Emperor Heavenvine

Chapter 1173: Deal With Teng Jiwen

While leisurely drinking his wine at the tavern, someone finally came after a while. It was Teng Jiwen followed by the three old men.

Li Qiye smiled faintly after seeing him and said: “You all have been following me for a long time now. This can’t be a coincidence too.”

Teng Jiwen didn’t hide anything after hearing this. He came forward and bowed: “This little brother’s name is Teng Jiwen of the Heavenvine Citadel. Sir, I admire you so I have decided to stay here to watch you, please excuse us.”

He was quite polite and candid. As someone from a treefather’s lineage, he was not arrogant at all. This was quite rare.

Li Qiye glanced at him and said: “If I cared about it, you wouldn’t be standing here and talking to me right now.” Having said that, he tapped on the table with his finger.

Teng Jiwen bowed again with cupped fists before sitting down. He looked at Li Qiye but was quite hesitant for he was looking for the right words.

Li Qiye chuckled: “Speak, my time is very precious so I can’t sit here all day waiting for you.”

Teng Jiwen took a deep breath and spoke: “Sir, you have a supreme dao of alchemy. Your techniques are wonderful, to be able to see your revival method…”

“No need to flatter me.” Li Qiye waved his sleeve with a smile: “I know my alchemy dao is supreme and matchless. I am the best alchemist in the nine heavens and ten earths.”

Teng Jiwen was suddenly halted. If Li Qiye self-praised like that, there was no need for him to say anything else.

He lamented this situation innerly. Other people would start acting quite humble but this person actually boasted even more.

“Sir, you can really life replenish an ancestral tree?” He went straight for the point after making up his mind.

Li Qiye smiled mysteriously: “I can also cure your ancestral vine. After the calamity, its situation should be quite bad.”

“You…” Teng Jiwen’s expression shifted and stood up and took several steps back. The chair behind him was knocked down in the process.

The three old men had the same expression. They stared at Li Qiye intensely and the situation suddenly became tense. This was because only the upper echelon of the citadel knew about this. Teng Jiwen was a descendant-level disciple so he knew as well. Ordinary disciples didn’t know about it.

Li Qiye sat there nonchalantly while sipping more wine: “Don’t have any stupid thoughts such as killing me to keep it a secret or I’ll bury you under the Peacock Tree as fertilizer.”

In just a moment, the elders glimpsed at each other. They didn’t know what kind of power this man ahead had but they didn’t dare to act carelessly.

Teng Jiwen took a deep breath and gently waved his hand towards the three elders. They then converged their aura and slowly retreated to the size.

He went back to the table and cupped his fist: “Sir, you are quite well-informed. May I ask how you found out about this?”

Li Qiye lazily said: “Why dwell on this dull topic? Not too many things can hide from me in this world. You stay behind in order to see my dao of alchemy so this is naturally the thing you were caring about.”

Teng Jiwen responded: “Sir, the truth is that this little brother is very interested in your dao of alchemy. After all, very few people in history are capable of such feat.”

Li Qiye waved his hand dismissively: “No need to waste time with this polite formality. You just want to ask me to save your ancestral tree.”

“Sir, you are right.” He knew he couldn’t hide it any longer and decisively said: “I do have this thought cause your dao of alchemy is matchless.”

“Requesting my service is not difficult but you need to be mentally prepared. My asking price is very high.” With that, he turned around and left.

However, he left one last message as he was walking away: “You better decide soon. My time is precious so if you miss this opportunity, it will be your lifelong regret.”

Teng Jiwen mulled the situation over after Li Qiye left in silence.

“Asking an outsider with an unclear background to cure our treefather is too dangerous. I’m afraid the ancestors will not agree.” One old man said.

A different one agreed with a nod: “We don’t know anything about this person. It is still too early to know if his dao of alchemy is actually matchless or not. If he can do it, then it’ll be easy. If he can’t, it will be a big disadvantage to you. Your opponent will use this against you and with one misstep, you will never be able to redeem yourself. At that time, not to mention competing for the position of citadel lord, you might not even have a place to stay in the city.”

“I know that full well.” Teng Jiwen smiled wryly: “But if he is really a master, isn’t this a once in a lifetime opportunity? In the present, how many people actually has the ability to cure a treefather in the Heaven Spirit World?”

He paused with a sigh: “I know, the wise decision is to recognize the complexity within and focus on the winning the citadel lord position first. But if we really miss this chance, then it would be a huge regret for our city as a whole.”

“That might be true but such a great event should be decided by the elders.” The old man called Third Uncle said: “Just focus on becoming the lord right now. If you are really determined, it won’t be too late after you take the position.”

“But the issue is, will this opportunity wait for us?” He replied: “If he is truly able to replenish the Peacock Tree, then it shows just how heaven defying his alchemy is. He would be famous the moment this task is successful. At that time, people all over the world would come begging him including many imperial lineages and treefather’s heritages to prolong their ancestors’ life and trees!”

“Once that day comes, if the nine worlds are connected then to, then there will be an even bigger world in front of him, even more will kneel before him to ask for life replenishment.” Teng Jiwen said: “At that point, he would be the ultimate alchemist, would he bother looking at us then? As he have put it, it will be our lifelong regret.”

The man called Third Uncle responded: “But these are only his words. He might not have this ability or he would have been famous already.”

“Some things in this world can’t be judged with common sense. The world is too vast with many great and eccentric people.” Teng Jiwen said with a tinge of helplessness: “But in my opinion, he isn’t a man of empty words. Without absolute confidence, no one would say such things. It is unwise to deceive and offend our Heavenvine Citadel unless he is powerful enough.”

After hearing this, the three old men glanced at each other. One of them said: “Even if you believe so, the other ancestors might not necessarily agree with you.”

He took a deep breath and said: “Rest assured, I will certainly be able to convince them. I’m confident in this.”

The three old men had nothing else to say after seeing that Teng Jiwen has made his decision. In fact, his good foresight was one of the reasons why he was a top candidate to become the citadel lord.

Li Qiye was back to the Exquisite Valley’s place for several days and sure enough, Teng Jiwen came to find him.

“Young noble, you were waiting for him to come?” Kong Qinru asked. She knew that Li Qiye was no joke. If he he didn’t wish for it, Teng Jiwen wouldn’t be coming here right now.

“Yes, I have been waiting for him to come since I do need to go to the Heavenvine Citadel.” Li Qiye chuckled.

“The Heavenvine Citadel?” She was surprised and asked: “What about the Peacock Tree then?”

Li Qiye shook his head in response: “Can’t rush this matter. We have done what we need to do for now. Give it time to digest. When the time is right, I will carry out the last step.”

He looked at her and continued: “This is mainly because in order to have a successful replenishment, we still need some more special items.”

“What else is needed? The Exquisite Valley will get them.” She said with haste.

Li Qiye shook his head: “They aren’t something you guys can get. I have to do it in person.”

“The Heavenvine Citadel has them?” She realized something and asked.

“Yes, a very important thing, the key to replenishing the Peacock Tree.” He answered with a smile.

“I think the citadel won’t give it up so willingly.” she said. How could a treefather’s lineage give away their treasure to an outsider, a human at that.

“I have always gotten what I want.” Li Qiye smirked.

Such domineering words left her slack-jawed. She eventually said: “Young noble, you want to rob them?”

Chapter 1174: Ongoing Plan

“Rob?” Li Qiye chortled and said: “Whether it be by force or a gift, it is up to them. This is their own good fortune, if they miss the chance, I can only say that they will feel very regretful later.”

Kong Qinru lamented the incoming event. Forcing a treefather’s lineage into giving him something… Outside of Immortal Emperors, no one else would dare to do this domineering task.

“The ancestral vine from the citadel is still there.” She had to remind him: “Rumor says that it is still very young and powerful, plenty capable of fighting an Immortal Emperor.”

After treefathers turned into ancestral trees, these existences wouldn’t care for mundane matters and weren’t much different from ordinary plants.

However, when an enemy invades their lineage or when a calamity was approaching, these non-sentient beings would still fight to kill the enemies to protect their descendants.

The young trees were especially powerful, no less than their peak form when they were still alive. Thus, not even Immortal Emperors could defeat them with certainty.

“I know.” Li Qiye chuckled: “It’s no big deal if that tree is still there. If I wasn’t certain, I wouldn’t be going to the citadel in the first place.”

She heaved a sigh of relief after hearing this. Even though she knew that Li Qiye was not a bulliable nice guy, she still didn’t know the true source of his power. After all, he will be facing a treefather’s lineage, an invincible ancestral tree. Not too many would come out unscathed from a battle against them.

Both Godkings and Emperor Candidates won’t do unless they were at the Emperor Assailant level.

“Is there no other way? Maybe we can try negotiating with them. My Exquisite Valley still has some influence, perhaps we can exchange some treasures with them.” From any angle, she didn’t want him to quarrel against the citadel.

In her mind, even if he couldn’t replenish the Peacock Tree’s life, he still had an imperial bloodline. She hoped that he would be able to pass down this legacy in great number.

“Your valley has a lot of treasures, but even if you take the best ones hidden in your sect out to exchange, they still won’t do it with you.” Li Qiye smiled and shook his head.

Kong Qinru was startled as she blurted: “Don’t, don’t tell me that you want that item from the citadel…”

“Yes, precisely.” He nodded before she could finish speaking: “It won’t be easy for the Peacock Tree to survive for another eight to ten generations so that item will be very useful.”

She became dumbfounded right away. Initially, she thought that he wanted something else from the citadel, not their mythical item. While looking quite silly, she had to spill her mind: “Well, well, it will be impossible. The citadel will definitely not give it to you.”

“Don’t worry, they will.” He smiled and shook his head after noticing her expression: “Don’t think of me as an unreasonable brute. Sometimes, I am very reasonable. I might need someone else’s stuff, but I will give them an equivalent deal. Look, I’m giving them a huge chance right now, it is up to them to take it or not.”

“It’s still impossible, they will want nothing in exchange for it.” She shook his head: “It is too precious to them.”

“That’s a pity then because if that’s the case, the Heavenvine Citadel will collapse into ashes.” He smiled faintly.

“What…” She was stunned once more. No one would believe about this incoming destruction of the Heavenvine Citadel. Their ancestral vine was in its prime and would live for a much longer time across generations.

Furthermore, with its protection, who would dare to attack the citadel?

“Don’t go wild with imagination. It won’t be destroyed right away and I won’t be the one to do it.” Li Qiye gently shook his head: “I can only say that if they give up this godsend opportunity, they will cease to exist in one or two more generations.”

She didn’t know what to say for this matter was beyond her comprehension and imagination.

He glanced over and said: “Outside of some other things, there is one more matter that you need to do. Go spread a message that the Peacock Tree is about to die. Remember, do not leave any trace.”

“That the Peacock Tree is dying?” She tried to conform: “Spread out this message right now?”

“No, wait until the time is right. I will let you know then.” He said insipidly: “But you must be ready before then. I want this news to spread very quickly across the entire Heaven Spirit World in the shortest time.”

“I understand, the valley will do our best.” She nodded.

“One more thing.” He ordered: “Make plan to temporarily evacuate everyone from the Peacock Land. I will let you know when it is the right time.”

“Evacuation?” Despite being a bit startled, she still agreed: “Leave this to our valley as well.”

“How are you doing on my issue?” Li Qiye asked.

She quickly answered: “I have just received a new message, the person you are looking for has been seen before. She was seen at the Jade Sea, to be exact, at the…”

“Cavalry Town.” Li Qiye gently sighed and finished her sentence. Who understood about the Su Clan’s secret channel more than him? He naturally knew where she landed after coming to the Heaven Spirit World.

“Yes, her first appearance was at the Cavalry Town. She traveled through several places since then, it seems like she was asking about an ancient tribe.” She elaborated: “But later on, she crossed the sea to the Dragon Demon Sea. It is more complicated there and we haven’t received anything back. It might require more time.”

He nodded and said: “Keep on checking and update me when possible. Let Teng Jiwen in, it is about time for me to leave as well.”

Kong Qinru acknowledged and followed his instructions. Of course, she couldn’t see Teng Jiwen herself. She took Li Qiye from the Golden Isle so if others were to find out that she was the mastermind behind this, it would bring great trouble to the Exquisite Valley.

A moment later, Teng Jiwen marched inside and bowed the moment he saw Li Qiye: “Sir, this little brother will be bothering you again.”

Li Qiye glanced at him and finally smiled: “You are not bad at all.”

Teng Jiwen was surprised to hear this. He didn’t know why Li Qiye would suddenly make this statement. Nevertheless, he still bowed and said: “Thank you for the kind words, sir. This little brother, no, this student came this time to ask you to come visit my Heavenvine Citadel.” 1

“It seems like your ancestral vine’s problem is not trivial.” Li Qiye smiled and said.

The youth coughed and replied: “There is indeed a problem with our ancestral vine so I’m inviting you to personally come and perform your skillful healing art, sir.”

Li Qiye nonchalantly responded: “If I can’t cure your ancestral vine, no one else in the world can. However, you, or rather, your citadel should be ready. My price will be skyhigh, don’t blame me for not bringing this up at that point.”

Teng Jiwen felt that him and the citadel were fishes on a platter at this moment. Li Qiye was free to do whatever he wanted to them.

He took a deep breath and solemnly said: “Sir, rest assured that everything is negotiable as long as you can cure our ancestral vine.”

Li Qiye looked at the boy and smirked because he didn’t know what he wanted at all. He then spoke: “It is good that you all have such determination. Let us go then, my time is very precious.”

Teng Jiwen didn’t waste words and immediately led the way.

The Heavenvine Citadel was a great lineage in the Jade Sea. It was built on top of the Heavenvine Ancestor, also known as the Heavenvine Treefather.

Of course, it was not comparable to the Golden Isle. The isle had two ancestral trees and it was much older than the citadel with inconceivable resources.

Nevertheless, the citadel was still a great lineage even among the rest of the Heaven Spirit World since it still had one treefather. Not to mention ordinary cultivators, even Godkings wouldn’t dare to have any ideas against a place protected by an ancestral tree.

But little did the citadel know that Li Qiye was preying on them. Moreover, the item he wanted was their lifeblood.

Teng Jiwen and Li Qiye traveled through a portal to directly reach the Heavenvine Citadel.

While standing here, anyone could feel a majestic aura full of life wafting in the air. On the platform, Li Qiye glanced at the lofty sky and boundless sea.

  1. It is important to note that he has been calling Li Qiye “sir” nonstop. This sir can also be what students use to call their teacher. He moved himself one position lower on the hierarchy by addressing himself as student instead of little brother. This sentence is awkward but is necessary to show the new change of tone, the speaker’s change of belief in the duo’s relative status

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