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Chapter 509 – Tan Lang’s Pain
Although Jiang Chen had promised to help Zhuang Fan get revenge, his scalp went numb as he thought of the current situation he was faced with. It was the second day since he arrived at the Divine Continent, and the first time he came to the Liang Province. However, he had offended all four major powers of this place. With his current strength, he was unable to take on even a single major power. He couldn’t even fight against any ordinary major powers.
Judging from the current situation, it seemed that the best option would be to temporarily hide in this Chaotic Ocean.
Not long after that, a great storm once again swept across the Chaotic Ocean. As expected by many people, the four major powers had sent even stronger men to this place, and that included Sixth Grade Combat Kings as well. This frightening might spread across the entire sky covering the Chaotic Ocean. The mighty warriors of the four major powers were all furious. They had ruled the Liang Province for many years, and not once in history had they suffered such a huge provocation. A monk and a young man, both of them had killed many geniuses of the four major powers in just one day, causing them a huge loss. This was something believed to be unimaginable in the past.
But unfortunately, although these mighty warriors had left no stone unturned in the Chaotic Ocean, they were unable to find any traces of Jiang Chen and the monk. They had searched many places, including the desolate islands where they were last seen. However, they had left out Heavenhawk Island. As expected by Jiang Chen, the most dangerous place was usually the safest place. None of these mighty warriors expected the ones they were hunting to actually be hiding on Heavenhawk Island.
The warriors of the four major powers spent two whole days searching the Chaotic Ocean, but they were unable to find any news about Jiang Chen and the monk. In the end, they were forced to think that Jiang Chen and the monk had left the Chaotic Ocean.
It was actually understandable. After killing so many from the four major powers, if it was any other people, they would definitely choose to run away as soon as they could. Only idiots would stay behind.
“Hmph! Announce the orders to kill! I want to capture them even if they’ve grown a pair of wings!”
The Fifth Tycoon coldly harrumphed.
All the men from the four major powers were extremely angry. In the Liang Province, no one could kill those from the four major powers and remain alive.
Asura Palace – Within the Tycoon Palace.
Right now, more than twenty people were gathered in the palace, most of them young men. There were a few old men with powerful cultivation bases. They were obviously the Asura Palace’s elders, while the rest were the Tycoons.
An old man with gray hair was sitting at the topmost position together with a young man wearing a golden robe. The young man looked to be in his thirties, and he had a refined and cultured outlook, and he was portraying an impressive image. He was holding a folding fan in his hand, which made him look like a scholar. Sitting beside him was a fat old man who looked about sixty years old. His hair was all grey, but his cultivation base was powerful. No ordinary men could compare with him.
The old man had a long history with the Asura Palace, and his cultivation base was not any weaker than that of the young man who was holding a folding fan. However, from the way he looked at the young man, it wasn’t hard to tell that the man who could say the final word in this palace was not the old man, but the young man who looked like a scholar.
Because this young man carried a big weight in the Asura Palace. He was the head of all Thirteen Tycoons, Xiao Nanfeng!
Right now, all the men inside the palace were wearing angry expressions, especially the Eighth Tycoon, Ling Yi. Once of his arms had been sliced off by Jiang Chen. Although he had partially recovered from his injuries, it would be impossible for his arm to regrow.
“Jiang Chen and that monk must have left the Chaotic Ocean. During the past two days, me and those warriors from the other three major powers have thoroughly searched the Chaotic Ocean, but we can’t even find any traces of their aura.”
The Fifth Tycoon said in an angry manner.
“Damn it! We, the Asura Palace have never suffered such a tremendous loss before! It’s not just the matter of losing our men, but our face as well! We have to catch that guy and the monk, then cut them into a thousand pieces!”
Another Tycoon said with a loud voice and a stern expression.
"And that Heavenhawk Island Master!”
The Great Tycoon, Xiao Nanfeng said with a cold voice. Two ice-cold beams leaked out from his eyes. In fact, he inwardly felt depressed about these recent matters. All this time, everything he had done was kept in secret, and no one had ever found out about his dirty deeds, as he left no traces behind. He never expected that this Heavenhawk Island Master, who was actually Zhuang Fan, survived because of his own careless mistakes. This was ridiculous.
Now, Zhuang Fan’s ugly face had been exposed to so many people, bringing severe consequences to his reputation. This was something Xiao Nanfeng could never accept.
“That Heavenhawk Island Master is absolutely disgraceful! How dare he pull out such an absurd lie and defame our Great Tycoon; defame our Asura Palace! I’m guessing this was all purposely arranged by the other three major powers, they want to bring shame to the Asura Palace!”
“That’s right, I have the same thoughts as you. We all know what kind of person the Great Tycoon is, he would never do something like this.”
“We have to find these people and kill them all! We’ll let them know that no one who offends the Asura Palace will have a good ending!”
Everyone were filled with ‘righteous’ rage. No matter what their real thoughts were, outwardly, they still had to say something that could take care of Xiao Nanfeng’s face.
After all, within the Asura Palace, Xiao Nanfeng was a man who held the prime position. Basically, he was the man who had the final say in most petty matters within the Asura Palace. Thus, even the elders had to flatter Xiao Nanfeng.
Within a superpower like this, a man’s position would always be parallel to his strength. Xiao Nanfeng’s prestigious status didn’t come for free; he was a Ninth Grade Combat King, and was just one step away from the Combat Emperor realm. An existence like this, no matter where he went within the Liang Province, he could always do whatever he wanted.
“I was told that the young man, Jiang Chen is a friend of one of our core disciples.”
The gray-haired old man said.
“That’s right, he is Tan Lang’s friend. Two days ago, when some of the younger core disciples went to Heavenhawk Island to hunt for that Heavenhawk Island Master, that Jiang Chen was traveling together with Tan Lang. He helped us in the fight against the six Pirate Lords, but later, he was deceived by the Heavenhawk Island Master’s lie and allowed him to go free. In the end, he helped that monk and chose to stand against the Asura Palace. I have kept Tan Lang in captivity since.”
Ling Yi said. Whenever he sensed the pain coming from the wound of his now gone arm, he would instantly be filled with fury. Since he couldn’t find Jiang Chen, he naturally poured his fury onto Tan Lang.
"Bring Tan Lang here."
The gray-haired old man said loudly.
Ling Yi stretched his arm into the air and performed a grabbing gestured, instantly revealing a crack in space. He then pulled a man out from the other side of the spatial crack.
Ling Yi casually waved his arm and tossed the man onto the ground. It was a powerful toss, causing the man to fall with a twisted body. The man’s body was full of scars, and there were three wounds on his face that blood was still coming out from. He had obviously suffered torture before this meeting. However, no matter what, he never let out any groans.
"Tan Lang, let me ask you. What is your relationship with Jiang Chen?"
The elder asked.
"Friend. He saved my life."
Tan Lang said in a cold manner. He then ran his eyes across the surrounding scene. Every single person present was once an idol in his eyes; they were all at the height he dreamt about reaching. But now, his mind was filled with absolute disgust and disappointment.
During the past two days, Ling Yi had been torturing and brutally beating him, venting all of his grudge onto Tan Lang. Not only did this bring disappointment to Tan Lang, it also made him extremely sad. No matter what, he was a disciple of the Asura Palace, and he had once considered this place his home. But even so, he still had to face such unfair treatment.
Aside from this, in Tan Lang’s mind, Jiang Chen was not to blame for this matter. In the beginning, Jiang Chen stood on the Asura Palace’s side, and the reason why he traveled to the Chaotic Ocean was to help Tan Lang in his fight to become the 13th Tycoon. It was all because of Xiao Nanfeng’s actions against Zhuang Fan that Jiang Chen was provoked, causing Jiang Chen to feel disgusted with the Asura Palace.
As a matter of fact, Jiang Chen did help them against those six Pirate Lords, saving the lives of many geniuses from the Asura Palace. But now, these Tycoons and elders were simply ignoring that fact. Not only this, there was one thing that made Tan Lang feel even more disgusted. After failing to find Jiang Chen, they actually vented their anger at their own disciple. From the way they managed this matter, it showed that they had never considered him a part of the Asura Palace.
“Elder Liu, you don’t have to ask him anymore. During the past two days, I have asked him all the questions, but he never tells me anything.”
Ling Yi said.
“Elder Liu, Great Tycoon, as a disciple of the Asura Palace, let me give you all a friendly reminder. Drop this matter, and do not become Jiang Chen’s enemy. It will bring absolutely no benefits to the Asura Palace.”
Tan Lang said. He said this sincerely for the sake of the Asura Palace. As he had been to the Southern Continent, he knew more about Jiang Chen than anyone here. Although Jiang Chen’s cultivation base was weak compared to these Tycoons, having an enemy like him was definitely not a good thing.
During the past two days, Ling Yi had asked about Jiang Chen’s background and where he came from more than once. Of course, Tan Lang would never tell him. As for the other part, about where he came from, Tan Lang wouldn’t be able to tell him even if he wanted to, as even he didn’t know where Jiang Chen originated from.
“Bastard! You’re a disciple of the Asura Palace, but you’re actually colluding with an outsider! Not only that, you are trying to reduce our morale! That guy is just a mere First Grade Combat King, how could he possible fight against the Asura Palace?!”
One of the Tycoons who stood closest to Tan Lang shouted out loudly. He forcefully kicked Tan Lang’s body, causing him to throw up a mouthful of blood.
Tan Lang violently coughed out. He had ignored the pain filling his body, but at the same time, he couldn’t find any words to describe the sadness that filled his heart. This was his beloved sect, and these people were all once his idols.
This was fucking miserable.
“Hmph! In my opinion, we should use Tan Lang as bait and force that Jiang Chen to reveal himself.”
A man coldly harrumphed and suggested.
“Haha, don’t waste your time. I’m not a good friend of Jiang Chen, and he’ll never show up because of me. You’ll never be able to find him!”
Tan Lang laughed out. Now, he had left life and death out of his consideration. Jiang Chen had once saved his life, and he would now pay him back with his own life.
Furthermore, in Tan Lang’s mind, he did indeed not carry any weight in Jiang Chen’s heart. So, how would Jiang Chen show himself, knowing that Tan Lang was just a mere bait? It was no different from seeking death.
Staring at Tan Lang, a look of disgust leaked out from Xiao Nanfeng’s eyes. He casually waved his hand, then Ling Yi grabbed Tan Lang’s shoulder and once again placed him in captivity.