Chapter 61 – The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System

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Chapter 61 – For the Single People (Part 1)

But he did not make a sound. With his two eyeballs protruding out, his whole body was frozen like a stone statue.

Shen Qingqiu held his breath. Gurgling sounds could be heard from the Old Palace Master’s throat and bloodshot veins crawled up his eyes.

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But he could not move a single step.

Finally!

Hahahahahahahaha!

Was he so stupid and saintly that when beaten he would not fight back?!

Treating him like he’s so weak he can’t slap you back in the face while dragging another person?!

Qiu Haitang exclaimed, “What’s wrong?”

She moved to draw her sword but Shen Qingqiu interrupted, “Lady Qiu, I advise that you do not draw your sword in vain—unless, of course, you want to end up like him.”

Suspicious, Qiu Haitang spun around to face the Old Master and screamed.

Between the deep folds of his wrinkles, the Old Master’s face was mottled with green pustules and contorted in unbearable pain.

Qiu Haitang trembled. “Shen Jiu.. you… what have you done?”

“I didn’t do anything,” Shen Qingqiu said. “Did you forget that we are in someone else’s tomb? Do you think the Demons will not have any protection?

In fact, floating in the air like a blown dandelion were the spores of a demonic plant, ‘QingSi.’ This plant uses the bodies of living beings to germinate and is attracted to people who radiate Qi, be it spiritual energy or demonic energy. This was also why Shen Qingqiu used martial arts instead of his Qi techniques earlier.

QingSi embeds itself into the bodies of its victims without any pain—except just maybe a slight itch. However, once it sprouts, it tears the flesh and digs into the blood vessels. The faster the Qi circulates, the faster it grows. If a cultivator unleashes his peak energy, it could germinate in an instant.

The Old Palace Master had been attacking with his roars, focusing his Qi around his head and throat. Not just his face, it was likely that the insides of his mouth and throat passages were choked with the sprouts of this demonic plant, with its fur-like surface tendrils and the roots sinking under the skin, reaching down deep into the nerves.

Shen Qingqiu tutted, “The Old Palace Master must not yell again. Otherwise, it will grow without stopping until it reaches your brain; then truly, you will be dead.”

Facing this terrifying and disgusting scene, Qiu Haitang clamped down on her mouth and tried to resist her dizziness but failed. Her eyes rolled into her skull and she fell into a dead faint.

With one person immobilized and the other knocked unconscious, this was truly a victory!

Shen Qingqiu sighed in relief and struggled to stand up with Luo Binghe in his arms. Muscles straining and through clenched teeth, the Old Palace Master vaguely said, “Don’t rejoice too early, you are no better off.” His face twisted in pain and the sprouts on his face trembled as he said these few words.

Shen Qingqiu just huffed in reply.

From his right arm to right across his shoulders, a deep hysterical pain mercilessly stabbed his flesh and nerves. To block the two swords earlier, he was forced to use his Qi cultivation and now the spores were germinating.

But fortunately, and at the very least, Luo Binghe was safe.

Seeing Shen Qingqiu half dragging half carrying Luo Binghe away, the Old Palace Master choked out his cries and toppled down from the wheelchair in his urgency, dragging his limbless body through the flowers and grasses on the ground—a piteous and terrifying scene.

The Old Palace Master wheezed: “Don’t go…. Don’t go….. Don’t leave.“

Shen Qingqiu hastened his steps but who knew that the Old Palace Master’s face would suddenly turn violent and open his mouth to let out a roar?

He wanted to bring them down together with him to the grave!

Shen Qingqiu could not figure out if the Old Palace Master was unwilling to let them leave or if he just refused to let Luo Binghe live. Shen Qingqiu used the old scabbard to barely block the blow. His right hand trembled as pain ripped through his body from this movement which aggravated the blistering pustules, all the while shielding Luo Binghe protectively. In the agonizing haze, he turned towards the Old Palace Master and his blood surged, killing intention blazing in his eyes.

With just that one roar, even more pustules started to sprout from the Old Palace Master’s skin, extending even to the corners of his eyes. However, he no longer seemed to feel pain as he laughed wildly, rolling on the ground like a pork sausage until he reached Qiu Haitang. Shouting loudly into her ear like a mad man, he said, “Don’t you want to kill Shen Qingqiu? He is right in front of your eyes! Quick, get up! Kill him! Kill them all!”

Qiu Haitang groggily awoke after the Old Palace Master shouted at her. Opening her eyes to a face like a withered orange peel mottled with an unknown monstrosity, her blood drained. Screaming hysterically, she slashed down with her sword. Shen Qingqiu, afraid that she might agitate her Qi further, thus attracting the lingering spores, yelled: “Calm down!”

Undeterred, the Old Palace Master shouted, “Quickly! Quickly! Did you not ask me to help? He is unable to hold on any longer—do it now!”

Qiu Haitang met Shen Qingqiu’s eyes, their gaze steady and unwavering. All in all, Shen Qingqiu did not hold any enmity for Qiu Haitang. She was after all the original Shen Qingqiu’s victim. But if she insisted on blocking his way, he would not hesitate to retaliate.

Surprisingly, Qiu Haitang was not the indiscriminate killing machine of the past. Glancing between Shen Qingqiu and Luo Binghe who was held in his arms, she not only did not advance but retreated a few steps.

Her lips quivering, she said, “It is not possible…… it is impossible….This is fake! It is all fake! This is not my brother. My brother is never wrong, it’s not big brother. You lied to me!”

What’s going on?

She cried and screamed, “I don’t know. I didn’t know it was like this. I didn’t do anything, so just why did I have to endure so many years of suffering?!”

Shen Qingqiu was astonished. Qiu Haitang had only fainted for a short while, so why was it that when she woke up, it was almost as if she was a different person?

Or maybe, it was because she saw something she couldn’t accept and was terrified to the point where she went crazy.

Shen Qingqiu thought that there was something amiss and sternly said, “Don’t move.”

Old Palace Master shouted, “What are you waiting for?!”

Qiu Haitang, having lost her sanity, held her head as she screamed at Shen Qingqiu, “Exactly how do you feel when you look at me? Do you hate me? Pity me? Why do you want to torture me by keeping me in this world? Why didn’t you kill me? Why don’t you kill me?!”

After being randomly screamed at, Shen Qingqiu was confused enough that Qiu Haitang seized the chance to run away. He called out at her back, “Come back! If you run about in the Holy Mausoleum, you will definitely die!”

But she had already run off into the distance and he did not have the time to chase after her. Shen Qingqiu inexplicably felt a sense of loss. In his heart, he lit a candlelight vigil for her and continued forward.

The Old Palace Master could only watch as she ran off into the distance. As Shen Qingqiu started to walk away too, the Old Palace Master’s last shred of hope disappeared without a trace. He was on the ground, dazed, before he suddenly buried his head into the grass surrounding him and tore off a mouthful of vegetation.

The Old Palace Master continued to laugh uncontrollably. As he laughed, the sprouts on top of his head started to grow faster, longer, and denser. In an instant, his whole head looked as if it was wrapped up with vines. Not long afterward, he wasn’t able to laugh anymore. Shen Qingqiu could almost hear the sounds of his skull being squeezed.

The Old Palace Master exhaled a few shaky breaths before his head crashed heavily onto the ground. He wouldn’t ever lift it again.

Even though he was the head of a clan, he died in such a gruesome, horrifying way. It was enough to make people sigh with pity.

Before Shen Qingqiu was able to take more than a few steps, an echoing voice sounded next to his ear. It seemed to come from every direction. Tianlang-Jun’s voice held traces of amusement: “Peak Master Shen was able to play such a great game of hide-and-seek. Why don’t you guess how long it would take until we meet again?”

Shen Qingqiu broke out in cold sweat as he reached down to run his hand against his leg and encountered a foreign object. The QingSi had already followed the blood vessels to grow on his legs.

Tianlang-Jun’s voice was sent over again: “You have been heading east the whole time. Is it because you want to go back to the hole in the protective barrier to escape the Holy Mausoleum?”

This bastard actually knows where he’s heading. Shen Qingqiu tried to suppress his shock before lowering his head to look at his leg. If he let the QingSi on his legs take root, when the time came, he wouldn’t be able to leave even if he wanted to. Shen Qingqiu gritted his teeth and took a glance at Luo Binghe. Then he hardened his heart, ripped open the helm on his robes, grabbed a handful of sprouts, and viciously yanked.

His brain seemed to have conjured up several dozens of seconds of blankness. The pain felt like he was tearing out a part of his flesh.

Shen Qingqiu gave a series of labored pants and slowly came back to himself before he realized that the sounds that he made as he panted was like he was trying to choke down sobs.

At the moment, he wasn’t able to even reach up to wipe his face. There was just no way. This really…hurt way too fucking much!

Although his blood was flowing like a river, at least he could finally walk again. Before, he thought that Luo Binghe looked to be in a pitiful state. Now, who could have thought that his appearance at the moment is what really should be considered 120% miserable?

Since Tianlang-Jun knew where he was, he would definitely go where Shen Qingqiu was. If he continued to bring Luo Binghe with him and head east, they would definitely directly meet Luo Binghe’s ‘nice relatives.’ Shen Qingqiu left the ancient forest-esque tomb and went past a couple of other rooms in the tombs. Swiftly, he picked a stone coffin that could be considered clean and comfortable and, protecting Luo Binghe’s head, carefully placed his unconscious disciple inside. He reached up and placed the back of his hand against Luo Binghe’s forehead. It was still hot enough to burn his hand. At the center of Luo Binghe’s forehead, the Demon Mark emitted a bright red light.

Shen Qingqiu placed the Heart Devil sword under Luo Binghe’s hands. He gathered his composure before finally sealing the coffin.

Tianlang-Jun walked unhurriedly in the front while Zhuzhi-Lang followed closely behind. As the stone road turned, they saw Shen Qingqiu standing in the middle of a tomb with the Xiu Ya sword in his hand. He was watching them coldly, looking as if he had been waiting for their arrival for a while.

Half of his light green robes was dyed scarlet. Blood flowed over the dried blood tracks on his left hand and dripped onto the floor. His lips seemed as pale as his face. Tianlang-Jun was astonished. “It has only been a short while since our previous interaction. How is it that Peak Master Shen is this battered?”

Shen Qingqiu looked back at him. He was clearly swallowed whole by a flaming magma pillar in that Anger Tomb. But now, you couldn’t even smell the scent of roasted mushrooms from Tianlang-Jun’s body. The only sign of the adversity was the burned crisp at the edge of his black clothes. Where was the logic?

Tianlang-Jun asked, “Where is Peak Master Shen’s beloved disciple?”

Shen Qingqiu said, “He left.”

Tianlang-Jun laughed, “If Peak Master Shen is still here, how is it possible that he would leave?”

Shen Qingqiu also started to laugh with him. As they continued to laugh with one another, Tianlang-Jun suddenly wasn’t able to laugh anymore.

Because he realized that he wasn’t able to take another step forward.

He lowered his head to see the obstacle. He hadn’t noticed that he was frozen by a thick, solid layer of crystalline ice from the soles of his feet to his waist. The area that it was covering continued to climb up his body. Zhuzhi-Lang was in a worse condition than him. Both of his legs and one of his arms was already frozen in place.

Tianlang-Jun finally noticed that the tomb he was in was extremely cold. He sullenly said, “Mobei-Jun.”

This tomb hall really was created by Mobei-Jun’s ancestors. They have a natural, unique affinity towards controlling ice in the demon race. Therefore, the tomb hall behind them was also inextricably linked to ice.

In the Holy Mausoleum, there were arenas and props everywhere to be used. Even if he didn’t personally engage in conflict, there were other things that could be used to contain the opponent. Shen Qingqiu remembered that in the original novel, as soon as there was something with a temperature higher than the air in the tomb hall, it would immediately be frozen into an ice sculpture. After 2-3 days, it would then shatter into ice shards. So, before he went inside, he circulated his spiritual energy to decrease his own body temperature as low as possible. That was why he appeared to be so pale.

In the effort it took to say a single sentence, the solid ice had already climbed up to Tianlang-Jun’s chest. His expression didn’t change. Even with his hand covered in demonic energy, he still wasn’t able to break the ice crystal that covered his fist. The effect that it had was minimal. Even if the ice was not able to freeze him in place forever, it could at least buy around an hour’s worth of time.

Tianlang-Jun said, “It looks like it wasn’t my misperception. Peak Master Shen really does seem to know the demon’s forbidden area like the back of his hands.”

Shen Qingqiu didn’t reply. He gave them a wave before he turned and walked away. Tianlang-Jun gave Zhuzhi-Lang a glance and calmly said, “I told you before, if you really intend to bring Peak Master Shen to the Demon Realm, you have to promise that he won’t cause any problems. You know what you should do.

Zhuzhi-Lang quietly said, “This subordinate understands.”

After listening to their interaction, Shen Qingqiu suddenly felt as if he forgot or didn’t take something very important into account.


Reika’s Notes:

  • This chapter is by our new translators Natchmusic and Windyday of BC Novels. The others in our team also do some translation checking and editing on every chapter since this is a group project.
  • Please only read the novel at BC Novels where you can also find the latest news, fan gossip, and information about the Scum Villain animation (donghua).
  • 光棍一更 – this the title but I have no idea how it relates to the content of the chapter. Edit: Thanks to the comment from Liu Minge! Apparently, this chapter was originally released on 11.11 which is Single’s Day in China. So this chapter is dedicated to all the single people! I’ve changed the title to “For the Single People” for simplicity’s stake. Is “Dedicated to the Single People” better?
  • Shen Qingqiu continues to heroically protect his perv wayward disciple. Poor guy did not come out unscathed. Ouch!
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57 thoughts on “Chapter 61 – The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System”

  1. After being randomly screamed at, Shen Qingqiu was confused enough that Qiu Haitang seized the chance to run away.

    I think SQQ and QHT have been mixed up here!

  2. Man, he’s really full of suffering even before and after death and I’m not sure if it’s a good thing he forgot LBH to take out or not….

  3. Ah… I hope ZhuZhi Lang isn’t about to do what I think he’s about to do…

    Don’t do it! That is the path of the cannon fodder! (or, whatever the boss’s henchman is supposed to be…)

    Shizun has some amazing pain tolerance! he’s so epic!

  4. Mama Hen Shizun has suffered so much for his chick… The hand, and then the spores…. and finally adding insult to injury (quite literally), having to yank out those roots, all the while lugging around Sleeping Beauty!!
    Luo Binghe, please wake up soon..!!! T^T
    On another note, is his… um… “skytower” still up? If so, there’s a lot of *cough* ….heat… there…..
    so Binghe probably got his cucumber frozen off.

    RIP Luo Binghe
    Death by frozen erection.
    ..At least he’s already lying (forgotten by SQQ, it seems?!) in a coffin.

    ….Ahaha, thank you for the chapter, everyone at BCNovels!! 🙂

  5. Binghe is going to cry again when he wakes up… Shizun has suffered so much! But what the heck was up with QHT??? Did LBH send her a dream? Did she spontaneously reincarnate? Thanks for the chapter!

    1. I think she must have realized somehow that SQQ was a completely different person. Poor thing spent her entire life harboring a grudge against SQQ, so seeing him completely indifferent towards her (ouch) and deeply compassionate for someone else (very OOC from her perspective) was just too much to process… plus she might have swallowed some kind of poison that helped mess her mind up?

    1. That’s not how cold blooded animals work. They slow down all their body functions in the cold and basically go into some kind of stasis. So a snake in a freezing trap is pretty much screwed until the temperature goes up again.

  6. thank you so much for the chapter! also i wanted to ask you something, is it okay if i just comment here or can i email you? (i couldn’t find an email address on your website)

  7. Thanks for the chapter. Probably he forgot about some demon blood inside him. And now it’s a perfect time to add MOAR suffering!

  8. Poor SQQ, he revives in a character that is supposed 2 be a villian and he ends suffering a lot, specially protecting the boobinghe. #prey4shizun2019 😔🙏

    Thanks for the chapter!

  9. Ohhhhhhhh. Shizun must keep suffering, it seems. lord Master and the Sister finally got out from the picture. But It’s clear it’d be more difficult to run away from TL and Zhuzhi-Lang.

    LBH, wake up and protect your Shizun!

    Thanks for the chapter!

  10. On the brightside Shizun won’t have to worry about BingHe’s fever… cause the sheer cold can fell the mightest bamboo stick. ^_^

  11. Shizun’s intention to pretend that LBH is not with him is becoming true.. Will LBH wakes up first? SQQ realizing it first? Or Tianlang-Jun could sense LBH first?

    Thanks for the translation…

  12. Umm…just asking…. IS LBH STILL HARD !!?? I mean shizun didn’t help with th-that ri-right(。ì _ í。)

    shizun’s protecting side is so cute (。’▽’。)/♡ no wonder he is in high demand all time…

    i wonder if mxtx hates her ukes, they all suffer way too much 😅 i mean in Mo dao zu shi n Heaven official’s blessings . The suffering they endure increases with time like sqq -> wwx ->xl

    n the semes keep falling in love with oblivious ukes and wait for them to understand there feeling by giving them hints only to end up waiting for like 5, 13 or even 800 or so years having major heartbreaks in the process(︺︹︺) lbh-> lwj -> hc

    Thanku~♥ for the chapter i love your translations n about the anime i wish it was like mdzs
    (*>.<*) but still happy …atleast the shizun is green d=(T ^ T)=b

    1. The thing is, though this pair of disciple and master suffer a lot… this is MXTX’s most lighthearted and least tragic story. I really wonder how tragic MXTX’s upcoming “reaper” story will be. Will the seme suffer for 100,000 years this time???

    2. 100,000 years!!! pfff-ahem that sounds painful…wander if he is good at th-that since this disciple
      (lbh) is really bad…

      How do i know that-> saw a pic on pinterest

      Description – they just finished doing it lbh is covered with scratchs crying ‘ shizun should cut his nails ‘

      to which shizun replys ‘ this disciple should cut his d*** (….)

      n in the chp were lbh kisses shizun in his dream shizun says – he is all bites n wonders if he was the same guy who comforts 3000+ sisters in the original novel XD

  13. Wow this needs a do not eat warning. The fanart is so cute I forget how gory MXTX’s stories are… Shizun! Nuuuu pls look after yourself. Binghe wake up and be useful! Shizun is sooooo gone on his boy.. Protecting him to this extent *sniff sniff*

    I love that Chinese fans are like Western ppl like this too? Arererererere? A pity that its so hard for fans to crossover.

  14. oh my god this is sooooo exciting, i love getting to see sqq using all the cool tricks that he spent so many years reading and learning about!!! good riddance to old palace master, rest in pieces you piece of shit, NO DON’T LET THE NICE SNAKE DEMON TRY TO KILL SQQ, HE DESERVES BETTER, when is lbh gonna wake up to protect him?????????!!!

    1. That cant be…
      Cuz he only got to have the blood from the snake from his flower body which has now become dust.

      This is his original body, so only luo binghe’s blood comes to play..
      UNLESS. they messed up with him while he was unconscious(waiting to be revived for the 3rd(?) Time, in their own chamber).

  15. Have they been going easy on Shen Qingqiu these whole time?;;

    It’s because the animation of GDC is way too godly and has raised fan’s standard bar. Scum Villain animation would be well-received if there wasn’t such a big gap in quality from the author’s other novel;;

    Thank you for the chapter! ❤

  16. Do they intend to activate that demon snake’s blood in SQQ? But that was in his 2nd body…unless he also poured snake demon blood unto that original body.
    _(:з」∠)_
    ヘ( ̄▽ ̄*)ノ
    Thanks, Reika.

    1. Nice. I’m single 😂😂😂😉😉😉 ooooh shizun why do u have to suffer? Btw i am confused of Qiu Haitang’s words. Did he think of SQQ as her brother because she was delusional?

      Either shizun forgot the reptile cold blooded snakes or LBH. Ahhh.. why does these two have to suffer so much and not see each other for a long time? (I meant they saw each other but only for a short while and have to suffer again and not see each other.)

  17. He forgot LBH XDXDXD HOW CAN YOU FORGET UR DISCIPLE XDXDXD so sad, Shizun forgot about LBH XD thanks for the chapter! Let’s light a candle for Shizun for when LBH manages to get out of the coffin… UwU

  18. Sigh… Poor Shizun forgot that he has the snake’s demon blood in him… and that snake is totally willing to maim himself to obey orders. Shizun is either in for more torture, or snake is going to harm himself to get him.

  19. Someone give Shizun a medal,,, he suffered so much,,,, im-

    Ok but Zhuzhi Lang only made SQQ’s flower body to drink his blood, not this one, so,,, he can’t control SQQ anymore right? Right? R i g h t?

    … *lights a vigil for Shizun*

    1. I thought it was about snakes being called cold animals, because of their blood, so ice doesn’t matter to him?? Let’s wait for the next update… Thanks for this one.

  20. Nope,the title is basically “the first update release on Single Day” it’s a chinese joke: we consider 11.11 as Single Day( the number looks like four lonely people with no bf/gf) and mxtx released this chapter( and the next) on that day in 2015

    1. Oh, I didn’t realize it was originally released on Single’s Day! So it has nothing to do with the chapter itself?

    2. No, nothing. If you check the next chapter,you’ll find the title”光棍二更”,or the second update release. It was a double update special!

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