While walking toward the tent, Rhode could already see Lapis, who was unconscious . She was currently clenching both of her hands in front of her chest . Her eyes were closed and she was murmuring something . If not because of the shining green words above her head, it looked as if she was just having an ordinary nightmare .
On the center of her forehead was an green inverted triangle . It glimmered constantly, sometimes shining dazzlingly and other times faintly . It changed with Lapis’s speech . As long as she spoke, the light would weaken, but when she no longer spoke, the light would turn bright and dazzling again .
“When did this happen?” Rhode looked back and asked .
“I’m not very clear either; probably after we were attacked . ”
Gillian shrugged her shoulders, feeling helpless . As she told Rhode, Gillian immediately protected Lapis using her skill after she was aware of the attack . Lapis was extremely scared at first and crouched on the ground . Gillian was sure that she didn’t suffer any injury . When everything ended, Gillian had planned to pull her up, but her consciousness was not there anymore and she didn’t know where her soul went .
At this moment, Lapis, who was lying on the ground, finally revealed her true face that was hidden under the cloak . The most eye-catching part was her pair of ears . They stretched out from her long hair and slightly moved . Carefully looking at it, there was a golden thread circling them like an accessory .
This was the reason Lapis always used a cloak to cover her face .
However, Rhode was not surprised at all . In fact, he already knew Lapis’s true identity . After all, when he upgraded the stronghold to the second level, the race information of mercenary group members told him so . Lapis was also no exception .
Race: Behermes (Unfinished)
Talent Reward: Sensitivity, Integration strength
Talent Penalty: Low HP
Job: Alchemist / Ranger Apprentice
Alchemy Skills LV3
Physical Condition: Healthy
Frankly, the first time he read Lapis’s information, he was indeed a little bit surprised, but soon he felt relieved . As a player, he had seen many races, including Behermes . He was also very familiar with them .
Behermes originated from the elf race, but they weren’t ordinary elves . Followed by mankind’s scientific development, many people began to try to use mechanical and scientific forces to transform the human body and acquire power . In ancient magical times, there was also a group of elves who tried to transform elves into the most powerful creatures on the continent by using the powers of magic and alchemy . In the past, the Five Creator Dragons fought each other endlessly; naturally, the elves were involved in it, but their weaknesses made the beautiful creatures very miserable in war . As for strength, the dwarves were stronger than the elves . As for fertility, the elves did not reproduce as fast as humans . As for agility and archery skill, the elves couldn’t be compared to the angels . Their fragile constitution also made them have no resistance toward the Devil’s flame . Although the elves were good at magic due to their longevity, they were unable to grasp new things as well as humans . In fact, while the elves still stubbornly used ancient magic, human magicians had already created and improved a lot of magical spells . The elves back then were very passive . That’s why, in search of the continuity of their race and victory, the elves were divided into three groups .
One of them held a notion “since we can’t defeat the enemy, just follow the enemy” and became the foe of the devils who lived in darkness, later becoming known as the famous Dark Elves . Another group still maintained the ancient notion . They believed that they wouldn’t become extinct just because of this war . As long as they could use their power, they would be able to persist until the war ended .
However, there was a group that thought that just persisting until the war ended would not be enough . If they survived just to become the slave of other races, then everything would be meaningless . Although there were flaws in the elves, they still believed that they could still win without the aid of the Devil’s power .
That’s why they decided to change the elf’s constitution . They wanted to have the strength stronger than the dwarves, fertility better than the humans, and magic more powerful than Devils and Angels .
Behermes existed because of that .
Whether lucky or unfortunate, the elves’ attempts eventually failed . Those transformed elves either lost their long lives or became very strange, and some even turned into an mutated existence . Such reformation also caused an uproar among elves . Although some of the elves volunteered their bodies after the failure in battle, most elves still considered it blasphemous and unconventional . Eventually, under the protest of the majority of elves, the Elven Queen had to expel those elven mages and they brought their experiments to another territory . They didn’t know where they were going, but they said that if they succeeded, they would return to their homeland .
In the end, the elves didn’t go extinct in that war . They stood before the twin dragons and protected their races and territory . As for the elven mages, they seemed to have disappeared since they never appeared for centuries . Behermes were regarded as a different species and a taboo in elven legend, just like the Dark Elves .
However, Rhode knew that in the game, this “Elf Transformation” race did not actually disappear; they even built a huge alchemical city under the marsh in the South and all the Behermes had a strong ability to manipulate and produce magic props, but were weak in melee combat . They had low strength and agility; some were simply frail or sick . Almost every Behermes was a natural scholar, and, unlike Ophenian scholars, Behermes prefered to stay at home and enjoy the comfort . Rather exposing themselves to danger, they usually commissioned adventurers to collect a variety of specimens or animals for them .
In other words, they were lazy .
Now that he thought about it, Lapis’s character did really match the Behermes race description . Low individual combat capability, lazy to go out, having a strange understanding toward alchemy . However, just based on that, Rhode wouldn’t believe that she was a Behermes since her alchemy level was really quite bad .
Rhode also knew that Randolf and Lapis lied to him, saying that they were siblings . The information regarding Randolf said he was clearly a human . He wasn’t a transformed human, nor a clone, but a pure human . It seemed like they didn’t tell the truth about each other’s identities .
Of course, Rhode was also curious as for why she, as a Behermes, decided to leave her own comfortable home and go into the human world since she didn’t seem to be special other than being a Behermes . The reason he agreed to Lapis’s request was because he wanted to know what she was trying to do . Looking at the current situation, it seemed like there wouldn’t be any problem though .
The “psychic state” Gillian said was just a slightly more complicated term . In fact, this was just like people in sci-fi movies with built-in chips or artificial nerves and were receiving an electrical signal . Now, Lapis was “accepting” a signal, but they didn’t know where it was coming from or where it was going .
“Then, what should we do next, Master?” Gillian smiled and said while waving a hammer that suddenly appeared in her hand . “If I hit her with this, maybe she’ll wake up?”
“Forget it . ” Hearing Gillian’s inquiry, Rhode stayed silent for a moment, then he shook his head to stop her action . He narrowed his eyes and looked closely at Lapis, who was still unconscious . “Let her sleep; inform me immediately if anything happens . I will temporarily stop the journey . Anyway,s nothing will happen from delaying a day or two . ”
“Master, you are really gentle; shouldn’t you take this opportunity? She won’t find out about it anyway…” Gillian excitedly rolled up her tail . “In my opinion, this is an incredible opportunity, Master . If you want to do it, I can help you cover it up ah ah it hurts it hurts… !!”
Rhode grabbed Gillian’s dangling tail, preventing her from speaking delusionally . It made this poor fox girl cry and shout . She quickly stood up and pulled her tail out of Rhode’s hand, then stroked it softly .
“Really, Master . You should be really gentle; this is my life . ”
“Next time I hear you talking nonsense, I’ll cut it off to make it into a fox fur scarf . In any case, we no longer have to worry about those environmentalist fanatics anymore . ”
After he said it, he patted Gillian’s head and left the tent, leaving the girl standing there while stroking her tail .