Chapter 22: You Are My Faith (III)
The next day, teacher Gwyn asked Shang Ke whether or not if he was willing to go with them to the imperial capital and live with Kaiser. They can think about what to do later.
Shang Ke naturally agreed as it was what he wanted. Since he wants to seal the Devil’s Tree, then he needed to rely on Kaiser.
The people of Turan Continent do not know how to seal the Devil’s Tree yet. They have to gather at least seven types of righteous faith energy, then with the help of a magic crystal, seal the Devil’s Tree. The stronger the power of faith, the more types there are, the greater the chance the seal will succeed.
Although the magic crystal was precious, it was not really a rare thing. The truly difficult part would be getting through that wall of devil qi and approach the Devil’s Tree.
This was a hellish trip that tested one’s willpower and faith, those who do not have a firm nature are unable to embark the journey. Once a hole appears in one’s heart, then you will be poisoned by the Devil’s Tree, lose yourself and even turn back to attack your own companions.
According to the future development, even with Kaiser and his group of warriors, they would experience failure twice, sacrificing hundreds of man before finally arriving in the center of the marsh in the abyss. With seven people’s power, they barely managed to seal the Devil’s Tree.
The last time they participated in that mission, there were over two hundred warriors. After the seal was completed, there was barely five that survived. One third of them died from their companions that suddenly fell to the darkness, it really caused them a lot of sorrow.
This kind of “clairvoyance” was Shang Ke’s only advantage at the moment. Not only did he know early than others on how to seal the Devil’s Tree, he also know who the other six warriors that seal the Devil’s Tree with Kaiser.
After they broke down their camp, Shang Ke and Kaiser’s group all left for Watcher City. this city was located at the edge of the abyss of the marsh, it was surrounded by devil qi all year round. As such, most of the people that travel around here were all soldiers and experienced mercenaries. The common person simply did not dare to tread there.
When they had just entered the city, Shang Ke could feel the devil qi in his body bubble and move. What entered his site was drifting devil qi everywhere. This kind of devil qi usually do no take the initiative to enter one’s body, only those whose heart have negative thoughts would it be pulled. Where populations assemble is where darkness also rises.
Many devil apostles were hidden in this city, as a King level apostle, Shang Ke could easily feel the existence of every single low ranking apostle. But not every person whose body has been invaded by the devil qi is an “apostle”.
There are usually three stages to the devil qi invading the body.
Initial stage invaded would make the person subconsciously fight the devil qi, which leads into a power conflict. They would feel a lot of pain, then become crazy. This kind of invasion can be quickly noticed, as long as they are treated in time, they can still return to normal.
Middle stage invaded happens usually on those who either have evil schemes or are very weak, they very easily surrender to the devil qi’s induction, then become a slave to the Devil’s Tree. a small number of the stronger ones can become low ranking apostles. They are able to hide the devil qi within their bodies and are no different from everyday people, but as long as they meet someone with great faith, then they would have a hard time controlling themselves and want to attack.
Completely invaded people are known as “King Level Apostles”. They are the Devil’s Tree’s faithful believer, they can obtain large amounts of power from the Devil’s Tree. Some of them hide by the common people, some like to come and go alone. Some like to massacre unscrupulous, some are adept as inciting disharmony.
They have an extremely strong intimation ability toward low ranking apostles, they are also able to easily find them in the crowd. If they themselves do not want to be found, other low ranking apostles would be unable to find them.
After Shang Ke turned into Osari, although he still has the aura of a King level apostle, he did not have the strength of one. It was because he no longer believes in the Devil’s Tree, so he naturally could not obtain its power. Not only that, Shang Ke must rely on his own willpower and keep suppressing the devil qi in his body. He was a completely invaded person, the devil qi was deeply rooted in his body and could no longer be dispelled. Plus, with time, not only will he lose the aura of a King level apostle, he would also become more and more weak.
Shang Ke felt that he was probably the most miserable great villain since the beginning of history. He has the great villain’s popular (red) name, yet does not have the strength of one. If he was found out by another person, then it would be a special-effect “Die” letter.
He must find a way to raise favorable impression to max before his villain identity was found out.
Kaiser and the group walked into an inn to stay for a time and immediately attracted many people’s sight. Their line of sight mainly fell on Vadula and Amy, these two beautiful women. Shang Ke wore a hood so not many pay attention to him.
He held Pupu and followed behind Kaiser to a table, he kept himself as small as possible to reduce his presence as much as possible. Because in this inn, there were at least three low ranking apostles. Their sight seem to sweep by in his direction, landing on Kaiser’s and Pupu’s body the longest but did not find Shang Ke, this very hidden big BOSS.
Within Kaiser’s eyes was a trace of coldness, but a frivolous smile still hung on his face.
Pupu was not herself, her small hand grabbed Shang Ke’s sleeve and sat straight like him. After she got tired of sitting that way, she leaned her head on him.
“Shang Ke, I’ll take you around after we eat. We can also help Pupu buy some clothes while we’re at it.” Youri politely suggested.
Shang Ke looked down at Pupu and said, “Pupu does need some clothes, but the money to buy them, I’m afraid I’m out right now.”
He originally was bout to take out the gold coins in his pocket, but then thought of how he was and Pupu were both “pitiful people who were being abducted and sold”, so how could he have money? As such, he temporarily can only continue to freeload.
“You will have money very soon.” Youri smiled, “That group of slave traders are all wanted criminals. Not only did we find a lot of money on them, we can also use their tattoos and exchange them for some reward money. This reward money also has your portion.”
“I also get some?”
“Of course.” Youri poured him some water and replied at the same time, “Those people were not killed by us in the first place, the person that killed them also did not take their tattoos, so it means that the person doesn’t plan on turning it in for reward money. We picked up quite the loot, so it has your share.”
“Thank you.” Shang Ke did not expect that they were willing to give him a portion of the reward money and couldn’t help but give all of them a good person card.
After they ate, the group divided into two. Teacher Gwyn with Duro, Amy and Fred were going to the guild to receive the reward money. Youri, Kaiser, Vadula, Shang Ke and Pupu were going to buy clothes and replenish their supplies.
Shang Ke held Pupu’s small hand and followed Kaiser and the others along the street. Youri enthusiastically introduced him Watcher City’s local goods and customs, as if he had been here before.
Kaiser didn’t feel like exposing him, he merely smiled as he walked by Shang Ke, unconsciously helping him separate from the crowd, preventing him and Shang Ke to collide with anyone. The only girl within them, Vadula was being quite neglected instead.
She was inwardly a bit irritated, so she walked up and pulled Kaiser’s arm.
Kaiser slightly raised his eyebrow, then took back his arm without batting an eye. He knows that Vadula likes him, however, he does not have any feelings for her.
Vadula bit her lips, her face full of grievance as she looked toward Kaiser, only to stop after discovering that he simply wasn’t looking at her. His sight fell on the young man that picked up Pupu and held her.
Vadula pursed her brows, an indescribable feeling of crisis rose in her heart.
At this moment, a disturbance happened not too far from them. A man was firmly tied by a cord, his expression crazed as shouts poured out from his mouth, his body constantly wiggling. A group of people placed him on a stretcher, quickly going to a light palace hall nearby.
“What happened?” Shang Ke asked.
“Someone was invaded by the devil qi.” Kaiser simply answered.
“Let’s go take a look.” Youri’s someone who likes to butt into things, so he pushed Shang Ke and ran over.
Once an initial invaded person was founded, they would immediately be sent to the light palace hall. The exorcists in the light palace hall were all doctors or clergy that have faith in “light”. Their main duty is to dispel the devil qi of an initial invaded.
However, the process of dispelling the devil qi within the invaded person was very painful, plus the success rate was only 65%. If the treatment fails, then the clergy can only have them drink poison and let them peacefully die.
Shang Ke and the others all arrived at the light palace hall, only to hear mournful screams from within. The tied man painfully struggled under a couple of clergy’s treatment, his skin was red, veins showing and looked very terrifying.
Pupu leaned her head into Shang Ke’s neck, using only one eye to peep at the situation. In her eyes were only curiosity, there was no fear.
Shang Ke was a man after all, he also did not mind it.
At this moment, the crowd behind him suddenly burst and pushed him forward quickly.
A hand from behind stretched over and hugged his waist, soon, he heard Kaiser say softly by his ear, “Be careful.”
“Thank you.” Shang Ke replied. Under Kaiser’s protection, he walked forward a few more steps.
The treatment roughly continued for another dozen minutes but was still unable to dispel the devil qi within the man’s body.
In the end, the clergy that was in charge of treatment could only show regret as he gave up and told the attendant to prepare the poison.
“I beg of you, please save him!” A woman threw herself on the man’s body, loudly wailing, “Please treat him again, he surely can recover!”
The woman’s begging did not obtain the clergy’s pity, this kind of scene was already long a common occurrence.
People who are invaded by devil qi, represent their willpower are weak or they have evil schemes, so most people will not sympathize with them.
Shang Ke saw the devil qi was intermittently visible on the man’s body, he could see that he himself was doing his best to resist, but because of the excessive pain, he was unable to expel it.
Shang Ke’s mind moved, taking the chance while the clergy was tangled up with the man’s family, he went closer to the man and held Pupu with one hand while his other hand quietly laid down. He used the aura on his body to guide the other’s devil qi into his body.
Along with the devil qi being guided away bit by bit, the man’s painful expression gradually eased. After the devil qi was completely cleared, he return consciousness.
He was originally just testing it, he didn’t expect it would actually succeed.
Although absorbing the devil qi made Shang Ke’s complexion a bit pale, his mood was very good.
He finally found a way to clean himself of his “popular name”!
And that was to use his own body as a vessel, helping those people who has been invaded by devil qi to turn back to normal.
He will use his willpower to continue pressing down the devil qi. Even if the path before him is full of thistles and thorns, he feels no fear.