Wind God wondered if Li Qiye was actually useless or it was just an act . The whole appointment by Lucidity was strange . They thought that he was an illegitimate son, especially after seeing his immoral and uncouth behavior .
Otherwise, how could Lucidity dote on a piece of trash like him in this manner?
After further interaction, he felt that this brat wasn’t as stupid as he seemed, just crazier yet strangely insightful - seeing things that big shots like them never thought about .
“Alright, follow me back to Godstep . ” Wind God eventually said .
“For what?” Li Qiye smiled and told the truth: “I guess I still have some uses for your sect, a powerful bargaining chip . ”
“Hmph . ” Wind God snorted in response: “You’re overthinking it . It’s just that you could die any time in the open . Myriad Formation, the Bingchi, and your own dynasty want nothing more than your death so they can have peace of mind . ”
Wind God was correct . Eight Formation True Emperor and his allies needed Li Qiye’s death in order to legitimize their rule and taking over the throne . They didn’t wish to be viewed as unrightful usurpers forever .
“It doesn’t matter . ” Li Qiye shrugged before contemplating while rubbing his chin: “Hmm, from what I’ve heard, your sect has a great library, right? . ”
“What do you want?” Wind God’s eyes narrowed as he uttered coldly .
“Don’t worry, I’m not interested in your martial arts or the word Xing . if I cared about them, I would have had plenty to pick back at the imperial treasury . I only want to see your old scrolls - just the entertaining and historical ones . That might be worth taking a trip there . ”
Wind God didn’t know what this brat wanted to do . He asked: “What are you looking for?”
“Nothing in particular . ” Li Qiye replied: “Just reading to improve my knowledge . Don’t you know that knowledge is power? Your sect was built on espionage and information selling, allowing it to prosper . ”
Wind God agreed with this logic, albeit slightly surprised .
“If you want information, I can help you . ” Wind God generously said .
“I don’t care about the present or the movements of the world . ” Li Qiye said: “I’m interested in ancient mysteries, the older, the more precious . Basically, just historical stories, whether they be official or just popular folktales . ”
Wind God took another look at him . Godstep did start out as an intelligence guild, but as time passed, many things have changed . Their disciples now pursued power and cultivation, no longer caring about mysteries of the past .
“That’s fine, you can take a look . ” Wind God agreed .
“Oh right, what’s the name of your girl?” Li Qiye stood up and suddenly realized something so he clapped his hands .
“Splendorous Saintess . ” Wind God said with a hint of annoyance . 
Splendorous didn’t only have the most prestigious bloodline in their sect but was also the most gifted . The elders had high expectations for her . Even if she wouldn’t take over their sect, she would still become a powerful Eternal, perhaps surpassing a supreme ancestor such as himself .
They naturally wanted to keep this good seed around . Unfortunately, Lucidity demanded their best bloodline to be a consort .
Wind God didn’t want this at that point because Li Qiye was a useless brat . No one would want to betroth their best disciple to someone like him . Unfortunately, out of both fear and gratitude, he became the first to agree .
Of course, refusal was not an option since Lucidity was famous for punishing nonconformity . The first to voice this opinion would suffer the wrath of Lucidity, especially when Sun Lengying and Silver Secret were still around .
This was no longer the case . These three threats have disappeared . Plus, the kingdom has fallen . Li Qiye was a king without land .
Under these circumstances, was he still suitable for her? In the past, she could arguably be reaching up to marry him . But now, she wouldn’t favor a fallen king like him .
“What, change your mind?” Li Qiye noticed Wind God’s annoyed expression and laughed .
“Self-awareness is a virtue . ” Wind God replied .
Wind God was rightfully annoyed, thinking that this Li Qiye wasn’t worthy of his saintess! Of course, he had principles and was a man of his words . Since he had agreed with Lucidity on top of signing the marriage pact, he couldn’t actually change his mind nor deny this marriage .
This made him feel quite helpless . The whole thing was akin to planting flowers into a pile of manure . The only thing he could do was hope for Li Qiye to know his place and decline this marriage himself .
“Self-awareness?” Li Qiye smiled: “Your saintess is only a maid in my eyes . If she were to be my concubine, then she better serves me well . But then again, scrolls and lamps in a cold room, I do need a servant to take care of daily tasks . ”
A fire of fury started in Wind God’s mind, wanting nothing more than to slap the brat to death . He was still acting so imperious and haughty .
“You’re just a fallen king right now!” Wind God expressed coldly; his intent was as clear as day .
“So what?” Li Qiye smiled: “A man must stay true to his words; this is especially true for strong people . Otherwise, they’ll stay ordinary . One decision alone could decide victory or defeat, and could also decide one’s nature and dao heart . ”
“Dao heart . ” Wind God closed his eyes, aware of this magical aspect and how important it was to a cultivator .
The problem here was that the young generation didn’t care for it . They only talked and bragged about having powerful cultivation and techniques . Thus, a weakling like Li Qiye bringing it up was outside of his expectations .
New cultivators only cared about having better merit laws and treasures in order to grow stronger . But in this process, they neglected to polish their dao heart . Some didn’t even know of this phenomenon .
In fact, this was indeed the case for the majority of cultivators . The dao heart was intangible and mysterious, seemingly trivial for cultivation .
An Eternal like Wind God naturally knew of its importance after reaching this level, but someone like Li Qiye shouldn’t .
“A deceiver can’t stand proud and definitely can’t reach the sky . ” Li Qiye said: “A heart without honesty and integrity can’t give birth to true conviction and will inevitably waver . ”
Wind God’s eyes flashed with bright rays . He was stronger than many True Emperors, so his words were worth more than gold .
It wasn’t hard for him to deny this marriage right now, given the circumstances .
However, the biggest problem was himself . Would he be able to keep his promises and integrity?
The Bingchi Clan never felt this pressure . They directly turned against the dynasty and even swapped someone else for the marriage alliance .
Lucidity and the kingdom weren’t around . Reneging wasn’t hard if they didn’t care about this personal test .
For Wind God, at the very least, he couldn’t do something despicable like Bingchi Juezun so he found himself in quite a predicament . That’s why he wished for Li Qiye to have enough self-awareness and back off .
1 . The literal translation for her title is Flying + Flower; or scattering flowers in various seasons . The actual, literary meaning is a beautiful scene out of a painting; many musicians use this word for their song titles . Scattering Flower isn’t a good title for a character in English, too long as well . Splendorous fits the literary definition and isn’t used often