Chapter 19: Always Arrogant No Matter The Occasion (1)
The more the Nine Saint Demon Gate elders stared at Li Qiye, the more annoyed they became. Why was it that a person with a Mortal Physique, Mortal Life Wheel, and Mortal Fate Palace like Li Qiye was capable of communicating with their Heavenly Guardians. The gods were so unfair!
If he was a disciple of the Nine Saint Demon Gate, then it would be borderline acceptable. However, he was from a different sect. Why would our Heavenly Guardians be protecting an outsider and harming our own sect?
Demon King Lun Ri started to speak once again after the dramatic pause:
“After knowing the background, could you please tell us about your technique to control the Heavenly Guardians?”
Li Qiye hesitantly smiled.
“Communication technique? I don’t have any technique; these are your Heavenly Guardians, you should know more about them more than I do.”
Li Qiye naturally could not tell them the secrets behind the event. As a dark crow during the Desolate Era, he paid in blood in order to formulate a successful plan to escape the Immortal Demon Grotto. After the million years, he finally understood this particular logic: If you want to control your own destiny, you must personally possess formidable power.
Although, as the dark crow, he possessed considerable power, it was not his own power. Luckily, after entering places that no one else dared to venture, he had found out many mysterious and magical secrets. From then on, he already formulated a plan for his own personal cultivation if he ever returned to his body.
The four Heavenly Guardians of the Nine Saint Demon Gate were one of his secret preparations in the past for self-preservation. That year, he obtained them from the Land of the Old Bloods. They protected him for countless years in the past.
Later on, the Nine Saint Virtuous Paragon always wanted the four statues. He followed and begged Li Qiye for them nonstop. Since Nine Saint made many considerable contributions as Min Ren’s Fate Protector, often at the risk of his own life, Li Qiye let him borrow them for his later generations.
After successfully guilting Li Qiye out of them, Nine Saint Virtuous Paragon immediately positioned them to protect the heaven and earth veins of the Nine Saint Demon Gate as well as allowing them to use the natural energy here to further strengthen themselves.
However, the two had an agreement. Unless the Nine Saint Demon Gate met the disaster of a sect’s demise, the statues would never take action. They were not slaves nor servants of the Nine Saint Demon Gate, and they will not be the Fate Protectors of any descendants from the sect.
Since the Nine Saint Demon Gate also had a monster like the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect as its backing, it grew in power without much hindrance. Later on, during the decline of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect, the Nine Saint Demon Gate was an independent existence and thus, it did not suffer together. Due to this, the Nine Saint Demon Gate had never faced a sect’s demise level of disaster; the statues had never mobilized.
The statues were personally taken by Li Qiye from the Land of the Old Bloods, of course he knew how to communicate with them. That was why when he took the time to get on the shoulder of one of them, he also conversed with the statues.
“If Young Master Li is willing to part with the technique, the Nine Saint Demon Gate will definitely not mistreat you for the deal. Anything Young Master Li wants, just say a word and we will do it to the utmost of our abilities.”
Demon King Lun Ri had not given up; he knew the real value of the Heavenly Guardians. The sect would become extremely powerful if the guardians could be controlled.
All of the elders eagerly awaited for Li Qiye’s answer. If one statue was able to defeat the first elder, then what would be the combined power of all four?
“You know, there really isn’t a technique. I was simply gossiping with the statues; just stuff about home and life, that’s all.”
Li Qiye playfully answered with a coyish expression, acting like an innocent child.
Of course, the Demon King and the elders did not believe Li Qiye’s answer, but they could not do anything about it. They especially could not force Li Qiye into giving them the technique, otherwise they’ll receive an unprecedented disaster.
“However, I do need to say one thing. I need to perform a blood rite with the four statues.”
Seeing the King’s quiet contemplation, Li Qiye coldly responded, changing from his previous demeanor.
Both the King and the elders were shocked. This had a completely different meaning; to perform a blood rite with their Heavenly Guardians was comparable to a linking technique.
Demon King Lun Ri frankly responded:
“The four statues are our Heavenly Guardians.”
Li Qiye aloofly played with his sleeves while he answered:
“They can still be your Heavenly Guardians. The only thing is, I might need to borrow them for certain things in the future; for just a little bit.”
“The four statues belong to our sect. Unless it is someone of the Nine Saint Demon Gate, no one else has the rights to use them.”
An elder couldn’t help but exclaim. There was no such thing as letting someone borrow your Heavenly Guardians. It was too unreasonable.
Li Qiye glared at the elder and said:
“This is not up to you. If you have a problem with it, then go cry to your guardians.”
Due to the promise that year, Li Qiye had to be patient when dealing with the Nine Saint Demon Gate. Otherwise, he would just have taken the statues and left.
Demon King Lun Ri suddenly interjected to calm the elder and Li Qiye down.
“Since Young Master Li can communicate with the guardians, having them wake up and put into action isn’t a bad thing.”
In reality, everyone here knew that the Nine Saint Demon Gate did not have a choice in this negotiation. Although the Nine Saint Demon Gate was powerful, it was still a bit lacking when compared to the four statues. Remember, when four parts are working together within a formation, the power increase was not simply additive, but multiplicative instead.
If it was only one statue, it would be a difficult, but not undoable, task to defeat it. However, with the four of them combined, especially situated on top of the heaven and earth’s veins of the Nine Saint Demon Gate, the risk was too high.
“This is something a smart person would say.”
Li Qiye smiled and said.
“Don’t think that I would immediately cause trouble for the Nine Saint Demon Gate after I perform the rite with your Heavenly Guardians. If I wanted to do that, then all of you would not have the opportunity to sit here. If I wanted to trample through the Nine Saint Demon Gate, unless your Patriarch rises from his grave, no one could stop my footstep.”
The elders were not happy with Li Qiye’s attitude, but they couldn’t say anything. The juxtaposition between the elders’ raging faces versus Li Qiye’s nonchalantly attitude was quite amusing.
“If that is the case, then Young Master Li can drop the blood.”
Lun Ri agreed with Li Qiye. Although he doesn’t know why a mortal like Li Qiye could control the four statues, this was his only option.
“If your sect follows the rules, I will also do the same. The four statues will remain as your Heavenly Guardians.”
Li Qiye responded.
“Young Master Li!”
Lun Ri started speaking again after a moment of contemplation.
“Our Nine Saint Demon Gate also has a sacred ground; no one has been able to open it, however. Would you be interested in giving it a look?”
“Your Highness, this can’t happen!”
An elder immediately tried to stop the King.
“It is fine for Young Master Li to check it out.”
Lun Ri quickly stopped the words of this elder; his commanding voice did not allow for negotiation.
Li Qiye’s eyes became bright, and asked:
“You are talking about the Saint Cavern that your Patriarch, Nine Saint Virtuous Paragon, left behind?”
He suddenly remembered an event from the old times.
That year, the old chicken head had once mentioned this cave to Li Qiye, but this was after Immortal Min Ren had received the Heaven’s Will; Li Qiye’s disposition was unstable at the time as well, wanting to go into deep slumber. After hearing the wily old chicken head’s story, he didn’t really listen carefully.
“That is correct!”
Li Qiye’s knowledge of this fact rattled Lun Ri’s spirit; he quickly suggested:
“If Young Master Li can open the Saint Cavern, we will give you considerable thanks.”
Li Qiye attempted to remember what the old chicken head once told him in the past, and then he asserted:
“I can try to open the Saint Cavern once. If I am successful, I want to take one thing from it, the rest can belong to your sect.”
After hearing Li Qiye’s words, Lun Ri required some time to think. An elder spoke up:
“Your Highness, this requires more careful discussion.”