Chapter 1569: Tempted

The Yuanen Family was very powerful, but they actually weren't all that wealthy as they had no avenue through which they could earn large sums of money. In present-day society, Soul Masters weren't as revered as they were in the past, and the Yuanen Family was only able to earn money through normal saving and accumulation.

Soul technology had resolved the vast majority of the world's problems, and mecha pilots no longer had to exclusively be Soul Masters.

On top of that, the Yuanen Family was a very proud family that refused to be employed by others, so the family was far from rich.

Even though they had taken on secondary occupations as well, it was very difficult to progress very far in these occupations with the family's limited resources.

Even Yuanen Zhentian only had a suit of three-word battle armor, and he was too embarrassed to even release it as his battle armor domain was only around 10 meters in diameter.

As for everyone else, only Yuanen Tiandang had a suit of three-word battle armor, and it was of an even lesser quality than Yuanen Zhentian's.

"Ahem, Sect Master Tang, if you're being serious with your offer, then I'd like to come with you. I have nothing to do in the family anyway, and I would love to educate the younger generation."

A short yet very muscular elderly man strode forward, and he appeared to be around the same age as Yuanen Zhentian, but he seemed to be full of vigor and strength.

He made his way over to Yuanen Zhentian, and said, "Please let me go, Big Brother; I really want to experience a suit of three-word battle armor. Besides, teaching at Shrek Academy isn't bringing shame upon our family, is it?"

A wry smile appeared on Yuanen Zhentian's face. "What an incompetent family leader I am."

Yuanen Tianshang also opened his mouth to say something, but Yuanen Zhentian raised a hand to stop him.

He then turned to Tang Wulin, and asked, "I'm sure Shrek Academy has the ability to guarantee suits of three-word battle armor, but please elaborate on your promise of four-word battle armor, Sect Master Tang."

He wanted to regard Tang Wulin as a junior, but after the declaration that Tang Wulin had just made, he realized that it was necessary for him to see Tang Wulin as an equal.

Tang Wulin replied, "You can rest assured, Senior; I'll be sure to deliver on my promises."

A hesitant look appeared on Yuanen Zhentian's face. "I don't doubt the bond between Shrek Academy and Divine Blacksmith Zhen Hua, but I've heard that Divine Blacksmith Zhen Hua is greatly limited by his health. On top of that, I'm sure we're not the only ones who want suits of four-word battle armor. Truth be told, we tried to apply in the past, but we didn't even have the right to be on the waiting list."

Xie Xie ran his fingers through his hair in a deliberate display of bravado, and declared, "There's more than one Divine Blacksmith on the Douluo Continent."

Yuanen Yehui immediately pinched him for his cocky display, but his words had still stunned all of the members of the Yuanen Family.

Before Yuanen Zhentian had a chance to ask, Tang Wulin revealed, "Divine Blacksmith Zhen Hua is my uncle-teacher, and I studied forging under the guidance of the Blazing Dragon Douluo of Shrek Academy for many years, so I'm able to complete heavenly refinement as well."

He didn't put on a cool display like Xie Xie, and his words were devoid of embellishment, but it gave everyone a massive shock.

Yuanen Tianshang exclaimed, "Could it be that you were the one who constructed the four-word battle armor base that you presented to the Silver Dragon Princess at the joust for a spouse event?"

Tang Wulin nodded in response. 

Everyone exchanged glances with one another, and they could all see their own astonishment mirrored in each other's eyes.

What did a Divine Blacksmith entail?

A Divine Blacksmith could easily elevate a family to an entirely different level. A Divine Blacksmith was someone that had to be revered by the entire Soul Master world as only they could create suits of four-word battle armor!

Every four-word battle armor master had stood at the very pinnacle of the continent, and it was said that four-word battle armor masters were beings who could contend with the entire plane.

This was because four-word battle armor contained its own unique laws.

Was this a hyperbolic statement? Not at all. A suit of four-word battle armor could allow a rookie Limit Douluo to contend with a demigod, and it was not just a second life for a Soul Master; it was something that could facilitate a complete evolution.

At this very moment, this outrageously young man was telling everyone that he was a Divine Blacksmith; how was anyone supposed to believe him?

However, this was no ordinary young man; he was the Tang Sect Master and Sea God's Pavilion Master, and there was no way that a man of his status would lie about something like this. It was exactly because of these conflicting factors that the members of the Yuanen Family had no idea what to believe.

Tang Wulin didn't try to rush them into making a decision. This was actually the first time he had ever announced in public that he was a Divine Blacksmith. On the joust for a spouse event, everyone's attention had been focused elsewhere, so no one had heard what he had said to Gu Yuena. As such, some people had speculated that he was a Divine Blacksmith, but there was no way for them to confirm this.

Yuanen Zhentian took a deep breath, and said, "I don't know what to say, Sect Master Tang, but if you really are a Divine Blacksmith, then your offer is one that we cannot refuse."

Indeed, this was an offer that couldn't be rejected. A four-word battle armor master was far too important to the Yuanen Family.

One had to realize that aside from the Shrek Academy of the past, the Shrek Academy owned the most suits of four-word battle armor, but even they only had three or four suits, while the number of suits of four-word battle armor in the Battle God Hall definitely didn't exceed three.

On the entire Douluo Continent, there were only a handful of four-word battle armor masters, and that had been reduced even further by the Shrek City bombing.

Currently, the Yuanen Family had Yuanen Zhentian and Yuanen Tiandang as its Limit Douluos, and this was already the most powerful the family had ever been. If both of them could become four-word battle armor masters, then their family would immediately become a superpower on the Douluo Continent, and that would be immeasurably beneficial to its future development.

Furthermore, the emergence of Tang Wulin as a Divine Blacksmith forced Yuanen Zhentian to look at Shrek Academy and the Tang Sect through new eyes. With four Limit Douluos and a Divine Blacksmith among their ranks, and the massive sway and influence Shrek Academy had displayed during the joust for a spouse event, its resurgence was only a matter of time.

As such, it definitely wasn't a bad idea for the Yuanen Family to ally themselves with Shrek Academy and the Tang Sect. On top of that, Yuanen Yehui was one of Shrek’s Seven Monsters and it was very likely that she would also become a Limit Douluo in the future.

At this point, Yuanen Zhentian had already made his decision.

"Thank you, Senior, I promise that I'll forge the metals required for Senior Tiandang's suit of four-word battle armor as soon as possible, then get the mecha makers of our Tang Sect to construct the battle armor."

"There's no need to trouble you for the construction; I'm a mecha maker, so I can do that myself." Yuanen Tiandang's eyes were clearly far brighter than before.

The return of his powers and his daughter had wiped away much of the depression that he had been suffering from for so many years. As an exceptional Soul Master, his greatest dream as a child was to become a four-word battle armor master. Now that the opportunity to fulfill this dream was finally being presented to him, he certainly couldn't let it slip!

"Father, I've decided to go to Shrek Academy," Yuanen Tiandang said in a decisive voice.

Yuanen Zhentian nodded in response. "Alright, I'll leave my son in your care then, Sect Master Tang."

Tang Wulin was ecstatic to hear this. He hadn't actually planned this before coming here, but the thought had occurred to him after Yuanen Tiandang had unexpectedly become a Limit Douluo. Through this arrangement, Yuanen Yehui could continue to be with her father, and it was certainly fantastic news for a powerful being of his caliber to join Shrek Academy.

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