Masked Knight - Chapter 102
Chapter 102: Journey to the Southeast
Nicole had no impression of the name Dark, so Rody gave up pursuing.
Sieg, Gordon and all the other people who were with the late Duke could not recall that name.
Even Nicole had never heard of Dark. Rody could not understand. Dark was an expert at archery
and had a deep hatred for the Tulip Family. How could those people have not heard of him?
Did Dark deceive me? But his eyes showed extreme hatred and anger, and that did not seem to
After thinking for a long time, Rody still had no clue. Therefore, he could only order his guards
to be more attentive.
News of the Duke being attacked by an assassin broke out. The news spread all over the
Imperial Capital. That day, a lot of people had witnessed the incident on the street.
Abbas XI immediately ordered for the security soldiers to thoroughly investigate that incident
and find the assassin within ten days. Apparently, His Majesty was so furious that he
summoned and fiercely scolded the commanders of the security soldiers. When Rody heard
that, he gave a wry smile thinking that His Majesty was angry not because an assassin attacked
him but because the assassin did not manage to kill him.
The one that ended up experiencing hardships were the public security soldiers. Battalions of
soldiers had to patrol the streets, day and night. They walked through every street in the
Imperial Capital and left no stones unturned. Every pedestrian on the streets became an
important suspect. According to the Duke, the assassin used a long bow and arrows. That
caused inconveniences to all the shop owners of weapon shops in the Imperial Capital.
’’What? You did not sell any bows and arrows? What about last year? What about the year before
last? What about three years ago? How can you be sure that the assassin, who intend to
assassinate the Empire's greatest Duke of the Tulip Family, did not take a few years to plot that
attack? What if the assassin bought the bow and arrows three years ago? Please show us all the
transaction records from three years ago...There are no records? In that case, very simple. We
shall handcuff you and you can follow us back to explain...’’
’’What? Your shop had never sold bows and arrows? That is still not good! The assassin had
failed with the bow and arrow this time. Next time, he may use a sword! Stop talking nonsense
and take out your transaction records from three years ago... What? You do not even sell swords
here? You manufacture wheeled ballistae for the Empire? That is terrible! If that hateful
assassin had obtained the large-scale weapons of mass destruction, then it will no longer just
be a matter of safety for the Duke of Tulip Family. Even the Imperial Capital may suffer a largescale
terrorist attack! Stop talking nonsense and take out the records or follow us back to
’’What did you say? You do not sell swords or any kind of weapons? How did you get arrested?
Who are you? Shit! Your shop sells soy sauce? Which idiot arrested you?’’
Everyone that had gone in or out the city gate in the past three days were all brought back to the
security bureau. All the inns and clubhouses were also investigated several times. The prisons
in the security bureau were quickly filled up. It was no longer possible to squeeze in those large
groups of suspects in the already crowded prisons. The commander of the security soldiers felt
helpless. But, finally, he had a good idea. He ordered for the doors and windows of the toilets,
kitchen, stores of the security bureau to be replaced with iron doors and windows. Finally, they
managed to create enough space to house all the remaining suspects.
When the soldiers in charge of interrogation saw so many suspects, they immediately sped up
the interrogation. Their eyes almost popped out and their chin already dropped to the ground.
They could only brace themselves and work overtime to intensify the interrogation. The
interrogation lasted for seven days and seven nights.
The soldiers dug out all information of their ancestors. In addition, they also found out when
they entered the city, where they visited and how they went. However, after many sleepless
nights, the security officials were disappointed with the results. From the suspects, they had
uncovered a lot of culprits for old crimes. For example, seven years ago, one of them stole a
horse from a Viscount's home. There was the leader of a bandit group who escaped from a fight
between two factions six years ago. There was also a person who had kidnapped the Earl's
concubine five years ago and had become a shopkeeper that sold soy sauce...
It could be said that this was a splendid achievement. After the strict investigation, the public
security had greatly improved. Groups of overworked public security soldiers were patrolling
the streets. It was the first time in hundreds of years since the death of Abbas the Great that
safety had returned to the Imperial Capital. Honesty and stability prevailed throughout the
Imperial Capital as many small swindlers and abductors were also arrested. In the future, that
large-scale operation in the Imperial Capital would go down in history to have achieved a very
high evaluation, Even though it did not achieve its original purpose of capturing the assassin,
the improvement of the public security was obvious to everyone. When that was reported to His
Majesty, His Majesty happily gave the order for the large-scale strict investigation to be carried
out regularly every year. His Majesty also considered extending that throughout the Empire!
As such a strict investigative operation managed to strike at a large number of criminals, it was
later referred to by the future generations as 'crackdown'...
After releasing all the innocent people, the commander of the security forces gritted his teeth
and gave them another command to find the assassin by hook or by crook.
Therefore, those public security soldiers who had endured all this until their eyes turned red,
started to weep. Those soldiers who had patrolled every street of the city until their shoes wore
out also wept.
After ten days of hard work and strict investigations by the team of public security, they finally
came up with some good results. They arrested a total of six robbers, ten rapists, seventeen
repeated offenders for thievery and three powerful gang leaders.
Finally, the commander of the security soldiers, putting in a tremendous effort, took two days
to write a voluminous hundred- thousand-words long report.
In the report, it was written that the arrested criminals were accomplices of the assassin.
At the same time, he reported that the plot to assassinate the Duke had been planned for a long
time in an ambitious conspiracy. The purpose was to eliminate the meritorious Duke of the
Tulip Family and subvert the rule of the Empire.
In the report, the commander of the public security argued from many different points of views
and elaborated on each and every one of them. Finally, he arrived at the shocking conclusion:
It was not just an assassination but a premeditated scheme by domestic and foreign forces to
subvert the rule of the Radiant Empire.
After the report was submitted, the commander of the security soldiers immediately called his
subordinates to prepare a coffin. He invited the priest, personally selected a burial ground, and
prepared some poison wine. Once His Majesty had finished reading the report, he would
immediately commit suicide.
But he had not received any news from the Imperial Palace. The commander felt perturbed for
two days and then finally received a commendation order from His Majesty the Emperor.
Effectively, the commander had been miraculously given a second lease of life. He found out
later that because his report was too long and profound, all the ministers, including His Majesty
the Emperor, did not have the patience to even read half of his report. Therefore, they approved
Even the soldiers of the Imperial Capital shed happy tears for him.
One morning, a carriage followed by a dozen warriors wearing civilian clothes slowly left the
Imperial Capital through the South gate. When the garrison soldiers saw the documents
containing the customs clearance, they immediately stood straight. They saluted in the most
dignified manner towards the person in the carriage.
The group then left the Imperial Capital. After traveling for more than ten miles, the window of
the carriage opened to reveal the heroic face of the Duke of Tulip Family.
Looking back at the disappearing outlines of the magnificent walls of the Imperial Capital, Rody
smiled and said, ’’Are we on our way to the mountains in the South now? I heard that the
mountain barbarians do not like to bathe. I wonder if this is true...’’
Randt replied while on the horse, ’’Your Excellency the Duke! We have left the Imperial Capital!
For your safety, you should not open the windows. The terrain here is more difficult, and it is
more dangerous especially if someone ambushed us with arrows.’’
Rody nodded and closed the windows, but he sighed in his heart. If he had brought the Wolf
Fang with him, he would not have to feel so oppressed, hiding in the carriage.
The Wolf Fang had officially been separated from the Central Cavalry by His Majesty. The
missing numbers lost in the Northwest were replenished. This new cavalry was now no longer
part of the 'Lightning God's Whip' and instead was directly placed under Rody's command.
Although the soldiers were reluctant to be separated from what the Empire considered their
most elite army, it was even more glorious to become the cavalry regiment serving the Empire's
God of War, the Duke of Tulip Family.
When His Majesty the Emperor readily agreed to Rody's request, he had considered the fact that
this twenty thousand cavalry would not be of much help in the South.
The mountain barbarians were not like the people of the grasslands. They divided themselves
into hundreds or thousands depending on the size of their tribal camps. They were scattered
around the vast complicated hilly terrain of the Southeast Region.
The Wolf Fang may be powerful but their cavalry would be less effective in the vast regions of
the mountains. On the rugged mountain with steep terrain, the advantage of cavalries was lost.
The Emperor and Marquis Garoline knew about this. That is why the Emperor pretended to be
generous and gave the Wolf Fang to Rody.
Garoline had initially objected to this. Abusing his power as the Military Minister, he looked for
excuses to reorganize the Wolf Fang and therefore delayed them for another few days. He
wanted to make things as inconvenient as possible for Rody. However, His Majesty was pleased
about the success of the peace negotiations and ordered Rody to immediately go to the South.
Rody could not delay his departure. Therefore he took a group of guards from the Tulip Family
and started his journey to the Southeast hills.