“Senior, don’t harm Xiao Bai!” Jian Chen cried out as an uncomfortable feeling began to arise in his stomach.
“Jian Chen, don’t worry. We won’t hurt it.” The second elder spoke up in reassurance as he looked at the tiger cub. His eyes had immediately hardened with a strange light as if they were night pearls giving off light.
Even the fourth elder had been attracted the tiger cub with extremely serious eyes.
Thumping again and again, Jian Chen’s heart had been besides itself as he began to worry for the cub. Despite the second elder’s guarantee not to hurt the tiger cub, Jian Chen was still very concerned for its wellbeing.
“Did they perhaps figure out the true identity of the tiger cub?” Jian Chen thought to himself. He had had his doubts about what the tiger cub’s mother had said before about how only Class 7 magical Beasts would be able to figure out the lineage of the Winged Tiger God. At the time, even the elder in Longevity Valley had been able to see through the tiger cub. And now in Mercenary City, there were three elders that could do the same.
“Mrrrrr….” Struggling as hard as it could in midair without success, the cub let out a miserable growl as it stared at the elders pleadingly.
Seeing how afraid the cub was, Jian Chen could hardly take it. But because he had no way of saving the cub, he could only watch helplessly from the side.
Several moments later, the beams of light finally receded from Tian Jian’s eyes. For a while longer, he stared at the cub with sparkling eyes, but his thoughts could not be guessed.
“Grand elder, how is it? Is this tiger cub really….” The second elder asked.
Nodding his head, Tian Jian spoke to Jian Chen, “Jian Chen, tell the truth now. Did you really find this white tiger cub at the Magical Beast Mountain Range?”
Jian Chen hesitated for a moment before responding, “Senior, do you know the truth behind the cub’s identity?”
With still gleaming eyes, Tian Jian stared at Jian Chen almost as if he could see straight through him and into his mind. “Correct, I know of its true identity. Seeing how nervous you are now, you must be aware of it too!”
Since Jian Chen hadn’t said a word, Tian Jian continued to say, “Jian Chen, the Winged Tiger Gods are divine beasts even amongst the magical beast clans. Even after the countless of years that have passed, only one has been seen since antiquity. And now that a second one has appeared, it is by no doubt a major event. In the foreseeable future, who knows just how many people on the continent will be flustered about the sighting of one? At that time, even the guardian clans won’t be able to stop them all even if they come out all at once. You must tell me everything you know about the cub, it pertains to the entire safety of mankind on this continent.”
Hesitating from where he stood, Jian Chen took it into consideration for a while longer before finally deciding to say everything he knew about the tiger cub. As of now, the king of the Gilligan clan was after the tiger cub, and even the mother of the cub had nearly died to the king. That could be said that despite the tiger cub’s strength, the leader of the magical beast clan would without a doubt have a blood debt with it. But even in the future when the cub grew up, it was possible that the cub would not bring calamity to the continent.
Besides, with his relationship with the cub, Jian Chen was convinced that if something were to happen, he would still be able to convince the tiger cub into not doing anything dangerous.
Afterwards, Jian Chen revealed all that he knew and all that he had heard to Tian Jian and the two elders, causing the three to furrow their eyebrows.
“The Winged Tiger God is a divine beast, but if the king of the Gilligan clan is chasing after it, it seems this situation is extremely complicated.
“If my expectations aren’t wrong, then the ones chasing after the Winged Tiger God want to take its corpses and inheritance before absorbing it into their own body to become a second divine beast.”The second elder speculated grimly.
“It’s possible. If any of the magical beasts were to receive the inheritance, then it would be a catastrophe for our continent. Even if the entire continent were to ally itself with the Bai clan, it wouldn’t be a match for the magical beast clan.” The fourth elder spoke seriously as well.
Hearing the three speak, Jian Chen knew that the matters were extremely grim and could not help but think heavily.
Still staring at the cub, Tian Jian spoke, “Second elder, fourth elder, do you two perhaps remember the first law left behind by the grand elder!”
“Of course! The grand elder’s laws are something that lord Mo Tianyun himself left behind. We have memorized all of the laws on it--it seems the lord was prophetic with his level of foresight. Perhaps he realized that the continent would see a second Winged Tiger God that would see persecution from one of the magical beast clan. That must by why he wrote the laws!” The fourth elder spoke.
“What laws, will they harm Xiao Bai?” Jian Chen asked in concern. As he stood in the shrine, his entire body could barely uphold itself due to his worry. He couldn’t even protect himself in the shrine, let alone the tiger cub. And so he was extremely worried that one of these rules would harm the cub.
Shaking his head with a smile, Tian Jian spoke, “Jian Chen, don’t worry. Way back then, lord Mo Tianyun made several laws that contracted all of the grand elders in it. It is equal to the laws of Mercenary City, and the very first one says that should we ever come across a Winged Tiger God that hasn’t yet fully matured, we must lend it a helping hand.”
Jian Chen had been stupefied. Still skeptical, he asked, “Does that mean to say that not only will you not cause trouble for Xiao Bai, you’ll be helping it?”
“Correct. It is as you say. Although we don’t wish to do so, for the sake of preventing disaster, we will honor the laws the grand elders put down.” The fourth elder spoke.
“Thank you very much, seniors!” Jian Chen spoke in relief and excitement.
“There's a few scant records about the Winged Tiger God in Mercenary City. Its talent is beyond the norm of any single person and doesn’t require the guidance of any human. Thus, what we can do to help it is quite limited, but the growth of such a tiger is very slow. The only way for it to grow as fast as it can is to feed it a large amount of heavenly resources. As such, we can only really give it some heavenly resources for it to mature.” TIan Jian spoke before moving his lips slightly to speak in secret to the men outside.
Seeing that Tian Jian was planning on giving the cub even more heavenly resources, Jian Chen had been ecstatic. In this moment, it was like receiving charcoal in the middle of a snowstorm since Xiao Bai was currently lacking a stable amount of heavenly resources. After using up most of the ones he bought recently, Jian Chen was practically all out of heavenly resources to feed the cub.
At that moment, an old man came walking in from the outside of the shrine. Presenting a Space Ring to Tian Jian, he spoke, “Shrine lord, I’ve accomplished your command. All there is to be found is in this Space Ring!”
Taking the Space Ring, he spoke, “You may leave!”
“By your leave, shrine lord!” The elder retreated with a respectful salute.
Walking slowly over to Jian Chen, Tian Jian handed over the Space Ring to him, “Jian Chen, since the Winged Tiger God is accompanying you, then I may as well give this Space ring to you. Inside is all that was left behind for the Winged Tiger God; in total there is ten a hundred thousand year old heavenly resources, a hundred ten thousand year old heavenly resources, and a thousand thousand year old heavenly resources.”
Hearing this astronomical number, Jian Chen had been stunned. Heavenly resources a hundred thousand years old, he hadn’t even heard of such ones before Tian Jian had mentioned them. There were also the hundred ten thousand heavenly resources which were each worth several million purple coins per head. And then with the thousand thousand year old heavenly resources, this was a tremendous windfall of heavenly resources.
It was the hundred thousand heavenly resources most especially that made this sum extremely priceless.
Jian Chen received the Space Ring from Tian Jian with trembling hands as he spoke, “Many thanks, senior!”
Chuckling, Tian Jian spoke, “There’s no need for your thanks. These heavenly resources were given to you in accordance to the laws put down by the lord many years ago. They are not for you specifically.”
Jian Chen gave an embarrassed smile at that. The tiger cub was now capable of moving by itself and jumped back onto Jian Chen’s neck. As it held tightly onto it with its four short paws, the tiger cub stared at Tian Jian. Although it was a divine beast, it was still a young child equivalent to a three-year old human.
“The Winged Tiger God requires a tremendous amount of heavenly resources, and the heavenly resources I’ve given you has already emptied our farms by two-thirds. But that alone should be enough to bring the cub up to a Class 6 Magical Beast or the peak of it. Afterwards, you must go find some more heavenly resources by yourself. After the Winged Tiger God becomes strong enough, thousand year old and even ten thousand year old heavenly resources won’t have any effect on its growth.” Tian Jian explained.
“This junior understands. Thank you for your warning, senior.” Jian Chen replied gratefully.
“You may leave, Jian Chen. But remember to safeguard this secret of the Winged Tiger God. Do not let anyone else learn of it.” Tian Jian reminded him seriously.
“This junior understands!”
Afterwards, Jian Chen took the Space Ring with the heavenly resources and left the shrine. From there, there was a single Heaven Saint Master that led him through several Space Gates to return to Mercenary City.
“Big brother, did they cause trouble for you?” As soon as he returned to Mercenary City, Little Spirit’s voice could be heard in Jian Chen’s ear as her body materialized nearby him without a sound.
Nodding his head, Jian Chen looked to her, “Little Spirit, thank you for your help.”
“Heehee, as long as big brother is fine, then all is well. Big brother is the only one that Little Spirit sees as family besides master in all these years after all!” Little Spirit spoke happily.