The atmosphere was uniquely oppressive to the spectators .
Puresword True Emperor was one of the greatest geniuses in Imperial . He represented the hope of this world, gradually rising like a sun . His power left no room for doubts .
The deer merchant was even more impressive as the strongest and oldest of the four . He could be considered one of the top three existences in this world . Just one stomp of his could make everything tremble .
Four Esteemed King and the Tree Observer were top Eternals as well . One would find it difficult to find others on the same level as them .
All in all, randomly picking any of these four and one would have a supreme existence respected by the experts of Imperial .
But now, the four tried to deliver a fatal blow when Li Qiye was left defenseless yet still failed . All were blown flying away, nearly on the verge of death .
This truly shook the crowd to the core . These great experts were utterly defeated by Li Qiye despite having all the advantages . The spectators present felt their clothes drenching with sweat .
Li Qiye’s unbeatable style has become an eternal shadow in everyone’s mind . From now on, on the subject of the strongest in Imperial, everyone would think of the brutal Fiercest instead of Solar Daoist who has become an Everlasting .
Everyone had no choice but to live under his shadow . There was no surpassing him regardless of how hard they try - truly a hopeless situation .
Their eyes had nothing but fear and respect now when gazing at Fiercest, this invincible and supreme being .
The four combatants felt the same way with a sliver of fear taking roots in their dao heart, one of the scariest phenomena .
When cultivators reached a certain level, few things could actually affect their dao heart, let alone giving birth to a heart devil . People like the True Emperor were even more resilient with tough mental fortitude .
Alas, they have been afflicted and tried their best to calm down by taking a deep breath .
“We have to risk it all . ” The emperor said with determination .
Leaving today without defeating or killing Li Qiye meant forever living under his shadow . They had to fight for their reputation, their sect’s prestige, and to destroy this heart devil in their mind right now .
“To the death!” The emperor’s eyes became fiercely bright . This light pierced through the ages with an imperial aura .
A declaration like this coming from an emperor was resounding and powerful, stirring all the listeners .
This earned him respect from some members of the crowd, even those who didn’t like him in the past . An emperor ready to die for the sake of pride was worthy of respect .
“Indeed, because you all won’t be leaving alive today, I’m afraid . ” Li Qiye chuckled, one-upping the emperor’s heroism with a domineering statement .
The emperor didn’t bother retorting . Everyone could see how strong Li Qiye was and the huge gap between the two sides .
The only thing they could do right now was to use their strongest force to defeat Li Qiye and once again proving their worth . Mere words were meaningless before this mighty opponent .
“Clank!” A sword hymn echoed across the realms .
The emperor slowly unsheathed a sword, not the same one used earlier . It wasn’t emitting an imperial aura either .
During the unsheathing process, the clouds seemed to be blotting out the sky . Everything became a faint blue . Once the blade was out completely, it was as if the grand dao and laws were covered up entirely .
Despite the ethereal and blurry nature of everything else, one could still see this sword due to its brightness .
It seemed to be made from the accumulation of auspicious clouds . It glowed like the evening and was surrounded by red clouds .
“Buzz . ” Strands of ancestral powers swept through the world once he had it firmly in his grasp . This force blew away all the clouds and blurriness earlier .
“An ancestral weapon!” People identified its origin right away .
“Purecloud sword!” One ancestor blurted out in astonishment: “The sword of Progenitor Mu Yun, it was always with him . ” 
“The progenitor spent tremendous efforts to craft this invincible sword . It accompanied him through numerous battlefields and had put down several True Emperors . ” One Eternal revealed .
Progenitor Mu Yun was the founder of the Mu Clan, a being at the immortal-progenitor level . Since the start of time, few progenitors used their actual names for their titles . They usually picked a dao title, unlike Progenitor Mu Yun .
He had plenty of titles in the past; experts of his era gave him more impressive titles . In the end, he kept his actual name and people stuck with it . His other titles became forgotten with time .
As for the particular sword, it wasn’t only an ancestral weapon but also served as his personal weapon, never leaving his side .
This invincible sword was now in the hand of Puresword True Emperor .
1 . Just a thing to note, sometimes progenitors became Ancestor for their title . Like the title of Insane Ancestor, it was just the word for [mad] + [ancestor], not the word for progenitor even though he is a progenitor . Well, he’s also an ancestor too, in the general sense . I’ve thought about changing ‘Insane Ancestor’ to ‘Insane Progenitor’, but there are some lines that would kill this in a one-to-one literal translation . For example, during his first introduction back in chapter 2130, 狂庭的始祖狂祖, or Insane Court’s progenitor - Insane Ancestor . If I were to change his title for consistency, that line would become Insane Court’s progenitor - Insane Progenitor . This feels redundant, so I should change this line to ‘the court’s progenitor - Insane’ . His title is just 祖 instead of 始祖 like other progenitors . I used Ancestor for some other progenitors afterward in order to keep it consistent in the translation, but I think that was a mistake . I’ll use Progenitor when it is 始祖 from now on starting with this guy, Progenitor Mu Yun, and I’ll go back and revise certain titles when I spot them . All in all, this actually doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things . Just a minor annoyance for both myself and the readers . It’s almost the same thing with Empress Hong Tian versus the other female emperors . Do I keep Empress for them or keep the Immortal Emperor title like in the raws? Did the author intent on making Empress Hong Tian special by having a different title, maybe .