Chapter 724: The Union’s Chairman (III)
Long Haochen’s speech was sonorous and resounding. His voice was not a heavy one, but it carried a feeling of firmness of spirit.
Hearing him, the powerhouses present from the Six Great Temples felt that yet another Holy War was going to take place.
After pausing, Long Haochen continued, “I am still be young, and the Union has just been setup, so I will need everyone’s kind support. In the following period of time, I may not have much time to spare for handling the matters of the union, as my mates and me will have to increase our strength in the shortest time possible. The Union will be mostly handled by vice-chairman Long Tianying, vice-chairman Li Zhengzhi, vice-chairman Ling Xiao and the rest of you deputies.”
The rest of the conference went without a hitch. Although Long Haochen was the chairman of the union, the most important to him was still to increase his personal strength. He and the rest of Bright Glimmer of Hope were still young, and had a far higher margin for progression.
Long Haochen had a few matters to handle next. The first was to strive for acquiring his own Divine Throne. Should he get a Divine Throne, that would not only be of great benefit for his cultivation, but also increase his prestige. Afterwards, came the issue of Haoyue’s evolution.
The power of the Purplish-Gold Haoyue Sword made him realize the importance of Haoyue’s evolution. The six-headed him was already so powerful that, should he evolve to an eight-headed state, his strength would be bound to increase severalfolds. When the time comes, maybe Haochen would have the ability to contend against the Demon God Emperor with Haoyue’s assistance.
The meeting proceeded in a rather mild manner, and the integration of the Six Great Temples was the main issue they dealt with.
First of all, the Six Great Temples were to dispatch a batch of powerhouses to gather in the Holy City, and all train together. The allocation was four thousand warriors, a thousand knights, and five hundred each of assassins, mages, summoners, and priests.
It would be called a Union’s legion, with each legion formed of, besides these seven thousand powerhouses of the Six Great Temples, an additional forty thousand for a total of close to fifty thousand.
First off, two legions would be set up, under the name of Union’s First Legion, and Union’s Second Legion. After going through processes of unified training and integration, they would be directly thrown into the border area, with the responsibility of guarding the rather weaker Southern Mountain Pass and Exorcist Mountain Pass.
Next, would get transferred other lots of powerhouses from the Six Great Temples for integration, until the original Temple Alliance’s Six Great Temples’ forces all formed entirely into the pattern of the Union’s legions.
The six great forts were to be temporarily guarded just as before by the six Temples separately. After all, the six forts’ forces were too deep-rooted. Although the establishment of the union was settled, they couldn’t be too extreme either. It needed to go through a process of transformation, so that the first batch of practitioners of the Six Great Temples would come within one year, to slowly let the concept of Six Temples be watered down. The whole process would surely need a lot of time.
For the practitioners of the Six Great Temple as well as the masses to accept the new Union would require a long process. However, while under the premise of the demon threat’s existence, this wouldn’t take too long thanks to the united joint efforts of the Six Great Temples’ powerhouses. As soon as the Temple Union was entirely restructured into a cohesive force, that was the time the Union planned to launch the counterattack against demonkind.
The conference having ended satisfactorily, Long Haochen immediately expressed the will to leave Holy City on the next day to travel for the Knight Temple.
Haoyue was the major reason why Long Haochen was so eager to return. After his transformation into the Purplish-Gold Haoyue Sword, his blood link with Haochen could be said to have risen to a new level, and in addition, Haochen’s further progress of his strength in this period of time also affected him to some extent. So, his evolution was now on the brink of surging out, and at anytime could possibly be impossible to suppress anymore.
In his last evolution, Haoyue encountered the powerful attacks of the Lich King, so the success of his evolution was greatly a matter of luck. Also, based on the pattern of their encounters, almost all of Haoyue’s evolutions had attracted the attention of enemies, which only got stronger and stronger. As this time involved a rise from six heads to eight, it would not only take even longer, but attract the attention of still stronger enemies. Long Haochen really didn’t dare lower his guard at all. With just one mistake, Haoyue could get into unredeemably desperate straits.
Therefore, they had to make complete preparations, the major point being in increasing their strength. Because of Haoyue’s secret classification, Long Haochen couldn’t borrow the power of the Six Great Temples, and was only able to rely on their own team. As a light user, he was clearly the member whose strength it was most important to increase. If he could obtain a Divine Throne, they would have a far better grasp on the situation.
The reason why they did not immediately proceed for the Knight Temple was that they had another important matter still unresolved.
After rising to the chairman of the new union, Long Haochen’s status became completely different. They no longer lived in the Knight Temple, but the highest class of the union headquarters ’dwellings.
Although the topmost floor of the former Temple Alliance’s administrative area was the smallest one, it was still over a thousand square meters in size.
It should now be called the union chairman’s administrative floor. The whole area was cut up into a lot of regions: large offices, lounges, an area specialized for cultivating, a library, and botanic areas. Although there were no lavish decorations, that was still an elegant design overall. Let alone for just Long Haochen, even their whole Demon Hunt Squad found that space to be extremely large.
“Let’s all rest here for this evening. We will depart for the Knight Temple tomorrow in the morning.” Long Haochen announced to the group.
Han Yu asked, “Is it okay not to wait for your chairman seal to be made first, chairman?”
Long Haochen forced a bitter smile, “Just keep calling me Captain. It feels awkward to hear you call me chairman. Bright Glimmer of Hope’s original team of seven got the chairman position, three vice-chairmen seats, and the other three became council members. As for Zhang Fangfang, Yang Wenzhao and Duan Yi, they took council spots for the Knight Temple, visibly preparing ahead of time for the sake of getting their future successors ready.”
One could say that this Temples’ Great Gathering’s greatest winner was the Knight Temple. Although Haochen had become the union’s chairman in his status as captain of Bright Glimmer of Hope, in the end he was also a knight! His grandfather and father were all leading figures of the Knight Temple, Divine Knights. With that, his relationship with the Knight Temple couldn’t possibly diminish with time.
Also, Long Haochen aside, his team’s Han Yu, Zhang Fangfang, Yang Wenzhao and Duan Yi were all extraordinary powerhouses of the younger generation, Han Yu and Zhang Fangfang having both broken through to the ninth step of cultivation, and Yang Wenzhao and Duan Yi, the peak of the eighth step. Even by their strength alone, they were qualified to be designated council members from the Knight Temple. After all, they were still so young.
Originally, the Mage Temple’s greatest advantage over the Knight Temple was the latter’s didn’t have enough up-and-coming talent to replace the older generation, but this session proved that this point of view was to be entirely reviewed. The appearance of five great younger knights to smoothly take over from the older generation, raised expectations for their future. Long Tianying and Yang Haohan were rather low-key in the conference, in which the Knight Temple was once again the greatest winner. The new union could really be said to have prepared a perfect layout to convince the other Temples.
The other ones all smiled in reaction to Long Haochen’s words. Looking at each other, they still had quite eerie feelings, unused to such new statuses. But they all knew without a doubt that their positions and duties within the union had become completely different after going through the Temples’ Great Gathering as well as this conference. In particular, Long Haochen was already shouldering the heavy responsibility of leading humankind to destroy all demonkind.
Long Haochen declared to Zhang Fangfang, Yang Wenzhao, and Duan Yi, “Brothers Zhang, Yang, Duan. The three of you have been following Bright Glimmer of Hope for some time already. After going through the gathering, you can be considered a part of our team. As such you will also be subjected to Bright Glimmer of Hope’s rules. Our Demon Hunt Squad has always followed the rule of equally splitting our contributions. Now that we are back, please hand over your contribution points.”
All three were in faint shock: Long Haochen’s demand was very simple, but, as it seemed a bit out of place considering his broad character, all three had quite strange feelings. But they did not give it much thought, and all took out their contribution points to transfer them to Long Haochen’s contribution tile.
In fact, these three all used to be Demon Hunt Squad Captains. Although the contribution points they had piled up over the years couldn’t compare to the count of Bright Glimmer of Hope’s members, that was still no small count.
Chen Ying’er pouted in reaction, “You can’t bully them, Captain.”
Long Haochen had a grin, saying no more. Instead, Lin Xin let out a laugh, “How come it seems like the little hen is spreading her wings, now she’s defending her man.”
Chen Ying’er replied in great anger, “You’re the hen. Has-drugs-bro, are you in for a beating? Forgot about the time you got beaten up ‘til you were all swollen?”
Lin Xin let out a snort, “I don’t remember such a thing.”
Cai’er was already standing, just at Haochen’s side, “So, are we going now?” She had seen through Long Haochen’s intention, and only she knew what purpose he had when recovering the contribution points of the three of them.
Long Haochen nodded, “We are going now. We’ll be leaving tomorrow at dawn, so let’s take care of these matters asap. It’s already noon, but we should have enough time.”
Chen Ying’er looked at Long Haochen with a teary face, “What are you talking about Boss? We are done with the conference, so what more is there for us to do?”
He smiled in response, “There is a place we have not visited for a long time, and it should be quite relaxing. Let’s go now.”
The bald priest Sima Xian’s eyes suddenly lit, “I know, the Demon Hunt Squads’ Transaction Center!”
Long Haochen showed Sima Xian his thumbs up, “Smart. Time to go now.”