Cloud Strife wrote:Ji Qing stifled a yawn and proceeded to saunter along towards Zu Yanghei. "Greetings good sir, my name is Ji Qing and this is my... friend, Kang Xingtu. We come by way of Chu and i'm interested if you have any specific documentation related to Li Si's suppression of the Hundred Schools as well as the service records of Meng Tian. From what I hear you're the man that carted off the records of the Imperial Court. I don't know how you managed to do it but from the looks of things you had quite a bit of help. Not much escaped the flames after all..."
The scholar turned to the stranger a moment, a bit of a surprised look on his face. He was left wondering how this man could know so much about him, "Welcome to my humble village Ji Qing and Kang Xingtu, I am glad that you were both able to make it. As for documentation related to Li Si, you may wish to visit the Qin history section. I have quite the selection of books there. As for managing to save some of these tomes from the fire, I must admit, I used my position as a Qin official to save most of them. And I had very little help, it has been a long and arduous task. As for records of the Imperial Court, I cannot say that I have any. I unfortunately did not think to save them from the fires that Xiang Yu brought," he said, his voice growing steadily colder as he approached his final words, "You have traveled a long way from Chu to come here, perhaps you would like to have a seat and chat near the fire?"
Zhou Kahn wrote:Mai Zu had made the long journey to Zhongxin Zhishi in a quick fashion. Her curiosity might one day kill her, but in this instance, she had decided against not listening to her inner self. She couldn't help it. Besides that, she had done some research about the library there after receiving a letter of invitation to go and meet with the head librarian there. So here she was, a day after arriving, to allow herself to rest. Now she was entering the library, her guards left to enjoy the village, ensured that she was safe in the place. Upon entering, she spoke quietly to the first person she found, curtsying before she spoke.
Mai Zu: "Excuse me, I am looking for Zu Yanghei. Do you know where I can find him?"
Mai Zu happened to stop one of the restoration scribes as he was on his way back to his desk, "Very busy... Yes, busy! Much work to be done! The headmaster you say? Ah, yes, he can be found over there," the scribe said, gesturing towards an area near the back of the library. A middle-aged man was currently sitting upon a stool, his nose buried in a book, "That's him, over there," the scribe said rather hurriedly before heading off back to his station.
osiris wrote:Xinrichu nodded as he heard the story. Even though it was incredible, it was honestly not too farfetched, at least not these days. "Yes, it is a shame that such knowledge was so relentlessly pursued from the middle kingdom. Consolidation can come with far too steep a price, it seems."
Xinrichu thought this man must have had some talent, if not quite some use and power to be able to pull all of this off. His story no doubt was an intriguing one. "Fascinating. This is quite a task you have done. To accumulate so many books, and some from even the most secure of locations no doubt took talent and audacity. I applaud you for it."
He paused, making his conversation slant with some intrigue, "I must ask then, you no doubt have a fascinating story, serving the Qin, amassing knowledge, traversing through tragedy, is your story contained within these halls?"
The scholar nodded at the boys words, "Indeed, consolidation has perhaps robbed us of many great works, and ways of thinking. It is both a blessing and a terrible curse."
At the mention of his own story, the scholar smirked a bit, "I am afraid that my story has not quite reached these hallowed walls. Perhaps someday once I am old and tired, I shall set myself to recording what exactly it took to create this haven of knowledge. However, I am afraid, I simply have not had the time, nor do I find myself worthy of such high praise. Tell me young man, perhaps you would like to inform me of your story? It is very rare to find someone so young so interested in learning. I myself once had a desire to read and learn like yours when I was your age, however, most of my peers chose to spend their time elsewhere. You are of a special ilk."