Emperor Sentiment

Chapter 1146: Indignation

The shadow became silent this time instead of screaming. Eventually, he coldly said: “I can escape this worldly prison and turn this land into a paradise. I can soar to the nine heavens again and reestablish my glory! As long as I can persevere, nothing can’t be done, nothing is impossible!”

Li Qiye said emotionlessly: “Escape from this prison? Purify the land? How are you going to do it? You have everything right now, but it is only due to the underground power yet you want to escape then purify it? Don’t you know how hilarious that sounds? Without a doubt, you are imagining about building a pavilion in the sky, it is all talk!” 1

“You are not what you used to be.” Li Qiye coldly stared at him: “You are no longer the Mortal Emperor, no longer the wise sage of past. To put it bluntly, you are only a monster able to live on by clinging on to this resentment and feeling of indignation!”

“Hmph, who says I am a resentment?” The shadow retorted: “I am me, the Mortal Emperor that protects the human race!”

“Is that so? Look at yourself in the eye and truly ask, are you really the Mortal Emperor in the past?” Li Qiye emotionlessly spoke: “Wake up, you are nothing right now! And seriously, I don’t know what you are resenting.”

“Do you resent yourself? Resent the old tyrant? Or do you resent the heavens, maybe your daughter?” He finished.

“Stop talking!” The shadow became especially aggravated after hearing about his daughter and shouted: “What do you know! During the tyrant’s reign, how many humans and sentient beings were killed by him!? Did you see how people wailed in lament, their blood filled the rivers. There was no sunlight in this place…”

“I know!” Li Qiye interrupted him and said flatly: “Even though I was not in the nine worlds during that era, but I know about it very well. In fact, I have experienced an even crueler period with more bloodshed. The tyrant is nothing compared to the Ancient Ming.”

He went on while looking at the shadow: “You know, when Immortal Emperor Min Ren and I sieged this underground location, why did we only seal you instead of killing you? The truth is that with the emperor’s mighty power and my legions, I could bury you even deeper underground and make you cry forever in the darkest place, never able to leave…”

“I could have even cut you to little pieces so that you would never form your body again. Even if I couldn’t kill you, I had plenty of ways to make your life worse than death. I can use the most vicious means in the world to let you give up on everything!” With that, he stared at the shadow with sympathy and said: “But I didn’t do so.”

“It was not because Immortal Emperor Min Ren is a merciful person, but it is because I remember your contribution in protecting the human race back then.” He continued: “Thus, we only sealed you and the power underground. I hoped that one day, you would come to understand and let go of this hatred! Unfortunately, it seems like you still haven’t thought it through judging by today!”

This shadow ahead was Su Yuhe’s father, an invincible Virtuous Paragon from the human race. He was only one step away from being an Immortal Emperor.

During the era of the tyrant, he rose up and rebelled. In the end, he used his daughter as the bait by making her marry the tyrant. One misstep ruined his daughter’s entire life and also doomed him.

“Let go, why should I!? I can still return one day!” The shadow snapped loudly.

Li Qiye sighed and gently shook his head: “Every choices, regardless of whether right or wrong, something has to give! Your current situation and your daughter’ fate were ultimately because of your decision.”

“Stop talking!” The shadow screamed.

Li Qiye ignored his plea and kept on: “Really, I admire your will to oppose the tyrant as well as your contribution for the human race. Because of this, you are qualified to be called Mortal Emperor even though you couldn’t become an Immortal Emperor. But we’ll make a few things clear today. We won’t talk about your guardianship of the human race, only your dao heart and personal obsession.”

“In your case, protecting the humans and the nine worlds eventually became your obsession.” Li Qiye spoke slowly: “A young genius of the human race opposing a tyrant, persevering to the very end to become a gray-haired Mortal Emperor. I really do admire your persistence.”

“But have you ever thought that ultimately, it became a feud between you and the tyrant.” Li Qiye looked seriously at the shadow: “By saying this, I feel as if I have become a conspiracy theorist due to your great accomplishments.”

“But ask yourself, what is your ultimate intent? Was it really to protect the humans and the nine worlds?” He went on: “At the very end, you only had one obsession left, and that was to defeat the tyrant because that has been your lifelong dream! You simply wanted to make it come true!”

“Nonsense!” The shadow retorted.

“Is that what you think?” Li Qiye smilingly said: “From a teenager to an old Mortal Emperor, at that stage, you already had enough power and authority. The human race under your leadership was strong enough to fight against the tyrant’s kingdom.”

“But we can talk about something else instead.” Li Qiye stated: “We won’t talk about how you became ashes back then but rather, your immortal situation today. Regardless of whether you are a strand of obsession or a wisp of resentment, they share one common thing. To a certain degree, the power in here could allow you to live on, maybe not to the level of everlastingness.”

“Hmph. I and only I have understood the mysteries within!” The shadow said.

“I won’t deny that.” Li Qiye answered: “But let me ask you a question. You took the underground secret from the tyrant back then after he died. You know what I’m talking about? He couldn’t comprehend the power here and the truth was that he was even older than you. His death was only a matter of time and it certainly would have been before you.”

“Hmph.” The shadow scowled.

Li Qiye continued: “I know this is hard to hear but even though we are discussing this issue, it has no effect on your contribution to the human race. In my mind, you are still qualified of your title and to be worshipped as an admirable great sage.”

“But now, we have to about the bad part in this.” Li Qiye coldly glared at the shadow at this point: “Compared to you wanting the underground secret, it is more apt to say that you wanted to defeat the tyrant. You hoped that you could defeat or personally kill him before his natural death! This is your life-long wish so ultimately, you made a choice.”

“Defeating him and protecting the human race, is there a distinction here?” The shadow spoke without emotions.

Li Qiye replied: “To tell the truth, I am not trying to criticize you in this matter. In fact, I am not qualified to make any criticism. A man is not a saint, so how can he always be righteous? Everyone have their own desires and ambitions.”

“But since you made the choice, it doesn’t matter how you have turned into ashes or became this abomination, what are you resentful about? The tyrant? That damn villainous heaven? Or yourself?”

“Honestly, I do not know what you are resenting. Since you made your choice, face it and the consequences, regardless of whether they are good or bad.”

“I have no resentment, I only want to see the daylight again!” The shadow answered.

“Do you think these words are persuasive at all?” Li Qiye smiled and said: “Truly ask yourself that question again.”

Li Qiye stared at him and kept on: “Others do not know about the power here, but I do. It is a power belonging to darkness and negativity. Why was it that the tyrant was so strong back then, capable of changing the tide of battle by himself? Why is it that you have turned to ashes yet you are still alive? It is all because of this underground power.”

“The tyrant is violent and ambitious, allowing him to rely on this power. But for you, because of your resentment, it turned you into your current form, making you think that you are actually eternal!” Li Qiye said.

“So what!?” So what if I resent! I’m not allowed to resent just because I’m opposing you?” The shadow shouted.

“I won’t deny that I had my own agenda when creating the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect in this place. I also wanted the thing underground but I eventually gave up.” Li Qiye said flatly: “I don’t mind your feelings of resentment and indignation, but they will turn this land into evil and kill all the living beings here, so it is my problem now!”

Chapter 1147: Apricot Vase

After hearing this, the shadow snorted in response: “On what basis do you think I will turn this land into evil and that I will destroy all living beings here?”

“You know it to be true in your heart but you are unwilling to admit it.” Li Qiye retorted: “Do you think you can control the power underground even better than the tyrant back then?”

“Or perhaps, before your death, you had a strong body and a firm will, allowing you to suppress this power underground. Li Qiye explained: “But now, you have nothing, you have given everything to this power. If you truly try to come out, how will you escape it or even try to purify it? How are you going to turn this land into a paradise?”

The shadow became quiet and did not answer.

“Because of this, I simply wanted to talk it out with you.” Li Qiye said: “I don’t want to fight and kill in this place. I’m too tired and bored to wonder whether I should seal or end you. I came today, hoping that you can realize this yourself. Return to where you belong, the deepest location underground is your home, no need to come out again.”

“Says who?” The shadow disagreed: “I will definitely rule the nine worlds again…”

“It seems like I have been wasting my breath completely this entire time.” Li Qiye interrupted him: “I’m sick and tired of you now. After so many years, you still don’t dare to face your own choice and the consequence stemming from it. You are not even comparable to your daughter. Her miserable fate and unimaginable suffering; all of this were given by you…”

“Even though she hated you, she didn’t hold on to this resentment till this day and allowed bygones to be bygones with the passage of time…” Li Qiye said.

“Stop, stop, shut up!” The shadow shouted after Su Yuhe was brought up. It held its head and didn’t want to listen any further since this was its inner demon!

“Outside of convincing you today, I also came with good news.” Li Qiye said lightly: “I have buried your daughter’s remains in the most peaceful place. All of her obsessions are gone now. She has let go of hatred, including of the tyrant. In the future, she will be able to be reborn.” 2

Li Qiye continued while staring at the shadow: “So, you should think about letting everything go as well. Forget about the tyrant and your daughter. Let go of your inner demon, only then will you able to be free…”

“No!” The shadow screamed while holding its head: “No! I will certainly be able to come back to the nine worlds!”

Li Qiye gently sighed: “I can only say that I am very disappointed. I didn’t want to use such means to force you but this is your choice. I hope you will be able to face it one day.”

Having said that, he took out a vase decorated by an apricot flower. This was given to him before Su Yuhe left.

“No!” After seeing the vase, the shadow screamed as if it has seen a ghost and took a step back in fear.

This was Su Yuhe’s favorite vase. He personally gifted it to her when she married the tyrant. During her most painful time, she could only hold onto this vase and poured out her heart while waiting for the light.

Seeing this vase reminded him of everything. This was his inner demon; something he did not want to face.

“No…” The shadow begged: “Take it away, take it away, noo-”

“It is too late.” Li Qiye gently shook his head: “Face your choice!”

“No…” The shadow mustered some courage out of nowhere and pounced forward, wanting to break this apricot vase. However, when he got closer, he became scared and immediately staggered backward while crazily shaking his head: “I can’t, I can’t this was He’er’s favorite! I can’t…”

“Ah-!” During his wailing, someone inside seemed to be wanting to rip his body apart. He desperately struggled while falling back in order to stop it from coming out.

“No!” In the end, the shadow couldn’t restrain it. After a loud scream, his body was torn apart. An exact-copy shadow came out and immediately devoured him before escaping into the pit and disappearing without a trace.

“Boom!” All of the black energy receded like the tide into the ground.

“That was the inner demon.” Li Qiye stated while watching the whole thing.

Old Devil heaved a sigh of relief after seeing the shadow running again. After struggling for tens of thousand years, it was finally over. He asked a bit later: “Will he return?”

Even though the shadow was devoured by his inner demon, this didn’t mean that he has perished. The inner demon was simply in charge at the moment. If he could suppress this inner demon one day, he would be able to return again.

“Leave the vase here. With its suppression, he will not come out since he can’t fight his inner demon unless he lets go of everything. But once he lets go of everything, he will know what he should do next.” Li Qiye said.

Old Devil became relieved and followed Li Qiye’s order.

After leaving the underground, Li Qiye stared coldly at Old Devil and said: “This is the power that you want. What do you think is the end result even if you could obtain this power? Becoming another tyrant or an abomination?”

Old Devil prostrated in shame: “My momentary foolishness has harmed the entire sect, forcing everyone to experience tens of thousand years of suffering.”

Li Qiye gently sighed and left without saying anything.

After the war, the entire Mortal Emperor World became calm again. The old generation slumbered once more while the young generation was either training or kept a low profile without coming out.

This was the beginning of a new age with the Heaven’s Will coming together. It should be an exciting time but this world was very quiet, even peaceful.

There was no other way. If it was a different generation with the Heaven’s Will emerging, the world would definitely became rowdy with geniuses coming out in waves. Many ancestors from imperial lineages would leave their mountains as everyone prepared to compete for the throne.

Such a bustling period would definitely be magnificent and stimulating till the blood boil. Geniuses would fight and sects would kill each other.

But everything has calmed down because everyone in the Mortal Emperor World has already known the result even before the competition has begun. The Heaven’s Will this generation belonged to no one but Li Qiye. No one else could compete with him for it.

Thus, the Mortal Emperor World became unusually tranquil and peaceful.

Li Qiye didn’t leave the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect or ask about any matters during this period of time. He simply focused on cultivating.

Magu also returned to the Heavenly Dao Academy because she knew that the day of departure would eventually come. She would have to leave the Mortal Emperor World and the nine worlds altogether. Thus, she returned to her place in order to leave behind an inheritance for the academy.

After all, the academy was her home. She naturally wanted it to have a distant source and a long flow as it continued to pass down. So before leaving, she had to do something for the academy. 3

During his stay at the sect, outside of teaching Li Shuangyan and the other girls, even Bu Lianxiang would come to him for advices sometimes.

The truth was that in the present, he didn’t really have anything to teach Bu Lianxiang. They rarely talked about cultivation. In her eyes, just snuggling with him was enough.

But when they were together, they had to talk about her galaxy. She told him: “You should take it and study it. It is a waste for me to keep it.”

“No, you keep it.” Li Qiye gently put her hair back behind her ear and said seriously: “This is an item from your Bu Clan, your ancestors left it to you so it belongs to you.”

“But you will need it one day.” She insisted: “When you face it again in the future, you will need something even more powerful.”

“I am different now compared to the Ancient Ming Era. I have even more powerful items so I am very prepared if the war finally comes in the future. Leave this galaxy with you.”

Bu Lianxiang became quiet for a bit before tightly holding his hand: “I don’t know what I still have to leave you.”

“No need to leave me anything.” Li Qiye said: “I am already very satisfied having reached this point in life. I have experienced and grasped everything I wanted. If that day comes when I die on the battlefield, I still won’t have any regrets.”

“Don’t say such unlucky things.” She quickly covered his mouth and became a bit flustered.

  1. An idiom meaning unrealistic utopian construction, imaginary future plans
  2. The word for “reborn” here has a couple of different meanings: “to be reborn / to live in paradise (Buddhism) / to die / (after) one’s death”
  3. Another imagery idiom. Imagine a long river. Because it is long, the source is distant. It symbolizes a great lineage/inheritance

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