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EIF - Book 05 Chapter 059: Playing Calmly

The many erotic paintings harassed Gu Hai. However, he maintained his calm play. He did not seem affected at all as he used his Go skills to win again.

The Qian Nation citizens and officials felt happy, but the sages showed extremely sullen expressions.

What were the Go Dao sages to do if Gu Hai took first place in the Go matches? They had already said that they would recommend only the first place.

However, how could the sages have anticipated that Gu Hai’s Go skills would be so incredible? After Gu Hai ended his match, the other Go Dao cultivators’ matches slowly came to an end. Now, only five people remained.

These five all possessed extraordinary Go skills, but what if Gu Hai won?

The Go Dao sages and the painting Dao sages showed sullen expressions.

“Humph! Gu Hai is just immune to that kind of painting conception. What can he do if there are other painting conceptions?”

“Continue! Use your paintings’ conceptions to attack when he starts playing again!”

“Painters, this old man will recommend whoever can make Gu Hai lose!”

The various painting Dao sages declared coldly. Apparently, Gu Hai had thoroughly infuriated them, causing them to make such promises.

“Painting Dao sages, please judge fairly!” Venerable Liu Nian said coldly.

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“Humph!” the sages snorted coldly and ignored Venerable Liu Nian.

Although the sages did not say anything more, they had already made promises. The eyes of nearly ten thousand painting Dao participants lit up.

All those people of noble character and unquestionable integrity had not discredited Gu Hai. However, their resolve now faltered, and they also started attacking Gu Hai.

Using “vile person” as the topic, discredit Gu Hai?

Discredit? Various paintings appeared. Multicolored lights rushed out of the paintings, similar to the pink light from the erotic paintings.

White, purple, blue, black, and lights of other colors showed different scenes, trying to influence Gu Hai.

The painting Dao sages agitated by Gu Hai waited for the paintings to affect him.

Nearby, Longevity painted quickly, showing anxiety in his eyes. “Mister Gu, hold on for a little longer. I will be done very soon. Very, very soon!”

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Longevity painted increasingly faster, even using a technique to cover his work with fog, preventing the surrounding people from seeing what he was painting.

However, Gu Hai ignored the painting Dao sages. The twelfth match had started. Since there were five people, one person would be seeded, leaving the other four to play.

“Number 1, Gu Hai, will be seeded!” Ninth Young Master declared gravely.

“No!” the sages in the sky suddenly shouted.

“Oh? Sages, it is my responsibility to host the Go Dao competition, right? Just take care of judging!” Ninth Young Master said.

“Gu Hai was already seeded once. He should not be seeded again!”

“That’s right. We won’t pursue his previous seeding, but he is going to be seeded again? Is he going to be seeded in the next round as well?”

The Go Dao sages objected coldly.

Ninth Young Master frowned slightly.

“Ninth Young Master, there’s no need to be put in a spot. I can handle it,” Gu Hai said.

Ninth Young Master showed a serious expression as he nodded. “In that case, Number 101, Dan Wang, will be seeded.

“Yes!” Dan Wang, the Azure Emperor’s subordinate, said with a smile.

Only then did the sages in the sky feel satisfied.

Gu Hai sat down once more. There were two matches in the twelfth round.

Now, Gu Hai played a red-clad Go Dao cultivator.

“Mister Gu, this humble one loves Go as well. However, you are being treated unfairly, and that might affect this match. This humble one does not want to take advantage,” the red-clad Go Dao cultivator said with a frown.

“It’s not a problem. Please, carry on,” Gu Hai said with a faint smile.

“Alright. Sorry for the offense.”

Clack! Clack! Clack!

The two immediately started playing.

“Attack with paintings of disloyalty!” a sage in the sky called out.

Boom!

Many painting Dao cultivators immediately opened their paintings, sending yellow light at Gu Hai.

Buzz!

Countless scenes of conspiracy immediately appeared, which led to Gu Hai being pursued because of his rebellion, fleeing everywhere.

“You coward! Stand still!”

“You traitor! How dare you betray the nation?! You deserve execution!”

“Kill him! Don’t let him run!”

“Haha! Watch as I take your head!”

Within those scenes, Gu Hai seemed to be pursued by everyone in the world before being killed by them.

However, Gu Hai showed a cold smile. Do you think that I am a coward? Not to mention that such conceptions cannot affect my mind, can these even be the consequences of treason?

Are you familiar with the ten great tortures of the Qing Dynasty? Are you aware of the cruel torture of Earth’s Qin Dynasty?

Gu Hai continued playing as usual, remaining incredibly calm.

“Gu Hai’s play shows no change,” one of the Go Dao sages said.

“That’s impossible! Even ordinary people without the painting Dao’s artistic conception cannot remain this calm!” one of the painting Dao sages exclaimed in shock and rage.

“Continue! Paintings of harming one’s family in cold blood!”

The painters suddenly switched, now displaying paintings that gave off azure light at Gu Hai.

“You evil being! You killed your elder brother! You deserve a gruesome death!”

“You evil thing! To think that you brought harm to your elder sister as well?!”

“She is your younger sister! Yet, you harmed her!”

“You unfilial thing! Despite being rich now, you refuse to support me, letting me die of hunger!”

The scene suddenly changed, and Gu Hai appeared before a pile of the corpses of his siblings. This seemed to be trying to guilt-trip Gu Hai.

Gu Hai took one glance, then ignored it. He was an only child. Back on Earth, his parents had followed their country’s policy: Just have one child, and the government will take care of you in your old age. Hence, the scene before him did not provoke a response in him.

Gu Hai’s parents also had insurance for their retirement; they could not possibly have died of hunger.

The calm Gu Hai continued playing.

The sages in the sky: “…”

Those paintings showed many bitter scenes. Even a blind man would cry at seeing them, yet you show no reaction at all. Do you have a heart?

Are you still human?

The painting Dao sages felt incredibly angered.

“Continue! Continue! Painting Dao, continue!” the painting Dao sages called out, feeling depressed.

Previously, it was just fury. Now, they felt livid for some reason when they saw Gu Hai requiting their fury with such indifference. The painting Dao sages had not felt so angry for thousands—even tens of thousands—of years.

They had always been aloof existences in the Ten Thousand Sages Convention.

When have they ever been so angered by a Ten Thousand Sages Convention participant?

While the sages felt angry, the citizens looked at Gu Hai with some respect.

Humiliating the sages was one thing. However, Gu Hai could remain indifferent before the sages’ fury. Did he really not fear them withholding their recommendations?

Nearby, Sima Changkong occasionally glanced over with a slightly stiff expression.

The countless Qian Nation officials did not know what to say. The person His Holy Eminence chose is too strange.

“Yes!” the countless painting Dao cultivators answered.

Just as the painting Dao cultivators were about to attack Gu Hai, he said indifferently, “Thank you for going easy!”

All the sages goggled.

“Thank you for going easy”? Did he win again?

The red-clad Go Dao cultivator studied the Go board. Then, he took a deep breath as he stood up and bowed to Gu Hai. “Many thanks, Mister Gu. This humble one acknowledges his defeat wholeheartedly.”

“Your Go skills have already reached the level of Old Mister Guan Qi’s Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Go Puzzle. That is hard to come by,” Gu Hai said.

The red-clad Go Dao cultivator revealed some shock. “Oh? The Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Go Puzzle? This humble one has been searching for it but has not found it. Mister Gu…”

“If you do not think it beneath you, you can seek out my Han Royal Dynasty’s Mo Yike. He not only knows the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Go Puzzle but is even familiar with the Thirty Line-Pair World Go Puzzle,” Gu Hai said with a smile.

“Really? That’s great! Many thanks, Mister Gu!” the red-clad Go Dao cultivator immediately said joyfully.

Then, Gu Hai nodded with a faint smile.

He won again.

The Go Dao sages felt depressed, but the painting Dao sages felt even worse.

Gu Hai’s Go skills were the real deal. Some of the sages even sensed something extraordinary about the matches he played.

Soon after, the nearby Wu Yazi said gravely, “Thank you for going easy!”

Wu Yazi had won as well.

Now, only three people remained in the Go Dao’s competition.

“Thirteenth match, Number 8042, Wu Yazi, will be seeded!” Ninth Young Master called out.

Wu Yazi bowed slightly and stood at the side with a smile.

Then, Gu Hai and Dan Wang, the Azure Emperor’s subordinate, faced off.

“Mister Gu, I have been waiting for you for a long time already,” Dan Wang said with a faint smile.

“Is that so? Please, go ahead,” Gu Hai said with a smile.

“However, I am different from the earlier group. Mister Gu, do be careful,” Dan Wang said with a cold smile.

“Please, go ahead.” Gu Hai nodded.

Clack! Clack!

The two started playing their pieces.

“Huh?” Gu Hai raised his eyebrows.

Dan Wang’s moves seemed very familiar.

Dan Wang smiled faintly at Gu Hai, not caring as he continued playing.

“Oh? The Thirty Line-Pair World Go Puzzle? Dan Wang is one of Guan Qi’s nine inheritors?” Wu Yazi narrowed his eyes.

The nearby Ninth Young Master’s face sank.

Each of Guan Qi’s nine inheritors received a portion of Old Mister Guan Qi’s inheritance. Likely, they also had an inheritance relating to the world Go puzzles. Their Go skills would not be weak. Even if their Go skills were not up to par in the early stage, their Go skills would be extremely shocking after many years of practice.

Did Gu Hai finally meet his match?

The Thirty Line-Pair World Go Puzzle?

Gu Hai smiled faintly, not minding as he continued playing.

“Alright, painting Dao cultivators, continue!” the painting Dao sages shouted.

“Yes!” the painting Dao sages shouted.

The newly created paintings with “vile person” as the theme targeted Gu Hai again. Now, the sages no longer called out by category. Instead, they wanted all the paintings to attack together. Lights of various colors shot towards Gu Hai.

Gu Hai became the focus of everyone in the plaza.

The paintings’ conceptions rushed towards Gu Hai. Multicolored light clad him, appearing incredibly dazzling.

Although there was just light, the Qian Nation officials and citizens felt very anxious.

“Oh no! Will the hall master be fine?” Mu Chenfeng appeared nervous.

“Shameless people!” Bing Ji tightly clenched her fist, hatred writ large on her face.

Mo Yike could no longer remain calm. He also tightly clenched his fist as anxiety flashed in his eyes.

“Hahahaha! Mister Gu, I’m finished with my painting! Take a look! It’s done!” Longevity’s cheerful cry came from nearby.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for April: 34 / 50

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