Chapter 173 Ten Soldiers
In less than one month, Zhuang Huayang had obviously withered a lot.
Although the old principal still seemed as cultured and gentle as a middle-aged scholar, the tiredness in his eyes was unavoidable. His skin, which was compact, gradually became slack, with numerous new wrinkles. Zhuang Huayang looked ten years older than a few days earlier.
However, even if pining away, the old schoolmaster was in a fine mood, at least, without a pretended smile. Hardly had he seen Li Tianlan through the screen, when he said with a slight smile, “Boy, does everything go well in Changdao?”
“It is fine.”
Li Tianlan replied with a casual air, only thinking about that list he just saw.
It would be much better to negotiate with Zhongzhou State as soon as possible.
There was no need for Duke’s warning, since Li Tianlan naturally knew how to do it.
As for the time Li Tianlan spent on arranging and reading over the material, it was at least 6 hours.
Hence, the time wasn’t too long.
But now, all elites in Zhongzhou State were virtually being hunted by the Special Warfare System of East Island, which was truly the speed concerning life and death. After all, in the several hours could numerous changes occur.
Besides, despite this point, from the whole general trend, time for Li Tianlan wasn’t left much.
As nearly 2,000 elites of Zhongzhou State in the whole East Island were breaking out towards Changdao, all people, till now, though escaping the chase, came nearer to Changdao unavoidably.
Even though under the worst situation, this hunting would end in at most one week. Then, the elites of Zhongzhou State being chased either waited for the final battle in Changdao or died on the road.
Thus, Li Tianlan must take time to act.
Consequently, he, with the list, visited Zhuang Huayang before having lunch.
Glancing at Li Tianlan, Zhuang Huayang slightly lifted his brows. Then, seeing that Li Tianlan didn’t mean to speak, he sighed a bit, “There might be some pressure? I know your current situation. At present, your team is dispersed, so you have lost contact with many persons.”
As the muscle in the corner of his eye jumped a bit, Zhuang Huayang asked either by design or accident, “Qin Ke… There isn’t information about her?”
Any human has selfish motives. From the general direction, it would naturally be good if all the 2,000 elites of Zhongzhou State survived. But if judging from their importance, the teachers, students, and even his granddaughter would certainly be the essential persons. Nevertheless, according to the news from East Island, Qin Ke was one of the people who first lost contact. Till now, any information about her wasn’t heard of, which now had even become the most worrying thing to Zhuang Huayang.
Li Tianlan, raising his upper eyelids and glancing at Zhuang Huayang, replied with a calm tone.
In the screen, Zhuang Huayang’s pupils suddenly became concentrated, as if his sharp eyes pierced Li Tianlan’s eyes through the screen.
“Not only about Teacher Qin, but also about many other people, I currently have information.”
Li Tianlan said calmly. He just thought about the way of euphemistically telling them the information for the purpose of getting support from higher-ups of Zhongzhou State to some extent without being disgusted.
However, he seemed totally not to be good at this aspect. Thus, no proper words were found after he racked his brain.
The deal was deal.
However nicely it was described, its essence wouldn’t change.
While the higher-ups of Zhongzhou State was anxious about the 2,000 elites sneaking into East Island, Li Tianlan took advantage of their safety for his own interests, which was the unchangeable nature.
Therefore, Li Tianlan just said out. Although he was the heir of the Li family, he could nowadays be regarded as a man of the Academics, having few position conflicts against Zhuang Huayang. If the Academics handled this matter, he would only lose a bit of benefit. But in a word, it was worth doing so.
“I’m with Duke, Horsewoman and Flaming Fire now.”
Li Tianlan said slowly, “Briefly speaking, I grasp the channel of Samsara. Currently, Samsara can keep almost 1,200 elites’ trace, and it has the strength to send people to meet these elites, such as Ye Fengcheng, Teacher Qin Ke, Gu Yunxia, Gu Youlan, and Three-Eye…”
Zhuang Huayang had stood up beyond his control.
In his eyes, only a hint of unease was left other than the extreme shock.
He wasn’t surprised that Li Tianlan was together with the three Super Masters of Samsara. Judging from the attitude of Qin Weibai, who did anything Li Tianlan wished and was anxious to give him her soul, the three Super Masters’ essential mission might be to protect Li Tianlan. Even if they gave up other missions, they felt no regret.
What astonished him was the information channel of Samsara!
How much powerful force and how many personnel it had to take to grasp the trace of more than 1,000 elites around the whole East Island in just a few days! The key point was that this force hadn’t been found by East Island until now.
Where did the Dark World’s super influence that had a short history obtain such powerful strength?
This power might not be able to overturn East Island, but it was enough to restrain any influence except for the official part of East Island.
Unconsciously, Zhuang Huayang perceived sharply that it wasn’t proper to cooperate with Samsara this time, but he couldn’t figure out the specific inappropriate aspects.
The Master of Samsara Palace was in Zhongzhou State.
Qin Weibai was in Zhongzhou State.
Li Tianlan also belonged to Zhongzhou State.
It seemed that everything went well. But once Zhuang Huayang thought about that horrible power of Samsara in East Island, he gradually felt that he was like asking a tiger for its skin.
For the plot made by the concerted efforts of Zhongzhou State this time, was it a blessing or a disaster?
Zhuang Huayang asked with dignified eyes, “Is Samsara Palace confident of aiding them to reach Changdao successfully?”
“At least 80% of them can arrive there.”
Li Tianlan replied with a calm tone.
Zhuang Huayang’s heart sank again.
At least 80% of people could be offered the aid, which showed this power had virtually been beyond everyone’s imagination.
“Principal, I really need this opportunity.”
When Zhuang Huayang was meditating, Li Tianlan suddenly said with a serious tone.
“Eh? What did you say?”
Zhuang Huayang subconsciously glanced at Li Tianlan.
“I have a list in my hand and the channel of Samsara. This is an opportunity. I have to fight for something for myself. If you don’t feel that I am greedy, I would like to ask you to help me.”
Li Tianlan’s tone was getting calmer, but his eyes were shining with a firm light.
He just thought about the resources he had. At a general look, his resources were so suffocatingly abundant.
However, when he pondered over the result, it could hardly make him happy.
Now, Samsara Palace was beyond doubt his most stable resource and strongest backbone.
Qin Weibai was his woman.
Master of Samsara Palace seemed to have some ineffable relations with the Li family.
Hence, Samsara Palace was far enough to be his strongest backer.
But the most embarrassing thing was that Samsara Palace belonged to foreign force.
That was to say, they had virtually no foundation in Zhongzhou State, and the Wang family of Beihai and Kunlun City would also not allow this powerful force to develop in Zhongzhou State. If Li Tianlan would be outside the country, perhaps everything about him would be smooth, but within Zhongzhou State, Samsara Palace could only provide him with limited and invisible help.
Of course, it was a matter of life and death, so Master of Samsara Palace might take action for him. But anyway, she shouldn’t be a close hired thug around Li Tianlan. Besides, Li Tianlan did not have this qualification.
She first entered directly into Mount Dibing.
And then she challenged Gu Xingyun.
Master of Samsara Palace had clearly expressed her attitude towards him and declared her military force. In the future, when he returned to Zhongzhou State, even if his identity was exposed, Wang Tianzong and Gu Xingyun would not fight with him straightly before they were totally confident of resisting the revenge of Samsara Palace. But there must be secret petty tricks. In addition, Li Tianlan was not strong enough to be invincible under the Invincible Realm experts, and his foundation was still extremely weak. In short, Kunlun City could find hundreds of ways to revenge Li Tianlan by bypassing Samsara Palace and to stop Master of Samsara Palace from helping Li Tianlan.
When the foreign force couldn’t enter Zhongzhou State, Master of Samsara Palace was the most powerful person, but also the ultimate deterrence.
If Kunlun City really took action regardless of anything and Samsara Palace madly revenged, the attitude of Zhongzhou State would be waited to see.
One was his own state-defending War God, and the other was Dark Magnate outside the country. Hence, it was clear to recognize the close and the distant. In a word, even though Samsara Palace could help Li Tianlan, at most it could save him from an easy kill.
As for the Academics, the two sides purely cooperated with each other, which meant that it was possible to turn hostile. They didn’t even need to do that in that so long as Li Tianlan was alive, the Academics must protect him. But if Li Tianlan was killed, the Academics would never conflict with the Special Warfare Group for a dead person.
At present, Li Tianlan held the only Skyattack of Dongcheng Clan in his hand, but he never dared to regard this super wealthy family as his friends. Dongcheng Rushi was a problem. Before he found the way to handle Dongcheng Rushi, Li Tianlan did not even dare to think deeply whether he was a friend of Dongcheng Clan or an enemy against them.
Consequently, thinking it over and over again, Li Tianlan found that it was Sigh City that could offer him the most powerful support.
Nevertheless, the influence of Sigh City was also far weaker than that of Kunlun City and the Wang family of Beihai. Once again, if Sigh City and Samsara Palace collaborated from within and outside, Li Tianlan could get a development opportunity to avoid an easy kill. But how to develop depended on himself, to a large extent.
His root was East Emperor Palace, which only belonged to him. Li Tianlan now had a backer, but he did not dare to rely entirely on the force behind him. He just wanted to see East Emperor Palace rise at the fastest speed, the sooner the better. He even hoped that East Emperor Palace became the only throne in the Dark World at the next second.
The support exchanged by over 1,000 lives.
If the great help and personal connection were well used, East Emperor Palace might be likely to have a really solid foundation rooted in Zhongzhou State after the plot of Zhongzhou State ended.
“What do you want?”
Zhuang Huayang narrowed his eyes and looked at Li Tianlan, saying with an extremely solemn tone.
What would happen to Samsara in the future, after all, was his imagination, and Li Tianlan could now be regarded as one of them. His potential and origin were worthy of heavy investment by the Academics. After all, this was the first time that Li Tianlan had raised a demand towards the Academics and he also brought a great present, so the Academics had no reason to refuse him.
Li Tianlan’s tone was resolute, saying, “I will bring out ten soldiers from the border, and the Academics need to be responsible for their safety.”
Zhuang Huayang’s expression changed dramatically, and he replied even with a bitter smile, “This is absolutely impossible.”
Li Tianlan should say it out, which was really a shame. In terms of military ranks, many people from the Li family in the border camps were really just soldiers. But from strength, many of them were real generals and even real-power generals.
Although in recent years, talents from the Li family had declined and it was said that apart from Li Honghe, this invincible master of the Invincible Realm, even a half-step invincible man couldn’t be found, and the only remaining one hundred were elites. To seek 10 masters of the Thunder-shocking Realm from these people did not surprise Zhuang Huayang at all.
Ten Thunder-shocking Realm experts.
Not to mention the willingness of the Academics, once this kind of matter, which needed to be discussed in the plenary session of the Decision Making Committee, was submitted, Kunlun City and the Prince Group might desperately stop it.
“The chance of success is too low. Unless Gu Xingyun is mad, it is impossible to get his agreement.”
Zhuang Huayang shook his head, saying, “You and I both understand what this sentence ‘to be responsible for their safety’ means. This kind of matter should be consented by Kunlun City, and Gu Xingyun has great decision-making power.”
It was naturally simple to bring ten people out of the border.
However, they must be responsible for their safety, which did not mean they couldn’t die, but at the very least, indicated that they should be assigned suitable official positions for protection. If these masters came out, they would eventually be placed in the Special Warfare System. However, if Kunlun City did not agree, Academics could found no way.
“Too many people.”
Zhuang Huayang continued, “Unless your father’s treason case really has nothing to do with Kunlun City, Gu Xingyun will never release these people.”
“There will always be a way.”
Li Tianlan, looking at Zhuang Huayang, replied quietly.
Zhuang Huayang whispered to himself and sighed deeply, “Do you have any powerful chips? Such as Gu Hanshan…”
Li Tianlan became silent.
He was particularly concerned about the information about Gu Hanshan, but it was clear that there was no information about Gu Hanshan on the list.
Li Tianlan shook his head and said, “At present, I only have the information about Wang Shengxiao.”
Zhuang Huayang’s eyes were bright suddenly, and he replied, “So you plan to negotiate with Wang Tianzong again? If the Southeast Group collaborates with the Academics…”
Before he finished his words, Li Tianlan directly interrupted him.
“No. I have no intention of negotiating with Wang Tianzong.”
Li Tianlan said, “I will also not talk about anything.”