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A note from Aternus

Word Count for the Week: 7,300/18,000(still trying!!)

 ETA to be posted later.

Anyways,

Enjoy.

ETA: Late Friday EST

ETA: Late Saturday EST

 

[Shared Experience Gained: 14%, 75%]

[Voidwalker has leveled up to lvl 19/25. Standard Attributes have been distributed. 1 Attribute and skill point have been rewarded]

Rainer looked toward his messages for a moment, not sparing even a glance toward the deceased Elijah.

Silence reigned throughout the snow covered clearing. All but the gentle crunching of snow beneath Rainer’s boots, and the hum of his [Arcane Blade] as he walked forward.

An undetectable pressure emanated out from him. Even Yarik, who was skilled in such a thing, mistook it for entirely his own fear.

Yarik found that every interaction with this Foreign Lord Magus left him in deep regret. And today was no different. His body tensed as he prepared at any moment for what was to come. But centuries of life allowed him to shake away his initial apprehension almost immediately.

The two mages behind him were sweating beneath their masks. Blocking such a strike from a powerful Aura user that was also enhanced by Magic was already unreasonable. And yet killing him as if he were only an annoyance left them mindless.

Their prior experience in battle told every inch of their body to flee as fast as they could. Were it not for their unwavering faith in the strength of their Guildmaster, they would have fled immediately. Were they to know he shared their fear, they would fare far worse.

Their bodies flowed with Mana as they attempted to remove the fear and oppression that took them. All the mages acted in this matter as they came to terms with the situation. But the uneasiness in their hearts did not leave.

The grin on Raspard’s face had yet to disappear as he stared in disbelief. Different from anyone else, his ability in [Soul Detection] and Soul Magic allowed him to see the true age of the man slowly walking toward him.

19…Is he a dragon taken human form?!

Raspard thought to himself in disbelief. His mind entered such shambles he ignored the very fact that his abilities allowed him to determine one’s race from their soul. Seeing such a display where a powerful Aura user was nothing more than cannon fodder. Raspard immediately thought for his final preparation to instead be used right away.

In part, he hoped Yulia wanted to know when they were a day away so that she could arrive. Even with her help Raspard no longer had full confidence. His thoughts focused on the two guild members he brought with him.

The remaining group of 7 all focused on Rainer as he drew ever closer. Theodore’s and Rainer’s plan had succeeded far beyond his original intention. They couldn’t have known Elijah would rush out in such a manner. Yet for the plan, it served perfectly.  

The hypnotic rhythm of his boots on snow combined with his [Arcane Presence] and the previous act of powerful violence kept the focus strongly glued on him. His allies were all but ignored.

From the start, they thought over several plans. Rainer’s first thought was to bombard them from afar but Theodore immediately shot down this idea. Any forewarning to a Mage was time for them to spread out and use powerful magic. Theodore’s original idea was for himself to act as bait but Rainer saw himself instead as a better alternative.

He was a mage, and to everyone else the primary target.

And so, he chose the route to protect his party the most; He became the bait and the trap.

But he could have never predicted the effect all his actions and Magic had in combination.

Rainer continued forward as his party spread out. Elru covered Gunthar in a Glamour and went around to the left. Theodore and Kara went together to the right. Furtak and Delilah followed Elru as they intended to circle as well.

Their positions and actions were hidden in the smell of freshly spilled blood and the presence of the Arcane in the air.

Rainer watched as they spread out and the group at the center stood unmoving. After several seconds they had spread far enough away from him. And so he acted.

8 armed [Arcane Bolt]s seemingly flared into existence as Arcane Power flowed into them. They roared as they launched forward, bringing the enemy mages out of their stupor.

Maya desperately covered herself in a Glamour as she tried to take flight, yet she had been the true target all along. Her cry rang out as two [Arcane Bolt]s destroyed her wings and legs, sending her crashing back down.

Her mind filled with pain as she hoped to live to see her Queen tear this [Archon] apart.

Raspard reacted. His wrinkled hand grabbed one of his subordinates, and following a terrified scream, drained the blood, Mana, and the Soul, from his body. As a tier 2 mage, he was a powerful sacrifice.

3 [Arcane Bolt]s slammed into a red [Mana Shield], destroying it, but leaving Raspard unharmed. The final 3 collided with a [Lightning Domain] produced by Yarik. His two Guild Mages stood still, eyes closed, and chanted as they channeled more power into the Domain.

The bolts clashed with the Lightning Magic and dissipated. Their massive power exploded outwards, covering the group of mages in a flurry of snow.

Rainer sent two [Arcane Lances] into the snow obscured group before vanishing through the Void.

I must kill him now.

He thought as he rushed to put his blade through Raspard. The man gave him an ill feeling, and his classes only furthered it. Above all else, such an existence needed to die as soon as possible.

Appearing a few feet away from the Soul and Blood Devourer, Rainer was only left with the sight of two drained corpses. And an all too familiar feeling of danger.

Tears in the fabric of space erupted. Portals started dotting the landscape as carefully drawn circles of blood lit with magic. In the sky right above Rainer a Devil-like man, no longer appearing the corpse he was, orchestrated the event.

He stood two heads taller than before, his skin grayish-black and two large black horns grew from his forehead. His eyes were entirely black.

Small Devils leaped out of the portals, Gunthar rushed first to them.

[Devil, Male, Deviling lvl 14]

A small man-like creature that ran on all fours nonetheless. Three-clawed hands and the same grayish-black skin as their transformed summoner.

One appeared near Rainer as he slashed it in two with his [Arcane Blade], before disappearing in a Void-walk toward its master.

Seeing Rainer disappear, Raspard with a flap of his wings and a surge of magic, soared away from his original spot. The image of a violet magic blade cleaving him in two flashed in Raspard’s mind. Even in his enhanced form, fear overtook him as he desperately poured more power into the portals.

The moment he reappeared Rainer attacked with an [Arcane Lance] toward Raspard.

Taking advantage of his distraction, Yarik was just about to strike, lightning forming from his hands before a ball of fire forced him to defend with his lightning domain once more. The powerful lightning magic tore apart the ball of fire, before striking back at its source.

Theodore rushed in from the back, entering the lightning domain as he clad himself in Aura.

He attacked one of the channeling mages, his massive Aura pool and lack of flesh allowing him to ignore the lightning that attacked him. His blade cleaved off a channeling mage’s head before a flash of lightning from Yarik sent Theodore flying back. The sheer force of the magic, blowing him away.

Sweat dripped down Yarik’s head. His mind filled with confusion as for the moment he had forgotten that the Foreign Lord Magus was hardly the only threat. His body tensed as he felt the power of his [Lightning Domain] weaken.

Kara went with Gunthar focusing on the incoming [Deviling]s. Elru, as planned, rose to the sky prepared to take advantage of any weaknesses and be on the lookout for any reinforcements. Her enchantments allowed for her to make a quick and powerful groundward charge and arrive nearly anywhere. Delilah spent part of her attention on the incoming Devils, but her primary focus was on keeping Furtak and secondly, the [Archon], alive.  

Raspard let out a guttural roar as Miasma poured out of him. To his shock, a serpent immediately escaped Rainer’s shoulder and consumed his Miasma as it appeared.

How is such a thing…

Raspard thought in disbelief. Using Miasma in such a manner cost a significant amount of his Mana. His true trump card against the teleporting Rainer, but a small serpent undid his hope.

The devil-like man quickly flew away, far surpassing the serpent’s speed. He instead focused on channeling his portals and trying to bring about stronger Devils. His formerly refreshed skin as a Devil began to wrinkle once more as the borrowed power surged out of him and toward his portals.

His ring flashed as a stored Soul assisted his strength.    

As if afraid of something the serpent returned to Rainer right after consuming the Miasma.

“Elru, help deal with the [Deviling]s,” Rainer called out. He’d like her to chase after Raspard but, as a Fae, the Miasma was too dangerous for her.

He turned his attention to Yarik after feeling a surge of Magic. Two Mana packets flew out of Rainer as he prepared to bury the man in a pillar of fire, before quickly chasing after Raspard once more.

Yarik reached out and instantly disrupted the spell. The Mana instead flowed to Yarik’s hand as a crackling of Lightning could be heard. At the final second Rainer managed to Void-walk as a bolt of Lightning arced through the sky where he was.

Yarik’s Mana talent reached such a level where he was nearly the same age as Raspard and yet, compared to the corpse-like man, he remained at a healthy middle age.

How fast one built a tolerance to Magicite was, as far as Mage Guilds knew, entirely based on their Mana Talent. Raspard only made it this far through other means of life-preservation and still couldn’t compare to Yarik.

Taking the Mana packets of Rainer’s spell was child’s play to Yarik.

The moment Rainer left his Void-walk he cast a [Spear of Arcane Holy Judgement]. With both Luna’s gift of Lightning and his own [Arcane Awakening: Surge] now activated, the Spear cast in nearly an instant before it soared into the sky.

The vibrant spear of violet light descended toward Yarik. His eyes opened wide in shock as his head turned upward. He channeled a massive amount of Mana and nearly all the power of his assisting mage as he focused the [Lightning Domain] above his head. The spear collided with the power of Lightning.

And yet Yarik’s focused face twisted as the spear proved far stronger than he could ever imagine. An explosion of Arcane erupted as the spear exploded with the Lightning.

The snow cleared to reveal Yarik’s enchanted robe shredded and his face nearly entirely burnt. His mask all but destroyed. Not that his face was recognizable any longer. [Lightning Domain] flared out once more as Delilah’s Ice spikes attack him.

His muffled scream could not be heard as he sought to flee. He felt the powerful magic once more and knew he could not even stand up to another attack.

Theodore rushed forward to assist Gunthar as stronger Devils poured out of the portals.

Rainer, a distance away and preparing another spear, soon felt a feeling he had not for a long time.

[Crisis Perception]

Feeling as if death truly descended upon him, Rainer activated [Arcane Awakening: Shield Mode]. And not a moment too soon as following a flurry of wind a deadly spike of the green-laden air stabbed into his chest.

His Shield Mode held all but firmly as a tiny dot of blood dripped down his chest from where the spike had penetrated both his shielding and his overcoat.

But the spike erupted outwards in a torrent of wind. It expanded, sending Rainer flying back and tumbling through the forest. A hole appeared in his shield from where the wind exploded. A hole that would have contained his entire heart and stayed just inside of the range where Luna was.

She had arrived. Her appearance far too fast and hidden for even Elru completely on guard to see.

“Kara! Shift!” Rainer cried out in a panic. His [Arcane Sight] told him Yulia flew straight towards the rest of his party. Any pretense of keeping her Demon-half hidden always mattered less to Rainer than her life. He’d rather the whole world discover her existence than for her to risk death.

Without a moment to lose, a Demonic howl roared. Gunthar’s skeletal body soon became covered in scales as an illusionary Demon appeared behind him, just like the lizard-like demon killed in the past.

Before Yulia could entangle with the rest of the party, Furtak acted. A ball of fire sought to intercept the Fae of the wind. A resounding clash echoed out as the two beings of magical power collided. Furtak reformed as whips of fire tore through the air. Fire and wind clashed in the air. The powerful wave of Magic sensed by all around.

Elru looked on in shock at Kara’s changing form but focused instead toward Yarik, intent on finishing him off before dealing with the Fae Queen. She descended as if an avenging angel and stabbed Yarik’s second and last mage providing him power. The spear entered straight into his skull.

She turned toward the stunned and crippled Yarik. An enchanted shield brushed off the power of the Lightning Domain activated by him alone. Her spear thrust toward him.

Intent on fleeing he flashed in a streak of lightning. It carried him upwards toward the clouds.

Elru turned her attention toward Raspard after seeing the speed of Yarik’s retreat far surpassed her own. The Devil-like man’s black demonic eyes flashed toward Elru as he stopped channeling his power toward the portals.

He charged forward with his clawed hands as a strange bloody power surrounded him. The Miasma that had been consumed by the small serpent had cost a significant amount of his power. He would not use it again.

Elru’s Spear slashed down before being blocked by his vicious claws as the two tangled in mid-air. Elru knew she was far more useless against Yulia than she originally thought and instead focused on this Devil-like man.

Theodore paused as he looked at the fight. He prepared to use the skill that burned his soul at a moment’s notice, to soar into the sky.

Yulia’s laugh could be heard as a tornado of wind started encircling Furtak. His whips of fire all but ignored. Furtak eyes opened wide in shock as he felt the Mana pool of the Fae Queen. One that doubled his own of 500.

To those who were Magic-Touched their Mana pools were equivalent to their life. Only Rainer’s [Arcane Blade], as far as Furtak knew, could ignore this fact. Yulia easily avoided or absorbed Furtak’s attacks as the air drained out from around him.

He desperately attacked out with Fire Magic, yet Yulia was but a small part of the tornado that surrounded him. Unable to locate her he charged at the wind around him, only to be rebuked. Delilah attacked with several powerful spikes of Ice, but unable to detect Yulia’s exact position, she couldn’t hit her.

Amidst this roaring of the wind, another sound tore through the air. And an [Arcane Blade] sliced through all of existence as it descended upon the being of wind. Rainer’s downward speed enhanced by gravity, she found herself unable to dodge.

A desperate cry rang out as Yulia returned to her form as a Fae. A large gash streaked across her torso. She flew away to recover. Rainer stared in hatred as he slowed his own descent with gravity. With Yulia flying so low, [Void-walking] could lead to a deadly crash unless he slowed himself first.

Apart from her Emerald Hair and eyes, and her several additional years in appearance, she looked no different than Luna. Or rather, it should be said, Luna looked no different than her.

She quickly fled even Rainer’s new massive [Void Detection] range of 600 feet. Conserving Mana, Rainer instead assisted Furtak’s descent as the goblin recovered.

Lightning surged from the formerly retreating Yarik as he sought to gain revenge in this situation. His face was a mess of burns and blood. Parts of his body lacked skin and a chunk of his shoulder no longer existed. With Elijah’s body left behind, hiding his identity was pointless.

His anger surpassed his reason.

Furtak roared in flames as he directly took on the bolt, that shredded through his shield of flames. He then launched himself at the mage.

Delilah clawed at another [Deviling] before rushing forward as well. A spike of ice soared through the sky toward Yarik. A bolt of lightning collided mid-air with the spike, yet only slowed it slightly. Yarik’s harsh voice could be heard as the ice spike bisected one of his legs.

No longer intent on staying he fled as fast as he could. As Lightning surged around him, he nearly teleported forward, bolts of lightning, carrying him with it, streaked the clouded sky into the distance.

In Rainer’s mind Yarik was all but dead. It was only a matter of time. And so, he focused on Yulia, who became wind once more. With [Arcane Sight], no matter the skill of her Glamour and her form of wind, Rainer saw every movement.

The shifted Kara tore through even the stronger Devils with ease. Her enchantment of speed still usable in her Demonic Werewolf form. As Raspard became distracted with his fighting with Elru, the portals seemed to wave out of control.

Still watching Elru’s and Raspard’s duel in the air, Theodore slew Devil after Devil with Gunthar. Gunthar’s stored soul empower his body as he cut down Devils far exceeding his original power.

Raspard panicked as he knew they would soon close and everyone’s focus would shift to him, but contrary to his expectations they instead opened wider. He felt the Mana, the power of his Soul, and the Life drain from his body uncontrollably as he was forced to fuel these portals by some unknown power.

His formerly strong Devil-like body soon was stabbed by Elru.

But not resigned to death he gripped the Fae and pulled at her soul. A ring lit on his finger as he absorbed all the souls he had from the past as well. And yet every Soul only fueled the portals further.

What’s going on!?

Raspard thought in shock. Even with his largest sacrifice, he had never felt a presence as powerful as this from the other side. It clawed at his very being and stole from him. But such thoughts soon ended.

In Raspard’s distraction, he knew not even the cause of his death. An Aura Blade sliced off his head, as a Holy-wing Theodore finished him off. Yet his clawed hand still stayed in Elru as she struggled to defend against the suction force. Theodore fell back to the ground as he canceled his Soul-burning skill.

Rainer teleported over soon after, seeing even Raspard’s death left the situation unresolved. He did not wish to chase down Yulia as his companion members were unsafe. In the end, Yulia needed to come to him, so he thought.

Rainer used [Appraisal] and then tore the ring off the hand before throwing it into his Spatial Ring. The thread of magic adding more power to the portal, severed.

Elru cut off her own arm before it disappeared while being sucked into the corpse of Raspard. The headless Devil-like corpse quickly shriveled and turned to dust as the portals around them surged in power.

Rainer recently refilled her [Mana Storage Ring], and with her experience in healing Fae, Elru quickly regenerated her lost arm at a large Mana cost.

Rainer had not even a moment to spare as his [Arcane Sight] saw Yulia flying once more toward him as nothing more than a magic wind.

“Hold the portals, I’ll deal with Yulia as fast as I can,” Rainer called out as he landed. Intent on having solid ground to fight against Yulia, not wishing to constantly distract himself with flying. With Void-walking maintaining flight served less of a purpose.

[Arcane Bolt]s flew out of him as he attacked toward Yulia. When it came to simple and cheap spells, none could likely match Rainer’s Arcane Bonus nor his [Sleep Learning] leveled spells.

A [Devil Lord] tore through a portal only to be met by Kara. They both slammed down into the snow, and before he could even use his Miasma her powerful teeth already tore out the Devil’s throat and her claws cleaved off the dangling head.

In her Demonic form and with the enhanced speed of her enchantments he had not even a chance. Even his strike was absent-mindedly blocked by her shield enchantment allowing her full power to kill him.

Her red and golden eyes lit with power, as she slaughtered the Devils. Long had it been since she last transformed.

The portals surged wider. They drew upon the very energy of the world itself after being firmly established by the unwilling Raspard.

Rainer ran forward toward Yulia; Furtak flew by his side to provide aid. The rest focused on the entering Devils that all seemed poised on attacking Rainer, were it not for their intervention.

Rainer’s mind filled with Rage as he moved forward toward the Fae Queen.

Rainer shut a portal he passed by with [Void Manipulation] just as Yulia sent out a blade of wind. Now, needing to conserve his Mana, Rainer used his [Arcane-Spatial Domain] to track the blade before dodging with a small amount of movement.

A feat made possible by both Luna’s Gift of Lightning and his own [Arcane Awakening: Surge].

Furtak, however, quickly fled the scene as he noticed some of the Devils headed in the direction of the city. Rainer only spared him a glance before nodding his head.

Yulia flew around Rainer as he waited with his [Arcane-Spatial Domain]. Were she to spare even a moment of attention toward anyone else, Rainer planned to Void-walk and kill her. His thoughts filled with her death, and yet his focus was unperturbed as he readied his blade.  

Suddenly, she flew straight at Rainer, powerful spikes of wind aiming at him. He dodged them with ease before she appeared in front of him. Taking advantage of his moment of dodging she charged a powerful blast of wind. At such a close range, he would be unable to dodge.

Yet a gout of Faerie Fire, erupted from his coat as Luna attacked the Fae Queen.

“Damned experiment,” Yulia cried as the flames burned her endlessly, eating away at her magical form.

Rainer appeared right in front of the damaged Yulia and slashed down with his [Arcane Blade].

Yet before he could finish her off, his world changed. Yulia’s burnt face grimaced not only from the pain but from more of her life being drained.

Roots gripped at his body and his attributes flashed up and down. The effects of a constantly increasing and decreasing intelligence left him disoriented.  He flared [Arcane Revival] as he tried to resist the familiar Divine effects of the roots.

A separate root instantly grabbed Luna, who had left his coat to attack Yulia. Rainer looked on in pain as he tried to summon Luna yet the roots only flashed with power denying his attempts. His eyes turned bloodshot as he focused on reaching Luna.

Feeling his power surging up and down from constantly losing the effects of his class and yet returning them with [Divine Resistance], Rainer managed perfectly time a Void-walk and escape even the Divine Power of the roots.

As if expecting this, Yulia cast a wind spike at that exact moment.

And so, his vision went dark.


Yulia flowed her Mana into Luna, still grasped by the roots, and knocked her unconscious. The roots released her as Yulia carried her away.  

She looked back at where the [Archon] had disappeared. The moment the roots took hold of him, she attacked with a [Wind Expanding Spike] but he vanished. Nothing should be able to escape the grip of the World Tree, she thought.

She panicked for a moment, recalling his title, but seeing him no longer return she flew off. 

She activated her personal [Fairy Ring] and flew as fast as she could. Carrying Luna in a sphere of wind, she melded with the air and went faster than she ever had. Whether it be [Archon], his companions, or the Devils that went out of Raspard’s control, she left it all behind.

Her mind reeled as she felt a small tug on the experiment in her grasp. But she covered her in a special Spirit Magic, preventing any form of summoning. Something created since ages ago to combat any Fairy’s made familiar against their will.

Time ticked on and the sounds of battle behind her faded. She vanished in a fluctuation of space and returned to the safety of her Palace.

She was certain that here nothing could harm her.


A small fist slammed down onto a table.

“She’s back at her palace already….” The female Fae said in anger.

“Call them back and double the guard around the palace. To think we allowed our singular chance to escape us in such a manner. How did she kill them?” A regally dressed male Fae asked. A small twisted silver crown sat on his glowing white-haired head marking him a Prince of Fae.

“The World Tree…it aided…” Another Fae in the room said darkly and in part with confusion.

They all remained in silence. The white-haired Prince rescinded his original plans of joining the guard himself. Even if such an ability was limited, to use the power of the tree outside of the Palace meant no one was safe from her.

“Question all servants who leave the Palace. Traditions be damned. She has already made a mockery of our traditions by somehow using the protection of the World Tree outside of the Palace.”

The Fae in the room nodded before heading out to relay his orders.

What could have caused her to leave?

He thought as he left the room.


Rainer’s eyes opened to darkness. Without a moment’s consideration for his own condition he reached out for Luna and tried to summon her. Blocked by an unknown force, he could do nothing. Immediately, he understood the condition his body was in.

He felt an emptiness in his chest as he channeled all his Arcane Power into [Arcane Revival]. Feeling life slip from his hands nonetheless, he used [Arcane Revival] to look at the damage. His entire heart had been blown apart.

Panic overtook him, but the scene of Luna helplessly grabbed by the roots and the thought she was now in the Fae Queen’s hands brought him back. A seething rage forced him to cling to life.

He took a hand and with his blood wrote a Rune on his head. Another part of him started to use [Arcane Weaving] to close the gap to his heart, so that [Arcane Revival] could focus directly on the heart. His knowledge in [Human Anatomy] allowed for such a thing.

Even in Death, I’ll take you with me…

Rainer thought as he wrote a Rune to seal his soul, no different than raising an undead, onto his forehead. The exact process to becoming a [Lich] was only outlined. Every method started with forcing the Soul to remain.

Such a process done poorly could only lead to him being a mindless undead. But he clung to life in any way he could.

As he tried to finish healing he found his Arcane Power depleting but he felt Arcane Energy all around him. He manipulated it into his [Arcane Revival].

He found himself lacking the strength to remain aware. But in his final seconds he felt the beating of his heart and life return to him.

But as the rest of his body started to heal, a realization came over him; He used [Arcane Revival] for too long. His body began freezing and the surrounding Arcane Energy flowing into him prevented him from canceling the skill.

[Arcane Revival has reached level 7]

[Experience Gained: 41%]

Even as it leveled from his ability to use outside Arcane Energy to fuel the skill, it did not stop the aspect of Order that froze his body.

How did I evolve [Arcane Rage]? How? How?

Rainer desperately thought as he found himself entirely unable to stop the skill. The surrounding Arcane Energy continued to pour into him.

To evolve [Arcane Rage] he embraced the Chaos. He allowed it to flow ever faster through his body. And with the unleashing of Chaos brought control. Brought [Arcane Awakening].  Brought the power of the [Archon] to him.

He looked outside of himself, imagining the flowing lines of [Arcane Revival]. Perhaps it had been his recent thoughts on anatomy, but he soon realized something. The flowing lines seemed almost as if veins and arteries that existed throughout his body.

Unable to even move his body, Rainer manipulated the energy further. He drew in as much as possible from the strange source around him. He did not have time to question even where this energy came from. Nor where he currently was.

As far as he knew, entering the Void itself was not possible. He could only step through it. But any questions on the matter left him.

His body hummed with the power of Arcane as he filled his veins with [Arcane Revival]’s Arcane Energy. He tried to shift the very skill into an aspect of his own body. Time passed.

[Arcane Revival has reached level 8]

[Experience Gained: 45%]

[Calculating Excess Experience]

[Archon has leveled up to lvl 16/25. Standard Attributes have been distributed. 2 Attribute and skill points have been rewarded]

The formerly flowing lines on his skin receded beneath the surface. They changed to match every vein. Lights of Arcane Energy entered his vision.

The energy pulsed and then he used [Arcane Revival] on his arteries. And once more the flowing lines of [Arcane Revival] changed to match his body.

[Arcane Revival has reached level 9]

[Experience Gained: 57%]

The beating of his heart started again. But Rainer felt he was not done. And incapable of stopping the skill even still, he knew his life was at risk.  

Embrace the Order of [Arcane Revival]…

He thought as he looked inward. The flowing lines of [Arcane Revival] now matched his own veins and arteries yet soon the blood flowing began to slow. There was still a piece missing. He embraced the power of order into the veins and arteries themselves, allowing the blood to flow and be invigorated, but it still brought an eventual slowdown.

He then looked toward the very source of his blood and its mover. He used the skill on his marrow, the very nature of his blood becoming invigorated by [Arcane Revival]. And yet still he felt a stillness coming.

The Rune intent to seal his soul in his body still glowed on his forehead.

Rainer poured all the power of [Arcane Revival] into his heart. The flowing lines of veins and arteries cycling the energy through there. His heart slowed, but he did not lose focus. Even as his heart stilled he believed in this path, and even if he failed he would not allow himself to die.

Time flowed beyond Rainer’s grasp as the cycling continued. Every time he faltered, he would come within an inch of death. And yet every time he recovered moving forward in his path.

[Arcane Revival has reached level 10]

[Arcane Revival has reached its maximum level. First time a skill of this difficulty has reached level 10, 70 skill points have been rewarded.]

[Experience Gained: 71%]

[Archon has leveled up to lvl 17/25. Standard Attributes have been distributed. 2 Attribute and skill points have been rewarded]

[Arcane Revival has unlocked Arcane Invigoration lvl 1/10]

[Arcane Energy Manipulation has reached level 8]

[Experience Gained: 74%]

[Archon has leveled up to lvl 18/25. Standard Attributes have been distributed. 2 Attribute and skill points have been rewarded]

[Arcane Invigoration lvl 1/10: Empower one’s very heart and lifeblood with the strength of Arcane. Bring the Order of Arcane throughout the natural cycle of one’s body and heal any damage. Receives improvements from [Arcane Attunement] and [Arcane Energy Manipulation]. Current Ratio = 1 Arcane Power = +19.38% Resistance Increase.]

[Arcane Awakening lvl 4/10: Ignite and Cycle the Arcane Power within one's self in order to significantly increase one's power. Receives improvements from [Arcane Attunement] and [Arcane Energy Manipulation]. Current Ratio = 1 Arcane Power = +19.38% Total Attribute Increase]

No longer were his two skills, [Arcane Awakening] and the formerly used [Arcane Revival], mutually exclusive. And no longer were the ill effects of [Arcane Revival] a factor. However, different from the 100% of [Arcane Awakening], [Arcane Invigoration] could be brought to 200%.

Rainer looked around at the darkness, his [Void Detection] spreading out. Howls of angry Devils resounded out as his serpent returned to its master.

He assumed the source of Arcane Energy when he drew from beyond was this very place. He knew not whether this was the Omnipresent Void he oft used as a means of travel, and for the time being, he cared not.  

I won’t forget this.

He thought as he looked at the battered and shredded magical beast who had been protecting him all this time. The serpent itself even in this state seemed far more powerful than before.

I’ll give you a proper name you deserve when it’s all over.

The serpent sent a feeling of happiness before returning his shoulder. Unknown to Rainer it healed almost instantly within his body. Using the [Arcane Invigoration] that still flowed through his veins.

Feeling nothing wrong with Gunthar through his connection, he immediately felt his familiar connection with Luna. Having experienced the Devil filled world before, Rainer recognized the possible time delay through sensing the connection, and it felt far greater than before. And too was the looseness of the space.

He could never be truly sure how much time had passed in here.

He panicked soon after, unable to feel Luna, but soon felt a faint trace leading toward his beloved Fairy.

And so, he vanished.


A mighty force crashed against Rainer as he tried to Void-walk to Luna. He appeared a distance away from Luna using [Void Detection] to guide his new path at the last second.

A mighty white Palace stood before him. Behind it grew a tree that soared past his view and into the clear sky. But the scenery of the Fae Realm did not even enter his view.

The Fae recently placed on guard looked stunned at the recently appeared [Archon].

Not even giving them a moment’s thought Rainer charged forward in a fury. A wall of roots grew to block his path.

But even the Divine splendor glowing around them was powerless in front of his [Arcane Blade].

One of the Fae reached out to attack him. But he was immediately stopped by another who had already Appraised the [Archon]. Seeing the [Archon] run in rage toward the Palace they thought he was the target of Yulia’s recent exit and let him through.

Rainer desperately cut his way through, both [Arcane Awakening] and [Arcane Invigoration] surged in his body. His connection to Luna grew weaker and weaker as he went forward.

The roots gripped at him seeking to disable the power of his class. His 200% increase from [Arcane Invigoration] let him resist the attempt long enough to sever the roots.

His serpent appeared, fully healed, and started to consume the destroyed roots. The Magic beast glowed as it started devouring all the roots that had fallen. Its power surged as it turned its attention to the still active ones.

It cleared a path forward for Rainer, empowered by the Devils and now Divine roots consumed.

Rainer entered the throne room where a gloating Yulia laughed as a violet flame encircled her.


“What is going, the World Tree…” One of the Fae watching the palace exclaimed in shock. Seeing their object of worship cut as if a simple weed sent them in confusion.

“All of you, back to your masters. Convene the courts!”

They all refocused and headed in different directions as the one who ordered stared forward at the now closed path the [Archon] had cut through.

Having lost his own brother in the Trial, he looked on in the direction the [Archon] who fought his way forward. The path cleaved by his mighty magic blade no longer existed. The Fae was a [Runic Spellsword] of level 23 and a [Grand Runic Knight] of level 16. He could have made a true attempt at stopping the [Archon].

Yet even as he watched his precious tree being damaged, he made no movement forward.

End her…

He thought in hope. His belief in the World Tree prevented him from rendering aid in the fight but his love for his fallen brother stayed his hand from the [Archon].


“Yulia!”

Rainer roared as he Void-walked. Now within the palace his walk no longer found the Divine power blocking it.

His blade swung down on Yulia who was wrapped in a violet Faire Fire. Instead of running her fire erupted toward his blade, consuming the very magic within.

[Arcane Awakening: Surge]

Rainer used the skill as he ducked down and grabbed the collapsed Luna on the ground. He Void-walked away, avoiding Yulia’s flame which engulfed his previous position.

“Bind him!” Yulia roared out in anger and the World Tree protecting the palace responded. A serpent came from out in the hallway and consumed the roots that tried to grasp at Rainer.

Yulia looked on in disbelief before becoming wind. A torrent of magical wind circled around the throne room.

Activating [Arcane-Spatial Domain] Rainer moved to the center. He looked on at the barely breathing Fairy in his arms. He poured his Mana into the Fairy. It provided temporary relief but her condition did not improve.

“I have to thank you [Archon],” Yulia said with roaring laughter as she continued soaring around the throne room, blending in her magic.

“Without your Mana, the Faerie Fire would not have been complete for many years. I may have not even completed it in time to take the Trial for the Throne, and yet…” She paused before a ball of Faerie Fire erupted toward Rainer.

Not even chancing it he Void-walked away, escaping the attack as well as the Divine roots that tried to pin him in place.

“You have made my dream a reality! How long will your Mana last!” Yulia yelled as she launched blades and spikes of wind from seemingly random spots of the magical Tornado.

[Arcane Awakening: Surge] active as Rainer dodged with the aid of [Arcane-Spatial Domain]. Yulia was moving too fast, and Rainer was unable to counter.

Looking down at Luna, he noted she grew ever weaker; he thought he needed to return her flame. That her Faerie Flame was both what she had been created for and what supported her existence.

Rainer grit as teeth as he thought over a plan. Suddenly, he closed his eyes and spent his newly gained attribute points into Void Awareness.

[Void Detection] spread out over the room as his hands became clad in Arcane Aura.

Blades of wind moved by him, intent on predicting his movement. Yet his stillness left him only being slightly cut. He gripped Luna to his chest, protected.

Placing Luna in her pocket of his coat, he vanished.

An Arcane Clad hand reached out from the Void and gripped Yulia’s incorporeal form.  It was a bet, as casting his [Arcane Blade] risked being too slow after he left the void. Nonetheless, he still cast [Arcane Blade] in his left hand in case of failure.

He disappeared through the Void once more, Yulia in tow, before appearing nearly at the ceiling of the Palace. Gravity surged as the two plummeted. The floor cracked beneath them as he slammed into the ground.

Rainer flowed his mana through Yulia as she cried in pain and became Fae once more.

Her cries echoed through the Palace, and even the roots gripping onto Rainer, trying to throw him off were unsuccessful. Every time they reached out toward him, they would soon be consumed by his serpent long before they went through his resistance.

“You…need…me. She…Needs…the…flame…or…she…dies,” Yulia could barely speak. The Arcane-laden Mana forced into her body prevented her from using any magic nor her flame. The pain reached an unbearable level.

“I know,” Rainer responded. Yet he did not need her for this. His face a mess of rage as he unrelentingly channeled further power into the Fae. His Arcane clad hand gripped around her neck.

He channeled all his draining skills as he felt for the Faerie Fire within her. Feeling the mighty Fire, he reached out towards it.

“No!” Yulia exclaimed amidst her screams.

Rainer drained everything from her to take the flame. Her body quickly aged. She was left all but a corpse.

Using the Arcane Energy within the flame, he managed to manipulate it at last. The Faerie Fire entered Rainer’s body.

And ravaged it.

The flame exploded from his left eye socket before he gripped at it and tried to contain it with his Mana pool. The pain racked his body, yet suffering from magic was nothing new to Rainer.  He rose and found an empty place behind him.

He placed Luna on the ground in front of him. Even with [Arcane Invigoration] the flame decimated his body. It used his own Arcane Power as fuel. Without the healing abilities of the skill, he would have already perished.

He kneeled over Luna as he placed his hand on her. All the while his serpent fought harder than before to keep the roots at bay, consuming them tirelessly.

A roar of pain escaped him as he tried to channel the fire into her with his [Arcane Energy Manipulation]. Gouts of flame erupted from his arm, but as if drawn in by Luna the flame entered her body.

Rainer expended his Mana as he tried to heal Luna. The flame empowered and grown by Yulia’s strength was far different than before.

“Come on Luna!”

Far more Mana than ever before left his body as Luna rapidly grew to accommodate the new power of the Flame.

In just several seconds she reached a full adult height. Rainer covered her with his tattered coat and feeling her healed through his familiar bond, relief washed over him even as the tree redoubled it's assault.

The hilt still gripped in his hand he walked over to Yulia who desperately crawled away. Her form aged and no longer looking anything like the young Queen of before. He simply cut away the roots that tried to grip him.

Every step on the Palace floor seemed to announce death to Yulia.

“I don’t want to die…” Yulia said weakly as she looked at the blade coming upon her.

“Don’t worry, you won’t,” Rainer said as he put a ring on his hand. 

[Soul Devouring Ring: A ring capable of assisting in stealing and storing souls.]

His [Arcane Blade] stabbed into her, and the wretched cry of her soul reverberated even to those Fae gathering outside. A vile language left Rainer’s mouth as he assisted in bringing the soul to the ring.

[Devil’s Soul Language has reached level 2]

The damage he caused allowed the ring to take her Soul.

Rainer ran back to Luna as the entire Palace rumbled.

He picked her up in his arms, but he currently lacked even the Mana to Void-walk.

His serpent, exhausted, flew back into his shoulder as the roots stopped attacking Rainer. Roots entirely blocked the throne room's exit. The whole room soon became covered.

“Rainer?” Luna asked sleepily.

“Luna, get some rest in my pocket, okay?” Rainer said smiling with a relaxed look on his face. A smile that did not fit the rumbling and surging of Divine Power around him. His eyes slightly glistened in tears after seeing Luna alive.

She gazed at him for a moment, before using her rare ability to still change to her old size. He carried her into his pocket and Luna went back to sleep as she felt the changes in the Faerie Fire.

With his Mana nearly depleted Rainer called forth his hilt and his [Arcane Blade] with his remaining Arcane Power alone. 

He stared toward the roots blocking his path and charged.

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Efflorescence @Efflorescence ago

First! HAHAHAHA Thanks for the chapter!

Ruin51 @Ruin51 ago

Haha so close. I've been on RoyalRoad for about 3 or 4 years now, checking my updates 4 or 5 times a day, looking ofr new ones at least once a month, and this is the first time I've tried to get first comment. Love your story, hope ou keep writing.

RisenIcarus @RisenIcarus ago

The Refresh Club Strikes again!
Thanks!

JamesonMongoose @JamesonMongoose ago

Proofread

"Blocking such a strike with a powerful Aura user that was also enhanced by Magic was already unreasonable."

 

Shouldn't it be "...FROM a powerful Aura user..."?

 

Also, thanks for the chapter!

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