Is it true or not? There are such rumors circulating in the streets? Yes. Isn’t this just a small matter? What’s the point of a small matter like this causing rumors and unrest among the citizens? Go and tell the Crown Prince to come here. Yes. -Crown Princess Consort. – Crown Princess Consort. The Crown Prince is busy right now. Please stop here. Tell the Crown Prince that Chengjiao is ill. His fever hasn’t broken in the past few days. He says he wants to see his father. Please ask that Crown Prince to spare time for him. The Crown Prince has sent doctors to treat him. But, I want to see him now. Please forgive us. How did this happen? Who was responsible for the meals yesterday? They said that the Royal Descendant has a high position and needs to have his own table. I specifically instructed that Zheng’er cannot touch watercress. But now, Zheng’er is covered in red spots and has difficulty breathing. They obviously didn’t listen to my advice. Who was responsible for yesterday’s meals? It was me, responsible for yesterday’s meals. But, I prepared it according to the recipes you provided. There weren’t any forbidden ingredients. Then, why is Zheng’er ill? Ill? Gosh! This is clearly an infectious disease. Nonsense! Zheng’er was ill due to something he ate. Where would the infectious diseases come from? High fever with scarlet red rashes all over the body. What else could it be if not an infectious disease? This is contagious. He must immediately be sent to the Infection Control Hall. That Infection Control Hall is only for those with infectious diseases. You want to send the Royal Descendant there? What do you really want to do? Wrong. Not only does the Royal Descendant have to go there, you two have to go as well. Lady-in-waiting Du, is this Queen Huayang’s idea? Consort Zhao is indeed smart. You understood right away. Lock us up together with those infectious patients. Queen Huayang clearly wants to kill us! Presumptuous! How dare you?! According to Qin’s Law, those with infectious diseases must move into the Infection Control Hall. Those who disobey will be harshly punished. Men. Escort them all into the Infection Control Hall. Yes. Who dares? What are you doing? Let go! Let go! Let go of me! What are you doing? Let go of us! Let go! The carriage is ready. Please get on. Treat an infectious illness…? Without diagnosis, how can you stop the contagion? When did the Qin Law become such a child’s play? The person you are carrying is the Crown Prince’s heir. The successor of Qin State. There is no palace doctor to treat him, nor decree from His Majesty. Who dares to take action against him? All of you can disregard your lives, but what about your family? Are you not afraid of being implicated? I am only obeying orders. The Queen’s orders can that be above the Great Qin Law? Then for those royalties and high officials who died of crimes under the Great Qin Law, wouldn’t they be mere jokes? Quickly escort them into the carriage. Hurry! Yes! If you are not afraid of being charged afterwards, then go ahead and try. Quick, take action! Crown Prince has arrived! I’m sorry. I’m late. Haolan, I come to escort you two, go home. Zichu. Someone insulted your wife and harmed your son. What will you do about that? Death by caning. -Yes.-No! You can’t do this to me! I’m the Queen’s servant! You can’t do this! Your Highness, Your Highness…! Zheng’er? Zheng’er! Immediately escort the Royal Descendant back to the palace for medical services. Haolan, let’s go home. Haolan! The red spots on Zheng’er will be gone in three days. Xiaochun, you’re leaving? I remember you told me that you want to travel the world and treat the sicks everywhere. These past few years you have always been with us. We’ve been a burden to you. I never regarded Zheng’er and you as burden. But you want to be free, rambling unrestrained and far-ranging. Xiaochun, promise me one thing. What? Now we are in troubling times. Mind your own business. Don’t be too kind. With your bad temper, I’m scared that you will get yourself into trouble. No! You are just a girl. Where could you go? Xiaochun, I don’t want to let you go. Enter the palace with me. Haolan, thank you. Thank you for understanding me. Xiaochun. No matter where you go, you must write to me! I’ll write. I’ll write for sure! Xiaochun. The Queen has order to invite you to Huayang Palace for a visit. Men, first return Zheng’er to rest. Yes. Haolan greets Your Highness. As expected you are beautiful, dignified and in possession of refined and elegant demeanor. No wonder Zichu cannot forget, you are indeed extraordinary. Mother, I’ve been busy with government affairs and was delayed welcoming her, Thereby causing such a stir up in Xianyang. Royal father harshly admonished me today. He instructed me to receive them back immediately. But as soon as arrived the embassy I was met with a maidservant with extremely audacious mannerism. Leading the crowd to bully the Crown Prince Consort and Royal Descendant. So I punish them naturally. How did you punish them? Execution by caning. Mother, this person isn’t your servant right? Of course not. Why would I send someone to create troubles for you? I was certain of mother’s kindness and generosity. You definitely will not carry out such a matter. Zhao Consort was gifted by Zhao King. Despite as a consort, she gave birth to the eldest son for you. It’s natural for her to be back. Bring the child here tomorrow so that I can personally meet him. Mother, Haolan is my wife. Wife? Did you perform the Temple ceremony? At that time we were far away at Zhao State. How can we perform the Temple ceremony? Marriage not only involves the two of you, but also the family clan’s rise and fall. The temple ceremony is required after the wedding. In order to receive the ancestor’s protection. and the Great Qin imperial clan’s confirmation. Then she would be the official Qin State’s Crown Prince’s wife. Mother, Royal Father also agreed that I need to appoint Haolan as the rightful Crown Prince’s wife. Your royal father is getting confused due to old age. Zhao Consort, you lived in Zhao for a long time. With a magnanimous bearing, You shouldn’t mind. Right? Getting a small infraction for wife abandonment is minor. But damaging one’s reputation is a major matter. Your highness thinks deeply and plans carefully. You should know how rumors spread in Xianyang city. The public says that the Qin Crown Prince abandons his first wife and breaks faith. He will be the heir to the Great Qin. To carry with such reputation, how will he command the entire nation? Wife discarding papers also needs to be registered to the government. You didn’t even notify your parents, what kind of couple is that? Your highness refused to recognize me. That’s all right. But I raised the eldest son for the Crown Prince, abiding alone for eight years. That is known by all in the world. It is enough as long as the people recognize me. In another words, if the Crown Prince’s political enemies consider me as the Crown Prince Consort, and use this to slander your highness, attacking the Queen for urging your son to discard his wife. Then all the plans that the Queen enacted will be for naught. Audacious! Haolan dares not. There are some matter that I can retreat from, But my son is the proper Eldest son. For his sake, Haolan cannot retreat. Hope the Queen will forgive me. Zichu, what do you say? In my heart, Haolan is my only wife. Fine. Extraordinarily fine. Sure enough you are articulate and extraordinarily smart. I am very relieved to have someone like you by Zichu’s side. It’s getting late. Please take Crown Princess Consort back to rest. Thank you Mother. You saw all of that. Detestable, extremely detestable. Your highness is infuriated. Shut up. Your highness, when you said the word consort, her face remained impassive. That is the calmest woman I’ve ever seen in my life. A mere common woman from Zhao State. Dares to be so strong willed. Your highness, not all the matters in this world will follow as your wish. I’m sorry, I was too angry. That was a heavy throw. Why didn’t you move away? Does it hurt? It doesn’t hurt. On the contrary, I’m very happy. What are you happy about? All these years, your highness was able to obtain everything you want. On your first arrival at the palace, you wanted high position and great wealth. Therefore Lord Anguo became your puppet. Now you want true love. Making bets with me time after time. Try to force my obedience. Now finally there is someone who made you be rebuffed. She helped me to vent out my frustration. How can I not be happy? Men. Hang him up on a tree. You tried that already. Did I ever yield? A woman like you, with the most beautiful face in the world, yet have the insides as malicious as snakes and scorpions. You will never receive my obedience. Go away. Get out of here. Your highness, Crown Princess Consort. Crown Princess Consort, the Queen asked us come to greet to you. Please forgive our lacking welcoming manner. The night is late. I’ve travelled long, and truly tired. All please return to rest. Haolan! Your highness, this was the Queen’s command. I was also asked to come here. Since the courtesy is completed, then return for your rest. Wasn’t it rumored that she is a village woman from Zhao State? But look at that striking manner and good looks, how can she be a village woman? I already heard early on, she is from an illustrious family. A famous beauty from Zhao State. Even when she lived alone in Handan, many suitors proposed for marriage. There was no hope before. Now definitely even less. Let’s go. Haolan! Take your leave. Yes. Haolan. Haolan, I’ve missed you so much. Hush. Hush. What are you looking at? I saw someone spying outside just now. There’s nobody out here. Haolan. Haolan! I’ve said, I am tired of traveling. I am going to sleep. Please return back. Haolan, I understand that you’re mad. I am sorry, I was thoughtless. I shouldn’t have allowed them to bother you. But I can explain to you. Open the door first. Haolan! Please return back your highness. Haolan! Haolan! I haven’t seen her so long. Is she still the same as before? Who are you talking about? Such a hard environment. Eight years. She must be wilted. and old. What do you think they’re doing right now? How others are is no concern of yours. Leave us. Why are you here? Aren’t you supposed to talk about politics with those officials? If I don’t come, I wouldn’t know that you dared to drink during the mourning period. I am happy. I recently found out. No wonder you are constantly instigating us. It’s not because you want to be the Great Qin’s queen, but actually it’s Zichu, correct? These years I sent people to investigate everywhere. Finally, I got a portrait of Zhao State’s Princess. Only then I found out. The wife that I married is the Princess from Zhao State. Correct, I was the Zhao State Princess. But now I am nothing. Parents’ adoration, identity of a nation’s princess. I have nothing now. I will also tell you one more thing. I love Zichu. In order to love him, I can sacrifice everything. The reason I came to Qin State to be your wife is for loving him. Even if eight years had passed, I still love him. Love him? All right. Come, tell me. What do you love about Zichu? I love his elegant, refined and scholarly. Unlike you. Only a boor who wields swords, a maniac who enjoys killing. Every day you practice your martial skills with your subordinates, or with officials risking all you got to wrestle power. Do you know what is elegance? Truly a foolish woman. No wonder you ended up with nothing. You say again and again that you love him. But you essentially do not understand him. I do understand him. You do understand him? Of course I understand him. Of course you understand him? Do you sincerely believe that by wearing a different outfit, a wolf can become a lamb? Always remember, he is a native from Qin. Inside his body flows the persistent and cruel blood, He is full of desire to control and possess. He is a natural hunter. And you… you are beautiful enough, proud enough. You think everyone in the world should love you. Should kneel under your feet to beg you. Yet you met Zichu who refuses to bow to your will. So you immediately fall in love with him. For him you left your home and country, gave up everything. But once you found out you lost everything. You vent all your hate onto Zichu. But you do not know in Zichu’s eyes he only focuses on his goals. You are nothing to him, nothing. Rubbish. What of him that you love? Do you even know? You keep on saying in front of me that you love him. Don’t forget, you are my woman. A woman who lives next to me every day. But actually thinking of another man crying and kneeling in front of you with begging. You are too naive. Sometimes I really feel sympathy for you. But I couldn’t help bullying you. Why? Probably because you are too foolish. Foolish… and adorable. Where are you going? Unfortunately, I am going to the palace. Please come a different day. You’re probably going to see the Crown Princess Consort. I thought it’s just a rumor. So it’s true. What rumor? We’ve been together for eight years. Everything we talked about was politics. We rarely drink together. Right now it’s the mourning period. Who’s going to catch us? This is Yong wine. Sweet and moist, with a long-lasting taste. When King Mu won a great victory in the past, he threw wine into the river as a tribute. This was the wine he used. I brought over this new wine from this year just for you. Let me ask you, who has been spreading the rumor? Answer me. Have a taste. If I were you, I would sit down and drink the wine. Lyu Buwei. I am doing it for your sake. I don’t understand what you mean. In public, he is your lord. It’s insubordination for a subject to offend his superior. In private, you are close friends and brothers. What? I have to teach you such a simple thing? You don’t understand. Then explain to me. Because all that should have belonged to me. But not anymore. Lyu Buwei, listen carefully. But not anymore. There will come a day when I will personally get back everything that I’ve lost. What you’ve lost… What you’ve lost is not that much. At eight, I was already following my father roaming around. At 12, I was sold into slavery. At 20s, I became a widow. I’m alone responsible for the entire Marquis of Xuan’s clan. I take care of over 1,000 business staff. Now let’s talk about my younger sister. Before entering the palace, she hid inside her blanket and cried all night. But what happened the next day? She held my hand and said she was no longer afraid. She would work very hard to establish her standing in the palace, so that we would never live in hardship. There are always something you’d miss in life. But what more can you do? Everything can be lost. If you want to keep living, you must look ahead. You are so right. But not everyone is the same. You. You are too bossy. You won’t allow anything to go beyond your control. When you had it, you didn’t cherish it. Now you try to hold on and get it back. What about me? I just can’t let you go. Promise me. Don’t go there, even if it’s for yourself. You are drunk. Go home. Young lady… Customer, please go in. Welcome. Welcome. This way, Please. Customer, what would you like? A vase of water, one bowl of rice, and two side dishes. Sure thing, just a moment please. Have you heard? General Bai won again at the boarder against Zhao, and killed thousand enemy troops. Bai Zhong? Who else but him? Those years ago, Lord Wu An refused to attack Handan. He was demoted to be a common man and evicted from Xianyang. It was thought that was the end of the Bai family. Who would have guessed the son has inherited his father’s valor and is now a great warrior. Young General Bai. Really amazing. Young General Bai? That’s right. What remote countryside did you come from? You don’t even know about General Bai? He is the son of Lord Wu An, the god of war. He is truly outstanding as a warrior and a scholar. He was the one who devised the battle against Handan. The battle against Handan? Yes. Despite the failure, the pursuing allied troops of Zhao and Wei were crushed when they reached Fen city. Yes. Shut up. Always slaughter captives, there is no one good in the Bai family. What? What’s wrong with that person? Ignore her. Just drink more tea. Customer, you haven’t eaten your food. Forget it. Applying, Yin Xiaochun. ID. What? You must not be a Qin citizen. You even don’t know about ID cards. What are you doing? Every Qin citizen carries an ID card. You don’t have it. You may be a spy. I was the personal doctor for the Crown Princess Consort. You can go to the Guest Lodge to ask. I am a doctor. Don’t you need doctors in the army? Not even one among one hundred applicants. Keep her. Go verify her identity at the Guest Lodge, and then take her to register her record. Yes. But she is a woman. I heard after the reform implemented by Shang Yang, Qin’s women can plant mulberry trees to raise silkworms, farm the fields, weave fabrics, deal in business and train in fighting. When there is war, they can even be drafted for duty. Because of that, women can own private properties. I am only enlisting to practice medicine, not to fight in the front line. Why can’t I? Are you disobeying Qin’s law? When outsiders come to Qin, they are given farmland and are waived from military drafts. You are a doctor, why don’t you open up a clinic? Why enlist in the army? But, General Bai is a young warrior whose valor is supreme in the world. It’s an honor to become one of his soldiers. Killing people like weeds without mercy, he is just a butcher. This kind of person should die. Her identification is confirmed, and we got the general’s approval. Go get your military tag. What a strange person. No more problem. Your wound is cleaned up. Just go home and take medication regularly. Thank you, Doctor Yin. Doctor Yin, you are surprisingly excellent in medical skills at such young age. Very admirable. Go. Hurry! Hurry and go. I heard they captured a lot of pretty girls from Zhao. They are all being sent to Xianyang. So pitiable. General Bai seems to hate Zhao people the most. I heard that he never leaves anyone alive aside from capturing pretty girls. Capturing pretty girls is ordered by the superiors in Xianyang. As for the killing, it’s based on national and homeland revenge. Is that so? Fire! Fire! Someone help! Hurry! Someone help! Someone help! Fire! Fire! Hurry! Someone help! Hurry! This way! Get up! Leave quickly! Why are you dazed? Leave here before they discover! Come quickly with me! Leave! What are you doing? Someone! Someone! Go in and check! Hurry. What’s happening? It’s her. She suddenly came in and told us to run away. You want to release the captives? General, Xiaochun wouldn’t do this. It must be a misunderstanding. You threw burning charcoal on the hay in the stables to catch the guards’ attention. You caught the opportunity to release them. A pity they don’t appreciate your help. General, how do I have such guts to burn the stables and even release the prisoners? I heard someone shout fire, so I thought about helping them out. Do you think I’d believe you? I know Qin law is strict. To catch a thief requires proof. In front of everyone, you can’t convict me without evidence. As a doctor, you are punishable for leaving the tent without permission. Hang her up. What are you doing? Where have you been? I went to pay respect to Imperial Father. You know that. Nonsense. I clearly saw you greet her, and you even smiled at her. Zixi, you are so mean in front of me, but so nice like a kitten in front of her. Are you mesmerized by her, too? You are unreasonable. You… I am more beautiful, more noble, and stronger than her. Zichu loves her, and now even you pay attention to her. Why? For what? When have I paid attention to her? I saw it with my own eyes. Alright, then let me ask you. If I leave you alone with a child for eight years in an enemy state, humiliated and laughed at by everyone, what would you do? You are dreaming. See? I think if that happened to you, you would have married someone else already before hearing about my death. What are you really saying? Even though she is Zichu’s woman, what she went through deserves my admiration and respect. Understand now? Now it’s my turn to feel mystified. What are you so angry about? I am telling you if you die. Within three days, I will remarry. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t give you that chance. This lifetime, you will be firmly tied to me. What is the matter? I have to eat only porridge every day. Who can bear it? Prince Consort basically couldn’t eat any food these last two months. Speaking too much. Go, get the doctor. Yes. Wait. It’s too much of a small matter to get the doctor for. Others will say I am too delicate. Unable to handle the hardship of the mourning vigil. Don’t go. Then from today onward, you should eat better. If you don’t eat well for even one meal, I shall force it down on you. You… Yan people and Zhao State just concluded a joint alliance, but now they’re already leading the army to attack. I think they already forgot the lesson. They thought that all the strong men in Zhao all died in Changping. Orphans are not matured and therefore Zhao State can be bullied. From my understanding of Zhao King and Lian Po, Yan will not win in this battle. Crown Prince. I heard that Crown Prince and Crown Princess Consort… You’re too daring. Dares to gossip in the palace. Official Lyu, we didn’t say anything. Right, we didn’t say anything. Speak honestly and I will release you. Otherwise you will be punished for slandering. Official Lyu, we really didn’t say anything. Crown Prince had not been able to enter Yongmen Palace and couldn’t see Crown Princess Consort. We are only casually speaking of it. Casually speaking of it. Don’t let me catch you gossiping again or I will cut your tongue off. All right. Go away. Yes. What is this? Crown Princess Consort personally prepared it as a greeting gift to you. The brocade is embroidered. Look at the embroidery work. It looks vivid with a precise composition. The fabric is so light. Wearing it in the summer, you will look like a fairy with the robe flowing. Your Highness, you may not know that Crown Princess Consort’s mother came from Chu State’s royal family. They inherited the Chu style of embroidery, which is unmatched in other nations. Siluo. You grew up in Xianyang since childhood. You probably haven’t seen the Chu style of embroidery. You can draw a tiger’s skin but not its bones. How dare you lie to me!