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    Poor Yu. This book has some NASTY mind games, and I'm just reading it; he's actually LIVING it.
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    It gets much worse. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

    Pretty soon you'd have no idea who to trust.

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    Athena do not despair you are doing a great job! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
    Too bad for Yu though. Traumatic.

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    I'm afraid the mind games will continue and become even worse. It almost drove poor Yu almost to insanity but fortunately the severe training he went through as a child really paid off in the long run.

    Also someone sent me a pm and asked why I do not translate the names of the Taoist priests and/or Buddhist monks in English. Because those names usually have a philosophical, religious meaning.
    True, but if started translating those names of Taoist/Buddhist priests and monks out of consistency I have to translate the (regular) names of the characters too. That will just not work.
    For instance Zuo Lengchan in Smiling Proud Wanderer will become Left Cold Zen !?!
    Strange, right?
    I will just put the meaning of those (meaningful) names between brackets.
    I often see names like "The Wooden Priest" and so on.
    But it sounds so silly in English (to me that is). "Mu Dao Chang" (Mu in this case could be his family name, not necessarily his Taoist name).
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    One idea might be a character list of all the people you've already introduced in the story. It'll give ppl a place to reference who's who, cause there will be so many characters that it might get confusing.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><table border="0" width="80%" bgcolor="#dcdcdc" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"><tr><td width="100%"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" bgcolor="#DCDCDC"><tr><td width="100%" bgcolor="#eeeeee"><font size="1"> For instance Zuo Lengchan in Smiling Proud Wanderer will become Left Cold Zen !?!
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    That made me snort out my water. Through my nose.
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    Actually, I didn't think of it a good friend of mine thought of it. I found it hilarious. He was complaining about the translation of the The Fox of Snowy Mountain by Olivia Mok.
    So huge, so hopeless, to conceive
    As these that twice befell
    Parting is all we know of heaven
    And all we need of hell.

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    Chapter 2 The Sudden Change of Dragon and Tiger

    Lake Huang is an ancient name derived from the Spring and Autumn Period (707 - 480 B.C).
    At this moment everyone could see 13 flagpoles with 13 impressive banners.
    Mei Simang pointed at a yellow silk banner and explained to Yu Peiyu:"Yellow represents prominence and only the leading martial arts school is allowed to use it. At the moment that is Shaolin.
    Taoism often refers to the colour purple, that's why the banner of Wudang is purple. "The Eight Stances of Heavenly Dragon" of Kunlun are known far and wide. For that reason there are several flying dragons embroided on their banner. It looks very impressive, don't you think?"
    Yu peiyu looked at a banner made out of several small pieces of different coloured cloths and asked:"Is this the banner of the Beggars Association?"
    Mei Simang laughed:"We ARE poor beggars and we use the the materials that other people throw away and made a banner out of it. We are very thrifty."
    Yu peiyu asked:"May I ask where master Hong Lian is at the moment? I would like to pay my respects."
    Mei Simang said:"Beneath every flag-pole there is a large tent, our leader is resting right over there in that tent." Mei pointed at a tent farther up ahead.
    As they walked towards the tent, many people looked very respectfully at Mei and Yu and greeted them very humbly.
    Yu Peiyu thought:"The Beggars Association has been able to remain the most important Wulin association for more than 100 years. Even the disciples have amazing abilities and prestige, their leader must be even more impressive. But when did I meet such an important and prominent man."
    The more he pondered over it the more confused he got and as they approached the tent he saw 20 to 30 young men and women partrolling. Judging by their appearances and all of them looked seemed to have good martial arts. But everyone of them wore different types of robes, they must be the top-notch disciples of the 13 Great Schools.
    Before Mei Simang could say something a Taoist priest in a purple robe approached him and humbly said:"Old master Mei, you have arrived. This is...?"
    Mei Simang laughed:"Hahaha!Taoist brother, this young master Yu and is an honourable guest."
    Yu Peiyu already took out his invitation and held it up. The Taoist priest backed 3 paces and said:"This was, please."
    Yu Peiyu looked back and now fully realised the safety precautions taken by the 13 Great Schools. He considered himself very lucky, because a large number of Wulin people were not allowed to enter and could only walk about outside the agreed perimeter.
    Mei Simang approached the tent and respectfully said:"Master, young master Yu is here."
    The voice said:"Please let him in! He must be very anxious now."
    Indeed Yu Peiyu wanted to know who this mysterious leader was and really couldn't wait anymore. Mei and him walked in and entered a very luxurious tent, he couldn't clearly see the face of the leader and knelt down and said humbly:"Yu Peiyu pays his respects to master Hong Lian."
    Master Hong Lian turned around and smiled:"Brother Yu, don't you recognize anymore?"
    Yu Peiyu saw a pair of bright, shining eyes and stuttered:"You..you..are you the leader of the Beggars Association?"
    Master Hong Lian is the young beggar, Hong Lianer he met earlier.
    Yu Peiyu was still too surprised to speak, Hong Lianhua laughed:"Not all leaders of Wulin schools are old, for example the leader of Diancang isn't even 30 yet. The leader of the Baihua (100 flowers) Association is also only 20 odd years old."

    Yu Peiyu said:"No wonder why master Hong Lian kept helping me."
    Hong Lianhua said:"There was no particular reason, and I like you. Wulin is a strange place, some people want to kill you for strange motives and some want to help for mysterious reasons."
    Yu Peiyu agreed and sighed:"True!"
    Hong Lianhua now stopped smiling and seriously asked him:"Judging from your expression, the gathering seems very important to you."
    Yu Peiyu tragicly said:"A matter of life and death."
    Hong Lianhua continued:"It would be unfair if a bunch of idlers were allowed to enter, when people like you who really have important matters are not allowed to participate."
    Yu Peiyu respectfully said:Master Hong Lian, thank you for helping me."
    Hong Lianhua smiled:"Also you are soon to be the next leader of the Xiantian Wuji School, when that happens we cannot even invite you over even if we gave you 100 invitations."
    Yu Peiyu stuttered:"How did you know?"

    At this point they heard a loud "Boing" and they heard a strong, clear voice saying:"The gathering is about to start. Would the 13 leaders please take their seats."

    Thanks Tigerwong for your tip. I think I will jot down a dramatis personae soon. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><table border="0" width="80%" bgcolor="#dcdcdc" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"><tr><td width="100%"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" bgcolor="#DCDCDC"><tr><td width="100%" bgcolor="#eeeeee"><font size="1">Originally posted by Athena:
    <STRONG>Actually, I didn't think of it a good friend of mine thought of it. I found it hilarious. He was complaining about the translation of the The Fox of Snowy Mountain by Olivia Mok.</STRONG></font></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

    And you claim you have no sense of humor <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

    Oh, btw.

    "The Eight Stances of Heavenly Dragon"

    Was the original translation "Tien Long Ba Bu?" <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
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    To Ren Woxing: Perhaps I do have a little sense of humour hidden somewhere. <IMG SRC="smilies/laugh.gif" border="0">
    The 8 Stances of Heavenly Dragon were Tian Long Ba Shi (so you were almost right <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> )
    In the Gu Long wuxia universe the Kunlun School is renowned for this skill, in quite a few Gu Long novels this skill is mentioned. But we never see it as readers, at least not very clearly.

    Hong Lianhua held Yu Peiyu's hand and smiled:"All the previous leaders of the Beggars Association were not only notorious busybodies, but also had to have the ability to know practically everything. As to how I know that much about you know, you will soon find out."

    A huge platform was constructed for this occasion and many Wulin dignitaries were present.
    There was a big cauldron on the platform and it emitted a white smoke. On each side of the cauldron there was a row of armchairs. 13 in total, and already nine people were seated now.
    An old monk with a white long beard wearing a yellow kasya stood in front of the cauldron. Although he was quite small and skinny he looked very majestic. Obviously this old monk was the abbot of the Shaolin Monastery, reverend Tianyun.
    Under the platform there were several rows of armchairs, and several famous Wulin dignitaries were sitting there. However no one sat at the first row, which was a strange thing.
    Hong Lianhua smiled to Yu:"I have to go up there and perform now, just find a seat having a yellow invitation automatically means that you have a seat. Don't be shy."
    Hong Lianhua and 6 beggars walked up the platform.
    A deep, strong voiced announced:"The leader of the Beggars Association, master Hong Lien!"
    The announcer was a very tall and big man, Hong Lianhua was much smaller compared to him. But the eyes of all the attending heroes were shifted from the announcer to Hong Lienhua.
    Yu Peiyu smiled when he saw this he felt proud to have a friend like Hong Lianhua.
    A clear, lovely said to him:"Seeing that your friend is so impressive, you must feel proud too, don't you?
    Yu Peiyu turned around and saw a pair of cold, clear eyes but somehow also he saw a bit of passion in these eyes. Jin Yanzi was talking to him. Coincidentally, he sat next to her he smiled back but didn't say a word.
    The young master of the divine sabre was not pleased and looked quite annoyed now.
    He said to Jin Yanzi:"Yan-Er, shall we sit somewhere else?"
    Jin Yanzi coldly asked:"Why should I sit somewhere else?"
    The young master answered:"Somehow the air around here seems not so fresh anymore."
    Jin Yanzi said:"If you find it smelly here you can go and find a new seat. I'm staying right here."
    Yu Peiyu already stood up and wanted to find a new place to sit. However Jin Yanzi's delicate, soft hand held his wrist, the young master was furious now.
    He angrilly said:"Fine, fine! I will go away."
    Although he said that he remained seated and didn't leave Jin Yanzi out of sight.
    Yu was quite amused by this situation and secretly laughed.
    Although Yu Peiyu didn't fully understand what love meant at this point in his life but he knew it was sweet and bitter. After gazing into the eyes of Jin Yanzi he remembered Lin Daiyu. He remembered her eyes, expression, her strong personality and beauty. And asked why she tricked him.
    The announcer loudly introduced someone else now:"The leader of the Baihua (100 flowers)Association, Madame Hai Tangjun!" (*Hai Tang is a kind of Chinese cherry blossom).
    12 young maidens carried a sedan-chair decorated with fragrant flowers. Everyone was enchanted by the scent of those flowers. On top of the sedan-chair was a beautiful, enchanting woman wearing a tempting silk gown and lots of garlands. She got off the sedan-chair and one of the maidens held her hand, everyone was captivated by her fragrance and allure.
    Jin Yanzi softly sighed to Yu Peiyu:"This Madame Hai Tang is indeed a true beauty."
    Yu Peiyu didn't answere he was looking into the crowd looking for someone.
    12 of the 13 leaders of the Great Schools have arrived.
    Yu Peiyu was hoping to see someone, could he be wrong. Wouldn't "they" make an appearance here?
    The attending heroes were all wondering:"The leader of the Hainan School hasn't arrived yet. Why is that?"
    Could it be that master Yu is detained, because he lives in the outer south of China?"
    The heroes kept talking about the leader of the Hainan School, Yu Xuan, why he is late.
    Suddenly everyone was quiet and looked at a man, Yu Peiyu watched that man too. It was a rather fat man wearing a green robe and staggered like a drunk. In his waist was an old sword and judging by his expression he was a drunk. He didn't seem to care that everyone was staring at him.
    The announcer frowned and loudly introduced:"The leader of the Hainan School, master Yu Xuan!"
    This is the impressive "The Flying Fish and the Swift Sword" Yu Xuan. It is said that he is unbeaten throughout the 18 isles of the South Sea.
    He walked up the platform and laughed:"Sorry, I'm late. Please forgive me."
    The abbot of Shaolin gave him a Buddhist greeting by putting his palms together.
    A Taoist priest wearing a black robe coldly smiled:"Brother Yu, you're not too late. You could have drunk a few more cups before joining us."
    Yu Xuan blinked his eyes and laughingly said:"Well, some people see the fun of liquor and some don't. I cannot help it if the KongTong School prohibits drinking. I have nothing else to say to the likes of you."
    The black-robed Taoist priest got up and sternly said:"The gathering does NOT welcome drunkards like you."
    Yu Xuan didn't pay any attention to him and sat down.
    The abbot of Shaolin smiled and said:"Taoist brother Jueqing, please don't be upset...."
    Jueqing Zi angrilly said:"This man is late because he was getting himself drunk. Because of his drinking he could have delayed the prospects and future of all heroes of the realm. He should be punished accordingly otherwise how can we establish discipline."
    Abbot Tianyun turned to the leader of Wudang reverend Chuchen, reverend Chuchen got up and said:"Master Yu...."
    Before he could finish, Hong Lianhua laughed:"Do all of you think that master Yu is late because he went drinking?"
    Reverend Chuchen smiled:"I think the information master Hong Lian gathered will enlighten us."
    Hong Lianhua loudly said:"Master Yu was able to lure "The 7 Hornets of the White Forest" to a remote place and killed them all. With this act he re-assured the safety of all the women of the gathering. I, Hong Lianhua would like to thank him."
    All the heroes were shocked to hear that the infamous rapists "The 7 Hornets of the White Forest" were able to sneak into the city. Luckily Yu Xuan killed them otherwise who knows which poor woman or girl will fall victim.
    Shaolin was the organizer of this time's gathering if anything happened they would be held responsible. Although abbot Tianyun has extraordinary cultivation he was still surprised.
    Yu Xuan smiled in a carefree manner:"Master Hong Lian is really knowlegdeable. Even small matters like this do not escape your attention."
    Abbot Tianyun earnestly said:"Benefactor Yu, how can you say that this is a small matter? You have done a great deed by this action alone you're fit to be the new chancellor of Wulin."
    If anyone else said these words it probably would be plain polite words of formality. But these words were said by the abbot of Shaolin and carry a very strong weight. With this sentence alone Yu Xuan could very well be the next chancellor of Wulin for the next 7 years.
    Yu Xuan respectfully said:"If I hadn't disposed of those rogues, I'm sure master Hong Lian would have."
    Hong Lianhua hurriedly said:"Beggars cannot become leaders of the martial arts realm, we will become the laughing-stock of the entire world. Abbot Tianyun is highly respected in Wulin and I feel that we should ask reverend Tianyun to lead us one more time."
    Abbot Tianyun sighed:"I am too old now to lead the realm of martial arts. Even without this incident I have no intentions of becoming chancellor again."
    It seems that Shaolin had no ambitions to lead again, but who dares to follow the footsteps of Shaolin.
    But abbot Tianyun has expressed to retreat freely, at this point the other leaders stood up.
    The leader of the Huashan School, the graceful Taoist priestess Xu Shuzhen said wiht her clear voice:"Wudang has been the orthodox Taoist school for many years. If abbot Tianyun really stays adamant in his decision. I will certainly support Wudang."
    Reverend Chuchen smiled and sat down.
    The leader of the Kongtong school scoffed:"Of course Wudang will receive support from Huashan. Unfortunately I do NOT have a sister who is the leader of the Huashan School."
    Xu Shuzhen and reverend Chuchen are brother and sister, coincidentally both became leaders of the 2 prominent martial arts schools. Which is a exemplary tale, however now it became an excuse for Jueqing Zi to make fun of them both.
    Xu Shuzhen raised her pretty eyebrows, reverend Chuchen smiled:"In that case I nominate reverend Jueqing."

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    Another famous skill of the Kunlun school that recurs in Gu Long novels is Liuk Yang Tsun Jearn (6 Yang Palms). Sounds similiar to another JY skill we know. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

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    poor Yu...

    I love him already, kind of refreshing character from the type of Xiao 11 or Luk Siu Feng. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

    another suggestion for you about character list - maybe post it in separate topic so that it won't get lost in the story. <IMG SRC="smilies/hatoff.gif" border="0">

    Athena, love your translation and have learned some vocabs myself. Hope you don't mind if I will reuse them in my fanfic.

    Q::: what are the right English words that priest and monk address laymen and themselves?
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    benefactor or benefactress
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    I think they're probably at the same level as or one level below Ah Qing, which is about the level of a 2nd or 3rd generation Quan Zhen disciple.
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    Thanks Goofy! Taoist priests, Buddhist monks adressing laymen would be benefactor and benefactress.
    Each other would be Taoist brother or Buddhist brother.

    Xie Tianbi loudly said:"If someone else would lead Wulin we, Diancang will have no objections. However, we do have some objections to Kongtong and reverend Jueqing."
    Although the Diancang School was located in Yunnan province, but disciples of Diancang were very much respected and the words of the leader of Diancang carried a lot weight in Wulin.
    Jueqing Zi's face changed and said:"It seems that in order to pick a new chancellor there must be a fight."
    Xie Tianbi held his sword and said:"In that case I would like to encounter the world famous "Merciless Swordsmanship."
    At this point an old man with a long beard stood up and said:"I, Ouyang Long on behalf of the 36 united heroes of the waters, nominate master Xie of the Diancang School. As for reverend Jueqing's "Merciless Swordsman...."
    Before he could finish a bald old man with a rather fair, red young face laughed and said:"Diancang School lies in the outer regions of China, if master Xie becomes the chancellor he will have no control over lord Ouyang. In that case lord Ouyang is free to do whatever he likes."
    Ouyang Long angrilly said:"What do you mean with those words! It can be that everyone else fears the secretive weaponry of the Tang Clan of Sichuan province. But I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOU!"
    The bald old man smiled:"So you want to try it, don't you?"
    He waved his hand and Ouyang Long quickly leapt backwards.
    The bald old man stroked his beard and lauged:"Lord Ouyang is very courageous indeed."
    Abbot Tianyun saw that the entire matter was getting out of hand and frowned his eyebrows and said:"Would everyone settle down! It was not my intention to create chaos."
    Despite all the noise everyone could hear the voice of abbot Tianyun clearly and everybody settled down.
    Now, a large muscular man jumped up the platform. He was as tall and impressive as the announcer he lifted the heavy cauldron with ease.
    All the heroes applauded when seeing this. Even Yu Peiyu exclaimed:"This man is truely awesome!"
    Jin Yanzi immediately spoke:"He is one of the leading figures of the Wulin of the northern regions of China.Everyone calls him "The Invincible Iron Overlord." His arms are very strong and can easily lift heavy objects. But he is not too intelligent."
    Yu Peiyu still didn't talk to her and watched the Iron Overlord carrying the cauldron walking about on the platform.
    He put the cauldron down and shouted:"Whoever can lift this cauldron and can easily walk 3 steps on the platform I will support him becoming the new chancellor of Wulin"!"

    All the present dignitaries on the platform were all martial arts experts but this ability was something they could not do.
    As result nobody said a word.
    The Iron Overlord was feeling very pleased and was looking arrogantly.
    Madame Hai Tang walked up to the Iron Overlord and smiled sweetly:"I never thought I would have the chance to see the Iron Tyrant Strength. I really admire your strength."
    The Iron Overlord was mesmerized by her charm and beauty and cleared his throat and smiled dryly:"You're too kind, Madame."
    She stared at him and said very tenderly:"That awesome power you displayed, is it really generated through these 2 arms?"
    The fragrance of her was really quite strong, even if you stood metres from her you would still be captivated by her sweet scent. And now she just stood a few centimetres away from the Iron Overlord he was already practicallly under her spell and had difficulty standing still.
    Madame Hai Tang innocently asked:"Can I touch your arms?"
    The Iron Overlord blushed and stuttered:"Ma...Madame....I...uhh...I"
    The delicate soft hands of Madame Hai Tang were already touching, stroking the arm of the Overlord. He was completelt lost what to do and just stood there blushing.
    Hong Lianhua called out:"Brother Tie, pay attention!"
    But it was too late, he felt an iron grip and couldn't move anymore. Madame Hai Tang smilingly held up the Iron Overlord with ease.
    A muscular big man was being held up in the air by a graceful young woman. This is was a scene that no one will ever forget.
    Nobody knew whether to clap their hands or laugh.
    Madame Hai Tang now sighed sweetly:"Whoever can lift this true "HERO" I will support him in becoming the next chancellor of Wulin."
    After saying this she put the Iron Overlord down and smiled tenderly and walked back to her seat.
    The Iron Overlord could move again but was too confused to do anything and just stared at her in a silly way.
    Yu Xuan approached Madame Hai Tang and laughed:"Madame, could I borrow a garland from you?"
    Madame Hai Tang blinked her eyes and said:"If master Yu was a bit slimmer I will be very happy to give you one of....."
    Before she could finish her sentence she saw that on top Yu Xuan's tip of the sword was one of her garlands. Nobody could see clearly when, how Yu Xuan drew his sword and how he managed to remove a garland from Madame Hai Tang.
    She quickly paced back 3 steps and looked quite pale now.
    Hong Lianhua laughed:"Madame, since you gave away one of your garlands to master Yu. Why don't you wear one of my red lotuses."
    During his laughter he advanced forward very quickly and before everyone knew it a red lotus was stuck between the hair of Madame Hai Tang.
    The display of Hong Lianhua's unique art of levitation was truly amazing even the leader of Kunlun renowned for his "Eight Stances of Heavenly Dragon" was impressed and felt he couldn't do this either.
    Madame Hai Tang looked very pale now and she put both of her hands in her sleeves and smiled:"Two grown men picking on a helpless woman. Aren't you afraid people will talk?"
    Although she smiled ever so charming, all the heroes had heard of the three killing specialities of Baihua Association; flower, fog and rain.
    At this point she must have prepared her hands in her sleeves and was about to strike.
    Hong Lianhua and Yu Xuan were still smiling but they were very cautious now. They also have heard of the three killing specialties of Baihua Association, The Soul-dissolving Flower, The Bone Gnawing Rain and the Heavenly Fragrant Fog.
    To their knowledge no one was able to avoid any of these specialties without injuries.
    But the fast sword of Yu Xuan was also not to be trifled with.

    At this very exciting moment a figure stood in between Yu Xuang and Madame Hai Tang. It was abbot Tianyun who quickly intervened all the experts present didn't see when and how he stood in between them.
    Abbot Tianyun said:"There are numerous variations in martial arts, everyone has their advantages and disadvantages. If all of you would engage in meaningless battles not only will it be difficult to find a victor but everyone will become the laughing-stock of the world."
    Everyone kept quiet, reverend Chuchen asked:"Abbot Tianyun, what do you suggest?"
    Abbot Tianyun answered:"When it comes to martial arts everyone has his or her strong points. And when it comes to prestige being all leaders of prominent martial arts schools it is also very difficult to make a difference in that too. What I suggest is...."
    A laughing man said loudly:"Well, why don't all of you give the leading position to my Xiantian Wuji School!"
    10 odd men walked slwoly towards the platform. Everyone including the dignitaries on the platform were all impressed.
    Yu Peiyu was shaking and said to himself softly:"Here they are, here they are...."
    These 10 odd men formed to rows and all of them wore green brocades and had long beards. They were at least 50 odd years old.

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    These 10 odd men were famous top martial arts experts in the realm. Although a lot of people haven't met them but they have all heard of their names.
    The Flowered Chestnut Sword Lin Shoujuan, the Dragonking of Taihu, Silver Spear Shen, Ximen Feng of Mount Mao, the hero of Jiangnan Wang Yuluo, etc.
    In spite of the fact that they weren't leaders of any martial arts schools their fame was not inferior to the 13 leaders of the Great Schools.
    Abbot Tianyun quickly advanced to greet them:"Welcome everyone! It is indeed an honour to have you here to attend the ceremony. Please take a seat at the first row."
    Lin Shoujuan smiled:"We're not here to attend the ceremony."
    Wang Yuluo said:"Isn't the Xiantian Wuji School worthy enough anymore to take place on the platform?"
    Abbot Tianyun was a bit confused but kept his smile and asked:"Since when did all of you entered the Xiantian Wuji School?"
    Lin Shoujuan said:"We haven't invited anyone over that day, please forgive us."
    Abbot Tianyun said:"Benefactors,.....your leader, master Yu is he...."
    A voice from behind said:"How are you doing, reverend Tianyun? We haven't seen each other for many years."
    Abbot Tianyun turned around and saw an elderly, sophisticated man in a long brocade standing on the platform, it was the leader of the Xiantian Wuji School Yu Fanghe.
    Nobody saw him walk up the platform.
    Abbot Tianyun said:"Brother Yu, I am glad to see you again. I never thought you would enter the realm of martial arts again. But with your arrival I can feel assured now."
    In other words abbot Tianyun is supporting Yu Fanghe and the Xiantian Wuji School.
    Jueqing Zi and others were not to eager to give in but seeing that Yu Fanghe has managed to enlist a group of top martial arts masters they have no choice but to give in.
    Reverend Chuchen said:"If brother Yu would become the new chancellor of Wulin all the Wudang disciples will be very pleased."
    Jueqing Zi said:"The entire Kongtong School admires master Yu's reputation and will gladly see master Yu becoming the new chancellor of Wulin."
    Ouyang Long loudly said:"My teacher often spoke of master Yu when he was alive. It is a great honour to meet you in person, all the friends of the waters will be very happy to see master Yu lead us."
    Madame Hai Tang also said:"Master Yu is famous for his benevolence and righteousness and cannot be compared to mean men who bully innocent women. The Baihua Association fully supports master Yu."
    Everyone clapped their hands and approved.
    It seems that Yu Fanghe is becoming the next leader for sure. Hong Lianhua is shocked to see this situation and is looking into the crowd hoping to spot Yu Peiyu.
    Yu Fanghe smiled:"I'm an old man with no special abilities and am not fit to lead of all the heroes in the realm. However ...."
    Yu Peiyu couldn't control himself anymore and rushed up the platform and called out:"THIS MAN IS NOT MY FATHER! HE IS AN IMPOSTER!"
    Lin Shoujuan chided:"Peiyu! Have you gone mad!"
    The Dragonking of Taihu and Ximen Feng tried to block Yu but were pushed aside by Yu Peiyu.
    Yu Peiyu stood in front of "Yu Fanghe" and shouted:"Who are you? Why do you pretend to be my father?"
    During his shout he raised his palm and pushed out towards "Yu Fanghe."
    Suddenly he felt a soft, gentle power pushing back and pushed him a few metres back.
    Now, Ximen, Shen, and Lin quickly held Yu Peiyu tightly.
    Abbot Tianyun frowned and said:"This young benefactor is truly too rash."
    Reverend Chuchen also said:"Whose disciple is he?"
    Yu Peiyu had tears in his eyes and said:"My name is Yu Peiyu."
    Abbot Tianyun asked Yu Fanghe:"This young man is your son?"
    Yu Fanghe looked up and laughed bitterly:"This boy...he...he..."and sighed.
    Now, reverend Chuchen chided Yu Peiyu too:"How can you behave this rudely in front of seniors."
    Yu Peiyu couldn't move at all and cried out:"He is not my father! My father is dead! I was there when he died....."
    Abbot Tianyun and reverend Chuchen looked at each other and looked confused.
    Wang Yuluo sighed:"The poor chid has gone insane."
    Xie Tianbi nodded and said:"This young man is indeed strange, this morning he accused me of killing his father. But that is impossible I only arrived a few days ago. Fortunately, master Yu has arrived now. This is truly a most unfortunate tragedy...."
    Even if there were some people who believed a bit of Yu Peiyu's claim but after hearing this they shook their hands and sighed.
    Who will they believe, the words of a group of respected martial arts experts or a rash young man?
    This is not even a fair question.
    Yu Peiyu saw that everyone was looking at him with compassion and sadness. Nobody believes his story. He was crying now, because who can help him. Will his grievance never be settled?

    Lin Shoujuan saw that no one believes Yu Peiyu and he fiercely spoke:"This child has no respects for his father and other seniors. His intentions are wicked and his crimes are unforgivable. Nobody in Wulin can plead for him anymore, I see no other choice but to place righteousness above family loyality and kill him myself."
    Even Yu Peiyu's own future father-in-law cannot tolerate him anymore, so nobody else can speak on behalf of him.
    He drew his sword and aimed for Yu Peiyu.
    Somone shouted:"Stop right now!"
    Lin Shoujuan's hand couldn't move anymore and he saw that Hong Lianhua grabbed his wrist.
    He was surprised and asked:"Master Hong Lian, why do you help this unfilial child?"
    Hong Lianhua ignored him and tapped Yu Peiyu on the shoulder and laughed:"This joke of yours is a bit too exaggerated but it was very convincing."
    Again everyone was stunned, Lin Shoujuan stammered:"Joke...? What joke?"
    Hong Lianhua said:"Every time these Wulin gatherings are too serious and lack entertainment. This time I thought of an idea to bring a bit of fun."
    Abbot Tianyun, reverend Chuchen and others were all too surprised to talk now.
    Hong Lianhua unsealed Yu's acupoints by patting on his back and smiled:"The joke is over now, you can tell the truth."
    Yu Peiyu lowered his head and said:"Yes...yes.."
    He lifted his head and knelt in front of Yu Fanghe, kowtowed and said:"Please forgive me, father! I was too rude."
    Yu Fanghe was looking very pale and said:"You...you...(*cough)...this is too much..."
    Hong Lianhua said to Yu Peiyu:"Your father has forgiven you, you can get up now."
    Everyone now understood and started to smile and thought it was quite a funny joke.
    Only Yu Fanghe, Wang Yuluo and others were fuming.
    Xie Tianbi laughingly said:"Brother Hong Lian, I should have guessed you were behind this joke."
    Hong Lianhua smiled:"Of course, otherwise who would put an idea in his head to accuse you of being the murderer of his father."
    Xian Tianbi laughed loudly.
    Yu Fanghe coughed:"This son...he is...(*sigh)."
    Besides sighing and coughing what else can he do.
    Hong Lianhua helped Yu getting up:"I am the one who put you up to this, I'm sorry that you have to kneel."
    LIn Shoujuan sternly said:"Just a minute! The gathering at Lake Huang is a serious matter. How can we allow such nonsense go unpunished. What he did cannot be forgiven because he just knelt down and kowtowed to his father."
    Hong Lianhua asked calmly:"What do you suggest Mr. Lin?"
    Lin Shoujuan said:"Just for being rude to his seniors is enough to nullify his martial arts and ban him from his school and family."
    Hong Lianhua smiled:"Mr. Lin, since when have you become the new chancellor of Wulin?"
    Lin Shoujuan was stunned and stuttered:"No, I..."
    Hong Lianhua asked again:"Are you the father of brother Peiyu?"
    Lin answered:"No, I am not."
    Hong Lianhua put up a serious face and said:"In that case, WHO ARE YOU to give orders around on the platform of the gathering at Lake Huang?"
    His eyes were very sharp and Lin Shoujuan avoided eye contact with him.
    Hong Lianhua looked around and said:"This was my idea! If any of you found this was a bad plan, fine! Punish me or strike me if you please!"
    The Beggars Association had existed for more than 800 years now, had thousands of disciples. Hong Lianhua may be young but no one in Wulin would dare to question his martial arts, intelligence, fame. Who would dare to punish him or even to lay a hand on him.
    Jueqing Zi was unconcerned about this matter, Madame Hai Tang being a smart woman remained silent.
    Yu Xuan smiled:"In my opinion brother Hong Lian just played a harmless joke. Nothing to fuss about we should even thank him and invite him for wine for providing such entertainment."
    Hong Lianhua smiled happily and turned to abbot Tianyun:"What do you think, reverend?"
    Abbot Tianyun frowned and turned to Yu Fanghe:"Brother Yu should deal with this incident."
    Yu Fanghe remained silent for awhile, somebody with a sharp voice called out from the crowd:"Even a tiger won't eat his own cubs!"
    It seems that Yu Fanghe's face changed and smiled wryly:"So be it, since master Hong Lian has pleaded on his behalf I will let the matter rest."
    Everyone was happy that the incident was solved and cheered.
    Hong Lianhua quickly whispered to Mei Simang:"Find out who that person was that shouted."
    Mei Simang quietly left the platform and Hong Lienhua thanked Yu Fanghe.
    Yu Peiyu looked at Hong Lianhua his eyes were filled with gratitude. He bowed four times to Hong and left the platform. Lin Shoujuan, Ximen Feng and others were looking at Yu Peiyu but couldn't do a thing. All the attending heroes were looking at Yu Peiyu too and smiled.
    The young master of the divine sabre softly cursed in his own local dialect, but it was loud enough for Jin Yanzi to hear it.
    She coldly said:"He is the son of the new chancellor of Wulin. When it comes to martial arts and prestige he is far and far above you. I advise you not to antagonize him."
    The young master of the divine sabre was furious and gritted his teeth.


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    <IMG SRC="smilies/clap.gif" border="0"> Can't wait for next installment
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    This things are seriously weird. <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">
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    it sounds like a big conspiracy. I hope Hong Lian remains a good man at the end because I like him. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
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    Wow! this is mind boggling stuff. Like goofy, i do hope hong lien is a good guy.
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    Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
    Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."

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    Wow. This novel seems to have a butt load of martial art experts. People appearing outta no where all over the place. Nonetheless, still a great translation and I appreciate your hard work.
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