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Tian Long Ba Bu - Chapter 16 cont.
Quan Guanqing loudly said: ‘Everyone here is a good Han who dedicates himself to the service of the motherland, how could we willingly serve as slaves and lackeys of another ethnicity?’ These few sentences of his were really effective, in the group of beggars who had walked to the east, there were more than ten people returning to the west. The beggars in the east then swore and pulled, creating a confusing situation. In an instant, several tens of people engaged in a melee, some using unarmed martial arts and some using weapons. The Elders said loudly to hold back the situation, but each of them had his own bias. Elder Wu and Elder Chen even fiercely pointed at and swore at each other like they would start a fight any moment.
Qiao Feng shouted: ‘Brothers, please stop fighting and hear me.’ His voice was imposing, the wrangle in the beggar crowd immediately stopped. All turned their heads and looked at him.
Qiao Feng said in a loud and clear voice: ‘This Chief of the Beggar Society post, I definitely can no longer hold it...’ Elder Song interrupted: ‘Chief, you mustn’t lose heart...’ Qiao Feng shook his head and said: ‘It’s not that I’ve lost heart. If the evidence was something else then there might be a plot to frame me, but this is my enshi Chief Wang’s handwriting, other people can’t fake it in any case.’ He raised his voice, saying: ‘The Beggar Society is the greatest society in jianghu and has an illustrious prestige, who in wulin doesn’t revere it? If we kill each other, wouldn’t that make outsiders laugh their heads off? Before I go I have one thing to tell you, that is, whoever lands another punch or kick on our Society’s brothers will become an offender of the highest level of our Society.’
The Beggar Society had always had a high opinion of courage and righteousness, hence hearing him say so everyone secretly felt ashamed.
Suddenly the voice of a woman was heard: ‘Then what if someone kills our Society’s brothers?’ The person who said that was Madam Ma. Qiao Feng said: ‘An eye for an eye. For harming or murdering his brothers, he’ll be detested by the whole world.’ Madam Ma said: ‘That’s right.’
Qiao Feng said: ‘Who murdered Vice-Chief Ma? Who stole this folding fan of mine to frame me? Eventually, everything will be able to be cleared up by investigation. Madam Ma, with my abilities, if I wanna go to your house to get something I wouldn’t return empty-handed, it’d be even more improbable for me to lose something I bring with me. Needless to say, there were only two or three women in your house. Even if it was the imperial palace, the mansion of a general, or a place guarded by a strong army with thousands of horses, if I wanted to take something I wouldn’t necessarily be unable to get it done.’
These few sentences sounded very imposing. The beggar crowd had always known about his abilities therefore they all found his words reasonable. No one thought that he had just talked big. Madam Ma lowered her head and said nothing.
Qiao Feng cupped his hand around his fist in salute to everyone all around and said: ‘The verdant hills will never change, the green waters will flow forever, farewell, my good brothers. It’s alright if I’m a Han, it’s also alright if I’m a Khitan, from now on I won’t ever endanger the life of any Han. If I break this vow I shall be like this saber.’ As he finished saying, he leaped towards Shan Zheng and made a grab at the same time.
Shan Zheng only felt a jerk at his wrist, the saber in his hand could no longer be held firmly. His fingers loosened, the saber had already been snatched by Qiao Feng. Qiao Feng bent his right middle finger with his right thumb and gave the back of the saber a finger flick, a clang was heard, the saber had been broken into two pieces, the top of it had been sent flying away for several chi (尺 ~ 33.33 cm), the handle was still being held in his hand. He turned towards Shan Zheng, said: ‘Excuse me!’, then threw the handle on the ground and walked away proudly.
Everyone was astounded, someone shouted after him: ‘Chief, don’t go!’ ‘The Beggar Society totally relies on your direction!’ ‘Chief, please return quickly!’
All of a sudden a whizzing sound could be heard. A bamboo stick went down from midair. It was none other than Qiao Feng who had thrown the Dog Beating Stick backwards.
Elder Xu held out his hand to receive it. As soon as his right hand got hold of the bamboo stick he experienced a shaking which spread from his palm up to his arm, from his arm through his whole body, and made he felt as if he being hit by a thunderbolt. He quickly let go of it. As the leftover force of the throw in the stick was still strong, it passed straight into the ground.
The beggar crowd exclaimed in unison. Looking at this very important ‘seeing the stick is like seeing the Chief’ symbol of their Society, all kinds of thoughts ran through their minds.
The sun had risen. Through spaces between branches and leaves of apricot trees, rays of golden light came down and illuminated the ‘Dog Beating Stick’, making it shine like glossy jade.
Duan Yu called out: ‘Big brother, big brother, I’ll go with you!’ He set out to chase after Qiao Feng but after just three steps, feeling unable to leave Wang Yuyan at this moment, he turned his head and cast a look at her. This one look made he feel even more unable to pull away. Thousands of soft silk threads seemed to have appeared in his heart pulling him back. He turned around, went to and stood before Wang Yuyan, then said: ‘Miss Wang, where are the three of you going now?’
Wang Yuyan said: ‘Biaoge (表哥 – maternal aunt’s, paternal aunt’s or maternal uncle’s son) has been given a false accusation, perhaps he himself hasn’t known about it, I need to inform him.’
Duan Yu felt his heart ache with sadness, he said: ‘Hum, you are young ladies, there’ll be inconveniences to you on the way, please allow me to escort the three of you?’ He also added another sentence, trying to explain himself away: ‘Having heard a lot about Murong gongzi’s illustrious reputation, I also want to meet him once.’
Elder Xu said loudly and clearly: ‘How to avenge Vice-Chief Ma, we should consider the matter carefully. But our Society cannot be without a leader for even one day, Chief... Qiao Feng has already left, deciding who will take over this Chief of the Society post is an urgent important matter that cannot be delayed. Quite incidentally, everyone is here, so we must carry out negotiations immediately.’
Elder Song said: ‘In my opinion, everyone should go find Chief Qiao back, ask him to change his views and not to quit his post...’ When he had not finished saying, someone in the west shouted: ‘Qiao Feng is a Khitan barbarian, how can he be our Chief? Today everyone still thought of the old friendship, but the next time we meet he’ll be our enemy, it won’t be possible not to go all-out to the death.’ Elder Wu sneered: ‘You’ll fight Chief Qiao all-out to the death? Do you deserve?’ That man said furiously: ‘I certainly can’t fight him by myself; but how about ten people? If ten people won’t do; how about one hundred people? Righteous men of the Beggar Society are loyal and devote themselves to the country, don’t tell me that we would shy away from the enemies?’ These few sentences of his were full of strong feelings and emotions. Many people in the beggar group in the west applauded.
When the applause had not ended, suddenly in the northwest there was a sinister sorrowful voice of a man: ‘The Beggar Society had agreed to meet us at Huishan then broke the promise and didn’t show up, it turns out all of you have been sneakily hiding here, ha ha ha, this is so laughable.’ This voice was piercing, the words were pronounced incorrectly as if his mouth was full of tongue and his nose was stuffy, therefore it was very uncomfortable to hear.
Captain Jiang of the Great Righteousness branch and Captain Fang of the Great Courage branch cried out at the same time: ‘A’yo’, and said: ‘Elder Xu, we missed the meeting, the enemies have gotten to here to find us!’
Duan Yu also remembered that on the day when he had first met Qiao Feng at a restaurant he had heard someone reporting to Qiao Feng that they had arranged to meet people of Western Xia’s ‘First-class Hall’ in the morning of the following day. At that time Qiao Feng had felt that it would be too pressing, but he had still said yes to the arrangement. It was already past 7 a.m., most of the people in the Beggar Society did not know about this meeting. Even the people who had known about it only focused their minds on important internal affairs of their Society and ignored it. At the moment, hearing their enemies’ mocking words, they suddenly woke up.
Elder Xu continuously asked: ‘What meeting is this? Who are the enemies?’ He had not been taking part in any affair in jianghu or of the Beggar Society for a long time therefore he knew absolutely nothing. The Elder of Rule Enforcement asked Captain Jiang in a low voice: ‘Was it Chief Qiao who agreed to meet them?’ Captain Jiang said: ‘Yes, but I already followed Chief Qiao’s order, sending one man to Huishan to ask the enemies to postpone the meeting until seven days later.’
The owner of that sinister sorrowful voice had a really keen sense of hearing, Captain Jiang said these two sentences in a low voice yet he actually heard them, he said: ‘This meeting was already decided, how can it possibly be put back to seven or eight days later? Even one hour later is still impossible.’
Bai Shijing said furiously: ‘The Beggar Society is a grand society of Great Song, how could we fear you Western Xia barbarians? We haven’t dealt with you despicable scoundrels properly only because we’re having important affairs. It’s usual to change a date, what do you moan about?’
Suddenly a whizzing sound was heard. A man flew out of the apricot forest, fell stiffly on the ground and did not make a move. His face had been crushed and was covered with blood. His throat had been slit. He had already been dead for a long time. People in the Beggar Society identified him as Vice-Captain Xie of the Great Righteousness branch.
Captain Jiang was both shocked and angry, he said: ‘Brother Xie was sent by me to change the date.’
The Elder of Rule Enforcement said: ‘Elder Xu, Chief isn’t here, please temporarily act as Chief.’ He did not want to let out the truth that the Beggar Society was leaderless to avoid showing the impression of weakness to the enemies. Elder Xu understood, he thought that at this moment if he himself did not run the show then no one would, he then said loudly and clearly: ‘They say two countries which fight each other don’t kill messengers. Why did you kill the messenger that our humble Society sent to change the date of the meeting?’
That sinister sorrowful voice replied: ‘This man looked arrogant, expressed himself insolently, and did not kowtow when he saw our General. How could I let him live?’ When the people of the Beggar Society heard that, they immediately boiled over with anger, many people shouted out swear words.
Until now Elder Xu still did not know who the enemies were, he heard Bai Shijing call them ‘Western Xia barbarians’, but that man had also mentioned something like ‘our General’, this really made him find it difficult to get a clue. He said: ‘Why don’t you show your face instead of hiding sneakily? Why just talk nonsense and brag foolishly?’
That man cackled and said: ‘Who are hiding sneakily in the apricot forest?’
Suddenly there were boo-hoo sounds of bugles coming from afar, after that hoofbeats of a troop of horses coming from several li (里 – 0.5 km) away could be vaguely heard.
Elder Xu put his mouth close to Bai Shijing’s ear and asked quietly: ‘Who are they? What’s the matter?’ Bai Shijing also replied quietly: ‘Western Xia has a martial arts hall called ‘First-class Hall’ which was set up by the king of that country to recruit people who excel in martial arts and uses special treatments and gifts to temp them to teach martial arts to Western Xia’s officers and troops.’
Elder Xu nodded and said: ‘Hasn’t Western Xia been strengthening its army and practising martial arts because it’s planned to seize our Great Song’s territories?’ Bai Shijing quietly said: ‘Absolutely. The people who have entered ‘First-class Hall’ all are known for their first-class martial arts. The boss of First-class Hall is a wangye (王爷 – a very high rank of nobility usually held by a king’s/an emperor’s/an empress’ brothers or uncles). He was appointed as the East Conquering General. His name is He Lian Tie Shu or something like that. According to what brother Yi Dabiao, sent to Western Xia by our Society, has reported, recently He Lian Tie Shu has led the warriors of the Hall to Bianliang (the capital of Song) to have an audience with the Empress Dowager and the Emperor of our Great Song. In fact, having an audience was just a sham. Their true motive was to spy upon our country’s actual conditions. Knowing that our Society is one of the great pillars of Great Song’s wulin they wanna destroy our Society, firstly, in order to build their prestige. Later, if they again lead their army to violate the boundary of our country, it’d be easy to push deep into our land.’ Elder Xu was secretly frightened, he whispered: ‘This scheme is really cruel and dangerous.’
Bai Shijing said: ‘After this He Lian Tie Shu guy left Bianliang, he went to our nerve center in Luoyang. Incidentally, at that time Chief Qiao had led us to Jiangnan to avenge Vice-Chief Ma so the Western Xia people only attacked an empty place. But they didn’t give up and chased after us to Jiangnan. Eventually they and Chief Qiao decided to have a meeting.’
Elder Xu thought deeply and whispered: ‘So according to what they have planned, they’ll destroy our Beggar Society first, maybe they’ll attack Shaolin Monastery next, then crush the big martial arts schools and societies of the Central Plains.’ Bai Shijing said: ‘That’s the plan. But can these Western Xia warriors carry it out so easily? What do they have to be this arrogant? Chief Qiao somewhat knows about the truth, but too bad at this urgent moment he...’ Saying to here, feeling inappropriate, he suddenly stopped.
At this moment, the horse hoofbeats had drawn near, all of a sudden three bugle sounds were heard, eight horses split into two rows and burst into the forest. Each of the people riding on the horses was holding a lance. A small flag was tied to the head of each lance. The heads of the lances glinted. It could vaguely be noticed that the four small flags on the left-hand side all were embroidered with two white words ‘Western Xia’ and the four on the right-hand side were embroidered with two white words ‘He Lian’, the flags also had other Western Xia characters embroidered on them. After that, there were eight other horses which split into two rows and ran quickly into the forest. Four of the people riding on these horses were blowing bugles and the other four were beating drums.
Everyone in the beggar crowd scowled: ‘This disposition of troops is totally like a march in a war. Where is the meeting between brave men in jianghu?’
There were eight Western Xia warriors arriving after the buglers and drummers. Seeing the expressions on their faces Elder Xu knew obviously that they all have top-class martial arts, he thought: ‘It seems these are people of First-class Hall.’ Those eight warriors split up and stood on both sides. Then a horse slowly walked into the forest. The man on the horse was wearing a scarlet brocade robe. He was around thirty four or thirty five years old, had an aquiline nose and a splay moustache. Following him closely was a very tall man who shouted as soon as he entered the forest: ‘East Conquering General of Western Xia has arrived; the Chief of the Beggar Society goes forward to pay respects.’ This voice which sounded very unusual belonged to no one other than the man who had talked to the beggar crowd a moment ago.
Elder Xu said: ‘The Chief of our Society is not here. Laoxiu will take care of the Society’s affairs on his behalf. The Beggar Society’s brothers are all normal people in jianghu. If you, as a General of Western Xia, use guest ceremony for meeting, then we won’t dare to make friends with a man of such a high position. Please go have audiences with the princes, dukes or officers of our Great Song; you don’t need to meet us beggars who have to beg for food. But if you use the status of a man in wulin for meeting us, then as you are a guest coming from afar, please get off your horse and behave according to common courtesies for guests and hosts.’ These several sentences showed neither inferiority nor superiority. They did not offend the opponents, but also took into consideration the status of the Beggar Society. The beggar crowd thought: ‘Sure enough, the older ginger is hotter, Elder Xu is awesome.’
The big-nosed man said: ‘If the Chief of your Society is not here our General can’t treat you with courtesies.’ He cast a glance and saw the Dog Beating Stick driven into the ground. Knowing that it was an important object of the Beggar Society, he said: ‘Huh, taking this glossy dark green bamboo stick to make a broom handle is not bad.’ He made a swing with his arm, the horsewhip in his hand shot out to wind around the Dog Beating Stick.
The beggars shouted in unison: ‘Fvck off!’; ‘Fvck you!’; ‘You Tartar dog!’ When the tip of his horsewhip was about to wind around the Dog Beating Stick, suddenly there was a silhouette moving very quickly, a person leapt out at an oblique angle and stood in front of the Dog Beating Stick. He extended his arm, let the horsewhip wind around it then bent it. The big-nosed man could no longer sit steadily on the saddle and had to jump off his horse to stand on the ground. Both of them exerted their strength at the same time. A snap was heard, the horsewhip was broken into two pieces. That person moved his hand backwards and grabbed the Dog Beating Stick. Without saying a word he returned to where he had come from.
Everyone looked at him and saw a withered old man with a bent back. He was no one other than the Elder of Merit Propagation. His martial arts were very good. He usually did not like to talk much, but when the important symbol of the Society had been in danger he had protected it bravely. A moment ago, in just one move, the big-nosed man had already been dismounted and his horsewhip had also been broken. It could be said that the big-nosed man had lost.
(to be continued)
Last edited by forgot password; 11-19-10 at 09:17 AM.
Thanks for the update FP!
With DY, it's always WYY this and WYY that. One look at her and he completely forgot about his sworn brother QF.
Thank you for the translation.
plz keep them coming ;D
Rose blooms best near death
You are in full bloom, Pal!
Scumbag. Broke the brocode.Duan Yu called out: ‘Big brother, big brother, I’ll go with you!’ He set out to chase after Qiao Feng but after just three steps, feeling unable to leave Wang Yuyan at this moment, he turned his head and cast a look at her. This one look made he feel even more unable to pull away. Thousands of soft silk threads seemed to have appeared in his heart pulling him back. He turned around, went to before Wang Yuyan, and said: ‘Miss Wang, where are the three of you going now?’
Wang Yuyan said: ‘Biaoge (表哥 – maternal aunt’s, paternal aunt’s or maternal uncle’s son) has been given a false accusation, perhaps he himself hasn’t known about it, I need to inform him.’
Duan Yu felt his heart ache with sadness, he said: ‘Hum, you are young ladies, there’ll be inconveniences to you on the way, please allow me to escort the three of you?’ He also added another sentence, trying to explain himself away: ‘Having heard a lot about Murong gongzi’s illustrious reputation, I also want to meet him once.’
Even though this big-nosed man had just suffered a small defeat, he did not bat an eyelid and said: ‘You beggars really are too stingy, hating to give away even a bamboo stick.’
Elder Xu said: ‘Brave men of Western Xia, why did you and our poor Society decide to meet?’
That man said: ‘Our General has heard that the Beggar Society of the Central Plains has two great techniques, one being the Cat Beating Stick, the other being the Snake Subduing Eighteen Palms, so he wanna widen his knowledge a bit.’
As soon as the beggars heard that, they all flew into a rage. This man deliberately called the Dog Beating Stick technique the Cat Beating Stick technique and called the Dragon Subduing Eighteen Palms technique the Snake Subduing Eighteen Palms technique, his intention of insulting was extremely obvious. It seemed in the meeting today a fierce battle of life or death was already unavoidable.
While the beggar crowd was cursing, the people such as Elder Xu, the Elder of Merit Propagation, and the Elder of Rule Enforcement secretly felt anxious: ‘All along, only the Chief of our Society is able to use the Dog Beating Stick technique and the Dragon Subduing Eighteen Palms. The enemies already knew about the reputation of these two great techniques yet they still brashly come to challenge, perhaps they’re not easy to deal with.’ Elder Xu said: ‘You want to see our Society’s Cat Beating Stick technique and Snake Subduing Eighteen Palms to widen your knowledge, there’s not the slightest problem. As long as there are cowardly cats and snakes with scabies showing up here, we beggars will have our way of dealing with them. You mimic cats or mimic snakes?’ Elder Wu ha-ha laughed and said: ‘If the opponents are dragons, we will subdue dragons, if they’re snake, then we beggars can’t be better at catching snakes.’
The big-nosed man was again defeated in arguing. While he was thinking about what to say, there was a deep gruff voice from behind him: ‘Cat Beating is also fine, Snake Subduing is also fine, come, come, come, who’s gonna have a fight with me first?’ As that man finished saying he walked out from the crowd and stood with his arms akimbo.
The beggars could see that this man looked ugly and ferocious. All of a sudden Duan Yu loudly said: ‘Hey, my disciple, you came here as well? Why haven’t you kowtowed after seeing master?’ The ferocious-looking man turned out to be none other than South Sea Divine Alligator Yue Laosan (T/Note: this is prolly not Yue’s real name, it literally means Yue, the third man).
He was astonished when he saw Duan Yu and immediately looked very awkward. He said: ‘You... You...’ Duan Yu said: ‘Good disciple, the Beggar Society’s Chief is my sworn big brother so these people are your apprentice uncles, you mustn’t disrespect them. Go home quickly!’ South Sea Divine Alligator let out a roar making the leaves of the apricot trees around rustle and cursed: ‘Turtle egg! Bastard!’ (T/Note: turtle egg - 王八蛋 – basically an equivalent of 'son of a b!tch')
Duan Yu said: ‘Who did you curse as turtle egg and bastard?’ South Sea Divine Alligator was extremely vicious, however when he himself said something he never broke his words. He had already recognized Duan Yu as his master, but he did not deny that and said: ‘I like cursing. How can you control me? I didn’t curse you.’ Duan Yu said: ‘Hum, you already saw master, why haven’t you kowtowed to pay respects to me?’ South Sea Divine Alligator repressed his anger, went forwards, kowtowed and said: ‘Master, are you all right?’ The more he thought about this the angrier he got. Suddenly he leaped to his feet and ran away while howling furiously.
Everyone found that howl sounded like retreating tidewater, burst after burst rushing away yet big waves still surging up fiercely. Just hearing this howl they knew that this man’s martial arts were not something to disregard. Probably in the Beggar Society only several people like Elder Xu and the Elder of Merit Propagation could rival him. It was extremely strange that Duan Yu, a gentle and weak student, was unexpectedly his master. Wang Yuyan, A’Zhu and A’Bi knew that Duan Yu did not know martial arts so they were much more surprised.
Suddenly a man leaped out from the group of the Western Xia warriors. Despite being tall like a bamboo pole, his movements were exceptionally fast. Each of his hands was holding a strange weapon whose handle was about three chi (T/Note: 1 chi ~ 33.33 cm) long and one head was a steel claw with five fingers. Duan Yu recognized him as the fourth member of ‘The Four Evils under Heaven’ ‘Extreme Ferocity Utmost Evil’ Yun Zhonghe, he thought: ‘Could it be that these four evildoers have all joined Western Xia?’ He looked carefully at the Western Xia people and saw ‘Not to Stop at Any Crime’ Ye Erniang standing there embracing a child and smiling. But he did not see the leader ‘Be Guilty of the Worst Crimes’ Duan Yanqing. Duan Yu thought: ‘As long as Prince Yanqing is not here the Beggar Society can handle the second evil and the fourth evil.’
It turned out after being defeated in Dali ‘The Four Evils under Heaven’ had fled northwards and run into envoys of Western Xia’s First-class Hall who had been out to recruit high-level martial arts users. Unwilling to be by themselves, they had all offered their service immediately. These four people had so excellent martial arts that after showing their skills a little they had been recruited right away. This time going eastwards to Bianliang, He Lian Tie Shu brought all of them with him and regarded them quite highly. Thinking that he himself had a high status, even though Duan Yanqing was dependent on First-class Hall he acted freely. He did not accept any restrictive order and go with the others.
Yun Zhonghe shouted: ‘Our General wants to see the Beggar Society’s two great techniques. In the end you beggars have true skills or are just boasting? Quickly come here to fight for real!’
Elder Xi said: ‘I’m fighting him.’ Elder Xu said: ‘Okay! This man’s lightness skill is very unusual, brother Xi must be careful.’ Elder Xi said: ‘Yes!’ Carrying his steel pole he walked towards Yun Zhonghe, stood facing him from a distance of more than one zhang (T/Note: 1 zhang ~ 3.333 m), and said: ‘The use of our Society’s great techniques is dependent on who the opponent is. Why should the Dog Beating Stick technique be used to handle a shrimp like you? Watch out!’ He raised the steel pole, creating a whirring sound, and swung it down at Yun Zhonghe’s left shoulder at an angle. Elder Xi was stubby but the steel pole in his hands were longer than one zhang, once it was brandished, even if the opponent was very tall like Yun Zhonghe, it was still possible for him to strike down from the air. Yun Zhonghe leaned sideways and dodged. A bang was heard, dirt flew on all sides, the steel pole had hit the ground and its head had gone one chi into the ground. Yun Zhonghe knew that his true abilities were far inferior to Elder Xi’s so he applied a hit-and-run tactic using his lightness skill, for a moment he had been in the east, the next moment he already flashed to the west. Elder Xi’s steel pole had been brandished into a white sphere but all the while it had not been able to touch Yun Zhonghe’s clothes.
While Duan Yu was being absorbed in the fight, suddenly he heard a lovely gentle voice next to him: ‘Mr. Duan, who should we help?’ Duan Yu leaned his head to one side and saw that it was Wang Yuyan. He could not help feeling elated and hurriedly asked: ‘What... who should what help?’ Wang Yuyan said: ‘This lanky man is your disciple’s friend while this stubby beggar is your sworn brother’s subordinate. The more these two have been fighting the fiercer they’ve become, who we should help?’ Duan Yu said: ‘My disciple is a villain and this lanky guy’s character is even worse, don’t help him.’
Wang Yuyan muttered: ‘Hum, but the whole Beggar Society have driven your sworn brother away and don’t let him be the Chief. They’ve also falsely accused my biaoge, I hate them.’ In the heart of a young girl like her, whoever treated her biaoge badly was the worst person under heaven. She continued: ‘This stubby geezer is using the twenty four Demon Taming Pole stances of Mt. Wutai, but because he’s too short the two stances ‘The King of Qin Whips Rock’ and 'The Roc Spreads the Wings’ can’t be executed well. If the right-hand side of his lower body is attacked he won’t be able to defend himself. But this lanky man doesn’t realize that, he thinks the lower body of short people must be stable but in fact that’s not true.’
Even though her voice was very low, all the high-level martial arts users with fine internal energy at the scene had already heard what she said. The majority of these people knew about Elder Xi’s martial arts and skills but they might not necessarily realize where his stances were flawed. Once Wang Yuyan pointed out, they immediately felt that she was correct because whenever Elder Xi had used the two stances ‘The King of Qin Whips Rock’ and ‘A Roc Spreads the Wings’, his power had really been excessive but his stability had been deficient, his lower body had been rather vulnerable.
Yun Zhonghe cast a sidelong glance at Wang Yuyan and praised: ‘You little girl are very beautiful. It’s rarer that you have such great insight. Following me and becoming my wife are even more okay.’ While saying he used the steel claws in his hands to attack Elder Xi’s lower body with three swift stances. Elder Xi was too late to ward off the third stance. A sound of tearing was heard, his thigh had just suffered a long cut by Yun Zhonghe’s steel claws and immediately dripped blood.
Hearing Yun Zhonghe praise herself for being beautiful Wang Yuyan was quite happy, therefore she did not think his flirty and frivolous words were offensive. She smiled and said: ‘How shameless. What’s good about you? I’m not marrying you.’ Yun Zhonghe was very pleased, he said: ‘Why not? You’re already in love with that pretty boy, right? I’ll kill your love interest first, to see if you’ll marry me?’ These sentences had seriously violated Wang Yuyan’s taboos. She frowned and no longer paid attention to him.
Yun Zhonghe still wanted to say a few more words to gain advantage but Elder Wu of the Beggar Society leaped out, lifted his demon-headed saber and slashed four times on the left hand side, four times on the right hand side, four times high, four times low, totaling sixteen slashes. The momentum of the saber was extremely fierce. Yun Zhonghe was not familiar with the stances of his saber technique therefore he could only dodge around, jerk his head back and jump up. For the moment he was totally perplexed.
Wang Yuyan smiled and said: ‘This Four Forms Six Harmonies Saber technique of Elder Wu contains the generation principles, the restraint principles and the changes of the Eight Diagrams. That lanky man just doesn’t know that. I wonder if he can use the ‘Crane Snake Eight Attacks’. If he can, the Four Forms Six Harmonies Saber technique will be defeated easily.’ (T/Note: Four Forms - 四象 – include Tai Yang, Tai Yin, Shao Yang, Shao Yin; Six Harmonies - 六合 – include East, West, South, North, Up and Down, referring to the universe) Hearing her say those words to help Yun Zhonghe again, the people of the Beggar Society all had an angry expression on their faces. They saw that Yun Zhonghe immediately changed his fighting style, spreading wide his legs and whipping horizontally with the steel claws, looking like a white crane. Wang Yuyan put her mouth close to Duan Yu’s ear and whispered: ‘This lanky man has walked into my trap. Perhaps his left hand would be chopped off.’ Duan Yu was surprised, he asked: ‘Really?’
Everyone only saw that the saber technique of Elder Wu was strict and heavy, chopping sidelong and slashing horizontally as if there was no arrangement of stances. He fought more and more slowly, but all of a sudden he swiftly chopped three times. White light flashed. Yun Zhonghe shouted ‘Ah’, the back of his left hand had already been cut by the blade, the steel claw in his left hand could not be hold firmly anymore, a clang was heard, it had already fallen on the ground. However because his lightness skill was very fast, he hurriedly moved backwards and was able to dodge the three later chops of Elder Wu.
Elder Wu walked towards Wang Yuyan, stood in front of her, held his saber in a straight upright position and said: ‘Thanks a lot, Miss!’ Wang Yuyan smiled and said: ‘Elder Wu, your ‘Wonderful Door Three Powers Saber’ is very refined and subtle!’ Elder Wu was surprised, he thought: ‘I didn’t expect you to know this saber technique of mine.’ It turned out Wang Yuyan had deliberately called the saber technique of Elder Wu the ‘Four Forms Six Harmonies Saber’ and judging from the stances of Yun Zhonghe she had anticipated that he would surely use the ‘Crane Snake Eight Attacks’ to make him involuntarily get into a dominated situation. As expected, his left hand had nearly been chopped off. (T/Note: Three Powers - 三才 – Heaven, Earth, Man).
The name of the big-nosed man who had the queer voice and was standing next to He Lian Tie Shu was Nu Erhai. Seeing Wang Yuyan help Yun Zhonghe injure Elder Xi with just several sentences, then enable Elder Wu to injure Yun Zhonghe with a few sentences again, he turned towards He Lian Tie Shu and said: ‘General, this young Han girl is very strange, if we capture and take her back to First-class Hall then force her to tell everything she knows, it’ll prolly be extremely useful.’ He Lian Tie Shu said: ‘Very good, you go capture her.’ Nu Erhai scratched his head and thought: ‘This character of General is certainly not very nice. Whenever I suggested a ploy to him he always said: ‘Very good, you go handle it.’ Making suggestions is easy but handling them is hard. This young girl’s martial arts seem to be fathomless. I don’t wanna make a fool of myself in front of her. Anyway, today is for rounding up and annihilating these beggars, it’d be better to strike first and prevail.’ He made a gesture with his left hand, four of his subordinates immediately walked out.
Nu Erhai took several steps forwards and said: ‘Elder Xu, our General wanna see the Dog Beating Stick technique and the Dragon Subduing Eighteen Palms, if you have something interesting then show it, but if you really don’t, we can’t afford to wait any longer, we must go now, farewell.’ Elder Xu sneered and said: ‘High-level martial arts users of your country’s First-class Hall have boasted that you all have topnotch martial arts but it turns out you’re just mediocre, I’m afraid you don’t deserve to see the Dog Beating Stick technique and the Dragon Subduing Eighteen Palms.’ Nu Erhai said: ‘How to deserve to see them?’
Elder Xu said: ‘First you must beat us good-for-nothing beggars, then the head of the Beggar Society will show up...’ Saying to here, he suddenly coughed loudly then his eyes hurt intensely and could not open, his tears dripped down continuously. Feeling very frightened, he jumped up, held his breath and quickly kicked three times. Nu Erhai had not expected that this old man whose beard was snow-white would attack as soon as he finished saying and that his movements were so fast like this, he hastily dodged but could only avoid getting hit at the crucial points on his chest, the head of his shoulder had still been kicked. He staggered a few steps then made use of the momentum to leap backwards. Elder Xu jumped up the second time, while still being in the air, he felt weary and numb in his arms and legs and fell down heavily.
The people of the Beggar Society shouted in succession: ‘Not good, the Tartars play dirty!’ ‘What’s in my eyes?’ ‘I can’t open my eyes.’ Everyone felt a sharp pain in the eyes. Tears streamed out of their eyes. Wang Yuyan, A’Zhu and A’Bi could not open their eyes similarly.
It turned out that in an instant the Western Xia people had already dispersed the ‘Sad Weak Clear Wind’ in the apricot forest. The ‘Sad Weak Clear Wind’ was a type of colorless odorless poisonous gas. Its liquid form was made from the poisonous animals gathered from Huanxi valley in Mt. Daxue of Western Xia. Most of the time, it was kept in bottles. When it was used, the user had already had the antidote put into their nose. As soon as the stopper of the bottle was removed, the poisonous liquid would evaporate and spread into the air gently like a breeze. Therefore, no matter how careful and precise a person was they would still be unable to detect it. When their eyes hurt sharply, the poison had already entered the brain. After being poisoned the victim’s eyes would drip with tears, hence ‘Sad’, their whole body would be unable to move, hence ‘Weak’, the poisonous gas was colorless and odorless, hence ‘Clear Wind’.
Thuds and ‘A’yo’ sounds could be heard continuously, the people of the Beggar Society fell down one after another.
Duan Yu had eaten the Manggu Cinnabar Frog (T/Note: 莽牯朱蛤 – the cinnabar frog which bellows like a bull) therefore he was immune to poison. Even though he had breathed the ‘Sad Weak Clear Wind’ in, he was neither ‘Sad’ nor ‘Weak’. Seeing that the beggars, Wang Yuyan, A’Zhu and A’Bi all were having a painful expression on their faces he could not understand why and felt very frightened.
Nu Erhai cried out loudly and commanded the warriors to tie the people of the Beggar Society up. He himself went towards Wang Yuyan and stretched out his hand to grab her wrist.
Duan Yu shouted: ‘What are you doing?’ At that urgent moment he quickly extended his right forefinger, a beam of internal energy was shot out from the finger tip creating chi-chi sounds. It was none other than the ‘Six Meridians Divine Swords’ of the Duan clan in Dali. Nu Erhai did not know about its powers therefore he paid no attention to it and kept approaching Wang Yuyan to grab her wrist. Suddenly a crack was heard, the bone of his right arm had unaccountably been broken into two pieces. His arm hung down loosely. Nu Erhai cried out painfully and stopped walking.
Duan Yu bent down, gripped the delicate waist of Wang Yuyan then started to use the ‘Wave Treading Exquisite Steps’. Taking three steps forwards at an oblique angle and two strides over to one side, he rushed out of the crowd.
Ye Erniang made a wave with her right hand. A poisonous needle was fired towards the middle of his back. This poisonous needle was very well-aimed and went with a lot of force. In any case Duan Yu should have many difficulties in dodging it. However, he suddenly moved sideways then suddenly went backwards, therefore when the poisonous needle arrived he had already moved to the right side three chi. Three skilled warriors in the group of Western Xia warriors immediately jumped off their horseback, shouted and chased after him. Duan Yu ran to a horse, put Wang Yuyan lying across the saddle, then jumped onto the horse and spurred it to run away.
Western Xia warriors had already guarded the key posts all around the apricot forest. Suddenly seeing Duan Yu running out on a horse they immediately fired arrows. Trees in the apricot forest covered him, more than ten wolf-toothed arrows all stuck into the trees.
Duan Yu cried out: ‘Good horse ah good horse, the faster you run the better! When we return, I’ll let you eat chicken, eat meat, eat fish, eat goat.’ He forgot that horses did not eat meat or fish.
END OF CHAPTER 16
(To be continued)
Last edited by forgot password; 10-26-10 at 05:43 PM. Reason: my bloody grammar
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Rose blooms best near death
You are in full bloom, Pal!
(this update is quite short cause I translated it during lunchtime today)
Chapter 17: Today’s wishes
Both of them rode a horse together. After running very fast for a while they scanned around and saw that there were mulberry trees everywhere, in a short time they had already outdistanced the Western Xia warriors and no longer saw any sign of them.
Duan Yu asked: ‘Miss Wang, how do you feel?’ Wang Yuyan said: ‘I’ve been poisoned. There’s not any strength left in my body.’ Hearing the words: ‘Been poisoned’ Duan Yu was startled. He hurriedly asked: ‘Is it serious? How can we find the antidote?’ Wang Yuyan said: ‘I don’t know. You urge the horse on to a safe place then we’ll talk about it again.’ Duan Yu said: ‘Where is safe?’ Wang Yuyan said: ‘I don’t know either.’ Duan Yu thought: ‘What is it? I’ve already promised to keep her safe from dangers, why do I ask her to give directions?’ Without any feasible idea he had no alternative but to ride the horse aimlessly.
After running quickly for a meal’s time they did not hear the sounds of the chasing soldiers anymore and gradually became relax, but the rain started to drip down. Duan Yu kept asking after every short period of time: ‘Miss Wang, how do you feel?’ Wang Yuyan always replied: ‘I’m fine.’ Being able to travel together with the beauty Duan Yu was unspeakably happy, but he also feared that the poison in her body would become more dangerous, therefore he could not help but to smile for a while then to be anxious for a while.
The rain became heavier and heavier, Duan Yu took off his gown and covered Wang Yuyan with it. But that only worked for a short period of time, before long both of them were soaked through. Duan Yu asked again: ‘Miss Wang, how do you feel?’ Wang Yuyan sighed and said: ‘Both cold and wet. Let’s find a place to shelter from the rain.’ To Duan Yu, whatever Wang Yuyan said was like an imperial decree. When she wanted to find a place to shelter from the rain, even though Duan Yu knew clearly that they had not escaped from dangers he still continuously said yes, but he also dazedly thought: ‘The person Miss Wang constantly has in her mind is her biaoge Murong Fu. Today I and she have encountered dangers together I must do my utmost to protect her. Even if I die for her, someday in the rest of her life she’d once in a while remember me a little bit. When she and Murong Fu get married later and have children, when she tells her descendants about the past in leisure time perhaps she’d mention today’s events. At that time her head would be full of white hair, when she mentions the three words ‘Mr. Duan’, her pearly tears would fall down drop by drop…’ He lost in thought and could not prevent his eyes from reddening.
Seeing that he had a distressed look on his face and had not started to look for a shelter, Wang Yuyan asked: ‘What’s wrong? There isn’t any rain shelter?’ Duan Yu said: ‘At that time you’d tell your children…’ Wang Yuyan said: ‘What, my children?’
Duan Yu was startled, only now did he wake up to reality, he smiled and said: ‘Sorry, I was daydreaming.’ He looked around and saw a big mill in the northeast. The water of a rivulet was pushing the wooden wheel. The mill was in the process of pounding rice. He then said: ‘We can shelter from the rain there.’ and rode the horse to the mill. At this time it was raining heavily with cascading noises, all around was haze of water vapor.
He jumped off the horse, seeing that Wang Yuyan looked pale he could not help feeling very sorry for her and asked again: ‘You have a stomach ache? Have a fever? Have a headache?’ Wang Yuyan shook her head, smiled and said: ‘I’m fine.’ Duan Yu said: ‘Alas, I wonder what the poison the Western Xia people used was, let me go find the antidote.’ Wang Yuyan said: ‘It’s raining heavily like this! Help me get off the horse first and go inside. It won’t be late to talk about it later.’ Duan Yu hastily said: ‘Yes, yes! You see, I could be very silly.’ Wang Yuyan smiled and thought: ‘You’re just inherently silly.’
Seeing her smiling expression, Duan Yu could not help but to feel as if he was on cloud nine and almost forgot to go open the door of the mill. After opening the door he came back to help Wang Yuyan to get off the horse. Because his eyes had focused on her lovely face all the time, he did not notice that there was a ditch in front of the mill. His left foot stepped right in the middle of the ditch. Wang Yuyan called: ‘Be careful!’ But it was too late. Duan Yu cried out ‘Ah’ and fell plump into the mud. He climbed up after struggling for a while. His face, his hands, and his body were covered with mud, he continuously said: ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Are you… are you okay?’
Wang Yuyan said: ‘Alas, are you okay? That fall didn’t hurt did it?’ Duan Yu was over the moon when he saw her showing concern for himself. He hastily replied: ‘No, no. Even if it did hurt, there’d still be no problem.’ He held out his hands to help Wang Yuyan get off the horse. All of a sudden, seeing that they were covered with mud, he drew them back and said: ‘Not good! I go clean up first and will come back to help you.’ Wang Yuyan sighed and said: ‘You’re really fussy. My whole body is already drenched, what’s the matter if there’s some more mud?’ Duan Yu smiled apologetically and said: ‘I have only messed things up and haven’t cared for you well.” Still he cleaned the mud off his hands in the rivulet before helping Wang Yuyan get off the horse and walk into the mill.
When the two of them entered the mill, they saw the rice-pounding stone pestle being lifted and dropped, continuously hitting rice grains in the stone mortar, but they did not see anybody. Duan Yu shouted: ‘Is there anyone here?’
Suddenly, in the straw stack in a corner of the room, two people shouted at the same time: ‘A’yo!’ They stood up, one was male and one was female, both were eighteen or nineteen year old young peasants. Their clothes were untidy, their heads were full of straws, and their faces flushed red and looked totally embarrassed. It turned out they were a couple of lovers. The peasant girl had been here to pound rice, the man had followed her here to be close to her. Because it had been raining heavily they had thought that no one would arrive, and had gotten really unbridled to such a degree that they had not heard anything even though Duan Yu and Wang Yuyan had been talking to each other outside for quite a while.
Duan Yu held his fist in his hand and said: ‘Sorry for disturbing, sorry for disturbing! We only come here to shelter from the rain. If the two of you have something to do, please do as you wish and don’t pay attention to us.’
Wang Yuyan thought: ‘This bookworm is talking nonsense again. They are meeting us here, how can they keep cuddling each other?’ But she could not say those two sentences. After suddenly seeing the expression and attitude of that girl and that man, her face had soon reddened, she did not dare to look at them for long.
Duan Yu wholeheartedly focused his mind on Wang Yuyan therefore he did not care about this couple of young peasants. He helped Wang Yuyan sit down on a bench and said: ‘You’re totally drenched, what’s to be done?’
There was a layer of rosy light on Wang Yuyan’s face again. An idea sprung up in her mind. She pulled out from the hair on her temples a gold hairpin in which two big pearls were embedded, turned to the peasant girl and said: ‘Sister, I give you this hairpin, can you please lend me a set of clothes to change?’
Even though that peasant girl did not know that the two pearls were precious, but she recognized gold, in her mind she did not believe this was true, and said: ‘Let me fetch some clothes for you to change, this… this gold hairpin I don’t dare to take.’ As she finished saying she climbed up the wooden ladder beside her.
Wang Yuyan said: ‘Sister, please come here.’ That peasant girl had already climbed up four or five rungs. She quickly went down, walked to and stood before Wang Yuyan. Wang Yuyan put the gold hairpin in her hand and said: ‘I really give you this hairpin. Can you please take me to go change clothes?’
Seeing that Wang Yuyan was beautiful and amiable the peasant girl had already been totally willing to help her, now being given a gold hairpin she felt very happy. She declined unsuccessfully for a few times before finally accepting it then helping Wang Yuyan climb up to the garret above them to change clothes. The garret was stacked with paddy, straws and farm tools such as sieves and bamboo baskets. That peasant girl had some sets of worn-out clothes which she had been sewing and mending. After that young man had arrived, she had thrown them aside and stopped paying attention to them since. Now they were very suitable for Wang Yuyan to use.
That young peasant man timidly peeped at Duan Yu, he was still abashed. Duan Yu smiled and asked: ‘Big brother, what’s your name?’ That young man said: ‘I’m… I’m surnamed Jin.’ Duan Yu said: ‘So you’re big brother Jin.’ That young man said: ‘No. I’m Jin A’er. Jin A’da is my older brother.’ Duan Yu said: ‘Hum, so you’re second brother Jin.’ (T/N: Jin A’er means ‘Jin, the second brother’, Jin A’da means ‘Jin, the big brother.’)
Just saying to here, suddenly they heard horse hoofbeats, more than ten horses was galloping towards the mill. Duan Yu was frightened, he rose to his feet and shouted: ‘Miss Wang, the enemies have chased to here!’
Wang Yuyan was being helped by that young peasant girl. She had taken off her wet clothes, wrung water out of them, and was drying herself. Also hearing the horse hoofbeats, she was worried and frightened, and did not know how to deal with this situation.
The horses ran very fast, in a short period of time they had already arrived at the outside of the door. Someone shouted: ‘This horse is ours. That boy and that girl are inside of here.’ Wang Yuyan and Duan Yu, one being up on the garret, one being downstairs, secretly complained at the same time and thought: ‘Had we led the horse into the mill, it’d have been so much better.’ They heard a crash. Someone had kicked the door open, three or four Western Xia warriors rushed into the mill.
Wholeheartedly wanting to protect Wang Yuyan, Duan Yu rushed up the garret. Wang Yuyan had not dressed therefore she had no alternative but to take a wet gown to put before her chest. After being poisoned she felt very weak, therefore after her left hand had raised the gown to her chest, it dropped down. Duan Yu hastily turned around and said in a panicky manner: ‘I’m sorry for offending you, Miss, pardon me, pardon me.’ Wang Yuyan hurriedly said: ‘What should we do?’
(To be continued)
Last edited by forgot password; 10-14-10 at 05:05 AM. Reason: typos
Thanks for another update FP!
That perv DY is peeking at WYY!!
more update! thanks
i guess this is where they get the antidote.
Rose blooms best near death
You are in full bloom, Pal!
Chapter 17 cont.
They heard a warrior ask Jin A’er: ‘Is that girl upstairs?’ Jin A’er said: ‘Why do you ask about other people’s daughter?’ A thump was heard, that warrior had thrown a punch which had hit and sent him flying away for more than one zhang then falling down. Jin A’er was very stubborn. He immediately shouted abuse at the warrior.
The peasant girl said: ‘Brother A’er, Brother A’er, don’t exchange insults with other people.’ Caring about her lover, she climbed down to persuade him. Unexpectedly that Western Xia warrior brandished his saber then split Jin A’er head in half. The peasant girl was appalled. She fell and rolled down from the wooden ladder. Another warrior gripped her and said with a hideous grin: ‘This chick gives herself up to me.’ There was a sound of tearing. He had already torn her clothes. That peasant girl stretched out her hand and gave him a fierce claw in the face, immediately creating five streaks of blood. The warrior raged, with all his strength he threw a punch which hit her chest. Her ribs were all broken. She died immediately.
Hearing the agonized cries downstairs Duan Yu stuck his head out to have a look. When he saw that the couple of young peasants had suffered sudden unfortunate deaths, he was very sorry and muttered to himself: ‘It’s totally my fault for dragging the two of you into this so that you suffered horrible deaths.’ Seeing that warrior quickly climbing up the wooden ladder, he hurriedly gave it a shove towards the outside. The wooden ladder was only loosely connected to the floor of the garret therefore it immediately fell outwards. That warrior quickly jumped down on the ground, held and stopped the ladder, then connected it to the garret’s floor again. While Duan Yu was attempting to shove it one more time, another warrior raised his right hand, a sleeve-hidden arrow was shot at him. Duan Yu did not know how to dodge it. A ‘pu’ sound was heard, the sleeve-hidden arrow had stuck into his left shoulder. While Duan Yu was pressing his shoulder with his hand, the first warrior took advantage of that opportunity to connect the ladder to the garret’s floor and climb up. Each of his steps climbed up three rungs.
Wang Yuyan was sitting on a pile of paddy behind Duan Yu, seeing how that warrior have killed the peasant girl with a palm strike (T/N: Something wrong here, cause she was killed w/ a punch) and the lightness skill he had used to jump off and climb up the ladder, she said: ‘You use your left forefinger to press the ‘Xiaguan acupuncture point’ on his belly.’
When he had learned the Beiming Divine Skill (T/N: In Chinese myths, Beiming is the ocean at the northern extremity of the world where sunlight can’t reach) and the Six Meridians Divine Swords in Dali, he had already remembered clearly every acupuncture point on the human body. While he was hearing Wang Yuyan shouting, that warrior had already set his left foot on the edge of the garret. Not having time to think anymore, he extended the forefinger and poked him in the ‘Xiaguan acupuncture point’ on his belly. That warrior was running up, his belly was totally unprotected. He uttered a loud cry, then fell directly backwards on the ground from midair and died immediately.
Duan Yu cried out: ‘This’s strange, this’s strange!’ He saw another shaggy-bearded Western Xia warrior brandishing his long saber to protect his body and climbing up the ladder. Duan Yu asked: ‘Where to poke him, where to poke him?’ Wang Yuyan said in fright: ‘A’yo, this’s bad!’ Duan Yu asked: ‘Why bad?’ Wang Yuyan said: ‘The movements of his saber are too fast, if you wanna poke him in the ‘Shanzhong acupuncture point’ on his chest, when your finger hasn’t touched it, your arm would’ve already been chopped off.’
When she had just said to here, that shaggy-bearded warrior had already reached the edge of the floor. Duan Yu wanted to protect Wang Yuyan with all his heart therefore he did not think about the possibility that his arm might be chopped off. He stretched his right arm, utilized his internal energy, extended his finger and poked the warrior in the ‘Shanzhong acupuncture point’ on his chest. That warrior raised his saber to chop at Duan Yu’s arm, but all of a sudden he screamed out ‘Ah’ then fell down on his back. From a small hole on his chest blood was spouting up to two chi’s (t/n: 1 chi ~ 33.33 cm) high. Wang Yuyan and Duan Yu were both surprised and happy. Neither of them had expected the power of that finger attack to actually be this dangerous.
Because Duan Yu had continuously killed two of them in a very short period of time, the rest of the warriors did not dare to climb up to the garret anymore. They gathered downstairs to discuss.
Wang Yuyan said: ‘Mr. Duan, you should pull the sleeve-hidden arrow out of your shoulder.’ Duan Yu was very happy and thought: ‘So she also cares about the arrow wound on my shoulder.’ He held out his hand and plucked the sleeve-hidden arrow from his shoulder. This arrow had gone one cun (t/n: 1 cun ~ 3.333 cm) into his body and already touched the bone in his shoulder therefore using sheer force to pull it out like this was extremely painful, but because he was happy he did not care about that at all. He said: ‘Miss Wang, if they go up here to attack again, how you think should we deal with them?’ While saying he turned his head to look at Wang Yuyan. Suddenly seeing that she was still loosely dressed he hastily turned around and said: ‘A’yo, I’m sorry.’
Wang Yuyan felt so ashamed that her face became very red, but she did not have any strength to dress. An idea suddenly appeared in her mind. She then got into the stack of straws, only stuck her head out, smiled and said: ‘It’s all right, you can turn around now.’
Duan Yu slowly turned sideways, his whole body was prepared, if he saw that she was still untidily dressed exposing her skin, he would turn away immediately. When he had just turned half of his head around, he caught a glimpse of a Western Xia warrior on the outside of the window. The warrior was standing on a horse’s back, sticking his head in and looking around wanting to jump into the garret. Duan Yu hastily said: ‘There’re enemies on this side.’
Wang Yuyan thought: ‘How are this man’s martial arts?’ She said: ‘You throw the sleeve-hidden arrow at him.’
Duan Yu followed her advice and threw the sleeve-hidden arrow in his hand out. He was totally an amateur in using missiles therefore the sleeve-hidden arrow he threw did not have the least bit of accuracy and was at least two chi’s away from that man’s head. That man at first did not pay attention, but this throw of Duan Yu was extremely powerful, it was just a small sleeve-hidden arrow yet a whizzing sound was heard when it flew out. That man was frightened. He hunkered down to dodge and curled up into a heap on the saddle.
Wang Yuyan stuck her head out and saw clearly. She said: ‘He’s a wrestling expert of Western Xia. Just let him grip you, then hit the top of his skull with your palm, you’ll win.’
Duan Yu said: ‘This’s easy.’ He walked to the window and saw that warrior jumped up from the saddle, broke the window’s lattice and plunged into the garret. Duan Yu said: ‘Why do you come here?’ That warrior did not understand the Han language. He glowered at Duan Yu then held out the left hand and gripped his chest immediately. The movements of this man were really fast, right after gripping Duan Yu he straightened his arm and lifted him in the air. Duan Yu sent backwards a palm strike. There was a plop. He had already hit the top of the man’s head. That warrior had originally wanted to throw Duan Yu on the garret’s floor then wrestle him near dead but he had not expected to be hit by this palm strike. His skull was crushed into pieces. He died immediately.
Duan Yu had killed a man again. He could not help starting to panic. The more he thought the more frightened he got, he shouted: ‘I don’t want to kill anymore! I can’t kill anymore. You guys get away quickly!’ He then used his strength to push the corpse of the wrestling expert downstairs.
In total, there were fifteen Western Xia warriors who had chased him to the mill. At this moment there were twelve left. Four of them were experts of First-class Hall, two being Han, the other two being Western Xia. Those four people saw that Duan Yu’s martial arts seemed to be incomparably excellent for a while then seemed to be laughably childish for another while, which was really suitable to be regarded as ‘being fathomless’, therefore for the moment they did not dare to act rashly and gathered to quietly discuss attacking plans. However those eight Western Xia warriors had a different plan, they put straws inside the mill together and wanted to set fire to everything.
Wang Yuyan said in panic: ‘This is bad. They wanna set fire to the mill!’ Duan Yu stamped his feet and said: ‘What should we do?’ Seeing the big hydraulic wheel of the mill being pushed by the water of the rivulet, ceaselessly moving up and moving down, his mind was also up and down like the movements of the wheel.
He heard a Han man called: ‘General has ordered us to capture that young girl. We can’t kill her. Don’t torch this mill.’ Then he raised his voice and shouted: ‘Hey, little bastard and little puss! Quickly go down here and surrender, or else we’ll torch the mill, burning you alive and turning you into two roast pigs.’ He shouted continuously three times. Duan Yu and Wang Yuyan ignored him. That man took out some tinder, started a fire, then ignited a handful of straws, raised it with his hand and said: ‘If you keep resisting, I’ll start burning.’ As he finished saying he raised the kindling and assumed a posture which looked as if he wanted to throw it into the stack of straws.
Seeing that the situation was desperate, Duan Yu said: ‘Let me take them by surprise.’ He climbed on the hydraulic wheel. This wheel was very big, its diameter exceeded two zhang’s (t/n 1 zhang ~ 3.333m), and it was even higher than the roof of the mill. Duan Yu held on to some planks of the wheel, following the rotation of it, he slowly came down.
That man was still shouting noisily and loudly ordering Duan Yu and Wang Yuyan to surrender, not knowing that Duan Yu had quietly come down from the garret and extended his finger to poke him in his back. He was using the Shaoyang sword technique of the Six Meridians Divine Swords. One poke should do the job, however, while sneakily attacking other people he felt very scared, therefore the momenta of his attacks were inadequate and his internal energy could not be shot out. Whether Duan Yu’s internal energy could be shot out or not had merely been a matter of luck and this time he could not shoot it out. That man felt that his back had suddenly been lightly touched by something. He turned his head around and saw Duan Yu poking at his own back with his finger.
The man had seen with his own eyes how Duan Yu had continuously killed three people. Now, seeing Duan Yu moving his right hand in a disorderly manner and perhaps using some kind of evil technique he was rather afraid as well, therefore he hastily jumped leftwards. Duan Yu threw another finger attack, but still nothing happened, which was hard to understand. That man shouted loudly: ‘Stinking boy, what are you sneakily doing?’ He stretched out his left hand and made a grab at the top of Duan Yu’s head. Duan Yu hurriedly shrunk back and made random grabs with his hands. Fortunately he caught hold of the wheel and was immediately moved upwards by it. That man’s grab missed Duan Yu. A ‘pu’ sound was heard. Wood chips were sent flying all around. His grab had broken and created a big gap on a plank of the hydraulic wheel.
Wang Yuyan said: ‘You only need to go around to his back then attack the ‘Zhiyang acupuncture point’ at his seventh vertebra, he’ll be in danger. This man is a disciple of Tiger-clawed School in Jinnan. The Zhiyang acupuncture point isn’t trained by his martial arts practice.’
Duan Yu was in midair, he shouted: ‘That’s very good!’ then climbed up the wooden wheel and jumped into the main room of the mill.
The Western Xia warriors did not wait until his feet touched the ground. Three of them immediately tried to grab him at the same time. Duan Yu continuously shook his right hand and said: ‘I’m being outnumbered, even a brave man can’t beat multiple opponents at the same time, I only wanna fight one-on-one.’ As he finished saying he leaned and advanced on one side, using the footwork of the ‘Wave Treading Exquisite Steps’, after dodging several times, he was already at the back of that man. He shouted loudly: ‘Hit!’ and threw a finger attack, a chi-chi sound was heard, the ‘Zhiyang acupuncture point’ of the man was hit. He could not make even a single sound and died instantly.
After killing that man, Duan Yu wanted to follow the hydraulic wheel again to go up and return to Wang Yuyan’s side. But it was already too late because another Western Xia warrior had blocked his way out and was slashing at him with his saber. Duan Yu shouted: ‘A’yo, how terrible! The Tartar soldiers have severed my route of retreat. All around are ambushes, soldiers are besieging Gaixia, my important business has gone bust!’ He strode leftwards, that slash hit nothing. The other eleven in the mill immediately surrounded Duan Yu and attacked him at the same time with their sabers and swords. (T/n: Gaixia – the location where Xiang Yu was besieged by Liu Bang’s army and eventually committed suicide)
Duan Yu shouted loudly: ‘Miss Wang, see you in the next life. I’ve been besieged on all sides. It’s hard to even protect myself. I have no choice but to wait for you on the way to the Underworld.’ Even though he was shouting in a disorderly manner and looked extremely pathetic, the ‘Wave Treading Exquisite Steps’ footwork that he was using was incomparably masterful.
Wang Yuyan was entranced looking at it. She said: ‘Mr. Duan, you are following the ‘Wave Treading Exquisite Steps’, right? I have heard of it but don’t know its method.’
Duan Yu happily said: ‘Yes, yes! You wanna see it, then I’m gonna perform it from beginning to end one time for you. But I don’t know if I can reach the end before you see my head getting chopped off.’ He then performed the footwork he had learned from the scroll, starting from the first step.
Those eleven Western Xia warriors tried to punch and kick him and brandished their sabers and swords, but they could not touch even a corner of his clothes. All of them shouted: ‘Hey, you block this side!’ ‘You guard the northeast corner, don’t hold back when attacking.’ ‘A’yo, this’s not good, the little turtle egg has slipped away from here.’
Duan Yu kept going forwards one step then going backwards one step, moving around the hydraulic wheel and the stone mortar. Even though Wang Yuyan was smart and learned, she was not able to understand the method. She said: ‘Dodging the enemies is more important to you, don’t perform for me to see.’ Duan Yu said: ‘I can’t miss this good chance! If I don’t perform now, after I die you won’t be able to see it.’
He did not care about his own life and only wished to perform the ‘Wave Treading Exquisite Steps’ from beginning to end for the person he loved to see. Who would have ever expected that a love-smitten person had their own good luck? If he waited for the enemies’ attacks to come before using the footwork to dodge; firstly, because he did not know martial arts while the enemies were experts, and their stances were seemingly false and real at the same time and very unpredictable, he would not be able to dodge when he wanted to; secondly, the enemies had eleven people in total, if he successfully dodged the first man, he would not be able to dodge the second one, even if he successfully dodge the second man, he would not be able to dodge the third one. But he only focused on his own footwork and paid absolutely no attention to the enemies, therefore eleven people of them all pursued and attacked him. Every step of this ‘Wave Treading Exquisite Steps’ went to places that were definitely not expected by other people. They saw his left foot striding eastwards, but to their surprise, in fact his body had moved to the northwest corner. The eleven people attacked faster and faster, but ninety percent of their stances had ended up attacking the people on their own side, the remaining ten percent had totally missed.
Seeing Duan Yu standing beside the hydraulic wheel, the first, the second, and the third immediately attacked the place where they thought he would move to with their fists, legs, sabers and swords. The fourth, the fifth and the sixth used their weapons to attack the place where he was standing. While Duan Yu was dodging, he suddenly changed direction. Bang bang bing bing, ding dang clang clang, the weapons of the first, the second, the third, the fourth… had all hit the same place. You blocked and fought me, I blocked and fought you. Some Western Xia warriors had been a little bit slow and had been injured by the people on the own side.
After seeing just a few stances Wang Yuyan already knew the principle, she shouted: ‘Mr. Duan, your footsteps are very clever and complicated, for the moment I can’t understand them clearly. It’d be best if after finishing this round you perform another round.’ Duan Yu said: ‘Okay, I’ll always follow your instructions.’ Once he finished stepping according to eight times eight equaling sixty four hexagrams, he restarted from the first step of the technique.
Wang Yuyan considered: ‘For the moment Mr. Duan’s life is not in doubt, but how to escape from this difficult situation? I haven’t put clothes on my upper body. This really makes me feel ashamed to death. The only choice is to think of a way to give Mr. Duan directions so that he’d kill all the eleven enemies.’ She immediately stopped watching Duan Yu’s footwork and looked carefully at the stances of those eleven people.
Suddenly she heard a clack. Someone had put the wooden ladder against the edge of the garret. A Western Xia warrior wanted to climb up to the garret again. Because all eleven of them had been fighting Duan Yu unsuccessfully for a long time, the leader of the Western Xia people had told his subordinate to capture Wang Yuyan first and talk about it later.
Wang Yuyan panicked. She shouted: ‘A’yo!’
Duan Yu raised his head and saw that Western Xia warrior climbing up to the garret on the ladder. He hastily asked: ‘Where to hit him?’ Wang Yuyan said: ‘You’d best grab his ‘Zhishi acupuncture point’!’ Duan Yu strode forwards and grabbed the ‘Zhishi acupuncture point’ on the back of his waist. Not knowing what he should do next, he conveniently made a throw, by lucky coincidence he threw the warrior into the rice-pounding stone mortar. The stone pestle which weighed two hundred jin’s (t/n: 1 jin = 0.5 kg) was driven by the hydraulic wheel. All the while it had been pounding on the stone mortar unceasingly. The grains in the stone mortar had been turned into very fine rice powder for a long time, but because there was no one to look after the mill, the stone pestle still kept pounding as usual. After that Western Xia warrior had fell into the stone mortar, the stone pestle went down, a ‘peng’ was heard, it had burst his brain open, his blood splashed on the rice powder.
That Western Xia expert repeatedly urged his subordinates forwards, there were three other Western Xia warriors trying to be the first to climb up the ladder. Wang Yuyan shouted: ‘Do the same thing!’ Duan Yu held out his hand to grab the ‘Zhishi acupuncture point’ of another man then made a throw with all his strength, throwing that man into the stone mortar. This time he intentionally threw therefore the power he used was not as perfect as it had been the last time. When the stone pestle fell down, it hit the man’s waist. He let out a miserable bloodcurdling scream, but for the moment it was impossible for him to die. Every time the stone pestle fell down, he let out a miserable scream.
Duan Yu was dumbfounded. Seeing that two other Western Xia warriors had already been climbing up the ladder, he shouted in panic: ‘Don’t do that! Quickly come down.’ He poked chaotically with his left-hand fingers. Because he was frightened, his internal energy was in turmoil. Therefore the power of the Six Meridians Divine Swords was able to be shot out. Two ‘chi-chi’ sounds were heard. Two beams of internal energy hit the backs of those two men. They immediately fell down.
The remaining seven Western Xia warriors saw that Duan Yu could kill people from a distance by poking in the air. They had really never heard of this kind of technique before. They did not know that Duan Yu could not use this technique as he pleased, when he had really wanted to use it he had not necessarily been able to, but when he had used it randomly at urgent moments he had often been successful. The more those seven people thought about this the more frightened they became. All of them had already become rather timid but they were not willing to run away at this point too.
Wang Yuyan was looking down from a higher position therefore she had observed the fight in the big room clearly. She saw that even though there were seven enemies left, only three of them had rather good martial arts, and that Western Xia man who had shouted and given orders was perhaps the leader of this group. She shouted: ‘Mr. Duan, you go kill that man who is wearing yellow clothes and a leather hat first. You need to find a way to hit the ‘Yuzhen’ and ‘Tianzhu’ acupuncture points at the back of his head.’
Duan Yu said: ‘Yes, Miss.’ and rushed towards that man.
That Western Xia man was secretly frightened and thought: ‘The two acupuncture points Yuzhen and Tianzhu are exactly my weak points, how does this girl know that?’ Seeing Duan Yu charging at him, he immediately chopped horizontally with the saber to prevent him from approaching. Duan Yu charged at the man several times but he was still unable to go to his back and was almost injured by the saber. That man had heard Wang Yuyan shouting that his own back had had weak points therefore he was earnestly defending the weak points on the back of his head otherwise Duan Yu would have been in great danger. Duan Yu shouted: ‘Miss Wang, this man is very tough, I can’t go to his back.’
Wang Yuyan said: ‘That man who is robed in gray, his weakness is the ‘Lianquan acupuncture point’ on his neck. That yellow-bearded man, I don’t recognize his martial arts stances, you should try hitting him in the chest with some finger attacks.’ Duan Yu said: ‘Yes!’ He extended his finger and pushed it quickly towards the man’s chest. Even though these finger attacks of his were technically correct they did not carry any power, but how could that yellow-bearded man know that? He immediately lowered his body and dodged three finger attacks. When Duan Yu attacked the fourth time, he jumped up in the air then from midair delivered his attacks downwards. The power of his palm strikes was fierce and encompassed Duan Yu’s body.
Duan Yu felt that his breathing had become hurried and also felt dizzy. Very frightened, he closed his eyes and thrust the fingers of both hands chaotically. ‘Chi-chi-chi-chi’ sounds were heard continuously, the Six Meridian Divine Swords Shaoshang, Shangyang, Zhongchong, Guanchong, Shaochong and Shaoze were shot out at the same time and pierced six holes in the body of that yellow-bearded man. But the power of his palm strikes did not vanish, a pat was heard, a palm strike had hit Duan Yu’ shoulder. At that moment, Duan Yu’s internal energy surged through his body, even though this palm strike had a lot of force, thanks to the protection of his vigorous internal energy, it did not injure him a little bit, moreover, that yellow-bearded man was sent flying away for one zhang.
Wang Yuyan did not know that he was not injured, she said in panic: ‘Mr. Duan, are you okay? Are you injured?’
Duan Yu opened the eyes and saw that yellow-bearded man was flat on his back, blood was spouting ceaselessly from the six small holes on his chest, his expression was ferocious, his eyes opened wide and were looking viciously at himself. He had still not died. Duan Yu was so scared that his heart started to pound in his chest, he shouted: ‘I don’t wanna kill you. You yourself… yourself were asking for it.’ He was still using the Wave Treading Exquisite Steps and scampering in the main room. During that time he continuously cupped his fist, bowed to the remaining six people and said: ‘Brave men, there was no enmity between me, Duan Yu, and you in former days. In the past few days there was no enmity between us either. Please open your net and allow me a way out. I… I… really don’t dare to kill anyone again. This… this… having killed this many people, how can I not feel terribly guilty? Really, I’ve been overly merciless. You run away quickly, okay? Let’s consider that I, Duan Yu, have lost, please… please… I beg your pardon.’
When he turned around he suddenly saw a Western Xia warrior standing beside the door. No one knew when he had entered the mill. That man was medium in stature. His clothes were the same as those of the other Western Xia warriors, but he had a sallow complexion and a wooden face, looking just like a corpse. Duan Yu felt a chill of fear: ‘Is this man a ghost? Could it be that… could it be that… because the souls of the Western Xia warriors killed by me couldn’t vanish, their unfairly-treated ghosts show up?’ He said in a tremulous voice: ‘You… Who are you? What… What do you wanna do?’
That Western Xia warrior stood with his back straightened, neither did he reply nor did he make a move. Duan Yu leaned to one side, made a grab backwards and caught hold of the ‘Zhishi acupuncture point’ on the back of the waist of a Western Xia warrior beside himself, then threw that warrior at the mysterious person. That person slightly moved sideways. A ‘peng’ sound was heard. The head of that Western Xia warrior had hit the wall. His skull was shattered into pieces and he died. Duan Yu let out a deep breath and said: ‘You’re a man, not a ghost.’
At this moment, besides the incoming mysterious person, there were only five Western Xia warriors left. Among them, one Western Xia man and one Han man were experts of ‘First-class Hall’. The other three had mediocre martial arts, seeing that the number of people on their own side had gotten smaller and smaller as the fight had gone on, they all wanted to retreat, one of them went to the door and pushed it. That Western Xia expert shouted: ‘What are you doing?’ Shua shua shua, using his saber he chopped three times towards Duan Yu.
(To be continued)
(Man, I hate sissy DY!)
Last edited by forgot password; 10-25-10 at 06:46 AM. Reason: typos, too many!
thanks again. plz keep them coming
Rose blooms best near death
You are in full bloom, Pal!
Wanderful translation. Duan Yu is an idiot, a lucky idiot but an idiot all the same.
Duan Yu is truly a pervert. Even when in a dire situation, all he thought was how to impress Wang Yu Yan.