Under the crushing weight of the pressure, everyone struggled to breathe. Only James could resist Tobias ‘suffocating aura.
Maxine, however, could not withstand the pressure. She could feel her knees giving way.
Unable to resist the pressure any longer, her knees fell to the ground. The impact damaged even the floor. Maxine’s face paled, and sweat beaded on her forehead.
She uttered her words with great difficulty, “Wh-What do you think you’re doing, Tobias? Do you think you can subdue us through sheer violence alone? The Cadens will never yield to the likes of you!”
“Hmph!” Tobias smirked. “I’m the family head of the Cadens. Why would I subdue my own family? I guess I was wrong about you, Maxine. Though I treated you well, you harmed Grandfather and concocted such a lie while I was in closed-door meditation. You even shifted the blame on me so you could become the family head. Do you admit your sins?”
He pointed at Maxine, who was kneeling.
“Grand Patriarch Lorenzo, tell them it was you who made me the family head.”
Seeing that no one spoke up for her, she slightly panicked.
She knew Tobias well. If she could not win over the important members of the Cadens’ household and remove Tobias from his position, she would lose her life.
Everyone’s gaze was fixed on Lorenzo. They all awaited his response.
Meanwhile, James stood behind Maxine and remained silent. Although he was a Caden, he had no authority in this household.
Lorenzo looked at Tobias and uttered word by word, “It was I who made Maxine the family head…”
“How foolish of you, Father,” Tobias chastised him. “She’s a traitor to the Cadens. Even if the others were deceived by falsehood, how could you of all people be possibly misled? You have grown senile, I’m afraid. You should no longer intervene in the internal affairs of the household. Men, send Father back to his room!”
At that moment, James stood up and helped Maxine, who was on her ground, up.
“What do you think you’re doing, James? This is the Cadens’ household. You have no authority here,” Tobias said coldly.
“Tobias, you’re no longer the family head. The position now belongs to Maxine. Return to being the commander-in-chief of the Phantom Army and never return.” James said coldly.
“How dare you?” Tobias roared.
“What? Are you going to resort to violence?”
James clenched the Blade of Justice in his hand and slowly pulled out the sword.
Pointing it at Tobias, he said coldly, “In that case, let’s have a match. Let me see what your Thirteen Heavenly Swords are made of…”
“How impudent!” Tobias roared, and his aura boomed.
Unable to withstand the terrifying aura, the Cadens in the foyer staggered backward and fell, groaning and writhing on the ground in agony.
Meanwhile, Lorenzo only sighed in frustration and said, “Tobias, it’s not too late to turn back…”
“Cut the crap, Father! Stay out of this. Otherwise, don’t blame me for what happens next!”
Tobias only returned after surmising that Bennett was dead. Now, Lance was dead, and the Elysian Congress had seized control of Orient Commerce.
Tobias’ current objective was to dominate the entire ancient martial world. To control the ancient martial world, however, he would first need to gain control of the Cadens’ household by securing the position of the family head. Then, he would join forces with the Ancient Four and annihilate the Mount Thunder Sect, the Blithe family, and the Elysian Congress.
After doing so, he would become the supreme being of this world. No one would be able to stop him, not even his own father. Tobias was already too far gone.
Looking at Lorenzo with bloodshot eyes, he uttered word by word, “Last chance… Return at once.”