Chapter 1658: The Victor Shall Be The King
Translator: Lordbluefire Editor: Lordbluefire
Sun Qian and Beauty Xiao were the Lifire Empyrean’s subordinates. Clearly, as governors, they were people that he had trusted. If it was only Sun Qian alone, he might have been bribed by Di Tian to betray the Lifire Empyrean. But now that there were two governors who stood out, the degree of credibility was much higher.
The Lifire Empyrean didn’t have enough evidence to prove that the Jialan Monarch was killed by Qin Wentian. It meant that he really wanted to make use of this chance to finish off Qin Wentian.
With regards to this point, many people believed it. They also knew that this was highly possible given the relationship between Qin Wentian and the Lifire Empyrean. It was like how the Lifire Empyrean felt for sure that Qin Wentian had killed the Jialan Monarch.
“Beauty Xiao!” The Lifire Empyrean stared at her. In an instant, Beauty Xiao felt a stifling pressure boring down on her. Her body trembled as the light of lifire seemed to flicker in her eyes.
“Palace lord, are you planning to kill her to shut her up?” Di Tian coldly spoke. Jialan Jiangshan stepped out, blocking before the Lifire Empyrean as the two empyreans stared at each other.
Everyone felt incredibly shocked. This place was the Lifire City, the territory of the Lifire Empyrean. He, who was the supremely lofty Lifire Palace Lord, was actually forced into a passive state now.
“Palace lord, as the master of the Lifire Palace, you control a boundlessly vast stretch of territory. I didn’t expect you would actually do such a thing, framing your subordinate to kill him. Such incidents should have occurred before too in the past, right? Because, in the Lifire Palace, nobody could restrain you.” Di Tian coldly spoke. He then continued, “There’s an ancient saying that states that a commander on the field might have to ignore the imperial orders and make his own decisions. Most probably, you have no regards for the Realmlord, right?”
“In the past, I’ve heard that Ye Qianyu and her bandits killed their way into the Jialan Emperor Palace and the Evil Emperor was among them. A subordinate of the Lifire Empyrean was there and could have stopped them but he did nothing to do so, causing countless casualties. Even the vast majority of Jialan Monarch’s wives and children had died. Is this so?” Jialan Jiangshan asked.
“I can be the witness for this. Back then, it was none other than me who slaughtered my way into the Jialan Emperor Palace. The Lifire Empyrean’s subordinate is named the Crow Immortal Emperor. He did nothing to obstruct me, allowing me to kill everyone in the Jialan Emperor Palace.” Qin Wentian calmly spoke. “After that, the Palace Lord made use of me to deal with the Jialan Clan, placing me in the northern city regions. Yet now, he actually wanted to kill me to remove all future sources of trouble. Palace Lord, what a good method indeed.”
Out of the four remaining city governors of the Lifire Palace, three of them had rebelled against the Lifire Empyrean.
“During these years, the northern governor’s manor did nothing. It was the Jialan Clan who maintained the law and order in the northern city regions, yet we still need to pay tax to the Lifire Palace? What’s the use of having a northern governor’s manor? What’s the purpose of the existence of the Lifire Palace? Why don’t you let the Jialan Clan take over the managing of Lifire City?”
“That’s right. Not only for the northern city region. Back then, the central governor Xia Hou actually directly acted against the Emperor Pavilion, using all sorts of despicable methods. Didn’t the Lifire Palace also shielded Xia Hou and found a few scapegoats to take the blame for him? And this only happened after Grandmaster Di Tian became the supervisory commander, imposing his will to investigate clearly the events which happened in the past. The Lifire Palace is completely useless, what’s the point of having it?”
Numerous voices rang out. Today, many powers from Lifire City also rose in revolt, giving off the feeling that the Lifire Empyrean had been completely betrayed. The people from the various major powers of Lifire City didn’t approve of him, wanting him to get off the stage.
The Lifire Palace, it seemed that the gods are angry and the people are resentful. They felt that the Lifire Empyrean wasn’t qualified to hold this position.
“What a drama.” Those powers from Lifelong City had smiles on their faces. This Grandmaster Di Tian was truly an extraordinary character. His weaponsmithing abilities were supreme and he had terrifying combat prowess. Even in terms of scheming and plotting, he was outstanding, forcing the Lifire Empyrean into this situation. Right now, given the commotion this matter caused, even if it eventually abated, the position of the Lifire Palace Lord would no longer be as secure as before.
It was unknown how many experts appeared around this place. All of their hearts shuddered violently from the impact within.
This was forcing the Palace Lord to abdicate, the skies were going to change.
This time around, Grandmaster Di Tian had joined forces with the Jialan Clan, they were planning to pull the Lifire Empyrean down from his position as the Lifire Palace Lord.
Regardless of the Emperor Pavilion or the Jialan Clan, both of them had huge influence and power in Lifire City. They were long prepared and had made all arrangements. The voices of those opposing merged together like tidal waves, drowning out everything. None of the experts in the crowd dared to step out to directly support the Lifire Empyrean. They didn’t dare to express their stance.
Everything was spiralling out of control.
As the saying goes, the loser would be vilified while the victor becomes king. The powers in Lifire City all had to pay tax and even if they had some connection with the Lifire Palace, that’s only on the surface. They wouldn’t be too close at all. The situation now was completely different. Nobody knew who would sit in the position of the Lifire Palace Lord in the near future. How would the major powers dare to casually express their stance? If they sided with the wrong person, it would truly be a path of no redemption.
The Lifire Empyrean’s face grew more and more unsightly. His aura gushed forth, the scene behind him resembled an apocalypse. It felt like he wanted to burn down the heavens and earth due to his fury.
He, the master of the Lifire Palace, had stepped into this trap prepared for him by Di Tian today. Clearly, the arrangements were made long before this. All the spearheads were pointing at him, listing out all his mistakes before the view of the public.
“Zhuge Xiong, as the grand governor and advisor of the Lifire Empyrean, you actually instigated the Palace Lord to do the wrong thing, suggesting to the Palace Lord that he should kill Governor Qin. Do you know your crime?” Di Tian glanced at Zhuge Xiong who was in the air as he icily spoke.
“Governor Lin Ba and the protectors and soldiers of the Lifire Palace, I’ll report this up to the Realmlord. Do you guys still want to stubbornly stand on that side and continue to be in the wrong?” Di Tian continued.
The Lifire Empyrean coldly berated. “Today, I came here to apprehend the criminal Qin Wentian. The supervisory commander Di Tian used every possible means to obstruct me and had even colluded with the Jialan Clan, conspiring together to usurp my position as the Lifire Palace Lord. Such a crime of betrayal, yet you still sound so dignified and pompous. How dare you incite the powers controlled by the Jialan Clan and Emperor Pavilion to revolt. Do you know how great this crime is? Di Tian, I’ll ask you again. Are you sure you want to revolt and aid the Jialan Clan in seizing my authority?”
The Lifire Empyrean knew that what Di Tian said was right. But right now, he was already mounted on the back of a tiger and it was no longer possible for him to stop.
There were only these words for the situation now: The victor shall be the king, the losers will all be vilified.
The winner would always dictate how history is written. No matter what conflict, strength was the ultimate resolver. Since the two parties were facing each other in a head-on opposition and both had the laws on their side, strength would be the determinant of this outcome.
The Jialan Clan had joined forces with the Emperor Pavilion, waging a war against him for the position of the Lifire Palace Lord. Since this is the case, there was no way the Lifire Empyrean would back down.
“Seems like Palace Lord is planning to continue making mistake after mistake. How hurtful this is. I, as the supervisory commander that received the love and regards of the Realmlord, will hereby try to persuade Palace Lord one last time. If you stop now, it will still be in time. Maybe you will only be given a light punishment after the Realmlord finishes investigating everything.” Di Tian sighed.
“Di Tian you started a rebellion with the Jialan Clan. This crime is unpardonable, and to think that you don’t feel the slightest bit of regret even now. In that case, as the Lifire Palace Lord, I can only suppress all the rebels.” The Lifire Empyrean waved his hand. In an instant, a powerful grand formation appeared with him standing at the center, ready to attack at any moment.
The crowd stirred, everyone understood that a battle was about to begin.
Right from the start, this conflict was already fated to be resolved by strength. Because, it was impossible for either side to compromise. If he, the Lifire Empyrean took a step back, where would his prestige be? If he admitted to his wrong-doing, would he still be able to sit securely in his position?”
It was also impossible for Di Tian and his group to retreat. The conflict has already occurred and the Jialan Clan also already mobilized their forces. In addition, the timing for this opportunity was perfect. It was impossible for them to give up now.
The experts from the Emperor Pavilion and the Jialan Clan moved, preparing to face the soldiers from the Lifire Palace. The spectators all retreated. The majestic northern governor’s manor had now become the battlefield for the two forces. The battlefield that could potentially change the sky of Lifire City.
Those vice governors and attendants of the northern governor’s manor felt their hearts shaking again. When the Lifire Empyrean appeared, although they feared and respected Qin Wentian, it was an easy and obvious choice for them to choose the Lifire Empyrean over Qin Wentian. But the situation now had far exceeded their expectations, they were embroiled in the center of this storm.
“People of the Lifire Palace, stop being a fool. It’s time to wake up.” Di Tian coldly stated. The hearts of everyone trembled. Now, there were already two governors shifting their allegiances. This caused some others to feel their hearts stirring too. Would the rebels be able to win this battle?
However, the Lifire Empyrean was currently like a divinity, backed by the deep foundation of the Lifire Palace that had accumulated resources for countless years. Who among the soldiers would dare to retreat in front of him?
“Di Tian has colluded with the Jialan Clan in an act of betrayal. Capture them all, kill without mercy for those who resist.” The Lifire Empyrean officially gave the order.
Violent auras radiated forth. Astral light flashed brilliantly, illuminating the sky. The surroundings were filled with bursts of emperor light and a chaotic storm of law energy. The experts on both sides were unleashing their strongest strength in preparation for the battle.
“Hahaha, how invigorating. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a battle. Let us fight then.” Jialan Jiangshan spoke to the Lifire Empyrean. They didn’t act against the immortal emperors here or both sides would definitely have heavy casualties.
“Sure.” The Lifire Empyrean nodded. The light of lifire shone brilliantly, transforming into streaks of red lightning that resembled a dragon, lunging straight for Jialan Jiangshan.
Jialan Jiangshan manifested snowy-white demonic snakes with his will. The snakes rushed towards the Lifire Empyrean. For the battlefield around them, chaos reigned supreme, no one else was able to participate in this battle between them.
“Governor Zhuge. You instigated the Palace Lord to frame me and kill me, barging into my governor’s manor and forcing me out from my seclusion. Now, tell me how should I account for this debt?” Qin Wentian’s white robes fluttered. He stared at Zhuge Xiong as he coldly spoke.
Upon seeing that pair of eyes, Zhuge Xiong’s expression became incredibly unsightly. The Lifire Empyrean was fighting against Jialan Jiangshan. In that case, who would be the one to deal with Qin Wentian and Di Tian, these two monstrous characters?