At this sight, even the previously confident Cheng Fei grew despondent, unable to believe what he was seeing. Cheng Fei immediately walked toward the two grand elders and spoke nervously, “Grand elders, what was the result?” The grand elder’s appearances were more than enough for him to guess the answer, but he wasn’t willing to believe it.
One of the grand elders let out a sigh as he gave a guilty look to Cheng Fei. It was with a depressed look that the elder finally spoke, “Cheng Fei, from today on, you are no longer the patriarch of the Hua Yun Sect.” The phrase was spoken with a deathly serious but resigned expression. The Hua Yun Sect was founded a few hundred years ago with a strength that was initially weaker than the royal family. They were able to surpass the royal family in strength with three Heaven Saint Masters. However, this spectacle where the present acting patriarch was removed from his position right in front of all the disciples was a mark of utter shame. Such shame would never be washed away from the history of the sect.
Ever since the foundation of the Hua Yun Sect, they had weathered many storms and faced many perils. However, such a great wind like this had never battered them to such a miserable extent before. With the reason being a 21 year old youth, this was something not a single one of the sect could prepare for emotionally.
Cheng Fei’s face turned extremely pale as his entire body slackened in disbelief. Two grand elders and Saiya, a third Heaven Saint Master, still ended up losing against the fourth master of the Changyang clan, Changyang Xiangtian!
“N-no… that can’t be!” Cheng Fei was crestfallen at this unbearable fact. He knew that Changyang Xiangtian was no older than his son, Cheng Mingxiang and had only formed his Saint Weapon a mere six years ago at most. In the span of several years, the little Saint had been the carp that leaped over the dragon’s gate and transformed to become a Heaven Saint Master. Even more shocking, he was able to defeat three Heaven Saint Masters by himself without a single scratch. It came to Cheng Fei as such a shock that he started to think that the three Heaven Saint Masters were putting on a show for him.
Even the other disciples of the Hua Yun Sect were astonished, their mouths dropping wide open. Each one looked on in disbelief as they tried to stomach the result given to them.
“Ai!” One of the grand elders let out a mighty sigh as he grew dejected. His entire body seemed to have aged as he spoke, “Changyang Xiangtian, you should be content by now. Our previous debt with you is now wiped, I sincerely hope that the Hua Yun Sect and the Changyang clan will have no further animosity with each other.” After such a battle, both grand elders had realized just how strong Jian Chen was. This strength of his made them afraid even. Given some time, the two grand elders were completely faithful that Jian Chen would be able to step into the realm of the Saint Rulers.
Jian Chen’s arms wrapped across his chest as he stood there with a proud look before staring at the ashen face Saiya, “Grand elders, you seemed to have forgotten something. There is still an arm that needs to be taken.”
The two grand elders blanched. Saiya was a Heaven Saint Master and thus was another sum of wealth to the Hua Yun Sect. They absolutely didn’t wish for anything to happen to Saiya, and if his right arm was cut off, Saiya’s strength would be drastically decreased. As a Heaven Saint Master, even a lowly one, he would never be able to show his true power.
“Changyang Xiangtian, the Changyang clan and our Hua Yun Sect have been friends since a few hundred years ago. I hope you will forgive us for our mistakes. Although Saiya’s actions yesterday were not right, it didn’t end in disaster, I hope that you will forgive him.” A grand elder began to speak with a pleading voice. He and the other grand elder had no wish to fight against Jian Chen’s strength.
“Absolutely not!” Jian Chen’s words were resolute without any leverage for negotiations. His eyes had a barely concealed gleam to them as he spoke, “You should be rejoicing the fact that nothing too disastrous happened yesterday. Otherwise, the Hua Yun Sect would not be spared by my hand, founding minister or not. I wished for Saiya’s arm, if you do not cut it off, I will do it myself. If that happens, it will not be gentle, and I won’t be able to guarantee that he will remain alive.”
The two grand elders looked troubled at this and fidgeted around for a long time without moving. They were loathed to give up one of the strongest figures within the Hua Yun Sect. But against Jian Chen, they were equally afraid of angering him and causing their entire sect to be affected by his rage.
Suddenly, Saiya cried out, “Fine, Changyang Xiangtian, if you want my right arm, I will give it to you!” With that, Saiya’s left hand formed his Saint Weapon and immediately chopped at his right arm.
“Pcht!” Blood sprinkled through the air as Saiya’s right arm came dropping down. The intense pain caused Saiya’s face to contort, but he had been able to restrain himself from shouting out loud.
“Changyang Xiangtian, is this enough for you or not?” Saiya’s eyes were bloodshot as he spoke each word to Jian Chen with a venomous amount of hatred.
Jian Chen let out a cold smile, “Saiya, from today on, we have no quarrel. But remember to know your place. If you dare try to act against my Changyang clan in any negative way, you will live to regret it. Be sure that you don’t implicate your Hua Yun Sect in such matters.”
Saiya’s teeth grit together without a sound as he remained silent. Right now, Saiya suddenly realized that this sight was like the one from yesterday. Only, it was he that stood in Jian Chen’s place, and all of the disciples around them were the guards of the Changyang clan.
If only he had not acted in such a way yesterday, today’s events wouldn’t have ended like this.
“Changyang Xiangtian, are you satisfied now?” One of the grand elders spoke ominously.
Jian Chen gave a carefree smile and cupped his hands together, “Now that our matters have been resolved, I will be leaving now, farewell.”
As he finished speaking, another figure cloaked in red immediately came streaking by. In a flash, he landed by Jian Chen’s side. This person was wearing a cyan colored robe and was the housekeeper of the Changyang clan, Chang Wuji.
Chang Wuji had been extremely concerned in regards to Jian Chen. So he had quickly rushed from the Changyang clan in hopes that he could prevent anything bad from happening. However, when he saw the scene in front of him, his heart instantly slackened. Despite the Hua Yun Sect looking miserable, they were still living.
“Uncle Chang, why have you come?” Jian Chen asked in confusion, but he still respected him nonetheless.
Chang Wuji looked at Jian Chen first to see if there were any wounds. Afterward, he revealed a smile and spoke, “Fourth master, I had been wondering if the issue had been resolved yet.”
Jian Chen explained the situation to Chang Wuji for a moment before Chang Wuji let out a sigh, “It seems this old servant came out here for nothing. The fourth master has already taken care of things.” With that, Chang Wuji looked to the severed right arm of Saiya with a look of joy at Saiya’s pain.
The Hua Yun Sect only just received a Heaven Saint Master, causing the disciples to feel extremely proud. But not even a couple days later, the very same Heaven Saint Master came to an abrupt end. This was not only an attack to the Hua Yun Sect, it was an utter disgrace.
Jian Chen laughed, “Uncle Chang, if there isn’t anything else, let us return home now.”
Chang Wuji nodded his head as well before cupping his hands to the two grand elder, “Tian Chengdao, Tian Chengjian, if you have nothing to do in the future, please drop by the Changyang clan. Farewell!”
“See yourself out!” The two grand elders spoke with unsightly faces.
Afterward, Jian Chen and Chang Wuji both streaked through the sky, leaving behind the dejected disciples from the Hua Yun Sect. Today’s events had left a deep strike through everyone. But the three Heaven Saint Masters who had been very prideful before had felt the strongest blow.
The fact that the fourth master of the Changyang clan had been able to cause such trouble at the Hua Yun Sect was not circulated around. Howver, informers of the imperial family were the first to know about such a matter.
By afternoon within the imperial palace of the Gesun Kingdom, the prime minister of the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom had once more seeked out the king. And once more, he had asked for the two kingdoms to be united through marriage with a respectful plead.
The king of the Gesun Kingdom was naturally excited to have the two kingdoms united through marriage. The Heavenly Eagle Kingdom was in fact, the number one kingdom around. Even during the golden age of the Gesun Kingdom, the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom was still many times stronger than it. If they were to join together, the previously weakened Gesun Kingdom would become extremely strong.
Since Chang Wuji revealed his strength, the status of the Changyang clan had risen within the king’s mind. Combined with the genius that was the fourth master, he was unclear on what to do. It was possible that the Qinhuang Kingdom had a connection with the ancestor of the Changyang clan, so the king had been unable to make a decision on just whom he should engage his precious daughter to.
If he were to marry his daughter to the Changyang clan, it would be a gamble with an outcome beyond his expectations. It was possible that he would even anger the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom. The gains wouldn’t even begin to compare to the losses. If he married his daughter to the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom, the Gesun Kingdom would begin to see the profits straight away. These two outcomes were completely black and white in comparison to each other.
Suddenly, a heavily armored man came running into the palace with a red insignia on his shoulders. This insignia held an especially special power within the Gesun Kingdom and would be able to meet with the king straight away if there was an extremely urgent message. With this insignia, absolutely no one would dare bar the way for the man to see the king.
“A report for your Majesty from the people within the Hua Yun Sect. It is extremely urgent!” The black armored man immediately cried out as he stepped into the palace.
At the sign of the armored man with the insignia on his shoulders, the king immediately grew serious. A maid took the letter from the soldier’s hand and brought it to him.
Taking the letter from the maid, the king immediately cut short his conversation with the prime minister of the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom and read it.
In an instant, the king leaped from his throne and his hands began to shake as he read the letter with wide eyes.
“Your Majesty, what has happened?” The seated prime minister asked curiously.
The king looked as if he hadn’t heard the words of the prime minister and immediately looked through the letter one last time in confirmation. Letting out a sigh in shock, he immediately strode for the exit before ordering, “Prepare a large gift! I wish to head for Lore City, tell the commander Bi Dao to see me right away!”
The prime minister sprang up from his chair and spoke to the king, “Your Majesty, we were still talking about the unison of our two kingdoms…”