouth of the bottle against Jiang Chao Ge’s lips, “Hurry drink, warm yourself up. Otherwise it will shorten your life.”

Jiang Chao Ge was between laughter and tears and had no choice but to drink a gulp.

Ruan Qian Xiu looked at them, “You didn’t tell me you were travelling together with Prince Shu. You also have a Heaven grade spirit weapon and Long Xiang also isn’t your friend.” After a day of interacting, this intelligent woman could already see through everything.

Jiang Chao Ge said: “These things aren’t important to you.”

Ruan Qian Xiu shrugged, “When we arrive at the next city, we’ll part ways.”

Yu Ren Shu glanced at her, “Where’s a woman like you planning to go?”

Ruan Qian Xiu said indifferently: “I’m a level four spirit weapon user. I don’t need Your Highness’ concern.”

Jiang Chao Ge didn’t think that Ruan Qian Xiu actually had the strength of a level four spirit weapon user, momentarily losing composure on his face. It seemed that among these helpers, he was the weakest.

Yu Ren Shu was also surprised, “Level four?”

Ruan Qian Xiu lifted the edges of her lips in a smile, “Does Your Highness want to test it?”

Yu Ren Shu’s smile soured as a result of her taunting, saying in a low voice: “Don’t call me Your Highness anymore.”

Ruan Qian Xiu didn’t pay attention to Yu Ren Shu anymore but rather asked Jiang Chao Ge curiously, “What type of rare beast is Zhi Xuan?”

Jiang Chao Ge was already sick of this question and said rudely: “Secret.”

Zhi Xuan shot a death glare towards Ruan Qian Xiu, “Don’t disturb our drinking.” He once again pushed the mouth of the bottle towards Jiang Chao Ge’s lips, “After you finish drinking eat meat, drink soup. Your lifespan will shorten if you don’t eat enough.”

Jiang Chao Ge said helplessly: “Lifespan will also shorten if you drink alcohol on an empty stomach.”

“Really?” Zhi Xuan froze, and angrily smashed the alcohol pot, “Why do humans die so easily?!”

Jiang Chao Ge rubbed his face, “I’m not going to die that easily, don’t panic.”

Zhi Xuan also didn’t know who he was angry at, so angry his cheeks bulged, knocking his head directly against Jiang Chao Ge’s chest. Jiang Chao Ge stroked his hair as if petting a kitten.

Ruan Qian Xiu and Long Xiang looked at the two, somewhat surprised. They’d probably never seen a spirit weapon user and a spirit beast interacting in such a manner. Yu Ren Shu and Tian Rong had actually long since become accustomed to it yet Zui You was all smiles, seemingly as if he was very interested.

Jiang Chao Ge also became aware of the gazes of everyone, and hurriedly changed the topic, “Then what spirit beast resides in your spirit weapon Miss Ruan?”

Ruan Qian Xiu’s crescent moon blades hung at both sides of her hips. She caressed the ice cold weapons as bright as silver. Fingertip like a scallion, slid across the edge of the blade. When the fingertip reached the tip of the blade, the spirit weapon emitted a white light. The shadow of a creature in the form of a horse appeared in front of everyone.

The shadow gradually became clear. It was a relatively big and tall, black steed with wings, simultaneously with a snake tail and a human face. Those four hooves were strong and vigorous like pillars, the pair of wings strong and full of vitality, the snake tail slender and tough. That human face was gender neutral, full of deceitful beauty, long narrow eyes languid yet dangerous, making people tremble in fear like the creatures of the underworld.

Ruan Qian Xiu hugged its head, using her cheeks to rub against it, “Zheng Chen, I really missed you.”

That ShuHu actually spoke, “Qian Xiu, Qian Xiu.” That voice was just like a human, low and pensive, indistinguishable between male and female. Only, speaking almost seemed very strenuous, it continuously repeated Ruan Qian Xiu’s name.

Jiang Chao Ge said surprisedly, “He can actually speak human words.”

Yu Ren Shu said: “All rare beasts with human faces can speak human words. However, Dark grade spirit beasts can’t transform into human form. Speech requires teaching.”

Transforming into a human seemed simple, yet it was separated by several hundred years of cultivation. How powerful and mysterious millennium old rare beasts must be. This was also the reason why Heaven grade spirit weapons were so rare.

Shu Hu knelt down, quietly lying beside Ruan Qian Xiu. Ruan Qian Xiu stroked his hair, the expression on her face extremely gentle. She was just like an ordinary soldier, gaining a sense of security because she was embracing her own weapon. This point, had nothing to do with gender.

Jiang Chao Ge looked at her, then looked at Zheng Chen, a plan formulating in his mind about her. Originally, he was the same as Yu Ren Shu, not holding much expectations towards women. But after hearing that she was a level four spirit weapon user, and her spirit beast also seemed so strong and healthy, she was already exceedingly powerful. Letting go of such a person like this seemed a bit of a pity. He cleared his threat and said: “Miss Ruan….”

Ruan Qian Xiu interrupted him saying: “The north is different from other places. We only address people who rarely come out of their homes as Miss. I’m a spirit weapon user. If you want to address me honorifically, call me DaRen.”

Jiang Chao Ge gave a complicated smile: “DaRen, I want to ask, what do you plan to do in the future?”

Ruan Qian Xiu gave a soft sigh, “I haven’t thought about it yet. I have never left the north. Now I want to go to see other places on the Tian Ling continent.”

“Have you never left the north or have you never left Yu Fa City?”

Ruan Qian Xiu froze, “What difference is there?”

“To you, the north is only limited to that city. But the north is so big, bigger than any territory in the south, east, west and central region. You haven’t even carefully taken a look at such a huge north, why are you in such a rush to go to other places?”

Ruan Qian Xiu narrowed her eyes slightly, “Do you want me to go to Shao Xian Mountain with you?”

“Don’t you want to go see? You gain companions on the road and we also gain a helping hand. At that time if you don’t dare go up Shao Xian Mountain with us, it’s also not too late to part ways then.”

Ruan Qian Xiu lifted her lips up in a smile, “No need to incite me. I won’t go court death with you guys.”

“Is Shao Xian Mountain really that frightful?”

“How frightful Shao Xian Mountain is has nothing to do with me. Is there any benefit in putting myself in a dangerous situation?”

“If we find a Heaven grade spirit weapon, we’ll first allow you to test if you are compatible with it.”

Ruan Qian Xiu’s eyes lit up but very quickly became calm saying: “The probability of being compatible is too small. It’s not worth taking a risk.”

Jiang Chao Ge shrugged, “I won’t force you. Only, in order to search for Heaven grade spirit weapons, I’m afraid that we’ll also need to step across every inch of Tian Ling continent, happening to be the same as your goal. I can see that DaRen, you aren’t someone who can settle in one place and you also aren’t a normal woman. Why not explore that unknown, dangerous location with us? It also can’t be considered wasting your life.”

Ruan Qian Xiu swept her gaze across Jiang Chao Ge, slowly turned her face away and didn’t speak again.

Jiang Chao Ge had said all he wanted to say and also didn’t speak anymore. Ruan Qian Xiu had the gold coin Qi Ran Jun prepared for her, enough to cover the cost of her entire life and also had a high class spirit weapon by her side. He didn’t have much to tempt her and could only resign himself to fate.

Long Xiang, who’d been silently nibbling on a steamed bun all along opened his mouth and spoke: “If there really is a Heaven grade spirit weapon on Shao Xian Mountain, how do you plan to transport it down?”

Yu Ren Shu said: “If it isn’t the one we want, we will just give it to Qi Ling Feng. It can be considered as making up for his loss.”

“Which one is the one you actually want?”

None of them spoke. The one they wanted, was a Divine grade spirit weapon that could destroy the heavens and exterminate earth.

Long Xiang saw that they wouldn’t say and also didn’t ask any further, continuing to nibble on the steamed bun.

Zui You yawned, “I really don’t understand you humans. Not enjoying perfectly good wealth and honour, insisting on running to this freezing place to find some weapon. You should be in soft fragrance and warmth, enjoying good wine and delicacies in this weather. If it were not for the fact that Little Xiang has no money….tch.”

Long Xiang’s face went red, “I don’t earn money just for you to enjoy a life of pleasure.”

“That’s because you don’t have enough money. You are both poor and stubborn. If it weren’t for the fact you look quite cute, I wouldn’t have wanted you a long time ago.” Zui You caught Long Xiang’s chin, seductive eyes like silk.

Long Xiang moved his head away and continued to bury his head and eat.

Zui You used his finger to draw something on Long Xiang’s back with a grin. Long Xiang didn’t speak a word, obviously teased like this daily, only using silence as counterattack.

After eating, they each went into their tents to sleep.

At that time, Jiang Chao Ge liked Zhi Xuan the little heater the most. He embraced him and adjusted into a comfortable position, preparing to get a good nights sleep.

Zhi Xuan suddenly humphed, using his little paws to slap Jiang Chao Ge’s face, “You only like to hug me when I’m like this. If I become big you’ll avoid me. Why?”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “If you become big, hugging you will be too hot. This way is both warm and soft, very comfortable to hug.”

“Humans are really troublesome, picky over this and that and yet they are still short lived.”

Jiang Chao Ge played with his hair, “Humans are just like this. Sometimes I am also pretty annoyed.”

“Why do you want that woman to stay?”

“She is a level four spirit weapon user and also has a Dark grade spirit weapon. If she stays, she will be a very powerful companion.”

Zhi Xuan narrowed his bright golden eyes, “You didn’t fall for her right?”

Jiang Chao Ge laughed in spite of himself, “How can you tell?”

“You are a man, she is a woman. Most humans mate like this right?” Zhi Xuan’s eyes were bright and piercing, “Do you want to mate with her?”

Jiang Chao Ge was between laughter and tears, “I’ve never thought about it. Can you not use that phrase so much?”

“Why?”

“That phrase is….um….. vulgar. Since you can turn into a human, your words, actions and manner should also be like humans.”

Zhi Xuan frowned deeply, “Yin Chuan has also said something like this. I hate hearing his lectures the most.”

Jiang Chao Ge laughed out loud: “It seems that he really is an intelligent person….. ah no, rare beast.”

“As a rare beast, whats the use of having intelligence? In any case, don’t you still eat what you want to eat, do what you want to do?”

“You can’t say it like that. The knowledge of humans are boundless when dug up. Even if Yin China has lived for thousands of years, he couldn’t have read all the books in the world right? You think that drinking alcohol is enjoyable. He thinks that reading books is enjoyable. Aren’t they both great?”

Zhi Xuan pulled at his hair, saying discontentedly, “You said the same as him again. So annoying. If you speak like him again then I don’t want you anymore.”

“Aren’t you friends?”

“I don’t have friends. I only go challenge him from time to time. I want to prove I’m stronger than him.”

“And in the end?”

“In the end, we fought for so long yet there was no victor or loser. Later we were sealed.” Zhi Xuan’s small head rolled around in Jiang Chao Ge’s arms, eyes empty as if he was recalling those times from long ago.

“I really want to meet that Sir White Marsh.”

“The Kun Lun Fairylands are very far from here.”

“Yes. After going to Shao Xian Mountain, I still have to go to Da Liang City, to find that person called Wang Qin. Those were the last words Meng Sheng left me. I have to go see no matter what.” Jiang Chao Ge unconsciously stroked his neck. The pocket watch Old Meng entrusted to him hung there. Someday, when he returned to his own world, he must fulfil Old Meng’s final wish.

Zhi Xuan sighed, “I’ve been awake for so long but I haven’t seen anyone familiar yet…. It won’t be half bad if we can meet Yin Chuan quicker.”

Jiang Chao Ge could feel Zhi Xuan’s loneliness. Perhaps it was because he provided the spiritual power needed to summon Zhi Xuan, so he could often sense Zhi Xuan’s moods. Zhi Xuan also never concealed his own feelings. That kind of loneliness made him feel very sympathetic. He said softly: “I will definitely take you to the Kun Lun Fairylands.”

Zhi Xuan buried himself into his embrace, “Ok.”

Jiang Chao Ge closed his eyes, hugged the little heater, and fell asleep peacefully.

The second day, their speed slowed down a little, stopping and starting, arriving at a small reclusive town. They decided to spend the night at this little town.

Jiang Chao Ge deliberately tested out Ruan Qian Xiu, “DaRen, do you want to stay here?”

Ruan Qian Xiu shook her head, “I want to go to a bigger city.” She paused, “Just call me Qian Xiu.”

“Do you know Da Liang City?”

“Of course. It’s the second biggest city in the north.”

“After leaving Shao Xian Mountain, we’ll go to Da Liang City. Do you wish to travel together?”

Ruan Qian Xiu said carefully: “I can consider it.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled and didn’t say anything more.

At night, they rested at an inn in the small town.

Jiang Chao Ge closed his eyes and cultivated, striving to go through the acupuncture point of the Second Meridian. The spirit pill he ate at the imperial capital still had an effect now but it wasn’t as strong as at the start. According to this speed, he could reach the strength of the level four spirit weapon user within three to five months. But it wasn’t enough. He still felt it wasn’t enough. When could he summon Zhi Xuan’s real form?

He cultivated through half the night, Zhi Xuan kept watch by his side. Only until he decided to sleep with endless fatigue, did Zhi Xuan lie down with him.

Sleeping through half the night, Zhi Xuan suddenly moved, abruptly sitting up from Jiang Chao Ge’s embrace.

Jiang Chao Ge’s vigilance was very strong, immediately saying: “Zhi Xuan, what’s wrong?”

“There’s a rare beast nearby.”

Jiang Chao Ge immediately got off bed, “How far?”

“There’s some distance.” Zhi Xuan sniffed with all his strength, “Seems to be in the sky.”

Jiang Chao Ge wanted to open the window to see but the frozen window had already long since been sealed shut. He could only walk out of the room. As soon as he exited, he felt that something wasn’t right. The air was suffused with a faint sweet smell. That sweet smell was extremely faint, but in winter the doors and windows inside were all tightly shut, air didn’t circulate so one could still immediately identify it. He couldn’t help but sniff twice, and immediately his head felt somewhat dizzy.

His heart was shocked, immediately returning to the room and closing the door. He forcefully took several deep breaths, head finally becoming a bit clearer.

Zhi Xuan said: “What’s wrong?”

“Someone released an incapacitating agent.” Jiang Chao Ge grabbed his own scarf, sprinkling some tea leaves on it, wrapped it around his face, grabbed his dagger and rushed out. He felt that it was particularly heavy in the direction of Ruan Qian Xiu’s room just then. He rushed to Ruan Qian Xiu’s room and kicked open the door with a foot.

A shadow in the room froze, throwing out something with an arm. Jiang Chao Ge only saw a flash of silvery light, abruptly dodging. He felt pain blossom on his brow, definitely bleeding. He couldn’t spare attention for that and fiercely rushed over, the dagger in his hands as nimble as a snake, stabbing towards that person clothed in black.

The person in black’s body was extremely agile, turning his body dodging, circling behind Jiang Chao Ge , elbow striking against his back, striking him several times. The person in black forced open the door wanting to escape.

Jiang Chao Ge spun around and threw himself at him, a flying kick striking against the back of the person in black. This kick struck right in the middle of their shoulders, making the person in black stagger several steps, rushing out of the room.

At this moment, Yu Ren Shu and Long Xiang heard sounds and rushed over. The person in black saw that situation was becoming unfavourable and suddenly flipped over the stairs, body dropping heavily towards the window, making that firmly sealed window break, and leapt out.

Outside the window, a huge bird flew past at a low altitude, steadily catching him. That huge bird was just about to fly upwards when a pale blue shadow floated past their eyes. Then that shadow leapt out of the window and transformed into a beautiful noble nine tailed fox, ferociously throwing the huge bird along with the person in black towards the ground.

The huge bird had its throat bitten by Zui You and was soon motionless. The person in black wanted to run and was also caught up by Zui You in two or three steps and captured.

Jiang Chao Ge hurriedly went to check up on Ruan Qian Xiu. That person in black had pressed a pillow to Ruan Qian Xiu’s face, evidently trying suffocate her. He lifted the pillow and tested her nose. She was still alive, only unconscious. Only then did he let out a breath.

Zui You returned with the person in black held in his mouth. He threw him onto the ground, seductive fox pupils blinking slightly, “Dead, killed himself.”

Long Xiang removed the mask of the person in black and pried open his mouth, only seeing a shattered red purple pill in his mouth. The most astonishing thing was, this person in black didn’t have a tongue. Long Xiang’s dashing eyebrows knitted slightly and he went to remove the person in black’s belt.

Yu Ren Shu said with a frown: “What are you doing?”

Long Xiang turned a deaf ear, undoing the belt and lifting it up to see, “This is an assassin taught by Cha Xue. No tongue, no reproductive organs, already been brainwashed. The mission is unconditionally their top priority. Mission fails, they die.”

“What’s Cha Xue?”

Yu Ren Shu’s expression was somewhat grave: “Its a mysterious assassination organisation in the north. Allegedly, no one has ever escaped from their pursuit.”

Jiang Chao Ge had lingering fears in his heart, “If Zhi Xuan had not caught the scent of a rare beast, Ruan Qian Xiu could possibly have been soundlessly assassinated in her sleep.”

“Could it be they were employed by Qi Ling Feng?” Yu Ren Shu said in confusion: “If Qi Ling Feng wanted her to die, why not make a move at Qi Headquarters?”

Jiang Chao Ge shook his head, “It seems we can only ask her when she awakens.”

Zui You transformed into a human, slowly walking in front of Ruan Qian Xiu’s bed, bending his head slightly, softly letting out a breath, saying softly: “Beauty, wake up.”

Ruan Qian Xiu’s feather like eyebrows trembled slightly, slowly opening her eyes. After she awoke, her eyes very quickly went from hazy to clear. She suddenly sat up, saw a room full of men and froze.

Yu Ren Shu saw that she only wore a layer of inner clothing, and turned around on his own, “You put on some clothes first.”

Ruan Qian Xiu glanced at the body on the ground and seemed to have realised what happened. She got off bed without a word, put on her clothes, squatting in front of the body and did exactly what Long Xiang did before, pulling the chin, taking off the trousers, strangely calm throughout the entire process.

After looking, she stood up, and gave a few imperceptibly soft sighs.

Jiang Chao Ge said: “Do you have anything to say?”


DaRen/大人- an honorific form of address and has a meaning similar to sir but it can be used for both genders. It is more often used for males then females though.

Cha Xue/刹血- can also be pronounced as Sha Xie but the words have the same meaning. Cha or Sha means temple and Xue or Xie means blood. It’s probably means something like Blood Temple


Translator’s Corner

Phew sorry for the wait guys, school has been particularly murderous recently. And on that note I’d like to say that from now one, releases will be once or twice a month as my final exams are in November so these few months are quite important. I will also be on hiatus in October and November. I want to do the best I can so that I can hopefully get into the uni I want so I need this period of time to focus solely on revising. Thanks for your continuous support!

JCG & SW Chapter 32

The second day, Jiang Chao Ge took advantage of mealtime to go find Yu Ren Shu and Tian Rong, revealing his own plans to them.

Yu Ren Shu heard it and frowned severely, “You really are too daring. If Qi Ling Feng finds out you want to release that woman, we will lose even our last friend.”

“Relax. As long as you properly cooperate, I will make Qi Ling Feng believe that Qi Ran Jun released Ruan Qian Xiu.”

“Then how are you going to explain it to Qi Ran Jun’s side?”

“It’s fine as long as he doesn’t admit to it. Even if Qi Ling Feng thinks that he released her, he can’t do anything to him. At that time if Qi Ran Jun once again pleads for leniency, Qi Ling Feng may possibly pardon her.”

“This plan, gave you told Qi Ran Jun?”

Jiang Chao Ge blinked his eyes, “No.”

Yu Ren Shu was slightly angry, “So right now it’s just your own wishful thinking. You went to see Ruan Qian Xiu without even discussing with me. You told Ruan Qian Xiu that Long Xiang will pledge loyalty to Qi Clan without telling Long Xiang. In other words, you don’t have half a bargaining chip, yet you want me and Tian Rong to act according to your hypothesis and then let Qi Ran Jun plead leniency for Long Xiang. Jiang Chao Ge ah Jiang Chao Ge, isn’t this equivalent to trying to build a house without a foundation?”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “I’ll tell you a story from my world.”

“I don’t have time to listen to stories.”

“Try and listen. It’s very interesting. The story goes like this, a poor young man and the daughter of the city owner is in love with each other. But he knew that the city owner would never agree to him marrying his daughter. A wise person decided to help him. The wise person went to the biggest gold bank in the city and asked the boss of the gold bank if he was willing to employ the city owner’s son in law as his manager. The gold bank boss heard this and naturally agreed. Then, the wise person went to find the city owner and asked him if he was willing for his own daughter to be wed to the manager of the biggest gold bank in the city. The city owner heard this, felt his daughter quite liked him and the young man was so honourable, so he also gladly agreed. Thus, the young man gained both wealth and a beautiful woman. The city owner’s daughter was wed to her young and promising sweetheart. The gold bank gained the city owner’s son in law as a manager. The city owner was able to see his daughter happy.” Jiang Chao Ge smiled lightly: “I’ve always really appreciated this story. Not because it teaches me how to create something from nothing, but because it teaches me that satisfying the interests of all sides is the best deal.”

Yu Ren Shu was stunned, looking at Jiang Chao Ge with a kind of incredulous gaze.

“Shu, cooperate with me a little. In the end, we’ll all be able to get what we want.”

Yu Ren Shu hesitated, “Alright then. You say what’s to be done.”

“You go find Qi Ran Jun personally, tell him, Ruan Qian Xiu agrees to leave Qi Headquarters with my help. Ruan Qian Xiu is unwilling to owe him a favour and doesn’t accept his help, so we will help her with this. The condition is to allow us to see Long Xiang before the trial and he has to plead with Qi Ling Feng to pardon Long Xiang. The price is Long Xiang will atone for his crimes with meritorious acts, pledging loyalty to Qi Clan.”

Zhi Xuan snorted coldly, “Human women are really inexplicable. Why doesn’t she agree when someone is willing to release her? Don’t tell me she likes being locked up?”

“I’m guessing, Qi Ran Jun has definitely expressed that he wanted to help Ruan Qian Xiu regain her freedom before, but with the implication that she become his people. Even if he didn’t say it directly, she could hear the hidden implication. That woman is very prideful and definitely wouldn’t agree.”

Yu Ren Shu said: “With Qi Ran Jun’s status, it’s impossible to marry her. Moreover with such a corrupt reputation, I’m afraid that she can’t even become his concubine. She cannot accept right?”

Tian Rong said: “Then what if Qi Ran Jun doesn’t agree? He wouldn’t be able to gain Ruan Qian Xiu then.”

“I think Qi Ran Jun isn’t that type of person.” Jiang Chao Ge patted Yu Ren Shu’s shoulder, “Its all on you to persuade him. You have to say it emotionally. Qi Ran Jun is amenable to coaxing but not coercion.”

“What if he is?”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “If he is, I have other plans.”

Yu Ren Shu was skeptical but ultimately still agreed.

Everything progressed smoothly according to Jiang Chao Ge’s plan. The second night, that is the night before the trail, he was secretly taken to the dungeon to meet Long Xiang.

Long Xiang saw him appear and was not the least bit surprised. That youth still maintained that maturity and icy arrogance surpassing his age, looking at him fixedly.

Jiang Chao Ge drew back his neck, “This dungeon is really cold. Can you sleep here?”

“The cold and not being able to sleep doesn’t matter.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled, “True. Your head might be dropping tomorrow after all.”

Long Xiang said: “Not necessarily if you came. Speak, what do you want to do?”

Jiang Chao Ge sat opposite him, lifting the manacles and leg irons on his hands and feet, asking frankly: “Do you want to live?”

“Yes.”

“I have a way for you to survive, do you want to listen?”

“Speak.”

“At the trail tomorrow, you must not admit you killed someone from the Qi Clan at the cost of death. Qi Ran Jun will plead leniency for you, allowing you to atone for your crime through good deeds. Henceforth you will pledge loyalty to Qi Clan.”

“I already said, I…..”

“Hear me out.” Jiang Chao Ge stopped him, “After you keep you life, Third Highness will request to Qi Ling Feng to allow us to bring you with us to search for Heaven grade spirit weapons. At that time, you can leave Qi Headquarters, recovering your freedom.”

“What do you want for helping me?”

Jiang Chao Ge said bluntly: “I want you to follow me.”

Long Xiang laughed coldly, “Then how is it different from staying in Qi Headquarters?”

“Of course it’s different. You hate Qi Clan but you can’t be regarded as hating me right? Moreover, I will repay you generously. It’s better than you running this way and that obtaining pecuniary awards. The most important thing is, you are free from beginning to end. If you are unwilling to follow me, you can leave anytime.”

Long Xiang’s dull blue pupils flickered, weighing up Jiang Chao Ge’s words.

Jiang Chao Ge said with emphasis, “If you want to live, that’s your only hope.”

Long Xiang shook his flaming red hair, eyes becoming firm and persistent, “Alright. If I can leave Qi Headquarters, I will owe you a favour. Before you find one Heaven grade spirit weapon, I definitely won’t leave.”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “Good!”

Qi Ran Jun and Long Xiang had been settled. What remained, was how to get Ruan Qian Xiu out of Qi Headquarters. Actually, he shouldn’t worry too much about that. Qi Ran Jun was more proactive than him. They planned to take Ruan Qian Xiu along when they went to find Heaven grade spirit weapons.

Long Xiang’s trial, Jiang Chao Ge had no qualifications to attend. Yu Ren Shu went. Although he had a well formed plan, he was still somewhat nervous. He was somewhat anxious the whole morning.

Zhi Xuan looked at him walking to and fro in the room and finally became impatient, “Can you just sit down for a bit? You will shorten your lifespan this way.”

Jiang Chao Ge couldn’t help but smile, “How will this shorten my lifespan?”

“I heard that humans will shorten their lifespan if they are too stressed. Eat too much lifespan is shortened. Don’t exercise lifespan is shortened. Too cold too hot lifespan is shortened. Crying, being drunk lifespan is shortened….. why are humans so troublesome? Dying at the drop of a hat.” Finishing speaking, Zhi Xuan became angry by himself.

Jiang Chao Ge laughed out loud: “What you’re saying is quite reasonable. Humans are just this fragile. But sometimes they are also very unyielding. So even though they’re short lived, they can multiply for millions of years.”

“Simply absurd. Why is it that there’s only one an ancient spirit beast like me but thousands upon thousands of humans as small and insignificant as ants? Obviously I am both stronger and more long lived.”

“Perhaps it really is because of that, that there is only one of you. If there were lots and lots of Qi Lin, I’m afraid this world cannot bear it. Other races will all extinguish, so the world can only create one Qi Lin.”

Zhi Xuan nodded. It seemed as if these words made him very comfortable.

At this moment, Yu Ren Shu returned. Jiang Chao Ge went to meet him hurriedly, “How did it go?”

Yu Ren Shu was somewhat excited, “Everything went very smoothly. Long Xiang didn’t admit the truth no matter what. Qi Ling Feng has wavered. Qi Ran Jun will act as the go between.”

Jiang Chao Ge let out a breath. As long as they didn’t immediately bring him to trial, it proved that Qi Ling Feng’s determination to kill Long Xiang wasn’t that strong. Things will definitely take a favourable turn.

“In addition, Qi Ling Feng helped me find a place that may possibly hold a Heaven grade spirit weapon based on the State Preceptor’s clues. It’s just seven hundred Li to the east of Yu Fa City, on Shao Xian Mountain. Accumulated snow covers it all year round. There are many ferocious beasts on the mountain, no one dares go. We can leave anytime. I spoke according to what you said and told them we are searching for a specific spirit weapon. If it isn’t that one, then we’ll give the Heaven grade spirit weapons we find to him.”

“Very good. When Long Xiang has been pardoned, we’ll leave immediately.”

After waiting two days, Qi Ran Jun brought good news, saying that after Long Xiang agreed to serve Qi Clan, Qi Ling Feng decided to pardon him. Yu Ren Shu immediately suggested that they bring Long Xiang to Shao Xian Mountain to search for a Heaven grade spirit weapon. Because of Yu Ren Shu’s reputation, although he felt something was not quite right, Qi Ling Feng could only agree.

On the day of departure, Qi Ran Jun sent people to hide Ruan Qian Xiu in the hidden compartment of their horse carriage in advance. That horse carriage held food, clothing and expenses Qi Ran Jun prepared for them. Qi Ran Jun had specially ordered people to make it for them.

Qi Ling Geng delivered them to the entrance of Qi Headquarters but Qi Ran Jun escorted them out of the city. After leaving Yu Fa City about ten Li, Qi Ran Jun called for his own people and horses to stop. He dismounted his horse, releasing Ruan Qian Xiu from the hidden compartment.

Ruan Qian Xiu had changed into plain but elegant black clothes, long hair drawn into the simplest bun. A face like white jade was elegant and moving. Her tall height made her body seem somewhat thin but at the same time, there was a pure air unable to be hidden somewhat more heroic than even a male.

Qi Ran Jun looked at her painfully, “Qian Xiu, you’re really going to go?”

Ruan Qian Xiu said indifferently, “Even if Yu Fa City has a place I can still call home, I wouldn’t want to waste time here.”

Qi Ran Jun’s resolute face was filled with grief, “Qian Xiu, I want to give you so much, yet you don’t want a single thing. Why are you so stubborn?”

“Second Brother, a lot of things we’ve spoken about multiple times before, don’t say it again.” Ruan Qian Xiu looked at Qi Ran Jun, eyes somewhat sad as well, “Thank you for your many years of care, otherwise my time in Qi Headquarters would’ve been harder to bear. If there is an opportunity in my remaining years, I will definitely repay you.”

Qi Ran Jun drew Ruan Qian Xiu into a tight embrace uncontrollably. His fists were clenched extremely tightly, body trembling slightly.

Ruan Qian Xiu gave a light sigh, “Second Brother, thank you……. Sorry.”

Qi Ran Jun took a deep breath and released her, taking a pair of sharp crescent moon blades as bright as silver from a pouch on the horse, “Your weapon.”

Ruan Qian Xiu saw the crescent moon blades, eyes becoming spirited. She stroked them carefully, extremely valuable.

Qi Ran Jun took a step back, forcing himself to turn away, “You guys can go. Qian Xiu, don’t forget about Second Brother.”

Ruan Qian Xiu said softly: “I will never forget.” She flipped her body onto a horse and walked forward without even looking back.

Jiang Chao Ge looked back and seeing that she’d caught up, yelled heroically: “Depart.”

Depart towards that unknown dangerous location.


Translator’s Corner

Shorter chapter this week. Easier for me, more suspense for you guys.

Nothing much to say here today.

Happy reading!

JCG & SW Chapter 31

The second day, Qi Ling Feng especially held a banquet for Yu Ren Shu. Jiang Chao Ge and Zhi Xuan were naturally invited.

Zhi Xuan hadn’t appeared in front of others in the form of an adult in a long time and seemed somewhat excited. Before they left, Jiang Chao Ge had brought that magnificent golden silk Qi Lin clothes with them. He felt that this set of clothes suited Zhi Xuan’s grandeur extremely well and would definitely intimidate everyone.

After dressing, Zhi Xuan said happily: “I can drink to my heart’s content today.”

“Don’t randomly lose your temper today.”

“I know.” Zhi Xuan straightened his body, using his hand to gesture at the top of Jiang Chao Ge’s head and said proudly: “I’m taller than you.”

“Mn, a little taller.”

“Not just a little.” Zhi Xuan took a step forward, seemingly about to bump into Jiang Chao Ge. Jiang Chao Ge subconsciously leaned backwards and was supported around the waist by one of Zhi Xuan’s hands. Zhi Xuan continued to compare, “Quite a bit taller.”

Jiang Chao Ge raised his head to look at him and echoed: “Mn, tall.”

Zhi Xuan suddenly lowered his head, burying his nose into his neck and sniffing, “What’s this smell on your body?”

“It’s the smell of the grass used to perfume clothes in the north. When the clothes are drying, they’ll perfume it in passing.” Jiang Chao Ge turned his face away, somehow feeling a little awkward. He wasn’t uncomfortable being this intimate with child form Zhi Xuan but as soon as Zhi Xuan appeared in the form of an adult, still hugging each other was really too strange.

Zhi Xuan’s sharp eyebrows knitted slightly, “What are you avoiding for?”

“I’m not avoiding.”

“You’re avoiding.”

“I’m afraid you’ll bite me.”

“Why would I bite you. It’s not like I can eat you.”

Jiang Chao Ge couldn’t help but smile, “Don’t you cry that you’re going to eat me every day?”

“Ever since I discovered that keeping you is more useful that eating you, I’ve decided not to eat you.” Zhi Xuan forcefully tightened his embrace around Jiang Chao Ge’s waist, burying his nose into the collar of his clothes. The tip of the nose pressed against that very warm neck, taking a deep breath, “This smell is quite nice.”

Jiang Chao Ge said awkwardly: “We should go.”

“No, let me smell it a bit more.” Zhi Xuan tightened his arms, completely drawing Jiang Chao Ge into his embrace. This feeling of having swapped roles gave him a fresh sense of amusement. And also, Jiang Chao Ge’s neck was both fragrant and warm, very comfortable….

Jiang Chao Ge had no choice and could only stand and allow him to hug him. Zhi Xuan’s tall nose rubbed back and forth against his neck. He felt somewhat ticklish.

When Tian Rong entered, he precisely caught sight of the two tightly embracing each other, appearing as if they were intimately kissing and muttering. He leant against the door, revealing what was a smile yet not a smile.

Zhi Xuan turned his head and glared at Tian Rong, dissatisfied with his disturbance.

Jiang Chao Ge patted his back: “Zhi Xuan, we should be going.”

Zhi Xuan reluctantly released his arms.

Tian Rong said with raised eyebrows: “Do you plan to mate?”

Zhi Xuan’s face heated up, “Get lost!”

Jiang Chao Ge was slightly embarrassed, “Is Shu waiting for us?”

“That appearance just now, is considered extremely intimate for humans.” Tian Rong imitated their previous position.

Jiang Chao Ge said half jokingly half seriously: “You’re not even human, how would you know.”

Zhi Xuan was somewhat enraged out of humiliation, “He is my servant, you quickly get lost!”

Tian Rong gave a light laugh, eyes full of ridicule.

Zhi Xuan pulled Jiang Chao Ge’s hand, striding out in big steps.

The attendant took them towards the banquet.

On the way there, Zhi Xuan asked in a low voice: “Oi, that appearance back then, is it really very intimate?”

Jiang Chao Ge said calmly: “It’s alright.”

“What does ‘alright’ mean?”

“It’s not very intimate. It’s very normal.”

Zhi Xuan’s expression was somewhat strange, thinking for a while: “Then what is considered very intimate?”

Jiang Chao Ge’s mood was complicated. For a moment, he couldn’t understand what Zhi Xuan meant by what he asked. He said carefully: “There are a lot of ways humans express intimacy. People of different ages, genders, regions and relationships all differ to some extent. It’s very hard to place different matters under one definition.”

“Then is mating considered very intimate?”

Jiang Chao Ge choked and said hesitantly: “Not….. necessarily.”

Zhi Xuan was annoyed, “Why is everything uncertain? Why are humans so unreasonable!”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “Then what is your way of expressing intimacy?”

Zhi Xuan froze and again thought for a long time before saying: “I’ve never been intimate with any human or rare beast.”

“Then what were you doing after having lived so long?”

“Don’t know, I forgot.” He squeezed Jiang Chao Ge’s hand and whispered: “Are you the only one that’s intimate with me?”

Jiang Chao Ge really didn’t have the heart to say ‘no’ and could only say: “Yes.”

The corners of Zhi Xuan’s lips lifted slightly, “You are the only one with such luck in the world.”

Jiang Chao Ge couldn’t help but smile, “Yes.”

Qi Ling Feng didn’t invite many people to the banquet. They were mostly important figures in the Qi Clan and the large and small nobility of the north. It seemed that Qi Ling Feng already had complete control over the north. Although they never had to stop paying taxes every year, remote places were beyond the reach of law and enforcement. Slowly, residents of the north recognised only the Qi Clan and didn’t recognise the royal family.

Although the north was one of the most barren pieces of land, they had strong soldiers and sturdy horses, the people were brave and battle wise. If they used the notion that Yu Ren Shu was the proper heir, they could rebel anytime. He guessed that they were already hard pressed over in Tian Ao City.

While Yu Ren Shu was engaging in social niceties with those big nobles, Jiang Chao Ge was quietly observing from the side. He was someone that was very good at analysing the current political situation, otherwise in his original world, he wouldn’t have been able to leave his own world step by step. Qi Ling Feng was extremely prestigious and lacked natural resources. The thousand Li of frozen earth in the north already wasn’t enough to satisfy his ambition. He wanted to move towards the central region and control more, more fertile territory. And in order to achieve this goal, personally pushing Yu Ren Shu onto the throne was his only hope. But Jiang Chao Ge could see that many nobles did not agree with rebellion at all. Their current lives were easy, comfortable and abundant. There was no reason to change their current situation.

Jiang Chao Ge gave a push to Tian Rong seated beside him and whispered: “I wanted Yu Ren Shu to inquire about Long Xiang’s circumstances. Has there been any progress?”

“Shu said that Long Xiang will stand trial in two days.”

“Who’s making the judgement?”

“Qi Ling Feng.”

“Where are they being imprisoned now?”

“Dungeons of Qi Headquarters. Don’t know where.”

“Let Shu continue to enquire. The more detailed the better.”

“You really want to take him away? This will make the Qi Clan your enemy.”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “Not necessarily.”

Tian Rong was unable to make sense of what this crafty human was thinking. He only knew that Shu listened to him more and more and felt somewhat uncomfortable in his heart.

Jiang Chao Ge’s gaze drifted to Qi Ran Jun who was drinking alcohol on his own. Although Second Gongzi was outstandingly powerful, his words and deeds where somewhat rash, seeming as if he found socialising difficult. Right now, it would appear that his mood was very bad, there also wasn’t anyone that went to stir their bad luck. As a spirit weapon user with a Heaven grade spirit weapon, he was undoubtedly Qi Ling Feng’s most important successor. His words were significant throughout the north. He should start with him, starting with his weakness.

After the banquet ended, Jiang Chao Ge waited for people to be sent back. He still hadn’t been able to grab an opportunity to speak to Yu Ren Shu and could only allow Tian Rong to convey his message. If he frequently went to find Yu Ren Shu, he feared that Qi Clan’s people would become suspicious. At that time, it would be harder to make moves.

After it became late at night, Zhi Xuan refused to turn back into the form of a child, drinking until drunk, hugging Jiang Chao Ge and refusing to let go. Jiang Chao Ge only managed to coax him to sleep after coaxing him for a long time and left the room by himself.

Although Qi Clan made people watch him, they weren’t too restrictive. There wasn’t anyone outside at night. He carefully passed through the huge Qi Headquarters with the help of moonlight, avoiding the imperial bodyguards on night patrol, finally arriving at that remote place they went to that day. In that solitary house, the woman Qi Ran Jun valued was confined.

No one guarded the door, only a thick heavy lock hung at the door. Jiang Chao Ge looked at the bolt of the lock, acknowledged that it was unable to be picked open and then began to climb up the big tree beside the room, jumping onto the roof of the house. The rumble on the old roof was already extremely loose, falling apart with a simple pull. He tore off quite a few tiles. There was a dim candle flame within the house. He leapt down.

After landing on the ground, he surveyed his surroundings and discovered a person sitting.

It was a woman clothed completely in white, around twenty or so years old, long hair hanging loosely at both sides of her body. With an extremely beautiful, pale appearance, feather like eyebrows, red phoenix eyes and small bright red lips, even with her hair down, her extreme grace was transparent. No wonder Qi Ran Jun liked her. That woman was different from any other woman Jiang Chao Ge had met. She not only had a rarely seen appearance, she also bore an unperturbed and haughty manner. From when he landed on the ground till now, the woman only looked at him indifferently, not speaking a word, not seeming the least bit agitated, simply maintaining that calmness. Men would even consider themselves lesser than her.

Jiang Chao Ge said: “You’re not afraid?”

The woman said expressionlessly, “You are like a turtle in a jar right now. So long as you speak one wrong word, I will call people to capture you. Who is the one that should be afraid?”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled, “If I dare come, that means I’m not afraid of being captured.”

The woman lifted the hair obstructing her face. This movement affected her collar. Only then did Jiang Chao Ge notice that a heavy thick chain was locked around one of her feet. She said in a low voice: “Objective.”

“I want to save you.”

“Why.”

“I want Qi Ran Jun to lend me a hand.”

The woman laughed coldly, “If he wanted to let me out, he would’ve long since done so.”

“Not necessarily. Perhaps you don’t want to owe him a favour.”

The woman narrowed her eyes, “What else do you know?”

“I know Second Gongzi holds feelings for you, but you are inadvertent. So I guess you would rather remain locked in here then rely on him to leave.”

The woman stared fixedly at him for a long time, then curled her lips into a smile, “You guessed wrong. In order to leave, I can do a lot of things.”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “I don’t need you to do a lot of things. You don’t have the thing I want.” Although this woman was beautiful, she was domineering. He couldn’t bear it.

The woman became silent for a while, “Ruan Qian Xiu.”

“Jiang Chao Ge.”

Ruan Qian Xiu said: “What do you want him to help you with?”

“Foreign race, possessing Heaven grade spirit weapon Zui You Halberd, spirit weapon user Long Xiang is my friend. Right now he has been captured. I want Second Gongzi to help pardon him.”

“The one Long Xiang killed is a distant relative of Qi Ling Feng. Although they are also surnamed Qi, their connection is superficial, their position also isn’t very high. What they really want is Zui You Halberd. This time, they just happen to have a reason to rob it openly.”

“I know. Therefore, as long as Second Gongzi comes to advise Qi Ling Feng, there’s a possibility of keeping Long Xiang’s life. After all if they just have Zui You Halberd, who knows what year what month it will be when they find a matching spirit weapon user. What could be better than a ready made one? And I will advise Long Xiang to pledge loyalty to Qi Clan, gaining many benefits in one move.”

“It is said that that child has extremely high aspirations.”

“No matter how high his aspirations, he still values his life. How can I watch helplessly as a friend courts death? He’s still so young, he will definitely agree. As long as Qi Ling Feng doesn’t kill him, from then on Qi Clan will gain a extra Heaven grade spirit weapon. And you won’t have to owe anyone, recovering your freedom. Second Gongzi also won’t have to worry about you anymore.”

Ruan Qian Xiu bit her lip slightly, looking at Jiang Chao Ge with a scrutinising gaze, thinking deeply, weighing it up.

Jiang Chao Ge’s expression was honest and sincere without a trace of a gap.

Ruan Qian Xiu said: “You’re taking a dangerous risk. Aren’t you afraid that Qi Ling Feng will know you let me out?”

“I will naturally have to plan it out carefully and not let him know.” Jiang Chao Ge paused, “What did you steal from him anyway? You don’t seem like someone greedy for money.”

Ruan Qian Xiu gave a mocking smile, “A spiritual power cultivation technique of Qi Clan. It’s not circulated through different families but I desire it.”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “You are quite an unusual woman, actually stealing cultivation techniques.” He began to admire Ruan Qian Xiu even more.

“I will have to leave Qi Clan sooner or later. How far will I be able to go without relying on some power?” Ruan Qian Xiu looked at Jiang Chao Ge, “I still don’t know who you are, why would you come to Qi Headquarters?”

“I’m a spirit weapon user that wanders in all directions.”

Ruan Qian Xiu raised an eyebrow, “Really? Your spiritual power is even weaker than mine.”

Jiang Chao Ge took no notice of her ridicule: “I travelled casually to the north and coincidentally heard that Long Xiang had been caught. Therefore I came to pay a visit to Qi Headquarters and asked for a few days of food simultaneously trying to think of a way to save him.” A lot of spirit weapon users who roam freely will become visitors to the houses of big nobles, usually staying for a few short days. Those that stay longer could possibly reside there permanently, not leaving again, so his reason was very appropriate.

Ruan Qian Xiu said: “I have a condition.”

“You say it.”

“I want to take back my spirit weapon.”

“Where is it?”

“In the hands of Qi Ling Feng. Dark grade spirit weapon Zheng Chen Yue, summons rare beast Shu Hu.

“Yue?”

“That’s right. A pair of crescent moon knives.” Ruan Qian Xiu said with added emphasis, “Without my spirit weapon, I’m not going anywhere.”

“Alright! When I make proper plans I’ll come notify you.”

Ruan Qian Xiu looked at the roof, “How are you going to go out.”

“There’s a way.” Jiang Chao Ge summoned Na Wu Pouch made from bighead carp. That Na Wu Pouch was as tall as a person but short in comparison to the house. Jiang Chao Ge ran up, stepping onto the oval swim bladder and jumping up. He grabbed onto the gap left by the tiles he broke off when he came, and with a swing, went up.

He recalled Na Wu Pouch, placed the broken tiles back into their original place, noiselessly following the big tree and climbing down before hurriedly leaving.

As soon as Jiang Chao Ge returned to the room, a black shadow suddenly threw themselves at him and grabbed him, simultaneously accompanied by an extremely hot hug and the smell of alcohol. He let out a breath, “You’re awake?”

Zhi Xuan complained: “Where did you go actually not bringing me?”

“I was moving secretly, it wasn’t convenient to bring people. Why aren’t you sleeping?”

“I can’t sleep if you’re not here.” Zhi Xuan said matter of factly.

Jiang Chao Ge hissed: “Don’t speak so loudly.” He pulled to bed and said excitedly: “Do you know what I went to do just then?” He recounted everything he had experienced before.

“Then how do you plan to save her?”

“I haven’t thought it through yet. We have to wait for an opportunity to make a move with this matter, and Shu and Tian Rong must help us.”

“Then what do I do?”

Jiang Chao Ge froze: “What?”

Zhi Xuan snorted coldly: “I can’t do anything every time.”

Jiang Chao Ge said hurriedly: “Isn’t that because my spiritual power is too weak? If I could summon your true form, why would it need to be so troublesome? With you, not even Buddha or god can stop us.”

Zhi Xuan’s eyes lit up, “Not even Buddha or god can stop us? I like this phrase.”

“This phrase was prepared for you.” Jiang Chao Ge patted his shoulder, “Give me some time. I’ll definitely allow you to appear in grandeur.”

Zhi Xuan’s bright golden pupils flickered in the dark. He hugged Jiang Chao Ge with great strength, making Jiang Chao Ge’s entire body fall onto the bed.

Jiang Chao Ge stiffened, the feeling of having his body pressed down by a tall sturdy man was indescribably strange.

Zhi Xuan used his cheek to rub against his cheek, “You have to be quicker. Quickly let me appear, then no one will dare look down on you.”

“Alright.” Jiang Chao Ge didn’t know where to put his hands and could only place them lightly on Zhi Xuan’s shoulders, and very carefully gave it a push.

Zhi Xuan drew him tightly into his embrace, not loosening his hold at all.

Jiang Chao Ge said embarrassedly: “Zhi Xuan, your body temperature is too high. I can’t really bear it being hugged this way.”

“Give me some more spiritual power. I can control body temperature.”

“…… Then never mind.”

“Humph, then you get used to it.”

Zhi Xuan’s long hair spread loosely across Jiang Chao Ge’s body and face. Jiang Chao Ge wrinkled his nose, feeling somewhat ticklish. Jiang Chao Ge pushed away Zhi Xuan’s hair and saw that Zhi Xuan was currently staring unblinkingly at him in the dark. That concentrated and desire filled gaze made his heart palpitate. He felt that there relationship was somewhat beyond his own control. This arrogant and unreasonable Qi Lin relied on him more and more. Originally it should be what he wanted, but in the end, he felt somewhat scared. Recalling that he once briefly glimpsed Zhi Xuan’s true form, he could still remember the hair raising, scalp tingling fear he’d felt at that time. With regards to a normal human, no matter how much a tiger relied on you, loved you, you still couldn’t guarantee that it wouldn’t one day bite you suddenly. Being in awe and on guard towards creatures stronger than you was the inherent nature of animals. For him, Zhi Xuan was like a tiger cub he raised from childhood. When the tiger cub was small, they would naturally rely on him to survive. But when they grow up, they will regain their brutish nature. What’s more, Zhi Xuan was a million times more ferocious than a tiger.

Jiang Chao Ge pretended he hadn’t seen Zhi Xuan’s bright eyes and closed his eyes, planning to sleep.

Zhi Xuan hugged him saying: “Jiang Chao Ge, how long can you live?”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a forced smile: “If nothing unexpected happens, I should be able to live seventy or eighty years.”

“Such a short life.”

“Humans simply have such short lives.”

“Why do humans have an end to their life? Yet my life doesn’t have an end?”

“Because you are the unique spirit beast nurtured by the heavens and earth.”

“Seventy eighty years… merely a blink of an eye.” Zhi Xuan’s voice suddenly became serious, “Then aren’t you dying very soon?”

“Seventy eighty years may seem momentary to you, but for me it’s very long. I can’t even imagine what my life next month will be like.”

Zhi Xuan’s tone suddenly became somewhat agitated, “If you die what about me? Who will be my servant?”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “You can find another pleasing servant.”

“No. I hate other humans. I only want you.”

“There’s nothing I can do. It’s natural to be born, grow old, get sick and die.”

“No!” Zhi Xuan said sternly: “You’re not allowed to die.”

Jiang Chao Ge hurriedly gave a ‘shhhh’, stroking his hair rapidly, “Zuzong, don’t be so loud. I also don’t want to die. I’m still a long way away from dying of old age. Why are we discussing this?”

Zhi Xuan’s pupils flashed, almost as if he’d been struck, “Yin Chuan….. Yin China knows how to allow humans to live forever and never grow old.”

“Really?” Jiang Chao Ge smiled lightly: “Don’t talk about if it’s possible. Even if it is, I don’t want to live forever and never grow old at all. After humans have lived to a certain age they become tired of it. Returning to the dust and earth is better.”

Zhi Xuan said angrily: “You have to accompany me. You must live as long as I live, serving me forever.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled. He knew that these words were childish but could only agree: “Alright. I’ll live on with you.”

Zhi Xuan hugged him even tighter, almost as if he would disappear as soon as he let go.

Jiang Chao Ge was deeply moved in his heart. He’d lived for twenty or so years, the person that needed him the most was actually a spirit beast he came across in a different world. The connection of the two, from the moment he picked up Zhi Xuan Sword, had been inseparable.


feather like eyebrows/羽玉眉- it’s directly translated into ‘feather jade eyebrows’ but that sounds a bit weird and they seem closer to feather shaped than… jade shaped. Anyway it’s kinda hard to describe so here’s a picture.

Zheng Chen Yue/征尘钺- I think I can safely assume that Zheng Chen is the name given to the weapon while Yue is the weapon itself which translates to battle ax or Halberd. Because the weapon itself isn’t exactly… the battle ax you all might be imagining, I decided to just keep it as Yue to avoid confusion.

Shu Hu/孰湖- mythological Chinese creature with the body of a horse, face of a human, wings of a bird and the tail of a snake. Yeah… try to imagine that…. It appears later in the actual manhua so I’ll include a picture then but for now… just let your imagination run wild XD

Crescent moon knives/鸳鸯钺- a type of Chinese martial arts weapon consisting of two steel crescents crossing, forming four points and this space in between which you can put your hands.

not even Buddha or god can stop us/佛挡杀佛,神挡杀神- literally means ‘if Buddha blocks us we’ll kill Buddha, if god blocks us, we’ll kill god’. Yeah basically means they’re unstoppable. It’s one of those instances where the literal translation is actually harder to understand.


Translator’s Corner

Thanks for being patient these two weeks guys! I’m finally back with another chapter. Filming was both enjoyable and a hassle as it is most times. It’s a fluffy chapter this week and so I took full advantage of that to show Zhi Xuan’s hotness as much as possible. In case anyone’s curious here’s one of the more… bloody shots filmed

JCG & SW Chapter 30

Yu Ren Shu wanted Qi Ran Jun to bring along the old man and his granddaughter. This place truly wasn’t suitable for living in any longer. In addition, the young girl had a lot of potential. Staying here would be a waste.

Qi Ran Jun was only too glad to do a favour with little cost and also promised Yu Ren Shu to send someone to eliminate the Ear Rats on Dan Xun Mountain.

On the way, Qi Ran Jun curiously asked Jiang Chao Ge: “What rare beast is it?”

Jiang Chao Ge looked at the little Zuzong in his lap who glared at everyone he saw and didn’t give a good expression to anyone except him and smiled: “Secret.”

Qi Ran Jun narrowed his eyes and didn’t ask again.

The walked for a day and a night and arrived at Qiu Ru City to resupply. Only after going more than three hundred metres north from Qiu Ru City could they arrive at the guardian clan, Qi Clan’s supreme headquarters—— Yu Fa City. There, it was freezing. There were eight months of winter in a year. Qi Clan of the north possessed the most nobles that owned territories. But two thirds of these territories were frozen wastelands no one resided in. No one knew what type of scary monsters and beasts hid in those areas.

Arriving at Qiu Ru City, Jiang Chao Ge took advantage of the fact that Simone was paying for them to buy lots of alcohol.

Zhi Xuan drank several gulps, expression somewhat flat and insipid, “I feel like that Que Shen Alcohol is just the right flavour.”

“Didn’t you finish it?”

“You go ask the spirit weapon user of the fox how to brew it.”

Jiang Chao Ge just happened to want to go chat with Long Xiang. This time he had an excuse. He glanced at Qi Ran Jun, “Sir, can I go see Long Xiang?”

Qi Ran Jun had already removed his suit of silver armour and helmet, revealing a young and resolute face and a stalwart figure. After he heard it, he glanced at Yu Ren Shu awkwardly.

Yu Ren Shu said: “Zhi Xuan is addicted to drinking. Ran Jun, let them go ask Long Xiang.”

Qi Ran Jun nodded his head, giving a meaningful glance to his imperial bodyguard.

The imperial bodyguard took Jiang Chao Ge and Zhi Xuan upstairs. Long Xiang and Zui You was imprisoned in the innermost room, a lot of people guarding them.

Entering the room, Long Xiang was situated on the ground with hands were tied up, cultivating with eyes closed. Zui You sat at the side with a leg lifted, eating light refreshments.

Hearing movement, Long Xiang opened his eyes, sweeping his gaze indifferently over Jiang Chao Ge.

Zui You smiled faintly, “What did you come here for?”

Jiang Chao Ge said: “Zhi Xuan cannot forget Que Shen Alcohol and wants me to ask the brewing method.”

Long Xiang said coldly: “Do you think I look like I’m in the mood to tell you the brewing method of alcohol?”

“You can’t do anything else right now anyway.” Jiang Chao Ge said to the imperial bodyguard that followed them in, “Little Brother, prepare a pen and paper for me.”

The imperial bodyguard opened the door to call people to retrieve it, simultaneously leaving the room. Soon, he placed pen and paper on the table.

Zui You stood up. It seemed almost like his body had no bones as he leisurely walked over. When he passed by that imperial bodyguard, he suddenly twisted his head and blew a puff of air at him.

That imperial bodyguard froze, eyes immediately becoming hazy, body swaying, motionless as if he had lost his spirit.

Zui You crossed his arms and leaned on the wall, saying with a smile: “What do you want to say?”

Jiang Chao Ge sat at one side of the table, “I already said, the brewing method of Que Shen Alcohol.”

“Wait until I’m free, then I’ll tell you.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled, “You can’t be thinking that you can lure me with such a promise?”

“Then what do you want? You came here especially, just for alcohol?”

“What can I do if my Zuzong likes to drink your alcohol?” Jiang Chao Ge stroked Zhi Xuan’s hair, “Also, I think it’s a pity for you to die so young.”

Long Xiang’s eyes were blazing like torches, staring at him unblinkingly. Zui You turned his pupils, thinking deeply about something.

“I’m not interested in the grudge between you and Qi Clan. I’m only advising you, if you want to survive, don’t meet force with force. These couple of days, I chatted with Qi Ran Jun. I know that that Clan brother of his isn’t from his own family. Their position also isn’t very high. If he dies, he dies. It definitely cannot compare to the importance of a Heaven grade spirit weapon. The reason they want to catch you, is still mainly because of Zui You Halberd. His Clan brother is no more than a reasonable excuse. You can pledge loyalty to Qi Ran Jun, definitely keeping your life that way.”

Long Xiang snorted coldly, “I won’t be a noble’s slave.”

“No matter how ambitious and proud you are, dying ends all your troubles. Living is still the most important.”

Jiang Chao Ge stared into his blue pupils, “Unless you don’t want to go home?”

Long Xiang froze.

“You should’ve heard, I’m an Other World person, the same as you, having a home that’s hard to return to. So I understand your feelings.”

Long Xiang closed his eyes, a maturity surpassing his age on his face, “I was sold to Tian Ling continent, just like those rare overseas animals, ornaments, silks, satins and jewellery. That time I was only a slave. I broke free of that life with much difficulty. I’d rather die, then go back to it.”

Jiang Chao Ge shook his head with a smile, “You are quite stubborn huh? But you knew perfectly well that entering the north was very dangerous and you still dared move around nearby. What was it for in the end?”

Long Xiang said straightforwardly: “Money. I want to collect a lot of money so I can return to my hometown.”

“The Qi Clan has no shortage of money.”

Long Xiang gave a light snort.

Jiang Chao Ge shrugged, “Living in plenty without appreciating it. If only my problem could be solved using money.”

Long Xiang lifted his chin, “Didn’t you want the brewing method of Que Shen Alcohol? I say, you record.”

Before Jiang Chao Ge returned, he shook that secret method in from of Qi Ran Jun and then stuffed it into his robes.

They ate a meal and each returned to their own room to rest.

Zhi Xuan repeatedly looked at that secret brewing method and said disappointedly: “A lot of the materials are only available in the south.”

“Relax. Yu Fa City definitely has everything.”

“Brew alcohol for me when we arrive at Yu Fa City.”

“No problem. This alcohol doesn’t seem to be of a very high class. Why do you like it so much?”

“The flavour of this alcohol is rarely seen on the Tian Ling continent. In any case, I haven’t drunk it before.” Zhi Xuan thought for a moment, “Its very mellow, not quite the same as strong alcohol I drink. Changing flavour once in a while is not so bad.”

Jiang Chao Ge said with a smile: “Thankfully you only like alcohol.” If he liked some extremely expensive thing, he couldn’t support it.

“Living for such a long time, how’s it alright not to have a little something I like….” Zhi Xuan curled his lip, “Yin Chuan that old fool, is most boring. All day, other than reading books, it’s reading books.”

“You can only obtain knowledge from reading books.”

“I’m not interested in the knowledge of humans.”

Jiang Chao Ge pinched his small chubby cheeks, “It doesn’t matter. You’ve learnt a lot just by being with me.”

“Isn’t that because you are my servant.” Zhi Xuan thought for a moment, “Why do you care so much about the life and death of Long Xiang?”

“Isn’t it a pity for such a young skilful fight to die like this?” Jiang Chao Ge revealed a light smile, “And he needs money. I like people who need money the most.”

“What do you mean?”

“People who want money are easy to satisfy, just giving them money is fine. I’m most afraid of people who don’t want anything, or want something I can’t give.”

“You want to rope him in?”

“Its best if he can be used by us. At the moment, what we lack most is manpower. How good would it be to have the assistance of a Heaven grade spirit weapon.”

“But you also heard, he isn’t willing to take orders from others.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “He said that he isn’t willing to be a slave. This type of proud and ambitious child is actually very easy to deal with. Right now he’s fallen into dire straits

Zhi Xuan looked at him with a frown, “Are all humans like you? So…”

“So what?”

“So devious.”

Jiang Chao Ge rubbed his hair, “That’s called resourcefulness.”

“But I hate that annoying fox.”

“Zhi Xuan, you are a Zuzong. Zuzong needs to have a degree of tolerance towards people.”

“Why should I? I’m not a human, why do I have to be tolerant of others?”

Jiang Chao Ge hugged him and shook him a little, “Then pretend it’s for me.”

Zhi Xuan’s cheeks heated up, slowly snorting out from his nose, “Ok then. But you’re not allowed to look at that annoying fox again. Careful of losing your mind. If you do, I’ll eat him then I’ll eat you.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “Alright, I won’t look.”

On the road the second day, Jiang Chao Ge inform Yu Ren Shu of his plans, at least it wasn’t the right time right now. Going to Qi Clan this time, he didn’t know what could happen. If Qi Clan engaged conspiratorial activities and urged Yu Ren Shu to stay, both sides hitting off easily, not hanging out with him anymore, then he would be dumbfounded. He must ensure that when he left, he would at least be bringing along one Heaven grade spirit weapon.

After close to half a month of trekking, they finally arrived at Yu Fa City.

That towering majestic, city erected at the centre of the north was a city amidst snow and ice. From afar, one could make out that it was filled with silver and dressed in white, backed against the continuous rising and falling, Yu Fa Mountains, an expanse of white snow in front as far as the eye could see, seeming very solemn and grave.

Qi Clan people who received a tipoff ahead of time, were outside the gates to meet Yu Ren Shu. Although a battle array wasn’t as extravagant as truly welcoming the royal family, but Yu Ren Shu was frustrated and downtrodden throughout the journey. Being able to receive this kind of courteous reception also allowed his heart to be much more comfortable.

An old man, wearing an arctic fox overcoat and bearing an imposing manner, rushed to Yu Ren Shu and bowed deeply, saying in a clear loud voice: “Qi Ling Feng respectfully welcomes Your Third Prince Highness.”

Jiang Chao Ge knew that this was Qi Clan’s patriarch, the clan leader of the largest nobles in the north.

Yu Ren Shu dismounted the horse and said with cupped hands: “Elder Qi, long time no see. I didn’t expect us to meet again by fate in this life being separated by thousands of Li.”

Qi Ran Jun also cupped his hands and said: “Sir Father.”

Qi Ling Feng said emotionally: “When Your Majesty came to the north that year, you were still only a child. If you walked by on the streets with such a confident and soldierly appearance, I definitely wouldn’t be able to recognise you.”

Yu Ren Shu smiled, “Yes, ten years have passed in a blink of an eye.”

“Welcome Your Highness.” Qi Ling Feng mounted a horse, personally leading Yu Ren Shu into the city.

Yu Fa City was the biggest city in the north. Even if the temperature was extremely cold, it couldn’t conceal its flourishing, magnificent landscape. Pedestrians on the street weaved in and out. They probably heard about the arrival of Yu Ren Shu and came to see the fun.

Jiang Chao Ge became even more certain that Qi Clan had some sort of scheme. The matter of Yu Ren Shu assassinating the State Preceptor and then later absconding is probably known to everyone on the Tian Ling continent. It’s alright even if Qi Ling Feng didn’t help the royal family catch the escaped criminal but actually receiving Yu Ren Shu like a prince into the city on such a grand scale, isn’t this obviously confronting the royal family? On the road here, he could never find a suitable opportunity to speak with Yu Ren Shu. Tonight, he must find him and speak with him.

Qi Clan’s grand headquarters were in the deepest parts of Yu Fa City. From afar, it looked like it was connected with a section of Yu Fa Mountain, extending more than several thousand Mu.

After entering the headquarters, Jiang Chao Ge and Zhi Xuan were arranged into a quiet and secluded dwelling. The inside was as warm as spring and summer. As soon as Zhi Xuan entered the dwelling, he shouted that he wanted a bath. Yu Ren Shu, however, went with Qi Ling Feng. Ever since he entered the city, Jiang Chao Ge had not seen Long Xiang and Zui You again. He remembered that his own fate was unpredictable and actually wasn’t much safer than Long Xiang. He didn’t trust anyone from the bottom of his heart, so he always left an escape route for himself whenever he did anything. Right now, he needed to look at Yu Ren Shu’s attitude and then plan the next step.

He took a bath with Zhi Xuan, washing away the dirt and fatigue on their bodies. Then climbed into bed, comfortable and refreshed and fell asleep.

Because the fire burned too vigorously in the fireplace in the room and Zhi Xuan still stuck himself to his body, he was so hot he sweated profusely, having a nightmare in his sleep. He dreamt that he was pursued and torn at by many different types of rare beasts. In the end, he was burnt to ashes by flames spat out by that powerful and ferocious Qi Lin…. He suddenly opened his eyes and discovered the sky had already turned dark.

Zhi Xuan also awoke, rubbing his eyes and asking: “What’s wrong with you?”

“Slept for this long…..” Jiang Chao Ge turned his body and got out of bed, “I’m going to see if Yu Ren Shu has returned.”

He lead Zhi Xuan out of the dwelling and was immediately approached by attendants, “Sir, I saw that you were sleeping soundly so I didn’t dare call you for dinner. Do you want dinner now?”

“Alright.”

“Sir can return to the room and wait for a moment.”

Jiang Chao Ge thought, this is quite close surveillance. He said: “I want to see Shu….. Third Prince Highness. Where is he?”

“He is currently discussing important matters with Clan Leader.”

“Oh, I’m not hungry. I want to stroll around. It’s my first time coming to the north. Every brick and tile here is very different from everywhere else.”

“Then I will lead Sir.”

Jiang Chao Ge discovered that he couldn’t discard this tail and could only allow him to follow. Having an extra guide actually made it more convenient for him to understand the situation here.

They strolled here and there and coincidentally ran into Qi Ran Jun. Qi Ran Jun just happened to throw open the door of an old and remote room in a great rage. He saw them from a distance and froze.

The attendant hurriedly saluted, “Second Gongzi.”

Qi Ran Jun said angrily: “Who allowed you to take Sir to this type of course and crude place?!”

The attendant was so scared he knelt with a plop, “Sir wanted….”

Jiang Chao Ge said hurriedly: “It was me that wandered aimlessly here. It has nothing to do with him.”

Qi Ran Jun took a deep breath and said coldly: “Its remote and cold here. Please return Sir.”

Jiang Chao Ge’s gaze drifted towards the room Qi Ran Jun came out of and only gave it a sweeping glance before immediately turning his gaze away. He smiled: “True. I’ve walked too far and am also hungry. Let’s go back and eat.”

The attendant repeatedly said “yes”.

On the way back, Jiang Chao Ge asked that attendant, “What type of place did we go to just now? Why did Second Gongzi come out in anger?”

The attendant shook his head, “Sir, it’s inconvenient for me to say.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “Don’t be nervous. It’s not like it was a jail. It shouldn’t be a big secret. Besides, I’m an outsider and will be leaving in a few days.” He fished out several silver coins from his clothes and threw it to the attendant, “I’m only curious.”

The attendant saw that no one was around and quickly stuffed the silver coins into his clothes. He whispered: “There, although it’s not a jail, it’s about the same.”

“Oh? What do you mean?”

“A woman is locked there.”

“What woman?”

The attendant lowered his voice, “Its Clan Leader’s secret daughter.” His face revealed disdain, “Her mother is a prostitute. She cannot enter the clan and also can’t use the clan surname. The Clan Leader only took her into the headquarters because he saw that she was pitiful. But she actually stole something.”

“Stole what?”

The attendant shook his head, “Don’t know. In any case, it should be something amazing. Clan Leader was very angry, so he locked her up. That woman is amazing. Even if it is here in the north full of outstanding women, she’s still a powerful spirit weapon user.”

“Then why is Second Gongzi going to find her?”

“I heard….. Second Gongzi likes her. Actually, if she follows Second Gongzi, she wouldn’t be locked up for this long. Second Gongzi is soldierly, confident and respectable and also has a Heaven grade spirit weapon. Really don’t know what she’s thinking.”

Jiang Chao Ge criticised within his head, but they were brothers and sisters with the same father! As expected, the people on Tian Ling continent didn’t abstain from this at all. However, he was becoming even more curious of that woman. He really wanted to see what type of remarkable woman it was.

He and Zhi Xuan returned to eat.

After eating, it was already very late. Jiang Chao Ge refused to sleep and insisted on seeing Yu Ren Shu. The attendant had no choice and could only take him.

Yu Ren Shu’s face was full of fatigue. When he saw him, he seemed to release a breath. He sent the attendant away and shut the door tight, “They didn’t put you under house arrest. Thank goodness.”

“What happened?”

“In short, Qi Ling Feng wants to help me fight back Tian Ao City and seize the throne.”

Jiang Chao Ge nodded, “As expected. You didn’t refuse immediately right?”

“No. We are still in his territory after all.” Yu Ren Shu rubbed his temples, “I originally hoped that he could give us some help in finding Divine grade spirit weapons, but this help is overdoing it. I absolutely won’t call the troops in rebellion.”

Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “You are much more tactful this time. Listen to me. Control him first, tell him you need to think about it. Then, make him help you find the whereabouts of Divine grade spirit weapons.”

“And then? What if he really finds it?”

“Finding it is a good thing. If it’s a Heaven grade spirit weapon, if we can’t take it let him have it. If it’s Divine grade, placing it in the Qi Clan is still more secure than anywhere else. Without the State Preceptor, even if we find Divine grade spirit weapons, it won’t be easy for us to deal with it.”

Yu Ren Shu sighed, “If he finds out we were using him in the end…..”

“When he finds out, we’ll already have left.” Jiang Chao Ge stroked his chin, “However, I want to take Long Xiang and Zui You along.”


Mu/亩- a unit of measurement often a classified of fields. It’s around one fifteenth of a hectare.

Gongzi/公子- an honorific often used to address the son of nobility. There’s no direct English translation of this term so I just left it.


Translator’s Corner

Hahaha… I procrastinated a lot this week… but hey it’s nearly the holidays ~\(≧▽≦)/~

For the next week, I will be busy filming for the short film I’m making so I may not update as frequently. But wow it’s the thirtieth chapter already I can’t believe I actually made it to here. Still a long ways to go tho.

Also to all the Dororo fans… the ending… (;´༎ຶД༎ຶ`)

Happy reading!