Chapter 1: Entering The Wilderness
Xu Ping opened his eyes.
His surrounding was permeated with a dense darkness that couldn’t be dissolved and there was a strange fishy smell that kept on infiltrating into his throat.
He wasn’t at the usual bed he always slept at.
Xu Ping reached out his hands and touched his lower body. His palms were wet; he was actually laying on an icy cold pool that was only as deep as half a finger, but it was piercing cold. This feeling felt very real and unlike a dream.
Like a flock of sheeps, a white light suddenly lit up in front of his eyes, stinging Xu Ping’s eyes painfully. He reached out his hands to block the light, but a voice came within the white light and powerlessly echoed, “…You are here.”
A dagger fell in front of Xu Ping, producing a bright and loud crackling sound. The male voice that sounded as if it was being submerged in water rang again, “You must kill him.”
Xu Ping: “…Who?”
The male voice answered, “Meng Chongguang.”
Xu Ping was having a splitting headache, he couldn’t understand the situation right now.
He only felt that the name,“Meng Chongguang” was extremely familiar, but he had forgotten where he had heard it from.
He decided to refine his own question, making it more precise. “Who are you?”
The male voice said, “I am the Knowledge of the Three Realms.”
Xu Ping: “…”
Just by listening to his voice, this Knowledge of the Three Realms must have contracted tuberculosis. His life shouldn’t be long, if he doesn’t seize the time and ask something out, who knew if he would die later or not.
Xu Ping endured the splitting pain in his head and was about to clarify the situation, when his voice became silted like cotton candy, struck in his throat.
…He finally remembered who Meng Chongguang was.
In the eyes of his neighbors and outsiders, Xu Ping was a lewd thief, an alien, and a maverick. He preferred to be on the left side of the road and he looked at all kind of girls. He could read any types of book and loved to make friends with various people. He was nuttiness and wilful, happy and unrestrained, occasionally playing some spiritual tricks to earn some money.
When he had ample of money, he would spend recklessly just to listen to a song; when he had little, he wouldn’t be upset, at most he would knead the soil into the shape of ingots for his self-entertainment.
Fortunately, his family particularly pampered him and let him did what he wanted.
Xu Ping found time hanging heavily on his hands. He read plenty of storybooks and so he decided to start penning down some of his thoughts.
And Meng Chongguang was one of Xu Ping’s uncompleted book’s villains with unparalleled beauty, heartless and cruel.
It was strange to say that Meng Chongguang this name, had been appearing in his dreams for a long time. When Xu Ping woke up, he would be drenched in a body of sweat but this name remained despite the forgotten content of his dream.
After waking up, he lifted his pen and started writing this story. The writing process was rather smooth, not more than a month later, he wrote close to ten thousands of words.
This story basically had no righteous and decent characters. It was a story that told of a group of evil spirits and demons escaping from the wilderness.
His father had looked at his manuscript before and asked him what exactly did he want to write.
Xu Ping replied, “Writing for fun.”
There was nothing his father could do about it, so he ordered him to study well but Xu Ping was as usual, mouth filled with promises but he never change.
The manuscript had only been written halfway when Xu Ping was pulled by this Weak Lungs
1Knowledge of the Three Realms into this world from his dream.
Weak Lungs said, “You have seriously disrupted the world’s context. Now, the demons in the wilderness are just like what you have written, ready to make trouble with the intention to escape and bring misfortunate to everywhere.”
The dagger that was thrown by him flashed a light blue color, luring Xu Ping’s gaze to it, “You must use this dagger to kill Meng Chongguang who intends to take the lead in the defection.”
Xu Ping was stunned for a moment before he laughed out. “This lord, did you make a mistake?”
He lifted up his sleeves and showed his right hand.
His right arm was broken and above his wrist was an artificial limb made of rosewood.
Xu Ping calmly showed his defect. “Aren’t asking me to die going in with this body?”
Xu Ping still remembered how he had set the value of Meng Chongguang’s combat power in the story. He was a spiritual demon born from the aura of heaven and earth. His temperament was as cold as the snow in the mountains and he never once put anyone’s life in his eyes.
Someone had offended him once before, Meng Chongguang only talked and laughed as he peeled off the offender’s skin from his back. He extracted his spine completely, grounded it into powder, made it into a teapot, and used it to drink tea every day.
Weak Lungs coughed twice and was unhurried to said, “There is only one person in this world, he will not overstep any boundary and offend Meng Chongguang. I will borrow his apperance for you.”
Xu Ping found it hilarious. “Then why don’t you ask that person to kill Meng Chongguang?”
Weak Lungs answered, “He is Meng Chongguang’s Senior Martial Brother. Meng Chongguang is unruly hateful, he had slaughtered his peer, stolen the magic pills and magic artifacts. His senior brother has been condemned with poor teaching. At present, his immortal roots have been removed and had been banished to the mortal world. He has became a mortal human and died in the outside world.”
Xu Ping: “…”
Seeing his silence, Weak Lungs chased, “What do you think?”
Xu Ping was straight to the point. “I think it’s not possible.”
This time it was Weak Lungs that was quiet. “…”
After a long while, a force suddenly struck him. Xu Ping felt his body getting light and was falling backward.
The white light suddenly disappeared and the back of his brain pulsed. He did not have any time to react before he sank into nothingness again.
Weak Lungs’s voice was getting further away in a rapid speed, but his weak voice was like a tolling clock, his words knocked into Xu Ping’s ears one by one “If you don’t kill him, you will live in the wilderness for eternity.”
Xu Ping exhausted his strength and he cursed at him.
He didn’t how how long he had been falling. The pit of Xu Ping’s stomach had already became numb when his body dropped into softness.
He couldn’t sit up.
With a rough estimation, Xu Ping had been flying in the air for at least half an hour, during which he passed through a magnificent giant door. There were beams of bright colorful lights surrounding him as he swirled, making him dizzy from all the spinning.
When he landed, his nose couldn’t smell, his eyes couldn’t see, but only laid flatly.
Suddenly, countless messy information flashed into Xu Ping’s mind. He ruminated and then exclaimed in surprise.
The clips of memory fragment that entered his mind seemed to belong to Meng Chongguang’s Senior Brother. However, the strange thing was, he had the same surname as himself, they were both Xu; he was called Xu Xingzhi.
The clips were quite chaotic and there was only some basic information. Xu Ping revised for half a day and could barely make a few points out.
Xu Xingzhi was the eldest senior martial brother of the righteous immortal sect, Fengling Mountain and Meng Chongguang was a child picked up by him. He had followed Xu Xingzhi since young, and because his spiritual power was little, he was frequently bullied. If it wasn’t for Xu Xingzhi staying by his side and protecting him, he could have been builled to death by others disciples.
However, the real identity of Meng Chongguang was a demon, and his spiritual power was treacherous. He intentionally pretended to be weak and lurked in Fengling Mountain for many years. He was waiting for an opportunity to steal the magic artifacts placed in the four big immortal sects.
For many years, he had painstakingly maneuvered and used his connections among the major immortal sects to rope people to his camp. He used conspiracy to incite defection and even roped in a group of disciples to his side for his own use. However, on the night before he could succeed in stealing the artifacts, his conspiracy was revealed. He personally murdered his master and Xu Xingzhi accidentally became his scapegoat. He was wrongly imprisoned and suffered torture.
Later on, the immortal sects began to clean their internal, so Meng Chongguang, together with those disciples who had betrayed the sect, were exiled to the wilderness.
The wilderness was an unbreakable prison full of demons.
Xu Xingzhi had also been regarded as an involved party and was banished to become a mortal.
It wasn’t difficult to kill Meng Chongguang. All he had to do was use the dagger with the aura of heaven and earth and aim it at the cinnabar in the center of his forehead to end his life.
Xu Ping lay desperately on the ground, thinking, fuck, I don’t think I thought this much when I was writing.
Xu Ping had no interest in talented beauty, hero saving the beauty, or an immortal love story. He simply wanted to write a story different from the norms, a story with the villain as the protagonist.
He didn’t even think about creating a backstory for his “Meng Chongguang” in his book.
Now it seemed that his story and this world’s Meng Chongguang accidentally coincided. Just like two musical strings that would not touch, but because he moved one of them, it caused the other string to vibrate, hence disturbing the order here.
It was precisely because he and the “Xu Xingzhi” who had been banished to the mortal world and lost his immortal roots were both mortal, hence, this so-called “Knowledge of the Three Realms” summoned him here with the intention to make use of his own hands to eliminate Meng Chongguang.
Xu Ping, now Xu Xingzhi, had recovered from his daze. He turned over and sat up, his hands inevitably ended up touching a round thing.
He looked down and found that it was a human head.
Xu Xingzhi leaped violently and astonishingly realized that stretching a mile of this place was a graveyard full of corpses and skeleton bones. Most of them were ripped and shredded, and there were also some red and white things scattered on the floor.
His sense of smell returned to him at the moment of seeing these corpses. The stench stimulated his brain with stabbing pain, and his stomach turned like a rough sea.
Fortunately, in the present world, he spent a full three days and three nights in a free estate for the sake of winning some silver coins. He lived and ate with the old man guarding the free estate, so he did not fear corpses that much.
It was just that such a scattered body, he was also seeing it for the first time. It was too exciting for Xu Xingzhi.
Xu Xingzhi also described the horrors of people eating people in the wilderness in his book. The so-called “the flesh is like silver, the head can be the lamp”, when writing those black and white words, it did not seem to be much, but when all these turned into reality, he could not help but feel disdained.
He resisted his disgust and tried his best to move through the gap between the bodies. He wanted to escape the graveyard of corpses as soon as possible.
Xu Xingzhi did not want to see more of the horrible states of these corpses. But not long later, he braked his footsteps as he was face to face with a kneeling corpse.
Instantly, he stood up and did not hesitate to run.
Xu Xingzhi saw that the tear at the corpse was not a bite of a beast, but of a human’s tooth print.
In other words, the graveyard of corpses here was actually the kitchen of someone in the wilderness.
Xu Xingzhi felt that if he did not leave quickly, he might be the one laying down there soon.
But in this wilderness, where was he going to find Meng Chongguang?
As he was thinking about this problem, Xu Xing hi, who had fled a few steps, suddenly heard a roar.
He turned behind and saw a horrible looking humanoid monster. It was chasing him like it was deranged.
Except for the two arms that were actually two sharp razors, the monster’s neck below could be considered normal, but its face was akin to being torn off and then placed back together again. The nose was on the forehead and the eye was at the original lip position. The other one was on its neck. It looked like a giant candle that did not melt completely.
It passed through the sea of corpses and ran straight to himself. The countless corpses below his sole bursted into blood foam.
Xu Xingzhi loudly cursed and ran wildly.
His feet went in deep and shallow as he passed through the mountain of corpses and sea of blood. He came to an open space, randomly selected a direction and then rushed off.
Obviously, the monster was not only going to drive Xu Xingzhi out of his territory.
Xu Xingzhi had run nearly a mile and was still chasing after Xu Xingzhi.
The distance between one person and one monster was getting closer.
Xu Xingzhi was so tired that he was wheezing heavily and he kept paying attention to the situation behind him. When he turned his eyes back, his vision actually sighted a human body that was burnt black appearing from the side and was stumbling towards him.
He was targeted by two monsters at the same time. Xu Xingzhi, who was tired like a dog, thought desperately. He should just simply choose which monster to eat him. At least he could choose it himself and die with more integrity.
Xu Xing zhi didn’t notice that the monster behind him slowed down. Its shifted facial features were shaking as it watched the black and thin shadow. Like it saw something scary, and then it became indignated. Again, it seemed to be scared to the extreme.
In a few moments, it seemed to have made up its mind, roared, and changed its target. It rushed toward the charred black human.
In that few moments, Xu Xingzhi had chosen the black figure between the two.
If he was caught by the monster behind, he would be pierced by its two razors, and then thrown into the pile of corpses. His head would be here but his butt would be over there. It sounded miserable just thinking about it.
He only ran two steps to the black shadow before he made contact with the man’s gaze.
He wasn’t sure if it was the illusion of Xu Xingzhi or not, but the man who was so badly burnt that what was left of his head was only a skull, his empty socket actually shined a slight brilliance. There was panic, there was also worries and a gentleness that Xu Xingzhi could not understand.
He opened his mouth and there was dark black debris slowly falling on his chin, “Hurry run…”
Xu Xingzhi suddenly stopped his footsteps.
That was the voice of a human.
Despite being burned to the point of being hoarse and deformed, Xu Xingzhi realized that it was a conscious and sober human.
Was it a prisoner who was exiled in the wilderness? Was he seriously injured?
Xu Xingzhi was thinking about this as he gave up the intention to send himself to death. He turned direction, and once again rushed away.
The man who was burned black really did not have much strength. After a few moments, he was stunned that Xu Xingzhi was leaving him behind. He stumbled towards Xu Xingzhi’s back and chased for a few steps. “…Hurry, hurry run…”
After that, he stood still and turned to face the razor monster that was rushing toward him violently with his lips slightly opened.
His figure looked very bleak.
However, looking at the placement of the muscles in his face, it seemed to be a sneer.
Unlike the gentleness he directed towards Xu Xingzhi, he slightly raised his chin and faced the monster as if he was an elegant and fit adult panther looking at a barking mad dog.
Just like Xu Xingzhi couldn’t see the expression of the monster at the moment, the monster also could not see Xu Xingzhi’s actions.
Xu Xingzhi did not hear the footsteps of the black shadow chasing up, so he stopped his steps and looked behind him.
The charred black person turned his back to him and was facing the monster. He seemed to be sacrificing himself, shielding a way out for Xu Xing zhi.
His back looked tragic and yet at the same time strong. He was also staggering, like a gust of wind could blow him down.
Xu Xingzhi bit his teeth and touched his chest.
The dagger was lying there. Weak Lungs must have placed it on him when he pushed him down.
He pulled out the dagger with his left hand, hiding his backhand behind as he walked straight toward the monster.
When he walked past the side of the charred black man, not only did he not stop, he accelerated his pace.
The black shadow was lost and blurted out, “…Senior Brother??”
Xu Xingzhi had already ran up, and the wind whistled into his ears, drowning the sound of the black shadow.
Therefore, he did not hear what the black shadow called him.
The monster had already locked its target on the black shadow, and the prey that escaped halfway once again returned. It was extremely violent and screamed. It raised its left arm made of razor and slashed in the direction of Xu Xingzhi; It wanted to settle him as soon as possible.
Xu Xingzhi raised his right hand to block.
A muffled sound of an object being pierced.
Xu Xingzhi looked at his rosewood palm, which had been pierced, and whistled.
Before the monster could react again, he raised his leg and stepped on the monster’s swaying right arm and used all his strength to lift up his right hand, bringing along the monster’s left arm up.
The dagger given by Weak Lungs to kill Meng Chongguang was now in the heart of the monster.
Xu Xingzhi quickly pulled out the dagger and jumped to the side.
The monster fell to the ground and twitched.
Xu Xingzhi was covered with blood. He resisted nausea and stepped forward onto the monster’s arm and smashed the bloody dagger into the monster’s forehead again.
After the monster received the knife, it twitched for a while before it finally died.
Xu Xingzhi’s tight muscles had yet to relax when he heard a dull and deep sound from behind.
Xu Xingzhi turned back and found that the charred black shadow was already on the ground.
His heart clenched. He took a few steps in front and held him in his arms, “Hey!”
The man was weak. “Thirty miles southeast, take me there…”
After he spoke, his head tilted and it seemed like he had fainted.
In the face of this unfamiliar stranger, Xu Xingzhi did not think much, he just picked up the dagger and roughly wiped it on his clothes. He disregarded the terrible mess of the person as he carefully carried him up and placed him on his back. With much difficulty, he used his good left hand and broken right hand to place the man’s arms around his neck.
When he was sure that the man on his back was secured, Xu Xingzhi headed towards the southeast.
The person’s companions must be at the southeast side. If he could send this person to that place, he could be considered to earn him a favor. Maybe he could ask where Meng Chongguang was, maybe he would even run into him there.
…His father and little sister were still at home, if he went missing for too long, they would be worried.
He had to go home quickly.
Xu Xingzhi was pondering and didn’t notice that the charred black man on his back had opened his eyes.
He happily snuggled up onto Xu Xingzhi’s and silently whispered, “…Senior Brother…”
The author has something to say:
Meng Chongguang: Senior Brother, Senior Brother, I want piggy back~ I want hug hug!
20/6: I’ve finally decided to remove the spacing between the names, and also skim through for any errors.