Chapter 47: A Eagle and A Dog (Part Three)
Xiang Qingniu waved his hand and said, “No, of course not. If the royal guards only have this little strength, how can the Emperor of Great Sui still live well with so many people in the world who want to kill him? Although you can’t cultivate, you know what is the most scarce in the world, right?”
“Idiot! Level 9 masters!” Xiang Qingniu said with all seriousness, “There are only a few level 9 masters in this world, yet two of them are in the Royal Guard. One is Luo Weiran, the Royal Guard Captain. Many people know him as the Emperor’s bodyguard. Many masters of Shang who escaped from that tragic war planned to assassinate the Emperor when he toured the south. However, before they moved, their traces were discovered, and Luo Weiran killed 23 of them with his bare fists.”
“You always say that you are an insanely powerful master; what level are you on?” Da Quan couldn’t help but ask.
Xiang Qingniu blushed slightly before replying with slight anger, “Do you still want to listen? If you want to, don’t interrupt me!”
Then, he threw a piece of candy into his mouth and said while chewing, “Although the duties of the Royal Guard are simple on the surface, it has two departments.”
Xiang Qingniu raised his head with pride and continued, “Only the important officials of Great Sui know about it. Although this isn’t a big issue, due to the unique responsibility of the second department, the Emperor asked the people who know not to tell others when unnecessary. Therefore, not many people know about it. However, I’m someone who knows.”
“Many big officials don’t even know; how come you know?” Fang Jie asked.
Xiang Qingniu said with pride, “You don’t need to worry about that; I won’t tell you even if you give me 10,000 taels of gold!”
Then, he continued, “In reality, there are two departments within the Royal Guard. One of them is in charge of protecting the Emperor, and the other is way more mysterious. It is called the Intelligence Department, and it is in charge of collecting information and assassinating enemies; it is made of a group of maniacs. The Intelligence Department is led by the Deputy Captain of the Royal Guard, Hou Wenji, and his other position is the Intelligence Department Head. Of course, he is the other level 9 master. There are two most unique people in the government; one of them is Luo Weiran, and the other is Hou Wenji.”
“These two people… you can say that one of them is the Emperor’s dog while the other is the Emperor’s eagle.”[Support the real translators and read on Noodletown Translations for free.]
Xiang Qingniu paused for a second and drank some water; perhaps the candies were too sweet. He continued, “The Intelligence Department’s main responsibility is to investigate everyone who is hostile toward the Emperor. Not only the officials and the citizens who oppose the central government; spies of other nations are also targets of these people. When necessary, members of the Intelligence Department will move with the military and take out enemy scouts. That is why that mysterious crippled old man said these people are assassins who kill assassin and scouts who kill scouts.”
Hearing this, Fang Jie couldn’t help but inhale deeply and ask, “You mean the Intelligence Department is after me?”
“Probably,” Xiang Qingniu said, “It is hard to tell who the members of the Intelligence Department are. They could be meat vendors, guards, hooligans, and pimps. These insignificant people all could be secret agents of the Intelligence Department. Only Hou Wenji and the Emperor know how many secret agents there are; even Luo Weiran doesn’t know.”
“There is a special team inside the Intelligence Department. On top of the many masters, there are some ordinary people who received special training; they are even more effective compared to masters since it is hard to guard against them.”
After telling Fang Jie and others about what he knew, Xiang Qingniu said with pride, “Now, don’t you think that meeting me is your great fortune?”
“Who are you?” Fang Jie asked.
Xiang Qingniu smiled, patted his chest that even girls would be jealous of, and said, “Didn’t I tell you? I’m an insanely powerful master, and I have a mysterious background. Although I try to act low-key, I can’t hide my cool temperament and dominating strength.”
After thinking for a second, he added, “Also, I’m really the supervisor for the entrance exam of the Martial Arts Academy this year.”
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