An alliance? Defending each other? This was a good thing. Although High Heaven Palace’s foundation wasn’t bad and even had more than a hundred thousand disciples, it was still a new force in the north region. If they could form an alliance with Fire Dragon Palace, it would definitely be beneficial to their future development.
Since Li Jiao was no longer an outsider, Yang Kai naturally wouldn’t refuse such a request and immediately agreed.
Li Jiao chuckled and cupped his fists, “Then in the future, my Fire Dragon Palace, will have to rely on Brother Yang’s authority and follow High Heaven Palace.”
He was more clear about Yang Kai’s abilities than anyone else, so he knew that this alliance was divided into two main and secondary rank. The Fire Dragon Palace was inferior to High Heaven Palace, so there was no shame in saying this.
The alliance between the two top forces was a major event, but it had been decided with just a few words by the two of them. They hadn’t even signed a document, because no matter who it was, there was no need to.
“Brother Yang, since we’ve formed an alliance, we’re a family now,” Li Jiao chuckled, “Look at those debts… can they be waived?”
Back then, Li Jiao had come to High Heaven Palace with Ji Ying to stir up trouble and made a bet while the two of them were competing in Pill Refining. In the end, they had lost miserably and had owed High Heaven Palace several dozen years of debt. Every year, they had to pay back tens of millions of high-grade Source Crystals, causing the Fire Dragon Palace to have a hard time these past few years. The Elders and deacons under him all complained that the Source Crystals used for their disciples’ cultivation were sometimes insufficient.
It had only been a dozen or so years, but Li Jiao couldn’t bear to leave the Fire Dragon Palace like this any longer. Thinking about how he still had twenty or thirty years to repay his debt, Li Jiao felt a headache coming on.
“You tricked me!” Yang Kai glared at Li Jiao. These debts were not small.
Li Jiao grinned and shamelessly said, “In any case, we’re not outsiders, not outsiders.”
Yang Kai snorted, “It’s not impossible.”
Li Jiao quickly followed up and cupped his fists, “Many thanks, Brother Yang.”
Yang Kai raised his hand, “But I have a condition.”
Li Jiao said, “Brother Yang, please speak.”
Yang Kai said, “You also know what kind of situation my High Heaven Palace is in right now. More than a hundred thousand disciples have just arrived here, so we don’t need to worry about cultivation resources, Cultivation Techniques, or Secret Techniques for now, but the experience we need to cultivate is indispensable. We need someone to guide us. High Heaven Palace’s gap is too big, so we don’t have enough manpower to teach them, so we would like to ask Li Jiao for some help.”
On the road of cultivation, having someone to guide was a completely different concept than trying to figure it out yourself. Yang Kai had experienced this on his way here, so he had already made up his mind. Now that Li Jiao was here, how could he let him go?
If it weren’t for the fact that Ice Heart Valley disciples cultivated Ice Attribute Cultivation Technique and Secret Arts that were not suitable for the masses, he would have asked Bing Yun to send some people to assist him when he went to Ice Heart Valley. It was just that the Cultivation Technique and Secret Arts that Ice Heart Valley disciples cultivated were too singular, so they might not be suitable for other cultivators.
“How?” Li Jiao was puzzled.
“I’ll have to trouble you to send over a group of experienced instructors from the Fire Dragon Palace to teach my disciples how to cultivate.”
So that was it. Li Jiao had thought it would be a big deal, so he immediately patted his chest and promised, “No problem.” After a pause, he continued, “However, there are too many High Heaven Palace disciples, even if my Fire Dragon Palace were to assist them, I’m afraid it won’t be enough.”
With more than a hundred thousand disciples, even if an instructor were to teach five hundred people, it would take at least two or three hundred people to do so. How could there be so many people from Fire Dragon Palace? After all, if one wanted to become an instructor, they would need to be at least at the Dao Source Stage. It was useless if their cultivation level was lower than the Dao Source Stage. Cultivators from the Star Field could cultivate to the Origin King Realm, so what they lacked was cultivation experience above the Origin King Realm. Even if Fire Dragon Palace had so many Dao Source Stage cultivators, it was impossible to send all of them.
“Let’s agree first, I’ll think of something else,” Yang Kai sighed.
With so many people and so many trivial matters, it was impossible for him to take care of everything. All he could do was lay a foundation for the entire High Heaven Palace. As for how it would develop, it would depend on the management of his subordinates and his disciples.
“How many people does Yang Kai need?” Li Jiao asked.
Li Jiao pondered for a moment before nodding, “Sure!”
Although a hundred people was not a small number, they could still be transferred out from the Fire Dragon Palace. If there were more, it would be impossible. Since they were instructors, they had to teach others how to cultivate. Not everyone could take up this position, so cultivating on their own and teaching others were two different matters. Even if it was a bit difficult for a large Sect like the Fire Dragon Palace to gather a hundred instructors, it should be enough.
“Those debts will be the monthly salary of these hundred instructors. Does Brother Li have any objections?”
“No objections, no objections!” Li Jiao replied with a smile. After all, strictly speaking, these debts were a massive amount of wealth. Sending out a hundred instructors to pay off these debts could be said to be a huge profit, so how could he have any objections? Moreover, these hundred instructors would definitely have to be returned, so it wasn’t a loss at all.
He stood up and said, “There’s no time to lose, this Li will hurry back and deliver the man Brother Yang needs as soon as possible.”
“I’ll go with you!” Yang Kai said.
Li Jiao was stunned for a moment before asking, “Does Brother Yang want to connect our two palaces?”
“This way, it’s more convenient to travel.”
“That’s fine,” Li Jiao didn’t refuse and immediately set off with Yang Kai, and Lu Sanniang.
The three of them were all Emperor Realm, and with the help of their flying artifacts, their speed was naturally extremely fast. In less than half a day, they arrived at the Fire Dragon Palace.
Li Jiao led the way and led Yang Kai to a secluded place near the Fire Dragon Palace.
Yang Kai immediately set up a Space Array, and when night fell, the formation was fully formed. With this Space Array connecting High Heaven Palace and Fire Dragon Palace, they could instantly cover a distance of ten million kilometers, allowing them to truly stand guard.
Yang Kai wanted to rush back immediately. After all, High Heaven Palace had many trivial matters to attend to, many of which required his personal attention. However, Li Jiao had forced him to stay behind and said he wanted to host a banquet.
Not wanting to embarrass him, Yang Kai could only agree.
Inside the hall, the flickering lights illuminated the entire hall.
Everyone from the Fire Dragon Palace, from the Palace Master Li Jiao to the Elders and Protectors, came to sit with them.
Perhaps it was because they had already received news from Li Jiao that there would no longer be a need to hand over the Source Crystals to High Heaven Palace every year in the future, everyone’s attitude towards Yang Kai had naturally changed. All of them were willing to submit to him, and Li Jiao had even bragged about his friendship with Yang Kai. As they drank to their heart’s content, he even put his arms around each other’s shoulders, completely forgetting how much he hated Yang Kai back then.
The atmosphere was quite lively. With the Dancing Woman below to liven things up, Yang Kai sat down next to Li Jiao and didn’t put on any airs of superiority. In the end, Yang Kai was only a 2nd order Emperor Realm, so after witnessing such a powerful force, how could he put on any airs? This made the group of higher-ups from the Fire Dragon Palace think that Yang Kai was a good person.
There was wine, booze, and drunk people.
The banquet lasted until the latter half of the night before everyone dispersed. Li Jiao ordered the young and beautiful maids to serve Yang Kai while he rested, but Yang Kai declined and returned to High Heaven Palace that very night while Li Jiao personally sent him off.
In front of the Space Array, Yang Kai suddenly turned around and looked at Li Jiao, “Brother Li, I want to unify the Northern Domain, what do you think?”
The night wind blew across Li Jiao immediately sobered up, asking in surprise, “Unify the Northern Domain?”
“That’s right!” Yang Kai suddenly had an idea. More than a hundred thousand disciples were waiting to be fed in High Heaven Palace. Although he wouldn’t have to worry about cultivation resources for the time being and even had a trade route with the Southern Domain’s Violet Source Chamber of Commerce, it was highly likely that he would be able to open up a trade route with the Eastern Domain’s Wild Ancient Land, in the long run, it was definitely not a good thing to sit back and eat. If High Heaven Palace wanted to continue developing, it would need to have its own harvest and businesses.
In the past, Asking Passion Sect had many businesses of its own, and there were more than twenty nearby cities. Every year, they would receive a large number of offerings from these cities, and in return, Asking Passion Sect would protect these cities.
However, after Yang Kai destroyed Asking Passion Sect, he only looted its wealth and paid no attention to the property left behind by Asking Passion Sect. In other words, the twenty or so cities were not under High Heaven Palace’s control.
However, if he wanted to take it back, it would be simple. With High Heaven Palace’s current strength, they could simply send out a Mosnter King to intimidate them, not fearing that they would not compromise.
However, such an income was obviously insufficient to satisfy the cultivation needs of more than a hundred thousand disciples.
If they could unify the North Region, they wouldn’t need to worry about that. The resources of the entire North Region could be easily taken care of, not to mention a few hundred thousand people, even a million people could be support.
However, he also knew that there would be some resistance. Even if High Heaven Palace was powerful, the millions of cultivators in the North Region were not to be trifled with. Although the Monster Kings were indeed powerful, there were only three of them. Moreover, the identities of the Monster Kings were too sensitive, so it wasn’t appropriate for them to show themselves in public for a long time. Otherwise, if they provoked a Great Expert to come out and kill them, it would be a great loss.
He didn’t believe that there were no masters in the Northern Domain. The masters he could see were only on the surface, and there were always some capable people hidden beneath the surface of the water. Yang Kai didn’t know now because he hadn’t touched their interests, but if he really did provoke them, they definitely wouldn’t sit back and do nothing.
Currently, one of the top forces in the North Region, High Heaven Palace and Ice Heart Valley, and the Fire Dragon Palace could be said to be advancing and retreating together. If Yang Kai really wanted to unify the North Region, these two forces definitely wouldn’t have any objections, and Yang Kai wouldn’t touch the interests of these two forces, but the other forces would have to stand aside.
Li Jiao understood Yang Kai’s temperament and knew that this guy was bold and daring, even daring to kill his way into Dragon Island. In this world, there was probably nothing he didn’t dare to do. If someone else asked him this question, he would probably just laugh it off because it wasn’t realistic, but since Yang Kai asked this question, it was likely that he really wanted to do so and had the confidence to do so.
Looking up, Li Jiao saw that Yang Kai’s eyes were clear and not the slightest bit drunk, so he knew that Yang Kai wasn’t talking with the influence of alcohol. After a moment of silence, Li Jiao said, “If Brother Yang really has such intentions, this Li will definitely do his best to help…” Having just reached an agreement with Yang Kai, Li Jiao naturally wouldn’t slap his own face, “But… Brother Yang, are you prepared to be condemned by thousands and millions of cultivators of the North Region?”
Yang Kai laughed, “What does the life and death of others have to do with me? I only care about my High Heaven Palace.”
Li Jiao nodded. Every man for himself, every man for himself. Since he had embarked on this journey of the Martial Dao, he had to be mentally prepared to die at any moment. Killing and being killed were normal.
TO BE CONTINUED…