Cry of Phoenix: Chapter 1

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Chapter 1: Pain, Heart Piercing Pain
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The clouds rumbled as thunder and lightning criss-crossed, sawtooth strokes of lightning collided in the skies without pause and burst forth into glaring white. The ice-cold, desolate Cold Palace, in the contrast by flashes of light, was several times more prominently eerie.
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“Let me out! Zhong er! My Zhong er1!” Yao Mo Xin crazily pounded on the vermilion painted wooden doors of the Cold Palace, postnatal blood dying her unadorned garment. After an entire night, her delicate body, unable to support itself any longer, fell in a pile onto the floor, her ten fingers streaked down the wooden door as she slumped, leaving ten long bloody lines.

(1) 儿 – “er” means boy but can when added on to a name is a way of endearment and is gender neutral

“What crime have I committed? What crime! Ye Hong Yi, for you to treat me this way!” Yao Mo Xin cried out with grief, tears flooded their way out of her eyes, wetting her lapel, as the cold penetrated her heart.
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Just last night, she was still the high and mighty Empress of the great Chu nation, the labor pains were still vivid in her mind and that pleasant infant boy was still in her arms. She was happy to the point she didn’t know what worry was. But happiness is so brief, she didn’t even have time to react before being dragged off the phoenix couch by a group of imperial bodyguards that didn’t distinguish between right and wrong, and thrown into this dark, damp Cold Palace. Up to this moment, Yao Mo Xin still felt like this was a dream.
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Iron chains clanked as the Palace doors opened, a gale violently swept up dead leaves and carried them in. Yao Mo Xin’s body abruptly trembled as she subconsciously curled up her body and closed her eyes.
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Jie jie2!” An anxious voice unexpectedly cried. When Yao Mo Xin opened her eyes, she saw Li gui fei appear in front of her, hugging an infant to her chest.

(2) 姐姐 – “jie jie” Older sister, can be used to address people not blood related

“Su Luan…… Zhong er! Hurry and hand Zhong er to me!” Yao Mo Xin ecstatically stretched her hands towards the child in Li gui fei’s3 bosom, but a piece of paper separated the two.

(3) 贵妃 – “gui fei” noble consort, 2 ranks down from empress, refer to wikipage

“Sign it!” A voice so cold it induced shivers reverberated loudly in the quiet Cold Palace. Yao Mo Xin hastily looked up, gazing at a face with a pair of strict flickering black eyes. At this moment, Yao Su Luan had already retreated to the side while hugging the infant, there was a strange spark in her eyes which flashed, then immediately disappeared.
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“Hong Yi…… this…… what is this?” Yao Mo Xin looked vacantly at the man wearing the dragon robe embroidered with golden thread patterns before her, her heart suddenly turning cold. They had been husband and wife seven years and had always treated each other as honored guests, lifting the tray to eyebrow level4. She had never seen this dark and cold gaze before.

(4) Two sayings mean pretty much the same thing, they treated each other with mutual respect in the marriage.

“See for yourself!” Ye Hong Yi didn’t try to conceal the disgust in his eyes as he coldly scoffed. Yao Mo Xin held back the tears in her eyes, her ten fingers trembled as she picked up the paper.
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“This qie,5 Yao Mo Xin’s private morals are harmful, they will cause disturbances to the family. To Prince Su she harbored improper intentions and the pearl fetus……” This was clearly a testimony, slandering her of having an affair, how could she sign it. One by one, teardrops sorrowfully descended, and intensified, until the tears fell like rain.

(5) 妾 – “qie” way for concubines and consorts to refer to themselves, concubine; this consort

“Everything is pure and white between this qie and Prince Su , why is Your Majesty wrongly accusing this qie?” Yao Mo Xin’s hand that was holding the paper shook uncontrollably. She looked disbelievingly at the man in front of her eye whom she had loved for seven years. With traces of tears on her face, the expression was lovely*.

*The expression was truly lovely was probably Ye Hong Yi enjoying her despair.

“As if you can even match up to the words pure and white! That night at the Water Ripple Pavilion, what great deed you two committed!” Ye Hong Yi towered above. His voice was like a cold blade, falling from above Yao Mo Xin’s head.
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“Your Majesty minds that incident? But that night, Mo Xin only went to beg Prince Su to send troops after receiving Your Majesty’s secret orders, in order to save your majesty from calamity. Prince Su’s condition was to have Mo Xin accompany him and have a long talk with him, seated side by side. We did not do anything sinful……’Pah—’ Not waiting for Yao Mo Xin to finish speaking, the sound of the wind suddenly screamed next to her ear, the corner of Yao Mo Xin’s mouth dripped blood as five impressive blood-colored finger marks emerged on her face.
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“Shut up! You’re saying that zhen6 is a useless thing, who sent his own woman submissively onto another man’s bed for the sake of begging for his life?” This was the thorn in Ye Hong Yi’s heart, every time it was mentioned, it caused him to lose face. At present, Ye Hong Yi gave a low growl and violently dragged Yao Mo Xin’s wrist with such ferocious strength that Yao Mo Xin felt as if she could hear her own bone dislocating. Pain, bore into her heart and pierced her bones, like an insane wave of onslaught.

(6) 朕 – “zhen” way for the king to refer to himself

“Ah—” Yao Mo Xin was in extreme pain, her lips and teeth were chattering, from her forehead immediately seeped meticulous beads of sweat.
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“I’ll say it once more, sign it!” Ye Hong Yi violently flung her hand and Yao Mo Xin’s body, like a wing-torned butterfly, fell heavily down in front of that piece of paper.
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“This qie never did so, and will not drag Prince Su into this false accusation……” Yao Mo Xin’s face was deathly pale, her willow eyebrows were tightly creased, every word, every sentence, resounded with strength.
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“If you didn’t have any improper relationships, why would he, based on these few words from you, choose to willingly send troops to save zhen? Could it be that it didn’t occur to him, that once zhen died, he would naturally ascend to the title of Emperor!!” Ye Hong Yi spat out these words while gritting his teeth.
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“Seven years as husband and wife, how many storms have we struggled through together? The battlefield campaigns, the five dragons struggle7, the chaos of Yi Xi, could it be that you don’t have any trust in Mo Xin at all?” Yao Mo Xin looked up in distress, hoping to catch tender sentiments in Ye Hong Yi’s eyes, but what entered her sight was ice-cold, sinister black eyes.

(7) 五龙夺嫡 – “five dragons struggle” refers to a story, from my skimming, basically five people wanted the throne so the royal family had a large battle in Jiang Hu, yet all the sources of dispute resulted from a girl’s odd experiences.

义熙之乱 – “Yi Xi” I might be wrong but after searching it up, it seems to be a time period from 405-418

“Seven years as husband and wife, zhen has tolerated you enough! Sign it, and zhen will leave you an intact corpse!” Ye Hong Yi’s voice seemed like that of the underworld’s devil, resounding in Yao Mo Xin’s ears. Her heart shattered. So the man whom she had staked her life to protect had felt this wronged?
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“Mo Xin’s death is not worthy of pity, but Su wang8 had overcome numerous obstacles to assist you in becoming emperor. For your sake he went into bloody battles and killing fields, how can you bear to use such despicable methods to frame him……” Before Yao Mo Xin could finish her words, she saw Ye Hong Yi lift his leg violently to give her a fierce kick towards her stomach.

(8) “wang” is a suffix for a male member of the imperial family. “wang ye” is an informal way of addressing a prince or a vassal king

“Pu—” The back of Yao Mo Xin’s head fiercely struck the ground, her stomach boiled and a stinging sensation bubbled up, her throat burned as blood violently spurted out.
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Translator Notes:
First time, as far as I can remember, that I’ve hated the antagonists this much in the first chapter. It’s probably because I had to closely examine everything they did to make sure it was correctly conveying the Chinese text. And aaah, this chapter was hard to translate, so many characters that aren’t used in casual conversation.
I feel in love with the baby at the point where he was muttering in his sleep, I was ready to kill the both of them by the time… *sniff* I think I puked up plenty of blood translating this chapter too.

8.19.18 I’m recruiting translators for this series with plans to make it my next main project around Winter Break. However, to do that while not failing my college classes, I need at least 2 translator helpers. Please check out the [[recruitment page]] for more details and let me know if you’re interested!



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34 Responses to Cry of Phoenix: Chapter 1

  1. Kate says:

    Awesome job translating this! I look forward to the future chapters and the journeys this novel will take us through.

    With that aside, holy crud, this first chapter was intense! I hope you quickly feed us with the next chapter~

  2. Silver says:

    So cruel …

  3. Asu says:

    I’m ready for this emperor to die. He doesn’t deserve anything he has and I for one cannot wait for her rebirth to repay him.

    Thank you for the chapter! How many chapters is this story?

    • Chiyomira says:

      You’re welcome! There’s… 668 chapters. Wow, it’s even longer than Consort. Well, rosy’s review said each chapter was “will keep you on the edge”, so I sincerely hope that’ll be the case.

  4. Anom says:

    can we burn the emperor alive…? killing a baby like that.. he’s definitely a monster… anyway thank u for the chapter… can’t wait till the empress to destroy him…

  5. sinyueliang says:

    Wow. This bastard man. I just wanna beat his face in soooooooo bad. I hope he suffers like no tomorrow like holy crap. I will revolt if he does not meet a horrible, horrible ending.

  6. exqalph03 says:

    Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    I can’t wait to see what bad end will happen to that scumbag! Argh!

    — Thanks again for the chapter~ ^^.

  7. KKiD says:

    So vicious to a newborn infant nonetheless! I await the day he gets what’s coming for him and it better be slow and filled with great suffering!

  8. xnightdx says:

    I’m simply livid right now. How dare that scumbag of an emperor do that to a baby! I can’t wait for the empress to dish out her revenge!

  9. Zireael says:

    Reminds me a lil bit of the Empress of china

  10. slackerdog says:

    So sad! The injustice done to YMX is so descriptive that I feel such pity and vengeance for her. So many other novels like this glaze the painful part that you have no idea why the characters feel so much hate and why their terrible actions are “justified”. I hope you will continue to translate this chapter and that it doesn’t get dropped. Hopefully, the novel continues to maintain the impact it did this chapter.

  11. Manna says:

    Such a vile person! Hope the emperor and Yao Mo Xin’s sister die in slow, and painful way


    Oh. Thank you for the chapter

  12. Reddu says:

    So MC was dishonored with a “testimony” that she did committed adultery. Then her just born child was killed front of her. She will die in Cold Palace without anybody knowing the truth.

    Is this enough reasons for her to make the emperor experience thousand needle poking his eyes, thousand cuts to his body? What other punishes would be good?

    This might the cruelest opening I ever read from this kind of stories. And I read many novels with cruel opening, but this one takes the first place by huge gap.

  13. Zeu says:

    What the total fuckin’ shit did I just read?! Fuckin’ sadistic bastard!! Like,dude you’re really an idior but you can’t accept it? So you let another woman manipulate you? Woah,

    This is what they call ‘ can’t differentiate good from bad, right? A complete idiot…. I just imagined a fetus with splatered brains, fuck.

  14. mariajess says:

    Hope you continue to translate the novel

  15. Dainie says:

    I really fell like freaking kill the emperor!!!! Poor baby..
    Thanks for the chapter btw

  16. Reak says:

    Thanks for the chapter

  17. Anna says:

    thank you for your hard work, cant wait for next chapter …..

  18. libraryrocker says:

    I kept gasping out loud in shock and horror. I teared up… WTF YOU JERK I HATE YOU AND I WILL KILL YOU!!!!! Ten. Thousand. Pieces.

    baby ;_;

    baby’s mom ;_;

    Thanks so much for all your hard work and I hope things get better……………………………………………………

  19. Faea says:

    First that was intense.
    Second I hope there is a next update

  20. Anna Tong says:

    so intense >.<
    as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3

  21. Reader says:

    Whoa I got the prison scene a lot and false accusations/jealousy in these beginning scenes, but never read one where a baby is involved. Lik damn, r u still human

  22. whosays25 says:

    I’ve read enough of this genre and all I’ve understood is no emperor has ever been good to his empress. *sighs*

  23. DOHere says:


  24. chronos5884 says:

    Holy crap, this emperor should go die!!

  25. ssmilkyeol says:

    *loads gun* Fite me emperor.

  26. Wei says:

    Is this translator trying to be annoying or something? Ever heard of footnotes? All these explainations and warnings in between the paragraphs. It’s making so hard to read.
    Well anyway, good job translating and thanks for the chapter. Not bad, even though is a bit annoying.

  27. Yue dornelas says:

    ::: (\_(\ THE
    *: (=’ :’) :* SKY IS
    •.. (,(”)(”)¤°.¸ BLUE
    Thank you very much for the chapter.

  28. Alice says:

    was anyone else annoyed by the white? it took away my enjoyment and cause me to rush through the reading…

  29. InezNessiz says:

    Thanks for The hard work 😄

  30. Bizness says:

    Sigh… another novel I can’t read due to..

    “Please do not host elsewhere but MBC and Yumeabyss ”.

    I read on my iPad in reading mode which makes ALL text the same font and color, making that sentence pop up in between every paragraph. I understand why you do it but it shouldn’t be done at the inconvenience of the readers. ..

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