Mutated Tao – Chapter 89: Wu Family

Chapter 89: Wu Family

After some pondering, Li Huowang nodded. Elder, could you please tell us what these rules are?

First. In our Wu Family Village, youre not allowed to talk back to those older than you, especially me, said the goateed village chief as he raised his index finger.

That is a rule? Li Huowang and the others were completely dumbfounded. They had expected there to be some peculiar rules, but they seemed quite ordinary.

Arent these only household rules? You want to use your household rules to restrict outsiders? argued Puppy.

But Li Huowang tapped Puppys head beside him and then said to the village chief, Please continue. Were listening.

"Second. Whenever any animals from the nearby forest come out, be it a mouse or an owl, you must not harm them or step on them. If you encounter them on the road, then you must give way. They have done many favors for our Wu Family in the past. Third. You guys are outsiders, and thus your groups men arent allowed to talk to the females of our village. This rule didnt exist previously. But recently, a peddler took away two wives from here! Ah, my blood boils just thinking about it

As the village chief incessantly droned on about the rules, Li Huowang and the others gradually learned about the various rules of the Wu Family Village. Even trivial stuff like how they shouldnt litter had been mentioned.

Damn, this village has too many rules. We might as well not stay here, muttered one of the guiding drug ingredients.

Shh, continue listening, whispered Li Huowang.

At this point, the village chiefs list was drawing to an end. Eleven, dont light up fires at night, and dont go outside at night either. And lastly, no matter what time it is, never talk to someone with your back facing them; always turn around, and only answer them once you see their face. Never speak to someone who has their back turned to you.

Li Huowang frowned slightly upon hearing these rules. The last two made him feel that something was amiss.

What happens if I end up breaking these rules? What will happen? asked Li Huowang.

Break the rules?! The village chiefs eyes widened fully, and then he confidently continued, Youll be fined, of course! A silver piece each time you break the rules! Even more if its a repeat offense! You will be fined until you dare not break them anymore! Dont think that Im bullying you just because you are outsiders. Even our own villagers are treated the same way.

Li Huowang felt that he had some sort of misconception. Could it be that he had misunderstood something?

At that moment, Li Huowang felt someone tugging at the hem of his robes, causing him to look back at the goateed elder. He nodded as he said, Rest assured, Elder. We are reasonable people.

Thats good. I wouldnt have bothered helping all of you if not for the fact that I saw you traveling with two kids. Im getting old; I cant bear seeing children suffer, said the chief. Then, he turned around and walked back to the courtyard.

Meanwhile, the two horse carriages stopped within the courtyard, while Li Huowangs group brought their bedding into the musty and smelly west wing.

By the time they were done cleaning and arranging everything, the sun was already setting in the west.

At that moment, the chief came in with a smile. Ah, youngsters, are you going to have dinner here? Ill get my wife to prepare some extra.

Have dinner?

Li Huowangs heart tightened. Others food wasnt usually so delicious to eat.

Li Huowang thought for a moment, then nodded, Thank you, Elder.

Then, he glanced at Xiaoman as he watched the elder leave with hands behind his back. Go to the kitchen and help the host family.

Alright. Xiaoman nodded and left.

The village chief had a large familysix sons, two daughters, and even more grandchildren. Thus, dinner-time was a bustling affair with over a dozen people.

This was also the reason why he dared to take Li Huowangs group in. In the village, nobody dared to provoke those who had a lot of sons.

Even though they stayed in a massive mansion, the Wu Familys dinner was quite simple. They were having plain steamed rice along with their own homegrown vegetables. It seemed rather miserly.

By the time Li Huowang arrived, they had already started eatingthey didnt have any notion of a host having to wait for the guests. In fact, many of the plates were already empty.

The rice is over there, so help yourselves. We dont have too many formalities when we are eating, said the chief.

Li Huowang shook his head. No problem.

He led his group to the corner where the steamer was placed as he started counting in his head. Just as he had counted to ten, the sound of bowls shattering rang out behind him.

When he turned around, he saw the dozens of people, including the village chief, all lying on the floor, unconscious.

Hehe, that peddlers knockout drugs are quite effective. You truly get what you pay for.

He didnt bother checking whether these people were under the so-called Eighteenth Lunars manipulation or whether they were plotting against him. After all, whoever struck first held the advantage.

Then, with a wave of his hand, the others quickly rushed toward the east wing of the main house to search for clues.

Start with anything written, then look for other abnormal objects. Pay extra attention to the strange things, like Buddhist amulets or Deities. I want to see what they are up to! Li Huowang instructed.

They searched everywhere, even flipping through the entire courtyard as a group, yet they found nothing. There was nothing unusual.

How could there be nothing?

Li Huowang stood in the hall, frowning as he thought about these questions.

After an entire day's work, he hadnt found anything in the bizarre forest besides this village.

Could the Eighteenth Lunar be in the forest we were in previously? No, I checked there already. This village is surrounded by the bamboo forest. If the Eighteenth Lunar is hiding, then it must be here.

Does finding their silver count for anything? Puppy carried out some silver pieces. However, he sighed helplessly when he saw Li Huowang merely glance at him, and then dejectedly carried the silver back.

Li Huowang noticed the dusky color of the sky, and then instructed again, Bring the fire starter and start a fire.ViiSiit nvelb/n(.)c/()m for ltest vels

Senior Li, werent we told not to light any fires? Bai Lingmiao was confused.

Hearing this, Li Huowangs eyes narrowed, while his right hand touched the row of torture tools on his waist. I want to see what happens after I light it.

If there were any other suspicious things about this village, than they would be the rules mentioned by the goateed man.


The candle lantern found from the search earlier was rapidly lit on fire, illuminating the entire Wu Family courtyard.

In the hall filled with people lying on the floor, Li Huowang sat quietly and waited. The sky was gradually getting darker. There was no moon tonight; it was as though a giant black cloth was covering the sky.

However, the darkness fell just like that, and nothing happened.

Ha~ Puppy yawned, then leaned against a pillar and started to doze off.

His yawns seemed to be contagious, making the others yawn as well.

At that moment, a trace of doubt appeared in Li Huowangs heart as he looked at the unconscious Wu Family members lying on the ground.

Could I have really come to the wrong place?

Just as he was starting to have such thoughts, a mischievous giggle sounded from beyond the courtyard wall, Hehe, you broke the rules.

Chacha and Char's Thoughts

Annnd there it is, the thing that comes out whenever someone breaks a rule, just like in any other novels.

Chapter end

Chapter 1: The Master
Chapter 2: Li Huowang
Chapter 3: Jade Pendant
Chapter 4: Black Cauldron
Chapter 5: Pills
Chapter 6: Worth
Chapter 7: Zephyr Temple
Chapter 8: Rewriting the Script
Chapter 9: Black Taisui
Chapter 10: Steamed Buns
Chapter 11: Xuan Yuan
Chapter 12: Pill Recipe
Chapter 13: Refining Pills
Chapter 14: Ally
Chapter 15: Zheng Kun
Chapter 16: Head
Chapter 17: Found It!
Chapter 18: The Method To Become An Immortal?
Chapter 19: Superstitious
Chapter 20: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 21: Attaining Immortality
Chapter 22: Exit
Chapter 23: Home
Chapter 24: Plunder
Chapter 25: Path in the Forests
Chapter 26: Frightening
Chapter 27: Evil
Chapter 28: Lu Family
Chapter 29: Stage
Chapter 30: Performance
Chapter 31: A Wandering God
Chapter 32: Hu’s Family Ancestral Hall
Chapter 33: Continue The Performance!
Chapter 34: The God of Happiness
Chapter 35: Confused
Chapter 36: Donkey Cart
Chapter 37: The Nine Classes
Chapter 38: Jianye Town
Chapter 39: Wild
Chapter 40: Midnight
Chapter 41: Monk
Chapter 42: Monastery
Chapter 43: Buddha
Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery
Chapter 45: Buddha Statue
Chapter 46: Xin Hui
Chapter 47: Placing the Incense Sticks
Chapter 48: Escape
Chapter 49: Strayed One
Chapter 50: Buddha
Chapter 51: Negotiation
Chapter 52: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 53: Ponder
Chapter 54: Wandering God
Chapter 55: Healed
Chapter 56: Beyond the Border
Chapter 57: Shaman
Chapter 58: Li Zhi
Chapter 59: Chosen Apprentice
Chapter 60: Shaman
Chapter 61: Second Deity
Chapter 62: Night Visit
Chapter 63: Red Veil
Chapter 64: Drum
Chapter 65: Let’s See How You Beat The Drum Now!
Chapter 66: A Virtuous Person
Chapter 67: Parcel
Chapter 68: Festival
Chapter 69: Meal
Chapter 70: Lake
Chapter 71: Water Bandits
Chapter 72: Dragon Gate Village
Chapter 73: Murder
Chapter 74: Death
Chapter 75: Warehouse
Chapter 76: Bamboo Slips
Chapter 77: Ba-Hui
Chapter 78: The Aftermath
Chapter 79: Market
Chapter 80: Nun
Chapter 81: The Benevolent Nunnery
Chapter 82: Abbess Jingxin
Chapter 83: Strayed One
Chapter 84: Sense of Doubt and Confusion
Chapter 85: Descent
Chapter 86: Departure
Chapter 87: Forest
Chapter 88: Rules
Chapter 89: Wu Family
Chapter 90: Girl
Chapter 91: Li Huowang
Chapter 94: Bewilderment
Chapter 92: The Eighteenth Lunar
Chapter 93: Red
Chapter 96: Ba-Hui’s Descent
Chapter 98: Backtrack
Chapter 95: Pain
Chapter 97: Doctor Li
Chapter 99: Night Visit
Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai
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