Chapter 207: The Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag
Mu Yi didn’t decide to be merciful because he thought she was a woman, on the contrary, he considered her as an extremely dangerous and powerful enemy.
At that moment, a white finger appeared in Mu Yi’s field of vision. And it collided with the Bamboo Tree of Life.
Suddenly, Mu Yi could feel that the Bamboo Tree of Life was under pressure. It even bent. Besides, at that moment, its emerald green lights became dazzling. Nian Nuer came out, green-faced and long-toothed, and brandished claws while flying towards Leng Yu as fast as she could.
Mu Yi was pushed back. Because he had used lots of strength with the Bamboo Tree of Life, his right arm felt numb.
Nian Nuer intervened at the most crucial moment. But Nian Nuer underestimated Leng Yu. She hadn’t thought Leng Yu would still have strength to counterattack.
Leng Yu moved back and at the same time, she stretched out her hand and pushed Nian Nuer. Suddenly, Nian Nuer felt as if Leng Yu’s hand had become gigantic and could crush her.
Nian Nuer was blown away but luckily, she was already a fierce ghost. She still wasn’t as strong as Leng Yu but after having one of Mu Yi’s attacks, Leng Yu was less strong.
Nian Nuer was pushed back of a few zhang and then finally stopped sliding backwards but she didn’t attack Leng Yu again. Her silhouette flickered and she went back into the Bamboo Tree of Life.
Mu Yi stretched out his left hand. He was holding the copper lamp in his left hand and the Bamboo Tree of Life in his right hand. He looked at Leng Yu in the distance. Unfortunately, even though he had managed to make her real body show up, he still couldn’t see her face because she was wearing a plaited bamboo hat.
“I underestimated you.” said Leng Yu icily. She didn’t attack again though. She was standing on a grave and occuped a commanding position looking at Mu Yi from above. She sounded surprised though. She hadn’t thought Mu Yi would be able to fight to that extent.
Even though she didn’t think Mu Yi could defeat her, she admitted her was strong. And she still wanted to take Mu Yi down and steal the imperial jade seal. Otherwise, she could just kill Mu Yi and take it but she wasn’t like that.
“I am not better than you.” said Mu Yi in a trembling voice. Actually, He was already lucky with the way things had happened so far. That was a difficult enemy to defeat. In terms of difficulty, she was the most difficult one to defeat Mu Yi had ever had to face.
If his connection to the copper lamp hadn’t increased and if the copper lamp had been using ordinary oil, it would have been even more difficult. Besides, she could also turn into a shadow and then she could fight as a formidable adversary.
Mu Yi thought highly of assassins, or at least of the way they fought. They had a thunder-like power and their goal was always to kill their enemies in one strike.
If someone attacked Mu Yi by surprise, even if he didn’t die, he would be in extreme danger.
Luckily, his copper lamp compensated that weakness and it had prevented her from using her most valuable attack.
Without her ability to be a shadow, Mu Yi didn’t need to fear her because he had magic figures, the Bamboo Tree of Life, that was a hundred and twenty percent of his total strength already. The only thing which was unfortunate was that his five thunders charm hadn’t worked. It was the first time such a thing happened since Mu Yi had learnt how to use five thunders charms.
But that was just a slight loss so he wasn’t afraid of fighting.
As Mu Yi was about to continue fighting, he heard someone cough.
When he heard that, he knew he couldn’t continue fighting because he knew the person who had just arrived. It was Mister Mo and he was being put under pressure.
Leng Yu also seemed to feel under pressure because the strength she had released disappeared suddenly.
When Mister Mo appeared, everything became clear. Mu Yi had guessed right. As expected. But even though he understood the whole situation, he didn’t look relieved at all. On the contrary, he looked glum.
Nobody wanted to be used as a pun as if they were stupid. And Mister Mo had plotted against him.
He may have not done it on purpose but Mu Yi hated that. If Mister Mo really had asked Mu Yi to help him get the imperial jade seal, Mu Yi wouldn’t have hesitated. He considered Mister Mo as a benefactor after all but surprisingly, he had used Mu Yi.
“We’re all on the same side. The test is over.” said Mister Mo. At that moment, he looked and sounded like the good old Mister Mo. He still had the black dragon strength inside his body and his Qi was slightly unstable.
“Test?” Mu Yi was stupefied. Of course, he didn’t think they were all on the same side either.
“Yes. As expected, his disciple is extraordinary. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a talented young person.” said Leng Yu suddenly. She sounded kind and noble at that moment.
“What do you think? Is he suitable?” asked Mister Mo smiling.
Actually, he already had an answer. Mu Yi had managed to resist against Leng Yu and he hadn’t lost. If anyone said he wasn’t suitable, then who was?
“Of course. But he doesn’t seem that happy about it.” said Leng Yu glancing at Mu Yi indifferently. Mu Yi didn’t seem to be very happy.
“Mu Yi, I know you have doubts and suspicions. You may even feel even less esteem for us but you have to understand that we’ve never intended to hurt you. Actually, you probably don’t know about your Master’s other identity, right?” said Mister Mo.
“My Master’s other identity?” Mu Yi was stupefied. Even though he had already thought of that before, he couldn’t be sure so an explanation from Mister Mo would be more than welcome.
“Actually, your Master used to be one of the Four Great Envoys of the Flag. I think you already knew considering the copper lamp.” said Mister Mo suddenly.
Mu Yi had already thought that the old Taoist Priest probably had an incredible reputation and social status in the country. He used to be one of the Four Great Envoys of the Flag of the Ear Group. Could it be that the old Taoist Priest’s injury came from the moment when the Ear Group had been destroyed?
Mu Yi understood the situation much better. Mister Mo also told Mu Yi about the different envoys, the river God also known as god of the north, water-type, also called Tortoise.
The south was fire-type and represented by the vermilion bird. And the old Taoist Priest used to be the vermilion bird, the Envoy of the Flag.
Mu Yi hadn’t thought things would get so interesting. And of course, Mu Yi now understood that back then, when the old Taoist Priest had brought him to Funiu Mountain, it probably wasn’t just a coincidence.
And the fact that he ended up in Cangzhou probably wasn’t just a coincidence either. Mu Yi suddenly had several answers to some of his doubts but he wasn’t excited at all. He felt heavy and under pressure even more.
“Hehe, so who are you really, Mister Mo? And what about your fellow disciple?” asked Mu Yi smiling mockingly.
“Since you want to know, I won’t conceal the truth from you. I am one of the twenty four Dao and my fellow disciple is one of the seventy two Tang. We are both members of the Ear Group.” said Mister Mo. He didn’t get angry because of what Mu Yi had just said and he even explained everything patiently, “Actually, the test you just passed had been planned by your Master. He hoped that you would be able to take over the responsibility of becoming the new Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag.”
“Is that so? What if I had failed the test?” asked Mu Yi indifferently.
“If you had failed the test, we wouldn’t have told you the truth and you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to succeed to your Master.” said Mister Mo.
“What you mean is that I should be grateful to Envoy in charge of Xuan Ming’s flag for being merciful?” said Mu Yi glancing at Leng Yu.
“I was merciful. Do you think you’re the only one who has precious magic tools?” said Leng Yu proudly.
“Precious magic tools?” Mu Yi looked at his copper lamp. That was the first time he heard of precious magic tools but it wasn’t too difficult to understand. He knew what religious tools were so precious magic tools were probably more powerful than ordinary religious tools.
No matter how powerful they could, they were certainly much more powerful than ordinary religious tools.
Mu Yi didn’t have doubts about what Leng Yu said. He even believed her when she said she had been merciful but the problem was, what did all this have to do with him? Who said he had to walk on a path which had been predetermined for him?
He had no sense of belonging when it came to the Ear Group so he didn’t care about becoming the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag.
He had been traveling the world for such a long time. At least, Mu Yi understood one thing, there is no such thing as a free lunch. And to become the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag, he had to be willing to bear all the responsibilities it implied.
Besides, the Ear Group had been destroyed which led to even more problems. Honestly, Mu Yi didn’t feel like getting involved in that huge vortex of problems.
“Then you can consider I failed the exam.” said Mu Yi straightforwardly.
When he said that, the atmosphere became silent. Leng Yu’s eyes were suddenly filled with murder.
Mister Mo was stupefied and looked at Mu Yi skeptically.
“Mister Mo, you made all these efforts for nothing. He does not wish to become the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag.” said Leng Yu smiling icily.
“Mu Yi, I admit it. We kind of fooled you but you have to understand that it was all your Master’s wish and a request from him to us, all the members of the Ear Group. Actually, when you left Fu Niu and started traveling, we were already watching you. We were stupefied when we saw what you accomplished during your journey. You are strong and you definitely have the potential to surpass your Master.” said Mister Mo seriously and solemnly. As Leng Yu had said, he had made great efforts for Mu Yi and his goal was actually pure and innocent.
He wanted Mu Yi to join the Ear Group and to become the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag.