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EIF - Book 05 Chapter 014: War Drums Sound Outside Silver Moon City

A vast fog shrouded the Silver Moon Sea.

A large ritual array covered the Silver Moon Sea. The seawater parted in all directions at the center. A golden egg three kilometers wide hovered there. This golden egg was translucent, and Shangguan Hen was vaguely visible, seated cross-legged inside.

Shangguan Hen’s face appeared twisted: one half showing a ferocious expression and the other half showing a peaceful look.

There seemed to be two huge figures standing behind Shangguan Hen: one profound tortoise and one profound snake.

The profound tortoise and the profound snake consumed the energy of the golden egg. Simultaneously, they stared daggers at each other.

“Shangguan Hen, you treacherous thing! You said that you would give your body to me, yet you are trying to snatch it back?” A sinister voice came from the ferocious half of Shangguan Hen’s body.

“Feng Yue, you are the previous prime, yet you are trying to snatch my body? Isn’t that too much? Hah! That’s right; I did lend my body to you. However, you failed to protect it. Whose fault is that?” the peaceful half of Shangguan Hen countered.

“I failed to protect you? If not for the weakness of your body, would I have wasted so much energy trying to help you deal with that repulsive bat? Humph!” Feng Yue said coldly.

“What is mine is mine. I only lent my body to you previously. Humph! Prime Feng Yue already fell back then. It is a miracle that you are still alive. Learn to be content!” Shangguan Hen said coldly.

“Hah! If not for me, how could you have found that Black Tortoise Pearl by following your memories? Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! I won’t waste my time arguing with you. Let’s see who will have the last laugh!” Feng Yue said coldly.

Shangguan Hen sat cross-legged as the two consciousnesses fought each other. However, his body frantically absorbed the vast energy of the golden egg in the meantime.

This three-kilometer-wide golden egg was the Black Tortoise Pearl. Its surging energy currently encapsulated Shangguan Hen.

At this moment, some black tortoises waited outside with anxious expressions.

When Shangguan Hen appeared, the black tortoises were initially very happy. After all, when the Black Tortoise Deity appeared and a prime emerged, the black tortoise race would rise again.

However, now, there were two primes. What were they going to do? Who should they listen to?

As the black tortoises looked worriedly at Shangguan Hen, who was in the Black Tortoise Pearl, they kept their guard up against the experts that showed up on the surrounding islands. These people were the ones who trapped them there.

“They are back! They are here again!” the black tortoises cried out in a rage.

This was a strange ritual array. The black tortoises found it very difficult to take action in the ritual array; once they left this place, they would get lost in the ritual array. Earlier, a few black tortoises got lost this way.

Gong Tian and Seven Kills approached the black tortoises again.

“Halt!” the black tortoises roared furiously while glaring.

Gong Tian sneered as he said, “This is my world. No one can make me halt.”

As Gong Tian spoke, he flung out his sleeves.

Boom!

Churning fog immediately encased the black tortoises and instantly pushed them into the distance. Even black tortoises in the Heavenly Palace Realm could not last a strike from the ritual array.

Suddenly, Shangguan Hen opened his eyes within the Black Tortoise Pearl. Both eyes looked coldly at the people who approached.

“Prime Feng Yue, Shangguan Hen, have the two of you considered what we spoke about previously?” Gong Tian asked with a cold smile.

“Serve the Azure Emperor? Hah! When I was alive, even the Azure Emperor would not dare to say such words to me,” Feng Yue said coldly.

Gong Tian smiled faintly and countered, “Times have changed. Back then, the imperial lord was not famous. Now, your state has declined, hasn’t it? Serving the Azure Emperor would not be a humiliation. At the very least, it would be better than that royal dynasty, right?”

Shangguan Hen narrowed his eyes. “Oh? You know which royal dynasty I allied with?”

“The Han Royal Dynasty, right? Even without the imperial lord making a move, Seven Kills or I can single-handedly destroy it with a flip of a hand. Do you believe that? Shangguan Hen, the Han Royal Dynasty is not suitable for you. Following the imperial lord is your best choice,” Gong Tian persuaded.

“Hah! Hahaha! You or Seven Kills? Destroy the Han Royal Dynasty?” Shangguan Hen laughed disdainfully.

“Hah! It is by the imperial lord’s grace that we are negotiating with you. If you remain stubborn, don’t blame us for being ruthless. I believe many are interested in the Black Tortoise Deity. The imperial lord does not wish to use force on you. You had better know what is good for you,” Seven Kills said with a glare.

“The imperial lord said that if you are willing to follow him, the imperial lord will make the black tortoises first allied beasts. When he establishes his nation, the black tortoises will become the imperial lord’s national beast,” Gong Tian said.

Feng Yue revealed a sinister smile. “It is not that we cannot discuss this. However, is this how a discussion is held? How are we to discuss it when you are trapping us? Scatter the ritual array first, and we can discuss it.”

However, Shangguan Hen said indifferently, “Prime Feng Yue, there’s no need to try scheming with them. This will be impossible with my stance. Humph! His Majesty will come and save me soon. What are you worried about?”

“Gu Hai will come to save you? Hahahahaha! That Nascent Soul Realm cultivator? Are you hoping that he will come to save you?” Seven Kills sneered.

“Oh?” Shangguan Hen narrowed his eyes slightly at Seven Kills.

“I have seen that Gu Hai. He is currently in Silver Moon City. His music Dao is pretty good. Unfortunately, he is only in the Nascent Soul Realm. I’ll go and kill him right now, ending your hope. How about that?” Seven Kills sneered.

However, Shangguan Hen’s eye lit up. “His Majesty is in Silver Moon City? Hahahaha! That’s good! That’s good!”

Shangguan Hen now appeared hopeful, as though he had already been saved. This made Seven Kills and Gong Tian feel depressed.

“Are you crazy? Are you really hoping that a Nascent Soul Realm cultivator will save you?” Seven Kills sneered.

“You said that His Majesty’s music Dao is pretty good? For a heaven-grade zither to say that, you must have clashed with His Majesty. Furthermore, you lost extremely miserably. Hahahaha!” Shangguan Hen laughed happily.

Seven Kills’s expression turned cold.

“Kill His Majesty? Go on, then. You overestimate yourself,” Shangguan Hen sneered.

Gong Tian and Seven Kills exchanged confused looks. Why is this Shangguan Hen so confident? Gu Hai is just a Nascent Soul Realm cultivator, and he is making it seem like we would be seeking our deaths if we sought him out?

“Humph! Since you say that, fine. That is fine as well,” Seven Kills said coldly.

Right after Seven Kills said that, an azure-clad subordinate flew over.

“Lord Seven Kills, Lord Gong, Silver Moon City’s army came to the Silver Moon Sea, clamoring about avenging the dead citizens in the city. They demanded we hand over Lord Seven Kills’s head as an offering to the dead citizens,” that azure-clad subordinate called out.

“What?” Seven Kills and Gong Tian immediately appeared confused.

“The Silver Moon City Lord? Did he have a stroke?” Seven Kills glared.

How bold would this city lord have to be to do this? If not for Six Fingers making a move earlier, I would have destroyed the entire Silver Moon City. To think that he dares to lead his army here to demand my head?

Gong Tian flung his sleeves out.

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Boom!

The fog suddenly gathered and showed the scene outside.

Indeed, there were ten large flying ships outside the Silver Moon Sea. Armored soldiers stood on these flying ships, staring ferociously at the Silver Moon Sea. City Lord Sima stood at the bow of the frontmost flying ship.

A man in black embroidered robes stood next to City Lord Sima.

“Gu Hai?” Seven Kills glared.

Shangguan Hen saw Gu Hai in the distance from the Black Tortoise Pearl. His eye brightened.

“Hahahahahaha!” As Shangguan Hen guffawed, he closed his eye.

When Shangguan Hen closed his eye, the expression on the other half of his face changed.

“Shangguan Hen, are you that confident?” Prime Feng Yue asked coldly.

“Oh? Prime Feng Yue, you can read my mind?” Shangguan Hen suddenly raised his eyebrow.

“Humph! Although I cannot, I can sense some of the leaked emotions. Do you think that Gu Hai can get rid of me?” Prime Feng Yue said coldly.

“I did not say anything. You are overthinking. Just focus on absorbing the energy of this Black Tortoise Pearl. As for who obtains the body in the end, it will depend on our own individual capabilities,” Shangguan Hen said coldly.

“Humph! You cannot fool me. I don’t know why you are so confident about Gu Hai, but I do not fear anyone!” Prime Feng Yue said coldly.

As Prime Feng Yue spoke, Shangguan Hen’s body shone red.

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“What are you doing?” Shangguan Hen demanded furiously with a glare.

“I cannot do anything about you now. However, I do know about Gu Hai. In case of surprises, I have to be prepared. I need to prevent him from doing something to me after he deals with those ants outside,” Prime Feng Yue said coldly.

As Prime Feng Yue spoke, the red light coming from Shangguan Hen’s body intensified, looking like a flame.

“You bastard! What are you doing?! The Black Tortoise Separation Technique? You bastard, are you trying to separate my body?” Shangguan Hen cried out anxiously.

“Humph! Gu Hai is here. These ants will soon be finished. This is just in case,” Prime Feng Yue said coldly.

“Stop! You bastard! Stop!” Shangguan Hen cried out.

Shangguan Hen and Feng Yue’s conversation was audible outside.

Gong Tian and Seven Kills showed depressed expressions.

“Six Fingers is not here, just those bunch of people who overestimate themselves. To think that the Black Tortoise Prime thinks that we cannot win?” Seven Kills said indignantly.

“The strongest in that group is only a Nascent Soul Realm cultivator. Hah! Black Tortoise Prime, you underestimate us!” Gong Tian snarled furiously while glaring.

Shangguan Hen and Feng Yue ignored those two, appearing to be fighting over something within the body. The red light grew increasingly brighter and hotter. It looked like the body would melt soon.

“Humph!” Seven Kills and Gong Tian snorted coldly, feeling depressed.

The two stared at the outside world. The Black Tortoise Prime thinks that we cannot win?

“Bunch of reckless fools overestimating themselves,” Seven Kills said coldly as he looked at the flying ships outside.

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On one of the flying ships outside the Silver Moon Sea:

City Lord Sima looked at Gu Hai. “Mister Gu, will our coming like this be sufficient? There is a large ritual array in front.”

Gu Hai stood upright with hands behind his back. As he looked at the large ritual array, he showed a faint smile. “There’s no need to worry. I’ll deal with them. You are just here to cheer for me!”

“Cheer for you?” City Lord Sima said in confusion.

“Sound the war drums!” Gu Hai ordered with a solemn expression.

Although City Lord Sima did not understand, he still nodded. Then, he waved his hand, and the drummers started drumming.

Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong!

The war drums boomed, reaching the Silver Moon Sea.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for March: 39 / 50

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