T/N: I got stuck on the kicks. I had no idea how to properly translate them and still don’t, but I’ve made do with what knowledge I could find on the net. Wuxia action scenes aren’t my thing. There are only so many ways to say you punched and kicked each other. Xianxia ones are easier.
"What did you just say?" Zhao Yujian’s eyes actually looked toward Li Yundong rather than Su Chan, the one who provoked everyone’s anger just now.
Li Yundong never imagined that he would encounter this much difficulty from simply attempting to learn taekwondo. He looked at Su Chan feeling helpless, and then he looked at the Zhao Yujian, who was parting the crowd and walking toward him with a malevolent expression on his face, feeling even more helpless.
Su Chan slightly raised her head. That delicate yet glamorous face was full of pride and disdain, as if what she just said was the an acknowledge truth that was accepted worldwide.
Li Yundong felt his head start to hurt. This girl really was a moving bundle of trouble! From the moment he met her, trouble would find him constantly!
However, he did not know that since ancient times no person who kept a fox spirit by their side had ever met with a good ending.
The history books clearly recorded that Xia Jie, Shang Zhou, Zhou You, the most common point between those three was not their inability or tyranny, but rather that they had a country-destroying fox spirit by their side…
Even though Li Yundong did not know the little beauty by his side was literally a fox spirit, but he did know that since ancient times, trouble would emerge alongside women. Furthermore, the more beautiful the woman, the greater the trouble, these two things had a directly proportional relationship.
Li Yundong sighed, "I just want to learn taekwondo, that’s all… is there any need to go this far?"
Zhao Yujian smiled coldly. Walking until he was in front of Li Yundong, he said, "You have already dishonored taekwondo, therefore you must apologize!"
Before Li Yundong could speak up, Su Chan took the opportunity to respond first, "Did I say something wrong? If you guys aren’t of flowery fists and fancy footwork, then what are you? Yundong could take care of you guys with just one hand!"
‘Grasss! Is it the nature of women to be unreasonable?’ Li Yundong almost jumped in and covered up Su Chan’s month.
Zhao Yujian became so angry he stated to laugh. Tilting his head back, he started laughing loudly. His finger pointed to the sparring area, "I will wait for you there!"
With those words, he headed over in a rage.
The students also walked him go, individually clearing out a path. They had various expressions. Some of them were angry. Some were hoping for more chaos. Some were calmly playing the role of bystander (buying soy sauce).
Su Chan patted Li Yundong’s shoulder and gave him encouragement, "It’s okay. Didn’t you sent that guy just now flying with one kick?"
Li Yundong stated aggrieved, "That was not real combat! Zhao Yujian is the city champion. I’ve never trained even a single day before. You don’t really think that I can beat him, right?"
Su Chan jolted to a stop. She thought, ‘That’s right. Even though Li Yundong has the Gold Pill energy protecting him, but if he only gets hit and doesn’t retaliate, that won’t work out either."
However, her eyes spun cunningly and she conveniently thought up impeccable solution. "I’ll tell you a good method, that will let you win for sure."
Li Yundong was somewhat curious so he moved his head closer. "What is it?"
Su Chan said, "When he punches, you attack his fist. When he kicks, you attack his leg."
When Li Yundong heard, he did not know whether to laugh or cry. ‘Your mother. What kind of good method is this? What in mama’s name will let you win.’
Zhao Yujian stood in an area that was a bit wider than five meters. His hands held his black belt. He sneered, "Done talking? If I don’t beat you until you apologize wholeheartedly, my name is not Zhao!"
Li Yundong is a reasonable donkey, his personality was stubborn. He was amenable to negotiation but unyielding against force. If Zhao Yujian had reasoned with him, then there was a seventy to eighty percent chance that he would have apologize in Su Chan’s place. However, this fellow wanted to teach him a lesson with his fists, therefore there was no longer any room for discussion.
‘You, Zhao Yujian, are very strong, but I am not incapable!
‘Even if I lose this fight, I will not lose my pride! I’m going all out!’
Li Yundong’s eyebrows rose. He hardened his resolve and walked over with large strides.
The two arrived at the sparring area. All the students followed over and surrounded the white lines marking the sides. As before, some stood and some sat. Even Zhou Qin and Ding Nan who were always above the usual hubbub of the school stood up and gazed at the sparring area with an intensity in their eyes.
"Who do you think will win?" Ding Nan could not resist asking Zhou Qin who was by her side.
Zhou Qin asked back, "What do you think?"
Ding Nan thought for a bit and answered, "Even though I feel Zhao Yujian is very hypocritical as a person and he’s rather troublesome. However, I still think his chances are better. After all, his title of the city champion is rightly earned."
Zhou Qin faintly smiled, "Do you dare to bet?"
Ding Nan chuckled and said, "What do you want to bet?"
Zhou Qin gazed at the sparring area and casually said, "My handbag, didn’t you really like it?"
Ding Nan’s eyes lit up. "Your Limited edition ’09 autumn LV handbag? Okay, let’s bet! I bet on Zhao Yujian winning!"
Zhou Qin smiled faintly and said, "I’ll bet that Li Yundong will win."
Ding Nan looked at Zhou Qin quite baffled. "Why are you so sure that fellow will win?"
Zhou Qin casually answered, "Intuition."
Ding Nan laughed. "I don’t believe that your intuition is accurate every time."
Zhou Qin simply smiled and looked toward the sparring area as if looking upon faint clouds or a light breeze.
At this time, Zhao Yujian was already flexing up his joints by the sparring area. He did not underestimate his opponent in the least. On the contrary, he was very cautiously evaluating the opponent across from his.
His prudent attitude made the surrounding students feel a little uncomfortable inside. The gazes they directed toward Li Yundong also became tinted with sympathy.
‘This fellow will definitely get taught a very cruel lesson.’
Only Su Chan used her hands to form a speaker and shouted out without a care, "Li Yundong, do your best! You can win for sure!"
Li Yundong turned his head and forced a smile. Then he turned his head back to search inside of himself for that full body warm feeling he experienced when he performed that strong punch and again those two times when he sent Zeng Qing flying. However, when he searched for it on purpose, that kind of feeling did not appear, like Duan Yu’s Six Meridian Divine Sword*, sometimes working sometimes not.
Before Li Yundong found the right feeling, Zhao Yujian had already shown up with icy eyes. "Are you prepared yet?"
Li Yundong was forced beyond his comfort zone, he braced himself and said, "I’m ready."
Since this already escalated past giving face, Zhao Yujian could not be bothered with mere formalities like bowing to each other. His feet were constantly on the move using small hops, weaving around Li Yundong’s side.
Zhao Yujian lived up to his title of city champion. His steps were quick and nimble. His upper body swayed back and worth testing his opponent. His legs were like the blades of scissors crossing each other continuously, each movement containing vigorous force. And yet also like a switchblade ready to spring open at any time.
The students on the side were dazzled simply by watching Zhao Yujian’s footwork. Some of the more infatuated girls outright covered their mouths and starting exclaiming, "Butterfly step! It’s the butterfly step!"
Li Yundong watched as Zhao Yujian rapidly weaved around in his vicinity. Even though he practically had no true combat experience, he still understood the most basic principles of combat. He turned along with his opponent. No matter what, one should not expose their back to their opponent, allowing them access to their waist or back.
The two circled each other for a while on the sparring field. Zhao Yujian started to lose his patience. No longer testing his opponent, he suddenly cross stepped and lifted his right leg. With a pow sound, he performed a mid roundhouse kick aimed at Li Yundong's waist.
Zhao Yujian's kick was exceedingly fast. The fabric of his pants broke through the air with a whip like sound. Practically before Li Yundong could react, he felt a pain in his waist having received a kick.
Li Yundong felt the pain at his waist. He remembered the method Su Chan taught him. With a low roar, his fist smashed toward Zhao Yujian’s leg.
However, Zhao Yujian’s footwork was startlingly fast. The moment the kick connected, the foot immediately retracted. The other foot lifted and with a pow solidly hit Li Yundong’s waist and abdomen on the other side.
Li Yundong had just received a kick so he subconsciously tried to block with his hand. However, as he tried to block, a kick came in from the other side.
Zhao Yujian’s legs were fast like whips and swift like the wind. They trashed at Li Yundong’s waist and abdomen over and over again, creating a series of pow sounds that made the bystanders who heard feel their blood run cold.
Ding Nan looked toward Zhou Qin pleased with herself and said, "It seems I’m going to get a new baggie!"
Zhou Qin did not even bat an eyelid. She said, "The victor is the one who laughs last."
At this time, Li Yundong suddenly turned around seemingly trying to escape, and Zhao Yujian who was behind him simply laughed coldly. Zhao Yujian quickly pursued. With a swoosh, the heel of his foot was lifted above his head. A harsh ax kick chopped smashed down from above toward the back of Li Yundong’s head.
Whoosh. The surrounded students abruptly stood up in fright. ‘If this blow landed, then at very least it would cause a concussion. Did Zhao Yujain go insane? Li Yundong isn’t wearing protective equipment. Did he plan to commit murder?’
Li Yundong seemed to sense the situation behind him. He spun around and his punch horizontally smashed through the air toward Zhao Yujian’s calf.
He still remembered Su Chan’s reminder, ‘When he punches, you attack his fist. When he kicks, you attack his leg.’
If someone proficient in combat heard those words, they would laugh until their bellies hurt. It was a complete joke. However, Li Yundong had no other method. He had a body enhanced with Gold Pill energy yet he did not know how to use it. This could be considered turning to any doctor when critically ill.
Zhao Yujian coldly snorted. His ax kick suddenly changed direction, forcibly turning around. With a pow sound, the kick landed on Li Yundong’s neck, causing Li Yundong to stumble.
This turning kick was extremely stunning. The surrounding students all cried out in astonishment, "Swallow Drop!"
If Li Yundong did not have the power of the Gold Pill protecting his body, this blow might have caused problems with his neck.
At this time, Zhao Yujian was about to quit while he was ahead. This entire matter would stop here. Unfortunately, Zhao Yujian unwittingly looked toward Zhou Qin and saw that Zhou Qin’s gaze was directed at Li Yundong. Zhou Qin who normally watched everything like faint clouds and a light breeze actually appeared to have slightly knit her elegant brows, as if she were concerned for Li Yundong.
Zhao Yujian felt something inside his head explode with a droning sound. In his heart, he wanted nothing more than to kick that fellow to death.
He clenched his teeth and a malevolent glint flashed in his eyes. With quick steps he dashed forward. His entire body suddenly soared through the air, performing a flying roundhouse kick. Taking aim at Li Yundong’s chest, he unleashed the kick.
This technique could be considered the technique with the most force in taekwondo. It practically converged all of the entire body’s strength and weight in one foot. If someone got hit by this kick, they would receive more than 1000 jin of force.
Li Yundong had his body kicked askew by Zhao Yujian’s previous attack. He knew that his skills were far inferior compared to his opponent. In any case, he had not received any real damage, so he might as well admit his loss.
However, Zhao Yujian actually continued his assault in an overbearing manner. Li Yundong’s chest immediately overflowed with fiery anger.
‘Even man made of clay contained some proportion of flame, beside how could you pursue so fiercely despite having the advantage?’
This heat started from the abdomen and abruptly flowed throughout the entire body. Like the steam in a pressure cooker, it blew outward from the top of Li Yundong’s head, making each and every strand of his hair suddenly stand up!
In this instant, Li Yundong could clearly see Zhao Yujian’s soaring movement, as if he were performing a slow motion movie scene.
Zhao Yujian’s flying roundhouse kick slowly moved through the air. In response, Li Yundong lowered his body and smashed at the bottom of his opponent’s foot with a heavy punch.
Bang! Zhao Yujian’s body flew more than a meter backward, heavily landing on the ground. He clutched at his lower leg and released a heartrending howl of pain.
All the students on site were dumbstruck and stupefied**. They never imagined that Zhao Yujian who held the absolute advantage earlier would suddenly suffer crushing defeat.
In particular, when their gazes fell on Li Yundong, Li Yundong’s upright hair was slowly falling back down. This kind of strange phenomenon overwhelmed them with even greater shock.
While everyone else was shocked, Su Chan quickly ran to Zhao Yujian’s side. Her finger rapidly pressed on several acupoints on his lower leg and his body, helping him slightly numb the pain.
Before Zhao Yujian had a chance to overcome his pain and smile at Su Chan in gratitude, he saw Su Chan stand up and walk to Li Yundong’s side. She swayed her head back and forth and said, "Of all the martial arts of the world, only overwhelming strength is invincible."
*This is from Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, the super classic wuxia.
** This used to be two idioms: petrified/dumb like a wooden chicken (dumbstruck) and wide eyed and tongue tied (stupefied/flabbergasted) … would you like to read about wooden chickens? I do have an official policy for how to deal with idioms so you might see wooden chicken in future if it’s part of a joke but it doesn’t add to the story here. Nearly didn’t make the footer either.
T/N: This chapter is over 5000 words (Qidian chapters are 2500-3000, RFSH normally has 3500-4000), plus it has really awkward Chinese run-on grammar where they cram a ton of adjective clauses into a single sentence. So I’ll finish it tomorrow. You gets get 1.5 chapters for today instead and another 1.5 tomorrow, not a bad deal.
T/N2: So I changed my ** footer system to have numbers to make it easier to find them using the ctrl+F function. It was rather inconvenient before. I actually considered hyperlinking them together but the formatting gets messed up fast if I start posting things in HTML. Maybe I’ll experiment with it in the future and see what works. Google docs isn’t very compatible with WordPress so I post directly from notepad.
Su Chan’s words were too good at attracting resentment, especially from those students truly devoted to taekwondo. However, they all looked at Su Chan brave enough to be angry but not brave enough to speak. They were not afraid of the delicate seeming girl. They were afraid of Li Yundong who could Zhao Yujian and his midair attack flying with a single punch.
On the other hand, there were some male students who disapproved of Zhao Yujian’s attitude and they discussed amongst themselves quietly, "I only heard ‘Of all the martial arts in the world, no defense was unbreakable, only swiftness was invincible’, where did ‘only overwhelming strength is invincible’ come from?"
Another male student scoffed and said, "You see. Ignorant and inexperienced, ain’t ya? You must not get out much. Haven’t you seen countryman* Jet Li’s ‘Fist of Legend’?"
"I’ve watched ‘Fist of Legend’, what about it?"
"Didn’t countryman Jet Li say this? If you want to learn to fight, first you need to learn to endure hits. Otherwise, even though you hit the other person many times, the other guy is just fine. When the other guy hits you once, you’re already defeated. There is truth in those words. You see? Zhao Yujian kicked Li Yundong many times, Li Yundong is just fine. But Li Yundong punched back once, even though he only hit the bottom of Zhao Yujian’s foot, Zhao Yujian couldn’t endure. Even though part of his victory is based on the art of taking hits, but his strength is no joke. I’m starting to believe that he really did punch more than 500 pounds in his strength test. And it wasn’t a malfunction of the machine!"
"Hmm. That makes sense. But isn’t that a bit exaggerated? Tyson only punches 490 pounds. It’s impossible for Li Yundong punch heavier than Tyson, right?"
On one side, they were discussing in whispers. On the other side, Ding Nan looked at the sparring arena stupefied. After a long time with a face full of sorrow, she quietly cursed, "Zhao Yujian really is a lame duck*2. Truly useless!"
Zhou Qin knelt on the ground, her upper body was perfectly straight. Her arms were placed on her legs. Even when Li Yundong’s punch sent Zhao Yujian flying, she merely straightened her waist the tiniest bit and widened her eyes slightly. Her eyes revealed a difference, the rest of body did not engage in any extraneous action, only revealing the bearing and unperturbed manner of a girl from a rich family.
Zhou Qin slightly inclined her head and looked at Ding Qin in askance. Deep within her indifferent gaze hid a lofty arrogance, "My things are not so easily won. Ding Nan, we have been together for so many years, have you not figured that out yet?"
Ding Nan’s expression froze. She smiled embarrassed and said, "Isn’t it just that I’ve been yearning for that baggie for too long…"
Zhou Qin fixed her gaze on Ding Nan for a long time. Only when Ding Nan was starting to feel scared on the inside, she finally spoke, "You can have my bag tomorrow."
Ding Nan was startled, "Why are you giving it to me? I didn’t win, ya know?"
Zhou Qin turned her head back no longer looking at her, "You do not want it? That is fine…"
Before Zhou Qin even finished speaking, Ding Nan said, "I want it, I want it! A five figure limited edition baggie. Only an idiot wouldn’t want it!"
Zhou Qin looked at the sparring area. She nodded and extended her hand toward Ding Nan, "Cellphone."
Ding Nan immediately got up, her face all smiles. "Wait for me a bit. My cellphone is in the locker."
With those words, she stood up and walked toward the changing room.
The moment she turned around and had her back to Zhou Qin, the smile on her face disappeared. In its place was a teeth gnashing expression of humiliation and anger. Only when she arrived in the changing room did Ding Nan dare to clench her fist and repeated pant large breaths in anger.
A while later, she returned from the changing room having retrieved Zhou Qin’s cellphone. She returned to Zhou Qin’s side with her a smile on her face once more. She passed the cellphone over.
Zhou Qin accepted the cellphone. The first thing she did was call for an ambulance from the hospital, explaining the current situation.
As she made her call, Zhou Qin’s gaze never left Li Yundong. This person who had just demonstrated incredible might just stood there seemingly at a loss. He had neither the joy of having just defeated a strong foe or the terror of hurting or possibly crippling his opponent.
Zhou Qin distinctly perceived that this man was like someone who had just suddenly charged into unfamiliar territory. He was a lone wanderer whose heart was filled with bewilderment and unfamiliarity.
He silently stood there while those in the surrounding were jealous, respectful, resentful, angry, admiring as they gazed upon him. However, he simply lowered his head and looked down at his fist as if he could not believe how much strength he possessed.
Zhou Qin silently smiled. This average looking guy was not as shallow and incompetent as she imagined.
Having received the news, Director Qian charged into the taekwondo society with his brows beaded with sweat. His narrow-minded gaze swiftly swept the room, finally stopping on Li Yundong. He quickly walked toward him.
"It’s you again!" Director Qian almost jumped up. ‘This fellow is too good at getting into trouble. In just two days, he managed to cause two large disturbances. If it were someone else, they might not cause such a disturbance their entire lives.’
Li Yundong saw Director Qian and returned from his distracted and vacant state. His heart missed a beat and he thought to himself, "Ah crud. This plague demon*3 got summoned again!"
As the head of the Disciplinary Department, Director Qian could be said to have ultimate power over students, especially rule breakers like Li Yundong. If Li Yundong fell into his hands, and he really wanted to deal with Li Yundong, not even expulsion would be considered an excessive option.
Director Qian wiped the sweat on his brow and squeezed his way through the crowd of students to Zhao Yujian’s side. Accessing his condition, the director secretly complain about his bitter lot. ‘In just one week, there will be an exchange between Tiannan University and Mayan Technocracy’s Bincifaneya Private University*4. These students actually created this kind of mess, isn’t this basically making trouble especially for me?
‘Most importantly, at that time Zhao Yujian was scheduled to perform a program during the exchange as the representative of the school’s Taekwondo Society. This was Tiannan University’s most presentable program. Now that Zhao Yujian was injured like this, wasn’t this like a slap on the face?’
Director Qian’s entire face turned black like the entire nation had its power cut.*5 He sprung up and walked until he stood in front of Li Yundong. He roared, "What did you do? You’re all classmates, why did you attack so harshly! Don’t you know proposer etiquette and how to hold back? Do you know that you’ve violated the school rules? I can expul you!"
Li Yundong was originally very nervous. When he heard those words, he became angry instead, "What do you mean I attacked harshly? When Zhao Yujian attacked harshly, all these people were watching. How come he didn’t hold back on me?"
Director Qian exploded with anger. ‘A student dared to talk back to him? How could this be allowed? Where is the consideration for the face of the school leaders? Where was the authority of the official? Even if the uncle can ensure, the aunt cannot endure!*6’
"Who saw it. Step up and talk!" Director Qian placed his hands on his waist and roared.
These words had overly strong undertones. All the surrounding students looked at each other. Among them, even though there were those that disapproved of Zhao Yujian’s shamelessness, but none of them were willing to offend the disciplinary director on Li Yundong’s behalf.
They still wanted to study at this school. Offending the disciplinary direction was more disastrous than offending the headmaster.
These people all took a step back. However, there were some students who could not stand injustice and step forward. This made Li Yundong feel truly moved. ‘In this world, there really were good people. The heavens have eyes!’
But really quickly, these students pointed at Li Yundong and said something that made Li Yundong almost spit out blood, "I can act as a witness, he was the one who started the conflict!"
Li Yundong was really depressed. ‘Grassss! Where did I start what conflict!’ When he thought of that, he could not resist turning his head and glancing at the little fox who was hiding behind him with a gaze full of hidden bitterness.
All this trouble was this girl’s fault!
Upon receiving Li Yundong’s glance, Su Chan suddenly felt guilty inside. She thought ‘a true man has the courage to accept the consequences of his actions’*7. She could not help but stand out with her hands on her waist and roar, "I was the one who said it. What of it? If there are any accusations direct them at me! Do I need to climb a mountain of blades, or sink into a cauldron of boiling oil? Come on, tell me. I, Su Chan, will not even blink an eye, otherwise I am not a hero…"
Li Yundong was both angry and amused. He dragged Su Chan behind him and harshly smacked her head. "You want to act like a hero? Stay silent!"
Su Chan hugged her head and made an affirmative sound. She obediently held onto the hem of Li Yundong’s shirt, not saying a single word.
Even though Director Qian had seen Su Chan in the past, but that was a mere glimpse of her graceful figure. Now that he carefully looked at her, his eyes were unable to move away, his drool almost leaked out. "You’re from what department what year? How come I’ve never seen you before?"
Li Yundong saw that Director Qian’s eyes were practically green with fixation. He silently moved forward a step, shielding Su Chan from the front, and said, "She is my girlfriend. She isn’t a student of this school."
Director Qian heard the unpleasant sound of the word girlfriend, plus his view of Su Chan had been blocked by Li Yundong, so he could not help but feel annoying and angry. "Someone who isn’t from this school and you dare come here to misbehave?"
Li Yundong forcibly suppressed his anger, "Who ruled that students not from this school could not enter? Furthermore, today’s disturbance had nothing to do with us misbehaving, but rather someone else disliked me on sight and kept on provoking me."
Director Qian blew up in anger, "Who provoked you? Who can act as your witness?"
"Me…" a voiced sounded out from the side. Zhou Qin slowly walked over.
Director Qian took a look and immediately felt an enormous headache coming in. ‘How come this little grand aunt is everywhere?’
Director Qian’s complexion immediately changed. The speed of his face changing was enough to make Sichuan opera performers feel inferior enough to die.*8 "Aiya. Zhou Qin, when did you join the taekwondo society?"
Zhou Qin faintly smiled, "I’ve been a member for more than a year. It’s just that I rarely attend, that’s all."
Director Qian smiled insipidly. "Today’s matter, you also… saw all of it?"
Zhou Qin nodded and unhurriedly narrated the entire progression of events. Then she swept her gaze over Li Yundong and said, "Basically it was like that. I believe Director Qian will handle this matter impartially, right?"
Director Qian’s heart was full of hate like the endless flowing of river water. ‘Why did Zhou Qin pretend this little bastard every time? Last time could be counted as a coincidence. What about this time?
‘It can’t be that Zhou Qin took a fancy to this fellow, right?’
Director Qin gave himself a scare. He twisted his head around and sized up Li Yundong.
When he did not carefully size up Li Yundong it was fine, but now that he took a careful look, Director Qian sucked in a breath of air. The resentment in his heart grew was like the flooding of Yellow River, completely out of control.
‘What’s so good about this fellow? Why did he have a beauty of a thousand charms acting like a little bird relying on him? Why did even Zhou Qin that super beauty act as if she had feeling for him?’
Director Qian had a heart full of indignation. He roared internally, ‘he isn’t even as handsome as me. Why would those two beauties take a fancy to him, and not to me?’
Being a relatively successful middle aged public figure, who for a long time could not satisfy his heart’s desire because he acted cold on the outside despite being passionate on the inside, he naturally had a strong desire for women, especially beautiful women, and this was a desire that was continuously growing stronger.
Director Qian watched Zhou Qin’s departing back. He hatefully glanced at Li Yundong and shouted, "Follow me back to the disciplinary department!" Then he attempted to flirtatiously brush his fingers through his middle management hairstyle. He said to the little fox, "And you, you come too!"
The little fox followed behind Li Yundong, timidly grasping at his fingers.
Li Yundong looked back to see the little fox silent mouth a word at him, "Sorry."
Li Yundong smiled. He indulgently reached out and squeezed the little fox’s nose. The little fox giggled happily and raised her own hand to knocked away Li Yundong’s.
… (to be continued)
*1同学 tongxue - classmate/student: In Chinese slang, sometimes you refer to other people as classmate even if you don’t know them. I kind of understand how to use it but not really. It expresses some degree of commonality between you and the person mentioned. It sets the ambiance, letting you know it’s a bit of a joking tone. My co-workers when I worked in China for a while sometimes called me tongxue, often as a part of a joke.
*2fubuqi de adou - it’s a reference to A Dou, which is the childhood name of Liu Shan, a inept emperor who was the last of his dynasty. Hopeless case. Useless person. Milksop. Something along lines. Person who could not be helped/supported. Disappointing person. Let down.
*3 This refers to a person who causes trouble for whoever they meet (mostly you).
*4 Ah yes, M Country. You have just entered an alternate universe different from the alternate history of Chinese RFSH, where secret supernatural intervention prevented the fall of the Mayan Empire or something like that. It went through a bunch of historical revolutions and stands approximately where Mexico and the US are now. Bincifaneya is Pennsy… everything is vague for now, there will be more details in future. Why Mayans? They’re the traditional modern cultivation villains. Either controlling the Americans from the background like in that one work or like in Tempest of the Stellar War where they’re another rival civilization originating from Earth, or they control the underworld.
*5 face turned black in Chinese means to look unwell and the part after that is a joke.
*6 Basically another version of "If this can be endured then what cannot be endured?"
*7 Which is pretty ironic considering she’s neither a man or a human.
*8 In Sichuan opera, actors wore many layers of colored face masks and took them off layer by layer to show changes in expression throughout the show. Being black in the face in Sichuan opera is very literal. This Director Qian is so good at changing faces (expressions) that he’d make these guys feel inferior enough to die.