SOTR Chapter 115

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Chapter 115: The Danger Behind Self Satisfaction

Elder Ying had already taken a seat and had closed his eyes. He didn’t intend to speak any further. When he heard Wang Li’s interrogative words, his anger boiled again.

Elder Ying rolled his eyes, “What ‘raising an alarm to scare people’? I don’t think I’ve exaggerated anywhere.”

Wang Li spoke loudly, “It’s true that the Long family held the right to move troops, and that their influence threatened their masters. But our Hall is only conducting business. We seek only profit, not power. How can we be lumped in with the Long family business?”

“Hahaha…” Elder Ying laughed loudly. “Those of the Eastern clan need to be the ones to believe your words. It’s not difficult for you to persuade me and the ardently fervorous of the Hall — however, It would be quite hard for you to persuade the royal family.”

Elder Ying’s words made a great deal of sense. After the events of the Long family, the royal family would surely be as if a bird startled by the merest twang of a bow string. They absolutely wouldn’t allow a second Long family to appear.

“Our Hall has always had a good reputation, how could the royal family be unaware of that?” Wang Li said coldly.

“Our reputation has indeed been good. And that’s because our Hall has never expanded to all the duchies, and hasn’t extended our grasp too far. This was in turn due to the fact that our Hall knew our place, and when to retreat and advance. We didn’t expand blindly. If we expand blindly in the future, only the heavens will know what will become of our reputation. Besides, isn’t it the pure whim of the person in charge that decides whether or not we’re truly just doing business? If the person with control over the Hall of Healing had the slightest bit of ambition, and made a few moves in the dark… it might even be easier for them to form a power like the Long family than it was for the originals.”

“Bullshit. You’re making evil arbitrary assumptions. This is throwing dirt onto your own face, Elder Ying! Are you an elder of the Hall anymore?” Wang Li was infuriated.

Elder Blue also screamed shrilly, “Some people love to gain notoriety by making shocking statements — like master, like slave. You’re all cut from the same cloth.”

Elder Blue’s crosshairs had once again been locked onto Qiao Baishi.

Elder Ying was enraged as he slammed his hand down onto the table. “You with the Blue surname, I’ve tolerated you for more than a day or two now. Old woman, you’ve finally laid things out clearly. What master, what slave?! You go around being bitterly sarcastic everyday, as if afraid that no one would know that your tongue is shaped like a viper’s.”

“Ying Wuyou, don’t you put up a tough front with me! You’re Qiao Baishi’s slave alright. You’ve said so much only because you’re jealous of the Fourth Hallmaster — jealous that he’s the man of the hour — jealous that he replaced your master’s position!” Elder Blue simply decided to lay it all out.

Ying Wuyou nodded his head savagely. “Alright, good. Very good. Since we’ve reached this point, let’s see what your downfall is. If our future is dependent on sheer mediocrity like you, then the foundation of the Hall, built up over hundreds of years, will surely be destroyed within twenty years! Me, jealous? What is there to be jealous of from someone who can’t even see the greater picture? You’re right, I’m Qiao Baishi’s friend, and his diehard supporter. This isn’t because of personal relationships, but because I think highly of his character and admire his skills. Unlike you, who defends those who belong to your faction alone, and attack others who don’t. You’re a tuft of grass that’s easily swayed by the wind. If the Lord Hallmaster had listened to you last time, and bowed down to the Long family, then you wouldn’t even have the chance to be standing here today or to be flapping your lips.”

Ying Wuyou turned to Song Tianxing and said resolutely, “Since these words have already been spoken, I shall speak clearly Lord Hallmaster. I also have an answer to your second question. Throughout this vast Hall, no one can fill in the missing gap made by Qiao Baishi. No one will be able to clean up the aftermath, unless Qiao Baishi returns! It’s ludicrous that these people sit here and speak with confidence and composure, but are unaware that the Hall is facing a monumental crisis.”

“Crisis? Ying Wuyou, stop being an alarmist and crying wolf! Will our Hall really fall to pieces without Qiao Baishi?” The Second Hallmaster Yue Qun was also displeased as he hectored.

Elder Blue jeered, “So the saying that one fan is enough to negate the criticism of ten is true. Ying Wuyou, you’re truly one of Qiao Baishi’s brainless fanboys. You really place a high importance on Qiao Baishi. Is it such that the Lord Hallmaster isn’t as important as Qiao Baishi in your heart?”

One had to say that this woman had the gift of gab, and was quite skilled at driving a wedge between people.

However, as the Lord Hallmaster, how would Song Tianxing buy this act? He spoke with a darkened face, “Cut out the nonsense. Let’s discuss the second question since Elder Ying has mentioned it.”

Ying Wuyou smiled faintly, “Lord Hallmaster, I don’t have much to discuss. I’ve already said that no one can replace Qiao Baishi. I feel that a weight has been taken off my shoulders now that I’ve said my piece. To be frank, I had planned on resigning after today. The future of the Hall has nothing to do with me anyways, but the Hall has cultivated me since I was young, and I have great affection for the Hall. I said those words not because of a personal grudge, but because I am truly thinking on behalf of the future of the Hall. Lord Hallmaster, you will be the one to decide how the Hall will proceed. However, I want to say that Wang Li isn’t a qualified successor, and that a woman as narrow minded as Elder Blue, who depends on selling her coquettish charms and nepotism, is even more unsuitable to remain in the position of an elder. The more of these people there are, the narrower the future of the Hall’s path will become.”

Resignation? Another senior executive was leaving?

Apart from Wang Li’s faction, there were still quite a few neutral factions within the Hall. They were greatly surprised when they heard that Ying Wuyou was also resigning, and also vaguely felt that this was inappropriate.

Why was it that people were leaving one after another during a time that the Hall was growing more prosperous everyday?

Could it be that there really was something wrong with the Hall?

“Resignation? Haha, why don’t you say it’s that you’re no longer able to carry on within your position?” Elder Blue laughed coldly. “Without your master Qiao Baishi supporting you, you don’t have any further place within the Hall, right? By raising a false alarm, you want to sow some confusion in the Hall before you depart, don’t you?”

Ying Wuyou laughed coldly and his gaze was completely fearless, as he swept it in an open and honest way across everyone assembled. “Everyone, I, Ying Wuyou, have a clear conscience. It’s a bit boring flapping my lips at this woman. I’ll only say one final thing, and that that’s with Qiao Baishi’s departure, the three medicinal pills will also halt production. All the orders that we’ve received will be cancelled, and our Hall’s reputation will also be heavily impacted. Under these circumstances, these people only think of how to expand our influence, without contemplating how to clean up such a mess. Are they the brainless ones, or am I just a worrywart?”

Ying Wuyou was about to leave, and had no reservations about anything. He’d put all his cards out on the table, and caused absolute silence to prevail.

Song Tianxing’s most worrying concern had finally been raised by Ying Wuyou.

“What? You mean the Heavenly Karma Pill, Vast Ocean Pill, and One Buddha Powder? Does the Lord Hallmaster not know their recipes?”

“Qiao Baishi played this hand? This really is too…”

“No way? All those orders belong to the various influential powers of the kingdom. None of them are good targets to offend.”

“Lord Hallmaster, is this true? This… isn’t this too ridiculous?”

Song Tianxing sighed lightly, “This is why I raised the second question. Qiao Baishi did indeed have exclusive knowledge of the three pill recipes. I didn’t have a hand in this either.”

Everyone in the Hall was stunned. They had always viewed Qiao Baishi as someone the Lord Hallmaster had groomed and mentored.

Since Qiao Baishi was in charge of refining these three pill recipes, then as someone behind the scenes, the Lord Hallmaster should have naturally known them as well.

This was a familiar, accustomed train of thought.

However, Ying Wuyou’s words had cruely punctured their matter-of-factness and pierced their daydreams.

Even the Lord Hallmaster hadn’t grasped the three spirit medicines.

This was without a doubt, a thunderclap from a blue sky.

Those aforementioned expansions in territory and scale, had been built on the foundation of these three pill medicines. Without these three pill medicines, what difference was there between the Hall now and what it’d been like previously? On what basis, and with what income, did they have for expansion?

They were dumbfounded. Even Wang Li was a bit dumbfounded.

Yue Qun was also flabbergasted as he murmured to himself, “Lord Hallmaster, wasn’t this contract signed with the young duke of Jiang Han? As long as we continue our partnership with the young duke Jiang…”

Song Tianxing laughed wryly, “Continue our partnership with young duke Jiang? That’s easy to answer. Haven’t you seen that the Jiang family’s actions right now are quite strange? These actions are an obvious precursor to fading out of the Eastern Kingdom.”

“Indeed. I heard that the Eastern clan wanted to erect four new great dukes, and nominated the Jiang family as the first duke, but were respectfully declined by the Jiang family.”

“This Jiang family could destroy the Duke of Soaring Dragon — why would they pay any attention to the title of the first duke? Can it be that the Jiang family is harboring intentions of rebellion?”

Song Tianxing was in an emotional turmoil as he spread out his hands, “Stop chasing the wind and clutching at shadows. The Jiang family’s movements are to avoid following in the Long family’s footsteps, and to avoid alarming the sovereign with their influence. Besides, the Jiang family valued our Hall because of Qiao Baishi.”

Elder Blue felt a bit put out when she thought of Jiang Chen. He’d given her no face at all the first time he’d come to the Hall of the Healing.

Later on, Elder Blue had pinched her nose and suffered through things for the sake of cooperation.

When she heard Song Tianxing’s words, she hurriedly said, “We signed a contract. If the Jiang family rips up the contract, then we can sue them for damages!”

Ying Wuyou snorted with cold laughter and felt that this Elder Blue was seriously idiotic. The Hall of Healing had begged Jiang Chen to sign the contract. Would there truly be anything within the contract that would give the Hall an opening to sue with?

When begging someone to sign a contract, would they dig a trap for themselves? Of course they’d be able to leave whenever they wanted to. Sue? Damages? This woman was more than typically stupid.

Yue Qun’s old face was also struck dumb as he squeezed out a smile. “It looks like the crux of the matter lies with the young duke of Jiang Han. We’ll have to curry some favor with the Jiang family.”

Song Tianxing laughed dejectedly. Curry favor with the Jiang family? They’d have to give you the opportunity first. If the Jiang family had truly cared about this partnership, wouldn’t they’ve sent a representative over sometime during the one month that had passed?

The Jiang family hadn’t even sent a servant. This indicated that the Jiang family was no longer interested in this partnership at all.

“Lord Hallmaster, why don’t we send someone to the Jiang Han territory?” Wang Li asked probingly.

“Send someone? Are you willing to go?” Song Tianxing asked.

Wang Li puffed his chest out. “Human effort can achieve anything. Although this mission is a bit difficult, I am willing to try for the future of the Hall.”

Determination was good, and Song Tianxing didn’t have the heart to deny him. He was just about to agree, when Ying Wuyou smiled faintly off on the side. “If the Fourth Hallmaster meets Qiao Baishi on this trip, how will you react?”

“Qiao Baishi?” Everyone was greatly startled. Qiao Baishi’s movements had been uncertain after he’d left. Could it be that he’d flocked to the Jiang Han banner?

Even Song Tianxing was a bit surprised.

“Wuyou, you mean that Qiao Baishi is in Jiang Han territory?” Song Tianxing asked gravely.

“Indeed. He once told me, before he resigned, that if he were to leave the Hall, he would only seek out Jiang Chen, and wouldn’t go anywhere else.” Ying Wuyou sighed lightly.

“This…” Everyone was astounded and speechless.

If Qiao Baishi was in the Jiang Han territory, then this meant that he had strong relations with Jiang Chen. If the Hall sent anyone at this moment, then they would be inviting humiliation on themselves!

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63 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 115” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. How did this retard woman manage to become an elder with power? Holy hell she’s infuriatingly stupid. She must have ascended to that position being on her knees while using her mouth masterfully.

      1. Oh my god in the preview when she said :”I wonder which other secrets did he take witht him”

        Bitch jiang Chen gave the formula to Biashi and when he quit he took it back like she does nothing but hate people and still expects respect and profits like wtf

    1. I agree with you for the most part but something that seems a little unfair is that the people who are seeing the bigger picture are the people who all had inside knowledge of Jiang and him being the source of the pills. I agree that Blue and a good portion of the the elders need to go, but I think we also have to realize that they were not acting on all of the information and that some of it was even being intentionally withheld. From our perspective they look idiotic but they literally had no clue about the undercurrents of the situation because only a couple people amongst the elders were given any sort of information.

      1. I beg to differ. They all knew the pill recipes were from the Jiang Family. They all knew about the contract signed with Jiang Chen. What’s more they even knew of the conflict between the Long Family and the Jiang Family. Elder Blue and most of these fools had even wanted to throw Qiao Baishi under the bus due to his relationship with Jiang Chen. The only thing they were completely ignorant about was the fact that only Qiao Baishi had exclusive knowledge of the pill recipes within the Hall of Healing and of his close relationship with Jiang Chen outside the so-called ‘business partnership’. But that’s beside the point. The point is these idiots definitely have enough knowledge of pertinent facts to form a sound decision but like Elder Ying said these people didn’t care at all about facts nor what’s best for the Hall, they only care about what benefits them, their factions, and their petty jealousies.

        1. Did they know about the connection between the pills and the Jiang family, because the way they reacted when they found out this chapter makes it seem like they didn’t know or refused to acknowledge that fact.

          1. They did know. They even brought up the “binding contract” that Jiang Chen had initially signed thinking that that piece of paper would be enough to bind the Jiang Family’s business interests to the Hall of Healing despite Qiao Baishi leaving. The reason they reacted the way they did was simply because they would never have imagined that only Qiao Baishi had exclusive knowledge of the pill recipes. They simply didn’t give enough credit to the poor guy and as such didn’t realize that he was the only person tying the Hall to Jiang Chen. All the clues were there. Just the mere fact that every time Jiang Chen needed to communicate with the Hall, he only ever contacted Qiao Baishi. But well, like I said petty jealousies and biases blinded them to these things.

  1. Arg… that woman gives me migraines… though none of the men are much better, but she’s the one being used to voice everything, so I’m blaming her >.<

    Thanks for the chapter XD

  2. sometimes women can become scary. I mean elder blue is seriously pushing her luck and she has guts because many people support her. Yeah All of them already brainwashed by her -_-

  3. “I just wonder how many secrets of the Hall did he take with him?”

    Seriously? After all this talk, she still think the Hall has anything of value to Jiang Chen. How the hell did she even became an Elder, she manage to say bigger stupidities every time she open her mouth.

  4. Author is playing mystery man without mentioning anything about the Mc’s activities and is informing through others…

    Thanks for the chapter translation.

    1. I felt that this short arc is exactly what is missing from other stories. A proper, different perspective of events from the eyes of a group rather detached from the main character. I don’t mean reaction scenes were everyone is going OMGWOW as they hear/watch the MC. I mean, this is a real discussion with different sides, arguments, and wishes and smart or stubborn people fighting one another to gain something.

      Novels don’t usually have this sort of scene… I like SOTR mostly because you CAN see the thoughts and ideas behind the various plans and events. You can’t help but see how smart and effective the Long family was in their takeover of the empire. Or how a pure profit organization like the Hall of Healing would decide to cut ties with 1 elder in order to pacify the new rulers.

      Jiang family ruined ALL of this. Still, it’s nice to read… Throw in an OP plotarmoured MC and watch as all the plans crumble…

      1. I like this SOTR novel more than the other that I am reading con-currently such as ATG TDG MGA, SOTR came out very strong by having very in-depth description of situation and aftermath as well as other charater’s perspective, that it actually pronged me to go read the Chinese raws, as far as I can tell, other than some instance of plot armor. SOTR did not fall prey to certain loopy loopy plot line that MGA and TDG suffered, hardly any sense of deja vu.

        1. TDG suffered from loopy loopy plot line? I can agree to MGA and ATG but not TDG.

          Anyway, I agree to everything else. SOTR is such a fantastic read. It has the magic of transition most chinese novels doesn’t have. If you like SOTR for the above reasons, I suggest you read TTNH (Transcending the Nine Heavens). It’s one of the few novels out there that uses intelligent battles, behind the scene transitions, hilarious reactions and well-fleshed antagonists, and not just brainless battles and whacking like in ATG and MGA.

  5. I agree with prior posts: These elders are the epitome of stupidity. Planning cloud castles without any background information…

    Thank you for the chapter!

  6. Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter!
    Our roots grow deep and connect to each other, deep in the ground. And on the surface, an ocean of flowers make the world more beautiful.
    -Aureate Sect, Provisionary Outer Sect Disciple, Jack~

  7. Thank you for the chapter Etvolare, Kidyeon and everyone else involved in bringing us this piece of art.

    Now for the comment part:

    Damn, these elders know how to dig their own graves. They must be really good at digging. Can I hire them somewhere? My garden needs some work and I need someone to dig up part of it.

  8. Eat shit you all idiot people hahaha! Now you all know that you have all practically destroyed the advantage of hall of healing by dismembering your connections with qiao baishi.

  9. If she was intelligent enough to manipulate people to the top with her smart ‘mouth’, why is she stupid enough to not be able to read the atmosphere/situation? She keeps adding more fuel to the fire she created to burn herself.

    It’s partially Lord Hallmasters fault to make these people elders. A large corporation cant have dumb greedy people at the top or it’ll crumble. You need smart greedy people!

    ‘Elder’ Blue? Psh. Keep her in sales.

  10. Elder Blue does not deserve to use the title elder.
    Already showing sign to other people she is stupid, now she even saying some so call wise word but it indeed showing her stupidity.

  11. After reading the teaser… I’m honestly amazed elder blue knows how to breathe! She hasn’t even linked the fact that ‘their’ pills came from jiang chen after all the ‘miracles’ he accomplished. Such as coming: back to life after the king beat him to death, saving the kings daughter from impending death, eliminating assassins from the long family, mysteriously showing up at the hall and baishi all of a sudden getting 3 brand new new pills out of nowhere, controlling an army of swordwing birds.

    The hall master should genuinely just remove all of the elders siding with the new fourth hall master (wang) and replace them. Or he could simply say to elder blue “you’re the new hall master” and he could go away, thus leaving everybody who remains to suffer the wrath of all the kingdoms who have lost their promised purchases.

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