The Nine Cauldrons


Book 1 Chapter 18: Lone Wolf

Amongst the three giants of the ‘God Kingdom’ organization, Brahma and Shiva were especially warlike. However, their Elder brother, ‘Vishnu’, was quite mysterious. Although Vishnu originally hadn’t shown any signs of opposing Teng Qingshan, he had never imagined that things would turn out this way.

One of the three giants, Shiva, was actually killed in the battle!

“I will definitely kill you,” The man in white clothes, Vishnu, said in a gloomy voice.

Teng Qingshan only smiled in response.

“Swish, swish.” Vishnu moved swiftly and nimbly, turning into a white blur. In the blink of an eye, he appeared before Teng Qingshan.

Teng Qingshan swung his arm while taking a step back, his fist shooting forward towards Vishnu.

The strange thing was that Vishnu didn’t even try to block his attack, and just slightly tilted his body, letting Teng Qingshan’s fist fall onto his arm.

“Something’s wrong,” thought Teng Qingshan. As his fist came into contact with the other party, he felt that there seemed to be some sort of writhing python within those billowing white robes, and his fist unexpectedly slid off its destination. Vishnu didn’t sustain any injuries, and instead seized the opportunity, falling to the ground as both of his legs, slithering like a viper’s tongue, gripped Teng Qingshan’s right leg.

Afterwards, he exerted strength in both of his legs.

As a result, Teng Qingshan’s whole body immediately dropped to the ground; if he didn’t do so, his right leg would have been pinched off. Buzz” Teng Qingshan’s right leg’s muscles fiercely vibrated, like a vibrating bowstring right after shooting an arrow, as his peculiar inner strength also rapidly moved towards both legs of the other person.

However, the legs of Vishnu  abruptly moved away from Teng Qingshan’s upper body, and all at once wrapped round Teng Qingshan’s entire body like two big snakes.

Python Body Bind!

At this moment, Teng Qingshan thought of the scene of a boa strangling a person inside some primordial forest. He instantaneously felt the terrible power of this move, which made it hard for him to breath.

“Hmph.” Teng Qingshan let out a low snort.

Vishnu then felt Teng Qingshan’s entire body’s muscles twist and vibrate. Suddenly, Teng Qingshan, who was in a bind just a moment ago, moved in a twisting, spinning motion, as if he was the embodiment of a dragon, nullifying the power that was being applied to strangle him. Like a dragon going up to the sky from within a water body, he directly escaped the opponent’s hold and jumped upwards.

With Teng Qingshan’s current accomplishments in his Drill Fist and dragon shape techniques, his entire body could transform into a water dragon to the greatest extent.

“BANG.” Vishnu fiercely stamped on the ground and leaped up like a huge centipede, directly aiming to grab one of Teng Qingshan’s ankles, who had jumped up in the air.

Teng Qingshan turned over his body in midair, both of his legs chopping towards Vishnu like wheels of wind and fire.

“Shoop!” The left arm of Vishnu tilted as it moved forward to block one of his legs. The strange thing was that, although his arm turned 90 degrees in the reverse direction, no bones broke in the process. It had to be acknowledged that the ancient yoga technique was definitely quite extraordinary with respect to training one’s flexibility.

Eventually Vishnu managed to grab Teng Qingshan’s left leg’s ankle with his right arm.

Teng Qingshan fiercely stomped his feet left and right, forcing the opponent to let go of him. However, he still felt pain in his right leg.

“Not good, my joint of the bone has been dislocated.” Teng Qingshan’s left leg was dangling in a strange way.

Teng Qingshan propped himself up on the ground with both his hands, his body again leaping up into the air.

In midair, Teng Qingshan immediately held his left leg in his hands, and turned it while applying pressure. Along with a cracking sound, the joint of his bone was fixed back to its original state. After reaching the Grandmaster Realm, he was very well aware of every bone in his body. So his technique for fixing bones was naturally extremely high.

“I never thought that muscles and fascia could be trained to such an extent.” Teng Qingshan instantly determined his tactic.

To deal with ‘Vishnu,’ he must use Drill Fist!

An ear-piercing roar issued from the mouth of Vishnu.

“Buzz–” It made Teng Qingshan feel a bit dizzy.

Vishnu immediately arrived right next to him, the fingers on both of his hands making an orchid shape. Teng Qingshan stamped hard on the ground, and transmitted the powerful rebound power from his leg towards his right fist. The muscles of his entire body twisted together like a rope for an instant as he released his fist. It produced a bursting sound in the air, as if it was being pierced by an electric drill.

Vishnu brought his palms together and blocked Teng Qingshan’s fist.

The center of his palms sunk inwards as they came in contact with Teng Qingshan’s fist. Both of Vishnu’s palms actually discharged all the energy generated by the drilling motion.

Soon after that, both his hands directly grabbed Teng Qingshan’s right forearm. With the strength of his ten powerful fingers, he immediately left behind several bloody holes in Teng Qingshan’s right arm. Teng Qingshan was actually unable to free himself from his opponent’s grasp. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he immediately lowered his body, supporting it with his left hand, and shoved his whole body towards his opponent.

At this time, Vishnu bellowed, and ferociously pulled Teng Qingshan’s arm.


Teng Qingshan’s right arm was forcefully pulled down, and fresh blood spurted out of it.

His right arm was broken!

Teng Qingshan’s face revealed a ferocious color as he shoved his body towards Vishnu. He opened his legs wide apart from each other, like an alligator opening his big mouth, and then brought them together, directly wrapping them around Vishnu’s right leg! Teng Qingshan’s left hand, which was still in good condition, seized Vishnu’s lower leg’s bone. He issued a howl, and fiercely exerted strength in his left hand and both of his legs as he twisted Vishnu’s leg.


Vishnu’s entire leg was broken off.

Teng Qingshan and Vishnu were completely wrapped around each other.

“Ah!!!” The frenzied Vishnu let out a howl in pain. His left leg, which was still in good condition, fiercely pounded down, carrying infinite power, directly on Teng Qingshan’s back. The sound of bones cracking rang out. Teng Qingshan spit out a mouthful of fresh blood – it even included the fragments of his internal organs.


Teng Qingshan let out a howl, both of his legs fiercely stomped backwards, straight towards Vishnu’s crotch. Fortunately Vishnu instantly withdrew his genitals inside his belly. However, he still had to suffer the blows of Teng Qingshan’s stomps, and the sound of shattering bones rang out. Clearly his left thigh bone had been crushed into small pieces.

The battle between the strongest people of the world ended in a few seconds with neither side winning.

“Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives, your close-combat skill are quite good. I’m truly impressed.” Vishnu tried hard to sit up. He looked at Teng Qingshan with a faint, calm and collected smile on his face.

“Your close combat skill are also terrifying.” Teng Qingshan said as he also exposed a smile on his face.

The two ultimate experts were unexpectedly smiling at this time.


When Vishnu dealt the blow on his back, he wasn’t able to put up any defense. The strongest leg attack dealt by Vishnu not only broke apart the muscles and bones of his back, it also seriously injured Teng Qing Shan’s internal organs. Teng Qing Shan knew very well that unless some miracle happened, he would die within a fortnight, even if he had the vitality of a Grandmaster class expert. If a normal person sustained such injuries, perhaps they would die on the spot.

As for Vishnu, his right leg was torn and his left thigh was crippled. From this day onwards, he would live the life of a disabled person – he wouldn’t be an SS-rank expert any more.

It was all over for both of them.


The Special Operations Organization’s elites who were watching the battle close by, were completely stupefied by what they saw.

“The two of them are like hideous beats, they are lunatics.”

Yang Yun couldn’t help speak out his impression.

“Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives is very powerful. Not only did he kill ‘Shiva,’ he even crippled ‘Vishnu’.” A female elite team member amongst them couldn’t help exclaiming in admiration. Then she doubtfully looked at Qin Hong who was present at her side: “Brother Qin, what’s up with you? Why are you looking blankly over there?”

“It’s nothing.” Qin Hong said while shaking his head. However, he had felt an indescribable pain in his heart when he watched Wolf’s back get smashed by his opponent’s leg, and as he spat out fragments of his internal organs.

“Everybody, Wolf has clearly sustained serious injuries, and according to my conjecture, he is on the point of death. As for Vishnu, he is a disabled person now. He can’t even stand up no matter how hard he tries. This is a good opportunity for us. We should set about at once, and seize them in one go! It would be a great meritorious service to be able to seize two SS-rank hitmen in one fell swoop.”

The eyes of the team members immediately started to shine.

As Wolf could battle with the two giants, he was certainly a SS-rank expert.

Currently they unexpectedly had the opportunity to seize Wolf and Vishnu. It was something they could proudly tell others about later.

Yang Yun immediately began to give instructions about his plan.


When the Special Operations Organization’s people were planning to get going, in a place with overgrown grass that wasn’t far from the location of the organization’s team, Shen Yangming was hiding with his three subordinates. Because of the night’s darkness, the team members of the Special Operations Organization were unable to discover the group of people hiding several tens of meters away from them.

“You three need to keep in mind. No matter what happens, our foremost target is Qin Hong.” Shen Yang Ming said in a low voice, “Right after I make my move, you three should immediately do the same. Once we’ve achieved our goal, we’ll immediately leave this place.”

“We got it, Elder Brother.”” The three fugitives responded in a low voice.

“Good.” Shen Yangming firmly looked at a distant place.

This time he wouldn’t hesitate at all, he would make sure to kill Qin Hong.

“They are finally on the move!” Shen Yangming’s eyes brightened. The Special Operations Organization’s members had begun to quietly make their way to the targets, putting their plan of  seizing Teng Qingshan and Vishnu from all sides into motion.


Teng Qingshan and Vishnu were reclining on the ground.

“Lone Wolf, look, these people want to seize us.” Vishnu said with a light smile.

“Well, as you don’t even have legs to move around with, you’ll just be an easy target for them. With your current condition, if they fired at you, you’d be done for.” Teng Qingshan smiled as he ridiculed Vishnu. Then immediately after, his gaze shifted to a place that wasn’t far from them. Three people were quietly approaching them, and the tallest of them was his younger brother ‘Qing He’.

But at this time.

“Hmm?” Teng Qingshan suddenly turned his head and saw a group of people almost forty meters away from him.

“Shen Yangming!” With Teng Qingshan’s eyesight he instantly saw the appearances of those people.

At this time, Shen Yangming pulled out his gun and shot towards Qin Hong’s head.

“Qing He!”

Every muscle in Teng Qingshan body instantaneously stretched taut and he almost reflexively operated the Crossing Worlds Qing Gong. The remaining inner strength in his body wantonly disappeared like cheap running water as Teng Qingshan’s body instantly turned into an indistinct unreal image, directly disappearing from its original place.

The team of three people led by Qin Hong were drawing near the two super-class experts, ‘ Wolf and Vishnu.’

However, Qin Hong suddenly discovered a gun pointed at him.

“Shen Yangming.” In the moment of life and death, he finally saw Shen Yangming. Naturally, Shen Yangming had purposely got up so as to let Qin Hong know that it was him who ended his life.

“Die.” Shen Yangming fired. His eyes showed a faint satisfaction of being able to take the revenge.

The speed at which a bullet travelled was extremely fast. Even a powerful Grandmaster could not keep up with a bullet’s speed.

To dodge a bullet, it was necessary to take measures to evade it before it was fired at them.


The bullets crossed the distance of several tens of meters as it shot towards Qin Hong.

The speed of the bullets didn’t give Qin Hong any time to react.

“No!” Within Win Hong’s mind, his wife ‘Li Ran’ appeared, who was pregnant with his child. He wondered, was his soon-to-be-born-son going to be fatherless?


Surprisingly Teng Qingshan, who had disappeared from his former location, actually appeared ten meters away from it.

Two bullets struck Teng Qingshan’s body in succession.

“Die.” Teng Qingshan’s gaze turned cold and severe.

He shook his hand and released a throwing knife. The speed of the throwing knife was in no way inferior to a bullet’s. It travelled past the long distance before piercing straight through Shen Yangming’s throat. Shen Yangming’s eyes revealed a panic as he didn’t even get the time to dodge it.


The three people behind Shen Yangming crazily shot at Qin Hong. However, after experiencing the threat just now, he had already taken measures to dodge the bullets. At the same time, Qin Hong and his team members immediately fired back. Their marksmanship was extremely accurate. Their return fire exploded the heads of the three fugitives, and all of them died on the spot.

At this time, the big group of Yang Yun at once rushed over to the place.

Teng Qingshan’s body had gone limp, and he fell to the ground.

“Qin Hong, are you all right?” Yang Yun’s group were concerned about Qin Hong’s safety.

“I’m all right.” Qin Hong felt as if he’d a nightmare, and his back was drenched with cold sweat. He’d just now sobered up after going through the frightening situation.

“Wolf.” Qin Hong suddenly remembered the person who rescued him and ran over to Teng Qingshan.

The other members of the Special Operations Organization also followed behind him. They didn’t get why the Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives had sacrificed himself to rescue Qin Hong.

“Shen Yangming is finally dead.” Teng Qingshan let out a sigh of relief in his heart. He had asked ‘Elena’ before to help him investigate Shen Yangming’s whereabouts, as he wanted to kill him in order to eliminate the danger to his younger brother’s life. Originally, he thought that due to this battle he would not get the chance to kill Shen Yangming. But unexpectedly, Shen Yangming himself came to this place.

Now that his younger brother was safe, Teng Qingshan felt relaxed in his heart.

“Wolf, you, why did you save me?” Qin Hong looked at Teng Qingshan as he stood before him.

Teng Qingshan was currently feeling severe pains in his chest. He was very clear about the fact that his injuries had gotten even graver because of him using ‘Crossing Worlds’, risking his life to save his brother when he was already seriously injured after his battle with Vishnu. Especially because of the fact that he could only throw the knife with all his might while trying to save his younger brother, while he was completely defenseless against the bullets.

As a result, three bullets had entered his ribcage.

Teng Qingshan could feel that his life force was slowly passing by.

“Qin Hong…” Teng Qingshan revealed a faint smile on his face as he looked at Qin Hong like an elder brother. With great effort he extended his left hand towards Qin Hong. Qin Hong didn’t show any signs of evading it. Teng Qingshan stroked Qin Hong’s head as he slightly smiled. “The reason doesn’t matter. Remember to take care of your child and live a good life. That would be enough.”

While speaking, Teng Qingshan felt something surge up his throat. “Puff.” He spouted a mouthful of fresh blood, which included fragments of his internal organs.

“You, you, why?” Qin Hong didn’t understand it well, but it distressed him to see Teng Qingshan in such a condition.

Teng Qingshan watched his younger brother as he took a proper look at him.

In the past twenty two years, he had never gotten the chance to look at his younger brother so carefully.

He felt that the heavens treated him well enough to be able to take a proper look at his younger brother before his death.

Teng Qingshan felt his consciousness getting fuzzy, and his head was overcome with dizziness.

“Am I going to die?” Teng Qingshan’s eyes already couldn’t see clearly at this point.

The events of his life flashed past his eyes like a movie.

His happy life in the orphanage when he was a child, his hellish days in Siberia that he experienced together with his wife ‘Little Cat’, training in Internal Martial Arts and doing assassination missions one after another… In his absent-minded state, Teng Qingshan felt as he was hearing his most favorite song, a song that perfectly portrayed his entire life.

I’m a wolf that came from the north…

I ran around in boundless wilderness…

Like a mournful breeze blowing through the lands from the north…


“Little Cat, I’m coming to accompany you.”

Teng Qingshan felt as if a cold wind was blowing past him and his body felt cold. However, there was a faint smile on his face.


Teng Qingshan’s corpse turned ice-cold and his chest was dyed red with blood. The ‘small cauldron’ which was also dyed red with blood, disappeared the moment Teng Qingshan died. But as the small cauldron was inside his clothes, no one noticed this phenomena.

Qin Hong quietly kneeled before Teng Qingshan’s corpse.

“He’s dead.” Yang Yun said as he stood at Qin Hong’s side.

“He.. Why did he save me?” Qin Hong said while staring blankly at Teng Qingshan’s corpse.

“No idea. Perhaps no one knows besides him.” Yang Yun shook his head as he sighed.

“Chief Yang.” Other team members immediately ran over to him, “Vishnu’s dead. He committed suicide. He chose to rather die than get captured by us.”

Yang Yun shook his head as he sighed and said: “Vishnu had sustained serious injuries, and he no longer had the same strength as before. I guess he didn’t want to live a pitiful life.”

“Teng Qingshan! Teng Qingshan!” At this time, a voice rang out. It was Lin Qing who came running from a distant place. She had looked around everywhere and was completely stunned when she found Teng Qingshan’s corpse lying beside Qin Hong.

She dashed over to the corpse and kneeled down before it.

“Teng Qingshan, Teng Qingshan. Ah, you, what happenend to you?!” As Lin Qing saw the bullet wounds on Teng Qingshan’s chest and his broken arm, tears started to instantly pour out of her eyes.

“What did you call him just now?”

Qin Hong’s whole body trembled. He suddenly turned his head towards Lin Qing and stared at her. The Special Operations Organization hadn’t know Wolf’s real name until now. In fact, his name ‘Teng Qingshan’ was made up by him. He picked ‘Teng’ from the surname of master ‘Teng Bolei’ and ‘Qingshan Shan’ was his name when he lived in the orphanage.

“Teng Qingshan, what happened to you? How could you have died? How can you die?!” Lin Qing cried. Her tears were constantly flowing out of her eyes.

“Qingshan, Qingshan…”

“No!” Qin Hong’s eyes opened wide in alarm, and he fiercely tore open the cloth around Teng Qingshan’s waist. There was actually a purple-colored birthmark at his waist.

Qin Hong’s complexion tuned ghastly pale in an instant, without an trace of redness.

“The one who killed that hitman as well as Li Mingshan was you…” Qin Hong shivered.

“What?” Lin Qing, who was present by his side, trembled when she heard Qin Hong’s words. She looked towards Qin Hong who was at her side, “Did you say it was Teng Qingshan who killed Li Mingshan?” In her heart, Lin Qing perhaps felt most grateful to the benefactor that killed Li Mingshan and released her from the immense suffering. However, she never found out the name of the person who killed Li Mingshan.

Qin Hong didn’t respond to her, and his gaze was completely fixed on Teng Qingshan.

“And also the one who sacrificed his life for me…”

Qin Hong’s whole body shuddered, and his voice had already become hoarse.

“Why, why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t you let me know of your identity…?” Qin Hong bitterly cried, as he he felt his heart ripped apart from the sorrow. As a member of the Special Operations Organization, he knew very well that the Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives and the organization had some hatred established between them. The moment he thought of this, he completely understood the painful reason behind Teng Qingshan not telling him anything.

“For my safety?”

Qin Hong felt distressed and grieved at the bottom of his heart. He could not make his true relation with Teng Qingshan – that Teng Qingshan was his Elder Brother – public. For the sake of his wife and child, he was unable to do such a thing.

If he did that, his wife, and soon to be born child, would be in a dangerous situation.

If he did that, the pains his Elder Brother went through to keep his identity hidden from Qin Hong until his death would be all for naught.

His Elder Brother was right before him, and yet he still wouldn’t dare to call out to him.

“AH” Qin Hong raised his head in agony and let out a hoarse howl. It was only at the bottom of his heart where he could shout out the word he wanted to call out the most at this time: “BROTHER!!!”

End of Book 1: Prologue


You must have a Gravity Tales account to post comments.


{{totalComments}} Comments No comments yet. Why not be the first?