Stabbed Right at the Heart of Camp – Part 2
“I have carefully listened to your descriptions, and also guessed some things. Gentlemen, I ask you to listen carefully to what I say, what message did you obtain? Is it your loved ones that have been abducted, or were they taken somewhere and killed? You haven’t seen their corpses, moreover, your loved ones who relayed you the information, they also have not seen with their own eyes, your loved ones being captured or being killed. They have only have heard, and no matter how likely it is, but it is only a speculation, right?” Gao Xianzhi stared at those twenty six people and said in a heavy tone.
“But my brother would not lie to me!”
“My cousin would also not lie to me!”
Everyone was chaotically speaking.
“Yes, they would not lie to you, but, what if they were also being cheated?” Gao Xianzhi said in a heavy tone.
“Gentlemen, don’t you think it is strange? Previously we have not received that many bad news, but suddenly so many emerged. I can tell you, all of this was done by Gu Hai, the richest man in all six empires, his purpose is to create mutiny in my army!” Gao Xianzhi solemnly said.
“Why should I believe you!”
The complexion of those twenty six people turned ugly.
“Do not believe me, but as long as you know, if they are alive we must see them living, If they’re dead we must see their corpses, so do not give up the hope until you’re sure. I will right away ask the sovereign to command and find your loved ones. Dispatch the various regional government authorities, and look for them continuously. If they are alive we must see them living, but if they are dead must we see their corpse. This way is better than you running back confused. A city looking for them, is better than you looking for them alone. Am I right?” Gao Xianzhi comforted them.
“But, will you be able to find?” One deserter asked with a sliver of hope.
“We will be searching from door to door, and even if they’re buried three feet under we will still be able to find them. I will give you an account of everything that happens. What do think?” said Gao Xianzhi with a firm look in his eyes.
“Thanks a lot commander, thanks a lot commander!” The group of deserters knelt down and cried.
Gao Xianzhi turned around to see the other four deserters whose eyes were still red.
“Commander? What about us? Our case is not fake, right? My brother saw my blind old mother burned to death in the house, and it was done by the county magistrate young master. My blind old mother!” One of the deserters with red eyes stared at Gao Xianzhi.
Gao Xianzhi with a look of respect said, “The four of you, the information you got is irrefutable proof, and nobody is allowed to shed your tears and blood again. No matter who, that count magistrate’s young master? No, as long as they have participated in harming your families, everyone will be immediately executed!”
“Commander?” The four people stared at Gao Xianzhi.
“You will personally supervise their punishment!” Gao Xianzhi said with a resolute look in his eyes.
“Commander, thanks a lot commander!”
“Thanks a lot commander!”
The four people were grateful and constantly kowtowing, and perhaps in their lifetime they would not have a chance quell their hatred, but today their commander himself had taken the responsibility and given them the chance to get justice again, so how could they not be grateful?
Gao Xianzhi turned around and said in a deep tone, “Crown Prince, I’ll immediately file a petition to the sovereign, asking the sovereign to fully cooperate. This time Gu Hai is very threatening, so I also ask for the Crown Prince’s support. We must report this together. To resist the foreign enemy first there must first be internal stability!”
The Song Crown Prince looked at the congregation of deserters, and nodded his head, “Ok!”
Gao Xianzhi turned around and once again looking at the congregation of soldiers, said, “Soldiers, I know in your heart you’re worried, rest assured, I Gao Xianzhi promise to all of you present here that effective immediately, all of you are allowed to write letters to your families. I will allow all of you to send messages to your family, but, as long as they do not involve military secrets. Gentlemen, is it possible for you to accomplish this!”
“Thank a lot, commander!” Suddenly countless soldiers loudly promised.
Their previous concerns were completely gone as their commander had allowed them to exchange messages with their family, so that they could know their families were safe. It could also let their family know of their own situation. It was great and their commander was still good.
Originally there was a trace of restlessness in their hearts, which had not suddenly entirely disappeared.
“But gentlemen, you can also see, these deserters, except for these four who can not be helped, but for the rest of the twenty six people, it is probably Gu Hai’s scheme. That’s why, gentlemen if you encounter any difficult matters that makes you feel sad, you can report to me. This commander will be responsible for you and resolve it for you!” Gao Xianzhi loudly shouted.
“Gu Hai is really hateful!”
“Commander rest assured, if there is anything we’ll definitely report it to you!”
“Damn Gu Hai!”
“Commander, what should we do about the rich traders?” Ling Chong standing beside him asked.
Gao Xianzhi’s brows slightly wrinkled, “Gu Hai has already made his move, but it was my carelessness that I didn’t notice. Firecrackers? Fireworks? Ah, sitting at the Hulao Pass, however, he can control my camp 1000 li away? Those rich traders, let them continue, but, next time they should be monitored, and also from today onwards, if you want to console the army you must remain low-key. Firecrackers, fireworks, all of it must be stopped, otherwise, we have to deal with a confused army!”
“Yes!” The congregation of soldiers nodded their head.
The crisis of deserting soldiers was suppressed by Gao Xianzhi.
The army gradually dispersed, and all in accordance with the normal procedure they carried on with their normal routine.
Gao Xianzhi, and the Song Crown Prince returned to tent inside.
Gao Xianzhi personally wrote a letter and covered it with his seal, and the Song Crown Prince also holding his own personal seal covered it up.
“Commander, now all of your soldiers are frank and open, and their hatred is mostly directed towards Gu Hai. The soldiers will not worry again. Isn’t it a bit too harsh to you ask father emperor to use severe penalties against those aristocrats?” Song Crown Prince said with some worry.
“No, your highness Crown Prince, you have no idea how frightening Gu Hai is. Haven’t you seen? Gu Hai, while sitting in his home, he has already started to mess up my troops morale. Gu Hai has not even moved out for the battle, and has already used a real sword and spear to stab. This is the battle of human heart. Previously it was only a diversion, perhaps Gu Hai will one day be able to break us, now do you know how terrifying he is?” Gao Xianzhi said with an ugly complexion.
“Ah? Is it that bad?” The Song Crown Prince frowned.
“Bad? Ha ha, crown prince you misjudge him. Once Gu Hai breaks the morale of the army, the 800 000 strong army will immediately be destroyed at once. The Song Empire will be in imminent danger, and then can be instantly destroyed!” Gao Xianzhi said in a heavy tone.
“That’s why, Crown Prince you yourself measure it. Your Song family’s country, or those aristocrats who are seeking death. Who will you choose? My humble self is not saying things just to frighten you!” Gao Xianzhi solemnly said.
The Song Crown Prince’s eyelids were crazily twitching, and he nodded his head, “Do not worry, I’ll write a letter to father emperor, and fully cooperate with you!”
Half a month later, Song Empire’s Imperial Capital, Song City.
Gu Hai, and Gu Han, the father and son duo, were standing in front of the imperial decree, watching the imperial decree that was just posted.
“Foster father, Gao Xianzhi’s reaction was very quick, he has immediately resolved the crisis!” Gu Han solemnly said.
“Gao Xianzhi is indeed very talented, and persuaded the King of Song Empire so quickly. He expended all of his force just to look after the military personnel’s families, and whoever harmed soldiers families, are to be all completely killed with no survivors? What is more is that he has allowed the soldiers to exchange letters with their families? Ha ha ha!” In the eyes of Gu Hai flashed a trace of admiration.
“Foster father, about the matter we fabricated, the military personnel’s families’ disappearance, are we still going to continue it? The soldiers seem to counter accuse foster father’s name.”
“Have they start to hate me? Oh, if this is the result, then continue, continue to die away! On one side they hate me, but on the other side they also continue to be suspicious of the Song Empire elites, so how are they going to hate me again? Later on they will know hating me is the source of the destruction of the Song Empire!” Gu Hai said while smiling.
“But, Gao Xianzhi has stabilized the soldiers morale!”
“Stabilized? But I’ve already planted a seed of chaos, and everything has just only started, I’ll introduce an endless loop to them. Will Gao Xianzhi also be thinking of its solution? He will not be able to solve it!” Gu Hai looking at imperial decree, said with a trace of mocking smile.