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This is an alternate history. Decades after the fall of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, the world is still in chaos, although there is hope for reunification.

Of poor background, Jiang Zhe, styled Suiyun, has finally, after ten years of hard work, passed the imperial examinations and become a scholar within Hanlin Academy. Unwittingly, he becomes involved in the succession dispute of the Great Yong Dynasty. He faces conspiracies and machinations and countless battles of strength and wits. Intending to avoid court politics, he ultimately has no choice but to become involved. With no alternative, Jiang Zhe can only follow the crowd, joining the chaotic political turmoil. In this conniving world, he uses his intelligence and knowledge to provide for himself and his companions a stable environment to survive.

Watch nations fall, great men rise, and supreme martial artists kneel before the quiet whispers of a frail, unassuming scholar.

Chapter list

Name
Prologue Read
Volume 1, Chapter 1: A Destitute Scholar Read
Volume 1, Chapter 2: Attaining Top Marks in the Imperial Examination Read
Volume 1, Chapter 3: Hanlin Academic Read
Volume 1, Chapter 4: Appreciating Art, Overturning Injustice Read
Volume 1, Chapter 5: Battle Over the Heir Apparent Read
Volume 1, Chapter 6: Yong Envoy, the Prince of Qi Read
Volume 1, Chapter 7: The Floating Fragrance Pleasure Boat Read
Volume 1, Chapter 8: Duel of Words at Bright Moon Pavilion Read
Volume 1, Chapter 9: Military Retainer Read
Volume 1, Chapter 10: A Campaign of a Thousand Li Read
Volume 1, Chapter 11: Scheming Against One Another Read
Volume 1, Chapter 12: Chained Malicious Strategies Read
Volume 1, Chapter 13: One Song to Force Suicide Read
Volume 1, Chapter 14: Shattered Jade, Submerged Pearl Read
Volume 1, Chapter 15: Preparing to Build a Secret Camp Read
Volume 1, Chapter 16: Great Upheaval Cometh Read
Volume 1, Chapter 17: A Loyal Spirit becomes Distant and Indistinct Read
Volume 1, Chapter 18: The King of Southern Chu Declares Himself Emperor Read
Volume 1, Chapter 19: The Strategy to Invade Southern Chu Read
Volume 1, Chapter 20: Profiting from Others' Misfortune Read
Volume 1, Chapter 21: Learning the Truth Read
Volume 1, Chapter 22: Jianye Falls Read
Volume 1, Chapter 23: Becoming a Captive Read
Volume 1, Chapter 24: Distant Journey of a Thousand Li Read
Volume 1, Chapter 25: Arrival at the Yong Capital Read
Volume 1, Chapter 26: Unceasing Repercussions Read
Volume 1, Chapter 27: Appreciating Snow, Composing Poetry Read
Volume 1, Chapter 28: Extreme Disappointment Read
Volume 1, Chapter 29: A Matter of Life and Death Read
Volume 1, Chapter 30: Tiger's Wind, Dragon's Cloud Read
Volume 2, Chapter 1: The Legend of Fengyi Sect Read
Volume 2, Chapter 2: Presenting the Lord with Three Stratagems Read
Volume 2, Chapter 3: Prelude to the Storm Read
Volume 2, Chapter 4: Old Friends Reunited Read
Volume 2, Chapter 5: A Nimble Chess Piece Read
Volume 2, Chapter 6: A Top Level Operative Read
Volume 2, Chapter 7: Bright Future Prospects Read
Volume 2, Chapter 8: The Magnificent Feast at the Start of Spring Read
Volume 2, Chapter 9: Exhibiting Martial Arts and Comparing Skills Read
Volume 2, Chapter 10: Heart Belongs to Another Read
Volume 2, Chapter 11: Moving According to Ones Benefit Read
Volume 2, Chapter 12: Plotting a Trap Read
Volume 2, Chapter 13: Guests Come to the Cold Courtyard Read
Volume 2, Chapter 14: Breaking a Destined Marriage Read
Volume 2, Chapter 15: Unaware of the Oriole Behind Read
Volume 2, Chapter 16: Hanging in the Balance Read
Volume 2, Chapter 17: Disturbances Behind the Scenes Read
Volume 2, Chapter 18: Snatched from the Jaws of Death Read
Volume 2, Chapter 19: Secret Discussions in the Pavilion Read
Volume 2, Chapter 20: Chasing Over a Thousand Li to Kill Read
Volume 2, Chapter 21: Bloody Battle Beside the River Read
Volume 2, Chapter 22: Southern Chu Envoy Read
Volume 2, Chapter 23: Returning Home with Honor Read
Volume 2, Chapter 24: Laying a Trap to Hunt Read
Volume 2, Chapter 25: Caught in a Dilemma Read
Volume 2, Chapter 26: The Princess of Jingjiang Read
Volume 2, Chapter 27: Passing Judgment on the World Read
Volume 2, Chapter 28: Marrying Couples Read
Volume 2, Chapter 29: The Shadow of the Waning Moon Read
Volume 2, Chapter 30: Silencing Witnesses Read
Volume 3, Chapter 1: Hidden Waves Surging Read
Volume 3, Chapter 2: Repeated Abuses of Power Read
Volume 3, Chapter 3: Flattery Read
Volume 3, Chapter 4: Shadows of the Past Read
Volume 3, Chapter 5: Preparing the Bait Read
Volume 3, Chapter 6: Guest from the Eastern Sea Read
Volume 3, Chapter 7: Lifting Heavy Weights Easily Read
Volume 3, Chapter 8: A Grandmaster Pays a Visit Read
Volume 3, Chapter 9: Heaven Startling Misconduct Read
Volume 3, Chapter 10: Vicious and Merciless Read
Volume 3, Chapter 11: The Secret of the Devil Sect Read
Volume 3, Chapter 12: Ultimate Rupture Read
Volume 3, Chapter 13: Sovereign of the Concealed Star Branch Read
Volume 3, Chapter 14: A Bloody Night in Changan Read
Volume 3, Chapter 15: The Divine Prestige of a Monarch Read
Volume 3, Chapter 16: Tangled and Complicated Read
Volume 3, Chapter 17: Each with Their Own Thoughts Read
Volume 3, Chapter 18: The Yong Emperor Returns to the Capital Read
Volume 3, Chapter 19: The Princesss Secret Remonstration Read
Volume 3, Chapter 20: Layer Upon Layer of Heavy Sins Read
Volume 3, Chapter 21: A Sudden Change in the Situation Read
Volume 3, Chapter 22: The Fengyi Sects Plot Read
Volume 3, Chapter 23: What Else Cannot be Endured? Read
Volume 3, Chapter 24: Prepared for Everything Read
Volume 3, Chapter 25: Missed the Decisive Opportunity Read
Volume 3, Chapter 26: Escaping the Hunting Palace Read
Volume 3, Chapter 27: Blood Splatters the Imperial Residence Read
Volume 3, Chapter 28: Panicked Cherishing Fragrance Read
Volume 3, Chapter 29: Overt and Covert Messengers Read
Volume 3, Chapter 30: Mobilizing Troops to Rescue the Emperor Read
Volume 3, Chapter 31: The Prince of Qis Methods Read
Volume 3, Chapter 32: Demonic Shadow and Rakshasa Read
Volume 3, Chapter 33: Heaven Shaking Reversal Read
Volume 3, Chapter 34: Fierce Fighting at Dawns Frost Read
Volume 3, Chapter 35: Affection as Deep as the Ocean Read
Volume 3, Chapter 36: Retreating to Advance Read
Volume 3, Chapter 37: Using Blood to Atone for Transgressions Read
Volume 3, Chapter 38: This Regret, Interminable Read
Volume 3, Chapter 39: Unceasing Repercussions Read
Volume 3, Chapter 40: Sincere Mercy, Vanished Enmity Read
Volume 3, Chapter 41: Vanished Like a Spring Dream Read
Volume 3, Chapter 42: Cool Breeze and Bright Moon Read
Volume 4, Chapter 1: Splendid, Flaming Female Clothing Read
Volume 4, Chapter 2: Gossiping About Inside Stories Read
Volume 4, Chapter 3: Dragon Flying in the Heavens Read
Volume 4, Chapter 4: Arriving at Binzhou Read
Volume 4, Chapter 5: Having Common Interests Read
Volume 4, Chapter 6: Life and Death Without Regrets Read
Volume 4, Chapter 7: Brothers Meet Read
Volume 4, Chapter 8: Southern Fujians Yue Family Read
Volume 4, Chapter 9: Wedding Joy Turns Tragic Read
Volume 4, Chapter 10: Eastern Sea Swells Pacified Read
Volume 4, Chapter 11: Gathering at Tranquil Sea Read
Volume 4, Chapter 12: Satisfied with a Son Read
Volume 4, Chapter 13: Betraying Beloved Son Read
Volume 4, Chapter 14: Nemesis Read
Volume 4, Chapter 15: Abyss of Suffering Read
Volume 4, Chapter 16: Regretful Parting of My Heart Read
Volume 4, Chapter 17: Selecting a General to Establish Prestige Read
Volume 4, Chapter 18: Breaking a Goshawk's Wings (Beginning). Read
Volume 4, Chapter 19: Breaking a Goshawks Wings (Middle). Read
Volume 4, Chapter 20: Breaking a Goshawks Wings (End). Read
Volume 4, Chapter 21: Cutting Off a Vital Part Read
Volume 4, Chapter 22: Enemies Within and Without Read
Volume 4, Chapter 23: A Priceless Letter from Home Read
Volume 4, Chapter 24: Making Arrangements Throughout the World Read
Volume 4, Chapter 25: Silencing Witnesses Read
Volume 4, Chapter 26: Killing Intent in the Snow Read
Volume 4, Chapter 27: Immediately the Best of Friends Read
Volume 4, Chapter 28: Consolidating at Every Step Read
Volume 4, Chapter 29: Fighting by Risking One's Life. Read
Volume 4, Chapter 30: Rebirth from Danger Read
Volume 5, Chapter 1: Startling, Frightening News Read
Volume 5, Chapter 2: Wudis Crime Read
Volume 5, Chapter 3: Difficult to Explain Oneself Read
Volume 5, Chapter 4: Ambush from Ten Sides Read
Volume 5, Chapter 5: Breaking Off All Ties Read
Volume 5, Chapter 6: Eve of the Decisive Battle Read
Volume 5, Chapter 7: Dark Clouds Gather Read
Volume 5, Chapter 8: Secret Base in an Old Tomb Read
Volume 5, Chapter 9: High Mountains and Flowing Water Read
Volume 5, Chapter 10: Opening Engagement on the Qin River Read
Volume 5, Chapter 11: Bloody Scorched Earth Battle Read
Volume 5, Chapter 12: Last Vestiges of Ziyan Read
Volume 5, Chapter 13: Defeat at Anze Read
Volume 5, Chapter 14: Joy at Decisive Victory Read
Volume 5, Chapter 15: Heartened Even in Defeat Read
Volume 5, Chapter 16: Walking Right into a Trap Read
Volume 5, Chapter 17: A Slim Chance of Survival Read
Volume 5, Chapter 18: A Life for a Life Read
Volume 5, Chapter 19: Turning Their Plan Against Them Read
Volume 5, Chapter 20: Startling Insider Information Read
Volume 5, Chapter 21: Troops Sally Forth from Hu Pass Read
Volume 5, Chapter 22: A Raging Inferno Burns the Fortress Read
Volume 5, Chapter 23: Reunion on the Battlefield Read
Volume 5, Chapter 24: War Like a Game of Weiqi Read
Volume 5, Chapter 25: Incinerating the Qin River Read
Volume 5, Chapter 26: Surrounded by an Inescapable Trap Read
Volume 5, Chapter 27: Scattered, Vivid Shadows of Apricot Blossoms Read
Volume 5, Chapter 28: Arranging Tasty Bait Read
Volume 5, Chapter 29: Cutting Ones Losses Read
Volume 5, Chapter 30: Separated by Life and Death Read
Volume 5, Chapter 31: Breaking Out in Three Directions Read
Volume 5, Chapter 32: Blood Shed by Loyal Patriots Read
Volume 5, Chapter 33: The Mists of Daizhou Read
Volume 5, Chapter 34: Deciding Endgame (First Half) Read
Volume 5, Chapter 35: Deciding Endgame (Second Half) Read
Volume 5, Chapter 36: Doubting the Loyal and Steadfast (Beginning) Read
Volume 5, Chapter 37: Doubting the Loyal and Steadfast (Middle) Read
Volume 5, Chapter 38: Doubting the Loyal and Steadfast (End) Read
Volume 5, Chapter 39: Enemies Meet on a Narrow Path Read
Volume 5, Chapter 40: Bloodbath at Yanmen Read
Volume 5, Chapter 41: Longing for Seclusion in Nature Read
Volume 6, Chapter 1: The Young Have No Worries Read
Volume 6, Chapter 2: Green, Beanlike Plums Read
Volume 6, Chapter 3: Learning an Old Friend Has Come Read
Volume 6, Chapter 4: Shooting Willows in the Garden of the Golden Valley Read
Volume 6, Chapter 5: Withered Flowers by the River Read
Volume 6, Chapter 6: Slim, Graceful Reflection Read
Volume 6, Chapter 7: Where is the Good Life? Read
Volume 6, Chapter 8: Among Green Willows and Fragrant Grasses Read
Volume 6, Chapter 9: Signal Fires Blazing Everywhere Read
Volume 6, Chapter 10: Singing and Dancing in Camp Read
Volume 6, Chapter 11: Setting Fire to the Yangzhou Road Read
Volume 6, Chapter 12: Slick Blood in the Isolated City Read
Volume 6, Chapter 13: The Cold, Lonely Moon Is Silent Read
Volume 6, Chapter 14: Whose Son Is This? Read
Volume 6, Chapter 15: A Snowy Night Aboard a Tower Ship Read
Volume 6, Chapter 16: Three Personal Visits Read
Volume 6, Chapter 17: The Strategy to Conquer Southern Chu Read
Volume 6, Chapter 18: Dignitaries Flock to the Capital Read
Volume 6, Chapter 19: An Old Guardian's Vague Outline Read
Volume 6, Chapter 20: Extensive Mercy, Great Love Read
Volume 6, Chapter 21: A Night of Fishes and Dragons Dancing Read
Volume 6, Chapter 22: Crashing, Surging Waves Read
Volume 6, Chapter 23: Accents Unchanged Read
Volume 6, Chapter 24: A Cunning Escape Read
Volume 6, Chapter 25: Sailing a Skiff Read
Volume 6, Chapter 26: Guests Stay for Tea Read
Volume 6, Chapter 27: Still But a Dream Read
Volume 6, Chapter 28: Happiness Lies in Intimacy Read
Volume 6, Chapter 29: Wugou Glints Like Snow Read
Volume 6, Chapter 30: Lavish Bugle Horns Read
Volume 6, Chapter 31: Three Thousand Li of Territory Read
Volume 6, Chapter 32: The Taste of Rancid Mouse Read
Volume 6, Chapter 33: Boundless Seas Read
Volume 6, Chapter 34: The Missing Piece Read
Volume 6, Chapter 35: Xiangyang Regret Read
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