Shadow Hack Chapter 856
Old bastard and rat hurriedly walked through the lower city's gate and looked at the slum area whose edge could not be seen with a hint of excitement in their heart. When they walked forward, the children playing and shouting by the side of the street stopped. They recognized the two of them and excitedly ran over, surrounding them.
"Rat, old bastard, you finally returned. Since you returned alive, don't go to the colosseum again, okay? I want you two to remain alive," one of the children said emotionally.
The other children displayed approval of his words and began to pull old bastard and rat's hands.
The only way out of Asura City's slums was through the colosseum. They had to obtain the approval of descendants to shed the status of slum dwellers and become servants of the four clans. Every child of the slums understood this principle.
But only ambitious people would attempt it. The majority of people just hunted down beasts outside the city to survive.
In the eyes of the children, the people entering the colosseum only had two outcomes: They would either achieve meteoric success and become the servants of four great clans, or they would die. Because of that, when the kids saw old bastard and rat returning, they made all effort to dissuade the two of them from taking the risk again.
Rat touched the head of the child who had spoken first and said with a smile, "After coming back this time, not only will we return to the colosseum, we will take all the poor people there as well. There is an enormous opportunity for us there."
"Yes, you all get ready," old bastard said while picking up a child and hugging him.
The leader child was completely bewildered and could not say anything.
A few pale youths walked out of the slums and saw old bastard and rat. With a cheerful look, they walked over and asked, "You two returned from the colosseum?"
"Right, we came back to lead you all there. The city lord just announced two decrees, and you all must hear them. A branch family descendant has become the sixth ancestor and successfully took ownership of half of Asura City.
"To rule it, he wants to recruit his own power and said that the people from the slums can work as his subordinates. Everyone will also be allowed to learn martial skills," rat said with a smile.
The group of youths was startled and suspiciously asked, "Really? Asura City's lord wants useless people like us?"
"I have obtained the lord's command to bring all the people of the slums to the colosseum. Lord said that from this moment on, Asura City will be divided into two parts. The region above the colosseum and upper city will be under Ashbi's control, while our lord will control the region below the colosseum and lower city," old bastard said while nodding.
After hearing the replies of the two men, the youths jumped up and rushed into the slums to inform others.
Ten people turned into a hundred, and a hundred into a thousand.
Before a long time passed, groups of slum dwellers packed their bags and filled the streets with cheerful expressions on their faces while speaking among themselves in whispers. Old bastard and rat walked in the front while carrying a few children.
They majestically advanced toward the middle city's colosseum. The column of people behind them slowly passed through the gate and soon reached it too.
The branch family descendants of the four great clans guarding the gate were stupefied when they saw groups of slum dwellers holding their luggage enter the middle city. Soon though, the guards reacted and walked in front of everyone to stop them.
"You slum dwellers, what are you coming to middle city for!" he shouted out in a cold voice. "Don't you know that only those slum dwellers who have the writ of the colosseum can enter the middle city?"
"You can no longer retreat," another guard said. "All of you are sentenced to capital punishment."
After hearing those words, the smiles on the faces of the slum dwellers froze, and they looked at each other in bewilderment. What the guards at the gate said was fact. The people of lower city region could not come into the middle city without the writ and they could never step into the upper city. But they had come over after being attracted by the offer to become subordinates of the sixth ancestor.
So how could they be stopped at the gate?
Some of the timid people retreated in the fear of capital punishment. For a while, silence filled the area near the gate.
Rat then looked at the guard, who had a cold face and a hint of ridicule in his eyes, and said with a snort, "I see that you want to receive capital punishment yourself! Just a moment ago, the city lord announced god father's decrees. Didn't you all hear that Asura City is now jointly managed by the city lord and the sixth ancestor, so what are the four great clans doing here?"
"Yes, yes. Sixth ancestor wants to recruit subordinates and asked us to report to the colosseum. What qualifications do you all have to obstruct our path and even threaten us on top of that?"
"You! You all! You all want to rebel!"
The faces of the guards grew dark, and they waved the weapons in their hand to intimidate the crowd.
Asura City had always been under the control of the four great clans and the city lord. The four ancestors had rebelled and died, so their authority had been taken away, but the sixth ancestor was only a branch family descendant, so what could he do? The authority was still in the hands of the four great clans, albeit not directly.
The slum dwellers were really courting death by mentioning something like that.
The guards looked at each other and immediately moved to attack the slum dwellers with their weapons.
A blade light flashed, and the guard jolted as if having hit stone. The space between his finger and thumb instantly started to ache.
When a few people raised their heads to see what had happened, they saw that the muscular old bastard had stopped the sword with his hammer.
"You all want to revolt!"
When the guards saw old bastard's fiendish expression, thy grew a little worried. The guards at the gate of the middle city were branch family descendants of the four great clans, so they were restless when they faced such a large crowd of slum dwellers who were not much weaker than them.
Old bastard shook the hammer in his hand, and the guards flew several meters away before falling on the ground.
When the slum dwellers behind him saw that, a hint of excitement appeared on their faces. One after another, they began to cheer, and their laughter filled half of Asura City.
Rat chose that moment to raise his hand and shout out, "Let's go!"
The guards looked at the rows of slum dwellers advancing toward the middle city with indignation, but in the end, they did not dare to fight them.
When the slum dwellers had disappeared from vision, the guards stood up and looked at each other.
"What should we do now? Those slum dwellers are certainly revolting. They came to middle city instead of obediently staying in the lower city. Even if the sixth ancestor controls half of Asura City, he cannot break the rules of the past."
"What can we do? The lower city is no more, so what the hell are we guards doing here? We should go and explain this matter to the city lord. It's impossible for us to handle this matter, but the four great clans and the city lord can."
After saying that, the guards quickly rushed toward the gate to the upper city.
Old bastard and rat led the slum dwellers of lower city to the colosseum, which could barely hold so many people.
"My people, you have all finally come here. First, let me introduce myself. I am Chen Xiu, originally a branch family descendant of the four great clans. With time, I obtained the appreciation of god father, became the sixth ancestor, and am now in charge of half of Asura City."