Zui Wu Dao. Part 1 -Chapter 1

To my dear readers,

I am going to be translating a Chinese internet novel called Zui Wu Dao due to demand. I will be posting a translated chapter twice a week. This is just for leisure and for me to practice my Chinese/English skills. The original content can be found here

The author posted his book on multiple Chinese sites because he wants more viewership. The book is free to read online for anyone who is interested in Wuxia novels. By translating, perhaps both of us can also get more exposure. Anyhow, this will not affect my weekly Monday post. Feel free to read and give me suggestions.

P.S. It takes me about three to six hours to translate a chapter because my Chinese is not that great (I suck T___T). Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy.

By the way, the story doesn’t start getting better until after you finish reading the first 10 chapters. So keep reading, or you will be disappointed!!! 

Chapter 1       The Ragged Book

“Hot…it’s so hot, where…where am I? FIRE. Everything is on fire! What happened to everyone else…?”

A small fragile figure stumbled and ran. If one looked closely, they could tell it was a child around seven or eight of age.

The child seemed to be unaware of what is happening. He was moving forward, with survival being his only wish.

The child tripped as he ran, behind him, the red blaze reflected upon his face. We could vaguely see that his clothes were all torn, with only one sleeve, revealing a thin arm.

Despite being covered in dirty ashes, it does not hide his delicate features. His messy long hair indicated that it had not been cut in awhile. His hair nearly covered his clear eyes from sight. His skin was the colour of yellow wax, and he was at least one size smaller than a child of his age.

The child staggered for some distance. Distracted, he did not notice the uneven curb.

As expected, he fell. His hands reached out as he lost his balance, and his fingers deeply sunk into the mud. The harsh impact caused his palms to bleed. The blood mixed with the soil, revealing a colour of pain.

The child woke up from the fall, and his cloudy eyes showed a sense of consciousness. It was instantly filled with fear. The child turned back, and only saw a towering fire.

At that instant, the child suddenly felt lighter. Looking down, he realized he was in mid air; someone was firmly holding on his waist.

Xuan Luo didn’t dare to look down. But the moment he closed his eyes, all he saw was the blazing inferno. He did not want to open his eyes but he did. Since he did not want to look down, he could only let his curious eyes follow the person who was holding him.

Without warning, everything turned black, and he lost all consciousness.

—–

“Ah!!” Xuan Luo’s forehead was covered in sweat. His whole body was drenched as well. His face was white as paper. This was not the first time he had this nightmare. In the recent months, he had been having this nightmare more frequently. But it was never this clear. This time, he saw the whole thing.

He was thirteen this year. As far as he knew, he had been living at this place for five years now. But how he arrived, he had no idea. He cannot recall anything.

He sat upright, back against the bed frame. Looking ahead, his eyes seem hollow. On his forehead, big drops of sweat appeared and rolled down his face. His breathing was quick and deep. The dream had quite an impact.

After taking a few deep breaths, he felt slightly better. But he still lacked energy…

Leaning on the bed frame, Xuan Luo closed his eyes. After resting for a bit, he quickly got up and without realizing it, he took out the yellow book he found from the forest and started scrutinizing it.  The book did not have a name, and he had difficulty understanding the content. The words together didn’t make sense.  When he first found the book, he thought it was useless. After he got home, he put the book away and did not think much of it. Once in awhile, though, he would take it out and look at a few pages.  Since he couldn’t understand it, he left it aside. But at this moment, he realized there was a secret to it.  Usually, books are read from right to left, from top to bottom. But for this book, it was read from left to right!  The moment he figured this out, he was excited. Although he wasn’t used to reading it this way, he could not wait to turn the pages.  Time passed, minute by minute. The setting Sun shone through the window and onto his table.  “So this is what…” Xuan Luo was talking to himself. It seemed like he was starting to comprehend the book and was following the instructions.

Sitting cross-legged on his bed, he repeated the xin fa from the book. Slowly, he felt a warm current spreading throughout his whole body.

At that moment, he crumpled his brows. He seemed to be suffering from severe pain.

The warm current happened to cause a burning sensation. Xuan Luo had no idea why, because he was just following the instructions from the book. He did not even know what the book is for. The pain left him momentarily stunned.

Xuan Luo didn’t know what to do and tried to stop the xin fa from moving. But the moment he tried to prevent it, the xin fa accelerated and not only did the pain not go away, it was getting more intense.

“What the heck is going on?” Xuan Luo was anxious, silently blaming the spell.

“Ah!” He cannot stand this any longer. His face was so red, it was frightening. His body looked like he was roasted.

At that instant, he felt a cool current spreading out, slowly passing through his body, fighting with the warm current.

The two currents refused to back down, and due to the cold current, he felt hot and cold at the same time.

He had no idea what was happening, and could only bare with it. If anyone saw him, they would think that he was distorted and about to transform.

After awhile, his face finally looked normal again.

The two currents have combined together.

According to the book, this was nei li. But he never thought that this nei li would be so overbearing. He never thought he would have to experience something like this. He had no intentions of experiencing it a second time.

Since his clothes were soaked, he decided to change. As he took off his clothes, he revealed his strong chest. Around his neck, was jade pendent that somewhat resembled a snake turtle.

Subconsciously, he touched the jade. Immediately, astonishment appeared in his eyes.

The jade was actually producing a faint current. After, he carefully analyzed the feeling -the current felt practically like the current that went through his body!

Xuan Luo quickly dressed and took his jade off. He looked at it in great detail.

Ever since he was young, he had this jade. He had never thought much of it, but what happened today shocked him. It was only now that he was starting to wonder about the history of this jade.

After inspecting it for awhile, Xuan Luo was still clueless. He decided to wear the jade again. The jade was the only item that could help him find his real family. He had nothing else that could identify him.

Unconsciously, the sky had already turned black. Xuan Luo never thought his afternoon nap would turn out this way. Sighing, he shook his head.

Everything around him seemed more clear and fresh though. Even the insects did not seem as loud and annoying. Instead, it gave him an unique feeling.

But then again, it may be because he was comparing it to the pain that he has been through. He seemed to feel extra fresh, and his mind enlightened. Running out to the courtyard, he bent his waist, yawned, and climbed onto the roof.

The evening sky was filled with shining stars, under the bright yellow moon. Xuan Luo reaches out his hand, and felt a sense of calmness surrounding him. He loved that feeling. On the roof, he felt at peace. Because of that, each time he had a nightmare, he would climb to the roof and look up at the sky. It didn’t matter whether the sky was white or black. He just liked being part of nature…

(Creak)

The door to the courtyard opened, and a man with greying hair walked out. He looked up and saw Xuan Luo on the roof. Smiling, he said, “Xuan Luo. It’s so late! Why are you still on the roof? Come down and sleep!?”

The old man looked a bit angry, but the smile on his face was nice and relaxed.

Without looking at the old man, eyes still upon the stars, Xuan Luo loudly replied, “Yes, Stepfather! I will. You go to sleep first!”

The old man heard him and didn’t say anything else. He knew Xuan Luo had this habit. After all, he had already spent five years with him.

Humming a song, the old man swayed back into the room…

Xuan Luo shook his head, grimaced and mumbled, “You know you can’t sing, why are you trying?”

He was conflicted. Each time the old man returns home, his ears always had to go through the awful singing…

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36 Responses to Zui Wu Dao. Part 1 -Chapter 1

  1. crazyboy1200 says:

    Look interesting 🙂 though i think there was a manga with this title

    • gchan7127 says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I’m confused myself. There is a manga with the exact title. I wonder why it’s the exact same title. I don’t think it’s related at all…. I am trying to find more information.

      • Linked says:

        Is it the same in character too? Because Ping yin and Han zi when written out could be different

      • gchan7127 says:

        Yes it is. They are both called 最武道。 I don’t know why they both chose that name. It seems like the manga is quite popular because when I googled it, it was all manga related.

        At the same time, this book is quite good. Haha. It is hard to translate though, because Chinese is so different from English.

      • Linked says:

        I know, well good luck! And have fun that’s the most important part of translating. I will support by reading, for sure! 🙂

      • gchan7127 says:

        Aww, thank you so much! I really appreciate it. 🙂

        I have never actually read a simplified Chinese book in my life, so it’s going to be very interesting. I am learning a lot! Thanks for your support.

      • Linked says:

        And while I’m at it….read our translations (shameless advertising I know. I’m bad.)

      • gchan7127 says:

        Haha! I will check it out tomorrow! Thank you again! AAHAAHAHA. Don’t worry, I will support you as well.

  2. Jacx says:

    Seem a nice novel.. Keep it up..
    Can’t wait for another chapter..

  3. crazyboy1200 says:

    You also read some other translators novels to gain some insights an i’m pretty sure you like will begin to xianxia novels 🙂

    http://www.wuxiaworld.com/

    http://chinanovel.net/

    http://yellawtwl.com/

    https://novicetranslator.wordpress.com/

    http://totallyinsanetranlation.com/

    https://whitetigertranslations.wordpress.com/

    http://www.translationnations.com/

    http://pikatranslations.com/

    http://soaringtranslations.com/

    There are many more though. Hope you get addicted too XD

  4. anthony33rox says:

    Finally a translation, gl 🙂

  5. lin feng says:

    Thanks for translated this. Seems interesting although i feel similiar with the title. Have any manhwa adapted? Btw are you a girl? Somehow we have many girl translator.

    • gchan7127 says:

      There is a manhwa version, but I think it’s totally different.

      And yes, I am female. Haha, do the translators tell their readers whether they are male or female?

  6. dharmox says:

    Just a suggestion usually some xianxia/wuxia translator would give alot of chapter to look how story build up, maybe you can test this kind of tactic to also build up alot of reader before you took initiative to go to your own pace. Show to alot of reader out there just how good the story you try to deliver to this xianxia/wuxia reader society. Maybe this week or next week you can work out 1-10 chapter or maybe more to show us how good this novel progress.

  7. Tasear says:

    Thanks for taking of the initiative to take up this series.

    Added you here http://forum.wuxiaworld.com/discussion/505/

  8. greedxviii says:

    This sounds interesting. I thought this title was a manga I’d seen, but I’m glad it isn’t. That started out interesting and then made the MC train by eating giant piles of food.

  9. stenoodie says:

    Good job, Grace! This is really good, for networking, skill improvement, and fun! 🙂

    • gchan7127 says:

      Thanks, Karen!!! It took a very long time because my Chinese sucks. Haha. But I’m learning as I go. Surprisingly, a lot of people are reading it. 😀

      • stenoodie says:

        Grace, this is going to result in more traffic for you for your blog and tons of return readers because no one else has a Chinese translation of this story. You will soon get a lot of Google search engine searches landing on your blog too as long as you keep the translations coming. 🙂

      • stenoodie says:

        I’m super excited for you!! 😀

      • gchan7127 says:

        Thank you, Karen!!! Yeah, I got a lot of views from this yesterday!! 900! LOL that’s amazing.

        But I want people to read my other posts too. Each time I upload a translation post, I’m going to promote one of my posts as well. Haha. Gotta advertise yo! 😉

      • stenoodie says:

        I can tell this is the start of something new for your blog, Grace!!! Ahhh!! So exciting!! Congratulations on the 900 views! That’s absolutely phenomenal in one day!!! 😀

      • gchan7127 says:

        lol not all 900 in one day. I got 800 from the first day because my friend helped me post this on Reddit, and then some nice readers linked me on multiple sites. Haha, so I got a lot of help 😛 the power of the internet!!

        I feel bad though, I will try to translate faster. I know it must suck to wait. Haha. Thank you so much for your support, Karen! ❤

      • stenoodie says:

        Still, that’s so amazing Grace! Soon, your blog will be SOOO popular and you will see stats in the thousands each day. I’m not even joking. If your blog is currently the only source of English translation for this popular Chinese novel, then everyone in the world will be coming to your blog to read it. Make sure you post something on your blog along the lines of the translations are yours and if anyone else wants to use it, they must ask you for permission or credit you. This is really amazing!! It’s monopolizing the entire translation field for this book!!

      • gchan7127 says:

        Aww, thanks Karen! Haha. You sound so happy for me! ❤ Umm, there are a lot of different translators out there, but I guess it's very time consuming? So perhaps they haven't gotten to this novel yet. It's a big commitment considering the book is quite long.

        If I only translate a chapter a week, it might take them a few years to finish the book LOL that's so sad. I will try to translate faster. Ahahaah

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  11. Hai Kun says:

    so this is a different zui wu dao than the current translated manga?
    awww. i really liked the manga and wanted to read the novel version T_T

    • gchan7127 says:

      I’ve been told this is nothing like the manga. I haven’t actually read the manga, so I’m not sure.

      As for the novel version of the manga, I don’t know if there is one. Good luck on your search!

  12. ambi says:

    Thanks for the chapter Grace!

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