The blooming flower and spirit crystal on Lapis’ chest had disappeared, most likely having returned to her body . There were some changes to her; her body was still slender and thin, like a fragile greenhouse flower that was unable to withstand any damage . However, Rhode and Gillian felt surging spiritual powers within her . It could be said that even though Lapis still had a weak constitution, her spirit had already turned indomitable .
Other than the changes within her body, her appearance had changed slightly too . Her forehead appeared to have a silver-made accessory of an inverted triangle . The thin, long necklace hung down from both sides of her forehead . On her chest, the tattoo-like accessory extended from her collarbone to her neck, which gave her a peculiar look and a sense of beauty which didn’t belong to this world .
“Are you sure waking her up is a good idea? Master?” Gillian was hesitant of this idea . “We have no idea what happened to her in the end and how her current situation is . Are you sure she won’t smash us away as soon as she opens her eyes? The spiritual power in her body now is extremely powerful and very odd to me . Her current powers seemed to be on par with the Mages and Clerics at the moment . ”
Gillian twitched her delicate nose as she spoke . “Also, there is also a metallic smell . What if she becomes a terminator?”
“At least it’s still better than Smith . ” Rhode checked on the data regarding Lapis as he answered Gillian’s questions . Soon enough, Lapis’ attributes floated in his face .
Race: Behermes (Perfect)
Talent Reward: Induction, fusion ability
Talent Punishment: Lowered individual strength
Job: Alchemist (Advanceable) / Ranger Apprentice
Hidden Attribute: Spirit Alchemy, Spiritual Energy
Alchemy Technique: LV MAX
Mastery: ?? Potions & Equipment Making
Body Condition: Healthy
There were indeed changes .
Rhode twitched his eyebrows as he read her attributes . The hidden attributes of the Spirit Alchemy and Spiritual Energy had been released . And not only that; Lapis’ Alchemy Technique had also hit LV MAX . This was a huge change and Rhode could confirm that it was due to the absorption of the Behermes dead spirits’ powers and some unknown knowledge . Also, with the word “Advanceable” behind the word “Alchemist”… If this was truly Lapis’ unique mission, then this mission’s reward would indeed be really generous .
The upgrade of levels in a Production Class wouldn’t be as dangerous as that of battling classes . She could gain advancement as long as she improved her levels in production techniques . And it was due to this that the production advancement was much harder than battling advancements . Most battling classes could advance when they reached level 20 . But the advancement for production jobs was only possibly at level 30 . This was the reason why production players were rare and in demand . After all, not many players sat around and practice the same old procedure over and over again . However, those that lasted until the end gained a lot of respect from other players .
Therefore, Lapis could gain advancement just based off this mission . This meant that she could advance from an Alchemist to an Alchemist Master . If this was true, then it would mean good news for Rhode because an Alchemist Master could produce many more varieties of products and possessed much stronger alchemy skills .
However, Gillian’s worries weren’t for naught . Lapis’ abilities had leaped so much in one day, and such an odd phenomenon definitely included some hidden negative influences . Just as Gillian had mentioned, nobody knew if Lapis was still herself . However, Rhode wasn’t worried about this point at all .
“I don’t understand Lapis too much in the first place . ” He looked at the maiden’s face and said . “So, even though she changed, I’m still fine with it . Besides, I don’t think there will be any dangers . ”
It was no easy feat to wake Lapis up .
After the maiden opened her eyes, she was totally lost . Her eyes were lifeless and she seemed to not have recovered from her previous, shocking encounters . Rhode tried many things, including shaking her shoulders and even gave her a few merciless slaps across the face, but all of them were meaningless as she stared blankly without any reactions .
“Master, I don’t agree to such abusive methods…”
Gillian shook her tail and ears as she hopelessly looked at Lapis . The bright red palm imprints across Lapis’s cheeks proved just how much strength Rhode used in his smacks .
“If you continue to slap her this way, I’m afraid Miss Lapis will become an idiot even before she wakes up to her senses . ”
“You’re right . ”
Rhode felt that his method was useless in triggering a response from Lapis . However, there were many more methods in waking someone up .
“Since the hard way didn’t work, let’s do it the soft way . ”
“Soft?” Gillian’s expression slightly changed . “Master, you…”
Before Gillian could finish her sentence, Rhode had extended his right hand and squeezed Lapis’ chin . Then, he lifted her head up . He pressed his lips on the maiden’s .
Rhode pried open the maiden’s mouth and his tongue went deep inside .
Lapis let out a violent shiver and her blank eyes regained their focus . She seemed to instinctively respond to Rhode . Her small tongue intertwined with Rhode’s and she let out a soft moan . Afterwards, Rhode pulled himself away from her and she finally realized what she had done .
What was I doing?
Lapis stared foolishly at the black-haired young man . All she felt was a burning sensation across her face and the residue of an unforgettable sensation on her lips…
“L-L-L-Leader, w-w-what did you do?!”
Lapis jumped up and pointed at Rhode with her shaky finger . Her face was as red as a tomato . As though nothing had happened, Rhode turned to Gillian, who was stunned in place .
“It seems like fairy tales are kind of useful, aren’t they?”
Rhode said . What responded to him was a loud smack .
The crisp, strong slap resounded in the entire place, and even the pond rippled…
A minute had passed .
“Alright, don’t mind it, Lapis . You did well . Everything’s fine!”
Gillian waved her small fist and comforted as Lapis worriedly glanced over to Rhode, who was rubbing his own cheek . At last, she summoned up her courage and nodded slightly . Although the maiden had finally cleared her head, the stimulation that Rhode had given her left her brain in a complete havoc… To a maiden who hadn’t fall in love yet, putting her straight into such a high level of intensity was indeed too stimulating for her .
However, now wasn’t the time for this .
Although Lapis was blushing and Gillian was rejoicing in Rhode’s misfortunes, he didn’t feel like he had done anything wrong . The palm imprint on his cheek wasn’t able to change him one bit . Soon enough, he got right back into the most important topic . Firstly, he had to be aware of what was going on in Lapis’ body .
Lapis was at a loss herself facing Rhode’s questions . She didn’t feel like she had changed much . However, the experiences and knowledge of an alchemist in her mind had improved greatly . They contained things that she had never learnt and all of them were floating in her head now . Not only that, but Lapis also realised that she had an amazing ability . She could start her alchemy productions using her spiritual powers without any tools . However, that would require her to use up a large amount of mental strength, which was still challenging for her .
Rhode finally understood the situation after hearing her explanation .
The giant of light must have been the core of the Behermes central . After he was defeated by Rhode, the Behermes powers that had lost its core needed a new vessel and detected Lapis’ spirit crystal . After all, no matter what, Lapis was still a fresh breath of life and the liveliness of her spiritual powers definitely was much more active than those of the corpses trapped within the crystal ball . As a result, the powers and experiences that had lost control went right into her body and became a part of her . In other words, Lapis had the entire knowledge of the Behermes Family now . It would just depend on how she used them thereafter .
As for Lapis’ character, Rhode realized that there weren’t many changes, especially in her reactions when she had just woken up .
However, the amount of strength in her slap wasn’t weak at all…
After concluding Lapis’ situation, Rhode let his hair down and pointed toward the accessory on the maiden’s forehead .
“This thing; do you know what’s it for?
“This?” Lapis unknowingly touched the inverted triangle accessory on the middle of her forehead and closed her eyes in deep thoughts . “This… Leader, I’m not too sure . But, if I recall correctly, this should be a secret artifact that belonged to the Behermes Family: the Composition Adornment . ”
Rhode twitched his eyebrows .