117 — Ant Ling; Have Some Tea, Brother Bai!
Gu Changge stood by the window with his hands behind his back and a faint smile on his face, inside a quiet and elegant courtyard.
[Ding! You successfully severed the Favored Son of Heaven’s relationship.]
[Calculating Rewards! You received a perfect score on the mission’s completion and earned 1000 points of Fortune Value, 5000 Destiny Points, and a 40% bonus.]
[Ding! Final rewards after calculations: 1400 Fortune Value | 7000 Destiny Points.]
The System Prompts sounded inside Gu Changge’s mind, announcing to him that everything went according to his plan.
The relationship between Bai Lie, the Young Master of the White Tiger Family, and Ye Ling disappeared into thin smoke like it never meant much.
‘What’s the use of such flimsy brotherhood that snaps over a little temptation from a beauty?’
Gu Changge thought with an expression of interest on his face.
‘Brothers are like limbs while women are like clothes.’
That sentence might sound great, but when the time to prove it arrived, not many could go through with it. After all, who would let their brother wear their clothes?
He merely took advantage of their weakness. Ye Ling was a lustful man who loved beauties, while Bai Lie was a suspicious fool. Yin Mei merely needed to say a few words to drive a wedge between the two of them.
In fact, she didn’t even do anything — Gu Changge merely used her as a medium to magnify the rift between Ye Ling and Bai Lie by an infinite margin.
The System’s Prompt made it clear that everything went even better than expected and Yin Mei didn’t disappoint him. Now, it was Gu Changge’s turn to make his move.
It was time he thoroughly squeezed out the last droplets of essence from Bai Lie’s existence.
“I will be going out for a while, so be a good wife and wait for your husband’s return.”
Gu Changge said to Yue Mingkong, who was sitting under the moonlight that illuminated her snow-white dress.
Before Yue Mingkong could reply, he jumped from his spot and stepped on the courtyard’s wall. Immediately after that, he disappeared.
‘What is Gu Changge up to now?’
Yue Mingkong walked out of the courtyard with wrinkled brows and a doubtful expression.
She followed Gu Changge everywhere after he left the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace to peer into his secrets and hidden means, but after he brought her here, he said nothing about his intentions and let her do whatever.
Yet now, he decided to disappear out of nowhere like this, and his sudden action annoyed Yue Mingkong as she knew she wouldn’t be able to catch up to him.
After all, there was no way she would be able to find Gu Changge with her current abilities if he intentionally hid from her.
With Gu Changge’s might, he could easily prevent her from stalking him.
‘Is he going to deal with Ye Ling now? Is that why he didn’t let me follow him? This bastard wants to eat everything all by himself, and won’t even leave some soup for me.’
Yue Mingkong ground her teeth in rage as she thought about this.
She was worried that Gu Changge would be at a disadvantage when going against Ye Ling, so she used the pretense of discussion and informed him of everything she knew about Ye Ling. At the same time, she thought that Gu Changge would be kind enough to leave some benefits for her, yet…
That bastard, Gu Changge, ran away all by himself and left her to wait for him back in the courtyard.
His actions deepened Yue Mingkong’s hatred for him as she realized that her ‘beloved’ husband had no plans to leave anything for her — he was as selfish and cunning as ever.
Still, she felt curious about how Gu Changge would deal with Ye Ling? Just how was he going to pin the taboo inheritance on Ye Ling’s head?
Right now, Ye Ling was out in the light while Gu Changge was hidden in the dark.
Ye Ling probably never even thought that Gu Changge was targeting him.
But soon, Yue Mingkong felt that there was something wrong about her deductions and thought, ‘Ye Ling is the successor of the Ancient Heavenly Emperor of Reincarnation with a lot of life-saving cards up his sleeves, so the only way Gu Changge can kill him is by exposing his true might and means…it’s very likely for Ye Ling to escape with his life…’
‘I don’t think Gu Changge will risk attacking Ye Ling at this time, so he must be targeting Bai Lie.’
‘After all, Ye Ling still has some use for Gu Changge as he can help him shoulder the title of a heretic for some time. Gu Changge will use that time to strengthen himself using his Forbidden Arts, and no one will suspect him for that…’
‘Ye Ling, on the other hand, will turn into a rat hated by everyone in the Upper Realm as he shoulders the blame for him.’
Yue Mingkong soon figured out Gu Changge’s plan.
It wasn’t once or twice that Gu Changge used a similar method in their previous life to strengthen himself. Now that Ye Ling delivered himself to his door, there was no way Gu Changge would waste the opportunity to improve his Cultivation Base.
In other words, there was a high chance that Gu Changge wouldn’t kill Ye Ling just yet.
‘Making the world dance in the palm of your hands…the more I know you, the more terrified I feel.’
Yue Mingkong frowned as she couldn’t think of any method to break out of Gu Changge’s chessboard, and decided to play dumb for a while.
After leaving the banquet pavilion, Ye Ling returned to the mansion where he usually lived and cultivated.
On the way back, he hummed a faint tune in a good mood and chatted with the old turtle inside the pendant.
“Turtle Bro, don’t you think my Big Bro Bai Lie is too narrow-minded? I only exchanged a few words with Yin Mei, yet he showed me such a gloomy face like I committed some great evil…”
Ye Ling said with a look of indifference.
The old turtle inside the pendant rolled his eyes and replied, “You brat, your lecherous temperament is on par with that of the Heavenly Venerate’s from back then. That Bai Lie’s your big bro, so can’t you give him some face?”
“Your carefree attitude is a problem! I am telling you that you will suffer a massive loss because of a woman if you don’t restrain yourself!”
“Have you forgotten how you almost died in a woman’s hands last time?”
Ye Ling’s complexion fell and an unsightly expression appeared on his face as he listened to the turtle rub salt on his wound. Not only was he humiliated thoroughly back then, but he was also forced to waste a precious live-saving treasure.
Although he still had a bunch of live-saving treasures, one used was still one less, and that gave him a headache.
“Turtle Bro, don’t mention that matter again! I want Yue Mingkong to pay me back for what she did that day as soon as possible.”
“Alas! She’s a woman with innumerable means, yet I don’t have the fortune to use her.”
“What’s so good about that Gu Changge? Isn’t he just from a good family? I don’t understand why so many people fear him.”
Ye Ling curled his lips in disdain.
He walked every step without relying on his background, and every achievement of his came from the inheritance of the Ancient Heavenly Emperor of Reincarnation, so he looked down on Gu Changge, who already stood at the peak of the world from the moment of his birth.
What bullcrap Reincarnation of an Ancient Emperor, Reincarnation of a True Immortal, and whatnot? They would all fall like flies once they found themselves in a life-threatening situation; he held various cards up his sleeve that could help him kill them all in one fell swoop.
Ye Ling held complete confidence in himself!
Ye Ling felt the atmosphere in his surroundings shift and turn unpleasant out of nowhere. The world around him turned silent, and soon, he felt as if a strong figure was about to rush at him.
A terrifying, oppressive aura descended upon him and made his face change color.
“Who is it?!”
Ye Ling’s vigilance shot to the sky as he stared outside the mansion.
The wind halted.
Under the dim moonlight, he could only see a hazy, otherworldly figure standing outside his mansion. The figure seemed to be ethereal and untouched by the dust of the world around it, and he felt as if it didn’t exist even though he could see it right in front of him.
Endless fog shrouded the figure’s features and strange runes circulated it to release a terrifying might. Ye Ling could only see a pair of indifferent eyes that stared at him with a gaze that resembled a hunter’s when he stared at his prey.
‘Who is this person? When did he appear here? Why didn’t I notice him before?’
Ye Ling’s heart tightened and a chill went down his back as cold sweat covered his hands and feet; a feeling of unease clawed at his heart.
His aura surged and a terrifying, dark talisman with the breath of the Dao of Reincarnation and extremely destructive might appeared in his hands — he readied himself to attack at a moment’s notice.
At the same time, nervousness overwhelmed Ye Ling. The person in front of him was the most terrifying person he had ever come across.
It wasn’t his cultivation that scared him, but the aura that he radiated!
The blurred figure let out a chilling laugh, and then his figure blurred and disappeared into thin air.
“We will meet again, ant…”
Ye Ling frowned once the figure disappeared, and even the turtle in his pendant noticed that something had gone wrong outside.
In the next moment, Ye Ling’s expression showed a drastic change as he shouted, “Not good!”
An old man in black appeared from the Void with a jet-black weapon in his hand and slashed at him with the intent to destroy everything in his path!
“Who are you? Why are you trying to kill me?”
Ye Ling’s complexion changed further. The man in black turned out to be a God King hiding his aura, who wanted to appear out of thin air and assassinate him in a single stroke.
Immediately, the black talisman in Ye Ling’s hand radiated a terrifying aura that could turn the heavens asunder.
‘He just failed in your assassination, so he won’t dare to make another move in a short time…’
The turtle inside the pendant yelled at Ye Ling to flee from the scene as soon as possible — they couldn’t stay here anymore.
Ye Ling, too, didn’t hesitate and fled as soon as he heard the turtle’s words.
What puzzled him, however, was the fact that the man in black behind him seemed to fear him for some reason, and dared not to go all out with his God King Realm power.
Otherwise, if he went all out, then his attack wouldn’t be so lousy.
Ye Ling couldn’t figure out the ins and outs of the matter, nor did he have the time for that, so he ran as fast as possible to save his life.
What’s more? He didn’t want to waste a precious life-saving treasure just to run from a mere God King. After all, one used meant one less, and using such a mighty treasure against a God King would be a great waste.
‘Young Master, just why did you ask me to do something like this? Why can’t I kill that brat, and instead, have to keep him at the edge for his life…’
The old man in black chasing after Ye Ling was none other than Old Ming.
Old Ming couldn’t help but frown as he tried to guess Gu Changge’s intention behind such an order.
Just now, he felt a terrifying aura from the hands of the man in front of him and noticed a pitch-black rune that made him feel as if it could destroy him with ease, so he dared not get too close to Ye Ling.
Either way, Gu Changge’s command was to scare the man without pushing him too hard.
Still, although Old Ming was confused, he followed Gu Changge’s command; Gu Changge’s thoughts weren’t something he could guess, after all.
After Bai Lie sent his followers and retainer to catch Ye Ling, he rushed to the remote courtyard Yin Mei told him about. Outside the courtyard stood two magnificent white lions made of jade.
‘Yin Mei must be waiting for me, right?’
Bai Lie smiled when he felt Yin Mei’s aura from inside the courtyard and pushed open the door at once.
It was a quiet and desolate courtyard, and only after passing through several corridors did he reach a place in the depths of the courtyard that was illuminated by the glow of a candle.
He could see a pot of warm wine on the stone table that gave off an intoxicating fragrance that drifted in all directions.
Beside the table sat a graceful figure in red holding fluffy foxtails in her arms. A charming smile adorned the beauty’s visage as she appeared to be waiting for someone with her gaze lowered in thought.
‘YIN MEI WAS WAITING FOR ME! She even warmed the wine before I could arrive.’
Bai Lie’s heart roared in joy as he concluded that Yin Mei’s parting words were indeed a hint for him.
“Yin Mei, I am here!”
Bai Lie announced his arrival and walked into the room in excitement while radiating his powerful aura.
Right then, Yin Mei raised her gaze with a strange expression on her face after hearing his words, and said with an unabated smile, “Master was correct! You did indeed come.”
“What? Yin Mei, what do you mean? Weren’t you waiting for me?”
“Also, Master? What Master?”
The smile on Bai Lie’s face froze as he realized that Yin Mei wasn’t surprised by his arrival, and instead, looked at him with a hint of indifference and ridicule in her eyes.
At the same time, he wondered if he misheard Yin Mei’s words?
Who was his fiancee, Yin Mei, referring to as Master?
“Master will be here soon, so you can see him then.”
Yin Mei didn’t bother to say anything more after saying those words.
Her expression no longer showed the gentleness Bai Lie was familiar with, and instead, she sat there with a bored and indifferent expression.
Bai Lie was stunned by her words and stood rooted to his spot with a dumbfounded expression like he was struck by a bolt from the blue.
He couldn’t believe that Yin Mei, the gentle and caring fiancee who even helped him see Ye Ling’s true face, would suddenly act like she had nothing to do with him.
She treated him like a stranger!
“Brother Bai, you aren’t wrong; Yin Mei was indeed waiting for you.”
Right then, Bai Lie heard a faint voice from outside the room and saw a figure dressed in white descend towards them under the moonlight.
As soon as Yin Mei saw the newcomer, a respectful and pleased expression appeared on her face and she greeted him, “Yin Mei greets Master!”
Gu Changge landed with a nod.
He casually raised a wine glass made of jade sitting on the stone table, and brought it to his lips for a sip, “Good, I arrived just in time for a drink! The wine hasn’t gone cold yet.”
He downed the wine in one gulp and exclaimed, “Your Dao of Wine Warming is getting better and better.”
“Thank you for your praise, Master.”
Yin Mei showed a sweet smile and looked ecstatic as she heard Gu Changge’s compliment.
“Brother Bai, why are you standing there like that? Come, have a drink!”
Gu Changge turned towards Bai Lie, who stood on his spot with a sluggish expression of disbelief and chuckled.
[spoiler title=”Gu Changge’s Stats”]
Host: Gu Changge
Halo: Destined Heavenly Villain
Weapon(s): Eight Desolate Demon Halberd
- True Disciple of the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace
- Young Master of the Ancient Immortal Gu Family
- Dao Bone
- Devil Heart
Cultivation Base: Late Stage of the Conferred King Realm
- Heavenly Immortal Dao Codex [8th Layer (90%)]
- Myriad Changes Demonic Physique (Talent)
- Innate God’s Spirit Temple (Talent)
- Void Ability (Talent)
- Immortal-Devouring Demonic Art
- Infinite Immortal Wisdom
Destiny Points: 12000
Fortune Value: 2500 (Dark)
System Shop: Open
- X3 | Fortune Plundering Card
- X1 | Domain Traversing Talisman
- X1 | Formation Breaking Talisman
- X1 | Divine-grade Aura Concealment Talisman
[spoiler title=”Cultivation Realms”]
- Mortal Physique – Trash Leek Lin Tian.
- Spirit Ocean – None worth mentioning.
- Spirit Palace – None worth mentioning.
- Transcendent – Su Qingge, Ye Chen, Chu Xuan (was half-step, but I think he got through to it), other Holy Sons, Holy Maidens, and Princes, etc.
- Great-Transcendent – Elder-level Figures of the Azure Lower Realm.
- Saint – Sect Masters, Patriarchs of the Azure Lower Realm | Ye Liuli
- Conferred Lord – Young Supremes of the Upper Realm | Gu Xian’er
- Conferred King – Gu Changge (Late Stage) | Ye Langtian (Initial Stage) | Yue Mingkong (Initial Stage | Late Stage)
- False God – A’Da.
- True God – None Yet.
- Heavenly God – Gu Changge.
- God King – Old Ming, Aunt Xue.
- Sacred Realm – None worth mentioning.
- Great Sacred Realm – Yan Ji | Elder-level Figures of Ancient Immortal Families.
- Quasi-Supreme – None Yet.
- Supreme – Gu Lintian is either a Supreme or someone beyond that level.
- Beyond Supreme – Ancestors, I think. | Gu Lintian is either a Supreme or someone beyond that level.
Note: Beyond Supreme is not a real cultivation Realm, and I just put it here for Gu Lintian and Ancestor-level figures of Heritages at the level of the Ancient Immortal Gu Family.