修真世界 World of Cultivation Chapter Four Hundred and Fifty Seven “Devious”

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Chapter Four Hundred and Fifty Seven – Devious

Tian Xiao Wei drunkenly walked on the streets as he was returning from drinking ling wine.

Ever since three years ago when he tasted ling wine for the first time, he was enchanted with the taste of ling wine. Every time after he received his wages, he would run to Heavenly Restaurant to have a few cups. He could not afford very good ling wine, and could only drink second-grade ling wine.

He didn’t have much interest in cultivation and had been stuck on the second stratum of zhuji for five or so years without any movement.

The night wind blew on his face, the intoxication rose and he was dazed.

Suddenly, two people appeared and walked towards him. Seeing him, they warmly gave their greetings, “Little Brother Wei!”

Tian Xiao Wei felt they were unfamiliar but he still pretended to know them and responded, “Where are you two going?”

“Planning to go drink wine. How about it, Little Brother Wei, go with us!” The other was very enthusiastic. The two people circled him and pulled his arm.

Tian Xiao Wei suddenly felt slight wariness. He wanted to break free but found to his shock that his body could not move!

He wanted to speak but no matter how hard he tried, his mouth could not produce any noise.

His eyes revealed the terror he felt.

He was pinned on both sides by the two and great force was applied to his arms,, and forced to walk outside the city.

 

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“They are seeking death!” When Tian Yong Qing finished hearing Tian Zhong Zhou’s report, he said with a smirk, “These short-sighted people are not a problem.”

Tian Heng Bo’s expression was not so good, “I spoke with Xu Zheng Wei. He didn’t say it explicitly but these people do not plan on selling Turtle Island, even trading won’t work! I just want to see how they think they can oppose our Tian Family! Bastards! They are shameless!”

“Oppose our Tian Family, they need to have the ability,” another elder said with a smile, “Ye brother’s battalion rose forty-something ranks, that is really frightening.”

Speaking of this, the members of the Tian family all had smiles on their faces.

Among the sound tablets of Cloud Sea Jie, there was a program called Battalion Review. They would regularly review and rank the famous battalions of Cloud Sea Jie and held great authority. The Tian Ye Battalion had risen quickly, and successfully entered the top two hundred, ranked one hundred and ninety two. Due to this, public opinion of the Tian Family’s strength had also risen rapidly and they had become the second largest power in Xu Ling City next to Xu Ling Sect.

A powerful battalion was the representation of a faction’s power!

However, compared to individual rankings, battalion ranks were much steadier. So when Tian Ye Battalion had suddenly rose quickly, it attracted the attention of many people. The Tian Family instantly felt the change in attitudes  of the surrounding factions when they became the second most powerful faction of Xu Ling City.

At this time, the Turtle Island people were such an eyesore in the eyes of the Tian Family!

“We must have Turtle Island!” A cold light flashed through Tian Yong Qing’s eyes. “This is too important for our Tian Family! No matter which method we use, we need to have Turtle Island in our hands!”

Everyone stopped breathing to wait for his next words.

“The Turtle Island Cultivation classes has almost forced all other cultivation classes out of business. Ha, an outsider has stolen everyone’s business, this is not allowed on the business market!”

“Investigate which families have been damaged the most. We need to let the outsider see our power! Hmph, an outsider, what waves do they think they can make?”

Tian Yong Qing smiled coldly.

 

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Ma Fan carefully laid his stomach against the ground, the presence of his body was concealed. He didn’t dare to even breathe.

He was memorizing the surrounding geography and formations.

No one would have expected for him to hide here for three whole days. In these three days, he became very familiar with this area. This was a storehouse for the Tian Family. Just as Zuo Mo’s cultivation classes were gaining popularity, he had secretly started an investigation of the Tian Family.

Ma Fan and the others had been there when Daren had been ambushed last time and felt great responsibility.

After that, Ma Fan and the others received a mission to secretly investigate the Tian Family. Shu Long had given them a jade scroll with a variety of concealment and scouting techniques. This was like giving wings to the tigers, the seasoned veterans of Sky Peak Platoon.

They quickly collected information and determined the general situation of the Tian Family.

Want to play in the dark, let’s see who is more devious!

Ma Fan muttered inside, he didn’t know who was direction the mission this time. In the beginning, everyone thought it was Lil’ Miss but they quickly found the style was completely different. Lil’ Miss was good at being a battle general, but scheming like this from the shadows was not something Lil’ Miss could play with. Was it Daren? But it didn’t seem like it. Daren was sometimes wretched but he liked being straightforward much more.

Then who was it?

Such an evil plan, even an old-timer like Ma Fan couldn’t help but feel his scalp prickle when he carried it out!

Devious!

It was truly too devious!

Ma Fan refocused. His gaze landed on the storehouse opposite him and paused to calculate the time.

After a while, the door to the storehouse opened and two xiuzhe laughed and chatted as they walked out.

When these people were far away, Ma Fan suddenly moved. Like an arrow, Ma Fan flew out against the ground. Beside him, his fellows moved at the same time.

Having scouted the warehouse for the last several days, Ma Fan and the others knew that no one would guard the storehouse at this time.

Charging to a place about ten zhang from the storehouse, the procession suddenly stopped. Then Ma Fan took out a jade medal and hung it on his waist.

The formation lit up, and so did the jade medal on Ma Fan’s waist.

The doors to the storehouse opened.

The interior of the storehouse entered their eyes. Mountains of ling plant farming talismans that were so numerous Ma Fan and the others inhaled sharply. They knew that the Tian Family were renewing a batch of ling plant farming talismans soon but when they saw the talismans with their own eyes, they couldn’t help but feel shocked at the great power of the Tian Family.

There were tens of thousands of ling plant farming talismans!

Even though these were only second-grade low level talismans, when this many were piled up, it was still shocking to see.

However, other than this batch of talismans, there were pitifully few other items in the storehouse.

Ma Fan and the others did not hesitate. They all took out little jade bottles and then poured it onto the pile of ling plant farming talismans. Several drops of multicolored medicinal fluid were dripped onto this pile of talismans.

Several balls of thin rainbow mist silently expanded, gradually dispersing until they were invisible.

Ma Fan and the others put away the jade bottles, and then took away the most valuable items. The storehouse instantly became a mess.

After finishing this, the group quickly disappeared.

 

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“What?” Tian Heng Bo was furious. Like a ferocious man-eating tiger, he stared at the storekeepers who had their heads bowed.

The storekeepers all shook with ashen faces.

“Nice! All of you!” Tian Heng Bo said darkly, “People walked right in and took everything! Sixteen storehouses, a whole sixteen storehouses were robbed! If people didn’t know, they would think our Tian Family was a charity! You parcel of pigs!”

Tian Yong Qing’s expression was also ugly. He had never thought that people would dare to rob the Tian Family’s storehouses!

And to rob sixteen of them in one go!

Suppressing the fire in his heart, Tian Yong Qing asked in a dark voice, “What happened? Speak in detail!”

The storekeepers took turns to explain. The more he heard, the colder Tian Yong Qing’s heart was. The Tian Family had sixteen storehouses in Xu Ling City and they were all robbed at the same time! This showed that the other wasn’t just very familiar with the Tian Family, they were also very powerful. In order to rob sixteen storehouses at the same time, they needed a significant number of xiuzhe to act at the same time.

He also learned from these storekeepers that none of them had detected it and only discovered the theft after the fact!

This caused Tian Yong Qing to feel cold!

Tian Yong Qing asked about some of the details but still could not make any heads or tails of it. The other had not left any traces behind.

Sixteen storehouses robbed, the Tian Family had suffered heavy losses. Other than the low-grade ling plant farming talismans that had not been moved, any other talismans that were worth something had been taken away! These storehouses had held vast amounts of the ling plants and grains that the Tian Family had produced. Even though they were not valuable or rare specimens, but the amount was so large the loss was great!

In a rough estimate, the Tian Family’s losses this time was valued at minimum ten pieces of fifth-grade jingshi!

“Motherf***er! If ye find out who did it! See if ye won’t skin them!” Tian Heng Bo gritted out.

Tian Yong Qing also felt pain. The losses they suffered this time was definitely the most serious losses of the past years. In the past, these storehouses had not held valuable items so they had not put great attention on them. Additionally, Xu Ling City’s security had always been good and nothing like this had happened before!

“Send someone to investigate secretly who is selling large amounts of ling grasses and grains recently!” Tian Yong Qing resumed his calm. “These things are not jingshi and it is such a large amount, the sale of it is not easy to conceal! Don’t search in just our Xu Ling City, send people to look at the surrounding cities.”

Tian Heng Bo’s eyes lit up. “Big Brother is right! Sixteen storehouses’ worth of ling plants and grains is not so easy to sell off!”

“Do not announce it if you find them!” Tian Yong Qing’s voice was dark. “It is not so easy to swallow our Tian Family’s things!”

Tian Heng Bo ran off with the orders.

Tian Yong Qing looked at the storekeepers and his expression returned to indifference. “Do not lose the remaining ling plant farming talismans! The sowing season will start soon and these talismans will be used. If something else happens, I do not need to state the result.”

The storekeepers had white faces and nodded frantically.

Tian Yong Qing knew the strength of the storekeepers would not be enough so he picked up a pen and wrote on the paper. Putting down the pen, his right hand lightly rubbed and the paper became a paper crane that flew up and disappeared quickly.

“There will soon be people coming to help you guard the storehouses,” Tian Yong Qing said as he raised his head. “Move the talismans in the stores back to the family base. Pass this order down and do not delay this!”

“Yes yes yes!” The storekeepers hurriedly nodded.

The good fortune among the misfortune, the other had disregarded the ling plant farming talismans. Otherwise, it would really be troublesome! It had taken them some effort to buy these ling plant farming talismans. The seed sowing was going to start in a few days, and if these ling plant farming talismans had been stolen, it would be very hard to buy such a number of ling plant farming talismans so quickly!

Thinking about recent events, Tian Yong Qing’s head started to hurt.

Before one wave ended, another began!

 

Translator Ramblings: Payback is swift with Master Pu Yao!

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55 thoughts on “修真世界 World of Cultivation Chapter Four Hundred and Fifty Seven “Devious”

    • Hit them from behind?
      Ha!
      Ge will try to sneak the biggest men he has up to them, knock them out, rob them naked, leave them there and then return with the loot. For many targets at the same time!

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  1. They poisoned the talismans, didn’t they… But this might have repercussions, considering what poisoning the talismans will do to the land itself.

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      • I don’t think they poison it more like they cook it. So even if they plant the seed no thing happen.

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      • Not poison the ling fields, blighting the crops. Remember how Pu first appeared on Wu Kong Mountain. Every seed sown will not sprout, their vitality devoured like Ge had cast [Art of Flora].

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    • The corrupted talismans will be used by the tian family on their king fields and thus they will suffer an even worse blow as soon as they start planting.

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  2. I like it. I hope there will be head on battle with Tian family soon. and cant wait to see what will happen with the effects of medicinal fluid from the jade bottle to the Tian family ling plant talismans.. lol

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  3. So I’m gonna assume the harvest is gonna get at least spoiled, worst case scenario for our tian family is that after using the tools their ling fields get somehow permanently spoiled which would suddenly make them cease production freeing up good and honest ling plant farmers ready to take up a new job!

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    • Steal their students, rob their storehouses, destroy their fields, steal their employees, destroy their reputation, destroy their battalion!

      Take them all! Leave nothing behind!

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      • Of course! Zuo Mo is kind after all 🙂 They are still alive, after all. Though a bit suicidal, maybe?

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      • destroy their fields? This is not Ges way, only despicable darren’s like Pu would do such a thing!

        Ge would steal their feilds, no sence in letting good ling feilds go to waste

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  4. So they added poison to the farming talismans and when the farming talismans are used they will downgrade the fields or possibly destroy them? XD Thats quite evil! Great job Pu Yao!

    Thanks for the translation!

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  5. Reminds me of ancient joke: A shop was robbed. Everything except dryer and comb was stolen. Owner asked policeman whether they have any leads. Policeman answered the thief must be bald!

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  6. “Sixteen storehouses’ worth of ling plants and grains is not so easy to sell off!”
    … they won’t find any clue.
    Why?
    Because the grains will not be sold! They’ll be eaten!

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  7. Poison ling talisman => poison tian ling fields => unemployed ling farmers + tian wealth decline => farmers rushing to turtle => tian fury => tian battalion attack => tian battalion demise => tian kaput => ge happy

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  8. The Tian family think themselves big, but they are small fries next to Zuo Mo’s band. It would be simple to crush them with raw power… but this sort of sneaky tactics work well too. Hee hee, Pu Yao is so sly.

    The matter with the classes is more worrisome. I wonder if Zuo Mo really understands what he’s doing, and the likely consequences.

    In xiuzhe world, sects are the Powers That Be, the establishment. In a way, they are like our world’s corporations, who monopolize economical resources and in this way become political overlords and decision makers.

    The xiuzhe sects monopolize knowledge resources, which, in a world of cultivation, are the most valuable. Everyone has to submit to the power of the sects. And, of course, all sects have an unspoken understanding that the statu quo must be preserved, and so they jealously protect their monopolies.

    And then comes Zuo Mo who doesn’t give a fig about that, and he starts handing out high level spells to anyone who pays a fee, raking in the jingshi and torpedoing the source of the power of the sects!

    He’s bringing down the whole system! The establishment will certainly strike back! Big conflict coming!

    REVOLUTION!!! 😀 😀 😀

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    • He’s not handing out high level spells, he’s teaching the various permutations and applications of low level spells available everywhere that sects keep secret to scalp one more jingshi behind the education paywall.

      A sect is made up of its people by its people, Ge has made it less necessary for low level xiuzhe to enter sects to earn a better living, giving them more ability for upward mobility. This kills the roots of the small sects, possibly ending their lineage and cuts into the profits of large sects as they now have to pay more for their menial labor, especially when salaries are scaled to spell quality and results.

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  9. Really, are they idiots?

    This was not a smash and grab. They came in without anyone noticing, and it took quite a while for anyone to notice. So they had more than enough time to steal both the grains and the talismans.

    So the first question they should be asking is ‘why didn’t them steal the talismans?’ They might not be as easy to sell as the grains, but they were still valuable.

    They won’t find anyone selling the grains. Because it was more aimed at hurting the other side’s finances than getting valuable things (although getting grains to support the troops’ hungry mouths is a bonus; they are currently literally eating jingshi). The rage will make him too obsessed with finding the grains, and his slight comfort from not losing the talismans will make him overlook them. But those combined will just make them wail when they find out about the trap that was set.

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  10. y’know, while we all complain about Zuo Mo’s ignorance in shaking the boat and teaching too much in his cultivation classes… can we put this all on him?

    Because really… he is only teaching the one class to plant farmers. Everyone else handles sword, body cultivation, beast raising, and crafting. Zuo Mo is only liable for part of this problem (which would mostly just piss off the ling farming sect, the Tian… who already want to assassinate him, so who cares?) Someone else on turtle island should be familiar with the unspoken practices of the cultivation world, since most of them have 20 extra years on him. Someone else should have mentioned this to Zuo Mo. And the other teachers should not have run wild.

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    • I think the one to warn them should’ve been Shang Wei Ming. Since he used to be a local businessman and should’ve known this stuff. But then again, it seems that he went bankrupt, so maybe not…

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    • They are all young and if anything were low member s in a sect… except a few, but we’ll one only thinks if the sword, while other is jinshi so let’s say this a series of revolution from the young generation

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  11. You can’t really catch them selling the ling plants if they intend to eat or plant them instead though… 😉

    I wonder if the “enhanced” talismans will directly kill the ling plants, warp them into something else, or poison the ground, making it infertile for years to come.

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  12. “A powerful battalion was the representation of a faction’s power!”
    – Okay…and your rank was what again? A bit better than 200? Wow…Are you absolutely sure you don’t first want to know how Slaughtering Zombie Clan would rank…before you make them your enemies? No? Oh, okay…I’ll bring flower to your grave.

    – Ohohoo, I knew it was little Pu-chan doing some charity work 😀
    But honestly, he was just bored, tired of being ignored by Zuo Mo and had nothing better to do, right?

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      • More like he loved the idea. Zuo Mo prolly said he needed someone to do this job, and he volunteered right then and there.

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    • Wait a sec… The Tian Ye Battalion rose in ranks, it’s not because they made any significant contributions but because others previously ranked above them had died in ‘the Meat-grinder’. Ranking does not equal power, remember the Dong Fu Sword Test Conference?

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      • Well, they would have some experience … … and there would have been those ranked ahead that did not go.

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  13. Thanks for this chapter!😊 I wonder who those two people were who forcefully “invited” Tian Xiao Wei to go drinking?🤔

    It’s fun reading everyone’s witty comments, interactive & everyone so nice even if opinions disagree which is why I feel fans of WOC are awesome folks!

    Thank you WWYXHQC & WanderingGoomiofDoom for picking this novel to translate & the steady releases! Keep up the great work! 🤗✌️️

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  14. Ge will dismantled your family.
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