Emperor Before

Chapter 1197: Dao Attendant Lin

This dao attendant was situated in a corner near the window. There were some other cultivators sitting with him. They seemed to be moon gazing. When the dao attendant called Li Qiye out, these cultivators looked at him with an unfriendly gaze as well.

The guests in the inn held their breath after seeing this. Some even moved further back lest they be involved in this mess.

Many of the guests recognized this attendant. It was Dao Attendant Lin, the servant of Daoist Lin from the Immaculate Expanse.

Not to mention this attendant’s powerful background and backing, this young man ahead surely wasn’t a nice person either since he dared to eat dragon tendons so publicly. He must be a fierce person at the very least.

Moreover, this involved the Teeming Sea Tribe and no one wanted to deal with them due to self-preservation.

Li Qiye chewed another dragon tendon then gulped it down before slowly shifting towards the attendant to say: “Immaculate Expanse, right? Your progenitor has also eaten dragon tendons before. He swallowed millions of tendons in one gulp, it is no big deal.”

Dao Attendant Lin wanted to question Li Qiye because the Immaculate Expanse had some friendship with the Teeming Sea Tribe. After all, this tribe numbered in the billions so it made sense that it had a little relations with the sects in this world.

However, he didn’t expect such answer from Li Qiye. In Heaven Spirit, the majority of top experts have all eaten dragon tendons before. After all, they were a type of delicacy.

Even though he didn’t know if his progenitor has eaten them or not, he didn’t dare to deny this claim.

“Well, well, it is not the same in this case.” He struggled to blurt out a reply.

Li Qiye took out one more tendon and chewed it carefully before lazily speaking: “Oh? Not the same? How is it not similar? Do tell. Is it because your progenitor used fire to broil them instead? Then I would really be disappointed. That is like steaming a good pear. The best and most delicious way to eat dragon tendon is with turmeric and old paste seasoning…”

“… Back then when Immortal Emperor Wu Gou was young, he used this same type of seasoning and ate tens of millions of dragon tendons. The Teeming Fish got so scared, they ran to the bottom of the sea and didn’t dare to come out for a period. This became a well-known legend. As for your Immaculate Expanse Progenitor, who knows what he did back then.” Li Qiye ate one more tendon at this point.

He seemed to be quite pleased with this feast. In fact, many spectators were quietly swallowing their own saliva but they didn’t dare to join him.

This delicious meal was no secret in Heaven Spirit. Everyone knew that the Teeming Fish were the most vicious and numerous. However, few people dared to say that their tendons were also extremely delicious!

Li Qiye really made many people hungry but no one wanted to incite the anger of the Teeming Fish. His words also silenced Dao Attendant Lin and shocked the inn’s boss as well. He suddenly involved the Void Imperfection School. After all, this was no longer Immortal Emperor Wu Gou’s generation. His school also didn’t want to provoke this fish tribe even if they were stronger. There were too many of them which was the real problem.

“You…” Dao Attendant Lin couldn’t retort. He struggled to say: “You are eating dragon tendons before all of us, this is a very cruel and evil display. The Teeming Tribe is part of the sea demons, a great race in Heaven Spirit. You are eating living cultivators, an extremely vicious path away from the dao!”

“Extremely vicious and straying away from the dao?” Li Qiye laughed in response: “If you are saying that I am vicious, I will accept that. However, if this is because of me eating dragon tendons, then my teeth are about to fall off from laughter…”

“… Teeming Tribe? They ain’t anything, mere living creatures no different from beasts. Not to mention that I am a human, even the sea demons in this world do not consider them to be cultivators.”

He carefully chewed more tendons before leisurely speaking: “Don’t think so highly of yourself. In their eyes, you cultivators are no different from food. They have eaten too many cultivators and mortals. Me eating them today is part of the natural order.”

At this point, he coldly glared at the boy: “When you eat meat, do you consider yourself to be cruel as well?”

“You…” The attendant was speechless again. Because of some ties with the Teeming Prince, he wanted to speak up for the Teeming Tribe but he didn’t expect to be tongue-tied from Li Qiye’s swift rhetoric!

The guests didn’t really dare to praise Li Qiye’s response openly despite agreeing in their mind. The Teeming Fish being cruel was not anything new. Their enemies would eventually be eaten until there was nothing left. Countless cultivation sects have been destroyed and innumerable mortals have been devoured. Alas, the angry cultivators and lineages were apprehensive of them and didn’t dare to speak up.

Li Qiye today said many things that resonated with the crowd so they cheered him on in their mind.

He stopped paying attention to Dao Attendant Lin and got bored after eating for a while. He immediately burned all of the fish and stood up to leave.

The dao attendant snorted while watching his departing back. The youth didn’t expect to be humiliated like this. He had a hard time swallowing this anger. His master was Daoist Lin, the leader of the Immaculate Expanse. As his master’s confidant, he was respected everywhere he went while basking in the spotlight. But today, this human junior didn’t spare him any face at all in front of the crowd. He absolutely wouldn’t let go of this grievance!

After refining the necessary items, he left the Shallow Beach and headed for the coral forest.

Many cultivators were waiting here already. They came from all the corners of the oceans for the needle fish.

Some were riding huge ships on the ocean. Others were controlling fast shuttles. There were also those who rode sea turtles or gigantic whales. It was a colorful and diverse scene.

These people have occupied some places at the coral forest such as the hills. Many began to place traps around the coral trees just to wait for the needle fish…

Fortunately, the forest was vast so there was no fighting for spots just yet for the time being.

Li Qiye found Ye Tu and Teng Jiwen. The two of them have caught many insects for Li Qiye and grind them to dust in accordance of his instruction.

He found an open place and casually took a lap around to pick a spot before ordering the two boys: “Sprinkle these dusts over this forest, do it all over the trees and ground.”

The two immediately followed his order. Meanwhile, Li Qiye was placing his refined materials onto this ground. He wanted to refine something else here. It was an item resembling a fish hook with a very long string. This overly long string actually covered the fish hook completely.

When Li Qiye was ready and the two have sprayed the insect powders everywhere, Ye Tu asked curiously: “Young Noble, what are you trying to do?”

To which Li Qiye responded while calmly sitting on the highest spot in this location: “Fishing!”

“Fishing? Fishing for the needle fish?” He asked but immediately felt that this wasn’t right. Li Qiye has said that he didn’t care for the needle fish.

He changed his question: “Is there something else besides the needle fish?”

He was the supervisor of the Shallow Beach and was very familiar with this area. Outside of the blossoming coral tees leading out the precious needle fish, the other marine items here were not worth fighting over.

“Yes, there is a devil shark but you haven’t seen it.” Li Qiye said with a smile.

“Devil shark?” Ye Tu carefully thought about it but he has never heard of such a fish in this neighborhood.

“Archdevil Armored Shark?” Teng Jiwen was a bit more knowledgeable than Ye Tu. He recalled a legend after hearing Li Qiye and spoke with surprise.

“Yep, that’s it.” Li Qiye said: “I want to catch it, otherwise I wouldn’t have went to this length.”

“Archdevil Armored Shark?” Ye Tu asked Teng Jiwen: “What kind of fish is it?”

Ye Tu shook his head: “I am not clear on the specifics. I only heard that is is an extremely vicious creature. Also quite powerful as well. Legend has it that it has appeared before in the Bottomless Trench but no one has spotted it before.”

With that, he became worried and asked: “People said that it is extremely strong, can we actually handle it?”

“Not us.” LI Qiye shook his head: “Just me. Stand and watch to avoid accidents or I won’t be able to explain it to your sects.”

Chapter 1198: Lively Coral Forest

Both Ye Tu and Teng Jiwen didn’t oppose his decision or supported it either.

Li Qiye looked around the area a bit to make sure everything was ready before telling the two: “Okay, the two of you should change as well. Transform or conceal your identity, whatever you want.”

“Transform?” Teng Jiwen was surprised. After all, he was the descendant of Heavenvine. His conduct was open and straightforward, no need to hide or do anything in secret.

Li Qiye smiled and said: “There will be disputes when benefits are up for grab. Conflicts will be inevitable so when one of you is from the Void Imperfection School while the other Heavenvine Citadel, it will have a negative influence if you two follow me around killing.”

“Young noble, rest assured. The schoolmaster told me to guide you and be a good host. If anything happens in our territory, we will maneuver all three schools.” Ye Tu said.

This was not an exaggeration or a careless statement. There were very few things that the three schools couldn’t handle due to their strength.

Teng Jiwen supported him as well: “Ye Tu is right. Your enemy is our citadel’s enemy. We will tread together with you always.”

The Sunflower Forefather has instructed him earlier. This type of little trouble didn’t matter to their citadel so they naturally wanted to take on some risk for Li Qiye.

“The two of you are mistaken.” Li Qiye shook his head and smiled: “That isn’t what I meant. Not wanting to cause trouble to the two of you is only a very small reason. The truth is that I don’t want you to block my way even more.”

“Block your way?” The two of them were a bit confused after hearing this.

Li Qiye explained: “With you two and your sects, who would dare to come and provoke me? How can I have a reason to kill then?”

Such words astounded the two as if the guy was overzealous to become a mass murderer.

“No need to overthink it.” Li Qiye chuckled: “I love trouble, especially those who come to chase me, the more the better so I can have a baptism of blood. This is the only thing that makes me feel alive with boiling blood.”

With that, a glimmer of amusement flashed deep in his eyes. He could imagine this day already.

The two of them glanced at each other. For some reasons, his smile creeped them out like a beast showing a kind smile at a little rabbit. Anyone would be scared after seeing this smile.

This had a greater effect on Teng Jiwen. He remembered when Li Qiye didn’t care for anything back at Heavenvine Citadel. He held the ancestors in disdain and ignored everything. Just imagining what could have been a massacre back at the citadel left him shudder. He could smell a sanguine stench right now. There was a faint scene of carnage with mountains and rivers of blood.

The two of them quickly hid their true forms and turned into ordinary attendants to stand next to Li Qiye.

Li Qiye sat down in the meditative pose inside the coral forest and slowly closed his eyes as if hibernating.

He was not the only one occupying these areas here at the coral forest. Many people have occupied their own locations and draw a circle around their chosen zones in order to warn others.

In a few short days, the vast coral forest became quite crowded. The late comers didn’t have any spots so conflicts became inevitable. In this enclosed situation, those coming from powerful sects or were personally strong were at a great advantage. No one dared to compete with them for the hills. Even if they came later, they could easily seize others’ territories.

Thus, the place became particularly lively in a short time. All kind of cultivators from all the races appeared in the forest to wait for the blossoming of the flowers.

Battles and robberies were common sights as well. Many cultivators have yet to see the blossoming coral flowers yet they have already been killed in these struggles.

Yan Yanglong came as well during this waiting process. He came by himself; the places he stepped on were illuminated by a sunlight.

After walking around the coral forest, he picked a hill near the Bottomless Trench. However, some other cultivators have claimed it already.

He stood above them with sweeping glance and told these cultivators: “This place is mine. Leave on your own volition or do I have to make you?”

The occupiers didn’t want to fight against Yan Yanglong. They packed their items and handed this hill over to him.

No one would laugh at them for conceding like this either. Yan Yanglong was the disciple of the Extreme Yang Monarch. It meant that he had enough strength to look down on them. Which minor sects and vagrant cultivators were willing to mess with the monarch’s disciple?

Not long after, Gongsun Qianer arrived as well. Her entourage was much bigger than Yan Yanglong. These followers were all powerful. Their group under her lead was quite bullish; everyone had to make way for them.

No one dared to say a word about her aggressive attitude. Even though she was only a maid, they didn’t look down on her status and strength.

Her master was a concubine of the Profound God-Monarch. This was a young character known by all in the Heaven Spirit World. He came from Gu Chun’s four branches and had already became a God-Monarch. It can be said that he was invincible among the younger generation.

In terms of status and power, Yan Yanglong was not necessary higher than Gongsun Qianer at all.

She liked a bay close to the trench due to its excellent location. It has changed master several times so the current cultivator occupying it weren’t friendly at all. He also came from a big sect and have just killed the last occupier here.

“Scram, this place is mine.” She glared over and told this cultivator.

However, he didn’t leave. He came from a big sect as well that was quite famous at the Jade Sea. If he was to scram after she told him so, how could he have any face left?

“You are too overbearing, I have occupied this place first.” He said with a cold expression.

“I’ll make you scram then.” She domineeringly declared. She had a high status in the Gu Chun’s four branches back in the Profound Sea so she didn’t care for a young cultivator in the same generation as her.

“Fine, let me see the great techniques of the Profound Sea Dynasty, I hope you have at least learned a little from them.” This cultivator stood up and sneered.

The followers next to her scowled and wanted to teach this guy a lesson. However, she stopped them and revealed a cold smile: “Such impudent words, worthy of death!”

The phoenix hairpin on her head flew out before she has finished speaking.

It was violet in color and turned into a purple ray with indiscernible speed. It would pierce through people’s forehead before they could react.

This cultivator was also strong with great reaction speed. With a changed expression, he formed a mudra in order to stop the hairpin.

“Pluff!” Blood slowly spilled out. The cultivator’s eyes were wide opened as he fell down. It was useless even if he was faster. His mudra couldn’t stop this hairpin. It didn’t only penetrate his mudra but also his forehead. It was a fatal blow.

“Just an ant.” She recalled her hairpin and said coldly. This hairpin was a treasure bestowed by the Profound Sea God-Monarch. It was quite powerful so ordinary cultivator couldn’t stop its lethal blow.

The crowd was astonished to see this and didn’t dare to say a word or come closer. Back at the Shallow Beach under the jurisdiction of the Void Imperfection School, she would have scruples about killing people. But in this coral forest, she could kill whoever she wanted.

Many people didn’t want to get close to her in order to avoid getting killed.

Li Qiye’s hill was quite far from the Bottomless Trench. Very few people would care about his location so it was a quiet stay for him. Of course, he wasn’t here for the needle fish so he didn’t need to pick a place so close to the Bottomless Trench.

He was sitting there with his eyes closed as if he was sleeping.

Not long after Yan Yanglong and Gongsun Qianer got here, Dao Attendant Lin came as well. He also took a lap around the forest before stopping at Li Qiye’s hill.

“A bit courageous. In a world dominated by the three great races, a human actually dared to occupy a mountain by himself.” He stopped and coldly stared at Li Qiye.

Back at the inn, he has been completely humiliated by Li Qiye. If it wasn’t inside the Shallow Beach, he would have taught the guy a lesson already.

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