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GDC Chapter 109: Concealment—Part Three11 min read

Chapter 109: Concealment (Part Three)

Translated by K of Exiled Rebels Scanlations

Lan XiChen staggered a few steps back from the push. He hadn’t realized what happened yet. Meanwhile, Lan WangJi struck the back of the fair-featured Guanyin statue at the center of the temple. The statue vibrated as it flew towards the coffin. Nie MingJue was still inspecting the corpse in his hand, the head had already dipped. As the heavy statue hit him, he fell right back where he’d been.

Wei WuXian leaped over and stepped onto the Guanyin’s chest. The coffin lid had broken already. They could only use the Guanyin statue as a lid to seal away Nie MingJue and his rampage. Down below, Nie MingJue struck the statue again and again in attempt to break free, while Wei WuXian also shook again and again, reeling so much he was almost thrown off. He wobbled, realizing that he wasn’t able to paint a talisman at all, “Lan Zhan, quick, quick, come up beside me. One more person would mean more weight. With a few more slaps, the statue might fall apart again…”

Before he finished, Wei WuXian suddenly felt both his body and his line of sight tilt. Lan WangJi held one end of the coffin and lifted it up.

Which meant, with only a left hand, he lifted the wooden coffin, the two dead bodies within the coffin, the Guanyin statue above the coffin, and Wei WuXian atop the statue.

Wei WuXian gaped in astonishment. He’d long since known that Lan WangJi had shocking arm strength, but this… was a bit too shocking!

Lan WangJi’s expression hadn’t changed. His right hand unleashed a silver guqin string. As if on wings, the string zipped dozens of times around the coffin and the Guanyin statue, tying the two tightly together. And then a second one, and a third… Having determined that Nie MingJue and Jin GuangYao were sealed away properly, he finally his left hand drop. The one end of the coffin plummeted to the ground, letting out a loud echo. Wei WuXian tilted as well. Lan WangJi welcomed him by breaking his fall with his arms before he placed him steadily on the ground. The hands that had just conquered almost a thousand pounds were more than gentle when wrapped around Wei WuXian.

Lan XiChen stared at the coffin enveloped in seven guqin strings. He was still lost in thought. Nie HuaiSang extended a hand and waved it before his eyes, terrified, “… B-Brother XiChen, are you alright?”

Lan XiChen, “HuaiSang, just now, was he really trying to catch me off guard with an attack?”

Nie HuaiSang, “I think I saw it…”

Hearing his hesitation, Lan XiChen pressed, “Think it over some more.”

Nie HuaiSang, “If you ask me like that, I can’t be sure either… It really did seem like…”

Lan XiChen, “Cut out the ‘seem like’! Did it happen or not?!”

Nie HuaiSang answered with difficulty, “… I don’t know, I really don’t know!”

This was the only thing Nie HuaiSang knew to say when he was desperate. Lan XiChen buried his forehead in his palm. He seemed as if his head was about to split, unwilling to speak again.

Suddenly, Wei WuXian called, “HuaiSang-xiong.”

Nie HuaiSang, “Huh?”

Wei WuXian, “Back then, how did Su She stab you?”

Nie HuaiSang, “He was carrying Brother… carrying Sect Leader-Jin when he was running away. I blocked his way, so…”

Wei WuXian, “Really? With where you stood, I don’t recall you blocking their path of escape.”

Nie HuaiSang, “I couldn’t have run into him purposely trying to be stabbed, could I?”

Wei WuXian smiled, “I never said that.”

Nie HuaiSang, “Then what are you trying to say, Wei-xiong?”

Wei WuXian, “It’s just that I suddenly connected a few things together.”

Nie HuaiSang, “What things?”

Wei WuXian, “Jin GuangYao said someone gave him a letter that threatened to tell the world what he did. Let’s first assume he wasn’t lying and was speaking the truth. Then, this certain person was doing the unnecessary.” He continued, “If you wanted to expose a person’s sins, instead of exposing them directly, why would you go out of your way to notify them that you had evidence of their crimes?”

Nie HuaiSang, “Didn’t Brother… Didn’t Sect Leader Jin say that the person wanted him to apologize by turning himself in?”

Wei WuXian, “Wake up. It’s more than obvious that Jin GuangYao wouldn’t choose to turn himself in. What was the point of doing it then? There seemed to be no point. But would someone who could uncover those old secrets of Jin GuangYao’s really play a useless move? Such an unnecessary act had to have a goal, whether to induce or instigate something.”

Lan XiChen was startled, “Induce? Induce what?”

Lan WangJi’s voice was low, “Jin GuangYao’s killing intent.”

If it were the usual ZeWu-Jun, he couldn’t have failed to fathom this. But right now, it was likely he had no more space in his mind to think.

Wei WuXian, “That’s right. It was precisely this letter that induced Jin GuangYao’s killing intent to an unprecedented level. Didn’t it say he should wait for his death in seven days? Then he would be the first to strike. He’d topple all of the main forces of the cultivation world at Burial Mound within the seven days to say who’d be the first to die.”

Lan XiChen, “You mean this was the goal of the one who sent him the letter? Only to urge him to take action?”

Wei WuXian, “That’s what I’m thinking.”

Lan XiChen shook his head, “… Then just what does the person who sent him the letter want to do? Whether to expose Jin GuangYao or to destroy the sects?”

Wei WuXian, “It’s quite simple. Look at what happened after the siege failed. When everyone was gathered at Lotus Pier, at the peak of their excitement, they welcomed SiSi and BiCao—I don’t think the arrival of the two witnesses was a coincidence. And so, everything piled up and exploded.” With a pause, Wei WuXian continued, “They wanted not only for Jin GuangYao’s name to be ruined. They also wanted Jin GuangYao to be the world’s enemy. And it had to be fatal at first blood—there had to be no possibility of a reversal.”

Nie HuaiSang, “Sounds like this person started to plan this a long time ago.”

Wei WuXian looked at him before suddenly asking, “Right, weren’t you the one responsible for safekeeping ChiFeng-Zun’s body, Sect Leader Nie?”

Nie HuaiSang, “I kept it at first, but I just received the news tonight that my brother’s body at Qinghe suddenly disappeared. Or else why would I hurry over to Qinghe and be caught by Su She on my way…”

Wei WuXian asked again, “Sect Leader Nie, I heard you often travel between the GusuLan Sect and the LanlingJin Sect, correct?”

Nie HuaiSang, “Yeah.”

Wei WuXian, “Then did you really not know Mo XuanYu?”

Nie HuaiSang, “Huh?”

Wei WuXian, “I remember the first time I met you after the sacrifice succeeded, you seemed like you didn’t recognize me at all. You even asked HanGuang-Jun whom I was. In any case, Mo XuanYu had once bothered Jin GuangYao, even capable of looking at the manuscripts that Jin GuangYao had in his collection. You, on the other hand, also frequented Sect Leader Jin to air your grievances. Even if you weren’t familiar with Mo XuanYu, have you really never seen him even once?”

Nie HuaiSang scratched his head, “Wei-xiong, Koi Tower is that big; I couldn’t have seen every single person, much less remember everyone I’ve seen. And on top of that…” He seemed a bit awkward, “You know what Mo XuanYu’s background was. It was a bit… The LanlingJin Sect tried its hardest to keep it a secret. It’s not that strange I hadn’t seen him, is it? Brother XiChen might not have even seen him.”

Wei WuXian, “Oh, indeed. ZeWu-Jun didn’t know Mo XuanYu either.”

Nie HuaiSang, “Right?! And I don’t really understand. Even if I’d seen Mo XuanYu, why should I pretend like I didn’t know him on purpose? Was there any need?”

Wei WuXian smiled, “Nothing. Something seemed a bit off. I was only asking.”

Yet in his heart, he replied, Of course to find out if this ‘Mo XuanYu’ really was the real Mo XuanYu.

How could Mo XuanYu, who was so timid and fearful in others’ description, conjure up the courage to take his life and sacrifice his body? Why would that left hand of ChiFeng-Zun’s be released? Did Jin GuangYao really let it out by pure accident? And why did it appear at Mo Village, where he sacrificed his body, so that Wei WuXian ran into it right after he was reborn? Why wasn’t it some other place?

ChiFeng-Zun’s corpse was buried by the QingheNie Sect. In all these years, did Nie HuaiSang, who had always admired his elder brother, really fail to notice that the corpse had been switched?

Wei WuXian prefered this other case instead.

Perhaps before Nie MingJue passed away, Nie HuaiSang really knew nothing. But after Nie MingJue’s death, he knew everything. Including that Nie MingJue’s corpse had been switched. Including the true colors of the brother he once trusted.

He tried to search for his elder brother’s corpse, but after so many years and so much hard work, he could only find a single left hand.

He was stuck at this step, without anything that could lead to the next. In addition, the left hand was abnormally fierce, too difficult to suppress. If it was left by his side, it’d keep on resulting in bloodshed. So he remembered someone. Someone who was best at dealing with these things, these problems.

The YiLing Patriarch.

But the YiLing Patriarch had been torn into pieces already. What should he do now? And so he remembered someone else. Mo XuanYu, who’d been kicked out of Koi Tower.

Perhaps to gain information from Mo XuanYu, Nie HuaiSang talked to him once. From Mo XuanYu’s grievances, he knew that Mo XuanYu had once read the fragmented manuscript that recorded an ancient, forbidden technique in Jin GuangYao’s collection. He then urged Mo XuanYu, who had had enough of the humiliation coming from his own clan members, to seek revenge using the forbidden technique of body sacrifice.

And which fierce ghost was summoned?

It was the YiLing Patriarch again, of course.

Mo XuanYu, no longer able to put up with his circumstances, finally painted the blood array, and Nie HuaiSang also used the opportunity to release the hot potato he was no longer able to keep: ChiFeng-Zun’s left hand.

From then on, the plan successfully began. He no longer needed to exert his energy on searching for the remaining limbs of Nie MingJue, instead leaving all of the dangerous and bothersome things to Wei WuXian and Lan WangJi. He only needed to monitor their every move.

The time that Jin Ling, Lan SiZhui, Lan JingYi, and the other juniors ran into the odd incident of dead cats on their way, someone was clearly creating abnormalities on purpose. Along with the nonexistent ‘hunter’ who showed them the way in the nearby village, it was doubtless that the goal was to lead these naive disciples into Yi City. If Wei WuXian and Lan WangJi was just a bit more careless and weren’t able to protect them completely, whatever happened to the disciples at Yi City would likely also be blamed on Jin GuangYao.

Anyhow, the more that could convict Jin GuangYao, the better it was; the more that could lead the cautious villain to make mistakes and leave traces, the better it was; the more that could result in a tragic death of his, the better it was.

Lan WangJi used the tip of Bichen’s blade to turn over the black chest beside the coffin. He glanced at the incantations engraved over it before he turned to Wei WuXian, “The head.”

The chest was probably used to hold Nie MingJue’s head. After Jin GuangYao moved the head away from Koi Tower, he probably buried it here.

Wei WuXian nodded at him, “Sect Leader Nie, do you know what was originally inside of the coffin?”

Nie HuaiSang, “How could I know? But with how Brother… oh, no—with how Sect Leader Jin looked, it was probably something really important to him, huh?”


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March 25, 2019 9:39 pm

Thanks for the chapter, K!

April 18, 2019 7:28 am

After reading how JGY died here it seems like LXC held a very important place in his heart (brothership or as a family). My impression of JGY is a flexible person who would do anything to escape and not let go of any slightest hope to come back more favorably. So for him to choose such a painful way to die rather than peacefully talking his way out is quite out of his norm. Was he trying to prove something to LXC? Or perhaps to make him regret and feel bad? Also back then when JGY lured everyone to burial… Read more »

April 28, 2019 5:20 pm

okay SO! After reading this chapter y’all I have a theory on what further happened to Mo Xuan Yu and as to what really was the reason he got kicked out of LanlingJin sect: so like, at least 40+ chapters back it’s said that there was a vague memory Wei Wu Xian received of Mo Xuan Yu’s and it’s one of him being inside of Jin GuangYao’s secret room at Koi Tower– which is interesting because it’s never mentioned before that he had any access to MXY’s memories and it’s the only time it ever happens. I think MXY saw… Read more »

April 30, 2019 3:02 am

I really pity Guangyao because all of his life, people has always been using the “he’s a son of a prostitute” to bring him down and it must’ve suck when almost everyone disrespects him even though he was always kind. What I didn’t like about him was he gained Nie Mingjue’s trust but he broke it and now Nie Mingjue can’t trust him anymore. Why break that when there’s only a few who’d trust him? Nie Mingjue was a person whose trust is hard to gain and yet he didn’t value it which made me really angry 🙁 I know… Read more »

May 12, 2019 11:40 pm

Thank you

July 26, 2019 6:02 pm

“The hands that had just conquered almost a thousand pounds were more than gentle when wrapped around Wei WuXian”
that’s adorable q_q

영 원희
영 원희
August 3, 2019 5:21 am

y’all are talking about JGY but here i am, amazed by how fucking sly and cunning huaisang is. props to you bro. after this, i can’t help but respect mxtx with all of my heart. i mean, all i wanted was to read a (normal, typical) bl novel, but with plot and characters as carefully structured and shockingly complex as this…damn. on a related note, the donghua better not be pulling some brotherhood bs or else i’m gonna flip out and sue china. give lan zhan the wei ying he deserves. he didn’t wait for about 20 years for this… Read more »

August 6, 2019 7:55 am

Whoa… if WWX is correct, NHS is more of a mastermind than I thought. 😯 But can any of it be proven? Who was in the empty coffin?

August 19, 2019 7:59 pm

I’ve always thought Nie HuaiSang was a sly one. His most famous words are “I don’t know. I really don’t know.” The guy knows a hell of a lot more than others and always knows something but will never admit to knowing anything. What I didn’t know was that he would plan something so dark while playing the fool the entire time. I thought he played the fool to protect his Sect. I definitely didn’t see this coming at all.

August 24, 2019 4:32 am

You know what? Good on NHS, he orchestrated such an intricate plan. He and JGY are the two most cunning characters in this story, so very well written❣️

September 7, 2019 8:29 pm

Darn it!!! This story is just soooooo amazing. The plot, character development, rich in history. Every character has a story to tell no matter how small or big his/her role is. It is very informative, brilliant, no chap is boring especially the flashback. This is the kind of story that I would always like to read. Looking forward to reading more of the author’s other novels.
P.s: WWX please be my lawyer.

Brie Nebula
Brie Nebula
September 12, 2019 2:24 am

I always want stronger hubby but Lan Wangji is (strongest)way stronger😅💜

September 20, 2019 4:36 am

NHS is the real MVP! He was the main culprit in summoning WWX! Darn! That’s how you do it folks. Very patient, waited for more than a decade to execute his plans. The Mikimoto Crown is yours! But the Lan Sizhui-Jingyi-Jin Ling and others almost died because of you. You really would do anything even sacrificing them to get revenge for your Big Bro

Tanziha Akter
September 26, 2019 11:51 am

Before he finished, Wei WuXian suddenly felt both his body and his line of sight tilt. Lan WangJi held one end of the coffin and lifted it up. Which meant, with only a left hand, he lifted the wooden coffin, the two dead bodies within the coffin, the Guanyin statue above the coffin, and Wei WuXian atop the statue. Wei WuXian gaped in astonishment. He’d long since known that Lan WangJi had shocking arm strength, but this… was a bit too shocking! Lan WangJi’s expression hadn’t changed. His right hand unleashed a silver guqin string. As if on wings, the… Read more »

October 17, 2019 3:54 am

shit, wwx has always been so clever. love our little demon leader hahahahaha.
seeking revenge for your brother isn’t bad. the bad thing is dragging other people into your troubles without their consent and using their hands to do the dirty work. shameful, huaisang, shameful.

October 19, 2019 11:24 am

Ohh holy shhhhhi- ba, Nie HuaiSang you sly fox.
Even if this chapter is so serious, and I should write something like theory but nah

Only thing i remember after I read this chapter is lan zhan and his superhuman strengh. I mean, just think about it. It awesome but if were in this novel, I would stay faaaaarrrrr away from Wei ying just because I would be afraid of lan zhan and his jealousy. One wrong move and would be squash just like a sponge.

November 6, 2019 10:46 pm

WangJi is amazing!! Super strong… yet so gentle towards his loved ones like WuXian, A-Yuan, the rabbits. WuXian is amazing too! Fearless and super smart, his intellect only matched by his beloved WangJi. Xi-Chen is heartbroken, so sad. HuaiSang is even more cunning than JGY. I just didn’t like how he risked other people’s lives especially the ducklings’. And yet because of that, WuXian got the opportunity to befriend them and earned their respect and loyalty which I love. So…. I don’t know, I really don’t know!! XD And he did bring WuXian back from the dead so I’m sure… Read more »

November 28, 2019 11:32 am

Can we just thank NHS with all our hearts for bringing back WEI YING!?
To cut it short thank you NHS for resurecting Weiying so LWJ can be happy😉😁

December 3, 2019 11:34 am

It’s not in the novel but, in the drama Jin GuangYao murmurs to Nie MingJue’s head in his secret chamber “You won’t ever leave me alone, huh” and he ends dying next to him and having their souls sealed together? my heart breaks

January 25, 2020 12:37 pm

So what was inside that empty coffin in the first place? What did Jin Guangyao hide in there? I kinda think it was his mother’s corpse but why would he make such a fuss over it?

Gaynor Halpin
Gaynor Halpin
January 28, 2020 10:13 am

NHS is almost as clever as WWX and LWJ. The little dude deserves a promotion 😄

February 5, 2020 10:10 pm

Whatever the reason, cunning or not, my deepest thank you to Nie Huisang for bringing back our Wei Ying🙏😊

March 21, 2020 9:05 pm

I had a hunch!!! And it confirmed here! You Nie HuaiSang!!

March 24, 2020 6:18 pm

i really don’t think NHS intended to kill JGY like that, in the chapter before when he sees JGY moving his hands it says his ‘pupils shrank’ in fear, i don’t think he could’ve faked that. maybe he was overly paranoid after everything and saw something that wasn’t there, but i don’t see how he could’ve shrank his pupils deliberately.

and Lan Zhan lifting over 1000 pounds reminds me of Wei Ying holding open the Xuanyu of Slaughter’s jaw in the cave so Lan Zhan could pull his leg out, superhuman strength when the other is in danger T-T

March 26, 2020 9:50 pm

While reading the past chapters I was so confused on how did nmj’s corpse end up at yunmeng And also if the head was with jgy how come the corpse had it’s head ?
Never in a million years would I have thought NHS would be the mastermind behind it ! Finding his head and releasing the corpse to playing the fool all this time ! Damn !

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