“I need Mount Thunder Sect’s assistance.”
Without missing a beat, Jackson replied, “No problem! I’ll let my daughter lead some disciples from Mount Thunder Sect to the Southern Plains to help you complete your ten-year plan!”
Jackson wholeheartedly supported James.
James looked at Simon and continued. “Mount Thunder Sect can’t stay idle either. From what I understand, the earth will expand in the future, and many more mountains, rivers, and land will come into being. For humanity to survive, we need to occupy as much of earth as we can. Mount Thunder Sect should use this area as your base and as a foundation to build a city. As for the other things you need to do, go ahead and proceed with your plans. The country has pledged to support you.”
Simon stood up and said, “Thank you for telling me this, but I have some other questions I’d like to ask you.”
James said, “Go ahead.”
Simon asked, “You’ve already stepped into the ninth rank. I’d like to inquire how you did it. In Mount Thunder Sect, three people have reached the peak of the Skyward Stairway’s Ninth Stair but haven’t yet touched the threshold of the ninth rank.”
Instead of the earth’s future changes, Simon was more concerned about reaching the ninth rank.
Since there was a ninth-ranked grandmaster right before him, he was not going to miss the opportunity to acquire more information.
James had discussed the ninth rank with Tyrus in the Southern Plains.
Tyrus was the son of the Prince of Orchid Mountain.
He had also lived for thousands of years and had entered the ninth rank a long time ago.
After slaying the dragon, he drank the dragon’s blood. James himself was unaware of what rank Tyrus had reached by now.
After talking with Tyrus, James learned that not everyone could sense Empyrean Spiritual Energy.
It required one to undergo a process.
Ordinary martial artists would have to understand it themselves when they reach the Skyward Stairway’s Ninth Stair. It could take as short as three to five years or as long as eight to ten years to finally be able to sense Empyrean Spiritual Energy.
However, certain people are able to perceive Empyrean Spiritual Energy only after a short amount of time.
Tyrus claimed that these people had Spiritual Roots.
Spiritual Roots were an extraordinary feature.
People with a Spiritual Root could easily enter the ninth rank if they possessed a cultivation method that allowed them to absorb Empyrean Spiritual Energy.
James was forthcoming with everything and revealed his journey in reaching the fabled ninth rank. He also shared the existence of Spiritual Roots that Tyrus told him about.
The three of them listened carefully.
After hearing this, Simon stood up restlessly. He asked, “James, do you have a cultivation method capable of absorbing
Empyrean Spiritual Energy?”
James nodded and said, “Mhm. I obtained one a few years ago by chance.”
Simon was enthusiastic.
“James, could you teach it to me?”
Hearing this, James hesitated.
Noticing James’ hesitation, Simon continued. “I know it’s a lot to ask. After all, I’m asking you to pass down a cultivation method.
However, you said our earth is about to change, and that many monsters will appear in the future. Now that we’re in a time of peace, it’d be efficient to use this time to train more capable fighters to increase the chances of our survival in the future.
“Don’t worry. I’m not asking you to hand it over for free.”
As he spoke, he looked at Delainey.
“I’ll give you Delainey in exchange for you to pass the cultivation method to Mount Thunder Sect. She can be your second wife.”
Hearing this, Delainey blushed. At the same time, she was furious about being treated like some mere object to be exchanged at other people’s convenience as if she was not a human in the first place.
“Grand Patriarch, what are you blathering about?”
Simon was caught up in the moment but quickly realized how inappropriate his suggestion was.
He smiled and said, ““I-l misspoke. James, in exchange, Mount Thunder Sect will help your country prosper in ten years’ time.”
James thought about it.
He would have trusted Simon if this were the past.
Simon had helped him in the past. However, he changed after refining the Spirit Turtle’s core.
It became hard to discern his intentions.
However, he desperately needed the help of Mount Thunder Sect.
After thinking about it, he nodded and said, “| won’t keep this technique to myself.”
James went through Lunar and Terra Art and gave Simon a simplified version of the technique.
The Lunar and Terra Art he passed on would only allow one to absorb Empyrean Spiritual Energy but would be incapable of cultivating Lunar and Terra Energy.