In stark contrast to the collapsed Angley, the rest of the families were grateful and relieved.
Chen Rui secretly praised Shea’s clever means. After Emperor Guangwu Liu Xiu killed his powerful enemy Wang Lang in the Battle of Julu, he burned thousands of materials on the interaction between officials and Wang Lang which slandered Liu Xiu. People were very grateful for that. In the later period of the 3 Kingdoms, after the Battle of Guandu, Cao Cao seized a large number of secret letters between his subordinates and Yuan Shao, but he burned them down without even looking at them to show that the past was forgotten. This won him the people’s hearts.
Shea didn’t exactly copy Liu Xiu or Cao Cao’s approach this time, but there were similarities. There were too many families involved in this. If she investigated thoroughly, perhaps the entire emperor empire would encounter unimaginable turbulence, giving foreign enemies a chance.
Shea’s practice of “burning after a few glances” showed her clever means. Especially after showing the power of the Lamp Spirits Guard Team under her, besides giving an alarm for the royal families and elder families, she also showed an attitude.
Shea looked at the changes in everyone’s expressions and spoke up, “The Mishan Family surrendered to the enemy and betrayed the empire. Such a crime is unforgivable. I have decided to take back all the glory including the Mishan surname and the elder family status, completely eradicate the traitors of the empire, and eliminate the troubles forever. Any objections from anyone?”
All royals and families agreed unanimously, “No objections. Your Majesty is wise!”
This was the smoothest resolution since Shea took over.
“Very well. Dark Demon, I’ll leave Angley, his son, and the Mishan Family to you. Remember not to leave any troubles. Genie, you lead the guard to fully cooperate with the secret intelligence department. Also, immediately notify Tekula Fortress’ Sarandi and Gerant to kill the Mishan Family’s traitor, Baroco.”
Isabella and Genie bowed together. 2 lamp spirits held Angley and Zall respectively, then they walked out of the courtyard.
The Mishan Family would be facing complete massacre and destruction soon. Those with the surname “Mishan” would be annihilated, even Baroco who led the army out there was no exception. Normally, perhaps some people would still plead mournfully, but in the midst of this intense situation, everyone knew that the Mishan Family couldn’t avoid the fate of being exterminated.
Shea had always shown tolerance and concessions previously. At this moment she finally showed her ferocious fangs. The ruthless Blood and Iron Policy made some fence sitters start to really think about taking sides.
Stiller took a deep breath and took a few steps forward with determination. She bowed to Zola and said, “Madam Zola, I have only seen real magic today, and I sincerely admire madam’s strength. I’m willing to be madam’s apprentice to explore the essence of magic further in my limited life.”
Stiller’s actions surprised everyone. Putting aside the strength of Stiller, with her identity in the Boll Family, and the weight of the Boll Family in the entire elder family, she chose this time to be an apprentice. Her choice of teacher was even a powerhouse on Shea’s side, so she obviously switched sides to Her Majesty Empress.
Stiller was clear that the incident this time was by no means simple. It was probably the careful planning of Her Majesty Empress. Even the wily old fox like Angley fell into her trap and died. The Mishan Family was also exterminated. The empress killed 1 family as a warning toward the others to show prowess. It was also her Iron and Blood Policy to truly control the capital. No one would have imagined that the empress would dare to take such a risk under the tremendous pressure of the Dark Shadow Empire. Perhaps it was this kind of courage that Prince Obsidian did not have that was able to surprise all the elder families.
The Boll Family incident involving the Dark Shadow Empire’s envoy this time was serious in nature. If Shea wanted to expand the situation, the Mishan Family was a lesson for the past. So, Stiller made a decision immediately.
Only by surrendering to the empress could the life of the Boll Family and even Lawson be saved.
Shea naturally understood Stiller’s intention. The Boll Family and Toro Family were the 2 largest elder families. If they could surrender to her command, then it was equivalent to grasping half of the elder families’ right to speak. She turned her gaze toward Zola in a consulting manner.
Zola did not respond, but she just glanced at Lawson. Stiller gritted her teeth and waved the wand in her hand. Lawson screamed as his body sounded with continuous bursts. He instantly turned into an unconscious man covered in blood.
“Madam, his spirit power has been shattered and he will not be able to train for the rest of his life. I have only 1 grandson. If he dies, then my direct bloodline will be severed. Madam, please spare his life!”
When Stiller said this, her voice was a little sobbing. Everyone saw it clearly that Stiller didn’t reserve her power. Lawson had completely become a useless person.
Zola’s face was indifferent as she didn’t seem to be moved by it. In her opinion, the overall situation of the Fallen Angel Empire had nothing to do with her. Not to mention accepting apprentice, sparing Stiller’s life was already giving Shea a face.
“Madam!” Stiller knelt down to Zola on one knee while bursting into tears. Shumir, the patriarch of the Boll Family, also knelt down.
“Madam Stiller,” Chen Rui sighed, “You only have 1 grandson, but your grandson caused how many grandmothers lose their favorite grandson or granddaughter? Have you ever thought that Lawson would end up like this today, you, his grandmother who has been indulging and pampering him, should bear the most important responsibility?”
Stiller shuddered and lowered her head. Her hand which was holding the wand trembled slightly, not in anger, but in shame. “Aguile” is right. I am strict with my son, Shumir, but I had pampered this grandson since he was a child. I would give him everything he wanted. If he made a mistake outside, I would go all out to protect him, which resulted in the tragic consequences today.
In fact, her spoiling and connivance were the biggest reasons that caused Lawson to cause disaster and put the Boll Family in desperation. It was only now that Stiller came to her senses. Intertwined in the regret and hatred feelings, she tremblingly raised her wand to Lawson. Her knuckles had turned white as she was about to make a killing blow. Chen Rui’s figure instantly blocked in front of the wand.
“Find a place and let Lawson stay there forever. He can’t go out for a lifetime. When he has another offspring, I believe Madam Stiller will learn your lesson. What do you think, Zola?”
An ant like Lawson was a trivial thing to Zola. Now that her man had spoken up, she could no longer pretend not to hear, “Oh.“
The treatment of life imprisonment was actually more uncomfortable for Lawson than death, but after all, it gave Stiller a chance to continue her bloodline. Stiller understood that this was the greatest magnanimity. She bowed deeply to Zola and Chen Rui, “Thank you Madam Zola! Thank you, Sir. Aguile! Madam Zola, I really want to learn magic from you. Please fulfill my wish, madam!”
Zola frowned while Chen Rui nodded slightly to her. Ms. Fairy Dragon thought for a while. It’s nothing more than another handyman or experiment subject. She finally agreed, “Okay.”
Stiller breathed a sigh of relief, and Shea also nodded. The significance of the apprenticeship was not as simple as seen on the surface. Now the Boll Family truly submitted to the empress.
The bystanders see most clearly. Some thoughtful people were secretly frightened when they saw that Zola’s obedience to “Aguile” was faintly above the empress level. They began to reevaluate the power and influence of “Aguile”.
Stiller’s choice made Elder Lunters of the Leif Family make a decision secretly. He stepped forward and said to Shea, “This time, Basroya was greedy and accepted a bribe from the Mishan Family which indirectly caused the Princess Villa to suffer serious losses. He has already submitted his resignation to the garrison guard department and accepted the most severe punishment within the family. Your Majesty, please reschedule a suitable candidate as the head of the garrison guard team.”
The chief of the garrison guard team was equivalent to the chief of police which was a very important position. This move by Lunters was obviously affected by the Mishan Family and Boll Family incidents. It could also be regarded as Leif Family’s compromise for the empress. After all, Basroya played a disgraceful role in this incident.
Shea nodded, “I agree with Basroya’s resignation. Montola of the Toro Family will be the chief of the garrison guard team.”
Usually, the “opposition” was led by the Mishan Family and Leif Family. Now that the Mishan Family had collapsed, the Leif Family took the initiative to show their favor. In addition to Shea’s previous methods, there was no objection this time.
Toro Family’s Old Cowen and others were secretly delighted, and they hurriedly came out to thank Her Majesty.
“All the Mishan Family properties will be confiscated. The control of the Night Chamber of Commerce will be taken over by the Boll Family, supported by the Leif Family. The specific affairs and benefits will be distributed by both your families. I just want to say that we must learn the lesson this time, don’t repeat the Mishan Family’s mistakes again.”
Since the Mishan Family’s business was confiscated, a big portion of market share was available. Just monopolizing the entire empire’s black grape wine sales would have considerable benefits.
Shea’s generous means made everyone show a strange look. Especially the family members of the Night Chamber of Commerce whose surprised expression was beyond words. If it was the former Royal Highness Regent, he would definitely hold these interests firmly in his hands. Her Majesty Empress’ courage was far beyond what Obsidian could compare.
Stiller and Lunters looked at each other and bowed together.
Alice blinked her big eyes, “Sister, the Princess Villa is now destroyed. I have some difficulties on hand. I want to do fundraising. Can I invite Disjaro, Oliver, Redotan, Shumir and other sirs to participate in the rebuilding of Princess Villa?”
The few people named by Alice were startled at first, then they showed joy. More people were surprised as they began to take the young little princess seriously.
The Princess Villa’s fine wine was only short-lived in this incident, but judging from Mishan Family’s effort to carry out the trick, it could be seen that this wine had huge market potential and benefits. It was also very likely to affect the entire Demon Realm’s wine industry market. Alice’s so-called “difficulty on hand” was just an excuse. In fact, it was equivalent to sending money to these royal families and the families that surrendered to the empress. From another perspective, it was also a kind of interest binding.
Shea was a little surprised by this proposal. She took a deep look at this sister who had been under her protection since she was a child as she nodded slightly, “This is Princess Villa’s matter. You can negotiate with the few sirs yourself.”
All the ambitious and savvy people present at the scene understood that if killing the Mishan Family was to show majesty, the Night Chamber of Commerce was equal to appeasement. Now the proposal of the little princess was kindness. These 3 steps conveyed Shea’s message: Those who follow me will prosper, those who oppose me will die!
Chen Rui nodded secretly: Employ both kindness and severity, stick and carrot. This time Shea should be able to truly gain control of the capital and the entire empire.
TL: Now that the elder families all submitted to Shea, will Catherine’s threat still work? Would she compromise for a cooperation with the Fallen Angel Empire instead?
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