The drama was also one of the recipients of the Outstanding Television Drama Award at the Flying Apsaras Awards, the highest government honor given for outstanding achievement in the television industry
Lin Shu survived but was poisoned from the Poison of the Bitter Flame as the result of the fighting. To save his life, the master of Langya Hall, Lin Chen, gave him treatment, which ultimately led to Lin Shu's altered appearance and weakened state. For the next twelve years, he establishes the Jiang Zuo Alliance and becomes chief of the pugilist world as Mei Changsu. Lin Shu takes the opportunity to return to the capital during the fight for the throne between Prince Yu and Prince Xian, where he would enact his plan to restore his family's innocence as well as secretly help his childhood friend, the unfavored Prince Jing, become Emperor.
Under the disguise as Su Zhe, Lin Shu becomes a strategist, who, on the surface, supports Prince Yu. He helps him take down the Crown Prince and his most powerful ally, Minister Xie Yu, while also secretly assisting Prince Jing as he rises in power and favor. While also investigating Xie Yu, Lin Shu discovers new details of Xie Yu's involvement in the Chiyan conspiracy. He realizes that Xia Jiang, head of the Xuan Jing Bureau, was the instigator of the case and framed Prince Qi and the Chiyan Army so that Prince Qi would not dissolve the Xuan Jing Bureau when he became emperor.
After the Crown Prince falls from grace, Prince Yu and his own strategist, Qin Banruo, become suspicious of Mei Changsu after seeing Prince Jing becoming more and more powerful in the royal court. Although he was advised to stop advancing for the throne, Prince Yu forms an alliance with Xia Jiang, who agrees to help him become emperor to prevent the Chiyan case from being re-investigated under Prince Jing, for fear that the prince would try to uncover Xia's lies. Despite their plan to use the capture of ex-Chiyan general, Wei Zheng, to create bad blood between Prince Jing and his father, the prisoner's escape leads them to fail, with Xia Jiang arrested and Xuan Jing Bureau seized and searched. Prince Yu's previous crimes were also revealed, causing him to be demoted and put under house arrest. Although all seems lost for Prince Yu, Qin Banruo persuades him to hold a rebellion and take the throne by force while his father is away at the Spring Hunt with Prince Jing and Mei Changsu.
Despite arriving with a more powerful army compared to the small amount of soldiers stationed at the Hunt, Prince Yu fails to destroy his father, and therefore, commits suicide in prison. Meanwhile, Xia Jiang had escaped prison during the rebellion attempt and deduces that Mei Changsu is Lin Shu. He attempts to regain the Emperor's trust by uncovering Mei's identity and accusing Prince Jing to have conspired with the strategist as the reason for the prince's quick rise in power. Although the Emperor imprisoned Xia Jiang again, he attempts to kill Mei Changsu to prevent further mess for Prince Jing. He is stopped by his son, however, as the prince wasn't willing for people to die for him.
Together, Prince Jing and Mei make a plan to try and bring up the Chiyan case to the Emperor. At the Emperor's birthday celebration, the Prince has Grand Princess Liyang, the wife of Xie Yu, bring up the case in front of the emperor with evidence from Xie Yu's confession. The Emperor is angered by the sudden accusation of his own mistakes, but is powerless to stop it, as the whole court pleads for him to reopen the Chiyan case. With a final confrontation with Mei Changsu (now revealed to him as Lin Shu), the Emperor finally agrees to reopen the case and pronounce Prince Qi, Lin Xie, Lin Shu, and the entire Chiyan army innocent.
Shortly after his wish is fulfilled, Mei Changsu receives news that the Northern Wei forces has come to take advantage of the political unrest in the royal court by invading Da Liang. Mei Changsu decides to help drive off the Northern forces, as it would be what Lin Shu would have done. He takes a herb medicine made by Lin Chen to give himself strength for three months, so he may lead the Liang forces to defeat the enemy. He ultimately did not return back to the capital. Several years later, Prince Jing becomes the new Emperor. When Commander Meng Zhi requests for Emperor Jing to name the newly merged militia, he names it "Chang Lin" army, in honor of Lin Shu and Mei Chang Su.
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