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It would probably take some time for the people of Helcrown and the elves to become acquainted with each other, but the process should not be too difficult. The elves had a high affinity for foreign races, and the people of Helcrown, who were willing to follow Y'zaks to this world were all diehard followers. They were steadfast in their pursuit of the "Great Unification". They embraced a multi-racial society without any criticisms.
There was another important reason: those who had the same misfortune sympathized with each other. Both parties had to flee their own country. When they met, the elves and the demons looked at each other with tears in their eyes...
One Helcrown settled down on the coast, the elves of Aerym started to fix the big, monstrous object. The engineers began to reshape the seafloor's rock formations, fixing Helcrown onto the planet with incredible supernatural powers. The city also dispatched a group of staff to come into contact with the elves and check if Helcrown sustained any damages during the journey. After all, it was not a professional spacecraft. They did not know if there was any damage upon entering the atmosphere.
Lanina came to the beach after handing over some work to Zadamor. She met the ruler of Aerym for the first time, and soon found that her life form seemed to differ from ordinary people. Nonetheles, the smart demoness did not show it on her face. She bowed before Hilda with proper courtesy and said, "Your Majesty, thank you for your assistance. I have heard from our king—"
"You don't have to be so courteous." Hao Ren was the kind of guy who could not stand the diplomatic rhetoric. He interrupted Lanina before she could finish her sentence. "Just get along well with each other. Don't get so tense and rigid. You're all renting the land; just be good neighbors and look after each other…"
Lanina's tail formed several knots in the air. The demoness was speeches after listening to Hao Ren. However, there was nothing she could do about it—it was his land. The situation was truly unprecedented: the representatives of the two civilizations were seriously engaged in a close encounter of the third kind. It was like being in a UN conference, but Hao Ren only took it as a few more new tenants in his house... What a different perspective!
Luckily, there was one person who was able to think further. Vivian reminded Y'zaks and Hilda, "It's better for the two of you to agree on a mutually acceptable outline for co-existing from the outset. For example, your respective areas of activity and future expansion of the territory according to developmental needs. What do you do with your respective cultural conflicts? What about the problem of resources on this planet? How will trade between the two sides unfold? Even if the two civilizations come together in the future, as the contemporary rulers, the both of you will have to consider the long-term path of this nation as well. I have lived longer than you. I've seen too many civilizations rise and fall. An idealized alliance is unreliable. It's best to make things clear."
It looked weird when the vampire maiden said all these things with a youthful face…
Hilda's body shimmered and she appeared to be thinking. She then nodded and said, "Vivian has a good point. I will proceed to arrange some investigations and meetings. I will set up an early and secure coexistence with our new neighbors."
Then, she smiled and said, "It's not really a big issue. The universe is so vast. We all know that the real wealth is in the depths of the stars. There is enough to feed countless generations. A race that looks at the entire universe does not waste its limited energy on scrambling for a planet. We just need to do a good job on preserving cultural harmony."
Hao Ren also added a few words, "Considering your special immigration process, I think the goddess will have her focus on all of you. So, you also have to think about how to deal with the goddess in the future. Also, you have to keep in touch with me. I have to know about your situation at all times."
Y'zaks found it to be very reasonable and nodded vigorously. "Yes, the goddess gave us the green light this time. And, I don't know how many times she will have to take care of us in the future. By the way, Hilda, haven't you already established a religion? Believe in the goddess. I think this religion can also be introduced to my people. Perhaps, this will be a good cultural bridge..."
The moment Y'zaks finished his words, Lanina's tail suddenly stood up like a root stick. It trembled in the air like she received an electric shock. "My King, do you mean to promote faith in the goddess among the people?"
Y'zaks smiled and said, "What's wrong with that? You know the goddess too. She's a real goddess, and she's worth following. We couldn't have gotten here without her."
Lanina looked a little conflicted and she said, "I know... but we've never worship God. Since you formed the legion, we've always held contempt for all forms of religious beliefs ... Even propaganda is prettymuch mocked. It's not easy to change habits that have lasted for hundreds of years."
Y'zaks touched his chin and said, "Hmm, that makes sense. Anyway, we must slowly share the concept of a 'goddess' to everyone. This is a true goddess, not those false gods in our homeland. The goddess can't be vilified. And, we must be grateful."
Then Y'zaks asked Vimm casually, "How do you call on new believers? Although I've met the goddess a few times, I didn't dare ask her about things like this."
For a second, Vimm's expression looked interesting. He hesitated and gazed at Hao Ren before he smiled. "Try to believe in the goddess a little. It's free anyway."
"... Are you serious?" Y'zaks asked.
Hao Ren and Vimm slapped their foreheads and said in unison, "The goddess is serious!"
"Oh," Y'zaks said.
Looking at the busy scene of the city, Y'zaks pondered. Suddenly, he sighed and gave Lanina an order, "Let Zadamor run the city in the future. He's good with internal affairs. He can manage the city and people better than you. There should be no war in the future, so you can help with the internal affairs and serve as a liaison between our new Planet Aerym and Earth. Y'lisabet is still young. She will be crowned queen after she reaches the age of 600. Before that... I'm going to bother the both of you."
Lanina looked even more bewildered now. She gazed at Y'zaks and asked, "My King, do you... Aren't you going to stay?"
"What am I staying for?" Y'zaks said and smiled. "Serathon said something quite right before he died. My time has passed. The reign of the old demon king has come to its end. I can only let the empire run in the form of a war machine, but what the people need now is a secure environment to recuperate and rebuild their culture. This is not something an old man like me can handle. I'm not even as good as Y'lisabet at this, so I should step down wisely. At least, I'm not going to be a fatuous king."
Lanina immediately yelled, "How could you be a fatuous king…"
Y'zaks gently waved his hand and said, "I may not be fatuous during war, but it's hard to say in times of peace. Kingship is not eternal. My child, you should be happy, for I am retiring from the throne, not being kicked out. I believe you as well as Zadamor will be able to maintain our empire before Y'lisabet's coronation and continue to assist Y'lisabet after her succession. Oh, Zadamor has proven that he can do well in this aspect, and I believe that my adopted daughter will also do it well."
Looking at Y'zaks' resolute face, Lanina could only nod and say, "I got it."
Y'zaks put Y'lisabet down from his shoulder. The little girl blinked her big eyes at her father, appearing like she did not really understand what her father just said. However, Hao Ren reckoned that the smart little girl probably understood it.
"My girl, remember this, queenship is not eternal," Y'zaks said as he touched Y'lisabet's head. "I told you many years ago that one day, my reign will reach its end, and you will take the crown..."
Hao Ren then covered his face and muttered, "If the old king is defeated one day, these words will partially be responsible for it…"
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