Chapter 34: The Sleeping Children
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
In the end, the reason why the King of the Southern Seal Kingdom treated them so well was because he had seen too few cultivators and did not understand them. Therefore, he was cautious and fearful.
Originally, there were many cultivators who had no future in the cultivation world and were greedy for riches and honor in the mortal world. Many of them would be willing to join a secular dynasty and become a freeloader or even control the royal family.
However, these secular dynasties had long been regarded as the private properties of the major sects of the cultivation world.
How could they allow those poor rogue cultivators to snatch their food?
Rogue cultivators were not allowed to join kingdoms and sects looked down on mortal kingdoms. This was the reason for the current situation.
Jiang Li and the others walked out of the carriage. The King of the Southern Seal Kingdom was surprised at their young age. In the eyes of the public, immortals were all white-haired old men.
But he did not dare to speculate.
“Lord Immortal Masters, you have come from afar. Please come to the palace and sit down. Let us arrange a grand banquet to welcome you.”
This king was really enthusiastic, and the banquet he prepared must not be too bad. A few disciples had strange thoughts, but Yu Banxia, who was standing at the front, had no intention of enjoying it.
“We are here for the commission from the Southern Seal Kingdom. Hurry up and tell us the details.”
“And where are all those unconscious children now? Take us there.”
Since he said so, no one would refute him.
The king pulled a few officials from the side of the road. After giving them some instructions, he returned to personally lead the way for Jiang Li and the others.
“Lord Immortal Masters, more than two thousand children have fainted overnight. It has been thirteen days since then!”
“The best physicians and imperial physicians in our country have all seen them. They have used all kinds of herbs and precious medicine, but they just won’t wake up.”
“My poor 13th, 15th, and 17th child are all like this. I’m so anxious!”
“Immortal Masters, please save them!”
Everyone looked at each other. Your children are already like this and you still want to treat us to a banquet?
It seemed that no matter how much one loved something, once there were too many of them, their feelings would be diluted. Regardless of whether it was love or kinship, they were the same.
“No children starved to death after thirteen days of coma?”
“We asked the people to feed the children with clear porridge. Although the children were asleep, they were fortunate enough to eat it. That was how they managed to survive until you arrived.”
Everyone understood and Yu Banxia continued to ask.
“Did anything special happen before or after the children fainted? Or did they eat anything special?”
However, this simple and ordinary question made the King of the Southern Seal Kingdom unable to answer for a long time.
“Forget it. You should let the people below ask. You have to ask every child’s family and hometown. Don’t miss any details.”
Jiang Li’s sudden words made Yu Banxia react. How could a King care about such trivial matters?
“Yes, yes, yes. I’ll give the instructions immediately.”
With a wave of his hand, a eunuch who had been following closely behind immediately ran over. After receiving the order, he immediately ran away to look for the officials to issue the decree.
Soon they followed the King into the palace.
Along the way, they could see many commoners carrying their children towards the palace.
There were also quite a few soldiers and officials walking through the streets to guide the people.
When the citizens heard that immortals had descended and could help them treat their children, they did not dare to delay. They either carried or brought their children and rushed to the palace.
By the time Jiang Li and the others arrived, the square of the royal palace was already covered with various colored cloths. One by one, unconscious children lay there in a vast array.
It was not that Jiang Li and the others were slow, but the King who was leading them was too slow.
He looked strong, but in reality, he was quite feeble. The only thing he was good at was to workout in bed. This journey had really exhausted him.
Jiang Li and the others were afraid that the King would pass out just like that.
“Immortal Masters, please come this way.”
A few other “noble-looking” fellows stepped forward and took over the King who was exhausted. They led Jiang Li and the others to a side hall.
“Why are we still going there? Aren’t all the unconscious children here?” Qu Qianfan did not understand.
He was born in the Pugilistic World and had not experienced so many twists and turns.
“Oh, how can we let the Immortal Masters treat the citizens under the scorching sun? It’s better to go to the Imperial Physician Institution in our side palace and bring the children over one by one.” An old man in luxurious clothes hurriedly replied.
But while he said that, the truth was that the people lying in the open field were the children of common farmers.
As for those who were lying in the Imperial Physician Institution and being carefully treated, they were all of royal blood.
Even the ones who had set up a shed next to the Imperial Physician Institution were all sons of rich officials.
This was the disparity of nobles and commoners!
“The more people there are, the more we’ll be able to find the pattern. I think we should check the plaza first.”
Jiang Li’s sudden words caused the other disciples to be stunned, but they all stopped moving.
On one hand, Jiang Li’s words made sense. On the other hand, how could a mortal’s words compare to Jiang Li’s?
The high-ranking officials and nobles’ expressions immediately became a bit ugly, they felt a bit embarrassed, but even the King did not dare say anything, so how could they dare bare their fangs?
Jiang Li and the rest walked to a child’s side.
It was a boy with a red face and a thick yellow snot on one side of his nose.
He was about ten years old, but Jiang Li did not notice anything unusual.
Although he was comatose, it was more like sleeping. Other than being unable to wake up no matter what, they would snore, turn over, and even talk in their sleep and kick their blankets.
He looked perfectly normal. Even someone who was drunk would be in a deeper sleep than them.
Yu Banxia only called her name and Lu Qianqian immediately understood. She rubbed her slender fingers and three silver needles appeared between her fingers.
With a flash of silver light, the three needles entered the boy’s body.
Fortunately, the parents of these children had already been chased out. Otherwise, if they were seen by others, the ‘doctor-patient conflict’ would probably erupt again.
“This needle of mine is smeared with the venom of the Red-Eyed Thorn Worm. It will cause intense pain if pricked. Mortals definitely cannot endure it.”
Lu Qianqian was a sweet and petite girl, but to think she would use such a vicious hidden weapon.
After the silver needle entered the boy’s body, the boy immediately reacted. First, his body shook, and then he began to squirm uneasily.
The eyes under the boy’s eyelids also rolled quickly, and his eyelashes kept trembling as if he was about to open them at any moment.
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