Chapter 248 Domineering
The First Prince looked at Devitt and let out several cold laughs. Then he turned his gaze to Fang Xingjian and said, "Since you'd like to continue, just go ahead. However, since the Regional Champion has already been decided, I'll bring Fang Xingjian with me first. As for the rest, I'll come for them after their rankings have been decided. It won't be too late then."
In fact, the First Prince had never thought of stopping the Regional Selection before. In fact, he he had only suddenly received the news of Fang Xingjian's astonishing performances for the past few days and thus rushed over immediately. The First Prince wanted to subdue Fang Xingjian before he became a Conferred Knight and entered the Regional Academy.
Otherwise, if the First Prince took action after Fang Xingjian had already gained the identity of a Conferred Knight and entered the Regional Academy, it would be more troublesome.
Regional Academies had their own autonomy, and even a prince would not be able to take action against them so easily. Moreover, after Fang Xingjian undergoes the second transition, his abilities would suddenly increase in leaps and bounds.
When Fang Xingjian heard the First Prince's words, he lifted his head with his eyes closed. It was as though he was really looking at the First Prince.
Fang Xingjian pushed aside the person who was supporting him and turned his head in the direction the First Prince's voice was coming from. He asked suddenly, "George, what if I'm not willing to go?"
When the First Prince heard Fang Xingjian calling out his name directly, he immediately felt displeased.
"How dare you! Is His Highness' name something you can call?!"
The Dark Knight observing the situation immediately let out a cold snort, and the Dark Heavenly Canopy in the sky pressed downward, as though charging toward Fang Xingjian.
However, streams of ice dragons were already soaring and propping up against the dark canopy.
Governor Devitt said, "With the high status Your Highness has, why do you need to make things difficult for a mere Knight?"
The First Prince shot a glance at Fang Xingjian. He did not care about what Fang Xingjian had said. With his identity as the First Prince, no matter how talented Fang Xingjian was, what right did Fang Xingjian have to talk about regulations and conditions with him?
The First Prince gave a direct order, "Bring Fang Xingjian to me." He could not be bothered talking about conditions and reasonings.
However, under the dark canopy, another three people appeared next to Devitt.
A hint of fury flashed in the First Prince's eyes, and his tone grew increasingly cold, "Are the few of you planning to defy the King's orders as well?"
Devitt said calmly, "His Majesty has only said that you may select elites to be promoted directly, but he didn't say that you can ignore the Knights' wishes, right? Since Fang Xingjian doesn't wish to go and would like instead to remain at the Regional Academy, then as the Headmaster, I will naturally need to stand up for him."
The First Prince said coldly, "Fang Xingjian has yet to enter the Regional Academy and hasn't even gone through the second transition. He can't even be considered a real Conferred Knight yet."
Devitt said, "Fang Xingjian is the Regional Champion and has also attained Heaven's Perception... Becoming a Conferred Knight and entering the Regional Academy is just the natural flow of things. Isn't the First Prince aware of this?"
The First Prince did not speak, but the black fog shrouding his body grew increasingly darker as though it had brought along the darkness from hell itself.
At this moment, everyone was looking at the First Prince's clone while thinking of the words, 'deep and unfathomable like the ocean'.
The Dark Knight next to the First Prince's clone was the National Champion from two selections ago, and he was now a top notch level 29 Conferred Knight. He was one who had the ability to fight against the Governor or someone who was even stronger.
With such a person present and the First Prince's clone by his side, supporting him, once they started fighting-putting Governor Devitt and the other three examiners aside-it would even be considered a disaster for the spectators present as well as the entire Regional Academy.
As the First Prince's aura increased rapidly unceasingly, the pressure from the Dark Heavenly Canopy seemed to have gotten increasingly stronger. Many people present could not help but hunch their backs, incapable of continuing to look up at the First Prince.
Just then, Fang Xingjian stood upright, the mental cultivation method in his brain circulating fanatically. His body was releasing collision sounds of kacha kacha all over.
He stood up forcibly against the pressure induced by the First Prince and the Dark Knight, and said out loud in a clear voice, "George, let me ask you this. Now that I've emerged as the victor in the Regional Selection's arena battle, I'm naturally the Regional Champion and a Conferred Knight. Entering the Regional Academy is a regulation which has been set down since the founding of the Empire. What wrong have I done by choosing not to leave with you and join the National Academy?"
Each of Fang Xingjian's words sounded like they had collided against a large bell, resounding from his body and entering clearly into the ears of everyone present.
After hearing his words, most of the people present turned pale. They could not even begin to imagine that someone would dare speak to the First Prince like this.
"Is he crazy? How dare he talk to the First Prince like this?"
"Is this Fang Xingjian tired of living?"
"To think that a level 19 Knight would dare to be so disrespectful before a top notch level 29 expert...?"
Even when Luke and Yaris, who were examiners, the Imperial Guards' Deputy Commander Adri, Mongul's City Lord, and Kirst's City Lord heard Fang Xingjian's words, they started to break out in cold sweat.
What kind of a person was the First Prince? He was this generation's strongest inheritor of the Ancient Path of Hell, the future King and a Conferred Knight who was extremely close to attaining the Divine level. Even a level 29 Conferred Knight would tremble in fear before him and would be extremely wary. To think that Fang Xingjian dared to rebut him head-on... He was truly too audacious.
Governor Devitt and the others started to feel anxious and secretly strengthened the guards, afraid the First Prince would blow up suddenly and start killing.
"Oh?" A simple word was spoken, giving everyone goosebumps.
The First Prince lowered his head and finally looked at Fang Xingjian. It was as though he had not expected Fang Xingjian to still be able to go against him under such pressure.
However, thinking of Fang Xingjian's earlier performance, everything made sense. This Fang Xingjian was truly not one who would bow down to royalty and was hard to control. The First Prince opened his mouth slightly, and an extremely domineering aura spread out and surged downward.
"Fang Xingjian, you're merely a Knight. To think that you dare to talk to me about regulations? I'm the Empire's First Prince and the future King, a level 29 Conferred Knight and an expert who will be able to reach the Divine level anytime now.
"The whole country is under my control. My name brings awe and fear to even the most desolate areas, and I have countless experts as my subordinates... You think you're worthy of talking to me about regulations?
"Since I'm here today, the regulations of the Regional Selection will naturally be decided by me."
In this moment, the First Prince finally decided not to play the hypocrite with every semblance of sincerity and instead revealed his stand openly. Relying on absolute power, he suppressed over everything. He was regulation itself.
Hearing his words, the four examiners, with Devitt in the lead, all wore pale countenances, as though they had not expected the First Prince to shed all pretences.
However, what they first felt was not fury but horror.
"Although the First Prince has been domineering in the past, he has never been so arrogant. Now that he dares to act so brazenly, could it be... could it be that he's about to enter that stage?"
"I heard he had participated in the Church of Universal Truth's War of the Eight Princes. I wonder what great benefit he has gained?"
Just then, all four examiners felt a tremendous pressure surging toward them.