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Chapter 43: Everyone Loves Little Immortal Mushroom (I)


Shang Ke began to accept the information sent by the System.

This was a cultivation world and his original body was a mushroom—a mushroom that grew on the summit of Phoenix Mountain and absorbed the essence of the sun and the moon for five hundred years. He was originally a good mushroom that could be picked in another two to three hundred years and become some cultivator’s tonic. But one day, at the bottom of the Phoenix Mountain in which he resided, a devil cultivator arrived. And that was this world’s main character, Yan Lu.

Yan Lu’s original name was Yan Lu[1], His family wished for him to become a government official and for his career to go smoothly. Yan Lu did not have any emotions or desires and his relationship with his own kin was thin. When he was twelve, he left home and started to walk on the path of devil cultivation and changed his name to “Yan Lu”. The path of slaughter was fearless and free to walk upon. 

Yan Lu was a genius created by the heavens and progressed at lightning speed. In addition to his fortuitous encounters, he only needed three hundred years to cultivate to the summit of strength and the devil tribulation descended. 

The location for his tribulation was right under the bottomless cliff where the little mushroom grew. Because of the devil tribulation descending, the little mushroom obtained self-will earlier and thus, its demon spirit tribulation started. With the two tribulations happening at the same time, their might was astonishing. The little mushroom rode along Yan Lu’s coattails and with the help of his devil qi, smoothly passed the demon spirit tribulation and turned into a person. But his true body was still a pure spirit mushroom that turned into a poisonous Devil Mushroom.[2]

Afterward, Yan Lu became a Devil Lord and the Devil Mushroom “worked together as villains” and brought disaster to the human realm, causing the cultivation realm to be filled with blood.

Shang Ke felt that a poisonous Devil Mushroom was great, the Devil Lord was also very great. He also wished he could destroy the world right now but he couldn’t!

During the final battle, Devil Lord Yan Lu swallowed the Devil Mushroom spirit he had raised for such a long time and his strength greatly increased. He massacred large numbers of righteous cultivators and completely destroyed every sect until they could never recover. From then on, the righteous cultivator group thoroughly came under the rule of the Devil Lord.

Shang Ke was speechless: What happened to “working together as villains”? He actually went berserk and ate up the little mushroom that was like a close friend! Was it really such a bad idea for two bastards to mutually rule the world?

【Main Mission: Cultivate Yan Lu into the God Lord】

F*ck me! Yan Lu was just about to pass the devil tribulation and would be promoted into a Devil Lord in just a few hours. To cultivate a Devil Lord to a God Lord, was this humanly possible? Even if he was the reincarnation of Tathagata (Buddha), it would likely be impossible!

Shang Ke didn’t expect that the so-called Mission Difficulty 2x was such an illogical existence. 

There wasn’t much time to think deeply right now. The only thing he could do at the moment was to stake his old life and prevent Yan Lu from passing the tribulation. If the tribulation failed, Yan Lu could not become the Devil Lord. If he was lucky, he might directly enter the cycle of reincarnation and be reborn. If that happened, perhaps he would still have the chance to complete the mission.

Shang Ke shook his mushroom head and stimulated the spiritual qi in his body out; then, he quietly entered Yan Lu’s devil tribulation. There was also a thunder tribulation above his head. It was the immortal spirit tribulation for spiritual items like him. Because the original body had been influenced by devil qi, the immortal spirit tribulation had turned into demon spirit tribulation. 

Shang Ke exhausted his spiritual qi to prevent Yan Lu from passing the tribulation. This meant that his thunder tribulation struck him and nearly eliminated his spirit soul. The originally sparkling and translucent, pure mushroom body became coal-like and was making a hissing sound.

To resist the power of the immortal spirit tribulations, Shang Ke had no choice but to absorb Yan Lu’s devil qi. When he gave Yan Lu his spiritual qi, he took the other’s devil qi into his own body. He bitterly suffered the lightning strikes while the other endured the pressure of the power.

As Shang Ke increasingly absorbed devil qi, the immortal spirit tribulation gradually turned into a demon spirit tribulation. The only difference was that the original had unintentionally turned into a devil while Shang Ke voluntarily did so. 

【A single mushroom also wants to attempt in vain to prevent me from passing my tribulation?】 A deep and cold voice stabbed into Shang Ke’s consciousness like a sharp sword.

Shang Ke’s delicate and soft mushroom body trembled slightly; he mustered vigor to reply strongly: 【Even if I shatter into pieces, I won’t let you turn into a Devil Lord.】

【Then you can try!】 Yan Lu did not take this lone mushroom seriously at all.

Tribulations were very dangerous and he had Shang Ke also doing his best to drag his hind leg, making the process even more difficult. But after all, he wasn’t a normal person and forcibly endured the eight heavenly calamities. 

When Shang Ke saw him about to break through the ninth layer of the tribulations, he suddenly heard the echo of the System’s voice: 【Curse Halo Activated: Weak for ten seconds. Target: Yan Lu.】

Shang Ke discovered how sweet and pleasant the System’s voice could be for the first time.

Yan Lu, who did not know he was about to be cursed, was putting his all into enduring the last devil tribulation. Just when he concentrated his power together and was about to resist the ninth heavenly thunder, he suddenly felt his body go weak. All the power he had condensed dissipated mysteriously and before he could even react, the heavenly thunder had already struck him, sending him flying ten meters away.

Yan Lu spat out a mouthful of blood and a bloody color flashed in his eyes. He remained cold and indifferent, not ruffled in the slightest. 

The devil tribulation made a few more rumbles and gradually scattered, having completed its mission.

Yan Lu looked at his palm. The injury on it healed very fast while the power in his body was in complete chaos. His consciousness gradually blurred and his body tipped back as he sank into darkness.

He actually… failed?

On the other side, Shang Ke’s demon spirit tribulation was about to end. His mushroom body that was charred black became bright and clean, like obsidian. Dazzling light flashed and the mushroom suddenly turned into a human.

The light faded and a youth appeared. He was completely naked. His skin was white like jade and his short hair was soft like silk. His eyebrows were high and his eyes were dark like ink. Altogether, he looked both lovely and enchanting.

Shang Ke sized up his own body and sensed that all of his immortal spirit qi had turned into devil qi. Yan Lu did not turn into a Devil Lord, but he became a Devil Mushroom.

Did he have to wear the identity of a poisonous mushroom to reform the future Devil Lord? No matter how he viewed it there was no persuasive power to it!

Shang Ke tried to mobilize his power and then, he looked at the abyss. In the end, he still couldn’t gather the courage to jump down. So without any better options, he used the most primitive method—climbing.

Shang Ke did his best not to imagine the beautiful scene of a naked man climbing rocks; he concentrated on moving his limbs, becoming familiar with them.

After he descended down the cliff, Shang Ke headed straight for Yan Lu. The latter was currently unconscious, lying on the ground without any clothing. His naked skin did not hold a single injury besides being a bit dirty. His breathing was leveled and it appeared that he had fallen asleep.

Shang Ke pulled his right hand and spread out his palm. When he saw the mole on it, his mood was quite complicated.

It was him; yet, it was not him.

Although he had met him in every world, he did not have any memories and for him, it was like a brand new life. The feelings of every world were unique and could not be replaced. Shang Ke was unable to immediately transfer his feelings for Juan Juan to this man.

Forget it, he wouldn’t think about it!

Shang Ke searched around for a while and found a cave in which they could temporarily stay. Then, he moved the man over.

He did not know when Yan Lu would wake up. He also did not know how Yan Lu would treat him, the guy who destroyed his chance of passing his tribulations. Shang Ke hoped that he would stay unconscious a bit longer. If he did, then he could use the time to increase his strength, find some heavenly treasures to clear Yan Lu’s devil qi and weaken his devil attribute.

Shang Ke did not expect that Yan Lu would really be unconscious for a very long time, just as he had wished—a hundred years. In those hundred years, he visited every place nearby and gathered all sorts of heavenly treasures. Water Dew Essence, Purple Tree Reishi Mushroom, Pure Lotus Mist, Jade Lake Silver Fruit… as a spirit plant, he had an innate instinct towards these heavenly treasures. Although sparse, he was still able to gather quite a few. 

But in this life, he had the devil attribute, so he had to be very careful when he plucked these spiritual items that had a different attribute. Otherwise, it was likely that he harmed his own strength. 

Shang Ke’s transformation wasn’t complete as he had turned earlier than normal because of the devil tribulation. Although he had already been promoted to a demon spirit, his strength was very weak. Luckily he had turned into a poisonous mushroom so average demon beasts showed no interest in him. 

Because he was too weak, Shang Ke did his best to avoid contacting humans. Only when necessary would he enter a human city. The presence of a demon spirit on him was very thin after he turned and the average cultivation expert could barely detect him. But if he was detected, then needless troubles would likely come looking for him. Poisonous mushrooms were the true love of devil cultivators and could also be used as a righteous cultivators’ material for refining.

Like this, Shang Ke carefully took care of Yan Lu like a plant for one hundred years. He decorated the cave, set up restrictions, washed his body, trimmed his fingernails, nursed spiritual qi, cleaned his meridians, played music… he accompanied him for over thirty thousand days and nights. 

When he was tired, he turned into a mushroom and stuck himself on a decaying log. While he maintained his own health, he would also cultivate.

For this purpose, Shang Ke had found different types of wood and had arranged them all over the floor of the cave so that it was convenient to change his ‘taste’ whenever he felt like it.

On this day, Mushroom Shang Ke was recuperating when Yan Lu, who was unconscious for one hundred years opened his eyes without any warning. 

He slowly sat up and saw that he was currently in a cave. Around him were all sorts of decaying wood and on them were all sorts of mushrooms. There were red, yellow, purple, white and all sorts of spotted types. They were bunched together in groups appearing delightful and enchanting. 

Yan Lu looked for a moment and finally set his gaze on a little mushroom that had a black sheen. 

He crouched in front of the mushroom and poked it lightly with a finger.

The mushroom head swayed and adjusted its angle, planning to doze off again. Soon after, he shook it again and swiftly raised the mushroom head. But he accidentally used too much force and with a “thump”, the mushroom tumbled from the decaying wood. 

Yan Lu reached out to catch the little mushroom and moved it near his nose, smelling it. His eyes flickered; it appeared that he wanted to take a bite of it. 

Shang Ke was on guard and quickly transformed, turning into an elegant youth. But it was a naked one.

He skillfully took out a set of clothes from the corner of the box and put it on without even wearing underwear. The long gown merely hung loosely on his fame. Wearing any more was superfluous since the clothes would fall off when he transformed again.

Yan Lu was crouched on the ground, staring at him unabashedly. 

Shang Ke gave him a strange look. Why didn’t he have any reaction? Facing the main culprit of his failed tribulation, even if he didn’t do something to him immediately, at least, he had to spout some lines to him, right?

There wasn’t any enmity in Yan Lu’s eyes, nor were there any emotions fluctuating in them. He just looked at Shang Ke calmly.

Both faced each other strangely for a moment. Then, Yan Lu spoke, “I’m hungry. I want to eat mushrooms.”

Shang Ke: “…?!”


Footnotes:

[1]The Lu part sounds exactly the same, but one is for Kill while the other is for Good Fortune.


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165 thoughts on “[HDS] Chapter 43: Everyone Loves Little Immortal Mushroom (I)

  1. Little Fluffy Ninja Sheep says:

    *makes a dramatic appearance* ヽ(・ω・ゞ)
    *builds a statue of Goddess Snowy-sama in the middle of the new shrine*
    *strokes chin*
    Hmm, something is missing… (。「´-ω・)ン?oh I know!
    *places a bouquet of mushrooms into the hands of the statue*
    *nods*
    aye, better than the statue of liberty by 23333 times

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  2. Kuroko Reika says:

    Oh my, it’s still early and we already had few fellow stal*cough followers here
    Alright cough cough **
    Set a tent ?
    Make some ☕☕
    And we ready to wait for Snowy-sama grace
    ξ(✿ ❛‿❛)ξ▄︻┻┳????????

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  3. smarshum says:

    Im gonna make myself a cake castle…. who wants to join? I got the ingredients for the cake and the iceing… but I need all of these ??????????????????????????????? plz help…
    self-raising flour
    cocoa
    baking powder
    muscovado sugar
    butter softened
    eggs
    vanilla extract
    dark chocolate melted
    FUDGE ICING
    butter softened
    icing sugar
    dark chocolate melted

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  4. Ignobilia says:

    Mushroom… ?

    All the sadness from his death was blown away by the absurd shock..

    Mushroom.. Really.. Wow..

    This will be something else. ?

    I have never read about a transmigrating MC that became a mushroom, interesting.

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  5. Kouta Asato says:

    Honestly I have high hope about this ark because of the curse halo, like lot of funny stuff happening to our MC (Although I doubt he will find them funny xD) but then again since the “Let Me Protect You” ark didn’t have a Re:ack I thought it would have the fist happy ending… maybe this will be a really sad ark? TwT

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  6. Piper_Panda says:

    does anyone know the average update time of this novel? I cought up a few chapters ago and I have a rough estimate of 4-6 days, but I wanted soneone who has been following this for longer to tell me how long I might have to wait between updates. Thank you very much! -A new fan, Also amazing translations from translator, I am also currently sick, so I feel your pain! You are so amazing for continuing despite the annoying sniffles and coughs! me and all the others here are cheering you on, and support you all the way!

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  7. Shiiiin says:

    I just hope ML won’t have hard time eating MC tofu now….. like previously how he got kicked out of the room

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  8. Rinth says:

    While we are all waiting on the belssings of Snowy-sama, I would like to tell a story.

    While working, my dear well behaved subordinate wanted to talk to me about his problems. Being his superior and all, I talked to him. It turns out my subordinate encountered a white lotus as his love interest and is growing to be the classic second male lead in her story. I was like (put on perfect expression pack) tell me what happened. He told me white lotus stated they were friends, but gets displeased and would throw a tantrum but not tantrum if he is “too cold” to white lotus. When subordinate discovered white lotus is in a relationship with a nother man for two years, white lotus had a didcussion with subordinate. Subordinate mentioned that he will respect white lotus’ relationship and wait for white lotus (so second male lead — the gentle type). He described white lotus as a good person. BUT white lotus still demands attention from subordinate and as per white lotus term, subordinate was supposed to be “sweet” to white lotus. So hurt and confused subordinate had a talk with me.

    I couldn’t help it, I destroyed my image as a perfect superior and straight up told him he is being treated as backup. The hard, painful truth laid bare. So I hurt my gentle second male lead syndrome subordinate.

    I feel like a cruel woman now.

    Please tell me your opinion.

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    • SnowTime says:

      Better than him wasting more time and feelings over a white lotus, you did good, those types of people are the worst to stick around for… my friend went through a similar experience as you lol, she convinced the guy to let go of the girl who was making life a soap opera that reminded me of twilight but worse x3. He’s happier now

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  9. Chewy says:

    I want tragedy, I want angst, I want pining and suffering and sacrifice and the ML in love and in despair… does this make me an S or an M??

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    • OHtheNovelty says:

      Because Snowy hasn’t updated yet. Welcome to the camp, you’re gonna be waiting and eating smores in castles, shrines, and more here. Just keep refreshing the page and maybe you’ll catch Snowy updating. ?

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  10. Lurkingfish says:

    Day 32 of camp
    The cold wind howls at the baren land of desolation, the snowy has yet to free herself from mortal struggles and arrive to save the rotten souls from agony and suffering.
    .
    .
    .
    On another note it really is getting colder where I am. Keep yourself healthy and warm campers

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      • LovesReading says:

        I was really confused at the first moment because where i live its finally getting warmer… Then i felt really foolish bc i realised its the reverse in some places…

        Ah if caught the sickness of checking heroic death system everyday and reading the comments. I turned in an addict.
        “opening a helpgroup for all addicts of this novel” for those who can’t find it it takes place on the skyships best viewing platform (^o^)

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      • LovesReading says:

        Good luck from me as well. Go get them ?

        I really wished for an update… I had three weeks spring holidays and thought for sure i can read lots. ?
        Why you got exams when i’ve got holidays. From next week on it’s going to be really stressfull and i’m not sure if i can be active ? “bites handkerchief with an aggrieved expression”

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  11. VASSAL says:

    Camping Log: Day ???

    I have run out of water. Getting thirsty. The finals have taken our leader and I hope snowy makes it back safely.

    The castle is still standing. ? As the days passed, more refugees came to seek shelter. They have built a shrine dedicated to mushrooms.???

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    • Ignobilia says:

      A shrine dedicated to mushrooms.. (Shakes head)

      We have truly been affected by the psychological pressure the situation brings with it and are slowly losing it. ?

      I can only pray to the BL-Gos that Snowy-sama will return alive and victorious in order to save us. ?

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      • Piper_Panda says:

        lucky, I cought up ~3 updates ago, so I’ve been here since the last update. Snowy-sama we all love and support you! And hope you the best on all your mondaine hurdles and setbacks that prevent you from coming back to our fujoshi safehaven. When they tire you out, you can always come to this refuge with your fujoshi fans, we will all be here camping at the mushroom temple (and future campgrounds) to support you silently. ??⛺

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      • Kuroko Reika says:

        I’m here almost for 30 days(っ˘̩‿˘̩ )っ
        Don’t be sad girl!!!
        Just keep smiling like me, do u see that? My emoticon?
        That emoticon still smiling happily right?
        Hehe
        └(゚д゚)┐└(゚д゚)┐└(゚д゚)┐└(゚д゚)┐

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    • Rinth says:

      Good! Good! Welcome~ Welcome~ Sta- ehem Observing is our specialty. Drones are our friends. BL is our faith. Snowy-sama is the Goddess. Remember to pray to the shrines. Here’s your free praying mat and free butterfly drone.

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  12. Alba blasco bernal says:

    Snowy-sama nos tiene a todos comiendo nos las uñas… A mi ya no me quedan, que conste!
    Si no actualiza pronto creo que acabaré comiendo mi piel..

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  13. one.on.one says:

    Why can’t i read the chapter? It is not getting loaded? Is anything wrong with my browser. I couldn’t read the chap from the 4th arc….. TT_TT

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  14. Worsening says:

    I’ve been here for many unknown days (perhaps more than a month now?). And got shook when I see your comments. Wow! We’re all addicted I see… It’s funny that I’m not alone doing this everyday to visit the page and every time refreshing the page. Hihihi so I’m a lone camper. Hi guys! Greetings from this child!

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    • Kuroko Reika says:

      It’s more than a month, hmm 38days maybe
      Whose comment??
      Yeah I visit this page everyday too!!!
      But but but but……..
      Till today……..
      It’s…..
      Not updated yet ಥ_ಥ ಥ_ಥ

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    • Momonga says:

      Don’t worry we are soldiers but more important we are brothers and sisters. We have to continue surviving our seniors did it so we can. Fighting everyone fighting snowy-san fighting me ✌?️

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  15. Ungrateful camper says:

          ||
        ∧||_∧
       ( TДT)
        ミ≡≡≡j
        ミ≡≡≡j
        ミ≡≡≡j
       ヽ)ヽ)
    Menunggu, slalu menunggu…
    Namun kau tak kunjung update
    Lalala ??????

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  16. Moy says:

    Still waiting…

    Day 3553 ? * exaggerate *

    Through inhospitable nights and rainy days the tent still stands.

    ⛺??

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    • Kuroko Reika says:

      Ah New campers??
      Hello!!!!!!
      come come come, here ☕☕☕☕☕????????????????????
      Eats and drinks first okay??
      We’re still here……
      Waiting~~~
      For snowy-sama graces (^ω^)(^ω^)

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      • Piper_Panda says:

        I’ve been here since day 1, just wondering if I’m the only one who still comes by 3 times a day to check for updates

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          • Piper_Panda says:

            Ya I meant at least 3 times. Its been so long since last update I have almost completely forgot what this book is about, I just keep coming because of habit now ? (and after almost a full year of reading Chinese translated light novels for at lease 5 hours a day I’m finally running out ?) I can no longer find any book that I’ve haven’t heard of before! ? snowy-sama your one of the few translators I’m following at the moment, please update soon!

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              • smarshum says:

                yayayay the wait is killing me!!!!!!! Thanks so much in advance, also its nice to see that you are still looking at the comments instead of disappearing (:(:(: also do you know when after exchanging shadows will be updated? it is also super interesting(:

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  17. Piper_Panda says:

    Omg snowy-sama replied to me ?! Im currently a highschool student, and im taking 2 college classes this semester, I completely understand how draining finals can be ?, I wish you the best of luck on yours!

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  18. Kate says:

    I miss you! QAQ
    All the other campers that caught up a couple weeks ago are still lucky, I’ve been reading this since it updated the first arc. I feel like I’ve bearing through this suffering the longest.
    *Coughs blood*
    On a lighter hand, I hope you do well on finals! And take care of your health, recently a lot of translators I know have fallen ill, hopefully it doesn’t happen to you!! o(>.<)o°•°•

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    • Kuroko Reika says:

      I miss this novel too kate-san, I read this novel since the second arc ah
      At least I know what do u feel too,
      Waiting for so long it’s quite hard because I love this novel so much hohoho
      ╮(╯▽╰)╭

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    • smarshum says:

      Wow I was gonna feel sad for you but then I remembered how many arcs are left…. I think maybe we should give up the tents and build a castle (: also does anyone know how many novels snowy is translating and does she do it all by herself? cause if so that’s pretty impressive while also going to uni (I think snow is a woman…. not sure though) (also i’m just guessing that she is going to uni 🙂

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  19. Rinth says:

    But there are moving castles, moving tents, the HDS Sky Ship, and I think a flying island is already up. ?

    Wonder what we’re missing? ?

    I think someone proposed a man-made mini planet but I dunno who will be in charge of that.

    Like others, I’ve been here since first arc (and pulled my sisters and BFFs to read too).

    #BLisFaith
    #BLisLove
    #BLisLife

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    • Piper Panda says:

      I’ve been at this camp since day 1. You can’t see the chapter because it hasn’t been posted yet. And its been over a month since her last post. For new comers Snowy-sama has taken a break for finals, and for you old timers Snowy-sama updated her status, and said she’ll be finished with her 8th. You’re welcome. Goodnight, see you around the 8th! Thank for you hard work so far Snowy~!

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      • SnowTime says:

        Just one more dayyyyyy
        Packing is so stressful… //though I’m doing it to avoid doing the last of my projects that’s due tomorrow LOL

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  20. Spellhorn says:

    Good luck Snowy-sama! Don’t feel too pressured even after you’re done. Make sure to look after yourself

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  21. yukilee says:

    Current time: 5:26am. Started reading last night and finally I caught up. Better start camping so I could get back my sleep. *yawns* ??

    Thanks for translating this!!! ???

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  22. Kouta Asato says:

    Now I understand why the site was down early! A new chapter was posted 😛

    Thanks for you hard work as always!

    now the question is… what kind if “eat” is eh talking about?~

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  23. Jiakki says:

    Thanks for the chapter! You’ve overcome so much, congratulations! Welcome back, and thanks for your hard work.

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  24. Blaze says:

    One hundred years!!?? Shang ke really has a lot o patience ! and the ML just woke up and already wants to eat mushroom! (or did he mean Shang ke?LoL)

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