Chapter 561 - Manipulating the Truth
White Tiger City: the imperial capital of the Sky-Scorching Ancient Kingdom where the royal family and the headquarters of the Trading Alliance were located. Strict rules were applied to the residents of the city, thus no one dared to cause a disturbance there.
Despite that, a third-layer Martial Highness Realm expert had just unleashed his strongest attack to assassinate someone on the street. It served as a huge explosion on a calm lake.
Countless rays of Divine Sense were unleashed, scanning the scene.
Meanwhile, cultivators swiftly made their way to the street. Over three thousand people had arrived in just less than three breaths' time.
At that instant, a figure unleashed his aura and descended from the sky.
The person was a middle-aged man with thick eyebrows and a stern look, giving him an imperious appearance. He was wearing a white robe, which had the symbol of a bloody saber at its center.
"Law-Enforcement Team! The Law-Enforcement Team is here!"
"What's going on here? Was there an assassination?"
The eyes of the crowd glistened.
"Silence!" The middle-aged man frowned and uttered a roar using his cultivation of the fifth-layer Martial Highness Realm, which felt like an explosion in the ears of the crowd.
Although there were a few peak Martial Highness Realm cultivators among the crowd, they all chose to shut their mouths and keep quiet.
The place instantly fell into a dead silence.
The Law-Enforcement Team was in charge of maintaining the public order of White Tiger City, thus they were granted superior authority. The cultivators would not dare to offend them.
"Mm?" The middle-aged man took a glance at Qin Nan and asked, "Are you Duan Qing?"
The words caused an uproar in the surroundings.
Duan Qing, the newly recruited successor of Zhou Bihua, how could they not know about him?
Was someone trying to assassinate Duan Qing?
"Yes, I am," Qin Nan wore a calm expression and pointed at the corpse, "This guy was trying to kill me all of a sudden, so I attacked to protect myself. However, before I could detain him, he chose to commit suicide."
The cultivators nodded their heads in agreement. They had witnessed the entire incident too.
A scream could be heard all of a sudden, as a young man walked out from the crowd with a cold grin.
This man was one of the White Tiger Platoon geniuses who had been knocked back by Qin Nan with a cup at the Third Prince's residence—Yin Cheng!"
Under the crowd's gaze, Yin Cheng pointed at Qin Nan and blurted out, "Senior, I was right here when it happened, and I saw it with my own eyes. This Duan Qing suddenly attacked and killed the humpbacked old man! The old man only possessed a cultivation of the third-layer Martial Highness Realm, thus he was no match against Duan Qing, and died a merciless death!"
"I saw that too!"
Following Yin Cheng's words, one cultivator after another stepped forward and pointed at Qin Nan.
In just a brief period, over thirty cultivators had accused Qin Nan to be the murderer as if it was the truth instead.
The cultivators who had witnessed the truth were startled, but soon came to a realization and chose to remain silent.
"Duan Qing, what you said was different than the crowd's testimonies! According to the rules of the Law-Enforcement Team, we must put you into custody for three days! Within this period, my team will investigate the truth! By then, we will know whether you're guilty or innocent!" The middle-aged man stepped forward and came up to Qin Nan while unleashing his aura of the fifth-layer Martial Highness Realm.
Qin Nan wore an icy grin.
Kept in custody for three days?
How smart of you!
Tomorrow was the activation day of the Dragon Abyss Mystical Ground. If he were kept in custody for three days, how would he able to participate in the trial?
He finally understood why his enemies would send a third-layer Martial Highness Realm Death Servant to assassinate him. It was a conspiracy all along!
His enemies could not send a stronger Death Servant to assassinate him as they would attract the attention of the Vermilion Bird Platoon.
Hence, they instead sent a third-layer Martial Highness Realm Death Servant to attack Qin Nan, and once he fought back, the Death Servant would commit suicide. As such, Yin Cheng and his crew could then manipulate the truth.
Following this, the people from the Law-Enforcement Team would have the excuse to put him into custody for three days in order to investigate the truth, preventing him from taking part in the trial of the Dragon Abyss Mystical Ground!
It seemed like there were no flaws in the plan!
Qin Nan's eyes coldened as he snapped, "It's a conspiracy! Does your Law-Enforcement Team really need three days to investigate the truth?"
The eyes of the crowd flickered.
The streets of White Tiger City were encapsulated within Memorizing Formations, which were capable of displaying the incidents that had taken place during the day.
"That is the rule! We will find the truth and determine if it was a conspiracy! You must come with us now! Otherwise, you will be accused of disobeying the authority of White Tiger City!" The eyes of the middle-aged man flickered as he immediately made his move to detain Qin Nan.
A raging roar could be heard all of a sudden, which turned out to be Elder Wang.
The hearts of the crowd shuddered violently. Things were getting serious, even Elder Wang was here!
"How bold of the Law-Enforcement Team to detain someone from the Vermilion Bird Platoon without finding the truth?"
Elder Wang's majestic aura suppressed the middle-aged man straight away.
"Hehe, Elder Wang, this little fellow of the Law-Enforcement Team is only doing his job. He's not doing anything wrong, right?" A cold laugh could be heard, which belonged to Xu Ao!
The crowd was startled once again!
The assassination had evolved into a contention between the two platoons!
Qin Nan's gaze sharpened.
This Xu Ao was such an annoying fly!
"Vice-Platoon Leader Xu is right. Elder Wang, they are only following the rules. You can't disturb the Law-Enforcement Team's investigation just because Duan Qing is someone from the Vermilion Bird Platoon!" At that moment, another voice could be heard. It was the Ninth Prince, Song Yu!
Even though Song Yu was not the person behind the conspiracy, he was more than happy to cooperate with Xu Ao and his crew to prevent Duan Qing from taking part in the trial!
"Ninth Brother is right."
Another person appeared among the crowd, who was none other than the First Prince!
The First Prince had the same thought as Song Yu; once Duan Qing failed to take part in the trial, the Third Prince would no longer be a threat to him!
The crowd was astounded seeing this.
Two princes, the White Tiger Platoon, the Law-Enforcement Team!
These people had teamed up!
It seemed like the contention was even more serious than they thought!
"Elder Wang, the Law-Enforcement Team is only acting according to the regulations. Why are you being partial? We will only keep Duan Qing in custody for three days, and he will be released once the truth is determined! Or, are you implying that the Vermilion Bird Platoon...is trying to disobey White Tiger City?" An imperious roar exploded.
A figure slowly appeared.
As the person arrived, the crowd was utterly stunned, while Xu Ao's eyes were filled with a mocking look.
The person was one of the great authorities of the Sky-Scorching Ancient Kingdom—the leader of the Law-Enforcement Team!