He hurriedly stepped forward before taking a seat on the other side of the table. "Vice-palace Master!"
The middle-aged man pushed a cup of tea toward him. "Have a taste."
The young man faltered slightly before quickly calming himself down. He picked up the teacup and blew on it a few times before downing the contents of the entire cup in one mouthful.
A refreshing fragrance flowed into his stomach along with a stream of warmth, and his entire body was struck by an indescribably warm and comfortable feeling while the aroma of tea wafted through the air around him.
"I was very glad to hear that all of you are still alive. At the very least, the future hopes of Shrek Academy have been preserved, and its heritage hasn't been completely severed."
A hint of sorrow flashed through the middle-aged man's eyes as he spoke.
The young man lowered his head, and tears welled up in his eyes as he asked in a heavy voice, "What's the current situation like in our Tang Sect, Vice-palace Master?"
The middle-aged man shook his head in response. "Very bad. After our headquarters was bombed, all of our Radiant Tang Sect branch companies were oppressed on all levels. The military had been in close contact with us in the past, but they've since completely cut off communications with us. We've been dealt heavy blows from many sides, both out in the open and in the shadows. This was clearly all part of a pre-planned operation. The palace master has decided to temporarily close all of our branches. Our Tang Sect has many emergency plans prepared, and we're currently employing one of them. This is also the course of action that we'll only adopt during the direst of situations."
The young man asked, "Who else is there aside from the Holy Spirit Cult?"
The middle-aged man replied in an indifferent voice, "Have you heard of the saying that everyone will strike a man when he's down? This scheme has most likely been devised over a very long time. Both Shrek Academy and the Tang Sect have been targeted, and one generation of people definitely isn't enough to pull this off. The Holy Spirit Cult is only the entity at the very forefront; as for just how many powers are involved behind the scenes, I can only tell you that there are enemies everywhere you look.
"The Tang Sect and Shrek Academy have held such lofty statuses on this continent for far too long. Truth be told, we predicted a long time ago that the federation will inevitably plot against us one day, but we didn't think that this day would come so soon and that they'd employ such extreme tactics. Regardless of whether it's the elders of the Sea God's Pavilion or the current leaders of the Tang Sect, all of us are to blame for this. We've been bas
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