Chapter 263: Southern State’s army!
Cao Bao and the others were kept in a secret room
These royal knights never thought that they would end up in a place like this before!
However, with the status of a knight from the royal army and also with the support of the great scholar, they could at least keep their lives.
Even if Chu Tian’s courage filled the sky, he would not dare kill these royal knights. Even if Chu Tian dared to move against them, he would not dare move against the great scholar.
Gu Qianqiu’s name was well known in the Southern Summer Country. Even if the normal family’s children did not know who the Eight Marquises were, they would still know the great scholar’s name.
Gu Qianqiu had wandered in various other countries for twenty years, bringing back large amounts of books for the Southern Summer Country. Over half of the books in the eight state’s schools had been brought back from a large kingdom by the great scholar.
If it wasn’t for the great scholar’s contributions, how would there be so many well known scholars?
If it wasn’t for the great scholar laying the foundations for the country, where would the rich merchants gain their wealth from?
Gu Qianqiu by himself had raised skills of Southern Summer Country’s symbol masters, alchemists, and weapon refiners by a level. Gu Qianqiu’s contribution to the kingdom was not something a single marquis could match. Although he was not nobility, he actually exceeded nobility.
Even the mighty Southern Summer King had to give him respect, personally granting him the great scholar title!
For many years, Gu Qianqiu has been the peak for many Southern Summer scholars!
The knowledge of the great scholar was the peak of the kingdom. Every time there was a natural or man made disaster, Gu Qianqiu would rush to those regions to solve it. Every time there was a hard to solve problem, Gu Qianqiu would find a solution in the end.
Whoever went against Gu Qianqiu wasn’t just going against the kingdom.
They would become the enemies of every scholar and citizen in the Southern Summer Country. Knowledge came with friendship, so just the saliva of the people would be enough to drown someone eight-ten times.
“Pei!” Cao Bao spat out the cloth covering his mouth, “Everyone just hold on a bit, these fools do not know that the great scholar has personally come to Central State. As long as the great scholar reveals himself, how could these villains act so rampantly? Just wait and we will definitely be able to get them back for this!”
Before he even finished speaking.
The sounds of fighting came from outside and in less than five minutes, two people with tied up hands were brought in. They were the royal knight’s vice leader Li Hu and the other one was a simple grey robed old man.
Cao Bao’s eyes almost popped out, “Great scholar!”
Gu Qianqiu was tightly bound up and had suffered several hits, with his face swelling up. He looked like he was in an awkward situation, not carrying the dignity of the great scholar at all!
Were the people of Central State crazy?
Could they not recognize this person was the great scholar!
The respected number one scholar of Southern Summer was given this kind of treatment!
“Do you not know what you are doing!” Cao Bao and the others shouted in righteous indignation, “Does Central State want to incur the anger of the entire world?”
“Cao Bao, don’t speak so much!”
Gu Qianqiu sat up, but he was not filled with anger. Rather his face was depressed like he deserved what he received.
“This girl is truly ruthless, almost breaking these old bones to pieces!” Gu Qianqiu looked over at Chen Bingyu, “I know that you are Chu Tian’s bodyguard. Where is Chu Tian, I want to talk to him!”
Gu Qianqiu did not know how to describe his feelings at this moment.
Pleasant surprise? Or depression?
No one would have thought that this self proclaimed foreign merchant, mister Yu was actually Central State’s Chu Tian!
If he knew this earlier, with his Gu Qianqiu’s courage, he never would have dared to bring people to Central State to cause trouble for Chu Tian!
Gu Qianqiu had only spent a few days with Chu Tian in Qing State and although he was a little wild, Gu Qianqiu was certain that he was not a great villain or anyone that cared about fame. The report that Imperial City sent, there had to be a mistake with it!
A strong searchlight was lit up.
Gu Qianqiu narrowed his eyes and several dark figures moved in front of him. They saw a chair being placed down and a person sitting down, crossing his legs over the other. Because of the light behind him, they couldn’t see the person’s appearance, but a familiar voice rang out, “Say it. Who are you and how many people are there!”
“You can kill us, but we won’t talk!” Cao Bao flew into a rage. As the respected royal knight captain, he was being interrogated like a criminal, “Just kill me already!”
“You really have guts, I like people like that.” Chu Tian waved his hand to Old Fifth Yu, “Take him to the side and beat him!”
Several Giant Shark Gang members came forward to pull Cao Bao to the side and beat him.
They really dared to hit him!
Was Central State seized by bandits?
“Stop, stop, I’ll say it!” Gu Qianqiu quickly said, “I’ll tell you whatever you want to know.”
“Then say it already!”
“These people are the Griffin Knights of the royal palace, taking orders from the royal clan. They were sent to Central State, being led by this old man, with a total of a hundred people. The other people and griffin mounts are preparing to coordinate from outside the city.”
Cao Bao revealed a look of disbelief, “Great scholar, you……”
Where did the great scholar’s iron will go? How could he give up so easily?
Chu Tian then asked, “Just your group?”
“No, the royal knights are the vanguard.” Gu Qianqiu did not hide anything, “The Southern State’s Western Marquis has been sent to Central State, personally bringing your excellency to the Imperial City.”
Chu Tian’s nose went crooked from anger, “Whose vicious idea is it to send the Western Marquis to bring me back to the Imperial City? More like sending me to heaven!”
“Your excellency Chu Tian.” Qu Qianqiu quickly explained, “Everything is a misunderstanding. This old man did not know your status, otherwise I would have never plotted against you.”
These words not only stunned the royal knights.
It also stunned Yun Tianhe and the others.
The great scholar knows Chu Tian?
“This old man understands that you are filled with dissatisfaction. However, considering their statuses as royal knights, you should still let us go.” Gu Qianqiu said this and suddenly looked at Yun Tianhe, “Old Yun, why are you not speaking up for us? I, Gu Qianqiu always keep my words, you know I don’t go back on my promises!”
Cao Bao and the other royal knights were speechless.
What was the great scholar afraid of?
Even faced with the Southern Summer King, he would still dare foam with rage, but now he acted so timidly like he was afraid of something.
“That’s right, the royal proclamation!” Gu Qianqiu looked down, “The royal proclamation is in my pocket and there is the Calm Martial Ruler’s secret letter. After seeing them, you will understand everything. I was just given a temporary order to lead these royal knights, I wouldn’t think of hurting you!”
Chen Bingyu took out the royal proclamation and the secret letter.
Chu Tian first looked at the royal proclamation and found that it truly was the Southern Summer King’s order. It wanted Gu Qianqiu to coordinate with the Western Marquis to bring him back to hold a trial.
The Calm Martial Ruler’s secret letter?
Chu Tian opened it and immediately knit his brows.
This letter cursed Chu Tian for his many crimes and was even more detailed than the royal proclamation, even mentioning the grudge between Chu Tian and the great scholar.
If this wasn’t mentioned, Chu Tian would have already forgotten about it.
When Chu Tian first came to Central State City, in order to quickly catch the Yun Family’s attention, he performed a great play in the Yun Sect. Of the important scholars of the Yun Sect, the ones most affected was Gu Qianqiu’s previous students. Chu Tian did not care about these small character and could not remember most of what he said, but it seemed like he wasn’t too respectful to the great scholar.
This was a bit thought provoking.
With the Calm Martial Ruler sending this letter to the great scholar, wasn’t he trying to kill with a borrowed knife?
It was a good thing Chu Tian had met Gu Qianqiu in Qing State and taught him many things. The current Gu Qianqiu did not dare move against him, otherwise the consequences would be hard to describe.
Did the Divine Wind Marquis fail to win the Calm Martial Ruler over?
Or, did the Calm Martial Ruler want to kill him?
He wanted to kill Chu Tian and hold the secret of the Source Energy Weapons?!
If there was nothing wrong with this letter, no matter what angle he considered it from, Chu Tian’s situation was not good. The Southern Summer King was dissatisfied with Chu Tian and the Three Rulers wouldn’t help him, then wouldn’t Miracle Commerce not have anything to hide under in the Southern Summer Country?
Gu Qianqiu saw Chu Tian’s expression was a bit stern, so he quickly said, “Your excellency Chu Tian does not need to worry. This old man has a bit of status in the Imperial City and as long as this old man speaks up for your excellency, the Southern Summer King will definitely let you off. Even if you have enmity with the Three Rulers, they still have to give me face.”
“Chu Tian, if you can’t rely on the Calm Martial Ruler, then the great scholar can help you.” Yun Tianhe said to Chu Tian in a whisper, “This old man has some relations to me and is a person that can be trusted.”
While this great scholar’s strength and power could not compare to the Three Ruler’s, his influence could be equal. He would at least be able to help Chu Tian more than the normal marquises.
While Chu Tian was a little bit hesitant.
‘Boss, Chairman!” A Giant Shark Gang member suddenly ran in, “A bad thing has happened!”
Old Fifth Yu knit his brows, “What is it?”
“Our brothers noticed a large group of warships on the Four States Lake, which seems to be the Southern State troops heading to Central State. They’re moving very quickly, so the future seems bad!”
Southern State’s army!
“The royal proclamation clearly states for the Western Marquis to send you to the Imperial City, but it doesn’t allow him to move Southern State’s army!” Gu Qianqiu’s expression fell a bit, “Chu Tian, if it is the Southern State’s army, then it is bad for Central State. Just believe this old man and I’ll think of a way to stop him for you!”
Chu Tian gave a laugh, “The Western Marquis has a deep grudge with me, he might not give the great scholar any face.”
“At least, I have a hundred royal knights to help you with!”
Cao Bao shouted as soon as he heard this, “Great scholar, our task is clearly to……”
“Don’t forget, the royal proclamation has clearly stated that you are all under me and have to follow all of this old man’s orders.” Gu Qianqiu quickly restored his dignified manner in front of the royal knights, “Do you want to go against the royal orders?”
“This Chairman Chu Tian is not our enemy!” Gu Qianqiu said to Chu Tian, “We don’t have a lot of time!”
Chu Tian considered it and then nodded, “Alright, I’ll believe you and let you go. Immediately close the city gates and prepare to fight!”
After Cao Bao was released, he took out a strange flute from his chest and blew into it, creating a shrill cry that echoed through the skies. Around ten minutes, a long cry resonated through the sky, as a hundred griffins slowly flew into Central State City.
The citizens of Central State City were shocked.
This was the legendary griffin beast!
Each one was a level two demon beast and each mount cost several million gold coins. The Griffin Knights was the most mysterious and strongest army in the Southern Summer Country. Now that the Griffin Knights appeared in Central State City, how could they not be shocked?
Following this, all the city gates were closed and the citizens were quickly asked to return before the defense army was stirred.
Something big was about to happen in Central State City!