Jian Chen’s words allowed Lei Yun’s dimming gaze to light up with a shred of hope again. However, when he heard Jian Chen’s request, his face immediately warped.
“You may not know, but the pieces of jade for nurturing the Glazed Fruit of Scarlet Blood were extremely precious. Even our Heavenly Lightning clan does not possess them. The three pieces of jade we used this time all came from an organisation countless times more powerful than our clan, and we only obtained three. Our Heavenly Lightning clan is unable to produce a fourth piece,” Lei Yun said bitterly.
Jian Chen sat in his seat leisurely as he tapped the table casually, producing a rhythmic thud. He said calmly, “If you can’t produce it, then I can’t guarantee your Heavenly Lightning clan can remain among the Darkstar race safely. I’ll give you half a month. Get the clan behind you to provide me with thirty of those jade pieces.”
“T- t- thirty…” Lei Yun’s eyes widened, quite heavily startled. He had no idea just how precious the pieces of jade with the Laws of Time were, but even the Heavenly Lightning clan did not possess them. Just that alone made their value and rarity obvious.
In his opinion, he was already doing quite well to be able to produce three items of such value and rarity. Thirty was beyond his imagination.
“That’s right, thirty. If you can provide them to me, not only will I protect your Heavenly Lightning clan, I’ll reward you with an additional tael or two of Ancestral Sacred Earth,” said Jian Chen.
When he heard about the Ancestral Sacred Earth, Lei Yun finally received some comfort. “Then let me contact the clan and inform them about your request.” As he said that, Lei Yun backed out of the Pantheon Divine Hall. He could no longer care about what happened in the Pantheon Divine Hall. He had gone from heaven to hell, which left him in an extremely horrible mood.
Many of the prodigies there were delighted to see the Heavenly Lightning clan being brought down to their knees. Last time when Lei Yun produced the Glazed Fruit of Scarlet Blood, he had been swollen with arrogance and spoken some big words, even revealing the Heavenly Lightning clan’s wild ambition for everyone to yield to them. He had displeased many people since a long time ago. But today, the item that he relied on the most to gain a footing in the Darkstar race, the Glazed Fruit of Scarlet Blood, had been tossed back to him without hesitation by the fifth hall master. Then, he stated an even more difficult request for Lei Yun to fulfil, making him fall from heaven to hell in a single instant.
The fate he faced left everyone glad and satisfied. They all took pleasure in his misery.
Finally, Jian Chen’s gaze landed on the prodigies remaining in the Pantheon Divine Hall and said, “Does anyone else have anything that fulfils my criterion?”
The prodigies all fell quiet. No one said anything. They had already received the replies from their clans. The clans behind them were completely incapable of bringing God Tier heavenly resources into the Darkstar World.
After a while of silence, a prodigy stood forward and clasped his fist at Jian Chen. “Hall master, we cannot provide you with any God Tier heavenly resources, but we can provide the fifth divine hall with other cultivation resources. After all, the Darkstar race obtains large quantities of cultivation resources from us every year. We’re willing to use these items to make up for what you require, so please give us a chance, hall master.”
“Oh, I see…” Jian Chen hesitated slightly and said reluctantly, “Since I have the pill from the Jade Pill sect, my need for God Tier heavenly resources isn’t as great anymore. Fine, I’ll give you a chance then.”
The prodigies there immediately beamed with joy with that, while the face of the prodigy from the Jade Pill sect immediately darkened. It was as ugly as it could get.
Before they could say anything, Jian Chen continued, “Our race just happens to be in need of large quantities of divine crystals. How about this? As long as each organisation provides me with some divine crystals, I’ll agree to protect you all in the Darkstar race.”
“Don’t put on a long face. I know how the sixth and seventh divine halls had pressured you earlier. I’m not a person like them. I’d never do something so overboard.”
Only with that did the prodigies recover slightly. They really were afraid the fifth divine hall would hit them with exorbitant demands like the seventh divine hall, asking ten billion supreme grade divine crystals for a century of peace.
“Then may I ask how many divine crystals the hall master requires?” a prodigy asked carefully.
“Two billion supreme grade divine crystals should be enough to earn a century of protection from me, while five billion supreme grade divine crystals will give you five centuries of protection. How about that? Isn’t the price much better than what the seventh divine hall is offering?” Jian Chen looked at everyone with a smile.
“Five billion divine crystals for five centuries of peace. That’s equivalent to a billion divine crystals for each century, which is a tenth of the seventh divine hall’s price…” Many of the prodigies secretly let out a sigh of relief. With the precedence the seventh divine hall had set, the prodigies found the price a little easier to accept.
“Hall master, you mustn’t do this! You must not!” As soon as the prodigy from the Jade Pill sect heard how the other organisations could purchase peace with mere supreme grade divine crystals, he immediately began to panic. He said frantically, “With how precious and honourable it is to earn the protection of the hall master, only those who have offered up items of absolute rarity should enjoy something like that. How can we use something as inexpensive as supreme grade divine crystals to exchange for the glory from the hall master? Please withdraw this command, hall master.”
Jian Chen’s face sank slightly as he glanced over coldly. He said frigidly, “Is your Jade Pill sect trying to tell me what to do?”
The prodigy of the Jade Pill sect was absolutely devastated. His complexion was horrendous. The ancestor of their Jade Pill sect had personally set out, spending tremendous effort to refine this unprecedented pill of wonder, and only then did they earn the protection of the fifth divine hall. Yet now, the others actually only needed to spend some divine crystals to receive the same treatment as the Jade Pill sect. The prodigy of the Jade Pill sect obviously refused to accept this.
This was because their Jade Pill sect’s lofty wish of lording over the Hundred Saint City and maximising their benefits would be falling through.
However, did the prodigy of the Jade Pill sect have the courage to openly defy the slightly-angered fifth hall master? He immediately lowered his head to acknowledge his mistake. “You’ve misunderstood, hall master. How can our Jade Pill sect possess such audacity?”
“Then keep your mouth shut.” Jian Chen was blunt with the prodigy of the Jade Pill sect. Afterwards, he said to the other prodigies, “Remember, there are only fifty places if you want to use divine crystals to exchange for my protection. I will only protect fifty clans and organisations among you.”
“As for those organisations who do receive protection, don’t even think about incorporating in other clans and organisations so that they receive protection too. I’m not as stupid as you think I am. If you’re really bold enough to do that, hehehe, I think you all know the consequences of trying to fool me.”
Everyone looked at one another. Right now, there were eighty or ninety organisations gathered in the Pantheon Divine Hall, yet there were only fifty places available. Did that not mean almost half of them would have to go without protection?
During the horrible situation earlier when the seventh divine hall was tempted to slaughter them all, possessing no protection would mean they would have to give up on their foundations here.
However, there were even more people who looked at the prodigy from the Jade Pill sect with expressions of delight, taking pleasure in his misfortune.
“Hall master, our Heavenly Lightning clan is willing to offer up divine crystals…” At this moment, Lei Yun had returned after receiving the news, rushing in from outside in a hurry.
“The Heavenly Lightning clan is only permitted to offer up thirty pieces of jade with the Laws of Time. Otherwise, don’t even think about remaining in the Darkstar race.” Jian Chen managed to pour cold water over Lei Yun’s heart that had lit up with hope in a single statement.
“I’ll give you three days to gather the divine crystals. I will pay you another visit in three days’ time. By then, I will select fifty organisations among you.” With that, Jian Chen turned around and left.
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