Emperor Smile

Chapter 1211: Beginning Of The Grand Scheme

Li Qiye paused a bit to stare at the old man ahead and refused: “All of this have nothing to do with me. As a passerby, I am insignificant to your three schools.”

The old man repeated: “But young noble, you have been chosen by the ancestral whale. Since the start of time, few have been chosen by it. This must be the imperial decree of our Progenitor, Immortal Emperor Wu Gou as well…”

Li Qiye interrupted him: “Okay, I have a deeper understanding of this matter than you guys, no need to use the emperor as a justification. Just remember what I have said, I cannot bring anything to your schools so don’t rely on me.”

Having said that, he turned and left. These old men felt helpless and only followed Li Qiye to see him off.

After leaving the ancestral whale’s body, Li Qiye stood on the sea surface to look at its gigantic size. He sighed gently and touched it while murmuring: “We’ll meet again if it meant to be.”

“Woooo-” The whale cried out and gently moved its huge head ever so slightly forward against Li Qiye’s palm.

The old men was in disbelief to watch the intimate pair. Outside of Immortal Emperor Wu Gou, no one else was so close to the whale like this.

Li Qiye patted the whale’s head. He gave this whale to Immortal Emperor Wu Gou when it was still an infant. Later on, it has always accompanied the emperor.

Finally, Li Qiye looked at the old men and said: “Even if you see a friend off for a thousand miles, in the end, you will still have to part. Go back now, the ancestral whale will start moving again.”

“Young noble, you can reconsider later. If you do return to our schools in the future, our entire echelons will listen to your commands.” One old man still didn’t give up and told Li Qiye.

Li Qiye only smiled and reached out with his palm. A portal opened and he vanished inside instantly.

He went back to the Peacock Land and saw Kong Qinru. She busily said after seeing him again: “Young noble, the preparations have been carried out. The inhabitants here have been evacuated, maybe I ask when you will start?”

Li Qiye smiled and slowly uttered: “Very soon. Everything is ready, we are only waiting for the east wind.” 1

“What is the east wind you are referring to?” She asked.

“Life, only this most precious thing will be able to replenish the tree.” Li Qiye said dismissively: “It will come very soon.”

Kong Qinru was startled after hearing this. She thought about a very terrible matter and became pale. She gasped and asked him: “This, is this right?”

Li Qiye lazily glanced at her and replied: “Little woman, you think that there is such a thing as a free lunch in this world? There is no harvest without a price! Life replenishment is a heaven-defying task, this is going against the villainous heaven, you think we can do it so fast?”

Li Qiye closed his eyes here and uttered: “If you want to make the tree live longer, you must be mentally prepared. Without this awareness, no need to talk about life replenishment or working for the well-being of the human race.”

“Will, will this violate the harmony of the heavens?” She hesitated a bit and asked.

“Harmony of the heavens?” Li Qiye sneered: “What is this harmony? It definitely doesn’t exist in the eyes of the villainous heaven. Plus, since when did cultivators not violate this harmony? Fighting and competing against the heavens, resisting the Heaven’s Will! The path of cultivation itself is violating the harmony of this world, a path of rebellion.”

With that, Li Qiye told her: “No need to worry about this violation. Instead, you should ask your conscience and morality to see if you can get over it. Only by surpassing this dao ridge would you be able to sleep well at night.”

He continued by pointing at his heart: “This is the most important thing for cultivators, the thing that allows them to go to the very end! As for the villainous heaven, he is but a wretch! People can be killed but their conscience will live on! Not even the villainous heaven can do anything about it!”

Kong Qinru was quietly contemplating for a moment. She could imagine the scene of hell, a terrible catastrophe that was incoming.

“It is not too late to change your mind, it will be one less thing for me to do.” Li Qiye smiled freely and said: “The plans are set in motion, whether we will carry it out or not is up to your will.”

Eventually, she took a deep breath and solemnly spoke: “Since we have made it this far, there is no reason to retreat! For the human race, I am willing to bear all the infamy.”

“Leave that to me.” Li Qiye said: “If others know about it, a disaster will come to your Exquisite Valley.”

“But…” Kong Qinru looked at him in response: “This is my idea, if you have to bear the infamy from it, I’m afraid you won’t ever be able to wash it off.”

“Having a bad reputation is nothing. Don’t worry, even though I am a vicious and ruthless man, but I know better than you on who deserves to die and who doesn’t.”

“Young noble, you are working for the human race while burdened with infamy. You are the savior of our race.” She emotionally replied.

“Savior?” Li Qiye smiled and looked at the far horizon. For millions of years now, he had plenty of titles. Of course, there were those who praised him as the guardian of the human race, but more often than not, they cursed him as the criminal, the evil hand behind the curtains, a murderous devil king… He has grown used to them and no longer cared about their condemnation.

“Let’s go, it is almost showtime. I have to leave when this is done.” He said.

She gently nodded before speaking: “There is more news about the person you are looking for. She has left the Jade Sea for the Dragon Demon Sea to a particular lineage. I heard this lineage has deep ties with the Undying Gate, some believed it is an off-branch.”

“Undying Gate.” Li Qiye’s eyes narrowed with a glint.

“However, the Undying Gate has been declining for a long time, This entire branch is almost broken, even if there are disciples left, I’m afraid there won’t be many of them.” She elaborated.

“I know, their end was determined the moment Immortal Emperor Bu Si collapsed.” He replied.

The Undying Gate was a lineage started by Immortal Emperor Bu Si. There were plenty of legends about this sect. Many generations of wise men believed that the Undying Gate still had the art of immortality from Immortal Emperor Bu Si. Because of this, people have always been searching for its secrets.

No matter who they may be, people wished for a day of obtaining everlasting life. However, everyone knew that it was impossible. However, since the ancient times, legends of Immortal Emperor Bu Si’s art of immortality has existed. This allowed for him to revive time and time again. Thus, everyone wanted this art that will allow them to have a second life.

But as time passed, how many have seen this art or knew why the emperor was unkillable?

After a few days, several strange visual phenomena emerged at the Peacock Land. At first, a blood light soared to the sky in an endless manner like an inexhaustible flood. The entire place trembled with earthquakes. Next, it began to crack with a great chasm as if crumbling was imminent.

Cultivators and sects from the outside were attracted by the frequent changes in this land. A news quickly spread across the entire Heaven Spirit World.

“The Peacock Tree is about to wither and die.” Who knows who started this gossip first but it traveled very quickly across the Jade Sea at first.

The sea was in a clamor. Many cultivators and sects discussed this matter.

In Heaven Spirit and for everyone, an existence like an ancestral tree dying was an earth-shattering event.

One big sect didn’t believe in this news. They immediately sent disciples to the Peacock Land for confirmation. After seeing these visual images, the disciple reported back right away.

“It looks like the Peacock Tree is really dying.” After the confirmation, the sect master of this sect murmured.

One elder said: “With a quick finger augur, the Peacock Tree’s lifespan should end now. The treefather has returned to the earth for too long now, this is about time.”

“Isn’t this too fast though? The death of the Peacock Tree is inevitable but this collapse is too sudden. What has happened to accelerate this withering process?” A different big shot was curious and decided to go see for himself.

Some were sad at this news but more became excited. For many people and sects, a dying ancestral tree meant a great feast was coming. Anyone would want a bowl of soup from this great feast!

Chapter 1212: The Prelude Before The Storm

The withering of the tree meant that it was about to return everything to the earth. Many treasures would be thrown out along with a huge amount of worldly essence.

It was certainly a feast for any cultivator or sect. If they could obtain a great treasure during this, it would bring about a lifetime of benefits or even becoming wealthy overnight with a great reversal of fortune. From then, they would embark on a road towards invincibility.

It was not like such a thing has never happened before. In the past, some people have obtained the main roots of a dying treefather, allowing them to cultivate at a quicker pace to eventually become a Godking.

The entire Heaven Spirit World was excited as many people ran for the Peacock Land.

“This death is coming too fast, I thought it would last for one or two more generations!” A real master from the old generation heard this news and became surprised. He felt pretty hesitant.

Most were unable to sit still but some experienced big shots were more cautious. They could speculate that even though the tree was withering, it could still linger on for dozens of years or even a full century with its power.

As long as the tree was still alive, who would dare to scheme for the treasures and worldly essence? No one wanted to fight an ancestral tree even if it was dying. However, some of them still became impatient.

After several more days, one more news came from the Jade Sea. It stated: “The Peacock Land is shattering. The Peacock Tree is bound to die from half a month, if early, or half a year, if late!”

With this, these older cultivators could wait no longer despite their skepticism. They were unwilling to miss this feast and began to travel towards the Peacock Land to verify this news.

In a short time, people rushed to this land to see if they could get a share at all. There were charming spirits, treants, and sea demons so it became quite lively. The lineages closest to the Peacock Land had the advantage so they were there already.

The inhabitants of the Peacock Land were long gone. It was a deserted and lonely place until all of these cultivators came along.

All sorts of cultivators showed up ranging from treants covered in leaves and crab demons with a human head or beautiful and handsome charming spirits. Occasionally, one could see one or two human cultivators.

All races were excited for the incoming harvest, only the human race was mourning.

The Peacock Tree had a sentimental spot in the mind of many humans since it has done a lot for this race. It was the second land of the humans, their home.

The withering of the tree meant that this land would cease to exist and shatter to little pieces. Thereafter, the human race would lose a stronghold and haven in Heaven Spirit.

Even though some humans wanted to do something for the tree, they were powerless, even the top experts.

It has ran out of lifespan, this was an irreversible situation. The only cure was life replenishment.

However, this was simply impossible. Even top experts couldn’t do it for this was a task tantamount to life replenishing an Immortal Emperor.

The cultivators rushing here found many cracks on this mass land. Seawater were gushing into the cracks and many vegetations on the continent have began to wither as well.

The quaking was becoming more common as if this place was about to crumble at any second.

“It looks like the Peacock Tree can’t hold on any longer, this land is falling apart. It won’t be long now. Even if it won’t turn to ashes, it will fragment into little pieces.” A big shot from the last generation was not quite convinced in the beginning but changed his mind after coming here.

“The residents here probably know that the tree is about to die so they have evacuated first.” An expert wasn’t surprised to see the empty place either.

Some human cultivators came running onto the land as well in search for their kin to see if there were still families stranded on the island. This disaster was a time for the human race to unite together. As long as there were still people that have yet to evacuate, regardless of whether they were humans or cultivators, other humans would lend their hands. In this dire straight, humans had to rely on each other.

The Exquisite Valley did a great job of evacuation. Human cultivators searched all the corners of the land and didn’t find any stranded people. These helpers heaved a sigh of relief.

The situation became more pessimistic as the days passed. Today, the earthquake was extremely frequent resulting in more cracks and invasion of seawater into the crevices of the land.

“Fall back, We’ll watch from outside.” One lineage who wanted a piece of this feast ordered their disciples to retreat. They went out at sea and played the waiting game.

The imminent destruction of the land made many sects leave this place. They waited right outside as well until the death of the Peacock Tree.

Experienced characters knew that when the Peacock Tree died, this land would be crushed or even turned into smokes. At that time, the destructive power would be incredible.

An ancestral tree was an existence comparable to an Immortal Emperor. Just imagine the destructive power resulting from the collapse of an Immortal Emperor, if anyone dared to stay behind, they would be crushed as well during this final moment and would get nothing out of it.

The outer sea right now was full of stationing cultivators. Some big sects and ancient schools were keeping guard with different methods. One powerful sect used a great ship to float at sea and occupied the most advantageous position.

One treant tribe took root in the seabed and had a huge towering tree growing from it. It twisted and turned into a favorable position for seizing the treasures. The moment the ancestral tree died, they would flip the earth over to seize the most valuable resources.

Some sea clans came in droves as well. They stay in the vast sea and were ready to take whatever edge they could see…

Moreover, people from outside of the Jade Sea were gathering as well. The death of an ancestral tree was a great event so even sects in the far regions sent disciples over.

As for the human cultivators, they stay in this area with great confusion. Were they here to see the Peacock Land one last time? Was it to seize the treasures as well? Or could it be to say their final farewell to the Peacock Tree…

While many cultivators gathered in this region, a young one appeared out of nowhere. This human youth looked quite plain. His blood energy was even feeble and he definitely didn’t resemble an expert.

He drew a large circle covering the marine regions outside with the center being the Peacock Land.

The majority of sects were within the boundary of this circle. Only a few cultivators were outside.

Many people found this young human cultivator’s action quite strange. They didn’t know what this brat was trying to do.

At this time, he took out a sign and wrote a few words: “Dangerous zone, do not enter or die.”

He put these signs everywhere causing the cultivators waiting in this area to look at each other.

They didn’t know what he was trying to do? Was this a nice reminder or a warning to everyone?

“Hey, what are you doing?” Another human cultivator couldn’t help but ask.

Of course, this youth was Li Qiye. He was particularly patient and approachable this time when he answered with a friendly smile: “I am reminding everyone about how dangerous this place is. Countless will die, so for everyone’s safety, it is best to stand outside of the circle.”

His bashful smile was a bit unbearable. Those who knew Li Qiye would definitely not believe their eyes after seeing him smiling like this.

  1. Zhuge Liang, battle of Chi Bi/Red Cliffs

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