Published at 21st of November 2020 09:27:58 PM
Editors: Ana_Banana, Yahiko
Oydin Predickwood looked down at his palm .
The skin was white and jade-like, which was common for a High Elf; however, his skin appeared to be pale even when compared to other Elves .
Even his veins could be clearly seen through his skin .
Suddenly purple energy seemed to erupt from his pale palm .
Nozdog’s Divine Power .
It was a transcendental power that could not only resurrect the dead and make them his servants, but it could literally inflict death upon others .
It was a power that didn’t suit Elves, who were symbols of harmony, but the purple energy still brought a smile to Oydin’s face .
In a flash, he recalled his energy, causing it to disappear without a trace .
“What are you so worried about?”
At that moment, the space in front of him became blurred, and the illusion of something could be seen within it .
It was a skeleton!
It was an illusion of a giant skeleton made of pure white bones and surrounded by purple energy, with green smoke spewing from its eye holes .
If death was given shape, wouldn’t it look like this? (TL: many anime would disagree…)
Even if the boldest man were to encounter this figure, they would collapse from the sheer pressure exuded onto their minds .
This skeleton was the Death Apocalypse, Nozdog, one of the five most powerful Demigods .
[Indra is dead . ]
It had a terrible voice, like the screams of demons, but Oydin simply tilted his head as though it was nothing strange .
“Was it the traitor again?”
[That’s right . And just like before, no traces were found . ]
Oydin didn’t understand .
He still couldn’t understand the fact that there was a traitor among the Demigods .
Well . How could a mortal understand the thinking of such great beings?
Oydin didn’t think about it too deeply .
[Be careful until the next meeting . If you die, I will also be in danger . ]
“As you command . ”
Nozdog’s figure gradually disappeared, and the space once again became stable .
Oydin snorted .
“Be careful . ”
That was only something he’d need to do outside . After all, no one could hurt him within the Great Reynols Forest .
Wasn’t this a place that was closed off to outsiders?
Of course, that was only one of the reasons .
But in other words, this place was safer for him than anywhere else in the world .
He then heard a knock on his door .
Oydin got up and fixed his clothes .
“Come in . ”
A young High Elf politely opened the door .
He bowed before saying .
“Oydin, the Queen has summoned you . ”
“Tell her I’ll be right there . ”
Oydin smiled .
“After all, I can’t make my sister wait too long . ”
* * *
As the forest began to get thicker, Syax said .
“This is where the Great Forest begins . Don’t fall behind . ”
“Hey . Take off that Illusion Spell . ”
“It’s weird for an old woman with age spots to talk the way you do . ”
Syax’s expression hardened .
“…you’re rude . ”
“I’ll take it as a compliment for my honesty . He hasn’t said anything, but I bet he thinks the same thing . ”
“No . ” (TL: in case you might not have realised, this is Frey)
“Huh . Sorry . ”
As Ivan shrugged unapologetically, Syax sighed before removing the illusion .
As her real face was revealed, Ivan whistled appreciatively .
“I knew you were an Elf, but you look way hotter than I expected . ”
“I just thought it was unnecessary to continue using the Illusion Spell at this point . Not to be your dirty eye candy . ”
“Now you’re grumbling . ”
Ivan said before turning to Frey .
“Are you not gonna say anything?”
“I don’t care either way . The mana consumption isn’t that high . ”
That remark surprised Syax a little .
Illusion magic wasn’t a very high level skill, but it took a considerable amount of skill to maintain it naturally .
Even the mana consumption was slightly annoying .
That was why Syax distanced herself from the humans when she was disguised as an old woman .
It was because it was quite exhausting to pay attention to a conversation while maintaining the illusion .
If he was able to do that process casually .
‘Is he a 6 star Wizard?’
But his real face, which he had revealed not long ago, looked quite young .
‘He might not be human . ’
She’d heard that there were all kinds of races within the circle .
While Syax was thinking that she should not underestimate these two men with her, Frey looked around at the trees before asking .
“Do foreigners frequently enter the forest?”
This was completely unthinkable 4,000 years ago .
“I can’t really say . It became better after the Grand Unification . But, of course, I wouldn’t say it’s exactly open either . ”
Syax looked around .
Her ears perked up, and then she changed direction .
This was the reason that Elves were the only ones who could find their villages in the forest without getting lost .
They could hear the forest whispering the way to go in a voice that only Elves could hear .
Frey followed her while saying .
“I’d like you to introduce us as partners you found while hunting the necromancer, instead of members of the Circle . ”
“Because we don’t know who or where they are . Just because they entered the forest doesn’t mean they wouldn’t go to the High Elves’ village . If the necromancer isn’t there, then we have to search for him . ”
That was a lie .
There was a very high chance that Oydin would be in the High Elf village .
However, he was just making a plausible excuse for hiding their identities as Circle members .
Ivan wasn’t really from the Circle anyway .
After hesitating for a moment, Syax nodded .
“I understand, but I will tell the Queen the truth . ”
She was more flexible than he expected .
Was it because she was a wandering Elf who had explored the continent?
If she had lived in the forest all her life, then she probably would find it beneath her to tell such a trivial lie .
Frey felt that this was a good thing .
“Of course you should . ”
It was then .
A voice sounded in Frey’s mind .
[What are we going to do after we enter the village?]
It was Ivan’s voice .
It wasn’t the Telepathy spell, but instead, it was a skill called Conductive Sound that was used by Magic Warriors .
No matter how low he whispered, he would not be able to evade an Elf’s hearing, so he chose this method instead .
Frey responded to him using Telepathy .
[We have to find out what Oydin’s doing . ]
[Why? Why don’t we just reveal his identity to the Queen or a princess or something . ]
He was much ‘simpler’ than Frey expected . He just hoped that Ivan wouldn’t run his mouth in the village .
He decided that it was smarter to tell him as much as possible before he did something stupid .
[If he completely hides his Divine Power, then we’ll have no evidence to prove that he’s an Apostle . We are practically outsiders, so they would be slightly cautious toward us, and if we do something wrong, they might kick us out of the village altogether . ]
[Since Oydin is a High Elf, there’s a high probability that he’s in the village . ]
Frey turned to look at Syax’s back .
[I was just testing the waters, but there seems to still be some tension between the two races . It would be almost impossible for us to get into the High Elves’ village with the Dark Elves’ help . And even if we do, it would take a lot of time . ]
Only then did Ivan realise why Frey had said so many interwoven lies .
At least, it wasn’t something that he would have been able to do .
Were all Wizards like this?
He had only heard small bits and pieces, but it felt like Frey had a very systematic plan, so he lost the vague sense of anxiety that he had and was instead filled with reassurance .
It was at that moment that he understood the look Riki had given him .
[We have to find conclusive evidence . That means we have to find evidence that would give them no choice but to accept that he is an Apostle . ]
[That must have taken a lot of thinking . It’s nice to meet you, friend . ]
At that moment, Frey stared at Ivan for a long while with a blank expression on his face .
Ivan’s playful voice and expressions seemed to overlap with someone else’s .
Ivan tilted his head, as if to ask Frey what he was looking at .
Frey shook his head and erased the impression of Kasajin that came to his mind at that moment .
Because the person in front of him was not Kasajin .