Chapter 1.1

The fall breeze was cool in the winter phase, and the heat of midsummer was gradually retreating, with a slight chill in the wind.

Its a great time for outings, especially autumn outings, foliage appreciation, and climbing.

A carriage rocked, and the person inside bowed their head in meditation as they heard the wheel squeak over the uneven path.

“The Capital of Great Yuan is just ahead.”

Gu Ziyuan, a great scholar dressed in a white robe, reigned in the reins, turned the horses head, and said with a smile.

A towering city wall was not far away.  Iron armored troops were patrolling everywhere. The Great Yuan appeared to be soaring upward, with dark colored walls at the bottom and vermilion dragon flags at the top.

“This is the Capital of Yuan! How spectacular!”

All of the sudden, each of the young Confucian students exhaustion from the few days of dusty travel vanished, and they began to debate with each other one by one.

“Its no surprise that back then, while the opposing country surrounded the Yuan capital for countless days, it still failed to break Great Yuans defense, but was instead counterattacked until to its capital by the Yuan cavalry. Now, if you think about it, Great Yuans wall is truly solid.”

“Such a large nation is very different from a small country where Ive previously gone to. It really makes a person yearn.”

There were many countries in the Great Wilderness, hundreds of contending schools of thought, cross sectioning of sorceries, and innumerable legends of immortals.

During the tempestuous days, the fires of war raged across the length and breadth of the land, and the course of time created peoples desires. Princes competed for power, and many countries were hungry for talents.

In the past, commoners worshiped one another and bore witness to the Six Kingdoms. Later,  a farmer led an army and emerged triumphant. It was a time when heroes were born in vast numbers, dominant countries compete with one another, and chivalrous desire reigns supreme.

(t/n Six Kingdoms-The name is derived from the six successive dynasties of South China that had their capitals at Jianye (later Jiankang; present-day Nanjing) during this time: the Wu (222–280), the Dong (Eastern) Jin (317–420), the Liu-Song (420–479), the Nan (Southern) Qi (479–502), the Nan Liang (502–557), and the Nan Chen (557–589)

The country of Great Yuan was just as powerful and strong as the country of Wei.

However, the country of Wei now was no longer dominant, and was already in a state of decline. On the other hand, the Great Yuan, restructured to fortify its own country and flourished again.

A brilliant prospect like this naturally attracts talents from all across the world.

This was also true for the Confucian students who came to study on the continent. They sought to promote their own ideologies of government to Great Yuan, notwithstanding their disagreement with Great Yuans current political orientation.  Studying outside is an essential way for them to showcase themselves.

The Confucianists got off their horses at the gate of the city, held each of their horses reins, and waited in line to enter the city.

A garrison guard stationed at the city gate read their diplomatic note, “Confucianists?”

Gu Ziyuan, the leader of the team standing at the forefront, quickly made an obeisance by cupping one hand in the other before ones chest, “Precisely.”

The Great Yuans policy for governing its country was mostly based on legalism, and people from various schools of thought can be seen in the Great Yuan. Political strategists, Taoists, Yin-Yang scholars, Miscellaneous scholars, and War strategists were all welcome. The only unpopular one was Confucianism.

This cannot be blamed on the Great Yuan. In fact, throughout the Great Wilderness, only small countries that adhered to the etiquette of the previous dynasty pursued Confucianism. Regardless of the fact that there were now many great nations, none of them actually adopted Confucianism to govern their countries.

Confucianism coincides with the Warring States Period where all countries were pursuing reforms, strengthening their military forces and expanding their territory. Confucianism emphasizes benevolence and propriety, which was easy to implement, but was extremely difficult to practice.

Gu Ziyuan was aware of this. He couldnt help but smile bitterly.

For many years, the Confucianists have wandered around small countries, rarely entering powerful countries such as the Great Yuan. One, because they were dissatisfied with the ruler of Great Yuans oppressive attitude, and second, Great Yuan fiercely supports the legalist ideology.

For a long time, Confucianists and Legalists had been hostile with one another. Isnt it begging to be humiliated by entering a territory dominated by their adversaries? But, unlike in the past, the Great Yuan was now a prominent and powerful country. If Confucianism wants to gain a foothold, it must have the assistance and recognition of a major country.

The garrison glanced behind him and asked, “Who is seated on the carriage?”

Gu Ziyuan replied, “Replying to Sir, on the carriage is a distinguished guest of my Confucian leaders. He has a problem in both of his eyes, you see…”

“Stop talking nonsense!” The garrison interrupted him directly. “If you want to enter the capital, you have to be checked. Call the person in the carriage to come out and unpack all of your luggages at once! Otherwise, dont blame me for being rude!” 

Gu Ziyan swallowed the lump formed in his throat due to fear. The surrounding  guards clenched their spears one after another, with a stern look on their faces.

The people who were queuing up behind them to enter the capital all backed away, showing obvious fear on their faces.

A young girl, grasping the hem of an adults clothes, was taken aback and began to sob. “Auntie, are we going to be arrested and beheaded?”

“Stop talking gibberish!” For fear of attracting trouble, the elder in commoners clothes immediately covered her mouth.

The Great Yuan possessed millions of strong troops. Such troops were also regarded as the division of tigers and wolves. They were well-known throughout the world.

Furthermore, severe criminal regulation was practiced in the Great Yuan, and any form of torture that was implemented can even make any person feel terrified. Citizens of foreign countries who were accustomed to freedom and unrestricted movement found it difficult to accept such stringent restrictions. As a result, the Great Yuan was becoming known as a flood beast.

(t/n flood beast- a metaphor for a great scourge; A beast that cannibalize humans and animals)

Just as everyone was at a standstill and was only lying in wait for the first one to move under the city gate, a mans clear and melodious voice was heard behind the carriages curtain.

“Sir must not mobilize the troops and stir up the masses. This commoner will now come down.”

Bony hands lifted the curtain away.

The individual who exited from the carriage donned a snow-white robe with dark cyan lining, emerald gilded lapel and cuffs, and a face as warm as jade. He carried a sword tied across his waist and without a crown on his head. Instead, he styled his hair in a ponytail, like a warrior from some other country. Allowing his long black hair to fall behind him, he appeared gallant and very heroic.

There was no one in the area who did not utterYue Zhi andHuaijin holding Yu making people feel like a spring breeze. However, such a pure and noble person had an inch of white silk covering his eyes, losing a bit of luster.

(t/n-Yue Zhi- as noble as a lofty peak; describing a persons bearing or character)

(t/n Huaijin holding Yu-carrying gems in ones bosom and grasping valuables in ones hands-a man of scholarly virtue)

The passively attracted onlookers all shook their heads and sighed with pity.

“For those who carry weapons, go to the other side to register.”

Seeing as the man in the carriage was certainly blind, a beautiful blind man with an exceptional temperamen

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