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    For the XX heroes of Revenge, yup, it's like doing the countdown. :P

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    It must be known that this famous ‘Bloody Concubine’ Yan Wuyou is very intelligent and highly skilled but she was tricked of her virtue by a prince from the Western Region. Initially this prince was really in love with her so he named her ‘Concubine Xiang’ but in the end he abandoned her. Yan Wuyou was deeply in love with him so she begged him numerous times not to abandon her but the prince was extremely vicious as he disfigured her and threw her down a ravine. Yan Wuyou did not die from her ordeal and she made up her mind to seek revenge. She mastered ‘Soul Taking Spell’ and ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’, as well as ‘Bloodsucking Skill’, using the blood of others to restore her looks. She also learnt ‘Divine Collecting Needle’, a skill which will constrict one’s throat once it touches blood and the victim will not live beyond an hour. She tracked for a thousand miles before finding the prince and using the ‘Soul Taking Spell’, stunned the guards and used ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ to defeat the prince before using the ‘Divine Collecting Needle’ skill to pierce his eyes and the ‘Bloodsucking Skill’ to suck his blood dry.

    Her nickname of ‘Bloody Concubine’ came from this episode. After that, her character totally changed and she killed countless young men and women as well as pregnant women to master the ‘Blood Dissolving Skill’ so that she can become even more beautiful. This antagonized all the righteous men in the martial arts realm but they all died in her hands. After that, this ‘Bloody Concubine’ learnt the unique skill of using formations to trap others and became even more invincible.

    The so called ‘Bone Dissolving Pond’, ‘Purgatory Oil’ are the world famous ‘Three Poison of the Martial Arts Realm’, all extremely poisonous items. As for how they appeared in Yan Wuyou’s place, no one knows.

    Yan Wuyou made herself sound so pitiful that of the four Shaolin Monks, who are benevolent by nature, the one who is the ‘Dragon Monk’ clasped his palms together and said “Amitabha, we came here, not with the intention of harming you. If you can just lay down your weapons, you will gain enlightenment. I only ask that we accompany you to Mount Song so that you can repent your wrongdoings to our Abbot, I’m sure that will dissolve all enmity so please do not worry.”

    The man using the thunder god’s weapon yelled, “Monk, you can let her off but our Teacher and brothers all died in her hands, how can we let her off!”

    Yan Wuyou opened her dainty mouth and smiled at the four Shaolin monks, “Look, the four of you are willing to let me off but the others refuse to.”

    The four Shaolin monks lowered their heads and uttered, “Amitabha.”

    Yan Wuyou replied with a pretty smile, “The Buddhist chant you just sang doesn’t sound that nice, why don’t I sing a song to relieve everyone’s boredom.”

    Zhui Ming suddenly shouted, “Don’t let her sing…”

    He suddenly shut up, for Yan Wuyou has started twirling and her white robes and turned a few rounds, her dainty fingers opened up like flower petals blooming. Her fair and smooth face looked captivating as she sang, “The clouds remind me of her dress and the flowers remind me of her face, the wind of spring caress the dewy petals…”* Zhui Ming was about to stop her when he suddenly felt his chest tighten and he hurriedly closed his mouth and used his internal energy to protect his heart and arteries so that his senses will not be taken.

    *By Li Bai ‘Song of Purity and Peace’, ode to Lady Yang (Yang Yuhuan, or Concubine Yang of the Tang dynasty)

    Zhui Ming knows that this is Yan Wuyou’s ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’. He saw Qu Benlei’s expression soften, Cai Yudan doesn’t look as serene as he usually does but instead looked agitated after listening to the song. The Xin brothers look lost while the Four Heroes of Revenge seems to be intoxicated by the song.

    Yan Wuyou languidly danced around as she sang gracefully and it really looked like a scene seen in the imperial palace as one imagine Yang Yuhuan’s magnificence and grace and Emperor Tang’s love story. Everyone was swaying to the song as Yan Wuyou sang demurely, “If one does not see her atop the Emerald Hill, then you’ll see her beneath the moon at the Heavenly Queen Mother’s terrace….” Everyone can’t help but be entranced.

    Zhui Ming was getting anxious for he knows that if she is not stopped, the rest of them will be in big trouble. Therefore he forcefully gathered another breath of energy to protect his heart before he laboriously took one step after another towards Yan Wuyou, hoping that he will be able to cut off her singing with one strike.

    Zhui Ming labored to walk a few steps forward only to feel that there is a strange shift in his mood and he’s starting to feel infatuated. He knows that something is wrong so he hurriedly concentrated on gathering his internal energy to suppress his thoughts. With Zhui Ming’s internal energy, he is already struggling, not to mention the others. The Four Heroes of Revenge have the least amount of willpower so when Yan Wuyou sang to the part, “A red peony made more fragrant with dew, the romantic meeting on Mount Wu a dream after all…” The lyrics talk about King Chu realizing that the romantic liaison he had with the Goddess of Mount Wu was only a dream and the thought of it broke his heart so when she sang to this verse, she looked so piteous and captivating that the Four Heroes of Revenge started dancing to her tune. ‘Splash’ and the man holding the judge’s brush fell into the pool and in an instant, the ‘Bone Dissolving Pond’ now have one more rotting corpse added to its numbers.

    By right if this ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ can control Zhui Ming, naturally it can control Yin Chengfeng and Cai Yunfei as well. However, since most in the group are men, Yan Wuyou chose to use her unique music to lure them into immoral thoughts so that she can slowly entice them into jumping into the ‘Bone Dissolving Pond’ one by one. However, to Cai Yunfei, she only regards this as a romantic story and on top of that, Cai Yunfei is still an innocent so the demonic vocal is unable to control her thoughts. Yin Chengfeng is a man so by right he should have been enraptured, but his only love is Cai Yunfei so even though Concubine Yang is graceful and beautiful, he only has admiration for her. Besides, Cai Yunfei is right in front of his eyes. Cai Yunfei realized that the situation is amiss so she quickly pinched hard on Yin Chengfeng’s philtrum. Yin Chengfeng suddenly regained his senses and saw the others all entranced while Zhui Ming is sweating profusely so he hurriedly started reciting loudly Li Bai’s ‘Song of Purity and Peace’.

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    Yin Chengfeng has been studious since young and very interested in poems so he’s a little nerdy. He has always admired Li Bai’s style, thinking that this poet from the Tang dynasty is not only talented, but also a swordsman so the way he recited the poem is especially magnificent. Yan Wuyou is executing the ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ while Yin Chengfeng is reciting the poem in a righteous manner but unfortunately his internal energy is not as profound so he is unable to defeat the ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’. But the lyrics from Yan Wuyou’s song are also from the ‘Song of Purity and Peace’. It must be known that Li Bai’s ‘Song of Purity and Peace’ is enchanting yet not crass, elegant yet not gaudy, an ode to the love between Concubine Yang and the Tang Emperor yet not obscene. In fact the praises hint subtly of sarcasm as well. The poet Li Bai is also nicknamed ‘Fallen Immortal Li’*, his poems are masterpieces describing purity and romance and he is a person with a lofty air. Because of Gao Lishi’s interference, this ‘Song of Purity and Peace’ resulted in Concubine Yang being secretly upset with Li Bai, causing him to be later banished to Jiangzhou. The essence of the song is not something that Yan Wuyou can change with her coquettish way of singing it.

    * In one account, while Li Bai's mother was pregnant with him, she had a dream of a great white star falling from heaven. This seems to have contributed to the idea of his being a banished immortal (one of his nicknames), - from wikipedia

    So when Yin Chengfeng started singing, Yan Wuyou’s ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ slowly became weaker. When Yin Chengfeng sang to the part, “Pretty flowers and great beauty complement each other, the Ruler often looks upon them with a smile…” Yan Wuyou’s singing is almost at a whisper that even Yan Wuyou is astounded for she did not expect that a young man would be able to overcome her demonic vocals.

    Once the demonic vocals were interrupted, Zhui Ming was the first to dash over, followed by Qu Benlei and Cai Yudan alongside him. Yan Wuyou was so frightened that she even forgot to sing the last two verses of the song, “To explain why the spring wind is so envious of the lovers, just look at how they lean against the pillar of the pavilion.” The song changed to another that sounded like an angry woman filled with self-pity mumbling to herself who has just tasted love. Zhui Ming, Qu Benlei and Cai Yudan was getting close to her but before they could strike, once they heard her new song, their attention was wavering again and they hurriedly gathered their energy to protect their hearts, unable to spare more effort in attacking Yan Wuyou anymore.

    Although Yin Chengfeng tried to sing louder to counterattack but this time the song that Yan Wuyou sang is no longer anything written by poets. No matter how righteous Yin Chengfeng’s singing is, his internal energy is after all not as strong so his singing started becoming weaker and in fact seems to be slowly joining her song. It must be said that although Yin Chengfeng is virtuous by nature and Cai Yunfei still chaste, they are still hot blooded youths and can’t help but be at the cusp of love. They finally could not withstand the demonic vocal and cannot control themselves.

    Everyone just felt heat flowing in their lower abdomen, like it’s trying to burst out and they were all alarmed. It must be known that if the internal energy in the body flows away, one can easily go berserk and by then, everything is beyond redemption. They hurriedly concentrated on controlling their mind to fight against the demonic vocals. They were all sweating profusely, their clothes drenched while Yan Wuyou continued making up the lyrics as she sang. Her robes loosened, revealing her snowy white skin as she danced wantonly but she was looking more and more pale. Although no one was fighting in this battle, it is ten times more alarming compared to armed combat.

    This is a battle between man and lust and it seems that they are about to be controlled by their lust, resulting in their demise. The man holding the golden spear among the ‘Three Heroes of Revenge’ have the least willpower as he started removing his robes and panted. However, he lost his footing and fell into the pool, becoming another rotting corpse in the pool.

    Suddenly they heard Buddhist chants which seemingly sounded like a dragon’s cry picking up volume from among the demonic vocals, followed by another chant with the ferocity of a tiger which pushed past the demonic vocal; after that, another Buddhist chant with the soul of a young tiger suppressing the demonic vocal and then one more Buddhist chant like the nimbleness of a leopard chased the demonic vocals away. The four Buddhist chants were emitted by the four Shaolin monks: Dragon, Tiger, Tiger Cub and Leopard.

    Shaolin monks live with strict discipline and the four monks Dragon, Tiger, Tiger Cub and Leopard were ordained as monks at a young age so they do not harbor any longing for material things. Yan Wuyou’s ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ may be formidable but to the four Shaolin Monks, they do not have any carnal thoughts so they were able to gather their internal energy to chant the Buddhist chants. The chants went on continuously and although the demonic vocal may be strong, compared to the monk’s purity and lack of desires, it falls terribly short.

    This is like a song from Heaven as Zhui Ming, Qu Benlei and Cai Yudan were startled awake by the chants. The four Shaolin monks gathered their energy and using the Buddhist skill ‘Lion’s Roar’, the chant flowed without interruption. The Lion’s Roar was created by Damo, who came from India and one roar could alarm many a vile creature. Now that this Lion’s Roar is used to chant Buddhist chants, the demonic vocal is finally defeated.

    Zhui Ming, Qu Benlei, Cai Yudan and the rest were overjoyed and were about to strike when they saw Yan Wuyou face turn ashen as she started shaking, no longer the elegant lady earlier. Suddenly the demonic vocal changed again, now sounding like the howls of evil spirits, the cries of wronged ghosts, the pathetic cries that’s seems to be never-ending from hell. The four Shaolin monk’s Lion’s Roar started quivering and actually became weaker. The four Shaolin monks may not harbor mundane thoughts but their internal energy is after all not that profound and their skills not as cultivated. Because they come from a Buddhist background, they naturally believe in stories about the 18 levels of hell, where those who perform kind deeds will gain enlightenment while those who commit evil will be banished to hell. And now the demonic vocals sound like the wrong ghosts in cells, crying out their grievances, the cries dragging the four monks into hell as well. Monks aim to seek enlightenment and if they fall to the level of ghosts and into the 18 levels of hell, the thought is indeed frightening for them. As the saying goes ‘virtue can rise by a foot but vice can rise ten feet’. The seed of fear is growing the the four monks so their chants are getting weaker while the demonic vocals are getting stronger, overpowering the chants and although the monks are still chanting, now all they can do is to try and save themselves. As Yan Wuyou is now totally concentrating on destroying the four monks first, the reverberation has caused blood to start trickling out of the four monk’s mouths and they are in dire danger. If the Abbot of Shaolin is here instead, with his profound internal energy and cultivation, that would be a totally different story.

    As Yan Wuyou is mainly concentrating on the four Shaolin monks, Zhui Ming and the rest were still able to protect themselves although they were still being affected by the demonic vocal. Zhui Ming saw that the four Shaolin monks were about to be utterly defeated so he struggled to take a few more steps closer with the hope of striking the ‘Bloody Concubine’ and distract her.

    How can a formidable character like Yan Wuyou not know his intentions, so she intensified her demonic vocal. Everyone felt as if a horde of ghosts are coming after them, the evilness gone savage and they can no longer control themselves so they can’t help but feel frightened and alarmed as they sweat profusely. The remaining ‘Two Heroes of Revenge’ seem to see their Teacher Guo Zhigeng, his body bloodied and the sight frightening as he stood up and told them sternly to avenge him. Their five brothers who have died earlier also started rising from the pond like wraiths and they were all pointing at Zhui Ming. The ‘Two Heroes of Revenge’ have lost control of their mind and the only thought they have now is that Zhui Ming is their greatest enemy. They waved their weapons as they rushed towards to attack Zhui Ming.

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    Reminds me of the nursery rhyme, Roll Over. Thks Jean.

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    End of chapter.....


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    Yan Wuyou’s ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ is extremely taxing to the user so if she takes too long to defeat them, she’ll have to stop while she can otherwise her energy will be greatly depleted. And now Yan Wuyou’s demonic vocal has been interrupted twice and her expression has changed so her only hope is to swiftly destroy her opponent. Zhui Ming’s intention was to attack Yan Wuyou but now with the Two Heroes of Revenge bearing down on him, he was greatly distracted. On one hand Zhui Ming had to use the bulk of his energy to protect his heart to prevent being taken over by the demonic vical while on the other hand he has to block the frenzied attacks by the Two Heroes of Revenge. He cannot bear to kill both of them so although his martial arts is many more times insanely better than the Two Heroes of Revenge, he is at a disadvantage and in danger.
      
    Qu Benlei, Cai Yudan tried to help but as they are also trying to fight off the lure of the demonic vocal, they are unable to move. Yin Chengfeng and Cai Yunfei are on the edge of being taken over by the demonic vocal. The Xin brothers are already affected by the demonic vocal, who is urging them to attack Qu Benlei and Cau Yudan.

    As for the four Shaolin monks, their chanting is getting softer and their lives in danger.

    Suddenly a shrill yet silly sounding laughter burst through the demonic vocal. A person dressed in white holding another person dressed in black flew in and once he saw Yan Wuyou, he shouted, “Give me back my Senior Brother’s life!” and dashed towards ‘Bloody Concubine’ with his palm stretched out to give her a blow.

    This person is none other than Yuwen Xiu. When Yuwen Xiu entered Secluded Ghostly Manor three years ago with Mister Weng Si, Guo Zhigeng etc, he was affected by the ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ and gone crazy. Although he was able to escape from the manor, he has a lingering fear of the place and refused to enter it anymore, choosing instead to roam the martial arts realm and babbling nonsense. Earlier on when he bumped into Zhui Ming and the rest, after exchanging blows with the Xin brothers, he came upon ‘Black Robe’ Ba Tianshi’s body.Ba Tianshi and Yuwen Xiu came from the same sect and were as close as brothers. The reason Ba Tianshi came to Secluded Ghostly Manor is to find out who made Yuwen Xiu mad and avenge him. Unfortunately before he got here, he was already killed by Madam Xin Shisan. Ba Tianshi’s martial arts has always been better than Yuwen Xiu because other than being accomplished in the lightness skill ‘Thousand Miles Purge’, he also mastered the ‘Suction Skill’. Yuwen Xiu’s martial arts is not as good as his Senior Brother and Ba Tianshi was already unable to withstand the ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’, that’s why he died so terribly under the hands of Madam Xin Shisan. Naturally Yuwen Xiu is unable to go against the ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ but the Yuwen Xiu now has totally lost his mind. When he passed by Ba Tianshi, there was an inkling of recollection so he deduced that Ba Tianshi was killed by Yan Wuyou. Therefore he came to Secluded Ghostly Manor once again and saw Yan Wuyou at this ‘Seven Turns and Nine Reversals’ corridor. Yan Wuyou’s demonic vocal may be powerful but Yuwen Xiu is already crazy so other than then thought of killing Yan Wuyou to avenge Ba Tianshi, he has nothing else in his mind, neither fear nor desire. Just like how the ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ has no effect on an esteemed monk with vast internal energy, it also holds no power against a newborn baby. Therefore Yuwen Xiu is not affected by the ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’, instead his maniacal laughter cut through her demonic vocal as he went straight to attack Yan Wuyou.

    Once the demonic vocal was stopped, Qu Benlei and Cai Yudan jumped up more than 10 feet in the air. Because both of them were using all their strength to resist the demonic vocal which seems to be crushing down on them and now that the pressure suddenly disappeared, they were unable to pull back their strength in time so the excess energy now caused them to leap up more than 10 feet high. Both of them immediately concentrated their thoughts to focus on trying to land lightly so that they would not crush the wooden floorboard on landing and end up dead in the pond.

    The Two Heroes of Revenge suddenly felt lethargic once the demonic vocal stopped so they all stopped moving; the four Shaolin monks quickly adjusted their internal energy to regulate their breathing. Yin Chengfeng and Cai Yunfei looked at each other while the Xin brothers seem to be awakening from a dream and secretly felt relieved.

    Yuwen Xiu’s lightness skill ‘Thousand Miles Purge’ is extremely fast. Because Yan Wuyou was totally concentrating on her demonic vocal so when she realized that he is bearing down on her, it’s too late. She saw that Yuwen Xiu’s palm was aimed at her forehead and she can no longer be bothered to continue with her demonic vocal. Instead she opened her mouth and bit down on Yuwen Xiu’s neck. Yuwen Xiu gurgled, struggled a little and because his windpipe was crushed, finally fell down dead next to Ba Tianshi’s body.

    What Yuwen Xiu did managed to interrupt Yan Wuyou and right at the same time, Zhui Ming shouted, “Quick, attack Yan Wuyou, don’t let her execute her demonic vocals again!” Zhui Ming said a total of 12 words but by then he has already attacked with 36 kicks, each kick vicious as he took on Yan Wuyou. Yan Wuyou staggered 36 steps back and just as she was about to execute her demonic vocals, there was a ‘whoosh’ and a golden thread flew towards her philtrum. She hurried lowered her head to avoid the thread as Cai Yudan dashed forward. Yan Wuyou was fighting against two persons along the long corridor and she no longer has the time to execute her ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’. Actually Yan Wuyou is most adept at arranging meta-physics formations, followed by ‘Soul Taking Spell’ and ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ as well as her famous ‘Blood Sucking Skill’ and ‘Divine Collecting Needle’. ‘Blood Dissolving Skill’ is only used to maintain her beauty so it’s not a form of martial arts. Now that her formation has been destroyed and she can’t use her ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ in time, her opponents are viciously attacking her so she has no chance to execute her ‘Soul Taking Spell’. As for ‘Blood Sucking Skill’, she needs to be near the victim to attack but with Zhui Ming’s long legs kicking from a distance and Cai Yudan’s golden thread, Yan Wuyou is unable to get near them at all. If based purely on martial arts skill, Yan Wuyou is only slightly below Zhui Ming but now with Cai Yudan in the picture, she was frantically fending them off. And because she has greatly depleted her energy from using the ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’ earlier, her looks have now become extremely ghastly and she is unable to use the ‘Soul Taking Spell’.

    Yan Wuyou fought a few rounds on the long corridor with Zhui Ming and Cai Yudan and she kept trying to bite Cai Yudan, who hurriedly retreated. Yan Wuyou finally had the chance to start singing one note but she was again interrupted by Zhui Ming’s legs.

    But after her one note, ten people started charging in from both ends of the corridor and they are the ‘Six Heroes of Xiangbei’ and four men dressed in gold, their hair in disarray and their eyes vicious as they rushed towards Zhui Ming and the rest with their weapons raised.

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    The fight scene sounded messy ... Thks Jean.

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    Personally I don't quite like this short story coz there are just toooo many people that I lose track and too many fight scenes.

    Anyway, last chapter....


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    Chapter 4 – Can a friend be killed?

    Everyone knows that these men have been bewitched by the demonic vocal and are now under the control of Yan Wuyou. Qu Benlei saw how venomous Yan Wuyou can be so he couldn’t care less about his status, his only wish is to swiftly kill the ‘Bloody Concubine’. He lifted his axe and rushed to attack. The Xin brothers may be antisocial but they do know that once they are trapped by Yan Wuyou’s ‘Soul Crushing Demonic Vocal’, they will unlikely survive. So the two of them charged towards the ten men and started fighting.

    The four Shaolin monks have overly exhausted themselves earlier so they can only regulate their energy. Yin Chengfeng knows that the situation is dire so along with Cai Yunfei, they attacked Yan Wuyou. However Cai Yunfei has a liking for this ‘Bloody Concubine’ so she can’t bear to kill her.

    Yan Wuyou was fending off these 5 top martial arts exponents on the long corridor and in a short while, her clothes were drenched with sweat and her face haggard. The others were all from orthodox and reputable sects and because they are winning her because of numbers, they can’t bear to deal the fatal blow. The Xin brothers on the other side are vicious by nature and both of them were using their ‘Unique Amputated Arm Skill’ to fight against the two fighters from Xiangbei and another man dressed in gold.

    Qu Benlei is impatient by nature and he finally could not take it any longer as he tried to slash down on Yan Wuyou’s back with his axe. Just as it seems that Yan Wuyou is about to be struck by the axe, there was a sudden flash of golden thread. It turns out that Cai Yudan can’t bear to see Yan Wuyou perish so he used his golden thread to tie up Qu Benlei’s axe.

    Right at this instant, Yan Wuyou’s attack became suddenly more savage and as fast as lightning, she tried to bite Zhui Ming. Zhui Ming hurriedly retreated and was at the edge of the corridor as his feet stepped back into empty space. It seems that he was about to fall down into the pool when Zhui Ming forced up a flow of energy and turned 3 somersaults into the air, landing on the long corridor opposite. He can’t help but break out into cold sweat from the scare.

    But now that Zhui Ming is on another corridor, he couldn’t jump back as quickly and Yan Wuyou has taken the opportunity to launch 17 to 18 attacks, all aimed at Yin Chengfeng’s vital points. Yin Chengfeng was forced to retreat 7 to 8 steps back. Cai Yunfei had no intention of fighting Yan Wuyou in the first place as she wanted to spare her life but now that she saw Yan Wuyou attacking so viciously, she can’t help but retreat in shock!

    Actually this would be a good time for ‘Bloody Concubine’ Yan Wuyou to escape from being surrounded and this opportunity was created when Cai Yudan used his golden thread to interfere with Qu Benlei’s axe. But after such a sudden change of circumstance, the ‘Bloody Concubine’ has become venomous and she giggled instead as she shot out three ‘Divine Collecting Needle’!

    The three ‘Divine Collecting Needle’ were all aimed at Cai Yudan. Cai Yudan’s golden thread was still entangled with Qu Benlei’s axe and he was not able to withdraw it in time.He could only use his left hand to flick off one of the needle, and avoid another needle by tilting his head but the third needle shot right into Cai Yudan’s left arm. Cai Yudan could feel his arm going numb and knew that that needle is poisoned. He pulled his right hand back and the golden thread retracted to aim towards Yan Wuyou.

    Yan Wuyou saw that she has struck Cai Yudan and was so overjoyed that she giggled and said, “No one other than my Eldest Senior Brother and me can nullify the ‘Divine Collecting Needle’, you better wait for death!” She turned and flew away, jumping over the ‘Bone Dissolving Pond’, landing on another long corridor.

    By now Qu Benlei has drew his axe back and on seeing Yan Wuyou has injured Cai Yudan, he was furious as he shouted, “Demoness, look out for the axe!” The axe flew out of his hand, turning and hurtling towards Yan Wuyou’s head.

    Yan Wuyou landed on the corridor where the Xin brothers were fighting with the 10 men who have lost their senses. The Xin brothers killed another two men from Xiangbei and one man wearing the golden robe. Yan Wuyou saw the axe flying towards her and Qu Benlei’s axe attack indeed lives up to its name ‘One Axe to rule Guandong’. She has nowhere to hide so she just randomly grabbed another man in a golden robe and lifted him up. There was a ‘poof’ sound followed by a scream as Qu Benlei’s axe landed on the man’s chest.

    By now the Xin brothers were on a winning streak and other than the man who was grabbed by the ‘Bloody Concubine’ to block the axe, they are only faced with two other men from Xiangbei and another man in golden robe. The Xin brothers changed their target and two palm forces came towards Yan Wuyou.

    Yan Wuyou sniggered icily as she threw aside the body of the man in the golden robe to receive the two palm attacks. However, she did not expect Cai Yudan’s golden thread to be so long that it was able to fly over the ‘Bone Dissolving Pond’. Yan Wuyou was first distracted by Qu Benlei’s flying axe, followed by the Xin brothers’ palm attack that her lapse in concentration resulted in both her feet being bound by the golden thread.

    Yan Wuyou was startled and pinned her legs down hard on the floor. Cai Yudan tried to retract his thread but was unable to move her but Yan Wuyou was unable to struggle out of the thread as well. Zhui Ming has already leapt over the ‘Bone Dissolving Pond’ straight towards Yan Wuyou, aiming eight kicks at her.

    Of these eight kicks, some were aimed at her chest, some were aimed at her arms and some aimed at her back and the attacks were all at almost impossible situation or impossible angles so one can see how strange and unique Zhui Ming’s leg skills can be.

    Yan Wuyou cannot retreat any further and she has used up her energy so when she forced herself to take on these eight kicks, she was already staggering. Suddenly, two weapons, one the Thunder God’s weapons and another, a long hammer hit Yan Wuyou.

    Yan Wuyou was already swaying after being kicked by Zhui Ming so there was no way she could catch these two weapons. The two weapons hit her soundly and Yan Wuyou vomited a mouthful of blood. The two men who used the Thunder God’s weapon and long hammer were overjoyed to see that they have struck her and was about to attack further when Zhui Ming shouted, “Capture her alive so that we can get the antidote for Brother Cai!”

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    Unexpectedly, Yan Wuyou, after being struck hard twice and with her feet bound, knows that there is no way she can escape so she stamped her feet hard and threw herself into the water as she wailed, “You will all not live, Eldest Senior Brother will avenge me…” and the voice disappeared as she sunk into the pool. Cai Yudan was surprised and hurriedly focused his strength on the golden thread to pull Yan Wuyou up forcefully but her body is already starting to rot, the scene too horrendous to endure. The golden thread has also become black after touching the water so one can see how poisonous the water in the pool is! Cai Yunfei cried out in alarm at witnessing such a repulsive scene and covered her face, refusing to look any longer.

    Once Yan Wuyou died, everyone became somber. The Xin brothers killed the remaining two Xiangbei men and the man with the golden robe so for a moment, there was silence. The four Shaolin monks regulated their energy and breathing and felt better so they stood up.

    Zhui Ming coughed drily and said, “This ‘Divine Collecting Needle’ is extremely poisonous and anyone struck with this needle will have poison in their bloodstream and veins and they will die of poisoning after a day. Brother Cai, how do you feel now?”

    Cai Yudan smiled wryly, “Now I feel as if there are worms gnawing at my body and I feel terrible. It’s all because of my sudden benevolence that the demoness was able to strike me, so I deserve it!”

    Zhui Ming said, “Even so, we should quickly try to find that ‘Eldest Senior Brother’ and help Brother Cai find the antidote.”

    Yin Chengfeng added, “Without any further delay, let’s go right now.”

    Zhui Ming said somberly, “But the skills of these people in ‘Secluded Ghostly Manor’ and getting higher and higher. Earlier on, the huge bird which is the ‘Fourth Junior Brother’ was already difficult to deal with; Madam Xin Shisan was the ‘Third Junior Sister’ and she was even more of a handful and now the ‘Bloody Concubine’ as the ‘Second Senior Sister’ is already so formidable that I’m afraid that ‘Eldest Senior Brother’ will be even stronger. Everyone must be careful.”

    Qu Benlei said, “I want to ask that ‘Eldest Senior Brother’ where the so called ‘Secret Manual of the Dragon’s Song’ really is.”

    Xin Chou said with a icy laugh, “Even if you know where it is, you may not survive to get it.”

    Xin Sha added, “The ‘Secret Manual of the Dragon’s Song’ is not something that you can take!”

    Qu Benlei shouted furiously, “Don’t tell me you two invalids can!” Qu Benlei once called the Xin brothers weirdoes and now he’s calling them invalids so the two of them were so livid that they wanted to fight when Zhui Ming ordered, “Let’s go!”

    Therefore the 13 of them walked to the end of the long corridor to the front of a huge hall. The hall was in darkness except for seven lighted star lamps. It is said that the seven lighted star lamps are used to link the past, present and future souls and now that the lamps are flickering in the darkness, it looks like the place is cast in ghostly shadows. The souls of the past and future lives are all gathered in this one place. Behind the seven lighted star lamps, there was a person sitting straight, like a deity statue in a temple.

    Everyone was on high alert as they entered the hall slowly but that person did not move at all. Everyone walked nearer and nearer into the eerie hall. The yellow light shone on the person’s pale, anemic face. That person looks like an educated squire often seen in drawings, with a curved brow and small eyes, the expression serene and the dressing clean and neat with a long beard. Cai Yudan took a steady look, thinking that the poison has affected his sight but on closer inspection, he exclaimed in shock, “You… You are Brother… Brother Youming?”

    That person replied calmly with a smile, “That’s right, I am Shi Youming, I’ve waited four years for you.”

    Qu Benlei was also extremely surprised, “This is the manor master of ‘Secluded Brightness Manor’, Shi Youming?”

    Yin Chengfeng added, “Manor Master Shi, so many things have happened in this manor, where have you been?”

    Shi Youming answered with a smile, “Me? I’ve always been here.”

    Xin Chou said icily, “Where exactly is the ‘Secret Manual of the Dragon’s Song’?”

    Xin Sha added coldly, “You better tell us quickly!”

    Shi Youming answered slowly, “The ‘Secret Manual of the Dragon’s Song’? I guess you must have heard this from Yuwen Xiu. It was me who told Bloody Concubine that when she was making Yuwen Xiu mad, to let him hallucinate the bloody image of martial arts exponents fighting over the ‘Secret Manual of the Dragon’s Song’ so that Yuwen Xiu will go outside with his mad ramblings. In actual fact there’s no such thing as ‘Secret Manual of the Dragon’s Song’.”

    The expressions on the Xin brothers’ faces changed as Zhui Ming asked quietly, “Manor Master Shi, then why did you spread the rumors that the ‘Secret Manual of the Dragon’s Song’ is in your manor?”

    Zhi Youming looked at Zhui Ming and measured him for a moment before answering with a laugh, “To trick those who wanted to get the ‘Secret Manual of the Dragon’s Song’ here!”

    The Xin brothers replied with a stony expression, “Since it’s a rumor, we have wasted too much time here, we will take our leave.” They turned around to leave when suddenly there was a white shadow and somehow Shi Youming is right in front of them. He looked at both of them with a smile as the Xin brothers feel a shiver run up their spine. Xin Chou said angrily, “Manor Master Shi, what do you want?” Xin Sha added, “We may not be afraid of you!”

    Shi Youming laughed, “Well said, well said, you’re leaving as soon as you arrive, things are not as simple as that. I had such a difficult time tricking you here.”

    Zhui Ming only saw a blurry image and Shi Youming has disappeared and in an instant he’s already at the front door blocking the Xin brothers. He knows that Shi Youming’s martial arts have reached a divine stage but he showed no change in expression as he asked, “We are really puzzled by Manor Master Shi’s actions.”

    Shi Youming smiled, “Puzzled? It’s quite simple. The four of us, the big bird loves to eat human flesh, Madam Xin Shisan’s skills will deteriorate if she does not drink human blood for three days, Bloody Concubine needs to suck blood daily to maintain her looks and as for me? I’ve mastered a skill which can suck the internal energy of others for my own use. By now I’ve sucked the internal energy of a few hundred martial arts exponents and I can almost be considered the person with the highest internal energy in the realm. We need so many martial arts exponents so of course we need to think of new ideas to lure them here.”

    Everyone can’t help but feel chilled as Zhui Ming said somberly, “So you are the mastermind behind all these cases. I am going to apprehend you.”

    Shi Youming looked up and laughed loudly, “Apprehend me? All of you are not my match at all. I have to thank you all for helping me kill the big bird, Madam Xin Shisan and Bloody Concubine, which saves me the trouble of doing it.”

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    What a surprise! I wonder how Zhui Ming will overcome him? Thks Jean.

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    Zhui Ming was startled, “What? You want to kill them too?”

    Shi Youming answered nonchalantly, “Of course, when my martial arts reach the stage where I am the best in the world, I can’t possibly bring along with me a few demoness with such bad reputation to roam the martial arts realm with me. That’s why I plan to kill them, then remerge in the martial arts realm as a great hero. Shi Youming mastered a unique skill and avenged everyone in the manor, killing all the villains of the martial arts realm. Think about it, won’t such grand gesture and style befit the two words ‘great hero’, which will be used to name me? Besides, after I kill them, who will really know what has Manor Master Shi done in the past? Hahaha…”

    Yin Chengfeng initially greatly admired the reputation of ‘Secluded Brightness Manor’s’ Manor Master Shi Youming but now that he saw how he could say such despicable things with a smile, he can’t help but ask scornfully, “Manor Master Shi, what you have done is so despicable how can you be fit to roam the martial arts realm and call yourself a great hero?”

    Shi Youming measured Yin Chengfeng for a while but he was not angered. He just asked in surprise, “Oh? Those who roam the martial arts realm, if they are not vicious, how can they achieve anything great? Actually most of the great heroes in the martial arts realm are like this too, don’t you know? Then how do you roam the martial arts world?” Yin Chengfeng was suddenly tongue tied and could not answer.

    Cai Yudan was so furious that his voice changed as he pointed at Shi Youming, “You… you… I’ve been thinking about you the past four years and for you, I shut down my silk business so that I can find your killer. I didn’t expect you to commit such beastly crimes!”

    Shi Youming said with a smile, “Exactly, right? I’ve waited four years for you too. Your internal energy is intense and if I suck your internal energy and convert it to my own, I’ll definitely benefit greatly. Friends, especially good friends, are not only to be killed, but also to be sucked dry of their internal energy in order to accomplish my grand ambition!”

    When Cai Yudan heard that Shi Youming had waited four years for him only because he wanted to lure him here to suck his internal energy, he was furious and shouted, “Shi Youming, you’re inhuman! Others rush to ‘Secluded Brightness Manor’ to avenge you yet you viciously killed them… those 25 people in the manor were all your friends and family, did you kill them all with your own hands?”

    Shi Youming stroked his long beard and said, “That’s right, I found a guest who was staying at the manor, disfigured him and made him my scapegoat. It must be known that when I reemerge in the martial arts realm in future, my martial arts will be the best in the world and I will be a new man, the best martial arts fighter in the world. Those in the manor will be more of a hindrance if they are around so I might as well kill them so that I can attract more people here… If you mean to say that I am repaying kindness with evil, I didn’t kill those who came. I only sucked their internal energy, the ones who killed them were Yan Wuyou, Madam Xin Shisan and the big bird because they want their flesh and blood… When you were killing them earlier, I did not try to help them either so everything’s very fair. When I reemerge in the martial arts realm next time, I can say that I have mastered a unique skill and avenged my friends.”

    Qu Benlei spit on the ground as he said angrily, “Since that is the case, you want everyone here so that you can such their internal energy, so what’s with all these pretenses about this place being haunted?”

    Shi Youming laughed lightly, “You’re so stupid! In the martial arts realm, the more haunted a place, the more curious people will be and those who come will mostly be highly skilled martial artists, just our cup of tea. Those who are highly skilled, the more scary the place, the more they will want to come, just like all of you!”

    Everyone now knows that they have been tricked. Cai Yunfei asked incredulously, “You are the… ‘Eldest Senior Brother’ they were referring to…”

    Shi Youming smiled, “Of course, there’s no one else in the manor other than me, so who else could it be?”

    Cai Yudan heard that he is indeed the Eldest Senior Brother and he himself has been poisoned, the pain gnawing at him but now the antidote is with such a vile man, he knows that there is no use begging him for the antidote. He cried out furiously, “Shi Youming, you think your martial arts is that great? In those days, your martial arts is just on par with mine…”

    Shi Youming interrupted him, “Brother Yudan, how can you be so stubborn! I’ve lured batches after batches of martial arts experts here and sucked their energy. I think at this point in time, you can’t even take three blows from me… I guess this person here must be one of the famous ‘Four Famed Constables’ Zhui Ming… This here with the axe around the waist must be Brother Qu Benlei from Guandong… and the Shaolin monks are very highly skilled too… and with Brother Yudan added in… hahaha… very good… very good… After I suck all your powers, I’m afraid I will be unrivaled in this world… When I, Shi Youming reemerge in the martial arts realm and become Number One in the world, everyone will just say that I have intense internal energy but will never expect that it’s all thanks to you all… hahaha…. Excellent, excellent!”

    Yin Chengfeng saw how this person has lost all humanity by killing his family and friends and said angrily, “You think you’re very powerful now? Do you think you’re better than the ‘Nine Crescent Blade’, Old Hero Long Fangxiao?”

    Shi Youming smiled slowly, “Not now, but after I suck all of your powers today, I may not necessarily lose to Long Fangxiao, Situ Shi’er or Zeng Baishui. Besides, there will be many more others who will come here after you!”

    Yin Chengfeng was furious, “This person is a bane to the martial arts world, he must not be spared!” He drew his sword and the tip flickered gently.

    The man with the Thunder God’s weapon suddenly asked, “Shi Youming, let me ask you, did you kill my Teacher?”

    Shi Youming asked with a smile, “Who is your Teacher?”

    The man replied, “Ten Unrivaled Soul Chaser’ Guo Zhigeng.”

    Shi Youming thought for a while before answering with a laugh, “Oh, it’s Guo Zhigeng. That’s right, I sucked all his energy dry three years ago, his energy was not too bad, I wonder how’s yours?”

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