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EIF - Book 04 Chapter 102: Ice Mountain

Boom!

Dongfang Bubai extended his hand and knocked away all the cultivators between the floating island and Gu Hai’s manor.

He even knocked away the Divine Strategy Battalion disciples in the manor.

Holding the holy Dao scripture, Gu Hai boarded a flying ship and headed back to his manor.

There was a tunnel there that no one in Major Metropolitan City knew about, aside from himself. Once he entered the tunnel and destroyed the entrance, he would have escape far away before anyone found the other end of the tunnel.

Whoosh!

Gu Hai rushed back to his manor.

“You bastard! Halt!” the Chang Clan elders roared furiously.

“Gu Hai, how dare you!” The Bat Ancestor goggled.

Li Shenji’s eyelids twitched. After working so hard, he ended up letting Gu Hai benefit.

Li Shenji also wanted the holy Dao scripture. However, he could not snatch it from Gu Hai now. Countless eyes were watching here. He could only wait and secretly snatch it away later.

Should I help Gu Hai and block everyone, or let the Bat Ancestor go and deal with Gu Hai?

Li Shenji felt conflicted over what to do.

“Why are you not giving chase?” the Bat Ancestor yelled.

The Chang Clan elders roared as they charged over.

They were early-stage Middle Palace Realm cultivators, possessing great power, and their auras soared into the sky. Such people wanted to chase Gu Hai?

Swish! Swish! Swish!

Suddenly, some threaded needles shot towards the group.

“Oh no!” Chang Sheng’s expression changed as he swung his sword at the needles.

Boom!

A needle pierced a hole in Chang Sheng’s sword. He managed to dodge the danger. However, the other needles stabbed the other Chang Clan elders.

“Argh!” the others let out a miserable cry.

They wanted to use their swords to cut the threads, but Dongfang Bubai moved his finger slightly and pulled on the threads, controlling them like puppets and preventing them from moving.

Far away, Gu Hai sighed. Can I really leave that easily?

Gu Hai’s flying ship stopped at his manor. He could leave immediately. With Dongfang Bubai blocking everyone, no one could come over.

Just as Gu Hai was about to jump off the flying ship and enter the tunnel, maniacal laughter suddenly rang out. “Hahahahahaha! Gu Hai, running? Go on and run!”

Gu Hai frowned as he looked over.

Suddenly, his expression changed dramatically.

A group of vampires brought a bound woman over to the Bat Ancestor at a distant palace hall.

The Bat Ancestor then grabbed that woman’s shoulder, showing a fierce expression as he looked at Gu Hai.

That woman appeared horrified and pale.

“Bing Ji? How could it be Bing Ji? Didn’t you leave?!” Gu Hai exclaimed.

Not long ago, Gu Hai sent Bing Ji, Purple Subtlety, Longevity, and Long Wanyu out of Major Metropolitan City because he was worried they would suffer a mishap.

At that time, they had left together.

How did Bing Ji get captured by the Bat Ancestor? If Bing Ji is captured? What about the others?

Gu Hai paused right as he was about to jump into the tunnel.

Far away, Li Shenji’s expression changed as well. He also remembered that Bing Ji had left with Long Wanyu. How did the Bat Ancestor capture her?

Humph!

The Bat Ancestor waved, and a beam of sharp light rushed towards the Chang Clan elders.

Bang!

The threads binding those elders immediately broke, granting them their freedom. They looked at Dongfang Bubai with lingering fear.

“Weren’t you leaving?” Dongfang Bubai’s face sank as his figure flashed, appearing beside Gu Hai.

However, Gu Hai frowned heavily as he looked at the distant Bing Ji.

Since Bing Ji got captured, was Long Wanyu captured as well?

“This official has disappointed Your Majesty!” Bing Ji cried sorrowfully in the distance.

“Go on and leave! Gu Hai, why aren’t you leaving?” the Bat Ancestor said coldly.

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Whoosh!

The Bat Ancestor’s figure flashed, bringing the Chang Clan members near Gu Hai.

Gu Hai lowered his head and looked at the holy Dao scripture. It still shone as bright as the sun, giving off indistinct muttering. As he held it, surging noble spirit filled his entire body, bringing exquisite comfort.

It’s not even warm from my touch yet.

“What’s going on? Why is Bing Ji in your hands?” Gu Hai asked.

The Bat Ancestor smiled coldly. “It is really coincidental. This Bing Ji delivered herself this morning. Unexpectedly, I can already make use of her. Hahaha!”

“Your Majesty, I’m sorry!” Bing Ji said sorrowfully.

“What’s going on? You got captured today? What about the others?” Gu Hai asked.

The Bat Ancestor also looked at Bing Ji, feeling curious as well.

“After we had left for some time, Princess Wanyu said that the demonic phantom told her that your life was in danger,” Bing Ji said bitterly.

“Oh?” Gu Hai frowned slightly.

Could it be the incident eight days ago, when Waner died to save me?

“Didn’t I say that you were not to come back, no matter the situation. Is Wanyu back?” Gu Hai glared.

This also happened last time.

Long Wanyu disobeyed again?

“We kept our guard up against Princess Wanyu. Princess Wanyu did not kick up a fuss about returning, either. This continued until one particular night when we arrived at a hot spring. She went to take a bath. Then…then, she disappeared, leaving only a letter,” Bing Ji said bitterly.

“What did the letter say?” Gu Hai asked with a frown.

“She said that she was returning to rescue you, and she told us not to bother with her,” Bing Ji replied bitterly.

“There were so many of you, and all of you lost her, a single person?!” Gu Hai snarled.

Bing Ji showed a bitter expression. Princess Wanyu is a seer. Who can find her if she wants to hide from us?

“Why did you not tell me?” Gu Hai asked, feeling depressed.

“Your Majesty was on the floating island in the Yuan Nation’s palace over the past eight days. I could not get in touch at all, so…,” Bing Ji said bitterly.

Gu Hai’s eyelids twitched wildly.

“Alright. Gu Hai, hand the holy Dao scripture to me. Now!” the Bat Ancestor said coldly.

The Bat Ancestor used some force, and crunching sounds came from Bing Ji’s shoulder blade.

“Argh!” Bing Ji cried out in pain.

Gu Hai’s face sank.

The holy Dao scripture in his hand had not even warmed from his grip yet.

“So, this means that Wanyu is still missing?” Gu Hai asked seriously.

Bing Ji nodded in pain.

“Haha! Gu Hai, it looks like you don’t care about Bing Ji at all. If you don’t quickly give it to me soon, her arm will be gone!” the Bat Ancestor said coldly.

“Your Majesty, just leave. This subject was incapable and implicated Your Majesty!” Bing Ji said sorrowfully.

Gu Hai raised his head to look at the Bat Ancestor. “Give Bing Ji to me, and I’ll give you this holy Dao scripture!”

The Bat Ancestor’s eyes lit up.

With Dongfang Bubai blocking in front and Li Shenji at the side, the Bat Ancestor felt uncertain about snatching the holy Dao scripture. However, he felt some hope in his nervous heart since he held Bing Ji captive. Unexpectedly, Gu Hai could give up a holy Dao scripture for a woman.

“Gu Hai, what are you doing?! Are you crazy?!” Li Shenji roared while glaring.

Li Shenji had banked on Gu Hai taking away the holy Dao scripture so that he could snatch it from Gu Hai later. What was there for him to snatch if Gu Hai gave the holy Dao scripture to the Bat Ancestor?

“Hahahahahaha! Excellent!” the Bat Ancestor suddenly guffawed.

“Bing Ji, did the Bat Ancestor leave any restrictions on you?” Gu Hai asked.

Bing Ji looked at Gu Hai in a daze.

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The holy Dao scripture is the highest accomplishment of the calligraphy Dao. Just one can serve as the foundation of a heavenly dynasty. When the Slaughter Heavenly Dynasty waged war all over the world, they only managed to obtain two. Yet, Gu Hai is willing to give one up for me?

“There’s none. I got caught this morning. After getting my cultivation sealed, I was bound and left in the hall near the palace, up until now.” Bing Ji nodded.

“That’s fine. Bat Ancestor, undo the seal on Bing Ji’s cultivation and return a whole Bing Ji to me; then, I will give you the intact holy Dao scripture. Otherwise, I will rip it. That’s right. I wonder if the noble spirit it contains would fill my body? It is a holy Dao scripture, after all. The noble spirit should be sufficient for me to deal with you, right?” Gu Hai said coldly.

As Gu Hai spoke, he looked ready to rip the holy Dao scripture.

The Bat Ancestor’s expression changed. Are you crazy?!

“Don’t move! I’ll undo all the seals on her!” the Bat Ancestor shouted.

The Bat Ancestor undid all the seals on Bing Ji’s cultivation. However, he still held on to her, preventing her from escaping.

The Bat Ancestor was afraid. He would not have done this for any other person. However, Gu Hai was capable of fulfilling this threat. Gu Hai had ripped “Bring in the Wine” previously. In any case, Gu Hai would lose the holy Dao scripture, regardless of the situation, so he might as well rip it.

As the Bat Ancestor undid the Bing Ji’s seals, Li Shenji appeared anxious.

“Gu Hai, a holy Dao scripture is extraordinary. Just this one scroll can bring peace and stability to a nation!” Li Shenji shouted anxiously, trying to dissuade Gu Hai.

Gu Hai looked at Li Shenji coldly, not responding. He already knew what Li Shenji was thinking; why would he listen?

“Give it to me!” the Bat Ancestor said with anticipation.

After taking a deep breath, Gu Hai said, “My—Gu Hai’s—word is gold. I will not lie. Hand Bing Ji over to the Chang Clan members. I will toss the holy Dao scripture to you while the Chang Clan members release Bing Ji.”

The Bat Ancestor had no problem with that. He immediately passed Bing Ji to the Chang Clan elders.

Chang Ming wanted to step forward, but Chang Sheng held him back. Naturally, the Chang Clan elders rushed forward, in a hurry to pander to the Bat Ancestor, and restrained Bing Ji. The Bat Ancestor turned his back to Gu Hai and glanced at the Chang Clan elders. The Chang Clan elders immediately understood what the Bat Ancestor wanted.

At the side, Chang Ming goggled. Does the Bat Ancestor intend to kill the hostage?

“Hand it over,” the Bat Ancestor said.

However, Gu Hai looked at the Chang Clan elders. “Everyone, if you dare to continue restraining Bing Ji after I hand over the holy Dao scripture, Dongfang Bubai will kill you, regardless of everything else!”

The expressions of the Chang Clan elders changed.

The Bat Ancestor wants us to kill the hostage. However, if we do that, Dongfang Bubai will kill us. What should we do?

Just as the Chang Clan elders felt conflicted over what to do, Gu Hai tossed the holy Dao scripture towards the Bat Ancestor. However, he hurled it quite high, reaching the midpoint between the Bat Ancestor and Li Shenji.

The Bat Ancestor’s expression changed as he immediately flew up to grab it. “You bastard!”

Naturally, Li Shenji would not let this opportunity slip. He instantly rushed over as well.

Two powerful experts chased after the holy Dao scripture.

Swish! Swish! Swish!

The whisper of a needle shooting out sounded. The Chang Clan elders’ expressions changed.

“Take her back!”

The Chang Clan elders did not dare to kill the hostage. They immediately shoved Bing Ji forward.

Whoosh!

The threaded needle wound around Bing Ji and pulled her into Gu Hai’s embrace.

“Your Majesty, I’m sorry,” Bing Ji said bitterly. She felt guilty for Gu Hai’s loss of the holy Dao scripture.

“We can’t stay here any longer. We should go quickly!” Gu Hai immediately shouted, wanting to rush into the tunnel while carrying Bing Ji.

Whoosh!

Just at this moment, a loud sound came from above.

Boom!

A large object suddenly crashed into Gu Hai’s manor, causing it to collapse.

Li Shenji and the Bat Ancestor grabbed the holy Dao scripture simultaneously. Then, they looked down.

When the dust settled, they saw Gu Hai standing with bulging eyes in front of a tunnel, carrying Bing Ji.

The large object that had fallen suddenly shrank, turning into a palm-sized ice mountain.

Then, that ice mountain plopped into Gu Hai’s right hand.

The ice mountain? That is the ice mountain? It fell into Gu Hai’s hand on its own?

Where did the ice mountain come from?

The Bat Ancestor, Li Shenji, Long Shenwu, Archduke Xi Kang, Qin Zibai, Chang Sheng, Chang Ming, Gongyang Sheng, Sima Changkong, and others all goggled simultaneously.

Isn’t that the supreme treasure in the Military Palace that the Great Light Sovereign Deity and Imperial Emperor Xi Yu were fighting over?

Gu Hai had just lost the holy Dao scripture from the Civil Palace, and the supreme treasure of the Military Palace fell into his hand in the blink of an eye.

This…how can this be possible?

Countless people shouted in their hearts, Can this be any stranger?!

I fought so hard but failed to obtain anything. Yet, these treasures fall into your hand one by one? How can it be so uncanny?

Boom!

A loud sound rang out in the sky. The battle between the Great Light Sovereign Deity and Imperial Emperor Xi Yu stopped as the two powerful experts looked in Gu Hai’s direction.

“Great Light Sovereign Deity, did you send the ice mountain into Gu Hai’s hand on purpose?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu asked coldly.

The Great Light Sovereign Deity revealed a faint, cold smile, not answering. At the same time, he looked at the distant Gu Hai, who was about to flee. Then, a smirk flashed across his face.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for January: 36 / 50

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