The Immortal's Poison - chapter-14
There was a vague trail of bloodstains extending all the way from the
doorway of the wooden house to the border of the Red Leaves Forest. Wen
Leyang e exhaled a long sigh and leaned his body on a tree.
He caught a whiff of an unusually sweet scent blowing in the wind.
There was a sound of approaching footsteps and he hears a rather
surprised “Hey?” from a person with a young and skittish voice.
Wen Leyang forced his heavy eyelids to open and saw several human-figured
shadows clad in black fabric. He could only see pairs of shimmering eyes
and they exuded a sense of ghastly vigilance as they stepped into the Red
Leaves Forest. The leader of the pack carried a flute in his hand and
wore a headscarf looped over his head covering his long hair. He was
dressed in a long robe, with the handle of a long sword visible on his
back. His facial features were not concealed, yet it was difficult to
distinguish his features in the dark.
Wen Leyang started giggling and he asked in between his fits of laughter,
“What kind of style are you modeling?”
The other party gave a short laugh and said, “Your style is even more
exaggerated! What happened here and where is the Wen family’s
prohibition spell?” He held out his flute and pointed it towards the bald
trees and the scattered, storm-raged red leaves that were now turning
into red mud on the ground.
The black-shirt people started gathering around one after another.
The accent of these people was similar to the ones who had released the
Spirit Guiding Light and the Yin Chi. Wen Leyang’s mind was slightly
distracted and as he felt his eyelid start to twitch he thought that the
effort to try to make an expression would be more difficult than licking
his own elbow. He struggled to compose himself and asked, “Who are all of
The leader did not show any aversion to the foul odor emitting from Wen
Leyang and smiled amiably as he squatted down next to him. He did not
answer Wen Leyang’s question and instead asked, “Were you poisoned?
Could it be you who triggered the prohibition spell?” He waved his arm in
a directive as he spoke and the other black-shirt people spread out
immediately around the Red Leaves Forest.
The dark cloud in the middle of the sky too dispersed quickly and a ray
of moonlight shone through the crevasse amongst the mist. Wen Leyang
could see the enemy in front of him clearly now and was surprised by his
unusual appearance. Though the person had an adult’s stature, his face
looked like that of a porcelain doll. His complexion was ever so delicate
it that it looked like would break with a flick of a finger, while red
lips with pearly-white teeth and thick brows accentuated bright eyes. It
was a face with a radiant angelic smile and the corners of his eyes and
the tips of his brows hung a sense of awe-inspiring righteousness.
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The Baby Faced Man continued to smile and with a voice sounded of
unparalleled sincerity he said, “My apologies, our arrival was delayed
for a short while. Otherwise, you would not have broken the prohibition
spell earlier and be tormented by the poison.” While saying that, he
shook his head sympathetically and said, “But who could you be?”
The Corpse Poison felt like cold needles of ice which rampaged and
charged about in his body and had progressed above his waist level. Wen
Leyang felt as if both his legs and lower abdomen were being collectively
stung by the most vicious wasps. He groaned in agony and squeezed the
words out between his clenched teeth, “The whole of Red Leaves Forest? By
depending on just these few people?”
The Baby Faced Man laughed out loud. He spoke with a cheerful yet sincere
manner, nevertheless in his tone there was a faint yet imminent
arrogance, “Just these few people? No, just myself. The rest of them are
The rest of the ‘normal people’ walked with footsteps that were
lighter than a raccoon’s and their movements were swifter and more
agile than a monkey. They could take one leap up to a tree of several
meters’ height and should they scamper off all at once, it was
estimated that even a pack of dogs could not chase after them. Wen Leyang
adjusted his posture with great effort and said, “If they are normal
people, then who would you be?”
Suddenly a muffled hum sounded. One of the black-shirt people climbed up
a huge tree and meticulously scoured the situation around the area before
leaping down from the tree top. The moment his legs came in contact with
the ground, he stumbled and went down with a thump. His whole body
quivered unnaturally and curled up into a ball while a croaking noise
could be heard coming from his throat.
Seeing this two of his companions bent over, their body posture akin to
two hunting black cats, and moved across to reinforce the situation. Yet
they only took two steps before they too tumbled down on the ground
without a sound or a sign!
Wen Leyang could not help but laugh enigmatically and said, “It seems
like the Red Leaves Forest’s prohibition spell still stands.” He wanted
to laugh again but his laughter turned into a low cough with an agonized
The Baby Faced Man’s expression had shifted dramatically. He gave a
quiet order and the gang of black-shirt people began to come back to
their previous formation. As they were doing so one of them cried out in
alarm, then another, and they started to tumble down one by one until
someone exclaimed in low voice, “There’s something on the ground!”
A loud rustling noise could be heard and the wilted red leaves in the
muddy water rustled and shook as if something was gathering and crawling
underneath the leaves. The rustling sound grew like an incoming tide and
surrounded the black-shirt people.
The Baby Faced Man’s gaze became as sharp as a dagger and with a loud
cry, he rose lightly into the air. He grabbed a yellow paper talisman
from somewhere around his chest and used both his hands to gesticulate
some eerie hand gestures before swiftly shouting, “Suffer!”
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yellow paper talisman ignited in a plume of green smoke. In the blink of
an eye, it spontaneously combusted into three inches of flying ashes,
soon after out of thin air a huge gust of wind appeared without a sign!
The strong winds blew violently and lifted the scattered red leaves
explosively into the sky. When seen afar it appeared almost like a
magnificent display of fireworks, as if the red blazing flames reflected
red every persons’ eyes!
Wen Leyang was so astonished that he forgot all about his pain and opened
his eyes wide to take in the inconceivable spectacle that was happening
in front of his eyes. No one had seemed surprised that the Baby Faced Man
could burn a paper talisman and summon gusts of strong wind. By this
point, Wen Leyang had begun to comprehend a little what the Baby Faced
Man meant by the word ‘normal’.
He meant that he was not the normal person.
As the strong winds continued to blow it revealed that under the cover of
red leaves were multi-colored spiders, blue colored little snakes,
rusty-bronze colored scorpions, red-striped centipedes, huge patches of
green-headed ants and densely-dotted poisonous creatures of strange
appearances. All these creatures bowed their heads and huddled their
bodies tightly to stay fixed to the ground, resisting the strong blowing
wind. The black-shirt people who were scattered all around the grounds of
the Red Leaves Forest were shocked to realize that they were trapped
amongst thousands of venomous insects, vermin, snakes, and scorpions.
A moment later, the strong wind died down and the red leaves that were
blown into the sky slowly drifted down. The venomous creatures on the
ground bared their fangs and brandished their poisonous stingers
threateningly, no longer trying to conceal themselves beneath the leaves.
The silence was broken by waves of loud rustlings as the collective
creatures attacked the black-shirt people!
Tragic cries filled the air, echoing continuously through the Red Leaves
Forest. The black-shirt people, though agile, had no resistance to the
powerful poison from these creatures. Similar to a rooster crowing in the
morning only to find its neck abruptly broken, one of them would cry out
before suffocating for half a breath’s moment before never moving again.
Countless multicolored armies of venomous creatures raged and flowed in
turbulence out of Life Trademark’s wooden shed and spread across to the
borders of the Red Leaves Forest. They surged ahead of the black-shirt
people, cutting off their escape before poisoning them to death.
The Baby Faced Man’s face was dreadfully pale. The sincerity, justice
and slight arrogance he displayed earlier were replaced by a desperate
expression. The vision from his slender eyes wavered and his floating
body slowly began to descend. It seemed that he could not stay floating
in midair indefinitely and he will eventually land amongst the venomous
Wen Leyang forced himself to look at him. In front of his body countless
creatures were approaching and the poison in his body had passed his
abdomen and gathered in his chest area. Despite this, his gaze still held
a trace of a faint smile.
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night had begun with the intrusion of a gigantic snake’s corpse,
followed by the threat of the Yin Chi. He recalled how he had been
rushing from one thing to another alongside with Wen Xiaoyi but in
actuality, their actions were mostly in vain. The giant snake corpse and
the Yin Chi would have been annihilated by the Red Leaves Forest’s
prohibition spell. The only worthy action of his was the final hit of the
blunderbuss which crushed the Yin Chi but at the expense of sustaining
injuries from the misfire and subsequently being bitten by the
still-living Yin Chi. He would have been better off had he stayed hidden
in the house and snacked on his never-ending supply of carrots instead.
Deep in his heart, Wen Leyang was aware of how deeply the poison had
penetrated into his body; even with the arrival of the four Grand Elders
combined with the resurrection of his Eighth Generation’s ancestor,
they could not have stopped the spreading poison within his body. All he
could do was await the advance of the poison into his brain but he made a
last-ditch effort to push himself back onto his two feet so that he could
die with pride.
Though he felt like he was on the brink of death, Wen Leyang believe that
he should at least stop this gang of mysterious enemies from going
further into the Red Leaves Forest. Around thirty years ago, his father
had once said that one must do significant and meaningful things in life.
The Baby Faced Man realized that he would soon reach the ground and
snapped himself back to full alert. His vision brightened as he stared
with understanding at Wen Leyang and shouted sharply, “It was you!” A
loud whine was heard as the long sword on his back flew out and, guided
by both his hands, spun about in midair before stabbing into a particular
spot on the ground. As the Baby Faced Man pulled the sword out the buried
Black Jade Incense Tripod was also pulled out of the soil. He then guided
the flying sword which swayed the Black Jade Incense Tripod on its blade
and ferociously smashed it against Wen Leyang who had been leaning
against the tree!
After he had been injured and poisoned by the Yin Chi, the last thing
that Wen Leyang did was to burn the medicinal herbs in the Black Jade
Incense Tripod before burying it shallowly in the soil. He then concealed
the opening of the vessel clumsily with the red leaves.
When he first entered the Place of Birth, Life, Sickness and Death, he
was strictly forbidden by Fourth Elder Wen to use light the Black Jade
Incense Tripod in the Forest, as there were countless venomous creatures
being kept within the Sickness Trademark. In order not to affect the
effectiveness of their poison the prohibition spell of the Red Leaves
Forest did not include a prescription to harm them. Instead the Wen clan
relied on the inherited experience of over two thousand years to concoct
an herb mixture that emitted a foul odor which repelled these creatures.
Once this mixture had been lit in the Forest, the venomous creatures
would immediately try to flee the prohibited area desperately.
The creatures that were worthy of being bred at the Place of Birth, Life,
Sickness and Death were poisonous vermin with aggressive temperaments and
the black-shirt people were being ruthlessly attacked by these creatures.
However, it was all a waste as when the red leaves were blown away, the
Baby Faced Man would unexpectedly discover the buried incense tripod.
What was even more unexpected to Wen Leyang was that the other party was
even capable of using a flying sword to dig up the incense tripod.
Wen Leyang was so weakened that even blinking his eyes felt too strenuous
for him, and he could only watch as the Black Jade Incense Tripod slowly
flew towards him and smashed against his chest with a sharp crack. The
vessel shattered and one of the fragments cut Wen Leyang’s cheek as it
tumbled across his body.
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The approaching tide of poisonous creatures was confused for a moment
before they adjusted and turned their bodies one by one and rushed
towards the fragrant ash-covered Wen Leyang. The Buddha’s Light Bug
noticed the situation and prepared to defend its master against the mass
of threatening vermin.
Wen Leyang vigorously bent over, exerted all the strength he had left to
grasp onto ‘You’ve Got Me’ tightly in his palm. He refused to let
it retaliate against the other venomous creatures.
Upon realizing that its master intended to stop it from attacking,
‘You’ve Got Me’ slumped its body and gave a low, distressed moan.
It stretched out its body in Wen Leyang’s grip and snuggled up against
his skin while its head rubbed against his palms.
Wen Leyang did not notice when a small clear dew drop emerged from the
Buddha’s Light Bug’s flaming red eyes as it wept!
The Corpse Poison from the Yin Chi continued to flow along his blood
vessels and left an obvious gray line along his neck. It would not be
long now before the poison reaches his brain.
In the meantime the swarm of venomous creatures had crawled upon his body
and mercilessly bit and tore at him. In the snap of a finger Wen Leyang
had been bitten and stung over a thousand times!
Wen Leyang could finally comprehend the meaning of how poison could be
both benevolent yet destructive at the same time. Each time a creature
bit or stung him, the potent poison entering his body would erupt into an
agonizing pain akin to the extraction of bone marrow, then immediately
dispersed without a trace on its own. The less potent poisons, however,
would enter the bloodstream and combine with other poisons and cause the
sensation of a burning knife slicing apart his blood vessels!
Today’s lesson seemed slightly livid and overrated. Wen Leyang sighed,
“What a shame, there’s one more left. ” Immediately after that he
closed his eyes and awaited his death.
He waited for half a day, yet he didn’t die.
Little did he know, as he was bitten and injected with thousands of
different kinds of poisons, the gray mark which was left by the Corpse
Poison suddenly behaved like an infuriated snake. The gray line radically
expanded before shrinking dramatically, shriveling away from his neck by
a few inches.
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poisonous creatures had originally been attracted to the odd scent which
emanated from the shattered incense tripod which had scattered upon Wen
Leyang’s body. The smell dispersed a moment later and the creatures
lost their target. After the initial storm of attacks the poisonous
vermin lost interest and gradually returned to the Red Leaves Forest.
The pain was excruciating but Wen Leyang had escaped death for now.
Wen Leyang felt that he must be of good moral standing as the poisonous
vermin had swarmed his body but left his face untouched. Otherwise his
entire face would have been blackened and swollen until he would have
been mistaken for a big-faced African man
The Baby Faced Man guided his flying sword back to its sheath and
cautiously avoided the retreating vermin as he dropped back onto the
ground. He was surprised to discover that Wen Leyang was still breathing,
so he smiled as he approached the side of Wen Leyang’s body and asked,
“You’re not dead yet?”
Wen Leyang exerted himself strenuously but only managed to open his eyes
into a slit before replying, “YOU are not dead yet.” The Baby Faced Man
was caught off guard by this hostility as a trickle of red blood flowed
out from Wen Leyang’s eye.
The Baby Faced Man flushed and said with an innocent expression, “I could
see that you were carrying some form of treasure capable of overcoming
poison, you should gift it to me.” His gaze then seemed to be filled with
sincerity as he continued, “You must be in so much pain now and though I
can’t save you I can end your suffering. There you would find your
relief, so please give me with your treasure.”
Wen Leyang tried to smile, but he was unsure whether he still had the
ability to force it as he said, “Why didn’t you come and take it
yourself, since I don’t have the ability to move anymore.”
The Baby Faced Man shook his head, “People like you who practiced the Art
of Poison are contaminated in their intentions. I would not dare to touch
“F*ck it!” Wen Leyang was unsure from where he gathered his strength, yet
he abruptly broke out into curses, “Yours truly was resting in the Forest
at my own house, it was you mother*ckers who sent murderers through my
door, and yet you still have the guts to accuse me of my contaminated
intentions, yours truly could only wish that the poisonous creatures
would bite you to death! Who do you think you are?”
The Baby Faced Man blinked innocently once again, then his gentle gaze
abruptly turned arrogant and filled with vengeance as he said, “This was
the first time I came down from the mountain to run some errands. It was
your fault that all the people entrusted to me by my master were killed,
even if I were to burn this forest before I return, I would not be able
to avoid being punished for my mistake.”
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burn your whole family.” Wen Leyang muttered these six words while
shivering. He then used all his might to open his eyes fully and stared
straight into Baby Faced Man without blinking. He would not make even the
The Baby Faced Man again started to smile, causing his eyes to narrow and
curve with the smile as if hiding the relentless viciousness within him.
Wen Leyang sighed all of a sudden, opened his mouth, hesitated for a
moment and with a trembling voice said, “You’ve got me.”
You’ve! Got! Me!
The Baby Faced Man felt surprised at Wen Leyang’s surrender and wanted
to say something when suddenly a ray of violet arcs split across the
night sky as a cold wind blew and a dark storm cloud started gathering
A peal of thunder obliterated whatever the Baby Faced Man was trying to
Under the loud crashing of thunder, a flash of deep red lighting struck
intensely and before the Baby Faced Man could react he was struck
violently in the right eye by the raging Buddha’s Light Bug. He was
completely caught off guard and didn’t have time to even close his eyes.
The bug released a clump of poisonous stings that were sharper than the
tip of steel needles and smashed away the smile from his face.
With a deadly shout, the flying sword emerged from the back of the Baby
Faced Man and shot forward!
However it only took one breath for the Buddha’s Light Bug’s Poison
of Fire to blaze into the Baby Faced Man’s brain, burning it up into
charred bean curd. Before he could even give the sword in his hands a
squeeze, his arms dropped to his sides lifelessly.
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flying sword, having lost its master’s guidance began to fly aimlessly
everywhere before a bolt of lightning abruptly split diagonally from the
sky and violently struck the flying sword, producing a magnificent
firework of sparks which in the blink of an eye vanished into the dark.
Wen Leyang watched the situation unfold as a bright smile appeared in his
eyes. He muttered in his heart over and over again, “Why, you were really
not a normal person.”
The Buddha’s Light Bug shook off the remaining poisonous fluid that was
glued to its hard bristles and clumsily crawled onto Wen Leyang’s face.
It then snuggled and rubbed against his face affectionately.
At the same time, the sounds of shouting akin to a broken drum could be
heard from outside the Red Leaves Forest saying, “Little Taiyang, come
quick! The sixth elder is dying!”
Another weaker voice then chimed in from time to time with the sound of
the storm as it said, “Little Taiyang… I… am dying.”
It was the two silly uncles, Wen Nine and Wen Thirteen!