Chapter 220: The Death of Xue Lu
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
The Embroidered Uniform Guards' lowest threshold for acceptance was the seventh level of the Nascent Soul Stage.
For some time, it became the laughing stock of the entire Imperial City, as they all felt that the Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard, Duan Ling Tian, was indulging in the wildest of fantasies.
How could an existence above the seventh level of the Nascent Soul Stage be someone he could recruit just because he wants to?!
The sky was filled with red clouds at dusk.
Imperial City, at the City Guard Army's campsite.
13 tall and big horses stood still before the campsite's entrance, then 13 figures jumped off to descend to the ground.
These 13 people wore standardised Volador Robes!
On each of their waists hung an order token and a narrow and long sabre, the Embroidered Spring Sabre!
A youth took the lead among the 13 people.
A trace of immaturity could be vaguely noticed in the youth's handsome face.
One could tell that the youth was about to turn 19 and become a young man.
"Who are you all?" The 10 armored soldiers who stood guard before the entrance to the City Guard Army's campsite glared fiercely when they saw the 13 approaching people.
"Presumptuous!" The youth in the lead snorted coldly as his cold and indifferent gaze swept past the City Guard Army soldiers. He paid no attention to them as he directly entered the City Guard Army's campsite.
"You all...." One of the soldiers took a step forward, wanting to block their path; however, he was instead pulled back by one of the soldiers beside him.
"What are you doing? Don't you see that someone is forcing their way into our City Guard Army's campsite?" The soldier that intended to block them frowned.
"Have you gone insane? Didn't you see the order token on their waists? They're the Embroidered Uniform Guard!" The soldier that pulled the first soldier back took a deep breath, and a sense of terror of mixed between his brows.
"What? The Embroidered Uniform Guard? Isn't the lowest threshold for acceptance into the Embroidered Uniform Guard the seventh level of the Nascent Soul Stage? Could it be that there're really people who joined the Embroidered Uniform Guard?"
"Who knows....If I'm not wrong, then the youth in the lead ought to be the Embroidered Uniform Guard's Commander, Duan Ling Tian."
"The existence of the Embroidered Uniform Guard was approved by his majesty the Emperor. Commander Duan is even the spokesman of his majesty the Emperor. Not to mention me, even the Lord Commander of our City Guard Army would probably need to fear him slightly."
Duan Ling Tian entered the City Guard Army's campsite and headed directly for the tent at the center. Everywhere he passed, the City Guard Army soldiers would give way.
Duan Ling Tian led the way with two old men following right behind him, and behind the two old man were 10 middle-aged men.
Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang were shockingly amongst the 10 middle-aged men.
Duan Ling Tian made a trip to the Divine Might Marquis Estate this morning and separated himself from the destiny of being a commander with no one to command.
He'd taken 10 people from the Divine Might Marquis Estate, and adding on Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang, the current Embroidered Uniform Guard had exactly 13 people including him.
An urgent figure rushed into the tent at the center of the City Guard Army's campsite and hurriedly reported, "Lord Commander, the Embroidered Uniform Guard....The Embroidered Uniform Guard has come!"
"What?!" The City Guard Army Commander, Xue Lu's, expression went slightly grim. "How many of them have come?"
"A total of 13 people including Commander Duan," the person that entered earlier replied
"13 people? In other words, besides him, there're 12 existences at the seventh level of the Nascent Soul Stage or above? What extravagance by the Divine Might Marquis, he's actually being so cooperative to the little bastard....Right, the Divine Might Marquis was the good friend of that little bastard's father after all." Xue Lu's face sank as he said to the person that entered earlier, "Go notify the other Captains to call out all the brothers within the campsite....I want to let that little bastard know that my City Guard Army's campsite isn't a place he can act as he pleases!"
"Yes." The person who entered earlier accepted the orders and left.
"Duan Ling Tian, you're really fortunate! Even the Nascent Soul martial artist I sent wasn't able to claim your life.... However, today, since you've brought people over to my City Guard Army's campsite to behave atrociously, then I'll make this trip your last!" Traces of breathtaking coldness flickered within Xue Lu's eyes.
Duan Ling Tian arrived near the center tent and stopped his footsteps. The 12 behind him stopped in tow.
Meanwhile, the soldiers that were garrisoned within the City Guard Army campsite dashed over, and for some time, the ground trembled and the mountains swayed.
The group of City Army Guard soldiers surrounded Duan Ling Tian's group like a bucket surrounding water, causing them to have no path to escape.
In next to no time, Duan Ling Tian met Xue Lu once again.
Xue Lu walked over in large strides. His face was filled with a bloodthirsty smile. "Duan Ling Tian, I never imagined that you'd actually deliver yourself to me on your own accord....In the outside, you have the identity as the Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard, and I'd perhaps be apprehensive about killing you. But now that you've forced entry into my City Guard Army's campsite for no reason, even if I do kill you, I think his Majesty wouldn't blame me."
Duan Ling Tian never imagined that Xue Lu would threaten to kill him the moment he appeared.
Looks like it was really correct of him to come today!
"Xue Lu, you're as conceited as before...Didn't you say I'd definitely die that day? Aren't I still alive and well?" The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth curled into a mocking smile when faced with Xue Lu's provocation.
"You!" Xue Lu's face sank. "If it wasn't for the arrival of your Duan Clan's Grand Elder, you would have been a corpse back then! However, it's the same today....I have to say, you really caused me to be extremely surprised. You set the threshold for acceptance into the Embroidered Uniform Guard so high, but the Divine Might Marquis actually gave you 12 people."
"You know they're people the Divine Might Marquis gave me?" Duan Ling Tian was slightly surprised.
"Humph! What I know is beyond your imagination." Xue Lu sneered.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as he focused his gaze onto Xue Lu and slowly said, "Commander Xue, I came here today mainly to talk about the incident from five months ago with you.... The person you sent to kill me has already died within the desolate wilderness. I'm here today to settle the accounts between us. I won't be greedy, just give me 10,000,000 silver as fees to help me get over my shock. How about it?"
The surrounding City Guard Army soldiers were dumbstruck when what Duan Ling Tian said entered their ears.
10,000,000 silver, and it's not being greedy?
Is this Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard joking!?
"Duan Ling Tian, looks like you already know it all...." Xue Lu's gaze went slightly cold. "You have some ability; actually being able to pry open my subordinate's mouth."
"What, Commander Xue Lu, are you admitting it?" Duan Ling Tian asked with a laugh.
"So what if I admit?" Xue Lu sneered, and his eyes revealed a bone-piercing coldness.
"Then quickly hand over the fees for helping me get over my shock so I can take my brothers to have a few drinks." The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth curled into a deep smile.
"You still want to collect fees?" Xue Lu started laughing, laughing wildly and arrogantly, laughing without restraint. "Duan Ling Tian, you seem to have not figured out the circumstances. Could it be that you think these few people you brought can go against my thousands of City Guard Army officers? Let me tell you, if everyone here spits at you, it would be sufficient do drown you all to death!"
"Looks like you're extremely confident, Commander Xue." Duan Ling Tian had a carefree expression; however, a sense of mocking jumped within his eyes.
"Hmph! Duan Ling Tian, don't think that you are a truely great figure just because you've obtained the title of Embroidered Uniform Guard Commander .... Let me tell you, you're nothing before me!" Xue Lu extended his hand to point at Duan Ling Tian's face, and his saliva sprayed out as he spoke in a condescending tone.
Duan Ling Tian's face went cold. Whether it was this life or his previous lifetime, what he hated the most was someone pointing at his face as they preached.
There was once a mercenary who'd come from the most outstanding navy SEAL forces of M Nation that pointed at this face and spouted a bunch of nonsense, so Duan Ling Tian directly smashed open his skull!
"Kill him!" Right at the same time that the killing intent on Duan Ling Tian's body rushed into the sky, Duan Ling Tian's incomparably cold and indifferent voice followed.
"Kill me?" Xue Lu started laughing with a face full of mocking and disdain.
However, in next to no time, his smile froze... because his head had already left his body....
A pillar of blood gushed out, and most of the City Guard Army soldiers present weren't even in time to react when they noticed that their Commander's head had already left his body.
In the next moment, they saw that one of the old men behind Duan Ling Tian had drops of fresh blood sprinkle down his feet as he put away his narrow sabre....
The captains of the City Guard Army all looked at the old man with a stupefied expression, with faces filled with disbelief.
They only saw the old man transform into an afterimage and even weren't in time to see clearly how many ancient mammoth silhouettes had actually appeared above the old man before their Commander was killed.
They were absolutely sure that this old man was at least an existence at the ninth level of the Nascent Soul Stage....His strength was absolutely not inferior to their Commander! And because he attacked unexpectedly, he was able to kill their Commander with a single strike.
"Hmph!" Duan Ling Tian snorted coldly, then he slowly turned around with the 12 members of the Embroidered Uniform Guard that wore Volador Robes and had Embroidered Spring Sabers on their waists and walked out of the campsite in large strides.
Everywhere they passed, the officers of the City Guard Army made way. Now that the Commander had died, they naturally wouldn't be stupid enough to rush up and seek death.
The people who this Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard brought weren't only at the seventh level of the Nascent Soul Stage; amongst them were even ninth level Nascent Soul Stage powerhouses....
The ninth level of the Nascent Soul Stage, in terms of strength, was capable of becoming a commander of any army within the Crimson Sky Kingdom.
However, now they willingly followed behind this Embroidered Uniform Guard Commander and served him.
After Duan Ling Tian leaped up onto his horse after walking out of the City Guard Army's campsite, a trace of a smile appeared on his face....
This feeling is indeed satisfying!
Today was truly enjoyable!
If someone were to know of Duan Ling Tian's current thoughts, it was a mystery as to what their expression would be.
Right when Duan Ling Tian and his 12 subordinates returned to the Embroidered Uniform Guards' residence.
A shocking piece of news spread out from within the City Guard Army's campsite to instantly sweep over the entire Imperial City....
The Embroidered Uniform Guards' Commander Duan Ling Tian, had brought along 12 Embroidered Uniform Guards and forced entry into the City Guard Army's campsite. He then killed the City Guard Army's Commander Xue Lu and left leisurely.
This piece of news completely muddled many people who didn't look favorably upon the Embroidered Uniform Guard and even secretly mocked the Embroidered Uniform Guards' Commander Duan Ling Tian as a commander with no one to command.
"The threshold for acceptance into the Embroidered Uniform Guard is so high, but it's still able to recruit 12 people?"
"12 existences at the seventh level of the Nascent Soul Stage or above....This group of Embroidered Uniform Guards are practically an elite composition, representing quality over quantity!"
"I heard that the person that attacked and killed the City Guard Army Commander Xue Lu was only an Embroidered Uniform Guard under Commander Duan's command....And he killed Commander Xue Lu with a single sabre strike!"
"I heard about it as well. Based on my estimations, the strength of that Embroidered Uniform Guard is definitely a first rate ninth level Nascent Soul Stage figure."
"Definitely! If he isn't at the ninth level of the Nascent Soul Stage, how could he possibly attack unexpectedly and kill Commander Xue Lu, who's also at the ninth level of the Nascent Soul Stage?"