“Are your people all right?” Chen Rui glanced at the church members who had entered the small ship in an orderly manner. His subtext was that a crown in exchange for a cardinal, 2 holy apprentices, and the lives of so many people in the church could be considered fair.
“Thanks to sir.” Gralin, who was also a sophisticated man, suddenly laughed, “Can you activate the divine power of the Crown of Thorns? This is my only request for the Crown of Thorns.”
“The only 1?” Chen Rui glanced at Gralin in surprise. As he waved his hand, a soft white light from the Crown of Thorns above his head flew toward Gralin. Gralin didn’t avoid it, and he felt a sacred strength enveloped his body, echoing his own light element power. Some of the remaining debuff from the previous battle had been removed, and he felt refreshed.
“No doubt it’s the strength of ‘[Divine Blessing]’!” Gralin took a deep breath and stabilized his emotions. Seeing Chen Rui’s relaxed appearance, he was shocked again and asked tentatively, “Sir… Do you feel any discomfort?”
“Discomfort? Of course not.” Chen Rui shook his head and pointed to the Crown of Thorns, “This crown has already recognized me as its master.”
The meaning of this sentence was obvious: The crown is mine.
In fact, Chen Rui did so accordingly. The Crown of Thorns flashed and disappeared into the Super System just like the rest of the analyzed artifact.
This scene shocked Gralin. What Chen Rui didn’t expect was that the cardinal not only did not pursue it, but instead, he showed an excited expression, “Good, good! It’s great! It’s really the blessing of Light God!”
Chen Rui, “…”
Are you alright, you even write a thank you note for snatching your equipment?
Gralin bowed deeply to Chen Rui, “Sir, can you stop by my ship for a while? I will tell sir more secrets related to the Crown of Thorns.”
More secrets? Chen Rui saw that Gralin did not seem to be lying. He frowned as he looked at the large ship that was torn apart and the main body had already begun to sink, “Are you sure?”
“Of course.” Gralin followed his gaze, then he showed an embarrassed expression.
Chen Rui thought for a while and finally gave the answer, “Let’s go to my ship.”
Soon after, Gralin and the church members appeared on the Devil’s Snare Ship.
Looking at this huge sailing ship, which was exquisite and magnificent, looking at the skilled sailors of the sandmen, the church members couldn’t help expressing surprise even if they were not very knowledgeable, but they didn’t ask much.
Under the effect of [Divine Healing] activated by Chen Rui, even the seriously injured people were well controlled. There was a little more respect in their eyes looking at Chen Rui.
Gralin left Clark and April on the deck to look after the believers while he followed Chen Rui into the room of the ship. Paglio and Dodo were drinking wine at the head of the ship.
Zola and others had been informed by Chen Rui in advance to stay in their room.
“Sir Gralin, please take a seat.” Chen Rui said indifferently, “First of all, it was just an accident that I saved you.”
With his strength, he didn’t need to entangle with Gralin at all. The worst case was to throw all these church members back into the small ship or even throw them directly into the sea, but he was still somewhat interested in the secret of the crown.
Gralin nodded, “The Crown of Thorns… is also an accident, but don’t worry sir, you are already the owner of the Crown of Thorns. There is no doubt about that.”
“Did I become the owner of the Crown of Thorns, and fulfilled the prophecy of the church? What kind of savior did I become? Please forgive me… I read some interesting novels recently.” Chen Rui shrugged, “But I’m not a person who likes to go around in circles. Let’s get straight to the point.”
“No doubt it’s an interesting novel.” Gralin smiled knowingly, “Actually, I don’t like to beat around the bush too. I’d better fulfill my promise and tell sir the secrets of the Crown of Thorns first. The Crown of Thorns is 1 of the 3 of the holy light relics. These 3 holy relics are collectively called ‘creation’.”
“‘Creation’?” Chen Rui thought of the feeling that the Crown of Thorns had caused a trace of creation origin in his body, and he was moved.
Chen Rui’s comprehension of the Super System was now different from what it used to be. Since the ‘solar system’ of the Super System was a real kingdom with faith and life rather than an illusory imagination, in order to go further, a more complete comprehension of universe law must be obtained.
Not only destruction, but also creation.
As for the shortcut of Python’s fusion of creation and destruction, Chen Rui didn’t like it. Everyone had their own way of moving forward, especially he who owned the Super System took a different path.
However, in any case, creation’s origin was an indispensable thing for him, especially now that the opportunity was just in front of him, so he must not miss it.
Seeing Chen Rui’s interest, Gralin explained, “It is said that these 3 holy relics are said to be transformed by the gods according to the container of the power that creates the world. They have incredible strength, so they are named after this.”
A container for the power that creates the world! Chen Rui suddenly wondered. Could it be that thing rich in creation origin…
“If you collect 3 holy relics and get recognition, you can get an incredible insight and have a powerful strength far beyond Saint.” Gralin smiled slightly, “I don’t know if sir has activated any special strength. My perception ability is limited. I can only sense that the strength of Sir does not seem to have reached the level of Saint. Of course, the strength of sir’s 2 friends has already surpassed Saint’s super powerhouse.”
“Your perception is not wrong. My strength is only Warrior, but for some special reasons, I have 2 super-level partners.” Chen Rui showed a ‘calm’ expression, but his mind was sharp – The creator of these 3 holy relics is definitely not a god, but collecting 3 holy relics, ‘getting incredible insights’ is a shortcut to comprehending creation origin.
The Crown of Thorns has provided the best proof that this is definitely the way to go.
“By the way, the whereabouts of the other 2 holy relics… Can Sir Gralin tell me?”
When Gralin heard the word ‘super-level partner’, his eyes flashed, and he spoke up, “Sir should know that about 200,000 years ago, in the human world, 3 Holy Empires coexisted. Namely the Dragon Bright Empire, the Blue Glory Empire and the Cloud Rider Empire. The 3 archangels adhered to God’s will and gave the 3 holy relics to the 3 empires as the empire treasure. However, 20,000 years ago, the Cloud Rider Empire was destroyed by the Allied Forces formed by the Dragon Bright Empire and Blue Glory Empire in a crusade. Eventually, the empire was destroyed. The land was divided into dozens of kingdoms. The current famous Starlight Empire is 1 of them. The truth of this war was the crusade against cultists, because at that time, the Cloud Rider Empire was completely controlled by the terrifying cultists, the Black Death Followers. The people of 30 towns were blood sacrificed, shocking the entire human world. Not only that, the Black Death Followers also invaded the elf tribe of the Jade Forest Sea and tried to use the life tree to summon Evil God, which almost caused the elf tribe to suffer extinction. At the call of the church, most of the countries led by the 2 empires united and finally eliminated the Cloud Rider Empire to resolve this terrifying disaster.”
I see! Chen Rui nodded slowly. The crisis in the Jade Forest Sea was resolved by the Old Father-in-law Elf King. Span paid a huge price for this. If Mother-in-law Fairy Dragon hadn’t sacrificed her life to save him, the old father-in-law has long gone to see the Goddess Elf. Until now, the life tree had not fully recovered, and the seal was even showing signs of loosening.
“Sir Gralin means…the remaining 2 holy relics are now in the Dragon Bright Empire and the Blue Glory Empire?”
“Yes, 1 is Holy Grail and the other is Holy Light Robe.” Gralin nodded, “As the empire treasures, they should be hidden in the most secret treasure houses of the 2 empires where only the ruler knows the real whereabouts.”
“I feel like Sir Gralin is reminding me of something? Is it a condition or is it… a threat?”
“Hehe, sir, don’t get me wrong,” Gralin shook his head, “I’m just stating the facts in good faith. Isn’t sir not fond of going around in circles? To be honest, the background of the 2 Holy Empires is no trivial matter; they are far stronger than what we can see on the surface. Although your strength is extraordinary, no matter what means you use, it is extremely difficult to obtain Holy Grail and Holy Light Robe unless you make use of the Holy Church’s power.”
“Really?” Chen Rui smiled noncommittally, calculating quickly in his mind.
“I’ll be direct, sir. I’m the Holy Church’s cardinal. The enemies who attacked me previously were the ‘the Black Death Followers’ who advocate darkness and destruction. At the moment of the crisis, I opened the seal of the Crown of Thorns with a secret method, but because my physique can not carry the Crown of Thorns’ holy power, I almost collapsed, so the Crown of Thorns automatically selected for you. Your physique …… should be the purest of the [Body of Light Glory]. Just this alone, you qualify for the church’s Holy Child, His Holiness Pope Glorious’ inheritor! “
“Holy Child?” Chen Rui was really stunned. The pope’s inheritor? Is there a mistake?
Seeing that Chen Rui didn’t speak for a long time, Gralin couldn’t help but speak up, “Sir…”
Chen Rui finally came back to his senses and rubbed his nose, “Actually, the 2 words I want to say the most right now are ‘hehe‘.”
Gralin showed an excited expression, “Has sir promised to be the Holy Child?”
Which eye of yours sees that I agreed? Chen Rui spread his hands speechlessly, “I forgot that this kind of vocabulary is too high level for you, let’s change it to a common one – not interested.”
“Sir seems to have misunderstood the church?” Gralin was not discouraged, he would certainly not give up so easily. The theft of the Snow Dallet Tree was still a secret of the church, but as 1 of the 3 cardinals, he also personally experienced it at the Snowy Summit Stage event. Gralin and the church leaders were well aware of the consequences of the disappearance of the Snow Dallet Tree, that was, the Holy Church would not be able to convert the most important [Body of Light Blessing] until the Snow Dallet Tree was revived. They would also be unable to select warriors, including holy apprentice, which would cause immeasurable losses to the prestige and faith of the entire church in the long run.
The whereabouts of the Crown of Thorns this time was a surprise, because the Crown of Thorns had a very important function, that was [Divine Blessing], which could convert light-element physiques step by step. Although it could not be compared with the Snow Dallet Flower’s effect, in the absence period of the Snow Dallet Tree’s growth, it could effectively play a substitute role.
The only drawback was that only the [Body of Light Glory] of the Crown of Thorns could fully exert its strength, and it would also cause a certain amount of reflected damage to the user. Currently, Pope Vantis was the only 1 who could do it. If things went on like this, the remaining little lifespan would be consumed prematurely.
However, now there was another talented young man who had the highest [Body of Light Glory], plus he was able to fully control the Crown of Thorns to activate [Divine Blessing] without harm – This is simply a god gift!
So, no matter what, Gralin would not miss the ‘Holy Child’ and patiently explained it at the moment.
“The authority of the Holy Child is equivalent to the archbishop? I can freely enter and exit anywhere in the Holy Light Mountain, including the forbidden area of the church?” Chen Rui raised his chin, and his attitude finally ‘relaxed’ under Gralin’s words, ” I need time to think about it.”
“I can wait!” Gralin couldn’t help but be overjoyed, “By the way, I still don’t know the name of sir?”
“Alright, I’m being rude, Sir Gralin.” Chen Rui gave an implicit smile, “My name is… Arthur.”
TL: Going back to that place again? Will the angels see through his disguise?
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