“Who’s your preferred candidate for the King?’ James asked.
After long contemplation, the King said, “In the beginning, it was you…”
“Me?” James froze.
“Yes…” The King continued, “Back when you were framed by the previous Emperor, I planned to introduce you to the world of politics. However, a lot happened afterward, and I realized that though you make a good general, you aren’t qualified to be a leader.”
James scratched his nose and asked, “What about now?”
The King clapped his hands.
A man forty years of age around 180 centimeters tall walked in. He was wearing a black suit, and his refined features only accentuated his charisma.
“King… Emperor…” The man greeted the two respectfully.
The King explained, “Mr. Zander is the Deputy Director General of Sol.”
Seeing the other party, James nodded slightly.
Since the King ordered Mr. Zander to enter at this moment, he must be his favored candidate for the position of King.
The King continued, “There would be turmoil and disorder in every election of Sol. In the last election, the previous commander-in-chief of the Southern Plains perished, and the previous King took back the Blade of Justice.”
James listened intently.
“There shouldn’t be an exception this time.” Wearing an anxious expression, the King said, “The Gu Sect kept a low profile in the previous elections. However, things have changed. The remnants of the Gu Sect are all ancient martial artists. If the Gu Sect blatantly acts as it pleases, Sol will descend into chaos.”
“Never.” James gave his assurance. “Such an event will never come to pass. I will surely exterminate the Gu Sect before the election.”
“I’m glad to know that…” The King breathed a sigh of relief.
Glancing at the King and Mr. Zander, James said, “Next, I plan to do something about the evermore complex web of relationships between powerful figures and factions in the Capital. Once I make a move, it will lead to a chain reaction. Many will be implicated.”
The King waved slightly and cut James short, saying, “Do as you please. No matter how powerful your opponents are, know that you have my backing.”
James smiled. “I estimate that around eighty percent of all serving officials will be arrested.”
“Hahaha…” The King laughed. “I’ve always wanted to get rid of them. I just didn’t manage to find an opportune moment to do so. Don’t worry, everything’s well prepared. No matter who it is, there will be someone ready to assume his or her position. Sol will not descend into chaos.”
“I’m relieved to hear that.” James wore a slight smile.
He knew that he had set things in motion the moment he made a move against Halvor Tuckson. Now, he had no choice but to press on. Clearing up the mess would be an arduous task. With the King promising he would deal with it, James could now rest assured.
“I’ll take my leave then.”
James stood up and left with the Blade of Justice in hand.
Gloom escorted James out.
Outside Peace Mansion…
Gloom handed James a cigarette and asked, “James, what did you get after slaying the Spirit Turtle at the Mount Thunder Sect? How’s your cultivation base? Have you crossed into the eighth rank?”
Gloom knew that James‘ grandfather, Thomas, was the one behind the events that took place at the Mount Thunder Sect, so Thomas should have been the one who benefitted the most. As his grandson, James must have gotten something out of it too.
Unfortunately, until now, he could not figure out James‘ strength.
James smiled slightly. “I’ll be taking my leave. Contact me if there’s anything.”
He chose to hide his strength from Gloom. However, he was confident he could defeat anyone in battle.
As Gloom watched James‘ retreating figure, he furrowed his eyebrows.
Meanwhile, after James left, he pulled his phone out and called Callan.
“Callan, it’s been two months… How’s the situation over there?”