GDK 746: Gods above gods
Aobashi and Erebus began to recount their journey. Han Shuo, meanwhile, remained in silent contemplation for a long while.
Finally, Han Shuo let out a soft sigh. He said under his breath, “Perhaps that would be better for her. Her mother should be able to take care of her best.”
“I wonder who her mother is. I get the impression she’s even more formidable than the godhunter’s boss. In front of her, I couldn’t even raise the thought of resisting!” exclaimed Erebus. He still felt somewhat terrified at the mention of Andrina’s mother.
“We have completed the mission and there won’t be any godhunters around Skyorchid Fort for some time to come. I will return to the City of Shadows and report to the City Lord with you,” said Aobashi.
“Erebus, do you know anything about the origins and strength of the godhunter’s boss?” Han Shuo asked Erebus after thinking for a moment.
Erebus forced a smile and replied, “Not a clue. But from my observations, what we met in the underground palace was merely a clone of the powerful being. Had Andrina not used her mysterious powers to shatter the clone, none of us would have lived to tell this story.”
Save for me, thought Han Shuo. He was able to utilize Blood Disassembly in escaping.
“It’s rather unfortunate for us that Andrina was picked up by her mother. Otherwise, we would be able to ask her about the godhunter boss when she wakes up. She must know a thing or two about it!” Aobashi said disappointedly.
Han Shuo shook his head and disagreed, “Even if her mother did not come to pick her up, I’m sure she wouldn’t tell us much after she awakes.”
“What? Why is that?” asked Erebus. He took a short pause before adding more questions, “Bryan, how did you get to know Andrina?”
“I ran into her by chance. She was under the pursuit of godhunters when I first met her.” Han Shuo answered Erebus’ second question before he explained, “I have been asking her about the godhunters since the day we met. But for all this time, she has remained tight-lipped. She wouldn’t reveal a thing. I doubt she would tell us anything even if she was still with us.”
“I see…” Aobashi nodded and said, “Alright then, let’s not waste words on discussion among ourselves but head to the City and ask the City Lord about this. Given his insight, His Lordship might know a thing or two about the godhunter boss!”
“Sure!” agreed Erebus.
Han Shuo, naturally, had no objection. He spent a night in Skyorchid Fort while Aobashi and Erebus prepared for their departure. As soon as they made all the necessary arrangements, they began the journey with Han Shuo.
Half a month later, the three arrived at the City of Shadows.
Han Shuo did not have time to return to his Celestial Pearl but went straight to the Sainte Residence with Erebus and Aobashi to meet with City Lord Wallace and Andre.
They were summoned to an expansive room where Wallace often discussed official business. The stone pillars around the room were carved with the most intricate patterns. Sound-isolating barriers formed around the room to safeguard it from any prying ears.
Wallace, sitting in his grand chair, wore a solemn expression. Andre was standing beside him as Han Shuo and the others walked towards them.
“What actually happened?” Wallace asked in a deep voice as soon as Aobashi and the others entered, “The message you transmitted wasn’t clear. What actually happened in the valley?”
Aobashi, an expert highly regarded by Wallace, put on a bitter smile on her beautiful face. She let out a sigh and said, “It’s complicated but it began like this…”
Aobashi slowly narrated their assault on the valley with Erebus interrupting now and again to fill the details she missed. Han Shuo stood on one side and did not utter a word as they spoke.
When Aobashi mentioned that the godhunter boss easily destroyed the enchanted scroll deployed by Erebus, then severely injuring Erebus with one beam of light from his green eyes, the eyes on Wallace and Andre’s faces were wide open. They appeared horrified by what they heard.
Soon, Aobashi and Erebus had completed giving their account. Wallace and Andre did not speak a word even long after the storytelling was over, as though they were contemplating something significant.
“That’s the entire story…” Aobashi cleared her throat softly when she saw Wallace and Andre lost in thought.
Wallace and Andre exchanged a solemn glance before Wallace turned to Erebus, bunched his brows, and asked, “Are you sure that the godhunter destroyed the Scroll of Darkness without much effort?”
“Yes, my Lord. I felt as though I was too weak to fight back!” replied Erebus before he sighed. He seemed disappointed by his powerlessness.
“Don’t blame yourself,” consoled Wallace, “Even if I was there, I too would have been no match against that godhunter boss!”
Aobashi, Erebus, and Han Shuo were all visibly astonished to hear those words from Wallace. This City Lord of the City of Shadows possessed late-stage highgod strength. Those words of his meant that the godhunter boss was even more powerful than the City Lord himself!
Wouldn’t that make him an Overgod? But how could an Overgod be the leader of the godhunters?
“My Lord, you mean…?” asked Aobashi.
Wallace nodded and affirmed, “Yes, an overgod!”
“What!” Han Shuo couldn’t help but cry out in surprise, “How is that possible? There are just twelve Overgods for the twelve fundamental forces. Overgods have no lack of divine energy, how could any of them be a godhunter?!”
Wallace did not answer Han Shuo’s question but turned to Andre and instructed, “Bryan is still rather new to Elysium, and doesn’t know that much about the situation. Please clarify it to him!”
Andre nodded, put on a solemn expression, and explained, “You are indeed correct, there are just twelve Overgods for twelve fundamental forces. But the Overgods you are referring to are those who possess the Quintessences, the very source of elemental energy and edictal forces. Although this universe is infinitely vast, there is only one Quintessence for each of the twelve fundamental forces.”
There were twelve Quintessences, one for each fundamental force, naturally produced. Han Shuo thought that there were just twelve overgods in the universe, the Twelve with the Quintessences.
Andre’s voice turned deep as he continued, “But, there are two types of overgods. The first is Overgods who possess the Quintessence. There will only ever be twelve of these Overgods, and only one Overgod for each of the twelve fundamental forces. They are the Overgods whom we living in their Divine Dominions, serve.
“The second type of overgods are those who, through millions of years, advanced from late-stage highgodhood to the realm of overgod. Although they do not possess the Quintessence, their strength are incomparably mightier than us highgods!”
Han Shuo thought quickly in his mind after hearing Andre’s explanation. Immediately, he understood what Andre meant, “So you’re saying that the godhunter’s boss we met in the valley is an overgod without a Quintessence?”
“Correct!” Andre affirmed, “I know the power of the enchanted scroll that Erebus received from my elder brother. No late-stage highgod expert could destroy the scroll so effortlessly. Therefore, there is only one possibility - that person is an overgod!” Andre took a short pause before the continued, “Just as you have said, the Overgods with the Quintessences will never need to absorb divine energy from an ordinary god. Their source of energy came from those who worship them in their Divine Dominions, and therefore will never be godhunters. Therefore, the overgod you met in the valley must not own a Quintessence!”
“I never would have expected an overgod!” exclaimed Aobashi softly. “I have heard a little about the classification of the two types of overgods, but I have never met an overgod. Meeting one in the valley was the last thing I expected!”
Those words of Andre’s had shocked Han Shuo. The only overgods he knew before this were the twelve Overgods. It was the very first time Han Shuo learned that there was more than one type of overgod. After thinking for a moment, Han Shuo asked, “If there are only twelve Quintessences naturally produced in the universe, and they are possessed by the current twelve Overgods, doesn’t that mean that an overgod without a Quintessence will never have a chance to advance in strength?”
Andre seemed to be troubled by Han Shuo’s question. He hesitated for a long while and took a cautious look at Wallace. It was after getting a nod from Wallace that Andre softly explained, “There is one way for the overgods to obtain the Quintessence - by force! Following the death of an Overgod, its Quintessence returns to heaven and earth. By then, any overgod cultivating in the energy who could find the Quintessence and fuse with it will be the new master of the Divine Dominion - the new Overgod!”
“So this means that as long as the Overgod with the Quintessence is alive, other overgods cultivating in the energy will not have the chance to obtain the Quintessence?” asked Han Shuo.
“Yes, exactly,” Andre nodded and continued, “An Overgod with the Quintessence is much, much stronger than a regular overgod. The differences are much like the gap between a midgod and a highgod. It is practically impossible for any regular overgod, even in big numbers, to kill an Overgod with the Quintessence!”
“Has any Overgod ever perished?” Han Shuo continued to question.
Andre kept silent for a moment before he nodded and said, “Yes, but not because of an ordinary overgod.”
“Alright, that’s enough. There are some topics that we cannot discuss too deeply about. This is a taboo!” Wallace suddenly interrupted the conversation between Han Shuo and Andre, his eyes looking at the ceiling, as though he was worried about something.
Andre immediately shut his mouth tight and uttered not another word.
However, Andre had said enough to Han Shuo. He had emphasized twice that the death of an Overgod with the Quintessence could not be caused by any regular overgod. He also mentioned that Overgods had fallen before. This meant just one possibility - they could be killed by other Overgods with the Quintessences, or a being of a level above them, the Creator!
“Our conversation today shall end here. I hope that none of you will speak a word of what we have discussed here. Some words, if spread to the public, could invite trouble!” instructed Wallace solemnly. “Alright, now that I have learned the story thoroughly, I must take a trip to the Head Shrine of Darkness. Andre shall be in charge of all matters in the City during my absence.”
There were Shrines of Darkness in every city of the Darkness Dominion but the Head Shrine wasn’t in any of the cities. No one except for those who had the Overgod’s approval would know of its location.
Evidently, Wallace was one of those who were qualified to know the Head Shrine’s location and enter it. It was clear to everyone Wallace’s intention and purpose of going to the Dark Shrine.
Although an Overgod could initiate contact with their pious believers, it wasn’t that easy for a regular god to meet with the Overgod they served. Although everyone in the Darkness Dominion knew that the Overgod of Darkness existed, very few could actually communicate with the Overgod of Darkness. Wallace was one of those special few who enjoyed this privilege.
Wallace was indeed a straightforward man. Immediately after leaving Andre with a few words, he left the Sainte Residence alone, without the company of any divine guard. No one knew where he was going.
After Wallace left, Andre started to ask Han Shuo every detail about Andrina. His curiosity towards Andrina seemed to grow tenfold all of a sudden. As Han Shuo truly didn’t know much about Andrina, under his inquiry, Han Shuo could only force a smile and explain, “Lord Andre, I really don’t know Andrina that well. There’s no point in asking me all these questions!”
“You have spent such a long time with her and yet you know nothing!” Andre’s heart was filled with questions, “I’d imagine you knew Andrina better. But then again, with such a mysterious mother, it’s not that surprising that she wouldn’t tell you much.”
Han Shuo stared blankly for a moment before he asked, “Lord Andre, you do know the identity of Andrina’s mother?”
Andre shook his head but then he nodded his head strangely under Han Shuo’s burning gazes. It was unlike how he would usually conduct himself. He hesitated for a moment before he forced a smile and said, “I don’t know the identity of Andrina’s mother to be certain, but from Erebus and Aobashi’s descriptions, I could vaguely connect it to a person. If she is truly that person, then, Bryan, luck is coming your way!”
After Andre uttered those words, Erebus and Aobashi cast attentive gazes on Andre. Although they did not speak, it could not be more obvious that they were very invested in the subject.
“I can be sure that the godhunter is an overgod without a Quintessence. And, if your senses, Erebus and Aobashi, are correct, then Andrina’s mother could very well be an actual Overgod with a Quintessence,” explained Andre.
“Which of the Twelve?” Han Shuo, Aobashi, and Erebus simultaneously shouted.
There were just twelve Overgods with Quintessences, One for each fundamental force. There were just twelve of them in the entire universe. The scope was too small.
This has nothing to do with the Overgods of Darkness, Death, and Destruction. I believe Their Lordships will not take offense? Andre hesitated for a moment before he said in a very low voice, “I surmise, it should be the most mysterious one - the Goddess of Destiny!”
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