SOTR Chapter 129

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Chapter 129: Gouyu’s Astounding Decision

In the battle of Bayun Valley, two thirds of the Darkmoon Kingdom’s army were either injured or dead, and commander-in-chief Ren Feilong had been shot and killed in front of the formation by Jiang Chen.

The Darkmoon Kingdom’s vitality was greatly injured and the kingdom’s strength greatly decreased after this battle.

The Bayun Valley became an unlucky place for the Darkmoon Kingdom, with its citizens forever prohibited from entering.

As for the Eastern Kingdom, it had made a clean sweep, and all practitioners who had participated in this battle received the title of Brave Dragonslayer.

The battle was destined to go down in the annals of history, but it would be retold with two completely different moods in their respective histories.

When they learned of Darkmoon’s defeat in battle, the Eastern Kingdom had felt a bit baffled instead. One had to know that on the Eastern Kingdom’s side, various dukes had all gathered together and the great army had assembled, but no battle had been fought. They hadn’t even seen the enemy before the war was over, with even the enemy’s commander-in-chief Ren Feilong being shot and killed.

This battle caused Jiang Chen’s reputation to spread throughout the surroundings kingdoms. His name finally entered the horizon of the senior levels in the alliance of the sixteen kingdoms.

Even the first general of the Darkmoon Kingdom, Ren Feilong, had perished at the hands of this person. This caused the senior levels of the sixteen kingdoms to place a high importance on Jiang Chen.

The Darkmoon Kingdom didn’t rank amongst the top of the sixteen kingdoms, but Ren Feilong, the genius of troop deployment, was universally renowned throughout the lands.

Who would’ve thought that this publicly acclaimed god of the army would die so ignobly.

An awe inspiring life story and the reputation of a lifetime was wiped out in a single day, in this battle, on his deathbed.

River Wave City gradually recovered its calm half a month after the battle of Bayun Valley. The pack of true qi master practitioners that the Darkmoon Kingdom had sent out had planned on ambushing River Wave City, but received the grievous news of the end of the war, and the death of Ren Feilong as soon as they snuck into the city.

When this trump card received news of even the commander-in-chief passing away, they naturally lost all will to fight and retreated back to the Darkmoon Kingdom with dust on their faces.

They also knew that if they were to make a move now, they would undoubtedly be heading to their deaths.

On this day, Jiang Chen assembled all of the Jiang clan members and made a frank statement without any reservations.

“Everyone, my Jiang family has set down its roots in the Jiang Han territory for hundreds of years. Today, I, Jiang Chen, have made my decision to leave. I will support those of you who are willing to stay, and will not object if there are those of you who wish to follow me.”

“Young duke, you’re leaving? Where to? Will you come back in the future?”

“In the future?” Jiang Chen chuckled. “The world is so vast, and the Eastern Kingdom is but a small corner of this world. It would truly be a difficult thing to say whether I will return or not.”

“Chen’er, third uncle and Xiaoyu will absolutely go with you.” Jiang Tong expressed his stance.

However, the other elders were a bit hesitant. Although they knew that Jiang Feng and son were very strong, and that they would have a greater future if they followed the two, but they still had other thoughts.

Besides, they also felt that as opposed to leaving, why not remain in the Jiang Han territory, and continue to indulge in wealth and prosperity?

The most important thing was, if the Jiang father and son left, then the kingdom’s bestowment would fall onto their heads. Who knows, maybe they could strut around for a bit and enjoy the trappings of a duke of the first rank.

The clan members may have all originated from the same lineage, but as subsequent generations diluted their heritage, differences in intimacy between relations would naturally surface.

Jiang Tong was Jiang Feng’s younger brother, brothers from the same mother, and would naturally leave with Jiang Feng.

Jiang Yu was Jiang Chen’s younger cousin and was considered as his younger brother as well. He’d always been quite reliant on Jiang Chen, so it wasn’t a strange thing to him to leave as well.

As for the others, their blood ties to the Jiang father and son weren’t that strong. They were merely members of the same clan. They wouldn’t necessarily be willing to steadfastly follow Jiang Chen in drifting about.

At the heart of it, different people had different aspirations.

Jiang Chen knew what these people were thinking when he looked at them. In all honesty, he hadn’t planned on bringing all of them with him either.

Despite these people being his clan members in name, truthfully speaking, Jiang Chen didn’t feel much of a connection to them. Since all of them had their own selfish motives, Jiang Chen wasn’t at liberty to say anything. He couldn’t very well force them now, could he?

“Elder Xi, your status will be the highest in the Jiang family once my father and I leave. Our Jiang family has been good to the kingdom and good to the royal family. We’ve accomplished our share of achievements. If there are bequeathments, it’s alright if you want to divide it up. But remember this, family members cannot point swords at each other and brothers cannot harm each other. Otherwise, I will tell the royal family to withdraw all the honor and prosperity and have the family be a free and leisurely aristocratic family.”

Elder Xi chuckled, “With this old man here, how would they dare create trouble and point swords at each other?”

Elder Xi beamed delightedly upon hearing Jiang Chen’s promise. Who would’ve thought that he’d have the chance to enjoy the feeling of being a duke in his old age?

“Since this is the case, we’ll leave in a few days. The Jiang family will be in your care in the future.”

Elder Xi sighed, “Must you really go?”

This was already mere empty pleasantry. To be honest, he couldn’t wait for the Jiang father and son to leave. Only with the departure of Jiang Feng and son, as well as Jiang Tong and son, would he have the right to inherit the dukedom!

Although they were of one clan, everyone had at least this bit of selfish motive.

Jiang Chen shook his head inwardly when he saw how Elder Xi was and how no one else ventured any particular thoughts on this matter. A selfish nature alright! They immediately itched for us to be gone when they heard that we were leaving, so that we could hand over all honors and prosperity to them.

With this temperament, I wouldn’t take them even if they wished to leave with me, Jiang Chen thought privately. He was too lazy to bother with whether the spirit land in the Redbud Tribe region was a harbinger of fortune or disaster. People had their own destinies.

Since these clan members couldn’t let go of the prosperity in front of them, then Jiang Chen naturally would not worry about what disasters might befall them in the future.

Princess Gouyu arrived with Eastern Zhiruo two days later.

She’d come with the medallion of a dukedom from the royal family to once again, confer the Jiang family the title of a duke of the first rank, and to use the dukedom to protect the southern frontiers of the kingdom.

As the elder with the longest record of service, it was right and proper that Elder Xi became the new Duke of Jiang Han. He was absolutely bursting with happiness.

The bestowment was just a ceremony, Princess Gouyu was completely unconcerned with who would be the next Duke of Jiang Han. Her heart had been in complete disarray over the past couple of days.

When she learned that Jiang Chen would leave the Eastern Kingdom, she’d been in a state of utter stupefaction.

Although she’d also known that Jiang Chen wasn’t born to remain in a small pond, that he would be off to ride in the wind and clouds sooner or later and transform into a dragon that soars through the nine heavens, but she still found it hard to bear when this day finally arrived.

She knew very well that this could possibly be the final farewell. From henceforth, Jiang Chen would set foot on a great avenue of sunshine, while she, Gouyu, would be as if a flower in full bloom, with only a slow wither and droop left to her after blossoming to the perfection of beauty.

“Jiang Chen, must you really go?” Princess Gouyu held onto her last trace of hope. She really wanted to pray for Jiang Chen not to leave, but reason told her that the Eastern Kingdom truly couldn’t contain Jiang Chen.

“If I don’t go, I’ll bring disaster to the Eastern Kingdom sooner or later. The feud between Long Juxue and I will remain unresolved for every single day she remains alive.”

Jiang Chen knew this was a slightly cheap excuse.

“I so dearly hope that time can linger and stop at when we first met. Even if you scold me again, even if you scold me every day, that… that would be good as well.”

Gouyu’s tone was a bit sentimental. Tears actually started plopping out dispiritedly as this headstrong girl spoke.

She didn’t wipe them off, and only squeezed out a smile, smiling through her tears. “Alright, Jiang Chen, I know that you’ve always thought that I have a weird temper, that I’m violent, unreasonable, and a tomboy. Alright, I won’t conceal it any further today and let you see my weak side, and let you know that all girls shed tears… Actually, it’s really tiring for me to act like that everyday. I also rather envy Ruo’er, envy her light heartedness and naive innocence… Jiang Chen, I no longer have such pure unsophisticatedness, and will never be able to obtain it again… Would you say that it’s truly not that good for a girl to be so headstrong?”

Jiang Chen sighed lightly, “Everyone’s personality is different. There’s nothing wrong with keeping true to yourself and maintaining a resolute heart like you do.”

“Really?” Prince Gouyu’s beautiful eyes oscillated, a few traces of joy encompassed in her crystalline tears. This was the first time that she’d heard Jiang Chen compliment her.

“Of course it’s true. Although I yell at you often, but I’m yelling at the cocky side of you. In actuality, I rather admire your strong adherence to martial dao and the sacrifices you make for your family.”

Jiang Chen had no need to purposefully humor her with lies.

“Jiang Chen, do you know that I’ve waited half a year for a compliment from you? Are you purposefully amusing me now that you’re leaving?”

“Do you think I’m that superficial?” Jiang Chen smiled ruefully. “Alright, wipe off your tears. I’m seriously not used to the sight of you crying. If I must chose, I’d rather see the Princess Gouyu in high and vigorous spirits, with a sense of unwilling to admit defeat perpetually permeating about her.”

Gouyu wiped at the corners of her eyes, her beautiful eyes sparkling with light, “Do you mean that?”

“Absolutely, I guarantee it.”

Princess Gouyu broke out in a smile. “Alright, I’ve decided.”

“Decided what?” Jiang Chen was startled.

“I’ve decided not to be Princess Gouyu anymore. I’ve been a princess for three generations of the Eastern clan. It’s time to throw this identity away and truly live for myself.”

“Very good! Returning to your roots. This is as you should’ve been!” Jiang Chen laughed heartily.

“Princess Gouyu winked, “I’ve also made another decision.”

“And what have you decided?”

“Jiang Chen, listen up. From now on, I’m not a princess, but a martial practitioner of eleven meridians true qi. I want to be your follower.”

“What?” Jiang Chen was flabbergasted. He truly hadn’t anticipated this move by Gouyu.

“You haven’t misheard. I want to be your follower on your path of martial dao, just like your personal guards.” Gouyu drew up her well rounded bosom, gazing firmly at Jiang Chen with her beautiful eyes, as if not permitting Jiang Chen to voice a single word in protest.

“Is… is everything alright with your brain?”

“Cut your blather, I’m wide awake. Jiang Chen, you just told me to be true to myself and maintain a resolute heart, and return to the real me. Being your follower is my own intent. Don’t let your mind wander, although I’m treating you as my only man, but the reason I want to follow you is not to pester you, but to pursue the paramount of dao.”

“Paramount of dao? Do you think that’s something I sell in my family store? Do you think it’s something you can pursue just because you want to?” Jiang Chen rubbed his nose.

“Keep pretending. Don’t think I don’t know anything. Jiang Chen, there’s countless secrets on you. When you gave me a few pointers and helped me enter the ranks of the eleven meridians true qi masters, I had the vague inclination to hail you as my master. Now, this impulse has finally materialized into reality. I feel quite at ease and very happy.”

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78 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 129” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. Most stupid protagonist ever
        Wtf lived 1 million years , trained many geniuses visiting kingdom to Kingdom where is story going
        Emperor’s novel is still awesome than this novel

  1. And now, the chapter we have all been waiting for. The chapter to rule them all.
    The chapter where Jiang Chen and Ye Rong fall onto each other to stroke one another’s man ass and prepare for some manly sweaty bro butting as an initiation ceremony to their sworn brotherhood, until it ends in a docking.
    Or is it?

    1. Dude……. Seriously?…. Of all things that you will say will be yaoi things?…. Oh god… -_- …

      Atleast take Guoyu and the other female follower and somehow…. Ahem….. Make a yuri not yaoi…

  2. … she really isn’t thinking straight. She is going to leave her brother on the throne, without help to rule the kingdom? *facepalm* And what about her sister? Is she going to leave her there, or pull her along with him?

    Thanks for the chapter!

    1. The old ancestor of the Kingdom is going to awaken from his breakthrough in the next month or two, while the only remaining powerhouses under the young brother and sister are all loyal to the core after the purge, while no neighboring kingdom has the balls to attack them so long as Jiang Chen in on the continent. There is no reason she can’t leave. While the little brother has a good steadfast mind, and he will grow up into a proper leader with or without her presence and influence.
      Think a little damnit.

    2. The kingdom will manage without her. As far as we know the advisers and political/economic leaders are still alive (the ones that tested the MC about the swapped test scores).

    3. they are her niece and nephew not brother and sister, but ya I agree with the rest … but someone needs to tell the young girl she can never have children …

    4. who cares about all of that useless stuff. thank god she decided to follow him. they both better go with him and spend their lives forever with him

    5. Males of Royal families, especially the crown prince or a candidate for the next King, even at the young age, are trained to become Kings and would be imparted with a King’s Mindset. It would be a joke if Eastern Lin can’t govern the Eastern Kingdowm because he’s ‘still young.’

      And with the Duke of Soaring Dragon as an example, Eastern Lin would prevent and be cautious Coup’de etat. He would not just mindlessly let the other dukedom or other forces to have big influence. I see no other problem with it.

    1. Go read Dragon Marked Wargod.
      Romance is pretty much resolved in the early phase of the story and the, MC, heroine, and that shitty dog, together are the protagonist team for the rest of the story; spreading chaos, mayhem, and death wherever they go in a monogamous relationship.
      You’ll like it.

      1. Eh, I dropped that novel after the MC forgave his mother, I noped out of there really hard. The chapters were also pretty rough to read they could really use some proper editing.

        On topic: Glad Gouyu comes along and with her personality intact, I like her.

        1. What mother? Did you read ahead or something, or thinking another novel? Or maybe some machine translation that has nothing to do with the actual writing.
          MC of Dragon Marked War God is named Jiang Chen just as SOTR’s MC is.
          He got reborn into the body of what was a weak useless spoiled idiotic son of a city Mayor, 100 years after death. In his previous life, he was a great Saint of the Saint Origin continent, one of the most powerful figures of his time. He died from expending his powers after destroying the Gates of Heaven. He is ruthless, intelligent, and the idiot he got reborn into has no mother to speak of in the story. Only a father, Jiang Zhen Hai. The translation is not bad, and not great. It’s just above average, better than the first 100 chapters of Ze Tian Ji for sure, which makes it more than readable.
          The translated chapters number ~83 at the time of speaking.
          That’s the synopsis.

          1. I thought it was like 1000 years or more after he died? I remember the first dozen chapters being really hard to accept before you get into it, especially the incessant “I WAS ONCE THE GREATEST SAINT, SO THIS IS NORMAL” that the author had to mention at least 10 times every chapter until he just stopped mentioning it all of a sudden later on.

            The rest of the novel was awesome though.

        2. Really? I actually felt sorry for the mom and I felt her back story was actually quite well done.

          I mean, a kid that looks too similar to the “husband” that just used her and made things difficult for her…

          She herself suffered a lot…. the mom was actually forgivable in this case, and she actually felt real regret for her actions.

          Unlike Tang San’s works (where the parents made their children suffer and then keep on trying to act like parents and stuff) this was actually much better done.

          And actual Xianxia where the parent child relationship wasn’t good, but was very well written and improved in a sweet way that didn’t even feel overly forced or cheap.

          I mean, she wasn’t forgiven merely because she was his mom (which is what most Xianxia would do, just forgive the sh*tty parents/family cause they were related).

          He actually understood that she was just a broken woman who was just hurt too much and suffering all the same. And while it didn’t excuse her actions, it made it understandable and relatable.

          I mean, just cause she wasn’t a good mother doesn’t make her a bad person.

          In fact, I find how he forgave his father even worse. Sure his dad did give him a treasure and advice, but the man chose alcohol and being a playboy over being a father, and it was his mistreatment of his wife that made her hate her son.

          Just cause she was a bad mom doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t have been forgiven.

          Now if she was forgiven for only loving him when he became strong, that’d be a different story, but she actually felt remorse once hearing he was dead.

          And if one can feel remorse for their actions, just because they knew what they did was wrong (and not cause the person is strong or amazing like every other Xianxia) than that person should have the chance for forgiveness.

          Of course, there are exceptions, but she wasn’t such an unforgivable creature (else who can be forgiven in these kind of stories).

          1. His father was useless, but she was actively malicious towards a child that had done nothing wrong but look like his father. She blamed the sins of the father on a small child, in my book there is not much more egregious than that in my book. And it wasen’t like she was simply avoiding him. She was doing her best effort to make his life a living hell every time she saw him. Demeaning him every time she saw him, making him out to be lower than the lowest lifeform and not even caring if/when he was severely beaten up. And she did this and kept doing this to an innocent child.

            Had this been ‘reality’ a child would have been screwed up for life had that happened to him. I don’t care that he reminded the mom of his father, if you can’t take care of your son, then make it so that your child is raised away from you among a loving family, it’s the least you can do. The father was wrong as well, but something about that mother just made me snap. Simply because she had a justification for the way she acted does not excuse an entire childhood of grinding your child’s face into the literal and proverbial dirt. She’s a horrible mother and a despicable human being for doing that. Now, I didn’t like the father either, nor did I like the MC forgiving him, a decent burial, fine. But be completely done with that guy afterwards.

            And while it’s uncharacteristically vicious of me because I’m usually for second chances. But she should have gotten everything that was going to happen to her after the wedding. I actually would have sat there with a huge grin had she been butchered like a pig. I could also bear him simply walking away, after the whole shabang because she was his mother. But forgiveness, that was something I couldn’t take. The whole thing struck a nerve with me. Had I been reading a physical book I would have hurled it through the air against the wall at that point. But I was reading it on a delicate piece of machinery and then someone must be a bit more restrained. 😛

            As you can tell, I REALLY did not like this novel.

            On Douluo Dalu, I actually think Tang Hao is also a despicable person, the way he treated Tang San was really bad. But the rest of the story was good.

  3. Why do I get the feeling that all these people who follow him will fade back into the background while only get mentioned occasionally after 2 or 3 book later. They might even disappear all together after he go out of these 16 tiny kingdoms.

    1. I think some will, mainly the dad and close relatives (they have barely been mentioned at this point) will start to fade away, but the rest I’ll take a wait and see attitude on. Funny that the two that really wanted something from him have never shown up, they mention it but still …

  4. Thank you for the chapter!
    “Paramount of dao? Do you think that’s something I sell in my family store?…”, i loled so hard at this…

    at long last this moment came i didnt want for gouyu and jiang chen to be separated…

  5. Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter!!
    Provisionary Outer Sect Disciple, Jack~

  6. This girl is hilarious. Also…Jiang Chen you really do sell Dao of life and death of all sorts of things in your family store. Everytime you open your mouth its like your selling a step on a stair case to heaven.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  7. Wow! What an astonishing decision! I never saw that coming (until I saw the chapter title, at which point I hoped it wouldn’t be that, but it was). Imagine, a female character unscrupulously abandoning all responsibilities to follow the MC.

  8. As long as she doesn’t get in the way and doesn’t end up in a romantic relationship with the mc, I don’t mind if she hops on for the journey. If she’s going to get in the way and try to seduce the mc, she might as well die, I don’t want to see any romance in this novel, especially not between someone as lowly and unlikable as her and the mc. At least if there’s going to be some romance, let it be with a woman that can keep up with the mc somewhat, even if she’s a step behind him, and not someone like this. I do disdain her attitude though, she’s asking for a great favor yet seems to try and force him into it. He decides whether or not you’ll go along, you don’t have anything to say about it, so why are you acting so damn pretentious?

    I kinda dislike the idea of dragging so many people along though, I hope he dumps them somewhere later on. I understand he has to get them off that location though since there’s ominous signs and all, but at least don’t bring them further than the next kingdom. Why would you drag everyone along with you on the journey? Don’t you have enough issues at traveling the path of martial arts without having to spend 50-80% of your time on other people that aren’t interesting to the plot?

    1. btw, i think the old man and young girl pair from the hall are from the sky something kingdom. the elder is probably from the ‘my precious bigger’ tree sect. since they were forgotten by now despite saying they would talk to MC. the young prince coming is probably related to them. direct news coming from the powerful old man was the only way for the prince to come fast like that.

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