Thread: A step into the past - 寻秦记 - by Huang Yi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren Wo Xing View Post
    Wow, very impressive! I didn't realize this had been started and taken so far after Jean left.

    I was originally planning to help Sylphiad earlier in the year, but found that the editing took almost as much time as flat out translating, plus stuff got busier than I expected at work. Now that I'm assigned to a regular position in Kuala Lumpur, things are steadier.

    sylphiad, would you mind if I jumped in as well? I'm going to start translating 10-1 today, if it's alright with you. I'm a pretty fast translator as well, although the daily chapter thing is kinda scary, hehe.


    RWX, I'm currently residing in Kuala Lumpur. Let me know if you ever feel like coming out for a drink.

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    Welcome back RWX! I think it is great to have you in as well!

    I think you can talk to Slyphiad and work out a system so that
    the two of you can take turns filling in the gap. I'll hop in after my trip.

    Imagine if Jean comes back too! We can probably do 3 chapters a day!

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    Amazing!!! Thanks for the fast translation Justin!!! Enjoy your trip!

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    Justin you are a monster! Thank you for the fast updates

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    I just want to say a big thank you again to all the translators and editors who are, have ever or are going to be involved in this project. Oh, the excitement when the who's who of translators get together on a project!
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    Book 10, Chapter 1: Leave No Witnesses Alive

    Xiang Shaolong and his men galloped directly towards Han Chuang's residence. Jing Jun had already led his crack troops to surround the residence, sealing off all the small alleys and roads nearby. After they arrived, he had made a secret gesture towards Teng Yi, who then led the tens of remaining soldiers to mount, then directly charge towards Han Chuang's residence.

    Han Chuang, trying to catch up from behind, had no idea what was going on. Wasn't this a case of "striking the grass and startling the serpent"? But at this moment, the only thing he cared about was himself. He had no time to worry about anything else, as he whipped his horse onward.

    Just as they nearly arrived at the main door of the residence, the residence suddenly was flooded with lantern lights as a large host of Han Chuang's men charged out, putting up a lively display.

    Xiang Shaolong glanced backwards, allowing Han Chuang to catch up. In a deep voice, he said, "Marquis, will you cooperate or not?"

    At this moment, the flesh on Han Chuang's face was twitching beneath his skin. Violently grinding his teeth, he said, "I will act in accordance with what you say!"

    Xiang Shaolong had secretly worried that he wouldn't speak up. Laughing, he said, "I recommend all of your subordinates to come out and whole-heartedly assist us in catching these thieves!"

    At this moment, fifty or so horsemen arrived in front of the main gate. Han Chuang shouted to his men, "By my orders, get over here and help the City Guards pursue the thieves!"

    His men were flabbergasted, guessing that he must be putting on an act. Assenting aloud in unison, they returned to the manor and called for men to equip their horses.

    Xiang Shaolong and his men continued to gallop without pause. After passing a few more streets, he waved towards Han Chuang. "Dismount!"

    Before Han Chuang had a clue as to what was going on, Xiang Shaolong and Teng Yi flew off their still-galloping horses, their movements as graceful as that of a swimming dragon. The soldiers to each side held their horses' reins, and the two horses continued to gallop without stopping. Han Chuang had no choice but to slowly slow his horse down. Only after his horse had slowed down enough was he able to jump down. His horse was led away as well. In his heart, he couldn't help but feel admiration. By acting in such a manner, Xiang Shaolong's brilliance was put on display. If he were Prince Xinling's men, he wouldn't become suspicious either. At the moment, Handan was filled with running soldiers. It'd be strange if his manor was silent.

    Xiang Shaolong and Teng Yi darted off to one side. They watched as a group of roughly three hundred horsemen galloped directly towards them. At this point in time, Han Chuang was walking towards them from a few hundred feet away, at the point where he had dismounted.

    Xiang Shaolong said, "Order all of your men to come directly towards us and to obey my men's orders!"

    Han Chuang was already riding on the tiger's back and had no way to get off. He gestured to his men, ordering them to continue to advance. He only stopped one person, to whom he said a few words. Only then did the rest of his subordinates, bellies filled with questions, continue forward as directed.

    When the sound of hoof steps gradually faded away, Xiang Shaolong calmly said, "Marquis, at this moment, the entire district has been surrounded by my men. Nobody can enter or exit these few streets. So long as you, Marquis, are willing to cooperate with us, I am willing to say that the enemies had buried themselves in Lady Ya's courtyard, and were planning to assassinate her, only for us to have flushed them out, chasing them away towards your manor. Marquis, do you think this plan is workable?"

    Han Chuang's face was ashen. After a long time, he gloomily replied, "Is it possible for us to leave no witnesses alive? There's around ten or so slave-girls left inside."

    Xiang Shaolong said, "Do those slave-girls know the truth?"

    Han Chuang shook his head.

    Teng Yi understood Xiang Shaolong's feelings. He said, "We need to act in accordance with the demands of the situation. If we start killing people at random, that would actually raise people's suspicions."

    Han Chuang slowly calmed down. He knew that for Xiang Shaolong to be willing to protect him despite risking execution proved that he really was a true friend. Aside from secretly cursing Prince Xinling's men for having revealed their hiding place and ruined their plans, what else could he do? After sighing, he said, "Let's have you make all the decisions in this matter!"

    Right at this moment, Jing Jun appeared suddenly from out of nowhere. He excitedly reported, "Everyone is in place!"

    Xiang Shaolong suddenly felt a strange sensation. This was like a counter-terrorist operation in the 21st century. These terrorists had occupied a building, and held in their hands a precious manual of weapons diagrams. Their goal was to safely take the manual back home. At this moment, their greatest advantage against these terrorists was that the terrorists had no idea of the danger they were in, and the fact that they had a traitor, Han Chuang, on their side, who intimately knew all of the enemy's details.

    Han Chuang asked no further questions. He let out another sigh, then said, "They have thirty five men in total. However, every single one of them is an expert. Their leader is Yue Xing. He is one of Prince Xinling's competent subordinates."

    Xiang Shaolong had once shared a seating mat with Yue Xing at a banquet at Daliang, the capital of Wei. He let out a secret sigh as well. After inquiring regarding the enemy's position, he said, "If your men were to enter the granary they are hiding themselves in, is there some secret password that is needed?"

    Han Chuang secretly exclaimed to himself that this man is indeed formidable. Nodding, he said, "The password is, 'Many blessings to Master Lu'. Remember, leave no one alive. I will also need to ask that brother Dong put on a play as well, near Lady Ya's residence."

    Wu Guo just happened to arrive by their side with several of his best men. Teng Yi pulled him off to one side and instructed him to order a troop of men one street over to go to Zhao Ya's residence.

    Xiang Shaolong clapped his hand on Han Chuang's shoulder. He reassured him, "Marquis, be at ease. I, Dong Kuang, have already decided to act in lockstep with you in this matter. Afterwards, all of the corpses will be spread across the courtyard, the walls, and the streets. In addition, after Xiaocheng gets his secret manual back, he's not going to quibble too much over how I returned it!"

    Frowning, Han Chuang said, "The most worrisome problem is that your subordinates might let the secret out."

    Xiang Shaolong patted his shoulder forcefully, before replying in a relaxed way, "The people I have surrounding this place are local Zhao soldiers, but the people who will be accompanying us on this mission are my clansmen. I knew from the start that this had nothing to do with you, Marquis, and I immediately decided to do my best to help you cover this matter up, no matter what."

    Han Chuang knew that Xiang Shaolong really should not have acted in such a way. He gratefully said, "Brother Dong, you really are a true friend!"

    Xiang Shaolong was secretly berating himself for being so soft-hearted, even towards such bad men as Han Chuang. But without Han Chuang's help, it was likely that the only thing they would be able to retrieve would be the ashes of Lu Gong's secret manual. He replied, "Marquis, please go join up again with your servants and wait for news."

    After he was done talking, he started to move towards the residence with Teng Yi and Jing Jun. Han Chuang, under the 'protection' of several of Xiang Shaolong's elite troops, was quickly escorted away.

    The civilians nearby had been awakened by the hoof steps long ago. All of them were panicked, but nobody dared to stick their heads out to take a look. Instead, they actually shut their doors and windows, afraid that trouble might make its way to them.

    Xiang Shaolong suppressed the grief and hatred he felt for the deaths of Xiao Zhao and the others, returning to his normal calm and cool-headedness as he began to carry out this counter-terrorist operation.

    Borrowing the light of the moon, Xiang Shaolong, Teng Yi, and Jing Jun led around twenty or so crack troopers who were especially talented to flip over the walls with their tools, landing within the wide expanse of the manor's rear garden. They moved as quickly as ghosts, without making any noise.

    Everything was quiet, like normal. The only thing which could be heard was the pre-arranged sounds of horses galloping to and fro, which perfectly concealed and drowned out any sounds which they might have made.

    There were three storehouses arranged in a neat row in the garden. The one in the middle was their target, the granary. The group quickly moved towards it, locating all of the doors and windows. They took the best hiding spots they could find. Others climbed on top of the roof, preparing to drop in through the windows.

    The granary was totally dark inside. It was totally silent.

    Next, around fifty crack troops climbed over the walls as well, hiding themselves within the flowers and other plants in the garden. All of them had loaded crossbows in their hands.

    Seeing that all the preparations were in order, Xiang Shaolong motioned towards Teng Yi and walked towards the granary door.

    The two pulled out their precious swords, arriving in front of the door.

    Knock, knock!

    The soul-stirring sound of the door being knocked felt especially grating to the ear.

    The granary remained silent.

    Teng Yi said in a low voice, "Many blessings to Master Lu!"

    A few moments later, a deep voice shouted, "What is it? Why have you come to find us now?"

    Teng Yi shouted in reply, "Open the door now! The Marquis ordered us to come here and give you a report."

    How could the man know that it was all a trick? With a creaking sound, he opened the thick wooden door by just a crack.

    Teng Yi shot out a powerful kick. With a miserable cry, the person who opened the door collapsed inwards along with the door.

    The wooden door fell.

    It was time to make their move.

    The crack troops attacked from the eight windows situated around the granary. First, they threw in around twenty or so wind lanterns which they had just lit. These wind lanterns were marvelously designed. Around the size of a soccer ball, the flame was kept within the center. The lantern cloth were perforated with holes and treated with flame-retardant chemicals. Thus, they would not catch flames. They were one of the secret weapon the crack troops used for night assaults.

    The small granary, capable of holding only around ten or so large baskets of grain, was immediately filled with light, revealing the positions of each and every one of the thirty or so men within, be they standing or seated.

    At one moment, they were in a world of darkness, where they couldn't even see their own fingers; in the next, they were assaulted by brilliant light. There was no way for their eyes to immediately adjust, rendering them effectively blind. In addition, when hit with such a shocking change, everybody was panicked.

    This was precisely one of the best counter-terrorism techniques the 21st century had to offer.

    No matter how evil and vile a terrorist might be, in the end, he was still a human. Physiologically, he was no different from any other person.

    That was why, out of all the weapons counter-terrorism experts designed to assault the terrorists' senses, Xiang Shaolong was the most proficient and skilled at using cryo beams and nerve grenades.

    The former was capable of sending out a beam of cold at a temperature of negative 273 Celsius. At this temperature, absolute zero, all living cells would instantly stop moving. Afterwards, when the enemies were thawed out, they would be totally fine, albeit made prisoners.

    Nerve grenades had a very wide radius, and were capable of paralyzing the enemy's nervous system. After the enemy became totally immobile, they were helpless to resist any attacks.

    In this age, he obviously did not have access to such awe-inspiring, powerful weapons. But the 'wind lanterns' which Xiang Shaolong came up with, when used in this situation, had much the same effect.

    The only difference was in whether or not there would be any left alive.

    Xiang Shaolong and Teng Yi had mentally prepared themselves long ago. As soon as the wind lanterns were thrown within the room and illuminated their enemy's bodies, the two dropped to the floor and rolled into the room.

    At the same moment, Xiang Shaolong threw out a flying dagger, sending it flying into the neck of the door opener, who had been knocked down on the ground as well, blood flowing from a wound in his head.

    Within the still-bright room, they saw that the bloodstained murderers were still in full battle gear, and had not yet relaxed. There were two people guarding the door, one of whom Xiang Shaolong faintly recalled as being Yue Xing.

    When Xiang Shaolong and Teng Yi jumped up, their longswords forcefully rose up from the ground as well, gutting into these two men's bellies.

    Just as Xiang and Teng made their sword strikes, the sound of crossbows being fired could be hired, followed by miserable cries.

    Before Yue Xing and the other had even had a chance to draw their blades, they felt an unbearable pain. And then, as blood spurted from their bodies, they stumbled backwards.

    The remaining men were all struck by cross bolts and staggered around.

    Yue Xing and the other man stumbled back ten or so steps before fell down backwards. Their breathing halted, they died.

    Thinking of how Xiao Zhao had been burned to death, how could Xiang Shaolong feel any pity? Charging forwards, he killed two people in a row before realizing that no more enemies remained standing. Jing Jun, who had flipped in through the windows, had killed one more person than he did.

    Xiang Shaolong pounced towards Yue Xing's corpse and began to search the body. He found both the original and the copy of Lu Gong's secret manual. A surge of sentiment suddenly swelled within him. If it weren't for these two things, how could Xiao Zhao and the others have lost their lives?

    Teng Yi walked towards him. In a low voice, he said, "Are you really going to cover up Han Chuang's role in this?"

    Xiang Shaolong let out a sigh. Rising, he said, "Am I too soft-hearted?"

    Teng Yi wiped away the fresh blood from his sabre. He dully said, "There's not much time left. Let's hurry up and handle this matter!"

    He motioned for the crack troops to move the corpses from inside the courtyard to outside, after finishing off the still-living with a stab, something which Xiang Shaolong himself could not bring himself to do.

    King Xiaocheng, seeing Lu Gong's secret manual placed in front of him on the desk, was overjoyed. He didn't really pay too much mind to Xiang Shaolong's description of how he had chased the assassins out of Lady Ya's residence, then surrounded and wiped them out.

    Off to one side were Zhao Ya, her beautiful eyes still swollen red, and Empress Jing. Watching, they were both gratified that Xiang Shaolong had become the meritorious hero of the day.

    Only Guo Kai's eyes were coldly turning as he said, "How could Comander Dong be so unwise as to not leave a single survivor, who would be able to directly accuse Prince Xinling of his crimes?"

    And then he said towards King Xiaocheng, "If we had been able to secure a living witness, we might be able to repair the situation with Wei as well. It looks as though these people also played a role in the attempt to assassinate Lord Longyang."

    Hearing his "new husband's" reminder, King Xiaocheng frowned. He said towards Xiang Shaolong, "Chief Advisor Guo's words are logical. What do you have to say for yourself, Commander Dong?"

    Xiang Shaolong calmly replied, "Your humble servant had no other choice. I had to kill them as quickly as possible. Otherwise, when the enemies realized that their situation was hopeless, they would move to destroy the manual. Even if they only destroyed part of it, it would still be a great loss for us."

    Empress Jing spoke in support, "Lord Longyang had already recognized some of the people involved and verified that the leader of the group was Prince Xinling's servant, Yue Xing. All we have to do is deliver these corpses back to Mr. Wuji, and I expect that he will be very frustrated."

    King Xiaocheng was primarily interested only in Lu Gong's secret manual. When he thought it over, it made sense. Nodding towards Xiang Shaolong, he joyfully said, "Commander Dong, you have accomplished an extraordinary service. Naturally, we will reward you heavily. Hmm..."

    Xiang Shaolong knelt down and thanked him. "Majesty, your generosity shames me. No matter what, your humble servant bears responsibility for having allowed this group of bandits to remain undetected in Handan. Majesty, you are already being very benevolent by not pursuing that further. Your humble servant recommends publicly displaying these corpses for three days, sending a public message of reassurance to the people of the city."

    Seeing how humble he was, King Xiaocheng was all the more delighted with him and nodded repeatedly.

    Xiang Shaolong seized the opportunity. "To improve the safety of the city, your servant would like to commandeer some additional men to fortify our defenses. I hope that you will allow it, Majesty."

    But on such a matter, King Xiaocheng was not careless at all. He said, "Minister, present your defense plans to us for our perusal. If there are no problems with it, I will immediately approve it." As he spoke, he let out two yawns in succession.

    Xiang Shaolong took the opportunity to ask for leave to withdraw.

    The day was just beginning to brighten.
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    Thanks Ren for the new update. Glad to see you assisting with this translation. Much thanks to all the translators!!!

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    Thank you ren!

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    The translation speed is simply amazing. Thank you to Justin13, Ren, and Slyphiad. I appreciate all the work you have put in to this.

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    Wow, I've only been away for a few weeks and I am totally amazed at the wonderful progress on this translation. Haven't caught up yet, but would like to put in a special thank to Justin, Slyphiad, Ren Wo Xing, and Jean for all your hard work. Deeply grateful!

    Btw, how many books are left? Are we halfway through?

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    Does anyone know the time period that the story spans? Does the story reach the point where XSL is an old man? Or after Qin Shi Huang succeeds in unifying China?
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    There are 25 books in total. Each book has around 10-11chapters. So we're currently at around more than 1/3 of the whole series. The timespan will go like in the tv series if you have watched it. I won't spoiled you guys too much so I'll leave it at that.

    RenWoXing: I'm going to do chpt 2 now. If you can please do chpt 3. Thanks.

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    Nearly finish with chapter 2. 2 more pages to go. I will try to post them tomorrow.

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    As promised, chapter 2 is up! Enjoy! Ren Wo Xing will now continue with chapter 3. I'm gonna work on chapter 4 now.


    Chapter 2: Complicated Situation

    Inside the carriage, Zhao Ya curled up inside Xiang Shaolongs embrace, extremely sorrowful over her loss.

    Xiang Shaolong rubbed her shoulder and softly whispered, Keep up your spirit! A dead person cant return back to life. We can only use our grief as strength to embrace all the upcoming dangers.

    Zhao Ya twitched, They all died tragically. We couldnt even recognize their faces. Who would actually dare to collaborate with these murderers? How did they even know the secret path to the palace?

    Xiang Shaolongs heart trembled in fear. If this problem was investigated properly, even Empress Jing would be implicated in it, but if he didnt explain everything to Zhao Ya clearly, with her wisdom, who knows one day she might realize that he had been lying to her all along. So, he explained Han Chuangs role in this incident.

    Zhao Ya was filled with hatred, dissatisfied, How could you let go of Han Chuang?

    Looking at her filled with hatred and fury, Xiang Shaolong started to have a headache, sighed, I also have no alternative. This incident must surely involve Empress Jing. In our current circumstances, there can only be danger and no advantage towards Zhao. If the relation between Han and Zhao worsen, it would only provide advantages to Tian Dan and Li Yuan. Yaer, can you understand my difficulties? Dont forget that I promised you to help your brother to tide over this crisis!

    After this reasoning, its hard for Zhao Ya to pursue it further, lying back down onto his embrace, she whispered, Shaolong, I hate my Brother. Besides himself and his personal interest, he doesnt care about anybody else.

    Xiang Shaolong secretly sighed. At the end of it, everyone who becomes the Emperor will become like this.

    Absolute power will corrupt anyone.

    When he thought about this, he couldnt help but consider Xiao Pan, the future Qin Shi Huang. Just thinking about it brought about intense feeling of dread.

    Handan had just passed a quite but not so quiet morning.

    Lord Xinlings underlings had all been executed. Everyone in the city was shaken. This has brought Xiang Shaolongs prestige as the new City Commander to a whole new level of height.

    The following few days, Xiang Shaolong and the rest were busy. They have put in place several new preventive measures, but in actual fact, they were secretly preparing a way to capture Zhao Mu back to Xianyang in order to complete this mission.

    With Guo Kai persuasion, Cheng Xu was released and allowed to resume his original post. Both were now even more envious of him. At the same time, they were confused why Zhao Mu hadnt done anything even after knowing of Xiang Shaolongs plot.

    Because of Lord Xinlings incident, both Tian Dan and Li Yuan tried to keep a low profile, not allowing anyone to guess what they are doing.

    Han Chuang tried even harder to avoid suspicions, rarely went out for anything. Even more, he wouldnt dare to request Shaolong to allow Tian Zhen and Tian Feng to accompany him, relieving Xiang Shaolong of this headache.

    Lord Longyang decided to return to Daliang. Xiao Cheng decided on a day inside the palace to organize a banquet in order to send off Lord Longyang.

    On the morning of three days before the farewell banquet, Zhao Mu sent someone looking for Xiang Shaolong.

    Xiang Shaolong knew what it is all about, left whatever hes doing and went to Marquis resident to see Zhao Mu.

    This traitor invited him in to the secret room, excitedly said, Your idea of loyalty letter is amazing. I can immediately test who is loyal towards me and who is sitting in neutral ground undecided.

    Xiang Shaolong replied, Quickly give me the names of these undecided people so that I may present them to Xiao Cheng to get rid off.

    Zhao Mu pulled out a letter from his chest, spread it out on the table, gleefully smiled, We both are thinking along the same line. Look! I have prepared it already.

    Xiang Shaolong looked at it closely and only saw more than ten names written on it. Cheng Xu surprisingly was written amongst them. The rest are all prominent ministers and generals inside the city.

    Xiang Shaolong was astonished, Isnt Cheng Xu Guo Kais underling? How could he appear on this list? Could it be?

    Zhao Mus eyes glinted with wildness briefly, If it wasnt for me, this ungrateful bastard wouldnt even have the right to be Palace Commander? You better used this time when Xiao Cheng is unhappy with him to get rid off him.

    With these words, Xiang Shaolong instantly understood that Cheng Xu is definitely not his underling. He only wants to borrow someone elses hand to kill him so that he can get his underling onto Cheng Xus current position.

    From this conclusion, who would have the biggest opportunity to be the next Palace Commander would probably be Zhao Mus man.

    Zhao Mu smiled, Even if we couldnt harm him, we have nothing to lose!

    Then he went silent, Xiao Cheng truly summoned Li Mu to return to the city. The 20,000 thousands elite soldiers under his command are on the way here. They will arrive in Handan in 7 days. Hmph! But his return will only bring about his death because Xiao Cheng doesnt have that many days to live.

    Xiang Shaolong secretly rejoiced. He knew that Zhao Mu had decided on a plan to usurp the throne. Pretending to be excited, I have also prepared everything. Marquis, when have you decided to act?

    Zhao Mu was shivering in excitement. The poisonous snake-like ugly scar on his face and both his eyes were flashing in excitement. He frostily replied, Three days later during Lord Longyangs farewell banquet. Every ministers and generals will all be inside the palace. That would be the perfect time to act.

    This time, even Xiang Shaolong was confused, But that would be when the security inside the palace would be most tight and the alertness would be most high, where is the opportunity in there?

    Zhao Mu smiled sinisterly, As long as you can get organise those Generals whom are loyal towards Xiao Cheng to move into the palace and replaced them with our people, then the city will fall under my hands. Under those circumstances, would Handan then be like a meat on top of the anvil allowing me free reign to oppress and exploit.

    Xiang Shaolong replied in a heavy voice, Could Marquis explain it better for me?
    Zhao Mu nodded, Our helping hand is that thief, Xiang Shaolong. I will organize someone to leave a mark that he has arrived inside the city. By that time, even if you dont bring it up, the badly frightened Xiao Cheng will force you to track him down. You can use that as an excuse to move about and blockade the palace. On the other side, you can open wide the gate to allow Tian Dans army to enter the city. By then, who would be afraid of the trivial 10,000 palace guards, even more so when I have my own people inside too?

    Xiang Shaolong frowned, Isnt this too forceful? It seems like there is slight discrepancy between this and what Marquis had originally planned for? Continuing in a soft voice, Can you really trust the Qi?

    Zhao Mu was slightly displeased, Regarding this, I have my own consideration. As long as you can attain Handans military power and follow my instructions, three days later would be Xiao Chengs time to return to heaven. The rest you dont need to worry about. Afterwards, I guarantee that not only youll become the three army commander in chief, wealth and rank will be yours to enjoy.

    Xiang Shaolong knew that the situation wont be as simple as he described but he knew that if he continues to pursue this line of questioning, it will raise his suspicions. After agreeing to his request, he took his leave and immediately headed to request an audience with King Zhao.

    Inside the palace, Xiang Shaolong on seeing Xiao Cheng, was afraid that there might be spies amongst the palace guards, sent him an eye signal. Xiao Cheng agreed and led him to walk through the palace garden with the guards guarding from a distance. After listening to Xiang Shaolongs report, he sighed, Until today, I just realized the loyalty and importance of both Li Mu and Lian Po towards this Zhao. After eliminating Zhao Mu and his gangs, with Guo Kai and General Dongs help, and also Li Mu and Lian Po, I am confident that we can rebuild our country again. In addition, we also have Lu Gong Secret Manual. Unifying the whole country is just a matter of time. General Dong need to work hard this time. I definitely wouldnt forget your hardwork.

    With a person like Xiao Cheng spouting these words is an equivalent of actually confiding in him. If Xiao Cheng can truly be what he promised to do then there is a hope to rebuild the country again. But listening to this heartfelt confession, Xiang Shaolong for whatever reason felt an inauspicious feeling. His heart felt really uncomfortable. Maybe, its because it doesnt follow Xiao Chengs normal behavior, thats why it gave him an abrupt feeling.

    Looking at Xiao Chengs pale face, Xiang Shaolong replied in a heavy voice, If the citys commander post is vacant, who would you choose as a replacement?

    Xiao Cheng couldnt answer right away, frowning, General Dong, why are you in a rush to know?

    Xiang Shaolong replied, All along, Zhao Mu doesnt fully trust me. He hides many things from me. I saw how confidence he is so he must have someone who is loyal towards him inside the army. If the city commanders position is empty, this Zhao Mus underling would have a big probability of being chosen for this role.

    Xiao Cheng shook his head smiling, This is only one of Zhao Mus wishes. In reality, even I myself am not sure who I would have chosen. There are several candidates, I dont believe that all of them are on his side.

    Xiang Shaolong was shaken, If something suddenly happened to the Commander General, under these circumstances, you must have someone in mind to temporarily lead the guards to avoid any chaos. In your heart, who would be the best candidate?

    Under the Zhaos Palace Commander, there are 10 Imperial Colonel leading the 10 armies. Each army contains roughly between 1,000-1,500 soldiers. These armies specialize in guarding King Zhaos safety. All of them have been rigorous training and selection process. They are the elite. Their skills are far above the city guards and the outer city soldiers.

    Under normal circumstances, if the Palace Commander could not carry out his duties, one of amongst the 10 Colonel will carry it out instead, selecting the best of them to temporarily take over, mainly because they are familiar the Palace security and activities so as not to cause any problem.

    Xiao Cheng deliberated over his choices for a while, sighed, This problem is hard for me to decide in such a short amount of time.

    Xiang Shaolong understood his indecisive personality and continued to ask, It seems like if we cant obtain those Loyalty Letters, then we cant feel out what Zhao Mu plan is. Let me handle this! Your Majesty, please relax.

    Xiao Cheng fully trusts him, Tommorow, I will give you the other half of the army seal. It will give you the authority to move the armies around. He paused for awhile then continued, If Tian Dan also joins in with that traitor that wants to usurp my throne, I want to take advantage of this time to kill him. General Dong, do you have the confidence to do this?

    Xiang Shaolong replied in a heavy tone, Your Majesty, have you thought of the consequences?

    Xiao Cheng sighed, I have thought over this issue for several days now. The Qi without Tian Dan would be like a tiger without claws and teeth. The problem is this person is not easy to kill. Thats why I am asking General Dongs opinion.

    Looking at this worried face, Xiang Shaolong gritted his teeth, Leave this to me! Hey! I have a request if Your Majesty would be so kind to grant it.

    Xiao Cheng said, Please continue, General Dong!

    Xiang Shaolong continued, Regarding handling Zhao Mu, if Your Majesty could keep this a secret between the two of us and not let anyone else knows, including Minister Guo.

    Xiao Cheng was stunned, displeased, Does General Dong suspect Minister Guo?
    Xiao Shaolong replied, As long as we havent obtained that Loyalty Letters, I couldnt be sure who is in that traitors pocket. Zhao Mus men could even be one of Minister Guos underlings. In this important moment, one mistake would cause everything to fall apart. Its better to be safe than sorry.

    Xiao Cheng contemplated his words for a while then nodded in agreement. After discussing the details of the operation, Xiang Shaolong left the palace and return to his command center. He sent for Teng Yi and told him of the current situations.
    Teng Yi was absorbed momentarily then replied resolutely, Zhao Mu has started to be more wary of you. Hng! Your performance was just too amazing, especially after snatching back the Lu Gong Secret Manual. If I was Zhao Mu, I would also be a little bit cautious towards you.

    Xiang Shaolong anxiously said, Not only Zhao Mu became more wary over this, but my biggest problem is that I had serendipitiously become the biggest benefactor of Le Chengs death. Even more troublesome is that Guo Kai is plotting something in the background. Now I am at a critical time. Truly bad timing!

    Teng Yi blanked, What do you mean serendipitiously?

    Xiang Shaolong smiled bitterly while explaining it to him then said, Now, we have to find a way to grab those Loyalty Letters before we can understand Zhao Mus movements. I reckon this sly as fox old thief would want me to get my hand dirty while he just sits by watching. Ai! Im gonna talk to Tian Dan.

    Teng Yi said, You better not do that. It seems like Tian Dan is also suspicious of you. If you go, it would be an equivalent of sending yourself to death. You might even accidentally reveal a weak point. If he asked you about the Lu Gong Secret Manual, how will you answer to him? He is not Xiao Cheng. He wouldnt trust you easily. Furthermore, he must have known the relationship between them and Han Chuang. Theres also Li Yuan. Recently, we might have overlooked him too.

    Xiang Shaolong was disconcerted upon hearing this. While troubling himself over this, his underling came in to report that Lord Longyang is here to see him.

    Xiang Shaolong smiled bitterly, Now, the only one I can trust is this not man and not woman fellow. After saying this, he went to the main hall to greet Lord Longyang.

    After waving away his people, the two of them sits in the corner and starts chatting softly.

    Lord Longyangs spirit had improved a lot, returning almost to his previous condition and gaining back his confidence, watching him closely momentarily, gently said, This morning, Li Yuan came looking for me. He wants me to join forces with him to force Xiao Cheng to withdraw his troops from the Yan, otherwise Qi and Chu will resort to military forces. Hmph! He is full of himself. After only becoming the countrys uncle for a few days, he felt like he is the representative of Chus Xiao Lie.

    Xiang Shaolong replied, If Qi and Chu combined forces to deal with us, would Wei also come out to help?

    Lord Longyang smiled, Brother Dong, even though your wisdom is as deep as the sea, but your disposition afterall is forthright and honest. You wouldnt understand someone as treacherous as Li Yuan. What he said and what he does is totally different. He only said that to cover up another bigger treacherous plot. You better warn Xiao Cheng to be more wary of him. Ai! I am really worried about you, Brother Dong!

    Xiang Shaolong was stunned, Why would you say that, My Lord?

    Lord Longyang sighed, I knew that you attained this City Commander role primarily due to Empress Jings backing. After the fire, I want to warn Brother Dong that this woman is very ambitious. Without making any noise, she can play around with people as easily as if they are on the palm of her hand. It wouldnt even waste a small breath it takes to blow a speck of dust for her to put you beyond redemption. In the past, when Lord Xinling lives away from home in Handan, they were both involved with each other. You are now useful to her, so of course, she would try her best to win you over. Once you have expired your usefulness, lets see how she will treat you then?

    Xiang Shaolong started to cold sweat, he truly didnt consider Empress Jing as a threat. Now looking back, she really isnt that simple. At the present struggle, regardless of which side wins, she will reap benefit regardless.

    The problem lies with Li Mu and Lian Po. As long as theyre alive, no one would dare to touch her.

    Xiang Shaolong considered himself to be in Empress Jings shoes. She wished someone could help her to eliminate her King husband in name only but not in reality so that her son could ascend the throne while she controlled everything behind the scenes. At that time, with Li Mu and Lian Po, these two loyal and famous generals, backing, her standing will be as stable as Mount Taishan.

    Suddenly, he understood the significance of his role as the City Commander. Only he could give her power to control Zhao Mu and contend with Qi and Chu, these two foreign forces.

    When he thought of this, one soft jade hand covered the back of his hand.
    Xiang Shaolong was surprised and looked at Lord Longyang. He only saw him tenderly gazing at him, sincerely said, Please leave Handan! Otherwise you will die without burial ground. It doesnt matter who ascend the Zhaos throne, at the end of it, they both will want to eliminate you.

    Xiang Shaolong endured his almost acceptable hand on his hand, resolutely shook his head, I never cared about life and death before, especially when we are at the juncture of my countrys demise, even more, I wouldnt avoid and not care about this, otherwise I will regret it for the rest of my life and I would be ashamed to face my father in the afterlife.

    Lord Longyang saw that he is determined, retracted his jade hand, took a long sigh in a depressed state, gently said, Brother Dong truly is a real hero. I wont force you anymore but if one day Brother Dong cant endure this anymore, please remember that I will be waiting for you in Daliang. Paused for awhile before continuing, Although Empress Jing and Guo Kai have different opinion on the City Commander post, but both of them, because of gains and losses issues, will collaborate with each other. You have to be careful of them!

    Xiang Shaolong was astounded. An idea flashed quickly through his mind. At the same time, he berated himself for his oversight for not realizing earlier Empress Jings machinations everywhere.

    Lord Longyang had nothing left to say and took his leave.

    Xiang Shaolong was touched. Full of gratitude, he saw him to the stable outside the command center and sent him off.

    He knew in that instant that he needs to start his strategy afresh. Otherwise, he wouldnt be able to leave Handan alive. Furthermore, he wouldnt be able to capture Zhao Mu alive.

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    wowz.. you guys are amazing... thank you Justin, Ren Wo Xing, slyphiad and Jean as well for all your hard work... i remember start reading this two+ years ago.. I have stopped reading about book 5... saving it.. until the translation is done... at this rate i dont need it will be long...

    again thank you all so much....
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    Thanks for the update slyphiad! Have a great weekend!

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    Intriguing!!!

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    Chapter 3 will come up tomorrow! Sorry guys, just a lil bit left!
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    No pressure guys! Happy to read when it comes out =)
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    Ren Wo Xing, slyphiad and Justin13. You guys are the best.
    Great work! The translation is very fluid and the story telling is just phenomenal.

    The pace has picked up and I can't wait to see what happens next.
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