Chapter 598 - Path to Becoming an Emperor, the House of Gold
...White Tiger City, the royal palace...
The Third Prince was now the crown prince, thus his status was completely different than before. He had relocated to the Crown Prince's Mansion inside the inner domain of the royal palace.
Qin Nan headed straight to the Crown Prince's Mansion without any problems.
The Crown Prince's Mansion was abundantly filled with Qi, surrounded by the pleasant scent of flowers and chirrups of birds. Servants and maidservants could be seen everywhere doing their chores. Qin Nan could even see the royal guards on duty around the place with his left eye of the Divine God of Battle, each with a cultivation of the seventh-layer Martial Highness Realm. It was difficult to locate their position without a strong eye-technique.
The Third Prince was wearing a golden dragon robe, standing at the entrance of the mansion. He had been waiting for Qin Nan's arrival, and was excited to see him, "Impressive, it's only been a few days and your cultivation has ranked up to the half-Martial Highness Realm."
The Third Prince stomped his foot, causing his body to be engulfed in a golden glow as he unleashed an Emperor Art striking at Qin Nan's figure.
Qin Nan's left eye flickered as he observed the path of the attack. The force of the Martial Highness Realm was guided to his foot, allowing him to dodge the attack at lightning speed.
"That's not the end of it!" The Third Prince wore a grin as his fists fired gold dragons, entrapping Qin Nan like flowers being scattered from above, preventing him from escaping.
Qin Nan was excited knowing that the attack was nothing ordinary. The thirty-three streams of the force of the Martial Highness Realm instantly burst out in the form of the Phoenix Soul-Consuming Fire.
The flames sprang into the sky like the eruption of an ancient volcano, which instantly destroyed the gold dragons.
The Third Prince was taken by surprise, leaving an astounded look in his eyes.
That was far from the strength of the half-Martial Highness Realm!
The power of that terrifying attack could even resist a fourth-layer Martial Highness!
"Third Prince, it's my turn!"
As the Third Prince was relatively powerful, and the fact that Qin Nan had just ranked up and had his strength tested by the Third Prince, his lust for battle was thoroughly aroused. He immediately reached out his hand grabbing at the Third Prince.
"Stop stop stop…" The Third Prince was shocked, who took a few steps backward and let out a wry smile, "I don't want to be beaten up when I've just become the crown prince. Please be merciful!"
Qin Nan halted his movement and withdrew his attack, before he said snappily, "Then don't attack me when you are not looking for a fight. You must finish what you've started!"
"Yeah yeah, my bad. Come on in. I've prepared some great wines." The Third Prince said with a smile.
Qin Nan was left speechless. He entered the mansion and saw that a feast was prepared. He even saw various valuable spiritual wines being arranged on the table.
"I know that you love to collect wines, thus I've prepared all of these for you."
The Third Prince waved his hand in a generous manner.
Qin Nan returned a smile before putting the wines into his storage bag. The Princess will be very happy when she saw the wines.
The two enjoyed the feast and had a relaxing chat, before the Third Prince said with a stern look, "I've received the latest information. It appears that Di Fengyun and the Skyhowl White Tiger are most likely going to strike during the Heaven-Worshipping Feast! And their target is the treasure within the Statue of the Deceased Emperor! We are doomed if they manage to acquire the treasure!"
"Mm, I'm aware of that." Qin Nan nodded his head.
There was nothing much they could do now until the Heaven-Worshipping Feast took place.
"Don't worry, now that I've become the crown prince, I'm no longer powerless. If the Skyhowl White Tiger dares to target you, I'll protect you at all costs!" The Third Prince said in a serious tone.
Qin Nan was startled after knowing that the Third Prince was only worried about his safety. He took a deep breath and replied, "That won't be a problem, as it's quite impossible for the Skyhowl White Tiger and his crew to harm me now!"
The Third Prince gave Qin Nan a thoughtful look, "Fine, anyway that's not the main reason I've asked you to come today. I've got a badge here that would allow you to stay in the House of Gold for a day."
"House of Gold?"
Qin Nan was astounded hearing this.
He was well-informed about the royal family after reading some ancient books.
There existed some places in the royal palace that were specifically built to train the princes, the princesses, the royal guards, etc., for example the Dragon Abyss Mystical Ground. Other examples included the Fiery King Purgatory, the Phantom's Cave, etc., which were similar to the Triple Door of the Qinglong Sacred Area. The most popular place among them was called the House of Gold.
One could find not only houses of gold but also gorgeous beauties in books.
The House of Gold was something similar to the Skills Library or the Martial Skill Pagoda. The only difference was that the House of Gold had countless Martial Skills, including ancient Martial Arts or successions of various experts.
Each of the royal kin only had a single chance to enter the House of Gold, and could only stay inside for a day at most!
It was clear how precious it was to be given a chance to enter the House of Gold.
"Third Prince, this is too precious. You should use it yourself, I won't be needing it!" Qin Nan rejected the offer without hesitating.
"I've already been there once, why would I need another chance?" The Third Prince shook his hand, "I've managed to acquire the succession of the Golden Emperor last time, thus I'm satisfied with it. The chance is rare, so you must go. Otherwise, I guess I'll have to squeeze this badge into pieces."
The Third Prince took out a badge and exerted force with his fingers, aiming to break it into pieces.
Qin Nan was stunned. Was this Third Prince being serious? He immediately blurted out, "Stop!"
The Third Prince relaxed his fingers. A few hairline cracks could be seen on its surface. If Qin Nan had been a second late, the badge would have been destroyed by now.
"I'll go, are you happy now?" Qin Nan let out a wry smile.
"Splendid!" The Third Prince threw the badge into Qin Nan's hand, before summoning a guard and saying, "He will bring you to the House of Gold. Do remember that the place is filled with hidden opportunities, so take your time wisely."
Qin Nan took a deep breath and nodded his head, before leaving the place with the guard.
He owed the Third Prince a huge favor now!
As Qin Nan took his leave, a figure suddenly appeared, who was none other than Uncle Lin. He said in a helpless tone, "Now that you've become the crown prince, why are you still being irrational? This chance to visit the House of Gold is your reward for becoming the crown prince. Besides, you have yet to acquire the full succession of the Golden Emperor, why didn't you take a hold of the chance to do so?"
"Uncle Lin, enough with that. Duan Qing has treated me like his brother, and has helped me to become the crown prince. How could I forget about my brother after I've succeeded?" The Third Prince shook his head, showing no sign of regret.
So what if I've missed the chance of acquiring the succession of the Golden Emperor?
It was a must to repay the debt he owed!
"Crown prince…" Uncle Lin let out a sigh, "The path to becoming an emperor is heartless to begin with. Your benefits should come first. What was done today is fine, but Di Fengyun and the Skyhowl White Tiger would surely target Duan Qing at the Heaven-Worshipping Feast, and my piece of advice—stay away from it. Don't forget that your title of crown prince can be abolished still!"
"The path to becoming an emperor is heartless to begin with?"
The Third Prince burst out laughing with pride all of a sudden, "If the Skyhowl White Tiger and his crew dare to make their move, I will surely protect Duan Qing, even if it means putting my title of crown prince at stake, I will not regret it! I can't just see Duan Qing being targeted without doing anything, that's what I'd regret for the rest of my life! So what if I ended up being the emperor? A true man should never be ungrateful!"
Uncle Lin opened his mouth wide, but was left speechless instead.
 TL Note: An idiom in Chinese saying that one could achieve greatness through the knowledge obtained from reading books.