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Explosive (Part 2)
When Murong Shu Qing entered the tent, Xuanyuan Yi was just about to explain the present situation beside the topographic map, the other Deputy Generals, Vanguards, and High Ranking Officials were all surrounded the front of the map. After listening to Xuanyuan’s analysis, they were discussing it, so nobody was paying attention when Murong Shu Qing came in.
It seemed that Xiao Rong did not announce her arrival loudly, since it was like this, she would just listen here properly, but she only wanted to make sure whether or not Cang Yue used the explosives. Murong Shu Qing was leaning by the side of the tent gate, while she was listening to Xuanyuan Yi’s explanation. But her eyes were staring at the calligraphy painting that was hanging in the middle, it had very beautiful characters, the calligraphic style was free and agile, and the drawing of the brush was just perfect. She had been coming here for several times, but how could she not pay attention to it before!
“Qing-er.” Even though she was appreciating the calligraphy painting, but Murong Shu Qing was still listening to Xuanyuan Yi’s explanation, so hearing that he stopped half-way to call her name, she knew that she would be the focus of everyone in this tent again.
Murong Shu Qing slowly turned around, and just like what she expected, everyone’s eyes were staring to look at her, after all it was really untimely for her to come here now. Xuanyuan Yi sighed in his heart, and said somewhat helplessly: “Come over.” Xiao Rong announced in his ear that she wanted to report about some military situation a moment ago, he did not expect that after she came in, she would leisurely appreciate the calligraphy painting. If he did not unconsciously see her soft legs, he did not want to call her either.
Murong Shu Qing directly swept pass through those who might be surprised, or those who were secretly laugh, or those with condemning eyes, and went to Xuanyuan Yi’s side. She planned on asking in Xuanyuan Yi’s ear about the matter that she wanted to know and left once she got the answer. But once she arrived by his side, she was pulled to sit on the chair that was originally his own Lead General’s chair. Gently holding her hand, he found out that it was warm, and he prepared to walk back in front the topographic map again.
Murong Shu Qing suddenly pulled at the sleeve of his garment, Xuanyuan Yi did not understand and turned around to look at her, so Murong Shu Qing softly lifted her hand to indicate to him to lower his head. Xuanyuan Yi was somewhat startled slightly, but his heart was filled with happiness, The was the first time that Qing-er made him to approach her, and it was in front of these people.
Murong Shu Qing was originally not a woman from this era, so she did not think that this was not appropriate at all, and Xuanyuan Yi was willing to approach her even more, and he was also very curious at the same time about what was the thing that she wanted to talk to him?! So he naturally took advantage in lowering his body down. Even though the other Deputy Generals felt that it was inappropriate, but they did not say any inappropriate words, and could only turn their heads one after another to embarrassingly look elsewhere.
Knowing that Xuanyuan Yi intimately pressed his ear to be close to her, he asked in a whisper: “What is the matter?”
Murong Shu Qing looked at the group of Generals upfront who were pretending to look all around busily, she just felt that this action seemed to be somewhat ambiguous! But this was already like this, forget it, she would just ask earlier and be done with this business properly. So Murong Shu Qing quietly asked in Xuanyuan Yi’s ear: “I want to know what kind of weapons that Cang Yue used today that could cause several loud sounds like that. Were those a type of things that could explode?!”
Qing-er’s soft whisper made the side of his ear feel numb and absent-minded for a split second, but after clearly hearing her words, Xuanyuan Yi was looking at her in amazement.
Without waiting for Xuanyuan Yi to speak, Li Ming could not help but already asked: “Murong Shu Qing, how did you know it!”
Murong Shu Qing stared blankly for a moment, when she lifted her head up, all of the high ranking officials were looking at her with an unfathomable appearance, especially those people who directly had the confrontation with Cang Yue this time. The Generals were only talking about this defeat because Cang Yue had this new weapon, they had not really said anything about this, so how could she know this?!
Murong Shu Qing stroke her forehead and gently smiled, how could she forgot that these people were all excellent martial arts figures, within this quiet Master’s tent, it would be useless even if she spoke in a low voice. Moreover, even though they turned their heads around, but their ears were paying attention to what she was saying to Xuanyuan Yi. It seemed that men also liked to gossips as much as women.
Alright, since everyone already heard it, there was no need for her to speak in a whisper again, so Murong Shu Qing asked Xuanyuan Yi who showed his questioning eyes: “How did that thing look like?!”
Even though he had doubt in his heart, but Xuanyuan Yi still answered: “A black ball that was a size of a fist, when it fell on the ground, it exploded.” He had never seen this type of weapon before.
“How powerful was that thing? How did Cang Yue use it?” She wanted to know what level of achievement that Cang Yue reached to produce that explosive. If they were able to produce the stuffs similar to a cannon, then that would really bad for them.
Xuanyuan Yi thought for a moment, and answered: “After that thing exploded, it could make 5-6 people who were in the vicinity to fall from their horses. The smoke and noise could make the horses that were in the vicinity to be startled. They were using an arrow to shoot that black ball out!”
“An arrow?!” Murong Shu Qing surprisingly asked: “Are you sure?”
Li Ming felt resentful with regards to her doubt, and answered with a loud voice: “Of course, we saw an arrow at that time, but they used a special bow.” It was a bow that could carry something in its back part.
So it was an arrow! Then, that was good, it looked like the level of achievement for that explosive was not high at the present time, and its destructive power was not too big either. Murong Shu Qing’s anxious heart could be put down by half. If this was the case, Dong Yu would still have an opportunity to win the war.
Murong Shu Qing bowed her head and did not speak, but the high ranking officials who were on the scene, were anxious, so Xuanyuan Yi softly patted Shu Qing’s hand, and called out: “Qing-er?” What was she thinking to be entranced like this, and showed that relief look, she should know what this black ball thing! Waiting for Murong Shu Qing to recover, Xuanyuan Yi finally asked the question that everyone wanted to ask: “Qing-er, you know what that thing was!”
Murong Shu Qing faintly smiled, she nodded her head and answered: “I know. It was called__ explosive.”
“Explosive?!” Everyone looked at each other, Xuanyuan Yi looked at Pei Che earlier, but only saw that he slightly shook his head, and did not know what was this so-called explosive at all.
Li Ming asked first: “What is an explosive?” He had never heard this before.
Murong Shu Qing sighed in her heart, how should she explain this?! Thinking for a moment, Murong Shu Qing answered: “It is actually similar to a big firecracker.” She should be able to compare the visualization like this.
As soon as she finished her words, Li Ming immediately did not believe her, and said: “How could that be, a firecracker would not have a formidable power like this.” He had not seen this type of firecracker before.
But Pei Che suddenly raised his eyebrows, he could somewhat understand Shu Qing’s meaning, but that was an area that he did not understand either. So Pei Che humbly asked: “Shu Qing, can you say it a little bit clearer?”
Murong Shu Qing softly smiled and nodded her head, she finally knew why even though Pei Che was still young, but his rank as a military adviser could be regarded as high in both the ancient and modern times. He was actually the person who was keen for knowledge and would ask for advice, it was not because his own accomplishment and knowledge, and was not a person who negated the existence of other things.
Murong Shu Qing picked up a writing brush on the side, and softly dipped it in the ink, she said: “Their raw materials are the same as gunpowder.” Finished speaking, she wrote this one word, gunpowder on the paper.
Everyone was looking at this one word, and still did not understand, it was an explosive a moment ago, then it was a firecracker for a while, and now it was gunpowder?! What was that black ball thing after all?!
Looking that their faces still showed blank faces, Murong Shu Qing put down the writing brush, and explained again: “Using a great amount of gunpowder and put it inside a sealed space, after the ignition, the heat will expand and it will explode. Firecracker does not have a very formidable power because the mix of the explosive is somewhat different. Moreover, the great majority of firecracker uses a paper to wrap it in the outside, so the capacity is very small, so one can not see its formidable power.”
Even though they still did not understand this so-called expanded heat, but they could roughly understand her meaning, so they still understood it. The inside of the Master’s tent became especially quiet for a moment, after they knew what the black ball was, so how could they solve this next then?
Li Ming suddenly patted his thigh, and excitedly said: “If a small firecracker can explode, in that case, many firecrackers together will have formidable powers, as one can well imagine. If we have this type of explosive, we do not need to be afraid of Cang Yue. I will go and look for a firecracker master now.”
Pressing Li Ming’s shoulder to stay put, Pei Che calmly said: “Li Ming, wait a minute, let Shu Qing to finish talking.” If this was so easy like this, Dong Yu would have heard about this powerful weapon before.
Murong Shu Qing praisingly looked at Pei Che, and nodded to say: “Using a firecracker master will not create this explosive.”
“Why?” Did she not say that they were the same?!
How was this Li Ming’s brain so inflexible? Murong Shu Qing sighed and said: “First of all, the material for the gunpowder is not completely the same as a firecracker, there are more stuffs in making of gunpowder, and also the materials that are put in there, are not the same as firecracker.”
Hearing that she said about gunpowder all along, Xuanyuan Yi curiously asked: “What is gunpowder?”
“It is made from a proportion of sulfur, saltpeter and charcoal, then one can make gunpowder. I have already had someone to prepare those.” Murong Shu Qing returned to sit on the chair, and held a warmth tea cup with both of her hands, then she smilingly said with confidence: “Even though a firecracker master can not make a bomb, but this person is essential, oh right, we also need a blacksmith. You guys can look for a firecracker master and three blacksmiths in secret tomorrow.”
“Qing-er, what are you planning to do?” It seemed that she was especially eager to look at this matter.
“We should start making this immediately tomorrow, we do not have any time.” She did not want to be in a hurried like this either, but she was afraid that there was someone who was in hurry if she was not in a hurry.
Xuanyuan Yi took away the tea that was gradually cooling in her hand, and gave her the hot tea that was just steeped by the soldier into her hand again, then he asked: “What are you saying?” She seemed to be sure that Cang Yue would immediately attack.
“I suspect that Cang Yue will attack again within this two days. We need to get this done as quickly as possible. Moreover, they have this kind of weapon, so they will take an opportunity to win the war as soon as possible. So we have to be quicker.”
It had been two months since the deployment, there should already be some movements within Yan Rui’s country, so this person, Hong Ming, he should already receive some news. How long would he be able to stay at Lin Feng Guan boarder, and You Xiao just produced that explosives recently also, otherwise he would not be hiding from the battle during the first deployment. Having this kind of weapon, and adding that to You Xiao’s desire to defeat ‘the God of War’ for a very long time. With regards to You Xiao and Hong Ming, this battle would be better when they could finish it quicker.
“But, who will produce the explosives?!” Huang Xi Feng asked the most crucial question, so everyone’s gazes turned to Murong Shu Qing.
Murong Shu Qing drank a mouthful of tea in not a hurried nor slow manner, and then she shrugged her shoulders and said: “I have not made them in the past either…. we can try making them.” She hoped that the book that she read during that time, did not lie to her, under a normal situation, she would not do this kind of thing for sure, but this time, she was pushed to this so she could not do anything about it.
“Ah….” Everyone was flabbergasted, she had so much confidence talking about this, but as it turned out, it was only in theory ah!