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Chapter 931

“Wait!”

Deek’s swing stopped, and he looked over to see the group he had just teleported away had returned. The one who had shouted at him had been Kaia, the sister of the woman on the ground. The group of us hadn’t ventured that far, so although I opened a portal, I could only send the girls so far. It looked like when I didn’t go through, they had come back here to check on me. It was my fault since I had neglected to use Slave Communication to reassure her.

When Nerissa saw her sister, she smiled like a cat. “Oh? There you are. So, I was right, you were conspiring. Mother would be appalled!”

Kaia’s expression dropped slightly, but then she firmed her will. Nerissa would have said more to aggravate her, but I brought my sword to her neck, causing her to finally stop talking.

“What are you doing here?” I asked, even though I knew the answer.

The girls formed stubborn looks on their faces, and it was Carmine who spoke. “Although I trust Master, it is my duty to be your shield. I can’t do that if you’re gone.”

“D-did you do all this? Alone?” That came from the young human boy.

“You’re human!” Demetri said.

“Ah!” Kaia let out a cry as she noticed my ears and hair.

“We all are.” Carmine sighed.

I waved my hand, ending the illusion of the other three girls.

“I’m not!” Garnet harumphed, crossing her arms.

The three elite guards suddenly looked more cautious, stroking their blades, while the two humans look flabbergasted. As for the old lady and the young girl, they had stayed back. A glance at the map showed they were in the forest but nearby. As for Kaia, she drew away from Carmine’s group instinctively, putting herself closer to her guards.

“I am human,” I responded. “This woman callously tortures and murders humans. Why should I leave her alive?”

As I spoke, the two human girls emerged from the cave. The little girl hid behind the bloody woman. Anyone who took a single look at her could guess what had happened.

“You… have resurrection? You brought them back, right?” Kaia spoke uncertainly. “Then, can’t it be left at this? My sister has already suffered, and you have already corrected her mistake.”

“Mistake?” I made a face. “Is that what you call murder?”

I was angry. I knew that in this world, murder was done casually, but that didn’t make me feel any better. In a world where anyone could be resurrected, it made sense that life was casual. Killing a human as punishment was simple. Even the king had once chopped off my head just to make himself feel better. I hadn’t died that time, as Elaya had managed to reverse it before I could receive that kind of damage, but it was still a traumatizing experience any way you looked at it.

“You don’t understand.” Kaia shook her head. “We’re not the same as you humans.”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

“We were born in this world. We’re intricately bound into the life cycle of this realm. Our species… we cannot be resurrected! All of those men you just killed; they are dead for life! As for my sister, if you killed her, she wouldn’t come back!”

Chapter 932

When a dungeon monster died, it returned to miasma and could then be reborn. This was an absolute truth. When someone entered a dungeon, it could theoretically toss monsters at him all day long, giving it hundreds and hundreds of chances to wear down and defeat the warrior. This is why dungeons were so deadly, and you had to always be wary. Only if you died in a dungeon did your soul get captured? Then, it would be ground down a little at a time until it became nothing but miasma. If it was strong enough and survived, just like a ghost with unfinished business, it would linger in the dungeon, becoming corrupted and serving the dungeon as a karmic soul. This was more or less what I had worked out from my time in Twilight after having been infected with karma and gaining the mimic job.

Human beings, demons, and other surface sentient beings could be resurrected various times. Only when the soul became old and no longer wished to remain bound by a body would the person pass away. Although there were other methods, such as spells and weapons that directly attacked the soul and the ever-dangerous dungeons. Plus, if no one resurrected you, your soul would eventually decay away. This was also an absolute truth.

Yet, it seemed like those two truths were connected. We could be resurrected because we weren’t born in this world. Our souls may have adapted to this world, but we were distinctly different. It seemed like the soul of a fey was too much like the mana stream from which they came, and if they died, their soul would not be recoverable like our own. Since no Fey existed on Faerith anymore, and every creature there derived from another world, this was no longer common knowledge.

This also explained to me why Feys, despite having greater abilities than humans, were able to be pushed off their continent and forced to flee. Humans could keep resurrecting themselves. They might be weaker, but they could keep coming back over and over again. They had to be… like a wave of undead zombies. No wonder the Twilight dungeon had represented humanity as the undead.

That’s also why the Demons haven’t been able to run over humanity like we did to the feys since both sides are more even. Two species fighting over a continent that had once belonged to a third. It was pretty ridiculous when you thought about it.

“Humans shouldn’t be so strong.” Kaia’s words brought me back to what was going on in front of me. “Where do you come from?”

“I come from a small island in the south. It’s an island free of the fey, where only humans live.” I lied.

“You are… the King there?”

“I am.”

The more I realized about the fey plight, the warier I grew. I didn’t want to explain to them that I came from the other continent. I was quickly realizing that my presence here was dangerous altogether.

“Human king!” Demetri fell to one knee. “Have you come to free us from the slavers?”

“My King!”

I had just been trying to spread disinformation, but my words seemed to strike a chord with these rebels. In their hopeless situation, they likely didn’t even know about the other continent. Just hearing about a small island where humans were free was enough to light their hearts with glee. They seemed to be seeing me as their savior and lord.

Chapter 933

The one who didn’t look pleased by my words was Kaia. First, I still had the blade to her sister’s neck. Secondly, I wasn’t the Fey she thought I was. She may have helped some humans escape, but she was ultimately still a haughty Fey noble. She likely saw us all like dogs. It was one thing to help and shelter an abused dog, but it was quite another when you found a vicious, muscular dog who had just killed someone and with a mouth full of blood was growling at you. In her mind, I wasn’t the same as Demetri and the humans she rescued, and I could see that clearly in her eyes.

“So, Fey only have one life,” I spoke out loud, looking down at Nerissa.

“Kaia… to ally yourself with these dogs! You have truly disappointed me.”

To hear Nerissa voice my very thoughts, I could only shake my head. “Lying on the ground, and you still act this way.”

“What if I do?” Nerissa laughed. “You won’t kill me. Humans don’t have the guts! Right sister?”

Kaia shook her head. “Shut up, Nerissa.”

“Haha… you know, Kaia recognized your ability to use resurrection but did not. Are you one of those White Mages? In the war, we tried to wipe them all out. It’s a shame that some must have survived.”

So, there were once White Mages, and they were wiped out? She seemed to speak as if she didn’t know Priests could use resurrection. Unless… perhaps humans lost too many white mages and couldn’t replace them, and so what happened when you couldn’t do something? You rely on faith. The religions of the country might have sprung up as an answer to the lack of White Mages. Priests might not have existed during the first war. Well, it would have been stranger if a bunch of monsters crawling out of dungeons did have a church.

“Of course, there are no White mages here… do you understand now?”

I frowned at her words as she shot me a gloating smile. Kaia gave a panicked expression, and it took me a moment to realize what was being implied. She had suggested that because I resurrected the humans, that everything was even. However, on this continent, the resurrection spell didn’t exist. Since Fey couldn’t be resurrected, they naturally didn’t learn it. Maybe, they couldn’t learn it. So, every human that had died on this continent… had died permanently. When Nerissa had murdered the woman and her little girl, she had no intention of bringing them back. It was always intended to be for good!

As realization formed in my eyes, the smile grew on Nerissa’s face. “You understand now? Your species is nothing but ants to be squashed. When I leave here, I will report to my father, and our army will find your nation and wipe it out!”

“Sister, stop!” Kaia cried out. “Please, human king, I will do everything in my power to protect you. You cannot kill her. If you do, the king will attack your island in retaliation!”

Even Kaia’s words meant to be disarming were filled with veiled threats. This was the plight of humans on this continent. They were animals to be dealt with. I let out a sigh, lowering my blade.

“Kaia, your sister will betray you, and me as well. She thinks nothing of murdering others. Humans may have come from dungeons, but it is clear who the monsters are.”

“P-please…” She went as close to begging as her pride would allow.

I looked away. “Elaya? Is it time?”

Elaya walked out of the cave, causing Carmine to cry out in surprise, and everyone else to look warily. “Enough mana has been absorbed. Also, I could sense an army of these so-called Fey on the way here. We have about five minutes before we’re overwhelmed.”

“I see… then I suppose it’s time we’re on our way.”

“There is no running!” Nerissa snarled.

I looked down at her and shook my head. “No. There isn’t. Which is why I’ve decided to fight. The war between us is inevitable. I’ve considered my options carefully, and you can not be allowed to exist!”

“Wh-what?” Her eyes flashed for the first time in surprise.

“No!” Kaia was only to get out a single word before I raised the sword and took Nerissa’s head.

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