Emperor's Domination Chapter 837-840
Chapter 837: Legend Of The Dark Hand Behind The Curtain
As for the old turtle, even though he had lived for a very long time, he spent the majority of his time hiding at the base of Quicksand River, so he was unaware of many rumors. He curiously asked after seeing the scared basilisk: "Is the legendary dark hand behind the curtains that powerful? How is the person compared to an Immortal Emperor?"
"Difficult to say." The always arrogant Jian Wushuang turned serious when they mentioned the legendary taboo existence: "This dark hand behind the curtains has been a mystery for millions of years. Some say that it is a person while others claim that it is a demon. Maybe it's neither! No one in this world knows just how powerful this existence is."
"Hmph, I don't believe that he is really that strong." Long Jingxian snorted in defiance.
Jian Wushuang glanced at her and sneered: "If he isn't powerful, then would your Beastmaster Citadel hide for so long after the destruction of the Divine Beast Realm? To be frank, isn't this because of fear?"
"Oh? You are speaking as if your Jian Clan isn't afraid of this dark hand either. If your clan is so mighty, why don't you go challenge this existence then?" Long Jingxian immediately countered.
Jian Wushuang coldly responded: "What do we have to be afraid of? The destructive war in the past had nothing to do with our clan. Even if this dark hand is still alive, we have no feud with him."
"Please, all of this talk can be boiled down to your clan being afraid of him, afraid that he will start killing in the Stone Medicine World again just like in the past." Long Jingxian snorted.
The two of them always started fighting when they were together.
"The truth is that this dark hand behind the curtains didn't only massacre the Stone Medicine World once. Rumor has it that it happened at least twice. Outside of the Divine Beast Realm, I heard that he once massacred the entire Alchemy Realm, and it even spread to the Beast and Stone Realms. I think the massacre that time had something to do with a dark race." The basilisk couldn't keep himself from contributing. 1
"Is this dark hand really that amazing? Massacring the Stone Medicine World twice, how come the Alchemy Kingdom didn't do anything about it?" The old turtle was confused.
In his eyes, imperial lineages were the highest existences. A sect with three emperors like the Alchemy Kingdom was something he could only forever look up to. In his mind, nothing was stronger than the Alchemy Kingdom and the Jianlong Clan.
"Hah, the Alchemy Kingdom? It couldn’t." Although the basilisk was very wary of this taboo legend, it was too tempting to talk about. For millions of years now, everyone wanted to know the truth. He couldn't help but add: "Let alone show their faces, the Alchemy Kingdom and the Jianlong Clan couldn’t tuck their tails between their legs fast enough. Legends tell that they lost all their nerves from the killing back then."
"I know a little about this." Long Jingxian immediately added: "It is said that after the beast realm was destroyed, the people from the Alchemy Kingdom and the Jianlong Clan that participated in this war immediately surrendered. From then on, they lived in reclusion and stopped competing with the world."
"Including your Beastmaster Citadel." Jian Wushuang coldly stated.
Long Jingxian became upset and leered at Jian Wushuang for a bit before speaking: "Hmph, our Beastmaster Citadel was only joining for fun and got caught up in the storm. Your Jian Clan didn't even have the chance to fight and is still hiding from the world to this day."
"Okay, can the two of you talk less? Making such a big deal out of nothing, don't you feel tired?" Li Qiye shook his head and smiled at their argument. He was the only one that could stop these two. Meanwhile, they gave a dirty look then ignored each other.
The old turtle was still very interested in this story and had to ask: "Has great immortal heard about the story of this dark hand?"
"Well, I have heard a little about it. It was a while ago though, so I don't remember. Perhaps the dark hand is no longer in this world anymore." Li Qiye replied with a smile.
Long Jingxian cheerfully added: "That's right. The dark hand in the legends has disappeared for a very long time. He is probably dead already. How could anyone live for so long outside of being a super monster?"
"Shhh…" The basilisk startlingly jumped again while completely blanching: "Little ancestor, you cannot say such things or a disaster will come."
"No need to put it that way. The dark hand behind the curtains won't kill people for no reason." Li Qiye grinned.
"Yep." Long Jingxian smiled: "Regardless of whether he is alive or not, even if he is, he wouldn't start killing just because of a discussion from some juniors."
Jian Wushuang actually agreed with Long Jingxian for once and quietly said: "There are rumors about how this dark hand once fought against a foreign invasion and expelled this foreign race from the nine worlds, saving it completely."
"So this dark hand is the protector of the nine worlds." The old turtle mused.
Long Jianxian continued: "Not necessarily. Who knows what kind of existence this dark hand is? Is it a human or ghost, male or female? It could just be an old pervert. His actions could have merely been on a whim as well. When he feels like it, he would protect others. When he is annoyed, he would start a massacre."
"My grandma, if these words spread, you will be in big trouble." The basilisk's neck shrunk a little from fear.
"Bah, I'm not afraid of this dark hand behind the curtains or whatever. This lady isn't afraid of the heaven or earth." Long Jingxian proudly declared.
The old turtle was still curious and wanted to ask more questions. However, the basilisk's foot came kicking, causing him to fly away: "Keep talking and I'll make a soup out of you."
The basilisk couldn't do anything to Long Jingxian, but taking care of the old turtle was no problem. This made the turtle quickly shrink back into his shell.
Meanwhile, Li Qiye was only standing there, smiling. It was always interesting to hear others talk about himself. For millions of years now, countless people had talked about him. The majority of these people would never dare to talk about him in public.
Thus, it was fun for him to hear the group's discussion. Some called him a forbidden existence, some called him the dark hand, and some even called him the imperial teacher…
"Well, we can't just stand here. Come inside, we have a long way to go still." Li Qiye cheerfully changed the subject.
"Let's go!" The most excited was Long Jingxian. She was the first to rush into the ruins.
Li Qiye led them inside. The bloody carnage of that year was still fresh as if it had been spilled only yesterday, making him feel a bit melancholic.
How many people could imagine how cruel and grand the battle was back then just by looking at the current ruins?
The Divine Beast Realm had an unbelievable origin. Although they called themselves the dwelling of divine beasts, they were not true divine beasts. However, their bloodlines proved that they were indeed the descendants of these beasts.
In that era, they were considered the most powerful lineage of the demon race and dominated the Stone Medicine World for a long time.
In later generations, some people considered this sect to have four emperors, but this was not the case. It had three Immortal Emperors as well as four Alchemy Emperors.
The last descendant of the realm was recognized by the Heaven's Will and became one of the most powerful Emperor Candidates in his time. However, he still lost to Empress Hong Tian and couldn't become an emperor.
Even the Alchemy Kingdom back then was wary of the beast realm due to their powerful bloodline. Without that battle, perhaps the beast realm would still be ruling the Stone Medicine World today.
The beast realm wasn't convinced back when their descendant lost to the empress. They encouraged all the sects in the Stone Medicine World to ambush the empress who had yet to ascend.
All the most powerful lineages in this world were involved in this terrible ambush, including the Alchemy Kingdom, the Jianlong Clan, and the Beastmaster Citadel as well as other imperial sects.
Before the attack, the Hundred-Life Alchemy Emperor strongly opposed the kingdom's participation. Alas, there were many powerful ancestors in the kingdom back then, so his opinion was dismissed.
This ambush enraged Li Qiye who was still the dark crow. In his wrath, he sent his army of millions to enter the Stone Medicine World. The empress took the vanguard to attack the Divine Beast Realm.
The entire Stone Medicine World was full of howls during that battle as the land was drowned by darkness and a downpour of blood!
Li Qiye's invincible cavalry swept through the Stone Medicine World's alliance and laid siege to the beast realm. Eventually, this realm that flew in the sky was forcefully dragged to the earth by the empress and completely collapsed.
Right afterward, the Hundred-Life Alchemy Emperor brought the elders of the kingdom to surrender. Under the emperor's pleas, Li Qiye forgave the kingdom due to their past friendship.
These great powers made a blood oath to Li Qiye to never show themselves in the world again. Later on, Empress Hong Tian formally ascended and laid her suppressions on these powers' ancestral lands. From then on, these behemoths laid low in reclusion.
As for the old turtle, even though he had lived for a very long time, he spent the majority of the time hiding at the base of Quicksand River, so he was unaware of many anecdotes. He curiously asked after seeing the scared basilisk: "Is the legendary dark hand behind the curtains that powerful? How is the person compared to an Immortal Emperor?"
"Difficult to say." The always arrogant Jian Wushuang turned serious when they mentioned the taboo existence in the legends: "This dark hand behind the curtains had always been a mystery for millions of years. Some say that it is a person while others claim that it is a demon. Maybe it's neither! No one in this world knows just how powerful this existence is."
"Hmph, I don't believe that he is really that strong." Long Jingxian snorted in defiance.
Jian Wushuang glanced at her and sneered: "If he isn't powerful, then would your Beastmaster Citadel hide for so long after the destruction of the Divine Beast Realm? To be frank, isn't this because of fear?"
"Oh? You are speaking as if your Jian Clan isn't afraid of this dark hand either. If your clan is so mighty, why don't you go challenge this existence then?" Long Jingxian countered immediately.[collapse]
- Ming means dark. ↩
Chapter 838: Flirtatious Banter
After stepping inside the ruins, Long Jingxian strutted around like an extremely excited mad woman.
The old turtle felt that there was something strange about the ruins and anxiously stated: "There, there is a very strong murderous air here."
Li Qiye chuckled: "Blood ran like rivers back then. Countless experts of the Stone Medicine World lost their lives in this place, more than one thousand ancestors in fact. These ruins were stained by blood so of course the air here would be like this."
The old turtle felt chills after hearing this. Although he didn't see it with his own eyes, he could already imagine just how thrilling and devastating that battle was.
"I heard the beast realm had the biggest treasury in the Stone Medicine World. I'm sure every inch of this land is full of treasures, should we excavate it?" Long Jingxian happily ran back and laughed.
Jian Wushuang snorted: "The beast realm was destroyed millions of years ago. This land has been dug by people in its entirety. It is too late for your turn."
"Forget it, what do you know." Long Jingxian glared at Jian Wushuang in response: "If a treasure could be found so easily, then it would no longer be a treasure. I am supreme in this world. The treasures not found by others shall be revealed by me alone!" She raised her head in an arrogant pose after declaring this.
However, her arrogant aura was not as strong as Jian Wushuang's. She had a lively and noble aura, but her aggressiveness was truly lacking.
"Immortal Emperors have been here before, do you think you can compare to them?" Jian Wushuang snorted.
Long Jingxian wasn't convinced and proudly said: "So what if they are Immortal Emperors? Hmph, as long as I try a bit more, I can become one as well. Are emperors more brilliant than me? Plus, even if they have been here before, there is a rumor about a secret treasury in the beast realm that has yet to be found. This clearly shows that even Immortal Emperors couldn't find it. But I am here now, and I'll definitely figure it out!"
These words were quite arrogant and exuded boundless confidence. However, she indeed had the ability to declare this. A natural born Immortal Fate was destined for greatness. Alas, she liked to play around too much and didn't train in earnest. Otherwise, she would have reigned over the world and the title of number one wouldn't belong to Ye Qingcheng.
Li Qiye gently shook his head: "Wushuang is right about this. These ruins have been completely rummaged through by others. It's not just limited to this world, many paragons from the nine worlds have come here before, and a few Immortal Emperors were among them as well. If there is a secret treasury, then people would have found it long ago."
Long Jingxian stared at Li Qiye and stated: "Haha, don't try to trick me. Our Beastmaster Citadel has a deep understanding of the beast realm. I have read many ancient scrolls about it, and there is definitely a secret treasure trove."
Li Qiye laughed in response: "Oh? Then those records must be erroneous."
Naturally, he clearly knew whether there was a secret treasury here or not. Nevertheless, Long Jingxian was right about a few things. The Beastmaster Citadel indeed knew the beast realm very well due to their deep past ties.
"I know that you are aware of this secret." Her natural born Immortal Fate made her very keen. She stared at him for a long time and began to act coquettishly.
Li Qiye only smiled. He naturally wouldn't reveal this secret to an outsider so easily.
"Husband, everyone says that there are no secrets between husband and wife, right?" Long Jingxian immediately pulled on his arm in a playful manner. Her chest was very plump, so its gentle touch was a fatal temptation.
Li Qiye lazily looked at her and said: "Little girl, don't try to tempt me or it won't end well for you."
"What do you mean by tempt? Isn't this type of thing normal for us as husband and wife?" The little demoness had a gentle and loving touch as if she was a virtuous wife.
The others grew wary. They quickly backed off to not bother this flirtatious pair.
Li Qiye chuckled in response: "Little girl, you might want to marry me, but the feeling is not mutual."
"You…" She glared at him in annoyance, but just a second later, she turned gentle again and lovingly held his arm like a little wife while softly saying: "Even if Husband doesn't want to marry me, I'll still follow you forever."
"How shameless." Jian Wushuang looked down on her and sneered.
Long Jingxian immediately glared at her: "Jian Wushuang, just admit that you are jealous of me."
This girl changed her attitude faster than the flipping of a page. Earlier, she was coyly leaning on Li Qiye, but now she turned cheeky in the blink of an eye.
"You are only a crazy girl, what is there to be jealous of?" Jian Wushuang said with disdain.
Long Jingxian looked at her then back at Li Qiye and laughed: "Haha, I understand. Little Jian girl, I know that you like Li Qiye. You want to steal my husband!"
"Who would want to be involved with a crazy girl like you?" Jian Wushuang leered at her and coldly responded: "Only someone insane like you would keep calling him husband."
"Oh, stop trying to deny it. I can smell your jealousy from here." Long Jingxian was happy to see Jian Wushuang riled up and revealed a kingdom-toppling smile.
Li Qiye wryly smiled and shook his head in response to this crazy girl. He glared at her with a fiery stare: "Little girl, stop using me for your argument. If you really want to marry me, then I'll take you in tonight!"
His hot glare and direct words flustered the normally bold Long Jingxian.
"Oh? Is it all a lie, you don't want to admit it?" Jian Wushuang used this chance to add insult to injury.
Long Jingxian arched her chest. Her already towering breasts started to sway in a wavy motion when she purposely posed in this manner, resulting in an even more breathtaking and fatal temptation.
"Who says I wouldn't do it?" Long Jingxian glared at Jian Wushuang then back at Li Qiye and declared: "I will give you a test. If you can pass, then I'll marry you."
"It will be an aptitude test, right?" Li Qiye smiled and gently shook his head: "Although you are really beautiful, wanting me to take a test for you… Sorry, not interested. This young master does not lack for women, understand?"
"Smelly Qiye…" She became furious and started to pinch his arm without mercy: "Are you a man or not?! To be afraid of accepting a challenging like this!"
"What are you afraid of? Take her on." Jian Wushuang also urged him: "How can this girl be better than you? Just take her on."
"Hmph, Jian Wushuang, stop fanning the flames so jovially. If I actually marry Li Qiye, then you have to call me young mistress." Long Jingxian declared.
Jian Wushuang looked down on her in response: "Wait until you have the ability to become his wife first, then you can boast."
"Hey, do you dare or not?" Long Jingxian immediately asked Li Qiye again. Her fiery temperament was truly enchanting.
Li Qiye shook his head: "Girl, I have never been afraid of a challenge. Marrying you is no big deal either, but to be frank, the position of young mistress does not belong to you. I can reconsider if you want to be a concubine, though."
"Bah, those are some strong words." Long Jianxian had both hands on her hips. With a fierce look, she boldly said: "You want me to be a concubine? Don't even think about it. I don't believe that there is a better woman in this world than I. I'm confident that even the so-called number one beauty in the Stone Medicine World, Ming Yexue, is not better than me. Hmph, as for talents, I can claim to be number one. Ye Qingcheng or whatever can step aside!"
This girl was truly domineering. However, her words were true. In terms of looks alone, she was not necessarily worse than Ming Yexue. It was just that they were two entirely different people.
"Little girl, you don't get it." Li Qiye gently shook his head: "To me, looks are just superficial, and I don't care for your talents either. There are those who are even more brilliant than you."
"Hmph. Even if you are right, so what?" Long Jingxian gritted her teeth and scowled: "You are nothing special either. Hmph, as if anyone would want to marry you."
Li Qiye laughed and shook his head: "Good, you said it yourself, not me. Plus, if I want to marry, I can have my choice of fairies and goddesses. I know that you are very proud, but I am even more arrogant than you."
Long Jingxian angrily spoke: "What's the use of just speaking? It is only boasting with mere words, prove it."
Chapter 839: Opening The Bi'an Beastworld
Li Qiye didn't know whether to laugh or cry at her response. He smiled and said: "Girl, you will find out in the future that your final pursuit is only Immortal Emperor, but for me, that is only the beginning. The heavens above is where my journey starts."
"Hmph, now you're just bragging." She snorted. Although she was unhappy, she found some clues from Li Qiye's words about something different. As a natural Immortal Fate, she was more perceptive than others.
"See? You want to become the young mistress? Out of the question." Jian Wushuang snorted, still as beautiful as ever.
Long Jingxian gave her a mean look then pulled on Li Qiye's arm with a gentle look: "Fine, concubine then. Love is boundless after all. However, I have a request. In the future, assign that girl to me. I will order her around as my maid!"
Li Qiye wasn't expecting this request. Jian Wushuang, on the other hand, glared at her: "Stop daydreaming."
Their dialogue was quite lively, causing the basilisk and the old turtle in the distance to click their tongues. The basilisk was amazed and said: "So domineering, one really cannot mess with a girl like that."
The group smiled while the two girls continued to argue boisterously. Like this, they made their way deeper into the ruins. At this location, broken tiles were everywhere; it was clear that there used to be a huge temple here, but only remnants could be found.
Li Qiye went in a circle around the site before stopping at a certain corner. He ordered the old turtle and the basilisk: "Dig right here."
The two didn't know what he wanted to do, but they still instantly started digging.
Long Jingxian looked around and curiously asked: "Why are we here?"
Li Qiye lightly replied: "Didn't you want to take a look at the Bi'an Beastworld? Wait for it, this is only the beginning."
"You can actually open a path to the beastworld?" Jian Wushuang was startled: "No one has seen it since the destruction of the Divine Beast Realm. I heard even Immortal Emperors tried to open the beastworld to no avail."
"Don't worry, when have I ever lied to you?" Li Qiye smiled.
While the group was talking, the old turtle and the basilisk had dug up the corner of this part of the ruins. After reaching a certain depth, they met a layer of hard rocks. They were very coarse looking and not too special at all.
This type of rock seemed to be the common lava rock of the Stone Medicine World, something that could be found anywhere in the ground. If there was something special about this rocky layer, then it would be the particular dent in that layer, but even that was very inconspicuous.
Li Qiye took out an item. It was the rod-like object from the Tie Clan. He then inserted it into the dent on the rocky layer.
"Click." The moment this item went inside the layer, a sudden change occurred. The item broke apart into little bronze pieces that instantly pierced the rocky layer.
Everyone then noticed mysterious runic outlines on top of the rocky layer that were quite difficult to notice before.
Li Qiye's right hand formed a fist that he slowly placed on the rocky layer.
"Thunk, thunk, thunk." The unexpected happened. The little pieces seemed to have come to life and instantly latched onto his fist, turning into a glove.
This bronze glove made it so that Li Qiye's fist and the rocky layer merged together.
"Clank, clank, clank." Li Qiye turned the rock around with his hand. It made everyone feel as if the ruins were turning in their entirety as well; it was as if Li Qiye was capable of altering the entire location.
"Buzzzz." The impossible occurred. An endless divine light soared from a remote depth of the ruins. It pierced the sky and continued all the way to the farthest reaches of the firmament.
After doing so, the rays of light intertwined as if it was about to turn into a gigantic portal, about to drag something out. In an instant, very powerful dragon hymns rang as if something was being dragged down from the sky by this mighty force.
"Clank, clank…" Some changes occurred on Li Qiye's glove. It turned back to its original form, but it had a newfound radiance as if it was full of life.
"This thing…" Jian Wushuang was moved while looking at this rod-like item in Li Qiye's hand.
Long Jingxian was startled as well: "I know this object. This is the key to allow the beastworld to appear! Legends say that the Bi'an Beastworld had something to do with the Divine Beast Realm. So it turns out that this item has always been in of the Divine Beast Realm!"
Li Qiye smiled and quipped: "You're not too stupid."
The basilisk was horrified as he murmured to himself: "But, this item was hidden in the Tie Clan. If that is the case… then…" At this point, he stared at Li Qiye in shock.
"There are some things best kept to oneself." Li Qiye glanced at the basilisk dismissively.
The basilisk quivered at the magnitude of the idea forming in his mind. Just the thought alone made him feel a chill.
Of course, Li Qiye would not easily reveal this secret about the beastworld. It was a place without a master, but in order to enter it, the item in Li Qiye's hand was crucial.
A very long time ago, this item did not belong to the Divine Beast Realm, but the realm obtained it later on. The beast realm had always wanted to monopolize the beastworld but was met with failure.
During the great battle, the realm wanted to borrow the vast power of the beastworld for one last ditch effort. In the end, it wasn't successful and they were still massacred by the invincible cavalry.
Afterward, this rod-like item fell into Li Qiye's hands. It had expended all of its power so Li Qiye left it with the Heavenly Flame Goddess so that she could hide it in the Stone Medicine World in order to borrow the worldly energy to nourish it.
After millions of years, this item finally recovered, and Li Qiye wanted to use it to make the beastworld appear again.
"We can stay here for now. There is still some time before the true emergence of the beastworld." Li Qiye told everyone.
Jian Wushuang directly summoned a building for them to stay in.
The divine light up high in the sky seemed to be opening a new world or perhaps dragging one into the Stone Medicine World. How could such a big commotion not attract the attention of others?
On this day, many saw this scene. Quite a few ancestors and even some eternal existences from the imperial lineages were alarmed.
These ancestor-level characters took deep breaths while murmuring: "This is…"
A few archaic existences sleeping underground woke up after being reported to by their descendants. They opened their heavenly eyes to look straight at the firmament and saw the amazing scene before uncontrollably murmuring: "The Bi'an Beastworld… is actually appearing. Incredible, who has the power to actually open it?"
The entire world was shaken overnight. The news of the Bi'an Beastworld's appearance swept across the plains like a storm.
Many didn't dare to believe this news after hearing it because the beastworld had never appeared after the destruction of the Divine Beast Realm. Even Immortal Emperors had tried to search for it and failed.
"So it's finally reappearing after tens of millions of years." Many big shots came out one after another, shaken by this news.
The lineages began to mobilize their troops and made preparations to enter the beastworld.
The Bi'an Beastworld was one of the six great Ancestral Earths that belonged to immortals. Its origins were unclear and it had been this way since an ancient age. No one knew where exactly it came from.
However, there were many speculations. Some believed that it was the dwelling of the divine beast, Bi'an. Some also believed that it was a land left behind by immortals from the ancient eras. Another bold statement claimed that it had something to do with the origin of the golem race.
The last speculation was not without reason because the stones in the beastworld had indescribable magical properties to them. They seemed to be closely linked to the golems. The most significant example was Immortal Emperor Bi Shi.
This emperor was the second emperor of the Alchemy Kingdom. His true origin was a stone that fell from the beastworld. Because of this, future generations believed that the golem race was closely related to the beastworld.
Chapter 840: Ye Qingcheng's Plan
The beastworld had no master. Every time it appeared was due to luck. Later on, the Divine Beast Realm emerged and dominated the Stone Medicine World for several generations.
During this period, they had a firm grasp on the beastworld whenever it appeared. Due to this reason, other lineages required the realm's permission before they could enter the beastworld.
For a very long time, the beast realm wanted to enter the beastworld to build a new foundation so that the land would truly become their possession. However, their repeated attempts were all met with failure.
After the destruction of the beast realm, the beastworld no longer appeared. Many people later on tried to find it to no avail. Thus, its sudden appearance caused quite a stir throughout the world. This was a rare opportunity to many sects, so they quickly prepared to march.
On top of a mountain, Ye Qingcheng was sitting in a meditative pose with divine light pulsing around him. He was blessed by saints and protected by gods as if he was their ruler. He had a sacrosanct and awe-inspiring air around him.
He was startled the moment he saw the divine light that soared to the sky: "What has happened?"
At this time, his forehead became clear and his skull resembled a mirror. Time seemed to be passing inside this mirror. He channeled a merit law while making many hand seals to derive one supreme law after another. These mysterious laws turned into an ancient scroll. He was looking into the past and calculating the future with visions.
"This Li Qiye!" His expression greatly shifted after making the calculation as he murmured: "Just who is this person? Why can't I divine him?"
At this moment, even his peerless self became absent-minded. He was able to calculate the entire world and could predict many things, but not Li Qiye.
"Unfathomable, Li Qiye. You can actually make the beastworld appear again. I cannot see through your origin!" He spoke with a darkened expression.
At this point, he stood up and started to fly away with a solemn look.
This was a remote location of the Beast Realm devoid of beasts and men; there was nothing special about this desolate place. However, there was a certain valley. No one could see through the entire valley because it was shrouded in mist, as if it was hiding an earth-shattering secret.
There was only one entrance to this mysterious valley. It was a narrow corridor; the feeling that there was no returning from it would loom over any trespasser.
Divine Valley was the name of this place, but very few knew why it had such a name.
In fact, its existence was a secret as well. Those who knew about it were all amazing characters, such as ancestors or incomparable big shots.
Few knew who was inside the Divine Valley, let alone its origin. However, those who did were terrified of it, including imperial lineages. No one wanted to delve into the exact reasons for this apprehension.
In the past, emperors had visited this place before, including Immortal Emperor Qilin and Immortal Emperor Jin She, but no one knew the reason why.
At this time, Ye Qingcheng, shrouded in an extraordinary divine light, could be found outside of the Divine Valley. Just like his name, he was kingdom-toppling and perfect.
"Quite bold, to trespass in the Divine Valley alone." A cold and ancient voice appeared after he entered the valley.
"My actions this time cannot be considered trespassing. After all, I am not an outsider to the ancestors here." Ye Qingcheng was still very confident despite entering the Divine Valley alone. 1
"Interesting, a bit similar to Immortal Emperor Shi Feng of the past! What is your business for coming to my Divine Valley?" The cold voice appeared again. No one could determine where it came from.
"I want to inform the ancestors that the Bi'an Beastworld has appeared and the gate will be opened soon." Ye Qingcheng calmly spoke.
"This is no news to us. We already know of its emergence with the divine light engulfing the sky." The cold voice answered.
"Do the ancestors not want to climb on top of the beastworld again?" Ye Qingcheng spoke.
"Hahahaha, Junior, there is no need for you to worry about this matter for us. If you were Immortal Emperor Shi Feng, then you might be capable of doing so. Alas, you are not him." The voice responded.
Ye Qingcheng chuckled: "I think the ancestors should already know my origin. If you all want to enter the beastworld, then you will need assistance. I'm not boasting here when I say that due to my origin, no one understands the beastworld better than me."
"Such a big tone, do you know the real background of my Divine Valley?" The voice turned harsh.
Ye Qingcheng did not panic at all: "The ancestors really know more about the beastworld compared to others. However, don't forget that my origin decides everything. Perhaps when I enter it in the future, I shall become its master. At that time, I believe you will need my help."
"A bit interesting." The voice slowly replied: "We are listening, what do you want?"
Ye Qingcheng slowly stated: "What I want is something easily accomplished by you ancestors. I want someone's head! I trust that as long as the ancestors take action, it will be as easy as flipping one's palm."
"No problem." The cold voice agreed to this request and coldly said: "As long as it is not an Immortal Emperor, there is nothing difficult about taking someone's head."
"I thank the ancestors." Ye Qingcheng bowed and left the Divine Valley full of confidence.
Throughout the two days that Li Qiye's group stayed at the ruins, no changes could be found. This made the basilisk curious, so he asked: "What are we staying here to do?"
Li Qiye answered insipidly: "We are seeing if it has stabilized. If it’s stable, then opening the beastworld will be easy. If not, then it can be problematic."
"How can we tell if it’s stable or not?" The basilisk asked while looking at the ruins. At this time, it was drowned in a divine light, so no one could see any clues.
Li Qiye only smiled and didn't answer this question.
On the third day, there were no substantial changes in the ruins, but there was an unexpected visitor for Li Qiye.
"Li Qiye, come out this instant!" A woman's voice resounded in an awe-inspiring manner.
"Crap, not good." The basilisk was startled after hearing this imposing voice and immediately went into hiding.
"Let's take a look at the visitor." Li Qiye smiled after hearing the shout outside and went out with Jian Wushuang and Long Jingxian. Meanwhile, the cowardly turtle was cowering behind them.
There was a woman standing by the door. No one could tell her age due to one very simple reason: even though she had a human body, her head was a chicken, a hen to be more exact.
She wore a floral skirt that looked very tacky. But despite this, no one would dare to look down on her since they would be overwhelmed with fear of the myriad realms floating behind her as if she had an entire world as her backing.
She radiated a fear-inspiring aura as if she was a demon god. Her eyes were full of power and seemed as if they could suck out the souls of others.
This woman with a hen's head was from the same race as the four-eyed basilisk. However, she only had two eyes while he had four.
"Venerable Basilisk!" Jian Wushuang was surprised to see this woman.
The venerable was a famous genius in the Stone Medicine World. She, along with the Dragon-Tiger Monarch, was regarded as the greatest geniuses of the last generation. The petrification technique of her tribe had been honed to perfection. Even ancestors from the previous generation were quite wary in her presence.
With her illustrious fame, she was working for Mei Aonan of the Imperial Edge as a powerful general and had contributed greatly.
"Li Qiye, hand over my little brother!" The venerable's eyes turned cold like two sharp blades the moment she saw Li Qiye. Though her appearance was not beautiful, her voice was very pleasant and enchanting. Anyone who only listened to her voice would think that she was a great beauty.
"Your little brother?" Li Qiye looked at her and smiled: "Are you talking about that basilisk with four eyes?"
"That's right!" The venerable raised her voice: "I can sense his aura at your place so there is no need for sophistry. Be smart and let him go to avoid trouble!"
- His pronoun usages here are very polite and humble. ↩