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HTK Chapter 203 (Part One)
Lampard didn't stop Brook's order. The three kings and the leader of the Scarface Knights were already killed before he asked, "Do you think it will affect the trip of his Majesty since we killed them?"
"It's the same to kill one or two." Brook put the b.l.o.o.d.y sword back in the sheath, slightly shaking his head. After the burning of the prairie, the whole area laid in ruins. He watched the scene of this devastation, frowned and said, "If we didn't kill those three Knights before, it might not be a problem to let them go, but unfortunately … the Knights will not care about our explanation. No matter whose fault it was, those domineering Execution Knights will only see one thing— that we killed their people. If we let him leave now, after he turns back, the revenge from the Knights will only come faster. Also, killing these people is my consideration for his Majesty's visit to the Imperial Capital."
Lampard just sighed but did not speak any more. He understood what Brook said.
With the wind blowing away the gra.s.s, everyone had a sudden feeling of anger and oppression. They knew a storm was brewing, but they couldn't do anything. Chambord did not have the ambition to conquer any city. The only thing they wanted was to live in a safe and peaceful environment. However, the Azeroth Continent was full of chaos and killing. Even if they didn't want to be involved in the trouble, they will be engulfed in this havoc.
"Fortunately, it's only a few people who know about this."
Brook looked at the soldiers who were distributed around. There were less than one hundred people that joined the battle, of which more than eight people had been sent away to distract the black cavalries before. The people who really knew about the status of those four four-star Empire Knights were only around twenty and all of them were innocent and staunch people from Chambord. Brook turned around and sternly ordered that no one was allowed to divulge information about this event. Once someone let out any rumors, they would be killed.
Soon, the body of the two experts, d.i.c.k and Alan who were killed by Lampard and the jokester duo knights Drogba and Pierce, the three kings, Gullo, and the leaders of the Scarface Knights had been burned to ash. Their armors and weapons were transported into the blacksmith Samuel's furnace that was located in the back hill of Chambord and was sc.r.a.pped. The traces of the fighting also had been cleaned up carefully. Brook was very considerate. The work of cleaning the marks was well done. Nothing was left of this battle.
"However, we have to let His Majesty know about what happened here as soon as possible. Frank, take a night off and return to His Majesty tomorrow immediately!"
The next day, Lampard and the jokester duo knights left Chambord City with 50 Bylaw Enforcement Officers so hastily that they left a dust trail behind them.
In the early sunshine of the morning, there were two people, who had once sent Fei away, standing under the drawbridge gate. The two magnates of the army and politics in Chambord City, Brook and Bast were standing on the rampart, watching Lampard and the others leave the city quietly, until they disappeared in the distant horizon.
"Unbelievable, the Zenit Empire had been stabilized for more than twenty years. A chaotic time is coming so soon again." The old white faced Bast sighed, worrying inside.
"I heard that Emperor Yasin's body is getting worse and worse. He is too sick, not even being able to ride horses now. His princes are keen on jockeying for the throne. Those decadent n.o.bles only know how to crazily seek money and the two hundred and fifty dependent kingdoms are ready to strive for the empire. The worse thing is, according to the news from the Priest Ma Zola, the empire's old enemy, Spartac, has started to mobilize their troops at the border three months ago, seemingly like they want to invade. The dark chaotic time is already showing a few signs." Brook rubbed the chilled crenellations on the wall, "The three kings would not dare to attack us if these chaotic signs didn't appear. Nowadays, even the Empire Knights are starting to have some plans."
"Once the war comes, there will be many kingdoms that will be destroyed, people will be killed and royal families will be annihilated. Although Chambord is located in the North, we probably won't be able to stay out of this. There is only a little time for us to prepare." Bast had special experiences, seemingly like he already imagined a scene of a miserable world.
"The only thing we need to do is work on the things that His Majesty left us. I believe that he already noticed the signs, and had been prepared." Brook was a soldier. He had heroic bones, so he was not really pessimistic about the war.
Bast showed a smile, suddenly changing the topic, "Oh, right, did you find out the ident.i.ty of the mysterious black master that appeared and killed Knight Gullo in a split second?"
"I have only a little clue, but am not certain yet."
"Well, Gordon, you need to thank this mysterious man, I heard from Frank that without this mysterious guy's help, you would have been stuck in a dangerous position."
"Even if he didn't appear, I would not have died." In front of his old friend, Brook didn't hide too much. He smiled towards the wall and said, "When His Majesty left, he did leave something for me. Before I could use it, this guy just appeared and killed the four-star warrior."
HTK Chapter 203 (Part Two)
After the Elder Princess and her people left, the Chambord Expeditionary Force did not set off on the second day, but simply stationed themselves on the outside of the Ernst capital Hot Spring Gate.
The Hot Spring Gate was one of the most famous ten cities in the Zenit Empire. It was not only the metropolis of Ernst, but also a well-known economic and cultural hub in the Northern region of the empire. More importantly, it's a solid fortress. Whether it was the size of the city or the military forces, it's impossible for the Black Stone Kingdom's fortress to compare with it. Also, the Hot Spring Gate was just like a gate that was located in the middle of Chambord City, guarding the road to the outside. It had extreme strategic significance. Therefore, Fei wanted to stay here to observe more and wait for Lampard and the others to return to the army.
The second day was sunny and crisp in the morning.
After Fei arranged the camp matters, he called off the guards' accompanying him and took Angela and Emma with him before leaving the campsite of the Expeditionary Forces to visit the Hot Spring Gate. A big city like this, it was much more flourishing and grand than Chambord City. For Fei–a homeboy in his previous life who only knew about the Azeroth Continent from books and legends, and the two little girls, who never came to such a big city before, this city had a fatal attraction.
"Hey! You three, Stop! Foreigners need to pay a tax to get into the city."
Just after reaching the city gate, the guards became baffled like they found peerless treasures, avariciously staring at Angela and Emma's bodies. One barred the gate with his spear, blocking the way to stop them. With their elegant outfits and temperament, the soldier knew that these three people were not common peasants. It was hard to say what would happen if Fei and the two girls didn't seem like n.o.bles.
"Tax? How much?" Fei smiled not feeling angry.
He knew that these soldiers were "princess" soldiers when he saw the scruffy armors and the untidy formation of these soldiers. They didn't join the war and0 see death. These soldiers could never be opponents to the Bylaw Enforcement Officers of Chambord. It was easy to imagine how their peaceful lives made them lose their vigilance. Even the garrison in Hot Spring Gate - one of the most famous ten cities in the empire - was not that strict.
"One empire standard silver coin for each person."
"One silver coin? Really?! How could it be so expensive?" Emma couldn't help but ask back. An empire standard silver coin could provide for a poor family in Chambord for more than one month.
Fei shook his head. He knew that these soldiers were rambling about the price, but he was not willing to talk too much with these people. He threw three silver coins out, and walked into the city with the two girls. The coins fell on the ground and those soldiers grabbed like a bunch of dogs trying to get their bones.
After pa.s.sing the city gate, it was an outer district designed to defend during a siege. Past the outer district, they finally made it to the main city.
When they walked into the main city, a new world appeared.
There were wide, clean streets in the city. Although it was early in the morning, not too many people were on the street. It was much more busy than Chambord City. There were a few hawkers already starting to prepare their stalls. Caravans were in a hurry, mercenaries and excursionists were grimy, everyone started to work for a new day. Most buildings that were along the streets were made by stones, colorful signs were swinging with the wind. There were so many shops opening one by one, and the whole street was filled with the appetizing smell of food.
Angela and Emma were suddenly attracted by the bustling scenes and they gasped, just like two oriole birds. They took a look at everything, all the things here were so fresh and beautiful.
Fei walked behind them with a smile, observing the city while he protected the two girls.
For the longest time, Fei was really curious about the reason why all the empires were so tirelessly keen to build fortress walls and castles. In the Azeroth Continent, where top tier experts like the Sun-cla.s.s Lord could move a mountain with their hands and even split the sky, all these walls were not even stronger than a top tier expert's hair. No matter how stable or grand your walls were, it wouldn't cause any problems to a Moon-cla.s.s Elite or a Sun-cla.s.s Lord. Even a capable star-cla.s.s warrior could just jump over that. So, the creation of walls seemed like a futile project to waste money and materials.
But just now, Fei found some interesting things.
Each brick that was on the walls of the Hot Spring Gate was covered with some magic runes. These runes were not really difficult to understand. With the magician knowledge that Fei learned from the Nun Akara and the wretched Uncle Kane, he could resolve out that they were some simple magic transmission and soil reinforcement spells. He secretly used his palm to push the wall and found out that once the thrust stopped, the magic power would appear inside the wall, and any damage below a 3-star rating wouldn't be able to damage the walls.
Also, after entering the city of the Hot Spring Gate, Fei instantly felt a very active magic element fluctuation in the city. It was almost more than twice as much as he felt outside of the city. It was really incredible. These few steps could create such a huge gap!
But just another few minutes, he found out the source of this bizarre phenomenon.