Otherworldly Evil Monarch - chapter-241
A faint sound was coming from the upper floor of the Aristocratic Hall;
the source of the sound seemed far, yet near. It was almost as if fairies
were singing amidst the clouds. The music sounded misty and wasn’t
clearly audible to any who listened to it, but it was this
indistinctiveness of the sound which made it even more enchanting.
Such a graceful and subdued sound was hard to describe. However, all
those who had received the invitation cards were left to rejoice after
listening to it. So much so that irrespective of the outcome of the
coming auction, they would still consider this a very fruitful trip —
even if they didn’t gain anything else.
There were others who didn’t have the invitation card, but were still
standing amongst the crowd. Such people could only feel an unbearable
itch in their hearts. They hated themselves for not having an invitation
card after witnessing the elegant ambience of this place, since it meant
they couldn’t stay. [I’ll regret it a lot later on… I must get that
invitation card even if it is very expensive… ]
The invitation card’s price continued to increase as the sunlight
became brighter. In fact, the speed of its rise was so frightening that
it could be compared to whirlwinds. Fatty Tang had initially been quite
distressed by the amount that had been spent on making these cards.
However, he now stood gazing in admiration at the scene which had been
choreographed by the Young Master Jun’s persistence.
[Shouldn’t he be called a business genius? I have been too
shortsighted! ] Fatty Tang ridiculed himself.
Jun Mo Xie was sitting calmly through all this commotion. However, even
he hadn’t expected that his plan would create the sensation of such an
effect. The only explanation for this could be that the Tian Xiang City
had a lot of rich people. Moreover, they were crazy about invidious
Sunshine illuminated the sky.
The Aristocratic Hall’s on-sale invitations had been exhausted, and
those who had been initially invited had arrived. In three-quarters of an
hour, the main street was filled with first-rate carriages. All kinds of
expensive carriages were parked next to each other. In fact, one could
say that every vehicle in sight was expensive in its own right. When all
was said and done, it was difficult to tell which carriage was the most
luxurious. All the invitees had put forth their best harness to flaunt
their ‘aristocratic identities’. In fact, they had spared no expenses
on the jeweler that hung from their carriages.
One could raise their eyes and expect to see a convergence of rich people!
It would be most appropriate to use Fatty as a metaphor to describe these
portable mountains of gold; even if he only lost a piece of his bodily
meat, then this single piece could still support an ordinary family for a
Two cultured white-clothed youngsters were standing at the door along
with two beautiful young women. The four of them were serving as a
welcome committee. They would examine the guests’ invitation cards, and
then beckon them in immediately. Soon after, a white clad youngster would
appear to receive them, and would cordially welcome and take them in.
Even though three influential families had printed their seals on the
invitation cards, none of the familiar faces from these households had
come out yet; these people were the only welcome the guests had received.
However, even though each individual’s invitation card was being
inspected before they were allowed to enter, no one felt that they were
being treated in a disrespectful manner. Instead, they felt quite proud
This was in accordance with logical reasoning. It would greatly degrade
the reputation of these three families if any of their members were to
personally come over to greet the guests. Hence, it would be considered a
very inappropriate thing to do.
Almost every guest appeared to be calm and high spirited; irrespective of
the fact whether this was their true demeanor, or just an effort to put
on such an appearance. As they walked in, they unintentionally shot a
glance at the crowd standing outside. This crowd comprised of people who
hadn’t received the invitations. The veins of the invited guests
inevitably turned blue with anxiety as they quickly made their way
through the crowd. They then accepted this arrangement in a quiet and
aloof manner. The guests then strolled into the premises with elegance,
and then disappeared into the lush flowers and trees.
All who had received the invitation card, showed up without exception —
and many had been invited. They came in a continuous and endless stream,
yet each one of them conducted themselves with dignity. Moreover, there
were many people who ordinarily wouldn’t accept such arrangements, but
even these people were behaving modestly — simply to demonstrate their
However, shouldn’t aristocrats always behave with nobility? This
obviously didn’t have anything to do with their present behavior… it
just seemed as if they were trying to put up with the title of
‘aristocracy’ that had been assigned to them.
In the imperial palace, someone laughed heartily. There was only one
person who could laugh like this inside the boundary of the Imperial
Palace. It obviously wasn’t one of the beautiful imperial concubines.
In fact, even Mother Empress would adhere to the importance of mannerism,
and would not laugh so heartily. Even the favorite prince or princess
would adhere to etiquette and refrain from demonstrating such a lack in
manners. The salaried servants naturally would never dare! Keeping this
mind, the identity of the person who was laughing in this presumptuous
manner was self-evident.
His Majesty, the Emperor of Tian Xiang’s hand was clutching a white
chess piece. He muttering to himself incoherently as he laughed loudly,
“This, is actually quite an exquisite trick; unusual but truly
ingenious. I don’t know who came up with this exquisite plan. It is
hard to imagine that there is person in my Tian Xiang who is surprisingly
capable of producing clouds with one turn of the hand, and rain with
another, heh heh pretty good, pretty good.”
Sitting opposite him was a man of indiscernible age. He was dressed in
white clothes that were as white as snow. He was tall and straight in
stature and even though he was merely sitting, his shoulders and back
were straight. His appearance alone could make people tremble with fear.
Straight black hair flowed down from his head, and draped over his
shoulders before scattering behind him. A beautiful tri-forked beard
floated down to his chest. However, his face did not have a single
wrinkle on it; in essence, his face was as fair and smooth as a lady’s.
That upright figure contemplated carefully as he glanced at the chess
board, “This entire move is truly exquisite. That person’s wine must
be quite wonderful. But even if it is a heavenly secret and extremely
difficult to find… its value cannot be over 10,000 silver taels per
bottle. However, this kind of method will make all the influential
families compete with each other. In fact, this method will enable him to
sell them at over 10,000 silver taels. He might even surpass that amount.
It truly is a good plan! But Your Majesty had said, ‘produce clouds
with one turn of the hand and rain with another’. This person is still
not that competent.”
“Is that so?” the Emperor smiled in a profound manner and then
continued, “In my opinion, however… he is.”
“What does Your Majesty mean?” the white clad man intently looked at
the chessboard. Even though he was sitting in front of such a great man,
he did not seem to be behaving in a very deferential manner.
“It seems to me that this method of selling wine is ingenious, and has
been done skillfully with much consideration. Moreover, it is important
to note that it far surpasses an ordinary person’s capability to
calculate; it is truly amazing.” His Majesty the Emperor slowly stroked
his beard as he solemnly said, “This plan seems simple, and one would
think almost anyone can succeed with it. However, if it is that easy,
then why hasn’t anyone?”
“I’d like to understand better,” The man-in-white also started
showing interest, and raised his eyebrows slightly. His eyes had an
“It was important to understand people’s feelings while formulating
this plan. One must clearly understand human nature and its weak points,
especially the psychology of the old and influential entities. It is
important that one studies these things in detail, without missing out on
even the most unimportant facts! Irrespective of whether the said
individual is a nobleman, a commoner, a hoodlum, or a beggar, one must
understand the week point of all. If only one is able to grasp this
single point, one will at once grasp the failings of people’s
personality! Then, regardless of who it is… even a person with a
position at the Imperial Court will bow down. However, this part is only
the foundation, and the ‘beginning part’ of the plan,” The
Emperor’s eyes were belied by a hint of anxiety, and a bit of
“This man certainly has a gift for understanding the human nature!”
the Emperor laid down his first conclusion.
“Secondly, I figure that the people who have gone there today are
unlikely to come out empty handed, and they’re only auctioning wine
inside! Therefore, each and every family which has gone in cannot return
empty handed… even if the wine is of poor quality! Moreover, they’re
auctioning the wine at a very high price. Hence, no one will buy it for
cheap. The price will be insignificant, and they will not calculate or
care about the money they spend. What they will care about is their
The corners of the Emperor’s mouth rose to show a hint of ridicule,
“Because too many of the people who did not receive the invitation
cards are waiting outside. Wouldn’t the crowd possibly await an
opportunity to ridicule the so called “Aristocrats”? Anyone who has
received the invitation letter and has gone to the auction will not want
to lose out; they cannot afford to if they wish to save face. That man
has figured out that he can openly, and without fear, fill his pockets
with the money he fishes out from each and every family present here.
Moreover, everyone will be excited about it; they will all be busy
striving to be the first and fearing to be the last! All because they
fear being belittled by others. Spending over 10,000 taels in front of
the whole capital city will better their reputation. They can justify
their status… as long as they are able to buy something!
“This man is a master who fully deserves amassing all that money. Quite
unfortunate for the others though… ” the Emperor made his second
The white-clothed person sitting opposite to him listened in a calm
manner. His face was so blank that there wasn’t even a single ripple in
“Third, you have to take note of the names on that list. If you give it
a careful look, it will be obvious that although this list has snared
almost all the big families of the capital to go in, but there is still
something rather interesting about it. This list is actually not complete!
“Every business will have its respective rivals. Naturally, the rich
noble families involved in this business have their own rivals. Often,
these rivals are well matched to keep the industry booming for a long
period of time. This list also needs to be altered in order to maintain
equilibrium. Otherwise the prices will drop and the merchant won’t make
profits, or the prices will rise too high and no one will show interest.
However, this man’s list, intentionally or otherwise, will completely
break the equilibrium I have painstakingly built over many years!
Moreover, they will not leave even the smallest of clues. Therefore, even
though I want to blame someone for this, I do not know who!”
The eyes of the white clothed man looked puzzled after hearing this. It
was evident that he hadn’t understood what he had heard.
“He He…” His Majesty laughed, “I’ll explain with an example;
the Sun, the Mu, and the Zhao family are the three of the most well known
entities in the capital’s salt market. These three are like the legs of
a tripod. Amongst these three, Zhao family is the most powerful; its
strategies make it stronger than the other two families. Admittedly, the
Sun, and the Mu family are somewhat weaker, but they frequently combine
to withstand the influence of the Zhao family. The Sun and the Mu Family
can therefore be used to maintain the equilibrium of power. This list
includes the Zhao family, but not the other two old families — when in
fact everyone knows that the other two families are also worth millions
in capital and resources. Yet why haven’t they received the invitation?
However, no one can really blame the man behind the Aristocratic Hall,
since he has already invited the most able representative of the salt
industry — the Zhao family!
“This method is used in several industries to earn huge profits —
only inviting the representatives of the families which have the most
influence.” The Emperor looked increasingly worried, “And to use such
formidable means of propaganda to add fuel to the fire between two rival
families… I’m afraid that a conflict will arise within a very short
period of time! Those who received the invitation will act arrogantly
towards the others, while those who hadn’t… will be angry. They will
feel that they are being pushed aside, and are being considered beneath
the first-rate personalities. As a result… chaos will be initiated!
“All this reveals only one thing — this person can be considered a
true master of the tactics!” the Emperor made his third conclusion.
Idiom; it means ‘to possess great power and authority’. May sound
off, but does fit-in in context if one considers that Jun Mo Xie
liertally overturns the entire social structure of the capital.