Chapter 618 Divine Cultivator
Lauryn let out a sigh as she continued talking about her past, “Although we were able to wipe out the Whitley family, all eight respectable families suffered severe casualties as a result. As it would take time to determine the distribution of the Whitley family’s properties, the respectable families all went into dormancy. Chaos broke out when the respectable families’ influence over Chanaea weakened. That was when you established Asura’s Office.”
Jonathan shook his head and let out a wry chuckle after hearing that.
“Are you trying to say that the establishment of Asura’s Office was only possible because the respectable families had to recover from the war?”
“I know it’s unfair to say this of Asura’s Office…” Lauryn mumbled nervously.
Although Jonathan had saved Lauryn while they were in Summerbank Abyss, him using her like a tool had also left her traumatized.
As a result, Lauryn would always think twice before saying anything for fear of angering Jonathan.
“What’s wrong? Are you afraid of me?” Jonathan asked when he noticed how cautious she was being.
Lauryn nodded instinctively, only to shake her head seconds later.
“Not exactly… I’m just unsure of what I should say because your temper can be quite unpredictable.”
“Okay, you are afraid of me. All right, we’ll refrain from arguing about how Asura’s Office was established. Tell me more about the respectable families. I want to know what the eight families faced when going against the Whitley family,” Jonathan said.
“About fifty God Realm fighters and three Divine cultivators.”
Jonathan shuddered when he heard Lauryn’s reply.
The Whitley family has three Divine cultivators? This reminds me, Joselle is an ancient beast. While I don’t know the full extent of its powers, Joselle’s strength had decreased to the level of a Divine cultivator when the seal was almost complete. And yet, Vladimir and I weren’t able to hurt her even after teaming up. While Joselle isn’t technically a Divine cultivator, it was enough to give me a glimpse of how powerful Divine cultivators are. The fact that the Whitley family had three of them showed just how powerful they were. But, if I look at it from a different perspective, the eight respectable families must’ve been pretty formidable themselves if they were able to completely wipe out the Whitley family!
As if she had read Jonathan’s mind, Lauryn continued,
“The respectable families have a very strong connection that allows them to benefit from each other, and that connection grew increasingly stronger when they teamed up. Although they were able to eradicate the Whitley family, the eight respectable families suffered heavy casualties and had to rely on each other to recover from the damage. They have been using marriages of convenience to strengthen the relationship between them over the years, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t plotting anything behind each other’s backs. If my calculations are correct, another revolution should take place in ten years if Asura’s Office hadn’t been established.”
Jonathan gave it some thought and said, “Given everything you’ve told me, that is indeed possible. It’s the same as fighting a war. Soldiers are bound to be exhausted after a huge battle, and that applies to all parties involved. That will result in a brief ceasefire where everyone recovers and prepares for the next battle. The one who recovers sooner will seize the opportunity to attack the other. In other words, they’ll be kicking their enemy while they’re still down.”
I’m glad I wasn’t part of anything like that, but I also feel like I’ve missed out on a great opportunity. Had I not established Asura’s Office, the eight respectable families would start another war in about ten years. Regardless of who emerges victorious in the end, all eight respectable families would be at their weakest then. However, with Asura’s Office rising to power so quickly, the eight respectable families are forced to team up once again. Well, I suppose I wouldn’t have known the power of the respectable families if I didn’t establish Asura’s Office, let alone consider taking them on. Fate sure has an amusing way of messing with people, huh?
With that in mind, Jonathan decided to ask the question that had been bothering him the most. “By the way, Lauryn, do you know if the Osborne family has any Divine cultivators?”
Although Asura’s Office was incredibly powerful and had become the largest military force in Chanaea, the highest-ranking cultivator they had was Jonathan, who was in the God Realm.
The firepower available to modern military forces could easily suppress those with cultivation levels equal to or below the Superior Realm.
As cultivators who have reached the Grandmaster Realm were able to use force fields, ordinary firearms were pretty much useless against them.
It would take really powerful sniper rifles and explosives just to hurt them.
As for someone from the God Realm like Jonathan, one would have to use weapons of mass destruction in order to pose a threat to him.
Of course, direct hits from tanks and artillery fire would still hurt him if he didn’t have protective equipment on.
Since Divine cultivators were more powerful than God Realm cultivators like himself, Jonathan had yet to come up with an effective means of fighting them.
Putting their attack power and special abilities aside, the physical speed of Divine cultivators alone proved too much for modern weaponry to keep up with.
Therefore, only cultivators were capable of killing them.
Jonathan stared intensely at Lauryn as he waited for her answer, but she simply shook her head and said, “I’m sorry, Jonathan. I can’t tell you that.”
“Why not?” Jonathan exclaimed in displeasure.
As Lauryn had promised to help him out after he had rescued her in Summerbank Abyss, her not answering his questions left him feeling very dissatisfied.
“You don’t know where the respectable families are and if they have any Divine cultivators? I’m starting to wonder if you’re actually trying to help me out here, Lauryn. For all I know, you could be a spy sent to gather information on me!”
“It’s not that I don’t want to tell you. I really don’t know that much because my information is from ten years ago. The eight families mobilized at least eight Divine cultivators when they attacked the Whitley family back then. Respectable families need to have Divine cultivators in order to gain a foothold in the country. According to the archives, three of the fifteen respectable families were wiped out because they lost all their existing Divine cultivators and couldn’t produce new ones in time. In order to buy the Whitley family some time, the three Divine cultivators of the Whitley family fought valiantly against the eight Divine cultivators from the other respectable families. In the end, their bodies disintegrated upon death, and the Divine cultivators from the other families returned with severe injuries all over. A year after that, all the families put word out that their Divine cultivators had fully recovered, but no one was able to verify if they were telling the truth.”