The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System Chapter 15-16
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The so-called protagonist’s treatment was that even if he stepped on dog shit, he’d still find a cheat or elixir of life hidden inside.
Shen Qingqiu’s memories of this caused his face to change unpredictably. He even ignored the people beside him and Yue Qingyuan had to call him several times before he returned to himself: “What?”
Mu Qingfang passed over a piece of paper to him: “Every month continue to take these four medicinal herbs while circulating your spiritual power strongly. This poison shouldn’t affect you seriously.” After a moment, he said: “Only, I’m afraid elder apprentice-brother Shen will occasionally encounter a blockage in using or circulating spiritual power in the future.
The other three people in the room all paid close attention to his expression.
For cultivators, encountering a blockage in circulating spiritual power was a very terrifying problem. It was especially so during a duel between two master cultivators; one mistake could take a life. Though as everyone knew, Shen Qingqiu was already very satisfied with this result.
For someone with a scum villain role like him, encountering an odd poison like Without A Cure but still being able to live afterwards was already giving him a lot of face!
Even if he knew that he only needed to pa pa pa with the protagonist to cure the poison, could he? Could he? Hahahaha……
Yue Qingyuan sighed: “If I had known, I wouldn’t have gone down the mountain to personally arrange the Immortal Alliance Conference. Even bothering Qingqiu……”
Shen Qingqiu slowly said: “The Immortal Alliance Conference was already a big matter that all the sect heads were supposed to arrange. Elder apprentice-brother, how could you not go? This time we can only blame the Demon Realm people for being despicable and cunning, and myself for not being careful. Elder apprentice-brother, you should never blame yourself.”
If he didn’t make things clear now and things went wrong, according to Yue Qingyuan’s character, he might never go down the mountain again. Even the fall of Cang Qiong Mountain sect was a possibility. Who knew that on the other end, Mu Qingfang said guiltily: “No, it’s my wrong. If it wasn’t because I failed to discover the Demon Realm people’s invasion and wasn’t able to accompany martial brother Shen, it wouldn’t come to this.”
Shen Qingqiu felt his head swell even more at this troublesome matter. All three people were in a complete muddle and doing their utmost to say that they were the one wrong. Liu Qingge was expressionless as he faced towards the window and looked outside. He waited until they finished laying blame on themselves to drink a mouthful of tea and say: “This matter shouldn’t be said to anyone else outside the Twelve Peak Lords.”
As the number one sect and one of the Twelve Peak Lords, it would not be good if this fatal weakness were to be known by others. All three people naturally understood.
Yue Qingyuan was still worried and asked: “Qingqiu, will you feel that the burden of a Peak Lord will be too heavy?”
If it were the original Shen Qingqiu, he would be eighty percent suspicious of what □□ Yue Qingyuan wanted to do. But now, Shen Qingqiu understood that he was truthfully worried that he would be overly pressured and wouldn’t attend to his own health. He held up a hand and said: “Sect head elder brother, you don’t need to worry about me. I won’t waste away to that degree.” He smiled, then continued: “Right now I am able to steadily get better and cultivate even if the poison is still there. I am very satisfied.”
They also talked about the problem of the demon invasion. Yue Qingyuan and Mu Qingfang were the first to step away and leave. The former had a rare angry expression and was preparing a large-scale plan for the Human Realm to suppress the demons, looking for major sects to participate. The latter continued to think about a way to solve the poison. Silently sending them off, Shen Qingqiu found them quite funny but also felt warm and happy.
These Cang Qiong Mountain sect fellow members, although everyone had different characters and there were those who got along well and those who got along badly, they all had a united heart. Though separated into Twelve Peaks, if something happened, they were truly a dependable family. The original goods really had a brain drowned in water  to perversely slaughter his own sect members.
His happy mood didn’t last for long before Liu Qingge put down his long-cooled tea. Lightly, he said: “If it wasn’t because you don’t have ghostly qi on your body, I would definitely suspect that you are possessed.”
Leaving behind these words, it sounded like they just wouldn’t get along.
To some extent, your guess would be very accurate……however, these words would require Shen Qingqiu to have eight hundred points of courage to say out loud, so he could only laugh wordlessly.
Liu Qingge continued: “Saving me in the Ling Xi Cave was already incredible. As for the matter of the Demon Realm attack this time, you almost got killed saving a nameless disciple. Suffering damage from strong poison and blocking your spirit power should have made you angry, but you are indifferent instead. Doing these things is not strange, except that you have been the one to do them. It doesn’t make sense.”
Shen Qingqiu didn’t want to talk with him at all about the problem of his own OOC character. He called Ming Fan inside to switch to new tea and leaned back, smiling: “Nameless? That’s only for now. You watch, Luo Binghe will make you shocked.”
Liu Qingge remembered Luo Binghe’s name and said: “It’s that young boy? His foundation  is quite excellent. But someone with this kind of good qualification is picked by the big sects in the hundreds if not thousands every year. There’s not a single one who can stand out among others to the end.”
That's why I say you don’t understand! You haven’t opened your eyes! There’s no way for you to understand the high sense of superiority set by the plot!
Shen Qingqiu kindly advised him: “Believe me, he is definitely different. I dare to say that Luo Binghe will definitely have great achievements in the future. I hope that apprentice-brother will guide him if he has the opportunity in the future. It’s absolutely not a trade that’ll lose you money.”
What if Liu Qingge became a stumbling block in Luo Binghe’s path and they faced off? What if he was chopped ka ca  and KO-ed!
For everyone’s good, it was necessary to remind Liu Qingge.
The Shen Qingqiu of the past didn’t have many words and was absolutely cold. Whenever he had to open his mouth, he was cultured and sourly envious. His wording matching as though in poetry and carefully neat. But ever since Shen Qingqiu unfroze the OOC function, all kinds of vernacular words would slip out from time to time. Even the Liu Qingge who didn’t know what OOC was couldn’t listen any further. He swept his sleeves out and left.
Ming Fan was half-dead with depression. He had only gone to change tea yet was forced to hear good words being spoken about Luo Binghe by Shen Qingqiu, who was the person who shared his enmity. His heart felt stuffy to the point it was as though ‘the person we cursed as a little bitch and whose home we happily wrecked, we suddenly became fellow CP members.’ With an evil heart he decided to do evil things to others. Energetically, Ming Fan found the Luo Binghe who was pondering over what to make for Shen Qingqiu to eat tomorrow morning. He was suddenly right in Luo Binghe’s face and shouted and scolded loudly, then commanded: “Go chop firewood for me! Chop eighty bundles! Fill the woodshed! Go fetch water! The water jars in your apprentice-brothers’ rooms are all empty, are you blind and can’t see?!”
Luo Binghe was puzzled: “But, apprentice-brother, where do I sleep if the woodshed is full?”
Ming Fan’s foot stomped the ground and his spittle flew: “Isn’t there flat ground right here? Can’t you sleep here?!”
"Apprentice-brother, I just filled the water jars in the rooms today……"
"The water isn't fresh, redo it!"
If it had been in the past, Luo Binghe's heart would have felt a little wronged or had some grievances. But now his heart was much different.
In his eyes, all these things were training experiences for him.
He already had such a good Shizun who, for his sake, could even give up his own life (……). What kind of experience couldn't he accept? What kind of bitterness wouldn't he be able to eat?
Luo Binghe didn't say anything else and immediately turned his head around to do his tasks.
Ming Fan saw him like this and didn't feel any happiness from bullying, instead feeling even more stuffiness in his heart. While walking, he cursed: "I really don't know what part of this stinking brat came into Shizun's eyes, for Shizun to treat him with such special interest. What great achievements, what dog shit difference from others! Even if Shizun has been blinded by this stinking brat, Martial Uncle Liu won't guide him. Pei……"
Though he walked while muttering curses, his voice wasn't loud. However, of course the Luo Binghe whose cultivation improved rapidly and whose five senses were naturally good would hear. Although Ming Fan's words were broken up, most of the key words could be caught. Luo Binghe immediately could clearly guess most of it.
So it turned out that Shizun talked about him like this in front of Martial Uncle Liu……
In a place where he couldn't see, there was someone who looked so well upon him. This kind of feeling was very wonderful.
A current of warmth suddenly coursed through his heart, surging stronger and stronger, gradually wrapping his entire body.
Luo Binghe felt a firm resolve rise from the bottom of his heart and sprout. The two hands holding onto heavy wooden buckets increased in power.
For this matter, Luo Binghe not only had no feeling of being harassed, he'd even revealed a kind of happy and satisfied expression.
If Shen Qingqiu were here, he definitely would have suspected that Luo Binghe was a trembling M inside……
However, even if he were beaten to death, Shen Qingqiu wouldn't know. Because God assisted pigs and because of Student Ming Fan, Luo Binghe's favorability towards him had reached a new high. So he was very pleased with himself and laid down.
Today, the always high and cold Qing Jing Peak almost had even its threshold collapse. Each Peak Lord brought their disciples with them to express their sympathies and to visit the afflicted patient.
Since the Rainbow Bridge had been cut away during the Demon Realm invasion, they were unable to immediately hurry to the scene. The fierce fight was all left to Shen Qingqiu alone to oversee as the sole Elder. The good thing was that they were able to preserve Cang Qiong Mountain sect from demon hands. It didn't matter whether their relations were good or bad in the past, they all had to come and express their appreciation once. Shen Qingqiu took this opportunity to memorize the faces of the Peak Lords he hadn't met before and to establish good relations with them.
At night, he thought to himself: I can finally have a good and peaceful sleep.
After two hours.
……Peaceful sleep my ass!
Shen Qingqiu stood in the middle of a chaotic space of nothingness and looked towards the disappearing horizon in the distance.
Before, he had been smiling inside as he comfortably slipped into dreams on his bed. Who could explain why he had been dragged into this space?!
Shen Qingqiu really wished he could get a gong and ring it to get the system to come out. He wouldn't need to raise his voice in his mind and shout: 'System? Are you online?'
System: 【The system provides you with 24-hour service. 】
Shen Qingqiu: 'Where is this? What is the situation?'
System: 【This is a dream realm. 】
Shen Qingqiu: 'Of course I know this is inside a dream. Would I be able to see such an abstract scene in reality? I'm asking why I'm here.'
Please, don't let it be what he thought.
But the god of this world really didn't give him any face. He just thought no no and the next second, he saw a figure he couldn't be more familiar with.
Luo Binghe stood in the middle of the wilderness, at a loss.
He also didn't seem to know at all why he would appear here. After a moment of stupefaction, he suddenly saw Shen Qingqiu's figure. In a moment, he quickly became a baby chick seeing a mother hen (what freaking metaphor) and happily ran over.
"Shizun!" He had already been trapped in this world for a long time. Seeing Shen Qingqiu appear, he became excited and called him multiple times.
Once Shen Qingqiu saw him, he knew what this place and scene was.
His mind crazily clamored that it was unscientific! With a calm expression, he said: "I heard, you don't need to call so many times."
Luo Binghe hurriedly said: "Yes. Shizun. How come you're here too? Do you know where this is?"
Shen Qingqiu said: "Of course I know. This is a dream realm." He lazily copied the words of the system.
Luo Binghe asked again: "A dream realm…… then why am I here?"
Shen Qingqiu said: "It would be strange for anyone to be here. Only your presence here is normal. This is inside your dream."
—End Chapter 15—
 Brain drowned in water (腦子進水): Literally 'brain in water' and another way of saying someone's stupid or witless.
 Foundation is quite excellent: Actual characters used are "根骨" or gen gu. Literal meaning is "roots bones." Closest approximation I can find is ling gen or spiritual roots but that's a different set of characters so I'll use 'foundation' for now.
 Not a trade that'll lose you money (賠本買賣): Sorta what it sounds like. Means that Binghe's a sure bet.
 ka ca: Pronounced 'kah-cha' and is SFX for chopping sound. Usually it implies someone's head getting cut off.
 …fellow CP members: CP = Communist Party. LOL. One of the values is group unity, so that means no more abuse. And a lot of awkward. XD
 Pei: An expression of disgust. Actual characters were "我呸" which is more like "I pei/pooh" or "I curse."
 M: M as in masochist. LOL.
Luo Binghe was stunned: "My……" He took a step back and looked at the boundless and desolate heaven and earth and murmured: "My dream realm, it's actually……like this?"
The mindset framed how the world was seen. Though at such a young age, he had experienced many feelings.
Shen Qingqiu dully said: "This isn't a normal dream realm. I'm afraid you were interfered with by someone while unaware. The spirit power inside this dream realm is strong and unstable. This master was unknowingly pulled in by you."
Luo Binghe's face showed a guilty expression: "This disciple is useless and involved Shizun." He thought: "Who would interfere with my dream realm?"
Shen Qingqiu fully experienced what it was like to spoil someone else's fun and straightforwardly got to the point: "You don't need to think further. There is demonic energy around the edges of the dream realm. This kind of move must be from a demon."
Luo Binghe heard this and wasn't excited. Instead, it aroused his hatred towards demons. He said: "Demon realm people are truly poisonous at heart."
He really didn't know what kind of expression Luo Binghe would have after discovering his own mixed demon blood heritage and thinking back to these words that he himself had said……
Shen Qingqiu smiled and said: "Poisonous and shameless; it could be that others have an opposite feeling."
From Shen Qingqiu's godly point of view, his words are directed towards the person who interfered with Luo Binghe's dream realm, that very Sha Hualing.
Of course, there were thoughts of harming others. But what there were more thoughts of, everyone knew - naturally it's a young girl's secretly moved heart.
Why else would she not harm others and only harm him? In the eyes of this demon girl, the person she likes should be brought over and viciously bullied ╮(￣▽￣」)╭ . However, this was only in the beginning; wait for her to be brought into the harem by Luo Binghe. She could only be submissive and docile then.
Luo Binghe didn't understand the meaning of these words he said, but he smiled and thought it was profound. It was flighty and slightly frivolous but was also able to make people feel a bit of adventurousness.
"This dream realm isn't simple. An ordinary nightmare wouldn't be able to stop me and changing my belief would be able to break through this dream. But this dream realm was made very exquisitely. I'm afraid destroying the core of the illusion would cause no one to be able to get out."
"That is to say, we'll be forever trapped inside this dream realm?" Luo Binghe apologized: "It's all this disciple's fault."
Shen Qingqiu said: "For things to have reached this stage, words are of no use. It's better to act early and break through the enchantment as soon as possible."
Luo Binghe silently nodded and followed behind Shen Qingqiu, walking towards the edge of the dream.
Shen Qingqiu's external appearance looked serene, but inside his brain there were great tempestuous waves as he conversed with the system.
System: 【System warning: You are currently entering an important plot branch: Dream Demon Enchantment. Please ensure that during this plot branch you support Luo Binghe so he attains victory over the Dream Demon's illusion. Otherwise, you will be deducted 1000 coolness points. 】
It came again. It's deducting coolness points again. Every time there was this kind of number that let people get a heart attack. I industriously and conscientiously work hard for some points of coolness and you deduct 1000 at one go, is this really good?! As a person…… no, as a system you shouldn't be so extreme!
However, this wasn't the key point. The key point was - the plot was a mess.
The premise of this section in the original book was that Luo Binghe was pulled into the Dream Demon's attack range. Before getting attacked, as an unconscious measure of self-protection, he instinctively pulled the person he trusted most with him into the enchantment.
Shen Qingqiu urgently hit the system: 'Great one, baby, great god! Are you sure there isn't a Bug? This part is supposed to be Luo Binghe steeping with a sister . Also, the sister is responsible for helping him unravel the tangles in his heart and using love to help him overcome heart demons . How come I'm given this role?! What about the good emotions and spiritual communion leading to acceptance into the harem scene? What about the little apprentice-sister intending to never abandon him in either life or death?!'
System: 【Self-inspection did not reveal a Bug. The system is running normally. 】
No Bug. That is to say, this scene is do right or die.
Shen Qingqiu experienced the power of the butterfly effect for the first time.
In the original work, the one pulled into the dream alongside Luo Binghe was Ning Yingying. At this early stage, she was recently the person he trusted the most on Qing Jing Peak. This checkpoint + increasing intimacy task plainly should have fallen to her.
What was going on now?
'The most trustworthy' and most trusted person, how did this hat inexplicably get buckled onto Shen Qingqiu's head?
Shen Qingqiu was extremely flattered by this unexpected favor but he didn't want to wear this hat at all!
Luo Binghe saw Shen Qingqiu's unfathomable expression and asked concernedly: "Shizun, what's the matter?"
Shen Qingqiu immediately recovered and calmly said: "Nothing. This master is thinking, dream monsters usually attack the weakest part of a person's heart. You should make preparations."
Luo Binghe nodded. With a decisive expression, he said: "This disciple won't let Shifu be implicated again."
Too bitterly forced. Not only was he immersed in a dangerous scene, he was also afraid that if he didn't guess wrong, he would need to take on the sister's responsibilities.
Shen Qingqiu didn't at all want to block knife and gun for the protagonist and follow him through mountains and seas to face fearful heart demons and dream demons and other big things, ah QAQ!
What kind of muddled luck was it to reach this level……
Earlier he'd complained about this world's god. Thinking it over, God was also very innocent. Wasn't the person who created this world Airplane Towards The Sky? As a red-blooded stallion novel writer, he definitely wouldn't be willing for this kind of situation to occur in his writing. A perfectly good sister was switched to a scum villain, how bad is that.
The two people walked forward for a while. Above their heads, the clouds in the sky and the scenery around them was like a kaleidoscope. Sometimes it stretched and twisted, sometimes it broke into many pieces, unpredictable. Walking in this realm, it was like they were drawn by Da Vinci and the background by Piccasso. The styles were completely different and the sense of disharmony was very strong.
Suddenly, a city appeared from the black clouds in front of them.
Shen Qingqiu solemnly said: "Counter soldiers with arms, water with earth . Enter."
Walking to the city gate, Luo Binghe raised his head and revealed a slightly confused expression.
Shen Qingqiu knew it. He thought this city looked very familiar.
Of course it's familiar, this was the city that Luo Binghe wandered as a beggar in his childhood.
Naturally, the city gate didn't have guards and they slowly opened it themselves. Shen Qingqiu led him inside.
This dream was truly terrible, so abstract it was a muddle of colored blocks and there was no delineation between time and reality. The road inside the city, the market, and the houses were all undoubtedly intricately crafted. The lights brightly lit with people coming and going, they watched the people bustle in the crowd from far away. But after walking closer for a better look, even if Shen Qingqiu had prepared himself better, his heart would still have received a shock.
These bustling 'people,' none of them had a face.
Their faces were just vague, unclear impressions. There wasn't any sound either. They weren't like living people at all, but still busily walked around in the city as silent as the dead, giving rise to a kind of strange feeling.
Luo Binghe had never encountered this kind of horrifying scene before. He was scared but said: "Shizun, what are these?"
Shen Qingqiu was a little panicked but still took the responsibility of explaining like a little Baike [encyclopedia]. 
"This is a city built by using dreams. Houses and such are made from dead things and can be created like this in a dream. Live people cannot be created and at most can only be made into these strange and indescribable things without noses or faces. However, someone with the ability to immediately create a city on such a large scale - I'm afraid there's only one person."
Luo Binghe humbly asked: "Which person?"
Shen Qingqiu: "Dream Demon."
The Dream Demon was this dream's BOSS.
The Dream Demon was a famous and powerful demon Elder. Some hundreds of years ago, the demon had its fleshly body destroyed in a battle in the Heavenly Realm. Its powerful soul was able to remain intact and parasite on people's dreams, relying on receiving spiritual power and refined energy to survive.
At the same time, it was also the protagonist's number one shifu.
It was the one who in typical cliché fashion took a liking to the protagonist Luo Binghe after he broke through the enchantment. It took all its body's worth of lost knowledge and passed it into his hands, also coming out with a plan from time to time to give him a hand.
Luo Binghe's experience was not deep, so of course he didn't understand this person had come. He was still thinking about asking some more questions when his eyes swept across the crowd and he froze.
Shen Qingqiu asked despite already knowing the answer: "What's the matter?"
Luo Binghe said: "Shizun, I don't know whether I saw wrong. Earlier, I think I saw people with faces in the crowd."
Shen Qingqiu shook his sleeves and walked towards the direction he pointed, concisely said: "Chase."
The two people blended into the crowd, taking seven turns and eight bends  before finally stopping in front of a small alley.
There are five people with faces in total. All their faces are clear rather than a vague mess. They looked like they were still in their teens. Four of them stood and held the advantage while one sat on the ground. The sound of cursing was unceasing, some "small mixed-breed" and "bastard" flying around. They were so absorbed in cursing that they didn't notice the two people arriving behind them.
Luo Binghe said: "They don't seem like they can see us."
He looked at Shen Qingqiu as though asking, didn't you say the Dream Demon has no way of creating people with facial features?
It was time to explain again.
Shen Qingqiu sighed in his heart. He said: "The Dream Demon truly cannot use the dream to create people, but these people weren't created by it. Luo Binghe, look closer at these people."
Luo Binghe slowly moved his gaze towards them and looked for a while before suddenly receiving a shock.
Shen Qingqiu said: "These aren't illusions created by the Dream Demon. They are actually projections of real people existing in your memories. The Dream Demon is only using a small trick to take these images sleeping in the depths of your heart and wake them up."
It was as though Luo Binghe was already unable to hear his words, raising his hands and holding it to his temples, nerves spasming.
Shen Qingqiu knew that Luo Binghe's heart demon had already come.
These four slimy teenagers surrounded a boy sitting on the ground who looked to be around fifteen years old, punching and kicking him. That shabbily-dressed child whose hands were holding his head, curled up on the ground, silently getting beaten; it really let people worry that such a small child would be beaten to death by them!
"This mixed-breed kid who hasn't grown eyes dares to come to this brother's turf to get a job!"
"Tired of living!"
"Step on him to death. Isn't he pitiful, doesn't he have nothing to eat and is hungry? If he's beaten to death he won't have nothing to eat anymore!"
Luo Binghe's head hurt as though it would split. It seemed he could only see the tragic and weak little figure on the ground. That was the him in years past, from the loose and messy hair to the face full of blood that revealed two eyes like stars. Like two sharp swords, those eyes met his.
Luo Binghe couldn't move his gaze at all.
Shen Qingqiu whispered: "Binghe, this is only an illusion."
—End Chapter 16—
 Steeping with a sister: Actual word used is pao (泡). Basically 'steeping' or soaking with a sister/babe like a tea bag. LOL.
 Heart demons: Pinyin is xin mo (心魔) just like the name of Binghe's future, endgame sword. I'm using the literal translation instead of the more common term 'internal demons' because I think it fits better with this story. Heart demons are negative emotions and other mental barriers that hinder practitioners in their cultivation or training. They can attack a cultivator from the inside and cause them to suffer harm and/or qi deviation. If you've played Kingdom Hearts, it's like the darkness in your heart. *is whacked by a Keyblade*
 Counter soldiers with arms, water with earth (兵來將擋，水來土掩): A saying meaning to adopt measures appropriate for the situation.
 Baike (百科): A reference to Baidu Baike/Baike Baidu which is like an online encyclopedia made by the Chinese equivalent of Google, Baidu.
Taking seven turns and eight bends: Meaning to take a convoluted path.