Emperor Calamity

Chapter 1185: The Missing Calamity

Finally, he took a deep breath while tightening his grip on the huge hammer. He clenched his teeth and made a decision to slam downward ruthlessly.

“Boom!” The jade pillar shattered in one hit as if it was made out of glass with a pleasing sound. Countless fragments fell down from the sky down like dusts.

“Impossible!” The citadel lord and the Sunflower Forefather both shouted. They were both aghast and lost in disbelief.

The citadel lord looked perplexed at his hammer since he didn’t expect to destroy the jade pillar in just one smash. He wondered if his hammer has always been this strong?

“What… this can’t be. The seal is still here with the surviving jade pillar, but why is it completely undamaged?” The Sunflower Forefather was overwhelmed with shock.

As for Teng Jiwen, he stood there looking silly because he didn’t know what was happening. He has never been here before so he had no clues about this seal or the calamity.

“Where is the calamity? It is not here!” The forefather looked around with his divine intent sweeping through the entire citadel but there was no trace of it.

“Oh no, damn it!” In the end, even someone in a high position like the forefather still cursed vulgarly. He thought of one possibility!

“Fuck, don’t tell me, the calamity has secretly invaded the ancestral vine!” His soul left his body when he came up with this conjecture and felt his knees giving in.

“The ancestral vine is invaded-” The citadel lord had the same reaction after hearing his forefather. The hammer in his hands fell straight to the ground.

“That’s… impossible…” He was dumbfounded. Until now, all the ancestors and even the Sunflower Forefather was confident in sealing the calamity within the seal. It was just that they had no way of destroying it.

Because of this, they have always been confident. The sealed calamity couldn’t cause any damage. It was only a bit problematic that they couldn’t destroy it. Because of it, they were confident in having ample time in finding the right alchemist to get rid of it.

“It is gone…” The distressed forefather dropped to his butt on the ground. At this moment, he knew where it has went and what they will have to face.

He was scared out of his wits after just imagining it. No one would be able to reverse this disaster. The citadel lord thought of the ultimate demise as well. He became dazed with his legs trembling.

“Is it that serious?” Teng Jiwen didn’t really know the implication so he had to ask after seeing his seniors looking like this.

“Very serious.” The forefather calmed down and stood up to take a deep breath: “A disaster is looming over our head. Within just two generations, our citadel might turn into ashes!”

“In just two generations!?” Teng Jiwen was shocked. This timeline felt way too short when a real disaster was approaching.

The forefather glanced over at the broken jade fragments with nothing there. He was still amazed as before: “Well, how could this have happened? The seal is untouched so our citadel was not notified. How could it has escaped?”

“You have to understand what this it.” Li Qiye said flatly: “All of you wanted to steal from that villainous heaven, you think the punishment sent down by him would be so easy to seal? If the bastard was so easily dealt with, it would no longer be the villainous heaven. If it was so easy to oppose him, there would be more than just one Immortal Emperor in each generation.”

“Sir, can you cure it?” Teng Jiwen looked over at Li Qiye. At this moment, Li Qiye was the only hope for the citadel.

Sunflower Forefather smiled wryly and said: “It is not about treating it anymore. The calamity has fled into the ancestral vine’s body and could even be taking root deep inside. We have to go there and remove it at the source, but that might be uprooting the vine too.”

Teng Jiwen’s heart fluttered after hearing this. He didn’t expect the problem to be so serious. Prior to this, Li Qiye has said that their ancestral vine didn’t have much longer to live. He was skeptical then and felt that it was only a threat. Who would have thought that it was the truth?

“The real issue is that we can’t enter, no one has been able to do so for many generations now.” The citadel lord was almost paralyzed to the ground. This news was completely devastating to the citadel and have caught them off guard like thunder in a clear sky.

“No, one person was able to enter.” The forefather explained: “The Supreme Forefather was able to do so. He was the only child of the Progenitor, not only was he a Vine Controller, he also inherited the bloodline.”

Teng Jiwen had to ask Li Qiye: “Sir, you are also a Vine Controller, can you go inside?”

“Right now, I feel like the Heavenvine Calabash alone is too low of a price.” Li Qiye looked at them and smiled.

The forefather immediately looked at Li Qiye: “My lord, what do you want? Just say the words and our citadel will make it happen!”

He felt that Li Qiye could actually do it at this time.

“Yes, please. Anything will be fine.” The citadel lord added.

If this was like before, they wouldn’t be so anxious since time was on their side. But now, with the new finding on the calamity, they finally understood how insignificant they were. Each and every disciples of the citadel were willing to protect the ancestral vine now regardless of the price.

Li Qiye glanced at the forefather and slightly narrowed his eyes: “If I wanted other things from your citadel, would I need to wait until now? I have reached an agreement with your ancestral vine, just the calabash will be enough.”

The rest of the group became quite emotional after hearing this with gratitude. Keep in mind that regardless of whatever Li Qiye wanted, the citadel would have to give it to him. However, he only wanted the calabash in the end.

“My lord, the citadel will forever remember your kindness. If you ever need us in the future, just send the command. Our citadel will answer your call and run through the fire without questions!” The forefather kneeled to the ground and made a solemn promise.

The citadel lord and Teng Jiwen prostrated as well. In their mind right now, they would owe a debt to Li Qiye, one that was higher than the sky and deeper than the sea.

“Let’s go.” Li Qiye looked at them before turning and walking away. The forefather calmed down and immediately followed.

The group eventually came before a mountain. Li Qiye slowly pressed his hand against its rocky wall. With a buzzing sound, vine branches drilled out from the muddy ground.

The snake-like vine branches instantly wandered all around the cliff. In a short time, they were interwoven together into a door on its surface.

“The portal into the inner world of the ancestral vine is right here…” Sunflower Forefather murmured after seeing this.

For millions of years now, only the son of the ancestral vine was able to come into this inner world. Li Qiye stepped inside with the rest of the group hurrying after him.

The scene inside was an eye-opener even for the forefather since this was his first visit.

The master and disciple duo were amazed as well after seeing these branches resembling the dragons. This truly made them understand how invincible their treefather was.

“Can cultivators reside in this world?” Teng Jiwen eventually asked after calming down.

Li Qiye smiled: “Why should its descendants be allowed to stay in this place? So that they can extract the immense vitality within as well, to suck out all of the essences from the depth of the earth? The reason why an ancestral tree could live for so long is due to the life force and essences of this world circulating around without rest. The loss in this process is very minimal. Otherwise, it wouldn’t last more than two generations.”

He felt that Li Qiye’s answer was very reasonable. If future generations were allowed in this world, they would refine these energies into their own. After a while, they would really squeeze their ancestral tree dry. He understood why they weren’t allowed inside either. This was a another defensive measure.

Chapter 1186: Calamity

Within the vine was a vast world with gigantic and circling roots. Some soared to the sky to be close to the clouds…

Waterfalls descended from above with mud piling as high as a mountain. Some green roots intricately twisted together to resemble gigantic monsters.

Dazzling glimmers were all over the sky as if many stars were hanging up there.

If there was something different about the inner world of the Peacock Tree and Heavenvine Tree, it was that the roots here were much more powerful and full of life. The stars above were brighter as well.

Teng Jiwen noticed the starlights above and asked: “Are those stars?”

Sunflower Forefather and the citadel lord lifted their head as well since they didn’t know the answer either.

“Those are Age Stars.” Li Qiye glanced at them and answered: “The moment these Age Stars become dimmed, it means that the time of withering is close. It is just like the life rings on a tree. It signifies how long the tree has left to live.”

Teng Jiwen continued to observe the sky. There were too many stars to the point of being innumerable. However, it was not hard to find that some of them were significantly darker than their peers.

Teng Jiwen heaved a sigh of relief after seeing the countless stars. The forefather and citadel lord felt the same way. This meant that their ancestral vine still had a long lifespan left as long as Li Qiye could take care of the calamity.

After a long search, he finally found the main root. It was huge and thick. Standing before it was the same as standing in front of a cliff.

He stood at a particular position to peer over everything before speaking: “Right here.”

The rest of the group looked over to see that there was a little hole. Inside was a grass only around three inches tall. There was nothing about it that warranted any attention. It had a light green color with a shade of white due to a lack of sunlight.

However, upon a closer inspection, this was not a little grass at all but small particles invisible to the naked eyes. These little green particles connected together to form a green electrical arc that looked just like a small grass.

“Why is it like this?” The forefather’s expression changed after seeing this and took a deep breath.

“This is our ancestral vine’s calamity?” Both Teng Jiwen and the citadel lord were surprised as well.

In their mind, even their ancestors for generations were helpless because of it. It should be a frightening and dangerous item. In their imagination, this calamity would have the body of a devil with a demonic smile. Each strand of its aura could burn everything in this world.

Who would have thought that this little blade of grass was actually the calamity agonizing their ancestral vine?

“We can pull out something like this with one hand.” Teng Jiwen blurted out but he immediately realized that he was wrong. If that was possible, why didn’t the ancestors do it before instead of waiting for generations? These invincible ancestors were weaker than a junior?

“Then you can try to pull it out.” Li Qiye smiled and said.

The citadel lord realized that his disciple has chosen the wrong words. It didn’t only offend Li Qiye but also all the generational ancestors, including the forefather ahead.

He busily tried to smooth things out: “Sir, well, my little disciple is ignorant without any sense of propriety. He doesn’t see how dangerous…”

Li Qiye gently waved his hand to interrupt: “It’s nothing, I’m not mad at him. He can go try it once to understand the hidden situation.”

With that, Teng Jiwen glanced over at his master. The lord at this moment was helpless and couldn’t do anything but nod. In fact, he also wanted to see what kind of ability this little grass had.

Tneg Jiwen took a deep breath and reached for the grass in order to pull it out. However, before even touching it, his hands started to tremble and he didn’t dare to do so.

The reason was very simple. This was their ancestral vine’s calamity. Just how frightening and dangerous was this thing? If he touched it, wasn’t that the same as throwing his life away?

“Relax, pull it.” Li Qiye naturally could tell what he was thinking and smiled: “I’m right here and won’t let you die.”

With the guarantee, Teng Jiwen calmed down and finally made up his mind . He reached for the grass once more after biting his teeth.

“Crackles-” However, the moment his hands touched the grass, a series of lightning crackles came about. The grass dispersed into countless particles that disappeared into the main root.

The whole process gave a sense of something proliferating into the main root with extreme speed. No one could react in time, let alone catching those tiny particles.

“What is going on?” The master and disciples were lost.

At this time, all the roots regardless of their size in this world had little lights flashing inside them with crackles.

Because there were too many roots here with many of them clinging tightly together or were completely woven as one, a light arc emerged when all of them flashed together. It came quickly like a lightning strike before instantly disappearing again.

Even though the individual lights were not bright, all of them appearing together were innumerable. This world lit up completely with each crackle.

It was a shocking process like a sun exploding; it was quite difficult to keep their eyes open before this brightness. Who could imagine that this was a scene created by the tiniest flashes?

Darkness came after. This sudden change was quite difficult to get accustomed to.

“What is this?” Teng Jiwen eventually calmed down and asked with horror.

“The calamity.” The forefather took a deep breath and said: “It has invaded each of the roots of the ancestral vine. Once it gathers enough power, it will squeeze the ancestral vine dry until there is nothing left.”

Teng Jiwen shuddered. Every single roots that made up the foundation of their citadel, were invested.

“It is because you all dragged it out for too long. The countless years gave it this chance.” Li Qiye said dismissively.

The others could only sigh. They never thought that it would develop to this level.

“The ancestral vine is invincible, why can’t it crush this calamity?” The citadel lord couldn’t help but ask.

Li Qiye chuckled and pointed at the sky to say: “Do you know what kind of existence is suppressing your ancestor? It is that thief, the high heaven! Returning and taking root in this earth is already going against him. If it wanted to rebel again, it would bring about a supreme repression. It would render the tree to ashes right away unless there was someone as strong as an Immortal Emperor to help it stop this heavenly punishment. Otherwise, the incoming relentless onslaught both internally and externally aren’t something it can withstand!”

“Rather than immediately turning to ashes, it is better to live a borrowed life and wait for you juniors to expel the calamity.” He looked over at the Sunflower Forefather after saying this.

The forefather’s old face turned red and coughed. This situation was the fault of ancestors like him. He had to admit: “It is all due to our incompetence. We can’t help our ancestral vine and only thought that the calamity has been sealed.”

“Crackle-” A tiny crackle resounded on Teng Jiwen’s body. Faint light emerged from his body in the form of bright particles. He was suddenly wrapped in this lightning layer.

“What’s happening?” He was scared out of his wits after seeing this. He tried to pat the particles away from his body but before he could touch them, the particles immediately dispersed and entered his body.

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