SOTR Chapter 90

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Chapter 90: Surrounding the Jiang Han Manor

“Yinye, Xue’er, describe once again the matters of the day.” In order to ascertain Jiang Chen’s death, Long Zhaofeng spoke again.

Long Yinye describes the circumstances once again, with Long Juxue filling in the details.

“Mm, according to this, Jiang Chen is dead without a doubt.” Even the usually cautious Long Yi nodded. “Your Lordship, with the death of Jiang Chen, the Eastern family’s pawn is gone. They are without moves all of a sudden. Why don’t we…”

Long Zhaofeng smiled faintly, exuding more and more the confidence of one in a superior position.

“Yinye, didn’t you say that this Jiang Chen ambushed you in the Boundless Catacombs? This is Jiang Han’s provocation towards our own Soaring Dragon. As the foremost amongst dukes, how can we allow the defiance of an inferior duke to pass by like this?”

The so-called ambush was naturally something that they had made up.

However, Long Yinye’s comprehension was high, and he immediately understood his father’s overtones. This was him wanting to make a big fuss out of matters in order to find an excuse to start something with the Duke of Jiang Han, and take a step forward in testing the royal family’s attitude!

At this time, the royal family’s attitude was ambiguous.

If Jiang Chen was dead, was this Jiang Han dukedom worth Eastern Lu’s strong support?

Long Zhaofeng wanted to test Eastern Lu’s bottom line. If Eastern Lu continued to support the Jiang family, then Long Zhaofeng could absolutely wax eloquent on the matter of the conflicts between the various dukes to one up Eastern Lu.

This title of first duke was bestowed by your Eastern family. If an inferior duke wasn’t punished for defying the first duke, then wherein lay the purpose of the laws of the kingdom?

If Eastern Lu chose to give up on the Jiang family, then he, Long Zhaofeng, could take advantage of this opportunity to eliminate the Jiang family. For one, he would be able to remove one of the royal family’s pawns, and secondly, he could suppress the royal family’s prestige. He would make an example of the Duke of Jiang Han to terrorize those dukes who had yet to flock to his Long family’s banner!

As heir to the Duke of Soaring Dragon,Long Yinye immediately grasped the twists and turns of what this entailed.

His face displaying joy, “Father, that Jiang Chen ambushed your son. He represents the Duke of Jiang Han and is insulting the golden banner of our Soaring Dragon manor. Your son will lead a troop of elites and demand an explanation from that Jiang family!”

“Mm. The Jiang family is a small man intoxicated by success. For him to be so impudent, we must have an explanation. Long Yi, you accompany Yinye!”

Long Yi was the first amongst all the Long family guards. He was an eleven meridians true qi master both in reality and in name! His training was even close to the level of Duke Long himself!

“Your subordinate obeys!” Long Yi bowed as he accepted his orders.

In that moment, the elite troops of the Long family immediately set out under the leadership of Long Yinye and Long Yi. These three thousand soldiers descended upon the Jiang Han manor with a threatening manner.

When those dukes who had pledged allegiance to the Long family heard of this news, they also found similar excuses as they all sent out squadrons of their personal guards to meet up with the elite troops of the Long family.

In the span of a moment, the troops that had been formed to denounce the Duke of Jiang Han exceeded more than twenty thousand!

In the capital, who other than the royal family dared to deploy twenty thousand troops?

Therefore, when the twenty thousand troops appeared on the streets, the entire capital once again sank into endless chaos as everyone’s hearts were in a state of turmoil.

Although this band of troops were raising the banner of denouncing the Duke of Jiang Han, everyone knew that deploying so many troops within the capital was already a flagrant overreach of ducal authority.

The Duke of Soaring Dragon’s motion was an unmistaken provocation of the royal family’s authority!

Within the palace, Eastern Lu also found it difficult to sleep and eat these days.

More than thirty percent of the heirs had been lost in the trial, this time around. Although Eastern Lu was shocked, but he wasn’t too discomforted.

However, the most important thing was that Jiang Chen still hadn’t returned.

What did it mean when he didn’t return at this time? This meant that Jiang Chen was very likely murdered at the hands of the Long siblings!

“Long family!” Eastern Lu’s face was dark. He was depressed and didn’t know which way to turn. The sudden emergence of the pawn that was Jiang Chen had obtained quite a bit of extra time for him during this period.

But now, during this critical moment, Jiang Chen had vanished, and he was most likely already dead!

This meant that all his plans were abruptly at an impasse. Just like a chain that had suddenly been broken, unable to rotate .

Additionally, with the current situation in the capital, many of the dukes were now frightened. Several of the originally neutral dukes had all flocked to the Duke of Soaring Dragon for various reasons.

Over these past couple of days, the influence of the royal family had waned and it had become extremely passive.

Not only was he at a disadvantage with regards to the greater picture, but Eastern Lu’s heart also ached for his daughter. If Jiang Chen died, who would he go to for his daughter’s illness?

“Jiang Chen ah, Jiang Chen. Why couldn’t you hold out for a bit longer?” Eastern Lu was extremely vexed. If it wasn’t for these reasons, he wouldn’t care at all about Jiang Chen’s death.

But, the situation in the capital needed Jiang Chen.

With Jiang Chen present, at least there’d be someone to hold the Duke of Soaring Dragon’s attention and maintain the impasse a bit longer.

Because Jiang Chen was dead, this balanced impasse was broken. There was nothing preventing the Duke of Soaring Dragon’s mind from running off. Perhaps he would move the decisive battle ahead after this time’s Hidden Dragon Trials concluded!

Eastern Lu was quite depressed. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to suppress the Duke of Soaring Dragon, but with the situation at hand, he didn’t have the surety or the right timing to do so.

“Your Majesty, something big is happening!”

Just as Eastern Lu was utterly exhausted from anxiety, one of the eunuchs came running in hurriedly, panting heavily. “We’ve just received an urgent report from Lord Tiandu saying that the Duke of Soaring Dragon and some other accomplices have mustered troops of twenty to thirty thousand and have already surrounded the Jiang Han manor under the banner of punishing the Duke of Jiang Han!”

“What?” Eastern Lu was the king of the nation, but was also astounded when he heard this news.

Made his move?

In that moment, he almost thought that the Duke of Soaring Dragon had made his move and already rebelled!

But logic told him that it was not yet the best timing for the Duke of Soaring Dragon to rebel.

“What is their reason for sending a punitive expedition against the Duke of Jiang Han.”

“Their reason is that Jiang Chen ambushed the Long siblings during the trials in the Boundless Catacombs. They say that an inferior duke has insulted the face of the first duke. It is against the laws of the kingdom if he isn’t punished severely.” The eunuch was also quite nervous.

“We know now. You are dismissed.”

The eunuch was perspiring heavily as he backed away. Princess Gouyu came rushing in as soon as he had left.

“Royal brother, is Soaring Dragon declaring war?” Princess Gouyu’s jade features were angry, appearing quite infuriated. Whether for public affairs or private matters, she didn’t wish for Jiang Han to be assaulted.

“Gouyu, you’ve come, I am very troubled.” Eastern Lu could expose his heart only in front of his younger sister.

“Royal brother, the Duke of Soaring Dragon can absolutely not be allowed to behave as he will in this matter!” Princess Gouyu’s attitude was quite firm.

“Ai, Gouyu. The bigger picture is most important.” Although Eastern Lu’s attitude was ambiguous, Princess Gouyu still discerned something.

“Royal brother, are you giving up on the Duke of Jiang Han just like this?” Princess Gouyu exclaimed, shocked. “Have you thought of what the neutral dukes and other dukes loyal to you will feel if you even give up on a loyal subject such as the Duke of Jiang Han?”

“However, Gouyu, have you thought about the fact that the Long family is raising the banner of the kingdom’s laws now. They have a good pretext for making trouble. If we protect the Jiang family, the Duke of Soaring Dragon can make an issue of this and coerce me. Finally, they can still raise the banner of the law and make me personally move against the Jiang family. If matters develop this way, wouldn’t it be showing our cards before the time is right and fighting the Long family earlier?”

“Then fight we will. Royal brother, you always think too much. If we had suppressed them earlier, then how would Long Zhaofeng be where he is today?” Princess Gouyu’s tone also became urgent.

Eastern Lu snorted, “Fight? It’s easy for you to say. The elder grandfather is in closed door cultivation right now, and will need two more months before he emerges. Why don’t we just hold up underneath it all until the elder grandfather emerges. When the spirit dao practitioner appears, which duke dares cause trouble beneath the heavens? The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting, to cease warring and suppress the Duke of Soaring Dragon without causing civil war. Would it not be to the populace and nation’s benefit if we don’t expend the country’s resources?”

Eastern Lu was the king of a nation and considered the gains and losses of a country. If he could avoid civil war, then he would avoid civil war.

After all, once civil war began, countless numbers would be depleted and the strength of the nation would be greatly affected. Even if the royal family won this battle, it would be a pyrrhic victory!

The costs of a pyrrhic victory were high. The internal strength of a country would decrease and strong enemies from other countries would be sure to eye them covetously.

A slight move in one part may affect the situation as a whole!

“Royal brother, soldiers are a weapon for murder, the saints only resort to them when they have no alternative. But, the way of being a monarch is one of not lightly deploying troops and not purposefully avoiding conflict. If you only consider the strength of the nation, if you only consider this and that and don’t have the resolve to fight, then I’m afraid that when you wish to fight, you will discover that you have none who will fight by your side.”

Princess Gouyu wasn’t exaggerating things to scare Eastern Lu. Lacking the courage to fight as the ruler of a nation, how would you ask those beneath you to follow you steadfastly?

There was a general feeling of insecurity, and in fact this situation had already appeared.

Why had the situation tilted endlessly towards the Duke of Soaring Dragon lately? It precisely had to do with Eastern Lu’s attitude. As the ruler of a nation, he continuously failed to bring out appropriate measures to counter the domineering aura of the Duke of Soaring Dragon. How would the dukes and subjects view him. Moreover, how would they submit to him?

Eastern Lu was silent without a word. Princess Gouyu was his blood sister and only she would plainly speak of such things to him.

Except, he still thought that without Jiang Chen, the Jiang family wasn’t worth him fighting the Duke of Soaring Dragon now.

He needed time. He needed to wait until the elder grandfather emerged!

Two months, he only needed to wait for two more months.

“Royal brother, you cannot hesitate any longer. If you continue to hesitate…”

Eastern Lu lifted his head, his gaze resolute. “Gouyu, I know you admire Jiang Chen. But now, Jiang Chen is no longer present. The strategic importance of the Jiang family is of no consequence now. My decision is made, I will have Tiandu withdraw his troops. This is a grudge between the dukes and they should resolve it between themselves!”

Eastern Lu had sent the Tiandu army to take up residence near the Jiang Han manor to protect them.

This command to withdraw troops meant that Eastern Lu was giving up on the Jiang family.

Gouyu’s heart ached incomparably, her face starkly white as she looked at Eastern Lu in disappointment. “Royal brother, is this your final decision? You’re that certain that Jiang Chen really died?”

“Whether he’s dead or not is insufficient to prevent this matter from happening. I need time. I don’t wish to expend the strength of the nation to fight a decisive battle right now! Gouyu, you know, as soon as the elder grandfather emerges, all will be resolved…”

“Enough!” Princess Gouyu could listen no longer as her charming features flushed red. She said angrily, “I’m not listening! Royal brother, I’ve heard enough of these words. Elder grandfather, elder grandfather. You’re the ruler of the nation, if you need to rely on the elder grandfather for everything, then what does it matter who sits on the throne!”

Princess Gouyu stomped her foot and walked huffily out after speaking her words.

Eastern Lu’s expression was ugly as it turned green and white. He was as dumb as a wooden chicken. He hadn’t thought that even the sister who respected and supported him the most would have had this sort of attitude at this moment.

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61 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 90” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. Typical for f5 army. Law of F5: Time taken to write a comment on a new chapter is lesser or equal to time it takes to refresh the site plus 3 seconds.

    1. Would be a surprise twist if you learned that the Aureate Sect was actually founded by the F5 sect in order to weed out their enemies… 🙂

  1. -_- Ok Eastern Lu, that move you’re pulling just ticked me off. I was fine with you before, but after this stunt, I don’t like you anymore. >.> If you can’t be loyal to your allies, then you don’t deserve to have anyone be loyal to you. -_- Hope you get your throne usurped and Princess Goyu can sit on the throne.

    Thanks for the chapter, Et!

    1. lol this story started with him putting the real jiang chen to death, they even said that it was a set-up. king has always been an idiot, glad he finally went against the MC so he can get wrecked.

  2. Don’t know why Jian Chen’s father is not back in his territory where he has his support or he could just call his clan members to the capital. I don’t know what the hell he had to manage in the capital.

    Thanks for the chapter translation.

    1. Jian Chen’s father has been in the capital because of the trials and he can’t call for more than his personal troops because lack of room at his manor.

      1. also becouse it’s illegal for a duke to bring to much military towards the capital (due to the risk of rebellion, and in this case the desire to not make the capitol an active war zone every 20 years)…. the only reason that the dragon dude can do what he does is becouse the force actually consists of multiple dukes armies. also, you know, becouse he is trying to rebel…

  3. God I hope they don’t drag the drama out too long and get to the MC being a butt kicker. I so want to get pat this cowered that wants to usurp the country and get to our MC growing stronger with out them around … probably another 100 chapters for that though

  4. Thanks for the chapter! I gotta say Eastern Lu really is a terrible ruler he’s a coward and rules with his emotions more than his mind and is quite the coward his entire strategy relies on Jiang Chen or his grandfather taking care of everything for him.

  5. I never liked this eastern Lu. Even at the start of his scene where he hadn’t shown his truly colors I already knew he was a dumbass. Putting all his eggs in one basket(jiang chen) yet doing nothing to help him. Like wtf is Long clan the only people that can cheat and hire assassins? Wtf has this king being doing this whole time? Sitting in his throne counting sheep? Then BOOM the scene with his sister showed me that it wasnt sheep but seconds that he was counting.

  6. Thanks for the chapter

    Wouldn’t surprise me when Jiang Chen would use the Swordwing Birds to defend his home. To show what it means to attack his home.

  7. A sh*t king, allowing sh*t people, to use sh*t logic to do whatever they want. How did this cowardly idiot become king?

    Jiang Chen disappears, and the Long Family instantly accuses him of ambushing them and goes to wipe out his family. Who wouldn’t find that suspicious, much less believe it without question. All the dukes know the Long family is targeting the Jiang family. They are clearly enemies. Yet as king, he allows the word of one to be law, based on title alone. He even allows them to take the law into their own hands and give out punishments as they please. With things like this, it wouldn’t matter if Jiang Chen disappeared or not. Since the Long Family could make up whatever lies they wish using the law…and this sh*t king would allow them to be jury, judge and executioner.

    If this dumb*ss was smart and did his job as king. He would mediate between the dukedoms, and investigate the matter…stopping the Long dou*he family. If they can’t produce good evidence for their accusations, then the charges are dropped…Long siblings aren’t hurt anyway.

    1. he became king by coming out from a queens vagoo, i assume… you know, the usual way.

      Dragon dude is trying to become king the other normal way, by bigger army diplomacy.

  8. A good king would have been suppressed the Soaring Dragon Family, instead, he just keeps allowing them to grow their power base, rope in other dukes underneath them, and slowly usurp his own power and authority… He already knows Soaring Dragon is trying to usurp him, a real king would have already executed him for inciting rebellion, attempting to usurp the throne, and trying to circumvent the laws and traditions underlying the Trials.

    1. as the nr 1 duke, he is difficult to convict if you can’t find any proff… but yeah, he ought to have been surprising him at every turn for at least a few decades now if he was competent…

  9. Thanks for the chapter!
    With his new “contract” Jiang Chen can of course smash the Long family’s troops easily. But that would be likely admitting he was responsible for the mess in the catacombs…

  10. Eastern Lu isnt fit to be the King, How could be possible that the Long Family can do whatever they want and he cant do shit!? Every Duke knows that Long Family wants the Crown, but the king cant call all the Dukes and kill the Long Family… I cant take the way the author made this plot, it’s so unbelievable, so stupid, it made me angry, now I cant enjoy the novel, because how dumb the author is.

    Et, sorry for the rant, Thanks for your hardwork on this and the others novels.

    1. he needs evidence. even when it’s obvious, if the king starts executing families of high ranking nobles just becouse he feels like it, he would soon end up with a court of no loyal members, and only yes men (as evident by MCs father desiring to rebel over his son being killed over a minor mather).

      the hard part is, as always, to balance the desire and ability to harm and suppress the dukes at will, and follow the law enough to not get an incompetent court at home and rebel armies in the countryside…

      but yeah, he allowed the dragon duke to grow to powerful, seeing how it soo uncertain who would win an open confrontation, openly killing is faaar from the only way a king is able to suppress a duke…

  11. I mean, let’s not forget that this is the king who executed the original Jiang Chen for farting… go back and think about that now that you know how things stood. He executed the son of one of his more powerful dukes, specifically one that was an enemy of Soaring Dragon. You know from later conversation that the king already knew a rebellion was coming, and instead of making allies, he’s out directly slapping the face of people that should in theory stand with him… not to mention pissing off the other unaligned dukes. So, talk about how he was trying to keep things from blowing up, and taking the diplomatic approach fall flat – he’s just a coward who’s willing to bully the weak, but not stand up to his real enemy.

    1. this is a good point, and it really puts the king in even worse light for executing Chen. he NEEDED to make allies, if not permanent once, at least once that could last for half a year up to 2 years… and he pisses on the unaligned dukes of the border regions, once that can invite invasions simply by acting incompetent to increase his enemies…

  12. soo, how is he expecting to have loyal dukes when he is seen publicly not even protecting his nr one man that has been seen taking mayor risks for him?

  13. The Soaring Dragon rebellion was generations in the making, not something created out of whole cloth by the present Duke. If Eastern Lu had been a strong king, the Duke would have bided his time and passed on the ambition to his son. However, Eastern Lu is a weak king that was dependent upon the threat of his elder grandfather to *avoid* a rebellion that he was too wishy-washy to do anything about.

  14. I am hoping next chapter becomes a slaughter and this cowardly ruler dies too. He doesn’t deserve a throne he can’t rule himself. He isn’t even willing to defend JC when he’s threatened so what’s the point in sending troops if he recalls them when they are needed? I hope JC slits his cowardly throat because of this or doesn’t defend him from the long family and he dies hopefully with lots of pain and regret. JC’s gonna end up with both princesses as wives so he should rule. He was the son of a sovereign so he better become sovereign of this kingdom and every other or the title is a lie. Cultivation sovereignty doesn’t count. Oh and thanks for translating this. You translators and editors rule.

  15. I’m really hoping he helps. Because if not, he will immediately fall out of favor with the main protagonist, and that’s not something you want to do in a Xianxia, especially not one where he’s willing to kill. Don’t be stupid buddy. Please have eyes and recognize Mt. Tai

  16. So because Jiang Chen is *Dead* you refuse to put your foot down and stop his antics? This is the problem with rulers been selected based on their blood and not on actual ability. Eastern Lu hasn’t impressed me one bit since his introduction. He has no advisers and has quite literally put all his hopes onto a young man under the age of 20, Yes Jiang Chen is amazing but relying on him to save you from your own weakness? The Soaring Dragon is a top grade Asshat but i find it difficult to believe that Eastern Lu would/is run/running the country better than he would. Moment he’s invaded he’d roll over and hand the country over on awful surrender terms. He doesn’t take his Sisters advice who is widely regarded as a skilled warrior who is also reasonably well traveled and instead just lets the Duke stomp all over him. Eastern Lu is highly likely to try and hand the country over to Jiang Chen if he doesn’t die of a heart attack when someone glances in his direction at least.

  17. She’s got a point. He has done a swell job so far but a time to fight comes sooner or later. Will you sit around and do nothing and lose it all while waiting for salvation or will you fight?

    Thanks for the chapter.

  18. really bad politics… a king with utmost power letting such a duke act like that. and i thought he was being smart and investigating, preparing and such, but no he is waiting for the elder only… what a dumb thing to do… -_-
    relying on such figure is a good thing, but not doing his part… what future this kingdom holds? if it wasn’t for MC, that duke would probably succeed without much issues, or at least he would cause so much trouble that the kingdom would be taking years to recover. even if the elder suppress them all, what if most their allies die before hand? not worth.

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