EIF - Book 04 Chapter 038: Bi-An King
All the cultivators coldly eyed Qin Zibai. Now, Qin Zibai recognized the golden-robed man who had just attacked.
“The Bi-An King? You dare to go against me?” Qin Zibai glared.
[TL Note: Bi-An is a Chinese mythical beast that is said to be one of nine descendants of the dragon. It takes a similar form to the tiger. Its name is pronounced as Bi-An in two syllables. Here is a depiction of it: https://www.baike.com/album/%8B%B4%E7%8A%B4/6363942061064380278/img?src=//p3-bk.byteimg.com/tos-cn-i-mlhdmxsy5m/6c7eb9bf1b1246d0ad7a7336784bab57~tplv-mlhdmxsy5m-q75:0:0.image?detail_id=.]
The golden-robed man looked at Qin Zibai coldly. “Qin Zibai, you are an initiate Middle Heavenly Palace cultivator, but so am I. We came to Divine Vein City to obtain the dragon vein. Ha! I already found it strange previously. You are a disciple of the Yuan Nation’s Qin Clan. Why would you be fighting for the dragon vein? Humph! It turned out that you made up the dragon vein that we are searching for?”
The various cultivators looked at Xi Yan and Qin Zibai coldly.
“Who said that we made it up? It was Gu Hai who was just spouting nonsense. To think that you believe him?”
A busybody coming out of nowhere? Qin Zibai felt depressed.
“Ha! I don’t believe you right now!” The Bi-An King smiled coldly.
“You don’t believe me, but you believe him?” Qin Zibai said, feeling incredibly depressed.
“I don’t believe him, either!” the Bi-An King retorted coldly.
“Huh?” Qin Zibai frowned slightly.
Indeed. Based on the Bi-An King’s attitude, which everyone else shared, he believed neither Qin Zibai nor Gu Hai. However, the doubt that Gu Hai raised lingered in everyone’s mind.
Did I make this trip only to be tricked by others?
Qin Zibai looked at Gu Hai coldly.
However, Gu Hai just smiled faintly in reply. “Qin Zibai, do you think you can continue hiding it?”
“Humph! What am I hiding? Gu Hai, just keep making things up. They can protect you now. However, when they see through your lies, they will want to kill you even more than I do. Do you believe that?” Qin Zibai said with a cold smile.
Qin Zibai was right. If Gu Hai could not give an account to everyone, then his enemy would not be just Qin Zibai.
Gu Hai looked at the surrounding cultivators, and they looked back at him coldly.
“Mister Gu, you were only midway through your words. Shouldn’t you finish them? Is this new dragon vein fake?” The Bi-An King asked coldly.
“How can the dragon vein be fake? It is not my dragon vein!” Xi Yan shouted, feeling depressed.
This time, Xi Yan did not lie. It was indeed not his dragon vein. However, no one believed Xi Yan now.
Gu Hai nodded with certainty.
“Gu Hai, you are lying!” Xi Yan glared.
“Haha! Lying? Xi Yan? How about you call out your dragon vein to show everyone?” Gu Hai said with a cold smile.
Even if Xi Yan could call out his dragon vein, so what? It could not prove that the previous dragon roars did not come from Xi Yan’s dragon vein. Gu Hai had already thought this through.
“Humph!” Xi Yan let out a cold snort.
Call out my dragon vein? As long as I call it out, these people will snatch it away. This is especially so for that Bi-An King. Furthermore, I still have a use for it.
Seeing that Xi Yan was not willing to, Gu Hai suddenly smiled and no longer cared. He guessed that Xi Yan and Qin Zibai had a purpose in coming here. However, he did not know the specifics. Even so, that does not matter. Since you want to hide it, then carry on. Even if I don’t know, I can make up something.
“Gu Hai, is there really no dragon vein under Dragon Vein City?” another cultivator asked anxiously.
If there is no dragon vein, then didn’t I come all the way here for nothing? After all that effort, I get nothing? Everyone felt frustrated, not wanting to believe Gu Hai. They hoped that they could prove that Gu Hai was lying.
Gu Hai looked at everyone and shook his head. “There is no dragon vein. However, there is something even more precious than a dragon vein, something tenfold—no, even a hundredfold—more valuable.”
“Huh?” The surrounding cultivators raised their eyebrows.
Qin Zibai’s and Xi Yan’s expressions sank.
The Bi-An King’s eyes suddenly narrowed, as he had been paying attention to the two. When he noticed the two’s expressions changing, he believed Gu Hai.
“What is it?” Everyone looked at Gu Hai anxiously.
“Probably a treasury? However, I do not know the specifics, as I have not seen it. Perhaps Xi Yan and Qin Zibai know?”
“Oh?” Everyone looked at the two.
“What treasury can there be? Gu Hai, stop making things up!” Qin Zibai glared, appearing like he wanted to attack again.
The Bi-An King instantly shielded Gu Hai. He looked at Qin Zibai coldly and said, “Qin Zibai? Let Gu Hai finish.”
Qin Zibai felt frustrated. The surrounding cultivators all protected Gu Hai, keeping a sharp eye on him. This made him feel depressed.
“An underground treasury? Who told you about it?” The Bi-An King coldly eyed Gu Hai.
“Ha! Hanba’s fire? Everyone, if you think that you are capable enough to prove that I am lying, you can go below and check. Has anyone ever been there? No one, right? How long has the Grave Valley of Death been around? Have you seen anyone dig up the Grave Valley of Death?” Gu Hai asked coldly.
“No one. No one has ever dug up the Grave Valley of Death before, as Hanba’s fire is too ferocious, right? Furthermore, hasn’t anyone thought about it before? A city? Why did a city spout up so quickly? Who built it?” Gu Hai continued coldly.
The experts raised their eyebrows, looking at Xi Yan together.
“I came much earlier and saw the Huang Royal Dynasty’s soldiers building the city!”
“I came even earlier and saw the Yuan Imperial Dynasty’s soldiers building the city before renting it to us!”
As everyone spoke up, they frowned at Qin Zibai and Xi Yan. It was indeed strange. Why did they come to build a city?
“I do not know what is under the city, but I guess that Qin Zibai knows, right? Otherwise, why would he build a city and use Xi Yan’s dragon vein to lure everyone here? What is his purpose?” Gu Hai said with a cold smile.
“What nonsense! I did not use my dragon vein to lure everyone here!” Xi Yan said angrily.
Gu Hai smiled at Xi Yan coldly. He did not say a word, just coldly watched Xi Yan.
Indeed, everyone put no stock in Xi Yan’s words; they trusted Gu Hai more.
“Ha! Gu Hai, you really are good at making things up. There is a treasury under the city? Haha! Where did that treasury come from? Go find it, then!” Qin Zibai immediately snarled.
“If you dare to let me search, so what if I find it for you? Do you dare to? Dragon Vein City is newly built, but it probably contains plenty of secrets. Do you dare to let me search it?” Gu Hai countered coldly.
“Huh?” The surrounding people raised their eyebrows.
If Gu Hai is making this up, how can he be this confident? If he is making this up, he should be fleeing as quickly as possible. Why would he want to enter Dragon Vein City and search it? How would he escape then?
Gu Hai’s not fleeing and even wanting to expose Qin Zibai’s plot gave him even more credibility.
“Humph! Gu Hai, what if you can’t find it?” Qin Zibai said while glaring.
The Bi-An King said coldly, “If Gu Hai cannot find it, I’ll rip his head off. You don’t even have to do anything!”
“Huh?” Qin Zibai frowned as he looked at the Bi-An King.
The Bi-An King’s attitude represented everyone’s attitude. If Gu Hai was lying, everyone would teach him a lesson.
“What’s wrong, Qin Zibai? You have a guilty conscience and do not dare to let me search?” Gu Hai sneered.
Qin Zibai’s eyes turned slightly bloodshot. Indeed, he did not want to let Gu Hai search Dragon Vein City.
However, all the cultivators stared at Qin Zibai. If he did not agree, he would be pitting himself against everyone.
“Alright, alright. Hahaha! Excellent! So what if I let you search? Treasury? Let’s see how you are going to find a treasury! All you will find is your destruction!” Qin Zibai said with a frosty tone and a fierce glare.
“If so, then I won’t stand on ceremony. I will be searching with all my might. I hope that everyone will cooperate with me.” Gu Hai looked at the cultivators.
The Bi-An King said coldly, “Cooperate with me? Haha! I will fully cooperate with you, even follow you around. If we cannot find the treasury you mentioned, I will rip your head off!”
The surrounding cultivators coldly eyed Gu Hai.
At the side, worry flashed in Fairy Waner’s eyes.
“That will be for the best!” Gu Hai said with a faint smile.
“Humph!” Qin Zibai let out a cold snort.
No matter how furious Qin Zibai and Xi Yan were, Gu Hai was safe now.
All the cultivators protected Gu Hai, buying precious time for him to catch a breather.
“Fairy Waner, since you are safe now, you can go first,” Gu Hai said as he smiled at Fairy Waner.
Mixed emotions flashed in Fairy Waner’s eyes.
Gu Hai came to save me. Now that he saved me, he ended up in deep trouble, unable to leave?
A life for a life?
Fairy Waner opened her mouth. However, she immediately swallowed back what she was about to say.
“Humph! Who told you to save me? I don’t care for it!” Fairy Waner let out a cold snort.
Fairy Waner immediately took to the sky, bringing her zither puppet away as she flew into the distance and disappeared.
“Hahaha! Gu Hai, you worked so hard to save Fairy Waner so that you can obtain her heart? Did you see that? She does not care at all! What a joke! What a joke!” Xi Yan laughed grimly.
However, Gu Hai released his bated breath when he saw Fairy Waner leaving, not caring.
On a nearby mountain summit:
Qing Feng frowned as he said, “Fairy Waner? She lives up to being from the Supreme Ascendant’s line of inheritance. A person who aspires to be the Supreme Ascendant in the future? She is truly unfeeling!”
On the other hand, the white-clad youth shook his head and said, “Ha! You are wrong. Waner? She is very smart. She will have a chance to return and save Gu Hai only if she leaves in indifference.”
“Oh?” Qing Feng exclaimed.
“Let’s go, then. Gu Hai, go on and search,” Qin Zibai said coldly.
Gu Hai smiled faintly. He ignored Qin Zibai. Instead, he looked back and said, “Wanyu, you can come over now.”
“Coming!” Long Wanyu immediately called out excitedly.
“Princess, it is dangerous there. We…” Sima Feng tried to dissuade Long Wanyu, feeling worried.
Gu Hai is already in deep trouble. How can he drag the princess into it?
“Sima Feng, am I the princess, or are you the princess? If you stop me again, then just go back to wherever you came from. I do not need your protection!” Long Wanyu barked.
Sima Feng smiled bitterly, feeling helpless. He could only hope that Gu Hai was not taking a risk.
Gu Hai boarded the flying ship.
Under the watchful gaze of Qin Zibai, Xi Yan, and the many cultivators, they headed slowly towards Dragon Vein City.
At Li Shenji’s mountain summit:
“He survived again. Humph!” Li Shenji snorted coldly as he watched Gu Hai leave, feeling frustrated.
On another mountain summit:
The white-clad youth glanced askance at the nearby Li Shenji. Then, he revealed a faint, cold smile. “The Qian Nation’s Li Shenji? Ha! It’s a good plan. Unfortunately, Gu Hai’s plan is better.”
“Young Master, what should we do now?” Qing Feng asked with a frown.
“Let’s go and take a look too!” the white-clad youth replied in an intractable tone.
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