Chapter 1895: The Cult's Hall of Protectors
"Jian Chen, heed my advice in particular. Yaxi Lian loves talented geniuses. If Yaxi Lian learns of you, she'll definitely pay special attention to you. As a result, you have to be careful," the divine king warned Jian Chen sternly.
"Thank you for your reminder, your majesty. I will be careful," Jian Chen clasped his fist sternly.
He did not believe the divine king was telling lies. It would definitely be a huge problem if he caught the eye of the commander of the seventh army.
This was because the Divine Kingdom of Pingtian only possessed two Godkings, while the commanders of the three armies from the Empyrean Demon Cult were all late Godkings. Aside from the divine king who Jian Chen could not see through at all, Jian Chen was able to roughly sense the Grand Imperial Protector.
Even if the Grand Imperial Protector was a Godking, he was not the opponent of any one of the three commanders.
The divine king continued, "Each army of the Empyrean Demon Cult possesses a set number of a hundred thousand people. However, any single one of their armies possess the power to easily crush our huge army that reaches into the millions."
Just a hundred thousand people were able to easily wipe out an army that reached into the millions. This was definitely an astounding matter.
Many Overgods became extremely stern when they heard that. Even though they understood the strength of the nine armies, they were unable to remain calm whenever someone mentioned it.
"Your majesty, we won't be able to stop the three armies from the demonic cult at all when they come to invade," an Overgod said painfully.
A few of them were already ready to retreat. They would secretly move their clans away after the meeting and abandon all their businesses, leaving the Divine Kingdom of Pingtian for good.
The divine king said calmly, "It will indeed be a tough fight for our Divine Kingdom of Pingtian when the three armies invade, but that's all it will be. It won't be a devastating battle. The Empyrean Demon Cult won't be able to wipe out our Divine Kingdom of Pingtian because those ancient empires have already sent reinforcements. They're currently on their way. Even the ruler of the southern region, the Blood Sun Empire, is paying attention to the situation here at all times. The Empyrean Demon Cult has already crossed their bottom line by destroying the Divine Kingdom of Three Cauldrons. They won't let the Empyrean Demon Cult continue their advance so fearlessly anymore."
"What? The empires have already sent reinforcements?"
"The Blood Sun Empire is also paying attention to the matters here? Your majesty, is that true? Will the Blood Sun Empire send reinforcements to assist us?"
"I never thought that the Blood Sun Empire would care about this matter so much. If the Blood Sun Empire steps in, the threat of the Empyrean Demon Cult will be eliminated instantly."
"If the Blood Sun Empire sends reinforcements, we can attack the headquarters of the demonic cult and get rid of them for good."
Many Overgods were overjoyed. What the divine king had just said was a huge blessing without a single doubt. It allowed them to see a ray of hope in the darkness.
The Blood Sun Empire had spurred them in particular. They were the rulers of the southern region of the Cloud Plane. They were on a whole different level compared to the ancient empires in terms of strength.
Before the Blood Sun Empire, even ancient empires such as the Heavenly Moon Empire had to bow their heads in submission.
The Heavenly Moon Empire was only an ancient empire. There were a total of six of them in the southern region, while the Blood Sun Empire was known as an eternal empire. It was the only eternal empire in the southern region.
Only Jian Chen's face remained unchanged. He remained stern with his eyebrows locked together.
Even though he knew that there would be people from the empires who would come to provide reinforcement, they were only coming to protect the Divine Kingdom of Pingtian. Counter-attacking or even ridding the Empyrean Demon Cult for good was basically impossible.
Let alone the eternal Blood Sun Empire in the south, but even the Tian Empire that had been known as an everlasting empire in the central region did not have that courage.
This was because he had learnt some absolute secrets from the Godking by Tong Tian's side, Qin Dou. Probably even many Godkings had not heard of these secrets before.
The Empyrean Demon Cult itself was nothing scary. On the Cloud Plane, there were many organisations that could wipe them out. However, the great elder behind the demonic cult made the organisations who stood at the very top feel fear.
At this moment, Jian Chen stood up and clasped his hands, "Your majesty, are there no other Godkings apart from the commanders of the three armies attacking our divine kingdom?"
Jian Chen was indeed very doubtful. All the commanders of the three armies were late Godkings, so logically speaking, there should have been a few early Godkings and mid Godkings as deputies.
In many armies, there would be generals of the left and right wings as well as deputy commanders. How could the Empyrean Demon Cult's nine powerful armies not even have a deputy commander?
"There is indeed only one Godking in each army of the Empyrean Demon Cult, and they're all late Godkings." The divine king sank into his thoughts and said slowly, "According to my understanding, the Empyrean Demon Cult has a Hall of Protectors aside from the nine armies. Once an Overgod in the armies becomes a Godking, they immediately leave the army and become a protector. At the same time, each protector is a successor to the nine commanders."
"Once a commander falls in battle, the new commander will be chosen from the protectors."
"Your majesty, may I ask just how many people there are in the Hall of Protectors?" Bing Lou from the Yubing clan of the Frigid Snow province asked.
He no longer seemed as old as before. There was a faint, healthy glow on his face now.
During these years, Bing Lou's strength had clearly increased by quite a lot. He was now a mid Overgod.
This time, the divine king fell into a period of lengthy silence. He only sighed after quite a while and said, "Probably even the experts from the empires won't be able to answer this question. However, you don't need to worry about that. It's enough as long as you understand that the Empyrean Demon Cult won't be able to get past our Divine Kingdom of Pingtian. All I require is your full strength when the war begins, so we don't get dirty looks from the people of the empires."
"I've said everything that I need to say. You all go prepare for battle," the divine king waved his hand and ended the meeting.
After dispersing, everyone thought back to the Empyrean Demon Cult's Hall of Protectors mentioned in the meeting, including Jian Chen. Their expressions constantly changed.
From how the divine king had responded, he clearly had no idea about the Hall of Protectors. Otherwise, he would never have remained silent for so long.
"Looks like there should be quite a few protectors in the Hall of Protectors," concluded many Overgods. They all became extremely stern.
"They've created a hall for protectors. Just how many Godkings does the Empyrean Demon Cult possess?" Jian Chen wondered as he felt astounded.
From the start till the end, no one mentioned the three Overgods that Jian Chen had slain. Even Yang Kai, who resented Jian Chen, did not speak a word of it.
This was because they all understood that the invasion of the three armies actually had nothing to do with the three Overgods. Three Overgods were not worth a war for the Empyrean Demon Cult, and it was not why they had directly mobilised three armies. They had even received news that in this attack, the Empyrean Demon Cult had not just mobilised the seventh, eighth, and ninth armies. They had mobilised their six other armies as well.
The nine armies split into three, attacking the southern region, the northern region, and the western region.