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EIF - Book 03 Chapter 122: Thirty Line-Pair World Go Puzzle

After sending away Long Wanyu, Gu Hai quietly let out his bated breath. However, the surging roots surrounded him.

The roots were not the most dangerous thing but the sinister winds that could melt flesh.

When the frustrated Mister Dongfang saw that Long Wanyu escaped without caring about Gu Hai’s survival, he immediately sent the sinister winds rushing towards Gu Hai.

Whoosh!

When the sinister winds arrived, they immediately broke through the manifested shield that Gu Hai put up.

Whoosh!

The sinister winds touched Gu Hai’s clothes, eroding them in the blink of an eye.

Gu Hai’s expression sank. He quickly covered his entire body in bone armor, preparing to block the assault of the sinister winds. However, he still felt very worried. After all, these sinister winds had melted the flesh and bones of that Heavenly Palace Realm cultivator back then. Could his bone armor block them?

Just at this moment, a faint black light suddenly erupted from Gu Hai’s chest.

The black light covered Gu Hai’s body, appearing to form a protective barrier.

Whoosh!

When the sinister winds crashed into this black protective barrier, they could not advance, completely blocked.

Gu Hai appeared slightly shocked. What’s going on? Where did this protective barrier come from?

A refreshing coolness came from his chest, and his expression changed. He immediately realized what caused this.

It was the black jade talisman that the Unborn Man entrusted to Venerable Liu Nian to give to Long Wanyu. Venerable Liu Nian had failed to do that and asked Gu Hai to help. However, Gu Hai had not had the opportunity to say anything about it to Long Wanyu yet, so it remained with him.

“It looks like I survived thanks to Long Wanyu. Ha!” Gu Hai revealed a faint bitter smile.

Rumble…!

The surging tree roots and the boundless sinister winds continued to rush at Gu Hai.

With the bone armor protecting his body and the black jade talisman protecting him, Gu Hai remained relatively safe.

However, Gu Hai still shouted, “Argh!”

Gu Hai’s miserable scream echoed throughout the ritual array.

“Hehehehehe! Gu Hai, does my lifespan ritual array feel good? Ha! To think you played the hero and rescued the beauty in front of me, letting Long Wanyu leave while you remained behind? Hehehehehe! You are truly seeking death!” Mister Dongfang called out sinisterly.

Whoosh!

The roots pulled Gu Hai into the ritual array. At this moment, he appeared weakened and extremely decrepit.

“You are still alive? You are really fortunate!” Mister Dongfang said with a cold smile.

Right now, countless tree roots wrapped Gu Hai up like a large dumpling, leaving only an extremely weakened head exposed.

“Mister…Mister Dongfang. Ha! It looks like I will fall to you today. However, I still do not understand something. Where exactly are Long Xiaoyue’s two spiritual souls?” Gu Hai asked weakly. 

“Oh? Even in such a state, you still want to know about Long Xiaoyue?” Mister Dongfang said in surprise.

“Ha! I know that I cannot escape, but I will reincarnate. Perhaps the Unborn Man will find my earthly soul? I would like to know. Please grant me this,” Gu Hai said weakly.

“Grant you this? You still want to reincarnate? Hehehehe! Do you see this ghost pool? They also want to reincarnate, but who can escape from my hands? They can’t! Look!” Mister Dongfang smiled.

Mister Dongfang extended a finger.

Then, one of the century lifespan immortality peach tree’s roots charged straight into the ghost pool and wildly sucked up a bunch of souls.

“No, don’t! Don’t absorb me!”

“Monster Dongfang! You will die a horrible death!”

“Monster Dongfang, even if I become a ghost, I will not let you off!”

“Demon Dongfang, heaven will subdue you! Ah! If I survive this, I will kill you! Argh!”

Mister Dongfang looked at the ghost pool coldly and said, “You won’t let me off even if you become a ghost? Well, you are already ghosts. Bring it on! Come on! Come and bite me! Hehehehehe! You won’t be reincarnating. You will be melted down soon!”

“Argh!”

“No!”

The souls let out sharp screams.

“Mister Dongfang. Haha! I am already about to die. Why are you afraid to tell me? Ha! Hahahaha! Lifespan cultivator!? Lifespan cultivator Dongfang? You are nothing much, even afraid of a dying man. I am already dying, and you are afraid? Ha! Haha!” Gu Hai laughed weakly, looking like his eyes would fall shut soon.

“I am afraid of you? Brat, there’s no need to try agitating me. I have traveled more bridges than you have traveled roads. Hehehehehe! Telling you does not matter. Long Xiaoyue’s three spiritual souls? Back then, Li Haoran already shattered them. Oh, that’s right. It was Lu Yang who controlled him to do so. Three spiritual souls? What three spiritual souls? The heavenly soul was already destroyed long ago. The earthly soul was already destroyed long ago. The mortal soul was completely shattered. I was the one who pieced together Long Xiaoyue’s mortal soul. Hehehehehe! I was preparing to hold it hostage against the Qian Heavenly Dynasty’s lifespan cultivator. Unexpectedly, the Ying Royal Emperor borrowed it to kill you. Yet, you recklessly came to look for her souls? Hehehehehe! Are you satisfied now?” Mister Dongfang said.

“Long Xiaoyue’s heavenly soul and earthly soul were destroyed? Her mortal soul shattered, and you pieced it together later on? No wonder the Unborn Man said that Long Xiaoyue’s mortal soul had no memories at all; it had already shattered,” Gu Hai said.

“Huh? Brat, weren’t you weakened earlier?” Gu Hai’s comment mildly startled Mister Dongfang.

Suddenly, hundreds of sharp bones erupted from Gu Hai’s body. They looked like the spikes of a porcupine, instantly stabbing at the roots.

Bang!

Most of the roots around his body instantly broke.

Gu Hai immediately struggled free and leaped out.

“Oh? You actually tricked me?” Mister Dongfang glared.

Then, Mister Dongfang waved his hand.

A surging, sinister, black wind rushed at Gu Hai.

Boom!

The black wind struck Gu Hai, but the black jade talisman’s barrier blocked it.

“You still have my soul seed? Humph! So what if you have a soul seed? No one has ever dared to fool me like this before. All sixty soul seeds, break!” Mister Dongfang roared in anger.

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Boom!

Far in the distance, the soul seed in Long Wanyu’s hand suddenly exploded.

The crying Long Wanyu immediately revealed an expression of horror. “Brother-in-Law!”

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Bang!

The soul seed that Army Breaker, who was fighting Ensnaring Performance, carried exploded without any warning.

“What?! Did something happen at Mister Dongfang’s place?” Army Breaker’s expression changed.

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Northern Lookout City:

Bang! Bang! Bang!

Lu Yang sat in his study, reviewing some documents. Then, a string of explosions rang out on a nearby shelf. Lu Yang’s expression changed.

“The soul seeds? Did something happen at Mister Dongfang’s place?” Lu Yang’s face sank.

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At this moment, in the lifespan ritual array:

Mister Dongfang thought that Gu Hai still had a soul seed. So, he instantly shattered all the soul seeds he had given out, expecting that doing so would doom Gu Hai.

Unfortunately, Gu Hai did not survive the sinister winds because of the soul seed but the Unborn Man’s black jade talisman.

Whoosh!

The sinister winds rushed at Gu Hai again. However, he remained safe.

Gu Hai did not want to fight, so he leaped up and prepared to run off into the distance.

“What?! It’s not a soul seed? Brat, do you know how difficult it is to make a soul seed? To think that you made me destroy sixty in one go! You still want to run? You can’t! I have not refined a living person in a long time already. Humph!” Mister Dongfang snorted coldly.

Then, he waved.

Countless roots rushed at Gu Hai.

Gu Hai held the bone saber in one hand and the crimson saber in the other, swinging them. The porcupine-like bone spikes erupted from his body again. The roots could not stop him.

He rushed forward with everything he had. Everything would be fine once he made it out the lifespan ritual array.

Gu Hai sped up. It looked like he would soon escape.

“Do you think that the century lifespan immortality peach tree only has these rotten roots?” Mister Dongfang sneered as he formed a hand seal.

Suddenly, a black hole manifested above the century lifespan immortality peach tree. The moment the black hole appeared, it produced a strong suction. This suction pulled Gu Hai, who had been about to jump out of the lifespan ritual array, into the black hole.

Gloop!

Gu Hai instantly arrived in a pitch-black environment. This place was filled with black fluid, preventing him from breathing or even escaping.

This black liquid was extremely sticky, making it incredibly difficult for Gu Hai to move in the liquid.

“Oh no!” Gu Hai’s expression changed.

Now, the black hole above the century lifespan immortality peach tree vanished.

“Humph? Trying to run? No one can run from my ritual array. I directly sucked you into the century lifespan immortality peach tree’s stomach. You will melt completely in there. Even a Heavenly Palace Realm cultivator could not escape it. No one can escape. Trying to escape? Humph!” Mister Dongfang sneered.

Mister Dongfang revealed disdain on his face as he turned his head to look at the ghost pool.

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Outside, Army Breaker felt worried, so he projected his voice over. “Mister Dongfang, are you alright?”

“I’m fine. Just go about your business!” Mister Dongfang’s cold voice rang out from the ritual array.

“It’s good that you are fine!” Army Breaker no longer showed any concern over this.

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Everything returned to normal in the ritual array.

Mister Dongfang continued refining the souls in the pool.

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In the end, the century lifespan immortality peach tree was not something ordinary. The stomach that Mister Dongfang spoke of was a furnace birthed in the century lifespan immortality peach tree. All living things and souls turned into nourishment here.

Gu Hai had already reached the Golden Core Realm and could hold his breath for a long time. However, he could not move at all. What was he to do?

The strong corrosive effects slowly ate at the black jade talisman’s protective barrier, causing Gu Hai to show anxiety.

Buzz!

Suddenly, something lit up the pitch-black environment.

A beam of light seemed to enter Gu Hai’s forehead.

The instant this beam of light entered Gu Hai’s forehead, he seemed to turn dazed as if he was about to fall asleep.

Boom!

The Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal trembled, jolting Gu Hai, who was falling asleep, awake.

Gu Hai now realized that there was a white-clad old man seated in his consciousness. This old man had blurry facial features, and his entire body flickered with a faint white light. There was a Go board in front of him.

This Go board had thirty line pairs and was already dotted with black and white Go stones.

“The Thirty Line-Pair World Go Puzzle. Come and solve it!” the white-clad old man on the other side said indifferently.

“Old Mister Guan Qi?” Gu Hai suddenly raised his eyebrows.

Didn’t I see this scene in the Innate Puzzle World? The jade Go board there had a Heavenly Go Stone fragment and a strand of Old Mister Guan Qi’s consciousness. At that time, it recorded a Go puzzle.

Is it the same here? That’s right. Old Mister Guan Qi left behind more than one thousand treasures. This century lifespan immortality peach tree is definitely a treasure among treasures. How could it not have a Heavenly Go Stone fragment?

“The Thirty Line-Pair World Go Puzzle?” Gu Hai’s eyes appeared grave as he looked at the Go board.

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