Upon hearing that Jian Chen and the others were guests from the Qinhuang Kingdom here by invitation from the patriarch, Huang Lan and Huang Feng immediately grew solemn and began to look at Jian Chen and the others in a new light.
The Qinhuang Kingdom was several times stronger than someone like the Huang family.
“We welcome our guests from the Qinhuang Kingdom into our Huang family. Your arrival has truly brought light to our humble Huang family, please, come in.” Elder Huang Lan spoke cordially and guided the others in with a smile.
“Elders Huang Lan and Huang Feng, please continue with whatever tasks you have. I will be bringing our guests to the patriarch at once.” Elder Feng smiled.
Huang Lan and Huang Feng immediately felt some veneration for the patriarch at the mention of him. In the Huang family, the patriarch was the one they held in the highest esteem.
“Then we won’t waste the precious time of our honored guests. Elder Feng, elder Yun, we’ll leave the two of you to receive our guests then.” Elder Huang Feng smiled. Ever since they had realized that Jian Chen and the others were from the Qinhuang Kingdom, their attitudes had grown extremely amiable.
After bidding farewell to the two elders, elder Feng and Yun led Jian Chen inside the compound and to a gigantic palace at the center of it.
Upon arrival, a single middle-aged man walked out from the hall, “Elder Feng, elder Yun, the patriarch is already waiting for you all in the halls. If everyone could please enter.”
The two elders nodded before guiding Jian Chen and the five Imperial Advisors into the hall.
It was extensively spacious in the hall, but it was filled with a tremendous amount of pressure. Despite the simple arrangement inside, Jian Chen could distinctly feel the broad amount of grandeur that disseminated from the the entire hall in a different way than the imperial palace of the Qinhuang Kingdom.
This hall had existed for a very long time. Although it was built with plenty of precious building materials, it was not able to withstand the passage of time. The entire hall had the scars left behind by time, giving it an ancient but desolate feeling.
Jian Chen’s eyes looked around at the twenty or so chairs placed on both sides of the giant hall. Ten other elders around the age of seventy could be seen seated without a word, their eyes closed. On the throne up front, a single white-robed crane-haired elder could be seen seated on it. There was a faint smile on his face that gave the impression of being warm and gentle as if he was a benevolent old man.
Just as Jian Chen and the group of seven all entered the hall, the ten elders opened their eyes at the same time. Their eyes were full of a bright light that seemed to stare curiously at the six.
“Patriarch, the honored guests have been brought. This one here is the one invited, while the others behind him are the Imperial Advisors for the Qinhuang Kingdom.” At the center of the palace, the elder Feng cupped his hands and spoke to the elder seated at the front.
“This one is Jian Chen, I pay my respects to patriarch Huang!” Jian Chen smiled as he cupped his hands.
The seated elder returned a smile to Jian Chen, “For an Imperial Protector of the Qinhuang Kingdom to stay as a guest in my Huang family, it is a great honor. Please, have a seat!” The destruction of the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom had been something every single power in the vicinity had paid attention to. Therefore, Jian Chen’s identity as an Imperial Protector for the Qinhuang Kingdom had long since been known to them.
Jian Chen and the other five Imperial Advisors wasted no more time and sat in vacant chairs.
Once everyone was seated, the seated patriarch spoke out loud, “Allow this humble person to introduce myself. This old man was the patriarch of the Huang family two generations ago, but that was well over sixty years ago. Originally I had planned to stay within the back of the mountains to cultivate and ignore the family matters, but a visit from an honored guest from the Qinhuang Kingdom is far too important for this old man to not personally oversee. If I was negligent in receiving, please excuse this one for it.”
Afterward, Jian Chen and the patriarch exchanged several more words before quickly getting to the center of the problem.
“Imperial Protector, this time I have invited you here to be an honored guest in our household. Aside from a matter with the ancestor, our Huang family still has a small understanding we wish to resolve with the Imperial Protector.” The patriarch spoke.
“Patriarch, please just call me Jian Chen. It is more pleasing to the ear to me, and for whatever business it is, the patriarch is free to say it without worry.” Jian Chen replied.
“Then, I will call you Jian Chen from here on out.” The patriarch continued, “Jian Chen, I heard of what had transpired in that empty space in the Gathering of the Mercenaries from the mouth of Huang Luan directly. Right here, I wish to represent the Huang family as I give our thanks to you for helping safeguard our Solunar Bow.”
Although a Ruler Armament is an extremely precious treasure to any family, the bicentennial Gathering of the Mercenaries was also very important. It meant so much to people that the Huang family, the shi family, and even the Qinhuang Kingdom had spent countless amounts of energy in vying for the number one spot in the tournament. For whoever was able to become the King of mercenaries would possess the right of being able to cultivate in the holy lands for a period of time. This was a very good way of setting the foundation to become a Saint Ruler in the future. Thus, every single top-notch family would do their best to help whichever outstanding talent they had. As long as they had the possibility of someone in their family becoming number one, it didn’t matter how many more times they participated in the Gathering of the Mercenaries, they would still gain a Heaven Tier Battle Skill to take home.
Huang Luan was the most outstanding person to appear within that generation of the Huang family. Not only was she a direct descendant of the main family, she was already an Earth Saint Master at her age. For that reason, the patriarch had decided on lending her a Ruler Armament to use in hopes that she could demonstrate her extraordinary talent within the Gathering of the Mercenaries and hopefully become number one. If she happened to gained the rights to cultivate in the holy lands, then with her talent in cultivation, Huang Luan would in the future make the breakthrough to become a Saint Ruler that would make it worthwhile for her to use the Solunar Bow in the Gathering of the Mercenaries.
However, the Huang family had made a miscalculation in regards to the empty space. They never would have imagined that the Shi family would actually take advantage of the empty space to try and take away the Solunar Bow. The Huang family had nearly lost their Ruler Armament because of their lack of defenses, but it was fortunately thanks to Jian Chen that the Ruler Armament had been able to return safely to the Huang family.
Jian Chen laughed when he listened to the patriarch. “This one once had a meeting of fate with miss Huang Luan before, but I owed the young miss a favor for that. That matter with the young miss in the empty space was a chance for this one to make it up to the miss Huang Luan, so the patriarch shouldn’t weigh too much importance to this.”
The patriarch had no idea that Jian Chen had once met Huang Luan before and had taken his words to merely be said out of politeness. Thus, he did not spend any more time worrying about this problem.
“There is still a second matter.” The patriarch continued to speak, but after that moment, an embarrassed look overcame his face. Apologetically, he spoke to Jian Chen, “Jian Chen, I know of the matter that happened days ago. It was nothing more than a misunderstanding on our part. We hope that you will pay it no mind. That elder in question has already been deeply punished.”
Jian Chen waved his hand without a care, “I’ve long since forgotten about that matter. The patriarch needn’t worry about it. If anything, it was the Qiangan Kingdom that gave rise to this problem.”
Seeing that Jian Chen hadn’t cared for the matter with the Saint Ruler’s skeleton, the patriarch could finally rest in peace. This was after all an Imperial Protector of the Qinhuang Kingdom, meaning that he could not be easily offended. Furthermore, even if he was not an Imperial Protector of the Qinhuang Kingdom, Jian Chen was still a benefactor to the Huang family. To forget their favors and violate kindness was something that the Huang family didn’t dare commit to.
Just as the patriarch was about to continue speaking, his face suddenly slackened. Just as quickly as it changed, his face calmed down again, “Jian Chen, our ancestor wishes to meet with you. Please follow me, I will take you to the secluded part of the mountain where our ancestor is. Elder Feng, elder Yun, please show the rest of the Imperial Advisors from the Qinhuang Kingdom where they will be resting.”
Afterward, Xiao Tian and the group followed the two elders while Jian Chen followed the patriarch to the backside of the mountain.
Jian Chen flew behind the patriarch of the Huang family toward the back of the mountain. Very quickly, they came to a stop at a sword-shaped mountain peak that pierced through the clouds.
This mountain was about five to six thousand meters high and towered into the clouds above. People’s eyes were unable to take in the entire view, and an endless sea of clouds blocked anyone from seeing what was above the clouds.
The mountain peak itself wasn’t very large at about a hundred or so meters tall. However, the top part of the mountain peak seemed as if a sword from the heavens had bisected the peak in two. Thus, the mountain peak was a piece of flat ground without any uneven surfaces.
At the top of the mountain peak, there was a single lonely house that was established there. Enduring the howling winds for years on end, this house seemed quite lonely and desolate to Jian Chen.
“Elder ancestor, the honored guest has been brought.” The patriarch bowed respectfully toward the little house.
“Jian Chen, enter!” An elderly voice called out from within.
Jian Chen cupped his hands before entering the house without hesitation. The patriarch hadn’t any plans to stay and turned around to immediately leave the mountain peak.
Jian Chen walked straight in through the doors of the wooden house. The house was rather small, and there were no decorations within it. The very moment Jian Chen walked in, he could see a white-robed elder inside.
The elder had his white hair coiled around his head with a wooden hairpin stuck through it. Seeming quite experienced, his two legs were crossed over a jade stone while his hands were at his abdomen. There was a faint smile on his face, giving him the distinct spirit of an immortal.
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