Chapter 106: Words of Krait (Part 1/2)
Fairchild stood in front of the three piles of scrap, sweeping his gaze across them. The partially warped metal structures, then seemed to be sliced by an incorporeal blade. They split one by one.
When the three piles of scraps crumbled apart, the figure of a person was unexpectedly shown.
It was Huang Bingzhen. While this brother was unconscious, he had been pressed down by the stretcher and blocked by the robots. There had been absolutely no trace of his existence. He had actually survived the hail-fire of bullets just now; he was just injured by the shrapnel. He just so happened to wake up from the pain at this time and he started to moan for help.
Fairchild reached out his hand. Of course, this action had nothing to do with Huang Bingzhen. In the next moment, a metal box shot up noiselessly among the pile of metal components and fell into Fairchild's hand.
"Is that the storage unit containing the Human-Faced Arachnid?" Cat Eyes's gaze scanned the metal box. It was hard for her to correlate the image of that arachnid with this box.
The dead and damned Guo Ju had been quite detailed in describing the course of events during his confession to Fairchild. Cat Eyes, with her long-range perception, naturally did not miss it.
Stowed away in that metal box was the barest core of the object that sparked today's events... It was the raw source and key information that could construct the Human-Faced Arachnid. All one needed was to use a special method of reconstruction with this box and a Human-Faced Arachnid would pop out of it in minutes. Even if this arachnid was an imitation, it could pass as the genuine article and possessed formidable might and capabilities.
The display before Fairchild had been like a farce because the pilot of this Human-Faced Arachnid had been Huang Bingzhen. Huang Bingzhen was moaning in agony on the ground right now in a very clumsy manner.
Fairchild quietly sized up the metal box with extreme and serious attention. He was so intense that everyone else present was subconsciously holding their breaths. They feared disturbing this person. They feared causing a situation.
A voice then suddenly rang out at this time, "Fairchild, don't you even feel an ounce of regret when facing this masterpiece?"
Everyone else in the room ate a sudden shock. Cat Eyes was worse off; she felt a shiver run down her spine.
The voice had been transmitted into the room in a very bizarre manner.It emerged out of nothing within this ramshackled room. The voice was low, feeble, and tapered. The words came out in a low hiss, as if spat out by a snake. Though the voice carried this special characteristic, Cat Eyes was unable to sense anything about it at all. The voice had rung clearly within her ear but she was unable to grasp any clues from it. Her so-called long-range perception had turned into a mere decoration.
Within the encrypted channel, He Yueyin then uploaded some information.
"The Secretbound First Oblatum. The Words of Krait."
In this moment, all those with an understanding of the organizational structure of the Order of Justice in the encrypted channel shivered with fear.
The Order of Justice was a world-scale secret order. They took equivalent exchange as their core doctrine and made oaths upon it. They—especially their secular side faction—valued their doctrine to a degree impossible to imagine for ordinary people. Many core secrets and esoterica relied on strict, callous oaths to be maintained.
The witnesses to these oaths, ranked from low to high, were the Clearsworn, the Secretbound, and the Mindseer. They were also executors and punishers. They were the axis of power of this entire order's system.
Though the Secretbound First Oblatum was ranked in the middle of the First Oblatums, this priest had a status that was higher than the other duties in the Order of Justice by an entire level. The Secretbound was a high ranking member, a diplomatic officer of secrets. The Order of Justice may be a secret order on a world-scale but there were only a hundred or so Secretbounds in total. On average, each metropolis only contained one or two of them.
As such, every Secretbound First Oblatum oversaw a region. They were in charge of enormous power. In terms of political status, the Society would need to take the leader of their Xia City Branch, Ouyang Chen, to match in reciprocity.
But further thought proved the emergence of a Secretbound to be no surprise; this was a wrestling of power between high levels of the Order of Justice. The Ears of Truth Fairchild had an impressive reputation for his strength on the world level. He was infinitely close to the realm of an Extraordinary.
Looking at the situation from this perspective, the events so far in Frost River Reality were nothing more than a show of extravagance. Those that would come to suffer would be the innocent civilians in the bloodbath and the misfortunate tiny ability users of the Society.
"Damn it! I'm done here!"
Red Fox could not hold back from expressing his discontent within the encrypted channel. "This isn't a problem on the level of a city fire. It's a battle between gods! Normally, it would be too late to hide but we actually bumped into this with eyes wide open..!"
No one in the Society responded for a time but that was because Fairchild spoke in response to the Secretbound, "Though this piece of work is quite refined, it is still a toy that satisfies the blasphemer's sinful desires. I don't see the qualifications for it to be called a 'masterpiece'."
The Secretbound First Oblatum used the mystic technique of the Words of Krait to laugh softly. As for his whereabouts, not a single person knew.
"Oh Fairchild, I need to remind you of something once again. Your logic can be placed upon the two sides of the Scales of Truth in a perfect exchange. Is this your reasoning? This holy object, this sacrificial vessel, can sustain our Order, but it is also a giant toy that satisfies the sinful desires of our believers?"
Fairchild's expression did not change. This was not the first time that such debates had occurred. He understood extremely well that it was meaningless to use words to retort. "An Weng, you just need to understand one thing; this object won't return to your hands. Your laughable 'holy exchange' will ultimately be reduced to a senseless dream."
"So, you have chosen to cooperate with the ability user society?"
The moment An Weng uttered these words, all the members of the Society sharing Cat Eyes' perspective felt a shock run through their mind. Despite this, Fairchild did not really react. These kind of words were tantamount to the most serious of accusations. One misstep would spark a clash between these two world-scale organizations, the Order of Justice and the ability user society.
Unfortunately, Fairchild was disinclined to explain anything. "I'm just cleaning up the believers that desecrate the truth."
A subtle jolt ran through the room when these words were let loose. The quicksilver-like aura upon Fairchild's body rippled and all information circulating within the channel were shredded to pieces as the Words of Krait were blocked.
Fairchild then lowered his arm to take the metal box with the white sleeves of his robe. No one knew what he was going to do with it later on.
However, this series of dialog caused an uproar to occur within the encrypted channel.
Red Fox was the most emotional. He directly let out a shriek. "We've been done in good this time! Fairchild is too heartless, taking advantage of the situation for his own benefit. Screw your 'cleaning up'! Screw your cooperation! Can't you talk clearly!?"
Zhang Yingying had entered the channel a bit late and she had not really paid much detail to the chat history. She was ignorant of the situation and watched the chaotic scene with enjoyment. "That metal box must be very crucial. Hopefully, we won't have to fight for it with a lot of effort..."
"The Human-Faced Arachnid is stored within this box and Guo Ju was supposed to retrieve it. Though I listened to his explanation, he said something about downloading?"
Bamboo Pole was a technical member, so he was more concerned with the technical issues. He asked Cat Eyes, "What did Guo Ju say earlier?"
Cat Eyes had begun sharing her perspective in the middle of Fairchild's and Guo Ju's dialog exchange. Most of the people within the encrypted channel did not receive the complete information. Naturally, they were still confused.