Chapter 92: Nie Xu.
Edited by: Mochiusagi
Many Officials were gathered in the lobby, and many corpses were placed in the middle.
"The Governor is here!"
Seeing Nie Xu approaching, these Officials all moved out of the way.
Looking at the corpses, Nie Xu instinctively covered his nose with his hand, even though it didn’t smell since these people had just died not long ago.
"Lord Shen, these are the bodies of the Zhou Family. In order to avoid unexpected situations, this Official has decided to move all of the bodies together."
If this was a normal murder case, Nei Xu would definitely not move the bodies without authorization, as that would destroy the crime scene.
But, in this case, there was no crime scene to speak of since, it’s the monster that did the killing.
By placing the corpses together, it could be dealt with as soon as possible.
Shen Changqing nodded.
His eyes then turned to the lobby, and he was immediately attracted to the mummified corpse sitting in the first chair.
All the corpses were placed on the ground in various ways. It was only this corpse that had died in a sitting posture.
Aware of Shen Changqing’s gaze, Nie Xu explained in a timely manner: "That is the body of the Patriarch of the Zhou Family. When he was found, he died sitting there."
There was no doubt that at the moment of death, the Patriarch of the Zhou Family did not have the time to react before getting killed.
"It seems that the monster who did it is not ordinary–"
Shen Changqing frowned.
Draining the blood essence was indeed a work of monsters, but it was completely different if the victim didn’t notice their blood essence being drained.
It can be seen from this that the monster who did this, was not just as simple as a Ghost Level monster.
It may be a Grudge Level – or may be a higher existence.
As soon as this thought popped up in his mind, Shen Changqing forcibly suppressed it.
If it was indeed a Fury Level monster, then it’s not only the Zhou Family that would have died. Instead, it would have been the entire Jin City, reducing it into a ghost town.
Hence, Shen Changqing was more inclined to believe that it was a powerful Grudge Level monster.
The only problem now was whether it was the Eternal Life Alliance behind the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion that did this, or the person that had implanted the monster in the Zhou Family’s Ancestral house.
Shen Changqing was more inclined to the latter.
After all, the monster in the Zhou Family’s Ancestral house was killed yesterday, and today the Zhou Family had been wiped out.
It was impossible to say that there was no connection, nor was it a mere coincidence.
Looking away from the Patriarch’s corpse, Shen Changqing looked at the other corpses on the ground.
Some looked terrified, as if they had seen something terrible before their death. Meanwhile, others looked at ease and calm, as if they had died unknowingly.
Walking a few steps forward, Shen Changqing touched a corpse with his palm, and felt a faint Evil Aura that had remained in the body.
Immediately afterwards, he looked at the other corpses again.
Finally, after taking his hand back from one of the Zhou Family’s Corpses, Shen Changqing turned to Nie Xu: "Governor Nie, send someone to cremate all of the Zhou Family’s corpses to avoid future troubles."
"Also, send someone to look for Miss Zhou Qin’s whereabouts. She’s the only one that the monster took. It was impossible to do this without any reason."
"En, no problem."
Nie Xu nodded, and then looked at the people around him: "Constable Liu, do as Lord Shen ordered."
Soon, the corpses were carried out and moved to open spaces.
Currently, in the lobby, only Shen Changqing and Nie Xu were left.
Suddenly, Nie Xu asked in a deep voice, "Just now, did Lord Shen make any other discoveries?"
Shen Changqing was surprised at first, but then nodded.
"Governor Nie has keen eyes. Indeed, I did find some problems on those corpses just now. That is, the Evil Aura on the corpses varies in strength, which proves that last night’s actions were not caused by just one monster."
"It’s not just one demon—"
Nie Xu took a deep breath, and his face suddenly became heavy.
"If there is more than one monster, then this is indeed big trouble."
There was already one monster in the Zhou Family’s Ancestral house and now there were more?
Although the first monster was killed, now that the Zhou Family was destroyed, the turmoil it would cause wouldn’t be small.
If this were to spread out, it would be difficult for Nie Xu to continue sitting in his position as the Governor.
"Did Lord Shen infer how many monsters were there?"
"It should be around three."
Nie Xu gasped again. It was more than he expected.
Thinking this, he couldn’t help but say: "The three monsters might not have left Jin City, and there may be chaos in the city. This Official believes that the defenders stationed outside the city should be allowed to enter the city and help maintain order."
"Moreover, there are also some people from the army. Many have a certain degree of confidence in dealing with monsters."
Jin City was different from Lin’an City.
Lin’an City was considered to be in the hinterland of the Great Qin, and its geographical location was not very important, so there were no defenders stationed there.
Jin City, on the other hand, was a big city in the Great Wilderness Province. Not to mention that the Great Wilderness Province was close to the border. There would often be barbarians invading and looting the city, so the Great Wilderness Province always had troops stationed to deal with emergencies.
There was a large army stationed outside of Jin City.
It’s just that apart from daily supplies, the army hardly entered the city. Instead, they stay outside and train.
Naturally, Shen Changqing knew this before he came to Jin City.
"The army stationed outside Jin City should belong to the Black Tiger Army, right?"
"Yes, has Lord Shen also heard of the Black Tiger Army before?"
Nie Xu nodded.
Shen Changqing smiled and said: "The Black Tiger Army is one of the top armies in the Great Qin, how could I have not heard of them? It’s just that I don’t know how many people there are in the Black Tiger Army stationed outside the city."
"The Black Tiger Army stationed outside the city has a total of more than 12,000 people. As for the specifics, I don’t know much. The only thing I know, is that expert commanding it is an existence of the Innate Realm."
Nie Xu pondered and replied.
Shen Changqing’s eyes changed.
An Innate Realm expert commanding 12,000 people was not strange.
The military was a place that paid the most attention to strength. Without sufficient strength, it was difficult to sit firmly in the position of a Commander.
But Shen Changqing was curious whether the Commander of the Black Tiger Army outside the city was in the Innate Inner Astral Realm or Innate Outer Astral Realm.
"Since Governor Nie has a plan, let’s do it. I will be staying in Jin City, so if there is any other information, Governor Nie can inform me in time."
"Where could we find Lord Shen?"
"I’m staying at Tianyi Lou."
"Ah, so it turned out that my Lord is staying at Tianyi Lou."
Nie Xu nodded in understanding.
As a well-known place in Jin City, it was reasonable for Shen Changqing to be staying there.
Subsequently, Shen Changqing glanced at the lobby, and then said: "I want to walk around the Zhou Family residence, to see if I can find some more clues. Is Governor Nie okay with it?"
"Lord Shen jests. If you need anything, feel free to come to this Official."
Shen Changqing put his hands behind him and stepped out of the lobby.
Although it could be said that there were a lot of clues from the Zhou Family’s bodies, he still wanted to check the residence and see if he could find more things.
If he could meet a monster that had not left, that would be the best.
Of course, the probability of this happening was very low.
It took two hours for Shen Changqing to finish his stroll around the Zhou Family’s residence. Although the Evil Aura still remained, it was weakening every moment, proving that the monsters had already left.
At the same time, the Officials had finished piling up all of the bodies and started cremating them.
By the time Shen Changqing left, all of the Zhou Family’s bodies were almost completely burnt.
Closing the gate of Zhou Family’s residence and putting a seal on it, the matter had come to an end.
Constable Liu looked at the people surrounding the Zhou Family residence, and loudly shouted.
Hearing this, the people retreated.
"Lord Shen, we’ll go first." Nie Xu bowed slightly to Shen Changqing, and led the team to leave.
Watching the people from the Government Office leave, Shen Changqing glanced at the sky, before walking towards the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion.
Originally, he didn’t want to go to the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion.
However, the Zhou Family was wiped out, and there was a powerful monster behind it.
Regardless of whether the monsters came from the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion or not, Shen Changqing had to take a look at the situation.
The Zhou Family residence was a little far from the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion, so it took him almost two quarters of an hour to reach his destination.
In front of the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion, like last time, there were still women standing there, trying to entice customers.
When she saw Shen Changqing coming, a woman immediately stepped forward and grabbed a hold of his arm, while smiling sweetly.
"What is the Young Master’s name? Is this your first time coming to the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion?"
"My surname is Shen, and yes it’s my first time here."
Shen Changqing looked at the woman, who, like Qing’er, had a faint Evil Aura on her body.
"What’s your name?"
"Young Master Shen can just call me Yanyan."
Yanyan covered her mouth with a smile and walked away with Shen Changqing in her arms.
"Since Young Master Shen is coming to the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion for the first time, you must enjoy yourself. You must know that the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion is the most famous place in Jin City. Many dignitaries come here."
"If I guessed it correctly, Young Master Shen should be from the Central Plains!"
Shen Changqing frankly admitted.
The Central Plains was a general term used for the hinterland of the Great Qin, not just a certain city or a certain province.
As the two chatted, they had already entered the building.
Compared with the previous two days, today was overcrowded. The hall was full of people. Many scantily clad women were sitting and accompanying the customers.
Yanyan glanced at the environment in the hall, then turned her head to look at Shen Changqing.
"Young Master Shen, the hall is full, why don’t we go and sit in the wing?"
"I’ll go with Miss Yanyan’s arrangement."