Once someone starts believing in metaphysics, it can become uncontrollable. Recently, Emperor Chu has been obsessed with metaphysics and keeps talking to Shen Fengyue about becoming immortal.
Shen Fengyue and Eunuch Shen saw this as a good opportunity to manipulate Emperor Chu. The next day, Eunuch Shen introduced a “master” to Shen Fengyue. After asking a few questions, Shen Fengyue had an idea in his heart.
He pretended to be righteous and recommended the fake immortal to Emperor Chu.
“Yan Yan, what do you want to show me?” Emperor Chu was led by Shen Fengyue to the main seat of Guangju Palace. Shen Fengyue held a palace fan and pointed it towards the door, saying, “Sanlang look, someone’s here.”
“Daosit Liang Yi has arrived–”
With this call, a person walked into the hall.
Dressed in white, with a white hat and white shoes, holding a snow-white feather fan, he walked with the wind blowing his clothes and bowed to Emperor Chu, saying, “This humble Daoist Liang Yi, pays his respects to Your Majesty.”
Shen Fengyue glanced at him and saw that he was dressed in all white, trying to make himself look extraordinary.
Emperor Chu was indeed deceived by the Daoist’s appearance and demeanor. He turned to Shen Fengyue and asked, “Who is this?”
Shen Fengyue explained to him, “Isn’t Sanlang always talking about the feats of cultivating immortality with Yan Yan? I thought Sanlang must have developed an interest in it, so I sent people to search around. Coincidentally, this Daoist came to offer a treasure the other day.”
“Oh? What treasure does the Daoist want to offer me?” Emperor Chu became interested.
Shen Fengyue smiled as he watched all of this unfold, knowing that they had hooked the fish.
Daoist Liang Yi lightly waved his feather fan and began to deceive and trick them with his nonsense, “Your Majesty, do you know the origin of my humble name?”
Emperor Chu cooperated, “Please tell me, Daoist.”
“When the world was first created, everything was chaos, which was called Wuji1Wuji (无极) refers to the state of ultimate emptiness or non-polarity, often symbolized by a circle or point. It is the state of the universe before the creation of the world, and is considered to be the source of all things.. Wuji gave birth to Taiji2Taiji (太极) is a concept that represents the duality of yin and yang, and the balance between them. It is symbolized by the famous taijitu or “yin-yang” symbol, which consists of two interlocking teardrop shapes, one white (yang) and one black (yin), each containing a small circle of the opposite color., and Taiji gave birth to the two elements, Yin and Yang. Therefore, my humble title is Two-Element (Liang Yi).” He bragged and boasted, only to demonstrate his identity. After speaking, he took out a box and revealed a pill inside, “I spent two years refining this Two-Element Pill. Cultivation emphasizes fate, and after calculating, I have determined that the owner of this pill should belong to the lord of Northern Star.”
The pill was sparkling, translucent with a golden yellow color, and there was a beautiful pill aura on it.
As soon as he revealed the pill, there was a moment of silence. It was good that an immortal offered medicine, but an emperor would not easily take it.
Shen Fengyue stepped forward to share the burden for the emperor, “This concubine is willing to try it for Your Majesty.”
He stood up and walked in front of Daoist Liang Yi, put the pill in his mouth, and chewed it a few times before swallowing it smoothly with a faint fragrance.
Just as he turned around to show the emperor, the system suddenly spoke, “I added a special effect for you, no need to thank me.”
At that moment, Emperor Chu suddenly stood up and looked astonished, pointing at him and saying, “Yan Yan, Yan Yan, you…”
“What’s wrong with me? Did the stupid system do something to me?” Shen Fengyue was confused.
Emperor Chu said, “Yan Yan, your face is rosy, and you’re glowing with radiance, as if you’re going to ascend to immortality in the next moment, making me want to hold onto your skirt and prevent you from leaving.”
“Glowing with radiance”… Shen Fengyue realized what was happening. Apparently, he was now glowing all over.
He almost couldn’t resist killing the system, “Cancel the special effect for me.”
“Yan Yan, how do you feel?”
Shen Fengyue blushed and said timidly, “Replying to Your Majesty, I feel very good, as if I really have the feeling of wanting to ascend to heaven.”
The fact was in front of him. Emperor Chu believed in this immortal master and urged him to stay in the palace. The Daoist pretended to refuse a bit and then stayed naturally, saying that he wanted to refine the Two element Pill for Emperor Chu, wishing him a long and healthy life.
Emperor Chu smiled and listened, letting Eunuch Shen send the immortal master away. Shen Fengyue asked him how to celebrate his birthday this year.
Emperor Chu thought for a moment and said, “Summon Prince Qi back to court to offer his congratulations.”
Prince Qi? Shen Fengyue asked Eunuch Shen for an explanation after he came down.
Eunuch Shen explained it clearly to him.
Prince Qi was the son of the late concubine Xian, the favorite son of Emperor Chu back then. Concubine Xian was the younger sister of the Empress, and the Empress disliked her very much and thus disliked Prince Qi as well. Concubine Xian died early, and the Crown Prince was also set early. So when Prince Qi grew up, Emperor Chu gave him a fertile fiefdom and let him move there, and he hasn’t returned for so many years.
Shen Fengyue finally understood and said, “So when the empress was deposed, Emperor Chu had no more scruples and summoned his beloved son back on this birthday?”
Eunuch Shen nodded.
“The empress doesn’t like her own sister? They are sisters, why is that?” Shen Fengyue asked.
Eunuch Shen looked at him with a strange expression, as if he thought he was asking a silly question. After all, he was not very knowledgeable about these things. Shen Fengyue realized this and glared at him.
Eunuch Shen then explained, “The former beloved concubine was of lower birth, and there is a difference between legitimate and illegitimate children.”
Shen Fengyue had immersed himself in the harem for many months and had learned a lot of previously unknown knowledge, so he understood it in an instant.
Emperor Chu’s birthday wish was fulfilled, and Prince Qi with his family was summoned back to court to offer their congratulations.
Prince Qi was already in his thirties and had no intention of competing for the throne, so he was quite well-behaved this time. When he arrived in the capital, he went to the imperial palace to see Emperor Chu. He had two sons, the elder son Chu Chen was eighteen and had a calm personality, while the younger son Chu Xing was only fourteen, with a mischievous and lively personality. Prince Qi let him go out to play when Emperor Chu agreed, as he couldn’t sit still for long.
- 1Wuji (无极) refers to the state of ultimate emptiness or non-polarity, often symbolized by a circle or point. It is the state of the universe before the creation of the world, and is considered to be the source of all things.
- 2Taiji (太极) is a concept that represents the duality of yin and yang, and the balance between them. It is symbolized by the famous taijitu or “yin-yang” symbol, which consists of two interlocking teardrop shapes, one white (yang) and one black (yin), each containing a small circle of the opposite color.