Emperor Depart

Chapter 1151: Appointing A Successor

After a good while, Old Xian stated softly: “Maybe old things like us should just die.”

Li Qiye laughed it up and said: “If you still want to follow me up there, I welcome it. But just like earlier, I still need you to bring that thing along!”

Here, he became serious: “This is the only thing that could exert any pressure from your temple! Otherwise, you alone is not enough up there. But if you have it with you, it is a different story.”

“Since you have been guarding here and polishing it for so many years, I trust you can use it at will.” Li Qiye said: “With it, you can definitely climb up. But if not, once up there, who knows what you will be facing. If you are lucky, then you will meet a weak link. But if not, then even an Immortal Emperor must pay a heavy price. Things like this have happened before.”

Old Xian pondered again after hearing this. He eventually asked: “Who is your Excellency picking for the troops this time?”

“You got the wrong idea about this. I have never forced anyone to join, plus, they have their own ideas. You probably heard it from Bing Yu but that campaign was not because of my wish. They simply wanted to gamble once.” He said.

The old man has heard stories from Immortal Bing Yu but he didn’t know any specifics.

“You don’t believe me?” Li Qiye smilingly quipped.

Old Xian quickly returned to the conversation: “No, if I don’t trust Your Excellency, who else can I trust? This lowly one is willing to follow Your Excellency and follow all your orders.”

“Very well, not bad. Okay, state your conditions.” Li Qiye smiled. Everyone knows that there is no free lunch in this world.

Old Xian answered: “This lowly one does not dare to ask for much. If Your Excellency is truly successful in the future, I only want a part, not more.” 1

“I understand, just like the item your temple is hiding. If you can get a new part, then it can make the War God Temple shine again.” Li Qiye commented with emotion: “It really is a good thing.”

“Yes, even this little has not seen it with my own eyes, I have heard the ancestor said that it is truly rare in this world. Something that all cultivators would dream about.” Old Xian said.

“Fine, as long as we can survive, you can pick something that you need.” Li Qiye promised.

“Thank you, Your Excellency.” Old Xian took a deep breath. It was time for the War God Temple to change its way. His action this time was a great gamble for the sake of the temple.

If he were to fail, then it ended there. The future generations would still be protected by the other ancestors. But if he were to be successful, then a new bright era would come.

“Then prepare well, that day will come soon.” Li Qiye stood up and quickly disappeared from the door.

Old Xian murmured after his departure: “So many years now, it is time for my old bones to face death.”

He became quiet at this point. For existences that have lived for a very long time by sealing themselves, they were separated into two camps once facing death. The first group would face it calmly while the other would be stricken with fear.

Li Qiye came back to Cleansing Incense and summoned the younger disciples including Nan Huairen, Xu Pei, Qu Daoli, Zhang Yi, and Luo Fenghua.

Outside of these five, Li Qiye also called for Tu Buyu. Today, this young group had quite an accomplishment. Of course, there was still a sizable gap between them and supreme geniuses but they would surely become Virtuous Paragons in the future. Xu Pei was especially excellent with her meticulous cultivation. Her muted power was the strongest among them.

All six of them came. Even though Tu Buyu was a lot older than Li Qiye, he was only the second brother.

Li Qiye glanced at the group and slowly spoke: “I am very happy to see your achievements today. This is the fruit of your efforts.”

Today, they were capable of handling matters on their own. The disciples from the Cleansing Jade Peak have also become a strong pillar for the sect, giving it hope for a brighter future.

The group stood respectfully before him. Today, their first brother was deterring the world so they became a bit restrained with formality.

Li Qiye continued: “I won’t blabber on after calling everyone here. The main business is to decide the successor of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect.”

After hearing this, the group was quite startled and stared at each other in confusion. Everyone here knew that the main descendant of the sect should be their first brother.

Only Tu Buyu was carefree among the group. He knew very well that a small place like Cleansing Incense couldn’t stop their first brother’s pace. In his eyes, one day, Li Qiye would leave this world. Only the nine heavens would allow him to rampage as he pleases!

“The next successor of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect will be Xu Pei.” He pointed at her and slowly declared.

This made Xu Pei jump. The others also looked at her for it came too sudden to everyone.

“Me, me?” She was quite confused. This came without any warnings. Even the sect elders didn’t talk about this at all. No one expected for their first brother to suddenly decides the next successor.

Everyone knew that the sect master was still young. Moreover, he was the current successor. To establish a new one was something the entire sect didn’t expect.

“Yes, you.” Li Qiye nodded: “In the past, you were lacking courage but years of training have made up for your inadequacy. You are soft but not weak, allowing you to be flexible on top of having great wisdom and vision. You will be shouldering the great responsibility of taking care of Cleansing Incense in the future.”

The group was still stunned momentarily. There was a reason why Li Qiye chose Xu Pei. Even though Luo Fenghua had the best aptitudes among them, he was also the most prideful. Sometimes, his actions were too radical and hasty.

As for Nan Huairen, he was wily and flexible but he had a tendency to exaggerate in a grandiose manner. Moreover, his dao heart was not firm enough either.

The one with the strongest dao heart among them was Zhang Yi. However, he was unyielding while lacking an astute sense; intelligent without wisdom.

The second best candidate for the position was in fact Qu Daoli. He had the heart as well as the knowledge for this so he was a very good choice. Unfortunately, he joined the sect before Xu Pei and did not dare to redo everything like Zhang Yi. Thus, it was predetermined that his future cultivation wouldn’t be as strong as Xu Pei.

“From now on, all of you need to do a good job at assisting your first sister.” Li Qiye solemnly said with a stately yet intimidating presence.

The group understood that this wasn’t a momentary whim. Their first brother has already made this decision. Plus, due to his supreme position in their mind, they would naturally obey his order!

“Rest assured, first brother, we will follow first brother and lead Cleansing Incense to a new glory.” The group respectfully said.

“First brother, the sect master…” Xu Pei spoke. To tell the truth, this was not the time to choose a new successor because the sect master was still very young.

“The sect master has her own path.” He gently waved his sleeve: “The responsibility lies on your shoulders in the future. Do work hard.”

The group didn’t dare to question it any further and bowed.

Li Qiye’s eyes then shifted towards Tu Buyu: “Brother Tu, they are still young and the path is very long still. They will need your guidance and support in the future, so I promote you to being the sect guardian.”

“I dare not decline first brother’s request. I will definitely do everything possible to contribute to Cleansing Incense.” Tu Buyu prostrated to the ground and responded resoundingly.

He was much more experienced than Xu Pei’s group. In fact, if it wasn’t for his age, he would have been suitable to be the sect master. But taking into account of his personality as well, he was more fitting to act behind the scenes.

Finally, he nodded his head and said: “Okay, all go now. I need to talk to the elders.”

The rest of the group left. The last one lingering behind was Nan Huairen. He deliberately stay a few steps behind.

“Huairen, do you have something to say?” Li Qiye glanced at him and asked.

In the past, Nan Huairen was the first to follow him so today, Nan Huairen was still the one closest to him among the group.

“First brother, do you want to leave?” He stared at Li Qiye with a sad gaze.

Chapter 1152: Setting Out

Li Qiye smiled after hearing Nan Huairen: “That day will come eventually. When it is time to leave, I’ll have to leave.”

Nan Huairen looked at him and asked: “Will you return?”

His heart was full of gratitude. Everything he had today was thanks to Li Qiye. Without Li Qiye, there would be no him of today and same with the current Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect.

“The path towards the grand dao is endless. If fate allows, we will meet again.” Li Qiye gently patted his shoulder and said: “Huairen, one can’t deny your cleverness and good nature, but you are very noncommittal and prone to giving up. Cultivation requires perseverance. It is a very lonely path so if you can work on your dao heart, you will be able to show your worth in the future and go even further.”

Li Qiye did not pass anything down to him. He has already cultivated merit laws from Cleansing Incense so Li Qiye only wanted to point out the failings in his characters.

WIth regards to talents, he was worse than Luo Fenghua and Xu Pei. Alas, he was good at reading people with a quick mind. Alas, it was not something that could really help his cultivation.

“I will remember first brother’s words very well and will certainly re-evaluate myself with an introspection.” Nan Huairen bowed. If other people told him this, he wouldn’t have listen due to his personality but he would firmly memorize Li Qiye’s words.

“Go, men are ambitious and their heart always linger off to the far realms. There will be goodbyes so no need to be sad.” Li Qiye smilingly said.

“First brother, take care.” Nan Huairen fixed his robe and bowed respectfully again. Even though he knew that his first brother might not be leaving right away, but his departure was inevitable. Perhaps on that day, he wouldn’t have the chance to say goodbye.

Li Qiye sighed after the boy left. Through the long years, this type of goodbyes has happened too many times so he has grown used to it.

There was nothing he could do. Like Bu Lianxiang has said previously, nothing in this world could stop his path. No one would be able to slow him down. He would always walk forward with courage.

Even Qian Suyun couldn’t stop him from going on this path with no return, no regrets, and no faltering. The only thing he needed to do was to reach the end of the world.

Very soon after, he publicly announced his will of designating Xu Pei as the next successor to the rest of the sect.

All the echelons in the sect were surprised after hearing this. They all had the same thoughts. The sect master was still young and Li Qiye was the current successor. Thus they didn’t understand his sudden decision. Many disciples became lost and didn’t know what was going on.

However, at Cleansing Incense, Li Qiye’s will was absolute. No one carried more weight than he did right now among both the old and young. He had absolute authority and absolute status in the mind of the disciples. So, his will shall be carried out.

If say, Su Yonghuang was the one appointing the next successor, many disciples would be convinced of her choice but not all of them. This was not the case for Li Qiye. No one would feel that something was wrong or voice their objection of his choice! They would only show obedience and certain execution.

Although the younger disciples were still pretty confused, some older people like Gu Tieshou who has always been supportive of Li Qiye realized something.

“A true dragon will eventually take off one day.” Gu Tieshou sighed: “It would soar to the nine heavens and leave this place.”

He understood that the Cleasing Incense representing a small pond was too small for Li Qiye. There was no way he would stay here forever. In fact, he knew that it was not just Li Qiye. Even Su Yonghuang, Li Shuangyan, and Chen Baojiao wouldn’t possibly stay here for the rest of their life. They were destined to loom over the nine worlds eventually. This was their real pursuit.

After making proper arrangement, Li Qiye was ready to leave for the Heaven Spirit World. He met Bu Lianxiang along before his departure.

“I should get going.” He looked at her and said: “Outside of finding the sect master, I also have to end a few things during this trip to the Heaven Spirit World.”

She held his hand and said seriously: “Everything needs an end. I hope that you could walk in the future without any burdens or worries.”

Li Qiye smiled and stared at the beauty ahead: “When I come back, it’ll be just the right time to marry you.”

“This is the phrase I want to hear the most in this life. I’m satisfied already just to hear you say it.” She caressed his cheek and softly continued: “But I can’t marry you. Even if we were to get married, I can’t follow you forever.”

“No matter what world you are staying at in the future or if you have opened up a new world, I don’t want to see the position behind you being empty.” She said: “Someone will take up the position of the imperial queen. A person full of life and intelligence who can accompany you to the end. She will always support you unconditionally. Because of you, she can tolerate and pardon the entire world; she shall plan everything for you as well…”

“…At the same time, she is also the person who trust you the most regardless of the circumstances. She will always be your uncompromising cornerstone. But most importantly, she must be capable enough with strength and experience to suppress your followers and command respect out of them!” Bu Lianxiang ended it with this phrase: “Only such a woman can be your wife and assume the position of the imperial queen.”

Her eyes were full of resolution after making her statement.

Li Qiye hugged her tightly and said softly: “I understand. It is a true pity that you weren’t born in this generation.”

“There will be, there will be a woman like that, yes.” She embraced her lover back and declared in a gentle yet firm tone.

Li Qiye’s heart was quite heavy as he held her in his arms.

“I won’t send you off too far since I’ll preside over Cleansing Incense in your place.” She spoke: “You are the soaring sect’s enemy, it will return one day but if Magu and I are here, the sect still won’t dare to do anything. Go to Heaven Spirit World with peace of mind, I’ll wait for your return.”

He gave her a deep and passionate kiss as if they were about to melt into one…

***
The girls went to see him off. After seeing them, he smilingly said: ““Even if you see a friend off for a thousand miles, in the end, you will still have to part. Go back now and train well. I hope to see improvements in your Immortal Physiques before we go up there.”

Li Shuangyan and Chen Baojiao both gave him a deep hug and said: “Young master, be careful!”

Finally, even Bai Jianzhen gave him a hug without saying anything, true to her personality.

Li Qiye looked at her and gently touch the hair on her forehead and said seriously: “I don’t doubt your talents. In fact, no one in the contemporary is your match with regards to the dao of the sword. Your talents are worthy of pride.”

Bai Jianzhen remained silent like a sword that has yet to leave its scabbard.

“The thing I find insufficient in you is your unwillingness to let go.” He said: “The sword is not a cold weapon. In fact, after embarking on this path, you should try and feel it. The sword and its dao both have emotions, it is not just a murderous tool in your hand.” He paused for a bit here: “If, say, you only consider it as a weapon and a cultivation path, even when you stand at the peak, you won’t truly be able to break through the real limit. After the peak and the limit is a vaster grand dao.”

“After the limit?” Her eyes came together with an incredible glint.

“Yes, beyond the limit.” He added: “This path can actually go very far. For millions of years now, very few Immortal Emperors could devote their entire life to one weapon in order to reach the dao and became the ultimate bearer of the Heaven’s Will.”

“It can be said that your Patriarch, Immortal Emperor Ye Ti was almost one of them.” He went on: “But I want you to understand that the path traveled by him is not your path. That path becomes increasingly narrow and in the end, not to mention surpassing him, I’m afraid you will find it difficult to even reach his level.”

Bai Jianzhen wasn’t the only one listening closely. The other girls paid great attention as well. They knew that this was the fundamentals of the grand dao.

He was urging her on in order to reveal a path for her, a path that she has not opened before so that she could embark on the true path towards the grand dao.

  1. It is that vague in the raw

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