Chapter 35: The gift of a bow
Half an hour passed quickly.
Ning Yue Xi opened her eyes to hear Gong Sun Zhi was talking.
Gong Sun Zhi said: “As soon as we came back, we already sent out communication talismans asking for help”
Gu Qing Shan answered: “That’s strange, I was at an outpost for several days but I’ve not seen any dispatched troops from humanity’s army”
Gong sun Zhi angrily: “There’s nothing strange at all, because we found out by chance during this investigation that there were traitors in humanity’s top brass”
“So that’s why!”
Gu Qing Shan was shocked.
No wonder, the two legendary characters had to fend for themselves amongst the demon’s army, yet the human’s army didn’t even send out a single soldier to aid them.
It’s possible that both their communication talismans were already intercepted and disposed of by those traitors, so no one knows about their dire situation.
It could also be that the human’s army have already been dispatched elsewhere, thus not having the time to go into the demon’s territory.
If that’s really the case, then this situation just got a lot more dangerous.
Gong Sun Zhi was observing Gu Qing Shan, suddenly asked: “Young man, are you a part of any sect or clan?”
Gu Qing Shan answered: “I’m just a lone cultivator, if this time we are able to return alive, I was planning to join the early spring semester test next year” (1)
Gong Sun Zhi then said: ”During the semester test, go straight to The Holy Gates and tell them my name”
Ning Yue Xi glanced at him a bit surprised.
What’s this, he actually caught Gong Sun Zhi’s eyes?
As the two of them noticed she has woken up, they looked at her as if to ask if she was better.
Ning Yue Xi: “The poison has been expelled, my wounds are also healing”
Gong Sun Zhi happily: “That’s great to hear!”
As long as there is no poison to complicate things, with Ning Yue Xi’s cultivation and the snake liver’s revitalizing effects, her body will soon recover to its peak.
Ning Yue Xi slowly stood up and bowed respectfully towards Gu Qing Shan: “For saving my life, thank you!”
In this crisis situation, to be able to expel poison in her body as well as slowly heal all the wounds isn’t that much different from getting another life.
Gu Qing Shan quickly waved his hand dismissively and said: “We can talk formalities later, right now we have to immediately leave”
“Should we use an airship?” Gong Sun Zhi suggested.
“We can’t”, Ning Yue Xi answered “As soon as the airship lifts off the whole demon army will notice, right now we’re key figures that they want to pursue, it’ll be more complicated that way”
Gu Qing Shan asked: “Elder Sun Zhi, you are a Ding Yuan General, as well as humanity’s formation Grandmaster, surely aside from the alliance you also have a different place to call for help from?”
Gong Sun Zhi looked at Ning Yue Xi for a bit and said hesitatingly: “We do have another communication talisman that’s more trustworthy, but we can’t just use it whenever we please ————–Saintess, what do you think?”
Ning Yue Xi was just about to speak when they felt an earth shaking tremor.
With a swing of his hand, Gong Sun Zhi revealed the scene outside.
Two horrifying giant legs are slowly coming closer, in their sight they could only see the two legs, the rest of the body is completely hidden by the clouds, unable to be seen.
So that’s the real reason!
Fuck, why am I so dumb that I only understood everything now.
At this moment, Gu Qing Shan finally cleared the smog and understood the truth of it all.
Gu Qing Shan’s face changed immediately, shouting: “Elder Sun Zhi, please use your talisman quickly, if the Faceless Giant make it here then the talisman won’t be usable anymore!”
Gong Sun Zhi questioned: “Why wouldn’t it be usable?”
As they spoke, the pair of legs are getting closer and closer.
Gu Qing Shan hurriedly shout: “Please trust me this once, quickly use your communication talisman”
Gong Sun Zhi was still hesitating when Ning Yue Xi tapped her Inventory Bag and took out a communication talisman covered in mist, opened her mouth and quickly said:
“Heaven’s Limit Sect Ning Yue Xi, we’ve gotten the list of traitors within humanity’s alliance, also successfully located Shen Wu world, humbly requesting help from the Saints”
As she finished and let go of the talisman, it slowly floated up by itself.
Gong Sun Zhi seeing that can only sigh: “To bother the saints like this, I’m afraid our sects will lower our evaluation”
The Saints, are the strongest cultivators of this world.
To understand, cultivation realms are divided into Qi Training, Foundation Establishment, Golden Core, Rejuvenation, Ascension and Sainting, anyone who’ve broken through all these realms and become Sainted are known to all as Saints. (TN: As in Knighting and being Knighted, but Saint instead of Knight)
Humanity into total only have 3 cultivators of this level, called the 3 Saints.
Under normal circumstances, very few people have the right to contact the Saints.
What Gong Sun Zhi and Ning Yue Xi have on hand is a single talisman used for contacting the Saints, which were gotten from their own sects through exchanging 300 years’ worth of supplies.
The reason why their sects give it to them was to guarantee safety during this time’s infiltration into the demon army.
The Sect masters of both reminded them many times that they are not to use these talismans unless they’re in an extremely dire situation.
Ning Yue Xi stared at Gu Qing Shan and replied: “If anything happens, I’ll take responsibility”
Gu Qing Shan still haven’t breathed out, still looking intently at the talisman flying up, about to deliver the message.
Suddenly, from above the talisman, a huge shadow was seen.
In just a second, the shadow descended, squatting the talisman from the sky back down.
It was the Faceless Giant’s hand.
Gu Qing Shan risked jumping forward to catch the descending talisman, only to see the light on it became dim, finally shattering into pieces of paper.
We’re done for, Gu Qing Shan felt his brain became numb from fear.
Behind him, Ning Yue Xi and Gong Sun Zhi faces both paled.
“Why did this happen? This is a Saint’s communication talisman!” Gong Sun Zhi asked.
Gu Qing Shan replied: “The Faceless Giant can devour all objects that contain spirit energy, when the talisman flew up, it sucked all the spirit energy from it, turning it into a normal piece of paper”
He sighed: “It seems we’re not getting away”
Not just the traitors in humanity’s top brass, but also the Faceless Giant in the demon territory to stop them from calling for help, of course they couldn’t escape.
The more they struggle, the tighter the net coils around them.
The situation has already turned into them walking on a tightrope of life and death.
Could it be that only the details of history has changed, while the results remained the same?
No, I have to do something, but I’ve only just returned, my strength won’t suddenly change, what can I actually do?
Gu Qing Shan thought hard.
Gong Sun Zhi suddenly understood: “So that’s it, no wonder why the 5-elemental formation i used before couldn’t do anything to it”
Ning Yue Xi slowly stood up, standing next to the two of them and said: “If we can’t run, then we can only fight”
Ning Yue Xi tapped her Inventory Bag again, taking out a longbow and gave it to Gu Qing Shan.
She said: “Your military bow is too weak; I’ll give you this”
Gu Qing Shan was a bit surprised, asked: “Why give it to me?”
Ning Yue Xi with a straight face: “You killed the demon army’s messenger and gave me the snake liver to heal myself, I’m giving you this bow as a show of gratitude”
Gu Qing Shan looked down, to see a bow at least half an arm longer than his military bow, asides from that, it seemed very simple without any superfluous decorations.
After observing it for a bit, Gu Qing Shan’s face became very serious.
This longbow is grand without needing to show off, its killing intent was hidden, not leaking a single bit.
Even using inner sight, he still couldn’t feel the bow, as if it wasn’t there at all.
If he were to use this bow, no one would be able to feel their death coming.
This bow has already reached the realm of having self-defense, like heaven and earth compared to the military bow he brought from the outpost.
In a dangerous situation like this, to be given such a good bow, Gu Qing Shan will definitely not refuse.
Ning Yue Xi this person really understands how to repay others, what she gave was also something he was able to use, both considerate and careful.
Seems like she’s someone worth making friends with.
As Gu Qing Shan thought that, he took the bow and sincerely thanked her.
Ning Yue Xi was silently observing him, saw that he didn’t decline out of courtesy or showed overwhelming pleasure, only kept calm and thanked her sincerely.
Ning Yue Xi silently nodded in satisfaction, her impression of him increased a bit more.
Her voice became a bit softer: “This bow is called the Night Rain, it was passed on to me by my father, so I hope you can use it well”
(1) Lone cultivator: a more literal translation would be loose cultivator, meaning a cultivator that does not belong to any sects or clans, most protagonists in Chinese novels are like this. Lone cultivators have the advantage of not needing to share their findings with the sect/clan, but doesn’t get protection and other cultivation necessities because they’re alone.