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EIF - Book 05 Chapter 067: Learning a Lesson

The surrounding spectators immediately fell silent at Founding Dynasty’s shouts. He was clearly cheating.

Those sages have already gone mad, yet you are asking if they are silently agreeing? Isn’t that just bullying?

It is too obvious that he is helping Gu Hai cheat.

Of course, most of the Qian Nation citizens did not think that Founding Dynasty was wrong. After all, it was the sages’ inappropriate actions that led to this opportunity.

While the spectators did not think much of it, the sages in the sky erupted in rage.

“How bold of you! Founding Dynasty, what are you doing? Are you cheating?” the sages in the sky said furiously.

This was especially so for the four hundred not-pregnant painting Dao sages. They had suffered earlier, tricked into giving Gu Hai their recommendation talismans, and sworn not to let Gu Hai get another recommendation talisman.

Now, the five hundred music Dao sages were being tricked?

“Medical Music Sage, quickly wake up! What are you doing?” some painting Dao sages exhorted anxiously.

“Quickly wake up!”

“Founding Dynasty, how dare you?! You are cheating! I will report this to heaven and strip you of your hosting rights!”

The sages felt incredibly anxious.

However, Founding Dynasty looked at the sky indifferently. “Sages, I am the host of the music Dao. My words are the ones that count. As long as I do not break the rules, it is all fine.”

He shouted again, “As the host, I ask the music Dao sages: Do you silently agree with recommending Gu Hai, giving Gu Hai your recommendation talismans?”

“Oh no! If the host asks ten times and they do not reply, it will be considered tacit agreement. Is Gu Hai going to get his way again?” a painting Dao sage said anxiously.

“Quickly wake up! Wake up!” The painting Dao sages urgently shook the bodies of the five hundred sages.

However, the music Dao sages’ consciousnesses had entered the participants’ bodies. The bodies above were just empty shells.

“As the host, I ask the music Dao sages: Do you silently agree with recommending Gu Hai, giving Gu Hai your recommendation talismans?” Founding Dynasty shouted repeatedly.

The surrounding spectators waited in silence.

In the east, the Supreme Genesis showed a cold smile. “Another five hundred? The Qian Nation is truly working hard.”

In the south, a Supreme Ascendant Dao disciple said anxiously, “Grand Mohist, with the Qian Nation cheating like this, won’t they…”

The Grand Mohist shook her head and said, “It’s useless. How many sages are there in the first round? The key lies in the second round. It has always been our three holy lands entering the Cultural Dao Sage Palace. Old Mister Guan Qi entering the last time was just an exception, achieved by trickery. How can it happen again?”

In the west, the Future Buddha held his palms together, remaining silent.

In the north, Lifespan Beiming laughed, “Hahaha! This is very interesting. First, five hundred painting Dao recommendation talismans. Now, five hundred music Dao recommendation talismans. Your Holy Eminence, I recall that Old Mister Guan Qi obtained only one thousand two hundred recommendation talismans in the first round, right? Gu Hai is about to get one thousand already.”

“Longevity? Ensnaring Performance? They are strange. The thing they present should not be the reverse of what they represent. We guess it is due to a qualitative change from extreme refinement; great wisdom appears like stupidity,” the Qian Heavenly Emperor said indifferently.

“Oh? Are you saying that his singing is not terrible?” Lifespan Beiming asked in shock.

Founding Dynasty finished asking for the tenth time. The sages in the sky could not stop it.

Founding Dynasty took a deep breath and said, “Founding Dynasty, music Dao host of the Ten Thousand Sages Convention, reports to heaven. In the music Dao competition, the five hundred music Dao sages have remained silent. Founding Dynasty asked them about their intentions ten times, and they did not refute him. According to the Ten Thousand Sages Convention’s rules, the five hundred recommendation talismans of the music Dao sages will be left to the host to hand out in accordance with the five hundred sages’ wishes. Today, Founding Dynasty follows the sages’ wishes and recommends Gu Hai. Will heaven verify this?”

Boom!

Suddenly, the noble spirit sea churned.

“You bastard! Founding Dynasty, how dare you trick heaven?!” the painting Dao sages roared in fury.

However, the noble spirit sea continued churning, ignoring all other sounds. The sages were in charge of judging, but the Ten Thousand Sages Convention was run by the four hosts.

Like before, the noble spirit sea churned, and five hundred talismans appeared.

The five hundred recommendation talismans suddenly sent out dazzling white light at Gu Hai, appearing like a spotlight on Gu Hai.

“The five hundred music Dao recommendation talismans!” The sages in the sky felt disappointed.

The sages did not want to give the recommendation talismans to Gu Hai. Nevertheless, he managed to get them all.

These five hundred recommendation talismans plus the five hundred earlier ones meant that Gu Hai already had one thousand recommendation talismans.

Boom!

As the noble spirit sea churned, everything slowly calmed down.

Now, six hours had finally passed.

“Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!”

The five hundred possessed participants immediately recovered from their dazed state. Then, beams of white light shot towards the sky. The sages’ consciousnesses returned to their bodies.

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“Ensnaring Performance, stop singing!” Gu Hai called out.

“Stop singing? Master, I was just getting into it. Let me sing for a while more!” Ensnaring Performance said excitedly.

“Don’t sing anymore!” Gu Hai said with a frown.

“Uh…alright,” Ensnaring Performance said with a reluctant expression.

Ensnaring Performance stopped singing.

“Ah! I can move! I can move now! Save me!”

“‘Little Radish’! Heh! ‘Little Radish’!”

“Sob! Sob! Sob! Sob! Stop singing! I beg you!”

Five hundred participants had suffered from the torture of “Little Radish.” Some managed to escape harm, but others seemed to have gone mad, sustaining mental damage. Who knew how long it would take for them to recover?

Xuan En’s body trembled. He felt extremely terrible, unable to stop shivering. The more incredible one’s music Dao was, the more severe one’s injuries were.

“‘Little Radish.’ ‘Little Radish.’ No…!” Xuan En was entangled in horror.

“Elder, are you alright?” the Supreme Ascendant Dao participants asked anxiously.

Xuan En shivered and looked somewhat trepidly at the Supreme Ascendant Dao disciples.

“‘Little Radish’! ‘Little Radish’!”

“Elder, it’s over! It is already over!”

Xuan En took a while to return to his senses, staring at the Supreme Ascendant Dao disciples. When he heard that it was over, he just froze there.

“Elder! Elder! Are you alright?”

After remaining silent for ten breaths, Xuan En suddenly cried out, “It’s over! It’s over! Ah!”

Xuan En whirled around, soared into the sky, and flew into the distance.

Clearly, he had suffered severe psychological damage.

After Xuan En left, other participants left as well. No one could describe such sorrow with words.

Plenty of snot dribbled out of Seven Kills’s nose. Although he had come to his senses, he remained out of sorts.

“Imperial Lord! Imperial Lord! My musical sense! My musical sense completely crumbled!” Seven Kills cried as he ran to the Azure Emperor.

“What an embarrassment! Immediately return and reflect on yourself!” the Azure Emperor said coldly.

“Yes!” Seven Kills trembled as he silently left the plaza, feeling wronged.

As he left, he turned his head to look at Gu Hai. That troublemaker! Again! He did it again!

Ensnaring Performance had inflicted overwhelming torture for six hours.

Even after the five hundred music Dao sages returned to the sky, their ears still buzzed, as Ensnaring Performance’s “Little Radish” continued to play in their heads.

The sages’ resilience was astonishing. However, as they were exceptional in the music Dao, the damage they sustained was also the deepest.

After they returned to their bodies, they remained stunned for quite a while before slowly regaining their senses.

“It’s gone? It’s gone? ‘Little Radish’ is done?” a sage said, his teeth clattering.

“It’s over? I’m back! I’m back!”

“Scourge! I’ll have your life!”

“Scourge! I’ll kill you!”

The sages who recovered their wits roared furiously at Ensnaring Performance.

“Ignorant sages, if not for Master insisting that I sing, do you think you can listen to my moving singing? Ptooey!” Ensnaring Performance spat as he looked at the sky in disdain.

“Hahahaha!” Longevity guffawed.

Seeing others suffer from the torture that he had suffered felt great.

“A shame to culture!”

“Gu Hai, we can never reconcile!”

“Humph! Gu Hai, you can forget about gaining a single recommendation from our music Dao!”

The five hundred music Dao sages immediately started scolding Gu Hai in a fury after they came to their senses.

However, the other sages remained silent at the side, not saying a word.

After some time, a music Dao sage said in shock, “That white light coming from Gu Hai’s body. There are…one thousand recommendation talismans? Who gave them to him?!”

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“What?”

The music Dao sages stared blankly.

“Medical Music Sage, it was you all! Earlier…,” a painting Dao sage said bitterly.

“What?”

“Founding Dynasty, you bastard!”

“You bastard! Who allowed you to decide for us?!”

“Gu Hai, you vile person!”

The five hundred music Dao sages immediately felt livid.

They hated Gu Hai the most, detesting him, yet their recommendation talismans ended up with Gu Hai. Now, they finally understood how the painting Dao sages felt.

“Screw you!” A sage finally used profanity in anger.

Is there anything more frustrating than this?

It is one thing for the painting Dao sages to fall for his trick. How did I fall for it as well?

“Go Dao sages, we fell for Gu Hai’s trick. I sincerely ask that you not give Gu Hai any more recommendation talismans!”

“Calligraphy Dao sages, we got tricked. You must not get tricked!”

Like the painting Dao sages, the music Dao sages immediately urged the other sages not to give Gu Hai their recommendations.

“Sages, be careful of Gu Hai’s sinister schemes!”

“Indeed. We are examples of what would happen. You should not send your consciousnesses into the participants’ bodies anymore. Otherwise, the suffering that befell us will befall you!”

The music Dao and painting Dao sages continuously imparted advice, urging the other sages not to repeat their mistakes.

Of course, the calligraphy Dao and Go Dao sages had seen what happened earlier. Naturally, they would not repeat the same mistakes.

“Everyone, don’t worry. My Go Dao cannot possibly recommend Gu Hai.”

“My calligraphy Dao cannot possibly recommend Gu Hai.”

The Go Dao and calligraphy Dao sages gave guarantees. The earlier events were unexpected, catching them off guard. This time, they absolutely would not make the same mistakes.

“Many thanks!” the painting Dao and music Dao sages said in gratitude.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for April: 42 / 50

Hey guys, you all probably have been seeing the occasional message about Patreon and how EIF isn't doing very well financially. So I held out as long as I can, and unfortunately, things are not looking up. In the interest of being able to keep up a sustainable income to pay my bills and pay the team sufficiently, I'm going to have to lower the release rates of EIF in favor of picking up another novel. As of now, I have not found another novel yet, but I will be decreasing the release rates from May onwards so that I have time to search for the next novel. For now, the rates will be lowered to 30 chapters a month, essentially daily chapters.

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Hey guys, you all probably have been seeing the occasional message about Patreon and how EIF isn't doing very well financially. So I held out as long as I can, and unfortunately, things are not looking up. In the interest of being able to keep up a sustainable income to pay my bills and pay the team sufficiently, I'm going to have to lower the release rates of EIF in favor of picking up another novel. As of now, I have not found another novel yet, but I will be decreasing the release rates from May onwards so that I have time to search for the next novel. For now, the rates will be lowered to 30 chapters a month, essentially daily chapters.

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