Cthulhu Gonfalon - Chapter 52
Chapter 52: Chapter 52
Translator: Sigma Editor: Sigma
B*stard? Not having the bloodline of the Geerteng Family? The treasure? Hearing the three phrases, Ray sneered, turned around and left.
The woman was scheming. She tried to tempt him with the treasure in the first place, then she told him the fatal shortcomings of his enemies, making a show of how she could definitely win. If he was a inexperienced adventurer, he would have probably been tricked by her.
But who was he? He was the single bandit that was famous in the west wilderness, a vicious man that wiped out the whole commercial corp of smuggling “Iron Sand” all by himself; the werewolf that even dared to provoke the God of hunting and holocaust!
If there was anyone who wanted to trick him, that person needed to at least have some self-knowledge!
Besides, he had seen too much of this sort of thing. A b*stard that did not have the bloodline of his family? The so-called bloodline, as long as one was rich and had got some connection with people in the higher rank, he could turn a fake one into a real one. Since all it took was just a ceremony of magic spell and a sample of the bloodline that one wanted to have.
Judging from the current situation of the Geerteng Family, the whole ruling system was crumbling, and both sides were on the brink of a war. The bloodline, reputation… were all meaningless. When the fight began, which ever side’s military force was stronger was the only thing that counted.
The side that had a bigger fist would win, while the side with a smaller fist would lose. The winner got everything and the loser lost everything, which was really common among the aristocracy, and Ray had seen once himself.
Romon could even control Steele’s lovers, which meant that he had a really strong control over his manors. While Steele was a slut with a really bad reputation, not a single honourable man would be willing to support her. As for what would happen when the two sides initiated a war, Ray could already make some predictions.
Would he be willing to help Steele to fight for the right of inheritance under such a situation? Only a fool would help her!
When he was sneering and decided to leave, he heard that Sui Xiong was talking with him via telepathy.
“You can go with her to see what is really going on. I think things are more complicated than this.”
“Your Majesty, I do not think you know too much about the human world— I have made my decision. I will not help her.” Ray thought this was all because of Sui Xiong’s sense of justice, and said, “This woman can not possibly win. It is better for her to run away.”
“I am not interested in that woman. I am interested in the Viscount Geerteng.”
“… as a non-human God, I think it is a bit risky to get involved in the fight for the right of inheritance among the aristocracy,” Ray said. “Besides, what can you really get from this? The fortune and the title are meaningless to a non-human God like you. If you want to cultivate your followers here, do you think a man who can betray his faith to gain profit would be faithful to you?”
“You are thinking too much. I just want to be the one who upheld the justice,” Sui Xiong laughed, and did not tell Ray that he really wanted to see what a war between the aristocracy was really like, since he had never seen the fight for inheritance among the aristocracy.
“… I do not know why, but I feel like you are not telling me the truth.”
Sui Xiong never thought Ray could be this sharp. Hearing this, he was a bit embarrassed, but he kept a poker face and said, “You are over-thinking, after all I am a good God. Is there anything wrong with that I want to uphold justice?”
“A jellyfish wants to uphold the justice for humans; this is already terribly wrong!”
Sui Xiong was speechless and had no choice but to force Ray to go with Steele. Although Ray was not interested in this sort of crap among the aristocracy, he did not dare to disobey Sui Xiong’s order. He sighed helplessly and followed Steele.
“I need to make one thing clear: I am not trying to help you or make you any promises,” he emphasized his point to Steele. “I just feel there is something wrong and I want to see it for myself.”
Steele nodded and acted in a very clever way, while also laughing secretly.
Wanting to see it for himself? He must be lying! I know what adventurers are really like!
The Geerteng Manor was a manor adjacent to the wilderness, and the Viscounts of generations and generations had worked very hard to exploit this land and make it their manor. During this process, they had made many negotiations or had many fights with the adventurers. As the official and the only heiress of the Geerteng Manor, Steele had been in contact with adventurers from a very young age, so she knew them very well, like their moral character and behaviour— the so-called adventurers were just a group of strong men who were constantly chasing after treasure. There were both good and bad adventurers, but they all shared common features. Firstly, they respected the contract and once they had made a promise, they would never break it, otherwise they would choose not to make one that easily, after all, adventurer is a decent profession, so the credit is very important to them. Secondly, they were always pursuing the profit. If it were not for their own benefit, they would never take the risk to do business that might cost their life!
The knight in black must have been interested in this business; the reason why he had not agreed was that he had not known the strength of the both sides. As long as he was sure that he would win, he would definitely agree to help me even if there was only around fifty to sixty percent chance that he would win— and the fifty to sixty percent chance of succeeding was already enough for an adventurer. Therefore, she felt very happy and began to walk with springy steps. What a day!
Because the situation was getting worse, Steele was rather unhappy about this. She had meant to f*ck her lovers outside, but she never thought that her lovers had already been bribed by Romon to betray her! Facing a group of strong men who suddenly wanted to kill her, she could not fight back at all but could only wait to die. Right at that moment, a man suddenly appeared from nowhere, an incredibly powerful adventurer who killed those traitors and rescued her.
What was even better was the adventurer was tempted by her promise of granting him many treasures. Even if he had not totally agreed to help her, he had already agreed to go back with her. When he saw the piles of treasures in the warehouse of the Geerteng family, he would definitely choose to stand by her side.
With the support of this strong man, Steele could finally fight back harshly. Besides, as long as she showed that she had enough strength, many officials and aristocrats who did not want to support Romon in the first place would change their attitude. Before, she did not have anyone on her side in fighting for the inheritance of the title of Viscount, and now the situation had changed. She would get the same number of people as Romon had on his side, or she would even be in the dominant position!
As for how much treasure she would want to give Ray, she would be the one to decide once she won the inheritance and became the Viscount of Geerteng! Thinking of this, she became much happier and began to smile rather charmingly.
“She is trying to set you up.” Sui Xiong, who was floating in the sky right above Ray’s head, was talking to Ray in telepathy, “She is bearing malice toward you. Do believe anything she said?”
The gap between the God and a mortal was indeed very large, which could be seen from many sides. Among which the most represented view was that the superior one could “read the mind” of the inferior one .
A mortal’s mind was totally open to a God, and a God could know what he was thinking without even trying to read his mind on purpose. This was probably what the phrase “a man could never lie to a God” meant.
However, if a mortal got stronger and stronger, it would not be that easy for a God to read his mind, and when he managed to venture beyond the limits and stepped into the legendary world, a God could never read a mortal’s mind at his own will. Of course, when a mortal managed to do so, could he still be considered as a mortal? After all, many legendary strong men were seen as the existence above humans.
But things were not always absolute. For example, Ray had almost stepped into the legendary world— one could see how strong he was from what he had gone through in the Gray Stone Mountains. Unless Sui Xiong pried into his mind on purpose, he could not know what Ray was thinking but only have a guess of his emotions.
Moreover, the cunning Ray also had a way to deceive a God. If he himself did not know if he was telling the truth or not, the God could not know either. Earlier before, Ray had managed to trick Sui Xiong in this way; he was indeed an experienced liar!
Compared with Ray, Steele was neither powerful nor had she set up some sophisticated deceptive trick, so there was no way that she could deceive Sui Xiong.
Although Sui Xiong did not mean to read her mind, she was close to him, and he could hear absolutely everything she was secretly thinking. He could hear clearly as if a poor actor was reading their monologue to his ear.
“There is no need to worry about me. I would not be tricked that easily,” Ray sneered when he heard Sui Xiong’s warning. He despised that woman very much and was confused by Sui Xiong’s behaviour. “See? The aristocracy’s world is as ugly as this woman’s heart. This sort of woman… do you really want a follower like her, even if she is willing to believe you?”
“Of course not,” Sui Xiong answered honestly.
“Quite right. If there is anyone who would accept her as a follower that someone would only probably be the Dim Moon…”
“Who?!” Sui Xiong was in a daze. He concentrated his power and looked carefully at Steele’s soul and said, “She is not a follower of the God of Conspiracy, if I am right, she is a follower of the God of Aristocracy.”
“Oh… the noble lady, she is no different from the Dim Moon. The Dim Moon even helped her to kill the former God of Country and Diplomacy, and got her the three priesthoods: the aristocracy, the law and the governance. Thus she managed to become a real God from a semi-God. They have always been a close ally with each other, so what is the difference between her followers and the Dim Moon’s?”
“What?!” What Ray had just said was not written in the materials given by the God of Redemption. Sui Xiong was totally stunned by this and it took a long time for him to pull himself together.
“Shit! No wonder the aristocracy’s world is in such a mess. How can it not be when the God of Aristocracy herself is not good?”
Sui Xiong then asked curiously, “The God of Aristocracy is also a God for humans, so has the department of the human Gods done anything? I remember that the Lord God of the department of the human Gods is the God to keep the order of the world. He even allows a human God to do secret and dirty business with Gods from other departments?”
Ray was confused. “There are a group of evil Gods in the department of human Gods; why wouldn’t they allow their peers to do business with the Dim Moon? Conspiracy is such a common thing in politics, so is it among the Gods!”
Sui Xiong was stunned, then he shook his head and sighed.
“The aristocracy’s world is in such a mess!”