Chapter 723: The Union’s Chairman (II)
As a result of the previous day’s domain battle, Chen Hongyu had already displayed dissatisfaction. His sudden raising of an objection immediately caught all the surrounding attention. Everyone’s gaze landed on him.
Chen Hongyu stood up, a calm look on his face, “I express opposition to the proposal of making me a vice-chairman of the union.”
Yang Haohan looked at him in shock, doubtfully responding, “Brother Chen, you must think it over. You represent the Spiritual Temple.”
Chen Hongyu calmly explained, “I have already thought it through clearly. I only need to stay as a mere council member. This vice-chairmanship should belong to the new head of our Spiritual Temple.”
“What? A new head?” Hearing such words, the whole audience were greatly alarmed. In fact, the Spiritual Temple and Knight Temple were not the same. The Spiritual Temple had always had only one head. The Spiritual Temple’s head shifting was an extremely big matter for the Temple Alliance, the main point being that no one had gotten any prior notice. Chen Hongyu’s announcement was just too sudden.
Chen Hongyu declared calmly, “What is strange in that? Our Spiritual Temple has always been democratically ruled, centered around a Temple Head that must have capability. My Temple’s Chen Ying’er has already reached the ninth step of cultivation and has the Mythological Beast Domain, which is superior to my own. Moreover, she’s the first Spiritual Saint Daughter of my Spiritual Temple, and has inherited the Temple’s divine tool Spiritual Saint Robe. She couldn’t be more fitting to lead my Spiritual Temple as its head. Therefore, I naturally ought to leave her this vice-chairman position. Yesterday evening, our Spiritual Temple has already given a unified approval.”
Everyone seated on the rostrum could be said to have all different expressions. Long Haochen had an expression of shock, while the other heads of the Temples all cursed secretly, what a wily old fox.
How could it not be so? At the time of the Temples’ Great Gathering, Chen Hongyu’s play was marvellous. Not only did he harshly oppose Long Haochen, he even questioned him in the later domain battle. And upon reaching this critical juncture, he made a full turn by directly handing the Temple’s ownership over to Chen Ying’er. This implied that Bright Glimmer of Hope already had two major positions in the Temple Union. In the meantime, having one of their people among the vice-chairmen meant that a situation in which the six vice-chairmen would unite to impeach Long Haochen to deprive him from the chairman position would no longer be possible. This favor was simply immeasurable.
Even Li Zhengzhi couldn’t help but sigh secretly. How calculating! Chen Hongyu’s sudden abdication was not only shocking, but could also gain Bright Glimmer of Hope’s favor, as well a being a move to indirectly get the Knight Temple to owe him. Truly, it was a profound move.
Just after Chen Hongyu said this, he walked away from the raised stage, making a sign to Chen Ying’er while walking to the side of the Spiritual Temple in an easygoing manner.
Chen Ying’er was baffled by her grandfather’s move, but had no other choice but to go up on stage at that time! Forcing herself to walk up to the rostrum under multitudinous gazes, she took Chen Hongyu’s previous seat.
This instant, the Assassin Temple’s Sheng Yue unhappily uttered, “This old thing, you’re really taking a step ahead of me. I had the same proposal going on: our Assassin Temple’s headmaster has already been replaced by Cai’er as well. There’s no need for words to prove her ability. Everyone has seen her Domain of Purification, and moreover she’s the god of death’s inheritor, bestowed with the same Spiritual Stove of Samsara as the Scion of Samsara of that time. But she has, in some sense, already surpassed the latter. Ever since taking over this inheritance in her youth, she has already been settled as our Assassin Temple’s successor. Cai’er, come up. From now on, you are the head of the Assassin Temple and, in my stead, the candidate of the Assassin Temple for vice-chairmanship.”
Long Haochen was actually not so surprised about Sheng Yue’s proposal, after all, it was now a long time since when Sheng Yue had expressed that he’d let Cai’er take over his position. As such, Cai’er also went up. It took just an instant for three places on the rostrum to be filled with members of Bright Glimmer of Hope.
Yang Haohan declared, “As such, we will proceed with the meeting. Is there any other objection?”
As he asked that, he didn’t expect for there to really be a response.
The Warrior Temple’s head Qiu Yonghao suddenly stood up, and declared, “I am also getting old and am getting no good. Under my leadership, the Warrior Temple has gotten its worst results in history out of this session of the Temples’ Great Gathering. I truly have no more face left to act as Temple Head. I have already discussed this matter last evening with the rest of our representatives, and today, the seat of the head of the Warrior Temple shall be left to the younger generation. I hope that under her leadership, the Warrior Temple will have a brilliant future in the union resisting demonkind. Yuanyuan, please go up.”
“What? Me?” Seeing the look on Qiu Yonghao’s face as he watched her, Wang Yuanyuan couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed for a moment.
Qiu Yonghao heaved a smile, “Who else but you could it be? Or, don’t tell me you think there’s someone else in our Warrior Temple’s younger generation that could contend with you? I have personally watched all the efforts you have put up. The world shall be left to you youngsters.” Saying that, he walked out from his original seat.
This moment, everyone on the rostrum could truly be said to be overwhelmed with shock.
Sheng Yue passed his place to Cai’er because she was originally his successor, and great-granddaughter as well. As for Chen Hongyu, although his announcement was rather more sudden, Chen Ying’er’s status in the Spiritual Temple was originally already pretty much the same as Cai’er’s in the Assassin Temple. But in the Warrior Temple, Qiu Yonghao could really be said to have no ties with Wang Yuanyuan, who had never returned to the Warrior Temple after becoming a Demon Hunter! Yet his firm decision of leaving her the future of the Warrior Temple’s leadership at that very moment was fully unwavering.
This wasn’t just a sudden idea Qiu Yonghao just had. Upon Wang Yuanyuan’s return when she had come looking for him, as she showed a strength reaching the ninth step, Qiu Yonghao had already such thoughts. Wang Yuanyuan may possibly be a bit lacking compared to Long Haochen or Cai’er, but absolutely no one in the Warrior Temple could match the future her. Even in Bright Glimmer of Hope, her ranking was among the top, already being a domain-wielding powerhouse. With the addition of her original status of being part of Bright Glimmer of Hope, no one was more fitting to represent the Warrior Temple.
Qiu Yonghao had a great understanding of Wang Yuanyuan’s character, and as such, he believed that after Wang Yuanyuan succeeded him as the Warrior Temple’s head, she would definitely contribute to its future.
Under his gaze, Wang Yuanyuan stood, taking large strides toward the rostrum. When she arrived in front of Qiu Yonghao, she was unaware her eyes had turned reddish, “Grandpa Qiu, I...”
Qiu Yonghao heaved a smile, patting on her shoulder, “No need for words. I am not doing this for you, but for the future of our Warrior Temple. I trust that you will definitely do well.” After saying that, he personally pulled his previous chair, and lightly pushed Wang Yuanyuan into it. With a weight off his mind, he walked down from the platform, heading to sit among the powerhouses of the Warrior Temple.
Such big changes actually occurred to the chairman and vice-chairmen candidacies! Yang Haohan who was taking charge of the meeting was in great shock, but despite that, the meeting had to keep going on. Fortunately, these changes did not impact the rest of the process.
The rest of the election went exceptionally smoothly. Long Haochen became the first chairman of the Temple Union without a hitch, with the vice-chairmen being Long Tianying, Li Zhengzhi, Ling Xiao, Cai’er, Chen Ying’er, and Wang Yuanyuan. Bright Glimmer of Hope actually occupied four of these major seats.
The reason why no one objected was that the proposing parties were Temple Heads, as well as because of the power Bright Glimmer of Hope had displayed in the Temples’ Great Gathering. Long Haochen, Cai’er, Chen Ying’er, and Wang Yuanyuan were all domain wielding powerhouses! Being under the lead of these young powerhouses would undoubtedly have a tremondously good impact on their respective Temples.
After the chairman and vice-chairmen election came an election among the Six Great Temples for selecting thirty-six representatives, excluding from the count the chairman and vice-chairman.
It was an acceptable outcome for the Temples that Long Haochen became the first chairman of the Temple Union. As such, the rest of the meeting also proceeded without a hitch. In just two hours the whole election was completed.
Yang Haohan declared, “The election is over. The Union will now inform our citizens, attempting to make it so that within one month, all humankind is aware of the Union’s foundation. Also, the Union has a lot work to be done. The integration of the Six Great Temples is the most pressing matter. Next, the first chairman of our Temple Union shall speak a few words for us.”
Long Haochen nodded to Yang Haohan before sending his greetings to the rest of the Six Great Temples. Then he declared in his limpid voice, “I am honored that you elected me as your first Union Chairman. I can feel a very heavy burden on my shoulders. As Alliance Head Yang said, the election of a new Union Chairman will take place every ten years, to take over from the previous one. Perhaps the current system of our new union is not perfect yet, but I believe that it will definitely get better and better in the future.”
“The most important matter after the foundation of the union is to integrate the forces of our Six Temples—to become a match for demonkind. Most of our next efforts will be concentrated on that. As your chairman, I can guarantee everyone that within the ten years of my office, I will definitely launch the counterattack against demonkind and start recovering the land that has been taken away from us. My lifetime will be devoted to leading the Union to fight against darkness, and to putting an end to the six thousand year era of darkness.”