Chapter 38: Xiao Bao Sobs
A sword blade comes as a ray of light, striking her like a bolt of lightning.
Muyan wants to dodge, but the blade is simply too fast.
She could feel a sharp pain from her chest, and then the glowing blade that had suddenly struck her disappears.
After a short period of time, severe burning pain spreads from her chest to all parts of her body.
Muyan turns deathly pale like paper, fine beads of sweat from on her forehead.
She feels like her bones are melting from that burning pain.
Muyan couldn’t bear it anymore and she falls down on one knee. A muffled whimper of pain escapes from her mouth.
But that was the lone sound. She clenches her teeth afterwards. She refuses to issue another groan, even by biting her lips till they bleed.
“Really a stubborn little girl.” The gentle female voice gives a low sigh in Muyan’s head, and praises, “I very much admire your willfulness… that you can enter this place proves that you have the blood of us God Musicians in your body… but, if you want to control the Tian Mo Qin, a bloodline is not enough. You must have a powerful enough Shen soul along with a strong blood. Only then can you make the Tian Mo Qin yield and recognize you as master…”
“If you cannot overcome this, I can only kill you and the little guy beside you in order to not expose the existence of the Shen Musicians. But I hope that you can succeed…”
The mild voice echoes in Muyan’s ear, as if to encourage her and portray a beautiful, shining future.
At the same time, the pain in her body has become increasingly violent.
It is no longer just the pain in her flesh and bones, but she feels the grinding and tearing from the depths of her soul.
Muyan can’t keep herself up anymore and she falls to the ground, curling up like a shrimp.
There’s a buzzing in her ears, it sounds like she could hear her blood boiling, like she could hear her bones breaking.
There is an instinct urging her to lose consciousness, as this is a suffering that the human body cannot sustain.
There is a voice constantly speaking to her ears: “Give up… go to sleep… if you go to sleep, you won’t hurt any more, you won’t be tired again, and you don’t have to suffer all the hardships and sufferings of the world…”
Muyan truly feels like she can’t hold on anymore.
At this moment, she hears a child’s hoarse cries, “Niangqin, niangqin, come back!”
The voice is sobbing.
Her Xiao Bao, a child that’s always so clever, a cold face that doesn’t cry, doesn’t laugh, but her Xiao Bao that always takes care of her!
How can her child cry like this!
How can she go to sleep! How can she just leave Xiao Bao by himself in this world?
Muyan snaps her eyes open and uses the Tian Mo Qin to prop herself up. She slowly gets back up to a kneeling position.
The pain didn’t reduce in the least, but Muyan opens her eyes they become brighter and brighter, as if raging flames are rising inside them.
She grips the Tian Mo Qin, the pain makes her fingers dig into the rotten wood.
Her skin tears, and blood leaks out from the wounds; flowing down the worn-out wood, tracing the grains along the body of the zither.
The woman’s voice rings in her ear once again, “…If you can overcome this and get the inheritance of the Shen musicians, you will be facing against the Three Realms…”
“Noisy!” Muyan says in a coarse voice, interrupting the stimulus of the gentle voice.
The pale but beautiful face slowly creates an enchantingly sinister and wicked smile.
Chapter 37: Failure Means Death
The wood on it has deteriorated; it doesn’t have any feeling of might or internal force. Some of the qin’s strings have even snapped. What part of it does her Xiao Bao perceive as strong?
Hearing Muyan’s question, Xiao Bao himself is confused and can only say, “Xiao Bao just knows it. It’s – very strong.”
Muyan holds Xiao Bao in one hand, while her other hand carries the broken and worn-out qin. She can’t help but sigh ruefully.
She’s afraid that those who have died in the second place of inheritance would want to kill themselves if they knew – that the reputed extraordinary top-notch inherited instrument of the Shen (God) Musician… is this derelict qin.
“This isn’t just a broken zither, it is what has previously moved unhindered along the three realms, and all under the heavens must bend the knee in surrender, the most valuable treasure throughout the skies and the earth – Tian Mo Qin (Demonic Zither)!”
In response to Muyans doubts, the familiar female voice speaks once again.
This time however, this woman’s voice is no longer gentle, but is filled with deep and suffocating oppression that stems from experiencing the various vicissitudes of life.
Muyan speechlessly looks down at the broken zither in her hands.
Although she’s never heard of the Tian Mo Qin, the name just sounds so cool and imposing. Especially the part about “moving unhindered along the three realms and all under the heavens must bend the knee in surrender”.
Yet the zither in her hands is in serious disrepair no matter how you look at it. A little grazing from her fingers would result in bits of rotten wood falling off.
This is really the most valuable treasure throughout the skies and earth, the thing that those people desperately wanted to obtain?
Muyan is seriously skeptical.
Anyway, she doesn’t let herself brood over the Tian Mo Qin. Instead, she narrows her eyes and asks, “Who are you? What is this place?”
The female voice unhurriedly answers, “This is the third place of inheritance of the Godly Musician. If you want to know my identity, then you must pass the third trial! Succeed, and I will tell you who I am; Fail, I will obliterate you and the body of the Immortal spirit beside you. Now, are you ready?”
“Hold on!” Muyan’s face immediately changes once she heard that failure would lead to her son’s death, “I never said that I want to accept the inheritance.”
“Hehe, since you have entered and have chosen the Tian Mo Qin, everything is no longer within your control. God Musician’s Inheritance, the third trial begins…”
As soon as the voice fades, Muyan only feels as if the world is spinning. Everything around her disappears without a trace then she arrives at a strange space.
She can’t see any doors or windows around. There is only endless darkness in every direction.
A little ways in front of her, she could see a bright glow, like a flame on a candle.
However, when Muyan tries to get closer to the light, she would find herself getting farther from it.
Muyan furrows her brows, she feels that this is a dangerous situation.
Right from the start, she has determined that the inheritance of this Shen Musician is very formidable.
In Yanwu Continent, who can bend space to their will, and who can use their mysterious energy to toy with these Yanwu experts and kill them easily?
In her past life, Muyan had already reached the peak of the Precelestial realm, and she had almost survived the thunder tribulations to achieve the forged body.
At that time, she was already aware that there is a much greater world above the Yanwu Continent.
Gong Qianxue had made all kinds of plans so that after ascending to that world, she could still call the winds and summon the rain.
Mu Yan also knows that people in that world are not martial practitioners, but true cultivators who are capable of roaming the heavens and the earth.
Then, is the master of this inheritance a cultivator from the higher realm?
As she is contemplating, the candle flame in front of Muyan suddenly flares.
Chapter 36: Because It’s the Strongest
Xiao Bao nods his head and holds the white rabbit to his chest.
If Niangqin says its stir-fried rabbit, then it’s a stir-fried rabbit; if Niangqin says that it his spirit beast, then it’s his spirit beast.
Niangqin is always right!
Muyan once again looks at the rabbit thoughtfully.
If it can swallow a sacred egg and still not suffer indigestion, it seems that this is not an ordinary rabbit!
Her son’s luck is really heaven-defying. He just casually picks up a rabbit and it turns out to be even more powerful than a sacred animal…
As she was thinking, the woman’s mild voice suddenly speaks in her mind again: “The second test of the Godly Musician’s inheritance has begun.”
“Within half an hour, from all the instruments in this palace, you must choose the musical instrument that is passed down from the God musician. Pick the wrong one and all the living people in this place will die; pick the right one and you will go to the third place of inheritance. The countdown starts now.”
Muyan is startled, the instrument passed down by the god musicians?
She looks at the densely packed palace. How could she pick when every direction has hundreds of instruments?
Her gaze darts to those twisted skeletons and her pupils suddenly contracts.
So these bones didn’t belong to the previous owners of this palace.
Instead, they belonged to those who previously entered the God Musicians test of inheritance, and eventually failed the trial.
On each of these skeletons’ hands, there is a musical instrument!
Therefore, if they choose the wrong one, they will ultimately end up just like those skeletons.
Still, the most important thing to consider is Xiao Bao.
Muyan frowns as she really wants to quit this God Musician interitance. However, this palace is clearly a sealed space. They can’t get out even if she wants to withdraw
“Niangqin, what’s wrong?” Xiao Bao asks, tilting his head up.
Muyan presses an acupoint on her temple: “Niangqin is now taking a test. It’s to find the God Musician’s instrument from this numerous musical instruments. However, niangqin doesn’t have a clue at the moment.”
Xiao Bao “Oh,” his tiny head tilts, “Is it the most powerful instrument?”
Hearing Muyan’s words, Xiao Bao pads away with his short legs, and arrives to a corner of the room. He kicks away more than a dozen worn-out and broken yaoqins, then digs and even more broken one from beneath them. Then he drags it, rattling, over to her side.
Muyan is quite astonished; the mild female voice once again speaks in her head, “You have selected a musical instrument. Are you certain? It is considered final unless you put it down within a count of three. Three… Two…”
“Xiao Bao, let go!!” Muyan’s face abruptly changes, she darts as fast as she could to her son.
In the end, it is still a step too late. The final count “one” is heard in her mind, “Musical instrument selected, the second trial for the God Musician’s Instrument, the result is…”
Muyan holds Xiao Bao tightly in her arms and closes her eyes.
At this point she can only wait for their fate.
However, in the next moment, she hears the mild female voice pause then announce the outcome: “The result of the trial – passed. The third place of inheritance of the God Musician will now open.”
The scene before their eyes transforms again, but Muyan couldn’t be bothered to pay attention.
She dumbly looks at Xiao Bao, then turns to look at the beat-up qin that he’s holding in his small hands.
“Xiao Bao, do you know what kind of qin it is?”
Xiao Bao shakes his head.
Muyan: “Then why did you pull it out?”
Xiao Bao thinks for a moment and says: “Because it is the strongest.”
Muyan picks up the qin and turns it over and over. She tries to examine it but she doesn’t find any clues.
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Chapter 35: Promotion from Stir-fried Rabbit to Pet
Muyan bandages up her wounds before setting forth with Xiao Bao to examine their surroundings.
Where they’re currently at is completely different from the cave from earlier. It appears to be a room in an abandoned palace.
The reason why one could say it’s an abandoned place, is because there’s layers of dust everywhere and there are a lot of cobwebs.
Tables, chairs, and stone benches are scattered on the ground. One could also see some broken wine cups. All of which also have cobwebs on them.
There are several bodies that have turned into skeletons lying in various places in the room.
From the distortions and damage on those remains, one can infer the pain that these people suffered before they died.
Looking at this desolate palace, Muyan could feel an indescribable sense of bleakness in her mind.
She feels like she’s looking at the curtains being drawn from a once magnificent and flourishing play.
That’s only for a moment as she throws the thought at the back of her mind.
What’s peculiar about this place is the musical instruments are piled up everywhere.
That’s right, all kinds of musical instruments.
There are lutes, zithers, guqins, pan pipes, flutes, harps, ocarinas, sheng…… all the musical instruments that Muyan had seen before can be found here.
However, some of these instruments are already extremely worn out, but some are bright and beautiful, and there also some that have an ominous breath that could give people a faintly creepy feeling.
Muyan remembers what the woman’s gentle voice had mentioned – Godly Musician’s inheritance.
She had never heard of any sort of God Musician in the Yanwu Continent. It seems that this should be the inheritance of some musician?
In Yanwu Continent, there were also ancient practitioners who specialize in music.
The internal force is injected into an instrument. It can disrupt the human mind in battle, and if trained to a high level, the sound waves can also cause injuries.
There are even musicians who can use internal force to calm patients’ minds and have them recover more quickly.
But overall, musician is just an auxiliary profession. In Yanwu Continent, where the strong is respected, there are not a lot of people who specialize in it.
As Muyan is thinking, Xiao Bao shuffles with his short little legs and brings over the white rabbit.
“Here niangqin, stir-fried rabbit meat.” The little guy hands over the fat rabbit, expecting to be praised.
Muyan picks up the fat rabbit but finds it deep asleep like a damned pig. It seems completely unaware that it’s being picked up by the scruff.
She couldn’t help but get curious: “What happened to it? Did it get hurt from falling down the cliff?”
Xiao Bao shakes his head, “The rabbit fell asleep after it swallowed that woman’s egg?”
Muyan stares blankly as she waits for Xiao Bao to tell the whole story – how the fat rabbit swallowed the sacred beast that Gong Qianxue desperately wants to form a contract with. For a moment, she looks like she doesn’t know how to deal with that.
The wind really didn’t blow in a direction where Gong Qianxue contracted with a sacred animal, like in the past life.
In this life, she thought that there was no way to destroy Gong Qianxue’s plan because she had to save Xiao Bao from the drop.
She didn’t expect that the sacred beast would actually get swallowed by this fat rabbit.
After a while, she couldn’t help but laugh heartily, “Ah, stupid rabbit, it seems like you’re good for something after all? Well then, seeing that you’ve done something great, we won’t have stir-fried rabbit.”
Muyan hugs the fat fluffy rabbit as she says that. Her hands slide along the soft silken fur, it feels so good.
Seeing this scene, Xiao Bao couldn’t help but tense his little face and cling on to Muyan’s thigh. He raises his head and stares intently at Muyan.
Muyan is amused by her adorable boy’s appearance. She leans down and kisses both soft and tender cheeks. She then hands the sleeping fat rabbit to Xiao Bao, “You should raise it well. Later, this will be your spirit beast.”
Chapter 34: Xiao Bao Giving Kisses for Niangqin
More and more flying swords come at her, and the mysterious energy that they contain is getting even more frightening.
Already Muyan is practically unable to avoid all the swords.
The wounds on her body keep increasing.
However, she doesn’t panic. Instead, her eyes glow brighter and colder.
She suddenly takes the guqin, and without operating her mysterious energy, her slender fingers begin to pluck on the strings.
High mountains and clear waters, a pure and graceful melody; against the harsh and desolate notes that assault from ten sides.
In the beginning, the harsh tune clearly has the upper hand. The clothes on Muyan body is almost completely dyed in red blood.
However, as the two zither tunes continue to wrestle and overlap, the harsh notes are slowly getting suppressed.
Until finally, it completely fades inside the cave,
At the same, the assault of the sword energies also disappears without a trace.
Muyan sighs in relief. She could no longer continue to hold the qin in her hands so it drops to the ground.
She hears the woman’s gentle voice in her ear: “Congratulations, you have passed the first trial of the Godly Musicians’ inheritance. You will now be sent to the second zone of inheritance.”
As soon as the voice finished, the scene before Muyan switches.
Before she could clearly see where she is sent to, she hears a familiar call, “Niangqin!!”
The thoughts in her head turn into euphoria as a small body rushes into her arms like a cannonball.
Muyan staggers as she is bumped into, the wounds on her body opening further. It very much hurts.
But there’s a beautiful bright smile on her face.
Holding the little one tightly in her embrace, Muyan finds her own body trembling unconsciously.
She can withstand all the painful misfortunes, but she can never endure Xiao Bao being away from her.
Xiao Bao tightly clings to Muyan as well. His small head is buried in her chest, not wanting to leave.
Even if he normally looks calm and collected, indifferent, Xiao Bao is only a four-year-old child.
Suddenly, Xiao Bao’s sensitive little nose catches the strong scent of blood.
He straightens up and realizes that Muyan is covered in blood.
“Niangqin, you’re hurt!” he raises his crisp, childish voice – shuddering and choking with emotions.
Big sapphire eyes all of a sudden become damp, looking like they’re holding the tears back from falling down.
Muyan currently appears quite miserable.
The originally white clothes have been completely dyed red with blood.
Muyan takes out a medicine that she has on hand, for staunching wounds, and sprinkles it on her injuries. She has a carefree smile, “It’s nothing. It just looks serious but it’s just flesh wounds.”
“Niangqin is in pain?” Xiao Bao asks in a somewhat choked voice.
Muyan beams as she says: “As long as Xiao Bao kisses niangqin, nianqin will stop hurting right away.”
After Xiao Bao hears that, he immediately takes Muyan’s hand without any hesitation, and gently and cautiously pecks kisses.
Although he has that cold little face, his brushes on the injuries are actually so tensed, as if he’s afraid that Muyan will be in pain if he would apply any more pressure.
Muyan looks at her son in this state, softhearted and in complete shambles.
She hugs and kisses the little guy, just saying with a smile, “Xiao Bao is so amazing, just a few kisses and niangqin already doesn’t hurt at all.”
Xiao Bao looks at Muyan with his eyes twinkling, and his mouth curling into a shallow, almost invisible arc.
But anyone would be able to tell that the little guy is very happy at the moment.
Muyan wraps up her wounds before setting forth with Xiao Bao to examine their surroundings.
Chapter 33: Godly Musicians’ Heritage
MuYan wakes to the sound of a playing zither.
Because MuYan herself is also good at playing the strings, she could hear that the tune from the zither sounds very good. However, the music does not have even an iota of emotions within it. It’s as if a puppet is mechanically following a score.
Although the playing is very proper, it is still inferior to Xiao Bao’s performance with a zither.
“Xiao Bao -!!” MuYan bolts up and looks around.
She appears to be in a cave, empty all over, without any traces of people.
“Xiao Bao? Xiao Bao? Where are you? Come quickly!”
MuYan calls out for a long time but no one answers her.
Just then, MuYan suddenly hears a woman’s gentle voice inside her head, “Godly Musicians’ Inheritance, the first trial has begun.”
What Godly Musician Inheritance?
At this time, there is an abrupt strumming and humming, the melody of high mountains and flowing waters* suddenly transform into an aggressive and fervent arrangement.
*gentle, comforting. Usually pertains to skillfully played music.
It’s definitely just the sound of a zither resonating in MuYan’s ears, but it seems like the sound of a magnificent army with thousands of men and horses galloping, like tidal waves surging.
She could feel her blood willfully boiling in agitation.
MuYan’s cheeks redden, a scarlet luster flickers within her eyes.
Concurrently, from the cavern walls, countless sharp swords begin flying towards her on all directions.
MuYan’s body quickly moves like a phantom, easily avoiding the flying swords.
However, along with the progressively faster tempo, the number of flying swords increase, their speed getting faster and faster as well.
It could be estimated that the initial attack of the flying swords is only comparable to seven or eight Profound Stage cultivators raising their swords against her.
But afterwards, it’s like dozens of Earth Grade cultivators attacking her at the same time.
Despite MuYan’s cultivation, she’s also become somewhat flustered, having cold sweat on her forehead.
However, this is not the most dreadful aspect.
The most frightening thing is that MuYan could feel her heart beating faster and faster as the tempo rises higher and higher.
The initially clear eyes also begin to appear muddled in illusions.
In one instant, her stomach is cut open and the bloody placenta is dug out.
In another, Gong Qianxue takes Xiao Bao and throws him into a Dan furnace.
Next, she’s in a pitch-black cavern with that terrible man pressing her under his body, red-hot boiling pain tearing into her, making her wish for oblivion but unable to achieve it.
In the motley of light and shadow, there is Xiao Bao dropping from a high cliff. She stares helplessly as he falls down, becoming a mangled puddle of flesh and blood.
Wheeze – ! Sword energy finally slashes across MuYan’s clothes, blood sprays out.
A fierce pain shoots through her arm, but it also allows MuYan to wake up from the illusion.
She clenches her teeth through the pain as she examines the cave around her, nimbly avoiding the flying swords while she’s at it.
Finally, when the level of the flying swords gradually approaches the attack of about a hundred Heaven grade martial practitioners, she finally discovers the source of all the attacks.
It is a gray guqin (long zither), inconspicuously hanging high on top of the wall.
You won’t find it unless you look very carefully.
But this unremarkable zither is actually playing its strings on its own, creating a melody.
The sound echoes within the cave, bouncing on the walls and immediately forming sword energies to attack her.
MuYan clenches her teeth as she runs up the wall, and quickly grasping a vine hanging from the top of the cave.
She operates the Mysterious Energy in her body and cuts down unto the guqin..
However, the guqin isn’t cut in half, but the sound becomes more and more frantic instead.
Chapter 32: Jumping off a Cliff “Suicide”
Gong Qianxue’s face distorts.
A four-year-old Heaven Grade practitioner, a full eighteen years younger than her. How can she tolerate?
“Capture him for me and don’t let him die so easily!” Gong Qianxue says ominously, “A four-year-old heaven grade practitioner doesn’t conform to common sense. Maybe he took some sort of treasure for talent. If this child’s flesh and blood is refined into an elixir, it may help me break to Precelestial Stage!”
Several guards quickly encircle Xiao Bao, blocking all escape routes.
Gong Qianxue is a mid-level heaven grade practitioner, and her guards, the lowest ranked is at the peak of profound stage, while the two highest ranked have reached the early Heaven grade.
Xiao Bao calmly and indifferently sweeps his eyes over everyone. Then, he turns around and jumps down the cliff without any hesitation.
“Damn, quickly catch him for me!!” Gong Qianxue roars, rushing to try and make a grab for him.
However, Xiao Bao moved too quickly and decisively, they didn’t even have the time to respond.
Who would have thought that Xiao Bao wouldn’t stop and fight, but would just jump down the cliff and commit “suicide”?
While Gong Qianxue is dawdling, she sees a while light flashing in front of her. A silhouette very quickly darts past them and flies toward the falling Xiao Bao.
MuYan didn’t expect, when she managed to finally catch Xiao Bao’s form as Lin Sitong directed,
She would witness the scene of him jumping down to the bottom of the cliff.
MuYan practically didn’t have to think twice, Mysterious Energy frantically circulates within her whole body, and she heads straight to jump from the edge of the cliff.
Gong Qianxue discovers that it’s indeed a woman’s figure, she immediately shouts: “Strike!”
Two guards at the peak of Earth Grade are closest to the edge of the cliff. They yell as they direct palm strikes at back of the figure in white.
MuYan suddenly turns, white clothes fluttering, ink hair dancing, revealing a splendidly unrivaled appearance.
The two guards blank-out and falter, unable to respond as they only feel an overwhelming Mysterious Energy assault their senses.
Boom–! A loud noise.
The two only feel a burst of pain in their chests, as the other neatly jumps down the cliff.
“What’s the matter?” Gong Qianxue asks sharply, “Who was that?!”
Contrary to her expectations, the two guards just blankly stare at her for a long while, and then suddenly cough out a mouthful of blood. They collapse to the ground together.
“Princess, the two of them are already dead.” The head guard takes the initiative to examine their breath, and shakes his head.
At the moment of their death, the two were still staring wide-eyed, at a loss, seemingly unaware of what just happened.
Gong Qianxue’s eyes widen in astonishment, she doesn’t dare believe it, “How could it be? Two peak Earth Grade practitioners both died after a single blow? Who was that just a moment ago?”
She looks at what’s below the cliff, only seeing the endless white fog, and nothing of the person’s shadow.
Thinking that falling from such a high place, the two people must have died already. Gong Qianxue breathes a sigh of relief.
In any case, she remains as Yanwu Continent’s youngest Heaven realm expert, an incomparable genius.
“Go down and search for me! Alive, I must meet them; dead, I must see their corpses!” anyway, she could not give them the chance to survive, “And my sacred beast, be sure to find the rabbit for me!”