Chapter 192 - Return of the King
Translator: Mr Voltaire
Zhao Fu took Little Sha and used the teleportation channel. Their bodies once again blurred and after doing this a few times, and they finally appeared at the Great Qin Town's teleportation channel.
The soldiers standing guard were surprised to see that Zhao Fu had returned and paid their respects as they cried out, "Your Majesty!"
Zhao Fu nodded as he walked out of the teleportation channel. News of Zhao Fu's return spread like the ripples from a boulder hitting the water of a still lake. Very soon, all of Great Qin became incredibly lively, and many of the upper-level figures hurried over.
After walking out of the teleportation channel, Zhao Fu felt that there was something strange about the atmosphere of the Great Qin Town. It seemed to be quite oppressive and tense, causing Zhao Fu to frown.
Zhao Fu lowered his head and patted his clothes, waking the three sleeping Flower Spirits. After waking up, the three Flower Spirits made their way out of Zhao Fu's clothes and curiously looked around. They found that it was just as Zhao Fu had described, with flowers all over the place. This place also had a strange attraction to them, so they quite liked Great Qin. They started to fly about and look around. Seeing this, Zhao Fu smiled.
"Your Majesty!" At that moment, Bai Qi and a group of people came to the teleportation channel. When they saw that Zhao Fu had arrived, they all cried out with joy.
Zhao Fu looked at the group of people walking towards him, a few unfamiliar faces within the group. Following this, they went to the Town Hall, where Zhao Fu sat in the main seat and listened to Bai Qi and Li Si's reports. After all, much had happened while he hadn't been in the Great Qin Town.
After listening to all of the reports, Zhao Fu didn't say anything and just sat there, sinking into his own thoughts. The people below waited nervously, and the hall was incredibly quiet as no one dared to make a sound.
Imperial rule? A militaristic state? From the current situation, this indeed quite suited Great Qin, and it could allow Great Qin to rapidly develop. While Zhao Fu hadn't been present, Great Qin's growth had simply been shocking.
The area of Great Qin's territory had greatly expanded, and the surrounding 400-kilometer radius area was now within Great Qin's control. Moreover, Great Qin's population had reached 100,000 with 20,000 soldiers, and its strength had greatly increased.
This made it so that Zhao Fu couldn't oppose the imperial rule of Great Qin. Moreover, this was bound to happen sooner or later, as Zhao Fu's empire was Great Qin, not just any normal empire.
However, Zhao Fu was troubled as to whether he should indeed turn Great Qin into a fully militaristic state. The benefits were that it resulted in great growth and suited Great Qin's current state, and this was the most rational decision. However, Zhao Fu's dream wasn't to turn Great Qin into a powerful, cold killing machine. The oppressive and tense atmosphere in the Great Qin Town had made him quite uncomfortable.
Zhao Fu wanted to turn Great Qin into a place filled with all sorts of emotions; a place that was filled with laughter. He wanted it to become a place where people could feel bliss and security - this was the ideal state for a nation, as opposed to being a cold killing machine.
Right now, Zhao Fu's ideal vision for Great Qin stood in opposition to the rational choice!
The rational choice was often the most realistic choice, and it allowed one to do what was possible in one's circumstances. The ideal state was more like a dream, and even though it was quite beautiful, it wouldn't always be achievable. Both choices had their advantages and disadvantages!
After thinking for a long time, Zhao Fu could only decide to take a step back and try to reconcile the two as best as he could. He decided to support the expansion of Great Qin through warfare, but he decided to reduce the amount of fighting and killing. Even though this would reduce the speed at which Great Qin developed, Zhao Fu thought that it was worth it. After all, these people were all his subjects, and they were giving their all to Great Qin.
Zhao Fu decided to give them all some time to relax their tense nerves and allow them to experience some joy. Balancing tension and relaxation was the best way to develop.
Zhao Fu came back to his senses and looked at Bai Qi seriously.
Bai Qi suddenly felt a sense of suppression, and a wave of nervousness washed over him. Droplets of sweat gathered at his forehead as he cupped his fists, humbly apologizing, "Your Majesty, I overstepped my bounds this time. Please punish me."
Upon hearing this, everyone was shocked - the time for judgment had come. Even though Bai Qi had done everything for the sake of Great Qin, he had indeed gone too far in a sense. He had acted far beyond his authority without asking for Zhao Fu's permission, and he had even gone all-out in warfare and established a new regime. If this was in the ancient times, Bai Qi would have been immediately sentenced to death.
Everyone present didn't want to see such a thing happen, so they all stepped forward and pleaded for leniency on Bai Qi's behalf.
Seeing this, Zhao Fu laughed and said, "When did I ever say that I was going to punish Commander Bai? Even though Commander Bai acted beyond his bounds, it was because I was stuck in East Green, and his methods were quite effective. Great Qin has indeed developed greatly."
Hearing this, everyone let out a sigh of relief.
Zhao Fu continued, "However, I feel that some things need to be changed. Great Qin needs to continue to develop, but the commoners are also important."
Zhao Fu told his subordinates everything that he had just been thinking about, delighting them. Following this, they started to discuss how to implement this.
Following this, orders were continuously sent out, causing the dark haze hanging above Great Qin to quickly disappear. Everyone felt as if he or she had finally seen the blue sky after a long time, and many people were finally able to relax and smile. They deeply felt that it was much better now that His Majesty had returned.
After concluding the discussions, Zhao Fu looked at the unfamiliar faces. Some of them had been promoted because of their outstanding performance on the battlefield, and they had become Generals.
One of them was a young man in gray. Even though his looks were quite ordinary, his aura was quite calm and steady. He gave off an impressive atmosphere but seemed quite reserved - he seemed like the type who acted behind the scenes.
When he saw him, Zhao Fu remembered the historical figure who had awakened when Great Qin had leveled up into an Intermediate Town. Back then, Zhao Fu didn't know who it was, but he realized it was this person in front of him.Name: Wei Liao
Achievement Points: Commoner (0/200)
Age: 26 (100)
Stats: Strength: 10, Intelligence: 10, Constitution: 10. Agility: 10
Cultivation: Stage 0
Cultivation Technique: Great Qin Mantra
Equipment: Grey Robe
"Wei Liao?" When he saw his name, Zhao Fu thought back to the information he knew about this person. Wei Liao was someone who had made heroic contributions to Great Qin's unification of China.His abilities were extraordinary, and the First Emperor of Qin had valued him greatly. He was even permitted to live close to the Emperor and eat with the Emperor.
Compared to Wang Jian and Meng Tian, Wei Liao's contributions weren't in leading troops into battle but in controlling the situation in each battle. He was one who specialized in control and strategy, so he wasn't as famous and Wang Jian and Meng Tian.
However, that didn't mean that his capabilities were lacking. Even though Great Qin's Generals were as common as clouds and Great Qin had many excellent Commanders, Great Qin was able to unify the six states mostly because of his leadership in military talks and his control over the state of the war. At the same talk, Wei Liao was one of the representatives of the School of the Military.