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Make a living?
Lu Shu looked at Zhang Weiyu and hesitated. What intentions did this middle-aged man have? Lu Shu had realized that this world was not full of experts like the Puppet Masters. To put it in a worse sounding way, before he had come to this world, there were very few people who were as poor as Zhang Weiyu.
But Lu Shu did not quite want to accept what Zhang Weiyu had said. After all, he was not familiar with this place. He might not even know even if he was sold off.
“What do you want me to do?” Lu Shu asked.
“Plant the crops!” Zhang Weiyu exclaimed with determination.
Lu Shu was speechless.
He had gone through a mighty celestial gate. Rationally, he should have embarked on an expedition and encounter various experts. How did he come to a farmland? This did not make sense?
If Lu Xiaoyu heard about this, she would die laughing!
When he returned, he would be like a traveler who explored distant lands. Everyone would ask him what he had done in this world. He would say that he planted crops and harvested them. It was just that the kang1 was a bit hard…
Is this what the Ninth Heavenly King should be doing?
Lu Shu looked at Zhang Weiyu and replied, “Okay.”
Lu Shu was a very pragmatic person. No matter what the situation was, he would settle down first and understand what this world was like first before deciding whether to leave or not.
If he had to plant crops, then he would plant crops!
Outside the mud brick house was a lush field. The sun was very bright. Lu Shu consciously shielded his eyes.
Lu Shu was very sure that the sun was not very different from the earth’s sun, but he was not sure whether they were the same.
Zhang Weiyu carried a pickaxe and cheerily walked in front of Lu Shu. “Let me tell you, although I’m not a landlord or an aristocrat, no household has a field as large as mine. No matter how heavy the taxes are, or whether there was a disaster, I, Zhang Weiyu, have never sold a piece of land, even if I have to eat tree roots!”
Zhang Weiyu led the way, and Lu Shu followed behind. He observed Zhang Weiyu carefully. His boasting was impressive, but he was very thin. Furthermore, he had seen the black food on the table at home…
Zhang Weiyu turned and looked at Lu Shu. “What, do you not believe me?”
“Of course, why wouldn’t I?”
“You know your place!”
Lu Shu said earnestly, “I believe that you’ve eaten tree roots.”
“From Zhang Weiyu’s distress, +399!”
When Lu Shu saw the distress points, he was speechless. The celestial map and the sea of chi had been locked up, but he still continued to earn distress points. The problem was, so what if he earned distress points here? They were of no use.
He was sure that Chaos had broken free. This meant that with the strength of a Class A, he would be able to break free under 20 minutes.
This gave Lu Shu some hope. At least he knew that it was not impossible to break free.
At that moment, a group of over ten people who looked like farmers walked over. Lu Shu realized that they had the same brand on the right side of their neck. Lu Shu did not know what it was. It looked like a gold ingot.
Not long after, another group came. This time, there was a brand on the back of their hands. But the brand looked like a very ugly knife.
Lu Shu looked at Zhang Weiyu’s neck, but there was nothing there.
Lu Shu said curiously, “You said that you have the most land, but I see that the rest are eating fine. Only you are so thin.”
“From Zhang Weiyu’s distress, +199.”
Zhang Weiyu was silent for a long time. “Can you compare me, a member of peasant household, to those slaves? Was that on purpose? I earn 80% of the annual earnings. It’s comparable to that of landlords and aristocrats! But even if I starve to death, I will not become their slave!”
Lu Shu understood. So those brands were the seal of a slave?
Lu Shu suddenly felt that there was something wrong with Zhang Weiyu’s words. Why did he say that he did not want to become their slave? Did this mean that he could become the slave of others? He sounded as if the had the strength of character…
But it was understandable that slaves could live a better life than peasant households. This was common when there were slaves in history. As slaves were the private property of landlords, they lived a better life compared to the peasant households. Wise people would not use their own money to buy slaves, only to treat them like consumables.
On the other hand, the peasant households were exploited by the upper classes. They became poorer over time. The upper classes wanted to drive them to a dead end and take their land, while the peasants became their slaves. This way, everything would belong to them.
This was a necessary process to obtain riches. This was the process of desire expanding.
Of course, slaves had a good life relative to that of the peasants. They had food to eat and clothes to wear.
But before Lu Shu could understand everything, Zhang Weiyu threw a side glance of him. “I see you have the strength of character to run away. Very good! Anyway, where is your brand?”
Lu Shu was dumbfounded. He chose the safest and least obvious place. “On my buttocks.”
Zhang Weiyu’s expression grew serious. “No wonder you wanted to run away!”
Lu Shu was dumbfounded.
Lu Shu felt that he might have said something wrong…
What a chaotic society with slaves. In his world, slaves had not existed for many years.
Lu Shu hesitated. He felt that there was something not right with Zhang Weiyu. He also felt that the seals were strange.
First, Zhang Weiyu was odd. How could a peasant in such a society be literate? Lu Shu felt that this was not possible. This place was not like Earth, but Lu Shu did not believe that there were nine years of compulsory education here.
There was something wrong with Zhang Weiyu!
But Zhang Weiyu was as thin as a matchstick. Lu Shu was trained in swordplay. It was obvious whether someone had trained through their way of walking. But Zhang Weiyu did not seem like he had undergone training.
Wait. Lu Shu was dumbfounded. He had seen a similar seal on Earth… for example… the white flame on the right of Cloud Yi and Tiger Zhi’s necks!
Were the Puppet Masters the slaves of their king? This was highly possible!
He did not know what class the king belonged to in this world. Did he have to meet the king? After all, the Puppet Masters could not come back. He would say to the king, “I am good friends with the Puppet Masters. They said that I could be under the care of the king here.”
After some deep thought, Lu Shu decided to see the situation before making a decision. After all, he did not quite understand the Puppet Masters… it would be interesting if he went too far…
Before long, they reached Zhang Weiyu’s field. Lu Shu looked out and realized that he did not recognize any of the plants.
a traditional long platform for general living, working, entertaining and sleeping used in the northern part of China, where the winter climate is cold. It is made of bricks or other forms of fired clay and more recently of concrete in some locations
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