The Husky and His White Cat Shizun - Chap 204
On the other side, Xue Meng had already run to the area where the battle was most intense. He raised his arms and shouted, “Stop! Everyone stop! Stop fighting! It’s useless! ”
Actually, before he had arrived, these people had already felt that something was very wrong.
More than a thousand elites were fighting against tens of thousands of zombies. The scene seemed very grand and heroic, but everyone was getting more and more confused. This did not look like a fierce battle was about to unfold at all.
Everyone had fought their way here. Apart from two people who were slightly injured, the rest of the cultivators were actually unharmed. Thus, when Xue Meng shouted, everyone stopped and turned to look at him.
It was the first time that so many people were looking at him at the same time, and many of them were important figures and elders. For a moment, Xue Meng actually felt a little choked.
Chu Wanning asked, “What’s the matter?”
Hearing his master’s voice, Xue Meng calmed down a little. He pointed at the area where Mo Ran was fighting fiercely with the Earth Curtain Willow and said, “Mo Ran seems to already know what’s going on here. Fighting these zombies shouldn’t be of any use.”
Everyone looked at each other. The sect masters were not to be trifled with. How could they be willing to listen to the advice of a junior? Their expressions became very ugly. Jiang Xi’s expression was the darkest. He said, “Mo Ran is just a young man in his early twenties. What could he know?”
If it was someone else speaking, Xue Meng might have been more polite. However, this person was Jiang Xi. Xue Meng immediately became angry when he saw him. He immediately said angrily, “You still want to drink milk when you’re twenty, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to be like you! You can die of narrow-mindedness! ”
How could he embarrass Jiang Xi in front of so many people? Lonemoon’s disciples could not stand it anymore. They all angrily rebuked him.
“What are you saying!”
“Xue Meng, watch your mouth!”
Xue Meng felt uncomfortable being stared at silently by the crowd, but in this situation, he was not afraid at all. He had been messing around with Mo Ran for so many years, so he was used to provoking and being provoked. He immediately raised his eyebrows and said, “What? Am I wrong? It’s your Sect Master Jiang who doesn’t know what’s important and what’s not. Look at the situation now, and you’re still talking about seniority based on age! ”
Jiang Xi was also hot-tempered. He was the leader of many sects and an immortal, but he narrowed his eyes and argued with a junior in front of everyone.
“Age and experience have always been linked. When you reach your father’s age, you should understand a principle — when speaking to your elders, etiquette is the most important.”
Xue Meng said angrily, “With Sect Leader Jiang’s breadth of mind, how can he be an elder?”
“That’s enough, Meng ‘er.” Xue Zhengyong frowned. “Stop talking. Where was Ran ‘er? Take us there quickly. ”
Although Xue Zhengyong had stopped Xue Meng in time and Jiang Xi had no way to continue arguing, he still flicked his sleeve and said, “Xue Zhengyong, you’re really good at teaching your child.”
Xue Zhengyong’s face was livid. He seemed to want to say something, but he did not say it out loud for the sake of the First Supremacy. He followed the crowd to the mountainside.
When they reached the mountainside, they saw Mo Ran, dressed in black, flying over. Half of his sleeve was covered in blood, and he held the chess piece tightly in his hand. The vines behind him had been burned, and there were no new ones at the moment.
Seeing that he was injured, Chu Wanning and Xue Zhengyong’s expressions changed. Xue Zhengyong hurriedly said, “Ran ‘er, how are you? Heal … heal, someone come quickly! Shi Mei! Come and help! ”
Shi Mei seemed to be shocked as well. Looking at Mo Ran’s bloody arm, his face turned pale. For a moment, he was stunned and did not move.
However, Mo Ran’s Divine Hand stepped forward first. With a light flick of his sleeve, he felt the burning pain in his wound ease. He nodded at Hua Bi’nan and said, “Thank you, Divine Hand.”
“You’re welcome,” Hua Bi’nan said coldly, “I wonder what Grandmaster Mo has discovered that you want to share with everyone?”
At this moment, Mo Ran’s mood was extremely bad. He knew very well that if he revealed the “Unity Formation” at this moment, it would definitely arouse some suspicion and speculation.
However, he did not care so much. He knew very well that if the Exquisite Chessboard appeared in Jianghu in large numbers, it would cause a bloody storm. That was something that neither he nor Chu Wanning wanted to see.
“Look at this.”
He opened his palm and showed the black chess piece in his hand to everyone.
Jiang Xi sneered, “Exquisite Chessboard? Didn’t you already know? Is this what Grandmaster Mo discovered? If it wasn’t for the Exquisite Chessboard, how could these corpses be manipulated by others? ”
Mo Ran pursed his lips and said, “It’s not the Exquisite Chessboard. It’s the Soul-Eating Insect on the chess piece.”
He pointed to it for everyone to see, “It’s here.”
Jiang Xi stood with his hands behind his back. He did not say much and just looked at him coldly, “…”
Xue Zhengyong moved closer to look at the insect, but after looking at it for a long time, he could not figure out what it was. He asked, “What’s wrong with this insect? Is there something wrong?”
“It’s on every chess piece,” Mo Ran said, “This Exquisite Chessboard is not as simple as you think.”
Pairs of eyes stared at him, and he also glanced at them.
Of course, he knew what he was doing.
He told everyone what he knew in order to prevent a catastrophe from happening.
However, he was also very clear about the price —
In fact, this was also where the mastermind behind the scenes was brilliant. If that person was not sure whether Mo Ran was reborn, the Unity Array was undoubtedly the best bait.
Unless Mo Ran could be cruel and not speak, and let the catastrophe happen. As long as he spoke, he would undoubtedly reveal a message to the mastermind behind the scenes.
The Emperor Ta must have been reborn.
However, Mo Ran had no choice but to consider, “I don’t know if you have seen puppet shows before.”
Someone replied, “… Of course we have. But why are you talking about this? ”
“I’ve seen it before, but I was short when I was young and could not squeeze to the front row. I could only stand behind the counter and listen to one or two scenes from behind the scenes.” Mo Ran said, “So the puppet shows I watched may not be the same as yours. What you saw was the story on the stage. A few cloth puppets appeared on the stage, fighting and killing, talking and singing.”
Jiang Xi said impatiently, “What are you trying to say? Can you be more concise? ”
“I can’t.” Mo Ran said, “Not everyone understands as fast as Sect Leader Jiang. I want everyone to understand.”
Seeing that Jiang Xi was silent with a gloomy face, Mo Ran continued, “Can the cloth puppets on the stage move by themselves?”
Xue Zhengyong said, “Of course not.”
“Then how do they move? Do they need a few people to squat under the table and hold wooden sticks and strings to control them? ”
“Okay.” Mo Ran said, “I have an idea … I don’t know if Xu Shuanglin thinks like this, but I think it should be close. The ‘Phoenix Mountain’ we are on now is like the bottom of the stage. These soft zombies are like the people controlling the puppets under the stage — these people naturally don’t need too much ability. They just need to hold the puppets and move, and that’s enough. ”
Jiang Xi said, “… Go on.”
“If that’s really the case, Phoenix Mountain is actually just a backstage. The real show won’t be here, but on the stage.” Mo Ran said, “Xu Shuanglin is like the leader of this troupe. When he gives an order, who will he give it to?”
Xue Zhengyong said, “Of course it’s the people who squat behind the curtain and hold the strings.”
Mo Ran said, “That’s right. That’s the reason. The people on Phoenix Mountain are the people who hold the strings. Xu Shuanglin gives them the order, and they move the puppets in their hands to stand up and act. ”
Jiang Xi listened and narrowed his eyes. “You mean, besides Phoenix Mountain, there’s another place that has corpses piled up like mountains. That place is the so-called ‘stage’, and those corpses are the so-called ‘puppets’?”
“Sect Leader Jiang, you’re so smart.”
“You don’t have to flatter me.” Jiang Xi said, “I just want to know. What you said seems to be very logical, but in fact, it’s whimsical and imaginative. Grandmaster Mo, you have no proof. What’s the basis for your words? ”
“… I don’t have much basis.” Mo Ran said, “The reason why I thought of this is because I accidentally found this chess piece with the Soul-Eating Bug in the corpses.”
The pitch-black chess piece in his hand was still stained with blood. It was very dirty. The Soul-Eating Bug had just left the body and was not dead yet. It lay softly on top of the chess piece.
Mo Ran was silent for a while. He looked up, but he was not looking at Jiang Xi. Instead, he looked at Hua Bi’nan, who was behind Jiang Xi. “You should know best what kind of adaptability the Soul-Eating Bug has.”
“This kind of bug has many adaptations. Which one is Grandmaster Mo referring to?”
Mo Ran said, “Imitation.”
Hua Bi’nan said, “Of course I know. The larvae of the Soul-Eating Bug are very good at imitation. They are mentally connected with the male bug and will imitate the male bug’s every move until they reach adulthood. ”
Mo Ran said, “Okay, then what if I put the larvae of this chess piece into another person’s body?”
“…” Hua Bi’nan’s expression changed slightly. He said, “Whatever the corpse here does, the body on the other side will do the same.”
“How can you solve it?”
“There’s no solution except that the bug will die.”
Mo Ran nodded and said, “Everyone, spread out a little. Be careful and watch.”
As soon as he finished speaking, his eyes suddenly turned cold. He waved his hand fiercely, wanting to attack the Soul-Eating Bug on the chess piece. At this time, the ground suddenly trembled. The thin mantle from before suddenly pulled up and pounced toward Mo Ran again. Everyone was shocked, but Mo Ran quickly restrained his killing intent and dodged a round of attacks from the vines.
He took a deep breath and stood with one hand behind his back. He said, “Did you see that? Huang Shan is deliberately protecting these Soul-Eating Bugs, not letting them be easily killed. If anyone still insists that the bug’s appearance on the chess piece is just a coincidence … or just a decoration, then I have nothing to say. ”
There was a bit of silence. Almost everyone was thinking, digesting Mo Ran’s guess.
It was a bold guess that was almost ridiculous.
But for some reason, they couldn’t find any loopholes.
Mo Ran’s idea was too crazy, but he said it with certainty, his gaze hard.
It was as if he was 100% sure of Xu Shuanglin’s thoughts and actions. He was trying his best to convince them.
But this kind of belief was very scary. In the crowd, even Chu Wanning was slightly uneasy. He frowned and looked at Mo Ran’s pale face from afar. He suddenly felt his heart palpitate, as if something was showing a little bit of a clue, a little bit of fangs.
It was about to be torn apart.
Probably only people like Xue Zhengyong thought more simply. He didn’t care too much about how Mo Ran could think of such a strange “puppet control method” in such a short time. He only seriously pondered for a while, then suddenly patted his head.
“So, Xu Shuanglin isn’t here at all?!”
Mo Ran said, “I don’t think so.”
Elder Xuanji’s concern was different from everyone else. He frowned and said, “Along the way, he killed at least nine thousand zombies, if not ten thousand. Where did he get so many corpses? If so many people suddenly died somewhere, there’s no reason not to alarm the ten great sects. ”
Mo Ran sighed and said, “Just died. Have you forgotten? ”
“Where did he just die?”
Seeing that everyone was puzzled, Mo Ran said two words concisely.
Someone immediately refuted him.
“Linyi was a sea of fire at that time. It was a sea of tribulation fire. It was burned to ashes. How could there be corpses left?”
“Because of the space rift,” Mo Ran said, “Other than Xu Shuanglin, he has a companion who knows how to crack space.”
This time, no one refuted.
It was not because they believed it, but because it was too ridiculous and ridiculous.
After a long while, Jiang Xi said, “That’s the first great forbidden technique that has been lost for a long time …”
“The first great forbidden technique is the space rift,” Mo Ran said, “not space.”
“There are thousands of people here, not Xu Shuanglin alone.” Jiang Xi’s expression was very cold. “How capable must he be to send thousands of people to Mount Huang before they were swallowed by the sea of fire?”
“Sect Master Jiang, why don’t you think about it from another perspective?” Mo Ran said, “I think that these people were not sent here when they were alive, but after they were burned to death and before they were burned to ashes. This kind of teleportation technique is much easier to send the dead than the living. ”
Jiang Xi did not like to be led by a junior. He was a little embarrassed. He narrowed his eyes, but before he could say anything, a pale and slender hand pressed down on him. The Divine Hand Hua Bi’nan smiled slightly and looked at Mo Ran. “Grandmaster Mo, you’re so sure, as if you saw it with your own eyes. What proof do you have?”
Mo Ran did not expect the Medicine Sect to speak up. He was stunned for a moment, then said, “No one knows better than Grandmaster Hua whether the flesh of these zombies was burned or rotted.”
Hua Bi’nan glanced at the zombies on the ground in the distance. They had their legs cut off and could not get up again. Then he turned his gaze back and said lightly, “Even if they were burned, how can you be sure that they were the corpses of the first disaster in Linyi?”
Mo Ran stared at him with his black eyes without backing down. He said, “It’s just a guess. If Grandmaster Hua thinks it’s ridiculous, then you can think of another way to let Xu Shuanglin secretly transport thousands of corpses to Mount Huang under the noses of all the sects. ”
Hua Bi’nan smiled. “I’m not good at witchcraft, so I can’t guess.”
For a moment, no one said anything.
Han Lin Sacred Hand’s words could be considered to have pierced everyone’s hearts.
Since Mo Ran had speculated about the use of the Mother Soul Devouring Worm, many people felt a faint fear in their hearts and felt the hair on their backs stand on end.
There was a good saying, “What kind of person you are, what kind of things you see in your eyes.”
Many people present were not innocent people. Naturally, they could immediately think of the crux of the problem. That was, how could Mo Ran make such a terrifying but thorough guess in such a short time?
He was naturally not Xu Shuanglin’s henchman. If he was, he would never have mentioned such a guess.
Then, did this mean that Grandmaster Mo, who had always appeared to be “upright”, had secretly dabbled in this kind of witchcraft, or had studied it more or less?
Hua Bi’nan gently brushed the veil on his face and said with a smile, “After all, when it comes to guessing Xu Shuanglin’s thoughts, I think I can’t beat Grandmaster Mo.”
Mo Ran wanted to refute for a moment, but he suddenly felt that he couldn’t stand on his own ground. He couldn’t say with confidence that he was just guessing and that he was not good at witchcraft.
At this time, a cold voice suddenly said, “Grandmaster Hua, why do you have to make insinuations?”
“Ah.” Hua Bi’nan smiled. “Grandmaster Chu.”
Chu Wanning’s clothes were as white as snow as she stood under the moonlight. Her expression was extremely indifferent. “A person’s thoughts will be different depending on their position. The people sitting in the seats can only see the puppet show on the stage, but some people can only watch from behind the stage. What they see are ordinary people squatting behind the table. Grandmaster Hua, do you understand what I mean? ”
Hua Bi’nan said with a smile, “Forgive me for being slow-witted.”
“Mo Ran has his own opinions.” Chu Wanning said coldly, “He is my disciple. I hope you will be careful with your words and not make too many guesses.”
This kind of trust made Mo Ran’s throat dry. He muttered, “Master …”
Hua Bi’nan looked at Chu Wanning for a while. He wanted to say something, but in the end, he didn’t. He smiled and went back to Lonemoon’s team.
Jiang Xi regained his dignity, but his expression was still very ugly.
He said coldly, “No matter what, let’s go to the top first.”
The group walked to the top of the mountain. It was empty there, except for a huge spell array. Red balls of light kept coming out of the array’s eye.
Mo Ran saw this array and his heart sank. His fingertips were cold.
It was indeed an array of the heart … It was an array that was used to refine the chess pieces of the heart and merge the soul-eating worms into the Exquisite Dragon Chess.
The Palace Master of the Stepping Snow Palace frowned and looked at the strange array totem. “What array is this? I’ve never seen it before. Sect Master Xue, you’re very knowledgeable. Have you seen it before? ”
Xue Zhengyong leaned over to take a look and shook his head. “No.”
Jiang Xi’s dark brown eyes flashed. He looked at the array’s eye for a while, then slowly reached out to probe it. He was the most familiar with this kind of array formation. He closed his eyes and probed for about half an hour, then suddenly withdrew his hand. He turned to Mo Ran and said, “Do you have any other ideas?”
His reaction completely told everyone that Mo Ran’s guess just now was not far from the truth. He was right!
Mo Ran said, “… Yes.”
Jiang Xi said, “Speak.”
“Since it’s the mother-child worms, then as I said just now, one is on the stage and one is under the stage. So, no matter how many Exquisite Dragon Chess pieces Xu Shuanglin made here, there will be a lot of corpses that will listen to his orders.” Mo Ran paused and said the most important point. “But, in that place, the corpses will definitely not be weak ordinary zombies. I’m afraid that they will be the remains of people who were extremely powerful when they were alive. ”
Xue Meng said in shock, “So this is the reason why Xu Shuanglin killed so many ordinary people? To make it easier for his subordinates to control the corpses? ”
“I’m afraid so.”
Xue Meng looked back at the mountain below, at the vast sea of corpses and blood. In an instant, the blood drained from his face. It was unknown whether it was because he felt disgusted and shocked, or because he thought of another place where they would face the same number of corpses.
Or maybe it was both. Xue Meng looked a little shaky.
Suddenly, someone shouted, “Look over here! There’s a corpse here! ”
There was no tall shelter at the top of the mountain, only a bush. Those with sharp eyes saw that there seemed to be a white robe peeking out from there.