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EIF - Book 04 Chapter 018: Suppressing Cui Tie

Chaoge City:

Before Gu Hai left, he had already made appropriate arrangements. Barring major matters, Shangguan Hen would not interfere with the matters of the royal court.

After receiving the Great Light Sovereign Deity’s group of three, Shangguan Hen avoided them.

However, Cui Tie sought out Shangguan Hen.

Since Cui Tie came to visit, Shangguan Hen naturally received him.

At a pavilion shelter in Shangguan Hen’s residence, Shangguan Hen poured a cup of tea for Cui Tie and himself.

“Mister Cui, might I know the purpose for this sudden visit?” Shangguan Hen asked after taking a sip of tea.

Cui Tie also took a sip of tea before replying with a cold smile, “Mister Shangguan, you are not easy to find. I have not seen you around for the past few days. If not for the Great Light Sovereign Deity telling me just to wait here, I would not know how to find you.”

“This humble one is busy. It’s normal that I am hard to find. You are just waiting for His Majesty to return. Why are you looking for me?” Shangguan Hen countered with a smile.

Cui Tie’s expression turned solemn as he stared at Shangguan Hen.

Shangguan Hen remained relaxed.

“Who are you? Why do you give me an extremely familiar feeling? Are you a member of my black tortoise race?” Cui Tie asked.

“Huh, perhaps I possess very common looks?” Shangguan Hen retorted indifferently.

“That’s not right. It is not just the appearance but the feeling. I have been looking through information on you these days. Apparently, you are the Seventh Young Master of Guan Qi’s nine inheritors. However, I don’t believe that. Back then, Miao Chen was about to destroy the Han Royal Dynasty. However, he suddenly calmed down upon seeing you. Who are you?” Cui Tie’s expression turned sullen.

Shangguan Hen took a sip of tea. His expression turned cold as he said, “Mister Cui, why does my identity matter to you?”

“That’s not right. The aura you have is Prime’s aura. Prime is already dead. Why do you have that aura? Are you…are you…” Cui Tie’s eyes slowly turned bloodshot. 

“Am I what?” Shangguan Hen prompted in an icy tone.

“The deity? My black tortoise race’s deity. Are you…” Cui Tie looked at Shangguan Hen with bloodshot eyes.

Shangguan Hen narrowed his eyes slightly. “Ha! You have a wild imagination. However, no matter who I am, what does it have to you? Haven’t you already sold yourself to the Solar Divine Palace to be their slave?” 

“That’s not right. My black tortoise race’s deity was destroyed by heaven. Perhaps you have our deity’s fragments? Let me see!” Cui Tie immediately stood up, poised to pounce on Shangguan Hen.

“Argh!”

Cui Tie had just stood up when his figure swayed, apparently unsteady.

“There was poison in the tea? You poisoned me?” Cui Tie glared at Shangguan Hen.

“Mister Cui, please conduct yourself with dignity. This is not your slave abode. I can spare you, but if you cause trouble again, don’t blame me for being ruthless,” Shangguan Hen said coldly.

“This is profound snake venom; you are of the black tortoise race! Who are you? How are you related to the prime? Do you have the deity’s fragments?!” Cui Tie glared, wobbling.

However, Shangguan Hen said, “Great Light Sovereign Deity? You have been watching for a long time already, right? This is your slave? Are you testing me?”

On a distant floating island in Chaoge City, the Great Light Sovereign Deity and the white-robed woman played Go against each other.

“Ha! Shangguan Hen? This is your black tortoise race’s matter; I am not testing you. However, I am curious about who exactly you are. Do you have the fragments of the black tortoise deity?” the Great Light Sovereign Deity said indifferently.

Even though the Great Light Sovereign Deity was far away, his voice strangely reached Shangguan Hen’s residence.

“I already said that I don’t, yet you do not believe me. However, I did not expect that Cui Tie had already fallen to the level of a slave. Regardless of whether I have the fragments of the black tortoise deity or not, he actually came to cause trouble on behalf of an outsider?” Shangguan Hen gazed at Cui Tie with narrowed eyes.

“If they are the fragments of the black tortoise deity, you are not qualified to have them!” Cui Tie roared as he wobbled.

“Oh? I’m not qualified, but you are? Ha! Hahahaha!” A cold expression appeared on Shangguan Hen’s face.

Then, Shangguan Hen turned his head and said, “Great Light Sovereign Deity, I recall that you owed the Black Tortoise Prime a favor in the past. What’s wrong? Now that the black tortoise race has entered a decline, you want to kick us while we are down?”

On the distant floating island, the Great Light Sovereign Deity’s hand, which held a Go stone, suddenly paused.

“It looks like you truly have a connection with the Black Tortoise Prime. You even know this? Ha! While you are a black tortoise, Cui Tie is also a black tortoise. Let’s settle it this way; I will not interfere with your black tortoise race’s business. You and Cui Tie settle it yourselves,” the Great Light Sovereign Deity said indifferently.

“Oh? You won’t interfere even if I kill this traitor?” Shangguan Hen said.

“I won’t interfere. However, Cui Tie did serve me for some time. While I will not interfere in his matters, I’ll help him to remove the poison in him once,” the Great Light Sovereign Deity said.

As the Great Light Sovereign Deity spoke, he suddenly flung the Go stone in his hand. Like a meteor, the Go stone shot across the distance in an instant and struck Cui Tie.

Blargh!

The Go stone struck Cui Tie’s abdomen, immediately forcing him to vomit a mouthful of green liquid as he went crashing into a room.

Boom!

Cui Tie ended up destroying a wing of the residence. A large dust cloud rose, but Cui Tie appeared strangely excited.

“Hahahaha! Many thanks, Great Light Sovereign Deity. Is the poison purged? Profound snake venom? Shangguan Hen, let’s see where you can go now!” Cui Tie roared as he rushed out of the rubble.

Buzz!

Suddenly, large amounts of fog appeared around Shangguan Hen’s residence. It was a ritual array that Gu Hai laid in the past.

“I have the strength to pick up mountains, and my might conquers the world!”

The guards in Shangguan Hen’s residence immediately charged over while controlling cloud beasts.

“Humph! You are only at such a level, and you want to behave so presumptuously?” Cui Tie shouted.

Boom!

Cui Tie punched with all his might, and the Xiang Yu cloud beast exploded—not just the Xiang Yu cloud beast but also the entire ritual array as well as Shangguan Hen’s residence.

After all, Cui Tie was a Heavenly Palace Realm cultivator. Although only a Lower Heavenly Palace Realm cultivator, he had established a heavenly palace. Hence, he possessed incredibly ferocious destructive power.

“Shangguan Hen, get out here!” Cui Tie looked around the rubble.

Shangguan Hen had vanished.

Whoosh!

A flying ship flew out, heading out of the city.

“Shangguan Hen, where are you running to?” Cui Tie shouted as he immediately gave chase.

Whoosh!

While the flying ship flew quickly, Cui Tie also moved very quickly. The two rushed out of the city in the blink of an eye.

After all, the destructive power of a Heavenly Palace Realm cultivator was too strong. Fighting in the city would implicate the citizens.

Whoosh!

Suddenly, Cui Tie’s figure flashed and appeared in front, barring the flying ship’s path.

South of the city, Cui Tie managed to block Shangguan Hen. He revealed a ferocious smile. “Shangguan Hen? On account that we are both of the black tortoise race, if you hand the deity’s fragments to me, I can spare you!”

“Cui Tie? The prime’s greatest mistake back then is that he doted on you too much,” Shangguan Hen said coldly.

As Shangguan Hen spoke, churning green mist appeared around him. He sent out poison gas again.

“Humph! Poison again? Earlier, my two bodies were merged, and I got tricked by you. Do you think that it will still be effective?”

Cui Tie snorted coldly, and his figure flashed.

Boom!

Cui Tie turned into a one-thousand-seven-hundred-meter-tall black tortoise. Towering to such a height, it looked incredibly immense.

An immense Heavenly Palace Realm aura burst forth from the profound-snake-and-profound-tortoise combination, causing a storm. When the black tortoise appeared, dark clouds covered the sky, lightning flashed, and thunder cracked. Countless citizens in the city turned their heads to look in shock.

On the floating island in the city, the Great Light Sovereign Deity stopped playing Go. Then, he looked into the distance.

The profound tortoise and profound snake opened their mouths, sucking up the green mist.

“My profound snake body could even absorb the prime’s poison gas back then. It nourishes me. Go on; continue. Oh? Your poison gas does seem similar to the prime’s. Indeed, you have obtained the black tortoise race’s inheritance. You have the deity’s fragments?” the profound snake roared excitedly.

Shangguan Hen showed an unsightly expression.

Indeed, Shangguan Hen did not have the black tortoise deity’s fragments; he had the entire black tortoise deity. He also knew some of the black tortoise deity’s secret techniques. However, if he used them, he would be exposed. The crucial point was Cui Tie, a degenerate of the black tortoise race.

Is he forcing me to make my move? If I don’t use Divine Energy, I am merely a Nascent Soul Realm cultivator. However, if I use it, I will be exposed. At that time, Cui Tie won’t be the only source of trouble. Countless primes of other animal spirits will target my deity.

“Cui Tie, this is the Han Royal Dynasty. By acting against me in the Han Royal Dynasty, do you intend to take the Han Royal Dynasty as your enemy?” Shangguan Hen said with a frosty tone.

“Han Royal Dynasty? Hahaha! What bullshit Han Royal Dynasty? Today, I am making you hand over the profound tortoise deity’s fragments. What can you do about that? Even if that Gu Hai were before me, what could he do to me? Do you believe that I can squish him with just one finger?” Cui Tie said coldly.

Shangguan Hen was about to blow his top when a cold voice suddenly rang out. “Squish us with one finger? Ha! What bold words!”

“Huh?” Both the profound snake’s and profound tortoise’s faces appeared puzzled.

“Your Majesty!” Joy suddenly appeared on Shangguan Hen’s face.

“His Majesty is back! His Majesty is back!”

“His Majesty is back!”

Countless worried citizens and officials in the city immediately revealed joy. After all, Shangguan Hen had poisoned Chang Ming and saved the entire city back then. Now that the black tortoise Cui Tie was driving Shangguan Hen into a corner, everyone felt worried for him. However, they could not do anything about it.

“Gu Hai?” said the Great Light Sovereign Deity on the floating island.

The white-robed woman at his side stood up slowly and said, “That is Gu Hai?”

A flying ship slowly approached from the distance.

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Gu Hai sat on a throne placed at the bow of the flying ship.

He had just returned. However, before he could be happy from seeing the churning blessings cloud sea above Chaoge City, he suddenly saw dark clouds press down.

Then, he saw a gigantic black tortoise in the distance, trying to bully Shangguan Hen.

Naturally, Gu Hai directed the flying ship to go over while showing a sullen expression.

“Gu Hai? It’s pointless even if you have returned. Just wait at the side. This is my black tortoise race’s matter!” Cui Tie said coldly.

“Humph! All matters in the Han Royal Dynasty are our matters. Who are you to humiliate a person of the Han Nation in our Chaoge City?” Gu Hai snorted coldly.

Gu Hai waved. Then, the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal flew out and enlarged a hundredfold.

“Roar!”

The dragon vein in the ground suddenly let out a long roar in response. The blessings in the sky immediately moved towards the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal.

“Humph! This is just the imperial seal of a royal dynasty. Do you actually want to use it to suppress me? What a joke! At least bring out the imperial seal of an imperial dynasty.”

The profound snake swung its tail at the sky, wanting to smash the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal.

Buzz!

The black Go stone that was merged into the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal released a faint black light.

The surrounding blessings poured into the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal, making it enlarge another hundredfold. At the same time, a golden dragon figure materialized from the dragon vein. As it soared into the air, it seemed to contain countless mountain ranges. It merged into the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal; then, the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal pressed down on the profound snake’s tail.

The Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal instantly crushed the profound snake’s tail and smashed into the profound tortoise’s shell.

Boom!

An immense suppressive force caused the ground to shake, and that region sank into the ground.

Crack!

“Argh!”

Cui Tie’s tortoise shell cracked and shattered as Cui Tie let out a miserable shriek. Blood immediately spurted out.

“What?” exclaimed the Great Light Sovereign Deity in the distance.

“Cui Tie is a Heavenly Palace Realm cultivator. How could Gu Hai…” The white-robed woman revealed an expression of horror.

“Huh?” Shangguan Hen also looked at Gu Hai in shock.

Shock also flashed in Gu Hai’s eyes. He had used the Worldly Sorrowful Endowment’s method for controlling treasures to drive the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal. Unexpectedly, it was so powerful.

Is this the power of the Worldly Sorrowful Endowment?

No. This should be the power of the Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal. The Heaven Suppressing Divine Imperial Seal drove the power of the dragon vein and the Han Royal Dynasty’s blessings, allowing it to suppress Cui Tie. Of course, the black Go stone played a big role.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Last chapter of the month. As usual, no chapters on the 1st.

Chapters for November: 50 / 50

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