BTTH Chapter 51

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Chapter 51 – Relief

Nearing the heavy door, there were more than 10 guards with indifferent eyes standing firmly before the gate, barring it. At one corner of the gate in a chair, sat an aloof looking man. In his hands was a pen and a thick book.

At this moment many clansmen lined up in a row in front of the old man, each one of them had brought whatever Qi Method to him so they could sign it out. After doing so, they carefully left the pavilion under the cold stares of the 10 or more guards.

This was the procedure to leave the Qi Method Pavilion. Before entering the Qi Method Pavilion, Xiao Yan and everyone else was informed about the procedure, therefore it was not something unexpected.

The Qi Method Pavilion was a place where all of the clan’s Qi Methods were held; methods that were acquired painstakingly by the clan for over dozens of generations. These Qi Methods were the foundation of Xiao Clan, thus the clan had extremely protective measures on the methods.

The Clan had their Qi Method scrolls made out of a special type of bamboo. The bamboo could be defined as a mother-son. The mother part was the size of the palm while the son part would be able to grow as large as a dozen meters. Since the technique scrolls were made from this special material, as long as the clan chief held onto the mother part, there was no way that anyone could sneak away with a scroll. The moment one left the area with a son scroll, the mother scroll would notify everyone.

The Parent’s area of influence just happened to cover the entire Xiao Clan. Therefore, once a technique scroll leaves the Xiao Clan, it is detected. Of course, nothing is absolute in this world. An individual with powerful enough Dou Qi could forcefully destroy the connection between the scrolls. However, with power at that level, why would one bother to steal Huang level Qi Methods…?

It was finally Xiao Yan’s turn after waiting in line for a period of time. Walking to the front, he withdrew a Qi Method from his pocket and gave it to the old man.

Receiving the dark red scroll from Xiao Yan left the old man slightly surprised. His eyes quickly appraised the boy as he thought to himself “This, the [Burning Flame Refinement], was protected by a shield with the power of a 9th Duan Qi. This little brat, to think he could actually get through it…. It would seem he has some skills after all.

After recording that Xiao Yan had that scroll, the old man returned it to him and indifferently cautioned, “I think you know the rules, right?”

“The scroll can’t leave the clan, otherwise there will be severe consequences! You must return the scroll after one year! There must be no damage to it.”

Casually nodding his head, Xiao Yan moved to the side. He leaned on the front door and waited for Xun Er’s scroll to be recorded.

Flashing Xiao Yan a light smile, Xun Er extended her snow white wrist and took out her scroll.

Seeing Xun Er standing in front of him, the emotionless face of the old man suddenly let a out a hint of a respectful smile. Using both hands to receive the scroll, he then quickly recorded the borrower of the scroll.

Standing off to the side, Xiao Yan narrowed his eyes at the old man after seeing the change in his attitude. Xiao Yan fingers curled instinctively slightly. Since this old man was in charge of the Qi Method Pavilion, his position in the clan was comparable to that of one of the 3 elders.

Xiao Yan had heard that this old man’s nickname in the clan, Cold hearted Xiao Han. This old guy, even if it was to his own father, would still talk in a foreign manner. An old emotionless face, like the muscles of the recently dead, stiff with rigor mortis. .

This cold faced old man, who didn’t even respect the clan elder, was acting so respectful before Xun Er. This once again kindled Xiao Yan’s interest in Xun Er’s identity.

Rubbing his nose, he thought about how each time Xun Er was silent about her identity. Lifting his head, he saw Xun Er coming over with a smile on her face. With a shrug of his shoulders, he left with her through the front door.

Bursting out from the crowded entrance, Xiao Yan breathed fresh air. The atmosphere inside the Qi Method Pavilion was far too oppressive to breathe normally.

“What’s wrong, Yan Er?” Low laughter greeted Xiao Yan as a figure came into view. Looking through the Qi Method Pavilion’s door, the figure asked with a smile.

Tilting his head to smile at his father, Xiao Yan nodded back with a smile of his own. A red scroll came out from inside his sleeves, “I got it.”

Seeing the red scroll, Xiao Zhan gave a sharp intake of air, “It’s a good thing you were able to get it.” He said in a low voice.

Seeing his father’s expression, Xiao Yan couldn’t help but roar with pride filled laughter alongside him.

Extending his arm to clap Xiao Yan’s shoulder, Xiao Zhan smiled, “Now that you have a Qi Method, once you become a Dou Zhe, then you’ll be able to practice Dou Qi for real.”

Xiao Yan nodded obediently as he returned the red scroll back up his sleeves. He could not help but think softly, “Hmm, I don’t know what’s that special about that Qi Method. A Qi Method that can evolve…is that even possible?”

“It’s even stranger than a Tian level Qi Method…” Trying to recall the strange yet arrogant words of Yao Lao. Xiao Yan shook his head with a bitter laugh. He had just come across one of the finest Qi Methods in his life: Xun Er’s High Xuan level Qi Method: Flame Manipulation. To be honest, he had an internal struggle when he declined it. After all, Qi Methods of that caliber were not only expensive but extremely rare.

Massaging his forehead with an open palm, he was starting to regret declining Xun Er’s kindness but the deed had already been done, it was too late. Xiao Yan did not have the face to ask Xun Er again for it, so he had no choice but to pray that Yao Lao was not playing around with him. Otherwise, he would be the biggest loser out of everyone.

“Hmph, it’s only High Xuan, there’s nothing special about that. Even though she isn’t normal, her collection of Qi Methods can’t possibly compare to mine.” Right when Xiao Yan was praying that Yao Lao didn’t deceive, Yao Lao gave a slight humph and started speaking.

“At last you say something…” Hearing the voice within his own thoughts, Xiao Yan scratched his nose. His mouth twitched upwards into a pleasant smile as he spoke; his point of saying so much was so that he could force that old geezer to say something calming.

“Ai…you tiny brat, trying to deceive me…” An echo came out from within Xiao Yan’s mind. Yao Lao didn’t know whether to laugh or cry and instead said, “Brat, keep on practicing Dou Qi. Qi Methods are not something for you to worry about: mine won’t be shabby. In the future, your achievements won’t be lower than that little girl. Her clan is only… Ahem.”

Even though Xiao Yan was disappointed that the last sentence was incomprehensible, he still nodded with a smile; he was given an answer to his question so he could concentrate on practicing Dou Qi so that he could become a Dou Zhe. This was the first step he had to take in order from him to become strong and…for him to find Nalan Yanran who has been on his mind for quite some time…


 

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64 thoughts on “BTTH Chapter 51” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. thanks for the welcoming =3
        //just been too lazy to make a wordpress acct since i use facebook to log into all the other wuxia translation sites haha

      1. not really IET, it’s a fairly common chinese expression, you will find it in most wuxia novels. Think Ren explained that expression, or if it was the painting leggs thing in one of his “Fun with translation” posts

  1. Thanks for the chapter. BTW, does anyone still remember that Xiao Yan is supposed to be a sorta reincarnated person, originally from Earth? Did the author himself forget? I don’t think this has been acknowledged since the first couple of chapters.

    1. I think that’s just because it was just part of his origin story. It doesn’t seem the author wants that to give him a powerup like most reincarnation novels do. It’s simply part of his existence, but not necessarily who he is.

    1. But so slowly! Entire chapter was basically Xiao Yan going thru the checkout counter at the library 🙁 . Next one will probably be old guy extolling the unique Qi method, and only giving it to him at the chapter end … really wish btth chapters were longer, and a bit more happened in each one.

      1. I know how you feel, especially with all of the recent excitement in Coiling Dragon. I’m interested in the story and sometimes it feels like it can’t come fast enough. I am very grateful to the author, translators, translation checkers, and editors that bring us this story. Not like these are real problems, though.

        #first world problems (sarcasm)

  2. Nalan Yanran who has been on his mind for quite some time

    Only to get revenge by beating her, or he started obsessing about collecting more members for his harem?

    From Xiao Yan PoV, probably

    Xun Er – likes him but belongs to some super powerful mysterious clan, and he still wants to treat her as a little sister
    Xiao Mei – disillusioned with her due to earlier behavior change, but doesn’t hate her either
    Xiao Yu – good legs, but slightly older & also a very irritating person who dislikes him
    Ya Fei – too old to be in his strike range, unless he decides to expand it 😉
    Nalan Yanran – arrogant ex-fiancee who insulted him & his dad while he was down

    Poor Yan er, 5 potential harem candidates already but problems with all of them 😡 … let’s hope he gives up on treating Xun as a lil sis, lets Mei beg some more for forgiveness, and importantly has atleast 1 harem member before his big fight with Yanran (else it might be tempting to get convinced by her grandpa & allow a re-engagement)

    1. Mei will probably play secondary role. While i guess that our MC will help Nalan Yanran in some way after beating her, and she will fall for him. He will not be interested in older woman from Auction house, and obviously, will be interested in Xun Er 🙂

      PS: Yu – secondary role, imho 🙂

  3. Thanks for the chapter khh, Deception, Zdog, GGP, Manvender, Based Jessica, Noah, TwangyNewt, mrbaconator, and the mighty fine author!

    1. not for a long time, I’m sure. It gets annoying how they keep a veil of mystery about her,and when the pov changes to one of the other people and they compliment her background while trying not to talk about it seems as if they are talking about Voldemort or something. Everyone’s like “her background must not be spoken about or…or they will come for us!!”. Really how powerful would her family be if they sent their kin to grow up in some almost random clan which is only strong compared to the other 3 clans in the city, but the way this is going she’s probably from an alchemist family or something, that would explain the money she has to blow and the extreme innate fire affinity; and apparently they have a way to mutate the affinity or something otherwise how would xiao yan possibly be able to become an alchemist. Though there is also a possibility that the shady old dude is lying and is really just trying to obtain xiao yan’s body or something (but we all know that’s not true). Going back on topic, the way they don’t talk about her background is almost as annoying as xiao yan’s nose insecurity. I suspect that his nose is actually very small and that’s part of why he got made fun of therefore he constantly messes with it. People most likely gave him names like snake boy or Voldemort junior in those past three years. And due to this he always had a fear his nose will shrink, so now he constantly touches his nose to make sure it’s still there.

      From the looks of things xun er is on the run, so either her family gave her those scrolls and money and put her in hiding or, she ran from her clan with like a butler or something and took scrolls and money and fled to xiao clan.

    1. I dunno why but that so-called background of Xun Er is starting to really irritate me right now!
      this is a strong rules the kinda world right? if an individual doesn’t have enough power to back him/herself up, no matter if their background’s tough right? well that’s exactly what happened to Xiao Yan! so then even when not everyone has a clear view of Xun Er(since she’s so mysterious), nonetheless they all respect her, even some powerful people! soooo… what the heck is up with that???
      and what’s more, if she has that kind of clan or something why not stay there? why bother residing in a small clan?
      all this led back to a simple question- who’s the MC again?

      *sigh* anyway I just have to suck up my irritation and wait for author to reveal it! *sigh~*
      I really want to go read spoiler right now, but I don’t want to ruin this excitement… what should i do? T^T

      PS. Thx for the chapter!

      1. I’m assuming that she was temporarily staying in Xiao clan as a kid, probably for health reasons. Then due to Yan giving her kiddie massage to heal her etc., she fell for him and told her clan that she wanted to stick around 😛

        Her clan seems to be like Uchiha in the sense of having a unique eye technique where they can see through someone’s Dou Qi level, and maybe even some idea of how they’re using a particular Qi technique (she uses golden flame eyes when Yan is breaking door in technique hall)

        I really want to go read spoiler right now, but I don’t want to ruin this excitement… what should i do? T^T

        I couldn’t resist for Against The Gods, and ended up reading to latest chapter with google trans 🙁 Trying to hold back for this one hehe.

      2. tsk tsk yuzu, shame on you… can´t even wait until the next chapter.. and you call urself a immortal vampire… nothing less expected from a fake calling others fakes

          1. Actually, @Cactuar; You Probably Mean Byakugan,
            Viewing ” The Chakra System ”

            Anyhow.

            The Way I See It, @yuzu9;
            Xun-Er, Seem’s To Come From A Powerful Family.
            It Isn’t Uncommon For Powerful families,
            To Send Their People Outside To ” Widen Their Horizons ”

            We Also, Dont Know Everything About, Yan,
            To Be Honest;
            Mother & Fathers Origins, Bloodline, Heritage, Etc. Etc.

            Who Would have Sucha Ring? Where Does It Originate?

            Please Don’t Take My Examples Seriously,
            No Need To answer ! >.<
            Spoilers Belong Somewere Else

            Thanks For The Translations !
            Take Care Everyone & Of Each Other !

  4. Does having purer flames make you stronger? Like how Yao Lao commented on Xun er having a pure body of flame, does that make your flame techniques stronger?

  5. Lol the old man Yao Lao thinks Xiao Xun Er’s clan is meh. Mediocre. Not as trash as the Xiao Clan but still nothing much in his eyes. This here is comedy gold.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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