The Sims: I Open the Immortal Path for All Beings - Chapter 84
A novel by the same Author of Reaper of the Drifting Moon and the same universe:
Chapter 84: Chapter 83 Two Factories
Although Pei Xuanjing had been in Tiandu for a considerable time, he had never crossed paths with the notorious Dong and Xi Factories. Little did he expect to encounter them all in one day.
The leader of the Six Gates who Pei Xuanjing recognized was none other than Fu Changge, one of the Four Great God Catchers.
Fu Changge had spotted Pei Xuanjing early on and, seeming unsurprised to see him there, gave him a faint smile and a slight nod. Pei Xuanjing returned the courtesy.
“What do you intend to do?” Seeing his path blocked by all three sides, Lin Qingyi frowned, stepped forward, and asked.
The Brocade Guards are the emperor’s personal troops, and the Two Factories are the emperor’s personal servants, hence their power is typically balanced.
However, the emperor’s current favor of martial arts and the immense trust in the commander of the
Brocade Guards has shifted the balance. After the downfall of the Eunuch who had been the head of Office of Imperial Sacrifices and one of the Eight Tigers, the Brocade Guards used the opportunity to suppress the Two Factories and became unrivaled for a time.
Despite being a mere Fourth-grade martial artist, Lin Qingyi, as a deputy commander of the Brocade Guards, stands fearless facing the Third-grade masters, pseudo-masters of the factories, and the Six Gates.
What’s more, he has strong support. Besides having the Four Chiefs, Qinglong, Båi Hu, Xuanwu, and Zhuque, behind him, he also has the Second-Class martial artist Pei Xuanjing on his side, filling him with fearlessness.
Pei Xuanjing merely stood next to Lin Qingyi, observing these people with interest but remaining silent.
Hearing Lin Qingyi’s question, the people from the three forces just smiled but didn’t seem inclined to reply.
Lin Qingyi’s expression turned colder. He didn’t expect these people to disregard him so blatantly, which stoked his anger.
Regardless, he restrained his anger and directly addressed one of them, “Eunuch Zha, since when has your Xi Factory started caring about the Brocade Guards’ affairs?”
The Eunuch Zha Lin Qingyi mentioned was called Zha Xiaobo, who was one of the few eunuchs under Factory Supervisor Gu Dayong from Xi Factory.
Wearing a pointed hat, white leather boots, and a brown outfit, 40 in appearance but actually in his sixties, Zha Xiaobo was a master who had reached the Third-grade realm with his Drofound
It was because of his strength that he managed to survive a catastrophe back then.
“How can Deputy Lin say such things? With such a major incident occurring in the capital city, how could we of the Xi Factory not come and see?” Zha Xiaobo’s somewhat soft voice replied, neither yielding nor aggressive, echoing back Lin Qingyi’s question.
He emphasized the word “deputy” and cast a cold glance at Lin Qingyi.
Indeed, the Xi Factory was experiencing hard times for some reason. And Premises Supervisor Gu Dayong himself was as walking on thin ice, not to mention his subordinates.
But even so, they would never let themselves be dismissed by a mere deputy commander of the Brocade Guards.
“Now that you have seen everything, clear the way. I must return with my report.” Lin Qingyi didn’t expect to be rebutted from the beginning.
He had approached the Xi Factory precisely because they were in dire straits and the weakest among the three forces.
Even after being rebuffed, Lin Qingyi did not back down.
“You can go, this official hasn’t stopped you.” Although Zha Xiaobo said this, he stood in his place without the slightest intention of moving aside.
“You…” Anger flashed in Lin Qingyi’s eyes. He contemplated whether to force his way through.
However, he also had reservations. It was one thing to have a dispute with these three factions, but a full-on conflict was entirely another.
If it provoked some people’s dissatisfaction, it could end up being a disaster for everyone.
This experience, however, made Lin Qingyi’s thirst for martial arts and power even more relentless.
It was clear to him that these people belittled him only because he held a low rank and his martial arts skills were somewhat inferior.
If he were a Third -grade master, or even had the strength of Pei Xuanjing, these people would never dare to belittle him like this.
Seeing Lin Qingyi’s raging eyes and increasingly grim expression, Fu Changge tried to mediate ,”Deputy Lin, could you explain what exactly happened here? At least, give us something to report when we return.”
“Um…” Seeing Fu Changgets attempt to mediate, Lin Qingyi reluctantly explained what had transpired.
“Assassins from the underground… Prince Pingdeng…” “I heard that Prince Pingdeng was a Second-Class martial artist. You were able to capture him?”
“Even if you’re going to spin a tale, at least use your brain.”
These people were doubtful of Lin Qingyi’s words.
When they arrived, the battle at the mansion had already ended, and they were unaware that Pei Xuanjing had already broken through to the Second-Class Realm.
Lin Qingyi looked at Pei Xuanjing, questioning with his eyes whether he should reveal the truth. Pei Xuanjing, nonchalantly, nodded in agreement.
He had no intention of concealing it. On the contrary, he utilized this opportunity to let the news spread, which could save him a lot of trouble.
“It’S because Brother Pei took action and personally killed Prince Pingdeng,” Lin Qingyi said with pride on his face.
Upon hearing this, everyone was taken aback. There was doubt, skepticism, and various other expressions.
“Brother Pei, you’ve advanced to the Second-Class Realm?” Fu Changge asked in amazement, somewhat uncertainly.
“Indeed, I was fortunate enough to make a breakthrough.”
Pei Xuanjing nodded, releasing his aura, which then quickly receded.
Although it happened in the blink of an eye, there were many martial arts masters present who could clearly discern that without a doubt, Pei Xuanjing’s aura belonged to a Second-Class martial artist.
“Congratulations, Brother Pei.” Fu Changge congratulated Pei Xuanjing with a complex expression on his face.
Pei Xuanjing just nodded, not saying much.
Looking at Pei Xuanjing’s young face, everyone present remembered that he is not even 24 years old. At such a young age, he had surpassed them, causing them to be immensely shocked.
The person who was most shocked was unquestionably Fu Changge.
When they first met, they were both in the Third-grade realm. But in just half a year, Pei Xuanjing had broken through, which made Fu Changge feel like he had wasted all these years.
Thinking back to when he was once called a genius, compared to Pei Xuanjing now, he felt utterly insignificant.
No matter what Fu Changge thought, even though Pei Xuanjing’s breakthrough to the Second-Class Realm shocked the people there, it still couldn’t stop their mission.
Zha Xiaobo started, “Our Xi Factory has several cases related to the underground. Why don’t you let us interrogate these people…”
Before he could finish, representatives from the other two factions also spoke up.
“Our Six Gates…”
“Our Dong Factory…”