Chen Taichong spoke with a decisive and resolute tone.
If it was any other clansman of the Chen Clan who heard such words, that person would be motivated by these words to the point his or her blood would boil.
However, Chen Xi didn’t display any reaction to it at all. He wasn’t happy at all from being accepted as a member of the Chen Clan, nor would he have the slightest interest to become the future Patriarch of the Chen Clan.
In the depths of his heart, he still felt a sense of belonging to the Chen Clan in Pine Mist City as it was the ‘home’ he grew up in.
Chen Taichong was originally looking at Chen Xi with a gaze of expectations. But he was disappointed because Chen Xi’s reaction was too cold and indifferent, and it allowed him to instantly realize that his thoughts seemed to have been utterly incapable of resonating with this little fellow who sat before him.
Chen Taichong glanced at Wu Xuechan, and then he glanced at Tang Xian before he couldn’t help but sigh. “I never expected this, I truly never expected this.”
His voice carried a sense of loss.
“The Chen Clan has countless outstanding geniuses. I think Chen Daoyuan is extremely suitable to be the Patriarch of the Chen Clan, what do you think, Senior?” Wu Xuechan grinned as he spoke these words.
Chen Taichong spoke casually. “He’s an extremely rare genius indeed, but he unfortunately lacks a type of grand and boundless spirit.”
“His lacking accomplishments can be tempered through time. I think that his future accomplishments will definitely surpass Chen Lingkong. It’s truly rare.” Tang Xian spoke seriously as well.
“Of course.” Chen Taichong recovered a calm expression. He glanced at Chen Xi and said, “Unfortunately, Chen Daoyuan is quite inferior when compared to him.”
Obviously, Chen Taichong was extremely fond of Chen Xi, and he really admired Chen Xi. It was even to the extent that he hadn’t hesitated to make Chen Xi join the Chen Clan.
Unfortunately, Chen Xi’s attitude had made everything clear, and it made Chen Taichong feel rather regretful in his heart.
In next to no time, Chen Taichong stopped staying on this topic and probing Chen Xi. He said frankly, “I wonder if you’ll be able to agree to my request?”
Wu Xuechan and Tang Xian exchanged glances. In the end, they shot their gazes towards Chen Xi.
“Little Junior Brother, you have to make the decision,” said Wu Xuechan in a soft voice.
“But I don’t know what the Battle of Dao Protectors is.” Chen Xi laughed bitterly.
Chen Taichong spoke swiftly. “Ignore all of that for now. So long as you agree, I guarantee that you can be reunited with Chen Lingjun and his wife. What do you think?”
Chen Xi thought for a moment, and then he glanced at his senior brothers. When he saw that they didn’t show any signs of objecting, he was clearly aware that it wasn’t a bad thing to him, otherwise, his senior brothers would have definitely been the first to refuse.
“Alright, then I’ll accept.” Chen Xi took a deep breath and decided.
“Good!” A wisp of a gratified expression arose on the space between his brows, and then Chen Taichong couldn’t refrain from saying. “Little Fellow, will you really not reconsider my suggestion from before?”
His tone was full of sincerity, and he seemed to refuse to give up and hoped that he could recruit Chen Xi into the Chen Clan.
Chen Xi was speechless, and he refused without the slightest hesitation.
Chen Taichong sighed again when he heard this. In the end, he agreed that he would take Chen Xi to see his parents at noon tomorrow.
After that, Chen Xi and the others didn’t stay longer. They stood up, bid their farewells, and left.
Not long after Chen Xi’s group had left, wave after wave of divine radiance appeared within this simple and primitive stone house.
After that, numerous figures appeared here. They casually sat down cross-legged as if they were in their own territory.
In the entire Chen Clan, only the other few ‘living fossils’ of the Chen Clan dared to act so casually in Chen Taichong’s residence.
“What a pity.” Chen Taichong sighed.
A grey robed man spoke casually. “That kid isn’t bad indeed. But since he isn’t willing, then there’s no need to insist.”
“All of you don’t get it. The combat strength he revealed right now is naturally not very formidable, but his future path towards the Dao is bound to surpass both past and present!” Chen Taichong had a profound gaze as he spoke with a solemn expression on his face. “Don’t forget that he’s the 9th Savior of this era. All of you should be clearly aware what that means.”
The others fell silent, and they either frowned, pondered deeply, or sighed endlessly with emotion.
Existences at their level of cultivation were naturally clearly aware how extraordinary Chen Xi was as the 9th Savior of this era.
The grey robed man suggested. “If it’s impossible. We can go have a talk with Lingjun and ask him to make that kid stay behind.”
“That’s probably inadvisable. In that way, Oracle Mountain would probably not allow it.” Another one of them shook his head incessantly.
“In my opinion, all of you think too highly of his ability. Could it be that our Chen Clan can’t survive without him?” Some were indifferently.
Chen Taichong couldn’t help but shake his head when he heard this. He remained silent for a long time before he said, “Forget it. Let’s not speak about this. Since he had agreed to represent out Chen Clan, then it’s sufficient for him to participate in the Battle of Dao Protectors.”
As he spoke, he stood up and walked out of the stone house.
“Where’re you going?”
“To see Lingkong. I’m worried that he’ll do something stupid.”
Chen Lingkong had his hand behind his back as he stood here silently by himself.
His expression was gloomy while a wisp of anger and restlessness couldn’t be eliminated from the space between his brows.
Why? Why exactly has this happened? Allow them to reunite? Could it be that we’re abandoning that precious treasure just like that?
Damnable Wu Xuechan! It was definitely him who acted behind my back, otherwise, how could all of this have alarmed Ancestor Taichong?
Nevermind. Since all of you are so determined, then don’t blame me for being merciless. For the sake of the entire clan, it doesn’t matter even if I have to carry a bad name!
Big Brother, Sister-in-law…. Both of you really had a good son. Unfortunately, it’ll be impossible for all of you to be reunited in this lifetime….
He was conflicted in his heart for a long time before Chen Lingkong seemed to have made a decision. He suddenly raised his head and looked towards the depths of Conscience Hall.
In the end, he raised his feet and walked in.
He’d come here once before the Ancestral Worship Ceremony had begun, and he’d met Chen Lingjun and Zuoqiu Xue then. The conversation they had on that day hadn’t gone well, and it caused him to fail at achieving his objective again.
But at this moment, all of that wasn’t important anymore!
“Go back.” Suddenly, a figure appeared in front of the hall, and it just happened to block Chen Lingkong’s path.
This person had a thin, simply, focused, and tranquil expression. Surprisingly, it was Chen Taichong.
“Ancestor?” Chen Lingkong was stunned, and then his expression changed abruptly. He faintly guessed that his objective had probably been see through by Chen Taichong.
“Since Lingjun doesn’t intend to make a fuss about the enmity from all those years ago, then why keep it in your heart? Could it be that… one time wasn’t enough, and you intend to harm Lingjun again?” Chen Taichong’s expression was indifferent, and a wisp of a complicated expression that was almost imperceptible resided in the depths of his eyes.
“Ancestor, I merely desire to take that precious treasure back. You ought to understand my wishes. It’s so that I’ll be able to lead out Chen Clan to rise up once more and seek a position amongst the high level clans!” Chen Lingkong took a deep breath before his expression became calm. He said seriously, “You ought to be clearly aware that I’ve never had any selfish intentions since the beginning! I’ve done everything out of consideration for the interests of the clan. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have done something like that all those years ago!”
“Of course I am. Otherwise, I would have definitely not allowed you to take over the position of Supreme Elder and hold authority over the clan for so many years.” Chen Taichong frowned, and he had a slightly cold and indifferently expression as he said, “Unfortunately, your display throughout these years has made me quite disappointed.”
Chen Lingkong suddenly became agitated, and he gritted his teeth and said, “Isn’t that because I lack that precious treasure? If I had it, then I my accomplishments would definitely not be inferior to Chen Lingkong’s accomplishments from all those years ago!”
Chen Taichong frowned and said, “Are you still unwilling to admit it even until now? Alright, I’ll say it again. That precious treasure belongs to Lingjun himself, and it isn’t a treasure of our Chen Clan!”
“What a joke! Is he, Chen Lingjun, not a member of our Chen Clan? Since he’s a member of our Chen Clan, then his possessions should naturally belong to the Chen Clan as well!” Chen Lingkong argued in a grim voice.
“Enough!” A wisp of cold light erupted from Chen Taichong’s eyes. “I won’t just watch as some mistakes are repeated for a second time.”
As he spoke, he flicked his sleeve and walked towards the distance. “If you realize your errors and desire to correct them, then leave with me. Otherwise….”
Chen Taichong didn’t finish speaking, but the meaning behind his words was obvious.
Chen Lingkong seemed as if he’d been struck by lightning. He was stunned on the spot while his expression changed indeterminately.
A long time later, he laughed bitterly and muttered. “Was I mistaken? Was I…?”
He seemed to have lost his soul. It was like he’d lost his will to fight and hope, causing him to become completely listless.
“Everyone was at fault for what happened at that time, including me.” Chen Taichong didn’t even look back as he said calmly, “So, these mistakes can’t be repeated indefinitely. Otherwise, it will only cause the destruction of our entire clan.”
“Is that so?” Chen Lingkong seemed like a walking corpse, and he walked behind Chen Taichong with an empty gaze.
It was impossible to imagine what sort of emotions would actually make a Daolord become like that.
It was also from this day that Chen Lingkong seemed to have evaporated into thin air. He entered into complete seclusion and never showed himself again, and no one knew the exact reason for this.
As soon as they returned to their abode, Chen Xi couldn’t help but ask. “Eldest Senior Brother, what’s the Battle of Dao Protectors?”
Wu Xuechan said casually, “Junior Brother Tang Xian, I’ll leave it to you.”
“It’s a long story.” Tang Xian sat down cross-legged, thought for a moment, and then said, “Simply speaking, every 10,000 years, every single clan amongst the Divine Dao Protector Clans will select a Ninth Star Region Lord who has the highest chance of advancing into the Daolord Realm. They will be gathered together, and then they will carry out the Battle of Dao Protectors at Godrank Mountain.
“It just happens to be 500 years from now. At that time, Little Junior Brother can feel free to participate in it.”
These words were simply concise and comprehensive to the extreme. Chen Xi roughly understood a little from hearing this, but he heard numerous questions when he thought about it carefully.
Why is the Battle of Dao Protectors held?
Why was only the Ninth Star Region Lord with the highest chances of advancing into the Daolord Realm selected?
Could there be a reason behind all of this?
Most importantly, he was only a Fifth Star Region Lord right now, and no one could guarantee that he would be able to advance into the Ninth Star Region Lord Realm within 500 years of time!
Since I have to advance into the Ninth Star Region Lord Realm, then would I have a chance to advance into the Daolord Realm then?
All of this seemed so puzzling to him.