What was left was only the heavy, rough breathing that lingered in everyone’s ears.
The seed of fear sprouted among them.
The mystical individuals in the grand hall were much stronger than common men. They didn’t scream in panic or flee before the sudden change.
They were all moving slowly and silently towards the big door.
The devilish aura that had erupted from Kieran’s body made them realize they had underestimated the situation and their opponents.
Such a mistake could only lead to death.
Death was watering the young sprout of fear in their hearts. As seconds passed, fear and panic spread in every heart in the hall. A number of people hastened their steps, when they suddenly heard a clear sound in the hall.
They didn’t care anymore. All they wanted was to leave that place.
As the thought of escaping filled their minds, none of them bothered lighting a fire to shed light in the hall. Their minds had no spare space for that.
As the darkness compromised their sight, all the while also blocking Kieran’s sight, they thought that they were safe for the time being. Everyone was afraid of being attacked if they lit a fire. Even though that would speed up the process and help them leave, no one was willing to sacrifice themselves for the others. At least none of the mystics in the hall. Their arrogance prevented them from making any unnecessary sacrifice.
Greed, Envy, Pride…
Three types of aura started to materialize from their bodies.
The Creature of Desire slowly expanded its body through the breeding of the auras.
Hundreds of thousands of arms and legs intertwined within its body, clashing and twitching relentlessly. During the interchange, scarlet eyes started opening one after the other.
The eyes looked dazzling in the rainbow light, expelling the darkness within the hall.
The mystics in the hall would have rather stayed in the dark.
What kind of monster was this?
Everyone was staring at the monster on the ceiling. Under the rainbow-like glow, they saw an enormous mouth open up, revealing countless sharp teeth.
As the mystics were struck by fear, the hungry Creature of Desire launched its attack.
It opened its mouth wide, and a couple of mystics were sucked into it by the violent suction.
Rings and layers of sharp teeth span like an electric saw, grinding the bodies that had been sucked inside. After a second, the bodies had been grinded into nothing, This was only the beginning though.
The sounds of devouring and spinning and the grinding of the monster’s sharp teeth turned into an evil rhythm that filled the hall. Everyone was anxious to escape, but this only sped up their death.
The countless eyes of the creature fired out a rainbow-like laser, piercing and melting the bodies that were trying to escape. No one was spared.
This included the exceptionally skilled leader of the East Coast mystics, Barry. He turned into a shadow and seeped through the seams on the floor like a ghost, but the Creature of Desire extended its hands and grabbed his formless body, throwing it into its mouth and grinding it to pieces in that form.
After a clear noise, the Spirit of Evil was digested thoroughly.
Unlike the other people the creature had eaten, after digesting the leader of the East Coast mystics, Kieran, who was connected to the creature through his heart, felt a refreshing satisfaction deep inside him.
That satisfaction didn’t stop the creature though. Quite the opposite, it became even fiercer and more rampant.
To the Creature of Desire, that satisfying feeling was like poison. It only aroused its bottomless desire even more, causing it to become more dangerous.
The devilish power of the deadly sin enveloped the whole hall.
Everyone within it was struck by a sudden hunger. They were all looking dazed and bewildered as they stood still and exchanged looks with each other.
Their gazes were slowly turning vicious. As their sanity was diminishing by the second, all that was left in their eyes was the desire to devour everything.
This intense hunger made them forget where they were and how dangerous they were. Their eyes were manic as they threw themselves at each other, biting and tearing each other apart.
Everyone bit off a piece of meat from someone else, chewing the bloody flesh in their mouth. They felt satisfied for a moment, but the hunger took over again.
Biting and devouring! All that was left in their heads was the instinct to devour.
Everyone was either eating someone else or being eaten themselves. Delighted laughter and loud cries of agony were heard all around the hall.
Kieran, who was still bound to the chair, watched the scene coldly, allowing the Creature of Desire to take over. He felt no mercy for his enemies. Schmidt, who was behind Kieran, could not watch anymore, but he did not say anything.
He turned around, unwilling to witness something that he could not accept.
The golden glow was shining once more, shedding light on Kieran’s chilling expression.
At that very moment, Kieran looked like a king watching coldly as the rebels were being executed.
“Bird of Death! Don’t think you’ve won!” Rainer’s voice was heard behind Kieran.
The Shepherd’s leader grabbed Schmidt by the neck with one hand, using him as a shield.
Rainer was very careful. He only exposed one of his eyes above Schmidt’s shoulder as he looked at Kieran.
“Make the monster stop!” he said loudly. “Or I…”
“You will what? Kill him?” Kieran interrupted Rainer in a cold mocking tone.
Then he raised his hand invitingly and said, “Please, don’t stop! Carry on!”
“I will kill him!” Rainer yelled angrily in shock. The leader of the Shepherds tightened his grip on Schmidt’s neck, displaying his determination. Unmoved by his actions, Kieran grinned mockingly.
“You are willing to watch your friend die? The assistant of the God of Earth has become the devil himself? What do you think the God of Earth will think of you when she finds out about this?”
The hand around Schmidt’s neck loosened a little as Rainer started to move his mouth.
Thanks to the telepathic abilities of the Creature of Desire, Kieran could clearly feel the fear in Rainer’s heart.
It was a sweet aroma that the creature’s sense of smell thought would become a delicious dessert.
Kieran held back his desire and diverted his attention elsewhere with his own words.
“How do you think Rei will react when she comes back and finds out that the Shepherds attacked the people closest to her while she was gone? If the situation was in your favor, this would all have been unnecessary. What a ridiculous explanation!”
Kieran’s mocking grin got wider as he emphasized each word for Rainer and Schmidt, whose neck was still in Rainer’s hand.
“I would never let my friends die in front of me. But who said he is my friend?”
Rainer was shocked.
An all out slaughter fest and guess what does Kieran mean in the end? Chapter 332: The Trials
Translator: Dess Editor: Efydatia
Rainer’s palm, which was still grabbing Schmidt’s neck, was broken as Schmidt raised his hand.
The whole process seemed almost too easy.
A moment ago, Rainer’s powerful palm could have broken Schmidt’s neck, but now it had turned soft and powerless.
Rainer was grabbed by the neck as Schmidt turned around and faced him.
Within a fraction of a second, the two of them switched positions and identities. Although Schmidt looked delighted, there was a bitter smile on his face.
“When did you notice? I might be overestimating myself, but I think I did a perfect imitation of Schmidt. Even his own wife couldn’t have told us apart, if he had one…” the fake Schmidt said.
“When you came back and passed the letter Philly was holding to me, your anxiety looked very practised. Of course, I wouldn’t have suspected much based on that, but the changes on Boller also caught my attention. His body seemed to have weakened all of a sudden, and after some investigation, I noticed something unusual. Boller was unconscious because he had been given a certain medication. Plus, his right finger and thumb had thick calluses on them, caused by holding a gun for so many years. Even his slightly hunched back and crooked spine were gone. Need I say more, Boller?”
Kieran stared at Boller, who had been disguised as Schmidt, with hostility.
He really looked and behaved exactly like Schmidt. If it was not for all that proof and the strange feeling that hadn’t worn off ever since their first meeting, Kieran wouldn’t have dared think that he and Schmidt had switched identities.
As for the hostility he felt, there was a good reason for it. When Kieran had checked on the real Schmidt, he had noticed some bruises on his lower jaw. Although they had been covered, Kieran could still picture Boller forcing Schmidt to drink that medication when he saw them, which made him angry. Schmidt had treated Boller as his partner and friend. He had even asked for Kieran’s help when he had gone missing. He hadn’t minded putting himself in danger for Boller, but what had Boller done to repay that favor?
He had forced him to take that medication and stolen his identity. Boller had approached Kieran with a hidden motive.
Kieran was almost sure that Boller had become Schmidt’s partner in order to approach him.
He was unsure what his ultimate goal was, but he knew exactly what he would do to him.
Sensing Kieran’s rage, the Creature of Desire became just as infuriated.
Thousands of evil eyes were fixed on Boller. The atmosphere in the hall felt frozen, making it hard to breath.
The remaining mystics fell down one after the other and caught fire. Their bodies started burning rapidly, their souls included.
The deadly sin was causing that fire, burning away all sanity and life.
The burning mystics didn’t cry out in agony. They were screaming in rage. Every single one of them died with that scream. Their ashes were absorbed by the Creature of Desire, becoming a primitive fuel that allowed its body to grow bigger and stronger.
The creature’s arms and legs were multiplying. Even its scarlet eyes increased under that dazzling rainbow light.
Its eyes were too gruesome to look at. The moment Boller was stabbed by that intense glare, his body broke out in heavy sweat and froze.
He thought he had overestimated the monster, but that feeling made him realize he had not thought enough of it. He was no match for that monster in his current condition.
“I don’t mean you any harm. I am bearing the goodwill of the Sanctuary. Her Highness and Master Tiki must know about me. I swear on my soul, I’m not lying!” Boller shouted quickly when he realized he would lose. He knew how Kieran would react.
When the Sanctuary was mentioned, the attack stopped for a moment.
The Sanctuary was an organization that shared the same title and position as the major five societies.
It was a mysterious organization that few people had heard of. Kieran had only found bits and pieces of information about them in Nikorei’s books when he had learned about the origins of the Major Six.
He was curious about that mysterious society that not even all mystics knew about.
The reason he had stopped the creature’s attack though was because Nikorei and Tiki’s names had been mentioned.
“Rei and Tiki knew about this?”
Kieran suddenly recalled his last parting with Tiki. The cat had said something that had made him scratch his head.
‘You did really well. I guess that guy would also be pleased by your performance. Perhaps he might test you even further, but remember, kid… Follow your heart and you will reach the end on your own!’
“Is Boller the guy Tiki had mentioned?” Kieran wondered.
“Yes, they must know about me. If her Highness Nikorei wants to know something, nothing in this world can hide it from her. As for Master Tiki, its sense of smell and intuition is really sharp. I’m afraid it discovered everything by just taking a look at me!”
Boller smiled bitterly again, making Kieran frown.
“Can you not talk to me with Schmidt’s face? It makes me want to punch you in the face!” Kieran said as he watched Rainer, whose neck was still being squeezed.
Rainer finally came back to his senses, stricken by shock upon hearing about the Sanctuary.
He suddenly started begging for mercy. “Oh my honorable Holy Knight, please forgive my sins! I’ll follow you back to the Sanctuary Prison to repent for them!”
The darkness compromised everyone’s sight in an instant.
What was left was only the heavy, rough breathing that lingered in everyone’s ears.