Looking at Haotian's reaction, Yaochi suddenly felt that Haotian had become so strange that he seemed to no longer be the same person who had been in Zixiao Palace before. Haotian had become an ambitious man with an extremely strong manipulation of power and a sense of royal style.
Yaochi was clear that she could not dissuade Haotian. She said, "You intend to bring the Dragon tribe under control, so what are you going to do? Though they have become quite weaak, it's not easy to bring them under control with just a few words. Moreover, if they become a part of the Heavenly Court, how can we deal with their Karma? How would the Sages' react? Have you taken any of this into consideration?"
Haotian replied with confidence, "I'm quite sure that I can persuade the Dragon Tribe. As for the Sages, we won't infringe upon their interests, even if what we do attracts their attention. We are the Lords of the Heavenly Court designated by Honorable Ancestor Hongjun. They can't do anything to us."
Yaochi thought for a while and felt that what Haotian said was somewhat reasonable. What Haotian intended to do could get support from Ancestor Hongjun and did not infringe upon the Sages' interests. Even though they would be dissatisfied, they would be scrupulous about interfering in the affairs because they could not let Ancestor Hongjun lose face.
The Crystal Palace was still as glorious as it was thousands of years ago. However, the strength of the Dragon Tribe was no longer as strong. It would be decent if they could control one-tenth of the vast and immense Four Seas with their present strength. The glory days were over for them.
The Dragon Kings of the Four Seas gathered in the Crystal Palace. The four dragons were brothers, respectively the Dragon King of the East Sea, Ao Guang; the Dragon King of the South Sea, Ao Ming; the Dragon King of the Four Seas, Ao Run and the Dragon King of the North Sea, Ao Shun. They were all at the level of Primordial Unity Golden Immortal. It was not that there were no Zenith Heaven Golden Immortals in the Dragon tribe, but that the Dragon tribe did not dare to show other Dragon tribesmen who was at Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal level.
Ever since the Longhan Cultivation Tribulation, there had been injury and death in the Dragon Tribe, especially for dragons at the Realm of Zenith Heaven Golden Immortality. It was either caused by accident or by factitious action. In order to keep the last strength of the Dragon Tribe, the several remaining dragons at the Realm of Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal closed their doors for Meditation one after another. In the meantime, the Dragon Tribe was taken over by the four brothers.
After that, the Dragon tribe was very cautious not to have conflicts with other tribes. Thus, though the Dragon tribe was the strongest one in the Four Seas, they were unable to control the Four Seas as they had before, resulting in the fragmentation of the Four Seas.
At this time, it was because of a great event happening in the Dragon tribe that the Dragon Kings of the Four Seas had gathered together. In the Dragon tribe, some masters at the Realm of Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal had retired backstage as Elders. If there were no big events in the Dragon Tribe, they would usually not come out. However, it was when they were in Closed Door Meditation that a great event happened.
Ao Run saw his brother's grave expression. Worriedly, he asked, "Brother, what's happening on earth? You were so quick to call us." The four brothers lived apart in the Four Seas, so Ao Guang would not ring the alarm to call them together if it was not a big deal.
Ao Guang had a long face. He said, "The first Elder was possessed by the Devil when he was making a breakthrough to the Sage-to-be Realm, leading to his death. The fourth and the sixth Elders also passed away during the explosion. Other Elders were also injured in the event. If news gets about, it may stir the water tribes in the Four Seas. Hence. I have called all of you here quickly to discuss a solution."
Ao Ming, the Fire Dragon King, was the most fractious one. Hearing the news, he banged the desk and said furiously, "Damn it! Our Dragon Tribe has withdrawn from Untainted Land and governed the Four Seas this entire time. Why have we not gotten out of the Karma? For thousands of years, how many masters in the Dragon Tribe have been burdened with Karma and then died in the end? Do the Heavens intend to exterminate our tribe?"
The Dragon King of the North Sea, Ao Shun, converted from the White Dragon, was an expert at controlling frost, rain and snow. Remaining calm, he said quickly, "Brother, we should block the passage of the message right away and arrange for Elders to move around in our tribe. And we should display our strength in the Four Seas in case of any disorder.
Ao Guang sighed, "I did plan to do it long before. However, when the first Elder exploded the impact was so great. Perhaps we can only hide the message for a while. We have lost three dragons at the Realm of Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal. There may be some unusual action if the Water tribes hears about it."
The other three dragons were silent hearing that. Ao Ming said, "Brother, you needn't worry about it too much. Even though we have lost three Elders, we still have great strength, thus there will be no great reaction in the Water tribe. A more pressing matter at the moment is to come up with a solution to get out of the Karma. Otherwise, masters in our tribe will be completely ruined."
The Dragon Kings of the Four Seas were silent. They had come up with several ways but none of them offered a solution. If they wanted to offset the Karma, the best way was to use merits to get out of it. However, where were the merits in such a massive Untainted Land?
"Since you have no idea, how about allowing me to point out a way for all of you!" A domineering sound suddenly echoed throughout the Crystal Palace. The Dragon Kings of the Four Seas were startled to hear this because the forbidden formation had been set around in order to prevent others from hearing their discussion. There was actually someone breaking into the palace. Naturally, it surprised them a lot.
The Dragon Kings of the Four Seas stood up and looked around, seeing no trace of anybody. Ao Guang asked, "Your Excellency, who are you? Why do you intrude into our palace? Why don't you appear before us?"
It must have been a master since he could sneak into the palace without touching the forbidden formation. Even one who was at Zenith Heaven Golden Immortal level could not make it. After all, Ancestor of Dragon had created the Crystal Palace and there were countless forbidden formations. Perhaps this entity was an awesome master at the Realm of Sage-to-be. Ao Guang indeed did not know whether it was a weal or a woe.
Suddenly, a Black Light Mirror appeared before the Dragon Kings. On the top of the Mirror sat a person. The four of them were surprised. The person who called himself "Zhen" in Untainted Land was only the Great Jade Emperor Haotian.
Looking at him, Ao Guang bowed and said, "It turns out to be the Heavenly Emperor in the Heavenly Court. Here is my salute to you. But the Heavenly Emperor has used a Magic Weapon to hear our discussion secretly, which seems to be not good, right?" Ao Guang was naturally discontent with Haotian's rude behavior.
In the Divine Wind Palace of Heavenly Court, the Haotian Mirror in front of Haotian reflected the image of the Four Dragon Kings. Hearing Ao Guang's discontented tone, Haotian was not angry but said with a smile, "Indeed, I was impolite to do so. But I have no alternative. Please excuse me!"
Ao Ming then asked, "You have contacted us by such Magic Skills, so you must have something to discuss with us. What is it?" Ao Ming was still very concerned about the solution mentioned by Haotian before.
Haotian said with a smile, "We lack of hands in the Heavenly Court, so we want to recruit the Dragon Tribe to have a command over making clouds and bringing rain in Untainted Land. What do all of you think?" Noticing that the Dragon Tribe in the Four Seas had changed their countenance, Haotian displayed a deeper smile.
The Dragon Kings of the Four Seas certainly changed their countenance after hearing this. Taking up the position meant that the Dragon Tribe would surrender to the Heavenly Court, which aroused a feeling of resistance from the Dragons. But it would be a good chance for them to acquire endless merits. Consequently, they could get rid of the Karma burdened on them. In this way, the Dragon Tribe would have an opportunity to recover themselves. Weighing the advantages and disadvantages, the Dragon Kings hesitated immediately.
Noticing that the Dragon Kings had a slight tendency to agree, Haotian stroke while the iron was hot, adding, "After the Dragon Tribe takes up the position, you'll still live in the Four Seas. I'll crown you as the Lords of the Four Seas. Meanwhile, the Water tribes in the Four Seas will belong to the Dragon Tribe. Supposing that anyone disagrees with it, I will dispatch troops from the Heavenly Court to attack them. What do you think?"
What Haotian intended to do was to bring the Dragon Tribe under control. As for where the Dragon Tribe would be, he did not care about it. He did not worry about how the Dragon Tribe reacted towards it because he believed that the Dragon Kings would be convinced. They must be smart enough to know that the title could be given and also taken away. Hence, there was no need for Haotian to guard against anything.
The last words from Haotian further convinced the Dragon Kings of the Four Seas. They were the rulers of the Four Seas but without power, merely flies on a wheel. Given that they could get support and the position from the Heavenly Court, their actual control over the Four Seas would be just around the corner. Then the Dragon Tribe would be more likely to restore their glorious days. How could the Dragons not agree?
The four brothers looked at each other for a while, and then bowed to Haotian in the Black Light Mirror in unison. "Your Majesty, we, the Dragon Kings of the Four Seas will pay a formal visit to you. We are willing to represent the Dragon Tribe to make obeisance to Heavenly Court. What's more, we'll fulfill our duties scrupulously to serve the Heavenly Court heart and soul in the future." Haotian's solution was the only way out for the Dragon Tribe, and they would not lose the opportunity. Between freedom and the existence of the tribe, they chose the latter.