like breaking a bamboo ( in the meaning: sweep away everything in its path, crush all obstacles, win a swift victory)
From the story of Lan Jo Ting, it became clear that it was a hundred thousand armies of ravens.
Hearing the truth, Niu Yu Tao understood. The Imperial House wanted to destroy the power and influence of Ning Wang, so Chao Zong was doomed to death. Then, Lan Jo Ting, to save the life of the prince, started rumors about the hidden army of one hundred thousandths. Now there were times of turmoil in the kingdom of Yan, and danger lurked both inside and out, so the king pointed to Tsan Wu. Only because of this 100 thousandth army of ravens did the prince have the opportunity to see the light of day again.
Niu Yu Tao now understood why they so did not want to tell him the whole truth. After all, if there is the slightest chance that Niu Yu Tao is a scout from the imperial house, then their entire company will be doomed. If the imperial house finds out that the 100,000th army is just the rumor, then all these people will instantly become dead.
Only when Shu Qing nodded to them, then they decided to tell him everything. Apparently, these two strongly trust the opinion of Shu Qing. From this, Shu Qing became more interesting for Niu Yu Tao. He turned and asked Lan Jo Ting: "Mr. Lan, you must have a reason why you indicated Tsan Wu County?"
Lan Jo Ting explained: "Tsan Wu County has a complex terrain. It is easy to defend and difficult to attack. It will be easier for the prince to stop there."
Niu Yu Tao looked askance and said:
"500 riders can play a role on the plain, but in a dangerous, inaccessible place, they will be clumsy. This area is an Achilles heel for cavalry. And what, that Tsan Wu County is dangerous. Is it possible that 500 horsemen will be able to resist the imperial troops? Does Mr. Lan think that because of my youth, I can be fooled?"
From these words, Lan Jo Ting became embarrassed, so Shu Qing hastily said: "Father, during his life, constantly sent people to this county."
Niu Yu Tao asked: "How much is left?"
Shu Qing sighed. "Father, although he had high power in life. But when the tree falls, the monkeys scatter. Especially now, in such a troubled time in the country, few people remain. A few can rely on. Most likely, there remained a thousand people who are waiting for a brother. Ordinary people do not dare to stay there.
As soon as she said this, Niu Yu Tao asked in surprise:
"I also heard about the glory of Ning Wang. On the battlefield, he behaved boldly. Why did he cause the wrath of the cultivator world? Ning Wang had such power, what happened?"
Mentioning this, many advisers and commanders felt an awkward situation. Ning Wang bravely advocated depriving the cultivators of their benefits. And this Lord Tao was also a cultivator.
The consistently silent Chao Zong eventually slowly said: "This is connected with the current imperial house."
Niu Yu Tao asked: "How to understand?"
Lan Jo Ting sighing said: "In the world of cultivators, every sect and school needs its representative among the ordinary people, who will be responsible for delivering resources to them. And these representatives do not always want to be simple puppets in cultivators. Therefore, some among them pit sects and schools among themselves for resources to prevent cultivator sects from developing. Which led to the current situation in the country. In every country, a reigning house does not want to be a puppet for cultivators. Only they do not dare to say it openly. Ning Wang was also not stupid to attract the wrath of the cultivator world. Someone has done everything behind him. Then, the former emperor, during his lifetime, wanted to initially transfer the throne to Ning Wang. However, suddenly, Ning Wang attracted pressure from all sides. The pressure was so great that it is hard to imagine. As a result, the former emperor suddenly died under unknown circumstances, and the throne was also strangely transferred to the current emperor. It's all weird!"
As soon as Lan Jo Ting finished speaking, Niu Yu Tao seemed to understand. It turns out that the reason for everything is the struggle for the throne.
However, he was not interested. He just wanted to know the current situation, so now he revealed the map of the Yan kingdom on the table.
Chao Zong remained close and indifferently looked at the actions of Niu Yu Tao.
Shan Shu Qing occasionally looked out from under the hat at Niu Yu Tao. She looked at him with hope. The words of Yuan Gan often sounded in her head that in their position, Lord Tao was much more critical than Yuan Gan. She doubted this from the beginning. However, Niu Yu Tao is very hiding his talents. As an example: with cultivation. Everyone thought that he was a weak mentor and could not protect himself, but then he surprised everyone. Therefore, she looked at him with hope.
From the map, it was possible to determine that the kingdom of Yan is no larger than other kingdoms. In the east was the kingdom of Song, in the north of Han, in the west of Zhao, and in the south, it borders on the vast sea. Tsan Wu County is located in the southern region of Qingshan County. And Qingshan County is just next to the sea. In the east, it borders on Kuangai County, and in the west through one county is the kingdom of Zhao.
In the Nanzhou (the southern region), there are only 11 counties. Qingshan and Kuangai counties belong to the southern region. The governor of the region, Zhou Shou Xiang, is now an authorized representative of the imperial court. He has some abilities and continually puts pressure on the county of Kuangai ...
Hearing an introductory speech about the situation around the county, Niu Yu Tao, pointing to the county of Kuangai, asked:
"Feng Lin Bo is the ruler of the tiny county. If he dared to confront them, surely there was a cultivator sect behind him?
Lan Jo Ting nodded his head: "Exactly. Behind him stands the sect of Heavenly jade. It is quite powerful in the Yan kingdom. And Feng Lin Bo's wife, Peng Yu Lan, is the daughter of the current head of the heavenly jade sect, Peng Yu Tsai. However, other cultivator sects do not want Feng Lin Bo to develop and gain more influence. After all, if he succeeds, he will help with the resources of the sect of Heavenly jade. And this does not coincide with the interests of other sects, so they seek to suppress it.
"That's what ..." "Niu Yu Tao looked at the map for a long time and then slowly asked: "I don't know what the prince thinks to do after he takes Tsan Wu County?"
Chao Zong said slowly: "Lord Tao, it is not a question of faith in you or not. But you just raised the question that could cost a lot of goals." He hinted that he would not tell.
Niu Yu Tao smiled slightly. If he doubts, then we can say otherwise. Niu Yu Tao began to slide his finger down the map and pointed to Tsan Wu.
"This piece of land, even if you add another 1,000 people, will not be able to hold out against the imperial troops. And with the legend of the hundred-thousandth army, one can hold out for some time, but not for long. And when the imperial court finds out about this, the prince will not be able to keep this county. Therefore, the prince had to prepare the escape route. But it seems that there are not several escape routes. In the east is the kingdom of Song, but it is far away and cannot be reached. In the west, you can still get to the kingdom of Zhao, only judging by the character of the prince. This option is excluded. And not the fact that the kingdom of Zhao will receive you ...."
He moved his finger below and pointed to the south side of the county towards the south sea:
"It means access only to the sea! Of course, the prince tried to recover over the years and did something. But when things get worse, then immediately everyone needs to be transported to the sea! First, you need to ensure your safety, and only then think about revenge. I don't know, did some Niu understand it, right?"
From his words, Chao Zong, Lang Jo Ting, and Shu Qing were simply horrified. Even when Chao Zong was in prison, Lan Jo Ting and Shu Qing had long been considering ways to retreat. And Chao Zong, as he was freed, only then found out about their plan. But who would know that Niu Yu Tao, at first glance at the map, will guess their plan?
Yuan Gan, looking at the reaction of three people, realized that Lord Tao correctly guessed.
Niu Yu Tao, again moving his finger to Kuangai County, said:
"Prince, in my opinion, you should stay for a while in the county of Quangai."
Chao Zong asked with interest, clasped hands: "Please explain in more detail!"
"Now Tsan Wu has no other way than how to go south to the sea. But this is the last path to retreat. Also, in this case, the prince may become a rebel, and then it will be difficult for the prince to gather the people for their banners. And if the situation stabilizes in the country, then it will be difficult for the prince to return and pick up his own. Who else will guarantee that the current reigning house will not send people murder prince to the southern sea? - Niu Yu Tao, pointing the finger at Kuangai County, said:
"Feng Lin Bo has his troops. The prince now has a chance to join forces with him!
Chao Zong grinned bitterly: "My troops, Feng Lin Bo does not even dare to glance. Which union? Moreover, the sect of Heavenly jade is unlikely to want to see us in the union."
"The prince is not speaking correctly. The prince has little stiff power (the use of military intervention), but the prince has a lot of soft power. (the ability to achieve the desired without the use of stiff force). The banner alone * the son of Ning Wang * has ample opportunities." -Niu Yu Tao comforted said and then smiling added:
"How about if some Niu bet with the prince?"
As soon as he said this, Lan Jo Ting and Shu Qing looked at each other, and Chao Zong asked with interest: "Do not know what bet?"
Niu Yu Tao smiling answered: "I will go to Kuangai County and take a detachment of horsemen from Feng Lin Bo for the safety of the prince. They will guard the prince in Tsan Wu. I don't know how the prince looks at it? "
"... "- Chao Zong and the others just froze.
* Where it is seen. Does he rave in a dream? Not to mention the alliance, Feng Lin Bo just won't want to go with us. And you still say that he will give his people to us. This is just a joke. Feng Lin Bo is not an idiot. *
Among all those present, only Yuan Gang stood calmly.
Shu Qing said in a clear voice: "Lord Tao, are you kidding?"
Niu Yu Tao waved his hand: "So the prince is ready to bet or not?"
Chao Zong resolutely answered:
"Ok, I agree! Just what are we betting on?"
Niu Yu Tao pointed to Yuan Gan:
"If I can't bring people, then the monkey will be under your banner. If I can lend people, then the prince will have to endure one small insult."