“Sir Galor.” Chen Rui frowned, “I’m not a fool, but I still don’t understand what you mean.”
Azgalor still had a radiant smile, “With sir’s talents, it is enough to be the financial minister of an empire. It is a waste of talent to be the current financial officer.”
“I’m just a weak ‘outsider’. Furthermore, the current financial officer is already a high position. Could it be that I can even be a lord?”
Azgalor looked mysterious, “There is a saying in the Demon Realm, nothing is impossible. It is not impossible to be a lord as long as sir wants to.”
“I have also heard an old saying from the Demon Realm, there is no reaping without sowing.” Chen Rui deliberately asked, “So… which empire does Sir Galor represent? What is your true purpose for coming to the Dark Moon?”
“My purpose is closely related to Sir Chen Rui’s needs. I can give as many conditions as sir wants.”
Judging from Azgalor’s tone, does he really want to recruit me? Or he wants to use me, the financial officer, to subvert the Dark Moon? Chen Rui kept feeling that something was wrong. In the Town Leith battle, I showed the fearless spirit of defending Shea to the death. I certainly wouldn’t “rebel” easily now. Moreover, the identity of Chen Rui involves too much. Chen Rui is not like Master “Arthur” who can disappear quickly at any time, so I can’t do infernal affairs temporarily.
“If you are not Kia’s father, you may have been imprisoned now.” Chen Rui stood up and said indifferently, “Since you are Kia’s father, I will also make it clear that I will never betray Princess Royal. I have self-knowledge of my abilities and identity. I’m definitely not qualified to be a lord or financial minister. The current financial officer is the most suitable position for me. It allows me to display my real talents. If the purpose of sir coming is just for this unfruitful solicitation, then you can return now. Considering Kia’s usual care, I can let you leave the Dark Moon safely.”
Although Chen Rui said that, he was still a little nervous. After all, the opponent was at the peak stage of Demon Overlord. Once Azgalor turned hostile, the consequences would be unthinkable. Even if Azgalor just wanted to take Kia away, no one in the Dark Moon could stop him.
Azgalor stared at Chen Rui for a moment, and he suddenly burst into laughter. After a while, he changed to a satisfied look, “Yes! Regardless of humans or demons, the rarest thing is self-knowledge. Sir Chen Rui is indeed a persistent and wise man. I can also be rest assured to keep Kia by your side.”
Chen Rui looked confused, but he was relieved. At the very least, it would be a gain for Kia to stay “undercover” by his side.
Although Chen Rui had broken through to five-star evolution, there was still a considerable gap from the Demon Overlord realm, especially the strongest peak stage of Demon Overlord.
Chen Rui took a deep breath, and he became more determined.
Power. I still need stronger power! I must guard every person I cherish!
“I was so rude just now. Please accept this little gift as an apology. Take it as a gratitude to Sir Chen Rui for taking care of Kia. Please continue to take care of her in the future.” As Azgalor said, he handed Chen Rui a space ring.
Chen Rui hesitated for a moment, then he took it. There was a large amount of black crystal coins and a magic bracelet inside the ring.
“That bracelet is a magical equipment of quasi-legendary grade. It can automatically release protective magic and teleportation magic. Pardon me, but Sir Chen Rui’s weakness is power. Be careful of your own safety. If I have malicious intentions, sir will be in danger today.” Azgalor pretended to say frankly. The role of this quasi-legendary grade equipment was actually limited, but it could be said as tailor-made and very practical for the human financial officer.
“Sir Galor, don’t beat around the bush anymore,” Chen Rui did not refuse and kept the gift. He said a lot more politely, “Although I don’t have much power, I can see that sir is definitely not an ordinary person. Just speak out what is on your mind.”
Azgalor nodded, “Sir Chen Rui is a smart man. You should know that although the Dark Moon has defeated the Red Spirit Estate and Blue Lava Estate, and the economy and military are developing rapidly, it does not mean that they are far away from the crisis. On the contrary, the Dark Moon’s hidden power has been exposed to the Fallen Angel Capital’s spies. It’s just a brief silence before the storm. The Fallen Angel Capital’s strength is by no means comparable by the 2 mere estates. The Regent Obsidian alone is at the peak stage of Demon Overlord. The situation of the Dark Moon at that time…”
“What does this have to do with the intention of sir’s visit today?”
“My true identity is the vice president of the Red Leaf Chamber of Commerce of the Bloody Empire. The controller behind the Red Leaf Chamber of Commerce is Royal Highness Aleus, the eldest prince of the Bloody Empire. I was ordered by Royal Highness Aleus to come and meet the Dark Moon’s Princess Royal Highness in order to discuss the cooperation between the Red Leaf Chamber of Commerce and the Dark Moon. This kind of cooperation is not only in business, but also in all aspects. Royal Highness Aleus is outstandingly talented. He has reached the Demon Overlord realm, and he is recognized as the most promising person to inherit the throne of Bloodfall. If the Dark Moon can become a partner of the Red Leaf Chamber of Commerce, then even Prince Obsidian will be somewhat fearful. He will absolutely not dare to act rashly.”
Hearing Azgalor’s words, Chen Rui thought quickly in his heart. The so-called Red Leaf Chamber of Commerce is most likely to be the power of Bloodfall. Then the prince of the Bloody Empire, Aleus, is actually a member of the Bloodfall! Could it be that the real mastermind of Bloodfall is Aleus? Or it is above him… Raizen the Great?
Perhaps only the top powerhouse of the Demon Realm can control the people like the crystal dragon and Azgalor. After the 3 empires have signed the truce contract, they used the Bloodfall organization to perform this trick that is developed from the peaceful situation?
Chen Rui felt that something was not right. Azgalor, Manu and others have wild ambitions. Obviously, they want to restore the lost royal family glory. “Bloodfall” gives me the impression of trying to subvert the existing power of the Demon Realm and then re-establish the regime. So leaving Raizen aside, if Aleus is really the head of Bloodfall, then his purpose is… Does he want to rebel against his father?
In any case, Azgalor’s visit here means that the Bloodfall has fixed their gaze on the rising Dark Moon. They want to take advantage of the current crisis the Dark Moon is facing and Shea’s intention to revive her position to incorporate the Dark Moon into the power of Bloodfall. Then they will use the identity of Princess Royal Shea to subvert and control the entire Fallen Angel Empire step by step.
His attempt to win over me, the financial officer, just now was just to test me.
Azgalor saw Chen Rui falling into contemplation, and he thought that the other party was already tempted. Little did he know that this insignificant human was actually the culprit who destroyed his base, Crystal Valley, and Chen Rui had already seen through his identity and true purpose.
“The identity of Sir Galor surprised me.” Chen Rui finally said, “If it’s just a business cooperation, I can just make a decision now. However, in this case, I have to report it to Princess Royal Highness before I can give sir a reply. By then, it is up to Princess Royal Highness to decide whether or not she will meet sir. Royal Highness seems to be training behind closed doors today, so she will not meet any foreign visitors. Can Sir Galor stay for a few days in the Dark Moon? I will introduce sir to meet Princess Royal by then.”
With Azgalor’s power, if he really wanted to meet Shea, even if Chen Rui obstructed him in all possible ways, it would still be useless. At the moment, Chen Rui could only delay him to buy more time.
“Of course.” Azgalor nodded in satisfaction, and he then handed out another space ring. “The previous small gift represents my personal gratitude to sir for taking care of Kia. This gift represents the Red Leaf Chamber of Commerce’s appreciation for sir’s introduction. This cooperation has an extremely huge impact for the benefits of both parties. Sir’s right to speak in front of Princess Royal is quite substantial. Once the cooperation is successful, I will present more rewards.”
The black crystal coins in this space ring are 10 times more than the previous one. Bloodfall is really generous. Without being courteous, Chen Rui accepted the ring. He rolled his eyes, “Well, I will go to the palace now to see if Princess Shea has completed the training. If she has not, then please wait a day or two, sir.”
“No problem, thank you so much, sir.” Azgalor’s smile was even broader. After stating the hotel he was staying in, he got up and bade farewell.
Chen Rui sent Azgalor to the door, then he quickly walked toward the palace.
As soon as he walked to the gate of the outer courtyard of the palace, he saw Kaguli walking out. After the war of lords, some adjustments were made to the Dark Moon’s internal duties. Kaguli was named the deputy commander of the Red Blood imperial guards for her outstanding performance in the wilderness of Town Leith. She was responsible for the palace guards. Her brother, Kaguron, focused on recruiting and training new troops. As for Alice of the Princess Retail Store, not only Kia was present, but there was also Chen Rui’s carefully designed magic circles. Delia’s Dark Demon members were also watching and protecting Alice, so the safety factor was much higher than before.
Kaguli and Chen Rui were old acquaintances. Kaguli was stunned when he saw Chen Rui coming. She called Chen Rui aside and whispered, “Sir Chen Rui, you came at the right time. Princess Royal Highness just summoned you just now. Royal Highness is meeting with 2 important guests in council hall now. Please go quickly.”
Chen Rui looked at Kaguli’s mysterious and cautious appearance. He nodded, walked all the way into the council hall, and found that there were no guards around the council hall. It seems that the origins of these 2 distinguished guests are not simple. Since Bloodfall has already come to see me just now, and I have also agreed, they will definitely not meet Shea so quickly. Otherwise, Azgalor will not use Kia to meet me.
Chen Rui walked into the council hall all the way, and he saw Shea talking with them.
Both of them were women with attractive postures. The one in the blue robe was sitting opposite Shea, and there was a woman in black standing behind her. Both women were covered with veils.
This outfit seemed a little familiar to Chen Rui. It seemed to be the outfit used by Dark Shadow Empire’s women.
A prompt appeared in his [Analytical Eyes]. The race of the woman in the blue robe was the Lust Royal Family, and her comprehensive strength had reached A- (A-) which was the early stage of the Demon Emperor.
No doubt, she is from the Asmodeus Royal Family of the Dark Shadow Empire. It seems that all the talented and powerful people are gathered in the Dark Moon this time.
What really shocked Chen Rui was the woman in black who looked like a bodyguard behind her.
Race: Lust Royal family.
Comprehensive Strength Assessment: A (S+).
Physique: A (S+), Strength: A (S+), Spirit: A (S+), Agility: A (S+).
[Analysis]: Currently unavailable.
This modest woman in black is actually at the peak stage of Demon Overlord!
I actually met the 2 strongest peak stage Demon Overlords in a row in the Dark Moon today!
Chen Rui suddenly felt his heart racing. How many peak stage Demon Overlords are there in the Asmodeus Royal Family? How many of them are women?
The black-clothed woman seemed to keenly feel this subtle emotion. When she glanced at him, Chen Rui felt a strange sensation inexplicably. She seems familiar.
The woman in black also showed some doubts in her eyes. She looked at him for a moment before looking away.
Chen Rui took a deep breath and bowed to Shea, “Princess Royal Highness, I have an important matter to report, and I ran into Sir Kaguli at the door. I just learned that Your Highness summoned me.”
When there were outsiders, Chen Rui did the complete set of etiquette. Shea nodded, “No wonder you came so fast. You can report the matter later. Come and meet these 2 distinguished guests. This is a Lady Liliz, and the one behind her is Commander Isis. These 2 ladies are members of the Asmodeus Royal Family of the Dark Shadow Empire.”
Isis? A very unfamiliar name.
Chen Rui had calmed down, and he bowed to the 2 women, “The Dark Moon Sheriff, Chen Rui, pays respect to the 2 distinguished ladies.”
Liliz said, “I have long heard about Sir Chen Rui’s reputation as a capable officer. After meeting you today, your demeanor is indeed extraordinary. Just now, I happened to talk to Princess Shea about sir’s deeds. Sir Chen Rui has an immense contribution to the great achievement of the Dark Moon today.”
Chen Rui said a few humble words quickly, and he walked over to stand behind Shea.
Liliz said straightforwardly, “Princess Shea, Her Majesty Catherine has commissioned me to come to the Dark Moon this time. We hope to establish a close cooperative relationship with the Dark Moon.”
Chen Rui thought. The empress also wants to use the Bloodfall’s method? Indifferently support Shea, then use peace to subvert and control the Fallen Angel Empire? With Catherine’s wisdom, such a strategy is possible.
There was a glimmer of light in Shea’s eyes when she heard Catherine’s name, “Please tell me more.”
“The cooperation between the Dark Shadow Empire and the Dark Moon actually started a long time ago. Custer Family and the Dark Moon formed a joint chamber of commerce, and the Princess Retail Store opened branches in the Dark Shadow Empire, in which the business is booming. The capital and surrounding estates began to imitate the Dark Moon to establish night markets, auction houses and other facilities. Her Majesty Empress is very interested in the Dark Moon’s battle ball and the latest magic soil improvement technology. She hopes to establish an informal cooperative relationship with the Dark Moon.”
There were also many barren and backward estates in the Dark Shadow Empire. Catherine obviously wanted to use this kind of cooperation to introduce soil improvement technology to make the empire stronger. The battle ball could enhance the physique, and it was very entertaining. It had long been imitated everywhere, but the ball was very special. It seemed to be made of dozens of top-quality materials, so it couldn’t be imitated. The Dark Moon also sold a fixed quantity only, so it hadn’t become popular yet.
Perhaps the Empress also has the ambition to be dominant. Judging from their current strategy toward the Dark Moon, Catherine and Bloodfall are still two different concepts. 1 is an overt plot to strengthen itself, and the other is an evil plot to subvert the other side.
Shea pondered without speaking, and Chen Rui said, “Ms. Liliz, please pardon my frankness. What are the benefits that your empire’s so-called ‘informal’ cooperation can bring to the Dark Moon?”
As Azgalor said, the current situation of the Dark Moon was really not optimistic. In addition to Obsidian, Bloodfall was also watching them closely for opportunities. The Dark Shadow Empire personally came at this time, so they absolutely must grasp this key opportunity.
Was the black-clothed woman his woman? 🤔
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Uh oh, he is going to be nabbed by the tail isn’t he?
•Thanks for the chapter! 🍀
I’d be quite funny if that Isis was actually Catherine. Catherine has shown interest in Shea before because her situation reminds her a lot of herself.