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A single middle-aged man suited in armor cupped his hands together before speaking rather impa.s.sively, “We are from the Sect of Dragon and Tiger. As of today, the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom belongs to our sect. We hope that the Qinhuang Kingdom will leave the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom alone.”
Jian Chen’s eyebrows furrowed together as his facial expression grew dark. Although he didn’t know just what influence the Sect of Dragon and Tiger had, seeing that they weren’t afraid of the Qinhuang Kingdom made Jian Chen understand that their strength wasn’t ordinary.
However, Jian Chen had sworn to eliminate the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom. For the Sect of Dragon and Tiger to interfere and protect the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom, Jian Chen felt quite displeased.
Even the ten Imperial Advisors and the three generals had sour looks on their faces as their eyes emitted fierce glints.
“For your Sect of Dragon and Tiger to interfere with the matters of our Qinhuang Kingdom, did you wish to make us your enemy?” One of the Imperial Advisors spoke; he was one of the five that came along with the army.
The middle-aged man truly didn’t seem to fear the Qinhuang Kingdom at all. Smiling, he cupped his hands and spoke amicably, “Sire’s words are quite severe. Our Sect of Dragon and Tiger doesn’t wish to make the Qinhuang Kingdom our enemy, but the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom has already become a part of the Sect of Dragon and Tiger to control. So by rights, we should interfere in this matter.” With that, the man suddenly paused as if he realized the unyielding nature he displayed for the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom was enough. His voice began to soften while he gave the Qinhuang Kingdom face. Just in case there was a possibility of offending the Qinhuang Kingdom still.
“The misunderstanding between the Gesun Kingdom and the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom is something our sect understands. The Heavenly Eagle Kingdom were in the wrong, and as the representative of their kingdom, our Sect of Dragon and Tiger wishes to apologize for the matter and compensate the king with a large sum of money in hopes of exchanging the banners of war with banners of silk and maintaining a friendly relations.h.i.+p.” The man was clearly a high ranking individual within the sect. Not only was he representing them, but he was able to dictate the fate of the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom with a single phrase.
Jian Chen showed a cold smile. Although he knew that the Sect of Dragon and Tiger didn’t fear the Qinhuang Kingdom’s strength, he didn’t fear them either. “I must eliminate the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom; such a result is unchangeable. If your sect still wishes to go against us, then so be it.” Jian Chen spoke with an unyielding voice, allowing everyone to know that the destruction of the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom was an unchanging decision.
The blue-robed middle-aged man looked startled for a moment before a chilled frost entered his eyes. It was as if Jian Chen’s words caused him to feel slightly angry. The other individuals from the Sect of Dragon and Tiger looked quite unwell as well. The words Jian Chen had just spoken seemed to have carried a threat to their ears.
The war down below hadn’t paused at all. Countless of magical crystal cannons continued to fire one after another toward the other camp, filling the air with dust. The Eastern Deity Swords’ 500,000 soldiers and the many other soldiers from the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom had already engaged in a fierce battle.
However, the war below didn’t affect the Heaven Saint Masters up above. The blue-robed middle-aged man from the Sect of Dragon and Sect had only glared at Jian Chen. “Sire, you must be the fourth master of the Changyang clan, Changyang Xiangtian. Becoming a Heaven Saint Master at such an age is truly a precedent within the entire Tian Yuan Continent, but lord Changyang Xiangtian, this is a negotiation between the Sect of Dragon and Tiger and the Qinhuang Kingdom. You have no rights to partake in this, or do you possibly represent the entire Qinhuang Kingdom?” When it came to Changyang Xiangtian, the man had been given his information by the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom. However, what he knew was only limited to the intelligence from the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom.
“Changyang Xiangtian is the Imperial Protector of our Qinhuang Kingdom. Could it be that an Imperial Protector of our Qinhuang Kingdom still isn’t enough to represent our kingdom?” Before Jian Chen could even speak, Xiao Tian replied furiously and glared dangerously at the middle-aged man.
At Xiao Tian’s words, both the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom and the Sect of Dragon and Tiger blanched and looked to Jian Chen. Even Georgien, who had seen Jian Chen several times before couldn’t help but blurt out in shock, “What! He’s the Imperial Protector of the Qinhuang Kingdom?!” Georgien’s face held complete and utter shock and disbelief.
No one had expected the fourth master of the Changyang clan, Changyang Xiangtian, would be the Imperial Protector of the Qinhuang Kingdom. Now that such information had been revealed, it easily explained why the Qinhuang Kingdom had expended so much effort to help the Gesun Kingdom.
Jian Chen didn’t react to having his ident.i.ty revealed at all. Maintaining his regular expression, he looked to the men in front of him, “Do I have the right to represent the Qinhuang Kingdom now?”
The middle-aged man from the Sect of Dragon and Tiger suddenly found it hard to swallow as he began to regret the words he spoke earlier. Never in his life would he have thought that this youth in front of him was actually the Imperial Protector of the Qinhuang Kingdom.
Although the Sect of Dragon and Tiger was one of the top families within the Tian Yuan Continent and didn’t seem to fear the Qinhuang Kingdom, there was still a small difference in their strengths. The reason they dared go against the Qinhuang Kingdom now was due to multiple factors.
First of all, the distance between here and the Qinhuang Kingdom was too far away. If they wished to go against the Sect of Dragon and Tiger, they would need to expend a tremendous amount of money in order to do so. With the Sect of Dragon and Tiger’s strength, even the Qinhuang Kingdom would receive a definite setback.
Secondly, the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom was now a part of the Sect of Dragon and Tiger’s territory. Ruling over it was a right, and having their sect interfere was only proper. It was a matter of “Territory.”
Thirdly, because it had been a relatively small matter that caused this matter to occur, the Sect of Dragon and Tiger thought they could apologize and pay a sum of money to make a molehill out of a mountain and dissolve the matter completely.
The Heavenly Eagle Kingdom hadn’t done any substantial damage to the Gesun Kingdom. Only a few soldiers had died and the imperial palace had also been damaged, but that was nothing too major. If anything, only their reputation had taken a hit. The fact that the Gesun Kingdom had the help of the 500,000 soldiers from the Qinhuang Kingdom come over to help was more than enough to recover any face they had lost, if not more. Besides, the Sect of Dragon and Tiger was not an easy target to bully either. It was almost for certain that the Qinhuang Kingdom would not let such a trivial matter turn them into enemies, so the Sect of Dragon and Tiger had decided to intervene on that chance. Like the Qinhuang Kingdom, the Sect of Dragon and Tiger had a Saint Ruler on their side, but their numbers weren’t as many as the Qinhuang Kingdom.
However, now they had unexpectedly offended an Imperial Protector of the Qinhuang Kingdom. This was no longer a small matter, an Imperial Protector held a status that wasn’t lower than the king in the Qinhuang Kingdom. With a few Imperial Protectors, they could even remove the current ruling king. The situation was starting to grow worse. The Sect of Dragon and Tiger watched the small matter in front of them grow bigger and bigger. It wouldn’t be long before both powers would end up clas.h.i.+ng against each other.
The middle-aged man cupped his hands toward Jian Chen in an apologetic manner, “This one is the a.s.sistant sect leader — Hu Ba. This one truly apologizes for my previous slight toward the Imperial Protector. This one hopes that the Imperial Protector will let this go.” The man’s att.i.tude toward Jian Chen completely changed now that he had realized that Jian Chen was the main problem to deal with. The conflict between the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom and the Gesun Kingdom would depend on this youth for resolution.
No longer squandering time on the small matters, Jian Chen spoke, “a.s.sistant sect leader Hu Ba, my word still stands. The Heavenly Eagle Kingdom will fall, but there is still time for your sect to back away.” Jian Chen had expended a large amount of time and energy to bring the army of the Qinhuang Kingdom over. There was no way for him to easily turn back now. Jian Chen was not willing to turn away from his prize just yet.
Hu Ba’s face fell slightly as he spoke, “Imperial Protector, for a measly matter, you are willing to make our Sect of Dragon and Tiger an enemy. Is that truly worth it?”
“It is not that I am unwilling to let you go, but that you are doing your best to interfere with this matter. I will say it one more time. You still have time to back away from the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom.” Jian Chen spoke one final warning to the Sect of Dragon and Tiger.
“If the Imperial Protector insists on this, then we have nothing more to say here either.” Hu Ba spoke. Although the Qinhuang Kingdom was stronger than the Sect of Dragon and Tiger, they did not fear the Qinhuang Kingdom. With the distance so far apart, the Qinhuang Kingdom would have to exert a lot of time, effort, and then a heavy price.
After Hu Ba spoke, the individuals from the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom and Sect of Dragon and Tiger prepared to fight. With the Sect of Dragon and Tiger backing them up, the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom’s fighters were fully motivated.
Jian Chen harrumphed before waving his hand, “Forward!”
The ten Imperial Advisors and the three generals immediately flew toward the Sect of Dragon and Tiger and Heavenly Eagle Kingdom’s fighters. As the core members of the Qinhuang Kingdom, they were well aware of their own kingdom’s strength, so they didn’t think of the Sect of Dragon and Tiger to be of any major importance. Whether it was in terms of Heaven Saint Masters or Saint Rulers, the Qinhuang Kingdom owned far more than the other side. Even in subsidiary kingdoms, the Qinhuang Kingdom possessed even more that added to their strength.
“Imperial Protector, please allow I, Hu Ba, to experience your masterstroke then.” The a.s.sistant leader had finally thrown caution to the wind. The Heavenly Eagle Kingdom was of major importance to them, since it would further increase their power; thus, they needed to protect the kingdom.
Furthermore, the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom was something the Sect of Dragon and Tiger would drool at. They had tried to negotiate with the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom many times in the past to gain their support, but all their attempts had ended in failure. Now that the Heavenly Eagle Kingdom’s king finally agreed to their negotiations, they would not relinquish their hold so fast. Even if it meant offending the Qinhuang Kingdom, it would not be too bad of a trade off.
Seeing Hu Ba come toward him, Jian Chen didn’t feel any fear. Instead, he felt the urge of battle surge up from within.