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EIF - Book 05 Chapter 041: Killing Feng Tonglao

Gu Hai showed a cold gaze as he said, “Speak! Who else is targeting Zhengfa Ming aside from you?”

“Ah? How…how did you know?” The birthmarked man’s expression changed.

Gu Hai glared at the birthmarked man coldly.

“I…I don’t know, either. When Zhengfa Ming was born, there was a strange phenomenon. All the light for five kilometers around disappeared, leaving the place dark. As it was night, no one thought much about it. However, my Myriad Age Daoist Sect has records of such a phenomenon. I noticed it and could have taken Zhengfa Ming away if another faction hadn’t appeared. We fought for a long time that night, but we did not get too close. However, the other party accidentally killed Zhengfa Ming’s mother,” the birthmarked man said.

“Wait, five kilometers around? By coincidence, you happened to be nearby?” Gu Hai asked as his expression turned cold.

“Me?” The birthmarked man glanced at Feng Tonglao.

“Speak!” Gu Hai glared.

“Yes! It was Master’s instructions. He said that the Myriad Age Daoist Sect divined the appearance of the Dao Devouring Physique in a heavenly dynasty’s capital, so he arranged for people to head to the capitals of the three heavenly dynasties. We were the ones sent to the Qian Heavenly Dynasty’s capital,” the birthmarked man said softly.

“Divined?” Gu Hai raised his eyebrows.

Even something like this can be divined?

“Mister Gu, this was probably divined by a black-robed lifespan cultivator. This is a field they study. I once heard the crown prince say that the white-robed lifespan cultivators cultivate life and the black-robed lifespan cultivators cultivate death. The four black-robed lifespan cultivators can sacrifice lifeforce to become servants of reincarnations and speak of reincarnation’s secrets,” Lin Shizi explained.

“Oh?” Gu Hai raised his eyebrows.

“Our cultivations were too weak, so we did not dare cause too big a commotion in the Qian Heavenly Dynasty’s capital lest we arouse suspicions. The same went for the other party. If we could not take Zhengfa Ming away, we naturally could not let others take him away, either. Hence, we sent messages back while trying to snatch away Zhengfa Ming. I…I appeared before Zhengfa Ming a few times before, wanting to bring him away. However, I failed. That’s why he recognizes me,” the birthmarked man immediately said.

“You don’t know who the other faction is?” Gu Hai said coldly.

“I don’t know! I really don’t know! Mister Gu, I was just following Master’s orders. That’s why I did all that. It has nothing to do with me!” the birthmarked man said anxiously.

However, Gu Hai looked at Zhengfa Ming. “You heard everything? What do you want to do with them now?”

“Little beggar, I…I saved you previously. Back then, the leader of the other faction sent dogs to bite you. I was the one who saved you. It was me!” the birthmarked man said anxiously.

“Little Ming, don’t listen to his nonsense. He killed your parents. Without him, there would not have been any dogs to bite you,” Ensnaring Performance immediately said.

The beggar cried for some time. Eventually, he looked at Ensnaring Performance and signed while making some sounds.

“That’s fine. Just leave it to your master to deal with. Don’t bother with this anymore.” Ensnaring Performance nodded.

Gu Hai gave Ensnaring Performance a strange look. You can understand the little beggar’s “ahs”?

Ensnaring Performance then said, “Master, let’s kill them.”

Gu Hai frowned slightly as he turned his head to look at Feng Tonglao and the others. Before he could speak, a loud, anxious cry suddenly came from outside.

“Hall Master Gu, show mercy! Hall Master Gu!”

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“Huh?” Gu Hai’s face sank as he waved.

A flying ship immediately appeared outside. The Heavenly Chen City Lord stood on it with Xuan En beside him.

“Hall Master Gu, show mercy! This is the Myriad Age Daoist Sect’s Elder Xuan En. He is on friendly terms with the second crown prince!” the Heavenly Chen City Lord said politely.

“Xuan En?” Gu Hai frowned slightly.

“Hall Master Gu, please show mercy. I have been lax in managing these unfilial disciples, letting them come and trouble you. Please give the Myriad Age Daoist Sect some face and let them off.” Xuan En smiled.

“Let them off? Hah! If I let them off, would they let my people off? I normally don’t go seeking trouble. But that does not mean I am easy to bully. Elder Xuan En, sorry. They have offended me. It is useless to plead for them, no matter who it is.” Gu Hai’s expression turned cold.

“Master, save me! Master!” Feng Tonglao called out agitatedly.

“Stop shouting!” Mu Chenfeng shouted, keeping the Heaven Blasting Cannon trained on Feng Tonglao.

The Heavenly Chen City Lord smiled bitterly. “Hall Master Gu, you did not suffer any damage. Furthermore, you are currently outside Elite Hall’s ritual array, so Feng Tonglao cannot be considered to have trespassed into Elite Hall’s territory. The Myriad Age Daoist Sect’s Elder Xuan En is here to plead personally for mercy. For both logical and relational reasons, Feng Tonglao should just be given a minor punishment as a warning at best.”

“Oh?” A minor punishment?” Gu Hai raised his eyebrows as he looked at the Heavenly Chen City Lord.

“Indeed. You are all fine. This is just a clash of pride. It is one thing if you are punishing offenders; however, you are now giving the Qian Nation a bad reputation. According to the Qian Nation’s laws, you cannot kill him,” the Heavenly Chen City Lord called out.

“Hah! Hahaha! Heavenly Chen City Lord, you had best not meddle in my matters,” Gu Hai sneered.

“Hall Master Gu, the Heavenly Chen City Lord’s words are reasonable and are backed by the law. If Feng Tonglao did barge into your Elite Hall’s territory, then you can do as you please with him. However, you are clearly outside your Elite Hall’s ritual array. So, even if there was an offense, it would be up to the Heavenly Chen City Lord to deal with, not you. Even the Heavenly Chen City Lord says that Feng Tonglao should not die. If you kill Feng Tonglao, you would be adding to your offense. If you do that, I will ask the Qian Heavenly Emperor whether he is hosting the Ten Thousand Sages Convention to lay a trap for my Myriad Age Daoist Sect,” Xuan En said coldly.

Gu Hai looked at Xuan En coldly.

“Furthermore, Mister Gu, Crown Prince Ao Shun seems to have left Heavenly Chen City last night and is not by your side now. If you insist on persisting in your errors, don’t blame me for being merciless. If you kill him, I will kill you. Humph! That Heaven Blasting Cannon is useless against me,” Xuan En said coldly.

As Xuan En spoke, he unleashed his aura and pressed it down towards Gu Hai, implying that if Gu Hai dared to order Feng Tonglao’s execution, he would immediately kill Gu Hai.

“Peak Middle Heavenly Palace Realm?” Lin Shizi’s expression changed.

The Heaven Blasting Cannon could only deal with middle-stage Middle Heavenly Palace Realm cultivators. However, Xuan En was in the peak Middle Heavenly Palace Realm. Indeed, no one could stop him from killing Gu Hai.

“Hahahahaha! Gu Hai, go on and kill me! Do you dare to kill me now? My master is here. No one can kill me! You gigolo, how dare you smear Waner’s reputation?! I’ll tell you this now. When I return and my uncle comes out of closed-door cultivation, I’ll get him to betroth Waner to me. I initially wanted to marry her after getting a nice body. Now, I will just marry her with this short body! How about that?! To think that you dare to claim that Waner is your wife in Major Metropolitan City! What a joke! What a joke! She is mine! Hahahahaha!” Feng Tonglao suddenly turned excited.

The Heavenly Chen City Lord let out his bated breath, showing a faint smile. When he saw Gu Hai losing out, he felt good.

“Shut up!” Xuan En shouted at Feng Tonglao.

You are not safe yet. Why are you feeling so cocky already? How stupid!

“Hall Master Gu, let us each take a step back. I will not pursue what happened earlier and let this end here. How about that?” Xuan En stared at Gu Hai coldly, a murderous intent locking on Gu Hai. As long as Gu Hai dared to object, Xuan En would immediately attack.

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Suddenly, Gu Hai smiled coldly and said, “I recall you saying earlier that if Feng Tonglao trespassed into my Elite Hall’s territory, I could do with him as I please?”

“That’s right. However, they are currently outside your Elite Hall’s ritual array,” Xuan En said coldly.

“Outside my Elite Hall’s ritual array? That does not mean that it is not my Elite Hall’s territory,” Gu Hai retorted coldly.

“Huh?” Xuan En’s expression changed.

Astonishment appeared on the Heavenly Chen City Lord’s face.

“I reduced the scope of Elite Hall’s ritual array over the past few days. Although we are outside Elite Hall’s ritual array, we are still within Elite Hall’s territory. Heavenly Chen City Lord, am I right?” Gu Hai said coldly.

The Heavenly Chen City Lord’s expression changed. “Quickly, go bring a map of Elite Hall’s territory!”

Soon, a subordinate brought over a map that detailed Elite Hall’s territory and compared the terrain with the map.

“City Lord, this…this place is truly part of Elite Hall’s territory,” that subordinate reported softly.

The Heavenly Chen City Lord’s expression changed. “Ho…how? How could it be like this?”

Xuan En’s expression changed as well.

“Gu Hai, you tricked me?” Feng Tonglao suddenly exclaimed.

“Kill him!” Gu Hai shouted.

“I have the strength to pick up mountains, and my might conquers the world!”

“Save me!”

The Xiang Yu cloud beasts suddenly charged forward.

“Master, save me!” Feng Tonglao shouted as he tried to fly into the sky.

Xuan En extended his hand as if to save Feng Tonglao.

“Mu Chenfeng!” Gu Hai shouted coldly.

“Don’t!” Xuan En suddenly cried out in alarm.

Boom!

The Heaven Blasting Cannon blew the soaring Feng Tonglao to pieces.

“Gu Hai, how dare you?!” Xuan En’s expression changed as he roared, wanting to send a palm strike at Gu Hai.

Gu Hai showed a cold expression as he stood in front of everyone and stared at Xuan En. “Xuan En, do you dare to?!”

“Don’t!” the Heavenly Chen City Lord exclaimed in fear.

The Heavenly Chen City Lord initially wanted to sell a favor to Xuan En and vent his anger on Gu Hai at the same time. Who could have imagined he would make another mistake? If Gu Hai died, the Heavenly Chen City Lord would be colluding with outsiders to kill Elite Hall’s hall master in its territory.

Xuan En felt infuriated. However, when he saw Gu Hai’s ferocious expression, he hesitated. If he killed Gu Hai, he would implicate the Myriad Age Daoist Sect. At the very least, the Myriad Age Daoist Sect would no longer be able to participate in the Ten Thousand Sages Convention.

Xuan En’s hand paused.

The Heaven Blasting Cannon turned around and trained at Xuan En.

Mu Chenfeng appeared slightly worried, but Gu Hai looked coldly at Xuan En in the sky.

“Grandmaster, save me! Grandmaster!” the birthmarked man and the others cried out.

The Xiang Yu cloud beasts continued killing; no one escaped.

Xuan En did not care about the life and death of the others.

After seeing Feng Tonglao blasted to pieces, Xuan En stared sullenly at Gu Hai. “Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Gu Hai, let’s see how you die after this. Humph!”

“It is not up to you to decide my death,” Gu Hai said coldly.

“Feng Tonglao died already. In that case, I’ll take away the treasure of my Supreme Ascendant’s line of inheritance.” Xuan En glared at the Ice Fire Spirit Stone.

“Hah! Hahaha! Elder Xuan En, this is Elite Hall. Everything here is mine!” Gu Hai said coldly.

As Gu Hai spoke, he flung his sleeves out. Suddenly, a thick fog appeared at the Ice Fire Spirit Stone, covering it.

“How bold of you!” Xuan En glared.

“The bold one is you. Try barging in again! Do you believe that I will chase everyone from your Myriad Age Daoist Sect out of the thirty-three layers of heaven before the Ten Thousand Sages Convention starts,” Gu Hai said while glaring back.

“You! Hahaha! Excellent! Excellent! Gu Hai, I shall leave the treasure with you for now. Humph! Someone will come for it later. I hope you don’t regret it!” After speaking, Xuan En turned his head and flew away, leaving Heavenly Chen City.

“Hall Master Gu, today, I…” The Heavenly Chen City Lord turned to Gu Hai with an apologetic smile.

“Heavenly Chen City Lord, just go back to wherever you came from. I won’t invite you in,” Gu Hai said coldly.

After speaking, Gu Hai flung his sleeves out again, and the fog spread to the surroundings. He no longer bothered himself with the Heavenly Chen City Lord.

The Heavenly Chen City Lord’s expression changed. He had only humiliated himself by coming here this time. In the end, he could only return with his subordinates.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for April: 16 / 50

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