The rest of Mount Thunder Sect remained silent.
After their Grand Sect Leader turned tail, they no longer had the confidence to say anything.
Sensing Jackson’s hesitation, Thea continued. “I know you’re worried, but I assure you Celestial Sect isn’t evil. The establishment of our sect is for the peace of Sol. The Spirit Turtle has been slain, and its core shattered into several pieces. All of which were taken by strong martial artists. Have you not sensed that Simon’s energy has become stronger since then?”
“Simon also obtained a piece of the core and managed to refine it. A side effect of using the Spirit Turtle’s parts is that it will kindle the desires hidden within one’s heart and those desires will eventually accumulate. I’m warning you, Simon’s no longer the person he was in the past.”
“Don’t you dare slander our Grand Sect Leader, you wicked beast! Who are you to talk ill of him in this manner?” a disciple from Mount Thunder Sect stood up and refuted Thea’s claims.
“You wish to die where you stand, I see…” Standing behind Thea, a disciple from Celestial Sect snorted derisively.
Powerful energy erupted from his body, making it seem as if he was prepared to attack.
“Stop it! Back off!” Thea glared at him.
“Yes, Sect Leader…” The disciple from Celestial Sect stepped back.
“Men, we shall withdraw at once.” Thea turned around and left.
As she walked away, Thea demanded, “Announce to the world right now that Simon, the Grand Sect Leader of Mount Thunder Sect was defeated in battle, yet the sect is too cowardly to own up to their words and keep to their promises”.
Her deep and callous voice seemed to cut through the air and loom over the sect.
The Celestial Sect’s disciples turned around and followed behind Thea.
Jackson stood in place with a troubled expression. At that moment, he was unsure of how to proceed.
“Dad…” Delainey gently tugged on his sleeve.
“Wait!” Jackson composed himself and projected his voice clearly.
Thea, who was leaving, stopped and turned around to look at Jackson.
Jackson stepped forward and said, “Mount Thunder Sect will admit our defeat. However, I’d like to negotiate the terms of our cooperation.”
Thea raised her leather-gloved hand and gestured for him to continue speaking.
“First, Mount Thunder Sect will not merge with Celestial Sect. However, we will acknowledge the existence of the Celestial Sect and will obey your orders when necessary.”
“Secondly, Mount Thunder Sect will not participate in Celestial Sect’s efforts to unify the ancient martial world. If the purpose of Celestial Sect’s establishment is to prevent problems from cropping up in the future, Mount Thunder Sect will surely lend its support to you when the time comes.”
“Third, Mount Thunder Sect will never participate in anything that goes against our principles!”
Jackson looked past the hideous masked and stared Thea down. “Can you agree with these terms?”
“Sure, why not?” Thea sighed in relief.
Jackson, Mount Thunder Sect’s leader, was James’ friend. As such, he would surely provide support to James in his time of need. However, Thea wanted the entire ancient martial world in her palm. She wanted the ancient martial world to unite and form a perfect alliance.
“I’ll see you next time, Mr. Cabral.”
After speaking, Thea walked away.
Jackson watched as Thea, and the people from the Celestial Sect left.
“Dad, did you really just force us to cooperate with the Celestial Sect?” Delainey whispered.
Jackson sighed helplessly and said, “Our Grand Sect Leader agreed to the terms before battle, and I have to stay faithful to our word. Otherwise, the reputation Mount Thunder Sect had built over thousands of years will be discredited instantly. Plus, the three terms I’ve brought up will ensure we do not go against our principles. If Celestial Sect’s leader was being truthful about their motives, we should definitely help.”
“Still, why do they wear masks? They seem up to some shady things…”
Jackson raised his hand and interrupted Delainey’s outburst.
“Celestial Sect’s leader is right. Several powerful martial artists have acquired the Spirit Turtle’s core. Soon, Sol’s ancient martial world will devolve into mayhem. I hope the situation can be handled when it comes to that, or else it’ll be a living hell…” Jackson was worried.
Delainey asked, “Then, what should we do next?”
“We’ll have to wait and observe what happens next. If the situation becomes chaotic, someone must stand up and stop it. I really do hope Celestial Sect’s real intention is to stop all of this. Otherwise, it’ll just add fuel to the inferno that will consume us all.”