Outside the ruined Inn. Some moments earlier.
As the crowd surrounded the dying Lu Changfeng, he beckoned to a young teen nearby.
A young 1 pouch disciple of not more then 16 years ran up to the Chief.
"Jie Feng! You are young but among the few disciples here, you are the most trustworthy! Here, take the Dog Beating Stick and find Elder Zuo, I mean Zhuo! The heavy burden of leading the Beggar Sect is on her shoulders now! And this scroll, it is the handwritten manual left by our Great Ancestress Heroine Huang and passed down only to the Sect Chiefs. No one has fully mastered it until Master Cui and myself came along. It must now be passed to Elder, no, CHIEF Zhuo. Amongst all the sect members, only she has the potential to learn its contents fully. The beggar sect must not return to the days when the Chiefs were weak and could not even master the crucial skills of the Sect..."
"You... you must not fail!"
"Brother Yan. Please assist my young disciple in this task! The 2 treasures must find their way to Chief Zhuo! On behalf of our decades of friendship, help me this last time!"
As the Dog beating stick and scroll were pressed into the hands of the young Jie Feng, Twin Sabre Yan Hongye cupped his fists to Lu and swore :"rest assured Brother Lu! Your last commandment will be fulfilled. I will escort this young disciple until we both find Elder Zhuo!"
Meanwhile. At the Fragrant Peony Inn. Luoyang
Among the business community. News travelled fast. Sometimes even faster than any news in Jianghu.
And the news was that another Inn had been destroyed!
2nd Master Shao shouted in indignation "These damn wulin hooligans! Everytime they appear we honest businessmen suffer!"
Old man Peng wailed :"My Luohan Pagoda Inn is the next largest! They will surely gather there next! I am doomed! No way! I am closing the business and taking a trip out of the city until this nonsense is over!"
Uncle Yong Dalu immediately jumped up: "Dammit, that means my shop is next! I am closing the shop too!"
With a loud clamour, everyone rushed out to make preparations to shut down their businesses until the wulin conference moved out of town.
Within half a day, no inn or restaurant remained open in Luoyang City.