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EIF - Book 04 Chapter 100: Dongfang Bubai

“This sect master is Dongfang Bubai!”

A feminine male voice?

When everyone heard Dongfang Bubai’s voice, nearly all of them felt startled.

“A man?!” Countless cultivators’ eyes bulged.

“Sect master?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu raised his eyebrows.

Sect master of what sect?

“Dongfang Bubai? Dongfang?” Mister Dongfang narrowed his eyes slightly. He had never heard of this person before.

After speaking, Dongfang Bubai ignored everyone. Instead, he turned his head to look at Gu Hai.

Mo Yike’s eyes lit up as he looked at Gu Hai. “Mister Gu, earlier, I saw that Dongfang Bubai’s threaded needles went out of the ritual array’s boundaries. The Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array cannot do that. Ah! Is this a special characteristic of the Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array?” 

Gu Hai nodded.

Mo Yike continued, “However, aside from this, there does not seem to be anything different. Oh, that’s right. You don’t have to merge with the cloud beast. However, this cloud beast does not seem more powerful than Zhang Sanfeng and Dugu Qiubai, right? What other differences are there between the twenty-nine and the thirty…”

However, Mo Yike’s voice trailed off. He goggled at Dongfang Bubai in shock.

Dongfang Bubai’s eyes appeared extremely cold as he gave off a formidable aura.

More importantly, the expression in those eyes looked realistic, not like he was under someone else’s control.

“Did you create me?” Dongfang Bubai suddenly spoke as he looked at Gu Hai.

“He came to life!” Mo Yike exclaimed.

This development set nearly all the officials at the Great Sigh Palace Hall abuzz.

Is Dongfang Bubai speaking with Gu Hai? Is Gu Hai not controlling him? How is this possible?

This is uncanny!

Countless citizens in the city goggled as well, looking at this scene incredulously.

Li Shenji gaped. What kind of strange ritual array is this? Isn’t Dongfang Bubai a cloud beast? Yet, he is speaking with Gu Hai?

Is Gu Hai doing this on purpose? That’s impossible. Gu Hai is not that ridiculous.

“The Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array? Independent consciousness? That’s right. This is an independent consciousness. Back then, Old Mister Guan Qi’s Thirty-One Line-Pair World Ritual Array could do the same. The Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array is not perfected yet, but it can already bring out an independent consciousness?!” Gongyang Sheng stared into the distance.

“That’s right. It is me. I am Gu Hai, Sect Master Dongfang,” Gu Hai said.

Dongfang Bubai looked at Gu Hai with slightly narrowed eyes. Then, he turned his head to look around before focusing on the Great Sigh Palace Hall.

At this moment, all the officials at the Great Sigh Palace Hall gaped. Gu Hai created this person? He has independent thoughts? This is a joke, right?

After Dongfang Bubai looked around, he turned back to Gu Hai. “This is not my Black Wood Cliff. Am I not real, either? I will disappear after some time, right?”

“That’s right. This is a ritual array called the Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array. It can manifest the powerful experts that I know of. You are one of those powerful experts, so I simulated you. Right now, this ritual array is your domain. Before the ritual array’s energy runs out, this is your domain, your world,” Gu Hai said gravely.

Dongfang Bubai looked at the sky and took a deep breath. Then, he said, “Like moths to a flame, dying in a flash of brilliance?”

Gu Hai did not respond.

However, Dongfang Bubai fixed his eyes on Gu Hai as he asked, “Can I be free of this ritual array someday, no longer restricted?”

“Huh?” Mo Yike gaped.

To think that this Dongfang Bubai has such strange thoughts. He wants to leave, becoming a real person?

“Do you wish to come out?” Gu Hai countered.

“Yes!” Dongfang Bubai answered gravely.

“Right now, you only have a consciousness. Everything else is fake. You have no bones, no flesh, no spiritual souls, and no physical souls. For now, I cannot manifest those. However, if I gain the ability to do so in the future, I will do my best to help you leave the ritual array.” Gu Hai nodded.

“Many thanks!” Dongfang Bubai got up and bowed slightly.

The Bat Ancestor and the others had long been dumbfounded already. Is Gu Hai doing this on purpose, speaking to himself? He created a person, and this fake person wants to come to life?

However, Mo Yike clenched his fist tightly. Gu Hai had taught him the Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array. However, Mo Yike was far from comprehending it. Can I also do this in the future?

The Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array? The Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array?

These two are worlds apart. At the very least, the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array can never simulate life.

Gu Hai ended the conversation with Dongfang Bubai and looked to the sky.

“Again!” Gu Hai tapped the Go stone in his hand against the air again.

Whoosh!

More fog suddenly appeared in the ritual array and rushed into the three lofty fog towers.

Boom! Boom!

Loud reports came from both above and below. The walls around the Civil Palace and the Military Palace suddenly exploded.

Countless fragments flew out after the explosion.

A large commotion immediately broke out among the experts in the city.

“He broke through!” Chang Ming exclaimed in excitement.

Boom!

Surging noble spirit poured out of the Civil Palace, immediately lighting up half the sky as bright as day. Surging black energy likewise poured out of the Military Palace. When the black energy appeared, it was as if an intense snowstorm blew, turning the city cold.

In the city, Li Shenji, Gongyang Sheng, Long Shenwu, and the others tightly clenched their fists. The impulse to rush up was nearly overwhelming.

“My aura is weakening. Is this ritual array’s energy running out?” Dongfang Bubai suddenly asked.

“Two-thirds of the spirit stones are already drained.” Gu Hai nodded.

Gu Hai’s words caused a large commotion among the citizens. They also rendered Mo Yike speechless.

Two-thirds of the spirit stones? Isn’t that twenty billion superior-grade spirit stones? Twenty billion! That was twenty billion, and they were drained so quickly?

At the Great Sigh Palace Hall’s entrance, the lips of the officials in charge of the Yuan Nation’s finances trembled.

How is this a Go Dao ritual array? This is clearly a nation-destroying ritual array! It drained twenty billion superior-grade spirit stones in just a while. A larger imperial dynasty would not be able to sustain this, either!

Dongfang Bubai did not say anything.

However, Gu Hai looked at Imperial Emperor Xi Yu.

Both the Civil Palace and the Military Palace had already been opened.

While many cultivators in the city stared at them, no one charged up. Why? Because Imperial Emperor Xi Yu was watching. Who would be so stupid as to seek their death at this moment?

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu ignored the Civil Palace. Instead, he stared at the Military Palace.

As he stared, he seemed poised to make a move. Suddenly, his eyes narrowed. Then, he turned his head to look coldly at a nearby floating island.

“Huh? It’s you!” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu’s expression suddenly chilled, his voice containing a frosty tone.

Who was it?

Who could prompt Imperial Emperor Xi Yu to be so cautious? Clearly, it had to be someone terrible. Was it the Slaughter Heavenly Emperor?

Everyone followed the direction of Imperial Emperor Xi Yu’s gaze.

They saw a black-clad man standing on that floating island. Initially, this person wore a hat. However, he removed his hat to reveal the appearance of a handsome, albeit incredibly strange, youth. The area around this youth’s eyes was azure as if he had applied eye shadow from Gu Hai’s previous world—Earth. He also had long, azure hair.

“The Great Light Sovereign Deity?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu said with a cold expression.

“Imperial Emperor Xi Yu? I trust you have been well since we last met?” The Great Light Sovereign Deity, the azure-haired man, showed a faint smile. 

“The Great Light Sovereign Deity?” Gu Hai raised his eyebrows.

At the Qin Residence in the city, the blind man’s expression suddenly changed.

The Bat Ancestor looked towards the Great Light Sovereign Deity with some fear in his eyes.

The expressions of Chang Sheng, Qin Zibai, Mo Yike, and Xi Kang all changed, as though they faced a powerful enemy.

The Great Light Sovereign Deity only showed his face, not unleashing any of his aura. However, this already flustered the Yuan Imperial Dynasty’s top-level nobles, except for Imperial Emperor Xi Yu.

In the city, the faces of Li Shenji, Gongyang Sheng, and Long Shenwu sank.

Why did the Great Light Sovereign Deity come to Major Metropolitan City now?

“I trust you have been well since we last met? The same for you too, I guess. Have you been in my Major Metropolitan City for some time already?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu asked indifferently.

“I only just arrived. However, I happened to notice this ritual array. It’s pretty good. The Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array? Gu Hai, your Go Dao ritual arrays are becoming more exquisite!” The Great Light Sovereign Deity’s voice contained a cold, sinister tone.

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu looked at Gu Hai. There seems to be a grudge between Gu Hai and the Great Light Sovereign Deity?

Long Shenwu also appeared shocked. Why does Gu Hai have enemies everywhere? Even the Great Light Sovereign Deity seems hostile to him.

The Bat Ancestor and the others felt shocked. This Gu Hai seems to make enemies everywhere. Even the Great Light Sovereign Deity has a grudge against him. Didn’t he just come out from a mundane, ordinary region? At this rate, he will soon be enemies with the entire world.

Gu Hai looked at the Great Light Sovereign Deity coldly.

Before Gu Hai could speak, Dongfang Bubai said with slightly narrowed eyes, “I can tell that this person is extraordinary. Unfortunately, the ritual array does not have sufficient energy, and I cannot fight for long. If you break me out of the constraints of this ritual array one day, I’ll help you kill him.”

Nearly everyone turned to Dongfang Bubai.

Does Dongfang Bubai want to kill the Great Light Sovereign Deity?

Chang Ming stood among the officials at the Great Sigh Palace Hall, staring straight at Dongfang Bubai. He wanted to say out loud, “You have guts,” but the situation did not seem appropriate, so he held back.

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu looked at Dongfang Bubai interestedly.

At this moment, Mister Dongfang was racking his brains. The Dongfang family name? The same as my family name? What a bold name! Why have I never heard of him before?

“Kill me?! Hahahahaha! I’ll wait for you!” the Great Light Sovereign Deity sneered.

“Don’t die too early!” A murderous intent appeared on Dongfang Bubai’s pretty face.

Dongfang Bubai’s eyes contained a ruthless and overbearing conception that stemmed from never having suffered defeat. When Gu Hai simulated him, he simulated a conception of being unrivaled in the world.

Hence, Dongfang Bubai’s expression made the Great Light Sovereign Deity take another glance at it in discomfort.

“Humph!” the Great Light Sovereign Deity snorted coldly, then ignored Gu Hai.

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“I already got Chang Sheng to bring you a message at Chaoge City that I would be coming. Ha! What a coincidence! The Slaughter Heavenly Dynasty’s treasury? It will all be mine after I kill you, right?” the Great Light Sovereign Deity said indifferently.

“Ha! Hahaha!” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu guffawed coldly.

After that, Imperial Emperor Xi Yu’s expression turned cold. “Little Peacock, have you forgotten where this is?”

“Huh?” The Great Light Sovereign Deity narrowed his eyes as he stared at Imperial Emperor Xi Yu.

“To think that you dare to try to get a share of our things? Even if the Supreme Singularity were here, he would have to wait for us first. You are just the Supreme Singularity’s pet, and you dare to be so audacious before us? You are not qualified,” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu said with cold eyes.

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“You are making me want to kill you now,” the Great Light Sovereign Deity said coldly.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for January: 34 / 50

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