Mutated Tao – Chapter 78: The Aftermath

Chapter 78: The Aftermath

Along the shore of the island made of reeds, Li Huowang stood, holding the blood-red, foul-smelling bamboo slip.DiiScver w storis on no//e()/lbin(.)com

Meanwhile, the others stood nearby with pale faces, huddled together as they looked at him. They had not yet recovered from the shock they had just experienced.

Li Huowangs expression was conflicted.

He could simply toss this nauseating bamboo slip into the muddy lake, never allowing it to see the light of day again.

This seemed like an excellent choice. No matter who wrote this bamboo slip, Ba-Huis powers were not borrowed so easily, and leaving it in this world would only bring endless suffering to others.

However, after pondering for a long time, Li Huowang placed the blood-stained bamboo slip inside his clothes.

While the various methods recorded on the bamboo slip were incredibly gruesome, they were also very effective. If even a common bandit like Yuan Er could use it, then it would probably be possible for himself as well.

There was no harm in being prepared. He might even be able to make use of it in some extreme situation. After all, if he did not want to completely turn into Dan Yangzi, then he had to find another alternative for when he faced danger in the future, even if the price to pay was very high.

Li Huowang turned back to look at the others. Bring the boat over, load up the gold, and the dead bodies of our two brethren. Lets leave this wretched place.

Their troubles had been unexpectedly resolved, and they had no need to continue staying in this place filled with corpses.

Sun Baolu was quite capable and managed to push the boats used by the bandits for pillaging ashore. Meanwhile, the rest of them carried the bodies of their fallen comrades and the gold jewelry and loaded up the boats.

Board the boat with us, row the oars, and take us to the other side of this lake, said Li Huowang, looking menacingly at the youth before him.

Can can you spare my life if I bring you out? The terrified youth stuttered. However, when he saw Li Huowang reaching for the hilt of the sword on his back, the youth scrambled onto the boat in fear.

The youth rowed the oars, turning the boat toward the dense field of reeds. At the same time, the others also began to clumsily row the boat.

It was very quiet within the dense field of reeds. No one made any sound apart from the rhythmic splash of oars in the water. The recent events had left everyone feeling unsettled.

Lo Lord, Im Yuan Fu, the youth rowing the oars suddenly spoke.

Li Huowang frowned but did not reply. His eagle-like eyes continued scanning the pitch-black surroundings.

Lord, I know that its not a good thing to kill and loot on the waters. I never joined my dad when he engaged in those activities, the nervous youth tried to explain. Actually, I want to go to the capital to take the examination and become a government official; Im already fed up with this place. Lord, where are you going? Im very familiar with this area and can lead the way for you.

This finally caught Li Huowangs attention, and he looked down at the youth rowing the boat. How much do you know about the Nunnery at Henghua Mountain?

This was their next destination, and there was a chance that he could learn something about it. After all, Henghua Mountain should not be too far away from this lake.

Nunnery? I know about it. I met the nuns there once when I was working with my older brother and we were about to finish a deal on the boat. However, at the last moment, my brother decided not to go through with it, explained the youth. At that time, he told me this: Based on our great-grandfathers command, we cannot rob these three groupsblack-clothed nuns, bald heads rearing birds, and drum-wielding deities.

Is there anything special about how the nuns look? asked Li Huowang.

They are very fat. Just one of them is probably three times my weight. Also, they are very lazy. They would rather sit than stand, and would lie down at any given opportunity, replied Yuan Fu. Also, they release this extremely dirty and vile stench around them. Once, when one of those nuns took off her shoes, I could smell the stench from the adjacent boat. Lord, are you looking for these nuns? I can show you the way.

Fat, lazy, smelly. It was quite difficult for him to associate these descriptors with nuns.

Li Zhi said that they could be considered somewhat good people? But does this world even have these so-called good people?

After everything he had been through, Li Huowang had serious doubts about this.

After drifting through the field of reeds for a long time, the vast expanse of the lake once again appeared before them. The small boats reached the shore just as the sun began to rise. They had actually spent an entire night on that island, from dusk till dawn.

When the sunlight illuminated their faces, they were finally able to release the heavy burdens in their hearts. Exhausted from a long night of rowing, they all panted and fell to the ground.

Li Huowang said, Dont rest yet. Go to the woods and gather some firewood, and then cremate these three people. Otherwise, they will start to rot.

The rest of them looked toward their three drowned companions, then mustered their strength to stand up before walking toward the nearby forest.

However, Li Huowang stopped Xiaoman, who was clutching her arm. There was a large region on her right arm that had been torn apart, exposing her bloodied muscles to the air.

Are you alright? Li Huowang took out a pill from his waist and handed it to her.

But Xiaoman did not take the pill. Im fine. Im lucky enough just to be able to survive. Ill just use some wood ash to cover this small wound, and it will be okay.

Having spent all this time together, Li Huowang had come to understand her unyielding personality and did not push further.

Soon, three large bonfires were built by the shore. Then, Li Huowang carried each of the three corpses and placed them in the flames.

Everyone watched as their companions, who had been alive just yesterday, were gradually engulfed by the flames.

The flames slowly burned out as the sun rose higher in the sky.

Once the flames died out, Li Huowang used his sword to poke through the ashes and broke down some of the larger bones into smaller pieces. Then, he packed the bones together with the ashes inside ceramic urns.

His mood grew more and more depressed as he looked at the ash-filled urns. The events of last night had left his mind in turmoil.

At that moment, Bai Lingmiao, with her eyes already covered, reached out with both hands to gently tug at his sleeves. She had come over upon sensing his unease and was trying to comfort him.

Im fine. Theres no need to comfort me, Li Huowang said as he bent down to pick up the three urns before passing them to Simpleton.

Meanwhile, Yuan Fu was like a loyal dog as he stood beside Li Huowang. Lord, do you want to rest for a while? If not, I can directly bring you to find the nuns.

Hearing this, Li Huowang shook off the ashes on his sword, swung it in the direction of the voice, and then resheathed it in a single smooth motion.

Lets go, said Li Huowang.

On the other hand, Yuan Fus eyes widened with disbelief as he clutched his bleeding neck. He opened his mouth to try and say something to Li Huowangs departing figure, but only coughing noises came out.

Finally, he staggered a few steps behind before his body crumbled onto the floor, the life in his eyes slowly dissipating.

Chacha and Char's Thoughts

Ah finally an MC that ties up all loose ends and don't allow these characters to become a major enemy next time

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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