After leaving the village, Jian Chen, Ming Dong, and Tie Ta flew straight to Lore City.
After about two hours of leisurely travel, they finally arrived back in Lore City where they then walked straight to the Changyang clan.
“We our pay our respects to the fourth master!” Soldiers saluted Jian Chen in the streets with respectful expressions when Jian Chen passed by.
Waving his hand, Jian Chen commanded, “Continue your patrol!”
“Yes!” The guards responded in unison before going back to their patrol.
“Changyang Xiangtian, is this your home? It’s huge!” Tie Ta gasped in amazement as he scoured the place.
Laughing, Jian Chen replied, “Come on, let’s go to where I live. I’ll introduce you to some friends.” Jian Chen then guided Tie Ta in the direction of a palace-styled building. He came across some servants and said, “Go and notify Dugu Feng, Senior An, and Yun Zheng to tell them to meet me here.”
Afterward, Jian Chen took Tie Ta into his own palace. As soon as they entered it, Tie Ta, who was ignorant of the outside world, was stunned by the layout and arrangement of the house. Every so often, he would stop to look around the place with an envious expression.
“Changyang Xiangtian, this is your living space right? Your family has to be very rich I bet.” Tie Ta sighed in admiration.
Tie Ta looked like a farm boy coming into contact with city life for the very first time, prompting Ming Dong to say, “Tie Ta, you don’t need to be so envious. Wait until you become strong enough, you’ll get this sort of treatment all of the time then.”
Tie Ta’s eyes gained a determined light to them as he listened to Ming Dong, “Well! I’ll do my best to increase my strength!”
At this moment, Dugu Feng, Yun Zheng, and Senior An came walking in from the outside. As soon as they entered, Senior An’s loud and rough voice could be heard, “Jian Chen, you’re finally back! When will we be heading out? I’m a person that enjoys traveling the world! Staying around here everyday is killing me.”
Smiling, Jian Chen replied, “Have a seat everyone. I’ll introduce you all to my friend.”
After everyone took a seat, Jian Chen introduced Tie Ta to the group. After several words of conversation, they all began to grow relaxed.
Jian Chen thought for a moment before announcing, “Now that we’re all here, we’ll leave tomorrow morning. Go back and prepare yourselves. Whatever you need to buy, get it today. Make sure all of your preparations are finished today.”
“We leave tomorrow? Changyang Xiangtian, where are we going?” Tie Ta asked.
“The Blue Wind Empire!”
After leaving his room, Jian Chen went off to find his parents Changyang Ba and Bi Yuntian so he could explain his departure.
Although both Changyang Ba and Bi Yuntian were reluctant to see their child depart from them again so soon, they knew that their child had already grown up to become a man who had plenty of things to do. There was no way Changyang Xiangtian would be able to reside in their home his entire life, so the two parents clamped down on their thoughts and spoke nothing more.
Looking for Xiao Tian and the others, Jian Chen told them that he would be leaving first to develop his mercenary group. Xiao Tian and the others understood that there was no need for them to stay within the Changyang clan anymore, so they gave their farewells. The next morning, they would leave the Gesun Kingdom to return to the Qinhuang Kingdom.
Jian Chen even paid a visit to Kendall’s wife and child, whom he promised to look after on Kendall’s behalf. The matters of Sans had weighed heavily on Jian Chen’s mind, leaving him ashamed and guilty. Many a times he would try to find a way to heal or make up for the destroyed Saint Weapon of Sans, but as of yet, Jian Chen had found no methods.
The next morning, Jian Chen held the sleeping tiger cub and gathered with Ming Dong, Tie Ta, Dugu Feng, Yun Zheng, and Senior An in the courtyard of the clan. All of the high-ranking members came out to send Jian Chen off because of his high-ranking status in the clan. Right outside, several Class 3 Magical Beasts mounts had been prepared by the guards. The beasts stood by the gates.
“Xiangtian, your silly second sister Mingyue left the family a long time ago without a trace. Despite all our attempts and efforts to try to find her, not even a single hint can be found. When you’re traveling in the outside, please help find my girl.” The second aunt Yu Fengyan implored Jian Chen. For her daughter to disappear without a trace for so long, made her worry as a mother.
“Second aunt, rest assured, I will definitely try my best to find second sister.” Jian Chen seriously replied. His second sister Changyang Mingyue had cared for him in the past. So now that she had disappeared, even Jian Chen worried for her.
Bi Yuntian pulled You Yue’s hand toward Jian Chen, “Xiang’er, with your strength, you could travel across the outside world and very few people capable of attacking you. Why not bring You Yue with you? She grew up in the imperial palace her entire life. The only other place she knows of is Kargath Academy. The outside world is still unknown to her, so it would be a good thing to relieve You Yue’s boredom.”
Jian Chen glanced at You Yue. She was wearing a short skirt today with a very casual amount of makeup. It gave her a rather heroic demeanor while she stood shyly by Bi Yuntian’s side. Everyone could already see that she was prepared to travel long distances by the way she was dressed.
Thinking for a moment, Jian Chen felt that he wouldn’t come across anything too dangerous while he was in the Blue Wind Kingdom. Combined with You Yue’s preparations to travel, there was no way he could easily decline. At last, he finally agreed to the request with a smile, “Very well. If You Yue wishes to travel outside to relieve her boredom, then why not let her travel with us?”
The princess’ face revealed a happy smile at those words. Ever since she was young, the princess would rarely be able to see what the outside of the palace looked like.
Bidding farewell to everyone from the clan, the party of seven finally mounted their magical beasts and began to set off away from Lore City.
After leaving Lore City, Jian Chen continued to the area where the Eastern Deity Swords were garrisoned on the outskirts of Lore City. Upon seeing the three generals, Jian Chen spoke a few words to them before leaving the camp on his mount.
Qin Wuming and the other two generals watched Jian Chen and his group ride away into the distance until they disappeared from view. Speaking up, Qin Wutian asked, “Father, now that the business in the Gesun Kingdom is over and the Imperial Protector himself has left, when should we leave?”
Qin Wuming just laughed, “Withdrawing our troops from here? That’ll be hard. Quite hard indeed. Even if we rush to the Qinhuang Kingdom, it’ll take well over a year with the speed of our army. Although the Space Gate from the Dazhou Kingdom is nearby, it would take a large amount of monster cores, in fact, it’d take an exorbitant price.”
“Does that mean our army will be garrisoned here then?” Qin Wujian asked.
Qin Wuming nodded his head, “Correct. Originally when his Majesty ordered half a million of our soldiers to go to the Gesun Kingdom, he hadn’t planned on their return. The Gesun Kingdom is far too weak, but with the connection between the Imperial Protector and the royal family of the kingdom, we cannot afford to offend either side. Thus, his Majesty had decided to assist the Gesun Kingdom while also helping out the Imperial Protector himself. With his talent, he will eventually become a Saint Ruler later in his life. So to rope in such an individual without enticement and investments would be foolhardy.”
“I see now. Father, then will the three of us remain here in this place as well?” Qin Wujian asked.
Qin Wuming smiled, “Remaining behind here isn’t too bad of a thing perse. A Saint Ruler is an extremely great entity. In their eyes, we Heaven Saint Masters are just ants that aren’t worth considering. As of right now, the Imperial Protector hasn’t yet become a Saint Ruler, so this is a good chance for us to foster a good relationship with him. When he breaks through to become one, then we’d be able to have him help us with any trouble we might come across. Even more so, if we have the support of the Imperial Protector, then even the army wouldn’t complain or be too impudent.”
“I understand now. This was all planned by his Majesty himself. Indeed, this is a good chance. If the Imperial Protector becomes a Saint Ruler and is willing to back us, then father will even have the chance to be promoted to be the general of the kingdom’s army.” Qin Wutian spoke in realization.
Qin Wuming nodded his head with a smile, “That is what it means to keep the fertile waters within your own fields. His Majesty is a very wise ruler that is capable of controlling everything within his hand. Even if he cannot, he will do his best to keep us in their good graces.”
On an official road that zigged and zagged, seven magical beast mounts could be seen running at high speeds in a fluid motion. They left behind a trail of dust as they passed.
“Changyang Xiangtian, how long will it take for us to reach the Blue Wind Kingdom at the rate we’re going?” You Yue asked Jian Chen from his side.
Thinking for a moment, Jian Chen responded, “At this current rate, it should take two or so days before we arrive. It’s not as if we’re rushing there.”
Then, with a small pause, Jian Chen looked to the princess, “You Yue, call me Jian Chen in the future rather than Changyang Xiangtian.”
“Okay. This must be the name you used after you left the Changyang clan?” The princess sweetly smiled.
“Correct!” Jian Chen nodded.
“So you changed your name. No wonder I never heard about you when teacher said the Changyang clan couldn’t find you. Jian Chen’s a fine name to hear though. Changyang Xiangtian, I’ll call you that from now on as well.”
The group of people continued to laugh and chat to each other as they traveled. When it came to thinking about the mercenary group he had once commanded, Jian Chen’s thoughts practically flew over to Wake City.
After so many years have passed, he was unclear just how the mercenary group developed.