Chapter Twenty-One

Zagrama Mountain deep in the Taklamakan Desert, under the black mountain, there are countless secrets buried, maybe it is really the same as the name of the mountain—"Zagrama" means "mystery" in the ancient Uyghur language, and there are also People interpret it as a "divine mountain". In short, it is difficult for mortals living around Zagrama to gain insight into its mysteries.

In ancient times, there was an unnamed tribe known as the "Holy One", let's call it the "Zagrama Tribe". The people in the tribe migrated from the distant European continent and lived in peace on Mount Zagrama for many years, until people accidentally discovered a bottomless ghost cave in the mountain's belly. The wizards in the family told everyone that in the ancient east, there was a giant golden jade eye that could see the truth of the ghost cave, so they imitated and made the same jade eyeball to worship the ghost cave. From a moment on, bad luck befalls the tribe.

Since then, the Zagrama tribe has been abandoned by the gods, and disasters have continued. The leader of the tribe, the saint, believes that this must be related to the "ghost cave". Once the door of disaster is opened, it will be difficult to close it. In order to avoid these terrible disasters, he had to abandon his homeland where he lived for many years, migrate to the far east, and gradually integrate into the civilization of the Central Plains.

What is the so-called "disaster"? From the current point of view, it seems to be a kind of radiation. Anyone who is close to the ghost cave will have a red spot in the shape of an eyeball on his body after a period of time, which cannot be eliminated for life.

For people who have this kind of erythema, after the age of forty, the iron element in the blood of the body will gradually decrease. The reason why human blood is red is because the blood contains iron. If the iron in the blood slowly disappears, the blood will gradually become thicker, the oxygen supply will be reduced, and breathing will become more and more difficult. At the end of death, the blood will Has turned yellow.

This painful process will last for ten years. Although their offspring will no longer have red spots on their bodies, they will still suffer from iron deficiency. Finally, like their ancestors, they will die in extreme pain, so they have to leave their hometown . After migrating to the Central Plains, after several generations of observation, they found a rule, the farther away from the ghost cave, the later the onset time, but no matter what, this symptom always exists. One generation after another, when they are dying, they are miserable, and no words are enough to describe the pain of the blood turning yellow and congealed.

In order to find a way to relieve this pain, everyone in the tribe tried their best. Many years later, in the Song Dynasty, an important clue was finally found. In the mud of the lower reaches of the Yellow River, a huge bronze tripod was found, which was a product of the mid-Shang Dynasty. This tripod has a deep belly and a concave bottom, with four legs underneath. It is mighty and dignified, and is cast with exquisite cicada patterns. Ding is an important ritual vessel in ancient times. Especially in the Bronze Age, the bronze mines were controlled by the government. The level of bronze smelting technology marks the strength of a country. The emperor made a tripod to sacrifice the ancestors of heaven and earth. Cast inscriptions on it to report some important events to heaven and earth. In addition, the items used to reward the heroes of the princes and nobles are often represented by bronze. In order to record this great glory, the recipients will order people to use the received bronze as raw materials to build utensils to commemorate these at that time. major event.

The descendants of the Zagrama tribe discovered such a bronze tripod that recorded important events. At that time, the emperor Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty once got a jade eyeball dyed with gold. It is said that this jade eyeball was found in a collapsed mountain. , also found a red robe.

King Wuding of Shang thought that this ancient jade eye was left after the immortalization of the Yellow Emperor, and it was extremely precious, so he named it "Shenzhu". There is no redundant information.

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Muchen Beads, Bichen Beads, and Chidan are the three major Chinese divine beads that have appeared in history books since ancient times. Among them, Muchen Beads are made of mysterious materials similar to jade. According to legend, they were obtained by the Yellow Emperor from offering sacrifices to heaven. Later Maoling was destroyed by the peasant army, and its whereabouts are still unknown; the dust-proof bead may be the first radioactive substance discovered in the world. The bead was discovered in Shaanxi, China. The red pill is the most legendary. It is said that the pill came from the Sanshen Mountain and has the magical effect of reborn. It has always been a secret collection of the palace and was lost in the late Northern Song Dynasty.

Many descendants of the Zagrama tribe are good at divination. Through divination, they believe that this ancient jade eyeball dyed with gold is the eye of the gods. The wizard created the disaster caused by the jade eye to spy on the secrets of the ghost cave. And this ancient jade once owned by Wu Ding has changed hands several times during the war, and it is very likely that it has been buried in an ancient tomb palace of a certain royal family and nobles, and has become a funeral object. However, the scope of divination is limited, and it is impossible to know for sure. s position.

At this time, the Zagrama tribe has dropped from 5,000 people when they migrated to the interior to more than 1,000 people. They have long been assimilated by the Chinese civilization, and their surnames have also been Sinicized. In order to get rid of the shackles of the disease, they had to disperse to various places, looking for Muchen Bead in ancient tombs. These people became a branch of the four major tomb robbers at that time.

Since ancient times, professional tomb robbers have been divided into four factions according to different methods of doing things, Faqiu, Mojin, Moving Mountains, and Unloading Ridges. He pretended to be a "Taoist who moved mountains".

"Moanshan Taoist" is very different from "Mojin Xiaowei". It can be seen from the title that "Moanshan" adopts a trumpet-style tomb robbery, which is a method of mainly using external force to destroy; "Gold" pays more attention to technology and experience.

The mountain-moving Taoists among the descendants of the Zagrama tribe have found countless ancient tombs in the years since then, and the clues have been interrupted and interrupted…

In this kind of fence-building search, Muchen Bead's whereabouts are still unknown. As time goes by, the mountain-moving technique gradually declines, and talents wither. Ren is the most famous tomb robber in Jiangsu and Zhejiang. He was nicknamed Partridge Whistle because of his good ventriloquist. Over time, everyone forgot what his real name was, and only called him Partridge Whistle. He can do light work, and he is best at deciphering various mechanisms in ancient tombs, and his marksmanship is like a god, not only in fighting, but also in the green forest, he has a great reputation.

Following the teachings of his ancestors, Partridge Whistle traced the whereabouts of Muchen Bead everywhere according to the clues that came and went, and finally settled his target in a certain treasure cave in the Xixia Kingdom. Legend has it that the treasure cave is not far from the abandoned ancient Xixia Heishui City. It was originally built as a mausoleum for a certain important official of the Xixia Kingdom. However, the Xixia Kingdom was finally slaughtered by the Mongols. The important treasures of the palace are all hidden inside, and it is possible that Muchen Beads are also among them, but the ground does not have any features such as sealing soil, so it is extremely difficult to find.

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Mountain-moving Taoists like Partridge Whistle do not understand Feng Shui and astrology, so it is technically impossible to find the treasure cave. At this time, there were not many remaining members of his clan, and if Muchen Bead could not be found, this ancient bloodline of the clan might be extinct. Seeing the tragic situation of his people when they were dying, Partridge Whistle had to turn to Xiaowei Mojin, who was good at Fengshui Jinding acupoint.

But at that time, the world was in chaos, and the four major factions of Faqiu, Mojin, Qianshan, and Xiling almost lost their incense, and they still knew the content of "moving mountains", so maybe only Partridge Whistle was left. Qiu and Xiling did not exist many dynasties ago.

At that time, there were not many people who were the captain of Mojin, and there were no more than ten people in the whole country. At that time, most of the tomb robbers were official robbers led by warlords, or scattered robbers among the people. .

Partridge Whistle did everything possible to find a lieutenant Mojin who had become a monk, and asked him to teach him the secret technique of dividing gold and fixing acupoints. Captain, he had many fights, saw through the world in his later years, and became a monk.

Master Liaochen advised Partridge Whistle and said: "There is no end to the world, and everyone is troubled by themselves. My Buddha is the most comfortable, just smile. Why can't the benefactor look away? The old monk was a captain of Mojin back then. Most of the objects are used for the people, but when I sit quietly and think about them all the time, I really can't feel at ease. Letting those precious artifacts see the light of day, how many bloody battles will be born in this world. It’s not a good thing to do good deeds by selling them off. In short, this business of fighting against each other is too sinful…"

In desperation, Partridge Whistle revealed the truth. After hearing the reason, Master Liaochen moved kind thoughts and prepared to teach Partridge Whistle all the rules and methods of touching gold. But according to the rules, Partridge Whistle must first set up a Only by throwing a life certificate can he be given the golden talisman.

Historically, the activities of inverting fights have always been carried out in the dark, no matter what the motives are, they cannot be exposed, so the rules are not sloppy at all. Master Liaochen told Partridge Whistle: "When I became a monk here, I once saw the There is an ancient tomb, which has not yet been turned upside down. It is located ten miles northwest of the mountain outside the temple, in a barren mountain. There is a half-cut stone tablet without words, and there is an ancient tomb from the Southern Song Dynasty under it. The only external features are The half of the stele, under the stele is a tomb passage. The cemetery is located in a remote place. It has never been stolen by ghost cave monsters on the ancient Yellow River road . However, the acupuncture points are not well selected, and they look like broken swords. According to what I said, go to the tomb tonight Take a set of clothes from the owner of the tomb as your pledge, whether you can get it back smoothly depends on whether the patriarch rewards you for this skill."

Afterwards, Master Liaochen gave Partridge Whistle a set of guys, which were supplies for Captain Mojin, and asked him to remember all the rules in Mojin. Mojin is a genre that pays the most attention to technology in the inverted fight, and has the longest history. Many lip codes and mouthpieces that are commonly used in the industry are mostly passed down from the mouth of Mojin Xiaowei. For example, today's tomb robbers all say that they are craftsmen of Daodou, but why they call tomb robbers "Daodou", I'm afraid many people can't tell. The word first came from a vivid description of tomb robbers by Captain Mojin. Except for those built in the middle of the mountain, most of the large Chinese tombs have mounds of earth above them. Take the Qin Mausoleum as an example. , the easiest way to take out the Ming ware is to turn the bucket upside down and take it away, so it is called an inverted bucket.

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Such allusions, as well as all kinds of taboos, have never been heard of Partridge Whistle before, and Taoists who moved mountains are not so famous. After listening to Elder Chen's explanation, I felt a sense of enlightenment.

Elder Liao Chen repeatedly reminded him that candles should be lit in the southeast corner of the tomb according to the rules of Daodou. When the light is on, the coffin will be opened to touch the gold. You can only go in and out once, and try to backfill the hole when you leave…

Partridge Whistle found the remnant stele of the ancient tomb of the Southern Song Dynasty alone that night. It's howling ghosts and howling wolves.

This time, Partridge Whistle no longer used his own mountain-moving and armour-moving technique, but followed Master Chen's instructions, and used the method of Mojin Xiaowei to create a robbery hole that went directly to the tomb.

Immediately, I prepared ink fountains, corpse-binding ropes, Yin-exploring claws, candles, soft corpse incense, black donkey hoofs, glutinous rice, etc., ate a red scorpion Miaoxin pill to avoid corpse aura, and put a German twenty-ring mirror box The nose of the gun was pulled away, inserted in the waist, and covered the mouth and nose with a wet cloth.

Elder Liaochen said that the situation in this tomb was chaotic, the wind was vicious, it was shaped like a broken sword, and it was like a capsized boat. There might be a dead body in this kind of standard evil cave, but Partridge Whistle had experienced many battles, and the The dangerous ancient tomb is no longer a problem. Those elves and ghosts in the ancient tombs, the evil zongzi, black and white, have killed not one hundred, but eighty in the past few years.

Partridge Whistle thought to himself: "This time, Elder Yaochen will test his courage and skills, and he must not lose the name of 'Partridge Whistle', which is well-known in the industry." So he made preparations and looked up. Looking at the hazy moon in the sky, holding the lantern, he took a deep breath and got into the robbery hole.

Relying on his agility, Partridge Whistle got into the main tomb in a short time. This tomb is small in scale and has a very limited height, making it extremely depressing. There were a lot of artifacts piled up on the ground, and Partridge Whistle didn't even look at the trivial burial objects. After entering, he looked for the southeast corner of the tomb, lit a candle, turned around and looked at the coffin of the tomb owner, and found here There is no outer coffin, only a coffin, which is a gold coffin with copper horns, and the whole coffin is made of copper. In Partridge Whistle's tomb robbery career, this is the first time I have seen this kind of coffin. I have only heard that this kind of copper-horned gold coffin was specially made to prevent sudden corpses. signs of death.

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However, the partridge whistler was brave enough to open the heavy coffin lid with his claws, only to see a woman in the coffin, with a lifelike face, about thirty years old, like a noble lady, with slightly bulging cheeks, this It shows that her mouth contains embalmed beads, her head is covered with gold and silver jewelry, and her body is covered with a layer of embroidered quilt. Judging from the upper body, the female corpse is wearing nine sets of large mortuary clothes, only the outermost one was taken off, and there will be an explanation when she returns. Partridge Whistle turned over and jumped into the coffin, took out the corpse-binding rope, wrapped it twice around his body, tied a knot on his chest, and made a loop similar to hanging rope at the other end, and wrapped it around the neck of the female corpse.

Partridge Whistle held his breath and lay down in the coffin, face to face with the female corpse, lit a piece of soft corpse incense in the coffin and placed it on the side of the Southern Song female corpse's face, the soft corpse incense can quickly soften the stiff corpse. Sit backwards on the legs of the female corpse in the coffin, adjust the length of the rope that binds the corpse, and straighten her waist as soon as she raises her head. Due to the traction of the corpse rope around her neck, the female corpse also sat up with him at the same time.

Lieutenant Mojin put one end of the corpse rope around his chest, and made the other end into a noose to tie the corpse's neck, in order to make the corpse stand up, and he could free his hands to take off the corpse's clothes. Since Captain Mojin was riding on the corpse, when the corpse stood up, it was one piece shorter than Captain Mojin, so the corpse binding ropes were all wrapped around the chest, and the other end was wrapped around the neck of the corpse, so as to keep it level. Later, this technique spread among the bandits, but it is not known in detail. The rope used is an ordinary rope without ink on the rope; and the bandits didn't figure out how to tie the corpse rope. Didn't they wrap it around their chest? The front, and like the other end of the corpse, it is put on their own necks, and many people died on it in a daze because of improper methods.

Partridge Whistle pulled the female corpse up with the ropes, and was about to untie the outermost clothes of the female corpse, when suddenly felt a gust of dark wind blowing behind her, and looked back at the candle flame in the southeast corner of the tomb, blown by the wind Floating, it seems that it will go out at any time. At this moment, the partridge whistle and the female corpse were tied together by the binding rope. Seeing that the candle was about to go out, they secretly said: "Oops." A dark purple bead fell out of his mouth.

Partridge Whistle looked at the female corpse that was close at hand. A layer of fine white down was slowly growing on the face of the female corpse. It seemed that as soon as the candle in the southeast corner of the tomb was extinguished, the corpse would become white and fierce. But even if a dead body does happen, this bundle of corpse ropes can restrain it as much as possible.

However, according to Captain Mojin's rules, when the candles are extinguished, you can no longer take any artifacts from the tomb. Partridge Whistle began to work as a mountain mover at the age of fifteen. Over the past twelve years, he has experienced many hardships and encountered many difficulties. In the complicated scene imagined, if he just gave up at this time, he would be able to retreat completely, but returning in spite of difficulties is not his way of doing things.

Partridge Whistle's plan was to neither let the candle go out, nor give the ancient corpse a chance to change. The heavy clothes worn by the female corpse had to be stripped off and brought back to Elder Chen. Can't come up with their own means.

Partridge Whistle glanced at the dark purple beads falling from the female corpse's mouth, and knew that it was probably a pill mixed with "cinnabar" and "purple jade". "Corpse Pill". The nobles in ancient China were rarely willing to be cremated. If there was any sign that the corpse was about to change after death, they would ask Taoist priests to suppress it with elixir and still bury them in the ground.

The candle flame in the southeast corner of the tomb was flickered by the dark wind that appeared from somewhere, and it would be extinguished in the blink of an eye. The partridge whistle sat on the female corpse, and stretched the corpse rope with her left hand. The female corpse was scented by the soft corpse. After a long time, the neck was pulled, and immediately the head was thrown back, and the mouth was opened.

Partridge Whistle immediately picked up the corpse-fixing pill that fell in the coffin with his right hand, stuffed it into the mouth of the female corpse, raised his feet to support the belly of the female corpse, and pulled the rope to bind the corpse again, pulling the female corpse's head down , closed her mouth, and the corpse-fixing pill remained in her mouth again.

Then Partridge Whistle freed his right hand and pulled out the box gun at his waist, and shot back with a "pop", knocking a tile in the tomb to the ground. This tomb is of brick and wood structure. In order to protect the wooden rafters, the wooden rafters were covered with cylindrical tiles when it was built. The tiles were hit by bullets, and a large piece fell to the ground, which happened to be near the candle and was covered by it. In the windy area, the candle only flickered but did not go out. The angle of the gun was just right. The half-shaped hollow cylindrical tile, like a windproof barrel, just covered the southeast two sides of the candle. The east side is the tomb passage. In this way, the airflow blowing in from the outside is completely blocked. As long as the tile is not blown down, the candle will not be extinguished.

Because the partridge whistle had to pull the rope to bind the corpse, he didn't dare to leave his left hand a little bit, and he was afraid that the candle would go out at any time, so he made a dangerous move and shot down the tile to cover the wind with his extraordinary skill.

As long as the candle is not extinguished, it is not considered a violation of the rules of touching the gold captain. Even if a dead body does happen, you must do your best to get the obedience from the Southern Song female corpse.

It was getting late at this time, and we had to leave before the golden rooster crowed. There are a lot of taboos and rules for the school lieutenant to touch gold, and "Don't touch gold when the cock crows" is one of them, because no matter what the motive is, it is good to do justice for the sky, to get money for the people, to help the poor and help the poor, and tomb robbers After all, he is a tomb robber. Inverting is a business that must never be seen in the light. If you break the rules and stay in the tomb at dawn, then even the patriarch will not be able to protect you.

At this time, although Elder Liaochen passed on various rules and techniques of Partridge Whistle, and gave him a complete set of gold-touching equipment, he did not give him the most important gold-touching talisman. It is very dangerous to use the school captain's method to fight backwards. If you can still pour out the artifact from the ancient tomb in this way, you are eligible to get the gold touch talisman.

It took a lot of time to dig the robbery hole and enter the tomb, and things will change if it is too late. The sooner you pour out the clothes, the better. Partridge Whistle reckoned that time was running out, so he assumed a Kuixing kicking posture, sat on the legs of the Southern Song female corpse, and fixed the Southern Song female corpse in the coffin with her feet and the chest rope, keeping her in a sitting position. Reaching out to undo the outermost layer of clothing covering her.

Suddenly Partridge Whistle felt an itchy neck, as if there was something furry lying on his shoulder, Partridge Whistle was bold, but also felt the hairs all over his body standing on end, so he hurriedly maintained a posture of not moving his body and shoulders, twisting Turn around to see what is on your shoulder.

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