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EIF - Book 02 Chapter 078: Elite Hall’s Internal Matter

Go puzzle world:

Gu Hai jumped to a large rock covered in mist while carrying Long Wanqing. Then, he stepped into the mist.

Buzz!

In the next moment, Gu Hai and Long Wanqing arrived at a distant sea region.

“What? How did we move so far?” Long Wanqing exclaimed in shock.

We traveled at least fifty kilometers with this step, right?

“This is the Go puzzle world. You can see this world as a Go board. I left using the lines of the Go board, but I only moved from one intersecting point to the next. It is not far despite appearances,” Gu Hai explained.

Long Wanqing: “…”

I don’t understand!

Whoosh! Gu Hai stepped into another misty area, moving another fifty kilometers farther from the dragon vein in the blink of an eye.

Whoosh!

Whoosh!

Whoosh!

Gu Hai made many jumps, slowly going higher into the sea of clouds.

It seemed like Gu Hai pierced through space as he moved, something that looked incredibly complicated to Long Wanqing. The Go puzzle world?

“How did you train your Go skills?” Long Wanqing looked at Gu Hai with a conflicted expression.

Gu Hai is only seventy years old, right? His Go skills are indeed incredibly terrifying.

Gu Hai ignored Long Wanqing. Instead, he leaped extremely carefully into the sky. Then, he exited the Go puzzle world in an instant.

“We are out!” Gu Hai let out a long breath.

Bang!

The two landed on the barrier around the floating island.

Right now, the floating island trembled intensely, on the verge of explosion. Long Wanqing was about to release her bated breath, but when she looked around, she immediately held it. Everything within five hundred kilometers of the Dragon Pinning Sect had turned to rubble. However, the earthquake continued and was growing stronger.

The ground shook like it was the end of the world, tossing up countless shattered rocks, turning the surroundings chaotic. The many horrified cultivators retreated over and over again, dodging the rubble shooting at them.

“Ding Rui!” Gu Hai instantly raised his guard.

Ding Rui hovered in the air while the Divine Strategy Battalion’s flying ship hovered nearby. The Divine Strategy Battalion disciples held up drawn bows, pointing them at Ding Rui. A golden-armored man on the flying ship stared at Ding Rui coldly.

The instant Gu Hai and Long Wanqing leaped out of the Go puzzle world, Ding Rui and the Divine Strategy Battalion Commander looked over.

“Long Wanqing, you could not collect the dragon vein even though you have the Dragon Luring Jade?” Ding Rui said with an unsightly expression.

“The Dragon Luring Jade?” Li Haoran’s eyes narrowed slightly as he stared at the ball-shaped jade in Long Wanqing’s hands.

“Battalion Commander Li?” Long Wanqing’s eyes suddenly lit up with joy when she saw Li Haoran.

“Battalion Commander Li, help me capture Ding Rui. She knows the truth behind my mother’s death! Help me capture her!” Long Wanqing suddenly shouted.

“Huh?” Li Haoran raised his eyebrows as he looked back at Ding Rui.

“The Divine Strategy Battalion Commander, Li Haoran?” Gu Hai looked at Li Haoran with distrust.

Gu Hai saw an expression of adoration and worship in Long Wanqing’s eyes. He had never seen her show such an expression before.

“Fire!” Li Haoran snorted coldly.

Bang!

The Divine Strategy Battalion disciples released their arrows, launching a rain of arrows at Ding Rui.

Ding Rui’s expression turned cold as she swung her walking stick.

Whoosh!

Suddenly, a wall of fire appeared in front of her, blocking the arrows.

Rumble…!

The arrow rain immediately crashed into the wall of fire.

“Li Haoran, you actually attacked me?” Ding Rui raged.

“Again!” Li Haoran commanded coldly.

Bang!

Another arrow rain shot out. This time, it was even mightier than before. Thousands of golden beams instantly reached the wall of fire and hit the same point.

Bang!

A loud sound rang out as the wall of fire suddenly shattered.

“Ding Rui, immediately surrender yourself to capture. Otherwise, you will die to the arrows!” Li Haoran said coldly.

“Surrender myself to capture? Haha! Hahahaha! Li Haoran, to think that you really turned hostile!” Ding Rui laughed in fury.

“Turned hostile? Ding Rui, you were the one who went overboard. You knew that Long Wanqing had the Dragon Luring Jade, yet you chose to go against your superior and imprison Long Wanqing to obtain it?! Humph!” Li Haoran sneered.

Boom! Boom! Boom!

The Divine Strategy Battalion disciples rained arrows at Ding Rui, shooting wave after wave.

Ding Rui’s face sank. She extended her hand, and another zither appeared in front of her. This zither had three drawn strings with slender needles pinning them in three different places.

Twang!

Ding Rui suddenly pulled out a needle, letting a zither string spring back into place.

Boom!

Surging sword qi appeared in the air, forming a sword force field surrounding Ding Rui and protecting her. This instantly shredded the arrow rain.

“Li Haoran, just drop the pretense. Just like how I want the dragon vein, so do you, right? Didn’t you take the initiative to escort Long Wanqing to obtain the dragon vein?” Ding Rui sneered.

“Zither music?” Li Haoran’s face sank.

“That is just the first note, a sword explosion. I have three notes sealed here. Divine Strategy Battalion Commander, would you like to try them?” Ding Rui said coldly.

Twang!

Ding Rui suddenly pulled out the second needle, letting the second zither string snap back into place and vibrate intensely.

“Hah! Hah! Hah!”

Loud bellows suddenly appeared amid the sword qi storm. Images of ferocious soldiers materialized out of nowhere, each of them clutching a sword qi as they charged at the Divine Strategy Battalion’s flying ship.

It seemed like a vast, ferocious army surrounded Ding Rui, protecting her while they charged forward aggressively.

“Fire!”

Two thousand arrows rained down.

Boom!

A loud sound rang out as the army chopped up the arrow rain. Of course, some of the arrows reached the soldier images and exploded them. However, as long as the zither note did not stop, the vast army would not, either.

The vast army arrived at the protective barrier of the flying ship amid loud sounds.

Boom!

The Divine Strategy Battalion’s flying ship trembled.

“Again!” Ding Rui said with a ferocious expression.

“Hah!”

The vast army continued to wield the sword qi as they attacked the barrier.

“Scram!” Li Haoran glared as he punched, sending out a golden manifested fist.

Boom!

A strong, berserk wind suddenly blew as the punch knocked back Ding Rui, who was in the middle of the ferocious army.

However, the zither note continued to ring out. The vast, ferocious army did not lessen.

“Great!” Long Wanqing’s eyes lit up as she cheered.

After all, Li Haoran’s earlier punch was so powerful, able to knock back the vast, ferocious army.

After knocking back the vast army with one punch, Li Haoran extended his hand and took out his golden bow. Then, he nocked a golden arrow and aimed at Ding Rui.

“The Divine Strategy Battalion’s golden bow? Li Haoran, did you think that I did not prepare for that? My third zither string was prepared for your golden arrow!” Ding Rui sneered.

Twang!

Ding Rui pulled out the final needle.

Rumble…! 

A thunderous zither note rang out. Then, golden shields suddenly appeared in the other hand of the ferocious army.

Li Haoran glared as he shot his arrow.

Whoosh!

The golden arrow shot over like a long rainbow. A sharp, piercing sonic boom instantly shattered the surrounding rocks.

“Hah! Hah! Hah!”

The ferocious army suddenly roared and charged forward while holding up the shields.

Boom! Boom! Boom!

Several shields exploded in a straight line. The golden arrow seemed unstoppable. However, it stopped after exploding twenty shields and soldiers.

Although the golden arrow was powerful, the shields managed to block it in the end.

“Who sealed that note in the zither?” Li Haoran’s face sank.

This was the first time the golden arrow failed to achieve a satisfactory effect for Li Haoran.

Ding Rui’s expression also changed dramatically. What a close call! Twenty shields? If he had broken a few more, the golden arrow would have reached me.

“Li Haoran, to think that you are really trying to kill me!” Ding Rui said with a malevolent expression.

“Humph! Let’s see how many of my arrows you can block!” Li Haoran retorted coldly.

As Li Haoran spoke, he suddenly picked up three arrows and exuded a ferocious, murderous air. Then, he simultaneously nocked all three arrows on the bow, preparing to shoot them together.

Ding Rui’s face sank. Then, she pushed the zither forward.

“Hah!”

Holding the shields, the ferocious army rushed forward with the sword qi, wanting to tear Li Haoran apart.

“Battalion Commander, be careful!” Long Wanqing suddenly shouted worriedly.

Gu Hai narrowed his eyes slightly. Why is Li Haoran showing such a strong bloodlust and impatience? Is he determined to kill Ding Rui?

Kill her? Perhaps he wants to silence her?

After some silence, Gu Hai said, “Hall Master, please lend me the Dragon Luring Jade for a moment!”

“Huh?” Long Wanqing looked at Gu Hai in confusion, but she still handed the Dragon Luring Jade to him.

“Li Haoran, my Elite Hall understands the Divine Strategy Battalion’s kind intentions. This is my Elite Hall’s internal matter; my Elite Hall can deal with it. Please don’t interfere from here on!” Gu Hai suddenly shouted.

“Huh?” Long Wanqing felt slightly startled.

Holding the three golden arrows nocked, Li Haoran raised his eyebrows.

Ding Rui also looked over, appearing bewildered.

Everyone saw Gu Hai and Long Wanqing standing beside the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Go Puzzle. Gu Hai held a crimson saber in one hand and the Dragon Luring Jade in the other hand.

“Ding Rui, don’t you want the Dragon Luring Jade? Come and get it. Otherwise, I will shatter it!” Gu Hai smiled.

“What?” Long Wanqing’s expression suddenly changed.

The expressions of Li Haoran and Ding Rui also changed. Is Gu Hai crazy?

Whoosh!

Gu Hai tossed the Dragon Luring Jade up. Then, he suddenly swung the crimson saber, apparently to smash the Dragon Luring Jade.

“Gu Hai, what are you going?” Long Wanqing exclaimed. However, she could not stop this, as her cultivation was sealed.

“You bastard!” Li Haoran’s expression changed.

“You fool!” Ding Rui roared furiously as she charged over.

Li Haoran’s bow suddenly pointed at the crimson saber.

“Li Haoran, this is Elite Hall’s internal matter. There’s no need for you to interfere!” Gu Hai shouted.

“Huh?” Li Haoran froze for a moment.

Ding Rui got close in the blink of an eye, looking like she would grab the Dragon Luring Jade.

Clack!

A crisp sound suddenly rang out. At this moment, Gu Hai placed a black Go stone he had picked up on the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Go Puzzle.

Whoosh!

A strong suction immediately appeared on the floating island and pulled in Ding Rui and her zither music army.

“What?” Ding Rui’s expression changed.

Whoosh!

Ding Rui instantly entered the Go puzzle world.

Gu Hai’s other hand quickly changed directions, resulting in the crimson saber barely missing the Dragon Luring Jade.

“Phew!” Long Wanqing goggled.

Thud!

The Dragon Luring Jade fell into Gu Hai’s hand.

“Hall Master, here’s your Dragon Luring Jade!” Gu Hai handed over the treasure.

Clack! Clack! Clack!

Gu Hai quickly placed Go stones down on the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Go Puzzle.

Li Haoran’s face froze. He still had three golden arrows nocked on the bow, but he had lost his target, Ding Rui.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for August: 02 / 50

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Written by Guan Qi — Watching Chess. Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by VampireCat.