This ring was unadorned, dark and dull, but Chen Rui keenly felt the faint power from within.
“Extend your left hand and cut your finger, then relax; don’t resist it.” Shea’s voice sounded.
Chen Rui knew that Shea wouldn’t harm him, so he did accordingly. Shea also cut her fingers. Her blood didn’t drip on the ground, but it floated in the air like red pearls. Shea’s fingers trembled with a peculiar rhythm. The blood drops gradually formed a special mark which led the ring to fly toward Chen Rui’s left hand and fit onto his ring finger.
Their blood mixed together. The blood mark transformed into a new symbol that gradually merged into the ring. Chen Rui felt a burning heat from the ring finger, as if Shea’s blood mixed into his body through the ring. The feeling was extremely amazing. It only dissipated after a long time.
“The name of this ring is called ‘Dark Will”. It can resist all kinds of mental disturbance. Also, you can use <Random Transportation> once a day. Yet, there are certain restrictions on distance and space. I’m giving it to you. The ring has been cast with inheritance blood mark. Thus, nobody else but you can use it.”
The “Dark Will” was taken from Shea’s hand, so it must not be a common thing. The <Random Transportation> per day was very strong. It was absolutely a great tool to escape at desperate moments.
However, the finger that the ring is worn on was kind of weird. It’s actually the ring finger. I don’t know if the finger that wears a ring has any special meaning in the Demon Realm. However, the ring finger is definitely not the finger for the wedding ring, otherwise, Shea wouldn’t wear it on that finger for him.
Chen Rui’s heart was filled with emotions, and he blurted out, “Princess Royal, this must be your important treasure. I can’t take it.”
“Value determines the meaning of existence. Perhaps you can perceive as an exchange of values.” Shea calmly replied.
That sentence was really insensitive, however, Chen Rui wasn’t angry. He smiled and said, “I understand. I will maintain my value so that it constantly has the meaning of existence.”
Shea nodded, “Very well. It’s not convenient to bring a maid to the mines for the time being. Initially, I promised to grant you Kia after a month. So, we’ll talk about that when you return safely. As long as you are alive, I can assure you that your wishes will be fulfilled. Even Kia’s ‘Devour Physique’ wouldn’t be a problem.”
Is this a welfare? My boss’ memory is really good!
“Princess Royal, I really have no intentions for Kia. Please take back the order.”
Chen Rui smiled and shook his head: To be honest, this siren is really charming. However, the feeling she gives is more of lust, not love. The most important thing is that she’s not willing at all. It’s important for the man and woman to like each other. If there’s any intimacy, it has to be natural. Chen Rui admitted that he liked beauty, but he also had the most basic principle. If he had to rely on some power or other things to possess a woman forcefully, he’d despise himself even if Kia didn’t have the scary “Devour Physique”.
Shea glanced at him with emotion, and her voice was still cold, “Don’t underestimate Kia. If Mountain Xilang is your first test, then Kia is the second. As for why, we’ll talk after you return from Mountain Xilang six months later.”
Chen Rui only knew that it wasn’t easy for Shea to grant a “maid”, but as Shea said, everything had to wait after the trial at the mines.
Chen Rui bowed, “Then I will go back to prepare; I will leave tomorrow.”
Shea nodded, opened the file on her desk and ignored him.
Not even a goodbye?
At least something…
Unfortunately, the mine officer didn’t hear anything even with his ears raised, so he had to leave the council hall with disappointment.
“Come back alive.”
Only after Chen Rui left, the suppressed, low voice sounded. She still didn’t raise her head, but the habitual coldness in her voice had melted a lot. This feeling wasn’t related to whatever value, existence or the like. Unfortunately, someone couldn’t hear it.
Upon returning to the lab, Joseph already sent someone to deliver the promised items. It seemed his work efficiency was pretty high. Perhaps he didn’t want to give Chen Rui any excuse to delay. There were a few magic materials that were actually for the aura conversion. In the space bracelet that Shea gave, there were 100 pieces of the highest quality vine stone.
The mediocre quality vine stone provided 100 – 150 auras. Joseph’s superior vine stone wasn’t stint of materials as the auras provided was almost 4 times the mediocre quality. After converting all the vine stones and other materials, Chen Rui remaining of 90,000 auras rose back to 140,000 auras.
Although the consumption of these rare materials was a little wasteful, strength was more important than anything else. Not to mention that after the galaxy garden’s pivotal seed matured tomorrow, he could gradually use the galaxy garden to produce auras.
After converted everything into auras, it was already dark. Chen Rui hurriedly ate his dinner, rode the wyvern and flew toward the blue lake.
Sure enough, the poison dragon was sitting at the usual place, playing with the Peg’s Solitaire. Knowing that Chen Rui’s loss of spirit was significant previously, Paglio didn’t sneak attack or set inscription to prank.
“How do you feel? Has your spirit recovered?”
“Not yet, but I have to leave for a while.” Chen Rui laid on the field beside the poison dragon and comfortably stretched out. He picked up a grass root and put it in his mouth while telling Paglio about the matter of Mountain Xilang.
Paglio frowned, “Are you bewitched by the Princess Royal? It’s less than a month before you fight Arux, but you’re still going to Mountain Xilang? Actually… hehe, that little girl that knocked you unconscious that day is quite aggressive. It’s just that her chest is too flat, so you have to wait for a few years first.”
“Don’t you dare to mention about that! Such an awful guy!” Chen Rui looked at the poison dragon who was trying not to laugh, and he scolded in annoyance. “The reason I’m going to Mountain Xilang is for the grand master’s inheritance. I need a type of waste ores in Mountain Xilang to further awaken my power of inheritance. If this challenge is completed, I may be awarded with black potions.”
He already had black potions, but he needed auras to exchange. The initial evolution consumed half of the poison dragon’s life span. Although Paglio never mentioned, Chen Rui always kept it in his mind. When he broke through to the “Alioth” state, in other words, reached 3 Stars Evolution Level, the exchange center should have the highest level of black potions – “Life Extension” and “Resurrection”!
He didn’t know how much life span it could add, but at least that was Chen Rui’s idea.
“Black potions!” The poison dragon looked stunned. “9000 years ago, the Demon Realm has two grand masters, the potion grand master, Rosenberg and the mechanic grand master, Lolo. Lolo was a talented dark dwarf who was skilled in mechanics and ancient runes. However, he had no apprentice his entire life, so his skills in mechanics and ancient runes were lost after his death. Thus, other than Zola, basically no one could understand the ancient runes in the Demon Realm. Rosenberg was a dark elf with many disciples, but he was murdered by his senior disciple, Saman because of a secret recipe. After the disappearance of Saman, the black potions disappeared as well. If you can brew black potions, you will definitely shock the entire Demon Realm.”
“That’s why it’s definitely not the time to show it now. I have to at least help you dispel the <Lock of Light and Dark> first.” Chen Rui discussed with Aldas before, knowing the possible impacts that were brought by the black potions. “Otherwise, you can’t escape even if you want to.”
“Hmph! If it isn’t the seal of ancient runes, I can slowly get rid of <Lock of Light and Dark> with my own strength.” Paglio said with dissatisfaction, “Don’t forget the War Contract. You don’t have much time left.”
“I know. That’s why I have to go to Mountain Xilang. I have the wyverns, so I can greatly shorten the journey back and forth, By then, I’ll come back and fight Arux. Be prepared to see my newly-promoted great strength!”
“Hmph! What about the promotion? I can still step you under my feet.” The poison dragon criticized him, and he laid down as well. After staring at the sky for a long time, he said, “Have you thought about your loved ones in the human world?”
“My loved ones died very early.” Chen Rui was talking about his past life. In this life, Arthur might have some relatives, but it had nothing to do with him. At least there weren’t any connections at the moment, “What about you?”
“When I was born, I didn’t see anything other than eggshell.” Paglio shrugged and casually said, “In those years, I have no loved ones, but I had a lot of enemies instead.”
“What about friends?”
“Dragons don’t need friends, especially a poison dragon.” Paglio regained some of the dragon’s arrogance, “Have you seen God having friends? They only need to be respected and feared. They don’t need unnecessary care and understanding.”
“Perhaps it used to be like that.” Chen Rui asked, “What about now?”
“Now… In your words, now I’m under your care, so I have to please you.” Paglio looked helpless.
Chen Rui knew the poison dragon was reluctant to admit, so he didn’t expose, “How about I’ll deceive a beauty here to keep you company?”
“My aesthetic view is different from your low level.” Paglio glared at him with a scornful look, “Your female grim reaper, succubus, and little girl are good looking, but unfortunately they don’t have the inner qualities I want. The women I like need to have beautiful hard scales, sharp clean teeth, tall and plump body…”
“Slow down! You’re talking about a female dragon, not a woman!” Chen Rui was stunned by Paglio’s heavy taste. It almost gave him a trauma against the opposite sex.
“What do you know!” Paglio grinned and gave him a disdainful look, “You shallow human!”
“These venoms are for you. Take them for precaution; don’t ever think of taking my Jade Pearl! Even your Athena, her current poison resistance can at least ride the wyvern without any problem. As for you, it’s just plain wasteful!”
“As far as I know, there are many kinds of underground demonic beasts, some even have reached Demon King level or higher. My seal hasn’t been lifted, so remember to escape first if there’s a situation!”
“Fine, Paglio, when did you become so naggy!” Chen Rui shook his swollen head. “Rest reassured. I haven’t gotten my hand on the treasure at the Silent Night Wetland. How can I die so easily!”
Even so, Chen Rui could still feel the concern behind those words. He also felt such a faint warmth from a certain iceberg.
“Such a greedy guy! If it weren’t that my life is linked with yours…”
Before Paglui could finish his words, Chen Rui had already ridden the wyvern and flew away.
“Hmph! You ran pretty fast! You actually said I’m naggy!” Paglio watched Chen Rui disappeared into the sky. He then laid down, imitated the human to hold the grass in his mouth and closed his eyes.