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Chapter 497: Lin Feng’s Verdict!
In the early morning, a cold wind swept across the streets of the Imperial City, people who were still feeling drowsy would be woken up immediately by the cold breeze.
The people who were walking past the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue soon discovered that it wasn’t the Holy Courtyard anymore.
On the huge gate, there were was no longer the name “Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue” anymore, it was now named “YUN HAI SECT” which astonished everyone!
The Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue had been destroyed and the Yun Hai Sect had replaced its spot within the Imperial City.
“Lin Feng is so aggressive! So bold!” Sighed the people of the city. Lin Feng had exterminated the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue and had even established the Yun Hai Sect within the Imperial City.
Only an insane person like Lin Feng could do such an extremely audacious move.
At that moment, there was no longer any blood to be seen, the grounds had been cleansed thoroughly. All the buildings, the pavilion, the lakes and rivers had been cleansed and they no longer contained any traces of blood. The entire territory seemed as if a torrential rain had swept away all traces of the massacre.
The corpses which were scattered across the territory had also disappeared without a trace, as if the massacre was only a dream.
Lin Feng had gathered the Chi Xie troops and his people from Yangzhou City to thoroughly cleanse any traces of the Holy Courtyard from existence. In one night, an army of people in the hundreds of thousands had swept the territory clean. The territory had completely changed and it looked much more magnificent than in the past. Such a task wasn’t difficult at all with so many people.
The Yun Hai Sect now had had the power to do it. After that night, apart from a few buildings from the original design, everything had been changed.
The entire territory of the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue was now under control of the Yun Hai Sect. The ancient books, skills and techniques, as well as all of the purity stones and veins of the earth from the former Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue now belonged to the Yun Hai Sect.
At that moment, outside of the King’s Imperial Palace, there was a myriad of people gathering.
Those people were talking and discussing various events. They all looked ice-cold and were extremely upset. Those people were all the wealthy and noble cultivators from the Imperial City. They were all queuing outside patiently and many had been there all night. Even though they couldn’t enter the palace, they all gathered at the entrance.
Besides, those people all had something in common. They were all holding bamboo slips of high quality.
All those bamboo slips had the same content and purpose, even if the words used weren’t identical.
They were all regarding Lin Feng who had forced his way into the Imperial City without giving face to the Imperial Clan, including a list of all of Lin Feng’s crimes!
All of those bamboo slips were written using blood, to show the extremity of the contents.
At that moment, inside of the palace, a group of people moved towards the huge gate. Finally, they arrived at the front of the crowd before coming to a stop.
Everybody looked agitated and tense, everyone had come to make a request, they wanted Lin Feng to be sentenced to death.
A silhouette walked out from the group to the front of the crowd and said: “Give us what you want to report and we will report the details contained to the monarch.”
The crowd nodded and handed their bamboo slips. Those people who arrived from inside the palace were in charge of transmitting messages between the people of the city and the monarch.
Outside of the palace, those who had come from the interior of the palace were smiling and collecting the bamboo slips.
Those people outside of the palace had lots of power in the monarchy and they had sent their younger generations to cultivate at the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue, but Lin Feng had slaughtered them, therefore they wanted Lin Feng to die.
A person came out of the palace and said to the messengers: “Do not waste time, hurry and take their messages to the monarch.”
Then, all the messengers quickly grabbed all of the bamboo slips and immediately went back into the monarch’s palace.
When the crowd saw that their bamboo slips were being taken inside the monarch’s palace, their eyes started twinkling with cold lights. They all looked nervous and apprehensive.
Lin Feng had brought his army into the Imperial City, would the monarch be infuriated by Lin Feng’s actions?
Lin Feng was definitely going to die! So many people had come together to request his death, a thousand people had brought bamboo slips and used their own blood as ink. All those messages condemned Lin Feng’s behaviour.
“I wouldn’t have thought that you would personally come here, Minister Du Gu.” Said a person wearing blue silken clothes to an old man who had a dignified presence.
Sharp lights were flashing in the old man’s eyes and he said: “If Lin Feng doesn’t get the death sentence, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
“Haha, I feel the same. Minister Du Gu shouldn’t be worried. That fool is so aggressive and arrogant, it’s incredible. This time, he charged into the Imperial City with his army and showed no respect for the law. He even massacred the innocent students of the Holy Courtyard of Xue, the monarch will never forgive him, he will definitely sentence him to death.” Said the middle-aged man in blue clothes while smiling to which the man from the Du Gu Clan nod. Everyone was hoping that would be the result. Lin Feng deserved to die for his crimes. If Lin Feng didn’t die, they could never feel at ease again.
Everybody was calmly waiting outside the palace, they were impatient to know when Lin Feng’s execution would take place. They were just looking at the gigantic palace and waiting impatiently for the verdict.
Even though the monarch rarely showed himself, each time he did, it was incredible and the people would always gasp with admiration when in his presence. They were convinced that this time, the monarch would agree with their request.
Some time elapsed, even though it was only a short time, the crowd outside felt like they had been waiting for an eternity. Finally, a person holding a golden parchment flew out of the monarch’s palace and immediately landed in front of the crowd.
The old man from the Du Gu Clan took a step forwards and waved his hand, in a flash the golden parchment flew into his hand.
Itching to get on with it, the old man immediately opened the golden parchment and suddenly looked astonished.
“Minister Du Gu, what does it say??” Asked someone moving closer to him in anticipation.
“Yes, is Lin Feng sentenced to death??”
The crowd was breathing faster and grew excited. Many people were gathering around the old man of the Du Gu Clan, he then handed the parchment over to them and they only saw a few words written. They were all stunned when they read the message. They couldn’t believe it their eyes, they blinked a few times but those words written with delicate calligraphy never changed!
On the golden parchment, there were four words: “LIN FENG IS INNOCENT!”
Lin Feng was innocent?
How was that possible? How could Lin Feng be innocent?! He had charged into the Imperial City with an army, that made him a rebel, a traitor! Duan Tian Lang, was a noble of the Imperial Clan had a very high status. Lin Feng was only a marquis, but Duan Tian Lan must have been killed by Lin Feng, that was his second crime, for that alone, Lin Feng should be sentenced to death. Duan Tian Lang created the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue and younger clan members of those wealthy and noble cultivators were all students of his, but Lin Feng wiped the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue from existence, he had slaughtered all its members who were innocent, that was Lin Feng’s third crime! But Lin Feng was… Innocent!?
Many people’s chests were pounding violently, they were infuriated. However, the monarch didn’t see it that way. The old man of the Du Gu Clan turned around and said: “Sorry for causing trouble but I want to see the monarch.”
“Yes, so do I!” Many people were saying that they wanted to see the monarch, how could he say that Lin Feng was innocent?!
“Denied. The monarch already knows what you all want to say. He told me to tell you that Lin Feng is the Patriarch of the Yun Hai Sect, he came to the Imperial City under that status, his army are all members of the Yun Hai Sect and were granted entry as individual cultivators, they are deemed sect members and not an army, so they don’t count as armed rebels. All of the sect members were granted access into the Imperial City by the guards, so it is not a crime. Duan Tian Lang, destroyed the Yun Hai Sect and Lin Feng witnessed the destruction of his sect, now he enacted his revenge as the Patriarch of the Yun Hai Sect, this it is not a crime, it is personal revenge which is justified by our law. Lin Feng and Duan Tian Lang’s social status have nothing to do with a blood feud between sects. As far as the students of the Holy Courtyard are concerned, they decided to join the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue and thus entered knowingly into the blood feud. Lin Feng killed them because they were members of the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue and were thus his enemies, he did not massacre the innocent. The destruction of the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue and the revival of the Yun Hai Sect is justified! Lin Feng has not committed any crimes and had only settled a blood feud between the two parties. Lin Feng is therefore, innocent.” Said the messenger of the king slowly while denying all the crimes which Lin Feng was accused of.
Everybody was stunned and didn’t know what to say in response. Lin Feng was innocent?!
Many people couldn’t bear it, they were not willing to accept that verdict.
“Of course, Lin Feng’s actions were justified as he was getting revenge, you are all justified by the law to go and confront Lin Feng to enact your revenge. Nobody will try to stop you.” Said the messenger indifferently.
They were permitted to go and get their revenge personally. Those were the laws if this city of cultivators, but everybody waiting outside pulled a long face. Would they dare to go and personally seek out Lin Feng for their revenge?