LIAO DONG - CAPITAL OF THE XIN EMPIRE

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LIAO DONG - CAPITAL OF THE XIN EMPIRE

Postby Mal Tijie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:32 pm

With the conquest of Liao Dong, a small palace was quickly constructed. It was not be permanent, but it would do. Banners of the old Xin Dynasty flew in the wind above the structure. From this building, Song Xi would rule as Divine King, Emperor.

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Re: LIAO DONG - CAPITAL OF THE XIN EMPIRE

Postby Mal Tijie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:47 pm

All the preparations had been made. Speeches written, banners made, and concubines gathered. Unbeknownst to the happy administration of soon to be declared returning Xin Empire, women were not the only people gathering at Song Xi's doorstep...

So there was Song Xi, joyfully parading around his newly constructed palace, rereading his proclamation time and time again. The day was nearly there for the new imperial decree to be made. It had been long months since he had first taken Changli and met the likes of Shang Bu and Pan Shaozu. As he turned the corner, he spotted Zhou Li who instantly ran towards his leader. He quickly bowed before attempting to speak.

"M-m-m-my Lord, er, Emperor... I have news!"

"Ah! Zhou Li! My most loyal commander! He who has fought with me from the beginning! What news could it be my friend? Another general come to swear loyalty? Or maybe another woman for my chambers? I do hope it's good news."

Zhou Li was taken aback by his lord's chipper attitude, usually he was Song Xi's punching bag, it made the news he was about to give even harder for him...

"Well y-you see..."

"You know? Only a few more days until everything becomes official, isn't it wonderful?!"

"Y-yes my liege... but..."

"I couldn't have done it without you General Li. You have contributed greatly, and I thank you. After the ceremonies I'm going to give you and all your family rank. So, what was your news, friend?"

As he finished, he placed a hand on Zhou Li's shoulder and smiled. Li returned the smile very nervously. Before he could be interrupted again, he quickly spit it out.

"WE ARE UNDER ATTACK MY LORD! Shen Feng from the South, our ally Lord Shaozu from the West, and an unknown force at Xuantu! What will we do?!"

Song Xi's demeanor quickly changed. All his preparations would not be ruined.

"Send armies to meet at Xuantu and Shen Feng. I will handle Shaozu my self. Betrayal is not something I will deal with."

Xi stormed off, leaving Zhou Li to send the word to the other generals...

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Re: LIAO DONG - CAPITAL OF THE XIN EMPIRE

Postby Suicide Fox » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:22 pm

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Shang Bu and his entourage of thirty zealots arrived the day before Song Xi would make his imperial decree. Perhaps unlike the other Warlords of the north, Bu was a highly religious man who strongly believed in maintaining positive diplomatic relations. Only two seasons prior, Shang Bu and the armies of Song Xi met on the field at Changli to face one another. Compromise had won out that day, and because of the war priests principles and willingness to withdraw from the field, Song Xi would make good on his promise and bring a good portion of the north under his control.

His carriage pulled to the gates of Liao Dong, flanked by seven guards on each side. The skyfire weapon of choice was an effective blunt instrument of reinforced clubs, save for Jian Bian who rode front and center, wielding two wicked twin-blades on either side of his saddle.

"Shang Bu, High Priest of Skyfire and Warlord of Yu seeks safe passage to pay his respects to the future Emperor!" The warrior announced them at the gate. The words fell from his tongue like ill-tasting soup, but he and the rest of Skyfire were given very explicit instructions on proper etiquette while in Liao Dong; else they face punishment and trial by the flame.

Rumors were beginning to spread that the zealots of Yu were now heavily fortified and entrenched within the village, not even a whisper rebuking the teachings of Shang Bu would be tolerated. Whereas the priest was once known for spreading The Way and The Word liberally throughout China, now his disciples carried out the task. The result of the priest turning his eye and focusing on his administration had allowed Yu to turn into a police-state of sorts--safe, well maintained, and bountiful but with harsh punishments carried out to those judged as criminals or infidels.

He could hear Jian Bian announce them and he shifted in his seat.

For this occasion, gone were the earth stained robes and clothes of the commoner. Today he wore regal blue silk garments emblazoned with the insignia of Skyfire on the back. On his left breast, a solid gold pin was fashioned to match the symbol of the Xin Empire.

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Re: LIAO DONG - CAPITAL OF THE XIN EMPIRE

Postby BJR » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:13 am

Communications were sent and responses received as Shaozu was on his way to Liao Dong to meet with Song Xi. A small retinue was with him and he received word that Pan Ai failed in getting word to Tong. He knew what that likely meant but he had no time to lament. Whatever happened to Tong would not be in vain.

Shaozu addressed the guards on duty...

"Inform Song Xi that Pan Shaozu has arrived. There is much to discuss and I'd like to congratulate him on his accomplishments."

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Re: LIAO DONG - CAPITAL OF THE XIN EMPIRE

Postby Mal Tijie » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:34 pm

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The guards at the gates of Liaodong began to grow nervous as a group of armed men approached them. War was coming to the town and it was no secret. Upon seeing it was those of the Skyfire their tensions faded, though some of them returned with Jian Bian's booming voice. With their intentions announced, the guards allowed them proceed through the city with an escort of guards. The town would be full of life, you would barely be able to tell that there was an impending attack, the only sign being the large quantity of soldiers and guards moving about the city life. Banners were being hung, shops decorated, and the peasantry looking generally happy.

As they approached the palace, the lead guard would turn to Jian Bian.

"From this point I ask that your entourage wait here, and you and Master Shang Bu may continue, do you have any issue with this?"

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The town guard saluted Pan Shaozu upon his arrival.

"His highness has been waiting for you arrival"

Shaozu would be led through the city that was making preparations for both celebration and war. An odd blend of soldiers preparing to fight and citizens decorating and making merriment. The visitor would be led to the newly constructed palace. Banners of the Xin Empire blew in the summer wind. Once inside, he would be lead to a set of big doors. Inside sat Song Xi on his large throne. His garb was the normal robes he wore before. The guard would present Pan Shaozu, and Song Xi would stand from his seat.

"Ah, Lord Shaozu, it is good to see you. Though I wish circumstances could be better. So, what do you have to say?"

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Re: LIAO DONG - CAPITAL OF THE XIN EMPIRE

Postby Suicide Fox » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:33 pm

Just as Jian Bian was about to protest, Shang Bu emerged. He was about a foot taller than the guards in the entourage, including his warrior companion, though wolfishly lean.

"It is fine my friend," The priest placed a hand on the warriors shoulder. "Surely my men will be able to replenish themselves at an inn and enjoy your fine city?" He turned his attention to the guard.

The priest leaned and stretched, his back ached from the long ride and the old age that was beginning to set into his bones.

"I know this is a busy time and that the boarders are ... tense. You have my word my men will be of no trouble. And, if Song Xi is too busy with preparations, I wouldn't mind taking in the grandiose of this occasion."


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