Chapter 490: Offering an Apology
Translator: Radiant Editor: Radiant
“I will need your help with purchasing more Golden Fiend Beads and Demon Bone Ash,” Xue Ying began. “For the moment, I’ll need thirty-eight Golden Fiend Beads. I’ve already passed a hundred million Deity crystals to you a while ago, and that should suffice. As for the Demon Bone Ash, just go out and find someone to buy some from. If you obtain any information, I will go negotiate personally.”
“Yes.” Xi Wei smiled. She had lived for so long within Crimson Rock Mountain, as she had followed the Sacred Master Crimson Dust, and had begun to feel truly stifled. At some point while they were still there, Xue Ying’s true body had handed her a hundred million Deity crystals.
Xue Ying nodded.
Golden Fiend Beads and Demon Bone Ash were rare treasures which he needed in order to continue his cultivation of the “Luminous Sun”. His teacher had only given him enough treasures to reach the second volume. From the third volume and until the final sixth volume, he would have to prepare the treasures himself. For the third volume, he would would require a total of thirty-eight Golden Fiend Beads and four kilograms of Demon Bone Ash.
While Golden Fiend Beads were quite expensive of themselves, their price couldn’t compare with Demon Bone Ash.
Just five hundred grams of Demon Bone Ash would cost more than fifty million Deity crystals! Naturally, as the master of Crimson Rock Mountain, he could afford that. The problem, however, was how rare it was to find.
“The first thing you want to purchase already costs a hundred million Deity crystals. Hehehe,” the thick-gowned Ge Bai chuckled. “Despite having lived for so many years, I’ve never seen such a sum in person.”
Xue Ying laughed. “Senior Disciple Brother Ge Bai, should I pass these hundred million Deity crystals over for you to purchase the treasures?”
“No, no, there’s no need. I have to continue researching the arrays.” Ge Bai hurriedly shook his head.
“If you’re not going to do it, then what are you grumbling about?” He Fei Yun pursed his lips.
“Are you going to do it, then?” Ge Bai mocked him back.
He Fei Yun snorted.
These two Senior Disciple Brothers had a very deep friendship, though it was quite common for them to undermine each other. Seeing this, Xue Ying asked, “Senior Disciple Brothers Ge Bai and He Fei Yun, since I’ve sent out the announcement that I’ll start recruiting for my personal guard, a lot of people will soon arrive, and we’ll see fish and dragons mixed up in one big group. I’m not really concerned with the peak Deities, since they can’t create too big of a wave. However, when it comes to the World Deities who’ll be coming to seek shelter… I’ll have to ask you two to help me observe and investigate them.”
“Leave it to us.” Ge Bai laughed.
Just how many World Deities could there even be to come over in search for shelter? This matter was a breeze for the two of them.
“In any case, would the two of you be willing to become commanders of my personal guard?” Xue Ying asked.
“Second Disciple Brother will want to concentrate on researching the arrays, and I don’t enjoy being restricted that way either,” the scarlet-cloaked He Fei Yun replied. “We two would prefer taking up the roles of idle guests.”
Ge Bai nodded from the side.
“Alright.” Xue Ying did not attempt to persuade the two.
The official residence of a supervisor envoy covered an incredible area, with every single soldier who arrived being given his own cavern dwelling to live in. The dwellings assigned to World Deities would be even bigger.
Xue Ying was currently standing by some railings, looking down upon a wide lake which could be found in the residence. He spotted some vague signs of beasts swimming within the lake.
“Father, it’s so lively outside. Won’t you go out to take a look?” A figure flew over in his direction, following an arc as he landed by the side of the railings. It was the handsome Dong Bo Yu garbed in blue robes. Dong Bo Yu had inherited all the best from both Xue Ying and Jing Qiu, leaving him even more attractive than Xue Ying himself.
“Is that so?” Xue Ying laughed as he asked.
“Everyone’s here to seek shelter; they all want to become part of your personal guard.” Dong Bo Yu’s eyes were very bright as he exclaimed, “Your personal guard is a class two legion, and even the lowest position of any given soldier is a rank ten official position. Their treatment is higher than even than that of an ordinary class three legion’s commander.”
Xue Ying nodded.
In terms of official rank, the highest commander of a class three legion—its general—would usually only have a tenth or ninth rank position. They would, however, have more power and rights.
Even the lowest ranking soldier of a class two legion would be given a rank ten official position.
It was easy to see the disparity in their positions, but also the gap in combat power between the two type of legions!
A class three legion with a thousand members could at most deal with a stage one World Deity. But a thousand members of a class two legion could easily defeat a stage three World Deity! It was this gap in combat power that naturally solidified this difference of status.
“Have any World Deities arrived?” Xue Ying asked.
“A dozen stage one World Deities, and even a single stage two World Deity have come over to seek shelter,” Dong Bo Yu answered.
Xue Ying was slightly astonished at how fast that was. It was only the first day of recruitment, and the news had yet to completely reach far and wide. Yet, a stage two World Deity had already arrived. It was a much better outcome than expected!
A figure belonging to a gray-robed World Deity came flying over from the distance and respectfully greeted, “Greetings, Your Highness. General Mo and World Deity Ying have arrived.” This gray-robed man was a subordinate assigned to the supervisor envoy. It must be stated that Xue Ying’s personal guard was considered a private legion, and it was bound to follow him regardless of what position he held. As for the previous legion assigned to the supervisor envoy, they were stationed at the official residence.
The supervisor envoy’s legion was much smaller, having just a thousand people under it. However, these thousand people were also part of a class two legion! Their numbers were sufficient to take care of their supervision responsibilities.
“World Deity Ying? Which World Deity Ying?” Xue Ying asked.
“I’m talking about the Venomous Ying World Deity’s older brother, one of His Majesty’s close imperial guards. His name is World Deity Ying Gu Liang,” the gray-robed World Deity replied.
Xue Ying chuckled. “Lead them to the side chamber and tell them to wait. I’ll come over right away.”
“Yes,” the gray-robed man immediately acknowledged as he left.
“Father, that Venomous Ying World Deity’s older brother has come? Is he here to apologize?” Dong Bo Yu’s eyes flashed with light. “We couldn’t possibly let them off so easily. They tried to corner father and mother without any route of retreat back then. They might have learned to apologize by now, but I’d say it’s too late!”
Xue Ying waved his hand dismissively. “There’s no need for you to involve yourself in this issue. Hurry up and go back to your own things. At the moment, you have yet to reach the peak of the Deity stage. In your stead, I would have long since entered closed-doors cultivation.”
Dong Bo Yu giggled. “Father, do you think everyone can be like you and become a stage two World Deity within five thousand years? Even becoming a stage one World Deity within ten thousand years would allow someone to become a personal disciple of a powerful existence. In any case, I feel like I’ll be able to become a peak Deity soon. My goal at the moment is to become a World Deity within a million years!”
“Go then, and do your best.” Xue Ying shook his head.
When it came to those children of his, his son was rather carefree and without worry. Meanwhile, his daughter was more initiative-driven.
Whatever the case, Xue Ying did not try to force them. He found it best to let things take their natural course.
Xue Ying entered the palace hall and went into a side chamber reserved for welcoming guests. There, the two guests, who were seated behind a long and narrow table, both stood up at the same time. These two were none other than General Mo and the silver-robed World Deity Ying. A unique pattern could be clearly seen on the latter’s face as he chuckled. It was easy to tell that he was a more amiable and easy to talk to, a polar opposite of his little sister, the Venomous Ying World Deity. Her antisocial behavior was much more pronounced.
“Greetings, Your Highness,” World Deity Ying Gu Liang opened up with a polite greeting.
“Your Highness, this is World Deity Ying. He was aware of the issue between you and the Venomous Ying World Deity, so he found it best not to come during the welcome ceremony yesterday. However, he has arrived earlier today,” General Mo took over. He still had to show some respect toward this World Deity Ying Gu Liang.
In truth, the Venomous Ying World Deity was able to produce such wind and waves only because she could rely on this older brother of hers.
“World Deity Ying Gu Liang, I’d heard about you back when I was still at Crimson Stone Courtyard.” Xue Ying smiled. “Please, take your seat.”
Xue Ying then went over to one of the cushions next to the long table and sat down.
Ying Gu Liang followed with the same motion and said, “I’ve come here today in order to apologize to Your Highness. As you’re aware, my little sister is truly too antisocial, and her behaviour is very overbearing. I’ve asked her what happened at that time, and I’ve concluded that my son’s actions were, indeed, excessive. He we was only that way, however, because his True Deity Heart was crumbling apart; he had already turned mad. A long time has already passed since his death after his True Deity Heart shattered completely, and there is no meaning in blaming him any longer. If there is anyone is to blame…it should be me and my sister, who were unable to truly take proper care of my son. We should not have let him out any longer once he started turning mad.”
Xue Ying listened to the man talk. He found that Ying Gu Liang seemed to approach matters in a quite logical manner.
Indeed, back then, General Ying had reached such a dangerous stage, yet the Venomous Ying World Deity was still willing to let him roam free. Was that not treating the lives of others poorly? With him killing people casually, who could those who died from this injustice cry to and blame?
At that time, Xue Ying had been forced into a corner, while the Venomous Ying World Deity was even overbearingly bullying him, all because his combat power was weak!