"Okay," said Er Gen. "I walk further down the cave." "Roll for initiative," said the DM." "What?" said Er Gen. "I rolled a 19 on my perception check!" "Look, just roll initiative." With a grumble, Er Gen tossed the die. "Haha! 18. With my +5 that makes it a total of +23. Finally I get lucky." The DM rolled some dice. "Okay, you come up last in initiative." "WTF?! What kind of cave is this?" "Look," said the DM, "Just be patient, you'll find out soon enough."
Chapter 101: Eighth Generation Demon Sealer Translated by Deathblade Contributing Editors: Madam Deathblade, Li Huazhi Proofreaders: Lingson, laoren and MeeBoo Chapter Sponsors: Joshua Jacobs and Metazone
Please join me in clasping hands in a respectful bow to Fellow Daoists Joshua Jacobs and Metazone, whose generous donation of Spirit Stones made possible the 2nd sponsored chapter of the week!
There were a few lines in this chapter and the next that I spent two or three hours researching and translating. What a bear! Hopefully I managed to convey the vagueness of the original Chinese, but at the same time make it clear enough to speculate regarding the details of the passage.
Some stuff in ISSTH is written in Classical Chinese, or at least in a style reminiscent of it. In fact, an upcoming chapter has a quote from a Chinese classic mythological text. Special thanks to Madam Deathblade and Li Huazhi for their help!