Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 219 (Part 2)

Chapter 219: Dragon’s Seed (Part 2)

Empress Xian De stopped walking and looked at Shen Miao with a smile, “You indeed believe in BenGong. In fact it is strange when one speaks about it. From the first time BenGong saw you, one felt that you are very similar with BenGong but your personality is much more intense. It is most likely because your Father is a General. BenGong had heard many things about you and even though you have versatile means and schemes, but the actions are clean and direct which possess a military air. BenGong cannot do it as literary families pay attention to being indirect. Even though BenGong want to do it in a roundabout way, one has to tie it up softly till the end, thus at the end you and BenGong will always be different.”

Shen Miao was silent.

Empress Xian De smiled again, “There is really no need for BenGong to push her into the pond and the Emperor understood this rational, the Lu family also understood it but the only one that did not understand was Lu Jing. As for this crime, it does not matter if one carries it. The goal of framing a person is to deceive everyone under the skies but even you, who just came to Long Ye, know about this lie, not to mention the officials in Long Ye.”

Shen Miao, “Could it be that Your Ladyship would not explain?”

“BenGong is too lazy to explain and cannot be bothered to do it. Consort Jing can do whatever she likes. BenGong would not take it to heart at all.” Empress Xian De said faintly.

Shen Miao thought that just this point, she was completely different from Empress Xian De. If it was her, if it was not the crime that she committed, she would not admit to it and no matter how much she changed, the fierceness in her bones would not change. Empress Xian De was like vast and deep water that was tolerate and calm and that made others feel very small in front of her.

Just as they were speaking, unconsciously Wei Yang Palace was in sight and Tao GuGu was waiting at the doors. Upon seeing both of them returning, she quickly walked to Empress Xian De, “Is Your Ladyship alright? Is Her Ladyship Consort Jing alright?” After people came when Consort Jing fell into the water, Empress Xian De instructed Tao GuGu to return first and Tao GuGu had been worried all the time and Empress Xian De return only now.

Empress Xian De did not answer Tao GuGu and instead smiled, “Nothing the matter. BenGong will change one’s clothes first. Tao GuGu, bring WangFei to the hall to sit and prepare some hot tea for her.” Finishing, she headed inside to change her clothes.

Tao GuGu brought Shen Miao to the hall. The tea was hot as Tao GuGu poured some for Shen Miao and could not help but asked, “WangFei, what is actually going on with Her Ladyship Consort Jing? Nothing big happened right? Why was one delayed for so long?” She was an anxious and eager loyal servant.

Shen Miao thought about it and said, “There is nothing the matter with Consort Jing and the child in her womb is also doing well.”

Tao GuGu was violently startled and the tea was almost spilt. When she finally reacted, she stopped her actions but her face was very pale.

When Shen Miao saw her as such, she asked, “You all do not know that Consort Jing is pregnant?”

Tao GuGu smiled forcefully, “WangFei is joking. How would one know it earlier? If one had known…” She did not continue speaking.

Shen Miao did not overlook the resentful anger that flashed passed on Tao GuGu’s face and her heart was thinking of what would happen if she had known about it. Would she annihilate the child in the womb, like all the females in the Palace would do?

Just as she was thinking about it, Empress Xian De walked over from inside. She had changed her clothes but the clothes she changed into were white thin robes and there was embroidered bluegrass on top of it. One could not deny that Empress Xian De without the official Empress outfit would look an entirely different person. Shen Miao looked carefully and noticed that Empress Xian De’s brows was light but comfortable and she indeed embodied the historian style and was a little similar with Pei Lang but embraced the wind more than Pei Lang.

She walked over and sat by Shen Miao’s side before picking up a cup of tea, “One it really tired at night and it is so much warmer to have tea like this.”

Tao GuGu suddenly knelt down, “Your Ladyship, how could you still have the mood to drink tea?”

Empress Xian De was startled, “What is this?” There was a faint strictness in her tone of voice.

Tao GuGu remained unmoved and continued kneeling but said with some grief and indignation, “Her Ladyship Consort Jing is pregnant. She is pregnant and still wants to frame you. You still tolerate it. Till when do one need to endure?”

These words had exceeded what a servant should say to a master and thus the atmosphere quickly became cold. Shen Miao looked at her nose and she did not speak while she was holding the teacup. Empress Xian De said, “Qiu Shui, you have followed BenGong for so many years and BenGong see you as family but you have exceeded one’s boundaries.”

Tao GuGu refused to get up.

After a moment, Empress Xian De sighed, “Never mind. Lu Jing did not know that she was pregnant. BenGong knows Lu Jing’s temprement well. If she knew that she was pregnant, she would not use the child in her womb to frame BenGong. She would only protect the ‘Dragon’s seed’ well and not let anything happen to the child.”

“But now it is a fact that Consort Jing is pregnant.” Tao GuGu raised her head, “Your Ladyship has to consider for oneself!”

Shen Miao could no longer stay silent and said, “Tao GuGu’s words are not wrong. One needs to carefully think about the matter of Consort Jing. That was not all for the Empress. Even with the current situation with the Lu family, Your Ladyship the Empress cannot just be an onlooker.

Empress Xian De looked at her astonished as she did not expect that Shen Miao would speak at such a juncture but she quickly smiled, “It seemed that Jing Xing had spoken a lot to you.”

“Qiu Shui, get up.” Empress Xian De said to Tao GuGu, “BenGong do not wish to speak the second time.”

An ordering tone was used when saying this sentence thus Tao GuGu hesitated before she finally stood up.

Empress Xian De looked towards Shen Miao, “One had let you see a joke. Qiu Shui is a person very close to BenGong and would think of BenGong wholeheartedly thus her words might be somewhat anxious. However her heart comes from a good place.” She then sighed, “Actually BenGong had all the while thought that Lu Zhen is a stupid one and BenGong disdain to compete with her but from now it seems that it is BenGong that made an oversight. Lu Zhen still has some capabilities as she could avoid the concoction to avoid pregnancy and bear the Emperor’s child.”

Concoction to avoid pregnancy. Shen Miao’s heard moved. Empress Xian De just told her about the Palace’s secret like that. In fact the more she knows, the more dangerous it would become as those who knew about the private secret matters would at the end become fertilizers for the Palace’s flowers. However one did not know why but she felt that when Empress Xian De spoke to her about these things, it was only because she wanted to tell her and not to guard against her because of her knowledge.

“You are a smart person so one thinks that you have noticed that the Emperor has no children in the Palace but this was not because of the concubines or the Emperor himself but because they all drank the concoction to avoid pregnancy. Lu Jing initially also drank it but one did not know why but it is most likely she had used some methods to be pregnant with the Dragon’s seed. This is the first in the Palace.” After finishing speaking, she seemed to have thought about something else and smiled, “Perhaps this is not the first. BenGong had also had a child before but there was a miscarriage.”

When Tao GuGu heard it, her eyes became somewhat red.

Shen Miao’s hands that were holding the tea cup trembled but she did not speak.

“The Emperor often felt that you are not good because he felt that Jing Xing is the best that even if the female is a fairy, most likely it would not be even worth mentioning to his eyes. At the beginning Jing Xing said that he wanted to marry a female from Ming Qi, thus the Emperor instructed people to inquire many of your matters. After hearing about all the matter, he said to BenGong that you have a malicious heart.” Empress Xian De suddenly changed topic and looked at Shen Miao, “However looking at it now, BenGong feels that you are very kind.”

Shen Miao was puzzled and only heard Empress Xian De speaking, “You obviously want to ask about the miscarriage of BenGong’s child but fear that it would affect BenGong’s feelings and thus did not ask.”

Shen Miao said softly, “This one does not dare only.”

“You are in fact very frank and sincere. Jing Xing has indeed found an interesting wife. BenGong like you even more.” Empress Xian De smiled before continuing, “Actually the matter has passed a long time so BenGong is at ease. At the beginning when BenGong was pregnant, Lu Zhen added a cold herb into the snacks that the Imperial Kitchens made. Just a little and BenGong’s child was gone. At that time Lu Zhen just entered the Palace and was at the ‘favoured’ period. The Lu family was watching and His Majesty could only punish a little. BenGong felt that one was not fated with one’s child.”

Just from listening, Shen Miao could already guess the heartbreaking pain in it. In her previous life in Ming Qi Inner Palace, the concubines would fight with one another for the Monarch’s love and favour thus the Inner Palace is the battlefield for females and when females became vicious, they would be more fearful than males. There were a number of consorts’ children who became victims in such a situation. However no matter how vicious a concubine was, the moment they lose a child, they would cry hopelessly. Did this calm and gentle Empress in front of her also experience this kind of despair? It took a long time for the scar to be healed but only she herself would know of the pain from the scar.

The most hateful thing was that she could not even avenge for her child. Why was this so?

“You must not blame His Majesty and don’t pity BenGong. Even though BenGong is indeed pitiful, BenGong have also become a wicked person.” Empress Xian De said, “After BenGong miscarriage, one could no longer have children so in this lifetime, one would not be able to have my own child. Thus the Emperor did not let all the females in this Inner Palace carry his children. BenGong does not live well so everyone cannot live well.”

Shen Miao was startled.

Because Empress Xian De could not bear children so Emperor Yong Le did not let all the female in the Palace give birth?

Then Emperor Yong Le really loved Empress Xian De but if he truly loved her then why would he allow Empress Xian De suffer such a great grievance? Even if Empress Xian De did not mention, Emperor Yong Le himself would want to kill the murderer so why would he make her his favoured Consort?

Shen Miao felt that the secrets of Great Liang’s Imperial family it not at all less than Ming Qi’s.

When Empress Xian De saw her startled look, she suddenly smiled, “You really believe it. How would His Majesty be willing to give up all the concubines’ children because of BenGon? Jing Xing could do it because of Jing Xing’s good fortune but the Emperor’s fortune is not good as he is the Emperor.”

There was so much more meaning to this sentence thus Shen Miao did not know how to continue for the time being.

“But you are right with your words. One naturally has to plan for the future. Consort Jing’s child come in a convenient time as this child would temporarily protect her life but the Lu family do not have such luck.” Empress Xian De smile slightly but the smile became sharp…

“The child cannot be kept.” In the Imperial Study, Xie Jing Xing’s gaze was cold as he spoke to the Emperor in front.

“Zhen knows that this child cannot be kept and if it is possible, Zhen wishes to give her a bowl of medication at this moment.” Emperor Yong Le spoke indifferently, as if the person that would suffer from the medication was not his child and someone else.

“Then why do you not do it?” Xie Jing Xing asked sharply.

“Qing Zhen doesn’t allow it.” Emperor Yong Le said.

Qing Zhen was Empress Xian De’s unmarried name and this name was not spoken from Emperor Yong Le’s lips for a long time.

After half a moment, Xie Jing Xing laughed in ridicule, “Imperial Sao’s heart has always been soft and perhaps because of pitying the death of one’s child.”

“Xie Yuan!” These words seemed to have touched on Emperor Yong Le’s pain that he glared at the other party.

But it only brought a casual smile from Xie Jing Xing, “So what can be done now? I do not care about Lu Jing and I do not want to pay any attention to that child. The Lu family came and left, with the absolute certainty that the child in Lu Jing’s womb is a talisman. How could one give them such a big gift?”

To an Emperor without any descendent, to suddenly have one, it would be a life-saving straw. No matter how unwilling Emperor Yong Le was, the position of the Monarch would land onto the child in Consort Jing’s womb thus after the Lu family came to take a look at Consort Jing’s pregnancy, they did not make a fuss or have any disagreement and left quickly. Perhaps in their eyes, the Empress position of Empress Xian De would soon be gone and did not even have time to take pity. The power was their kindness.

But could one really sleep in comfort without worries?

Since ancient times, there was a saying that it was hard to foresee future events.

“The Lu family has always forgotten about a matter. You and I bear the surname of Xie and we have the Xie family’s blood in our body.” Emperor Yong Le said indifferently, “The people of Xie family are all ruthless and unfeeling.”

59 responses

  1. Shen Miao thinks like me jum… If the emperor really love the empress, he will not let her feel such a grievance. The empress isn’t the first in his heart, he have anothers priorities that didn’t let him protect the person he “love” the most.

    The Empress is such a pitiful person to have such bad luck to fell in love with an Emperor who have anothers priorities… t.t

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    • Thanks for the update. The Emperor is very cruel but he still can’t protect the woman he loves. It is so sad that even though he is Emperor, he can’t abuse it. Thanks

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      • I’m sorry but if he loved the empress like he said why f**k those consorts? Ok, I understand that he had no choice and he was forced to bring them in but nobody forced him to sleep with them.

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      • Ikrr?? And this wouldn’t have happen if he didn’t sleep with consort Jing at such a crucial time when he’s dealing with the Lu family?? Also, I don’t see why he doesn’t take medicine as contraception too if he truly didn’t want to have any descendant in this lifetime😓

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    • Among all the couples in this story, the Emperor and Empress has the most bittersweet romance. If only destiny didn’t play them a game, perhaps they can also live a happy life like our MC’s. I pity Emperor Yongle and at the same time I admire him, as he does really love his brother. As much as possible I wish I can be as selfless as the Empress.

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  2. Thank you for the chapter update Zaza Translator-sama! 💕💕💕💕💕💕

    Knowing about the empress loss and the emperor’s rage…made me pity the pair even more… They are the highest couple in the land, but they can’t even get the most simplest, basic joy of married life. Their baby was murdered and they can’t even get a revenge…

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  3. I’m done with this pregnancy crap.
    Someone spoil for me right now, specifically what chapter is this resolved? Because I spoiled myself a bit and know some things. So what chapter is this going to be all over with.

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      • Thank you.

        And one more thing.

        Pathetic emperor. Gods. You love her, right? What the fucks going on with you.
        How can you not protect her.
        You give the xie blood disgrace. I’m ashamed you have the same blood as our Xing Xing.
        Disgrace I tell you.
        Should’ve killed the poisonous cur long ago dumbass.
        Why did you even get her into the harem. Just kill everyone! ABUSE THE POWER ABUSE IT ABUSE ABUSE ABUSE ABUSE GODDAMNIT,

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      • SPOILER ALERT***
        The one with the issue isn’t really the empress but the emperor, which is why SM was in doubt on why the emperor won’t let other women have his kids since he is a Monarch and needs descendants. You will find out in the next chapter or so.

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      • Because the emperor needs the Lu Fam to balance the power in the court, especially the Ye Fam…
        Let’s say, these families have great powers in court (military especially) that even the Emperor is helpless against…
        These guys hold the military so the Emperor needs to maintain them, else, the power these guys hold may backfire to him…
        *shrugs* Dunno much about power struggles, but please understand that the Emperor, when the court is unstable, is not always the most powerful person even if he’s the monarch…

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    • Shhhh, Everything will be revealed on Emperor’s motivations. I’m just waiting to read it translated, but the imperial couple really are pitiful and have very bad luck. 😭

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    • oh, you sir. Thankfully you’re not an emperor. Getting swayed by too many emotions is bad for solving matters. Well, which is probably why most modern politics are messed up. *cough* corruption *cough*


      • Lol…

        Not necessarily…

        Most tend to get spoiled by others novels wherein, if the MC doesn’t like the person, the person should die the most horrible way possible…
        A sort of a happy ending, I guess (?)…

        Consort Jing is hateful, yes… But the child is still unconscious of the world but people wanted it to die… It’s (kind of) obvious, they get it from other novels or just some major displeasure of its appearance in a bittersweet romance…

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      • Rational to the point of heartlessness.
        Emotional to the point of foolishness…

        There needs to be a harmony between these two.
        Of course, not just anyone could.
        And of course, not everyone can lead a nation.

        May God grant peace and sanity to our community.

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  4. Consort Jing is a “desgraciada”! ( I don’t remember the correct word to describe her) mess with a baby, I’m sure the same thing will happen to her.

    Avenge for empress’s babies!!!

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  5. I know we don’t like consort Jing but who else is finding it hard to co-sign a forced miscarriage? An eye for an eye can be used because she made Empress Xian De lose her baby but both children should not have died on behalf of schemes. I hope she gets exposed that the baby isn’t the emperor’s or sth like that so that she has to live in shame & her family is cut down a peg or 2(exiled).

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      • @tsukiyo16 but then why didn’t he do something about consort jing? Is it because he is planning something more cruel and horrifying punishment for consort jing? Or because he can’t do anything to her because of her backing?

        It’s so infuriating that the empress has to live with that kind of consort!! FS wishes that such a person wouldn’t be allowed to have her own children! An innocent life was lost due to someone’s greed 😦

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      • Firstly, he had to act as he favors that consort, right? Of course he had to have real sex with her. You can’t use excuse or trick for so many years. You’ll see later that he loves her just that he’s helpless because of the duty as emperor and as a brother…


      • Dear FS,
        There are some matters in the court we people can’t understand…
        The court is a messy place I’d rather not take part in… Let the author do the thinking…

        The Emperor loves his Empress, sadly, they weren’t able to be like other couples… It’s bittersweet but we can’t do any about it, ne(?)…



  6. Whoa…because the empress can’t get pregnant anymore no one can. —that was creepy and dark but at the same time I find it sweet. Dang. Somehow I feel pity for the emperor. He clearly loves the empress but because he’s tied up and the woman he loves suffered…he’s this overbearing. Guess, he really is XJX’s brother🌚😂

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  7. “The people of Xie family are all ruthless and unfeeling.”
    Yes that true. So make them pay for what they done. But can you spare the unborn child? She/he is innocent in the struggle. 😣😢😢

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    • That’s kind of impossible. The child, just by existing, is already part of the power struggle especially if it would turn out to be a male because he would be next in line to the throne. This would mean that if the emperor dies (and we do know there have been attempts to take his life), Consort Jing’s son would become the emperor and that would give the Lu family THE ULTIMATE POWER BOOST. That’s intolerable.

      It’s sad but the child really has to go. If there is no heir, the throne goes to XJX and I bet the emperor would rather have that (he loves his brother anyway) than have his son from a woman he doesn’t even love and who comes from a family who is after his head. I think the only reason that the emperor isn’t able to do anything right now is because the empress does not wish to harm the child. There are a million ways to ‘create miscarriages in the form of accidents.’

      Compared to our XJX, the emperor is actually quite traditional and not as shameless. He doesn’t want to start a conflict or cause an uproar. If XJX were in the position of the emperor, I bet he wouldn’t even care about what others would say and would only keep Shen Miao as his ONLY ONE. He’s probably find a way around maintaining the balance of power without having to bring in a consort. He can’t seem to tolerate 90% of the women population anyway. The others that he treats kindly are those in his family like the empress, SM’s mom, and Luo Tan so everybody else don’t really stand a chance hahahaha especially since XJX has such a high ego that only SM can seem to match.

      Although the Imperial couple will have a tragic end, we would all see later on that the emperor truly does love the empress and vice versa.

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  8. After reading a bit more about Empress, I think the consort just gave herself a ticket to hell. She already clearly stated that she’s no longer a good person, so why would she give the Lu Family such a pleasant ride. Also, she didn’t mention to SM that she’s the one who wanted the child to live.

    I can’t wait to see what the Empress has up her sleeves.


  9. Frankly, if the love of my life was made infertile, I’d just get rid of the ol’ berries. They wouldn’t be needed anymore.

    Still, I guess hope springs eternal and the two might be trying seriously to still conceive a kiddo, against all odds. That’s also something I can get behind.

    Being emperor in these kinds of novels never sounds like an appealing job. Having to play “hide the sausage” and pretend to get along with the very woman that so dearly hurt the love of my life is my personal definition of hell. It’s like a daily dose of self-inflicted emotional and physical rape. Euugh.

    From the looks of it, being just affluent enough to live a good life far away from any position of influence would be vastly preferrable to being the most powerful person in the country.

    …frankly, sometimes this still seems to apply nowadays. Just look how Obama aged, or Merkel. These people age like a decade for each year in power.

    OK, enough philosophy and politics. Thanks for the translation, and boy oh boy I cannot wait to see what the (real) empress has in mind for that little concubine.

    (As an aside, I cannot shake the feeling that the empress might be testing Shen Miao. After all, while she might really like the little reincarnated empress, she’s nonetheless the mother of a nation and her husband still harbours a deep mistrust of SM, so why not nip that in the bud while the occasion presents itself. Nothing malicious, just involve SM and observe her closely, and maybe have the emprah witness some of her actions or talks as well… it’s not good to leave a rift in the family, and it only makes sense to vet SM as early as possible considering there’s a very real chance of her becoming the next empress, or at the very very least the mother of the next emperor.)

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  10. Exactly… One can share passion, affection… but true love can not be shared. A gentleman can not be stolen.
    Woman can technically be raped…
    but men…well, one can not force a man to have an erection… At least not without any potent drug.


  11. If they kill the baby…well…what does it make them any different with Fuxiuyi? Sorry, no matter what, the child is still innocent. If having a child from Lu clan is too dangerous, why did he have sex with Lu jing that often?
    The fact that she can still manage to get pregnant despite being given medicine only proved that they have sex quite often.
    If he really does love his empress, how could he have sex with the murderer of his baby from the woman he supposed to love…and even often enough to make her pregnant. Additionally is the fact that her clan is his enemy.
    Sorry…statistically, the odd of successful conception with sex in regular basis between a healthy pair without using any birth control is not higher than 20%. They use birth control here so the odd is much lower… However she hit the jackpot.
    So… No more explanation needed for this.
    The emperor has no excuse in my eyes.
    One can not talk about love in his case.
    I would still see it bad if Xie brothers kill the baby personally…

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    • Well, we can’t say…
      Even if there is a 99% possibility that there won’t be a pregnancy, there’s still that 1%…
      And if it happens to hit the jackpot, well…
      We can do nothing about it, ne?


  12. Now i seriously want a story between the emperor and the empress. Filled with tragedy and sweet romance ….. and for all those readers who are saying the emperor doesn’t love his empress I cant agree to it. When our current emperor became the monarch, the politics wasn’t stabilized and there were various factors to take care of. Even their own father was opposed for the current emperor to be the one with power and the situation to live were dire otherwise xie jing xing wouldn’t end up in ming xi .
    And for the clan with power like lu’s even more so than that of the emperor with more people in court how would you judge !!! And thus the emperor bears the grudge but couldnt act upon them recklessly. I kind of love this kind of imperfect characters which doesn’t shows that a man can accomplish everything as he desires, which shows no one can be perfect.

    Especially just like our jing xing, he loves his people dearly and wouldnt want those people to suffer. And for that you need to have the power, so being ruthless was one of the traits that comes with it, as you are a monarch. And, since Lu family is a parasite you need to eradicate those people thoroughly and the scheme just ran too deep and took a long time to come into light. And who knows , even the emperor has his own tboughts. If consort jing hadn’t killed his first child the emperor would probably eliminate the lu’s only after conquering the other surrounding nations.
    So overall i want a independent story featuring our emperor’s story with empress xian de.


  13. Those that are saying he doesn’t love the empress because he sleeps with other women need to realise he really has no choice. Her family is influential, if he doesn’t sleep with her often(she will definitely let them know) and they will raise hell in the pretext of the emperor not wanting to have a heir and leaving the nation in peril. It’s not a matter of love, it’s a matter of responsibility, I feel so bad for the both of them.

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  14. Interesting to see how many keeps pointing out that the emperor is a disgusting worm and sparing the child. Story is ancient times and set in a palace right now, no less. Enough said. People can be cruel back then.

    About sparing the child…if that child of Consort Jing survives but you kill off the child’s mom, when that child grows up, that child has a very, very great chance to start a bloody revenge in memory of the child’s mom and the child’s maternal family that can kill and cause even more bloody deaths at the hands of one life…..where’s the innocence then?

    Remember it’s the ancient times, where blood is expected to be thicker than water. Family values and honor is treasured. Revenge for blood probably isn’t unheard of….

    Even if Empress could take the child away and raise the child herself, there’s a possibility the child will learn of its true heritage and then plot to take down those who killed their mother and relatives, regardless whether the mother and their relatives were cruel bastards.

    And, if that child survives…Who says the maternal family afterwards can’t take control afterwards. Just wait until they get another relative puppet they can replace the child with…and then they can do whatever they want and destroy…

    Hate to be Empress Xian De when the emperor has to sleep with tons of other women. Don’t like how he still sleeps with Lu Jing still even after what she has done (couldn’t he put out the evidence that she harmed the empress’ baby so he can have the Lu family killed for killing his dragon-seed? how can you bed someone that harmed your loved one like that? that’s disgusting). Sucks that as the emperor he has to pretend to be close to those who have strong family backing. The emperor might not be able to root them out even after that though, especially if the empress is not from a strong family backing either. Or if the other court officials side with the Lu family and suggest removing the empress even more. If court overpowers him, high chance will have to be forced to listen then…

    Xie Jing Xing may be a true gentleman we all wish and want to see, but sadly Empress Xian De and Emperor Yong Le is probably the more realistic royal couple if we’re really talking about the ancient times…

    Especially since back then, men were definitely allowed and even expected (especially those of the higher class) to have multiple female partners – wive and concubines, especially the emperor. The most that can be called love is if they ‘favored’ you and they cherished you more if you give them a child, specifically a son. If not, then those women stood high chance of falling out of favor and even more likely to be removed from their status as empress.

    Maybe to the emperor, he really did love his empress and his way of loving her was to have no one else carry his child, since she can no longer carry his. And she still remained his empress for years even though she can no longer carry a child.

    People’s definition of love was really way different back then.

    All I can say is that I’m just glad I’m living in the modern world.

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    • *nods slowly*

      As they say, the term, ‘family’, when used in the royal court, is laughable…
      Love doesn’t exist in the royal court…
      This may be true… But what if we place it this way…
      “Love shouldn’t exist in the royal court…”

      The Emperor and Empress can’t be like other couples as they both have their own responsibilities…


  15. Thank you for the chapter! It’s been a while. Just wondering what the release schedule is like. If anyone knows.

    Thank you!


  16. I feel really bad for the Empress. Loving a man that has to sleep with other women and act favorable with them.
    That is not life, that is pure torture.


  17. The emperor loves the empress but during the time of pregnancy, he took a consort and favoured it? How stupid can this one be? He wants revenge for the unborn child but still slept with women of the palace?


  18. He is the emperor. He could have given Consort Lu infertile medicine early on and avoided this mess, since he wouldn’t stop sleeping with her. But here we are…


  19. Really disgusted with the emperor tbh… What sort of love does he have that allows him to stick his dick into other women to the point they’re pregnant? And he can’t even pay enough attention to make sure they’re properly sterile?? That sort of love is just too freaking cheap, and to use the empress’ name as an excuse to keep the child… Pathetic coward


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