Chapter 45: You Are Mine
This is the highest mountain peak in the Fog Forest.
In addition to dense fog and frigid cold on this mountain, there is a stifling miasma.
Ordinary people, even if they are Precelestial experts, do not dare to willingly set foot on this area.
At this moment however, there are two figures standing on this mountain. They look indifferent, like strolling in their own yard.
“Jun Shang, just the rampaging animals don’t seem to pose a threat to her.” Han Ye glances at the handsome man beside him. He cautiously and solemnly asks, “Should this subordinate go down?”
However, this one glance takes Han Ye aback.
For he had never seen Jun Shang have this kind of expression.
That eternally indifferent and disdainful gaze, nothing in the world could enter his eyes. At this moment, they are bright and ablaze with a raging flame.
That gaze has a single-minded fixation on the forest below, scorching, like a wild beast that has found its favorite prey!
Han Ye gets a bit silly.
Jun Shang is looking at the Shen Musician heir? His destined woman?
This expression in his eyes, it doesn’t look like it has any killing intent a!
He wants to open the topic.
The sounds of zither from below abruptly stop.
Han Ye turns his head down and sees the white woman sitting on the top of a cliff. Corpses of rats and wolves scatter around her.
The cold wind whistles like a crying ghost in the dark forest.
The white clothes are splattered with scarlet, appearing strange and bloody.
When the woman looks up and reveals her languid and gorgeous face, Han Ye could only revel on her beauty and temperament. He suddenly can’t breathe, unable to mask his star-struck eyes.
This woman is Jun Shang’s destined.
It is not that there are no women who are more beautiful than her, but Han Ye has never come across a woman with such temperament. A free spirit that could charm and seduce one’s very soul.
Suddenly, the woman softly strums a string. Her lips seemed to have gone pale from excessive use of mysterious energy, but they curve up and a pleasant voice escapes from them. The sweet-sounding words are accompanied by the sound of the zither, penetrating through the fog.
“You come from afar and caused chaos in the Fog Forest, only to watch the fires burning across the river*. Won’t you be so kind and reveal yourselves?”
*to delay entering the fray until all others have been exhausted by fighting amongst themselves (idiom)
Han Ye sucks in a cold breath: “Jun Shang, she discovered us!”
Merely a woman from an insignificant mortal realm, without any means to have spiritual powers, and she was able to discover their presence?
How can this be?
Without waiting for Han Ye to get over it, the man beside him has already disappeared.
When Han Ye comes to himself, he discovers that Jun Shang is already in front of the woman in white. He quickly follows.
Muyan raises her head to look at the man that suddenly appeared.
The man’s handsome appearance could make any woman in the world lose themselves in infatuation. The eyes, above all, have a blue gleam when they gaze upon you. Muyan’s heart can’t help but skip a beat.
Deep blue like Xiao Bao’s.
However, the surprise in Muyan’s eyes quickly and completely withdraws. She slightly raises the tips of her brows, “Who might you be, sire? What do you wish to achieve, causing the animals to rampage?”
The man tilts his head down, giving her a profound stare like he’s watching his prey.
Muyan’s heart rises with displeasure at the trace of audaciousness and controlling. As she is about to speak, the man unexpectedly reaches out and buckles her jaw.
While Muyan is startled and bewildered, the man slowly bends his head down. The cold, thin lips fall on Muyan’s warm and soft ones.
A deep magnetic voice, touched with silken darkness, hums in her ears, “You are mine.”
Chapter 44: The Sound Blade
As soon as she exits the space, Muyan hears a large rumbling sound from the ground.
It comes along with terrifying roars of beasts and fearful screams of people.
What is happening?
All the animals in the Fog Forest are rampaging? But why?
Muyan suddenly feels something soft and warm on her foot.
She looks down to find the white rabbit that woke up who knows when.
It goes and rubs against her feet. The round insipid red eyes are concealed beneath the long fur and hide its emotions.
The warm body snuggling to her feet seems to be trembling.
“Afraid?” Muyan asks gently.
The rabbit can’t help but curl up even tighter, and the shivering worsens.
Muyan smiles lightly. She picks up the rabbit and sends it into the space.
This is her son’s pet and playmate, how can she just cast it away or let it die?
Just as the rabbit is thrown in, the ground beneath her feet quakes more violently.
The animal roars and immense vibrations from the sounds are getting closer and closer to her.
Muyan knits her brows and grabs a vine that’s hanging down an overhanging cliff. She nimbly climbs up.
She uses Mysterious Energy to fuel her jumps. A few breaths later, Muyan has climbed to the top of the cliff.
The fog is as thick as before but with her occupying a high ground, she could finally see the animals scattering in all directions like they lost their minds.
There are people running, they came to Fog Forest to treasure hunt. Now they could be trampled under the beasts’ feet like mud.
Muyan’s expressions suddenly changes, she whips around.
Behind her, she sees a large pack of red-tailed wolves slowly appear, each about half a person tall.
Three… five… ten… …one hundred…
A brief moment later, there are a hundred red-tailed wolves on the cliff where Muyan is at.
Her expression turns heavy, she steps back.
There is a squeaking sound that comes from under the cliff.
Turning around, she could see that the overhang that she just climbed up to is covered by a dense pack of large rats.
Right now, Muyan has no way to retreat, and there are pursuers.
In such an impasse, Muyan’s mouth arcs into a strange smile. Her eyes are even more poetic, enticing and moving.
In the next moment, she flips her wrists up and a dark and unremarkable zither appears in her hands.
Slender white hands pluck the strings and the elegant zither sounds drift around.
The animals that were gradually approaching suddenly stop.
Muyan’s smile grows deeper.
Surrounded by opponents in this way, being on a tight spot, she arranges her clothes and sits down with confidence and ease.
“Aowuuu -!!” A wolf issues a howl, its eyes redden, and it suddenly takes the lead to rush ahead.
Muyan bends her fingers, they slightly oscillate.
A “deng” is heard. From the void, it attacks a red-tailed wolf and it gives a miserable howl. It pierces through the belly and leaves a gaping hole, blood splatters.
The scent of blood permeates everywhere and instantly excites the viciousness of the beasts.
The red-tail wolves howl and the flood of rats squeak, rushing in droves to attack Muyan.
Muyan’s eyes rise a bit, and her hands playing on the strings immediately move faster.
*Gong, shang, jiao, zheng, yu, the pentatonic scale is manipulated into an arrangement. The sounds transform into a rousing and severe melody flowing from her hands.
*Equivalent to Do, Re, Mi
The sound of each note produces a wind blade.
A wind blade that contains mysterious energy can kill a mighty red-tail wolf in a blink of an eye.
This is exactly the Tian Mo Qin’s most basic group-target attack – Sound Blade.
On top of a higher mountain, the thick fog is just like a frozen mist, there’s a chill that could reach one’s bones.
Chapter 43 Jun Shang~
He is so cute and Muyan couldn’t help but kiss him for a few more times before saying: “That’s what that Baili-aunt said. A Shen Musician is a really strong and heaven-defying existence. Now I can totally understand why those people wanted to get rid of them.”
Shen Musician: possesses all the skills available to ordinary musicians. She can confuse people’s minds and can also appease their minds.
As well as various abilities that does not conform to the natural order, unavailable to the common musicians.
The most basic Sound Blade, for example, can attack an individual or a group. If it is promoted to a certain level, a Shen Musician with a single zither would be able to face thousands of troops and extinguish them in an instant.
Frightening? But this is far from the most frightening part.
A song from a Shen Musician can not only attack but it can also treat illnesses, improve the production of medicine and smelting of tools, it could even induce the growth of mysterious plants. According to the memories from the Inheritance, incorporating the zither’s sound to the growth of mysterious plants, or during the process of alchemy, can increase the elixir’s potency by several folds.
The sound can catalyze poison to disperse all over the sky, blending into the very air and instantly destroy a city.
Muyan gulps; she temporarily doesn’t scan her mind for the other skills.
Only these, she already feels that they are completely beyond imagination.
Xiao Bao listens to what Muyan has said, but thinks that it’s just as it should be: “Niangqin is the strongest; Shen Musician just barely qualifies to have niangqin.”
Muyan is amused by her baby’s biased stance, and her fingers gently touch the Tian Mo Qin.
After receiving those memories, Muyan consequently learns how to use the Tian Mo Qin.
It comes with its own space, and the Tian Mo Qin that has recognized her as master will automatically hide within her body.
Slender fingers touch the zither, and with just a thought, the old Qin disappears into Muyan’s hands.
Muyan says with an easy smile: “Xiao Bao, do you wanna go to a fun place with niangqin?”
Xiao Bao hugs Muyan’s neck and expressionlessly nods. His eyes are bright.
The figures, one large and one small, disappear from the forest.
The illumination before her suddenly becomes bright. Muyan finds herself and Xiao Bao to have entered a massive space that has a sky and earth.
Muyan never knew that there could be such a miraculous thing.
Hiding in her body, but containing a vast world.
There are white clouds in the sky, green plains, and a lofty palace.
Xiao Bao is also very delighted. Although he doesn’t wildly run about, his eyes incessantly look around while he holds Muyan’s hand.
As Muyan is about to take him to check out the palace called “Demonic Hall”, the space suddenly gives a faint quake.
This is an indication that the undulations of the air outside are unstable.
Muyan frowns and says: “Xiao Bao, stay here, niangqin will go out and take a look.”
Although Xiao Bao very much wants to follow his mother, he still nods in the end.
What Muyan doesn’t know, is that the moment when she received the memory of the inheritance, far away in a different sky, a world where the mighty Cultivators* could live, someone is alarmed.
*Xiuxian, like the continent is named after the people: Immortal cultivators.
It is precisely his arrival that triggered turmoil among the beasts in the Fog Forest, and therefore affect Muyan’s space.
“Jun Shang!” A trembling voice comes from the floor, “The natal chart has turned, and Shen Musician has an heir. Jun Shang, I am afraid that your destined woman has appeared.”
The old man kneeling on the floor raises his head to look at the man who is not far away from him.
The man has an incomparably handsome appearance, but his expression is as cold as ice and frost. His eyes flicker with a blue light.
He suddenly gets up and exits through the door.
The old man trembles and asks, “Jun Shang, are you going to receive the fated woman?”
“Receive her?” the man’s handsome face reveals a callous and mocking smile, “Ben Jun* never believed in destiny.”
*like Benwang but better. Jun means ‘sovereign/monarch’
Since he doesn’t believe it, then naturally kill.
The old man opens his mouth but it the end, says nothing.
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Chapter 42: Getting the Treasure
Xiao Bao tightens his tiny face and nods slowly. His eyes are particularly bright, “As long as Xiao Bao is with niangqin, then okay.”
Muyan’s mouth is slightly upturned, and the beautiful face once again adorns a leisurely smile.
She turns to Baili Yinlou: “I accept the Shen Musician Inheritance.”
Baili Yinlou is taken aback once again, “Are you really not going to ask about the Shen Musician’s inherited Cultivation Methods, Manuals, and Treasures? Do you not want to know our God Musicians enemies, and who will be your enemies in the future?”
With derision in her eyes, Muyan chuckles, “I want to ask, but do you still have the time to explain it to me?”
Baili Yinlou looks baffled, and then she gives a smile that is both helpless and lauding: “Jun Muyan, you really are a bright and admirable woman. If it’s you, then perhaps you may succeed… one day, maybe our Hall of God Musicians would be able to see the light of day again.”
Baili Yinlou’s figure becomes increasingly transparent as she speaks.
The reason why Muyan said that is because she feels that the space of inheritance is becoming more and more unstable, and will evidently collapse soon.
And this is why Baili Yinlou had been encouraging her when she took the third trial, and chattered endlessly.
For if she did not succeed, Baili Yinlou is already unable to maintain the space, and the legacy of the Shen Musicians will be cut off.
Baili Yinlou sighs softly. Within it there is relief, reluctance, and hope: “Tian Mo Qin comes with a space. The treasures left by the God Musicians, as well as my notes for you – all of them are inside. Also, you must bear in mind that the most powerful skills of the Shen Musician can only be achieved through the use of Tian Mo Qin. To become a true Shen Musician, you have to repair it.”
“How can we repair the Tian Mo Qin?”
“Space… map… coordinates…” Baili Yinlou’s voice is getting more and more indistinct, and her form is almost completely invisible.
The space where they are begins to shake violently. It seems like it will collapse at any moment now.
Muyan carries Xiao Bao with one hand and grabs the Tian Mo Qin with the other.
The space’s collapse becomes more and more severe. Everything around them seems to implode into a dot of light, and it converges into Muyan’s body.
Countless images appear before Muyan’s eyes. The cave with sword energies and zither melodies, the old palace, and various musical instruments… and then the continuously changing Qin sound and rhythm in her ears.
Surging and tumbling through her mind, she begins to see all sorts of memories that do not belong to her.
No, calling them ‘memories’ is inaccurate. It should be cultivation methods, the skills of a Shen Musician.
Muyan turns pale from the large influx of information, her forehead is covered with fine beads of sweat.
Xiao Bao feels distressed as he looks at his mother’s pained expression. He wants to say something but is afraid to disturb her. He could only gently wipe off the perspiration from her forehead.
He instinctively knows that niangqin could not be interrupted right now.
After about a quarter of an hour, Muyan slowly opens her eyes at last, and takes a deep breath.
The space of inheritance has completely disappeared now. Muyan and Xiao Bao emerge in the dark Fog Forest.
“Niangqin!” Xiao Bao says in pleasant surprise. The tiny hands securely attach themselves to Muyan’s neck and clings there.
Muyan kisses Xiao Bao’s cheeks, and with a frivolous and delighted voice: “Xiao Bao, we’ve got the treasure!”
Xiao Bao tilts his head, showing a puzzled expression.
He looks so cute, so Muyan can’t help but pepper him with kisses again.
Chapter 41: Unable to Live Past Ten Years Old
Speaking till here, tears escape from Baili Yinlou’s eyes. There is unwillingness and enmity in them, but more than that, there is longing and sadness.
Muyan deepens her frown and takes Xiao Bao back in her arms: “So, you are a ghost now?”
“No, I’m just a strand of Baili Yinlou’s soul.” She says with a sigh, “Back then I, with my own mouth, promised my people that I would make sure to pass on the legacy of the Shen Musicians. This is the most cherished desire of all who died from the God Musician Hall. This is what I must accomplish even after I die. A thousand years have gone by and I thought I couldn’t keep on waiting anymore. I didn’t expect that We have finally found you.”
Muyan raises her brows and asks, “You mean to say, I am the chosen heir of the Shen Musicians?”
“Yes! For a thousand years, you are the only one who have passed the space’s trials, as well as receive the recognition as master of the Tian Mo Qin.”
“Why should I accept your inheritance?” Muyan says slowly.
Baili Yinlou blankly replies, “You can see how powerful a Shen Musician is, and with the inheritance, you will move unhindered through the Three Realms…”
“But aren’t you also the target of a multitude of arrows?” Muyan smiles derisively, “Having your inheritance means that one day, I will also be chased by countless experts that want to kill me.”
Baili Yinlou sneers, “Are you afraid?”
She has a taunting expression. Muyan smiles and, without any psychological burden, admits, “Yes, I am afraid! So please, take back your inheritance.”
While talking, Muyan looks at Xiao Bao with a soft glow in her eyes.
If she wants the ability to exact revenge, then she will take the Shen Musician Inheritance without the least bit of hesitation.
But she has Xiao Bao now and she can’t possibly pour all her life’s energy into hatred.
If she accepts the inheritance and becomes the kill target of all those terrible and unknown forces, then what’s to be done if Xiao Bao gets implicated?
Baili Yinlou chokes on air from Muyan’s reply. But when she sees the way Muyan is staring at Xiao Bao, her mind stirs, “Are you not willing to accept the inheritance because you’re afraid of involving this little Immortal beside you? Then I’ll give you an advice, it would be best for you to accept.”
“What do you mean?” Muyan raises her brows.
“The body of an Immortal would not survive past ten years old in this Yanwu Continent, that is without any Spiritual Energy. Even if he reaches the upper boundary of Yanwu Continent, he can only survive for another two or three years…”
Muyan’s expression suddenly transforms. Her gaze on Baili Yinlou is no longer carefree and easygoing, only a chilling frost remains: “Speak clearly!”
“The Immortal physique is the purest spiritual body in the world. If he is in the Xiuxian Continent, his speed of cultivation can be a hundred times faster than others. But in the Yanwu Continent and Xiuzhen Continent, where the Spiritual Energy is scarce and impure, he will only deteriorate day after day until he dies. .”
Baili Yinlou looks deep into Muyan’s eyes and says: “I don’t know how could there be such a pure Immortal in this lower Continent, but you should know that I speak no lies, I don’t have to deceive you. Accepting the Shen Musician inheritance and truly controlling Tian Mo Qin – that is the fastest way you can fly to the Xiuxian Continent.”
Muyan purses her lips tightly, the hand hanging on her side clenches slightly.
Xiao Bao seems to feel her unease and conflict. He raises his head and calls out softly, “Niangqin”.
Looking down on her son’s adorable little face, the clouds in her eyes disperse, with a tender gaze she says: “Xiao Bao, niangqin will become a Shen Musician, and then I’ll take you to a higher and wider world, okay?”
Chapter 40: The Downfall of the God Musicians
The Tian Mo Qin, that had become incomparably eye-catching in the space of inheritance, has become a dark, rotten wood at this moment.
Oh, a little better than rotten wood.
The Qin’s body has become slick and smooth, and the snapped strings have reconnected by themselves.
Furthermore, there’s a very curious thing – the left corner of the Qin has her name engraved on it – Jun Muyan.
These three characters are very small and the carving isn’t very clear. They can’t be seen without looking closely.
The zither that Muyan is currently holding would give others the impression of an unremarkable and commonplace seven-stringed qin. But it will not gather belittling looks from others, they won’t think of it as trash.
However, Muyan had seen the brilliance and glamour of the real Tian Mo Qin!
How could she be reconciled? She says in dismay, “What’s going on? It was definitely pretty just now, why did it become worn-out?”
Xiao Bao sees that Niangqin is really alright. Her vitality it getting better and better, and even her complexion is becoming ruddy. He relaxes.
He pushes the Tian Mo Qin aside and nestles into Muyan’s hug. He says in a muffled voice, “Xiao Bao only needs niangqin, not the Qin.”
Muyan immediately cuddles her baby and smiles: “Nn, niangqin also doesn’t want the Qin, just Xiao Bao.”
The ignored world treasure, Tian Mo Qin: …this new owner just can’t tell what’s good!
“*cough* … Tian Mo Qin just hasn’t returned to its original state. It is just because it was sealed, and the seal needs to be lifted.” When Muyan and Xiao Bao are hugging each other, the mild female voice can’t help but speak up: “Congratulations on becoming the master of Tian Mo Qin, as well as being the sole heir of the Shen Musicians.”
“I would also like to congratulate myself. A thousand years, I have waited here for a thousand years. I have waited for this day to finally arrive. After everything, my Shen Musician inheritance will not be thoroughly broken.”
Muyan lets go of Xiao Bao and stares into the void, frowning, “Can you tell me who you are now? And, you say that I’m the heir to your God Musicians’ inheritance, won’t you show yourself?”
After she says that, a woman’s silhouette slowly appears a little ways in front of her.
The woman is dressed in white; she has refined features and a sublime temperament. Her age appears to be in the early twenties, but those eyes contain the reflection of blue seas turning into mulberry fields*. (*great changes)
“My name is Baili Yinlou, a Shen Musician, the last one of the God Musicians.”
The woman slowly asks with a gently voice: “Do you know of the Shen Musicians?”
Muyan shakes her head, “I’ve only heard of musicians.”
“That’s right, how could you possibly know of the Shen Musicians?” Baili Yinlou reveals a distressed expression, “That’s precisely their purpose… to rid the world of Shen Musicians, to make it so no one knows we ever existed. Otherwise, if those people knew that the legacy of the God Musician is still preserved, I am afraid that they won’t have a restful sleep!”
“Are God Musicians very powerful?”
“Haha… you’re asking me if Shen Musicians are powerful?” Baili Yinlou reveals a taunting smile, “It used to be the most formidable existence in the world, but precisely because it was too strong, it gave rise to fear and anxiousness to others. Then, those despicable people banded together to scheme against us, and destroy the entire God Musician’s Hall.”
“My father and my husband have exhausted their hearts’ blood just to send me to this Yanwu Continent, hoping to save the last bloodline of God Musicians. But those people still refused to give up. After a chase of thousands of miles, I still died in their hands.”
Chapter 39: Demonic Resonance
Even with blood leaking from the corner of her mouth, the pain seeping into her bones like maggots rampaging in her body – at this moment however, Muyan looks like a queen who is up on high. Looking down on everything in the world, nothing can hinder her stride.
“I don’t care about the power to warp and weft through the three realms; I don’t care about the inheritance of the God Musicians. But in this world, if anyone dares to separate me from Xiao Bao, I swear on my life that I will destroy heaven and earth!”
As she says that, Muyan shifts her gaze and looks at the broken Qin with the corner of her eyes, then: “Tian Mo Qin, I don’t know how glorious you once were, but today, either you recognize me as Master and let me return to my son, or I will die with you.”
The female voice speaks mildly with a sigh: “The Tian Mo Qin is not something that you can threaten…”
Her words are stopped short before she could finish the sentence.
That’s because she sees Muyan’s fingers dig into the creaking zither, and Tian Mo Qin was is no longer a piece of decrepit wood.
Instead, it shines like an awn under the red sunrise.
As the red glow on the zither’s body grows brighter and brighter, the blood that Muyan had dripped on it gets completely absorbed. The remaining strings begin to fiercely vibrate.
An austere and violent melody plays, the surroundings fluctuate madly.
Even the gentle female voice could no longer remain calm: “The demonic resonance… she actually triggered the demonic resonance. Even I was unable to accomplish that back then… just how intense is this woman’s blood, just how powerful is her mind!”
The dark space crumbles away and the red light on Tian Mo Qin fades until it disappears.
Muyan couldn’t support herself anymore and she starts to fall.
As soon as she was about to collapse, she suddenly hears Xiao Bao’s sad cries, “Niangqin-!!!”
Muyan’s mind suddenly tenses, and she stabilizes herself not to topple over. She looks up and blinks, “Xiao Bao.”
“Niangqin!” Xiao Bao couldn’t help but should and bawl as he burrows in Muyan’s arms. He holds her tight, unwilling to let go.
This child usually looks cold and impassive. At this time, his tears are falling like rain and the little body in her embrace cannot stop trembling.
Muyan is extremely distressed; she completely forgets the pain and exhaustion wracking her body.
She quickly hugs her son more tightly, and gently comforts him, “Good Xiao Bao, don’t cry. Can’t you see that niangqin is okay? Niangqin told you that I will never leave Xiao Bao and I will always be with Xiao Bao.”
Xiao Bao raises his tear-stained little face. The blue eyes resemble the sky after a rain, crystal clear and beautiful. He looks at her unblinkingly, as if afraid that she would suddenly disappear again, “Niangqin is hurt?”
Muyan smiles and shakes her head, “Niangqin isn’t hurt, I’m alright now and also got treasure!”
Saying, she brings out the Tian Mo Qin and shows it to Xiao Bao.
In the space of inheritance, she just saw with her own eyes how the Tian Mo Qin gave off a red glow, and then it became a brightly shining crimson treasure.
Definitely still a zither, but the whole frame emitted a powerful might and pressure, despite the excruciating pain in her whole body, Muyan couldn’t help but gasp in marvel.
It’s because the Qin was so beautiful, and she really wanted to have it.
That was the real Tian Mo Qin a, allowing one to move unhindered throughout the three realms, the treasure of the world that everyone longs for.
Muyan can’t wait to present the zither to her son, let him take a good look at the treasure.
As she shows it however, she becomes dumbfounded.