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Chapter 1088

This battle had gone on long enough. It became time to finish it.

Xin began to glow, seemingly using one of her skills. I launched various attacks at once, leaning heavily on Haste and Explosive Movement, combining it with Magic Swordman’s skill Extended Blade and Quick attack. I had been allowing myself to work slowly up until this point, so the sudden explosion caught her completely off guard. I also used Phase Shift, which could be activated instantaneously. In short, I disappeared and reappeared next to her, striking at a speed that even the great Princess Hero couldn’t stop.

Still, to her credit, she managed to raise her blade. I pushed Phase Shift into the blade, and it shimmered for a second, passing through her blade. The sword struck her. In reality, doing it this way killed my momentum. If I was doing a physical strike by using this method, I would have lost all power and wouldn’t have even been able to damage her. However, my sword was glowing blue, and my aim was intended to render her unconscious, not injure her.

The sword struck, and the woman collapsed to her knee. Her eyes fluttered for a second, but then she shot a glare at me. She had managed to resist it! However, she was momentarily stunned. Immediately changing my plan, I shoved my hand on her forehead. After hot-swapping my jobs, I began to form a slave bond.

“Geeaaahhh…” She let out a cry as I began to try to force her into slavery.

Forcing someone into slavery was general impossible… with the low-level skill Bond Slave. However, when I reached level 50, I had gained a much stronger slave ability, Enslavement. I had predicted that it would allow you to forcibly enslave someone.  As soon as I began to use it, I realized it was a battle of will. To succeed, I had to enforce my will over another. Perhaps, this also would have been impossible against Xin normally, but this version of Xin had already had her will destroyed by the demon lord, and her soul had chopped away the parts of herself that had the most defiance. In short, she was a woman who submitted.

This was why I believed once she combined with my Xin, that it would be my Xin who won out. This was just my hopeful belief though.

Despite all of these conditions being in my favor, it was still extremely difficult. A minute passed by, and everyone only sat and watched in confusion. A violent battle had begun, only to suddenly stop after I had seemingly cut Xin. Then, she fell to her knees, and I put my hand on her forehead. Since then, she let out muffled cries and screams, and we both seemed to be in exertion, but nothing else happened.

I began to realize that even here, she was too strong. Enslavement was truly an ability that only worked against the extremely weak. However, I was unwilling to give up. With a roar, my body began to glow, the tattoos of all my blessings began to shine brightly. It was a sight seen by everyone present. From the previous fight, there had been enough gashes and cuts that parts of the blessings could be seen all over.

I sent all of that power into my Enslavement, and the hand where Alysium resided shone the brightest. Alysia’s form appeared beside her mother. If my appearance caused a shockwave, then hers was a tsunami. The demon lord’s expression turned from one of anger to one of shock and then fear.

“Mother… let go.” Alysia put her hands on Xin’s shoulder and whispered these words.

Xin looked over at her daughter, and for the briefest moment, there was a flash of expression. It was happiness, an expression that shouldn’t have appeared on the face of a puppet. Then, she let out a scream and collapsed. As she fell, I dropped to one knee but managed to remain standing.

{Xin has become your slave.}

Chapter 1089

Xin’s status only came away with questionmarks. Her identity was so hard to contemplate that even the system didn’t know what to make of her. It was also possible that her level was so high that I couldn’t detect it. It happened from time to time, but never with a slave. If the latter was true, then Xin was even more powerful than I thought. Unfortunately, she was severely injured, a damaged soul that had further been brainwashed by a demon lord. Even then, it was a fight I had only managed with the combined strength of myself and Alysia.

However, now that she was down, I switched my focus to the man I wanted to kill more than anything else. I had never actually wanted someone dead before, but after all of the things the Demon Lord Aberis had done, and how much trouble he had caused for me, I desired to put him down for good. After I recovered my breath, I lifted my sword and pointed it at the man.

“Your turn!” I shouted, my voice still being amplified by my dungeon point skill.

The Demon Lord Aberis, in the body of the former king, stood up, his eyes meeting mine. Then, he let out a shout.

“Charge! Attack!” He cried out.

His voice wasn’t nearly as imposing as mine, but it was just loud enough that the army around him clearly heard him. If this had been fifteen minutes ago, they would gladly have charged into the army of humans, and fought to the death. They would have died for their king and country. However, that was fifteen minutes ago.

Now, there was the accusation that their king was a demon lord. Perhaps many of the Osterians could ignore this, but for the humans in the group, this was a dealbreaker. They wouldn’t fight for that man who had oppressed them for so many years. Most might be able to convince themselves that this was a lie and charge anyway, but that wasn’t the only thing holding them back now.  

Although he was king, the truth was, this was just a name. The Osterians favored power and strength. The strongest had the right to rule. That strongest in their minds had always been Xin. She had resigned her position, and given it to her son. No one questioned this, because as her son, they’d assume he was powerful, and even if he wasn’t, as long as she was backing him, then they would follow him. This was one such reason he didn’t want to start the war until after he restored himself with a god soul. He was too weak at the moment. Once he had a god soul, he wouldn’t need Xin anymore and would be able to suppress the Osterians with his power.

However, now the great Princess hero lay defeated at my feet, still unconscious, and it was anyone’s guess how powerful the king was. Until he fought me personally and showed his strength surpassed my own, they wouldn’t follow him.

All of this ignored the biggest problem. The death of Princess Alysia was the thing that ignited their fighting spirits the most, and she was standing in front of them, between their target. To attack the respectable princess to avenge the princess made no sense at all.

All of these reasons, and several more, made it so when the Demon Lord Aberis gave such a flashy order, not a single member of his army moved forward. They all remained firmly where they were, their eyes on him.

“Treasonous!” He accused, but no one budged.

King Xerin took a deep breath, and then turned and ran.

Chapter 1090

The men only watched as King Xerin fled back into the army. It wasn’t clear how far he planned to run, but definitely out of my sight, as if I would allow that. I initiated a Teleport and then appeared right in front of him. He stopped short, his eyes widening.

“You dare!” he cursed. “Attack him!”

The men did move to grab me at this point. It was one thing to hesitate on the king’s orders. It was quite another to stand by and watch them get murdered. Whatever fate King Xerin was to face, these soldiers felt it the duty of the Ost Republic to do such things. I suspected that this would happen, which was why I didn’t care to stay. I reached out and grabbed the Demon Lord Aberis’s arm before anyone could take a step.

“Slave Swap!”

Similar to Hero’s Switch Position, Slave Swap was a Slave Master ability at level 37 that allowed me to trade places with a slave. That slave happened to be the unconscious Xin. As I had learned in a certain dungeon, as long as I had a hold on someone I could take them with me during a swap. Back in the day, I had feared I’d need to be inside them and had kissed Raissa as I Position Switched with her. Since then, I had a chance to test it and found that as long as I had a good hold on them, I could drag them with me. If I was only touching them, then it wouldn’t work. I had to be grabbing onto them in some way.

Only a few seconds had passed, and both I and Aberis appeared in between the two armies. This development occurred so quickly that people from both sides were still trying to figure out what happened. Lord Aberis ripped his arm from my grip and stumbled back a few steps. His startled expression turned into ferocious fury. It reminded me of the battle I had fought with him outside of Chalm.

In that battle, the two of us fought to the death. He had systematically killed everyone I loved, and even then, we had only barely managed to scrape by and defeat him. Now, I didn’t have anyone from my party supporting me, and I was about to fight a demon lord who was in the body of an Osterian.  I couldn’t hold back a single bit. I immediately attacked him.

I used Final Blow, and the ensure it struck, I used Haste, Explosive Movement, and Accelerate to deliver a quick and deadly blow. My blessing glowed as well. I had already used too much energy fighting off Xin. I put every last bit into it to take down Aberis. I hoped at the least I could cause him some damage. Alysia struck Demon Lord Aberis, and he didn’t even pull a sword to defend himself. Whatever glowing that occurred around his body was interrupted and he went flying off like he was pulled by a string.

He slammed into the ground, thirty feet away, causing the ground to shake with a resounding boom.


I stared at the brutally destructive attack. What just happened? As the smoke cleared, Aberis rose from the smoke. I see. The true battle was now going to beg- Aberis was a bloody mess. His clothing was in tatters, and he was barely standing. He immediately started to cough up blood.

“Oh…wow…” I said in disbelief.

“What is it?” Alysia asked.

“Demon Lord Aberis… at least this version of him… is really weak!”

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