118 — Leading the Play from Behind the Scenes; Terrifying Gu Changge!
TL: VILFIC | ED: davidebic
A cold wind blew through the dark night and creepy shadows added to the terror of the situation under the silver moonlight.
Bai Lie watched the scene in front of him in utter disbelief — reality left him dumbfounded. He felt as if someone cracked open his skull and poured a water basin on his brain.
A moment ago, he tried to rationalize Yin Mei’s words as some kind of a joke and expected her to break out in a smile, but the appearance of his archenemy, Gu Changge, squashed his final bits of fantasy.
Bai Lie believed the wine must be prepared for him, but the one drinking it was someone else.
What’s more? Yin Mei’s words and actions…
From beginning to end, Yin Mei kept him in the dark and treated him like a monkey jumping around in the palm of her hand.
This realization made Bai Lie tremble all over, and his eyes turned red in rage as an evil spirit emerged from his forehead. A massive white tiger materialized behind him, and the word ‘King’ appeared on his forehead.
He wasn’t dumb and understood that Yin Mei deceived him, so he brought out his full might to have a go at them at any moment.
“Gu Changge, you…”
He glared daggers at the two of them as flames of rage burned in his eyes!
Only a few moments had passed since Gu Changge appeared and said the words he said to Bai Lie. Even now, he ignored Bai Lie’s growl and glare and said, “Brother Bai, why don’t you sit for a drink? Are you looking down on this Gu?”
Silver moonlight illuminated Gu Changge’s handsome visage as he sat there with an indifferent expression that made him look like a cold and heartless god carved out of immortal jade.
On the other hand, Bai Lie felt his heart sink to the bottom of an abyss as he watched Gu Changge’s actions and indifference.
“Yin Mei, Brother Bai is your fiancé, so you should pour him a glass of wine. Don’t embarrass him after he came all the way here in the middle of the night.”
Gu Changge said with a smile and took a sip of his wine.
As for Bai Lie? He couldn’t give one damn about the fool.
After all, everything was under his control.
Bai Lie made his guardian and followers go after Ye Ling, so there was no way they would be returning any time soon. After all, Ye Ling was trying to escape from Old Ming’s chase, so Gu Changge reckoned that he might not even be in the ancient city anymore.
Bai Lie’s people would need to waste a lot of time to find and capture him.
This gave Gu Changge ample time to do whatever he desired to do with Bai Lie. After all, no one besides Bai Lie knew he led Bai Lie into his trap.
As for Ye Ling? Poor Ye Ling never got to see Gu Changge’s face or figure.
By the way, Gu Changge felt satisfied after looking at his soon-to-be scapegoat. Ye Ling wasn’t a Favored Son of Heaven for nothing — his strength and reflexes were a cut above the rest of those around his level.
Apart from that, Ye Ling also held countless life-saving means and treasures up his sleeve.
Gu Changge had felt a destructive aura from the black talisman in Ye Ling’s grasp and reckoned it to be a life-saving treasure left behind by the Ancient Heavenly Emperor of Reincarnation.
For this reason, Gu Changge commanded Old Ming not to push Ye Ling too hard; he just had to chase after him with some killing intent and make him run around like a duck.
He was well aware that Ye Ling wouldn’t waste such a precious life-saving treasure unless necessary, after all.
Using such a treasure on a mere God King would be nothing but a waste.
What’s more? There was no need for Old Ming to die over such a trivial matter.
Gu Changge’s mind soon returned to reality — he hadn’t instructed Yin Mei to lead Bai Lie all the way here just for some idle chatter and showing off before him.
Although it felt good to show off, Gu Changge still needed to get some work done. After all, how would he pin the Forbidden Inheritance on Ye Ling’s head if Bai Lie didn’t die here tonight?
It was time for Bai Lie to play his role in the play.
“As you command, Master.”
After listening to Gu Changge’s command, Yin Mei stepped forward and arrived before Bai Lie, who glared at her with rage and hatred. Without caring about his emotions and thoughts, she filled a glass of wine and said to him, “Aren’t you going to thank my Master for his generosity?”
There was no gentleness in her words, and Bai Lie could only see disgust and indifference from her gaze. The way she treated him made Bai Lie tremble, and now he only desired to slap her to death.
If he hadn’t seen all this with his two eyes tonight, then Yin Mei would have kept on playing him like a fiddle who didn’t know an iota of the truth.
“Yin Mei, you are cruel! I treated you well and always showed politeness, so why did you do this to me?”
Bai Lie snarled in an almost inaudible voice.
Yin Mei looked at him without a word as she believed he didn’t need to know anything.
Soon, brilliant rays of light and layers of hazy mist rose from the ground around the inner courtyard and turned into a chaotic fog that blocked the sky.
As soon as Bai Lie stepped foot into the inner courtyard, he triggered the concealment formation set up around it. The concealment formation covered every direction and made sure to keep any aura from leaking out!
Bai Lie’s heart turned cold when he realized that he didn’t bring anyone along — even the followers who typically followed him in the dark were sent after Ye Ling by him.
Bai Lie stood there in a hateful mood and cursed himself for his foolish actions.
At the same time, he couldn’t help but shiver in fright when he realized the reason behind Yin Mei’s words and actions back at the banquet; she did all that to drive a wedge between Ye Ling and him and succeeded at that with flying colors.
The two of them wouldn’t be brothers anymore; after all, he sent everyone around him after Ye Ling, leaving him alone and hopeless.
Not only did she drive a wedge between the two of them, but she also left him with a hint to arrive at this desolate place.
Bai Lie’s scalp went numb, and a chill ran down his spine as he figured out everything that went down.
They dug a hole for him, predicted his every move, and led him by the nose until he fell into the hole.
There were no flaws in Yin Mei’s spectacular acting!
He always believed her to be a kind and gentle woman!
After pouring a glass of wine for Bai Lie, Yin Mei turned around and stood by Gu Changge once again with an obedient and respectful expression. She even filled his empty glass of wine for him once more.
“Brother Bai, do you want to say anything? I heard that you wanted to slaughter me, so why don’t you have a try at it now that I am right in front of you?”
Gu Changge said with a smile as he reached out to hold one of Yin Mei’s fluffy foxtails in his embrace with a comfortable expression.
Since ancient times, excessive nonsense led villains to their death because their plans and arrangements could never make up for their shortcomings.
Alas! Bai Lie wouldn’t be able to escape alive from this place even if Gu Changge gave him the entire night, so he wasn’t in a hurry.
After all, he wasn’t like those dead villains who weren’t meticulous enough when making plans.
The most important matter was that Gu Changge wanted to know how Bai Lie felt right now. After all, he (Bai Lie) was someone who had wanted to murder him for a long time.
Gu Changge held countless cruel methods up his sleeve that he could use to murder his enemies.
It wasn’t that he had a distorted character and mind, but that his situation didn’t allow him to live with a kind heart.
“Yin Mei, why did you deceive me? What kind of benefits did Gu Changge promise you for you to serve him? Tell me if he’s threatening you, and I guarantee to help you!”
Bai Lie stared at Yin Mei with a fierce glare that made it seem like he wanted to swallow her whole.
“Foolish man! You’ll never be capable of going against my Master.”
Yin Mei looked down on Bai Lie with eyes full of disgust, disdain, and indifference — this was how she viewed him from the start.
If not for Gu Changge’s instructions, she would have never been able to pretend to be a gentle and virtuous woman in front of him.
As for how Gu Changge was better than Bai Lie?
Other than not having Gu Changge’s indifference and ruthless means, nothing else made him stand out in front of Gu Changge.
In her view, Bai Lie couldn’t even compare to one of Gu Changge’s shoes.
“Gu Changge, you arranged all of this, right? In fact, you led all of us by the nose from behind the scenes, didn’t you? For this whole time, Yin Mei was listening to your orders, right?”
Bai Lie roared.
By now, his eyes had reached a point where they might just burst with rage and hatred at any time.
Yin Mei, who always kept a distance of three steps from him, looked so intimate and obedient when standing right next to Gu Changge, and this fact made his blood rush to his brain.
Bai Lie couldn’t wait to slap the two of them to death!
Why couldn’t he see through this farce?
Gu Changge sure knew how to hide his plots!
Who would have thought that he was secretly leading them by the nose all this time?
No one could have imagined it.
After all, he never heard anything about Yin Mei being Gu Changge’s b!7ch!
And it wasn’t just him; even the disciples of the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace probably didn’t know about this fact.
When exactly did she turn to his side?
Bai Lie’s soul almost froze over when he realized everything.
Gu Changge was too terrifying!
Was he hiding everything like this to dominate everyone and everything? What was he trying to achieve? Could it be…he couldn’t be plotting something terrifying, right? He couldn’t be the one plotting everything behind the scenes, right?
“It seems that you aren’t as dumb as you look! I would have doubted you and your achievements if you didn’t react as fast as you did.”
Gu Changge said with a chuckle and then raised his glass to his lips and slowly took a sip before adding, “Brother Bai, you should down this cup of wine as soon as possible. The Yellow Spring is a long way from here, and you won’t get anything to drink on the way.”
“What…Gu Changge, are you planning to murder me?!”
Gu Changge’s words made Bai Lie shiver in terror, and he realized that he didn’t even have words to curse the two in front of him.
The entire White Tiger Family, a mighty Ancient Immortal Family, stood behind him, so did Gu Changge dare to kill him for real?
He had never seen anyone other than Gu Changge who could speak such murderous words with a lighthearted tone and a smile.
At the same time, Bai Lie felt a monstrous bloodthirst rush at him with the intent to drown him to death.
Gu Changge was far more terrifying than he appeared on the surface.
Everyone in the world believed Gu Changge to be nothing but a Young Supreme with a profound Cultivation Base… alas, who would have thought that he would have such a side to him.
“Brother Bai, are you retarded or something? Why would I make you come all the way here if I wasn’t going to kill you? Do you think I am here to chat with you all night long?”
Gu Changge said with an indifferent laugh.
Right after he finished his words, the wine glass in his hands burst apart and released countless divine flowers that bloomed in their surroundings. A dazzling immortal flower materialized out of nowhere and took root in the Void in front of them, appearing as if it desired to absorb the vitality of all the living beings in existence.
Bai Lie, who kept a keen eye on Gu Changge, never expected Gu Changge to make a move right after he finished his words, so he couldn’t resist the impact of Gu Changge’s attack that blew him away.
The phantom of the white tiger behind him got crushed into smithereens!
Bai Lie’s chest exploded, and a divine flower with crystal-like petals took root inside him. The flower swayed and released a burst of light that rained on him.
At the same time, a terrifying pain from the depths of his soul assaulted Bai Lie’s mind and made him roar.
All of his resistance and offensive might got crushed in nothing but a moment, including the white tiger phantom he had just materialized.
The difference between the two of them couldn’t be estimated!
“This is most definitely not the strength of a Conferred King! What else are you hiding…”
Bai Lie tried to stand up with widened eyes.
Blood covered his body, and he coughed even more of it as he stood up with an expression full of disbelief.
The fact that Gu Changge could so easily obliterate his white tiger phantom and resistance meant that the strength he displayed just then had surpassed the level his current realm could resist!
This realization stunned Bai Lie, and he wondered just how many more secrets Gu Changge hid?
Gu Changge was too terrifying!
“[Ultimate Golden Destructive Ability] is such a waste in your hands, Brother Bai.”
Gu Changge didn’t answer his question and stared at the golden runes that gradually materialized in Bai Lie’s hands with satisfaction.
The thing that made him interested in Bai Lie — besides wanting to use him as a tool to pin the Forbidden Inheritance on Ye Ling — was none other than the [Ultimate Golden Destructive Ability].
It was one of the top three abilities of the Upper Realm when it came to destructive might, after all.
It’s just that the gap between Bai Lie and his realm was too great, so there was no way for Bai Lie to exert the ability’s true might.
Right then, a dark golden flame burst from Bai Lie’s body, and the radiance of the word ‘King’ on his forehead also soared as he gave off a terrifying aura that could subdue all beasts into surrender — he was burning his life force as he resolved himself to fight to the death.
However, what left him dumbfounded, was the dazzling immortal flower rooted in his chest. Even after he went all out, the flower didn’t disappear. It was as if it was embedded deep into his soul!
The bloodied flower was in full bloom, and its petals swayed in the surroundings.
Gu Changge, on the other hand, didn’t stand up and only watched the scene in front of him with an expression of interest.
Bai Lie, however, understood well that he would die without a doubt if he didn’t go all out right now. He could see that Gu Changge only looked at him with the eyes of a hunter looking at its prey or someone high up looking down on a powerless ant that could be stomped to death at any moment.
“Gu Changge, I must slaughter you!”
A bright light burst out from the depths of Bai Lie’s Sea of Consciousness.
He had sacrificed a dazzling golden page with countless golden runes circulating around it, which turned into a white tiger that gave off a terrifying aura of suppression and seemed to desire the fall of the Heavens!
It was the life-saving treasure that he kept for a life-threatening situation where he had no way out!
Bai Lie turned into a golden shadow with a yell and rushed at Gu Changge with the intent to duke it out with him. If a concealment formation weren’t covering the surroundings, his aura would have surprised the entire ancient city.
Suddenly, monstrous demonic energy permeated the surroundings as a dark, crimson halberd cut through the air and appeared in Gu Changge’s hand. Without a change in his expression, he cut down with the halberd.
The white tiger, which rushed at him, exploded with a pop, and the golden page also crumbled before it could touch him!
“You are a god…”
Disbelief and despair filled Bai Lie’s eyes, and he opened his mouth to utter some words.
“Aren’t you too eager for death? Do I need to teach you how to put up some resistance now?”
Gu Changge said with a flat tone as his other hand reached out and grabbed Bai Lie’s neck at lightning speed. Within moments, the offensive aura around Bai Lie disappeared into thin air.
[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.