A warm and gentle smile appeared on Yali's face. Even though her eyes were completely dim and soulless, her smile was just as gentle as ever.
"Call me 'mistress' from now on. You're inheriting his Divine Atlas Spear, so I'm taking you as his disciple in his stead. His inheritance has been contained in the spear in its entirety."
Yali offered the Divine Atlas Spear to Tang Wulin, and he accepted the spear as countless emotions surged through his heart.
He fell to his knees before raising the Divine Atlas Spear high above his head, then kowtowed to Yali three times in succession. "Wulin pays his respects to Mistress Yali!"
Yali looked on with a gratified look in her eyes. "I'll make sure to stick around until that day comes. I'm sure you'll glow just as radiantly as he did in the instant you revive Shrek Academy. The most painful moment of Yun Ming's life was the moment that the academy was destroyed, but I never thought of him as a failure of a Sea God's Pavilion Master, and I will always take pride in him. Don't squander his spear; I hope it'll become a pillar that supports Shrek Academy one day."
"Yes, Mistress; I'll do everything in my power to live up to Teacher's expectations!"
Yun Ming was once Na'er's teacher, and from this moment forth, he was also Tang Wulin's teacher.
Tang Wulin rose to his feet again with the Divine Atlas Spear in his hand, and Lan Muzi smiled as he said, "Lan Muzi pays his respects to the pavilion master."
Only then did the other inner court disciples return to their senses, and all of them bowed toward Tang Wulin at the same time. "We pay our respects to the pavilion master!"
That's right, from the moment Tang Wulin accepted the spear, he had already become the current Sea God's Pavilion Master, the true leader of Shrek Academy.
A faint smile appeared on Long Yeyue's face as she nodded at Tang Wulin in an approving manner. "I also have something to give to you."
She extended a hand toward him as she spoke, revealing a transparent rhomboid crystal. The crystal was of a shimmering blue color, and there seemed to be water rippling within it.
Tang Wulin's attention was instantly drawn to the blue crystal. There seemed to be an enormous suction force within the crystal, and as soon as his gaze settled on it, he immediately sensed that his enormous spiritual power was drawn into the crystal.
His surroundings instantly fell silent, and Tang Wulin was stunned to discover that he seemed to have entered a boundless blue world.
There were translucent blue fish swimming past him, and this entire blue world seemed to be filled with boundless life force energy.
This was an extremely wonderful feeling, and he felt as if he were bathing in rich life force energy.
After what seemed like an eternity, but also what could've been the mere blink of an eye, Tang Wulin returned to his senses, and he was still staring blankly at the dazzling crystal in Long Yeyue's hand.
He raised his head to look at everyone else, and it seemed that none of them had been struck by the same feeling as him; all of them were merely stunned by the radiant beauty of this rhomboid crystal.
"This is the Vast Sea Cosmic Crystal, and it's an extremely rare treasure that has always been kept in the Sea God's Pavilion. It's also the most precious treasure in the entire academy, and its origins date all the way back to over 20,000 years ago. The first master of the Tang Sect, Thousand Hand Douluo Tang San, who was also the leader of the first generation of Shrek’s Seven Monsters, was the one who had obtained this treasure.
"We don't know how he managed to obtain it, but what we do know is that this crystal played an extremely important role in his ascension to become a god. In our academy, only those who have reached the Limit Douluo level and have accrued enough experience have the right to sense the crystal and search for a path to the Divine Realm through doing so. This Vast Sea Cosmic Crystal has always been kept in the Sea God's Pavilion, and on the day that the disaster struck, the pavilion master gave it to me and told me to protect it.
"As the oldest living member of Shrek Academy, I should've been the one to protect the academy until the very end, but he told me that he had a responsibility to see things through as the pavilion master, so I lived on. Today, I'm giving this Vast Sea Cosmic Crystal to you in the hope that you can complete his final wish. I hope that you can restore Shrek Academy to its former glory and protect it as all of the past Sea God's Pavilion Masters have done."
"Yes!" Tang Wulin carefully accepted the Vast Sea Cosmic Crystal with a solemn look in his eyes.
The crystal was cool to the touch, but had a soft texture like that of jelly rather than an actual crystal, which was a rather peculiar feeling.
Long Yeyue continued in a serious voice, "Next, we'll act according to the plan. Zhangkong, you take the first batch of students to the demonic island in person. I've already finalized which students will be going. Wulin, don't go anywhere for the next three months. Just cultivate here in the Tang Sect, and after the three months pass, you'll be going to the Star Luo Empire and Dou Spirit Empire."
"Yes!" Tang Wulin nodded in response.
However, Long Yeyue's expression abruptly darkened slightly. "Wulin, you are now the Sea God's Pavilion Master, and the true leader of Shrek Academy, as well as the Tang Sect Master; you have to act according to your status. No matter where you are, you represent the Tang Sect and Shrek Academy, so don't ever display that attitude again, even to myself or Zang Xin and Cao Dezhi. You have to carry yourself with the aura of a leader, not the humble air of a student or disciple."
Tang Wulin faltered slightly upon hearing this before nodding with a wry smile on his face. In all honesty, these roles had fallen upon him far too abruptly, and he still hadn't grown accustomed to them yet.
Long Yeyue withdrew her gaze, and continued, "Alright, everything will proceed as planned. The Sea God's Pavilion will still be responsible for making all of the specific decisions."
Aside from Tang Wulin, everyone else from Shrek Academy extended respectful bows toward Long Yeyue.
Tang Wulin was taken to an independent silent chamber. Due to his meteoric rise in status, the room that was given to him was naturally also of the highest caliber. This was a room with an area of close to 200 square meters with his very own study, bathroom, cultivation chamber, as well as a designated forging room. There was everything that he needed here.
After returning to his room, Tang Wulin went straight into his cultivation chamber, and even as he sat down with his legs crossed, he still couldn't help but feel as if this were all a dream.
Had he really become the leader of the Tang Sect and Shrek Academy? It was no exaggeration to say that he was the first person in history to achieve this status! Even the legendary Thousand Hand Douluo Tang San and Spirit Ice Douluo Huo Yuhao had never reached such heights before.
Furthermore, he was only 21 years of age, so it was naturally inevitable that he was feeling rather proud of himself. However, at the same time, he knew that the burden on his shoulders had grown even heavier.
He had thought that Light Dark Douluo Long Yeyue and Wu Zhangkong would be able to alleviate some of this burden, but it seemed that the brunt of the responsibilities still fell upon him. This was undoubtedly testament to the fact that everyone held him in extremely high regard, but it also meant that he would be carrying a greater burden.
However, compared to in the past, his mood was drastically different. At the very least, he was no longer alone. Shrek Academy hadn't been completely destroyed, after all, and there were still so many exceptional inner court and outer court disciples who had survived. The foundation of Shrek Academy was still there, and once they all grew up in the near future, Shrek Academy's foundation would be bolstered even further.
Perhaps this would be a slightly lengthy process, but the heritage of Shrek Academy hadn't been severed, and the Sea God's Pavilion still existed.
Tang Wulin was struck by an indescribable sense of excitement as he followed this train of thought, and he wanted to roar to the heavens in elation.
Back when he had first traveled to the Blood God Legion, he had been in a very depressed state of mind. His academy had been destroyed, which meant that he no longer had a home; how could he not be depressed and in pain?
Now, he had finally seen hope, and at the very least, everything was progressing toward a positive direction.
With the foundation of the Tang Sect and Shrek Academy, everything was possible. He was even beginning to think beyond his original final objective. Rebuilding Shrek Academy definitely couldn't be his final goal. After all, the continent was still being controlled by the federal government, so not only did he need to rebuild Shrek Academy, he had to garner the support of the entire federation.
There were many enemies that he and his friends were going to face in the future, including the Holy Spirit Cult, and even the powers supporting the Eagle Faction, the most difficult of which to deal with was very likely going to be the Spirit Pagoda. In fact, the threat that they posed could be even more lethal than that of the Holy Spirit Cult.Previous Chapter Next Chapter