Emperor Calabash

Chapter 1183: Sunflower Forefather

“Splashh-” A series of splashes came about. All of the blown away ancestors fell into the ocean.

This scene was too shocking. The experts here couldn’t regain their composure.

Both Teng Jiwen and the citadel lord were slack-jawed as well from being scared. This was simply a legendary tale!

In this split second, they suddenly thought about the possibility that their ancestral tree might be controlled by Li Qiye! That would be such a preposterous thing. Even their own ancestors couldn’t control the vine, let alone an outsider.

If this was indeed the case, then the only plausible explanation was that Li Qiye did have a demonic art.

“Anyone else wants to stand in my way?” Vine branches from the ancestral tree began to merge behind Li Qiye.

The experts here were aghast to say the least. They have never seen such a demonic art before. It was beyond their imagination.

Eventually, the experts glanced at each other and still slowly converged on Li Qiye to the point of not even one drop of water could trickle through.

Naturally, they were quite afraid. Even their ancestors were blown away to the horizon like flies and sure enough, they were not as strong.

However, letting Li Qiye go or retreating was not an option. They deemed him to be too great of a threat in the future if he were to leave alive today.

Li Qiye smiled at these experts: “A bit idiotic but still quite unyielding, daring to come despite knowing the power disparity.”

“Vine Controller!” A loud explosion came from a cave along with a voice. Although this voice was very quiet, everyone could hear it clearly.

An old man came out of the forbidden ground. To be exact, it was a sunflower tree.

It was much taller than an adult. Moreover, the sunflowers on the tree were blossoming to great size.

There was an old man’s face on the sunflower in the center. He came out of the forbidden ground without exuding any blood energy. However, he gave the feeling that a simple flip of his palm could cause the world to collapse.

“An ancestral form!” Teng Jiwen murmured after seeing the shape of this sunflower.

Ancestral form was a method of obtaining atavism for the treants. Many within this race would cultivate into human form and become powerful existences.

However, this was not to say that a humanoid form was more powerful. It was precisely opposite of that. A humanoid treant was not as powerful as an ancestral form treant, because this atavistic form allowed them to control the strongest origin power.

Yet, there was a fatal weakness despite the great benefits of this ancestral form. There was no way to pass down their bloodline if they were to keep this form regardless of how powerful and heaven defying they might be. Eventually, their legacy would end there.

Only those with a flesh and blood body could reproduce and spread their bloodline to future descendants.

Because of this, the majority of the treants would cultivate into human form. Very few were willing to maintain the ancestral form. After all, everyone wanted to pass down their legacy.

Being strong was meaningless if it meant that one would lose the ability to reproduce offsprings and their legacy!

“Sunflower Forefather!” The citadel lord came back from shock and murmured after seeing this sunflower.

“It is the forefather, our forefather is really coming into being!” One expert was ecstatic and muttered.

So it turned out that this large sunflower ahead was the Helianthus Forefather. He is the most powerful and oldest ancestor in the citadel. His appearance was a rare sight. Even the citadel lord has only seen him once in his life, and this was at a very young age.

At this moment, this forefather couldn’t believe it either. He stared intensely at Li Qiye and the vine branches behind him while feeling that this was a dream.

As the forefather came closer, the experts surrounding Li Qiye all made way.

In fact, they could finally breathe easy. No one would be able to oppose the forether, not even Li Qiye’s demonic art even if it was stronger.

“You, you can really manipulate it? Are you a Vine Controller?” The forefather was not very confident as he asked Li Qiye.

“Old man, try and see. I’ll be happy to display this majestic and invincible power.” He glanced at the sunflower and smirked.

Teng Jiwen panicked after hearing Li Qiye’s response. For millions of years now, no one has dared to be disrespectful towards the forefather.

Sunflower Forefather’s eyes became radiant like the blossoming starlights.

In a split second, he whisked his arm and isolated space as if he wanted to banish Li Qiye.

“Bang!” But before the banishment could take effect, the spaces nearby shattered. With another bang, the forefather was pushed back into the huge vine tree.

Vine branches then came together into a hand of the god and coiled around the forefather’s neck. His entire body was propped up against the vine tree so he was instantly suppressed, unable to move.

“No way!” The citadel lord and everyone else were aghast. It was not an exaggeration to say that they nearly pissed their pants in terror!

Even their invincible Sunflower Forefather was suppressed right now, so how could they not be paled from fear? All the experts felt despair, there was no one left to oppose Li Qiye outside of their ancestral vine.

In spite of this, they still mustered together to try and stop Li Qiye once more. They must face him despite knowing that they were not a match.

In just a moment, both Teng Jiwen and the citadel lord felt suffocated. In their mind, no one should be able to stop the forefather in the present yet he was rendered motionless. It was too terrorizing.

“Wait, I bear no malice, it was just a test.” The forefather being pushed against the vine tree raised both of his hands and said.

Li Qiye glanced at him and the branches in the form of the godhand went loose to let him go. It turned back into vine branches and hovered behind Li Qiye.

“You really are a Vine Controller…” The shocked Sunflower Forefather couldn’t believe it despite having confirmed it.

He finally took a deep breath and asked while staring at Li Qiye: “Your bloodline is from our citadel?”

Li Qiye laughed in response: “Old man, you are overthinking it. My bloodline is the purest of the human lineage, I am not a descendant from your ancestral vine and definitely have nothing to do with your citadel.”

“So inconceivable.” The forefather carefully looked at Li Qiye and confirmed that he had no bloodline from the citadel. He continued: “Outside of the only biological son who could communicate with the treefather to become a Vine Controller, no one else has appeared in future generations but an outsider like you can do it!”

Here, his eyes flashed with revelation: “Could it be that the ancestral vine has chosen you to become the Vine Controller of our citadel…”

“Your imagination is too much.” Li Qiye waved his sleeve to interrupt the forefather and smiled: “I am not your divine guardian or a Vine Controller, only someone who is teaching a lesson to this group of foolish descendants in the vine’s stead.”

Li Qiye naturally wasn’t a so-called Vine Controller at all. He used the Myriad Age Tree to communicate with the ancestral vine. Although the vine itself had no sentience, its instinct was still there and allowed Li Qiye to use its power.

“Irregardless, you can still control everything here, so you are a Vine Controller. Only those with permission from the ancestral vine would be able to use its power.” The forefather said with excitement.

“You are speaking so much nonsense, but one thing is indeed true.” Li Qiye smiled: “Yes, I can control the power of the ancestral vine!”

Chapter 1184: Vine Controller

Despite Li Qiye’s denial of being a Vine Controller, Sunflower Forefather was still very excited: “For so many years, we have finally waited for a Vine Controller. We shall be able to rise in this generation…”

“Old man, you are overthinking it.” Li Qiye interrupted the forefather again and spoke in a lackadaisical manner: “This Vine Controller thing or the citadel rising… I don’t have any interest in this. I am only here to make a deal.”

Despite his lack of interest, the forefather pressed on with a little wishful thinking. He shouted at the experts and said: “What are you waiting for!? Come and greet his venerable Vine Controller. His will is the will of the ancestral vine.”

In the mind of the forefather, this was a one and only chance in many generations. This was a Vine Controller! If he could keep the guy here, it would be absolutely priceless for their citadel.

The experts here felt quite confused but after carefully thinking about it, it made a little sense. Even though Li Qiye was an outsider, he has clearly been accepted by the ancestral vine. Now, even the forefather has recognized his identity. This meant that Li Qiye has won the will of the ancestral vine.

The experts came forward to bow towards Li Qiye. This sudden reversal was like a trance. Earlier, it was a fight to the death against Li Qiye but now, he has become the representative of the ancestral vine.

“Go back and do some personal reflection. There are things that can be done and things that shouldn’t be done.” In the end, the forefather yelled at the experts from the citadels before chasing them away.

Eventually, the only juniors left were the citadel lord and Teng Jiwen.

“Vine Controller, since you are here already, please stay at our citadel. There are many juniors requiring your guidance…” The Sunflower Forefather smiled brightly.

Li Qiye was not interested in being this vine controller. He halted the forefather again: “I won’t bother with this kind of laborious undertaking. My time is limited, I am only responsible for curing the ancestral vine. After taking the calabash away, I will have nothing to do with this place.”

“Er-” The forefather couldn’t find an excuse to reject his refusal. He could only smile wryly and said: “That’s fine, that’s fine, we’ll focus on the ancestral vine then.”

He was someone who understood the logic of an impatient person shouldn’t be eating hot tofu. It would be troublesome to push Li Qiye too much. 1

He led Li Qiye to the forbidden ground. Meanwhile, the master-disciple duo finally regained their composure and quickly followed. Both of them didn’t expect for the change of tides, not even in their wildest dream.

After Li Qiye killed Hao Yuzhen, they knew that this deal was over and that ultimately, they might not escape this unscathed. Even if their citadel was strong enough to catch Li Qiye, the two of them would still be responsible for this disaster.

But in the end, Li Qiye was in complete control of the situation. At this time, Teng Jiwen finally understood why Li Qiye was so confident about forcing this transaction. He realized the guy’s ace card and where his confidence was coming from.

The group saw a majestic landscape inside with towering peaks all the way to the skydome. Vine leaves were whirling up high above. This place really gave the sensation of being a kingdom of elves.

These elevations with lush trees and flowing rivers as well as the gigantic vine towering to the sky would make the unaware think that they were lost in an untouched eden.

The worldly energy was plentiful here. Of course, there was also the force of life coming from the ancestral vine. This was the most important location in Heavenvine Citadel, hence its exuberance.

This was definitely a holyland for cultivation but not just anyone was eligible to train in this place.

Eventually, the forefather brought Li Qiye to the highest peak of this area. A vine was drooping down from the sky. It was quite thick like jade pillars emitting a faint luster as if it was the green vein of the heavens.

This sight would make people think of one legend. When a cultivator died and became an immortal, their body would also turn jade-like. Thus, this vine branch resembling this legend so much made people imagine there scene when the Heavenvine Treefather met his end to turn into this tree.

“A treefather’s atavistic end to return to the earth, it is quite an incredible sight.” Li Qiye looked at this vine and said: “In this great moment, the heaven and earth would shift with wondrous images as the treefather ascend into a jade form.”

Teng Jiwen and the citadel lord were surprised because they haven’t heard of this description before.

“My lord, you have such great knowledge, worthy of admiration and awe. When the treefather returned to the earth, those images were indeed there.” The forefather praised.

“Don’t rush to praise me, I’m about to be frank. After the treefather returned to the earth, there should be two of these jade pillars here, but now there is only one left and it is about to be gone as well. Everything have been ruined in the hands of his unfilial descendants.”

The forefather coughed awkwardly after hearing this while the other duo kept quiet without daring to say a word. In the citadel, who would dare to talk that way to their forefather? But right now, he was being scolded by Li Qiye like a junior. There was no way they could add their own comment in this circumstance.

“From the two jade pillars back then, one bore fruit to the Heavenvine Calabash. Later on, when Immortal Emperor Bu Si collapsed, my senior brother wanted to go all out and tried to steal from the heavens in order to bear another one…” The Sunflower Forefather lamented at this point with a soft sigh.

Back then, not only did they fail in their attempt, they also suffered grievous losses as well.

“Not everything will go according to plans in this world. One can only say that you old geezers were too greedy for wanting another calabash, were you all trying to squeeze your ancestral vine dry?” Li Qiye sneered.

The forefather rubbed his palms with an awkward smile: “Because of that, the senior brothers also wanted to pour the essences of the Heaven’s Will into the ancestral ground in order to revitalize the ancestor…”

“You all were too bold, greedy, and insane.” Li Qiye snorted: “A treefather from the Treant Race returning to the earth and took root to live on is already against the the heavens, but you all even tried to steal its essences? What was this if not courting death?”

The forefather replied helplessly: “No one knew that such a thing would happen back then. It was already too late once we realized it. The other jade pillar was destroyed while the heavens unleashed its scourge upon us.”

“Greed is one thing but to not understand your own limits to this point… Of course the heavens would have sent down its punishment. If you all had an Immortal Emperor to do it, then it might have been a successful struggle. But relying on you old bones alone? Heh, it was already very fortunate that the villainous heaven didn’t render your citadel to ashes.” Li Qiye said coldly.

The forefather sighed again. Several of his senior brothers died miserably during this disaster as well, not to mention the calamity left behind on their ancestral vine.

Meanwhile, the duo were listening quietly. Even though the citadel lord knew a lot, this was the first time he has heard about the details of the past.

While looking at the jade pillar resembling a tendon of the heavens, Li Qiye ordered the lord: “Go up there and break it!”

“Hit it?” The lord fell his legs suddenly becoming weak and thought that he has misheard. This jade pillar was extremely significant to their citadel. Smashing it was tantamount to smashing their own treasure.

“Break it?” Even the forefather turned silly. He stared at Li Qiye in disbelief and said: “This is the only one left, if you break it now…”

“Break it and you will understand.” Li Qiye said dismissively.

The citadel lord glanced over at the forefather. He didn’t dare to do such a thing.

The forefather took a deep breath and commanded: “Hit it, if his lordship orders it, it must be correct.”

The citadel lord took a deep breath then flew to the sky with a huge hammer in his hands. Both of his hands were trembling at this moment. With one smash, he would personally be destroying the most precious treasure in the Heavenvine Citadel. Perhaps he would even become a sinner against his sect.

  1. Okay, the explanation for this is that when you cook tofu, an outer layer is formed while trapping the heat inside, thus, it doesn’t look hot. An impatient person would start eating right away and burn their tongue

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