Recap, The lost tomb: The mystic nine

The lost tomb: The Mystic Nine episode 23 – Recap

Chief Lu and Hendry  trying to find out some secrets about Ba Ye. Over generations, Ba Ye’s family built up the fortune and kept their business running, by forcing people who want their fortunes read to buy something. Helps that in general, antiquies dealers and buyers are very superstitious and that Ba Ye’s reputation is something else.

They are still crawling through the weird concrete tunnels, but Ba Ye comes across a huge hall with many holes in which magic red fire burns. At first, he thinks he has „returned”, but then, he realizes this is a room that looks identical to the room he came to before. This means that they are in a dangerous maze. Ba Ye then calculates stuff. It’s 64 holes and he cleverly connects this to the Fu Xi 64 hexagrams. Anyway, he is in his element. He knows there is a way to escape this maze.

Ba Ye’s readings are rumored to be „magical” because of this story turned legend: Someone once desperately wanted to buy Ba Ye’s incense holder: Ba Ye did not want to sell the incense holder. But his servant thought he could make a bit of money on the side and sold the incense holder in secret. Even though it wasn’t his. Ba Ye realized right away and panicked, now the gods are offended. Anyway, ther servant is super scared now and begs Ba Ye to set it right for him. Ba Ye says  servant is going to collect some rent in some outskirt soon. He needs to take a box and put the money he collects at the bottom. However, the money he got from the incense holder, he is to keep in the purse on his person. The servant did as Ba Ye said and promptly encountered robbers, who only took the purse and not the rent money. No idea how he knew this would happen, but apparently, the money paid for an incense holder is a homonym for money paid to bandits.

Chief Lu doesn’t believe Ba Ye has any true powers and doesn’t understand how such a weakling would follow Zhang Qi Shan into the tombs. But Hendry knows about the special bond the two have and we see the „Fo Ye saves Ba Ye from the Japanese”-sequence again.

Back in the tombs, genius fortune teller Ba Ye is working on solving the puzzle, when he suddenly realizes that „someone is here”. Ba Ye gets very scared and puts wards all around himself as he cowers in the middle of the room in fear. Er Ye in the concrete tunnels. He comes across some sharp metal objects, mirros protruding from the walls. He keeps shining his torch at them and it seems they are in some way magical. Because he starts hallucinating.

Er Ye realizes he shouldn’t shine his light into the mirrors. Soon, he comes to one of the 64 holes rooms too. Instead of staying, he wants to leave it the same way he came and promptly gets lost. He walks on and gets to the room again, through a different opening or is it a different room altogether. Time for Er Ye’s metal balls to come out. First, he marks a stone lion with one. Then, he walks through the tunnels again and realizes he’s in a different room when he gets to one again. He also finds some thread that Fo Ye or Ba Ye must have used. He surmises that there could be ten thousands of these rooms here. He shouts into the tunnels there is no answer, but there is an echo. Er Ye seems to have super-hearing grave robber skillz, but they don’t help him to find the exit.

Fo Ye knows he’s lost and he fears for the others. He comes across a wet space there. He gets very agitated and starts to dig. When the hole is big enough, he climbs through. Pretty soon, he comes to the mirror passage. The reflections seem to affect him even more than they affected Er Ye. He has visions of Changsha.