Chapter 336: Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce
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Lin Yuan was frowning slightly, prepared to reply to the message. He did not know that Listen, the person he was talking to on the other side of Star Web, was actually also a youth.
Although Listen was a little older than Lin Yuan, Listen was undoubtedly a lot younger than Liu Jie.
At that moment, Listen was tightly pursing his lips while the corners of his eyes betrayed a deep sense of exhaustion.
However, Listen relaxed his furrowing brows, meaning that his burden had been lifted.
As Listen read Deep Mountain Elder Lin’s message, he unknowingly felt infinite gratitude in his heart. Someone was finally willing to help him at his most difficult moment.
Listen was in high spirits and actually looking forward to the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce’s future.
How could he have imagined that fate would have played such a big joke on him in just a month?
Listen was the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce’s only direct descendant. The Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce had set its development goal toward the sea three years ago. Unfortunately, its core members—Listen’s relatives—had suffered a sea catastrophe.
Listen had been a minor, only 17 years old, at that time, so he was left to tend to the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce on his own. He could only gnash his teeth and take over the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce’s management by himself.
During those three years, Listen had put in a lot of effort to rejuvenate the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce and accumulate some resources.
The Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce had actually had five Class 3 Creation Masters with a pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master that could break through and become a Class 4 Creation Master at any moment.
Those five Class 3 Creation Masters had been working in the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce for more than 10 years before its development goals toward the sea.
Although these people were not Listen’s direct relatives, they were also his uncles.
Listen had almost spent most of the accumulated resources on the pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master. He had set his heart on helping this pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master become a Class 4 one. In the end, the hard work had paid off, and that Creation Master successfully became a Class 4 one.
However, after that, he defected to a veteran faction with the remaining four Creation Masters, dealing a heavy blow to the already weak Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce.
Listen had actually pinned his hopes on this pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master. He had been imagining that when the pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master became a Class 4 one and presided over the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce, it might even advance from an emerging faction to a veteran faction.
The Class 3 and pinnacle Class 3 Creation Masters had been the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce’s backbone ever since Listen was young. Thus, while allocating a lot of resources to assist in that pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master’s breakthrough, Listen had never let him swear an oath of loyalty to the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce with a Willpower Rune.
Of course, Listen did not have the qualification to make this pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master swear an oath even if he wanted to. Moreover, since the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce had directed its development toward the sea and suffered the catastrophe, it had lost its top experts.
The Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce was nothing in front of the other factions without the top experts’ protection.
Had Listen not always been racking his brains to try to get things around, the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce would probably have been annexed.
Listen was not a Creation Master, and the chamber of commerce’s rich resources had been diminishing after the heavy blow. Therefore, the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce had to rely on the four Class 3 Creation Masters and that Class 4 Creation Master on many matters.
Even a Class 3 Creation Master would not easily use their Willpower Runes to swear allegiance to any faction. Only other spirit qi professionals and factions in this world would swear an oath to high-ranking Creation Masters.
Although that pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master had squandered the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce’s resources to become a Class 4 Creation Master, he had also earned huge benefits for the chamber of commerce.
It could even be said that the pinnacle Class 3 Creation Master had been earning the past three years’ high-level resources.
Although some Creation Masters would swear allegiance to some factions, such allegiance generally only existed in a veteran faction with a great foundation, like Wind Mist City’s richest Gao Family.
This allegiance would generally be set for a certain number of years, so oath’s the effect would be lifted after that.
This was also the reason some Class 1 and Class 2 Creation Masters were willing to use a few years of freedom to pay allegiance to the veteran factions in exchange for the opportunity to grow.
After breaking through, the Class 4 Creation Master left the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce with three other Creation Masters.
The Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce’s situation was akin to a geyser with the potential to rush forth, yet someone blocked the geyser’s opening.
Given the favors Listen had obtained, the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce would have been able to tide over the difficulties. However, it was hard to rise again after it lost its source.
To this unfavorable turn, Listen had tried to control the situation, taking him a week. Unfortunately, misfortune never came alone. In less than a day after stabilizing the situation, a veteran faction revealed its hidden poisonous fang. In fact, it had been eyeing the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce for a long time.
This veteran faction had signed an exchange oath with the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce at great cost a year ago.
This exchange oath was precisely an exchange with the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce for two chances to promote the Bronze/Flawless feys to Epic.
If Listen could complete this exchange request, he would obtain lots of resources. He would even get help from this veteran faction in some other areas.
However, if the exchange oath failed, Listen had to agree to let this veteran faction intervene with the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce’s development.
Listen had signed this exchange oath because there had only been benefits and no disadvantages for the Listening Heron Chamber of Commerce at that time.
Naturally, the situation had changed dramatically with the Class 4 Creation Master and three other Creation Masters’ departure.