Chapter 331: Stepping Into: Part 2
The man in the red armor walked slowly toward them.
“His Holiest Majesty had chosen you two, and this is your chance, and the point where your fate changes.”
He carefully measured the two, as if wondering why did these two had managed to gain the Emperor’s grace.
“I really don’t know what His Holiest Majesty saw in your two.”
“Now, make your choice. Do you want to embark on a path that is completely different from dark powers, or turn back now, leave, and return to your original fate?”
It was an unnecessary question.
Both Margaret and Madillan had already decided long before when they chose to come here.
Madillan stepped forward.
“It seems like you are not some shady dark organization. And since this old bones had already made his way here, I won’t be backing away.”
His eyes were calm, his gaze determined. “That power that could extend myself, I want it!”
Margaret too took a deep breath as she spoke, her voice heavy.
“My abilities are just run of the mill, if I could carve a new path for myself using another method, I will never regret it, no matter that the choice is!”
The hearts of these two were already set long before they came here.
The man in red armor suddenly let out a rumbling laugh.
“I think, I now understand a little as to why His Holiest Majesty had chosen you two. Such strong will, such determined souls…”
He then turned around and walked towards the side door on the left in great strides.
“Come with me then, you two. There will be a few rules that you need to adhere to when you join our Holy Sanctum.
“We will not force our members to do anything as faith in the holy light, and the will from the deep of the heart is the source of our powers.”
“A sect without any restrictions?” Madillan asked, slightly frowning.
“No… Not totally without.” The man in red armor paused. “Every member would need to go to each sanctum to pray and rebuild the Ashen Seal within their hearts. This, perhaps, is the only restriction.”
“Then, what are your goals?” Margaret asked with a straight face.
“Our goals?” The man laughed. “The world is darkening, and if there is a true goal, that is to banish the darkness.”
“Banishing the darkness…”
Something seemed to have touched both their hearts and soon, the two had received a special manual on how to meditate and train their holy powers.
As they had already been infused with the seed of holy power by Lin Sheng, as long as they meditate and train their holy powers diligently, it would definitely bloom.
For any other person, awakening one’s holy power would allow them to become a Level 3 Transcendent, and that would require a well-trained body.
However, for the two who were already Transcendents themselves, this prerequisite was not required.
All they needed was just a fuse. Now they had the seed of holy power, and the training method, the rest was up to them.
From the beginning, there were no requests made to them, and the manual was simply to allow them to understand what sort of organization the Holy Sanctum was, and the core that bound all members.
As she stepped out of the door, Margaret’s eyes were focused on one particular line.
“The holy power could purify the influence of the Blacktide, it could extend your lifespan, and the higher you train, the longer your life will be. At the same time, it could stimulate the growth of your dark powers, and increase your overall attributes.
“But remember, you will need to head to the branch sanctums every now and then to refresh your memory of the Ashen Seal.
“For anyone who forsakes the holy light, forsakes everything as everything the holy light brings you will be taken back whole the moment you forsake it.”
“Is this what it meant by its easy to join, but difficult to get out?” Margaret sniggered.
This restriction was indeed terrifying, but what constitutes forsaking the holy light? Was it by betraying the Holy Sanctum?
She then remembered the mysterious yet powerful man called the Holy Emperor or perhaps forsaking the holy light meant betraying that person.
“It is a potential fatal enticement… but it is not something I can refuse.” Margaret smiled bitterly as she kept the booklet and left.
Behind her, Madillan seemed to have turn younger by a few years as he walked out with all smiles.
Compared with Margaret, his faith in the Holy Sanctum was much stronger.
Facing the fear of death made him grab onto holy power for dear life as he swore fealty as a member of the Holy Sanctum, especially when the Holy Sanctum did not demand anything from them.
It only required mutual assistance. That kind of requirement was as good as nothing, and that made Madillan all the more elated.
Only until he drove his car away slowly into the distance did the courtyard door closed shut.
The man in red armor sniggered before turning into black smoke and disappearing.
Inside the basement not too far away, Lin Sheng opened his eyes and let out a smile.
“That went well. Very good, this is the first step.”
The implantation of the seed of holy power was a very potent enticement to the Transcendents of the Darkside. This was because not holy power could extend one’s life, it could heal any inner wounds, and could act as a stimulant to enhance a high-speed growth of dark powers.
It was like an omnipotent panacea.
However, little did they know, after the betrayal by two of his subordinates last time, Lin Sheng’s propagation of the seed of holy power this time around was tempered with his personal imprint.
So as long as they do not betray the Holy Sanctum or himself, their holy power would be fine.
If they betrayed either, all of the holy power they had trained so hard for would be reduced to zero instantly.
Plus, the constant prayer, meditation, and training of the holy power would inevitably lead to the total reliance of holy power. With time, once someone was so used to having holy power to stimulate the growth of their dark powers, going back was nigh impossible.
“I’ve implanted two people now. I’ll just monitor them. Don’t have to rush.” Lin Sheng took off the armor and cloak as he resumed his thought. He returned to his lab and pulled out the dragon crystal and placed it on the tray.
He had not performed any test as he had done it countless times before. Every time the dragon crystal encounters any testing, it would turn ethereal, as its existence disappears.
Piercing, sample taking, radiation, irradiation, bombardment, none of them worked against it like it never existed.
“Now that the crystal had appeared, and had been following me around, based on that old dragon this thing is for me to use, but I had not found the way yet.”
Lin Sheng gently touched the surface of the crystal.
Suddenly, an idea struck him as he started infusing holy power into the crystal. And the holy power seemed to be seeping into the air, not even touching the crystal.
That was expected.
Lin Sheng then switched to his dark powers and tried to infuse it as well.
It was the same, as the crystal was not affected.
The only thing that happened around the crystal was from the conflicting forces that were released in quick succession as they clashed against each other. Under Lin Sheng’s control, it was quickly snuffed out.
“If it was inside my body; that was out of the question. Not only is it a waste of energy, but it will even hurt my body. But given it’s outside that’s not a problem.”
He tried to control the clash of two different powers as a powerful explosion rang out in quick succession around the crystal…
And that created a massive shaking there.
He had noticed some time back when dark and holy powers clashed, it would create small dimensional fluctuations, and these fluctuations were similar to the Blacktide phenomenon.
Only that this explosion was enveloped by an even stronger shell of holy power, and the quaking was not felt outside.