KDS wrote:The old man stayed silent for a few moments after the question until slowly offering the General a salute from within his self-imposed imprisonment position.
"General... We had intelligence that a force that had taken the village of Fuyi and was holding its former leaders hostage and forcing them into subjugation. While the force was otherwise occupied with an assault on the now also subjugated town of Lin, we would liberate the village of Fuyi. We took nearly six hundred men to battle... what you see is all that is left..."
A deep wail emerged from within the old man, honestly frustrated that time and again his plans had been lain to waste due to pure bad luck. After another few moments, he continued.
"We thought we would be swift. Somehow, the enemy force heard our force was incoming and was swifter and in far greater numbers. We counted over 1,000 head... Two of my officers were also taken, now either executed or forced to serve this creature..."
Lowering his salute finally, Ji Song looked upon the General humbly.
"I dare not ask for your trust again, General... With the last bit of savings I have come to pay back the kindness you offered. But please, please General, ride forth with the armies of Changsha and liberate these oppressed peoples that I could not."
Huang Zhong merely stated at Ji Song. His face was flat, unemotional, unreadable. He simply let Ji Song continue to wail and moan, allowing him to vent his frustrations without interruption. At the end of it, Huang Zhong sighed before he spoke.
"If I was being fair or just, for the charge of killing those men, I should execute you. This isn't just 2 failures, this is two notable failures..." Huang Zhong kept staring before he sighed and continued.
"Two things, however, work in your favor. First of all, you did return with the promised gold. Given I made no mention of returning the troops, you did your part. Two, and this is what matters... we have a distinct lack of men to do as we need. Where other warlords have been sending men out by the droves to conquer this province, we have no such luxury..." Huang Zhong stated at him for one more moment of silence before finishing.
"If... and this is a big if.. but if, Ji Song, I trust that you do have potential and you have been stymied by large problems... will you be foolish enough to march on such a massive force again? Or will you at least be wise enough to take our counsel if we provide you with a list of acceptable targets and our biggest boon yet? If you fail this time however, I will warn you now not to return as you will become an enemy of the state for your failures and your only answer from us will be execution. Will you take the offer? Or will you walk away now, knowing I will let you walk without penalty?"
Krimzon wrote:"I am pleased that you have recognised my talents and deemed my exploits enough to warrant support. Though, I do not forsee much battle in the near future I still seek to resolve situations in Jing. You understand that at times I have needed to fight." Yue's tone was sharp. "It is in the town of Lindao that many able and strong fighting men reside. I require additional men of talent who are capable of leading my forces into battle against these upstarts."
"Right. Capable men..." Han Xuan looked back at his papers, reading for a moment before he spoke.
"Give him the list next to you... oh, that was for me to read to myself." Han Xuan then grabbed a scroll in front of him, handing it over to Yue Fei as he spoke.
"That scroll has the name of some people who can help you with your actions. Go forth and, uhh... liberate the land... I guess." Han Xuan nodded to Yue Fei, clearly content with his performance.
"Is, uhhh... that all? Or did you have any other issues you needed to discuss? Cause I'm all ears! As leader! It's my job!... Apparently."(OOC: 150 NPC points for Yue Fei!)