Translator: GodBrandy Editor: Kurisu
Just as Song Shuhang fell into thought, several figures riding horses appeared in the distance, approaching them across the desert.
The person leading the riders was Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven!
Not only that, the five figures by Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven’s side successively became clearer… and all of them turned out to be a Scarlet Heaven too. However, those five figures appeared to be younger versions of Scarlet Heaven.
Finally, a team of thousands of people appeared. Similar to before, each of those people was Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven, but younger, about 16 years old, and they each held various long weapons in their hands.
“Our opponent is an army of Daoist Priests Scarlet Heaven?” The corners of Song Shuhang’s mouth twitched.
What was going on here? Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven was a powerhouse that had lived during the ancient era, and the language of the ancient era could even be considered his native language.
On their side, the most formidable person they had for speaking the language of the ancient era could only say 10 phrases.
Weren’t they getting bullied too much here?!
Of course, these ‘Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven’ in front of them were definitely not his real body; he should have only set up some magical technique inside the barrier gate.
After the army of Daoist Priests Scarlet Heaven appeared, another army spawned behind Song Shuhang and the others.
There were 300 Song Shuhangs, 300 Su Clan’s Sixteens, 100 Shis, 100 Little Cais, 100 humanoid Lady Onions, 50 puppets, and 50 virtuous lamias.
Their army totaled 1,000 units.
However, each of the soldiers and horses on their side had no weapons at all—not even a stick.
Their momentum was ten times weaker than the other party’s!
What’s up with these soldiers?
Hold on… could these soldiers be the [health bar]?
Song Shuhang sighed. “There’s still a great difference between our momentum and theirs.” They had already lost before the battle had even begun.
Shi earnestly said, “It’s better to tell you in advance, Senior Brother Song, but I only know three phrases in the language of the ancient era.”
Su Clan’s Sixteen added, “I only know two phrases.”
Little Cai said, “Are we going to surrender?”
Lady Onion raised her head, and asked, “Can I switch to the other camp?”
Song Shuhang responded, “It’s impossible to switch teams now. Get ready, the game is about to start.”
…If they could change teams, then he would also choose to jump to the other side.
Over at the other side, the Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven that led the group rolled his tongue, and shouted, “¥@#”. Along with his call, the 1,000 other Daoist Priests Scarlet Heaven behind him held up their weapons and charged forward to attack.
Song Shuhang said, “What did he say?”
Loli Shi raised her hand happily. “I know! He was greeting us, what he said can be interpreted as ‘Hi~ How are you?’. We only have to respond to him. That’s exactly one of the three sentences I know.”
Song Shuhang said, “Then, can you handle it?”
Shi: “No problem… ¥@#!”
After Shi finished responding, the mixed army behind them took a step forward with extraordinary momentum. Though they were barehanded, they roared gloriously.
Song Shuhang and the others looked at their soldiers, who were modeled after them, scream, feeling strange on the inside.
The first wave of dialogue between the two sides was completed, and they were now tied.
Next, the soldiers behind the two sides began to charge forward.
1,000 young versions of ‘Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven’ armed with long weapons launched an attack towards Song Shuhang and the others. As for the 1,000 soldiers in the mixed army, they showed no weakness, either, and roared as they charged forward with nothing in their hands.
To be honest, although Song Shuhang’s team was not uniform, it was much nicer to look at. There were young girls, lolis, sexy lady onions, lamias, beautiful puppets, as well as little monster birds on top of their heads.
The soldiers on both sides charged forward, looking like they were immediately about to engage in slaughter.
Song Shuhang said, “The other side isn’t replying?”
Su Clan’s Sixteen said, “Is it our turn to be on the offense? In a turn-based system, the opponent has already finished their attack, and we were able to counter it. Perhaps it’s our turn to start the attack?”
Song Shuhang said, “I guess we can try it out? What should we say after having finished initial greetings?”
Lady Onion replied, “After greeting one another, the next thing to say should be [Pleased to meet you] or [Have you eaten] or something, right?”
Su Clan’s Sixteen said, “We can go with that. I can say [Pleased to meet you], so I’ll handle it this time.”
“Okay, then it’s up to you!” Song Shuhang said.
…It felt like they were a group of trash vs elite students.
Su Clan’s Sixteen said, “々★◎□℃＠§”
This sentence meant ‘Pleased to meet you’.
After saying that, the Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven which led the other side immediately replied with a long phrase in the language of the ancient era. His tongue had rolled so tremendously that Song Shuhang was worried that it would cramp.
“What did he say?” Song Shuhang’s face showed confusion—although he claimed to be someone who had mastered 10 phrases in the language of the ancient era, the 10 phrases he knew were of the ‘Thousand Character Classic’ and were not used in daily life.
Su Clan’s Sixteen shrugged her shoulders, and said, “The first half of his reply should have meant ‘I’m also glad to see you’. As for the second half, I didn’t understand it. I guess he launched a counterattack? After he successfully defended, he should have directly begun his offense.”
Song Shuhang asked, “Shi, did you understand him?”
Shi also shook his head. “I didn’t, but the other party’s version of the language of the ancient era is really authentic. Their pronunciation is amazing and truly of the standard.”
Was this the time to admire the other party’s pronunciation? Song Shuhang sighed and looked at his other teammates.
Lady Onion and Little Cai were there just for show. As for the virtuous lamia… forget it.
It seemed that the only one who could reverse the current situation was the puppet!
As Song Shuhang had taken too long to reply… On the battlefield, the 1,000 Daoist Priests Scarlet Heaven that wielded long weapons had launched a fierce attack, causing the 1,000 soldiers in the mixed army modeled after Song Shuhang, Su Clan’s Sixteen, Shi, and the others to be immediately beaten down, and end up crying for their parents as they fell apart.
Song Shuhang stared intently at the puppet. It’s up to you, high-quality puppet!
The puppet’s eyes shone, and she nodded strongly.
Then, under Song Shuhang’s gaze, she slowly but surely crouched down, brought her hands above her head, and covered it. Finally, her figure began to tremble rhythmically.
It was the high-quality puppet’s surekill technique—holding one’s head and squatting down.
Song Shuhang felt an especially strong bitterness in his heart plus liver pain.
I was actually stupid enough to place all my trust in this puppet that likes to hold its head and squat down.
There was simply nothing else he could do. At this moment, he could rely only on himself.
Song Shuhang said, “We can only make a guess, then. Generally speaking, after [I’m glad to meet you], what would the other party say?”
Just as he finished talking…
Beside him, the virtuous lamia screamed: “Aaaahhhhh~!”
Then, she fell to the ground and pretended to be dead.
Song Shuhang: “…”
The worst part of this all was that the scream of the virtuous lamia seemed to have been accepted as an answer.
And this answer, due to obviously having the wrong pronunciation, couldn’t be used.
In the next moment, the mixed army on Song Shuhang’s side was beaten up.
The ‘Song Shuhang Army’, who had rushed forward, was beaten without mercy. As he watched more than 300 guys who looked exactly the same as him being beaten up and getting hit by the long weapons, Song Shuhang’s heart went cold.
The Su Clan’s Sixteen Army, Shi Army, and Lady Onion Army also got beaten down in large numbers.
Little Cai was shot down from the air.
The virtuous lamia’s strength had backfired on her teammates.
Lady Onion asked, “Should we retreat first?”
Seeing that large number of Lady Onions getting beaten, her green onion roots couldn’t help but feel pained.
“Once we retreat, we would be chased by the other party, which would simply lead to even greater casualties. It would be great if I had a dictionary now.” Song Shuhang touched the ‘Learning God System’ tattoo on his upper waist, but the system did not activate.
Song Shuhang asked, “Is it our turn to attack now?”
“I don’t know, but we can try,” Shi said. “What should we say this time?”
“I’ll go this time, though it will be slightly troublesome.” Song Shuhang gritted his teeth and then loudly recited the first phrase in the ‘Thousand Character Classic’ of the ancient era. “(In ancient language) The sky was black and earth yellow. The universe, vast and limitless…”
Come, reply with the next parts of the Thousand Character Classic~ In this way, with me knowing 10 phrases from the ‘Thousand Character Classic’, I will at least be able to handle five rounds.
As Song Shuhang had hoped, the other party began to recite the Thousand Character Classic.
The Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven in the lead opened his mouth, and then began to quickly and loudly recite, “The sun rises and sets, the moon full or parsed. Stars and residences spread all over. Cold and heat come and go. Autumn’s harvest, Winter’s keep. The time fixed to a year. Everything attuned to balance… ”
Blablabla~ His mouth didn’t stop.
His face didn’t go red, nor did he have to stop to breathe… but he recited the entire ❮Thousand Character Classic❯ in one breath, and did not give Song Shuhang a chance to reply at all!
Song Shuhang immediately knelt down. He originally thought that he could at least handle five rounds with his knowledge of 10 phrases from the Thousand Character Classic. Unexpectedly, the opponent did not play according to the script, and went directly to the end as he recited the entire Thousand Character Classic.
It was too cruel.
As a result, the mixed army on Song Shuhang’s side was beaten black and blue by the thousand-man ‘Scarlet Heaven Army’, suffering heavy casualties.
In no more than 10 breaths…
The mixed army was crushed and none were left alive. Whether it was the little birds, the girls, the lolis, the monster onions, the puppets, or the snake girls, they had all been ruthlessly slain.
“Watching 100 myself getting killed makes my heart feel really tired.” Shi sighed. She felt that she was going to have nightmares for a few days.
Song Shuhang comforted, “You were lucky. There were 300 of me, and they all died. Moreover, mine were the first to get stabbed and killed in a variety of ways.”
Su Clan’s Sixteen asked, “Have we lost?”
Song Shuhang nodded, and said, “Definitely. Is there going to be a punishment?”
While they were talking, the ‘Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven’ that led the other side nodded slightly at Song Shuhang and the others, and he even smiled at Lady Onion.
In the next moment, the entire Scarlet Heaven Army dissipated and disappeared.
It was game over.
Song Shuhang and the others’ consciousness fell into a trance.
Then, they returned to their bodies. When they opened their eyes, they were still in front of the barrier gate.
“There’s no punishment.” Su Clan’s Sixteen inspected her body once over and found no abnormalities.
Lady Onion said, “It’s just a small game, after all. Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven is the master who planted me. He is a very gentle and kind person, and his large hands are especially warm.”
“And it was that gentle and kind master of yours that crushed our mixed army, torturing to death and cruelly killing all of them off,” Little Cai said with tears in her eyes.
Lady Onion: “…”
At this time, Song Shuhang rubbed his eyebrows, and said, “This game not only doesn’t have any punishment, but it actually gave us benefits. I feel that my mental energy has increased. Perhaps the longer we persist in the game, the greater the gains?”
Shi happily said, “My mental energy really did increase a bit. Should we go in and play the word game again?”
Strengthening one’s mental energy was a very boring process, so they couldn’t pass on this opportunity.
Little Cai and Lady Onion’s eyes also brightened up.
“Then… I guess we’re sticking with that,” Su Clan’s Sixteen said as a silver light emerged deep in her eyes.
“Before we go in again, should we increase our knowledge?” Song Shuhang said. He had the ‘Learning God System’, which could strengthen him up and make him learn a few phrases in the language of the ancient era.
Moreover, he already had a strategy to go with in mind.
The barrier here should have been built when Lady Onion was planted—calculating the time, it should have been about 500-600 years ago. At that time, the ❮Thousand Character Classic❯ had already been created, so ‘Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven’ in the game could easily recite the entire classic in one breath.
Therefore, if he wanted to make the ‘Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven’ in the game helpless, it was actually very simple—they just had to pick some modern poems or online jokes and translate them into the language of the ancient era, and then say them in the game.
For example, [Facing the Sea While Spring Blossoms], [Nostalgia Was a Tiny, Tiny Stamp] and other modern poems, and so on. The Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven in the game shouldn’t be able to respond as well as before.
Or perhaps, they could play a quiz game… like what comes after the sentence [set a small goal first]? Or [how can a friendship boat flip over]?
It could even be a question on knowledge such as calculus, the principles behind digital television, computer programming, etc. These should only be knowledge that appeared in the past several centuries…
All in all, he planned on using knowledge that had appeared in the past 300 years to give the Daoist Priest ‘Scarlet Heaven’ in the game a difficult time.
Loli Shi said, “However, Senior Brother Song, even if we temporarily study the language of the ancient era, it would be hard to learn a few phrases, and even more so when it comes to pronunciation.”
The language of the ancient era was different from modern languages, and it wasn’t just a language.
For example, using the language of the ancient era to cast a technique would result in much greater power than when one used a language of the modern era to cast the same technique.
Therefore, even if a cultivator had a strong memory, it was still difficult to learn the language of the ancient era.
Su Clan’s Sixteen said, “Shi has a point… We don’t have to rush to study. This time, let me try to use a secret treasure first.”
Song Shuhang curiously asked, “What secret treasure?”
“A secret treasure that allows me to use the language of the ancient era for a short time, but I have to prepare for quite a while before using it, so I wasn’t able to use it just now.” Su Clan’s Sixteen blinked, and a silver light shone deep within her eyes.
“There’s such a convenient secret treasure? Then, let’s go and give the game another try. Sixteen, you can try to use knowledge of modern poems, online jokes, or even calculus and computer programming and so on to throw off the ‘Daoist Priest Scarlet Heaven’ in the game.”
“Alright,” Su Clan’s Sixteen said.
Then, she reached out and touched the barrier gate. She opened her mouth, and said “Yes” using the language of the ancient era.
Just when Sixteen touched the barrier gate, the gate suddenly disappeared…