A Will Eternal - chapter-1054
The voice echoed about in a way that made it impossible to determine
where exactly it came from. It almost seemed to surpass the flow of time
itself. Those who heard it felt a connection to the voice, as though it
contained a strange power that instantly calmed them down.
The Giant Ghost King shivered, and Gongsun Wan’er’s breathing began
to steady. As for the demigods who had come from the nearby immortal
domain, their eyes shone with reverence as they turned in the direction
of Saint-Emperor City, clasped hands, and bowed.
Gu Tianjun’s expression flickered, and he closed his eyes momentarily.
When they opened, there was no trace of killing intent or rage. The only
thing that remained was frosty coldness.
“Come with me, Fellow Daoist Bai!” he said coolly.
Bai Xiaochun shivered inwardly at the strange qualities of the
Saint-Emperor’s voice. At the same time, the sliver of Willpower which
had awoken when facing Ghostmother’s celestial Daoist magic stirred yet
“The Saint-Emperor is so powerful!” he thought. However, he didn’t
let any emotions show on his face. Smiling broadly, he clasped hands and
gave a slight bow in the direction of Saint-Emperor City. Then he
returned to the battleship, and stood silently on the prow.
Gu Tianjun cast a cold glance at Bai Xiaochun, but didn’t say anything.
A moment later, he turned into a beam of sword light that shot back
toward Saint-Emperor City. As for the demigods who had come with him,
they also looked over at Bai Xiaochun, but this time, their expressions
looked very different from before.
“This guy… seems different from the other people of Heavenspan that
I’ve seen!” That was what most of the demigods were thinking.
Eventually, they looked away, and followed Gu Tianjun to formally escort
the newcomers into the Saint-Emperor Dynasty.
The battleship followed along, leaving the Eternal Sea and heading
through the buffeting winds toward Saint-Emperor City.
Everyone felt a lot of pressure, and no one spoke. Two hours later, the
effects of the Saint-Emperor’s voice began to fade from the Giant Ghost
King, whereupon a look of astonishment appeared deep in his eyes.
“From distant Saint-Emperor City, he said a single sentence that put me
in a daze for that long?!?!” The Giant Ghost King was shaken, and his
fear of the archaean emperors suddenly grew far deeper.
“It’s because this is your first time dealing with an archaean,”
Gongsun Wan’er said, smiling faintly. “And you actually benefited
from being a Heavenspan cultivator. Someone from the Saint-Emperor
Dynasty would find their Willpower affected for days, during which time
they would feel fanatical devotion!” Gongsun Wan’er currently had her
cultivation base sealed, but that didn’t affect her overall level. She
had her Daoseed, and was also from the Vile-Emperor Dynasty, and
therefore recovered much more quickly, although not as quickly as Bai
“If it ever happens to you again, you won’t be as severely affected,
at least not unless the archaean intentionally makes it worse.” After
finishing with her explanation, Gongsun Wan’er looked over at Bai
Xiaochun, who still stood there at the prow of the ship. Curiosity
flickered in her eyes; she was truly interested in Bai Xiaochun’s
“I wonder if what he said is true,” she thought. “Does he really
rank as high as the two emperors…. Or does he cultivate some technique
that gives him the power to stand up to them!?” As Gongsun Wan’er
pondered the matter, the Giant Ghost King regained more of his senses,
and also looked over at Bai Xiaochun. All of a sudden, he realized
that… maybe Bai Xiaochun really could become the hope of the Heavenspan
Bai Xiaochun could sense that the two of them were looking at him.
Although his expression remained placid, inwardly he was feeling very
pleased with himself. That calmness, and the way he remained steady under
pressure earlier, was becoming something of a habit.
But then he considered that the emperors of the two dynasties were both
experts in the Archaean Realm, and his nervousness mounted.
“This won’t do,” he thought. “If I start getting nervous every
time I think about them, how am I supposed to stay in a good mood?” All
of a sudden, his eyes lit up.
“Hold on. These two dynasties have funny names if you think about it.
Vile-Emperor Dynasty? Instead of vile, how about smile! Yeah… the
“And instead of Saint-Emperor Dynasty… how about paint? Heh. The
All of a sudden, he felt much more at ease. He also couldn’t help but
turn to Gongsun Wan’er and ask, “Wan’er, does everyone from the
Smile-Emperor Dynasty like to smile?”
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“What?” Gongsun Wan’er replied, stunned. Then her eyes hardened
into a glare, and any feeling of wonderment from before vanished. After
all, never in her life had she ever heard anyone say Smile-Emperor before.
Gongsun Wan’er’s glare caused Bai Xiaochun to feel slightly awkward,
so he quickly looked away and went back to trying to seem grand and proud.
Down below, mountains and rivers stretched out in all directions…. The
immortal domain they had come to also contained the capital city of the
Saint-Emperor Dynasty. Therefore, after a few days of travel, they
crossed a wide plain and, as evening fell… caught sight of an enormous
mountain off in the distance!
It rose up dramatically into the sky, and had a very distinct outline.
It was definitely the largest mountain Bai Xiaochun had ever seen before
in his life, and took up more than half of the prefecture. In fact, it
was roughly half the size of the entire Heavenspan Realm!
A mortal who tried to climb this mountain wouldn’t be able to reach the
top in an entire lifetime!
It was no exaggeration to say that it connected the earth to the heavens!
At the very top of the mountain, there was no peak, only a massive
Although the pond looked small when compared to the mountain as a whole,
it was still huge. Dense mist roiled out from the pond, connecting it to
the surrounding clouds and making the entire place seem like a paradise
Lotus leaves floated on the surface of the water, each one seemingly as
large as an island. In fact, upon closer inspection, all of the lotus
leaves actually had spectacularly luxurious buildings on them!
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There were thousands of such lotus leaves, all of them floating around
something even more shocking, which lay at the very middle of the pond.
It was a gargantuan lotus flower!
It was beautiful to the extreme, and emanated a shockingly pleasing
aroma. Built onto the petals of the flower were buildings of the most
flawless white jade imaginable. This was… the imperial palace!!
The lotus flower was the palace, the lotus leaves were the city. This was
none other than the capital of the Saint-Emperor Dynasty, a place known
as… Saint-Emperor City!
This mountain, this pond, and this city surpassed anything Bai Xiaochun
could ever have imagined.
Bai Xiaochun wasn’t the only one to be shaken. When the Giant Ghost
King caught sight of the heavenly pond, his jaw dropped. It was unlike
anything that had ever existed in the Heavenspan Realm.
Gongsun Wan’er was the only one to have little reaction. She had heard
of the wonders of Saint-Emperor City before, although in her heart, the
capital city of the Vile-Emperor Dynasty was far grander.
Gu Tianjun didn’t react to Bai Xiaochun’s shock, but the demigods were
clearly very proud of their capital city, which was the most holy
location in the land.
As the battleship got closer to the pond, Bai Xiaochun noticed numerous
dragonfish swimming in the water. Occasionally, they would leap out of
the water, and when the evening sun landed on their golden scales, it was
a dazzling sight.
This city amongst the clouds actually surpassed any celestial paradise!
Soon, the cultivators who lived in Saint-Emperor City noticed the bone
lizard battleship sailing through the air above them.
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Within the imperial palace were all of the officials of the imperial
court, whom the Saint-Emperor had summoned. When they looked up, some
gazes were those of curiosity, while others were hostile. Most were
arrogant to the extreme, as if they were the rulers of a massive country
looking at common farmers from a tiny nation.
Even as Bai Xiaochun and his allies prepared to enter Saint-Emperor City
itself, a piercing voice echoed out from the imperial palace.
“The Saint-Emperor has summoned Heavenspan Realm cultivators Bai
Xiaochun and Giant Ghost for an audience!”
1. In this passage I’m trying to keep the spirit of the Chinese,
instead of translate it directly. It’s a little bit of rhyming wordplay
that sounds silly and funny. If you translated it all directly, it
wouldn’t make much sense in English. In the Chinese, the word for
Vile-Emperor rhymes almost perfectly with the word for “crab roe”, or
at least, the orangeish-yellow soft meat inside of a crab, which is
considered somewhat of a delicacy. Then, he picks a word that has a close
pronunciation to Saint-Emperor, and also has the character saint as part
of the component of one of the characters, but which means “razor
clams”. All in all, it’s pretty funny in Chinese, but doesn’t come
across in direct translation. Incidentally, Madam Deathblade absolutely
loves that orange crab stuff. It’s one of her favorite things to eat.