another great and meticulous translation. Thank you.
another great and meticulous translation. Thank you.
Thank you for this wonderful translation
Bonus. A new day.
Yay for more translation!
The three brothers get to show off their chops now. Even DY, who was a little pathetic at first, is now starting to surge.
Thanks for a long one!
DY's 6 swords materialising!!!
Wow. What great fights! Was this the greatest multiple fights in one sequence in the Jin Yong universe? Although XF, XZ and XY did not match their martial arts against each other but this surely rank higher than when the five greats fought one another for the 9 Yin Manual.
Hilarious appearance by the Crocodile. So why didn't Duan Yu absorb more power when trapped by Murong's foot? Or does it only work with skin contact, ala Rogue? Kinda funny to see an inspired but hapless brother jump into the foray only to get beat down and get rescued by backers. At least his latent martial arts manifest during critical junctures so as not to appear a total loser.
Thanks a lot d4rksinz.
It seems dy only learned to absorb qi through the ren and du channels 2 main channels and accupoints related to those. There are 8 divine channels. The 6mds channels power from the other 6. So absorb here. Release there. That kind of thing.
well at least now he is fighting. i began to hate him more and more each time he appears in the story. he got the best luck of them all. but he is too stupid to utilize it. i mean he is a prince with a family who owns the most powerful sealing technique in the world. then he got the 6 fingers technique (sry really lazy to read everything back to find the name coz then would see his action again) then the energy absorbing technique which he didnt study because he was a hypocrite. he obviously want to see the scroll but he gave himself so manyexcuses that he himself start to believe it. then theres the wang family and the statue he bow as a goddess to. anybody would be able to link the statue and the wang family are related but no. he just have to be the idiot who just thought it was a coincidence that the mother and the daughter are almost exactly alike with the statue. and then he already knows that wang yuyan know almost every martial arts in the world which she learns from books in her LIBRARY. if his brain was in his bloody head he would have known the library that went missing was with the wang family. stupid ingrate cant even think right and should never ever suceed a throne especially a big country.
ps DY is dumber than dumb lad the dumbest king in the history of the dumbest world in the dumb universe
Well, I'm just glad he wasn't an idiot enough to not be furious with WYY for cheering when his father was struck.
Chapter 42 --- Old Devil and Clown, How Can They Strike, Fighting A One-Sided Battle
Murong Fu grab the long sword hastily, his spirit roused as he executed Murong family's swordplay, every move continuous and uninterrupted, akin to moving cloud and flowing water, in the wink of an eye his body seem to be covered by a curtain of light. Martial artists only heard about Murong family's vast and profound martial arts, they are knowledgeable about the martial arts of various sect and school, unexpectedly their own swordplay is so exquisite as well.
However no matter how strong or how aggressive he is, Murong Fu cannot move within 1 zhang of Duan Yu. Duan Yu only need to jab and poke with his fingers and he can make Murong Fu jump high and lie low, run east and dodge west. Suddenly there is a 'Pa' sound, Murong Fu's long sword and Duan Yu's invisible energy sword clashed head-on, the long sword broke into two, half of the blade flew into the air and gave off white light as the sun reflect off it.
Murong Fu was alarmed, however he did not panic, he quickly wave his left hand, he use the broken sword as a hidden weapon and threw it towards Duan Yu. Duan Yu shouted out: "Aiyo!" he was at a loss on what to do, he panicked and lie on the ground hastily. The broken sword flew past the top of his head, in a fight between two experts unexpectedly he can come up with such 'Dog Eating Shit' form, the move is really humiliating, extremely unsightly. Although Murong Fu's sword was broken, but he seek victory through defeat, he is natural and unrestrained, much more glamorous compared to Duan Yu.
Feng BoE shouted: "Young master, catch this blade!" he toss his broadsword, Murong Fu caught it, he saw Duan Yu had stood back up, he laugh and said: "Brother Duan, that move 'Evil Dog Eating Shit', is it the consummate skill of Dali's Duan family?" Duan Yu stare foolishly, he said: "No!" he wave his right little finger and thrust his 'Shaochong Sword' at Murong Fu.
Murong Fu wave his broadsword to block, suddenly he execute [Five Tiger Breaking Gate Sabre] and [Eight Divinatory Trigram Sabre Art], several moves later he execute [Six Direction Sabre], in no time he execute 8-9 different sabre art in succession, every sabre style happen to fit the situation and express its essential meaning, renowned sabre experts who are spectating all gasp with admiration. However although Murong Fu's sabre art is refine but he still can't move near Duan Yu. Duan Yu's 'Shaochong Sword' slice from the left side, Murong Fu raise his broadsword to block, with a 'Dang' sound the blade was broken again.
GongYe Gan wave both hands and toss two judge-pen towards Murong Fu. Murong Fu cast away the broken broadsword, he caught the judge-pens and execute acupoint sealing moves, the tip of the pen gave out 'Chi Chi' sound, it produce faint streams of energy as well.
Both of them exchange over 100 moves, Duan Yu's initial fear began to subside, he slowly understood how internal energy travels through his veins and arteries, he recalled the internal energy cultivation method taught by his uncle and Master KuRong, he gradually start to rotate his [Six Meridian Divine Swords] and switch them around. Suddenly Xiao Feng said: "3rd brother, you have yet to perfect this [Six Meridian Divine Swords], executing six different sword-play together, while switching there will be gaps in-between, your opponent can seize this opportunity to dodge. Why don't you try to use just one set of sword-play?" Duan Yu said: "Yes, many thanks to elder brother for giving pointers." he gaze sideway, Xiao Feng is standing with his hands by the side, his expression leisurely, Zhuang JuXian is lying down on the ground, his two legs broken, he is moaning loudly.
With Murong Fu gone, Xiao Feng immediately gain the upper hand, he clash palm head-on with You TanZhi repeatedly, however whenever their palm interlock Xiao Feng cannot help but shiver, cold air invade his body, the suffering indescribable and difficult to endure, at once he smack his palm heavily, when You TanZhi use full-strength to block Xiao Feng seize the opportunity and sweep his right leg. You TanZhi's speciality is frost-silkworm poison and internal energy of [Divine Foot Scripture], as for punching and kicking skill he learn it from AhZi, thus his moves are extremely common and sloppy, he felt sudden acute pain from his leg, with a 'Kala' sound, both his shinbone broke and he collapsed. Xiao Feng said in a bright voice: "Beggar Clan values chivalry and being humane, since you are the leader of the clan how can you mix around with those demons from XingXiu Sect? Aren't you disgracing the several hundred years of good reputation enjoyed by Beggar Clan?"
The sole reason You TanZhi became Chief of Beggar Clan is due to his outstanding martial arts. As for his knowledge, manner and leadership, they are inadequate, moreover he wore a mask, being mysterious and secretive, all clan affairs were handled by AhZi and Quan GuanQing, thus many Clan members are extremely resentful for quite some time already. Today he killed several of his own Clan members, kowtow to Ding ChunQiu in public and became a XingXiu disciple, hence Beggar Clan members no long treat him as their Chief anymore. Xiao Feng broke both of his shinbone, unexpectedly the Beggar Clan members are secretly delighted, not a single one of them step forward to help him. Quan GuanQing and a few hardcore followers intend to step forward to help him, however when they saw Xiao Feng's awe-inspiring expression, who dare to step forward and seek death?
After defeating You TanZhi, Xiao Feng saw Xu Zhu fighting fiercely with Ding ChunQiu, Xu Zhu occupied a dominant position, although Duan Yu know [Six Meridian Divine Swords], however his moves are sometime brilliant yet sometime incomparably stupid, Duan Yu had many opportunities to secure victory however for some unknown reason he simply let it pass, thus Xiao Feng cannot bear it anymore and gave some pointers.
Duan Yu look sideways at Xiao Feng and You TanZhi, his attention was divided, immediately a loophole appeared in his [Six Meridian Divine Swords]. Murong Fu is incomparably quick-witted, he wave his left hand, a judge-pen accompanied by strong wind shoot straight at Duan Yu's chest, it is about to pierce through his chest. Duan Yu saw the astonishing power of the judge-pen, he cannot help but panic and shouted: "Elder brother, not good!"
Xiao Feng execute a move "Wading Great Creek", he smack from the side, the judge-pen was hit by his palm wind, unexpectedly the body of the pen became curved, it circle around Duan Yu's head and shoot towards Murong Fu.
Murong Fu lifted the judge-pen in his right hand and use it to smash the incoming judge-pen, with a 'Dang' sound both pen collided, Murong Fu's right arm became numb from the shock, he did not wait for the curved pen to drop on the ground, he made a grabbing move with his left hand and execute Kongtong Sect's [Single Hook Technique].
The crowd witness Xiao Feng's powerful palm strength, they also witness Murong Fu's ability to adapt to any changes, his strangely wonderful hook technique, they cannot help but cheer out loudly, today they get to witness the top two martial art genius of the current age fighting each other with their full strength, it truly broaden their horizons, they did not waste this long trip to Mount Shaoshi.
Duan Yu avoid the danger of flying judge-pen, he calm down and pointed with his thumb, he send out 'Shaoshang Sword'. This 'Shaoshang Sword' is bold and resolute, its style grand and imposing, every sword thrust contains earth-shattering power. Even with a judge-pen and a hook, Murong Fu found it difficult to ward off the sword. Duan Yu was given pointers by Xiao Feng, he only focus on using one set of sword-play, sure enough the structure of his sword-play is well-knit, there are no loophole or gaps.
Originally by using all six sword stance of [Six Meridian Divine Swords] together, its power is far greater than using just one sword stance, however Duan Yu is not familiar with the secret to using all six sword stance, it is beneficial for him to focus on using one sword stance, 10 sword moves later, Murong Fu is perspiring from his forehead, he retreat continuously and move beside a huge locust tree, he relied on the tree for defence.
Duan Yu completed 'Shaoshang Sword', he bend his thumb and pointed with his forefinger, he execute 'Shangyang Sword'.
The power of 'Shangyang Sword' is not as grand as 'Shaoshang Sword', however its speed far exceeds other sword stance, Duan Yu move his forefinger repeatedly, he thrust out sword after sword, its incomparably quick. The thrusting speed of a sword is entirely dependent on the agility of the practitioner's wrist, however to thrust and retract a sword, no matter how fast you are the sword still has to travel several chi, Duan Yu is using his forefinger to shoot out invisible energy sword, he merely swivel his finger within 1 inch radius, hence it is extremely easy as he only need to jab and poke. Murong Fu was forced to stay several zhang away, there is no way for him to retaliate at all. Previously Murong Fu break down and counter his moves, Duan Yu did not even get to use a 2nd move and nearly lost his life, but currently Duan Yu is attacking without the need to defend, Murong Fu allowed him free use of 'Shaoshang Sword', naturally Duan Yu occupied all the advantage in this fight.
Wang YuYan saw her cousin is in critical situation, she is extremely worried, although she is familiar with the martial arts of various sect and school under the heaven, however she has absolutely no knowledge on [Six Meridian Divine Swords], she cannot give guidance and can only worry in silence.
Xiao Feng saw Duan Yu's invisible energy sword becoming more and more marvellous, he felt gratified and also a sense admiration, suddenly his heart ached, he thought about AhZhu: "That day AhZhu willingly die in place of her father, the main reason is because she fear that after i killed her father, Dali's Duan family will surely seek me for revenge, she fear i am no match of their [Six Meridian Divine Swords]. 3rd brother is at the beginners stage of learning this sword-play, however his sword-play is already so mythical, if i switch place with Murong Fu i will surely have problems resisting as well. AhZhu sacrifice herself to prevent my death, i....i am only a Khitan warrior, how am i deserving of such deep and profound love?"
Both Duan YanQing and Jiumozhi saw Duan Yu execute [Six Meridian Divine Swords], its incomparably marvellous, although they know he have yet to perfect this skill but he only needs the guidance of an expert, with additional training he will surely become the number one expert of the current age, they cannot help but give a long sigh. Jiumozhi's sigh is due to envy and admiration, but Duan YanQing's sigh is due to misery and being depressed.
Deng BaiChuan and the rest saw Murong Fu was pressured by Duan Yu till an extremely dire state, they want to step forward and assist, however they heard the shouting's of countless women from the southwest corner: "Old Freak of XingXiu, how dare you fight with the owner of Misty Peak Vulture Palace? Quickly kneel down and kowtow." everyone tilt their head and look, several hundred women are standing at the mountain edge, they are arrange into eight divisions, every division wore different coloured clothes, red, yellow, purple, etc, the colours bright and dazzling. Among the eight divisions of women there are also several hundred heroes from all over the country, their manner and clothes greatly differs from normal people. These heroes also shout out: "Owner, plant a few 'life-death talisman' on him!"
"Life-death talisman is most effective when dealing with Old Freak of XingXiu!"
Xu Zhu's martial arts and internal energy far exceeds Ding ChunQiu, he can secure victory long time ago, however firstly his experience in fighting is simply too shallow, he can barely display 60-70% of his true potential, secondly his heart is merciful, there are several vicious techniques he can use to kill Ding ChunQiu, however he often execute halfway and withdraw it back, thirdly Ding ChunQiu's body is covered with deadly poison, Xu Zhu had some misgivings, he don't dare to touch Ding ChunQiu rashly, however with Xu Zhu's deep and profound internal energy Ding ChunQiu's poison cannot harm him anymore, thus both of them fought for a long time but they are still lock in stalemate. Suddenly he heard a crowd of men and women are cheering for him, he turn his head towards the source, he cannot help but be startled yet delighted, of the Nine Heaven Nine Divisions from Vulture Palace eight divisions have arrived, Phoenix Heaven Division stayed behind to guard Vulture Palace. The men are the 36 Cave-masters and 72 Island-masters as well as the troops under their command, their numbers are truly not small, even though not all the Cave-masters and Island-masters are present but at least 80-90% of them are here.
Xu Zhu shouted: "Grandma Yu, Mr Wu, how come you are here?" Grandma Yu said: "Reporting to owner, subordinate receive news from Plum Orchid Bamboo and Chrysanthemum Sword, i learn of how these bald thieves from Shaolin are out to make things difficult for owner, thus i inform the various Island-masters and Cave-masters, we travel day and night to rush over here. Luckily owner is unharmed, subordinate is very happy." Xu Zhu said: "I originate from Shaolin, your speech is too rude, quickly apologize to Shaolin's abbot." while speaking he still display his [Plum Breaking Hands of Heavenly Mountain] and [Six Solar Palms of Heavenly Mountain] brilliantly.
Grandma Yu had a terrified expression, she bow and said: "Yes, old lady admits her guilt." she walk towards abbot XuanCi, she kneel down and respectfully kowtow four times and said: "Grandma Yu from Vulture Palace's Clear Sky Division, my speech is too rude, i offended eminent monks from Shaolin, i kowtow to ask for forgiveness and respectfully invite great master abbot to punish me." her speech is extremely sincere, her enunciation clear and bright, clearly her internal energy is vigorous, reaching the realm of top ranking martial experts.
XuanCi brush his sleeves and said: "I don't deserve your praise, shizu please get up!" he employed 50% of his internal energy with this brush, he intend to prop up Grandma Yu, unexpectedly Grandma Yu's body only move slightly, she did not rise. Grandma Yu kowtow again and said: "Old lady smeared owner's original school, i deserve a thousand death." she stood up slowly and return back to her division.
The Xuan generation monks heard Xu Zhu narrate his experience in Vulture Palace before, they know about the intermediate story, however the remaining Shaolin monks as well as the spectators are greatly surprised: "The internal energy cultivation of this old lady is truly solid, the rest of the men and women that came with her are not weaklings either, how come they are the subordinates of this little monk from Shaolin, truly unbelievable." the crowd saw Xu Zhu assisting Xiao Feng, moreover he had large numbers of men and women as reinforcements, unexpectedly Xiao Feng's situation strengthened greatly, it is not easy to kill him anymore.
XingXiu disciples saw there are quite a number of good-looking maidens from Vulture Palace's Eight Division, their speech became unclear and flustered. The Cave-masters and Island-masters are straightforward men, they bicker and ridicule openly, in an instant the mountain top is full of shouting and cursing sound. The Cave-masters and Island-masters all pull out their weapons to challenge. XingXiu disciples don't dare to meet the challenge, however they redouble their effort in cursing. Some XingXiu disciples saw their master occupy an unfavourable position for a long time, the situation is not good, thus they look around in all direction for an escape route down the mountain.
Duan Yu was not distracted, he completely ignore the men and women from Vulture Palace, he focus on his 'Shangyang Sword' with rapt attention, he pressured Murong Fu with every single move. When he thought of Wang YuYan, every word and movement that came from her is for the sake of protecting Murong Fu, his heart is extremely bitter, since he already activate his [Six Meridian Divine Swords], his internal energy flow continuously, the power of his sword unstoppable. At this stage Murong Fu is unable to deduce the attack path of the invisible energy sword, he can only wave his pen and hook around to form a protective barrier and guard his whole body, he constantly shrink his body behind the huge locust tree to avoid the energy sword.
Suddenly there is a 'Chi' sound, the energy sword penetrate Murong Fu's protective barrier and slice off his hat, his hairs scattered in all direction, his appearance extremely battered and unsightly. Wang YuYan cry out in fear: "Gentleman Duan, please be lenient!" Duan Yu's heart trembled, he gave a deep sigh, he did not fire his 2nd sword move, he massage his chest and pondered: "In your heart you only think about your cousin, if i accidently kill him, your grieve will be unending, you will never smile again. I love and respect you, i will never make you sad."
Murong Fu's complexion is white and bloodless, today at Mount Shaoshi he was thoroughly defeated in a sword duel, he suffered great shame and humiliation, in addition a woman spoke out to plea leniency for him and only then his opponent spared his life, would he have any standings in the martial arts fraternity from now on? He shout loudly: "A true man does not fear death, who needs you to give leeway?" he brandish his steel hook and pounce towards Duan Yu.
Duan Yu wave his pair of hands and said: "We have no hatred or enmity, why the need to fight? Stop fighting, stop fighting!"
Murong Fu's character is proud and haughty, he have no regards for people, he was utterly defeated by Duan Yu and had no chance to retaliate, moreover his opponent made concession base on a brief remark from Wang YuYan, how can he endure such indignation? He wave his steel hook at Duan Yu's face, he thrust his judge-pen at Duan Yu's chest, he thought: "Use your invisible energy sword to kill me, we will end in mutual destruction, better than to drift and live without purpose in life." his heart is filled with shame and anger, he disregarded his life with this pounce.
Duan Yu saw this ferocious attack from Murong Fu, if he use [Six Meridian Divine Swords] to attack, he is afraid he might kill Murong Fu, he don't know what to do, unexpectedly he just stare stupidly and did not think of using [Graceful Steps upon the Waves] to dodge. Murong Fu is staking his life in this pounce, the speed is incomparably quick, his body flash and there is a 'Pu' sound, the judge-pen in his right hand already plunge into Duan Yu's body. Luckily Duan Yu slanted his body to the left at the critical moment, he avoid injuries to the vital points on his chest, however the judge-pen penetrate deep into his right shoulder, Duan Yu cry out loudly, he was so frighten that his body turn stiff. Murong Fu execute the move "Fishing A Needle From The Sea" using the steel hook on his left hand, he attack Duan Yu's head swiftly.
Duan ZhengChun and Crocodile Deity of Southern Sea saw the situation is amiss, both of them pounce forward, in addition Ba TianShi and Cui BaiQuan pounce forward as well. Murong Fu is determined to kill Duan Yu, he rather sustain serious injuries than slow down his attack, unexpectedly he pay no heed to the four men's attack, just as the sharp tip of the steel hook was about to touch Duan Yu, suddenly the 'Shendao acupoint' on Murong Fu's back turn numb, his body was lifted high up in the air. The 'Shendao acupoint' is a critical acupoint, once captured Murong Fu's hand turn numb immediately, he cannot hold onto the judge-pen and steel hook anymore, he heard Xiao Feng shout sternly: "He spare your life, unexpectedly you dare to employ such evil scheme, what kind of hero are you?"
As it turns out Xiao Feng saw Murong Fu pounce towards Duan Yu, his guard is wide open and revealed his weakness, Xiao Feng assume Duan Yu will use his invisible energy sword and kill Murong Fu with 1 move, unexpectedly Duan Yu stop attacking and stay his hand at the critical moment, Murong Fu's attack is strangely quick, although Xiao Feng move quickly but he is still too late to prevent the judge-pen attack. Murong Fu follow up and execute the move "Fishing A Needle From The Sea", Xiao Feng seize the opportunity and grab the 'Shendao acupoint' on his back. Although Murong Fu's martial art is no match for Xiao Feng but it is not to the extent of being captured in 1 move, because Murong Fu is filled with shame and anger, he focus solely on killing Duan Yu, thus he did not bother to guard his body. Xiao Feng use his exquisite grabbing technique, he target vital acupoints, thus Murong Fu cannot move anymore.
Xiao Feng's stature is big and tall, he have long hands and feet, he lifted Murong Fu in midair, the appearance is akin to an eagle clutching a little chick. Deng BaiChuan, GongYe Gan, Bao BuTong, Feng BoE, four of them shout in unison: "Don't harm our young master!" they rush forward together. Wang YuYan also rush forward and shout: "Cousin, cousin!" Murong Fu wish he can die right way rather than suffer this humiliation.
Xiao Feng sneered: "Xiao Feng is a proper man, unexpectedly i share the same fame with this kind of person!" he exerted strength in his arm and toss Murong Fu away.
Murong Fu flew 7-8 zhang away, he bend his waist and was about to stand up, unexpectedly when Xiao Feng grabbed his 'Shendao acupoint', Xiao Feng's internal energy penetrate to the surrounding meridian channels, Murong Fu cannot disperse the numbness in his hands and feet, with a 'Peng' sound his back landed on the ground, his hands and feet spread out, he fell down in an extremely unsightly manner. Spectators murmured in low voices and clamour repeatedly.
Deng BaiChuan and the rest quickly turn around and rush towards Murong Fu. Murong Fu channelled his internal energy, he did not wait for Deng BaiChuan and the rest to arrive, he turn over and stood up. His face white and bloodless, he stretch out his hand and draw out a long sword hanging by Bao BuTong's waist, immediately after his left hand made a circular move, he block Deng BaiChuan and the rest, his right wrist flip over and swing the sword horizontally across his neck. Wang YuYan scream: "Cousin, no..........."
At this moment there is loud sound, the air split open, a hidden weapon flew from around 10 zhang away, it traverse across the ground and knock onto the sword held by Murong Fu, there is a clanking sound, the sword flew out from Murong Fu's hand, his hand stained with blood, the web between his thumb and forefinger was split open.
Murong Fu was astonished, he raise his head and look towards the direction the hidden weapon came from, he saw a grey-robed monk standing by the hillside, his face covered by a grey cloth.
The monk took large strides and stop beside Murong Fu, he said: "You have a son?" his voice is aged.
Murong Fu said: "I have yet to marry, how can i have a son?" the grey-robed monk said: "You have ancestors?" Murong Fu was angered, he said loudly: "Of course! I wish to die, what business is it to you? A warrior can be killed but not humiliated, Murong Fu is a man, i cannot stand your rudeness." the grey-robed monk said: "Your great-great-grandfather have a son, your great grandfather, grandfather, father, all of them have a son, but how come you don't have a son! Hei hei, the glorious times of Murong in Great Yan, Murong Ke, Murong Chui, Murong De, Murong LongCheng, all of them great heroes, unexpectedly their generation broken and left without any future male offspring!"
Murong Huang, Murong Ke, Murong Chui, Murong De, etc, they are the brave lord and famed monarch of Great Yan, Murong LongCheng is the creator of the consummate skill [Star Shifting Movement], each one of them renown over the world, they established great undertaking, they are also the ancestors of Murong Fu. Murong Fu was blinded by his rage, suddenly when he heard the name of these five ancestors, cold sweat drip down his forehead, he pondered: "Father cautioned me repeatedly, i have to make the restoration of Great Yan my lifelong ambition, today due to a moment of rage i seek to commit suicide, henceforth my Xianbei Murong family will be left without a heir. I don't have a son, how can i bring honour to my ancestors and restore Great Yan?" his back and forehead is covered with cold sweat, at once he kneel down and said: "Murong Fu's experience and knowledge is lacking, i gained the guidance of senior monk, your great kindness and virtue, i will remember it for as long as i live."
The grey-robed monk accepted his worship calmly, he said: "Since ancient times those who achieved great merits, which one of them did not suffer untold hardships? The first Han emperor Liu Bang blockaded on BaiDeng plateau, Emperor GuangWu of Han's northern expedition, if all of them are like you, drawing their sword to cut their throat, their narrow-mindedness will merely end Han dynasty, how can they restore their state? You are inferior to even Gou Jian and HanXin, truly ignorant and lacking knowledge!"
Murong Fu kneel down to receive instruction, he was frightened: "This divine monk seems to know my inner ambition, unexpectedly he use Han Gaozu and GuangWu these founding fathers as comparison." he said: "Murong Fu realize his mistake!" the grey-robed monk said: "Get up!" Murong Fu respectfully kowtow 3 times and stood up.
The grey-robed monk said: "The martial arts handed down by your Gusu Murong family, they are mythical and profound, truly rare in the present age, but you have yet to perfect it, don't tell me it can't be compared with Dali's Duan family [Six Meridian Divine Swords]? Look closely now!" he extend his forefinger and pointed 3 times.
Currently Duan ZhengChun and Ba TianShi are standing beside Duan Yu, Duan ZhengChun already use [Yiyang Finger] to seal the surrounding acupoints on Duan Yu's wound, Ba TianShi was about to pull out the judge-pen from Duan Yu's shoulder, unexpectedly the finger force from the grey-robed monk arrived, both of them felt their chest turn numb and they collapse backwards, immediately after the judge-pen shoot out from Duan Yu's shoulder, with a 'Pa' sound it plunge into the ground. After falling down, Duan ZhengChun and Ba TianShi turn over and leap up immediately, both of them overwhelmed with shock. Clearly the grey-robed monk was lenient, if not he would have killed the two of them with this finger move.
The grey-robed monk said in a bright voice: "This is your Murong family's [Canhe Finger]! Old monk learn in from your forefather, but i only learn till superficial level, you can well imagine the various marvellous martial arts of Murong family. Hei hei, don't tell me with your tiny amount of skill you are fit to bear this great reputation of "Returning you with your own move"?"
The crowd of heroes were initially excited by Gusu Murong's famed fighting prowess, however they saw Murong Fu being defeated by Duan Yu, afterwards he was defeated by Xiao Feng, they pondered: "He does not match up to his famed reputation! Although it is not entirely false reputation, but it is not so amazing as to shake the entire world by force." afterwards the saw the grey-robed monk demonstrate his divine skill, he claim he merely learn Murong family's [Canhe Finger] till superficial level, they cannot help but feel their respect for Gusu Murong being reborn again. However everyone had the same doubt: "Who is this grey-robed monk? What is his relationship with Murong family?"
The grey-robed monk turn around, he cupped his fists at Xiao Feng and said: "Noble warrior Qiao's martial art is unsurpassed, your reputation well-deserved, old monk wish to ask for advice!" Xiao Feng guard against him long ago, when the monk cupped his fists he immediately cupped his fists to return the courtesy and said: "I don't deserve it!" their internal energies collided, both of them sway slightly.
At this moment, a black shadow appear from mid air, akin to a big eagle swooping down, it landed between the grey-robed monk and Xiao Feng. This person drop down from the sky abruptly, its simply too sudden, everyone was equally amazed and shouted out, when the person landed on the ground they finally saw clearly, as it turns out he is holding onto a long rope, the other end of the rope is attached to the top of a tree 10 zhang away. This person covered his face with a black cloth, he only revealed a pair of cold electrifying eyes.
The black-robed man and grey-robed monk stare at each other, after a long time, none of them open their mouth to speak. The stature of these two men are tall, but the black-robed man is more sturdy, the grey-robed man is slim.
Xiao Feng however was very happy and grateful, from the rope technique used by the black-robed man to move over great distances, Xiao Feng recognize him at the same black-robed man who rescued him at JuXian Manor. Of the people currently gathered at Mount Shaoshi, quite a number of them participated in the battle at JuXian Manor, however the black-robed man came and went quickly, nobody saw his movement clearly and thus they did not recognize him.
After a long time, both men said suddenly: "You......" however they stop talking immediately after uttering 'You'. After a period of time, the grey-robed monk finally said: "Who are you?" the black-robed man said: "Then who are you?"
The crowd heard the voice of this black-robed monk, they pondered: "His voice is aged, it seems he is also an old monk."
Xiao Feng heard the voice of the black-robed monk, it is precisely the same voice who lectured him at the deserted mountain, Xiao Feng's heart throb violently, he want to rush forward immediately, kowtow and offer his gratitude.
The grey-robed monk said: "You hide in Shaolin Temple for 10 years, you finally pilfered enough rare martial art manuals from Shaolin?" the black-robed man said: "I want to ask you as well, you hide in Shaolin Temple for 10 years, the manuals inside Shaolin's Scripture-Depository Pavilion, you finally copied enough?"
When these two men spoke out, all Shaolin monks were flabbergasted, the pondered: "How come these two men accuse each other of stealing rare martial art manuals from Shaolin? Don't tell me it really happen?"
The grey-robed monk said: "I hide in Shaolin Temple, it is for the sake of borrowing some things to read." the back-robed man said: "I hide in Shaolin Temple, it is also for the sake of borrowing some things to read. We cross swords with each other 3 times, it is time we differentiate who is stronger, who is weaker." the grey-robed monk said: "Correct. Honoured sir, your martial art is solid, i am extremely grateful for your many pointers." the black-robed man said: "Your heart is never complacent, you forge on ahead relentlessly, brother admires you very much."
The grey-robed monk said: "Since this is the case, then there is no need for us to compare anymore." the black-robed man said: "Very good." both men nod their heads, they walk together to the base of a large tree, they sat down shoulder to shoulder, close their eyes and did not speak anymore.
The grey-robed monk is meditating under the tree, recalling the events for the past 10 years, images of past events came thick and fast:
This grey-robed monk is Murong Fu's father, Murong Bo. For the past few years he concealed his identity and feign death, in reality he operates in secret in Central Plains.
Previously, Murong Bo was terror-stricken, he fled from YanMen Pass and return to Suzhou's Swallow Dock Canhe Manor, he shut the doors to the basement and hide inside for 7 days. For 7 days his body trembled, his mind wrapped in fear, no matter how his wife tried to comfort or persuade, he was unable to lessen the fear in his heart. The tragic scene at YanMen Pass, flesh and blood flying, it gave him insomnia, if he manage to sleep he will always dream of the man with face full of whiskers, his round eyes, eyes dripping with blood, yet his eyes seem to be spitting fire, his left hand waving about, the sabre in his right hand hacking around, muscles and bones shattered, heads fall onto the ground. Murong Bo hid at a distant mountain behind a rock, he saw this Khitan warrior kill 10 Han heroes in an instant, he knock down the leader as well as Beggar Clan Chief Wang JianTong, using a short sabre he carved words on the mountain wall, he leap into the deep valley, later he toss a baby from the valley......Murong Bo hid behind the rock for a long time, when the sky turn dark, a Han warrior carried the baby and left with the leader and Wang JianTong, Murong Bo was paralyze from head to toe, it is difficult for him to take even 1 step....
Murong Bo was instructed by his father since childhood, he have to make "Restoration of Yan" his lifelong ambition, however Liao and Song share good relations with each other, there is no opportunity at all, thus Mrong Bo brought along his wealth and travelled to Liao nation, he made friends with Khitan nobles, afterwards he move one step further and acquaint himself with court affairs of Liao nation. The Empress Dowager of Liao is in control and her most trusted clansman is the military drill master of Coral Army, Xiao YuanShan. This person possess extremely high martial arts, throughout his life he advocate friendly relations between Liao and Song, whenever Liao generals proposed to invade Song, Xiao YuanShan will immediately advice the Empress Dowager, both nations enjoy good fortune due to this armistice: Liao nation collects silver and silk from Song, the society is rich, food plentiful, however once war breaks out, citizens will have their homes ravaged, traitors will fawn and try to seize power, riot and disorder will surely plague the nation.
The Empress Dowager was utterly convinced by Xiao YuanShan, thus the invasion of Song never materialize. Murong Bo knew the opportunity to restore Yan lies in eliminating Xiao YuanShan, he hatch a plan in secret, he inquired about Xiao YuanShan's personal preference, he tried to uncover a weakness which he can put his hands on. One day he heard from a distant relative of Xiao YuanShan, the birthday of Xiao YuanShan's father-in-law is on the 8th of September, on that day he will surely take his wife and child to Wuzhou to congratulate his father-in-law. To travel from Liao nation to Wuzhou, the most common path is to travel south from YanMen pass until the Great Wall, from there travel west to Wuzhou, the terrain is flat, much easier to travel when compared to the northern mountain route which is more rugged.
When Murong Bo obtained the news, its already August, thus he rush to Shaolin immediately to deliver the news, he claim Liao nation will dispatch martial art experts, on Chongyang Festival they will carry out a large scale raid on Shaolin, their purpose is to steal ancient and rare martial art manuals hidden in Shaolin, they will then impart this first-class martial arts to solider of Liao nation. Years later Liao nation will send their army southward, on the battlefield Song's army will not be their match, the Han people will surely be in danger.
This matter concerns the lives of citizens as well as the survival of Central Plains martial art fraternity, thus Shaolin immediately spread the news around, many heroes convene at Shaolin to plan how to deal with the situation. Murong Bo just came from Liao nation, the court affairs, military strength, he knows all of them clearly, there was no loophole in his speech. The crowd of heroes reached an agreement, they will split into groups and head for Wuzhou, Daizhou, Shuozhou and Yingzhou to try and obstruct them. YanMen Pass is the key route for Liao nation to travel southward, thus the heroes gathered their best fighters and hid at YanMen Pass, eventually they encountered Xiao YuanShan's party. Although they killed his wife, but Xiao YuanShan's martial art is truly frightening to the extreme, it is really hard to imagine.....
When the heroes eventually discover something amiss about the situation, they will surely visit Murong Bo's home to inquire, Murong Bo had long predict this outcome, he did not want to be interrogated by his friends from the martial arts fraternity, he fabricate rumour and deceive people, his true motive is to incite hatred between Liao and Song, hoping for an opportunity to "restore Yan nation", how can he carry out this task in a straightforward manner? Although his martial art is not weak, but the Han have many men, in the end he will not be able hold them back. Thus he left YanMen Pass and return south immediately, he live in seclusion in the basement of his house and never take 1 step out. During that period Shaolin sent its monk over to investigate, Murong Bo already instruct his wife to tell them he left half a year ago to travel, till now he have yet to return, the family is very concerned and hope senior monks from Shaolin can assist to look for his whereabouts.
The ancestor of Murong family, Murong LongCheng created the consummate skill [Star Shifting Movement], although this wondrous skill can divert an opponent's attack and established the famed reputation of "Returning you with your own move", but it is akin to "sewing someone's trousseau". Murong Bo thought to himself, Shaolin is the chief of martial art studies, if he can obtain its 72 supreme consummate skills and secretly teach it to his own troops, then their chances of restoring Yan nation would be like a tiger that has grown wings, its power redouble and form strengthened.
Successive generation of Murong's heirs all conspire to restore Yan, the family amassed mountains of gold and silver. Murong Bo discuss with his wife, he disguised himself as a trader and brought alot of gold and silver to Dengfeng city in Henan, he set up a business selling local products and build up relations with local merchants, afterwards he move to the farms near Shaolin and acquired their local products, subsequently he purchased their house and farmland and set up his home there. He planned far ahead, he often wore bamboo hat, carrying a hoe, tilling the ground and planting fruits and vegetables at the rear mountain of Shaolin's Scripture-Depository Pavilion, he became friends with the monks in charge of taking care of Scripture-Depository Pavilion, he frequently offered gifts such as peach, apricot, pear, jujube, etc, fresh agriculture products. Less than half a year later, how Scripture-Depository Pavilion protect itself against fire, how they dry books, shift schedules, collections of rare books, etc, he knows everything clearly. Murong Bo have hidden agenda, but other people did not, the monks-in-charge did not suspect anything. Shaolin Temple have always been benevolent and kind, whenever someone ask to borrow Buddhist scriptures to read they will welcome it greatly. Initially Murong Bo borrowed <<Amitabha Scripture>>, <<Origin Scripture of Bodhisattva of the Great Vow>>, <<General Classics of Bodhisattva of Compassion>>, etc, eventually he start borrowing profound texts such as <<Vajra Prajna Paramita Scripture>> .
When the time was ripe and the monk-in-charge no longer guard against him, during the 3rd night watch, he secretly entered the Scripture-Depository Pavilion, on a bookshelf he found the manual to [Blossom Grasping Finger], he almost turn mad from excitement, he took it back to his residence and studied carefully, the handwritten copy depict training methods from basic to advance level, the methods subtle and exquisite, the manual also states that once mastered the practitioner's finger can penetrate wood and bricks, its power extremely formidable. At once Murong Bo lit an oil lamp, he took out pen and paper and made an exact copy of this [Blossom Grasping Finger] manual. The following evening, Murong Bo infiltrate the Scripture-Depository Pavilion again, he return [Blossom Grasping Finger] manual back to its original place, afterwards he took [Vajra Fist] which consists of four volume. He posses extraordinary perception, once he detect anything odd inside the Pavilion he will simply hide and not return for several days. Base on his high-level martial arts, the monk-in-charge never notice his borrowing and returning of treasured books.
Thanks for another long update!
Thank you very much.
The last few chapters provide better explanations than the tv series as to the cause and nature of the conflicts surrounding XF and his parents. Thks d4rksinz.
Thanks for the translation. If Murong Bu disappeared shortly after the Yanmen Pass event, which is when Xiao Feng is a just a baby. Then Murong Fu, who I assume is about the same age, had never met with his dad as well? Or at least only saw him briefly when he was young?
Can anybody confirm this?
Thanks a lot, d4rksinz, for the long update.
Wow! What a very long update.
This expounded how MRB got copies of Shaolin secret manuals. He did not actually live inside Shaolin as what the various TV Series adaptations implied. Further, MRB was in constant contact with his wife during the time he "disappeared" and I guess until the time he was announced "dead" by his family. Awaiting eagerly the background story on how XYS was also living inside or around Shaolin.
Thanks very much, d4rksinz.