Emperor Sisters

Chapter 1223: Quiet Aftermath

The Peacock Land was still very quiet. The day came and went with no one daring to come inside. They were afraid of the Peacock Tree’s wrath and another terrible blood refinement.

Li Qiye also enjoyed the calm and peacefulness during this period.

In fact, many people have shifted their attention to the wars for territories and resources. The majority of sects and kingdoms were busy waging battles in the Teeming Fish’s marine regions. They didn’t have the time and energy to enter the Peacock Land. At the same time, the Teeming Fish have suddenly became a dog with a dead owner overnight, being ganged up on by others.

The breeze gently blew under the Peacock Tree. At this time, it looked completely different with verdant leaves. It emitted an exuberant aura after the replenishment. It should be able to live for a long time now.

Li Qiye’s harvest was quite sizable as well. He was able to devour the heaven’s punishment, allowing him to have the ability to solve the Life Origination.

He was quite content with this gains since he was only missing one thing left out of the four mysteries of the fate palace. In his possession currently were the Ancient Void Rune, Heavenly Dao’s Primal Chapter, and Life Origination. If he could gather the final piece, it would be near completion for him.

He eventually opened his eyes after a while. He felt quite comfortable with a strange sensation due to the great vitality, similar to a rebirth. While glancing around, he saw an exquisite jade table in front of him and a stove with smoke curling out of it.

There was also a sound of wood burning. On top of the table was boiling spring water at the right temperature. The water was heated right when he woke up.

A pair of gentle and porcelain hands were preparing tea with a pot and cup. All the movements were quite smooth and natural with great mastery.

Li Qiye noticed the master of these hands. It was a charming beauty. Even though she was still a maiden, she already had the sexiness of a mature woman like a ripe peach that others couldn’t help but want a taste.

Who could it be besides the schoolmaster of the Sacred Spring School, Zhuo Jianshi?

She sat in a proper position while pouring tea for Li Qiye. This gentle and docile demeanor made she look like a newlywed bride.

He only smiled and took the jade cup while taking his time sipping the tea without saying anything.

After he finished, she poured another cup for him with the same grace. At this time, Kong Qinru appeared on the peak and stood there quietly.

Zhuo Jianshi noticed her arrival and put down the teapot and quietly left. She didn’t say a word from start to finish.

Kong Qinru came forward and kneeled before Li Qiye. Being the valley lord didn’t diminish her respectful attitude before him.

“Young noble, I’m afraid I have to go back. The sect has summoned me.” She looked at him and said.

Li Qiye smiled and said: “Go, a feast is about to begin. Many lands have lost its master with continuous wars. The Exquisite Valley requires you to preside over these matters. Of course you will have to leave.”

“If there are more news about the person you are trying to find, the valley will let you know right away.” She replied.

He only nodded without saying anything else.

“When will we meet again?” She asked eventually. She knew that he was only passing through the Heaven Spirit World. There was nothing here that could make him feel sentimental.

“We will meet if it is meant to be.” He smiled: “You have a great ambition, a drive for change. Keep on trying, one could only be successful through perseverance. Dreams alone are just empty words.”

“I will engrave your guidance to my heart.” She said.

He nodded again and continued to drink his tea. The steam coming out from the cup seemed to be covering his face causing Kong Qinru to stare in a daze. It was as if he was hiding in the mist; no one could see through his unfathomable self.

“Anything else?” Eventually, he looked at her and asked.

She hesitated for a moment before answering: “Schoolmaster Zhuo is quite exceptional. The Sacred Spring School was initially in a marriage pact with our Exquisite Valley. The schoolmaster’s fiancee was my first brother. Unfortunately, he died from misfortunes before the two of them could marry. Schoolmaster Zhuo has been living as a widow for his sake. This can only be praised as having great loyalty and virtues…”

“What are you doing?” Li Qiye couldn’t help but laugh. He shook his head and said: “Are you trying to find a wife or a concubine for me? Or maybe a bedwarming maid?”

“I wouldn’t dare.” She said seriously: “I was only afraid that you might have misunderstood.”

Li Qiye gently waved his sleeve and said: “Don’t worry, nothing can elude my gaze or trick my mind.”

She took a deep breath and respectfully said goodbye: “Young noble, I hope we can meet again. I will not let you down in the future.”

With that, she drifted away and disappeared.

Li Qiye looked down to continue drinking his tea. After a good while, Zhuo Jianshi finally returned to side. She poured more tea for him in the same natural manner.

Inside the tea’s mist, he finally look at her and smiled leisurely: “Is this your own will or is it the hope of the old geezers from your three schools?”

She quietly sat there. It seemed that she would always be so elegant and mature. This kind of noble grace made her even more attractive.

“If I can follow young noble, it will be our three schools’ honor.” Her soft voice was especially pleasant.

He smiled and said: “What do you want? Or rather, what does your Sacred Spring School want? A whale rider or an imperial seed?”

She pondered for a bit before answering softly: “Young noble, what are you willing to give us?”

He leisurely responded: “I don’t need to leave anything for your three schools. In fact, I don’t owe you anything. It is the other way around.”

The truth was that Li Qiye simply didn’t want to care about these matters in this generation. Even though he was friends with Immortal Emperor Wu Gou, he didn’t need to protect the Void Imperfect Three Schools and definitely didn’t need to leave anything for it.

After hearing this, she gently sighed with a slight frown on her beautiful face. Even this expression had its own charm. Others couldn’t help but want to make her happy again.

Li Qiye continued to sip on the tea. In his eyes, all of this was as ephemeral as the winds and clouds.

Eventually, he suggested: “If say, I want you to warm my bed since I want nothing out of your school, only you. Will you agree?”

She contemplated for a bit before looking straight at him and gave a sincere response: “Young noble, if you fancy me, it will be my honor.”

Li Qiye laughed and shook his head: “I am not someone who likes to force others.”

“She might be unwilling, but I am.” A coquettish voice came about at this time: “I want to follow and stay by your side, young noble!”

This voice was particularly enchanting and could steal someone’s soul away. Just by hearing it, one could imagine that it was a very charming woman.

A woman fluttered closer from the wind. Even before seeing her appearance, one would already be enraptured by her. Each of her steps was quite graceful, like a willow leaf amidst the breeze. Her ethereal bearing drew uncontrollable gazes.

She stood before Li Qiye while dressed in a black robe that couldn’t hide her peerlessly beautiful posture. Her willow-like waist was apparent through the thin, silky cloth. Below was her perfectly round buttocks that was accentuated even more by the black cotton yarn.

A dark gossamer top hid her well-rounded breasts. Very few strokes of the brush could capture their soul-stirring gorgeousness. It was indeed a difficult endeavor as well to describe them with words.

In particular, they would sway in an astonishing manner with each of her step. This was truly not for the faint of heart. She came before Li Qiye and deeply bowed: “My name is Liu Ruyan, nice to meet you, young noble.”

She was very close to him. A pleasant smell carried by the wind was intoxicating. In this close gap, while smelling her sweet scent, one would suddenly had the illusion that they were embracing her while basking in her delightful fragrance.

Chapter 1224: Liu Ruyan

The woman ahead had her face hidden behind a black veil. Irregardless, just by looking at her graceful and slender figure accentuated by magnificent curves on top of her barely visible valley was more than enough to fill the heart with euphoria.

Zhuo Jianshi slightly frowned while sitting at the table after seeing this woman. However, she still maintained her elegance and calmness before speaking: “Little sister Liu, do the elders know that you are here?”

Liu Ruyan let out a charming smile capable of inciting lust. She didn’t mind Zhuo Jianshi’s question: “Who among the elders doesn’t know that I love to interfere with your business? It wouldn’t be good if they knew I was here.”

Zhuo Jianshi has expected this answer already so what else could she say?

Li Qiye was still hidden behind the curling steam rising from his teacup. He looked at her and chuckled: “The descendants of the Liu Clan are all femme fatales. It looks like you have also inherited your ancestors’ bewitching abilities. This is indeed a great disaster for all living beings. Moreover, it looks like your Evil Devourer Graceful Law is not bad either. Your clan is a bit interesting to have this variation of the Heaven Devourer Evil Physique.” 1

“Young noble, you speak as if only our Liu Clan specializes in seduction. Many people in the Heaven Spirit World call the women in our clan vixens.” She chuckled with a bold and direct stare. 2

Li Qiye laughed after hearing this: “Well, the women from your clan are indeed vixens, including your progenitor. Even though people said that she was a grand completion Immortal Physique user, she couldn’t finish the Heaven Devour Evil Physique but ended with this type of seductive physique instead. She was a beautiful temptress in the nine worlds who drove so many men crazy.”

“I am honored to hear such praises from you, young noble.” She covered her mouth while laughing. Despite being covered by a veil, her eyes could pass on amorous feelings. When she stared at Li Qiye, they were luminous with autumn ripples. 3

Li Qiye shook his head and smiled: “Girl, there is still a long way to go if you want to seduce me. Try again after you reach grand completion with your physique. With the skill you have right now, it is only embarrassing to show it off.”

Liu Ruyan was not offended at all. She smiled charmingly and said: “Since you say so, when I reach grand completion, I’ll try to see if I can get you into my red curtains.” 4

“Take me into your red curtains?” Li Qiye was quite amused: “You can almost qualify to be mine alone, but for me to marry you, don’t dwell on this idea any further.”

“So you are saying that I still have a chance?” She flirted with a seductive chuckle. Just like Li Qiye said, this woman was definitely a vixen.

Zhuo Jianshi was still calm sitting close by despite Liu Ruyan’s flirtatious behavior. Her mature and elegant charm made others palpitate in a different manner.

Li Qiye only smiled back at Liu Ruyan. He looked over at Zhuo Jianshi and asked: “Who is in charge of the Void Imperfection Three Schools right now?”

So it turned out that Liu Ruyan was the current schoolmaster of the Evil Devourer School. However, the Evil Devourer School and the Sacred Spring School had a very interesting relationship due to the intricate relation between their two physique laws.

The physique law of the Sacred Spring School was the Surging Golden Spring Law while the Evil Devourer School’s law was the Evil Devourer Graceful Law. One cultivated into the Sacred Spring Physique while the other Heaven Devourer Evil Physique.

The schools had three Immortal Physique Laws. In addition to the two mentioned previously, the third was the Void Imperfection Physique.

Originally, these three should have nothing to do with each other. The Void Imperfection Physique was from the word “Pure” from the Physique Scripture. The Sacred Spring Physique originated from the word “Soft” while the Heaven Devourer Evil Physique came from the word “Yin”.

However, Immortal Emperor Wu Gou couldn’t obtain the Physique Scripture, thus his physique law was taught by a predecessor. In the end, he created the Void Imperfection Windchase Law.

This physique law created by the emperor was naturally weaker than the one in the scripture. Because of this, it also included some other things.

Inside this Windchase Physique Law was essences of pureness and softness. From this, future descendants had a different interpretation. During the era of the Sacred Spring School’s progenitor, from the Windchase Law, this person was able to understand the mysteries of its softness to create the Surging Golden Spring Law.

Furthermore, because pureness was originated from softness, it meant that softness also carried the yin affinity. 5

In order to make this Immortal Physique Law even purer in order to avoid qi deviation during training, the Sacred Spring Progenitor forcefully changed this physique law and removed the softness within the yin affinity.

It was precisely this need for constant correction while training in the Surging Golden Spring Law in order to be maintain a successful physique that gave birth to the Evil Devourer Graceful Law later on.

It started with a female disciple in the future. She was a femme fatale level of beauty with a rebellious nature. She looked down on this correction so she chose to go in an opposite direction of the Surging Golden Spring Law.

Her aptitude was very scary. Her reverse derivation of the Immortal Physique Law has even surpassed her predecessors. Because of this, she understood the word yin within and created the Evil Devourer Graceful Law.

It was because the graceful law was derived from golden spring law that the future Sacred Spring and Evil Devourer Schools would often feud with each other.

The Sacred Spring School believed that the graceful law came from the surging spring law so their law was stronger. On the other hand, the Evil Devourer School believed that the graceful law was the result after surpassing the limit of the surging spring law, so their law could replace the former one.

Of course, there was no result in this competition because the two schools have never produced another person that could reach grand completion, let alone one for each physique at the same time.

However, they saw hope in this generation with Zhuo Jianshi and Liu Ruyan. They were both extremely talented and cultivated their respective physique laws. The Void Imperfection Three Schools felt that they could finally see two grand completion Immortal Physique users in this generation. If that was the case, then the Sacred Spring School and the Evil Devourer School could have a chance to see which was stronger.

Therefore, when the two girls were only ordinary disciples, they clashed quite often. After they became schoolmasters, the competition did not stopped. Whenever they were together, a fight would surely break out.

One could say that this was their fate, the reason for their continuous struggle until the final showdown at grand completion. Of course, it was not a fight till life and death for these two. After all, they were still sisters from the same sect.

She revealed a lovable smile and said: “Though Sister Zhuo is older than me by half a generation, but if we are talking about the leader of the Void Imperfection Three Schools, it can’t be anyone but me.”

“The current leader of the three schools is First Brother.” Zhuo Jianshi answered calmly.

The First Brother according to Zhuo Jianshi was the schoolmaster of the Void Imperfection brach because he was the oldest in their generation and has joined the sect the earliest. In the school, many of the disciples have been taught by him before. Thus, he was not only their First Brother but also their master of sorts.

Liu Ruyan chuckled in response: “Sister Zhuo, First Brother has been talking about stepping down so the future role will fall into either mine or your shoulder but I feel that I am much more suitable than you.”

Her claim was not because she wanted to seize power and take control of the Void Imperfection Three Schools. It was because the two of them have grown accustomed to competing with each other since the early days. It was not a good thing for the two to meet since it would end with either Zhuo Jianshi challenging Liu Ruyan or other way around.

Zhuo Jianshi sat there and didn’t retort nor support Liu Ruyan’s claim. Her demure and mature aura was truly special.

“What are you here for?” Li Qiye asked after finishing another cup. Zhuo Jianshi poured another for him as if this has always been the case.

Liu Ruyan smiled coquettishly in response: “To steal Sister Zhuo’s man. I heard the ancestors have high hopes in her and I feel that I am not lesser in anyway, so why can’t I vie for her lover as well?”

Such provocative words were let out in such a trivial manner. Liu Ruyan had no semblance of a bashful girl.

“Oh?” Li Qiye looked at her and smilingly replied: “That’s not necessarily the case. Perhaps I prefer gentle and virtuous women more.”

“I have never claimed otherwise.” Liu Ruyan sat down next to him with a soul-stealing allurement: “These are two different matters. Young noble, you can like virtuous women as well as having a taste for a seductive beauty. These two things aren’t mutually exclusive, right?”

“A little interesting, indeed a descendant of the Liu Clan.” Li Qiye was not shaken by her bewitchery. 6

  1. “ This is indeed a great disaster for all living beings”. I’m not sure if this makes that much sense for English readers, but it is a very common phrase to describe a beauty that can bewitch everyone
  2. I know I used vixen before for Storm God, but this is a different word. A direct translation would be fox demon/spirit. It just means a really attractive girl that will steal your man away or someone who uses their beauty as a tool. It probably comes from folklore where these fox spirits will actually seduce the males for various reasons
  3. Luminous with autumn ripples just means amorous/flirty glance again
  4. The issue here is that they are using literary idioms that are meant to be seductive without being crude. During marriage/wedding night, the bed would be decorated with red linens/curtains. So here, she is talking about sex/marriage but in a literary manner. It sounds better in Chinese for sure since I’m having a hard time coming up with an equivalent literary way to ask for sex that contains the same character exposition and intent. Some of the descriptions about women or flirting can be lost in the translation since our author likes to keep it classy and literary. If he did a modern style, then it would be much easier to translate these passages into English
  5. This is probably based on fengshui or some old daoist scriptures, but since the author isn’t explaining the relationships, just take it for what it is. Even Chinese philosophers who spend their whole life dedicated to learning the Book of Changes and similar literatures don’t understand these esoteric text completely, let alone Bao who can’t reach the apex
  6. One last note, I’ve been moving away from some awkward phrasing with honorifics since it is too awkward to repeat it continuously in some cases. But of course, with this, we are trading off some of the tones and intents. For example, Liu Ruyan might seems a little abrasive here with her cockiness, but she is speaking politely towards Zhuo Jianshi and Li Qiye by calling herself Little Sister, addressing Zhuo Jianshi as Big Sister, and Li Qiye as Young Noble

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