Chapter 15 – Kill All Officials, Change the Dynasty!
With a loud bang the door trembled.
Zhu Feng was seated within the Hall of Splendid Canopy. Then he took up the ink slab from the table case and threw it at the door making an earth-shaking loud noise.
He Yi who had came into the doorway was almost hit by the inkstone. He was not frightened, only glanced around then bent to pick up the inkstone. He calmly walked up and put it in the case on the table.
He raised his hand in Daoist greeting and said:
“Your Highness, why are you so angry?”
Zhu Feng was sitting in front of the desk with a gloomy face. Ruthlessly saying:
“This Prince let the civil and military officials enter the palace to discuss the major events. But these people actually fake being sick and ask for leave. None are willing to come in!”
“Oh, Do they believe that this Prince must rely on them?”
“This Prince vowed before his troops in Peiping, I have already said that. If the heavens failed me, I would open the sky; If the earth failed me, I would open the earth. If the civil and military officials do not honor me as their king, I would kill the hundred officials and change the dynasty!”
A gust of wind blew in from outside the door.
A great summer day, yet He Yi also felt a burst of chill.
He took another glance at the haze between Yan Wang’s eyebrows. Sighing softly in his heart he whispered
“Your Highness, again why are you so angry with them over this matter. Your Highness has now entered Nanjing and the situation has long been under Your Highness’s control. Among these officials none of them have dared to lead and are only sitting on the sidelines.”
“Two days later when the situation is settled. These people will naturally come to Your Highness and acknowledge their allegiance.”
Zhu Feng look at him
“You think that it is so simple?”
He Yi frowned and did not speak.
In fact, he also felt that it was not simple.
For the sake of this day, His Highness Yan Wang had been preparing for many years. In Peiping’s Yan wang fu he was cautious and diligent in governing and loving the people and he has a good name from it. That is why the childish Emperor sent troops to Peiping to supervise and monitor Yan Wang’s generals’. It was only then that he started the rebellion, afterwards one after another they would transfer their allegiance.
However when they arrived in Nanjing none of the civil and military officials came to try and get close to him. Officials, when it comes to their moral integrity they have it. But they also have a lot of fear towards death. A situation like this is truly rare.
He was silent.
Zhe Feng again stated “I let you leave to investigate, what did you find out?”
He Yi hastily spoke
“Oh, this poor Daoist has already sent people to make discreet inquiries into it. It turned out that the former Emperor Taizu left a few orders before his deathbed. But after three years, it was only a few days before His Highness stormed Nanjing City that they were sent out of the palace.”
TN: Taizu means great ancestor. This is how everyone refers to Emperor Gao in a respectful manner.
Zhu Feng frowned
“Who was it sent to?”
He Yi in succession spoke out several names. Without exception there were several senior officials, some of them who were old veterans or who hold important offices and have numerous disciples.
His hand on the table suddenly clenched into a fist.
“Now this Prince understands the reason why these civil and military official have not come.”
He Yi was stunned and he suddenly also came to an understanding.
It turned out that it was Emperor Taizu’s command that played a role. He had been on guard against this son and had guessed that his son would not be willing to bend to his will and would surely rebel after his Imperial death day.
Therefore, not only did he arrange numerous obstacles along the way from Peiping to Nanjing. He even set up so many obstacles in Nanjing City and the imperial court!
Zhu Feng’s face turned an ashen color as he stood up.
His ears started to ring again. That year Emperor Taizu commanded him to go to Peiping and become the governor. Those were the words he said before parting.