PREVIOUSLY: It was revealed that the young
prince, Wanyan Kang, was actually the son of a Song commoner, Mu Yi/Yang
Tiexin. His mother, Bao Xirou, was deceived by Prince Zhao of Jin Dynasty
into marrying him by telling her that her husband had died during the raid
in Ox Village. Yang Tiexin and Guo Jing had been hiding in the princess'
closet all the time Bao Xirou was telling the young prince all this.
Meanwhile, Huang Rong was still in the Fragrant Snow Hall doing what she did
best - tricking people.
Wanyan Kang was shocked to find Yang Tiexin there, and then recognizing him,
he cried: "It's you!"
Brandishing the iron spear, he quickly adopted the "Line of Step of the
Marching Tiger (Hang2 Bu4 Deng4 Hu3)", followed by the "Facing
Upwards to Burn a Joss Stick (Chao2 Tian1 Yi1 Zhu4 Xiang1)." The tip
of the spear gleamed, going straight towards Yang Tiexin's throat.
Bao Xirou called out: "He's your father, you... Don't you see?" But when she
tried to stop him, he flung her away, sending her against the wall where she
hit her head.
Shocked, Wanyan Kang stepped back, lowering his spear and looking down at
his mother on the ground. Her whole forehead was covered in blood, her
breathing shallow. Not knowing if she was still alive or dead, he could not
move and could only stare at her helplessly.
It was Yang Tiexin who bent down and took his wife in his arms, carrying her
Wanyan Kang shouted: "Put her down!" Then, he attacked using the "Orphaned
Wild Goose Leaves the Group (Yang2 Jia1 Qiang1)," his spear moving
like the wind and heading towards the enemy's chest.
Yang Tiexin heard the rushing sound behind him and quickly sent out his left
hand to counter, stopping the spear's tip just when it was about five inches
In the battlefield, the "Yang Family Spear Play" was invincible and one
move, the "Turning the Spear on Horseback (Hui2 Ma3 Qiang1)" was a
unique skill passed from generation to generation. When he grasped the
spear's shaft, Yang Tiexin used a variation of "Turning the Spear on
Horseback," using only one hand because the other was holding Bao Xirou.
He shouted angrily: "This Yang Family Spear Play is passed only to sons. Of
course, your shifu did not teach you this."
Although Qiu Chuji's kung fu was very high, he actually did not research
deeper into the marksmanship. The Yang Family Spear Play was native to Song
Dynasty and was famous throughout Jiang Hu but only 19 schools were direct
descendants of the orthodox schools. That year when he fought with Yang
Tiexin in Ox Village, he was able to observe firsthand the Yang Family Spear
Play, but because the principles were only passed from father to son, he did
not understand it fully. That was why Wanyan Kang also did not completely
absorb the meaning behind the moves.
Since both of them applied force to the iron spear, which was already very
old, the wooden handle broke into pieces with a "ka" sound.
Guo Jing jumped forward and shouted angrily: "You know that he's your
father, why do you not kowtow?"
While Wanyan Kang hesitated, Yang Tiexin took the opportunity to flee from
the room with his wife still clutched to him. When he got outside, Mu Nianci
was waiting for him. With her help, father and daughter leapt over the wall.
Guo Jing did not dare wait and also rushed out of the room. He was just
about to head towards the wall to flee when suddenly, he sensed a rustle in
the darkness, rushing towards his neck. He felt the force of the palm
scratch the tip of his nose and on his face, he felt a severe pain like it
was scraped by a knife. This person's internal strength was fierce and
moreover, there was barely a sound, taking one completely unawares.
He could not stop himself from feeling shocked as he heard the person
angrily shout: "Unreasonable shrimp, this old man has waited enough! Extend
your neck and let this old man drink your blood!"
It was precisely Immortal Ginseng Liang Ziwong!
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When Peng Lianhu claimed that she was a disciple of the Twin Corpses of the
Dark Wind, Huang Rong laughed and said: "You lose!" Then, she turned around
and sprinted towards the hall's entrance.
Peng Lianhu quickly moved his body so that he was blocking the entrance as
he shouted: "Since you are a disciple of the Twin Corpses of the Dark Winds,
I won't bother you. But you must tell me, why did your shifu send you here?"
Huang Rong laughingly said: "You said that if in ten moves, you can't
recognize my sect, then you will let me go. Old gentleman, why are you being
such a rascal?"
Peng Lianhu got angry: "That final move, the "Spirit Sea Turtle Step
(Ling2 Ao2 Bu4)," didn't the Twin Corpses of the Dark Winds teach you
Huang Rong laughed: "I've never met the Twin Corpses of the Dark Winds.
Also, how can they match against my shifu's level of kung fu?"
Peng Lianhu said: "It's useless to lie."
Huang Rong said: "I have actually heard of the Twin Corpses of the Dark
Winds. I know that these two people are dishonorable; they stop at nothing,
disrespect their elders and betray their masters; their shamelessness is
known throughout wulin. How can Peng Zhaizhu (Chief Peng) compare me with
these horrible persons?"
The crowd at first thought that she was just unwilling to tell the truth but
when they heard her slander the Twin Corpses of the Dark Winds this way,
they could not help looking at each other in blank dismay. Only then did
they believe that she was in no way related to the Twin Corpses' sect.
Although some people still wanted to find out if she was lying, they all
decided that no one would dare to insult their shifu in the presence of so
Peng Lianhu stepped aside and said,"Young Miss, you win. Lao Peng admires
you very much and wishes to know your name."
Huang Rong smiled: "No need for compliments. I am called Rong Er."
Peng Lianhu asked: "Your surname?"
Huang Rong: "I'll be honest. I am surnamed neither Peng nor Sha."
At that point, everyone in the hall, outside of Tibetan Monk Ling Zhi and
Ouyang Ke, had lost to her. Ling Zhi was suffering from an internal injury
and could not fight at the moment. That left only Ouyang Ke as the only one
who could temporarily stop her. The people all turned their gazes at him.
Ouyang Ke jogged forward, smiling pleasantly as he said: "This lowly one
wants to go next and exchange moves with the young miss."
Huang Rong glanced at the white clothes he was wearing and asked: "You are
with those pretty girls of the White Camel Group (Bai Tuoshan)?"
Ouyang Ke smiled and said: "You have met them? But all of them put together
is not enough to match even half of your beauty."
Huang Rong's face turned red when she heard his flattery though she was also
pleased. She said: "Then you'll help me with these old men who insist on
Ouyang Ke's kung fu was high and with the support of his uncle, he was able
to run amuck in the western region for many years. His lustful nature caused
him to spend all those years collecting beautiful women from different
places, turning them into his concubines. Because they had nothing to do,
these concubines also studied kung fu and so also became his disciples.
He brought 24 of these women with him when Prince Zhao summoned him to
Yanjing. He dressed them in white robes to look like men and let them take
turns riding his white camels. Eight of them encountered the Six Freaks of
Chiangnan traveling with Gou Jing and also heard Zhu Cong speak of the
precious Han Xie horse's origin. Wanting to give the horse as a gift to
Ouyang Ke, they tried to steal it but they failed miserably.
Ouyang Ke was very proud of his collection of concubines, knowing that they
were the most beautiful women in the world and that not even the ladies of
the imperial palaces of the Jin Dynasty and Song Country could compare to
them. But who would have thought that he would meet Huang Rong in the Zhao
Palace? He saw that her eyes were bright, her cheeks tender and though still
very young, her body was graceful. Her beauty was unsurpassable that even
his numerous mistresses could not compare to her. And when she displayed her
exquisite martial arts skills, his heart fluttered.
Now, he listened to her friendly voice, the soft and gentle words, feeling
his heart burn and his bones go soft. He could not say a word.
Huang Rong: "I have to go. If they stop me, you will help me, won't you?"
Ouyang Ke smiled: "If you want me to help you, then you must obey me as your
teacher and stay with me forever."
Huang Rong: "Even obeisance to the shifu does not mean staying with him
Ouyang Ke said: "My disciples are different. They're all women so they
follow me wherever I go. I only need to tell them to come and they will
Huang Rong tossed her head, laughing as she said: "I do not believe."
Ouyang Ke whistled and at once, 20 white-clad women appeared at the
entrance. Whether they were fair or dark, fat or thin, all of them were
wearing the same type of clothes, their carriage proud and their smiles
seductive as they trained their eyes on Ouyang Ke.
During the banquet earlier in the Fragrant Snow Hall, these mistresses
served outside the wall. This is the first time Peng Lianhu and the others
saw them and in their hearts, they were envious of his good fortune.
Huang Rong originally intended to get him to call his mistresses to cause
disorder in the hall and take the opportunity to escape. However, who would
have thought that Ouyang Ke could read her mind?
He looked at the crowd, signaling them with his folding fan to stay in the
entrance. Then, he leered at Huang Rong, smiling in self-satisfaction.
Noticing that Huang Rong had somehow caught the eye of the "shifu's son,"
some of the mistresses felt inferior while the rest had only jealousy in
their minds. They did not want her to become another "female disciple" so
they gathered together to make it difficult to Huang Rong to rush past them.
Seeing that the situation was not favorable, Huang Rong said: "You really
want a fight? To obey you as my teacher would be disrespectful since I
already have a teacher."
Ouyang Ke asked: "Don't you at least want to try?"
Huang Rong nodded: "Alright."
Ouyang Ke said: "Good, then come. Don't be afraid. I won't hit you back."
Huang Rong: "How? If you don't hit back, I'll definitely win."
Ouyang Ke smilingly said: "I like you, so even if you hit me, how can I hit
The crowd snickered at his frivolous manner but they were also wondering, 'This
young girl's kung fu is not weak. Even if you are ten times stronger, how do
you expect to defeat her? What magic are you going to use?'
Huang Rong said: "I don't believe you're really not going to hit back. I
must tie up both your hands."
Loosening his sash, Ouyang Ke started to hand it to her, showing Huang Rong
that he was being agreeable. She continued to smile, but actually she was
feeling very anxious as she pondered the situation before her. 'I have to
be careful with my steps.'
After receiving the sash, she started pulling the cloth on opposite sides
but found that the silk was so strong that even when she used her internal
strength, she still could not destroy it. Pleased, she started tying both
his hands with it and said: "How do we know who wins or loses?"
Ouyang Ke stretched out is right foot to the ground, leaving his left foot
at the center, which left about three feet of distance in between. Still
standing, he proceeded to move his foot against the brick floor, creating a
sound like flowing water until he was able to make a complete circle, six
feet in diameter.
Creating such a circle was no easy task, thus displaying his great internal
strength. Sha Tongtian, Peng Lianhu and the others all looked on in
admiration as Ouyang Ke stepped into the circle and said: "Whoever steps out
of the circle loses."
Huang Rong asked: "And if we both leave the circle?"
Ouyang Ke replied: "Then, I lose."
Huang Rong said: "If you lose, you won't try to chase or stop me?"
Ouyang Ke replied: "Naturally. But if you leave the circle, then that would
result in you becoming my little darling. Everyone here is witness to that."
Huang Rong agreed: "Alright!"
After stepping into the circle, she immediately executed the "Encircling the
Wind to Stroke the Willow (Hui1 Feng1 Fu2 Liu3)" with her left palm
while her right palm formed the "River of Stars in the Sky (Xing1 He2
Zai4 Tian1)." The left was light, the right was heavy, both hands
exerting hard and soft forces.
Ouyang Ke moved both his shoulders and met her strikes. His internal
strength was so profound that Huang Rong felt the force go through her whole
body. Though he remained true to his word of not hitting back, he actually
borrowed the force she used and used it as his own so that no matter how
many times she hit him, he was always able to immediately retaliate. His
hand remained motionless but Huang Rong was standing unsteadily, almost
falling out of the circle. This was why she did not dare to attack for the
moment as she paced inside the circle, saying: "If I go that doesn't mean
you won. You said before that if both of us left the circle, you lose."
Ouyang Ke could only look at her in shock as she jogged out of the circle.
Afraid that any further delay would cause more complications, she quickened
her steps as she rushed towards the entrance, her golden bangles sparkling
and her flowing robes fluttering in the wind.
Ouyang Ke shouted loudly: "I've been cheated!" He could only shout a warning
but could not pursue.
Sha Tongtian, Peng Lianhu, and the others saw how Huang Rong cleverly
tricked Ouyang Ke and could not stop themselves from laughing loudly.
Huang Rong was just about to reach the entrance when a fierce sound could be
heard coming from above and a large body suddenly dropped from nowhere. She
moved sideways to avoid, suppressing her fear at this uknown thing. She saw
that that person sitting down on a large round-backed wooden armchair was
that tall Tibetan monk. He was wearing a red gown and even though he was
seated, he was still able to tower over her.
The skill with which he was able to leap high with the chair still stuck to
his body was no ordinary feat. Huang Rong was just about to speak when she
suddenly saw the Tibetan monk whip out a pair of cymbals from beneath his
robes. He struck both hands, releasing a shocking, defeaning sound, before
opening the weapon like a flower and sending both, one on top of the other,
flying fiercely towards her.
The cymbals turned into a blur of shining metal, moving so fast like there
were a dozen of them. She tried to fend them off but the cymbals suddenly
turned into three. Startled, she turned only to find that the cymbals were
drawing nearer. She dashed forward, parrying, before immediately fleeing
away, then reversing, sending out a right palm towards the top cymbal while
sending her left foot towards the two cymbals at the bottom.
This stance was extremely ingenious but the cymbals were able to avoid being
struck by separating and flying past her. Ling Zhi leapt forward, executing
the "Big Hand Imprint (Da4 Shou3 Yin4)."
Everyone shouted in alarm when they saw that Huang Rong was about to be hit.
They knew tht Ling Zhi's great palm was so powerful, it would probably break
several bones in the young girl's body, not to mention cause severe internal
Ouyang Ke shouted: "Show mercy!" Was there enough time?
But the next thing he knew, Huang Rong was running out of the hall, her
clear laughter an indication that she was not hurt. He himself had seen Ling
Zhi's great palm strike her in the back and withdraw quickly, issuing an
angry oath. Ling Zhi's palm was indeed strong but because he withdrew his
attack just when he hit her, the force behind the blow was actually
The crowd all watched in rapt attention when they heard Ling Zhi roar out
again and again. His right palm was dripping with blood!
His features changed when he saw the ten puncture wounds on his palm. He
shouted: "Soft hedgehog armor! Soft hedgehog armor!" His voice revealed his
great surprise, his anger, and his pain.
Startled, Peng Lianhu asked: "This girl was wearing the soft hedgehog armor?
That is the treasure of the Peach Blossom Isle!"
Sha Tongtian wondered, 'How can someone her age get a hold of the soft
Ouyang Ke had earlier ran after Huang Rong, but when he got to the entrance
it was too dark for him to see anything. Though relieved to know that she
was not hurt, he still whistled for his mistresses, ordering them to track
her down. He thought, 'It's good that she was able to escape and did not
get injured. But I have to find her.'
Hou Tonghai asked: "Shi Ge (Elder Martial Brother), what is this soft
Peng Lianhu snapped: "Have you seen a hedgehog?"
Hou Tonghai nodded: "Of course."
Peng Lianhu replied: "Under her clothes next to the skin, she wears a set of
soft armor. Though soft, this armor can withstand even the pierce of a sword
or a spear. Moreover, it is covered with spines like that of a hedgehog. A
single kick or punch will be enough to get you pricked!"
Hou Tonghai bit his tongue, thinking, 'It's good that I wasn't able to hit
the smelly boy!'
Sha Tongtian said: "I'll get her back!"
Hou Tonghai looked at him and said: "Shi Ge, she... You can't touch her
Sha Tongtian: "Who asked for your opinion? I can still pull her hair."
Hou Tonghai said: "Right, right, why didn't I think of that? Shi Ge, you are
And both apprentice brothers and Peng Lianhu at once gave chase.
By now, Prince Zhao Wanyan Honglie received the worried report from his son
and learned that the princess was taken prisoner. Angered, both father and
son, together with their personal guards left the palace to chase after the
culprits. At the same time, Tang Zude led another group of armed guards to
search for and arrest the intruder. Thus, the palace was on complete alert.
Guo Jing ran into Liang Ziwong near the wall but how could he extend his
neck like that and let him drink his blood? In his shock, he turned around
and fled. He did not know which way was north or south so he decided to hide
someplace. Liang Ziwong really wanted to drink his blood and would not slow
down even a bit. It was a good thing that Guo Jing's lightness kung fu was
good otherwise, even though the night was dark, he would have been captured
a long time ago.
The light from the torch died and he could no longer see where he was going,
only sensing that he had somehow stepped into a thorny area where the ground
was rugged and rocky. More people were coming out of the palace, what time
did Gou Jing have to deliberate? The thorny bristles cut through his legs
but when he thought about Liang Ziwong biting his throat, he could not let
the tiny thorns bother him. Not even a mountain or forest of swords could
Suddenly, he felt the ground beneath him give way, causing him to cry out as
he started to drop, falling some 45 feet into an extremely deep cavern.
While his body was in midair, he had already circulated his internal energy
so that he would not lose his balance when he landed and prevent himself
from getting injured. But who would have thought that his two feet would
step on round stones? He lost his balance and fell down on his seat. His
hands which supported him held one of these round stones. Fear shot through
him when upon tracing these round stones with his fingers, he realized that
these stones were actually the skeleton heads of dead persons. It looked as
though this deep hole was where the corpses of dead people executed at the
Zhao Palace were dumped.
He heard Liang Ziwong call out from above: "Boy, come up here!"
Guo Jing thought, 'I'm not stupid enough to come up only to die!'
And with that, he raised his hand, feeling his way along and trying to feel
the roof of the cave but he felt nothing. Thereupon, he moved forward to
guard himself against Liang Ziwong who might follow him there and kill him.
After shouting several curses, Liang Ziwong thought that perhaps Guo Jing
could not come up and so he shouted angrily: "Even if you run all the way to
hell, this old man will still come after you!" And taking a deep breath, he
Greatly surprised, Guo Jing took several steps back only to find empty space
behind him. He turned around, stretching both his arms out to feel the way.
As he continued on, he discovered that it was a tunnel.
Liang Ziwong also noticed the tunnel. His boldness was brought on by his
high skill so that even though it was so dark that when he stretched his
hand out, he could not even see his five fingers, he was not afraid that Guo
Jing would be laying down a trap against him.
He followed, only liking the situation more: 'This is just like seizing a
turtle in a jar. This boy can't get away again. How can I not drink his
Guo Jing was secretly worried: 'Tunnels always have a deadend!'
Liang Ziwong was laughing loudly, both arms spread as he traced the tunnel
walls. He was not impatient and took his steps slowly, one at a time.
Guo Jing ran several feet forward when he realized that the tunnel had ended
to reveal an earth room.
Liang Ziwong also followed, laughing: "The peasant boy wants to run away but
Suddenly, from the left corner an eerie, raspy voice said: "Who is causing
The two of them never expected that someone lived in this black pit but they
could not deny this sound, the voice though raspy actually rumbled like
thunder to their ears. Guo Jing was frightened, his heart jumping madly
while Liang Ziwong also could not restrain himself from feeling absolutely
They heard the gloomy voice say: "Those who enter my cave are already
rotting. Are you that impatient to die?"
The voice now began to resemble that of a woman, speaking anxiously, her
breathing heavy as though she had a contracted a serious illness. When the
two people discovered that the sound did not belong to any ghost, their
Guo Jing listened to her words and hurried to explain: "I did not mean to
come here, some people are after me..."
Before he could finish his words, Liang Ziwong was able to discern where he
was. He dashed forward, stretching his hands out to take him. Guo Jing heard
the rustle caused by his palm and hastily dodged. Liang Ziwong changed
directions at once, forcing Guo Jing to dodge once more to the right. It was
pitch dark so one could only grab thoughtlessly while the other could only
hide blindly. Suddenly, there was a ripping sound. Liang Ziwong had taken
hold of Guo Jing's left sleeve.
The woman angrily said: "Who dares to seize a person here?"
Liang Ziwong scolded: "Even if you are a ghost, I'm not afraid of you!"
The asthmatic woman began to breathe heavily as she said: "Hmph, the young
fellow can come here and hide."
Guo Jing had thought that the situation he was in was hopeless and critical
in the extreme when he heard her saying this, without hesitation, he jumped
as he felt five icy cold fingers touch his wrist. They were much stronger
than him so that when he was pulled by her, his body was not able to resist
from being thrown forwards, landing on top of a pile of hay.
Gasping for breath, the woman said to Liang Ziwong: "You were able to grasp
him adeptly which means your strength is not a trifle. Are you from Guandong?"
Liang Ziwong was shocked, thinking, 'I cannot see even half of her hair,
how is it possible she was able to recognize my martial arts? Is she capable
of seeing things in the dark? This woman, she must be an old eccentric who's
used to being proud and strict!'
He did not dare to say anything careless or indiscreet and instead said
pleasantly: "This lowly one who is an invited guest from Guandong is
surnamed Liang. This boy stole something from me and I'm trying to get it
back. I ask your excellency not to interfere."
The woman said: "Ah, is the Ginseng Immortal Liang Ziwong trying to right a
wrong? The other person seems unaware of it. I have no desire to interfere
but when he rushed into my cave, the crime can already be pardoned. Lao
Liang, you are a martial arts expert, how come you don't understand the
rules of wulin?"
Liang Ziwong was even more surprised and asked: "May I consult the name of
The woman said: "I... I..."
Guo Jing felt the hand grasping his wrist shiver violently, the fingers
slowly beginnning to loosen and he also heard her trying to keep down a
groan as though she was in extreme pain. He asked: "You are sick?"
Liang Ziwong's high kung fu allowed him to hear her groan and surmised that
this person has lost her skills not from a sickness but from an injury which
caused her to be greatly weakened. Knowing this, he immediately tried to
grasp Guo Jing but when he tried to grab his clothes, he met a strong
resistance. Shocked, Liang Ziwong discovered that when he sent out his left
hand, he managed to grab instead the enemy's arm.
The woman shouted angrily: "On guard!" A palm hit Liang Ziwong on his back.
He leapt, the palm forcing him to take several steps back. Fortunately for
him, his internal strength was good so that he was not injured.
Liang Ziwong said: "Hao3 zei2 po2! (Something like, you good mother-in-law
of a thief! Po is sometimes used as a not-so polite term for old woman. The
thief in question is of course Guo Jing.) You come here."
When that woman continued gasping for breath, remaining motionless, Liang
Ziwong realized that she could not move the lower part of her body. His
alarm and fear was immediately reduced and he began to slowly approach. He
was just about to jump foward to attack when he suddenly felt something curl
around his ankles. This thing was like a soft whip, silent, and came like
electricity. Greatly alarmed, he quickly tried to leap up, aiming a kick at
the woman, only to feel the whip tighten. He let out a cry when his head hit
His kicking skills was what earned him fame all over wulin for more than 20
years so this kick was definitely executed perfectly. Who would have thought
that before even the tip of his toe could arrive, he would suddenly sense
his "Chong Yang Acupoint" being attacked?
This "Chong Yang Acupoint" was located five inches from the instep of the
foot. If this vital point was sealed by the person, his whole leg would grow
numb. Luckily, he was able to withdraw his foot quickly, avoiding it, but
the action of anxiously kicking and then anxiously withdrawing has caused
his knee to ache.
Liang Ziwong thought as he dodged, 'This person is in this dark cave but
acts as though she is dwelling in a bright and sunny place, being able to
accurately find my vital point, how can she not be a witch or a demon?'
Realizing the critical situation he was in, he executed a half somersault to
dodge, backhandedly sending out a palm in an effort to shake her off. He
knew this stance was severe, the palm ten times stronger, and he thought
that this person who was ill definitely would not have the internal strength
However, he suddenly heard a loud cry as he felt the enemy's arm heading
violently towards him, its fingertips already making contact with his
shoulder. Liang Ziwong's left hand sensed the opponent's ice-cold wrist, her
body appearing as though it was not made of flesh and blood as it once more
tried to attack.
He immediately rolled away, rushing out in a hurry, even using his hands and
foot to crawl out of the tunnel, panting heavily as he thought, 'I have
lived for dozens of years but I have never encountered such a strange event
where I don't even know if she is a woman or a ghost! I must inform the
prince about this matter.'
He hastily ran back to the Fragrant Snow Hall. On the way, he thought,
'The stinky boy is not aware whether this woman is a ghost or a demon who's
after the precious blood in his body. How difficult is it to be polite with
me? Oh, wanting to replace yin with yang (NOTE: I'm not sure about this), I
have raised that snake to build up its blood only to meet this ghost, both
of us unable to entirely avoid having our lives endangered. What use is
there to refine oneself by using unorthodox methods if the envy of ghosts
and gods causes one to fail even when success seems within reach?'
When Guo Jing heard him moving farther and farther away, he felt greatly
relieved and fell on his knees, kowtowing to the woman as he said: "Junior
politely thanks old senior for saving his life."
That woman was able to match Liang Ziwong's moves earlier but now she was
exhausted, causing her illness to play up. She coughed, wheezing as she
said: "Why did Lao Liang want to kill you?"
Guo Jing started to say: "Taoist Elder Wang was injured and needed medicine
to treat his wounds. The disciple then came to the palace..." But then, he
suddenly had a thought 'This person lives in the Zhao Palace, how do I
know he's not with Wanyan Honglie's party?' He stopped talking
That woman said: "Mmm, so you have stolen Lao Liang's medicine. Heard he is
researching about medicinal herbs and so you wanted to come and steal his
dan1 miao4 yao4."
(NOTE: In ancient China, there used to be this
supposedly powerful drug that's made out of the first menstrual blood of
young girls, dried and powdered and turned into pellets. Yeah, it's
disgusting but it was supposedly curative and many emperors used such a
drug, even to the extent of becoming addicted to it. That drug is called dan
Guo Jing said: "I took some of his medicine to treat an internal injury, but
he was so angry he wanted to kill me. Is the old senior injured? Disciple
has several medicines, four samples of pseudoginseng, dried blood, bear's
gall, mei2 yao4. Taoist Elder Wang does not have to use this many, if old
The woman angrily said: "Whether I'm injured or not, what concern is it of
At this snag, Guo Jing could only say hastily:
But after only a moment, he heard her gasping for breath and could not
restrain himself from saying again: "If old senior cannot walk, junior
offers to carry you out of here."
The woman scolded: "Who is old? Who are you to say that someone is old?"
Guo Jing no longer dared to utter a sound, thinking that she did not want to
leave. However, he had always been unable to stay content even though he
knew that he ought to keep his head lowered so that he once again asked:
"Whatever you want, I can go get it for you."
The woman laughed coldly and said: "You are fussy like a woman but I see
that your heart is good."
Then, she stretched out her left hand to pull on his shoulders. Guo Jing
felt his shoulder snap and the sharp pain that followed but he was able to
keep his body from falling on top of her, suddenly sensing an icy coldness
as the woman's arm wound around his neck.
He heard her bark an order: "Carry me to the exit."
Guo Jing thought, 'I originally wanted to carry you to the exit.'
Thereupon, he bent at the waist and slowly made his way out of the tunnel.
The woman said: "I am compelling you to carry me on your back. I don't owe
anyone any favors."
It was then that Guo Jing understood that this woman was much more arrogant
and was unwilling to receive any kindness from her juniors. As he walked
out, he raised his head and saw the stars in the sky. He could not help
giving out a sigh as he thought, 'Only a moment ago, I was saved from
death when I fell into this black hole where someone was waiting to help me.
If I told Rong Er about this, even she would not believe.'
He was used to climbing cliffs with Ma Yu and even though that hole was like
a deep well, he was actually able to climb it effortlessly.
As soon as they left the hole, the woman asked: "Who taught you your
lightness kung fu? Tell me quickly!"
Her arm suddenly tightened, clutching Guo Jing's throat so he was gasping
for breath. Alarmed, he hastily circulated his internal energy to resist.
The woman was intentionally trying to test his skill by tightening her grip,
but then she paused before gradually relaxing.
She exclaimed: "Hey, look here, the peasant boy knows the internal strength
skills of the Taoist orthodox school. You said that Taoist Elder Wang was
injured, what is the name of this Taoist priest?"
Guo Jing thought, 'You have recued me, so whatever you ask, I would
answer you truthfully. Otherwise, how barbaric am I?'
He immediately replied: "Taoist Elder Wang is Wang Chuyi but others call him
the Son of the Jade Sun."
Suddenly, he felt the woman on his back begin to shake as he heard her
breathe out heavily: "You are a Quanzhen Sect disciple? That... That is very
As soon as she said this, she could not contain her delight so she went on
and asked: "Who is Wang Chuyi to you? You call him Taoist Elder which is not
equal to shifu. Is he your shi zi (martial uncle) or shi bo (martial
Guo Jing: "I am not a Quanzhen sect disciple but Son of the Red Sun Ma Yu
has long ago taught me his breathing techniques."
The woman said: "Mmm, so you studied the internal strength methods of
Quanzhen. That is good." After a moment, she asked: "Who then is your shifu?"
Guo Jing replied: "Disciple altogether has seven teachers, the Seven Freaks
of Chiangnan. First shifu is called Flying Bat and surnamed Ke."
The woman began coughing violently, the sound bitter and sour as she said:
"That is Ke Zhen'e!"
Guo Jing affirmed: "Yes."
The woman said: "You come from Mongolia?"
Guo Jing said: "Yes." But in his heart, he wondered, 'How did she know I
come from Mongolia?'
The woman said slowly: "Your name is Yang Kang, is it not?" Her tone of
voice changed from gloomy to angry.
Guo Jing said: "No. Disciple is surnamed Guo."
The woman hesitated for a moment before saying: "You sit on the ground."
Guo Jing did what was told and sat down. The woman then reached inside her
bosom to fish out an object which she placed on the ground. This object was
wrapped in a piece of cloth. When she revealed the thing, the star light
shone on it, showing a brightly dazzling and impressive-looking dagger
Guo Jing saw that it looked familiar and so he took a closer look, the
dagger continuing to shine brightly and on its handle were engravings of the
two characters "Yang Kang."
It was the dagger he used to kill the Copper Corpse Chen Xuanfeng!
That same year when Guo Xiaotian and Yang Tiexin met the Son of Eternal
Spring Qiu Chuji who gave them the dagger handles as presents, both of them
made a promise that if their wives gave birth to two sons, they would become
sworn brothers and if two daughters, they would become sworn sisters.
However, if both are of different genders, then they would become husband
and wife. The two then exchanged the daggers as a token of their faith. This
was the reason why the dagger with the inscription of "Yang Kang" actually
ended up in Guo Jing's hand.
When he was younger, he did not know what the two characters "Yang Kang"
meant but the shape of the dagger was enough for him to recognize it.
He thought, 'Yang Kang? Yang Kang?' But he could not remember that
this name was once spoken by the princess only moments ago.
While he was hesitating, the woman clamped his hand to grab the dagger as
she shouted: "You recognize this dagger, do you not?"
If Guo Jing were more quick-witted and heard how sad and shrill her voice
sounded, he would have felt compelled to turn his head and look at her.
Instead, he thought only of the other's kindness in saving his life,
'This person came to save my life. Certainly, that means she is a good
person.' Therefore, he was not the least bit suspicious as he
immediately replied: "Ah, yes! When I was young, I once used this dagger to
kill an evil man. That evil man suddenly disappeared, along with the
precious dagger ..."
As he spoke, he felt his neck tighten suddenly, suffocating him. In the
midst of danger, he bent his arm and pushed it backwards but his wrist was
held by that woman's outstretched left hand.
The woman later relaxed her right arm, allowing her body to fall so that she
was sitting on the ground as she shouted: "Who do you think I am?"
Guo Jing was throttled by her earlier, making him see stars in his vision so
it took him a moment to recover. Afterwards, he looked down only to glimpse
through her shawl of long hair.
The face, like white paper, was precisely the face of the Iron Corpse of the
Twin Corpses of the Dark Winds, Mei Chaofeng!
Frightened out of his wits, he lifted his left hand to struggle but with her
fingers digging into his flesh, how could he escape?
In his mind was confusion: 'How come? Why did she save my life? It can't be!
But she really is Mei Chaofeng!'
Mei Chaofeng sat on the ground, her right hand clutching Guo Jing's neck,
her left holding his wrist. For more than ten years, she had been searching
for the man who killed her husband and now suddenly, he was here. 'Is it
the work of Zei2 Han4 zi3 (Thief Man. I think this is Mei Chaofeng's pet
name for Chen Xuanfeng) from below, to have that person die in my hands?'
In her heart she was delighted beyond measure but this was quickly overcome
by grief as past events of her life, no matter how much she fought it, came
in brief flashes.
She thought, 'I was once an innocent young girl who played and joked
around all day. My parents treated me as their most precious treasure to
which they were very attached to. At that time, I was called Mei Rehua.
However, my unfortunate parents died one after another, forcing me to suffer
under an evil person.
'Shifu Huang Yaoshi rescued me and brought me to Peach Blossom Isle where he
accepted me into his school. My name was changed to Mei Chaofeng for each of
his disciples all bore the character for "wind" in each of their names.
'Under the peach trees, I saw rugged-looking youths standing in front of me.
One of them picked a bright red peach and gave it to me to eat. That was
apprentice brother Chen Xuanfeng. Among shifu's disciples, he was the
second; I was the third. We practiced kung fu together. He often taught me
and treated me very well. Even though he sometimes scolded me for not
studying hard, I knew he was only doing what was good for me.
'Slowly, as everyone grew up, our feelings for each other grew. One spring
evening, when the peach blossoms were turning into a brilliant red, under
the peach tree, he suddenly embraced me.'
A blush colored Mei Chaofeng's face and Guo Jing heard that her laborious
breathing had intensified. Then, she let out a soft, gentle sigh.
Mei Chaofeng recalled how she and Chen Xuanfeng secretly married each other
and how they feared their shifu's punishment. When they ran away from the
Island, her husband told her to steal the second "Nine Yin Scriptures
(Jiu3 Yin1 Zhen1 Jing1)."
Later, they came to a remote mountain where they trained hard but after
practicing for half a year, her husband said that he could not understand
the true meaning of the text. He wanted to break his head out of
'That same year, my husband said, "Zei2 Po2 niang2 (Thief wife. His pet
name for Mei Chaofeng?), we only stole one half of the Nine Yin Scripture.
The first half of the scripture contains the foundation principles to
practice the secret nei gong techniques. The kung fu scripture belongs to
the Taoists and what our shifu taught us is completely different. We can't
master this, what do you suggest we do?"
'I said, "What are our alternatives?"
'He said, "Return to Peach Blossom Isle."
'How could I dare to go back? Both of our skills had become ten times
stronger but our shifu only had to use two fingers. Zei Hanzi was also
afraid but knowing how many wonderful techniques he could not practice at
the time, he was willing to die.
'He had made up his mind to steal the scripture and said, "If we are going
to be the unmatched couple under the heaven, then Zei Poniang must be
prepared to be a widow."
'I did not wish to be a widow! If one must die, then the other must also die
in the same place. And so both of us decided to risk our lives by going
back. We found out later that after we ran away, shifu in a great fit of
temper broke the legs of all of his disciples and expelled them from his
island. That was why there was only him, his wife, the two of us, and his
'When we arrived in Peach Blossom Isle, we discovered two people engaged in
a fight. Shifu's opponent looked like an expert. The two of them were
arguing about the Nine Yin Scripture and as they quarelled, one of them
opened a move. This person was Quanzhen sect and although he spoke foolish
words, his kung fu was high, arriving at a level which I could not even
imagine. But shifu, when compared to him, had a better chance of winning.
'Witnessing this martial arts duel only served to frighten us out of our
wits. I said quietly, "Zei Hanzi, we are inferior. Let's get away!"
'But he was not willing. We watched as shifu grabbed his opponent, forcing
him to take the oath of never voluntarily leaving the Island.
Remembering that shifu's wife used to treat me with kindness, I decided to
look for her through the window. Who would have thought that all I would see
was a mourning hall? Shifu's wife had passed away. In my heart, I felt very
sad. Shifu's wife always treated me well but now that she's dead, shifu was
alone. I really felt sorry for him that time. I couldn't stand it. While I
was crying, I suddenly saw near the mourning hall a one-year old little
girl, sitting straight up from a chair and smiling at me.
'This girl really looked like my shifu's wife so I supposed she was the
daughter. Was it because of childbirth that she died? I was thinking this
when shifu noticed me. He flew from the mourning hall and stepped outside. I
was so frightened, my feet grew soft and I couldn't move.
'I heard the girl laughing and calling: "Daddy, hugs!"
'Her smile was like a flower as she opened her arms towards shifu. Afraid
that she would fall down, Shifu stretched out a hand to grab her, and I was
spared. Zei Hanzi then pulled me and we both dashed out, snatching the boat,
the sea water splashing inside. My heart was thumping so hard, it seemed
like it was going to jump out of my throat.
'Zei Hanzi saw shifu fighting and had henceforth lost heart. He said, "Not
only have we not learned a tenth of shifu's kung fu but with this Quanzhen
master, how can we compare?"
'I said: "You regret? If the shifu can do it, then one day we can also learn
his kung fu."
'He said, "If you don't regret, then I do not regret."
'Thereupon, he used the fiercest martial arts method he could find and
taught me everything. He said that although this method was heretical, it
allowed us to increase our skills.
'At the beginning, our abilities became astounding and as we ran amuck in
Jiang Hu, we earned the nickname of 'Twin Corpses of the Dark Winds.' That
Shen Long who flew through the sky with his axe exorcising evil spirits, was
it Zei Hanzi who killed him or was it I? My memory is not so clear as to who
killed but all is the same in any case.
'One day, we were practicing in the temple ruins the "Heart Destroying Palm
(Cui1 Xin1 Zhang3)," when suddenly from all directions appeared dozens of
skilled people. They were lead by our fellow apprentice, Lu Chengfeng. He
hated us after shifu broke his two legs and now gathered a large group of
people to help him capture us to give to shifu.
'This boy really thought that he could defeat us. Humph, the 'Twin Corpses
of the Dark Winds' are not that easy to defeat. Though we were able to kill
78 men and run away, we were also heavily injured.
'After several months, we found out that the Quanzhen Seven Elders were also
secretly following us. We did not want to fight the opponents all at once
because they were too many so thereupon, we left the Central Plains until we
reached the Mongolian prairies. Zei Hanzi was worried that people would
steal the Taoist scripture. He told me not to look. I did not know where he
"Good, Zei Hanzi, I don't know where to find it."
"Zei Poniang, I will be good to you. I'll take care of you and teach you
everything except the Taoist nei gong. If we force it, we could harm our
"Alright! What are you waiting for?"
'Thereupon, we continued to practice the "Nine Yin White Bone Claw (Jiu3
Yin1 Bai2 Gu3 Zhua3)" and the "Heart Destroying Palm." He said these two
techniques were heretical and fierce but did not require one to learn nei
'Suddenly, one evening in that stark mountainside, the Seven Freaks of
Chiangnan attacked me.
"My eye! My eye!"
'The pain was burning from the toxins. I crawled on the ground, scratching
my eyes. I did not die but my eyes were blinded and my husband dead. That
was retribution for that time when we once killed that blind Ke Zhen'e's
elder brother and blinded his (Ke Zhen'e) eyes.
As Mei Chaofeng thought about this painful matter, both her hands
tightened instinctively, creating a noise as she grinded her teeth.
Guo Jing felt like the bones in his left hand were going to break and
secretly complained, 'This is not good. How do I know what kind of
vicious method she's going to use to kill me?'
Then, he said: "Hey, I don't know what you want to do but I want to ask you
something, please agree."
Mei Chaofeng said coldly: "You want to ask me something?"
Guo Jing said: "Yes. I have several medicines and I ask you to be generous.
Please take away some of these and give it to Taoist Elder Wang in the
Prosperity Inn outside the city."
When Mei Chaofeng did not answer and continued to stare blankly at him, Guo
Jing said: "You agree? Many thanks to you!"
Mei Chaofeng said: "Many thanks what? All my life, I've never done any good
She could not call to mind how much pain she suffered in her life, nor could
she recall how many people she had killed, but that night on the barren
hill, she remembered clearly.
'My surroundings suddenly went black and I could not see even the stars.
Zei Hanzi said, "I have failed! The Taoist scripture is hidden in my
'These were his last words.
'Suddenly, a heavy rain began to pour. When the Seven Freaks of Chiangnan, I
was hit in the back with a palm. This person's internal strength was
profound; my bones ached from the pain.
'I carried Zei Hanzi's corpse and escaped, descending the mountain even
though I could not see. They did not pursue me which was really strange. The
rain became heavier and the night had grown pitch-dark; they could not see
'I dashed about wildly in the rain. Zei Hanzi's body was at first hot but
afterwards, it gradually turned cold. My heart also turned cold with each
minute that passed. I was shaking all over; I was very cold.
"Zei Hanzi, are you really dead? Even with your fierce kung fu, how could
you die so inexplicably? Who killed you?"
'I drew out a dagger from his stomach, causing the blood to spurt out. What
caused this? Murdered people certainly bleed, but I did not know how many
people I murdered.
"I must die with Zei Hanzi! No one else will call him 'zei hanzi', in the
netherworld, he would be lonely!"
'I placed the dagger to my throat and prepared to slice when suddenly, I
traced two characters on the dagger handle, the characters "Yang Kang."
'Mmm, the killer must be this person named Yang Kang. How can I not exact
revenge? If I don't kill this Yang Kang first, how can I die?
'Thereupon, I went through Zei Hanzi's pockets, searching for the secret
Taoist scripture, but even though I searched the whole body, I was not able
to find a trace of it. I must find it! I started from his hair, not missing
an inch until suddenly, while I was feeling the skin on his chest, I felt
As she came to this thought, she was unable to restrain bitter laughter
from coming out of her throat.
She said: "After careful investigation, I found that tattoed on his chest is
the "Nine Yin Scripture."
"You were afraid that someone would steal this from you and so you tattoed
this on your body so it won't be taken away!"
"Yes, like shifu's martial arts teachings, someone could also steal the
Taoist scripture from us so you came up with a way so it can't be stolen.
Your idea is 'a person comes; after he is gone, everything goes with him'
(or something like that). I used the dagger to cut your chest, mmm, I must
tan this skin so it won't rot. I will keep it with me all the time so it
will be like you are accompanying me forever."
'I was not sad anymore. When I laugh, people are usually frightened even
though I was smiling.
"I used both hands to dig a pit in the ground to bury you inside. You taught
me the "Nine Yin White Bone Claw" before; I used this technique to dig your
'I hid in the cave, afraid that the Seven Freaks of Chiangnan would find me.
At that time, I was not their match but after some practice, humph, I could
grab each of their hearts. Was it really dangerous to practice the Taoist
nei gong? It would cause serious injuries but I was not afraid to die. I
must perfect my kung fu in the shortest time.
'It must have been some divine intervention that Zei Hanzi tattoed the
Taoist scripture on his body or with my blind eye, what use would the
written words have?
'All these years, even when he was playing with me, he never removed his
clothing on his upper body, now I know it was for this...
When she thought about this, her face burned and she released a long sigh.
'What is it? Zei Hanzi, can you see me from the netherworld? If you
married a female ghost and made it your wife, then we do not have forever...
'Two days passed, I was very hungry when suddenly, I heard a large army on
horseback pass by the hole. From their dialect, I found out they were from
Jin Dynasty. I came out and asked them for something to eat.
'The leader of the army saw my pitiful state and decided to give me shelter,
bringing me all the way to the palace. Afterwards, I discovered that he was
actually the sixth son of the Jin emperor, Prince Zhao.
'I swept the ground in the back gardens for them but in the evening, I
secretly trained. Such was that I was able to practice for several years and
no one noticed anything. They only thought of me as a pitiful blind married
'One evening, oh, that mischievous young prince. He went looking for bird's
eggs in the garden at midnight without telling anyone. I did not see him but
he saw me practicing with my silver whip and thereupon coerced me into
teaching him. I taught him three moves and he learned them; he was really
'Pleased with his progress, I also passed on to him the Nine Yin White Bone
Claw, Heart Pushing Palm (Tiu1 Xin1 Zhang3 Ye3). I wanted him to take the
oath of not telling anyone, not even the prince or the princess. If he
divulged it to anyone, I told him that I would capture him, break his bones,
and send his soul to heaven.
'Young prince has practiced kung fu and his foundation was not low. He said
that "Shifu, I also have another male shifu. This person is not good. I do
not like him. I only like you as my shifu. I will never reveal to him that
you are teaching me. He can't compare to you. His kung fu teachings are not
'Humph, the young prince knew how to flatter. His male shifu was definitely
not incompetent. But I only asked that he did not tell him that he was
studying kung fu with me and I in turn would not question him about his
'Several years passed and the young prince said that the prince (Prince
Zhao) wanted to go to Mongolia. I asked the prince to allow me to go there
with him to offer sacrifice for my husband's grave. Young prince said to me
that the prince agreed. The prince doted on him very much and whatever he
asked, he agreed.
'Oh, even if I couldn't find Zei Hanzi's bones,I kept the skin from his
flesh next to my own skin all day and all night, so why would I offer a
sacrifice to his grave?
'I aimed to find the Seven Freaks of Chiangnan for revenge. But my luck was
not good because the Seven Elders of Quanzhen were unexpectedly all in
Mongolia. My eyes could not see, how could I match these seven people? That
Son of the Red Sun Ma Yu's internal strength was profound. Even though he
spoke without effort, his voice was able to travel far.
'But my going to Mongolia was not in vain because that Ma Yu was asked by me
right in he face, what, how, why, and he passed on to me some nei gong
(internal strength) secrets.
'After I came back to the palace, I went to the tunnel to practice
diligently. Oh, this internal strength could not be completed without
guidance. Two days ago, I was fiercely practicing, leaning on one thigh and
vigorously dashing when suddenly my qi arrived at my hip area; I could not
move it back up.
'In light of this, the lower part of my body suffered seriously. If the
young prince did not look for me, how would he know that I had an accident
while practicing martial arts? Or if this Guo boy did not rush in here, I
would have starved to death in that tunnel. Humph, it's Zei Hanzi's ghost
that sent him here to rescue me so I could I kill him to avenge Zei Hanzi.
Ha ha, ha ha! Ha ha, ah, heh heh, humph, ha ha!
As Mei Chaofeng laughed madly, her whole body shook and her right hand
suddenly made an effort to grab Guo Jing's neck.
Guo Jing sensed the danger to his life at this critical moment and tried to
turn her hand wrong side up by grasping her wrist, using his external
Ma Yu's orthodox school teachings were practiced by him for several years so
his internal strength was not weak. Mei Chaofeng could not hold her fierce
grip as she felt her hand being turned wrong side up by him, forcing it
Startled, she thought, 'This boy's kung fu is not bad!'
Even hit three times, Guo Jing applied all his strength in that palm of
hand. Mei Chaofeng cried loud and long, lifting her palm to hit him. She was
using her "Heart Destroying Palm" unique skill.
Guo Jing's level of skill and hers differed too much to begin with and is
left was held firmly by her, how could he move to gain an opening? But he
had to exert himself to overcome her strength, lifting his right hand to
Mei Chaofeng raised her hand to meet his but only to feel her arm shake. She
changed her mind at that moment as she considered, 'I practiced nei gong
without anyone to guide me so that it resulted in a serious illness where my
lower body could not move. I heard him say a moment ago that Ma Yu taught
him the Quanzhen Sect nei gong then it would be convenient if I force him to
tell me the nei gong secrets. How could I pick his brain if I kill him now
to avenge Zei Hanzi? It's fortunate he's not dead yet.'
At that moment, she returned her hand again to grasp Gou Jing's neck and
said: "You killed my husband, how can you still expect to live? But if you
listen to what I have to say, then I'll let you die quickly; If you're
stubborn, I will let you experience suffering and misery. I'll start with
your finger, biting and chewing it until everything is eaten."
She had an accident, resulting in her lower body paralysis. Afterwards, she
was starving for days so when she said that she wanted to eat Guo Jing's
finger, it was not just idle talk to intimidate him.
Guo Jing felt a shiver as he watched her open mouth, showing several white
teeth. He did not dare say a word.
Mei Chaofeng asked: "Ma Yu taught you how to sit while meditating, how is it
Guo Jing then understood, 'She wants me to teach her nei gong so she
could later go after my six shifu and harm them. But I'd rather die than
help this woman increase her skill and harm my six shifu.'
He shut his mouth and did not answer immediately. Mei Chaofeng's left hand
tightened and Guo Jing felt the pain and the biting cold but he had made up
his mind so that he said: "You want to obtain the orthodox nei gong. Give up
the idea while it's still early."
Mei Chaofeng saw that he was tough and unyielding so she loosened her hands
to let him go as she said softly: "I promise you that I will take the
medicine to Wang Chuyi and save his life."
Guo Jing felt a shiver of cold, 'Ah, this is an important change. It's
good that the lower part of her body cannot move. My six shifu have no need
to fear her.'
Thereupon, he said: "Alright, you make an oath and I in return will pass on
to you the training methods."
Mei Chaofeng was extremely happy and said, "Surname of Guo... The stinky boy
with the surname of Guo said that he will teach me the Quanzhen Sect nei
gong methods. If I, Mei Chaofeng, do not deliver the medicine to Wang Chuyi,
may my entire body lose its movement and forever endure misery."
As soon as she said this, suddenly to their left some ten zhang in front of
the palace, a person scolded: "Stinky boy, come out here and die!"
When Guo Jing heard the voice, he recognized it as the Three-Headed Dragon
Another one said: "Surely, this small girl is nearby. I'm relieved. She
can't run away."
The same time that the two people were talking, they were also walking away.
Gou Jing was startled, 'Rong Er has not yet left; they're after her.'
Changing his intention, he turned to Mei Chaofeng and said: "You still need
to do one more favor, otherwise no matter what you force me to endure, I
won't tell you the secret."
Mei Chaofeng got angry: "What other favor? I don't agree."
Guo Jing said: "I have a good friend, a young girl. The group of experts
from the palace are chasing her. You must rescue her and bring her out of
Mei Chaofeng grunted and said: "How should I know where she is? If you want
me to do it then quickly, tell me the nei gong secret!"
Her arm immediately tightened. Guo Jing felt his throat constrict, causing
him great alarm. However, he was still unyielding and said: "Rescue... You
said... Did not say..."
Having no other alternative, Mei Chaofeng said: "Alright. Then I'm depending
on you but don't think that Mei Chaofeng does things to please others. Today
is the exception, you stinky boy. This young girl is your sweetheart? You're
really full of affection but dumb. We made a deal. I'm only doing my part. I
have agreed to rescue your sweetheart out of danger but I haven't consented
to sparing your life."
Guo Jing heard her agree and was glad. Then he raised his voice and called
out: "Rong Er, come here! Rong Er..."
Just after calling twice, suddenly Huang Rong's figure appeared from behind
some rose shrubs nearby.
She said: "I'm already here!"
Guo Jing was delighted: "Rong Er, come quickly. She agreed to help you. The
others can't harm you now."
Huang Rong had been listening to Guo Jing and Mei Chaofeng for some time
behind the rose shrubs. She heard how he never gave a thought to his own
life and never forgot about her safety. In her gratitude, two drops of tears
rolled down her cheeks as she shouted at Mei Chaofeng: "Mei Rehua, let him
"Mei Rehua" was Mei Chaofeng's name before her shifu changed it. No one in
Jiang Hu knew and for dozens of years, she had not heard these three
characters uttered by anyone. However, today it was being shouted by this
Greatly startled, she asked: "Who are you?"
Huang Rong said clearly: "Taohua ying3 la4 fei1 shen2 jian4, bi4 hai3 chao2
sheng1 an4 yu4 xiao1! (The peach blossom shade leaves behind the divine
sword, the jade ocean current gives life to the jade flute!) I am surnamed
Mei Chaofeng was even more startled and could only stammer: "You... You...
Huang Rong called out: "You what? The East China Sea Peach Blossom Isle
snapping finger, the pure sound of the cave, the green bamboo forest, the
trial sword pavilion, you also remember?"
Mei Chaofeng knew these places during her discipleship and when she heard
them mentioned now, suddenly a thought came to her and she asked: "Peach
Blossom Isle Huang... Shifu Huang, is... Is...Is he your...?"
Huang Rong said: "Right! Since you have not forgotten my father, he has not
forgotten you, too. He is coming to look for you!"
Mei Chaofeng only wanted to turn around and flee but how could she move her
foot even one step? Frightened and shocked out of her wits, she could only
clench her teeth, making a grating noise. She did not know what to do.
Huang Rong called out: "Quickly release him."
Mei Chaofeng suddenly remembered, 'Shifu swore that he would never leave
Taohua Island, how could he be here? It was only because of this that I and
Zei Hanzi stole the "Nine Yin Scripture." He had taken an oath and could not
leave the island to pursue. This person is trying to deceive me. I won't let
myself get fooled.'
When Huang Rong saw her hesitate, her left foot pointed downwards as she
leapt up ten feet and successively executed two half-circles before soaring
into the air and wielding a palm towards Mei Chaofeng's head, intending to
It was precisely the "Fallen Hero Divine Sword Palm (La4 Ying1 Shen2
Jian4 Zhang3)," a center move of the "River Town Flying Blossoms
(Jiang1 Cheng2 Fei1 Hua1)."
She called out: "My father taught you this move. Have you forgotten?"
Mei Chaofeng heard the noise of the air rustling around her but she kept
still, her suspicion still in place, though she raised her hand and softly
called out: "Shi Mei (Apprentice Sister), you have spoken with shifu?"
Huang Rong let her body drop, using one hand to pull and then drag Guo Jing
to her side. Originally, Huang Rong was the Peach Blossom Isle Master Huang
Yaoshi's only daughter. Before giving birth to her, her mother had a turn
for the worse which caused her to be physically and mentally exhausted,
leading to her death after a difficult labor. Huang Yaoshi had a fit
afterwards, expelling all his disciples from the island, leaving only the
father and the daughter alone there.
Huang Yaoshi was called "Dong Xie" (Eastern Heretic) because of his
peculiarity of conduct. He often said that the etiquette and customs of the
world were all nonsense. His love for his daughter was excessive and he
naturally did nothing to control her, thus allowing her to become arrogant
and willful. Although she was intelligent, she was not willing to focus her
mind on learning martial arts.
Her father was actually very proficient in the ying yang five lines,
learning these methods from several classics. She was able to learn when
still very young but even though her father had already reached a divine
level, she was nevertheless unable to go beyond the Peach Blossom Isle
martial arts basics.
One day, she was playing in the island when she came upon her father's enemy
imprisoned in the cave. Feeling lonely, she exchanged conversation with that
person. For half a day, they talked. The person's words were interesting to
her so that she often returned, seeking him out only to speak with him,
finding relief in that exercise. Afterwards, Master Huang Yaoshi found out
and reproached her severely.
Huang Rong had never been beaten or scolded by her father so she reacted
with anger and self-pity. Her cunning and unreasonable temperament
manifested itself suddenly and she took the boat to escape Peach Blossom
Isle with the thought that no one cared for her there. Thus, she cut all
wish for it and disguised herself as a poor, miserable youth, going in all
directions, dissolute, though in her heart she was still with her father.
She thought angrily, 'Since you don't love me, then I'm better off
roaming the world as a pitiful beggar!'
However, she did not expect to meet Guo Jing in Zhangjiakou.
At first, she went to the wineshop with him to spend his money and cause a
disturbance, intending to lay on him her resentment towards her father. Who
would have thought that he would be so dumb with no idea at all, talking
with her as though they were old friends and even giving her his horse,
showing his concern? She was bitter and lonely, thinking about how she
deceived him but he continued to treat her honestly. She was touched. Since
then, the two of them became good friends.
Huang Rong once listened to her father speak about Chen Xuanfeng and Mei
Chaofeng's affair in great detail and because of this, she learned about Mei
Chaofeng's maiden name.
The lines "Taohua Ying3 La4 Fei1 Shen2 Jian4, Bi4 Hai3 Chao2 Sheng1 An4 Yu4
Xiao1" (The peach blossom leaves behind the divine sword, the jade green sea
gives life to the jade flute) were a heretical couplet that hung inside the
sword trial pavilion and embodied the principles of Huang Yaoshi's wugong.
Every Peach Blossom Isle disciple knew this. Since she knew that her wugong
could not rival Mei Chaofeng's, she then lied and told her that her father
As a result, Mei Chaofeng was frightened into releasing Guo Jing. She
thought, 'If shifu is indeed coming, how will I know that he won't kill
She remembered that Huang Yaoshi had a ruthless nature and his methods were
mean. She could not stop her face from going ashen and her whole body from
shaking as though Huang Yaoshi, his face grim, was already standing in
front. Her whole body became limp. It was as though she had lost her kung fu
skills as she bent on the ground and shakingly said: "Disciple's many sins
make her deserving of death. But please, tell shifu to take pity because my
two eyes are blind and my lower body is handicapped. Ask him to grant
leniency to his disciple as he would a swine or a dog."
Then she remembered how Huang Yaoshi used to treat her with favor and feared
that his heart had changed. Her bosom was filled with shame as she said:
"No, don't ask shifu to be lenient. I deserve a harsh punishment."
Each time Guo Jing and she met one another, she always appeared to be
terrible, with devilish manners. Even when faced with a great enemy or when
climbing up that steep precipice, she remained unfazed as though nothing
mattered. However, when Huang Rong mentioned her father, her whole person
unexpectedly changed. He thought that this was strange.
Huang Rong was secretly laughing as she pulled Guo Jing by the hand and led
him towards the wall outside. But before they could leap over the wall to
escape, they were stopped by a clear voice.
A person came, chuckling softly, his hand holding a folding fan. He laughed:
"Daughter, I'm not certain you can manage to climb that."
Huang Rong saw that it was Ouyang Ke. She knew his kung fu skills and knew
that it would be difficult to get past him. So, she immediately turned to
Mei Chaofeng and said: "Mei Shizi (Elder Martial Sister Mei), father is
always willing to listen to me. I can ask favor for you. But first, you have
to do something meritous so father can forgive you."
Mei Chaofeng asked: "What merit?"
Huang Rong said: "There's a bad person who wants to bully me. I will pretend
to go along but you won't allow the enemy to strike or beat me. Once father
comes and see you helping me, he'll be pleased."
Mei Chaofeng heard that her younger apprentice sister was willing to ask her
father for a favor. Her spirit was revived. While they spoke, four of Ouyang
Ke's concubines arrived. Huang Rong dragged Guo Jing behind Mei Chaofeng to
avoid getting in the way, only waiting for Mei Chaofeng or Ouyang Ke to open
moves and take the opportunity to sneak off.
Ouyang Ke saw Mei Chaofeng sitting on the ground, her hair dishevelled and
her whole body covered with dark skin. She was clutching tightly the upper
part of her bosom. Opening his folding fan lightly, he moved forward to
catch Huang Rong when suddenly he felt a force heading towards his chest. He
looked down to find the woman on the ground stretching out her hand to grab
He had never encountered such level of strength in one stance before.
Shocked, he hastily struck towards her wrist with his fan and at the same
time, leapt away. He heard a scoff, "ka" "la", and loud successive cries.
The front piece of Ouyang Ke's jacket was torn, his fan broken into two, and
his four concubines collapsing to the ground. He took a quick look around
and saw that all four women had been violently killed, their spirits left
their bodies as soon as they were hit. The tops of their heads were covered
in blood and brain matter gushed out of the five holes at the center.
The swiftness and viciousness of the move was extremely rare. Ouyang Ke was
surprised and angry at the same time when he saw the woman still sitting
motionless as though paralyzed. His fear was lessened and he quickly
launched into a stance passed on by his family, "Divine Camel Snowy Mountain
Palm (Shen2 Tuo2 Xue3 SHan1 Zhang3)."
His body floated as his palm prepared to attack. But Mei Chaofeng's ten
fingers were sharp, each one poised to grab him and squeeze the air out of
him while she sneered. How could Ouyang Ke dare to get close?
Huang Rong pulled Guo Jing so they could walk away when suddenly they heard
a mad roar coming from behind.
Hou Tonghai's two fists were heading towards them!
Huang Rong leaned slightly to one side. When Hou Tonghai saw this, he aimed
for her shoulders, feeling pleased with himself. His blunt brain did not
calculate fast enough and it was then that he abruptly remembered that she
was wearing the prickly soft hedgehog armor. He gave out a loud cry, hastily
withdrawing his two fists, clapping both before hitting his own forehead
above the three bumps, only to yell out in pain. Where else could he grab
her besides her hair?
At that moment, Sha Tongtian, Liang Ziwong, and Peng Lianhu all rushed in.
Liang Ziwong saw Ouyang Ke engaged in a dangerous fight, his long gown torn
and ragged, and realized that this woman was the same one who pretended to
be a ghost in the tunnel. Roaring angrily, he went forward to attack.
Sha Tongtian and the others saw Mei Chaofeng's stances were fierce. They
were all astonished and so decided to keep close guard, waiting for the
first opportunity to attack. They thought, 'Where does this woman's high
wugong come from?'
Peng Lianhu watched and after figuring it out, he shouted: "The Twin Corpses
of the Dark Winds!"
Huang Rong's body moved swiftly, first hiding to the east before flashing to
the west. How could Hou Tonghai grab her hair? Huang Rong saw that his hands
were always aiming for the top of her head and so was able to surmise his
real intention. She darted towards the rose bushes and hid behind it. Then,
she used a piece of metal and stuck some thorns around it before inserting
it around her head. Afterwards, she poked her head out and called: "I'm over
Hou Tonghai was greatly pleased, sending out a hand to grab the top of her
head as he said: "This time, you can't get away, smelly boy...Ayo, ayo! Shi
Ge, the smelly boy's head also has thorns...thorns!" His palm had been
punctured by the metal tips, causing him to jump out in pain.
Huang Rong laughingly said: "I'd come out but you have three horns and I
only have one. It's not fair!"
Hou Tonghai called out: "If you don't come out, I'll make you come out!"
Sha Tongtian scolded: "Do not shout!" Then he hurried over to his side to
By that time, Mei Chaofeng was engaging two masters who were attacking
together. Suddenly, she sent her arm back to grab Guo Jing's chest, calling
out: "Hold my legs."
Guo Jing did not understand what she meant but he wanted to help her fight
the two powerful enemies. At her words, he immediately bent down and grabbed
Mei Chaofeng used her left hand to resist Ouyang Ke's palm while her right
hand thrust towards Liang Ziwong. She said to Guo Jing: "Carry me to chase
after that old man Liang!"
Guo Jing suddenly understood, 'Originally, her body cannot move. She
wants me to help her.'
Thereupon, he placed Mei Chaofeng on his shoulders, according to her
instructions, and hurried after the fleeing enemy. His body had a strong
kung fu basis and Mei Chaofeng's body was not heavy so even though she was
on his shoulders, it did nothing to diminish his speed. He quickly leapt and
Mei Chaofeng soared along with him.
(I'm not sure about the next ones. The translation for the nei gong secret
sounds a bit off. So, please, anyone...if you can piece it together, please
Mei Chaofeng did not forget about the nei gong secret so even though she was
facing the enemy, she also asked: "To practice nei gong, how is it done?"
Guo Jing replied: "Sit cross-legged, five hearts facing the heaven.
Mei Chaofeng asked: "What are the five hearts facing the heaven? (????????)"
Guo Jing said: "Two hands, two feet, and the head all become five hearts.
Mei Chaofeng was delighted and her spirits rose. She reached out to brush
the shoulders of Liang Ziwong, whose blood jumped as he started and ran
away. Guo Jing was about to chase after him when suddenly the Dragon King
Sha Tongtian ran in front of him to help his apprentice brother capture
Startled, he hastily carried Mei Chaofeng towards them, shouting: "First,
let's take care of these two!"
Mei Chaofeng stretched out her left arm, heading towards Hou Tonghai. Hou
Tonghai anxiously withdrew, trying to dodge. Who would have thought Mei
Chaofeng's arm would be so violent as though it had the strength of an ape?
Although Hou Tonghai's dodging was quick, her arm was still able to follow
his body, grabbing him, the fingers of her right hand already digging into
Hou Tonghai's entire body went numb. He could no longer move. He shouted:
"Spare my life, spare my life, I have surrendered!"