Chapter 220: Family Background (Part 2)
It was a very strong and sudden poison and if it was not because of the old relations between the Prime Minister Xiao and the head of the Gao family that the head of the Gao family personally take charge, one feared that Xie Chi could not survive at that time. Even though he had survived, the master of the Gao family had diagnosed that the poison had entered the organs and one was only prolonging the time. Xie Chi could not live pass thirty five and this poison would also affect his descendants. From that time onwards if he had any children, it was inevitable that they would have congenital deficiency or they would also have the posion in their body. In any sense, it was all not a good thing.
The master of the Gao family was a rare God-like doctor under Heavens and for him to say such things, Xie Chi’s doomed fate was almost fixed. The other party was targeting Xie Chi’s life, even if they could not have his life, they wanted to ruin his entire life.
Empress Xiao had never expected that she would end up in such a situation as she was the most outstanding Di daughter in the Xiao family, was a revere Empress and virtual reputation under Heavens. In order to protect her, her family clan had voluntarily retired from Great Liang’s officialdom and two of her children, one could not complete one’s life under such sinister schemes and the other was the fruit that grew under the poisonous scheme.
The one who did the poisoning was investigated but it was the favoured consort that Emperor Xiao Wu just raised. Empress Xiao brought that favoured consort tied up to the Imperial Gardens and sliced her flesh, piece by piece and she personally watched as she took her last breath. All the palace maids and eunuchs in the Imperial Gardens were trembling as they watched and they almost fainted. However Empress Xiao felt that there was no meaning to it.
Emperor Xiao Wu naturally scolded and blamed the favoured consort and he personally judged the crimes of the favoured consort and comforted Empress Xiao. As Empress Xiao heard his gentle words, her heart was as cold as ice and her mind was filled with caution and vigilance.
Did Emperor Xiao Wu know of this matter or not? Empress Xiao felt that after being married to Emperor Xiao Wu for so many years, she should examine him carefully again. Even if Emperor Xiao Wu did not know about it, this favoured consort was raised up to go against Empress Xiao. One did not kill Bo Ren but Bo Ren died because of one. (Bo Ren is a character in Three Kingdoms and this is a phrase usually used to describe regret, remorse and sadness that one has cause another’s death)
At one side, defences started building up in Empress Xiao’s heart but at the other side, she pretended to be wan due to the misfortune that befell on her son.
The untreatable poison in Xie Chi’s body was not circulated out but who would know if others would know about it in the future? However the most worrying thing for Empress Xiao was that it was almost time to give birth to the child in her womb. Emperor Xiao Wu was suspicious of the Xie family’s treatment of Xie Chi and if the child in her womb was a son, if anything happen to Xie Chi, the child could replace Xie Chi’s position and sit on the Crown Prince’s position. One do not know if he would be the next Xie Chi? If it was a daughter, Empress Xiao was not willing to let him stay in the Palace and be manipulated daily and unable to control one’s destiny.
The most important thing was that Empress Xiao would be starting to fight back. After giving birth to this child, she wanted to return individually all the suffering the Xiao family, Xie Chi and her experienced. With a newly born, there would many inconvenient things and maybe he would be controlled by others, so she had to find a way out.
‘Substituting a raccoon for the Crown Prince’ was generally speaking that the Crown Prince that was replaced would be far away from everything that he should have and that raccoon would be able gain everything that did not belong to one.
Empress Xiao gave the newly born child to her confidant and said, “Behold a tall mountain that have an upright scenery (高山仰止，景行行止). His styled name will be Jing Xing (景行). If one day he grows up to be a man of indomitable spirits, he can scheme and plot but he can never use another’s sincere heart.” She took a hard look at her child for the last time and said, “Send him away.”
In two months that a number of horses died in exhaustion, that half a year journey from Long Ye to Ding capital, because Xie Yuan’s first contact to this world and what welcome him was that he had to flee. In those days of escaping, his eyes were widen and he was babbling as he learned to fight with this world.
In the residence of the Marquis of Lin An in Ding capital, Princess Yu Qing was about to give birth.
Empress Xiao’s confidant originally followed Empress Xiao’s order and wanted to send Xie Yuan to an ordinary wealthy family to be away from the Imperial court disputes. However that day when the confidant was investigating in the streets, one had accidentally learned that Princess Yu Qing was also about to give birth and the child’s name was already set as Jing Xing.
The confidant had thought that it was truly a coincidence.
That was a night that filled with wind and rain. There was a heavy rain that fell in Ding capital and the rainwater diluted the blood that was in the courtyard, dimmed the female painful screams and also covered up the faint baby’s cries.
That child with the name of Xie Jing Xing was one that was very fated with Xie Yuan as he die before he was born. The confidant hesitated for a moment when holding the baby but he had made a decision that he was happy for life.
He turned Xie Yuan to Xie Jing Xing and from then onwards his name was Jing Xing and there would no longer be any styled name. He was the little heir of the residence of the Marquis of Lin An that held the expectations of Empress Xiao and the hope of Princess Yu Qing to live in this world well.
Not long after, the wealthy household that was initially chosen was completely eliminated in a night. No one knew why but those who knew were clear that Emperor Xiao Wu had discovered some clues and rush over to eliminate. One did not know it was fortunate or a bane but because of the confidant’s momentary slip, Xie Jing Xing had avoided this struggle between life and death.
It seemed to be a fated destiny.
There were nonstop filthy things in the residence of the Marquis of Lin An. Madam Fang and her two sons kept creating issues and Xie Jing Xing’s only support was Xie Ding’s favour. However Xie Ding’s favour was not often a good thing as Xie Ding would often not be in the residence as he would be in battle most of the year. It was very difficult for XIe Jing Xing, a young child, to survive at the mouth of beasts. If Empress Xiao’s confidant did not help secretly, one feared that he would long become soil in the ground and had a reunion with the genuine heir of the residence of the Marquis of Lin An. Not only that, the Emperor of Ming Qi was also suppressing the Xie family secretly.
In such an environment, Xie Jing Xing gradually grew up. He was thankful that the confidant placed him in such a cruel environment so that he would not be too uncomfortable when facing his future rugged route. He trifled without respect and casually and rode his horse undisciplined all around Ding capital streets and alleys. He was unbearable and made one have headaches but just like Empress Xiao’s expectation, he grew up to be a man with indomitable spirits. He did not use another’s sincere heart. Even though he had an casual and ridicule appearance, he respected every sincere heart, like Princess Rong Xin, like Su Ming Feng, like the Marquis of Lin An and like Shen Miao. He had lived very well in Ming Qi’s Ding capital and he only relied on himself, thus he had the ability to act against the enemy in the dark.
How about Empress Xiao?
In those years, Empress Xiao had been missing her youngest son and was saddened by her eldest son’s experience that she decided to fight back.
Weren’t you afraid that this Empire would end up in the hands of the Xiao family? Weren’t you most concern about this? Then I will snatch it from your hands and stomp on it under one’s feet. At that time would you feel a little regret for what you had done today?
Empress Xiao was a daughter from the Xiao family and her abilities and stratagems did not lose to a male. Because of the anger she became even more spirited, whereas Emperor Xiao Wu started to get old. His state of mind and attention were are dispersed by all the concubines in the Inner Palace and all his ambitions had gradually faded away after he was free of worries.
Life sprang from sorrow and calamity and death came with ease and pleasure.
When Emperor Xiao Wu passed away, there was only Empress Xiao accompanying him. Empress Xiao said, “May Your Majesty rest assure. As we are husband and wife, ChenQie will not let you feel too lonely during the journey to the underworld. All the females and concubines that you have favoured before in this Palace, ChenQie will let them accompany you during the journey and all of your children, with the exception of the Crown Prince, ChenQie would not miss out on any one of them.”
Emperor Xiao Wu’s eyes widen.
“And there is still more.” Empress Xiao seemed to have thought of something and leaned over to speak by his ears, “Our youngest son is living well. Those people that Your Majesty sent to Ming Qi had killed the wrong people. After a few more years when this government is settled down, ChenQie will bring him back to be recognised by the forefathers since the Great Liang Empire needs someone to continue governing. ChenQie’s heart is tender so the brothers still bear the surname of Xie. If ChenQie’s heart is as hard as Your Majesty, the dynasty name of the empire of Great Liang would have been changed.”
“Your Majesty, walk the journey down well. ChenQie will hold on this Empire first.” Empress Xiao stood in front of the bed smiling very softly.
Emperor Xiao Wu could not close his eyes at the hour of his death.
Empress Jing Xian became Empress Dowager Jing Xian.
Xie Chi became Emperor Yong Le.
Xie Jing Xing was still in Ming Qi’s Ding capital and was grouping along the dark road. He ignorantly came to knowledge of his own family background but was told that his birth Father was seeking to kill him and his birth Mother had trapped his birth Father to death. Currently the wind direction was at its most critical, thus one could not take unnecessary actions.
The events of the world all arose from many causes and just like what Empress Jing Xian said, she really clean up the Inner Palace of Great Liang. All those mothers and sons that once threw their weight around and targeted them became Emperor Xiao Wu’s companions. She then said to Xie Chi, who had become Emperor Yong Le, “AiJia is cold and cannot manage matters outside but AiJia can still give you a clean Inner Palace. From now onwards there are no vile characters in the Inner Palace. You only need to promise AiJia one thing, that is to keep this empire in the palm of your hands and never let it collapse.”
The Lu family and Ye family were Emperor Xiao Wu’s confidants and were extremely cunning. As the saying went, a centipede dies but never falls down. Because of the complicated forces, they were not easily uprooted thus Emperor Yong Le had been secretly scheming to deal with these two families.
Empress Dowager Jing Xian passed on two years later. Her head suddenly fell to the desk when she was reading the Lu family’s memorandum and did not wake up anymore. The Gao family said that it was due being physically and mentally exhausted that she had exhausted all her energy. However the day before she even spoke to Emperor Yong Le with a glistening expression if they should change to a new tactic for the year’s grand ceremony and perhaps they could think of a way to let Xie Jing Xing take a trip back to Great Liang.
It was difficult to predict matters of the world. In her entire lifetime, she was unable to have the opportunity to reunite with Xie Yuan again.
On that day, Heavens had separated the people.
Thank you for the chapter zaza! Hope you are having a nice trip. 🙂
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Thank you for the chapter Zaza ❤️
“Behold a tall mountain that have an upright scenery (高山仰止，景行行止). His styled name will be Jing Xing (景行). If one day he grows up to be a man of indomitable spirits, he can scheme and plot but he can never use another’s sincere heart.”
Well… I think our hero grow up as his mother said. Perhaps he is ashamless sometimes but never plot against people with sincere heart
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Damn. Mama was an cold G! Love it!! Protect your children!! Thx for the update!!
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Bfkdihfjdkdidndjdojd *speechless* *incoherent*
Empress Dong Xian is a true badass empress! Hats of to you lady!
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So sad. So tragic. Imperial family so scary.
Thanks for the chapter.
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Truly scary, she killed everyone except her son. Worthy to be an empress.
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I feel something does not fit. XJX had to have arrived in the capital Ding when he was 3 or 6 months old, so how could he replace a newborn baby without anyone noticing?
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eso mismo pensé
For what is said should be 2-3 months, during which he was travelling in harsh conditions and probably not feeded well enough, so he shouldnt have grown up much. Most important, the mother should have been in the 1 month confinement without seeing the baby, and i think the confidant would have replaced all the mamas that took care of XJX, and then even if the Princess later on noticed anything, they would just say ‘so small and yet so big, it really takes after the general’ and bc of her love for XD and also muddled mind (cuz she was half sick with grievances over the new concubine) she wouldnt think more about it, it was her beloved child after all… (actually idr if she died at birth or later lol)… and XD must have been away or ‘prohibited to e ter by the order of the princess’
Anyway, im just trying to make it sound reasonable….
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He must have been at least 6 month old as the journey to MQ even with a very fast horse would take ca. 6 months. Your explanation is reasonable as aristrocratic family would not take care of the child personally but they always have wet nurses. So one can always bribe them or just exchange them with many excuses. And since there is even evil concubine around, the confidant of Xiao empress can always use her as a scape goat for replacing the servants with excuse of making graved mistakes.
The princess was not so healthy, that added another reason for not observing it too well.. She was still young and it’s her first baby too, she wouldn’t know much about baby without any aid from experienced mamas, even her personal maid wouldn’t know much either since such maids are normally a chaste young maiden. So if the mama is changed…well… it explains many things.
Afterall, babies are different. My baby was so small, born 2,7 kg… She didn’t gain weight so fast, even until now at the age of 2 she is rather small as if she is still 1,5 years old. So one could miscalculate her age easily as well if one doesn’t really know what a 2 yo child already can do. My daughter is not underdeveloped nor abnormal, she is developing excellently, and can even recognise alphabets already… But if one only sees her peacefully sleeping, she is really like a 1,5 yo baby.
In this case XJX was still 6 months old… Only a very intelligent and experienced mamas would notice the difference…
Especially when we all know that children of rich people in Asia would be pampered and served, so they wouldn’t develope their motoric skills as fast as children of modern society in industry countries nowadays…
The difference at this stage wouldn’t be too obvious… And after being toddlers…tge development flows of each children are never the same anyway.
may empress Xiao rest in peace,, Jing Xing already back to Great Liang and he will destroy all the obstacle in mother empress,, rest assured…
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It hurts that Xie Jing Xing wasn’t able to meet his mother. ☹️ I also feel sorry for the Empress as she needed to sacrifice being with her son for his safety. 😭😭
Thanks for the chapter! ❤️
ay por dios que triste! no se pudo ver con su madree! gracias por el capitulo!
Justo eso estaba pensando. Lloro 😭😭😭
I feel sorry for the empress because although she did the best for her children she never could see to XJX again.
my hearth hurt 😭😭💔💔💔
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Thank you for the chapter 😍😍😍😍
So.. XJX never meet his mother even once after he was sent away??
But it’s seems still a baby if people not noticed the exchange??
Was baby Prince Rui abnormal because it seems he aware what happened??
But I thought XJX childhood story comes from that confidant of empress Xian then when he comes to has awareness he was told the whole story..
But her mother prayed about XJX attitude come true..
Thanks for the chapter
Wow! That was unexpected and intense.
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What a true heroine.
Empress Xiao was MC material. A story around her would be so good too. She had it all (in terms of capacity, spirit, and brains).
Sadly, it went to the wrong person, that instead of appreciating and being grateful chose to fear and suppress her.
And yet, this makes great parallels.
Her story and SM’s previous life hold many similarities, and I’d even say it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the current empress story also resemble it.
Well. True to psychology/Oedipus complex, both brothers seeked women that matches with their mother kind/perfil.
Wise. Smart. Powerful.
Able to stand and walk through the fire, and to turn it against it who send it to them…
The situation of Emperor Yong Le taking concubines, albeit forced in his case, puts empress xian de(?)(the current one) in a similar position. Where she has to suffer because of it.
And how even her future(children) got implicated in it.
What even is there to explain.
She giving it all to FXY only to discover how he actually saw her, and schemed against her, her children, and her family.
Albeit a tad too late.
Having to come to the realization that the one that seemed, and even should have loved you and taken care of you was actually sabotaging and plotting against you.
Although the setting is different, it’s almost the same history.
She is a mirror to empress Xian.
It’s interesting how you can draw parallels.
And how through saving and giving a chance to SM, he is giving a chance to a woman like his mother. And doing what he couldn’t do for her. In a way also saving and redeeming her.
And thanks for the chapter zaza! May your trip be a good one, and you enjoy it lots and lots! 💗
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Whoa Xie Jing Xi mama is sooo dang cool. She prolly was poisoned or something? Idk. But seriously she’s a cool empress. No wonder the Xie brothers has a refined taste for their waifu.😂 thanks for the chapter!!
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Thank you for such an awesome chapter update!!!!! 💕💕💕💕
XJX’s das surely had that coming. It ain’t easy being an Empress.
So how did Xie Chi marry his Empress?
…seriously, why would ANYONE ever want to be an emperor/empress in these kinds of novels. Or a court official/noble, for that matter. Judging by this novel (and many others) I’d rather till the fields all year round and snuggle to my butterface wifey during the cold harsh winter nights than live in ultimate luxury, surrounded by countless willing beauties and obedient servants. Eff that noise. Farmer life FTW.
Okay, maybe I was too harsh. “Rich useless third son of a successful merchant” life FTW. Grab a cute wife and waste away all the money your family can throw at you. Nobody expects anything, you’re seriously unimportant, but you have a modest amount of luxury and even your kids will be set for life. Yup, that’s a life to strive for. Time to grind reincarnations. Prince? Nah. Hero? Heck no. General? Nope. Heavenly doctor? GTFO. Wastrel? Hooray, jackpot.
Ugh, the gutwrenching agony when you find out your beloved is a scheming rat who used you like a tool. Poor empress dowager. At least she got her revenge (serves you right, asshole emprah!)… but at what price. Soul-crushing stuff.
So Yong Le’s previous unborn kid was even more precious, already. Seriously, how could he let that bitch off. How could he let anything happen to his empress and her unborn baby. What a failure. A complete and utter failure. I was kinda eh about him before, but he seriously should have known that they had exactly one heaven-sent chance at having a kid if they pooled all of their combined luck together…. and then he blew it. Boo this man!
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Well…it would have been nice if one can choose in which family yo be born into LOL. Unfortunately, fate bites hard 😁.
Speaking about royal family… Even incapable prince could still be seen as a threat cos he still has the possibility to have a capable descendant and his heir would always have a chance if he can gain enough support…especially if the one with the throne is not a good ruler.
So… Often one’s fate is truly decided whether one had made the correct ally or not…and if one’s status is really low whereas there are enough capable princes with goos backing… The fate of princes with lower status are often relying the bet on the correct faction. Sometimes vowing to be loyal to the emperor only doesn’t always save one’s either because there is a possibility that the rebel wins and get the throne 😁. I would say
..i am just glad to be living in a democracy despite it’s flaws…
Thank you for the chapter~
The previous emperor Xiao Wu deserves to burn in heaven!
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Now that is a Mother. Good hearted and smart, but she will never tolerate people who seek to destroy her children.
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Kasian jing xing. Gak pernah liat ibunya langsung
Poor Empress Xiao…her long wish to see her youngest son was not fulfilled. I’m not sure if Jin Xing knew how much his birth mother loved him. Perhaps his brother would know better. I guess now the dowager empress could rest in peace. Her sons are safe, but for now. I do hope she could see her youngest son though, but at least she managed to see him before having him taken away. I bet, if she continue to hold him, it might be very difficult for her to let go. Its a very tough decision, but it takes a very strong woman to do it. But glad she did it, or else he wouldn’t have met Shen Miao. Like what it was said before, it was fated to be that way.
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Mantener un secreto tan grande es para mostrar respeto a la madre de ellos en mi opinión ni sm se parece
Imaginemos un harem imperial podría tener 3000 concubinas y más de 10000 sirvientes en sus mejores tiempos . Con este viejo emperador supongamos la mitad de concubina 1500 de estas por lo menos 500 fueron favorecidas (consideremos todos los años de vida del emperador) de ellas por lo menos 10 tendrían familias poderosas más unos cuantos Príncipes y princesa en diferentes edades ….. y te tuviste que infiltrar en cada lugar cada patio. Con celulas durmientes en las mas viejas que esta gente pudiera dejar entrar a los asesinos o ser uno …..de la misma forma asumo que se hizo muy ŕapido para que las familias de fuera o la gente de dentro no reaccionará. que se tuvieran armas venenos .etc etc. Y que esa red jamás fuera descubierta. Ni hubieran sospehas de ella (el rey estaba de lo más tranquilo)
Nuestra heroína sólo ya manejado muy bien seguro pero sólo fue su patio interno y su familia. Alguno enemigos de fuera pero no tiene una red de ese calibre ….
Tsk, tsk.. the Emperor ended up waking a sleeping dragon (or phoenix or tiger HAHA) with his incessant paranoia. You deserve that open-eyed death. 🙃
Thanks for the chapter! 🙇🏻♀️
I feel like Empress Jing Xian is one of the most pitiful characters in this book. One of the worst forms of betrayal is trampling on a sincere heart, and a cornered animal will always fight back. It is so sad that she didn’t get to meet Xie Jing Xing again. As for that emperor, good riddance! All these vicious people, I thought a tiger would never eat his cubs, but apparently this saying doesn’t apply to the terrible fathers of the imperial family.
Thanks for the chapter Zaza.
What a brave heart XJX mother has. Hope she is happy in the afterlife.
💔💔💔 I had to brave my heart to read some part, and this is one of most part I avoided. After few times re read, this is the first time I read this part. No wonder every insider hated that heartless emperor, he was similar to that Fu youngest prince. Meanwhile the Empress was similar to Shen Miao, just have better luck to exterminate her enemies and didn’t lose the battle. Now I undertand why XJX doted and indulged SM because I feel XJX saw her mother in her (I’m not being creepy, but usually children will have interest on someone who similar to their beloved parents, just like hate to people-who-supposed-to-be-their-parents)
As much as I respect and am impressed by Empress Xiao, that asshole emperor’s despicable actions are in no way surprising. The man framed his own brother and angered his mother to death for his own ambitions. Is it shocking he’d take action against his wife and son? When someone already does something so shady, it should’ve been clear he has a questionable ethics.
That’s really sad…:(
This explain a lot, why Xie Jing Xing had a soft spot for Shen Miao in the past life and had even granted her a wish although she was basically just a passerby in his life at that time.
He was able to feel her grievance as his mother also suffered the similar misery, having an ungrateful bastard as a husband.
man i rly like empress xiao jing xian. she rly followed through with her revenge and put not only the emperor but the entire inner palace down. very sad that she didnt get to reunite with xing jing 😦