Chapter 50 Netherworld Dao-using Methods
“I am stronger than your master, and I will never betray my partner. You will get a brand new life. Oh no, A brand new life of a leopard. You can get a legal identity without wearing iron chains around your neck. You don’t have to continue to be a mountain villain. You can walk inside and outside our county or shuttle through the mountains…”
Li Mu squatted down and got closer to the black leopard with a kind attitude.
He believed that this black leopard could understand.
“Ah hoo…” The black leopard continued to roar.
It seemed to have understood Li Mu’s words, but it still resisted and rejected him.
Li Mu shook his head helplessly. “D*mn, I never heard that cats are so loyal! Is it because I am not handsome enough to become a ready cat poop-picker?”
Eventually, Li Mu abandoned the idea of forcibly taking the Giant Leopard away and slowly domesticating it.
“I will not force you if you don’t want to follow me. I will help you treat your wounds, and when you recover, you can be the king of Taibai Mountain Forests, but you cannot hurt people and affect their lives. Otherwise, I will personally kill you. I will pull out all your tendons and peel of your skin.” Li Mu felt very disgraced when he was rejected by that leopard but he still maintained good behavior.
He turned around and came to the mountain road.
“A group of mice, why are you still hiding? Roll out to here,” Li Mu shouted.
The second master of Qingfeng Citadel and other remaining minions slowly came out of the mountain stones one by one with terrifying looks. They looked at Li Mu as if he was a hell devil, and with all of their legs trembling, they began to kneel on the ground.
“Master, please spare our lives.”
“We were all forced to come here by Wu Biao.”
“We are willing to turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start in life.”
“I have to support an eighty-year-old mother and a three-year-old girl. Please spare my life…”
All the minions were trembling terribly, shouting they had a miserable life and begging Li Mu.
They did ever think about running away.
But they saw the process of how Li Mu had killed Wu Biao in a speed that could be compared to electricity or lightning. It seemed to them that Li Mu had grown two wings that could fly in the sky, so there was no chance for them to escape faced with that kind of speed even if they gave it to their best shot.
They would definitely die if they run away.
But if they did not run and beg for mercy, there was a little hope to live.
They knew that very well since they had been villains for so many years.
And their choices did play a role.
Li Mu had originally intended to kill all of the villains from Qingfeng Citadel.
But he was a person who could be persuaded with a good attitude rather than be threatened. Looking at these people kowtowing, he had hesitated to kill them and said, “Who has brought medicine for metal-inflicted wounds? Who knows how to treat wounds? Go there and handle that leopard’s wounds…”
“Master, I can do that…”
“I have medicine for metal-inflicted wounds.”
“I’m in charging of feeding the leopard at our citadel…”
Those minions who were eager to show their talents rushed there like wild dogs fighting for food.
In a short time, that Giant Leopard was taken medicine for its wounds.
Its limbs were also tied with simple splints, its fractures were fixed, and the bleeding wounds on the body were also temporarily sutured.
He had to admit that these mountain minions had excellence in healing and surviving.
Qingfeng Citadel had poor medical care, so their healing methods must be practiced during the time when they had treated many dead people.
The leopard had an amazing recovery ability.
A moment later, it struggled to get up.
The leopard looked up at Li Mu, and seemed to have a brain to think. It seemed that the leopard knew it was Li Mu who ordered them to save it.
“Wow… oh…” The leopard roared at Li Mu twice, nodded, and finally turned around, limping toward the deep mountains and dense forests.
Li Mu stared at it openmouthed.
“Oh, Man, are you really leaving?”
“No, why didn’t you big cat play the card according to the routine.
“I am so generous that I’ve ordered them to save you. Shouldn’t you finally change your mind and stay with me as my pet?
“How come you actually go?
“It’s so humiliating.
“D*mn, isn’t it in the novel, time-traveler will be like a powerful king and thus attract all kinds of amazing animals, such as mythological beasts or little dragons? And they will never be driven away? Why is the opposite situation when it comes to me?”
The county magistrate Li Mu who tried his best felt great frustration.
And that sense of frustration let him show a vicious look when he turned around to those minions of Qingfeng Citadel including their second master.
“Master, please listen to me.” Sensing that Li Mu might be unhappy, that second master knelt a few steps forward.
Numerous reasons emerged in his mind, so he said loudly when knelt on the ground, “Master, you have already killed Wu Biao, so you must not tolerate the countless crime that he made over the past few years, such as robbing homes, killing people and setting places on fire. I know that you are a chivalrous man with outstanding characteristics. However, although Wu Biao is dead, there are still bad minions and villains in Qingfeng Citadel. They still gather together and commit crimes. If you can forgive me for this time, I am willing to lead the way for you, my master. I will show you the road to our citadel, and help you subdue them to become your servants. Master.”
Li Mu put his attention on the middle-aged man dressed as a scholar.
Before that, he really didn’t notice the second master of Qingfeng Citadel.
“How many people are there in the Qingfeng Citadel?” Li Mu asked.
“There are about three or four thousand minions, including some martial arts masters in Joint-force level and third-rate martial arts masters in Joint-qi level…”
The second master of their citadel had played the role of the butler, so he told every detail of Qingfeng Citadel to Li Mu clearly, and did not dare to conceal anything, who was very cooperative.
“I dare you do not deceive me.” Li Mu touched his temples just like the little Qing Feng.
Li Mu pretended to be really solemn and wondered how to deal with those mountain villains. Suddenly he remembered one thing and said, “I heard the reason why Wu Biao was so powerful in the Northwest Wulin World was he had owned a great Dao-using methods book, which was the source of his Dao skills. Do you know where this book is now?”
That second master of Qingfeng Citadel quickly answered, “Master, I only saw Wu Biao reading that martial arts tactic books for few times, and I did not know the specific content. In the whole citadel, in addition to Wu Biao himself, only the young owner Wu Feilong had really seen it. But Wu Feilong was a good-for-nothing, and he just practiced it very casually, so he could not finish learning that Dao-using methods. Besides, Wu Biao was naturally suspicious, so he always hid that vital martial arts secret books with him.”
“Ah? Hiding with him?”
Li Mu changed his look and looked back towards that stone peak.
He had already beat Wu Biao into pieces, and there was no a complete part of him: his body was turned into meat paste, and his armor and clothing on his body were turned into flying ash… so that secret Dao-using methods book was also beaten into pieces?
“Why am I so unlucky?”
Li Mu, who was anxious and angry, had turned into a bolt of lightning, flown under the rocky peak and begun to search around.
That second master of Qingfeng Citadel approached Li Mu carefully and said, “Master, are you looking for the secret book of the Dao-using methods? The mountains here are steep and the forests are dense. That secret book fell from a high place, so it’s hard to know where it has fallen. It’s no less difficult for you to find it alone than looking for a needle at the bottom of the sea… More people means more strength, why don’t I ask my brothers to help you find it?”
Li Mu thought for a moment and nodded.
That second master of Qingfeng Citadel suddenly became overjoyed when heard that.
With a strong intention to make a contribution, he guided those minions who also wanted that to bend over to find that book around the near woods, rocks, crevices and grasses.
About fifteen minutes later.
Li Mu did not get anything.
He was already a little depressed.
But just then, one of the minions rushed out of the distant woods and shouted, “Found it. I found it. It must be it… master, come here and see it.” That minion was waving a golden book in one of his hands and running frantically towards him.
Li Mu was happy to hear that.
He flew over and took over the pamphlet.
It was a pamphlet tanned by some light yellow unknown material. It was palm-sized and kind of slippery, like jade. With one finger thick, it was extraordinarily heavy, which weighed at least twenty or twenty-five kilograms. And it seemed to be a piece of antique judging from the old cover.
And on its cover, there were four big letters that almost went through the page—
Netherworld Dao-using Methods.
Opening its front page, Li Mu looked roughly and immediately, rejoiced with wild excitement in his mind.
“Yes, this should be the Dao-using methods of Wu Biao. I’m absolutely sure.”
Now, Li Mu had made a small accomplishment in terms of Dao-using theories, so naturally, he could tell whether the book was true or not.
“I cannot tell what the secret book is made from, but it isn’t broken after my powerful punches…” Li Mu was very happy about finding that almost lost book, and thus did not in the killing mood.
He decided to temporarily let go of these mountain villains.
Because what the second master of Qingfeng Citadel had said did really make sense.
There were thousands of mountain villains in Qingfeng Citadel. After losing their leader, those desperados were likely to flee, just like fish flocking into the sea. To kill them one by one to prevent disasters was a big project and was really time-consuming.
Li Mu himself definitely did not have so much time to spend on that.
Therefore, it was better to let the second master of Qingfeng Citadel come back and control those mountain villains, which should reduce the harmfulness of Qingfeng Citadel in that way.
That was not the best approach, but it was the least harmful approach under current conditions.
So, Li Mu took that second master of Qingfeng Citadel to one side and comforted him after threatening him. After that, the second master of Qingfeng Citadel said to Li Mu that he would be a dog beside Li Mu in his life and would be absolutely loyal to Li Mu.
Li Mu did not care about that.
Eventually, a group of minions together with their second master of Qingfeng Citadel, who were all in the mood of fear and uncertainty after surviving from that big fight, disappeared into the distant mountain path.
Li Mu stood at the Hancha Intersection and scanned all around.
Bloody smell spread in the air.
Mutilated limbs and broken arms were found everywhere on the official road.
300 out of 400 elite Bloody Cavalry were annihilated, and the scene could be said to be very tragic.
Even if Li Mu, who could be called a killer after being forced to kill hundreds of pigs on the earth by the old faker, felt really nauseous at that time.
Chapter 51 A Huge Monster
Everyone had two sides.
When Li Mu was in the killing mood, he would think what he did was right, but when looking at the corpses everywhere, he could not help but begin to reflect on whether he was killing people in the name of justice.
After all, he was an ordinary junior high school student from the earth—at least a month or two ago he was, although he had killed people, it still took some time for him to change his attitudes towards that.
Under the moonlight, Li Mu stood there, quiet and motionless, like a rock or a stump.
After a long time, he calmed himself down.
He came under the stone peak.
Wu Biao, the One Cut that Sends Man to Death, his crushed meat fell on the rocks and trees.
Objectively speaking, Wu Biao was much stronger than Li Mu in terms of Dao-using methods and actual combating power.
If Wu Biao could try his best to fight against Li Mu, he would never be defeated in such a short time. Even if Li Mu could defeat him by his speed and strength in the end, he would win very hard, and there was no way for Li Mu to defeat Wu Biao in terms of Dao-using methods.
Unfortunately, Li Mu’s abnormal physical healing power, as well as a few casual extraterrestrial nonsenses, made Wu Biao completely lose his fighting power and only want to escape, which caused his rush death.
How important was the role of fighting spirit and courage?
For Li Mu, that was also a profound lesson.
“It’s time to go back.”
Li Mu looked at the direction of Taibai County.
“These Bloody Cavalry troops were well equipped. I will let county guards clean up the battlefield.”
…The night was long and the moon was bright.
A figure, like a bolt of black lightning, shuttled between mountains.
It was Li Mu who returned back to Taibai County.
This time, he sniped troops Qingfeng Citadel and had a great harvest, so he was in a good mood.
Soon, Li Mu arrived at the abyss of the cliff behind Taibai County.
The lake of Nine-dragons was still sparkling.
At that time, the two months had gone west, and the light between the sky and the earth was dimmer than the moment when Li Mu went for the fight. Thus, the color of the lake was darker, which was more like a pool of ink, and therefore, it was more mysterious and profound. All of that kind of wild environment made people around palpitated.
Coming to that pool again, Li Mu felt the palpitation again.
It seemed that there was something terrible monster in the dark peeping at him.
“Crap, is there any monster that is lurking in this pool?”
Li Mu felt somewhat scared.
He stopped staying and immediately came down to the cliff.
The water mist above was blurred.
He carried that Bloody Giant Dao weighing nearly 500 kilograms and ejected up to thirty or forty meters, circling like a giant eagle.
After several ups and downs, Li Mu reached an altitude of 300 to 400 meters.
He gradually began to feel the sound of the falling of waterfall overhead very loud.
He could see that Nine-dragons Fall.
Li Mu adjusted his direction, leaped again and landed next to the Nine-dragons Fall.
His clothes had been wetted by the mist around.
Looking in that direction, Li Mu could clearly see that a huge water column of tens of meters thick was coming out of the cliff over ten meters away, just like a silver dragon coming out of the cliff.
That was the smallest one on the edge of the Nine-dragons Fall.
But it was shocking enough. At least in the era of the earth, Li Mu had never seen such a magnificent waterfall.
“Flying waters descend straight three thousand feet. Till I think the Milky Way has tumbled from the ninth height of Heaven.”
Li Mu couldn’t help praising it.
He ran Qi within his eyes and looked behind the back of that waterfall.
Through the crevice of the water curtain, Li Mu could see faintly that there existed a cave-like tunnel, but it was so deep and dark, and he could not know where it went, which gave him a feeling of mystery and danger seeing that deep and gloomy path, and it seemed that there was an unknown existence in it.
“In the novel Journey to the West, Sun Wukong found the water curtain cave behind the fall of Mountain of Flowers and Fruits. Would there be such a cave like the fairyland in that novel behind the Nine-dragons Fall?”
Li Mu couldn’t help thinking and indulging in a train of thoughts.
He had an impulse to go through the waterfall curtain and explore that cave behind it.
But Li Mu found out there was less than an hour before daybreak, so he must rush back to the county government, otherwise, his identity would inevitably be exposed. Besides, there was still a mess of things in the county to be dealt with by him, and the most important issue would be the big fight between Sky Dragon Faction and Huya Faction.
“Anyway, the Nine-dragons Fall has been here all the time. Even if I want to explore, I don’t have to be rush for this moment. I can wait until my strength has improved a little, and it will not be too late if I can have more preparation.”
Li Mu was no longer hesitant after thinking about that.
He used the lightness skill and continued to fly over the cliff.
In a blink of an eye, Li Mu had disappeared into the moonlight.
The cliff seemed to be calm again.
Nine-dragons Fall: Nine huge water pillars rushed out of the mountain walls, making a thunderous roar, falling into lakes and pools nearly a kilometer below, demonstrating the great power of nature’s creation, which could not be made by human beings.
After a while.
The last ray of moonlight between sky and earth shone on lakes and pools.
Suddenly, a shadow of several kilometers long emerged from the water.
What was that?
It seemed to be a hell dragon from the abyss of hell.
It rolled up and the calm of the lake was broken in an instant.
The lake boiled as if it had been boiled.
This incredible behemoth rushed out of the water, and most of its body was beneath the water, but it was already several kilometers long, showing its unparalleled and chaotic violence in the world.
Within a few kilometers of the surrounding, even the insects did not dare to chirp.
Everything was so quiet.
It opened its mouth and swallowed the last glimpse of the moon in a very strange way of breathing.
Its two eyes opened as if two cold and heartless bloody moons hung in the void.
The pools and lakes thousands of miles around it were surrounded by that bloody mist as if they were dyed by that blood water, which was like a strange field, kind of like dark prisons in the hell.
In the early morning, the first dawn shone in the restless Taibai County.
After returning to the county office, Li Mu immediately came back to his practice room and couldn’t wait to read the book of Netherworld Dao-using Methods.
That was the first martial arts book that surpassed ninth-ranking after he came to this planet. It was of great significance to him because he wished to see more advanced martial arts tactics and philosophies of the planet.
The breakfast prepared by little Qing Feng was placed well outside the practice room.
Feng Yuanxing, the secretary, came to the county government office before dawn.
He looked tired and pretty anxious. His eyes were bloodshot and his lips were dry and cracked.
In fact, he barely closed his eyes last night. With all the soldiers and people who could fight in the city, he patrolled on the city wall back and forth. Because he was afraid that those mountain villains from Qingfeng Citadel would invade the city and bring a disaster including slaughtering and arson to the whole Taibai county.
“Your honor, has he… finished and gone out?”
Feng Yuanxing asked in a hurry as soon as he entered the door.
That adorkable little Ming Yue, who was slowly drinking porridge, raised one of her hand and said hello, laughing and saying, “Yo, flatterer, you’re here. I heard you spent a night patrolling on the wall with our guards last night? Was that true? How come you, a courtier, are so conscientious and responsible?”
Feng Yuanxing was unable either to laugh or to cry.
These days he had become accustomed to this little girl’s mean way of speaking.
“My master has not finished his practice yet.” Qing Feng grinned bitterly and rubbed his temples, which was his habitual action, and he asked, “Mr. Feng, haven’t those mountain villains from Qingfeng Citadel appeared? Can there be other situations?”
Feng Yuanxing shook his head and looked puzzled, saying, “It’s very strange. Wu Biao, the killer, hasn’t appeared yet. In the early morning, I sent several bold soldiers and guards to explore dozens of miles outside the city, but there was no trace of any mountain villains.”
Qing Feng rubbed his temples again and said, “So… was it really my young master’s clan that sent some people to handle it? But I haven’t heard my young master has participated in any clan or faction.”
To tell the truth, although Li Mu had given them his a firm and solemn promise that his clan would send some masters to solve the disaster of Qingfeng Citadel, Feng Yuanxing was in a half-and-half state of belief and doubt, while the little boy Qing Feng did not believe Li Mu at all.
He had been following Li Mu for several years, but he had never heard Li Mu had participated in any clan or faction.
Feng Yuanxing looked worried and said, “We can send scouts to investigate the Qingfeng Citadel, and put them aside for the time being, but after two hours, the big fight between Sky Dragon Faction and Huya Faction will start. They have already built a fighting ring at the ruins of the Shennong Faction headquarter. The fight will begin immediately. Although Brother Duan Shuiliu frightened some people yesterday, there are still a lot of Jianghu people who come to that ruin. I’m afraid those two factions may expand their killing if they are in the high killing mood, and then our people in the whole county would suffer.”
“Oh, flatterer, now I have a completely new appraisal of you. You actually are worried about our county and our people, so you are a loyal official under the mask of a treacherous man.” Again, little adorkable Ming Yue laughed at Feng Yuanxing inappropriately, at the same time, she finished all the breakfast at the table by herself in an actual quick speed which seemed to be slow.
Just then, a sound came from the side door of the back office.
“You dumb ass, you actually are the most treacherous man in our county government office.”
Li Mu came in refreshingly and raised one of his hands to flick the head of that adorkable little Ming Yue.
Little Mingyue then changed a bitter look and pouted, and it seemed an oil bottle could be hung on her mouth.
“When will the big fight between those two factions start?” Li Mu looked at Feng Yuanxing and asked.
“Two hours,” Feng Yuanxing said quickly.
Li Mu stretched out lazily and asked people to prepare breakfast. He specifically urged them to add a few extra kilograms of meat.
Then he lazily said, “Oh, there are still two hours. It is still early. You can send people outside to observe and maintain order in secret and forbid civilians in the city to join that activity. As for the so-called Jianghu people. Just let them go. The more, the better, haha…”
The last “haha” of Li Mu made people around him feel chilling on their backs.
Somehow, after listening to that “haha” from his county magistrate, Feng Yuanxing suddenly became less nervous and anxious.