Chapter 1763: Invitation
Jian Chen fell silent. When he first heard about the Empyrean Demon Cult in the dwelling, he had already realised that they were an extremely powerful organisation. However, he had never imagined them to actually be so powerful.
In particular, the mysterious great elder who founded the cult single-handedly was so powerful that Jian Chen felt extremely shocked. He had even claimed the life of a Grand Prime.
Jian Chen could only look up to such a powerful existence right now.
Jian Chen began to worry for Ling Hougong even more. For Godking Duanmu's flying sword, Ling Hougong had offended such a powerful organisation. The Empyrean Demon Cult was so powerful that even if Ling Hougong became as powerful as Godking Duanmu when he was still alive, he would not be able to fend them off at all.
Although they were nothing like close friends, Ling Hougong's infatuation with the sword and moral character had garnered Jian Chen's admiration. He naturally did not want Ling Hougong to be murdered by the Empyrean Demon Cult.
Qin Zheng stared at Jian Chen and seemed to be able to tell what Jian Chen was worrying about with a single glance. He said, "You don't have to worry too much. Ling Hougong has only offended one of the three vice leaders, Huai An, while there are three vice leaders in the branch on the Cloud Province. Huai An alone does not represent the entire Empyrean Demon Cult on the Cloud Plane."
"There's even less reason for you to worry about the mysterious great elder of the Empyrean Demon Cult. You'll only force him out if you destroy the entire Empyrean Demon Cult branch on the Cloud Plane. As a great elder, he naturally will not interfere with personal matters."
"Even without the terrifyingly powerful great elder, just the vice leader Huai An is an undefeatable existence to Ling Hougong," Jian Chen sighed gently. He could only pray for Ling Hougong right now. There was nothing else he could do.
Tong Tian swiveled his eyes when he heard that. He said to Jian Chen, "Jian Chen, if you really want to protect that old man who obtained Godking Duanmu's sword, I do have an idea."
"What's the idea?" Even though Jian Chen knew that Tong Tian would be up to no good from his smile, he still could not help but ask.
Tong Tian sniggered and said, "It's very simple, and that's for you to join our Tong family. With your talent, the clan will definitely nurture you with everything they have once you join. You'll also obtain an extremely great status in the clan. As long as you join our Tong family, protecting your friend is a piece of cake."
Qin Zheng also looked towards Jian Chen as he waited for the latter's reply. There was a sliver of eagerness in his nonchalant gaze.
He felt extremely shocked by Jian Chen's talent, and he had completely witnessed Jian Chen's moral character. He was extremely content with him, so he naturally hoped that Jian Chen could join their Tong family very much.
A gleam of light flashed through Jian Chen's eyes. He did not answer the question and instead asked, "Isn't your Tong family afraid of the Empyrean Demon Cult?"
"Naturally, our Tong family fears the Empyrean Demon Cult slightly, but what we fear are not the vice leaders but the great elder behind the entire cult," this time, the speaker was Qin Zheng, who stood to one side with his arms crossed.
Qin Zheng looked at Jian Chen with shining eyes. He swore solemnly, "Jian Chen, if you join our clan, we will support you with everything we have. We'll give you various precious pills, cultivation methods, battle skills, and even precious heavenly resources. We will assist you with your growth. Even your friend who has offended the vice leader of the Empyrean Demon Cult can be protected by our clan."
Jian Chen sank into his thoughts. Without a single doubt, Tong Tian's Tong family was one of the most powerful clans in the entire Cloud Plane. They did not even worry about the vice leader of the Empyrean Demon Cult who was an Infinite Prime. If he really did receive the full support of such a clan, breaking through with the Chaotic Body would become an extremely easy matter.
This was because even in the Immortals' World, all the ordinary Chaotic Bodies that reached major achievement had the support of large sects and clans, without a single exception. Very few people were able to progress the Chaotic Body to a powerful level alone.
However, if he joined the Tong family, he would come across Primordial realm experts. If he exposed the secret of the twin swords before them, it would be a devastating disaster. No one would be able to protect him.
Jian Chen made up his mind very quickly after a moment of thought. He said to Qin Zheng and Tong Tian apologetically, "Thank you for your kind intentions, but I am used to moving freely and not being tied down. As a result, I don't plan on joining any organisation for now. Moreover, the Saints' World is so large. I want to go see other places, so I won't be staying on the Cloud Plane for too long."
Jian Chen's declination disappointed Qin Zheng and Tong Tian, but they recovered very soon. Tong Tian chuckled aloud and said without minding it, "It's no problem, no problem at all. Since brother Jian Chen likes to move freely, I naturally won't trouble brother Jian Chen. Brother Jian Chen, let's drink some more. It doesn't matter if you want to join our Tong family or not. I'm making you my friend," Tong Tian raised his cup and said generously.
Jian Chen also raised his cup. He said, "If I become accomplished in cultivation in the future, feel free to ask me if there is anywhere I can be of use so that I can return the kindness you've shown today." As he said that, Jian Chen and Tong Tian clinked glasses and downed all the contents.
Tong Tian tossed a token to Jian Chen and said, "That's a token for identification from me. Brother Jian Chen, if you ever come across any problems you can't handle, just bring the token to the Tong family and come to look for me. As long as you don't provoke any Primordial realm experts, I can settle any problems for you." At the same time, Tong Tian took out Shen Jian. Shen Jian was still unconscious right now; his injuries were very heavy.
Jian Chen immediately put Shen Jian away in the Bright Moon Divine Hall and fed him some healing pills.
"Tong Tian! I'd like to see where you run! You can't run from me! Even if you leave the Cloud Plane, I can still find you!" At this moment, a furious, feminine voice rang out from afar. A streak of red light flew over with lightning speed. From afar, it seemed like a comet.
Tong Tian's hand immediately trembled when he heard that, and he spilled some alcohol from his cup. He became flustered as if he had encountered an extremely terrifying situation. He said, "H- h- how did she get here? Didn't I end the engagement with her? Just how much does she hate me to chase me until I'm dead? Let's go. Let's go quick, uncle Qin. Let's leave. We can't let her catch up. I can't defeat her right now."
At that moment, Tong Tian had lost all his normal cockiness and confidence. A sliver of dread appeared as he stared at the red figure that flew over hurriedly.
Seeing how frightened Tong Tian had become, Qin Zhen revealed a strange expression as well. He shook his head helplessly. He gazed at the approaching figure in the distance. With a wave of his hand, he vanished with Tong Tian. They seemed to have teleported.
"Brother Jian Chen, I shall be leaving first. Let's meet some other time…"
As they left, Tong Tian's voice rang out in Jian Chen's head. He left in a great hurry, so he had even left behind the table of delicacies.
"Tong Tian you bastard, stop! You can't run from me. I'll catch you no matter where you run off to. I'll skin you alive and carve you up when I catch you…" The woman roared angrily from behind. She was utterly furious.