Chapter 1636: The Push for Territory (Five)
With Xiong Zhong at the lead, close to twenty Origin realm experts from the foreign world gathered in the city lord's estate. Only a portion of the people that had remained in this world came to city lord's estate of Flame City for negotiations. There were around a dozen more Origin realm experts that remained outside the estate. If the negotiations went south, and they began fighting, these people could provide support.
Yang Lie, Feng Xiaotian, Guihai Yidao, Houston, Xiao Jin, Xiao Ling, the white tiger, Tie Ta, the sea goddess, and the four brothers had all arrived for the Tian Yuan Continent's side. Aside from Jian Chen and Shangguan Mu'er, all the Origin realm experts among the four races had gathered here. Everyone understood that the World of Forsaken Saints did not only want a part of the Tian Yuan Continent's territory. They wanted territories from the three other races as well, so representatives of the Hundred Races, magical beasts, and Sea race were all present for negotiations.
Even when ignoring the fact that just some territory on the Tian Yuan Continent would not be enough to satiate the tremendous population in the World of Forsaken Saints, the humans on the Tian Yuan Continent would find it unfair if only they had to give up territory, while the other three races got to keep all of theirs.
As a result, the matter of all the races handing over some territory was something that they had come to an agreement about much earlier on. However, they still needed to undergo further negotiations regarding the exact amount of land.
They did not give up this territory because of the strength of World of Forsaken Saints. Instead, they made this choice because of the major contributions these people had towards averting the crisis of the world. Only the sacrifice of several tens of thousands of Sainthood experts and a few Origin realm experts had filled Jian Chen's Primordial Godsilk with enough power to avert the crisis and save everyone else in the world.
The Origin realm experts of both worlds sat opposite each other in the city lord's estate. They were all stern. Hatred had been accumulated due to the invasion of the World of Forsaken Saints in the past, so the two sides did not say too much to each other when meeting this time. The atmosphere in the estate became rather suffocating.
Xiong Zhong glanced across the Origin realm experts that represented the Tian Yuan Continent's world. When he discovered that Shangguan Mu'er was not present, he could not help but feel relieved. After a moment of deliberation, he spoke first, "May I ask if all your people have arrived? Can we start the negotiations?"
Aside from Xiao Jin and Xiao Ling, who observed the foreign experts in interest, the other people all glanced at each other seriously. The status of Origin realm experts in the Tian Yuan Continent's world was rather different from the Origin realm experts from the World of Forsaken Saints. The entire foreign world seemed like a tremendous empire, while the Spiritking was their emperor and absolute ruler. The other Origin realm experts were elders or protectors. If the Spiritking was not present, Xiong Zhong, the only other person who had reached Reciprocity, would become their leader.
On the other hand, all the Origin realm experts were revered among the four races. Even though the difference in their strength was drastic, they all shared similar statuses. None of them had the authority to order the others around. As a result, the first to answer Xiong Zhong's question would hold a special type of significance.
In the negotiations between the two worlds, the representative would naturally speak out first.
Gradually, more and more gazes gathered on Tie Ta. As Shangguan Mu'er was not present, Tie Ta obviously became the most powerful person among them, so having him talk would be more suitable.
Tie Ta discovered everyone's intentions and just closed his eyes, showing his intentions to everyone else. He understood extremely well that his talents lay in battle and not negotiations.
"It's a pity that Shangguan Mu'er isn't present. Houston, we'll let you take up the role as the representative for now. Does anyone have any objections?" The sea goddess asked everyone through a communication technique. She directly named the old man in coarse clothes, who still had some soil on his hands, as their representative.
Houston's strength was extraordinary, and he had experience in leadership. The Bloodsword sect had once shaken up the continent under his lead, so he was a resourceful person.
Everyone clearly had no objections to having Houston represent them for now. If it was scheming, there would be no one present who could defeat Houston. It was just that Houston had retired in the past thousand years and hid away his edge, keeping an extremely low profile. They all believed that he would pour his efforts towards this world's interest if he represented them.
After all, the amount of land the World of Forsaken Saints required could only be settled through negotiations.
Houston nodded gently. At that moment, his dark and turbid eyes brightened. There seemed to be a flash of sharp light, and he said to Xiong Zhong, "If it weren't for the crisis of the world, we would have gone to a battle to the death seeing how your world wants to take our land. It would be very difficult to say who would be the final victor. After all, your Spiritking is no longer invincible."
Xiong Zhong and the elders and protectors frowned when they heard his words. They became slightly displeased, but they were unable to rebuke Houston for the time being as he was speaking the truth.
"The reason why we are all seated here today is due to the major contributions tens of thousands of your people have made to help avert the crisis of the world. Their sacrifice has earned our admiration, which is also why the four races of our world are willing to give some territory to your world. However, it won't be much, so please prepare yourselves," said Houston.
"This is a map that we've prepared. We've marked the land that we want on there, so please have a look. If you have no objections, we can reach an agreement as soon as possible," Xiong Zhong said nonchalantly before taking out several plans he had prepared beforehand. He controlled these plans, floating them gently before the Origin realm experts of the four races.
When the Origin realm experts unfurled the plans, they all frowned aside from Tie Ta, Xiao Jin, Xiao Ling, and the four brothers. Xiong Zhong had actually requested for half of the territory that each race possessed.
"What a coincidence. We just happened to have prepared plans as well, which has the land that we are willing to gift your world marked on it. Please have a look as well," said Houston before passing a plan to Xiong Zhong. They had prepared many versions of the plan, and each version was only created after reaching an agreement with all the Origin realm experts of the four races. The land divided on the plan was different in each version as well.