Dark clouds roamed the skies .
Heavy thunderstorms roared .
A human figure stood up in a shrub in the distance, carefully staring at the pitch-black cave .
“There are no signs of mercenaries,” he said .
Suddenly, another man leapt down from the tree branch above . The rain was pouring . Both of them were naked and their beards and hair had grown wantonly over their faces .
“From the situations nearby, it seems like they didn’t stay for long and have entered the historical remains? How ignorantly daring of those mercenaries . ” One of the man said in disdain while the other man let out a snort . Then, the latter went silent for a moments . Both of them stared silently at the pitch-black cave . Other than the sound of rain, there was nothing else .
“What should we do next? Return and report this to Elder?”
“Go ahead . ”
The other man seemed to have different ideas . His eyes were filled with burning determination which the rain wasn’t able to extinguish . He gritted his teeth and both his clenched fists were slightly shaking .
“I will bring the rest of us in to check on the situation . You go report to Elder and bring more support will do . ”
Hearing his answer, the other Druid revealed an uncertain expression .
“But this wasn’t what Elder wanted . Besides, you have previously…”
“I know what I’m doing . ”
Although the man’s voice was calm without any sense of violence, the Druid, who heard his answer, couldn’t help but shut his mouth . From the words of his companion, he felt as if this man was a cold, fearsome beast, revealing his teeth and ready to destroy everything .
Everything returned to the heavy sound of rain .
But, at this moment, it was another scene in the historical remains .
The sound of bonfire echoed in the spacious area . Kavos sat by the flames worriedly, staring into space with a cup of alcohol in hand . The mercenaries gathered restlessly and nobody had the mood to start a conversation . The disappearance of Rhode was a huge blow to them, especially at the end when many of them witnessed the endless abyss . They couldn’t imagine how anyone could survive the fall .
However, the only thing these mercenaries could do now was to wait in confidence . On the other side, the battle angel maiden sat quietly on the statue erected on the edge of the tall platform . No matter what, Celia was the real deal . Moreover, she had a close relationship with Rhode and most mercenaries knew that . That was why Celia was able to console them while they panicked at the disappearance of their dear leader . No matter what, an angel wouldn’t lie like a demon, not to mention that Rhode was her master . Since Celia said that Rhode wasn’t dead and was still alive and proper, the only thing the mercenaries could do was to believe in her and wait patiently .
Although they didn’t spend much time together, the mercenaries’ attitude and feelings toward Rhode had major changes . To them, Rhode was a great mercenary leader who was rare to come by . He was brave, kind, generous, smart, and decisive . Anyone would wish to work for him and not only that, but Rhode had also led them in battles, which made him earn their respects .
As for the Ophenians, they found a random excuse that allowed them to rest on the tall platform after the discussions with Shauna and Kavos . After all, ever since entering the historical remains, everyone was rushing for time and Rhode’s group exerted even more energy as they had engaged in battles . On the contrary, the Ophenian researchers expended less energy . However, after such a long period of time, they were eventually exhausted and decided to rest for the night on the tall platform .
Although it was easy persuading the Ophenians, the worries deep within Kavos’ heart grew as he didn’t know what to do next . What if Rhode didn’t return? What would happen to the Starlight Mercenary Group? Kavos was afraid to face the truth . He could imagine the faces of Marlene and the rest when they heard this news .
But… Was Rhode really coming back? Where were they now?
A clash of steel sounded .
Rhode drew his sword and retreated, once again drawing some distance between the Runes Guard .
The Runes Guard laid its hands down and its ten fingers extended to form long runes lines that hung above the ground . Rhode kept his guard as he knew that those flowy lines could turn into long whips through the previous battle, which could be a real trouble to deal with .
To be frank, the Runes Guard wasn’t too powerful . If this were Rhode back in his days, he would have long defeated it .
However, it was a pity that half of Rhode’s powers were sealed and he was unable to summon spirits . The only help he had was from Gillian, who was watching the fight from the sidelines with no intentions to help . Although Rhode’s Dark Brandish technique was powerful, the Runes Guard didn’t any lethal weaknesses . Therefore, after exchanging several blows, there was no winner yet .
“Tch… troublesome . ”
Rhode let out a snort as he faced this translucent, bandaged mummy . He tightened his grip on his sword hilt while carefully sizing up this enemy . He finally understood its strength . But it wasn’t easy to search for a way to defeat it . Although his Starfall Swordsmanship was formidable, the long charging time would make it too easy for the Rune Guard to dodge . As for the Moon Shadow Swordsmanship, even though this initial sword skill could damage the Runes Guard, it wouldn’t be effective .
Rhode had no choice but find an opening .
Lapis bit her lips and watched worriedly from the side . Gillian watched her master and the enemy fight as if no life and death was involved . She excitingly admired this battle and constantly cheered for Rhode .
“That’s the way, Master . Go for it!
“Ah, just a little more . That was a pity, Master! Go and give him death!
Gillian’s actions were probably over exaggerating to which even Lapis couldn’t stand .
“L-Leader is trying his best to fight . It’s not too nice of you to say…”
“What’s the matter? Master asked for it anyway . ”
Gillian obviously didn’t take her words seriously . She continued to swing her tail and revealed a rejoiceful smile . However, after seeing Lapis’ expression, Gillian smiled, narrowed her eyes, and lifted a finger to her lips .
“Don’t worry, Lapis . Master will definitely win . Besides… Isn’t that what you hoped for?”
Lapis curiously lifted her head and looked at Gillian . However, before she could reply, Gillian interrupted her .
“I heard it clearly when the protector spoke just now…’Gain the recognition of the heir . ’ Miss Lapis… wasn’t that your wish?”
“… I… I…”
Lapis’ expression changed and lowered her head, not knowing how to answer . But it seemed that Gillian was unconcerned .
“Don’t worry, Miss Lapis . Master will be fine . Since you have chosen him, shouldn’t you trust him too?”
Lapis lifted her head again and devoted her focus at Rhode’s moving figure as her eyes revealed a complicated feeling .
“Of course I… trust Leader…” Lapis replied softly .