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Showdown Proposal

Jiang Chen tearing off Wang Teng’s mask of hypocrisy twice in succession made the latter burn with fury. He’d never thought that a trivial pill master from House Wei would have the gall to offend the dignity of a scion from a great clan like him, and two times in a row at that! When had trivial pill kings from aristocratic houses become so bold? Ordinary guest pill kings only participated in matters related to pills, rarely involving themselves in the struggles between houses and clans. Everyone would leave a backdoor for themselves, just in case the house they followed fell into ruins. They could then turn elsewhere and carve out a new living. Guests pill kings were guests after all. Very few would choose to die together with their houses.

But this inexplicable pill master from House Wei had instead continuously rained down abuse against him. Apart from anger, Wang Teng was also full of disbelief. His gaze suddenly chilly, he stared at Jiang Chen and spoke cold with a cold tone, “A tiny pill master like you? Why don’t you first consider your status before intruding in a conversation between great clans? Are you even qualified enough to interrupt?” Then, he pointed a penetrating gaze at the House Wei father and son. “No matter what, your House is still a ninth rank aristocratic house. Don’t you understand even the most basic of manners? It seems someone needs to teach your house a lesson on how to behave!”

Young master Ji was disgruntled when he heard this. “Wang Teng, what nonsense are you spouting now? House Wei is a faction of my clan. We’ll naturally be the ones to teach them how to conduct themselves if need be. I’ve always admired Pill King Zhen, and I’ve consulted him multiple times on pill matters. His words may be unpleasant to hear, yet they’re still irrefutable. Isn’t your clan posing as a saint while acting like a villain? Isn’t yours the hand in the shadows? Wang Teng, it’s not that I look down on you, but you’re truly afraid to swear beneath the heavens’ watchful eyes. Your clan will forever be unable to act fairly and honorably, to face the public candidly.”

This was reverse psychology. It wasn’t very subtle, but it aimed straight at Wang Teng and cut off his retreat. If he admitted it, then the Majestic Clan would indeed be lacking forthrightness and uprightness. If he didn’t admit it, then he’d appear to be weighed down by a guilty conscience. After all, the Taiyuan Lodge really did belong to the Majestic Clan. House Tong was merely a sidekick standing in front of the stage and raising a racket in their stead.

Wang Teng was clearly not so eager to continue this line of conversation. He smiled, cold and arrogant. “Ji Ole Third, you can’t conceal your guilty conscience no matter how much you squabble. When it comes to the pill business, what matters are the pills, not how much of a spectacle you make of yourself. If you’re certain of your skills, then take out a peerless pill and let us compete. If you don’t have the skills, then feast on empty wind while you watch my Taiyuan Lodge make a fortune.”

Young master Ji laughed boisterously. “Does that mean you admit that Taiyuan Lodge belongs to your clan?”

“And what of it? Ji Ole Third, don’t take offense, but I really feel embarrassed on your behalf for nagging about these trifles like a street urchin.”

Without waiting for young master Ji to speak, Jiang Chen responded, “Well said. What matters are the pills themselves. Mighty young master Wang, since you’re so full of confidence, then with the street packed so full of guests, we might as well have a pill contest right here, what do you say? Words alone hold no weight.”

A pill contest? Young master Ji, as well as father and son from House Wei, were all stunned by his words. All of them looked in Jiang Chen’s direction. Jiang Chen nodded at them, full of confidence.

Jiang Chen couldn’t stay low-key any longer now that the situation had developed to such a degree. If he were to let Taiyuan Lodge have a successful opening, then it would certainly suppress his Taiyuan Tower in the future. It would be more difficult for him to grow. Since they’d already dropped all pretense, he might as well fully commit himself today rather than letting them grab him by the throat in the future.

Wang Teng sneered at his words. “A contest of pills? Ji Old Third, does this underling of yours speak for you?”

“Wang Teng, I’m not like you. This Taiyuan Tower is House Wei’s property, it isn’t my place to decide in their stead.”

Wang Teng looked at father and son from House Wei, his eyes full of derision. “What say you, House Wei?”

Wei Tianxiao also knew there was no turning back, now that things had already reached such a degree. If he were to fall back half a step here, they would never reverse the Taiyuan Tower’s fortunes in the future.

“Why not, let’s have a contest,” Wei Jie took the initiative to say. “Why would my Taiyuan Tower be afraid of some bandwagoner?”

Wang Teng clapped with a grim smile. He looked at Tong Xianwei. “House lord Tong, please invite all the guests inside to come back out. We’ll wage a contest right here in the market street for all to see. Let us see who is the real thing out of the Taiyuan Lodge and the Taiyuan Tower!” It wasn’t blind arrogance from Wang Teng’s part. He truly had basis for his confidence. Not only did he have the Longevity Pill as a marquee item for today’s opening, he also had several choice pills developed in the last few years. They had been planning on launching them together in the wake of the Longevity Pill’s prominence, seizing this opportunity to break into the market and instantly build a name for Taiyuan Lodge. This plan wasn’t something Wang Teng had come up himself on the spur of the moment. This was a plan the Majestic Clan’s strategic council had come up with after repeated simulations and strict calculations. Therefore, Wang Teng felt very emboldened, especially with the Longevity Pill in hand, a pill that could almost topple the established order in the pill world. A mass launch was bound to create a craze.

Tong Xianwei naturally knew the basis for the Majestic Clan’s confidence. He secretly sneered to himself at the thought that the reckless House Wei actually wanted to have a pill contest with the Majestic Clan. “Alright, I’ll go invite them.” Tong Xianwei was all smiles. The sidelong glance he shot at House Wei seemed to say he was looking at idiots. You can’t blame anyone else for public humiliation. You’re feeling proud of yourself right now, but you’ll be crying until no tears are left in a short while. Also, young master Ji, you want to wade in these turbid waters too? We’ll also slap your face in a little while, two for the price of one!

At the news that Taiyuan Lodge and Taiyuan Tower were going to hold a public pill contest in the streets, the guests in Taiyuan Lodge all filtered outside, brimming with interest. Jiang Chen signaled Wei Jie with his eyes. Catching his meaning, Wei Jie also called out all the customers who’d gone inside Taiyuan Tower.

The streets were suddenly drowning in people, approximately three thousand strong. The number was increasing as others had caught wind of this and were rushing here for the show.  Even those who hadn’t been invited came of their own volition. Clearly, a showdown between House Tong and House Wei was attractive enough already. And now, they also represented the Majestic Clan and the Coiling Dragon Clan standing at their backs, which made it all the more dramatic. One could almost say this was a head-on collision between the Majestic Clan and the Coiling Dragon Clan.

Just the process was enough to make hot blood thrum in their veins, to say nothing of the eventual result. Opening on the same day with almost identical names, fighting each other tit for tat, any and every detail was proof this was a fight both sides would see to the bitter end. Out of those two pill factions, only one would be left standing!

No matter which side fell, it would be a significant change in the current landscape. Would the Coiling Dragon Clan suppress the Majestic Clan, or would the Majestic Clan overthrow the Coiling Dragon Clan? A collision like this at the very summit of the Veluriyam Capital was very attractive. Soon, almost ten thousand people were crowding around these two stores. It was fortunate this avenue in the market was very wide, but it was extraordinarily crowded even so, the sea of men packed to the gills.

Young master ji was also aware that this matter might very well have a negative impact on the Coiling Dragon Clan if it were blown out of proportion. If Taiyuan Lodge were to gain the upper hand today, the Coiling Dragon Clan would also lose face. However, seeing Jiang Chen’s calm and confident manner, young master Ji became a little more confident without any apparent reason. He originally had some misgivings, but now he tossed them aside. There was no use hesitating any longer now that things came to such a step. Retreating now would be an admission of fear. In any case, the Coiling Dragon Clan’s situation was already like this. The worst that could happen was to make it a little worse, but what of it even then?

The most important factor was that young master Ji was particularly confident in Jiang Chen. Their meeting in Little Leisurely Clouds had definitely imprinted this Pill King Zhen from House Wei onto young master Ji’s mind. The information about the Pinecrane Pill in particular had impressed the young master even more deeply. He had the nagging feeling this Pill King Zhen would bring him new pleasant surprises.

“Wang Teng, how do you wish compete?” Since Ji San had made his decision, he didn’t hesitate in stepping forward and showing his support for Taiyuan Tower.

“And how do you want to compete?” Wang Teng’s smile was cold, his eyes a little contemptuous.

Ji San swept his eyes across the sons of great clans present at the scene. “Mere words carry no credibility. If there is to be a contest, we first need to find arbitrators. My proposal is, why don’t we have some judges?”

“That’s for the best, or else you might refuse to acknowledge your defeat.” Wang Teng would naturally not be opposed.

The power of the two strongest clans in the Capital was naturally very powerful. They very quickly elected nine judges. These nine judges were all advanced pill kings Even the worst among them was a seventh level pill king. The highest level one was even a ninth level pill king. Je would be able to shoulder the mantle of a pill emperor with one step more. These judges all enjoyed outstanding reputations in the pill world. There was no need to be worried about partiality. The dao of pills had its own rules. In this respect, pill kings still had this professional integrity at the very least They would never be partial to a certain side because of the degree of their relationships.

Of course, the relationships would certainly play a little part, but none of these nine pill kings were especially close to either clan. The issue of impartiality was henceforth settled. The most important thing was that everyone had a discerning eye when it came to such contests. Favoritism would in fact be very easy to detect. If a pill king were truly to be partial under several thousand pairs of watchful eyes, his credibility would plummet, damaging his personal reputation.

“Esteemed pill kings, since we are to have a contest, then we can’t be the ones to decide the rules. I would like to trouble the nine of you to formulate the rules of this competition,” Ji San proposed.

Wang Teng wasn’t one to fall behind. He nodded, “Each of you is a leading figure in the world of pills. The Majestic Clan has full trust in you. I apologize for troubling you this time.”

The spectators also said, “Indeed, you nine pill kings are all great figures, everyone can trust you. You should be the ones to make the rules.”

“Esteemed pill kings, don’t fail to live up to everyone’s expectations!”

There was no need for House Tong and House Wei to speak at present. Things had already progressed to where it was no longer a mere showdown between their two houses. It was more of a confrontation between the Coiling Dragon Clan and the Majestic Clan. The present confrontation might not influence the final situation, but it would at least somewhat represent its future direction.

No one could afford to lose, no one wanted to lose. Seeing that Wang Teng looked like someone with cards up his sleeve, the greater half of those present felt that the Majestic Clan had come prepared. Their odds of winning should be somewhat higher. After all, merely judging by their staffs and their styles, the Taiyuan Lodge that the Majestic Clan operated was on a completely different level compared to House Wei’s Taiyuan Tower.

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