Chapter 617: Quitting
Humans were easily influenced, leading to a herd mentality. After a few began to join the Heavenly Blood Union, there were more and more people who made the same choice.
Even Wei Chiwei, who was beside Yi Yun, was visibly in a dilemma as he tried to make his choice.
However, he still shook his head eventually. He sighed and said, “Maybe… it is time that I leave the Heavenly Dao Union… ”
Yi Yun was slightly stunned, “Why? Aren’t you tempted by all those opportunities?”
“I am.” Wei Chiwei looked yearningly at the Heavenly Dao Union’s treasury, but he still shook his head. “What doesn’t belong to me will never belong to me. I’m wondering… even if I sign the soul contract and join the Heavenly Blood Union, will I really obtain the ‘Heavenly Dao Reincarnation Grand Technique’… ?”
Wei Chiwei looked perplexed. As he looked at the excited and enthusiastic crowd, he found it somewhat unreal.
With great temptations put in front of people, many would be blinded by them.
Wei Chiwei did not think that the Martial Alliance was problematic, but he still had a persistent feeling that he should not join the Heavenly Blood Union.
This was just an intuition he had.
“For these Blackstone Trials, all those who have joined the Heavenly Blood Union will obtain an ancient mystic technique. It can increase your strength in a short timespan, so as to ensure that complete the mission. This mystic technique is also one of the more valuable mystic techniques in the Martial Alliance. You will only receive the first volume, but that is already priceless.”
“Although the effects of the mystic technique are obvious, it will not cause any harm to your body. You will notice it while cultivating it. This is also considered to be your reward!”
The masked man standing beside Young Master Feng Ming said.
His remarks caused quite a stir.
They naturally wanted to learn an ancient mystic technique; especially an extremely valuable one.
The Heavenly Blood Union members stared with widened eyes. The treatment they were receiving was way too good. Usually, to exchange for an ancient heritage, they would require large amounts of Blood Jades.
“What is the mission this time? For them to promise such handsome rewards, there might be some danger!”
Some people were worried about this, but someone said with a scorn, “Return is proportional to risk. How can there be huge returns without any risks in this world? There are many mystic realms where no one knows what is in them. It’s most likely that a large number of people who enter a mystic realm and die. But even so, many warriors would still rush in desperately, in order to obtain a piece of that opportunity. We are just participating in the Blackstone Trials. If you are so cowardly, you might as well not be a martial arts practitioner.”
The person said with a cold tone, to which the person, who spoke before, did not refute.
Compared to those mystic realms, the Blackstone Trials was indeed safer. If so many elites, nearly all of whom came from the large factions of the Tian Yuan world, perished in a trial, how was the Martial Alliance to answer to the entire Tian Yuan world? It did not seem beneficial to the Martial Alliance.
With this thought in mind, more and more people were determined to join the Heavenly Blood Union.
However, there were a few who chose not to join.
Yi Yun looked around, and there were seven people including himself.
These people either liked a free and unfettered life, or had their own resolve. If not, they had their doubts on the Martial Alliance’s motives. As such, all of them made this choice.
“Are you not joining?”
Young Master Feng Ming looked at these people and heaved a gentle sigh, as if feeling sorry for them.
“Sorry, I’m not joining. And… I want to quit the Heavenly Dao Union.”
At that moment, Wei Chiwei spoke. One could still see the gruesome wounds on his body, so compounded with those words, it made him seem quite miserable.
Over the months, the ordinary members of the Heavenly Dao Union had discovered that the treatment they received compared to the Heavenly Blood Union was getting more disparate by the day. They were also increasingly ostracized by the Heavenly Blood Union.
And the upper echelons of the Martial Alliance turned a blind eye towards this, acquiescing such conflict to proliferate.
Although these people still had a chance to obtain precious resources in the Heavenly Dao Union, they did not wish to endure it any further.
“I want to quit.”
“I too am quitting.”
The remaining few began announcing their intentions.
At this point, it seemed liked quitting the Heavenly Dao Union was the only other option.
Either you joined the Heavenly Blood Union or you quit. There was no third choice.
Yi Yun turned silent. He noticed that when these people wanted to quit, there was a chill that suddenly emanated from the platform…
With a thought, Yi Yun shook his head and said, “Forget it, I’m quitting too!”
All seven of them quit the Heavenly Dao Union!
The masked man on the platform watched all this unfold in front of him in silence.
“Have you decided?” Feng Ming asked, as his disappointed look became more apparent.
No one, including Yi Yun, spoke.
“What a pity… ” Feng Ming shook his head. “I admit that for these Blackstone Trials, there is indeed a bit of danger. If you are not careful, you might die. So I can understand why you aren’t joining… ”
“Everyone has their own aspirations, so I won’t be holding you back. However… with the Human race on the brink of a calamity, our Martial Alliance created the Heavenly Dao Union to prepare for the calamity.”
“Junior Brothers and Sisters, with you using our Martial Alliance’s resources and cultivating our Martial Alliance’s heritage when you previously joined the Martial Alliance, it could be considered as having received benefits from us. Armies are maintained for years, but used on a single day. I never expected that you would quit at that moment… ” Feng Ming said his words in a slow and unperturbed manner.
Immediately, those Heavenly Blood Union members began to look disdainfully at the seven people.
Many of them were conversing in private.
“Those people are such ingrates!” Someone said in disdain.
“Ingrates devoid of gratitude, having enjoyed the resources prepared for the ambitious members of the Human race, but end up becoming cowardly and refusing to contribute!”
“I’m ashamed to be associated with them.”
People began to say such things. In the crowd, Gongsun Hong sneered at Yi Yun. He stretched out his hand without any concealment and gave Yi Yun a thumbs down.
This was a gesture of extreme provocation and contempt. Gongsun Hong did this in front of everyone, it was mainly because he had been defeated so terribly by Yi Yun. He had disgraced himself utterly by losing to one saber strike. He knew that he was not Yi Yun’s match, and that he had no chance of seeking revenge in the short term. As such, he took this opportunity to vent his anger.
“Jiang Yidao, so what if you have a bit of martial talent? You are cowardly and short-sighted. You might have defeated me before, but you are just a tiny bump on my martial path. In less than a year, you will be left in my dust. I will trample on you and carry on climbing up my martial path. To me, you are just a stepping stone that I will eventually step on. Your existence is solely for my growth.”
Gongsun Hong had a sneer on his face as he did not disguise his voice. He was declaring his determination to surpass Yi Yun so as to wash away his shame.
If Yi Yun had entered the Heavenly Blood Union, people would have thought that Gongsun Hong was just engaging in fool’s talk.
But now… Yi Yun had quit.
Now, people felt that what Gongsun Hong said was correct. A cowardly person like Jiang Yidao was not suitable for martial arts.
Towards Gongsun Hong’s provocations, Yi Yun only smiled. He did not give a response but he looked at the upper echelons of the Martial Alliance on the platform. His right hand was already pressing on his Ancient Dust Saber…