Day Eight Results:
1) Zu Yanghei [Brother Dun] Strikes: 2
2) Shen Feng [Shen Feng] Strikes: 3 ELIMINATED
4) Guan Yin She [Voshay] Strikes: 2
5) Zetie Pi [Antlan87] Strikes: 3 ELIMINATED
9) Guan Sho [Krowthen] Strikes: 3 ELIMINATED
10) Jin Sui [Big Grizzly] Strikes: 3 ELIMINATED
The scholar returned in a flowery approach. A large sack over his arm. With a smile, he came to stand before the three chain couples, the sack lowered to the ground. His eyes came to rest upon his students and he gave a low and formal bow to each of them. "My students, you have come far. But, upon this day, let us see how well you might work against your fellow rival in the pursuit of truth." he commented.
First pointing at Zu Yanghei and Guan Yin She, the man bellowed "Your answers," and awaited their replies. Zu Yanghei proudly proclaimed it was the shield while Guan Yin She answered his own riddle with the sword.
Next, the man called upon Zetie Pi and Shen Feng. Zetie Pi proclaimed proclaimed the coin, yet, Shen Feng answered with armor. It was a reply that brought a frown to the old man's lips, but, he kept his silence.
Last, the man called upon Jin Sui and Guan Sho. Jin Sui answered his riddle with armor while Guan Sho proclaimed his answer as the sword.
"I am sorry, but, I must ask all of you, but, Zu Yanghei and Guan Yin She to leave this temple. Zetie Pi, your own answer was correct, but, Shen Feng's wrong answer has cost you upon this day. I apologize and I hope you will continue to strive for knowledge." the man proclaimed before opening that bag. Reaching within, he pulled free a single glistening ring. "I am horded by Kings when alone." he commented before dropping that ring. Only, to pull forth a glistening suit of chain mail. "Yet, I am horded by warriors when I am together. Armor is a correct train of thought, however, it is to vague. I apologize to those who answered it, but, it is not acceptable. Armor is to vague. What of cotton, silk, and leather? Does it truly apply?" he questioned.
"As for the second riddle, only one man was correct. Zetie Pi, you guessed correctly when you answered with the coin. A sword is not a glistening horde. Gold, silver, bronze.. that is the correct answer. Money." he whispered as he poured free the contents of that bag, leaving gold coins to splay across the floor. "Man will kill for gold and silver and splash the blood of the innocent across it. Kings will raise armies to gather it and Emperors will crush Kings within its name. Yet, even as blood spills upon the gold, it never losses face or value."
"I am sorry, but, I must ask all of you to leave. The attendants at the front of the temple will unchain you all. Guan Yin She and Zu Yanghei, I will expect you tomorrow."
Upon the ninth day, the scholar awaited them both. Before him laid a massive chest, its body sealed tight by a iron lock. The scholar sat upon the chest, a naked blade across his lap. It was the last of that ever diminishing treasure that the scholar had brought with his mysterious appearance. The hall laid empty. The tapestries and silk gone. Gold, silver, iron, and bronze had been hauled away. Spent to aid both the people of the town and the construction of that modest temple. Yet, he sat upon the chest, his eyes closed as he awaited his students. Upon their approach, he did not budge. He remained silent as the minutes passed by. Slowly did his eyes open and he gazed upon his students.
"Upon this day, I present you with a final riddle. This will be your final test and the last puzzle I will put before you. If either of you can guess this correctly, I will bestow upon you my glorious treasure. My most sacred and most revered treasure of all. Yet, if both of you get this right, it will be shared between you. You will have twenty four hours to answer this riddle and I would give it much thought and concentration. You may use any resource you might imagine. You may use any method of approach you may wish. Yet, each of you shall bring me a single written answer. It will be read and the victor, or victors, will be given their prize. Yet, if neither of you can guess correctly, no one will receive my treasure. Now, listen carefully."
"I am immortal. I am everlasting. Neither blade, nor fire, nor poison shall slay me. I may disappear, but, I am never dead. I stand above the Heavens themselves for even the Jade Emperor realizes he is nothing without me. Life and death is the game of others, but, I shall never play this game. Yet, I can bring life and death to those who use me. I bring skill to the world and I bring insight to the wise. I bring hope and I bring creation. I bring terror and I bring destruction. I am almighty, untouchable upon my throne. I reside within every man and every creature. I reside within every word, let it be written or said, and within every action. I am without leash and no society or law shall ever bind me. For I have given birth to society. For I have given birth to law. I am the richest of treasures and man attempts to exploit me. Yet, I am limitless. Man and woman explores me, seeking to dominant me and bring me to their heel. To twist me to their own use. Yet, I use them. By their curious nature, I am born. I am immortal. I am everlasting. Neither blade, nor fire, nor poison shall slay me. I may disappear, but, I am never dead. What am I?"