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Shen Qingqiu is an easily satisfied person.
Since he has already transmigrated into “Proud Immortal Demon Way” and in his original world had □□ or died and flipped his braid,1 he might as well muddle along and live here.
He’s come to this cultivation world into a body with fairly good cultivation and sword skills, someone who’s even in a well-known Righteous sect. If he wants to be in the limelight, he can be in the limelight. If he wants to shrink back he can do as he likes at Cang Qiong Mountain sect’s Qing Jing Peak without anyone asking. There’s nothing bad with this kind of situation.
The only difficulty is finding a sister.2
This YY stallion novel, as soon as a sister arrives, she becomes the male lead’s. Everyone knows this.
However, Shen Qingqiu doesn’t have any high requirements. He’ll be content to just while away his time here and wait to die. At any rate, it’s not much different from his previous life.3
But so long as Luo Binghe is present, he can’t even speak of being in the limelight. As long as he remained in this piece of messy, dog-shit writing’s original path, even if he retired to some idyllic place; after Luo Binghe rises to power he has the ability to pluck him out of hiding and slice him into a human stick.
He can forgive being transmigrated into a stallion novel, but why not as the protagonist?!
He can forgive being transmigrated as cannon fodder, but why must it be as the person who abused the protagonist and for the transmigration to happen after all the abuse has occurred?!
‘It’s not like I don’t want to hug this main character’s thighs, but who let this fucking man be so black. The revenge that needs to be taken is some thousands of deeds!’
Shen Qingqiu cursed the creator of this pitch-black protagonist Luo Binghe, Airplane Towards The Sky: If you’re going to write a stallion novel, then you should write a good one and not spin off some damned unconventional thing!
In short, he can only try to communicate more with the system and figure out how to increase his points, advance through stages, and unfreeze the OOC function.
If the situation doesn’t look good, it’s still not too late for him to find another way out.
For the first step, he intends to explore and familiarize himself with the surroundings.
The Tian Gong Twelve Peaks4 are like twelve imposing swords that have sprung up between heaven and earth pointing straight towards the sky, piercing through the clouds.
Shen Qingqiu occupies Qing Jing Peak, which is not the tallest among them but is certainly the most quiet, green, and comfortably shaded; perfect for scholars. Additionally, most all of Shen Qingqiu’s disciples must learn some qin qi shu hua5 and the like. Often sounds will drift by like someone reading out loud or playing the qin; truly a wonderful place for youths to indulge in the liberal arts. It perfectly matches the original Shen Qingqiu’s characteristics and is a good start for earning points.
Some disciples passed by Shen Qingqiu and respectfully greeted him while he attempted to grasp the original Shen Qingqiu’s mannerisms; his face cold, a slight nod, moving actively but withdrawing his inner self. Like this, he managed to pass even though inside, his head ached at how he was going to reconcile the character in the novel with the person alive right now.
But these matters still aren’t the most urgent for Shen Qingqiu to solve right now. If he wants to save himself, he first needs to get the original’s martial arts and sword techniques.
If he hasn’t remembered wrong, before Luo Binghe was blackened, Cang Qiong Mountain sect encountered some big events: some attempted demon realm invasion, Immortal Assembly Conference, all these require him to fight in person. If he only wears the appearance without any real ability, he’s doomed! Don’t even speak about proceeding in the plot, the protagonist won’t even have to act for some nobody yao or guai6 to play him to death!
Shen Qingqiu entered deep into the forest without anyone’s notice. He made sure no one was around before he slowly drew the sword at his side with his right hand, his left hand on the scabbard.
This Xiu Ya Sword is Shen Qingqiu’s proof of fame as both a technique and the sword at his side. The sword light flashed snow-white and clear without being too bright; definitely very high-quality goods. Originally it was written that if your own aura7 was poured into the weapon, it would emit a glowing light.
Shen Qingqiu wanted to figure out how to insert his aura into the sword when the sword in his hand immediately emitted a shimmering white light.
It seems like the original’s martial abilities and techniques are automatically inherited. He can use his skills without needing to think too much. The sword light was emitted without much direction from him.
Shen Qingqiu wanted to see how strong he was so he carelessly slashed in front of him.
Who knew this careless slash is enough to scare people; the sword light shone dazzlingly and swept out in front of him, forcing him to close his eyes. When he opened them again, the ground looked as though it had been ravaged by lightning, a deep ditch lying before him.
Shen Qingqiu was expressionless, but his heart is about to burst inside.
It’s even more aggressive than he imagined! Worthy of a Peak Lord! With this martial ability and technique, plus some diligent practice, even if he must face off against Luo Binghe in the future he’ll have a chance to flee!
Right. To be able to flee is enough to make Shen Qingqiu laugh for three days straight. His needs truly aren’t high, he’ll be happy just to keep his life......
He wants to practice more so he can advance his plans sooner. But then he heard someone stepping on and breaking branches underfoot.
Truthfully that sound is very far away, but his five senses are too keen. It’s not difficult at all for him to figure out where. Shen Qingqiu looked at the deep ditch in the ground and slid his sword back into the scabbard, retreating into the deep green of the forest unseen.
The sound of footsteps drew closer before Shen Qingqiu could hear that it was not only one person. Sure enough, after a moment there appeared Luo Binghe’s soft bright face and a fresh delicate girl’s voice in the clearing.
“Ah Luo, Ah Luo,8 look, there’s a very large ditch here in the ground!”
Hearing this method of addressing him, Shen Qingqiu who hid in the darkness almost stumbled.
The system helpfully explained: 【New character: Shen Qingqiu’s youngest female disciple, Ning Yingying】
‘Shut up, don’t need you to introduce. Those who call Luo Binghe like that won’t be just the one, this old man knows.’ Shen Qingqiu’s face was expressionless.
Following behind Luo Binghe was a pretty young girl who seemed to be a little younger than him, her braided hair bound with orange ribbons, innocent and lovely. Every standard cultivation novel must have an adorable little apprentice-sister.
And this little apprentice-sister gave Shen Qingqiu some complex feelings.
This is because he had designs on Ning Yingying. No wait, it should be that the original Shen Qingqiu had designs on Ning Yingying.
Shen Qingqiu is a hypocrite. Since outwardly he seems fair and it appears to be a pure and selfless love, inside he must be shameless, dirty, and despicable. He is a teacher, but had dirty thoughts towards his lively and well-behaved disciples. Several times he tried to lay hands on them and almost succeeded at that.
To dare lay hands on the male protagonist’s woman, you can imagine the result yourself!
When Shen Qingqiu was reading the novel, he felt it was a bit strange. Why didn’t Luo Binghe castrate him. He even went to the reader comments section and joined the group in writing ‘Please castrate! If you don’t castrate you’ll anger the readers!’ these kinds of comments.
If at that time they had succeeded...... hehe.
He would cut off the hand that had written such things at the time!
Luo Binghe looked at it but wasn’t interested, only smiled warmly. Ning Yingying wanted to keep his attention on her but had no words to say: “Which apprentice-brother do you think it was who cut this sword scar during practice?’
Luo Binghe held an axe and began to cut down a tree, said: “Impossible. Among the cultivators on Qing Jing Peak, there’s only shizun who’s capable.”
Shen Qingqiu mentally coughed twice: Young boy, you sure know your stuff.
Ning Yingying sat on a slanted slab of limestone, resting her head against a hand: “Oh. Then that crevice was created from being struck by lightning.”
Luo Binghe didn’t pay attention to her anymore, focusing all his attention on his hands and continued to honestly cut down trees.
These tree trunks aren’t weak and thin. The axe is half-rusted. Luo Binghe is only fourteen years old so cutting down the trees is extremely tiring. It’s not long before his forehead is covered in sweat. Ning Yingying was bored again and entreated him, spoiled: “Ah Luo, Ah Luo, come play with me!”
Even with a face full of sweat, Luo Binghe doesn’t rub it off and continues to chop trees. He said: “It won’t do. Apprentice-brother instructed me. After taking care of today’s firewood I still have to jump in the water.9 If I finish chopping wood faster, I’ll have time to cultivate some more.”
Ning Yingying said: “The apprentice-brothers are sure bad! It’s always you doing this and that. The way I see it, they’re purposefully bullying you. Humph, I’ll go back and tell shizun about this; guaranteed to let them not dare to bully you again.”
Shen Qingqiu’s was frightened and his face changed color. No, no, no, you had better never tell me! What should I do! Which side should I teach a lesson to in the end like this!
At this time, though Luo Binghe’s age is small, he has tasted all kinds of bitterness in life. Still, he has managed to preserve a heart as pure as a white lotus. Towards Ning Yingying, he earnestly said: “Please do not. I don’t want shizun to be troubled over these small things. The apprentice-brothers don’t mean to be malicious and just see that my age is small. They’re just giving me more opportunities to practice hard.”
Shen Qingqiu is truly about to have his heart moved by this child: You say, how good it would be to have a child so sensible!
In the middle of Ning Yingying’s chatter, Luo Binghe finished cutting enough firewood for his task. After putting things in order, he also sat down on the limestone slab, cross-legged, and began to cultivate.
Shen Qingqiu let out a long sigh in his heart.
Truthfully, the protagonist’s lack of cultivation in the earliest, bitterest scenes of the novel is partly for this reason. It’s obvious that Ming Fan gave him a false technique to practice with when he joined in the beginning. The more he seeks to cultivate, the more dog-shit difference there is between him and the others. It’s only because Luo Binghe is such a heavenly talent and has the support of the demonic blood hidden within his body that he managed to feel out and grasp his own cultivation practicing method...... way too unscientific!
Even as he sighed, he heard the chaotic sound of many footsteps.
Shen Qingqiu immediately knows it’s nothing good and something bad will happen.
Ming Fan brought some low-level disciples with him. At the sight of Ning Yingying, he immediately went up to take her hand: “Little apprentice-sister! Little apprentice-sister, I’ve been looking for you, you know. How come you never want to drop by our place? The back of the mountains is so large, what’ll you do when night falls and poisonous snakes emerge? This older apprentice-brother has some fun stuff for you to see.”
He naturally saw the mutely cultivating Luo Binghe treating him as though he was air. Luo Binghe is quite mannerly and opened his eyes to greet him as an apprentice-brother.
Ning Yingying laughed: “I’m not afraid of any poisonous snakes. Besides, there’s Ah Luo here to stay with me, right?”
Ming Fan slanted his eyes towards Luo Binghe and let out a humph.
—End Chapter 3—
1Flipped his braid: A funny saying meaning that someone is dead. Probably comes from around Qing Dynasty times – the hairstyle for men was a long braid down the back and if your braid ‘flips,’ you’re dead. The little emotes are supposed to be two whited eyeballs I think. ?
2Sister: He means it’s hard to pick up girls. LOL
3Previous life: Bit of a subtle hint that our main character probably had a terminal illness or something that would have taken his life in time.
4Tian Gong Twelve Peaks (天宮十二峰): Roughly, ‘Sky Temple Twelve Peaks.’ Tian Gong is the name of the mountain range where Cang Qiong sect is and an alternate name for the sect. The mountain range is made up of twelve peaks, each with a Peak Lord. Shen Qingqiu’s Qing Jing Peak is one of the twelve.
5Qin qi shu hua: I left this in the original pinyin for effect. These are the four fundamental classic accomplishments for a Chinese scholar to have – ability to play qin (a stringed traditional Chinese instrument), to play qi (or chess; you might be more familiar with Japanese name ‘go’), to write calligraphy and compose poetry (shu includes both of these), and the ability to paint (hua).
6Yao and guai: In ancient Chinese culture, the species existing in the world can be divided into shen, mo, xian, yao, ren, and yin (or Heaven, Demon, Fairy, Spirit, Human, and Yin if you want really want a translation). Mo, yao, and yin are generally considered ‘evil’ or ‘guai’ (literally strange/weird) and therefore unorthodox. Our MC is worried about getting done in by the opposing unorthodox side because he himself belongs to an orthodox (AKA Righteous) sect.
7Aura: The term used in pinyin is ‘ling qi.’
8Ah Luo: Nickname used for Luo Binghe. Another cutesy way to address a person (only with people familiar with you, mind) is to add “Ah” in front. So for instance using Shen Qingqiu’s name, it would be “Ah Shen” if using his last name.
9Jump in the water: I assume Luo Binghe’s saying he still needs to take a bath after chopping up firewood. Instead of boiling water to the perfect toasty temperature, he’s going to jump straight into freezing mountain water instead. What a hardcore guy, but I guess his method saves time.
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