Chapter 1807 – Battle For The Seats
Zhao Hai knew what this person was thinking. The Hundred Flowers Valley always had a bad relationship with the Myriad Demons Sect. An enemy of an enemy is a friend. Therefore, the representative of the Hundred Flowers Valley wanted to get close to Zhao Hai.
Getting in touch with the Hundred Flowers Valley was no harm to Zhao Hai. He also knew that he would need support to establish the Elder’s Congress. The Hundred Flowers Valley would be a good candidate for an ally.
The conflict between the Hundred Flowers Valley and the Myriad Demons Sect was known to almost everyone in the Northern Divergent Province. The Myriad Demons Realm always wanted to squash the Hundred Flowers Valley. However, the Hundred Flowers Valley wasn’t a soft persimmon that they could casually pinch. It can be said that the Myriad Demons Sect has no way of getting rid of the Hundred Flowers Valley.
Naturally, there’s a reason why the Hundred Flowers Valley were able to go against the Myriad Demons Sect. Behind the Hundred Flowers Valley was the support of many smaller sects. These sects supported the Hundred Flowers Valley not because they wanted the valley to become big. Instead, the Hundred Flowers Valley would go against the Myriad Demons Sect on behalf of these small sects.
Although these small sects weren’t strong, this didn’t mean that they were fools. Conversely, these sects knew where they stood. They knew that if nobody opposes the Myriad Demons Sect, then it would be very bad for them. They needed a sect that wasn’t afraid of the Myriad Demons Sect. This sect happened to be the Hundred Flowers Sect.
With the support of these smaller sects, the Hundred Flowers Valley was able to face the Myriad Demons Sect without being eliminated.
Actually, in the last year or so, there were plenty of small sects that met with Zhang Feng or Tie Zhantian. They wanted to enter into an agreement with the Black Tiger Gang. It can be said that the Black Tiger Gang also has the support of smaller sects. This happened because the Black Tiger Gang dared to face the Myriad Demons Sect and managed to survive.
After Zhao Hai and the Hundred Flowers Valley Elder entered the residence, Zhao Hai turned to the elder and asked, “I have been chatting with Senior Brother for some time, but I failed to recall your name. I hope you can forgive me for this.”
The elder stared for a moment before he smiled and said, “It’s normal for Junior Brother to be unaware. I rarely go out of the sect. This one’s surname is Li, and my given name is Xunhua.”
Zhao Hai stared, then he cupped his fist towards the man and said, “So it is Mister Xunhua. Please forgive me for being impolite. I have been speaking with you casually.”
Li Xunhua smiled faintly and said, “Junior Brother, you’re too polite. I already said that the Great Strength of Cultivation only looks at a person’s strength. Junior Brother already made your mark in the realm. If you’re too polite next time, I will be angry.”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “Since Senior Brother says so, then this Zhao Hai will be impolite. Senior Brother, did you invite me over to discuss the Elder’s Congress?”
Li Xunhua didn’t expect Zhao Hai to get straight to the point. But he nodded and said, “Correct. Junior Brother, as you may already know, your proposal not only offended the Myriad Demons Sect, but all of the other super sects as well.”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “I know. But this is also because Jian Wuya and the others were too arrogant. What Demon Slaying Conference, they just want to expand their power with one huge step. Everyone could see this, but nobody dared say it. The nine super sects have already enjoyed their position for some time. Do they really think that the Heavenly Demon Invasion is that simple? I’m afraid not.”
Li Xunhua stared, he looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Junior Brother, what do you mean?”
Zhao Hai sneered and said, “The Heavenly Demons have prepared for a long time. How could they give up that easily? It’s impossible for this invasion to end in a short time. Let me tell you, I noticed the change in the Heavenly Demon Realm when I went there during the Heavenly Demon Trial. After I came back, I wanted to inform the Myriad Demons Sect about it, but they were suppressing the Black Tiger Gang at that time. Even if I told them, they wouldn’t believe me.”
“The Black Tiger Gang doesn’t want the Great Realm of Cultivation to be caught off-guard, so we released the news as a rumor. However, nobody became vigilant. Hmph. The Heavenly Demons are coming and yet these super sects still want to fight for power and profit. Shortsighted bastards.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, Li Xinhua’s complexion changed. He said, “Junior Brother, you mean the rumor about the Heavenly Demon Invasion was released by the Black Tiger Gang?”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “Correct. I noticed that something wasn’t right during the Heavenly Demon Trial. It seems like the Heavenly Demons were waiting for us to arrive and ambushed us. The same happened when we were leaving. They didn’t want a lot of people to survive the trial. It’s different compared to the previous trials. They hunted us like they were hiding something. For an entire year, the participants of the trial were chased by teams of Heavenly Demons.”
“Why were they so anxious to hunt us down? Are they hiding something from us? Then I suspected an invasion. I was prepared to tell the Myriad Demons Sect about this, but how can I make them believe me? Even if I did, I’m afraid they would think that I’m delusional.”
Li Xinhua’s expression became difficult to look at. It wasn’t only the Myriad Demons Sect, the entire Great Realm of Cultivation didn’t believe the rumor. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have assumed what the nine super sects wanted to do, and they wouldn’t have come blindly.
There were no idiots in the Great Realm of Cultivation, nobody regarded anyone as a fool. As soon as the nine super sects said that they wanted to hold a Demon Slaying Conference, the entire Great Realm of Cultivation understood what they wanted to do. But they still came. Why? This wasn’t because of the Heavenly Demon Realm’s invasion. They thought that they could stop the Heavenly Demons with their own strengths. They came to the conference in order to stop whatever the nine super sects were planning.
Actually, in the Great World of Cultivation, whenever a momentous change happened, the first ones to be unfortunate would be the small sects. Because of their weak foundations, the small sects would be easily tossed around. Therefore, even if they knew what the super sects wanted to do, they could only brace themselves. If they didn’t join the alliance, then their sects would immediately be destroyed by the Heavenly Demons.
However, if these small sects obtained news ahead of time, they would be able to make preparations. Even if their fate was still uncertain, at least they prepared. When the Heavenly Demons come, they would have countermeasures in place. They wouldn’t be like the present where they would have to depend on other people for survival.
Li Xinhua was annoyed by the Hundred Flowers Valley’s mistake. But then a thought came to his mind. His eyes shone as he looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Junior Brother, that must mean that your Black Tiger Gang prepared for the invasion right?”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “Correct. This one has some status in the Black Tiger Gang and the Gang Leader has some trust in me. After hearing the news, the Black Tiger Gang immediately began to prepare for the invasion. Fortunately, the Heavenly Demons did come. Otherwise, I would be treated as a criminal by the sect.”
Li Xinhua felt his teeth itch upon seeing Zhao Hai’s proud expression. But he still replied, “I see. No wonder you didn’t give the Myriad Demons Sect any face. The Elder’s Congress that you suggested is very good. However, who holds the seats of the congress needs to be carefully selected. The Myriad Demons Sect shouldn’t hold more than half of the congress seats. We need to find more sects to occupy the remaining seats.”
Zhao Hai couldn’t help but regard Li Xinhua with more respect. He didn’t expect him to think this far. Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “As long as there is an agreement, it wouldn’t matter how many seats there are in the Elder’s Congress. We can assign a rule where all nine elders need to agree. It’ll be enough for us to have a few seats. Moreover, the congress can have more than nine seats. This would make it more difficult for the Myriad Demons Sect to control the congress.”
Upon hearing Zhao Hai, Li Xinhua stared for a moment before he understood what Zhao Hai meant. He nodded and gave Zhao Hai a thumbs up before saying, “Brother is truly fierce. I haven’t thought about that yet. I think we should keep in contact. This way, we can grab seats for ourselves in the congress. What do you think?”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “That is natural. Alright, then this Junior Brother will ask to be excused.”
Li Xinhua nodded. But then he patted his head and said, “I actually forgot. I invited you over to have a drink. But we haven’t drunk even one cup. Brother, come over first. Have a taste of our hundred flowers wine. Please don’t decline my offer.” As he said that, he took out a couple of jade bottles. The bottles were red and finely made.
Zhao Hai received Li Xinhua’s bottle and said, “Then this Junior Brother will be impolite. Thank you for the wine, Senior Brother. Goodbye.” Li Xinhua brought Zhao Hai to the cave’s exit. Looking at Zhao Hai’s departing back, the corner of Li Xinhua’s mouth showed a faint smile.