A Will Eternal - chapter-1056
Never in Bai Xiaochun’s wildest dreams could he have imagined that he
would run into this freakish Heavenly Marquis Liu again…. After all,
the man had left a deep impression on him back in their original
Bai Xiaochun would never forget that list of 100 crimes. He could still
visualize the man’s impassioned speech to the Grand Heavenmaster, and
how, after the tables had been turned, he had ended up fleeing to the
Much later… the Great Wall fell, and Bai Xiaochun had stopped thinking
about the matter, only to have him show up here and proclaim he had a
list of 300 crimes….
“Back when the Grand Heavenmaster sent me away from Arch-Emperor City,
I was never able to track this guy down. What kind of luck does he have
on his side? Fine, he survived the destruction of the Great Wall, and
even the entire world. But how did he end up doing even better than Big
Fatty Zhang, and becoming an important government official!?!?
“And also… he’s lost a lot of weight. His complexion is good, and
he even looks younger. He looks even more dignified and imposing than he
did in the past, handsomer even….” Bai Xiaochun couldn’t help but
feel a bit jealous of this Heavenly Marquis Liu. Not only was the man
very lucky, he was clearly living a great life here in Saint-Emperor
When Heavenly Marquis Liu noticed the expression on Bai Xiaochun’s
face, and saw all of the other important people in the palace hall
looking at him with expressions of praise, his heart swelled with pride.
Just as he was preparing to launch into all 300 of the crimes, Bai
Xiaochun swished his sleeve, causing Gongsun Wan’er and the other
demigods he had captured to suddenly appear in front of him.
“Saint-Emperor, this is the gift I prepared for you.” Aware that he
couldn’t out-talk the glib Heavenly Marquis Liu, he decided to simply
jump straight ahead to the main point.
As soon as Gongsun Wan’er appeared, thousands of eyes came to focus on
her, especially those in the front of the crowd, who were the other
celestials of similar rank to Gu Tianjun.
Even the Saint-Emperor was so interested in Gongsun Wan’er that he
forgot all about Heavenly Marquis Liu.
Seeing what had happened, Heavenly Marquis Liu rubbed his nose awkwardly
and then melted back into the crowd.
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“Fine, you’ve slipped through my fingers again, Bai Xiaochun. Well
done. But sooner or later I’ll list out all 1,000 of the crimes I have
Gongsun Wan’er looked around calmly at the crowd, and then gave a
curtseying bow to the Saint-Emperor. However, she didn’t say anything. As
a celestial from the Vile-Emperor Dynasty, she would show respect for
other powerful and important people, but that was it. She was confident
that she would not be harmed in the Saint-Emperor Dynasty.
In contrast, looks of despair could be seen on the faces of the trembling
demigods. The pressure from the celestials and the Saint-Emperor left
them feeling like they might collapse.
A moment passed, and then the Saint-Emperor began to laugh loudly. He
rose from his throne, a look of excitement on his face. After all, this
was the most impressive gift anyone had offered to him in the history of
the Saint-Emperor Dynasty!
He wouldn’t kill Gongsun Wan’er, but considering that she was a
celestial, he would be able to trade her for significant land
concessions. Considering that there were certain prefectures which were
the source of much friction between the two dynasties, this was a great
Best of all, it wouldn’t violate any of his agreements with the
Vile-Emperor. After all, this gift had been sent to him, not sought out.
Even if the Vile-Emperor wanted to seek revenge, he couldn’t blame the
Saint-Emperor for any of it.
“Good. Great. Excellent!” Laughing heartily, the Saint-Emperor looked
over at Bai Xiaochun and the Giant Ghost King at the other end of the
“Giant Ghost, step forward to hear my decree!”
Eyes sparkling, the Giant Ghost King stepped forward, and then clasped
hands to the Saint-Emperor.
“Henceforth, Giant Ghost shall be the preceptor of Godsifter
Prefecture, and shall be given control of the Joss Flame of all the
living beings there!”
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In the Eternal Immortal Domains, a prefecture was roughly the same size
as the entire Heavenspan Realm. As the preceptor of a Godsifter
Prefecture, the Giant Ghost King’s words would be law!
Such a reward was very fitting for someone of the Giant Ghost King’s
status, and he was very pleased with it. In fact, the main thing he had
hoped to acquire in this venture was a proper location to begin harboring
people from the Heavenspan Realm.
Clasping hands, the Giant Ghost King bowed excitedly.
“Thank you, Saint-Emperor!” When he rose from his bow, he somehow
seemed different from before. As of this moment, he now had a foundation
in the Eternal Lands. He was no longer a roving rogue cultivator, and
would no longer be in a constant state of deadly crisis. It was exactly
as he had discussed at the outset with Bai Xiaochun!
Bai Xiaochun was also very excited. When he saw that the Giant Ghost King
had been given an entire prefecture, he couldn’t help but wonder what
his own reward would be, considering the greater nature of his role in
With that, the Saint-Emperor looked at Bai Xiaochun, eyes flickering
slightly as he said, “Bai Xiaochun, hear my decree!”
Bai Xiaochun put an extremely respectful expression onto his face. He
knew when to bow his head at the proper time, and this was one of them.
It was no loss of face to do so when reaching one’s goal.
“Bai Xiaochun has performed a great service. He is someone of extremely
high standing from the Heavenspan Realm, a person of such renown and
prestige that none can compare to him!
“Henceforth, Bai Xiaochun shall be conferred with the title… Duke
“In the Saint-Emperor Dynasty, only celestials may claim the title of
king. Under the kings are the dukes. Therefore, Duke Heavenspan shall be
the leader of many people, second only to a king!
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“Bequeath him with a blessed land within Saint-Emperor City, a single
dragonfish from the celestial pond, a ducal robe, and a seven-colored,
jeweled belt!” As the Saint-Emperor’s words echoed out, very serious
expressions could be seen on the faces of the surrounding aristocracy.
It was a very impressive reward. Not only was Bai Xiaochun being named
Duke Heavenspan, he was also being given a blessed land, as well as a
dragonfish. The ducal robe was a magical item, and the seven-colored belt
would ensure that he didn’t feel any pressure from the spirit automaton
that controlled the imperial palace.
All of it seemed very impressive, and yet in the end… it was an empty
The truth was that Bai Xiaochun really was in a very unique position. The
Saint-Emperor had seen fit to give the Giant Ghost King an entire
prefecture, but that wasn’t a possibility with Bai Xiaochun. The
Saint-Emperor didn’t want to give the people of Heavenspan an actual
location to build a power base!
His goal was to absorb the Heavenspan cultivators into the Saint-Emperor
Dynasty. Obviously, it wouldn’t make sense to give Bai Xiaochun, the
Arch-Ancestor, any substantial level of power!
He wanted Bai Xiaochun to stay in Saint-Emperor City and not cause any
trouble. At best, he could be a figurehead. Later on, after all of the
people of Heavenspan had been successfully absorbed into the
Saint-Emperor Dynasty, Bai Xiaochun’s usefulness would end, and he
could be disposed of if necessary.
The truth was that, even if Bai Xiaochun hadn’t brought his blood
tribute, his reward would have been the same. Although the Saint-Emperor
was pleased that Ghostmother had been brought to him, inside he was
really just sighing in regret.
After all, everyone would be paying close attention to what happened as a
result, including the officials in his own dynasty, as well as people
from the Vile-Emperor Dynasty. Considering the enormous value of the
gift, the Saint-Emperor had to offer some sort of reward. And that was
why he had given a prefecture and preceptorship to the Giant Ghost King.
Normally speaking, he would never have given the people of Heavenspan
even the slightest chance to do things on their own.
“I’ll just wait until the time is right and come up with an excuse to
strip this Giant Ghost of his title.” Although the Saint-Emperor was
chuckling coldly in his heart, his gaze when he looked at Bai Xiaochun
was one of deep warmth.
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“This is your first time in Saint-Emperor City, Duke Heavenspan, I’m
sure it will take you a bit of time to settle in. You don’t need to
worry for a moment about the Heavenspan Realm or your people. I’ll take
care of everything!
“Surely you’re tired from all the travel, Duke Heavenspan, so please
feel free to go take a rest. From now on, you can focus peacefully on
your cultivation. I’m sure you’ll achieve a breakthrough soon. Once
you’re a celestial, I’ll be more than happy to give you the title of
As the Saint-Emperor spoke, cold gleams could be seen in the somber faces
of the crowd. By this point, even Bai Xiaochun could tell that the reward
he was being given was mostly a sham.
Of course, he and the Giant Ghost King had conferred with each other
along the way, and had guessed that something like this might happen. And
in the end, despite their faint hope, it turned out that the
Saint-Emperor’s plans for them weren’t too different than the
He just went about things differently.
“I bet that without the blood tribute, though, the Giant Ghost King
would not have been given a prefecture!” As of now, Bai Xiaochun was
absolutely convinced these two emperors were weasels from the same nest.
“One is vicious, the other is a hypocrite….” he thought, smiling
faintly. Although he was a bit disappointed, he wasn’t too surprised.
After all, there was one thing the Saint-Emperor had said that was
“I’m definitely going to achieve a cultivation breakthrough soon!”
He clasped hands and bowed to the Saint-Emperor, and was just about to
say his farewells to the Giant Ghost King, when all of a sudden, Heavenly
Marquis Liu shouted, “Your Majesty the Saint-Emperor, you absolutely
must not allow Bai Xiaochun to remain within Saint-Emperor City. It will
put us all in grave danger!”