I highly advised rereading from chapter 1 since there are important changes that might change your perception of the story, but if you don’t want to, you can start from here
Also, important note:
The whole story has really complex social nuances that I think are important to understanding the whole picture.
(This story is basically reaally complex relationships plus interesting plot relevant to the relationships and reminds me of cheese in the trap, if you guys know that. Probably not, but sidenote: the drama does it no justice! Read the webtoon!)
I said this in chapter two, but since this is really important and is going to happen throughout allll the chapters, I’m saying it here and on the table of contents page. In order to fully convey it but not make the English sound weird, one asterick means higher status and could show arrogance if referring to self while two astericks mean referring to lower status.
Here are examples that don’t have spoilers
1 asterisk *:
The emperor often uses the word 朕 which means I or we for imperial use only. Only the emperor can refer to himself this way. Ex: even he*, the emperor, would not be able to alter it
And when it’s referring to someone else of higher status, like referring to Ren Fengyao, one of the main characters, who is a 公子, which means a young man who is a noble, I’m using young master or my lord if possible, but if not, I’m using you*. I have no actual example yet so this is a made up one: “Can you* please help us?”
2 asterisks **:
Let’s say Ren Fengyao is a very politely introducing himself. The example would be: I** am Ren Fengyao
And when someone is referring to someone else in a rude way, it would be like: You** ugly woman.