HSSB 19

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Chapter 19: The fallen main character halo is quite durable!

The one that saved Ye Jing, Old Monster Han, suddenly moved in a way that defied everyone’s expectations. Without any explanation, he shot towards the Eastern Tang Principal Elder that had just arrived.

The two Martial Grandmasters that had arrived later had unexpectedly become entangled in battle with each other. The Crimson Spirit Flag Master, who had originally been the target of these two, was suddenly left completely free.

Seeing the arrival of Broad Creed Mountain’s Elder Yan, even though Elder Yan was currently preoccupied, he did not plan on lingering.

The Eastern Tang region and the East Heaven region both had many experts, many of whom were flying towards the Sealing Dragon Abyss at lightning speed.

Without even entering the Sealing Dragon Abyss, the Crimson Spirit Flag Master had sent a massive fist strike flying down from a valley away. Not bothering to stay and see the result of his attack, he immediately fled.

The target of the fist strike… naturally was the one who held the Li Flame True Fire fire seed–Ye Jing…

Ye Jing almost cried.

Yan Zhaoge was unsure whether to laugh or to cry.

Everything had fallen into chaos….

Yan Zhaoge shouted: “Throw away the fire seed! He is using the fire seed to determine our location!”

Ye Jing also quickly reacted and hastily threw away the fire seed.

However, the speed of the attack from the Martial Grandmaster was too quick. This bunch of martial artists and scholars in the Sealing Dragon Abyss were too close. The attack had almost reaching Ye Jing, who was left with no way to evade.

Luckily, because Old Monster Han had previously dissipated some of the power,  the cliff around Ye Jing had already been ruined to the point where it no longer looked like it could support its own weight.

The second fist from the Crimson Spirit Flag Master had not even arrived yet, but the enormous wind that preempted its arrival already caused the cliff to collapse.

Ye Jing was unable to control his own body as his figure plummeted downwards. At last, he was out of immediate danger. Even though he had suffered dire wounds from the scattered attack of the Crimson Spirit Flag Master, he at least did not perish on the spot.

Only, in the eyes of other people, they quickly let out cries of alarm as they witnessed Ye Jing fall downwards into the darkness of the Sealing Dragon Abyss!

With the cultivation of someone like Ye Jing, he would have little chance of returning alive.

Even though he had managed to escape death at the hands of the Crimson Spirit Flag Master, Ye Jing would be hard placed to escape the same grisly outcome in the end.

A mountain road has twists and turns*, but in the end, the outcome was still unable to be changed. The disciples, regardless of their previous relationship with Ye Jing, felt some grief at this time.

TL Note: Idiom that means that any situation/life in general will have ups/downs or many different parts

Of course, Yan Zhaoge knew better than that.

In fact, at this moment he had an extreme desire to yawn.

The sudden appearance of that Old Monster Han gave Yan Zhaoge ample belief that this Ye Jing was thoroughly enshrouded by the bullshit Main Character halo.

In that case, falling off a cliff—it’s pretty relaxed, no?

Not only surviving the fall, if Ye Jing didn’t happen upon some fortuitous encounter, that sort of basic cheat, then he would find a way to rise a couple of levels in a small realm. Upon Ye Jing’s return, Yan Zhaoge would so embarrassed that it would be hard to even greet him.

Yan Zhaoge was almost dancing with joy as he saw Ye Jing freefalling into the abyss. An anomaly—this brother has already seen through your cheats!

Yet, just at this time, the black mist covering the deeper parts of the abyss suddenly erupted with extreme splendor.

Streams of brilliant light interwove with the black mist, releasing a heaving-shaking explosion. An enormous tide erupted outwards.

“That is… my Internal Crystal Furnace. Earlier, it fell into the abyss… and it exploded?”, Yan Zhaoge muttered in a daze.

In an instant, the enormous tide caused by the explosion of the crystal furnace met the free-falling Ye Jing in midair and lifted him upwards!

Under the berserk energy of the tidal wave, Ye Jing, who was already seriously hurt and was riddled with wounds, had his body terrifically smashed!

Observing this sight, Yan Zhaoge also felt a faint despondency: “… Is this life of yours lucky or unlucky?”

Ye Jing’s eyes were wide open, yet he could only look on in horror as his own body shattered. His body already had lost all sensation, and he could not even feel pain from the intense buffeting of his body.

“YAN—ZHAO—GE!!”

Seeing the explosion of the Internal Crystal Furnace, seeing himself be swallowed up by the raging current, Ye Jing let out a mad howl filled with resentment and unwillingness to concede that reverberated in the abyss.

The pale red ring on his right finger, at this moment, suddenly released an unprecedented brilliance!

For that one split second, under the reflection of that pale red ring, the violent astral qi flame tempest released by the Crimson Spirit Flag Master’s previous attack seemed to lose its color, then faded away into nothingness.

Yan Zhaoge’s pupils shrank. For a brief moment, under the reflection of the ring, he had been able to detect a faintly projected image around Ye Jing’s body.

In that projection, he could see that blurry outlines of a world made of fire!

Under the crimson sky, lava endlessly erupted in enormous geysers, while magma poured out of the earth. It looked as if the world itself had ended.

An enormous disaster, bringing the heavens themselves to ruin! An odor of suffering seemed to emanate from within—though all that was visible was endless lava. This was a world of molten rock, a fiery hell!

Myriad streams of liquid fire intertwined in the air, condensing into an enormous god of fire!

In the presence of this fire god, all beings would have the involuntarily urge prostrate themselves in fear and worship.

Compared to the fire god, the auras of the Eastern Tang Disciplinary Elder, Old Monster Han, and the Five Spirit Flags elder were nothing.

Even though it was only for that split second, even though it was only an illusory projection, even though it was only the remnants of its aura, it made every person feel as if they were facing an unprecedented disaster.

Many of the others had their vision obstructed by the black mist and were unable to observe what had actually happened, but they were unable to control themselves as their spirits shook uncontrollably.

Yan Zhaoge, after seeing the illusory projection, had some guesses.

However, what was more pressing to him at this moment was Ye Jing’s ultimate fate.

Ye Jing’s body, under the violent swell of the eruption from the Sealing Dragon Abyss, was already thoroughly smashed to pieces, and had become a bloody mist. Apparently, his life had already come to an end.

Yet, the sudden appearance of the previous projection… was it to signal the main character plot armor once again kicking into action?

As the red light from the ring enveloped Ye Jing’s shattered flesh and blood, and out of nowhere, a perfect copy of Ye Jing’s body was reassembled. Though it perfectly resembled him, it had a dull gaze which made it seem entirely lifeless.

“Soul…”

Yan Zhaoge paused for a moment as he processed what was going on. As he began to understand, Ye Jing’s soul seemed to be sheltered by the ring’s light, and flew into the ring itself.

If the fleshly body was shattered, it could be considered to be inevitable that the person had already died. However, this ring defied all logic and was able to preserve the soul even after the body was destroyed, saving Ye Jing’s chance to make a comeback.

Seeing that ring sink down within the abyss, Yan Zhaoge stroked his chin: “Ahhh, interesting.”

Even though he wasn’t too sure what Ye Jing’s ultimate outcome would be, he figured that there would ultimately be a good show to come after Ye Jing’s miraculous return from the dead.

For example, reconstructing the body, leading to a big cultivation breakthrough… wow! Or maybe instead, having some benefit from an ill wind… a fortuitous meeting would occur, like having no body but being able to cultivate some sort of awesome skill inside the ring….

Anyways, wouldn’t there always be some way?

Still, for today’s developments, even Yan Zhaoge hadn’t been able to imagine them happening.

Ye Jing really had been thrown around quite a bit. If one were to ask him what the meaning of it all was, he would probably have ten thousand grievances.

He was on the verge of being totally ruined.

“If the main character halo really is consumable, Ye Jing must’ve used up quite a lot of it today.” Saying this, Yan Zhaoge immediately started coming up with a bunch of weird and random ideas.

Ye Jing unresigned howl of resentment, on the other hand, was still echoing.

“What are you doing, shouting so loudly? It’s not like I threw away my Internal Crystal Furnace down to smash you. My heart is still hurting from losing my Internal Crystal Furnace, let alone…”

Yan Zhaoge stuck a finger in his ear, letting his smiling expression gradually turn cold: “…I didn’t respond to you, yet you still take the initiative to provoke me? In the future, if you never appeared in front of me again then I’ll leave it at that… otherwise, regarding the issue of the seed of Li Flame True Fire—we still need to settle that account. “

“Main Character halo? So what? This boss here will make your turn from a wuxia protagonist into a existentialist* novel’s protagonist.

TL note: This sentence is kind of hard to translate… he says he’ll make Ye Jing transform from ???? to a ????. Even though it can be loosely translated as “genre” ie. Wuxia, it really is kind of referring to what kind of feeling the novel gives the reader. ‘shuang wen’ makes the reader feel ‘shuang’ which is basically like cool, boss. (ie. Wrecking noobs, having sex, being op, having a lot of money, etc.) while ‘nue wen’ is basically just like a story which is just the MC suffering. This concept is a little bit harder because it seems to not really appear much in English literature, but is kind of a classical Chinese concept where the main character of a work just suffers. I translated this to existentialism cause it’s kind of similar, though that’s more like life is pointless rather than MC just having a life of pure suffering.

Inside the Sealing Dragon Abyss, the tide of qi was a torrential rush. The intertwined black mist and water continued to shoot up, as a spot of blue light and a spot of white light flew up with it out of the Sealing Dragon Abyss, landing in front of Yan Zhaoge.

The seed of Li Flame True Fire was gently suspended in the air, as that spot of white light gently resumed its normal form. It turned out to actually be a small metal tablet, which landed gently among the dust and rubble on the ground.

Yan Zhaoge quietly claimed the fire seed and the metal tablet: “Even though my efforts were constantly being foiled, this can finally count as having obtained the item.”

Yan Zhaoge walked through the violent tempest, picking up the struggling Broad Creed Mountain disciples as he went.

Turning around and looking down at the abyss, Yan Zhaoge suddenly thought of something: “That’s right… wasn’t this metal plate something that belonged to Ye Jing?”

 

TL NOTE: ayyyy done with the chapter… hope you enjoy! I’ll try to get another one out this weekend… but might not be able to til after my exam on Mon. pls bear with me


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  • Info

    Ye Jing will always find a way to blame Yan Zhaoge

  • Wanderer

    That’s the point. In any other authors’ series we would hear the story from Ye Jing’s perspective and maybe even get a short scene from Yan Zhaoge’s perspective where he does plan out Ye Jing’s death. However, in August Eagle’s series he portrays how unreasonable MCs would be if plot wasn’t manipulated to make them seem righteous.

    PS: While Ye Jing has the MC halo and Yan Zhaoge doesn’t, Ye Jing is a parody of an MC from another series, and there will be more like him. The MC of this series is Yan Zhaoge.

    • Starlight

      There really is a fine line between villain and MC in most of these stories but there ARE some differences, and these “MC’s” who aren’t MC’s are always actually closer to villains. Which takes out all my enjoyment from that aspect of the story.

      • Wanderer

        Well that’s funny, because MCs are all about making assumptions about enemies, whether it’s from a glance the MC didn’t like or some grudge. The only difference is the author twists the story to make them right. Also, August Eagle purposefully isn’t painting Ye Jing as the classic xianxia antagonist with some nefarious plot hatching, but rather as a misguided asshole, so you really should enjoy that aspect. If you can’t, honestly put this story may not be for you.

  • Sanjeevani Sudha Tamalika

    Thanks for the chapter. This over self-absorbed mc is not going to blame every thing on YZ after he “miraculously returns from the dead”, right? That would be really bad. And at the same time I’d like to see how our YZ gets out of that situation……..

  • Lemeres

    I think, for that ‘life is pointless’ genre thing, an example could be the movie Hero wth jet li.

    SPOILERS: the plot basically boils down to an assassin telling a story of how he performed the deeds that got him access to the king (and there are some perspective things in all this, as the story telling is unreliable in the flashbacks, and sometimes straight conjecture), and the assassin ultimately feels that the king that united the nation was good for the people, and thus he had no role other than to die.

  • Danis

    Thanks for the chapter 😀

  • Let me gave poor Sir Ye three laughs. Ha-ha-ha. When the author decided to put you back again in the novel, I hope you’d be more likable, so likable that if ever you fall into bad luck again I could give at least five laughs.

  • Neruz

    Sounds like the English equivalent of ‘nue wen’ is ‘tragedy’ in the artistic sense; referring to stories based on human suffering. So the English equivalent of the line should probably be something like “I’ll turn your story into a tragedy” or similar.

    • hazle

      Right, that’s what I thought at first too, but it’s a little bit different. Tragedies are more like ultimately, the outcome is very tragic, but the ‘nue wen’ is more like a life filled with suffering, where suffering is simply heaped upon suffering. It is similar to some tragedies, but plays out quite differently from the dictionary definition of a tragic work.

      • Neruz

        Eh, there are a few tragedies that are ongoing or perpetual rather than a slow buildup to a crescendo. It’s definitely not an a perfect equivalent as theatrical tragedy is traditionally very strictly defined thanks to the Greeks. But I feel like a story about a life filled with suffering would definitely fall under the category of dramatic tragedy.

        I don’t think existentialism is more accurate than tragedy though, from what I can find on the internets ‘nue wen’ is very much about the suffering part, whereas existentialism is about the meaninglessness of reality and individual ‘freedom’ in the sense that individuals act independently and are responsible for their own actions.

        If ‘nue wen’ stories ultimately talk about the meaningless absurdity of life (absurdity referring to Absurdism, the notion that there is no meaning in the world beyond what intelligence gives it) then they’d fall under existentialism, but if they’re primarily talking about suffering as a form of catharsis for the reader then they’d fall under the purview of tragedy.

        If they talk about the meaningless absurdity of life through the mechanism of the main character suffering a bunch, then that would be existentialist tragedy, and probably damn depressing to read. :V

        • hazle

          Haha that actually makes a lot of sense, that’s a great way to explain it.
          I’ll just keep it for now in the story tho for the laughs!

          Yeah, also I’m not really capturing the essence of the ‘nue wen’ that well, so its a bit hard for me to totally explain/understand. I’ve only encountered a couple of works that would fall into this category, and got the definition from my roommate!

  • Holly Short Fowl

    In a normal situation, that’d be the way the villainous rich kid would do things.

    Think about it, the MC kid is leveling up super fast and has a vendetta against our MC and has a chance to take his place as the top genius.

    It makes too much sense.

    The problem with readers, is that often, it’s hard to sympathize with characters other than the actual MC of the story.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter hazelxnut! I mean sure Yan Zhaoge seems to have everything in the palm of his hand, but for Ye Jing to think that he could plan a Inner Crystal Furnace explosion that coincidentally is a bit too preposterous. I’m guessing his ring absorbs the energy and he makes some breakthroughs lol.

  • Holly Short Fowl

    No, he realizes the flame as bait wasn’t for him, but the cauldron getting him could look like a sneak attack done when he is down…

    • Seregosa

      Just the calculation required to know EXACTLY when the thing will land and if it will even blow up is just about impossible, they don’t even really know how deep it is, right? at least it was never mentioned. It just seemed that if you fell, you would die. How could he use this precious thing as a mere trap and how could he even manage to make it into one, how would he seriously know that the mc template guy would fall due to the ground breaking from under him? it’s completely impossible, if he ground didn’t break exactly when it did, he wouldn’t have died from that blast, and the protagonist did NOTHING to push him in there, it was all done by coincidences and the enemy, but as I’ve stated before in earlier comments, this mc template guy is extremely stupid, borderline retarded and he doesn’t think about anything for one second. If he was a real mc, I would have dropped the novel after a few chapters due to his enormous stupidity… At least i got a laugh out of him falling to his death due to his greed, the whiny little bastard brat deserved it.

      • Holly Short Fowl

        “calculating exactly when the thing will fall”… nah, that’s common sh*t that means nothing…

        And again, right now, the kid survived by a technique that refined his body but also made him go crazy and not use his head.

        And him just trying to get the treasure wasn’t stupidity. Sure, it failed, but that wasn’t an obvious trap.

        And remember how at the start when we were shown this guy, other people thoughts that the MC was trying to suppress him? And there would be countless guys trying to get in our MCs good books.

        Remember, the boy is MC template, meaning that some people related to the rich young master would obviously try to take him down.

        Our MC is being framed by chance and the MC-template kid is being manipulated.

        It’s like the universe is manipulating things so that he has to dislike the MC.

  • Valvatorez

    can someone spoil me a bit , just yes and no
    Will Ye jing live long enough to be a villain? yeah! since he cannot die early due PLOT ARMOR.

  • Yukino o

    Would be funny if the inside of that ring is an old monster who live in ancient time, but turn out to be some weakling our true MC know during that period.

  • Holly Short Fowl

    I don’t like these stupid misunderstandings…

    I really hope it gets cleared…. it’s stupid…

  • Holly Short Fowl

    The thing is… in almost every series, it is people like Yan Zhaoge’s fault.

    And in fact, it’d be easy to misunderstand the situation….

    • Neruz

      Yeah, in other Xianxia stories Yan Zhaoge -would- have had all this planned to off him. If Ye Jing is going in assuming that Yan Zhaoge is out to get him then from his perspective this looks like a very cunning plan.

      • Holly Short Fowl

        It would easily seem that way.

        In fact, most people thought that Yan Zhaoge wanted to take him out.

        Frankly, it’s annoying for us readers, cause we know the truth. But almost everyone else seems to think otherwise.

        • Neruz

          Also the people will be predisposed to assume that Yan Zhaoge wants to get rid of Ye Jing due to their previous conflicts, as people in Yan Zhaoge’s position are expected to be arrogant and prideful. If it were any other powerful young master, they -would- be trying to harm Ye Jing, thus everyone assumes that Yan Zhaoge is plotting against Ye Jing and doesn’t even bother to consider the possibility that he really doesn’t care.

  • Onii-Chan!

    THEY END IT HERE OF ALL PLACES WITH THE CLIFFHANGER?!?!!?!!??!?!??!!!

  • Inderaa Takamvra

    Yan Zhaoge thinks like he knows it all, but didn’t actually do anything, boring

    • LT F

      there’s a reason for that… if YZ were to off the MC(lol) then YZ would be permanently cemented as the bad guy of this “story line” .. in sofar, only MC(lol) thinks as such … that other woman Su-something, she’s currently wavering on how to treat YZ . . . . . . also, if YZ decides to help MC(lol), MC(lol) would still be ungrateful and will think YZ is plotting something

      • Neruz

        Yan Zhaoge knows that Ye Jing has main character protection and thus cannot be killed. If Yan Zhaoge goes against Ye Jing, no matter what he does Ye Jing will escape with his life and eventually grow powerful enough to take revenge. Thus he’s wisely choosing to avoid Ye Jing’s plot armor.

  • Amowicks

    I get the feeling that Ye Jing’s plot armor wasn’t expecting Yan Zhaoge to be different. If he hadn’t had the furnace, then everything would have been according to script, but after the furnace exploded, it will take several more fortuitous encounters to make up for the damage, possibly even crippled meridians, that were inflicted. Too bad though that Yan Zhaoge couldn’t rush over to grab Ye Jing’s hand, and rip the ring off his finger before letting his body slip away.

  • Tachi Works

    Loploploploplop. Ring cheat reveal ?