The estate in the south of Duskwater City was owned by a local cultivation family. Its head was a golden core realm cultivator, which made him reasonably influential in his district.
Before a giant like House Ge, however, his cultivation and connections were meaningless. In fact, hed willingly given up his own home and time to serve the number one house in Dusk Province.
A chance to do that didnt come by often, after all.
When Lu Yun, Qing Han, and Mo Yi led a sizable force of people to the residence in question, they were intercepted by a clearly prepared group.
“Who comes Identify yourselves!” A man in green strode out from the front door, blocking Lu Yuns way. He cast a look of proud scorn at the approaching crowd.
“Do you not recognize the face of your own city lord, Ba Chuyi” Mo Yis tone was chilly.
The middle-aged mans cocksure attitude made it very clear that his ignorance was feigned. Though shed expected to have trouble getting through the door, she hadnt expected House Bas head himself to be the doorkeeper.
“Oh The city lord! So it is, so it is.” Ba Chuyi turned to face Mo Yi directly. Her beauty momentarily stunned him, despite her masculine outfit; it couldnt hide the incredible beauty beneath. “If I may, for what reason has the city lord come calling today”
Before House Ge had moved in, he wouldve spared every effort to curry favor with the city lord. Now, however, his status was different. He was an outer circle steward of House Ge, and the whole of his house had become subordinate to it. Their future was limitless and bright, so a mere lord of Duskwater was no longer worthy of his attention.
In fact, if Li Youcai hadnt betrothed Mo Yi to the Skyriver city lord, Ba Chuyi would probably be considering whether or not he could use House Ges clout to get his hands on her.
“Youve latched onto House Ges thigh, then” A derisive smile played at the corner of Mo Yis mouth.
“Precisely!” Ba Chuyi proudly confirmed without so much as a blush. “Theyve rewarded me with the position of a steward in their outer circle.”
“An outer circle steward of House Ge.” Qing Han took a weighty step forward. “You are Ba Chuyi, head of House Ba”
“Indeed, it is I. And who are you” Ba Chuyi peered at Qing Han, then puffed himself up even more.
The recuperating youth was ugly, swarthy-faced, and looked rather feeble. Ba Chuyi had no reason to pay attention to someone so insignificant. If Qing Han hadnt come with Mo Yi as one of thetroublemakers House Ge had warned him about, he wouldve disregarded the speaker altogether.
“This emissary is here on behalf of His Majesty the Celestial Emperor. House Ge is guilty of treason and rebellion, first in attacking the Dusk Phalanx, and secondly in trespassing upon the Duskwater city lords residence. I have come to apprehend the criminals in question.” A shiny token had appeared in Qing Hans hand; it was none other than the identification for his status.
Ba Chuyi paled, then took several steps backward. A special emissary of the emperor Treason and rebellion House Ge
“Impossible! House Ge is the foremost house in Dusk Province. Its head will soon become the next governor, how could they possibly be planning rebellion”
“The next governor” Lu Yun laughed. “The current one is standing right here. You shouldnt be saying that to my face, should you
“Its public knowledge that House Ge attacked the Dusk Phalanx, and that the head of House Ge barged into the Duskwater city lords residence. If House Ba is subordinate to House Ge, and youre a steward in their outer circle…. What, has House Ges head said that hell make you the governor After he becomes the celestial emperor, of course,” Lu Yun accused with a half-smile.
“Th-this is complete nonsense!” Ba Chuyis legs shook with fear. He didnt doubt Qing Hans identity for a second. Thered long been rumors circulating about the arrival of an envoy from the celestial emperor that even the prefectural prefect had to dance attendance upon.
That the special emissary was here to arrest some rebels was quite a shock, though. His anxiety made him nearly incoherent. Ba Chuyi was only a golden core realm cultivator, unimportant even in Dusk Province. Rebel He wouldnt dare dream of it.
“Nonsense Youve decided to resist to the last, then. Soldiers! Apprehend him immediately.” Lu Yun barked a sudden command. The hundred black-armored soldiers behind him surged up like a flood, ready to comply with his order.
These soldiers were men that Yin Xuantian had sent to him. Every soldier was a golden core cultivator, and their leader was at the origin core, the same as the Dusks city lords.
Normally, they wouldve taken a bit of time to arrive, considering the complicated logistics of an army. Lu Yun didnt have that much time, which was why hed summoned them after contacting Yin Xuantian directly through the command token.
The general of the Dusk Phalanx couldnt refuse orders from Dusk Provinces standing governor. Yin Xuantian had acquiesced by sending over a hundred soldiers for now.
Because Lu Yuns aggression was completely justified, he made sure that every action he took was also perfectly aboveboard. The hundred soldiers backed him with pressure and momentum.
“All of you, stop!” A soft cry came from beyond the threshold.
Feng Li was dressed like a dandy, as usual. However, his serious demeanor was a radical departure from his typical flippancy. A number of cultivators streamed out from behind him, obstructing the Dusk Phalanx soldiers way.
“Governor, havent we resolved the misunderstanding about House Ges accidental attack on the Dusk Phalanx” Feng Li only spared a glance for Lu Yun before he shifted his attention to Mo Yi. His eyes nearly popped out of their sockets as he did so; drool pooled at the corner of his mouth and almost dribbled out.
“Youre chasing skirts like always, Feng Li. Careful, my cousin might actually castrate you sometime.” Qing Han couldnt resist a snicker.
Feng Li shivered violently when he noticed his old acquaintance. “Why are you here, Qing Han Is your cousin here too!”
“My cousin isnt here, but Im more than enough. I am a special emissary of the celestial emperor, here to assess and survey Dusk Province on His Majestys orders. Why else do you think” Qing Han snorted. “You call House Ges attack on the Dusk Phalanx a misunderstanding Youre as much of a bastard as I expected. Ignore him! Arrest Ba Chuyi and his accomplices.”
“Hold on! Im a special emissary as well. Im an envoy too!” Feng Li breathed a sigh of relief when he heard that Qing Hans cousin was absent. A token appeared in his hand that was almost identical to Qing Hans.
The only difference was that his was from the crown prince, while Qing Hans had come directly from the emperor. Given the crown princes present status as regent, however, the two envoys held similar positions.
“Back off, I say, back off!” The token in Feng Lis hand emanated a faint golden light, making the Dusk Phalanx soldiers color with hesitation.
Theyd been assigned to Lu Yun as his personal guard, effective until the end of his term. They were no longer troops in active Dusk Phalanx service, which denied them the privilege of openly opposing the will of the emperors envoys.
“You must be here so aggressively because of your maid, Lu Yun.” A different voice traveled out from the Ba residence. “Her empyrean-grade spiritual root is remarkable indeed. Shes the best sacrifice for the Dusk River Sacrament one could ask for.
“Ive already informed the imperial court of her suitability. Shes been sent to the altar for the ritual and will be sacrificed at its commencement in six days. Isnt the Dusk governor usually the one who presides over the ritual Youll have to personally sacrifice your maid in six days, Lu Yun!” The source of the mocking was none other than Lu Yuanhou.-