Transcending the Nine Heavens - Chapter 88 Finding Spies
There was silence and everyone was just looked at one another. Big Official Chu appeared as though he was talking to himself!
“I will now call out a few individuals. Those whose names have been mentioned, please take a step forward.” Chu Yang did not care what was going on because he had anticipated that they would act in this way.
Chu Yang grabbed a stack of documents and began, “Liu Zu Guang.”
A middle-aged man with one eye reluctantly walked out from the crowd, taking his own time.
“Liu Zu Guang, third grade Martial Master, from the area Thriving South. Three years ago, you fought with an enemy and lost an eye. This enemy was a ranger named Ping Wu Ying from the Clear Spring Prefecture of Great Zhao, is this accurate?”
Liu Zu Guang nodded slowly, “Official Chu, everyone knows about this.” By saying this, he was, in fact, implying that the statement that Official Chu had mentioned was completely redundant because it was common knowledge.
“Please take a step forward.” Chu Yang took two steps toward Liu Zu Guang and felt the pulse on his wrist. He simultaneously activated both Deep Spirit Principle and the Nine Tribulations Transcending the Nine Heavens Technique on his hand.
Liu Zu Guang pulled back immediately and his eyes were incredibly fierce as he glared at Chu Yang.
“Hidden weapons are your forte. You were a disciple of Thriving South’s Sun Clan which is famous for their hidden weapon tactics. Sun Clan’s hidden weapon tactics have a special thing about them. They are weak on the left and stronger on the right. The left side contributes thirty percent of the power while the right contributes seventy percent. Moreover, this combination is used in conjunction with their signature mental technique which is Return to Throwing Hand, used to throw weapons over long distances. Am I correct?”
“Yes. Official Chu is indeed clever.” Liu Zu Guang was confused. He did not know whether he was being praised or mocked. He became incredibly nervous. All of the information that Chu Yang had said about the Sun Clan was top secret and he knew about it!
“However, this hidden weapon tactic of the Sun Clan although it is clever has one limitation. All disciples of the Sun clan have one undeniable habit when facing their enemies. This is that their right eyes are usually closed or at least narrowed, and only use their left eyes to target enemies. As a result of this, the left eyes of the Sun clan’s disciples are the most crucial part of their body. Without it, their hidden weapons tactic would be useless. Being weak on the left and strong on the right makes it extremely tough for enemies to guard against disciples of the Sun clan. However, because of this strict requirement of practicing this technique is that one has to use their left eye to aim. Liu Zu Guang, one of your eyes were blinded by the enemy. This eye was none other than your left eye! Yet your hidden weapons skill is still accurately thirty percent from the left and seventy percent from the right. Why is this so?
These words that Chu Yang said made everyone pale in shock. They had clearly understood what Chu Yang had meant and where he was going with this.
Liu Zu Guang too was shocked and his expression changed; he rebutted and said, “It is because of my left eye being blinded that I have been working hard to train my right eye to replace my left. Official Chu, if a person failed once, can he not pick himself up and try again?”
However, Chu Yang did not pay attention to his explanation, and said coldly, “When I checked your meridians earlier, I discovered that the meridians of both your eyes were still in good condition and without any damage. You might have lost your left eye, yet your meridians are fine. Everyone knows that regardless of how you were injured, whether it be a sword, saber, punch, or kick, would cause damage to the meridians after a long period of time. Moreover, if the injuries are serious, it would have been likely that your meridians would be damaged to the point that they would be distorted completely.”
“And despite losing your left eye, your surrounding meridians still remain intact. According to the report, it said that Ping Wu Ying punched your eye, destroying it. Haha… Liu Zu Guang, did your enemy love you so much that he blinded your eye and chose not to damage the meridians at all?
It is indeed impressive that someone with a cultivation level of Martial Master such as Ping Wu Ying would have such precise control over his power! Our Official Cheng at the level of Revered Saber Artist does not even have such a precise control… Liu Zu Guang, why don’t you ask Official Cheng if he could do it?”
Chu Yang smiled coldly, “The palace has its own physicians, and we have our own Bu Tian Pavilion physician right here as well. He could do a quick check. Liu Zu Guang, do you have any more to say?”
At this point, Cheng Zi Ang and Chen Yu Tong were astonished! Their expressions had changed and their faces turned pale as they watched the situation unfold, sitting in their seats.
Chu Yang’s words were part of the basic knowledge of martial injuries. Every one of his words was true, how could they not have realised this? Damaging someone’s eye without damaging his meridians, forget about a Martial Master, even Revered Saber Artist Cheng Zi Ang did not have such a capability. To be able to do this, the cultivation level of the user had to be at least Martial Monarch.
If Liu Zu Guang’s injury was as what Chu Yang had said, then there was only one possibility: Liu Zu Guang was a spy and he was injured intentionally. There seemed to be no other explanation for this.
Liu Zu Guang took a step back as the blood completely drained from his face. Next, to Chu Yang, Bu Tian Pavilion’s physician stood up and begun walking in his direction.
On Liu Zu Guang’s face, there was a look of despair. He suddenly laughed and said, “Yes, you are very powerful. I can’t believe that I damaged my own body and infiltrated this organisation to spy but in the end to be discovered by you. Not bad. I am Liu Xiao Cheng. Liu Zu Guang died by my hand a long time ago. Although, you might have uncovered my identity, don’t expect to get anything else from me.”
“In order to spy, you actually destroyed your own eye. Haha… such a desperate act would naturally get you a lot of sympathy from others. Moreover, they would not inspect your eye’s injury because they would be empathetic toward your suffering. Therefore, I would say that sacrificing an eye to spy is actually quite a fair price to pay since you have been using this to misguide people and retain your cover.”
Chu Yang smiled coldly and said, “But surely you had not expected for your misdirection to be exposed!”
Liu Xiao Cheng sneered, “So what? I can only die once.”
Cheng Zi Ang’s face reddened. He stood up and angrily said, “Liu Xiao Cheng! Damn you! The two assassination attempts in Sun Citadel prefecture were foiled by you?
Liu Xiao Cheng laughed, “If the opportunity was right there for the taking, why would I not have seized it?”
Cheng Zi Ang’s entire whole body shook in shock. He had sent two people to assassinate a general of Great Zhao twice; one of those assassins were Cheng Zi Ang’s disciple. He could not have imagined that they would have been betrayed! They had died in vain…
Cheng Zi Ang was overwhelmed with rage; his eyes were completely red. However, at the same time, he was also filled with remorse. There was a spy hidden in his own ranks, and coincidentally he was one of those that he valued deeply as well. He had sacrificed the lives of both his own subordinate and his disciple with nothing to show for it.
“I’ll kill you.” Cheng Zi Ang roared as his body flew forward.
“Stop, capture him alive.” Chen Yu Tong quickly yelled.
With the enemy’s spy in front of them, it was more useful to capture him alive. Who knew how many of more of them were left in the eighty people left?
“Haha, Chen Yu Tong, no need for such wishful thinking. I am not thinking about living anymore.” Liu Xiao Cheng laughed out loud and all of a sudden, his body trembled uncontrollably. His eyes rolled back and black blood dripped from the edge of his mouth. He had hidden a highly toxic poison in his mouth!
“Bam!” Liu Xiao Cheng’s body fell on the group. It twitched a little and then there was no movement.
Cheng Zi Ang roared angrily. He kicked Liu Xiao Cheng’s corpse and yelled, “Check Liu Xiao Cheng’s background. I want to kill all nine generations of his family. I will completely annihilate every single one of them!”
Cheng Zi Ang filled with shame and humiliation. There had been a spy hidden under his wings for such a long time and he was not even aware or suspicious of him! Moreover, he had been setting up traps one mission after the other, sending the lives of his martial brothers into the trap of their enemies! He had also lost one of his most valued disciples!
If Chu Yang had not uncovered his identity, he would have remained undercover and who knows how many more deaths he would have been responsible for!
Everyone now looked at Chu Yang in a different light. This newly appointed Adjunct Minister was really not as simple as he appeared. Despite only having taken to this position for a day, he had already caught a spy. This was tantamount to saving their lives. It would have been possible for anyone of them to die from a mission because of a spy being in their midst.
“Wait.” Chu Yang shouted.
“What orders do you have, Minister Chu?” Cheng Zi Ang’s attitude toward Chu Yang had completely changed at this point. He committed a serious dereliction of duty and Chu Yang had helped him correct it. Even though he was a youth with low cultivation, he had a keen observation and superior wisdom; the others could not help but respect him.