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“Several decades of life-and-death training, several decades of tough cultivation have allowed you to grow from nameless mercenaries into superpowers that reign supreme across the continent. From today on, you can emerge into the light from your dark corner. From today on, the Tian Yuan Continent will change because of your existence. In the future, you will become the glory of the Flame Mercenaries, the honor of the Flame Mercenaries, and the protectors of the Flame Mercenaries. We will become even more powerful because you are present. As the second captain of the Flame Mercenaries, I shall bestow a new name upon you. You shall be known as the Divine Guards of the Flame!” Jian Chen said emotionally and loudly. His voice rang out like a bell, reverberating across the entire mountain range with supreme authority.
“We thank the captain for the name he has bestowed. We will forget out former name and exist in this world as the Divine Guards of the Flame. We will guard the glory of the Flame Mercenaries whole-heartedly and lay down our lives to protect the name of the Flame Mercenaries. We will never let down the captain,” Mo Tian replied loudly and forcefully. His voice was emotional and his determined eyes had even began to tear up.
Mo Tian had only been a puny Saint Master back in Wake City of the Blue Wing Kingdom. One of a countless number of mercenaries who had lived at the very bottom of society. He had often fought with brutal magical beasts, coming close to death time and time again just to make some money and live. At that time, his greatest wish was to become an Earth Saint Master while becoming a Heaven Saint Master was his dream.
This was because Heaven Saint Masters were extremely impressive experts in the Blue Wind Kingdom. Once he became a Heaven Saint Master, he would be able to enjoy infinite wealth and glory.
Not only had he achieved his wish of the past, but he had even become a glorious Saint King. Even with the entire continent in perspective, he was now a great existence. He had never even wished about attaining something like this in the past.
At this moment, he felt overjoyed over the smart decision he had made before. If he had not sworn his life to Jian Chen, it would have been impossible for him to have today’s glory.
The Saint Kings who had gathered on the outskirts of the mountain range all sighed in surprise. These several dozen Saint Kings would only take up the position of guards in Flame City. This had completely overturned everything they knew.
Throughout the entire continent, there was no Saint King who was not worshipped like a god. Even in the protector clans, anyone who broke through to Saint King would immediately be promoted to great elder and would possess absolute authority.
Even among the Sea race, which had many more Saint Kings than the Tian Yuan Continent, they would never use Saint Kings as protectors or guards. Even the three great halls needed to provide Saint Kings the premium life.
Flame City had done something no one had ever done before. They were the only ones to use Saint Kings as guards throughout history.
Jian Chen returned to Flame City with the guards. You Yue and everyone else and was welcomed by the most enthusiastic cheers of the entire city. The news of Flame City’s sudden increase in Saint Kings swiftly spread across the entire continent. The news even reached the ears of the three other races. It threw them all into a huge commotion. The world was taken by shock. Everyone discussed this matter as they sighed in surprise.
The next day, countless Saint Kings visited Flame City. This included people from all four races. They had come to congratulate the Flame City on their ascension.
Even the hall master of the Sea Goddess Hall, Yadriam, personally came.
Jian Chen let Bi Lian and You Yue receive most visitors. He only personally received a few guests he was familiar with, such as Yadriam, Changyang Zu Xiao, and so on.
In short, it was basically impossible for the Saint Kings who did not have any ties with Jian Chen to see him. It was not because of Jian Chen’s pride, but there were just far too many people who had come. He did not want to waste his energy on greeting them all.
The four Imperial Protectors of the Qinhuang Kingdom had come as well, but the treatment they received in Flame City was far greater than other Saint Kings. As mere Saint Rulers, they were invited to the back to meet Jian Chen without any obstructions at all.
Kara Liwei visited Flame City with her ancestor, Kara Lot, as well. They were invited to the back as well.
Other than them, Tianmu Ling had also come, meeting Jian Chen while accompanied by Jun Mohao and Wang Yinhong.
“Brother Jian Chen, can I still call you that now?” Tianmu Ling asked carefully as soon as she saw Jian Chen. She acted pitiful and showed some fear on her face.
Jian Chen was extremely happy to see old friends. He chuckled aloud, “Why not? Miss Tianmu Ling has helped me a lot in the past, so how could I forget about you? My status greatly differs from the past, but it cannot change my morals as a person.”
Tianmu Ling was unsettled by how she had referred to Jian Chen before. She felt extremely uneasy, afraid of offending Jian Chen, but she finally relaxed after hearing what Jian Chen said. She understood that even though Jian Chen had become an existence akin to a sovereign, he had not forgotten about his former friendships. This immediately filled her with joy.
Jun Moyan and Wang Yinhong could not help but look at each other and smile knowingly when they saw how Jian Chen treated Tianmu Ling, as they followed behind her.
“Back in the gathering of mercenaries, brother Jian Chen, Ming Dong, Dugu Feng, and I were all Earth Saint Masters. It’s only been a few short decades since then, yet brother Jian Chen has already surpassed Saint Emperor. Even Ming Dong and Dugu Feng have become Saint Kings. Only I have been left behind, the same as before. I haven’t even become a Heaven Saint Master,” Tianmu Ling sighed dejectedly. The gazes she directed at Jian Chen, Ming Dong, and Dugu Feng were filled with obvious admiration.
Jian Chen could not help but think back to when he had taken part in the gathering of mercenaries with Ming Dong, because of what Tianmu Ling had said. His eyes immediately became filled with memories and he said, “Tianmu Ling, you’ve helped me quite a lot in the past. Don’t worry, I’ll help you out after this and let you become a Saint King!”
“Really?” Tianmu Ling’s eyes immediately lit up, and she became extremely excited.
Jun Mohao and Wang Yinhong both became stunned before becoming ravished with joy. Jian Chen’s status was now extraordinary, so they did not doubt his words at all. He had allowed several dozen people to become Saint Kings, so they did not doubt his ability to make an Earth Saint Master become a Saint King in a short amount of time.
“Jian Chen, don’t forget that you made a promise to me as well. Whether I can become a Class 7 Radiant Saint Master or not will all depend on you,” Kara Liwei squeezed over and stared at Jian Chen with her beautiful eyes.
After understanding Jian Chen’s temperament, Kara Liwei became bolder. She did not hold back at all.
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