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EIF - Book 04 Chapter 044: Requiting Evil with Good

The Bi-An King never knew that the most painful moment of one’s life was not when all of one’s bones were broken or when one was completely crippled. Instead, it was when one was about to give birth but could not.

It hurt! It hurt so much that Bi-An King felt completely sapped of strength. Furthermore, this embryo was connected to his nascent souls. Forcefully destroying it would severely injure him as well. He could only give birth to it, but the problem was that he could not.

The pain hurt so much that he broke out in a sweat all over his body. He hurt so much that his entire body lay limp.

Yet, the frightening Gu Hai appeared at this moment.

Previously, the Bi-An King repeatedly pressured and forced Gu Hai and even declared that he would take Gu Hai’s head. Had Gu Hai now come to take revenge?

Can I still deal with him?

A Nascent Soul Realm? Back when I went to that valley, Gu Hai’s saber technique definitely reached the strength of a Lower Heavenly Palace Realm cultivator. Now, I am sapped of strength. I can only lie here and let him do as he pleases.

“Hah! Hahaha! Unexpectedly, I—the Bi-An King—will die here! Hahaha!” the Bi-An King said bitterly and sorrowfully.

Gu Hai stopped when he arrived nearby. Then, he took out a small knife.

“Bi-An King, this is for you.” Gu Hai handed over the small knife.

“What are you doing?” The Bi-An King glared at Gu Hai.

I am about to die, and you want to humiliate me, giving me a small knife to commit suicide with?

“Previously, Bi-An King made a move at the valley to rescue this humble one from my time of difficulty. I—Gu Hai—clearly differentiate gratitude and grudges. Consider the gratitude of that time requited today,” Gu Hai said seriously.

“Re…requited? This is not revenge?” The Bi-An King looked at Gu Hai in shock.

“It’s not revenge,” Gu Hai said with a faint smile.

“Huh?” The many large-bellied cultivators in the surroundings looked at Gu Hai in confusion.

“Why are you giving me a knife?” the Bi-An King asked in surprise.

“There is a baby in the abdomen. I’m guessing you have no way to give birth to it. I have a way that hopefully can help everyone,” Gu Hai said seriously.

“What is the way?” The Bi-An King’s eyes lit up.

“Cesarean section!” Gu Hai said seriously.

“Huh?”

“That is cutting you open to make the delivery,” Gu Hai explained.

The Bi-An King’s expression changed. He immediately understood what Gu Hai meant.

Cutting myself open? In my past fights, I have been so severely injured that my intestines even spilled out. That is quite normal. Cutting my abdomen open won’t kill me.

If the embryo cannot come out, I can just cut myself open and take it out.

Previously, no one thought of this because of the habit of cultivators. They all thought about how to remove the embryo without hurting themselves. They never considered inflicting another form of harm on themselves to deal with this.

The Bi-An King looked at Gu Hai with shock. A complicated expression flashed in his eyes.

Then, with a nod, the Bi-An King accepted Gu Hai’s knife and placed it against his abdomen.

“Relax your entire body. It would be best if you sealed off all the nerves in the abdomen to prevent pain,” Gu Hai instructed.

The Bi-An King nodded. Then, he followed Gu Hai’s instructions as he carried out the cesarean section.

Although this was difficult for him to do, he could not leave this to another.

Cold sweat broke out on his head as he slowly cut his abdomen. Blood immediately flowed out.

The Bi-An King closed his eyes and thrust his hand into his bleeding abdomen.

The many pregnant cultivators in the surroundings all goggled.

Squish! Squish! 

After the Bi-An King groped around, he pulled hard.

The Bi-An King immediately pulled out a blood-covered baby.

“It’s out! It’s out!” the surrounding cultivators cried out.

“Everyone showed care for me over the past few days. I hope that this cesarean section can help everyone!” Gu Hai called out.

Everyone stared at Gu Hai for a while.

“Many thanks, Mister Gu!”

“Mister Gu, I will never forget this gratitude!”

“Mister Gu, sorry for the earlier offense!”

Gu Hai did not hit these cultivators while they were down at this moment. Instead, he gave out instructions to help everyone in their time of need. Their impression of Gu Hai completely changed. Now, they were filled with gratitude.

The Bi-An King was the best example for everyone. After he took out the embryo, it no longer drained his energy.

The Bi-An King consumed many medicinal pills before placing his hand on his abdomen to gently seal his wound. Then, he looked at the embryo in his palm with sweat covering his entire head.

This is my baby?

“It has no spiritual souls or physical souls. It is stillborn?” the Bi-An King said with a frown.

“Now that this is done, this humble one shall take his leave,” Gu Hai said as he looked to the west.

Qin Zibai is delayed for some reason. To think that he is not here yet? I need to leave immediately.

After taking his leave, Gu Hai rushed off.

The Bi-An King showed an extremely complicated expression as he watched Gu Hai leave. Earlier, he thought that Gu Hai would kill him. To think that Gu Hai requited evil with good?

As the Bi-An King watched Gu Hai leave, an apologetic look flashed in his eyes.

“Hurry! Hurry! Perform the cesarean section on me!”

“Me too! Hurry! Aren’t you a midwife! Deliver my baby!”

“Ah! It’s coming out! It’s coming out! It’s stillborn. Finally, all is well!”

One hundred thousand cultivators cut their abdomens open, presenting a spectacular sight.

After taking the baby out, the pain immediately stopped. It felt like the difference between heaven and hell.

The cultivators who pressured Gu Hai earlier immediately felt apologetic. They wanted to thank him, but he had already left.

The Bi-An King extended his hand and burned the stillborn. Then, he pushed himself to his feet and looked at the nearby underground palace.

Afterward, he waved.

Boom!

A vast amount of dirt immediately flew into the air, revealing the full appearance of the underground palace.

What they dug out earlier was only a small portion. The area of the underground palace was more than ten times larger than what had been revealed earlier.

A red light appeared at the underground palace, looking like an evil power trying to break out. However, many black talismans in the surroundings suppressed it.

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

It seemed like the underground palace was deteriorating as the black talismans quickly melted. The red light at the underground palace grew increasingly brighter.

“There is something under the underground palace. This red light is Hanba’s fire?” The Bi-An King raised his eyebrows.

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Qin Zibai had not appeared because he and Mister Dongfang were studying Xi Yan’s situation.

From the moment Mister Dongfang said that Xi Yan was pregnant with quadruplets, the three felt stupefied.

“Mister Dongfang, save me! Save me!” Xi Yan yelled in horror.

Mister Dongfang narrowed his eyes slightly as he said, “There are four sets of lifeforce in your body forcibly draining your energy. There are two ways to deal with it.”

“Oh?”

“The first is to cut your abdomen and dig out the four embryos. That way will cause you severe injury,” Mister Dongfang said.

“What is the second?”

“The second is to use death energy to suppress the lifeforce and make the four embryos return the energy to their original places,” Mister Dongfang said.

“Naturally, I prefer the second method. How do we use death energy to suppress lifeforce?” Xi Yan’s face suddenly lit up in joy.

“I have a lifespan ritual array that can help you to absorb death energy. However, we need dead people.”

“What kind of dead people?”

“Death energy is generated when killing someone. We are collecting that death energy. Furthermore, people who died wrongful deaths in extreme shock and horror produce the densest death energy,” Mister Dongfang explained.

“Kill them, then. As long as I can recover,” Xi Yan immediately yelled.

“There is only one way to produce wronged dead now—your subordinates. Are you going to kill them?” Mister Dongfang asked.

This question somewhat startled Xi Yan.

Not long ago, Gu Hai killed more than two thousand vampires. However, Xi Yan still had some subordinates in Dragon Vein City. Xi Yan had to kill them?

If these subordinates died at Xi Yan’s hands, that would indeed be a very wrongful death. Who could imagine that the master they followed would betray them?

“Make your choice,” Mister Dongfang said.

“Let them die!” Xi Yan said through clenched teeth.

As long as he was fine, he could always recruit more subordinates.

“Alright. You made the choice. Hehehehehehe!” Mister Dongfang cackled coldly.

“By the way, what about the others?” Qin Zibai asked as he suddenly raised his eyebrows in surprise.

“All of them were also affected. All of them,” Xi Yan replied bitterly.

“All of them were affected? That’s not good!” Mister Dongfang’s expression suddenly changed.

“What’s wrong?”

“They will run! They will want to leave. After suffering such humiliation, would they remain in the city?” Mister Dongfang said, his face sinking.

“Mister Dongfang, what should we do?” Qin Zibai’s face sank as well.

“Hurry! Shut the city gates and activate the ritual array at full force. Don’t let anyone out!” Mister Dongfang ordered with a heavy face.

“However, didn’t you say that there are not enough people?” Qin Zibai frowned.

“Not enough people? No! There are enough!” Mister Dongfang said with a cold expression.

“What?”

“Don’t you have one hundred thousand soldiers stationed in Dragon Vein City? Even if there is not enough, we can still try,” Mister Dongfang said seriously.

“What? The people I brought are all my subordinates, the elites of my army. You are counting them as well?!” Qin Zibai glared.

“Shut the city gates first and activate the ritual array at full force. Consider this an order from Imperial Emperor Xi Yu!” Mister Dongfang said.

Qin Zibai stared at Mister Dongfang, absolutely unwilling.

“Qin Zibai, I got you to assist me with the Blood Dragon Lifespan Ritual Array and left you responsible for the activation of the city’s ritual array. However, that does not mean that I can’t do it. Humph!” Mister Dongfang snorted coldly.

Mister Dongfang extended his hand and waved.

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Boom!

The city gates in the four cardinal directions suddenly closed. Then, crimson energy immediately surrounded the city. The Blood Dragon Lifespan Ritual Array activated at full force, resulting in crimson mist spreading out slowly.

“What? What’s happening?”

“A ritual array? What ritual array is this?”

“The city gates in all four cardinal directions are closed. Who did it?”

The expressions of the cultivators, who just cut their abdomens open, changed.

Even the Bi-An King, who was looking at the talismans in the underground palace, raised his eyebrows as he looked to the west.

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Naturally, since Gu Hai wanted to leave Dragon Vein City immediately, he was rushing to one of the city gates at full speed and looked like he would exit soon.

Creak!

The city gates suddenly closed.

“What?” Gu Hai’s expression changed as he stepped forward.

He swung the saber in his hand at the city gates.

“Second Cycle!”

Boom!

When Gu Hai’s saber landed, a strong rebound instantly knocked him back.

Bang!

Gu Hai landed and looked at the distant gate in horror. The gate had not budged at all.

I can’t escape?

Gu Hai’s face sank.

Whoosh!

Suddenly, a black-robed person appeared behind Gu Hai.

“Your Majesty!” the black-robed person greeted.

“Ju Lu? You did not go out earlier?” Gu Hai asked.

“I…I… this subordinate went chasing after Xi Yan. Unfortunately, there were many experts by him. I could not get close,” Ju Lu said embarrassedly.

“Oh?”

“Your Majesty, the city gates are closed. It seems like there is a ritual array active. Let me try!” Ju Lu suddenly turned into a giant foundation rock golem and charged at the gate.

Boom!

There was a loud report, but the city gate did not budge.

“What? That’s impossible! Why is there no effect at all?” Ju Lu exclaimed.

“Never mind. We can’t get out for now. Xi Yan? Let’s go, then. Bring me to Xi Yan,” Gu Hai said.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for December: 28 / 50

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