Hence, Lin Li did not hide the matter from Sendros, and simply nodded. "Yes, you probably also know that when I was in the Haiga Mountain Range, I removed the poison of a descendant of the Viper in the bodies of several elves. Ive also managed to find out about the characteristics of the Vipers poison. Although the Vipers poison in His Holiness Pope Rosarios body was much harder to deal with, there were fortunately no major changes in the poison over the decades. Hence, the process was rather smooth and successful."
Upon hearing Lin Li admit that Rosario had recovered, Sendros did not have any special expression on his face, and instead he smilingly said, "Do you remember what I said to you back when we were in the Blackstone Mountains? Did you manage to get Rosarios Sun Scepter?"
"Uh There is no Sun Scepter, but there is a Helios Scepter." Although Lin Li was not the kind to let himself get taken advantage of, he had already gained plenty of benefits from the Brilliance Shrine. Not only had he clinched various business cooperation agreements, he had also learned Holy Light Magic from Rosario. The Sun Scepter was not only a scepter, but also a sacred object of the Brilliance Shrine. It symbolized the supreme power and authority of the pope, and regardless of how thick-skinned Lin Li might be, hed never dare to ask Rosario for it.
Besides, to Lin Li, the Sun Scepter was not extremely valuable, even though it contained a massive amount of pure Holy Light, which would be a great enhancement to theurgy. Not to forget, Lin Li still had the debris of the stars, Holy Light. In Anril, nothing could compare to that piece of the debris of the stars in terms of Holy Light.
Of course, Sendros had no idea that Lin Li had a piece of the debris of the stars that was even more formidable than the Sun Scepter, for which reason Lin Li didnt want to ask Rosario for the Sun Scepter.
Sendros shook his head in regret, and said, "You have brought yourself a ton of trouble."
"A ton of trouble? What do you mean?" asked Lin Li, taken aback. He couldnt think of what kind of trouble he would cause himself by not asking for the Sun Scepter. In fact, he would be in actual trouble if he were to ask for it.
"Thats why I invited you here. As an incarnation of the God of Darkness, there will definitely be a day when you fight Rosario. Without the Vipers poison, Rosario will definitely be able to return to the peak of his strength soon. Coupled with the sacred object of the Brilliance Shrine, the Sun Scepter, youre definitely in trouble. Dont you agree?" Sendros sounded a little sarcastic, and seemed to be gloating.
"Wait, Master Sendros, what do you mean? Why dont I understand what youre talking about? Why would I fight Pope Rosario? Although I wish to be an incarnation of the God of Darkness, Im really not. Im just an ordinary and insignificant mage," Lin Li quickly clarified. Although being an incarnation of the God of Darkness and the Son of The Holy Light would be giving himself huge support, he knew that it was all because of his debris of the stars, Holy Light and Gloomy Dark.
Indeed, he would be able to become a significant figure of status and power in Anril as long as he relied on the Brilliance Shrine or the Darkness Shrine. The Dark Blade was a good example. They managed to rise and grow into the most powerful force in the Breezy Plains from a group of bandits. However, that was definitely all from the perspective of ordinary people. Lin Li did not hope for there to be any brand on himself and the Tower of Dusk.
Lin Li didnt find there to be anything wrong with his status quo. The Tower of Dusk had already been developed, and even though it still could not be compared to the Brilliance Shrine and Darkness Shrine, he believed that he would definitely grow towards becoming as strong as the two major shrines sooner or later. This time, he went to the Brilliance Shrine to get rid of the Vipers poison in Rosario, which had tormented him for many years. He could definitely be considered the major benefactor of the Brilliance Shrine, and that fact alone was what allowed him to gain plenty of benefits from the Brilliance Shrine. If he were to assume the identity of being the incarnation of the God of Darkness, his cordial relationship with the Brilliance Shrine would probably vanish.
Ordinary and insignificant mage? Isnt that nonsense? Even a fool wouldnt believe his words!Sendros cussed in his head. Although Lin Li denied it very straightforwardly, he smiled nonchalantly, and said, "Master Felic, did you go to the Scar of Death back in the Blackstone Mountains?"
"Yeah, but I didnt go to the Scar of Death alone. The Judge Paladin from the Brilliance Shrine went with me," said Lin Li, who continued to feign ignorance. Regardless of what Sendros said, Lin Li would definitely deny it.
"However, of all people, you were the only one who entered the Legendary-realm within a short period of time. On top of that, you were also the only one who created the Light and Darkness Domain. Im correct, arent I?" said Sendros, who didnt seem to be affected by Lin Lis attitude at all. He continued to expose all the evidence that he had.
"Oh, youre referring to that." Lin Li pretended to have had a moment of epiphany, but soon changed his expression again. He continued in a regretful tone, "Dont you know about that too? When I entered the Legendary-realm, it was actually during the battle with the Lord of Darkness in the Abyss of Tharlen. When I created the Light and Darkness Domain, I gained some enlightenment about the Laws of Darkness from the Lord of Darkness. Besides, if Im really the incarnation of the God of Darkness, I should be creating a pure Darkness Domain, shouldnt I? Have you ever seen a Dark mage using the Power of Light?"
"Thats also part of the basis for my judgment," Sendros said, looking as if he had already expected to hear it a long time ago. He looked at Lin Li smugly, and continued, "If you only had insights into the generic and ordinary Laws of Darkness, youd only be able to exert the all-devouring effects of the Laws of Darkness if you mastered the purest Laws of Darkness."
"Uh, right, no wonder you misunderstood. It seems that I didnt make it clear at the time. I created the Magical Domain of frost, light, and darkness, not the Light and Darkness Domain. The Frost rule was also the intermediary that allowed the Laws of Light and Darkness to be put together. It has nothing to do with any Darkness Incarnation." Lin Li squinted and leaned back against the chair nonchalantly, seemingly trying to say, "What can you do about me?"
Sendros was rather patient, and he couldnt be bothered by Lin Lis attitude, either. He continued, "What about now? Do you still need the Frost Laws as an intermediary for your Light and Darkness Domain? Besides, do you know where Zoquila brought you to just now? Thats the Shadow Realm that only the high priests of the Darkness Domain can enter and leave freely. If one doesnt have a certain degree of enlightenment about the Laws of Darkness, it will be impossible to come out of that place."
"So what? Since I could create the Light and Darkness Domain, I also naturally understand the Laws of Darkness. Whats so strange about me being able to come out of there?" Lin Li asked in disapproval.
"However, you not only came out, but also destroyed the Laws of the Shadow Realm. Although it was only a small part of the Shadow Realm, it would still be impossible to break the Laws in it without a deeper understanding of the Laws of Darkness. So, you are the Darkness Incarnation," said Sendros, who gave another theory and explanation. Besides, it was an absolutely irrefutable, concrete piece of evidence.
"Well, I managed to come out using another method. Anyway, the Darkness Incarnation that youre talking about has nothing to do with me. Its up to you to say what you want, but Im just an ordinary mage." Lin Li immediately tried to refute, and regardless of what reasons or evidence Sendros had, Lin Li would insist that he wasnt the incarnation.
Damn, this kid is really stubborn! However, I cant possibly lock him up and torture him until he admits it.Feeling a little helpless, Sendros waved his hand, and said, "Well, lets not talk about that for now. I invited you here this time because I actually need your help for something. I hope you can agree."
"Oh? Please speak your mind. Ill agree as long as its within my means and doesnt require me to be the incarnation," said Lin Li. He didnt make any promises so as to leave a way out for himself.
"Whats wrong with being the Darkness Incarnation? The Darkness Incarnation has an extremely high status in the Darkness Shrine, and even the Darkness Council will have to obey you. I remember you seemed to be happy to take on the role back in the Blackstone Mountains," Sendros said in anger. Back then, Lin Li had agreed rather readily. If it werent for the fact that he had to verify it himself, things probably wouldnt have been that troublesome now.
"Oh, that," Lin Li said as he recalled how he had agreed without hesitation to become the Darkness Incarnation in order for Sendros to help him back then. Although hed been joking, he couldnt help but blush in embarrassment at the thought of it. However, things were different now. He could help Sendros, but he didnt want to be a Darkness Incarnation. Hence, he said, "At that time, I was still young and frivolous. Now that I think about it, I was really insensible. How could I make such a casual remark about being the Darkness Incarnation when its such a significant title? Im really sorry, Master Sendros."
"Young and frivolous" Sendros was speechless, and had nothing to say to Lin Li whose skin was thicker than that of the wyrms. He had no other choice but to hand the Darkness scripture to Lin Li while explaining, "This is the supreme scripture of the Darkness Shrine which is accessible only to the chief high priest. Apart from the greatest magical mysteries of the Darkness Shrine, there are also some words left behind by the first high priest, Rogge, written there. Take a look."
This is the Darkness scripture! I came to the Darkness Shrine by myself all for the sake of reading this!Lin Li thought to himself as he grabbed the thick scripture, and gently flipped the black ancient-looking cover. Of course, it was not the time to study it now. The first thing Lin Li read was the first high priest Rogges words Sendros mentioned.
During the late Dark Age, the first high priest of the Darkness Shrine, Rogge, was once the closest comrade of Geresco, the God of Mages, and the most powerful mage in the world apart from Geresco at that time. It was said that Rogge wasnt any less talented than Geresco in magic. If he had continued practicing magic, he probably wouldnt have been inferior to the mage in terms of attainments in magic.
However, when the Tree of Eternity was overthrown by Geresco back then, Rogge obtained the Darkness doctrine, and embarked on a completely different path from Geresco. At the end of the Dark Age, there was a battle to overthrow the rule of the High Elves. The first of the most famous human powerhouses was Geresco, followed by Apophis, Megard, and Rogge.
After 1,000 years, Geresco had already left Anril, and was said to have gone to the chaos of time and space to search for something. Megard and Apophis, the arbitrators of the Supreme Council, had been living well in Anril for the past 1,000-odd years. However, at that time, Rogges abilities were far greater than those of Apophis and Megard. Logically speaking, he should have a greater lifespan than the two of them.
However, that was the strange part. About only 100 years after Rogge became the first high priest of the Darkness Shrine, news of his death surfaced. No one knew why he died, and there wasnt even a trace of his corpse. All that was left were the words he had written in the scripture.
A powerhouse of the Sanctuary-realm was extremely important to a forceas evidenced by Rosarios significance to the Brilliance Shrine. With the fall of a Sanctuary-realm powerhouse like Rogge, the Darkness Shrine almost collapsed overnight, and was no longer on par with the Brilliance Shrine.
While recalling the story about Rogge, Lin Li read Rogges message in the Darkness scripture which was rather difficult to read. The message left behind by Rogge was actually comprised of a variety of texts in different languages like the ancient wyrm language, High Elven print, and ancient Demon Language. Most importantly, there seemed to be no normal order at all, for the texts were all arranged in a messy order which gave Lin Li a huge headache.
Lin Li took a closer look, and finally had no choice but to raise his head to look at Sendros. Even though he had learned plenty of words from the Book of Eternity, he felt that it was rather difficult to understand the meaning of those texts. However, the Darkness scripture had existed in the Darkness Shrine for such a long time, and Lin Li reckoned that the Darkness Shrine had never stopped researching it. Hence, there was no point in abusing himself.
When Sendros saw Lin Li looking at him, Sendros smirked wryly, and said, "Although weve been studying this text for more than a thousand years since the fall of High Priest Rogge, we still cant find any words that are linked. Weve even tried to analyze each word and character."
However, Sendros nonetheless grabbed the Darkness scripture and placed it on the table before extending his arm to point out some things and explain the words to Lin Li. "This sentence should be referring to the Tree of Eternity. This phrase is simpler, and it probably refers to the Immortal King. This is something along the lines of one day the owner of Darkness will take his throne, and this ones slightly more complicated. Through the path to the big crack, and then"
After listening to Sendros explanation, Lin Li shook his head, and said, "So, Master Sendros, what do you need my help for?"
"We havent made any progress in our research of the other texts, but we did make some discoveries recently about this big crack. We discovered that this big crack has something to do with both the fall of the first high priest, Rogge, and the catastrophe that struck the Darkness Shrine hundreds of years ago."