Otherworldly Evil Monarch - chapter-326
“Of course we were hired! When has the Dongfang Family done anything
without a payment?” Dongfang Wen Qing asked as he stared and chided,
“This is our family’s fundamental principle!”
“Oh… ha… ha…” Jun Mo Xie was dumbstruck for a while, but then he
suddenly broke into laughter.
This was a genuine case of “having many common traits”.
[I follow the same principle.]
“What are you smiling at?” The three men stared at Jun Mo Xie. “Your
grandfather used to call us ‘profiteers’ in those days. Don’t tell
me, you also… humph!”
“I’m not smiling at anything. This is exactly how things should be
done. One should earn money and avoid calamities. It is natural that you
should receive remuneration if you’re going to do something. How is
this ‘profiteering’? Do I have to do everything free of charge so I
can seem honorable? That’s just too…” Jun Mo Xie laughed happily,
“What’s the quotation for this mission?”
“A hundred-thousand silver taels. Actually… it’s a hundred-thousand
per person. Therefore, we’re earning a total of three-hundred-thousand
in silver taels!” Dongfang Wen Dao spoke with some arrogance. He
stretched his fingers to demonstrate the value, “Pretty good a sum,
Jun Mo Xie was stunned speechless.
“We will take this three-hundred-thousand back to the family, and it will
be able to procure provisions for our family for a long time,” Dongfang
Wen Qing sounded content. He stroked his beard, and narrowed his eyes. It
seemed that he had accomplished something great.
“Bang!” Jun Mo Xie suddenly fell down. His head hit the table the candle
was set on. The candle got extinguished as a result. The small lamp jar
also tumbled, and his face was splashed with the oil.
“This… what on earth is this?” the three Dongfang men cried in shock,
and hurried to support the Young Master Jun. [Has hearing of such a high
price for our mission shocked him that much?]
Hit-man Jun was admittedly very shocked.
However, the reasons behind that shock…
“A hundred-thousand for one person… and three-hundred-thousand for the
three of you…? That’s extremely cheap! I drink flagons of wine that
are worth more than that! Since when did the price of Spirit Xuan
experts’ service become reduced to that of a daily wage worker?” Jun Mo
Xie’s shocking words made his three Spirit Xuan uncles feel somewhat
The Young Master Jun hadn’t spoken lies either… He had auctioned his
exquisite wine at the Aristocratic Hall at very high prices. However,
that wine was truly worthy of being called the ‘Heavenly Grade Wine’.
Everyone who had lived to taste it had gone crazy over it. On top of
that, its price had sky-rocketed even further because its supply was
limited, and only the people from the highest echelons of the Tian Xiang
Empire — true aristocrats — could enjoy it. So, its value had
obviously increased because of its rarity. Many besides those within the
boundaries of Tian Xiang Empire had the good fortune to taste the wine.
And, they too ended up admiring it greatly.
The highly expensive price of this wine didn’t drop at all. The noise
about this “one-in-a-million wine” didn’t fade after the Aristocratic
Hall announced that it wouldn’t sell any more of it. So, some of it
appeared on the black market soon after. Some magnate fortunate-enough to
have purchased it at the auction had put it on the black market. And, Jun
Mo Xie had found out through Fatty Tang, Hai Chen Feng and other people
that the price of that wine had shot up even higher. The price of a
single jar had reached over three-hundred-thousand in silver!
“Bullsh*t! Is the wine you drink fermented with gold and jade? Does your
wine cost more than a hundred-thousand in silver? Does your family pay a
hundred-thousand to a daily wage worker?!” Dongfang Wen Dao retorted
gloomily. However, he was aware that the lifestyle at the upper echelons
households in Tian Xiang City was extremely extravagant. The riches and
opulence in that city was far higher than any other place on the
continent. Moreover, he was aware that these words had come from the
mouth of the infamous Jun Family’s debauchee of a Young Master.
Therefore, he feared that the statement wasn’t actually fake or
Speaking of the Dongfang Family… it was once considered one of the
great aristocratic families. And, it was quite powerful even if it
wasn’t as strong as the Silver Blizzard City or the Xue Hun Manor. It
merely conducted itself in a quiet and discreet manner in order to
attract less attention. But, they had still possessed commendable
resources at their disposal.
However, the family has been cut-off from the world for ten years because
of that damned pledge! It had seemed like the entire Dangfang Family had
disappeared. Everyone from this family had withdrawn from society to live
in their secret holdings, and they had fully disengaged from any
interaction with the outside world as well.
The many Great Masters had kept a close watch for the first few years
since they had feared that the Dongfang Family wouldn’t adhere to the
condition. The Dongfang Family had no choice but to give in under such
strong pressure. Therefore, they became completely isolated from the
world. However, the family had several people, and a lot of clothing and
food was required for them. They had a profound background, but they were
slowly unable to make their ends meet. Many years passed, and it had
started to seem that they were feeding on empty air. Soon, several major
forces started to contact the Dongfang family, and expressed their
desires to resume business with them.
After all, the outside world needed to maintain its livelihood even if
the Dongfang Family had been banished. But, the circumstances of the
three Great Masters who had witnessed their exile changed with time. Yun
Bie Chen got spirited away and disappeared. Li Jue Tian began to wander
the world for years on an end, and became hard to find. Soon, Han Feng
Xue was the only one who remained accessible. However, he went to the
Silver Blizzard City soon after. Thus, all three of the greatest Masters
had become secluded from the rest of the world.
The Dongfang Family had been rendered helpless. So, they had no choice
but to send small teams to maintain its business. However, their old
businesses declined after some time, and the new business required a lot
of man power and resources. This obviously wasn’t easy to establish.
However, Li Jue Tian had personally approached the Dongfang Family with a
plea for help this time. He then offered a generous hundred-thousand in
silver for each person. This gesture had clearly demonstrated his
approach, “I know you come out in secret, but I won’t interfere with
It could be said that this transaction was of great importance to the
Dongfang Family. So, they decided to give special attention to this job.
In fact, they were now indebted to the Xue Hun Manor. Therefore, they
dispatched their three strongest warriors for this task. In order words,
this matter wasn’t about their greed for the three-hundred-thousand
silver taels alone.
“Your grandfather sends his troops to the Dongfang Family every year and
every season. They deliver us with supplies in secrecy even though he
shuns in front of the world. However, you grandmother still hasn’t
forgotten about the past,” Dongfang Wen Qing smiled bitterly and sighed.
Who would’ve thought that the once great Dongfang Family would’ve
been forced into such a miserable state…
Jun Mo Xie remained speechless.
It’s quite difficult to state who was wrong or who was right in that
[How could grandfather not understand the manner in which people’s
minds work? He had probably evaluated the situation a long time ago…
The Dongfang Family was very powerful back then, and they even had
justice in their support. But, it was bound to result in widespread
outrage throughout the continent if they had rashly eliminated the Tian
Xiang Empire’s royal family. Moreover, the Great Masters would be
compelled to intervene due to their contract of alliance. In fact, even
the present Eight Great Masters would rise up in revolt if the situation
[Moreover, their enemy was the Silver Blizzard City’s Xiao family.]
[Therefore, the only this matter would’ve only concluded with the
destruction of the Dongfang Family and the Jun Family.]
[This would’ve been the only conclusion to this matter.] He was
convinced that any man would think the same way. [My grandfather spent
his entire life at the battlefield. His entire would be a waste if he
couldn’t foresee this…]
[The weight of making a ‘preferable’ decision would’ve taken
precedence in the presence of such pressure from all sides. And, the most
important aspect is obviously to preserve the existence of the Dongfang
and the Jun Family.]
This kind of a result was temporarily painful for everyone to bear, but
it had ensured the safety of lives of people from both the families.
Moreover, it ensured that the Dongfang Family survived a thorough
extinction. Otherwise, how could someone with Jun Zhan Tian’s temper
just submit without making any attempts to take revenge?
Jun Mo Xie had always thought that it was strange that his grandfather
and third uncle — two genuinely iron-blooded men — had never tried to
take revenge in all this time. But, his maternal uncle’s words had
cleared everything, and had pointed to the real reason for behind their
Jun Zhan Tian wouldn’t worry too much about his own family getting
wiped out while taking revenge. But, he wouldn’t stand getting the
Dongfang Family involved in it… and being wiped out as well. He was a
man who wouldn’t flinch at the prospect of his own family’s blood
being spilled. But, he wouldn’t allow it happen to someone else’s
Jun Mo Xie thought that his speculation may not have been factually
correct to the point. But, it was by-and-large correct…
“In fact, I think that living in seclusion for these ten years hasn’t
necessarily been a bad thing for the Dongfang Family,” Dongfang Wen Qing
saw that Jun Mo Xie looked sad after he had heard everything. So, he
smiled to console him, “My Dongfang Family’s assassination technique is
famous throughout the world. However, the secret technique is also my
family’s biggest concern and flaw!”
“Why is that?” Jun Mo Xie was somewhat puzzled.
“My Dongfang Family has existed for three-hundred years. And, it has
produced a number of successive experts. But, it has never had a Spirit
Xuan Master in its ranks,” Dongfang Wen Qing spoke bitterly.
“Oh? What kind of an answer is that? The old lady of the family fought
two Spirit Xuan experts from the Xiao Family on her own. Though, she
didn’t win… but she could’ve. Such strength is nothing short of
‘astonishing’! Has she still not reached the strength of the Great
Masters?” the Young Master Jun was quite puzzled.
“Mother was admittedly strong-enough to singlehandedly overcome two
Spirit Xuan experts. And, her strength was truly at par with the Great
Masters. However, she hadn’t reached the true realm of the Great
Masters! The Dongfang Family trains in ‘assassination missions’. We
pay careful attention to the target… we strike it, and then we escape.
However, an assassin is in no way a ‘warrior’.”
Dongfang Wen Qing continued in a serious tone, “We have been trying to
perfect the ‘assassinating technique’ since times-immemorial in
attempts to make it perfect. The Dongfang Family’s generations have
focused their attention on studying agility martial arts techniques; and,
we’ve been making it increasingly exquisite. Therefore, our skills have
become nearly perfect as a result.
“However, the consequence of this is that… one enters an incorporeal
form, and lands up on a devious road. And, it’s very difficult to turn
back from that devious road.”
“A Devious road?” Jun Mo Xie looked thoughtful. His expression had
gradually become pensive.
“Can you make a guess? You are extremely proficient in such martial arts.
So, I presume that you’ll figure this point out very quickly,” Dongfang
Wen Qing asked. Then, he looked at Jun Mo Xie’s expression and sighed,
“A Spirit Xuan expert who wishes to ascend to the level of a Great Master
doesn’t seek for the conditions to be appropriate. Such an expert forms
their own system. They incorporate their Xuan Qi into it, and develop a
unique understanding. And, thus takes place the formation of a new field;
a field which they develop in their own sphere. It can even be said that
each Great Master is like the creator of a particular sect!
“And, one needs to explore themselves in order reach this stage. They
need to explore their skills in order to sharpen them. And, where does
this exploration process take place? It takes place in real-life battles!
It comes from killing! One would discover their weaknesses during combat.
And then, they would put their efforts into making an improvement. After
that, they would again return to combat, and then become even better.
They would eventually be able to attain spiritual comprehension after
hundreds and thousands of attempts. This is the initial obsession of
every Great Master! How would they ever be Great Masters if they
weren’t obsessed with improving their Xuan efficacy?! How could they
ever become a Great Master if they senselessly continued to cultivate
The Young Master Jun nodded in silence. He recalled that the Solitary
Falcon didn’t hesitate to risk a gruesome death when he scaled the
perilous snowy mountain to fight with the Xuan Falcons and Eagles. The
man also didn’t hesitate to reduce his identity when he came out to
look for a fight. [He did it all for this reason?]
“We assassins get to kill enough number of people. But, we don’t have
enough direct combat experience by virtue of being assassins. After all,
how can we be considered ‘assassins’ if we start getting involved in
direct combat? It’s true that we assassins get to kill many people.
But, we can only use this experience to perfect and enhance our skills.
And, this renders us with the inherent inability to absorb combat
experience while fighting someone since an assassin must necessarily kill
with one strike when he takes on a mission. So, this one strike must be
very sharp and incisive. But, an assassin’s weakness will only get
exposed when he fails to kill his target in one strike. However, an
assassin exposing his weakness in front of his opponent is like him
signing his own death warrant!
“This has been the greatest flaw of our Dongfang Family! This was the
reason why we couldn’t do anything when faced with the three Great
Masters even though our power reached the clouds and we had numerous
assassins! Therefore, Mother had no choice but to accept this extremely
Dongfang Wen Qing’s eyes shone as he looked at Jun Mo Xie, “You
must’ve understood the reason I’m telling you all this… Your move
is even stranger than ours! It’s more agile! No one who can kill you
when you employ your skills! However, this is also the greatest barrier
to your martial advancement!
“You won’t need to worry about your life once you can disregard any
expert’s strength and defense. You would then move throughout the world
unfettered since you’d find security in this knowledge!
“But, you have these skills to rely on! So, you won’t be worrying about
your life. Why would you, right? However, even if you don’t wish to
admit it… and even if you think you won’t be negligent… but… the
fact is that having such skill and mindset is what makes you different
from the ones who aspire to become a Great Master.”
“You are already different from them because you won’t tremble in fear
like they do. But, one can only have a tremendous breakthrough under the
pressure of death! Otherwise, you will only make a breakthrough when the
conditions are right. However, you won’t reap the unexpected rewards
that come with the unexpected breakthroughs that one can attain under
pressure. Hence, your chance of attaining the level of the Great Masters
will eventually turn into a hopeless endeavor.”
Jun Mo Xie was both frightened and emotionally moved.
The immense capabilities of the Hong Jun Pagoda had already guaranteed
that he wouldn’t die… even if the Eight Great Masters tried to kill
[I was always secure in this knowledge. And, that’s why I was so
daring! I hadn’t even reached the Silver Xuan cultivation, but I had
already gathered the courage to confront Sky Xuan and Spirit Xuan
experts! And… there was no pressure or fear of death in my heart at
that time either!]
[But, if I ask myself — what if I didn’t have the Hong Jun Pagoda
with me? How many times should I have died because of my actions?]
[I was immeasurably self-satisfied. I had thought that I had no need to
have any misgivings because I possess remarkable abilities. But, will I
be able to make progress to that level in the future if I continue to
have such an attitude?]
A drop of cold sweat slowly trickled down as Jun Mo Xie thought about
this. That sweat-drop made a crystal-clear “plop” sound as it hit the
Dongfang Wen Qing was aware that he had given his nephew something to
think about. He could see that the young man was strenuously pondering
over it, and shouldn’t be disturbed at any cost. Therefore, he
stealthily waved to his two brothers, and the three of them quietly
withdrew from the tent.
Jun Mo Xie sat motionless inside the tent; alone. His brows frowned in
contemplation as the lights flickered.
[Perhaps… I should change?]
[The Hong Jun Pagoda is a treasure that goes against the heaven’s will.
And, its functionality is extremely formidable because of this reason…
But, it won’t help me much with my progress.]
Jun Mo Xie continued to ponder over this issue throughout the night…
and up to the next morning. But, he hadn’t figured out a solution yet.
The Young Master Jun had dark circles around his eyes as he walked out of
his tent the next morning and stretched his body.
Dongfang Wen Qing had been waiting for a long time. He was calmly
standing under a tree in front of the tent’s entrance. The Spirit Xuan
expert looked at Jun Mo Xie and asked, “What? You still haven’t figured
Jun Mo Xie forced a smile, and looked up to the sky, “But you gave me
such a difficult problem! I have such a wonderful skill, and yet I
shouldn’t use it? I should suffer even if I encounter an enemy who I
know is stronger than me… but I shouldn’t use my skills? …Even as a
Jade Xuan expert against a Great Master? Wouldn’t it be akin to
“You were awake the whole night and this is what you’ve been able to
come up with?!” Dongfang Wen Qing asked somewhat rudely. He stared at his
nephew for a while. Then, he started to abuse him, “Fool! Idiot! You’re
absolutely disgraceful! You’re an Idiot! A fool! How has my smart
sister given birth to such an idiotic son like you? You have really
rendered this old man speechless! Do you have fodder inside your head?!
Or did a donkey kick your head when you were a kid?!”
“Huh?” Jun Mo Xie was confused. [There isn’t a single man who hasn’t
praised my intelligence — whether it was in my previous life, or this
one. But, he’s calling me stupid?] He felt like retorting. But, he
couldn’t find the words, and continued to stare blankly.
“What I earlier said was that you should try as hard as possible to
abstain from using your special skills to attain victory over someone at
the same level as you! The harder it is to win — the better it is for
your growth! You could even skip a few levels, and challenges the experts
who are stronger than you. But, don’t ever try to handle things that
are too much for your Xuan capabilities! But, you are an idiot! When did
I ever tell you to go and challenge a Sky Xuan expert with your bare
strength? Or worse… a Spirit Xuan or a Great Master?! Isn’t that akin
to hating your life?”
“Uh…” Jun Mo Xie didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, “You didn’t
state that very clearly!”
“This also needs to be stated clearly? Don’t you understand the
difference between ‘hard to beat’ and ‘impossible to beat’? You
have a wonderful skill, and your agility will naturally allow you to flee
to safety… But, are you really that stupid?” Dongfang Wen Qing frowned
in anger. [How could my nephew be so stupid?]
What he didn’t understand was — that the cleverer the person… the
more difficult it was for them to come out of a single point once they
were engrossed in it.
“You’re a Jade Xuan expert. So, wouldn’t you die the moment a Great
Master touch you? How would you surpass your skills in such a case?!
Idiotic boy!” Uncle Dongfang was at a loss for words. [I had told you to
use your natural surroundings to fight and absorb as much experience as
you could. I had never told you to throw away your life…]
“I understand it now… it’s so obvious!” Jun Mo Xie suddenly started
to laugh. He then rose to the sky, and somersaulted several times as he
went into the distance. He descended to the ground once he had covered a
considerable distance. [God knows what else my uncle would’ve called me
if I had stayed there!]
[He seemed so refined, elegant and graceful when I saw him yesterday.
But, it seems like a huge misconception now! He was unexpectedly so fiery
when he scolded me just now!]
Jun Mo Xie hadn’t noted this change in his behavior. He had
intentionally-or-otherwise started to consider those three men as his
uncles. In fact, he had actually started to equate them to his Third
Uncle — Jun Wu Yi — in stature.
…because those three men had shown genuine care and concern for his
“You stupid brat…!” Dongfang Wen Qing was still mad at him for failing
to meet his expectations. So, he wanted to scold him some more. However,
he couldn’t even see his nephew’s shadow anymore…
Three days later…
Dust rose over the great road in the distance. The mountains started to
shake. Tremendous and majestic sounds heralded the arrival of Commander
Jun Wu Yi’s main forces.