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The last chapter of Book 1.
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Behind the Mask of Love:
“Everyone,” Ragnar’s cold voice resonated in the minds of all Spark formation experts within the hall. “Wait for my signal. I refuse to believe that one man can fight against an entire clan.”
All the elders frowned as they tightened their fists. Waves of energy swept the Great Hall while violent sounds resounded in their ears. They watched helplessly as their Matriarch stood on their feet no matter how many times she fell to her feet. Her body was drenched in crimson blood while her weary eyes spoke of untold pain. Her injuries had far exceeded her limits, and yet she stood, protecting them.
Every person in the Great Hall knew that none of them was a match to Li. Together they may have a chance, but a desperate attack will have devastating consequences. They looked at each other and thought of their children. Death may be their last friend in this mission, and they promised each other through dull eyes and unspoken gazes that they shall look after the other’s family no matter the consequences.
Li gritted his teeth and attacked Shanya with all his might. His face was dark as Shanya defended against his attack. He had calculated everything before he chose to launch an attack. Even though he was surprised when Shanya took out a top-tier Soul Ignition stage defensive artifact, he wasn’t shocked.
However, what shocked him was the unyielding perseverance of Shanya. She took hundreds of his attacks, and he had no doubt that she was way past her limits. One second of carelessness and she would directly die from his attack, and yet she refused to go down. Her eyes were calm, despite her state. They spoke of the confidence she had in one man, Liongate.
“Liongate,” muttered Li to himself. It had been fifty years since they had last fought.
Li wasn’t afraid of Liongate, but he didn’t like the confidence Shanya had in him. She should know the difference between our strengths. He is no match for me. Then, why do you believe in him so much? Li wanted to ask.
He can’t defeat me, nor can he save you. Then why believe in him? Li knew there was only one possible answer to his question.
Liongate’s power had grown by leaps and bounds during the fifty years he hasn’t seen him. “So he is your trump card,” though Li.
It was at this moment; he got a message through a transmission scroll that Liongate had entered the Soul Ignition mode.
The message was simple without any further details, but that alone was enough for Li to put together the whole story. Shukla, Boler, and Leyden had failed to stop Liongate.
Li looked at Shanya. Staring at her eyes, he was certain that he wouldn’t be able to kill her before Liongate returns. He gritted his teeth and lowered his head, the air around him crackled and the next instant, a violent surge of energy burst out from him destroying the floor, pillars, and the hall.
Matriarch Shanya’s eyes were filled with despair as she involuntarily took a step back. She coughed up blood and fell to her knees. “Is this it? Is this how I am going to die,” Shanya thought.
She was not a match for Li. The minute he had used Soul Ignition, she knew that she had lost.
Li looked at Shanya in confusion. He had expected her to enter the Soul Ignition as soon as he did. Suddenly realization hit him. Shanya was no longer capable of using Soul Ignition.
Although Soul Ignition may seem like a very powerful ability, it was nothing more than a trade for a brief surge of power. Every time an expert uses Soul Ignition, his soul grows weak, and his cultivation base becomes fragile. However, it is said that Spirit tempering actually begins at this stage.
Soul Ignition stage experts may be considered dominant in cultivation world, but they are nothing in front of Spirit Tempering stage experts. Nobody really knows how one can temper one’s spirit because it is said to be different for everyone.
A sigh reverberated in the Great Hall as Li abruptly disappeared from his position and reappeared before Shanya. His eyes were calm as his hand slowly touched her head.
Shanya looked at Li with weary eyes; she no longer had any power to resist him. Li stared at her and said in a low voice, “Shanya, you didn’t yield until the moment of your death. My job today is to kill you, I am afraid, I can’t show mercy. In return, I promise not to harm any other member of your clan. Die peacefully.”
Shanya’s eyes widened as she heard Li. Although she could feel his hand approaching her neck, she didn’t try to resist. As long as Ezareal was safe, she wouldn’t mind dying for him.
“NOW!!” roared Ragnar.
Li raised his hand and was about to deliver the final strike when he suddenly heard the roar of Ragnar.
Shanya raised her head and stared at Ragnar who stared back at her. Their eyes met for one second. She could see Ragnar and behind him was Orlon. No words were exchanged to tell Shanya the reason behind his sudden attack. The confidence in his eyes spoke a thousand words.
Her feet suddenly stomped the floor, and she retreated at high speed. The defensive artifact leaf appeared around her as she rushed towards Ezareal. Twenty Spark formation experts including Ragnar surrounded Li; everything happened in an instant.
“DON’T YOU DARE UNDERESTIMATE ME!” Li roared, and his aura exploded forth like a cyclone enveloping the hall. His eyes turned red while his muscles rippled as his figure disappeared and appeared before an elder.
“Careful!” Ragnar roared in a loud voice and punched the air. A boom rang out as an energy wave shot towards Li. Every person attacked Li with all their strengths at the same time.
Li’s eyes twitched as he sensed all the attacks. His body shivered slightly as they landed on him, his robe was destroyed, and black charred marks appeared all over his body, but not a single wound could be seen on him.
“Impossible!” Orlon said in a stunned voice. He had used his ultimate attack and so did all the twenty Spark formation stage experts and yet they weren’t able to even injure Li.
Li narrowed his eyes as he stared at everyone. His eyes lacked all emotions as his hand casually grabbed an elder and ripped his head off his body. Just how powerful was a Spark formation stage expert’s body? And yet Li had ripped his head off without the slightest bit of effort.
Finally, for the first time, Ragnar and Orlon understood just how powerful Li was. They couldn’t help but shiver under his gaze.
“Very well, I don’t care anymore. Anyone in my way shall die, starting with you Ragnar.” Li said in a cold voice.
“Father,” Derek shouted in a worried voice while Ravel broke free of Rigel’s grip and directly rushed towards Ragnar.
At that moment, the energy in the hall surged violently as a figure appeared before Li. His robe was in tatters while his hair was disheveled. However, his aura was even more tyrannical than Li and beyond anything ever experienced by anyone.
“Father,” Ragnar said in an excited voice.
“Lord Patriarch,” everyone saluted with hope in their eyes.
Liongate glanced at the destroyed Great Hall. His eyes gradually turned dead cold as he saw the dozens of corpses which were lying around, some burnt, some mutilated, some beyond recognition.
“Everyone stand back,” Liongate said in a cold voice as he stared at Li.
Li sighed heavily as he heard Liongate. He loosened his fists and stared at Liongate with a complicated expression in his eyes. Liongate frowned as he saw Li’s reaction. He could not understand the meaning behind them, but he had a bad feeling.
“Arrrgh!” a moan of utter pain resounded in the hall answering Liongate’s questions.
Everyone turned around and stared at the source of the voice hoping that they were wrong. Liongate’s eyes widened as he stared at Matriarch Shanya, who coughed up blood as she moaned in pain. A dagger twisted in her chest and behind her stood Ezareal, who was looking at everyone with a cold expression.
Shanya fell to her feet while Ezareal calmly pulled back the dagger, she glanced at him, her eyes in disbelief and repeatedly asked a single question, “Why? Why Ezareal?”
Under everyone’s gazes, Ezareal calmly cleaned the dagger with a cloth revealing its true crimson color and a sinister aura suggesting it to be a Soul Ignition stage weapon. He then put the dagger back in his bag of holding and glanced at Matriarch Shanya.
For the first time in his life, a crazed smile appeared on his face. His true nature revealed, he twisted his neck and said in a low voice, “because I can. What are you going to do? Kill me? I don’t think so. Li!”
Lord Li suddenly appeared behind Ezareal and grabbed him. Ezareal glanced at Shanya and smiled widely. Even though he betrayed her, even when she was going to die, she still looked at her only grandson with kind eyes. Even at the time of her death, she was unable to hate him.
Author Note: This completes the Book 1 of Rigel: The Savage World.
*) All the events in this book shall show their real purposes in Book 2.
*)The reason why Ezareal betrayed Shia clan. Who is Ian? Why does he wish to destroy the Shia clan? What does this all have to do with Rigel? The relation between Blood Emperor and Rigel. Rudra – Tal and the Black Pearl. The asura poison evolution. The Dao of Yin and Yang, the relationship between Rigel and Ravel.
These are some of the things that are going to be in Book 2.
→ Also, some may say that this Book doesn’t have Rigel in the active role. I say, yes, Rigel is still too weak to contend against Soul Ignition. The next book will have super awesome battles, an epic war, and an even more epic ending. Rigel will be the focal point in Book 2.
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