Emperor Wilting

Chapter 1167: Humans Are Sojourners

Li Qiye smilingly said: “Then let’s go to the land of the peacocks, it will be our first stop.”

She didn’t say anything else and she pulled the reins of the seahorse to lead the way. Her actions were quite natural without any hint of suddenness.

At this moment, she herself was startled at the lack of awkwardness. She was the lord of the Exquisite Valley, a great figure at the Heaven Spirit World but today, she was acting as a mere guide. No one would believe it even if they were to see this scene.

“Little girl, come on up, stop dawdling around.” Li Qiye patteed the seahorse and said.

Kong Qinru looked at him, she didn’t say anything before jumping up and sat gracefully behind him.

Li Qiye once again used her chest as a pillow. His head sank into her valley while speaking: “Go.”

She was immediately furious. She thought that he was acting like a gentleman and didn’t want her to walk on the long journey. However, he only wanted to use her as a pillow!

She had the impulse to kick this man off the horse but after what has happened earlier, all of her anger went away. This was strange because if it was any other man, she would definitely kick him off to the horizon since they would taken advantage of her in such a frivolous manner. However, this man ahead looked so natural and free as if this was no big deal. Nothing could ever faze him and he would just do as he pleases. There was no sexual thoughts or perverted intention in his action.

Ultimately, resting on a beauty seemed to be a natural course for this man. It didn’t matter if the girl was a goddess or a fairy from the heavens.

In the end, Kong Qinru could only smile wryly and urge the seahorse forward.

This seahorse was superb with incredible speed and little flaws. It was even more unchaseable under the sea since it came and went as fast as lightning.

“Why did you say earlier that the Heaven Spirit World is not the home of humans?” She looked at him leaning against her chest and asked the question that has been looming in her mind.

“This has never been a suitable place for residence.” He said: “Even though the nine worlds are sealed right now, humans should be staying at other places. For millions of years, many invincible generations of humans have appeared at the Heaven Spirit World. However, the majority of them didn’t establish sects here; they rather traveled away from this world.”

“The truth is that I do admire the courage and determination of your valley’s progenitor. Building a lineage here must have required great courage.” He blinked and looked at her at this moment.

“Why is it unsuitable?” In her opinion, there was no problem with the Heaven Spirit World. At the very least, she really liked living here.

“There are many reasons.” He said flatly: “For example, the human race is born to live on vast land. The Heaven Spirit World on the other hand is full of oceans. This is not in accordance of the human nature. Another reason is that the human race here has been weak for a very long time, far from being comparable to the charming spirits, sea demons, and treants.”

“These are not the root cause, right?” She could hear a few clues from it and said: “If an Immortal Emperor really wanted to build a lineage in this world, he could shift the earth and ocean. There would be no need to live at sea.”

“Good observation.” He closed his eyes and continued on: “Yes, they are not the main reason. The point is that this world is not the world for us humans. In the end, we will still have to leave for this is not where our root is.”

“Why specifically?” She consulted respectfully while feeling that her knowledge was quite shallow compared to this man despite being the valley lord.

“Because of the root of this world.” Li Qiye said lightly: “If you wish to understand it, you would have to trace back to very ancient and unrecallable matters.”

He went on: “To keep it simple, why is it that only this world has treants and sea demons? Why can’t they leave the Heaven Spirit World? Even if they did, they would have to return eventually…”

“Like a treefather, once someone is strong enough to be at their level, comparable to Immortal Emperors, but eventually, they would still come back here to take root in this piece of earth to become a tree shouldering the world and protecting their descendants. For what reason is this?”

While Li Qiye was speaking, Kong Qinru was in deep thoughts. This has always been a part of life at the Heaven Spirit World. No one would give it a second thought but now, it seemed to have some other intriguing implications.

“In the end, this world is not ours. It is a world for treants and sea demons.” He said: “Humans are only passing travelers in this world. The majority would leave, only a few remain.”

“Then what about charming spirits? Why can they stand strong here?” She asked.

The strength of the Charming Spirit Race was even stronger than the treants and sea demons. They took root in this world without being affected or weakened at all.

“Charming spirits?” He smiled and said: “They are the favored children of the heavens. There are many things that humans can’t compare with charming spirits, at least that is what people say. Moreover, they have secret resources and strength in this world beyond your imagination.”

“I don’t quite understand.” She inquired: “Though I have never left this world, there are records stating that humans can reproduce and take root in anywhere.”

“That’s true.” He smilingly answered: “If charming spirits were the favored children of the heavens, then humans are the thorns in the heavens’ heart. They would take root everywhere they go and nailed themselves down. You can imagine humans as locusts. Moreover, its reproductive capability is second to none.”

With that, he opened his eyes again and said: “I wasn’t saying earlier that humans can’t take root here in Heaven Spirit. Not having a continent and being few in number aren’t real problems. If they really want to make this their home, no one would be able to stop them.”

“But ultimately, the answer is still the same!” He paused with a sigh at this point: “This is ultimately not a home for humans. Those who have been to the other eight worlds, even if they weren’t very powerful, they still instinctively didn’t want to stay in this world…”

“At the end of the day, only humans incapable of leaving or didn’t want to leave would take root in this place. Of course, there were also those determined to grow strong here like your Exquisite Valley. As for the powerful Immortal Emperors, they were able to see through a few things and didn’t want to take root here.”

“Why?” She inferred a few things from the conversation and felt quite inquisitive: “What secrets are hidden at Heaven Spirit? Are there more stories behind it?”

He stared at her for a good while before slowly starting again: “You won’t be able to understand a few things for it is beyond your comprehension. Knowing too much is not necessarily a good thing sometimes. For example, the current you right now feel that the Heaven Spirit World is a great place for a home. Isn’t that a wonderful and happy feeling?”

“My lack of knowledge does not deter my willingness to learn.” She sincerely said: “You can give me guidance after all.”

He raised his head to seriously look at her beautiful face before smiling and resting back on her soft and plump breasts. While appreciating the sweet fragrance, he said: “What will you do after knowing, can you change it? This is something that even Immortal Emperors can’t do, let alone you. If you want to change, it is very simple. Move the Exquisite Valley out of the Heaven Spirit World. That will be your change.”

“What about the other humans here?” She said.

“Look at the sky.” Li Qiye leisurely said: “As long as it is a place with life, there will be humans. Not to mention that you are only a cultivator, even if you are creation itself, you still wouldn’t be able to control everything. Humans scatter all around the nine heavens and ten earths, will you be able manage all of them?” He smiled: “If you really are thinking about the human race, then move out. As you can imagine, your valley spread out so many bloodlines and more humans in this world. Plus, a large number of humans are staying in this world because of your valley as well.

Kong Qinru’s heart felt quite heavy after hearing this. Her valley was the most powerful human lineage in this world. As its lord, she has a great responsibility. Whether intentional or not, she felt that in a way, the valley has to shoulder the human race…

“There is no savior in this world. Even if there was one, they could save the world but not every single person in it.” He slowly said: “If you want to make a difference, don’t focus on the small stuff but the overarching situation instead.”

“I’ll keep that in mind.” She took a deep breath and solemnly nodded. His words made her even more determined to make a change.

Li Qiye smiled and rested again. He has said everything he needed to. As for the future, let it be up to her own fortune.

Chapter 1168: Peacock Land

Human was one of the rare races in Heaven Spirit World. Outside of scattering all over the place, they had two famous locations.

The first was the renowned Exquisite Valley. It was one of the top lineages so there were many human mortals and cultivators there…

Of course, the excellent bloodlines from the humans all came from this valley. If one couldn’t find a suitable bloodline here, they would be hard pressed to find it in another location.

The other base for the human race was the Peacock Land. However, the land of the peacocks was in great decline in present day. It no longer compared to the Exquisite Valley. Legend has it that during its prosperous generation, it was even greater than the valley.

It was a landmass spanning for ten thousands of miles. This was not much if placed in the other eight worlds. It could only be considered the territory of a nation at best.

However, in this world of boundless oceans, this vast landmass was already considered a great continent.

One could see rolling hills and green trees everywhere in this place, making it look full of life. Kitchen smokes were lingering in the air with the roosters crowing and dogs barking continuously.

This was a land full of legends. In the past, it didn’t have the name Peacock Land. Later on, it was changed due to the Peacock Treefather. It is said that a long time ago, this place was a very small landmass with only around one hundred miles of territory. It was not so much a continent as it was a large island.

Later on, Peacock Treefather met his maker in this place and returned to the origin. He took root and refined the nearby sea region and turned it into a continent.

From then on, the Peacock Land was prosperous due to the protection of the treefather. Humans were able to live here peacefully from one generation to another.

On principle, the treefather was still part of the Treant Race. He should have opened a new land for the treants but he chose to do so for the humans.

There was a legend about this story. When he was younger, he was a wandering treant that was abandoned by his parents. He eventually wandered to this island and was adopted by a nice couple who then raised him. He grew up here and human cultivators taught him how to cultivate. They opened the door for him to this world of cultivation, a door that he has never seen before.

As he became stronger and stronger, he traveled the Heaven Spirit World and even the nine worlds. Ultimately, he still viewed this landmass as his home despite being a treant for he considered himself a human.

Finally, he met his end. Even though he couldn’t pass down his legacy, he still took root here to make the Peacock Land even larger for the other humans, a land of contentment.

“Splash!” The seahorse leapt out of the ocean and stepped on Peacock Land.

Li Qiye was still resting with his eyes closed on Kong Qinru’s chest as if all in the world have nothing to do with him.

Kong Qinru was hiding her body again so no one could tell that she was the Exquisite Valley Lord. If the Golden Isle knew that she was the one who seized their room, it would be quite problematic.

“We’ve arrived at Peacock Land.” She slowly said as the seahorse landed.

While smelling the fragrance of the earth and the breath of the continent, the scent of the flowers and trees, Li Qiye took several deep breaths and opened his eyes.

It was a scene of green as far as the eyes can see with majestic hills and scary peaks towering all the way to the sky dome like giants. It gave spectators an incredible feeling.

Others wouldn’t notice anything but this Peacock Land looked different in Li Qiye’s eyes. He was seeing the approaching twilight.

Despite its lush and vibrant appearance, Li Qiye saw a huge old tree. Even though its branches and leaves were still fresh, the body itself was aged and near death.

“Peacock Land… The Peacock Treefather will wither eventually, it is not far from now.” Li Qiye spoke quietly while looking at this land.

Kong Qinru felt quite sad inside after hearing this.

A treefather would take root back in the earth to protect their descendants. This was the difference between an Immortal Emperor and a treefather. Immortal Emperors would leave eventually but not the treefathers would stay for generations. Nevertheless, this didn’t mean that they were everlasting. Even these divine trees would wither one day.

Returning to the earth was another method of living longer in a different way. However, it was still not immortality. Of course, this period was still extremely long relative to the lifespan of mortals and even cultivators.

“In the future, humans at the Heaven Spirit World will only have one base left.” Li Qiye looked at Kong Qinru and said.

She was quiet for a moment before speaking helplessly: “Maybe in two or three generations, the treefather will die and the Peacock Land will collapse with him.”

When a treefather died after taking root, a large part of the earth refined by him back then would also fall afterwards.

For example, at least of the Peacock Land would be broken after the tree’s death. Moreover, the land would become increasingly barren until it became no longer habitable.

“When it is time to leave, one has to leave.” Li Qiye said nonchalantly.

She could only sigh gently. In fact, this has been happening for a while now. Many cultivators have begun to migrate.

Remember that this place used to be extremely prosperous with several power human lineages due to the treefather’s protection. But as the tree grew older, these powerful lineages began to decline and they moved away from this land. They didn’t move out of the Heaven Spirit World but rather to other territories. Some even chose to become tributaries to the other three great races.

In fact, many cultivators here understood that there was not much time left for the Peacock Treefather. Those who were able to move away have left. Only mortals or weaker cultivators would stay here, or those who had a deep attachment to this land.

The seahorse slowly moved forward. Some villages began to appear among the rolling mountains. The smokes wafting from them made it seem like this was a land of paradise. But there was no escaping the signs of withering. It seemed that the young and robust have started moving away. Only the orphans, widows, and the old were left in these villages.

The truth was not far from that depressing description. The capable have all left, leaving behind the mortals and those who couldn’t make it in the outside world.

Even though the Exquisite Valley also had a separate branch in this place, but Kong Qinru couldn’t conveniently go there at this moment. Of course, a cunning rabbit has three nests. There was more than just one stopping place belonging to the valley here.

She brought Li Qiye into a house with a fully enclosed courtyard in a small village. The owner here was a disciple from the valley disguising as a vagabond.

“Do you have any plans, Young Noble Li?” She asked after preparing a place for him.

“If possible, I will wait for your message.” He looked at her and said: “Once you find the whereabouts of the person I’m looking for, I will set off immediately.”

She wanted to say something but decided to swallow her words. She nodded instead: “Don’t worry, young noble. I have sent the order. As long as we find the person you are looking for, we’ll receive updates right away.”

Li Qiye nodded back. He was very confident in the valley’s ability in finding Su Yonghuang.

“I will go say goodbye to the Peacock Treefather tomorrow.” He said as she was leaving.

She paused and turned around to say: “I’ll go with you to the Peacock Peak tomorrow.”

“Very well.” He answered: “Prepare some incense for me. There might not be another chance in the future after this offering.”

Her heart sank again as she gently sighed: “I will.”

Regardless of whether she was willing to accept this fact or not, the Peacock Treefather was indeed wilting away.

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