Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 74 (Part 2)

Edited by Tnyhy

Chapter 74: Variations (Part 2)

Marquis of Lin An residence

Even it was currently in the middle of the frigid winter, there were still a lot of flowers in the entire Marquis of Lin An residence. When the previous Marquis Furen, Princess Yu Qing, was alive, she loved flora and fauna. When she was married to the Marquis of Lin An, there was great tenderness and conjugal bliss between lovers. Xie Ding loved Princess Yu Qing and renovated the entire Marquis residence to the likes of the Princess’ courtyard in the Palace where she lived. At that time it was a sensation as it was somewhat amusing to see a General to renovate his residence to that beautiful.

Later when Princess Yu Qing passed on, Xie Ding still retained all the scenery when Princess Yu Qing was alive and gotten people to guard and maintain it. Thus even after so many years, even during winter, this would not make one feel depressed.

Even though the scenery was flourishing but desolateness was caused by people. With regards to the saying that things remained the same but people had changed, this was a problem that one would not be able to prevent in the road of life. Even if one forced to maintain things at surface level, things would after all not return to the past.

Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao were practicing their spear in the courtyard. Ever since the matter in the academy examinations, both of them seldom left the residence. First was because they felt that on that day when Xie Jing Xing challenged the both of them alone, they had no more face left so they did not dare to leave the house. Second reason was that their injuries had not fully recovered and they were unable to do any physical stuff. Speaking of which, Xie Jing Xing’s actions that day looked light but they were in fact heavy. It takes hundred days for the bones to knit and tendons to heal. Even though they had rested for a few months, they still felt somewhat pain. Madam Fang was extremely distressed but dared not say anything more to Xie Ding. Even so, Xie Ding still gave them a round of serious scolding.

Thinking about this, both brothers felt so much hatred that their teeth itched. Xie Chang Chao swung his arms. That day he was stepped on the shoulders by Xie Jing Xing and now there seemed to be still a faintly aching. He said, “Second Elder Brother, heard that the Shen Xin couple entered the Palace today. Now that they had military accomplishments, one is afraid that His Majesty will reward Shen Xin.”

The two families, Shen and Xie, had always been deeply in disagreement. Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao did not view Shen Qiu as an enemy because of the opposing position the Shen and Xie family had, but in actual fact, they view every talented youth in the capital as their opponents and Shen Qiu was undoubtedly the most outstanding talent of them all. Even though Xie Jing Xing was also outstanding but he had no official position, and moreover with Xie Ding’s protection, they were helpless with their plans. But Shen Qiu was different. If Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao had official positions, they were afraid that everyone will compare both brothers with the Di son of First household of the Shen family.

And what Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao most hated was that they were not as good as someone else.

“What are you afraid of?” Xie Chang Wu said with disdain, “He is only but a military brute who only knows about fighting and killing and is ignorant about matters of the court. Other than Shen Xin’s military contribution, what else can Shen Xin do for the Shen family? As of now, the Shen family is also in the crossbow, it may look good now but at the end…” He suddenly stopped and did not continue on.

“Second Older Brother is correct.” Xie Chang Chao laughed, “Who asked the Shen family to be neutral. In this world, it is a dream if one pay attention to one’s moral uplift without thinking of others. But many thanks to the Shen family’s stupidity, our future opponent will be reduced by one.”

If the conversation between both of them were known to others, they would be surprised. Afterall, Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao had a noble and benevolent image in public, and the Xie family did not participate in the Princes’ fight for the position of the heir. But in Xie Chang Wu’s and Xie Chang Chao’s words, it was hinted that they have entered a faction behind the Xie family’s back.

“Speaking of which, the Shen family is not something to fear of, but there is still one in our own family.” Xie Chang Wu suddenly turned towards another direction. That direction was the courtyard where Princess Yu Qing recuperated previously, and currently it became the courtyard where Xie Jing Xing resided. Thinking about the look Xie Jing Xing gave him as he pointed the spear to his head, made a wave of anger to surge in his chest. After a moment he then said, “That scoundrel is getting more and more arrogant.”

He actually secretly called Xie Jing Xing ‘scoundrel’ but if they met normally, he would be very respectful. This made one speechless.

“Exactly.” Xie Chang Chao went along with Xie Chang Wu’s words, “These days he behaved himself which made Father pay more attention to him. If he was not guided by someone, will there be any conspiracy?”

Even though it was a headache that Xie Jing Xing had an unruly temperament all these years and did not have an official status, the two Xie brothers were secretly relieved in their hearts. But even so, when people talked about the Little Xie Marquis, other than being cynical, they would heap up praises of his heroism on the battlefield and it was not only that. No matter how Xie Jing Xing opposed Xie Ding, Xie Ding would treat Xie Jing Xing wholeheartedly but treated them two filial sons lukewarm. As such, the jealousy towards Xie Jing Xing grew intense as the decade went by.

Previously as long as Xie Jing Xing was in the Ding capital, there would be a major event every three to five days but after the matter in the academy examinations, it was as if his character had changed and would leave and return late and they did not know what he was busy with. But this uncharacteristic quietness made Xie Ding very pleased and even thought that Xie Jing Xing had finally put away his unruliness and began to work seriously.

It was because of this that Xie Chang Chao and Xie Chang Wu became even more nervous.

“Be it be whoever who was guiding him.” Xie Chang Wu sneered, “At the end there will be one day where he would be under my feet. In the beginning that woman was a princess but still did not end up well, not to mention him being a son.”

“In short, one must secure the connections with His Highness Prince Ding before the returning banquet.” Xie Chang Chao said it as he picked up the spear and stabbed it ferociously into the haystack in front.

At the same time, the protagonist of their conversation was sitting in front of the table in the room.

The courtyard in which Princess Yu Qing recuperated, was covered with flora and fauna and there were some trees that were still lush in winter. In front of the room in which Xie Jing Xing stayed, the branches of the trees almost blocked the entire window that even though during the day, the room would feel gloomy.

However in the gloominess, the youth who was sitting had a pair of bright as a sunny day eyes. The guards in front handed over a letter and after he carefully read it through, he threw it into the briquette in the middle of the room. In a short moment of time, a puff of smoke flew up and there was no trace of the letter left.

“What does it says?” A figure came from behind. The white clad gentlemen comfortably poured himself tea with an elegant attitude as if he was appreciating tea with someone.

“There is change in the situation.” Xie Jing Xing did not turn around and seemed to be pondering about something.

“Oh?” The white clad gentleman’s actioned paused as he look over with a grown, “Was not it already…”

“Gao Yang,” Xie Jing Xing suddenly said, “How about destruction before establishing as only with death does one’s course end?”

“You do not have this kind of temperament.” Gao Yang was initially stunned for a moment, seemingly surprised, before he shook his head and said, “You are all along not one who like to keep a low profile and would ensure everything is finalised before taking action. If the results was not a win, you will not take any action. I am surprise to hear something different today from the usual scheming you.” He asked, “Did you encounter anything?”

“Encountered a mad person.” Xie Jing Xing raised his brows. “Made me feel that it would also be good to make a bet.” He stood up and the gold embroidered clouds gave a faint lustre as he move in the dark. If one do not look carefully, one would not be able to see it.

“You cannot be talking about the Di daughter of the Shen family?” Gao Yang was able to draw blood on the first prick, “I heard Tie Yi mentioning about the matter that day. Even though it was bold but it was overly reckless. Now that Shen Xin had returned, one is afraid that with Shen Xin’s temper, there would be another round of trouble.”

“The thing is not in the Shen residence.” Xie Jing Xing said, “I changed my mind.”

“Not intending to make use of the Shen family?” Gao Yan was somewhat astonished.

“The Shen family is a big variable.” Xie Jing Xing shook his head and the handsome youth brows did not show the normal cynical look that it usually held but a calm beyond his age. That naturally elegance and nobility air covered him as though there was a layer of mysterious luster, which was more dazzling that the sun.

“What do you refer to as a variable?” Gao Yang asked.

Xie Jing Xing raised his eyebrows, “I have a premonition regarding the Fu family’s attitude. The Shen family is the biggest variable in the setup of Ming Qi’s future.”

Gao Yang seem not to believe it but he ultimately trust this youth’s suspicious heart. He said, “How do you know? How would the Shen family be a variable? Shen Qiu? Shen Xin? Even if there are domestic problems in the Shen family, it will not represent the attitude of the Shen family.”

“There is an intelligent person in the Shen family.” Xie Jing Xing said lazily, “But fate is too cruel. Why struggle?” He said, “Anyways, there are not changes in the plan, just a change of method.”

“You are not thinking of…” Gao Yang was moved.

“After so many years, I have tolerated for far too long.” Xie Jing Xing said, “Because of apprehensions, one needed to tolerate but now…” He smiled in alarm as if dark clouds suddenly faded and the sunshine lit up the entire room, making everything else to lose its brilliance. Xie Jing Xing stood with folded arms and lightly said, “Gao Yang, I am tired of covering up. I will take action in the shortest of time.”

“But are you willing to part?” Gao Yang asked.

“There is nothing unwilling.”

Gao Yang sighed and when he raised his head, he had become determined, “Since this is the case, then it will be as you planned. First hide the information from the side and start from Ming Qi side. In the Fu family, who do you think of starting off with?”

“Old rules, toss a ball out. Whoever catch it would decide.” He lightly laughed. His fingers however touched something in his sleeves. His heart moved slightly as his fingers picked out a small delicate bottle. That was the medicine bottle that Gao Yang gave him. The medication inside was what Gao Yang claimed to be a scar removing medication that thousands of gold would not be able to be exchanged for it. This herbal paste, would be able to make a scar vanish no matter how deep it was.

He clenched the bottle into his palm and when he released it, the delicate bottle has turned into broken pieces.

Just like what Shen Miao did, a big fire would burn down all false equilibrium and expose the ferocious truth, thus this would then truly become a game where one could make the moves. Shen Miao used her own scar to put an end to any possibility of future reconciliations. How about him?

His gaze swept faintly out the window to the four corners of the skies in the Marquis of Lin An residence. After seeing it so many times for so many years, because of some warm memories, he was also willing to maintain a false equilibrium.

Now it was the time to break this equilibrium.

He closed his eyes and the long eyelashes were as beautiful as the butterflies in spring but when they were opened, they looked sharper than the sharpest of knives.

On his desk, a map was spread out at the moment. Seeing it closely, this map was nothing else but a clear territorial map of Ming Qi. From the thirteen provinces in You Zhuo to the town of Ding Yuan in the desert, from the Jiang Nan vally to the Ding Xi’s eastern sea, from the ancient city of Lin An to Lu An city, in the middle of the entire territory, was however the most prosperous Ding capital.

With the surging of the entire country, the world heroes would come forth. He stretched his hand out and gently touched the centre of the map with his finger.

It was as if one was deciding the rise and fall of a dynasty.

116 responses

  1. Thanks for the chapter
    Gosh this chapter is full off mystery don’t tell me he died is his past/future life whatever cuz he got caught or found out by one of his siblings or family members who told on him to their prince

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  2. “He clenched the bottle into his palm and when he released it, the delicate bottle has turned into broken pieces.” Now I’m really into this. Male lead is not someone who easily sway with ‘beauty’ or ‘own curiosity’. He has bigger dreams and aspirations, totally different with other novels that I have read. It’s not something bad but I’m happy to see a change after a while.

    Ah, is Little Xie Marquis planning to conquer the country…? Be a Ruler..? If certainly so, I’m rooting for you to decide the rise of the dynasty. Of course, Shen Miao would be your greatest rival kkk ❤

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  3. I’so confused lol. Something is up but it just went right over my head. I just want XJX to deal with his rotten brothers. Also, I thought XJX was going to give the medicine to SM for her scar, but it turns out no…
    Thanks for the chapter~~

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  4. Yay! Thank you for the update!

    Kind of disappointed that he broke the bottle but at the same time I was thinking “Would Shen Miao even accept that?” And I came to the conclusion that she wont :3


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  5. Soooo little Marquis destroyed the bottle to remove Shen Miao’s scar? Will it even be remove in the future. I know she probably doesn’t care about it but sigh…I really have mixed feelings with her scar. Just what it that thing XJX is looking for? And those brothers of his!! How thick skinned!! Aaaaah….I can’t wait for the next arc. 😆

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  6. I guess last time he started his plan late that’s y he got caught but this time hez planning early with SM and XJX both people’s target r same but d route they r taking is different, it would b better if both joined hands together, itz really thrilling to know how they plan to ruin d Royal family, hurraaahhhhhh…..

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  7. Variation..? I’m kinda feeling scared of this. I just hope he won’t use SM as a chess piece, well, it would be a different matter if the empress agree tO being use. Many thanks for XJX chapter. 😘 Keep it up 👍🏻

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  8. Speaking of which….. “Gao Yang,” Xie Jing Xing suddenly said, “How about destruction before establishing as only with death does one’s course end?”
    What does this line actually mean though? I couldn’t really understand it clearly, the grammar looks a bit weird.

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    • Yeah, he is hinting that death/destruction can he establish oneself. Your comment gave me a clue as what I wrote down below.
      So I’m thinking that he needs to “destroy/kill” his current persona to establish himself in Ming Qi.?
      But got no clue what for. Seems weird that he needs a different country to kill his enemies. And what he means that SX is a variable. Prob will be answered as we go along the chapters and that author is laying this groundwork for us to give us hints.

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  9. I’m really curious what he’s looking for in all those places and what he’s thinking of doing.
    Btw, can you tell me around which chapter the protagonists will get engaged?
    Thank you for the chapter~

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  10. Wait…He’s throwing something on current side that seems to be a big part of him. Then start off in Ming Qi. That’s deep clue! It seems he got this plan or rather speed along his plans after being inspired by SM actions. But what is it? Guess we’ll find out as we go.
    Thanks for translation. Things are beginning to be interesting again.

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  11. I’m usually one of those silent readers but this chapter. I didn’t expect the twins to be so sly to actually be in a faction behind everyone’s back and the last couple of paragraphs about Xie Jing Xing near the end has made it clear that things are about to get real.
    Awesome translation as well ❤

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  12. As long as i understand XJX seems change his plan with not only just watch the entire game but also he use Shen family as one of his variable power right. So indirectly he cooperate with SM plan, because he knows that SM is not an ordinary SM. Regarding what XJX saw that day at Shen family hall. Her brave, her action, her cunning, makes him believe she’s so smart and full of tactic which is help his plan going to be success

    So XJX not give her that medicine, maybe in the future when they’re closer

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    • XJX seems to made changes with his plan (which we had no idea what is it) but he have yet to make the Shen family his power… He noted that they have now become a variable (because of our Empress’s smarts) but have yet to decide if this is good or bad for him yet


  13. Hehh~ i thought he would give that herbal remedy to Shen Miao since he kept it because of his sudden thought of her😮
    Ah could be.. a sign of possessiveness? He knew that the scar would last and it would make her bachelorrete status worse? I feel like I’m missing something here.
    I don’t understand what XJX is thinking and his conversation with that mystery guy. What action? Part with what? What’s Shen Miao got anything to so with this?

    Urrghh, this is one confusing chapter😫


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    • Thanks for supporting!! No worries about not understanding what XJX is thinking or planning or saying or anything… At this part of the novel, we have only a few crumbs about it and like SM, we have not much idea what kind of person he is… Lets enjoy the process of knowing him 😛


    • Also, I had thought he might have wanted to give it SM, but well… that makes sense, too. Because the scar would probably serve as a visual reminder [to outsiders] about the internal discord in the Shen family, and healing it would just… make the fire incident fade from their minds maybe. Like, the scar isn’t there anymore, so why bother?

      but what do I know haha

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      • I agree! Her scar is important because it will 1. remind her family (parents and brother) of the injustice she suffered while they were gone, 2. Be a visual reminder to her other relatives of the shame at being caught doing bad stuff, and 3. Remind her of the sacrifices she has made and to keep her head in the game. Also, if other people were to see the scar then the whole story would be dug out and put the second and third shen families to shame once more. I just love Shen Miao 🙂 she is some weak wilting flower

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  14. Thank you very much! I am so glad that Shen Miao’s family has returned, and am eagerly waiting for whatever butt-kicking she is going to do 🙂

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  15. XJX seems so intelligent and crafty that it is hard to think of him falling to someone else’s plan. I can’t remember what happened to him the first time around maybe it had to do with his brothers? In this time they don’t seem worthy opponents. Haha! We all thought he was going to give Shen Miao that bottle of medicine but it was something else–a reminder of her strategies.

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  16. Reading this chapter made me speculate that in SM’s previous life, XJX didn’t actually die, maybe he faked his death and was controlling things from the shadows with his plan but SM died before she could witness the outcome of it or something. I mean, if XJX is this smart, it doesn’t make sense that he died so easily in her previous life…

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  17. Don’t tell me he is fighting for the throne? o.o But does he even have the rights to? Or is he perhaps supporting one of the princes’ like SM did in the past?
    Perhaps they have the same goal in mind, destroying the royal family. Then ‘my enemies enemy is my friend’ 😀

    Thank you for the chapter!

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  18. SM’s scars are somewhat like a battle scar, so IMHO even if XJX gave her the medicine she wouldn’t use it. It shows what she willingly sacrifices for her family; she bet her life and future for her family. It was not a reckless gamble; it was a calculated risk. By the way.. I’ve read the MTL till finale (the next parts are waaaaay better 😍), and I’m curious if I missed this somehow in the MTL, but are we ever told what XJX is searching for in all those places?

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      • Whaat? Now I wonder how did the soon-to-be groom get the information. Did you read about it from the 1st underground encounter chapter?

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      • The 1st underground encounter is in chapter 88, not the one where she is abducted. The one where he gave her a bottle?


        I don’t understand what bottle did he gave her, since the medicine bottle was crushed :/. I do notice though, the author sometimes mixed up timelines, age, and dates. I found chapters saying XJX was 22, others day he was 26. Some says WY was 15, others says 10. There are also a lot of mix ups between SQ, SY, RWY, CRQ , SG, and SW’s names

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      • YES!!! That is why @Tnyhy and me are like discussing and editing them. But we try to clean up as best as we can in the releases (maybe its the versions that are available online that have some mixups…)


  19. I think he’s planning a rebellion. A coup. I don’t mind whichever, i just hope shen miao treated well. She’s a woman full of scars…she need to end up in a delicate hand to attain happiness.

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  20. As SM changes things for her family, she unintentionally cause others to change as well… I wonder what went wrong at the original world (old world before rebirth), that caused the death of XJX… I also wonder what the thing XJX is searching for, something that could affect his plans?

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    • The good thing about this novel is that most of the questions we are asking will be told, even how and why SM is given this 2nd chance in life and what happened after she died in her past life…

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  21. I thought the salve was just to prevent scaring, not remove already existent scars?

    Though, if it does remove scars, then why did he destroy it? Once the Second and Third Households were destroyed, I’m sure she’d have been happy to take the salve. It’s not like she wanted to be disfigured after all.

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    • Miao takes those scars as proof of her iron will and resolution, wounds and scars of war, of the debt she made to change her destiny, hence those scars are her pride. The future hubby understood it, thats why he smashed the bottle.

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  22. IK this is a few years old but still, I’m loving this translation, it’s very good! This story is pretty funny since XJX is constantly thinking this fourteen year old girl is too young, but also SM is actually ~35 in her heart so she’s mostly ‘smh this kid’ right back at him lol

    That said, even though it’s much too early for the ship to be built, especially given the nature of the people in question, this marks the THIRD time XJX has had an initial/gut response in regards to SM that he has to later rationally disregard. At least, I’m guessing it was him who overheard Gui Momo at the temple? So that, the fire, and then the salve. His first reflex appears to be pretty good! and then he has to calm himself down and reanalyze the situation at hand.

    Anyway, I worry about his intentions towards her because she’s already had it pretty hecking rough. I’m a bit disappointed that SM isn’t the most sneaky manipulator around since the summery had given me some expectations of a loyal soldier/general type, rather than the character XJX seems to be, but at the same time… if they can join forces, I don’t know who would actually be able to defeat them.


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