The crowd had nothing to say when his eyes fell upon them . The domineering stomp earlier overwhelmed them with dread and apprehension .
The Eternals present wouldn’t dare to provoke Hundred-days Daoist but Li Qiye did so in such an overbearing manner . Who wouldn’t be afraid of him right now?
The gazes of fear had a mix of admiration . Everyone understood that Fiercest was unfathomable, far above their station .
No one could match him in a one-on-one scenario . In fact, taking one move or two from him could prove to be impossible .
The brilliant True Emperor, the impressive deer merchant, and the four Esteemed Kings with their cornucopia of treasures felt great pressure .
They have swept through the realms before and never been afraid of trouble . But Li Qiye resembled a monster whose shadow engulfed them . There was no escaping .
They had plenty of heaven-defying means that could allow them to take down foes above their level . However, their confidence dwindled before Fiercest .
Their only option was to work together or he would kill them one by one . They needed to use their best moves and not let him get a second of breath .
Thus, during this silence, they have been secretly discussing among themselves . The crowd had no idea of this clandestine communication method .
Li Qiye smiled: “If you all won’t step up, then I’ll be the one picking then . ”
“Looks like you are truly fearless but we’re not that easily bullied either . ” The emperor’s powerful voice answered back .
He walked out of his camp with a great shadow behind him, making him look even more majestic .
“Puresword True Emperor!” Some even shouted at his sight .
Most have only heard of him until now so his first appearance attracted everyone’s attention .
“Immaculate . ” Both his friends and enemies sighed and said: “A prodigy like that truly deserves the position of an emperor . ”
He wore a simple green robe without needless trinkets and jewels . The upper right of the robe had a sword engraving . Tall and attractive even without exerting his imperial aura, a crane among a flock of chicken even if he weren’t an emperor .
Where he stands became the center of the world . Each of his actions was commanding as if he was the master of the universe .
Those who didn’t like him were still in awe of his stately appearance .
Li Qiye gave him a quick look and asked: “You’re Mu Shaochen’s brother, right? I’m sure you have heard of his last message . ”
The emperor’s eyes turned cold after his little brother was brought up . There seemed to be countless swords forming in his pupils . They turned into a frightening maelstrom primed to tear the world apart . Though he didn’t show any rage, everyone could sense the tempestuous aura from him .
No one knew what Mu Shaochen has to do with this, unaware of his death .
The emperor coldly uttered in a certain manner: “Whether it be our personal feud or the overarching situation, only one of us will leave this place alive today . ”
“No, I’ll be the only one leaving this place alive . ” Li Qiye gently shook his head .
“Are you sure?” A faraway voice joined in: “We, the four Esteemed Kings, highly doubt your ability to keep us here . ”
An old man in a golden robe appeared next to the great gourd . His robe seemed to be made of metal despite looking so light . It emitted a blinding glow with rays that could blind the spectators .
“An Esteemed King . ” Someone quietly said .
Their gourd has been here for a long time but the four kings didn’t come out . This made the spectators very curious . They have been stealing glances several times at the gourd during the event .
“What about the other three?” Someone stretched out their neck to try and see inside the gourd .
“That’s the Four Esteemed King . ” An ancestor gave this person a strange look . 
“Shouldn’t it be four people? It’s the four Esteemed Kings . ” This person didn’t quite understand .
The ancestor looked straight at him and said: “Who told you that it was four people? Four Esteemed King is a single title referring to the master of Hidden Grotto . ”
“What, how does that make sense?” The person responded .
In fact, the majority of the crowd didn’t expect this either .
“I thought the same way, that there are four kings . ” People exchanged glances . This was their first time hearing about this .
“You can doubt all you want . ” Li Qiye only glanced briefly at this newcomer and smiled: “You’ll believe how true and precious my words are once you’re a corpse on the ground . ”
“We’ll see who will be the corpse . It’s too early to celebrate . ” Another old voice joined in .
An old man came out of the forest . His hair and beard were completely white, evident of his old age . Nevertheless, his spirit remained youthful .
1 . Some of my previous usage of “four kings” or “the kings” in the narrative passages might be wrong now in terms of grammar . It works in Chinese since the author can just say that the entire title is just one person, but when I swapped it to pronouns for brevity and readability, it’s all messed up . I might have used “one of the four kings” to describe the speaker too . Sigh, and this is hard to edit because the readers aren’t supposed to find out till now, so the previous usage is technically right . Maybe I’ll just keep the mistakes the same