When everyone went up the mountain, they had brought a pile of glass bottles. However, when they went down the mountain, they brought a pile of galvanized iron sheets as well as a wooden box with them. Ren Baqian was holding onto a W-85 heavy machine gun that was longer than his body and pointed it from time to time.
"Teacher, what is this?" Shi Gan moved close to Ren Baqian and asked.
For a long while, everyone had been pondering about what that thing was in Ren Baqian's hand. No matter how they looked at it, it looked like the rifle he used in the classroom previously.
However, wasn't the previous rifle smaller? Why was this one was so much bigger?
The consequences of getting shot by this rifle made everyone tremble with fear.
"Do you want to know what this is?" Ren Baqian flashed a good-natured smile.
"Yes." Shi Gan nodded his head sincerely.
"Stand over there. I'll fire a few shots at you." Ren Baqian pointed to the side.
"Teacher, I have not made any mistakes these past few days." Shi Gan's expression was as if he had been wronged.
"It's better to experience the power of this thing personally." Ren Baqian's expression was filled with "benevolence." Upon seeing that expression, Shi Gan immediately shrunk back in fear and hid at the back of the crowd.
However, Ren Baqian really wanted to try out the power of this gun because he hadn't used it since the day he obtained it.
After they left the mountain, Ren Baqian got someone to bring a small box over to him. When he opened it, there was an ammunition belt rolled up inside. Then, he loaded the ammunition belt into the machine gun, made sure that the tripod was well supported, and aimed at the woods.
Everyone curiously watched Ren Baqian as he fiddled with that strange-looking tube. While the guards were curious about what that thing was, the students were curious about how powerful it was.
"Bang, bang, bang!" Ren Baqian grabbed the handles on both sides of the back end and pulled the trigger while facing a big tree in the woods. The muzzle of the gun suddenly spat a half meter long flame.
The moment the sound was heard, the metal chain extended in a perfectly straight manner from Ren Baqian's head. It was no different from an antenna.
The fire and the extremely loud sound surprised everyone.
They were even more stunned upon seeing the scene inside the woods.
After Ren Baqian held down the trigger for about 10 seconds, everyone saw wood shavings splattering everywhere from a big tree with a girth so thick that it took two people to hug it. Soon after, there was only half the tree left. A squeaking noise was produced as the remaining half of the tree collapsed toward one side.
One had to know that it was a huge tree with a girth was so thick that it took two people to hug it. Even if an aboriginal at the Earth Wheel level wanted to chop the tree down with a weapon, he or she would still have to exert a certain amount of strength.
Yet now, this tree had actually collapsed after 10 seconds.
The power of this gun made everyone fearful.
"Teacher, can I play with it for a while?" asked Tong Lan. She was full of smiles as she ran to Ren Baqian's side and spoke with a delicate and adorable voice. If she had a tail, she would probably be wagging it at this moment.
"Dream on," Ren Baqian said while digging into his ear. This thing was rather useful aside from the fact that it was a little loud. He could also control the recoil of this gun with the use of the tripod.
Of course, even if the tripod didn't counteract the recoil of the gun, he still had enough confidence in his own strength.
All in all, both of his hands could exert up to 350 kilograms of strength. His body could withstand even more strength. It wasn't impossible for him to lift 450 kilograms while doing a bench press, and he was already considered the finest among the people on Earth.
Unfortunately, the design of this machine gun wasn't for a single person to use. The trigger was on the handle at the rear end of the gun. If a tripod wasn't utilized, one would have to brace the gun on the shoulder of another person. Furthermore, a shoulder accessory was also included with the gun.
"Hmph!" Tong Lan wrinkled her nose in dissatisfaction.
He then placed the empty ammunition belt into the metal trunk so that he could continue to use it after reloading the bullets.
This machine gun originally utilized a disintegrating link that could fire up to 60 rounds. However, under the request of Ren Baqian, it was replaced by a semi-disintegrating link, which meant that several ammunition belts could be linked together.
Otherwise, 60 rounds would be used up too quickly.
Ren Baqian had a total of 20 ammunition belts. Inside one huge metal trunk, there were two small boxes for the two ammunition belts.
In addition to the other bullets that had not yet been brought back from Earth, he would definitely require a team of fork-horned cows dedicated to carrying this ammunition when he arrived at the frontline.
After Ren Baqian stowed the gun on the fork-horned cow, that bunch of students swept up the shell casings on the ground and took all of them back for commemoration.
Just like when Ren Baqian was young, even a bullet casing was something precious.
Following which, everyone took one and a half days to return to the city. Just as they returned, they saw Shi Qing, who came up to greet them. This caused Ren Baqian to be a little surprised.
"Sir Ren, you achieved something big this time around." Shi Qing said as he pulled at Ren Baqian's arms.
The production of salt was indeed a very important and significant matter to Dayao, so much so that even Shi Qing couldn't sit still anymore. Once he got ahold of the news that Ren Baqian had returned, he hastily went to meet him.
After dismissing the students, Ren Baqian continued exchanging conventional greetings with Shi Qing before returning to the palace with the guards.
Without the empress, the palace lost its owner as well.
Although there weren't many people that departed with the empress, the atmosphere of the entire palace was much colder now.
Ren Baqian was walking in the palace and felt somewhat bored. Since the empress wasn't around, this place didn't have any significance to him.
Even though the weather was rather warm, the absence of the empress somewhat made the palace feel chilly, as if it were late autumn.
Ren Baqian turned on the radio station when he returned to Pingle Park and asked, "Your Majesty, are you there?"
There was no response for a long time, and it seemed that the empress wasn't near the radio station.
If she followed the route, she should arrive in the vicinity of Liao City today, which was also the frontline of the war. As such, she might encounter Great Xia's army at anytime.
Even though Ren Baqian was absolutely confident in the empress's skills and there were 1,200 winged cavalry warriors accompanying her, he was still somewhat concerned about her.
After walking around in the courtyard, Ren Baqian actually found some things that he had almost forgotten aboutthe TNT explosives.
They were originally intended to be used to blast the iron mine. Such a pity that they weren't used back then.
Now that he had to go to the frontline, he had no choice but to bring them along with him.
In addition to the TNT explosives, there were also two bottles of sarin gas and the antidote, which were carefully wrapped. Perhaps, he might utilize this on the battlefield.
"You are going to set off tomorrow, yet you don't plan on returning to Qingxin Palace Hall to inform Librarian Lin?" Ren Baqian asked after turning his head and seeing Lin Qiaole, who was leaning against the wall while dozing off.
"Ahhh!" Lin Qiaole let out a long yawn before going back to sleep again. It was as if she hadn't heard Ren Baqian's words at all.
"This time, I'm heading to a battlefield that is filled with Spirit Wheel experts. In this case, Earth Wheel experts are considered nothing! With your skills, you'll definitely be in danger," Ren Baqian threatened her.
At long last, Lin Qiaole finally opened her eyes and gradually cleared away the confusion. After which, she was lost in her thoughts.
"Going to the battlefield to protect you is much more difficult than protecting you here. You have to give me double the amount of candy!" Ren Baqian facepalmed after hearing what Lin Qiaole said.
You are only smart when it comes to these kind of things. Other than using muscles to settle issues, all you can think about is food, right?
He couldn't be bothered with Lin Qiaole and shouted for someone to prepare the medicinal bath.
While bathing, he turned on the radio station and asked from time to time, "Is Your Majesty there?"
After taking the medicinal bath, he heard a woman's voice coming from the radio station that asked, "Is Li Qianqiu around?"
"Greetings, Your Majesty. Your humble servant will go and inform Protector General now," another man said.
"Your Majesty, have you arrived at Liao City?" Ren Baqian jumped at the opportunity and asked.
"There's still another 160 kilometers before we arrive," the empress replied with an unenthusiastic voice.
"I have already completed my task. Sir Tong is currently working overtime to settle the salt pan. I'm already back in Lan City and will look for Your Majesty tomorrow. One day lasts as long as three cycles of autumn when we can't see each other. Now, it seems that 13 cycles of autumn have passed, and I already can't wait to set off." Ren Baqian's voice was full of teasing.
The empress, who was a distance away, stared into space for a while. Soon after, happiness could be seen written on her face. She then gently replied, "Okay!"