The story opens in a country that has been under the control of a feudal lord for less than a hundred years. The feudal lord's son, qingyu, has just failed the annual test to become a martial arts instructor. His father begs him to move aside so that he can take the test with the other great martial artists. When he refuses, the feudal lord calls him the "four-time flunke" and tells him to get lost. He also tells him that the first feudal lord gave all soldiers and soldiers who wore a badge of honor a position as a "nobleman" . He then tells the boy to come and take his number 8888. When the test is over, the boy tells his father that he has failed the test for four years in a row. He says that if he doesn't pass the test this year, he won't be able to join the martial arts academy.