八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter One Hundred and Six “The Dust Has Settled”

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Glossary

  • tang: relatives with the same surname

Chapter One Hundred and Six: The Dust Has Settled

The period of the fourth night watch, between one and three in the morning, was when people were at their most tired. However, none in Xian Wang Fu dared to sleep. Regardless of their gender, they all held blades or sticks as they looked nervously at the gate of the wang fu, afraid that the rebels outside would charge in.

Wang Fei, a servant girl wanted to escape from the back door, but we caught her.” Two servant women grabbed a female who was dressed like a servant girl. Their faces were full of anger and hate. At such an important time, this person wanted to run away. If the rebels took the opportunity to enter the wang fu, what to do then?

Bai Xia looked at the person being held by the servant women and said in a small voice to Hua Xi Wan, “Wang Fei, it is Yuan Shu Yi.”

“Take her away.” Hua Xi Wan was slightly irritated. She didn’t care what Yuan Shu Yi had planned, and at this time, she was not in the mood to talk to the other. “Have someone keep a watch on her and not let her walk around.”

She looked at the moon in the sky. She could feel that the rebels outside the wang fu were losing their patience. Her heart tightened slightly. She did not know what Yan Jin Qiu had arranged before he entered the palace. However, rather than putting her hopes on other people, it was better to be prepared herself.

“Archers, prepare!” She raised her hand. “Throwers, to your positions.”

The rebels outside Xian Wang Fu had become impatient a long time ago. If it wasn’t for the leader being hesitant, they would not have waited for so long. Now, they finally could not wait any longer. A team captain went forward and said, “Commander, this soldier is willing to lead the troops.”

The rebel commander looked at Xian Wang Fu which had been quiet for a long time and finally nodded.

Just after he nodded, sound rended the air. The team captain kneeling in front of his horse suddenly fell down. There was a shiny arrow stuck in his chest.

Before the rebel commander could react, he found countless flaming arrows shoot out of Xian Wang Fu. Even more frightening were the sparking jars. When these jars landed, fire shot out and could not be extinguished.

Was it wine that was burning?

At this time, the rebel commander did not have the presence of mind to think about what kind of wine could make fire like this. He watched as his subordinates panicked because of the fire and moved out of their ranks, and his heart jumped.

How many archers were in Xian Wang Fu?

While a qinwang fu could possess some weapons according to its status, this was still limited. But had Xian Wang Fu abided by the rules?

When he thought of how his master was only a junwang but had hidden some good things in secret, he felt even more unconfident. This Xian Wang Fu would not be an easy one to take down.

Just as he was hesitating, he found a personal guard troop suddenly come out of the alley and starting to kill people. They were shouting loudly about killing rebels and protecting the Emperor. While they were not many in number, it caused his subordinates who had already started to panic to become even more disorganized.

This was…

These were the personal guards of Ning Wang? Wasn’t Ning Wang usually a cunning and selfish person? How come he dared to stand out at this time?

The rebel commander was still unable to think through this matter when he saw another troop appear. This time, it was the personal guards from Xu Wang Fu.

Then behind them was a group of people dressed as manservants. The leader of the group was the second young master of Yi’an Marquis Fu, Hua Ding Chen.

“Rebels, we will not allow you to threaten the Emperor. You have committed such great crimes—put down your weapons and comply with arrest!” Hua Ding Chen got off his horse, one hand holding a long spear. “If you put down your weapons, I am willing to ask for mercy from the Emperor.”

The rebel commander was astonished. Xu Wang Fu, Ning Wang Fu, Yi’an Marquis Fu—these people all risked danger by protecting Xian Wang Fu. Leaving aside the marriage relationship between Yi’an Marquis Fu and Xian Wang Fu, when did Xu Wang and Ning Wang get on Xian Wang’s side?

What about the other troops that Wang Ye had stationed in Jing? How come they had not stopped these people? Was it… He had a bad feeling. Wang Ye had planned a long time for this day, but why was the situation developing like this?

In the wang fu, Hua Xi Wan listened to the guard captain report what was happening outside. She was slightly surprised. “You say that my second brother has also come?” She had sent Hong Ying before to tell the marquis fu how dangerous it was. With her father’s personality, he should not allow Second Brother to enter such danger. Had something happened?

She had heard that Xu Wang and Ning Wang had been summoned into the palace. Now the personal guards of these two wang fu had appeared. Had this been prearranged?

The situation was not clear. Hua Xi Wan did not overthink it. She said gravely, “Wait and see.”

While Xu Wang and Ning Wang’s people seemed to be helping Xian Wang Fu, who knew if they were truly helping or just acting? At this time, she could not consider whether or not if this was impolite.

Outside, the rebels had been anxious to start with. When they saw themselves surrounded, and thinking of their families, a great part of their energy dissipated. How much resolve did they have left to fight with their lives?

Emotions would spread. Once one rebel hesitated, it would affect another person. After being surrounded by the guards of the wang fu and marquis fu, they lost their fighting spirit. They only wanted to stay alive and not have this affect their families.

They were not stupid. When they saw this situation, they knew who these people were supporting. If these nobles dared to come out at this time, it meant only one thing—that there were benefits to helping Xian Wang Fu.

They were all wang ye—what benefit would helping Xian Wang give them?

The meaning did not have to be stated. Their own master probably was going to be defeated.

“Clang!”

The heavy mourning bell rang out from the imperial palace. Everyone stared blankly and then knelt down. Even the rebels knelt after a moment of hesitation. By doing this, it meant that they had surrendered.

The bell rang out nine times. All of Jing became grave.

Wang Fei…” Bai Xia looked hesitantly at Hua Xi Wan and was worried.

The old emperor was dead—then who was the new emperor?

Hua Xi Wan looked in the direction of the imperial palace and took a deep breath. “Open the middle gates of the wang fu, put up white banners, take down anything that has color.”

“But outside…”

“Open.” Hua Xi Wan shook her head. Since the palace dared to ring the bell, it meant that everything had settled. Right now, it made no difference if Xian Wang Fu opened its gates or not.


In the Emperor’s residential hall, Yan Bo Yi was pushed to the ground by imperial guards. However, his eyes still glared hatefully at Yan Jin Qiu, as though he wanted to take a bite of him and drink his blood.

The other people in the hall seemed to not see him and knelt down in Yan Jin Qiu’s direction. They performed the three kneels and nine kowtows. “Long Live the Emperor, Long Live The Emperor.”

“Emperor, the country cannot go a day without a monarch. Emperor, please succeed to the throne immediately.” Xu Wang reported as he knelt, “Many people in Jing have been scared by the rebels. Only your immediate ascension to the throne can reassure the hearts of the people.”

Yan Jin Qiu said with a sorrowful expression, “The Emperor has just passed away. I do not have the ability to govern and am grieving deeply. I cannot take such a responsibility.”

“How can Emperor be so humble? You’ve had outstanding literary talent since childhood, was raised in the imperial palace, and the previous emperor thought highly of you. The previous emperor’s last wish was for you to ascend the throne, and this is also the wish of the people,” Ning Wang said sincerely. “This subject thinks that Emperor, you should take the throne first, and then have the ceremony on another day. What do you think?”

People couldn’t help but look at Ning Wang. He had said everything good already—what could they still say? While they disdained Ning Wang’s double dealing and back stabbing, everyone present voiced their agreement with Ning Wang. Emperor, you ascension is the wish of all, the people need you, the officials trust you, the future of the country needs you even more, ascend the throne.

They urged like this three times, and Yan Jin Qiu refused three times. In the end, only when the sun had risen did Yan Jin Qiu agree with red eyes. The officials sighed in relief. This play was finally finished.

Yan Bo Yi looked coldly at this group acting. Yan Jin Qiu was still like this. He benefited, but he also wanted the good reputation. It was as though the other people were begging him. It was disgusting to see him pretend like this.

After the play was finished, people finally started to discuss the rebel Yan Bo Yi. However, Yan Bo Yi was a member of the Imperial Family, so the officials could not speak. The members of the Imperial Family also did not dare to speak. They could only observe the expression of the new emperor to guess the thoughts of the new emperor.

Yan Jin Qiu knew what these people were thinking and did not show anything on his face. He looked at Yan Bo Yi kneeling in front of him and said in a deep voice, “Tang brother, I hadn’t thought that you would come to this step.”

Hearing this, Yan Bo Yi gave a bark of laughter. “Is there anything you do not think of and do not scheme for?”

Yan Jin Qiu was not angry at being challenged like this. He looked at Yan Bo Yi with a calm expression, as if he was looking at a foolish child. “The situation is like this—does Tang Brother not have any regret? You took soldiers to seize the palace when the previous emperor was seriously ill. You caused the previous emperor to die from anger. Do you have any regrets about committing such a serious crime?”

“I only regret not being as calculating as you, and being captured.” Yan Bo Yi knew that he had no avenue of life. Therefore, he did not plan to lower himself to live. “You want to scheme, do it. I don’t want to see you acting.”

Yan Jin Qiu heard this and his brows moved slightly. He walked in front of Yan Bo Yi and looked down at him. He slowly said, “How can Tang Brother misunderstand me so?” Finishing, he did not wait for Yan Bo Yi to speak and said loudly, “Sheng Junwang was misled by servants, and committed a great crime that cannot be pardoned. But considering his past reputation, zhen will spare him from the sentence of death, take his surname Yan, and give him the ‘punishment of the character.’ He will be imprisoned for life in the Resting Building.”

The Resting Building was the place to jail the members of the Imperial Family who had committed serious crimes. It had been many years since someone had lived there. In many people’s minds, Yan Jin Qiu was merciful to send Yan Bo Yi there.

“I heard that Tang Brother has a pregnant concubine. Tang Brother, you need to take care of your health and see your child grow up.” Yan Jin Qiu said this in a gentle voice to Yan Bo Yi before having the servants take him away.

Ning Wang looked at Yan Bo Yi being dragged out without resisting and sighed inside. The new emperor appeared to be benevolent, but he was actually a vicious person who killed without spilling blood. He clearly hated Yan Bo Yi but did not take the other’s life. He wanted Yan Bo Yi to live a life worse than death, and live it willingly.

The ‘punishment of the character was to tattoo the character “prisoner” on the forehead of the sentenced person, and to also take their surname before imprisoning them in a building that no one had lived in for a long time. This was not being benevolent. This was cutting people with a dull knife. The person could not die but would not live well.

But when did the new emperor start to have such a great grudge against Yan Bo Yi?

 

Translator Ramblings: Oh Yan Bo Yi, you could have been spared if you didn’t send people to assassinate Hua Xi Wan.

42 thoughts on “八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter One Hundred and Six “The Dust Has Settled”

  1. Rather than spare, YBY could have had a quick and easy death (if he didn’t try to assassinate HXW).

  2. Ooooohhhh Things have gotten good *rubs hands together*
    10/10 excitement
    Our man is so capable! <3

  3. Even though I knew it was going to turn out fine, it was still exciting to see what happened. Too bad for YBY, you shouldn’t have tried to attack HXW.

    • I feel like Xu Wang Ye realised too, he just didn’t say anything, at the end of one of the chapters I think i remember reading, that just because they don’t say anything doesn’t mean that they are blind, how could they not notice that our ML and MC never suffer loses?

  4. I mostly enjoy how this story is ending, but I really wish we’d a) seen HXW in action (I initially almost expected her to charge into the palace to save her husband), and b) see YBY and YJQ actually confront one another. Basically, I wish there were 1-2 additional chapters between c105 and c106. After all, we never saw YJQ outwit YBY in this finale; we were just told that it happened. In fact, I still don’t know how YJQ won, except that he apparently knew about YBY’s plan in advance (how?).

    Also, the emperor died off-screen T_T. He was one of the main antagonists of the story, and it feels off to not see him in the finale.

    • My assumption is that YBY never knew how much of his information was leaked to YJQ.

      Rebelling seems like a spontaneous act, but taking a private army into consideration, there’s basically only one move that make sense. Trying to attack Xian Wangfu alone to get rid of YJQ wouldn’t get him the throne since the Emperor would definately take away that army after it’s been used and YBY wouldn’t become Emperor either, therefore if the army gets used, it MUST achieve both getting rid of the competition as well as getting rid of the Emperor. Hence, part of the army must be used to surround the Palace.

      From there I guess YJQ just had to take note of large army movements around the palace to know the timing of “endgame”.

      Lots of assumptions on my part though even if logically I think it makes sense *frowns*

      • Yan Jin Qiu would know Yan Bo Yi’s plans mainly by logical deduction, with the aid of spies or leaks from YBY’s camp.
        If Yan Bo Yi didn’t quite publicly declare that he would never ascend to the throne, then the only logical deduction is that he is going to try for it.
        The rumors, and the obviously callous treatment of his wife have sunk YBY in the public’s opinion, and the ministers and royal family nearly all were ready to see the backside of him. The only way for him to gain the throne, at this point, would be by hook and crook – causing or encouraging the emperor’s illness, and a personal military initiative. Yan Jin Qiu is a very good gamesman, especially at life and politics; he wouldn’t have just seen YBY’s militia, but expected them to exist, and put counter-measures in place; he’s always been a move or three ahead of YBY.

        The whole thing happening off-camera is weak. This would have been pretty easy stuff to write, and if it was originally published online, there’s plenty of space for a chapter or two more. This feels like it was slapped together just before the deadline, and parts of the story just didn’t make it in.

      • I guess the author just wanted to get the foregone conclusion over with? I feel author pushed YBY too far into a corner and probably didn’t want to waste time trying to make it seem like there was a chance of winning when clearly there wasn’t.

        Regardless. it’s definitely weak and there’s no real justification for that.

    • I agree! I wish the author show us the action, not just the conclusion.
      It’s kind of cheating to have the most important scene being done off-screen >_>

      On a side note, HXW is still as awesome as ever. If this novel ever made it to a drama series, I hope they wouldn’t change a thing about her character – her laziness, her viciousness, her wisdom, and especially her beauty lol

  5. Well… Yan Jin Qui had the right idea for Yan Bo Yi’s punishment. Thank you for this!

  6. Now all i need a story where a female ancient empress transmigrates into the modern world. I think that will make for an interesting twist but with the same political implications like maybe a prime minister or president. I think it will make for an interesting read if it follows this story’s and to be a virtuous woman’s formula

    • There’s is such a novel. But it’s one of them thousand chapter bullshit stories. “Evil natured husband” something…

      • Eh, but her husband isn’t the ruler of a nation. Neither is she, so far as I know (as far as English translations have taken the story).
        It is an interesting read, most of the time, but they do unnecessarily drag out the least important conflicts, and merely hint at the major dramas.

  7. It is a fitting punishment, but not cruel enough. Most novels seems to think that so called living worst than death is the best way to deal with venomous characters. Personally don’t agree with it as if it is me I want all troubles to be rooted and dealt and done away with as swiftly as possible then no need to even spare any thought about them in any future…. Thanks for this chapter.

  8. Good move, snatching the initiative is important in these battles, especially when HXW doesn’t know when/if any support is going to come. She hasn’t lost sight of what could happen if she misreads at this stage either. Being cautious is infinitely better than being wrong.

    True… Opening the gates feels like a scary move, but if Sheng Junwang is the Emperor, not like closing up the Wangfu would save them anyway, might as well follow the customs and go down properly.

    Would love to say unexpected but uh… some of us were already debating how YBY wins this war in the comments and… aside from a military coup, there seemed to be 0 plausible option. 😛 Still have to earn those Oscars though!

    … Thanks Ning Wang for voicing my thoughts…

  9. YBY is just mad he got outplayed badly by YJQ. Sending his soldiers to attack Xian Wangfu? What kind of stupidity is this? If YBY somehow got the throne, why would he go set up that stupid play if he could just decree an execution (of course, the commoners would be mad)? If YBY lost the throne (as he did), what would attacking Xian Wangfu do but enrage the new Emperor?

  10. Yan Jin Qiu said WITH A SORROWFUL EXPRESSION, “The Emperor has just passed away. I do not have the ability to govern and am grieving deeply. I cannot take such a responsibility.”

    damn, this cunning man… *grin*

    • I know right…
      Like YJQ knows that the tape is still rolling and the director still hasn’t call “cut”.
      It will be interesting, to see later on, how he will put his guard down/take off his poker face, when he meets HXW later on.

  11. But when did the new emperor start to have such a great grudge against Yan Bo Yi?

    of, course Husband will give cruel punishment to the one who want to harm his lovely wife… It can be seen how high HXW’s position in YJQ’s heart..

  12. Thank you for the chapter!
    I loved this story, but sometime(like, right now!) I seriously dislike the author anti climax style of writing. I wish she would explain a little more the happening in the palace, not just jump over to the conclusion. Oh well, can’t have all now can we? This is great story never the less.

  13. Thanks for the new chapter! Well prepared situations on both fronts~ YBY really screwed up trying to get YJQ’s ‘weak point’ though. HXW is not that simple. XD

  14. –The officials sighed in relief. This play was finally finished.–

    Whew~ and a new chapter of the play has just started. Their play with the new emperor
    ((●≧艸≦)

    Thank you for the chapter (○・艸)(艸・●) gya-fu

  15. Oh my goodness, my excitement level was higher than 100% while reading thus chapter!! So freaking awesome!!
    Imagining, how prepared everyone was, the night being exceptionally still and quiet and then bam! Arrows from inside the fu are flying at the rebels, then we have the Wang yes and her bro leading their personal troops.

    WOOW!!! YJQ really did keep his act up Lol!!

  16. Nobody died beside the Emperor in this chapter then why the hell I got all teary eyes reading this? What sorcery is this? (ノ-_-)ノ~┻━┻

  17. YJQ would not have spared Sheng Junwang even if the latter hadn’t sent assassin to kill HXW. He’d probably punish him differently, that’s all.

  18. I think he wanted to take her as empress after killing Yuan Jun Qing hahhaaj so delusional…xD

  19. HXW second brother leading a troop of manservants? Methinks these servants are as well trained, if not more, than the personal soldiers sent by Ning Wang and Xu Wang. Coming from a family of military generals sure does have its perks. 😉

    I think YJQ arranged this some time afo w/ his frequent trips to Yi An Marquise Fu and “weiqi games” with his father-in-law.

    The most probable arrangement is that when he was suddenly called to the palace, a message will automatically be sent to Hua, Xu, and Ning Fu to signal the start of the plan. Remember the letter HXW’s dad received after her maidservant informed them of the situation at Xian Wang Fu? YJQ is really really good in strategy. 🤔🤔

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