Although the scale of the city wall could not be compared to the strategic protection walls in the Federation, it was hard to imagine that the poverty-stricken Tutankhamun was able to do this . Limestone was not found in desert areas and was considered a rare material . If they were able to use it to construct a large-scale city wall, other than providing protection, it was more a display of power and position . It could also provide a sense of security to the ordinary people in the city .
Gong Yi and Sister Hong, who were there, had already received the news that Wang Zhong would arrive . They had sent a large group of people to wait at the city gate . They saw a woman accompanying Wang Zhong and that they seemed very close as they held hands while walking . They were shocked! Before Wang Zhong came, he said that he was here to find Mu Zi . But now, it seemed more like he was going to spend his honeymoon here .
They laughed knowingly . This fellow had gotten it all sorted out . They had not known Wang Zhong for a long time, but they treated him like part of their family . They knew that he was crazy about training . Sister Hong even lamented that he might become an unmarried old man but never expected that he would be so very successful instead .
Gong Yi, Sister Hong, and Reynolds walked forward, while the group of people behind them hurriedly followed . Gong Yi had not intentionally arranged this formation as he knew that Wang Zhong did not care about such extravagance . The people following behind them were relatively young . Most of them were elites among the new soldiers training under Reynolds . They were relatively talented and were the future core members of Tutankhamun that Gong Yi was training . Of course, these people were not locals of the poor Katchirda area . There were very few talented people in remote places like these . Many of them had come from various places in Tutankhamun to this famous location .
What had they come here for? For the new and developing Katchirda? For the unknown Reynolds? Of course not . They were here for the mysterious city lord .
They all knew that there was someone behind the development of Katchirda . After the incident with the Scorpion King, Gong Yi intentionally used the mysterious title of Fate Trickster as their brand . Not only would the news spread among thieves and rascals, they would have more authority during business meetings . Although he had never mentioned that the city lord was the Fate Trickster, it was pretty much obvious . Every place would have people who respected experts . Their city lord was a legend who could single-handedly kill the Scorpion King and eliminate an entire mercenary army . These young people had come to chase their idol . Two days ago, they heard from Reynolds that the city lord was coming . All of them had been waiting anxiously for him to come . They stood up straight and followed behind Gong Yi and the rest . They excitedly peered at Wang Zhong .
“Ha ha, brother!!” Gong Yi walked quickly and welcomed him with a bear hug . “I missed you so much!”
“Same . ” Wang Zhong smiled and hugged him tightly . Reynolds did not walk up to him . A warm smile appeared on his cold face, prompting Wang Zhong to nod his head .
The two of them nodded in greeting with smiles on their faces . Reynolds typically did not like to speak . Speaking aside, even seeing him laugh was extremely rare . But his smile at that moment was from the heart . Katchirda was like a courtyard of his dreams . Although there would still be exploitation and injustice, relatively speaking, it was much better than the darkness he had experienced . Reynolds was very satisfied to be able to participate in the rise of this city .
The group of young people behind Gong Yi caught Wang Zhong’s attention; they were full of excitement . They were disorganized and did not seem like soldiers .
“Yesterday, Reynolds exposed the news when he was drinking . These people are his apprentices . ” Sister Hong smiled and welcomed Wang Zhong . “They’re all your fans!”
“Hello, city lord! You’re my idol!”
“My god, city lord, you’re so young! You don’t look much older than me . ”
“City lord, your wife is so pretty!” A group of fans immediately shouted .
It was not Scarlet’s first time hearing such words, but when she was called the city lord’s wife, she started to blush . She was usually thick-skinned, but she was very happy on the inside .
Sister Hong and Wang Zhong also hugged each other, but it was only a light hug . After all, he had a female companion with him . She turned around and warmly pulled Scarlet’s hand . “You must be our sister-in-law . Hey, Wang Zhong, you cunning little bastard . I thought that you were gay, but there seems to be no problem! Introduce her to everyone . She is definitely a distinguished guest . Even as we talk about the past, we cannot treat our distinguished guest coldly . ”
Wang Zhong smiled and introduced her to everyone . On the way here, Scarlet had heard about the general situation here from Wang Zhong . She knew that the four of them were sworn friends who could be trusted . Although Sister Hong’s occupation was problematic, Scarlet was not a shallow person .
With sweet greetings of “brother and sister”, as well as the fact that Wang Zhong directly introduced Scarlet as his girlfriend, Scarlet was not treated as an outsider . Even Sister Hong, who was most fussy about women, was full of praise for Scarlet . She constantly observed Scarlet . Although she often looked at other women with a sinister gaze, she had nothing to nitpick about Scarlet’s appearance and physique . Furthermore, her candid disposition was very rare . Even Sister Hong, an expert in women’s looks, had never seen such pure beauty . She silently marveled at how her brother had good taste . No wonder he did not take a liking to the girls that she had arranged for him to meet when they were in Katchirda .
There were many beautiful bodies, but interesting souls were rare .
With so many people around, the two young people were too embarrassed to stick to each other for now . The two ladies split themselves from the crowd and walked into the city mightily, causing the entire Katchirda to turn their eyes to the commotion . They were able to cause the three tycoons of Katchirda — Gong Yi, Sister Hong, and Reynolds — to appear at the same time . Furthermore, people gathered around them . What kind of people were they? Some guards opened the way for them, so they did not need to squeeze their way into the city . But the two sides of the street were filled with peering heads, bustling crowds, and noisy chatting .
Wang Zhong curiously observed the city, which had been built in a desert . It had only been a short span of two to three months, but massive changes had occurred here since he last came . Not only had the population increased significantly, the main business district and the residential district, which were only in the planning phase back then, were already built . As they had to maintain a large amount of vegetation in the oasis, the city had started to expand into the desert area near the border of the oasis . There was no city wall there as it was easier to expand this way . Furthermore, the original desert area was not stable enough for a base to be built . A large amount of desert vegetation had been moved to this area . This was not simply a city; they were preparing to build a man-made oasis . They would not have been able to do this with the initial amount of capital they had gathered .
“Assassin helped a lot, including the planning of the city, the blueprints for construction, technological support, and even in terms of finances and resources,” Gong Yi explained these to Wang Zhong as they walked .
He smiled and said, “Without his help, we would not be able to do this . After all, it is not our area of expertise . It can be said that Katchirda was able to develop so quickly partly because of Katchirda’s natural advantage but also because of the help from Brother Ma Dong .
Wang Zhong understood . No wonder it felt as if this place changed with each passing day . Previously, when he came here after the incident with the Scorpion King, Katchirda had been under development for half a year, but the rate of development then was not even half of the current rate . It had started as a small village or small town that was backward and messy . However, in the short span of one to two months, it had developed rapidly . At least, it looked like a large city in terms of appearance . In the end, the technology used was the most important .
The standard of city design and planning, as well as the construction technologies used in Katchirda, far exceeded that of Tutankhamun . In particular, there were large-scale runic patterns that were exclusive to the Federation . These patterns could protect the city, clean the air, and cut off radiation, among other things . To Tutankhamun, these were extremely advanced technologies that they desired .
This was not something they could achieve just by paying huge sums of money to hire technical personnel . There were many complex segments that were added and joined together to form an entire technological system . After all, Assassin had been involved in the development of the Disorderly Burial Lake Region in Tianjing; Ma Dong had even designed most of the city . His family had paid a heavy price under the system of the Federation to produce the various design blueprints and technological plans . These were important assets to them . When they went underground, the family had taken the plans along with them . Secretly circulating first-class technologies from the Federation to the Empire was a severe case of treason, but Assassin was no longer operating under the system of the Federation . After all, he was still a criminal to the entire Federation . Naturally, he never talked about whether he had ever betrayed the Federation . No matter whether the Federation conducted checks or not, who cared?
“A significant portion of the resources came from Assassin . ” Gong Yi smiled and said, “Based on the allocation we had previously discussed, we have confirmed the contract with Ma Dong as well . Katchirda has one-third of Assassin’s shares . Now, the only thing that is lacking is the opportunity for both parties to meet face-to-face . However, at the border, the checks and patrols by the Federation have become rather strict . I think that it will be some time before we can officially sign the contracts . Luckily, we have you in the middle . Both sides trust you, so a verbal agreement will not hinder us . After dealing with them a few times, I really feel that you guys are not simple . Although you’re both young, you do things swiftly and decisively . You’re both rather daring and have sufficient execution abilities . Working together with you two saves us a lot of trouble . You guys are talents . ”
Wang Zhong knew what kind of person Ma Dong was, better than anyone else . There was no need to be modest on behalf of his brother, especially in front of Gong Yi . He smiled and said, “How’s Mu Zi? Have you contacted him?”
Mu Zi was the person they had come to find and look for help this time . He did not seem to have gone to the Fifth Dimension recently . It was a pity that his Skylink seemed to be turned off, and Wang Zhong could not contact him . Earlier, when Wang Zhong talked to Gong Yi, Gong Yi said he had a way to contact Mu Zi .
“I’ve contacted him, and he is rushing back . ” Gong Yi calculated the time . “But we might need to wait for three to five days . The place where he was at is rather far . ”
Mu Zi’s coffin could not be used at will . There were many restrictions . If it was not an urgent issue, he would not make use of it .
As long as Mu Zi was contacted, it was fine . Wang Zhong did not seem to mind waiting for a few days . Scarlet did not mind as well . Yesterday, when Wang Zhong told her that they were looking for Mu Zi for help, he described Mu Zi using two words, “very impressive” . Scarlet felt that anyone who Wang Zhong described as “very impressive” would be unimaginably amazing . If they could find someone like this to help them — no matter whether it was the Wanderlust Team or Wang Zhong himself — their safety in the Holy Battle would increase significantly . They had to wait for a few days? So what? Furthermore, she was waiting with Wang Zhong… She would not mind waiting three years .
The construction of the city was unstoppable . In particular, when they came to the new city area, they could see projects under construction everywhere . The residences, as well as the offices of Gong Yi and the rest, were also found here . They were not extravagant, but they were simple one-story buildings that were very large . There was a large empty plot of land outside . They were probably planning to decorate the entrance hall and carry out large scale construction there . Thus, they had demarcated this area as the city lord’s palace .
At night, they gave Wang Zhong and Scarlet a welcome dinner . In the afternoon, they had started to prepare for a magnificent bonfire party at the empty space in the city lord’s place . There was no need to doubt Sister Hong’s abilities . There were various novel and festive songs, dances, and acrobatic performances, as well as drumbeats unique to Tutankhamun .
The night in a desert oasis was probably the most beautiful scenery on Earth . Compared to other places, the night sky here was very clear . In particular, after Katchirda followed how the Federation cleaned the air, the night scenery here was even brighter and clearer . Although it could not compare to the Mizobudapi world, where it was free and clean, this place felt very intimate . After all, it was their hometown on Earth . To every single human, there would be an unusual sense of belonging .
As she watched the entire place fill with joy and listened to the lively beat of the drums, Scarlet unconsciously got slightly drunk . She snuggled up to Wang Zhong and completely forgot that she was an expert from the Holy Land . Wang Zhong was constantly forced to drink by Gong Yi, Reynolds, Sister Hong, and even the young men in the training team . Wang Zhong did not refuse any of them, but his right hand never let go of Scarlet’s hand .
The atmosphere was bustling . Scarlet did not know what she was thinking either . She secretly used her finger to fiddle with Wang Zhong’s hand playfully . Wang Zhong was talking to Gong Yi but immediately reacted and gently rubbed his thumb against the back of her hand .
These small movements between the two of them were hidden among the bustling bonfire and the uproar of voices . No one noticed their intimate gestures .
Scarlet’s face turned red from the light of the bonfire . She could not help but chuckle secretly . She had never felt as peaceful as she did now .
The grand bonfire party only lasted until midnight . Sister Hong had started shouting for the party to end . This was not the rhythm that usually occurred when they gathered together . Gong Yi was somewhat drunk . His eyes were red, and he pulled at Wang Zhong, not willing to let go . Reynolds pulled him away . “You should go to sleep . ”
“That’s right! Your wooden brain is no match for Reynolds’!” Sister Hong smiled as she scolded . “Wang Zhong, Scarlet, don’t care about this alcoholic . Come, I will bring you to a place you can rest!”
Of course, it was at the city lord’s palace . Although there were only single-story houses, they were not shabby . The inside of the residence seemed more like a mansion . The greenery was lush, and it was very peaceful .
“This is the place . You should rest early . Tomorrow, I will bring you to see my favorite place, the desert hot springs . It’s one of a kind . ”
Then, Sister Hong hurriedly left, as if she was afraid of being called back by them . Scarlet stood at the door, her mind blank .
There was only one room and only one bed .
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