Chapter 30:

0.30. You

We Got 'Shipped' by the Goddess


“Hey. Pu’er, are you okay?”

Her eyes faded into a shade of gold. Head dangling downwards a daze.

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What’s going on.. hold on. If there are two messages that means..
“My master..”

“What?”
“My master is calling out to me..”

“Master..?”

“Good girl. Come over here–”

A voice boomed behind me, I turned around.

Stepping out from the shadow– Victoria. She was holding something like a golden staff with a triangular symbol on top..
With my other arm I grabbed Pu’er’s wrist and..

“It seems she’s found her master. Why not let her go?”

Other demons stepped out into the dim street lights. I recognized one of them as the person who assaulted Pu’er last time.
I tightened my grip. Pu’er turned to me and tilted her head.

“Master, what should I do with this person?”

“Pu’er, she’s not..”
“Kill him. By all means.”
“Master, can you reconsider?”
“Oh? What is this?”
“Master. I don’t wish to hurt him.”

“How did you.. I see.. no wonder. You’re a beautiful existence Pu’er Julis. We welcome you openly to our faction.”
“It’s an honor master. Avner, please let go.”
“...”
“Avner.”
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So there’s another Seraph here.

I can handle one.. but three? Not to mention...
I channeled mana into the diamond communication device– or tried to when Pu’er suddenly grabbed my hand.
“I don’t want to see you hurt Avner. Please listen to me.”
“...”
“You chose this Avner.”

Victoria’s smile curled bewitchingly.

“Now then, you may be our witness. Let us begin the revolution.”

No wonder Bleu stressed the importance of having Pu’er submit to me, huh?
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A string of text flowed in my vision citing the beginning of war.

I barely touched the surface communication device against Pu’er restraint and channeled mana into it.

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Right before I fell into a world of white and blue..

It was a Seraphs domain. A world of snow, blue grass and gold particles drifting in the air. Feathers covered part of the ground, frozen human statues made of alabaster whereby angel wings sprouted from the back.

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Ding.

It’s a warning to say that I’m in the presence of a Seraph. But it doesn’t affect me because I’ve already gone through Bleu’s tempering.

I raised my head and stared at Victoria.

A surprised look on her face.

“What is this?”

Ding.

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Ding.

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The burden on my body increased slightly. But it wasn’t enough to completely immobilize me.

“Quite amusing. To think you would be able to bear divine pressure.”

“You’re the master so all I need is to kill you to release her huh?”

“Oh no. It won’t stop with just that. Do you know what is happening right this moment?”

Finishing her sentence, a firework of explosion began ringing out in the world. I realize just how abnormal the current situation is.

An astral bubble is around 2 kilometers in diameter. In normal cases, The Boundary will remain visible even if you stood at the absolute center of the subspace.

This fallout however.. you couldn’t even see the edge of The Boundary.

“It’s the first war of its kind ever in the history of the alternative. 18.. 19 Seraphs initiating a linked fallout, do you know what that means?”
“You’re insane..”

“Isn’t it nice? To rid of all angels. We would be able to achieve the first ever demon-only nation. An unprecedented feat.”
In every country, there’s always an equal balance of angels and demons to keep each other in check. Though it’s the seed to conflict at times, this balance is also what brings peace at a global level.

If Victoria’s plan goes through.. we might just enter a new era of war at a national scale. That’s ludicrous.

In the first place, being able to mobilize Seraphs should be impossible.. yet here exists a person with such a capability.

If this goes on.. the future of the people who are part of the ‘alternative’..

“Number 3, 2. Pu’er Julis, come with me. We’ll kill all the angels in this country.”

Ding.

“Yes master.”
I tried reaching out to her just to see a flicker of lightning. I quickly jumped out of the way, the ground was gouged up.

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I quickly crushed the black gem.

A black mass churned in front of me. I reached out to grab it.
A wave of inundated power coursed through me, the thorns dug into my heart.

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I take it that those in the city province of Alska is forced into this war– Bleu included.

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I better begin eating, otherwise I might seriously fall into depravity.
I turned to face the two Seraphs floating in the air. One with eyes all over the body, 3 pairs of wings with halos on the left and right. Two arms growing from it, holding what looks like a pair of katanas.

The other had a geometric body, smaller wings, with circlets of halo floating behind it.

As intimidating as these Seraph’s were, it shouldn’t distract me from my priority: Victoria.

My vision warped, I appeared in front of her. I paid no mind to the shock on her face and swung Craim Stygian down– an intercept from Pu’er’s Gungnir.

BOOM.

Ding.
White light spat from the tip and weaved a net to skewer me whole.

I jumped back, Craim Stygian extended like a snake and ate the light.

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A bombardment from the two other Seraphs rained upon me, and I was forced into a retreat.

The hunger and pain grew.

Slipping past a blind spot, I jumped out like a flash of lightning and slashed down one of the Seraph. This time yet again, the other Seraph with the cutlass parried my attack.

I was blown to the ground.

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I stopped the backwards momentum using Craim Stygian and without wasting another moment, burst forth and clashed with The Seraph with the swords.

I got a few clean hits.

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All the while taking care to dodge the attack from the second Seraph firing projectiles.

The hunger grew again.

Craim Stygian curved, slipping past The Seraph’s defences and inflicted a large gash on its body.
Ding.

Ding.

The scream of pain reflected in the chime of a silver bell.

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I fell back to the ground and propelled myself once more into the air– and went in for the kill.

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Tastes amazing– no. No.

Steady you mind Avner!

The bombardment of fury from the other Seraph, knowing that one of it’s kin had been severely injured, rained upon me.

I had to shift gears and let Craim Stygian eat them all up.

The moment my feet touched to the ground, I disappeared behind a tree.

I quickly drop the weapon.

A reset.
Suddenly I fell on my knees, shivering, trembling.

All that power just disappeared, I was back to my weak self.

Ding.

Can’t wait too long.
I quickly picked Craim Stygian back up. The pangs of hunger coursed through my body once again.

Btzz!
I quickly hopped away, a little late, causing the laser’s static field to graze my arm.

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All that momentum I built up earlier had been lost, so I’m weaker now than I was when I got a clean hit on the first Seraph. I had no choice but to do so, otherwise I’d become consumed.

With the leeway of this weaker Seraph, I scanned the vicinity– just to realize that those demons had escaped somewhere with Victoria’s gang.

A dark fire well up inside of me.

They couldn't have gone far. The only way to escape a Seraph-induced fallout is by going to The Boundary.

Dodging the perpetual lasers generated by the until Craim Stygian revved my internal attribute to a sufficient degree where I could kill it in a single strike..

I initiated my hex: Surge

The pain intensified, my appetite grew. My mind cleared and blood boiled. Surge is a simple hex which increases my attribute in proportion to the mana I spend. Craim Stygian itself is a multiplier that doesn't chew through mana so..

I tried to recall my training with Bleu–

Compared to that, this is a cakewalk.

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