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Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 220 (Part 1)

Chapter 220: Family Background (Part 1)

On the journey back, Shen Miao thought about Empress Xian De’s words and her heart could not calm down for a long time.

Consort Jing was at a stage that ‘mother and child was safe’ and Empress Xian De did not have any wrongs because of the matter, thus everything looked like it had ended satisfactory but Shen Miao felt that something was not quite right. Upon returning back to the residence of Prince Rui, the skies was almost about to brighten and thus it was too late to sleep, moreover Shen Miao did not have any mood to rest.

When Jing Zhe and Gu Yi saw it, they instructed the small kitchens to make some sweet soup for the both of them. When Shen Miao and Xie Jing Xing returned to the room, the doors were locked and they sat in front of the table before Shen Miao looked at Xie Jing Xing, “Consort Jing is pregnant. What will the Lu family do?”

It was reasonable to say that Consort Jing’ child was very precious since Emperor Yong Le did not have other children and if she was carrying a son then if there was no accidents, the future position of the Monarch would logically go to the child in Consort Jing’s womb. Logically it would be like this but from Empress Xian De’s words, this was not so, which made the matter somewhat thought provoking. Could it be that Emperor Yong Le still had other children otherwise how could it be so? The Lu family current had no fear due to Consort Jing but was Emperor Yong Le’s plans for the Lu family this shallow?

Shen Miao did not feel that it was possible.

When Xie Jing Xing heard those words, he said plainly, “Imperial Older Brother has taken action against the Lu family. There is no difference if one survive or not.”

Those words meant that the child in Consort Jing’s womb was one matter and the Lu family’s ending was another. At least Consort Jing would temporarily save her life with the child but the Lu family would fall according to plan.

Shen Miao frowned, “I spoke to Her Ladyship the Empress and felt somewhat strange. One heard that Her Ladyship the Empress had a miscarriage and it was caused by Consort Jing. Not mentioning if it was intentional or not, no matter how magnanimous Her Ladyship the Empress is, how could she watch Consort Jing living safely and well for so many years?”

Xie Jing Xing was pouring a cup of tea for her and his actions paused when he heard those words.

Shen Miao stared at him, “Tell me honestly why the Emperor do not have any children till now? Was it deliberate or without any choice?”

No matter how she thought, she felt that it was just too strange for Emperor Yong Le not to have any children. Every Emperor, be it if he was a wise Monarch or incapable ruler, would want to have more children. The more children there is, the more checks and balances there would be and the Imperial court would be more stable. Even Fu Xiu Yi did not have a shortage of children. Previous Shen Miao felt that it was strange that Emperor Yong Le was so outstanding in court and the commoners lived and work in peace, so how would the court be unstable now? She then understood when she knew about the reason of descendants. Just because of one point, which was that Emperor Yong Le did not have any children, the court would be rather vocal. Speaking of which, Emperor Yong Le was considered very capable. If it was any other Emperor, if they did not have son, one feared that they would long be gone and demoted to an ordinary person, much less keeping the power balance for years.

Xie Jing Xing looked back at Shen Miao after a long time and his gaze was somewhat strange, “You really want to know?”

“Ever since you were brought back unconscious from the Imperial Hunt, I felt that some things would change but at that time I just arrived in Long Ye and did not know much of the situation in Great Liang and thus was unable help in anything. Thus other than going to Feng Tou Zhuang to look for that person, one was unable to help in anything.” Shen Miao said, “I do not like being passive. If there is a day that you have to do something big, I would find that I am useless. But I do not have any knowledge so even if I have the heart to help, how could I even help?”

Xie Jing Xing looked at her for a while and he suddenly sighed. Half of the sigh was gratification and the other half was teasing as he stroked her head, “Not only our Jiao Jiao can scheme against others, she can also be considerate of others.”

Shen Miao brushed his hands away, “You can’t always let me be a rice worm that only knows how to eat.”

“I dared not underestimate you.” Xie Jing Xing smiled, “Since you want to know, I will not conceal it. You told me that you had a realistic dream and that dream was very tragic. Now what I will be telling you is not a dream but things that indeed happened.”

“It would take at least half a year with fast horses to reach Ding capital from Long Ye. Did you always want to know how I became the son of the Marquis of Lin An? Even though one knew of one’s identity for so many years, one did not return to Great Liang. It was not because I did not want to return but I could not return.” The gaze in his eyes gradually became sharper.

Xie Jing Xing’s real name was Xie Yuan and his styled name was Jing Xing, the meaning was from the phrase of ‘behold a tall mountain that have an upright scenery (高山仰止,景行行止)’. That meant that the person who gave him the name had hope that he could be a noble and upright person. Not mentioning if the meaning of those words were achieved but the person who gave that name had deep love for him.

The person who gave him the name was his Imperial Father, Emperor Xiao Wu, Xie Yi Long but the one who gave his styled name was his Imperial Mother, Empress Jing Xian, Empress Xiao.

Originally Emperor Xiao Wu was the most outstanding Emperor of the dynasty of Great Liang. He had military power in his hands, calmed the four seas, was very handsome and heroic. If there was one thing not good, it was because he was the youngest son and the Imperial family of Great Liang would only pass the throne to the eldest and not the younger ones and this was the rules since the beginning. However Xie Yi Long was too outstanding and the more outstanding a person was, one would not even put such light matters in his eyes and it was difficult to press his ambition down. It was unfortunate that Xie Yi Long was the former and in addition, the Crown Prince at that time was inferior to him so Xie Jing Xing embarked on the route to fight for the heir apparent at the end.

The route to fight for the heir apparent was very smooth for Xie Yi Long as he had the innate advantage. He was the son of the Empress and had many meritorious military accomplishments thus Xie Yi Long devised a plan to frame his blooded Eldest Brother, the Crown Prince and angered his Imperial Mother to death, controlled his Father and successfully ascend to the Imperial throne and became Emperor Xiao Wu.

In the journey of the fight for the heir apparent, one was bound to give up some things, like family relations and like love. At that time Xie Yi Long felt that all these were not important as he was an ambitious person so he married the daughter of the Prime Minister Xiao’s family. The Xiao family was the head of the civil officials and by marrying the Xiao family’s daughter, he could win the majority of Great Liang’s civil officials’ aristocratic families. Moreover the daughter of the Xiao family was an exceptionally beauty and was intelligent and magnanimous. There was no disadvantage of having an intelligent beauty so this marriage was extremely advantageous.

After ascending to the Imperial throne, Emperor Xiao Wu and Empress Jing Xian had proper respect and concern for one another and Emperor Xiao Wu was a wise Monarch and Empress Jing Xian was famously virtuous under Heavens and it looked ideal. Not long later Empress Jing Xian gave birth to Xie Chi and he became the Crown Prince. Originally Great Liang’s land had gradually expanded and the strength of the nation had gradually became the strongest among the three country so everything looked blissful.

But the most difficult thing to retain in this world was remain unchanged.

Empress Xiao was married to Emperor Yong Le when there was chaos and the husband and wife complemented each other in literary and military knowledge. Xie Yi Long had ambitions and Empress Xiao was composed. Xie Yi Long had high level of means and methods and Empress Xiao was resourceful and intelligent.

However when the enemies outside gradually disappeared, the spear would be aimed at the people around.

Emperor Xiao Wu was one with ambitions. At the beginning he used many means and ways to gain the throne and his ambitions came from his desire. He gradually became suspicious that the Xiao family had the intentions to be the relatives that weld power. The more Empress Xiao was virtuous and intelligent, the more suspicions Emperor Xiao Wu had. In order to balance off the power of the Xiao family, Emperor Xiao Wu opened up the Inner Palace. There were a number of aristocratic families in the Xiao family and he promoted them and let the Xiao family fight with them and in the Inner Palace, he let Empress Xiao fight with those women from the aristocratic families.

Empress Xiao was intelligent and proper. After marriage, she had always been adhering the family teachings of treating one’s husband as Heavens and in addition Xie Yi Long was an outstanding talent among people, they had gotten along for many years. However all those mess of women started to give birth to Princes and rack one’s brains to even threaten Xie Chi’s position of the Crown Prince and finally Empress Xiao could no longer sit back and ignore it.

Every female, even the weakest of all female, would all become a beast in order to protect one’s child, moreover Empress Xiao was not a weak white rabbit. In Xiao family, an aristocratic family, for her to become the most outstanding Young Lady, naturally she had brains, thus she started to counterattack strongly.

To be able to walk with Emperor Xiao Wu over from the chaotic days, Empress Xiao’s ability naturally could not be underestimated. How could those rich, beautiful and delicate females could compete? It was just inviting humiliation to oneself. Xie Chi was safe and sound and Empress Xiao was repeatedly victorious. She had shown her strength and her brains were extremely good that it shocked those female and no one dared to act rashly.

However the intelligent Empress Xiao would also make a mistake. The more outstanding she was, the more upset Emperor Xiao Wu was.

Emperor Xiao Wu became more guarded against her and even began to find her mistakes. At the beginning it was only placing some opponents for Empress Xiao in the Palace then he would watch on coldly at their battles. At the end, it was consciously be bias with the other party and whatever Empress Xiao did was wrong. He also started to directly suppress the Xiao family without hesitation.

Empress Xiao felt very upset but she had thought that Emperor Xiao Wu was her husband and one would be confused at some point in one’s life. She only need to protect her position and let Xie Chi grow up safe and sound and watch as Xie Chi smoothly succeeded in ruling the country.

Who knew that those females would have ideas on Xie Chi?

At that period of time, Emperor Xiao Wu suddenly warmed up to Empress Xiao and Empress Xiao did not why he behaved as such. After not long, Prime Minister Xiao suddenly took the initiative to resign from his post.

Xie Yi Long was one who had good means and methods. Even though the Xiao family was vicious, they could not compete with Xie Yi Long. It took a few hundred years for the Xiao family to have a Empress from their family, for this Empress, the Xiao family would not hesitate to sacrifice themselves.

When Empress Xiao knew of the matter, it was already too late. She then know that all the warm nights were only an act of XIe Yi Long’s schemes and felt nauseating but she did not think that she would be pregnant.

This flesh in her womb was different from Xie Chi as it came to this world by Xie Yi Long’s deliberate and hypocritical schemes. When Empress Xiao was pregnant, she would often think that if it was a son, he must not be like his Father. He could have ambitions and create crafty plots and machinations but he could not make use of another’s sincere heart. That was the most despicable behavior and was also the most shameful thing.

After getting pregnant, there were many areas that became inconvenient for Empress Xiao but she did not expect someone to take advantage of her current situation and take action upon Xie Chi.

Xie Chi was drugged.

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52 responses

  1. Omg I’ve never been this way. Thank you for this chapter. I feel so knowledgeable now. I feel bad for the empress, no matter what it seems like empresses will never have a good life or ending.

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      • To the young miss up there…
        The Emperor is not impotent… Sometime ago, it was said that the Emperor, after the Empress’ miscarriage, is giving his concubines some kind of infertility soup, but somehow, Concubine Jing managed to get pregnant…
        The Emperor’s actions might be because of his ‘love’ and respect to the Empress… But looking at it now, with this backstory, it could also be because the Emperor don’t want his concubines to have children as to not compete with the Empress’ position, and also to avoid such bloody competition for the throne… Especially since the Xie royal brothers experienced the harshness of it themselves…

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      • Tsukiyo, shrugging off a simple suggestion in such a dismissive manner is rude. You make it appear as if you’re so superior when someone else was just trying to offer their thoughts on a subject matter, because you think that even offering them to you in a polite manner is beneath your consideration. If you still don’t understand you kinda prove my point so yeah it’s a catch 22 but I’m not engaging further, so that should satisfy you. BN.

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  2. Uff. Un capítulo bastante dramático. No cabe duda que todas las emperatrices ( no importa la nación) tuvieron que llorar lágrimas de sangre en algún momento de su vida.
    Muy triste 😭😭😭😭😭

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  3. Siiigh.
    So petty, small minded and short-sighted.
    Talk about burning the bridge and biting the hand that feed you…

    As if she could have done anything. In the end, she was still the empress. A woman, and that could not participate in politics.

    From what I gather, what these ancient emperors were really afraid were their own sons.

    But then, if they properly raised and cared for them, wouldn’t the chances of them revolting be low?

    Just like the current brothers…

    Idk.
    One could say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. If the father was like that, there’s a chance for the children to be so too.
    But then, that’s only 50%. AND there’s the environment factor.

    I really don’t know, but I wonder.. If the system was different, wouldn’t things be different too?
    Ofc there would always be one or another that took after the father BUT if the kid was properly observed and raised, wouldn’t they notice that trait early on?

    Sorry, I guess I feel low cause almost another story went this way… With the hubby being jealous of wifey’s abilities and going after her.
    The one I was just reading escaped this type by a thread, and one in my reading list (The Cry of the Phoenix Which Reached the Ninth Heaven) already had enough of this.

    I really can’t have much more of this. This makes me soooo tired of it.

    But seeing it like this, in what I consider a more serious history, with more politics and intrigue and less drama, angst and face slapping just for face slapping makes me wonder if this isn’t even more realistic and common place than I considered…

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    • It’s more of ‘If I could revolt against my family, of course my son could do so too.’

      The fear that his son could do the same thing like he did before made him scare. He treasured the crown more than his family.

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      • It’s a bit like the fear someone has when they marry/ get together with someone who cheated on their gf/bf/partner/spouse to be with them i guess. If you could do it with me, what if next time you do it to me?

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      • So true….

        Look at what some of the ancient Chinese emperors did to their sons….

        There really is no sibling love, but not even parental love among the royal family…

        then again…among the royal family anywhere else, it can probably be said the same when it comes to sibling love too…

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      • Your comment reminds me of how Zeus overthrew Kronos who overthrew Ouranos. And then Zeus himself was in fear that his first wife Metis would bear him a powerful son that could overthrew him so then he swallowed her which led to Athena being born inside his head…

        The fear of son overthrowing the father….

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  4. I pity these empresses. Such strong and beautiful women, SM, XD and XJX’s mother. Apart from Xian De who even with her struggles is lucky that at least her husband’s heart is firmly with her, all the rest were too tragic. What’s with the emperors in these stories? Even if your wife’s family had power or influence then what? As long as it’s not overthrowing your power or harming the dynasty isn’t it fine? This lack of gratitude and appreciation really shows their ego and ambitions are too big- they need someone to help them till their goal is accomplished they they want a brainless bed warmer. They were blessed enough to win the love of such wonderful women but can’t cherish them.
    I now want a story to see XJX’s mother and, XD and XJX’s brother get their peaceful happy ever afters. It’s fine to want power (so much can’t be achieved without it) but the throne is too much trouble.

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  5. I’m assuming Emperor Yong Le was drugged and cannot live for that long. And he have been planning for Xing Jing to be the emperor? Next Shen Miao will be the next empress.

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  6. I think its more like the emperor was afraid that the Xiao family will control the court or the empire through the empress and then through the crown prince when he accend the thrown… That’s why he became so malicious towards the empress… He didn’t trust the empress enough to understand that she and her xiao family were not ploting anything against him…

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  7. You right but I think he was a evil person since the beginning, don’t you think? Because he dared to plot against his own blood brother only for get the throne and the power

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  8. On a happier side note….

    Xie Jing Xing: Our Jiao Jiao has finally grown up! Aw my little golden tabby (:3)

    Shen Miao: (Smacks Xie Jing’s hands.) I’m a tiger, not some small house cat. (>:I)

    Xie Jing Xing: So you finally admitted that you’re a tiger, huh? (^_^)

    Shen Miao: Rice Worm (>:o)

    Xie Jing Xing: Whatever you say Jiao Jiao. I’m just so happy you’ll help scheme and avenge my death if something happens. (:3) (^_^)

    Shen Miao: (extends claws) Do you need help with that itch on your face?

    Xie Jing Xing: No, no…. (^_^ ‘ )

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  9. I am glad that both brothers are good to one another. I pity Empress Xiao. I guess that is the fate of women of that era or time period. Worst, being married into the palace is another whole different level altogether. Emperor Xiao Wu’s insecurities made it all this way, but at the end of the day, it was what XJX was supposed to do. Emperor Yongle could only look aside helplessly when he and Empress Xiande lost their baby. I guess when Yongle knew this was the case, I think he would rather his brother to be emperor and not Concubine Jin’s child. Well, he shouldn’t have slept with her then, knowing how wicked she is! Looking forward to the next chapter update!! ^^v

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  10. Thanks soooooo much for the update ♥️ Can you please give us a mass release, there are only 15 more chapters left, that would be great😆

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