Chapter 19 – Life-or-Death Contract
Translator: Mr Voltaire
There were 64 captives in total. There was only one woman, who was the Third Mistress. For any of these people to be able to survive in a bandit village, they definitely weren’t righteous and moral people.
Zhao Fu thought for a moment and said, “Wang Ergou, come over here. Tell me who has committed the most evils or was a leader in the Wild Wolf Village.”
Wang Ergou shakily went over to Zhao Fu with a pale face. The Wild Wolf Village’s people furiously glared at him because they knew that he was a traitor.
However, even though they were furious, they did not dare to openly express it. After all, their lives were currently in Wang Ergou’s hands. If he claimed that someone had been a leader or had committed great evils, he or she would definitely die. Wang Ergou also felt this heavy burden, and he did not dare to look into anyone’s eyes.
What surprised Zhao Fu was that Wang Ergou suddenly knelt to the ground and begged, “Sir! The First Master was the leader and committed the most evils, but he’s been killed, and the Second Master was also poisoned to death. Please spare their lives; I’ll even kowtow to you.” After saying this, Wang Ergou heavily kowtowed a few times before raising his head and looking at Zhao Fu with a pleading expression.
Zhao Fu fell deep into thought. He knew that the loyalty of these bandits would be an issue, so he had wanted to kill some of the leaders before handing them to Bai Qi to be properly disciplined and trained. Now that Wang Ergou was pleading for their lives, Zhao Fu turned to look at the Wild Wolf Village’s people.
Finally, he said, “Are you willing to offer your loyalty to us?”
Hearing this, a look of surprise and joy appeared on the bandits’ faces, and they immediately half-knelt and said in unison, “We are willing to serve sir to the death!”
However, there was one person who did not kneel down, and the person instead stood there with a look of hesitation – it was the Third Mistress.
The Third Mistress was quite beautiful, but Zhao Fu was not that interested in those sorts of things. Zhao Fu hadn’t wanted to spare any of the leaders originally, and seeing this, he waved his hand, saying softly, “Kill her. Bai Qi, I’ll leave the rest of these people to you. Make sure you train them well!” After saying this, Zhao Fu prepared to take his people back to the Great Qin Village.
A few soldiers immediately obeyed and went to grab the Third Mistress in order to behead her.
Seeing this, the Third Mistress’s face paled, and she hurriedly cried out, “I’m willing to submit to you, but you have to promise not to touch my body!”
“Eh? Who wants her body?”
Zhao Fu stopped, a look of surprise on his face. However, he didn’t want to explain anything – after all, for this woman to become the Third Mistress, she definitely wasn’t ordinary. It was best to get rid of her, so he once again waved his hand, signaling for her to be killed.
“Wait! I’ll give you my first time, but you have to promise to leave me alone afterwards!” The Third Mistress called out as she bit her lip and came to a decision.
Zhao Fu was speechless. Did she really think that he was that sort of person? He once again waved his hand, signaling for her to be quickly killed.
10 or so soldiers holding Iron Wood Sabers obeyed and surrounded the Third Mistress, preparing to slash her to death.
The Wild Wolf Village’s people quickly tried to persuade her, “Third Mistress, it would be best if you submitted to sir. This sir has an extraordinary bearing, and he will accomplish great things in the future!”
Hearing this, the Third Mistress clenched her fists and gritted her teeth as she once again called out, “Alright! I’ll agree to once per week at most, and I’ll sign a Life-or-Death Contract with you.”
Zhao Fu had started to feel annoyed when he heard the Third Mistress speak again, but when he heard “Life-or-Death Contract,” he paused because he had no idea what that was.
Following this, the Third Mistress took out a piece of paper and bit her thumb. She pressed her bloodied thumb to the paper before handing it to a soldier to give to Zhao Fu.
Zhao Fu received it and looked at it:
[Life-or-Death Contract]: Description: Links the lives of two people together. If the master dies, the other side will also immediately die.
“System announcement! Would you like to accept Liu Mei’s Life-or-Death Contract?”
So something like this existed in this world. Zhao Fu decided to prepare a few copies when he got back to prevent any betrayals. Zhao Fu thought for a few moments, and because he was not too worried about the Third Mistress, he chose to accept.
The paper suddenly became motes of light and split into two halves: one half went into Zhao Fu’s body, and the other half went into Liu Mei’s body.
Now that all of the people had surrendered, Zhao Fu could look at their grades. Most of them were F grade, and a few of them were C grade. What surprised Zhao Fu greatly was that Liu Mei was actually S grade, so he couldn’t help but stare at her. Seeing this, Bai Qi fell into his own thoughts.
“Alright, let’s go back to the village!” Zhao Fu ordered.
When the Wild Wolf Village’s people saw that the Third Mistress wasn’t going to die, they let out a sigh of relief. Bai Qi looked around and looked like he seemed to understand something.
After returning to the Great Qin Village, the Wild Wolf Village’s people were incredibly shocked when they heard that the Great Qin Village was a Legendary grade Village, and they completely accepted their loss.
When Li Si saw that Zhao Fu and Bai Qi had returned safely, he let out a sigh of relief.
Zhao Fu said to Li Si, “Li Si, I’ll leave the arrangements of these people to you!”
Li Si looked at the Wolf Village’s people and nodded his head. Bai Qi suddenly walked up and whispered something into Li Si’s ears, causing a delighted look to appear on his face. Zhao Fu felt that this was quite strange, but he did not give it much mind. He took a few soldiers and went south of the Great Qin Village. Zhao Fu took out the white City Heart and pressed it against the ground.
“System announcement! Would you like to use the City Heart?”
Zhao Fu replied ‘yes,’ and just like the Great Qin Village, waves of light rippled out as a few basic buildings slowly appeared.
After walking into the Village Hall, Zhao Fu looked at the stats:
Village Name: Wild Wolf Village (Normal)
Level: Primary (0/5000)
Village Area: 1 square kilometer
Village Territory: 5 square kilometers
Popular Support: 0
Village Special Stats: Territory Crop Output +2%, Territory Crop Growing Time -2%.
Subsidiary Village Limit: 0
These were the stats of a Normal Village, and the difference between the Wild Wolf Village and the Great Qin Village’s stats was like the difference between the heavens and the earth. Currently, the number of residents and Popular Support in Wild Wolf Village were both 0 because Zhao Fu brought the Wild Wolf Village’s villagers under the Great Qin Village’s name. Otherwise, the Wild Wolf Village’s Popular Support would be in the negatives, and any new villagers there would be bandits.
Currently, the Wild Wolf Village did not have a Tailor, Blacksmith, or Apothecary – they had most likely run away. However, there were three buildings that had Profession Change Stone Steles, and each of those three professions had a limit of one person.
At the Barracks, there was only one Profession Change Stone Stele there:
[Bandit]: F grade Military. Description: A scourge that appears when Popular Support goes into the negatives. Effect: Receives [Bandit Saber Technique]
Zhao Fu wanted to destroy the Bandit Profession Change Stone Stele and change it to [Militia], but after thinking about it, he realized that it might be useful in the future, so he chose to keep it for now.
He found an elder in the Great Qin Village with management experience and made him the new Village Chief of the Wild Wolf Village. He also left behind a few soldiers to look after the Wild Wolf Village. From the next day onwards, normal villagers would start to be summoned.
After dealing with these matters, Zhao Fu returned to the Great Qin Village and planned to discuss with Bai Qi and Li Si about the Li Family Village. However, after chatting for just a short while, Li Si gave Zhao Fu a deep look and said, “Your Majesty, it’s getting late, and you’ve really exerted yourself today. It would be best for you to get some rest.”
Zhao Fu felt quite strange when he heard this, but he saw that it was indeed getting late. As such, he returned to his room, but right after opening the door, he was completely stunned. This was because there was a mature, alluring woman lying naked on his bed.
Zhao Fu immediately turned around and closed the door, loudly yelling, “Li Si! Get over here!”