Lin Mu placed Milky on the chair to watch Nie Shen, then got up and walked to the side to call Wu Gui.
Nie Shen’s gaze followed him without blinking.
Yan Xuanjing frowned unhappily, then with a swish of his tail, obscured Nie Shen’s sight.
Nie Shen paused, looked down at the nine-tailed fox, his gaze was dull, and he fell silent for quite a while before revealing an expression of sudden realisation, “you’re not killing me?”
Yan Xuanjing yawned, “why would I kill you?”
Nie Shen was bewildered for a while, gave an ‘oh’, then looked in the direction which Yan Xuanjing’s magic had obscured, and thought about the way Lin Mu had frowned and asked again, “did I do something wrong?”
“En?” Yan Xuanjing didn’t understand what he meant by this question.
Nie Shen asked seriously, “was it wrong for me to kill those weak monsters?”
Yan Xuanjing didn’t have the patience to carefully analyse and have a heart to heart talk with him like Lin Mu, but considering the person in the emergency room, he still answered this question.
The nine-tailed fox yawned and said very simply, “nothing wrong, you’re stronger than them.”
Nie Shen then raised his hand to point at the place where Lin Mu had just disappeared and said, “but he said, the reason you are tried to kill me was because I have killed too much.”
“Half right. It’s mainly because the place you laid a hand on weren’t the right ones.” Yan Xuanjing said, “your killing intent soared, massacred cities time and again, and couldn’t be communicated with at all. And since it was all other people’s territories, of course we would have to take some action.”
Nie Shen was stunned, and couldn’t really understand.
Yan Xuanjing felt that it was really difficult to communicate with Nie Shen, a monster without common sense.
The Great Wilderness was quite vast, until the point where even if there were hundreds of scattered countries and cities, there was still a large amount of ownerless lands.
The situation in these ownerless lands were quite chaotic, and the monsters living there were no different from ordinary animals.
Yan Xuanjing also took more than 200 years to climb out after being thrown there.
Over there, the monsters fought each other to survive, and there were traces of blood everywhere.
In that sort of place, falling into three traps with every step was a modest remark.
In the ownerless land, there were some monsters that rose amongst the slaughter, and either entered an established territory to seek protection, or challenged the owner to be the boss. Or they could carve out their own territory in the vast and boundless land, and kill whoever that challenged them. In the end, after they had accumulated a certain level of power, they could gradually develop their own city.
There were quite a lot of monsters or half-monsters with the same circumstances as Nie Shen, but instead of occupying a city or going to another great monster, but chose to question the Heavenly Emperor, from the past to the present, there was only the one.
In a sense, he also was a pioneer.
Yan Xuanjing pondered for a moment, and thought that the reason why Nie Shen had this mentality was probably because he was also a little baby that the Shen protected in her hands.
The Shen didn’t even let the outside world know that she had a half-monster child.
As a result, the Shen died, and Nie Shen didn’t have the ability to protect himself yet, with this fall from heaven, it was very normal for his way of thinking to be unable to bend.
Yan Xuanjing thought that if he hadn’t been brainwashed by his parents since he could remember that ‘in the future, you’re going to the ownerless land to make a future for yourself’, which was why he was prepared, if not, his mental health wouldn’t have been much better.
But luck, these sort of things, was really uncertain.
Comparing people amongst people really pisses everybody off, so really, no comparisons could be made.
“If you wandered around the ownerless land, no matter how many you killed, we wouldn’t have bothered with you. Or if you had swept across a large area, but could communicate, and didn’t seem like a killing machine, we wouldn’t have hunted you down either.”
Yan Xuanjing told him, “but if you don’t have any communication with the outside world, and you made trouble in someone else’s territory, then it would be regarded as a challenge, and naturally, monsters would attack you.”
To put it bluntly, they would be able to accept someone strong who preferred killing as a monster within their place, but couldn’t accept a lunatic that only knew how to kill within their house.
They could solicit the strong, if they couldn’t solicit, they would fight, and whether they won and lost would be based on their own abilities.
But lunatics were different. For lunatics, other than killing them directly, they had no other choice.
It’s just that if this didn’t affect their own home, then they wouldn’t bother either.
For example, when Nie Shen had wandered around the border of Qingqiu Country, Yan Xuanjing ran over and had a fight with him. Although he was defeated, Nie Shen did turn away because of this obstruction.
Which was why no monster from Qingqiu Country had continued to hunt him down, and instead, after discovering his destination, everybody from the lords to their subordinates settled down to watch the show.
But this wouldn’t exactly be the case for those cities that were directly destroyed by Nie Shen.
After all, for monsters that could form cities or settlements the size of a country, they more or less had some rules, and similarly, there were also some feelings and bonds.
If Nie Shen directly took over the leadership of the city and took the highest position for himself, it wouldn’t be considered much.
But what he did was slaughter the city.
If he slaughtered the city, then he slaughtered the city. If he had cut everything off the roots, then it wouldn’t really matter.
The problem laid with the monsters living within the city who travelled.
As soon as they returned, they found all their friends, relatives, and lovers dead, a situation like this couldn’t be solved with a simple ‘I’m stronger so I’m more awesome’.
This wasn’t a matter of fairness.
This was a problem of Nie Shen blocking his eyes and ears, and choosing not to have any contact with the outside world or information.
Oh, and in the middle probably had the burden of Di Wu’s resentment.
Di Wu’s resentment had been suppressed all the time, and for Nie Shen, this silly-looking half-monster to find it, his resentment at that time probably wasn’t that light either.
Nie Shen tilted his head and felt a little confused.
His mind was ringing and there were many thoughts in his mind, but he couldn’t even get a single thread.
Yan Xuanjing also didn’t expect him to understand that much either.
Because in his opinion, Nie Shen’s behaviour couldn’t be considered wrong.
The strong were able to determine the life and death of the weak, only, they choose to let the weak survive under them, while Nie Shen chose to kill them.
Just as a satisfied tiger could choose to let a lamb live and eat grass under its eyes, it could also choose to bite the lamb’s neck.
But Nie Shen, this tiger who had chosen to bite the lamb’s neck, was targeted by the other predators that had a good relationship with that lamb.
All of this was logical.
It’s just that they had different positions, so their ways of thinking and views wouldn’t be the same.
Nie Shen was at a lost for a moment, and confirmed, “so I’m not in the wrong.”
Yan Xuanjing nodded, and said indifferently, “as long as you bear the consequences yourself.”
Lin Mu had just returned after finishing his call, and as soon as he approached, he heard what Yan Xuanjing said and slightly paused, “what consequences will Nie Shen have to bear?”
Milky shook his ears, but didn’t answer his question.
According to the original regulations, when he met Nie Shen, he should have killed him on the spot, but the current situation was different.
So he turned to Nie Shen and asked, “you came to the Central Plains to find the Heavenly Emperor? How are you planning to find him?”
Nie Shen, who had just confirmed with the nine-tailed fox that he did nothing wrong, said very easily, “first slaughter a city. I heard the Heavenly Emperor attaches great importance to the Central……”
The expression on Lin Mu’s face grew stiffer and stiffer.
Yan Xuanjing directly interrupted Nie Shen’s words, “he would be sent back to the Great Wilderness.”
Nie Shen: “?”
“The rules that the Central Plains follows were different from the ones the Great Wilderness had.” There was no expression on Yan Xuanjing’s face, and with a paw, he smashed a jade that would call his father.
He still felt that Nie Shen’s illusions were quite troublesome, but there wouldn’t be any problem if Yan Gui came.
It really couldn’t be a case where they found Nie Shen, but he got away because of a counter attacking illusion.
That would be embarrassing.
“You can’t remain in the Central Plains.” Yan Xuanjing said.
Nie Shen frowned slightly, “why?”
Because if something went wrong in the Central Plains, let alone the Great Wilderness, even the Heavenly Court and the netherworld government would suffer great earthquakes.
However, Yan Xuanjing did not tell Nie Shen this.
According to the words of the Central Plains, one couldn’t let someone who was against society to find a way to destroy the world.
While waiting for Yan Gui to come over, Yan Xuanjing skipped over the previous topic and asked Nie Shen, “what happened before you held Di Wu’s power? We’ve never heard of you communicating with other monsters.”
In the time that Nie Shen had cause so much trouble, he had never communicated with any monster.
He looked like a silent killing machine. His whereabouts were uncertain, and wherever he appeared would be a bloodbath.
Originally, when he first emerged, there were many great monsters who wanted to recruit this scarce talented monster, as a result, Nie Shen had never appeared in any actual manner before.
He didn’t talk, didn’t show his face, and only knew how to cause chaos.
To the extent that those monsters who wanted to solicit him took back their tentative look, and assume that he was a lunatic.
Nie Shen was confused, “communicate? They’re useless. ”
Fine, this really was a lunatic.
Yan Xuanjing stopped talking.
Lin Mu picked Milky up, “then why are you talking to us now?”
“You are useful.” Nie Shen said, “I feel so good now. I’ve never felt so good before.”
Lin Mu remembered the reason Nie Shen had given for saving Mentor Tan, and it was because Mentor Tan had his aura.
Lin Mu took a deep breath and felt that it was lucky Nie Shen had found out about his existence before doing anything. Also luckily, he was half a Relaxed Emperor, if not, a peaceful and prosperous place would have been turned into a horrible and bloody scene.
Lin Mu lowered his head and squeezed Milky’s paw, and asked, “what would happen if he returned to the Great Wilderness?”
Nie Shen frowned, “I won’t return to the Great Wilderness.”
Lin Mu and Yan Xuanjing turned to look at him.
Yan Xuanjing said, “if he stays in this state, he would be taken in by someone for observation, and then be recruited.”
After all, it was rare to find such a powerful and talented monster, and at their level, almost nobody would care about half-monsters or not.
One needed to know that even ordinary humans could trample and kill several Shadow Spirits, but even a Shadow Spirit could cultivate into a great monster that could run rampant around the Great Wilderness, so what about half-monsters?
As for the problem with Nie Shen’s thinking, it mattered even less. Monsters live for a long time, and what he had would be time to think about it. Besides, basically, Nie Shen’s thought process was very in line with the Great Wilderness.
— Although he was always entangled with the idea that ‘Half-monsters are a sin’, and it was a little silly in Yan Xuanjing’s eyes.
The death rate of half-monster was much higher than that of ordinary monsters, this was normal. It was the same as how human babies born with deformities were far less likely to survive compared to babies without.
Lin Mu rubbed Milky’s ears and asked, “he won’t die, right?”
“He would in his previous state.” Yan Xuanjing said, and he saw that Lin Mu let out a slight sigh of relief and couldn’t help but pause, looked at Nie Shen who was staring unblinkingly at Lin Mu, and turned to look at Lin Mu again. He asked unhappily, “you don’t want him to die?”
Lin Mu nodded, “one thing at a time. He had no time to do anything in the Central Plains, and he saved Mentor Tan.”
Yan Xuanjing glanced at Lin Mu, and felt that Lin Mu had really applied his double standards very frankly.
If Nie Shen had already started to slaughter in the Central Plains or didn’t rescue the old man inside, Lin Mu would certainly not have this attitude.
But that didn’t matter.
Yan Xuanjing thought that this was very good.
Lin Mu also noticed that the double standard he had applied and touched his nose in embarrassment.
Nie Shen sat beside them, and suddenly asked Yan Xuanjing, “why are you protecting a half-monster?”
Yan Xuanjing flicked his tail and answered the question quite generously, “because I like him.”
Lin Mu’s whole body became stiff and his eyes widen in shock.
“Oh.” Nie Shen nodded his head, with a calm expression on his face, he slowly raised his hand to touch his heart that was beating so peacefully for the first time, and said slowly, “I seem to like him too.”
Yan Xuanjing heard his words and suddenly looked up.
He stared at Nie Shen, eyes narrowing dangerously.
— This half-monster, it’s better if he’s killed.
The author has this to say:
Nie Shen: ?
Lin Mu: ?
The translator has this to add:
Yan Gui: First, my son used a jade to call me to mediate the meeting with his boyfriend’s elders, then my son used a jade to call me to mediate his love triangle.