The last team battle of the Divinity Temple Knight selection contest had finally begun. The competition of the team battle was far more intense than the previous 2 rounds because the contestants as the commander couldn’t take action by themselves. They could only dispatch soldiers under their command to fight. As a result, the difference in strength between the 2 sides was equivalent to non-existent, and they both returned to the same starting line.
The combat weapons were all specially made. After being hit, they would be automatically teleported out of the field. The one who ‘eliminated’ all the opponent’s pawn or if the opponent conceded defeat would win.
Paul skipped the first round as the riding battle champion, and he went directly to the second round of the 24-men battle. He became 1 of the top 4 with an unbeaten record in the round robin.
The semi-finals’ opponent would be decided by drawing lots. Paul once again drew his old opponent, Stanwell, and tried his best, but he eventually lost by a narrow margin. Stanwell and another person, Sovlin, entered the finals.
Although the results of the top 4 had been quite excellent and the expected goal of the Divinity Temple Knight had been achieved, Paul still felt very frustrated because the pope and the 2 archbishops would be here to watch the finals. Her Holiness Holy Lady also said that if he won the championship, he might be able to attract the attention of the archangels and get unimaginable benefits… However, now all of this was gone.
Paul looked at the sparse silhouette in the square and sighed. The anticipated champion and runner-up finals in the presence of the pope and archbishops were about to start. He was supposed to show his power to everyone on that stage, but now he was only a spectator like many losers.
He was in a bad mood and didn’t even want to go to the arena.
“Paul.” A familiar voice sounded from behind with an alluring sweetness.
Paul knew who it was even if he didn’t look back. He frowned and asked, “Eliza, why are you here? Aren’t you staying with Richard all day?”
“Why, are you jealous?” Eliza chuckled, “Come with me. This is not a place to talk.”
Paul frowned more tightly, “Where is Richard?”
“I gave him a bunch of rare ice blue roses and asked him to give it to the half-elf. During this time, he made a lot of effort. Unfortunately, in the eyes of half-elf, he was just an ugly man.”
Hearing the news of Chen Rui’s setbacks, Paul felt a lot more happy, “Why are you looking for me?”
Eliza looked around and stopped, “There are 2 matters which are both important to you. I can tell the first one free of charge.”
“I need to pay for the second one?” Paul looked suspicious, “Why don’t you tell me about the first thing first?”
“You don’t know yet, right? Your subordinate, Richard, has already become the Holy Light Guardian Knight of the Holy Blessing Hall when the Holy Lady asked him to stay back for the first time.”
Paul was shocked. The expressions of surprise, gloom, and anger in his eyes began to interweave quickly – The Holy Light Guardian Knight was the highest of the 3 guardian knights who had special power and status and was directly authorized and appointed by the archbishop. Ordinary guardian knight might not reach this level in his life. After Paul shifted from his Teacher Parsali’s Temple of Thunder and joined the Holy Blessing Hall, even if he won the Divinity Temple Knight, he was at best the second-level Silver Splendor Guardian Knight. Now that he had no hope of winning, he could probably only be the lowest White Brilliance Knight. In the eyes of the outside world, this was already a high honor. But this meant that he, as a dignified Saint powerhouse, would have to bow his head to his former subordinate in the future. How could the arrogant Paul accept this?
‘Richard’ is just a weak beast tamer. What method did he use to cause Her Holiness Holy Lady to value him so much? Paul felt strong resentment when he thought of ‘Richard’ hiding this from him. Is this guy using me to enter the Holy Light Mountain to use me as a springboard to advance his position all along?
Thinking of this, the resentment inevitably turned into a cold killing intent. In fact, Paul’s ‘misunderstanding’ was half right. Chen Rui really used him to enter the Holy Light Mountain.
Feeling the murder in Paul’s mind, Eliza smiled even more, “What are you thinking? Do you want to bow to Richard in the future?”
“Hmph!” Paul’s face became gloomy after being poked in the pain, “Ms. Eliza, is this your second matter?”
This kind of appellation had already expressed Paul’s extreme dissatisfaction. Eliza still kept smiling regardless, “If you don’t want to bend over and live under his shadow in this life, then we can talk about the second matter.”
“Oh? You are going against him? Haven’t you been very close to him recently?” Paul thought he had misheard. He suddenly thought that Eliza and Joanna were also close friends, but when Joanna was not aware, she sent Joanna into a deadly place like the Storm Island.
Seeing Eliza grinning, Paul couldn’t help but feel a chill, and he gradually calmed down, “He is now being valued by Her Holiness Holy Lady. If there is any accident, Her Holiness Holy Lady will investigate it…”
“What teacher values is a certain special value of Richard. If the value is no longer there or is transferred, there is naturally no reason to continue to value him.” Eliza’s smile had a hint of sinister, “Once my plan is successful, neither Miranda nor Richard will become a threat, and teacher will not blame us. The only thing I need now is a helper.”
“What can I get?” Since the other party was Eliza, Paul didn’t talk nonsense, and he directly asked about the benefits.
“Silver Splendor Guardian Knight, full support for the Loman Family. I will help you become a Holy Light Guardian Knight in the future.”
“Isn’t this enough? I’m doing you a favor to get rid of the threat of Richard without you taking the responsibility. Of course, I also need to take the opportunity to get rid of Miranda. This is a win-win cooperation.” Eliza looked at Paul lightly, “Besides, what I promised is within the scope of my ability. If I promise greater benefits, do you think I’m sincere?”
Paul thought for a moment, and he finally nodded, “When are you making a move?”
A strange light flashed in Eliza’s eyes, “Now!”
Neither of them knew that a hidden figure was leaving silently behind them.
The Holy Light Mountain, the garden house of the Holy Blessing Hall.
This was actually a big garden with all kinds of flowers and plants. The surrounding was full of refreshing fragrance, and there were many trees in the garden.
“What are you doing here again?” The half-elf Miranda stood at the gate of the garden while looking at Chen Rui with a cold face. Chen Rui’s hands were behind him; he was holding a large bouquet of blue roses.
“This… is for you.” Chen Rui handed the blue roses hidden behind him.
“Ice blue roses?” Miranda was slightly surprised, “Where did you get it?”
Chen Rui said in accordance with the lines taught by Eliza, “I bought it with great effort. This ice blue rose is said to be very rare and can be planted directly to survive. Don’t you like flowers…”
“Yes, but the flowers you send, no matter what they are, are detestable.” Miranda interrupted Chen Rui coldly.
“Sorry to interrupt. Ms. Miranda.” Chen Rui showed a dejected expression, “In any case, there is nothing wrong with the flowers. I’m the 1 who is wrong. I know you like them. Before I leave, please accept these ice blue roses because I really don’t know how to take care of them. You also can’t bear to let them wither like this.”
Miranda was slightly less cold, and she finally nodded. The ice blue rose was an extremely rare flower. Moreover, the fragrance and pollen of the flowers were very helpful to her training.
The half-elf took the flowers handed by Chen Rui and smelled them, then she suddenly frowned. As she took a closer look and picked out a few blue grasses from the roses, her complexion changed drastically, “Ecstasy grass!”
Ecstasy grass was rarer than ice blue rose, but its characteristic was bewitching. It could make people who smell the fragrance lose their power quickly, and it had an additional attribute which was a certain aphrodisiac effect.
“Despicable!” Miranda immediately reacted, and the ecstasy grass turned to ashes in a furious shout. At the same time, Chen Rui was thrown away by a huge power. Before he landed, he was caught by a figure. It was Eliza.
“Miranda! What are you doing?”
“I’m going to kill this shameless guy!” Miranda was very angry. She didn’t expect that ‘Richard’ would be so bold and despicable. He dared to use ecstasy grass to harm her. She accidentally inhaled the fragrance of the ecstasy grass just now, so her power had begun to show signs of weakening.
“Richard is a good friend of mine. You don’t have to accept his pursuit, but how dare you kill him!” Eliza put down her badly injured and pale ‘close friend’. As she opened her hands, a cloud of white light wrapped around Chen Rui while she pounced at Miranda.
Before Miranda could speak, Eliza was already approaching quickly, so she had to face it. The 2 graceful figures began to exchange hits quickly; it was almost impossible to see their movements. The flowers and leaves that were affected by the aftereffect fluttered all over the sky, “Boom!” Miranda was knocked backward and staggered back.
Due to the medicinal properties of the ecstasy grass, the half-elf did not want to prolong the fight. She chanted the spells quickly and a white light glowed in her hands. She wanted to activate [Light Extinction] to repel Eliza. At this moment, there was a warning sign in her heart which suddenly interrupted the spell. She hopped and avoided a deadly slash, but she was still struck by the remaining force. Blood overflowed from her mouth, and a terrifying red mark spread behind her back.
Miranda showed an expression of agony, mostly because of the spirit power recoil caused by forcibly interrupting the spell. Before she had just landed on her heels, she heard the whistling sound from the front. As she could not avoid it, she blocked it with her arm.
“Crack!” In the sound of the fracture, she was shaken by a huge force and flew out, breaking countless flowers and trees along the way, and he finally fell on the largest ancient tree. The ancient tree shook and dropped countless branches and leaves. The half-elf’s body slowly slid down and sat down on the ground. The injury was so severe that she could no longer stand up.
Looking at Eliza and Paul who attacked her, Miranda finally understood. Ice blue roses, ecstasy grass, sneak attack… This is clearly a long-prepared attack! The mastermind of the conspiracy is Eliza! As for ‘Richard’, he’s just being used!
“So what if you have the [Body of Light Blessing], can you be immune to this?” Eliza raised a sledgehammer in her hand, and showed unabashed pride in her sneer, “How is this compared to the cone you used last time? You never expect I can return it to you so soon right! Don’t try to ask for help. Teacher has gone down the mountain to the Holy Light City to watch the Divinity Temple Knight final match, and I have sent away the surrounding guardian knights and servants.”
Miranda desperately wanted to condense her remaining power to flee or make a near-death counterattack, but the ecstasy grass’ effectiveness had been fully unleashed. Her severely injured body couldn’t gather a trace of power. Instead, it produced a strange heat.
“The effect of ecstasy grass will stay for a while. Paul, you go and watch her first. Don’t kill her for now, I still need her later.”
Paul nodded and walked over. The greatsword, ‘Magnificent Light’, in his hands glowed with icy cold light.
Eliza’s body flickered and she came in front of ‘Richard’. After removing the white light, she saw ‘Richard’ lying there, gasping for breath. Eliza helped Chen Rui up, “Richard! How are you?”
Chen Rui barely opened his eyelids, “What happened just now?”
“That bitch Miranda wants to kill you, but now she has escaped.” The white light not only held ‘Richard’s’ breath, but it also had the effect of isolation.
“Ms. Miranda…” Chen Rui’s eyes became darker as his voice became weaker and weaker, “Why would she do this?”
“She’s not worthy of you!” Eliza gently stroked Chen Rui’s face with a faint brilliance in her hands, “You still have me. We are best friends. No matter what happens, I will be by your side.”
The dazzling power made Chen Rui feel very comfortable. His eyes gradually calmed down, “Thank you, Eliza, I’m afraid I can’t hold on.”
“Relax, with me here, I will do my best to heal you.” Eliza’s voice was getting softer and softer, “I’m your most trusted friend and the closest person.”
“The most trusted friend…” Chen Rui murmured after her, “The closest person, Eliza…”
“Are you really going to die?”
“Am I really going to die…”
“Can’t you hold on? You can’t just die like this!”
‘I can’t hold on anymore… I can’t die like this…”
Eliza’s eyes glowed strangely as she guided him step by step, “Be sure to pass the soul language to the closest person…”
“Pass the soul language to the closest person…”
“Who is the closest person?”
Eliza had a triumphant smile. She has a special kind of spiritual power that could manipulate the opponent’s mind to a certain extent, but this kind of spiritual power was not omnipotent. Unless the person was willing, the stronger the opponent’s will, the higher resistance it would be. Once it failed, she would suffer a terrifying recoil, so she would not easily activate it.
In the Garden City, after Eliza heard the story of the inheritance of soul language and confirmed it, she began to plan all this. She wanted to make Chen Rui a subordinate and seize his soul language power. Unexpectedly, Chen Rui finally chose Paul. But Eliza still didn’t give up and started a series of plans. After Chen Rui showed his ability to communicate with the phoenix egg, she became more determined and finally set the scene. Now, it was close to the successful end.
This time, not only can I get the soul language, but I can also get rid of my nemesis, Miranda. It’s killing 2 birds with 1 stone. Even if Eudora discovered this, I can still be valued by relying on the soul language.
“Pass the soul language to Eliza.” Eliza’s voice became softer and full of allure.
“Pass it to Eliza…” Chen Rui’s eyes gradually glowed with red light.
TL: If he fakes death now, he will be completely invisible which makes it easier for his plans. But, will he?
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