That same night, Jiang Chen immediately left the Mayor’s mansion and started his journey towards Red city.
Jiang Chen changed into a clean white robe, tying his hair into a bun at the top of his head and letting two wisps of hair hang down from the side. he wore a golden silk belt around his waist and held a white folding fan. He looked calm and handsome, like a young man from a noble family.
The distance between Fragrant Sky city and Red city was more than a few thousand miles. Not only were there mountains between them, there was also a city named Crowded Sky city. Crowded Sky city was similar to Fragrant Sky city in size, and it was guarded by some Late stage Qi Hai warriors even though it was still weaker than Red city.
The sun had risen from the east, and the bright sunlight was streaming down all over. Jiang Chen had traveled for one day and two nights before arriving at Crowded Sky city. If he wanted to reach Red city, then he would have to pass through Crowded Sky city. If he choose to avoid the city, he would have to walk through rough terrain filled with monsters. It would delay his journey, which was why he decided to enter Crowded Sky city and pass directly through it.
Jiang Chen entered Crowded Sky, but he did not bother looking around. He was not interested in a city that was similar to Fragrant Sky city. He wouldn’t be able to find anything he needed here anyways.
That was why Jiang Chen kept walking, deciding to pass through Crowded Sky city without making a single stop.
On the other side of Crowded Sky city, near the city entrance, there was a huge square. There were a lot of people in this square, especially in the mornings. Today there were more people gathered here than usual.
“The Mercenary Square!”
Four red words were written on a ten feet tall smooth rock near the edge of the square. Groups of people were standing around the square along with different kinds of carriages. Some of them were heavily camouflaged, hiding the interior of the carriage.
“Brother, what is the purpose of this Mercenary Square?”
Jiang Chen asked a guy who looked to be in his thirties. A ninth level Qi Jing warrior, the man went topless, displaying his muscular body.
“What the fuck? Do you not know what the Mercenary Square is for? You’re joking with me, get lost from here.”
The guy waved his hand gesturing for Jiang Chen to get lost as he spoke.
‘What just happened?’
Jiang Chen rolled his eyes. This was the first time he visiting Crowded Sky city. Of course he lacked knowledge about the general proceedings of the city.
“You, you, and you, 3 mortal restoration pills each. Alright, we’ve enough men, let’s go.”
Not far from here, an old man wearing luxurious clothing pointed at three man. They got onto a huge horse-drawn carriage, then they left the square.
Those who were selected felt happy and followed the group, whereas those who weren’t released soft sighs. This was a normal situation, so no one felt disappointed. The men who weren’t picked scattered around and started looking for other targets.
After asking around for a bit, Jiang Chen finally understood what this was all about. The Mercenary Square was a place for mercenaries to seek jobs and trade items.
Crowded Sky city and Red city were right next to each other, so a lot of trade caravans would pass by. This was the reason why there was a high demand for mercenaries here. The trade caravans would spend their money and hire mercenaries in the Mercenary Square, protecting them from both bandits and monsters on their road to Red city and making sure the goods arrived safely. The more precious the goods were, the more they would spend on hiring mercenaries.
Fragrant Sky city and Crowded Sky city were almost the same size, but the location of Crowded Sky city was more favorable than Fragrant Sky city. Jiang Chen was constantly fooling around before he was reborn, which was why he was not knowledgeable about these things.
There were a lot of trade caravans and mercenaries within this square. Many trade caravans were picking carefully, looking for strong and capable mercenaries. However, there was one trade caravan that seemed very quiet. Jiang Chen looked at the carriage and discovered that there were only seven people near the caravan. Those seven people were all strong, especially the old man who seemed to be their leader. He had a serious look on his face, and his qi was strong. He was at the late Qi Hai stage. He still couldn’t compare with Jiang Zhen Hai or Mu Rong Zhan, but he could still be considered a very strong warrior.
The rest of the men were all Qi Hai warriors, separating them from the other caravans whose mercenaries consisting of only Qi Jing warriors. These 7 Qi Hai warriors had attracted quite some attention.
“Look, that caravan has been waiting for two days and has yet to begin their journey.”
“Shh! Don’t mention them, that’s a caravan belonging to Red city’s Misty Rain Tower. Do you see that old man? He’s a late stage Qi Hai warrior, and he is from the Yan family. I wonder what they are carrying this time. I’ve heard that they won’t leave until they have eight Qi Hai warriors. Only then will they begin their journey… They only need one more.”
“It’s not easy to find a Qi Hai warrior. In my opinion, they wouldn’t be able to find one, even if they waited another day.”
Lots of people started discussing this matter.
“Brother, how powerful is the Misty Rain Tower?”
Jiang Chen asked one of the nearby people.
The man rolled his eyes and said, “Little brother, you look like a brilliant man, but so why did you ask such an idiotic question? Everyone knows about the two most powerful families in Red city. One is the Misty Rain Tower, and the other is the Lee family.”
Jiang Chen’s eyes lit up upon hearing this. He immediately walked towards the caravan belonging to the Misty Rain Tower. There was a saying that two tigers cannot live on the same mountain, and with them being just as powerful as the Lee family, the relationship between the Lee family and Misty Rain Tower must be the same as the one between the Mu Rong family and the Jiang family. Now that Jiang Chen had offended the Lee family, it was wise for him to contact the Misty Rain Tower.
Of course, this was not the most important reason. His main purpose was not to deal with the Lee family, but to heal his soul. The reason he wanted to go to Red city was to find a precious item and rare pills that could heal his soul. Since Misty Rain Tower was one of the most powerful families in Red city, he would definitely use them to his advantage.
Seeing the young man walki towards them, a muscular man asked, “Little brother, are you interested in joining us?”
“Yes, I’m interested.”
Jiang Chen said with a smile on his face.
“Haha, kid, you look clean and white. Being a mercenary is not a game, go back home and drink some more milk.”
A middle aged man with a bearded face started teasing Jiang Chen. The rest of the men started laughing as well. In their eyes, Jiang Chen was only a 15-16 year old brat from some rich family. A young rich brat like him was usually just a useless scumbag.
However, the old man at the late stage of the Qi Hai realm kept staring at Jiang Chen. His instinct told him that this young kid was different. His calm attitude couldn’t be faked, and it wasn’t something that was normally seen on a young kid either.
“This is the Misty Rain Tower’s caravan. We do not care about age when hiring mercenaries; we only care about a person’s true abilities… Are you in the Qi Hai realm?”
The old man asked.
A powerful force was unleashed from Jiang Chen’s body, the aura of a Qi Hai warrior. The rest of the mercenaries stopped laughing and looked at Jiang Chen with a hint of disbelief on their faces.
The rest of the people in the Mercenary Square were attracted as well. When they looked at the Qi Hai warrior, all they could see was a young man wearing white clothes. Everyone was shocked, especially the men who had been teasing Jiang Chen earlier.
“Fuck, he must be a genius from some big family… How did he reach the Qi Hai realm at his age?”
“I just teased a young genius at the Qi Hai realm…”
The old man was startled when he found out that Jiang Chen actually was a Qi Hai warrior. His eyes immediately lit up, and a smile emerged on his face, “I’m Yan Meng, may I know your name?”
The old man told Jiang Chen his name. He wouldn’t care so much if it was just a Qi Hai warrior, but a 15 year old Qi Hai warrior was different. A young man like this would be considered a peerless genius, even in his family.
Jiang Chen said with a smile on his face.
“Good, little brother Jiang Chen, our destination is Red city’s Misty Rain Tower. I will pay you 20 mortal restoration pills, do you accept?”
Yan Meng asked.
“Brother Jiang Chen, hurry up and accept the offer! We will be able to leave once you accept, I’ve waited for almost two days here.”
The man who teased Jiang Chen earlier, told him to go back home, and drink some more milk said.
“I’ll accept it.”
Of course Jiang Chen would accept it. He didn’t care much about those 20 mortal restoration pills. His destination was Red city, and he knew nothing about that city. If he followed the Misty Rain Tower caravan, he would be able to get more information regarding Red city.
“Alright, let’s go.”
Yan Meng said with a deep voice. The eight people were all walking around the caravan, and they left the Mercenary Square and Crowded Sky city.
“Old Yan, what are we carrying this time that requires so many Qi Hai warriors?”
Along the way, the man who teased Jiang Chen asked. His name was Wang Ting, and he was a direct guy. He loved talking.
“Don’t ask what you shouldn’t know.”
An old man who stood next to Yan Meng said as he gazed at Wang Ting. Out of these 8 men, besides Yan Meng, there were also 2 others from the Yan family. One of them was at the mid stage of the Qi Hai realm, and the other was at the early stage of the Qi Hai realm.
Wang Ting didn’t get angry even though he was scolded by the old man. He just smiled and looked at Jiang Chen.
“Brother Jiang Chen, you’ve reached this level at your age… Looking at how you dress, you should be from some good family. So, why did you decide to follow us as a mercenary?”
Wang Ting asked. The rest of the men looked at them as well, even Yan Meng was interested in the answer.
“My dad told me that I should experience life while I am still young.”
Jiang Chen said with a laugh.
Yan Meng turned his head towards Jiang Chen with a smile on his face, “Your dad is a smart man. A young man like you is like a flower in a greenhouse. No matter how strong you are, without any practical experience you will be useless. That’s why you need to go outside and gain more experience. Oh right, is Brother Jiang Chen from Crowded Sky city?”
“I’m from Fragrant Sky city, I was about to go the Red city just like you.”
Jiang Chen said.
“Fragrant Sky city? I heard something big happened there. The Lee family’s young lord was killed by someone there, and yesterday the men from the Lee family passed through Crowded Sky city in a hurry.”
Wang Ting said with an interested look on his face.
“I left the city a couple of days ago, so I don’t know anything about that.”
Jiang Chen said with a smile. Looks like news about what happened in Fragrant Sky city would be spread across all 28 cities soon enough, and his name would be heard by many people.
The men were talking and laughing along the way. The atmosphere was pretty relaxing, and since they were not riding fast, they had just managed to reach the outer area of Red city’s territory by evening. There were a lot of bandits and thieves along the journey from Crowded Sky city to Red city. Occasionally, there were some monsters as well, but all of the men in the caravan were Qi Hai warriors. None of the bandits or thieves were brave enough to mess with them. Attacking this caravan would be the same as walking into a deathtrap.
However, Jiang Chen had a feeling that things wouldn’t be so simple. Yan Meng had spent so much just to hire all these Qi Hai mercenaries, thus there must be a reason for his actions.