Where there were people, there were battles.
Even though the Ear Group was a thing of the past, Mu Yi was still convinced that they had probably left many things behind.
Mu Yi was convinced that Envoy in charge of Xuan Ming’s flag, for example, probably had extraordinary treasures. And he was even convinced that he had accumulated lots of treasures. The Ear Group used to be extremely powerful, and with their heritage, they had the potential to rise again.
Otherwise, Mister Mo and Leng Yu wouldn’t have hoped Mu Yi would join the Ear Group so much. It seemed like something vital for them.
But now, they could forget about it.
Things remained the same but the people changed though, especially now that the old Taoist Priest was dead. When people lived, they were betrayed sometimes, not to mention when they were dead.
Mu Yi wasn’t motivated at all though.
He just wanted to find the old Taoist Priest’s body. That was enough for him.
“Master, my manager told me to tell you something else.” said Mo Xiao Yu strangely.
“What?” asked Mu Yi.
“He told me that if you took the initiative to mention the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag, I had to tell you something.” said Mo Xiao Yu.
“Speak.” said Mu Yi nodding. He was curious about what Mister Mo had to tell him.
“Alright. My manager said that the copper lamp was the symbol of the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag and that it was also a token. The south is a fire-type region and it is the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag’s territory. If you accept to become the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag, then the Ear Group’s complete southern territory would be yours. Then, it would be easy for you to find Li the Cripple. He wouldn’t be able to escape from you.” said Mo Xiao Yu slowly.
“Anything else?” asked Mu Yi calmly.
“No, that’s all.” said Mo Xiao Yu quickly.
Actually, Mu Yi was lost in thought again. The Ear Group again. The Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag again. It was difficult to keep calm when hearing about such things?
Besides, Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag! It sounded like an imposing and awe-inspiring title. And Mister Mo seemed to think that Mu Yi was qualified to be such an incredible public figure.
At the same time, Mo Xiao Yu also thought that his manager was more and more mysterious, especially since Mu Yi had arrived. Was his manager a member of the Ear Group as well? What kind of Envoy of the Flag was he then? Would Mo Xiao Yu also become an envoy someday?
Unlike Mu Yi, Mo Xiao Yu was curious about the world which surrounded him and he loved it. Unfortunately, he didn’t practice martial arts. He only knew a few papercutting techniques. He was sure that if he left his manager, he would starve to death.
Therefore, he just daydreamed about being strong and independent but that was all. It was normal for a man to want to become strong and powerful.
Mu Yi looked at the copper lamp on the table. The old Taoist Priest had given him that copper lamp but actually, he had already spent much time with it before. When the old Taoist Priest and he were traveling, he often carried the copper lamp. He had used it for many years. It had never rotten or rusted. All he had to do was put some oil in it and light it.
In the past, Mu Yi had never felt anything. He had understood it was special much later. He recalled those moments suddenly even though so much time had passed.
Besides, Mu Yi now knew that the copper lamp was a legendary precious magic tool, it was much more powerful than an ordinary religious tool. He couldn’t control it entirely yet but the power of the copper lamp was already explosive.
He was convinced that the power of the copper lamp would increase as he would progress.
Especially that for him, the copper lamp wasn’t just a precious magic tool or a weapon, it also had a sentimental value because it reminded him of the old Taoist Priest.
But according to what Mister Mo had told Mo Xiao Yu to tell him, the copper lamp was the symbol of the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag which meant only the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag was qualified to have it and use it.
If Mu Yi accepted that position, then the copper lamp would be his but if he refused, he would need to give up on the copper lamp. Regarding the way he would hand it back over, it probably wouldn’t be a very peaceful one.
Even though Mister Mo didn’t threaten him, what he meant was pretty obvious.
Mu Yi was convinced that the Envoy in charge of Xuan Ming’s flag was definitely strong enough to oppress him. The other time, he had relied on the copper lamp to counter the enemy’s hiding skill but as Leng Yu had said, Mu Yi wasn’t the only person who had a precious magic treasure. All the envoys probably had such items.
Regarding their degree of control over them, Mu Yi couldn’t afford to guess. The opponent was enigmatic and unfathomable, strong, and also, they were as strong as the old Taoist Priest.
Mu Yi was talented but he was far from being as strong.
Besides, the old Taoist Priest had told him that before fighting battles to death, he should reach the top of the second difficult and surpass the seven great levels or forms.
And using that kind of scale, Leng Yu had the strength of the top of the second difficulty which meant she could easily oppress him. Was there mysteries he didn’t know?
Mu Yi was at a lost. Unfortunately, he couldn’t go and ask Leng Yu directly.
Therefore, if Mu Yi didn’t accept to become the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag AND refused to give them the copper lamp back, then Leng Yu would oppress him and Mu Yi couldn’t defeat her. Besides, if all the members of the Ear Group chased him, he would never be able to escape.
Mu Yi was convinced that some people had been paying attention to him since the beginning, including the Ear Group which included many people, not just Mister Mo and Leng Yu.
Of course, Mister Mo knew that to incite people to do things, he had to make an attractive proposition to Mu Yi. After having threatened him, he had to show him being the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag also had many advantages.
All the southern territories were under the jurisdiction of the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag. Even though Mu Yi didn’t know how wide the southern territories were, since Mister Mo was mentioning them, it meant Mu Yi wouldn’t be disappointed.
And if he became the new Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag, Li the Cripple would be unable to escape from him even if given wings. If Mu Yi relied solely on his own self, then he would have to wait until the fifth of May and try to find him in Xiangxi. It would be trouble and complicated.
The city wasn’t like Funiu Village after all. It was a big city.
And he had found new clues so it would be a pity if he wasted time. Besides, if he missed one opportunity, he probably would have to wait for a while before having a new one.
Mister Mo had told him about Li the Cripple because of the imperial jade seal. It was a deal. Now, nobody owed anything anyone. If Mu Yi wanted to use the Ear Group’s network in the future, it would be impossible, even if he spent money.
Mister Mo had said a few simple things. He had told Mu Yi everything. Now Mu Yi had two options. But actually, Mister Mo didn’t think that Mu Yi was going to refuse. How could anyone turn down so many advantages?
Apart from that, if Mu Yi was interested in knowing more about the Heavenly Curse, the only option he had was to collaborate with them, otherwise, it would be impossible to get more clues on his own or just very complicated.
Since Mu Yi had started practicing cultivation, he kept seeing those words. He wanted to understand what kind of mystery was behind those words, and more precisely, it wasn’t for him.
It was for Nian Nuer.
It seemed like Nian Nuer’s existence was due to those words. He had seen a few images in the ghost controlling technique he had obtained from Xugui back then. Darkness, nighttime, a crescent moon, a Ghost King of peerless grace and elegance. And Nian Nuer also had the potential to become a Ghost King because her mental abilities were innate.
Xugui and the hoodlum had all told Mu Yi that ghost who had innate mental abilities were special. For that reason, Nian Nuer had refused to speak for a while.
And it seemed like the truth was related to the secret of the Heavenly Curse.
Nian Nuer had become the closest person to Mu Yi in that world. For the old Taoist Priest, Mu Yi was traveling the world and facing all sorts of risks, but he was also willing to do such things for Nian Nuer. He was willing to solve the mystery of the Heavenly Curse for her, even if he took the risk of getting cursed.
Thinking about that, Mu Yi stood up and walked back and forth in the room. He frowned. At that moment, neither Nian Nuer nor Mo Xiao Yu disturbed him.
Big Slave was silent as always.
A few minutes later, Mu Yi sat down again. At that moment, he had made up his mind. There were some problems which didn’t really have a solution. Mu Yi had refused to become the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag because he wanted to protect his honor and integrity and because he felt like he had been fooled.
But now, he felt calmer. He also realized that since he had left Fu Niu, he had already lost the power of taking decisions himself. He had to move on and choose the best possible options.
He had to overcome cliffs, mountains, oceans and volcanoes. He had to move on with an indomitable will because there was no way back.
“When you go back, tell your manager that I accept to become the Envoy of the Vermilion Bird’s Flag and that I accept everything else. I just have one request, the mystery of the Heavenly Curse.” said Mu Yi to Mo Xiao Yu.
“Oh, so you accept now, Master? Alright, I’ll go and tell my manager!” said Mo Xiao Yu. He was touched and moved, and happy and excited.
Mu Yi looked at Mo Xiao Yu disappear in the distance. Mu Yi seemed confused and perplexed. Even he didn’t know whether he had taken the right decision or not.
“But my motivations are the right ones and that’s all that matters!” thought Mu Yi.