As the baby’s cry echoing in the sky faded away, the Silver Sire stepped back into the beam of light and left.
After that, Salvatore took Lin Yiyi and Delicious Wind Goose and walked out of the estate at No.44 Clear Water Street.
He was relieved when he saw that Annan was safe, then immediately asked in a hesitant, low voice, “What happened to you just now?”
“I saw you suddenly stopped moving, and then you fell…”
“I almost died.” Annan took a deep breath and adjusted his white robe’s collar, “We can talk about it after we head back.”
“Ok.” Salvatore nodded, being tactful, and didn’t continue to pry too much.
Hu… Annan took a deep breath.
He thought he had enough tricks so that maybe he would have a chance to wound or even defeat the Rotten Man.
He also fantasized about how much experience he could gain in that way.
But the reality had proved that Annan could only survive in front of Rotten Man for up to three minutes. That only happened thanks to the Silver Sire’s deterrence to prevent the Rotten Man from using his powerful moves.
Nevertheless, this adventure had earned Annan quite a few rewards.
[Silver Sire’s Favor]
[Type: Equipment/Armour/Clothing (Gold)]
[Defense: 3 (equivalent to a thick leather armor)]
[Efficacy (Defense): Cut]
[Vulnerability (Defense): Stabs, blunt attacks]
[Description: The silver silk robe that the Silver Sire has woven is light but tenacious, with a divine essence that can’t be ignored. Priests whose rank is in bishop and above can recognize its origin.]
[Effect: When “Annan·Austere-Winter” wears it, he will be immune to conceptual curse below the Silver Rank.]
[Effect: Wiping your eyes with the clothing would activate the ability [Detect Poison] for 10 minutes. The ability is the same as the one that is accessible by the [Hunter] class. Likewise, wiping your hands with it will activate the ability [Purify Poison] for 10 minutes. The effect is equivalent to the [Idol] class spell with the same name.]
[Effect: The clothing can be automatically repaired by consuming silver coins.]
This was the most useless Gold Rank equipment Annan had ever obtained or even seen.
Its greatest advantage was that this piece of equipment didn’t have any restriction to use.
The ability to detect and purify poison could be used at any number of times in a day. Its texture was like a silk nightgown, but it could resist any cut from basic sharp objects and act like thick leather armor. Even if this piece of equipment was damaged, Annan could consume silver coins to repair it again.
Its effect wasn’t particularly effective in battle, but it was a helpful item in day-to-day life, especially against poison assassinations and to nullify curses.
The Silver Sire seemed to be suggesting Annan wear this outfit as often as possible.
Annan became immersed in his thoughts after realizing this.
This clothing seems to be used in distinguishing a friendly relationship with the Silver Sire.
Hmm, it seems like the Silver Sire doesn’t intend to have his church pay extra care in protecting my life after I enter the royal capital.
Annan quickly realized the Silver Sire’s goal.
Silver Sire dedicated a “token” to me, signaling to his church not to be involved with me on the surface.
Instead, the Church is expected to appear hostile to me, or rather Don Juan Geraint.
The senior members of the Silver Sire Church, including the sly senior bishops, would naturally learn from Annan’s clothes that he was actually an ally. The junior rank priests hostile to him wouldn’t recognize the clothing, and if they caused trouble for him it would make this alternate identity or act more real.
What does the Silver Sire want to do in this play?
Soon, Annan also picked up another sign when the Silver Sire asked him to seek the Paper Princess just now.
– No matter what Annan did, the Silver Sire wouldn’t get involved.
At this moment, the door was pushed open again.
It was Benjamin who came out of the house.
He was completely different from a few minutes ago.
At that instant, Benjamin exuded an intense and out-of-this-world aura. A peculiar and visible heat shimmer surrounded him, which looked like the air above a barbecue grill.
There was a brilliant flame at the back of his eyes, so bright that none couldn’t look directly at it. His strong presence made him even more eye-catching than deities.
Benjamin held a mirror in his arms facing outwards, but it didn’t have a complete reflection.
The background in the mirror was the same as the outside world, with the only difference being that no one was shown in it.
Indeed, it could even reflect the walls and houses behind Annan and the group, but they were seemingly transparent and not reflected on the mirror.
At this time, Annan suddenly noticed something.
Benjamin had a golden ecclesiastical ring at his left ring finger — the kind of ring that was big and flat and could be used as a stamp.
His initial silver ring was nowhere to be found.
So, Benjamin has successfully advanced to Gold Rank?
“Annan…” At this moment, in the mirror that Benjamin was holding in his arms, a strange voice that sounded like both an old man and a baby at the same time came, “Thank you so much. I was able to hear everything you did for me just now.”
No problem, I didn’t put much thought into this.
Annan hesitated to speak and remained silent.
He looked curiously at the mirror in Benjamin’s arms.
So, is this the Deity of Mirror and Clock, the newly born false deity “the Man in the Mirror”?
Speaking of which, where is the baby?
“I can’t think of what I should give you to be worthy of this kindness. After all, you don’t have any particular needs right now.”
The Man in the Mirror continued to speak in that peculiar voice, “Then, I shall give you this mirror first. No matter what you need or if you have any questions, use it to call me.
“You know my two names. In front of this mirror, you will summon the past me if you call me by my past name, but you can summon the present me if you contact me by my current name.
“When I feel the debt is paid off, I will leave.” Benjamin handed over the mirror after the Man in the Mirror finished speaking.
A few lines of texts before Annan’s eyes:
[The Man in the Mirror’s Newborn Mirror]
[Type: Accessories/Tools (Gold)]
[Description: After the Man in the Mirror became a deity, the first mirror he came into contact with has extraordinary remembrance value and a sacred essence that cannot be ignored.]
[Effect: Calling the real name of the deity in front of the mirror will not consume the corresponding mysterious knowledge and summon the reflection in the mirror (Warning: Please hold the corresponding ritual first to confirm that the other party does allow this special summoning ritual.)]
[Cost: People who look at this mirror lose one hour of lifespan per second. Each person loses up to 24 hours of maximum lifespan per day.]
When Annan saw this, his expression immediately changed. He turned the mirror inward, facing his body.
After seeing everyone leave the house, Benjamin closed the door behind him.
There was only a *click.* The newborn Michel Nottdamm and the Nottdamm couple from two and a half years ago disappeared.
Benjamin then raised his hand.
The house became distorted as if it was absorbed into a black hole. It flowed quickly toward the center point, with its shape and color distorted at a speed visible to the naked eye. Then, the subject began to elongate again.
In the blink of an eye, Benjamin turned the house into a towering giant tree with a lifespan of at least a hundred years at the original location of No. 44 Clear Water Street.
The balance achieved by the original “mirror ritual” was naturally broken.
Annan realized something again.
The ritual has a similar approach to the Rotten Man’s and the Venerated Skeleton’s ascendancy.
Since they don’t have the Truth, they can only obtain the temporary Truth with ritual. But, they cannot afford to have the ritual terminated, and it is easy to destroy if left alone.
So the Venerated Skeleton put His ritual area in the Gray Mists, under the wreckage of the kingdom. The Man in the Mirror hides the ritual in the “other past” that didn’t happen.
If other people want to reach the ritual area, they have to use time and the power of the mirror and rebuild the mirror ritual to reach the past two and a half years ago.
Both of these powers are under the Man in the Mirror’s control. Therefore, it is difficult for others to achieve that.
It’s like keeping the safe key locked in the safe, forming a paradox loop that can’t be overcome.
Annan looked at Benjamin. With this, he could now confirm that Benjamin became the new deity’s pope and the secret keeper for this new deity’s curse.
Credits to MindMatrix for editing this chapter and improving the readability.
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