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- 本宫 ben gong: lit. “this palace”; illeism for members of the Imperial Family and imperial consorts
- 妾 qie: a self-deprecatory appellation used by women
- 妃 fei: a higher-ranked imperial concubine
Chapter One Hundred: Second Empress
Three days later, Qilong Emperor welcomed Zhang Qing Yan into the palace as the empress with the rites for a second empress. The entire country celebrated.
The third day after the new empress entered the palace, all noblewomen in Jing above third grade had to go into the palace. As a super-ranking qinwang fei of the Imperial House, Hua Xi Wan was part of the first group to visit the Empress. There were other qinwang fei who came into the hall with her, but she was the youngest of them all.
“Xian Wang Fei, please be careful of the stairs.” The taijian leading the way carefully guided them. While there was no fawning to be seen from how he treated Hua Xi Wan, still his actions and movements were filled with respect.
“Many thanks.” When Hua Xi Wan passed through the door into the hall, she saw two old qinwang fei sitting inside and went forward to give them the bow of a junior.
“Please, sit.” Xu Wang Fei smiled harmoniously as she motioned for Hua Xi Wan to sit beside her. She said as she raised a teacup, “The Empress is most likely going to get up late today.”
Hua Xi Wan felt that something wasn’t right with the words. Not fifteen minutes later, all of the qinwang fei were in the hall, but Empress Zhang was still not here. The qinwang fei present did not show any displeasure, and their expressions were normal.
Empress Zhang’s actions were not appropriate for one who had just entered the palace. While the empress was said to be the mother of the country, those present were all super-ranking noblewomen. Empress Zhang should not let them wait for this long. Did she think that this was a fight in a normal home, and making the other wait for a while was a show of strength?
What the women of the Imperial House did not lack for was acting skills and courage. This level of skill was only enough to displease the noblewomen, and could not intimidate them.
After another fifteen minutes, Empress Zhang finally appeared dressed in the phoenix robe, with a group of servants and taijian. Hua Xi Wan and the other qinwang fei stood up to give a curtsy.
Zhang Qing Yan sat on the phoenix throne and carefully examined the noblewomen present at the bottom of the stairs. In the end, her gaze landed on a young woman with inky black hair and pale skin. Because the other’s head was down, she could not see the other’s face, but just that beautiful body and the hands that were exposed out of the robe were enough to enchant a person.
Was this the rumored devastatingly beautiful Xian Wang Fei?
After the super-rank noblewomen finished giving their full curtsies, the palace attendants hurriedly helped these noble personages up. Zhang Qing Yan allowed them to sit, and took the chance to glance at Xian Wang Fei. Long narrow eyebrows, expressive eyes, a flower of a mouth—she did have some assets to tempt people. But even so, the other had to docilely kneel in front of her.
“Ben gong has troubled everyone; ben gong really feels very apologetic. Please use some tea and refreshments to rest.” Zhang Qing Yan curled her lips slightly and showed a perfect smile. After courteously exchanging a few words with the older qinwang fei, she finally pulled the topic to Hua Xi Wan.
“People say that Xian Wang Fei is devastatingly beautiful. Ben gong has never had the luck to see, and having seen you today, it really is true that seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times. Xian Wang Fei’s beauty can be said to be devastating.” Zhang Qing Yan jerked her lips. “Even ben gong feels affection when looking at you.”
The eyebrows of the older qinwang fei moved slightly. Empress Zhang was just sixteen, but these words were too… Saying that Xian Wang Fei was devastatingly beautiful in front of the people of the Imperial House—they really didn’t know if this was praise or something spoken with other intentions. No one was stupid. When they thought of the rumors this recent while, about how Empress Zhang was more beautiful than Xian Wang Fei, they immediately understood. Empress Zhang was comparing herself to Xian Wang Fei.
In terms of appearance, Empress Zhang was outstanding, but not as lively as Xian Wang Fei. In terms of presence, Empress Zhang was from a cadet branch of the Zhang Family—how could she compare to Xian Wang Fei whose parents were both from prestigious families? So the only aspect in which Empress Zhang was better than Xian Wang Fei was that phoenix robe on her body.
Also, this advantage in the future…
Ning Wang Fei coughed and then said with a smile, “Xian Wang Fei is naturally virtuous and beautiful.” In this phrase, what was emphasized was virtue and not appearance.
Zhang Qing Yan could hear that Ning Wang Fei was helping Hua Xi Wan. She couldn’t help but frown. Didn’t the rumors say that Ning Wang was not close to Xian Wang? Why was Ning Wang Fei helping Xian Wang Fei?
Noticing the change in Zhang Qing Yan’s expression, Ning Wang Fei snorted inside. As expected of one from a minor family. She didn’t even have brains for this. How could she survive the imperial palace in the future?
Xu Wang Fei was also shaking her head inwardly. This Second Empress Zhang was too rash. She didn’t even know what the state of the court was now and yet dared to move. She didn’t know whether to praise the Empress for being open of mind or for lacking brains.
Others did not know that Ning Wang had been trying to show goodwill to Xian Wang, but she did. The present situation seemed peaceful, but it would explode at any touch. The Crown Prince had died suddenly, and the imperial grandson was fated to not be able to ascend the throne given the rumors and the time of his birth. The Emperor clearly disliked Sheng Junwang. While he was just so-so to Xian Wang, considering Xian Wang’s support among the people, the likelihood that he could take the throne wasn’t small.
When Ning Wang had been supporting the Crown Prince, he had formed terrible relations with the people of Sheng Junwang. Now that the Crown Prince was gone, he could support anyone but Sheng Junwang. It was normal for him to lean towards Xian Wang.
Empress Zhang couldn’t even see this, yet she dared to show on her face what she really thought in front of the noblewomen of the Imperial House. She really was too shallow.
Hua Xi Wan also detected that Zhang Qing Yan seemed to be targeting her. She did not show anything in her expression. She stood and made a shallow curtsy towards Zhang Qing Yan. She said with a faint smile, “Empress is too complimentary. Qie is just a common person and cannot support such a beautiful reputation.”
“Xian Wang Fei does not need to be so humble,” Zhang Qing Yan said with an insincere smile. “Everyone in Jing knows this.”
The smile on Hua Xi Wan’s face did not change. “There are not many in Jing who have seen qie. That is just people’s talk. Also, beauty is something that does not last. A hundred years later, we all will be dust.”
“Xian Wang Fei is really open of mind.” Zhang Qing Yan gave a mocking laugh. “No wonder Xian Wang is so in love.”
Hua Xi Wan glanced at Zhang Qing Yan and then said in a light voice, “We are husband and wife, loving and never separated. His Majesty had created this for qie and Wang Ye. Qie and Wang Ye are extremely grateful. How can we not love each other?”
Seeing Hua Xi Wan pulling out the Emperor in her words, Zhang Qing Yan did not dare to speak more. She raised her teacup and said in a cool voice, “It is late. Ben gong will not keep you. Take care.”
Hua Xi Wan had a smile on her face as she curtsied with the other qinwang fei towards Empress Zhang before leaving.
After Hua Xi Wan’s group left, Zhang Qing Yan angrily slammed the teacup down. She gritted out in a curse, “Frivolous thing.”
The servant girls and taijian in the hall did not dare to breathe or lift their heads. They stood silently where they should, as though they did not hear Empress Zhang’s words.
Two hours passed. The words that Zhang Qing Yan said in the hall reached Qilong Emperor’s ears. After Qilong Emperor heard the palace servant’s report, he frowned with slight dissatisfaction. Moments later, he said neutrally, “From a small house; we cannot ask too much.”
These words did not seem to be a great criticism, but they pushed Empress Zhang into the mud. Originally, the Zhang Family could be considered a prestigious family. While Empress Zhang was not of the main branch, she was of the cadet branch. Now that the Emperor said this, it was as though he looked down on Zhang shi’s birth.
The cadet branch was the cadet branch—how could it compare to the main branch?
“Didn’t the little countries in the east give some novel things in tribute? Have someone deliver a share to Xian Wang Fu.” Qilong Emperor closed the painting scroll in his hands with some impatience. “The second empress is young now. Zhen does not bear for her to work too hard. Have Shu Fei take care of the matters of the inner palace. She is an experienced person, gentle in personality, and definitely can take care of these matters.” He thought and then added, “Have the phoenix seal stay there. It will be easier to do things.”
An empress who could not manage the inner palace or hold the phoenix seal. In this palace, what kind of awkward position was this?
Shu Fei was stunned for a long time after she received the decree from Qilong Emperor. After the taijian left and she had someone investigate, she learned what had happened in the morning. Empress Zhang had been inappropriate in speech in front of the noblewomen?
Did she want to die or did her brains not work?
A second empress who had just entered the palace did not try to learn to be gentle and generous, but started to act as though she was the empress. Did she really think that the other people in the Imperial House were just decorations? Was she, a second empress of insignificant birth, one who could mention the love and relationship between Xian Wang and Xian Wang Fei?
Even the demoted empress Fang shi had been extremely polite when she received the imperial noblewomen. Who was as frivolous as Empress Zhang?
No wonder the Emperor did not want Empress Zhang to hold power. If such an empress managed the inner palace, she didn’t know what could happen.
“Xian Wang Fei was slighted. As an elder, ben gong cannot pretend that nothing has happened.” Shu Fei thought the matter through and had someone take things from her private stores and find an excuse to deliver them to Xian Wang Fu. While nothing specific was mentioned, those who had knowledge of the matter knew that Shu Fei’s actions represented the Emperor’s intentions.
This also proved what everyone was thinking—the Emperor placed great importance on Xian Wang.
Many people who were watching the spectacle had thoughts. However, Sheng Junwang Yan Bo Yi was unable to remain calm and still. Because of Hou shi, many of the people in power in prestigious families had distanced themselves from him. Adding on the fact that the Emperor was finding all kinds of excuses to suppress the power he had in the shadows, he worried that, if this continued, he would not have any chance of victory.
Looking in the direction of the palace, Yan Bo Yi thought for a long time before turning to the person behind him and saying, “After the Crown Prince passed away from illness, the Emperor has not been in a good mood. What do you think about him being heavily ill and unable to get up soon?”
The person behind him was silent for a moment before slowly speaking. “The Emperor’s body has been weak for a long time. It is normal if he suddenly falls sick.”
Yan Bo Yi nodded. “Then we will seize the opportunity.”
He could not put on a play like Yan Jin Qiu, nor did he have such good luck to encounter an outstanding family for in-laws. However, he had more resolve than Yan Jin Qiu. If a man wanted to achieve something, he had to be vicious enough.
That Yan Jin Qiu who was not vicious enough, who was just a good actor and had a good family for in-laws, was just smashing a teacup.
“What is that Zhang shi—she dares to harass Xi Wan?!”
Mu Tong silently took a step back and swallowed his following words.
He hadn’t had the time to tell Wang Ye that Wang Fei had given the Empress a few stabs later on.
“This servant Bai Xia greets Wang Ye. Wang Ye, Wang Fei invites you over.” Bai Xia’s voice sounded outside.
Yan Jin Qiu’s hand that was reaching towards the other teacup stopped. Then his tone recovered its usual calm. “Return and tell Wang Fei that I will be there immediately.”
The sound of Bai Xia’s footsteps gradually faded. Mu Tong looked at the dark-faced wang ye and sighed inside.
Translator Ramblings: All of the foreshadowing is fading to action as the story progresses towards its end.
37 thoughts on “八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter One Hundred “Second Empress””
Woo! 100 chapters!
This second empress is really an idiot. Her husband although is the current emperor, but only have a very limited lifespan left, probably usually waiting for a few worms to signed the death certificate then pop… Thank you for this update.
>_> too bad for her, she indeed married a rich, dying old man but she can’t take the wealth after he dies. 😛
There is a great possibility that his death will cause hers.
She forgot that her family used Xi Wan as a stepping stone and that debt hasn’t been collected yet. ROFL! Her downfall will be amazing.
I know I shouldn’t feel bad for the Emperor but I do pity him for getting a lemon in this deal.
That Yan Jin Qiu who was not vicious enough, who was just a good actor and had a good family for in-laws, was just smashing a teacup.
“What is that Zhang shi—she dares to harass Xi Wan?!”
kekeke aye aye not vicious enough ey, indeed not just good but the best actor together with his wife and really a good family for in-laws (─‿‿─)
Thank you for the chapter (●ゝω)ノヽ(∀＜●) fu
Thank you for the chapter!
One word for this new empress; Braindead. No wonder there, consider that she came from the same family as Xi Wan second aunt-in-law….
Well looks like things are starting now
Your pic perfectly compliment your comment. Lol!!!
Thank you for the new chapter!
It’s always so laughable seeing an idiot thinking he or she is all that when the real one who holds the power or money are staying the shadows. And so cute that YJQ got so angered XD
Oh yay, we get to see the new Empress in action. … And her first move is kind of petty at this level. … even moreso when her “prey” is already disdaining her.
… Welp… I had some slight hope we might get some fun out of her but it looks like it’s more a case of “I hope she doesn’t throw away all of the Emperor’s face”…..
Upside, with her being this simple, Author has a good excuse to make things abundantly clear for the readers I guess.
… or maybe she’ll just locked up in the palace somewhere and basically be a consort. That works too, clip her wings before she decides to try and drag the Imperial family against the rocks 😛
Heh, Yan Bo Yi’s finally been forced to call out his trump card.
That Yan Jin Qiu who was not vicious enough, who was just a good actor and had a good family for in-laws, was just smashing a teacup. -> Am I the only one who read this as being overbearingly laced with sarcasm?
It’s sarcasm, all right, and to the highest degree possible. 🙂
Hubby is furious knowing his wifey is being slighted by an idiotic empress.
Well, I’ll bet she’ll be sitting on that throne for less than a week.
Oh boy. I see where this is headed.
Yan Bo Yi poisons the Emperor, taking the new Empress down with her. Yan Bo Yi gets caught and executed, Yan Jin Qiu ascends the throne?
I don’t see how Yan Bo Yi would come out on top even if the Emperor’s poisoned. He has to win some points before he can get rid of the Emperor first. Of course, he has no support from anyone and is currently unmarried… he’s already lost.
My assumption is military coup personally.
Given the state of the court and the people, I don’t see any other way for him to become Emperor unless he’s decreed to be the next Emperor, and even then I don’t foresee him being able to warm the seat before someone challenges his right unless it’s a military coup.
YBY is/was an active minister, but he certainly was never in power over the military. That would be more along Hua Xi Wan’s maternal family’s line. It is hard to see where military leaders would find enough personal benefit to attempt a coup to install Yan Bo Yi as emperor.
I’m assuming some backdoor deals or something along those lines, mainly because I don’t really see any other alternative route for him to get and retain the Emperor’s seat.
Would poison really work if JYQ is currently more favoured both in court and amongst the commoners? I doubt it.
Even an imperial decree is likely to be challenged if the Emperor dies right after and the less popular family member becomes the new Emperor, at least imo.
This is true. Frankly, I think YBY is delusional if he thinks he stands a chance at winning, however he goes about it.
Ahh the irony of the chapter. The new empress’s frivolousness has cost her her power and standing in the harem and the respect of the imperial family.
What one morning can cost you!
I’m suprised she wasn’t well briefed/trained by her family on etiquette before she entered the palace. Even if its a cadet branch did they not realise whats at stake?
A few chapters ago the matriarch of the Zhang family tried but the (then) Empress-to-be didn’t even bother to leave her room so yeah, stupid is as stupid does
Old furen has tried but she thought herself being better than anyone just because emperor helped her little bit to give some face. As predicted by old furen of Zhang family she just trow it away with one stupid action, so much for all the scheming her family and emperors did… haha
Thanks you for the chapter
the part where he changed faces so fast makes my stomach hurt from laughing ~ who said he was not vicious enough, eh ?!
Thankies for the hard work ~ I give you all my loveee ~
‘Wang Fei calling Wang Ye over and said he’ll be there immediately’ there’s something wrong here, he really is a henpecked man. xD
Not vicious ya say?.. pfft! Hahaha i can only laugh -,-
Well, set the stage and let us partake some popcorns…stuff’s going down!
Hubby is mad someone tried bullying his wifey. 2nd empress, you tried putting on airs too soon…
A crown and a gown, but no seal of power to speak of. Even if you pop out an heir, right now, it will already be too late…
Congrats on 100 chapters! Thanks for the new chapter!
The new Empress shows off the fact that she’s a young, inexperienced lady with no clue how the world outside her home works. -.- Well she’s setting herself up for a giant fall, so can’t say I have any sympathy for her.
Damn…. YBY is resorting to poison now. And he’s in the running for Emperor how? Crazy to even give someone that dangerous a chance to be a ruler.
I love it when we see Yan Jin Qiu get angry for out MC’s sake XD It is so adorable
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Thank you for the chapter~
LOL, ml is so protective
Perhaps JBY is thinking that if the Emperor is dead he can marry the Empress and take the throne.The Empress is stupid so if she survives the murder she may want to marry someone to keep her seat. How would that work?
On the other hand YJQ is a sleeping dragon so swift in his attack that the prey does not even know that he’s already dead. JBY and the new Empress should watch out for dark corners.
Thank you for this translation
Probably the one and only chance for ZQY to show off her new “authority” at the cost of being looked down and now a target for YJQ
All throughout the story, I really feel bad for all those wasted smashed teacups.
It’s their only way to vent other than tear their handkerchiefs. It’s all those societal conventions … …
Zhang shi is thoughtless lol. Thank you <3
hahahaahah “He could not put on a play like Yan Jin Qiu, nor did he have such good luck to encounter an outstanding family for in-laws. However, he had more resolve than Yan Jin Qiu. If a man wanted to achieve something, he had to be vicious enough.
That Yan Jin Qiu who was not vicious enough, who was just a good actor and had a good family for in-laws, was just smashing a teacup.”
hahahaahh yeahhh he is not vicious…you just don´t know that he is a sadist who likes to see his enemies suffering with his own eyes…and now is a lit bit docile…I think he is anticipating his death…I would like for him to flee the empire…xD
There ia a good reason why some person have a good life (good doesn’t always mean rich), and some others not. One doesn’t need to be exceptionally intelligent, nevertheless one shouldn’t be god damn idiot in order to survive well in this cruel world.
The emperor is approaching the grave and she dares to insult a candidate of the throne owner. Doesn’t she know that emperor has problem in producing children (at least that is what the public see). With so big harem he only had one son after so many years. What will come out of her later when the emperor dies and she is childless? Especially when she had slighted the owner of the palace.
HXW summoned him just in time to save the other tea cup 😂