"Everyone, the quinquennial 37-City Exchange Meet is once again upon us. I believe that everyone will be keeping a close eye on the compet.i.tion. It concerns all our lives after all."
"As the host of this program, I, Hubble, would like to tell everyone to sit back and relax. Everything will be fine."
"Just moments ago, the five representatives of the 13 Eastern Cities arrived in the ancient city of Mei'ya. I have all their information right here."
A bald middle-aged man had appeared on the screen. It went without saying that his words and expressions during the broadcast were vivid and colorful.
As the bald man was speaking, little bubbles popped up continuously on the screen.
"Stop wasting time, Old Hubble! Just hurry up and reveal all that juicy information!"
"I am not worried about the representatives of the Eastern Cities. I am more concerned about the beast-like warriors from Hao'w.a.n.g City!"
"I heard that there is someone among them who can stop an elephant with just one finger!"
Luo Yunyang watched the pop-up windows and Hubble at the same time. He was a little puzzled as he asked, "Although I haven't seen much of Mei'ya City yet, it seems like its residents are way more advanced than we are."
"Science and technology are readily available here, and people receive even more materials and resources. Besides aiding defence, this also improves the residents' lives."
Fat Xue clenched his fists. "This time, I must definitely win a portion of resources. Just one extra portion would improve the living standards of the 13 Eastern Cities and give people who lack proper medical care an extra hope of surviving."
"The 13 Eastern Cities are currently lacking manpower. The young man called Luo Yunyang is only a third-grade martial master."
"He he… How can this sort of martialist be called a legend? Oh, no. No, we better not use this word wrong. I think it's best that we call them the way they are addressed: state scholars!" Hubble chortled heartily.
"Ha ha… A state scholar with no equal. I know the meaning behind these words in the East."
"Can this sort of person be called a state scholar with no equal? I must be drunk!"
"It seems like we should change the rules. The 13 Eastern Cities have reached a new low. They aren't fit to get so many resources."
The contents of the pop-up windows flashed by even more furiously. Apparently, there was an increasing number of people that paid attention to Hubble's views and joined the discussion.
When Fat Xue returned to his room, Luo Yunyang stopped watching the so-called Sky Vision. Instead, he stood by the window of his high-floor hotel room and gazed down at the throngs of people below.
His communication device suddenly beeped with the following message. "Head to the G.o.ddess of Wisdom Manor and attend the dinner banquet."
Luo Yunyang deleted the message and shut his eyes to contemplate the set of Mountain-Shifting Sword Art Techniques. Although he had gone through the mysteries of that sword manual on the plane and simulated it, he still felt that there were certain areas that weren't right.
Luo Yunyang didn't know how much stronger the Mountain-Shifting Sword Art was compared to the Five Tiger-Breaking Knife Techniques quality-wise, but if he were facing an enemy, he would still prefer to use the Five Tiger-Breaking Knife Techniques.
When he received another notification on his communication device, Luo Yunyang changed his clothes quickly and headed to the lobby.
"You are here at last, Luo Yunyang. We have been waiting for you!" Fat Xue rushed up to him impatiently to welcome him.
Even though Fat Xue was wearing a suit, he didn't seem to have an air of elegance. On the contrary, when people looked at him, they thought to themselves, Please don't move around abruptly. You might tear your clothes, if you aren't careful!
Luo Yunyang didn't know exactly what this Divine Bloodline that he had awakened was.
Ling Yubing was wearing a pink dress that showcased her graceful figure and snow-white skin. She really had the air of a G.o.ddess.
However, she was unfortunate enough to have Chu Yuan standing next to her. Even though Chu Yuan was wearing a rather ordinary cyan dress that hid her best features, she still looked amazing.
A silver Rapid Gem limousine was already waiting at the entrance of the hotel. A hotel attendant opened the car door respectfully and helped everyone enter the vehicle.
"We are representing the entire 13 Eastern Cities. We can't disgrace the people of the 13 Eastern Cities at this dinner function," the guy who had given Luo Yunyang the tea, whose name was Wei Zhongxing, said solemnly.
"He he!" Fat Xue chuckled.
Ling Yubing and Chu Yuan didn't speak. Luo Yunyang just smiled.
He didn't pay much attention to this sort of dinner functions. His only objective was to eat his fill.
The compet.i.tion would start the next day, so he might as well eat as much as he could. His thoughts were pretty simple at the moment. He would just eat until he was satisfied!
The G.o.ddess of Wisdom Manor was really huge. When Luo Yunyang and the others got out of the limousine, they were greeted by a grand entrance.
That's right, the entrance was huge. A small plaza beyond the gate, a white-jade sculpture of the G.o.ddess of Wisdom, and several large fountains formed the entrance of the manor.
A group of attendants in suits and bowties stood respectfully to the side. There were around 400 to 500 reporters camped out at a good spot outside the gates, so when Luo Yunyang and the others got out of the limousine, bright lights started flashing all around them.
"It's the five state scholars from the 13 Eastern Cities. That young lady is really beautiful!"
"She is simply a G.o.ddess. Actually, I think calling her a G.o.ddess doesn't do her justice. I think only Miss Li Chen could be compared to her in the West!"
"I have always been a faithful fan of Miss Li Chen, but as soon as I saw this G.o.ddess, I couldn't help but switch sides."
The crowd came alive immediately. Chu Yuan, who was the subject of all this praise, took no notice of her surroundings. It seemed as if she hadn't heard anything.
"Now, let us invite our distinguished guests from the 13 Eastern Cities, who are the five pillars that the Da Alliance will be relying on in the future!" As Luo Yunyang and the others entered the manor's garden, which was filled with bright lights, a pa.s.sionate voice echoed all around.
"This is Unparalleled State Scholar, Miss Chu Yuan!"
"Unparalleled State Scholar, Mister Wei Zhongxing!"
"Unparalleled State Scholar, Mister Xue Jingshen!"
"Unparalleled State Scholar, Miss Ling Yubing!"
"Unparalleled State Scholar, Mister Luo Yunyang!"
Every time a name was announced, everyone broke into thunderous applause. Of course, the one who received the loudest applause was none other than Chu Yuan.
Good-looking guys and guys who thought they were good-looking applauded maniacally. It was plain from their expressions that they had been really moved by Chu Yuan's beauty and were welcoming her wholeheartedly.
"Dang! Do you realize how many celebrities are here, Yunyang? Whoa, that's my favorite idol. I never expected to see her at this welcoming party. She actually smiled at me!"
As he watched everyone welcoming them, Fat Xue's eyes were glowing. He almost couldn't speak coherently.
Luo Yunyang followed Fat Xue's gaze and saw a tall elegant lady. He didn't really recognize her.
The time he had spent in Chang'an City had been too short after all.