Carroll Hinton posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Since the Sky Legion had taken over this place, this stronghold had been in the hands of the allied forces. Even the commoners there had accepted this fact.
Gradually, after a few years, they had recovered from the fires of war before, and were now showing signs of prospering.
"No matter which Magus organisation governs them, none would attack regular humans for no reason. Hence, their loyalty is not guaranteed. Practically all leaders will be easily accepted, or should I say, this is the survival instinct of people with low social status?"
Above Greenflame City, Leylin and a few other Morning Star Warlocks stood in the air. Seeing the prosperous city, there was little they could say.
The Ouroboros Clan had occupied this area for thousands of years, but they never expected the people to react this way.
"We’ve never had much of an interest in this area. It’s fine as long as they can provide a certain amount of provisions and materials, as well an annual influx of fresh blood." Gilbert stood aside, slightly red in the face.
"Oh well! At least, we won’t have to feel bad about dragging them back into war once more!" Emma sneered, eyes completely red. The news that the allied forces had attacked the Ouroboros Clan brazenly after she had disappeared had completely riled her up.
The fury of a Morning Star could only be eased with fresh blood!
"If you don’t make a move, I’m going to do it!" Emma watched Leylin and the others who had been invited such as Paul, who were unmoving. Laughing coldly, her robes began to sway and make sounds with the breeze.
"The flame elf of the immemorial times, please listen to my decree and descend, turning into a rain of flames!" Emma chanted loudly as terrifying elemental particle emanated from her body like a black hole. Endless elemental tides formed a surging tsunami.
A bit of red appeared in the sky, and it accumulated to form a layer of dense flaming clouds.
"Rank 4 spell- Descent of the Heavenly Flames!" Large amounts of flames streaked down like meteors, leaving splendid long tails as they descended upon Greenflame City.
Soon enough, successive sounds of an explosion could be heard, and a large amount of black flames formed that spread everywhere.
"Enemy attack! These energy undulations… Morning Star!" Within the residence of the city’s mayor, a sentry yelled in disbelief at the data they had seen on the screen.
At the same time, he hung his head, closed his eyes and prayed, "Great Lord! Has the war between Morning Stars begun once again…"
He knew how terrifying wars between Morning Stars were. If Greenflame City was going to be the battlefield, none of the low-ranked Magi like him would be able to escape. Just the stray spells and large amounts of horrifying radiation could easily take their measly lives.
"Crap! The base of the airship forces!" After praying, this alarm watcher suddenly recalled something, and his expression changed as he activated a secret imprint in his hands.
"Hello? Is this the base of the airships? This is the mayor’s residence. This is a rank 4 warning. I repeat, this is a rank 4 warning. A Morning Star is attacking!!"
No matter how much he shouted, there was no reaction from the imprint. Knowing things were bad, he darted out of the surveillance room and immediately saw the shower of flames. The violent sounds of explosions that accompanied them meant that the airship base stationed beside Greenflame City was now caught in the blazing flames.
"It’s too late!" He laughed bitterly, about to leave the battlefield.
*Rumble!* Boiling hot meteoric flames fell and wrapped around him, the fierce flames burning violently.
"Warning, warning! Energy from the barrier has been consumed. Unable to maintain energy defence!"
The piercing sounds of alerts could be heard everywhere in the base. There were panicked Magi and technological staff everywhere, and the interior of the airship base was in chaos.
Occasionally, a few airships would take flight, and would then be ruthlessly smacked to the ground by a few gigantic black arms, causing large sparks in the base.
"These airships aren’t half bad, but it’s a pity they’re useless to me!"
Leylin sighed, but his hands did not stop moving. Large black Giant Kemoyin Serpent figures streaked through the skies, absorbing life force without care. All enemies in the vicinity of these figures had their life force sucked up and turned into dry corpses, with not even a bit of moisture left within.
The Ouroboros Clan was unable to handle so many airships, and besides, arrangements after the war were going to be very troublesome. Leylin could not be bothered to wrangle with the Morning Stars over this, and found it simpler to just obliterate the fleet.
"Stop!" Such unbridled actions immediately gave rise to the fury of other Magi. A streak of blue light shot out and appeared before Leylin and the others, revealing the figure of a young Magus.
The undulations of a Morning Star were also being emanated from this young Magus’ body. From his bright eyes that had seen through the ways of the world, there was now merely rage. However, after seeing Leylin, Paul and the others, which came up to six Morning Stars working together, his pupils shrank slightly, and fear appeared on his face.
"Duke Farlier, are you planning on destroying the peace treaty from before?" Leylin knew this Magus. He was one of the Morning Stars that had besieged Ouroboros Clan, and was one of the leaders of the organisations that depended on Jupiter’s Lightning.
Of course, to the current Leylin, he was as weak as an ant.
"Peace treaty? Hmph! That was just a temporary armistice!" Emma took a step forward, a snake-shaped spore landed in Greenflame City below.
*Bang!* The spore clung onto the body of a Magus, and fear was apparent on his face as many warts appeared on his body.
*Bang! Bang! Bang!* Seconds later, the warts broke open, and even more spores flew out.
In a short period of time, the entire Greenflame City had sunk into an abyss of suffering.
"You-!" The Morning Star Magus was anxious but did not raise his hand. With six Morning Star Warlocks here, he would be the one in trouble the moment he made a move.
Hence, he could only glare at Emma with hatred, "His Highness from Jupiter’s Lightning will not let you off!"
"I’ll wait!" Leylin chuckled and stepped forward while he continued the conversation.
Of course, in the eyes of outsiders, he had gone completely insane! Even with three Kemoyin dukes joining hands, as well as support from the Warlock Union, it was naive to think they’d be able to challenge a Radiant Moon!
This Morning Star began to snicker but immediately realised something was odd.
"Only Leylin out of all the Warlocks here has recently advanced. It’s understandable if he doesn’t understand the gap between them, but how can Gilbert and the others not know the power of a real Radiant Moon? Why do they look so relaxed?" Retrieving Land
Every Magus possessed knowledge and wisdom that far surpassed that of ordinary men. How could any such person knowingly provoke a rank 5?
There were only two ways that such a thing would happen. They were either absolutely confident in victory, or had a trump card that guaranteed them their lives.
Though this Morning Star couldn’t guess what trump card Leylin and the rest had, he could tell that the situation today was not in his favour.
"Alright! Give me five minutes, and I’ll order all my Magi to withdraw. Rooster Prince and Pearl Princess I’ll leave Greenflame City to you," he relented, albeit grudgingly.
The city and territory were all small matters to him. His Magi were what truly mattered, and he did not hesitate to make this choice even if he was unwilling.
"There’s no need for that. Whatever the Ouroboros Clan lost, we will retrieve it with our own strength." Gilbert shook his head and rejected the other party’s suggestion.
"Also, even if it’s you, whoever dares offend our Ouroboros Clan will need to pay the price," Leylin added from the core of the group of Warlocks.
"What?" The enemy Morning Star Magus was enraged. "The nerve! You dare threaten me?"
He had been infuriated. Morning Star Magi lorded over the central continent. With their Morning Star Arcane Arts, they had trump cards capable of taking their opponents down with them, and they’d thus developed a pride rooted in the belief that they were unrivalled.
He acknowledged that he had been defeated, and taking the initiative and withdrawing was already giving his opponent face. However, the Warlocks of the Ouroboros Clan wanted him to pay a price?
"Lunatics! You bunch of Kemoyin Warlocks are all lunatics!" The Morning Star’s expression turned frosty.
If he knew of Leylin’s previous battle achievements, he wouldn’t dare say things like this.
Now, however, the Magus was determined to teach Leylin a lesson, and terrifying elemental energy gathered on his body as rings of light formed one after the other.
"Morning Star Arcane Art!" Paul and the others exclaimed in shock.
"That’s right… Since you don’t know what’s good for you, then let this area be completely destroyed!" The Morning Star Magus yelled maniacally. If a Morning Star were to disregard everything, the Ouroboros Clan’s territory would be ruined.
"Stand down. Let me do this."
Unexpectedly, the Warlocks opposing him had not withdrawn from his threats. Instead, Leylin had stepped out.
"A mere newly-advanced Morning Star is going to stop me?" This Morning Star suddenly had the urge to laugh.
Soon enough, though, this smile turned stiff.
*Hsssss!*" Along with large amounts of demonic black flames, the giant phantom of a serpent appeared behind Leylin’s back. This large serpent was quite similar to the Giant Kemoyin Serpent of the Ouroboros Clan, but there were red patterns on the scales and large amounts of black flames twining around its body. It was as if it was wreathed in a layer of flaming armour.
A forcefield even more terrifying than those of ancient rank 4 beings spread out, covering him.
*Crack!* The rings of light broke, and the energy of this Morning Star Magus’ point mass began to seep out and enter the black flames.
"Wha- What monster is this?!" The Morning Star Magus’ expression changed, regret filling his mind.
Rise of the Devil Sovereign He now knew that this newly-advanced Morning Star was the most terrifying of this group of Warlocks!
"Hssss!" The huge serpent snarled and devoured the Morning Star…
*Rumble!* Air shook and created shockwaves. Gilbert, Emma and the rest shot glances at each other and began to stabilise the space around them.
*Whoosh!* A moment later, a blue figure escaped from the giant phantom serpent, making a strange sound as he fled pitifully.
Leylin stood quietly where he was, not even a wrinkle in his clothes or a strand of stray hair jutting out. He did not proceed to give chase.
"Why did you let him go?" Gilbert and Emma asked. They knew it was intentional on Leylin’s part, after all they had personally seen his prowess.
"Our goal right now is to regain our territory. Now isn’t the time to start wars with others. Battles between Morning Stars would attract the attention of Breaking Dawn Monarchs."
Leylin shook his head, "Besides, the injuries to his body will take a few hundred years to heal. There’s no need to take notice of him in the future!"
It had to be said that Leylin was very meticulous in some matters. Gilbert and Emma looked to give him their approval.
"Ley- Leylin, you’re so amazing? Goodnes! That was a Morning Star!" Philip was gaping. He had to admit that what he had seen today was just too amazing, and something rarely seen even in his long life.
Leylin could actually forcefully suppress a Magus by interrupting them while they were performing their Morning Star Arcane Art. He had even gravely injured his opponent, and was confident in killing them!
This was not a strength that belonged to rank 4s. It was the might that only great rank 5 Magi possessed!
"Leylin, Your Grace. Have you advanced to rank 5 already?" Paul asked a question that Gilbert and Emma wanted to enquire about as well.
"Of course not!" Leylin shook his head, but that only gave Paul the feeling that he was enigmatic and unmeasurable.
"Alright! Since the Morning Star has already been chased off, Greenflame City shall return to the arms of our Ouroboros Clan!"
Gilbert said a few words to a secret imprint, and soon enough troops formed of multiple high-ranked Warlocks arrived at the place.
Having already been attacked by a rank 4 spell and seeing their Morning Star flee in defeat, the high-ranked Magi of the enemy had no plans of fighting on. Teleportation portals flashed and people flew away as they fled.
Greenflame City returned to the Warlocks’ control in less than an hour.
"I remember that this place once belonged to the Mair Family, right?" Emma spoke, implying something.
"Yes! As the Mair Family did not guard their territory properly, I suggest we reduce their land and take Greenflame City, giving it to other bloodline nobility!" Gilbert immediately spoke.
This was a reshuffling of power. With Leylin’s powerful, abrupt rise, as well as the fall of the original First Elder, there were definitely conflicts of interest when it came to the allocation of benefits. The war was a perfect excuse to make changes to this.
Leylin stood silently at the side, not seeming to have any intentions of seizing power. However, even outsiders like Paul and Philip could tell that most of the territories that were being reclaimed would definitely be placed under Leylin’s Farlier Family and Freya’s Blood Serpent Family.
After the war, the Blood Serpent and Farlier Families would immediately rise in power. There was no doubt about that.
"Alright, let’s get to the next area!" Once all affairs at Greenflame City were taken care of, a few Warlocks immediately continued on a new journey.
With Leylin along with Gilbert and Emma as support, the organisations that relied on Jupiter’s Lightning and had merely one or two Morning Star Magi were swept through.
While Philip and Paul did not do anything, just their presence represented the stance of the Warlock Union. Even Rank 5 Magi had to reconsider the consequences.
Hence, the frontlines were pushed forward smoothly. In less than a month, all the land that had been occupied had returned to the high-ranked Warlocks of the Ouroboros Clan. Of course, there were naturally changes when it came to allocation, but no Warlock dared complain.
"Hah… Onyx Castle! I’m back!"
Leylin stood above Onyx Castle in his territory, and was speechless.
The Magus Tower not far away had long since been overturned by the Oakheart family. Of course, they had immediately compensated Leylin with a brand new Morning Star Magus Tower.
The Onyx Castle below had obviously been destroyed and reconstructed. That must have been the Oakheart Family trying to curry favour with him since they were already here.
"Are you very familiar with the Azure Mountain King? The moment you arrived, he immediately withdrew his troops, and even looked impatient in doing it!"
"I just have something on him, so we’re temporary allies." Leylin shook his head and chuckled.
"Temporary?" Emma observed Leylin’s profound smile, suddenly feeling like the breeze in the skies was slightly chilly. She began to mourn for the Oakheart Family.
"News has come in that the Green Snake Marshes have been taken back. Our Ouroboros Clan has now regained all its past territory!" Gilbert’s figure appeared by Leylin side, a sigh in his tone. "What should we do next?"
"Nothing. Just work on consolidating our original territories."