Chapter 403 Task Assignment
Li Qingchan, Zhao Zhu, Zhou Yuan and the rest were sitting in a room illuminated by lamplight.
"Elder Wu." Li Qingchan's eyes looked towards the front, where an old man with a head full of white hair and gray robes was sitting. His back was straight, and his expression was cold and stern, making him appear like a strict and grumpy old man.
This elder was called Wu Lin, and he was the elder sent by the sect to oversee the matter of the Black Flame Province.
"I didn't expect you to lead the team this time, Li Qingchan." Elder Wu nodded briefly to Li Qingchan. When dealing with a Chosen from a sect, even someone as stern as him seemed to soften a bit.
His gaze swept over the rest of the team, before stopping abruptly when he saw Zhou Yuan. After being stunned for a moment, Elder Wu frowned deeply and said, "Why is there a fourth layer of Origin-Alpha here? What peak does this disciple belong to? Do you think someone of your level can dabble in?" such a mission? This is absurd!"
Elder Wu Lin usually supervised missions outside the sect throughout the year and thus only returned once or twice a year. Naturally, he was not very familiar with Zhou Yuan, who had only joined the sect for half a year.
A small smile appeared on Zhao Zhu's face when he saw this. Elder Wu Lin was a strict person and had a low tolerance for troublemakers. What I hated the most were the people who were only on the team to make up the numbers. Zhou Yuan was very unlucky to have met him.
Next door, Qin Hai and the rest were secretly gloating.
Li Qingchan hurriedly said, “Elder Wu, this is the newly promoted purple sash disciple of Saint Genesis Peak, Zhou Yuan. Although he has only been with the sect for half a year, his achievements in battle are extremely outstanding. He was not only the champion of the top selection ceremony, but also the recent purple sash selection. Although he is currently only at the fourth Alpha-Origin layer, his battle power does not lose to a disciple of the seventh layer.”
Elder Wu cast a skeptical glance at Zhou Yuan.
“Still, ultimately, he is just a newly promoted purple sash disciple, and lacks experience compared to veteran purple sashes like Qin Hai.”
Elder Wu was originally going to reprimand some more, but finally let out a helpless sigh. He looked at Zhou Yuan and said, “Well, since you are here, it will be a good learning experience for you. “Do your best not to be a burden.”
Zhou Yuan sighed in his heart, and could only nod his head to acknowledge that the old man would not continue endlessly.
Elder Wu shook his head and withdrew his gaze, clearly taking Zhou Yuan as a disciple who was in favor of a free Heavenly Credit, and thus did not have much expectations from the latter.
"Elder Wu, what exactly is the current situation?" Li Qingchan quickly changed the topic. She had been the one to bring Zhou Yuan, after all, and she feared that Elder Wu would keep him away from the task in a moment of anger. If that happened, it would be a completely wasted journey for Zhou Yuan.
Zhou Yuan disappeared from Elder Wu's mind as they began to talk about formal matters. “The essence flame vein that appeared in the Black Flame Province this time is very valuable. As such, even the three titans, the Holy Palace, the North Sea Dragon Subjugation Hall, and the Hundred Flower Fairy Palace have been drawn here.”
“The Black Flame Province is not within the jurisdiction of any of our four sects. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to decide who the Essence Flame Vein will belong to.”
Li Qingchan and the rest nodded. If the Black Flame Province was part of their Cangxuan Sect's territory, the other sects would have to start a war if they wanted a piece of the pie.
Since the Essence Flame Vein was located in the Black Flame Province, it should strictly speak of the local factions here. However, they clearly did not have enough power to monopolize this resource, and could only reluctantly allow the interference of the four overlord sects.
The four sects would eat the meat, while the local factions would have soup.
That was the world. The stronger it was, the more meat it could eat.
Wu Lin said slowly: "Before you guys arrived, I have already discussed the assignment matter with the Holy Palace, the North Sea Dragon Subjugation Hall, the Hundred Flower Fairy Palace, and some of the factions of power".
Li Qingchan asked in surprise: "Oh? Has it already been decided then?"
"It's not that easy. Which of them will be willing to give in?" Wu Ling snorted, before continuing, “After our discussion, we finally decided that it will be allocated based on capacity.”
With a wave of his sleeve, a surge of Genesis Qi shot out and turned into a giant map.
“This is a map of the essence flame vein. It reached deep into the ground and covers a large area, making it very profitable to harvest." Elder Wu pointed to the map as he explained, "The method we finally agreed upon is very simple. “In three days, the various factions will send their disciples to the Essence Flame Vein area to decide on their assignment.”
With a swift movement, ten rays of light shot towards Li Qingchan and the rest.
When they received it, they found a small, palm-sized flag on which the Genesis Runes were shining.
“Each flag that has been placed will cover an area of one hundred miles. As always, as one manages to protect the flag for a day, the area a hundred miles away will belong to the faction of the flag owner.”
Li Qingchan, Zhao Zhu and the rest looked at the small flags in their hands curiously. It seemed like the fight for the Essence Flame Vein would be quite interesting.
These flags represented one's territory. One only needed to plant to mark to gain a part of the Essence Flame Vein. Of course, this was with the precondition that one managed to resolve all the problems within this territory in one day.
“Can each person only occupy the area of one flag? If so, wouldn’t we occupy at most a thousand mile districts?” Zhao Zhu asked.
"The thousand-mile districts will already be a great victory." Wu Lin shook his head helplessly. "The central region is only about three thousand miles wide, how can there be enough if all the disciples of the overlord sects occupy one piece?"
“There will definitely be a shortage of land to occupy in the end. That's when the real fight will begin..."
The eyes of Li Qingchan, Zhao Zhu and the rest widened slightly. They could already imagine the intense battles that would undoubtedly break out to fight for the limited land.
After all, who among the Holy Palace, the North Sea Dragon Subjugation Hall, the Hundred Flower Fairy Palace, and the local powerful factions would not want to occupy more of the essence flame vein? The resources to be collected after being mined were nothing to scoff at.
“We have already done a quick scan of the area and found that it is filled with Heavenly Flame Lizards, a type of Grade 4 Genesis Beast. You guys should be careful of these creatures when you are inside.”
"In addition to this, we also discovered that the most valuable district is this area..."
With a flick of his finger, a piece of land in the central area of the map gradually turned red.
"Due to the limited amount of land we will be able to occupy, we need to do everything we can to compete for the richest deposits."
Elder Wu pointed towards the center of the red region and said, “Li Qingchan and Zhao Zhu. As the two strongest, you will need to quickly occupy this central area.”
"Qin Hai, Bai Li... and the rest will try to occupy these neighboring districts." Elder Wu continued to instruct while pointing to various points on the map. As they watched, the red area continually divided into smaller pieces.
Elder Wu was obviously assigning each member their task.
In the blink of an eye, only Zhou Yuan was left.
Zhou Yuan had no choice but to speak, “What about me?”
Elder Wu looked at him and sighed, probably also having a headache because of this "free charger". The disciples sent by the other factions were not ordinary individuals after all, which makes a fourth-layer Alpha-Origin like Zhou Yuan seem quite unpleasant.
Even though Li Qingchan had said that he was not weak, who knew how much was real.
Elder Wu remained silent for a moment, before he eventually pointed towards an area outside the red patch and said, “This region will be entrusted to you. Make sure you succeed.”
Amusement immediately appeared on the faces of Qin Hai and the rest. The area that Zhou Yuan had been assigned was not even part of the central region, and was probably not rich in flame essence. It was obvious that Elder Wue did not believe that Zhou Yuan had the qualifications to compete in the central region and therefore half-heartedly assigned him to another location for safety.
There shouldn't be many formidable opponents in this area.
Seeing this, Li Qingchan hurriedly said, “Elder Wu, Zhou Yuan is not as weak as you think, he…”
Rewards for a heavenly task were awarded according to one's contributions. With such a pathetic allocation, Zhou Yuan may not be able to get a credit from Heaven in the end.
Elder Wu waved his hand, cutting off Li Qingchan's words. “I am responsible for the safety of our disciples, and one should not bite off more than they can chew. If an accident occurs due to foolishness or stubbornness, not even I will be able to escape the consequences."
“There is no need to discuss this matter later. "If he is capable enough, it shouldn't be a problem for him to occupy this area."
Elder Wu's tone was firm, indicating that nothing can be changed.
“You all must follow my arrangements. When the battle begins in three days, is it better that you occupy the districts assigned to you?”
Hearing Elder Wu's stern voice, everyone quickly acknowledged in unison.
Zhou Yuan looked at the area assigned to him on the map with a helpless smile. However, he did not argue. Since he had already been given his task, he would first focus on occupying that area before anything else.
No matter what, a loan from Cielo would be safe.