Recap, The lost tomb: The mystic nine

The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 22 – Recap

The old miner continues his story. Uncle Er Ye had decided to die with the Japanese and the miners were digging into the tomb and got to an arched doorway. Ba Ye notes that Uncle Er Ye wanted to stop the Japanese from whatever they were doing. Just being a good person, helping the young. As the miner continues the story of how Uncle Er Ye bombed both the Japanese and the mine shaft, Er Ye looks increasingly distressed. After that, the miner says that Uncle Er Ye escaped, and the rest were abused.  Er Ye is so upset. Apparently, the men were blinded so that they could still alert the Japanese regarding the strange sound. Fo Ye apologizes for beating the old man up previously, and the old miner very sweetly says he’s often unsure where he is, and that he must’ve scared them all. Ba Ye asks how the old man survived. He says that he hid from the Japanese until they left. He didn’t want to be a burden to his parents, so he stayed down there. Fo Ye promises to bring him out. The miner says he remembers how to get to the arched doorway, and Fo Ye asks if it says, „All those who enter, abandon all hope”? The miner says yes. Fo Ye asks him to lead them to the archway, and the miner sadly says he’s waited so long for this day.

Huo Niang, Chen Pi and Chief Lu await Hendry. Hendry is in Chinese dress. Huo Niang is not impressed with his swagger. Hendry fake-apologizes for being late, and notes he can see Fo Ye’s mansion from the window. Huo Niang sneers he must be new to Changsha, and that she’s sick of looking at Fo Ye’s mansion. She gets up to go. Chief Lu stops her, and Hendry notes she is one of the Nine Gates and must know Fo Ye. He wants to know how Fo Ye, who was once an outsider, became the head of the Nine Gates.

She says  that incident of the Big Buddha. Fo Ye was hanging out with some guys in the countryside. The guys said they’d heard he can move mountains and fill land. That’s just rumours, said Fo Ye modestly. Fo Ye offered to move that massive Buddha in the side of the mountain to his house. The next day, the guys showed up to Fo Ye’s and saw the Buddha there.

So, Huo Niang concludes the story as the way Fo Ye became known as Zhang Da Fo Ye. Hendry scoffs at this mysterious transportation technique. He calls Fo Ye „really interesting.”

The miner gives them wigs to wear in the tomb. Apparently wearing long wigs puts off the hair monster. Fo Ye protests that this is just a camouflage and won’t stop them getting infected, but since the Japanese used these wigs to enter the tomb, they put them on anyway. So they are all trying to avoid the hair on the walls, roof, and the ground. They suddenly run through the cave only for the miner to collapse much to Er Ye’s consternation. Fo Ye is so happy that wig is off, but he sees something rustling around Ba Ye’s throat. He goes to Ba Ye and pulls the hair from him. Ba Ye is understandably freaked out. But Fo Ye has no problems holding that hair, which is odd. I would’ve though he’d have thrown it far away. They apparently burn that hair since Er Ye has them open up a lamp and they all check themselves carefully. Then the old miner starts gasping for air. He’s being choked by the hair or hurt by it, and Er Ye’s attempts to remove the hair hurt him too much, so the miner says to stop and Fo Ye tells Er Ye to let the old man go.

Hendry discusses how the regular folk of Changsha wouldn’t realize that Fo Ye had played a trick or created an illusion of a mysterious transportation technique because of the mystique surrounding the Gates, who all deal in creepy things like tombs and coffins as it is.  Huo Niang continues the story saying Fo Ye was no one when he arrived but that this incident, plus his skillz in digging up dangerous tombs plus his military rank made the Nine Gates wary of him. Hendry goes on to say that Fo Ye has the support of the people, and that is why he was able to put the Nine Gates, a powerful lot, on their guard.

Er Ye is depressed. They have to use the map now to get to the ancient tomb. And Ba Ye notices Fo Ye bothered by something on his neck. Fo Ye insists he’s okay, though.

Hendry  pulls out some hair at Huo Niang who freaks out because she had already sent someone to the mines and knew about the hair disease. Hendry thinks Fo Ye and Er Ye will fail because this disease is that bad. Chen Pi thinks for a change. If Fo Ye is injured, then he and others who don’t like Fo Ye will be happy. Then Hendry mentions Ba Ye, whom Chief Lu, despite visiting all Nine Gates earlier, hasn’t met. Hendry offers to take Chief Lu to Ba Ye’s hall, this time twirling his hand, and making Huo Niang laugh.

Lt Zhang asks Fo Ye why they’ve suffered so many attacks. Fo Ye says it’s because the dangers built up over the years. He explains the hair disease is the monster people started to fear. What you said earlier, about the hair monster being the actual hair.  And Ba Ye described it as a bacteria. Ba Ye tries to comfort Er Ye, saying that the miner survived all these years and met Er Ye finally and then was released and so it’s all fate and to take comfort. But Er Ye is not comforted, saying the people he cares for and wants to treasure, all die. The passageway is finally cleared and they enter the chamber with those massive doors. They wonder at the massive doors, but no one knows what era they are from. As before, Ba Ye tries to prevent Fo Ye going in by saying there’s a great evil. The door opens.

Chen Pi threatening Fo Ye’s life again. Hendry tells them all they need a plan to take down Fo Ye. Both Chen Pi and Huo Niang scoff at him to get on with it. He explains they need to stir up the people. Hendry asks for information on Fo Ye’s family men who are with him in the tomb. Huo Niang notes one of them has a loose tongue around pretty women. Fo Ye is easier to usurp if he loses popular support. And he will lose some popular support if people stop thinking he has amazing transportation skillz.

Ba Ye and Lt Zhang are thrilled to be in an actual tomb rather than the mine. But Fo Ye says, this is where the danger begins. According to Er Ye, it is really dangerous because Uncle Er Ye was trapped for 27 hours in the tomb, which, for a top tomb-raiding family like his, is unheard of. No info in the notes because, according to Fo Ye, it was so awful, the descendants were not to know. Anyway, Fo Ye lectures everyone to be careful and onwards they go into this. Fo Ye has Ba Ye reluctantly hand over a ball of metal wire that will be tied to all three Ye’s so that they can explore the different tunnels leading off the rooms. Ba Ye protests, naturally, and then Fo Ye tells him, I know you are capable. But Ba Ye says he still prefers following Fo Ye because that saves him effort. The three head into the tunnels, leaving Lt Zhang holding the metal ball. But something isn’t right, maybe not enough tension, because Lt Zhang calls to each of them in a panic.

Chief Lu and Hendry off to see Ba Ye’s fortune-telling house. Chief Lu is surprised Ba Ye only has one fortune-telling house and an incense hall behind it, but Hendry explains that Ba Ye, out of all the Nine Gates, chose to keep his business small. They’re implying Ba Ye is hiding something, but a boutique business seems very in keeping with Ba Ye’s personality. When they go in, the villains hear someone say Qi Ba Ye’s treasures are worth several cities.