The Federation secretary-general, Pan Wen, walked over to the Shrek Academy group and bowed his head. “Hello, Elder Cai.”
Pan Wen was a middle-aged man of average height. And a balding head. He’d hardly stand out in a lineup of other senior government officials. In fact, he’d hardly stand out anywhere. Despite his ordinary appearance, however, he was a rising star in the world of politics and had a decent shot at being appointed the chairman.
“Hello, Secretary-general Pan,” Elder Cai said curtly, maintaining the measured distance between representatives of Shrek Academy and the Federation. The two had never had a close relationship.
Pan Wen smiled. “Elder Cai, we’ve arranged for your honored academy’s group to stay on the Star Luo ship with the group from the Imperial Star Luo Academy. Those are the same students who came on an exchange here. I’m sure they will be eager to entertain themselves in sparring with your students during the long voyage ahead.”
Elder Cai spent a moment considering about what Pan Wen had said. “Oh, you mean those kids we rejected from visiting Shrek!” Everyone in the vicinity turned to Elder Cai, gawking at how provocative her words were.
A bead of sweat ran down Pan Wen’s forehead as he suddenly began laughing. “Yeah. That’s right! How unfortunate that they had wanted to do their exchange at such an inconvenient time for Shrek! Isn’t this a wonderful opportunity now during the voyage?”
Elder Cai grunted her affirmation and nodded.
“That’s great then! Elder Cai, please allow me to escort you and your talented students to your rooms.” Pan Wen hurried them along after giving them enough face.
The truth was that he was helpless before her. In his lofty government post, he knew full well what sort of power Shrek Academy wielded. It had always been a challenge for the Federation in deciding how to handle Shrek Academy. In fact, the two main objectives of the Federation were to control Shrek Academy and the Spirit Pagoda. Of course, that was just wishful thinking. Those two organizations were the most influential throughout Douluo, and more importantly, all of the strongest soul masters congregated there. There was some room for cooperation with the Spirit Pagoda, but Shrek Academy was a monolith that refused to budge no matter what the Federation tried. They were forced to turn a blind eye out of consideration for Shrek Academy’s hidden might and lack of ambitions. Shrek Academy had never expressed any intent to expand and its students were moral soldiers that spread all over the continent. They were by no means forming an army, so the Federation could accept granting them autonomy, no matter how reluctant.
Led by Pan Wen, the Shrek Academy group entered a special elevator that took them straight to the ship.
As Tang Wulin’s eyes wandered around, he caught sight of another group of people boarding the ship. They wore white uniforms, their faces refl
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