Sovereign Of The Three Realms - Chapter 1186
Emperor Peafowl had indeed given Jiang Chen a line of thought and even predicted Emperor Shura’s eventual breaking with Sacred Peafowl Mountain . Not wishing for this day to actually come, he had advised Jiang Chen to garner the support of the other great emperors . The young man had worked to this end by visiting them rather frequently, but his shallow foundations and preoccupation with rescuing both his father and Wei Xing’er had put a temporary damper on that goal .
He hadn’t expected the situation in Veluriyam Capital to deteriorate so rapidly, and so soon . The suddenness of the drastic change left Jiang Chen feeling slightly unprepared .
“Friends, His Majesty entrusted a grave responsibility to me . Success or failure, it is my duty to see this through . Don’t be too worried . Sacred Peafowl Mountain has ruled Veluriyam Capital for three thousand years, and its fortunes will not disappear overnight . Those who aren’t fated to rule will be left with nothing, despite all their scheming . ” Jiang Chen’s words were uniquely infectious, giving the four monarchs some peace of mind .
“You all are Sacred Peafowl Mountain’s fundamental pillars . Whether it will hold together through this trouble is up to you . Though I am the young lord, I am also relatively inexperienced . Only through your unwavering loyalty can Sacred Peafowl Mountain remain a fortress of iron . Otherwise, I will be able to accomplish nothing without your comprehensive support . ”
Plumscore spoke up . “His Majesty was born with wisdom . Everyone that he had an eye on has proven themselves in time . There must’ve been a reason that he made you young lord, and so my words are just as before . As long as you have the responsibility and the bearing for it, I will be behind you every step of the way . Let the heavens decide the rest . ”
“My thoughts exactly,” agreed Chronobalance .
The eagerness in Cloudsoar Monarch’s eyes was palpable . “Young lord, His Majesty has spoken to me of many things about you in the past . I firmly believe that you will be able to lead Sacred Peafowl Mountain to prosperity . His Majesty has even prophesied that you will be able to bring this city to greater peaks of fortune than he did, all those years ago . ”
Wildfox Monarch blinked, glancing towards his fellow . “Did His Majesty really say such a thing?”
Everyone knew that Cloudsoar was the emperor’s closest confidante . That was why he was the steward of Sacred Peafowl Mountain .
“I hadn’t mentioned it before,” sighed Cloudsoar, “because of my own uncertainties about the matter . But the Vassal Meeting is one of the best proving grounds for verifying whether His Majesty had spoken truly . ”
Though the other three monarchs all displayed varying degrees of shock, they nodded at Cloudsoar’s follow-up statement .
“If that is His Majesty’s prediction, then it gives us all the more confidence . ”
“Quite . Under these circumstances, we must support young lord Zhen with all of our strength . We will fight Shura’s faction to the bitter end!”
Only after renewed declarations of fealty did the monarchs depart . However, Plumscore Monarch returned halfway .
Jiang Chen was surprised to see her do so . “Plumscore Monarch, do you have something else to talk about alone?”
“Young lord, do you remember your visit to Plumscore Retreat?” The monarch’s expression was as frigid as ever . It was one of her unique characteristics .
Of course Jiang Chen remembered his trip . He’d visited after the Ranking of Young Lords, before his ordeals in the Veluriyam Pagoda .
“Yes, I do . ” A slight smile hung on his face .
“The things I said to you back then still apply now . I’ve seen your accomplishments here in the capital, but don’t think they can be counted as particularly magnificent feats . Certainly not enough to elevate you to a heroic status . But if you can pass this trial ahead of you, if you can save the day despite the odds against us… then I shall defer to you without fail for the rest of my life . ”
Plumscore Monarch had indeed talked to Jiang Chen about this a few years ago . She naturally appreciated his acts in Veluriyam Capital, but was of the opinion that only in in a time of dire crisis could one’s ability and nature truly be discerned . “Young lord, whether you will be able to shoulder responsibility in times of hardship–this, and only this, will decide your future level of achievement . ”
Jiang Chen broke out into laughter, then nodded . “I remember your words still . The Vassal Meeting seems rather more interesting now . ”
There was no lack of challenges in the world of martial dao . For the present young lord of Veluriyam, the Vassal Meeting was one such experience . Since his arrival in this new world, he had encountered many challenges big and small . In terms of danger, his recent fight against Demon Emperor Bloodmalva had been fraught with it, though victory for that was purely decided with martial dao .
In terms of overall difficulty, the amount in this challenge was unprecedented for him . A first .
Martial dao was not the only deciding factor here . It was even more so wit and intellect, and personal charisma on top of that . Perhaps it could be classified as a clash of fortunes . Would Emperor Shura’s faction seize the day? Or would Emperor Peafowl’s forces hold fast? That was the answer lying behind the curtain of the Vassal Meeting .
Plumscore Monarch scrutinized Jiang Chen carefully before nodding once more . “Do you remember the girl you met when you came to my retreat, young lord?” It was a sudden change of subject .
“Nian’er?” The adorable little girl’s figure popped into Jiang Chen’s head . She had been as delicate and charming as porcelain . Thinking of her warmed his heart . Because of his strong impression, her name rolled off his tongue in an instant .
Jiang Chen’s emotion elicited a rare tinge of warmth on Plumscore Monarch’s face as well . “Yes, Nian’er . She’s been asking for you for quite a while . There are sometimes strange and invisible ties that form between the unlikeliest of people . My Plumscore Retreat has housed a plethora of people, and Nian’er’s seen no shortage of outsiders, but you’re the only one that she keeps on her mind . She’s always talking always talking about your good points, young lord . ”
Images of the kind, innocent little girl filled his thoughts . Her expressive eyes, her snow-white outfit…
Jiang Chen swelled up with affection .
“Nian’er has heard of your name, young lord Zhen . She knows your exploits here in Veluriyam . You’re her hero and one of the greatest of this city, in fact . ”
Jiang Chen laughed in spite himself . He knew he had a lot of fans in the city, but he hadn’t expected the girl to be one of them . It had been so long since the time they’d met, and she wasn’t even ten, yet…
His heart felt a bit peculiar .
“Is Nian’er still at your Plumscore Retreat?” He recalled that the girl was the daughter of Emperor Peafowl’s foster daughter, Miss Dan’er .
“Emperor Peafowl asked me to instruct her . Alas, my unexceptional skills are wasting her talents somewhat . ” Plumscore Monarch paused, squinting at Jiang Chen again meaningfully . “Young lord, I simply wanted to tell you that Nian’er sees you as her hero . I hope that you don’t let her down during this Vassal Meeting .
“Plus, you have supporters in great numbers here in Veluriyam Capital . The hearts of the people are a useful resource . Since this is such an important time, maybe you should take a few walks . The kings and lords who are participating in the Vassal Meeting should be arriving soon, and you would do well to win at least some of them over .
“And now, I must take my leave,” said the monarch with a cupped fist salute . She drifted off without further ceremony .
Jiang Chen didn’t know what to feel as he watched Plumscore Monarch’s figure disappear in the distance . He hadn’t expected the typically frosty Plumscore Monarch to talk to him alone like she had just now . For someone as distant as her, the comments had been nothing short of heartfelt . That was an extraordinarily rare occurrence for her .
The hearts of the people are a resource? Admittedly, the monarch had a very good point . The vassals from Veluriyam’s territories were almost upon them . them . If he remained within the young lord residence all this time, they would likely have a poor opinion of him . Either they would think he was a coward that shied away from the grand occasion, or that he was a haughty youth who thought he was above the rest of them .
A proper leader must garner the love of his followers . The young man found nothing wrong about this axiom .
Why had his father in the previous life been able to sit so securely on his throne as a divine Emperor? His father hadn’t been simply competent . He had also maintained a strong grasp over the hearts of his subjects . They were bought, quashed, appeased, and intimidated in various ways .
Grace and authority had played equal part in maintaining his rule . Both the light rain of generosity and the thunderous storm of punishment were necessary . In this way, the rebellious were daunted and the loyal, rewarded .
“Brother Chen, Plumscore Monarch’s advice is very reasonable,” said Huang’er suddenly, who had been silent up until now .
“Our minds are one, Huang’er . I was thinking about it as well . ” Jiang Chen laughed . “I hadn’t paid much attention to such details in the past, but our viewpoint is different now . They must be given serious consideration . ”
Because Jiang Chen had not been Sacred Peafowl Mountain’s young lord in the past, he had only passively bought the hearts of others . Historically, his actions had only done so as an added benefit . However, he was now a holder of power . As a young lord, he had to do things that he previously hadn’t cared for .
"You already have a starting point for it, Brother Chen . Veluriyam Capital’s peoples are disturbed in large part due to the circulating rumors . If you can step forward, a large portion of them will be rendered ineffective . ” Though Huang’er had a serene nature, she saw problems from a vantage point that was often higher than most others . She had a clear view of the majority of affairs .