Happy 2020! *gets pelted with tomatoes and dead fizzlers and sticks* Ouch, ow, and yes, I'm back from the brink of obscurity after fading away to spend time with family. Sorry for the lack of updates! Let's just get this show on the road with some basic summaries:
- Total bonus chapters earned will be 17 + 5 (extra) for a total of 21 chapters in a future PGC mass release!
- Sponsored chapters = 1 in queue
- Owed chapters = a month's worth, more or less
In short we have 21+1=22 immediate bonus chapters waiting for release and 30 more backlog chapters in the wings. I am expected to make headway on that starting this weekend (after sorting out details at work.) Until then, please consult below for the ANSWER KEY to the PGC Christmas Quiz. Readers ended up getting #1, 6, 8, 11, 13, 19, 22, and 23 wrong for the majority votes!
Due to formatting/text transfer issues, please switch to LIGHT MODE (or copy and paste the area below) to see the answers! I cannnot make the text available in DARK MODE without majorly screwing up the letter/numbers. :(
Where did Gu Beiyue first reveal his shadow arts powers in the story to readers?
Outside a teashop in Tianning capital city
Below the depths of the Poison Sect’s Skypit
Inside Han Yunxi’s room at the Han Estate
Tailing the Duke of Qin’s carriage to the south central regions
This took back way, waaay in the beginning of the series. HYX once invites GBY to tea in Tianning’s capital city. She wanted them to meet on the 15th of every month, but he politely refused. Afterwards, this scene occurs in Chapter 77:
Unbeknownst to her, Gu Beiyue at that moment was standing right at the entrance of the teahouse, looking back at the second floor with a smile. Then he turned around, his body flickering before he suddenly vanished from sight.
Yes, that was GBY’s first time using his shadow arts in the novel!
How old was Gu Qishao when he first met Mu Linger?
Which of the following menu items most appeals to Long Feiye’s tastes?
Han Yunxi’s homemade noodles
Spicy mapo tofu
Sweet and sour fish with rice
Congee and bean curd
LFY is famously known within the Duke of Qin’s estate for his preference of plain, bland foods. Once HYX got to try breakfast with him and realized his usual dishes were super simple flavors! In recent chapters, LFY also outright rejected HYX’s noodles because they looked too terrible. Maybe he’ll like them in the future when her cooking improves...
Han Yunxi once played this classic melody for her husband.
Spring River Flower Moon Night
Ode to the Plum Blossoms
Which of the following is not a gift that the Empress Dowager received on her birthday?
A song on the zither
Double-sided medicine fan
Blood lingzhi mushroom
Blue-eyed Persian cat
Chu Qingge had to play the zither song, Emperor Tianhui gifted her the cat, while Long Tianmo had the blood lingzhi mushroom. HYX did bring the medicine fan “just in case,” but ended up never using it (beyond to fan herself)!
What is the name of Gu Beiyue’s father?
None of the above
Gu Yuntian is the ex-Academy head and Gu Qishao’s “foster father.” Gu Yuandong is Gu Beiyue’s grandfather, while Gu Gengchen is a character that doesn’t exist in the novel.
List the following elders of Medical City from HIGHEST to LOWEST rank.
Mu Lianxin, Li Xiuyuan, Shen Jueming, Li Tianci, Ling Guyi
Shen Jueming, Ling Guyi, Li Tianci, Li Xiuyuan, Mu Lianxin
Ling Guyi, Li Xiuyuan, Shen Jueming, Li Tianci, Mu Lianxin
Ling Guyi, Li Tianci, Li Xiuyuan, Mu Lianxin, Shen Jueming
How many named domestic female servants has Han Yunxi had?
Besides Su Xiaoyu, Zhao mama, and Baili Mingxiang, how could we forget our earliest and beloved Chen Xiang? Although HYX gave her to the Han Clan later on, she also counts as a domestic servant our protagonist used to “have.”
Which of the characters below all made the same choice during a pivotal moment of their lives?
Ning Cheng, Xi Yubo, Leng Shuang Shuang
Tang Yiwan, Chu Qingge, Mute Granny (all killed themselves)
Emperor Tianhui, Nanguo Jun, Duanmu Jin
Mu Chaoran, Zhao mama, Jun Yixie
Tang Yiwan, Chu Qingge, and Mute Granny all choose to die by their own hands: the first by a dagger, the second by impalement on Ning Cheng’s sword, and the third by hanging.
Approximately how much money does Manager Jin owe the bank?
Who holds the highest authority in the list of characters below?
Sun Zhong is the name of Pill King and thus the man with the highest authority in the list. All of Medicine City defers to him!
What surname did Han Yunxi borrow as a disguise during her adventures at Sky Domain Black Market?
We found out in this story arc that Helian is actually the surname of a noble clan in Northern Li, which HYX uses to her advantage.
When visiting a certain mercenary city located in East Jing, don’t forget to bring...
A comfortable carriage
A boat (City of Daughters is located in a gorge in the middle of a river!)
This “certain mercenary city” is none other than the City of Daughters, which is located in a gorge in the middle of a river in East Jing (near Long Tianmo's territory). Unless your carriage and horses can fly, you better bring a boat! Bat repellent is more useful for Carefree City as its young city lord is known for fighting with them.
Once upon a time, Cloud Realm’s “royal trio” were known as:
Long Feiye, Jun Yixie, Duanmu Baiye
Long Feiye, Long Tianmo, Emperor Tianhui
East Qin prince, West Qin princess, Great Qin Empire’s emperor
Emperor Tianhui, Emperor Kangcheng, Emperor Ruishi
Tianning’s Duke of Qin, Northern Li’s Duke of Kang, and Western Zhou’s crown prince were the royal trio referred to in the early chapters of the novel.
The conflict between East and West Qin intensified after a…
After Sandy River overflowed its shores, chaos broke out.
At the Tianning charity auction for disaster relief, Long Tianmo’s faction spent almost 2.5 million taels to buy:
Daffodil bulbs, sunflower oil, lotus root
Chinese angelica, cassia seed, daylily stem
Mugwort, fennel, climbing groundsel
Pinellia tubers, teasel root, agalloch eaglewood
Long Feiye is older than Baili Mingxiang by…
In ancient history, Lil Thing’s kind were…
Kept as pets
Respected like gods
Feared as monsters
Hunted for resources
Lil Thing is a snow wolf, powerful creatures who gained immortality by eating a specific mix of poisonous plants. Back in their past, members of the Snow Wolf Clan worshipped and respected them like gods.
Where is Bai Yanqing’s current hiding spot (as of recent releases/chapters 1000+)?
Unknown or unspecified
Bai Yanqing is currently hiding at the Heretical Sword Sect, located within the Celestial Mountain range and the home of the Celestial Mountain Sword Sect, which Long Feiye has mentioned in the past as being located in Western Zhou.
How many times has Gu Beiyue incurred near-fatal injuries?
Near-fatal injuries are one that put his life in danger and include 1) the time he over-exerted his shadow arts to save HYX in the Skypit (made worse afterwards when he tried protecting her from Jun Yixie), 2) the time LFY set up an elaborate ploy to force GBY to show his true colors, later on shooting an arrow into his stomach, 3) the time an angry GQS shot a needle that would have pierced his heart if he didn’t dodge at the last possible moment, causing it to miss by a hair, and 4) the time he was caught by the Chu Clan while attempting to protect HYX and ended up stripped of his martial arts, then used as a bargaining chip by Ning Cheng. If you want to get technical, you can also count the time he, LFY, and HYX were all suffering from mystery illness during their trial in the Medicine Requesting Cave. In short, this poor guy never gets a break.
Who was the mysterious fleeing figure seen by Han Yunxi and company in their most recent trip to the Poison Sect forbidden grounds?
Snow Wolf Clan member
Bai Yanqing’s lackey
Pill Furnace Master’s disciple
Unknown or unspecified
Nobody knows who he is yet because he ran away too fast!
Which of the following below is actually a double agent of the Chu Clan?
Long Tianmo brought up Wei Mingshi when he met with Emperor Kangcheng. This guy’s a deputy general in the Chu Clan troops but actually listens to Long Tianmo’s orders. Chu Yunyi is Chu Tianyin's father and has always worked zealously in the interests of the Chu Clan, never as its enemy or aggressor.
Where is the body of Long Feiye’s father currently interred?
Unmarked grave at Tang Clan
Peak of Celestial Mountain Sword Sect
Caves of the Poison Sect’s forbidden grounds
None of the above
Trick question! Read it again. Although Long Feiye's father’s grave is located at the Tang Clan, his actual body dissipated into nothingness as soon as it made contact with a trap contacting poison gas in the Poison Sect's forbidden grounds. So yeah folks, nothing to bury here but sad memories. :(
Which key element below helped Bai Yanqing discover Long Feiye’s secret identity?
Bai Yanqing began making breakthroughs to finding out LFY’s identity as the East Qin crown prince after Jun Yixie gave him a sample of Baili Mingxiang’s blood from Fishery Island. At that time she was still nurturing Beauty’s Blood, so her blood was both poisonous. It was also fish-based, allowing Bai Yanqing to draw the connection between her and the Mermaid Clan and everything else that came afterwards.
How long can well-kept green tea last in the PGC-verse?
One and a half months
Two and a half months
A random fact exchanged between Mu Qingwu and Han Yunxi while they were investigating HYX’s first major poison case. Mu Qingwu states that well-stored green tea can keep up to one and a half months.