EIF - Book 04 Chapter 029.1: Cycle, Part 1
After the peace talks between the Qian Heavenly Dynasty and the Yuan Imperial Dynasty, they sent out a notice of alliance to the world.
The war came to an end.
The Yuan Nation’s soldiers withdrew from Ying Province, and everything returned to normal in the Qian Heavenly Dynasty. However, Duke Lu Yang no longer existed.
The Southern Suppression Army remained stationed in Ying Province, and Long Shenwu worked on gaining the citizens’ support.
The Yuan Nation seemed to be the biggest winner in this war for territory. It collected the territories of the Huang Royal Dynasty, the Ravenous Wolf Sect, and the Heptagold Sect—nearly increasing its territory by half.
The only unfortunate thing was that a Han Royal Dynasty rose during this time.
This was a royal dynasty that grew from a crack. This Han Nation seemed to possess overwhelming luck, able to remain safe even after it snatched territory from the Yuan Imperial Dynasty.
The Han Royal Dynasty collected all the territory that belonged to the previous Divine Foundation Royal Dynasty.
The Yuan Nation did not dare to pursue this, due to their peace agreement with the Qian Heavenly Dynasty. Furthermore, the Yuan Imperial Dynasty had captured a vast amount of territory. Stabilizing the situation would take quite a while.
Fortunately, the Han Royal Dynasty managed to remain standing. At the same time, it also gave Gu Hai time to truly catch his breath.
After dealing with the twenty-four cities’ management, gaining the citizens’ support was the highest priority.
Crown Prince Gu Qin continued to watch over Nine-Five Island.
The Embroidered Uniform Guard’s envoy commander, Meng Tai, answered Gu Hai’s command. He brought many Embroidered Uniform Guards to Chaoge City from Nine-Five Island.
Four flying ships stopped outside of Chaoge City, filled with cultivators from the Thousand Islands Sea.
Many of these cultivators had never left the Thousand Islands Sea before. The sight of the churning blessings cloud sea shocked them.
Masons and carpenters worked nonstop both inside and outside the city, restoring the city walls. The many cultivators goggled.
There were many floating islands in the city. In comparison to the impoverished Nine-Five Island, this scene looked extremely lavish. There were only a few floating islands in the Thousand Islands Sea, countable with two hands. Yet, there were thousands of these floating islands before them.
“Milord, this is Chaoge City? No wonder the people of the Divine Continent said that our Thousand Islands Sea is a barren land. This bustling city is part of my Han Royal Dynasty?” One of Meng Tai’s subordinates looked at him.
“Indeed. It belongs to my Han Nation!” Meng Tai sighed.
Although Meng Tai had felt shocked upon seeing This Street’s Best Zither Pavilion at Silver Moon City, he had not been as excited as he was today. That was just a shop, but this was a city—an entire city.
“No. My Han Nation has twenty-four of such cities?”
The Embroidered Uniform Guards felt excited. There were many sects in the Thousand Islands Sea, but could the Thousand Islands Sea compare to this place? After the Heavenly Go Pavilion got destroyed eight centuries ago, the Thousand Islands Sea became like the slums of the cultivation world. The entire Thousand Islands Sea could not even compare to these twenty-four cities.
Now, all this belonged to the Han Nation?
“His Majesty said that there were many things to be done in the Han Royal Dynasty. Everyone will have to work hard,” Meng Tai said with a solemn expression.
“Yes!” the Embroidered Uniform Guards all answered.
The Han Royal Dynasty was sandwiched between the Qian Nation and the Yuan Nation, two great powers. While it appeared weak to some people of the Divine Continent, it looked immensely great to this group of Embroidered Uniform Guards.
It has only been two years, but the Han Royal Dynasty has already become this majestic?
The Embroidered Uniform Guards slowly entered the city.
Some officials received them in the city and directly brought them to Huangfu Palace Hall.
Bing Ji had placed a huge map outside Huangfu Palace hall. A group of officials surrounded it and listened to her instructions.
Gu Hai had entrusted the Third Corps commander, Bing Ji, with rebuilding Chaoge City. The city’s defensive ritual array had broken, so that was her first priority. Of course, she had to do the best she could. She continuously improved on the city’s ritual arrays and city wall designs.
When Meng Tai’s group arrived, someone naturally informed Bing Ji.
Bing Ji turned her head and immediately saw Meng Tai.
“Third Corps commander, Bing Ji, greets Lord Meng!” Bing Ji said.
“Embroidered Uniform Guard’s envoy commander, Meng Tai, greets the Third Corps commander!” Meng Tai said solemnly.
By now, Gao Xianzhi, Tang Chu, and the others had received the news and came to receive Meng Tai as well.
“Lord Meng!” Gao Xianzhi greeted with a smile.
“Lord Gao!” Meng Tai returned the greeting politely.
“Lady Bing, just leave Meng Tai to me. You can focus on what you are doing,” Gao Xianzhi said as he looked at Meng Tai.
Bing Ji nodded and turned back to the map before her.
“That floating island’s position is not suitable. It will block the view of Huangfu Palace Hall. Move it to the other side,” Bing Ji said indifferently.
As she spoke, she waved.
A distant floating island suddenly trembled as an immense force slowly moved it aside.
“Heavenly Palace Realm?” Meng Tai’s expression changed.
The Third Corps commander is a Heavenly Palace Realm cultivator? It has only been a year or so; how did His Majesty develop the nation? To think that he already has Heavenly Palace Realm cultivators as his officials!
Meng Tai grew cautious, clenching his fists. If I don’t work hard, will I become obsolete and get replaced someday?
“Lord Meng, this way, please,” Gao Xianzhi invited with a smile.
“Oh. Alright, alright,” Meng Tai answered, lacking confidence.
“His Majesty told me to report to him immediately the moment I arrived. Is the Emperor…,” Meng Tai asked.
“His Majesty? His Majesty is currently cultivating. Come with me first,” Gao Xianzhi replied, smiling.
“Alright.” Meng Tai nodded.
By a large lake within the palace in Chaoge City:
A large number of soldiers were stationed outside this place, preventing outsiders from entering and interrupting. There was a small pavilion shelter by the lakeside.
Long Wanyu sprawled over a table, where she had piled up dried fruits into a pyramid. She had a bored look on her face as she muttered, “Boring…boring…boring…”
Long Wanyu kept repeating these words. Her subordinates behind showed faint, bitter expressions, remaining silent as they stood at the side.
Just at this moment, an immortal crane carriage carried Gao Xianzhi and Meng Tai over.
Long Wanyu immediately sat up straight, perking up.
“Stop! What are you doing?” Long Wanyu showed a fierce expression.
The immortal crane carriage stopped.
Gao Xianzhi alighted while Meng Tai looked at Long Wanyu curiously.
“Greetings, Princess Wanyu. This is my Han Nation’s Embroidered Uniform Guard’s envoy commander, Meng Tai. He just arrived from Nine-Five Island. His Majesty instructed Meng Tai to meet him immediately upon arrival,” Gao Xianzhi explained.
“Lord Meng, this is Empress Long Wanqing’s younger sister, the Qian Heavenly Dynasty’s Princess Wanyu,” Gao Xianzhi explained.
The empress’s younger sister?
Meng Tai suddenly showed a solemn expression, immediately recalling who she was.
After all, Meng Tai once pursued Long Xiaoyue and had seen the young Long Wanyu before. Even when she was a child, the Qian Heavenly Emperor already treated her like a treasure.
“Meng Tai greets Princess Wanyu,” Meng Tai saluted with a solemn expression.
“Alright. Wait here. Brother-in-Law is creating a saber technique, and he put me in charge of protecting him. No one is to interrupt.” Long Wanyu nodded.
“Alright.” Gao Xianzhi nodded back.
“Huh? Alright.” Meng Tai nodded as well.
Creating a saber technique? His Majesty is only seventy-odd years old, and he is already creating a saber technique? How would it go? Although Meng Tai knew that Gu Hai was incredible, he did not think much about Gu Hai creating a saber technique, only expecting him to create a slightly more powerful saber technique at best—but just slightly more powerful. He could not understand this. Right now, the Han Royal Dynasty possessed twenty-four cities on the Divine Continent. Would it be difficult to find a powerful saber technique? Why the need to create one?
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