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Lord of the Majestic Clan

However, Jiang Chen wasn’t easily fooled. It was easy to claim loyalty, but it wasn’t as easy to actually feel loyalty. “Everyone, I have no way of knowing how sincere you are, so I’m just going to ask one question: do you want me to use restrictions in your consciousness to restrict you until the day you are freed, or do you want to take the initiative and swear to the heavens that you’ll serve me loyally? I’m not a greedy person. A mere twenty years is all I ask.”

Everyone was overjoyed when they heard Jiang Chen’s claims. Meng Redhair hastily asked, “Young master, will you unlock the restriction in our consciousness if we truly swear to the heavens?”

Everyone else were staring at Jiang Chen in surprise too. They obviously hadn’t expected to be given such a nice choice. Both choices were both restrictions, and the heaven’s oath was a much less strict than a restriction on the consciousness. But the difference between the two restrictions were obvious.

It was true that a heaven’s oath was extremely strong, but there wouldn’t be any consequences as long as they didn’t go against their oath willingly. However, a restriction on the consciousness was different. Such a restriction meant that their lives were completely in the other party’s hands. Even if they were to obey Jiang Chen’s every whim, he still could kill them with a single thought if he felt like it. It was the same as a lit candle in the wilderness. The tiniest wind could threaten the flame. But if the candle was put inside the house, it wouldn’t be extinguished as long as they didn’t act stupid and blow it out themselves.

“That depends on your performance,” Jiang Chen smiled calmly. He wasn’t an easy person to bargain with. He was simply giving them a bite of the carrot so they could remain hopeful for the future. With this rule in place, it would be odd if they didn’t work hard for him.

“The time limit on your restriction depends on your behavior and your performance, but you still have to swear a heaven’s oath before I unlock your restrictions. After all, there are plenty of ungrateful people in this world, and I cannot say for sure if there are no such person among you. I may have saved your lives, but that won’t stop some of you from consciously ignoring that debt and focusing on the fact that I’m going to order you around for twenty years.”

“That’s unacceptable, that’s absolutely unacceptable!” Meng Redhair shook his head repeatedly. “It is only natural to repay one’s debt. Anyone who doesn’t do that is an ingrate!”

“Yes, yes, we are all willing serve you from the bottom of our hearts. Being your subordinate for twenty years is 100 times better than serving as someone else’s slave forever. We all know that very well.”

Their words were pretty, but it didn’t deter Jiang Chen’s decision in the least. He smiled and waved his hands, “I care only for actual actions. Oh right, please tell me who you guys are. As I’ve said earlier, I like honesty and detest half-heartedness.”

The crowd began to introduce themselves to him. As he thought, a large majority of these people were wandering cultivators. Seven out of ten of them were generic cultivators coming from all sorts of regions. They were all from the middle regions and lower regions. Strictly speaking, the remaining three didn’t count as a wandering cultivator and should be categorized as sect disciples. One of them had suffered the same fate as the Regal Pill Palace and was sold as a slave after his sect was destroyed and his person was captured. As for the remaining two, one of them had been baited into a trap while he was journeying beyond, whereas the other guy was an even unluckier person who’d been traded as a bargaining chip after his sect had participated in a gamble and lost.

Jiang Chen couldn’t help but sigh at the size of the world and its innumerable strangeness as he listened to their odd experiences. However, their background and identity gave Jiang Chen a little peace of mind. At the very least, none of these ten people had extraordinarily powerful backgrounds. The size of a person’s background often determined the amount of their arrogance. It would be much easier to order them around without needing to worry too much about a backlash. Of course, intimidation was also an important part of control. Jiang Chen understood that the stick alone wouldn’t be enough to control these people. He must also offer them the carrot and make them acknowledge him genuinely and feel like they’d found a place of belonging. When that happened, they might not even be willing to leave even if he told them to get lost.

……

The Majestic Clan was one of the twenty eight great clans in Veluriyam Capital. They were the highest ranking existence in Veluriyam Capital, second only to the seven emperors. Since the seven emperors often seclude themselves from the world and abstained from personally participating in the management of Veluriyam Capital, the twenty eight clans were the true holders of power in Veluriyam Capital. Any one of these clans could summon the wind and the rain in the Capital.

Currently, the Majestic clan lord was secretly meeting a mysterious guest in his residence. There were only four inside the secret room. The clan lord was seated at the master’s seat. A casually dressed pill master was standing beside him.

An eighth level emperor realm cultivator was seated at the guest’s seat. He wore flowing white robe and appeared unusually humble before the clan lord. There was also a pill master standing next to him as well.

“Clan Lord, I can confirm that this pill is of good quality. I do believe that it’s the Longevity Pill.” The pill master next to the clan lord inspected the pill for a moment and put it back on the table before making his report.

The clan lord nodded slightly without batting an eyelid. Then, he looked at the guest sitting at the opposite side. “Brother Ke, this is a very good pill. I can see that the Eternal Celestial Capital had reaped quite the profits from your invasion of Myriad Domain,” the clan lord smiled faintly.

The man dressed in flowing white robes sitting on the opposite side of the table was none other than a saint holy king of the Eternal Celestial Capital. He had arrived at Veluriyam Capital today personally to promote the Longevity Pill as per his orders and open up retail channels in Veluriyam Capital. The saint holy king looked very at ease even though the other party had brought up the subject of the Myriad Domain.

“Clan Lord, I can guarantee that this Longevity Pill will accomplish impressive sales figures once it is released into the market. However, Veluriyam Capital has always stood alone, and we Eternal Celestial Capital dared not push our own businesses in. That is why I have come to Veluriyam Capital to inquire about the possibility of opening up trade. The first person that came to my mind was none other than the Majestic Clan.”

“Hehe. And are you planning to ask my clan to open the way for you?” The clan lord asked indifferently.

“Merely opening up the channels of trade isn’t sustainable for a long period of time. I am here today with the Eternal Celestial Capital’s fullest sincerity with me. We are willing to share our profits with you. If you support us, clan lord, then we are willing to let you manage the market in Veluriyam Capital on our behalf.”

The clan lord’s mask slipped just a little when he heard this. A gleam appeared in his eyes as he stared intently at Holy King Ke, obviously trying to peer into the latter’s heart and figure out his true intentions. It was obvious that the clan lord couldn’t quite believe that free meal would drop from the sky and hit him on the head. The Longevity Pill was such an extraordinary pill. If his clan were to be the sole retailer in Veluriyam Capital, then they would basically monopolize the entire market. He could hardly imagine the sheer amount of profits they would earn from this business!

The Majestic Clan might be wealthy and rich, but who ever would begrudge having more money? Plus, this Longevity Pill was a breakthrough in the history of pill making. If this pill could be mass produced, then the profits it would bring were unimaginable. Even as a retailer, the profits they could earn would still be massive.

“Brother Ke, forgive me for being direct, but why would such a good offer land in my lap?” The clan lord was ultimately a man of great importance. He found it beneath him to beat around the bush.

“Honored Clan Lord, I understand that this offer may come as a bit of a surprise. However, there is a reason behind our offer.” Holy King wasn’t in a hurry to seal the deal. The bait had been dangled, and now it was time to haggle. “Firstly, I don’t know many important figures in Veluriyam Capital, and I am most familiar with you, my lord. Secondly, we are planning to open a trading channel in Veluriyam Capital, and you are without one of the best choices we have in terms of network and connections.”

The clan lord chuckled, “I won’t deny this, but I am not your only choice even if I am one of the best choices you have, am I right? There must be another reason right, ole brother Ke?”

“My lord is wise. Our final reason is because we wish to borrow your network and status in Veluriyam Capital for a bit.”

“What do you mean?” The clan lord asked indifferently. Free gifts could always be turned down, and he would see what his gifter requested from him before he made a decision.

“You and everyone else may be aware of this, but while we have eliminated the Regal Pill Palace, some of them had managed to escape our grasp. These people are an enormous hidden threat if they are not eliminated completely. Among these people, there is even one who holds an irreconcilable grudge with us. This man killed one of our holy kings…”

“You’re speaking of the young man you are pursuing. What is his name again?” The clan lord had heard of this. It was just that he didn’t pay it too much attention. After all, these was all minor news for someone at his level.

“That Jiang Chen is an extremely cunning person, and we suspect that he has escaped into Veluriyam Capital already. If that is the case, then our investigation attempts will be greatly obstructed since Veluriyam Capital is not a place where we can chase him down at will. If we give him time to grow powerful, he will inevitably become a huge threat to the Eternal Celestial Capital. That is why… I have come today for two reasons: one, to promote the Longevity Pill and two, to obtain some rights of arrest in Veluriyam Capital. Naturally, it would be best if our arrest is supported by the heads of Veluriyam Capital, and you are the best choice I can think of, my lord.” Holy King Ke was quite gifted in eloquence. He wove half truths in his words and spoke with sincerity. He didn’t speak in a secretive manner and even snuck in some flattery while explaining his reasons.

As expected, Clan Lord Wang Ting pondered for a moment before raising an eyebrow, “Is that all?”

“Yes. Hunting down the remnants of the Regal Pill Palace is our only wish,” Saint Holy King nodded without hesitation. Of course, there was no way he was going to explain deeper into his reasons.

The clan lord nodded slightly, but gave a committal response. Holy King Ke was an experienced person. He knew that it was time to talk about splitting the profits after the demands had been brought to the table. After all, how could he convince the other party to accept his wishes delightedly if he wasn’t willing to offer them a nice, juicy carrot? “Our master has personally given his word that anyone who can help the Eternal Celestial Capital in solving this problem would be given the retail rights of the Longevity Pill in Veluriyam Capital. We will bear all the costs and give the retailer twenty percent of our profits.”

Twenty percent! It might not sound a lot, but it was almost a costless profit to the retailer. They didn’t need to bear any costs at all other than the establishment of shops and the costs associated with the employees. This meant that they would be gaining this twenty percent for almost nothing at all. After all, the cost and fee necessary to sustain the shops were nearly negligible compared to the Longevity Pill’s priceless value.

Moreover, this pill was one of a kind and thus heralding a monopoly. In fact, the retailer didn’t even need to open a shop for this type of business! They only needed to sit at their homes and when for the orders to come in. Their buyers would come present themselves and beg for a sale! This was the benefit of a monopoly! To be honest, ten percent profits to a retailer was a shocking sum already in this kind of business, much less twenty!

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