The human form of the tiger patriarch looked so old one would think he was senile. However, his eyes were s.h.i.+ning with a light of boundless wisdom, as though he could see through Xiang Shaoyun with a single glance.
Xiang Shaoyun could sense an ethereal aura about the patriarch, giving him the illusion that he was merely looking at a phantom instead of a solid ent.i.ty. The sensation was disconcerting, and it gave him the feeling that the patriarch was a person he could never defeat.
Xiang Shaoyun saluted the patriarch and greeted, “Greetings, senior.”
“So you’re Xiang Shaoyun? I heard about you from Little White many years ago. Looking at you today, you’re indeed a giant among men,” said the patriarch with a sonorous voice.
“I do not deserve that much praise,” said Xiang Shaoyun. It was rare to see him this humble.
“Um. I heard all about you from Little White. He is lucky to have your help back then. From now on, you are a friend of the tigers. You’re welcome to visit us frequently,” said the patriarch.
“Thank you for the favor you’re showing me, senior,” said Xiang Shaoyun joyfully.
Xiang Shaoyun wasn’t able to talk much with the patriarch before Little White brought him away. In fact, Little White had merely brought him over as a show of respect for the patriarch. Now that he had achieved his goal, there was no need to waste more time. It was time for him to give Xiang Shaoyun a proper welcome.
He brought Xiang Shaoyun to a ma.s.sive nest made of golden branches and jade leaves. There, he had his underlings serve Xiang Shaoyun some spiritual fruits and spring water.
Xiang Shaoyun could see that the food and drink he was served were all high quality. The fruits were king grade, and some were even emperor grade. Each was a rare treasure for any cultivator.
In the past, Xiang Shaoyun would be insanely overjoyed to be served this food, but he was much more nonchalant nowadays. Along with his growth in strength, his mental state had also changed. Regular items would not be able to easily excite him.
“Boss, how have you been all these years? Why did you wait so long before visiting me?” asked Little White.
“I have naturally been fine. Did you not notice how fast your boss is growing?” said Xiang Shaoyun with a smile. “But you have also been growing real fast. Look at you. A Demon Sovereign already!”
“Of course. I am the youngest Demon Sovereign here. I was about to go looking for you, but the patriarch and the others weren’t comfortable with letting me go alone. I was almost bored to death. I must go out with you this time,” said Little White. He was still as hyperactive as ever.
“You should stay here. Your boss is going back to take revenge. I don’t even know if I can return alive,” said Xiang Shaoyun as he shook his head.
Little White immediately said, “Boss, do you still see me as your brother? When you’re in trouble, I must naturally help.”
“Listen to me, Little White. This will be extremely dangerous. I am ready to throw caution to the wind, and there is no turning point for me. You don’t have to take this risk with me. I’m not even here for help,” said Xiang Shaoyun seriously.
He was speaking the truth. He was only here to see Little White, as he was afraid that he would no longer have the chance. However, Little White had decided to take the risk with him. It wasn’t what Xiang Shaoyun wanted to see. With Little White’s new status, he couldn’t take that risk.
“Boss, if I’m in trouble, will you help me with all you have?” asked Little White.
“Of course I will. Even if the king of heaven is your enemy, I will still fight,” said Xiang Shaoyun firmly.
“That’s it, then. Even if you need me to tread on fire, I will not s.h.i.+rk from duty. Boss, if you continue rejecting me, I’ll take it that you don’t see me as your brother anymore,” said Little White.
One ought to admit that Little White’s intelligence was rather high now. He was able to fluently counter Xiang Shaoyun, instantly rendering Xiang Shaoyun speechless.
Xiang Shaoyun smiled helplessly and said, “Sure. Since you want to help, bring a couple of experts from your clan. Otherwise, you won’t be able to help much.”
“Haha, not a problem. How strong do you need the helpers to be? I can get them all,” said Little White in excitement.
“I need Demon Saints,” said Xiang Shaoyun solemnly.
He was right, as in, general demonic beasts wouldn’t be much help to him. But if a Demon Saint could help, he would have much greater confidence in getting the Ziling Sect back.
“Sure, I’ll bring us a Demon Saint,” agreed Little White without any hesitation.
Xiang Shaoyun felt he was wrapped in warmth. This was how a brother should be. After spending about half a day chatting with Little White, he was brought on a stroll around the headquarters.
Xiang Shaoyun found that there were quite a lot of treasures to be found here, such as tigerhead trayflower, bileblood vine, goldstar straw, and so on. These were rare plants at the emperor grade. In fact, there were even some sovereign-grade plants.
According to Little White, there were also saint-grade plants, but he couldn’t bring Xiang Shaoyun to them since they were in the tigers’ restricted area. Xiang Shaoyun naturally wouldn’t force Little White. It was not like he didn’t have any saint medicine in his possession.
After spending a day at the headquarters, Xiang Shaoyun suggested leaving. Little White sent Xiang Shaoyun out of the headquarters before he went begging the patriarch to let him go.
“Patriarch, I am going out to see the world with my boss. You said it yourself. What I lack now is experience. This is the best chance for me to leave. If I don’t grab it, I will never be able to become the strongest white tiger monarch,” said Little White seriously.
“That’s a decent idea. You’re already a Demon Sovereign, so you’ll be strong enough to protect yourself in the human territory so long as you don’t encounter some super strong individuals. Permission to leave granted,” said the patriarch. “However, you are the only tiger in 10,000 years to have shown signs of returning to the roots of our bloodline. I will send Tang Zhan to protect you. Some humans will do all they can to capture you and make you their mount after learning of your ident.i.ty.”
“Yes, patriarch. I’ll follow your arrangement,” said Little White obediently. “Can you send a few experts to come with me as well? I doubt Tang Zhan alone will be enough.”
Little White naturally had a different intention for making his request; he was trying to get more helpers for Xiang Shaoyun.
“If you encounter a problem not even Tang Zhan can solve, those other fellows will be useless,” said the patriarch.
“Tang Zhan will serve as the ultimate guardian. I still need some people I can order around. That way, Tang Zhan wouldn’t need to do everything himself,” argued Little White.
The patriarch gave it some thought before agreeing, “Sure, go pick a few. But pick carefully. Those fellows have never interacted with humans before. Things might get troublesome very easily.”
“Don’t worry. If they dare to cause trouble, I will teach them a lesson they won’t forget,” said Little White confidently. After spending a while thanking the patriarch, he left joyfully.
He did not notice the wise look in the patriarch’s eyes, as though the patriarch had seen through everything he was planning.
“You’re a loyal child. May your loyalty reward you with what you deserve,” muttered the patriarch with a sigh.