HJC – Book 6, Chapter 40.1

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Chapter 40 Fei Li God General (1)

The girl sitting behind the desk was of rather average looks, and being called that by Zhou Weiqing, she was rather pleased, and her attitude was extremely nice. “Alright, what’s your name, age, gender… uh, that one isn’t necessary. Also, your field of study and whether or not you are a noble.”

“I’m Zhou Weiqing, 16 years old… uhh… field of study… wait, let me ask.” Turning his head around to Shangguan Bing’er, he asked: “What are we registering as our field of study?”

Shangguan Bing’er was struck speechless by him, sighing in resignation as she replied: “Military Command.”

Zhou Weiqing turned back and said: “Military command. I’m also a Viscount in the Heavenly Bow Empire, does that count as a noble?” His father was after all the Commander-in-Chief of the Heavenly Bow Empire, and he had nothing against nobles; furthermore, it meant lowering the acceptance score.

The girl in charge of registration said apologetically: “I’m sorry, only nobles from the Fei Li Empire are recognized as nobles, for other countries, only the royal family will be considered nobles. Unfortunately, you can only register as commoners.”

A cold light flashed in Zhou Weiqing’s eyes, and he said passively: “Commoner it is then.” A sense of humiliation and sorrow welled up in his heart, as a weak country, even their noble status weren’t recognized; this was even in their ally Fei Li Empire. With their country so weak, they weren’t even able to hold their heads up high as citizens. In that very instant, he suddenly understood why his father spent all his time training his soldiers and battling. This was all to strengthen their own country!

Shangguan Bing’er sensed the change in Zhou Weiqing’s emotions, quickly registering as well before they headed into the academy.

“Little Fatty, don’t think so much. We are here for the sake of making our country stronger in the future! We need to endure and tolerate everything, we are here to learn, and once we have grown stronger, only then can we repay our country and strengthen it! Your talent is so high, in the future, you will definitely be able to lead our country into prominence.”

Zhou Weiqing nodded his head, holding Shangguan Bing’er’s hands and said: “Not me, it’s us. No matter where I am, I will not allow you to leave me.”

Shangguan Bing’er saw the resolution in his eyes, and she suddenly realised that, her Little Fatty had somehow changed in that instant, no longer just that Zhou Little Fatty who was joking around all day. With a tremor in her heart, she couldn’t help but think: My Little Fatty has grown up!

The registration point was at the entrance of the Fei Li Imperial Family Military Academy, while the actual examinations were within the academy itself. With the admission identification card in hand, Zhou Weiqing and Shangguan Bing’er entered the Academy.

As soon as they entered, they saw a wide open main square, just like a drilling ground, and this wide main square was surrounded by a 800 metre long running track. On the other end of the main square, there was a huge 6 story building which was more than 300 metres wide – it was the main academy building. The entire building was a metallic grey colour, giving forth a thick and serious killing aura.

The three registration examinations were all held in the large main square, and the outcome would be determined there and then, as such there were very clear specifications for the new registrees.

Zhou Weiqing looked towards Shangguan Bing’er and asked: “Bing’er, what shall we go for first? Looks like you will not have any problems with the registration examinations, sigh, but I’m not so certain about myself.”

Shangguan Bing’er said curiously: “Why wouldn’t I have any problems?”

Zhou Weiqing said: “Didn’t you see that one of the examinations is a face to face interview? With our Bing’er’s top beauty, that should be a full marks! As for the other two, you can just casually get any marks and you will still pass. Sigh, as for me, with this face of mine, I doubt I will score high. As for the written military examination, I’ll be happy if I do not get 0 marks.”

Shangguan Bing’er giggled, hitting him on his shoulder: “Do not put yourself down, how would you know without trying. Come, let’s try the military examination first then, since you aren’t confident.”

The written examination on military affairs was in the east side of the square, while the personal combat ability examination was on the west. The central portion of the square was where the interviews were held; this would prevent the noise from the combat examination from affecting the written examinations.

As the two of them entered the written examination area, they noticed that there were only a few empty seats left. Someone passed them a copy of the examination, and the teacher in charge told them no communication was allowed as soon as the tests started, and they could hand in their paper after they had finished. At the front, there were over a dozen teachers reading some completed papers. Clearly, the papers would be graded there and then, so the results of the examination could be received as soon as possible.

There were stationary provided on the table, and Zhou Weiqing sat there and looked at the paper, and he was given a pleasant surprise. If the examination were to be on details of military command like the formation of troops, he would definitely score a big zero. After all, in his younger years when his meridians were still blocked and he did not have his Heavenly Jewels Awakened, Admiral Zhou did not hope for him taking over and inheriting his duties. As a result, he had not been taught anything about the military. However, the question in the paper was not about the normal military knowledge, but an example of a battle situation.

The question was as follows: An isolated little city has been surrounded by enemy troops. Currently, there are only 5000 troops guarding the city, and several hundred thousand citizens, with many young and old dependents. The enemy troops number a hundred thousand, and they have completely surrounded the city. Reinforcements can only arrive in at least 3 days. Under such a circumstance, the enemy has driven citizens from the surrounding villages and used them as the vanguard in attacking the city. As the general in charge of the defence of the city, what would you do?

The examination consisted of only this one single question, and the rest of the paper was blank for their answer.

Zhou Weiqing hesitated for a moment, then started writing furiously, his pen flying over the paper. Perhaps because of the constant creation of Consolidating Equipment Scrolls recently, even his handwriting seemed a lot better.

Before long, he had completed a long section of words. He did not even read through it again, instead standing up in satisfaction, looking at Shangguan Bing’er at the side who was still writing, he headed to the front to hand in his paper.

The teachers at the front were busy grading, but since there was only one question, and these teachers were all experienced members of the Fei Li Imperial Family Military Academy, the grading was done pretty quickly. Zhou Weiqing had only queued for a short while before it was his turn.

The teacher who took his paper was a male of around 50 years of age. As soon as he read the first line, his brow furrowed. On Zhou Weiqing’s paper, the first line was: Kill! Kill! Kill!

As the teacher read on, he saw the following: If I were the general of the little city, I would unhesitatingly issue the order to kill. The civilians outside are the citizens of our country, but so are the citizens and troops in the city wall. At this time, any hesitation might cause the city walls to be destroyed, and countless of lives lost. At that point, would the enemy let those civilians they used as the vanguard go? Perhaps they might, but as the general in charge, I cannot take that risk, take the gamble, betting the lives of several hundred other civilians and my thousands of troops.

To defend the city, that is my first duty. The civilians who were forced to become the vanguard are innocent, alas, if I do not kill them, as a soldier, I have failed in my duty. Perhaps, the little city I am guarding is just a small one of no major consequence to the overall picture of the war, but as a general, I cannot think like this. I must do what I can to complete my task of defending the city, and to do so, I will not hesitate to kill and fight with all my might, down to the very last soldier.

If the enemy’s attack isn’t able to destroy the city, then during the night, I will pass on my duties to my vice commander, and go alone out of the city to attack the enemy, to take responsibility and revenge for the civilians outside. I will kill as many as I can. However, before I do so, I will ensure that the city has sufficient fuel and combustibles, and give my vice commander a final command. As soon as the enemy breaks into the city, then light up and burn the whole city, and fight to the death with the enemy. Even if the city is broken and everyone perishes, we will not leave them with a single grain of food, nor leave them with any living humans to use on the next city. Casualties are unavoidable in war, and I can only do the best I can to provide the best possible outcome in the final war. As to regards on how many people will die, I can only do my best to reduce it, but beyond that, I cannot do anything.

Looking at Zhou Weiqing’s answer, the teacher’s face grew ugly, feeling a sense of blood from it, he couldn’t help but cry out angrily: “Nonsense! This is absolute nonsense!”

Looking up at Zhou Weiqing, he said: “This is your ideal answer? I cannot imagine, if you truly become a general, how many people would die because of you. Your answer, gives me the images of mountains of corpses and blood. A general who doesn’t care about life, who can kill and cause destruction and doesn’t care about civilians, such a general would never be loved by the troops and civilians. Aren’t you afraid of a mutiny?”

Zhou Weiqing shrugged and said: “Mutiny? Why would there be one? Couldn’t I tell them those civilians are enemy troops in disguise? If I am the general, my duty is to protect the country, not just those particular civilians. I believe that no general in the world will be able to save every civilian. I do not need their love, I just need to ensure most of them stay alive. There are always sacrifices in war. What, should I have surrendered instead?”

The teacher cried out angrily: “Even surrendering would be better than your answer. No matter what your excuses are, I will give you a zero for this answer. In fact, from my perspective, I definitely do not hope that a young man with a character like yours will enter the academy and eventually go on the battlefield.”

Zhou Weiqing’s lip curled in scorn. “Pedantic fool.” Towards this exam, he had never expected much anyway. Zero, so be it. Besides, as long as he managed to get full marks for another paper, he should be able to pass. He was rather confident in the personal combat ability examination.

Just as the teacher was about to put a zero on the paper, all of a sudden, a clear voice sounded out. “Wait!”


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58 thoughts on “HJC – Book 6, Chapter 40.1” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Between sacrificing a few thousand people, or killing a few hundred thousand because of stupidity, which do you think would be better. I would rather obliterate my own city then allow the enemy to gain an advantage from it. Scorched earth policy in full effect.

  1. Thanks for the Chapter.

    Tbh i was expecting a bluff with all the citizens disguised as soldiers. I know he’ll probably get through with this answer but honestly its suicide and would never work out or even help in most cases. Even just the moral hit would be a big minus.

    1. As he said there would be no moral hit if he claimed they were enemies in disguise, in fact the would probably be outraged at the perceived cheap & dishonorable conduct of the enemy and raise their fighting spirits.

  2. so what do you guys think of his answer? although surrendering might save a lot more lives depending on the enemy it might end up as a complete slaughter AND the enemy will gain benefits from the unharmed city.
    since they are surrounded unless they have a good underground path then there is no hope for escape so i find his idea to be a good one. not the best but its good enough or the same thing will repeat against each city the enemy runs into in your country.

  3. Thanks for the chapter.

    Currently, there are only 5000 troops guardian the city, and several hundred thousand citizens, with many young and old dependents.
    -troops guarding the city

  4. Thanks for the chapter 🙂
    I found a few mistakes so I thought I should write them down:
    His father was after all the Commander in chief for Heavenly Bow Empire, and he had nothing against nobles; furthermore, it meant lowering the acceptance score.
    Commander in chief for Heavenly Bow Empire -> Commander in chief for the Heavenly Bow Empire or Commander in chief of the Heavenly Bow Empire (I would go with the second and you wrote Commander in chief in the first chaper like this “Commander-In-Chief”… so you should stick with one of these forms throughout the books)

    Having his own country so weak, as a citizen they weren’t even able to hold their heads up high.
    Having his own country so weak (sounds a bit weird…)

    Shangguan Bing’er saw the resolution in his eyes, and she suddenly realised that, her Little Fatty had somehow changed in that instant, no longer just that Zhou Little Fatty who was joking around all day.
    no longer just that -> he was no longer just that

    As the two of them entered the written examination area, they noticed a few empty seats left.
    they noticed a few empty seats left -> either: they noticed that there were only a few empty seats left. or: they noticed a few empty seats on the left side.

    Clearly, the papers would be graded there and then, so the results of the examination could be received a soon as possible. a soon as possible -> as soon as possible

    If the examination were to be on details of military command like the formation of troops, he would definitely score a big zero. examination were -> examination was

    After all, in his younger years when his meridians were still blocked and he did not have his Heavenly Jewels Awakened, Admiral Zhou did not hope for him taking over and inheriting his duties.
    his Heavenly Jewels Awakened -> his Heavenly Jewels awakened; Admiral Zhou did not hope for him taking over and inheriting his duties. -> Admiral Zhou did not hope for him to take over and inherit his duties.

    However, the question in the paper was not the normal military knowledge, but an example of a battle situation. (better would be : was not about normal military knowledge)

    Currently, there are only 5000 troops guardian the city, and several hundred thousand citizens, with many young and old dependents. guardian -> guarding

    Under such a circumstance, the enemy has driven citizens from the surrounding villages and used them as the vanguard in attacking the city. driven citizens from surrounding villages -> driven citizens from surrounding villages together
    At this time, any hesitation might cause the city walls to be destroyed, and countless of lives lost.
    countless of lives lost -> countless of lives to be lost

    I must do what I can to complete my task of defending the city, and to do so, I will not hesitate to kill and fight with all my might, down to every last soldier. down to every last soldier -> down to the very last soldier

    As soon as the enemy break into the city, then light up and burn the whole city, and fight to the death with the enemy. enemy break into the city -> enemy breaks into the city

    Again I my first language is not English so don’t be too harsh on me if I wrote something down which is not a mistake ^^

  5. Thanks for the chapter
    ”The teacher who took his paper was a male of around 50 years of age. As soon as he read the first line, his brow furrowed. On Zhou Weiqing’s paper, the first line was: Kill! Kill! Kill!” LMFAO

  6. Zhou’s answer was way too hilarious lol. I’m an idealist, but as far as generals go, I’m pretty sure that’s the perfect answer. In the here and now if that situation were to happen, he’d be able to use that method to go and handle it, and that’s a perfectly fine brand of idealism I guess.

    His dad gave him an interesting way of thinking lol and I feel like that teacher is a bit… biased… at least connections will probably do it for him.

  7. id agree with what he said except the part where he goes out.. its ok to go out at night to kill some people in command and return.. but to just fight to the death is just stupid… he could kill much more behind the walls.. also when you die and they have your corpse.. the enemy could affect the army with your corpse psychologically

    1. Agree.

      Suicide is only situational, especially when reinforcement comes by the earliest of 3 days.
      Who knows if the assault may survive that long, as by giving authority away when you have better use, the town may survive that 3 days until reinforcement

      Think kingdom and the battle of sei

    2. i agree, this is also what i wanted to write. Going out to take revenge, and neglecting your duty to defend the town is contradictory to everything he said previously

  8. Thanks for the chapter!


    For the examnination problem: In my opinion the information is simply not enough. The choice what to do largely depends on many factors: What kind of enemy? Do they have some kind of moral bottom line? What are their tactics? What is their motive for attacking in the first place? What kind of resources does my city have? Are there any fortifications? What about the troups guarding the city – what kind of troups are they and what is their level of loyalty and training? etc. etc.

    Without all the background information this question is quite useless…

    I’ve also done a little math on his potential income situation as Consolidated Equipment Master.
    According to the chapters 36 and 37 it took him 4 months and 3 days to complete 392 sets of 1000 Scrolls each.
    That means he roughly did 3.19 sets per day. Taking into account that he started off with “over 60%” success rate (with his first dozend tries) and he managed a breakthrough which vastly increased his energy level as well as his energy regeneration rate it is rather safe to assume, that he would be 100% success rate in the end – he now has 3 Jewels, so he can permanently keep the spartial energy as well as wind and time (whenever he needs it) “active” if he needed to. With his enhanced energy and regeneration rate, this should pose no problem at all.
    (Ch. 36.3: “Everyday, you will only have 4 hours of rest, 8 hours to learn from me, and 12 hours to practice creating the scrolls.”)

    When we say the success rate went from somewhere in the 60s to 100, he got faster as well (more routine and more energy) and he used quite some time (8h/day) in these 4 months and 3 days to learn from his master – it is quite safe to assume, that his output rate afterwards would be at least double – as his wind attribute gives him a massive speedup.

    Taking a conservative guess here and say that he is able to do 6 sets per day and he has enough routine and energy to have a “perfect” 100% rate we get some estimate:
    – Material costs for 1 low tier Consolidation Equipment Scroll are 12 gold (scroll + ink.)
    – Skill Storing Palace is willing to pay 50k gold per set of 1000 low tier scrolls => 50 gold per scroll
    – 50 gold minus 12 gold= 38 gold (Ch. 36.3: “With your Time Attribute, as long as you master intricate control of time, then you have an advantage that no other Consolidating Equipment Master in the world has, that is, a 100% success rate! “)

    6k scrolls / day (~1 each 10,8 seconds) at 38 gold effective gain per scroll = 228.000 gold PER DAY!
    Chapter 12.2 tells us: “… the annual tax revenue of Heavenly Bow City was only 500,000 gold coins …”

    Aehm … Zhou Weiqing … just HOW OP are you?!

    So now to make the contrast even more obvious:
    Chapter 36.1 his Consolication Equipment Grandmaster teacher Huyan Aobo says: “… With my current standards, even when creating the most basic Consolidating Equipment Scrolls, my success rate is only about 30% …”

    Levels are: Low (1), Mid (2), High (3), Grandmaster (4), Zonge (5), God (6)
    Remember: The guy is a GRANDMASTER (4/6) and has 30% success rate!

    Same game: Grandmaster Huyan Aobo creates the scrolls – he also sells to the Skill Storing Palace. He earns 3 gold per scroll average …

    If we would assume the “normal” 30k per set:
    Zhou Weiqing: 18 gold plus per scroll * 6000 => still 108k gold per day!
    Grandmaster Huyan Aobo: -3 gold per scroll => he’ll make a loss so he can’t do it …

    And now think about what would happen were our Hero to create mid tier scrolls…

  9. pfft… Little Wei should just answer, I’m the MC, I will charge alone in the battlefield and slaughter all enemies!
    I can make the impossible, possible, with smiley 🙂
    Thanks for the chapter

  10. “The entire building was a metallic grey colour, giving forth a thick and serious killing aura.”
    That killing aura! The building must have killed millions of enemies on thousands of battlefields. How does it even move to battlefields? Does it have wheels or a thousand legs underneath?

    1. If only you knew how many students died and dyed that building in blood from training and brain hemorrhage from studying too much. If only you knew what it has seen, how many bricks that just happened to fall on unknowing students, bashing their heads in. If only you knew… Yeah, no. We all know that they’re talking about the people inside having a lot of killing intent and thus the whole building is permeated by it, but whatever 😀

  11. “Little Fatty, don’t think so much. We are here for the sake of making our country stronger in the future! We need to endure and tolerate everything, we are here to learn, and once we have grown stronger, only then can we repay our country and strengthen it! Your talent is so high, in the future, you will definitely be able to lead our country into prominence.”

    Why do I dislike the idea of the mc caring about that little country too much? I always dislike it when the mc is shackled by things like countries or family, makes the adventure dull. But well, he’s likely going to, at most, pass through and show his might before going on his merry way while everyone is crapping their pants at the fact that the country has the backing of him. Then they’ll expand a bit and that should be it? right? At least I seriously doubt that the mc will spend very much of his time inside a country, how could he develop and expand his horizons that way? Gotta be the strongest after all.

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