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EIF - Book 05 Chapter 010: Seven Kills’s Interference

Tens of thousands of birds exploded by the Supreme Ascendant Dao’s zitherists, producing loud reports. High in the sky, the churning dark clouds scattered.

Even though it was a mental attack, there were still high-frequency vibrations. The Supreme Ascendant Dao’s zitherists tried to resist, but it was too powerful.

As the loud reports rang out, a huge crater blasted open in the ground, kicking up churning dust clouds into the sky.

“Argh!”

Many miserable cries came from the deep pit.

Coo!

With a loud cry, the phoenix flew out of the dust cloud. It flapped its wings, then disappeared.

That was because Gu Hai stopped playing. The surrounding zitherists stopped playing as well.

The cheer and joy that the phoenix brought as “A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix” played had already calmed the fear in everyone’s heart.

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“Many thanks, Mister Gu!”

“Many thanks, Mister Gu!”

The surrounding citizens looked at Gu Hai gratefully.

Aside from some citizens who were frightened to death, most of the citizens recovered. If not for Mister Gu coming, they might not have survived this day.

Gu Hai handed the suona back to the guard captain. “The suona. It is time to return it to its rightful owner.”

“Thank…thank you, Mister Gu!” the guard captain said excitedly.

“Thank me? The entire city should be thanking you. If not for your suona, all the citizens would have died today!” Gu Hai smiled.

“Me? I’m just a boorish person. I can’t play the guqin, only blow or bang on things. All I can play is the suona. Previously, I thought that the suona was not much of an instrument. Now, I no longer think that,” the guard captain said with a smile.

“Hahaha!” Gu Hai laughed.

The flying ship carried the group to the Silver Moon Mountain Manor.

Yun Mo had already stood up and led the Silver Moon Mountain Manor’s people in welcoming Gu Hai.

“Many thanks, Mister Gu!” Yun Mo bowed seriously.

“Manor Lord Yun is too polite. I will still have to trouble you on this visit.” Gu Hai smiled.

“Mister Gu, you just need to ask,” Yun Mo immediately said.

The dust cloud at the deep pit scattered, revealing the Supreme Ascendant Dao’s zitherists.

Most of the Supreme Ascendant Dao’s zitherists had been frightened to death. The survivors were covered in blood, showing horrified expressions. A portion of them had already been scared into madness.

Feng Tonglao was also covered in blood as he trembled.

“Serves you right!”

“Retribution!”

“Kill them!”

Countless citizens criticized hatefully.

These zitherists had used ferocious birds to scare the citizens to death. Now that most of them died to their own piece, was that not retribution?

“Men! Capture those evildoers!” the new city lord shouted in the distance.

“Yes!” Many soldiers rushed over.

In the deep pit, Feng Tonglao saw that most of his entourage was rendered useless. He immediately showed an expression of despair. “How could it be like this?”

“Capture him! Quickly capture him! Don’t let him touch a zither!” Many soldiers were about to jump into the pit.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

Suddenly, strange zither music sounded.

The moment the zither music rang out in the pit, sound wave ripples formed ferocious birds that soared out of the deep pit.

“Ah! Be careful!”

“Someone is still playing the zither!”

“Be careful of the ferocious birds!”

The soldiers moved back. However, more ferocious birds flew out of the pit, instantly covering the place. Churning, dark clouds appeared again, covering Silver Moon City once more.

“What? There are more Supreme Ascendant Dao’s zitherists?!”

“This artistic conception is even more incredible than the one before?”

“Hurry! Play Mister Gu’s piece!”

The city fell back into chaos.

Caw! Caw!

Suddenly, many huge ferocious birds reappeared. The sky turned overcast, and a churning dark fog even covered Silver Moon City.

An intense horrifying aura descended, making all the citizens shiver.

After the black fog descended, the ferocious birds suddenly grew larger.

The vultures and peacocks showed bloodshot eyes as if possessed by demons.

Caw!

Waves of ferocious birds charged at the Silver Moon Mountain Manor again.

“Quickly, play ‘A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix’!” Gu Hai shouted.

Bing Ji used the flying ship’s ritual array to spread Gu Hai’s words to the entire city.

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The Silver Moon City’s zitherists immediately started playing “A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix” again.

Countless tits instantly appeared in the surroundings.

Despite the city’s zitherists playing ‘A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix,’ the ferocious birds seemed even more ferocious than before, not affected by the tits.

Caw!

A peacock immediately flew to a tit, opened its beak, and swallowed that tit, instantly consuming it.

The same thing happened everywhere. Vultures, eagles, and other birds frantically consumed the tits as though breaking “A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix.”

“The Supreme Ascendant Dao’s zitherist? Why is this artistic conception so strong?” Yun Mo’s expression changed.

Now, Yun Mo started playing. As his music rang out, it manifested a tit that weaved through the ferocious birds. Soon, it plucked feathers from one hundred types of birds and stuck them on itself.

Coo!

A seven-colored phoenix soared in the sky once more.

The moment the huge phoenix appeared, it gave off an intimidating air.

“Alright!” Countless citizens in the city let out their bated breath.

The phoenix was the sovereign of birds; it could rule all birds.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

The zither playing in the city intensified. The phoenix only managed to affect the surrounding ferocious birds for a while before they started flying towards it with bloodshot eyes.

Caw! Caw! Caw! The ferocious birds cried out, not fearing the phoenix.

“They revolted?” Yun Mo’s expression changed.

Caw! Coo!

Ten thousand ferocious birds surrounded the phoenix. As the phoenix let out a miserable cry, the ten thousand birds ripped it into pieces.

“What?” nearly all the citizens exclaimed simultaneously.

The ten thousand birds tore up the phoenix?

Shouldn’t it be the birds paying homage to the phoenix?

In the deep pit, Feng Tonglao showed a confused expression. “Who is it? Master? Is it Master?”

While Feng Tonglao felt shocked, Yun Mo felt shocked and horrified.

“Mister Gu, it’s an expert, a music Dao expert. He is using artistic conception to force the situation around; his artistic conception is too strong,” Yun Mo said in shock.

“Artistic conception?” Gu Hai’s face sank.

“Mister Gu’s ‘A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix’ counters ‘Murderous Ballad of the Ferocious Birds,’ but the other side’s artistic conception is too strong. It is just like how water extinguishes fire, but fire can vaporize water when the fire is too big. His piece loses to yours, but he used his music Dao’s artistic conception to suppress ours and turned the situation around with ‘Murderous Ballad of the Ferocious Birds,’” Yun Mo explained anxiously.

“‘Murderous Ballad of the Ferocious Birds’? Who could it be?” Gu Hai’s face sank.

“It must be someone of the Supreme Ascendant Dao. It must be the people from the Supreme Ascendant’s line of inheritance! Quickly, continue playing. Don’t stop! All zitherists, play ‘A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix’ with me! Quickly! Quickly! Quickly!” Yun Mo said through a sound amplification ritual array.

When Gu Hai played earlier, the ones who immediately learned the piece were people who were outstanding in the music Dao. However, many zitherists could not do that. As the playing continued, more zitherists joined in playing “A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix.”

Unfortunately, the other side’s zitherist was too strong.

Every time a phoenix appeared, a group of ferocious birds ripped it to shreds in the blink of an eye.

“A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix” seemed unable to block the other side.

“Mister Gu, how about you play? You should play!” Yun Mo said anxiously.

Me, play? Gu Hai showed a bitter expression.

I have no music Dao artistic conception, and Ensnaring Performance is adventuring. How can I play it? Even if I do, it would be useless.

“Mister Gu, we can’t hold on for much longer! Ah! The ferocious birds on that side are harming the citizens!” Yun Mo said anxiously.

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In a hidden corner in Silver Moon City:

A white-clad man stood in this corner. This was the heaven-grade zither who was by the Silver Moon Sea not long ago: Seven Kills.

After Seven Kills arrived, he extended his hand and plucked the air. Zither strings seemed to appear out of nowhere. Loud zither music immediately spread throughout the city; no one noticed that it was him playing this piece.

“Feng Tonglao? Hah! You are truly trash. I initially hoped that you could destroy the Silver Moon Mountain Manor. Unfortunately, this Gu Hai defeated you?

“This Gu Hai is quite incredible. To think he managed to find a piece to counter ‘Murderous Ballad of the Ferocious Birds’ in the blink of an eye. Indeed, a music Dao genius.

“Unfortunately, the music Dao does not need geniuses. The Ten Thousand Sages Convention is at hand. Only we can win in the music Dao. Rather than wait to deal with you then, I might as well make sure you stay here forever now. I can even pin the blame on the Supreme Ascendant’s line of inheritance. Hah!

“As long as I can destroy the Silver Moon Mountain Manor, I will be able to go to the mountain behind it. Humph!” Seven Kills sneered as he continued plucking the air.

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At the Silver Moon Mountain Manor:

“Mister Gu, please play?” Yun Mo said anxiously.

“My playing would be useless. The zither’s grade is not high enough,” Gu Hai said with a bitter smile.

The zither’s grade is not high enough? Yun Mo felt confused. However, it should be enough if he plays. Mister Gu can compose a piece in an instant. With such an incredible music Dao, is the zither even important?

Caw! Caw! Caw!

Suddenly, many large ferocious birds tore up all the phoenixes and charged at the Silver Moon Mountain Manor.

The Silver Moon Mountain Manor disciples showed fearful expressions with just a glance at the thousands of birds charging at them.

Horror instantly filled their hearts.

“No!” countless Silver Moon Mountain Manor disciples shouted.

The citizens in the city revealed expressions of despair. Even with the ferocious birds charging at them, Mister Gu still refuses to play. Is the Silver Moon Mountain Manor finished?

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

Suddenly, extremely intense zither music rang out in the Silver Moon Mountain Manor and instantly echoed throughout Silver Moon City.

“A Hundred Birds’ Homage to the Phoenix”! It was the same piece, but this gave off an extraordinarily vast and grand air. It immediately skipped to the segment The Phoenix Spreads Its Wings when it started playing.

Coo!

A gargantuan phoenix cried out, appearing before Gu Hai’s group and releasing a dazzling light, so piercing that it lit up the entire Silver Moon City. This gargantuan phoenix was a hundredfold larger than the ones before. Then, it flapped its wings hard.

Boom!

A powerful force swept the ferocious birds into the sky.

They were like petals flung into the air. Before the gargantuan phoenix, they were not even worth a strike.

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In a corner in the city, Seven Kills’s expression suddenly changed. “Who is it?”

Suddenly, a sneer resounded in the Silver Moon Mountain Manor. “You overconfident fool, trying to take advantage of the situation to get into the restricted area of the Silver Moon Mountain Manor? You are seeking death!”

That voice instantly spread throughout Silver Moon City.

Seven Kills narrowed his eyes as he stood in that corner. “To think that you managed to find me by tracing the source of the music! You even heard my voice? Who are you?”

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for March: 35 / 50

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