Previously with the Lize’s help, Anne was clothed in a somewhat comfy top for sleeping . Her thin garments were already drenched with sweat from all the lifting she had done a while back, causing the thin layer of cloth to stick to her porcelain-like skin . When Anne threw herself into Rhode’s arms, he immediately felt two soft speaks pushing against him . Her fragrance quickly assaulted Rhode’s nostrils, and it was so intense that even he couldn’t resist . Fortunately, Rhode managed to keep his cool — he briefly caressed Anne’s head and promptly parted with her body with a gentle shove .
“Alright, I’ll get something for you to eat since you’ve slept for the whole day . Go, lie down and conserve your energy . I’ll take care of the side effects for you — but don’t forget your promise to me . ”
“Yes, of course, Anne will never ever disobey Leader’s instructions again!”
The dainty girl slipped under the covers and snuck a look at Rhode with her big, beady round eyes like an obedient child waiting for her reward . Rhode shook his head helplessly before stepping out of the room . This was his method to deal with someone with a personality like Anne .
Similar to this time, she had acted on her own accord before even though Rhode had warned everyone to obey his instructions . He had even emphasized to Lapis of the seriousness of the Awakening Potion . However, a person with Anne’s character would definitely disregard threats that hadn’t occurred . For her to learn the consequences of her actions, Rhode would need her to taste the bitter fruit of fragility . If not, Anne would probably continue to commit mistakes .
Now, it seemed that Rhode’s plan was highly effective, but…
“Peeping and eavesdropping aren’t things a proper lady would do, Gillian . ”
After leaving the room and closing the door behind him, Rhode turned towards a woman standing next to a window . Gillian was gazing out at the brightly lit moon with an elegant posture . Upon hearing Rhode’s voice, the fox-eared woman shifted her attention towards him as her huge, fluffy tail swayed from left to right .
“Master, what are you saying? I’m only here to admire the moon . You see — look how beautiful the moon is right there . Isn’t it a pity not to appreciate its beauty?”
“So you chose to admire the moon at this time?”
Rhode replied sarcastically and made his way towards the dining hall . Gillian let out a chuckle after seeing Rhode’s reaction and withdrew her pretentious dramatic posture before quickly catching up to Rhode .
“Heh heh heh . It’s truly Master indeed . That said, I thought Master would coerce Miss Anne to strip off everything and have a good time with her . Didn’t Miss Anne already mention that she would obey whatever you say? Also, this is a good time to test her commitment, oh? It’s such a pity for Master to give up on this opportunity . You had it in your grasp ah…”
“Unlike you, I’m not always in estrus . ”
For a moment, Rhode shot a look of disdain at Gillian, but he quickly recovered his usual stern expression .
“Alright alright, enough of the tiresome jokes . Do you have any solutions for Anne’s current situation?”
The Weakened debuff wasn’t that hard to cure; rather, it was the lingering effects that gave Rhode the most headaches . A drop of five to ten levels would mean that Anne would drop to Apprentice . This was a huge problem and even though Rhode knew many ways to level up fast, NPCs were fundamentally different from players . NPCs didn’t ‘gain experience,’ so Rhode couldn’t drag Anne around clearing dungeons .
“Solution?” Gillian’s ears twitched as she skipped around Rhode as though she was dancing .
“Hmm… The aftereffects of the Awakening Potion is indeed troublesome, but I do have a method worth trying . If it’s successful, I can guarantee there will be a high success rate in counteracting the lingering effects . ”
“Oh?” Rhode stood still and turned towards Gillian . “What method?”
“It’s very simple,” Gillian conceitedly lifted her index finger . “That is to make Miss Anne continue consuming the Awakening Potion . ”
“… Hello? Are you still half-asleep? Or are there problems with my ears?”
After hearing Gillian’s answer, Rhode stared foolishly at her for a few moments . Indeed, Rhode had thought of many solutions before this but the idea of consuming the Awakening Potion again had never entered his mind . However, Gillian actually came up with this seemingly outrageous idea .
“Of course I’m awake, and there are no issues with Master’s ears,” Gillian smiled in response to Rhode’s ridicule . “But, I do have my own reasons for that . ”
“Tell me . ”
“I guess that Master has also noticed,” Gillian extended her arm with her palm facing upwards .
Flames pulsated on top of her palm and projected the scene of today’s match . “After the Awakening Potion triggered growth in Miss Anne’s strength, there was an undeniable change . Not only on her appearance but also here… Did you notice? Miss Anne possessed wind elemental powers . Furthermore, according to my observations, this should also be a Dominator-Level of strength . I have to say; any ordinary half-beast wouldn’t possess such prowess . Also, perhaps in human’s point of view, effort is the source of power for transformations . However, to high-grade non-human beings like us, the strength of bloodlines is very important . ”
“Oh?” Rhode fretted . “What you mean is…”
“It’s similar to me . I suspect that there may be a dominant ruler class in either of Miss Anne’s parents — also, there’s a possibility that it may be one of the five main lords . Only with the influence of such a strong existence would the next generation be able to grasp elemental powers once they awakened . If not, even if one drinks thirty tons of Awakening Potions, it wouldn’t work at all . ”
“Wind elemental lord?”
Rhode pondered for a while, attempting to recall who was the wind elemental lord . In the game, there was Seftek who lived within Mount Gagar . However, he might not be Anne’s biological father as there wasn’t just one elemental lord living . Due to the elemental properties and also other various reasons, sometimes there might be one or two elemental lords within each element respectively . Just like in the game, Rhode had never heard of Gillian as a fire elemental lord, but she certainly was one . Furthermore, she had never denied the fact that another fire elemental lord existed .
“Ah, I see . That was what you meant . ”
Rhode mused for a moment as he began to understand what Gillian meant .
“For example, imagine Miss Anne as an abundant treasury, but due to various restrictions, the door to the treasury is tightly shut and the stored wealth can’t be retrieved . So the Awakening Potion that Miss Anne drank works like a battering ram that had smashed a big hole in that door . Now the door is damaged, and a portion of the wealth managed to flow out,” Gillian spread her arms out . “So what we have to do now is to destroy the door and reveal all the wealth . This way, we can awaken the strength hibernating within her bloodline and Anne will receive unimaginable strength . ”
“But regarding the Weakened debuff that the Awakening Potion…”
“You don’t have to worry about this, Master . It’s merely a Weakened debuff and would only work on ordinary humans . If Miss Anne is successful in awakening her bloodline, she can easily overcome the effects . Don’t underestimate the bloodline of dominant ruler class . Besides, I suspect her other bloodline is also equally impressive because it’s no easy task for her to suppress and maintain her human form with the bloodline of a dominant ruler class . Of course, I don’t know where did Miss Anne come from and whose bloodline is flowing within her body right now . ”
“What you said does make sense,” Rhode nodded but quickly frowned . “But, what if it fails…”
“Then Miss Anne would be done for . ”
Gillian didn’t evade this problem .
“If she can’t grasp the strength of her bloodline, the continuous consumption of the Awakening Potion would cause her to end up as a disabled person . Someone who could think, but can only lie on the bed . She would be unable to move her limbs, unable to care for herself and leave herself in the care of others forever . To be frank, if that happens, death may be a more benevolent option,” Gillian clapped her palms before ending her speech . “That’s why this is a gamble, Master . And the choice is in your hands . ”
“No, you’re wrong, Gillian . ”
Rhode shook his head and denied Gillian’s words .
“The choice doesn’t lie in my hands . There’s someone who has the rights to decide Anne’s fate and is the person herself,” Rhode let out a sigh . “But from my understanding of her, she will not reject it . ”