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HSSB36: The off-track Main Character

“Having survived his ordeal, that fella surnamed Ye actually experienced a huge leap in cultivation. Even with your low-grade artifact in hand, Young Master, the disciple he thrashed was not able to defeat the bare-handed him.”

Listening to Ah Hu’s narration, Yan Zhaoge was not surprised.

It was that main character’s halo; he was the Chosen One, after all. Having managed to get through a tough ordeal alive, he was naturally going to undergo a level up in strength.

Still, Ye Jing’s current doings still diverged somewhat from the him in Yan Zhaoge’s memories.

“More antagonistic, more stubborn, while also more temperamental, and quick to anger,” Yan Zhaoge stroked his lower jaw, pondering, “Looks like while that ring has managed to help him reforge his fleshly body, it has also brought about some negative side effects.”

“If it is a secret art which negatively affects one’s emotions when cultivated that Ye Jing, whose current cultivation base as well as strength of will both require tempering, is currently cultivating in, it would be very easy for him to fall under its effects.”

“From this point of view, having had his fleshly body first destroyed, then reforged, might not actually have been suitable for the current Ye Jing. If he had experienced this tribulation when his cultivation was at a higher level, perhaps this problem wouldn’t have cropped up.”

“From the feel of it, a certain person’s MC route seems to have gone a little off-track? Oh, what a grave sin; what a grave sin indeed.”

“Still…” Yan Zhaoge’s gaze gradually turned cold, “You have the right to go around beating people up just because of this?”

Having sorted out his thoughts, Yan Zhaoge looked towards Ah Hu, “After the clan received the news, what did they say?”

Ah Hu drew back his lips, “Firstly, that fellow having heavily injured a fellow disciple out of ill intentions, he will naturally have to be punished. Of course, an investigation will still be in order to get to the bottom of things; the clan will not just listen to a one-sided claim.”

“Next, Young Master, your judgment that day was also proved to be right; of Ye Jing managing to survive through his ordeal, even managing to get out of the Sealing Dragon Abyss alive.”

“However, because the hatred and anger Ye Jing holds towards you is just too intense, there are still people who doubt your initial explanation, believing that there remains an inside story regarding this matter that is still waiting to be uncovered.”

“Therefore, after capturing and securing Ye Jing, I’m afraid that you, Young Master, will really have to go and perform a Blood Soul Recollection ceremony together with him.”

Yan Zhaoge shrugged his shoulders, “I’m totally fine with it. Looking at Ye Jing’s performance now, second apprentice-uncle’s side probably won’t want to kill him in order to frame me. Instead, they are probably thinking about how to personally obtain the so-called inside story from him directly, in order to make things difficult for me.”

Ah Hu scratched his head, “How come I didn’t discover it earlier; that fella surnamed Ye seems so proficient in creating trouble ah.”

“Haha…” Yan Zhaoge just laughed, not speaking.

What’s up with this already?

Ah Hu gave a simple laugh, “This fella; it looks like he’s going to ruin himself in the hands of the clan this time.”

“Young Master, since the clan has already made a decision, isn’t it that we don’t have to bother about him anymore? It’s also to avoid being talked about, lest we make others feel that you have something you want to hide at all costs, thus wanting to kill that fellow.”

“Under such a situation, if you, Young Master, are once again made the scapegoat by others, it would be too unfair. If there is anything you know, just handing it over to those of the clan in charge of this matter would be fine.”

Yan Zhaoge just said mildly, “Just not killing him is fine.”

“Don’t bind his hands and feet, and inform me as soon as you have found him. I will personally go and give him a good one, to account for things to junior apprentice-brother Lan, before passing the matter over to the clan.”

“Junior apprentice-brother Lan was injured by Ye Jing on my account, remember that that is reflected afterwards.”

“Other than medicine for his wounds and other nourishing supplies, also tell him that I have a mid-grade artifact reserved for him here. The day when he reaches the Martial Scholar realm is the day that the artifact will pass into his hands.”

Ah Hu laughed in a simple manner, “Yes, Young Master.”

Yan Zhaoge nodded his head, his vision falling once again onto the lofty mountain peaks in the distance.

At this moment, a black-clothed man materialised in front of Yan Zhaoge, carefully presenting him with a stalk of spirit grass, “Young Master, it’s been found!”

Yan Zhaoge’s eyes instantly brightened, “Ten-Leaf Golden Orchid!”

Receiving the spirit grass and appraising it carefully for a moment, the smile on Yan Zhaoge’s face blossomed, as he fought back the urge to laugh uproariously to the heavens.

He had originally thought that the stalk of Ten Leaf Golden Orchid would only be a few hundred years old. However, it had turned out to be one that exceeded a thousand years of age. How could Yan Zhaoge not be happy at that?

After all, the Ten Leaf Golden Orchid was extremely rare. Added on to the fact that they were often plucked before they had grown of age, a thousand-year Ten Leaf Golden Orchid was not any easier to obtain than a seed of Li Flame True Fire.

Now, having obtained such a stalk of it so smoothly, Yan Zhaoge naturally rejoiced.
That black-clothed man continued speaking, “Young Master, while searching for the Ten Leaf Golden Orchid, we discovered an extraordinary valley by accident.”

Yan Zhaoge asked, “Extraordinary in what way?”

“It was a glacial valley!”

Somewhat interested now, Yan Zhaoge asked, “Oh, a glacial valley? Where?”

At this current time of the year, the Luliao Mountains were swelteringly hot. However, glaciers were actually present; this naturally drew Yan Zhaoge’s attention.

That black-clothed man answered, “That’s right; it is indeed a glacial valley. Also, it seems to be on a massive scale as well, while not looking like it came into existence naturally.”

“It’s just that when we discovered it, there appeared to be some sort of abnormalities occurring there; it’s like an earthquake was taking place.”

Having already gotten his hands on a Ten Leaf Golden Orchid, Yan Zhaoge had nothing better to do anyway.

He said, “Lead the way; let’s go take a look.”

The party advanced through the mountains. The further into their depths they walked, the cooler the surrounding air became.

This was obviously not a result of a natural change in climate. During this season every year, the entire Luliao Mountains had always been as hot as the inside of a steamer.

Yan Zhaoge understood that the party was already getting closer and closer to that glacial valley.

After walking for yet some distance, despite the fact that the fiery sun was shining right above their heads, an obvious coolness could already be felt within the air.

Ah Hu walked to a distant precipice, staring into the distance for quite some time before finally letting out a long breath, “Young Master, we’ve arrived!”

Yan Zhaoge also walked to the edge of the precipice. What appeared in front of him was, impressively, a huge canyon, what was out of the ordinary being that it was completely covered by ice and snow!

Meandering on for several tens of kilometres, the valley resembled a world of ice, as if an enormous, white dragon was crouching within a dense forest.

On the cliffs that formed the valley were ice and snow that were transparent and crystal-like, flickering with a blinding radiance under the rays of the sun. When viewed by normal people, they would feel a sharp pain assailing their eyes, almost as if they were about to be rendered blind.

Outside of the valley, there still existed the verdant, primitive forest of summertime; yet, walking into the valley, it was as though one had instantly gone straight from the height of summer to the peak of the harshest winter. The extreme difference between the two emanated a strange feeling.

Having observed this for a moment, Yan Zhaoge began his descent as he said, “Let’s enter.”

At the mouth of the valley, it could evidently be felt that the land inside of the valley was rumbling furiously, the source of this coming from down below the ground.

As the party advanced into the fray, what greeted them was a world completely made up of ice and snow, as their figures were reflected off huge, transparent glaciers whose surfaces were as smooth as mirrors.

Yan Zhaoge and Ah Hu walked at the forefront. As they reached the core, innermost region of the valley, an enormous lake of ice appeared before them.

Turbulent undercurrents could be seen at the bottom of the lake, surging in turmoil, as the faint sound of a dragon’s roar resounded.

Yan Zhaoge gazed at the surface of the lake for a moment, then looked again at the surrounding valley for a bit, before muttering to himself, “This place, actually appears to be the resting ground for the bones of a Glacial Chi-Dragon. It is no wonder that even in such a swelteringly hot environment, such a strange glacial valley could be formed.”

“The souls of dragons reside within their bones. Someone must have disturbed and roused the soul of the Glacial Dragon, thus leading to the abnormalities here and causing all this unrest.”

Hearing his words, Ah Hu’s eyes instantly sparkled, “A Glacial Dragon Bone Soul? Young Master, this is indeed a good object ah.”

Immediately afterwards, he rubbed his big hands together somewhat embarrassedly, “But, Young Master ah, if it really is a Glacial Dragon Bone Soul, I’m afraid it can only be obtained by a Martial Grandmaster; whatever shall we do?”

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  • Seregosa

    Butthurt mc template is enraged because he was dumped by the supposed future girlfriend he was horny on, who instead went for power and wealth. After that he’s just twisting facts at every corner and making the protagonist out to be some kind of evil ass with plans to kill him and I’m not sure if he was to be killed even before the protagonist took over that body. If he was, it would only be because the template mc was unnecessarily antagonistic and he was turned into a dangerous existence…

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Mehxistence! Only by a Martial Grandmaster? That’s only because they don’t know the optimal way to collect it.

  • heroeric

    Don’t forget that Yan Zhaoge got a plate a couple chapter back that originally belonged to Ye Jing and was likely connected to the Glacial Dragon Martial Saint

  • Moe_Ronn

    Much thanks.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

    Thanks for the chapter!
    When I reading around the glacial valley, I think it mean for Ye Jing to get it and cool down his too hot temperament after his power up or something. As Yan Zoage just come see it first.

  • Gross Toad

    Following the discussions below… Since Yan Zhaoge is a good disciple, why won’t he tell one of the sect’s elders who has the right rank to come and pick it up for themselves?

  • Taetae Trrrt

    thank for the chapter.

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Rando

    Seems like Ye Jing’s going down the path of the dark and brooding MC. So long as Yan Zhaoge stays genre-savvy enough to clear himself of all reasonable suspicion, Ye Jing’s might end up isolating himself at the end of all this.

    • someone who isnt an idiot

      Its extra funny considering all his rage comes from being friendzoned

      • Rando

        I mean, they were apparently sweethearts? I’m not sure if that just means they were an official couple or if they were just really sweet to each other and were pretty much heading that way (that is, until Yan Zhaoge came along).

        • someone who isnt an idiot

          In china that means they were a male and a female the knew each other

      • Holly Short Fowl

        No, it comes from the fact that normally… people like our MC are supposed to be the enemy.

        In almost every other case, Ye Jing would be right.

        And it seems the universe is trying to make the 2 MC type characters clash against each other, since right when Ye Jing was thinking that maybe he misunderstood the guy, the accident happened and he thought he was being plotted against.

        It didn’t help that other people originally thought he was being plotted against either and that they tried to make him think that way.

        Oh, and a few of the real MC’s lackeys probably wanted to get into Yan Zhaoge’s good books and probably went against him.

        • someone who isnt an idiot

          Thing is, he is supposed to show how selfrighteous most protags are
          And originally he would be in the right, but since our protagonist took over Yan Zhaoge he hasnt done anything to him and all he has to go on is that the girl went for him because he was powerful and handsome
          Its all jealousy

          • Holly Short Fowl

            Not true.

            Lots of it is actually a misunderstanding plus people trying to turn them against each other, and an accident…

            And the lackey originally wasn’t much help.

            Remember, originally, most people thought our MC would go against this kid in their sect.

            And now, the kid seems to be affected by some weird thing that makes him less stable…

            If it was just losing the girl, he’d probably be able to get over it….

            Of course, it’s kinda convenient that everything just happens to be going in a way that makes him distrust and hate our MC.

            I mean, before his fall, he originally was starting to think that maybe he was wrong about the MC, but then *boom* the caldron falls on him and starts burning him.

            And after when he comes back and logic might be able to end the misunderstanding, he gets a power that completely screws with his emotions…

            • someone who isnt an idiot

              Dude, the whole point of most of Ye Jing is to spoof on how protagonists think theyre the center of the universe and how everything is a scheme against them
              He thinks Yan Zhaoge stole his girl when it was just the girl liking him, he thinks Yan Zhaoge hates and schemes against him when he is just unlucky etc.

              • Holly Short Fowl

                Yah, I get it’s a spoof. Except there are reasons for it in story.

                Just because his situation is a spoof doesn’t mean that there isn’t a reason WHY he’s acting this way.

                The girl left him cause she wanted a better life, true, and I don’t think he was fully against him for that part.

                It isn’t just the bad luck that makes him think Yan Zhaoge is against him, but HOW the bad luck is working against him.

                It’s done in a way that he can’t help but think the guy is against him.

                Most of his backers hate Yan Zhaoge’s dad and it was even explained that people wanted Ye Jing to go against Zhaoge.

                He’s just a poor sap being both manipulated and hit by bad luck/good luck in a way that makes it look like Yan Zhaoge is against him.

                It’s like the universe is trying to set the plot it was supposed to.

                Look at the situation. Right when he was thinking that maybe he was misunderstanding Zhaoge, boom, he falls off a cliff and Zhaoge’s treasure nearly kills him.

                When he comes out, reason that should at least make him think a bit doesn’t work because the body refining technique happened too early and is messing with his mind, thus making him act more aggressive and think less critically.

                It’s not just him thinking that Yan Zhaoge is against him for no reason.

  • Agni

    Oh my!!! Ye Jing attitude made my blood pressure risen up!!!
    Thanks for new chappy~~

  • MerchantDusty
  • Yukino o

    If he’s your usual villain, Yan Zhaoge would probably try to hide this before making elaborate ritual to harness the soul himself or call his dad over, but Ye Jing who already found it before will appear and take all the benefits. However, since our Yan Zhaoge is the true MC, he will probably could take it right away with some ancient technique. Perhaps he might even purposefully lure Ye Jing out and catch him.

    • Rando

      Hm. Not necessarily. Ye Jing currently seems to have power over fire; it only makes sense that, as someone opposing him, Yan Zhaoge would start being aligned with ice right after discovering something ice-related. Perhaps this is just meant to further emphasize the differences between them thematically, what with Ye Jing being so hot-tempered and Yan Zhaoge so cool-headed.

      • Ruzi

        You are forgetting another common trope. Ye Jing has power over fire, which is Pure Yang. If you remember TMW and countless other CN novels, there have to be a girl with Ice powers – Pure Ying to accompany him, and after some sexy time, soar their cultivation. I’d have thought that Sikong (or whatever that girls name was) would be that girl, but she stayed back in the city in closed door cultivation, maybe MC already destroyed the opportunity for them to meet near this glacial thingy by giving Sikong pointers.

        • Kantsuki

          Also if we the “readers” are having a third/first person view of ye jing(the real mc of the realm) instead of our Yan Zaoge(the “MC” forcefully smashed by the author in the face of that realm) and our yan zaoge is still the past occupant… he would keep sending minions trashing the mc till he got powered up in a 100 chapters then burning the sect inside out when he forced the old monster hiding in the sect and gain the feelings again of his stupid childhood friend and forcefully copy the route of Martial World then – *beep* then travel all around f*ing different girls from different sect/world even might gotten the chance of finding a trace of our grandmaster sect founder and mysterious expert “Lin Feng” then gets more overpowered due to him being happy getting a new MC candidate disiple *sigh* but it got butttracked huh~

          • Rando

            I mean, Yan Zhaoge actually counts as a “MC candidate disciple” himself, actually? He’s the exact same sort as Lin Feng, even. The genre-savvy dimension-transcending reincarnator.

            • Kantsuki

              Hmmmm true but I think if your in position of Lin Feng what would you choose an ignorant and narrow-minded self-thinking wise of life local protagonist bastard or a really educated(maybe lol) of modern phsychological thinker with experience where all people around u or in the internet citizens with two-phased personalities you experience daily in the modern world and also a xianxia otaku or has knowledge of xianxia/wuxia novels and still retains his modern/earthling personality even when he stayed in a xianxia/wuxia world for countless of years?

              • Rando

                Well, if we’re talking about Lin Feng at the end of his story, the latter really wouldn’t matter since Lin Feng genuinely became an enlightened and wise teacher by then.

                • Kantsuki

                  Nope I still got the feeling Hell still stuck being a troll~

        • Rando

          Hm. Well, originally, Sikong should have met with Ye Jing last chapter since she’d be leading that group of disciples herself. So I don’t think they’d have met at that glacial dragon skeleton thingy. Rather, it was Yan Zhaoge’s people who discovered it and this was the aforementioned “dangerous” place Yan Zhaoge told the other disciples he was going to, right? So I don’t think they’d have met at this location.

          Seeing as how what was found was the bones of a “Glacial Chi-Dragon”, and considering Yan Zhaoge’s own affiliation with dragon imagery, I feel like this was meant more for him.

          If I remember right, though, Sikong did have that “ice queen” personality since the beginning, right? So I do think that, regardless of whoever was meant (in a narrative sense) to find this glacial skeleton, Sikong would still end up developing ice-related abilities even if it wasn’t “meant” for her.

          • Tsao

            My idea (from having read too many other WN) is as follows, keeping in mind this would all take place in the “original” story where Yan Zhaoge is the villain:

            Sikong leads the other juniors into the mountains and meets Ye Jing. Everyone is amazed at how awesome he is that he survived, and Sikong, while still cold, feels a little warmth knowing that he survived. Ye Jing tells everyone that Yan Zhaoge tried to kill him, and the whole group believes him. Sikong, worried that Ye Jing only just survived, warns him that Yan Zhaoge is somewhere in the mountains as well. Instead of leaving the mountains and being careful, Ye Jing says he’s going to seek out Yan Zhaoge to have revenge. Sikong goes with him. Flash to them finding some random henchmen and either following them to the valley or beating them up and finding a jade slip with instructions for the henchmen to go the the valley to help Yan Zhaoge with his lucky encounter.

            Once at the valley, Ye Jing and Sikong team up to defeat Yan Zhaoge and steal the good fortune of the dragon bones. Since Ye Jing is the MC, he gets some immediate benefit of it helping with his temper, and Sikong gets a lasting power. Then, surprise surprise, Ye Jing is able to further help his cultivation by being near Sikong.

            TL:DR – the trope is that the “villain” (Yan Zhaoge) finds the dragon, but the good forture is stolen by the MC & co. (Ye Jing and Sikong).

            • Rando

              Hah. Man. That sounds totally plausible.

        • Holly Short Fowl

          Yes, sometimes they have a girl or yin/ice, but other times, the MC gains Ice/Fire abilities or Yin/Yang powers on their own.

  • Danis

    Thanks For The Chapter 😀