Although well-respected as one of the seven beggar elders of Beggar Sect (aka Gaibang), Shu Laozi prefers to live life by his one strict rule: to live free and not be bound to any mundane duties or obligations.

To younger sect members, he often preached (usually half-sober in front of a campfire with bird roast in one hand and a jug of wine in the other): “All beings are put on this earth only to survive. While pondering and unraveling mysteries of the universe might be fun and sometimes necessary to sharpen one's mind, at the end of the day, it is only one’s insatiable appetite that one has to attend to the most.”

Shockingly, Shu Laozi had to eat his own words on the day he discovered that Yuan Hexian, the Grand Master of Wulin (who was also the former leader of Beggar Sect and his life-long friend) had been murdered by a mystery fighter in cold blood. An overwhelming sense of dread came over him like never before and he swore to get to the bottom of it even if it would cost him his life.

Luckily for him, Gaibang’s network of influence and intelligence is widespread and his band of brothers, particularly the strong and capable beggar captain Lu Jin, would not be far away whenever he needed backup.

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