Warlock of the Magus World Chapter 972-973
"This is your current location!" The fairy showed Leylin a map, indicating his current position within the floating city.
"You must compete with the other qualified person. The first to reach the power room will obtain the authority over the Mise energy core. That will allow you to take control of the floating city and get control over the core…"
The fairy's bright eyes were trained on Leylin, voice robotic, "Please take note. Master has set up various hindrances along the way, and… Because I do not have enough power, a few invaders have entered the floating city…"
Scenes flashed and separated into smaller squares, allowing Leylin to see the skeleton lich, legendary paladin, monks and other people.
"Have a few worms snuck in as well? With the floating city's own defensive strength, there should be a few specific methods or gods acting in the shadows that allowed them to break through the outer defences of the city."
Leylin grinned, thinking back to Rogero who had also been chosen.
"I never expected this… a legendary with a reputation for his combat skills also has the strength of an arcanist! Rogero, you've cheated a whole continent… Pretty good… but unfortunately, you met me!"
Even if it was just a conjecture, Leylin knew what the floating city's master had planned. It was definitely something to do with testing the power of arcanists.
He was now a legendary arcanist. Even in the Netheril era, he had about the same strength as the master of the city, which made him qualified to enter the arcanist elder union and obtain his own floating city. He was obviously unafraid.
On the other hand, Rogero too had become a legendary based on his combat skills. However, even with training hard in private, his arcanist ranking wouldn't be that high.
In this area, Leylin could overlook his opponent.
"The most important thing right now is to get control over the city before the gods react!" Leylin took a look at the map that the fairy projected, and the A.I. Chip recorded everything before choosing the most suitable route.
"You who are qualified, I hope you can succeed in becoming my master!" The fairy glanced at Leylin's back, and then gradually disappeared…
After walking through a path styled in a futuristic, sci-fi way, Leylin entered a drawing room.
*Chi chi!* Two magic golems that looked like monkeys stood in wait, large robotic eyes shooting out red lights.
"Gatekeepers? Even with the A.I. Chip choosing the most optimal route, I need to pass through at least 20 stages. I need to quicken my speed…"
Leylin did not stop walking and walked in between the two puppets, figure disappearing into the path.
After he left, the two magic golems exploded into pieces… At the other side, Rogero was advancing quickly, his lance emitting terrifying qi as he ripped a steel door apart.
"An opportunity! The best opportunity!"
Rogero's eyes blazed, "I've hidden my arcanist inheritance for so long, and I finally have this chance! The floating city will definitely be mine…"
At this thought, the image of his competitor showed up in his mind as his emitted a bloodthirsty air.
"I must get the floating city. All who get in my way must die!"
Compared to the test that the two of them got, the other invaders were treated poorly.
"There's so much wealth from ancient civilisation, and every single item is priceless. The price of one would be enough to purchase half of a large city. Why do you still keep chasing after me?"
Ilyo turned and yelled, sounding distressed.
"Destroying evil is the role the heavens have given to me. Did you think mere greed over wealth can confuse me?" The paladin looked resolute as he followed behind relentlessly, causing the skeleton lich to have to run tirelessly and feel annoyed.
Usually, he could just turn back and fight three hundred rounds with the paladin. With the floating city and remains of historical civilisation for him to explore here, having to waste his energy on fighting caused Ilyo to feel his heart bleeding.
"Just you wait…" He knew that paladins had brains like concrete, and could only come up with ways to eliminate him.
"Beep! Detected invader. Automatically activating defence mode. Activating metal golems!" Once the two entered a plaza, a robotic voice sounded out. A large gate suddenly opened as a puppet with armour walked out. Many energy fields surrounded it, causing the skeleton lich and paladin to sense immense danger. They could not help but stop in their tracks.
"It's the metal golem! The legendary golem!" The lich sounded as if he was sighing in awe, "Such a high-ranked golem is the top secret of the Netheril arcanists. Wizards now can't create imitations of it…"
After this, however, the skeleton lich could no longer laugh. The golem instantly vanished in an instant, and the next time it reappeared, it was behind Ilyo, large steel fist aimed at his head.
"So fast! It's almost like instant shifting. Is this really a golem?"
Spells flashed continuously at Ilyo's body as he quickly set up several bone walls, the bone spurs and bone lances shooting towards the key areas of the golem and bringing with them great gusts of wind.
*Crackle!* The many attacks reached the defensive surface layer of the metal golem and created sounds like rainfall, and then scattered.
*Rumble!* *Ka-cha!* The golem cared not for these attacks and raised its huge fist, preparing to strike at the bone wall.
There was a huge whistling sound in the air, and the bones flew everywhere. A defence that a lich had formed with all his strength actually was completely destroyed under this attack!
By the time the legendary paladin arrived, all he saw was the lich embedded into the wall. He was perfectly 'printed' onto the wall, neck twisted at a very odd angle. If he was alive, he would long since have died.
Even if he was a lich, the fire in his eyes had dimmed quite a bit, and he was evidently gravely injured.
"You monster full of evil! Prepare to be judged by justice!"
Upon seeing this, the paladin heaved a deep sigh of relief, both hands raising the large sword that signified light and judgement.
'Beep! Enemy discovered!'
However, before the paladin's sword could fall, a metal golem had already arrived behind him, electronic eyes emitting dangerous red rays.
For legendary metal golems, there could be liches or paladins, but all were invaders and needed to be exterminated.
If Leylin had been here, he would have exclaimed 'Such high technology'! Or 'Transformers', but unfortunately, the paladin with an inflexible mind did not have so many stray thoughts.
In his eyes, metal golems like these were not much better than demons of the abyss or devils of hell.
'Beep! Enemy scanned to be model of 'paladin'. Activating extermination plan number 2. Activating extreme gravity engine. Activating nuclear furnace!'
The steel golem made sounds that the paladin could not understand then spread its arms.
*Boom!* The gravity around suddenly increased, and the ground caved in, now seeming extremely solid.
The chest area of the golem opened up to reveal a red hot furnace that rotated in a turbine, producing a frightening whirr.
"What- what monster is this!"
Noticing that his attack at full power had been easily blocked, his exemplary sword that was almost legendary grade melted in the furnace at the golem's chest. No matter how strong his mind was, the paladin now held hints of despair…
A similar scene could be witnessed at various parts of the city. The outsiders who had entered without permission were now under terrifying attacks, and there already were casualties.
After all, the floating city was a nest of the Great Arcanists of ancient times, so how could they just allow enemies to barge in?
At this moment, other 'guests' had also arrived outside the city.
"I never thought even with the consumption from dimensional leaping, the defences of the floating city is still so terrifying. The divine force that the body I'm possessing can amass is nearly depleted…"
'Evida' opened her eyes, gazing at the large floating city while looking expectant.
However, this relaxed look only maintained for a moment. Evida quickly turned to the other side, "Her Highness, Mystra, and others…"
"We meet again…"
A young girl dressed in black walked out from the shadows, having the dignity and coldness that only gods possessed.
She gazed at the empty area next to her, looking hostile.
Golden lights flashed, and numerous orc gods also appeared. They were all avatars, causing fear to appear in Evida's eyes.
For true gods to descend into the prime material plane, there was the most dangerous truebody saintly form, as well as an avatar and possessing a body.
An avatar was a clone formed of divine force and godhood, while possessing a body would require taking the body of a follower.
In comparison, possessing the body might be safe, but the power could not compare to an avatar.
"After the hall meeting of the gods, there have been few gatherings between many gods…"
An elderly being wearing white, scholarly attire had a wise look in his eyes. This was Oghma, the god of knowledge and a powerful greater god.
"After all, this has to do with arcanists and the floating city…"
The other gods all went quiet, focusing on the Weave Goddess, Mystra.
"Arcanist civilisation must never be allowed to be revived. That is the bottom line!" Mystra announced first. The many gods who had gathered revealed a tacit understanding.
While they were confident that their avatars could enter the floating city, they were still afraid of the enemy. Who knew if there were traps specifically meant for gods, left behind by the Great Arcanist in the city?
"It's not advisable to go against it for too long. How about we…" However, just as Oghma broke the silence, an astounding change happened in the city.
Dazzling rays enveloped the city and teleportation rays filled the area, causing it to seem translucent.
"Dimensional leap? No, it's a random teleportation. Stop it!" The many gods quickly made their moves, using powerful divine force to form a golden sealing web. However, they were too late. The floating city completely vanished, leaving behind gods exchanging gazes.
A while ago.
Near the core power testing room, Rogero stared hard at the blue test tube in front of him, looking nervous.
"The expectations that the Great Arcanist had for his successor are a little too much. Even as a high-ranked arcanist, it's still too difficult to successfully brew the mild blue light potion. Thankfully, I have this…"
Rogero placed a white crystal under the test tube, and in the moment that it made contact with the test tube, the crystal instantly heated up.
"A stabilising potion that increase chances of success by 50%— The dream stone, Sage Abofeld! Success or failure shall be decided in this moment!"
Rogero took a deep breath and placed another pipette at the mouth of the test tube.
"If the potion turns blue, that means it's a success. If not, it's a failure… There's only one step till I get the inheritance…"
Rogero prayed the most devoutly he ever had in his whole life. "Whatever god you are, please bless me! If I can succeed this time, I will become your most pious follower…"
It was unclear if a remote god had favoured him, or if this was luck.
The moment after the pipette dripped a bit of the potion, the entire test tube began to boil.
Thick liquid boiled and kept changing colour, till it stabilised to a faint blue.
At the beginning, the blue was not stable, and Rogero could feel cold sweat beading on his forehead. However, the dream stone that that was like white crystal emitted white rays that enveloped the entire test tube.
The mild blue potion stabilised, and he immediately looked elated, "It's a success!"
He quickly darted over to the crystal door with a large vertical pupil carved in and splashed the freshly-made mild blue light potion onto the eye.
After the potion made contact with the eye, it was as if sponge met water as it was absorbed.
Rogero looked nervous as he waited for the results, feeling uneasy and nervous.
'Beep! Brewing of mild blue light potion is successful!'
Time seemed to pass slowly, but it also seemed to be mere seconds. When the robotic voice sounded, Rogero could not help but give a whoop of delight.
The eye rolled and produced the mechanical sound of unlocking. The large door slowly opened, revealing a path straight to the power room.
"Haha… I've succeeded. I've succeeded!" Rogero roared in his excitement. "As expected, there aren't many arcanists left around. That black-clothed person might be an arcanist, but his ranking can't be higher than mine. I definitely was the one to pass the test first, so I'll get full control…"
While looking emotional, Rogero's footsteps never slowed.
The path was short. With his speed, he quickly reached the core power room and saw the Mise energy core that was continuously providing the floating city with strength, floating in the air.
"Haha… as expected, I was the quickest!"
Upon seeing that nobody was around, Rogero could not hold himself back and chuckled loudly.
"Mine, mine! The ancient floating city, the remains of the Great Arcanist and all the arcanists' treasures all mine and mine alone…"
Rogero looked expectant as he headed to the Mise energy core.
He looked moved and greedy as he reached his trembling right hand out.
The fairy appeared nearby, watching on expressionlessly.
"Intellectual core, hand over control to me!" Rogero shouted, "As the master, I'll definitely treat you well…"
*Beep!* The fairy nodded expressionlessly, and the flooring under the Mise energy core opened up to reveal something like a control desk. A purple crystal flickered with dazzling rays above.
Rogero laughed heartily and his right hand reached forward.
However, just a centimetre away from the purple crystal, something happened!
Glaring rays surged and enveloped his body. These were spell rays from a teleportation spell formation.
The high-ranked legendary arcane spell: Dimensional Banishment!
"No! Mine… my everything…" Rogero looked unresigned as he vanished, leaving behind his voice that echoed in the empty secret room.
"Aha… he took so long to get here. I waited so long…" A transparent human figure walked over from a corner of the secret room. The illusion on his body gradually disappeared. This was Leylin!
He was now yawning, looking nonchalant. "He couldn't even recognise the dimensional banishment trap. Ha, to think he was a high-ranked arcanist. Looks like there's something wrong with his inheritance. I'm pretty sure it's incomplete…
"But even if he recognised it, the way to get rid of this legendary spell is for it to work once. He made me wait for so long…" Leylin looked dissatisfied.
"Only a legendary Great Arcanist like you can detect the arcane spell trap that master set up!"
The fairy now bowed low to Leylin, "While I'd already confirmed that only you, who is also a legendary Great Arcanist, can take over the city that is the glory of the Netheril era, I had to do this for procedure's sake. Please be understanding…"
"It's nothing much… Proceed with the transferring of authority please. There might be more variables from the passing of time…"
Leylin headed to the control desk. The dimensional banishment spell had now been completely removed.
"The Mise energy core… Rumours have it that any item that touches it will be hit with something like a legendary disjunction spell and crumble into numerous particles. How powerful can this be?"
Leylin sighed, right index finger touching the purple crystal.
'Beep! Confirmation of qualified person. Beginning transferring of control.' The fairy cooperated with the operation. Leylin felt that his self linked with the entire city, and that it seemed to become part of his body, and he could even see scenes of the invaders.[Beep! Obtained control over floating city. Supplementary scan ongoing.]
The A.I. Chip's voice sounded. With its help, Leylin could easily control the floating city. In terms of his proficiency, he immediately reached the level of the original owner.
"The energy reserves are at less than 50%, and there are also divine force undulations detected outside?"
Leylin looked at the report and frowned slightly.
"Fairy, begin preparations to teleport floating city. Activate concealing spell formations and spatial location confusion spell formations…"
"Understood, master! The previous master always called me Shaylin, but you can call me something else…" The exquisite face of the fairy broke out in a smile and carried out his order.
"Also, send me to these locations. I still need to take care of a few worms before teleporting…"
Leylin waved his arms high spiritedly, but at this moment, his expression changed.
A strange beast skin scroll automatically floated from his dimensional pouch. The seals that Leylin had put on had all cracked.
The Mise energy core emitted terrifying energy undulations, creating a pillar of light the size of a thumb at the middle, shining on the scroll all of a sudden.
The energy that could break up all matter did not cause the scroll to be damaged, but the luster on it grew more dazzling as it slowly opened up. It revealed an arcane spell model that was so complicated it was terrifying.[Beep! Discovered high-rank arcane spell model. To scan?] The A.I. Chip asked.
With Leylin's order, the A.I. Chip immediately scanned and recorded the model. After which, the scroll seemed to be done with its mission and rolled itself back.
"As expected, this scroll isn't something dead but contains some will of Distorted Shadow?"
In Leylin's tests, the scroll obviously sealed something amazing. If it were opened suddenly, it might result in terrifying contamination or curses.
But now, under the radiation from the only Mise energy core in the continent, this seemed to be the correct way to open it. He had been given a terrifyingly complicated arcane spell model.
Leylin took a look at the A.I. Chip's taskbar. As the spell model was exceedingly large and difficult, the effects and abilities still needed time to be deciphered. The only thing Leylin could confirm was that this spell had a very high grade!
"The price for all these arrangements and even giving me my bloodline ability is finally showing itself?"
Leylin looked solemn, but his eyes were now full of bloodlust and violence all mixed together.
"What are you standing there for? Teleport quickly!"
Leylin yelled at the fairy who seemed to have been scared stupid.