Long Live Summons! - Chapter 766.1
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City Lord TuHai secretly went to visit the real expert guarding the dungeon passageway—the ”old chess master”.
He talked with the chess master about having a match with the mysterious Heaven Rank expert.
However, the loyal chess master refused.
Though it was forbidden for outsiders to enter at will, City Lord Tu Hai managed to come up with a plan, one that involved a specific chess game. He would first ask the “old chess master” to give him 3 sets of unsolvable games, ones that he had studied for thousands of years. Then, he would turn it over to Yue Yang. He would also send his butler, Jiao Shi, to ask Yue Yang to create some unsolvable chess games for the chess master himself to crack.
Using such a long-distance game method would surely lead them to become good friends over time.
This would also certainly benefit the one who was facilitating this exchange—himself!
Sure enough, his proposal had the tacit approval of both sides. The chess master had set up three unsolvable games for Yue Yang. Meanwhile, Jiao Shi brought back ten games that Yue Yang had created.
After each side received the games, they fell into deep thought.
“It is too hard. Every possible move will affect the other pieces. I cannot move anywhere safe.”
That night, City Lord Tu Hai studied all night long. He even invited all the masters of the chess world to crack the game. The result was tragic. Not a single person could make one move on the three unsolvable secret games posed by the chess master nor the ten unsolvable games created by Third Young Master.
“Before making a move, everything looks fine but as it turns out, every single possible move will result in a loss,” said the chessmasters.
The chess masters, famed in the city of Rizhao, were so depressed that they were on the verge of vomiting out blood.
Even Jiao Shi, an exceptionally skillful and careful thinker, was at a loss for words. “How exactly are we supposed to crack this chess puzzle?”
Thinking, discussing, arguing…
The night passed.
Before setting up another banquet to welcome Yue Yang, City Lord TuHai went to check on the old chess master.
To his surprise, the old chess master had actually managed to crack one of the ten games! A puzzle that no other could solve, one that stumped the entirety of Rizhao city, was solved in a single day and night by none other than the old chess master. City Lord Tu Hai was so excited he couldn’t stop smiling.
He rushed out and asked his butler, Jiao Shi, to send the deciphered chessboard, along with the method, to Third Young Master.
Much to his delight, the old chess master was actually able to crack a game overnight.
Looks like his plan was going to work after all.
As long as this went on, regardless of whether it was Third Young Master or the old chessmaster who managed to solve the puzzle, their relationship would flourish. After a thousand years of indifference to Third Young Master, it seemed like things were starting to improve.
However, moments later, Jiao Shi brought back an even greater wonder—two deciphered chess puzzles!
Hearing such news, City Lord Tu Hai fell into disbelief.
Even the old chess master, who had spent nearly a thousand years trying thousands upon thousands of methods, was unable to crack the three chess puzzles he had sent to Third Young Master. Who the hell was he? What kind of brain does he have? City Lord Tu Hai had seen intelligent people, and geniuses of geniuses, but intelligence of this caliber was unfathomable!
The old chess master was no idiot!
Even an unparalleled grandmaster such as the old chess master would have needed close to a thousand years just to crack a single game; yet, Third Young Master had managed to crack two of the puzzles in just one night.
Possessing such superior intellect compared to himself, City Lord Tu Hai could not help but feel inferior.
Of course, City Lord Tu Hai would never know that Yue Yang possessed a treasure called the “Three Realms Compass”, which could allow him to travel freely between Heaven Realm and Tong Tian Tower; and City Lord Tu Hai would never know that Yue Yang’s fiancée, Xue Wu Xia, who was at Tong Tian Tower’s Gate of Life and Death, had a “Book of Truth”. For the “Book of Truth”, cracking a few chess puzzles was too easy.
Besides, with Yue Yang’s wisdom, as long as the Book of Truth pointed out the first step to correctly crack the puzzle, figuring out the remaining steps would be no problem for him.
Still, Yue Yang deliberately chose to keep a low profile.
Otherwise, even the third set, the hardest puzzle, would have been cracked and sent back via the butler Jie Shi, together with the other two puzzles.
In this exchange of chess puzzles, Yue Yang was one hundred percent confident he would win. This proposal of City Lord Tu Hai could be said to be perfectly tailored for him. If he were to play a game with the old chess master face-to-face, he might not be able to triumph. But for the exchanging of chess puzzles, this tradition had a long history in Tong Tian Tower. The number of unsolvable chess puzzles that had been created were too many to count. Even when excluding Tong Tian Tower, just the main libraries in the Soaring Dragon Continent had extensive records of such unbreakable chess puzzles. One of the most powerful predecessors in this field, had a special class beast which was known as the Starstone Disc. Aided by his special beast, he had created a puzzle compilation known as the “Blood Vomiting Spectrum” and it had been passed on, generation after generation.
Just simply taking any random chess puzzle from the dozens of puzzles recorded within the “Blood Vomiting Spectrum” would be sufficient to cause City Lord Tu Hai and his subordinates vomit blood…
Yue Yang, Xue Wu Xia, Sickly Beauty, and Old Fox had all seen the Blood Vomiting Puzzles before, and out of those ten puzzles sent to City Lord Tu Hai, five were from the Blood Vomiting Spectrum.
The other two puzzles were set up by Xue Wu Xia and Sickly Beauty.
There were two sets that Yue Yang had acquired in the knowledge inherited from Fourth Mother, known as the “ancient unbreakables,” these two sets of ancient unbreakables could not be cracked fully even by the Book of Truth. Only a few steps had been played, proving that even the Book of Truth, which was a piece of half-divine equipment, could not fully decipher them. Yue Yang estimated that even if the old chess master had studied the puzzle to death, he would be unable to crack the two “ancient unbreakables”, which were definitely the result of wisdom from ancient times.
The old fox had also set up a game, and it was his game that the old chess master had cracked successfully.
It wasn’t because the old fox’s level of skill was low, he was just worried that it was too difficult and would be unable to lure the opponent, so after consulting with Yue Yang, he chose to set a relatively easy one… Sure enough, that old chess master had spent a whole night but finally managed to crack it.
Ten puzzles, one cracked.
The remaining nine puzzles wouldn’t be that easy.
Five puzzles came from the “Blood Vomiting Spectrum”, their difficulty were on par with the three set by the old chess master himself. It was estimated that even for an opponent to crack a single one alone, he would need not less than hundreds of years, and hundreds of thousands of attempts. In fact, the puzzles in the Blood Vomiting Spectrum had all remained unsolved until the correct decryption method, left by that predecessor, was found. 600 years ago, Ghost Genius Yue Gong had used the Quintet Golden Puppet Mice and other puppets to find the secret postscript of the Blood Vomiting Spectrum. The martial artists of Tong Tian Tower had always thought that the Blood Vomiting Spectrum was unsolvable, but only after the postscript was released did they realise that there was a way to solve each and every one of the thirty-six spectra!
Without the Ghost Genius Yue Gong, the Blood Vomiting Spectrum would have remained as one of the greatest mysteries in Tong Tian Tower for the past three thousand years..
Not to mention the “ancient unbreakables” set by Yue Yang.
No one has been able to crack it yet.
According to the memories of Fourth Mother, Yue Yang could deduce the first 18 steps, which was ten steps more than the 8 correct steps the Book of Truth could uncover.
For the remaining two puzzles, they were jointly set up by Xue Wu Xia, who loved to read and had read countless books, and Sickly Beauty, who was proficient with Heaven Realm Runes which she had started to study when she was young. Yue Yang dared to say that if the other party wasn’t proficient in Heaven Realm Rune diagram formation changes, it would be foolish to try to crack those puzzles.
Because Xue Wu Xia and Sickly Beauty had set up those puzzles by incorporating the diagram formation changes from some Heaven Realm Runes, the kind of chess puzzle that constantly evolved with every step while still concealing the true path, they would definitely become the nightmare of anybody who tried to solve them. It could be said that they were even more fearsome than the puzzles from the Blood Vomiting Spectrum…
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