Emperor Cmon Lakers

Chapter 1175: Heavenvine Citadel

It was more apt to describe Heavenvine Citadel as a world suspending in the sky rather than a city.

While standing on the grand sea and looking forward, this was a gigantic monster, an unimaginably large tree growing on the ocean.

In fact, this was not a tree but a gigantic vine of an unreal magnitude since it even reached the sky vault. One could see islands scattering about right below this great vine.

Outside of little islets that were actually made from soil, there were also islands made out of the branches from the vine intertwining together.

When squatting down for a different perspective, people could actually see more astonishing islands. They were being held up by the roots and even the leaves of the vine tree. Such islands were mountains taken from under the sea and placed on top of the vine tree.

While standing below the vine and looking up, the entire sky was blotted out by its branches and leaves. In fact, in this sea region, countless vine roots were criss crossing each other. Some surfaced on the sea looking like mountain ranges.

At the same time, there was a feeling that the sky above was another world entirely due to the sheer size of the vine tree. Its parts intertwined together to form a new world. Palaces were built on them and even smaller cities. The old ancestors worked hard to bring many mountains up to the vine tree in order to form landmasses and cities.

In the deepest recesses of the vine tree were numerous peaks brought together into a huge continent. It was refined into a forbidden location. This was the heavenly grotto meant for the ancestors.

Such a magical scene appeared before everyone, causing them to be overwhelmed with awe. An entire world was held up by this vine tree.

“Prosperity and fall because of the heavenly vine.” Li Qiye commented as he gazed at the scenery.

Such words shook Teng Jiwen’s min as an ominous feeling arose. He wasn’t clear of what this omen meant.

“Sir, this way, please.” He calmed down and quickly told Li Qiye: “Our disciples have prepared your quarter. Please rest, it has been a long and hard journey.” 1

Li Qiye smiled faintly without saying anything and left the dao platform.

After preparing Li Qiye’s place, Teng Jiwen went to report to his seniors before talking to the upper echelon.

The citadel treated Li Qiye with the highest specification for a guest. Such treatment was no less than if he was a sect master from an imperial lineage.

After Teng Jiwen left, Li Qiye opened his palace and released the Myriad Era Tree. It drilled into the ground like a spirit serpent.

The ancestral vine was everything in this place. Its roots were the foundation of the citadel. Nothing was more important and comparable to the vine in this place. Thus, many generations of wise sages here worked quite hard. Despite the large territory, every single branch and leaf had formation seals on them. Anyone who wanted to conspire against the ancestral vine would be found out right away.

Outside of being vigilant against outsiders, they were preventing disciples from their own sect from causing trouble as well. However, the truth was even without these preparations from he wise sages, invading the ancestral vine was impossible since it was powerful beyond imagination.

Even if a truly heaven-defying person could infiltrate a leaf or a branch, they wouldn’t be able to do so to the main root of the tree, let alone the truly important zones.

Of course, this was no problem for Li Qiye. Outside of the Longevity Grass, there was nothing more precious than the Myriad Era Tree.

More importantly, it didn’t drill into the ancestral vine with malicious intent. It carried a vigorous amount of life force. This was the power of eternal life, something one could only come across with great fortune.

Without a doubt, the ancestral vine did not refuse but even welcomed this quiet intruder.

Li Qiye used the Myriad Era Tree to diagnose the ancestral vine. He eventually shook his head and murmured: “Even more serious than I imagined.”

Finally, he recalled the Myriad Era Tree and smiled before leaving his room to stand on the edge of the sky.

The pavilion he was staying at was built on top of a medium-sized mountain. It was clearly transported from somewhere else to the top of this particular leaf.

While looking at the strange world ahead, he chuckled and said with emotions: “No matter how the generation, there are no rootless duckweeds in this world.” 2

He stood there and gazed at the horizon while contemplating about many things. It was difficult to find someone who understood Heaven Spirit more than him.

Just like he told Kong Qinru before, he didn’t agree with humans staying in this place. They were simply rootless duckweeds here. 3

One day in the future, they would come to find that this is not their world and they were simply traveling passerby or even less significant than that. In his eyes, they were orphans without any shelter or support.

This was a world of the charming spirits, a world of the treants, the world of the sea demons; leaving nothing behind for the humans.

Of course, everyone had the choice and rights to stay or leave. For millions of years, Li Qiye had been too lazy to care about it. After all, people didn’t know about certain things. Only when that day come would they realize it.

Of course, that is when they have to face the choice they have made.

He stood there for who knows how long. Teng Jiwen came back and stood next to Li Qiye without daring to disturb him. After a long time, he spoke softly: “Sir, my master is here.”

Li Qiye came back from his reflection and smiled casually: “have you ever thought about where the Heavenvine Citadel will go if the ancestral vine does collapse one day?”

Such words were too much for Teng Jiwen, forcing him to jolt and take one step back. He has never thought about such a terrible thing before. It would be disrespectful towards his ancestors.

“Sir, that is a very unlucky statement.” He smiled wryly and said right away.

Li Qiye raised his brows and said flatly: “I am only stating the truth. There is nothing unlucky about it. Even if an ancestral tree could be revived, it will also wither once more in due time! Nothing is eternal in this world, not your ancestral vine either. At Heaven Spirit, many ancestral trees have fallen already as their lineages soon followed.”

Teng Jiwen couldn’t come up with a retort right away for his mind was quite confused. These ancestors would scold if they were to hear such words. Even though he was unwilling to think about it, Li Qiye was right about this fact. That day would come. However, it was very far away to him. He would definitely not live to see it.

Li Qiye turned and walked inside at this time. Teng Jiwen regained his composure and quickly followed.

There was already an old man waiting in the room. He was a little bit different. Although his body was made of flesh and blood, his right arm still carried the characteristic of a treant for it seemed to be carved out of wood.

“Profound Treehand.” Li Qiye glimpsed at the man’s right hand and smiled: “To have such a level of atavism, you must be the Heavenvine Citadel Lord.”

The old man was surprised to see Li Qiye blurting out his background so quickly. Anyone could see that his right hand was atavistic. However, few could see through its mysteries.

But an outsider today was able to at a glance. His surprise was well warranted.

“Sir, this is my master and also the current lord of our citadel.” Teng Jiwen was scared by Li Qiye as well. He eventually did the introduction after calming down.

Despite being the citadel lord, the old man was very respectful and polite towards Li Qiye. He bowed and said: “You must be the supreme alchemist that my disciple has been harping about…” 4

Chapter 1176: Heavenvine Citadel Lord

Li Qiye glanced at the both of them and smiled: “It is not indeed easy to be in a great lineage. Citadel lord, you have just won a great opportunity for the city.”

The two were slightly confused at Li Qiye’s words. They didn’t know that their attitude and posture have just garnered great benefits for their city. It could be said that countless lives were saved because of them.

“I heard my disciple said that you are the current shining beacon who is willing to use your great skill to rid our city of worries.” Though the citadel lord was a bit puzzled at this moment, he still didn’t lose his respectful attitude and bowed once more.

Regardless of the time and place, powerful alchemists all enjoyed great status. This was doubly true for alchemists who were capable of life replenishment. Their one word alone could command the experts all over the world.

“I wouldn’t be standing here if I didn’t want to cure your ancestral vine of its calamity.” He said flatly.

The citadel lord’s mind was moved after hearing this. If Li Qiye could actually do so, this would be the greatest of news for both the citadel and him.

He took a deep breath and said: “My disciple has told me that you are also life replenishing the Peacock Tree…”

Li Qiye waved his hand and interrupted the guy: “Citadel Lord, I know what you are thinking. You want to know if I could do it successfully or not.”

He looked at the lord and said insipidly: “I can tell you that it is not done yet. Life replenishment can’t be done in a day or two so there is no need to hide it. But since I have come here, I am confident about curing your ancestral vine. It is time for you cast aside your doubts in order to ask one question first, will your citadel be able to pay this price?”

“I can guarantee that I will be able to fully cure your tree, but my asking price is exorbitant.” Li Qiye uttered clearly: “This depends on if you are willing to pay or not!”

The citadel lord stood up to bow once more and said: “I was being presumptuous. Sir, if you have such capability, then nothing could be better. You name the price, our citadel will not disappoint you…”

Li Qiye interrupted once more while shaking his head: “Citadel Lord, do not be so quick to accept. Wait a bit, if you decline at that point, don’t blame me for not giving you an easy way out.”

The lord’s heart trembled a bit but he was already prepared. He solemnly replied: “Sir, just tell us what you want.”

In fact, before meeting Li Qiye, the citadel lord has arranged everything already. When Teng Jiwen reported this to the ancestors, they have discussed this. If someone could actually cure the ancestral vine, the citadel would do its best to accommodate this person.

The truth was that the upper echelon was prepared for this as well. After all, they had assessed it earlier about the cost. An item wanted by a supreme alchemist would of course, be invaluable.

Naturally, they were also quite confident. After several generations of accumulations, they could take out any treasures or great medicines. Regardless of what this alchemist wanted, they could still afford to pay.

“Well, in a sense, what I want is not that difficult for your Heavenvine Citadel.” He leisurely smiled and said: “I don’t ask for much to cure your ancestral vine, only your Heavenvine Calabash.”

“The Heavenvine Calabash!” Even Teng Jiwen blurted out after hearing such request.

The citadel lord became silly. He glanced over at Li Qiye and stammered: “Sir… you, you really want the Heavenvine Calabash?”

“That’s right, as long as you can give me the calabash, I will sure your ancestral vine fully.” Li Qiye said flatly.

In a short time, both the citadel lord and Teng Jiwen became slack-jawed. The calabash was too important to the citadel. In their mind, even if they had imperial weapons, the calabash was still worth much more.

“Sir, I’m, I’m afraid this isn’t possible.” The lord calmed down and shook his head. Such a request was out of the question for both him and the citadel as a whole.

“It seems like in your mind, the ancestral vine isn’t worth as much as one Heavenvine Calabash.” Li Qiye laughed and said: “This is truly disappointing. It looks like your treefather’s lineage only has a bunch of short-sighted old geezers.”

The citadel lord said with some helplessness: “Sir, you must know that the calabash is one and only. Our ancestral vine produced only one. We’ll lose too much without the calabash…”

Li Qiye waved his hand and interrupted dismissively: “I know the usage of the calabash. To keep it simple, those old geezers rely on it to prolong their lives, the undying ones buried underground. All in all, they are not willing to die and want to live longer use the calabash.”

The lord was put into a difficult situation. He coughed and said: “Sir, it is good that you know the usage of the calabash. The truth is that your demand is too much. Could you consider trading for something else? If you want, we have two nine transformation soulgrasses, or we can use some divine weapons, ancient scrolls from the human race, or the immortal dewdrops from a heavenly tree…”

Li Qiye stopped him short once more: “Citadel lord, I don’t care for those things, only the Heavenvine Calabash.”

Li Qiye’s firm attitude halted the conversation. The citadel lord had no response because too many ancestors required the calabash for their own lifespan. The citadel simply couldn’t trade it over.

“Sir, can you reconsider…” The lord was quite helpless as he tried to persuade Li Qiye.

Li Qiye looked at him and smiled: “In your mind, is this calabash really more precious than the ancestral vine?”

“Of course not.” The lord denied right away with an awkward chuckle.

“I know very well that all of you want to maintain an optimistic outlook.” In your mind, the ancestral vine’s issue can wait a bit. If it can’t be dealt with right now, wait till the next generation. In short, your tree is still young and can live for a long time…”

“… But have you ever thought of the day when your ancestral vine will actually fall!?” Li Qiye coldly looked at the lord: “Once your treefather falls, what is left of the Heavenvine Citadel? Your thousand mountains and countless palaces are all built on the vine tree. The day of your ancestral vine’s destruction is the day when your citadel falls into ruins…”

“… How many of your islands are actually supported by the earth and sea? Only around ten or twenty percent at best. Compared to the Golden Isle, your citadel is only a pavilion in the air. They have thousands and thousands of islands that are supported by the earth and rooted by the oceans with great stability! What about you guys?” He snorted at this point. 5

“Well, well…” The citadel lord had to admit: “We are indeed not as great as the Golden Isle.”

Li Qiye went on with his criticism: “Your citadel wants to believe in luck. Because your ancestral vine is still in its prime, you think that as long as you leave behind enough ancestors and train a new treefather out of them… Thus, with this plan in mind, there was no need to do anymore since your pillar is still there, and that there is ample time. All of your resources are poured elsewhere.” He said with a laughter: “Even if this generation cannot deal with it, then next might be able to, or the one after that.”

Even though the citadel lord knew that Li Qiye was ridiculing them, he was not in a position to fight back and could only smile wryly: “Our citadel has been looking for an alchemist to cure our ancestral vine.”

“Yes, you all are still searching because death is still not in the corner of your eyes just yet, thus, you are not in a rush at all.” Li Qiye smiled.

The citadel lord had no report again. Li Qiye was correct in his analysis of their current plan and beliefs. They were taking their time to find a suitable alchemist to treat their ancestral vine’s calamity.

  1. This last part is just a literary formality. They took a portal here. Usually, the host would say it to the guest who traveled far distance, especially when they’re here to carry out a favor
  2. I’m not familiar with this expression. The only idiom I know of duckweeds is duckweeds coming together by chance – or strangers coming together by chance. I’m not sure what this one means but I would guess from the narrative that the root signifies home
  3. There we go, now the expression makes sense
  4. The you here is not quite sir level, but it is a polite and formal you
  5. Reminder, “pavilion in the air” is an idiom meaning unrealistic utopia/imaginary future plan

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