Chapter 1571: New Patriarch of the Changyang Clan (One)
The divine hall above the tunnel was split into two sections. The interior section was the most central part of the divine hall. Only Tian Jian, who controlled the divine hall, and the Origin realm experts of the four races could enter this section. The exterior section was where all the Sainthood experts remained. All the Saint Rulers, Saint Kings, and Saint Emperors gathered there, channeling all their energy into the supreme divine hall. They worked with the Origin realm experts to support the divine hall.
During those three years, the Sainthood experts were split into four groups, who would each take turns. Each group was composed of a single race. The Sainthood experts of the same race were required to maintain the divine hall for ten days, and during those days, they would channel ninety percent of all the Saint Force they had into the divine hall. The groups would change after those ten days, and the depleted group would have a month to replenish their Saint Force. This cycle remain unchanged during those three years.
The Sainthood experts of the four races had increased after the battle three years ago. No additional Saint Emperors had appeared, but quite a few Saint Kings and Saint Rulers appeared, especially Saint Rulers. Each race had gained over a hundred of them across the three short years, five hundred overall.
Many experts from the four races seemed to realize that breaking through to Sainthood had become easier than three years ago. However, this advantage only helped Heaven Saint Masters when they broke through to Saint Ruler and was no longer as obvious to higher cultivation realms. Going from Saint King to Sant Emperor remained as difficult as before.
This was why the number of Saint Emperors had not increased among the four races in three years.
Tian Jian sat on the white jade seat in the interior region of the supreme divine hall. He channeled everyone's power into the formations through the seat, maintaining the divine hall's suppression. Yang Lie, Guihai Yidao, Feng Xiaotian, the sea goddess, Houston, Xiao Jin, Xiao Ling, and the Winged Tiger God in human form all gathered around Tian Jian. Aside from Tie Ta, Jian Chen, and the Heavenly Enchantress, all the Origin realm experts in the world were present.
The Sainthood experts took ten day shifts for the past three years, but the Origin realm experts were unable to enjoy such a vacation. Throughout those three years, all of them remained within the divine hall, not taking a single step away. Even when they ran out of origin energy, they would recover it all by ingesting Jian Chen's Mortal Energy Fruit.
They needed to be prepared for when the Spiritking attacked the divine hall. Jian Chen, Tie Ta, and Shangguan Mu'er were not present, so if the Spiritking suddenly attacked them, they had to devote everything they had to maintaining the divine hall and, with the support from the Sainthood experts, stop him. As a result, not a single Origin realm expert could leave, or the divine hall would run out of power and the Spiritking would be able to blast the divine hall away.
The World of Forsaken Saints was so strong that even when Tie Ta, Jian Chen, Shangguan Mu'er, and Changyang Mingyue had been present, they had not been their opponents, not to mention the fact that Changyang Mingyue had gone to the Saints' World and that Jian Chen and Shangguan Mu'er had left the Tian Yuan Continent. If their front lines collapsed, what was waiting them was a hellish disaster. They could not afford to be careless.
"Over the past three years, the foreign world has never stopped attacking the divine hall. Although the attacks have weakened, they still exhausts the divine hall's power. If they continue like this, we can only defend the continent for a hundred years at most, and I believe that the attacks from them will gradually become stronger. At that time, we'll last an even shorter amount of time." The sea goddess frowned. Just maintaining the divine hall in front of the tunnel was expending too much energy, so coupled with the constant attacks from the Origin realm experts from the foreign world, the divine hall's power was rapidly being consumed.
"We should feel fortunate about how the Spiritking has not continued to attack the divine hall. When he attacked three years ago, we only managed to stabilize the divine hall with every Sainthood expert as well as Tie Ta, Jian Chen, and Shangguan Mu'er. Now that they're no longer here, it'll be extremely difficult for us to stop any attacks from the Spiritking. If he constantly attacks the divine hall, we will probably only last for a decade or less," said Yang Lie. His eyes became filled with fear as soon as he mentioned the Spiritking.
The Spiritking's strength exceeded Yang Lie, Guihai Yidao, and Feng Xiaotian's power when they were in their prime. After all, they were only Origin realm experts when they roamed the Saints' World in the past. The Spiritking possessed battle prowess equivalent to Godhood experts.
"Tie Ta has gone to where Aergyns has been sealed. When he returns, his strength will definitely have increased. We can all feel that the world is undergoing some minute changes as well. Though, we can't put them in words. There's still no origin energy, but it has clearly become much easier for Heaven Saint Masters to break through to Saint Ruler. I believe that in a few years' time, breaking through to Saint King will become much easier as well and might even affect the breakthrough to Saint Emperor," Feng Xiaotian smiled. The changes to the world were a blessing to them because the four races would become more and more powerful as breakthroughs became easier and easier.
Xiao Ling thought about what he said. She tilted her head and crisply said, "Do you think that the changes of the world are related to brother?"
"It shouldn't be…" Feng Xiaotian shook his head. He was a disciple from a large sect in the Saints' World. Even though he was just an ordinary disciple, he possessed extraordinary insight. Even Godhood experts were unable to make a world change, let alone Jian Chen who was not even at Godhood.
This day just happened to be the day when the human Sainthood experts had completed their shift in the exterior section of the hall. The people replacing them were Sea race experts. In less than ten minutes, the two races completed their switch, and the humans all exited the divine hall. They were exhausted.
Some people chose to recover their Saint Force within the divine hall among the sea race while others chose to leave. All the people who did choose to leave were people in charge of organizations on the Tian Yuan Continent.
Among them was a dignified, middle-aged man in embroidered robes. He had poured ninety percent of his Saint Force into the divine hall during those ten days, so his face was filled with exhaustion.
As he made his way out of the divine hall, he came across many human experts. Whether they were Saint Rulers or Saint Kings, they all greeted him with smiles when they saw the middle-aged man. A few Saint Emperors even made their way over to talk to him. Even though he was only a Saint King, he seemed extremely composed before the experts who were far more powerful than him. Even when he spoke to Saint Emperors, he did not show any special politeness. On the other hand, the Saint Emperors were extremely polite to him, talking to him with smiles, as if he was a valued guest.
Humans were not the only people who behaved like respectfully. Even the replacement Sea race experts treated the middle-aged man the same way. They were all extremely polite, whether it was a sea race Saint Kings or a sea race Saint Emperor. They seemed to be afraid of offending the middle-aged Saint King.
The middle-aged man stood out among the Sainthood experts.
The middle-aged man was Jian Chen's father, Changyang Ba.
As the father of the greatest human expert, Changyang Ba possessed an extraordinary status, even when his strength was nothing before these people.
Changyang Ba made his way out of the divine hall among the Sainthood experts like a moon moving across the night sky through the stars. He clasped his hands at everyone and bid them farewell. As the human experts left one by one, only Changyang Ba was left with a few other people.
Behind Changyang Ba silently stood five people. There was the symbol of a flame sewn onto their robes. Everyone was familiar with this symbol, whether they were from the Tian Yuan Continent, the Beast God Continent, the Wasteland Continent, or the sea realm because the symbol represented the Flame Mercenaries.
The five middle-aged men were not weak either. They were all Saint Kings, except they had used up ninety percent of their Saint Force in the divine hall, so they were rather pale.
The five Saint Kings stood behind Changyang Ba like guards. They were emotionless and did not show any intentions of leaving. They would not go unless Changyang Ba left.
Changyang Ba hovered in the sky. He looked at the shattered continent below him and gently sighed, "Let's go back to the clan."
With that, one of the five Saint Kings immediately stepped forward. He used his abilities as a Saint King to rip open space and create a Space Gate. The five of them only entered it after Changyang Ba.
The five Saint Kings were the Divine Guards of the Flame from the Flame Mercenaries. They were a part of the group who had joined the Flame Mercenaries in Walaurent City of the Blue Wind Kingdom. Originally, it would have been impossible for them to even reach Earth Saint Master with their talent, but since they were loyal to the Flame Mercenaries and Jian Chen, Jian Chen decided to use large amounts of resources on them. Jian Chen waited several decades, used a large amount of effort, and gave them various heavenly resources to them, allowing them to become experts on the continent. He had even bestowed them a name: the Divine Guards of the Flame.
There were originally around fifty or sixty people in the Divine Guards of the Flame. They were all Saint Kings and formed the greatest strength of the Flame Mercenaries and were the protectors of the Flame Mercenaries. However, they suffered heavy casualties in the battle against the foreign world. Only twenty people emerged alive. Under Bi Lian's orders, five of the twenty were stationed at the Changyang clan, to protect the clan as well as to cement the Changyang clan's power and prestige.
The Divine Guards of the Flame were all Saint Kings, but they did not possess the arrogance of one. Not a single one of them forgot who they were. They were guards and never did they forget who allowed them to possess what they had today.