Astral Apostle Chapter 244: Opportunity and conspiracy

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关隘外的湖面,飘浮着一具具尸首,散落的旗子覆盖在水面上。

On the lake outside the pass, corpses floated one after another, and scattered flags covered the water.

刚刚大战一场,双方各损失一些士卒,场中一片狼藉。

There was a battle just now. Both sides lost some soldiers, and the field was in a mess.

卢龙川甲胃上血迹宛然,脱下头盔,甩了甩汗湿的头发,疲惫地吁了一口气,心力交瘁。

Lu Longchuan had blood on his stomach, took off his helmet, shook his sweaty hair, and let out a sigh of relief, exhausted.

此战打至现在,他只觉犹如陷入泥潭,进也进不得,退也退不得,不知何时才能看到转胜之机。

Up until now, he felt like he was stuck in a quagmire, unable to advance, unable to retreat, and he didn’t know when he would see the opportunity to turn to victory.

不除掉陈封,这一仗胜算渺茫,御风真人只能逼退对手,却无法单挑杀敌。

Without getting rid of Chen Feng, the odds of winning this battle are slim. Real Master Yufeng can only push back the opponent, but cannot kill the enemy one-on-one.

卢龙川不由想到那封“朝廷密信”提到的计策,用众头领性命设伏,让陈封身陷死地……

Lu Longchuan couldn’t help but think of the strategy mentioned in the “secret letter from the imperial court”, using the lives of all the leaders to set up an ambush and let Chen Feng fall to the ground…

“此乃贼人奸计,怎能正中下怀。”

“This is a thief’s treachery, how can it be in the middle of it.”

他赶紧摇了摇头,打消了刚刚升起的想法。

He quickly shook his head, dismissing the thought that had just arisen.

卢龙川在亲兵的护持中,一路下了城墙,回头看了眼正在使唤部下打扫战场的众头领,眉头紧皱。

Under the support of his personal soldiers, Lu Longchuan descended the city wall all the way. He looked back at the leaders who were instructing their subordinates to clean the battlefield, and frowned.

他如何察觉不到众头领态度的微妙变化,可裂隙已生,难以补救,即便他审问了那朝廷信使,对方满口不知情,可也不能打消一部分人的怀疑。

How could he not notice the subtle changes in the attitudes of the leaders, but the cracks have already formed, and it is difficult to remedy them. Even if he interrogated the imperial messenger, the other party was full of ignorance, but he could not dispel the doubts of some people.

手下人心不齐,想依靠兵法在行军作战中胜过龙王寨,如今是希望渺茫了,只能想办法出奇招,此战还得真人出力。

My subordinates are divided, and they want to rely on the art of war to defeat the Dragon King Village in the marching battle. Now they have little hope, and they can only find a way to make a strange move. This battle requires real people to contribute.

卢龙川眼神一定,决定待会再去拜访御风真人,商议一个办法出来。

Lu Longchuan’s eyes were fixed, and he decided to visit Master Yufeng later to discuss a solution.

然而正当他走到中军时,一个传令兵忽然匆忙跑了过来:

However, just as he walked to the central army, a messenger suddenly ran over:

“报!大事不好了,有人要暗害真人,真人特地唤我来寻统领过去叙话!”

“Report! The big thing is bad, someone wants to assassinate the real person, and the real person specially called me to find the commander to tell the story!”

“什么?!”

“What?!”

卢龙川大惊,赶忙大步流星奔向御风真人住处,很快到了地方。

Lu Longchuan was shocked, and hurriedly strode towards the residence of the real Yufeng, and he arrived there soon.

此时这里已经被天机派弟子团团护着,即便看他这个统领过来,也不曾让路,每个人的脸上皆是义愤填膺之色。

At this time, this place has been guarded by the disciples of the Tianji faction. Even if he sees this commander coming, he never gives way. Everyone’s faces are filled with righteous indignation.

“卢统领!我家师尊屡次相助尔等,你们却在饭菜中下毒,这是甚么道理!”

“Commander Lu! My master has helped you many times, but you have poisoned your food. What’s the point!”

一个弟子愤怒开口。

A disciple speaks angrily.

卢龙川急道:“此事我并不知情,定会严查到底,真人现在怎样了?”

Lu Longchuan hurriedly said: “I don’t know about this matter, and I will definitely investigate it to the end. How is the real person now?”

“幸亏师尊玄功通天,能压住毒素,身子并无大碍,如今正在打坐运功。”

“Fortunately, Shizun’s profound power reaches the sky and can suppress toxins. There is no serious problem with his body. Now he is meditating and performing exercises.”

“真人没事就好。”卢龙川狠狠松了一口气。

“It’s fine if the real person is fine.” Lu Longchuan breathed a sigh of relief.

要是这位圣上面前的红人中毒死在这里,那他也别剿匪了,直接重新操起老本行算了,反正回去也没好果子吃。

If the red man in front of the sage died of poisoning here, then he would stop fighting the bandits and just start his old job again. Anyway, he would have no good fruit to eat.

《踏星》

“Treading the Star”

“真人邀我过来叙话,还望通报一声。”

“The real person invited me to come and talk, and I would like to inform you.”

卢龙川赶紧道。

Lu Longchuan said quickly.

天机派弟子狠狠瞪他,还是入帐传话了,不多时便走出来,示意他进去。

The disciples of the Heavenly Secret Sect glared at him fiercely, but they still entered the tent and sent a message. They came out after a while and motioned him to enter.

卢龙川赶忙走入帐内,一眼便到御风真人盘坐榻上,眉头紧锁,浑身白汽蒸腾,而饭菜撒了一地。

Lu Longchuan hurriedly walked into the tent, and at a glance, he saw the real Yufeng sitting on the couch.

“卢统领,你来了。”

“Commander Lu, you are here.”

周靖翻掌收功,睁眼开口。

Zhou Jing turned his palms to collect the work, opened his eyes and opened his mouth.

“真人,这究竟是怎么回事?”卢龙川急忙询问。

“Really, what is going on here?” Lu Longchuan hurriedly asked.

周靖呼出一口气,缓缓道:

Zhou Jing exhaled and said slowly:

“不久前,你麾下士卒照例送来饭食,贫道不疑有他,吃了几口才发觉不对,饭菜里面竟被人下了毒。此毒无色无味,难以察觉,药性极烈,常人服之,恐怕不消片刻便七窍溢血而亡,不过贫道已用一身法力压制了毒素,倒是无性命之虞。”

“Not long ago, your subordinates brought meals as usual, and the poor man undoubtedly had him. After a few mouthfuls, he realized that something was wrong. The food was actually poisoned. The poison is colorless, tasteless, difficult to detect, and extremely strong , Ordinary people take it, I am afraid that it will not take a moment to bleed and die, but Pindao has suppressed the poison with all his mana, and there is no danger of life.”

“真人无事便好。”卢龙川松一口气,随即怒道:“这定是军中奸细所为,真人且放心,我定会严查此事,揪出内鬼,审个清楚!”

“It would be good if nothing happened to the real person.” Lu Longchuan breathed a sigh of relief, and then said angrily: “This must be the work of the spies in the army, the real person can rest assured, I will definitely investigate this matter, find out the inner ghost, and investigate the case. Clear!”

周靖点点头,随即又摇头,道:

Zhou Jing nodded, then shook his head again, saying:

“此事便交由卢统领了,只是贫道请你过来叙话,还另有要事相告……这毒素勐烈,贫道虽精通炼丹,可并未钻研过用毒之道,只能慢慢清除,这段时日恐不能再擅用法力与敌争斗,那陈封若是再来,贫道也无能为力。”

“The matter was handed over to the commander of Lu. It’s just that Pindao asked you to come and talk, and there are other important things to tell you… This poison is very strong. Although Pindao is proficient in alchemy, he has not studied the use of poison. Dao, can only be removed slowly, I am afraid that during this period of time, I can no longer use magic to fight with the enemy, then if Chen Feng comes again, the poor Dao will not be able to do anything.”

他打算假装中毒,将计就计从战事中抽身而退。借口自己会炼丹,却不擅用毒,不管真假,对朝廷而言都是个大大的优点。

He intends to feign poisoning and withdraw from the war. The excuse that he can make alchemy, but is not good at using poison, whether it is true or false, is a great advantage to the court.

而且自己即便有呼风唤雨的神通,也一样像常人会被毒药所制,这点更能让皇帝和朝臣放心。希望暗中的敌人真觉得这招管用,以后一直用毒对付自己。

And even if he has the supernatural ability to call wind and rain, he will be controlled by poison like ordinary people, which makes the emperor and courtiers more at ease. I hope that the secret enemy really thinks this trick works, and will continue to use poison to deal with himself in the future.

至于不能动手的时间是多久……最终解释权归自己所有。

As for how long I can’t do it… The final interpretation right belongs to me.

“啊?这……”

“Huh? This…”

卢龙川心神一震,立马有些慌了。

Lu Longchuan was shocked and panicked immediately.

没有御风真人牵制陈封,且不说对方摧城拔寨的勇力如何厉害,单是己方的军心士气,便会不可抑制地动摇。

There is no real Yufeng to contain Chen Feng, not to mention how strong the opponent’s courage to destroy the city and pull out the village, the morale of his own army will be irresistibly shaken.

这些日子,陈封与真人斗法,次次都打得惊世骇俗,早已把士卒们吓坏了,根本生不出与之厮杀的勇气。

These days, Chen Feng’s fights with real people have been shocking and shocking, and he has long frightened his soldiers, and he has no courage to fight with them at all.

一时间,卢龙川对下毒的内奸,恨得几欲发狂,只想将其乱刀砍死。

For a time, Lu Longchuan hated the poisoned traitor so much that he wanted to go crazy and just want to hack him to death.

这时,周靖重新闭上眼睛,道:

At this time, Zhou Jing closed his eyes again and said:

“贫道已尽人事,卢统领且出去吧,容贫道调息吐纳,专心驱除毒素。”

“Pindao has done all his work, let’s go out, Commander Lu, let Pindao adjust his breath, and concentrate on expelling toxins.”

见状,卢龙川只得告退。

Seeing this, Lu Longchuan had to retire.

出了营帐,他已忍耐不住怒火,立马吩咐下去,控制住所有后厨做饭的士卒,再把运送饭食的人一并抓了,全部审一遍。

Out of the camp, he couldn’t hold back his anger, he immediately ordered to go down and control all the soldiers who were cooking in the back kitchen, and then arrested the people who delivered the meals and tried them all.

此事倒不难查,很快,经手过真人饭食的人都被筛了出来,再仔细审问了几次,便终于有人熬不住刑罚,招供了出来。

It’s not difficult to investigate this matter. Soon, all those who had served real people’s meals were screened out. After careful interrogation a few times, someone finally couldn’t stand the punishment and confessed.

原来早在出征之前,便有人私下使钱收买后勤士卒,给了毒药,让他们暗害真人。

It turns out that long before the expedition, someone privately used money to bribe the logisticians and gave them poison to assassinate real people.

喽啰谈不上忠心,一辈子也挣不到的钱砸下来,自然不愿拒绝,于是便替人办事。

You can’t talk about loyalty, and you can’t earn money in your life. Naturally, you don’t want to refuse, so you do things for others.

至于幕后之人,还没有呆到向喽啰表露来历,身份不详。

As for the people behind the scenes, they haven’t been around enough to reveal their origins to the minions, and their identities are unknown.

但能在那个时间段动手脚的,显然不可能是龙王寨,卢龙川用屁股想,都知道这多半是朝中之人所为。

But it was obviously impossible for Longwangzhai to be able to do something at that time. Lu Longchuan thought with his ass, and he knew that most of it was done by people in the court.

为了避免军心动荡,卢龙川本想压下此事,说成是龙王寨下毒谋害。

In order to avoid turmoil in the military, Lu Longchuan wanted to suppress the matter, saying that it was the murder of Longwangzhai by poison.

然而天机派弟子不属于他麾下兵卒,到处宣扬实情,为自家师尊打抱不平。

However, the disciples of the Tianji faction are not under his command, and they spread the truth everywhere and fight against their masters.

没过多久,众头领一样知晓了朝中有人收买士卒暗害真人的消息,先是大惊失色,随即便是怒不可遏。

It didn’t take long for the leaders to know the news that someone in the DPRK had bribed their soldiers to assassinate the real person.

——我等在前线打仗卖命,后方的老爷们却想趁此机会铲除异己,根本不在乎会不会影响战事!这等不顾大局的谋私之人,当真是国之奸臣,面目可憎至极!

——I’m waiting to fight on the front line, but the gentlemen in the back want to take this opportunity to eradicate dissidents, and don’t care if it will affect the war! This kind of selfish person who ignores the overall situation is really a traitor of the country, and his face is extremely disgusting!

可生气归生气,但身为被招安的草寇,他们拿那些借机争权夺利的老爷们毫无办法,众头领都有一种无力感。

You can get angry, but as gangsters who have been recruited, they have nothing to do with those old men who take the opportunity to fight for power and profit, and all the leaders have a sense of powerlessness.

而得知御风真人要压制毒素,一时无法动手,众头领都人心惶惶,三军士气动摇。

And knowing that Yufeng Zhenren wanted to suppress the poison, he couldn’t do it for a while, all the leaders were panicked, and the morale of the three soldiers was shaken.

实际上,就算卢龙川想隐瞒,也根本瞒不住。

Actually, even if Lu Longchuan wanted to hide it, he couldn’t hide it at all.

因为到了第二日,龙王寨再次来攻,陈封阵前邀战,御风真人却一改往日行径,选择避而不出。

Because on the second day, Longwangzhai attacked again, and Chen Feng invited him to fight, but Zhenren Yufeng changed his previous behavior and chose to avoid it.

见无人出阵,陈封也不手软,直接身先士卒带兵强攻。

Seeing that no one came out, Chen Feng didn’t hesitate, and directly took the lead and led the troops to attack.

这一天,天王寨兵马终于切身体会到陈封的恐怖。

On this day, the soldiers and horses of Tianwangzhai finally experienced the horror of Chen Feng.

即便有工事防护,也被对方大枪摧枯拉朽破开,脆弱得好似朽木泥塑一般。

Even if there are fortifications to protect it, it is broken open by the opponent’s big gun, and it is as fragile as a rotten wood and clay sculpture.

眼见对方在万军丛中来回冲杀,无人能挡,天王寨本就涣散的军心,更是直接崩溃。

Seeing the other side rushing back and forth in the Ten Thousand Army Conglomerate, no one can stop it, and the disintegrated military spirit of Tianwangzhai collapsed directly.

本来还能僵持的局势,迅速急转直下。天王寨兵败如山倒,步步败退,不得不在湖阳地界四处转进,被人跟撵狗似的衔尾追杀,疲于奔命。

The situation that could have been stalemate quickly turned sharply. The Tianwangzhai soldiers were defeated like a mountain, and they retreated step by step. They had to turn around in the Huyang realm, and were chased and killed by people like a dog, and they were exhausted.

天王寨偌大的军势,却如一盘散沙,在陈封势不可挡的冲杀下,开始土崩瓦解,一步步遭到蚕食。

The huge army of Tianwangzhai was like a mess of sand. Under the unstoppable charge of Chen Feng, it began to disintegrate and was eroded step by step.

……

……

同一时间,京城,紫极殿。

At the same time, the capital, the Purple Palace.

又是一个上朝日,群臣正在商议卢龙川前些时日写的又一封求援奏折。

It’s another day in the morning, and the ministers are discussing another memorial that Lu Longchuan wrote a few days ago.

“启奏陛下,卢龙川被迫采取守势,剿匪之行已难继续,朝廷应当急速发兵,前去支援。”

“Your Majesty’s recitation, Lu Longchuan was forced to take the defensive, and it was difficult to continue the bandit campaign. The court should send troops quickly to support.”

庞洪作揖,语气沉凝。

Pang Hong bowed with a solemn tone.

一名大臣笑眯眯开口:“哎,庞枢密多虑了,那卢龙川与龙王寨僵持不下,正好多死伤些贼寇,待他们死得差不多了,我等再出兵,此乃渔翁得利之道,何必毛躁行事。”

A minister smiled and said: “Hey, Pang Shumi has been thinking too much, then Lulongchuan and Longwangzhai are deadlocked, just to kill and injure more bandits, and when they are almost dead, I will send troops later, this is the way for the fisherman to benefit. , why act frizzy.”

庞洪沉声道:“战机稍纵即逝,若等卢龙川败退,我等再出兵,敌方气势如虹,那又如何胜之?”

Pang Hong said solemnly: “The fighter planes are fleeting. If we wait for Lu Longchuan to retreat, we will send troops again, and the enemy’s momentum is like a rainbow, how can we win?”

“庞枢密莫要危言耸听,卢龙川麾下好歹十数万兵马,岂会轻易败走。”

“Pang Shumi don’t want to be alarmist, Lu Longchuan’s army will be easily defeated by hundreds of thousands of troops.”

另一位大臣不以为意。

The other minister didn’t care.

皇帝点头,缓缓道:“众爱卿都言之有理,不过朕已差遣神霄风灵真人前去相助,想来卢龙川尚能坚持久战,眼下还不是出兵之机。”

The emperor nodded and said slowly: “All the Aiqings are reasonable, but I have sent Shenxiao Fengling to help. If I want to come to Lulongchuan to fight for a long time, now is not the time to send troops.”

他同样想继续隔岸观火,等两边打得元气大伤,再去摘桃子。

He also wants to continue to watch the fire from the other side, and then go to pick peaches when the two sides are seriously injured.

当然要是天王寨能直接平定湖阳,他更是开心,能省一大笔军费。

Of course, if Tianwangzhai could directly pacify Huyang, he would be even more happy and save a lot of military expenses.

群臣纷纷附和,都在为这一招驱虎吞狼之计沾沾自喜,还在想着等双方两败俱伤。

The ministers agreed one after another, all complacent about this trick, and still thinking about waiting for both sides to lose.

庞洪无奈叹了口气,也只好缄口不语。

Pang Hong sighed helplessly, and had no choice but to remain silent.

左相吕文宗笑呵呵,话锋一转道:

Left Chancellor Lu Wenzong laughed and changed the subject:

“说起来,神霄风灵真人实乃奇人异士,据前线回传,他的法术神通能叫天地变色、龙卷冲霄,与那陈封相争不分胜负,圣上英明神武,引得仙师效力,实乃国之幸也。”

“Speaking of which, the real Shenxiao Fengling is really a strange person. According to the front line, his magical powers can change the color of the sky and the earth, and the tornadoes can rush into the sky. It is no match for Chen Feng. Divine martial arts, attracting immortal masters to serve, is indeed the luck of the country.”

皇帝闻言,微笑抚须,似乎颇为受用。

The emperor heard the words and stroked his beard with a smile, which seemed to be quite useful.

不过在心里,他其实多出了点忌惮~IndoMTL.com~实在是御风真人在前线的表现,有些太惊世骇俗了,当真是吓人。

But in his heart, he is actually a little more apprehensive~IndoMTL.com~ It is really Yufeng Zhenren’s performance in the front line, a bit too shocking, really scary.

制衡之道,讲究牵制平衡,皇帝现在也不知能用什么事物制衡御风真人,司天监那群人,似乎在御风真人面前都不够看的。

The way to check and balance is to check and balance. The emperor doesn’t know what he can use to check and balance the real Yufeng. The group of people in Sitianjian seems to be not enough in front of the real Yufeng.

群臣并未过多讨论湖阳之战,打算继续观望,今日很快便退朝了。

The ministers did not discuss the battle of Huyang too much, and planned to continue to wait and see, but they quickly retreated today.

宁中君回了司天监,和尹南关起门来密谋。

Ning Zhongjun returned to the Sitian prison and closed the door with Yin Nan to conspire.

“不知当前形势如何,我们收买的天王寨喽啰,是否已经对灵风子下手了。”

“I don’t know what the current situation is, whether the minions we bought from Tianwangzhai have already attacked Lingfengzi.”

尹南小声滴咕。

Yin Nan whispered.

宁中君沉吟:“算算时日,应该也差不多了,最好能直接毒杀那灵风子。”

Ning Zhongjun pondered: “Calculate the time, it should be almost the same, it is best to directly poison that Lingfengzi.”

“……那灵风子精通炼丹,真的会中招吗?”尹南有些怀疑。

“… That Lingfengzi is proficient in alchemy, will he really be tricked?” Yin Nan was a little skeptical.

宁中君眉头一挑,笑道:

Ning Zhongjun raised his brows and said with a smile:

“九虫噬心砂乃是我教不传之秘,本是其中一任掌教在外搜得的偏方,源自西疆蛊术,经一代代改良后更是隐蔽,无色无味,便是银针探之,也无法测出,唯有吃下才知中毒,能让人心血倒逆,眼珠爆裂,当场毙命……除非那灵风子百毒不侵,否则绝不可能毫发无损。”

“Nine insects heart-devouring sand is a secret that my teaching does not pass down. It was originally a recipe that one of the head teachers found outside. It originated from the Western Border Gu technique. After generations of improvement, it is even more hidden, colorless and tasteless. Even if the silver needle probes it, it cannot be detected. Only by eating it will you know that it is poisoned. It can make people’s blood go against the blood, their eyeballs burst, and they will die on the spot… Unless the spirit of the wind is immune to all poisons, it will never be unscathed. .”

“我教还有这种毒物?”尹南讶异,连他这个教中高层也没听过。

“I still teach this kind of poison?” Yin Nan was surprised, even the middle and senior level of his teaching had never heard of it.

“这个药方过于邪道,所以我教先人极少动用,此次为除大敌,我才破例使用。”

“This prescription is too evil, so I taught my ancestors to seldom use it. This time, to eliminate the enemy, I made an exception to use it.”

宁中君颔首,顿了顿,继续道:

Ning Zhongjun nodded, paused, and continued:

“即便那灵风子没被毒死,多半也要元气大伤,我已派出在外的俗家弟子,分散藏匿于湖阳周边地界,不论战事如何,只要有机可趁,便蒙面截杀,若是没有机会,便静观其变……总之,此番定叫那灵风子死在半路,绝不许他立功后活着回京!”

“Even if Ling Fengzi was not poisoned, most of his vitality would be severely damaged. I have dispatched lay disciples outside to hide in the surrounding areas of Huyang. Kill, if there is no chance, just wait and see what happens… In short, this time, I will make that Lingfengzi die in the middle of the road, and he will never be allowed to return to Beijing alive after meritorious service!”

       

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