Chapter 1249 - Chapter 54 The Martial Telling Gate
Chapter 54 The Martial Telling Gate
The next day.
At this moment, the sky had yet to brighten when a crescent moon hung in the distance. It emitted a faint silver light that scattered down like a silver-colored light curtain.
By the front gate of the Crown Prince’s Mansion, a large pile of torches illuminated the entire street.
A large group of people numbered five to six hundred. They were arranged in an orderly manner. Every one of them wore black armor and steel helmets with silver spears in their hands. They appeared very imposing.
In front of the many soldiers were some masters in different clothes with profound cultivation and horrible strength. They were the guests of the Crown Prince’s Mansion. Ding Hao, who was with Evil Moon, as well as the No. 1 Master Long Hong, Junior Protector Long, were also among them.
In front of them were the Crown Prince, Rong Fu, and Military Counselor, Wusun Liuce.
At that moment, Crown Prince Rong Fu had changed into a suit of golden armor. There was a sword hanging from his waist, making him look impressive. He was riding a crimson horse. He waved his hand and said, “Let’s go!”
The crisp sound of hoofbeats could be heard, followed by the sound of orderly footsteps.
The group moved forward and headed for the Imperial Palace at the same time.
After crossing a wide street, the army came to the palace gate in the southwest corner of the Imperial Palace, the Martial Telling Gate.
A figure hurried to the Martial Telling Gate, which was hundreds of feet high.
This man was dressed as a general. He was in his forties, and his eyebrows were as black as swords. He was Mo Yingbiao, the general stationed by the Martial Telling Gate.
“Third Prince has arrived so quickly. The timing is not right…” He frowned as he watched the troop gradually approach. The orderly torches were like waves of fire that continuously pressed forward.
When he was at the foot of the palace gate just now, he received a message from a soldier saying that an army was approaching the Martial Telling Gate, so he ran up to the palace gate in a hurry.
“Open… Huh? No, that’s not the Third Prince’s troop!”
Mo Yingbiao thought that the ones who had arrived were the soldiers of the Third Prince. When he was about to ask someone to open the gate, he found that they were not Rong Si’s men.
“Isn’t it supposed to be only the Third Prince who will pass through the Martial Telling Gate today?
“If that’s not the Third Prince’s troop, who are those people?
“What the hell is going on?”
Mo Yingbiao was a little confused, but when he saw the leader, his eyes suddenly trembled because the leader was the current Crown Prince, Rong Fu.
“That’s the Crown Prince! Why did he come to this gate? It shouldn’t be. Has the Third Prince’s plan been exposed? Or is the Crown Prince also going to…” Mo Yingbiao was stunned and guessed in his heart.
“However, if the Crown Prince is up to the same thing as the Third Prince, he should have gone to the Azure Dragon Gate, which is closest to the Crown Prince’s Mansion. He shouldn’t have come to the Martial Telling Gate!”
While Mo Yingbiao had a lot on his mind, Crown Prince Rong Fu had already arrived at the palace gate with his men.
Wusun Liuce raised his head to look at Mo Yingbiao and shouted loudly, “The Crown Prince has arrived. General Mo, hurry up and open the gate!”
The man standing next to Mo Yingbiao said, “Milord, it’s the Crown Prince. I’ll open the gate!”
He was Wei Ye, the deputy general in charge of the Martial Telling Gate.
Mo Yingbiao glared at him and shouted, “Stop right there! What are you doing? No one can open the gate without my order!”
“Yes, milord…” Wei Ye immediately stopped and nodded repeatedly, and he seemed to be obsequious. However, a cold glow flashed in his eyes.
“General Mo, didn’t you hear me? His Highness has arrived. Hurry up and open the palace gate.” Wusun Liuce’s voice sounded once more from below the palace gate. This time, his tone carried a trace of questioning.
Above the palace gate, Mo Yingbiao’s eyes flickered as if he was thinking about something. Then, he said firmly, “I heard you. I’ll open the palace gate right away. But Your Highness, please allow me to boldly advise you that this is the Imperial Palace. Please get off the horse and enter alone. Your men aren’t allowed to enter with you.”
“How dare you!”
With a loud shout, Wusun Liuce angrily rebuked, “What His Highness wishes to do is not something that a lowly guarding general like you can interfere with. Could it be that you are trying to disobey his order and get yourself killed?”
Mo Yingbiao did not get angry. He still said righteously, “I don’t dare to disobey his order, but this is the Imperial Palace, where there are rules. Since I have won His Majesty’s trust and have been told to guard the Martial Telling Gate, I naturally can’t let anyone in at will. Moreover, there is a rule in the Imperial Palace that a troop of more than a hundred soldiers is not allowed to approach the exalted place. Your Highness, please don’t make things difficult for me.”
Crown Prince Rong Fu nodded his head and replied, “You’re right, General Mo. The Imperial Palace has its own rules that cannot be violated. It is just that I received important intelligence today stating that someone is planning to rebel. That is why I have hurriedly brought my soldiers over to protect Father. General Mo, open the palace gate now and allow us to enter. Otherwise, when the rebel army arrives, it will be troublesome.”
“A rebel!” Mo Yingbiao’s pupils suddenly contracted, and he thought to himself. “Oh no, the Crown Prince has learned about it. This is not good. I have to tell the Third Prince as soon as possible, or I’ll be in trouble.”
With this in mind, Mo Yingbiao remained calm and said neither humbly nor arrogantly, “Your Highness, I don’t know how you got the news, but I’ve been guarding the Martial Telling Gate and that would do. How can I possibly trouble you?”
When Crown Prince Rong Fu heard that, his expression changed. With a trace of anger on his face, he said righteously, “Mo Yingbiao, how dare you disobey my order? Did you unite with the rebels to prevent us from entering and try to help them from outside to usurp the throne?”
As soon as he said this, Mo Yingbiao’s expression drastically changed. If he was charged with this, the consequences would be unimaginable.
At the very least, he would be beheaded, and if the worst came to the worse, his entire family would be exterminated.
This was serious.
Even so, he did not intend to open the palace gate.
“Your Highness, even if you wrongly accuse me, I will not open the palace gate. If His Majesty also thinks that I am guilty, I will die without regrets.” There was a flash of determination in Mo Yingbiao’s eyes. At this moment, he appeared that he would be glad to die a martyr’s death.
“Your Highness, as for now, you will either come in alone or go to another palace gate. Otherwise, I can only disobey your order.”
At this moment, he was ready to risk everything. As long as the Third Prince got the throne, it would not matter even if he offended the Crown Prince now.
Of course, he was aware that all of this was based on the fact that the Third Prince was able to succeed.
However, that was the only thing he could do now.
“Well, well, well, I wanted to spare your life. Since you don’t know how to appreciate favors, don’t blame me…” Then, Crown Prince Rong Fu immediately gave an order, “Mo Yingbiao has colluded with the enemy and committed treason. He is heinous. Guards, arrest him!”
Hearing this, Mo Yingbiao knew that Crown Prince Rong Fu was about to take action. When he was about to order his men to guard the palace gate, a cold light suddenly flashed behind him.
“You…” Mo Yingbiao’s eyes widened in disbelief.
Right then, a line of blood suddenly appeared on his neck.
Blood splashed out, and his head fell off.
The attacker was naturally Wei Ye, the deputy general of the Martial Telling Gate who had been standing next to him just now.
Even though Mo Yingbiao was in the True Immortal Realm and was much stronger than Wei Ye, he still died in Wei Ye’s hands at such a close distance without any preparation.
“Ahh! General Mo is dead… dead!”
“General Wei killed General Mo!”
Some of the guards below noticed this scene and immediately shouted.
The other guards raised their heads successively when they heard this, and their eyes trembled when they looked up at the palace gate.
They didn’t understand why the deputy general would suddenly kill General Mo.
With a triumphant look on his face, Wei Ye picked up Mo Yingbiao’s head and shouted at the guards below, “Mo Yingbiao colluded with the enemy and committed treason to usurp the throne. I’ve already killed him!”
“He colluded with the enemy and committed treason!”
The guards trembled violently. Some of them didn’t believe it, but they didn’t dare to question it.
That was a crime that would get one beheaded. How could these lowly guards dare to question Wei Ye? Moreover, Mo Yingbiao had indeed offended the Crown Prince just now and refused to open the palace gate no matter what the Crown Prince said.
As they thought of this, they found that Mo Yingbiao had indeed been suspicious.
“Open the gate!” Wei Ye didn’t care what they would be thinking. After saying this loudly, he immediately grabbed Mo Yingbiao’s bloody head and walked down the wall.
Along the way, blood dripped all over the ground, dripping down the stairs all the way to the palace gate.
The huge gate was slowly opened.
Wei Ye rushed to the palace gate and knelt in front of Crown Prince Rong Fu. “Your Highness, the traitor, Mo Yingbiao, has been executed.”
He was holding Mo Yingbiao’s head. Even though the blood stained the armor along his arm, he didn’t care about it at all.
The other guards also knelt one after another, not daring to make a sound.
“Mo Yingbiao is such a villain. He got a high salary but still colluded with the enemy to commit treason. He is really heinous. You have done a good job.” Crown Prince Rong Fu nodded with satisfaction and then said, “From now on, you will be the chief general of the Martial Telling Gate. All of you may rise now.”
“Thank you, Your Highness!” Wei Ye thanked him and stood up with the other guards.
“Let’s go!” The Crown Prince waved his hand and led all the guards through the palace gate into the Imperial Palace.
After passing through the Martial Telling Gate, Crown Prince Rong Fu and hundreds of guards, as well as those guests, found a place to conceal themselves and hide.
Ding Hao also hid with the crowd.
The palace gate was closed again, and the Martial Telling Gate returned to peace as if nothing had happened.
After dealing with Mo Yingbiao’s body and wiping away the blood on his armor, Wei Ye stood quietly at the palace gate and waited.
When the guards learned from Wei Ye and the Crown Prince that there were rebels coming, they all looked solemn and did not dare to slack off at all.
“Meow. Are we sitting back to wait for our chance?” After sending a voice message to Ding Hao, Evil Moon looked up at the sky and said, “It’s almost dawn. The Third Prince should be here soon!”
The night fog slowly faded, and its color turned white. It was like something flowing and transparent. The east also turned white.
The stars vanished, and a wisp of bright light appeared on the horizon.
Tap! Tap! Tap!
At this moment, footsteps and hoofbeats could be heard continuously.
Third Prince Rong Si finally arrived at the Martial Telling Gate with his men.