Otherworldly Evil Monarch - chapter-438
Li Shang’s voice was dignified, “Do you understand, You Ran? The pressure
which induced this change in Jun Mo Xie was so great that he had no
choice but to change himself. High pressure can sometimes force a change
in a person. In fact, even the biggest cowards around can sometimes turn
into heroes under pressure. You may’ve never experienced such pressure.
But, this change in Jun Mo Xie is unexpectedly very reasonable…”
Li You Ran looked pensive as he pondered. Then, he slowly nodded.
The Grand Preceptor Li’s speculation was somewhat reasonable. But, he
could have never guessed the real reason. In fact, his conjectures would
only continue to deviate and distance from the truth as he’d follow his
logic. That’s because this Jun Mo Xie wasn’t the same old Jun Mo Xie. In
fact, there was a difference of sky and land between the two. Therefore,
the very-base of Li Shang’s theories were mistaken…
“Let your grandfather give you another advice regarding Jun Mo Xie —
Don’t try to pressure him too much if you don’t have full confidence in
landing the fatal blow.” Li Shang’s white eyebrows trembled as he smiled
and continued, “You and the Li Family only wants more power. But, Jun Mo
Xie doesn’t desire power. In fact, he ignores power. Therefore, Jun Mo
Xie doesn’t have a substantive conflict with us. This is why the rivalry
between you and Jun Mo Xie is different from the one between Jun Zhan
Tian and me.”
“He ignores power…? How can you be sure?” Li You Ran’s eyebrows shot
up. [Who wouldn’t want a high post, a generous salary, and authority over
the Empire? Who doesn’t envy the men who have power over thousands of
men? Who isn’t fascinated with waking up to the whole world in your hand,
and an intoxicating beauty at your knee? Why does Jun Mo Xie have such an
independent and unique character? Why doesn’t he want this?]
He didn’t believe it.
In fact, he couldn’t believe a word of it!
“This is visible from every action and every move of Jun Mo Xie’s. He
doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion. Moreover, he’s unlikely to care
about honor or disgrace… or life or death. Thus, he doesn’t care about
glory or death. He has the ability to spend millions of taels by raising
his hand, and he’s also capable of living in unlimited luxury by merely
smiling his way to wealth. He looks down on all men in the world in the
true sense of it! He goes his own way, and does what he pleases. That
youngster moves freely, and bodes no restrictions.”
Li Shang sighed, “That’s the kind of person he is! His goal is greater
than yours. He is better than you. I don’t wish to admit this. However, I
have no choice but to do it!”
“He’s better than me… better than me…” Li You Ran slowly went over
those words, and suddenly became bitter. [I’ve done my best to pursue
what I desire… But, is my effort that dismissive in others’ eyes?”
This was a mocking irony for someone as proud as Li You Ran.
“Yes, he’s better than you. I can see your ambitious… I can see them
very clearly,” Li Shang’s sparse eyebrows budged lightly, “You’ve sought
it your whole life… you want the throne of the world in the palm of
your hands. You want to rule over all men… even if it’s impossible.
This wonderful taste of power is your goal, but it will also be your
ruin. In fact, you will sacrifice anything for that wonderful feeling!”
“Yes!” Li You Ran’s eyebrows moved softly. His eyes were brimming with a
bloody and murderous aura. “Everyone desires power. And, everyone must
strive to improve. Emperors can change with time, and my chance can also
come someday. And, I will unmask my potential if that happens. I will
rise up to make my Li Family last for a thousand generations. I seek to
establish the Li Dynasty the moment I see the chance!”
“However, what Jun Mo Xie pursues is detached from everything else! He
wants to stand beyond imperial power… like the Silver Blizzard City, or
the Xue Hun Manor… or even something higher! But, I don’t know what
that is…” Li Shang sighed. “And, His Majesty also sees this very
clearly. Therefore, he’s more tolerant than before. But, he’s also
thoroughly repentant,” the Imperial Preceptor smiled.
“I can understand His Majesty being repentant when I listen to
Grandfather’s words. But, how is he much more tolerant than before? Was
he that intolerant in the past?” Li You Ran was puzzled. [What’s the
inside story here?]
The Imperial Preceptor smiled, but didn’t answer that. Instead, he merely
said, “Who knows the reasons and results? Whatever is between our Li and
the Jun Family… is nothing more than a grudge between Jun Zhan Tian and
me. There’s no cause for conflict otherwise. And, we’re getting old…”
“So, what grandfather means is…” Li You Ran was somewhat puzzled. [My
grandfather’s tone suggests that he wishes for the deep hatred between
our families to be let off even though it has been carried on for three
“You Ran, you must remember this… Dealing with the Jun Family means
dealing with someone like Jun Mo Xie! Don’t act unless you’re sure you’ll
annihilate him with his entire family… And, make sure that you see Jun
Mo Xie’s corpse swaying before you with your own eyes…” Li Shang closed
his eyes. He continued in a somewhat tired manner, “That’s the only case
in which you must make a move! But, don’t act recklessly if you’re not
sure of it!”
“Then, that is when we will attack first…” Li You Ran bowed his head.
His soft hair draped over his face and covered it. However, his true
expression weren’t visible to anyone…
Li You Ran was shocked inside. [What Grandfather said right now, and what
he had said before, “Don’t try to pressure him too much unless you have
full confidence in landing the fatal blow…” These words have the same
meaning. However, Grandfather emphasized them, and even spoke them twice!]
[What does this mean?] Li You Ran had understood it very clearly.
[This explains grandfather’s feelings… He believes that I won’t be able
to face Jun Mo Xie’s counter-attack. Moreover, it’ll be the end for our
Li Family if he counter-attacks.]
However, Li You Ran couldn’t accept this point of view.
“Everything is still your plan. And, you should be better than me… no
matter the manner in which you act. So, I can’t issue my opinions. This
family… relies on you! So, you do anything as long as you deem it fit.
And, don’t worry about my impressions.”
Grand Preceptor Li tiredly closed his eyes, and waved his hand, “You only
need to remember two things in the current situation — don’t disobey
His Majesty, and you must be very careful with Jun Mo Xie. Have full
control. Don’t provoke these two. And, everything should be alright.
Then, your efforts will surely pay off for our Li Family. In fact, they
will take us to great heights.”
Then, Grand Preceptor Li became silent, and this conversation between the
grandfather and grandson came to an end.
It was merely early winters at the moment. But, a brazier was still
raised inside Li Shang’s room. Li You Ran had always felt warm when the
brazier was lifted. However, he felt cold this time… And, it was
because of this conversation. In fact, he felt very cold.
This cold feeling left his usually upright figure to curl up shivering.
And, he couldn’t help but lean close to the brazier.
The complicated expression on his handsome face revealed that he was in
deep thought. After all, he couldn’t accept that he would… lose. [Could
I be so much worse than him? I’ve been trying so hard, but it still
hasn’t made much of a difference?! I haven’t had the time to think about
this aspect much. But, how has Jun Mo Xie already surpassed me by so
[Is he that fierce? Is he so hard to rival?] Li You Ran sighed deeply.
Li Shang closed his eyes, and reclined on his couch. His heart could only
sigh as he wondered what his grandson might be thinking. He had obviously
understood it clearly. His grandson could depend on him for aid when it
came to analyzing the pros and cons. However, Li You Ran could only rely
on him when it came down to it…
“I have a report for the Lord Young Master. The Head of the Meng Family
— Meng You Wei wishes to meet with the Lord Master,” a voice reported
“Tell him that the Grand Preceptor is unwell, and needs to rest. So, the
Grand Preceptor can’t meet anyone. The Young Master has gone out, and
hasn’t returned…” Li You Ran’s replied in a weak voice.
Meng You Wei must’ve arrived to unite with the Li Family so that they
could discuss how they should deal with the Jun Family. But, Li You Ran
didn’t wish to hear the words, “Jun.” Therefore, everything must wait
until the storm of his heart had come to pass…
He looked at the three files on Jun Mo Xie, and smiled bitterly. Then, he
suddenly picked the sheets, and threw them open into the fire of the
brazier. The fire roared, and the flames soared inside the room. The
temperature inside the room also rose as a result.
However, Li Your Ran’s face was increasingly being filled with
frustration. The flame illuminated his face in a deep red color. It was a
somewhat strange color…
There was a sound of flapping wings in the sky. Then, someone informed,
“Young Master, the report on the army returning from Southern Heaven City
Li You Ran tossed the remaining sheets into the brazier. His movements
were neither too fast… nor too slow. He then dully replied, “Come in!
Read it aloud!”
“Yes!” A big person cautiously entered. He did the usual ritual, and
opened the letter he held, “There was an incident on the ninth day of the
army’s return march. They were hindered by the Silver Blizzard City’s
Second Elder — Xiao Bu Yu. He had five other Spirit Xuan elders, the
Seven Swords, and two Sky Xuan experts along. Furthermore, Xiao Han
challenged Jun Wu Yi to a death-match.”
Li Shang’s eyes suddenly opened wide, and he sat up straight. Li You Ran
stopped tossing the papers, and became completely still as well. The big
man was shocked by this, and didn’t read any further.
“Go on,” Li You Ran clenched his teeth.
“Jun Wu Yi defeated Xiao Han, and the latter was crippled in the fight.
The Seven Swords fought the Eight Great Master — Solitary Falcon. The
Great Master went on to defeat the Seven Swords. And, Xiao Bu Yu fought
Jun Mo Xie in this battle…”
“Xiao Bu Yu fought Jun Mo Xie…?” Li You Ran trembled as he raised his
head to look up at that man.
“Yes. Xiao Bu Yu fought Jun Mo Xie, but he was no match for Young Master
Jun. Then, Jun Mo Xie used some evil scheme, and made Xiao Bu Yu strip in
public. This shamed him to an extent that he killed himself. Jun Mo Xie’s
sword also decapitated Xiao Feng Wu. And, he also cut the legs of the
Silver City’s Eighth and Ninth Elders. Moreover, Jun Mo Xie pierced the
Sixth Elder’s chest. Jun Mo Xie took on four of Silver City’s Spirit Xuan
experts by the end of it, and he came out on top. Everyone from the
Silver Blizzard City…”
Li You Ran didn’t hear whatever was informed after this part since his
mind had spiraled into a great shocked. His eyes went dark, and only that
single piece of information was left to resonate in his mind, “Xiao Bu Yu
fought Jun Mo Xie, but he was no match for Young Master Jun. Then, Jun Mo
Xie used some evil scheme, and made Xiao Bu Yu strip in public. This
shamed him to an extent that he killed himself. Jun Mo Xie’s sword also
decapitated Xiao Feng Wu. And, he also cut the legs of the Silver City’s
Eighth and Ninth Elders. Moreover, Jun Mo Xie pierced the Sixth Elder’s
chest. Jun Mo Xie took on four of Silver City’s Spirit Xuan experts by
the end of it, and he came out on top.”
[Jun Mo Xie took on four of Silver City’s Spirit Xuan experts, and came
out on top.]
[Jun Mo Xie took on four of Silver City’s Spirit Xuan experts, and came
out on top.]
It seemed that his ears had been filled with the sound of a thunderclap.
It was like his soul had flown out of his body, and had transcended to
the clouds. Li You Ran swayed a bit, and his right hand grasped at
something in order to steady himself. The thick pile of papers he held
dropped from his hand, and landed into the brazier. This stack of paper
landed on top of the raging flames inside the brazier. And, this gave
rise to a plume of thick black smoke!