【”Ding! Congratulations for triggering an Epic mission, The Revival of the Phoenix.”
“Quest objective: Investigate and resolve the dangers that Liu Huang Mountain City would encounter. Groom Annie.Layde to become a capable leader-like figure before Adam’s demise.”
“Quest rewards: Epic-cla.s.s discount voucher (Using this, you can purchase any Epic-level and below merchandise from the System’s merchant at half price), the right to start quests of the main storyline.”
“At least… before leaving your hometown, pa.s.s it down to someone reliable. After all, you wouldn’t hope to see only rubble when you come back.”
“Quest failure penalty: Would turning you into skull with a mushroom growing on it be good? Or would a skull growing from a mushroom be better? Both of them aren’t good? Then let’s make it a mushroom skull growing from a skeleton.”】
Initially, when I just received this mission, I didn’t expect so many things to happen.
Right now, starting from the moment when I received this mission, the situation in the Underground World has changed vastly. Without this troublesome mission, I wouldn’t have taken the initiative to create trouble during the Alliance Conference. In the end, no matter what happens during the Conference, whether the Conference will result in the solidifying of their alliance and elect a leader as expected or them responding to Shou’s calling to gather together to attack Liu Huang Mountain City, if it wasn’t for the mission, many things would be different from what it is now.
“I want to finish the quest. Hey, System, stop feigning dead.”
【Requisites for the completion of the Epic Mission: Firstly, Liu Huang Mountain City averts the crisis; Secondly, Adam didn’t die and won’t seek death in the short run; Thirdly, Annie.Layde becomes the a leader-like Hero. To think you would succeed in all of them! Congratulations, you actually succeeded in seeing through all of the traps and completed all of the hidden missions. The rewards this time will be extremely satisfying for you.】
This cold notice is actually telling me of the fact that I was tricked once again. The goal of the third mission is to groom Annie as a pa.s.sable City Lord and that was the expected outcome I was working towards. As for the other 2 requisites, I really didn’t expect them.
The part where the mission spoke about resolving dangers, I thought it meant dealing with those traitors and the invading army. Who would have known that this darned System would actually want me to investigate the mastermind and destroy the danger at its root. As for the time limit ‘before Adam’s death’, it was actually expecting me to stop his death?
However, even if I didn’t know of these requisites earlier, I somehow still managed to complete all of them. The system might be screwed up, but it can be trusted to pay an amount equal to how much one achieves. I am starting to antic.i.p.ate the rewards I would receive this time.
【The triggering of the main storyline has revealed that your soul does not tend towards any of the Faction. The System is evolved into its complete form — Fate System. From now on, all Evil Points and Justice Points will be converted into Fate Points and you will gain power from actions that reverses the despairing fate.】
Fate System? Obtaining power through changing fate? Isn’t this my greatest wish? Looks like the theory that the System is a part of my soul might just turn out to be true.
【The missions from now on will be a choice between justice and evil. The calculation for the rewards for the Epic Mission will be triggered now.】
【Mission Objective 1, to track the mastermind and remove the dangers threatening Liu Huang Mountain City. The mastermind Shou is dead while Molly has lost her position as the Dragon Empress and Underground Autarch and thus, she is unable to pose a threat to Liu Huang Mountain City. Also, the seal of the Fire Elemental G.o.d has been released, causing the Demons and Chaos Abyss to lose their interest in Liu Huang Mountain City. Liu Huang Mountain City has become the land of origin for the Power of Law and a true G.o.d. Countless Pract.i.tioners of Law will traverse and station here, improving its security significantly. All in all, the mission objective has been accomplished perfectly. 5000 Fate Points awarded.】
The rewards may be very attractive but at this moment, what I was more focused on was the important message hidden within the notice.
“The seal of the Fire Elemental G.o.d has been released? Who released it? Although we have agreed on to release the seal eventually so that the Chaos Faction would give up on it, releasing the seal so casually may result in vast amount of trouble. We have to at least weaken it for a decade or so first. But, judging from the fact there is no Fire Elementals rampaging around, is the seal really released?”
I didn’t receive any answers to my question. The System only systematically calculated my next mission objective.
【Mission Objective 2 (Hidden), reverse Adam’s fated demise. By replacing the Phoenix Heart with the t.i.tan Heart, the death of his physical death has been avoided. Currently, he is busy stopping the rumors from spreading, preparing his betrothal gifts and his honeymoon tour. All of his suicidal thoughts has disappeared. Mission 2 has been completed excellently. 3000 Fate Points awarded.】
Looks like the System is really getting used to scamming me. To think that saving Adam and preventing him from dying was actually a hidden objective.
【Mission Objective 3 (Main), groom Annie into a leader-like figure and an acceptable City Lord. The System will total up all of the Fate Points accrued through the main storyline and a final evaluation will be made.】
Hearing this, I feel like I have been scammed again. The System was requesting for a leader-like figure from the very start. If I had only interpreted the phrase leader-like figure as a City Lord, the reward I would be awarded will probably only be the basic one. The Fate Points that I accrue probably only looks at how much I have achieved in the mission. If I had only stayed in Liu Huang Mountain City to wait for Annie to take over as the next City Lord, I probably wouldn’t even earn a single point.
【Secret Mission: The Secret of Queen Victoria has been completed. Under your influence, Victoria has started on her path as the Queen of the Dark Elves. She might have started out slower, preventing her from becoming the absolute monarch of the Dark Elf society, but she will at least become one of the most influential leaders of the Dark Elves. Her friendly relations.h.i.+p with Liu Huang Mountain City will bring benefits to Annie. 3000 Fate Points awarded.】
In Morsblight City, the newly-appointed Syfan Matriach, Victoria, was lecturing everyone from the stage. After gaining control of the Syfan family’s influence, she immediately purged the the 2nd Family who were about to usurp their place. At this current moment, she, who has just achieved the ultimate victory in making all of the other Matriachs of the other families of Morsblight City submit to ‘her’, has her eyes fixed upon the remainder of Kajah’s influence.
【Secret Mission: The rise of the Centaur clan has been completed. Due to your actions, the power behind the Beastman Sovereign Shou Nuya has fallen apart. The Centaurs under Minial made use of this opportunity to rise up. Due to several circ.u.mstances, his niece, Anya, has been inaugurated as the Beastman Sovereign and became the newly-appointed Underground Autarch. She will become one of the most powerful ally of Annie.Layde. 5000 Fate Points awarded.】
In the tents on the gra.s.sy plains, old Minial could only look helplessly on the newly-appointed Beastman Sovereign rolling around the entire ground. ‘I don’t want to go for the meetings, those old geezers are really scary’, ‘I want to go to Liu Huang Mountain City to play with Big Sister Annie and buy new clothes’, ‘Ah, when is my delivery package coming? I already said that I don’t want to live in the countryside, look how inconvenient it is.’
There wasn’t a single trace of the viciousness of the old Minial a month ago when he suppressed the ambitious crowds to s.n.a.t.c.h the position of the Beastman Sovereign. At this current moment, in order to protect the dignity of the new Beastman Sovereign, he could only strictly order the guards to prevent anyone from entering while looking helplessly at his own niece, at a loss of whether to laugh or cry.
(Can’t fit in somehow due to limitations of my grammar and vocabulary abilities but Minial has taken control of Vance)
At this moment, the wrinkled face of his is not one of the Chieftain of the Centaur tribe but rather, an elder who wants to discipline a spoiled child yet being unable to muster the will to be harsh with her. In the end, he could only nod his head and give in. “Fine, we will move to Vance 2 days later. Let’s all go together. We will all live in mansions instead of tents.”
【Secret Mission: The return of the Dragon Princess has been completed. After news that Molly has been converted into a Chaos Demon Dragon leaked out, the Underground Dragon City stripped her of her position as a Dragon Empress and her ident.i.ty as one of the Dragon Tribe without hesitation. Furthermore, as the one who defeated the previous Dragon Empress and the sole survivor of the bloodline of the Dragon Emperor, Einz Mezus (Xiao Hong) has been chosen as the new Dragon Empress. However, as Einz Mezus insisted on staying at Liu Huang Mountain City, the Dragon Tribe built a new Dragon City in its vicinity. From now on, Liu Huang Mountain City will come under the protection of the Dragon Tribe. Even though Ein Mezus took over the crown to become the new Dragon Empress and is one of the newly-appointed Underground Autarch, as she looks upon Annie.Layde as her daughter and dotes on her as such, she will become the most reliable backing of Annie Layde. 5000 Fate Points awarded.】
Liu Huang Mountain City. Xiao Hong squints to look at the countless giant Dragons in the sky and the gigantic Dragon Palace being built at a distance not too far away while yawning. She has absolutely no interest in the position of the Dragon Empress. On the other hand, she was extremely interested in how she could exploit her position as the Dragon Empress to steal the fortunes of other giant Dragons legitimately. After rising to the position, she is currently looking for a reason to settle old scores with a few of her old friends, making use of the opportunity to clear their treasure vault.
“Hehe, even if it is an Ancient Dragon, there is no way they could disobey the words of a Dragon Empress. After losing contact with the Dragon City for so many years, it is time for you all to pay 200 years of tax. No money? You can use G.o.d Equipment in exchange as well. You don’t even have G.o.d Equipment? How the h.e.l.l are you able to become an Ancient Dragon? Fine, then a dozen of Myth-cla.s.s treasures.”
Seems like under the control of this powerful Dragon Empress, there is hope for the Underground Dragon City to regain its previous glory.
【Secret Mission: The origin of Law has been completed. At the moment which you ascended to G.o.dhood, the news that Liu Huang Mountain City has become a sacred land for Law has spread to each and every corner of the world. At this moment, countless Adventurers are heading here to study the Power of Law. The Spatial Distortion to Vance, which is just next to the surface world, gives this city extremely high commercial value. It will become one of the renowned cities in the world. Being a city governed by law, its new system of splitting the power between the governor and judiciary and the unique way how different races interact will become the role model for many other cities and its City Lord Annie.Layde will gain fame because of this. 10000 Fate Points awarded.】
“Why is it me!! I don’t want to become that what Supreme Judge.”
At Liu Huang Mountain City’s Supreme Court, after sending away a guest who came to congratulate him on becoming the Supreme Judge with a calm face, the moment after he closes the door and turns around, the old cow immediately lashes out and roars at his colleagues who were looking at the commotion.
He had been so busy recently, so busy that he was unable to engage in his favorite hobby, so busy that he feels that his little partner has not felt the breeze of the wind for too long, leaving him weak spiritually.
“Cough cough, I am too old. I won’t be able to withstand the such heavy responsibility. If my physical condition were to deteriorate such that I am unable to carry out the heavy responsibilities that our Lord has left behind, wouldn’t I become a sinner?”
While faking a cough, Kale Diya glanced at his other colleagues. It seems that this pure old man is really lacking in strength physically. In reality, everyone was thinking ‘you already had this look when we saw you a few decades ago. As a High Elf, even after we all die of old age, you will probably still be living on with this old dying look of yours.’
“Furthermore, there is a need for me to remain at the Hall of Legislation. I am probably the only one who can keep those powerful people who came here to study the Power of Law in reins. Not to mention, the mission of creating new Law Incantations. I am really unable to leave my current post.”
As the number one expert of the 4 Halls 1 Court, there is indeed a need for the presence of a powerful one to keep the situation under control. Also, as the strongest Law Incantationer, the responsibility of studying and creating new Law Incantations lies upon him.
Lily looks helplessly at the silly cow who was panting heavily.
“I don’t really mind it either way but right now, Lord Magaret is preparing for her honeymoon trip and her successor, the Silver Rose, Lord Elisa, suddenly s.h.i.+rks off all her responsibilities and quits her job. Are you willing to go in my place to the Internal Affairs Bureau?”
Alright, he understands that he is definitely unable to deal with all those doc.u.ments which are sufficient to drown even an entire room. Xueti s.h.i.+fts his gaze towards the last of the Four Heavenly Kings of Law. In response, Kevin, who just got promoted to the Supreme Judge of Chrome City, tries his best to squeeze his body together to make his existence less noticeable.
“Kevin, let me swap with you. I will go to Chrome City to continue your work. You can serve as the Supreme Judge.”
“Fine, then the first thing I will do after I come into power is to create a law that rules nude running as a heavy crime. At the same time, I will get rid of the Gentlemen Alliance and Wild Bull Alliance which is filled with perverts and gays, hanging them up on the flag poles three storeys high to dry them.”
With the current weather, being hanged three storeys high up will cause sweat to drip down like rainwater. They would probably die of dehydration in less than 2 hours. Drying them on the flagpoles? That is unless one is intending to make jerky out of them after drying them.
The honest looking middle-aged man laughed heartily as a glint of cold light flashes through both of his eyes. It seems like it is true that the dogs who bite people are the ones who never barks. The ones with the darkest stomach and heart is often those who seem friendly and honest. Xueti immediately backs down in response to Kevin’s laughter.
“Cough cough, since everyone trusts me so much, I will try my best to become an excellent Supreme Judge!”
Alright, under several threats, Xueti carries the G.o.d Equipment Origin of Codex and the SemiG.o.d-cla.s.s Gavel with a teary face to deal with guests who consistently comes knocking on the door. Behind him, his colleagues were celebrating over the fact that they were able to avoid this heavy responsibility.
However, from another perspective, after the original successor, Elisa, chose to resign, the one who had the most prestige of all was him, making him the most suitable successor. It could be said that him taking over as the Supreme Judge was also the wish of the public.
【Main Storyline Mission: The only Female Queen of the Underground World has been completed. Annie.Layde has already stepped into the realm of Saints. After receiving the full support of the newly ascended Dragon Queen and Beastman Sovereign, the influence of Liu Huang Mountain City grew together as a whole. Furthermore,with a portion of the Elves supporting it, Liu Huang Mountain City is backed by 4 out of 5 of the Underground Autarchs. Going by the System’s calculations, there is a 70% chance that the entire Underground World could be united by under Annie within 10 years. The Main Storyline Mission has been completed perfectly! 20000 Fate Points awarded.】
If I still had a chin, this is definitely a situation for my chin to fall off. After all that I have done, another Emperor was about to appear in the Underground World? Based on what happened in history, it is definitely an extremely big disaster for the surface world.
【Due to your amiable relations.h.i.+p with Annie.Layde, when the Underground World is about to invade the surface, you can try to use diplomacy to remove the possibility of war. Congratulations, you have done very well. You have managed to change the future for the happening of one of the calamity that was fated to happen.】
To think that it would praise me? Is this still that darned system who always tricks me? However, its reminder made me open up my eyes. A Queen like Annie is totally different from those other ambitious fools who crave to build their kingdoms on the surface world.
The dwellers of the Underground World crave for sunlight and clean air, so the invasion cannot be avoided. The countless wars that occurred in history has proven this point. However, compared to Shou, who has swore allegiance to the Demons, Eduar, who swore allegiance to the Devils, and the arrogant Dragon Empress Molly, if we were to gain control over the proceedings of the invasion, then perhaps, we would be able to make this war into one which wouldn’t destroy everything.
Immediately, I thought of a few countries which I had grudges with and a few deserted lands where populations were spa.r.s.e.
“Un, as long as we invest sufficiently, those deserts and barren land can be made suited for living. It looks like I would have to make a trip to Human countries who have access to the tunnels to the Underground World. Also, I have to figure out a method to make these Human Kingdoms accept new neighbours. It may seem highly implausible, but there is still hope.”
Just when I thought the notices has ended, the System rings out once again.
【From now on, we will start to calculate the Fate Points derived from the individual heroes. Moon Knight Diana has hardened her determination to seek her own path. She has conducted a Moonlight Ritual to change her own skin color and will head to the Surface soon. Friendly notice from the System: You are recommended to accompany her on the journey, she will be an effective nanny and meat s.h.i.+eld.】
【Eaglestorm has brought a portion of his tribesman back to the Surface. He feels that he has found a new faith in Liu Huang Mountain City and not too far in the future, a Druid Faction which seeks neutrality and balance as their goal, hoping to fulfill it through law to realise the possibility of harmonious cohabitation will rise up. 1000 Fate Points awarded.】
【In Liu Huang Mountain City, collaborations between projects of Gnomes and Dwarves has started. Not too far in the future, an entirely new engineering study will arise. The Wise Roland’s name will be scripted on the annals of history as the founder of the new study. The Roland series robots will also pave the way for daily-use, night-use, water-type, air-type and many other types of robots. 1000 Fate Points awarded.】
【Beifeng.Herault, under your influence, has finally understood the equality of all beings. Thus, he started on his legendary path… Alright, he is really too disgusting, even the System doesn’t want to elaborate more on it. You only have to know that his t.i.tle is ‘the man who single-handedly created multiple races’! 10000 Fate Points awarded!】
Looking at that scary 10000 points, I don’t even dare to question on.
“For a Myth Hero, even a new Druid Faction would only give 1000 points. 10000 points? What exactly did that pervert Beifeng do!! Single-handedly created multiple races? He isn’t a Mage, so how did he do it!”
I have roughly guessed a few things here and there but has chosen rationally to refuse to think about it.
After a series of notices, I am already numb to it. Finally, it is time to tally the total amount of Fate Points I have.
Looking at this scary number, I sucked in a large breath of cold air. That darned System wasn’t lying when it said that this Myth Storyline would award me with generously.
Of course, given the changes that occurred with the Underground World’s new Queen and other related powers, this is sufficient to change the entire path of what Fate has in store for the Underground World, so naturally, the amount of Fate Points I was awarded wouldn’t be little. However, the only thing that continues to baffle me is Beifeng.Herault.
The s.h.i.+ning golden discount voucher appears in my hand. It looks like I have enough points even without using it for my revival.
“Alright, let me revive!! Right, there’s still Elisa! What happened to her!”
When the Four Heavenly Kings of Law were still pus.h.i.+ng away the position of power to each other and stabbing each other in the knees, in the Undead District of the exact same city, another Four Heavenly Kings were having a joyous reunion.
Even counting in the battle that occurred not too long ago, 【The Infallible Diffindor】 has only appeared in history twice. Furthermore, all of the people who seen it the first time has already died entirely. However, the vast and powerful military might still shocked the entire Underground World. At this moment, all of the brave Undead warriors were living life as they usually did. The dancing Banshees continued dancing and the divining Liches continued divining. It is just that due to the Undead Army who protected the city and all of its citizens that day, the relations.h.i.+p between the two has improved significantly. There were quite a few customers in the Undead Royale Theme Park.
Of course, there were bound to be troubles. However, the Red Hunting Hounds has never been afraid of trouble, especially when there is a true G.o.d protecting them now. Even though all of the enemies who have seen that Soul World has vanished, but those who were on the same side and seen it before followed the clues and came knocking.
At this moment, seated one side in a secret chamber in a shabby old tower are Ghoul King Decars, Spider Marquis Lionheart, Bone Dragon Queen Gria and on the other, Demonic Spatial h.e.l.lhound Bastian and the Abomination Ah Dang, who is snoring away. The Four Heavenly Kings under Emperor Yongye (Someone has mysteriously insisted that a Four Heavenly King must have a fifth personnel) has all gathered together and their secret talks went on for several days.
“…This is our Emperor’s plans. Of course, this is just a portion of it. If you all are willing to join in, I will tell you the rest of it. The Emperor means to say that you all are free to join, and he will not force you into it.”
In the face of shocking secrets, even Lionheart, who is known as the best strategist of the Xiluo Empire was caught off-guard. However, just as he was still hesitating, his comrades has already made their decisions.
“This means that our Emperor is still in the mortal world! This is great, I want to look for him.” Alright, Gria didn’t pay any heed to what scheme or plans, she was just happy over the fact that Roland is still in the mortal world.
“Whatever Ah Pa wants Ah Dang to do, Ah Dang will do.” Within the Four Heavenly Kings, Ah Dang and Bastian are part of the Seven Deadly Sins, creations of Emperor Yongye. Indubitably, they are the most loyal ones of the Royal Faction.
After hesitating for a brief moment, Lionheart nods his head in the end.
“I also believe in the Emperor’s wisdom and decisions. We, the Royal Faction, has always been loyal to the Emperor and looked forward to the day for the return of the Emperor.”
All of the gazes settle upon the final one of the Four Heavenly Kings, Decars. He has joined the Council Faction, and if not for the letter from Emperor Yongye in his hands which proves that he is trustworthy, Bastian would have long got rid of him.
“I have long returned to the commands of our Emperor. I have results of the investigation of the secrets that our Emperor has tasked me to uncover. 6 large-scale Dimension of Death including Skeleton, Frost and Blasphemy has been opened since 15 years ago. Feyman has been traversing through these dimensions these few days.
Hearing news about the Dimension of Death, everyone was dumbfounded. After all, the Undead Emperor and Undead Lords in these Dimensions could be said to be the seniors of everyone here.
“However, the Undead Emperors of the other Dimensions aren’t that easy to negotiate with. With just Feyman and his Council of Dark Night, he would just be eaten up by the other party. Based on his progress, a few of the Dimensions has agreed to work together with him and this is only because of the First Senator Gricasio stepping out to conduct these negotiations. I’m afraid that the large-scale Undead Calamity that our Emperor predicted will come, it is only a matter of time at this point. Feyman a.n.a.lysed that the time these Undead Lords and Emperors would require for the preparations of war would not exceed 30 years. Boss, help me send this news to our Emperor.”
Yes, Decars, whose appearance is of a large-built man right now, was tasked by Roland to serve as a spy in the Council. Despite spending more than 10 years in there, he wasn’t able to gain sufficient trust to access important information but through tracing trails and bribing spies, he gained quite a bit of information.
The emergence of the collusion between the 1st Senator and 2nd Senator as well as the military intelligence of the intention of many Undead Dimensions to invade Eich made them fell into despair.
“Darn it, if the 3rd Senator was still alive, things wouldn’t have progressed to such a state.”
Lionheart immediately understood how new experts were appearing one after another in the Council Faction. When the 1st Senator and 2nd Senator collaborate together with the support of the Dimensions of Death, coupled with the death of 2 neutral Senators with the last one severely injured, the tilting of the power of Xiluo Empire towards them is just a matter of time.
Fine, due to someone’s interference, the disappearance of the Queen of Banshees Harloys has became a case without any leads. Without her keeping the powers in Xiluo in check, the Council Faction is without any equals, allowing them to gain control of the full authority at an even quicker pace.
However, Bastian simply smiled. All of the proceedings were within the expectations of the Emperor.
“Then, since everyone decided to stand on the same boat, then let’s listen to the words that our Emperor left behind. This is what he said…”