A few days later, a large number of merchants and some large merchant groups appeared in Town Leia of the Dark Shadow Empire.
Although there was a war in the northern part of Dark Moon Estate, the western part and Dark Moon City were still safe for the time being, so the business system was basically maintained as usual. However, the number of merchants was greatly reduced due to the war. A large-scale merchant group like this was rare, especially from Red Spirit Estate. Remont, the mayor of Town Leia, just turned a blind eye. The Fallen Angel Empire was now in the internal strife period, and Her Majesty Empress, who was rumored to support the Dark Moon in secret, had an unclear attitude; she didn’t issue relevant strict orders. Besides, he had recently accepted a heavy bribe from Red Spirit Estate, so he was simply pretending to not know about it.
Gerant was mixed in one of the “merchant groups”. There were already more than 2,000 people in Town Leia’s group, but it was still not enough. For the time being, he could only stay in the hotel in the town and wait.
Josh told Gerant that the maximum number of people was 5,000. If there were too many people, they might not pass Town Leia.
The 5,000 soldiers selected by Gerant were all elites from Tekula Fortress. They were well-equipped and had high combat power. The quality of the soldiers were more important than the quantity. Gerant was confident enough to complete this ambush to catch Princess Royal Shea off guard.
In fact, Gerant left Town Dico on the front line and moved to the west with the intention of temporarily avoiding the limelight. Josh is right, Royal Highness Regent knows how to use the right people, but he has no tolerance. I shouldn’t be eager to win and bluntly advised which violated the regent. Although I won a small victory later, the promise of the regent’s Duke (indiscreetly referring to the lord of the Dark Moon Estate) actually pushed me, the deputy commander, to the forefront, making me envied and crowded out by most lords and generals. If I finally lead the army and defeat the Dark Moon, I’m afraid it will cause more suspicion. Even if I can get the title of Duke, I cannot become the lord of the Dark Moon. To say the least, if I fail in military command, I will undoubtedly become a scapegoat, and the consequences will be even more inconceivable.
Gerant considered himself a pure soldier. In his heart, he would rather face the Dark Moon Army than staying with those political “comrades”. At least, he knew who was the enemy on the battlefield.
As Gerant arrived at the hotel in front, he didn’t think about any more matters. He immediately arranged the soldiers in disguise to stay, and sent people to pick up the companions who came later.
The Moon Shadow Legion to the west of the Dark Moon had most likely left the Walan Fortress, but the defense would definitely be more stringent, so they must gather their strength and do their best in one move. Even if they exhausted too much force to advance eastward into Dark Moon City, they could also put a huge pressure on the Dark Moon and greatly impact the morale of the Dark Moon Army that were currently assembled in Town Leith. Therefore, the goal of this battle was to do whatever it takes to take down Walan Fortress!
In Town Dico, the inspector, Josh, appointed by Obsidian had the same clear goal: To eradicate the spies!
The capital coalition army was currently sharpening their sword to greet the eve of the war. Meanwhile, Josh, who was holding a certain kind of knife, slashed at “his people” for the first time.
Several people at the top of the coalition army had been sacked. This included General Tren who was closely related to the “rebel” Gerant, and 3 lords who secretly communicated with the Dark Moon. The furious Regent Obsidian imprisoned all of them indiscriminately. Suddenly, everyone was worried. After eliminating the “internal spies”, Obsidian immediately used speeches and material distribution to appease the military, and he shifted the responsibility of the previous defeat to these spies. For a while, the soldiers who did not know the truth became high-spirited.
After a small defeat of the undead army, the Dark Moon Army at Town Leith was also urgently gathering and reorganizing. Princess Royal Shea had already visited Town Leith in person. The face-to face decisive battle between both sides was about to start.
Compared with Gerant and Josh, Chen Rui looked aimless at this time. He was wandering leisurely and visiting shops on the capital street. He shopped at the stalls and flirted with the succubus at the entrance of the tavern, seemingly very relaxed.
The White Feather Estate issue had been resolved. Sicali’s clone of the peak stage Demon Emperor had become Chen Rui’s servant. After devouring the soul of the real body, his strength greatly increased from the peak stage of the Demon Emperor to the early stage of the Demon Overlord. He had become the real and only White Feather Estate’s Lord Sicali.
The current Sicali’s deep scheme, ambition and means were far better than the Red Spirit’s Lord Josh. However, in his opinion, Chen Rui went deep into the underground base, destroyed the Wheel of Hera that was under the protection of many powerful fearless warriors, captured the real body of the Demon Overlord, destroyed the base thoroughly, set a trap to attract both clones and Palando to the bait, and finally caught all of them together – No matter how powerful or scheming he was, he was far weaker.
The rule of the Demon Realm was the powerful ones would rule. Therefore, Sicali, who chose to surrender, was not completely unwilling. Coupled with the restrictions of the master-servant contract, he dared not have extra thoughts at least at this stage.
Chen Rui understood this very well. To truly deter and control characters including Josh and Guradam, it was not enough to rely on the master-servant contract. Power and wisdom were needed. As long as his power became stronger and stronger, these people could only bow down their head honestly regardless of how unruly and rebellious they were.
After signing the master-servant contract, Chen Rui’s first order to the new servant was to immediately withdraw all the troops from the 3 northern towns of Town Iztar, then transfer these elite military forces to the south. The gathering place was Town Kedonno in the south which was closest to the capital. At the same time, he would fully support all the logistics materials needed by the Warlock Fortress and select the best craftsmen to make ordnance according to certain blueprints and provide them to the Warlock Fortress.
Sicali finally realized: It turns out that I have been wrong all along. Behind “Fako” is not the Bloodfall, but the Dark Moon!
What a Dark Moon!
What a big game of chess!
Chen Rui’s wandering around the capital seemed to be leisurely and sloppy. In fact, he had a panoramic view of the capital’s defense and other situations while comparing it with the intel provided by the Dark Demon. He was constantly adjusting and revising a plan that was about to be launched.
Just as Gerant wanted to ambush the Dark Moon City from the west, Chen Rui’s plan was to ambush Obsidian’s nest- The capital!
When Chen Rui came out of the Dark Moon, he did not have a single soldier on hand, but now, he already had the entire army of the White Feather Estate plus the elite legion dispatched by General George. He only waited for an order to ambush the capital with the fastest speed from Town Kedonno.
Although most of the capital’s military had been transferred to the Dark Moon battlefield, the second general Doren. Rus and the Red Devil Legion under his command shouldn’t be underestimated. The capital also had the power of the elder families and major families, plus the strong walls and defenses. Even if they took the capital by attacking forcefully, the loss of the troops and time would also be huge.
The best way to deal with a stronghold was to attack from the inside. At present, the Dark Demon of the capital was fully prepared. They could see their enemies clearly, but the enemies could not see them. It was the greatest advantage of destroying from within.
However, on the eve of the launch, Chen Rui had a very important goal.
Inner city, palace’s secret vault.
“Sir Temo.” The guard in front of the secret vault bowed his head to a grim-faced great demon.
The great demon nodded, didn’t speak, and went straight in.
The guards didn’t question the slightest because everyone knew the temperament of Sir Commander Temo. However, what they didn’t know was that after the sir commander walked into the door with a cold face, his facial expression was stiff, but his eyes started to turn flexibly as he quickly observed the surrounding environment while comparing with the information obtained in his mind.
“Temo” was naturally Chen Rui. It was not the first time Chen Rui came to the palace’s secret vault of the Fallen Angel Empire. Obsidian once took him all the way to the secret vault. Today, he was going to sneak into the secret vault alone.
The secret vault of the palace had many traps and extremely tight defenses. It was almost impossible to get in with transformation techniques like [Camouflage]. However, Chen Rui had planned this moment for a long time. As early as when he entered the secret vault for the first time, he started a plan. In the following time, the Dark Moon’s secret intelligence had made relevant preparations. Especially after Isabella took over the Dark Demon, the secret vault had become the main research goal. Finally, the key breakthrough was set on this sir commander.
Scheming a defenseless person, Chen Rui successfully “replaced” Temo and entered the secret vault smoothly.
What appeared in front of Chen Rui’s eyes was a passage which was equivalent to a pass. After the pass was the most secret inner vault which belonged to the top secret existence. Even Temo, who was the highest commander of the guard, had no authority to cross this pass. Similarly, the Dark Demon had very little intel of the inner vault. They only knew that there might be more powerful guards or traps.
Since Chen Rui had come here, he naturally had a corresponding mental preparation. After carefully sensing the situation of the passage for a while, “Temo” decisively walked in.
The inner vault was empty without any guards, but the magic circles all over it were several times more complicated and powerful than the outside. However, it was a relatively easy thing for Chen Rui.
Chen Rui was already a great expert in magic circles. Coupled with the memory knowledge acquired by the alchemy civilization inheritance and the help of [Deep Analysis] skill, his attainments in certain aspects had reached an incredible level. He didn’t even need to crack some magic circles, but he used a special method to screen himself so that he could pass quickly without triggering the magic circles. This was the method he used to sneak into the Town Massimo’s underground base last time.
Chen Rui walked all the way according to his memory and finally came to the front of a secret vault. Yes, it should be this red secret vault. After patiently unlocking the magic circles of the secret vault door, he smoothly opened the door.
There was no magic trap and no extra treasures behind the door. There was only a stone platform on which a sword was suspending.
The tail of the delicate hilt was inlaid with a magnificent amethyst. The quillons were 2 back to back dark golden angels. The white sword body was engraved with 2 strange marks, exuding an ancient and mysterious breath.
1 of the 7 artifacts of the Demon Realm, the highest artifact of the Lucifer Royal Family- Sword of Fallen Angel!
That was Chen Rui’s goal of sneaking into a secret vault this time!
Chen Rui observed carefully for a while. Just as he was about to step forward, a glimmer of light flashed in his eyes. He changed his mind, took a deep breath, and said faintly, “It’s a pity. What a good sword!”
His voice seemed to be asking someone.
“What’s the pity?”
Finally, an old voice sounded in the room, and the voice seemed to echo everywhere. The specific source was unknown.
“A good sword is most afraid of not meeting the real owner.” Chen Rui turned his head very slowly. This process was like a sword hidden in a sheath, always maintaining the greatest degree of calmness. “An empire is also so. Both sirs, isn’t it?”
The same 2 questions made the space behind distorted for a while, and the 2 transparent phantasms gradually became clear.
Race: Great Demon (Mutated). Comprehensive Strength Assessment: S+. [Analysis]: Fire attribute. (Very dangerous)
Race: Pride Royal Family. Comprehensive Strength Assessment: S+. [Analysis]: Dark attribute. (Very dangerous)
Chen Rui’s face still remained calm, but his heart beating violently: The peak stage of the Demon Overlord, and there are even 2! Damn! Today is an auspicious day. What good luck!
No wonder I haven’t encountered any guards all the way since I entered the inner vault. It turns out that there are such powerhouses guarding!
It was very likely that he was noticed by the opponent from the first step when he entered the inner vault as Temo.
The background of an empire was quite strong. Even if the Fallen Angel Empire was currently the last of the 3 empires, it was by no means a fluke to hold on until now since the 7 royal families separated. On the surface, there were not many high-level powerhouses in various empires, and the 3 generals were basically of the Demon Emperor level. Although the empire’s generals’ top priority was the commanding abilities rather than individual combat power, what was really daunting in the empire was those powerhouses that were not disclosed to the public. For instance, the elders in the elder families, the hidden powerhouses in the royal family, and so on. For example, the 2 peak stage of the Demon Overlord in front of him.
It was precisely because of the existence of these forces that even an ambitious and huge organization like the Bloodfall, with several powerful Demon Overlords, could still only operate in the dark and unable to act openly.
When Chen Rui was reborn in the Demon Realm, an Intermediate Demon could easily crush him. Later, his horizons gradually broadened, Higher Demon, Demon King, Great Demon King…
Due to the 400 years of decline of the Dark Moon Estate at that time, Chen Rui hardly saw even the Demon Emperor powerhouse, but as his power and experience grew, he had not only encountered more and more Demon Emperor and Demon Overlord when he was travelling to the 3 empires, he even had intersections with the legendary Demi-God.
The Demon Emperor, who could only be looked up at the beginning, had now become a stepping stone for Chen Rui. Chen Rui was also confident to defeat even the powerhouses of the Demon Overlord early stage and intermediate stage in a battle by relying on the power and various methods like the [Royal Star Transformation]. Nevertheless, he still couldn’t match the peak stage of the Demon Overlord.
The peak stage of the Demon Overlord referred to the general category. If he met those with super combat power like Raizen, Catherine, and Zola, excluding [Demonic Flies Transformation] and [Star Diversion] skills, he would basically be killed in the blink of an eye.
Chen Rui couldn’t even beat even 1 of the 2 guardians of the peak stage of the Demon Overlord. With an extra one, he basically had no hope about the outcome. Even with the escape ability like [Star Gate], it was not guaranteed that he could definitely escape.
When he came to steal the Sword of Fallen Angel this time, he was already mentally prepared to fight a tough battle, but he didn’t expect that the difficulty was beyond imagination!
Does he really think Obsidian would leave the most precious artifact unguard while leading the coalition army? Can he ‘use’ the sword and put up a good fight?
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