Chapter 35.2: The Means Are Simple and Rough
What’s the best way to deal with a man like Tian Heng? What strategy? How should Shen Lang approach him? And truth be told, the matter of the issue was difficult to undertake. The Count said it’d be difficult to knock him down in accordance to the laws of the New Deal, and he was right.
Yes, Tian Heng committed heinous crimes; how many lives he’s taken, no one knows, but it’d enough to send him to the guillotine.
However, the Count’s Palace could not interfere with the affairs of the local government.
Arrest Tian Heng and put him on trial, these are the power of the local government.
Unless he commits a crime in the Count’s Palace’s enclave, putting him down won’t be easy.
But he’s not that stupid.
Therefore, the Count proceeded to ominously warm Shen Lang of his low chances of winning and fighting against Tian Heng for behind him were Xuanwu City’s powerful backers.
Shen Lang thought of the many methods and strategies, the metaphysical and mysterious, and the complex; he’d even conjured the strategies of Zhuge Liang in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms whose wisdom was close to the demons.
However, they were all useless.
The more complex the strategy, the higher the chances of failure.
Then, what’s the best method, the best strategy?
In this case… simple and rough!
And Shen Lang’s strategic method of dealing with Tian Heng was roughly simple, even shameless!
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Tian Heng ran various businesses: gambling houses, brothels, loans, and so forth.
Which business is the most profitable?
Of course, it’s his gambling establishment, his daily income in the profits of gold and accounts for more than sixty percent of his income.
His lavish life as well as the comfortable life of his brothers depends on the wellness of Tian Heng’s gambling houses.
In the whole entirety of Xuanwu City, Tian Heng opened five gambling houses, all of which monopolized the gambling sector.
The other city folks want to open a gambling house? Forget it. Before Tian Heng’s men would come knocking on their door, the city master overseeing Xuanwu City had long sealed up their newly erected business.
Fugui Square is the name of Tian Heng’s gambling houses.
The inside decorum was beautifully decorated with three whole floors in which food, drinking, and gambling games was allocated properly.
Even the pawn shops and brothels operated within the gambling house.
So Shen Lang’s choice of dealing with Tian Heng is all too simple—go to the gambling house and profit, always profit.
They’ll sooner go bankrupt.
The local government wouldn’t be able to touch Shen Lang. He’s only doing gambling as a dear guest in the gambling house.
And what is the most important thing for a man like Tian Heng?
Is it righteousness?
No, of course not. It’s money!
Only money can move his wicked heart; only money can allow him to buy the powers of the local government to back him.
It’s simple. If you have money, you have a backer, and if you don’t, you have no backer.
Therefore, Shen Lang concluded that the local powers in Xuanwu and perhaps Nujiang too had been bought over by Tian Heng to protect him.
Once Shen Lang stacks the profits in the gambling house one after another, the psychological defense of Tian Heng and the big powers would crumble.
If it was before and he tried this, he would’ve long been thrown into the river of death.
Now that he holds that status as the young master of the Count’s Palace, it’s not a matter of how much he’s able to profit but whether he’ll get beaten to death by his father-in-law.
Of course, Shen Lang has to do more than profit, his performance will place a primal importance in this matter. The citizens of Xuanwu City will be included in his strategy.