Was he really worth all this fuss?
The great emperors were normally proud and dignified, but they were now agitated out of their wits.
As he looked at the endless series of angry emojis filling up his screen, Ye Zichen couldn’t help but wonder if the great emperors were using some kind of divine technique to grow extra arms just to type faster.
The rate of messages was even faster and more alarming than if it had been written by an army ten thousand strong.
Given Xuan-Yuan Xiang’s warning, Ye Zichen was somewhat mentally prepared for this, but he’d assumed only a few of the great emperors had a grudge on the old toad. Who would have guessed that, out of all the great emperors, only the Ocean Emperor (who was busy) and the Hermit Emperor (who’d long since lost interest in the world’s affairs) didn’t freak out?
Ye Zichen silently wiped the sweat from his brow. Xuan-Yuan Xiang peered over, looked at the messages, and smirked. Her elegant eyebrows arched upward.
Their response was just about what she expected, except that there were too few people in the group chat.
If they invited a few more great emperors, it would be even livelier.
He couldn’t let it go on like this.
The great emperors seemed like they were on the verge of explosion. Ye Zichen hurriedly sent another message.
Only Idealism: Everyone, please, calm down.
He followed up with a series of sweating emojis, then started to type another message.
Only Idealism: Don’t lose your temper just because I brought up Venerate Spirit Treasure. Actually, he and I….
Ye Zichen’s message trailed off. He didn’t know how to explain. Xue Yang had imprisoned Venerate Spirit Treasure for ten thousand years, and none of the other great emperors knew about it. How could Ye Zichen explain?
Should he say it was a coincidence?
Or that he’d heard a rumor?
Based on the great emperors’ reaction, if they Venerate Spirit Treasure so much as rustled a patch of grass, they’d know about it.
Ten thousand years had passed, but none of the great emperors knew Xue Yang was imprisoning Venerate Spirit Treasure. Obviously, he’d hidden this fact on purpose.
Perhaps he, too, was worried that they’d find out he had Venerate Spirit Treasure in custody.
If they knew, they might very well tear the entire dungeon down!
More importantly, this might lead to exposing the former Demon Emperor’s presence. The Ocean Emperor had said that if others found out, the Xue Family might very well be deemed traitors to the god race.
All of the great emperors were clever and experienced. Ye Zichen could try and hide the truth, but it was futile. The instant he sent his message, he received ninety-nine direct messages, all of them interrogating him about Venerate Spirit Treasure’s location.
After a long time passed without a response, their interrogation seemed to turn into a massive trade conference.
Jade Pool Palace Master: @ Only Idealism, Alliance Head Ye, tell me where Venerate Spirit Treasure is, and you can have your pick of divine-grade medicines!
Seventh Dragonborn: Two Skyspan Fortune Pills!
Third Dragonborn: Four ranked divine artifacts!
Fox Empress: We’ll offer you three strings of Fox Will.
Seventh Dragonborn: @ Fox Empress, No way! You’d even give away Fox Will? Isn’t that a sacred relic of your Fox Ancestor? Fine. You’ve forced my hand. It’s time for my killer move!
Seventh Dragonborn: @ Only Idealism, Star Lord Ye, let’s speak openly, shall we? If you want to marry Little Seventeen, you’ll need my consent. Do you understand what I’m trying to say?
Jade Pool Palace Master: Star Lord Ye, what do you think of Mo’er?
Fox Empress: Su Yan is a member of my fox clan!
Third Dragonborn: What are you all doing? Playing matchmaker? Mixing bribes and deception? Fine, since you’re all acting like that... Third Dragonborn: @ Only Idealism, I have an adoptive daughter…
Ye Zichen’s mind was nothing but a sea of question marks!
When he saw them offer up their treasures, he was in fact tempted.
Divine-grade medicines, Skyspan Fortune Pills, ranked divine artifacts, and that “Fox Will” he knew nothing about, but that Bi’an thought was impressive.
All of these treasures, for nothing but news they didn’t even know was real or not.
Their trade offers had turned into marriage proposals and threats. Great Emperor Chao Feng was directly playing matchmaker! But, perhaps coincidentally, all of the Great Emperors were close to a woman he cared about.
Xue Mo was more like his good bro, but Su Yan and Liu Qing…
“Wah, what’s going on with the great emperors?” Pu Jingwan looked at the endless stream of messages and batted her eyes. “What on earth did Venerate Spirit Treasure do to them to make them react like this?”
“Don’t be fooled by that dirty toad’s current humanoid appearance. Ten thousand years ago….” Xuan-Yuan Xian laughed playfully. “Who knows how many great emperors’ divine artifacts he devoured? Also, do you know why he’s currently imprisoned in the Sea of Innocence’s dungeons?”
“Why?” Pu Jingwan asked, eyes wide.
“The Ocean Emperor’s god-given artifacts include the Ocean God’s Crown, the Ocean God’s Scepter, and the Ocean Emperor’s Ring, so why doesn’t the Ocean Emperor ever wear the Ocean God’s Ring?” asked Xuan-Yuan Xiang.
“Could it be….”
“The toad swallowed it!” Xuan-Yuan Xiang shrugged. “Back in the day, the Ocean Emperor chased that dirty amphibian for over half a year, but the toad somehow managed to wrangle a defensive divine artifact so strong that, even in the ocean, the Ocean Emperor’s scepter wasn’t strong enough to break it. They stared each other down for hundreds of years. I don’t know what happened after that, but I’m guessing the toad just got sick of hiding away in his shell and surrendered.”
Despite himself, Ye Zichen’s eyes widened, and he felt tongue-tied. This Venerate Spirit Treasure was a bit much, wasn’t he? He even dared eat god-given artifacts! If he were in the Ocean Emperor’s shoes, he’d undoubtedly be furious beyond belief!
A set of three divine artifacts, true god level treasures… but one of them had been eaten.
“I remember that he wanted to swallow the Yao-Sealing Pagoda, and that the Five Elements Great Emperor beat him countless times, but he refused to learn his lesson. He antagonized Five Elements for hundreds of years,” said Xuan-Yuan Xiang.
“No wonder!” Ye Zichen nodded. No wonder he knew so much about the Five Elements Great Emperor and Zhou Wu, and no wonder he had such a strong reaction to the Yao-Sealing Pagoda.
He might very well have swallowed it too. Of course, he couldn’t possibly have digested it.
The chat group was still sending Ye Zichen an endless series of direct messages. But it was then that…
His phone buzzed. Ye Zichen glanced at his phone and saw several lines of notifications.
He exited the chat group and saw that his most recent messages were all from the Ocean Emperor.
Ocean Emperor: Don’t cause trouble!
Ocean Emperor: I’m telling you, don’t cause trouble! You’d best clear this up for me!
Ocean Emperor: You know as well as I do who we have hidden in our dungeons! If you tell them, they’ll tear the place down. If that happens, our Xue Family won’t let you off!
Ocean Emperor: Don’t forget that Honghong is my daughter!
Ocean Emperor: Don’t cause trouble, got it?!
Ye Zichen was keenly aware of what the Ocean Emperor was worried about. He naturally understood that, no matter what, they couldn’t afford to reveal Venerate Spirit Treasure’s location.
Or even if he told them a little, he couldn’t tell them that Venerate Spirit Treasure was in the Xue Family dungeons specifically.
They still couldn’t reveal the former Demon Emperor’s existence!
“Don’t worry. There’s no way I’ll…”
Before Ye Zichen could even finish typing the message, Ye Zichen heard the Ocean Emperor’s thunderous roar. He looked up, leaving the unfinished message in the dialogue box.
“Look at what you’ve done!”
Suddenly, a frantic figure shot towards him. When he looked up, he saw the Ocean Emperor’s avatar, who’d only just gone off to attend to the mountain’s official business. His brow was tightly knit, and when he looked at Ye Zichen, he sighed and shook his head. He seemed furious.
Ye Zichen frowned, not quite understanding, but when he looked at the war prep chat group….
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