Emperor's Domination Chapter 1080-1081
Chapter 1080: Deal
Heaven Relinquish glanced at him right away and slowly stated: "So, you are saying that you have something that can help me."
Li Qiye smiled: "I actually do have something."
With that, he took out an item and tossed it over to the devil king. The king caught and carefully looked at it and found himself astounded despite his great status.
He eventually lifted his head to look at Li Qiye: "Where did you get this thing!"
"Does that matter?" Li Qiye answered: "It is more important that the thing has a great effect for you."
This was the item given to him by Immortal Emperor Chen Xue in exchange for the life of his daughter, the Storm God.
He stared at the king and said: "With that, you can think about boarding the Evil Slaying Platform."
The king pondered for a bit while holding the item before flatly saying: "All dark cultivators wish to go there. Moreover, all of them can do so as well."
"I know they can." Li Qiye said: "However, after being here for so long, I have come to understand something else as well. Why is it that capable dark cultivators do not go up there so easily? Why is it that they only go there once their evil energy is strong enough?"
Li Qiye looked at the king and asked: "For what reason is someone as powerful as you still refusing to go up there for all this time?"
The devil king sat there emotionlessly and didn't want to elaborate.
Li Qiye continued with amusement: "Even if you don't say it, I still know a thing or two. In the past, weak dark cultivators still climbed the platform. However, a few things happened afterward that made people come to understand something. From then on, the majority of dark cultivators would not try to go up there without reaching a certain level."
"For example, you. You are strong enough, but you are still not confident. This lack of absolute confidence might be indicative of your wavering will towards reaching the other side." Li Qiye faintly smirked.
The devil king responded chillingly: "No dark cultivator has ever changed their mind about wanting to reach the other side. You are an exception because you do not belong to the Devil World!"
"I do not deny that I am not someone from this world. In the past, I was only able to become an imperial monarch and devil king due to knowing a few secrets. I schemed and planned in secrecy to reach those positions." Li Qiye said dismissively: "I won't deny that I am also quite suspicious about the mysteries behind both the platform and pathway — there's nothing wrong with this."
"If I truly trusted in it, I would have done so long ago." His eyes turned serious after speaking.
"Haha, no trust? Who do you not trust?" The devil king asked: "The Devil Lord or the Buddhist Lord?"
"To be honest, I don't have a strong opinion on the two lords, it is not that I don't trust them." Li Qiye's tone became serious as his eyes narrowed: "Perhaps they themselves do not completely understand what was behind these paths."
Heaven Relinquish spoke indifferently: "For both dark cultivators and imperial soldiers, I'm sure there will be a home for them. Definitely."
He turned quiet after saying this. After millions of long years, so many have entered the Evil Slaying Platform. However, there had never been any news of returning. This was their fate. The world on the other side had a fatal grasp on all cultivators.
"Everlasting life and immortality — these are what everyone has pursued for many eras." Li Qiye gently sighed: "So many great men have been vying for them, but how many have been successful?"
"Then what is it that you are after?" Heaven Relinquish asked with a solemn gaze.
"Fighting to the very end!" Li Qiye awe-inspiringly spoke: "In fact, these are the two greatest pursuits from one generation to the next — immortality and fighting to the end! People have been doing so since immemorable eras, the Legendary Era, and even now!"
With a solemn demeanor, Li Qiye went on: "Perhaps they are both the same question. Only by fighting till the end would one be able to obtain immortality!"
The devil king did not answer for this topic was beyond his understanding. Even though he knew a few things after listening to the devil lord, they were very ancient matters of the old ages.
"Certain things are widely discussed while others are done so in secrecy. Many things sound quite distant, but they are very closely related, it is just that people aren't aware of this. This is due to everyone not being able to see outside of this limitation, they do not know what exists above the firmament." He sighed at this point before looking at the devil king: "For example, dark cultivators, what is it that you are pursuing? To go to the other world? For what reason?"
"No reason, it's just fate." The king answered coldly.
Li Qiye laughed and said: "Oh my Heaven Relinquish, if other dark cultivators said this, I wouldn't be surprised because they are ignorant, they can't compare to you. However, as a devil king who has seen the Devil Lord before, your answer just now is incredibly untrue to your own thoughts."
The devil king asked: "Then what do you think dark cultivators like us are pursuing?"
"To be exact, we are talking about you, not dark cultivators because they don't know what they will face. They only follow an old tradition of entering the platform in order to reach the other side, a different world." Li Qiye responded.
"But you are not the same." Li Qiye stared intensely at the king: "You know things that they do not, this is why you have been patient until now instead of boarding the platform right away, because of the uncertainty in your mind. Perhaps you know the result of failure!"
"Is that so?" The devil king didn't deny or confirm this claim.
Li Qiye flatly said: "Dark cultivators, imperial soldiers, or even sacred monks, maybe they all have the same end. Dark cultivators like you do not have emotions like us mortals. No flesh and blood, or to be frank, all of you are dead, the living dead!"
"Not to mention the fact that you all can't leave the lesser world and how you will face destruction after leaving just like those monks at the plateau, hypothetically speaking, even if you dark cultivators could leave the lesser world, would you?" Li Qiye asked.
The devil king answered: "Dark cultivators have their own wishes, this world naturally has its own fate as well."
Li Qiye laughed: "Heaven Relinquish, you should be saying these words to other people. My ability to become a devil king and reaching this level should be indicative of my own logic. Let us be frank with each other. This will be good for the both of us. Perhaps I will give you some incredible warnings and you will be able to give me some ideas."
"Really now?" The devil king maintained his aloof stance.
"We won't talk about why the inhabitants of this world are able to live forever without flesh and blood because this is no secret to me." Li Qiye said: "Let us talk about your instinct, the most primal instinct in your heart. Perhaps other dark cultivators aren't aware of this, they don't know why the other side attracts them so or just what it is that is driving them to a different world."
"However, Heaven Relinquish, you know a little about this." Li Qiye stared at the king: "Your kind does not belong to the nine worlds because you do not have life; you cannot share the same emotions as mortals! Because of this, you need a world with happiness and sorrow, anger and joy — emotions that belong to you. To be even more specific, you do not need immortality. What you want is to be a living being, not a puppet…"
"… Perhaps in that other world, there are no cultivators or imperial soldiers, only living beings with emotions. Of course, I am not ruling out immortality either. This is simply a paradise, a paradise that has been chased after by countless people in history!" Li Qiye slowly went on: "Perhaps after entering the platform to reach a new world, everyone will find salvation. So in a sense, this is a resurrection, a rebirth!"
"This is your true instinct, and precisely because of this urge, all of you are tempted to climb up the Evil Slaying Platform to reach this different world." Li Qiye finished with a dignified expression.
"I don't know anything about this instinct." Heaven Relinquish gently shook his head: "For me and the other dark cultivators, this is only our long-cherished wish and the fate of this world."
"Haha, Heaven Relinquish, you are telling me about wishes and fate?" Li Qiye couldn't help but laugh: "You can deceive others about many things, but not me. I know very well how this world was formed, so in my eyes, there are no wishes or fate."
Li Qiye glared at him and said: "I am aware that this is a plan, an extremely grand plan that has been in the making for countless eras and has continued on quietly."
Chapter 1081: Devil World's Secret
After his monologue, Li Qiye stopped for a bit before eventually sighing softly: "Even the Buddhist Funeral Plateau has persisted from one generation to another, this is all because of a single pursuit."
"Since you think you know everything, what do you think the plateau's plan is?" Heaven Relinquish finally took the initiative.
"Heaven Relinquish, there's no need to test me." Li Qiye shook his head: "I know full well what the plateau wants to do, or rather, what Di Shi wants to do. How about we make another deal? Tell me what the Devil Lord told you back then and I will tell you the secret of the plateau."
"Hmph." Heaven Relinquish snorted: "It looks like you don't only want the key to the Dark Maxim Palace, you led me out to find out more about the Devil Lord as well."
"Frankly, I don't have much interest in your Devil Lord since I know all the things that I want to already." Li Qiye said dismissively: "I only want to know what he told you back then."
With that, he peered at the king: "If I am not mistaken, before the Devil Lord left back then, he summoned you and told you certain things that the other Devil Kings didn't hear! This is what I want to know!"
After hearing this, the king's gaze immediately turned fierce with evil energy rampaging about him in a frightening manner; all of his attention was focused on Li Qiye.
Li Qiye was unperturbed; he leisurely sat there: "There's no need to look at me like that, you know full well that you can't do anything. Plus, this wasn't considered a secret either. The other Devil Kings knew, just not about what the Devil Lord told you."
It looked like the devil king didn't wish to entertain this conversation since he sat there emotionlessly.
Li Qiye took his time speaking: "For millions of years after the Devil Lord went to that world, many dark cultivators and devil kings climbed up the platform and left the Devil World. However, you have been doing nothing and staying in the Devil World's underground, enduring from one generation to another!"
"To tell the truth, I am not looking down on you when I say this. I have analyzed all the devil kings here, you are not the most exceptional or powerful among them. However, one thing is for certain, you are definitely the most patient one! Because of this, the Devil Lord picked you. And sure enough, you have been waiting all this time until you are completely sure before climbing the platform!"
This was also met with nothing but a cold stare from the devil king.
Li Qiye looked him straight in the eyes and spoke: "Tell me the Devil Lord's words and I will tell you the secret of the plateau."
The devil king looked at Li Qiye for a bit before shaking his head: "Not interested. Also, I won't let you borrow the Dark Maxim Key."
With that, he threw Li Qiye's item back to him.
"My Heaven Relinquish." Li Qiye smiled: "You really are patient. However, let me remind you, you yourself can wait, but the opportunity won't wait for you."
"What do you mean by that?" There was a tinge of surprise in the devil king's expression.
Li Qiye sat there leisurely and replied: "Heaven Relinquish, you think that you can't die so there is more than ample time. You feel that you can wait until everyone goes up to the platform and it doesn't matter if you take your time. However, I can tell you something right now, you only have one or two generations at best."
"Such fear-mongering." The devil king coldly spoke: "The Devil World is indestructible and eternal. This has been the case for millions of years."
"Really now? Do you think the Buddhist Funeral Plateau will wait for countless generations? Will Di Shi wait for this long?" Li Qiye laughed.
"So what if they can't wait?" The king retorted: "If the plateau could destroy the Lesser Imperial Devil World, they would have done so long ago. It doesn't matter if the seal has been imposed on this world, this world will continue on forever."
"Heaven Relinquish, you still don't understand." Li Qiye coldly said: "The plateau and Di Shi will not destroy you and the lesser world."
"But…" His eyes turned cold at this point while glaring at the king: "But Di Shi will fight to the end! The Buddhist Funeral Plateau will accomplish its mission! Ever since its inception, it has always been waiting for that day!"
The devil king's expression changed after hearing this.
Li Qiye went on: "Like our conversation earlier, ever since the immemorial era until the Legendary or even now, great men have been searching for the answer to two questions — immortality and the final battle! Since I have told you this today, it should show my sincerity!"
"The buddhist plateau will take action within three generations. At that time, the Devil World and the Imperial Border — this entire lesser world will only be a chess piece tied to their war chariot!" Li Qiye stated slowly.
The Devil King's expression turned cold. He knew what was going to happen after hearing this.
"Thus, both dark cultivators and imperial soldiers only have two options. They will either have to enter the path or platform earlier or be tied to the plateau's war machine and become Di Shi's cannon fodder!"
He continued on: "You are a devil king so you should be able to sense just how powerful the Buddhist Funeral Plateau has become. Think about it carefully or calculate with your fingers, just how much longer will your so-called immortality last?"
Heaven Relinquish started to contemplate at this moment. Perhaps Li Qiye was right. They really didn't have much time left.
After a while, the devil king looked at Li Qiye and coldly asked: "What do you want to take from the Dark Maxim Palace?"
"This doesn't concern you." Li Qiye flatly responded: "You just need to lend me the key."
"You should know that there is an entry limit. Moreover, you can only take one item." The king replied.
"I know that after thorough investigations. If I came unprepared, I wouldn't have asked you for the key." Li Qiye said.
The Devil King stared at him for a while and formulated another question: "Do you think you will be successful? I don't think so."
At this point, he could faintly guess what Li Qiye wanted.
Li Qiye smiled and nonchalantly stated: "I will. Since I was able to become a Devil King and an imperial monarch, I am destined for success in this regard."
In the end, the king slowly took out a black key after a long silence: "You can open the Dark Maxim Palace. The key will remain inside and it will naturally come back into my hands."
Li Qiye threw the other item back at the devil king and smiled: "You finally thought it through. This is a good thing. A few items will have no use if left back at the palace because you all will never be able to gather the other things."
The devil king snorted and put away Li Qiye's item.
"Wait, I still have a little toy." Li Qiye smiled and took out the devil prayers from the Wooden Sword Dark Saint and others: "Bring these things along after you climb up there. These are some matters you will have to take care of before leaving this world."
The king scowled and accepted these wishes. Since this deal was settled, these prayers were only trivial matters, so he was too lazy to bargain with Li Qiye any further.
Li Qiye stood up and said: "What a pity. I still want to know what the Devil Lord told you, but if you don't want to tell me, I won't force you."
"If you really want to know, you can go ask the Devil Lord yourself." Heaven Relinquish stated insipidly.
"If that day comes, I will." Li Qiye smiled and said: "But at that time, whatever he told you will no longer be important because I would know all the secrets already."
The devil king snorted again, seemingly have lost interest in this matter.
Li Qiye turned around and was about to leave the temple.
"What is your pursuit, your goal?" As he had just stepped out of the door, Heaven Relinquish's voice came from behind.
Li Qiye stopped and turned around to meet the king's gaze. The king continued: "You came from the nine worlds with the ability to become a devil king and imperial monarch, allowing you to have immortality! Then what is your pursuit? Treasures? Or is it just to find out the secrets?"
"No." Li Qiye shook his head and solemnly answered: "I want to kill to the very end. My pursuit is very simple, all I want is an answer!"
With that, he left the ancient temple.
Heaven Relinquish watched his back and after a long while, he finally murmured: "Immortality and final battle… for what reason? What is waiting for us on the other side? Your Majesty, I hope you have arrived safely." Once the words came out, the devil king also disappeared as if he was never here at all.
"Young Noble, are you alright?" The girls outside saw him coming out and quickly came to welcome him after heaving sighs of relief.
He had been in there for quite a long time so they became worried that a fight broke out. Of course, due to their confidence in him, they stood outside and waited without breaking in.
Li Qiye smiled and said: "What can even happen? It was just a small matter so Heaven Relinquish wouldn't fight me over it. Plus, even if we fought, he wouldn't have any advantage either."