Mutated Tao – Chapter 4: Black Cauldron

Chapter 4: Black Cauldron

As Xuan Yang covered Li Huowangs mouth, the others holding torches swarmed up, staring unkindly at him.

Arent you leaving? Then youll die here today! Well not allow you to report back to that Baldy!

Li Huowang was surprisingly calm in the face of his life-and-death predicament. Rolling his eyes, he silently cursed the sudden turn of events in his hallucination. He took a deep breath and closed his eyes.

When he opened his eyes again, he found himself back in the hospital, bound by a wide belt onto the bed. The other disciples surrounding him had vanished.

Nurse Wang, Im awake, can you untie me? Li Huowang called out into the microphone, calling for the nurse on the night shift. He eagerly wanted to see if that jade pendant was still in his clothes.

However, there was no response even after he shouted for some time. Li Huowang knew that Nurse Wang liked to slack off, and was probably engrossed in secretly watching Mary Sue TV dramas and not paying attention.

Li Huowang looked down at his chest under the blue-and-white hospital gown. He desperately tried to twist and turn, attempting to use the pressure to feel whether the jade pendant was still within his clothes.

Unfortunately, his body was restrained quite tightly, and while he felt it sometimes, at other times, he couldnt feel it. After trying a few more times, he gave up.

Li Huowang yawned; he could only lie on the bed and pray that Nurse Wang would eventually glance at the surveillance screen after she had finished her drama.

It was already late at night, and even the second floor that housed the critically ill patients was very quiet. Amidst this silence, Li Huowang dozed off. When he woke up, he found himself lying on the ground inside the icy cave.

He was still in the same place, but the group of people plotting their escape was nowhere to be seen.

Tsk just this group of NPCs wanted to deal with me? Li Huowang said as he pulled out the jade pendant from his pocket and gently flipped it over before putting it back.

After a while, he returned to the large dormitory and laid on a pile of dry grass, waiting patiently for the arrival of dawn. He was so excited that he couldnt sleep, and so he spent his time contemplating the value of the jade pendant.

Li Huowang didnt know how much time had passed, since there were no clocks around. When he saw the disciples beside him start stirring, he sat up as well.

Its morning now, so Nurse Wang should have changed shifts as well. Should I go back and take a look first? Nurse Ai is a lot more professional than her.

Just as Li Huowang was sorting his thoughts, urgent footsteps were heard from the entrance.

A Taoist disciple frantically entered. He had a topknot and was dressed in a black Taoist robe.

Hurry! Master wants everyone to gather at Hui An Palace!

This sudden command perplexed everyone, but they had no reason to delay since it was Master who wanted them to be there.

Soon, all the disciples had gathered in the biggest cave in Hui An Palace. Torches illuminated the confusion on their faces.

Li Huowang noticed that there were a few people missing from the group. Even besides Xuan Yang, some of the Baldy Masters personal disciples were nowhere to be seen.

Oh, they also tried to escape with Xuan Yangs group? Li Huowang thought, silently watching the spectacle unfold.

At that moment, an ugly person stepped out from a dark tunnel, and all the Taoist disciples besides Li Huowang instinctively lowered their heads.

This was their Master, Dan Yangzi.

Ke~! This cough caused everyone to tense up.

There was an escape attempt late last night, and two of my very own personal disciples were involved in it as well. I am deeply saddened!

His words expressed sorrow, but the hostility on his face was palpable.

Li Huowang scoffed inwardly.

They were discovered just like that? Xuan Yang and that bunch are really lousy.

There cannot be any order without rules. Mistakes must be punished! This is the iron clad rule of my Xishan Donghua Sect! Follow me.

No one dared to make any sound as they followed Dan Yangzi.

Following him, they traversed caverns large and small, and crossed a turbulent underground river. Soon, they arrived at a damp classroom-sized cavern.

Li Huowang saw those who had attempted to escape last night. Not a single person was missing, and they were all tied up in a corner.

Initially they were dejected, but started struggling agitatedly when they saw their Master. However, the pieces of cloth in their mouths prevented them from speaking.

Dan Yangzi couldnt be bothered to listen to their pleas, and gestured with one hand, pointing forward with a finger. Open!

A large hole suddenly opened up in the smooth floor of the cavern, and those who had tried to escape last night instantly fell inside it.

This was followed with muffled shouts and hysterical cries echoing from within the hole, together with the sound of flesh being torn apart.

Faced with this terrifying scene, many of the Taoist disciples trembled with fear and wished that they could look away.

Move closer and observe closely! This is the fate of those who try to escape! Dan Yangzis words caused everyones faces to turn a few shades paler.

No one dared to disobey Masters orders, and everyone came to the edge of the pit.

The inside of the pit was completely dark. The pitch-black circular hole was like a whirlpool that wanted to pull everyone in.

After observing carefully, Li Huowang saw a black cauldron within the hole, with twisted talismans on its rim.

There seemed to be something moving within the cauldron, but Li Huowang could not make out what it was.

The only thing he could distinctly take note of was a nauseating stench of blood.

Whatever was inside the cauldron, it was definitely extremely dangerous.

Logically, something belonging to this hallucination shouldnt be able to harm me. Nothing like that has ever happened before.

He still felt anxious despite comforting himself, and prepared himself to return to the hospital at any time.read latest chpters at n/v(e)lbi(.)co/m


At that moment, a wriggling shadow shot out from within the hole, swiftly coiling around a disciple beside Li Huowang and dragging him down into the hole.

Everyone was frightened, swiftly retreating back to the smooth walls of the cavern. They would have long since started running if not for the fact that Dan Yangzi was watching them.

The spectators were petrified with fear as they tried to make sense of what it was that they had just seen.

Meanwhile, Li Huowang, as the person who stood the closest, had clearly seen what it was.

It was a black mass with a fleshy texture. It had clusters of black tentacles extending from its sticky and slippery skin!

Just based on that, Li Huowang was certain that the organism that Dan Yangzi was rearing here was not something that existed in the normal world.

Even though Li Huowang could not guess what exactly it was, he did not want to go over for another look.

Li Huowang knew that all of this was his own brains imagination, but he had to wonder why would he dream up such a monstrosity?

As he was surveying his surroundings, a sudden but terrifying thought emerged in Li Huowangs mind.

Wh-what if this horrifying and mysterious world was real?

Li Huowangs body started to tremble. He realized this hallucination was unlike anything hed experienced before. He thought of those people who had just died before. If they had been real and not a hallucination, then would he also die if that thing had grabbed him?

Li Huowang was starting to get overwhelmed by the suffocating fear. He forced himself to take a few deep breaths, then followed the self-soothing methods taught to him by Doctor Li.

These are all hallucinations, no matter how real they may seem. Li Huowang, you definitely cannot get lost in them once again; theyre all created by you, theres nothing to be afraid of.

Yang Na is still waiting for me. I cannot let her down. I can beat all of this. I must!

Feeling composed, Li Huowang was ready to face the hallucination once more, determined not to let it overpower him.

Chacha and Chars Thoughts

That went from 0 to 100 real quick

Chapter end

Chapter 1: The Master
Chapter 2: Li Huowang
Chapter 3: Jade Pendant
Chapter 4: Black Cauldron
Chapter 5: Pills
Chapter 6: Worth
Chapter 7: Zephyr Temple
Chapter 8: Rewriting the Script
Chapter 9: Black Taisui
Chapter 10: Steamed Buns
Chapter 11: Xuan Yuan
Chapter 12: Pill Recipe
Chapter 13: Refining Pills
Chapter 14: Ally
Chapter 15: Zheng Kun
Chapter 16: Head
Chapter 17: Found It!
Chapter 18: The Method To Become An Immortal?
Chapter 19: Superstitious
Chapter 20: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 21: Attaining Immortality
Chapter 22: Exit
Chapter 23: Home
Chapter 24: Plunder
Chapter 25: Path in the Forests
Chapter 26: Frightening
Chapter 27: Evil
Chapter 28: Lu Family
Chapter 29: Stage
Chapter 30: Performance
Chapter 31: A Wandering God
Chapter 32: Hu’s Family Ancestral Hall
Chapter 33: Continue The Performance!
Chapter 34: The God of Happiness
Chapter 35: Confused
Chapter 36: Donkey Cart
Chapter 37: The Nine Classes
Chapter 38: Jianye Town
Chapter 39: Wild
Chapter 40: Midnight
Chapter 41: Monk
Chapter 42: Monastery
Chapter 43: Buddha
Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery
Chapter 45: Buddha Statue
Chapter 46: Xin Hui
Chapter 47: Placing the Incense Sticks
Chapter 48: Escape
Chapter 49: Strayed One
Chapter 50: Buddha
Chapter 51: Negotiation
Chapter 52: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 53: Ponder
Chapter 54: Wandering God
Chapter 55: Healed
Chapter 56: Beyond the Border
Chapter 57: Shaman
Chapter 58: Li Zhi
Chapter 59: Chosen Apprentice
Chapter 60: Shaman
Chapter 61: Second Deity
Chapter 62: Night Visit
Chapter 63: Red Veil
Chapter 64: Drum
Chapter 65: Let’s See How You Beat The Drum Now!
Chapter 66: A Virtuous Person
Chapter 67: Parcel
Chapter 68: Festival
Chapter 69: Meal
Chapter 70: Lake
Chapter 71: Water Bandits
Chapter 72: Dragon Gate Village
Chapter 73: Murder
Chapter 74: Death
Chapter 75: Warehouse
Chapter 76: Bamboo Slips
Chapter 77: Ba-Hui
Chapter 78: The Aftermath
Chapter 79: Market
Chapter 80: Nun
Chapter 81: The Benevolent Nunnery
Chapter 82: Abbess Jingxin
Chapter 83: Strayed One
Chapter 84: Sense of Doubt and Confusion
Chapter 85: Descent
Chapter 86: Departure
Chapter 87: Forest
Chapter 88: Rules
Chapter 89: Wu Family
Chapter 90: Girl
Chapter 91: Li Huowang
Chapter 94: Bewilderment
Chapter 92: The Eighteenth Lunar
Chapter 93: Red
Chapter 96: Ba-Hui’s Descent
Chapter 98: Backtrack
Chapter 95: Pain
Chapter 97: Doctor Li
Chapter 99: Night Visit
Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai
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