Transcending the Nine Heavens - Chapter 104 Dark Night Challenger
Wu Qian Qian was deeply shocked. She could not fathom how Chu Yang was able to find so many questionable points just by looking through the documents of such a good and upright official!
Even though a couple of his speculations might have been a little forced, it was simply too abnormal for so many suspicious points to be found in one person! Hmm… To claim that this was just a big coincidence… Even Wu Qian Qian did not believe that there would be such a coincidence in this world.
“If this person is indeed a spy, then he will probably be the biggest fish that Bu Tian Pavilion has ever caught!” Chu Yang said grimly.
Wu Qian Qian trembled a little; she understood very well what Chu Yang meant by the term ‘biggest fish’… If his speculations were true, there would be at least a few hundred people involved in this case, from top to bottom!
There was bound to be another bloodbath!
“Chu Yang, even if he is a spy, we cannot just kill… Ah…” Wu Qian Qian continued, “This person’s fame is too great. His honor is high amongst the people of Iron Cloud. I’m afraid that there will be civil unrest if you were to kill him just like that.”
Ever since Wu Qian Qian began her job of assisting Chu Yang, she had partaken in the analysis of officials as well as commoners of Iron Cloud Nation on a daily basis. Therefore, her experience in dealing with such matters had greatly improved from her days at Beyond the Heavens Sect.
“Really? If not, what action do you think we should take?” Chu Yang smiled. Wu Qian Qian’s pace of learning was extremely fast. Over such a short period of time, she improved with each passing day. It would probably not take her long to become a very capable assistant.
Chu Yang had no idea why Tie Bu Tian had sent Wu Qian Qian to work under him, but he had one reason for not rejecting her. This was because Wu Qian Qian was a member of Beyond the Heavens Sect. He hoped that Wu Qian Qian would manage Bu Tian Pavilion in his place should he ever have to leave this place. This was the greatest gift that Chu Yang was preparing for his Sect. After all, his ultimate goal was not to remain in Lower Three Heavens.
From the very beginning, Chu Yang had every intention to ‘unintentionally’ guide and train Wu Qian Qian’s thought process, so as to groom her to be a qualified leader.
“If he is really a spy… But he has been working hard and fulfilling his duties over the past few years. That has been evident throughout… Moreover, everything he has done was for Iron Cloud. If we were to kill him without any proper evidence, the people will not be provoked, leading to a civil unrest.” Wu Qian Qian thought for a moment, “Eventually, even if we do find evidence of him being a traitor to Iron Cloud, the question remains as to whether or not the people will believe that the evidence is real.”
“I think that we should discuss this matter with the prince first.” Wu Qian Qian continued, “We have to find a proper solution. In addition, we must carefully plan on how things should proceed after this has been dealt with. Lastly, we have to think of how to deal with the possible issues that may arise after.”
“Yes, we most definitely cannot be reckless when dealing with this matter. Tie Bu Tian must be a part of this decision-making process!” Chu Yang praised. He thought for a moment and continued, “I will let you take charge of informing Tie Bu Tian! Let’s see how he wishes to deal with this matter and act accordingly. I’m going out for a little while.”
Subsequently, Chu Yang removed the cloak from his body and placed his mask on the desk.
“You’re going out again?” Wu Qian Qian was stunned and at a loss for words.
Recently, Chu Yang would come to work for a short while before leaving immediately without a trace. Even she had no clue where he went.
Indeed, Chu Yang’s whereabouts were truly secretive. With his disappearance, Wu Qian Qian could not fathom how he had managed to finish such a huge load of work at Bu Tian Pavilion. He should have spent a great deal of time completing such a huge amount of work.
Nonetheless, it still seemed as if Chu Yang was extremely relaxed and could spend his time smelling roses. He was completing his work smoothly, without any great hindrance.
“Ah, it’s getting too boring in here… I’m going for a walk.” Chu Yang said emotionlessly as he pressed the wall behind him. Suddenly, a secret door opened. Chu Yang’s body flashed and in just the snap of a finger, he disappeared behind it.
The door closed slowly and left no trace of its existence. If anyone were to look at this wall, they would most definitely think that this was just a normal wall.
Wu Qian Qian let out a helpless sigh. She put on Chu Yang’s cloak, wore his mask, and sat at his table. These days, whenever Chu Yang was not around, Wu Qian Qian would automatically take his place.
Could it be that this air of mystery was a cover for his own laziness? Wu Qian Qian shook her head and smiled. She quickly started writing on a piece of paper and imitated Chu Yang’s voice, shouting, “Someone! Bring this to the prince at once; I have something important to discuss with the prince…”
Of course, Chu Yang was behaving mysteriously, but it was not to be lazy.
Nevertheless, it was partially true that he was lazy to deal with Bu Tian Pavilion’s affairs. His other reason for maintaining his air of mystery was to secretly develop Heavenly Armament Pavilion.
His place was being built conspicuously and could not be neglected…
Most importantly, Chu Yang wanted to have time to strengthen himself! After his enlightenment on the Gentle Force of Water, Chu Yang could feel that his martial power was improving slowly. There were many aspects of his power that he had never thought or could have imagined. Yet now, his eyes appeared to have opened up to them as time went by.
The feeling of entering a new area of martial arts was Chu Yang’s greatest motivation to work harder at cultivating!
Recently, there was not just the appearance of ‘King of Hell Chu’ in Iron Cloud Citadel, but there was a passing rumor of the emergence of a ‘Dark Night Challenger’. He was not any less famous than King of Hell Chu.
Most of the famous masters in Iron Cloud Citadel had been harassed by a lunatic. The number of martial arts schools and protection services in Iron Cloud Citadel was numerous. As a result of its harsh northern environment, many sturdy people and a large number of martial arts masters were produced. While the number of top-level martial experts was not large, Iron Cloud was ranked first in the Lower Three Heavens for its large quantity of martial artists.
The Dark Night Challenger seemed to be really out of place. Apparently, he had a different appearance each day. With each passing day, his disguise became wilder. Today, he is twenty-years-old; tomorrow, he will be thirty. The day before, he had displayed the look of a weak young master. The following day, he had a red face with a few chest hairs. After a few days, there were a few moles on his body that looked like rat feces. To summarize, he had a different face every day.
Nonetheless, it seemed that his disguise was careless. Even though this Dark Night Challenger tried his best to prevent people from finding out who he was, he was mostly unsuccessful…
The rumors were true and Chu Yang genuinely did want to have a different appearance every day.
The first time he appeared, he was really meticulous. As for the second time, he did not bother being too meticulous. From then on, he started to become really careless, as if he could not wait to go out to fight… Regardless of his disguise, no one would recognize that it was him. As the days went by, he became even more careless. There were some days that he would forget what disguise he had used the previous day…
It didn’t matter what disguise Chu Yang had on. Everyone would still call him out in recognition, “Ahhh, it’s him. It’s Dark Night Challenger. Even if he were to turn into ashes, I would still be able to recognize him!”
This Dark Night Challenger’s martial power was not that high and he seemed to be just a Martial Warrior… However, he seemed to be improving with each passing day. Besides, he worked under strict principles.
Within a span of approximately twenty days, he had challenged more than thirty martial arts experts. If someone was keeping track of his challenges, he would realize that he did not challenge people at random.
The first person that he challenged was the absolute weakest amongst the famous martial artists in Iron Cloud Citadel. As time went by, he slowly moved on to challenge martial artists of increasing power. Everything was all planned out and not at all random. Each subsequent martial artist was more powerful than the one before…
If the order of his challengers was used to rank all the martial artists of Iron Cloud Citadel, there would most certainly be no errors at all.
This guy only wounded people. Besides, their wounds were not serious at all. What’s more, he absolutely did not kill anyone… No one could deny his challenges. He did not curse at people, and neither did he use any profanities to instigate a fight. His unconventional method of instigating a fight was already unbearable by anyone.
If someone had turned him down, he would immediately sit at that person’s front door and not allow anyone to pass. Going out to buy food? No! Going out to see friends? No! Going out for a walk? Absolutely no!
Everyone in the household would be prohibited from leaving!
If anyone wanted to chase him away, he would have to spar with him first.
If someone else from another household attempted to send him away, he would simply ignore their cursings… In just a short period of time, people from all over the place would gather, bringing along with them their gawking, pointing and noise. Eventually, the house would be surrounded by a few hundred spectators. How could anyone bear living like that?
Hence, notwithstanding the first ten days when people were still inexperienced, anyone who was challenged by the Dark Night Challenger would instantly jump right out of their house to fight with him and get it over with.
They knew very well that if they did not agree to fight with him, they would never be able to live in peace. Besides, this guy fought with principle. If he is not a match for me, he would just run away. If he beats me, then he would not challenge me again.
Soon after, the martial artists of Iron Cloud Citadel openly competed to see who could last the longest with the Dark Night Challenger. If the Dark Night Challenger beat a particular person, your rank would drop and he would immediately knock on someone else’s door… This essentially meant that this person was no longer a part of the circle of experts…