Chapter 73 Unwilling

Besides the wall in front of the Mausoleum of the Book, what did the Destiny Pavilion care about the most when evaluating honor rolls such as the Honor Roll of Green Cloud and the Honor Roll of Midas? The answer is the fights between elites on the honor rolls. Anyone that got on the honor roll, regardless of background, would have experienced at least one battle.

Chen Chang Sheng who did not have experience asked, “Then, how do we fight? Who do we fight?”

Luo Luo’s eyes lit up and she held onto the handle of her Falling Rain Whip using her right hand. She walked up and said, “When master has a problem, his disciple will solve it.”

Of course, Tang Thirty Six wouldn’t let her take advantage of such a great opportunity to fight and said, “I am new… so you should let me prove myself.”

Nowadays, the Li Palace Sword sect possessed a special status because its current young generation was very strong. Certainly Tang Thirty Six  was a genius, but he still couldn’t compare to his opponents. That is not to say Gou Han Shi or even the three young disciples of the Li Mountain could defeat him easily.

The Seven Rulings were all from the Li Mountain. Everyone of their rank on the Honor Roll of Green Cloud ranked much higher than Tang Thirty Six.

Yet Tang Thirty Six seemed to never think about the difference in ranks. When he looked at Gou Han Shi, his eyes lit up and he became excited.

The word fear was never in his dictionary. He originally wanted to challenge Zhuang Huan Yu who ranked tenth on the Honor Roll of Green Cloud on the second night of the Ivy Festival. His fight was rejected only because the school objected to it. Tonight, he decided to join the Tradition Academy but he immediately got a chance to fight the Seven Rulings. He didn’t want to miss this chance.

Yes, this was a good opportunity.

“If I didn’t remember incorrectly, the third night of the Ivy Festival is the literary test.”

Gou Han Shi didn’t look at Tang Thirty Six, but only quietly looked at Chen Chang Sheng. “Since even the princess became your apprentice, then you should be very knowledgeable. Also I heard you still haven’t successfully purified yet, so I think the literacy competition would be a good option.”

He didn’t finish his sentence, but everyone understood it.

Li Mountain Sword sect challenging the Tradition Academy was basically Gou Han Shi challenging Chen Chang Sheng.

The palace was silent. Gou Han Shi sounded very reasonable and showed Li Mountain Sword sect’s pity for the weak and  pursuit for equity. Gou Han Shi’s comment meant that since the third night was a literacy competition, Chen Chang Sheng didn’t have an excuse to not compete with him even if he didn’t purify successfully yet.

However, this suggestion was in truth not pitiful or fair.

Gou Han Shi read three thousand Scrolls of the Way and learned all the teachings from both the North and the South. Even the old professors who studied the Scrolls of the Way for their entire life in the Li Palace couldn’t score better than him on the literacy test. This was a fact acknowledged by the entire continent. If they were only talking about xiuxing, Gou Han Shi wasn’t strong compared to those elders who had xiuxinged for hundreds of years because he was younger, but in regards to knowledge, he was the most knowledgeable.

He wanted to compete against Chen Chang Sheng in the literacy competition. How was this fair? This was completely bullying and would be utter dominance by the strong elite.

Luo Luo’s look became sharp and she stared at Gou Han Shi. She shouted, “Nonsense!”

Gou Han Shi’s expression didn’t change. He first made a salute to her and then said, “May I ask, what is nonsense?”

Tang Thirty Six laughed contemptuously. “The entire continent knows that you have read all of the Scrolls of Way and that you are the most knowledgeable. Where can we find someone comparable to you? You actually want to compete with that kid in knowledge? Don’t you feel any shame? To actually suggest it, how is it not nonsense?”

Gou Han Shi looked at him and said calmly, “I am also a commoner. My memory skills are not better or superior to than others’. Since I was a child, my family was very poor. Also I couldn’t begin reading (supposed to be xiuxing?) right after I was born. The only thing I can do is read. Reading is my xiuxing. Knowledge is my strength like power is a tiger’s strength. I am representing Li Mountain in this challenge to the Tradition Academy. Should I really abandon my strength? I use my strength to live on. Why should I feel shameful? I use my strength to defeat my opponent. How is it nonsense?”

“What a stupid argument! I am best at sleeping. If I want to compete with you on who could sleep longer, will you also agree?” Tang Thirty Six said.

Gou Han Shi smiled and said, “If there is such a competition as the Sleeping Competition in the Ivy Festival, then I will.”

Tang Thirty Six got stuck but after a while, he laughed contemptuously, “Then how is the literacy competition going to be? Do you actually want the Bishop to give us tests? Why do we have to get so complicated? Since we all didn’t participate in the second night of Ivy Festival, isn’t it more straightforward to just have a fight?”

Gou Han Shi spoke calmly, “If you insist, I have no problem with it…You can decide both competition type and who competes.”

People all felt a little surprised, even Tang Thirty Six didn’t expect Gou Han Shi’s sudden change of attitude.

Following Gou Han Shi’s sentence, Guan Fei Bai and other two young disciples of Li Mountain walked up to him with empty expressions.

Seeing this, people then realized that they misunderstood Gou Han Shi before.

The so called literacy competition, indeed was an automatic win for the Li Mountain, but fighting would be even worse for Chen Chang Sheng because he would have even fewer chances to win.

Among the Southern Ambassadors, there weren’t many people coming from the Li Mountain Sword Sect. Beside the elder Xiao Song Gong, there were only four other youngsters.

They were four of the Seven Rulings.

At this moment, Chen Chang Sheng spoke again.

He looked at Gou Han Shi, “I agree with you. Anything obtained from xiuxing is their own ability. Just like how when rice eaten, it turns into energy. It’s our freedom to use the energy to do what we want. Fortunately….I am also a commoner and I also have read some books.”

Both were commoners and both had read some books, which was really coincidental. Therefore it’s good for them to compete.

“After all you are unwilling.”

The Bishop looked at Chen Chang Sheng and laughed, hiding deep meaning within.

Then he looked outside of the palace.

The fall wind was a little cold. The lights of the Seventh of July were only in the ordinary families, but not in the royal palace making it even colder.

The old man wore his clothes tighter and said, “If the event ends without a fight, Qiu Shan Jun will definitely feel unwilling later when he finds out. Since Tang Thirty Six could not participate in the first two nights of the Ivy Festival, he has been feeling unwilling. Also since the southerners didn’t participate in the first two nights of the Ivy Festival, why don’t you guys just fight? Since it is already so late, please make it fast.”


The door was opened and the lights from the Night Pearls emitted in the darkness. The square in front of the palace became very bright.

Outside of the royal palace, the the streets in the capital were still crowded. Far away there were people igniting the Eternal Fires. In the southwest corner, there were fireworks burning.

There were hundreds of people who stood on the staircase in front of the palace. They were all looking at the two groups divided into the east and west of the square. They all had feelings. Some were indifferent, some felt worried, some felt happy, but none of them were nervous.

In the Ivy Festival in the recent years, the competitions between schools in the capital hadn’t stopped. There were always some dramatic events occurring. In the Ivy Festival this year, the first night was forced to end early because Luo Luo destoryed Tian Hai Ya Er. There wasn’t anything exciting that happened on the second night. The third night, everyone thought the main scene would the proposal from the Southern Ambassadors, but an exciting event had happened. Now, they were finally facing the real fight.

But unfortunately before the fight even began, the result was already known. Because the results were known, none could get nervous.

Gou Han Shi wouldn’t fight himself. His xiuxing stage was already much higher than others in his age. Like Qiu Shan Jun, he was no longer in the Honor Roll of Green Cloud but in the Honor Roll of Midas. If he fought Luo Luo or Tang Thirty Six, the match would be unfair.

Previously he suggested to have a literacy competition with Chen Chang Sheng because of the inequity in regards of strength. Since in the literacy competition people only need to speak, there would be victory and loss but no wounds and death.

In the competition between the Tradition Academy and the Li Mountain Sword sect, the Tradition Academy was allowed to choose both how and who to compete. The Li Mountain Sword Sect seemed to act generous, but actually there’s no difference. The disciples from the Li Mountain Sword sect who came to the capital, were all among the Seven Rulings. It’s difficult for the Tradition Academy to win anyone of them.

“Originally I was going to challenge the fourth ruling…….this kid know about this.”

Tang Thirty Six pointed at Chen Chang Sheng and said to Luo Luo, “But since tonight is a fight between schools, then I can’t just do whatever I want. The fourth ruling is the strongest, obviously I will let you take over. I want to try to defeat the kid named Qi Jian.”

Luo Luo said, “I am fine with it.”

Chen Chang Sheng thought a bit and said, “If we do this, the chance to win is small.”

Tang Thirty Six looked at him and said sarcastically, “I wanted to use the ancient horse race method. Let our weakest fight their strongest……but the problem is you are way too weak. We can’t even let you get on the field. Obviously we can only try to win two fights continuously, so you don’t have to get out and lose face.”

Luo Luo actually felt very confident about Chen Chang Sheng even though she didn’t even know where her confidence came from.

At the moment, the people from the Li Mountain Sword sect walked out.

The one who walked in the front was a young man. He was not even fully grown yet but actually looked even smaller than Luo Luo.

He’s Qi Jian, ranked last, and also was the weakest among the Seven Rulings.

Qi Jian was Li Mountain Sword sect master’s close-door disciple(last disciple he would take). He was very young, but had ranked in the top ten on the Honor Roll of Green Cloud, until on one meeting two years ago. He barely lost to Zhuang Huan Yu, so he was dropped to eleventh, but no one dared to look down on him.

Because he’s really small.

His rope appeared very loose, blowing up by wind, Hoo Hoo, looked somewhat cute.

Tang Thirty Six saw this scene, sighed and said, “How can I even hit him?”

Chen Chang Sheng sighed and said, “Sounds like you can actually beat him.”

Tang Thirty Six felt very angry, stared at him.

Tang Thirty Six laughed, didn’t speak.

Tang Thirty Six suddenly remained silent for a while, then said, “If we can fortunately win two fights, this kid doesn’t have to get on. If I lose, then Luo Luo you should just surrender, so we lose two fights continuously, then this kid no longer needs to fight.”

Chen Chang Sheng noticed his word “fortunately.”

Although he’s fearless, but it doesn’t mean he was blinded by his own enthusiasm.

Tang Thirty Six knew the opponent was strong.

Luo Luo didn’t understand, why if he lost, she had to surrender too?

Was it really more important for master to not go up than the loss of the Tradition Academy?

“Yes, the Tradition Academy only got a few sparrows like us, is it really shameful to lose to the Li Mountain Sword sect? Fine, it’s certainly shameful, but that doesn’t matter, as long as you don’t go up…..If you don’t go up, then they can’t get back the reputation they lost today.”

Tang Thirty Six looked at the calm person standing in the opposite at the square, said, “Let them feel unwilling!”

After saying this, he held on to the handle of his sword, walked towards the opposite side.


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41 thoughts on “Chapter 73 Unwilling

    ArkAngel said:
    August 12, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for the chapter.

    Liked by 4 people

    Belkar said:
    August 12, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you!


    lowlaffles258 said:
    August 12, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I’m a bit confused by what happened…. is this another case of everyone not actually paying attention to CCS? Because it seems like he said he wanted to compete in the lit test, but they started fighting instead

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      thejum said:
      August 12, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you for the chapter! This is the best type of cliffhanger though, as it is more anticipatory than apprehensive.


      lasiefo said:
      August 13, 2015 at 12:16 am

      his people are kinda douches
      luoluo is the biggest
      she said she believes in her master
      her master will of course get 1st place and blablabla
      but she laughs in his face when its mentioned that his fiance xurou something
      and now she belittles his wisdom in the way of scrolles and doesnt even let him choose
      he would had disciplined that kid
      loved the fast translations last week
      but nothing really is happening in to many chapters
      talk in 2-3 chapters
      challenge 1 chapter+trashtalk
      fight 2 chapters
      conclussion 1 chapter
      and random new event for some chapters
      and more trashtalk
      love the story but the only reason its still readable
      is because of the drama(only reason im loving it)
      if it wasnt for that it would be on the same level as close combat boutique
      just mentioning it
      and again thank you very much for all the chapters

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        Cactuar said:
        August 13, 2015 at 12:18 am

        > but she laughs in his face when its mentioned that his fiance xurou something
        > and now she belittles his wisdom in the way of scrolles and doesnt even let him choose

        Agreed, a bit disappointed with Luo Luo’s reaction to the challenge 😦


        Loli Dregenz said:
        August 13, 2015 at 12:59 am

        Relax.. You’ll love LuoLuo at the end of her battle..


        axelraider said:
        August 13, 2015 at 8:45 am

        Yeah… I’m a bit dissapointed in Luo Luo for thinking that CCS will lose in the literary competition after everything that CCS has done. As for thinking that the possibility of him being Xu Rong’s fiance was nonsense(chap48?), I think it was understandable that she thought this way, its been told many times how very special XYR’s phoenix bloodline is, she may have thought that CCS is very knowledgeable but XYR is on a different level.

        Also wished that it could have more happening each chap, but the slow pace is fine for me. I wouldnt call it Close Combat Beautician level XD, that got reeeeeaaaaalllyy boring for me and decided to drop it at chap70.

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        StarDoubter said:
        August 13, 2015 at 9:16 am

        I am kinda annoyed of the people around CCS … They don’t let him make his own decisions … SO F***** ANNOYING!

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      Tangmellina said:
      August 13, 2015 at 12:41 am



      The literary test is testing their knowledge of The Scrolls of Ways which has many different types of sword skills/attacks (or ways). The reason no one it’s likely to get hurt is because the person on stage will use their knowledge of the way to counter attack the other person’s attack basically meaning the more of the scrolls of way that you comprehended the more chance you have to break through the opponents sword skill. Also the two not on stage CCS and GHS will call out each way to counter.


      xandarth said:
      August 13, 2015 at 3:17 am

      Ok, there’s a fair bit of subtext here:

      Gou Han Shi never meant to have a literary challenge with CCS even though he asked for one.
      He was trying to bully him and force CCS into a tournament of fist fights because he (and nearly everyone else) thinks he is the most learned scholar in all the lands. Since he is assuming CCS would lose a challenge of literary knowledge, his intent all along was to force CCS to chose to fight – giving Gou Han Shi’s followers the chance to “accidentally” kill CCS in combat or concede and lose face to his sect.

      CCS called him on it and said that while he was fine having a literary contest (as he’s read the entire way too) he knows that Gou Han Shi just wants combat and never had any intention of having a contest based on academic merit so they might as well go with fighting (to show he not only can see through Gou Han Shi’s scheme but also that he isn’t afraid of him).

      The bishop caught all of this and at CCS’s prompting gave them the excuse of wanting the contest to finish quickly to go with combat rather than scholarship.

      Tang 36 then is trying to work out the best way to prevent CCS having to fight figuring taking a loss is better than risking CCS’ life. Lou Lou thinks CCS will win his fight so is unconcerned.

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        Dusty said:
        July 27, 2017 at 1:57 am

        Thanks for this. I didn’t think CCS would call out the douche and would go along with what he actually wanted.


    kirindas said:
    August 12, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks for the new chapter! Why not just have CCS do a literary competition if he’s forced to go up for the fight?


      GunSeraph said:
      August 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Gou Han Shi offered a literary competition thinking that CCS/Tradition Academy wouldn’t win because Gou Han Shi is known for his wide knowledge. He probably expected our fearless Trio to abandon such efforts and try to fight. Tang Thiry-Six behaved just as he wished. trying to steer towards a duel. But unexpectedly CCS agreed, stating that he, too, had read a few books. The bishop stepped in and pretty much forced the duel-type fight, probably hoping that Tang Thirty-Six and Lou Lou could win two fights (best out of three) so CCS doesn’t have to fight. If Tang Thirty-Six lost, Lou Lou is supposed to give up immediately to make sure CCS doesn’t get thrashed, something most participants would love to see-

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        Cactuar said:
        August 13, 2015 at 12:16 am

        Tang 36 should’ve kept his big mouth shut in this case, its sad to see how little confidence both of them (esp. Luo Luo!) have in CCS for the literary competition.

        T36 hasn’t yet got any advice from his new ‘teacher’, so he will probably lose and then Luo Luo wins – with the tiebreaker being CCS vs Guo Han Shi, after a couple more chapters of the sidekicks showing off 😦

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        drealicious123 said:
        August 13, 2015 at 2:05 am

        Thanks! I got confused too. My brains stopped working when Tang 36 refused the lit competition…


        kirindas said:
        August 13, 2015 at 2:06 am

        Yep. I remember that. I just meant if the fight ends up being one win, one loss and they need to do the tiebreaker with CCS. Best to just go back to the first proposal of competing by literacy. I don’t think he would lose easily at least.


        xandarth said:
        August 13, 2015 at 3:36 am

        Actually – CCS said he was happy to do the literary test but since he could tell that Gou Han Shi was trying to force the combat test, they would go with that.

        He then gave the Bishop a non-verbal cue that he thought this was the best option and the bishop backed him up.

        The bishop is acting as his supporter in the current political mess caused by Mo Yu giving CCS a letter with the Pope’s signature authorising him reopening the school, which has compounded further with the marriage contract with the Pope’s signature, to make everyone think the Pope is backing CCS. As a result the Bishop has supported CCS a number of times already.

        Pretty much only the Pope, Divine Queen, Mo Yu and CCS are aware that this isn’t actually the case and that the Pope gave the first letter to Mo Yu years ago. 😉


    Rise of the Divine (RoD) said:
    August 12, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    yep…this is getting fun….


    Vince said:
    August 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for the chapter. Am I the only 1 annoyed at this chapter.

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    anonymous said:
    August 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I´m getting hype about a literacy test over the fighting in a wuxia…


      yuigahama said:
      August 12, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Lol hype about literacy…. lol same here because the mc is the best in literacy


        xandarth said:
        August 13, 2015 at 3:37 am

        Don’t worry. There will be literary battles. 😉


    K1nk4 said:
    August 12, 2015 at 11:43 pm




    lordcattank said:
    August 12, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    thank you very much for the chapter


    fuzor100 said:
    August 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Thank you for the translation.


    OhDine said:
    August 13, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Yaaay written word test!

    Except not really so fuck you to the readers.


    Chance Thompson said:
    August 13, 2015 at 12:26 am

    To mugh talking on things we all read new and Chen is smart


    WangChong said:
    August 13, 2015 at 12:32 am

    OMG no cliff but the hype is real.


    ambi said:
    August 13, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Thanks for the chapter Binggo and Corp.!


    ahxiian said:
    August 13, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Gurgh… these meddling people ought to stay out of CCS way. It’s going to take awhile for the fight to be over. Thanks for the chapter!


    drealicious123 said:
    August 13, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for the chapter!


    tigeryama said:
    August 13, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Holy shit, can someone please just let CCS school these asses in literacy tests NOW! Btw thanks for the chapter 😀


    corporealgod said:
    August 13, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Many thanks for the translation!


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    Chronos5884 said:
    August 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the chapter!


    Unchained Rage said:
    August 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the release! I just started reading this and I have to admit, although there are signs that the MC will become overpowered, I’m quite surprised that even after 73 chapters he still can’t manifest that power. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because this actually makes it different — in a good way — from the other CNs I’ve read. Sure, the suspense of the protagonist not showing signs of powering up this many chapters in is getting to the point where it’s borderline annoying, but I’m still thank for that. It certainly is a breath of fresh air and I sincerely hope that suspense being built up won’t disappoint my expectations.


      blackloveangel said:
      August 15, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Its still annoying though right?


        Unchained Rage said:
        August 16, 2015 at 3:09 am

        Yes, it still is. hahaha. Can’t wait when he purifies his destined star’s energy and kick everyone’s butt. For now… Well, let’s just wait and continue to be annoyed. ::D


    blackloveangel said:
    August 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    So they’re NOT doing a literary competition?


    -BR- N0xiety said:
    April 10, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Eh wtf is going on? So why did i just read a chapter worth of polite trash talk? What’s so hard to agreeing the moment literary challenge comes since it’s his speciality? Why you gotta listen to all this unnecessary talk? And the all that unnecessary talk just goes nowhere at the end, so they just decide to fight? Seriously wtf i feel like author slapped me in the face instead…


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