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Monday, 25 August 2008 20:36

Legend of the Bat

Chu LiuXiang's series

Author: Gu Long
Translator: Fastclock



From Wuxiapedia.com:


Gu Long wrote the Chu Liu Xiang series of novels between 1968 and 1979. There are six works altogether, as follows:

  • The Marvellous Tales of Chu Liu Xiang or Chu Liuxiang Chuanqi 楚留香传奇 (1968), comprising "The Scent of Blood" (Xuehai Piaoxiang 血海飘香), "The Great Desert" (Da Shamo 大沙漠) and "The Thrush" (Huamei Niao 画眉鸟). This is a huge work of 99 chapters, divided amongst its three parts with 27, 36 and 36 chapters respectively.
  • The Legend of the Ghostly Romance or Guilian Chuanqi 鬼恋传奇 (1970). This work is also known as "The Romance of the Ghost and the Warrior" (Guilian Xiaqing 鬼恋侠情), and "The Revival of Evil" (Jieshi Huanhun 借尸还魂). It has only 12 chapters.
  • The Legend of the Bat or Bianfu Chuanqi 蝙蝠传奇 (1971). Also known as "The Bat Warrior" (Bianfu Xia 蝙蝠侠), this work consists of 23 chapters.
  • The Legend of the Peach Blossom or Taohua Chuanqi 桃花传奇 (1972). It has 14 chapters.
  • The Legend of the New Moon or Xinyue Chuanqi 新月传奇 (1978). It has 12 chapters.
  • The Midnight Orchid or Wuye Lanhua 午夜兰花 (1979). It has 14 chapters, divided into 5 parts of two to four chapters each.

The Legend of the Ghostly Romance is included in the half-baked section. The Legend of the Bat is the next sequel.

Disclaimer: Translation is not edited professionally, and may contain mistakes.


Cast of characters:

Chu LiuXiang: the hero of the story, he's handsome, witty, charming and charismatic. Almost every women in the story will find him attractive.

Hu TieHua: one of Chu's best friends, he loves wine and women. He is rather grand and heroic and has good martial arts. He is willing to sacrifice his life for his closest friends.

Zhang San: a pearl lover, a boat expert and an accomplished grilled fish maker, another loyal friend of CLX and HTH

Master Ku Mei: the current extraordinary leader of Huashan sect.

Gao YaNan: an ex-girl friend of HTH, the main disciple of Master Ku Mei

Jin LingZhi: a treasured granddaughter of Lady Jin from a very wealthy family that owns the "Countless blessings, eternal gardens"

Ding Feng: a suspicious handsome youth

Gou ZiChang: an unknown newcomer to Jianghu, who seems to worship CLX

Wu WeiYang: leader of Phoenix tail clan, famous for his shooting arrow prowess

Hai KuoTian: leader of the rich Purple whale clan

Xiang TianFei: a solitary robber, who befriends Hai KuoTian

and the previous enemies:

WuHua: aka the exquisite monk. He's a disciple of the Southern ShaoLin Monastery's abbot reverend TianFeng. Not only does he have superb martial arts and profound Buddhist insight, he is also a master in poetry, music, chess, art, and he plays the zither. He too is a close friend of Chu LiuXiang.

The Stone Avalokitesvara: a mysterious martial arts expert. She supposed to be the most beautiful woman in the world and dwells in these parts. Some people say she IS THE BEST martial arts expert of her time.

Yin Ji: aka the Matriarch of Water. She is the keeper/guardian of the Divine Water Palace. She has excellent martial arts but no one really knows how powerful she is. It is said that she detests all men in the world.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 21:25 )
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Monday, 25 August 2008 20:49

Chapter 1: Fire on the great river


Among the seven big sword factions in the martial arts world, only Huashan's disciples were female. Since Huashan “Nanyang” Xu ShuZhen took over Huashan, the faction leader had always been a woman. Although from thereafter, the Huashan’s capable followers gradually withered and diminished, they actually never degenerated, because these female disciples were strictly chosen, adhering to Xu ShuZhen’s teachings, extremely strict selection of the disciples, too little was better than too many.

When Huashan school had the most abundant people, the follower disciples reached 700 people, upon passing on to Master Yin Yu, the disciples were only seven, Master Yin Yu’s strict selection was well known to the world.

Master Ku Mei (dry plum) was Master Yin Yu’s main disciple, according to the rumor in jiang-hu, when Master Ku Mei was a young girl, she really wanted to become a Huashan’s follower, once she braved the bone-chilling cold wind and snow summit in the Huashan to kneel four days and four nights. When Master Yin Yu finally promised to take her in, her whole body had been buried in the snow, nearly not returning to life without the utmost help.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2008 07:04 )
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Tuesday, 16 September 2008 07:01

Chapter 2: Secret of the jade belt

Although the seven big schools of the martial arts world shared the honors of the most well-known sects, some said that “Shaolin”, “Wudang” were ahead in the internal and external strength, but actually “Kunlun”, “Diancang”, “Emei”, “Nanhai”, “Huashan” sects all had their own strong points, each sect was respected mutually, without any significant tip in the balance.

But if one mentioned about swordsmanship, none of the sects dared to compete with Huashan, because Huashan’s faction’s “The cool breeze 13 moves” was indeed graceful, matchless, unattainable, that even Kunlun’s “nine flying dragon moves” felt inferior to it.

This “cool breeze 13 moves” was wonderfully light in two characters, fast and precise. “it seems to be there, but it seems not, it seems to have varied. ”Just like a leopard stalking an antelope, if the target was impossible to find, if the opposite party could not find out what the sword path and style, how could they resist it?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 October 2008 04:15 )
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Thursday, 02 October 2008 04:09

Chapter 3: Analysis

The wind on the river shore was swirling, the twilight grew gradually darker.

Hu TieHua rushed his horse along, but did not see any corpse, nor did he see any living persons.

There were very few ships on the river.

“Those two horses returned very quickly, obviously they had not gone that far before they were intercepted, how could the corpses travel so far away?”

Hu TieHua finally realized this truth, so he immediately turned around and went back.

He did not go that far, when he discovered that Chu LiuXiang, Gou ZiChang, and Zhang San encircled that two riders’ corpses under their feet.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2008 20:35 )
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Tuesday, 21 October 2008 19:28

Chapter 4: Ulterior motives

Three harmonies building (san-he-lau) naturally consisted of two stories, but there was also an attic at the top. (ed: lau = storied building)

This attic was not big, but it could certainly host a table of liquor.

Hai KuoTian hosted the table of liquor in this attic.

When Hu TieHua stepped onto this attic, the first person that he saw, was unexpectedly Jin LingZhi.

Jin LingZhi had unexpectedly come.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 October 2008 07:03 )
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Wednesday, 29 October 2008 06:58

Chapter 5: Dead visitors


Four fried dishes, four cold dishes were still on the table, and the “steamed fish” dish was coming up. When Hai KuoTian hosted a party, the food would not disappoint the guests.

Although the “steamed fish” was precisely Three harmonies building’s specialty and its most famous cuisine, Hu TieHua felt that it was inferior to the fresh fragrance of Zhang San’s grilled fish, but he still poked around to see if something was still there on the plate.

But regardless of how good was the food, only a happy person could appreciate it. If the person was irritable while eating the food, even the best chef’s famous cuisines would not appease him, nor would he appreciate the taste of the food.

Everybody must have felt very irritable by now.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 November 2008 00:42 )
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Tuesday, 25 November 2008 00:38

Chapter 6: The white candle (Bai LaZhu)

While Hu TieHua and Zhang San bickered here, Chu LiuXiang and Ding Feng noticed that something was astir at the side of the ship.

Although that ship was bigger compared to Zhang San’s boat, it was not actually very big. There were only two people manning the ship. Besides the person on the bow master, the strange guest wearing the grey robe, there was the boatman who sculled the boat. He was also the one who came to the bow carrying the box of gold.

By now, he had brought up the other three boxes to the bow, that grey gown stranger was encouraging him in a low voice, the incessant nods, without a word, like a mute.

There were only 50-60 feet between the two ships.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 December 2008 02:44 )
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Saturday, 20 December 2008 02:57

Chapter 7: God of death’s shadow

There was no bloodstain on the corpses, the two persons’ faces were also very serene, as if they died at peace, without suffering any pain.

Hai KuoTian opened their clothes, and only then he could discover two light red marks on their backs, obviously from palm hits, the two persons’ heart arteries were shattered.

Hu TieHua extended his tongue, and exclaimed: “Good formidable palm strength!”

The one mark was of the left hand; the other one of the right hand; the one who killed them was obviously just one person, moreover he attacked both of them simultaneously.

But the depth of the marks on both of them were almost identical, obviously, the person’s palm strengths of both hands were also similar.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 January 2009 02:11 )