Chapter 453: About-Turn: Part 1
A giant red ring around the island was absorbing the shells flying in from all directions. It did not matter if it was a conventional shell, cruise missile, or dark energy-enhanced shell, they all would vanish into the ring, leaving no trace nor sound.
There were six vulnerable passages around the island. Each passage was guarded by a Sevenlock, a Palatinate. Those who were trying to break in were the Palatinates from all over the world, led by the three mysterious realms.
Almost all of the Palatinates, potentials, and strengths had gathered just for the final showdown. The Heaven’s Spire, Carte Blanche, and families from Olro had deployed at least fifteen Palatinates dashing their strength that they had so secretly hidden for all these years at once. Joined by the other Palatinates from the lesser forces, their number now stood at twenty.
Twenty figures with a powerful force field had assembled at seven different locations, with two or more Palatinates at each spot, launching attacks on the vulnerable circle spots guarded by the Sevenlocks.
Seven blood-red spheres rose from the island-wide magic circles, shielding the seven different battlefields. These were the only support the island’s magic circles provided to the Sevenlocks. The blood-red spheres could boost the healing ability and mental strength of the Sevenlocks.
The Sevenlocks were merely Mi Yue’s volunteers. Not everyone was willing to fight for Mi Yue and his plan. That was why it took only ten minutes for five of the seven battlefields to fall into the invading forces. The Sevenlocks in the remaining two locations, because of stubbornness and unwilling to admit defeat, were beaten to death by the Palatinates. Following the death of the Sevenlocks, the blood-red spheres fall apart. The world had gathered its strength to fight the Sevenlocks. It took them less than twenty minutes before victory was declared.
Columns of light rose from around the islands. The same happened from the mainland to the island. The Palatinates and a few Sevenlocks, who earlier turned around to support the attacking forces, were hailed as the world’s saviors. But they did not care if they were saviors, what was more important was the material benefits that followed.
Deemed Number One among the cult forces, the wealth and resources the Sevenlocks Tower had stashed away were uncountable. If they could defeat Mi Yue and destroy the Number One, this wealth and resources would be theirs.
“Black orchids released in the air, on the ground, in the sea, and in the earth. Blooming flowers were a condensation of blood and snow. There is zhenrui in the stamen. Zhenrui is peaceful, shiny. We water it with our good names and turn our hearts into its fertilizer. My heart is excited, everything is asleep. Forever the misfortune of the dragon heart, light will shine on your soul from the east!”
On a hot platform in the crater of a volcano in the middle of the island, Mi Yue and several black-robed figures were raising their hands in the air, chanting strange runes. As they were at it, circles of dark-blue strands flew out from their bodies. These blue circles were shrouding them to become a large cocoon. All of a sudden, from the inside the cocoon came a dazzling golden light piercing through the wall. The light swept to the left and tore a hole large enough for two persons to walk out at once.
“Mi Yue, give up now! You have failed! Because of this summoning, the entire Sevenlocks Tower has become the enemy of the world. Even a large part of the Sevenlocks who listened to your command has betrayed you!”
A man draped in golden armor with a saber glittering with golden light slowly came through the hole, staring at Mi Yue. Apart from the golden armor, the man had a pair of pure-white wings flapping on his back. He was followed by the elites of Heaven’s Spire: Angel Encarmine, Phantom Angel and others.
Just then, on the other side of the cocoon, an explosion blew a hole as large as several meters out of the wall. Coming out from within were a group of men and women in fine clothes. With them were phantoms of what might look like some strange and overpowering artifacts. They were the ancient elites from the families of Olro.
The leading man was an elite of Hellfire, Duke Peter Hayne. At 300 years old, the man’s appearance had restored to its youthful peak, fingers wearing twenty exotic gemstone rings of different colors. His eyes were dead cold as he cautiously looked at Mi Yue and others.
“We meet again, Mi Yue.”
“It’s you, kid.” Mi Yue stopped his chanting and turned to look at the men and women, face calm with a faint smile.
Following the two breaches on the cocoon, the blue and black cocoon looked like an egg, the protective layer of which had been torn apart; it was even more vulnerable now. Palatinates started to tear the cocoon open and surrounded the platform in the crater. Not only that, on the edge of the crater, but Palatinates who were good at magic circle and ritual had also laid down a lockdown circle to prevent Mi Yue and others from escaping.
The defense system of the Sevenlocks Tower crumbled in just half an hour. The last few elites of the Sevenlocks Tower who stood around Mi Yue had stopped chanting the runes, nervously staring at the Palatinates appearing from the surroundings.
The golden-armored, white-winged man, the Angel Encarmine, was the most powerful elite from Heaven’s Spire.
Duke Peter Hayne, the most powerful elites from Hellfire of Olro.
Henxing, the most powerful elite from Carte Blanche, did not reveal himself but hid among the Palatinates. But everyone could feel his oppressive energy.
The Angel Encarmine, Duke Peter Hayne and Henxing were ranked at the top of all Palatinates, at the pinnacle of their strengths. They were at the level of Mi Yue, but somehow, Mi Yue had higher combat strength than the three of them. But by not much. And this was why neither the Sevenlocks Tower nor the three mysterious realms could defeat the other all along.
“You failed in your dirty plot last time. Now you want to do it again?” Mi Yue sneered, casting his eyes around.
“Don’t tell me, as the most powerful man in the Sevenlocks Tower, you are afraid of me! I thought you’d like to say ‘You all come at once, I’m in a hurry’? One Palatinate scoffed.
Standing on the dark-red stone platform, Mi Yue took off his black cloak, revealing his signature hair and golden-crossed earrings. Seeing the faces of the Palatinates, who thought they were going to win this time, he had a faint smile on his lips.
“In fact, that’s precisely what I’d like to say.”
“Cut the cackle. Kill him!” From among the crowd, a beam of pure-white laser shot out and hit Mi Yue in the face. It happened so fast that no one could see it coming. The beam of laser was too quick for any eyes and nerves to respond. It hit Mi Yue almost at the same time as it appeared.