Master Fonsaq and Master Xingxing of the Dark Moon learned of the news from the Bloody Empire only a few days later. At the time of the incident, no one could guess the true mastermind of this event.
No one would have imagined that the heroic “Richard” who sacrificed himself courageously would become a passerby after his “self-explosion sacrifice”. He walked leisurely in the city of the Bloody Empire and participated in some fierce discussions among the people from time to time. He even cursed at Nate and praised “himself”.
In fact, with Chen Rui’s power, it was not difficult to kill Nate. The difficulty was to let this top master lose his reputation and be completely ruined. Otherwise, even if Nate died, he would still be a martyr who would be respected for ages, but now it was different. This perfect trick of ‘everyone knows’ made the martyr become a “bad guy” with a bad reputation for ages.
Chen Rui imitated this strategy from the plots in the comics and movies he had seen before. In the end, he did not kill Nate, but he gave Nate a “survival route”.
However, this survival route was not smooth. Nate who survived had to face all the people who knew his conspiracy, including all the masters and mechanics in the association.
Nate had himself to blame because he arrogantly said so many words in order to crush Chen Rui’s will. Especially the sentence, “The mechanics or masters in this Mechanic Association are actually the food I raised in captivity.” All the mechanics had felt the crisis and indignation.
What is a public enemy? Now is the time for this guy to face all the anger of his “food”.
Even if Raizen did not order the execution of Nate, who was a royal family member, the notorious president would be ashamed to set foot in the mechanic world again, let alone serve as the president. However, Raizen would definitely calm the public’s anger, unless he wanted the entire Bloody Empire’s Mechanic Association to become void without any masters or talents.
When Chen Rui revealed Nate’s crime of harming Fonsaq just now, he deliberately added the sentence betrayed by Teris. This was not a lie. Master Fonsaq once said that when he asked for help from Teris, his whereabouts were exposed to Nate. The reason why Chen Rui emphasized this sentence was obviously to drag Teris into the trouble.
At Adelaide’s birthday party, Teris confessed to the “crime” of assassinating Second Prince Edmund with an almost absurd reason, and he took the initiative to go to the Dark Furnace to be punished. It temporarily resolved the dispute, but Chen Rui always felt that this man was not simple. He is not just talented, he is also good at scheming. Every step seems to be deliberate. Could it be he deliberately wanted to go to that Dark Furnace?
In other words, the Dark Furnace is originally a place he had to go just like the Town Lupin of the Blue Lava Estate? So he just took this opportunity to go there with a sound reason
Chen Rui thought for a long time and had a spontaneous plan to go to Teris’ house before leaving the capital to rush to Saxphil Mountain Range.
Under the purple moonlight, when people were still eagerly talking about the major events of the Mechanic Association during the day at the night market, Chen Rui had appeared silently in Teris’ mansion in the inner city.
This time, the royal mansion was incomparable to the last time in the general’s mansion. Last time, Chen Rui used the birthday party to enter the general’s mansion. He set a star point and used the [Star Gate]. It was obviously not feasible this time.
In order to prevent assassinations and prying eyes, most of the houses of the nobles in the inner city were equipped with layers of magic circle protection. The royal mansion was no exception. However, Chen Rui came to explore the truth, so it was impossible for him to barge in. He knocked off a maid when she was going out, then he used [Camouflage] technique to transform into the appearance of the maid to enter the mansion.
What surprised Chen Rui was that although he successfully entered Teris’ mansion, and he hadn’t acted abnormally like the rest of the maid until now, he had an instinct that he was being followed. He didn’t know why.
The difference from his imagination was that Teris’ mansion looked minimal and even frugal. There were no extravagant furnishings at sight. Compared with the Third General Adelaide, it could be described as “poor”.It was unlike a prince’s residence.
As Teris was currently being punished in the Dark Furnace, and the young prince, who was unmarried so far, had no wives and concubines, so the housekeeper was responsible for normal affairs in the royal residence. The maid and the servants mainly do some cleaning and maintenance work. Chen Rui, who disguised as a maid, had been sent to clean the study room. It was exactly as he wished.
Chen Rui wiped the desk while observing the scene in the study room. The study room was very large and lacked any gorgeous furnishings as well. The most eye-catching item was the enormous bookshelves which listed all kinds of books such as military, politics, history, and so on. Even the Demon Realm’s very rare economic books were in it. Judging from the wear and tear of the corners of the books, they were by no means for display, but publications that were really frequently read.
Chen Rui compared his study room in the Dark Moon with the otaku room in his previous life. He was deeply ashamed. Perhaps only the hundreds of “literary and artistic films” in my hard disk can be compared with the number of books in front of me.
Chen Rui couldn’t help admiring Teris’ fondness for learning. It seems that this genius has extraordinary diligence besides his extraordinary talent. While wiping slowly, he tried to move some books, but unfortunately there was no hidden door as he imagined.
His action suddenly stopped. A strong sense of crisis of being targeted by a powerful force suddenly rose in his heart.
Race: Wrath Royal Family.
Comprehensive Strength Assessment: A+ (S-). Physique: A (S-), Strength: A+ (S), Spirit: B+ (A-), Agility: A (S-).
[Analysis]: Fire attribute.
With this data, Chen Rui could guess who the opponent was even without looking back. The first general of the Bloody Empire, Gustav. He should have another name, Bridget.
The first general actually appeared in Teris’ mansion in person.
“What are you looking for?” Gustav’s voice sounded…
Chen Rui knew that his actions were exposed. The maid’s body quickly changed to become a man. Of course, it would not be Richard’s appearance.
“I haven’t found it yet, but unfortunately, I have no time to find it anymore now.” Chen Rui turned his head slowly. His voice was dull as if he was facing an old friend opposite him. In fact, he was indeed an “old friend”.
Gustav’s gaze was fixed on the unfamiliar man. He did not let down his guards at all because the opponent’s strength only showed the Higher Demon power. The powerful Demon Overlord breath gave Chen Rui a shuddering feeling like he was a frog stared at by a poisonous snake.
In the Town Lupin of the Blue Lava Estate, Bridget, whom Gustav had disguised as, showed unbelievably terrifying power. Not only did he withstood Chen Rui’s biggest killing move, [Scorching Dragon Kill], forcefully, he also withstood the powerful blow of the Dark Elemental King Hegel which Chen Rui diverted by using [Star Diversion]. That was a powerful attack of the peak stage Demon Overlord!
Gustav’s Comprehensive Strength Assessment, which seemed to be similar to the emerald dragon Krobelus, was the strength of the early stage of the Demon Overlord. However, Chen Rui could be sure that Krobelus was definitely not Gustav’s opponent.
Chen Rui once used God-Eating Mask’s special effect, [Demonic Flies Transformation], to avoid Gustav’s punch. However, [Demonic Flies Transformation] could only be used once, and [Star Diversion] only lasted for 10 seconds. In terms of head-on battle, he couldn’t match Gustav even with the [Scorching Dragon Possession].
Then what about [Royal Star Transformation]? To what extent can [Royal Star Transformation] do?
Chen Rui adjusted his Star Power secretly as he asked indifferently, “One last question. I feel that I have been exposed at the moment I entered the palace. Can I understand it before I die? Sir general?”
Gustav looked at Chen Rui with a calm smile. For some reason, this low-powered person gave him an unfathomable feeling, “You’re very calm, but you can’t escape the fate of death just like this. Nonetheless, I can give you the last answer in your life. The entire prince’s mansion is equivalent to a strange and huge magic circle. The breath of life of every maid, including the mark of their body, is a part of the magic circle. Once there is a difference, any transformation technique or disguise will be immediately noticed.”
Chen Rui then understood why he felt stared at when he came in. The protection of this seemingly ordinary prince’s mansion is so well-prepared. It is likely that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“Now you know the answer, then, pay the price of death.” Gustav slowly raised his hand.
Chen Rui knew that he could not delay any longer. His body disappeared instantly, and he had come to the courtyard from the room. Gustav had already targeted him with breath and immediately chased him. However, the enemy did not run away, but he stood in the courtyard instead. Facing him from a distance, Chen Rui’s body suddenly lit up with an extremely bright light.
The dazzling degree of that light made it difficult for Gustav to look directly at Chen Rui for a while. While blocking his eyes, he began to charge his power quickly.
After a while, a man in a gorgeous armor, helmet and mask appeared in front of Gustav.
Except for the [Royal Star Transformation], no other skills could match Gustav. Moreover, in order to avoid unnecessary trouble, Chen Rui did not want to expose the identity of “Aguile”. Now the faith crystals of the Super System were enough to use the [Royal Star Transformation] several times. Furthermore, this skill was not revealed in front of Gustav last time, so he used this strongest “transformation” from the beginning.
The [Royal Star Transformation] state could activate various skills including [Scorching Dragon Kill]. The only conflict was the enhanced possession skill of [Scorching Dragon Possession]. It couldn’t be used with the [Royal Star Transformation].
Facing the dazzling “armored man,” Gustav was not too surprised. With a cold snort, he struck the man with a punch.
There was no change or after-trick in this punch. It was a simple blow, but there was an artistic conception of reducing the complexity to simplicity. Chen Rui actually couldn’t think of dodging at that moment.
Before the fist had reached his body, he could feel the oncoming whistling wind pressure. It was a pretty terrifying power!
Chen Rui didn’t withstand it forcefully. The space in front of him suddenly distorted, and a deep black hole appeared.
In an instant, Gustav felt that his power was uncontrollably surging toward the black hole like a wave. The more he restrained his power, the swallowing power became stronger. He couldn’t help but to have a surprised expression in his eyes.
The power of this guy is even higher than I expected!
According to the normal frequency of [Star Devouring], no matter how strong Gustav was, his continuous output of power would be completely absorbed by the black hole at some point of time. Nevertheless, people were not dead objects. Especially Gustav, a Demon Overlord powerhouse who had extremely rich combat experience.
When Gustav shouted, his body shone with red light, and the muscles of his arms swelled tremendously. Chen Rui felt that the frequency of the “black hole” swallowing power suddenly accelerated. This acceleration was not the black hole’s function, but it automatically accelerated with the opponent’s surge of power.
The devouring frequency was getting higher and higher. Soon, it had surpassed the limit that the black hole itself could withstand. With an explosion sound, the space was distorted strangely, and the black hole actually disappeared without a trace. Gustav also staggered under the repulsive force field. There was a touch of redness in his eyes. A terrifying power was steaming on his swollen arm. It seemed that the blow just now cost him a larger amount of power beyond his expectation.
Chen Rui was secretly shocked: There is not too much skill to break the [Star Devouring], it is purely unreasonable “brute force”! You devour the power? Just burst your digestion limit!
Chen Rui had used [Star Devouring] numerous times in the Super System space. It had devoured the soul of Glorfin, the peak stage Demon Overlord. Although in reality it was no better than the Super System that controlled everything, Gustav’s power was evident since he could break the black hole in the most direct way.
On the surface, the 2 sides were evenly matched. Gustav even suffered some injuries, but Chen Rui knew in his heart. Judging from the punch that exploded the black hole alone, I am not Gustav’s opponent even if I have used the [Royal Star Transformation]. The first general of the Bloody Empire really deserves to be the ruler of the Wrath Royal Family.
Since the night spy failed this time, and the opponent was Gustav, whom he couldn’t defeat, it was no longer suitable to stay here. Chen Rui had the intention to leave, and he began to plan quickly.
“I seem to have underestimated you, it seems that I have to be a little serious.” The bloodthirsty red began to appear in Gustav’s eyes again, “As an opponent who barely deserves my true strength, I can tell you one thing, I’m not a mutated bloodline. Among the 3 bloodline talents of the Samael Royal Family, I have only awakened 1 which is [Bloodfury]. My innate talent is not good, so I can only improve my only talent ability through constant battles. Now I can control the blood in my body at will and bring [Bloodfury] into the strongest state. I will use my real power in my next punch. I hope you won’t let me down.”
Gustav was not talking nonsense. While saying this, the red light of his body began to revolve quickly. The undulating blood vessels resembled the racing stream of the Salween River , the muscles of his arms began to swell abnormally. His terrifying power breath instantly skyrocketed to the top, and he punched again.
This punch contained an unrelenting determination. The terrifying pressure tore the air and even the space. The power contained in it was far greater than the punch that exploded the [Star Devouring] just now.
Chen Rui couldn’t dodge further. The dazzling stars on his body shone to the limit in an instant. Suddenly, Gustav felt a vast breath rushing toward his face as if he was surrounded by the ancient stars that travelled in time. There was a kind of unspeakable law in the stars all over. His action inexplicably slowed down. At this moment, all the “stars” burst open suddenly.
If Chen Rui was still repressing when he battled against Adelaide previously, then he used all his strength this time in the [Star Explosion]. The 2 forces collided impactfully.
In an instant, the ground where the entire prince’s mansion was located shook violently. Even the defensive magic circle could not suppress such strong fluctuations. The figure with the flashing stars flew back, and he just fell into a strange light gate. He instantly disappeared without a trace.
Gustav still maintained the simple movement of punching. He was standing still like a mountain, but the whole arm that punched was badly mutilated. His bones could be fairly seen.
The most conspicuous was that the power of the stars lingered on his arm. They seemed to contain countless rampant sharp forces which caused the wound to spread rapidly at a speed visible to the naked eye. This was not just a phenomenon on the surface. What really couldn’t be seen was the weird Star Power that rushed into his body was wildly destroying the entire internal tissues and cells.
Gustav let out a low groan. His eyes became more red, and his entire arm swelled again. The blood that was forced out turned into a wisp of blood mist. In the midst of the blood mist, the stars finally dimmed and disappeared without a trace.
“Very good!” Gustav looked at his bloody arm. He seemed a little surprised by his injury with a trace of appreciation in his eyes, “Next time, I will keep your corpse.”
At the same time, in a house on the outskirts of the city, Chen Rui’s figure appeared out of thin air. He fell straight to the ground.
The originally gorgeous and star-shrouded armor became dimmer. There was a shocking fist mark on the chest. With this fist mark as the center, countless cracks extended to all directions.
As the Star Power in his body dissipated, the armor gradually disappeared, but Chen Rui could not stand up.
Despite the mighty power of the [Star Explosion], Gustav’s fist, which directly endured the power of the [Star Explosion], still got past [Star Explosion] and hit him. Chen Rui felt as if he was being penetrated by an indescribable force. In the penetration, there was also “shattering”.
“Boom! Boom! Boom!” A series of low explosion sounds sounded on Chen Rui’s body. His blood suddenly flooded to the ground. His internal organs had been severely damaged; some even shattered. If it was an ordinary person, he would be dead already. Fortunately, he had characteristics such as [Regeneration] and [Astral Form]. Although he was seriously injured, it was only a matter of time before he recovered.
Having said that, if it weren’t for the [Royal Star Transformation]’s armor and a layer of Mystic Jade Armor which would offset a part of the deadly power, perhaps the punch just now would punch a big hole in his chest. It would definitely be life-threatening.
What a Gustav! In particular, the absolute fist power of pure power can’t be matched with ordinary skills unless one has a similar level of power.
A thought came to Chen Rui. The true combat power of the first general of the Bloody Empire is perhaps higher than the early stage of the Demon Overlord!
In any case, I must overcome such terrifying punch power! Gustav is the next goal to surpass!
One punch man?
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He made me think his punch was like “load the Gustav” from War of the worlds somehow
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Reminds me of Gustav, MC from Bloodline System, who uses pure brute force fighting style.