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EIF - Book 05 Chapter 079: Sleep Immortal, Dream of Longevity

After Gu Hai defeated the Go Dao sages, his recommendation talismans reached three thousand four hundred.

The countless officials busily working for the Qian Nation never expected such a good result.

There were ten thousand recommendation talismans. As long as one obtained five thousand one of them, one would take first place with the majority. Now, Gu Hai was just one thousand five hundred one away.

Ninth Young Master, Gongyang Sheng, Venerable Liu Nian, and Founding Dynasty showed smiles.

Founding Dynasty looked at Gu Hai. “Now that the Go Dao has ended, the next is the music Dao. Mister Gu, do you have anything you want to say?”

After all, his mission this time was to assist Gu Hai in gaining more recommendation talismans. Of course, he had to check with Gu Hai.

“The music Dao? I said earlier that I am not good at it, so I will not interfere. Since Mister Sima has made preparations, then I’ll let Mister Sima represent me,” Gu Hai said seriously.

Indeed, Gu Hai had no way to bring out the music Dao without Ensnaring Performance. Furthermore, he did not possess the music Dao’s artistic conception. Hence, it was difficult for Gu Hai to get involved.

However, others saw it as a deliberate provocation of the sages.

“Mister Gu…,” Founding Dynasty said anxiously.

Gu Hai shook his head.

“Alright. Sima Changkong, you are Gu Hai’s assistant. Do your best later.” Founding Dynasty looked at Sima Changkong.

Sima Changkong double-checked with Gu Hai. However, Gu Hai indeed could not do more. Sima Changkong could only agree with a bitter smile.

Founding Dynasty looked at the sky. “Music Dao sages, please set your topic!”

There were more than one thousand music Dao sages looking down now. Although they did not say anything, they refused to make any more mistakes after Gu Hai exploited a loophole in the Go Dao.

“Participants, each one of you will compose a piece. We will evaluate it after we hear it. Then, we will issue our recommendation talismans,” one of the music Dao sages said.

“The topic?” Founding Dynasty called out.

“No topic!” that music Dao sage said coldly.

This time, we will give our recommendation talismans to only the three holy lands no matter what you do. What is the point of a topic?

“Begin, then!” Founding Dynasty said.

There were only four participants for the music Dao: Sima Changkong, the Supreme Genesis, the Future Buddha, and the Grand Mohist.

Gu Hai sat on a chair behind Sima Changkong and carefully sized up these three major figures.

The Future Buddha had a strip of silk covering his eyes. Gu Hai could not see them.

The Supreme Genesis looked at Gu Hai with a faint smile. However, Gu Hai could detect deep malice in this faint smile. Gu Hai thought, I have to keep my guard up against this person.

The Grand Mohist is a very attractive woman. Although she is beautiful, her cold eyes say she wants to kill me. Gu Hai frowned.

“Amitābha! This monk’s music Dao is limited, only having some minor accomplishments in the wooden fish. Today, I will embarrass myself by playing the wooden fish for a while,” the Future Buddha said with a faint smile.

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As the Future Buddha spoke, he took out a wooden fish.

The moment the wooden fish appeared, some citizens started laughing. However, most of them paid attention. After all, this was the Future Buddha. Perhaps his knocking of the wooden fish would be different from usual?

Tock!

It was the ordinary sound of a wooden fish. However, it seemed extraordinary. When this sound rang out, it suddenly seemed like the world had fallen silent.

Countless spectators, including Gu Hai, suddenly felt that only the sound of this wooden fish remained in the world. They closed their eyes and seemed to see countless buddhas, bodhisattvas, and arhats filling the sky and land, chanting scriptures.

An intense Buddhist conception filled Heavenly Yin City along with the sound of the wooden fish.

“This is a spiritual sound. Be careful!” Sima Changkong said.

As Sima Changkong spoke, he extended his hand and took out a jade-green guqin. Then, he started playing.

“My piece is called ‘Sima’s Sound.’ My father created it,” Sima Changkong suddenly said.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

Sima Changkong played his guqin, and the music Dao artistic conception suddenly manifested churning dark clouds. A vast army charged out of the dark clouds, roaring at it charged at the sages.

“You bastard!”

“How audacious!”

“How bold of you!”

The sages immediately shouted furiously.

“Music Dao sages, I played this piece so that you could see it more clearly. Watch carefully!” Sima Changkong guffawed.

Rumble…!

The vast army charged at the music Dao sages in the sky, continuously rushing at them and causing chaos in the sky.

“Be careful. This is Gu Hai’s plot. He wants to use this vast army to confuse us, then get us to recommend him in our confusion.”

“That’s right. Previously, Old Mister Guan Qi used his Go skills to manifest Teacher Yinyue and confused us!”

“Humph! He is far inferior to Old Mister Guan Qi!”

The sages criticized Gu Hai.

However, the Supreme Genesis looked at the Grand Mohist.

“Supreme Ascendant, we failed to enter the Cultural Dao Sage Palace previously, and another one thousand years have passed. I wonder if that item is fine? Our three holy lands take turns to enter to prevent extreme distress to the world. If we do not enter now, a great calamity might await us,” the Supreme Genesis said indifferently.

The Grand Mohist looked at the Supreme Genesis and nodded.

“I recall that there is a Supreme Ascendant Longevity Piece in the Supreme Ascendant Dao. It is the secret of the Supreme Ascendant that is not passed on to others. This time…,” the Supreme Genesis said with a faint smile.

When the Future Buddha heard mention of the Supreme Ascendant Longevity Piece, he suddenly turned his head.

“The Supreme Ascendant Longevity Piece is a piece passed down to only my Supreme Ascendant Dao’s Grand Mohists. It contains the secret to the Supreme Ascendant Dao’s longevity. How can I casually play it?” the Grand Mohist retorted coldly.

“The circumstances call for drastic action. Besides, who can understand it, isn’t that so?” the Supreme Genesis countered with a smile.

The Grand Mohist frowned heavily. Then, she looked at the nearby Gu Hai.

“The situation in this Ten Thousand Sages Convention has already changed. Supreme Ascendant, think about it for yourself,” the Supreme Genesis added indifferently.

After some silence, the Grand Mohist nodded and extended her hand to strum her zither.

“Supreme Ascendant Longevity Piece!” the Grand Mohist said indifferently.

The countless cultivators in the surroundings did not know what the Supreme Ascendant Longevity Piece was.

Then, they saw the Grand Mohist’s fingers moving gently.

Ding!

When the zither rang out, it sounded melodious.

“Hey? There’s nothing incredible about this!” Long Wanyu said in confusion.

Indeed, the Grand Mohist’s music did not produce any manifestations.

“Something’s not right. She plucked her zither with five fingers. Why was there only one sound?” Bing Ji said in confusion.

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“Ah! That’s right. I saw her plucking a string with each of her fingers. Why is there only one sound?” Long Wanyu felt slightly startled.

Gu Hai likewise felt slightly startled. “Only one sound? There are clearly five?”

“Five sounds? That can’t be. Did I hear wrong?” Long Wanyu said in confusion.

The Grand Mohist started playing faster; her fingers looked like they were vibrating. When Gu Hai heard the music, it sounded like a continuous smooth flow. While others could not sense much, Gu Hai suddenly felt like the world had turned clear and endless. He felt like he fell into something, and his consciousness turned blurry.

“Why is it just ‘ding, ding, ding’? It is just one sound with pauses in between. After plucking so much, there are just these few sounds?” Long Wanyu said resentfully.

The spectators looked at the Supreme Ascendant in confusion.

“That is the Grand Mohist? What is she playing?”

“Indeed. That is not even a piece!”

The spectators felt confused.

“Oh no! Your Holy Eminence, Gu Hai has fainted!” Lifespan Beiming suddenly exclaimed.

All the Qian Nation officials immediately looked over. They saw that Gu Hai, who was sitting behind Sima Changkong, had fainted.

“What is going on? Mister Gu! Mister Gu!” Founding Dynasty’s expression changed.

What’s going on with Gu Hai?

“Ah? Brother-in-Law! Brother-in-Law! Are you alright! Huh? Did you fall asleep? Brother-in-Law, why are you asleep? Quickly wake up!” Long Wanyu’s expression changed as she shook Gu Hai.

However, she could not awaken Gu Hai, no matter how hard she shook.

“It’s her! Her music caused His Majesty to faint!” Bing Ji’s expression changed as she suddenly looked at the Grand Mohist.

The Grand Mohist smiled coldly, ignoring Bing Ji.

“Oh no! Eminent Father, there is something wrong with the Supreme Ascendant’s music.” Long Shenwu’s expression changed.

“Hurry! Quickly stop the Supreme Ascendant!” a high-ranking official suddenly shouted.

“Supreme Ascendant, stop!” Founding Dynasty immediately shouted furiously.

Buzz!

The Grand Mohist stopped playing. Then, she said indifferently, “What’s wrong? Are you not permitting me to compete?”

“Mister Gu, wake up!” Founding Dynasty said anxiously.

However, no one could wake Gu Hai up, no matter how loudly they called out to him.

“Brother-in-Law!” Long Wanyu kept shaking Gu Hai. However, she still failed to wake him up.

“It’s you, right? Your Supreme Ascendant Dao’s piece harmed my emperor?!” Bing Ji roared with a furious glare.

The Azure Emperor and Emperor Kong narrowed their eyes.

“The Supreme Ascendant Longevity Piece, ‘Dream of Longevity’?” the Qian Heavenly Emperor suddenly said.

“Qian Heavenly Emperor is well-learned,” the Grand Mohist said indifferently.

“‘Sleep Immortal, Dream of Longevity’? The Supreme Ascendant Longevity Piece? The Supreme Ascendant is really invested in this!” the Azure Emperor said with slightly narrowed eyes.

“She used ‘Dream of Longevity’ on Gu Hai to make him sleep for ten days and ten nights? Haha! With Gu Hai asleep, he can no longer participate in the Ten Thousand Sages Convention! The three holy lands are truly unscrupulous!” Emperor Kong said with a cold smile.

When Bing Ji heard the Qian Heavenly Emperor mention ‘Dream of Longevity,’ her expression changed.

“You are afraid that His Majesty will obtain the first place, so you used this demonic tune to harm him?” Bing Ji’s expression changed.

“Elder Sister Bing Ji, do you know why Brother-in-Law is asleep?” Long Wanyu asked anxiously.

Bing Ji immediately explained the ‘Dream of Longevity.’

“That despicable person! How dare you harm my brother-in-law? Founding Dynasty, she harmed my brother-in-law! Disqualify her!” Long Wanyu said in a pique.

“Harmed? Who said that the Supreme Ascendant harmed Gu Hai? ‘Sleep Immortal, Dream of Longevity’? The Supreme Ascendant gave Gu Hai a great opportunity. If you don’t believe it, just ask Long Zhanguo!” the Supreme Genesis said with a cold smile.

In the north, Long Zhanguo said with cold eyes, “An excellent opportunity, indeed! Making Gu Hai sleep for ten days and ten nights?”

The Supreme Genesis looked at Long Zhanguo coldly. “Qian Heavenly Emperor, Heaven handed the hosting of the Ten Thousand Sages Convention to the Qian Nation, letting the Qian Nation run the Ten Thousand Sages Convention in a fair manner to give everyone who participates an opportunity. Yet, the Qian Nation has been helping Gu Hai to cheat from the first round? How is your Qian Nation being fair?”

“The Solar Divine Palace? You are talking about fairness with us?” Long Zhanguo showed disdain.

The Cultural Dao Sage Palace is clearly being monopolized by the three holy lands. To think that you three holy lands have the cheek to mention fairness?

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for May: 04 / 30

Remember, release rates are lowered and we are just doing 30 a month (daily chaps) now.

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