The Immortal's Poison - chapter-15
The Corpse Poison was different from the Five Elements of poison in that
it would not kill you when it reached the heart. However, once it reaches
the brain not even fairies would be able to help. Of course, if fairies
were to appear at this point they would not be able to extract the Corpse
Poison which had spread completely into his bones and blood. Wen Leyang
was wondering that his bones could have possibly turned into gray-black
color by now.
Within Wen Leyang’s body, the multitude of different poisons from the
venomous creatures merged into one another, creating a new stream of
poison that surged rapidly along the blood vessels instead of invading
his heart. This new poison collided with the Corpse Poison and began
stripping parts of the gray mark away while tangling itself with the
other poisons in his body. Wen Leyang’s body alternated between
freezing cold sensations as if he was being drilled by ice needles and
hot raging heat that made him feel like he was being burnt alive inside.
He felt this deep into his marrow. If it were not for his foolish uncles
calling him from outside the Red Leaves Forest, Wen Leyang would have
fainted dead away.
The inhabitants of the Place of Birth, Life, Sickness, and Death had kept
a low profile during the vicious attacks. It was only when the venomous
creatures were escaping in every direction did the other caretakers
emerge. They blew on their bamboo whistles and held long, curved tree
branches which they used to herd the venomous creatures back to where
Wen Xiaoyi also stumbled out of the wooden house. Afraid of hurting her,
Wen Leyang had given her only a small dose of anesthetic through the
silver needle and she has finally recovered from its effects. The little
girl looked high and low until she finally discovered Wen Leyang and
threw herself towards him while crying piteously.
A few of the caretakers seemed to be moved by conscience and followed Wen
Xiaoyi to help hold up Wen Leyang as compassion showed in their eyes.
Wen Leyang resisted the need to faint with great effort and pointed
towards the outskirts of the Red Leaves Forest, “Go… to the two
Wen Nine and Wen Thirteen’s voices have been silent for almost half a
day, it was uncertain whether something bad had happened to them.
The countless types of poison fought and tore through his body
unceasingly, but his spirit was still vigorous. Wen Leyang sighed to
himself and thought that perhaps this was his last radiance of the
setting sun, like a sudden spurt of energy prior to dying.
The Power of Poison could be used in a benevolent or malevolent way.
Traditional Chinese medicine had a particular saying that goes: ‘one
should counteract one poison with another’. However, the poisons that
had invaded his body was a total tyrant, akin to trapping more than one
cricket in a flower pot as they would fight each other. Wen Leyang’s
body was the flower pot now.
Lightning flashed and thunder cracked, the storm had arrived once again.
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against the body of the Buddha’s Lighting Bug which was shivering all
over. Being of the element of fire, it was most afraid of rainwater yet
it refused to leave its master’s face.
Wen Leyang turned to the people who were holding him up and urged them to
help him out of the Red Leaves Forest.
One of the old men shook his head, “When the owner of the Place of Birth,
Life, Sickness, and Death is not around, nobody is allowed to even take
one step out of the Red Leaves Forest.”
Wen Leyang burned with a frenzy of rage and said, “If Fourth Elder Wen is
not around, then I am the appointed owner! Carry me out now!” He had
great respect towards the elders but he’s also the youth of a modern
society and in between the choice of abiding with the family’s training
and caring for the safety of his uncles, he chose the latter one without
The old men only shook their heads gentle and did not speak. All of a
sudden a small figure rushed to Wen Leyang’s side and strongly pushed
aside the others to help him walk towards the outskirts of the Forest.
Wen Leyang felt a great warmth in his heart when he saw that it was Wen
Xiaoyi who was using all her strength with great effort to prop him up.
She looked like she would fall with every step yet moved forward with
A few of these old men watched disapprovingly as the two of them left the
Red Leaves Forest. Turning around and resuming their walking-corpse like
expressions as they went about their business of tidying the place, the
old men muttered, “Hmph.”
Wen Leyang smiled wryly in his mind as he reflected on all the time he
had spent in the Place of Birth, Life, Sickness, and Death, and how there
doesn’t seem to be one ounce of sensibility amongst the other
caretakers of the place.
“Ninth Uncle and Thirteenth Uncle… what happened to you?” Wen
Leyang’s voice was quivering both from agonizing pain as well as from
fear. He knew that these two uncles were of pure intentions and had no
scheming motives at all. Though they may have said some inappropriate
jokes in the cutest and silliest way their joking never went overboard.
Ninth Uncle looked up at him and leaped up abruptly while howling in
laughter, “The little Taiyang has been fooled!”
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over and sat right up. The look on his face was a combination of a
foolish smirk and pride from successfully tricking them.
Ninth Uncle patted hard on Thirteenth Uncle’s shoulder and urged him
persistently, “Take it out quick, take it out!”
The Thirteenth Uncle nodded and placed his mud-filled palm into his chest
pocket and pulled with great effort. The two foolish uncles were so busy
pulling their stunt that they failed to notice Wen Leyang’s severely
A loud rustling sound was heard as Thirteenth Uncle pulled a torn plastic
bag from his chest pocket. In the meantime, Ninth Uncle was trying
ineffectively to shield him from the rainwater.
Inside the torn plastic bag was a foil-wrapped package. Thirteenth Uncle
handed the package cautiously to Wen Leyang and said, “Little Taiyang, we
have expended great effort to save this for you, taste this, quick!” As
he said this Thirteenth Uncle swallowed hard on a mouthful of saliva.
Ninth Uncle too gulped hard and nodded profusely, an expression of great
anticipation filled his face as he stared at Wen Leyang, looking like a
child who had given away the most valuable treasure of his family.
Wen Leyang, who was still suffering from the unbearable pain all over his
body felt the strong urge to curse at them when he realized their
trickery. But once he saw their sincere and innocent faces, his chest
tightened abruptly and he held back the tide of curses.
The foil-wrapped package bore a logo which was very familiar to Wen
Leyang as was studying in the county town. He unwrapped the package
expecting to see half a bar of chocolate but its shape had been deformed
beyond recognition by being carried next to his uncle’s body in the
scorching hot weather. It was not known how many times the chocolate had
The two brothers’ facial expression appeared anxious as they repeatedly
urged him to quickly taste it.
Only when Wen Leyang placed the chocolate bar into his mouth and made an
appreciative expression did the two uncles exhale a long sigh of relief
as if they had just done an earth-shattering good deed. Deeply satisfied,
they began to dance together in joy.
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of the ravaging poison continued to tear through his body, Wen Leyang
felt a sea of warm and fuzzy feeling sweep across his heart. He turned
his head around to look at Wen Xiaoyi, forced himself to grimace at her
saying, “Little girl, guess what?”
Wen Xiaoyi’s tears were mixing with the rainwater; she shook her head
while crying fitfully.
Wen Leyang smiled until his eyes were completely squinted shut and said,
“By now, my Meridians have snapped and the countless types of poison are
fighting a war in my body. The poison from all the poisonous creatures
from the Sickness Trademark have grouped together as a gang and they are
now fighting hard against the Yin Chi’s Corpse Poison. If only you see
it! It is an epic battle scene for sure. Who do you think will win? Haha,
I am sure the poison from the Sickness Trademark is much crueler…”
His practice in the Art of Poison was at its limit and he could no longer
feel the existence of his Meridian vessels altogether. He could still
feel the Yin Chi’s poison resisting against the rest of the poisons in
his body and as the poisons interacted he began to feel strangely weak.
Wen Leyang pondered on a strategy and understood that his Meridian
vessels were being crushed gradually by the collision of all the poisons,
releasing and leaking the toxicity that he had accumulated while training
and soaking in the medicinal potion.
As the countless types of poison twisted fought against one another, it
created a situation that was similar to a master propelling internal
forces within his body until his Meridians could no longer withstand the
formidable energy which ultimately resulted in the complete collapse of
his internal systems.
Wen Leyang looked deeply at Wen Xiaoyi’s entire appearance as if he was
trying to remember her appearance in his heart as much as he could. He
said with slight remorse, “It’s a pity, if only I could practice the
Faulty Punch, I might even be able to fulfill ancestor Wen Lazi’s dying
wish.” He was reminded of something and tried to lift his hand to his
chest but he could not move his unwounded arm even after exerting all his
Wen Xiaoyi saw his difficulty and guessed there was something in his
chest pocket. She reached over and retrieved a tiny red jade box, it was
the item that was passed on by Fourth Elder Wen for Wen Leyang to
safeguard before he left the Place of Birth, Life, Sickness, and Death.
Wen Leyang laughed softly as he touched the box in Wen Xiaoyi’s hand
and said, “Within three months, if the Fourth Elder Wen doesn’t
return…No, no, don’t wait for him to return as there’s no longer a
prohibition spell in the Red Leaves Forest. You should let these two
uncles guide you to the Wen Village and bring this box to the eldest
grandfather, and if the eldest grandfather is not around, you can pass it
to the other two grandfathers or the eldest uncle.”
Wen Leyang gasped for breath as he finished his sentence, then looked at
his two foolish uncles and said, “The chocolate is so rich and sweet, I
loved eating it!”
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Immediately upon finishing his sentence, Wen Leyang’s body slumped
heavily and he fell to the ground dragging down Wen Xiaoyi who had been
holding him up.
Ninth Uncle and Thirteenth Uncle were speechless in astonishment, they
looked towards each other, then swung their arms and legs over to his
side to carry him. It was only at this point that Ninth Uncle pinched his
nose and screamed in horror, “Why are you so stinky!”
Thirteenth Uncle grinned foolishly, “That chocolate was so yummy he
pooped his pants.”
“Even if he were to poop his pants he should not have fainted right? You
too have pooped your pants; I don’t remember seeing you faint then!”
“Mine was not as stinky as his, he must have smelled so bad that he
Wen Xiaoyi was trying to wake Wen Leyang to no avail. To listen to the
nonsensical conversation between those two foolish men was the last straw
and she jumped up, shrieked and grabbed hold of their garments intending
to give them a piece of her mind but before she could curse in rage, her
anger turned into a bitter wail.
The rainstorm was still howling furiously and seemed to echo the little
maiden’s wail, “Save him, save him, please! He is dying!”
Click-clack; a cracking noise was heard.
The red jade box that had been kept in Wen Leyang’s chest pocket was
hit by the Black Jade Incense Tripod earlier. The impact had produced
countless fissures on its surface and as Wen Xiaoyi clenched her hand in
agitation around it, the box abruptly shattered and nine round luminous
green peas rolled onto her palm.
The little girl stopped crying all of a sudden as she gazed in awe at
these green peas which were glowing faintly in her hand. Suddenly she
cheered loudly, crying and laughing at the same time as she asked the
unconscious Wen Leyang, “How could you not tell me that, you are carrying
the fruit of the Return-To-Before Herb with you all along?”
Follow current novels on lightno_velworld.com There was no way Wen Leyang
could have answered the question even if he was conscious – he had not
dared to take a peek into the box and would probably not have known what
these nine green peas were for.
The Return-To-Before Herb was a plant with nine individual branches which
bloomed in turn when the plant matured. The flower of each branch would
take a month to bloom and when the flowers of all nine branches had
bloomed, each branch would bear a fruit. These nine fruits would look,
smell and taste exactly the same. However, eight out of the nine fruits
would contain a poison that was so toxic even a practitioner of the Wen
family’s Art of Poison would die kicking soon after if they ate it. The
one edible fruit would contain a counteractive Yin attribute that was
very much sought-after by those who dealt in refining poison, medicinal
prescription and medicinal pills in the world.
Due to the utterly indistinguishable appearance between these nine
fruits, if one were to use it to refine medicinal prescriptions, eight
out of nine of the prescriptions would contain a poison so strong it was
incapable of being nullified. It was possible if one were to take all the
fruits to refine into poison entirely but would waste the only precious
fruit that contained counteractive Yin properties.
Aside from that, the Return-To-Before Herb has another extraordinary
effect. If one were to use these nine fruits to seal the seven orifices
of the human face, anus, and navel, it has the ability hold a person in
suspended animation for a hundred days. It would not matter if the person
had a steel spike through his brain, or if poison had invaded his heart,
as long as he still had breath in him the person would not die for a
Wen Xiaoyi dared not wait any longer. She ordered the two foolish uncles
to pry open Wen Leyang’s mouth and strip off his clothing while she
stuffed the nine luminous fruits into his navel, anus, nose, ears, and
mouth. Finally, she lifted Wen Leyang’s eyelids gently and placed the
remaining two fruits under them. Ninth Uncle and Thirteenth Uncle watched
closely as they nibbled on some sunflower seeds.
As soon as all nine Return-To-Before Herb fruits were inserted, a puff of
bright smoke appeared at Wen Leyang’s seven orifices and his navel as
all nine fruits shriveled up and oozed a drop of milky white fluid which
was immediately absorbed into his body.
The thick foul stench that had enshrouded Wen Leyang’s body immediately
dispersed and in place a sweet-smelling fragrance that gave a sense of
well-being and delight was released.
The Buddha’s Light Bug was trembling all over as it slumped and fell
off Wen Leyang’s face. Its little body was struggling with great effort
in the mud as if to dodge the onslaught of the rainstorm or perhaps it
wanted to crawl back into its owner’s body.
Wen Xiaoyi grasped the bug gently in her palm as she heaved a long sigh
as if relieved, though the grief-stricken expression on her face still
remained. She knew that the Return-To-Before Herb could prolong his life
yet it could not save his life, for a hundred days later it would be Wen
Leyang’s day of awakening but also his day of death. The little girl
was not skilled in the Art of Poison, yet she has read more books than
the villagers of the whole Wen family combined. Based on the fact that
the Corpse Poison from the Yin Chi along with the poison from the
hundreds of venomous vermin still raged within his body, by now his bone
marrow would be full of poison. Even if the ancestor Wen Lazi were
resurrected, he would only shake his head and sigh in helplessness.
The little girl wrinkled her graceful brows and in spite of the freezing
cold rain pouring around her, she tried to recall those ancient books and
records that she had read before, desperately trying to think of a way to
save Wen Leyang.
Follow current novels on lightno_velworld.com The two foolish uncles
squatted next to her and watched for a moment before they lost their
interest. Ninth Uncle looked through the plastic bag that had held the
chocolate and said with a grim face, “That young boy there finished all
the chocolate, he did not even leave some for us.”
On the other hand, tossed and turned Wen Leyang’s pants and exclaimed,
“It does not seem like he has pooped his pants.”
Wen Xiaoyi exhausted all her abilities yet she could not think of
anything of value. It was as though her memories had tangled up and all
sorts of ancient prescriptions appeared before her eyes but they were
completely out of order. She kept this up to a point until she could no
longer endure the effort and made a low sound before falling over onto
the muddy ground.
The two foolish uncles heard the noise and turned over to see that both
teenagers were on the ground. They ran over and picked up the two
unconscious bodies and said to the other, “They are dying! Quick, let us
go and look for the Old Fairy.” With that, they scampered off.
A few steps later, Ninth Uncle halted his footsteps and asked his foolish
brother dully, “Where is the Old Fairy?”
Thirteenth Uncle appeared to be in mental agony as he scratched his head,
“I saw him leaving the mountain a few days ago. He left in a car, it was
Ninth Uncle shook his head sternly and denied, “It was a Hyundai.”
Thirteenth Uncle gaped his mouth stupidly then cocked his head to the
side, aligned his ear towards Wen Xiaoyi on his back and asked, “What say
you, little girl?”
Wen Xiaoyi was only a normal person, upon experiencing all these hectic
incidents tonight she was already utterly exhausted. Yet within her was a
tiny bit of conscience; her last intention was to save Wen Leyang’s
life and despite being in a state of unconsciousness her spirit was so
preoccupied with fulfilling this sole intention that her mouth moved of
its own accord, “Please let him practice The Faulty Punch, The Faulty
Punch…” She gave a few more mutters before appearing to lose all signs
of consciousness entirely.
Thirteenth Uncle carefully placed Wen Xiaoyi onto the ground and with his
palms held together at chest level, he prayed for a few cycles. He then
shuffled next to Ninth Uncle with a stern expression on his face he said,
“I think the little girl is dead.”
Follow current novels on lightno_velworld.com Thirteenth Uncle opened his
mouth and continued, “There are three forms of unfilial conduct, of which
the worst is to have no descendants.”
Ninth Uncle was stunned for a moment before giving Thirteenth Uncle a
thumbs up as he complimented, “That was some good philosophy!”
Thirteenth Uncle nodded shyly as he acknowledged his brother’s praise
and gave a few pats to Wen Leyang who was being carried on Ninth
Uncle’s back and said, “The little girl is dead, and her last dying
wish was to see you, little Taiyang, practice The Faulty Punch, is your
practice of the Faulty Punch better than ours?”
“The little girl does not know about Martial Arts, she prefers to watch
the inferior practice of the Faulty Punch. If it were our elder master
who was dying, he will certainly say this – ask Wen Eleven to show me his
practice of the Faulty Punch!” While Ninth Uncle was saying that, he
turned and placed Wen Leyang carefully on the ground then held out his
arms to guide Wen Leyang’s arms and legs into making some jittery
movements in an imitation of The Faulty Punch.
Thirteenth Uncle tried to help out too and guided Wen Leyang into making
a convoluted gesticulation while asking his brother with a troubled
expression, “Which of us is Wen Eleven?”
“I knew it!” Ninth Uncle abruptly threw aside Wen Leyang’s elbow in his
arms and with a delighted expression he went to his foolish brother and
whispered in a low voice. As he was whispering he squinted furtively at
Wen Leyang’s unconscious body.
Moments later, the two foolish uncles roared with laughter and pranced in
glee away from the two teenagers in the storm.