"This is only a small amount of the power of the Branch of the Tree of Eternity, and this is all I can do. This state can only be maintained for at most a day, after which everything will be restored," Rogge explained with some regret after seeing that Lin Li was looking at him in shock. He then turned his head to say to Nefa, "We only have a days time. If we cant let the Flame Dragon Lothar go into hibernation within a day, we"
"Dont worry, I wont court death together with you," said Nefa, whose eyes were filled with inconcealable worry, even though he appeared to be indifferent. To observe the surroundings, he had no choice but to look around as if he were appreciating the beautiful scenery created by the Branch of the Tree of Eternity.
Rogge shook his head helplessly and turned to look at Lin Li again. He said, "If things really escalate to that level, Ill send you back to Anril first, and get you to help the Darkness Shrine make preparations. I hope they can survive this terrible disaster."
Lin Li knew his own abilities; hence, he didnt say any foolish things about dying together. Instead, he nodded and said, "Please rest assured, High Priest. If things really develop to that extent, Ill do what you say."
The battle was nigh, and there was somber tension in the air. The three of them sat on the ground, and no one was in the mood to talk. Although they were in the forest that was full of vitality, there was an aura of death everywhere because of the lack of the chirping of birds and the roaring of beasts. The lush greenery did not feel refreshing for them at all, and although there was no fire element present, everyone was filled with frustration that could not seem to go away.
The Flame Dragon Lothar was the top powerhouse amongst the ancient dragons, and was a terrifying existence that was almost on par with the Dragon Aspects. Now that they were about to face a strong enemy, even Rogge, who wanted to attack the Flame Dragon Lothar, could not help but feel nervous. His life was secondary, but if he couldnt even stop the Flame Dragon Lothar, who in the Darkness Shrine would be able to really save the Darkness Shrine?
Rogge glanced at Nefa who was beside him. Previously, Nefa took the opportunity to release the prehistoric magical beasts there while he was in deep sleep, which resulted in a huge blow to the Darkness Shrine. However, he still did not have what it took to destroy the Darkness Shrine; hence, the Darkness Shrine had the chance to rise again. However, this time, the end and destruction of the Darkness Shrine would be foreseeable if the Flame Dragon Lothar were to barge into Anril.
Rogge shifted his gaze onto Lin Li, who had awakened him, and sighed secretly in his heart. He thought,This young mage is so young, and yet already so competent. Hes so talented in magic, and I even see some of Geresco in him. However, hes still in the growing stage, after all. If Geresco was the one here with us now
At the thought of Geresco who had once fought alongside him, Rogge couldnt help but be a little distracted. Although he was known as the powerful mage who was second only to Geresco back then, who knew that he and Geresco were actually words apart? If Geresco had been there now, he would have probably already entered the Fire Elemental World and sent the Flame Dragon Lothar into hibernation.
At this moment, even Roger couldnt calm down, let alone Lin Li and Nefa. Nefa had always been reluctant to participate in this battle which they had no chance of winning, and he had even cursed Rogge hard deep down. If it werent for the fact that Rogge mentioned in the end that he knew about the Dragon of Destruction, Nefa would rather lose the Branch of the Tree of Eternity than take part in the battle that was almost sure death for them. Although his younger brother, Tutankhamun, was waiting to kill him in Anril, he could just find another space to hide in.
To his dismay, the Immortal King, Geresco, and his own younger brother didnt want to let him become the new Dragon of Destruction. If he were already the Dragon of Destruction now, why would he be afraid of the Flame Dragon? He thought,Forget it, Ill just run away if I cant fight when the time comes. What would that Flame Dragon do if it broke into the world of Anril? What would it have to do with me!?
Before the battle started, Nefa had already secretly developed an idea to escape. However, he was a little reluctant to give up on the information Rogge had revealed.
Although Lin Li was weaker than Rogge and Nefa, he was in a better mood compared to them because he knew that he was just a bystander in this battle. Apart from having to be careful not to be affected by the battle, he basically did not have much to do. Of course, Lin Li still admired Rogges determination in the end. That respectable old man had been living there for hundreds of years, and now had to risk his life to fight for the survival of the Darkness Shrine. That was something that Lin Li could never do.
However, respecting him was a separate manner. Lin Li wouldnt put his life at stake just because of the respect he had for Rogge. If it were within the scope of his means, he wouldnt mind giving them some help. However, he definitely couldnt intervene in such a high-level battle. Even if he were to activate his three pieces of the debris of the stars, they might not be enough to hurt the Flame Dragon.
However, the experience also made Lin Li a little more alert and conscious. In this crazy world, Legendary powerhouses were considered nothing at all, and the powerhouses of the Sanctuary-realm might not be fearless all the time, either. Rogge was not in the least bit inferior to the arbitrators of the Supreme Council in terms of strength, and should be considered the strongest human, standing at the top of Anril. However, he wasnt confident about winning the battle. The Highlord Osric was formidable too, but his mausoleum got plundered in the end, while his perfect body was taken away, leaving him only with the Ghost of the Sky Castle. There were too many unknown and powerful existences in the world, and even the gods and deities might fall one day. If one were to think that they could dominate Anril after entering the Sanctuary-realm, he or she would probably not be far from death.
While the three of them were thinking about the matters that they were vexed about, there was a sudden tremor that spread through the entire world. The ground beneath their feet was like a small boat that was swaying amidst the waves, about to capsize anytime. The ground was covered in intertwined roots, and there were black cracks that formed in the ground during the violent tremors. The tree roots of varying thickness seemed to be getting tighter like bowstrings. There were also crisp sounds when the roots were being pulled.
At the same time that the grounds were shaking, a massive Fire Elemental Storm suddenly appeared outside the spot which used to be the channel to the Fire Elemental World. Apart from the main body of the branch of the Tree of Eternity, all of the other towering trees in the surroundings were instantly engulfed by the flames, which turned them into massive torches. Amidst the Fire Elemental Storm, an extremely terrifying aura filled the entire world in an instant, and a massive oppression seemed to have descended on the temporarily existing forest.
At the instant that the tremors began, the three of them leaped up from the ground, glanced at each other, and yelled in unison, "Its here!" Apart from the Flame Dragon Lothar, what else could result in such an abnormal phenomenon?
Although the three of them were immersed in their own thoughts previously, they were instantly free from distraction now that the battle was about to begin. They cast all their emotions aside, be it worry or fear, and even Lin Li who did not have much to do with the battle was no exception. Be it Rogge or Nefa who were in the Sanctuary-realm, or the Legendary-level Lin Li, they all knew that the stronger their enemy, the calmer they would have to be. Otherwise, they would only end up dying faster.
The three of them leaped up into the air and avoided the horrifying Fire Elemental Storm. Lin Li then looked out of the channel of the Fire Elemental World to see that it was already covered in red. The giant tree that had stemmed from the branch of the Tree of Eternity was the only one that was still standing and emitting a green light which was going against the Fire Elemental Power. The hundreds of trees around that giant tree had all been charred, and the ones in the outer radius had also withered to varying extent.
Before the three of them could take action, the massive force of oppression immediately descended on this world. Lin Li, who was the weakest, almost lost control of his Power of Flight at this moment, and almost fell from midair. As for Rogge and Nefa, they were not performing that much better despite being Sanctuary-level powerhouses. Their bodies, which were originally suspended steadily in the air as if they were standing on a flat ground, began swaying uncontrollably under the massive and violent pressure.
Lin Li who had finally regained his balance after having a hard time was also in shock at this time. The massive and unbearable oppression was probably not inferior to that of the perfect body of Osric that hed encountered previously. Besides, it was coming from the Fire Elemental World channel. At this time, Lin Li was even more certain that he really couldnt intervene in that battle, because his strength was way too inferior. Intervention would just be courting death for him.
Back when Lin Li had faced the perfect body of Osric which had level-26 to level-27s power, Lin Li had a group of Legendary-level companions. However, that perfect body had been only manipulated by a tiny Soul Imprint of Osrics. It wouldnt even use any powerful magic, and simply relied on its formidable physical strength. It was also limited by the crystal coffin. The limitations were also the reason that the perfect body did not exert level-26 to level-27s strength. That had given Lin Li the chance to win during the dangerous situation.
However, they were now facing the Flame Dragon Lothar, which was not restrained like Osrics perfect body had been. Instead, it was a bona fide powerhouse of the Sanctuary-realm. Although the level did not mean everything, ignoring the difference in level when everything was true to level would simply be courting ones death.
While the three were watching and keeping their guard up, the Fire Elemental World channel was also continuously expanded and torn under the irresistible power. Next, a massive figure wrapped in golden flames squeezed out of the channel tyrannically, and the oppression in the air that was initially already terrifying enough became purer and more brutal with the appearance of this figure.
"Roar!" With a groundbreaking dragons roar, the massive figure wrapped in golden flames finally surged out of the channel and announced his arrival to the entire world. It then flew up into the sky and looked down at everything on the ground beneath it.