Chapter 209: The Despaired Gu Xuan
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"I trust that none of you want anything to happen to your general, right?" Duan Ling Tian's gaze descended onto the crowd of officers before him.
Instantly, the scene went deathly silent, as the nearly 90,000 officers had all fallen silent.
"Alright! Everyone, today, I, Duan Ling Tian, will establish a military writ here...Three days from now, we will surely breach Southern Barbaric City and storm the enemy's city to take revenge for the 10,000 plus dead brothers!" In next to no time, Duan Ling Tian's voice became slightly louder, and his imposing manner pierced into the sky.
What Duan Ling Tian said caused the nearly 90,000 officers' eyes to shine.
Now they didn't dare look down upon this violet-clothed youth. This youth was a figure that had once noticed the flaws within the warfare tactics that Gu Xuan formulated...With Nie Fen bearing witness to the matter, they firmly believed it.
"All of you, get up! Properly recuperate and build up your strength, because three days from now, we attack Southern Barbaric City and wash away our shame!" Duan Ling Tian's voice abruptly became loud and was extremely influential.
Swoosh! Swoosh! Swoosh! Swoosh! Swoosh!
Instantly, the near 90,000 border army officers that knelt on the ground stood up one by one, and they all had excited expressions.
"Wash away our shame!"
"Wash away our shame!"
Under the exceedingly large amounts of excited shouts, the nearly 90,000 officers all retreated.
At this moment, among everyone present, not one of them dared look down upon the violet-clothed youth that stood there....
"If he's able to stay within the Crimson Sky Kingdom, then he will surely be a figure like the Divine Might Marquis in the future...Not, it's even possible for him to surpass the Divine Might Marquis!" After seeing all of his subordinates being persuaded to retreat by Duan Ling Tian, He Wei An was slightly moved, and his eyes revealed a sense of reverence.
This youth had obtained his respect!
Nie Fen's brows rose as he shook his head and smiled. He muttered to himself, "This kid...He's even snatched away my limelight."
"General He, send off some irrelevant people...Otherwise, I won't have the mood to discuss tactics with all of you." Duan Ling Tian's gaze descended onto He Wei An's figure as he spoke in a manner than indicated something.
"Don't worry, Brother Ling Tian." He Wei An nodded and returned inside the tent before looking at Gu Xuan. "Young Master Gu, I'll arrange for a horse for you right away. Please leave."
"Then why don't you hurry up and arrange it?" Gu Xuan glared. He didn't want to stay in this place for even a moment longer.
He only wanted to return to the Imperial City and live his life of a Young Master.
"Duan Ling Tian, you're really something." Xiao Xun looked at Duan Ling Tian as he laughed and said, "You didn't see the expressions of General He and the two strategists...It was as splendid as splendid could be; however, you never told us that you had warned Commander Nie about the flaws in the plan Gu Xuan formulated."
"Don't you know about it now?" Duan Ling Tian shook his head and laughed.
Xiao Yu looked at Duan Ling Tian. He was at a loss for words for a long time, but he was finally able to only the word, "Abnormal!"
Before long, Gu Xuan's figure appeared before Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed.
"Humph!" Gu Xuan coldly swept Duan Ling Tian with his gaze before laughing coldly. "Duan Ling Tian, don't think that I'll thank you...Also, don't be complacent! Take a look in the mirror. A mere grade 1 Star Mastermind Department student like you wants to think of a way to breach the Southern Barbaric City?"
Duan Ling Tian hadn't even spoken when Xiao Xun couldn't bear to watch any longer. He mocked Gu Xuan. "At least it's better than someone's trash tactic that led 10,000 plus soldiers to their deaths! I'm really curious, what would happen if his majesty the Emperor were to know of this incident...At that time, even if the Prime Minister can protect your life, the punishment won't be light, right?"
"You!" Gu Xuan was angered by Xiao Xun to the point that his face went grim.
"Young Master Gu, you can leave now...." Right at this moment, He Wei An's cold and indifferent voice sounded.
Gu Xuan glanced angrily at Xiao Xun, and after his icy cold gaze swept past Duan Ling Tian once again, he left.
"He really got off lightly!" Xiao Xun's face sank as he watched Gu Xuan leave.
"That isn't necessarily true." Duan Ling Tian smiled lightly with a mysterious and unfathomable expression.
Before Long, Duan Ling Tian and Nie Fen walked shoulder to shoulder into the tent.
He Wei An and the other two strategists walked in as well.
Presently, Duan Ling Tian was surrounded by everyone in the center. He was like a bright moon surrounded by the stars.
"Brother Ling Tian, I apologize for the incident the other time." He Wei An looked at Duan Ling Tian with a sincere expression.
"General He, there's no need for this. I've already said that you became prejudiced because of the interference of someone...Combined with my age, it's extremely difficult to convince someone." Duan Ling Tian shook his head with a face full of disregard.
"Brother Ling Tian has such a bearing at this age. You will surely be a figure with unrivalled talent in the future," He Wei An said, in admiration.
"General He, you don't have to be courteous with me...Let's get down to business." Duan Ling Tian's gaze quickly descended onto Southern Barbaric City's outer layout model before him.
In an instant, Duan Ling Tian's eyes flickered with a sheen of wisdom, and he pointed to various points on the model as he slowly spoke with an imposing manner that seemed as if he could guide the kingdom to victory!
The strategies of 'removing the firewood from under the pot', 'sneaking along an unknown path' of the 36 stratagems and the strategy of 'to borrow arrows with thatched boats' from the romance of the three kingdoms that were passed down since ancient times in his previous life within the Earth's nation of Hua, were recounted in detail by Duan Ling Tian, and they were used ingeniously by him.
Before long, everyone present was immersed with the tactic that Duan Ling Tian formulate.
After a long time.
"Extraordinary! Truly extraordinary! Especially this strategy of 'to borrow arrows with thatched boats.' It will fully utilize that wide moat outside the Southern Barbaric City...Our bows and arrows weren't many to begin with, so if we were to use bows and arrows to forcefully attack, we would only be able to sustain it for a little while. But now it's different; we can completely forcibly take possession of their arrows and use them against them." He Wei An had been in the army for many years and had rich experience. His keen sense of smell told him that with these two strategies combined, as long as they were to grasp the right timing, they'd surely be able to breach Southern Barbaric City!
The other two strategists reacted as well, and they looked at Duan Ling Tian as they bowed in respect. "Brother Ling Tian is a genius!"
Nie Fei glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian, as the shock within his heart wasn't any lesser than He Wei An and the two strategists.
Although he'd seen Duan Ling Tian's strategy of 'crossing the river while deceiving the heavens,' never had he imagined that Duan Ling Tian would still be able to produce so many extraordinary strategies.
Moreover, the three extraordinary strategies that Duan Ling Tian spoke of now were even closely linked together!
Including Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun, all the Star Mastermind Students looked at the violet-clothed youth before them in disbelief....
Now they even wished for nothing more than to break open the youth's brain and see what actually was kept within!
Even the two students who originally followed Gu Xuan and were hostile towards Duan Ling Tian glanced at each other and were able to see the admiration within each other's eyes.
"The tactics that were formulated today are only a broad outline...And once we're at the battlefield, everything must be adjusted according to the changing circumstances!" Duan Ling Tian wasn't surprised when he looked at the shock on the faces of everyone.
The 36 stratagems was a treasure that the ancestors of the nation of Hua had passed down, and if it were to be used properly, one would never lose a battle!
"I believe that with Brother Ling Tian directing the battle, we'll surely be able to achieve a complete victory!" A smile appeared on He Wei An's face, and his gaze seemed to be slightly excited, because he could finally take revenge for the 10,000 plus subordinate brothers that had passed.
"Then we'll depart three days from now. Our Crimson Wyrm Army will be responsible for the sneak attack, your border army will be responsible for the frontal assault." Nie Fen nodded as he put down the final decision.
In next to no time, everyone left in succession.
Three days later, they would attack the Southern Barbaric City and wash away their shame!
When they'd just returned to the tent, Xiao Xun looked at Duan Ling Tian as he asked, "Duan Ling Tian, what the heck is inside your head? 'Removing the firewood from under the pot,' 'sneaking along an unknown path,' and 'to borrow arrows with thatched boats.' All of these strategies are things I've never even heard of before! How did you think of them? Besides that, when Gu Xuan left, what did you mean when you said it's not necessarily true?"
Duan Ling Tian shrugged. "Xiao Xun, how do you expect me to answer when you ask so much? I'm too lazy to deal with you! You'll naturally know when the time comes."
Xiao Xun smiled bitterly.
Xiao Yu, however, seemed to have known that this would be the result, thus he didn't speak a word.
Nevertheless, the gaze that he looked at Duan Ling Tian with was extremely complicated.
Maybe becoming friends with Duan Ling Tian in this life could be considered as his greatest gain and honor....
Outside Relentless Thriving City, a steed darted on.
A young man in a slightly sorry state unceasingly clamped onto the horse's girth with his legs, and the horse-whip in his hand never stopped as he unceasingly urged the horse below him.
Ceaselessly increasing his speed.
After he dashed out a few miles, the young man noticed that the speed of the horse beneath him had slowed down. And before long, the horse directly fell onto the ground and started foaming at the mouth before losing all signs of life.
Obviously, it had been poisoned to death!
The young man's face went pale, as he vaguely perceived that there was something strange about this matter.
Right at this moment.
Ten large horses darted over and surrounded the young man in the middle within the blink of an eye.
Atop the 10 horses were 10 middle-aged men in casual clothes, and they were currently staring at the young man with cold and indifferent gazes as their eyes flickered with blood thirsty killing intent.
"You all...I know you, you're a Captain from the border army! You're a Captain as well!" The young man felt like these people to looked familiar at the beginning, and before long, he'd recalled who they were.
These people had respectfully listened to his commands on the battlefield yesterday when he commanded the army to charge at Southern Barbaric City....
"Young Master Gu, when you go to hell, remember to apologize to those 10,000 plus brothers of mine that have died." One of the Captains that was identified directed his icy cold gaze onto the youth as if he was looking at a dead man.
"You all...How dare you all! I'm the son of the Prime Minister, and all of you dare to touch me?" The young man was precisely Gu Xuan. Never had he imagined that after fleeing Relentless Thriving City, he would actually encounter a border army officer with the intention to kill him. His expression was extremely unsightly.
"The son of the Prime Minister?" The other Captain sneered. "If you weren't the Prime Minister's son, do you think that you could have walked out of our campsite? If it wasn't for us being worried about implicating the General, do you think we would be so kind as to let you leave? Those were the lives of 10,000 people!" As he finished speaking, the Captain was slightly hysterical.
"You...You can't kill me...Can't kill me...If you don't kill me, I'll give you anything you want...Wealth and rank, groups of beauties, I can give all of you anything that you want!" Gu Xuan was afraid, he was truly afraid.
In his entire life, it was the first time that dread and despair arose within his heart.