Chapter 787: Identity Exposed
“Correct. We cannot let the Winged Tiger God be brought back to the Beast God Continent. Otherwise, it’ll become a grave threat to our continent.”
“I also agree with that. We cannot let the experts of the Beast God Continent take it back, no matter what.”
The middle-aged man’s suggestion brought on the agreement of all the people present. Other than the pavilion master of the Pure Heart Pavilion, all of them agreed on not returning the Winged Tiger God.
“Then how does everyone plan on dealing with the Winged Tiger God on our continent?” Tian Jian asked once again.
“If it’s still young then we’ll tame it into a force of our own or force it into an ancient agreement. If the two methods mentioned don’t work, we’ll have to kill it off even if we end up offending the Beast God Continent. Our Tian Yuan Continent no longer has the power to repel a fully-grown Winged Tiger God.” An old man of the protector clans growled. He was extremely grim.
“According to what I know, the Beast God Continent has a total of three Saint Emperors. One of them is the tiger emperor Lankyros, the weakest among them. If we, the ten protector clans along with your Mercenary City, use our Emperor Armaments, it should be enough to fend off Lankyros together. Next is the Saint Emperor of the Peng clan. He’s stronger than the tiger emperor, but the path lord should be able to handle it. As for the strongest, the ruler of the continent, the protector of Mercenary City should be able to handle him,” said an azure-robed, middle-aged man.
Tian Jian paused for a while before following up, “The barrier spirit that protects my Mercenary City was left behind years ago by the city lord. It's already existed for countless years and no one knows just how powerful it's become. In my opinion, it should be strong enough to fight off the ruler.”
“Since we possess the power to fend off the Beast God Continent’s threat, let’s hurry up and find the Winged Tiger God.” A white-robed, ruddy old man said.
Tian Jian stared deeply into the old man’s eye. After a slight hesitation, he said, “Everyone, I might’ve seen the Winged Tiger God many years ago. At that time it was still a cub and not very strong, but accompanying it was a talented young man that it was extremely close to.”
“In my opinion, it wouldn’t be difficult if we wanted to control the Winged Tiger God such that it would not threaten our continent. We could simply not worry and allow it to follow that young man. When it fully matures, it definitely won’t do anything harmful to our continent because of the young man.”
“No, we definitely can’t leave it like that. The matter of the Winged Tiger God is extremely important. We can’t let it be controlled just by a kid. Only when such a powerful beast god is in the hands of us protector clans can we relax.” The azure-robed man immediately objected.
“The Winged Tiger God cannot remain in the hands of that kid. Tian Jian, you favor that kid so much; perhaps he has some connection with you?” The ruddy old man stood up and heavily objected what Tian Jian had said.
Tian Jian eyed the old man and said, “You must be Changyang Qingyun of the Changyang clan.”
“Currect, I am indeed Changyang Qingyun.” The old man said calmly, staring straight into Tian Jian’s eyes.
Tian Jian sighed lightly, “The one connected to that young man probably isn’t me. Whatever, since everyone objects this suggestion, just treat it as if I didn’t say it. My Mercenary City will no longer be participating in how everyone handles the Winged Tiger God.”
After the ten clans departed, they immediately passed orders to a few ancient clans to devote all their strength into searching for the Winged Tiger God. At the same time, they announced the special characteristics of the tiger.
Receiving the order, the ancient clans then immediately passed it onto the hermit clans below them. The hermit clans then spread the same order to various kingdoms and sects of various sizes. The news spread in this layer-to-layer fashion and quickly reached all corners of the continent. It brought on a upsurge of people who searched for the tiger.
More importantly, all the people knew about the characteristics of the Winged Tiger God. There were even a few kingdoms who sent their soldiers on a complete search across their lands, capturing all the magical beasts that matched the description of the Winged Tiger God no matter strong or weak, before getting their Heaven Saint Masters to pass it all onto the hermit clans.
The ten protector clans all appeared. Large groups of disciples or members of the clans and sects left their always-sealed space, stepping onto the continent to assist the search for the Winged Tiger God.
At the same time, a middle-aged man floated in the middle of a space carved out on the Tian Yuan Continent. He wore long, white robes lined with gold, and he seemed refined and scholarly while also carrying slivers of malevolence.
The man did not give off the presence of someone powerful at all. He seemed just like an ordinary person, but his floating body seemed to be fused with the space. He gazed into the distant void and his eyes flickered. He mumbled to himself, “The Winged Tiger God’s reappeared, and it even appeared on the Tian Yuan Continent. It’s a pity I left the Pure Heart Pavilion too early so I didn’t get the chance to look through those ancient records that recorded the mysteries and rumors of the ancient times. Otherwise, I’d have a clearer understanding of it and it’d be much easier to search for it.”
“The ten protector clans are searching for the Winged Tiger God. After they find it, I just need to steal it from them and force the tiger into an ancient agreement. I can’t just let this Winged Tiger God be taken advantage by the Beast God Continent nor those protector clans.”
In the City of God, news regarding the Winged Tiger God echoed throughout the entire city. Discussions of the tiger could be heard on all the streets, big or small.
In the Radiant Saint Master Union headquarters, Jian Chen was lying on his bed and slowly opened his eyes. His complexion darkened. Although the City of God had activated the concealing array, it could only hide the presence of people. His presence of sensing things remained unaffected. He clearly sensed the situation within a radius of twenty kilometers, so naturally he had learned about the news of the Winged Tiger God from all the people.
“The situation’s developing at an unexpected speed. I can’t stay in the union any longer,” Jian Chen thought to himself. He stood up immediately afterwards and left the union with the white tiger in his hand.
In the very moment Jian Chen left the fifth story of the union, the president and the grand elder both exited from their rooms silently. They stared in the direction where Jian Chen had disappeared off to with complicated expressions, and after a long pause they finally produced a soft sigh.
“Looks like that the beast of antiquity on Yang Yutian’s shoulder is probably the Winged Tiger God that the protector clans want,” the grand elder said with a gentle voice.
The president nodded slightly, “Should we try persuading Yang Yutian to hand up the Winged Tiger God? It’ll prevent a lot of trouble.”
“I don’t believe that he would give it up so easily. His relationship with the tiger has already reached an extremely close level. Trying to persuade him would just be a waste of words. Also, the protector clans right now just want the Winged Tiger God. With their statuses, they won’t harm him.” The grand elder said.
“I hope so.” The president said gently. Although he now knew the identity of the Winged Tiger God, he did not report to the protector clans, nor did he stop Jian Chen from leaving. He was a man at the end of his life. He understood many things, and had already let them go.
The union had some power in resisting the Zaar family, but the union would not even think of resisting the protector clans.
Jian Chen descended from the fifth floor, arriving in the huge lobby at the ground floor. He directly walked out of the union.
Along the way, all the Radiant Saint Masters Jian Chen passed by in the surroundings gave him a weird look. However, the majority of the gazes focused on the white tiger on Jian Chen’s shoulder while they all began discussing about it.
“Why do I feel like the beast of antiquity on Yang Yutian’s shoulder is similar to the Winged Tiger God? They’re both tiger magical beasts, and if you look at the back of it, there really seems to be a pair of wings.”
“Wow, you’re right. I also feel like they’re quite similar. The wings are hidden extremely well, but if you look carefully you can still see them.”
“Still though, how would an ancient beast god yield to a human with its pride? I think that the magical beast on Yang Yutian’s shoulder is just a beast of antiquity. It just looks very similar to the Winged Tiger God, that’s all. After all, of the countless magical beasts that exist on the continent, there’s quite a few that mutate. It’s nothing weird to have two magical beasts that look the same.”
“That’s true too. It’s probably just a coincidence. After all, the ancient beast god is as powerful as Mo Tianyun. How would they yield to us humans with their pride? Also, Yang Yutian’s beast of antiquity has already reached Class 6. It’s not like the rumored ancient beast god cub.”
Jian Chen’s mood became even heavier from the various murmurings. His footsteps sped up slightly, while his face remained calm as ever without displaying any sense of being alarmed. If he was alarmed, people would know he carried a guilty conscience; people would definitely figure out that the white tiger was the Winged Tiger God.
Jian Chen left the union very quickly with Xiao Bai before disappearing into the crowds. He did not encounter any obstructions at all.
Now that the white tiger’s identity could no longer be kept as a secret, Jian Chen could not stay at the Radiant Saint Master Union headquarters any longer. He had already temporarily put the matter of reaching Class 7 to one side. Although he was extremely unwilling, he needed to protect the white tiger.
Jian Chen’s parents undoubtedly held a very important status in his heart, but he also could not give up on the white tiger.
Just as Jian Chen arrived on the main street, he frowned slightly. With a flash of cold light in his eyes, he immediately condensed a white cloud from Radiant Saint Force, riding away into the distance on it.
When Jian Chen had traveled far away from the union, the space around him suddenly froze. It trapped his body in the middle of the air, unable to move at all.
Shortly afterwards, five figures shot over from below. They arrived before Jian Chen in the blink of an eye, and one of them extended his hands towards the white tiger as he sneered, “Jian Chen, even if you turned into a Radiant Saint Master, we’re still able to find you. Let’s see where you run this time.”
Roar! Before Jian Chen had even began moving, the white tiger immediately gave out a roar. It was completely unaffected by the frozen space and shot out in a streak of white light. Its two sharp claws quickly scraped against the two hands, leaving behind two deep wounds.
“Worthy of being an ancient beast god. You sure are powerful, harming me despite only being Class 6.” Old man Situ exclaimed in admiration. He then stared towards the other four people and bellowed, “Come, do it together. We’ll take the Winged Tiger God and get out of here.”
Currently the news of searching for the Winged Tiger God had already spread through the entire continent, so old man Situ naturally knew about the white tiger’s true identity. However, this did not affect his plan of taking the Winged Tiger God at all.
To them, it didn’t matter if it was a beast of antiquity or an ancient beast god. It was only important if it would allow them to reap great profits.
Called out by his fighter name, Jian Chen jerked violently. He stared at the group of five with narrowed eyes while killing intent already covered his face. He bellowed, “How do you know my name!?”