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Chapter 137: Spring Comes Upon A Withered Tree (IV)


TL: Sarah

    战歌营地位于蔚霄森林西南边,除了本地居民外,平时往来的大多是来自各地的职业者们。街道上,熙熙攘攘,交易之声不绝于耳。

The War Camp was located in the southwest of Waiser Forest. Apart from the local residents, most of the people who came and went were professionals from all over the world. The streets were bustling with the voices of transaction heard endlessly around the place.

 尚可穿着一件灰色斗篷,背着一篓水果缓缓走进小镇中。逛了片刻后,在酒馆附近寻了一处空地,将水果放下。探听消息最好去人多的消费场所,可惜尚可身上没钱,只能退而求次,在街边蹲守,先熟悉一下环境,顺便赚点小费。

Shang Ke wore a gray cloak and walked slowly into town with a basket of fruit on his back.  After a short stroll, he found an open space near a pub and placed the basket down. It was better to go to a crowded place for news gathering. Unfortunately, Shang Ke had no money on him so he could only squat and wait on the streets, getting familiar with the environment and earn some tips at the same time.

    刚才大致逛了一圈,对于这里的物价有所了解。他篓里的水果,大约可以赚十几个银币。当然,即使卖不出去也无所谓,尚可今天的目的只是出来见见世面。

Just now, he went around a little bit to get an idea of the prices here. The fruit in his basket could earn about ten silver coins. Of course, it didn’t matter if they couldn’t be sold. Shang Ke’s purpose today was just to come out and see the world.

    尚可的水果,卖相都很普通,只有亲口尝尝,才能察觉其中的特别之处。守了一个小时,尚可仅仅做成一单生意,卖出五颗香果。

Shang Ke’s fruits were very common in appearance. Only by tasting them could one detect its special features. After an hour’s watch, Shang Ke only made a single deal and sold rose apples.

    就在尚可思量是否要换个地方时,一个高大的身影突然出现在他的摊位前。

Just as Shang Ke was wondering if he should change locations, a tall figure suddenly appeared in front of his stall.

    尚可抬头望去,来人身高将近两米,一头栗色的短发,大半张脸都被绷带包住,只露出一双金色的眼睛。虽然外形与之前有很大不同,但尚可还是一眼认出了他的身份。

Shang Ke looked up. The man was nearly two meters tall with short maroon hair. Most of his face was covered with bandages, revealing only a pair of golden eyes. Although his appearance was very different from before, Shang Ke recognized his identity at a glance.

    “你怎么会在这里?”不待尚可出声,来人先一步发问。

“Why are you here?”  Without waiting for Shang Ke to say anything, he was already asking him a question.

    尚可认出他并不奇怪,但他又是怎么将裹在斗篷里的自己从人群中认出来的?

It wasn’t surprising that Shang Ke recognized him, but how did Ivan knew it was him while wrapped in his cloak in the crowd?

    “跟我来。”伊维提起果篓,示意尚可跟上。

“Follow me.” Ivan lifted the fruit basket and motioned Shang Ke to follow him.

    尚可离开不久,先前买了五颗香果的家伙又跑了回来,看到空空如也的摊位,忍不住跺脚扼腕:“MD,来晚一步。随随便便将灵气果实当普通货色卖,也不提示一下,故意的吧,真是气死人了!”

Shortly after Shang Ke left, the guy who had bought five fragrant fruits ran back and saw the empty stall. He couldn’t help but stomp his foot and lament, “Motherfucker, I came too late. I was sold spirit fruits as ordinary goods, he could have said something! He did it on purpose didn’t he? How irritating!”

    尚可跟着伊维穿过巷子,走进一家小旅馆。旅馆中三三两两坐着不少佣兵,交杯换盏,人声噪杂。

Shang Ke followed Ivan through the alley and into a small inn. Many mercenaries were sitting inside in pairs and trios, clinking cups and sharing dishes. The voices were loud and noisy.

    几名混血精灵正在和同伴喝酒,忽然像是有所感应一般,齐齐朝门口望去,目光落在刚刚进店的那名斗篷男子身上,直至他们消失在二楼入口。

Several half-blood elves were drinking with their companions. Suddenly, they seemed to feel something. Qiqi looked at the door and his eyes rested on the cloaked man who had just entered the store until he disappeared to the second floor’s entrance.

    “怎么了?”混血精灵身边的同伴问道。

“What’s the matter?” asked the half-blood elf’s companion.

    “没什么,”异常感应只是一闪而逝,混血精灵稍作思考便不再理会,继续和同伴喝酒。他们无论如何都想不到,刚才与他们擦肩而过的,就是传承精灵血脉的母树化身。

“Nothing,” The unusual feeling suddenly disappeared and after a while, the half-blood elves thought about it a beat more then ignored it and continued drinking with their companions. In any case, they never would have imagined that who had just passed by them was the embodiment of Teldrassil.

    伊维将尚可带进一间客房,房间中坐着四个人,正在谈论着什么,见两人进来才收声。

Ivan brought Shang Ke into a guest room where there were four people sitting inside. They had been discussing something until they came in.

    “伊维,他是谁?”阿尔文警惕地看向伊维身后的尚可。

“Ivan, who is he?”  Alvin looked warily at Shang Ke behind Ivan.

    “朋友,精灵尚可。”伊维将果篓放下,简单介绍道,“阿尔文,山迪,莫里斯,卡西娅。”

“My friend, Shang Ke the Elf.” Ivan placed the the basket down and simply said, “Alvin, Sandy, Morris, and Cassia.”

    “精灵?”四人同时朝尚可望去。

“Elf?”  The four turned to Shang Ke at the same time.

    尚可揭下兜帽,俊美的容貌着实让他们惊艳了一把。混血精灵虽然并不罕见,但数量稀少,拥有卓越的魔法天赋,在佣兵界颇受欢迎。除此之外,其他方面都与一般人类无异,相貌如此出众的,却是难得一见。

Shang Ke removed his hood and his beauty really astounded them. Although mixed-raced elves were not rare, they were small in number and had excellent magical talents. They were very popular in mercenary circles. Aside from that, all of their physical aspects were similar to that of ordinary human beings. It was rare to find someone with such an outstanding appearance.

    四人神色缓和,对尚可的到来表示了欢迎。

The four people relaxed and welcomed Shang Ke’s arrival.

    “你们刚刚在说什么?”伊维不着痕迹地挡住众人的视线,开口问道。

“What were you guys talking about?” Ivan asked while seamlessly blocking everyone’s line of sight towards Shang Ke

    “对了,莫里斯打听到鬼玉的消息了。”阿尔文脸上露出兴奋的表情。

“Oh, that’s right! Morris heard some news about the phantom jade.” There was an excited expression on Alvin’s face.

    “哦?”伊维看向莫里斯,后者沉默地点点头。

“Oh?” Ivan looked at Morris, who nodded in silence.

    阿尔文又说:“若消息来源可靠,鬼玉应该在器鬼族的金翼王手上。我们刚才正在商量寻找盟友,制定夺取鬼玉的计划。”

Alvin added, “If the source is reliable, the phantom jade should be in the hands of King Jin Yi of the specters. We were just discussing to find allies and work out a plan to steal the phantom jade. “

    “到时候恐怕需要大量氧灵珠,不知道三个月能够炼制多少颗?”山迪问。

“I’m afraid I’ll need a lot of oxygen spirit beads. How many can be crafted in three months?”  Sandy asked.

    “材料足够的话,三个月大概可以炼制20颗。”伊维回答。

“If there is enough materials, about twenty can be made in three months.” Ivan replied.

    “才20颗?”四人颇为失望。

“Only twenty?” The four were rather disappointed.

    尚可暗暗心惊,没想到氧灵珠居然这么难炼。当初看他随手就炼制了两颗,还以为很容易呢。

Shang Ke was surprised. It was unexpectedly difficult to create oxygen spirit beads. He thought it was easy to make two after watching Ivan craft them.

    尚可朝伊维看了一眼,那张诡异的绷带脸上,完全看不出任何情绪。

Shang Ke gave Ivan a single glance. There was no emotion revealed through those strange bandages on his face.

    “伊维,你为什么不将炼制氧灵珠的方法教给其他炼金师?”卡西娅义正言辞地说,“虽然氧灵珠是你研制出来的,但是为了联盟的胜利,我们应该有所取舍才是。”

“Ivan, why don’t you teach other alchemists the method of crafting oxygen spirit beads?”  Cassia asked, “Although you developed it, we should make a choice in order for the alliance to win.”

    伊维淡淡道:“氧灵珠的炼制方法,不是所有炼金师都能学会的。”

Ivan indifferently said, “Not all alchemists can learn how to make oxygen spirit beads.”

    “一个不行就两个,两个不行就四个。”卡西娅不依不饶,“十个人中,总有一个能够学会吧?”

“Two if one fails, four if two fail.” Cassia was adamant, “At least one out of ten should be able to learn it right?”

    这女人是把伊维当廉价劳动力了吗?让他教几个就几个?

Does this woman regard Ivan as cheap labor force? She thinks he can go teach some just because she said so?

    尚可用略带冷意的目光扫向卡西娅。

Shang Ke glanced at Cassia with slightly cold eyes.

    伊维并没有理会卡西娅,径自说道:“从金翼王手上夺取鬼玉,并不是一件容易的事,三个月准备时间恐怕还不够。而且,你们真的确定鬼玉在金翼王手上吗?”

Ivan ignored Cassia and said, “It won’t be easy to take the phantom jade from King Jin Yi. I’m afraid three months isn’t enough time for preparation. Besides, are you really sure that the phantom jade is in King Jin Yi’s hands?”

    “什么意思?”四人一起问道。

“What do you mean?”  Four people asked together.

    “器鬼族最怕的是什么?”伊维不答反问。

“What is it that the specters are most afraid of?”  Ivan didn’t answer the rhetorical question.

    “精灵的自然魔法和氧气元素。”卡西娅毫不犹豫地回答。

“Elves’ natural magic and oxygen elements.” Cassia answered without hesitation.

    “那么,他们当年是如何封印生命之泉的?”伊维语调平缓道,“生命之泉拥有世上最精纯的自然之力和氧气元素,器鬼族根本不敢碰触。即使他们拥有可以封印生命之泉的器皿,但他们本身是不可能实施封印的。”

“Then, how did they seal the Fountain of Life?” Ivan said in a gentle tone, “The Fountain of Life possesses the purest force of nature and oxygen elements in the world, so the specters won’t dare touch it.  Even if they had vessels that could seal it, they couldn’t do it themselves. “

    “他们可以驱使自己的奴隶啊。”

“They can force their slaves to do it for them.”

    “对,他们想要封印生命之泉,只能借助其他种族的力量。”伊维眼中闪过一丝锐利,“生命之泉对他们而言,有如致命毒药,你们觉得他们会将这样危险的东西放在身边吗?”

“Yes, if they want to seal the Fountain of Life, they can only rely on the power of other races.”  Ivan’s eyes flashed a deadly edge. “The Fountain of Life is like a deadly poison to them. Do you think they would place such a dangerous thing beside them?”

    四人露出沉思之色。

The four of them grew pensive.

    伊维继续说:“联盟追寻鬼玉的下落这么长时间,得到过许多有关鬼玉的消息,但每次都是无疾而终。我想,我们应该换个思路了。”

Ivan continued, “The alliance has been searching for the whereabouts of the phantom jade for a long time and received a lot of news about it. But each time, it ends up with nothing. I think we should change our thought process. “

    “什么思路?”

“What thinking?”

    “从器鬼族当年控制的强者身上寻找线索。”

“Look for clues from the powerful people controlled by the specters in those days.”

    ……

    正事商讨完后,阿尔文等人热情地邀请尚可加入他们的佣兵团。

After discussing business, Alvin and the rest warmly invited Shang Ke to join their mercenary group.

    伊维看看天色,对尚可说:“我送你回去。”

Ivan glanced at the sky and said to Shang Ke, “I’ll take you back.”

    “哎,伊维,你不愿意加入我们,也不能阻止别人加入啊。”山迪叫嚷道。

“Ah, Ivan, you don’t want to join us, but you can’t stop others from joining us.”  Sandy shouted.

    “是啊,尚可,加入我们吧,我们泣血佣兵团在大陆也是很有名气的。”阿尔文也附和。

“Yes, Shang Ke, join us. Our Tears of Blood mercenary group is very famous throughout the continent.”  Alvin added.

    泣血佣兵团,光听名字就不想加入了好吗?何况伊维也不是这个佣兵团的成员,他更没有兴趣加入。

Tears of Blood mercenary group—just listening to the name made one not want to join it, alright? Besides, Ivan wasn’t a member of this mercenary group so he was even more not interested in joining.

    挥挥手,尚可友好地和他们告别。

With a wave of his hand, Shang Ke said good-bye to them.

    伊维走出旅馆,突然顿住脚步,让尚可稍等一下,然后又转身返回旅馆。

Ivan walked out of the hotel and suddenly stopped. He asked Shang Ke to wait a moment, then turned back to the hotel.

    等他再出来时,手上多了一篓水果。

When he came out again, he had an extra basket of fruit in his hand.

    阿尔文无语地看着他:“不过一篓水果,要不要这么小气?”

Alvin looked at him, speechless, “It’s just a basket of fruit, do you need to be so stingy?”

    尚可笑道:“伊维,把这些水果送给大家吧。”

Shang Ke laughed, “Ivan, give these fruits to everyone.”

    伊维挑挑捡捡,面部表情地给他们每人递了一个。

Ivan picked it up and handed one to each of them with a certain facial expression.

    阿尔文:原来他真的是如此小气的男人……

Alvin: It turns out that he really is such a stingy man…

    山迪:其实完全不必勉强自己“忍痛割爱”……

Sandy: Actually, you don’t have to force yourself to “part with your treasures” …

    卡西娅:什么鬼?回头就扔掉!

Cassia: What the hell? I’ll throw it away later!

    莫里斯:没有任何想法。

Morris: No comment.

    伊维对他们的腹诽毫不在意,带着尚可去马厩挑了一匹马,然后风驰电掣地离开了战歌营地。

Ivan paid no attention to their condescending looks, took Shang Ke to the stables and picked a horse. They quickly left the War Camp.

    “啧,谁爱吃谁吃。”卡西娅嫌弃地将水果扔在桌上。

“Tsk, whoever wants to eat can eat this.”  Cassia abandoned the fruit in disdain on the table.

    “多吃水果美容的。”山迪一边洗水果一边笑着调侃。

“Eat more fruits for beauty.” Sandy laughed while washing the fruit.

    这时,一名男子垂头丧气地走进房间。

At this moment, a man walked into the room dejectedly.

    “咦?麦基,你回来了?”阿尔文和自己的同伴打了一声招呼。

“Hey? Mackey, you’re back? ” Alvin greeted to his companion.

    被称作“麦基”的男子抬起头,一眼看到桌上那颗香果,立马像打了鸡血一般冲过去,拿起来放在鼻间闻了闻,然后惊喜道:“啊,就是它!你们也买了?在哪里买到的?”

The man called “Mackey” raised his head, saw the sweet fruit on the table and immediately rushed to it like he was infused with chicken blood. He picked it up and smelled it, then said with happy surprise, “Ah, this is it! You guys also bought it? Where did you get it?”

    四人一头雾水:“什么在哪里买的?”

The four were confused, “Where did we buy what?”

    “这种果实!你们在哪里买的?买了多少?”麦基指着手上的香果,急切地问。

“This kind of fruit!  Where did you buy it? How many did you buy?”  Mackey pointed to the fruit and asked eagerly.

    “问这个做什么?不就是野生香果吗?”山迪拿起果子,漫不经心地咬了一口,然后,睁大眼睛。

“What are you asking for? Isn’t this just a wild rose apple?” Sandy picked up the fruit, casually took a bite, and then opened his eyes wide.

    “这是灵气果实!非常稀有的灵气果实!”麦基一副痛心疾首的模样,“你们以为这只是普通的野果吗?”

“This is a spirit fruit! The very rare spirit fruit!” Mackey looked distressed. “Did you guys think this was just a normal wild friot?”

    阿尔文等人这才将目光转向手上的果实,表情将信将疑。

Alvin and the rest finally turned their eyes to the fruit in their hands. Their expressions were skeptical.

    “其实也没什么,味道和普通香果差不多。”山迪几口将手上的香果吃完,淡定地对阿尔文说,“我记得你一向不怎么喜欢吃水果,不如送给我好了。”

“In fact, it’s nothing. It tastes just like any ordinary wild fruit.” Sandy finished eating his and calmly asked Alvin, “I remember that you always don’t like fruit very much, so why don’t you give it to me?”

    阿尔文呵呵一笑,果断地将香果塞进自己衣袋中。

Alvin chuckled and resolutely stuffed the fruit into his pocket.

    山迪又看向莫里斯,后者正在咔嘣咔嘣地吃。

Sandy turned to Morris, who was crunching through his.

    山迪:“……”

Sandy: “…”

    “我说,这些果子你们到底在哪里买的?”麦基忍不住又问。

“I said, where on earth did you buy these fruits?”  Mackey couldn’t help but ask again.

    几人对视一眼,脑中不约而同地浮现那个精灵的身影。

Several people exchanged glances and an elf appeared in their minds.

    “MD,伊维那混蛋,肯定早就知道了!”山迪突然骂道,“整整一篓啊,全被他拿走了!”

“Motherfucker, Ivan that bastard! He must have known!”  Sandy suddenly scolded, “He took the whole basket!”

    阿尔文等人闻言,同时竖起一根笔直的中指!

When the rest heard that, they erected a straight middle finger at the same time!

    伊维和尚可在入夜前赶回了蔚霄森林。

Ivan and Shang Ke returned to Waiser Forest before nightfall.

    小精灵嗖嗖从树林中窜出来,兴奋地挂在伊维身上。

The baby elves swished out of the woods and hung excitedly on Ivan.

    尚可笑了笑,走过去将躲在大树后的小精灵抱起来。

Shang Ke smiled and went over to pick up the elf hiding behind a big tree.

    伊维见又多了一个小精灵,忍不住问道:“她是?”

Ivan saw another baby elf and couldn’t help but ask, “She is?”

    “莱蕾。”莱蕾是花仙子的意思,尚可希望她身上火毒有一天能够祛除,变成一只漂亮花之精灵。

“Lorinda.”  Lorinda holds the meaning of a flower fairy. Shang Ke hoped that the fire posion in her body would one day be dispelled and she can become a beautiful flower fairy.[1]

    “……你到底有多少个孩子?”

“…How many children do you have?”

    “12个。”尚可笑道,“以后介绍给你认识。”

“Twelve.” Shang Ke smiled, “I’ll introduce you to them later.”

    12个,12个……这个数字在伊维脑中循环往复。

Twelve, twelve … This number went back and forth in Ivan’s brain.

    他怀疑尚可是不是有好几个妻子,否则怎么可能生出这么多孩子?

He suspected that Shang Ke may have several wives, otherwise how could he have so many children?

    “如果你不介意,我想先认识一下孩子的母亲。”伊维绷着脸说道。

“If you don’t mind, I’d like to meet the mother of your children first.” Ivan said sullenly.

    “可可。”泡泡眨着眼睛,一脸正色,“我也想认识一下我们的母亲。”

“Keke.” Bubbles blinked and looked serious. “I also want to meet our mother.”

    灰瞳也很认真地点点头。

Gray also nodded very seriously.

    尚可无语,这几个小家伙,明知道他又当爹又当妈,还故意这么问,简直欠揍。

Shang Ke was speechless. These little guys knew that he was both father and mother but still asked deliberately. They’re simply asking for a beating.

    斜眼瞥向伊维,这个男人眼中神采奕奕,似乎已经意识到根本没有所谓的“母亲”。

Glancing sideways at Ivan, the man’s eyes sparkled as he seemed to realize that there was no so-called “mother” after all.

    “肚子饿了,回家吃饭吧。”伊维一手一个,抱着小精灵步履轻快地走进他们的花园小居。

“I’m hungry. Let’s go home for dinner.”  Ivan walked briskly into their garden house, holding the baby elves hand in hand.

Sarah: this chapter was long DX but lmao at the mercenary group with shang ke’s fruit haha ML finally realizing that there is no rival and is happy with the knowledge lol thank you to the anonymous supporter for the ko-fi!!! Helped pushed me get this release out~ ko-fi.com/sarah_min

SnowTime: I took mild liberties with the third elf’s name because I don’t get the original reference at all lol, so I went with an english(?) one. Her name is based off Lorinda Mae Achillea (I think it’s latin), which references the Yarrow flower and stands for healing and protection. At least it starts with L like the raws.



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25 thoughts on “[HDS] Chapter 137: Spring Comes Upon A Withered Tree (IV)

  1. ~*Peekaboo*~ says:

    Ha! This one was a secret dweller of the comment section. But i have come forward and thus stolen the precious spot from you light dwellers ┬┴┬┴┤(・_├┬┴┬┴

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  2. Hisana says:

    He…ML’s gonna come back and there’s gonna be a new baby…Gosh, just IMAGINE the expression on his face.
    (Are you so ‘hungry’ that you must do it so often?! Is his thought probably. “Fine then. I’ll make sure to ‘feed’ you well.”
    and his scummy aura will come out full force.) XDXDXD

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  3. Mellow says:

    Actually… I’m the true dark dweller… Just that it was near dawn and I was too sleepy to show my reign as the 1st!!

    Oh gosh I should have done it! *sob sob sob* rly regret not being able to ukno 👀 over Tofu~ hehehe…

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  4. Writing0wl says:

    Tofu where are you! This nocturnal owl actually got a spot before! How shameful for the reining Tofu *Shakes head

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  5. AngryCowGoesMeow says:

    Feel bad for the half elfs. Like you have good genes but they weren’t fully realized and all you got was magic talent (ok not bad), but to have no advantages in appearance when you one of your parents is prob gorgeous, that feels like a rip off to me. Like do you even look like you elf parent at all or you just stand next to them looking hurt in comparison? It’s alittle shallow but.. Nope still mean it. I’m just gonna be vain over here. I’m not sorry. 🤷

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  6. CheeseCake says:

    Excuse me ~, I want to read chapter 138 but the web link can’t be typed. Do you know why the web link can’t be opened? Please answer ^^, I’m very very curious about chapter 138 but can’t read it :(. I’m very disappointed

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