Chapter 1573: Yuanen Zhentian's Decision

Tang Wulin caught the piece of metal and gently exhaled. There were still traces of four-colored lightning flashing around him, but aside from a faint sheen of sweat that had appeared on his forehead, he didn't seem to have been affected much by the elemental tribulation.

Tang Wulin made his way over to Yuanen Zhentian before passing the boxing-glove-shaped piece of metal to him. "I'm glad it was a success."

Yuanen Zhentian reflexively accepted the piece of metal, and in that instant, his entire body shuddered slightly. He felt like this piece of metal was a part of his own body, and it didn't seem alien to him at all.

Even with the slightest injection of soul power, a layer of four-colored light would immediately appear over the surface of the piece of metal, and Yuanen Zhentian could sense that the power of laws within it would be able to enhance the power of his attacks by severalfold.

One had to realize that this was still just a piece of metal and not battle armor yet; was this the power of heavenly refinement?

Yuanen Zhentian took a deep breath, and even his aura had become rather unstable. "I didn't think that I would ever get to witness heavenly refinement. I am truly in awe, Sect Master Tang."

At this point, he had nothing but genuine respect for this young Tang Sect Master.

Tang Wulin smiled, and said, "Fortunately, I was able to succeed and put on a good show. We've been living here rent-free for the past few days, so let this piece of heavenly refined metal act as a compensatory gift to you."

Yuanen Zhentian hurriedly said, "That won't do; this is far too valuable a gift!" Even though a piece of heavenly refined metal couldn't compare with a divine weapon, it was enough to completely transform the battle armor of a high-grade Soul Master.

Despite what he was saying, Yuanen Zhentian was displaying no intention of returning the piece of metal to Tang Wulin, and it seemed that he couldn't even bring himself to do so.

Tang Wulin chuckled, "Please don't refuse this gift, Senior; I can't just take Senior Tiandang away from you for nothing."

Yuanen Zhentian took a meaningful look at Tang Wulin before suddenly replying, "No, Tiandang won't be going with you."

Tang Wulin faltered slightly upon hearing this, and Yuanen Tiandang immediately protested, "Father, you..."

Having just witnessed Tang Wulin's heavenly refinement ability, he knew that this would most likely be his only opportunity to attain a suit of four-word battle armor. He had just become a Limit Douluo; if he could attain a suit of four-word battle armor as well, then he would immediately become a demigod level powerful being!

Yuanen Zhentian raised a hand, indicating for everyone to allow him to speak. He could see that aside from Yuanen Tiandang, all of the other members of the Yuanen Family present were looking at Tang Wulin like a priceless treasure.

All of his brethren had become extremely tempted by Tang Wulin's display, and truth be told, he was also struggling to resist the temptation.

As he held the piece of heavenly refined metal and sensed just how harmonious it was with his body, he finally made a decision.

"Sect Master Tang, there's something I'd like to ask you."

"Go ahead, Senior." Tang Wulin's brows were currently slightly furrowed with displeasure in response to Yuanen Zhentian going back on his word, but Yuanen Zhentian was still his senior, so he couldn't speak out against him.

Yuanen Zhentian smiled, and asked, "How large is the new Shrek Academy going to be?"

Tang Wulin replied, "The past Shrek City was razed to the ground, resulting in a reverse flow of surface water that has formed the current Sea God's Lake. The academy will be constructed around the entire Sea God's Lake, and for the first stage, we'll be constructing some buildings for classrooms. Currently, the entire Sea God's Lake has been encompassed under anti-surveillance soul tools, and we'll continue to expand in the future. The Tang Sect will also be included in this area, and in the future, we hope to construct a new ring-shaped Shrek City around the Sea God's Lake.

"Of course, this is going to be a massive project. The current area of the Sea God's Lake exceeds even that of the past Shrek City, and it'll take a very, very long time to complete construction around it. Perhaps the project won't even be complete in our generation, but I'm sure that once it's completed, it'll be superior to the original Shrek City."

Yuanen Zhentian nodded, and said, "In that case, would you be able to sell us a plot of land in the city? Of course, it would be great if you could also construct some housing for us on the site."

Yuanen Zhentian had spoken in quite a casual manner, but everyone was stunned to hear this.

"What do you plan to do, Father?" Yuanen Tiandang asked in a perplexed manner.

Yuanen Zhentian sighed, "You're not the only one who wants to become a four-word battle armor master! Our family has become a relic of the past in this secluded setting; it's time we stepped out into the world. Perhaps I wouldn't have had the courage to do this in the past, but with Senior Er Ming here, I no longer have any qualms. As long as Senior Er Ming agrees, I plan to move our entire family to the new Shrek City. I don't think we'll be able to find any place more suitable for us."

He then turned to Tang Wulin, and continued, "Sect Master Tang, we're not asking you to give us the land for free; our family isn't very wealthy, but we excel in control over earth elements. As such, we can dig holes and complete some basic construction tasks far faster than even soul machines; I'm sure that'll be very helpful to Shrek Academy's construction."

Only then did Tang Wulin completely grasp the situation, and he hurriedly asked, "Are you being serious, Senior?"

He had only intended to recruit a few teachers for the academy; he wasn't planning to take the entire family! What an outrageously pleasant surprise!

Even though the Yuanen Family was a hidden family, there were at least eight Titled Douluos among them, including two Limit Douluos. With their pledge of allegiance, the foundation of Shrek Academy would be significantly bolstered!

On top of that, the secretive nature of the Yuanen Family meant that they could be a hidden trump card for the academy.

Er Ming grumbled, "What right do I have to disagree? You can do whatever you want."

Even though these were his descendants, he hadn't done anything for them, so he was constantly feeling very apologetic toward them.

That was why he had gone as far as to expend two drops of blood essence to assist Yuanen Zhentian and Yuanen Tiandang in their breakthroughs.

Yuanen Zhentian chuckled, "Then it's decided. I'll leave some people behind to look after the manor, and the rest will move to Shrek City. You're all satisfied now, right? Your hearts have already gone to Shrek Academy; what's the point of forcing all of you to stay here? I'll go as well!"

This was a rare display of humor from the stoic family leader.

"Long live, Grandpa!" Yuanen Yehui yelled excitedly as she threw herself into Yuanen Zhentian's arms.

A bittersweet feeling welled up in Yuanen Zhentian's heart. It seemed that the last time that his granddaughter had hugged him in such an excited manner was many years ago.

Thinking back to her tragic past, he gave her a tight embrace, and smiled as he said, "Grandpa will always be with you from now on. If anyone dares to harm you, I'll beat the crap out of them!"

He cast a quick glance at Xie Xie as he spoke, and Xie Xie was immediately struck by a spine-chilling sensation.

He already had a Limit Douluo father-in-law; now, a Limit Douluo grandfather-in-law was also being thrown into the mix! How was he supposed to live!

Tang Wulin was very pleased by this end result, and for the first time, he experienced just how useful his identity as a Divine Blacksmith was. It was definitely a huge step in the right direction for the rebuilding Shrek Academy to recruit so many powerful beings.

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